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Olneyville New York System Restaurant

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In the early 1920’s, Nicholas Stevens and his father Anthony came to the United States from Greece and settled in Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn is where they operated a very popular candy shop. By the 1930’s, Nicholas and his family moved to Rhode Island and opened a small restaurant where they had a very limited menu, including hot weiners. Their business took off and they moved to a bigger space in 1953 at 20 Plainfield Street, which is the same location as today.

In 1981, this family run business was doing so well, that they decided to open a second location, which is 1012 Reservoir Ave in Cranston.

A hot wiener is closely associated with New York’s Coney Island. Although wieners served by New York Systems today have little resemblance to the traditional Coney Island hot dog, restaurant owners continue to use the name as a way to advertise this popular local cuisine. The traditional wiener is made with a small, thin hot dog made of beef, veal and pork, served in a steamed bun and topped with celery salt, mustard, onions and seasoned meat sauce. This isn’t just your typical hot dog, these are mouthwatering and so incredibly delicious!

You can have a hot wiener “all the way” for just $2.49! What does that exactly mean? It means you want it with all the toppings available. We recommend you get them all! You can add a coffee milk from Munroe Dairy and cheese fries and you will have yourself a full meal for very cheap.

The best part about Olneyville New York System is it is open all the time! Whether you want lunch, or a late-night 2 am snack, they are open and ready to serve you with smiles on their faces. They are open Sunday-Thursday 11 AM – 2 AM and Friday-Saturday 11 AM – 3 AM

There is no place like Olneyville New York System! Visit their website at

In a time crunch and need to sell your home FAST?

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Just about everywhere you turn right now you hear of how it is a great time to sell your home. Interest rates are at a record low, and inventory is very limited, making this a prime selling market.

If you are thinking about selling your home, turn to the experts at White Lion Group with HomeSmart Professionals Real Estate. With over 28 years of experience, they service all of Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts for all your real estate needs. They specialize with first time home buyers, investors, sellers, foreclosures, short sales and private lenders. If you cannot sell your home, or you are in a time crunch and need to sold immediately, the White Lion Group guarantees a cash offer and will buy it from you in any condition. Sell as is and receive cash fast!

The team consists of 9 team members who are eager to assist you on your next move or purchase! They understand this is one of the most important times in your life and they will stand by your side every step of the way.

The White Lion Group prides themselves on being very involved in the community and loves giving back every chance they can. You will find them giving out meals to those in need, supporting local Autism and Breast Cancer Awareness organizations and fostering pets until they find their furever home!

If you are looking for a real estate agent in the area, count on the White Lion Group. Give them a call at 401-588-2400 to begin your home buying or selling process.

Visit their website at to learn more about their wonderful agents!

Windows on Pawtucket

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The Pawtucket Foundation, a non-profit organization based out of Pawtucket, RI focuses on bettering their community’s future by mobilizing and coordinating research, information, talent and resources to positively impact the city.

They are partnering with Art League RI on a new program called “Windows on Pawtucket.” Creative installations will be replacing the vacant, rundown storefront windows in the inner core of downtown Pawtucket. Their main goal is to turn a negative into a positive by getting more people walking on the sidewalks and made aware of the city’s true beauty, while also promoting the creative, small businesses of the state’s and city’s artistic workforce. The windows project will be the start of reimagining the identity of the Pawtucket neighborhood, bringing a new sense of vibrancy and walkability. A simpler way to look at this is an outdoor, downtown wide open art studio for everyone to enjoy.

This project is being designed and supported by Jan Brodie, the Executive Director at The Pawtucket Foundation as well as an entire Art League committee.

They are seeking proposals for artwork to be installed in 20+ storefront display windows and the plan is to install the art sometime around mid-September. Artwork will be showcased for a minimum of 10 months. Artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration in the windows or artwork may be created for a site-specific installation upon selection by the jurying committee.

If you are interested in submitting your art work or want to learn more about this project, visit Together, we can revitalize downtown Pawtucket through artistic expression!

Count on the Landscaping Experts at Violet Hill Landscaping & Nursery!

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We all understand the challenge of keeping up with your landscape during a hot, Rhode Island summer! Maintaining the landscape for your home or business can be overwhelmingly exhausting due to the beaming sun and little rainfall.

The professionals at Violet Hill Landscaping and Nursery take pride in their work and go above and beyond to care of your landscape. Formally known as Andy’s Nursery, this family run business has been committed to each client they serve for over 30 years. Owner, William Basile, listens to his clients’ needs and then going above and beyond to deliver quality results.

Their main focus is to take the weight off your shoulders, so you can enjoy the best season of the year. They serve both commercial and residential properties and ensure their client’s landscapes are green and beautiful all season long.

When visiting Violet Hill Landscaping & Nursery, you will be blown away by their assortment of plants, shrubs and trees. On top of their large variety of products, the professionals will educate you on each and every product they sell. They want what is best for you and your property.

Count on the experts at Violet Hill Landscaping and Nursery to help your home or business look more beautiful than ever before! Now is your time to enjoy yourself, so sit back and relax, Violet Hill Landscaping has you covered! To learn more about their services, contact them at 401-738-1077 or visit their website at They are open Monday-Saturday 7:00am – 4:00 pm and are located in Warwick, Rhode Island, right by the Nylo Hotel.

Old Brick School House, Providence, RI

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The growing idea of promoting education to all in support of a free society was at the heart of this old brick schoolhouse. This building was completed in 1769 by John Smith and embodies a special kind of significance in the history of Providence. By 1800, this became one of the earliest public education systems.

Prior to the Old Brick School House being built, it was very common for families to home school their children or send them to private school. The School House is a representation of the struggles fought and faced by many residents of the area to create a new public school structure within a new and independent society.

Since its construction, the building has been used in many forms; as an arsenal during the Revolutionary War, a grammar school, a classroom space for Brown University, the first school for African American children supported by the city of Providence, a sewing and cooking school, a school for tubercular children, a school for children with disabilities, and today it is the office of the Providence Preservation Society. The variety of roles that this building has served is what makes it extra special.

The building is full of history and had been restored beautifully from the outside in. The Providence Preservation Society now owns it and took care of restoring it. You will find it standing tall with its gorgeous woodwork dated back to the 1700s. The front double staircase has also remained the same! There is so much beauty inside and it is by far one of the most important structures of Providence history.

Next time you are in Providence, be sure to drive by this gorgeous building!

Are your Recreational “Toys” Insured and Ready for Summer?

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Maybe it’s the motorcycle that has been sitting silent all winter long, the RV that has been in storage, or the new boat you just purchased and can’t wait to get in the water. Whatever it is, there is no better time than now to get your favorite recreational “toys” fully insured. As you are aware, accidents happen all the time, and the team at The Lawrence Agency will help you get the right coverage so you can enjoy your summer without worry.

With the warm weather fast approaching, it is time to get your recreational toys tuned up and ready for summer fun. Making sure you have the right insurance coverage for your recreational vehicles is key to protecting yourself and the toys you work hard for. You want to be sure that not only the vehicle is fully protected, but you and anyone else inside the vehicle are covered as well! Accidents can be very disruptive and costly, and having insurance coverage can help reduce or eliminate your financial burden should an unexpected accident occur.

The Lawrence Agency was established in 2008 and is located in Lincoln, RI. They are a Veteran owned and operated insurance agency that believes in the American dream. They live up to that expectation every single day and they are proud to provide products and services that help facilitate and preserve the same dream for families throughout Rhode Island. The team is fully committed to operating with honesty and integrity. They strive to deliver exceptional products and services for individuals, families, and businesses throughout the Ocean State. They will help you find the right insurance coverage to keep you and your family safe at all times.

Before the season gets in full swing, take the worry out of your recreational toys and put your mind at ease with a personalized insurance plan. Give the experts at The Lawrence Agency a call today at 401-726-3210 or visit their website at

Williams & Stuart Real Estate Offering a $1,000 Scholarship to a Lucky High School Senior

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With the school year coming to an sudden end for High School Seniors across the nation, students and their families are completely devastated. It is quite a disappointment for the Seniors who have lost their prom night, their sports banquets, their senior week and of course the graduation memories that they would have held on to forever. This milestone is something they have waited years for, and in the blink of an eye, its all canceled.

Williams & Stuart Real Estate believes that being involved with and serving the community is a vital part of their mission as a small, locally owned business. They have been fortunate enough to work with several local charities, little league teams, and those in desperate need over the years.

Hearing about the students who aren’t able to proudly walk in their cap and gown and celebrate the past four years of hard work and dedication is what sparked the idea to hold a video contest where a lucky entrant could win $1,000. While they can’t bring back the end of Senior year for the fellow high schoolers, they wanted to find a way to create a fun senior memory from home and offer a little extra money to help students get going on their educational goals.

Williams & Stuart Real Estate hopes this scholarship can bring happiness and something to look forward to during this time of uncertainty. They want nothing more than to honor and recognize all the class of 2020. If you know of a graduating High School Senior, have them participate in this video contest!

Here is how you enter→

  • Create a 1-2 minute video answering the question “What does home mean to you?” and submit it here
  • Make sure you are following Williams & Stuart on Facebook & Instagram

Yes, it is that easy! The rules are very simple

  • Entrants must be a college-bound senior living in Rhode Island or nearby in Massachusetts or Connecticut
  • Your face and voice must be clear and easy to understand
  • The video must answer the question,“What does home mean to you?”
  • By submitting this video you give them permission to post it on their social media accounts

Video submissions end on 6/10/20. They will be selecting ONE lucky winner on 6/17/20 to win $1,000. GOOD LUCK!!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

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If you ask Steve Filippou, owner of Rhode Island’s Twisted Pizzeria and Restaurant, what makes his business different from the rest, with no hesitation, he says “our team.” Especially over the past couple of months, his dedicated and tireless team is has been the backbone of his business through these unexpected and troubling times. No business is ever prepared enough for a tragedy like COVID-19, but Twisted Pizza has been able to fight through with the help of their dedicated staff.

Twisted Pizzeria and Restaurant is a family-run business with 6 locations throughout the Ocean State. They pride themselves on preparing a memorable dining experience for every customer they serve with their fresh ingredients, large menu, and courteous employees. They serve a variety of items such as pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches and seafood dishes. They even have some of the most incredible appetizers, like their buffalo chicken wings and calamari. It is the perfect spot to grab a refreshing beer and tasty dinner for a very reasonable price. But the reason for Twisted Pizzeria and Restaurant’s success over the years has been from one of its greatest assets – the staff.

From the moment you step inside any of their locations, you feel so welcomed and appreciated. The service is unlike the rest, and the employees are happy to be there. This has not changed a bit, even though it has been a crazy couple of months. The staff has been on top of their game in every way possible, arriving early, working long hours and keeping a smile on their face from the beginning to the end of their shift. From the crew in the back making the pizzas, to the employees answering the endless phone calls and delivering the meals, their work ethic has been tremendous.

“I am so thankful for their hard work and for pulling through and not bailing ship during these tough times,” Filippou said.

Not only is Fillipou thankful for his hardworking employees, he is also appreciative of his distributors. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been numerous food shortages and shipping has been delayed, but the distributors have stood by them and made sure they had the products they needed to stay in business and serve their customers.

When the restaurant industry experienced an immense decline and had no option than to go completely contactless, it was difficult to tell how it would affect their business. Steve Fillipou cannot express his gratitude for the amazing customers and their constant support.

“They have stood behind us from the very beginning and their support has meant the world to us,” he said. “From the shout outs on social media to the generous tips, they have been incredible.”

Their support is fully recognized and Twisted Pizza is so grateful for a caring community.

If you would like to order from Twisted Pizzeria and Restaurant, visit or call one of their 6 locations. They are open for business and ready to serve you a delicious meal!

Spruce Up Your Yard for the Warmer Weather!

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As the outside finally begins to turn green and beautiful after a long, hard winter, it is more important than ever to pay attention to cleaning up your lawn and landscape. Doing your spring yard preparation now will go a long way towards ensuring that you have a beautiful lawn for summertime!


This is the first place you should start your spring cleanup. If heavy traffic and your pets have ruined your lawn, sprinkle soil over the area with a combination of grass seed and fertilizer. Make sure to keep the dirt moist until you see grass start to sprout.

Clean up any debris that is laying around your yard. Remove sticks that have fallen over the winter and rake up leaves and thatch build-up so your grass can breathe again. Remember not to rake into wet grounds, it could tear apart the grass!

Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials

Give all of your plants the ability to grow by clipping away any dead or dying branches. While you’re at it, trim back any branches that are invading your walkways. Not only will this make your yard more inviting, but it will also allow more sun and air to reach the trees and shrubs!

Garden Beds

There is no better time than now to add some color to your landscape. Remember that your flowers need room to grow, so clear your garden beds of any leaves, dead foliage, and invasive weeds before the warmer months arrive. Once you fix up the old flowers and plant some new ones, edge the beds and add a fresh batch of mulch… it makes all the difference.

Patio and Walkways

Before you take advantage of your beautiful outdoor space, it’s important to make sure it is ready for your first party. If your patio and walkways don’t look their best, pressure wash the mildew and grime away and then replace any broken pavers or stones.

Now your yard is officially ready to meet the warmer weather!

You can finally sleep easy knowing your company is protected!

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Without an extensive security strategy, businesses often leave themselves open to countless risks. A large percentage of companies that are attacked are small businesses. Why is this the case? Because small businesses are generally under-protected and can’t afford the same level of security as large corporations.

Logicomm, Inc is based out of Providence, Rhode Island and offers a variety of services ranging from backup & disaster recovery to end-user support and everything in between. They are the backbone to many businesses throughout New England, and the best part? They are affordable for small businesses like yours!

The team at Logicomm, Inc has offered some expert advise and helpful tips to help keep your business safe and secure. Always assume you are open to attack and be prepared for the inevitable!

Here are a few tips that could save your business today:

  1. Use multiple-authentication methods
  2. Enable HTTPs on your website
  3. Use STRONG passwords
  4. Backup your data into a cloud
  5. Keep your software updated at ALL times
  6. Secure your wifi network

Logicomm, Inc can help you protect your business from malicious cyber activity. They can also provide several proactive security services, as well as find and repair weak spots in your company’s IT infrastructure.

If you are looking to get the most out of your technology investment, give Logicomm, Inc a call today at 401-369-8730!