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BOLDIES Complete Certified Buyer Representative Program

Certified Buyer RepresentativeSarah Holick, Denise Higgins-Reuter and Dave Garro from BOLD Moves Real Estate recently attended the Certified Buyer Representative Program at the Plymouth and South Shore Association of Realtors.  Each agent completes 3 days of extensive training  to earn the CBR Designation.

This means they are certified by the State of Massachusetts, MAR, Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS and RealNet Learning Services, and Anita Hill, as a CBR- Certified Buyer Representative.

Sarah, Denise and Dave are trained in the professional representation of home purchasers.  Buyer Representation is rapidly changing the face of real estate.  Buyer Representative is a cooperating agent who legally represents the real estate buyer.  They generally do so under a buyer representation agreement, much like a traditional real estate broker represents the seller under a listing agreement.  The buyer agent’s role is to be the advocate for the purchaser in the real estate transaction.

BOLD Moves Real Estate Agents are dedicated to providing the best possible service and representation to their clients.  This distinction only adds to their professionalism and skills.

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This blog was posted on on February 9, 2016.

AAA Driving Tips for the Wintry Weather

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The Blizzard they predicted is here.  The winds are howling and the snow is falling. The kids are all home from school. There isn’t much to be done but hunker in for the duration and stay off the roads so the snow plows can do their jobs.  The storm is expected to end tonight and everyone will start back to work tomorrow.

AAA recommends the following eight tips to remain safe while driving in snowy and icy conditions:

Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate.

Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

Increase your following distance to eight to 10 seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.

Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Far too many drivers become stranded on the roadside this time of year. AAA handles an average of 600,000 emergency roadside assistance calls per week in the winter, with the most common problems being dead batteries, extractions, towing and flat tires. AAA recommends keeping the following items in your “emergency kit” for winter driving:

Bag of abrasive materials such as sand, salt or cat litter for gaining traction in snow and ice

Snow shovel


Gloves or mittens

Ice scraper and snow brush

Jumper cables


Warning flare or triangles

Cellular phone and emergency charger

Food and water

First aid kit

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James Spader Buys House in Marion

Actor James Spader buys house in Marion

Feb 01, 2016

Photo by: Matthew BernatA home on Fraser Way was recently purchased by actor James Spader for $1.1 million.

MARION — Actor James Spader, the star of NBC’s “The Blacklist,” has purchased a home on Fraser Way for just over $1 million.

Spader, a multiple Emmy award winner, bought the house from the Fraser Way Indenture of Trust in January for $1,174,133, according to Plymouth County Registry of Deeds documents.

Spader is listed as a member of the Fraser Way Trust along with two other individuals, according to county records. The price includes the purchase of Meadow Island, which is located just off shore from the property in Sippican Harbor. Fraser Way is located off of Point Road, near The Kittansett Club.

County records also state that Spader’s mother, Jean, deeded a home on Fraser Way to her children in 1997. Jean and her husband Stoddard, both now deceased, retired to Marion after careers in education. Spader has long ties to Marion, where he spent summers as a child and also worked in the Marion General Store.

Spader was born in Boston and attended private schools in Massachusetts before moving to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

Spader’s movie credits include “Pretty in Pink,” “Wall Street” and “Stargate.” For his television work on “Boston Legal” and “The Practice” he earned a total of three Emmy awards. He’s also been nominated for 10 Screen Actors’ Guild Awards and three Golden Globes.

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Real Estate Trends


real estate trends 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Dominate 2016

This year may have marked the best for housing since 2007, but the market will likely get even rosier in 2016, according to a recent real estate forecast by®. One of the main drivers behind the brighter 2016 is the projection that employment will continue to grow, which will add to consumers’ wallets and allow them to purchase their first home or upgrade to a new one.® highlights the following housing predictions for 2016:

1. ‘Normal’ is coming.

Expect a healthy growth in home sales and prices – at a slower pace than in 2015. “This slowdown is not an indication of a problem—it’s just a return to normalcy,” writes Jonathan Smoke,®’s chief economist. “We’ve lived through 15 years of truly abnormal trends, and after working off the devastating effects of the housing bust, we’re finally seeing signs of more normal conditions.” New construction and distressed sales are expected to return to more historical levels, and home prices are expected to follow at “more normal rates consistent with a more balanced market.”

2. Generational buying trends shape up.

Young adults’ presence on the housing market has been largely predicted for years, but 2016 may finally be the year they make a move in a larger way. Millennials represented nearly 2 billion sales in 2015 – one-third of home buyers. They are expected to continue to be a major buying pool in 2016 with the majority of buyers between ages 25 and 34 expected to be first-time home buyers next year. But two other generations will also have a big presence in 2016: financially recovering GenXers and older baby boomers who are entering retirement,® notes. “Since most of these people are already homeowners, they’ll play a double role, boosting the market as both sellers and buyers,” Smoke notes. “Gen Xers are in their prime earning years and thus able to relocate to better neighborhoods for their families. Older boomers are approaching (or already in) retirement and seeking to downsize and lock in a lower cost of living.”

3. New-home construction focuses more on affordability.

Builders have been faced with higher land costs, limited labor, and concerns about the demand of the entry-level market. As such, they have shifted to constructing more higher-priced homes, which has caused new-home prices to rise significantly faster than existing-home prices. In 2016, they likely will shift to more affordable product to cater to the entry-level buyers. “We are already seeing a decline in new-home prices for new contracts signed this fall,” notes Smoke. “In addition, credit access is improving enough to make the first-time buyer segment more attractive to builders.”

4. Higher mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates will likely be volatile in 2016. But the recent move by the Federal Reserve to guide interest rates higher should push mortgage rates higher in the new year than the historical lows they have been at for years. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage will likely end 2016 about 60 basis points higher than today’s level. “That level of increase is manageable, as consumers will have multiple tactics to mitigate some of that increase,” Smoke says. “However, higher rates will drive monthly payments higher, and, along with that, debt-to-income ratios will also go higher.” The markets with the highest home prices will see the effects from the higher rates the most.

5. Rents to go up even higher.

Rental costs are skyrocketing, and the costs are likely to only go up in the new year. More than 85 percent of the nation’s markets have rents that exceed 30 percent of the income of renting households. “Rents are accelerating at a more rapid pace than home prices, which are moderating,” Smoke says. “Because of this, it is more affordable to buy in more than three-quarters of the U.S. However, for the majority of renting households, buying is not a near-term option due to poor household credit scores, limited savings, and lack of documentable stable income of the kind necessary to qualify for a mortgage today.”

Source: “The 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Shape 2016,”® (Dec. 16, 2015)

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ORR Boys Basketball

ORR Boys Basketball Eyes on the Prize

ORR Boys Basketball

BOYS BASKETBALL: Old Rochester (12-0) closing in on another South Coast Conference title
The defending state champion Old Rochester Regional Bulldogs find themselves in a familiar position entering the final month of the season.

By Adam Ellis

Posted Jan. 27, 2016 at 5:38 AM
Updated Jan 27, 2016 at 5:42 AM

MATTAPOISETT – The defending state champion Old Rochester Regional Bulldogs find themselves in a familiar position entering the final month of the season.
After 12 contests – each played inside the South Coast Conference – the ORR boys basketball team remains unblemished. The Bulldogs flawless mark is the best in Division 3 South by a half-game over Rockland (12-1), and two games better than Apponequet (9-2, 8-2) and Bourne (11-2, 9-2 SCC) inside the conference.
Old Rochester finished a season sweep of the Canalmen with a 67-61 home win this past Friday. The Bulldogs also ran rampant over Case, 74-54, collecting their 28th consecutive SCC win on Tuesday – the team’s 37th victory in its previous 38 league contests.
Ever one to keep his eye on the prize, Carvalho pointed towards a pivotal matchup looming in Lakeville this Friday night (Jan. 29). Apponequet has won six straight games following a Bulldog blowout (61-38) on Dec. 28.
“By no means is this over,” Coach Steve Carvalho cautioned. “We’ve got [four games] left against some quality opponents. We’ve still gotta go to Apponequet. We’ve still gotta go to D-R. And we also have two ballclubs left – Wareham and [Greater New Bedford] Voke – that can give anyone a run for their money on any given night. So when you look at the bigger picture, in no way are we out of the woods yet.”
ORR pulled out what Carvalho called “a character win” against Bourne, overcoming an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to rally past the visitors.
Shorthanded due to injury, juniors Grant Reuter and Jacob Cafarella got a chance to shine as starters for the Bulldogs. Reuter replaced Matt Valles (lower back) at center, while Cafarella stepped in as shooting guard for Jason Gamache (concussion).
After missing Tuesday’s win over Fairhaven, Valles came off the bench, seeing his first action in seven days following a brutal fall in Seekonk. He remained efficient and effective, scoring a team-high 17 points, as his minutes were monitored closely.
“I thought Matty Valles played a real gutsy game,” the coach said.
Valles protected the rim and kept the visitors off guard with a steady diet of mid-range jumpers.
While he did most of his damage away from the basket, Reuter provided a nice inside-out combo. With the game tied at 48, Reuter single-handedly tossed the team on his back, spurning a 10-0 run in the fourth with three crucial baskets inside the paint.
“Grant Reuter gave us some great points when we needed them,” Carvalho said. “He’s working on being a true post player and, with what was at stake, this was his biggest moment. This is Grant’s first high school season and he’s only going to get better.”Cafarella, who has been coming on strong, also had his finest performance of the season. The reserve guard scored 14 points, going 4-for-5 from the field and knocking down a pair of trifectas. He also splashed all four free throw attempts in the closing minutes.
“Cafarella gave us some big moments tonight,” Carvalho said. “He certainly played great defense. He’s a true point guard and he got his hands in the passing lanes all night.”
“This was the biggest game of his career,” the coach added. “He was another ball-handler for us and was the glue for our defense.”
Asked if he’d spend the weekend on Cloud Nine, Cafarella’s father interrupted with a jovial laugh, explaining he’d be in the driveway with a shovel cleaning up the remnants of Winter Storm Jonas. The youngster laughed and said: “Yeah, but I’ll have smile on my face doing it!”
“This is definitely going to give me a lot of confidence moving forward,” said Cafarella, who drew high praise from Bourne Coach Scott Ashworth. “In the beginning of the year, I was really struggling. But my captains [Evan and Will Santos] have been awesome. They told me to keep my head up and keep playing hard. And lately, I’ve been able to turn the corner.”
Old Rochester has now won 19 consecutive contests – a streak that dates back to February 19, 2015 (345 days).
With four league games left, the Bulldogs maintain a two-game lead in the conference, holding the tiebreakers over each of the trailing teams. A win over Apponequet, which still has two games with Bourne remaining (Feb. 9 and 23), would place ORR on the doorstep of a second straight SCC title.
“Our destiny is in our hands,” Carvalho said. “We’re very proud of where we are and what these boys have been able to accomplish over the first 12 games.”
They may not be out of the woods yet, but it’s become evident that Old Rochester is starting to see the forest for the trees.

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This blog was posted on on February 3, 2016.

Agent Rising Real Estate School

Agent Rising Real Estate School Classes Start Soon

Agent Rising Real Estate School is starting classes soon. The classes will begin on February 8th and will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings at the BOLD Welcome Center at 145 Fairhaven Rd., Mattapoisett. There is still space available. Start your journey to becoming a real estate agent. Call 508-997-8844 or email for more information and reserve your seat. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to start a new career.

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Old Rochester Regional Girls Track Team Captures Title

track teamTRACK AND FIELD: Old Rochester Regional girls capture title at Division 5 State Relays

By Adam K. Ellis

Posted Jan. 13, 2016 at 6:46 AM

MATTAPOISETT – The Old Rochester Regional girls indoor track team has spent the past four seasons sharing a front-row seat to the greatness of Ursuline Academy (three state championships, one runner-up).
If Sunday’s Div. 5 State Relays were any indication, the Lady Bulldogs aren’t just ready to get the proverbial monkey off their backs. Come this February, it might be a shot put launch.
ORR received record performances from its top competitors en route to a dominating victory. The Lady Bulldogs accumulated 63 points, with the rival Bears placing a distant second (36 points).
“They were very excited,” Head coach Cindy Tilden said. “They had some pretty fantastic performances today.”
Seniors Zoe Smith, Lexi Afonso and Morgan Middleton won the team high jump with a meet-record 14 feet, 10.25 inches. The terrific trio also claimed the long jump with 45-5.75 and later joined junior Brooke Santos to set a meet and school record of 29.58 seconds to win the shuttle hurdles.
Old Rochester also took second in the 4×400 (Nicole Mattson, Madisen Martin, Rachel Demmer and Nina Bourgeois) with a time of 4:17.00, while Martin, Bourgeois, Sam Ball and Rachel Scheub were third in the 4×800 (10:12.3).
Coach Tilden led the school’s cross country team to a state title in the fall and is hopeful this team, which consists of many of the same athletes, can replicate that feat. The Lady Bulldogs won the Division 4 State Championship in 2011. ORR has since dropped down into Division 5, where Ursuline has been dominant. After finishing second to Norwell in 2012, the Bears have reeled off three consecutive state titles. On each occasion, the Lady Bulldogs were within striking distance, finishing third, fifth and second, respectively.
Meanwhile, on the boys side, the Bulldogs finished fourth with 27 points. North Reading (50 points), Newburyport (37) and Littleton (29) finished 1-2-3.
The efforts of Will Hopkins, Eli Spevak, Harry Smith and Danny Renwick netted the Bulldogs 10 points. The trio ran a meet and school record of 27.47.
Renwick, Gavin Fox and Owen Gleasure took second in the high jump (15-8.50). Jarrett Johnston, Andrew Nadeau and Evan Portelance took fourth in the shot put (114-2.25) while Nick Elkalassi, Smith, Renwick and Will Garcia came in fifth in the shuttle dash (23.63).

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For Sale by Owner

Why You May Want to Use a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

For Sale by Owner

For Sale By Owner: 8 Costly Mistakes Sellers Make
By Laura Agadoni | January 13, 2016

That homemade “For Sale” sign in the yard isn’t going to cut it if you’re looking to get the best price for your home.

Just because you have a knack for peddling your goods on Craigslist doesn’t mean you should make the jump to the housing market.
Think you’ve got the chops to sell your house on your own? Think again. Many people believe they’ll save money by listing their home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO), and sometimes they do. But selling a home is a lot more complicated than selling practically anything else, including a car — which is certainly no walk in the park.

Think about it: This isn’t an agent’s first rodeo, but it might be yours. A good real estate agent knows how to price your home for sale in Boca Raton, FL, isn’t emotional about the sale, understands the amount of paperwork involved, and so much more.

Here are eight costly mistakes FSBO sellers tend to make.

1. They price it wrong

If you consistently beat everyone when playing along to The Price Is Right, you’re either a natural, or you study retail prices … a lot. Unless you devote time and usually money (hiring an appraiser) to figuring out the best price to list your home, chances are, you’ll get it wrong.

It’s common to think your house is worth more than it really is, especially if you’ve “improved it.” But not everyone appreciates a garage converted to a functional living space. They might prefer a garage to be a garage. And a pool doesn’t necessarily increase the value of your house either.

“On the other hand, some for-sale-by-owners shortchange themselves by underpricing their homes because they do not understand the current market,” says Matthew Korman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate Long Island. “I recently listed a [former] for-sale-by-owner and was able to obtain $50,000 more than they were asking.”

2. Their photos aren’t very good

Homebuyers shopping online want to see photographs, and if yours don’t impress, your home will likely be passed over. “Buyers are drawn to photos, and high-quality photos drive more showings,” says Joshua Jarvis, a Georgia agent.

Just because you can post photos online that you’ve taken with your phone doesn’t mean you should (no matter how fabulous that Instagram filter makes your backyard look). Your photos will be competing with professional ones, and it’s almost guaranteed that yours won’t look as good. In fact, amateur photos usually look “horrendous,” says Jarvis.

“Hiring a professional photographer will provide the best photos, videos, floor plans, etc., which buyers expect to see,” says Korman. Proper staging and decluttering is also part of the process.

3. They can’t (or won’t) make the time commitment

When people want to buy a home, they expect someone to respond to their inquiries and show the home when they want to see it. But many FSBO sellers show the home only when it’s convenient for them.

“Buyers want instant gratification and expect info when they want it,” says Korman. If you can’t communicate with buyers or show your home in a timely manner, expect the buyers to move on.

4. They don’t qualify buyers

You know the saying “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it”? People often look at expensive products, including houses, all the time, even when they can’t afford them.

To weed out these unrealistic buyers, real estate agents get buyers’ financials to determine whether they’re creditworthy. But that doesn’t always happen with FSBO sellers. Plus, “Most buyers are [reluctant] to share their financial information directly with sellers, but they will work in concert with agents and their lender to validate their qualifications,” says Brian Koss, executive vice president of Mortgage Network.

5. They’re emotionally involved

When selling a home, it’s a good idea to bring out your inner Spock by using logic instead of emotion. Otherwise, you might not take a strong first (and possibly best) offer from fear of making a bad deal.

Your connection with the home can also get in the way. “Sellers think of their property as their home, not just another house on the market. They have an emotional attachment to it, and when they try to sell, the facts get lost in the emotion,” says Koss.

6. They’re bad at showings

You might know every nook and cranny of your home, and you might have given tours to guests. But that doesn’t mean you know how to show a house to prospective buyers. Some people, for example, don’t want to be led around. They want to look on their own and ask questions later.

And that brings up another issue: “Many buyers are not comfortable being candid with a homeowner about their concerns or issues with a home,” says Glenn S. Phillips, CEO of Lake Homes Realty. “This creates a communication problem, and the homeowner loses a valuable feedback loop on how to better show the home next time.”

7. They don’t market the home well

Putting up a For Sale sign in the yard doesn’t cut it when you want to sell your home. But “in some states, FSBOs won’t even be on The MLS,” says Joshua Jarvis. And even if you do use The MLS, “FSBOs don’t leverage it well. A good agent understands marketing and how The MLS works so that the most eyeballs are on their listing.”

FSBO sellers, says John Steele, a San Diego, CA, agent, might not take advantage of all the marketing options available, such as:

Websites (posting the listing and syndicating it)
Open houses
“It’s possible for FSBO sellers to take on at least some of these marketing strategies, but in our experience, a strong real estate agent is going to be able to market a property to a much wider, and more qualified, pool of buyers,” says Steele.

8. They don’t work well with buyer’s agents

Most homebuyers use a real estate agent. But buyer’s agents, for the most part, don’t like working with FSBO sellers, believing they’re “difficult to work with and require extra time over working with a listing agent,” says Phillips.

To top it off, some FSBO sellers don’t offer a buyer’s agent commission, or they offer an “extremely low commission,” says Mindy Jensen, a Colorado real estate agent who’s sold two homes FSBO herself. “If the agent isn’t being paid at all, or isn’t being paid very much, they have little incentive to encourage the sale.”

Laura Agadoni

Laura Agadoni is a landlord and a journalist whose articles appear in various publications such as The Houston Chronicle, The Motley Fool, San Francisco Gate, Zacks, The Huffington Post, The Penny Hoarder, and Arizona Central. Visit her website at
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Old Rochester Regional High School Football, BOLD Moves Real Estate

Old Rochester Regional High School Boys Basketball

  • |Grant Reuter, Old Rochester, football. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-TIMES/SCMG

    Grant Reuter, Old Rochester, football. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-TIMES/SCMG

    • By Bill Abramson
      Contributing Writer

      Posted Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:32 PM

      MATTAPOISETT — When you’re a bench player on a basketball team, you play a supporting role.

      When you get the chance to start for the first time, you have to move out of the shadows of the starters and into the spotlight.

      Juniors Grant Reuter and Jake Cafarella got their chance to start for the undefeated Old Rochester boys basketball team in its biggest game of the season and each stepped into a starring role.

      Reuter scored six of his 11 points during a 10-0 run that broke a 48-48 tie and propelled the Bulldogs to a 67-61 South Coast Conference victory over second-place Bourne Friday night.

      Cafarella shared top billing with six fourth-quarter points among his 14 to go with sterling defensive play.

      “This was a character win for us,” Old Rochester coach Steve Carvalho pointed out. “The Bourne kids came in here on a mission.”

      The victory gave Old Rochester (11-0, 11-0 SCC) a two-game cushion in the SCC race over Bourne (10-2, 8-2 SCC) and was the 27th straight SCC win for the Bulldogs, who have won 36 of their last 37 league games.

      After the game was tied for the ninth time when David Laine gave Bourne its 48th point with 4:32 to play, Reuter and Old Rochester went to work.

      Reuter bulled his way to the basket for a lay-up, Evan Santos scored on a lay-up, Reuter converted a strong inside move, Will Santos made both ends of a one-and-one and Reuter converted his own miss by grabbing the offensive rebound and scoring from five feet.

      “Some players on the team do a lot of things,” Carvalho said. “Grant Reuter (a 6-foot-5 center) gave us some great points when we needed them. He’s working on being a true post player and, with what was at stake, this was his biggest moment.

      “In that 10-point run, he did a lot of good things. This is Grant’s first high school season and he’s only going to get better.”

      Cafarella only took five shots, but made four, including two 3-pointers, and was 4-for-4 from the line in the closing minutes.

      “Cafarella gave us some big moments tonight,” Carvalho said. “He certainly played great defense. He’s a true point guard and he got his hands in the passing lanes all night.

      “We went a long way on Cafarella’s back. This was the biggest game of his career. He was another ball-handler for us and was the glue for our defense.”

      WHAT IT MEANS: Old Rochester is two games ahead of the pack with five league games to go. … Bourne is still in the race, but needs lots of help to catch ORR.

      CARVALHO: “Our destiny is in our hands. I was expecting a wire-to-wire battle and we got it.”

      BOURNE STATS: The Canalmen won the free-throw battle, going 12-for-12 from the line.

      OLD ROCHESTER STATS: After shooting a pedestrian 6-for-13 from the foul line in the first three quarters, ORR was 12-for-15 in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line.

      Old Rochester (11-0, 11-0 South Coast Conference)

      Evan Santos 6, Will Santos 5, Russ Noonan 14, Jake Cafarella 14, Grant Reuter 11, Matt Valles 17.

      Bourne;18;12;14;17 — 61

      Old Rochester;10;18;16;23 — 67

      3-point goals: ORR-Jake Cafarella 2.

      Next: Old Rochester is at Case on Tuesday.

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    RMS Teachers vs. Sixth Graders Basketball Game

    Teachers continue 15 year winning streak in student v. staff game

    By Georgia Sparling | Jan 22, 2016

    Photo by: Georgia SparlingMr. D, aka Jimmy DelaCioppa, races down the court.

    ROCHESTER — Youth couldn’t beat out experience on Friday night as the Rochester Memorial School teachers defeated the sixth grade class 83-72 in the annual student versus staff basketball game.

    The teachers’ 15 year winning streak has been hard fought, and they take it seriously.

    “You don’t throw the game,” said teacher Danni Kleiman.

    Sixth grade teacher Tracey Foras cheered on students and staff from the sidelines when she wasn’t on the court herself. She said the game originally started as a way for the teachers to gain a victory after their annual relay race defeat.

    “For years we did the relay race, and we could never beat them and man we tried,” she said.

    The relay race is gone, but the basketball games have stayed. Each year they are played to raise funds for the Nurse Thayer Scholarship Fund, in honor of a former school nurse. Rochester high school seniors who are going into any area of the medical field can apply for the scholarship, said Kleiman.

    Although the teachers always win, they do it “huffin’ and puffin'” said physical education teacher Kevin Woodward.

    “Every year it’s close.”

    Woodward recently began a basketball unit in gym class, so all of the students have had at least some experience, though he doesn’t let them get to competitive.

    “This is a treat for them,” he said of Friday night’s game.

    While they didn’t come away victorious, sixth grader Jake Feen was in awe of the game.

    “It was just amazing,” he said. “I was thinking that we were going to get crushed going into it, but we did really well.”

    Assistant Principal Charlie West said many students played this year, which is always encouraging.

    Mini teams of students took the court in four minute intervals throughout the game, and the staff swapped in and out as well.

    At the end of the game, the victors were, of course, gracious winners.

    “Every year it’s awesome,” said Principal Derek Medeiros. “The kids are tough. They’re energetic. They’re fast.”

    Keene McGregor shoots the ball. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

    The cheering section is ready for a basket. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

    Principal Derek Medeiros shoots the ball to Assistant Principal Charlie West. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

    The teams greet each other after the game. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)


    The staff is victorious for the 15th year running. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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