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2014 GBAR Affiliate of the Year Announced!

 

2014 President Denise Reed and 2014 Affiliate of the Year, Roland Narofsky

2014 President Denise Reed and 2014 Affiliate of the Year, Roland Narofsky

Roland Narofsky, Regional Vice President of Maine Savings FCU, was awarded the 2014 GBAR Affiliate of the Year at the September 30 Membership Meeting. Roland has been an enthusiastic supporter of many of GBAR’s events and charitable causes over the years, and is also very active in his community, including serving on his local school board, the Bangor Region Leadership Institute, Rotary, and the Bangor/Brewer/Old Town Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Congratulatory sentiments may be sent to rnarofsky@mainesavings.com.  Congratulations, Roland!

 

Greater Bangor Association of Realtors® Awarded Placemaking Grant to Help Improve Greater Bangor Community

The Greater Bangor Association of Realtors® has received a $1700.00 Placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make the Greater Bangor community a better place to live and work by transforming unused public spaces into vibrant community places.

The grant is intended to help Realtor® Associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain placemaking activities in their communities.

The Greater Bangor Association of Realtors® will use the funds to replace a section of the Orono Bog Boardwalk which has been deteriorating due to wood decaying fungi, carpenter ants, and heavy use. The hemlock boards will be replaced with composite decking, aluminum supports, and stainless steel footings. The Association will partner with the Orono Bogwalk Management Committee and various foundations on this project that have also contributed funds and provide necessary maintenance.

“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Denise Reed, 2014 President of the Association. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better. This grant will allow us to address areas in our community that are in need of improvement or redevelopment and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”

Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor® associations to help them and their members initiate placemaking projects in the community, like turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market or a vacant lot into a playground. Realtor® associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these improvement efforts.

“As the Bangor area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties my also increase in value,” said Reed.

For more information on the Orono Bog Boardwalk http://cityforest.bangorinfo.com/boardwalk.htm

To find out more about National Association of Realtors® placemaking grants visit, realtoractioncenter.org/Placemaking.

The Greater Bangor Association of Realtors®, serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, and portions of Hancock and Washington Counties, works to advocate growth and development in our communities, and is proactive in identifying and addressing issues of concern. It is our mission to act as a united voice in the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer, and enjoy the use of real property.

 

Have you registered for the REALTORS Conference & Expo yet?  Click here for more information!

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2014 REALTOR® of the Year Announced

The recipient of the 2014 GBAR REALTOR® of the Year is our own President, Denise Reed!  Denise has been a licensed agent since 2004, and has also served GBAR on many committees, and as Director, Secretary, and President-Elect.  The photo below shows her accepting the award from Mary Kuykendall, Chairperson of the ROTY Committee, and Dave Sleeper of Realty of Maine, Denise’s Designated Broker.  Congratulations, Denise!

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Happy REALTORS® Video  

At the January 28, 2014 Membership Meeting at Jeff’s Catering, we started the new year with a fun music video featuring some area members.  If you missed it, click here to see it again!

 


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