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.

 

 

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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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 20, 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

 

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 www.bbmpros.com on March 31, 2017.

real estate

Millennial First Time Home Buyers

The struggle is real for Millennial homebuyers

21 Turner St.

New Listing in New Bedford, MA

21 Turner St.

New Listing in New Bedford, MA.  Adorable ranch in a quiet neighborhood.  Farmer’s porch and large back deck.  Landscaped back yard with two sheds and a fenced in yard.  Amenities include an attached carport, hardwood floors throughout, with central air and central vac.  Move-in ready.  No showings until Open House, Sunday, May 21st, 12-2 pm.  Come on out and view this cute gem.  Call Carolyn MacGregor 508-742-8314

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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!

Not a real estate professional yet?  Visit www.agentrising.com to enroll in our real estate school whether traditional or new online course.  It’s the first step in a real estate career.

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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.