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New inductee into the Omega Tau Rho fraternity of the National Association of Realtors.

WARWICK, RI – The Rhode Island Association of Realtors  has announced that Dean deTonnancourt of West Warwick, Rhode Island, has been inducted into the Omega Tau Rho fraternity of the National Association of Realtors.  Membership in the honorary fraternity is represented by the Medallion of Service which is awarded as a token of the high esteem in which inductees are held by their fellow Realtors and symbolizes the recognition and appreciation accorded to them for their contributions to the National Association of Realtors and its institutes, societies and councils.

A member of the Realtor organization since 1990, deTonnancourt is a past President of the Kent Washington Association of Realtors and has served on the Boards of Directors of the Kent Washington and the Rhode Island Associations of Realtors. He is also a past chair of the Realtors Political Action Committee, and was a Federal Political Coordinator for the National Association of Realtors to U.S. Representative David Cicilline. He was twice elected Kent Washington Realtor of the Year and was named the Rhode Island Realtor of the Year in 2014.

Dean deTonnancourt is the Broker/Owner HomeSmart Professionals Real Estate in Warwick and is a resident of West Warwick.

Riverview Healthcare Community Wins 2015 RI Health Care Association Quality Award

WARWICK, R.I. – The Rhode Island Health Care Association (RIHCA) has announced that Riverview Healthcare Community in Coventry, RI is the winner of the 2015 RIHCA Quality Award.  RIHCA developed the award program five years ago to recognize skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities that show sustained quality achievement, accomplished through a demonstrated commitment to the quality improvement process.

Projects are eligible for a RIHCA Quality Award if they demonstrate significant improvement in one of seven identified clinical areas.  These seven areas are tied in with the current quality goals of the American Health Care Association’s Quality Initiative, which in turn are priorities identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  Applicants must show improvement sustained over a minimum of one year.

“The employees of Riverview Healthcare Community are committed to high quality care. Customer satisfaction and exceptional outcomes are their priorities and we’re proud to have them as members of our association,” said Virginia Burke, President/CEO of the Rhode Island Health Care Association.

Riverview Healthcare Community is a 190-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.  On its most recent federally mandated satisfaction survey, 96 percent of the center’s residents said they would recommend the facility to others and 94 percent rated it ‘excellent’ in overall satisfaction. More information about Riverview Healthcare Community can be found on or

The Rhode Island Health Care Association is Rhode Island’s largest, non-profit professional organization of skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers.  Its members are dedicated to providing high quality, accessible health care to citizens across the state.  RIHCA is an affiliate of the American Health Care Association, which along with the National Center for Assisted Living, represents more than 11,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.

Rhode Island’s Housing Market Solid Near Summer’s End

Warwick, RI, September 21, 2015…The Rhode Island Association of Realtors reported that single family home sales increased from the prior year for the ninth consecutive month in August, the longest running uptick in sales activity since 2012.  Median price also rose eight percent to $235,000 from August, 2014 and pending sales – homes under contract but not yet closed – increased 10 percent.  The increase in pending sales indicates that the upsurge in sales will continue into the fall.

The condominium and multi-family markets also fared well, with increases in both closing activity and median price.  Condominium sales increased by eight percent from 12 months earlier while the median sales price rose seven percent to $204,750.  Multi-family home sales soared 42 percent and the median price of those sales increased six percent to $179,900.

“The activity in August’s multi-family market is remarkable.  That sector of the market is heavily influenced by investors.  The possibility of the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates this fall could have been a big factor in the sharp increase in sales activity,” said Bruce Lane, President of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.  “These days real estate can also seem like a more stable investment than the stock market,” he added.

While pending sales in the single home and condo markets continue to remain elevated above last year, multi-family homes under contract saw no change in August, foretelling more tempered activity in that sector of the market in the months to come.

Inventory remains near the six-month mark for all three categories of the housing market with the supply of single family homes and multi-family properties being slightly less than six months and the inventory of condominiums for sale being slightly more. Industry professionals consider a six-month supply of properties for sale to be a housing market which favors buyers and sellers equally.

New England Institute of Technology to Hold 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

WARWICK, RI – Students from New England Institute of Technology’s Criminal Justice Club have collaborated with local police and fire departments seeking their participation in a ceremony to commemorate the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This year marks the 14th anniversary of this tragic event. The program will include inspirational readings, a wreath laying ceremony, and a bagpipe presentation by a member of the Cranston Police Department. The public is invited to attend.

WHEN:     Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


WHERE:   New England Institute of Technology

Access Road Campus

AD Building

65 Access Road

Warwick, RI 02886


WHO:     Police Officers from the following Rhode Island municipalities:

Warwick, Cranston, Woonsocket, Providence, and South Kingstown

Administration, faculty and students from New England Tech


WHY:  It has been the tradition of New England Tech’s Criminal Justice Club members to remember those individuals whose lives were tragically lost on September 11, 2001. In keeping with the Criminal Justice Club’s mission of service to others, the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony honors those first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in their attempt to save the lives of individuals affected by the various terrorist attacks while remembering the innocent victims who also lost their lives.

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