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EDUCATION

Mount Saint Charles Academy Starts the New School Year with $1.3 Million in Renovations and Announces the Addition of Grade Six in 2015 - Sep 30, 2014 09:40AM

Mt. Saint Charles Academy has been providing high quality faith-based education to students from all over the region--all over the world, in fact-- for 91 years, and is now adding 6th grade. Read More 

FOOD

Sandys owner Nancy Pinheiro

Sandy's Chill Spot Offers Ice Cream & More - Mar 31, 2016 05:17PM

Sandy’s Chill Spot in Bellingham is much more than an ice cream parlor, including delicious farm-fresh, mostly organic, hand-scooped ice cream and soft-serve ice cream and a full grill menu. Read More » 

INSURANCE

Insurance and the COVID-19 Virus

Insurance and the COVID-19 Virus

Never in our lifetime have changes in our personal and community lives been so readily apparent as they have been since the onset of this coronavirus pandemic. From our insurance agency... Read More » 

 

Ostrander Insurance A Spring Midterm Insurance Quiz

Ostrander Insurance: A Spring Midterm Insurance Quiz

Test your knowledge of gap insurance, tree damage, unleashed dogs and glass claims by taking Ostrander Insurance's spring mid-term quiz . Read More » 


The new

Hands-Free Law Includes Surcharge Potential, Says Ostrander Insurance

It was a long time coming, but MA state law now forbids holding or operating a cellphone while driving a vehicle or a bicycle on public roadways, according to Ostrander Insurance. Read More »


Who should I list on my auto policy

Who should I list on my auto policy?

Ostrander Insurance is frequently asked who should be listed on an auto policy. In MA, it is required that all licensed household members or occasional operators be listed on the policy. Read More » 

Vacancy Voids Your Homeowner Coverage

Vacancy Voids Your Homeowner Coverage

It’s rare for Ostrander Insurance in Bellingham, MA to go more than a few weeks without having to explain some potentially dangerous pitfalls in the fine print of most homeowner policies. Read More » 


Ostrander Insurance Offers Help for Battling Surcharge Decisions

Ostrander Insurance Offers Help for Battling Surcharge Decisions

One of the most valuable things we offer our clients is information they can use when filing claims. Informing our clients about the surcharge system can have a significant financial impact. Read More » 

 

Insurance Corner The 7-Day Plate Transfer Rule

Insurance Corner: The 7-Day Plate Transfer Rule

Everyone seems to know something about the 7-day plate transfer rule allowed by the RMV and local police. Unfortunately, few seem to know the full legal criteria associated with it. Read More » 

 

Seals Sharks and Tornadoes Oh My

Seals, Sharks, and Tornadoes, Oh My!

Here is some much-needed information about insurance and tornadoes. Read More » 

 

Ostrander Insurance Shares Tips for a Quicker RMV Visit

Ostrander Insurance Shares Tips for a Quicker RMV Visit

The RMV can conjure up images of long lines of stress or happiness for a newly licensed driver. Read tips for improving your trip to the Registry, shared by Ostrander Insurance Read More » 

 

Ostrander Insurance Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Ostrander Insurance Celebrates 40 Years in Business

In spite of the never-ending cycle of change though, the essence of most things remains the same at Ostrander Insurance. Read More » 

 

Four Insurance Coverages You Should Consider - Sep 27 2018 0700AM

Four Insurance Coverages You Should Consider - Sep 27, 2018 07:00AM

The insurance experts at Ostrander Insurance recommend four coverages that you should consider adding to your home/auto insurance policy: Read More » 


Teenage Driving Risk and Behavior  - Aug 31 2018 0444PM

Teenage Driving: Risk and Behavior - Aug 31, 2018 04:44PM

Teenage drivers are eight times more likely to be involved in a crash or near crash during the first three months after getting their driver’s license. Read More » 

 

Real Claim Stories from Our Files - Mar 02 2018 0134PM

Real Claim Stories from Our Files - Mar 02, 2018 01:34PM

As a local, independent insurance agency in Bellingham, we write all kinds of policies for all kinds of people. When claims occur, our clients call us to explain what happened and ask... Read More » 

 

Reasonable Care Is Critical  in Homeowner Claims - Jan 29 2018 0600AM

Reasonable Care Is Critical in Homeowner Claims - Jan 29, 2018 06:00AM

Did you know that you have an obligation to use “Reasonable Care” in protecting your home and property? Reasonable Care language in your homeowner policy can trigger a denial of coverage... Read More » 

 

Did this guy cause you problems during the holidays

Santa Caused So Many Claims! - Jan 02, 2018 11:59AM

Santa Claus came to town and caused a mess for our customers. Clients called because of reindeer hoof-print damage and roof damage caused by the big man’s sleigh--and even missing cookies! Read More » 

 

Try Your Hand at Our Insurance Quiz - Jan 16 2018 0144PM

Try Your Hand at Our Insurance Quiz - Jan 16, 2018 01:44PM

Test your knowledge in the following insurance-related situations... Read More » 

 

Why Your Kids Should Have Their Own Auto Policy - Sep 05 2017 0329PM

Why Your Kids Should Have Their Own Auto Policy - Sep 05, 2017 03:29PM

Do you realize that, if your child has a serious accident while driving your car, the victim's lawyer will sue not only your child but you as well, as the owner of the car...? Read More » 

Should I Buy the Rental-Car Insurance - Sep 05 2017 0347PM

Should I Buy the Rental-Car Insurance? - Sep 05, 2017 03:47PM

Your bags are packed, your flight's on time, your trip is right on schedule. You've seemingly planned every...detail. But should you purchase the optional auto insurance on your rental car? Read More » 

 

The Insurance Deductible Dilemma - Sep 05 2017 0406PM

The Insurance Deductible Dilemma - Sep 05, 2017 04:06PM

A deductible represents the dollar amount that you must pay before your insurance company pays its portion of your claim. It make sense to carry a low deductible, right? But I say no. Read More » 

 

Five Insurance Considerations When Your Child Goes Off to College - Sep 08 2017 1103AM

Five Insurance Considerations When Your Child Goes Off to College - Sep 08, 2017 11:03AM

There are many things to consider when prepping a child to go off to college, but one thing you may not have considered is how/if it effects your auto insurance. Dick Ostrander offers tips. Read More » 

 

Hint Its not the dogs fault

Why Some Homeowner Insurance Losses Aren’t As Bad As Others - Sep 08, 2017 11:16AM

Today I had to give bad news to a very nice local couple who hoped we could save them money on their homeowner’s insurance policy, but they've filed 3 claims in 4 years... Read More » 

Umbrella Liability Coverage Has Limitations - Sep 08 2017 1125AM

Umbrella Liability Coverage Has Limitations - Sep 08, 2017 11:25AM

One of our clients recently inquired about umbrella liability coverage, wanting to know if buying one would benefit her husband and herself as it relates to coverage on their home. Read More » 

 

If a Tree Crashes in the Backyard - Sep 08 2017 1149AM

If a Tree Crashes in the Backyard… - Sep 08, 2017 11:49AM

During a recent wind storm, the top of ur neighbor's towering white pine tree fell over the fence into our yard. As an insurance agent I knew that as soon as it landed on our property... Read More » 

Avoiding the Dreaded Surcharge - Sep 05 2017 0423PM

Avoiding the Dreaded Surcharge - Sep 05, 2017 04:23PM

Recently one of my almost-adule sons was driving to Cape Cod with a friend when he called to say that he had just gotten a speeding ticket, his first ever. Read More » 

How My 4-Year-Old Son Helped Give Me A Surcharge - Jan 16 2018 0135PM

How My 4-Year-Old Son Helped Give Me A Surcharge - Jan 16, 2018 01:35PM

Have you seen the funny commercials and TV shows where toddlers and dogs left alone inside a car manage to shift the car’s transmission into neutral and then roll away? It happened to me... Read More » 

 
Why Do Auto Insurance Rates Keep Going Up - Jan 16 2018 0129PM

Why Do Auto Insurance Rates Keep Going Up? - Jan 16, 2018 01:29PM

Rising rates are being caused by rising medical costs coupled with more accidents. The improving economy of the past several years is helping to create a scenario in which more accidents... Read More » 


WEIGHT LOSS

Weight Loss Is a Method to Raise Your Energy Level - Dec 01, 2014 06:00AM

New England Weight Loss is helping people in the Metrowest area shed unwanted pounds. Learn how they're doing it! Read More »

Suggy says, “Eat Smart. Not Less!” - Feb 02, 2015 12:22PM

This revolutionary approach to weight loss focuses on identifying what foods a body needs to lose weight. The results N.E. Fat Loss have achieved are quite impressive. Read More » 

NewEnglandFatLosscom Student  Becomes Teacher - Feb 26 2015 0900PM

NewEnglandFatLoss.com Student Becomes Teacher - Feb 26, 2015 09:00PM

Read how Local real estate agent Debbi Mosher shed 35 pounds and 48 inches thanks to NewEnglandFatLoss.com's program. Read More » 

N.E. Fat Loss Patient Reverses Diabetic Symptoms with Weight Loss - Apr 01, 2015 04:01PM

Professional chef reverses his diabetes symptoms and loses 60 pounds under the guidance of New England Fat Loss clinic director Dr. Johns and Weight Loss Specialist Dr. Dembrowski Read More » 

 
Cruising to a Successful  Weight Loss - May 29 2015 0600AM

Cruising to a Successful Weight Loss - May 29, 2015 06:00AM

New England Fat Loss client clocks many miles to achieve his goal; drops 35 lbs. in just a little over 3 weeks. Read More »



WELLNESS

The Opioid Crisis What are the Alternatives for Pain Relief - Aug 29 2017 0323PM

The Opioid Crisis: What are the Alternatives for Pain Relief? - Aug 29, 2017 03:23PM

Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that the crisis mostly stems from “overprescribing," noting that, though America has only 5% of the world’s population, it accounts for 80% of the world’s opioid usage. Read More » 


REAL ESTATE

Close Encounters of the Real Estate Kind

Close Encounters of the Real Estate Kind

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting state of emergency, our brick-and-mortar shops may be closed, but real estate sales are still happening. Read More » 

Why Are These Buyers Asking Me to Pay Their Closing Costs

Why Are These Buyers Asking Me to Pay Their Closing Costs?

It’s great to be a seller in today’s tight market. What comes as a surprise to many sellers is that quite a few buyers will ask a seller to pay for their closing costs. Read More » 

If Its Just That You Find the Carpet Dated Why Dont You Make an Offer

If It’s Just That You Find the Carpet Dated, Why Don’t You Make an Offer?

In this extreme seller’s market, homes are generally flying off the market. But those that linger are generally priced incorrectly and/or in a buyer’s mind “need work.” Here's what to do. Read More » 

Dear Mr  Mrs Seller We LOVE Your Home

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Seller: We LOVE Your Home!

When you find the home of your dreams and you know that others are vying for it as well, it might be a good idea to put some emotion into your offer in the form of a “love letter” Read More » 

Thanksgiving apple pie Pilgrims

Yes, the Pilgrims Had an Influence on Home Ownership

Thanksgiving. Have you ever thought of how the ground that the Pilgrims called home, farmed, and planted was divided up, and how that has influenced our way of home-ownership today? Read More » 


How Goldilocks Finds Her Just-Right Home

How Goldilocks Finds Her Just-Right Home

If you are like Goldilocks searching for for that “just right” home in or around Bellingham, how do you find it? Read More » 


Those eligible for VA loans should at least look into taking advantage of this benefit

Using Your Veterans Benefit to Buy a Home

Probably one of the most talked about GI benefits is the VA Home Loan. You’ve probably heard of it, but have you ever thought of it using it? Learn what it is & how can it help you here. Read More » 


Being Single in the Real Estate Arena

Being Single in the Real Estate Arena

Buying a home on your own is a much different for a single person than it is for a couple. Carol-Ann Palmieri of ReMax Executive Realty discusses ways to help manage the “singles” stress. Read More » 

 

Tips for Eliminating Home Inspection Anxiety

Tips for Eliminating Home Inspection Anxiety

It doesn’t matter if you are the seller, buyer (or real estate agent), the days leading up to a home inspection will naturally cause angst for all involved. Read More » 

 

Real Estate Open House or Private Showing--Whats Best for You

Real Estate: Open House or Private Showing­--What’s Best for You?

Looking for a new home? Should you attend an Open House or should you set up a personal tour? Let a real estate professional explain the pros and cons! Read More » 


Poirier Reports on Local Home Sales - Feb 02 2015 0148PM

Poirier Reports on Local Home Sales - Feb 02, 2015 01:48PM

Compare July-Dec'13 to July-Dec'14 for single-family home sales in Bellingham, MA Read More » 

 
Poirier can be reached at 508-254-8093 or LPoirierCBZhomescom

The Poirier Report: Feb. Home Sales - Apr 01, 2015 03:53PM

Local Realtor Lori Poirier, a long-time resident of Bellingham affiliated with Coldwell Banker, submits a monthly report on single-family residence sales in Bellingham. Read More » 

Poirier Reports on Local Home Sales - May 01 2015 0615AM

Poirier Reports on Local Home Sales - May 01, 2015 06:15AM

Local real estate professional Lori Poirier reports a comparison of March 2014 and March 2015 single-family residence sales. Read More » 

 

The Poirier Report - April Home Sales - May 29 2015 0600AM

The Poirier Report - April Home Sales - May 29, 2015 06:00AM

Take a look at how this April's home sales compares to home sales in April 20145. Read More » 

 

Poirier Reports on Local Home Sales - Feb 02 2015 0148PM

Poirier Reports on Local Home Sales - Feb 02, 2015 01:48PM

Compare July-Dec'13 to July-Dec'14 for single-family home sales in Bellingham, MA Read More »






 

 

 

 

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