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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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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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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.

Look for this and other great local news at sippican.theweektoday.com

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Easter Happenings in the Tri-towns

Easter is only a couple of weeks away.  Here are some of the local Easter events happening in the tri-towns.

Easter Carnival

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm

ROCHESTER — The First Congregational Church will team up with Plumb Corner merchants, Captain Bonney’s, Rochester Lions Club, Rochester Women’s Club, Rochester Police Department, and Plumb Library to host an Easter carnival with lots of goodies for children to enjoy.

The event will offer carnival games for prizes and candy-filled eggs, a bouncy house, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream samples, face painting, balloon animals, and the Easter Bunny.   The event will take place at the Rochester Congregational Church.

The carnival will also benefit good causes, as the Rochester Police Department will be hosting a Fill-a-Cruiser Food Drive for Damien’s Pantry.

Pre-register at vbspro.events/p/fccreastercarnival2019

 

Sippican Lands Trust Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 10:00am
The Sippican Lands Trust will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 13 at 10 a.m. at Peirson Woods in Marion.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants should bring a basket or container for collecting goodies and arrive promptly to the event.

Peirson Woods is a 30-acre parcel of land with woodlands and wetlands including a vibrant salt marsh. The property is home  including herons, winter buffleheads, osprey and other bird species.

Peirson Woods is located off of Point Road in Marion just past the Marion Golf Course. Street parking is available.

The rain date for this event is Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m. For directions or further information send an email to info@sippicanlandstrust.org or call 508-748-3080

 Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Sunday, April 7th at 8AM-11AM
Rochester Senior Center on Dexter Lane
Come order off the menu ad get pictures with the Easter Bunny
Sponsored by the Rochester Lions Club
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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.

Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for more local stories in our tri-town.

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February’s Tops in Sales and Listings at BOLD Moves

BOLD Moves Real Estate is happy to announce our top producers for the month of February.

Kate Lanagan MacGregor earned Tops in Sales for the month of February.  Broker/Owner Kate has been busy this winter serving her clients and helping them achieve their real estate goals. As Massachusetts Realtor of the Year, she has enjoyed using her expertise and skills to help her clients in her BOLDTown.  Kate thoroughly enjoys working with her clients and also helping her fellow real estate professionals with continuing education.  She is always in the forefront of the latest technology and is always happy to teach her fellow agents through online classes, webinars and traditional classroom learning.  Her Agent Rising Real Estate School is the go to school to help aspiring real estate agents obtain their license or seasoned agents up their professionalism or even become licensed brokers. Kate is always happy to be helping someone in their BOLDTown achieve their dreams.

Tracey Lee has had a productive winter, earning Tops in Listings for the month of February at BOLD Moves Real Estate. Tracey works hard to make sure her clients are informed during every step of the real estate transaction.  She is knowledgeable in every aspect of the process and is always willing to dig a little deeper to make sure every base is covered. She has a knack for research and diligence! Nobody works harder !She enjoys working with her clients to sell or buy a home and makes sure their voices are heard.

She enjoys keeping up with current trends and technology and attending classes to better help her clients fulfill their real estate goals!

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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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BOLDTown Community

BOLD Moves Real Estate is invested in our local communities.  We call our local towns our BOLDTowns.  We live and work in the communities we serve. We are your local experts.

Our goal is to give back in our communities.  We want to help all our clients with their real estate needs and guide them through the real estate process with the least amount of anxiety and worry.

Our clients are our priority.  We listen to their stories and help make their goals a reality, whether buying or selling a home.

We live in a beautiful part of the country.  Our communities are filled with caring people!

Always take the time to appreciate the world around us.

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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

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

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for all your real estate needs.  Chloe holds a special place in everyone’s heart at BOLD Moves.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

BOLD Moves Real Estate wants to wish all its family, friends, and clients a Happy Valentine’s Day!  We are so honored to be able to help people in our BOLDTowns with all their real estate needs.  We are your community experts and we live and work in the communities we serve.

We are dedicated to making your real estate transaction as easy and stress-free as possible.  Selling your home or finding a new home should be exciting not terrifying.  We realize this is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your lifetime, and make sure your transaction is smooth and worry-free.

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