Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – July/August 2017

ENA newsletter – July/August 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Welcome to the Broad St Business District!

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 11, Broad St Business District was officially recognized as a “go to” place to eat and shop. Beautiful signs in Washington Park and Trinity Square now welcome visitors to Broad St in 6 languages, highlighting the international character of the street. Thanks to Marilyn Cepeda-Andujar for spearheading this effort.

ENA receives grant for Elmwood Ave map

ENA has received a grant from the Department of Arts Culture + Tourism to develop a map of Elmwood Ave. The $1675 grant will pay the graphic artist and enable the Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association to print and distribute several thousand copies. The card stock map will introduce residents and tourists to nearly 50 sites on the street.

PCL receives a donation from PPS

On Thursday June 29, Brent Runyon of Providence Preservation Society presented Providence Community Library with a check for $3500. The money came from the proceeds of the Preview Party for the 2017 Festival for Historic Houses, which took place in early June in the Northern Elmwood Historic District.

Volunteer with Friends of Knight donates seed money for endowment

Harriet Dever, a 3-year volunteer for the Friends of Knight Memorial Library has donated $2000 to Providence Community Library. Harriet spent happy times as a child in the children’s library on the ground floor. Now in her 90s, Harriet regularly helps out at library book sales held in the same room. Her donation will be used to start an endowment for the preservation of Knight Memorial Library.

New legislation limits liquor store hours in Providence

At the end of June RI Senators and Representatives voted unanimously to limit the hours of liquor stores within the city of Providence.  The law will be implemented on September 1, when liquor stores will push back their opening times to 9 am. This will affect the stores in South Providence that now open at 7 am.  Thanks to all those who attended the Broad St visioning meetings and asked for this change.

Apply by July 15 for fall planting of street trees

Would you like to have a street tree in front of your house or business? Once again, Elmwood residents are applying for a street tree grant from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. Applications must include at least five participating properties. Applicants for this round will plant the trees together as a community on a Saturday in October.
If you live in one of the following areas, and want a *free* street tree, please make contact as soon as possible in order to be included.

  • Sumter, Gallatin, Warrington, and Sacket between Broad and Niagara Streets. Please contact Paula at(401) 941-5697.
    • Areas within one block of Hamilton Street, from Public Street to Atlantic Ave. Please contact Brooke atbrookehammerle@gmail.com

Those outside of the areas above can organize and apply for their own tree grant.  Contact the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program or reach out to one of the veteran tree leaders above for information and support.
There has been great progress toward making Elmwood a greener, healthier neighborhood, but many more trees are needed. Every tree helps! Tree planting is fun and a great way to meet your neighbors.

Peace and Plenty Garden News

Gardeners are ecstatic. The New England Grassroots Environmental Foundation has awarded the garden a grant to purchase tools and build a tool shed. The structure will be designed to complement the rain barrel shelter designed and built by Down City Design a few years back. Stay tuned for a call for volunteers to help on the build day!

Stop by the garden to check out the newly installed Bug Hotel provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Service.

On Wednesday, June 21 the garden opened the Outdoor Classroom with 54 first graders from the Bailey School having a hands-on garden experience. The students planted okra, and picked and tasted rhubarb and mint before releasing ladybugs.

Celine Schmidt, a Brown/RISD student has completed a documentary on the garden. There will be a public viewing onJuly 12 at 10:30 at Elmwood Nursing and Rehab.

The Center for Southeast Asians and Southside Community Land Trust are running a summer camp two mornings a week focused on gardening and nature stewardship. CSEA has a plot in the garden where they’re growing delectable edibles.

The garden is pleased that these neighborhood businesses and non-profits also have plots in the garden: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Elmwood, the Y Youth Program on Broad, and the WIC Program at Charter Care in the Saint Joseph’s facility.

Peace and Plenty Park Summer Activities

Friends of Peace and Plenty Park have a busy schedule this summer including a free lunch program, yoga, reading for kids, nature classes, and physical activities with the Y. Ice cream and entertainment events are also being planned.

Roger Williams Park Activities

RWP has a great lineup of events this summer: Food Truck Fridays, Movies in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park in July, and RI Philharmonic’s free concert in August. When visiting the park, remember that the traffic patterns have changed. The long loop around Cunliff and Edgewood Lakes, along Frederick C. Greene Memorial Boulevard is now a one-way greenway with separate lanes for walking/bicycling, driving, and parking.

Find a map at the Web site below. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a calendar of events:http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/CampaignforRogerWilliamsPark.aspx

Summer noise too loud?

Fourth of July weekend is always noisy in Elmwood, and we can expect loud outdoor parties throughout the summer despite ordinances that restrict the noise level and hours of loud music. Police have begun fining party hosts when noise is excessive. Voice a complaint at 272-3121. If your concerns are dismissed, ask to speak to the Desk Sergeant at 243 6191.

Summer Safety Tips

Unattended open doors and windows are invitations to thieves. Keep valuables away from windows. Don’t advertise flat screen TVs and laptops by exposing them to the street. Secure air conditioners from the inside as thieves can easily remove them to gain entry into a house.

Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.

Find general information about community groups, greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the ENA Reference Guide mailed in June.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

 RECURRING ACTIVITIES

  • Various days – Activities in Peace & Plenty Park
  • Wednesdays – Sankofa Market and book sale
  • 
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends of Knight Book Sale
  • Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park
  • Fridays – Movies in Roger Williams Park

JULY EVENTS

  • Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • July 15 – Deadline for applying to PNPP for street trees
  • Thursday, July 20 – Shakespeare in the Park
  • Wednesday, July 26 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, July 27 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting

AUGUST EVENTS

  • Friday, August 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm – RWP Pops
  • Sunday, August 13, Dominican Parade and 29th Annual Dominican Music and Cultural Festival
  • Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, August 24 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES in JULY & AUGUST

Various Days – Activities in Peace and Plenty Park

Free Lunch Program, Mondays through Fridays from 11:00 to 1:00, July 5 through August 18.
Anyone under 18 qualifies for a free lunch. The program is a partnership of the City’s Healthy Communities Office and SODEXO.

Saturday Morning Yoga from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Saturdays, July 8 through August 26. All are welcome, including kids.

Summer Reading for Kids (ages 3 – 7) begins at 10:00 am on Tuesdays, July 11 through August 16. Bring your kids for story time with Miss Allison from Knight Memorial Library.

Get Physical for Kids with the YMCA Youth Program, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 – 12:00 noon until August 18.

Nature Classes – Dates and times to be determined. The National Fish and Wildlife Service and Providence Parks Department will be offering nature classes. More details to follow.

Ice Cream and Entertainment – We’ll have some great music and other fun and, as usual, ice cream cones for everyone. Stay tuned for more information.

Contact: Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Wednesdays, July 5 to October 25, 2 pm to 6 pm – Sankofa Market

Location: Knight Memorial Library lawn, 275 Elmwood Ave

Find fresh food, crafts, recycled books, even a food truck.

More information: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=622

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave.

Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs and original art works and prints.  Proceeds support library programs and improvements.

To help sort books on Tues and Thurs mornings, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Food Truck Fridays, 5 to 9 pm

Location: Roger Williams Park by the Carousel Parking Lot

Take the family to the carousel and playground, take a walk around the park, bicycle on the newly paved streets. And sample a variety of delicious food and drinks sold by Providence area food trucks. On Friday, August 4 food trucks will be at the free RWP Pops Concert at the Temple to Music.

More information: https://www.rwpzoo.org/carousel-village/plan-carousel-village-visit/food-truck-friday

Fridays, Movies in the Park, sunset

Location: Dalrymple Boat House Lawn

Visit the food trucks at Carousel Village. At sunset take a blanket or chair to the Boat House lawn to watch a movie:Sing (July 28); The Secret Life of Pets (July 14); A League of Their Own (August 11); E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (August 25).

 More information: https://rogerwilliamspark.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/movies-in-the-park/

JULY EVENTS

Tuesday, July 4, 7:00 pm – Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

Live entertainment from Soraiya and Navy Band Northeast, food corral featuring culinary delights from the Ocean State, Fireworks over Narragansett Bay.

Wednesday, July 12, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Next steps in map distribution and Elmwood Ave beautification.

RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, 401 941 8249

Note: EBCA meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, July 12 10:30 pm – Showing of a new short film about Peace and Plenty garden

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Celine Schmidt, a Brown/RISD student has completed a documentary on the garden. Come learn more about the garden.

Contact: Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

July 15 – Deadline for applying for next round of street trees

Applications for the next round of Providence Neighborhood Planting Program’s street trees must be postmarked byJuly 15. Read more above about streets in Elmwood that have already applied for trees. Learn more about the program and download an application at http://pnpp.org

Contacts: Paula, (401) 941-5697 and Brooke, brookehammerle@gmail.com

Thursday, July 20, 7 pm to 9 pm – Shakespeare in the Park

Location: Roger Williams Park, The Temple to Music

Presented by RI Latino Arts and Trinity Repertory Company, this is a bilingual English-Spanish production.

Thursday, June 22 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting

Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St.

SPNA has quickly become active in Ward 11 by addressing a variety of issues on upper Broad St, including the large numbers of homeless people, the people who prey upon them, and their impact on South Side neighborhoods.

To confirm the date, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Wednesday, June 28, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence 

Location:  640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room (across from St Joseph’s)

Meet with police who report on incidents in the previous month. Talk face to face with the district commander to resolve quality of life issues. Learn about programs to reduce crime from invited guests. Get to know your neighbors and their concerns. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

For agenda updates, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting. 

AUGUST EVENTS

Friday, August 4, 7:00 to 9:00 pm – RWP Pops

Location:  Roger Williams Park, Temple to Music

You’re invited to a free concert featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy inspiring favorites like the 1812 Overture, Fanfare for the Common Man, Stars and Stripes Forever, and Star Wars. Food Truck Friday will relocate to the Temple to Music for this special event.

More information: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RWPPops.aspx

Sunday, August 13, Dominican Parade and 29th Annual Dominican Music and Cultural Festival

10 am to 12 noon: Dominican Parade on Broad St

12 noon to 7:30 pm: Festival at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park

A day of cultural pride and music of the Dominican-American community in Rhode Island. This year the organization celebrates its 29th Annual Festival. The Dominican Festival is one of the most attended events in Rhode Island. The activities are coordinated by Quisqueya en Accion.

Contact: 401 941 2749

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1762694950641207/

Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence 

Location:  640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room (across from St Joseph’s)

Meet with police who report on incidents in the previous month. Talk face to face with the district commander to resolve quality of life issues. Learn about programs to reduce crime from invited guests. Get to know your neighbors. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

For agenda updates, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 

Thursday, August 24 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting

Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St.

SPNA has quickly become active in Ward 11 by addressing a variety of issues on upper Broad St, including the large numbers of homeless people, the people who prey upon them, and their impact on South Side neighborhoods.

To confirm the meeting, and/or to get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.comor (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month.


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