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Prepare your home for subzero temps and strong winds this weekend!snow shovel - rhode island homes for sale

Forecast is for single digit temps and a wind chill of -30!

Every year frozen pipes cause extensive water damage in RI - often in homes that are vacant for the winter.  The good news is this damage is preventable.  Here are some things to do prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • SET HEAT TO AT LEAST 55 DEGREES
  • IF YOU'RE NOT THERE, HAVE SOMEONE CHECK FOR HEAT AND COLD SPOTS EVERY DAY
  • OPEN CABINET DOORS UNDER SINKS TO HELP WARM AIR CIRCULATE
  • MAKE SURE THE WATER TO OUTDOOR FAUCETS IS SHUT OFF
  • KNOW WHERE YOUR WATER MAIN IS IN CASE YOU NEED TO SHUT IT OFF
  • USE ALL YOUR PLUMBING FIXTURES AT LEAST ONCE DURING THE DAY
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FIRST BIG STORM IN RI, January 23, 2016

Enjoy this fun video of a snow-day in the life of a Jamestown, RI kid.  Budding cinematographer and Jamestown resident Christian Kirby produced! Cameo appearances by Evan Kirby and Teddy the dog. Note their pretty little house too!  #prettiesthouseinjamestown.

Winter Storm 2016 - Jonas from Christian Kirby on Vimeo.

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THE WHOLE WORLD IS GRANTING DORIAN'S WISH

Dorian is famous in Newport- rhode island homes for sale

Dorain Murray is a 7 year old boy from Westerly, RI. He has a rare form of cancer, and he's going to Heaven, but before he goes, he wants to be famous - all over the world.

LET'S HELP HIM.

SPREAD THE WORD.

#DStrong #cancersucks #prayingfordorian #bravestboy #dancingmachine #biglove

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Newport Harbor, RI: Lights on the Water

Boat Parade by Sea

Years ago, I was invited aboard a friend's boat participating in Newport's Annual Illuminated Boat Parade. It was cold that night…VERY cold. Bundled up in our warmest gear we headed out, excited for the adventure, thermoses of hot beverages in hand. Boat Parade - Newport Real EstateWe climbed aboard and started decorating stringing lights from bow to stern; with holiday music emanating from the speakers, we were ready for our first floating parade! The boat we were on happened to be the last in line which gave us a good view of the boats ahead and the spectators lining up along the harbor. 

And then…just before we were about to motor forward, the lights on our boat began to dim and the music began to fade.

The battery

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Author: Michele Mullowney. Michele and husband, Jim live on Historic Hill in an 18th Century Colonial.

WE WON! A NEWPORT RI CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

doorway contest 2

To our shock and amazement, not only did we win the Newport RI Doorway Contest, but we won Grand Prize!  I am so grateful for my talented tenant, John LaPointe, he deserves all the recognition. A few years ago John made it his mission to help us decorate the doorway each year.

DOORMASTER, JOHN LAPOINTE'S DECORATING PROCESS

As each season approaches, John begins to gather great varieties of greens and colorful branches with berries, all with his latest design in mind. Piles of evergreens and colorful berry branches quietly build in our back yard. And then the magic happens. Tirelessly and with

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a post from guest blogger, ALYSON NOVICK

The Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center's holiday programs offer help and hope to hundreds of people in Newport County. They are our neighbors, friends, kids, teens, moms, dads - the folks who live and work all around us. The need is acute all year round but during the holidays it's especially great. Read on to see how you can help!

Did you know that 1 in 5 Rhode Islanders is food insecure?  Some need a little help, some need a lot, and that help is available at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

HOLIDAY HELP

In addition to opening the Food Pantry 5 times a week, the MLK distributes holiday meal baskets for the hungry. The baskets provide staples for the holiday meal along with enough

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EACH HANDMADE WREATH AN ORIGINAL!

For 45 years, "Christmas in Newport" activities have brightened the holidays here on Aquidneck Island. Nearly every day from December 1 through the New Year's Day, diverse activities showcase the wonder, joy and goodwill of the holiday season in Newport, RI.

Each year my friend Jennifer and I look forward to the Lucy’s Hearth Designer Wreath Sale, which happens this Saturday, December 5th from 9 am to Noon at the Rotunda at Newport's Easton’s Beach.  There's always a crowd, so it's a good idea to arrive early.  I guarantee you will see some friends, and it's a great way to kick off the season!

CREATING THE WREATHS

This year, Jennifer and I got together on Monday evening and made a variety of wreaths, using

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A Newport Author's Famous Story 

For as long as my husband and I have been reading the famed “The Night Before Christmas” story to our children, we have adopted the tradition of driving through the beautiful Kay/Catherine area of Newport each year to show them the house in which the actual story was written. There is even a plaque of Santa Claus himself right on the front of the big, old, white Victorian home so that must mean it was written here right??

Before my children grow up to call their childhood memory of this seasonal tradition a big ole farce, I thought to do a little research on the author, Clement C. Moore.  Did he really write the story and did he do so while residing at 25 Catherine Street? And to satisfy my literary curiosity

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IF YOU WANT TO SING OUT, SING OUT!

One of the great things about living in Rhode Island are the cultural events this time of year. The Jamestown Community Chorus has been performing since 1949 and they will be presenting their holiday concert featuring Christmas Carols from Old England and New England.

The 55 member choir will perform at 7:30 pm on the 12th and the following afternoon at 3pm. The public is  invited to come and enjoy the music. For those who are wondering the chorus in a non profit, secular chorus made up of over 450 singers over time of its founding until now. 

 Concert tickets are always available in advance at Baker’s Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware and the Secret Garden. Also available at the door or by calling for

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It's been a banner year...

...at our real estate office. So many good things have happened for us and Thanksgiving is a time not just to reflect on those blessings, but to find ways to give back to those who may not have had such a wonderful year.

 

There are many non profit organizations in need of help this time of year, but we thought that it would be good just to list a few in case you have a few extra hours to serve or maybe a few extra bucks to give.

The Martin Luther King Community Center has a number of needs for volunteers to help with Thanksgiving meal baskets for 255 families (up from 220 families in 2014!). Did you know that 1 in 5 Rhode Islanders is food insecure? That's 1 in 5 of the kids in your classroom, 1 in 5 of the health

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