WATERFORD — Management at Crystal Mall has announced that the property will have extended holiday hours, starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, to greet shoppers looking for a head start on their holiday shopping.
“Heading to Crystal Mall with family and friends is the perfect way to wrap up a holiday about gratitude and togetherness,” said Ashley Keating, director of marketing and business development at the mall. “We are excited to meet our customers’ different schedules and needs with the variety of retail and entertainment experiences they enjoy at Crystal Mall, plus extended opportunities for holiday ‘doorbusters’ and deals to be discovered.”
Shoppers are welcome at the mall for special shopping events and activities during the holiday weekend, including shopper activation/appreciation programs; Black Friday survival kits at guest services for the first 100 shoppers starting at 8 p.m.; all-day treats at guest services for all customers throughout Black Friday and the weekend; holiday entertainment throughout the day, including the Eastern Connecticut Ballet performing “The Nutcracker.” Shoppers may also visit the Salvation Army “Giving Tree,” located lower level by Victoria’s Secret, and pick up an ornament to purchase a gift for those less fortunate.
Call 860-442-8500 or visit Crystal Mall’s Facebook page for more information.
R.I. Assoc. of Realtors names officers, president
WARWICK — The Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR) has announced that Robert Martin, broker/owner of Century 21 Crossroads in Woonsocket and Chepachet, has been elected the organization’s 2014 president. He assumes his duties of the 4,000-member professional group this week.
Martin was the president of the Northern Rhode Island board of realtors and the Realtor of the Year for the local board in 1997 and 2007. He has served as president of the statewide Multiple Listing Service and chairman of the RIAR Forms Committee. He was also president of the Century 21 Broker Council of Rhode Island and is presently serving as a regional delegate to the Century 21 National Broker Communication Congress. Martin resides in Cumberland with his wife, Denise.
Other newly elected RIAR officers include Bruce Lane, of Williams and Stuart Realty in Cranston, president-elect; Arthur Yatsko, of the Salisbury Agency in Warwick, vice president; Brenda Marchwicki, of BisMarc Properties in Providence, treasurer; and Danielle Thompson, of William Raveis Chapman Enstone in Providence, secretary.
Multiple Listing Service names officers, president
WARWICK — John Silvia, of Portsmouth, has been installed as the 2014 President of the statewide Multiple Listing Service (MLS), an online information exchange for real estate professionals.
Silvia is the founding president of New England Prime Properties and vice-chair of the Rhode Island Real Estate Commission. A real estate practitioner since 1967, he has sat on the boards of directors of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and the Newport County Board of Realtors, where he also served as president. He has won numerous awards, among them the prestigious Omega Tao Rho medal from the National Association of Realtors, and the 2006 Rhode Island Realtor of the Year award from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. Silvia has a degree in history and secondary education from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in education from Brown University .
Other MLS members installed as 2014 officers include Paul “Ryan” Antrop, of Residential Properties in Cumberland, as vice president/secretary; and Carl Coutu, of Keller Williams Realty in Cranston, as Treasurer.
Care Technology wins ‘Get Started RI’ pitch competition
WEST WARWICK — Care Technology, a Lincoln-based technology company focused on electronics and optical and biomedical engineering, has won Cox Business and Inc. Magazine’s “Get Started RI” business pitch competition. Care Technology was awarded a $5,000 Cox Business Technology Package to help spur the growth of its LED lighting venture.
“Get Started RI” was a Shark Tank-like competition in which local entrepreneurs pitched their business and product ideas to a panel of experts. The event was intended to not only reward local entrepreneurs, but to stimulate and support the small business sector in Rhode Island during a difficult economic period. Nearly 100 business owners attended to network and learn from one another. Care Technology won the competition based on its white linear LED light venture, focusing on retrofitting existing buildings, including hospitals and schools, with brighter, more energy- and cost-efficient light sources.
“The success of local businesses like Care Technology benefits the entire community, and we are committed to helping them grow,” said Mark Scott, vice president of Cox Business Northeast.
Bradley Hospital named a top performing hospital
EAST PROVIDENCE — Bradley Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital focusing exclusively on children and adolescents, has earned the distinction of “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2012” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health organizations in the U.S. This is the second consecutive year Bradley Hospital has received this distinction.
“Bradley Hospital works tirelessly to provide exemplary care for the children and families we serve,” said Daniel J. Wall, Bradley Hospital president and CEO. “This recognition from The Joint Commission highlights the hard work and focus of our patient-care staff in consistently ensuring that quality care remains at the forefront of Bradley’s mission.”
Bradley Hospital, which is also a teaching hospital for the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, was one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. to be recognized as a top performer. It was singled out for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. Specifically, the hospital was recognized in the inpatient psychiatric services category.
SBA announces measures to help get small business loans to veterans
WASHINGTON — The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000. This initiative will start on Jan. 1 and continue through the end of the fiscal year.
“Our nation’s veterans are highly skilled and highly trained leaders in their communities,” said acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit. “This initiative will set fees to zero for SBA Express loans to veterans up to $350,000, and is part of SBA’s broader efforts to make sure that veterans have the tools they need to start and grow a business.”
Of all SBA loans that go to veterans, 73 percent are $350,000 and below. The SBA Express Loan Program, which supports loans under $350,000, is SBA’s most popular loan delivery method, with nearly 60 percent of all 7(a) loans over the past decade being authorized through the program.
For more information about these and other SBA programs, visit www.sba.gov or contact your local SBA field office. You can find contact information for your local SBA office at http://www.sba.gov/localresources/index.html.
KVH provides free satellite calls to Philippines for maritime customers
MIDDLETOWN — The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan has left many Filipino seafarers on vessels around the world desperate for news from home. To help these mariners, KVH Industries Inc. has announced that effective immediately all phone calls to the Philippines from vessels using its mini-VSAT broadband service will be free during this emergency.
“Filipino seafarers represent more than 20 percent of the world’s mariners. In support of the many seafarers whose family and friends have been affected by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, there will be no charge for calling the Philippines on any KVH TracPhone system with mini-VSAT broadband service, on any vessel, anywhere in the world,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer.
“We are also offering free digital daily Filipino newspapers from our NewsLink group so that seafarers can keep abreast of the situation.”