Kindness Rocks

Kindness Rocks at BOLD Moves

Kindness Rocks

BOLD Moves Real Estate is out in our local communities everyday.  They are your community experts in our BOLDtowns.  The BOLDIES Team is painting rocks in their Kindness Rocks initiative.  Words of encouragement and kindness.  We can all use that.  They are almost done and ready to be placed out in the community.

Stay tuned for more updates as the rocks are placed out in our BOLDtowns by our team members. and see if you can spot any.  If you turn them over and see the BOLDtown logo, you know you found a BOLDtown Kindness rock.

We can all use words of encouragement, love, and kindness everyday.  At BOLD Moves, we are dedicated to helping take the stress and anxiety out of your real estate transaction and help unknot those knots in your stomach.

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This blog was posted on on January 24, 2017.



Mattapoisett Town Beach Christmas Polar Plunge

Swimmers brave ice, snowstorm for charity

By Andrea Ray | Dec 25, 2017


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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Miss New Bedford

Sara Achorn of Rochester, Miss New Bedford

Rochester native wins Miss New Bedford crown

Oct 02, 2017

Courtesy of: Miss New Bedford  
Miss New Bedford Sara Achorn alongside several other Miss New Bedford competitors.

NEW BEDFORD — Rochester native Sara Achorn has won the 65th edition of the Miss New Bedford pageant.

Achorn, an 18-year-old freshman at Lesley University, won the crown over eight other contestants. Her win brought her a $6,500 scholarship. In addition, she won two other awards. The first, the Talent Award, was awarded to her as the highest-scoring talent act. Achorn sang “And I am Telling You,” from the musical Dreamgirls.

The new Miss New Bedford also took the Miracle Maker Award, given to the contestant who has raised the most money for the hospitals involved in the Children’s Miracle Network.

All eight contestants competed in several rounds. They answered an “Onstage Question,” performed a talent, and showed off their bathing suits and beautiful dresses in the swimwear and evening wear rounds.

“I instantly felt myself to start to cry,” Achorn said of the final announcement. “Then when they actually called my name I still didn’t believe it. It was crazy! It sounds cliche but I truly believe any one of the women could have walked home with the crown that night.”

Achorn’s will dedicate her year of service to the city of New Bedford as a role model and volunteer. She will also be working on spreading the message of her platform, “Imperfection: Pushing the Importance of Body Positivity in Today’s Youth.”

Achorn also won the Miss Plymouth County pageant in April, and was voted the “Most Talented Non-Finalist” in this year’s Miss Massachusetts pageant.

With her win in the Miss New Bedford pageant, she is eligible to compete in next year’s Miss Massachusetts pageant as well.

The Southcoast area is well represented with Jillian Zucco of Mattapoisett wearing the crown of Miss Massachusetts and local Sara Achorn of Rochester winning the Miss New Bedford title. It’s always exciting to watch one of our own achieving their dreams. Sara is definitely one to keep your eyes on in the coming years.

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This blog was posted on on October 3, 2017.

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Rochester Troop 31 New Scouts Crossover!

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Rochester Boy Scout Troop 31 welcomed two new Boy Scouts on Friday night.  Pack 30 Cub Scouts held their annual Crossover Ceremony and Blue and Gold Banquet at the First Congregational Church in Rochester.  The boys were treated to a special Crossover Ceremony by the New Bedford Troop 24.  This is an important ceremony for the Webelos Cub Scouts.  Eli MacGregor and Tyler Souza received their Arrow of Light, which is the highest Cub Scout Rank and the only Award they are allowed to wear on their new Boy Scout uniforms.

The Crossover Ceremony is only performed by a small number of Boy Scout Troops and New Bedford  Troop 24 provided an impressive Ceremony in full regalia which involved the boys lighting candles to represent the meaning of the Scout Law and crossing over the Bridge to Boy Scouts.

Rochester Troop 31 Boy Scouts were on hand to receive the Boys into their troop and present them with their new Boy Scout Handkerchief.

Eli and Tyler worked very hard to earn their badges and receive their Arrow of Light.  Eli started as a Tiger Cub in 1st grade and Tyler joined as a Webelos Scout.

The Cub Scout Master, Roger Poulin, presented the boys with their new Boy Scout Handbook. The Crossover was held in conjunction with the Blue and Gold Banquet which is held every year as a birthday party for Cub Scouts.  Pizza and salad as well as special cupcakes made the night a complete success.

As the Den Leader for the boys since they were Tiger Cubs, this was a bittersweet moment.  I am very proud of the accomplishments they have made but will miss the den meetings and the family atmosphere of the Cub Scouts.  They are now on their way to Eagle, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

Congratulations to Eli and Tyler!

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Super Bowl Sunday!

Destination HometownSuper Bowl Sunday is almost here!  The Patriots vs. The Seattle Seahawks!   Make sure you tune it on Sunday at 6:30 pm on NBC.  There has been a lot of  attention paid to the whole “deflate-gate” football situation.  Thankfully, it has mostly been laid to rest so the teams and the fans can concentrate on the game itself. Check out this great snow sculpture on Crystal Spring Rd. in Mattapoisett.

The Super Bowl is always the culmination of a great season and if your local team makes the cut, it’s more than awesome.  The New England Patriots have the most loyal fan base and Super Bowl parties are planned throughout the states. It’s a great way to get family and friends together and watching together is always better than a solo night.

Although I’m not a huge football fan, I can appreciate the excitement and fun of a Super Bowl Party.  There are always the kids and wives who would rather spend the game in the kitchen chatting or in the basement playing than watching the game.  This is also a tradition.

The half-time show always makes it worth watching even if you are not a fan of football.   It’s always spectacular and Katy Perry should put on a great show.  Then there are the commercials that are specifically for the Super Bowl.  They are usually extremely funny or heartwarming so the Super Bowl has something for everyone!

Go Patriots!

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Winter Blizzard of 2015 Is Here!

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The Winter Blizzard of 2015 is upon us!  Are you ready?  The Governor of Massachusetts has declared a State of Emergency and a ban on travel after midnight on all state roadways.  This way plow crews will be able to get the roads cleared without unnecessary traffic.   You could be arrested for driving after midnight so make sure you get where you are going and stay there.    Bridges are expected to be closed after midnight like the Braga Bridge so plan accordingly.

Our area is under a Blizzard Warning. The forecast calls for heavy snow,strong winds and blizzard conditions beginning late tonight and continuing until early Wednesday.  The most severe portion of the storm will be from tonight through Tuesday afternoon.  A total accumulation of 20-30 inches could fall in the New Bedford area.  Also sustained winds from the North/Northesast  of 15-25 mph with gusts of 65-75 mph. There could be white-out conditions.

Be prepared.  There could be wide-spread power outages.

Here are some tips:

Keep your radios and devices plugged in and have extra batteries for your flashlights.

Make sure generators are ready to go.  Never run one inside the house.  They need  air to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Have extra blankets ready and wood for your fireplace or woodstove.

Have snow shovels ready.  Take it easy shoveling and take frequent breaks.

Have meals prepared that you don’t have to cook in case the power goes out.

Have your car filled with gas.  If the power goes out, the pumps won’t work.

Check on elderly family members and neighbors.  Help them with shoveling and clearing off paths.  Make sure they are warm and ok.

Have some activities for the kids that don’t involve electricity such as board games, crafts, books, coloring or painting activities.

Most of all stay calm and plan on staying in and enjoying some much needed family time.

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This blog was originally posted on on January 26, 2015

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The New Automated Trash and Single Stream Recycling Program!

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The New Automated Trash and Single Stream Recycling Program has come to Rochester and Mattapoisett.  New garbage carts were delivered last week.  Everyone has received a garbage cart for Recyclables and a garbage cart for trash.  The new system will not go into effect until February 6th.  Until then, everyone should be using their old cans and recycle bins.  Each garbage cart came with a pamphlet explaining the new program.  The recycle garbage receptacle is larger than the regular trash receptacle. The recycle receptacle can hold about 95 gallons. This program will be monitored for compliance.  Trash cannot be put in the recycle receptacle and recyclables cannnot be put in the garbage receptacle.

The towns are hoping that this will encourage more people to recycle their trash.  Improper use of the carts could result in fines.  Each cart should be set out on the street two feet apart on garbage day.  Recyclable carts will be picked up and emptied every other week and regular carts emptied every week.  The new garbage trucks will have mechanical arms to pick up the carts and empty them and are running on a cleaner fuel that is more efficient

The pamphlets explain what should go into each cart.  All recyclables should be rinsed and clean.

There has been a mixed reaction from local Rochester residents I have talked to. Many felt the garbage cart was too small and one was not enough.  The garbage inside must be in a bag and the lid has to close.  Any bags left outside of the carts will not be picked up.  You can petition the town for another garbage cart, and they will evaluate the situation on a case by case basis and make a decision.  Residents who already recycle feel the program will not change their situation or how they separate their garbage.   Those who do not recycle are concerned about the amount of work it will involve and space in their house to do it. Some residents felt it was easier to just bring their garbage to the dump.

As with all new programs, it will take awhile to get everyone on board.  It’s brand new and everyone is a little concerned with compliance  We will keep track of the implementation and check back with how residents are feeling once they start the new system.  Stay tuned. Visit for more information.

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This blog was originally posted on on January 21,2015

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Rochester Pack 30 Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby!

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Rochester Pack 30 Cub Scouts  Pinewood Derby was held on Saturday, January 10th at the Rochester Memorial School.  This is a time-honored tradition which has been going on for 50 plus years.  The boys were given a Pinewood Derby kit which includes a block of wood and 4 wheels and axles.  They are then able to cut the block of wood into any shape they would like as long as they stick to the rules which includes how long the cars can be and distance between axles, etc.  The weight of the car cannot exceed 5.0 ounces.  Adding lead or weights to the car can help achieve the correct weight. Graphite is usually sprinkled on the wheels to help them roll better down the track.

The cars were very colorful and imaginative this year and every scout names his car.  There was Captain America, The Monza Machine, and Team Roscoe to name a few.  Every boy receives recognition for the uniqueness of their car and the top four winners received trophies and will move on to The District Pinewood Derby to race again.

The track is a hand-crafted track built by Joe Valente (a past Scoutmaster)  and his students at Greater New Bedford Voke and is one of the best-made in the area.  It is now stored by Kevin Thompson from Bold Moves Real Estate and Rochester Pack 30 for use every year.  The track was originally low tech.  Leaders would sit at the end and determine first, second, third, and fourth place. Now the track is connected to a high tech computer program which determines the winners for each race and also randomly places the cars in order for each heat so each car gets a chance to race on each of the four tracks.  It is a fun day for the boys and they learn how to work on a wood project and use various tools.

Parents and grandparents were on hand to cheer the boys on and take part in a hot dog lunch which included hot chili and soup on a cold day.

Every boy has his own method for making their car unique and fast.  There is no tried and true recipe and you never know which car will be the fastest for the day. Aerodynamics and weight all come into play but the boys are always excited to make a car that is special to them.

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This blog was originally published on on January 15,2015

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Fairhaven Polar Plunge 2015 at Fort Phoenix!

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 About 250 people took part in the Fairhaven Polar Plunge at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven on New Year’s Day to help raise money for scholarships.  This included the Allen family, pictured above. Terry Allen and his son Josh, and daughter Chelsea took part in the icy challenge.  Kathy Lopes is the chairwoman of the Fairhaven plunge.  She said the event awards a $1000 scholarship to a Fairhaven student majoring in either psychology, sociology or law enforcement.

The past two years scholarship has been awarded to a Fairhaven High School Student who was majoring in law enforcement.  This year students who attend Greater New Bedford Regional, Vocational, Technical High School in New Bedford are also able to apply for the scholarship.

This is the events third year since it took over after the 2010 cessation of the former Fairhaven Polar Plunge at Fort Phoenix, which was held in memory of Nancy Schonheinz who was killed in a domestic violence incident.  Schonheinz was a Fairhaven resident and physical therapist.

Lopes said the mission of the plunge is still to call attention to domestic violence as well as to raise money for scholarships.

Donations can be sent to Dollars For Scholars, at 100 Cedar St., Fairhaven, MA 02719 according to Southcoast Today.

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This blog was originally published on January 12, 2015 on

What’s your Webutation?

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What being said about you online?

Do you know what a Webutation is? Your potential customers do! A Webutation is the online reputation you’re building from the reviews others are leaving about you on sites like Google, Yelp and Facebook.

Have you checked your reviews? Look yourself up on Google and see if under your listing there is a notation that you have reviews. Click on Google Reviews and see what people are saying about you. Do the same thing on Yelp and Facebook.

If you have no reviews, start encouraging your satisfied clients to leave some. Studies have found that people trust an online review from a stranger almost as much as they trust a word-of-mouth referral from a friend. They certainly trust your Webutation more than they trust what you say about yourself on your own web site.

Now is the time to start building your Webutation as it is becoming the next hot thing in reputation marketing. Certainly if you find you have a negative or lukewarm review you want to take corrective action to build up your good scores.

For more information on how to be proactive about reputation marketing and building your outstanding Webutation, contact Destination SouthCoast to find out more about what we can do for your business. Visit or call Beyond Bold Media at 508-997-8844.