Mattapoisett Schools Food Drive a Huge Success!

Assistant principal goes to great heights for canned food drive

Photo by: Georgia SparlingNon-perishable food donated by students bows a table at Center School.

MATTAPOISETT — Throughout the school year, the health offices at Center School and Old Hammondtown School urged students to “help can hunger.” And by May, the students from preschool to sixth grade had collected 1,700 non-perishable food items to donate to a local food pantry.

In May, Assistant Principal Kevin Tavares upped the ante with a challenge of his own.

Tavares took the winnings from his staff’s healthy eating challenge and bought 480 items to donate to the food pantry. Then, he gave the kids a dare they couldn’t quite pass up.

“I told them if they could bring in one more can than I did, I would spend the night on the roof of Center School,” explained Tavares.

Called “Mr. T’s Challenge,” students had from June 1 to 17 to bring in food items. They matched Tavares’ donation and then almost doubled it. On Monday, June 15, the students had donated almost 800 cans.

“I’d say it was successful,” Tavares said.

On July 18 he plans to get on Center School’s roof and stay there until the following morning. Tavares said he hopes friends, family and parents will continue to donate cans while he settles in on the eaves.

Beth Oleson, a member of the schools’ health office, said the year-long can drive has been a positive one for students.

“The kids have really learned and been engaged in this community project – from bringing in to collecting, to sorting and checking expiration dates. There’s been school-wide support,” she said.

For his part, Tavares is glad to see the students rise to his challenge, and he doesn’t mind spending a night on the roof for a good cause … though if anyone has a small tent he could use, give him a call.

“It’ll be fun,” he said. And he hopes to get a few hours of sleep so he can be chipper for the sixth grade graduation the following morning.

“I’ll need to be fresh as a daisy.”

Mr. T unveils his challenge. (Courtesy of: Beth Oleson)
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Old Rochester Little League

Old Rochester Little League Opening Day!

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Old Rochester Little League Opening Day was held  Saturday, May 2nd at Old Hammondtown Fields in Mattapoisett, MA. The Major Leagues, Minors, Triple A, Double A, and Single A all gathered at  Knights of Columbus in Mattapoisett and marched to the ball field at Old Hammondtown.   The teams and coaches were announced and the national anthem was sung by Sarah Achorn.

The first ball was thrown out and  the words “Play Ball” were spoken and the official season of Old Rochester Little League began.

Games were played on Lambo field later in the day as well as Rochester and Marion fields.

Over 300 kids are involved in Little League this year.  The tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have combined to form the Old Rochester Little League for 3  years now. The teams are mixed with children from each town on every team.  It’s a great way to get the kids familiar with kids they will be in school with come junior high.  Opening Day alternates between the three towns every year.  Next year the parade will head back to Rochester.

It was a beautiful day to be outside and enjoying the sport of baseball!

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Prom 2015: Overall Spending Down!

Prom 2015: Overall spending down, but cost of promposals on the rise


A nationwide survey conducted by Visa found that the average American household will spend $919 on high school’s most storied night — a 6 percent decrease from last year. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for

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Parents of high school students have reason to celebrate: The cost of prom is going down.

A nationwide survey conducted by Visafound that the average American household will spend $919 on high school’s most storied night — a 6 percent decrease from last year.

And while the majority of the annual tab includes the cost of tickets, attire, limousine rental, flowers, photographs, and after party festivities — the single biggest prom-related expense actually precedes the annual dance: the “promposal.”

According to Visa’s findings, the pomp and circumstance of the promposal is on the rise. At least one third of the annual cost of prom — about $324 — will be spent on securing a date to the big dance, according to Visa.

“Prom is a fun night for the kids to get together and dance, but spending $300 plus on a promposal to simply ask your date is exorbitant,” said Nat Sillin, Visa’s head of U.S. Financial Education.

promposal.jpeg“Promposals strike me as a wasteful fad,” said Sean Graw of the bargain-hunting website (Len Melisurgo | NJ Advance Media for

Destination Hometown

Make March Magical!

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Make March Magical by sharing your gratitude!  How?  We love being part of this community!

We want to thank all of the local businesses and professionals that we come in contact with on a daily basis.  Have you, as community members, ever thought how we can repay those professionals around us?  We have!  It’s called gratitude marketing and it’s writing a review for them and letting the world know how amazing you think they are!  Why is this important?  It’s important because now more than ever, people are making decisions by the reviews that they read about a business or a person.  If you are like 90% of the consumers, you go to the web.  You check reviews.  You decide based on what you find.  In fact, studies show that a review from a stranger often holds more weight than a referral from a friend.  This area is notorious for being sleepy as far as review writing.  Reviews are so important to businesses today, yet we all struggle to ask our happy clients for them.  so, for March, share your magic….in the way of a review.

Here are some tips on writing a review:

Google their business.  Their business will come up and on the right hand side of the page will be their “Google business.”  On the bottom of that box, there is a spot that says to review.

Go to their Facebook page.  While it won’t be indexed by google, many people will see, and that is very significant to the business or professional.

Go to their website.  Most websites have prompts on how they want you to leave a review.

Go to Yelp.  Yelp is important because when you ask Siri a question, Yelp answers.  Yelp is tricky though, because they want you to abe a “Yelper” and do more than one review.

Linked in.  Go to their Linked In Page.  This is the professional equivalent to Facebook for a business professional.  Please note!  A recommendation is much more powerful than an endorsement.

Go to We have LOTTIE the LOVEbug- Which is a platform to leave Live Online Video Endorsements.  Share your LOVE!  Video is the king of all communication, because your sentiments can be heard!

Visit for more information on gratitude marketing and Signing up for the BOLD Day Challenge.

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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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Christal Clear Home Staging on Page One of Google!

christal-1024x1024Destination SouthCoast is excited to announce that Christal Clear Home Staging can now be found on the first page of Google! Christal Lanagan came to Destination SouthCoast looking for help to promote her home staging business by generating reviews from happy clients. When Christal first came to us in April her business was not showing up on the first page of a Google search. After a video review from her ambassador which was then shared on outlets such as Youtube and the Destination SouthCoast Website, Christal’s business now appears on page one!

Does your business need help with reputation marketing? Destination SouthCoast is here to help. Come to one of our seminars to learn more about what we can do for you! Check out for more information and for our upcoming seminar schedule.

Video Reviews are Powerful

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Video Reviews inspire Trust

Video Reviews are Powerful! Destination SouthCoast makes it easy for customers to leave reviews for businesses using LOTTIE the L.O.V.E.bug  the scannable icon and a smartphone or computer. Right at the point of purchase, a pleased customer can scan a sign with LOTTIE and the QR code for Destination SouthCoast to leave a message about how the business performed for them.

Video reviews are more powerful than text reviews because customers appreciate the person-to-person approach. For businesses, a video review earns twice the search engine power with Google ratings because the video review gets posted on YouTube as well.

New millennium web surfers like to watch more than they like to read. Spontaneous video reviews for Destination SouthCoast businesses inspire trust and are authentic. In the world of promoting your business, it’s hard to combine good testimonials with authenticity unless people can see that the good word-of-mouth is coming directly from the customer.

For more info on connecting video reviews to your business using LOTTIE and Destination SouthCoast, call 508-997-8844.LOTTIE the LOVEbug

Benefits of Destination SouthCoast

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Destination SouthCoast puts you on the cyber map.

What are the benefits of being part of the Destination SouthCoast revolution? With our system of hyperlocal reputation marketing, you benefit from high visibility on the internet and a network of customer reviews that convince others that you are a business worth frequenting!

Destination SouthCoast is a powerful alternative to other advertising approaches. Unlike television, radio or print, our marketing has staying power and is affordable in comparison to traditional approaches that people are increasingly ignoring.

So what do we do? Destination SouthCoast is a free directory of businesses in the SouthCoast area for people who live here or are looking to relocate to a new home or visit the area. It is the place that specializes in letting residents find out who is in their own backyard.

Along with the directory there is the option of signing up for video testimonial services that accompany your listing. These reviews are your good word-or-mouth turned into convincing sales tools that people can find online. Studies show what shoppers believe reviews more than they believe what a vendor says about its own business. Five reviews can increase your customer base by 20 percent!

Destination SouthCoast is also dedicated to helping your business show up on page one of the Google search results for your field. Even if you already have a web site, we know how to optimize your visibility online.

Finally, Destination SouthCoast hosts Tuesday night seminars and networking opportunities at its 145 Fairhaven Road location in Mattapoisett. Every other week people gather here for free to learn more about what we have to offer and meet other business owners who are using hyperlocal reputation marketing to advance their enterprises online.

Our next gathering is Tuesday May 27. Call Destination SouthCoast’s creator Beyond BOLD Media at 508-997-8844 for more information, to let us know you’re coming, or to set up a private consultation to learn what we can do for you and what you can be doing for yourself to grow beyond what traditional marketing can offer you.

How to Gather Video Reviews Using Lottie

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Lottie is a new Web tool for video reviews!

Reputation Marketing is the hot new approach to gaining customers using the 21st Century’s version of word-of-mouth recommendations: Lottie.

Getting a friend’s recommendation for a business has always been the most powerful way to convince a potential customer that they want to spend their time and dollars on that recommended business. Now video testimonials online make it easy for that word-of-mouth to go viral and reach countless customers searching for business recommendation.

How can you get in on the action? “Lottie the Love Bug” is a new online tool that businesses can use to gather video reviews from satisfied customers. Created by Destination SouthCoast and the marketing team of Beyond Bold Media, Lottie is a scannable logo that businesses can use on mailings, business cards, brochures, menus, and more to reach customers who might want to create a video review right from their home computer or smartphone.

Lottie’s motto is “Love Them Tell Us.” At Destination SouthCoast we want to use Lottie to help local businesses build their customer base and raise revenues. We think that a job well done should be bragged about on the internet where new potential customers can find the area’s high performing businesses.

Lottie is more than just a logo, however. It is also a clickable online link that brings satisfied clients to a web-based system of creating video reviews. Those reviews get collected by Destination SouthCoast and then distributed across a network of specialized web pages that are designed to capture attention when new potential customers use Google to find a business resource with a good reputation.

Want to use Lottie to help build your web presence and reputation? Call Beyond Bold Media at 508-997-8844 to find out how this webutation system works. Ask us about how we can plug into your existing website or build one for you!


Get on Page One of Google

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Destination SouthCoast helps you show up on Google’s page one!

Get your web listing on the first page of Google search results! There is a popular saying that you can hide a dead body on page two of Google search results. Don’t let your web site become a dead body. By following these simple steps or letting the web building experts at Destination South Coast help you, your online presence will soon be popping up high on the web’s most popular search engine.

The most important trick is to keep your web site full of active content. What is active content? Active content is made up of fresh postings that the Google software notices when it combs the web for sites that are worth putting up on page one as major players in cyberspace.

How do you keep your content fresh? You want to be updating your web site with new information every week! Blogs are the best way to get Google’s attention because not only do the articles contain words relevant to your business that help people find you, but blogs also are built with what are called “keyword tags” that categorize for Google which searches they should show up in.

Keep your web site interesting, up-to-date, and responsive to Google by knowing how to use blogs and keywords to your best turnout. Look for future blogs on Destination South Coast for hints on using keywords. As for blogs, get subjects into your writing that are related to what people might be searching for when they use Google to find your business.

For example, if you are a fish market, think about posting on your web site information about the most interesting catch-of-the-day. Include recipes and nutrition information. Be sure to mention your location and how you can be contacted. You want to come up on the search page first if an interested customer enters “seafood market near New Bedford” or asks Google “where can I buy lobster in the South Coast region?”

For help with using blogs and keywords to keep your content fresh and make it turn up on page one of a Google search, call Destination South Coast and the Beyond Bold Media marketing team that creates it at 508-997-8844.