Safety Reminders from Lt. Remolina and Doug Victor, Elmwood and South Providence Neighborhood Crime Watch

Lt. Remolina writes, “Remind your members and neighbors that if they make any big purchases they should not simply put the box on the curb. The box should be torn so the contents can’t be identified. If you put a large t.v box on the curb, your home maybe targeted because they now know you have a new TV.”


Report all emergencies 911

Report all suspicious activities 272-1111.

Report hate crimes 877-342-7463 

Leave nothing visible in your car that might attract a break in.

Make certain all doors, including garage doors, are locked and windows are secured.

Air conditioning units in first floor windows may create easy access. 

Remove or make sure the AC units are secured into the window framing.


Daylight savings has ended. 
Leave on a porch light in the evening.
Install motion detector lights in critical areas, like driveways, back and side yards.
Install security cameras for increased security.
Interior lights on timers are a known deterrent.
Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists as you drive.


Report things like potholes, graffiti, mattresses left on sidewalks, etc. by calling 311.
Download the App and take photos of things that need attention on your street:

If things in our neighborhood look uncared for or unattended to, they may be inviting more serious problems.
We can all do our part to improve our quality of life and safety.


For access to social support and services (United Way Hotline) call 211.

Get to know your neighbors and exchange contact information to create a stronger sense of social cohesiveness and psychological sense of community. Start a block watch effort.  

Alert each other about suspicious activities on your block/street or if a crime has taken place.

Take a stroll around the neighborhood and say hello to folks you meet.

We can all help to make our Southside neighborhoods better places to live, work and play.


Attend the next PPD2 Neighborhoods Crime Watch meeting
December 6  6:00 – 7:30 at the Y Youth Program building 640 Broad St
We will be discussing violent crime in the Southside.
Sioban of the West Side Play Space will introduce us to this interesting resource for parents.
Welcome all residents and business owners from South Providence to join our efforts.


Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

West Broadway Neighborhood Association: Give Where You Live

3 Easy Ways to Give Where You Live 

It’s a simple idea: Give where you live. And this year, WBNA makes it simple to do, by organizing three local giving opportunities that promise a positive impact in the lives of neighbors.

#1) West Side Schools Food Drive  |  In its 2nd year, WBNA’s West Side Schools Food Drive collects canned and boxed food items as well as gift cards to local grocery stores for families in need at our neighborhood schools. Drop off at WBNA or at our collection bins located at Seven Stars on Broadway, Hudson Street Deli, and Sin Bakery. Details and suggested food items hereThrough November 9.

#2) Coat Drive for BND Coat Exchange  |  As a community, let’s gather a huge amount of new and gently used coats, gloves and other warm things for children and adults for the 21st annual Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange. See a complete list of needed items here. Drop off at WBNA, 8:30am to 5pm, Mon-Thurs. Through November 21.

#3) West End Community Center Toy Drive  |  WBNA is collecting new and unwrapped toys for the West End Community Center Holiday Toy Drive, benefitting children ages 18 months to 13 years of age who attend WECC’s toddler, preschool and youth programs. Details here. Drop off at WBNA, 8:30am to 5pm, Mon-Thurs. Through December 14.

For more info, visit the WBNA website.

Homework Help at South Providence Library

Does your child need help with Homework?
¿Busca ayuda con la tarea para su hijo?

Homework help is provided by Brown University student
volunteers, October to December. Please call the library or
visit our Facebook page for the schedule each week.

Este servicio es proporcionado por los estudiantes
voluntarios de la Universidad de Brown, de Octubre a
Diciembre. Por favor llame a la biblioteca o visite nuestra
página de Facebook para el horario cada semana. La
mayoría de los voluntarios hablan español.

South Providence Library
441 Prairie Ave, 02905 ● (401) 467-2619

2017 Artists For The Bay Show & Sale, Call for Artists

Artists For The Bay Show & Sale is a showcase of paintings, photography and jewelry by local artists to benefit Save The Bay. To participate, artists agree to contribute 50% of the proceeds from all sales to Save The Bay. If selected, the Save The Bay jury will choose one to four pieces for display in the show. Save The Bay will contact all artists no later than November 8.

Click here for submission forms and more information.


Knight Memorial Library to Reopen on October 23

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) is pleased to announce that Knight Memorial Library will reopen to customers on October 23. The building, which is located at 275 Elmwood Avenue, closed temporarily in late July for essential repairs and upgrades. Services and programs will resume during normal scheduled hours, Monday to Friday. Knight Memorial will be closed Saturdays until the end of the year and South Providence Library will continue to offer Saturday hours until the end of 2017.


“We regretted having to close the library over the summer to deal with urgent repairs and behind-the-scenes upgrades. Happily, we have now obtained the go-ahead to reopen safely for business” said Library Director, Jeff Cannell. “PCL is grateful to our community partners, The Center for South East Asians and the West End Recreation Center, for providing temporary accommodation for Knight Memorial’s after school and language learning programs for several weeks while the library building was closed. We also thank our customers for their patience during this difficult time.”


Work will continue intermittently on the historic 1922 building but PCL will do everything it can to minimize inconvenience to customers. For more information about PCL’s locations, hours, services and programs, visit .

State Bicycle Master Plan Survey

The State is collecting data for its Bicycle Master Plan, and has set up an online survey for residents to offer input. You can find the survey here.

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. ( 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

    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

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 

     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, 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

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:

     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, 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 

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

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:

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:


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:

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

• 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:

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: Read how Chef Varga and others are growing RI’s food system:

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

Buy tickets:

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:

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,

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, 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, 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:     

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,

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, 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,

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,

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, 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.

New at South Providence Library: The Learning Lounge

Providence Community Library is partnering with Providence Public Library to bring the Workforce Development Learning Lounge to South Providence Library at 441 Prairie Avenue. The Learning Lounge offers technology enabled learning on a weekly basis to adults looking to acquire or improve skills from online job search to basic computer use to reading, writing, and math. Drop-ins are encouraged and no appointments required.

Wednesdays from October 4
10:00AM -12:00PM

Play & Learn at the library to help your child get Ready for Kindergarten!

To register for this FREE program call or visit your library!

Wanskuck Library
Mondays starting September 18 10:30-12:00
233 Veazie Street

South Providence Library
Mondays starting September 18
441 Prairie Avenue

Mt. Pleasant Library
Wednesdays starting September 13 10:30 – 12:00
315 Academy Avenue

Rochambeau Library
Thursdays starting October 5
10:30 – 12:00
708 Hope Street

Ready for K! is for children entering
kindergarten in 2018 or 2019 and their parent or caregiver.
Free books, school supplies, and a string backpack for each child!

Diviértete en la biblioteca y ayuda a tu hijo a estar

¡Listo para el Kindergarten!

¡Para registrarte a este programa  gratis llama o

visita tu biblioteca hoy!

Wanskuck Library
Los lunes empezando el 18 de septiembre a las 10:30
233 Veazie Street

South Providence Library
Los lunes empezando el 18 de septiembre a las 10:00
441 Prairie Avenue

Mt. Pleasant Library
Los miércoles empezando el 13 de septiembre a las 10:30
315 Academy Avenue

Rochambeau Library
Los jueves empezando el 5 de octubre a las 10:30
708 Hope Street

¡Ready for K! es para niños que entrarán al kindergarten en el año 2018 o 2019 y sus padres o cuidadores.
Libros, útiles escolares y una mochila de cuerdo
para cada niño. ¡Gratis!

WBNA House Tour 2017

The West Side has a story…
WBNA House Tour 2017
…You can explore the story! Satisfy the curiosity you have of the West Side, either as a long-time resident, frequent visitor, or even an inquisitive first-timer!

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 10am-4pm, fifteen houses are opening their doors to WBNA House Tour ticket holders. This self-guided tour explores the theme “From Vacant to Vibrant,” and features homes and businesses on the streets of Knight, Brighton, Battey, Carpenter, and cobblestoned West Fountain.

Make a day of it! For $20 you’ll be invited to step inside an eclectic mix of different houses at your own pace and, along the tour route, you’ll find a lively scene of restaurants, shops, bars, and businesses in and around the newly reconstructed Luongo Memorial Square.

See how a decades-long urban transformation has impacted this well-known pocket of Providence.
The annual WBNA House Tour invites you to explore!

Saturday, Oct. 7th, from 10AM to 4PM
Advance tickets: $20; day-of, $25.
Start at the Welcome Center, located at Providence Revolving Fund, 372 West Fountain Street
Want more? How about a Preview Party! Support the WBNA while you enjoy a lively evening with local folks, food, drinks, and music. Join us on Friday, Oct. 6th, 6:00-9:00PM, at the Patrick F. Hoye House, 232 Broadway.