Kindness Rocks

BOLDtown is Out in Your Community with Kindness Rocks

BOLD Moves Real Estate is out in your community.  It’s all part of their BOLDtown Kindness Rocks initiative.  BOLD Moves is your local real estate agency.  Our agents live and work in the communities they serve.  It’s all a part of BOLDtown.  We are your community experts.  We want to take the stress out of your real estate journey.

BOLD Moves agents have been busy painting Kindness Rocks with inspiring messages.  Valentines Day was a great opportunity to get out in the communities and spread some Kindness.  The rocks were placed in many public spots throughout BOLDtown.  Check them out!  If you find a Kindness Rock with the BOLDtown logo, log onto Facebook and let us know.  Feel free to spread the Kindness and put the rock in a new spot or simply leave and enjoy the message.  Let’s spread Kindness.  It is desperately needed in our world today.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on February 15, 2017.

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Blizzard Warning for Southeastern Massachusetts

blizzardSnow is in the cards for our area tomorrow.
The biggest storm of the season is expected tomorrow.  In the last 24 hours, the nor’easter has trended closer and stronger… That means some hefty snow totals and possible blizzard conditions Thursday.

Most of New England will see snow.  The Cape and Islands will start with rain tomorrow morning then flip to snow in the afternoon too, with the risk of a flash freeze when that happens.  This will be an all-day storm with heavy precipitation at times, particularly 7 AM – 7 PM.

Eastern MA is under a BLIZZARD WARNING where 10″+ snow is expected along with gusts 50+ mph.  Visibility will be terrible.  If you have the option of staying home and limiting travel Thursday, that’s the safest choice.  Snow will be heavier and stickier in southeastern MA in the morning where temperatures will be in the lower 30s.  There will likely be power outages from the combination of snow load and strong gusts.

A widespread 6-10″ is the forecast now from central MA to southern NH.  Temperatures there will be colder and the snow will be lighter and fluffier.  That doesn’t mean you’ll pass on power loss… Winds will still gusts 40-50 mph at times.

Stock up on food and water.  Have bottled water on hand and food to last a few days.

Have an emergency medicine bag. Think ahead about which medications you and your family members will need, and which medications you should have on hand in case of emergency. Double check any drugs needed to treat a chronic condition, such as insulin or statins, to make sure you’re not in need of a refill. It’s also smart to keep an emergency kit stocked with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Benadryl. Stores could be closed for a day or two.

Stay indoors.  Weather experts recommend you stay inside if at all possible. Driving can be treacherous, and roads may shut down. Stay off the roads so the road crews can plow and keep the roads cleared especially for emergency vehicles.

Watch for frostbite. If you do have to go outside, dress properly. Dress in layers.  Even the warmest clothing becomes ineffective if it gets too damp from absorbing sweat. Be sure to wear a hat and gloves, as the parts of the body most vulnerable to frostbite are the ears, earlobes, tip of the nose, cheeks, fingers, and toes since they’re at the edges of blood circulation. If you experience tingling or numbness, get inside and put the affected area in warm, not hot, water.

Know the signs of hypothermia. If the body’s core temperature dips below 95 degrees, hypothermia could begin to set in. It’s usually marked by shivering, pale skin, and nails turning blue.  Check on your elderly family members and neighbors.

Clear snow carefully. Dress in layers and wear your hat and gloves.  Take frequent breaks and watch your back.  A snowblower may be a good investment.

Power outages are a good possibility.  Investing in a generator may be a good idea.  Fill the tub with water for toilet flushing and dishwater if you rely on a well for your water supply.  Consider having a backup heat source f0r when the power goes out.

Lastly hunker down and enjoy the time indoors to catch up on reading or play some family games.  It will all be over in a day or so.

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Mattapoisett Town Beach Christmas Polar Plunge

Swimmers brave ice, snowstorm for charity

By Andrea Ray | Dec 25, 2017

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Photo by: Andrea RayA mad dash for the beach after jumping into the December ocean at Helping Hands and Hooves’ annual Christmas Swim.

MATTAPOISETT — It was a frigid Christmas morning, marked by a short but strong snowstorm. The downed trees and choppy waters left several families undaunted, however, as they dove headfirst into the waters at Mattapoisett’s Town Beach for charity.

The 26 swimmers arrived at Town Beach wrapped in down jackets, wool hats and scarves, bathrobes, blankets and towels, often all at once. They paid a $15 fee to swim, the proceeds of which benefited Mattapoisett equine therapy center, Helping Hands and Hooves.

The swimmers agreed that the swim didn’t count unless the swimmer’s hair was wet. Dry hair meant another trek into the ocean.

The air temperature on the beach was a frosty 29 degrees, and the younger group participants shivered as they stripped down to their swimwear and posed for a group photo. Several other swimmers—those out of their teen years—kept their blankets and bathrobes on until the last possible moment.

When the whistle blew, there was a mad dash for the icy waters, followed by shrieks as the cold set quickly in. Almost as quickly as it began, the swim was over and the swimmers scrambled for the shore, only one participant pausing to take a leisurely swim.

Swimmers were met on the beach by friends and family with blankets and hot water bottles—and Santa, who was recovering from a night of delivering presents by handing out warm cider to those emerging from the ocean.

Posing for photos with a hot water bottle and a bathrobe before the swim. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

The chance to jump into the water is just seconds away—but darn, the air is cold! (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

A smile of relief from one swimmer after finding a warm blanket. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

(Photo by: Andrea Ray)

Some chilled swimmers, next to a few well-bundled spectators. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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ORRHS High School

Santa’s Workshop at ORR

Senior fundraiser brings Santa’s Workshop to ORR

Dec 18, 2017

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Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional High School senior class hosted a Santa’s Workshop on December 15, to raise money for class activities.

The idea was originally pitched by Class of 2018 president Gabe Shriver, alongside Vice President Rachel Demmer, as a fundraiser for the class. “Plus,” Demmer explained, “it’s a good way to get a little Christmas shopping done.”

Parents dropped off their children at Old Rochester for a night of fun activities, incuding games, movies and crafts. Senior class volunteers were on hand to babysit the children while Mom and Dad searched for gifts. Parents were in turn asked to donate a small fee of their choosing to the senior class.

(Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk)

(Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk)

(Courtesy of: Erin Bednarczyk)
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Christmas Season Begins in Mattapoisett

Snowy Saturday kicks off holiday season in Mattapoisett

By Tanner Harding | Dec 09, 2017

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Photo by: Tanner HardingSanta waves as he and Mrs. Claus enter Shipyard Park.

MATTAPOISETT — It sure felt a lot like Christmas at Shipyard Park on Saturday afternoon. Snow fell softly as residents gathered to listen to Christmas carols, meet Santa and officially light the tree to kick-off the holiday season.

The Boy Scouts were selling wreaths in front of Town Hall and at Shipyard Park. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Residents lined the streets to wave to Santa as he arrived aboard a Mattapoisett Fire Engine.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Isabella Silveira, 6, meets with Santa. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

A goat belonging to the Craig family takes a taste of a winter glove. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Kyle, Nolan and Luke Cameron pose for a photo on a giant chair. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Old Rochester Regional High School Runners

Old Rochester cross-country runners rise to college levels

By Andrea Ray | Sep 21, 2017

Courtesy of: Assumption College Athletics
Former Old Rochester cross-country runner Nina Bourgeois of Rochester (front) now runs for Trinity College.

MATTAPOISETT — It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and in Washburn Park, a student goes zooming by.

He’s followed by another, then a gaggle of girls, chatting as they run. Slowly, the entire group of 52 students forms a long line of runners circling the park’s grounds.

With any luck, at least a few of them will continue their run—right onto college teams. The Old Rochester Regional High School cross-country teams, both girls and boys, have produced a number of college runners recently.

Cindy Tilden, the coach of the girls’ cross country team, named three college runners from just the Old Rochester Class of 2017. Recent graduate Riley Shaughnessy now runs for Worcester State. Nina Bourgeois and Rachel Scheub of Rochester run for Trinity College.

Getting the students fit for college running is something Cindy and her husband Bill (who is the coach of the boys’ cross-country team) have some experience with. The cross country season only runs for 10 weeks, and doesn’t have a spring season. To top it off, only about half of the students on the teams (the number of overall cross-country runners this year is 52) generally run cross-country before high school.

“Mostly though,” Tilden explained, “they’re students who thought they would give cross-country a try in their sophomore year, or who switched over from another sport.”

Because the team is comprised of students from varying fitness levels, Tilden splits them up into different groups. “Sometimes it feels like I need to be in fifteen places at once,” she joked. “The team covers anyone from people who’ve never run before to people who’ve been running for a long time.”

Team workouts include running, stretching, and cardio and weight routines, tailored to the fitness level of the students performing them.

The students also need to find a way to keep fit in the spring season, particularly if they’re looking to improve on their times. A number of students, Tilden explained, run track in the spring, but the teams also consist of swimmers and basketball players.

The number of students going on to run in college has been rising for the past few years. “For a long time, students thought that they weren’t fast enough for college cross-country, and that they couldn’t compete,” Tilden said. “It’s becoming more common, though.”

Tilden noted that new opportunities are always opening up. “There are higher and lower divisions and more cross-country teams appearing. There are even running clubs, and those clubs still go to meets and compete, like any sports team,” she added.

“There’s always an opportunity for anyone who likes to run.”

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Hurricane Jose

Hurricane Jose Threatens Tri-town

Hurricane Jose threatens tri-town

By Tanner Harding | Sep 18, 2017

Courtesy of: NOAAThe yellow areas are under a tropical storm watch.

The tri-town is under tropical storm warning, and residents are urged to take care of their boats and kayaks before the storm hits.

A tropical storm watch means heavy rains and winds from 39-73 miles per hour, so Marion Harbormaster Isaac Perry is making a few preparations and recommendations before it gets here.

“We’re requiring kayaks be removed from the kayak racks,” he said.

The department also requires people with boats docked on the eastern facing wharfs to move their boats to the inside of the harbor.

“That’ll get their sterns out of the wind,” Perry said.

The Harbormaster Department decided not to take its floats out of the water, but does recommend that people take their boats off the floats in front of the Harbormaster office.

Perry said he’s not expecting anything too damaging from the storm, but still wanted to take some precautions.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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ORR’s Harry Smith Breaks Touchdown Record in Cranberry Bowl

ORR’s Harry Smith breaks touchdown record in Cranberry Bowl

By Matthew Bernat | Sep 08, 2017

Photo by: Matthew BernatRunning back Harry Smith, center, celebrates with teammates after a 40-41 win on Friday. Smith set a new school record with 34 careers touchdowns.

Old Rochester Regional High School walked away with a thrilling 40-41 win in Friday night’s Cranberry Bowl versus Wareham on its rival’s home turf.

And senior running back Harry Smith left the field after setting a new school record. Smith scored six touchdowns, earning a career total of 34 and beating the previous record of 30. That record was set by Frank Oliva when he played from 1974 to 1976.

“There was a lot of hard work that paid off tonight,” said Smith. “I’m happy to get the record, and I have to give credit to my team, my linemen and my coach.”

Smith and the rest of the Bulldogs celebrated on the field, hoisting the Cranberry Bowl trophy high after a hard fought game that remained close through four quarters.

“That was the best high school football game I’ve been a part of as a player or as a coach,” said Head Coach Justin Kogler.

Kogler said Smith’s athleticism and positive attitude makes him one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the South Coast Conference.

“He’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached,” said Kogler.

Friday marked the first game of the season for the Bulldogs. Up next, the team will face Apponequet at Apponequet Regional High School on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

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T.U.R.F.

T.U.R.F. Explained

Breaking down Old Rochester’s athletic complex overhaul

By Andrea Ray | Aug 24, 2017

Courtesy of: T.U.R.F.A rendering of T.U.R.F.’s plans to overhaul Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic fields.

MATTAPOISET — Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester Town Meeting voters will be asked this year to approve a $1.67 million per-town cost for overhauling Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic complex.

T.U.R.F. (Tri-Town Unified Recreation Facilities, Inc.) unveiled a $5 million overhaul of the current athletic complex in April of 2017. The project includes a new track, two synthetic fields where the current fields are, and two new natural grass fields, a new athletic building with a concession stand, storage and bathrooms.

The $1.67 million price tag per town could decrease by the time the project goes to a vote, however, as the nonprofit is working to raise funds through private donations.

The stadium field will cost $1.7 million, while the track and secondary field will cost $2.1 million. Both fields would be converted to synthetic turf, while the remaining fields would be irrigated and reseeded. The two new fields, the baseball field and the softball field at the front of the school will cost an estimated $285,000.

The total cost for the new athletic building is projected at $395,000.

At a public meeting on August 17, T.U.R.F. members answered questions about the project. Here’s a recap of the discussion.

 

1. How did the fields fall into such disrepair in the first place?

“It’s not a blame game,” Flynn said. “The real issue is that with all of the school and youth sports played on the fields, they get 900 hours of use per year. Natural grass maxes out at 600 hours per year. It can’t survive the current need that we have.”

He added that there are very few other playing fields within the tri-towns, leading to the majority of sports being played at the school fields, whether as a school sport or not.

2.Why not just plant more grass seed?

“We’ve heard this question before,” said T.U.R.F. Secretary Shaun Walsh. “The honest answer is, doing that is a money pit. You can plant as much grass seed as you like — it can’t cover the fact that we’ve gone far over the maximum number of hours that the grass can handle.”

3. Why does the track need to be replaced as well?

According to T.U.R.F member Hal Rood, the track is reaching the end of its useful life. Due to its impending demise, as well as the fact that it isn’t an eight-lane track approved for state events, he explained that it made sense to lump it into the project as well.

“We can’t host state events like finals here without a state-approved track,” he said.

4. Why use artificial turf, instead of natural grass?

“I like natural grass,” Rood conceded. “When I first joined T.U.R.F., I was pushing for natural grass fields. That just isn’t possible with the current use rates.”

He pointed out that synthetic turf fields can handle many more hours of use per year than natural grass fields. “The honest truth is that, with our current use rates, we would need to put in six natural grass fields to gain the same amount of hours that only two artificial turf fields can handle.”

A natural grass field can handle about 600 hours of use per year, or about 200 events and practices. Synthetic turf, on the other hand, can be used for over 1,500 hours per year, or over 500 events or practices per year.

5. Will the athletic complex overhaul bring in revenue? From where?

According to T.U.R.F, yes — Flynn said that $3,000,00 over 15 years is a conservative estimate. The numbers average out at about $200,000 in revenue per year. He noted that the estimates had been gauged by comparable prices charged by places like Tabor Academy and Taunton High School.

“Right now, we can’t host finals or playoffs,” he said. “Every time you go to one and fork over $5, guess where that money is going? To the hosting school. This is a chance for ORR to be the hosting school.”

Rood said that there were any number of teams who’d like to use the fields. “We have a flurry of youth and amateur leagues popping up,” he said. “Plus the number of outside leagues who would want to use the facility for games.”

He added that he hadn’t talked to a large number of leagues yet, but of the ones he had spoken to, most had been highly interested in the possibility of T.U.R.F.’s proposal. Global Premier Soccer, which according to Rood is one of the larger Massachusetts soccer leagues, was a key supporter. “They told me it was a no-brainer – they’d absolutely use the fields,” he said.

6. Where would the generated revenue go?

The ultimate direction of the generated revenue has yet to be decided. “It’s part of the selectmen’s decision when they consider this project,” Rood said, “and that will be part of their decision.”

There are three options: put the generated revenue towards the debt incurred by building the compled, holding the money in reserve, or holding the money to finance field replacement. According to Rood, the average lifespan of an appropriately-used turf field is 15 years.

7. Why not scale the project back to make it more affordable?

Use rates, said Rood. “If we only put in one synthetic turf field, we still aren’t able to host state and outside events, because there won’t be enough room or time. So the revenue generation would at least be cut in half, and we wouldn’t end up saving much.”

With two synthetic turf fields, one of the natural grass fields can be rested every season — the rest should ensure that the field is used sparingly enough to avoid deterioration.

8. What are some of the benefits for athletes on the fields?

“I’ve seen too many torn ACL ligaments,” said Rood. “The ground is so compressed and so dangerous to play on that hitting the body, or especially the head, against it could cause real damage. There should be some cushion there.”

Old Rochester teacher Lauren O’Brien (also a field hockey coach) noted that some college sports teams won’t even consider looking at a player who has only played on natural grass. A college field hockey player herself, she explained that playing on the two different surfaces was like night and day.

“Because most colleges wouldn’t even look at my tape on natural grass, I had to go join a club league to make them look at me,” she said. “I didn’t even really want to do that,  but I had no choice if I wanted to get on the team.”

9. Are there other benefits of building a new sports complex and fields?

The answer is yes, according to Rood. “I’ve spoken to the United States Realtors Association, and they’ve unequivocally told me that house values would rise as a result of this project being constructed.”

10. What happens if this project is denied by voters at Town Meeting?

According to Rood, the field is in bad enough shape that playing could shortly be suspended on it anyway. “At any moment, an official could walk onto these fields and declare them unsafe for players,” he said. “Then nothing can be played there until everything is approved by the officials again. Thetting on them sooner, rather than later, for the good of the kids playing on those fields.”

at means at some point, something is going to have to happen. The repairs are needed,” he continued. “We should be g
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Back to School in the Southcoast

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It’s that time of year that parents rejoice and kids dread.  Back to school!  Newspapers are already sending out ads for back to school supplies and kids are relishing their last two weeks of freedom.

Some area schools are heading back before Labor Day and a few after the holiday.  Here are some local school start dates and links for bus schedules:

Old Rochester Regional School District:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldrochester.org/pages/ORR/Design_Resources/Bus_Routes_2015-16

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNcW44Q1lNWlR2Q2c/preview?usp=drivesdk

Ford Junior High:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNM2pJN0RUSEQyazA/preview?usp=drivesdk

High School:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNUllLY2s4SldYY2M/preview?usp=drivesdk

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.fairhavenps.org/Bus%20Info/BusSchedule%202016%20Color.pdf

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

https://www.warehamps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=27&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=43&PageID=1

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

http://newbedford.ss16.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_66938/File/Departments/Transportation/PDF_Combined_STREET_LIST_2017-2018.pdf

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

http://dartmouthps.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=131648&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldcolony.us/parents/bus-routes/

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.gnbvt.edu/student_resources/bus_routes/bus_routes.htm

There’s still plenty of time for students to enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warm summer days.

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