Yearly Archives: 2014

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin Warns of Potential Threat of Home Invasion

After receiving an alarming phone call from an individual who was almost victim to a home invasion perpetrated by a person claiming to be from National Grid stating they needed access to her home to check the meter, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and National Grid are warning all Rhode Islanders to be sure to verify the identity of anyone who tries to gain access to their home.

Whitehouse Introduces Bill to Protect Servicemembers from Foreclosure

As the nation prepares to honor veterans and servicemembers during this Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has introduced legislation to help keep military families in their homes by protecting them against foreclosure following active duty. The Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2014 (S. 2404) would ensure that troops who serve active duty are protected against losing their home for one year following the completion of their service in the field

DEM Issues Expedited Citations to 29 Property Owners in Violation of RI Cesspool Act...

The Department of Environmental Management's Office of Compliance and Inspection has issued an Expedited Citation Notice (Notice) to 29 property owners who are in violation of requirements under the Rhode Island Cesspool Act of 2007. The Act applies to cesspools located within 200 feet of the coastline of tidal waters, within 200 feet of public wells throughout the state, and within 200 feet of the shoreline of surface drinking water reservoirs with an intake to the water supply. As of January 1, 2014, the use of all cesspools located within these 200 foot zones is prohibited. Those cesspools must be abandoned and the building upgraded with a new onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS) or connected to available municipal sewer lines.

Award-Winning Local Rhode Island Film Company Secures Ten Picture Movie Deal with Universal and...

The Rhode Island Film & TV Office announced today that East Greenwich filmmaker Chad A. Verdi's Woodhaven Production Company and Screen Media Films have joined forces to make ten motion pictures, beginning with the thriller Almost Mercy. Each feature film will have a Worldwide video on demand release through Universal that will reach over 100 million homes

Governor Chafee Appoints Andrew Cortés as New Chairman of Rhode Island Housing’s Board

In an effort to ensure that the quasi-government agency Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation continues to meet Rhode Island's housing needs in the best manner possible, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today new appointments to its Board of Commissioners.

The Ethics Commission held its 5th meeting of 2014 on March 25, 2014.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-7 to Robert Crowe, a member of the Coventry Zoning Board of Review ("Zoning Board"), opining that he is authorized to appear before the Zoning Board to seek a dimensional variance for a mixed-use rental property that he has owned since 2009, provided that he recuses from the Zoning Board's discussion and vote regarding his application

Little Compton Oceanfront named as a top ten finisher in WSJ’s “Home Of The...

7 Kempton Place, one of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty’s ocean front listings in Little Compton, Rhode Island, was named a top ten finisher in The Wall Street Journal’s House of the Year poll. The classic 1905 summer compound, 'Southwinds', is a spectacular oceanfront home set upon a private point with unparalleled views throughout of the Atlantic Ocean, Elizabeth Islands, and Sakonnet Point Lighthouse. The home’s views have inspired many, including musician Rufus Wainwright, who composed several scenes from his opera, Prima Donna, while staying there. Judy Chace, partner and broker of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, has the home listed for $2,995,000. It is currently pending and set to close in a few weeks.

Langevin Statement for the Record on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Increases

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) submitted the following statement for the record in response to Republican refusal to call up the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act for a vote

‘Just cause’ bill would protect tenants from improper eviction

Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) have filed bills that would prevent banks from evicting tenants living in foreclosed homes until they sold the house to a new owner

Langevin Statement on Increase in LIHEAP Funding

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement that an additional $453 million will be distributed nationwide through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Cicilline Announces $3 Million in Home Heating Assistance for Rhode Islanders

U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) today announced that Rhode Island will receive $3 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Edwards, Metts will hold press conference on ‘just cause’ bill regarding tenant eviction

Rep. John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Portsmouth, Tiverton) and Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) will be holding a news conference to address tenants’ rights during the foreclosure process on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the State House.

AG Kilmartin Stops NY Law Firm From Practicing in Rhode Island for Improper Mortgage...

After receiving a consumer complaint, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin initiated an investigation into the Litwvin Law Firm for allegedly charging homeowners steep up-front fees for mortgage modification services. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined the New York-based law firm was in violation of Rhode Island's Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Mortgage Foreclosure Consultant Regulation Act. In addition, it was determined the law firm was not licensed to practice in Rhode Island

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty announces sale in Watch Hill, RI

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty participated in the recent sale of 54 Ocean View Highway in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The one acre setting enjoys beautiful views of the ocean and Block Island. Rob Richins of Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty represented the buyers in this $2,300,000 sale. Nancy Richmond, from Randall Realtors Real Living, represented the sellers.

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty announces sale in Charlestown, RI

Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty announces the sale of 24 Lagoon Avenue in Quonochontaug, Rhode Island. This gorgeous Ninigret Pond front home boasts beautiful water views over the pond out to the ocean, its own dock, mooring and private beach. Situated on almost a full acre, this 2,700 square foot home sold for $1,695,000. Trevor Ainsworth, of Randall Realtors Real Living, represented the buyers.


Rhode Island Treasury Reunited 8,860 People with $11.7 Million in Unclaimed...

The Office of Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner reunited 8,860 people with $11.7 million in unclaimed property in the fiscal year that ended on June 30


Langevin, Whitehouse Highlight Bill to Invest $170 Million in Fixing RI...

Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined with state, town, and labor officials by the Factory Bridge in West Warwick to call on Congress to pass the Strengthen and Fortify Existing (SAFE) Bridges Act. The SAFE Bridges Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Whitehouse, and others last month and will be introduced in the House this week by Langevin. The bill would deliver up to $170 million to repair Rhode Island’s deficient and crumbling bridges and create construction jobs