Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – December 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Celebrate the season!

      The City of Providence begins celebrating the holiday season on December 1 and 2 with two days of family fun in the city center. The 2017 PVD Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting features vendors, live music, tree lighting ceremonies, an ice skating performance, and more. On December 2 the Zoo sponsors a Winter Festival at the Carousel Village in Roger Williams Park. Bring the family to visit Santa, watch ice carving demonstrations, or take a horse-drawn hayride through the park. Enjoy more festivities in the park on December 7 and 9 at the Bandstand, Casino, and Botanical Garden. Later in the month, join your neighbors here in Elmwood for caroling and sweet treats at Peace and Plenty Park. All these events are just a walk or short bus ride away.

City Walk is now hiring

     At the end of November, City Walk planners held a public meeting to learn what kinds of improvements residents of Elmwood and South Providence want to see along Broad St. The goal is to make the street safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Prior to the meeting The College Hill Independent, a Brown University publication, published an article about the project that is well worth reading. The writer, Harry August interviewed a number of people with various views about the project. Some ask who will actually benefit from the project that aims to connect 9 neighborhoods. Some fear that improvements will lead to gentrification, a rise in housing costs, and the inability of long-term residents to stay in South Side neighborhoods. Planners say that gentrification doesn’t have to follow infrastructure improvements. The improvements should benefit residents of the South Side who currently walk and bicycle to work and shops along Broad St. Nonetheless, fears of gentrification need to be addressed if South Side residents are to get behind the project.  

     City Walk is now hiring Street Team Representatives interested in serving as project ambassadors. Strong multi-lingual communications skills (Spanish, Khmer) are desired. An interest in urban planning issues is a big plus. Read more and download a job description at www.providenceri.gov/planning/citywalk/

Knight Memorial Library news

     Did you know that the Eastside Marketplace gives a percentage of its earnings to non-profit groups in the community? As a member of the Friendship Fund, Providence Community Library is eligible to receive their donations. To support the fund, just save your receipts from Eastside Market and bring them to the circulation desk at Knight Memorial Library. The Friends of Knight Memorial Library will do the rest.

     Friends of Knight Memorial Library are already looking toward spring. They’ve planted 150 tulip bulbs and 200 daffodils bulbs in the gardens on the library lawn. The bulbs were donated by the Peace Flag Project.

Peace and Plenty Park news

      The first annual Trunk or Treat was held at the Park with goodies and books for all, spooky music and fun costumes! Trunk or Treat is an alternative to knocking on strangers’ doors on Halloween. Instead, families park their cars at a given location and children go round to decorated car trunks to get treats. 

     On December 17 join neighbors in the park for an evening of caroling and sweet treats.

Parent Leadership Training Initiative Program 

     Do you care about the future of children? Do you want to become a stronger leader and make a difference in your community, schools, city, or neighborhood? Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP) offers a wonderful program called Parent Leadership Training Initiative (PLTI) Program. The 2018 PLTI class is forming now for future parent leaders who are eager to become change agents in their communities. The 20-week course addresses these topics and more: diversity, problem-solving, networking, using online and print media, understanding local and state government. The program offers free meals and childcare during training sessions! 

Learn more and apply on line: https://www.cappri.org/programs/parent-leadership-training-initiative

Contact: Jennill Coronado, 401.273.2000 x213jcoronado@cappri.org

Elmwood on the Web

     South PVD, a Web site created by staff of Knight Memorial Library, provides information about community organizations and events in 7 south end neighborhoods. Community members are invited to contribute news, local content, links to organizations and other useful information. To submit an organization’s event, visit the calendar at www.southpvd.org and click on the “Post Your Event” button. You can find the ENA Newsletter on the Blog page.

     A new Facebook page by new Elmwoodian Randy Martinez highlights the beauty of Elmwood’s parks and architecture: https://www.facebook.com/elmwoodrenaissance/  

Crime Watch tips of the month

• As the days shorten reset the timers on your lights. Timers are known deterrents to breaking and entry.

• Lock your car when shopping, especially when purchases are visible. Don’t leave purchases in your cars when parked for the night.

• Your home may be targeted when potential thieves see that you have new desirable products. Draw your shades at night and keep TVs, laptops, and sports equipment away from windows. Tear the boxes of large purchases, fold the cardboard so the contents can’t be identified, and put the cardboard in your recycle bins. 

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


  • Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2 – 2017 PVD Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting
  • Saturday, December 2 – Winter Festival in Roger Williams Park
  • Wednesday, December 6 – Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association meeting
  • Wednesday, December 6 – Crime Watch Meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Wednesday, December 6 –South Providence Neighborhood Association Workshop: Barbara Jordan II Housing Development
  • Thursday, December 7 – 2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at RWP Bandstand
  • Saturday, December 9 – Grand Illumination at RWP Botanical Center
  • Tuesday, December 12 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Sunday, December 17 – Caroling at Peace and Plenty Park


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – Friends of Knight Memorial Book Sale
  • City of Providence Planning Meetings
    • City Plan Commission meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month 
    • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets on 3rd Wednesday 



Friday, December 1, 5:00pm – 9:00pm – 2017 PVD Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting

Location: Providence City Hall Steps, Alex and Ani Skating Center, Burnside Park

     Vendors and a variety of family-oriented entertainment, including tree lighting at 6:00.

Find full schedule at http://artculturetourism.com/2017-city-of-providence-holiday-celebration-christmas-tree-lighting/

Saturday, December 2, 12pm – 9pm  – 2017 PVD Winter Lights Market and Tree Lighting

Location: Alex & Ani Skating Center, Downtown Providence

     Vendors and a variety of family-oriented entertainment, including a tree lighting at 5:45 and a 60-minute ice skating spectacular that stars world-class skating medalists. It begins at 6:15.

Find full schedule at http://artculturetourism.com/2017-city-of-providence-holiday-celebration-christmas-tree-lighting/

Saturday, December 2, 12 pm to 8:00 pm – Winter Festival

Location: Carousel Village, Roger Williams Park

     Meet Santa, watch ice carving demonstrations, and ride the Carousel Express train. In the evening, take a hayride through the park, visit Santa, and more.

Find details: http://www.goprovidence.com/event/winter-festival-at-carousel-village/31365/

Wednesday, December 6, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

      Meet with Wendy Nillson of the Parks Department and Stephanie Fortunato of the City’s Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism to discuss next steps for improving Columbus Square.

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

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

Wednesday, December 6, 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 Clinic) 

      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. 

Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Workshop – Barbara Jordan II Housing Developments

Location: Community Preparatory School, Somerset Street & Prairie Avenue in South Providence 

     In conjunction with Stop Wasting Abandoned Property (SWAP), neighbors are invited to speak directly about the Barbara Jordan II housing developments. Contact Dwayne Keys for preparatory documents. 

Contact: Dwayne Keys, 401 369-1334southprovneighbors@gmail.com

Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm – 2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at RWP 

Location: Roger Williams Park, Bandstand and Casino

    Tree lighting at the bandstand followed by song, sweet treats, craft projects for kids, and a wreath sale.

Details: https://rwpconservancy.org/event/2nd-annual-holiday-tree-lighting/  

Saturday, December 9, 11am to 8pm – Grand Illumination

Location: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

     Wreath sale, scavenger hunt, tours at 2 pm and 5pm, a grand lighting at 6pm and a performance by the Providence Ballet at 7pm.

Details: https://rwpconservancy.org/event/grand-illumination-rwp-botanical-center/

Tuesday, December 12, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting 

Location: South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Ave

     All are welcome to join the award-winning Friends group, 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. 

Sunday, December 17, 5:30pm – Caroling at Peace and Plenty Park

Location: Peace and Plenty Park in northern Elmwood

     Join your neighbors for an evening of song and good cheer. Enjoy sweets and a cup of hot cider or cocoa. Bring food and drinks to share.

Contact: Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com


Tuesdays and 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. Stock up on videos and DVDs for long winter nights. 

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

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: http://www.providenceri.gov/pvd-311/

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

Complete Our Survey for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Card!

Providence Community Library(PCL) wants to know what you think! We have compiled a short survey to find out what we are doing well and what we could do better in terms of our materials, programs, services, hours and other issues. We will use the responses to inform our strategic planning process and help us to chart a course for the future. It takes just 10 minutes to complete!

You can complete the survey online in English or in Spanish. Paper copies in English and Spanish will be available at all PCL locations. Please complete your survey by Friday, November 3 to help make your neighborhood library better! One respondent will be selected at random to win a $100 Stop & Shop gift card.

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 www.provcomlib.org .

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.

YMCA Culinary Academy – October 2017

Last chance for teens 14-19 to sign up for our Culinary Academy work readiness program!

The program meets Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:00pm at Providence Youth Services (640 Broad Street). We still have openings and we would love to fill those positions before next week!


  • Program is FREE to participants
  • Ages 14-19
  • Please fill out and return the application to Providence Youth Services (640 Broad St)
  • ONLY 12 SPOTS available per session
  • Food tasting, snacks and dinner included at every session!
  • Learn resume and interview skills from industry professionals


WHEN:                        Begins October 16, 2017

TIME:                           Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00 PM

LOCATION:                 PROVIDENCE YOUTH SERVICES 640 Broad St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 456-0604


Teens can stop by our branch to fill out or drop off the application. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Culinary Academy Application

SNAP Outreach in the Community – October 2017

URI SNAP Outreach workers are in the community seven days a week to provide application assistance to Rhode Islanders. Find our weekly calendar of sites on our website www.eatbettertoday.com or reach us on the SNAP Outreach Hotline1-866-306-0270

If you would like request SNAP Outreach workers to visit your site to help clients apply for SNAP, or to schedule a SNAP training for your staff click here.