Boat Race 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 on March 31, 2017.

Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

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 on May 16, 2017.

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!

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This blog was posted on on May 9, 2017.

Freezin" for a Reason

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.”

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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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BOLDIES Christmas Brunch


The BOLDIES of BOLD Moves Real Estate held their annual Christmas brunch at the home of Laura Severino.  Laura opens her beautiful home every year for the annual tradition.   There was lots of good food and a Secret Santa gift exchange and even a special visit from Santa.  It’s always nice to get together in an informal setting and just enjoy each other’s company.

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Buying a Home at the Holidays


Top 5 Reasons To Buy A Home During The Holidays

Why it Makes Sense to Buy a Home at Year’s End

Top 5 Reasons To Buy A Home During The Holidays

November 30, 2016 Few people like to uproot their family and go through the stresses of home buying and moving during the holidays, but for those who do not mind, the holiday season may provide home buying bargains. Here are a few of the reasons why.

    • Less Market Activity – Lots of family, school, and work activities, combined with the weather in many locations, lead to fewer real estate transactions over the holidays. Since fewer people overall are looking to buy houses, you will have less competition for your preferred house – and this gives you leverage.Holiday home sellers often have to adjust their price downward or make other concessions if they want to sell. Keep this in mind as you search for homes. Bargains may be available, and listed prices may be more open to negotiation.
  • Motivated Sellers – People who are selling their homes over the holidays often have great incentive to sell, such as an upcoming job relocation. If a house has already been on the market for some time, that incentive is multiplied.You may be able to use this urgency to your advantage (assuming you are not in a similarly urgent need to buy). Negotiate fairly but firmly with sellers and you should be able to extract a lower price and/or other concessions like paying part of the closing costs.

Potential Tax Advantages – If you itemize your taxes, you can deduct any points you paid upon closing, as well as property taxes and mortgage interest. Whether it is to your advantage to buy before or after year’s end depends on factors such as how many other deductions you have this year and expect to have next year.

It is best to consult with a tax professional before purchase. Even though you do not want to make a decision on a home purchase strictly for tax reasons, it could be to your benefit to close before the end of the year.


    • Better Interest Rates – Within the general trend of interest rates, there is often a cyclical trend of lower interest rates during the holidays – not from the generosity of lenders but due to limited demand forcing greater competition among lenders.There are plenty of factors that can obscure or swamp this cycle, but in general, you should see preferable interest rates around the holidays compared to the times immediately before or after.


  • Faster Closings – Generally, all parties involved have incentive to complete transactions toward the end of the year. Lenders want to close their books, real estate agents want to receive their commissions before the year closes, sellers want to move on to their new home and settle in for the holidays – and just like the sellers, you want to settle in as well.Since all parties are motivated and there are fewer transactions taking place during this time, it should be easier to put everything in place for a smooth and rapid closing.

These factors do not always apply. For example, if you are trying to buy a home in a winter ski resort area or similar high-demand winter destination, these dynamics may be reversed – except for the tax implications. However, for the majority of Americans, the holidays represent an opportunity to buy a home under mostly favorable economic conditions.

The weather may still be frightful, but your opportunities to buy a home around the holidays may be just as delightful. Enjoy the holiday season as you explore your options. Don’t forget to give Santa your new forwarding address!


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This blog was posted on on December 15, 2016.


Mattapoisett’s Holiday in the Park

Hundreds attend Mattapoisett’s Holiday in the Park

By Georgia Sparling | Dec 10, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingSanta, Mrs. Claus and their elf helper greeted a line of kids with Christmas wishes.

MATTAPOISETT — Holiday in the Park had snacks, singing and, of course, Santa.

Held annually at Shipyard Park, the event brings together hundreds of residents to celebrate the season. Local restaurants provide food to sample, there is face painting and coloring for kids, and Christmas music from The Occasion Singers and student musicians.

At 4:30 p.m. everyone gathered to see the tree lights go on for the first time.

The tree was decorated with ornaments and wishes from Mattapoisett elementary students.


The Christmas tree lights come on! (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

A sweet Christmas wish from a local student. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The Occasion Singers perform. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Frosty and Rudolph give a high five. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Sally Butler, Julia Sheridan, Maggie Brogioli and Sarah DeSousa take a seat in the giant chair.(Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The Mattapoisett Boy Scouts try to sell the last of their wreaths. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Jacob Castanhinha, 4, is a mini Rudolph. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Baby Ethan Lorenco meets Santa. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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Christmas Events in the Tri-town

ChristmasHard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. The Tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have many events planned to celebrate the holidays.  Check them out.


MATTAPOISETTThe Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will bring Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” to the stage.

Performances are at the ORR auditorium and will be at Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

The cast has more than 100 students and stars Paul Kippenberger, Jack Roussell, Sara Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Cammi Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

The adaptation and set design is by Director Paul Sardinha, and the costumes are by Helen Blake.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for the general public. They are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Rochester-The Friends of Plumb Library are holding their annual Holiday Fair from. There will be a Silent Auction offering handmade items, gift baskets and gift certificates, a bake sale, the Rochester Historical Society selling shirts and books on local history, essential oils, Pampered Chef, Avon and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, including a visit from Santa from 11-12:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER Rochester’s Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Town Hall on Constitution Way.

The tree lighting will begin at 6:30 pm

All in attendance will be treated to music by the Rochester Memorial School band.  Santa will be arriving to the holiday event by way of a fire engine.

Following the ceremony, free refreshments are available in Town Hall.

MATTAPOISETTThe Holiday in the Park activities begin in Shipyard Park at 3 p.m., so why not begin your celebration at the library?

The Mattapoisett Library will have a variety of holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m.

For children, there will be a gingerbread story time at 1 p.m. with Mrs. Burke, followed by a craft. Adults and teens will decorate ornaments with baubles and gems. Supplies will be provided.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Everyone can dip into a grab bag of books and take one home, too.

This year once again the library is collecting new children’s books and pajamas in all sizes to donate to local shelters. Collection boxes are located in both the children’s and adult departments.

The library is located at 7 Barstow St. Call 508-758-4171 for more information or to sign up for the adult craft.

Mattapoisett’s annual Holiday in the Park and tree lighting will be held on Dec. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at Shipyard Park.

There will be a chance to meet Santa, sample food from local eateries and participate in family activities.

Marion  The Sippican Woman’s Club will host its 30th Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10-4 p.m.

Under the leadership of Jeanne Bruen and a group of club members, this year’s “A Coastal Christmas” theme will be displayed at Handy’s Tavern and throughout town with five Marion homes open to tour-goers.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store, and in Mattapoisett at Isabelle’s in the Ropewalk. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Those purchasing tickets and those who already have them should begin at Handy’s Tavern, 152 Front St.

All proceeds from the tour go toward scholarships for eligible Marion high school seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The following day, Sunday, December 11th is the Village Stroll and Tree Lighting starting at 3 pm and Handy’s Tavern will be open from 3-5 p.m. for hot cider and cookies.

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