March 20, 2020

ORR Keeps Students Connected

Old Rochester Regional makes sure its students are connected

Mar 18, 2020

On March 18, The Old Rochester Regional School District provided a number of wifi resources for students who may not have reliable access to wifi at home during the coronavirus school closures.

The school used the coronavirus section of its website, which contains other resources for families, to deliver the message. .

On the site, the school said that Comcast is offering an “Internet Essentials” program which would allow qualifying families to receive two free months of Internet service. In addition, Xfinity Wifi hotspots will be available for use for free to any user with or without a subscription.

In the update, the district provided a photo of a map that displays where there are Xfinity Wifi hotspots in the Tri-Town.

Those who choose the Comcast option can cancel at any time, or continue the plan after the free two-month trial, with monthly payments of $9.95.

To apply for Comcast’s “Internet Essential” program, call 855-846-8376 or visit  www.InternetEssentials.com

Students will be asked to provide their contact information and school name. No other paperwork is required.

This is a trying time for everyone, but it's nice to see that Comcast is offering this great service to students in need.  

Visit  www.sippican.theweektoday.com for more local stories and how our tri-town is faring through this ongoing situation.

Visit www.boldrealestate.com for all your real estate needs. We are your community experts and can help navigate your real estate journey in these crazy days. We are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. Stay safe everyone!

March 19, 2020

Open House Videos

What is happening in real estate with the corona virus pandemic? 

Well, a new development is video Open Houses!   Real Estate has been utilizing 3D Virtual Tours on all their listings for quite a while.  It's a dollhouse version of the home.  You can virtually tour the house room by room and feel like you have actually toured the home.  It gives you a great sense of the layout of the home and is a great tool to get a feel for the house besides looking at the photos.

Now with social distancing, many buyers may be nervous about actually touring a home with other buyers present.  Now limiting the amount of people who may tour the home is recommended during an Open House, keeping the amount to under 25 guests.

Another option gaining popularity is the video tour.  The listing agent can videotape a tour of the home as they travel from room to room explaining all the features of the home.  It can be used hand in hand with the 3D virtual tour with the agent explaining different features from each room.  Welcome to our Crib!

Real estate is still carrying on in these trying times and finding new ways to keep clients safe, but still navigating their real estate journey. Open House Videos can be a great part of this.

Visit www.boldrealestate.com for more information or call 508-999-9800.  We are your community experts and want to help you with your real estate move in the best way possible.

March 17, 2020

Keeping Busy and Productive

The corona virus has everyone concerned.  It's a whole new lifestyle for the next three weeks at least.  While we cannot control what is going on in the world, we can at least make our own world as comfortable as possible and keep busy and productive.

With all the kids home from pre-school to college, it's a challenge to keep everyone busy, especially the younger kids.

What can we do to keep them busy and productive?

Keep to a schedule.  A general wake up time, and bedtime, time for chores, time for some schoolwork and  time for play. Taking a walk is a great idea or just getting outside to play games. Fresh air is great for everybody.  Just plan to keep away from other groups if you are at the park or playground.  If you can, staying in your own neighborhood might be a better idea.

It's a great time to catch up on some movies or shows you might be waiting to watch but don't overdue it.  Limit screen time on video games and social media.

Now's a great time to bring out the old fashioned board games and puzzles. A family game night can be a great idea.

It's also a great idea to try out some new crafts or projects you've been interested in. You can try out some new cooking recipes.  The kids can be a great help and can turn it into a learning experience.

Giving them time to just play with toys and use their imagination is also a great activity.  In our busy lives, these are the activities that we never seem to find time for.  Even take out the old home movies and have a fun night reminiscing.

We are all navigating this new norm for the time being.  We can try to make it a time to bond with our families and relish in a slow down and more time together like a family sit-down dinner at night.

BOLD Real Estate is a part of our community and neighborhood.  With our BOLD bus and BOLD bins, we are here to help with all your real estate needs.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

March 16, 2020

ReaLAWstate with Patti and Kate

 

This week's ReaLawstate with Patti and Kate was concerned with real estate and the current corona virus outbreak.  How does this affect the real estate world?

The overriding theme of this week seems to be fear.  Everyone is fearful of the virus and does not want to be sick, especially the young and the old and people on medications and compromised immune systems.

With the recent restrictions in the state of Massachusetts, this is affecting school, people's income, and way of life.  It's an upsetting time, but we will come through this if we work together.

We have a strong real estate market right now.  It's a great time to list your home.  Buyers are still out looking and inventory is low. Steps are being put into place to try to prevent a recession.

How does real estate adapt to these changes?  Virtual 3-D tours are a great tool! BOLD Real Estate offers a great 3D tour for all their listings.  It's a great way for buyers to feel like they are actually touring the house without actually being there. Video is also great.  Kate did a great video of her Open house this weekend to help buyers become acquainted with the features of the house even if they didn't want to be present.

BOLD Real Estate has unique features to help their clients, such as co-owner  Patti, the broker and also attorney, ready to look over the Purchase and sales for the client quickly and easily. They also offer their BOLD bus and BOLD bins services.

There may be issues with the Registry of Deeds and recent shutdowns but this should not hold up closings.

The bottom line is that everyone is ready to help their neighbors and community to get everyone through this crisis. The real estate market will keep rolling along.  Buyers and sellers are ready to move on.

Ready for your real estate move.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 505-999-9800

 

 

March 12, 2020

Rochester Easter Events

Rochester First Congregational to host Easter carnival

Mar 10, 2020

Event Date: 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

ROCHESTER — The First Congregational Church will hold its second annual Easter Community Carnival at 11 Constitution Way in Rochester on Saturday, March 28 from noon to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

The carnival will include food and games with prizes and candy-filled eggs, a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals, and the Easter bunny.

The event is free, but guests should bring one canned good per person as an entry “fee” to benefit The Family Pantry at Damien’s Place in East Wareham.

For questions or more information, call the church office at 508-763-4314. Guests can pre-register at vbspro.events/p/eastercarnival2020.

The Rochester Lions's Club will hold its Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 29th from 8:00am to 11:00 am at the Rochester Senior Center at 67 Dexter Lane in Rochester.

Join the Easter Bunny for a delicious breakfast from the Rochester Lions Club Menu! 

Free admision, children's craft, and cookie decorating. Photos with the Easter Bunny (your camera or ours) and breakfast require payment at the event.

Visit www.sippican.theweektoday.com for more local tri-town events.

BOLD Real Estate are your hometown realtors.  We are your community experts and can help take the anxiety out of your real estate transaction.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800 for more information.

 

 

March 11, 2020

Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring is rapidly approaching.  We may still get some snow but it will likely melt quickly.  Now is a great time to start thinking about spring landscaping maintenance.  

The snowdrops and crocuses are starting to spring up and green daffodil shoots are sprouting up through the leaves.  Now is the time to start working on your landscaping.

Start by raking the lawn and flowerbeds.  Rake up the fall leaves, dead grass and sticks that have fallen down from the trees with the high winds. Uncover all the green shoots hidden under the leaves in your flowerbeds.  It may be a good time to add fresh mulch to your flowerbeds.  Weed and then mulch.

Test your soil ph and fertilize your lawn accordingly. Weed and feed but don't overdo it. 

Aerate your lawn so water and nutrients are better absorbed.  There are many ways to do this.  You can opt for aeration shoes and get some exercise or rent a larger tool.

Fill in any bare spots in the lawn.  Rake them up and dig up the soil a little. If needed, add loam and reseed.  Keep the seeds wet and watered. Pick the right seeds for your area of the country.

Now is the time to get the lawn mower out and have it serviced or check the fluids and fuel yourself.  Drain any old fuel out which has set all winter.  

Wait to cut the grass until it is tall enough.  Cutting too short and too often is not good for the lawn. Always cut the top third of the blade of grass and don't bag it.  If you mow on a regular basis, the clippings are good for the lawn.

It's a great time of year to get outside and work on your landscaping.  It's also a great time to get your home ready to list just in time for the spring market.  List with BOLD Real Estate and take advantage of our BOLD bins and BOLD bus. Visit www.boldrealestate.com for more information or call 508-999-9800

 

March 9, 2020

Towns Respond to Coronavirus

Towns begin response to coronavirus

Mar 4, 2020

In a letter sent to Marion residents on March 3, Public Health Nurse Kathy Downey said that, at this current time, the risk of coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) is low in Massachusetts and that this means “that you are more likely to contract and become ill from the flu than Covid-19.”

There have been reported cases in Norfolk County and Rhode Island, but none on the South Coast as of now. 

Town Administrator Jay McGrail said that Marion is being “as proactive as we possibly can” to prevent coronavirus in a Board of Selectmen meeting on March 3.

While the risk is low, Downey stated that any resident may be already carrying germs that may hurt others. She also stated that elders and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to contracting the virus.

Downey also stated that Massachusetts Department of Public Health is regularly communicating with local Boards of Health, healthcare providers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and public officials. 

The town of Mattapoisett sent out an email on March 2 with links to find out more information on coronavirus from organizations like the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control’s world travel updates. Rochester has yet to comment on the coronavirus. 

The risk information and updates about the virus are rapidly changing. Downey said she wrote a statement at 6:30 p.m., and by 9:30 p.m. when Marion Board of Health members edited the draft, the information was already outdated. 

Public health officials recommend preventative measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.

They are similar to the steps to preventing a cold or flu: stay home if sick, don’t send sick children to school, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or sing the ABCs twice,) avoid close contact with others and people that are sick, keeps hands away from the face, cover the mouth when sneezing and coughing, discard of tissues immediately after use, and don’t share glasses, utensils or towels.

Beyond preventative cold measures, practicing other good habits, like cleaning surfaces, sleeping well, drinking fluids, managing stress and eating healthy food, are all steps to stay in good health. 

For updates and more information concerning coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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

Visit www.boldrealestate.com for all your real estate needs.  We are your community experts.  Let us help take the worry out of your real estate transaction,

March 5, 2020

BOLD Real Estate Move

BOLD Real Estate has made their move to their new building.  Same town, different spot! We are now located at 45 Main St. in Mattapoisett.

The work has been completed and our team of BOLD agents have settled into the new historic building and are ready to help you with all your real estate needs.

The new building is cozy and inviting and has plenty of room for our BOLD bins and the BOLD bus. List with us and we will provide BOLD bins to help you downsize and declutter.  Fill them up and we will repurpose your belongings for you.  We also offer our BOLD bus to help you with your move.

Our kind, caring agents are excited to be in their new office and are looking forward to helping you with all your real estate needs, whether buying or selling.  We are your community experts.

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

March 4, 2020

Rob Hiller of Rochester is Home

Rochester man heads home after battle with EEE

Mar 3, 2020

ROCHESTER – A large crowd gathered outside of East Over Farms in Rochester to celebrate the homecoming of Rob Hiller, 65, on the afternoon of March 3 after he finished a seven-month battle with Eastern equine encephalitis. 

The viral disease has outbreaks every few years and is carried by mosquitoes. It is relatively rare, but has a high fatality rate. Hiller was the first person in the state to get the disease since 2013. 

Friends and family gathered around the jeep driven by his wife, Sandi Hiller, 60, as the two pulled into their driveway for the first time since Rob was admitted to Tobey Hospital on Aug. 4. 

“I’m happy to be home, happy to see my family, my house and all my friends,” said Rob.

After getting out of his car and into a wheelchair with the help of his daughter, Tess Hiller Hedblom, 34, he was surrounded not only by those who came to see his return but also by a flurry of reporters who were there to ask about how this homecoming felt. 

Rob could only express gratitude at the overwhelming support.

“I’m highly grateful for being alive and having so many friends and family,” said Rob.

Sandi believes he was bitten on his arm somewhere in Rochester between Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, when Rob noticed a mosquito bite on his arm.

After being admitted to Tobey Hospital on Aug. 5, his diagnosis was confirmed on Aug. 10.

On Aug. 7, the Hiller’s family was called to the Neuroscience ICU at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for what they thought was going to be the last time they saw him. 

Turned out it wasn’t, but the road to recovery was a long process.

In the seven months that followed, he fell into a coma for 19 days, spent six weeks in ICU, two months in Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge, almost four months at Spaulding Hospital in Cape Cod, and spent the remainder of his time in treatment in CareOne at New Bedford until being released on March 2. 

“It’s been a very gradual process, but he’s improved tremendously,” said Sandi Hiller about her husband’s recovery. 

2019 saw one of the worst outbreaks of EEE in recent memory. The Tri-Town adapted by closing parks and beaches at dusk from August to November and conducted aerial sprays to curb the mosquito population. 

After Rob’s case was confirmed, Rochester began to spray the next day. 

“Hopefully this year they’ll spray a lot sooner,” Sandi said. 

Marsha Hartley, a close friend of Rob, called his situation absolutely gut-wrenching and said  to see him home once again is “phenomenal.”

She expected some to show up, but she didn’t so many people and two fire trucks from the Rochester Fire Department to be there for his arrival. 

While initially shocked that so many people showed up, Sandi was not surprised at the turnout because her husband is loved by so many.

Now that he’s home, Rob looks to get back to his normal life.

“I’m just gonna go in and sit with my dogs and my family,” said Hiller.

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

BOLD Real Estate is your local hometown real estate agency.  Our agents live and work in the communities they serve.  They are your local experts.  Let them help take the anxiety out of you r real estate move. Call 508-999-9800 or visit www.boldrealestate.com

March 2, 2020

Home Safety

Our homes are a huge part of our lives.  Whether we have lived in many homes or still in our first house we ever bought, our home is where our heart lies.  How can we keep the home we love safe and accessible as we age or for our senior family members?

There are many easy and cost-effective steps we can take to keep our homes safe.

Be sure all stairs have handrails whether inside or outside.  Make sure your landing is wide outside and consider getting rid of stairs outside altogether and landscape a gentle rise to the door.  Add lights down your outside walkway to keep falls to a minimum. Be aware of the weather.  Keep walkways and paths clear after a snowstorm.  Shoveling early can prevent a buildup of ice later.  Make sure you have salt on hand if ice is an issue.

Do you have a downstairs room you can convert into a master bedroom if your current bedroom is upstairs?  Stairs can become difficult as people age and a downstairs bedroom can be a huge help.  If this is not possible, make sure the handrails are secure and consider putting non-slippery stair treads for secure footing. Although, it may be pricier, you can install a chair lift or even possibly an elevator. 

Adjust the height of the bed for ease of getting in and out and make sure you have easily reachable lighting as well as a phone on the nightstand. There are many kits available to adjust the bed height.  This can help prevent a nightime fall.

Grab bars in the shower and near the toilet are important to prevent falls.  Bath mats and bath seats can also help.

In the kitchen, whistling tea pots and loud timers can help seniors remember when they have something on the stove.

Another hazard is throw rugs.  They tend to bunch up and can easily cause a fall.  Make sure all doorways and halls are free and clear for easy access to the whole house.  Decluttering can go a long way.  It leaves much less hazards to trip or fall over.

Cell phones are a must as  we age.  Keep it charged and near at all times, especially in the car and out in the yard.  This can help if there's a fall, to get help quickly. 

We love our homes and this will help keep us in our homes as we age or as we add older family members to our household.

BOLD Real Estate is here to help you with all your real estate needs.  We are your community experts and can help if you are ready to downsize or find the perfect home to help with older parents.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800.