Marion Recreation announces fall and winter programs
MARION — Registration is now open for several fall and winter Marion Recreation programs.
Youth wrestling: Marconi Station Wrestling Club is now in its fourth year and will open its doors to the public for interested participants. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade can stop in and see what goes on in a typical wrestling practice on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive. In addition, more information and registration is available at www.marionrecreation.com.
6th annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K: Held on Sunday, Nov. 20, this 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at www.marionrecreation.com or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.
Open Skating at Tabor Academy: This annual event takes place most Sundays from 12–2 p.m. Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy from Nov. 20–March 5. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit www.marionrecreation.com for more information.
Winter Musical Theater: Children will learn the basics of putting together a production. In this class, boys and girls will audition for a role in the musical “Jasmine’s Medley Excerpts.” This play has been rewritten along the theme of the original “Aladdin.” Children will sing, dance and act their way into a world of excitement. The cost is $130 and classes run Wednesdays, beginning January 25th – March 22nd. There is no class the week of February vacation. Visit www.marionrecreation.com for more information.
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Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to Kimberly Allard-Moccia speak at the first annual RASEM R.E.D Expo about a very important, and much to my surprise, interesting topic (as related to the subject, not the speaker!), RPAC or the REALTOR Political Action Committee. It was EXTREMELY eye opening, and if you know Kimberly, as entertaining as it was informative and definitely worthy of sharing.
So, pre-conceived notions are a powerful thing. Especially these days, the p-word (politics) incites almost every emotion in the book – fear, horror, hope, sleep, rage, the urge to rock in a corner with your hands over your ears singing the ‘lalalala song’. I never understood why REALTORS would have their own party. As far as I knew, the only ‘political parties’ were Republicans, Democrats, and all the rest of those 1-2%’ers. Little did I know of the amazing things RPAC does, not only on behalf of REALTORS, but on behalf of homeowners and other industry players as well.
A few things really resonated with me in particular:
1) Did you know that RPAC is the only trade organization fighting for homeowners rights? I’m pretty sure most homeowners don’t know it either. RPAC is tackling issues such as ” NAR continues to educate Congress and their staff on the vital role that real estate tax provisions play in the nation’s housing markets and economy.” (2015 RPAC Legislative Accomplishments) Imagine if you couldn’t deduct your mortgage interest?! RPAC has your back.
“NAR has worked vigilantly with Congress and regulated stakeholders to oppose a rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which vastly expands EPA authority over more bodies of water and increases EPA regulation of land uses on private property.” (2015 RPAC Legislative Accomplishments) Image you spend your life savings on your dream home by the water and suddenly you have unbearable restrictions imposed! RPAC has your back.
2) Sometimes your presence, is all it takes to support enactment of lobbying efforts. Yep, butts in seats, hands in the air, faces in the crowd send a strong message to politicians that make and break decisions. How easy is it to take a single day out of 365 to dedicate to being that butt, hand or face for the greater good of our industry!
3) Truthfully, some of the issues are way beyond my level of understanding in the absence of a deep dive, but there are a whole host of resources available to translate the issues into tangible, meaningful, and relatable dialect. People will come to your house (ok, agency) to help you and your teams understand more about what the issues are, what the potential ramifications are, and what is being done to anticipate the impact of future events and decisions.
I strongly encourage you to spend some time learning even a little bit more about the amazing efforts of RPAC. It will give you insights in terms of how even your smallest contribution, of time or funds, can have a big impact. It will give you a voice in shaping and preparing for our future, no matter where the issues and where opportunities may take us.
For more information, go to realtoractioncenter.com to learn more about accomplishments, current challenges and issues, and ways to contribute.
2016 MAR Conference & Tradeshow
October 5 & 6, 2016
Join MAR at this year’s Conference & Tradeshow at the Foxwoods Resort Casino for two full days of education sessions with top national speakers. Network with fellow Realtors®, get to know vendors that can help your business and much more at the largest industry conference in New England.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Boulevard,
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3777
BOLD Moves Real Estate of Mattapoisett, MA will be in attendance at the conference and tradeshow.
Broker owner Kate Lanagan MacGregor of BOLD Moves along with Linda Kody will be presenting “Seller Agency for Today and Tomorrow: Coming Soon Upstream to a Pocket Near You” tomorrow, Thursday at 8:30 AM.
Don’t miss this great educational opportunity. This evolving continuing education class incorporates MLSPIN guidelines, the Code of Ethics, and NAR’s Upstream initiatives into practicing real estate today. Some of the topics include how to appropriately handle “coming soon” and exclusive listings.
Kate was excited to work with Kathy Condon and John Breault from MLSPIN and their expertise as well as Veronica McManus from RPR and Alex Lang- CEO of Upstream. They really provided her with a wealth of knowledge in their areas of expertise.
It’s not too late to check out the conference and put on your calendar for tomorrow’s events. We will have more information on the conference and highlights in the days to come.
Stay tuned to www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more information and great real estate in your area.
It’s almost Memorial Day and that means it’s time for The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race on the Mattapoisett River.
The boat race takes place on Monday, May 30, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Grandma Hartley’s Reservoir on Snipatuit Road, in Rochester and finishes at the Herring Weir on River Road at Route 6 in Mattapoisett. The Rochester Fire Department always does a great job sponsoring the event led by Chairman, Arthur Benner.
The minimum age for contestants is 6 years old by Memorial Day. There will be two persons to a boat. The boat must be a homemade river racer, design of any material you choose. A blend of canoe and kayak works best. It is not intended to be an’ anything that can float’ event.There are no limitations or restrictions on types of paddles.
There are a number of Divisions, and trophies are awarded to the first, second and third place finishers in each division. 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 between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Rochester Grange Hall, located at 205 Hartley Road. The first registration was on Friday, May 13. This Friday May 20, will be the last day to registry. No registrations will be accepted after 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20.
The boat race is a great family tradition in Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett and surrounding towns. Year after year, many of the same families return year after year and the tradition passes on to younger family members. It’s a great family event.
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 annual Boat Race Ham and Bean supper will be served on the Saturday evening of the Memorial Day weekend, May 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rochester Memorial School, located at 16 Pine St. Tickets for the supper may be purchased at the door. 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 at 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Day at the Rochester Memorial School. For further information, contact Boat Race Chairman Art Benner at 508-763-2024 or email Art at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The annual Rochester Tree Lighting was held last night at the Town Hall Square in Rochester, MA. The Rochester Memorial School Band and Chorus were on hand as well as a large group of parents, grandparents, family and friends,
The evening began at 6:30 with the Rochester Memorial School Band, led by Chris Williamson, decked out in festive Santa hats playing Christmas songs. Selectman Richard Nunes then introduced the winner of the School Poster Contest. She was given the important task of lighting up the Christmas tree for the first time.
The Chorus, led by music teacher Sue Audette, then sang a medley of Christmas Carols. This was followed by the spectacular appearance of Santa on the town ladder truck to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hand out candy canes to all the kids. Refreshments in the town hall ended the night provided by The Artisan Kitchen and Matt’s Blackboard.
It is always a great tradition and the weather was perfect.
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101ST ANNUAL CELEBRATION JULY 30 – AUGUST 2, 2015
Feast-goers of all ages are drawn by the wonderful aromas wafting through the air to our giant outdoor Carne de Espeto barbecue pit. Do it yourself!
LOCATION, DATE, AND HOURS
Feast of the Blessed Sacrament
Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave New Bedford, MA 02746
101st Annual Celebration – July 30 – August 2, 2015
FEAST 100 ADDS NEW HOURS
OPENING DAY OF THE FEAST
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament commences Thursday with the assembly of the Festeiros (Feast Committee Members) at the intersection of Earle Street and Acushnet Avenue. Led by the Feast President, the Festeiros march in a special procession down Earle Street to Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church which is located at the corner of Earle Street and Madeira Avenue. At the church, Father Daniel O. Reis celebrates a special Benediction to the Blessed Sacrament.
The sincere best wishes of the church are then bestowed upon the Festeiros and the Club Madeirense S. S. Sacramento, Inc. for hosting the Feast and for contributing to the well being of the entire community. The Festeiros also receive the church’s blessing and are reminded to pay homage to the Feast’s religious origins honoring the Blessed Sacrament. Following the Benediction, the Festeiros march to the memorial area at Madeira Field where they honor the original founders of the Feast and initiate the opening ceremonies. Since its beginning in 1915, this feast has celebrated the rich culture of the Portuguese people and in particular the heritage of the people of Madeira, a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Continuous live entertainment on three stages featuring top
name entertainment plus cabaret style music and Fado singers in
the quiet atmosphere of the Courtyard Café at the Museum of
Madeiran Heritage. Full entertainment schedule will be posted
soon on the website www.PortugueseFeast.com
FOOD & DRINK:
Traditional Madeiran Portuguese dinner with numerous menu choices for full dinners in the main pavilion. Cook-you-own barbecue beef (carne d’espeto), sweet malassadas (fried dough)plus linguica (sausage) and baccalau (codfish) sandwiches. Hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. Madeira wine imported in giant casks by special agreement with the Madeiran Government.
Kids day and half-price senior specials on Saturday afternoon- Saturday, Free admission to the Museum of Madeiran Heritage, 5K road race (cash prizes- entry form on website), largest and longest parade in New Bedford starting at Brooklawn Park, traditional folk dances, family oriented carnival midway, street vendors and much more!
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament will host its annual parade on Sunday, in the City of New Bedford. The parade will start at 3 p.m.
Over forty different organizations will march the one mile route
from Brooklawn Park to the Feast grounds at Madeira Field.
Visit www.PortugueseFeast.com for more information.
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It’s a great time of year! There are so many vegetables that are ready fresh from the garden right now. Buying vegetables in the right season is a good idea. There are many local farmer’s markets which are brimming with summer vegetables. Buying from your local farmer’s market will help the local farmers and will assure that you are buying vegetables that are in season and fresh out of the garden.
Right now zucchinis and summer squash are plentiful. Cutting them into spears, drizzling with olive oil and parmesan cheese and grilling is a great way to enjoy these vegetables.
Tomatoes are also in season as well as green beans, cucumbers, lettuce and kale. There is no better way to eat healthy than salads incorporating all these vegetables. All kinds of peppers will soon be ready for harvest, such as bell peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, and chili to name a few. Sweet corn is also a great treat that is available now and who doesn’t love watermelon.
The next stage of vegetables will ripen more toward the end of summer. These include butternut squash, potatoes, gourds, and of course pumpkins.
Visiting your local farmer’s market will keep you well supplied with the vegetables and fruit of the summer as they become available. It’s also a great idea for gifts. A basket full of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great gift for a family member or friend or even a client.
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When you are listing a house, revealing the energy costs could put you at an advantage. According to Realtor Magazine, listings that disclose energy costs have a higher close rate, spend less time on the market, and sell closer to the asking price compared to homes that do not disclose this information.
A study was done by Elevate Energy of homes for sale in the Chicago area and found that attached homes either a condo or townhouse that disclosed energy costs spent about 25 fewer days on the market compared to homes that did not share this information. Single-family homes spent eight fewer days on the market.
The City of Chicago became the first city nationwide to allow direct disclosure of residential energy costs, gas and electric, on the MLS listing service.
With the emphasis on going green for many consumers, the energy costs for a specific house being revealed is a win-win for everyone. The buyer will know exactly what they are getting into in terms of costs to maintain the house. This can be a great bargaining tool for sellers, especially when they have made improvements on the house concerning energy efficiency. A more energy -efficient house will save buyers money in the long run and may encourage them to offer a higher price for the house.
The more a buyer knows about a house, the more apt they are to put in an offer. It may be the new wave of the future. Soon we may be seeing energy costs on a seller’s disclosure.
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This blog was originally published on April 27, 2015 on www.agentrising.com