Saturday, October 25, 2008

Avtech Signs P&S for Culter Mills Located in Warren, RI

AVTECH Software, Inc. is a multi-million dollar computer technology company currently located in Newport, RI. Founder and CEO Michael Sigourney is in the preliminary stage of relocating his company to Warren, RI in the Culter Millers . The Purchase and Sales Agreement has been signed and if the sale goes through they should be here sometime in March. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Sigourney and his wife. They have some pretty exciting plans and would be a great asset to the town of Warren.

AVTECH currently employs 25 people and expects to hire an additional 10. Avtech is a family-oriented business which employs professionals who give back to their community. Mr. Sigourney started this business with a small budget and has grown into one of the largest worldwide manufacturers of environmental computer and network monitoring equipment.

Fab Goldberg owner of Basically British Tea Roomis located at the Culter Mills. My understanding is Fab had a lot to do with Mr. Sigourney's decision to look into this property for the future home of Avtech.

Fab has many accomplishments herself. She grew her Tea Room into a thriving business and is also a noted designer. Fab will contribute greatly to the design of the mill space. Way to go Fab!

I have known Fab for some time now and can remember when her space in the mill was just bare bones. You can expect great things from her and I can't wait to see the final results of this project.
The successful purchase of the Culter Mill and relocation of AVTECH Software, Inc. would be hugh benefit to the Town of Warren , RI.
Warren Town Hall
Form of government: Council-Manager with five-member and appointed town manager.

Established in: 1620
Incorporated in: 1747


Area: 5.8 sq. mi. (37th)
Population: 11,360 (27th)
Population density: 1,958.6/ sq.mi (12th)
Median age: 39.8
Median household income: $41,285 (31st)
Tax rate: $15.62 per $1,000 (13th) (Residential)
$26.00 per $1,000 (20th) (Vehicles)

Bristol Warren Regional School District

Hugh Cole School
Grades: Pre-School - 3
Asylum Road
Warren, RI 02885

Kickemuit Middle School
Grades: 6 - 8
Child Street
Warren, RI 02885

Our Lady of Fatima High School
Grades: 7 - 12
360 Market St
Warren, RI 02885

Mt Hope High School
Grades: 9 - 12
199 Chestnut Street
Bristol, RI 02809

Current Listings (RI MLS - Single Family Homes)

6 - $149,900-$250,000
23 - $250,00-$350,000
6 - $350,000-$450,000
4 - $450,000-$550,000
4 - $550,000-$750,000
6 - $750,000+

(RI MLS - Multi Family 2-4 units)

8 - $199,900-$330,000
1 - $450,000
1 - $619,000

Friday, October 17, 2008

East Providence - Two 3 Bedroom Units Available


East Providence, RI

2nd Floor Rented

1st Floor Available


1st Floor Handicap Accessible
Fully Equipment Kitchen
3 Bedrooms w/generous closet space
1 Bathroom
Private Laundry & Storage Room
Spacious Floor Plans
Ample Parking
Garage Available
Conveniently Located to Shopping& Schools

Offered by: DeMelo Construction
Available: Now
Contact: Lisa Glowacki (401) 369-1766

East Providence Videos : (6 nice informational videos about East Providence)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Me and Brie - My Favorite Cheese - Not What Your Thinking

I made it through a closing (hurray), joined two great groups on ActiveRain "Club Chaos" and Fraiche-Aire" so I thought I would spend a day with my favorite little cheese Brie. Brianna that is she is my grand baby and best friend.

Please meet Brianna:

We started our day at Frerichs Farm for the great pumpkin weigh off. Sorry I don't have any photos of the great big pumpkins I was a little busy chasing this little one around. It was fun. The people at the farm offered lots for everyone to do. They gave free pumpkins, offered mazes, a western town, pumpkin painting, hay to climb on, and the pumpkin weigh in which I don't know the results because Brianna had to many other things to explore.

Brianna in the Corn Maze - She's quick. She turned her head before the photo was clicked. I tried to get a picture of her holding her pumpkin by the time I focused the camera she threw her pumpkin - oh well.

Brianna digging for worms in the Western Town. I thought this was very clever. They had two troughs one filled with Buck Wheat Husks and pipe cleaners (the worms) and the other "Panning for Gold" was filled with sand and corn kernels.

Here is Brianna's painted pumpkin. Not bad for 21 months - okay she had little help with the face. The absolute best part of the day were the hugs and kisses I received on the way back to the car.

Pa-pop had to work so he couldn't join us at the farm. But never fear he wasn't missing out on this day. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day. Pa-pop heard they just stocked his favorite fishing hole so off for some fishing to end the day.

I love this child she gives me the drive to work so hard everyday. So that was our simply day filled with joy and hugh rewards.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Excuse Me I am Pissed Off! Advanta Sucks! Consumer Beware!

Here we go just another way that the good consumer is getting screwed. I am so pissed off that this post just may end up being a constant rant.
I have been doing business with Advanta Credit Card for years now and many other credit cards. I always pay on time, always pay double or triple my minimum due. On some great advise given by someone very close to me I will not comment on my credit or credit limit.
So here is the story. After years of a good relationship I missed one payment. I can't even say I missed a payment. The date due was 9/7/08 and I really thought it was 9/15/08. Mind you this was the same week as Brimfield a huge outdoor antique show that runs for a week. I came home and notice the bill was due on the 7th I paid it on the 10th. I immediately notified them through e-mail of my error and requested that the late charge be remove. Two days later I received an e-mail that they had honor my request. Yeah they honored that request and increased my interest rate to over 25%. I immediately communicated again through e-mail that this was a totally unacceptable rate. Now tonight I received an e-mail from Advanta informing me that I was a credit risk! Can you believe this crap. Let me tell you I was not not very happy. I told them I have always been a good, no great customer and I feel that I am being robbed and punished.
I know of other people who have this credit card and they are over limit, notoriously late, paying hugh interest rates and late fees. I am there when the credit card company calls and tells them that if they pay the minimum due they would reduce their interest rate. Not by 1%, 5% but sometimes by at least 10% or 12%.
I am sick and tired of the BS. I am sick and tired for paying for everybody else defaulting on their obligations. Needless to say I canceled my account and will be paying off my balance. To think I have referred this company to many people. Now I know they entice you with low rates promising you great service and customer relations just waiting for one human error.
Does this sound familiar (big bail out). Let me know. I strongly request that if anyone is using this credit card - don't be late because no matter how great of a customer your are you are going to get F**K**. Please excuse my language but I am so pissed it isn't even funny. Yea know what cancel your account and tell them Lisa sent you.
Thanks for the rant. The next post will be more upbeat. Promise.
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CALL TO ACTION - Attention all Real Estate Professional & Consumers. Simple statements can result in Big Ideas

This morning I was reading a post by Michael Klijanowicz titled "HALLOWEEN IS GOING TO SUCK THIS YEAR". It was a cartoon about children trick or treating in a neighborhood of foreclosed homes. There was a comment made by Renee Burrows on how she was going to use this opportunity to place flyers at these properties which got me thinking. Sometimes the simple statements result in Big Ideas.

The post by Michael made me realize how we get so wrapped up in all this mess that we sometimes forget about the children. In my comment I suggested that maybe as real estate professionals who have listing where the property is empty wouldn't it be cool if someone was on the porch handing out candy to children.

My Call to Action: Do you as real estate professionals think that we could get together and accomplish something like this is a short amount of time?

Would you be willing to participate?

Do you have friends, relatives, or such that would be willing to participate?

How about a Halloween party sponsored by real estate professional in your area?

I am fairly new to real estate and unfortunately don't know many of you but I think this is a great contribution to our communities. Maybe our children won't be so afraid unless it is in the usual manor attributed to Halloween. The fun scary stuff.

We could demonstrate what we always claim as professionals - that we care, that we can accomplish anything in a timely fashion, that real estate is so much more than just selling houses.
How would you accomplish this? Send e-mails to location real estate agents. Post an ad on your Local Board's Blog, Post an ad in your local paper. Contact your SOI. Any ideas? Or do you think this is just a stupid idea?

Please let me know what you think. Oh and by the way "Time is of the Essence". LOL

Whatever the outcome.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Tired of the Bail Out, Economy, Political Debates, Bad News. Need to Get Away & Outside

I think I have been watching to much News, Political Debates, and reading in general just to much negative information. I need to clear my head and refocus. When this happens to me I find positive things to do outside or around town.

Recently I was reading the forum on Rhode Island. People were asking what it was like living in Rhode Island and much to my surprise it was very negative. If I were considering living in Rhode Island and read some of the responses I don't think I would move here. You may want to look up what people are saying about your area.

So let's see exactly what is going on in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Due to the economic times I have chosen events that are free. Yes Free!
October 4, 2008 - Information obtained from the Lifestyle section of

Aquidneck Growers' Market
Features local products from 15 member growers and producers including fresh produce, cut flowers, berries, herbs, eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods (including a dog bakery), pasta and cheese.
Where: On the ground of Newport Vineyard and Winery, 909 East Main Rd., Rte 138, Middletown, RI
When: 9:00am-1:00pm Saturdays through Oct 25, rain or shine

Astronomy Day Celebration
UMass Dartmouth Observatory and the Astronomical Society of Southern New England hosts a celebration of Astronomy Day. Visitors will view many nebulae in the Sagittarius Constellation through the observatory's 16-inch telescope and other large telescopes. Also on the program is Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. Each object will be explained and questions answered.
WHERE: UMass Dartmouth Observatory, field next to the main entrance, Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, MA
WHEN: 7 p.m.
COST: Free, donations to the Observatory Development Fund appreciated

Autumn Fair
Features handmade gifts and crafts, baked treats, fudge and candy, white elephant table, country store, a variety of food at the Autumn Fair Cafe, a concert by Hillside Galileans Gospel Group and more.
WHERE: First Congregational Church, the Olde White Church, Rt. 6 and Maple Ave., Swansea, MA
WHEN: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fall Gardening Festival
Features a variety of speakers and exhibitors to share their knowledge and tools of the trade through workshops, hands-on activities, garden talks and demonstrations. Learn how to divide perennials, prune shrubs, propagate tender perennials, harvest and dry herbs and put the garden to bed for the winter. Bring a picnic lunch, drinks provided.
WHERE: Tranquil Lake Nursery, 45 River St., Rehoboth, MA
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
COST: Free

Meet Lemon the Duck
Meet Lemon, the star of the children's picture book, "Lemon the Duck," and author Laura Backman. Based on the true story of Lemon, a teacher and her class conduct an egg-hatching project and welcome four little ducklings into the world.
WHERE: A Novel Idea Booksellers, 450 Hope St., Bristol, RI
WHEN: Noon-2 p.m.
COST: Free

Montanaro's Open Studio
Montanaro's Open Studio will feature works by Michael and Elizabeth Montanaro for viewing or purchase, music, beverages and entertainment.
WHERE: Montanaro's Studio, Portsmouth, RI
WHEN: 1-5 p.m.
MORE INFO: 741-8101

Westport's Farmers' Market and Craft Fair
Features local produce, crafts and more.
WHERE: Westport Grange, 937 Main Rd., Westport
WHEN: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 11

Are you a Nature Lover? The Audubon Society of Rhode Island provides a list of wildlife refuges in Rhode Island you can visit complete with descriptions, trail maps, and lists of permitted/not permitted uses of the trails.

There is also Fort Barton Highland Rd Tiverton, RI
Revolutionary War redoubt. It was the troop staging area for the invasion of Aquidneck Island and Newport and the eventual Battle of Rhode Island. Observation tower and 3 miles of nature walks.

Saving (in my opinion) the best for last. This place gets my gold star.
Okay so the star isn't gold but you get my point.

The Frerichs Farm and Greenhouses
43 Kinnicutt Ave - Warren, RI 02885

Free: Western Town, Corn Maze, Toddler Flower Maze, Tee pee
Small Fee: Pumpkin Coach Ride, Scarecrow Factory

When you do things right you just simply shine. I suggest you visit their web site. I am sure you will agree. Think I'll bring my grand baby there this weekend.

So before you believe all the negative you read about Rhode Island come see for yourself. Every place you live has it's share of negative. It is your choice to focus on the negative or the positive. This is a overview of One Day/One Month! Look at the effort people put into their communities. Besides the wonderful ocean and beaches we have farmers, artists, authors, and much more. Aside from the classroom we provide fun ways to educate our children. This is what Rhode Island is to me.

So for one day or one weekend walk away from your computers. Turn off your TVs. Put down your game controllers. Get outside and enjoy your town. I would love to see what other communities around the country have to offer. I'll be looking.