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Dedham's pirate lemonade salesmen back for another year

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  April 25, 2013 10:34 PM

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Now 12 and 9, Jack and Eric Linari have been entrepreneurs since they were 6 and 3.

The Dedham brothers started Jack and Eric’s Pirate Lemonade Stand, with the help of “first mates” (and parents) Scott and Monica Linari, and each year donate all profits to charity.

They came before selectmen Thursday to obtain a transient vendor’s license, which selectmen granted unanimously.

“This is our sixth one,” Jack said.

This year, profits from the business will go to Dedham’s Toys for Tots collection that will take place in December.

“We want every kid to get toys for Christmas,” Jack said.

Over the life of their business, Jack and Eric’s Pirate Lemonade Stand has raised about $6,000, with $2,100 raised last summer and donated to the Home Base Program, according to Scott Linari. That program, started by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, provides clinical care for New England veterans and funds research into treatments for post traumatic stress disorder.

“You’re an inspiration to everyone to do the right thing,” said Selectman Paul Reynolds.

Responding to a question from Reynolds what the best part of the job is, Eric replied meeting the people who frequent their stand.

Jack and Eric will be selling lemonade at the Dedham Farmers Market on Wednesdays during the summer.

“After school gets out,” added their mother.

Jack and Eric also announced that, for the first time, the lemonade will be free of charge, but they'll accept donations for their charity.

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