Back to School in the Southcoast


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.

Acushnet Public Schools: Tuesday, August 29th.

Acushnet Elementary :

Ford Junior High:

High School:

Fairhaven School District: Tuesday, August 29th.

Wareham Public Schools:Tuesday, September 5th.

New Bedford Public Schools: Thursday, August 31st.

Dartmouth Public Schools: Wednesday, August 30th.

Bishop Stang High School:  Wednesday, August 30th.

Old Colony Voke: Tuesday, August 29th.

New Bedford Voke:  Tuesday, August 29th.

There’s still plenty of time for students to enjoy the summer and take advantage of the warm summer days.

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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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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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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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Massachusetts Peach Shortage

peachesIf you’re looking for peaches, you won’t find them in Massachusetts this fall.   This year the peach crop is virtually non-existent.   This was due to abnormal weather patterns this year.   Milder temperatures stirred peach buds early followed by near record-low temperatures in mid-February that crushed the nascent blooms.

Massachusetts isn’t the largest state producer by all means but annually Massachusetts generally produces 1,455 tons of peaches a year according to the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.

All of New England is suffering as well.  Across New England, 82% of the peach crop is in very poor condition and 5% in poor condition.  Other fruits didn’t fare well either such as apricots, nectarines, plums and cherries.

Apples and pears fared much better.  The crop  and fruits are a little smaller, but they are readily available this year.

Peaches are available in the south but it makes them pricier when they are not local and definitely not as fresh when you have to ship them up.

The lack of peaches didn’t spoil the Apple Peach Festival in Acushnet this year.  People came for the food, music and vendors.  There were plenty of apples and homemade goods available and the crowds were big.

Braley’s Orchard did have a small peach crop but they were sold out by noon.  The peaches in the homemade cobbler came out of a can this year, but it was still a delicious treat.

Gray skies and the threat of rain may have kept some folks home on Sunday morning instead of going to the parade, but there were still plenty of spectators lining Main Street at 10 a.m. as the parade entrants marched from Pope Park to the fairgrounds.

Hopefully we will have a better weather pattern for the peaches this winter and next year will bring the peaches back to Massachusetts.

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Area Girls Soccer Roundup

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      Breaking down the 2016 girls soccer season for SouthCoast’s 10 teams

  • Apponequet, Bishop Stang, Dartmouth, GNB Voc-Tech, Old Rochester and Westport are coming off playoff appearances.


  • New Bedford High girls soccer, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrea Nogueira, hope to add some wins to last year's record.|

    New Bedford High girls soccer, under the direction of second-year head coach Andrea Nogueira, hope to add some wins to last year’s record. MIKE VALERI/THE STANDARD-Times

    • Posted Sep. 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM
      Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM

      Apponequet Lakers

      Head coach: Robin Ireland (9th year)

      Last year’s record: 14-1-2

      Key returners: Sr. MF Haley Dupre; Sr. FB/F Mackenzie Parisee; Sr. F Dayna Doyle; Jr. F Leanne Kendall

      Top newcomer: Soph. G Hannah Copley

      Our take: The Lakers graduated eight seniors and they have a lot of young kids coming up as they try to win a fifth straight South Coast Conference championship. They have some big holes to fill and will have a number of players who will have to grow into their positions in the early going.

      Bishop Stang Spartans

      Head coach: Robert Shields (1st year)

      Last year’s record: 13-3-4

      Key returners: Sr. F Jane Kuphal; Sr. MF Rebecca Michaud; Sr. FB Isabella Shields; Sr. G Mary Rishmany

      Top newcomers: Soph. F Rylie Carreau; Soph. F Aidan Jones; Soph. FB Katherine Yeargin; Soph. FB Katey Alberto

      Our take: The Spartans return a lot of talent and depth after reaching the quarterfinals of the Div. 3 South Sectional last season. Michaud returns after being named The Standard-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2015 and she’ll play a key role in the team’s precise passing game. Shields has inherited a very good team from former coach Expo Duarte and the Spartans will look to play at a quick pace and defend end to end.

      Dartmouth Indians

      Head coach: Mark Poirier (30th year)

      Last year’s record: 9-6-4

      Key returners: Sr. MF Cali Andrade; Sr. MF Lindsey Bedard; Sr. F Casey Good; Sr. FB Karina Almeida; Sr. FB/MF Raquel Santos; Jr. MF Sarah Vieira; Jr. F Jill Prout; Jr. G Rachel Pereira; Jr. FB Gwen Taradash

      Top newcomers: N/A

      Our take: The Indians return a good nucleus of players, especially in the midfield. Taradash will anchor the defense a year after earning Old Colony League and Eastern Mass. All-Star honors. Pereira was pressed into duty in net when graduated senior Jenn Wheaton broke a finger in the third game of the season last year and she helped lead the Indians to the state tournament. Prout and Good return as experienced forwards and they’ll need to set a good tone on offense on a team that will need to score more goals this season.

      Fairhaven Blue Devils

      Head coach: Walter Baiardi (3rd year)

      Last year’s record: Not available

      Key returners: Sr. MF Lauren Albec; Sr. MF Tary Ledogar; Sr. MF Leah Major; Sr. FB Elizabeth Vanasse; Jr. F Jan MacGregor; Soph. F Brianna Cruz

      Top newcomers: Fr. FB Daphne Veitch; Fr. G Olivia Bernardo; Fr. MF Anya Aadland; Fr. MF Claire Hubert

      Our take: The Blue Devils have to replace eight starters and have a lot of new faces. They have a freshman class with a lot of potential, but could hit some bumps in the road in the early going while their first-year players acclimate to playing at the varsity level. Albec, Ledogar and Major will be counted on to set a good tone early in the season and work together to help their new teammates get up to speed.

      GNB Voc-Tech Bears

      Head coach: Robert Harvey (1st year)

      Last year’s record: 11-8

      Key returners: Sr. MF Breana Cordeiro, Sr. FB Ashlee Cordeiro, Sr. G Payton Wildrick, Sr. MF Hillary Correia, Sr. MF Lylah Casey, Sr. MF Ashley Maloney, Sr. MF Nicole Jones, Sr. FB Cassidy Raposa, Sr. MF Kate Lima

      Top newcomers: N/A

      Our take: The Bears return 11 experienced seniors who will be looking to get back to the state tournament. Wildrick is a very athletic keeper who will anchor the defense and the team will look to move the ball quickly on the ground and run its offense through a solid group of midfielders.

      New Bedford Whalers

      Head coach: Andrea Nogueira (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 3-11-5

      Key returners: Sr. MF Ari Bedoya; Sr. G Jaucilyn Timms; Sr. G Kendal Carvalho; Jr. MF/FB Peyton Calvao; Jr. MF/F Alyssa Araujo; Soph. FB Monica Eires; Soph. FB/MF Aaliyah Padilla

      Top newcomers: Soph. F/MF Tiana Francis; Fr. F Jaydah Bedoya; Fr. FB/MF Chiron Rose

      Our take: The Whalers have some speed to work with on offense and they’ll look to move the ball quickly and attack the net with a good combination of forwards and midfielders. Eires and Padilla will play key roles on defense, where Timms and Carvalho are both in the hunt to be the team’s starter.

      Old Colony Cougars

      Head coach: Paul Sleight (15th year)

      Last year’s record: 4-12-2

      Key returners: Sr. Stopper Kelsey Fillip; Sr. G Kendra Fillip; Sr. F Amanda Masse; Sr. FB Alexis Matton; Jr. MF Breigh Senior; Jr. F Rachel Silva; Soph. FB Bailee Amaral; Soph. FB Taylor Barkowski; Soph. F Raquel Rodrigues

      Top newcomer: Fr. MF/F Haylie Fernandes

      Our take: The Cougars return nine starters and Sleight is looking for good things on defense from the Fillip twins. Rodrigues will be counted on to score some goals and the team will look for contributions from a good sophomore class that picked up some valuable experience as freshmen. A key for the Cougars will be staying injury free, because they don’t have a lot of depth.

      Old Rochester Bulldogs

      Head coach: Jeff Lombard (16th year)

      Last year’s record: 10-8-2

      Key returners: Sr. F/MF Katelyn Bindas, Jr. FB Carly Demanche, Jr. FB Rachel Demmer, Jr. G Kaitlyn Kutash, Soph. F/MF Maddie Demanche

      Top newcomers: Jr. FB Caroline Murphy, Fr. G Kinsley Dickerson, Fr. MF Meg Hughes, Fr. MF Mary Butler, Fr. FB Gracy Greany

      Our take: The Bulldogs are facing more of a rebuilding season than their usual reload with a lot of positions to figure out. They return a good group of players who may hit some bumps early in the season as they learn how to play together. Lombard is very good at teaching his system and it will be important for his players to stay positive and not get down on themselves if they encounter some early-season struggles.

      Wareham Vikings

      Head coach: Megan Kashner (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 0-18

      Key returners: Sr. FB Brett McSherry; Sr. MF Lisa Wynne; Sr. G Brooke Cannon; Jr. FB Madison Pinkston; Jr. MF Haley DeMello

      Top newcomers: Jr. F/MF Gabby Lefrancois; Fr. F Abigail Berriault; Fr. MF Kiara Suarez

      Our take: The Vikings are taking a one-year hiatus from the South Coast Conference, but will still play Bourne, Case, Fairhaven and Seekonk. They have added Old Colony, Bishop Connolly, Bristol Aggie and Upper Cape to their schedule. The team will have to replace 16 seniors, so there will be lots of holes to fill in the starting lineup. McSherry, DeMello and Berriault all have good shots and they’ll be counted on to move the ball and set the offense in motion.

      Westport Wildcats

      Head coach: Gary Muello (2nd year)

      Last year’s record: 9-5-5

      Key returners: Sr. F Jaely Pereira, Jr. G Ashley Thatcher

      Top newcomers: Soph. MF Acadia Cass, 8th MF/F Jenna Cadieux, 7th F/MF Laura Martel

      Our take: The Wildcats have one senior, six juniors, four sophomores, four freshman, one eighth grader and six seventh graders on their roster. They have a lot of new faces on a team that’s coming off a state-tournament year and will have to work together to be successful again. Thatcher returns as an athletic, tough keeper, but the team has some big question marks on offense, where it will have to replace the team-high 19 goals that graduated senior Reaghan Tripp scored last season.

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Real Estate Market “Blooming”

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The real estate market is “blooming” so to speak or booming as we normally think.  Despite the hot, humid weather and lack of rain, the real estate market is busy.  People are out looking and inventory is low, so houses are moving quickly.

Just like this sunflower beautifully blooming amid a dry, slow garden, your house can look like a standout in the neighborhood.

Consider having your home staged.  Stagers have great ideas to put your home in its best light.  They can give you ideas for projects to do yourself or they can do the staging, even bringing in or removing furniture to give your home a bright, airy feel.  Homes that are staged sell quicker with less days on the market.

On the outside, use your water wisely.  You want your landscaping to stay plush and green and your flowers colorful.  Water in the evening or early morning and consider soaker hoses.  Watering deeply at the roots is what they need.  Sprinklers sometimes can waste water if they are not set properly.  You don’t want to be watering your sidewalk or street.

It’s been a long, hot summer but with a little strategic planning, you can get your house on the market and ready to sell.  It’s a great time since interest rates are still low as well as inventory.

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Rochester Party Celebrates Pan-Mass Riders

Rochester party celebrates Pan-Mass riders

By Georgia Sparling | Aug 06, 2016
Sippican Week

Photo by: Georgia SparlingDebbie Bacchiocchi arrives at her house where a cheering party is underway.

ROCHESTER — Some may disagree, but according to one member of the Bacchiocchi cheering party, it’s the “number one Pan-Mass Challenge Party in Rochester!”

More than 50 people converged at the Bacchiocchis’ Walnut Plain Road home on Saturday for a cookout and to cheer on riders taking the two-day, 192-mile route of the PMC, an event that raises millions each year for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The group wasn’t just hooting and hollering for the masses cycling past, but also for one of their own.

Debbie Bacchiocchi, a kindergarten teacher at Rochester Memorial School, has participated in the ride for nine years.

“She trains year-long,” said her husband and the host of the party, Billy Bacchiocchi.

He said his wife was inspired to join the PMC after having a few “close scares” with cancer and losing two family members to the disease. She also has a brother currently fighting cancer.

While friends, family and co-workers waited for Debbie to arrive, neighbor Mark Collins helped to keep the crowd lively.

“I seem to be taking the head cheerleader [job],” he said.

Collins, who often thanked the riders as they passed, said the PMC is a “very, very worthwhile cause, one of the best ever.”

The annual party isn’t too bad either.

“For a small town in Rochester, we’ve got a pretty good party,” said Collins.

One rider who paused at the Bacchiocchis’ house said she appreciates all the people who cheer along the route.

“It really helps,” said cyclist Pamela Mantas.

When Debbie arrived, she received a hero’s welcome, getting lots of hugs and taking pictures with the partygoers.

“I’m feeling great. I’m feeling awesome,” she said.

Her home is at the 95.3 mile, just shy of the halfway point between Sturbridge to Provincetown.

Bacchiocchi and the other cyclists finished on Sunday.

More than 50 people came to cheer on Bacchiocchi and other cyclists. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Evan and Cole Hemenway wait for their aunt Debbie with mom Beth. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Mark Collins leads the cheering squad. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Debbie Bacchiocchi and fellow cyclists Timothy Rosa talk during their break. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

A trio of cyclists pass. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Large groups passed the house from midday to late afternoon. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

This rider reaches Rochester earlier than most, cycling along Neck Road before 10 a.m.(Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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Fieldstone Farm Market Breaks Ground in Marion

Fieldstone Farm Market in Marion, MA.  has broken ground and started work on the future building.  Watch this video by Marie Greany from BBM.  The heavy equipment has moved in and started their work and owner Arne Johnson is hoping to have the foundation in soon, so construction can begin.

Fieldstone Farm Market is hoping to open up in the fall with fresh fruits and vegetables and much more as well as an ice cream window.  Stay tuned here for more updates as construction gets underway.

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Back to School in Southeastern Massachusetts!

Back to school, BOLD Moves Real EstateBack to School Time is almost here.  For many parents it’s a time to rejoice, for others it’s a sad time signaling the end of the carefree days of summer.  It’s nice to get back into familiar routines, but school also brings nightly homework and the craziness of sports schedules.

September seems to be the month for Back to School this year.  Labor Day falls a little later this year and most schools in the Southcoast are heading back on the First of September rather than a late August start date.

Here is a schedule of start-up dates for area schools in the Southcoast Massachusetts area:

The Old Rochester Regional District Schools: Tuesday,  September 1st

Old Colony Vocational School:  Tuesday, August 26th

Fairhaven Public Schools:  Tuesday, September 1st,  Freshmen Orientation:  Monday, August 31st.

New Bedford Vocational School:  Tuesday, September 1st, Freshmen Orientation:  Monday, August 31st.

New Bedford Public Schools:  Tuesday, September 1st.

Acushnet Public Schools:  Tuesday, September 1st

Dartmouth Public Schools:  Tuesday, September 1st.

Westport Public Schools:  Tuesday, September 1st.

Freetown-Lakeville Public Schools:  September 9th.

Wareham Public Schools:  Monday, August 31st

So grab your school lists and head on out.  Back to Shopping is here!

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