Marion fireworks

Local Fireworks

fireworksFourth of July is almost here.  Here are some of the local towns who will be having Fireworks this Fourth of July.

Marion-  The Fireworks are back this year.   Fireworks will be held on  Sunday, July 2nd at 9pm at Silvershell Beach   (Rain Date 7/9/2017)

New Bedford- Tuesday, July 4 at 9 p.m. at the State Pier

Boston 7/4/2017 10:30 PM Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

Freetown 7/3/2017 9:30 PM Hathaway Park – Carleys Way

Middleboro 10:00 PM Middleborough Park Department (Rain Date 7/3/2017)

Provincetown 7/4/2017 9:00 PM MacMillan Pier

Onset 7/1/2017 Dusk Onset Beach & Bay (Rain Date 7/8/2017)

Hyannis 7/4/2017 Dusk Lewis Beach (Rain Date 9/2/2017)

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 27, 2017.

 

 

first time home buyers

Budgeting Tips for First Time Home Buyers

first time home buyersBuying a House for the first time can be nerve racking, but with better budgeting, first time home buyers can get into a house that suits their family as well as their budget.  There are many extra expenses that can go into purchasing a house that the buyer does not anticipate, but with a good real estate agent guiding them as well as their mortgage lender, they can buy a house with confidence.

Mortgage calculators are readily available online to help buyers calculate their mortgage payments including interest, insurance and taxes.  Keeping within their budget is important to avoid being house poor.  Calculating their budget now and keeping within it along with some savings for unforseen circumstances can give them a good idea of what kind of house they can afford.  Their mortgage broker can also help them with this  and have a wealth of ideas on which type of loan would suit them better.

There are some extra costs which should be factored in.                                                                 Home Inspection:  Having a home inspected by a licensed Home Inspector, while not mandatory , is critical to making sure you know everything about a house prior to owning it.  They usually cost around $500 but are well worth the money to ensure there are no costly surprises waiting around the bend.

Closing Costs:  These average around $5000.  These include all the fees associated with buying a house such as lawyer,appraiser, title and recording fees.  They should be included in the budget.  Sometimes, closing costs can be included in the offer to be paid by the seller but generally the offer must be higher to take this into account.

Monthly bills:  Monthly utility bills for the house may be different than what they are currently paying.  The realtor may be able to give a rough estimate what the monthly bills are for the house so that they can be budgeted in.

Maintenance:  Home owners know there is always maintenance to be done.  The Home Inspection will give an idea of what will need to be done in the near and distant future and can be included in the home budget.  A good idea is to set a weekly amount in a separate account to take care of home maintenance.

Purchasing a home can be exciting as well as scary,but proper preparation can make the process much smoother and keep the anxiety down and make it the exciting and satisfying experience it was meant to be.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on June 16, 2017.

graduations

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 www.bbmpros.com on June 7, 2017

 

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Marion fireworks

Marion Fireworks are a Go

Independence Day fireworks will return to Marion

By Andrea Ray | May 19, 2017

Photo by: Georgia Sparling

MARION — Fireworks will brighten the night skies over Silvershell Beach once again.

With four days left to go in its extended campaign, the Marion Fireworks Committee’s Twenty from Many campaign officially reached its goal of $40,000 on Friday morning.

The listed total on the campaign’s GoFundMe page is at $40,100. The ‘Marion Fireworks 2017’ Facebook page posted notice that the fireworks would return early Friday morning.

On Thursday, the campaign was still about $12,000 short of its goal – until Tabor Academy donated $10,000, on top of a previous donation made earlier. The large donation left the campaign only a few thousand dollars short of the goal.

The Tabor donation spurred further donations, with the small gap closed by Friday morning, and the official goal reached.

Now it’s time to sit back, enjoy the fireworks, and maybe set aside $20 for the next campaign. Any donations made to the campaign now will be set aside to begin next year’s campaign fund. The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/marion-fireworks.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 23, 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 www.bbmpros.com on May 16, 2017.

real estate

Start Your Career in Real Estate

Agent RisingYou have chosen to be a real estate professional. This is a career, not a job. You will be successful in this career if you invest in yourself – your time, your energy, your focus and your money.

Your Time – the next three months are critical but a long term business perspective will bring you the
most success – time spent now on lead generation will come back to you many times over in the future.

Your Energy – you need to believe in you and practice that belief every day. Take a look from the outside
are you excited and energized to be on the road to success? Do you “appear” ready to go?

Your Focus – make a plan for each day and work that plan. Review your progress each week and adjust if necessary. The details do make a difference done
well, they will lead to success.

Your Money – you need to invest some money now to make more money later. You need professional clothing and the technological tools of your profession. Remember~ you get one first impression!

Invest in yourself, you are worth it!

Review your professional wardrobe – upgrade if necessary. If your finances are limited, consider checking at second hand stores or Salvation Army. They are
a great resource for suits! Recognize also that most people will not be seeing you every day, so one good outfit can go a long way!

Review your tech tools – at a minimum you need a smart phone – we recommend going as paperless as possible, by using an ipad or similar tool. Many offices
may provide loaners~ does yours?

Order business cards -with your photo and business contact information. Give out liberally!

Buy distinctive notecards – show your personality. People rarely throw out a hand written note!

Create a database of all of your friends, family, business and casual relationships – don’t forget your electrician, plumber or dog walker.

Do something fun or rewarding every day to keep your energy up – a happy, healthy professional will be a successful professional!

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on May 10, 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!

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.

family

Juggling Your Real Estate Career and Family Time

familyJuggling your real estate career and your family time can be tricky but definitely worth it.  There are many ways to accomplish this.

Make family time an appointment.  When you have an important family event simply treat it as an appointment and tell clients you are booked at that time.  Give them another time to meet.  Most will understand.

At the beginning of  the year, plan your vacation  and pre- book family time and stay committed to it.

Have a friend in the office that can help you out when you have conflicts in your schedule. This can be reciprocal, when he is in need of help also.   There are times when time is of the essence.  If you are unavailable, have someone at the office who can cover for you, and you can do the same for him or her when they need a hand.  Plan this out ahead of time so there are no questions when situations arise.

Set aside one day per week to get away from work and spend quality family time.  We all need some downtime. With the craziness of the business, you always find yourself on the phone at all hours of the day.  Stay committed to spending one day a week without the phone and enjoy uninterrupted family time.

Share your work  with your family.  Talk about your highs and lows.

Put aside time for family dinner.  Real estate agents aren’t doctors.  Phone calls can wait an hour while you have dinner with your family.  Have everyone in the family put the phones down and enjoy a meal and good conversation.

Take a little time for yourself.  It will help keep you focused when you take time out for yourself.  You schedule in time for client contact  and prospecting, so schedule time for exercise and activities to keep you healthy and active, even if that might mean a quick nap or downtime or meditation.  Multitasking is difficult.  Focusing on each activity as they occur can keep your stress levels down.

Sometimes these habits  may cost you a client or two, but in the course of your career, if  you take the time to keep your family and yourself foremost in your life, it will make you a better realtor and clients will respect you for that.

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This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on May 4, 2017.

ORR Junior High

ORR Junior High Sports New Artwork

Student-designed fresco fascinates at junior high

By Andrea Ray | May 02, 2017

Photo by: Andrea RayDelaney Shaw under the mural she brought to ORR Junior High School

MATTAPOISETT — When most people see a beautiful piece of art, they admire it. They might even buy it and hang it on their own wall.

Unluckily for Rochester resident Delaney Shaw, a 20-foot high mural is not the best fit for the average house. So she used the next-best canvas: a school wall.

A school wall you say? That’s grounds for detention, surely.

Well, not so much. This particular piece, a large and spreading mural above the inner courtyard at the junior high school, has been planned for the last year and a half. Shaw, an eighth grader and Rochester resident, found herself with a rather sudden idea to help brighten up the junior high.

“I was at the New Bedford Christmas Stroll,” she explained. “My mother and I were looking at the artwork, and I thought it was really cool. I thought it would be neat to get it in the school.”

She brought her idea to Old Rochester Junior High School Principal Kevin Brogioli not long after she initially dreamed it up. “She came by about a year and a half ago,” he said, “and she had an idea for school improvement.”

Brogioli, while impressed with Delaney’s vision, admitted he hadn’t initially expected her to pull it off. “A lot of kids come to me with good intentions and ideas,” he explained. “So often though the idea drops off when they become busy with something else, or the answer isn’t immediate.”

The long process didn’t deter Delaney. Brogioli explained that she had to get permission for the mural from both the School Committee and the school’s facilities department. Neither party was initially enthusiastic about a twenty-foot high mural on the inner courtyard wall. Delaney’s patient persistence eventually won them over, however, and they relented.

With permission secured, it was time to find the right artists. Luckily, Delaney’s mother Andrea Shaw actually knew two of the artists whose work they’d seen on the New Bedford Christmas Stroll. Todd Woodward and Ryan McFee are both graduates of ORR and professional artists. After several years in Boston, Rory McFee now runs his own gallery in New Bedford, Paradise McFee. Todd Woodward can be found in Brooklyn, working in fine art and as an award-winning tattoo artist.

“It was intimidating to call them!” Delaney said. Luckily, both artists retain fond memories of ORR, and were happy to design the mural. Delaney, Brogioli, Woodward and McFee emailed back and forth about their own artistic visions. “I really wanted something to do with the Navigator,” Delaney explained, referring to the junior high school’s mascot. Eventually McFee and Woodward worked that idea into an imposing compass rose, flanked by waves and two red birds.

“The hardest part was staying with it,” Delaney said. “Everyone gets so busy that you don’t hear back right away.”

That includes Delaney herself, who was invited to last year’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference. She’s also a devoted ice hockey and lacrosse player.

Even with her workload, she remains at work on the mural project. With the mural itself finished, now is the time to put together a Mother’s Day concert, which will fundraise for the mural and other arts projects within the junior high. The concert, to be played on May 14, will feature Rochester native Rebecca Correia, who spends a great deal of her time these days recording music in Nashville, Tennessee. Correia, said Delaney, was also happy to contribute her time to the cause.

Brogioli is hopeful that any extra funds will go towards funding further art projects in the future. He remains amazed at Delaney’s resourcefulness.

“Delaney’s initiative to follow through is so rare at her age,” he said. “It took a year and a half, but it wouldn’t have happened without her.”

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on May 2, 2017.