Marion fireworks

Marion Fireworks Needs Your Donations

Fireworks campaign in its final week

By Tanner Harding | May 08, 2017

Photo by: Georgia Sparling

MARION — The Marion Fireworks Committee has raised about $30,000 so far for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. That’s about $20,000 short of their goal, however $4,000 of that was raised just over the weekend.

The Twenty From Many campaign was launched in March, and intended to solicit $20 from each person who had enjoyed the fireworks in the past.

The deadline for the $50,000 is May 15.

Last year’s fireworks were canceled because the committee received only $13,000 in donations.

If you’ve ever enjoyed the Marion fireworks, consider donating to keep the local show going this year.  It’s a local tradition!

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/vmvhus-2017-4th-of-july-fireworks.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 9, 2017.

family

Juggling Your Real Estate Career and Family Time

familyJuggling your real estate career and your family time can be tricky but definitely worth it.  There are many ways to accomplish this.

Make family time an appointment.  When you have an important family event simply treat it as an appointment and tell clients you are booked at that time.  Give them another time to meet.  Most will understand.

At the beginning of  the year, plan your vacation  and pre- book family time and stay committed to it.

Have a friend in the office that can help you out when you have conflicts in your schedule. This can be reciprocal, when he is in need of help also.   There are times when time is of the essence.  If you are unavailable, have someone at the office who can cover for you, and you can do the same for him or her when they need a hand.  Plan this out ahead of time so there are no questions when situations arise.

Set aside one day per week to get away from work and spend quality family time.  We all need some downtime. With the craziness of the business, you always find yourself on the phone at all hours of the day.  Stay committed to spending one day a week without the phone and enjoy uninterrupted family time.

Share your work  with your family.  Talk about your highs and lows.

Put aside time for family dinner.  Real estate agents aren’t doctors.  Phone calls can wait an hour while you have dinner with your family.  Have everyone in the family put the phones down and enjoy a meal and good conversation.

Take a little time for yourself.  It will help keep you focused when you take time out for yourself.  You schedule in time for client contact  and prospecting, so schedule time for exercise and activities to keep you healthy and active, even if that might mean a quick nap or downtime or meditation.  Multitasking is difficult.  Focusing on each activity as they occur can keep your stress levels down.

Sometimes these habits  may cost you a client or two, but in the course of your career, if  you take the time to keep your family and yourself foremost in your life, it will make you a better realtor and clients will respect you for that.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on May 4, 2017.

ORR Junior High

ORR Junior High Sports New Artwork

Student-designed fresco fascinates at junior high

By Andrea Ray | May 02, 2017

Photo by: Andrea RayDelaney Shaw under the mural she brought to ORR Junior High School

MATTAPOISETT — When most people see a beautiful piece of art, they admire it. They might even buy it and hang it on their own wall.

Unluckily for Rochester resident Delaney Shaw, a 20-foot high mural is not the best fit for the average house. So she used the next-best canvas: a school wall.

A school wall you say? That’s grounds for detention, surely.

Well, not so much. This particular piece, a large and spreading mural above the inner courtyard at the junior high school, has been planned for the last year and a half. Shaw, an eighth grader and Rochester resident, found herself with a rather sudden idea to help brighten up the junior high.

“I was at the New Bedford Christmas Stroll,” she explained. “My mother and I were looking at the artwork, and I thought it was really cool. I thought it would be neat to get it in the school.”

She brought her idea to Old Rochester Junior High School Principal Kevin Brogioli not long after she initially dreamed it up. “She came by about a year and a half ago,” he said, “and she had an idea for school improvement.”

Brogioli, while impressed with Delaney’s vision, admitted he hadn’t initially expected her to pull it off. “A lot of kids come to me with good intentions and ideas,” he explained. “So often though the idea drops off when they become busy with something else, or the answer isn’t immediate.”

The long process didn’t deter Delaney. Brogioli explained that she had to get permission for the mural from both the School Committee and the school’s facilities department. Neither party was initially enthusiastic about a twenty-foot high mural on the inner courtyard wall. Delaney’s patient persistence eventually won them over, however, and they relented.

With permission secured, it was time to find the right artists. Luckily, Delaney’s mother Andrea Shaw actually knew two of the artists whose work they’d seen on the New Bedford Christmas Stroll. Todd Woodward and Ryan McFee are both graduates of ORR and professional artists. After several years in Boston, Rory McFee now runs his own gallery in New Bedford, Paradise McFee. Todd Woodward can be found in Brooklyn, working in fine art and as an award-winning tattoo artist.

“It was intimidating to call them!” Delaney said. Luckily, both artists retain fond memories of ORR, and were happy to design the mural. Delaney, Brogioli, Woodward and McFee emailed back and forth about their own artistic visions. “I really wanted something to do with the Navigator,” Delaney explained, referring to the junior high school’s mascot. Eventually McFee and Woodward worked that idea into an imposing compass rose, flanked by waves and two red birds.

“The hardest part was staying with it,” Delaney said. “Everyone gets so busy that you don’t hear back right away.”

That includes Delaney herself, who was invited to last year’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference. She’s also a devoted ice hockey and lacrosse player.

Even with her workload, she remains at work on the mural project. With the mural itself finished, now is the time to put together a Mother’s Day concert, which will fundraise for the mural and other arts projects within the junior high. The concert, to be played on May 14, will feature Rochester native Rebecca Correia, who spends a great deal of her time these days recording music in Nashville, Tennessee. Correia, said Delaney, was also happy to contribute her time to the cause.

Brogioli is hopeful that any extra funds will go towards funding further art projects in the future. He remains amazed at Delaney’s resourcefulness.

“Delaney’s initiative to follow through is so rare at her age,” he said. “It took a year and a half, but it wouldn’t have happened without her.”

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 2, 2017.

spring market

Spring is a Seller’s Market

spring marketThe Spring Real Estate Market is coming on strong and sellers are in the driver’s seat.  As quickly as homes are coming on the market, they are selling fast.  Sellers are pricing their homes optimistically and most of the time, they are selling, with bidding wars becoming more and more common.

Buyers are pounding the pavement looking for homes but inventory is low and when a great home comes on the market,  the competition is stiff, and many homes, if priced right,  may go for above asking price.

Properties stayed on the market for an average of 34 days as opposed to 45 in February.  Many buyers are dropping home sale contingencies and coming in with cash to purchase a home in this market.

First time home buyers may find it hard to compete with cash offers and appraisals could be a problem with mortgage lenders, with appraisals coming in much lower than sale prices.

Home prices may continue to rise but slowly, and while mortgage rates are slowly rising, now is the time to purchase a home before rates rise even more.  While inventory is low, new home building may help.

 Buyers must be diligent and act quickly if a home comes on the market.  Open Houses have been particularly busy and many offers are coming in within days of a home hitting the market.  Acting quickly can make the difference between becoming a homeowner or still living in a rental.

The Spring Market is an exciting time in the real estate world for buyers and sellers alike and diligence will pay off in the end.

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spring

Spring Events in Marion and Rochester

springLearn how to prevent tick-borne diseases May 4

MARIONLyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis, relapsing fever and Powassan virus.

Visit Taber Library on Thursday, May 4, at 4PM as Entomologist Larry Dapsis reviews the basic life cycle and ecology of ticks, disease incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses. A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable.

Larry Dapsis received his B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and an M.S. in Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Mr. Dapsis has thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including vegetables, cranberries, and household Insects. He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist. For more information, please call us at 508-748-1252.

 

Rochester Historical Society yard sale May 20

Apr 23, 2017

The Rochester Historical Society will hold a yard sale at the East Rochester Church / Museum, 355 County Road, Rochester on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Items may be donated for the sale on each Friday morning in May from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No clothing or electronics, please.

Please call 508-763-2122 with any questions.

“Dorothy in Wonderland” at Sippican School

Apr 25, 2017

Dorothy in Wonderland: The Musical is coming to Sippican School on Thursday May 4th.

This fantasy story takes place when, trying to return home to Kansas, Dorothy gets trapped in another tornado. She ends up in Wonderland, where she meets Alice and they have many adventures together as they try to return home.

The play will take place in Sippican School’s Multipurpose Room at 5:00. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors/students. There is a family cap price of $30.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on April 25, 2017.

Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum Spring Vacation Schedule

Spring Vacation Week at the Whaling Museum: April 17-21

Come to the New Bedford Whaling Museum throughout the week for crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all! Get to know the Museum with a highlights tour, climb inside an inflatable whale, get crafty at our art stations, and learn stories of life aboard a whaleship from Museum docents.

FREE for Museum members and with regular Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule*

Download the Spring Vacation Week Flyer (pdf)

Monday, April 17

Learn to eat, see and hear like a Right Whale on Right Whale Day

Tuesday, April 18– Friday, April 21

10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale
Climb inside a life-sized inflatable humpback whale

10 am – 12 pm
Kids’ Crafts and Activities
Learn how to feed our friendly squid Sam, create logbooks to take home, and learn about Right Whales.

11 am & 1 pm
Museum Highlights Tours

Group tours led by docents throughout the Museum focused on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, including stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

 

Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 only

2 pm
Curator Tour
Take a 45-minute tour of exhibition galleries guided by a Museum Curator.

Thursday, April 20 only

12:30 pm – 1 pm
To Catch a Whale
Learn from the experts as Museum docents share the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

Friday, April 21 only

10:30 am
All aboard the
Lagoda
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling.

 

*Schedule is subject to change

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on April 18, 2017.

spring and summer

Spring Planting!

spring and summerIt’s that time of year again!  Time for Spring Planting!  Now is a great time to purchase a hanging basket to brighten up your porch or front stairs.  Petunias are a great way to add color and should last all summer if you water them and pull off the dead flowers.

You can also bring out your pots or window boxes and plant some annuals for a great look to your house.  There is nothing like some colorful flowers in window boxes to brighten up your home.  You can mix different annuals in a large pot on your front steps with some greens to make your house look picture perfect.  You can also buy these at most landscaping stores ready-made if you have less than a green-thumb.

We are also approaching strawberry season. June is Strawberry season month. You can peruse a local farmstand or farmer’s market for the freshest, right off the field strawberry.  There is nothing sweeter than a berry fresh off the vine.  You can also grow your own strawberries fairly easily.  Strawberries grow well in raised beds and will come back every year.  You can thin them out when they put out runners and make a new patch of strawberries from the offshoots.   Thinning the strawberries periodically will help them produce better and make them easier to pick.

Now is also the time to be starting your vegetable garden.  The days are getting warmer as well as the soil.  You can start planting peas and potatoes and corn.  You can start getting your pepper and lettuce plants in the ground with the rest of your vegetables to follow.  Usually it’s a good idea to wait a couple of weeks to plant pumpkins or gourds that you won’t need to harvest until the fall.  This way they won’t be ready too early.

There is nothing like eating veggies fresh out of the garden and  much can be planted in a small space.  Just take note of which vegetables require less space such as lettuce or green beans and which will spread such as butternuts and pumpkins and plan accordingly.

Make the most of your spring and summer!

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Rochester

Rochester Town Election Results

Woody Hartley sweeps Selectman seat with 50 percent of votes

By Andrea Ray | Apr 12, 2017   Sippican Week

Greenwood “Woody” Hartley III won a seat on Rochester’s Board of Selectmen Wednesday night with a little over 50 percent of all votes.

After a hard-fought election season, Hartley swept to a Selectman chair with 584 votes out of a total of 1,159 cast. Incumbent Richard Nunes, vying to return to his chair after several terms, garnered 326 votes.

Fellow candidate Ben Bailey garnered 239 votes. He inspected the number sheet with raised eyebrows.

“Wow, he really took it, didn’t he? Good for him,” he said earnestly of Hartley.

Hartley, who spent 18 years as Rochester’s Town Moderator, was visibly emotional in victory. He thanked the citizens of Rochester for turning out to vote, and his family for supporting him. “I know my father would be very proud,” he said as he and his family left Rochester Senior Center, where polling took place.

The Board of Selectmen race held a surprising number of twists and turns for a normally sleepy town. During Candidates’ Night in late March, Nunes accused Hartley of having several interests in conflict with a possible Selectmen seat – Hartley’s wife is a longtime member of Rochester’s School Committee, and his sister is the President of the town’s Womens Club.

Professing himself disappointed in the accusatory tone, Hartley denied any conflicts of interest. He stated that his sister and wife are both volunteers for their respective committees and made no money from their positions.

More sparks flew when Rochester residents received a mailing in favor of Hartley, describing Nunes and Bailey as two peas in a fiscally-irresponsible pod. Hartley denied that he was the source of the mailers, noting his previous distaste for “politics at the level of the recent national elections.”

In other election news, Naida Parker will return as Town Clerk with 897 total votes. Tax Collector Beatrice Renauld garnered 931 votes; Herring Inspector William Watling received 942 votes; Board of Health member W. David Souza received 920 votes.

Arnie Johnson returns to Rochester’s Planning Board with 873 votes; Plumb Library Committee members Phoebe Butler and Rhonda Reints received 885 and 816 votes; Cemetery Commission member David Shaw received 921 votes; Water Commission member Fred Underhill received 909 votes.

Board of Assessors members Jana Cavanaugh and and Deb Lalli received 904 and 895 votes respectively.

Rochester School Committee members Meghan Bennett and Anne Fernandes received 678 and 747 votes respectively.

Joe Pires, won a write-in campaign for a vacant seat on the ORR School Committee.

Question 1, which would have allowed a 15-year property tax increase, of about $40 per resident per year, to finance repairs and resurfacing of Hartley Road and High Street, was denied by voters. They voted it down by 588 negative votes to 323 positive votes.

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New Scoutmaster for Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31

Scoutmaster Retires, Passes the Torch

Rochester Boy Scouts Troop 31 said a fond farewell to its scoutmaster of nine years, Michael Blanchard, and inducted its new scoutmaster, Kevin “KT” Thompson, on April 3 at the Rochester Grange Hall.

Blanchard was the guest of honor for this special occasion, having been invited as a special guest only to be surprised by a crowd that gathered to honor him for his years of service and dedication to the boys of Rochester.

During the ceremony, the scouts and parent scout volunteers presented Blanchard with a number of gifts, some silly, some sentimental, and the Rochester Firemen’s Association was on hand to present Blanchard with an American flag that the Fire Department had flown outside the fire station that day.

Some things spoken about Blanchard that night: apparently he doesn’t like to wear socks (but he did that night), he always has his bug spray, and, as Thompson put it, the shoes he must fill are enormous ones – socks, or no socks.

The leader reflections on Blanchard’s service given by other scout leaders were, at times, emotional as they read poems that reminded them of Blanchard’s character and his contribution to scouting.

Blanchard thanked those who were in attendance and turned to his scouts, saying those boys “…Would forever be my boys.”

Before cutting the giant cake with an uncanny likeness of Blanchard on top fashioned out of frosting, Thompson took the oath and the torch was passed from Blanchard to Thompson.

“You are relieved,” said Thompson to Blanchard. “I am relieved,” Blanchard replied.

By Jean Perry

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

rainy day

Rainy Day Showings

rainy day

Rainy Day Showings are inevitable!  While they may not be the best situation, there are ways to put the home in a good light despite the gloomy weather.

Getting a shower as you walk in can turn off a buyer.  Make sure the gutters are clean and working properly and diverting the water away from the house.  Any leaks or drips will show up at this time, and while this may be an advantage for a buyer, it’s important to get the repairs done before the showings begin.

Wet weather can also mean flooded basements.  Check on your sump pump and make sure it’s in good working order.  You may even want to replace it to make sure the water stays out of the basement where it belongs.

Puddles are the norm after a heavy rain, but you may want to make note of huge puddles in the yard after a major storm and try to divert the water before your showings begin.

Good lighting is important!  Show how bright and cozy your home can be in dreary weather.  Turn on all the lights, change bulbs if needed.   Turn up the heat and light the fireplace if you have one.  Cold, damp weather can make a home seem cold, so turn up the cozy factor.  Light candles or simmer potpourri on the stove to stave off the cold, damp smells.  Fresh flowers can also help with delightful smells and the promise of better weather.

You can always have the buyers come back on a better day to check out the yard and exterior of the house if they are very interested.

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