There were a few empty chairs at the June 8 antiques and fine arts auction at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers gallery in Cranston, which Nancy Thomas, a spokeswoman for Bruneau, blamed on the sunny weekend weather outside. On rainy or snowy days, she said, the gallery is packed. In the back, four people monitored online bids on computers, and gallery owner and President Kevin Bruneau sat ready to relay bids placed over the phone. Most of their auctions include online bidders from all over the world who compete with live audiences, Bruneau says. He estimates the business’s online presence pulls in up to 10,000 additional bidders who check in on auctions periodically. Rhode Island auctioneers say the industry, while steady, has shifted in a number of ways, including demand, item worth and saturation of the market. Young people are showing significantly less interest in auctions than older generations, but rising sales of midcentury furnishings have assigned new value to items once … [Read more...] about Auctions cater to changing ages, tastes
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U.S. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide every year, according to ASPCA. Pet problems such as behavior and health are the most common reasons that owners rehome their pets. Tragically, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year. National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30) highlights the importance of adopting pets from shelters and bringing them into loving homes. It also supports the efforts of shelters to keep animals healthy and happy while they await their new owners. This can be done in a number of ways, such as promoting education around neutering and spaying, donating to a charity, or becoming a volunteer. Why Is Adoption So Important? "Homeless dogs and cats need every day to be Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, because many of them are euthanised simply because not enough people open their hearts and homes to them," PETA's director, Elisa Allen, told Newsweek. "Every time someone looking for an animal companion buys a … [Read more...] about National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day 2019: Can You Adopt for Free? How to Avoid Inhumane Pet Sellers
The oldest continuously operating general store in Vermont is searching for a new owner to take on what is considered the oldest continuously operating general store in Vermont. The Putney Historical Society, which has owned the store for more than a decade, is seeking $120,000 for the general store, which advertises itself as selling "a wide variety of groceries and other sundry items (Sundries being defined as anything you might need from cat litter to a toilet plunger to WD-40 and more.)" The price includes the entire inventory.The Putney General Store is currently run by two volunteers, Betsy MacIsaac and Lyssa Papazian, who want to get back to their own careers, according to the Brattleboro Reformer. Papazian, a historic preservation consultant, and MacIsaac, a sheep and goat farmer and fiber artist, said they will work with future owners to ensure a smooth transition. A for-sale ad in Craigslist said the general store generates sales of $1 million a year. The historical … [Read more...] about Wanted: New owner to run general store open since 1796
Brenda Clement, the executive director of HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, is one of the people involved in Homes RI, a new coalition of housing advocates, led by the United Way of Rhode Island, which is trying to attract more attention to the issues of housing availability and affordability in Rhode Island. This week, Homes RI held an event at the Statehouse to announce its 2019 legislative agenda. Clement spoke to the Providence Business News about the priorities. PBN: What is Homes RI? CLEMENT: In some ways it is a coalition of organizations that have been working on housing and pushing for more resources and awareness of housing needs in the state. It’s a continuation of many groups that worked on the housing bond campaign and who have been in the field for many, many years. PBN: What are the legislative priorities? CLEMENT: One is the rental assistance vouchers and the source of income bill. Right now, many, many advertisements on Craigslist and other sites … [Read more...] about Five Questions With: Brenda Clement
He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends. Max Harris at Santa Rita Jail. Credit Credit Katy Grannan for The New York Times Supported by ByElizabeth Weil Dec. 12, 2018 Once a week, Max Harris is allowed to leave his 6-by-12-foot cell to go outside. The first thing he does, before the other inmates arrive in the small cement yard in Santa Rita Jail, is run around and yell, “Safari!” as he picks up all the bugs — the furry moths with leopard spots, the grasshoppers in jade armor. He wants to move them out of harm’s way before other men in red-and-white-striped jumpsuits start playing basketball. Sometimes he’ll find a … [Read more...] about He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There.