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THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our company-wide food drive. The outpouring of support and generosity from our community is overwhelming! We couldn’t have done this without the support of our neighbors, friends, and our amazing team of agents and staff! A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who participated, supported, donated and helped to promote our food drive.

We’re in the process of dropping off all the donated items to: Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Inc.; Keefe Community Center in Hamden; Southington Bread For Life ; and Master’s Manna in Wallingford.

Cheshire Realtor Gina DeVito Shumilla and her little helper, Baylor

Cheshire Realtor Gina DeVito Shumilla and her little helper, Baylor

Southington Realtor Mary Lombardi picking up bags of non-perishable food items.

Southington Realtor Mary Lombardi picking up bags of non-perishable food items.

Our Cheshire office lobby FULL of food donations... And these weren't all of them! Thank you Cheshire Residents!

Our Cheshire office lobby FULL of food donations… And these weren’t all of them! Thank you Cheshire Residents!

Realtors Lisa Holden, Toni Fazio, Dave Drumheller, and Ellen Gomes, with bags of collected food items

Realtors Lisa Holden, Toni Fazio, Dave Drumheller, and Ellen Gomes, with bags of collected food items

 

Even the kids got into the mix helping out! :-)

Even the kids got into the mix helping out! 🙂

Cheshire Realtors Lori Watts and Fran Leventhal, along with Fran's buddy Spanky, dropping off bags in Cheshire neighborhoods. — with Lori Siniscalco Watts and Fran Leventhal in Cheshire.

Cheshire Realtors Lori Watts and Fran Leventhal, along with Fran’s buddy Spanky, dropping off bags in Cheshire neighborhoods.

Realtors Lisa Holden and Beth Cantor collecting bags in Hamden neighborhoods.

Realtors Lisa Holden and Beth Cantor collecting bags in Hamden neighborhoods.

Non-perishable food items collected from local Spring Glen, Hamden residents.

Non-perishable food items collected from local Spring Glen, Hamden residents.

The Realtors of Calcagni Associates Real Estate, New Haven County’s leading independent real estate brokerage, had a good reason to dress up for a recent fun night out on the town. Led by realtor Tara Carey, Calcagni’s Wallingford office held a Dress up Happy Hour Fundraiser on February 23rd at Jake’s Tavern, located on Center Street in Wallingford. The proceeds from the night’s festivities, over $300 plus a $50 gift card to a local department store given by Jake’s, are being donated towards furnishing one of two new townhouse units at the Wallingford Emergency Shelter.

The Wallingford Emergency Shelter, a non-profit organization that provides temporary housing and meals during the winter months to those in need, recently broke ground on a the two-unit home, and construction is expected to be completed within the next few months. In addition to the happy hour event, the Wallingford team at Calcagni Associates is also currently collecting donations of gently used household items to donate to furnish the unit at the shelter.

“Tara and all of the agents on our team have always been involved in causes to benefit those in need in the local community,” said Steve Calcagni, President. “They have done an amazing job of working as a team and to pitch in and make a difference for such a great cause.”

If you have any household items you would like to donate, please stop by Calcagni Associates’ Wallingford office, located at 924 North Main Street Extension, or call Tara Carey at 203-265- 1821. For information about the Wallingford Emergency Shelter, visit www.wallingfordshelter.org

 About Calcagni

Calcagni Associates Real Estate is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. Calcagni has four offices—Cheshire, Hamden, Wallingford and Southington. All offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures and relocation services. Learn more at Calcagni.com and Facebook.com/CalcagniAssociates

RISMEDIA— In today’s fact-paced real estate market, having information at your fingertips has become more important than ever before. As real estate professionals and prospective buyers alike continue to turn to technology to make the home-buying and -selling process a little easier for everyone involved, applications (apps) have become the next big thing.

Applications can do everything from helping one accurately price a home, to improving its appearance to even controlling the home’s environment and energy usage from a distance.

Here are 10 popular apps available today:

Control4 My Home: This app turns your iPad into the ultimate touchscreen home control and automation system and enables homeowners to control audio, video, Web cameras, security systems, lights, thermostats, and other functions. In addition, this free application can manage your commands in Czech, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish and other languages.

Zillow: This free app allows prospective buyers to find homes in any neighborhood based on factors such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms and price. It’s also a helpful tool for sellers as it provides estimates of what your home and those in your area might be worth.

Gardening ToolKit: For $1.99, this application offers great gardening advice that will turn your thumb green. It will tell you the perfect flowers, shrubs, fruits and veggies that will thrive in your area using the built-in “automatic zipcode hardiness zone finder.” It also includes a watering guide, month-by-month gardening advice, colorful plant photos and information on what to sow and when, depending upon where you live.

ID Wood: Want to know what kind of wood your floors or dining chairs are made of? With this app, you’ll be provided a reference guide that can help you ID any kind of wood so that you can easily choose a color and grain that you love for future projects.

Lutron Radio RA2: For $14.99, this application lets you remotely control your home using an iPad. Not only can you control the lights, temperature, appliances, window shade positioning and energy usage, it’s perfect for turning on the air conditioning before summer home showings and it helps make a house look “lived in” when you’re away from home.

LoopNet: A real estate search tool, this application is perfect for the homeowner looking to upgrade, downsize or just make room for an expanding family.

Trulia: Trulia has thousands of home listings, making it easy to find real estate in your desired area and check out pictures online.

Home Value Pro: Another free application—for the iPhone and iPod Touch—that gives home sellers and buyers accurate and reliable market data on over 140 million residential properties in the U.S. It includes up-to-date property values, foreclosure information, 12-month median home price trends and analysis of housing statistics at the county and zipcode level.

Mortgage Calculator Pro: A quick and easy-to-use calculator for brokers, REALTORS®, and home buyers, where within seconds, you will be able to calculate the monthly payment for a mortgage, car payment, credit card, or other types of fixed rate loans. The calculator lets you add different adjustments such as insurance, property tax, and monthly fees such as an HOA to see how they would affect the monthly payment.

Dream Home HD: For $4.99, this application will enable you to integrate the latest interior design trends into your home by providing thousands of decor solutions from professional designers. You’ll also receive inspirational ideas, tips, real-life photos and an extensive menu of colors and styles for a variety of room types.

For more information on popular real estate apps, contact our office today.

 

Special Thanks to the Communities of Cheshire and Southington for Their Donations

Calcagni Associates Real Estate recently worked with the communities of Cheshire and Southington to help feed the hungry. The company’s Cheshire office collected 1,200 lbs of non-perishable food items this week, and delivered the donations to the Cheshire Food Pantry and Bread for Life in Southington.

L-R: Gina Schumilla and Betsy Bogin with non-perishable food items that were collected to benefit local food pantries.

“We are overwhelmed by the generous response of our neighbors and fellow town members,” said Betsy Bogin, Sales Manager, Cheshire Office. “This was a community-minded effort, and the amount of food we collected speaks to the benevolence of the people of Cheshire and Southington.”

Realtors for Calcagni Associates sent out flyers asking for donations of non-perishable food items, and went door-to-door to collect them. The bags were delivered to the Cheshire Food Pantry and Bread for Life in Southington on April 12.

L-R: Evan Stern & Dominic Schumilla lending helping hands.

“Our local food pantries have been working so hard to meet the needs of those who have been hit by these challenging economic times,” Bogin said. “We’re very grateful to have been involved in helping them to extend their reach.”

Calcagni Associates has Connecticut Real Estate offices in Cheshire, Wallingford and Hamden, and is a fully diversified real estate agency offering residential properties, new construction, land consulting and commercial properties. All Calcagni offices provide a range of real estate services including market analysis, appraisals, residential foreclosures, property management and relocation services.

We’re SO proud of our very own Tara Carey, ABR, ASP, GRI, REALTOR,

Tara Carey, ABR, ASP, GRI, REALTOR

 who has been named as one of the Wallingford Education Foundation’s  “Distinguished Alumni” for 2011.. The foundation is a non-profit dedicated to providing philanthropic support for programs outside the school budget. Tara, a graduate of the Wallingford public school system, is actively involved in many charitable organizations, including: Calcagni Associates‘ “Blue Jeans for Babies”, American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life”, and animal rescue. Open to the community, the awards dinner will be held on 3/25/11 at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford, CT.  Check out the following link for the full article featured in the Post~Chronicle:  http://bit.ly/fH8VNS

Calcagni Associates is excep­tion­ally proud of its agents and the many com­mu­nity ser­vice projects and ser­vices across New Haven County that they sup­port through­out the year, ESPECIALLY during the Holidays.

Dorothy Karska-Piech, ABR, REALTOR, with donations for the Meriden Humane Society.

This Holiday Season alone, our agents from our three offices have contributed to our local food banks, families in need in conjunction with local Human Services organizations, the Meriden Humane Society, Wallingford Animal Shelter, Friends of Feral Cheshire/Wallingford Cats, a coat drive for “Master’s Manna”, Hamden Community Services, and more…Nothing puts us in the Holiday spirit more than helping those in the communities where we live and work…

Food donations from our Hamden Office, for the Hamden Food Bank.

Don’t forget to do your part, whether it’s in a small or big way- contact your local homeless shelter, food bank, or animal shelter!

 

Happy Holidays!