rainy day

Dreary, Rainy Day Showings

rainy dayRainy Day Showings!  It’s a miserable day and the rain is coming down and the last thing you want to do is show a house, but showings in the rain do have some advantages.

If someone is willing to come out in the rain to look at a house, you know they are pretty serious  and very interested in the house.  They are able to see how the house operates in the rain.  Is the cellar wet?  Are the gutters clear? Does the roof leak?  Do you get drenched at the door?  This can be very helpful to a buyer.

What about the seller?  What are the advantages of showing your house in the rain?  Well, for one, the house looks very inviting and homey and that is exactly what a buyer is looking for.    Take advantage of that.  Turn on a lot of lights so the house is inviting and a drastic change from the dreary outside.  Put the heat up so the home is warm and inviting.  Open the windows a tad if you can to take away some of the stuffiness and smells.   Soft music and a warm fireplace can also add to the homey feeling.   You want them to feel at home and picture themselves living there.

A dreary, rainy day is never the best situation, but you can turn lemons into lemonade and show off your house to its advantage.

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school

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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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 15, 2017.

 

Rochester Country Fair

Rochester Country Fair Coming Soon!

Rochester Country Fair 2017

The Rochester Country Fair is coming soon!  Events begin Friday, August 18th thru Sunday, August 20th at 65 Pine St. in Rochester, MA.

Friday’s Events include a Woodsman’s Competition, Cow Milking Contest, Kid’s Scavenger Hunt, Tractor Pulling, Lego Contest,  Plymouth County 4-H and Live Music by Back in the Day

Saturday brings Tractor Pulling, Children’s Events, Corn Shucking Contest, Fiddle Contest, Pie Eating Contest, Professional Wrestling and Live Music by The Responders

The Fair ends on Sunday  with Truck Pulling, Man vs. Food Challenge, Pie Bake-Off, Live Auction, Reptile Show, Parade, Cow Chip Bingo, Go Kart and Spring Races, Lawnmower Drag Races and Rochester Fire Department- Jaws of Life Demo.

More information on events and times are available at www.rochesterma.com or if you would like to lend a helping hand.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on August 1, 2017.

summer

Tips for Watering Lawn in Summer

Tips for Watering Lawn in Summer

summer

When the weather is hot, how can you tell if your lawn and garden are getting enough water?
First, it’s not necessary to water lawns and plants every day. As a general rule, more plants are killed through over-watering than under-watering.
Second, understand the properties of the soil in your area. Water penetrates and behaves differently in differing types of soil — e.g., sandy or loose soil vs. clay. Check with your local nursery for watering tips for your local area. Set up a system that allows effective watering with penetration of 6″ to 8″ below the ground surface.
The basic fact is that you’ll need to find out how deeply the water is penetrating into the soil. To do that, all that’s needed is a shovel. Pick an inconspicuous spot where you’ve been irrigating. About 30 minutes after watering, dig a small hole and use your hand to check how deeply the water has penetrated. In most lawn and garden situations, it’s best if water is penetrating 6″ to 8″ beneath the surface of the soil.
Check several locations to see if irrigation is even throughout the yard. If there are dry spots, you may need to modify your irrigation techniques.
Watering systems are not always uniform in how they disperse water. Even if you water regularly, you may find that there are wet spots and dry spots around your yard. To check whether your watering system is working evenly across your yard, here’s a trick you can use to test it. Take some plastic cups and place them around your yard before you water. You can place a few coins in the bottoms of the cups to prevent them from blowing over.
Once the cups are placed, turn on your sprinkler system. Water will collect in the cups as you water.
After watering for about 30 minutes, compare the level of water in each of the cups. You may discover that there is more water in some of the cups than in others. Frequently, areas within close proximity to the sprinkler receive less water than areas several yards away. You may need to check the directions that come with your sprinkler to make it apply water more uniformly.
For watering shrubs and beds, there are techniques and tools that are more effective than ordinary lawn sprinklers. Dripper systems use a hose attached to a faucet and timer. Small holes are placed at appropriate locations along the length of a polyethylene hose. Tiny adapters are inserted into the holes to allow small 1/4-inch hose branches to be installed along the length of the hose. Water emitters of various types are attached at the ends of the smaller branches.
Water emitters — such as small spray-heads — can be placed strategically beneath individual plants to deliver water exactly where it’s most needed.

2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Another useful tool is the soaker-hose system. Like the dripper system, the soaker system uses a timer and a main hose to which smaller branches are attached. In this case, the smaller hoses are manufactured with “weeping pores” that allow water to soak out all along their length. Once the porous branches are attached to the main hose, and placed strategically at the bases and root systems of plants, the water is turned on. The soaker hose allows moisture to soak gently into the soil.Visit www.diynetwork.com for more do it yourself ideas.

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Mattapoisett Harbor Days

Harbor Days in Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett Harbor DaysMattapoisett Harbor Day sponsored by the Mattapoisett Lions Club will be held this year starting July 9th through July 16th.

The week is always a huge success and a great tradition in Mattapoisett.

Here is a schedule of the events starting July 9th.

★ July 9 — Triathlon begins at Town Beach 8:00 a.m.

★ July 9 — New this year! “Shopping at Shipyard” featuring moms who run businesses from home. 2:00-4:00

★ July 12 — Mouthwatering strawberry shortcake makes its debut at 7:00 p.m. during the concert. It will also be available throughout the weekend until sold out!

★ July 13 — Painting with a Splash under the tent 7:00 p.m.—$35.00/p.p.

★ July 14 — “Oxford Creamery” Fish Fry 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. under the tent. Enjoy dinner prepared by local favorite Oxford Creamery!

★ July 15 & 16 — Vendors will have their wares available for purchase! Clothing, crafts, jewelry, toys, pottery and more! U-Pick-’Em Auction both days!

★ July 15 — Lobsterfest 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. under the tent

★ July 16 — Pancake breakfast.

Come on out for a great time.   Visit http://www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org  for more information and how to sign up for the various events.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on July 11, 2017.

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.

    Visit www.inman.com for more real estate trends and news.

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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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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.
Breast Cancer Walk

Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer

 Breast Cancer Walk

JOIN AVON 39 FOR A TWO-DAY, 39.3 MILE WALK TO FIGHT – AND FUNDRAISE – TO END BREAST CANCER.

Now, more than ever, so many of us are looking to make a difference and take on a personal challenge. AVON 39 is the event for you. Breast cancer will take 40,000 lives in the U.S. this year. Walking and fundraising for AVON 39 means you’re helping to power research and fund programs that support those in need.

The power of 39 is in you. Come on, we’ll show you how and will be with you every step of the way…

BOSTON

JUNE 24-25, 2017

From Boston’s harbor to lovely neighborhoods like Back Bay and Beacon Hill, those earning their 39 in Boston get an experience like no other. Faneuil Hall, countless charming neighborhoods, Boston Common, and the amount of iconic landmarks are too numerous to mention on this historic walk.

2 DAYS, 39.3 MILES

39ers banding together in Boston have one goal: to take breast cancer down.  AVON 39 is a force of change that can’t be stopped, and you’re part of it.

OPENING CEREMONY: Saturday, June 24, 2017 Ceremony starts at 6:30am CARSON BEACH HARBORWALK 125 William J. Day Boulevard Boston, MA 02127 Bright and early to crush your 39.

BASECAMP 39: Saturday, June 24, 2017 Primetime 39 Entertainment starts at 4:00pm REEBOK WORLD HEADQUARTERS 1895 J W Foster Boulevard Canton, MA 02021 Home is where the heart is.

FINISH FESTIVAL AND CLOSING CEREMONY: Sunday, June 25, 2017 Our Iconic Closing Ceremony starts at 2:00pm CARSON BEACH HARBORWALK 125 William J. Day Boulevard Boston, MA 02127 Come one, come all..

 Visit www.avon39.org  Come join this great event.  You can visit the website for more information.  Join in the walk, donate and stop in at one of the Cheer Stations and cheer on your favorite participant.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on June 14, 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