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




ORRHS Boys and Girls Basketball Season Begins

Boys basketball plays first scrimmage

By Tanner Harding | Dec 03, 2017


Photo by: Tanner Harding

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional boys basketball team took to the court for the first time this season on Saturday evening. Though only a scrimmage, the team showed Falmouth what its made of during a hard fought, back-and-forth game.

The team will look to continue on the success from last season. The Bulldogs went into the playoffs as the seventh seed, and made it to the Division 3 South Semifinal. They dropped that game 57-51, but ended the season with a 16-7 record.

The Bulldogs’ first official game of the season will be Friday, Dec. 8 at New Bedford, as part of the boys varsity jamboree. Tip-off is at 7:45 p.m.

The first home game of the season is Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. versus Bourne.

Loss, win for girls’ varsity basketball in first scrimmage

By Andrea Ray | Dec 02, 2017


Photo by: Andrea RayThe Old Rochester Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball team matched up against Falmouth and Bishop Stang on Saturday, December 2.

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester girls’ varsity team began their unofficial season on Saturday, December 2, with a win and a loss in scrimmages against Falmouth High School and Bishop Stang High School.

The Lady Bulldogs won a 20-minute scrimmage against Falmouth, with an ultimate score of 22-16. The Lady Bulldogs led the scrimmage throughout.

Luck didn’t hold entirely though; the team did lose its second scrimmage, a 10-minute bout against Bishop Stang. The final score was 2-12.

The scrimmage sessions were good practice for the varsity team’s first official game, a non-conference matchup against Durfee High School in Fall River. The game will be played at Durfee on Friday, December 8. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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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.
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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.

Thanksgiving and Early December Events in the Tri-town

It’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  There are many Thanksgiving events happening in the tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.  Here are a few upcoming Thanksgiving and early Christmas happenings.

The Annual Tri-town Senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 19th, in the Old Rochester Regional cafeteria.  Doors open at 11:15 and dinner will be served at noon.

MARION – (508) 748-3570
MATTAPOISETT – (508) 758-4110
ROCHESTER – (508) 763-8723

Over 100 door prizes. Served and assisted by Junior High Students.

The Marion Antique Auctions is holding its Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Auction on November 25, beginning at 10 a.m.

The auction will be held at the Marion Music Hall which overlooks Marion Harbor and is located at 164 Front Street.

This highly diversified auction has 440 lots and almost all are offered with no reserves. They are fresh to the market. For information call 508-498- 7136 or email


MARION — The Sippican Choral Society is inviting everyone to its 2017 Christmas concert.

This will be the 53rd consecutive concert that the Choral Society has held.

This concert promises to usher in the spirit of the season. Under the direction of Tianxu Zhou, Director of Musical Arts, and accompanist Michelle Gordon, the concert will include pieces such as “Christmas Day,” “O Gracious Light,” “Heilige Nacht,”  as well as a few others. In addition,  “Schubert’s Mass in G” will also be performed.

Concert dates are Friday, December 1  at 8 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford and Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Marion.

Ticket prices are $15  for general admission and $5 for students. Children six years and under are given free admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance from The Bookstall in Marion, The Symphony Shop in Dartmouth, No Kidding in Mattapoisett, Euro in Fairhaven, or at the door on the day of the concerts. Tickets can also be purchased online at

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MATTAPOISETT — Avoid busy parking lots and holiday traffic; visit the Mattapoisett Historical Society’s annual Holiday Arts & Craft Fair at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett.

The fair will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A large selection of handmade creations will be available, including art, notecards, soaps, woolens, photographs, jewelry and dried floral arrangements

For more information, call 508-758-2844 or email

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This blog was posted on on November 14, 2017.


Career Awareness Days at Old Colony

Junior high students tour Old Colony during ‘Career Awareness Days’

By Zachary McMahon | Nov 05, 2017

Photo by: Jackie Machamer   Visiting students played games in Old Colony’s gym during Career Awareness Days.

ROCHESTER — From hair braiding to bikes that can turn on a lightbulb, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School offers a little something for everyone.

That’s what area eighth-grade students found out during Career Awareness Days, which came to Old Colony from November 1-3.  On Career Awareness Days, eighth-grade students from area junior high schools visit Old Colony to tour the campus and learn more about the academics and technical programs that Old Colony offers.

Students who attend Old Colony learn a trade alongside their academic workloads; the school offers 13 different technical areas to choose from, including Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Graphic Communication & Design, Welding and health career training.

Students from four different junior high schools visited Old Colony, beginning on November 1. Seventy-nine students from Fort Middle School, in Acushnet, and 60 students from Carver Middle School visited on Wednesday, November 1.

On Thursday, November 2, 120 students from Freetown-Lakeville Middle School came to Old Colony. Last but not least, 160 students from Old Rochester Regional Junior High School visited Old Colony on Friday, November 3. Altogether, a total of about 419 junior high school students visited Old Colony’s campus.

The student groups visited a variety of different vocational areas. Some students stated that they enjoyed the Carpentry shop. Others tried out the Cosmetology area, where they could opt to have their nails painted, or their hair braided by Cosmetology students.

Meanwhile, in the Electrical area, students tried out a bike modified by the Electrical students; as they pedaled, a nearby lightbulb would turn on.

The students of Culinary Arts counted on the easiest way to a teenage heart: food. Culinary students gave out food to the eighth-grade visitors—those with a sweet tooth enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies on offer.

Several visiting students mentioned that they were considering Old Colony as an option for high school.

Students must apply to Old Colony for acceptance before they can attend. Students are required to have good grades, attendance, discipline, and a successful personal interview to receive admission.

Zachary McMahon is a sophomore student at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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Old Rochester HS State Tournaments

Old RochesterOld Rochester Regional High School sports are at an exciting time right now!  There are some MIAA State Tournament games coming up over the next few days.

Friday, November 3, 2017:  MIAA Football South Division 6 semi-final  Rockland at Old Rochester 7:00 pm

Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors

Saturday, November 4, 2017:  MIAA Boys Soccer South Division 3 First Round

Joseph Case High School at Old Rochester 6:00 pm

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and senior

Monday, November 6, 2017:  MIAA Girls Soccer South Division 2 First Round

Scituate/Foxboro at Old Rochester 6:00 pm

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors

Come on out and support your favorite Bulldogs.  It’s sure to be exciting games.

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Hurricane Jose Threatens Tri-town

Hurricane Jose threatens tri-town

By Tanner Harding | Sep 18, 2017

Courtesy of: NOAAThe yellow areas are under a tropical storm watch.

The tri-town is under tropical storm warning, and residents are urged to take care of their boats and kayaks before the storm hits.

A tropical storm watch means heavy rains and winds from 39-73 miles per hour, so Marion Harbormaster Isaac Perry is making a few preparations and recommendations before it gets here.

“We’re requiring kayaks be removed from the kayak racks,” he said.

The department also requires people with boats docked on the eastern facing wharfs to move their boats to the inside of the harbor.

“That’ll get their sterns out of the wind,” Perry said.

The Harbormaster Department decided not to take its floats out of the water, but does recommend that people take their boats off the floats in front of the Harbormaster office.

Perry said he’s not expecting anything too damaging from the storm, but still wanted to take some precautions.

This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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This blog was posted on on September 19, 2017

ORR’s Harry Smith Breaks Touchdown Record in Cranberry Bowl

ORR’s Harry Smith breaks touchdown record in Cranberry Bowl

By Matthew Bernat | Sep 08, 2017

Photo by: Matthew BernatRunning back Harry Smith, center, celebrates with teammates after a 40-41 win on Friday. Smith set a new school record with 34 careers touchdowns.

Old Rochester Regional High School walked away with a thrilling 40-41 win in Friday night’s Cranberry Bowl versus Wareham on its rival’s home turf.

And senior running back Harry Smith left the field after setting a new school record. Smith scored six touchdowns, earning a career total of 34 and beating the previous record of 30. That record was set by Frank Oliva when he played from 1974 to 1976.

“There was a lot of hard work that paid off tonight,” said Smith. “I’m happy to get the record, and I have to give credit to my team, my linemen and my coach.”

Smith and the rest of the Bulldogs celebrated on the field, hoisting the Cranberry Bowl trophy high after a hard fought game that remained close through four quarters.

“That was the best high school football game I’ve been a part of as a player or as a coach,” said Head Coach Justin Kogler.

Kogler said Smith’s athleticism and positive attitude makes him one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the South Coast Conference.

“He’s the hardest working kid I’ve ever coached,” said Kogler.

Friday marked the first game of the season for the Bulldogs. Up next, the team will face Apponequet at Apponequet Regional High School on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.

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This blog was posted on on September 13, 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 on September 6, 2017.