blogging on activerain: Friday Flags in Cheshire CT - 04/18/24 05:46 PM
Friday Flags in Cheshire CT
The flag today comes from a plot of ground in front of a colonial structure that was once a thriving business.  
Now called the Ball & Socket arts building, it offers attractions and areas to exhibit for local artists. In its heyday, it was a stamping plant that made all manner of buttons, some of which adorned the military uniforms during the Civil War.
Back in the late 1980's the company was bought by Waterbury Companies and their museum was merged with that plants.
A factory with a proud heritage and once the source of work for so many now … (13 comments)

blogging on activerain: Zoom Call 4.16.24 Cruisin' 'Round the World with John DL Arendsen - 04/18/24 11:29 AM
Zoom Call 4.16.24 Cruisin' 'Round the World with John DL Arendsen
Jules Verne wrote about traveling Around the World in 80 days as a wager amongst 'gentlemen" . The book and the novel captured imaginations and if only for a brief moment, people would wonder what that adventure would offer in the way of delights and sights to nourish the mind.
Technology has evolved and the Zoom call put all within that adventure if only for an hour and through the eyes of AR member John DL Arendsen.   From somewhere aboard the cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner of the Regency lines, John described … (18 comments)

blogging on activerain: Zoom Call 4.02.24 Let's discuss the Truth About the NAR Settlement - 04/05/24 01:35 PM
Zoom Call 4.02.24  Let's discuss the Truth About the NAR Settlement
Our real estate business is under attack and there are feelings that the top of our pile is being less than responsible to the membership.
Across the country, agency boards are attempting to keep the gang together and at the same time offer some Inteligent guidance so as to keep us in business and the wolves away from the doors.
Those that were in attendance requested some anonymity, and the cross section were of well-established agents from across the country.
The consensus was that there are very few truths available to us agents and … (15 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags In Waterbury CT's West Side - 04/04/24 05:53 PM
Friday Flags In Waterbury CT's West Side
Earlier in the week while leaving the Waterbury Hospital entrance, it appeared that the flag winds were trying to make me wait longer than I wanted for a photo.
With a little patience, however, the winds cooperated, and I got a photo that I could be pleased to offer up today.
Even it if took a change in wind direction to get it done.
 
Friday Flags In Waterbury CT's West Side
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blogging on activerain: Zoom Call 3.26.24 Gayle Rich-Boxman On the Reality of Animal Rescue - 03/26/24 12:17 PM
Zoom Call  3.26.24  Gayle Rich-on the Reality of Animal Rescue
The informational Zoom call this week was presented by Gayle Rich-Boxman, as a presentative and founder of a large Animal Rescue sanctuary called On Golden Rescue, located in Birkenfield, OR.
Th impact of the Covid pandemic was the impetus to get active with the rescue, as her business slowed down and she and her husband needed to be busy.
They bought their current property of 14 acres app 7 years ago. They got their first rescue animal through anther agent whose family had animals but were overwhelmed and she was asked if they would … (12 comments)

blogging on activerain: The ActiveRain Zoom Calls are Mini Versions of Past Events - 03/24/24 10:27 AM
The ActiveRain Zoom Calls are Mini Versions of Past Events
The March Challenge hosted by Eileen Burns, and Kat Palmiotti, is offered as a way of generating some enthusiasm amongst ActiveRain members to participate in the weekly Zoom call.
I was not an early participant and cannot remember as to why I didn't get on the early calls but have been on the calls as time permits. I have also gotten into a re-cap post as an enticement to share and maybe even bring new faces.
There is a socialization few moments that take place before the start of the calls that brings fond … (36 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags A Bit of Texas in Connecticut - 03/23/24 08:52 AM
Friday Flags A Bit of Texas in Connecticut
We have a couple of big box stores in Waterbury, and they are relatively close to each other.
I was on my way to one when the restaurant adjacent was calling to me.
This gave me an opportunity to not only offer our proud American flag in the breeze, but also the National Flag of Texas right beside it.
After a couple of comments from citizens of that country on my recent flag post, I wanted them to know that it is easy to flag photos if you just take the time.
This took me all of 5 … (9 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags Outside Richmond VA - 03/14/24 02:30 PM
Friday Flags Outside Richmond VA
Our drive back to CT last weekend was uneventful which was most appreciated. I stopped outside Richmond as I didn't want a 14-hour drive. As we pulled into the hotel lot, the flutter of their flag was obvious.
It was also pretty clear that this flag has seen better days, which is something I mentioned to the registration assistant.
Whether they do anything about it will not be known by me. At the very least my last road flag was waving heavily as if to let me know it was a great vacation.
Friday Flags Outside Richmond VA
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blogging on activerain: Zoom Call 3.12.24 Brad Andersohn Blogging on ActiveRain - 03/12/24 02:06 PM
Zoom Call 3.12.24  Brad Andersohn Blogging on ActiveRain
The Zoom call this week was a trip down memory lane for those that have been here long enough to have attended a RainCamp and were members before 2010.
There once was a man, Brad Andersohn, that was the Technology Guru and a Community Leader on ActiveRain with an energy that was contagious. He posted blogs that educated and made the education of many easy.
Through the progression of owners and time, Brad has maintained his enthusiasm for blogging and also offered his thoughts on why and how blogging can be important with business growth.
His opening … (23 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags A Goodbye Salute to Hilton Head Island - 03/07/24 06:50 PM
Friday Flags  A Goodbye Salute to Hilton Head Island
We are coming to the end of our vacation, and it will be a drive to get back to the reality of home.  I will miss the warm days and green grass, but hopefully it won't be long before I am checking the mower to do our yard.
I pulled into the lot of the golf course and there was a pole with a flag, but it seemed too relaxed and didn't want to wave at me.
I kept looking over at it as I unloaded the car and started to put on my shoes. … (26 comments)

blogging on activerain: Zoom Call 3.05.24 Working to Energize the Members - 03/06/24 06:19 AM
Zoom Call 3.05.24  Working to Energize the Members
The Zoom call for this week was intended to be an open brainstorming session on getting the platform more interactive especially as revolves around the less seasoned members.
It should be noted that the Zoom calls were initiated during the pandemic start as a way of just getting social as so many were bunkered down.
The focus turned to an informational call allowing different people to offer insights to their business plans, areas of expertise or just an introduction to different parts of the country and how real estate is transacted there.
It is apparent when looking … (12 comments)

blogging on activerain: Zoom Call 2.27.24 Tom Hurley Inspection Overview - 02/28/24 01:25 PM
Zoom Call 2.27.24 Tom Hurley  Inspection Overview
The Zoom call this week was presented by Tom Hurley, an Inspector from Sheriden, WY.    His business is Double H Inspections, LLC and he's been working at it for about 4 years.  In what he describes as the wild, wild west regarding consistency with inspections and real estate, he has endeavored to bring professionalism and consistency to his craft and keep the drama out.
 His approach has been to make the process and his reports as simple as possible for his clients to understand yet give full details of what he sees.
He has taken several … (15 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags from The Villages in Florida - 02/21/24 10:55 AM
Friday Flags from The Villages in Florida
Earlier this week, we drove up to the Villages for a meet and greet with Dick Betts 
We enjoyed a pleasant lunch with Dick and his wife Michelle.  Where we were was right off one of the many squares within the Villages, and the parking spaces were all well packed with the common vehicle of this community.
The residents don't drive very far so this type of cart works well for them, and if they should happen to be going to the golf course, the bag holders are there as well.
As we were leaving our lunch meet, … (17 comments)

blogging on activerain: An ActiveRain Meet-up in Florida - 02/20/24 06:11 AM
An ActiveRain Meet-up in Florida
We are in escape mode from the winter in Connecticut and are appreciating some of the sunny days in Central FL.  With a little bit of conversation and a heartfelt invitation we ventured north to the area known as The Villages.  
It is a well-established community and from what one can see as we got closer to the area, it is very much a community of active adults, and the primary mode of transportation is a golf cart.
They are all over the lace nd one has to keep an open eye as those who live here have a … (36 comments)

blogging on activerain: We're Celebrating A Wonderful Anniversary - 02/19/24 02:22 PM
We're Celebrating A Wonderful Anniversary
Oh, what a ride! Today has a significance of being President's Day but for me that pales in comparison to the reality of being my anniversary on joining ActiveRain.
I got a call from a loan officer, no longer in the business and he was intrigued by the site he had found and believed it had a value for someone in the business.
His expertise, however, was in getting his company's mortgage business Internet exposure and he found that this site gave almost instantaneous response, at the time with the search engines.
On February 19, 2008, I signed up … (48 comments)

blogging on activerain: President's Day 2024 Remember the Pride the Office Once Commanded - 02/18/24 05:31 PM
President's Day 2024  Remember the Pride the Office Once Commanded
February 19, 2024, the 3rd Mondy of February is when we celebrate President's Day which was originally created to honor George Washington, the first president of this country. It was eventually expanded to include Abraham, Lincoln, the 16th President of the US.
Today we have an official Holiday to hoor the works done by all Presidents, and as such it is a federal holiday, as well as a state and banking day off.
Schools are out and to offer incentives, there will be sales by retailers and even a break with a new car.
Since … (11 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags: Waving High so All Can See in Cocoa FL - 02/16/24 04:17 AM
Friday Flags: Waving High so All Can See in Cocoa FL
A we were driving over the bridge to get to Cocoa Beach, FL. a flutter to my left caught my eye. A building somewhat isolated with a high pole atop and a flag waving for all to see.
Traffic was too heavy for me to stop but I knew I would make the opportunity. 
As luck would have it, I was on my way to a golf course, and I had to exit the highway right where that tower stood.
The building has a lese sign out front and as there were no cars … (21 comments)

blogging on activerain: Forrest Gump Had a Special Wisdom, Monday Musings - 02/12/24 11:53 AM
Forrest Gump Had a Special Wisdom, Monday Musings
We are still doing the vacation thing and for a break, pulled into a rest stop in Savannah. Imagine our surprise to see Forrest Gump seated in the lobby. We stopped to have a talk with him, and it was quite interesting to say the least.
The movie was described as Forrest growing up in Alabama, and while some of the movie was filmed there, the majority of the film was shot in South Carolina and Georgia.
The famous bench scene, where Forrest recounts his life story to anybody that would sit with him most of … (16 comments)

blogging on activerain: Friday Flags, A Charleston SC Beauty - 02/07/24 07:26 AM
Friday Flags, A Charleston SC Beauty
As we are stealing time away from CT, I still keep my eyes open for a flag opportunity. 
This big boy was on the marina at the Ashley River and stood in front of California Dreamin' restaurant.
It was a brisk evening and the facade of the restaurant with the flag made for a stunning photo as well as the personable model waiting for me to hurry up.
I moved a bit to get another shot and then went in for a most delicious and memorable meal.
We enjoy the town, and it has so much history. It will be … (18 comments)

blogging on activerain: Groundhog's Day 2024 in Prospect CT - 02/02/24 07:26 AM
Groundhog's Day 2024 in Prospect CT
It's Groundhog Day, and as the tradition offers, if the burrowing rodent doesn't see its shadow when it peeks from its burrow, then it's a sign that we are in for an early spring.
It's not likely that the little guy saw his shadow today for 2 reasons.
The power went out in town early morning and was off for 3 hours so his alarm may not have worked.
It's overcast and raining which is a better reason.
Regardless, I welcome an early chase to the cold weather and will be appreciative of warm days when we return from the … (8 comments)

 
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty,  CT 203-206-0754  )

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Waterbury, CT

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Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754

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Office: 203-758-6440

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Ed Silva is a licensed Broker serving the Central Connecticut area from the Waterbury CT Real Estate Office. He serves both sellers and buyers and also is an experienced agent for short sales. If you're thinking of listing your home, I would love to meet with you and share my marketing success package with you. My marketing reaches all the major listing sites with prime positions on the largest. I'd would appreciate the opportunity love to help you buy or sell in the Central Connecticut area.


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