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Fourth Annual Mattapoisett Tour de Creme

The Fourth Annual Mattapoisett Tour de Creme was held on Sunday, May 19th.  It was a great day!

Bonne DeSousa the brainchileld of Tour de Creme!

Posted by Kate Lanagan MacGregor on Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Tour de Creme had a great turnout on Sunday.  BOLD Moves Real Estate was there to help out and volunteer! Watch this great video as Broker/owner Kate Lanagan MacGregor talks to Tour de Creme leader Bonne deSousa.

The 25 mile bike tour and local ice cream stops raises money for the Mattapoisett Land Trust and Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path.  Around 350 two-wheeled creamery tourists from 9 states rode nearly 10,000 miles Sunday, ate about 1,200 scoops of ice cream and had only a handful of flat tires. When the final checks are counted, they  will have raised over $12,000 for outdoor recreation in Mattapoisett.

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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.

For more local stories in the tri-town, visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com 

BOLD Moves Real Estate supports ORR Restore.  It’s an important issue in our BOLDTowns.  We are your community experts and are here to take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.  Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com

13th Annual Women’s Fund Mother’s Day Tiara 5 K Run/Walk

The 13th Annual Women’s Fund Mother’s Day Tiara 5K Run/Walk was held yesterday.  The weather was not very cooperative, but there was a good turnout.  Over 300 people were at the starting point at the Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett.

It’s become a great Mother’s Day tradition for people of all ages and a great family event.  All of the race proceedings go to the Women’s Fund, set aside as grants for  organizations focused on supporting and helping women and girls.

BOLD Moves Real Estate is excited to be part of this event every year.  Coach Jim Lanagan came out to participate in the run despite the cold rainy weather.  BOLD Moves also had Tracey Lee, Troy Durr, and Heather McKay volunteering at the water stop.  It was a fun day despite the dreary weather.

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Summer Real Estate Market

Summer is fast approaching!  What can you do to be assure a successful real estate summer?

Keep up with technology! Technology is always changing and new apps are always popping up.  Keep up with the newest apps. Be familiar with the latest ways your clients are finding homes and looking on the web and be knowledgeable to help show your worth as their agent.

Also, don’t forget your older clients who are unfamiliar with technology and not comfortable using it. You may have to go old school and actually finalize transactions in person.  Older clients may prefer the personal touch but they are a great source of referrals.

Stay abreast of new builds and maybe find a builder or contractor who is willing to keep you in the loop and vice versa.  Helping clients find a new build they will love can be a win win for both of you.

Don’t forget to keep in touch with past clients.  A simple note or popby can help remind them why they worked with you in the first place.  They may be ready for another move or may know someone who is.

Finally, remember why you got into the real estate business in the first place.  Helping people find a home for their family or sell a house to move on is a huge decision in their life.  Being there to help guide them through the process with the least amount of stress possible is a huge part of being a realtor.  It can be an extremely rewarding experience for all the parties involved.

BOLD Moves Real Estate wants to help you find a home in your BOLDTown.  We are your community experts and can help take the stress out of your move.

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Group Donation To TURF Project-Restore ORR

Tri-town employees make group donation to TURF project

May 1, 2019

Old Rochester Regional High School’s field renovation project received a donation from Eastern Bank employee fundraising efforts.

Employees from the bank voted to give $2,500 to the Tri-Town Unified Recreational Foundation, Inc, (T.U.R.F.).

The project is looking to renovate ORR’s dilapidated track and main field and the auditorium sound and lights. The proposed renovation project will come before voters at Town Meetings in Marion and Mattapoisett on May 13 and in Rochester on May 20.

Eastern Bank’s Assistant Vice President Kathy TIbbetts said employees found it important to fund the project because of the number of children who use the fields.

“I think at some time in these kids’ lives they are going to touch these fields,” said Tibbetts, “So every child in those three towns is somehow going to benefit from these new fields.”

Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for all your local tri-town stories.

www.restoreorr.org

What a great boost for the Restore ORR project!  BOLD Moves Real Estate is behind the Project 100%.  We are your BOLDTown realtors and your community experts.  Let  us help you with your real estate move.  We can help take the anxiety out of your real estate journey. Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com

Lamacchia Weekend Bootcamp with Agent Rising

Agent Rising Real Estate School is in the midst of a live 21 hour Weekend Bootcamp at Lamacchia Realty in Waltham, Massachusetts.  Kate Lanagan MacGregor is teaching a fun, informative class from 9:00am -7:00pm yesterday and today.  It’s a great way to get your hours in a short amount of time!

Are you ready to start your real estate career? Agent Rising has all the tools you need to complete your hours and pass your real estate exam.  We have live webinars, online classes, and also boot camp weekends, whichever fits your needs and your lifestyle.   Our course includes books and everything you need to be prepared to sit for your exam.

Now is a great time to start a real estate career!  Visit www.agentrising.com to sign up.

Are you in the market for a move? Whether you are buying or selling, BOLD Moves Real Estate can take the worry out of your move.  We are your community experts in your BOLDTown and can help guide you through the process!

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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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Events in the Tri-town This Week

There are lots of spring things to do in the tri-town this week. For more information and events, visit: https://sippican.theweektoday.com/calendar

Friday, April 26

Celebrate Arbor Day

There will be a 6 p.m. celebration of Arbor Day at the Dexter Lane Ballfield in Rochester.

Saturday, April 27 

Visit a vernal pool. 

The Mattapoisett Land Trust will host a visit to a vernal pool to complete certification of the pool. The group will meet at 1 p.m. at the property on Prospect Road, about half a mile from Route 6.

Hear a poet. 

The Mattapoisett Library will host poet and teacher Dzivinia Orlowsky at 3 p.m.

Work with glass. 

The Rochester Senior Center will host a sea glass crafts fundraiser at 1 p.m. at 67 Dexter Road. The fundraiser is $40, with all materials included.

Go to dinner. 

The Mattapoisett Lions Club is holding a Senior Dinner at noon at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church (27 Church Street).

Sunday, April 28 

Hear candidates speak. 

The League of Women voters will host a 1 p.m. event to allow Mattapoisett candidates and the Fire Station renovation committee to speak to Mattapoisett voters.

Hear music. 

In the mood for some music? The Sippican Choral Society will present a concert of music from the 40s at 4 p.m. at Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Marion.

Eat dinner, learn about local birds.

Enjoy quahog chowder supper at the Alewives Anonymous annual meeting about alewives Sunday, April 28 at 5 p.m. at the Rochester Senior Center, 67 Dexter Lane. The dinner will cost $5 for non-members and will be free for members who have paid their dues.

Monday, April 29

Listen to “Cedar Beach”.

The MAC New Plays Program will open with a free staged reading of Cedar Beach by Mark Howland from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marion Art Center. A feedback session between the audience and playwright will follow the reading.

Tuesday, April 30

Learn about famous artists.

Learn how to see art in new way by observing and learning about the work of famous artists such as Picasso and Monet. The lecture is at the Marion Art Center from 7 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 2

Meet Marion candidates.

Come meet the candidates for Town Offices at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street onThursday May 2nd at 7 p.m.

A lot of fun activities happening in the tri-town this week.  Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for all your local news.

BOLD Moves Real Estate is your community experts.  Our agents live and work in your BOLDTown.  We can help take the worry and anxiety out of your real estate move.

Spring Housing Market

What’s going on in the Spring Market for first time home buyers?  Home price increases are slowing down and home prices are expected to rise only 2% in the next 12 months.

While inventory is growing, the bad news is the rising inventory is with higher priced luxury homes which have been slow to sell.  Inventory of lower priced homes- $250,000 and under is still slow to rise.  Many first-time home buyers have been priced out of the market.

There is some good news.  Interest rates have dipped and many buyers are getting out of the rental market and looking to buy.  The lower interest rates can make a difference in their buying power.

Interest rates are low, unemployment is low and there has been an increase in wage growth.   This is making many first-time home buyers take a chance at getting back into the buying market.  They may find that the market is less competitive than in the past.  There is still a trend to find the “perfect house” rather than one that is “good enough.”

Many lenders are trying to make it easier for buyers to become prequalified and be ready when the “perfect house” comes along.  With all the new technology, this makes it easier than ever for buyers.

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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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