Feb. 14, 2020

BOLD Bins

BOLD Real Estate is here to help you with all your real estate needs.  Our kind,

caring agents set us apart from other agencies.  We are your community experts.

We offer some unique services such as our BOLD bins.  Work with one of our agents 

and our BOLD bins are available for your use.  Fill them up with your unwanted items 

and we will repurpose.  We will remove them free of charge.

We also offer our BOLD bus to help with your moving items.

Visit us at www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800 to get in touch with one of

our team of BOLDIES.

 

Feb. 13, 2020

Finance Options When Buying a Home

It's a great time to be looking for a new home.  With that, comes all the financial decisions.  Do you have cash or will you be looking for a mortgage loan?

There are many options for residential loans.  Some of these options include:

Conventional

FHA

VA

USDA-RD

State Housing Programs

Jumbo

Renovation Programs

New Construction End Loans for Permanent Financing

Reverse Mortgages

Are you looking for a fixed rate or interest-only loan?  There are also adjustable rates and hybrid arms

You may be looking for a 1-4 family property, a single-family home or a second home.  You could also be an investor looking to flip a home.

All these options may be confusing but the best first step is to speak with a mortgage lender and discuss your options.  Before you start looking at homes you are interested in, it's important to meet with a mortgage specialist.  They can explain the different types of loans you may qualify for.  They will also look at your financial situation and talk to you about the price range you may want to be looking at and can provide you with a pre-approval when you find a house that fits your needs and budget.

Once you know your price range, your real estate agent can show you homes that fit your criteria and budget.  It is critical to talk to your lender first since a pre-approval is needed when you are ready to make an offer on a house.  If you are unsure which lender to start with, talk to your agent.  They can make suggestions on local banks and mortgage companies.  Your loan officer and your agent will be with you every step of the way to help the transaction proceed smoothly and keep you informed at every step.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for all your real estate needs.  Our agents are your community experts in our local BOLDTowns and can help you find the home you are dreaming of. You can also reach us at 508-999-9800

Feb. 11, 2020

Sophomores Drive ORR Track Team

Sophomores drive ORR track team, break school records

Jan 21, 2020

Though the Old Rochester Regional boys and girls track team both had a lot of new runners, and called this year a “wait and see year,” since then sophomores have stepped up, propelling the team to success. 

“Usually sophomore year their nerves can get the best of them,” said coach Bill Tilden, but he added that some of his athletes are, “acting like senior veterans already.” 

Some of the notable athletes that Tilden mentioned were Cameron Weaver for the 600 and 1,000 meter races, Maria Psichopaidas, a sprinter, Maya Braga, who runs the 2 mile, Jen Williams, Leo Schiappa, Tyler Trudeau, John Kassabian and Colby Gross.

Tilden realized right away that some of his athletes on the boys side were fast. But at the same time “you hate to put pressure on them right away. Like, ‘we’re going to need you for the 50.” 

Still, many of the key athletes are already scoring in the varsity range. 

Speaking with Sippican Week a few weeks ago, Tilden named New Bedford Vocational Technical School and Dighton-Rehoboth as some of the strongest opponents in the league. 

At a meet on Jan. 15, both the boys and girls teams did exceptionally well against New Bedford.  The boys ended up tying 43-43, while Tilden said the “girls won big.” 

While he’s reluctant to jinx it by seeming too confident, Tilden said that the strong showing likely means that the team will at the very least do better in the division than he thought. 

Willams had a particularly noteworthy meet against New Bedford, as she jumped 5’5” on high jump, setting a new personal record and breaking the school record of 5’4”.  

“That is higher than anyone has ever jumped, indoors or out for Old Rochester,” Tilden said. 

Williams said the key to a good high jump is in driving straight up, and then bending back over the bar, rather than “shooting straight over” it. 

She also attributed her success to the guidance of coaches Sean Medeiros, and Meredith Mattson-Days.

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

BOLD Real Estate is your local tri-town realtors.  We are your community experts in your BOLDTown. Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

 

 

Feb. 10, 2020

New Hands Free Law

Police Chief spreading the word about new law

Feb 8, 2020

MATTAPOISETT — Police Chief Mary Lyons is working to publicize information about the new Hands-free law which will go into affect on Feb. 23. 

Drivers will be prohibited from holding a cell phone, looking at a cell phone (unless it is for navigation or attached to the car) or using a cell phone, unless it is in hands-free mode. 

This mode allows drivers to use voice commands or hear phone audio without touching the phone, other than an initial tap or swipe which activates that mode. 

Drivers have some defense against the law in cases where it is used for an emergency, such as a situation where medical help is needed, there is an accident, a driver needs assistance from police, fire or emergency services, or the car is disabled. 

Although the law goes into effect on Feb. 23, police will not issue citations in relation to the law until March 31, 2020. 

After that time, the first offense will lead to a $100 fine, the second time will lead to a $250 fine and drivers will be required to complete a program, and a third offense will lead to a $500 fine and completion of a program. 

The law does not apply to emergency personnel using a phone while they are on duty. 

Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for all your local news

BOLD Real Estate is your neighborhood real estate company.  We are your community experts and can help take the worry out of your real estate transaction.

Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

Feb. 8, 2020

Winter Storm Tips

Even though it may seem like we've had a pretty easy winter so far, yesterday's wind storm reminded us that we still have a lot of winter left whatever the Groundhog says.

The high winds and rain left many roads impassable with downed trees resulting in many power outages throughout the Southcoast.

While we can't change the weather, here are some tips to be prepared for the next winter storm.

Keep an eye on the weather and weather alerts so you are not caught off guard when the next storm hits.

Check your home's ability to keep out the cold, such as weatherstripping, insulation, and caulking to prevent frozen pipes and heat loss.

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are all in working order.  Replace batteries if needed. These can be life-saving during a storm.

Loss of power is always a given.  Make sure you  stock up on essentials and flashlights with batteries. You may want to fill your tub for toilet flushing if you have a well.  Better yet, consider investing in a generator which can get you through many days without electricity.

Consider your elderly family and neighbors also.  Check on them and make sure they are ok and if they need assistance with any chores, especially snow shoveling.

Winter is still with us for a couple of months, so it's always better to be prepared.

Agent Rising Real Estate School has your back and has everything you need to start your real estate career.  We also offer continuing education credits and classes for seasoned agents.  This includes broker and designation classes.

BOLD Real Estate is prepared for all your real estate needs no matter what the season. We are your community experts and can help take the worry out of your real estate move.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800 

Feb. 5, 2020

February Vacation Events at Plumb Library

Plumb Library plans storytimes, dog visit, and more

Feb 4, 2020
ROCHESTER — On Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., Tuesdays with Teachers will return to Plumb Library for ages 5 and up. Join Sandy Sollauer and Noelle Johnson of Rochester Memorial School for a story and craft about snowflakes. Registration is required.
 
On Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 21 starting at 10:30 a.m., the library will host Zumbini for ages 0 to 4 with Samantha Enos. The Zumbini® program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun. Registration is required. Space is limited to ten children aged 0 to 4.   
 
The library will welcome patrons to Fort Storytime on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 and up. Samantha Winters, Library Page, will read stories in a blanket fort. After the stories are read, an edible craft will be made and eaten. Space is limited, so registration is required.
 
The STEAM TEAM returns with slime. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. for grades K to 3. Allison, a member of the Junior Friends, will present a STEAM-themed story, then make slime. Registration is required.
 
On Friday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m., the STEAM TEAM presents "The Science of Welding" with Emma Makuch, Old Colony welding student and member of the Junior Friends. Registration is required.
 
On Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m., Cathy Acamphora and her dog Merida will present a class on Dog Safety with the 4H. Dogs often tell peopel when they are  uncomfortable, but people don’t “speak dog.”  Learn about dog safety with the Plymouth County 4-H Dog Safety program, featuring pet therapy dog, Merida and Acampora, author of “A Dog for Me” and “Please don’t hug me.”  Books will be available for purchasing and signing. This class is only for ages 7 and up. Space is limited, so registration is required.
 
Just the Facts Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will discuss "One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy" by Carol Anderson on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Plumb Library.  The New York Times best-selling author of “White Rage” presents a history of voter suppression that exposes America's insidious history of policies that have blocked African-American voting participation, placing particular focus on the Supreme Court's 2013 Shelby ruling.
 
Cafe Parlez Book Discussion Group will discuss "The Library of the Lost and Found" by Phaedra Patrick on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. A shy librarian whose kind heart is often exploited receives a mysterious book of fairy tales from the beloved grandmother she believed dead and embarks on a perspective-changing journey of astonishing family secrets. 
 
The Book Buds kids book discussion group will discuss "Stargazing", a graphic novel by Jen Wang on Friday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Chinese-American student Christine is devastated when her artistic best friend, Moon, falls dangerously ill amid revelations that she has been having visions about celestial beings, telling her she does not really belong on Earth.  
Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for all your local events and news in the tri-town. 
BOLD Real Estate is your hometown realtors.  We are your community experts in your BOLDTown. Let us help you take the worry out of your real estate move. Visit www.boldrealestate.com  or call 508-999-9800
Feb. 3, 2020

Junior High's Winterfest

MATTAPOISETT — Playing video games, singing karaoke, and sumo wrestling aren’t normally allowed in school, but once a year, the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School makes an exception for “WinterFest,” an event that provides students in grades six through eight with a night of fun and camaraderie.  

WinterFest not only gives junior high schoolers a chance to have fun, but also welcomes sixth graders from all of the Tri-Town’s elementary schools to check out the school building, and make new friends.

Guidance Counselor Sheri DeChellis organized this year’s event with help from students in the AmbassadOR program, who collect input from the student body to make WinterFest as appealing as possible. 

This year students recommended a karaoke lounge, and on Friday night, Jan. 31, WinterFest delivered.  

Aaliyah Ingham took to the stage to sing Miley Cyrus’ hit “It’s the Climb,” alongside her friend Connie Friedman. She then wowed a crowd of her peers with a solo rendition of “Hallelujah.” 

After her performance, she said she “just wanted to have fun, and show the audience music.” 

Elsewhere in the auditorium, kids were treated to concessions of popcorn, cotton candy, and hot cocoa. 

In the gym, a series of inflatable games and activities like sumo wrestling, jousting, and obstacle courses had students lining up in anticipation for their turn. 

Just outside of the gym, the “Amazin’ Gamin’” video game bus offered kids with a chance to play all types of gaming consoles, as lights flashed and music blared throughout the vehicle. 

If that wasn’t enough, party and carnival-style games lined the hallways in between the gym and auditorium. 

Seventh graders Zoe Plante and Zachary Steed faced off in a game of “Snow Day.” 

The game challenges participants to pick up as many mini-marshmallows as possible with chopsticks, and then place them in a container before running out of time.  

Assistant Principal Kelly Chouinard refereed the game, and said that WinterFest is a benefit to students because it is a  “great opportunity for our junior high students to come and really enjoy each other’s company outside of the academic day.” 

Visiting Rochester Memorial School sixth graders Quinn Chisholm and Madison Detrani competed against each other in a game of “Speedball,” which is similar to skee ball, except on a smaller scale. 

“I like it here, it’s fun,” Chisholm said of the junior high school. 

Both students commented that the school is much bigger than Rochester Memorial. 

According to DeChellis, all proceeds from this year’s WinterFest will go towards next year’s celebration.

Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for more tri-town stories.  BOLD Real Estate is your BOLDTown real estate company.  We live and work in the towns we serve. Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800  Let us take the worry out of your real estate move.

Feb. 1, 2020

Staying Motivated

It may be easy to start working on your goals,  whether that is work-related or personal, such as weight loss or eating healthier, but it is harder to maintain the dedication.

What can you do to stick to your goals? Here are some tips.

Start by defining your goals and why this is important to you.  Writing it down may help keep you on track.  Make sure the goal is realistic and doable.  Don't sell your self short, but an unrealistic goal may be a recipe for disaster.

Write down the steps you will take to reach that goal.  Plan it out and add a rough timeline.

Keep positive thoughts.  Positive thoughts lead to positive actions and brings positivity to you.

Give yourself treats along the way for steps that you accomplish.  This could be new jeans, for keeping to your exercise and weight loss goals or a new piece of tech for your business accomplishments.

Get organized and try to minimize distractions.  If you know you can't work with noise, keep the room quiet and distraction free.  Set up a quiet work spot, shut off the phone, and get to work.

Rally against procrastination.  The best way to get anything done is to just start.  If you don't feel you have enough time for a full amount of time, then accomplish what you can in the time you have.  A few smaller sessions can accomplish as much as a full, long session. Waiting for the perfect amount of time may mean you get nothing accomplished.

Try not to multitask.  Focusing on the task at hand exclusively can be much more productive.  Stay in the moment and accomplish one goal at a time.

Before you know it, you'll well be on your way to accomplishing your dreams.

BOLD Real Estate is here to help you make your real estate dreams come true.  We are your community experts and can help take the worry out of your real estate transaction.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

 

Jan. 31, 2020

Tri-town Events This Week

For a full list of events, visit www.sippicanweek.com/calendar.  

Friday, Jan. 31
Go to “Winterfest.” 

Old Rochester Regional Junior High School will once again host WinterFest from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WinterFest brings the Tri-Town grade 6 through 8 student community together for a fun-filled night of music, karaoke, games, jousting, bungee runs, sumo wrestling, inflatable obstacle courses, a video game bus, concessions, camaraderie and much more.

Tickets are $5 and include up to five passes on the inflatables, unlimited access to all other activities and one free concession item.

Additional passes and concession items will be available for purchase. Tickets are sold in advance and can be purchased online through https://www.familyid.com/programs/orrjhs-winterfest.

Saturday, Feb. 1 
Make jewelry. 

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library will host a jewelry making session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be led by jewelry designer Robin Ragle-Davis. The session will focus on techniques used to make bead bracelets and earrings and will cover a number of different string and cord options as well as a variety of closures and how to attach them properly and securely.

Tools, closures, and beads will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring any special beads they would like to use. The workshop is limited to the first twelve people who register. No drop-ins will be allowed. Call the library at 508-758-4171 to register.

Sunday, Feb.2
Learn languages. 

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library will offer a chance to learn some friendly greetings and conversational phrases in other languages. Community members will share some basics from their native languages in a casual informal setting. 

A native Japanese speaker will be at the library from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and a Spanish session will take place on Feb. 2 from 2 to 2:30 p.m

Take a “Superb-Owl” walk. 

The Sippican Lands Trust will host a “Superb-Owl” Walk in honor of Super Bowl Sunday at the Hagemann Woods property in Marion.

The walk in the woods will start at 4 p.m. and end by 5:30 p.m. to give attendees time to watch the Super Bowl. 

The parking area for Hagemann Woods is located off of Point Road approximately two miles south of the intersection of Route 6 and Point Road in Marion. 

The walk is free for members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Headlamps or flashlights are suggested for the walk back to the parking area. 

If the Superb-Owl Walk is canceled due to inclement weather, information will be posted to the lands trust’s website and Facebook page. For more information about this walk contact  info@sippicanlandstrust.org, call 508-748-3080, or visit www.sippicanlandstrust.org.

The walk will go through heavily forested areas that are home to owls. Although hearing the owls can’t be guaranteed, owls are often more active during the evening because it is their nesting time. 

Tuesday, Feb. 4 
Listen to Ken Hart. 

Ken Hart, of Compassionate Care Hospice, will speak about “Getting Older and Having Fun” at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center.

Call 5087483570 to register for the talk.

Thursday, Feb.6 
Shop at the Cape Cod Mall. 

The Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center will host a shopping trip on at 9:30 a.m.

Attendees will visit the Cape Cod Mall in Barnstable, Trader Joe’s, and Christmas Tree Shop. The trip will also allow time to stop for lunch.

Call 508-748-3570 to sign up.

The tri-town is a great place to call home. BOLD Real Estate is your community expert. We live and work in your BOLDTown.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

Jan. 30, 2020

BOLD Real Estate Always Improving

BOLD Real Estate is always looking for ways to improve their services and skills to better serve their clients.

Monday is always Monday morning meeting.  It's a great time for the agents to discuss new listings and buyers, real estate market trends, and catch up on office issues.  Led by Patti and Kate, it is always informative and fun and an integral part of their working as a team to keep everyone working together.

Training is also an integral part of the BOLD Real Estate mantra. Thursday evenings are set aside for team training in all kinds of real estate issues, including new technology, contracts, and referrals to name a few.  It's a great time to keep everyone up to speed.  Real estate is continually changing and it's important all the agents are up to date.

List with BOLD Real Estate and get access to the BOLD bus to help you when it's time to move. Fill the bus with your unwanted items and we can repurpose or donate the items for you.

BOLD Real Estate is ready to help with all your real estate needs.  We are your community experts. Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800