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Rochester Police Officer Honored

Police officer, ‘good samaritan’ honored for courage and composure

By Andrea Ray | Jul 24, 2017

Photo by: Andrea RayRochester police officer Nathan Valente listens as Police Chief Paul Magee reads his letter of commendation.

ROCHESTER — Rochester police officer Nathan Valente was honored in front of friends and family on July 24 for his selfless actions when a semi-truck crashed into a pond on Mary’s Pond Road.

Valente was on duty and was the first officer to respond on June 22, when the driver of a semi-truck crashed through a guardrail and into a holding tank on Mary’s Pond Road.  He and an anonymous passerby held the driver’s head above water for 40 minutes, until the driver could be safely extricated from the vehicle.

Valente acted with “courage, composure, bravery and without regard for his own safety,” said Rochester Police Chief Paul Magee at the July 24 meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen, as he presented Valente with a permanent letter of commendation. “I’m very proud and impressed that we have people like this working for us here.”

“You make us all very proud, and thank you for your outstanding service,” said Selectman Naida Parker.

The anonymous passerby was also granted a letter of commendation. “He has told me several times that he wishes to remain anonymous,” Magee explained, “but he will also receive a letter of commendation in the mail, and a copy of the video of this meeting. He should know what his actions mean to us.”

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on July 28, 2017.

Mattapoisett Harbor Days

Harbor Days in Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett Harbor DaysMattapoisett Harbor Day sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lions Club will be held this year starting July 9th through July 16th.

The week is always a huge success and a great tradition in Mattapoisett.

Here is a schedule of the events starting July 9th.

★ July 9 — Triathlon begins at Town Beach 8:00 a.m.

★ July 9 — New this year! “Shopping at Shipyard” featuring moms who run businesses from home. 2:00-4:00

★ July 12 — Mouthwatering strawberry shortcake makes its debut at 7:00 p.m. during the concert. It will also be available throughout the weekend until sold out!

★ July 13 — Painting with a Splash under the tent 7:00 p.m.—$35.00/p.p.

★ July 14 — “Oxford Creamery” Fish Fry 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. under the tent. Enjoy dinner prepared by local favorite Oxford Creamery!

★ July 15 & 16 — Vendors will have their wares available for purchase! Clothing, crafts, jewelry, toys, pottery and more! U-Pick-’Em Auction both days!

★ July 15 — Lobsterfest 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. under the tent

★ July 16 — Pancake breakfast.

Come on out for a great time.   Visit http://www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org  for more information and how to sign up for the various events.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on July 11, 2017.

Fourth of July Parade

Marion Fourth of July Parade 2017

Marion 4th of July Parade

The Marion Fourth of July Parade went off without a hitch on Tuesday.  The day dawned warm and partly cloudy.  It was a little on the hot side but typical Fourth of July Parade weather.  There were floats, bands, marching veterans, brownies and girl scouts, antique cars and tractors to name a few of the parade participants.  There were flags handed out and of course lots of candy for the kids.  The parade ended with the tri-town fire trucks and paraphernalia with sirens blaring and lights flashing.  It is always a great tradition in the Town of Marion and the streets were lined with families watching the parade.  It’s a great hometown tradition and followed on the heels of the Marion Fireworks which returned this year on Sunday night July 2nd  at Silvershell Beach.

It made for a spectacular Fourth of July Holiday in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on July 5, 2017.

Marion fireworks

Local Fireworks

fireworksFourth of July is almost here.  Here are some of the local towns who will be having Fireworks this Fourth of July.

Marion-  The Fireworks are back this year.   Fireworks will be held on  Sunday, July 2nd at 9pm at Silvershell Beach   (Rain Date 7/9/2017)

New Bedford- Tuesday, July 4 at 9 p.m. at the State Pier

Boston 7/4/2017 10:30 PM Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

Freetown 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way

Middleboro 10:00 PM Middleborough Park Department (Rain Date 7/3/2017)

Provincetown 7/4/2017 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier

Onset 7/1/2017 Dusk Onset Beach & Bay (Rain Date 7/8/2017)

Hyannis 7/4/2017 Dusk Lewis Beach (Rain Date 9/2/2017)

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 27, 2017.

 

 

cardboard boats

Cardboard Boats Fill Mattapoisett Harbor

Students take over Mattapoisett Harbor with cardboard boats

By Tanner Harding | Jun 15, 2017

Photo by: Tanner HardingStudents race across the harbor in homemade boats.

MATTAPOISETT — If the Titanic had sailed into Mattapoisett Harbor, it wouldn’t have sank. There are no icebergs in Buzzards Bay, afterall. At least, this is the reasoning of a group of Old Rochester Regional Junior High students who named their cardboard boat the JHS Titanic.

“We named it that because it looks unsinkable,” Ethan McElroy said about naming the boat after the doomed ship.

It seems McElroy, his brother Lucas McElroy, Max Vivino and Caleb Devoe were onto something, as they had one of the fastest race times of the day.

The foursome was part of the junior high group that took to the seas instead of the woods, choosing to take part in cardboard boat races in Mattapoisett Harbor, rather than participating in the Survival camping trip.

Students were free to design their boats however they saw fit, with a few exceptions: it could only be made using cardboard and duct tape, and the tape can’t cover the entire boat.

Alyssa Fornaro, Savannah Texeira, Hanna Texeira, Haley Andrews and Maya Mcleod, creators of the fan-favorite boat Aquafart, decided to use cardboard tubes in their design.

“We used tubes because they have air in them so they’ll help us float,” Fornaro said.

The group of Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos focused more on the aesthetics, and went for a Viking-themed boat.

“Dragons are cool and we saw a lot of Viking boats online, so we did that,” Curry said.

However, Viking flags and dragon designs aside, they didn’t ignore the practical side either.

“We put a lot of layers,” Scully said. “Just a ton of layers of cardboard.”

Not all the boats held up in the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Caleb Devoe, Max Vivino, Ethan McElroy and Lucas McElroy hope the JHS Titanic has a more successful maiden voyage than its namesake. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Fan-favorite Aquafart heads to the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Alyssa Fornaro and Savannah Texeira row as hard as they can. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos get ready to take to the high seas.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Ethan and Lucas McElroy celebrate their win. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 20, 2017.
graduations

Local High School Graduations

graduationIt’s graduation time and many area high schools held their graduation ceremonies last weekend.  Old Rochester Regional High School graduated approximately 176 students on Saturday, June 3rd. Despite cloudy skies, the rain held off and the graduation was held outside.   149 will go on to higher education and 7 have chosen the military.

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester graduated 132 students from Acushnet, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Carver, Freetown and Lakeville on Sunday, June 4th.   Superintendent Aaron Polansky and English Teacher Gina Despres both had words of wisdom for the graduates.

Fairhaven High Graduation was held on Sunday June 4th.  The graduation was also held outside due to the good weather.

Dartmouth High School  held their graduation ceremonies on Sunday June 4th also as well as Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth.

New Bedford Vocational Technical High School  in New Bedford  will be holding their graduation today June 7th at 6 pm at the football field.

Friday, June 9th will be graduation day for Wareham High School Seniors.

Tabor Academy held an early graduation on Monday, May 29th Memorial Day at 2 pm.

Good luck to all the area graduates as they continue on to the next step in their journey we call  life.

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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.

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River, sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, will take place on Monday, May 29, starting at 8:30 am at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir, Snipatuit Road, in Rochester and finish at the Herring Weir, River Road at Route 6, in Mattapoisett.

The minimum age for contestants is seven years old on Memorial Day. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer design of any material you choose. There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.

Divisions include open men’s/women’s, junior boys, junior girls, co-ed and parent/child. Junior division teams are both contestants under 14 years old. Parent/child is for a parent with his/her child (child under 14 years old) or an adult (25 or older) with a child (child under 14 years old). Trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division.

Pre-registration is required. Contestants may register at the Rochester Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Road, on Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. No registrations will be accepted after Friday, May 19 at 8:00 pm. It may be prudent for contestants that raced last year to submit their paper work on the first night of registration in the event of unforeseen circumstances that prevent them from attending the last registration and losing the starting position they earned based on last year’s finish position. This would also make the work load on the registration staff a bit easier on the last night of registration.

Rules and registration forms may be obtained at Lloyd’s Market and at the registration sessions. A signed registration form must be submitted by each contestant for a team to be eligible to draw a starting position.

The Boat Race Ham & Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of the Memorial Day weekend, May 27, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rochester Memorial School. Tickets for the supper may be purchased at the door.

William Watling III has again offered to make two carbon fiber racing paddles – one straight shaft and one bent shaft – to be raffled separately at the supper. Raffle tickets are $5 each per paddle and may be purchased at the registration sessions and at the supper. Proceeds from the supper, along with donations, fund the expenses of the race. (There is no registration/entry fee to race.)

Trophies and prizes will be awarded on Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm.

For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Arthur F. Benner at 508-763-2024.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 16, 2017.

Fieldstone Farm Market

Grand Opening, Thursday, May 25th 9 AM

Fieldstone Farm MarketFieldstone Farm Market in Marion is gearing up for its Grand Opening on Thursday, May 25th at 9 AM.   The new asphalt parking lot is done and all the work on the inside is moving forward.  The shelves are filling up and new products are coming in every day.   Stay tuned for some of the fresh, organic products which will line the shelves.

The new wooden bins are awaiting the fresh fruit and produce which will fill them up as well as baked goods, ready-made foods, specialty coffees and olive oils, to name a few.  The ice cream window is nearing completion and all the accessories are being put into place for the grand opening.   Owner, Arnie Johnson, of Rochester is welcoming new staff and is excited to see everything come into fruition.

Stay tuned for more updates and a list of some of the vendors and items that will make this a truly unique market and a great addition to the town of Marion.

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This blog was posted on www.fieldstonefarmmarket.com on May 12, 2017.