Hurricane Jose

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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ORR Harry Smith

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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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.

WWW.SOUTHCOASTCONFERENCE.ORG

Old Colony Vocational Technical High School

http://occougarathletics.com/

Fairhaven High School

http://www.southcoastconference.org/public/genie/567/school/3/

New Bedford High School

http://www.newbedfordschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=67022&pageId=153347

New Bedford Voke

http://www.gnbvt.edu/athletics/fall/fall_index.htm

Dartmouth High School

http://dartmouthps.dhs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=150847

Wareham High

https://www.warehamps.org/Page/100

Bishop Stang High School

http://www.bishopstang.org/athletics

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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T.U.R.F.

T.U.R.F. Explained

Breaking down Old Rochester’s athletic complex overhaul

By Andrea Ray | Aug 24, 2017

Courtesy of: T.U.R.F.A rendering of T.U.R.F.’s plans to overhaul Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic fields.

MATTAPOISET — Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester Town Meeting voters will be asked this year to approve a $1.67 million per-town cost for overhauling Old Rochester Regional High School’s athletic complex.

T.U.R.F. (Tri-Town Unified Recreation Facilities, Inc.) unveiled a $5 million overhaul of the current athletic complex in April of 2017. The project includes a new track, two synthetic fields where the current fields are, and two new natural grass fields, a new athletic building with a concession stand, storage and bathrooms.

The $1.67 million price tag per town could decrease by the time the project goes to a vote, however, as the nonprofit is working to raise funds through private donations.

The stadium field will cost $1.7 million, while the track and secondary field will cost $2.1 million. Both fields would be converted to synthetic turf, while the remaining fields would be irrigated and reseeded. The two new fields, the baseball field and the softball field at the front of the school will cost an estimated $285,000.

The total cost for the new athletic building is projected at $395,000.

At a public meeting on August 17, T.U.R.F. members answered questions about the project. Here’s a recap of the discussion.

 

1. How did the fields fall into such disrepair in the first place?

“It’s not a blame game,” Flynn said. “The real issue is that with all of the school and youth sports played on the fields, they get 900 hours of use per year. Natural grass maxes out at 600 hours per year. It can’t survive the current need that we have.”

He added that there are very few other playing fields within the tri-towns, leading to the majority of sports being played at the school fields, whether as a school sport or not.

2.Why not just plant more grass seed?

“We’ve heard this question before,” said T.U.R.F. Secretary Shaun Walsh. “The honest answer is, doing that is a money pit. You can plant as much grass seed as you like — it can’t cover the fact that we’ve gone far over the maximum number of hours that the grass can handle.”

3. Why does the track need to be replaced as well?

According to T.U.R.F member Hal Rood, the track is reaching the end of its useful life. Due to its impending demise, as well as the fact that it isn’t an eight-lane track approved for state events, he explained that it made sense to lump it into the project as well.

“We can’t host state events like finals here without a state-approved track,” he said.

4. Why use artificial turf, instead of natural grass?

“I like natural grass,” Rood conceded. “When I first joined T.U.R.F., I was pushing for natural grass fields. That just isn’t possible with the current use rates.”

He pointed out that synthetic turf fields can handle many more hours of use per year than natural grass fields. “The honest truth is that, with our current use rates, we would need to put in six natural grass fields to gain the same amount of hours that only two artificial turf fields can handle.”

A natural grass field can handle about 600 hours of use per year, or about 200 events and practices. Synthetic turf, on the other hand, can be used for over 1,500 hours per year, or over 500 events or practices per year.

5. Will the athletic complex overhaul bring in revenue? From where?

According to T.U.R.F, yes — Flynn said that $3,000,00 over 15 years is a conservative estimate. The numbers average out at about $200,000 in revenue per year. He noted that the estimates had been gauged by comparable prices charged by places like Tabor Academy and Taunton High School.

“Right now, we can’t host finals or playoffs,” he said. “Every time you go to one and fork over $5, guess where that money is going? To the hosting school. This is a chance for ORR to be the hosting school.”

Rood said that there were any number of teams who’d like to use the fields. “We have a flurry of youth and amateur leagues popping up,” he said. “Plus the number of outside leagues who would want to use the facility for games.”

He added that he hadn’t talked to a large number of leagues yet, but of the ones he had spoken to, most had been highly interested in the possibility of T.U.R.F.’s proposal. Global Premier Soccer, which according to Rood is one of the larger Massachusetts soccer leagues, was a key supporter. “They told me it was a no-brainer – they’d absolutely use the fields,” he said.

6. Where would the generated revenue go?

The ultimate direction of the generated revenue has yet to be decided. “It’s part of the selectmen’s decision when they consider this project,” Rood said, “and that will be part of their decision.”

There are three options: put the generated revenue towards the debt incurred by building the compled, holding the money in reserve, or holding the money to finance field replacement. According to Rood, the average lifespan of an appropriately-used turf field is 15 years.

7. Why not scale the project back to make it more affordable?

Use rates, said Rood. “If we only put in one synthetic turf field, we still aren’t able to host state and outside events, because there won’t be enough room or time. So the revenue generation would at least be cut in half, and we wouldn’t end up saving much.”

With two synthetic turf fields, one of the natural grass fields can be rested every season — the rest should ensure that the field is used sparingly enough to avoid deterioration.

8. What are some of the benefits for athletes on the fields?

“I’ve seen too many torn ACL ligaments,” said Rood. “The ground is so compressed and so dangerous to play on that hitting the body, or especially the head, against it could cause real damage. There should be some cushion there.”

Old Rochester teacher Lauren O’Brien (also a field hockey coach) noted that some college sports teams won’t even consider looking at a player who has only played on natural grass. A college field hockey player herself, she explained that playing on the two different surfaces was like night and day.

“Because most colleges wouldn’t even look at my tape on natural grass, I had to go join a club league to make them look at me,” she said. “I didn’t even really want to do that,  but I had no choice if I wanted to get on the team.”

9. Are there other benefits of building a new sports complex and fields?

The answer is yes, according to Rood. “I’ve spoken to the United States Realtors Association, and they’ve unequivocally told me that house values would rise as a result of this project being constructed.”

10. What happens if this project is denied by voters at Town Meeting?

According to Rood, the field is in bad enough shape that playing could shortly be suspended on it anyway. “At any moment, an official could walk onto these fields and declare them unsafe for players,” he said. “Then nothing can be played there until everything is approved by the officials again. Thetting on them sooner, rather than later, for the good of the kids playing on those fields.”

at means at some point, something is going to have to happen. The repairs are needed,” he continued. “We should be g
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Back to School in the Southcoast

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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.

http://www.oldrochester.org/pages/ORR/Design_Resources/Bus_Routes_2015-16

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNcW44Q1lNWlR2Q2c/preview?usp=drivesdk

Ford Junior High:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNM2pJN0RUSEQyazA/preview?usp=drivesdk

High School:

https://drive.google.com/a/acushnetschools.us/file/d/0BxeA-cyPPvYNUllLY2s4SldYY2M/preview?usp=drivesdk

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.fairhavenps.org/Bus%20Info/BusSchedule%202016%20Color.pdf

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

https://www.warehamps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=27&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=43&PageID=1

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

http://newbedford.ss16.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_66938/File/Departments/Transportation/PDF_Combined_STREET_LIST_2017-2018.pdf

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

http://dartmouthps.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=131648&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef&sessionid=4594a2fa20945069809df90f9c8926ef

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.oldcolony.us/parents/bus-routes/

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

http://www.gnbvt.edu/student_resources/bus_routes/bus_routes.htm

There’s still plenty of time for students to enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warm summer days.

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ORRHS

Police Association Assists Bulldog Booster Club

Courtesy of: Mattapoisett Police DepartmentOfficer Kyle Pavao, Officer Justin King and School Resource Officer Matthew McGraw hold the letters purchased by the Mattapoisett Police Officers Association.

When the Old Rochester Regional Athletic Booster Club sought new signage for the side of the school, the Mattapoisett Police Officers Association stepped up in a big way.

The association funded the purchase of giant letters spelling “ORR,” which begins the phrase “ORR Bulldogs,” now hung on the side of the school.

The signage will “remind opposing teams where they are,” the Mattapoisett Police Department noted on its Facebook page.

Officers posed with the large letters, which arrived at the school late last week.

The finished product. (Courtesy of: Mattapoisett Police Department)
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summer real estate market

Summer Real Estate Market

summer real estate market4 tips for surviving the summer real estate market

Take advantage of the hottest season for homebuying and selling

  • Technology is your friend — don’t resist it.
  • Don’t neglect old clients just because you have new prospects; old clients can lead to great referrals.For Realtors across the country, summer means more than just nice weather.This season seems to shine a special light on the housing market, as an influx of potential homebuyers and sellers put on their best game face and come out to play.

    Traditionally, we see 40 percent of total home sales occur in the spring and summer months, and last year proved no different: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported the top 10 dates for home listings in 2016 all fell in April, May or June.

    As we head into 2017’s hottest months, the forecast reveals much of the same.

    It’s critical to have everything prepared in order to be as competitive as possible this summer.

    Whether you’ll be helping an old client or working on a new opportunity, show off your best skills and strategies, and keep these four tips in mind.

    1. Buddy-up with a builder

    Lack of inventory was a major hindrance to market success in 2016. As news of the shortage percolated over the year, many potential buyers became hesitant to go through with a home search.

    As a result, Realtors had a harder time getting buy-in from potential clients.

    While the problem will take over a year to remedy, 2017 could be the year we see builders hit their stride.

    According to a recent Deloitte report, homebuilders’ confidence continues to rise, and housing starts are predicted to reach 1.5 million in 2017. This is up from 1.3 million last year.

    Because inventory is still on the low end, it’s important to connect with contractors to stay abreast of new listing opportunities.

    Building these relationships will ensure a steady stream of properties on the market, and allow you to avoid the seasonal wrestling match.

    2. Be mindful of previous clients

    Another important tool Realtors neglect to utilize: their past clients.

    With the chaos of 2007 far behind us, consumer confidence is back, creating new potential homebuyers for the market.

    Agents shouldn’t let the influx of new prospects distract them from tending to their old clients. It’s always important to contact them, share valuable information and remind them why they loved working with you in the first place.

    Treating these past clients right is the key to drawing new business; referrals and word-of-mouth are the secret to success for many top producers.

    If you can get your customers to spread a good word, you’ve already got proof of production on your side.

    3. Brush up on technology

    Some Realtors may show resistance to technology, but doing so keeps their business from evolving.

    Technology has so many benefits, and you’d be missing a massive opportunity to increase your business if you don’t hop on the bandwagon.

    From 3-D home tours and paperless systems to rapid digital transactions like e-signing services, technology can truly help set you apart.

    Today’s client is an educated one. Thanks to the wealth of data at their fingertips, more and more interested homebuyers are contacting a Realtor only after they’ve done their own research.

    4. Remember your worth

    While clients are taking the reigns early on, agents still play an essential role; technology can’t completely replace a caring, invested Realtor, and something as simple as an open house still works wonders.

    Buying a home is a huge financial undertaking that still unnerves many clients.

    According to NAR, 87 percent of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker just last year. NAR reports this number has steadily increased by 69 percent since 2001.

    As the summer season kicks-off, let these words of wisdom stick with you: In real estate, you don’t have to build it for them to come — you just have to sell it for those that do.

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Marion 4th of July Parade

Marion Fourth of July Parade 2017

Marion 4th of July Parade

The Marion Fourth of July Parade went off without a hitch on Tuesday.  The day dawned warm and partly cloudy.  It was a little on the hot side but typical Fourth of July Parade weather.  There were floats, bands, marching veterans, brownies and girl scouts, antique cars and tractors to name a few of the parade participants.  There were flags handed out and of course lots of candy for the kids.  The parade ended with the tri-town fire trucks and paraphernalia with sirens blaring and lights flashing.  It is always a great tradition in the Town of Marion and the streets were lined with families watching the parade.  It’s a great hometown tradition and followed on the heels of the Marion Fireworks which returned this year on Sunday night July 2nd  at Silvershell Beach.

It made for a spectacular Fourth of July Holiday in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.

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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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cardboard boats

Cardboard Boats Fill Mattapoisett Harbor

Students take over Mattapoisett Harbor with cardboard boats

By Tanner Harding | Jun 15, 2017

Photo by: Tanner HardingStudents race across the harbor in homemade boats.

MATTAPOISETT — If the Titanic had sailed into Mattapoisett Harbor, it wouldn’t have sank. There are no icebergs in Buzzards Bay, afterall. At least, this is the reasoning of a group of Old Rochester Regional Junior High students who named their cardboard boat the JHS Titanic.

“We named it that because it looks unsinkable,” Ethan McElroy said about naming the boat after the doomed ship.

It seems McElroy, his brother Lucas McElroy, Max Vivino and Caleb Devoe were onto something, as they had one of the fastest race times of the day.

The foursome was part of the junior high group that took to the seas instead of the woods, choosing to take part in cardboard boat races in Mattapoisett Harbor, rather than participating in the Survival camping trip.

Students were free to design their boats however they saw fit, with a few exceptions: it could only be made using cardboard and duct tape, and the tape can’t cover the entire boat.

Alyssa Fornaro, Savannah Texeira, Hanna Texeira, Haley Andrews and Maya Mcleod, creators of the fan-favorite boat Aquafart, decided to use cardboard tubes in their design.

“We used tubes because they have air in them so they’ll help us float,” Fornaro said.

The group of Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos focused more on the aesthetics, and went for a Viking-themed boat.

“Dragons are cool and we saw a lot of Viking boats online, so we did that,” Curry said.

However, Viking flags and dragon designs aside, they didn’t ignore the practical side either.

“We put a lot of layers,” Scully said. “Just a ton of layers of cardboard.”

Not all the boats held up in the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Caleb Devoe, Max Vivino, Ethan McElroy and Lucas McElroy hope the JHS Titanic has a more successful maiden voyage than its namesake. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Fan-favorite Aquafart heads to the water. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Alyssa Fornaro and Savannah Texeira row as hard as they can. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Matthew Curry, Ethan Scully and Benjamin Preece-Santos get ready to take to the high seas.(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

Ethan and Lucas McElroy celebrate their win. (Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)

(Photo by: Tanner Harding)
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