Travis, Kevin and James talk with Emilio DiSpirito, Realtor and Leader of The DiSpirito Team - Rhode Island's only team of real estate professionals founded on a strong emphasis on customer care and providing world-class service and experience for our clients. Emilio stops by to talk with the guys about how partnering with a reputable auctioneering company has helped him continue to provide yet another valuable service to his clients.
The guys also talk with Emilio about: A potential market recession for 2020 How you can LOSE money investing in Real Estate How to best prepare home to get ready to sell Travis shares some passionate thoughts about Artist Thomas Kinkade Please be sure to check out Emilio’s podcast, The Round Table!
RI STATE HOUSE – The House this week passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Kislak to honor the lives of the 50 people who died last week in mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and to express support to Rhode Island’s Muslim community.
“Here in Rhode Island, which was founded as a haven for religious freedom, we must be clear that people of every faith are absolutely welcome here. As leaders, we must ensure that Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry will never be tolerated in Rhode Island, and that we hold up our rich diversity as something to be celebrated,” said Representative Kislak (D-Dist. 4, Providence).
The House resolution (2019-H 5882), which passed Wednesday, list the names of all 50 of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch attacks, and expresses the House of Representatives’ sympathy. It also extends support to the Muslim community of Rhode Island, saying “Rhode Island stands together against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and hatred around the world, and looks to build community and strength with each other throughout Rhode Island and across the globe.”
Copies of the resolution will be sent to Amjad Kinjawi, President of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, and Mufti Ikam al Haqq, the Imam of Masjid al Islam.
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New Jersey's rock/pop-noir artist Shayfer James released a new EP titled Hope And A Hand Grenade today. A dramatic and diverse mix of captivating tunes, he seamlessly weaves between soft-spoken ballads and uptempo social anthems. Combining dark, poetic lyrics and swaggering melodies, James enamors audiences in an emotional and moving performance.
Hope And A Hand Grenade comes as Shayfer James' seventh studio release, showcasing his ongoing growth as a singer-songwriter. His music provides a unique blend of catchy unconventionality; bright pop melodies are interwoven with gothic-tinged lyrics and emotive vocals, all delivered with a splash of whiskey humor, smart quip, and air of dark charm. Applauded for his theatrical live performances, James keeps audiences on their feet, with a hint of mystery and surprise.
"I went into the production of this EP with a totally open mind," James shared. "I worked with producer/mixer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Gillespie who has been one of my closest friends for ten years. I trust him with all my heart. Jeremy knows me and understands my artistic approach and arrangements in a way that I think a lot of independent artists can only hope for. He also thinks I’m out of my mind, which is a bonus." Known for his masterful piano work, James challenged himself on this latest release. "I love the piano but it had started to bore me a bit last year so I shifted my focus toward electric guitar. I recruited Corby Hewson on drums (who performed on all my previous recordings) and Caitlin Gray (Hooray For The Riff Raff) on bass as well as T. Fortuna on percussion. Jeremy and I played everything else, other than the viola on "Crack A Bottle, Run A Bath", which was performed by Peter Horn." The EP was mixed and primarily recorded at Mike Ferretti's Self Titled Studios, with additional tracking at Magic Door Recording and Kaleidoscope Sound. It was mastered by Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering. James concluded, "Recording this EP was a wonderful experience made incredible by working with some of the best friends I've ever had."
Shayfer James' first single and accompanying music video for "Mercy Down" was released last month, as a powerful social anthem. With a dark cabaret-inspired flair, it takes a critical lens to the negative aspects of humanity and modern America - including references to violence, war, environmental destruction, and a multitude of social and humanitarian crises. Despite the darkness and negativity that is portrayed, he provides listeners with a ray of hope and empowerment, calling for unity, action, and change. James utilities his music to often question and examine the good, bad, and ugly of human nature, across personal and societal levels. A number of additional music videos will be released in the coming weeks. The track "Ophelia," a ballad written for survivors of abuse, will have an accompanying music video released to coincide with Women's History Month in March, raising support and donations for a local charity (details to come).
Hope And A Hand Grenade is available on all major digital retailers today, including Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music.
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PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds local farm and food businesses that $270,000 in grant funding is available to support small businesses and increase the competitiveness of local products in the marketplace. The funding is part of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) and Farm Viability grant programs – which, combined, have invested over $3 million to accelerate growth of Rhode Island's green economy.
"These competitive grants will help farmers, fishers, and food businesses start or expand their operations in Rhode Island," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "Farming and fishing are increasingly vital to our economy and an important part of our heritage. With these investments, we're boosting our state's vibrant food economy and supporting Rhode Island-grown agricultural products and local seafood."
LASA Grant Program:
Up to $20,000 awards are available through the LASA grant program to help spur growth of local agriculture, aquaculture, and seafood industries. Eligible entities include new and small farmers, fishers, food producers, and non-profits. Both program and capital projects are eligible for funding. Priority is given to initiatives that: 1. support the entry, growth, and sustainability of small or beginning Rhode Island farmers, aquaculture producers, and fishers; 2. foster new collaborations or share new information among Rhode Island's food partners; 3. support new products or new sales channels for clearly defined markets; 4. enhance access to and availability of agricultural land for producers, including farm transition planning and implementation; or 5. address gap areas or implementation needs identified in Rhode Island's Food Strategy, Relish Rhody (www.relishrhody.com). Now in its sixth year, LASA helps new and existing small businesses and food initiatives prosper in Rhode Island. To date, LASA has provided over $1.1 million – through grants up to $20,000 – to support the growth of Rhode Island's local food economy. The state's food scene is often cited as an area of economic strength ripe for innovation and growth. Already, the local food industry supports 60,000 jobs, and the state's green industries account for more than 15,000 jobs and contribute $2.5 billion to the economy annually.
Farm Viability Grant Program:
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 are available through the Farm Viability Grant Program, made possible by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These grants support local specialty crop production as well as efforts to grow the marketplace for these crops in Rhode Island. USDA defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops, including floriculture and turf grass.
Eligible entities include farmers or community groups engaged in research, marketing, food safety/security, plant health, buy-local initiatives, and/or development of cooperatives. Projects will be funded for up to two years. Funded projects must support the broad competitiveness of locally-grown specialty crops in Rhode Island. Initiatives that benefit a sole commercial product or provide a profit to a single individual or group will not be considered. A total of $150,000 is available for this grant round. To date, over $2 million has been invested through this program to support growth of specialty crops in Rhode Island. For more information on the Farm Viability program, visit DEM's website. Applications accompanied by a W9 form should be mailed to DEM Division of Agriculture, Room 370, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908 and postmarked no later than March 31, 2019.
In addition to these grant programs, DEM continues to work across many fronts to strengthen Rhode Island's green economy and assist local farmers in growing their businesses. Rhode Island is home to a thriving young farmer network, ranking second nationally in percent of farms owned by beginning farmers. And the state is one of few nationally where the number of farms is on the rise. There are more than 1,200 farms in Rhode Island – an increase of 44 percent from 2002. DEM continues to make investments in critical infrastructure as well as provide farm incubation space to new farmers through its Urban Edge Farm and Snake Den Farm properties.
Local seafood is poised to spur the next wave of food-based economic growth. In partnership with the Seafood Marketing Collaborative, DEM developed the RI Seafood brand to uniquely identify Rhode Island seafood in the marketplace and help local fishermen and distributors grow their businesses. In 2016, more than 106 million pounds of seafood arrived at Rhode Island ports, with an export value over $1 billion. For more information on Rhode Island seafood, visit www.seafoodri.com.
To apply, visit DEM's website:
Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, March 8. The application is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDCZX6C
or on the RI Food Policy Council website's LASA page at: http://rifoodcouncil.org/lasa-grants-program/.
Additional information, including instructions for completing the application is available at: http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/agriculture/documents/lasaguidelines.pdf.
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