December 23rd, 2014
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Residential Properties Ltd. knows how important it is to give back to the community this holiday season. Each of our five offices are involved in a variety of charitable events to help out their local communities.

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The Barrington office has raised hundreds of dollars for TAP-IN (Touch A Person In Need)—an organization run out of the lower level of the Barrington Public Library that helps local families in need. The organization serves residents of Barrington, Bristol, Warren and East Providence and collects food and clothing year round. Occasionally, they even offer transportation to medical appointments. To learn more about the organization, visit tapinri.com.

Also from the Barrington office Cindi James organizes the Fall River Christmas Stroll meant to bring the community together for a fun time. The event’s admission was one canned good for Saturday Kitchen in Fall River and participants were able to donate unwrapped gifts to Mission Hope.

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Our Cumberland branch has donated their time and funds to Adopt-A-Family, Inc. of Woonsocket and have already adopted three families. Sandy Soares of the branch is also the Executive Director of the organization. Adopt-A-Family helps low income parents find generous donors to “adopt” their child’s wish list for the holidays. The donors buy the child 3-4 clothing items, 2-3 toys and fill a stocking with gifts. For more information on Adopt-A-Family visit woonsocketadoptafamily.org and be sure to check out our community video on the organization!

Also from the Cumberland branch, Ryan Antrop—the 2015 Board President of the Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS—chose to donate the $500 raised at a REALTOR Holiday Event to the Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln runs valuable after-school and athletic programs that benefit area residents.

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The Narragansett office has long been a supporter of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale—an organization out of South Kingstown whose mission is to eliminate hunger in its community. Jonnycake aims to provide assistance for those in need of food, clothing and household items. For more information on the Jonnycake Center visit jonnycakecenter.org.

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The Providence office has participated in The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program for years. The Salvation Army pairs up a family in need with a sponsor who adopts the family for the holiday season. Through the program, the sponsor can help a family that is suffering from a severe physical, economic or emotional crisis.  Sponsors are given a wish list for the family and then purchases food, toys, clothes, household items or grocery store certificates. To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program, visit ctri.salvationarmy.org.

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This year, the East Greenwich office is donating gifts and food baskets to the Swift Community Center for senior citizens in the town. The Community Center runs many programs for community seniors such as the Holiday Meal Program, choral groups and transportation.

 

To learn more about donating to a Rhode Island charitable organization this holiday season, check out the tips from the state’s Department of Business Regulation and the Office of the Attorney General.

December 1st, 2014
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Take a break from all that hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and check out some of the many family-friendly activities around Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Below is our list of the best local holiday activities occurring throughout the month of December.

A Christmas classic

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A Christmas Carol is an annual tradition at Trinity Repertory in Providence that has been a holiday favorite for 38 consecutive years. Each year, Trinity Rep performs Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of forgiveness and compassion throughout the months of November and December. To purchase tickets for this family-friendly performance, visit Trinity Rep’s website.

 

Bristol’s Christmas Festival

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RIWXPhoto / wunderground.com

“America’s Most Patriotic Town” can also throw a fantastic holiday celebration. This year, the 27th Annual Bristol Christmas Festival is chock full of activities from Breakfast with Santa and concerts to the main event: the Grand Illumination. Check out their schedule of events on their website.

 

Wild holiday displays at Coventry home

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Kris Craig / The Providence Journal

Each year, The Crazy Christmas House and the Conway Christmas Lights Extravaganza in Coventry put on an incredible lights display that raises money for selected charities. This year, they are teaming up to put on a display with over 100,000 dancing lights and 65 homemade cutout characters. All proceeds raised from the display will go to The Tomorrow Fund and there will be three nights of collecting donations to benefit the Coventry Food Bank. The display begins Thanksgiving night at 7pm and goes until Christmas night. The display is located at 265 Maple Valley Road in Coventry and the hours can be seen on their website.

 

Narragansett’s Festival of Lights 

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John McNamara / Redbubble.com

Narragansett’s annual Festival of Lights Celebration is popular in South County and for good reason: this all-day celebration features attractions for all ages from trolley rides and meeting Santa to a tree lighting and firework display. Guests can grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a horse drawn wagon ride or catch a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” in the library. For a complete schedule of events visit their website. 

 

Take a trip to the North Pole

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Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book (the author happens to be visiting Woonsocket this month!) this magical train ride on the Providence and Worcester line travels 45 minutes to the “North Pole” in Millbury and back. Guests of all ages can participate in sing-a-longs and sip hot chocolate and eat cookies. Tickets can be purchased on the Polar Express website.

 

Newport’s month-long celebration

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Julie Bidwell / Yankee Magazine

Christmas in Newport has been an annual tradition since 1971. The celebration goes throughout the month of December with a variety of activities each day including walking tours, concerts, shops and contests. A full list of events is available on the 44th annual Christmas in Newport website.

 

La Salette’s Holiday Lights Display

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BenSpark / Flickr Creative Commons License

One of the most well known holiday attractions in Southern New England is the Holiday Lights Display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, MA. The yearly lights display features 300,000 lights over 10 acres. The event is free to the public (with donations appreciated) and runs until January 4th from 5-9pm daily. For more information on their holiday festivities–including tips on beating the traffic—visit their website.

June 20th, 2012
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The South County 12 Meter Regatta is finally here. On Thursday, June 21, former America’s Cup winners and contenders will race off Narragansett Pier in an event celebrating RI’s storied yacht-racing past. This is the first ever 12 meter yacht race to take place in Narragansett, so we are especially excited. This day-long festival (12-8 PM) is free, and is the perfect kick-off to the international racing that begins on June 26, when Newport hosts Rhode Island’s first America’s Cup event since 1983.

Summer 2010 Photos ContestSix classic and traditional yachts will compete: American Eagle, Weatherly, Columbia, Intrepid, Nerfertiti, and Northern Light. These boats have some pretty interesting history.

Although the American Eagle never won the big race, she did win the first World Ocean Racing Championship in 1969 when—fun fact—she was owned and commanded by businessman Ted Turner, the founder of CNN.

Weatherly won the America’s Cup in 1962, and is the only boat in history to win without being newly built for the competition. According to the event website, she was a favorite of President and Mrs. Kennedy, who closely followed that year’s Twelve Meter racing season from their summer home at Hammersmith Farm in Newport.

Columbia was the winner of the first 12 Meter America’s Cup in 1958, and Intrepid won twice: 1967 and 1970. Nefertiti was designed by Yachtsman and Naval Architect Ted Hood, who won the America’s Cup in 1974 while skippering the yacht Courageous, and Northern Light was the trial horse for three of the America’s Cup defenses.

A historical collection of photographs, memorabilia and artifacts will be displayed during the event, and a reception will be held at the Towers, where local food vendors and music will be posted outside. The regatta may be viewed from Ocean Road, the Narragansett seawall, Veterans and Gazebo Park, and the Narragansett Town Beach.