Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race

The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race was held yesterday.  The weather was pretty gray and chilly but it was pretty comfortable for the racers. There were over 40 boats registered and 39 teams completed the race.  The race begins at Gramma Hartley’s Reservoir on Snipatuit Road in Rochester and ends at the Herring Weir on River Rd. in Mattapoisett.

It is always a great tradition and a lot of fun.

BOLD Moves Real Estate is always a sponsor and is happy to help contribute to the event.  There are many MacGregors who take part in the race and Kate Lanagan MacGregor and her husband Danny finished in 19th place.   Kate can now check that off her “bucket list”.

First place overall went to Dan Lawrence and William Watling II.  Second place was Jay Lawrence and Andy Weigel, and third place went to Ian MacGregor and Jake Goyette.

Women’s Division results were Caitlin Stopka and Emma Knox in first, Kylie and Christina Beam in second, and Kristen Roy and Heidi Dubreuil in third place.

Co-Ed Division winners were: Samantha and Ethan Hathaway in 1st, Michelle Kirby and Andy Hammerman in 2nd, and Kelsey Collasius and Don Collasius in 3rd place.

Parent-Child Winners were:  Kendell and C.J. Hedges IV in 1st place, Ellsea and Jonathan Roy in 2nd place, and Josephine and Gary Eleniefsky in 3rd place

Tucker Roy and Cliff Hedges V were first place in Junior Boys Division.

The day ended with an Awards Ceremony at the Rochester Memorial School.

Start planning now for next year and come on out to race and continue a great Memorial Day tradition.

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Rochester Resident Emma Keeler

Rochester resident takes first prize at state science fair

May 07, 2018



Courtesy of: Massachusetts State Science and Engineering FairEmma Keeler of Rochester shows off her winning science project, “Bioprospecting for Benthic Fungi and Their Bactericidal Antibiotics,” at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair on May 5.

CAMBRIDGE — Emma Keeler of Rochester took first prize at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on May 4-5,  with her project “Bioprospecting for Benthic Fungi and Their Bactericidal Antibiotics.”

Keeler’s science project intended to ascertain whether culture samples taken from near an ocean vent, and from the benthic region of the ocean (the top layers of the ocean floor, mostly) could produce vaccinations that are effective against virus pathogens.

Keeler believed that any species living near an ocean vent had an extra resistance to toxins, due to ingesting the toxins released from the vents. She had difficulty testing out her theory, though. Because the specimens live on the ocean floor, they’re difficult and expensive to obtain.

Keeler, who hopes to study pharmacology and antibiotics in college, had already interned with geophysicist Dr. Virginia Edgcomb at the Woods Hole Institute. Edgcomb happened to have samples arriving from the Guaymas Basin, off of the coast of California when she thought of Keeler. Together, Edgcomb and Keeler decided that studying the samples would blend Keeler’s interest in ocean vent organisms and antibiotics.

When Keeler, a junior at Falmouth Academy, screened the fungi grown from the culture samples, she found that 86 percent of the fungi (six of the seven plants) showed activity against the virus pathogens they were exposed to.

In addition, 82 percent of the fungi samples “completed inhibition,” which means they were able to fight and remove all traces of the pathogens. A further 18 percent removed most, but not all, of the traces of the pathogen.

At the science fair, Keeler also received the Applied Biomath Award, the Naval Science Award, and is an alternate to the Harvard Summer Secondary Program. Emma will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA, next week where over 77 countries will be represented and more than $5 million in scholarships and prizes will be awarded.

Falmouth Academy junior Grace Russell, of Mattapoisett, was awarded an Honorable Mention for her project, “The Effect of Lowered Oxygen Levels on Hermit Crab Behavior.”

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Welcome to Rochester

Rochester, Massachusetts is a unique and special town that many of us call home.  

Rochester was founded in 1679 on the lands called “Sippican” by the local Wampanoags, along the coast of Buzzards Bay (Sippican was the name of the local tribe). It originally included the lands of Mattapoisett, Marion and parts of Wareham (which was lost when Wareham was founded in 1739). The town was officially incorporated on June 4, 1686 as Rochester, and was renamed for Rochester, England, from which early settlers to the town came. The town originally thrived with the early shipbuilding and whaling trade in Mattapoisett Harbor. However, in 1852 and 1857 the towns of Marion and Mattapoisett, respectively, were separated and incorporated as separate towns, thus land-locking Rochester. Since that time, the town has become mostly rural-residential, with some farms located in town. Rochester is a “Right to Farm” community.

The town of Rochester has a total area of 36.4 square miles (94 km), of which 33.9 square miles (88 km) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km), or 6.76%, is water.  Rochester’s population is 5,698 with 3,860 registered voters.

 In 2012, the town adopted a “Right-to-Farm” bylaw which “encourages the pursuit of agriculture, promotes agriculture-based economic opportunities, and protects farmlands within the Town of Rochester by allowing agricultural uses and related activities”

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The REALTOR Association of Southeastern MA held their Expo at White’s of Westport on Thursday, May 3rd.  The RASEM R(REALTOR) E(Education) D(Development) was an all day event beginning at 9am and ending at 6pm.

The day included a BOM Forum, (Broker/Owner/Manager Forum) in the morning as well as Continuing Education Credits for a Code of Ethics Class.  

Ilona Robbins , Global Relocation Director, Jack Conway gave an inspiring Keynote Speech and a delicious buffet lunch was served.

The afternoon included more Continuning Education Classes including REALTOR / Personal Safety and Self Defense as well as two workshops on Cybersecurity Strategies for the Real Estate Industry and Cure your Real Estate A.D.D. and Get More Referral Business.

The informative and inspirational day ended with an Affiliate Cocktail Reception from 4-6pm with live entertainment and great appetizers.  

Local vendors were also on hand to share their services and expertise with the REALTORS.

BOLD Moves  Real Estate was well represented with RASEM President Kate Lanagan MacGregor, also broker/owner of BOLD Moves along with BOLDIES, Tracey Lee, Gysell Diaz, Kathy Song and Betty Tripanier.  They thoroughly enjoyed the day and the great team spirit BOLD Moves shares with all its team and clients.

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BOLD Moves Real Estate in Your BOLDTown

BOLD Moves Real Estate is happy to volunteer at local events in our BOLDTowns.  May is a busy time in the Tri-Towns of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.  Check out these local events where you can see some of our BOLDIES volunteering or even participating.

The 12th annual Women’s Fund Mother’s Day Tiara 5K Walk/Run will be held on May 13th, 2018.

Walk, run and raise funds to create economic security for all women. The Women’s Fund of Southeastern MA raises funds and takes collaborative action so that all women in the region have strong opportunities to earn a living wage and achieve economic stability. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts. Funds raised support the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily in the greater New Bedford area.

Event Address
Oxford Creamery
98 County Road Mattapoisett, MA

Start Times
9:00 AM Kid’s Fun Run (3 years to 12 years old) 2 age group categories with a staggered start.
9:30 AM – 5K start

Parking provided at the sand pit and ORR with shuttle van service from ORR beginning at 7:00 AM. Runner drop-off at Oxford Creamery. CARPOOLING HIGHLY ENCOURAGED

Kid’s Fun Run
Staggered start: 9:00 AM for runners aged 8 to 12. Runners aged 3 – 7 will begin at the conclusion of the first wave of runners.

For safety reasons, children 5 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (Adults participating with their children do not need to register for the Fun Run).

Registrants in the Kid’s Fun Run will receive medals!
Bib Pickup
Bibs may be picked up at Oxford Creamery on Saturday, May 12th from 1 to 5, or on Sunday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 am.

5K Runners/Walkers
T-shirts are given to the first 300 5K Registrants!


Look for BOLD Moves volunteers at the water stop!

  The Tour de Creme bike event will be held on May 20, 2018.  The Tour de Creme combines a 75 mile bike ride along with delicious stops at some of the best local ice cream shops in the area.  It truly is a community event.  It is a fundraiser for the partnership of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

Last year there were 150 riders and 3 routes.  They hope to double that this year.  Seven states were represented.  They are always looking for volunteers and BOLD Moves Real Estate will once again be a sponsor and volunteer at the event.

There is a family friendly registration fee and riders are encouraged to raise money for the cause.  There are fun prizes for levels of money raised all in support of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.  Plans are in the works to further expand the bike path and truly connect the Southcoast.

Registration opens on March 15th.  Visit the Tour de Creme Facebook page for more information.

BOLDIES will be parking cars and Gysell Diaz has volunteered for registration.

The Annual Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race.  This year the race will be held on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.  

The race begins at Gramma Hartley’s Reservoir in Rochester and ends at the Herring Weir in Mattapoisett.   Homemade boats are the requirements and it is a great family tradition.  Look for some BOLD Moves participants including our fearless leader, Kate Lanagan MacGregor.

 Registration for the race will be May 11 and May 18 at the Senior Center. For more information, contact Art  Benner at

or 508-763-2024.

Stay tuned for more information as the race draws closer.

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Easter Happenings on the Southcoast

It’s the first day of Spring and we still have snow on the ground and the Fourth Nor’easter knocking on our door promising more snow.  Winter really does not want to quit.  Nonetheless, Easter is less than two weeks away and it’s time to think Spring.  Here are some of the local Easter activities in the Southcoast.

Plumb Corner Mall will be having their annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 31st from 12-2 pm.  Activities include DJ Howie, Bubble Guy and more.  Start your Easter holiday and bring the kids out for this fun event.

The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council of Aging will be having an Easter Pie and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 31st from 8:30 am to noon at the American Legion Hall, 3 Depot St. Mattapoisett.

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt : Friday, March 23rd.  7:30 pm.  Rain/snow date, March 30th.  Bring a flashlight and basket to search for eggs and prizes in the dark.  Ages 2-12.  $5 members, $7 non members at the Gleason Family YMCA Charge Pond Rd. Wareham. Limited to the first 200 to register.    ymcasouthcoast

Mattapoisett Lions Club’s Annual Egg Hunt:  March 31st at 11:00am sharp. Veteran’s Park, Ned’s Point Lighthouse.  Free!  All ages welcome.

Family Easter Egg Hunt:  Saturday, March 24th, 2018. 11:00 am sharp.  rain date: Saturday, March 31st.  Prospect Park/ Bandshell.   Come early for a pancake breakfast at Marc Anthony’s from 9-11 am.  $5 adult, $3 children.  

Usher in Spring with these great events.  Maybe the weather will follow.  

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Tour de Creme

Bonne DeSousa came to BOLD Moves Real Estate on Monday to talk to everyone about the great Tour de Creme.  The Tour de Creme bike event will be held on May 20, 2018.  The Tour de Creme combines a 75 mile bike ride along with delicious stops at some of the best local ice cream shops in the area.  It truly is a community event.  It is a fundraiser for the partnership of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.

Last year there were 150 riders and 3 routes.  They hope to double that this year.  Seven states were represented.  They are always looking for volunteers and BOLD Moves Real Estate will once again be a sponsor and volunteer at the event.

There is a family friendly registration fee and riders are encouraged to raise money for the cause.  There are fun prizes for levels of money raised all in support of the Friends of the Bike Path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust.  Plans are in the works to further expand the bike path and truly connect the Southcoast.

Registration opens on March 15th.  Visit the Tour de Creme Facebook page for more information.

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Spring Real Estate Market 2018

In 2017 Americans learned to expect the unexpected, whether it be politics, weather or housing. Driven by record low inventory, little about the housing market went as forecast last year. “We thought there would be some things to take the pressure off,” reflects Skylar Olsen, senior economist at home search site Zillow. Interest rates would rise. Construction would pick up. Price growth would moderate. “That did not happen at any impactful level.”

Instead the market got hotter: inventory tightened, prices rose, mortgage rates barely budged and, though new home construction picked up at the end of the year, it was not at the starter price points where new inventory is needed most. Like the soaring stock market, the housing market often seemed disconnected from the tumult in Washington and natural disasters elsewhere. Observes Javier Vivas, director of economic research for “We saw the economic growth and the economic momentum function as an override for a lot of external forces.”

With few clear signs of supply relief and the impact of the new tax law still being digested, reading the housing tea leaves is particularly challenging this year, but here are six things experts expect to happen:


1. The pace of sales will slow early in the year—but not for long.

Several provisions in the tax bill signed into law by President Trump last month will directly impact housing. These include changes to the mortgage interest deduction and to property tax deductions. Other changes will impact how much money people have, requiring decisions on how to spend it. Experts anticipate households will take some time to do the math on how the tax plan impacts them and the value of their home before making any big moves. Nevertheless underlying demand should remain strong after the best year for wage growth since the recession. Pent up demand from renters who have been unable to find suitable homes to buy also means the lid won’t stay on for long.

Read more on how the new tax law could impact housing here


2. Inventory will continue to be a drag.

A crippling lack of inventory remained the defining trait of the housing market in 2017. At the start experts believed the crunch that characterized 2016 would bottom out; instead it grew worse. According to Zillow, housing inventory declined 10.5% in the 12 months ending in November. Data from brokerage Redfin shows that in November 2017 there were 653,347 homes for sale across the country. In November 2010 there were 967,604. Low inventory, says Olsen, “drove all the dynamics that we saw, from bidding war in the hottest U.S. housing markets, to the incredibly fast home value appreciation” across the country.

Looking to 2018, the general consensus is that inventory will pick up slightly. The biggest reason for this modest optimism is that the current situation is unsustainable. Prices cannot rise faster than wages forever. Plus, life events will eventually force reluctant sellers off the sidelines. Home search site Trulia found that 31% of Americansbelieve 2018 will be a better year then 2017 to sell a home, far more than the 14% who this it will be worse. (Though only 6% of homeowners say they plan to sell.) Another positive signal? New construction has started to swing away from apartments, typically built to rent, to single-family homes, which are built to own.

However, it has become clear that the typical assumption that demand and strong prices will entice construction are not holding true this cycle. There are structural reasons builders aren’t building: the high cost of land, skilled labor and building material, lack of buildable space and local regulations against density. Recently, however, builder sentiment has been brighter than consumer sentiment.

For a sign of how bad things have gotten, Nela Richardson, chief economist at Redfin, points to the aftermath of hurricanes and wildfires that wreaked havoc last year. Following those tragedies construction resources went to the places where it was needed most. This was necessary, but it “flat lined growth” elsewhere, says Richardson. Meanwhile, in the debate about the tax plan lawmakers indicated inventory woes are not top of mind, suggesting no policy relief on the horizon.

3. Price growth will slow—but not stop.

National home prices have climbed for 23 consecutive months. From January through October 2017 the Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index increased 5.92%, on track for the biggest gains since 2013 when the market was finally recovering from the bust. The hottest markets last year were western cities like Seattle and Las Vegas where closing prices rose 12.7% and 10.2% respectively. Experts say prices will continue their march higher in 2018, but the rate of increases will slow. “Underlying the rising prices for both new and existing homes are low interest rates, low unemployment and continuing economic growth. Some of these favorable factors may shift in 2018,” noted David Blitzer, head of the Index Committee at S&P in the most recent release of the monthly reading.

4. The rent versus buy equation could tilt toward renting in costly markets.

Thanks to the new tax law, it just got more expensive to own a home in high tax and high price places. For some people the changes, combined with rising prices, may mean renting makes more financial sense than buying. “Since home prices are rising faster than wages, salaries, and inflation, some areas could see potential home buyers compelled to look at renting” particularly in expensive West Coast cities, noted Blitzer.

“We begin 2018 with a frigid cloud of uncertainty surrounding the impact of the new tax bill that restricts State and Local tax deductions, both very high in states such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Illinois,” noted Leonard Steinberg, president of brokerage Compass, in an e-mail with his quarterly report on the New York’s luxury market. “Will uncertainty lead the consumer to become a society of renters with diminished incentives to buy?” He thinks not.

Nevertheless, high rents and student debt loads have also made it difficult for young households to save up a down payment even if they can afford the monthly mortgage. Moreover, with prices rising so fast even a small increase in mortgage rates can put people over the edge on affordability. (Also read: Millennials Get A New Way To Clear The Down Payment Hurdle To Homeownership)

5. Mortgage rates will hover around 4%.

In December the Federal Reserve bumped short term interest rates 25 basis points to between 1.25% and 1.50%. Historically, movement from the Fed has had a corresponding effect on mortgage rates, but three hikes in 2017 and two in 2016 only moved the cost of a home loan slightly higher, casting doubt on just how much of a difference the three hikes Fed policy makers have projected for 2018 will have on housing.

Experts tend to agree mortgage rates will finish the year between 4% and 4.5%. That’s a touch higher than the rates for most of 2017 but still historically low. What they disagree on is how we’ll get there. Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia, for example, expects a slow and steady rise. Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at, anticipates volatility with rates “dipping below 4% at least once, spiking above 4.5% and closing the year around 4.5%.”

6. Millennial demand for housing will keep climbing.

After a decade of decline the homeownership rate finally ticked up in 2017. By the third quarter, 63.9% of households were occupied by owners–up from a low of 62.9% in the second quarter of 2016. McLaughlin says 2017 will be remembered as “the year the bleeding stopped and the healing started.” As Millennials age this trend is expected to continue. The generation of adults born after 1980 were slow to enter the housing market, but as a growing share of them get married and have kids they are buying homes at rates equal to their parents. In fact, single millennials are more likely to own a home than prior generations of singles.

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Rochester Elections in April

Two races shape up as Rochester nominations close

By Andrea Ray | Feb 22, 2018


ROCHESTER — Rochester voters have two election races on their hands when Town Elections are held on April 11; three candidates are vying for a seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen, while four residents are looking to secure two seats on the town’s Planning Board.

Election nominations closed on Wednesday, February 21.

While the candidates have until Friday, February 23 to officially withdraw from the race, should they decide to do so, Rochester’s current candidate field is official.

Board of Selectmen

Three people are seeking the seat of Selectman Naida Parker, whose term expires this year:

  • Paul Ciaburri
  • Cathy Mendoza
  • David Arancio

Ciaburri is the director of Rochester’s Emergency Management Committee, and recently retired from a longtime career at Moran Towing in New York. Mendoza has a long-term background in real estate and marketing, while Arancio is a Field Safety & Risk Manager at Dellbrook in Quincy, as well as a member of Rochester’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Finance Committee.

Planning Board

The four candidates for two Planning Board seats are:

  • Ben Bailey
  • John DiMaggio
  • Bill Milka
  • David Shaw

Bailey and DiMaggio are incumbents; they are seeking to return to their seats as their terms expire this year. Milka is the owner of Reliable Excavating in Rochester, while Shaw is currently a member of the town’s Cemetery Commission.

In other election news:

Town Moderator Kirby Gilmore, Tree Warden Jeff Eldridge, Board of Health Member Dale Barrows, Park Commission member Kenneth Ross, Water Commission member Michael Conway, Rochester School Committee members Tina Rood and Robin Rounseville, and Old Rochester School Committee member Cary Humphrey are all running unopposed to return to their seats, pending the possibility of a write in campaign.

Neither Noelle Johnson nor May Patricia Ruocco took out papers to return to the Plumb Library’s Board of Trustees. Instead, new candidates Gloria Vincent and Jordan Pouliot will take their seats, unless any candidate wages a successful write-in campaign.

A seat on the town’s Cemetery Commission will remain vacant pending a write-in campaign, as incumbent Veronica Lafreniere did not take out papers to return to her position.

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BOLDtown is Out in Your Community with Kindness Rocks

BOLD Moves Real Estate is out in your community.  It’s all part of their BOLDtown Kindness Rocks initiative.  BOLD Moves is your local real estate agency.  Our agents live and work in the communities they serve.  It’s all a part of BOLDtown.  We are your community experts.  We want to take the stress out of your real estate journey.

BOLD Moves agents have been busy painting Kindness Rocks with inspiring messages.  Valentines Day was a great opportunity to get out in the communities and spread some Kindness.  The rocks were placed in many public spots throughout BOLDtown.  Check them out!  If you find a Kindness Rock with the BOLDtown logo, log onto Facebook and let us know.  Feel free to spread the Kindness and put the rock in a new spot or simply leave and enjoy the message.  Let’s spread Kindness.  It is desperately needed in our world today.

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