Christmas Events in the Tri-town

ChristmasHard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. The Tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have many events planned to celebrate the holidays.  Check them out.


MATTAPOISETTThe Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will bring Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” to the stage.

Performances are at the ORR auditorium and will be at Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

The cast has more than 100 students and stars Paul Kippenberger, Jack Roussell, Sara Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Cammi Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

The adaptation and set design is by Director Paul Sardinha, and the costumes are by Helen Blake.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for the general public. They are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Rochester-The Friends of Plumb Library are holding their annual Holiday Fair from. There will be a Silent Auction offering handmade items, gift baskets and gift certificates, a bake sale, the Rochester Historical Society selling shirts and books on local history, essential oils, Pampered Chef, Avon and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, including a visit from Santa from 11-12:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER Rochester’s Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Town Hall on Constitution Way.

The tree lighting will begin at 6:30 pm

All in attendance will be treated to music by the Rochester Memorial School band.  Santa will be arriving to the holiday event by way of a fire engine.

Following the ceremony, free refreshments are available in Town Hall.

MATTAPOISETTThe Holiday in the Park activities begin in Shipyard Park at 3 p.m., so why not begin your celebration at the library?

The Mattapoisett Library will have a variety of holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m.

For children, there will be a gingerbread story time at 1 p.m. with Mrs. Burke, followed by a craft. Adults and teens will decorate ornaments with baubles and gems. Supplies will be provided.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Everyone can dip into a grab bag of books and take one home, too.

This year once again the library is collecting new children’s books and pajamas in all sizes to donate to local shelters. Collection boxes are located in both the children’s and adult departments.

The library is located at 7 Barstow St. Call 508-758-4171 for more information or to sign up for the adult craft.

Mattapoisett’s annual Holiday in the Park and tree lighting will be held on Dec. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at Shipyard Park.

There will be a chance to meet Santa, sample food from local eateries and participate in family activities.

Marion  The Sippican Woman’s Club will host its 30th Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10-4 p.m.

Under the leadership of Jeanne Bruen and a group of club members, this year’s “A Coastal Christmas” theme will be displayed at Handy’s Tavern and throughout town with five Marion homes open to tour-goers.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store, and in Mattapoisett at Isabelle’s in the Ropewalk. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Those purchasing tickets and those who already have them should begin at Handy’s Tavern, 152 Front St.

All proceeds from the tour go toward scholarships for eligible Marion high school seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The following day, Sunday, December 11th is the Village Stroll and Tree Lighting starting at 3 pm and Handy’s Tavern will be open from 3-5 p.m. for hot cider and cookies.

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Acushnet Family Sells Christmas Trees for Charity

Acushnet Family Sell Christmas Trees, Donate Profit To ‘Make A Wish’ Foundation



The Holiday season brings out wonderful and selfless stories of giving and good will.

While driving around in Acushnet, I noticed a sign that said “Xmas Trees For Make A Wish”… I immediately pulled into the driveway where I was instantly greeted by two polite little girls

Vanessa (8 years old) and Ava (6, soon to be 7 years old) Niemiec of Acushnet wanted to find out first hand what it’s like to give back to their community, so they began selling Christmas Trees for a good cause. All profit made from the trees would go right to the “Make A Wish” Foundation.

I spoke with the girl’s father, Luke Niemiec, and asked what spawned the idea to give back?

“We got the idea from watching hockey (NHL). A little boy was chosen as one of the ‘Wish Come True’ stories and it inspired us to give back just the same,” Luke said.

Luke owns the local Acushnet Alternative Heating, is a husband/father of four (two daughters, two sons) and was a hockey player himself for Assonet from 2002-2003. Out of the kindness of his heart, he bought 150 trees from Lyme, New Hampshire and had it delivered to his business on Thanksgiving Day for his Daughters to sell.

“I wanted them to understand the true meaning of the holidays and working for a cause.”

If the trees sell well, Luke says he would buy more to continue giving back.

During the week, the girls attend Friend’s Academy, but as soon as they get home they get right to work.

“We will be open to sell Christmas trees from 3:15-7:00 PM on Monday and Tuesdays, 2:30-7:00 PM Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and most of the day on Saturdays from 10-7 PM” Luke said.

The Niemiec Family plans on selling Christmas Wreaths as well, as soon as they get delivered and even had help from a local business to help promote the ‘Make A Wish’ Foundation.

“We’re very grateful for B4 Printing on Fort Street in Fairhaven for generously donating the ‘Make A Wish’ signs as we as the banners that are out front promoting the cause we are raising money for”, Luke said.



Before leaving, I saw the perfect Christmas Tree, dished up the cash and now I’m ready to celebrate Christmas knowing the Tree that sits in the living room represented what the meaning of Christmas was all about.

Below is 8 year Old Vanessa writing the receipt for the Tree I just purchased!



Kudos to the Niemiec Family and Luke’s daughters for giving back to those who are less fortunate that others as well as learning and understand the true meaning of hard work.

If interested in helping these young kids raise money for a great cause, you can find their Christmas tree farm at 127 South Main Street, Acushnet, MA.

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Thanksgiving Blessings


BOLD Moves Real Estate would like to wish all their family, friends and clients a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.

BOLD Moves feels blessed to work with a great team of realtors or BOLDIES who work as a team and support each other in  every transaction and situation.  With Kate Lanagan MacGregor as our leader and Sarah Holick and Denise Higgins Reuter as our managers, we are always just a phone call away from a listening ear and competent advice.

BOLDIES are never alone in our real estate transactions. There is always someone available to bounce ideas and answer any questions.  We want to offer the best possible service to all clients and make sure they can benefit from the expertise of the entire team.

We all live and serve in the communities we work in.  Visit to meet our team and help you meet your real estate goals.  Enjoy the Holidays!

Fairhaven High School Cheerleaders

Fairhaven High School Cheerleaders

Fairhaven High School wins fall season state cheerleading championship

Fairhaven High School Cheerleaders

The Fairhaven High School Co-Ed Cheer team finished first in the state finals, scoring 202 points to take the fall-season championship against 15 Large and Small division schools on Sunday at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale. The Blue Devils won by 26 points over runner-up Georgetown.

“But we hadn’t won fall (season states) since 2011 so we’re excited about this one,” said Fairhaven coach Meagan Rudenauer. “There’s more teams in the fall.”

Fairhaven won with a combination of clutch execution and overall excellence across the board.

“We wanted to hit everything – there was one minor fall but it didn’t matter,” said Rudenauer. “We just wanted to go out and perform today and that’s what we did. We won regionals last week, too, so we wanted to keep up that momentum.”

The Blue Devils were led by five senior captains, Frankie Consiglio, Camille Moniz, Julia Rousseau, Hannah Lima, and Sydney Lobo.

“There a big part of our team,” said Rudenauer. “We’ll have them one more season, then we go back to all girls. Our seniors have won a state title in all four years so that’s the biggest accomplishment for them.”

Some of Fairhaven’s best may go on to cheer in college.

“I hope so,” said Rudenauer. “(College coaches are) looking at them now. Some of them are being recruited.”

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Thanksgiving in the Tri-Town

ThanksgivingThanksgiving in the Tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester is almost here.  Here are some local events.

The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly Old Rochester Regional Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on Nov. 23. The doors open at 11:15 a.m. and students serve dinner at noon. Call the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to homebound elders.

6th Annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K

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 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 Skate at Tabor Academy

Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit for more information.

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Getting Your Lawn Ready for Winter

Getting Your Lawn Ready for Winter

For many of us, fall is the best time of year. During the day, the sun is still warm, the leaves on the trees are bright and beautiful, and there are no bugs to spoil our outdoor wanderings.

Coincidentally, fall is also your lawn’s favorite time of year. After the heat and dryness of the summer, your lawn uses the cool fall days to regenerate itself and get ready for winter. Here are some thoughts on how you can help your lawn be healthy and ready for winter, while making sure it comes up strong and green next spring.

Keep It Trimmed and Clean

A healthy height for grass blades is about 2 1/2 inches. Keep cutting your lawn during the fall as long as it keeps growing. Some people think they should let their lawns grow longer in anticipation of winter, but, in reality, mice and voles love the long grass under the snow. Many experts suggest you actually lower the blades on your mower to about 2″ to minimize potential problems.

Don’t let leaves pile up on your lawn, waiting until the trees are bare to rake them—a build up of leaves blocks out the sunlight grass blades need to stay healthy. A mower with a mulch setting or a bag attachment makes leaf clean up easier. If you prefer to use the old-fashioned rake method, remember that leaves make great mulches in gardens and also add valuable nutrients to a compost pile, so don’t just burn them, or throw them out.

Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating makes holes in your lawn that allow water and nutrients to get right down to the grass roots. You can rent an aerator at most home stores, and aerating your lawn won’t take any longer than cutting your lawn—so you only need to rent it for half a day. You could even make lawn aerating a group activity and team up with a few neighbors to share the cost of the rental.


Fall is a good time to add seed to your lawn so it grows thick and resists weeds, but don’t just grab the first lawn seed you see on sale at the home center. Different grass-seed mixtures are designed for different conditions, such as shade or direct sun.

Read the information on the bags or talk to a knowledgeable person at a garden center to get the right kind of grass seed for your lawn. (You may end up with a couple of different bags of seed but it’s a small price to pay for a good-looking lawn.)

When you’re applying the seed, use a rotary spreader, and apply the seed at the recommended rate. If your lawn is quite thin, you could even rent a ‘slicer seeder’ that actually cuts small grooves in the soil, into which the seeds fall. After seeding, give your lawn a good watering so the seeds can get off to a good start.


Fall is the key time to fertilize your lawn. Applying a good fertilizer in late fall (around Halloween, or later in warmer parts of the country) will give your lawn a real pre-winter boost and get it ready for the upcoming cold. You could take a soil sample and have it tested to determine the exact nutrients your lawn needs, but most commercially-available, bagged fertilizers do a more than adequate job.

Fertilizers contain three nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and they’re listed on the bags in their relative proportions. For example a 25-3-10 fertilizer contains 25% nitrogen, 3% phosphorus, and 10% potassium. In a good fall fertilizer, the first number (nitrogen) is about twice the last number (potassium). The nitrogen helps build strong, healthy roots, while the potassium helps your lawn survive the cold.

It should go without saying, but if you’ve just seeded your lawn, don’t apply a fertilizer that contains a weed-killer ingredient.

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Marion Recreation announces fall and winter programs

fall/winterMarion Recreation announces fall and winter programs

Nov 11, 2016

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

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 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 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 for more information.

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No Shave November

No Shave November!


PAY IT FORWARD No Shave November

BMRE Pay-It-Forward Committee

Inspired by Sgt. Candido Trinidad of the New Bedford Police Department, the Pay-It-Forward Committee was formed to give back to those who do amazing things for those in need, the unsung heroes that dedicate their time, efforts and compassion to others.

This month has been declared NO SHAVE NOVEMBER (sorry ladies, for those not accustomed to a little extra fur)!

How it works:
– Contribute $10 to participate (could be you or a significant other)
– Post pictures weekly to our Facebook page
– On November 30, he who has the most likes WINS a prize!

You are invited to submit nominations, to those you feel are most deserving.  Recipients will be surprised, with the funds raised here and recognized LIVE for their efforts.

Come join the fun for a great cause!
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early voting

Tri-town Residents Early Voting

Tri-town residents embrace early voting

By Georgia Sparling | Nov 01, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingCathy Roberts, left, gets her ballot from Mattapoisett  Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger.

No one was quite sure how many people would take advantage of the state’s new early voting option, offered from to Oct. 24 to Nov. 4 for the November election, but tri-town clerks have seen a steady stream of residents who want to cast their ballots before Election Tuesday.

“We’ve been putting [the ballots] in the sealed up tote, and that sucker is getting heavy,” said Rochester Town Clerk Naida Parker.

She hasn’t counted the number of early voters yet, but said there is often a line as people wait to enter one of four voting booths at the Town Hall.

Some have expressed concern that their votes won’t be counted and that their votes aren’t secure.

Town Clerks say the votes will indeed be tabulated on Nov. 8, not before, and that they are kept in a secure, locked location.

For many voters, that hasn’t been an issue.

In Marion, Asst. Town Clerk Michele Bissonnette had seen 452 voters come through by Monday afternoon.

“That’s a lot of people out of the mix,” she said. “I think it will help the lines tremendously [on Election Day].”

Mattapoisett has seen even more voters, around 150 a day with 913 by the end of Saturday.

Mattapoisett Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger said she doesn’t expect the early voting numbers to affect the overall voter turnout, which is always high for presidential elections.

“I think the people that are coming here would have voted anyway,” she said. “People love the convenience of it.”

Mattapoisett resident Judith Shaw voted early on Monday and had only good things to say about it.

“I think it’s absolutely great,” she said. “I hope they continue it.”

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RASEM Red Expo

RASEM Red Expo Huge Success

RASEM Red ExpoRASEM Red Expo

The RASEM Red Expo was held last Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at the Raynham Park Simulcast Center in Raynham, MA.  RASEM or Realtors Association of Southeast Massachusetts held its expo and tradeshow as well as a new concept called RED Talks.  RED for Real Estate Development Education.  These are talks on a variety of subjects by various professionals involved in real estate and related industries.  Each talk is about 20 minutes in length and there were about 17  Red talks throughout the day.

Some of these included:  Al Rivet from All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services, Kevin Thompson from BBM Pros, Joanne Dunsky from A Lil Something, Tom Percy from Tom Percy Law, Steve Medeiros from Pelletier Realty,  and Jeffrey Chalmers from Ross Mortgage to name a few.

The day also included a class on Real Estate Professional Ethics and a class on understanding RPR.  The evening ended with an awards dinner.

It was a great day for real estate and Kate Lanagan MacGregor ( who is now newly elected President-elect of RASEM), and the BBM Pros who were involved with all the planning for the event.

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