May 3rd, 2018
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3Comic book characters have become ingrained in our culture. The top grossing movies are regularly comic book movies, in fact just this past weekend Infinity War set the record for the largest domestic opening weekend for a film. Comic book characters adorn shirts, socks, and are even tattooed on our skin. Since Action Comics #1 was published in 1938 comic books and their fanbase have continued to grow into the behemoths they are. While in past decades comic books have been perceived as a small hobby for a select few in the population the recent surge has thrust them into the mainstream.

Every year on the first Saturday in May publishers and local shops put on Free Comic Book Day where you can grab select comics for free. Local shops put on promotions and special events like special sales and costume contests. This event is for people of all ages. 1The selection of free comics is available on the website and cover every genre and style. In addition to free comics, you can get yourself some free swag and many stores hire local cosplayers to take pictures with and create a festive environment. The free comics are usually entirely new properties or popular series that are starting a new storyline.

When you’re snagging your free comics feel free to join in the festivities and look around and make some purchases. This day is perfect for introducing yourself to your local comic book shop and reading up on the literature that is the basis for all of the DC and Marvel movies. Don’t limit yourself to just the movie storylines, while those are a great place to begin there are plenty of fantastic characters who are not in the blockbuster movies from both DC and Marvel. There are also different publishers like Dark Horse, Image, and First Second Publishing that have great quality. If you don’t want superheroes and are more interested in history, realism, or fantasy those are also available too. Help support local business and start or extend your collection this Saturday at one of these great locations:

NEWBURY COMICS

PROVIDENCE PLACE MALL
74 PROVIDENCE PLACE

PROVIDENCE, RI, 02903
(401) 383-0044

NEWBURY COMICS
1500 BALD HILL RD
WARWICK, RI, 02886

(401) 821-3170

THE TIME CAPSULE
1732 FALL RIVER AVE

SEEKONK, MA, 02771

(508) 336-4790


THE TIME CAPSULE
537 PONTIAC AVENUE

CRANSTON, RI, 02910

(401) 781-5017

RUBBER CHICKEN COMICS
15 NORTH MAIN STREET
A 4
BELLINGHAM, MA, 02019

(508) 966-2210

THE TOY VAULT INC.
WARWICK MALL
400 BALD HILL ROAD
WARWICK, RI, 02886
(401) 921-5466

…AND MANY MORE

For a complete list of the Free Comics that will be available and to check which stores are participating in Free Comic Book Day near you check out FreeComicBookDay.com

 

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Photos Courtesy of Tim Rice Photo and taken at Rubber Chicken Comics
December 28th, 2017
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POP CHAMPAGNE

 

2017 is coming to a close and many of us want to get rid of it in style. Cheer into the New Year surrounded by live music, food, and laughs by attending one of these fabulous events around Rhode Island.

 

NYE One Providence

This is the first ever Outdoor Ball Drop in Providence. The festivities include food and activities as well as a Fireworks Finale. The outdoor events, including the laser-light show, are all free while the indoor services require ticket purchases. Everything goes down at 1 Finance Way at Waterplace Park beginning at 7pm. The outdoor events are free, but VIP and indoor tickets are available for $75 and $150.

 

Dave and Buster’s

Dave and Buster’s has two separate events going on at the same location. A Family New Year’s goes from 5-8pm and includes a video ball drop while featuring multiple packages ranging from $30-$45. The Adult New Year’s event runs from 9pm-12:30am with packages ranging from $50-$75.

 

Providence G is hosting 3 events New Years Night:

ProvG Midnight Masquerade

Food, cocktails, and even a red carpet create a stunning atmosphere at ProvG. So put on your best mask and enjoy this New Year’s party starting at 8pm. Tickets are $85-$100. 21+

 

NYE Southern Style Dinner & Game Night in GPub

Partake in a BBQ buffet at GPub with a pig roast, chicken and waffles, and plenty more. Finish the night by enjoying yourself at a DJ after party. Tickets and group packages range from $30-$520. 21+

 

Star Light, Star Bright NYE Celebration

This party under the stars will be held at The Rooftop. DJ, food, and champagne are provided. The party starts at 8pm and goes until 2am. $75 per person. 21+

 

All Black NYE Ball at Fete

Experience R&B star Tank along with an All-Star DJ lineup. Doors open at 8pm, while the ball drop and after party start at Midnight. Tickets go from $45-$105.

Don Miguelo at The Strand

Enjoy Reggaeton sound with Dominican singer Don Miguelo at The Strand in Providence. Tickets are $40 and the show starts at 10 pm.

 

Lang’s Bowlarama

Enjoy bowling, live music, and a dinner buffet at Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston. Family packages and Lane Rentals are available with amenities included.

 

The Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza in Warwick will be holding a New Year’s Event with packages at $150 and $290. A cash bar will be present and packages can include overnight stays for two at the hotel.

 

NYE Bonfire at Ninigret Park

Ninigret Park in Charlestown is holding a bonfire from 4:30-7pm near the Criterion Bike Track. Free Admission for all.

 

Brick Alley Pub

Enjoy Brick Alley Pub’s Annual Wine Dinner with appetizers and multiple courses. Located right on Thames Street in Newport, the event will be held from 7pm-1am and is $89 per person.

 

Eli’s Kitchen

This is the only night Eli’s in Warren takes reservations and it’s well worth it, with the restaurant offering a four course menu that includes gluten-free and vegan options. The meal is $60 per person and several time slots are available for reservations.

 

Mardi Gras at Skiff Bar at Newport Marriott

The Skiff Bar is holding a New Year’s Masquerade at the Newport Marriott with a Cajun inspired menu. Tickets are $20 a person or $30 for couples, and that price includes a raffle ticket to win one of their great prizes. 21+

 

The Bit Players

Enjoy award-winning improv in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Three hour-long shows begin at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm. Each show is BYOB and will be performed at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. $20 per person per show.

 

Polar Bear Plunge

New Year’s Day. The run for the water will be at Noon, but festivities start at 9am on Easton Beach. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

 

Skyworks on Australia Day in Perth City

 

Of course, there is always relaxing at your home and watching TV with family and friends. Either way we hope you have a happy and safe New Year. Please comment and let us know if there are any events we missed or if you simply want to wish a Happy New Year.  Thank you.

December 4th, 2017
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Every year the Residential Properties Ltd. Relocation Department hosts an award show for the year-end company meeting. The event offers a perfect occasion for the agents to mingle, while also providing the company with the opportunity to honor and acknowledge their efforts and accomplishments throughout the year.

 

Here are the 2017 honorees:

 

Best New Relo Agent Award:

Jim Nispel, Cumberland

 

Best Rental Agent Award (Best at finding rentals for clients):

Ted Bourque, Cumberland

Mary O’Brien, Providence

Bibi Arditte, Barrington

Jan Lyle Malcolm, Barrington

Michael Taylor, East Greenwich

 

E Lead Excellence Award (Excel in providing service to leads that come in through our website for non-RPL listings):

Ted Bourque, Cumberland

Ramiro Encizo, Providence

Patrick Murray, Narragansett

Sandy Conway, East Greenwich

Claudia Maiorana, Barrington

 

Third Party Excellence Award (Agents who put client first despite extenuating circumstances):

Nancy Weaver, Barrington

Elizabeth Kirk, Barrington

Lisa Schryver, Barrington

Rebecca Mayer, Providence

Gerri Schiffman, Providence

 

Military on the Move Award (Agents who have helped relocate the most military members this year):

Mike Plante, Cumberland

Ali L’Heureux, Cumberland

Kerri Payne, Barrington

Mary O’Brien, Providence

Patrick Murray, Narragansett

Jan Lyle Malcolm, Barrington

 

Corporate Leads Award (Agents who have helped the Relocation Department acquire Corporate accounts):

Michael Taylor, East Greenwich, Astro Nova

Kerri Payne, Barrington, University Orthopedics

Jim DeRentis, Providence, RI Quality Control

 

Corporate Development Award (Recently assisted with a diversity project for Brown University and Lifespan):

David Cooper, East Greenwich

David Abbott, Providence

Ralph Curti, Providence  

Ramiro Encizo, Providence

 

To the Rescue Award (Agent that came through with last minute requests):

Michael Taylor, East Greenwich

 

Most Difficult Transaction Award:

Barbara Dacey, Providence

Kira Greene, Providence

 

The Best Find Award (Agents who transferred to Residential Properties this year):

Sara Heathcote, Cumberland, Century 21

Lauren Schaller, Barrington, Mott and Chace

Elizabeth Cooper, Barrington, Mott and Chace

 

The “Yes” Award (Reliable agents who do not say no):

Jan Lyle Malcolm, Barrington

Ted Bourque, Cumberland

Marisa Ferris, Narragansett

Sasha Mellor, East Greenwich

Barbara Rhine, Providence

 

BPO to List Award (Consistently acquired corporate listings over competition):

Barbara Dacey, Providence

Rob Williamson, Cumberland

Janice Geddes, Cumberland

Debbie Mann, East Greenwich

 

Guaranteed to Go Together Award (Consistently close deals):

Ryan Antrop, Cumberland

Michelle Snoeren, East Greenwich

Mary Ann Lisi, Narragansett

Ted Friedman, Barrington

Rockwell and Pierard Team, Providence

 

Above and Beyond Award (Agents who went the extra mile):

Jan Lyle Malcolm, Barrington

Sasha Mellor, East Greenwich

Michael Taylor, East Greenwich

Debby Smith, Cumberland

Rockwell and Pierard Team, Providence

 

Listing Excellence Award (Think outside the box to stage and creatively sell properties):

Denise D’Amico, East Greenwich

John Bessette, Cumberland

 

Relo Academy Graduates (Successfully completed the RELO Academy Program):

JANUARY: Bev Chittim, Barrington; Anna Clancy, Barrington; Ramiro Encizo, Providence; Beth Farrell, Narragansett; Ben Fontaine, Narragansett; Ted Friedman, Barrington; Betsy Friedman, Barrington; Gina Henao, East Greenwich; Claudia Maiorana, Barrington; Chris Murphy, Cumberland; Jim Nispel, Cumberland; Victor Pereira, Providence; Barbara Rhine, Providence; Kimberly Swanson, East Greenwich  

OCTOBER: Annalise Cohen, Providence; Bethany Johnsen, Providence; David Cooper, East Greenwich;  Derek Hitchener, East Greenwich; Elizabeth Cooper, Barrington; Lauren Schaller, Barrington; Lindsay Mitchell, Barrington; Lisa Duffy, Barrington; Maria Lambrou, Cumberland; Michele Caprio, East Greenwich; Paula Work, Narragansett; Sara Heathcote, Cumberland; Susan Flynn, East Greenwich

 

MarTech Award (Best utilization of RPL’s Marketing and Technology services):

BRONZE: Lisa Schryver, Barrington

SILVER: Kevin Fox, Providence

GOLD: Jim DeRentis, Providence

 

Best Leading RE Agent Award (Outstanding service in helping network member customers relocate to RI):

Debby Smith, Cumberland

Carolyn Drumm, East Greenwich

Rockwell and Pierard Team, Providence

Bev Chittim, Barrington

 

#1 Office Outgoing Referrals Award (Office that sent out the most outgoing referrals):

East Greenwich Office

 

Most Outgoing Referrals Sent Award:

Gerri Schiffman, Providence

 

Team Excellence Award (Real Estate teams that showcase excellence in teamwork):

Friedman Real Estate Group, Barrington

Antrop and Williamson Team, Cumberland

Rockwell and Pierard Team, Providence

DeMascole, Rossi, and Mann Associates, East Greenwich

 

Best Relocation Manager Award (Manager that exemplified RELO Excellence):

Michele Caprio, East Greenwich

 

Corporate Service Award (Do not lose customers by representing the RPL brand in an excellent manner):

Pat Murphy, Cumberland

Ryan Antrop, Cumberland

Laurie Fletcher, Barrington

 

Service Excellence Award (Outstanding personal service):

Debbie Mann, East Greenwich

Ryan Antrop, Cumberland

Chris Ardente, Barrington

Paula Morrison, Providence

Kira Greene, Providence

 

Woman of the Year Award:

Barbara Dacey, Providence

 

Man of the Year Award:

Ted Bourque, Cumberland

 

The Diamond Award (Demonstrated the Highest Degree of Service):

Kerri Payne, Barrington

 

Residential Properties also honors agents who have provided over 15 years of service to the company. Here are the agents who were recognized for their outstanding dedication, loyalty, and commitment to Residential Properties Ltd.:

RPL Longevity Award:

15 YEARS: Fredda Korber, Barrington; Sherry Snow, Barrington

20 YEARS: Celia Almonte, Providence;  Anna Clancy, Barrington; Sandy Conca, Providence; Elizabeth Messier, Relocation Department; Wanda Vanier, Barrington

25 YEARS: Ralph Curti, Providence; Barbara Stamp, Barrington

30 YEARS: Ellen Kasle, Providence

 

At this year’s award show our President, CEO, and Co-Founder Sally Lapides was honored with a special presentation and leadership award for all she has done and continues to do on a daily basis.  

Thank you to all of our agents who put forth such fantastic effort to help make Residential Properties Ltd. the most successfully brokerage in the state.