Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – October 2017

ENA newsletter – October 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Halloween comes to Roger Williams Park 

     The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back October 5 through November 5 with 5000 intricately carved pumpkins. Spooky family overnights are planned for Saturdays, Oct 21 and 28. (https://www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/events) This year you can see the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 115 feet above the earth on the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride. Learn more at https://www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/visitor-info/soaring-eagle-zip-ride

    A series of fall tours starts up again with a Trail Walk on Saturday, October 14. Other walks include a tour of the Betsey Williams Cottage, a Bird Walk, and an evening of Urban Legends and Spooky Stories. Find out more at https://rwpconservancy.org/event/fall-tour-series-statues-roger-williams-park/

Mark your calendars: Next Street Tree Planting is October 21

      This is a fun-filled, community-building event. We’ll be planting approximately 50 new street trees along Hamilton, Melrose, Niagara, Stanwood, Potters, Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, and Atlantic. We will rely once more on property owners, tenants, and volunteers to plant the trees. 

     For those of you who have never been to a PNPP (Providence Neighborhood Planting Program) planting, you’re in for a treat. The hard work of excavating the soil will be done by the program in advance of planting day. The City of Providence Forestry Division, in conjunction with PNPP, will prepare the tree sites and deliver the trees. The rest is up to us! If you can’t help lift a tree, you can still contribute. We need people to help shovel (or rake) soil and mulch, and sweep the soil from the sidewalks when we’re done planting. Your contribution could be as simple as keeping a watchful eye to make sure the tree is planted straight.  

     Please join us and spread the word!  Many hands make trees light! This is a great community service opportunity for students.

Sickly street trees could mean a gas leak

     Is your street tree sickly? It may be caused by an underground natural gas leak. To be sure, contact National Grid and ask them to perform a leak test: 1-800-640-1595. Learn more about gas emergencies at https://www.nationalgridus.com/RI-Home/Safety/Report-a-gas-emergency 

     Street tree pruning is also on the schedule for Elmwood. In fiscal year 2017 trees were pruned between Public St and Princeton Ave. Portions of Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, Hamilton, and Melrose are slated for FY18, that is, by June 2018.

Peace and Plenty Garden News

     On September 29, Lincoln School performed a Community Service Day at Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden. 41 students, 5 teachers, and 1 neighbor weeded park and garden walkways and street tree wells (on Updike and Peace Streets), mulched them with wood chips (provided by the City Forester), rehung a mural, and painted the new garden shed. Students were asked to connect their community service to social and environmental justice principles.

     Want a garden plot in Peace and Plenty Community Garden? Some gardens will be coming available. Contact Doug,doug.crimewatch@gmail.com to be added to the wait list. 

Bringing more bicycling to the Ocean State

     The City of Providence has partnered with People for Bikes to bring more biking to the South Side. People for Bikes, an organization based in Boulder, CO, now offers a look at how other cities did it. From mountain trails to parks to greenways, ‘How It Got Built’ brings you stories of the people, places, funding, design and construction behind nine awesome bike projects around the nation.

Jobs are now available for the next US Census 

     The Census Bureau has begun recruiting for temporary full- and part-time positions in support of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test. Positions are available in Providence County. The largest number of positions are Field Data Collection jobs, but other types of jobs are also available.

For more information, go to https://www.census.gov/2018jobs

A Hand-Up program comes to Elmwood Ave

     If Elmwood Ave looks cleaner, it’s thanks to “A Hand-Up”, a new endeavor for Amos House that provides paid days’ work to individuals who are homeless, unemployed and/or panhandling. The program also aims to increase their access to services and resources. Thanks to the EBCA Advisory Board, the program has added the regular cleaning of Elmwood Ave to their list of projects around the city. 

Foodworks Providence opens in the West End

     Foodworks Providence is a new, shared commercial kitchen and food business incubator located at 55 Cromwell St in the West End. Our goal is to help build and scale small food businesses—an effort that will impact the West End, South Side, and Elmwood neighborhoods. On September 24 there was a grand opening party. Welcome!

Knight Memorial Library still closed for repairs

     On Saturday, July 22, Providence Community Library abruptly closed Knight Memorial Library for essential electrical and mechanical upgrades to assure safety in the building. A date for reopening hasn’t yet been announced. Check the PCL Web site for updates: http://www.provcomlib.org

     While Knight Memorial is closed, PCL is partnering with the West End Recreation Center109 Bucklin Street, to offer afterschool services for youth 3:00 pm to 6:00 pmMondayThursday. Other patrons are encouraged to access materials, services and programs at other PCL locations. 

Visit SouthPVD.org, a new community Web site 

     Knight Memorial Library has developed a website for the greater South Side. Check it out and post your South Side news and events!  Need help? Contact Librarian Rod Burkett at rburkett@provcomlib.org 

Crime news: Safety and Security

     After a quiet summer, District Commander Lt. Remolina reported a number of unnerving and seemingly random assaults and robberies in the neighborhood in September. They included one at Adelaide and Niagara at 3:00 pm and an assault at La Base club on West Friendship St. at 2 am. Two assaults were reported on upper Broad St at 4 pm and 10 pm. and one on Taylor St in South Providence around 1:15 pm.  Several of the incidents involved knives. On September 13 a man armed with a gun attempted 2 carjackings at 8 in the morning on Peace St near Elmwood.
To learn more about incidents in the neighborhood, attend the Crime Watch meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month or get on the Crime Watch mailing list at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

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.


S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S


October 5 to November 5 – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park
• Wednesdays – Sankofa Market at Southside Cultural Center
• Saturdays – Broad St Farmers Market
• City of Providence Planning Meetings

o City Plan Commission meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month

o Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets on 3rd Wednesday 



• Monday, October 2 – Election of Community Representative to CAPP Board
Tuesday, October 3 – Harvesting Hope
Tuesday, October 3 – Interfaith Forum

Saturday, October 7 – WBNA House Tour

Tuesday, October 10 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Wed., October 11 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Wednesday, October 11 – Citywide Conversation with Mayor Elorza
Friday, October 13  – Montessori Dance Party Fundraiser

Thursday, October 19 – Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden Day of Service
Saturday, October 21 – Elmwood Street Tree Planting
Saturday, October 21 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Peace and Plenty Garden

Wednesday, October 25 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
Thursday, October 26 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting




Jack-o-lantern Spectacular, October 5 thru November 56:00 to 10:30 pm 

Location: Roger Williams Park Zoo (just follow the signs) 

     This year we will travel through time and visit with dinosaurs, explore the ice age, and peek into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome. As guests wander the Wetlands trail they will delight in the history of the Middle Ages, discover the New World, and be fascinated by major inventions like cars, planes, space travel, and the computer. Infused throughout will be the art and music associated with each era. Imagine the history of us all on over 5000 intricately carved pumpkins.

Buy your tickets on line: https://www.rwpzoo.org/plan-your-visit/events

Sankofa Market, Wednesdays through October 25, 2 pm to 6 pm 

Location: 393 Broad St, Southside Cultural Center’s SouthLight Pavilion 

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

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


Broad St Farmers Market, Saturdays through October 288 to 11:30 am

Location: Algonquin House lawn, 807 Broad St

     The Broad St Market opened in 2002 and offers a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables. The market also offers the Healthy Foods, Healthy Families program.

What’s at the market: http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farmersmarkets_details.php?market=3

City of Providence Commission Meetings

Location: 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room

Agendas are published at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting and are available at http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings/

• City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45
• Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:45


Monday, October 2, 6:00 pm – Public Meeting to elect Community Representative to CAPP Board of Directors

Location: Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara St.

     We need you! All are welcome to Monday’s meeting to learn about CAPP, vote for a Community representative, or be nominated for election to the Board of Directors. CAPP needs candidates with a strong desire to serve the community and a belief in our mission: “CAPP, working in partnership with the community, provides culturally competent supportive services and programs to Providence residents in need to promote their achievement of economic self-sufficiency.”

     Read more about requirements and voting: https://www.cappri.org/vote

Contact: Jess Duckett, Communications Coordinator, Community Action Partnership of Providence(401) 273-2000 x108

Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 – 8:30pm – Harvesting Hope, Southside Community Land Trust’s Annual Fundraiser

Location: Squantum Association, 947 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, East Providence

     We’re building a fantastic food-and-fun-filled auction featuring the work of local artists, artisans, businesses, restaurants and performing arts organizations. Featuring Matt Varga of Gracie’s, this year’s Co-Chair and Guest Chef and delicious offerings by many local businesses and restaurants. Learn more here: http://www.southsideclt.org/harvesting-hope-2/. Read how Chef Varga and others are growing RI’s food system: https://www.southsideclt.org/harvesting-hope-gracies-chef-matt-varga-on-growing-ris-food-systems/

    Peace and Plenty Garden is a SCLT garden and provides many resources to ensure the garden is an asset in the neighborhood.

Buy tickets: https://www.southsideclt.org/event/harvesting-hope/?event_date=2017-10-03

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 – 8:30pm – Interfaith Forum

Location: Islamic Center of Rhode Island, 39 Haskins Street (Upper South Providence)

     We’re looking to bring different organizations, faith communities, public safety officials, Muslims, and non-Muslims together for an informational event that highlights both the Muslim community and the religious diversity here in Providence.

     Interfaith representatives, community organizations, and public safety officials will gather at this event to promote inter-religious dialogue, and diversity education, and cover various topics including: Prejudice and Hate Crimes; Community Safety; Municipal ID’s. We hope you will be able to join us.

Contact: Jordan Van Leesten, (401) 421-2489, ext 5379

Saturday, October 7, 10 am to 4 pm – WBNA House Tour: From Vacant to Vibrant

Welcome center: Providence Revolving Fund office, 372 West Fountain St

     Once a disinvested neighborhood, the West Side has awakened as one of the most vibrant places to live, work, and play in RI. Over a dozen houses are opening their doors for a self-guided House Tour that features both homes and businesses. Tickets are only $20 in advance.

Learn more and buy tickets: https://www.wbna.org

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location: 305 Dudley St, South Providence

     All library users are invited to attend this meeting to help the Friends group reopen the library.

Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com

Note: Friends meetings are now held on the second Tuesday of each month. Next meetings are November 14 and December 12.

Wednesday, October 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

      Thanks to advisory board members who distributed Elmwood Ave maps. What are the next steps in 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, October 11, 6:00 pm – Citywide Conversation with Mayor Elorza

Location: Mt Pleasant High School, 434 Mt Pleasant Ave

     All are welcome to join Mayor Elorza and other City officials for an open discussion about working together to benefit our neighborhoods.

For more information: Alexandra Batista, abatista@providenceri.gov(401) 421-4289 ext. 5567

Friday, October 13, 7:30 – Montessori Community School of RI’s Anniversary Dance Party Fundraiser

Location: 73 Stanwood St

    Come out and dance the night away to celebrate MCS RI’s Anniversary and help raise funds for our scholarship program. We will kick off the evening with hors d’oeuvres and drinks (included in the ticket price). And as the night progresses, we will be dancing to a mix of pop, hip hop, and Latin music. Note: This is a grown up party only.

Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mcs-ris-anniversary-dance-party-fundraiser-tickets-37887521597     

Thursday, October 19, 9:00 – 3:00pm – Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden Day of Service

Location: Peace and Plenty Park and Garden

     Join Youth Build Preparatory Academy’s Day of Community Service. Come anytime. There is always lots to do to keep the park and garden in tip top shape.  Snacks and water on us!

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

Saturday, October 21, 8:00 am – Elmwood Neighborhood Street Tree Planting

Meet up location: Locust Grove Cemetery Entrance, 19 Melrose St (at Laura St)     

     We’ll be planting approximately 50 new street trees along the Elmwood streets of Hamilton, Melrose, Niagara, Stanwood, Potters, Laura, Mitchell, Congress, Ontario, Lexington, and Atlantic. Please wear closed-toed shoes or work boots and work gloves. Please bring shovels, brooms, friends and family!

Please RSVP in advance: Ward Weathers, weathersw@gmail.com(401) 324-9273


Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Peace and Plenty Garden

Location: Peace Street between Elmwood and Broad  

     Celebrate the completion of the new tool shed in the Garden.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 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. 

Thursday, October 26,  – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting 

Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St. in Upper South Providence

     In September members of the Providence Center provided information on & received neighbor feedback about their Recovery Navigation Program based at Emmanuel House on Public Street. In addition, we received information & updates from Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R)–a collaboration of neighbors & organizations addressing the issues of blighted properties in Providence–on additional actions & participation opportunities for neighbors. SPNA is a member organization of N4R.

To get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month. However, due to upcoming holidays, next meetings will be held on Thursdays, November 16 and December 14.

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