New Bedford Meeting with Mercy Meals at Town Hall Today

Having helped at Mercy meals has changed my outlook. Very Heroic men in my opinion?


“There are folks in this city who subsist on one meal a day, patiently waiting in line at a soup kitchen for lunch.

Three city ministers grappled with this dilemma and decided to take a leap of faith.

Without funding in place, they came to the aid of the city’s poor by launching Mercy Meals and More, offering a free breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays to anyone who walked through the door of the Pilgrim Church Home at the corner of Purchase and School streets in downtown New Bedford.

To date, they have served more than 6,000 breakfasts.

For their tireless efforts and compassion for the poor, the Rev. David Hammett, the Rev. Russ Chamberlain and the Rev. David Soto are the 2010 Standard-Times Men of the Year for New Bedford.

Nominations for the award came from the community and members of the newspaper staff. Recipients were selected by a newsroom committee.

“We realized these people weren’t eating,” said Hammett, president of the Mercy Meals and More board of directors and pastor of Pilgrim United Church of Christ. “We are still working on funding, but decided to offer a breakfast program believing that God had called us to this important work in the here and now.”

Hammett credits Soto as the spark that ignited the ministers and a host of volunteers to undertake Mercy Meals and More.

Soto, vice president of the board and pastor of Clear Vision Christian Congregation, said God was calling them to offer breakfast for their needy neighbors.

The members of three city churches — Pilgrim, Clear Vision and the New Bedford Cape Verdean Seventh-day Adventist Church — jumped on board, becoming partners and offering their support.

“I hooked up with these two guys, they took me in, and it’s just been a blessing from then on,” Soto said.

Chamberlain serves as director of program development. Soto related Jesus’ miracle of the loaves and fishes and said that Chamberlain possesses the ability to take loaves and multiply them.

“He pulls resources from every part of New Bedford and makes things multiply,” Soto said.

In the food pantry and on the streets, Chamberlain is affectionately known as “Reverend Bread.” He also bears a striking resemblance to Good Saint Nick, with his white beard and sparkling blue eyes.

“We serve, on average, about 100 to 110 people a day,” Chamberlain said. “These people need us, and to have (breakfast) served to them brings them hope.”

Unlike most food pantries, Mercy Meals and More provides free breakfasts with restaurant-style service, offering a menu, table service and personal attention from waiters and waitresses.

“We create a different atmosphere than what is typical of a food kitchen,” said Hammett. “We get to know people’s names, and they get to know ours. Folks who feel connected to each other build stronger and more peaceful neighborhoods.”

Hammett, who was ordained in 1983, said he was drawn to New Bedford, an urban setting, because the mission of the church is at the doorstep.

“We’re right in the heart of the mission field,” he said.”


Here is some more information about Soup Kitchens:


Standard Times- Men of the Year! Please comment and share! Please volunteer!


Bob Braga, Jim Driscoll and George Malakatis from Gilbane Construction

The young children at Rochester Memorial School know who Bob the Builder is. That would be Bob Braga, the face of Gilbane Construction, who was ever present,  along with his associate Kim, during the school addition and renovation.

Last month at the Rochester Memorial Building Committee, the group from Gilbane was recognized for a phenomenal job well done.  Letters from the students expressing their gratitude were circulated, with some commorative collections for them.

I am a member of the Building Committee and have seen the hard work, and above and beyond service that our community received from these individuals. Also pictured with Bob (The Builder) Braga are Jim Driscoll and George Malakatis. Kudos to all.

Denise Higgins-Reuter shows Us 15 Briarwood Lane, Rochester

Here is Denise Higgins-Reuter at her Open House this weekend, giving us her “2 minute tour!” What a house!

Please call Denise at 508.930.4425 to see. Please like, comment and share this post!

Rochester MA bakery is all gone

Denise Higgins-Reuter  shows the devastation of the Rochester Bakery and Cafe. You can call her at 5089304425 for more information!

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Bank of America video

Very interesting blog from Carol Simmons earlier today.  I found this video on Youtube regarding Bank of America:

contact Laura Severino @ 508-317-8380


I wanted to share some good news from Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at national Association of Realtors. We will take it!



Friday, November 11th, 2011, 4:12 pm

Gradual improvement in the housing market is expected next year, with existing-home sales edging up 4% to 5% and new home sales getting an even bigger boost off this year’s record lows, the chief economist of the nation’s largest real estate group said Friday.

“Tight mortgage credit conditions have been holding back homebuyers all year, and consumer confidence has been shaky recently,” Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, said. “Nonetheless, there is a sizeable pent-up demand based on population growth, employment levels and a doubling-up phenomenon that can’t continue indefinitely.”

One thing I always say is that we cannot improve the market, but we can improve ourselves. Here at BOLD MOVeS REAL ESTATE, we are constantly trying to improve our trade to provide you with superior service. Please comment so that we can get you in our Information Circuit!


On Ocotber 1, Congress had failed to extend the FHA and GSE mortgage loan limits. They had been set at 125% of the median home price in each county. The new limits will be 115% of the median home price. What does this mean for you, the buyer? In Plymouth County, your limit will go from $523360 to $465450. IN Bristol County, from $475000 to $426650. In Barnstable County, the limit will go from $462500 to $405650. So, our range is a decline from $48,000 to $58,000.

This will effect our Jumbo Loan limits. National Association of Realtors is continuing to attempt to restore the higher limits as quickly as possible. How can you help? Contact your Congress person.

Why is this important to you, even if you don’t have a price in this price range? As the market contiues to soften, we are challenged with keeping our median price of homes stable. We need these higher end homes to infuse some good numbers into our mix. Our funding in budgets statewide and nationwide takes into consideration our median home prices. We simply need the stability. Please make the call or email!

If you have any questions on numbers and email addresses, please contact us and we will help you. Help keep our area strong… and BOLD!

Is the Bear looking for some Real Estate in Rochester?

By now, we have heard of the bear(s) cruising around the area. A black bear has been spotted on Golf Courses, up in trees, and into peoples’ bird feeders. This is their favorite pasttime, it seems! My neighbors, Jackie and George Demers have had several visits to them.

WE will be blogging timely news events  in our coverage towns.   We would like to be the website you turn to when you want to get the real scoop on an area. Please feel free to comment or send us information that should be part of the fabric of the community.

Please send us bear pictures and we will post in the blog. After all, how often do we get a big black bear for a neighbor?! Make it a BEARY BOLD DAY!


Hello everyone! We have been busy preparing our new website for you. One of the things that we want to bring to you is some videos for your to watch to catch the feel of what we want to communicate with you. By clicking on the link, you will see my welcome to you for visiting our website. Please be kind! We are just learning!