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ORR Restore Passes in Marion and Mattapoisett

Marion, Mattapoisett approve ORR renovation project

May 15, 2019

As of May 14 both Marion and Mattapoisett Town Meetings have approved a $2 million high school renovation project to go to town votes on May 17 and May 21. Rochester Town Meeting on will also need to approve the measure on May 20 and vote on it in a special town election before the project is fully approved. 

Against the Finance Committee’s and Board of Selectmen’s wishes, Mattapoisett voters approved the Old Rochester Regional field and auditorium renovation project for the ballot at 190 to 80 on May 13. Marion voters also approved the measure against their Finance Committee’s recommendation on April 14. The positive vote was met with cheers from the Marion audience. 

The debt-excluded project involves resurfacing the track and rebuilding the grass infield with turf. Lights for the main stadium field, as well as auditorium fixes such as a digital LED light system, audio system and wiring upgrades and the addition of auditorium monitors are also included.

School Committee Chair Cary Humphrey said the renovations would cost Mattapoisett taxpayers $19.57 a year. In Marion the cost would be $25.11 per year for the average taxpayer. The debt would be funded by a Proposition 2-1/2 override, which would temporarily raise the town’s permitted tax rate above the norm to pay for the renovation project.  

Mattapoisett Finance Committee Chair Pat Donoghue said she was doubtful of that number.

Donoghue said through her research she found the artificial turf will last at best 10 to 12 years and the manufacturer guaranteed it would last 8 years.

“I’m sure you can find a salesman that will tell you it will last forever but until I see something in writing from the company or the manufacturer that says it’s really gonna last at least 20 years, I’m not going to be comfortable financing over 15,” said Donoghue, “We don’t do debt on assets that are going to deteriorate over time.”

Some Marion residents supported the project overall but were concerned about maintaining the new facilities.

However the project’s proponents pointed out that renting the fields out to youth sports leagues and other community could help cover the costs of maintenance. 

Marion’s Stephen Health said that the “maintenance that has been done or not been done [on the current field] is not going to fix that field. That field is going to be dangerous as long as it is grass. The field that is proposed is going to be safer, less maintenance costs.” Though some were concerned about the wear on the turf field and the cost of replacing components, Heath said, “I wouldn’t worry about it going away in 15 years.”

ORRHS senior and Lacrosse Captain Gates Tenerowicz responded to Donoghue at Mattapoisett’s meeting.

Tenerowicz said she witnessed a player from another team roll her ankle while walking up from the net on the field, and had a teammate slip and tear her ACL. 

“I understand the financial concerns with this project but to me what is the cost of my safety and my peers’ safety and the pride of my community?” said Tenerowicz, “Frankly it’s terrifying to see your friends, and your peers and even your competitors put at risk.”

In response, Donoghue said while there are valid safety concerns, she said there are many throughout the town, with some that take higher priority.

“I don’t philosophically disagree with providing our students with the best that we can,” said Donoghue, “However, they are not the only people in town, they are not the only ones that I’m concerned about. It’s everybody.”

Heath pointed out that “Mattapoisett approved field and renovation, despite the fire station [approval at a high cost]. I think I would be ashamed if we here in Marion valued our kids less.”

Anthony Mattson felt it was unfair to hold maintenance costs against the school, given Marion’s record with maintenance costs.

“How dare anyone talk about the lack of maintenance at the school when we’re dealing with the septic system” issues, he said.

Voters in Marion and Mattapoisett also approved a separate warrant article to fund one-third of the cost of making the press box at Old Rochester Regional’s football field handicap-accessible. The Old Rochester Regional Athletic Booster Club has raised $50,000 to cover the cost of the box itself. However the handicap ramp and elevator will cost $60,000. The booster club proposed that each town will be asked to contribute $20,000 to fund a ramp and lift that would allow wheelchair access to the box.

Rochester must approve this proposal for it to go through as well.

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Restore ORR

What is Restore ORR all about?  What started out as a 5 million dollar project has been scaled down to a 2 million dollar project.

What does it entail?  There are 3 areas to be repaired at the Old Rochester Regional High School.

The auditorium: 1/3 of the spotlights do not function and it’s difficult to find replacement parts since the equipment is old.

The lights run hot.  Care needs to be taken when operating them.

Parts of the audio chain were replaced in recent years and this will complete that part to make the system fully digital.

The Track: The track is at the end of its expected useful life.

The top layer is disappearing exposing the tar base.

The track is cracking

Main field:

•The ground is uneven with large areas of bare grass.

•The field is used through the spring and fall and never has a chance to recover. Despite being maintained, the constant usage prevents the grass’ repair.

•Because the ground is so compacted due to age and high usage, the field doesn’t drain effectively.

•These conditions force game cancellations or require games to be scheduled off-site. (including last autumn’s soccer playoffs)

•The lighting on this field is old and ceases to function occasionally.

•Our student athletes are put at a competitive disadvantage having to play in these conditions.

What is the solution?

1.Re-surface main stadium field with artificial turf

(Note: Crumb rubber will NOT be used for infill material. A number of alternative infill materials are currently available for use with synthetic turf fields.)

2.  New six-lane track and re-build of grass infield

3.  LED lights for main stadium field

4.  Digital LED light system for auditorium (Cooler/safer, more energy efficient)

5.  Audio system upgrades to wiring and the addition of monitors   for stage and control booth

This plan enables us to use just one of the two grass fields in the back of the complex, so the grass has a growing season to recover.

This plan also enables us to generate revenue through rental of the auditorium and artificial turf field to outside groups. The revenues generated would be held by the ORR District in a revolving account specifically designated for capital improvements.

What is the impact on the average homeowner?
Marion: $25.11 / year
Mattapoisett: $19.57 / year
Rochester: $34.39 / year
BASED ON YEAR 1 OF A 15-YEAR DEBT SCHEDULE AND THE AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME PRICE. THIS ASSUMES THE CURRENT STUDENT SPLITS OF 28.49% MARION, 34.83% MATTAPOISETT AND 36.68% ROCHESTER. AVERAGE SINGLE FAMILY HOME VALUE: MARION $627,656, MATTAPOISETT $489,364 AND ROCHESTER $382,158.
Town Meeting Dates:
Marion: May 13
Mattapoisett: May 13
Rochester: May 20

Get out to town meeting and make your voice heard!

How does this affect our tri-towns?

According to Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker-owner of BOLD Moves Real Estate,

“It is no secret that people who move to the area do so because of the schools. We have a quality education, athletics, arts, and community. We must stay at least on par with what other schools offer in the way of facilities.

Also on a personal level, Kate stated, ” I am a 1980 graduate of ORR. When I was there, I ran the hurdles in track, I had those cinder pieces in my knees and legs all the time. When we went to other schools where they had better tracks, we simply were not competitive.  With the quality of athletes and students that we have in this area, it is time to restore ORR!”

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Easter Activities in the Tri-town

Easter Weekend was a busy time in the Tri-towns.  An Easter Festival was held in Rochester on Saturday at the First Congregational Church attended by over 385 kids.

Captain Bonney’s Ice Cream, Plumb Corner Market, the Rochester Lion’s Club, the Rochester Women’s Club, The Rochester Police Department, and Plumb Library all worked together with the church to provide a great day for the area children.  There were lots of activities and games to keep the kids occupied and hot dogs provided by Plumb Corner.  A lot of people came together to make it a great event.

Saturday, April 20th also found  the Mattapoisett Lions Club’s Easter Egg Hunt at Ned’s Point.  The event was rescheduled from last Saturday because of the weather.  Although, bad weather threatened, it held off for the kids to find 2.000 eggs in about two minutes.

The First Congregational Church of Marion held its Easter Sunrise Service at 6am at Silvershell Beach.  For the late risers, there was also an Easter service at 10am at the First Congregational Church in Marion.

Easter 2019 turned out to be a great day!

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Rochester Man Wins $50,000

Rochester man wins $50,000 with Publisher’s Clearing House

Apr 15, 2019

ROCHESTER — John Hall learned two important things when he opened the door on April 15. One: he had just won $50,000 with Publishers Clearing House and two, that it’s best to put on shoes before answering the door, because there just may be a camera crew filming.

“I don’t even have any shoes on!” was one of Hall’s first comments after he realized what was happening.

The Rochester resident is a retired member of the Air Force, who also served as the last elected Treasurer in town for 10 years. He said that there are lot of good people in Rochester’s government. Hall plans to use the money to pay off some debts.

“That will take most of it,” he explained.

Publisher’s Clearing House sells magazine subscriptions and other merchandise to participants that enter its drawings for prizes between $1,000 and $1,000,000. The hugely popular company has around 10 million visitors to its online network monthly and also offers participants the chance to win by promotional mailings, apps, emails, or mail.

Its representatives travel around North America, from Canada to California, delivering prizes to winners each week.

Hall frequently enters the sweepstakes by mail because, as he says “this stuff just costs me a stamp.”

Though Hall was taken by surprise at first, he also had some fun with the camera crew. When asked if he had anything else to say, he simply said, “hi camera!”

The Hall family owns the Camp Snipatuit area along Snipatuit Road. Hall said that he was selected to look after his family’s property, and hopes to eventually start a non-profit around the land, to “have it go on to someone to use.

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RASEM RED Expo

The Realtors Association of Southeastern Massachusetts (RASEM) held their annual RASEM RED Expo yesterday at White’s of Westport.  The turnout was great! A great day of learning and friendship.

The day started with a great continental breakfast.  The morning provided a great CEU class with Kate Lanagan MacGregor- CMA List Your Way to Success!  Kate, broker, owner of BOLD Moves Real Estate, led an interesting, funny class on everything to consider when working on a CMA and listing a home for a client.  It included practical advice and great CMA (Comparative Markety Analysis) war stories.

The morning also included a great Property Assessments Valuation & Taxation class with Richard Conti.

Keynote speaker was Cami Baker, author of Mingle to Millions. She had a great talk about networking and your business.

A great hot lunch was served and there were many vendors on hand including Agent Rising Real Estate School, many mortgage companies and tech companies also.

The day finished with the afternoon CEU class of Selling the Sun with Robin Brodsky.  A subject of great importance today especially for realtors and their clients.

It was a great day of learning, fun, and connecting with fellow realtors and affiliates.

BOLD Moves Real Estate was happy to be represented and a part of the day.  Are you in the market to buy or sell a home? Let BOLD Moves take the worry and stress out of your move.  We are your community experts in your BOLDTown and can help guide you through the process.  Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

Old Rochester Hires New Head Football Coach

Old Rochester hires new head football coach

by Grace Ballenger

Mar 25, 2019

Old Rochester Regional High School has hired one of its assistant coaches, Bryce Guilbeault, as head coach after Justin Kogler accepted a position at West Bridgewater high school.

Kogler left his position at Old Rochester for family reasons, since he has two young children and Bridgewater is closer to home for him.

Guilbeault has been assistant coach at Old Rochester for three years now, and said he is excited to work with the players as head coach next season.

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ORR Lady Bulldogs Advance to Quarter Finals

The Lady Bulldogs came out firing in the Feb. 28 game, leading 13-10 after the first quarter, powered by a strong defense and 6 points from Junior co-captain Mary Butler.

ORR played a different game in the second quarter though, scoring only 5 points and allowing the Wolverines to take a halftime lead of 24-15.

“I told the girls at halftime that we are significantly faster than they are and we have to use our speed to wear them out” coach Bob Hohne said.

The Lady Bulldogs listened. Coming out of the locker room with a new energy and toughness, they finished the third quarter only down by 2 points, at 32-30.

The team played an incredibly physical 4th quarter defensively, wearing down the Westwood offense and grabbing many rebounds. They held Westwood back to scoring only 5 points in the quarter.

The last-quarter scoring was led by two clutch 3-pointers by Freshman Annemarie Perry and a 6 for 7 free throw clinic by Junior Cadence Johnson. These helped the team pour on 20 points and win 50-37.

Next up for the Lady Bulldogs will will be the quarter final game in Falmouth, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m

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Pan Mass Cranberry County Kids Ride

A fitting tribute for a fearless fundraiser

Feb 27, 2019

The fifth year of the Pan Mass Cranberry County Kids Ride will mark the first time that the Dana Farber fundraiser will be held in honor and memory of a single person: Rochester’s Chloe Harding.

Harding passed away Feb. 17 at the age of 8 of acute lymphatic leukemia.

The Harding family has previously  participated in the fundraiser, which takes place at Oak Point in Middleboro, and allows children to ride around the tennis courts, ride 1.6 miles, or take on a 2.8 mile course, before enjoying face paint, balloon artists, a DJ, bouncy houses and a pizza party to celebrate the riders.

Though the fundraiser asks children to raise a minimum of $30, Chloe went far beyond that, taking the first place for fundraising two years that she participated, and coming in second another year.

Chloe raised $7,825 in her own name over three years and her brother Wyatt raised $3,825 in the same three years.

Kids Ride organizer William Goldsmith describes the Hardings as a “close-knit, supportive, loving family.”

He reached out initially to the Hardings to introduce himself when he saw how much money Chloe and Wyatt were raising.

“Normally when children raise the amounts of money that Chloe and Wyatt were raising in their first year, it typically means a family member has had cancer. When Lindsay explained to me that Chloe was the cancer survivor I was surprised.” Goldsmith explained. “Normally you think in terms of a parent or grandparent, not a child.” 

As the ride got closer, Goldsmith got to know the Hardings better, and asked if they would share Chloe’s story and their experiences with Dana Farber at the opening ceremony of the Kids Ride.

“Her remarks touched everyone that day. It helped to make clear the importance of the ride,” Goldsmith explained.

Like many others, Goldsmith was deeply saddened by Chloe’s passing.

“When I learned of Chloe’s passing I reached out to say how sorry I was to hear the news. Lindsay’s response was ‘we’re going to fundraise harder than ever this year,’” Goldsmith recounted.

While this year’s ride will be different without Chloe riding, Lindsay still wants to share her family’s story, as she has in previous years. Wyatt will still be riding in his sister’s honor, and Lindsay and her husband Harrison will volunteer at the event, as they have done in previous years.

Goldsmith admires their response to Chloe’s illness, “they were not about to give into their daughter’s illness and wanted her to live as normal a life as possible”  and said, “it’s amazing how deeply you feel about them.”

He regularly does school visits to increase participation in the ride, and said that visiting Chloe’s old school, Rochester Memorial School to raise awareness for the June 2 fundraiser will be one of his most emotional visits this year.

Beyond inspiring Goldsmith, Chloe’s fight with cancer also inspired the Rochester community to rally around her with a Caring for Chloe Team that has raised $41,686 in the previous three years.

Bryan Bastoni, a Rochester resident and father of twin boys who were close to Chloe, has participated in the Cranberry County Kids Ride since its founding. He said that the ride “has all the more meaning in the world because my boys were friends with Chloe.”

He also tried to describe the impact that Chloe had on the community.

“If any child is battling anything, the Rochester community will rally around them — but more so than that with Chloe. Her family lives in Rochester, and has family roots in Rochester,” Bastoni explained.

Chloe’s personal magnetism also played a role.

“If you hadn’t been to the doctor with Chloe, you never would have known that she was sick. She never complained about anything, always looked great, was always running around,” Bastoni said.

The charismatic girl inspired many people, and the Caring for Chloe team accounted for 80 riders out of last year’s 200.

“It would not surprise me in the least if more registered this year,” Goldsmith said.

He explains that the ride makes kids realize that “they don’t have to wait to be an adult to make a difference,” adding that, “once you empower kids, you have no idea where that goes.”

Goldsmith explains that older kids regularly stop on the course’s hill to help younger kids who might be struggling. It seems like exactly the type of gesture that best honors Chloe.

For more information about the Cranberry County Kids Ride, or to register, visit: http://www.kids.pmc.org/cranberrycountry.aspx

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Tri-Town Happenings

Things to do: Enjoy lectures, an author talk, music, go on a date

Feb 8, 2019

There’s a lot happening in the tri-town on any given week, and with St. Valentine’s Day coming up there are a few Valentine’s Day events as well. Visit SippicanWeekToday.com for your itinerary.

Thursday, February 7

Enjoy some jazz.

The Old Rochester Regional High School Music Department will be hosting a fundraiser concert by The Southcoast Jazz Orchestra to raise money for a trip to Nashville this April. The 17-piece Southcoast Jazz Orchestra is led by Bob Williamson.

The performance will be at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at The Symphony Music Shop or can be reserved at OldRochesterMusic@gmail.com. They will also be available at the door.

Explore cultures from around the world.

The Old Rochester Regional School District will celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of its schools with Family Night. From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there will be music, dance, food samples, photographs of a vacation, a coin collection, crafts, and more. Email Lisahoran@oldrochester.org or Lisadix@oldrochester.org to RSVP for the event.

See a fresh set of artists.

Artists from the Wareham/Bourne Art Association will display their art in Marion’s Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center for the month of February. An opening reception for their art, with food and the chance to meet the artists, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday, February 8

Hear an author speak.

The Sippican Woman’s Club will host author Catherine McLaughlin at Handy’s Tavern for a discussion on her novel, “Blue Collars,” about a large working-class New Bedford family. McLaughlin will read from her book and speak about the writing process and how she keeps busy in her retirement. Lunch will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting before McLaughlin’s presentation.

Enjoy food, music and games.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with dinner, music and a game night at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church’s Open Table. The event will be held at the Congregational Church’s Reynard Hall. There is no charge for the meal. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 5 p.m. Participants may stay after for Game Night at 6 p.m.

Learn to stop ticks.

The Sippican Lands Trust will host a special workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 152 Front Street to review basic tick biology, scientifically proven protection methods, and bust any commonly held myths.Blake Dinius, the entomologist educator for Plymouth County Extension, will speak at the talk.

See a classic film.

The Classic Film series continues with the showing of “A Streetcar Named Desire” the Marion Music Hall at 7 p.m. Arrive early and listen to music before the film. David Pierce will offer comments at the movie’s conclusion.

Saturday, February 9 

Go to a farmer’s market.

Need meat, produce, soaps, or bread? You may be able to pick up all of these things at the Old Rochester’s Winter Farmers’ Market, which is held at the Old Rochester Junior High School from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

See more new art. 

Anthi Frangiadis will be hosting her last trunk show in Marion on Saturday, to feature Brenda Morrison of Wareham and Janice Kissinger of Dartmouth. The Valentines-themed show will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and feature wearable art made of repurposed clothing, glass jewelry and other glass utensils. The show will be held at The Drawing Room, 11 Spring St., Marion.  

Leave the kids behind for a date.

For parents who have been struggling to find Valentine’s date time, the First Congregational Church of Rochester may have a solution. From 6 to 9 p.m., adults at the church will entertain your children with crafts, games, dinner, and a movie while you enjoy the time out. Leave your children in Fellowship Hall at 11 Constitution Way in Rochester. To register, visit https://vbspro.events/p/moment.

Sunday, February 10

Eat grilled cheese.

The Fearons and Costa families are holding a grilled cheese fundraiser from 5  to 7:30 p.m. at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett. Families can enjoy grilled cheese and adults can have a drink while children watch “The Incredibles” and munch on popcorn. Tickers are $15 per person, with the proceeds benefitting SouthCoast Health Pediatrics.

Monday, February 11

Learn about neuroscience.

P.h.D student Sage Aronson will talk about how the brain processes signals and how that can lead to teenage depression at Tabor Academy’s ScienceNow lecture. The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Stroud Academic Center.

Thursday, Feb 14

Learn art observation tips over lunch

Take a visual journey into the world of art observation Jill Sanford, who will present a lecture to the Mattapoisett Woman’s Club at 11 a.m. in Reynard Hall at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Sanford will review the basics of line, color, form, texture and composition, then the audience can apply that knowledge to specially selected art images.

Watch ‘Heathers: The Musical’ open.

Tabor Academy will host their high school edition performance of their winter musical, “Heathers: The Musical” on February 14 to 16 at 7:30 p.m. “Heathers: The Musical,” a satire dealing with the challenges of teen life, became an Off-Broadway hit in 2014.

The show will be in Tabor’s Fireman Center for the Performing Arts in Hoyt Hall.

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Monday Morning Meeting

BOLD Moves Real Estate had a productive Monday morning meeting. The January birthdays were celebrated including new partner Patty McArdle with a traditional cupcake.

Besides new listings and closings, Monday morning meetings are a great time to connect and learn from each other’s transactions.  There are always unique situations that come up that are a great learning experience for everyone.

We were also lucky to welcome Bonne  DeSousa from the Mattapoisett Bike Path.  Bonnie has earned the distinction of Mattapoisett Person of the Year for all her hard work for the Mattapoisett Bike Path.  Bonne has a Go Fund Me Page to support the Marion-Mattapoisett Bike Walk Connector. It is a cause she is passionate about.  This connector will make a huge difference in the length of the bike path.

Visit Bonne’s Facebook page for the link to her Go Fund Me Page.

Visit https://www.gofundme.com/the-mattapoisettmarion-connection?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticsmall_r&fbclid=IwAR0rTXe45hQGZ

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Monday morning