Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – March 2018

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

Tired of all the trash?      The “Reduction of Single-Use Checkout Bags by Retail Establishments” bill passed the City Council
Ordinance Committee last week. Next, the bill goes before the City Council – two times. The first hearing is at
7:00 pm, Thursday, March 1. Be there to speak out on the bill. If you can’t attend, write to your councilperson. Find their
email contacts here: http://council.providenceri.com/Members.  Read more about the bill at http://council.providenceri.com/node/1705. Read about other states and cities that have single-use plastic bag bans or fees: http://www.ncsl.org/research/environment-and-natural-resources/plastic-bag-legislation.aspx

Want a chance to talk with neighbors about Elmwood? Consider leading a Jane’s Walk 

     Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of citizen-led walking conversations inspired by community activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors. For several years, citizens have led free walking tours in more than 200 cities around the world, including many in Providence and here in Elmwood. The next Jane’s Walk festival weekend is May 4, 5, and 6, 2018.
Contact Joelle Kanter, joellekanter@gmail.com, with questions about leading a walk. She’ll schedule individual calls or meetings in March, and plans to bring all walk leaders together for a group meeting in April.  Find more information on the Jane’s Walk Providence Facebook page and Eventbrite.

Providence Revolving Fund searches for new Executive Director
Clark Schoettle, PRF’s Executive Director since 1983 is retiring. He has built PRF into a $12 million historic properties loan fund that has financed many rehabilitative repairs to residences in the Southside and other parts of the city. Thank you, Clark, for improving the quality of life in our city neighborhoods.
Anyone who is interested in applying for the soon-to-be-open position should contact Providence Revolving Fund. Read more at https://www.facebook.com/ProvidenceRevolvingFund/posts/1786222248056082

Want to learn how to dance, paint, and drum? We’ve got that!

Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island offers a variety of classes
Located in Trinity Square, SSCC offers a variety of classes and workshops from Tai Chi on Saturday morning, Caribbean rhythms percussion on Sunday afternoon, contemporary dance on Tuesday evening, and West African Drumming on Thursday evening. Check out their schedule to learn more. Have something you’d like to teach? Contact Yon Tande, 401-228-3630yontande@sccri.org.
Botanical Gardens in Roger Williams Park hosts open paint and amateur photography sessions
Come mingle with like-minded artists and nature lovers at the Botanical Center on Friday afternoons. Guests are welcome to bring a sketch pad, water colors and washable paints and to take photographs. Get details on the RWP Conservancy Events Calendar.

Sophia Academy is now accepting applications for the coming year
Sophia aims to change the lives of girls from low income homes through an empowering middle school education.Call or visit the school at 582 Elmwood Ave to request an application form, or download the  Sophia Admissions Application from the Web site. To learn more call 401 784-0021 and visit Sophia Academy.

Crime Watch news
     In the wake of the Parkland Florida shootings RI has joined New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to take action on gun violence.  Among its goals, the “States for Gun Safety” consortium aims to trace the sale and use of out-of-state guns in crimes and share information about individuals disqualified from possessing a firearm. The governors of these states have also announced plans to open what they say will be the nation’s first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium. (Federal regulations currently prohibit the Centers for Disease Control from studying gun violence.) They are considering organizing the consortium through their respective state universities.
 Reminder: There have been a few instances of persons being victimized when selling items online or through social media.  When buying or selling an item on line, consider meeting the purchaser (or seller) in a well-lit, safe public place, for example, the police station lobby during daytime hours.
To read about recent crimes in Elmwood, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com to get on his mailing list.

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, 2017.


S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S


  • Thursday, March 1 – City Council meeting; hearing on bill to ban single use plastic bags
  • Monday, March 5  – Zero Waste Providence meeting
  • Wednesday, March 7– Knight Memorial Library garden and tree care
  • Wednesday, March 7 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Thursday, March 8 – Community Meeting for Roger Williams Park
  • Thursday, March 8 – City Walk & Moving Forward RI
  • Sunday, March 11 – ENA Advisory Board meeting
  • Wed, March 14  – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Wed, March 14 – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
  • Thursday, March 22  – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
  • Wednesday, March 28  – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence  


  • ½ Price book sales by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30
    Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30.
  • City of Providence Commission meetings

o   City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45

o   Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:45


Thurs, March 1, 7:00 pm – City Council meeting; hearing on bill to ban single use plastic bags
Location: City Hall, City Council Chambers
    Attend this meeting to speak up about a ban on single use plastic bags. Key points of the bill:
1) Stores and restaurants would not be allowed to give away single-use plastic bags, starting in a year. 2) Stores will actually make money by selling brown paper bags and reusable bags for 10 cents each, whereas now they give bags away for free. 3) Stores will still be allowed to give away plastic bags for meat, fish, produce, and dry cleaning.
Note: City Council meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Monday, March 5, 7:30 – 9am – Zero Waste Providence meeting
Location: 500 Broad St, SWAP Community Room
The group is planning to raise money via sponsors, and distribute 100,000 cloth bags for free to distribute to Housing Authority residents, food banks, homeless shelters, etc. Learn more about reducing waste on their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/zerowasterhodeisland/
For details contact: zerowasteprovidence@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 7, 11:00 – 1:00 – Knight Memorial Library garden and tree care
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 272 Elmwood Ave
Join Moses Brown students to care for the library’s gardens and trees in the front lawn. The library needs you.
Contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Libraries rely on Friends groups to advocate for library needs. The Friends of Knight Memorial run frequent book sales to raise money for library programs. They are also working to increase the numbers of people with library cards and planning activities for school breaks.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, March 8, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – Community Meeting for Roger Williams Park
Location: Dalrymple Boathouse, Roger Williams Park 
Join quarterly community meetings to hear about efforts to improve and preserve Roger Williams Park, presented by the Roger Williams Park Conservancy in partnership with the Providence Parks Department. Quarterly meetings in 2018 will be held on June 26, September 25, and December 11.
For more information, visit www.RWPConservancy.org or email Info@RWPConservancy.org.

Thursday, March 8, 6:00 to 8:00 pm – City Walk & Moving Forward RI
Location: Community Room, Community Preparatory School (near Somerset St & Prairie Ave) 
South Providence Neighborhood Association invites neighbors to provide feedback on Phase I of the City Walk project, ask questions, address their concerns about the impact of City Walk on our neighborhood. Representatives from the City of Providence will also discuss the City’s Master Bike Path Plan. Lastly, representatives from the RI Division of Statewide Planning will present information on Moving Forward RI, a proposed idea that incorporates bikes in a statewide initiative for mass transportation.
Contact: Dwayne Keyes, (401) 369-1334southprovneighbors@gmail.com

Sunday, March 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – ENA Advisory Board meeting
Advisory board meets monthly 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.

Wednesday, March 14, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Agenda includes planning for the revitalization of Elmwood Ave planters, scheduled for May; and developing activities for summer activities in Columbus Square. Adela Goldbard, Assistant Professor at RISD, whose class is working on socially engaged public art will also attend. (She could not make our February meeting.)
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net(401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, March 14, 6:00 – 7:30pm – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
Location: Sankofa Community Room, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, 70 Westfield Street
Work with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive community-based strategy for resolving the large number of problem properties in the West End and South Side.
Learn more: Follow us on Facebook or visit our website.
Join the group: Contact Teresa Guaba, Project Coordinator, Teresa_guaba@cycprovidence.org.
Note: N4R meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month

Thursday, March 22, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St. in Upper South Providence
Learn about the current activities and future endeavors of the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT).
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.

Wednesday, March 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 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.
For agenda updates contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.


½ Price BOOK SALEs by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30;
Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
Is there such a thing as too many books? Actually, yes! The Friends of KML have run out of storage space. Help clean out our stock at half price sales throughout March. Prices of all books, LPs, CDs, DVDs and more are reduced. Mass market fiction (paperbacks) are just 4 for $1.00! In observance of Women’s History month and international Water Day, March sales feature women’s history/experience and boating. With over 4000 items in stock, we are known for our quality and prices. Called “The best little book store in town.” Proceeds support our historic Knight Memorial Library.
Want to volunteer? Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

City of Providence Commission Meetings
 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Many 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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