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The Rhode Island National Guard Air Show

by Elaine Infantolino 24. June 2011 06:17

US NAVY BLUE ANGELS

Established in 1991, the annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show is a wonderful community event offering amazing aerial displays. This year celebrates The Centennial of Naval Aviation featuring the US Navy Blue Angels.

From the beginning, the show has been led by its mission to put on a world class show featuring the best aircraft and pilots and operate the show totally for the benefit of the community. In a 96 hour period, a fully operating civilian/military airport is transformed into the air show venue. Everyone involved shares a commitment to the children of Hasbro and all the local charities that benefit from the effort. To date, contributions to local charities exceed $1,400,000. The Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the largest benefactor and has received over $1,200,000.  (http://www.riairshow.org/index.html)

The show takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, from Quonset Base.  You can set up camp there, but many spots around the area will enjoy the sights and sounds as well. Jamestown is a great location to catch the action! The morning show begins at 10:00 and will include demonstrations by:

The Black Daggers
Sean D. Tucker
The Red Bull Air Force
Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
John Klatt
The RI Air National Guard C-130J Demo
F-16 Viper East
Mike Goulian
The RI Army National Guard Blackhawk Demo

The Show will not have any breaks. In the afternoon you will see performances by:

Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
The Grumman TBM Avenger
The Black Daggers
The Red Bull Air Force
Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter
Geico Skytypers
The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
John Klatt
The Horsemen
Mike Goulian
F-16 Viper East
USAF Heritage Flight
Sean D. Tucker
Combined Arms Demonstration
USN Blue Angels

*The performances may not happen in the order listed here.


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10 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill This Summer

by Elaine Infantolino 16. June 2011 09:42




















 

With the increase in temperatures outside, it is likely that you will experience an increase in your electric bill. Take these simple steps to help decrease your energy consumption.

 

1.     Keep It Clean.  Air filters need to be cleaned out regularly. At a minimum, change them every 3 months. Dirt and dust that collect can obstruct air flow, thus reducing efficiency.

 

2.     Seal It Up.  Ducts that move air to and from a central air conditioner are big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Also check windows and doors for air leaks. To test if you have airflow, be sure the window or door is closed tightly and hold a lit candle near the seams. If the flame bends, there’s a good chance you have a draft. Use caulk and weather stripping to plug up drafts.

 

3.     Close The Blinds.  Rooms get hotter, especially south and west facing, when there are no blinds to block sunlight.

 

4.     Program The Thermostat.  When you’re not home, there is no need to blast the A/C. By installing a programmable thermostat, you can set temperatures higher during the day. Through proper use, you can save about $180 a year on energy costs.

 

5.     Use Fans Or Set Fan To Auto.  Simply a nice breeze can make the room feel cooler. If you have central air, running the fan continuously on the system uses a lot of energy and actually reduces the effectiveness.

 

6.     Change Light Bulbs.  Replace incandescent bulbs for compact fluourescents (CFLs) as they use less energy and generate less heat.

 

7.     Grill More!  Hotter space = More work for your cooling system. Limit the use of heat generating appliances (oven, dryer, dishwasher) in home during the day, when temperatures are highest. 

 

8.     Unplug.  Gadgets suck energy when plugged into a power source. Plug devices into a power strip that can be turned off when not in use.  Set your computer to ‘hibernate’ or ‘sleep’ when not in use. 

 

9.     Shop For Efficiency.  Use Energy Star guidelines to determine the best choice when making a purchase on an appliance.  Also, you may benefit from incentives offered for purchasing an energy efficient unit. Check government and utility deals at the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

 

10. Get A Tune Up.  A yearly tune up of your cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. 

 

 

National Grid has lots more information on this topic, including their 3% Less Initiative, which encourages customers to reduce energy consumption 3% every year for the next 10 years.




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Hot Off the Press!

by Virginia Prichett 15. June 2011 08:39




Our newsletter is out!  Let us know if there are any topics that you would like to see covered in future issues.  If you would like to receive a full copy, please send an email to homes@islandrealtyri.com.

 

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The J's Are Back! J Class Newport Regatta 2011

by Carol Hopkins 9. June 2011 10:43

Velsheda (1933)

There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.

The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.

J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup.  According to jclassyachts.com, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."


The race schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM

Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM 

Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM

Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM

Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM


So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.


-Carol Hopkins


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 *Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley

Rhode Island Housing - A Great Resource

by Elaine Infantolino 2. June 2011 08:52



Homebuyers
There are so many things to consider when purchasing a home and the list can be daunting if you are new to the process.  This is one of the most significant investments in your life and you want to approach it armed with as much knowledge as possible.  This is where Rhode Island Housing can help you.  This is an organization created to make it easier for people to make Rhode Island their home.  They provide low-interest loans, grants, education, advocacy and consumer counseling so you don't have to go it alone.

Homeowners
For those who already own a home, there is a wealth of information to help people maintain or improve their homes.  They are also a resource for those who may need help keeping their home.

Coming Up
If you are thinking of buying your first home, you can learn everything you need to know at a free Homebuyer Education class.  They run from 6:30-9:30PM and are offered at locations around the state.  The Rhode Island Housing newsletter published the following dates for the classes:

June 8 Smithfield
June 13 Providence
June 21 Warwick
June 27 Middletown

Contact Tammy Fisher at 401.457.1245 or tfisher@rhodeislandhousing.org to register. 


Visit their website at www.rhodeislandhousing.org.


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The Return of Dockwise

by Virginia Prichett 1. June 2011 10:11



Each year in the late spring, the huge orange ship shows up in Newport Harbor to begin its delivery of yachts transported here to Narragansett Bay to spend summer in arguably the best sailing/cruising area in the United States. 

I checked out their website a little while ago. There are 4 ships, including one super sized ship, that travel to about 18 destinations worldwide to pick up and deliver. Destinations include the cruising grounds many of us are familiar with, including St. Thomas and the Bahamas. But in fact, New Zealand, Tahiti, Turkey, France and Italy are among the other interesting ports where Dockwise makes regular stops.

I took this excerpt from their website, but there is lots of interesting information, so I’d suggest you check it out. Meanwhile, if you’re out in the bay, it’s fascinating to watch the unloading of the yachts. And in the fall, the ship reloads and takes its cargo to winter cruising grounds.

www.yacht-transport.com/homepage.html

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) is the world's leading yacht logistics company offering hassle-free yacht & boat transport to the most desirable cruising grounds of the world.
DYT serves its customers with a global network of 10 offices and representatives. With its own fleet of semi-submersible yacht carriers, DYT provides top quality service and reliable scheduling throughout the year.


-Ginny Prichett

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Go For a Ride in Jamestown!

by Vicki deAngeli 26. May 2011 08:10

While cycling around the island recently, an off-island friend asked if Jamestown has been mentioned as one of the top ten beautiful places to bike.  I am not aware of such a list, but if there is one, Jamestown would definitely be on it!  Those of us who are fortunate enough to call Jamestown “home” are acutely aware of our beautiful surroundings, and being an avid cyclist, I have always believed that there is no better way to see a place than by two wheels.  To tour Conanicut Island on your bike makes for some wonderful times.


A bike tour of the island will include a bit of everything: rolling hills, spectacular water views, sightings of magnificent sailboats, Block Island, lighthouses, Fort Getty, Fort Wetherill, and picturesque tree-lined streets.  Of course no outing would be complete without stopping in town for an ice cream cone or dish of gelato.  After all, you earned it!  For those of us who have spent the winter on our trainers, riding outside is something we anxiously look forward to.  I find that riding regularly - at last 5 days each week, provides a great balance to my busy work days at Island Realty.

There is a Jamestown Bike Path Design Committee, which is working to create a bike path on the Island that will enable cyclists to get from the north end to the in-town area via a bike path along North Road.  The Jamestown Press reported that there may be possible funding for this project from RIDOT. Read about it here.

An annual Jamestown cycling event is the Jamestown Classic, a US Cycling Association race held on Columbus Day.  For 35 years, the Jamestown Rotary Club has sponsored this event and it has brought cyclists fromall over the country.  With the help of many volunteers, this event is truly something worth watching, or better yet, hop on your bike and compete! 


Now that the warm weather is here, get out your favorite bike and see Jamestown in a whole new way.

-Vicki deAngeli

 

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Sheep Shearing Day at Watson Farm of Jamestown

by Elaine Infantolino 9. May 2011 08:57

As a newcomer to living in Jamestown, I thought I would take the opportunity to highlight a place that may be of interest to new residents or visitors.  Or maybe even spark the interest of longtime residents who may have seen signs for this spot, but never stopped by to explore.  The place I’m talking about is Watson Farm on North Main Road.  This past weekend, on May 6, the farm held its annual Sheep Shearing Day.  And what a fantastic activity for the family!  It was wonderful to have such an experience right here, minutes from home.  We didn’t have to venture over either one of the bridges for a day of learning and hands on experience  (Do I sound like a true Rhode Islander yet?)


Founded in 1796, Watson Farm is a 265-acre property and is a working family farm.  The original farmhouse is still standing and is used by the Minto family as their home.  The animals on the farm are grass fed during the year and a rotational grazing method is employed.  Raising the animals on grass, as opposed to grain, reduces labor and costs.


The Sheep Shearing Day is an opportunity for visitors to see the animals up close and personal.  And when I say up close, I mean my 3-year old daughter was able to hold baby chicks and ducks in her hands and pet newborn lambs.  She was able to see the sheep losing their ‘coats’ and understood that no, it did not hurt them.  Then she made her very own small sheep out of a pipe cleaner and pink wool, spun from a previous harvest. We saw a Red Devon cow, lots of cats, a rooster and the border collies that are used to herd the sheep.  We hiked up the hill to see bright green fields and a herd of sprightly sheep bounding up and over one another.  She got to see that in fact, there are black sheep, like in the song she’s been singing over and over. The expansive views of Narragansett Bay are like a painting.
 

And to top it all off, there was the best tree swing ever!  This was quite possibly the favorite activity for many of the kids.  The swing was made of a big piece of wood and tied to a huge tree by good, strong rope.  So simple, yet so entertaining.  We watched the ‘big’ kids go swooping up high, where you know they could feel that little twinge in their bellies.  My daughter mustered up her courage and didn’t try to stop me as I loaded her up a little more, a little more….Then I let go and swooooooshhhhhh!  I could hear her giggling and the people standing in line saying, ‘Look at that face!’  She was loving it!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  Or we busy ourselves with activities that cost a lot of money, or make you interact with machines, or keep you cooped up indoors.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes these are great, and necessary.  But I have to say, this was such a nice escape.  Things my daughter has read about or discussed in school became a reality.  And I felt like this activity really gave us the chance to connect on a more personal level.

All that from a little farm on Jamestown.   

For more information, go here.

 

-Elaine Infantolino

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How's the Jamestown Market?

by Carol Hopkins 5. May 2011 08:26



As a full time real estate broker and part owner of Island Realty in Jamestown, RI, I am very active and visible in my community.  I usually begin my day with a visit to Jamestown Fitness.  With just a cup of coffee under my belt at 7 AM, I crawl over to the treadmill.  I estimate that the day will begin and end with the same questions: “Hi Carol, how’s the real estate market?  Good?  Bad?  Slow?  Crazy?  How are prices?  What’s the village home on the market for? What did that waterfront home sell for? Here’s the good news.  People recognize me without any make-up on with a red pony tail sticking straight up in the air…and they think of real estate when they see me!  And the day goes on with visits to McQuades, East Ferry Deli, Bakers, Slice of Heaven, Bill Del Nero, the Trat….the list goes on.

My answers are based on what I do, every day.  I sell and list real estate primarily in my hometown of Jamestown. The market is all of the above! How’s that for a clear answer?  I can usually answer the value questions as well!  Aren’t I something?

So here’s the real scoop…There is healthy inventory on this small island, with houses for sale in the mid $200,000 range all the way up to 9 million.  As of today, almost 100 properties total!

Prices are down from the “good old days” of 2006 and 2007.  Houses are selling but the competition is stiff and buyers are very knowledgeable of what the market looks like right now. My advice is that if you are a Seller or are thinking of selling, get ready to negotiate. Your home should be staged and in tip top shape. The biggest mistake a Seller can make right now is to “test the market”.  You will not pass the test!  An overpriced property will sit and not sell.  A perfectly priced property will sell quickly, especially if there is no deferred maintenance.  Keep in mind, statistically buyers are looking on the internet for approximately six months before even getting in the car to look at real estate.  They have access to what is listed, what has sold, and what has been on the market “forever”!!

My advice to Buyers is to see a banker or mortgage broker prior to viewing homes and making offers. Having that piece of paper puts you in a much better position to negotiate on your behalf.  It is a “Buyers Market” at the present time. When and if you are involved in a multiple offer situation (and they are happening on perfectly priced homes), keep your offer as “clean” as possible with few contingencies.  You are likely to have an offer accepted if you can forego a mortgage contingency or inspections, but ONLY if you are in the right position to do so.  Don’t take chances you can’t afford.  Also, for those of you that have been waiting to finally afford something here, the time is right.  If you are a first time homebuyer, there are many programs available such as FHA and R.I. Housing.  For the first time in a long time, these programs can help you afford a home in Jamestown!

I close with many thanks for being able to work and live in such a great town and always welcome questions and chatter about real estate. I invite you to stop in our office and meet our wonderful team.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Hopkins



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Spotlight on Jamestown's Fort Getty

by Company 27. April 2011 06:06

Fort Getty is a town park located west of Mackerel Cove Beach.  The southern part of Narragansett Bay is split in half by 8 mile long Conanicut Island (aka Jamestown), forming East and West Passages.  Fort Getty overlooks West Passage and offers campsites for both tent and RV campers.  The park also offers a boat ramp, fishing area, camper services and showers.

Historically, Fort Getty was used as a U.S. Military Fort.  In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British Navy arrived in Newport and shortly after invaded Jamestown. They attacked Fort Getty and Fort Wetherill.  During World Wars I and II, it was used for observation and protection of the entrance to Narragansett Bay.  For more information, call (401) 423-7264.


A Personal Perspective – from owner Ginny Prichett


Last week, I saw Jeff McDonough's photo in the Jamestown Press of the cement blocks being laid for the new boat ramp at Ft. Getty.  It brought back memories for me of our 22' catamaran that we used to launch at Ft. Getty every year. So I took my camera and went for a ride on a lovely Monday to see what action I could see on the construction of the new ramp. A couple of photos are attached to this blog, but that's not why I'm writing.  I'm writing because Ft. Getty is one of Jamestown's gems. This gorgeous peninsula juts into Narragansett Bay with a 360 degree view from RI Sound, to the Dutch Island lighthouse, to West Ferry. Protected from northeastern breezes, with easy access to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this area is just gorgeous. The only other people out there when I visited on April 25 were the 2 men working on the new boat ramp, and I believe it was about quitting time. So the next time you are looking to take a walk in a very special place, this is my recommendation.






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