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October 30th, 2017
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Residential Properties Ltd. recently completed the sale of 34 Bridgham Farm Road in Rumford for $1.075 million, marking the highest priced single family sale in East Providence ever recorded in MLS. RPL’s Ashley Baccari, a member of the Providence office, represented both sides of the transaction.

Built in 2001, this custom designed Rumford home is flooded with natural light and overlooks the sparkling James V Turner Reservoir. This home includes an expansive kitchen and butler pantry, along with multiple suites. The master suite walks out to the back deck and features a private bath with sitting tub and glass door shower.

The listing and selling agent, Ashley Baccari, started in real estate in 2006 after getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts from RISD. Ashley has a GREEN Realtor designation and is a Historic Architecture Specialist and Military on the Move Specialist.

To learn more about Ashley and to view her listings please visit her agent page at ResidentialProperties.com.

 

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June 30th, 2015
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It’s no secret that Rhode Island is home to America’s oldest 4th of July celebration (held in Bristol), however, the Ocean State also hosts a variety of other activities throughout the week. For those of you still looking for something to do, check out our list of events celebrating America’s Independence in both Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. 

THURSDAY, JULY 2nd

N.K. Town Beach (North Kingstown) – Kick off your Independence Day celebrations early at North Kingstown’s Town Beach with a firework display beginning at 8:45pm. View the event website for parking information.

McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket) – Pawtucket’s own McCoy Stadium is hosting a patriotic firework display after the 6:15pm game against the Scranton WB Rail Riders. Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Pawsox website.

FRIDAY, JULY 3rd

McCoy Stadium (Pawtucket) – McCoy Stadium is hosting a second patriotic firework display after the Friday 6:15pm game against the Scranton WB Rail Riders. Purchase tickets ahead of time on the Pawsox website.

Hope Park (Scituate) – Scituate’s family friendly fireworks display at the Hope Jackson Fire Station features food and fun activities for the kids including balloon animals, temporary tattoos, a bounce house, and more! The food and fun starts at 5pm, and the fireworks start at 9pm.

Tucker Field (Cumberland)  Head to in Cumberland’s Tucker Field for food trucks, music, and fireworks starting at 5:30pm.

Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park (North Providence)  Food, fun, and music can be found at the Governor John A. Notte Jr. Park with entertainment by “Reminisce” and a food court from 6-9pm. Fireworks will begin around 9pm.

Drum and Bugle Corps Competition (Bristol) – America’s Most Patriotic Town is hosting the Drum and Bugle Corps Competition at the Mount Hope High School at 6pm. This event is held rain or shine!

Pierce Memorial Stadium (East Providence) – The celebrations start at 6pm with a concert featuring the bands Crushed Velvet and Kicking Hole followed by fireworks at 9pm. Food and beverage concessions are available at the event.

Oakland Beach Seawall (Warwick) – Warwick’s annual fireworks display will begin at approximately 9pm. Due to high traffic volume, visitors are recommended to seek alternative routes to the seawall area, or view the fireworks from City Park.

Town Beach Pavilion (Block Island) – Block Island’s firework show kicks off around 9pm and can be viewed from anywhere on the island.

Gloucester Memorial Park (Gloucester) – Part of Gloucester’s Ancients & Horribles celebration, a fireworks display begins at 9pm at Gloucester Memorial Park. There’s also a family carnival in the park from July 3rd-5th.

SATURDAY, JULY 4TH

Arnold Mills (Cumberland)  This year’s theme of the Arnold Mills July 4th Parade is “Sweet Land of Liberty” and kicks off with a road race at 9am followed by the parade at 11am and finishes with a concert at 1pm.

Hope Street (Bristol) – Bristol‘s famous Fourth of July Parade kicks off its 230th year at 10:30AM at the intersection of Chestnut Street and Hope Street. The event is popular and parking is minimal so plan ahead!

New Harbor (Block Island) – Enjoy your 4th on the island with the annual Fourth of July Parade. The event starts at 11am in New Harbor and ends in Old Harbor.

Main Street (Gloucester) The infamous Ancients & Horribles Parade begins at 4pm along Main Street and ends at Acote’s Field.

Narragansett Town Beach (Narragansett) – Spend your 4th at a beach party featuring sandcastle building with Sandtasia and music from Brass Force from 5-7pm. Fireworks will be displayed at dusk.

Old Mountain Field  (South Kingstown) – The largest town sponsored event at Old Mountain Field has food, games, and concerts starting at 5:30pm. Fireworks begin around 9pm.

World War II Memorial Park (Woonsocket) – Head down to the park for entertainment at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm.

India Point Park (Providence) – The BankRI Independence Day Celebration hosts the RI Philharmonic Pops performing at 7:30pm before the “state’s most spectacular fireworks display” at 9:15pm.

Newport Harbor (Newport) – Head to the City by the Sea for fireworks at 9:15pm. Additional information including best spots to view the display can be found on the event website.

Battleship Cove (Fall River, MA) – Watch the fireworks from the USS Massachusetts at Fall River’s Battleship Cove! Gates open at 7:30pm and fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

SUNDAY, JULY 5th

Bryant University Campus (Smithfield) – The Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks on the Bryant University campus opens at 6pm and the U.S. Navy Band performs at 8pm. Fireworks begin at 9pm.

East Perry Beach (Jamestown) – The Rocket ‘hogs put on their fireworks display at East Perry Beach around 9pm. More information including parking can be found on the event website.

August 26th, 2011
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Our Cumberland office recently underwent a service upgrade for internet. In the process of this effort, we’ve discovered that the house (that is our office) was formerly the home of Ray Mullin, owner of Ray Mullin Music. His popular store was founded in 1929 and originally headquartered in Pawtucket next to the LeRoy Theater. In fact, there was a tunnel between the theater and the music store, so when big acts performed, they could sneak out through this passage. Sandy Soares got her first guitar (a Les Paul) from Ray Mullins and Debby Smith used to babysit his grandchildren. Today, both the Pawtucket store and the LeRoy Theater are gone; the Company has relocated to Swansea.

This got us thinking. Time works differently in Rhode Island. Instead of living by that clock thing hanging on the wall, nostalgia seems to be the dominant rhythm of life here. While new construction may change the terrain, the Rhode Island conscious is embedded in the past. Just ask a true Rhode Islander for directions. Instead of street names, they will most likely be given by landmark. And usually this landmark will be outdated, like where the old I-195 used to be. With this trait in mind, we’ve created a list of some famous Rhode Island Used-To-Be’s that are important to our culture.

If you live in the Ocean State and are over the age of 20, there’s a really good chance you have some childhood memory of Rocky Point Amusement Park. This Warwick Park, established in 1847, grew quickly in popularity, and from the 1850’s through the 1980’s it was the most popular attraction in New England. Tom Flanagan remembers spending Saturdays there, full of laughter and cotton candy. The park closed in 1995 and was demolished in 2007. The town of Warwick is currently looking to make the land into a public park.

Much like Rocky Point, Crescent Park in East Providence (named for the crescent shape of the Riverside beach) was renowned in its time. Founded in 1886 by George Boyden, the venue was known as the “Coney Island of the East”, with hot air balloons and extravagant carousels providing the Park’s main attractions. Tom Flanagan also remembers the delicious candy apples he enjoyed here (there is a theme here with Tom about amusement venues). The park closed in 1979, and the surrounding area was developed. The only remnant of these sweet roots is the Crescent Park Carousel, which remains open to this day.

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Today, The Towers set the backdrop to the Narragansett social scene, but they once provided entrance to the Narragansett Pier Casino, another source of turn-of-the-century entertainment. The Casino was completed in 1886 and provided a refuge for the areas social elite, offering a variety of recreational opportunities, such as boating, tennis, billiards, bowling, cards, and shooting. The venue also had restaurants, stores, reading rooms, a theater, a bandstand, a ballroom, and a beautiful beach. While Residential Properties Ltd. has been around for a long time (this year is our 30th anniversery!), none of us were there to enjoy the pleasures of The Casino, since the building burned down in 1900. However, locals like Anita Langer cherish The Towers for uniting a community with their granite walls.

Our final used to be is much less romantic, but is a part of Rhode Island history none-the-less. In the 1980s, Providence was included in the Guinness Book of World Record for holding the distinction of World’s Widest Bridge. Known as the Crawford Street Bridge at 1,147 feet, the structure grew when several normal sized bridges were covered with decking and turned into a parking lot. Oh yeah, this monstrosity was located across the Providence River. Ed Hardy remembers thinking this bridge was gross in his youth. This monstrosity has since been dismantled; the river has been moved; Waterfire caldrons line the center of where the bridge was; and the whole transformation turned the area into an asthetically pleasing area. While this demolition was integral in developing our Capital Center, we just couldn’t let you erase this Used-To-Be from your memory. So, remember, you can get to the downtown area from the East Side by crossing over the river where the world’s widest bridge was.

Admittedly, we’ve left out numerous landmarks that could be used for directions, so you can expect another Used-To-Be compilation in the near future.