Marion 4th 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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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.

 

 

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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.
first time home buyers

Budgeting Tips for First Time Home Buyers

first time home buyersBuying a House for the first time can be nerve racking, but with better budgeting, first time home buyers can get into a house that suits their family as well as their budget.  There are many extra expenses that can go into purchasing a house that the buyer does not anticipate, but with a good real estate agent guiding them as well as their mortgage lender, they can buy a house with confidence.

Mortgage calculators are readily available online to help buyers calculate their mortgage payments including interest, insurance and taxes.  Keeping within their budget is important to avoid being house poor.  Calculating their budget now and keeping within it along with some savings for unforseen circumstances can give them a good idea of what kind of house they can afford.  Their mortgage broker can also help them with this  and have a wealth of ideas on which type of loan would suit them better.

There are some extra costs which should be factored in.                                                                 Home Inspection:  Having a home inspected by a licensed Home Inspector, while not mandatory , is critical to making sure you know everything about a house prior to owning it.  They usually cost around $500 but are well worth the money to ensure there are no costly surprises waiting around the bend.

Closing Costs:  These average around $5000.  These include all the fees associated with buying a house such as lawyer,appraiser, title and recording fees.  They should be included in the budget.  Sometimes, closing costs can be included in the offer to be paid by the seller but generally the offer must be higher to take this into account.

Monthly bills:  Monthly utility bills for the house may be different than what they are currently paying.  The realtor may be able to give a rough estimate what the monthly bills are for the house so that they can be budgeted in.

Maintenance:  Home owners know there is always maintenance to be done.  The Home Inspection will give an idea of what will need to be done in the near and distant future and can be included in the home budget.  A good idea is to set a weekly amount in a separate account to take care of home maintenance.

Purchasing a home can be exciting as well as scary,but proper preparation can make the process much smoother and keep the anxiety down and make it the exciting and satisfying experience it was meant to be.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on June 16, 2017.

Breast Cancer Walk

Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

 Breast Cancer Walk

JOIN AVON 39 FOR A TWO-DAY, 39.3 MILE WALK TO FIGHT – AND FUNDRAISE – TO END BREAST CANCER.

Now, more than ever, so many of us are looking to make a difference and take on a personal challenge. AVON 39 is the event for you. Breast cancer will take 40,000 lives in the U.S. this year. Walking and fundraising for AVON 39 means you’re helping to power research and fund programs that support those in need.

The power of 39 is in you. Come on, we’ll show you how and will be with you every step of the way…

BOSTON

JUNE 24-25, 2017

From Boston’s harbor to lovely neighborhoods like Back Bay and Beacon Hill, those earning their 39 in Boston get an experience like no other. Faneuil Hall, countless charming neighborhoods, Boston Common, and the amount of iconic landmarks are too numerous to mention on this historic walk.

2 DAYS, 39.3 MILES

39ers banding together in Boston have one goal: to take breast cancer down.  AVON 39 is a force of change that can’t be stopped, and you’re part of it.

OPENING CEREMONY: Saturday, June 24, 2017 Ceremony starts at 6:30am CARSON BEACH HARBORWALK 125 William J. Day Boulevard Boston, MA 02127 Bright and early to crush your 39.

BASECAMP 39: Saturday, June 24, 2017 Primetime 39 Entertainment starts at 4:00pm REEBOK WORLD HEADQUARTERS 1895 J W Foster Boulevard Canton, MA 02021 Home is where the heart is.

FINISH FESTIVAL AND CLOSING CEREMONY: Sunday, June 25, 2017 Our Iconic Closing Ceremony starts at 2:00pm CARSON BEACH HARBORWALK 125 William J. Day Boulevard Boston, MA 02127 Come one, come all..

 Visit www.avon39.org  Come join this great event.  You can visit the website for more information.  Join in the walk, donate and stop in at one of the Cheer Stations and cheer on your favorite participant.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 14, 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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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 7, 2017

 

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Be The Neighborhood Real Estate Agent

neighborhoodWhat are consumers really looking for in a real estate agent?  Of course they’d like you to sell their home for them in a timely manner or help them buy a new house, but they can look up houses on their own on the internet. What else are they looking for?

Real Estate Agents still have the local market knowledge and expertise they are looking for.  It is one of our competitive edges in this day and age.  There are a lot of statistics and facts on the local real estate sites, but not always accurate.   We, as real estate agents can help them sort through the facts and realize what is true in our area.   We may not know everything , but there is a lot you can offer on the trends in selling and buying in your neighborhood.  Especially to clients new to the area, you can offer them information on schools, local spots to dine, and even differences in taxes and education in the towns you serve.  You become the local “expert”.

People like to know about the neighborhoods, they are moving into.  Even new agents, who may not be as seasoned, can capitalize on this by researching and learning the local area and blogging about it on your website.

You can become the “local agent” and that leads to real estate success.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on June 1, 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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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on March 31, 2017.

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Millennial First Time Home Buyers

The struggle is real for Millennial homebuyers

21 Turner St.

New Listing in New Bedford, MA

21 Turner St.

New Listing in New Bedford, MA.  Adorable ranch in a quiet neighborhood.  Farmer’s porch and large back deck.  Landscaped back yard with two sheds and a fenced in yard.  Amenities include an attached carport, hardwood floors throughout, with central air and central vac.  Move-in ready.  No showings until Open House, Sunday, May 21st, 12-2 pm.  Come on out and view this cute gem.  Call Carolyn MacGregor 508-742-8314

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