February 16th, 2018
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Olympic fever has struck. Speed Skaters Shani Davis and Maame Biney, Figure Skaters Nathan Chen and the Shibutanis, and the US Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams may have given you a hankering to get on the ice and learn a sport, how to skate for the first time, or it has inspired you to bring your significant other on an ice skating date. Here are the top rinks from around Rhode Island. All of these rinks have public ice times and many offer leagues, classes, or a chance to simply watch some local sports. Click their names for links to see their times, scheduling, and what each rink brings to the table.

 

 

Alex and Ani Skating Rink 

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903

Alex and Ani Center

Photo Courtesy of TheProvidenceRink.com

Possibly the most well-known skating rink in Rhode Island is the Alex and Ani Skating Rink in Downtown Providence. This rink tries to bring the feel of Rockefeller Center with a Rhode Island twist. The Alex and Ani Center hosts tree lightings and plenty of events under the Providence Skyline and recently added ice bumper cars.

 

Cranston Veterans Memorial Rink 

900 Phenix Ave, Cranston, RI 02921

This indoor rink is located in Cranston at the end of 37 West and hosts skating lessons along with youth and Men’s hockey leagues. It also has plenty of open skates along with the Friday Night Rock N’ Skate and a snack bar. A pro shop run by Bennett Sports resides inside Veteran Memorial Rink and offers hockey equipment and supplies.

 

Newport Skating Center 

4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

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Photo Courtesy of NewportSkatingCenter.com

Outside by the water in the heart of charming Downtown Newport is this outdoor skating rink. After the yearly grand opening and tree lighting, the skating center offers a bevy of daily and nightly events. Enjoy the holidays in Newport and breathe in the air off the bay.

 

June Rockwell Levy Rink 

425 East Ave, Burrillville, RI 02830

Located at Burrillville High School this rink is open on Sundays from 11 until 11:50 for open skating. Aside from that, you can catch Men’s League and High School hockey games here. This rink is run by the school department and is perfect for a family activity.

 

Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink 

101 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI 02917

The Smithfield Rink is on Pleasant View Avenue right by the Middle School and Senior High School. The rink offers public times for both skating and hockey and even provides Goalies. This is a wonderful setting for group events and lessons.

 

Bradford R Boss Ice Arena 

1 Keaney Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

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Boss Ice Arena is the rink at the University of Rhode Island. Come catch Men and Women’s Ice Hockey games at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels. Boss Ice Arena is available for birthday parties, office parties, and other private gatherings.

 

Dennis M Lynch Arena 

25 Andrew D Ferland Way, Pawtucket, RI 02904

The Dennis M Lynch Arena in Pawtucket is open year round and offers public skating time, hosts leagues, and provides refreshments at their snack bar. You can even host a hockey tournament there. It is right off Exchange Street and conveniently located close to I-95.

 

Thayer Arena 

975 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 02889

The Thayer Arena offers year-round skating opportunities with free skating all weekend and skating lessons. Warwick Figure Skaters and Warwick Junior Hockey both hold events here. Thayer Arena also offers school day rentals and is located at the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex right on Sandy Lane in Warwick.

 

 

Washington Trust Community Skating Center 

61 Main St, Westerly, RI 02891

Westerly Rink

Photo Courtesy of WesterlyLandTrust.org

The Washington Trust Community Skating Center is open for Y members and the public and offers plenty of activities including curling and sled hockey. Hockey and skating lessons, as well as skate sharpening, are also available. The facilities are located in Westerly right by the Connecticut line, just 10 minutes from the ocean.

 


 

Have a safe time out there and if you think the weather is not right to go out and you want to stay in check out our Top Board Games and Escape Room blog posts to find some great indoor activities. If you know any other good spots to skate like a local pond let us know in the comments. Let us know of any other good activities you know of from around Rhode Island or anything you would like to see here on this blog.

 

 

 

February 15th, 2018
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PBN List Top Five

For the third consecutive year, Residential Properties Ltd. has been ranked as the #1 real estate company in Rhode Island for both number of residences sold and overall sales volume in the recently released Providence Business News List of Residential Real Estate Agencies.

During 2017, RPL led the state with a 1,852 transaction sides, while also finishing the year with a company record $794,854,526 in total sales volume – over $300,000,000 more than the next closest competitor.

“What a thrill it is to be the #1 real estate agency in the state for a third year in a row,” exclaimed RPL President & CEO Sally Lapides upon learning the news. “Thank you to all of our loyal clients, as well as our extraordinary agents, staff, and management who make this possible.”

Founded in 1981, Residential Properties Ltd. appropriately brands itself as “Rhode Island’s Real Estate Company” and has grown to become the state’s largest and most successful independent real estate brokerage, with roughly 180 agents and five office locations.

Over the years, RPL has differentiated itself through its high tech, high touch approach, combining the technology and global reach of an international corporation with the personal touch and local expertise of an independent brokerage. RPL’s website (ResidentialProperties.com) has been ranked as one of the Top 25 real estate sites in the entire country by Real Trends, while the company also recently took home the First Place Award for Video Marketing when competing against brokerages from nearly 70 countries around the globe at the annual Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information, please visit their website at ResidentialProperties.com.

February 14th, 2018
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I Love RI Contest Image For Blog
 
Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day from Residential Properties Ltd. We would like to personally thank all of the participants in our I <3 Rhode Island Contest, including those who liked and shared our post. It was our pleasure reading all of your fantastic comments explaining why this state is such a unique and wonderful place to live. Thank you to PVDonuts and Persimmon Restaurant who were so enthusiastic and supportive of this contest and provided the prizes. Please visit their great establishments on the East Side of Providence.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hill Lafond, our Runner-up who received a box of Valentine’s Day donuts from PVDonuts, and a big congrats to Amanda Robbio, who won the grand prize of a $100 gift certificate to Persimmon Restaurant along with her donuts.

We hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day and enjoys this great state we live. We here at RPL love this state and are proud to be a part of your community.