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 www.bbmpros.com on November 22, 2017.

Local Halloween Events

haunted hayrideHalloween is quickly approaching and there are many events happening in the Southcoast Massachusetts area.

Looking for a Halloween costume?  According to the YMCA, “Save money this Halloween on your child’s costume by stopping by the Gleason Family YMCA on Saturday October 14th for our Recycled Costume Sale. We have a great variety of clean, gently used costumes in many different sizes for kids that will fit your Halloween needs this year without breaking the bank. Prices for complete costumes are $3 to $10 and accessories will also be reasonably priced. Our sale kicks off at 9:30 am in the lobby of the Gleason Family YMCA and will last until the costumes are sold out. Proceeds with benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign, which provides financial assistance for membership, programs, and summer camp to those in the community who cannot afford the Y experience on their own.

Many thanks to those who have already donated to the costume sale and we are still accepting costumes through Friday 10/13/17.”

For more information:  contact Cathy Longfield at clongfield@ymcasouthcoast.org.

Plumb Corner Halloween Spooktacular is Saturday, October 28th from 1-4 pm.   

Activities include a Haunted House(sponsored by Law Offices of Matthew Beaulieu), Dancing with DJ Howie, Arts and Crafts, Reptile Exhibit, Food Drive (bring a non-perishable item for Rochester Seniors, Creepy Experiments, Games, Pumpkin Pie Contest, Spooky Storytime with Amos, Plumb Library Reading Dog!  Trick or Treating and a Costume Contest at 2pm.

Sponsored by: Plumb Corner Merchants, Friends and Junior Friends of Plumb Library, Rochester Lions Club, Rochester Police Brotherhood, Rockland Trust and Rochester Women’s Club.

Haunted family friendly Hayride at the Souza Cranberry Bogs at 85 High St. in Rochester.  Benefitting the Rochester Boy Scout Troop 30.  October 27th and 28th from 6:00 -10:00 pm.  $5.00 per car donation.

It’s All About the Animals 3rd Annual Octopurr Fest  Sunday, October 15th 11:00 am -4:00pm, 103 Marion Road, Rochester, MA

Activities include: Huge Chinese Auction with  125+valuable prizes, Tom Cat Ball Drop with a $500 prize, 25+ local vendors selling crafts, jewelry, pet beds & accessories, gourmet pet treats & home goods, bake sale table with wonderful treats, burgers, hot dogs, soups, etc., face painting and balloon animals.

Put these great events on your calendar and bring the kids out for some great Halloween fun!

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



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 www.bbmpros.com on September 6, 2017.


Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

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The cold, wet weather didn’t stop the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race.  The event is held every year rain or shine and this was the 83rd running of the river boat race down the Mattapoisett River.   The spectators came out with umbrellas and raincoats to cheer on their favorite racers.

The rain did have an advantage for the racers.  The river was high and the race times were faster.  Ian MacGregor and Jake Goyette were the defending champions from 2016.  This year they were able to shave off 2 minutes from last year’s time and finished at 1:50:13.  It wasn’t enough for the win though, and Dan Lawrence and William Watling III took the title this year with a time of 1:48:14.  Ian and Jake took second place.  Finishing up the top three were Andy Weigel and Jay Lawrence with a time of 1:51:14.  Fourth place was claimed by Tim Hathaway and Gary Stopka with a time of 1:57:01 and fifth place went to Peter MacGregor and Paul Milde with a time of 1:58:51.

Tucker and Jonathan Roy of Rochester took first place in the Parent/Child division with a time of 2:07:29.  Ethan and Samantha Hathaway were the winners of the Co-Ed division, with a time of 2:10:13. Caitlin Stopka and Emma Knox won the Women’s division, their time:  2:38:23.  Eli and Rylan MacGregor won the Boy’s Junior division in 2:39:32.

Joel Hartley was awarded the Old Man River award as the oldest racer in this year’s race.

The Harding family of Rochester have made it an annual tradition with Harrison taking daughter Chloe and Lindsay with son Wyatt.  They pulled into the end almost side by side.

50 boats were registered for the race and 46 teams made it to the end of the race at the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett.

The boat race is made possible by lots of volunteers including Chairman Arthur Benner and the Rochester Fire Department as well as the local police departments, volunteer time keepers, river cleaners and everyone that makes it possible.

The awards were handed out at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm.

It’s a great family tradition in Rochester and the neighboring towns.  Parents with children, husbands and wives, siblings, cousins, friends.  It’s a great sense of accomplishment pulling into the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett after the 2 hour course.  Make it your new family tradition.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on March 31, 2017.

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River, sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, will take place on Monday, May 29, starting at 8:30 am at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir, Snipatuit Road, in Rochester and finish at the Herring Weir, River Road at Route 6, in Mattapoisett.

The minimum age for contestants is seven years old on Memorial Day. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer design of any material you choose. There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.

Divisions include open men’s/women’s, junior boys, junior girls, co-ed and parent/child. Junior division teams are both contestants under 14 years old. Parent/child is for a parent with his/her child (child under 14 years old) or an adult (25 or older) with a child (child under 14 years old). Trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division.

Pre-registration is required. Contestants may register at the Rochester Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Road, on Friday, May 12 and Friday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. No registrations will be accepted after Friday, May 19 at 8:00 pm. It may be prudent for contestants that raced last year to submit their paper work on the first night of registration in the event of unforeseen circumstances that prevent them from attending the last registration and losing the starting position they earned based on last year’s finish position. This would also make the work load on the registration staff a bit easier on the last night of registration.

Rules and registration forms may be obtained at Lloyd’s Market and at the registration sessions. A signed registration form must be submitted by each contestant for a team to be eligible to draw a starting position.

The Boat Race Ham & Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of the Memorial Day weekend, May 27, 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rochester Memorial School. Tickets for the supper may be purchased at the door.

William Watling III has again offered to make two carbon fiber racing paddles – one straight shaft and one bent shaft – to be raffled separately at the supper. Raffle tickets are $5 each per paddle and may be purchased at the registration sessions and at the supper. Proceeds from the supper, along with donations, fund the expenses of the race. (There is no registration/entry fee to race.)

Trophies and prizes will be awarded on Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School at 7:30 pm.

For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Arthur F. Benner at 508-763-2024.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 16, 2017.

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.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Freezin’ for a reason

By Tanner Harding | Jan 01, 2017

Photo by: Tanner HardingResidents run into (and out of) the water quickly at the polar plunge.

MATTAPOISETT — Hundreds of brave residents welcomed in the new year with a quick dip in the ocean on Sunday afternoon.

The polar plunge was hosted by the Huggins family to raise money for the hidden costs cancer patients and their families face, such as childcare, gas, parking and food.

Michelle Huggins said she wasn’t sure the exact number of participants, but that she had 500 prayer ties at the entrance of Mattapoisett Town Beach and all of them were gone.

“At the entrance we give each person a prayer tie, so they can make a wish for the new year,” she said.

The prayer ties were then tied to ropes that were strung from the tent to a lifeguard stand.

Last year, the event raised $10,000, and so far, it has raised $10,800 this year.

“It’s a huge group effort,” she said. “One hundred percent of the money goes to tri-town families with cancer diagnoses.”

This year, the event added a DJ to amp swimmers up before running into the cold ocean.

It’s the event’s fifth year, and Huggins is grateful to see it grow year after year.

“It’s an amazing act of compassion and kindness when people come out on a holiday,” she said. “It just shows you that humans are kind in their intentions.”

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/PolarPlunge2017.

Hundreds turned out for the event at Mattapoisett Town Beach. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Hundreds of colorful prayer ties fly in the wind. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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Mattapoisett 13th Annual Christmas Day Swim

Swimmers take a cold plunge for charity

By Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed | Dec 25, 2016

Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim AhmedDavid Smutny (left) and Bill Foley (right) went in the water with their santa beards on.

MATTAPOISETT — Low tide during a polar plunge isn’t easy, according to swimmers that took a dive into Mattapoisett Harbor for the 13th annual Christmas Day Swim.

“Low tide is rough, ’cause you gotta walk out half a mile,” said David Smutny, a visitor from Washington, D.C.

Donning Santa hats and other festive gear, 49 swimmers signed up for the plunge, which took place at the Mattapoisett Town Beach at 11 a.m.

Though the weather was only a few degrees above freezing, sentiments were warm and cozy among swimmers and family members, many who brought towels and hot chocolate to the chilly folks after the swim.

The swim was a fundraiser for Helping Hands and Hooves, a therapeutic horseback riding program for people with special needs. Proceeds will fund the organization’s riding lessons.

Organizers Jackie and Abby Dyson said this year’s swim was a success.

“It turned out much better than it normally is,” said Jackie. “There are a lot of little kids here this year.”

Volunteers dressed in Santa suits help run the event, organized by Helping Hands and Hooves. (Photo by: Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed)
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Merry Christmas from BOLD Moves Real Estate


BOLD Moves Real Estate would like to wish all our families, friends, and clients a wondrous and joyful Christmas and an inspiring New Year.  At this time of year, our BOLDIES team would like to thank all our clients for the pleasure of working with them during one of the most important times in their lives.  We know buying and selling a home is one of the most important and emotional decisions in anyone’s life.   We know that there are many choices out there and we thank you for choosing to work with BOLD Moves Real Estate.  We genuinely want to help our clients move into the home of their dreams or sell their home and move on.

A new year is a clean slate and the possibilities are endless.  Dream big and make 2017 the best year it can possibly be.

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