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A seasonal Realty Check

January 4, 2011

There are many harbingers to the coming holidays. Beyond the lighted trees and tidal wave of craft fairs, there is the annual re-appearance of red and green M&Ms, half gallons of suspiciously thick eggnog, the ubiquitous boxes of clementines guests bring to our homes and, of interest to me today, the disappearance of real estate signs.

What was hot, what was not; who got rehabbed, who got caught

January 1, 2011

Let us lift up our glass, filled with holiday cheer,
To the winners, the losers, the events of the year.
What was hot, what was not; the skinny, the dope, the goods,
From Bieber to GaGa to a lascivious Tiger named Woods.
From Lindsey Lohan to ‘MadMen’ to ‘Jersey Shore,’
From ‘Iron Chef’ to Republican Revival to the divorced Al Gore,
From the late Elizabeth Edwards, whose husband still smirks,
To angry Mel Gibson, with his rants, raves, cocktails and quirks,
From ‘The View’ to ‘No Clue’ to ‘Who Knew?’ and How Are You?

College Planning Center of Rhode Island plans on extending its hours

December 31, 2010

WARWICK-- The College Planning Center of Rhode Island (CPCRI) will extend operating hours beginning Jan. 4, 2011 to accommodate the rush of students and parents scurrying to get their Free Application for Federal Student Aid - more commonly referred to as the FAFSA - and other financial aid forms submitted prior to college deadlines.

Care packages for soldiers

December 29, 2010

The students at Washington Oak Elementary School have teamed up with members of the Sons of Italy to show their support to troops serving overseas this holiday season.
The students in Jessica O’Connell’s second grade class at the school worked on creating holiday cards for soldiers serving overseas as a classroom project. O’Connell instructed the children on card making strategies and discussed with them possibilities for inscriptions.
Under their teacher’s guidance, the students each made a card to send to the soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.

Stop strangers from buying homes the current owners can afford

December 27, 2010

“Why should a stranger be able to buy a home at a price the current homeowner can afford?”
So many times I am sitting at a closing table of a homeowner losing their home to short sale or foreclosure and their home is being sold at market value or even less. They see a stranger sitting across from them buying their home at a price they can afford if only they were offered the chance. All because they could not receive a loan modification or some program to help them stay in their home.
On behalf of many Americans who have lost the dream of homeownership, we need a plan to keep the homeowner in their home.

Vega Peppers picks and packs pecks of pickled peppers

December 26, 2010

Packed pallets of pound after pound of prosciutto and provolone provide the proper pepper package for poppers and perfectly pickled peppers.
Wrap your tongue around that! And by that, I mean, the delicious popular appetizer, NOT the twister.
Welcome to Vega Peppers, a family run operation, where live hands stuff more than a quarter of a ton of cherry peppers daily – between 11,000 to 13,000 per day – to satiate the pepper-popping population.
You may have purchased them at a food service deli or in liquor stores. If you are a Rhode Islander, chances are you have even tried to can them yourself.

Coventry native publishes book of photographs

December 24, 2010

Most humans are sighted. Stephanie Izzo sees.
Izzo, 28, a Coventry native who now lives in New York, has captured the essence of our littlest state in her self-published book, “Ocean Sites and City Lights: A Collection of Photographs.”
It is visionary, scenic, historic; 120 pages of beaches, lighthouses, skylines, architecture, urban vignettes. You will see our state as only she can, in a way you hadn’t before.

Some last minute shopping ideas

December 22, 2010

Our favorite time of the year has finally come; parties, holiday shopping, eating more than anyone should… the festivities are here and we can barely keep up. This poses one of our biggest struggles: holiday shopping. Buying gifts for seniors has become increasingly difficult as they often already own what they want. However this year, a national survey from HISC has come to give us a hand.

Kent Literacy Volunteers turning the pages on 30 years; still going

December 21, 2010

Kent County. – Read this: The program is very successful.
There is the Bolivian émigré who has progressed from being a student to being a tutor for the past two years.
There is the Japanese student who has returned to Japan to help English-speaking visitors to her region. The Chinese émigré from Singapore who teaches Chinese in a local college and an elementary cultural program in a local school.

Karate kid Shannon mixes Christian music, and Mojo with Dojo for a winning combo

December 17, 2010

WARWICK, R.I. – Susie Shannon is a remarkable combo of Mojo and Dojo.
Shannon, just 9, a 4th grader at Hoxie Elementary School in Warwick, will test for her brown belt in karate next month; but on Tuesday, she released her debut album of Contemporary Christian music called, “I Live For You.”
“I couldn’t do this without my parents helping me to do my best and my friends from ShoDan Karate, especially Renshi Jay, teaching me to have the confidence to go for my dreams,” said Susie.

 

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