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.

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

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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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on December 14, 2017.
Rochester Tree Lighting

Local Christmas Tree Lightings

Rochester Tree LightingChristmas is drawing closer now that we are past Thanksgiving.  All the area towns are planning their annual Christmas Tree Lightings. Here are a list of the area towns and dates and times for their Festive Tree Lightings, many times with music  and events.

Mattapoisett’s 7th annual evening of free holiday fun returns to Shipyard Park on Saturday, December 8.    Holiday in the Park runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting will follow in the park.  The event will feature will feature food, ornament making, and face painting as well as an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 4:15 p.m.       A number of musical groups will perform, including Rick LeBlanc, the Old Hammondtown Chorus and Concert Band, and the Showstoppers.                                                                                                                                                          The Mattapoisett Lions Club also asks that families bring an unwrapped present for a needy child and a canned good.

Marion’s Annual Christmas Stroll will take place on Sunday Dec. 11 beginning at 3 p.m.                                          Front Street will be closed during this time as the stroll makes its way towards the Town House.                            There, guests will be able to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.                                                            The Marion Business Community has handled all of the planning for the annual event.

The Annual Rochester Tree Lighting will take place on Monday, December 4th at 6:30 in front of the Town Hall at the Town Green.  The Rochester Memorial School Band will provide music and a Fire Truck visit from Santa.

New Bedford’s Sun., 12/2, TREE LIGHTING At 4:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead a parade up William Street to the Main Library. The parade will feature the award-winning New Bedford High School Whaler Marching Band and the All-City Middle School Marching Band and Color Guard. The count­down celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with greetings from elected officials and an appearance by Santa Claus!

Fairhaven’s Benoit Square Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Benoit Square, opposite 267 Adams Street, Fairhaven                                                                                                The North Fairhaven Improvement Association will host its annual Sing-Along—this year featuring the Showstoppers—and light the decorated square and gazebo. Santa Claus will then visit North Fairhaven on a fire truck.

Wareham’s Tree Lighting                                                                                                                                                             The Main Street tradition continues — NEW ROUTE THIS YEAR.. Starting at High School then route proceeds down Main Street to its destination in Besse Park, where all present will have an opportunity to see the Besse Park tree lighting and greet Santa as he arrives by boat for photos!

Dartmouth’s Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5, 2014
5:00pm-5:30pm
Dartmouth Green
Please join them for Dartmouth’s annual Christmas tree lighting on the Green. The tree will be lit promptly at 5:15 pm. Cookies and hot chocolate, sponsored by the Office of the President, will be served.   Join Trumpeter Glenn Griffin and the 40th Anniversary Christmas Revels Youth and Adult Choruses for traditional Carols.
Come on out and support your town and take part in the festivities.
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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on November 28, 2017.
pumpkins

Pumpkins, Pumpkins

pumpkinsHalloween is almost here and we’ve all purchased our pumpkins for decoration and Jack O Lanterns.  But what do we do with them when Halloween is over?  They look pretty decorating our homes until Thanksgiving but then their time is up.

Here are some ideas to make a better use of them besides just tossing them away.

Try composting them, especially the Jack O Lanterns.  There is not much you can do with the Jack O Lanterns you have already cut up but they are great in a compost pile as well as any other pumpkins you no longer need.  They will help make nutrient rich soil for next spring.

There are all kinds of baking you can do with your pumpkins, including soup, pies, smoothies, breads, etc.  Use them for baking and they have served double duty.

Make a bird feeder out of the pumpkin.  Cut the pumpkin in half and fill each half with seeds for the birds.

You can always donate the pumpkins to a local farm.  Farm animals such as cows and pigs love to eat the pumpkins no matter if they are a little old.

Cut them open and save the seeds.  You can roast them in the oven for a tasty treat or spread the seeds on cookie sheets and let dry.  When they are dry, put them away in a jar for next summer when it’s time to plant your garden, and you can grow your own pumpkins.  This works great with all varieties, especially different ones such as white pumpkins without having to buy expensive seeds.

Pumpkins float.  For the smaller jack be littles, you can cut the top off and make a hole the size of a tealight candle.  Place the candle in the hole and float a few pumpkins in a bowl of water for a nice fall centerpiece.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on October 27, 2017.

Boat Race 2017

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

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The cold, wet weather didn’t stop the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race.  The event is held every year rain or shine and this was the 83rd running of the river boat race down the Mattapoisett River.   The spectators came out with umbrellas and raincoats to cheer on their favorite racers.

The rain did have an advantage for the racers.  The river was high and the race times were faster.  Ian MacGregor and Jake Goyette were the defending champions from 2016.  This year they were able to shave off 2 minutes from last year’s time and finished at 1:50:13.  It wasn’t enough for the win though, and Dan Lawrence and William Watling III took the title this year with a time of 1:48:14.  Ian and Jake took second place.  Finishing up the top three were Andy Weigel and Jay Lawrence with a time of 1:51:14.  Fourth place was claimed by Tim Hathaway and Gary Stopka with a time of 1:57:01 and fifth place went to Peter MacGregor and Paul Milde with a time of 1:58:51.

Tucker and Jonathan Roy of Rochester took first place in the Parent/Child division with a time of 2:07:29.  Ethan and Samantha Hathaway were the winners of the Co-Ed division, with a time of 2:10:13. Caitlin Stopka and Emma Knox won the Women’s division, their time:  2:38:23.  Eli and Rylan MacGregor won the Boy’s Junior division in 2:39:32.

Joel Hartley was awarded the Old Man River award as the oldest racer in this year’s race.

The Harding family of Rochester have made it an annual tradition with Harrison taking daughter Chloe and Lindsay with son Wyatt.  They pulled into the end almost side by side.

50 boats were registered for the race and 46 teams made it to the end of the race at the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett.

The boat race is made possible by lots of volunteers including Chairman Arthur Benner and the Rochester Fire Department as well as the local police departments, volunteer time keepers, river cleaners and everyone that makes it possible.

The awards were handed out at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm.

It’s a great family tradition in Rochester and the neighboring towns.  Parents with children, husbands and wives, siblings, cousins, friends.  It’s a great sense of accomplishment pulling into the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett after the 2 hour course.  Make it your new family tradition.

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Marion fireworks

Marion Fireworks are a Go

Independence Day fireworks will return to Marion

By Andrea Ray | May 19, 2017

Photo by: Georgia Sparling

MARION — Fireworks will brighten the night skies over Silvershell Beach once again.

With four days left to go in its extended campaign, the Marion Fireworks Committee’s Twenty from Many campaign officially reached its goal of $40,000 on Friday morning.

The listed total on the campaign’s GoFundMe page is at $40,100. The ‘Marion Fireworks 2017’ Facebook page posted notice that the fireworks would return early Friday morning.

On Thursday, the campaign was still about $12,000 short of its goal – until Tabor Academy donated $10,000, on top of a previous donation made earlier. The large donation left the campaign only a few thousand dollars short of the goal.

The Tabor donation spurred further donations, with the small gap closed by Friday morning, and the official goal reached.

Now it’s time to sit back, enjoy the fireworks, and maybe set aside $20 for the next campaign. Any donations made to the campaign now will be set aside to begin next year’s campaign fund. The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/marion-fireworks.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 23, 2017.

Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum Spring Vacation Schedule

Spring Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum: April 17-21

Come to the New Bedford Whaling Museum throughout the week for crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all! Get to know the Museum with a highlights tour, climb inside an inflatable whale, get crafty at our art stations, and learn stories of life aboard a whaleship from Museum docents.

FREE for Museum members and with regular Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule*

Download the Spring Vacation Week Flyer (pdf)

Monday, April 17

Learn to eat, see and hear like a Right Whale on Right Whale Day

Tuesday, April 18– Friday, April 21

10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale
Climb inside a life-sized inflatable humpback whale

10 am – 12 pm
Kids’ Crafts and Activities
Learn how to feed our friendly squid Sam, create logbooks to take home, and learn about Right Whales.

11 am & 1 pm
Museum Highlights Tours

Group tours led by docents throughout the Museum focused on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, including stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

 

Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 only

2 pm
Curator Tour
Take a 45-minute tour of exhibition galleries guided by a Museum Curator.

Thursday, April 20 only

12:30 pm – 1 pm
To Catch a Whale
Learn from the experts as Museum docents share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

Friday, April 21 only

10:30 am
All aboard the
Lagoda
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.

 

*Schedule is subject to change

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on April 18, 2017.

Rochester

Rochester Town Election Results

Woody Hartley sweeps Selectman seat with 50 percent of votes

By Andrea Ray | Apr 12, 2017   Sippican Week

Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III won a seat on Rochester’s Board of Selectmen Wednesday night with a little over 50 percent of all votes.

After a hard-fought election season, Hartley swept to a Selectman chair with 584 votes out of a total of 1,159 cast. Incumbent Richard Nunes, vying to return to his chair after several terms, garnered 326 votes.

Fellow candidate Ben Bailey garnered 239 votes. He inspected the number sheet with raised eyebrows.

“Wow, he really took it, didn’t he? Good for him,” he said earnestly of Hartley.

Hartley, who spent 18 years as Rochester’s Town Moderator, was visibly emotional in victory. He thanked the citizens of Rochester for turning out to vote, and his family for supporting him. “I know my father would be very proud,” he said as he and his family left Rochester Senior Center, where polling took place.

The Board of Selectmen race held a surprising number of twists and turns for a normally sleepy town. During Candidates’ Night in late March, Nunes accused Hartley of having several interests in conflict with a possible Selectmen seat – Hartley’s wife is a longtime member of Rochester’s School Committee, and his sister is the President of the town’s Womens Club.

Professing himself disappointed in the accusatory tone, Hartley denied any conflicts of interest. He stated that his sister and wife are both volunteers for their respective committees and made no money from their positions.

More sparks flew when Rochester residents received a mailing in favor of Hartley, describing Nunes and Bailey as two peas in a fiscally-irresponsible pod. Hartley denied that he was the source of the mailers, noting his previous distaste for “politics at the level of the recent national elections.”

In other election news, Naida Parker will return as Town Clerk with 897 total votes. Tax Collector Beatrice Renauld garnered 931 votes; Herring Inspector William Watling received 942 votes; Board of Health member W. David Souza received 920 votes.

Arnie Johnson returns to Rochester’s Planning Board with 873 votes; Plumb Library Committee members Phoebe Butler and Rhonda Reints received 885 and 816 votes; Cemetery Commission member David Shaw received 921 votes; Water Commission member Fred Underhill received 909 votes.

Board of Assessors members Jana Cavanaugh and and Deb Lalli received 904 and 895 votes respectively.

Rochester School Committee members Meghan Bennett and Anne Fernandes received 678 and 747 votes respectively.

Joe Pires, won a write-in campaign for a vacant seat on the ORR School Committee.

Question 1, which would have allowed a 15-year property tax increase, of about $40 per resident per year, to finance repairs and resurfacing of Hartley Road and High Street, was denied by voters. They voted it down by 588 negative votes to 323 positive votes.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on April 13, 2017.

hockey

Bulldog Hockey Streak Ends at TD Garden

Bulldogs play TD Garden, lose 3-1

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 19, 2017

Photo by: Georgia Sparling The Bulldogs take the ice.

BOSTON — The Bulldogs put up a great fight on Sunday afternoon but the bigger, faster Shrewsbury Colonials took home a 3-1 win at the state championships at TD Garden.

Although the loss was tough for the Old Rochester/Fairhaven hockey players, head coach Eric Labonte said he was proud of his team.

“It’s a storybook ending. Obviously you want to win the state finals, but no one expected us to be here. It’s a really great ride for these players that they’ll never forget,” he said.

The guys had their sights on the Garden before their first game, getting T-shirts made to wear under their uniforms that read “100 Legends Way,” the stadium’s address.

“The road to the Garden has been their theme for the entire season. They achieved that, now take the pressure off, go out there, play your best hockey,” said Athletic Director Bill Tilden before the game. “I think this is the team that’s going to make us play our best all year.”

Wearing red, the Bulldogs’ fans were many, and as the game got underway the nervousness was palpable, but Lori Labonte said, “the whole team was really positive going into today.”

She would know. As the mother of varsity players Zakary and Tayber Labonte and the wife of the head coach, she’s had a front row seat all season.

“This is his dream to come here,” she said of her husband.

In the first period, the Bulldogs kept the Colonials at bay, with goalie Chase Cunningham never taking his eye off the puck. Neither team scored, but the real battle began in the second period.

“I was actually happy with the first period,” said coach Labonte. “Our goal was really to keep everything in front of us. Then, they exposed us in the second period.”

He said the defense was strained and Shrewsbury wore his players out.

“We were out there with band-aids on trying to make it work,” Labonte said. “Yeah we got run down.”

Shrewsbury scored twice in the second period and a third time in the first minute of the third. ORR quickly answered with a goal by team captain Sam Henrie. But, despite a number of tries, the Bulldogs couldn’t manage to get on the board again.

Said Labonte, “I think at the end of the day, how tired our legs were cost us on the power play. We were all thumbs out there. It felt like we weren’t patient enough on the power plays.”

Overall, Labonte said there are some things that need to change in the league. As part of Division 3 South, the Bulldogs played six games post season, compared to four for Shrewsbury. He said the extra games cost him some players as a few of his athletes were injured, including his son Zackary, who broke his collarbone during a matchup with Dartmouth.

Additionally, Labonte said, while the two schools are both D3, they aren’t drawing from the same size pool.

“They’ve got two thousands kids in their school,” he said. “If you’ve got sixty kids trying out for your hockey team, how hard is it to find fifteen hockey players? I had nineteen kids try out for my team this year.”

That his guys made it this far “is almost a miracle.”

Labonte was also quick to acknowledge that Shrewsbury was a formidable team: “They’re better than us. They outplayed us. They deserved to win.”

The coach also had positive things to say about his players. Among those he highlighted was Henrie, calling him a “one man forecheck.”

He also praised Landon Goguen: “He’s probably the most patient, smartest kids I’ve ever coached in twenty-three years of high school hockey.”

While the loss was emotional, both of Labonte’s sons said making it to the Garden was amazing. Both have played since they were 3 years old, coached by their father all along the way.

“He told me it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and just to take in the atmosphere and have fun,” said Tayber Labonte.

The brothers, who are twins, noted that they won’t have another team like this next year as many of the key players graduate. That made the loss particularly bittersweet, but Zackary said, “Win or lose, it was a great experience.”

The game begins. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The ORR fans were decked out in red. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

(Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Hockey moms Karin Henrie, Kim Goguen and Lori Labonte. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The coaches survey the game. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The start of the game from the jumbotron. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Noah Strawn takes the puck. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Captain Sam Henrie and coach Eric Labonte receive the trophy for state champion finalists.(Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

ORR’s fan section was a sea of red. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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This blog was posted on www.beyondboldmedia.com on March 21, 2017.