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Fall Landscaping Tips

fallFall Landscaping Tips according to This Old House

“This is prime time to prep your yard for the next growing season,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. Cooling temperatures slow aboveground growth, and moister soil encourages strong root development. Removing spent stems, dead branches, and heavy leaf cover protects plants’ overall health. Read on for Roger’s fall checklist.

Aerate the Lawn

If rainfall pools on the grass, it’s time to aerate compressed soil so water and nutrients can reach the roots. A garden fork can do the job on a small yard, but for larger lawns Roger uses a walk-behind aerator that pulls out 2½-to 3-inch-deep soil plugs, which will break down naturally by spring.

Feed Your Grass

Cutting back on fertilizer in late summer prevents perennials from wasting energy on leaf production. “But grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to around 40 degrees,” says Roger, “so this is a good time to feed them.” Apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to lawns in fall to encourage roots, so turf greens up earlier in spring.

Mow a Final Time

Roger trims turf down to 1¼ inches for the last cut of the season. “Disease has a harder time with shorter grass,” Roger says, “and fallen leaves blow across the lawn because they have nothing to latch on to.” Don’t go too low, though: Grass makes most of its food in the upper blade.

Collect Leaves

To make fallen leaves easier to transport, rake them onto a plastic tarp. Roger adds them (along with leaves he’s cleared from the gutters) to a compost bin—a simple chicken-wire pen will do. Flip the leaf pile every week with a garden fork to aerate; the “black gold” that results next year can nourish lawns, flower beds, and shrub borders.

Plant New Shrubs

In many parts of the country, planting shrubs in early fall gives the plants a head start at establishing roots in the season’s cool, moist soil. The basics: Dig a hole (twice the diameter and to a depth of 2 inches less than the full height of the root ball); position the shrub in the hole (make sure the top of the root ball remains at, not below, ground level); fill in with soil; water to settle soil; add more soil to top of root ball (don’t pack soil down with foot); mulch.

Trim Dead Limbs

Lifeless branches can succumb to winter snow and winds, endangering you and your home. “For big jobs, call in the pros,” says Roger. But you can protect small ornamental trees from further damage by cutting cracked, loose, and diseased limbs close to (but not flush with) the trunk; leave the wounds exposed to heal.

Cut Back Perrenials

A little work now results in healthier spring beds: Evict tired annuals, as well as the snails and slugs that feed on them, which breed in fall. Trim spent perennial foliage down to the ground; this sends energy to the roots, for next season. Every three years, divide crowded tuberous plants, like irises and daylilies: More space means more flowers.

Mulch Young Plants

Give new beds a layer of mulch—chopped leaves, weed-free straw, or wood chips—after a light frost, but before the ground freezes. Till decomposed layers of organic mulch into the soil, then apply a fresh 2- to 4-inch layer (more will smother roots) to keep new plantings warm and to control water runoff and soil erosion.

Dry Out Drip Systems

Standing water can freeze and crack drip-irrigation tubing. For simple systems, Roger shuts the water off, unscrews the tap-joint adapter, and, using a high-volume, low-pressure setting on his compressor, inserts an air hose where the system normally attaches to the tap. “Blowing the water out avoids having to uproot the entire system.”

A little extra time can bed your landscaping down for the winter and make for a better spring.

Visit www.thisoldhouse.com for more great tips to keep your home and yard looking great.

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This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on September 14, 2017.

ORR Harry Smith

ORR’s Harry Smith Breaks Touchdown Record in Cranberry Bowl

ORR’s Harry Smith breaks touchdown record in Cranberry Bowl

By Matthew Bernat | Sep 08, 2017

Photo by: Matthew BernatRunning back Harry Smith, center, celebrates with teammates after a 40-41 win on Friday. Smith set a new school record with 34 careers touchdowns.

Old Rochester Regional High School walked away with a thrilling 40-41 win in Friday night’s Cranberry Bowl versus Wareham on its rival’s home turf.

And senior running back Harry Smith left the field after setting a new school record. Smith scored six touchdowns, earning a career total of 34 and beating the previous record of 30. That record was set by Frank Oliva when he played from 1974 to 1976.

“There was a lot of hard work that paid off tonight,” said Smith. “I’m happy to get the record, and I have to give credit to my team, my linemen and my coach.”

Smith and the rest of the Bulldogs celebrated on the field, hoisting the Cranberry Bowl trophy high after a hard fought game that remained close through four quarters.

“That was the best high school football game I’ve been a part of as a player or as a coach,” said Head Coach Justin Kogler.

Kogler said Smith’s athleticism and positive attitude makes him one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the South Coast Conference.

“He’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached,” said Kogler.

Friday marked the first game of the season for the Bulldogs. Up next, the team will face Apponequet at Apponequet Regional High School on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on September 13, 2017.

realtor safety

Realtor Safety

realtor safetyRealtor safety has been a hot topic lately.  Realtors can be put in dangerous situations during Open Houses and showings and need to be aware of steps to take to keep themselves safe.   Here are some tips for realtor situations.

Make sure at least one personal contact and your office know where you are at all times.  You should let them know where you will be and when you feel you will be done.  Check in when you move on.

Meet new clients at the office first before any private showings.  Have them complete a client information sheet and copy their driver’s license and vehicle information.

Open Houses.  Have another realtor or co-worker share the duties with you and set upa sign in sheet with client’s information.

During open houses and showings, let your client proceed you through the house, especially when going down into the basement or upstairs.  Keep them in your line of vision at all times.

Park on the street.  Do not let a client block you in the driveway.  Drive around the neighborhood if you are unfamiliar, be aware of the easiest and fastest exit routes.

Know all the exits to the home and make sure they are all unlocked.

Leave your purse and valuables in the trunk of your car and have your cell phone in your hand.  Leave the expensive jewelry at home.

Never allow a client into your car unless you know them very well and feel comfortable.

Check out the safety apps for your phone.  Have the local police department on your phone and have them ready to respond at the touch of a button.

Last but not least, trust your gut.  If a situation makes you uncomfortable or makes you uneasy, remove yourself  and reschedule.  Your job is not worth your safety.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on September 8, 2017.

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Local High School Sports Schedules

fall sportsThe kids are  back at school and fall sports has begun.    Field hockey, soccer, volleyball and  football are just some of the fall sports offered at the local high schools.  The teams have already been practicing for a few weeks  and games are starting this week.

Click on the link below for the Fall Sports Schedule at Old Rochester Regional High School.

WWW.SOUTHCOASTCONFERENCE.ORG

Old Colony Vocational Technical High School

http://occougarathletics.com/

Fairhaven High School

http://www.southcoastconference.org/public/genie/567/school/3/

New Bedford High School

http://www.newbedfordschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=67022&pageId=153347

New Bedford Voke

http://www.gnbvt.edu/athletics/fall/fall_index.htm

Dartmouth High School

http://dartmouthps.dhs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=150847

Wareham High

https://www.warehamps.org/Page/100

Bishop Stang High School

http://www.bishopstang.org/athletics

Come on out and support our young local athletes.  Click on the links below each school to link to their fall sports schedules.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on September 6, 2017.

 

fall market

Fall Real Estate Market

fall marketFall can be a great time in the real estate market.  There’s no doubt that the spring and summer market have been very busy and inventory is low, resulting in a seller’s market.

Looking for a home in the fall can be a good time for buyers.

Fall is a great time of year to look at houses.  The weather is comfortable and makes for more pleasant house hunting.  The fall colors can show homes in a cozy light.

Many buyers are anxious to get into a new home by the start of the school year.  They’d like to have the kids settled before school begins.  This means less buyers looking after September 1st  and less competition.  If you have no children, or this is not an issue, you can look forward to a quieter house search.

Fall is a great time to look for a vacation home also.  If you are looking for a summer vacation home, you can purchase and have plenty of time to get it ready for the summer season.  If a winter vacation home is your goal, you can look and purchase in the fall and have the whole winter  season to enjoy.

There might be more room for negotiating in the fall.  If a seller has had their home on the market for the summer, they may be more willing to negotiate and revisit the price and get it sold.

If school is not an issue, fall buyers are less rushed and may not have any deadlines and can spend more time finding the right house at the right price.

Now is a great time in the real estate market.  Visit www.agentrising.com and learn how you can start your real estate career in a traditional classroom or online courses.  Check out the scholarshare link to see how you can receive help with  the cost of the course and SOAR into your new career.  Now is the time.

T.U.R.F.

T.U.R.F. Explained

Breaking down Old Rochester’s athletic complex overhaul

By Andrea Ray | Aug 24, 2017

Courtesy of: T.U.R.F.A rendering of T.U.R.F.’s plans to overhaul Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic fields.

MATTAPOISET — Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester Town Meeting voters will be asked this year to approve a $1.67 million per-town cost for overhauling Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic complex.

T.U.R.F. (Tri-Town Unified Recreation Facilities, Inc.) unveiled a $5 million overhaul of the current athletic complex in April of 2017. The project includes a new track, two synthetic fields where the current fields are, and two new natural grass fields, a new athletic building with a concession stand, storage and bathrooms.

The $1.67 million price tag per town could decrease by the time the project goes to a vote, however, as the nonprofit is working to raise funds through private donations.

The stadium field will cost $1.7 million, while the track and secondary field will cost $2.1 million. Both fields would be converted to synthetic turf, while the remaining fields would be irrigated and reseeded. The two new fields, the baseball field and the softball field at the front of the school will cost an estimated $285,000.

The total cost for the new athletic building is projected at $395,000.

At a public meeting on August 17, T.U.R.F. members answered questions about the project. Here’s a recap of the discussion.

 

1. How did the fields fall into such disrepair in the first place?

“It’s not a blame game,” Flynn said. “The real issue is that with all of the school and youth sports played on the fields, they get 900 hours of use per year. Natural grass maxes out at 600 hours per year. It can’t survive the current need that we have.”

He added that there are very few other playing fields within the tri-towns, leading to the majority of sports being played at the school fields, whether as a school sport or not.

2.Why not just plant more grass seed?

“We’ve heard this question before,” said T.U.R.F. Secretary Shaun Walsh. “The honest answer is, doing that is a money pit. You can plant as much grass seed as you like — it can’t cover the fact that we’ve gone far over the maximum number of hours that the grass can handle.”

3. Why does the track need to be replaced as well?

According to T.U.R.F member Hal Rood, the track is reaching the end of its useful life. Due to its impending demise, as well as the fact that it isn’t an eight-lane track approved for state events, he explained that it made sense to lump it into the project as well.

“We can’t host state events like finals here without a state-approved track,” he said.

4. Why use artificial turf, instead of natural grass?

“I like natural grass,” Rood conceded. “When I first joined T.U.R.F., I was pushing for natural grass fields. That just isn’t possible with the current use rates.”

He pointed out that synthetic turf fields can handle many more hours of use per year than natural grass fields. “The honest truth is that, with our current use rates, we would need to put in six natural grass fields to gain the same amount of hours that only two artificial turf fields can handle.”

A natural grass field can handle about 600 hours of use per year, or about 200 events and practices. Synthetic turf, on the other hand, can be used for over 1,500 hours per year, or over 500 events or practices per year.

5. Will the athletic complex overhaul bring in revenue? From where?

According to T.U.R.F, yes — Flynn said that $3,000,00 over 15 years is a conservative estimate. The numbers average out at about $200,000 in revenue per year. He noted that the estimates had been gauged by comparable prices charged by places like Tabor Academy and Taunton High School.

“Right now, we can’t host finals or playoffs,” he said. “Every time you go to one and fork over $5, guess where that money is going? To the hosting school. This is a chance for ORR to be the hosting school.”

Rood said that there were any number of teams who’d like to use the fields. “We have a flurry of youth and amateur leagues popping up,” he said. “Plus the number of outside leagues who would want to use the facility for games.”

He added that he hadn’t talked to a large number of leagues yet, but of the ones he had spoken to, most had been highly interested in the possibility of T.U.R.F.’s proposal. Global Premier Soccer, which according to Rood is one of the larger Massachusetts soccer leagues, was a key supporter. “They told me it was a no-brainer – they’d absolutely use the fields,” he said.

6. Where would the generated revenue go?

The ultimate direction of the generated revenue has yet to be decided. “It’s part of the selectmen’s decision when they consider this project,” Rood said, “and that will be part of their decision.”

There are three options: put the generated revenue towards the debt incurred by building the compled, holding the money in reserve, or holding the money to finance field replacement. According to Rood, the average lifespan of an appropriately-used turf field is 15 years.

7. Why not scale the project back to make it more affordable?

Use rates, said Rood. “If we only put in one synthetic turf field, we still aren’t able to host state and outside events, because there won’t be enough room or time. So the revenue generation would at least be cut in half, and we wouldn’t end up saving much.”

With two synthetic turf fields, one of the natural grass fields can be rested every season — the rest should ensure that the field is used sparingly enough to avoid deterioration.

8. What are some of the benefits for athletes on the fields?

“I’ve seen too many torn ACL ligaments,” said Rood. “The ground is so compressed and so dangerous to play on that hitting the body, or especially the head, against it could cause real damage. There should be some cushion there.”

Old Rochester teacher Lauren O’Brien (also a field hockey coach) noted that some college sports teams won’t even consider looking at a player who has only played on natural grass. A college field hockey player herself, she explained that playing on the two different surfaces was like night and day.

“Because most colleges wouldn’t even look at my tape on natural grass, I had to go join a club league to make them look at me,” she said. “I didn’t even really want to do that,  but I had no choice if I wanted to get on the team.”

9. Are there other benefits of building a new sports complex and fields?

The answer is yes, according to Rood. “I’ve spoken to the United States Realtors Association, and they’ve unequivocally told me that house values would rise as a result of this project being constructed.”

10. What happens if this project is denied by voters at Town Meeting?

According to Rood, the field is in bad enough shape that playing could shortly be suspended on it anyway. “At any moment, an official could walk onto these fields and declare them unsafe for players,” he said. “Then nothing can be played there until everything is approved by the officials again. Thetting on them sooner, rather than later, for the good of the kids playing on those fields.”

at means at some point, something is going to have to happen. The repairs are needed,” he continued. “We should be g
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hurricane season

Hurricane Season is Here

hurricanePeak hurricane season in our area is Mid-August to late October. How can you get yourself and your home ready? Here are some tips:

Basic Preparedness Tips
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

If you rely on well water, fill your tub with water for toilet flushing and washing.  You cannot pump water without electricity.
Make a family emergency communication plan.
Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Preparing Your Home
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.

Visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes for more hurricane preparedness tips.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on August 24, 2017.

Rochester Country Fair

Rochester Country Fair

Vendors, events cast a spell at Rochester Country Fair

By Andrea Ray | Aug 19, 2017

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Photo by: Andrea RayLenny Langevin, maker of the finest magic wands, shows off his skills at the Rochester Country Fair.

ROCHESTER — At one end of the field, children were throwing lariats to catch “cows” made out of sawhorses. At another, they watched a wood carver spin tops and magic wands out of wood.

Vendors did heavy business at the Rochester Country Fair, despite the pouring rain on Friday night and sweltering heat on Saturday. At the Republican Party table, Marion resident W. Dale Jones handed out waters to anyone looking red and parched.

The Rochester Historical Society offered bake goods, though members found themselves constantly re-arranging the food to keep it out of the sun. The Black Leash, a pet company out of East Freetown, offered leather dog harnesses, collars and leashes, as well as lead lines for horses.

Wood turner Lenny Langevin was at the fair as part of Gateway Turners, a wood turning group out of West Wareham. Working at the front of the tent, Langevin gathered a crowd as he quickly created tops and magic wands out of wood.

“If you can spin it, you can keep it,” he joked of the tops. “I’m usually making wands.”

When one fan was particularly enamored with his wand-making abilities, Langevin snuck one wand out of his bag and handed it over.

“Don’t tell anyone,” he said with a smile.

Olivia Christina Lane tests out her cow-roping abilities. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

An easy win in the childrens’ pie-eating contest. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

“How is she doing that?” (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

No sand pit here – that’s a pit full of corn kernels. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

Magic wands on display. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)

(Photo by: Andrea Ray)

Friday evening’s rain didn’t stop the woodsman competition. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

The South Coast Working Dogs are trained to apprehend bad guys. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Nicole Silva gives Savannah a fresh new cut. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

“I love that horse!” Addison Thompson said after getting a pony ride from Clover Creek Farms.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Julia Costa says hello to a new friend. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
The country fair is always a great event in Rochester every year.  Everyone looks forward to it every year and the Rochester Fair Committee puts a lot of time and energy into adding new events every year.  Can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year.
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rainy day

Dreary, Rainy Day Showings

rainy dayRainy Day Showings!  It’s a miserable day and the rain is coming down and the last thing you want to do is show a house, but showings in the rain do have some advantages.

If someone is willing to come out in the rain to look at a house, you know they are pretty serious  and very interested in the house.  They are able to see how the house operates in the rain.  Is the cellar wet?  Are the gutters clear? Does the roof leak?  Do you get drenched at the door?  This can be very helpful to a buyer.

What about the seller?  What are the advantages of showing your house in the rain?  Well, for one, the house looks very inviting and homey and that is exactly what a buyer is looking for.    Take advantage of that.  Turn on a lot of lights so the house is inviting and a drastic change from the dreary outside.  Put the heat up so the home is warm and inviting.  Open the windows a tad if you can to take away some of the stuffiness and smells.   Soft music and a warm fireplace can also add to the homey feeling.   You want them to feel at home and picture themselves living there.

A dreary, rainy day is never the best situation, but you can turn lemons into lemonade and show off your house to its advantage.

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Back to School in the Southcoast

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It’s that time of year that parents rejoice and kids dread.  Back to school!  Newspapers are already sending out ads for back to school supplies and kids are relishing their last two weeks of freedom.

Some area schools are heading back before Labor Day and a few after the holiday.  Here are some local school start dates and links for bus schedules:

Old Rochester Regional School District:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldrochester.org/pages/ORR/Design_Resources/Bus_Routes_2015-16

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNcW44Q1lNWlR2Q2c/preview?usp=drivesdk

Ford Junior High:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNM2pJN0RUSEQyazA/preview?usp=drivesdk

High School:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNUllLY2s4SldYY2M/preview?usp=drivesdk

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.fairhavenps.org/Bus%20Info/BusSchedule%202016%20Color.pdf

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

https://www.warehamps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=27&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=43&PageID=1

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

http://newbedford.ss16.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_66938/File/Departments/Transportation/PDF_Combined_STREET_LIST_2017-2018.pdf

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

http://dartmouthps.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=131648&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldcolony.us/parents/bus-routes/

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.gnbvt.edu/student_resources/bus_routes/bus_routes.htm

There’s still plenty of time for students to enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warm summer days.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 15, 2017.