What’s Up – South of Boston

Register O’Donnell Guardedly Optimistic About Real Estate Market

Citing both strong growth in total dollar volume of real estate sales and continuing improvement in the mortgage market after reviewing 1st quarter 2015 real estate statistics, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell expressed “guarded optimism” that the Norfolk County real estate market will continue to show improvement. The Norfolk County Register noted, “During the…

The Memphis Rockabilly Band at Coffeehouse Off The Square

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The Rockabillies are a treat not to be missed. They were at the forefront of the American Roots Music scene in Europe, and now play regularly on the South Shore. They do original, standard and traditional songs drawn from rockabilly, surf instrumentals, blues, rock and roll, hillbilly, and rhythm and blues. With all these styles…

New Census Bureau Population Estimates Pinpoint Fastest-Growing Counties in MA

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today on where the heaviest population growth in Massachusetts was concentrated last year. The fastest-growing county in Massachusetts between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, was Nantucket, whose population rose 2.7% percent over the period. Nantucket was followed by Dukes (0.96 percent), Suffolk (0.94 percent), Middlesex (0.78 percent) and…

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation for the Regions – December 2014

Employer costs for employee compensation in private industry among the four regions of the country ranged from $28.81 per hour in the South to $38.14 in the Northeast during December 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In the other two regions, hourly employer costs for employee compensation stood at $28.85 in the…

Duxbury Garden Club celebrates spring March 21-22

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Duxbury Community Garden Club Designer Gerri Hanlon displays her colorful arrangement which she created for last year’s Blooms at the Complex. If by now you are searching for signs of Spring, don’t forget this year’s Blooms at the Complex! Spring will most definitely be in the air when this popular event takes place on Saturday…

Archishop Williams High School looking for Host Families

Imagine yourself surrounded by classmates who speak a foreign language in a country 7,000 miles away from where you call home. What would you do? Our students experience this every day. Notre Dame Academy (NDA) in Hingham and Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree are home to 29 Chinese students exploring an international education. Highly…

Rick, Andy and Judy at Hingham’s CoffeeHouse-Off-The-Square

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February 21 – Rick, Andy and Judy Rick Fetters, Andy Daigle and Judy Daigle combine their instruments and voices to bring us the best of the Peter, Paul and Mary Song Book plus some original and traditional songs. After treating us to their well harmonized trio performances, they may surprise us with some beautiful solos.…

Massachusetts’ Norfolk County Real Estate Activity Jan. 2015

Massachusetts: Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reported a mixed bag when it came to real estate activity in Norfolk County for the opening month of January 2015. “On one hand, the lending market had some very respectable numbers.” Register O’Donnell noted, “January 2015 saw a 19% increase in the number of mortgages…

Genealogists meet this Saturday – public welcome

The South Shore Genealogical Society February meeting will be Saturday, February 14th at the Hanover public library. Featured speaker Ric Murphy will speak about his family’s Massachusetts history and their connection to Cuffee Lane in Norwell. Murphy is an educator, businessman, philanthropist, political analyst and accomplished author of several historical publications. He was born in…