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.

Feb. 28, 2020

Tri-Town Prepares for the Primary

Tri-Town prepares for the primary

Chloe Shelford and Kenneth Borges

Feb 25, 2020

Tri-town voters head to the polls Tuesday, March 3, to help select candidates for next November’s presidential election.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all three of the towns. In Rochester, polling will take place at the senior center at 67 Dexter Lane. Mattapoisett will hold its polls at Old HammondtownSchool, and Marion voters will go to the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center.

In all three towns, each voter will be given a ballot for the party in which he or she is registered. Voters with no registered party affiliation will select a contest and change their status back to “unenrolled” when leaving the polling place.

Early voting has already started in the Tri-Town. In Rochester, voters can visit Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Feb. 24 through Thursday, Feb. 27 to cast votes.

Mattapoisett early voting will take place at its Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28.

Marion voters can visit the Town House while it is open from Monday Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 28 to vote early. The Town House is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

It's important for everyone to vote and let their voices be heard.  BOLD Real Estate are your tri-town realtors. We offer unique services such as use of our BOLD bus and BOLD bins to help with your real estate move.  We are your community experts.  Let us take the worry out of your real estate transaction.  Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

Feb. 26, 2020

Realtor Safety

Realtor safety is always an important issue. It's always a good time to revisit steps to prevent tragedy. Realtors can be put in dangerous situations during Open Houses and showings and need to be aware of steps to take to keep themselves safe.   Here are some tips for common realtor situations.

Make sure at least one personal contact and your office knows where you are at all times.  You should let them know where you will be and when you feel you will be done.  Check in when you move on.

Meet new clients at the office first before any private showings.  Have them complete a client information sheet and copy their driver's license and vehicle information.

Open Houses:  Have another realtor or co-worker share the duties with you and set up a sign in sheet with client's information.

During open houses and showings, let your client proceed you through the house, especially when going down into the basement or upstairs.  Keep them in your line of vision at all times.

Park on the street to be able to leave easily.  Do not let a client block you in the driveway.  Drive around the neighborhood and acquaint yourself with the layout,  be aware of the easiest and fastest exit routes.

Know all the exits to the home and make sure they are all unlocked.

Leave your purse and valuables in the trunk of your car and have your cell phone in your hand.  Leave the expensive jewelry at home.

Never allow a client into your car unless you know them very well and feel very  comfortable.

Check out the safety apps for your phone.  Have the local police department saved on your phone and have them ready to respond at the touch of a button.

Last but not least, trust your gut.  If a situation makes you uncomfortable or makes you uneasy, remove yourself  and reschedule.  Your job is not worth your safety.

BOLD Real Estate wants to do everything possible to keep our team of BOLDIES safe.  We are your community experts.  We offer personalized service to help take the worry out of your real estate transaction. Visit www.boldrealestate.com or call 508-999-9800

Feb. 25, 2020

Old Rochester Playoff Competition

Old Rochester teams set for playoff competition.

Feb 25, 2020

As the high school winter sports season nears an end, two teams at Old Rochester Regional High School are preparing for playoff competition.  

Both the girls and boys basketball teams will compete in the first round of playoffs on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The boys will travel to Monomoy High School, and the girls will host Canton High School. 

During the regular season, the boys had an even record of 10-10, and the girls won the majority of their games, with a record of 18-3. 

The swim, and track teams both had athletes who made it all the way to the state championships this season. 

In track, Meghan McCullough placed 18th in the 55 meter hurdles, with a time of 8.99 seconds. David Reynolds placed 14th in shot put, throwing 47 feet, and 6.5 inches. 

In swimming, sophomore Michael Holmes  placed seventh in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of just 1:52.40.

Come on out and support your local athletes as they finish out their winter season.  

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

BOLD Real Estate are your hometown realtors. We are your community experts and can help you navigate through your real estate transaction with less stress and worry.  Ask us about our BOLD Bins and BOLD bus and how we can help with your move!  We offer these unique services to give you the best experience possible. Visit www.boldrealestate.com for more information or call 508-999-9800

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.

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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.

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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