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Cheshire's Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Back in time, Memorial Day was originally Decoration Day, a day when veterans, townspeople and children gathered and marched in parade to local cemeteries to decorate the graves of soldiers with new spring flowers. It began after the Civil War and spread across the nation, eventually becoming a national holiday. It later became a national holiday to honor all U.S. citizens who had died in war. In 1971 Congress designated the day Memorial Day and gave it a fixed date as the last Monday in May.

Saturday, May 23rd, is Cheshire's Annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony. A day we honor the men and women who have died in America's armed forces. It will be held on the Church Green- in front of the Hitchcock-Phillips House, 43 Church Drive- at 10:00 am.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Cheshire Veterans Council, which is made up of the American Legion Post 92, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10052, Army Air Force Round Table and AmVets. Cheshire Town Councilman Tim Slocum will greet distingueshed speakers, veterans and guests on behalf of the town, to start the ceremony.

This ceremony is also preparation the Church Green and Veterans Memorial Plaza- in front of the Town Hall- for our Annual Memorial Day Parade, which is held on Sunday, May 25th. The parade stops by the Veterans Memorial Plaza while a brief ceremony is performed and "Taps" is played.

Speakers for this year's Wreath Laying Ceremony include; Cheshire residents Irvin Daubert and Justin Nash, and Jason Burke from Hamden, CT.  Mr. Daubert is an Army Air Force World War II veteran who will speak about his B-24 Bomber combat experience, while Mr. Nash, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Captain, will talk about his career as a post-military career advisor to recent veterans.  Mr Burke, a retired Navy Captain pilot, with combat experience, with offer thoughts about Memorial Day.

The event will also feature the Cheshire color guards from the veterans, Cheshire Police & Fire Departments, and Boy and Girl Scouts. Following protocol will be the pledge of Allegiance, Rev. John Williams of the Church of the Epichany offering the Invocation & Benediction and the Wreath being laid on the Civil War Monument. 

If you have never been to this ceremony before, Please make time to attend this very worthy event. Our military and veterans have sacrificed so much for all of us and the freedom's we enjoy every day. Taking time out for this event is a small token of appreciation to show them how much we truly appreciate all they have done. Last year this ceremony drew about 200 people, wouldn't it be nice if this year we could double or triple that amount.

Cheshire CT Elementary Schools Rank in Best CT 100 Elementary Schools List!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

                               

Three of our Cheshire Elementary Schools busted into the Top 100 Elementary Schools in Connecticut rankings that were just released by Niche

Norton Elementary School S/R- 68

Highland Elementary School  S/R- 78

Doolittle Elementary School  S/R- 84 

This year we also have included the Cheshire Elementary school teachers that also ranked in the Top 100 in Connecticut. I will clarify that it is not done by singling out individual teachers, it is done by the school on a whole. This is a fantastic addition to their rankings as our children spend a significant amount of time with our incredible Cheshire teachers and giving them some much needed exposure for their service is very nice. 

Please keep in mind when reading this and other school rankings reports, that there are 664 public elementary schools in the state of Connecticut. Having our Cheshire elementary schools rank among the Top 100 is outstanding, but it also does not mean that the rest of our elementary schools aren't any good.  They all have come in at the high end of the 664 schools...just not in the top 100 portion.

Now, for some more EXCELLENT news! While we have our 3 outstanding elementary schools above, we actually have FOUR CHESHIRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS/TEACHERS break the Top 100 Elementary Schools Teachers in Connecticut Rankings!!!  As a parent, that made me smile!

Norton Elementary School- S/R- 61

Highland Elementary School- S/R- 67

Doolittle Elementary School- S/R- 89

Chapman Elementary School- S/R- 86  

Are you considering a move to Cheshire?  We'd love to talk with you about our wonderful community and more about what makes the Cheshire school system so great! Give us a call or stop in our office. You can also visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com  If you'd like to view some properties online, click on the links below. You can view ANY homes for sale in the Cheshire area, as well as any homes for sale in New Haven County or any other county in the state of Connecticut.

Let us know how we can help!

Homes for Sale by Norton Elementary   Homes for Sale by Highland Elementary         Homes for Sale by Doolittle Elementary                                   

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Memorial Day Parade in Cheshire CT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

                                                  

It's going to be an exciting weekend in Cheshire! Get out your flags and your best red, white and blue clothes...it's the Cheshire Memorial Day parade! What a great time of year...it marks the beginning of summer. At Sally Bowman Real Estate we've got the grill and coolers ready to go for the big day! Here's what you need to know:

Cheshire Memorial Day Parade

When: May 24th, 2015 (Rain Date- May 31st)

Time: 1:30 pm

Where: Cheshire Police Department/ Highland School    End: Cheshire High School

This year's parade is in honor of our WWII veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. 

This incredible generation of veterans is known as "The Greatest Generation" because of the activites demanded of them in battle and wartime, and what they faced when they returned home from war as well. Sadly, many of this generation have passed on. We want to honor thos who are still here today, to make sure they realize we do know the great sacrifices that we made abroad and at home, and honor for that service.

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember all those who have fought so courageously for our freedom and for those who paid the ultimate price indoing so. Military men and women stand on the front lines every day to protect our country, and the freedom it represents. Let's make it a priority to honor and remember our family members, friends, and all veterans, and Thank them for their service to our country.

We look forward to seeing you at the parade! Join us at the office around 1:00 for a hot dog and a cold drink to watch the parade. Bring your chairs, blankets and enjoy the view from our lawn for the parade.

From all of us at Sally Bowman Real Estate..... Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day!

Healthy Living Expo at Bartlem Park in Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's going to be an exciting weekend in Cheshire!  Bartlem Park is the place to be this Sunday, May 17th, for the 6th Annual Sea Dog Road Races and Cheshire YMCA Healthy Living Expo! Co-sponsoring the event is the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, which will be the largest fundraiser for the YMCA and it's mission of supporting the children and families of the Cheshire area in promoting healthy lifestyles. All the monies raised through this event go toward the YMCA programs that provide children, teens and families with activities and programs that they may not otherwise have access to.

The Sea Dog Road Races are going to include a 5K and 10K certified course, with bib chirp timing, Doggie Dash Kids Fun Run, a Y Cup (5K), and Elementary School Relay. There will be age category prizes, T-shirts & Medals given to all participants, Vendors and Exhibitors...all at the Healthy Living Expo. Additionally, families will have a blast with the YMCA Fun Zone, music, food, a family obstacle course, face painting and the free giveaways!

Races will begin at Bartlem Park and end at Cheshire High School, 525 South Main St. The Healthy Living Expo opens to the public at 8:00 am, while the races begin at 9:00 am.

Join in the fun of the Cheshire community, and support the community we love at the same time!

If you're looking to make a move to the Cheshire community, give our office a call. You can also visit our website and learn more about the Cheshire area. We're here to help in any way we can.

5 Tips to Help Sell Your Cheshire Home

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The spring home selling season is well under way in Cheshire. If you have chosen to put your home on the market there are a few things you can do to make sure to you get the most Home Buyers coming through the door, and more offers coming on your home. Here are 5 simple tips to help with selling your Cheshire Home:

CURB APPEAL

This is the "Welcome Mat" so to speak, of your home. As soon as your prospective buyer drives up to your home, they are developing their first impression. This will set the tone for the rest of their visit, so make sure it is a good one. Make sure the lawn is cut and the shrubs & trees are trimmed. If you have a porch, set out a nice colorful potted plant(s), a chair or two, new welcome mat and make sure your windows are sparkling clean. Let them know you take care of your home and let the entry way give off a welcoming vibe.

REAL ESTATE TEAM

The most important piece is this! Even if you've done everything possible in your home to get it ready, if you aren't partnering with the right agent or team, you aren't going to get what you're looking for. You need the experience, local market knowledge, the ability to price a house correctly and the Real Estate marketing savvy that comes from the right Real Estate Team partnering with you to sell your home. A great agent will spend time on the photos, marketing and doing what is necessary to get your home seen, and the buyers in, to get your home sold.

GET ORGANIZED

Don't underestimate the power organization has in selling your home. You must organized every room, closet, cabinet and basement. And not even just organize, you'll want to remove probably half of what you have in these places right now.  If you decide you're going to keep what is there, that is. Moving is a great time to get rid of things that haven't used and are gathering dust.  But if you really must keep them, then you'll want to either rent a storage unit or pod and remove them from the home.  This way you're allowing your potential buyers a view of what they will be able to do with the space...not see what you've done with the space...leaving it looked crammed and small to the buyer.

HIDE SIGNS OF PETS

Whether you have a single pet;  dog or cat. You need to make sure you hide any and all signs of them.  It doesn't matter if you are extremely neat with your pets, or if your potential buyer loves them, you still need to hide the fact that you have them. That means food,  food bowls, and toys out of site. Secondly, before the home ever goes on the market you need to have your floors professionally cleaned of any stains or pet odors. Nothing will turn a buyer away quicker than pet odors and stains.

WISE UPGRADES

If you don't have a lot to spend then you need to focus on the essentials!  Freshly painted walls are always a must. Other cheap upgrades that pay-off big rewards are new cabinet & door hardware, new light fixtures, refinish hardwood floors (if they are in good general shape), paint old kitchen cabinets, new kitchen sink, etc. Small upgrades in area's of the house that are used most often, often have the highest return on investment. 

Bottom line, make sure your home is ready for the market when the sign goes up. You get ONE chance to make a first impression...Make it a Good One!

For more Home Selling Tips visit our website or Facebook page. If you are considering selling your Cheshire Home, we'd be happy to help you, just give us a call at 203-272-2828. You can also visit our website at:  www.sallybowmanrealestate.com

Mother's Day Brunch Cheshire CT 2015

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

It's the BEST TIME OF YEAR...because we get to celebrate Mom! Afterall, she is the glue that holds most families together and is the center of our "HouseHold Universe"! We look forward to this day so that we can show her how much she really means to us & how much we truly appreciate all she has done for us and continues to do so every day. She is the one person who cares for everyone when we're they're ill, gives advice, is our shoulder to cry on, always you're biggest cheerleader and our fiercest defender (whether you really need it or not Smile). She is the heart of the family...and the center of the "Household Universe".

So on this day that we have the priviledge of honoring her in many different ways, one popular way to start the day is a fabulous CHESHIRE MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH! To help you out, we've listed a few of the wonderful Mother's Day Brunch's being served in the Cheshire Area:

1. The Victorian House226 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410  (203) 272-5743

Time:  11:00 am-9:00 pm

Cost: They've got it all...so kids you can spend a little or a lot, whatever fits your budget!

Serving: Their amazing regular menu...plus a SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY MENU!  Take a look at some of these mouth-watering dishes: Slow Roasted Prime Rib au Jus, Chilean Sea Bass, Sirloin Scampi, Zuppa di Pesce and so much more!! Call if you have questions and definitely make your reservations.

2. The Waverly Inn - 286 Maple Ave, Cheshire, CT 06410 (203) 272-2441

Time: Seatings are 11:00,  1:00 and 3:00 pm (Must have a reservation)

Cost: $29.00 (Plus Tax & Gratuity)$13.00 for Children 10 and Under

Serving: FABULOUS MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH which includes: Carving Station, Omelet Station, Breakfast Servings, Antipasta Table, Main Buffet, Elaborate Dessert Table and more! Mom will have more amazing choices than ever at the Waverly! Just make sure you've made your Reservation!

3. Bella Vista at Hawk’s Landing Country Club, 201 Pattonwood Drive, Southington, CT      860-793-6000 Ext 

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $22.50 Adults, $9.95 Children 10 and Under

Serving: Selections include egg and cheese frittata, French toast bread pudding, sliced roast beef and complimentary mimosas for moms. Reservations recommended. 

4. Mikro Beer Bar3000 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Connecticut 06518      203-553-7676

Time: 11:00- 2:30 pm

Cost: Regular Menu Items

Serving: Regular Menu Items Here's a sample to whet your appetite- Lobster Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, Smoked Peach Parfait, Spinach-Tomato Strata. To review more fantastic menu items, click this link: Mother's Day Menu Mikro

5. Paul Gregory's Bistro148 Center Street Southington, CT 06489        860-621-9999

Time: 7:00 am- 2:00 pm

Cost: Regular Menu prices

Serving: A Savory Regular Menu that Mom will smile about for hours! Things like Beef Tenderloin Benedict, Flatboys, Country Cola Ham, and so much more! To review the menu follow this link: Paul Gregorys Menu

6. Paul's Restaurant1127 Highland Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410                      203-271-3663

Time: 8:00 am- 2:00 pm

Cost: Regular Menu Prices

Serving: Breakfast Parfait, California Black Stone Benedict, Salmon Benedict, Patriotic French Toast, Banana's Foster, Hangover Breakfast Burritos and more. Review the menu at this link: Paul's Restaurant Menu 

We are blessed here in Cheshire to have many more options for our Mother's and the highly anticipated & hard to reserve Mother's Day Brunch! It's impossible for us to include all those other GREAT RESTAURANTS & VENUE'S here, but keep them in mind for your Mother's Day outing.

From All of Us at Sally Bowman Real Estate....WE WISH ALL MOM'S A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY & MANY BLESSINGS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR! 

Connecticut...Best State To Live For Well Being!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Connecticut is the BEST STATE TO LIVE FOR OVERALL WELL BEING! That's about the most glowing of an endorsement that a state can get, I'd say. We really didn't need another reason for anyone to want to move to the great state of Connecticut....or to our wonderful community of Cheshire, but we'll take it! 

How did we get this honor? It was based on a set of criteria, of course, that is outlined below:

The First Human Development Index Criteria was based on the Following


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Second (Retooled) Human Development Index Criteria was Based on The Following


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does it all boil down to? Simply this, that the communities/state in which we live have the capabilities- what people can do, what they can become- to pursue a valuable life. The basic capablities valued by everyone; Good Health, Access to Knowledge, and a decent Standard of Living. Other capabilities that are central to a fulfilling life may also include the ability for one to participate in the decisions that affect your life, to have control over your living environment, to enjoy freedom from violence, have societal respect and to be able to relax and have fun in everyday life.

We all know that our capabilities are greatly expanded or constrained by our own efforts and the institutions & governmental agencies and institutions in our society. People with extensive, well-developed capabilities have the tools they need to make their vision of a "Good Life" a reality.

In Connecticut, and absolutely in Cheshire, these all pertain! We are blessed to live in a wonderful state and even better community!

If you're looking for a new community to live, come visit Cheshire! Not only do we live in the BEST STATE, we've also been named the 16th SAFEST CITY TO LIVE IN,  and our schools are highly regarded! I can tell you first hand from growing up in Cheshire, and living here the majority of my life....you won't find a better place to raise your family! Give us a call and we'll show you around our wonderful community of Cheshire. If you'd prefer to visit our website, you can do that at this link: Sally Bowman Real Estate

Check out homes for sale in Cheshire here:

Cheshire Homes for Sale

Are you looking to build your dream home? We represent some Fantastic New Developments and premier new Cheshire Neighborhoods! Contact our Project Managers: KATIE SMITH-203-996-1712 and CHERYL ROSADINO-203-379-7087

You can also search all homes available in New Haven County right from our site! Just click the link below:

HOMES FOR SALE NEW HAVEN COUNTY

It's a GREAT time to BUY & SELL HOMES IN CHESHIRE! Let us know how we can be of service to you!

Keep up with news of our community here in our Blog and on our Facebook Page and Google+ Page.

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A Piece of Cheshire CT History in this Enchanting Home!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

A PIECE OF CHESHIRE'S HISTORY IN THIS ENCHANTING HOME SET ON 3.6 ACRES!

661 MOSS FARMS RD, Cheshire

With it's detached barn and art studio, combined with the uniqueness and charm of the 4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath home, this Historic Cheshire home offers privacy and plenty of entertaining & endless possibilities for the discriminating buyer.

You'll find the elegance and grace of yesteryear in the wide panel flooring, three fireplaces, first floor Master - with full bathroom, large Family Room with beautiful built-ins and the 3 additional bedrooms on the second floor.

The front Blue-stone patio, right off the dining room, is just stunning! For the Wine Lovers...home has a fantastic Wine Cellar.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY: SALLY BOWMAN    Call  203-687-8026

If you'd like to see other homes that are available in the Cheshire area, please give Sally a call or visit our website! You can search all homes for sale in Cheshire by clicking on this link: HOMES FOR SALE IN CHESHIRE

You can also search all homes for sale in New Haven County here:  HOMES FOR SALE IN NEW HAVEN COUNTY

Our website has the quickest, most ACCURATE searches available!  Since homes are going under contract at record pace, we'd recommend giving us a call so we can put your personal preferences into our system and notify you as soon as a home with your criteria becomes available. You can also become part of our PREFERRED HOME LISTING ALERTS by signing up at this link:  FREE LISTING ALERTS FOR Cheshire   This will notify you immediately when a home with your personal preferences comes onto the market. You'll find out FIRST...many times before other realtors are even notified! It only takes a few moments to fill out and you can cancel your alerts at anytime.

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Record Crowd Expected At Cheshire Half Marathon

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Half Marathon Expecting Record Crowd This Weekend

The fourth 4th Annual Ion Bank Cheshire Half Marathon is expected to hos over 3,000 runners, surpassing last year's record crowd.  The event will take place on Sunday, April 26th, at Cheshire High School, 525 South Main St.   The event features a Half Marathon, a Half Marathon Relay, 5K, Kids Fun Run and the United Healthcare's Healthey and Active Living Festival.  New this year is the Half Marathon Partner Relay and a Corporate Team Competition. 

 

On race morning, the public is invited to UnitedHealthcare's Healthy & Active Living Festival, which features tons of exhibitors and a variety of family activities. The Half Marathon, Relay and 5K races are mostly flat.  The Half Marathon and Relay feature great stretches on the picturesque Farmington Canal Trail. Participants will enjoy music, cheer squads and water stations with Nuun hydration along the course. The Kids Fun Run is run entirely on the CHS track. After the race, all participants are invited a post-race party with great food and live music from Run for Cover.

   

Check out the feature in this week's edition of The Cheshire Herald, focusing on a local runner and their drive to participate in the event.
To get involved, or for more information on the race, visit www.cheshirehalfmarathon.org 

  

 

Does Your Cheshire Home Have Curb Appeal?

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The first impression a person has of your Cheshire home is from the outside...your front yard, and front exterior of your home.  We often concentrate on the inside of our home, which isn't hard to understand since that is where we spend the majority of our time, but we can't forget the "face" of our home. If you are contemplating selling your Cheshire Home, then making a great first impression will be what makes potential Home Buyers want to see what's inside your home! So check out these simple, but low-cost, home improvement tips that create great Curb Appeal!

1. Bring a Splash of Color to your Front Door.  Make your front door & whole house stand out from the others by giving it a bold blast of color. If you have a solid wood door that's in good condition you can prepare it to paint a new color, if not buy a new door in an already bold color and forego having to do any of the painting yourself.  Then choose a fantastic door fixture.  Finish with a nice wreath, swag or other ornament that reflects your personal style.

2. Install Outdoor Lighting.  Any type of low voltage landscape lighting provides a big impact on curb appeal and gives the added benefit of safety & security to you and your guests. It is also an added value when selling your home. 

3. Container Gardens. Many times we hear from Cheshire Homeowners that they don't have the time or space to put in flower beds or landscape gardens. This is where Containers Gardens are excellent! You can buy ready-made containers or create your own. You can use varying sizes and styles of containers and of plants and flowers to give your garden an asymmentrical look. It gives you such a unique look with a personal stamp and you can use these containers in the yard or on your porch.

4. Window Boxes. An easy way to bring Curb Appeal to your home, as well as whimsy & charm, are window boxes! Just remember to choose copper or iron for a more traditional look and painted wood for a cottage feel. Flowers should be mixed and matched to suit lighting and color schemes.

5. Outoor Art! We love this category! So many things can be art to different people, but we'll keep it in the basic range.  The key is to choose pieces that complement your home's natural color palette and exterior elements. Water Fountains, Birdbaths, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. In fact, water sculptures can serve a dual purpose functioning as yard art and allowing the burbling sounds to soothe;  making hot days seem cooler.

6. Keep your Lawn & Greenery Manicured. One of the cheapest and easiest things you can do is keep your grass mowed and your shrubs and trees pruned and trimmed regularly. Nothing looks better than a well manicured yard and it also shows your attention to your homes maintenance, which in turn let's your prospective buyer know that you "Care" for your homes exterior. That's important because if you Care for your home's exterior, the logical conclusion would be that you MUST CARE for your Home's Interior. Therefore, they will be calling to set up an appointment to see your home.

For more Homeowners Tips visit our website or Facebook page. If you are interested in looking for a home in our wonderful community of Cheshire, please stop by the office or give us a call!  We'd be happy to help in any way that we can.

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Cheshire CT 06410
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