Massachusetts and Rhode Island Real Estate and Community News

Feb. 13, 2020

5 Top Things to do This Weekend — February 15

1.             Extreme Karaoke Valentine’s Day Edition 

Friday, February 14, 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. 

http://bit.ly/2ORrng6 

Come embarrass yourself in front of your date at Extreme Karaoke at Boneheads Live! 

Boneheads Live, 36 Water St, Fall River, MA 

2.             2nd Annual Bows & Roses Night 

Friday, February 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

 http://bit.ly/2tNlYPG

 Looking for a unique night out on Valentine's Day? Trader Jan's Archery Pro-Shop is having a "Bows & Roses" night Friday, February 14, 2020. Come shoot at heart-shaped targets, the couple with the highest score will win Valentine's day prize**. You don't need to have your own gear to take part in "Bows & Roses" night, we have lightweight Recurve bows that are available to use (additional charge). 

Trader Jan's Archery Pro-Shop, 288 Plymouth Ave, Fall River, MA 

3.             Viva Fall River! Pop-Up Storefront — Valentine's Weekend Events 

Friday, February 14, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
 

http://bit.ly/2wcg63r 

Join us for Valentine’s Pop-Up Shop where you can find everything you need for Valentine’s Day (at the last minute!) No present? No problem! We’ve got you covered: Beautiful flowers, fine chocolates, and unique gifts- all from local businesses! Coffee, sweets, and entertainment while you shop. 

Hosted by WeLoveFallRiver, 333 S Main St, Fall River, MA 

4.             Neal & The Vipers 

Friday, February 14, at 8 p.m. 

http://bit.ly/2UxbXkO 

NEAL & THE VIPERS are a Rhode Island-based band who play American Roots Music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, that will get you up out of your chair to dance all night long!  When the show is over, you will feel full of energy and looking forward to catching the next show. 

Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA 

5.             Valentines Dinner and Show @ Our Lady of Light 

Saturday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.–12 a.m. 

http://bit.ly/2UHB5Fl 

Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show with Nadia and Karma. 

Our Lady of Light Band, 664 Quarry St., Fall River, MA

 

Feb. 7, 2020

10 Top Things to do This Weekend Near Fall River, MA— February 8

 1.       It's a Portuguese Thing presented by The Portuguese Kids 

Friday, February 7, 6:00–10 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2Uwar2b 

It’s like watching “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” but with an ethnic twist! Tickets are $45 and include dinner and a full two-hour show! This night filled with laughter will help support the many different programs and services provided by Saint Vincent’s.

 Tickets are available by calling Saint Vincent’s Services at (508) 679-8511 and online at www.SaintVincentsServices.org

 2.       Marvin Perry Duo at The Tipsy Toboggan!

 

Saturday, February 8, 9:00 p.m. 

http://bit.ly/2UxbXkO

 Roaring fireplace, great food and the Marvin Perry Duo... What more could you want? Beer?? They got that too... 

The Tipsy Toboggan, 75 Ferry St, Fall River, MA

3.       Ryan Montbleau 

Saturday, February 8, 8:00 p.m. 

https://www.narrowscenter.org/

www.ryanmontbleau.com/ 

Ryan still puts on a hell of a show. His voice is perfect for his funky blues sound, agile and with a great range and enough grit to really evoke the emotion from his compositions. 

Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA

4.       Classic Club Night at The Eagle 

Saturday, February 8, 8:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. 

https://bit.ly/37Zzr60 

Back to the Eagle for another night of 80's to 2k Throwback Music & Videos. Dance Club Classics, freestyle, Hip Hop, R& B Throwbacks Tickets available online now. www.abdjgear.com/ccneagle.html or you can get them in person (cash only) at Spindle City Auto Glass - Robert's Tuxedo - Gentleman’s Quarters or Donny’s Fall River 

Eagle Event Center, 35 North Main St, Fall River, MA

5.       Off kilter and Left of Love at Boneheads Live! 

Saturday, February 8, 10:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. 

http://bit.ly/386V5VI

 Off Kilter is a fun new band made up of super talented young musicians ranging from 14 to 19! We play everything... all in the name of having FUN!!! 

Left of Love is a Modern Rock band out of Massachusetts. Delivering high energy, guitar-driven rock with new-age flair. 

The show starts at 10 and there is NO COVER! 

Make sure to try something off of the late-night menu while you are in-house. 

Boneheads Live, 36 Water St, Fall River, MA

6.       AJ's Music Night

 

Saturday, February 8, 7:00–11:00 p.m. 

http://bit.ly/2vVYZ5O 

Live music coming to AJ's Bar. Featuring local bad Gucciboiflex.

A 4-hour event with three separate sets consisting of covers, original music, and request. 

AJ's Bar & Grill, 472 E Main St, Fall River, Massachusetts 02724

7.       Line Dancing Fundraiser

 

Saturday, February 8, 8:00-11:00 p.m.

http://bit.ly/2vdBYLq

DJ Jim Harvey and Alicia Camara will be teaching line dancing along with raffles to raise funds for CARE Southcoast — join for a fun evening

61 Madeira Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746

8.               He Said She Said at Dublin Rose: Seekonk

 

Saturday, February 8, 9:00 pm.–2:00 a.m.

http://bit.ly/3bgW4Vw

Join us as we return to Dublin Rose! Let loose at Dublin Rose when we dance all night with one of your favorite party bands.

Dublin Rose Sports Pub, 940 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA

9.       Valentine's Market at the Providence Flea

 

Sunday, February 9, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2Urdl8j 

We are so excited to be at the first Providence Flea of 2020! Join us for the Love You Give Market and find amazing locally made gifts for your Valentine! We will be launching some brand-new soaps and will have other products and bundles perfect for gifting!  There will be 80+ vendors, food trucks and entertainment plus lots of free parking!  Hope to see you there!

 The WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St, Providence, RI

10.  Valentine Craft Fair

Sunday, February 9, 10:00a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

http://bit.ly/2UwbHm7

 50 Vendors 50/50 to benefit Adoption RI Raffles Swag bags for the first 50 customers.

American Legion, 351 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA

 

Jan. 29, 2020

Start the Mortgage Preapproval Process Now!

When it comes to buying a home, consider the mortgage pre-qualification as the learner’s permit. This is an informal evaluation of your finances. The pre-approval is a more in-depth assessment, it is the driver’s license. Therefore, pre-qualification is an important first step, but it doesn’t prove that you have what it takes to hit the road. Once you get the pre-approval letter, you can go the distance!

Click here to fill out an application: https://www.totalmortgage.com/bankers/alejandro-tobon

We are here to save you time and money to get that preapproval. Even more, our goal is to make sure you get mortgage ready. This is very different than a prequalification. A mortgage preapproval is a letter from a lender indicating the amount and type of loan you can qualify for. The preapproval letter is issued after the lender has evaluated your financial history — including pulling your credit report and score.

We will do some online applications, that only takes about 15–20 minutes. It is a very interactive process that should go very smoothly. Then, we will need to verify the documentation that supports the information on your application. We will gather your tax returns for the past two years, W2s or 1099s, 30 days’ worth of paystubs, and bank statements. This allows us to do a full analysis of your income and credit. This is done so we can identify the maximum amount that we can lend you and that is an affordable payment. You never want to get in over your head. So, we will make sure that you look at homes you can pay for comfortably. You know how much money you need to put down if any. There are programs available that offer 100 percent financing. We go over all of this with you, so you are informed. We will give you a homebuyer’s guide, so you understand the process along the way and make educated decisions. 

Click here to get started! https://www.totalmortgage.com/bankers/alejandro-tobon

 

 

 

 

Jan. 29, 2020

10 Top Things to do This Weekend Near Fall River, MA — February 1

1. Most Wanted at Boneheads Live!

Friday, January 31, 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. 

https://bit.ly/38D5NDn 

Most wanted is a new band out of the area that plays Rock, Classic rock and modern country songs. Stop by and check them out as they debut at Boneheads Live. 

Boneheads Live, 36 Water St, Fall River, MA

2. 9th Annual Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-7:00 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2uG0RyJ

 Tickets are ON SALE NOW for our premier event — the 9th Annual Wine, Beer, and Spirits tasting. Tickets include a sampling of various wines, beer, and spirits, light appetizers, desserts and dancing. There are wonderful prizes up for auction and a spectacular raffle. 

St Michael's Parochial School, 209 Essex St, Fall River, MA 

3. Kennedy Park Clean Up 

Saturday, February 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2tbKrxW 

Please join us February 1st, at Kennedy Park in Fall River, Massachusetts, at 2 p.m. to clean up Kennedy Park in Fall River. We will meet by the ski fountain and clean the whole park! 

Kennedy Park, S. Main St, Fall River, MA

4. Winter Wonderland

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-7:00 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2NW7nbC 

Greater Fall River Arts Association opening reception Winter Wonderland. An amazing assortment of works from our members in various media.

 The exhibit is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs through February. 

Greater Fall River Art Association, 80 Belmont St, Fall River, MA

5. Tom Rush

Saturday, February 1, 8:00-11:00 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2t0Uy8z 

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration and journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become.

 Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA

6. Comedy Fundraiser to Benefit Helping Hands Community

Saturday, February 1, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

 https://bit.ly/3aKJ3TP 

Enjoy an evening of laughter with top local comedians as we raise money for the Helping Hands Community.

 Won Sports, 1314 Fall River Ave, Seekonk, MA

7. Bliss Point Debut at Troy City Brewing

Saturday, February 1, 5:00-8:00 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2S3fOTC 

If you haven't been here yet, you’re missing out! Troy City Brewing is a nano-brewery located at 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA. A delicious assortment of fresh and unique craft beer in a warm, rustic atmosphere. Music from 5-8 p.m.! 

Troy City Brewing, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, Massachusetts 02721

8. Big Daddy Kings BBQ Super Bowl Pop up at the Happy Clam

Sunday, February 2, 12:00-8:00 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/2GoRBSu 

Big Daddy Kings BBQ is teaming up with the Happy Clam for the Super Bowl! We will have all your favorites for eat-in or take-out from noon until 8 on Sunday, February 2. Stop by for an ice-cold drink, some amazing BBQ and to catch the big game with great friends while supporting local businesses. 

Big Daddy King's BBQ, 610 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy, Swansea, MA

9. Swansea Farmers Market at Venus De Milo

Sunday, February 2, 11:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.

 https://bit.ly/2GvhK21 

Local Produce, Freshly Baked Goods, Award-Winning Local Honey, Boozy Chocolates, Hand Knitted Coziness, All-Natural Hand Poured Soy Candles, Jams, Pickles, Salsas, and Condiments. Pet Products, Artwork & SO MUCH MORE! 

Venus de Milo, 75 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy, Swansea, MA

10.      Super Bowl Party

Sunday, February 2, 5:30– 11:30 p.m. 

https://bit.ly/3aMgC86 

Join us Sunday, February 2nd for our Super Bowl Party.  Watch Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers.  Food, drink specials, fun crowd ... See you there! 

Incognito Bistro & Lounge, 1606 Acushnet Ave, New Bedford, MA

 

Jan. 25, 2020

Condo vs House Pt 2 - Real Estate Myth Busters Ep. 10

 

If you own a single-family home in Fall River, MA, you take care of your own😮:

  • Property taxes🤑
  • Insurances
  • Exterior and landscape maintenance🔨🧹
  • Water and sewerage
  • Snow removal❄⛄
  • And more!

A condo is different, and each is unique. With this Langley St. property the condo fee is $173 per month. That expense covers the water/sewer bill, exterior maintenance, master insurance, and most of the taxes because you pay separately only for the unit.

Therefore, with a house, you pay for everything separately. With a condo in Fall River, there is one fixed price that takes care of everything you would have to pay anyway. In fact, you can own the same amount of square footage in Fall River for $75,000 less! Your monthly bills are essentially the same and you don’t have to deal with anything. This creates a lot of conveniences. Therefore, condo life is great for busy professionals, elderly couples downsizing, snowbirds, and anyone who wants to simplify their life. That is why we sit down with you to discuss your goals over the next few years. We can help you make informed decisions — rent -> own -> grow.

So, this property in Fall River is listed for $150,000. There are programs available that will allow you to buy this Fall River, MA condo with only 3% down. The payment would be somewhere around $1,125, even lower than the $1,400 rent. If you pay $1,400 a month for the next nine years, you will pay off the $150,000. So, why not own the equity? Rent it…own it…and grow your wealth.

Jan. 25, 2020

Condo vs. House - Real Estate Myth Busters Ep. 9


Advantages of Buying a Fall River Condo ✔ 

  • Great way to invest in property without dealing with yard work, snow removal or exterior repairs❄🧹
  • More affordable than single-family homes in the Fall River area with the same footage🏡
  • Lower insurance fees since you only cover what's inside 🤑 

Something to think about: if you are in the market looking for a 3-bedroom, 1,000 sq. ft single-family home in Fall River, that will cost about $225,000. A lot of people want to buy a house but are intimidated by the price. A condo like this one has the same square footage, for $150,000.

Therefore, it is a lot more affordable. Buying a condo in Fall River, MA is also a great option for busy individuals who don’t have time for home maintenance. You are only responsible for what is inside the four walls. So, it is an easier transition into homeownerships. What’s more, you can achieve this goal with just 3 percent down.

Fall River condos offer benefits that rentals do not. For instance, rent cost continues to rise across the region. So, the goal should be to rent, own, grow! Buying a single-family house or condo with a fixed rate freezes cost. In the end, homeownership increases wealth significantly!

A mid-sized condo is ideal for buyers who want to downsize from a larger home or who don’t want to spend a ton of time on maintenance. A smaller space allows for a more flexible living for those who travel often or simply enjoy doing other things besides constantly working on home improvement. Rent -> Own -> Grow — Check us out today!

 

Jan. 22, 2020

10 Things to do Near Fall River, MA This Weekend — January 25, 2020

1.     After Holiday Unwind Party

https://bit.ly/2REzfBY

Saturday, January 25Event time: 6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

After Holiday Unwind Party! Pub Style Food, Music and Dancing. Silent Auction and Raffles. $25/person 

Proceeds to support the athletes and athletic programs at SBRHS. Email sbabc@sbregional.org for ticket information! 

Fall River Lodge of Elks Lounge, 4500 N Main St, Fall River, MA

2.     Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters in Fall River

https://bit.ly/2TJm6dA

Saturday, January 25Event time: 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

Legendary Blues guitarist RONNIE EARL is a four-time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year (1997, 1999, 2014, 2018) most recently receiving the award on May 10, 2018 in Memphis. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and has taught at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. Known for his clean clear tone Ronnie has been called more than once "The John Coltrane of the guitar." (Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine)

The Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA

3.     Cogno-Circle & Meditation for Parent & Child

https://bit.ly/2RFLb6v

Saturday, January 25Event time: 10 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Cognomovement activates and harmonizes the left and right side of the brain and body. The effects are a calmer more energized system, body, mind and consciousness, boosted more stable mood, activation of the body's natural, sustainable energy, better concentration and creativity, and better sleep. This Cogno-Circle added prior to meditation will create an even better ability for your child to calm their thoughts and movements during meditation. It will also assist parents in learning new skills and techniques for managing their own stress and self-care as well as access new tools for assisting their children's well-being.

Enlightenings, 1078 County St, Somerset, MA

4.     Pat Lowell

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 6 p.m.

https://bit.ly/2TP0Fbk

Pat Lowell from East Providence has been very active on the scene for more than 20 years, with and without a band. Currently playing solo, he has an eclectic mix ranging from oldies, classic rock, top 40, reggae, blues and everything in between. With his looping skills and pedal work, he is sure to get you up on your feet dancing all night long.

Tiverton Casino Hotel, 777 Tiverton Casino Blvd, Tiverton, RI 

5.     Strangebrew

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 7:30 p.m.– 10:30 p.m.

https://bit.ly/38ruCC0 

Rock & Roll | Rhythm & Blues

 RipTide Sports Grille, 1 Bay St., Tiverton, Rhode Island 02878 

6.     Plastic Angels

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 8 p.m.–11:00 p.m.

https://bit.ly/38nOaap

Plastic Angels are known for their power-house vocals, moody rock riffs, and provocative lyrics.

Moby Dick Brewing Co., 16 S. Water St. New Bedford, MA

7.     Winter Beer Fest

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 7 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

https://bit.ly/38tbpAe

A Winter Beer Fest Fundraiser where you can enjoy a sampling of seltzers, cocktails, ciders, craft beers, sangria, and new light beers all while jamming out to great music by DJ Sounds N' Motion and a live band performance by Off Kilter. Light passed appetizers will also be served.

Seaport Inn and Marina, 110 Middle St, Fairhaven, MA

8.     Mind-reader Jon Stetson w/ World Gone Crazy Comedy Duo

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 8 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

https://bit.ly/2NNRRhK

5 Time White House performer JON STETSON (the original inspiration for the CBS TV Show “The Mentalist”) brings his mind-blowing audience interactive mindreading act to The District for the first time! Part Comedian/Part Mind reader and always audience interactive performer…Stetson knows what you’re thinking…he really does!

The District Center for The Arts, 15 Court St, Taunton, MA 02780

9.     What Matters? — Live in The Vault

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 9 p.m.–11:45 p.m.

https://bit.ly/2uq7Iw8

Join us for What Matters? performing Live in The Vault on Saturday, January 25!

The Vault Music Hall & Pub at Greasy Luck, 791 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA

10.             Legacy Band at Pub6T5

Saturday, January 25, Event time: 9 p.m.

https://pub6t5nb.com/

Debut performance of this fantastic band!

Pub 6T5 Bar and Grille, 736 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

 

Jan. 16, 2020

The Top 10 Things to Do in the Fall River Area — January 18, 2020

1.             Felix Brown is back at Boneheads Live!

https://bit.ly/38nyTXt

Friday, January 17, Event time: 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m.

If you missed our New Year’s party here’s your chance to hit the dance floor with Felix Brown!

Felix Brown separates itself from other cover acts with a catalog that effortlessly bridges genres, playing hip-hip, top 40, rock, soul, and even jazz standards. So, whether you’re in the mood for a tune by Michael Jackson, Cole Porter, or The Rolling Stones — Felix Brown’s got you covered

Boneheads Live, 36 Water St, Fall River, MA

2.             2020 South Shore Food & Wine Expo

https://bit.ly/2NncFNd

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 1:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Plymouth's 400th birthday just got better! Hosted at the Historic Plymouth Memorial Hall, The Grand Tasting, The Vintner's Lounge, Chef cooking, and sampling paired foods and more! The 2020 South Shore Food & Wine Expo is ready to amaze you! Read on to find out more about what you can see and do at this year's show. $48–$60

Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St, Plymouth, MA

3.             Englishtown Project at Narrows Center — Clare Maloney

https://bit.ly/2QyHXT2

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 8:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

The Englishtown Project returns to The Narrows Center for a night of music by The Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker Band, and New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA

4.             Wicked Acoustic at Troy City Brewing

https://bit.ly/2QNsT4a

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Wicked Acoustic returns to Troy City Brewing! We're all about playing great music and having fun doing it. https://www.youtube.com/user/jkpguitars

Troy City Brewing, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA

5.             Getting into Scottish Research

https://bit.ly/2TodAR5

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

A presentation by Richard Reid for those just starting their Scottish research while still providing valuable insight into research techniques for the veteran researcher. Free and open to the public!

Somerset Public Library, 1464 County St, Somerset, MA

6.             Hands On with JOANN: Knit Without Needles

https://bit.ly/2sngdre

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

. Join us in-store to learn how to use Bernat® Alize Blanket-EZ™ Yarn to make a cute koozie!

*Supplies are limited and may vary by store for this super-fun event!

JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, 207 Swansea Mall Dr #100, Swansea, MA

7.             Saturday Farmers Market at Easton's Beach

https://bit.ly/2t2Sjln

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The Aquidneck Growers Market, a program of Aquidneck Community Table, is held every Saturday at Easton's Beach Rotunda (ground level).

Easton's Beach, 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI

8.             Reduce Stress Naturally

https://bit.ly/2TlPRBc

Saturday, January 18, Event time: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Are you constantly feeling frustrated, irritated, overwhelmed, angry, worried, or anxious?  Do you struggle with insecurity, low self-esteem, or self-doubt? While it's true that in order to create the life you want, shifting your negative thoughts and emotions is extremely important, there's more to the story than meets the eye.

Quantum Health & Wellness, 549 Central Ave, Seekonk, Massachusetts

9.             Scouting for Snowy Owls

Sunday, January 19, Event time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

https://bit.ly/2R6Ufkw

Join us as we search for the beautiful and elusive snowy owl, migrants to our sanctuary each year. We will travel along the beach loop trail and onto private land during this walk, which covers approximately 2.5 miles of uneven terrain.

Mass Audubon Allens Pond,1280 Horseneck Rd, Westport, MA

10.     1/2 Price Admission to Roger Williams Park Zoo

https://bit.ly/39ZyJXE

Sunday, January 19, Daily: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Winter Wonder Days at the Zoo: It may be cold and even snowy, but it is the perfect weather to see animals outside enjoying nature’s cooler temperatures. Visit the Zoo and enjoy half-price admission through the end of February! Discount applied to tickets purchased at Zoo's admissions gate only.

Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI

 

Jan. 10, 2020

Missing Person!

Missing Person AdDo you know someone who meets this description?

 

Location: Fall River, MA area

Date Missing:     TODAY!

Features:  

þ Social

þ Energetic

þ Not scared of rejection

þ Sees the word “no” as a challenge, not a defeat

þ Has a great phone voice

þ Team player

þ Desires to be part of something bigger

Searching for a self-starter who is either a licensed agent or planning to become one. We need someone with a strong desire to guide and assist others in the community. Coaching and team assistance will be provided. Our group is growing, and we need this person’s help.

If you or someone you know is ready to expand up to the next level, call us now! Come to us with any information on the right person with a track record for success. Apply today!           

Tag anyone below who you think is this person. . .

Jan. 9, 2020

The 3 Durfee High Schools — Part One

Fall River Collection--Historic Postcards, c. 1880-1970

How much do you know about how Durfee High School came to be? Well, it is a story well worth knowing. The beginnings are rooted deep in Fall River history. Currently, the story is still being written and preserved.

The Durfee Family

Bradford Matthew Chaloner (aka B.M.C Durfee, June 14, 1843–Sept. 13, 1872) was the only child of Bradford and Mary Brayton Durfee of Fall River, MA.  Prior to his untimely death in 1872, Mr. Durfee expressed his desire that more efforts might be made to improve higher education for Fall River youths. In her grief, his beloved mother made sure this happened.

B.M.C. Durfee One — 1887

As a result, the now Mary B. Young pursued her son’s wish. On February 5, 1883, Mrs. Young sent a letter to the F.R. city council offering to fund the construction of a new high school. At her own expense, she elected to erect and furnish a structure that would make for a suitable high school building. The goal was to promote learning in philosophical, mechanical and chemical studies. Mr. Durfee aimed to better prepare the next generation for work in the booming industrial city. For this purpose, Bradford’s mom presented $50,000 to their native city to be put in trust. Upon accepting the gift, the city agreed to allow a board of trustees to approve each teacher. The original members were all selected by Mary B. Young.

The day of dedication was June 15, 1887. This was not only a bright, clear day, but it was also Bradford Matthew Chaloner Durfee’s birthday. The new school had two impressive towers. In the south tower of the building, there was one of the largest clocks available from E. Howard & Company of Boston. To the north was a brass telescope from Warner & Swasey. Recently restored, the telescope was moved to the observatory at the Elsbree Street location, also known as Durfee Two.

The 10 Bells in the Clock Tower

The decorative south tower rose about 200 feet above the building. It was originally bedecked with a series of chimes that included 10 bells. This magnificent arrangement was purchased from Meneely & Co. of West Troy, NY.

For years it was the practice to strike the bells 29 times at the hour of assembly of the students. The number of rings indicated the years that B.M.C Durfee lived. It is believed this custom was inaugurated by the janitor, who was a friend of Mr. Durfee. In memoriam, generations of students were summoned to homeroom by these 10 chimes.

This important Fall River landmark will ring again at the new B.M.C. Durfee High School building (Durfee Three). As a result, the treasured legacy of an iconic Fall River family will be restored for future generations.

To be continued…