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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.


Old Colony Vocational Technical High School

Fairhaven High School

New Bedford High School

New Bedford Voke

Dartmouth High School

Wareham High

Bishop Stang High School

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 on September 6, 2017.


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Back to School in the Southcoast


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.

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

Ford Junior High:

High School:

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

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 on August 15, 2017.



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 on June 7, 2017


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Area Girls Soccer Roundup

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      Breaking down the 2016 girls soccer season for SouthCoast’s 10 teams

  • Apponequet, Bishop Stang, Dartmouth, GNB Voc-Tech, Old Rochester and Westport are coming off playoff appearances.


  • New Bedford High girls soccer, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrea Nogueira, hope to add some wins to last year's record.|

    New Bedford High girls soccer, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrea Nogueira, hope to add some wins to last year’s record. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-Times

    • Posted Sep. 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM
      Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM

      Apponequet Lakers

      Head coach: Robin Ireland (9th year)

      Last year’s record: 14-1-2

      Key returners: Sr. MF Haley Dupre; Sr. FB/F Mackenzie Parisee; Sr. F Dayna Doyle; Jr. F Leanne Kendall

      Top newcomer: Soph. G Hannah Copley

      Our take: The Lakers graduated eight seniors and they have a lot of young kids coming up as they try to win a fifth straight South Coast Conference championship. They have some big holes to fill and will have a number of players who will have to grow into their positions in the early going.

      Bishop Stang Spartans

      Head coach: Robert Shields (1st year)

      Last year’s record: 13-3-4

      Key returners: Sr. F Jane Kuphal; Sr. MF Rebecca Michaud; Sr. FB Isabella Shields; Sr. G Mary Rishmany

      Top newcomers: Soph. F Rylie Carreau; Soph. F Aidan Jones; Soph. FB Katherine Yeargin; Soph. FB Katey Alberto

      Our take: The Spartans return a lot of talent and depth after reaching the quarterfinals of the Div. 3 South Sectional last season. Michaud returns after being named The Standard-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2015 and she’ll play a key role in the team’s precise passing game. Shields has inherited a very good team from former coach Expo Duarte and the Spartans will look to play at a quick pace and defend end to end.

      Dartmouth Indians

      Head coach: Mark Poirier (30th year)

      Last year’s record: 9-6-4

      Key returners: Sr. MF Cali Andrade; Sr. MF Lindsey Bedard; Sr. F Casey Good; Sr. FB Karina Almeida; Sr. FB/MF Raquel Santos; Jr. MF Sarah Vieira; Jr. F Jill Prout; Jr. G Rachel Pereira; Jr. FB Gwen Taradash

      Top newcomers: N/A

      Our take: The Indians return a good nucleus of players, especially in the midfield. Taradash will anchor the defense a year after earning Old Colony League and Eastern Mass. All-Star honors. Pereira was pressed into duty in net when graduated senior Jenn Wheaton broke a finger in the third game of the season last year and she helped lead the Indians to the state tournament. Prout and Good return as experienced forwards and they’ll need to set a good tone on offense on a team that will need to score more goals this season.

      Fairhaven Blue Devils

      Head coach: Walter Baiardi (3rd year)

      Last year’s record: Not available

      Key returners: Sr. MF Lauren Albec; Sr. MF Tary Ledogar; Sr. MF Leah Major; Sr. FB Elizabeth Vanasse; Jr. F Jan MacGregor; Soph. F Brianna Cruz

      Top newcomers: Fr. FB Daphne Veitch; Fr. G Olivia Bernardo; Fr. MF Anya Aadland; Fr. MF Claire Hubert

      Our take: The Blue Devils have to replace eight starters and have a lot of new faces. They have a freshman class with a lot of potential, but could hit some bumps in the road in the early going while their first-year players acclimate to playing at the varsity level. Albec, Ledogar and Major will be counted on to set a good tone early in the season and work together to help their new teammates get up to speed.

      GNB Voc-Tech Bears

      Head coach: Robert Harvey (1st year)

      Last year’s record: 11-8

      Key returners: Sr. MF Breana Cordeiro, Sr. FB Ashlee Cordeiro, Sr. G Payton Wildrick, Sr. MF Hillary Correia, Sr. MF Lylah Casey, Sr. MF Ashley Maloney, Sr. MF Nicole Jones, Sr. FB Cassidy Raposa, Sr. MF Kate Lima

      Top newcomers: N/A

      Our take: The Bears return 11 experienced seniors who will be looking to get back to the state tournament. Wildrick is a very athletic keeper who will anchor the defense and the team will look to move the ball quickly on the ground and run its offense through a solid group of midfielders.

      New Bedford Whalers

      Head coach: Andrea Nogueira (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 3-11-5

      Key returners: Sr. MF Ari Bedoya; Sr. G Jaucilyn Timms; Sr. G Kendal Carvalho; Jr. MF/FB Peyton Calvao; Jr. MF/F Alyssa Araujo; Soph. FB Monica Eires; Soph. FB/MF Aaliyah Padilla

      Top newcomers: Soph. F/MF Tiana Francis; Fr. F Jaydah Bedoya; Fr. FB/MF Chiron Rose

      Our take: The Whalers have some speed to work with on offense and they’ll look to move the ball quickly and attack the net with a good combination of forwards and midfielders. Eires and Padilla will play key roles on defense, where Timms and Carvalho are both in the hunt to be the team’s starter.

      Old Colony Cougars

      Head coach: Paul Sleight (15th year)

      Last year’s record: 4-12-2

      Key returners: Sr. Stopper Kelsey Fillip; Sr. G Kendra Fillip; Sr. F Amanda Masse; Sr. FB Alexis Matton; Jr. MF Breigh Senior; Jr. F Rachel Silva; Soph. FB Bailee Amaral; Soph. FB Taylor Barkowski; Soph. F Raquel Rodrigues

      Top newcomer: Fr. MF/F Haylie Fernandes

      Our take: The Cougars return nine starters and Sleight is looking for good things on defense from the Fillip twins. Rodrigues will be counted on to score some goals and the team will look for contributions from a good sophomore class that picked up some valuable experience as freshmen. A key for the Cougars will be staying injury free, because they don’t have a lot of depth.

      Old Rochester Bulldogs

      Head coach: Jeff Lombard (16th year)

      Last year’s record: 10-8-2

      Key returners: Sr. F/MF Katelyn Bindas, Jr. FB Carly Demanche, Jr. FB Rachel Demmer, Jr. G Kaitlyn Kutash, Soph. F/MF Maddie Demanche

      Top newcomers: Jr. FB Caroline Murphy, Fr. G Kinsley Dickerson, Fr. MF Meg Hughes, Fr. MF Mary Butler, Fr. FB Gracy Greany

      Our take: The Bulldogs are facing more of a rebuilding season than their usual reload with a lot of positions to figure out. They return a good group of players who may hit some bumps early in the season as they learn how to play together. Lombard is very good at teaching his system and it will be important for his players to stay positive and not get down on themselves if they encounter some early-season struggles.

      Wareham Vikings

      Head coach: Megan Kashner (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 0-18

      Key returners: Sr. FB Brett McSherry; Sr. MF Lisa Wynne; Sr. G Brooke Cannon; Jr. FB Madison Pinkston; Jr. MF Haley DeMello

      Top newcomers: Jr. F/MF Gabby Lefrancois; Fr. F Abigail Berriault; Fr. MF Kiara Suarez

      Our take: The Vikings are taking a one-year hiatus from the South Coast Conference, but will still play Bourne, Case, Fairhaven and Seekonk. They have added Old Colony, Bishop Connolly, Bristol Aggie and Upper Cape to their schedule. The team will have to replace 16 seniors, so there will be lots of holes to fill in the starting lineup. McSherry, DeMello and Berriault all have good shots and they’ll be counted on to move the ball and set the offense in motion.

      Westport Wildcats

      Head coach: Gary Muello (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 9-5-5

      Key returners: Sr. F Jaely Pereira, Jr. G Ashley Thatcher

      Top newcomers: Soph. MF Acadia Cass, 8th MF/F Jenna Cadieux, 7th F/MF Laura Martel

      Our take: The Wildcats have one senior, six juniors, four sophomores, four freshman, one eighth grader and six seventh graders on their roster. They have a lot of new faces on a team that’s coming off a state-tournament year and will have to work together to be successful again. Thatcher returns as an athletic, tough keeper, but the team has some big question marks on offense, where it will have to replace the team-high 19 goals that graduated senior Reaghan Tripp scored last season.

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Padanaram Village Revitalized!


Always a beautiful view whatever the time of day in Padanaram.

Always a beautiful view whatever the time of day in Padanaram.  Photo by Dartmouth Police.

Padanaram is the harbor side village in South Dartmouth that is out of the way for drivers but a prime place to live. It is beautiful, historic, and quaint with a great sense of community.

Settled in the mid 1600s when it was purchased from the Wampanoags, Padanaram was a prime spot for boat building and for visiting sailors to reprovision. That stayed the same for people with pleasure boats until the village went into a slump about 20 years ago. It remained lovely but the market closed as did restaurants and a number of key boutiques that drew visitors.

Happily that has all changed as the next generation of business owners and investors have brought new life to the desirable location. For Real Estate this should bring a further boost in property values despite the inconvenience of Padanaram’s bridge being closed for repairs until summer 2018.

Padanaram has always been a desirable  location for real estate investment. It is perhaps more so now with the revitalization of it’s charming downtown.



Graduation Day in Southcoast Massachusetts


It’s Graduation time in Southcoast Massachusetts and many schools held their graduation ceremony this past weekend.  Saturday’s weather cooperated for area outdoor ceremonies and was a beautiful sunny day.  The schools that opted for graduation on Sunday did not fare so well.  Sunday brought with it drizzle and showers and rain by the end of the day.

Here is a list of area graduation dates for local high schools and colleges.

UMass Dartmouth held their ceremony on Friday, May 13th

Bristol Community College: Saturday, June 4th

New Bedford Voke: Wednesday, June 1st

Wareham High School:  Friday, June 3rd

Old Rochester Regional High School, Saturday, June 4th

Bishop Stang High School:  Saturday, June 4th

Fairhaven High School:  Sunday, June5th

Old Colony Voke:  Sunday, June 5th

Dartmouth High School:  Sunday, June 5th

New Bedford High School:  Thursday, June 9th

BOLD Moves Real Estate was proud to share BOLDIES Sarah Holick’s son Aaron Holick graduating from BCC and Tracey Lee’s daughter Maddie Lees from ORRHS.  Great job and good luck.

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Leasing Solar Panels and Real Estate

solar panelsHank Investigates: Leased Solar Panels

Posted: Mar 10, 2016 7:16 PMUpdated: Mar 10, 2016 10:37 PM

These are the rooftops of Massachusetts, North shore, South shore–and as you can see from Sky 7 many of them these days have something in common: New solar panels, with more going up every day.

This is Joanne Gardner’s house in Beverly, she leases her panels from a solar company. The Gardner’s hoped going green would cut their electric bill, and it did.

Joann Gardner, Homeowner: “Yeah, they’ve proven a savings.”

So Joanne’s happy with her panels, but not the financial surprise that came with them.

When she applied for a federally-insured reverse mortgage on her home, the lender denied it saying, “the solar panel issue cannot be resolved.”

Joann Gardner, Homeowner: “I was shocked.”

The solar panel issue? Our investigation found it’s a doozy. The leasing contract you sign may mean:  If you want to sell your home, or get a home equity loan, or get a reverse mortgage, you may not have complete financial control over your own home!

Rhonda Siciliano, U.S. Dept. Housing and Urban Development (HUD): “I’m thankful that you’re doing this because it’s good for people to be aware.”

Here’s JoAnne’s 20 year leasing contract, it says if she wants to sell her house with the solar lease, the solar company has to approve the new buyer.

Otherwise she has to buy the panels, which she told us would cost more than twenty thousand dollars.

But what it doesn’t say, because of that, Federal Housing Administration regulations prohibit the FHA from okaying her loan.

Hank: “Even if a homeowner read that contract thoroughly, they wouldn’t know that?”

Rhonda Siciliano, HUD: “Unless, you know, they had studied the FHA regulations they probably wouldn’t, no.”

And this could be a problem for anyone with certain leased solar panel contracts who applies for the millions of federally insured mortgages and loans the FHA handles.

Hank: “So if a homeowner has leased solar panels with those restrictions the Feds are going to say no?”

Rhonda Siciliano, HUD: “That’s correct.”

Other angry homeowners who’ve leased their solar panels complain they’ve had trouble getting home equity loans through their banks.

Hank: “Is this a big deal?”

Register John O’Brien Southern Essex District Registry of Deeds: “It’s a big deal.”

Here’s why: Their solar companies attached these UCC financing statements to the home’s records at the registry of deeds. We found thousands of them in Massachusetts. They’re an alert that the owner of the house has a leasing contract, and though the homeowner owns the house, the solar company owns the panels.  Officials told me when some lenders or banks discover that, it could cause a problem.

Hank: “Do you think homeowners know this?”

O’Brien: “No, I don’t.”

The solar industry knows it.

Chet McGensy, Solar Energy Industries Association: “Yes, across the country there have been consumers who have had problems, or challenges obtaining loans.”

But solar trade association officials told us it’s because the industry is so new. They say the Feds are misinterpreting their own regulations, and insist customers should not be denied loans just because they lease solar panels.

Hank: “So right now is there some confusion here?”

Chet McGensy, Solar Energy Industries Association: “Oh, absolutely, I think there’s absolutely some  confusion, and  the solar industry is dedicated to continually working with the agencies to clarify those issues.”

The Massachusetts Attorney General:
Maura Healy, Massachusetts Attorney General: “You’d better believe we’ll take a look at it.”

Says she’s all for going green, as long as there’s sunshine on every transaction.

Maura Healy, Massachusetts Attorney General: “We just want to make sure that disclosures are made and nobody gets hurt in the process. Especially that nobody gets surprised.”

Now after our story, the Attorney General’s Office and Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds now tell us they are putting out consumer advisories.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office consumer advisory:

Click on “Advice for Consumers on Solar Panel Installation”:

If you’d like to contact the AG’s office for more information or to file a complaint you can call: 617-727-8400.

The Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds consumer advisory:
Go to “Registry Updates”:

Under current FHA policies, a borrower who has leased the solar panels on his home may be eligible for an FHA-insured mortgage (including a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, known as a HECM) provided the solar panel lease does not contain any restrictions that either prevent the borrower from freely transferring the mortgaged property, or that limit the assumability of the mortgage beyond applicable FHA guidelines.  This restriction is found in FHA’s regulations at 24 CFR 203.41.

HUD has an FAQ on this subject:

HUD says: Under our current guidance, the Massachusetts homeowner who applied for a HECM (an FHA-insured reverse mortgage) had a 20-year lease on the solar panels on her home.  Her contract required her to obtain the solar leasing company’s approval of any prospective buyer, which limited the homeowner’s ability to transfer her home and this would not comply with our requirements at 24 CFR 203.41.

Solar Energy Industry Association: 

Different solar companies have different contracts. The Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) says: “It’s very important that the contract is based on the solar industry’s standard contract template, available on SEIA’s website The solar industry is constantly in contact with the major housing regulators, banks and title companies to ensure that the standard contracts are compliant with all laws and do not limit a customer’s ability to sell or refinance their home. Incidents like the one you are describing should not happen, and we encourage all solar companies to adopt the SEIA contract templates and for customers to ask their solar provider if they are using the standard contracts.”

This is a link to SEIA’s consumer guide to solar power:

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SEMAR Annual Membership Meeting


The Annual Membership Meeting of SEMAR or Southeastern Massachusetts Association of Realtors was held yesterday at Rachel’s Lakeside in Dartmouth, MA.  This included the annual Installation of Officers and Directors and  new Members.

The meeting included a delicious brunch  and an Inspirational Message from Kate Lanagan MacGregor.

BOLD Moves Real Estate was out in full force with three new inductees, Becky Hibbard, Pam O’Connell and James Lanagan.

Kate Lanagan MacGregor was also installed as President Elect.

The Meeting was also important for the future of the Association.   A vote that was taken to determine the possibility  of a  merger of Southeastern Association of Realtors with Bristol Association of Realtors and The Greater Fall River Association of Realtors.

The vote was a resounding yes and the Association can now go ahead with the merger.  This will make for a better use of resources and a larger association with more members and influence in the real estate world.

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This blog was posted on on January 6, 2015.

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20 Things to Do This Weekend

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20 Things to do this Weekend (Dec 11 – Dec 13)


Maintaining the theme of the past few weeks – some rather unusual weather for this time of year. We’ll hover around an average temperature of 60 degrees, almost the middle of December. Even the lows will not be that low: averaging 45 degrees in the morning and overnight. Enjoy it while you can, because you know what’s coming! The great news is that it makes this the perfect weekend to hit the road, grab your Christmas Tree, or perhaps do a little Christmas shopping.

As always, click on the title for more or detailed information on the event. Most of the events were pulled from our event calendar where you can find hundreds of local area events each month. The event calendar is FREE, so if you are a local business, and not taking advantage of FREE publicity, shame on you! Are you a local business and want to sponsor this high traffic, weekend guide? Contact for more details. Have an event to add? Add it here. Know of another event this weekend? Post a reply!

Friday, December 11th

Cove Street Neighborhood Group Tree Lighting (5:00pm-6:00pm)
Join the community and spread holiday cheer at the annual neighborhood group tree lighting. Loretta Bourque Park – Ruth Street and Salisbury Street , New Bedford.

Marion’s Annual Holiday Shop (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Both galleries will feature one of a kind and limited edition gifts. Ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, toys and more. Holiday shop is open through Dec. 18. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. (508) 748-1266. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion.

Winter Holidays – Celebrations of the World (Fall River) (8:00pm)
Non-juried art exhibit, Dec. 4-30. Reception, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 17. AHA! Night. Cherry & Webb Gallery, 139 S. Main St., Fall River.

Saturday, December 12th

Saturdays at The Sawmill: Winter Wildlife Shelter Building (Acushnet) (9:00am-12:00pm)
Come visit the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s restored Acushnet Sawmill on Saturday mornings in November and December. The Hawes Family Learning Center will be open from 9am-12pm. At 10am, join us for one of these hands-on family activities: Winter Wildlife Shelter Building. 32 Mill Road, Acushnet.

Fairhaven Town Hall Shops (10:00am-4:00pm)
Non-profit and church groups have booths to sell holiday related items, baked goods, holiday greens, and more. There are raffles and silent auctions, face painting and craft making for the children. Some of the organizations with tables are: VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Church of the Good Shepherd, Fairhaven Improvement Association, Fairhaven Lions Club, Shining Tides Quilters, and others. Entertainment provided by Fairhaven music students. There will also be a drop boxes for new, unwrapped toys to be given to the area’s needy children and for the United Way food drive. Free. Handicap accessible. For more information, call 508-979-4085 or email

Don’t miss the Christmas classic – two special shows at 2:00 & 7:00 at the “Z.”

Fairhaven Old-Time Holiday (9:00am-8:00pm)
Holiday marketplaces and crafts fairs, luncheons and an old fashioned community sing-along are among the ways to enjoy the season of good cheer. For children, there are cookie decorating, craft making and face painting opportunities, and some chances for photographs with Santa or Father Christmas. More details can be had by clicking the event title. A full day of events from morning into early evening are scheduled in the historical town center.

Special Holiday Events at the Marion Art Center (10:00am-12:00pm)
Starting at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12, Timothy Wade, local sand and ice sculptor and painter, will give an ice carving demonstration on the patio outside the Art Center on the Pleasant Street side. Meanwhile, inside the Art Center, local pastel artist Kim Weineck will give a pastel painting demonstration. Visitors are invited to come and watch both artisans as they transform ice into sculpture and apply pastels to paper to create beautiful portraits and landscapes. The Marion Art Center is one of the stops on the Sippican Women’s Club House Tour and visitors are cordially invited to come inside and find that one of a kind gift that will be for sale in both galleries.

Winter Farmer’s Market (10:00am-1:00pm)
In the Junior high school gymnasium, every second and fourth Saturday, running until spring. Old Rochester Regional High School, 135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett.

Annual Holiday Fair (10:00am-2:00pm)
Lunch and snacks, bake table, craft vendors, quilt raffle. Free Holiday concert by VOX A Cappella at 2 p.m. (508) 994-9686. First Unitarian Church, 71 8th Street, New Bedford.

Spread some Christmas cheer by helping out some less fortunate kids!

Annual “Fill the Bus” Toy Drive (10:00am-7:00pm)
The New Bedford Police Department, Neighborhoods United of New Bedford, and Tremblay’s Bus Company would like to invite residents to participate in the 5th annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive.” Unwrapped gifts can be donated to anyone of the four police stations. Also on December 12, 10AM- 7PM, gifts can be dropped off directly at Police Headquarters where a Tremblay’s bus will be. Gifts donated will be distributed accordingly to local school aged children from New Bedford. We thank you for your support!
Police Station One: 572 Pleasant St. Police Station Two: 168 Cove St. Police Station Three: 781 Ashley Blvd. Police Headquarters: 871 Rockdale Ave.

A Christmas Carol the “Z” (2:00pm)
The beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life in stunning detail by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. As the tradition grows with each year, The Z’s audience continues to celebrate this heart-warming and joyful production. Join our ever-growing Zeiterion family for a matinee or evening performance and experience the joy of the season!

24th Annual Holiday House Tour at Wamsutta Club (4:00pm-8:00pm)
Feel the presence of the past as you visit private historic residences, all beautifully decorated for the season. You will be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, which are as diverse as the owners. Tour tickets are $23 at the door. Advance tickets ($19) can be purchased online or at ticket sites in Greater New Bedford through December 11 only: Arthur Moniz Gallery, New Bedford Antiques at Wamsutta, New York Shoe Repair and The Surrey Shoppe; in Dartmouth at The Ultimate Touch Nail Salon; in Fairhaven at Periwinkles; and in Marion at the Marion General Store. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed to you but will be waiting for you at the ticket table at the Wamsutta Club. Call the society office 508-007-6425 or visit

Marion’s Annual Holiday Shop (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Both galleries will feature one of a kind and limited edition gifts. Ceramics, fiber, photographs, wood, toys and more. Holiday shop is open through Dec. 18. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. (508) 748-1266. Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street, Marion.

Bullard Street Neighborhood Association Tree Lighting (6:30pm)
Location: Riverside Park on the corner of Belleville Avenue and Tallman Street.

A Christmas Carol the “Z” (7:00pm)
The beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge is brought to life in stunning detail by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. As the tradition grows with each year, The Z’s audience continues to celebrate this heart-warming and joyful production. Join our ever-growing Zeiterion family for a matinee or evening performance and experience the joy of the season!

Sunday, December 13th

Nasketucket Bay Bird Watch (8:30am-10:00pm)
Join the Coalition and the Paskamansett Bird Club to look and listen for birds along the Shaw Farm Trail. We’ll walk along the trail into the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. Binoculars will be available or you can bring your own. Please dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Shaw Farm Trail, Shaw Road, Phoenix Bike Trail, Fairhaven.

Breakfast With Santa (9:00am-11:30am)
Catered breakfast, free pictures with Santa. 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 29. $10 adults, $6 children. Under 3 free. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Bedford. (508) 789-3138. New Bedford YMCA, 25 Water St., New Bedford.

Second annual crafts fair for a cause (9:00am-3:00pm)
50 plus local vendors, holiday items, jewelry, Chinese auction, and more. Entertainment by The Showstoppers, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission and free door prize entries. (508) 717-8715. Gifts To Give, 1 Titleist Drive, Acushnet.

Don’t miss the Cove Street and Bullard Street tree lightings on Friday and Saturday!

24th Annual Holiday House Tour at Wamsutta Club(1:00pm-5:00pm)
Feel the presence of the past as you visit private historic residences, all beautifully decorated for the season. You will be inspired by the varied architecture and interiors, which are as diverse as the owners. Tour tickets are $23 at the door. Advance tickets ($19) can be purchased online or at ticket sites in Greater New Bedford through December 11 only: Arthur Moniz Gallery, New Bedford Antiques at Wamsutta, New York Shoe Repair and The Surrey Shoppe; in Dartmouth at The Ultimate Touch Nail Salon; in Fairhaven at Periwinkles; and in Marion at the Marion General Store. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed to you but will be waiting for you at the ticket table at the Wamsutta Club. Call the society office 508-007-6425 or visit

Far North End Neighborhood Association Tree Lighting (6:30pm)
Location: Fire Station # 5, 3665 Acushnet Avenue

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Procuring Cause and Real Estate!

bold moves real estate loan issues narProcuring Cause and Real Estate! What exactly is procuring cause?  The definition is : the interactions between a prospective client and a real estate agent that entitles the agent to a commission percentage upon the purchase of a home.  If a client has worked with multiple agents over the course of her search, it may be difficult to determine which agent is ultimately responsible for helping the client get the home.   Disputes can occur between the agent that wrote the offer and another that may have showed the client houses in the past.  An investigation may ensue to find out which agent had first contact with the client and showed them the house they purchased.  It can be tricky.

Real Estate brokerages usually have the buyer sign an exclusive agency agreement with the agent they have chosen to work with.  The agreement commits clients to working with that agent to buy a home.  The term of the commitment is usually between 3 months and 12 months.

According to Realtor Magazine, procuring cause acknowledges that to earn a commission a broker or a salesperson doesn’t have to be present when the buyer  and the seller ink the deal. Rather, brokers need only show that they initiated an unbroken chain of events that resulted in the deal between the buyer and the seller.  Generally, the law requires more than simply showing the property to the buyer.  The broker or salesperson must have ignited an interest in the buyer that ultimately led to the purchase.

The facts are not always clear-cut.  Arbitration can help settle individual disputes.

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