Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – April 2018

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

April is a very busy month with lots of opportunities
to get your hands dirty while greening the neighborhood
and to exchange ideas about improving the South Side.
Invite your neighbors to join in!

Earth Day cleanup and tree planting in Elmwood
     On Saturday, April 14 volunteers will plant 31 trees in the south end of Elmwood; on Friday,

April 27 the City celebrates Arbor Day with a planting event on Huntington Avenue in the West End; and on Saturday, April 28 Providence celebrates Earth Day with a citywide clean up of green spaces and neighborhoods. In Elmwood we’ll plant trees on Broad St, clean up Locust Grove Cemetery, and freshen up Peace and Plenty Park. On Saturday, May 19 AARP joins neighbors to refresh planters on Elmwood Ave.

Garden news
South Providence Library has launched its 2018 Seed Exchange program. Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds for a summer garden. Thanks to Ocean State Job Lot, URI, and local growers for donating seeds and to URI Master Gardener Program volunteers.

RI Foundation hosts Together RI conversations
“Sit down with other diverse, engaged people and see what comes up—there’s bound to be common interests and healthy conversation.” Rhode Island Foundation has just launched a series of 20 neighborly get-togethers called Together RI. Each of 20 sessions offers the chance for people to talk face-to-face with each other over family-style meals. The series runs from March 21 through May 5 at a various locations around the state. In Providence share dinner and conversation at Providence Career and Technical Academy on Tuesday April 3 and at the Elmwood Community Center on Saturday morning, May 5.

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, a diverse group has led free walking tours in more than 200 cities around the world, including many in Providence and our own neighborhood. The next Jane’s Walk festival weekend is May 4, 5, and 6. Contact Joelle Kanter, joellekanter@gmail.com with your ideas about leading a walk.

Rhode Island Monthly highlights South Providence
     In a March 20 article, RI Monthly called South Providence a “Mecca for Dominican-American Industry” and highlighted several restaurants and businesses in the area.

ONE Neighborhood Builders launches the Elmwood Financial Center
     On March 23 ONE/NB held an open house for the new Elmwood Financial Center. The center at 770 Broad St offers homebuyer education classes, financial counseling, and more on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Clients don’t need an appointment to get their questions answered. Financial support for the center comes from Bank Newport, The Washington Trust Company, Bank RI, and Coastway Community Bank. 
Looking for activities for school vacation?
The Botanical Gardens at Roger Williams Park hosts Fairy Garden Days from April 14 to April 29. The Museum of Natural History hosts Mission Space Week fromApril 16 to April 20. Find details about these and other park activities at Roger Williams Park Conservancy events calendarNote well: On the first Saturday of the month, Providence residents get into the zoo, botanical gardens, and museum for free.

Gun violence news
      According to several U.S. mayors who are ready to pass gun control laws, the NRA and state legislatures stand in their wayUSA Today has reported that forty-three states have passed some form of gun preemption laws, a tactic increasingly used by state legislators to prevent cities and counties from making local laws and decisions. If citizens want safer cities, they may first need to target state legislatures that stand in the way of local restrictions on guns.

Neighborhood Noise

     On Thursday, March 29 The Board of Licenses heard a complaint about noise emanating from Mi Sueno “Car Shows” on Sunday afternoons. The BOL is permitting the car shows to move forward with music in April. However, they asked the owner, Jesus Tintin, to reduce the volume, to decrease the event hours from 12-8 pm to12-7 pm with music shut off by 6:00, ordered him to monitor the noise levels with a noise meter, and directed the police to measure noise at the properties of the neighbors who are upset about the noise.

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.

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APRIL MEETINGS and EVENTS

  • Tuesday, April 3 – Together RI Meal and Conversation at PCTA
  • Wednesday, April 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Sunday, April 8 – ENA Advisory Board meeting
  • Sunday, April 8 – Juan Falu, Argentine Guitarist at ECAS Theater
  • Wed, April 11  – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Wed, April 11 – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
  • Saturday, April 14 – Street Tree Planting in Elmwood
  • Saturday, April 14 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
  • Saturday, April 14 – City Walk Public Meeting
  • Saturday, April 14 – Urban Agriculture Kick Off
  • Saturday, April 21 – Peace St Community Garden Spring Work Day
  • Wednesday, April 25  – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence  
  • Thursday, April 26  – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
  • Thursday to Saturday, April 26-28 – Encuentro 2018
  • Friday, April 27 – Arbor Day Tree Planting on Huntington Ave
  • Saturday April 28 – Providence’s 6th Annual Earth Day Spring Cleaning
    – Earth Day at Peace and Plenty Park
    – Tree Planting on Broad St
    – Locust Grove Cemetery Cleanup and Tree Stewardship
  • Saturday, April 28, 9:30 to 12:30 – Neighborhood Housing Summit

  • Friday thru Sunday, May 4-6 – Jane’s Walks throughout Providence
  • Saturday, May 5 – Together RI Meal and Conversation at Elmwood Community Center

RECURRING ACTIVITIES in APRIL

  • Weekly BOOK SALEs by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30; Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30.
  • City of Providence 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

o   City Council meetings 1st and 3rd Thursdays in City Hall
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APRIL MEETINGS and EVENTS

Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 to 7:30 – Together RI Meal and Conversation at PCTA
Location: Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St
Bring your ideas to the table. Share a meal and conversation with other Providence residents as part of RI Foundation’s Together RI initiative. Every event is free and open to the public.
Register on line: https://www.togetherri.org

Wednesday, April 4, 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.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Sunday, April 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – ENA Advisory Board meeting
Location: 225 Lenox Ave
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.

Sunday, April 8, 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Juan Falú, Argentine Guitarist at ECAS Theater

Location: ECAS Theater, 57 Parkis Ave (on Elmwood Ave)
Reception and concert by guitarrist Juan Falú, an outstanding artist of the past several decades from Argentina. Juan Falú is the creator and director of the festival “Guitars of the World” now on its 23th version, considered the largest international event in its genre.
Buy tickets on Eventbrite: “Juan Falu Guitarra Argentina”

Wednesday, April 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Plan for the revitalization of Elmwood Ave planters, scheduled for May. Learn about Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, a series of events that engaged residents in discussions about the city’s monuments.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net(401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am – Street Tree Planting in Elmwood
Location: Meet at Sackett St School, 159 Sackett St
It’s time for another Street Tree Planting in Elmwood, and we need your help! Gather at Sackett St School for a planting demonstration and then help plant 31 trees on Gallatin, Kipling, Lenox, Sackett, and Warrington Streets.  See a map of the planting at this Google maps link. The planting will take about two hours.
Please plan to attend this fun event. Invite family, friends, neighbors, students, and others. Work with us to build our community through the simple and rewarding task of planting a tree.  And help make Elmwood, and all of Providence, a verdant place. Wear closed-toed shoes and gloves. Bring shovels and brooms.
Contacts: Jane Gerhard (401) 862-7712gerhardjane@gmail.com; Ward Weathers weathersw@gmail.com
      Made possible through a street tree award granted to our neighborhood by the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 to 1:00 – Friends of Knight Memorial Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library, Ground Floor, 275 Elmwood Ave
After planting trees in the neighborhood, stop by the library to find books on nature and gardening. Prepare for summer vacations with international travel books and books on other summer activities. Find books for putting your finances in order. And get great deals on paperbacks – just 10 for $1.00!
Contact: Karen Hlynsky, Karen_ena@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 to 12:30 – City Walk public meeting
Location: Calvary Church, 747 Broad St
Provide input on City Walk, a project that will connect neighborhoods, make it safer to walk and ride bicycles, and celebrate our city! Learn about plans for Clifford Street downtown, the Clifford Street bridge over I-95, and Pine and Friendship streets in Upper South Providence. Then work with us to come up with your own plans for Broad Street. We’ll have a special (and very fun!) interactive design kit available at the meeting so you can show us exactly ​how you would redesign Broad Street. Community members will also work with us to decide how to ​apply these design ideas to a demonstration project that will temporarily transform a small segment of Broad Street ​this summer ​using traffic cones, temporary paint and planters, and other ​low-cost ​​materials for all to see and experience. Spanish interpretation will be available.
For more information, contact Alex Ellis, at AEllis@providenceri.gov401-680-8400, or visit the project website at www.providenceri.gov/planning/citywalk.
Saturday, April 14, 11:00 to 1:00 – Urban Agriculture Kick Off
Location: Southside/Davey Lopes Recreation Center, 227 Dudley St, South Providence
Get free veggie seeds and organic compost at one of four community gardens in Providence, including the one at Davey Lopes. The event is hosted by the Southside Community Land Trust and the Providence Community Growers Network.
Get more information: sclt@southsideclt.org(401) 273-9419

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 to noon – Peace St Community Garden Spring Work Day
Location: Peace Street
Join gardeners in compost delivery, sprucing up the garden and its environs. This is a good opportunity for potential gardeners to see the garden and new tool shed. We have only a few plots left if you want to garden this season. Snacks provided.
Contact: Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com or just come.

Wednesday, April 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 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.

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
Location: Community Prep School on Somerset St, Upper South Providence
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.

Thursday to Saturday, April 26-28 – Encuentro 2018
Location: Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, Providence
Latinos in Heritage Conservation are hosting their third national event–this one in Providence. Encuentro will bring together preservation thought leaders, scholars, students, and community advocates from all over the country for an unprecedented discussion of the value and future of heritage conservation in New England’s Latino communities and beyond. The event is presented in partnership with RI Latino Arts and the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
More information: https://www.latinoheritage.us/

Friday, April 27, 10:30 am – Arbor Day Tree Planting on Huntington Ave
Location: Huntington Ave in the West End, a gateway to Elmwood from the West
The City of Providence Forestry Division and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program will be hosting the City’s Arbor Day Tree Planting Event. The event will kick off a planting and greening project that will evolve over 6 months. Funded through a TD Bank Green Streets Award, the project is a collaboration among Groundwork RI, Amos House’s “A Hand Up” Program, the Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Friends of Bucklin Park, the Gilbert Stuart Middle School Garden Club, and Johnson & Wales ecology students.
More information and details will be coming soon. In the meantime, community members who are able to join in on Friday, please put this event on your calendars! It’s a chance to bring some much-needed TLC to this neglected, but prominent stretch of road that connects Rt 10 to our neighborhood! Training, demonstrations, lunch, and the opportunity to get-your-hands-dirty will all be provided!
For more details as they unfold, check www.pnpp.org, or call (401) 368-5380.

Saturday April 28, 9:00 to 12:00 – Providence 6th Annual Earth Day and Spring Clean Up
Join one of the many community groups cleaning up a park, planting trees or beautifying a neighborhood! Volunteers will receive a 2018 Earth Day Spring Cleaning button, good for free admission to venues in Roger Williams Park, discounts, and free stuff at select businesses. RIPTA will also offer volunteers free rides all weekend.

Earth Day at Peace and Plenty Park – morning, April 28 
Join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park and Charter Care Rhode Island to spruce up our northern Elmwood neighborhood park!. There’s lots to do, including weeding gardens and walkways, mulching, tree care, and sign painting.
Contact: Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com or just come.

Broad St Tree Planting
For details contact Marilyn Cepeda, marilyncepeda908@gmail.com or check http://pnpp.org/tree-planting/neighborhood-awards/.

Locust Grove Cemetery Cleanup and Tree Stewardship  – April 28 at 2:00
Work side by side with your neighbors to give some sorely needed attention to the largest green space within the Elmwood Neighborhood borders!  Volunteers will do litter patrol, aerate tree roots, and spread mulch around the trees.

     Wear comfortable work clothes, and bring rakes, mulch shovels, and hand cultivators. We will have some tools on hand but bringing your own greatly helps. If you have a wheelbarrow to bring (or simply loan us for the event), please contact Ward Weathers weathersw@gmail.com.

     This event is part of the City’s Earth Day celebration in conjunction with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and its Providence Citizen Foresters effort.  It’s also, in part, an effort to re-boot the Friends of Locust Grove Cemetery, and we cannot do it without your help.  If it bothers you to see a neglected green space in our neighborhood, then join us to transform it into the beautiful green space it once was and can be again.
Saturday, April 28, 9:30 to 12:30 – Neighborhood Housing Summit
Location: Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street
This summit will provide residents of South Providence and the West End the opportunity to identify neighborhood assets, obtain additional information on housing & social services, & provide solutions to address housing challenges in our neighborhoods with the immediate intention to create a common housing agenda. There is no cost to attend this event but please register.
Register on Eventbrite.com. Find the event by searching “Neighborhood Housing Summit”.

Friday thru Sunday, May 4-6 – Jane’s Walks throughout Providence
       Jane’s Walk encourages people to get out and explore their neighborhoods. Providence is one of more than 200 participating cities around the world. TheProvidence page is under construction. For now, please like the Jane’s Walk Providence Facebook page and find more information on Eventbrite. As the weekend approaches, find details about individual walks in RI at the Jane’s Walk website.

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 to 10:30 – Together RI: Meal and Conversation in Elmwood
Location: Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara St
Bring your ideas to the table. Share a meal and conversation with other Providence residents as part of RI Foundations’s Together RI initiative.
Register on line: https://www.togetherri.org 

RECURRING ACTIVITIES in APRIL

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
With over 8000(!) items in stock we are known for our quality and prices. Called “The best little book store in town.” April features gardening, nature, baseball, golf, boating. Paperback fiction–just 10 for $1.00. LPs–10 for $1.00. Select CDs and videos also priced to move. Proceeds support our historic Knight Memorial Library.
Want to volunteer? Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

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
  • City Council meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays in City Hall

ENA COMMUNICATIONS

     Interested in exchanging messages with other Elmwoodians? Subscribe to the Elmwood Exchange at  http:// groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ElmwoodExchange/info

Get Ready for the Census Complete Count Test at Providence Community Library!

Every ten years, the Federal Government makes a complete count of everyone in the United States.  The U.S. Census aims to count the entire population at the location where each person usually lives. The next census is due in 2020.    

 

Providence County Leads the Way!

Providence County is the national test site for the 2020 census.  Starting this month, Providence Community Library will assist the U.S. Census Bureau and the City of Providence to test operations and procedures for gathering information during the 2020 census. The goal of the test is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place. Providence County will help fine tune the model that will be rolled out nationwide in 2020. All people in Providence County, including college students, who are resident on Census Test Day, April 1, will be included in the Census Complete Count Test.

How to Complete the Test

The Census Complete Count Test questionnaire is available online and you can fill it out on any computer device or smartphone. The questionnaire, which can also be answered by phone or returned by mail, includes ten basic questions about you and your household and takes less than ten minutes to complete.

Completed Returns are Confidential

Returns are protected by law (Title I3 of the U.S. code, Section 9) and are strictly confidential. It is illegal for the U.S.Census Bureau, or its employees, to share personal information with any other government agency, including law enforcement, IRS, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), FBI, Immigration, etc. Census returns are sealed and not available as public documents for 72 years.

Why is it important to get an accurate count in the Census?

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Why the Census Matters to our Libraries

Over the last five years, Providence Community Library has received a substantial amount of funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the City of Providence to support our Spanish GED program and pay for repairs and improvements to our buildings. The availability of that funding depends in part on the accuracy of the US Census. The Census is important to Providence and to PCL!

Help Providence Help You by Completing the Census Test!

When you do the math, it’s easy to see how an accurate count of residents can help the community. Better infrastructure. More services. A brighter tomorrow for everyone. Let’s make the 2018 Complete Census Count Test count for all of us in Providence County. Encourage everyone you know to go online and answer the few questions so the whole country will see the strength and commitment we have to create a better community!

 

Providence County households have a unique opportunity to help our community and nation get an accurate population count in the 2020 Census. We are the only test site in the U.S. in 2018, and it is exciting to know that we are helping to create the model that the whole country will follow in 2020. Let’s set the bar high for the most complete count possible! The goal is to count every person living in Providence County.

Census Day for the test is April 1, 2018 and Providence County households are able to respond online beginning on March 16. Letters were mailed to households with information about the test and how to respond. For the first time, you will be able to respond to the census online using desktop computers, laptops, smartphones or tablets. You can also respond by phone or on paper.

Your census responses are safe, secure and protected by law. Every Census Bureau employee swears a lifetime oath to protect your information, and could go to jail or be fined up to $250,000 if they violate that oath. It is illegal for the Census Bureau, or its employees, to share your personal information with any other government agency, local law enforcement, IRS, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), FBI, Immigration, etc. Not even the President of the United States can access your individual responses. Individual records from the Census are sealed for 72 years.

Everyone Counts!
– Children count! Remember to include young children on your census form.
– College students count! College students living in Providence County on April 1 should be counted.
– Citizens and noncitizens alike count! The Constitution requires the census to count every resident in the nation— whether they are citizens or not.
Responding is easy, safe and important. The census test asks just a few questions and takes about 10 minutes to respond.

Why is it important to get an accurate count in the Census? Census data are used in many ways, affecting our daily lives. Some examples include:
– Distribution of more than $675 billion annually in federal funds back to state, local, and tribal governments.
– Redistricting of state legislative districts.
– Forecasting of future transportation needs for all segments of the population.
– Determining areas eligible for housing assistance and rehabilitation loans.
– Assisting federal, tribal, state, and local governments in planning and implementing programs and services and emergency response.
– Designing facilities for people with disabilities, the elderly, and children.

Over the last five years Providence Community Library has received a substantial amount of CDBG funding to support our Spanish GED program and to do major repairs on our libraries. That funding comes from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and what is allocated to Providence in total for CDBG funds is partially dependent on census data. Having the opportunity to impact that funding through encouraging everyone to be counted is exciting to us because we can serve more people!

It is easy to see what an accurate count of residents can do for your community. Better infrastructure. More services. A brighter tomorrow for everyone. Let’s make the 2018 Census Test count for all of us in Providence County, and show our commitment to creating a better community. Encourage everyone you know to respond!

 

Questions about the Census:

Once you fill out the Census, do you get a confirmation page?

Yes, there is a confirmation page you can print or save as a PDF from the Internet Self Response.

How does the non-response follow up period work on college campuses? How do you reach students who don’t fill out the form?

College dorms are part of the Group Quarters Enumeration (GQE) operation. We will call all GQs during our GQ Advance Contact operation from June 18 to July 10, 2018.  GQ enumeration is planned for July 30 – Aug 24, 2018. The facilities will be able to respond without involving the students, via electronic response data transfer or paper response data collection. We will encourage colleges to assist us in counting the students using data from their records (and preferably electronically) since the data collection is taking place significantly later than reference day.

For off-campus housing in 2018, we will follow the regular non-response follow-up (NRFU) procedures. We understand that students may have left the area by the time NRFU operations begin, but we will do the best we can. (In 2020, we will do Early NRFU in the blocks identified as having off-campus housing, which will start in early April.)

How does the homeless population fill out the Census if they do not receive a home ID number?

We count people experiencing homelessness in our Targeted NonSheltered Outdoor Locations (TNSOL) operation. For 2018, enumerators will visit known outdoor locations in an overnight operation in late July to collect census information from any individuals currently staying there.

Shelters for people experiencing homelessness will be part of the GQE operation. We will call all facilities during our GQ Advance Contact operation from June 18 to July 10, 2018. We will ask questions to determine the best time to conduct the enumeration, how many enumerators and materials we need to send, and to ascertain facility rules, logistics and safety concerns.

Which languages will the Census form/Census marketing materials be available in? Both for the test and the 2020 Census? Can the Census still be filled out in languages not included (e.g. Portuguese)?

The Enumeration instrument is available in Spanish. There are currently no plans for promotional materials.

Will “Jane or John Doe” be permitted on census forms for households concerned about privacy?

Yes, we instruct the enumerators that they can enter nicknames or Person 1, Person 2 etc. if the respondent does not want to provide their real name.

Encuentro 2018

Latinos in Heritage Conservation, Rhode Island Latino Arts, and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission are proud to present Encuentro 2018. Spanning three days of programs in Providence and the Blackstone Valley, this groundbreaking event brings together the 3rd National Convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and the 33rd Annual Statewide Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference.

For the first time, Latinos in Heritage Conservation is bringing a national conversation about Latino historic preservation to New England. Featuring guest speakers from across the country and opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with fellow practitioners and advocates for Latino historic preservation, this is a not to be missed opportunity. Rhode Island Latino Arts, RIHPHC, and local partners have planned an engaging program of tours and special events to round out the schedule.

We hope that you will join us for this landmark gathering that will bring together preservationists, scholars, students, design professionals, and community advocates for an unprecedented discussion of the value and future of heritage conservation in New England’s Latino communities and beyond.

Registration fees:
$30 Thursday – Friday | $50 Saturday ($80 for Thursday – Saturday)
$15 Thursday – Friday | $25 Saturday for students with i.d. ($40 for Thursday – Saturday)

 

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.

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MARCH MEETINGS and EVENTS

  • 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  

RECURRING ACTIVITIES in MARCH

  • 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
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MARCH MEETINGS and EVENTS

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.

RECURRING ACTIVITIES in MARCH

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
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

ENA COMMUNICATIONS

     Interested in exchanging messages with other Elmwoodians? Subscribe to the Elmwood Exchange at  http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ElmwoodExchange/info

Seed Exchange at the South Providence Library

Seeds are now available to neighborhood gardeners!  The South Providence Library has launched the 2018 Seed Exchange program.  Anyone can come to the library to receive free seeds for a summer garden.

A few seeds were contributed by local growers last season, but a large number of seeds have been made available through a free seed program at the University of Rhode Island.  This program is made possible annually through the generous donation of seeds by Ocean State Job Lot, and through the efforts of the URI Master Gardener Program volunteers.

Benefits for the Home Gardener include:

  • Instant access to fresh produce
  • Control over the chemicals and products used during the growing process
  • The opportunity to make a positive environmental impact
  • Watching your garden go from bare ground to ripe produce offers a sense of satisfaction

At the same time, be aware that:

  • A backyard garden requires work and commitment throughout the growing season.
  • There can be initial costs that may include a tiller, shovel, rake, hoe and edging material.
  • Going away for a few weeks?  You’ll either need to ask someone to watch your garden or risk unhealthy or dying plants when you return.
  • A garden takes away a portion of your lawn or patio.
  • If you already have problems with pain or limited mobility, taking care of your garden can worsen those symptoms.

Please visit the library if a garden is in your future this summer.  Books are available to help you with your gardening adventure!

Want a Community Garden plot for the 2018 Gardening Season?

Plots are available at Peace and Plenty Community Garden in Elmwood. Grow your own veggies and be a part of the vibrant gardening community here in Elmwood. Thanks to the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, we built a new tool shed last season that is stocked with tools and supplies for gardener use.
Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com for information.

Want to join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park?
There’s lots doing at the park that needs your involvement. Join the conversation and become part of the team.
Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com for information.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – February 2018

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, aborak@mcsri.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 paula.on.lenox@gmail.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 drezarossi@aarp.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 doug.crimewatch@gmail.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.

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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

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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, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com or Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net.

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 7803SLevin@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) 369-1334southprovneighbors@gmail.com

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, southprovneighbors@gmail.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, 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.

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

Providence Community Library Now Offering Citizenship Class

In response to requests from the community, Providence Community Library is pleased to announce a program to provide help to those who are seeking Citizenship in the United States. The library is pleased to be able to offer an experienced instructor for this program opportunity. Please share information with any neighbors or friends who may be interested.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS

March 5 to June 25, 2018

Mondays 5:30 –7:30pm

Knight Memorial Library

275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence

LEARN:

  • The requirements to naturalization
  • The N-400 application for Naturalization
  • The 100 Civic/History questions required
  • To pass the U.S. Citizenship Exam
  • The written and oral parts of the test
  • If you qualify to have the USCIS fees waived
  • Practice for official citizenship interview

REQUIREMENT: Must be eligible to apply for U.S. Naturalization

Instructor Bruno Sukys has more than 40 years of experience in Immigration, as former
Citizenship & Immigration Services Program Director at Dorcas International Institute of RI Inc

CLASSES are FREE with a $30.00 materials fee.

For information or to register: Carolina Briones 467-2700 X 1608

Providence Community Library “Over the Edge” Fundraiser

Providence Community Library (PCL) provides the people of Providence with a wealth of knowledge and free learning resources. Our mission is to fight low literacy and lack of opportunity, raise reading scores and help more than 178,000 library users achieve their dreams.

Your mission is to ascend to the roof, step over the edge and rappel down the 12-story, 150 feet high Regency Plaza building in Providence. The first 90 individuals to raise a minimum of $1,000 will earn a spot to go Over the Edge for PCL. The valuable funds you raise will take PCL’s services to a new level and will pay for books, computers, exciting makerspace technology, innovative programming, and a whole lot more!

Space is limited, so act now!

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR DACA RECIPIENTS IN RHODE ISLAND

Following a recent federal district court decision, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting DACA renewal applications again.

Anyone who currently holds or has previously held DACA status (even if that status is now expired), is eligible to apply for renewal.  USCIS is still not accepting initial requests for DACA status from people who have never had it.

Those who are eligible to renew their DACA status should do so immediately. Because USCIS is accepting renewal applications under a court order, it is unclear how long this window of opportunity will remain open.

Beginning today, Dorcas International Institute of RI is now holding daily walk-in DACA clinics to respond to the community need.  We will assess an individual’s eligibility to renew his/her DACA status, and, if eligible, complete the paperwork. Applicants should bring their work permit and passport to walk-in hours. No appointment is necessary.Walk-In Hours:
– Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9-4:30 pm;
– Wed & Sat 9:00-12:00;
–  hours available by appointment: please call 401-784-8621
All fees ($495 USCIS filing fee and $100 DIIRI service fee) will be covered by funds previously donated in September 2017. DACA renewal applicants pay nothing.