Zoning Board Hears Appeal on 1292 Westminster – May 8, 2018

TOMORROWMay 9 at 5:30pm444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor

The Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal tomorrow brought forward by a neighbor against the decision of the City Plan Commission (CPC) to grant Preliminary Plan Approval for a proposed development at 1292 Westminster.

The CPC’s decision made at its February meeting included the granting of waivers from submission of all required plans for state approvals as well as a reduction in required parking. There are conditions for these approvals such as allowing a lien on the property at 334 Carpenter for parking assurances for 1292 Westminster and several others (see February CPC minutes for details).

While the Zoning Board of Review is not scheduled to hear public testimony on May 9, it makes an impact to have a crowd of stakeholders present at the meeting. Neighbors are encouraged to attend and, if possible, make your opinion known silently by holding signs that reflect your concerns & opposition.

For background on this issue including related articles, documents, and design plans, click here.

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Details of Zoning Board of Review/Appeals Meeting 
What: Appeal of City Plan Commission decision granting Preliminary Plan Approval for 1292 Westminster Street
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 5:30pm
Where: 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor Conference Room (Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building)

Rendering of proposed five story development at 1292 Westminster, northwest view (ZDS Architects)

SustainPVD Fair to be held May 19th — Now Seeking Exhibitors! – May 2018

Building off the success of last year’s Community Energy Fair, the Office of Sustainability is once again partnering with the Rhode Island Sierra Club, People’s Power & Light, and others to host this year’s SustainPVD Fair.

Events will include the Compost WorkshopRain Barrel Workshop, information on how to reduce waste and make your home more energy efficient, and how to go solar. There will also be a special workshop hosted by the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee to learn about Energy Democracy and the City’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. This community event will be family friendly and include free food and music.

We are looking for vendors to complete the event with interactive exhibits. Attendees will be guided through the event with volunteers and a worksheet to help them take in all the information and encourage them to engage with vendors. Apply via this form by April 30th. Space is limited and preference will be given to those who demonstrate creative and active displays, as well as those who can provide information in Spanish. The goal of the event is for participants to walk away with resources and information to help them take action in their home, at work, and throughout their community to help make Providence greener and healthier.

Please email any questions to SustainPVD@ProvidenceRI.gov.

Apply Here!

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.

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

YMCA Culinary Academy – October 2017

Last chance for teens 14-19 to sign up for our Culinary Academy work readiness program!

The program meets Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:00pm at Providence Youth Services (640 Broad Street). We still have openings and we would love to fill those positions before next week!

 

  • Program is FREE to participants
  • Ages 14-19
  • Please fill out and return the application to Providence Youth Services (640 Broad St)
  • ONLY 12 SPOTS available per session
  • Food tasting, snacks and dinner included at every session!
  • Learn resume and interview skills from industry professionals

 

WHEN:                        Begins October 16, 2017

TIME:                           Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00 PM

LOCATION:                 PROVIDENCE YOUTH SERVICES 640 Broad St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 456-0604

 

Teens can stop by our branch to fill out or drop off the application. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Culinary Academy Application

SNAP Outreach in the Community – October 2017

URI SNAP Outreach workers are in the community seven days a week to provide application assistance to Rhode Islanders. Find our weekly calendar of sites on our website www.eatbettertoday.com or reach us on the SNAP Outreach Hotline1-866-306-0270

If you would like request SNAP Outreach workers to visit your site to help clients apply for SNAP, or to schedule a SNAP training for your staff click here.

SNAP Income Guidelines Changes – October 2017

Each year on October 1, the federal government adjusts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income guidelines used to determine eligibility. Below are the 2017-2018 gross and net income guidelines for SNAP.

gross income 2018

net income 2018

As a result of these changes, we’ve updated our outreach materials. Please be sure to take down any outdated materials in your location, and replace with the updated materials. You’ll find links to the documents below. If you would like to request any of our print materials, please fill out the form here, and for the complete list of available materials, click here.

SNAP Eligibility Guidelines
Recent SNAP Policy and Procedural Changes September 2017
Do you know someone that could use a little help buying food? – SNAP eligibility pamphlet
What happens next? SNAP application process booklet
SNAP Facts by Population – SNAP policy booklet
How to access case information through the DHS Automated Information line*Please note that the changes to the Automated Information line reflected in this flyer will go into effect in early October.
How to Replace an EBT Card
SNAP Outreach Display Card

Providence Preservation Society’s Annual Festival of Historic Houses

Don’t miss the Providence Preservation Society’s annual Festival of Historic Houses on Saturday, June 3, which focuses on the Elmwood neighborhood this year.

And the Preview Party the night before will give you an opportunity to take a close look at the Webster Knight house just down the street from Knight Memorial Library.  Some of the proceeds from this event will be donated to PCL for the preparation work needed to restore Knight Memorial, so please help spread the word.

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: