Christmas Tree Pickups

Christmas Tree

Christmas is over and it’s time to take down all your decorations and Christmas tree.  What do you do with your Christmas tree now?  Here are some local town pickup days and times.

Mattapoisett – Christmas trees will be picked up from January 2-12th.  Christmas trees should be placed curbside by 7:00am on the day of your regularly scheduled rubbish pick-up.  Trees are also accepted at the Transfer Station on Tinkham Hill Rd.  Trees in plastic bags or with ornaments will not be picked up.  Questions-contact the Mattapoisett Highway Department at 508-758-4181.

Marion– Christmas tree pick is scheduled for the week of January 8-12th.  Christmas trees should be placed curbside by 7:00am on the day of your regularly scheduled rubbish pick-up.  Trees are also accepted at the Transfer Station on Benson Brook Rd.  Please be sure trees are free of all ornaments and tinsel. Questions- Call the DPW Office at 508-748-3540 ext. 101.

Fairhaven–  Christmas tree pickup will be between January 9th-12th.  Christmas trees will be picked up one day after your regular rubbish pick up.

Monday Pick up day– Christmas trees will be picked up Tuesday, January 9th

Tuesday Pick up day– Christmas trees will be picked up Wednesday, January 10th

Wednesday Pick up day– Christmas trees will be picked up Thursday, January 11th

Thursday Pick up day– Christmas trees will be picked up Friday, January 12th.

Missed trees may be dropped off at the gate at the Recycle Center, 5 Arsene St.


New Bedford– Christmas trees will be picked up the week of January 8th-12th.  Put your trees curbside on the weekday after your trash and recycling collection.  This is the ONLY WEEK for curbside pickup of Christmas trees.  If your usual trash/recycling day is Friday, your Christmas tree will be collected on Monday, January 8th, etc.

If you miss curbside pickup, you can drop off your tree at 3 locations:

  1. East Rodney French Blvd. beach parking lot, between Hudson St. and Seymour St., December 26th to January 11th.
  2. Brooklawn Park, near Pon League Field, enter at Irvington Street, ends January 11th.
  3. Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, 1103 Shawmut Ave.  Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12pm-5:00pm and Saturday, 7:30am to 3:00pm.                                                                                                                                               Don’t delay,  get your trees out there for pickup.   Visit and meet our team of community experts.  Find the magic in your BOLDtown.BOLDtown




Local Christmas Tree Lightings

Rochester Tree LightingChristmas is drawing closer now that we are past Thanksgiving.  All the area towns are planning their annual Christmas Tree Lightings. Here are a list of the area towns and dates and times for their Festive Tree Lightings, many times with music  and events.

Mattapoisett’s 7th annual evening of free holiday fun returns to Shipyard Park on Saturday, December 8.    Holiday in the Park runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting will follow in the park.  The event will feature will feature food, ornament making, and face painting as well as an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 4:15 p.m.       A number of musical groups will perform, including Rick LeBlanc, the Old Hammondtown Chorus and Concert Band, and the Showstoppers.                                                                                                                                                          The Mattapoisett Lions Club also asks that families bring an unwrapped present for a needy child and a canned good.

Marion’s Annual Christmas Stroll will take place on Sunday Dec. 11 beginning at 3 p.m.                                          Front Street will be closed during this time as the stroll makes its way towards the Town House.                            There, guests will be able to attend the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.                                                            The Marion Business Community has handled all of the planning for the annual event.

The Annual Rochester Tree Lighting will take place on Monday, December 4th at 6:30 in front of the Town Hall at the Town Green.  The Rochester Memorial School Band will provide music and a Fire Truck visit from Santa.

New Bedford’s Sun., 12/2, TREE LIGHTING At 4:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead a parade up William Street to the Main Library. The parade will feature the award-winning New Bedford High School Whaler Marching Band and the All-City Middle School Marching Band and Color Guard. The count­down celebration will begin at 5 p.m. with greetings from elected officials and an appearance by Santa Claus!

Fairhaven’s Benoit Square Lighting
Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Benoit Square, opposite 267 Adams Street, Fairhaven                                                                                                The North Fairhaven Improvement Association will host its annual Sing-Along—this year featuring the Showstoppers—and light the decorated square and gazebo. Santa Claus will then visit North Fairhaven on a fire truck.

Wareham’s Tree Lighting                                                                                                                                                             The Main Street tradition continues — NEW ROUTE THIS YEAR.. Starting at High School then route proceeds down Main Street to its destination in Besse Park, where all present will have an opportunity to see the Besse Park tree lighting and greet Santa as he arrives by boat for photos!

Dartmouth’s Tree Lighting
Friday, December 5, 2014
Dartmouth Green
Please join them for Dartmouth’s annual Christmas tree lighting on the Green. The tree will be lit promptly at 5:15 pm. Cookies and hot chocolate, sponsored by the Office of the President, will be served.   Join Trumpeter Glenn Griffin and the 40th Anniversary Christmas Revels Youth and Adult Choruses for traditional Carols.
Come on out and support your town and take part in the festivities.
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Local Thanksgiving Football Games

Thanksgiving footballThanksgiving is nearly here and that means Football!  What are the local area High School matchups?
Here they are:
Old Rochester Regional High School
 Apponequet Regional vs.Old Rochester Regional
 The Old Rochester Regional varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Apponequet Regional (Lakeville, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10am
Old Colony Voke Tech High School
Old Colony RVT vs.Tri-County RVT
The Old Colony RVT varsity football team has an away non-conference game @ Tri-County RVT (Franklin, MA) on Wednesday, November 22 @ 6pm
Dartmouth and Fairhaven High School
Dartmouth  vs .Fairhaven
The Fairhaven varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Dartmouth (South Dartmouth, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10am
Wareham High School
 The Wareham varsity football team has an away non-conference game @ rival school Bourne (MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10a.
Bishop Stang High School
Bishop Feehan vs. Bishop Stang
 The Bishop Stang varsity football team has a home non-conference game vs. Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10am
New Bedford High School
New Bedford vs. Durfee
 Game Details – Durfee H.S.

The New Bedford varsity football team has an away conference game @ rival school Durfee (Fall River, MA) on Thursday, November 23 @ 10:15am

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This blog was posted on on November 22, 2017.

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


Dining for a Cause at 99 Restaurant in Fairhaven

Dining for a Cause

Come on out for a great cause tonight!   The Ninety Nine  Restaurant in Fairhaven, MA is holding a fundraiser to benefit Better Community Living.  A percentage of the sales between 4-9 pm will go to this great cause.

So come on out tonight, have some great food and support a great fundraiser!

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Fairhaven High Cheerleaders State Champs

The Fairhaven High School Blue Devils  are 5 times state Champions.  TheFairhaven High Cheerleaders received the tradition of a police escort back to Fairhaven.  The girls and guy of the cheerleading squad competed Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Wachusett Regional High School.  They were crowned the champs and now will move on to the New England’s on Saturday, March 14th in Providence.  Let’s wish these champions good luck on Saturday!

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Fairhaven High School Cheerleaders

Area Girls Soccer Roundup

    •   …

      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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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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Tour de Creme

Tour de Creme

Mattapoisett Tour de Crème

The Tour de Creme was held yesterday, Sunday, May 22nd in Mattapoisett. Not just a bike ride, the Tour de Crème is 3 pedal-powered tours of SouthCoast creameries and a seaside party. It’s a biking and ice cream extravaganza!   The Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path bring you the Tour de Crème, a fundraising event combining SouthCoast’s fabulous cycling with a selection of the best ice cream shops along the route. 

The event included 13, 25, and 48-mile routes on scenic country roads and the Mattapoisett-Fairhaven Bike Path.  There is a ride for everyone and cyclists were invited to stop at local creameries along the way to try their ice cream.

The ice cream stops included Captain Bonney’s in Rochester, Country Whip  and Acushnet Creamery in Acushnet, The Slip and Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett, to name a few.

BOLD Moves Real Estate of Mattapoisett was there. BOLDIES Tracey Lee, Iva Lajoie and Susan Gorden Ryan were on hand to help out at the end and had a great time.  The rain held off and it turned out to be a great day.

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