ENA Newsletter – February 2018
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association
ONE Neighborhood Builders opens financial center on Broad St
ONE Neighborhood Builders is happy to announce the opening of the Elmwood Financial Center (EFC): a one stop, drop-in center for financial literacy coaching, homebuyer education, & resources for setting and reaching financial goals. Located at 770 Broad Street in Providence, the Elmwood Financial Center is a place where people can find answers to common financial questions and strategies for saving, budgeting, and investing in a home. The EFC will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm starting on February 1st, 2018. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the center, give our HUD certified housing counselors a call at 401-351-8719 or visit our website www.oneneighborhoodbuilders.org.
Montessori Community School and Sophia Academy now accepting applications
It’s admissions season at Montessori Community School of Rhode Island. MCS RI is a socio-economically diverse early childhood school serving children 18 months- 5 years old. We offer quality Montessori classrooms on the South Side of Providence, focusing on children’s creativity, independence, and care of self. The MCS RI curriculum reflects our core mission of building community, social justice, and socioeconomic & cultural diversity. To learn more contact Amy Borak, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.mcsri.org. MCS RI is now accepting applications for 2018-2019.
Sophia Academy is also 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.
Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) addresses problem properties
Born out of a series of community summits hosted by the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet’s (CYC) Community Partnership, N4R addresses the issue of blighted, abandoned properties across the Southside and West End. N4R works with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, community-based strategy for resolving the large number of “problem properties”, which threaten the social and physical well-being of our neighborhoods.
Paula Donovan has been representing Elmwood at these meetings since the group was formed. She has shared a list of over 100 properties in Elmwood that she has scored as being in fair, poor, or substandard condition. Some have been abandoned or neglected for years! (Just look at 91 Niagara, 226 Sackett, or 251 Lenox as long standing problem properties.) If you are interested in seeing this list, please send an email to email@example.com. Any help you can offer to keep the list updated will be much appreciated!
The N4R team is sustained through a formal partnership with the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation and volunteers. We collect data about properties at risk and meet with representatives from various city departments to identify which are of immediate concern and may qualify for appropriation under one of the City’s programs. To learn more follow us on Facebook or visit our website. The N4R team meets on the second Wednesday of each month. See the schedule below for meeting details.
Three South Side properties make the PPS most endangered properties list
At the Providence Preservation Society’s annual meeting on Jan 31, the 10 most endangered properties were announced. Knight Memorial Library is on the list for 2018. This means that more attention is being paid to a building needing repair. Temple Beth El on Broad St and the Gustave F Mensing House at 216-218 Adelaide Ave are also on the list. Read more at http://www.ppsri.org/most-endangered-properties/2018-mep-list
Friends of Knight Memorial Library news
Despite a lengthy library closing in 2017, book sales generated $5000. Nearly 2000 volunteer hours contributed to the sorting and sale of donations. There is now so much stock to share with our neighbors that all sales in February will be 50% off. There are additional opportunities to buy in February: Tuesday and Thursdaymornings from 10:30 to 12:30, Wednesday evenings (Feb 14, 21, and 28) from 5 to 7:30, and Saturday, February 10 from 10 to 1:00.
Friends of Knight Memorial Library and other volunteers planted 400 tulip and daffodil bulbs in the front gardens and tree wells of the library. Spring will be an extravaganza of blooms thanks to volunteers and the Peace Flag Project of RI that donated the bulbs.
AARP promotes the Care Act
AARP is asking for our help in distributing CARE Act flyers and posters throughout our community. The CARE Act, effective in March 2017, mandates that hospitals 1) record the name of the loved one’s family caregiver when the loved one is being admitted to the hospital; 2) informs the family caregiver when their loved one is released; 3) provides caregiving instructions to caregiver. We continue to reach out to caregivers and loved ones to educate them about the law.
If you are able to help distribute wallet cards or posters about the law, contact Darlene Reza Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org. An AARP representative will be at the next Crime Watch meeting on February 28.
Park and garden news
Join the Director of Providence Parks, Wendy Nilssen for a trail run at Roger Williams Park on Wednesday mornings at 6:00 am. Meet at the Dalrymple Boathouse and run the Big Lakes Trail, 3.2 miles at an easy pace. Post-run breakfast cookies will be provided.
Spring is just six weeks away. It’s not too early to apply for a garden plot at Peace and Plenty Garden. Grow your own veggies and be a part of a vibrant gardening community. Contact Doug at email@example.com for information.
Crime Watch news
RI Coalition Against Gun Violence is a coalition of almost 100 partner organizations whose memberships include more than 120,000 Rhode Islanders united in the effort to reduce gun violence. The coalition is going to come out strong in 2018, fighting to keep guns out of RI K-12 schools and to ban high capacity magazines and military style assault weapons in Rhode Island.
Neighborhoods that look uncared for or unattended may be inviting more serious problems. Make sure to shovel sidewalks after snowstorms and report potholes, graffiti, mattresses left on sidewalks, etc. by calling 311. Download the PVD311 app and take photos of things that need attention on your street, or report them at http://www.providenceri.gov/pvd-311/
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
FEBRUARY MEETINGS and EVENTS
- Sunday, February 4 – ENA Advisory Board meeting
- Tuesday, February 6 – Road Safety Assessment of Elmwood Ave
- Tuesday, February 6 – “Developer for a Day” neighborhood workshop
- Wednesday, February 7 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
- Saturday, February 10 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library book sale
- Wednesday, February 14 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
- Wednesday, February 14 – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
- Thursday, February 22 – South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA) meeting
- Wednesday, February 28 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
RECURRING ACTIVITIES in FEBUARY
- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library book sale
Wednesdays, 14th, 21st, 28th – Friends of Knight Memorial book sale
- 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
FEBRUARY MEETINGS and EVENTS
Sunday, February 4, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – ENA Advisory Board meeting
Advisory board meets to develop outreach efforts and define the direction of ENA.
For more information, contact Paula Donovan, firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Hlynsky, email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 6, 10:00 to 11:00 am – Road Safety Assessment of Elmwood Ave
Meet up Location: Walgreen’s, 533 Elmwood Ave
An assessment of road safety along Elmwood Avenue (US Rt 1) from Carter Street to Linden Avenue (northern entrance to Roger Williams Park). The RSA team plans to follow this schedule: 10 am, meet at Walgreens; 10:10, Carter St; 10:25, Adelaide Ave; 10:35, Sackett St; 10:45, Cadillac Dr, 10:50, 1-95 ramps; 11:00, end of RSA. Please bring a safety vest if possible.
Contact Traffic Engineer, Skye Levin, 401 457 7803, SLevin@VHB.com to get crash diagrams for this segment of Elmwood Ave.
Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 to 8:00 pm – “Developer for a Day” Neighborhood Workshop
This is the 2nd workshop hosted by SPNA and SWAP that provides an opportunity for residents to speak directly about the Barbara Jordan II housing developments in Upper South Providence.
For more information, contact Dwayne Keys, South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA), (401) 369-1334, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 7, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Providence Community Library’s Maintenance Supervisor, Mike Nickerson will explain the assessment of the building.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.
Saturday, February 10, 10:00am to 1:00pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
We are reopening the Saturday Book Sale after a 7 month hiatus. During that time we’ve accumulated so many books that we’re offering everything in stock for ½ off our already outrageously low prices. Please note the new hours!
Contact: Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (401) 941-8249
Wednesday, February 14, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Participants at the January meeting discussed next steps for beautification of and programming for Columbus Square. In February we continue that work, meet Adela Goldbard, Assistant Professor at RISD, whose class is working on socially engaged public art.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, (401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, February 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, February 22, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St. in Upper South Providence
This meeting will focus on the current activities & future endeavors of SPNA’s meeting host, the Community Preparatory School. Representatives of Community Prep will present information about their own community engagement, answer questions, and address any neighborhood concerns about Community Prep. In addition, representatives from the City of Providence will solicit direct neighbor feedback regarding Phase II of the City Walk project.
To get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, email@example.com, (401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month.
Wednesday, February 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)
AARP RI will present AARP’s framework for building livable communities via its presence in the Southside and discuss the new CARE Act that passed into law last year.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.
RECURRING ACTIVITIES in FEBRUARY
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 & Wednesdays, Feb 14, 21, 28, 5:00 to 7:30 –
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 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