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

South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA)

Thank you all who were able to attend our Regular Meeting last Thursday for the South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA). We will email the meeting notes by the end of next week, along with the answers to questions & concerns that were address during the discussion with the City of Providence’s Department of Planning & Development.

The City of Providence and RIPTA will host a Public Information Meeting on updates for both the Downtown Transit Corridor (DTC), which will connect Providence Station and the RI Hospital district with a high-frequency bus corridor, as well as proposed changes to Kennedy Plaza. This meeting will be held next Tuesday, May 9, from 5:30pm until 7pm, on the 1st floor Conference Room of theDoorley Municipal Building, located at 444 Westminster Street in Providence. The DTC is a project that SPNA continues to follow for assessing any impacts to our neighborhood.

Please join SPNA in attending the public meeting hosted by the City of Providence to review both the Progress Report and Action Steps from the Community Conversation held back on March 11 about the future of Broad Street, as well as to prioritize the provided community input & determine next steps. This meeting will be held onSaturday, May 13, from 9am until 10:30am at the Southside Cultural Center, located at 393 Broad Street in Providence. Please feel free to invite additional people who would be interested, and attached is the flyer for this meeting.

Thank you all for your continued focus on & providing SPNA feedback on how to best address the ongoing problems with the RIPTA bus shelter in front of Salvation Army on Broad Street. We receive different perspectives & ideas on how to best address the matter, so SPNA will convene a subcommittee that will lead our efforts & coordinate the action needed to resolve the challenges of that location. Please let us know if you would like to participate – we will schedule our 1st subcommittee meeting within the next 1-2 weeks. In the meantime please continue to contact RIPTA’s Customer Support Services to report complaints & concerns regarding this bus shelter – we need to ensure that RIPTA receives these reports directly from our neighbors and bus patrons. You may reach RIPTA at (401 784-9500, extension 2012, and they’re available Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and Saturdayfrom 8am until 4pm.

SPNA will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, May 25, from 6pm until 8pm, at the Community Preparatory School located at 126 Somerset Street in Providence. At this meetingSPNA will have Karen Santilli with Crossroads Rhode Island to provide an information about their current activities & initiatives, along with providing our neighbors the opportunity to have more in-depth dialogue on related challenges in our community and how Crossroads may engage SPNA & our other neighbors on the best methods for addressing the issues together.


Please feel free to contact us by phone at (401) 369-1334 or by email if you have any additional questions. You may also invite and share this communication with other neighbors interested in these activities and/or want to learn more about SPNA. We also look forward to seeing you this weekend andnext Thursday. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week!

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



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.


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.

Recruiting Vendors for the 2017 Sankofa World Market

Ready for healthy food, music, craft goods, and community? The vendor application for the 2017 Sankofa World Market is LIVE and due on May 1st. Submit an application online here or drop by the office for a paper application.

PRESS RELEASE: During Amnesty Week, Providence Community Library Welcomes Food for Fines


CONTACT: Janet Fuentes 860-550-0745 jfuentes@provcomlib.org

During Amnesty Week, Providence Community Library Welcomes Food for Fines
Seeking the Return of 7,000 Overdue Items, the Library Donates to the Food Bank

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) will hold its popular annual amnesty event April 8 -15.  PCL patrons with overdue materials can return them to any PCL location and give non -perishable food items in place of fines. Big banners announcing “All fines forgiven!” come with the Library’s assurance that absolutely no questions will be asked! All food collected will be given to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. PCL’s Amnesty Week coincides with National Library Week and Rhode Island Library Awareness Day (April 8) and the multiple celebrations will get off to a fun and exciting start with a community party at Knight Memorial Library. Free books, provided by Books are Wings, will be given away to children at every PCL location to take home and keep, while stocks last.

Overdue materials are a big problem for PCL; to replace the more than 7,000 items currently missing from its collections would cost an astonishing $110,000. When popular books, DVDs and other materials go missing, other patrons get frustrated, but large library fines can cause an even bigger problem: library users become so worried about unpaid fines that they avoid the library altogether. “Substantial numbers of children in Providence have few, or even no books at home, and many of our patrons with limited income rely on PCL for everyday access to computers and the internet” said Jeff Cannell, PCL Library Director. ”Our materials, services and programs are vital to them and we do not want fines to become a barrier. We want everyone to feel welcome at our libraries.”

PCL’s annual partnership with the Food Bank has provided a successful means to eradicate fines, get materials returned and feed hungry Rhode Island families at the same time. The RI Community Food Bank reports that 12.7 percent of Rhode Islanders (54,000 households) are food insecure and a further 4.7 percent (20,000 households) suffer very low food insecurity – real hunger. During Amnesty Week 2016, PCL patrons gave one item of non-perishable, non-expired food for every $20 of fines owed, resulting in a total donation of 879 pounds of food – enough to provide more than 700 meals.

PCL’s community party will take place at Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00P.M. Councilman Wilbur W. Jennings, Jr. will introduce the event, followed by musical entertainment from the 30-piece Classical High School Band and a spectacular Fire & Ice presentation by Mad Science. The party is a triple celebration of Amnesty Week, National Library Week and Rhode Island Library Awareness Day and there will be pizza and fun for everyone!


For more about Amnesty Week, visit www.provcomlib.org .

Citizenship Clinic – Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017
645 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907
To qualify for the Citizenship Clinic you must pre-register in
person (no appointment needed):
Wednesday, March 8, at 9am (limited to 80 people)
-Your green card and all passports
-A recent DHS letter if you receive SNAP benefits and would like to apply for a waiver of the $725 USCIS fee
-Proof of Selective Service Registration (sss.gov) if you are a male who received a green card before age 26
-All court paperwork if you have been arrested anywhere/anytime

If you qualify, you will receive an appointment for the Clinic
**No client may attend the Clinic without prior registration**

March 17th Citizenship Clinic details:
-Preparation of citizenship application and fee waiver request
-OPTIONAL: A legal representative from DIIRI will accompany you to your citizenship interview for $100
-Unless eligible for fee waiver, applicants must pay the $725 USCIS fee (check or money order)
-If eligible for the fee waiver, SNAP letter must be current and in English; if in Spanish, DIIRI charges $20 for translation

If unable to attend pre-registration, contact Bruno Sukys at 401-784-8622 or bsukys@diiri.org

Clínica de Ciudadanía
Viernes, 17 de marzo, 2017
645 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907
Para calificar para la Clínica de Ciudadanía debe registrarse previamente en persona (no se necesita cita):
Miércoles, 8 de marzo, 9am (limitado a 80 personas)
-Su tarjeta de residencia y todos sus pasaportes
-Una carta reciente de DHS si recibe beneficios de SNAP y desea pedir una exención del pago de $725 para USCIS
-Prueba de Registro de Servicio Selectivo (sss.gov) si es varón y obtuvo su residencia permanente antes de la edad de 26
-Toda la documentación de la corte si ha sido arrestado en cualquier lugar/momento

Si usted califica, la haremos una cita para la Clínica
**Ningún cliente podrá asistir a la Clínica sin registro previo**

Detalles de la Clínica de Ciudadanía del 17 de marzo:
-Preparación de aplicación de ciudadanía y exención de pago
-OPCIONAL: Un representante legal de DIIRI le acompañará a su en-trevista de ciudadanía por $100
-Si no es elegible para la exención de pago, tiene que pagar la tasa de $725 a USCIS (cheque o giro postal)
-Si es elegible para la exención de pago, la carta de SNAP tiene que ser reciente y en inglés; si no, DIIRI cobra $20 para traducciones

Si no puede asistir al registro previo, contactar Bruno Sukys