PVD Fest Finale Party

A Castle for the People

Artists, performers and community groups unite for PVDFest grand finale at the Cranston Street Armory

Part of inspiration behind PVDFest is to activate Providence’s public spaces and neighborhoods – and that means all neighborhoods. That’s why after the biggest party of the year happens Downtown on Saturday, June 3, the festival will head west on Sunday, June 4 for a finale party of salsa music, food AND art trucks, and a large-scale pop-up parade / performance led by FirstWorks featured artist Daniel Bernard Roumain. We can’t think of a better way to close out the best weekend of the summer so round up your family, friends (and a blanket or lawn chair) — but first get a preview of the day’s events on the PVDFest blog:

June Tour Series at Roger Williams Park

The Roger Williams Park Conservancy is thrilled to announce our June Tour Series at RWP! Hope you can join us for a tour or two …or all five!

All Tours Depart from the Dalymple Boathouse (unless otherwise noted).

Thursday, June 1st, 5:30 pm
Architectural Elements in Roger Williams Park
Guide: Lauren Drapala
Board Member, Roger Williams Park Conservancy
Historic Preservation Specialist, DBVW Architects

Sunday, June 11th, 1 pm
Roger Williams Park By Boat
Guides: Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
* Meet at the Kayak Launch behind the Temple to Music *

Thursday, June 15th, 5:30pm
Notable Trees of Roger Williams Park
Guide: Doug Still, Providence City Forester

Thursday, June 22nd, 5:30 pm
Waterways and Landscape in Roger Williams Park
Guides: Megan Gardener, Landscape Architect, City of Providence
Brian Byrnes, Deputy Superintendent, Providence Parks Department

Thursday, June 29th, 5:30 pm
Statues of Roger Williams Park
Guide: Jessica David
Chair, Roger Williams Park Conservancy
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Community Investments
The Rhode Island Foundation

For more information and to RSVP: www.rwpconservancy.org

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – May 2017 Addenda

ENA Newsletter May 2017 – Addenda

An invitation to help bring art to South Providence
Art Connection-RI invites members of the South Providence community to join our Board of Directors, a congenial group of people dedicated to creating access to art throughout Rhode Island. Art Connection-RI has a mission to connect artists and their art with social service agencies serving vulnerable Rhode Islanders. RI Free Clinic, Dorcas International, Genesis Center, West End Community Center, Lighthouse CDC, and AIDS Care Ocean State have all received art through our organization to create a welcoming atmosphere for their constituents.

To find out more: Call Wendy Ingram at 401-335-3229 or email  wingram@artconnectionri.org

Website: www.artconnectionri.org

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 to 10:30 am – Progress report on Broad St initiatives

Location: Southside Cultural Center (393 Broad Street)

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, and Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Bonnie Nickerson cordially invite you to a community meeting to review public input voiced at the March 11Community Conversation, discuss current projects and existing funding that can be leveraged to act on community input, and help prioritize next steps.

For details: see Facebook at http://bit.ly/2p6NjUt.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @ProvPlanning, or on the web at providenceri.com/planning.

Saturday, May 20, 8:30am and 1:00pm – West Broadway neighborhood yard sale Get a map of locations: WBNAHeadquarters, 1560 Westminster
Trinkets, toys, people, and egg rolls are some of the things you’ll find in bulk at the West Side Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale, which has featured up to FIFTY individual yard sales in years past throughout Federal Hill and the West End.   In addition to yard sales, you’ll find open houses, sidewalk sales and open studios offered by local businesses and artists. This event showcases the entire neighborhood and is super fun.
Web site: https://www.wbna.org/store/neighborhood-wide-yard-sale-get-on-the-map
For details: See Facebook/Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale: https://www.facebook.com/events/304000520038422/

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 10 am to 2 pm – Southside Community Land Trust’s 25th Annual Rare & Unusual Plant Sale
Location: 168 Clifford St in South Providence
The Sale features hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals and perennials – fruit, vegetable and herb starts – roughly 20,000 in all. Flats are arranged on tables along pathways that meander among knotty fruit trees, the chicken coop and vegetable beds on our working farm. Local performers entertain shoppers with live music. Experienced gardeners are also on hand during the event to answer your gardening questions.
Web site: https://www.southsideclt.org/event/25th-annual-rare-unusual-plant-sale/?event_date=2017-05-20

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – May 2017

ENA newsletter – May 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

 

April is always busy with tree planting and cleanups. Not so obvious is the work done by residents to call attention to the inequalities in our city and to challenge policies that promote segregation and economic disparities among Providence residents. South Providence Neighborhood Association has been leading the way to address some of these issues that are not bound by neighborhood borders. Also in April, the Mayor announced new initiatives for Broad St while working on the EveryHome project to reclaim and renovate vacant homes. On the Elmwood corridor we’ve lost 2 eateries: The Elmwood Diner closed and Bamboo Garden moved to upper Broad St where there’s more parking.

 

With spring finally here May offers lots of ways to get out and meet neighbors. The hard work of meetings and discussions continues; but many events are coming up for exploring and enjoying the neighborhood: three Jane’s Walks, a celebration of Roger Williams Park, the Urban Pond Procession that celebrates nearby Mashapaug Pond, and lectures about the historic parts of Elmwood as prequels to the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Homes in early June.

 

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Taking care of our trees

Working together, Elmwood neighbors continue to make our neighborhood a healthier and more verdant place.  During the month of April, an additional 50 street trees were planted in Elmwood.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Residents with street trees are reminded to weed and mulch the tree wells around their trees.  Young trees especially need regular watering from April to October. They need 15 gallons per week.

Within the next few weeks the City Forestry Department will prune older street trees in Elmwood between Public and Princeton.

 

Peace and Plenty Park and Community Garden

On a cold and gloomy Earth Day, 35 volunteers worked to brighten up Peace and Plenty Park. Charter Care, WINNCO, and neighbors pitched in to freshen our park for the upcoming season.  Another workday is scheduled for May 12.

Plant a garden this spring. Grow your own veggies. Peace and Plenty Garden still has a few plots available.  Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Addressing trash and litter

Are you tired of all the trash littering Elmwood streets? Are you ready to work on solutions? Christine Rayner has offered to head a task force to deal with the poor rate of recycling and the abundance of litter in our neighborhood. Please contact her at psyclorama@yahoo.com to join in. She is hosting a first task force meeting on Thursday, May 18.

 

The Mayor lays out plans for Broad St renewal

In an April 13 announcement at the Southside Cultural Center, Mayor Elorza described $4.3 million in funds and programs geared to revitalize Broad St. They include safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians and cultural tourism initiatives:

http://lprnoticias.com/2017/04/13/mayor-elorza-announces-expanded-investments-along-broad-street-corridor/

 

South Side development in the news

On April 10 the Providence Journal published an op ed about the concentration of poverty in the South Side of Providence. Thanks to Casby Harrison for writing this compelling piece: Concentrated Poverty, Concentrated Problems. Casby wrote that, “the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits housing decisions that disproportionately adversely affect predominantly minority inner-city areas.”

Meanwhile, affordable housing advocates are asking for new rules to allow them to construct new housing units with higher population density allowances.The ProJo posted an article on April 21 that describes this view: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170420/in-providence-affordable-housing-advocates-urge-building-rules-that-allow-for-higher-density

April 25 was the date scheduled to begin a 30-day public comment phase on the regulations of the Affordable Housing Bond. If housing policies and practices are the root cause of the economic segregation of our neighborhoods, then the proposed changes to density allowances need to be carefully considered.

On April 28, Providence Business News posted an article about the process of city planning: Some of Providence’s poorest neighborhoods are attracting developers. Residents want a say in what happens next.

 

EveryHome program expands control over vacant properties

On February 23 WPRI published a related article about housing: Providence agency seeks to acquire hundreds of vacant city homes. It describes the aim of the Providence Redevelopment Agency to take control of more than 300 vacant homes throughout Providence. This is the latest phase of Mayor Elorza’s EveryHome program. (Please note that there are errors in the article’s chart of addresses. Several Ward 9 addresses are listed as Ward 10 locations.) 

 

Working with Crossroads to improve the quality of life in South Side neighborhoods
     On Thursday, May 25, Karen Santilli of Crossroads Rhode Island will meet with South Side residents to provide information about their current activities & initiatives. This is an opportunity to engage in an in-depth dialogue on related challenges in our community, and identify ways that Crossroads might work with neighbors to address the issues together.

The meeting is hosted by South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA). For more information, contact Dwayne Keys atsouthprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.

 

Broad St bus shelter becomes temporary housing for homeless people

     Although the new bus shelters on Broad St were intended to shelter RIPTA bus riders, the bus shelter in front of Salvation Army has become temporary housing for homeless people. It’s also a visible reminder that much work needs to be done to address poverty and homelessness in the South Side.

The South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA) is forming a task force to address the challenges of that location. To participate contact Dwayne Keys at (401) 369-1334 or southprovneighbors@gmail.com

You can help bring RIPTA into the discussion by reporting complaints and concerns about this site to RIPTA’s Customer Support Services. Contact RIPTA at (401) 784-9500, x 2012, Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and Saturday from 8am until 4pm. Or report online at http://www.ripta.com/contact-us.

 

Crime Watch Tips

Spring is in bloom. Better weather often brings an increase in suspicious activities in our neighborhoods. But it’s also a good time to take walks around the neighborhood, greeting people you meet, catching up with old friends, welcoming new residents to the neighborhood, and thereby building familiarity and community. Be cautious about leaving open doors and windows unattended. Report all incidents and suspicious activities to 272-1111. The May CW meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23.

 

Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.

 

Find general information about greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the reference guide emailed seasonally.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

 

RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

  • ·      May 18 – June 4 – The Wilbury Theatre Group presents Spring Awakening 
  • ·      
Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends of Knight Book Sale

 

MAY EVENTS

 

  • ·      May – ECAS Teatro hosts creative theater workshops
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Celebrate Roger Williams Park
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Friends’ Book Sale
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Jane’s Walk: Roger Williams Park
  • ·      Saturday, May 6 – Jane’s Walk: Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making
  • ·      Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm – REVEL! A Gala for The Wilbury Group
  • ·      Sunday, May 7 – Jane’s Walk: Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor: La Broa’/Broad St
  • ·      Monday, May 8 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • ·      Wednesday, May 10 – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • ·      Wednesday, May 10 – PPS Spring Lecture:  The Knights of Elmwood
  • ·      Friday, May 12  – Work Day at Peace and Plenty Park
  • ·      Saturday, May 13 – 10th Annual Urban Pond Procession
  • ·      Thursday, May 18 – Meeting of Task Force for recycling & litter
  • ·      Saturday, May 20 – Meetup in Roger Williams Park
  • ·      Tuesday, May 23 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence (note date change)
  • ·      Wednesday, May 24 – PPS Spring Lecture: Historic Elmwood: An Architect’s View Inside and Out
  • ·      Thursday, May 25 – SPNA Meeting with Crossroads

JUNE EVENTS

  • ·      Multiple dates – Roger Williams Park Conservancy Tours of the Park
  • ·      Friday/ Saturday, June 2 & 3 – PPS Festival of Historic Houses
  • ·      Saturday, June 3 – Friends’ Book Sale

 

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

 

May 18 – June 4 – Wilbury Theatre Group presents Spring Awakening 

Location: South Side Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street

In late 19th-century Germany, teenagers struggle to cope with the sexual mysteries of puberty. Spring Awakening is the contemporary musical adaptation of one of literature’s most controversial plays.

More information: http://thewilburygroup.org/spring-awakening.html

Tickets: $15-$35. Call 401.400.7100 or go to www.thewilburygroup.org

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave.

Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs and original art works and prints.  Proceeds support library programs and improvements.

To help sort books on Tues and Thurs mornings, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

MAY EVENTS

 

May – ECAS Teatro presents creative theater workshops

Location: 57 Parkis Ave.

ECAS presents Creative Workshop Feat with Gustavo Ott, the Venezuelan playwright and a Children’s Theater Workshop.

For dates and details, phone 401 421 4327 or see Facebook (ECAS Theater, Inc.)

 

Saturday, May 6, 11 to 3 – Celebrate Roger Williams Park

Location: Roger Williams Park

Activities for all throughout the park including PVD Flea and food trucks, Joe’s Backyard Band, Jane’s Walk, guided trail walk, yoga at the Temple to Music, and free admission to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Botanical Center.

More information: www.rwpconservancy.org

 

Saturday, May 6, 12 to 4 – Friends’ Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Shop here for Mother’s Day gifts!  Featured this month: children’s nonfiction and fantasy, gardening, home repair, cookbooks, baseball and boating, mystery, memoir and biographies.

To help with monthly sales, contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

Saturday, May 6, 10 to 11 – Jane’s Walk: Roger Williams Park

Meet up location:  Statue of Roger Williams near Betsey Williams Cottage.

The RWP Conservancy will lead a walk through Roger Williams Park, describing some of the history, venues, sculpture, and landscape of the Park.

More information: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/roger-williams-p/

 

Saturday, May 6, 12:30 to 2 – Jane’s Walk: Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making

Meet up:  Dialysis Center of RI parking lot, 9 Plenty St

Jane’s Walk invites neighbors to lead walks in their neighborhoods. Doug Victor’s walk in northern Elmwood has been very informative in the past. Learn about the sites on his tour at http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/revisiting-northern-elmwood-neighborhood-making/

To register, go to: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/

 

Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm – REVEL! A Gala for The Wilbury Group

Location: Lobby of The Superman Building, 111 Westminster St.

Modern jazz by The Ben Shaw Quartet and Shakespeare-inspired rock by Bard the Band and performances by local artists Vanessa Gilbert and David Higgins while guests enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.  Desserts by local purveyors will sweeten the deal and pop-up performances by local entertainers will have guests wondering what theatrical adventure will arrive next!

Get tickets: http://thewilburygroup.org/revel.html

 

Sunday, May 7, 12 pm – Jane’s Walk: Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor: La Broa’/Broad St

Meet up: 1070 Broad St

Broad Street is the city’s Latino Cultural Corridor where you can find Latin American restaurants, bakeries, bodegas and Chimi Trucks galore! Bring your appetite and be ready to enjoy music, dance, food and a day that will bring you closer to the place which Latinos refer to as La Broa’ and Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor.

More information: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/latino-history/

 

Monday, May 8, 6:00 to 7:45 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Hot summer days demand library closures. What can be done to reduce the number of closures this summer? Participate in discussions about building improvements and library programs.

Contact: Debbie, deborah@gleegum.com

 

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

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Meet with Rebecca Pazienza, a public relations consultant, to help her describe Elmwood for the GoProvidence Web site. Businesspeople are welcome to bring Elmwood Ave issues to the table at these meetings.

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

 

Wednesday, May 10, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – PPS Spring Lecture – The Knights of Elmwood

Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

A lecture by art historian and board member, Deborah Del Gais in anticipation of PPS’s 2017 Festival of Historic Houses on June 2 and 3. There will be a light reception at 5:30 pm, with the lecture beginning at 6 pm.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pps-spring-lecture-the-knights-of-elmwood-tickets-32502059535

 

Friday, May 12, 10:00 am – Work Day at Peace and Plenty Park

Location: Peace and Plenty Park
Join the Wheeler School for a community service morning at Peace and Plenty Park. All are welcome. Weather permitting we will be re-staining the picket and stockade fences, priming the back of a neighbor’s garage for a future mural, and more!
Contact: Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Saturday, May 13, 5:30 – 9:00 – 10th Annual Urban Pond Procession

Meet up location: Mashapaug Pond boathouse, behind Ocean State Plaza, 361 Reservoir Ave

The mile-long procession celebrating Mashapaug Pond will stop at Reservoir Avenue School and then proceed to Mashapaug Cove. The Extraordinary Rendition Band, What Cheer Brigade, and Big Nazo puppets will lead the way. This is UPP Arts’s 10th and final procession. After 10 years of supporting the Procession, UPP Arts will be passing the torch to community ownership.

Get details: http://www.upparts.org

To volunteer, contact Holly Ewald, holly@upparts.org

 

Thursday, May 18, 7 pm – Meeting of Task Force for recycling & litter

Location: 196 Congress Ave

Are you sick of all the trash littering Elmwood streets? Are you ready to work on solutions? Christine Rayner has offered to head a task force to deal with the poor rate of recycling and the abundance of litter.

Please contact her at psyclorama@yahoo.com to join in.

 

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 to 11:00 am – Meetup in Roger Williams Park

     There’s a monthly Meetup event on the third Saturday of the month for people wanting to explore the park’s beautiful 435 acres. Meet at the statue of Roger Williams between the Betsey Williams Cottage and the Casino in the Elmwood Ave side of the park.

Sign up at https://www.meetup.com/Exploring-Roger-Williams-Park/

 

Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence (note date change)

Location:  640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room (across from St Joseph’s)

Meet with police who report on incidents since our last meeting. Other speakers often attend to address crime-related and quality of life issues. In April Angela Montiero and Matthew Peterson from Child and Family Services of RI presented a program on Foster Care. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

For agenda updates, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting. 

 

Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 to 7:00 pm – PPS Spring Lecture – Historic Elmwood: An Architect’s View Inside and Out

Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue

A lecture by Elmwood resident and architect, Jim Barnes in anticipation of PPS’s 2017 Festival of Historic Houses on June 3. A light reception begins at 5:30 pm; the lecture begins at 6 pm.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pps-spring-lecture-historic-elmwood-houses-an-architects-view-inside-and-out-tickets-32502236063

 

Thursday, May 25 – SPNA Meeting with Crossroads

Location: To be determined

Meet with Karen Santilli of Crossroads Rhode Island to learn about their current activities & initiatives, have an in-depth dialogue on related challenges in our community, and identify ways that Crossroads might work with neighbors to address the issues together. The meeting is hosted by South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA).

For more information: contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com or (401) 369-1334.

JUNE EVENTS

 

In June – Roger Williams Park Conservancy Tours of the Park

Explore the architecture, waterways, trees, landscaping, and statues. There is also a bird watching event, a tour of the rose garden, a butterfly hunt, and lots more.

More information: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RogerWilliamsPark.aspx

 

Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3 – PPS Festival of Historic Houses

Location: Upper Elmwood Historic District

Enjoy self-guided tours of more than one dozen private, historic homes on Saturday, June 3, plus a neighborhood fair showcasing the area’s rich diversity. A Festival Preview Party to benefit PPS and Knight Memorial Library takes place on Friday, June 2 at the architecturally stunning Webster Knight House (c.1897), built by the founder of Fruit of the Loom.

Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended!

More information and registration: http://www.ppsri.org/events/view/139

 

Saturday, June 3, 12 to 4 – Friends’ Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

This is the final book sale of the spring season. It’s a good time to stock up on summer reading. There’s always something new at the book sale.

To help with monthly sales contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

ENA COMMUNICATIONS

 

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

Bookmark ElmwoodExchange for a summary of current events

Money Smart Workshops at Knight Memorial Library

Money Smart Workshops
FREE programs taught by experts! Refreshments provided at all workshops!

Money Management
Wednesday April 26 • 6:00pm
Learn skills about money management by an expert from Santander
Bank. There will be a question and answer period to discuss
your questions and issues. Refreshments provided.

Cyber Security
Saturday April 29 • 1:30pm
Rhode Island State Police will talk about the many forms of cyberterrorism
and online threats, plus teach smart Internet behavior, including the
implementation of safeguards against identify theft.
Refreshments provided.

Registration recommended: sign up at the front desk or call 467-2625.
For more Money Smart workshops (April 20 – May 18) about Understanding Social Security,
Medicare & Benefit Programs, Financing Education, Buying a First Home, Basic Banking,
Protecting Yourself from Cyber Threats, Budgeting & Building Credit, and programs
for Youth and Families, visit: www.provcomlib.org/money

Sponsored in part by a grant from Santander Bank.

2017 City of Providence Summer Employment Program

PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

2017 SUMMER EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION


This is the online application for the 2017 City of Providence Summer Employment Program

  1. All summer employment candidates MUST apply online to be considered for a position. No paper applications will be accepted.
  2. You must be at least 14 years old as of June 15, 2017 to qualify for employment.
  3. The deadline for applications is midnight, May 3, 2017. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  4. Preference in hiring will be given to qualified residents of the City of Providence.
  5. All positions will be filled without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation.
  6. Selected applications will be contacted via email only. Please note that you must have a personal email address that you check often for updates. If you need help setting up or accessing your email, the City of Providence Recreation Staff is available to assist you.
  7. If offered a position, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires you to furnish proof of your employment eligibility and your identity. Proof of identity will require two forms of identification which must be presented before your first day of employment. Applicants selected for employment will receive step-by-step instructions and important dates upon notification of acceptance via email.

APPLY ONLINE NOW

Free Tree Give-a-Way

Registration is now open for the Spring 2017 RI DEM Energy-Saving Trees Program. Sign-up today for your free tree and pick up at one of our four event locations.

Trees around homes not only help reduce the amount of energy your home requires, but they also add to your property value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve the air quality, and catch stormwater runoff.

The Energy Saving Tree program is made possible by Arbor Day Foundation and Rhode Island DEM. Beginning April 3rd, The Energy Saving Tree program aims to give away up to two trees to each registered participant. To learn more about this program, click here>>

Come and Audition for a TV Spot!

 

We, the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA), are shooting a TV spot at four of our member libraries
on April, Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19. Before we shoot, we are auditioning people for speaking roles
and non-speaking roles. You do not need to have an acting experience, but it helps if you do.

Come and audition for a part or be part of the cast of ‘extras’ in the background. We are casting on these dates for:
* Mother with a toddler
* African American teenager
* Computer savvy teenagers
* Latina woman in her 30’s
* Southeast Asian young man
* People in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s from various ethnic backgrounds

Wednesday, April 12, from 9am to 11am – Westerly Public Library
Wednesday, April 12, from 1pm to 3pm – Jamestown Philomenian Library
Thursday, April 13, from 1pm to 3pm – PCL’s Knight Memorial Library, Providence
Saturday, April 15, from 9:30am to 11:30am – Cumberland Public Library

We are a non-profit entity so there is no pay and those selected to appear will need to sign a media
release form waiver. Still, you will appear on a TV spot claiming your name to fame! If you cannot make
one of the four auditions, send your picture and contact info to RilaTVspot@gmail.com by April 11.

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – April 2017

ENA newsletter – April 2017

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

 

Big Jump Program to bring a jump in biking to South Providence

Providence is one of ten U.S. cities selected to participate in the Big Jump Program by People for Bikes. This three-year effort aims to achieve a big jump in biking – a doubling or tripling of people riding – by building a network of safe and comfortable places to ride and engaging the community in biking activities. The target area for the program is the Jewelry District and South Providence.

People For Bikes has launched a community survey to find out how people in our community perceive biking. The survey will close on April 15. Please take a moment to share your thoughts: https://corona.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=148665804820.

    Staff of People for Bikes will be in town on April 5 and 6 for meetings and tours. You can meet them over lunch atnoon on April 6 or join the Mayor and Youth in Action to explore the streets of South Providence on the evening ofApril 6. (See details in the calendar below.) For the lunch, please RSVP by Monday morning to Martina Haggerty, mhaggerty@providenceri.gov

 

Property development – Making our voices heard

On March 11 about 150 people participated in a Community Conversation about the Future of Broad St and the St Joseph’s property, now owned by Paolino Properties. Since then, a task force of South Side and Elmwood residents has continued to speak out about the segregation of the poor in Providence, most recently meeting with the Governor’s policy makers.

 

Heard at last! On March 13 nine neighbors attended a public ordinance committee hearing about a zoning change proposed for 12 Lenox (from R2 to C2). Five residents testified in opposition to the request. After hearing residents speak, the Committee recommended that the requested zoning change be modified from C2 to C1. After a closed-door meeting city councilmen decided to continue the matter until the Department of Planning has had more meetings about Broad Street as a whole, and develops a policy to deal with commercial creep into residential neighborhoods along Broad.  Although Councilwoman Castillo was not able to attend the public hearing, she spoke on our behalf at the closed-door meeting. Our hard work paid off! Thanks to all who attended meetings and hearings, wrote letters and signed petitions.

 

Listen to City Council members discuss the development of 12 Lenox and Broad St as a whole. Go to the City’s Open Meetings Portals for Mar 13, 5:30 (listed as “Ordinance Committee – Regular”) and listen to the recording. (Tune in at11:45.) It’s well worth hearing!

 

On March 29 the Providence Journal published an article by Anne Grant, formerly of the Elmwood Foundation and GENS, who described the social and economic issues plaguing the South Side and the effect of Joe Paolino’s plan to develop St Joseph’s Hospital for the homeless: http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20170328/anne-grant-neighborhood-doesnt-share-in-citys-rise

 

Neighborhood Task Force forming to address trash and litter

Are you sick of all the trash littering Elmwood streets? Are you ready to work on solutions? Christine Rayner has offered to head a task force to deal with the poor rate of recycling and the abundance of litter. Please join contact her atpsyclorama@yahoo.com to join in.

 

Baskets needed for Good Neighbor Book Basket Project

Wonder what to do with those baskets cluttering your house? Look no further. The Good Neighbor Book Basket Project provides baskets of books to neighborhood non-profits to support their missions. In March, for example, a book basket was given to the Manton Avenue Project, whose recent theater production focused on favorite books.
You can drop baskets off at the library during book sales listed below, or contact Doug Victor atdoug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Crime Watch

There’s been an uptick in both violent crimes and burglaries in Elmwood and South Providence. Police need your eyes and ears as they track 3 males wearing hooded sweat shirts responsible for break-ins. One has stayed outside as a look out. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police at 272- 3121.

 

Keep reading for meeting and event details and to see what else is happening.

 

Find general information about greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the reference guide emailed seasonally.

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S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

 

RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

Saturday, April 1 – Wilbury Group presents Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

April 13 – 29 – Wilbury Theatre, Festival of New Works

April 15 – 30 – Fairy Garden Days at RWP Botanical Center

April Production – ECAS Teatro presents La Zorra y las Uvas

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale

 

Other APRIL MEETINGS and EVENTS

 

Saturday, April 1 – Peace and Plenty Garden Clean Up

Saturday, April 1 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale

Monday, April 3 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Wednesday, April 5 – Art Connection RI Awards Celebration

Thursday, April 6 – South Providence People for Bikes Meet & Greet Lunch

Thursday, April 6 – Bike the Night PVD with Youth in Action!

 

Saturday, April 8 – Workshop: All the Colors Fit to Paint: New Paint Colors for Old Houses

Saturday, April 8 – Spring Tree Planting in Elmwood

Saturday, April 8 – PCL Amnesty Week Kick-off Party and Friends Book Sale

 

Wednesday, April 12 – Elmwood Ave Business and Community meeting

Saturday, April 15 – Meetup in Roger Williams Park

 

Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day at Peace and Plenty Park and Roger Williams Park

Wednesday, April 26 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence

 

MAY MEETINGS and EVENTS

 

Saturday, May 6 – Celebrate Roger Williams Park

Saturday, May 6 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 6 – Jane’s Walk: Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making

Saturday, May 6 – Annual Gala for Wilbury Group

 

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RECURRING ACTIVITIES

 

April 1, 7:30 – Wilbury Theatre, Mr. Burns, a post electric play

Location: Southside Cultural Center, Broad St at Elmwood Ave, 393 Broad St

     Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.

Web: http://thewilburygroup.org/index.html

Box Office: (401) 400-7100, info@thewilburygroup.org

 

April 13 – 29 – Wilbury Theatre, Festival of New Works

Location: Southside Cultural Center, Broad St at Elmwood Ave, 393 Broad St

Featuring 3 weekends of new works by Ben JolivetRebecca MillerAndy RussVerdant Vibes, and Phoenyx Williams. Work-in-progress showings by Vanessa Gilbert & David Higgins, Kate Lohman, Laura Neill, and Ellen Zahniser.

Schedule of performances: http://thewilburygroup.org/2017-festival-of-new-works.html

Web: http://thewilburygroup.org/index.html

April 14 to April 30, (Tues – Sun) 11 to 4 – Fairy Garden Days at RWP Botanical Center

Location: Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

Community is this year’s Fairy Garden Days theme. The stories we have created will tell you about the magical beings who live in the different habitats of the greenhouses and how they live together in harmony. Get ready for the fairies by visiting Facebook: “Fairy Garden Days at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center”

More info: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RogerWilliamsPark.aspx  (Scroll down to the RWP calendar)

 

April production – ECAS Teatro presents La Zorra y las Uvas

Location: 57 Parkis Ave.

Spanish theater production for children. A fable of the fox and the grapes teaches children to get what we want we often have to face difficulties.

For dates, contact ECAS Teatro. Phone: 401 421 4327. Facebook: ECAS Theater, Inc.

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library community room, 275 Elmwood Ave.

Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs and original art works and prints.  Proceeds support library programs and improvements.

To help sort books on Tues and Thurs mornings, contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Other APRIL MEETINGS and EVENTS

 

Saturday, April 1, 9 to 12 – Peace and Plenty Garden Spring Clean Up

Location: Peace and Plenty Garden
If you’d like a garden plot, contact Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Saturday, April 1, 12 to 4 – Friends’ Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

1000’s of books plus DVDs, videos, CDs and LPs. April features religion and spirituality, cookbooks, history, biography/memoir, business & personal finance, fiction, children’s books and toys, and original art and prints.

To help with monthly sales contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

Monday, April 3, 6:00 to 7:45 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Participate in discussions about building improvements and library programs.

Contact: Debbie, deborah@gleegum.com

 

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 to 8:00 – Art Connection RI Awards Celebration

Art Connection RI has placed artwork free of charge in several Southside non-profits, including the Center for Southeast Asians, Oasis International, Ronald McDonald House,

Rhode Island Free Clinic, Dorcas International, AIDS Care Ocean State on Broad St, Youth In Action, Lighthouse CDC, and Riverwood Mental Health (in St Joseph’s Building).

Join Art Connection RI to celebrate with Storyteller Len Cabral, MC Alison Bologna, music by Brooks/DeBossu duo, art show & sale. Riverzedge Arts will receive the Iona Dobbins Award, Artist Janet Alling will be honored for donating 21 beautiful paintings to 14 community service agencies.

For tickets, go to www.artconnectionri.org

 

Thursday, April 6, 12:00-1:30 pm – South Providence People for Bikes Meet & Greet Lunch

Location: SWAP’s Community Room, 500 Broad Street.

This lunch meeting will be an opportunity for South Providence leaders to learn more about the People for Bikes Big Jump Program coming to Providence, and have an initial discussion about your ideas and concerns about biking in South Providence. Please be prepared to informally discuss:

  • Your organization (if you are affiliated with one) and what that organization does
  • Your perceptions of biking in Providence
  • What you think are the biggest barriers to biking in Providence
  • What you think are the best opportunities to improve biking in Providence (could pertain to infrastructure, culture, education, enforcement)

Please RSVP by Monday morning to Martina Haggerty, mhaggerty@providenceri.gov

 

Thursday, April 6, 6:00 pm – Bike the Night PVD with Youth in Action!

Meet up location: Steps of City Hall

The City of Providence and Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition have partnered with Youth in Action for a special April ride. Join Mayor Elorza and over 100 Providence youth to explore the streets of South Providence.

Contact: Martina Haggerty, mhaggerty@providenceri.gov

 

Saturday, April 8, 10 am to12 pm – All the Colors Fit to Paint: New Paint Colors for Old Houses

Location: Youth in Action, 672 Broad St

Join preservation professionals Harry Adler of Adler’s Design Center & Hardware and Clark Schoettle of theProvidence Revolving Fund in learning how to select paint colors for your home. Harry and Clark will discuss historic house styles, available products you can use, and which colors will breathe new life into your old house. After the presentation attendees will proceed to 49 Princeton Avenue for a sneak peek at a Revolving Fund restoration in progress and a paint scrape demonstration.

Coffee and pastries will be served. Attendees will also receive a $10 coupon to Adler’s Hardware. Price $20 to $30.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-the-colors-fit-to-paint-new-paint-colors-for-old-houses-tickets-32501160847

 

Saturday, April 8, 12:30 pm – Elmwood Tree Planting

Meet up location: Algonquin House, 807 Broad Street
Help make Elmwood green! Come join your neighbors as we plant approximately 30 new street trees on Atlantic, Broad, Congress, Hamilton, Laura, Lenox, Lexington, Mitchell, Niagara, and Ontario. Wear closed-toed shoes or boots and gardening/work gloves. Bring a shovel, rake, or broom.  Small (8″ long) pruning saws are also useful.
We are hoping for good weather; but if light showers are forecast, the planting will occur as scheduled. Please let us know if you will help.
Contact brookehammerle@gmail.compaula.on.lenox@gmail.com and/or weathersw@gmail.com

Saturday, April 8, 2:00 – 3:30 pm – PCL Amnesty Week Kick-off Party

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Auditorium, 275 Elmwood Ave

Do you have overdue library books with fines so high that you can’t afford to return them? From April 8 to April 15 return your overdue items, bring a can of food for the RI Food Bank and your fines will be forgiven.

Providence Community Library is kicking off the week with a party that includes music by the Classical High School Band, craft activities, Mad Science Fire and Ice Show, and free pizza and cake. Councilman Wilbur Jennings is the special guest.

More information: http://www.provcomlib.org/news-events/calendar/2017/national-library-week-programming

 

Saturday, April 8, 1 to 5 – Friends Book Sale

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

1000’s of books plus DVDs, videos, CDs and LPs. This sale features religion and spirituality, cookbooks, children’s books and toys. Original art and prints are also on sale.

To help with sales contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

Monday, April 10, 5:50 – Public hearing for the Providence Community Safety Act

Location: City Hall (Enter on Washington St)

The Providence Community Safety Act is a comprehensive city ordinance to ban racial profiling and change the way that police interact with members our community, especially young people, immigrants, and people of color. The STEP UP Coalition (Providence Youth Student Movement, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, American Friends Service Committee, and Olneyville Neighborhood Association) has been developing and promoting this ordinance since June of 2014.

More information: Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 12, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

What are next steps for Elmwood Ave map, Facebook page, expansion of membership? Businesspeople are welcome to bring Elmwood Ave issues to the table at these meetings.

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

 

Saturday, April 15, 9:00 am – Meetup in Roger Williams Park

     There’s a monthly Meetup event on the third Saturday of the month for people wanting to explore the park’s beautiful 435 acres. Meet at the statue of Roger Williams between the Betsey Williams Cottage and the Casino in the Elmwood Ave side of the park.

Sign up at https://www.meetup.com/Exploring-Roger-Williams-Park/

 

EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES – Saturday, April 22

 

8:30 am to 12 noon – 5th annual Spring Cleaning in Roger Williams Park

Join neighbors, friends, and the Roger Williams Park Conservancy for an Earth Day Clean Up in partnership with Serve RI and the City of Providence. Wear comfortable work clothes and sneakers/boots (they will get dirty!). Bring rakes, and garden gloves. Snacks and water will be provided.

Information: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RogerWilliamsPark.aspx

RSVP: info@rwpconservancy.org

 

9:00 am to 10:30 am – Spring Bird Walk in Roger Williams Park

Meet up Location: Museum of Natural History

The woodlands and large ponds of Roger Williams Park provide an ideal place for birds to rest and feed on their migration northwards. Colorful warblers are among the many migrants and summer residents we may see. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars.
Program fee: $3 per person (includes museum admission)/free for museum members.

To register, call 401.680.7248 or email info@musnathist.com

 

9:00 am to 12:00 – Earth Day at Peace and Plenty Park

Location: Peace and Plenty Park

Help to freshen our only park in northern Elmwood. We will be re-staining fences, prepping a wall for a future mural, and doing general spring tasks to help prepare the park for its 2017 season. Snacks provided by Charter Care Health Center.

Contact: Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence 

Location:  640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room

Meet with police who report on incidents since our last meeting. Other speakers often attend to address crime-related and quality of life issues. In February Major Oscar Perez discussed a new community engagement initiative launched by the Providence Police Department and Elmwood resident Osto Vargas made a presentation about Ring.com, a home security system. 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. 

 

MAY EVENTS

 

Saturday, May 6, 11 to 3 – Celebrate Roger Williams Park

Location: Roger Williams Park

Activities for all throughout the park including PVD Flea and food trucks, Joe’s Backyard Band, Jane’s Walk, guided trail walk, yoga at the Temple to Music, and free admission to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Botanical Center.

More information: www.rwpconservancy.org

 

Saturday, May 6, 12 to 4 – Friends’ Book Sale 

Location:  Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

There’s always something new at the book sale.

To help with monthly sales contact: Karen, karen_ena@earthlink.net

 

Saturday, May 6, 12:30 to 2 – Jane’s Walk: Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making

Meet up:  Dialysis Center of RI parking lot, 9 Plenty St

Jane’s Walk invites neighbors to lead walks in their neighborhoods. Doug Victor’s walk in northern Elmwood has been very informative in the past. Learn about the sites on his tour at http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/revisiting-northern-elmwood-neighborhood-making/

To register, go to: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/providence/

 

Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm – REVEL! A Gala for The Wilbury Group

Location: Lobby of The Superman Building, 111 Westminster St.

Modern jazz by The Ben Shaw Quartet and Shakespeare-inspired rock by Bard the Band and performances by local artists Vanessa Gilbert and David Higgins while guests enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.  Desserts by local purveyors will sweeten the deal and pop-up performances by local entertainers will have guests wondering what theatrical adventure will arrive next!

Get tickets: http://thewilburygroup.org/revel.html

 

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