HEROES in OUR COMMUNITIES Bilingual Storytelling ~ Taller de narrativa bilingüe


Bilingual Storytelling ~ Taller de narrativa bilingüe

Providence Community Library in partnership with Project Crisol announces the second Annual Bilingual Storytelling Workshop Series for aspiring young writers aged 6-12. Participants
will be coached in crafting and telling their stories in compelling ways, and in listening to each
other’s stories respectfully. Participants will be invited to submit their stories to the Annual
Bilingual Youth Writing Contest and to join the Day of the Children Celebration in April 28.

Providence Community Library, en colaboración con Project Crisol, anuncia la segunda
serie anual de talleres de cuentos bilingües para jóvenes aspirantes a escritores de las edades
comprendidas entre 6 y 12 años. Los participantes serán guiados en la elaboración y la narración
de sus historias de manera convincente, y en escuchar las historias de los demás con respeto.
Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de presentar sus historias al Concurso anual de
narrativa juvenil y asistir a la Celebración del Día de los niños el 28 de abril.

441 Prairie Ave. Providence
10:00 am to 11:30 am

January 27
February 10 & 24
March 24
April 7 &14

For information and registration: (401) 467-2700 X 1608

Providence Community Library active in 2018 End-to-End Census Test

Census Jobs are Available

The U.S. Census has begun recruiting for temporary full- and part-time positions in support of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test.  The 2018 End-to-End Census Test supports the 2020 Census.

The goal of the 2020 Census is to obtain an accurate population count of residents. The 2018 Census End-to-End Test will provide insights to better conduct the 2020 Census and is our planning tool to ensure an accurate census.

The Address Canvassing portion, of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test, is taking place in three sites: Bluefield-Beckley-Oak Hill, W.Va.; Providence County, R.I.; and Pierce County, Wash.

2018 End-to-End Census Test jobs available: Providence County, Rhode Island. Please visit https://www.census.gov/2018jobs or call 1-866-593-6155.

Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339 TTY/ASCII

The Federal Relay Service provides equal communication access for persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind, or have speech disabilities.

The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Rhode Island is at Risk

An accurate Census is Vital to Rhode Island.  The state is at risk of losing one of only two congressional seats, and federal dollars coming to Rhode Island depend on an accurate count.

R.I. clings to second seat in U.S. House

New Census Projections Show RI To Lose U.S. House Seat


Census Records are Sealed

It is important that all residents of Rhode Island be counted regardless of legal status.  Census information is not available to other government agencies.



Look to Providence Community Library for help with the Census.

Employment assessments at Rochambeau Library, Friday afternoons in January, February and March


In April 2018, census surveys may be completed at Providence Community Library Locations.

9th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival February 16 – February 25, 2018

The 9th annual Providence Children’s Film Festival takes place February 16-25, 2018 with screenings, filmmaking workshops, and free activities, along with post-film conversations that help deepen the film-watching experience. Audiences of all ages will enjoy over 100 feature-length and short films—including live-action, documentary, and animation—made by filmmakers from around the world. PCFF’s mission is to present the best of independent and international children’s cinema to inspire, delight, educate, and connect a diverse community of children and families from Rhode Island and beyond. Events take place at main venues within walking distance of downtown Providence and at satellite venues across the state.
For festival details, visit: http://providencechildrensfilmfestival.org
Animation Creation Studio @ Washington Park Library
Tuesday, February 20th
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Ages 8+ or under 8 accompanied by an adult
Register by calling 401-781-3136 between 1:00 and 5:30 Monday – Friday
Bring your characters and their stories to life through animation! This short workshop gives kids an opportunity to create and learn about animation using storyboards to plan it and stop motion  techniques to film it!

National Library Services, NLS Veterans’ Benefits

The National Library Services (NLS) offers a free braille and talking books library service program for veterans and residents of the United States. By law, veterans receive preference for these library services. Veterans and residents with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical challenge that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page are eligible for special reading materials and library services. The Rhode Island Talking Books Library (TBL) provides these services to local veterans and residents with its accessible library resources. If you believe you may be eligible (Eligibility Requirements) for this program, please fill out a TBL Application Form to take advantage of the services TBL provides.

State of Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

Volunteer Opportunity for Teens at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Kids, 7th-12 grade, what are you doing this summer?

Courtney Gilpin, ZooCamp Director at Roger Williams Park, has announced that teens, currently enrolled in 7th-12th grades are being recruited for the 2018 Zoo Crew Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program.  Teens who enjoy working with children and have an interest in conservation are encouraged to apply for the program.  Those teens who are enthusiastic and ready to work on a team are desired.  Gilpin reports “the CIT position is a fantastic way to earn volunteer service hours, but it is also a great way for teens to gain professional job experience and build leadership skills.”

For more information, visit:  https://tinyurl.com/RWPZ-ZooCrew or Contact: Courtney Gilpin, ZooCam Director cgilpin@rwpzoo.org  (401) 785-3510 x 394

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – January 2018

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

Good-bye 2017! Welcome 2018!

    2018 comes in with a blast – a blast of arctic cold weather. Take precautions as low temperatures continue into the coming week. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather can cause hypothermia and frostbite. If you have elderly neighbors, check on them to make sure they are keeping warm.  Find cold weather tips at http://www.providenceri.gov/providence-residents-urged-exercise-caution-ahead-frigid-conditions/

Recycle your Christmas trees and wrapping paper

     Free holiday tree pickup will occur on regularly scheduled trash days during the weeks of January 8 and January 15. Remove all lights, decorations, and tinsel and place the tree at the curb. Recycle gift wrapping paper in your recycle bin. But, please don’t put plastic bags, shredded paper, diapers, or greasy pizza boxes in recycle bins. They will contaminate the entire load sending it to the Johnston landfill. At the current rate of use there are only 15 years left at the landfill. Recycle right to extend its life!

PNPP deadline is January 15

     Planting trees may be the last thing on your mind in the bitter cold; however, the next deadline for applying for trees through the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program is coming up fast. It’s January 15. Find more information at http://pnpp.org/

Providence Community Library news

     PCL has been awarded $544,800 by the Champlin Foundation to repair, renovate and preserve the exterior of Knight Memorial Library. The grant will fund cleaning and renovations to all exterior masonry as well as repairs to the roof, guttering, cornice, and skylights. The work will take place in Spring 2018.

     Knight Memorial Library continues to be closed on Saturdays. However, Saturday service is being offered in 2018 at South Providence Library (441 Prairie Ave). South Providence is ADA compliant and climate-controlled. GED and ESL classes are offered there on Saturdays.

     Knight Memorial Library offers valuable services to the community, access to computers for job seekers, children’s programs, and more; but when PCL determines which libraries are open evenings and weekends the numbers of users count. You can help support Knight by getting a library card there, and checking out books and DVDs to enjoy during these cold evenings.

Reservoir Triangle Association is back in action

     Reservoir Triangle Neighborhood Association (RTNA) reconvened in 2017 for the first time since the 1980s and has held several meetings. If you’re interested in learning more about the neighborhood next door, contact RTNA President Dave Talan at davetalan@aol.com

Crime Watch news

     Police District 2 (Elmwood and South Providence) has a new District Commander – Lt. James Barrows. You can meet him at Crime Watch meetings on the 4thWednesdays of the month. Thanks to Lt. Henry Remolina for his exemplary service to the Southside.

     An approach to fighting crime that’s worth investigating is called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED strategies aim to influence offender decisions before a criminal act is committed by redesigning the built, social, and administrative environment. This Wikipedia article suggests design concepts useful for our homes and parks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_prevention_through_environmental_design

     Crime tips of the month:

  • Use timers on your lights. These are known deterrents to breaking and entry.
  • Keep your porch light on at night and install exterior motion-activated lighting.
  • Carefully dispose of cartons that advertise attractive purchases like flat-screen TVs, laptops, and sports equipment.  Fold the printed cardboard to the inside and place in your recycle bin.

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


  • Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day Walk in the Park
  • Sunday, January 7 – ENA Advisory Board Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 9 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Monday, January 15 – Deadline for applying for street trees with PNPP
  • Thursday, January 18 – Teatro Ecas presents La Zorra y las Uvas
  • Wednesday, January 24 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, January 25 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting



o   Tuesdays and Thursdays – Friends of Knight Memorial Book Sale

o   City of Providence Planning Meetings

o   City Plan Commission meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month

o   Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets on 3rd Wednesday



Monday, January 1, 12:00 – 2:00 – New Year’s Day Walk in the Park
Meet up location: The Roger Williams monument inside the Elmwood Ave

Sunday, January 7, 6:00 – 7:30 – 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, January 9, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location: South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Ave
      All are welcome to attend the Friends meeting, 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.


Wednesday, January 10, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Participants at the December meeting discussed the need to address the controversy around the statue in Columbus Square before developing the park and programs. Meet with Wendy Nillson of the Parks Department and Stephanie Fortunato of the City’s Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism to discuss next steps.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net(401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.


Monday, January 15 – Deadline for applying for street trees with PNPP

     The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program has supplied more than 10,000 street trees to neighborhoods throughout Providence. Elmwoodians have planted hundreds of trees during PNPP’s April and October plantings. January 15 is the next deadline for applying for trees for the April planting.

Web site: http://pnpp.org/

More information: Ward Weathers, weathersw@gmail.com

Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm – Teatro Ecas presents La Zorra y las Uvas

Location: 57 Parkis Ave

     ¿Qué harías tú del amor sin la libertad o de la libertad sin el amor? Esopo

Contact: ecastheater@yahoo.com(401) 421-3227

Wednesday, January 24, 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. Learn about programs to reduce crime from other 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.


Thursday, January 25, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association Meeting
Location: Community Prep School, Somerset St. in Upper South Providence
     SPNA is a member organization of Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) – a collaboration of neighbors & organizations addressing the issues of blighted properties in Providence – and frequently addresses development issues on and near Broad St.

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.



Tuesdays & 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. 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 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


     Interested in exchanging messages with other Elmwoodians? Subscribe to the Elmwood Exchange at  http:// groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ElmwoodExchange/info
Reach of the ENA monthly newsletter: 59 members of the Elmwood Exchange and 151 additional neighbors, city officials, and staff of community organizations. To unsubscribe from ENA mailings, please email Karen at karen_ena@earthlink.net.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation Quarterly Newsletter Dec. 2017

Quarterly Newsletter December 2017


Sankofa WIC Center Opening Soon!

Since the compilation of the West End Community Food Security Assessment, WEH has developed the Sankofa Initiative to address the economic and nutritional inequities of the neighborhood. Sankofaprojects have included Apartments, a Farm, a Community Kitchen, a World Market and now Sankofa WICCenter to service the West End. The Sankofa WIC Center will serve the 02903, 02907 and 02909 zip codes on the West End of Providence. The total population of this project area is estimated at 81,813, with 1,800 or 10.78% of the population currently unserved by WIC. A neighborhood WIC Center will increase local access to and redemption of WIC benefits and be an opportunity to build relationships with local families around food access, nutrition education and economic wellbeing.

Nutrition education:
Nutrition-related health services will be offered to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under five years of age with household incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. A qualified nutritionist will conduct one-on-one meetings, particularly for high-risk participants. During regular client meetings, the nutritionist will provide nutrition care plans and collect medical data with equipment provided by the Department of Health.

Nutrition education will also be available in group workshops or cooking classes. Classes on healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate cooking will involve WIC clients as well the larger community. Partnerships with potential culinary partners have been established for programming at the Sankofa World Market and will be expanded with the development of the Community Kitchen. Nutrition classes at three Sankofa sites will provide culturally appropriate resources to the diverse community we serve.

The Sankofa WIC Center will create policies and procedures to ensure breastfeeding support and assistance for clients throughout the prenatal and postpartum period. All WIC staff will be trained to strongly encourage breastfeeding among participating mothers. This promotion and support may come in the form of counseling, breastfeeding educational materials, or breastfeeding aids such as breast pumps or breast shells.

Rent RIte

Rent RIte is a series of two classes that last an hour each, and a one-on-one session. These classes help people with the process of applying for and maintaining affordable housing. Topics covered in this class include Fair Housing laws, tenant-landlord relations, and managing credit. This class is for people on the West Elmwood waitlist, but can also be taken by anyone in the community looking to learn more about the rental process. Classes begin in 2018– to register for classes or for any other questions email dresendes@westelmwood.org


New Year-New Home!!!
Fulfill your New Year’s resolution by coming to learn what it takes to become
a home owner and Make Your Dream a reality this year with a New Home!

Education classes will begin again in January, so call one of our Housing Counselors and get enrolled in the workshop!!

Home Buyer’s Ed (Spanish): Every Thursday from 1/18 – 2/8  6pm-8pm
Fast Track (English) Saturday 1/20  9am-1pm
More dates to be announced.

Coming Soon eHome services access classes at your own convenience for $99 with our coupon!

Housing Counselors:

                             Antoine Boyer                                               Ineida Rocha (spanish)
401-453-3220 ext. 16                                     401-453-3220 ext. 101
aboyer@westelmwood.org                          iroacha@westelmwood.org


Sankofa Greenhouse construction has resumed and will be complete before the new year.

Much appreciation to the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and the LASA Grants Program. Our Community Kitchen at Sankofa is complete.

The Sankofa Community Kitchen will provide a critical resource for Sankofa residents and the broader West End neighborhood by providing a platform to address the economic development disparities in our community.

West Elmwood Board Members
Employees Celebrate the holidays

The night was filled with great food from Sistas on the Run, dancing, great conversation, and Holiday cheer.





Ineida Rocha

Meet Ineida, the new Sankofa WIC Coordinator, Breastfeeding Councilor, and Housing Counselor at West Elmwood. She is a passionate community builder from Cape Verde who speaks 5 languages!!Ineida is excited to contribute her energy, comedic spirit, and mindfulness to West Elmwood Housing.

Dominique Resendes

Dominique is the Accessing Home AmeriCorpsmember for 2017-2018. In May of 2017 she graduated Salem State University with a double major in communications and political science. When she’s not at work, she likes to try new food, go to concerts, and hang out with her dog Pepper (the dog in the picture!) At West Elmwood, Dominique is helping recreate the organizational website, assists with events and marketing. She also assists with Resident Services, meaning she connects residents living in West Elmwoodproperties with resources in the community to help them become economically independent. Starting in January, Dominique will also be teaching Rent Rite courses.


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Parking Ban Alert

Parking ban starts at 2am on Sunday, Dec 10.

The following press release is from the City of Providence.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Citywide Parking Ban to Take Effect Sunday, December 10 at 2AM
City Prepares Ahead of First Snow Fall

PROVIDENCE, RI – Due to expected snow this weekend, a citywide parking ban will begin at 2:00AM on Sunday, December 10, and remain in effect until 6:00AM that same day. All Providence Recreation Centers will be closed Saturday, December 9 due to winter conditions.

Residents with overnight parking passes are advised that they cannot park on the street during the duration of the citywide parking ban. All vehicles parked on the street in violation of the citywide parking ban will be ticketed and towed to ensure that roadways can be plowed.

The Department of Public Works has prepared all equipment and personnel to respond to the storm. Roadways will be pretreated ahead of the expected snowfall.

To report a non-emergency issue, download the PVD311 smartphone application on the Apple Store or Google Play or call 3-1-1 or 401-272-1111.

To receive up-to-the-minute alerts and updates, residents are encouraged to register for the CodeRED emergency notification system by visiting: https://www.providenceri.com/PEMA/codered.

Residents experiencing power outages should contact National Grid at 800-322-3223. Individuals are warned never to touch downed power lines and report downed lines to National Grid. In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Join Zero Waste Providence Working Group

A group of Providence community members concerned about waste, recycling, composting, and reducing litter and plastic pollution have started Zero Waste Providence. They meet every other Monday and the next meeting will be held on Monday, December 18, from 7:30-9am at the SWAP Community Room, 500 Broad Street. If you feel strongly about these issues and would like to get involved, please attend or contact zerowasteprovidence@gmail.com.