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Super Bowl 50 Party Destinations Cheshire CT

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Where will you be Super Bowl Sunday?

C.J. Sparrow’s 

908 S Main St, Cheshire, CT 06410

Phone:(203) 272-8204

C.J. Sparrow's a Cheshire landmark and ALWAYS a spectacular place to watch the game.  

908 South Main StreetCheshire, CT 06410

We call it a 5-Star Local Bar!  Everything you'd want a bar to be... Great local company, fantastic people, wonderful atmosphere and the BEST BURGERS you'll ever eat! 

 

 

J.Timothy's Taverne

143 NEW BRITAIN AVE, PLAINVILLE, CT 06062

860-747-6813   jtimothys.com

For a taste of GREAT WINGS, from the just recently featured on the Food Network, J. Timothy's Taverne! If you're planning on ordering wings for your Super Bowl party at home, do it ahead of time....they SOLD OUT last year!!!


And if you feel like traveling a little further for some fun....LAUDED AS ONE OF THE AREA'S BEST SUPER BOWL PARTIES:

Anna Liffey’s

17 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510

Anna Liffey’s is a local favorite destination for sports fans. Each Sunday football fans pack Liffey’s to watch football the way it was meant to be watched, with great pub food, beer, and fellow football fans. Now you can join Liffey’s for the Sunday Funday Super Bowl Party, and enjoy the Super Bowl like never before! Expect Great Specials all day!

 

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Now, put down the Footballs for just a minute and pick up the soup cans for a SOUPER BOWL!!! 

Every Super Bowl Sunday, members of Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 West Main St., organize a special Super Bowl event, donating cans of soup. This collection, along with the monthly donations of food, will be given to the Cheshire Food Pantry. So, before you start guzzling beer and munchin on wings, head over to the church and donate a few cans to the pantry, there are many in the area who could use the support.  

Anyone wishing to donate additional cans of soup may can the church office at (203) 272-3523 or bring donations to the Cheshire Food Pantry during regular hours—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m. 

*The Food Pantry is located behind Rossini’s on West Main St.

Whatever you choose to do....have a Great Super Bowl Day!  Remember to have your designated drivers, Cabs or Uber.  

Early Spring For Cheshire CT?...

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The most famous Weatherman of all, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early Spring, though recent events in Cheshire beg to differ, could it be true? Groundhogs everywhere are predicting an early Spring. A Groundhog in Canada has reported the same, as did General Beau Lee in Georgia and Staten Island Chuck in New York.  Notice the repetition here (which is actually the collective noun for groundhogs)?  Ahh, I get it now Harold.  So, who do we listen to?  Not everyone agrees with Phil.  For the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, AccuWeathermeteorologists are concerned for just the opposite, predicting cold air and possibly snow, that could linger into March.  However, a quick warmup is predicted, allowing milder air to arrive faster than it has in the past two years for both regions.


Big cities around the Great Lakes will have nice weather for an early planting season in May, with milder temperatures and frequent sunshine expected.  

There you have it, the weather forecast from two very different kind of Weathermen.  

Now For the most Famous Groundhog's Day of all:


The bizarre tradition of Groundhog Day originated from an ancient celebration of the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox (the day right in the middle of astronomical winter.) According to the ancient superstition, sunny skies mean a stormy and cold second half of winter while cloudy skies indicate an early arrival of warm weather.  This evolved in Germany where a Badger or a Sacred Bear was the predictor and evolved again with German Immigrants in the 18th and 19th Century.  It is similar to the Celtic Holiday Imbolc, which is celebrated on Feb. 2nd and also includes weather predictions.

Existing Home Sales Bounce Back!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Highlights:

  • Sales in December were 14.7% higher than those in November, marking the largest month-over-month increase ever recorded.
  • Inventory levels are still below historic norms at 3.9-months supply.
  • Median home price is up 7.6% from last year, marking the 46th consecutive month with year-over-year price gains.

Best Of Cheshire CT: #11 Roaring Brook Falls

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Roaring Brook Falls, Cheshire, CT    Home to one of the largest single-drop waterfall in the state, Roaring Brook Falls is a Cheshire Land Trust property, offering a beautiful hike through the New England forest.  The 3/4 mile climb to the falls is truly magnificent any time of year.  Accessed at the end of Roaring Brook Road off of Mountain Road, the trail is easily marked and provides excellent Snow Shoeing Opportunities. It also connects to the Quinnipiac Trail, a state Blue-Blazed trail that goes from Route 68 in Prospect to North Haven.

Roaring Brook Falls is really something every Cheshirite should see at least once. Though after seeing it, you’ll definitely want to return. Experience the many tales this area has to offer. Arrowheads tell of the early men who hunted the woodlands and fished the waterways of what came to be known as Roaring Brook. Early Foundation stones tell of what was once an old mill powered by the falling water of this stream. Tumble-down rock walls whisper of the early farmers who first worked this land. Cedar stumps are evidence of former pastures, which are now overgrown by the encroaching forest. This impressive 80-foot waterfall, which eventually joins Willow Brook and Mill River, can sometime be heard a mile away, truly earning it's name, Roaring Brook. 

To learn more about Cheshire Parks and Landmarks, visit our website and Blog regularly.


January is Radon Home Testing Month!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Has your Cheshire home been tested for Radon? If not, now is the perfect time to get it done! January is National Radon Action Month. As your Cheshire real estate agent, I feel it’s my duty to inform you of the proper precautions and actions to take in order to protect yourself and your family from any possible radon exposure.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon (also known as a radioactive gas) is found at some level in almost every home and takes the lives of 21,000 Americans each year.  Did you know that the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General have urged all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and places of business for radon? Because exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure and health issues! If a high radon level is detected in your home you can take steps to fix the problem and protect yourself and your family.

Here's what you need to do to Test your Home for Radon:

  • Get a Radon test kit & Test your Existing Home: Test kits are available for purchase online, however we would recommend completing the Home Radon Testing Checklist at the following website to ensure you do a complete and accurate job of testing your home: RADON TESTING CHECKLIST. The state of Connecticut offers Free test kits at the following link: FREE RADON TEST KITS If you live outside the state of CT, check with your state government office for Free Radon testing kits. Some home goods and hardware stores also sell radon testing kits. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully for proper placement and information on where to send it afterwards to get your reading.
  • Call a Professional- If you'd rather not do the testing yourself, you can call a CT Radon Mitigation Professional and they'll come in your home and do all the testing for you.
  • If You Are Buying a Home…and the home has already been tested for radon, ask the seller for the test results of the most recent radon test. You may also want to request that a new test be conducted by a professional radon tester. If a radon test has not yet been conducted, request it as soon as possible with your own specific preferences. You have the right to decide who will do the test, what type of test will be done and when the test will be done.
  • If You Are Selling a Home…and your home has already been tested for radon, review the facts and verify it was done correctly. If so, make sure the test results are available to your potential buyers. If your home has not been tested for radon, get the test done as soon as possible; preferably before your home goes on the market.

The presence of radon in your Cheshire home can be dangerous and life threatening. While smoking causes cancer in an estimated 160,000 people a year, radon can cause lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers alike. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched an international radon project to help countries around the world increase awareness, collect data and promote action to reduce radon risks. Radon in our homes is the main source of exposure and up until now has not received widespread attention. Get the facts about radon and make sure your family is safe from its dangers. If you are buying or selling a home, take the proper precautions to radon-proof your home before it’s on the market or before you move in.

For more Home Buying and Selling Tips visit our Blog, Facebook Page  frequently. 

Doolittle Elementary School's GRATITUDE PROJECT!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Cheshire's Doolittle Elementary School's Teacher, Jennifer Guerin, has her own mantra...“if you can’t see the good, be the good.” , and after attending a conference of her own entitled..."Looking for the Good", knew exactly what she wanted to do for her own students at Doolittle Elementary!

Ms. Guerin wanted to give the students at Doolittle a way to embrace and show gratitude towards each other, while also increasing their ability to learn, increasing their self-esteem and decreasing stress levels which ultimately leads to decreases in bullying.

So the "GRATITUDE PROJECT" was born, and a wall near the school Cafe was used for the project. Announcements were made each morning, advice was given to help motivate children, examples were given of gratitude to help them get started, and get them to give thought to what makes them grateful. But it didn't take long before 12,000 Post-it notes with amazing comments such as: “I am grateful there are weekends, because I get tired in school.” “I am grateful for good food.” “I am grateful for my friend Sophia. She sticks up for me.” were on the wall!! Plus, anytime a student was found performing an act of kindness, that child would be given a “good” card. The cards made the children feel good about their actions. The cards made the rounds throughout the school, as each child with a card would then be on the lookout for someone else doing a good deed, and present the card to them. Even teacher's at Doolittle Elementary posted on the Gratitude Wall- “I am grateful to Mrs. Guerin. Every time I pass the cafe and see all the notes, I feel happy.”

Gratitude, Good Feelings, and Kindness catch on like wildfire and changes the way you think, makes you more aware of your choices & the way you respond to any situation.

What a wonderful project! Makes you wonder what we all could do with a Gratitude Project in our Homes, Schools, Restaurants, and all Work places?!

Great Job Ms Guerin, Doolittle Elementary School and all the wonderful students who have been so enthusiastically participating in this project!

For more information on the "Look for The Good Project" at Doolittle Elementary School you can visit this link: http://www.lookforthegoodproject.org.

If you're interested in learning more about the highly acclaimed Cheshire Elementary Schools, please visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com If you'd like to view homes available in the Doolittle Elementary School District, please give our office a call at 203-272-2828 so we can talk with you personally and find the home that perfectly fits your needs. You can also follow this link to our website: Homes for Sale in the Doolittle Elementary School District

Photo Credit: Joy VanderLek/Cheshire Citizen

Cheshire CT Home Sales Finished Strong!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Home Sales finished strong for 2015 for Sally Bowman Real Estate Team and the new year is off to a great start! If you follow the housing market it is easy to get confused as to how the market is really behaving. One day you can read an article that is singing it's praising and the next you'll hear we're nearing a crisis! What I can tell you is that 2015 was the best year for the Housing Market in year;  homeowners saw equity return to their homes and home sellers were rewarded with Home prices moving upward. At SBRE we closed out December with many home closings and in just the last week have seen a flurry of real estate activity!

If you had your eyes on one of these homes, come in and talk with us so we can find a home that will meet your needs and personal preferences because these homes are no longer on the market!

HOMES UNDER CONTRACT

46 Westmore Road, Cheshire
34 Meriden Ave, Meriden

 

HOMES SOLD

249 Maple Ave #1, Cheshire
Lot 1 Peck Lane, Cheshire
626 Mixville Road, Cheshire
249 Maple Ave #4, Cheshire
71 Westmore Road, Cheshire

One thing is certain, if you are considering putting your Cheshire home on the market and were going to wait for the "traditional spring market" you may want to reconsider that strategy. The housing market has already shown signs of the spring market beginning now. With the possibility of interest rates rising at a considerable rate this year, and credit standards shakey, along with a strong Buyer Demand already pushing forward from the closing of last year...the earlier you have your home the market the better the chance at the stronger sales price and shorter selling cycle.

If you'd like to know what you're home is worth in the new market, give our office a call. If you'd rather see for yourself without talking with one of us first you can get a Free, No Obligation Home Value Report by going to this link: Find My Cheshire Home Value   You'll receive your report instantly.

If you're considering moving to our wonderful community of Cheshire, we'd love to show you around the town and all the beautiful neighborhoods! Call our office and setup a time to come into town. We're here to answer any questions you may have!

Caring for your Cheshire Pets in Winter!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Winter is a time when your beloved fur babies need a little extra care. Here is a list of tips to protect your pet from the dangers of winter.

If your pet spends most of the time in the backyard, you might want to keep them indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet -- they’re simply not that cuddly. But If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection during winter. Provide your dog with a warm, dry and draft free shelter outside. The shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.

It takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold so outdoor animals will eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.Meanwhile, Indoor animals have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust their amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet!

 Frostbite is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during their walks. Look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.

The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car's radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly - even the smallest sip can be fatal! If your pet starts acting "drunk" or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep your pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. You should also not let your dog wander too far during his walks. Who knows what dangers lie in your neighbors' driveways?

If you live in an area with cold and icy winters then you are probably accustomed to salt on the sidewalks and roads. However, the types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws -- not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. Protect your pet's paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.

  Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car… ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car's hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she'll thank you in the long run.

Wintering with your pet is mostly common sense. If you’re cold, your beloved pet will most likely be cold too. So snuggle up, keep your pet warm and safe and sooner than you can say "GoldenDoodle" we’ll all be hitting the beaches for some summertime fun.

Best Of Cheshire #10: Mixville Park

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Winter in Cheshire has always been one of our favorite seasons. We are fortunate to live in an area that affords us so much to do in nature and one of those is our beloved Mixville Park and Recreation Area.  Located in the Mixville neighborhood of West Cheshire, Mixville Park, originally known as Murphy’s Pond, has been a local gathering place since the turn of the century.

Best known for it’s sledding hills and swimming ponds, Mixville is the perfect place to throw a summertime BBQ with family and friends or an impromptu baseball game with your buddies. It has great sports fields, two pavillion's and fantastic picnic area's for hosting parties and an excellent playground that has served many of the Cheshire families over the years.  

Before the Cheshire Community Pool was built in Bartlem Park, Mixville Pond was the only swimming area available in town. During the summer the larger pond at Mixville is open to fishing and kayaking. The smaller pond, still used for swimming and a favorite to many residents, has a beach and lifeguards on duty. This makes Mixville Pond and Recreation Area a great place to spend an afternoon of fun for so many Cheshire families. 

In the winter, the pond freezes and becomes the ideal destination for ice skaters and hockey players. When there's snow, expect to see a busy sledding hill, as it’s the best one in town! As mother nature starts to work her power and the white fluffy snow starts accumulating in our lovely park....we'll be seeing you on the hill at Mixville!

Mixville Park and Recreation Area

1300 Notch Road, Cheshire, CT 06410

*Parking Fees Apply During the Summer Season Only

Stay up to date with Cheshire Community Information on our Blog and Facebook Page and you can join fans of Mixville Park on their Facebook Page too! Mixville Park Facebook Page

Tips For Your Cheshire Home: Stay Ahead Of Ice Dams

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

 

Icicles hanging off your house look beautiful, but they're usually a sign of trouble. 

The same conditions that allow icicles to form; snow-covered roofs and freezing weather, can also lead to ice dams (thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves). 

These ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When this happens, the results aren’t pretty.  Paint peels, floors warp, ceilings get stained and worse sag, and the insulation in your attic becomes soggy, which is magnet for harmful mold.  

How it happens:

First, heat collects in the attic and warms the roof...but doesn't warm the eaves.

The snow on the warm roof melts, causing the water to rush down to the eaves…which are still cold.  So, the water freezes again. 

This ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam, preventing the water from running into the gutters and away from your home. The melting water from the warm roof backs up behind this ice, forcing it to flow beneath the shingles, and finally into the house.

Find out how to get rid of them OR better yet, prevent them below:  

Quick Fixes: 

Hacking away at ice dams with a hammer, chisel, or shovel is one of the worst things you can do for your roof...and it's very dangerous for you! Throwing salt on the roof will do more harm to the roof than the ice. So, what do you do?

  • 1. Freeze It
  • Bring a box fan into the attic and aim it at the underside of the roof where water is actively leaking in. This targeted dose of cold air should freeze the water in its tracks.  This method can stop water from flowing in, in just a few minutes.  
  • 2. Rake It
  • Never try pounding away at the ice, but you can try Raking it.  Simply use a long handled aluminum roof rake to rake the snow and ice.  You want to make sure it is a dedicated roof rake, so you don’t damage your shingles. 
  • 3. Use the old Pantyhose Trick!
  • You may want to ask your wife first, but this age old hack definitely works! You can lessen the damage after a dam has formed with this simple trick.  Fill the leg of an old pair of pantyhose with Calcium Chloride Ice Melter.  Then simply lay the hose onto the roof so it crosses the ice dam and hangs over the gutter.  The calcium chloride will melt through the snow and ice and create a channel for water to flow down into the gutters or off the roof, thus eliminating the backed up water.  

 


 Permanent Fixes 

Preventing ice dams for good is simple: Just keep the roof the same temperature as the eaves. Do that by increasing ventilation, adding insulation, and sealing off every possible air leak that might warm the underside of the roof.

Taking care of these trouble spots (listed in order of priority) will give you a dam-free winter and will also lower your energy bill!

How to prevent it?

Two words: Heated Cables.  Attach with clips along the roof's edge in a zigzag pattern. Heated cables combat ice dams that lift shingles and cause leaks. This method allows you to equalize your roof's temperature by heating it from the outside.  Keeping your roof one consistent temperature will prevent ice dams from flowing beneath your shingles.  You’ll want to be sure to install the cables well before bad weather hits.

 More Prevention Tips:

1. Ventilate Eaves And Ridge. A ridge vent paired with continuous soffit vents will circulate cold air under the entire roof. Both ridge and soffit vents should have the same size openings and provide at least 1 square foot of opening for every 300 square feet of attic floor. Place baffles at the eaves to maintain a clear path for the airflow from the soffit vents.


 

2. Seal Your Attic. Attics are full of air leaks.  Fill these! This will help keep everything the same temperature in your attic, which will in turn help to keep the roof one consistent temperature. You may want to add some more insulation as well.  Follow the video below for instructions on how to seal attic air leaks.  


 

3. Always Exhaust to the Outside. Make sure that the ducts connected to the kitchen, bathroom, and dryer vents all lead outdoors through either the roof or walls, but never through the soffit.

4. Install Sealed Can Lights. Old-style recessed lights give off great plumes of heat and cannot be insulated without creating a fire hazard. Replace these with sealed "IC" fixtures, which can be covered with insulation. Keeping the heat from escaping into your attic.

5. Flash Around Chimneys. Bridge the gap between your chimney and house framing with L-shaped steel flashing.  * NOTE * Using canned spray foam or insulation isn't fire safe.


 

6. Seal and Insulate Ducts. Spread fiber-reinforced mastic on the joints of HVAC ducts and exhaust ducts. Cover them entirely with R-5 or R-6 foil-faced fiberglass.

 

7. Caulk Cracks, Gaps and Air Leaks. Seal around electrical cables and vent pipes with a fire-stop sealant. Also, look for any spots where light shines up from below or the insulation is stained black by the dirt from passing air.


Looking to sell your home this winter?  Want more tips like these to keep your home in tip-top shape this selling season?  Contact the Sally Bowman Real Estate Team for more Cheshire Home Tips.  

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