Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – January 2018

ENA Newsletter – January 2018
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Good-bye 2017! Welcome 2018!

    2018 comes in with a blast – a blast of arctic cold weather. Take precautions as low temperatures continue into the coming week. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather can cause hypothermia and frostbite. If you have elderly neighbors, check on them to make sure they are keeping warm.  Find cold weather tips at http://www.providenceri.gov/providence-residents-urged-exercise-caution-ahead-frigid-conditions/

Recycle your Christmas trees and wrapping paper

     Free holiday tree pickup will occur on regularly scheduled trash days during the weeks of January 8 and January 15. Remove all lights, decorations, and tinsel and place the tree at the curb. Recycle gift wrapping paper in your recycle bin. But, please don’t put plastic bags, shredded paper, diapers, or greasy pizza boxes in recycle bins. They will contaminate the entire load sending it to the Johnston landfill. At the current rate of use there are only 15 years left at the landfill. Recycle right to extend its life!

PNPP deadline is January 15

     Planting trees may be the last thing on your mind in the bitter cold; however, the next deadline for applying for trees through the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program is coming up fast. It’s January 15. Find more information at http://pnpp.org/

Providence Community Library news

     PCL has been awarded $544,800 by the Champlin Foundation to repair, renovate and preserve the exterior of Knight Memorial Library. The grant will fund cleaning and renovations to all exterior masonry as well as repairs to the roof, guttering, cornice, and skylights. The work will take place in Spring 2018.

     Knight Memorial Library continues to be closed on Saturdays. However, Saturday service is being offered in 2018 at South Providence Library (441 Prairie Ave). South Providence is ADA compliant and climate-controlled. GED and ESL classes are offered there on Saturdays.

     Knight Memorial Library offers valuable services to the community, access to computers for job seekers, children’s programs, and more; but when PCL determines which libraries are open evenings and weekends the numbers of users count. You can help support Knight by getting a library card there, and checking out books and DVDs to enjoy during these cold evenings.

Reservoir Triangle Association is back in action

     Reservoir Triangle Neighborhood Association (RTNA) reconvened in 2017 for the first time since the 1980s and has held several meetings. If you’re interested in learning more about the neighborhood next door, contact RTNA President Dave Talan at davetalan@aol.com

Crime Watch news

     Police District 2 (Elmwood and South Providence) has a new District Commander – Lt. James Barrows. You can meet him at Crime Watch meetings on the 4thWednesdays of the month. Thanks to Lt. Henry Remolina for his exemplary service to the Southside.

     An approach to fighting crime that’s worth investigating is called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED strategies aim to influence offender decisions before a criminal act is committed by redesigning the built, social, and administrative environment. This Wikipedia article suggests design concepts useful for our homes and parks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_prevention_through_environmental_design

     Crime tips of the month:

  • Use timers on your lights. These are known deterrents to breaking and entry.
  • Keep your porch light on at night and install exterior motion-activated lighting.
  • Carefully dispose of cartons that advertise attractive purchases like flat-screen TVs, laptops, and sports equipment.  Fold the printed cardboard to the inside and place in your recycle bin.

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


  • Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day Walk in the Park
  • Sunday, January 7 – ENA Advisory Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 9 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Monday, January 15 – Deadline for applying for street trees with PNPP
  • Thursday, January 18 – Teatro Ecas presents La Zorra y las Uvas
  • Wednesday, January 24 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, January 25 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting



o   Tuesdays and Thursdays – Friends of Knight Memorial Book Sale

o   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, January 1, 12:00 – 2:00 – New Year’s Day Walk in the Park
Meet up location: The Roger Williams monument inside the Elmwood Ave

Sunday, January 7, 6:00 – 7:30 – ENA Advisory Board Meeting
Advisory board meets to develop outreach efforts and define the direction of ENA.
For more information, contact Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com or Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net.

Tuesday, January 9, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location: South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Ave
      All are welcome to attend the Friends meeting, help raise money, plan programs, and advocate for library resources and improvements.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.


Wednesday, January 10, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Participants at the December meeting discussed the need to address the controversy around the statue in Columbus Square before developing the park and programs. Meet with Wendy Nillson of the Parks Department and Stephanie Fortunato of the City’s Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism to discuss next steps.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net(401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.


Monday, January 15 – Deadline for applying for street trees with PNPP

     The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program has supplied more than 10,000 street trees to neighborhoods throughout Providence. Elmwoodians have planted hundreds of trees during PNPP’s April and October plantings. January 15 is the next deadline for applying for trees for the April planting.

Web site: http://pnpp.org/

More information: Ward Weathers, weathersw@gmail.com

Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm – Teatro Ecas presents La Zorra y las Uvas

Location: 57 Parkis Ave

     ¿Qué harías tú del amor sin la libertad o de la libertad sin el amor? Esopo

Contact: ecastheater@yahoo.com(401) 421-3227

Wednesday, January 24, 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 Lt. James Barrows, who reports on incidents in the previous month. Talk face to face with the police commander to resolve quality of life issues. Learn about programs to reduce crime from other 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, January 25, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting
Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St. in Upper South Providence
     SPNA is a member organization of Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) – a collaboration of neighbors & organizations addressing the issues of blighted properties in Providence – and frequently addresses development issues on and near Broad St.

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



Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library book sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
     Browse through 1000’s of sorted and categorized books. See what’s new in the children’s area. Stock up on videos and DVDs for the long winter nights. Earnings support library programs.


City of Providence Commission Meetings
Location: 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Many recent neighborhood decision-making discussions have taken place in such meetings. 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


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