Knight Memorial Library to Receive $544,000 Facelift Thanks to Champlin Foundation Grant
Grant Award Will Fund Critical Repairs to the Exterior of the Historic Building
PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Community Library (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.
“This is the first major work on the exterior of Knight Memorial since the library was built in 1922 and decades of deterioration have resulted in leaks and other damage,” said Jeffrey Cannell, Library Director. “We are delighted that we can now schedule more extensive repair work on this beautiful building, which is in the heart of the Elmwood Historic District. It’s a boost for the entire neighborhood,” he added. Knight Memorial Library was closed for urgent repairs and upgrades from July to October this year.
“I grew up down the street from the Knight Memorial Library and know how important it is for families in the neighborhood,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza.” Libraries are important centers of learning and exploration that enrich lives. I thank the Champlin Foundation for helping to preserve this irreplaceable community resource.”
The Distribution Committee of the Champlin Foundation is pleased to provide grant funding to PCL to help this important institution advance its vital mission. Champlin Foundation grants are awarded on a competitive basis and its grant to PCL is a reflection of its confidence in the organization’s ability to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders in significant ways.
PCL, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is the largest library system in Rhode Island. Three regional libraries, Rochambeau on the East Side, Mount Pleasant on the West Side and Knight Memorial on the South Side serve larger areas of the city, while Fox Point, Smith Hill, Washington Park, South Providence, Olneyville and Wanskuck serve the needs of smaller, diverse neighborhoods. PCL provides 54,000 patrons with materials, resources and services, programs, free computer and internet access and much more. For more information, visit www.provcomlib.org.
City helps host Green Infrastructure Training – December 2017
The City of Providence Parks Department worked with the Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition to organize a maintenance training at Roger Williams Park on October 10th. Other partners included URI NEMO, the Horsely Witten Group, Save the Bay, and Groundwork Rhode Island. Such trainings are critical to help public and private partners become comfortable and familiar with green infrastructure.
Providence City Walk is moving forward (and hiring!) – December 2017
On November 28th, the City hosted two events that helped us learn more about what the community wants to see happen as part of the City Walk project. In the afternoon, City staff and consultants walked and biked around Broad Street with Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris and members of the project’s Community Advisory Group. In the evening, Mayor Elorza welcomed community members to guide the direction of the project at the first of three public meetings that will take place. The City and its consultants will sort through all this input and start working on how to make City Walk achieve the goals articulated by the community. Click here to learn about the many more opportunities to share your perspectives about what City Walk should and should not be, and we encourage you to take advantage of them.
One of the next steps for City Walk is establishing our Street Team. These individuals will be out in the community talking to people and to let them know what’s going on with the project and bring their ideas and concerns back to the project team. The positions will be paid, ($15/hour) and will consist of approximately 20-40 hours on various weekend days and evenings between this winter and next summer. The ideal candidate is a multi-lingual resident of the South Side, with strong communication skills. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity! Full job descriptions in English, Spanish, and Khmer are available on the project website in the “Project Documents” section. Applications are due by January 15th.
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City Receives Funding for Bailey Baxter Playspace Project – December 2017
The City of Providence, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, will redevelop vacant and blighted properties on Baxter Street and Norwich Avenue in South Providence into a playground for Bailey Elementary School. The project also includes improvements to adjacent Baxter Park. The City has been working with Bailey Elementary School for years planning a much needed transformation of this space, which is currently a dated and traditional paved schoolyard. This project will help realize the Mayor’s EveryHome goal to revitalize vacant properties, as well as the vision for green and healthy schoolyards that support outdoor learning, diversified play opportunities, and local ecosystems.
“Playgrounds and parks play an essential role in supporting quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. “This funding will provide us a unique opportunity to address vacant properties in the Bailey Elementary School area while improving access to green space and physical activity in our neighborhoods.”
The grant award is part of Rhode Island Housing’s $3.8 million Acquisition and Revitalization program.
Opponents Bring Passion, Scrutiny to LNG Hearing – ecori.org, November 30, 2017
PROVIDENCE — The atmosphere was passionate and at times tense during the second public hearing for a natural gas-cooling facility proposed for the city’s waterfront.
Public Concern Aired, But Feds Control LNG Project – ecori.org, November 18, 2017
PROVIDENCE — At the first of two public hearings for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility proposed for the city’s industrial waterfront, opponents offered a number of reasons why the project shouldn’t be built. The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), however, said it can’t consider most of them.
Expert Panel Advises Providence Water on Lead Problem – ecori.org, November 12, 2017
PROVIDENCE — Five years ago, when Providence Water was grappling with a lead problem, the Rhode Island Department of Health required the utility to create an expert advisory panel to help it address the public-health concern.
Since 2007 Providence Water, which supplies about 60 percent of Rhode Island with its drinking water, has exceeded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead and Copper Rule action levels 12 out of a possible 21 times. The EPA requires utilities to test their drinking water once during two annual semesters: January through June, and July through December.
Dates Set for Hearings on Controversial LNG Project – ecori.org, October 27, 2017
PROVIDENCE — Protesters gathered Oct. 26 outside Gov. Gina Raimondo’s house on the East Side to urge the governor to oppose two major fossil-fuel projects: the Burrillville power plant and the liquefied natural gas storage facility proposed for the city’s waterfront.
As the evening protest took place, the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) revealed the dates for the long-awaited public workshops regarding the proposed LNG project. The meetings are scheduled for Nov. 14 and 28 at the Department of Administration Building, One Capital Hill. Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. If needed, a third hearing would be held early December.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT AGENCY WELCOMES HURRICANE EVACUEES FROM PUERTO RICO & U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TO RESETTLE IN RHODE ISLAND
Community Agency Says Assisting Evacuees a “Moral Imperative”
Providence, RI—Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island has just announced it is inviting evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who feel they can no longer survive post-hurricane conditions to relocate to Rhode Island. The resettlement organization will provide support for evacuees in locating affordable housing, employment, language assistance, quick entry into the public school system, applications for federal and state aid that remains available, and other services to make relocation to Rhode Island as smooth as possible.
“Our organization and its’ Board feel that we have a moral imperative to step in to assist those who have been displaced by crisis—whether that crisis is war or natural disaster,” said Kathleen Cloutier, Executive Director of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. “Despite the anticipated cuts to refugee resettlement programs, there is no question that now is the time to do more, not less, and rise to the challenges that face us. We will not allow our uncertain future to prevent us from doing what is right. We must raise our voices in support of the compassionate, welcoming, and helping values that has made our nation the refuge for so many millions around the world,” Ms. Cloutier said.
Dorcas International Institute is reaching out to distressed evacuees both already on the mainland, as well as still on the islands to quick-start their transition to their new home. For more than 95 years Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island has been serving the community with advocacy and opportunities through refugee resettlement, adult education, employment services, translation, interpretation, U.S. citizenship and immigration services.
Providence Community Library Trains Staff in Use of Naloxone Overdose Reversal Kits
In Current Opioid Crisis, Urban Librarians Prepare for Drug Emergencies
PROVIDENCE RI – Providence Community Library (PCL) has partnered with Protect Families First to provide opioid overdose reversal training for staff at its nine neighborhood locations. PCL staff will learn how to administer Naloxone, a treatment that safely reverses the effects of an overdose and potentially saves lives. The Library believes that as opioid drug usage is on the rise and has been recognized now as a national public health emergency, staff should be trained to deal with overdose situations, should they ever take place in the Library. The training has been funded by a grant to Protect Families First from Rhode Island Department of Health. The RI Office of Libraries and Information Services also supported and helped to coordinate this work.
Naloxone is a medicine that can effectively reverse an opioid overdose by blocking opioid receptors in the brain. PCL library staff learn how to recognize the physical and behavioral signs of an overdose and how to administer Naloxone. People who administer Naloxone to someone who is overdosing are legally protected by the Rhode Island Good Samaritan law. The Naloxone kits are provided for free to have on-hand at each of the PCL locations through the Preventing Overdose and Naloxone Intervention (PONI) program at Miriam Hospital.
According to data from the Rhode Island Department of Health (published by preventoverdoseri.org):
• 336 Rhode Islanders lost their lives to overdose in 2016, of which 92 deaths took place in Providence
• From 2011 to 2016, the number of overdose deaths in Rhode Island nearly doubled
In 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order to create an Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. One of its goals is to increase the number of overdose reversal kits distributed in the community each year to reach community saturation of Naloxone. By training its library staff in the use of such kits, PCL is supporting this statewide work.
Annajane Yolken, Executive Director of Protect Families First, compares Naloxone training to administering CPR. “While one does not want anyone to have a heart attack or other medical emergency in a public space like a library, it’s important to be prepared. It’s the same with a drug overdose.” Yolken added that, because of their nature as community resources, libraries have to be prepared. “It’s admirable and amazing that libraries are public spaces that can be used by anybody. Because of that, it’s important that library staff have the tools to keep the space safe and intervene to safely and effectively save lives.”
Jeff Cannell, PCL Director, commented, “Vulnerable people of many kinds come into public libraries and our staff are skilled at dealing with many situations. We don’t encourage drug use but we do want patrons to feel safe and know that we care for them. We also want our staff to feel supported and empowered to deal with any emergencies that they encounter as library professionals.”
Rhode Island Student Wins New England Regional Entrepreneurship Challenge Hosted by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) – themethighschool.org
Keegan Bonds-Harmon, a student at The MET School in Providence, RI won first place at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. He will represent the Southern New England region at the NFTE 2017 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in October in New York City where he will present and defend his business plan to compete for prizes totaling $20,000. Keegan won $1,000 for his plan for Keegan’s Creatures, handmade designs on shirts with a focus on artistry and creativity that maximizes self-expression, and combat fast fashion culture.
RIBBA Launches $100K Statewide Microlending Program – Providence Business News, October 10, 2017
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association has launched a new statewide microlending program for minority-owned businesses.
The new program, called the Microlending Initiative, was made possible by an award of $100,000 from R.I. Commerce Corp., the economic-development arm of state government. RIBBA is partnering with the Rhode Island Indian Council, Farm Fresh RI and the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center to provide lending and technical assistance to small businesses across the state.
Greens on a Brownfield: Grocery Cooperative Coming to a Food Desert on Providence’s West Side – ecoRI.org, September 16, 2917
PROVIDENCE — More than 100 people gathered on a golden September afternoon to celebrate a groundbreaking that’s been years in the making.
Urban Greens, which began as a co-operative buying club, incorporated in 2007, has been working to develop a strategy to open a full-fledged grocery store on the West Side since 2010.
Mayor Elorza, City Council in standoff over bike lanes – wpri.com, September 15, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has vetoed a City Council resolution that calls for comprehensive studies on all proposed bike lanes, arguing that it “sends the wrong message about bicycle and pedestrian safety” in Rhode Island’s capital city.
Update on Knight Memorial Library & Saturday Hours – provcomlib.org, September 14, 2017
While Knight Memorial is closed for repairs, PCL is partnering with the West End Recreation Center, 109 Bucklin Street, to offer afterschool services for youth 3:00PM-6:00PM, Monday-Thursday starting September 11.
Please join us at the Center for books, games, computers and homework help. Young patrons can use the recreation center as guests the first few times they visit, They will be asked to sign in at the front desk when they arrive. They will be given a participant registration packet home for their parent/guardians to complete and return to the Recreation Center. Registration is free of charge and will allow youth to visit the recreation center any time it is open and to take advantage of all of the programs. This arrangement is expected to last until at least September 28 and replaces the service on the lawn/mobile library that had been offered outside Knight Memorial for the past couple of weeks.
Additionally, while Knight memorial is closed, South Providence Library will be open Saturdays from 10:00AM – 6:00PM.
Elorza, city planners hear from neighbors about revitalizing Providence’s Broad Street – providencejournal.com, September 6, 2017
PROVIDENCE — South Providence is the city’s most diverse neighborhood, and that diversity is something that residents are proud of and want to preserve.
This was just one of many messages shared Wednesday evening at Iglesia Visión Evangelica, at 1014 Broad St. Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and city planners had invited the South Providence community to the meeting to share their ideas about Broad Street. The revitalization of this main commercial corridor is one of the city government’s top priorities, Planning Director Bonnie Nickerson said. More than 100 people attended the session, held in the church basement.
Volunteers Monitor Health of Stressed Mashapaug Pond – ecoRI.org, September 5, 2017
PROVIDENCE — Multilingual signs crafted by UPP Arts ring Mashapaug Pond advising people not to eat fish caught in it, and avoid swimming and playing in the water. But how sick is this South Side pond? Can we measure its sickness?
A Sad Loss of a Significant Tree at Dexter Training Ground – WBNA Newsletter, September 9, 2017
To our great dismay, City Forester Doug Still has informed the WBNA that one of our great significant American Elm trees contracted Dutch Elm disease this summer and will have to be taken down.
Doug took samples of the tree and had them tested by the University of Massachusetts Plant Pathology Laboratory which confirmed Doug’s suspicions.
Furthermore, it is important that this tree be taken down to prevent the spread of the disease to other significant American Elm trees in the park. The Providence Parks Department Division of Forestry will take down the tree next week.
This work will also involve the use of some large trucks and equipment. There may be some road closure on Parade Street between Willow and Oak streets during this operation.
Leaded Drinking Water On Tap Across Rhode Island – ecori.org, August 23, 2017
The use of lead solder for drinking-water pipes was banned three decades ago, but there is no law that requires these pipes to be replaced. Providence, like many other southern New England cities, has old housing stock with plenty of lead plumbing. It’s a serious problem.
First Down Program Helps 358 Rhode Islanders Put Down Roots – rhodeislandhousing.blogspot.com, August 16, 2017
RIHousing’s recently-launched First Down program is already making a huge impact, with 335 Rhode Islanders registering for the program to aid the purchase of their first home. The program provides $7,500 in down payment assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers purchasing a home in one of six Rhode Island communities.
Hearing For New Business Applying For New Class BV Liquor License – August 2017
Cromwell Ventures LLC at 55 Cromwell St.
Hearing is scheduled for August 22, 2017 6pm at the Board of Licenses, Probate Court, 5th FL, City Hall, Providence. At this time you may be heard (or send a letter of objection or approval, to be recorded) with reference to the granting of this license.
Providence Children & Youth Cabinet News Digest – August 2017
CYC News Digest August 2017
LNG Project Draws Residents’ Ire at Delayed Meeting – ecori.org, July 15, 2017
PROVIDENCE — Opponents of a proposed natural-gas project on Allens Avenue objected to the location and format of a public meeting as much as the the fossil-fuel project itself.
New Energy Alert Can Do More Than Save You Money – ecori.org, July 14, 2017
PROVIDENCE — Three Brown University students have created a simple way to cut energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, save money, and perhaps even stop construction of new natural-gas power plants. Through a free alert service they started called Shave the Peak, subscribers receive text and e-mail alerts on days when electricity use is highest.
Recent Mini Grant Awards
West Broadway Neighborhood Association, $2,000 to Learning About Thomas S. and Vincent Luongo Memorial Square
Funds support the development of four historic panels that detail the history and legacy of Thomas S. and Vincent Luongo Square on Providence’s West Side. Stationed at the center of the square, the panels illuminate the culture and experiences of the historic square to neighbors, visitors, and business patrons alike.
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, $2,000 to TAPA/ArtsLiteracy Curriculum Development Project
Funds support the development of an interdisciplinary ArtsLiteracy curriculum at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts that explores how people address intuition, think critically, reason, and construct identity. Utilizing two core works: Thinking Fast and Slow and Between the World and Me, teachers and scholars develop a grade-wide curriculum that blends English language arts learning with music and performance.
Food4Good to Distribute Meals to Those in Need
The Sankofa World Market, Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave, Providence, will be open every Wednesday from 2-6pm and Food4Good will be there handing out free meals to those in need. This is an especially important time for us to feed children who are without regular school meals. The market sells produce and crafts and features entertainment. Stop by and say, hello!
Oil Giant Taken to Court Over Threats to Providence Waterfront – ecori.org, June 29, 2017
PROVIDENCE — The Conservation Law Foundation is again taking legal action against a major oil and gas company for failing to address climate change at a major New England port.
Building a More Bikable Providence – thebaymagazine.com, June 22, 2017
Improvements to the city’s bike infrastructure are on track to make cycling around town safer and more accessible
Liquor Store Hours Bill, June 20, 2017
A new bill is being introduced to both the RI house and senate which would limit liquor sales to no earlier than 9:00 am. This would be beneficial for our neighborhoods as some liquor stores open at 7:00 am.
The House hearing on moving liquor store openings from 7am to 9am is Tuesday 6/20 at the Rise of the House (5pm).
Please attend to show support and testify for this bill.
Please help to spread the word.
The House version of the bill will be heard by the Municipal Government Committee, but that hearing has not yet been scheduled. It will probably be next week. Community voices on this issue are very much needed. I’ll keep in touch in case I hear about the scheduling before you do.
Here’s the text of the House Bill: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText17/HouseText17/H6339.pdf
The bill to change opening time of liquor stores to 9:00 am was heard in the Senate on 6/14. I understand that the Mayor’s Office for Healthy Communities and and Sgt. Tejada from the Police Department were present to speak in support of the bill but no residents or other stakeholders were present. It is reported that the Senate committee recommended to hold it for further study.
Here’s the text of the Senate bill: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText17/SenateText17/S0940.pdf
Earlier this month, Senator Metts (District 6) introduced a bill to push back opening hours to 9AM from 7AM. That bill was held for further study.
Now, Representatives Williams, Almeida, Diaz, Hull, and Slater are introducing a similar bill, which also proposes to push back opening hours to 9AM from 7AM. I have attached this new bill for your reference.
A public hearing will be held, Tuesday, June 20, at 5:00PM at the State House in Room 203. Interested individuals are encouraged to testify! If you are unable to testify in person, you may submit written testimony. Matthew Shumate, Deputy Director of Partnerships for the City of Providence, has graciously offered to submit your testimony for you if you email it to him at email@example.com by 2:00PM tomorrow. You can also contact Matthew at 401-688-3557 with any questions.
Mashapaug Park, June 19, 2017
The Providence Parks Department has developed a conceptual plan for a new park, Mashapaug Park. This is a transformation of the Gorham Silver site off Reservoir Avenue. The new park is based on ideas and feedback received from neighbors last year. The plan so far is quite minimal due both to funding limitations and also to the idea that as people continue to use the area more and more, the next steps for development will become more obvious. Further development will be based on how residents are using or want to use the park. As of now, plans for a walking trail, benches, and some signage are being put forth.
A bid package will be circulated within the next month by the Parks Department to find a contractor to complete the work. The Parks Department has received preliminary approval from the RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM) to move forward on this plan.
If anyone would be interested in discussing putting together a “grand opening” event to celebrate the new park – likely sometime late summer or fall – please contact:
Groundwork Rhode Island
1005 Main Street #1223
Pawtucket, RI 02860
An Appeal for 1292 Westminster Street
HDC Hearing on June 26, 2017, at 4:45pm (444 Westminster)
Most urban planners agree that one of the keys to a vibrant and healthy city is the mixed-use nature of its built environment: commercial properties fueling the local economy by offering services and jobs mixed with residential dwellings and open spaces such as parks and green space.
On Monday, June 26, developers of 1292 Westminster Street will come before the Providence Historic District Commission (HDC) to present plans for demolition of the existing structure and construction of a four story building in its place that has 36 market-rate one bedroom units, 20 parking spaces and no retail on the ground floor.
The current structure (most recently owned by New Covenant Church) contains four ground floor retail spaces. These units have the potential to be the central anchor of a retail core on our main street of Westminster, which WBNA, neighbors, local developers and city planners have been working to sustainably revitalize for decades.
New owner, Mike Lemoi, has a previous development plan for the property that was mixed use and included ground floor retail. WBNA asks neighbors and local businesses to come to the HDC meeting on June 26 to testify and appeal to Lemoi to include ground floor commercial space once again in his plans, so that his development can contribute to the growing vibrancy in the neighborhood.
Great strides are being made towards revitalizing our main streets with the recent and pending opening of new restaurants, stores, and cafes along Westminster and Broadway. This important part of Westminster Street could bring us one step closer to the densely commercial urban stretches of Wickenden Street, Olneyville Square, and Hope Street.
These streets serve neighbors, contribute to the local economy and make for a SWELL (Shop, Work, Eat, Live, Learn Locally) neighborhood. Economically, providing ground floor retail along the Westminster Street side of the property makes good sense, and would be a winning situation for both the community and the developer.
Local business owners, please let 1292 Westminster’s new owner know about the vitality of your business and the importance of growing our neighborhood’s commercial main streets. Neighbors, please be heard on what it means to you to live in a walkable community that has access to local services and products.
Historic District Commission Meeting
What: Project Review of 1292 Westminster
When: Monday, June 26, 2017
Where: 1st Floor Conference Room of Joseph A. Doorley, Jr. Municipal Building at 444 Westminster Street
Why: Advocate for development that benefits both developer and the community
Plans for 1292 Westminster submitted to HDC
Know a Theatre: The Wilbury Theatre Group – americantheater.org, May 30, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I.: The Wilbury Theatre Group sits at the intersection of three neighborhoods in Rhode Island’s capital city. The company presents edgy new work at its home in the historic Trinity Square Theater at the Southside Cultural Center. We spoke to founding artistic director Josh Short via email to learn about producing theatre in the state known for its sandy beaches and college towns—and in the town known for the legacy theatre Trinity Rep.
Peek Inside Private Properties at Festival of Historic Houses – rimonthly.com, May 25, 2017
More than a dozen properties in the Upper Elmwood Historic District in Providence will welcome the public for self-guided tours.
Providence City Council President Luis Aponte Pleads Not Guilty To Four Charges – ripr.org, May 10, 2017
Providence City Council President Luis Aponte pleaded not guilty after being arraigned Wednesday on four charges related to his campaign finances.
Providence’s low self-esteem on display for decades to come?
Check out WBNA Executive Director Kari Lang’s Op-Ed in Providence Business News about two hotel proposals slated for development along the I-95 Service Road, a gateway to our west and south side communities.
Gilbert Stuart and Roger Williams to Participate in National Turnaround Arts Program – providenceri.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Providence Public School District, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts have announced that DelSesto, Gilbert Stuart and Roger Williams Middle Schools will join Turnaround Arts at the start of next school year.
Providence’s Broad Street to be Latino cultural corridor – Providence Journal, April 13, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and other community leaders on Thursday announced $4.3 million in investments in the Broad Street corridor and a new effort to rebrand the neighborhood as Providence’s Latino cultural corridor.
Natural-Gas Leak Puts Pressure on Fossil-Fuel Projects – ecoRI News, April 1, 2017
PROVIDENCE — National Grid is keeping quiet about a March 29 natural-gas leak on Allens Avenue, but critics of the major expansion of natural-gas infrastructure taking place across the region are speaking up.
Anne Grant: Neighborhood Doesn’t Share in City’s Rise – Providence Journal, March 28, 2017
From where he sits at The Providence Journal, Mark Patinkin sees a city rising (“Time to celebrate Providence’s rising fortunes,” March 11, 2017). From our home on the Southside, we see a city in collapse.
While downtown investors roll out the red carpet for four new hotels and multi-million-dollar Ivy League expansions, some want to sweep homeless people in our direction. Patinkin sees that “panhandling has taken some of the shine off Providence. … Challenges indeed remain.”
Let’s talk about those.
Hearings Scheduled for Providence LNG Facility – ecoRI News, March 21, 2017
Expect large crowds at upcoming hearings for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project slated for the Providence waterfront.
The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) is hosting the public meetings, scheduled for April 26 and May 9. Due to public outcry about the $100 million project, the location of the meetings will likely be held at a site that can accommodate a big turnout.
The controversial project has been somewhat slow to progress since it was announced in 2015. Numerous construction efforts at the 42-acre site on the Providence River have created confusion about what is being built and who is responsible for the many permits and approvals.
Most Providence neighborhoods aren’t recycling properly – Providence Journal, March 20, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When garbage is collected across Providence’s East Side Monday morning, approximately 36% of it will be recycled, a rate that compares favorably to nearly every community in Rhode Island. But as trash is picked up in other parts of the city throughout the week, the recycling rate will plummet, falling under 1% in some of the Providence’s poorest neighborhoods, an Eyewitness News review of waste collection data shows.
Ward Weathers: Neighborhood bears too many of society’s burdens – Providence Journal, February 23, 2017
It should have been no surprise that residents of Elmwood and South Providence lashed out at former Mayor Joseph Paolino over his plan to create a halfway house for the homeless in the middle of an already overburdened neighborhood (“A big thumbs down,” news, Jan. 25). If you corner and beat an abused dog, sooner or later it is bound to bite.
Sprint will give mobile devices to 250 Providence high school students – Providence Journal, January 27, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As part of the Sprint’s 1Million Project, 250 Providence high school students will receive a free mobile device and free wireless connectivity as the pilot program kicks off at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School Friday.
South Providence resists Paolino’s plan for St. Joseph’s – rifuture.org, January 24, 2017
No good deed goes unpunished. Joe Paolino relearned this lesson the hard way today when he formally announced his plan to turn part of St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Providence into 140 affordable housing units for homeless and indigent people.
Paolino’s plan to provide housing to homeless faces community backlash – wpri.com, January 24, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino’s Tuesday press conference to announce his plans to convert St. Joseph’s Hospital into a social service center and housing complex for the needy quickly turned into a community rally opposing the project.
Paolino wants to convert St. Joe’s Hospital into center for social services, housing, – wpri.com, January 23, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino confirmed Monday he has purchased St. Joseph’s Hospital in South Providence and plans to convert it into a social service center that will also provide long-term housing to more than 300 homeless people.
Opponents Ask State to Halt Providence LNG Project – ecoRI News, November 4, 2016
PROVIDENCE — Opposition is growing as plans advance for a new natural-gas facility on the city’s waterfront.
Providence Community Library Receives 2016 RI Literacy Award, November 1, 2016
The Rhode Island Literacy Award recognizes literacy partnerships with the state library community. The Providence Community Library was chosen as this year’s awardee for their Spanish language GED program, which grew out of expressed needs in the community and has served more than 500 students over the last five years.
“Some participants have gone on to enjoy life-changing opportunities. PCL’s GED teacher, Hipolito Reyes (at right), has made a huge personal contribution to this program’s success. … We have 90 students enrolled in the current year and with this award, PCL will be able to buy more materials and expand our library collection for future classes.” -Michelle Novello, Program Coordinator, Providence Community Library
This award is administer by The Rhode Island Center for the Book with the generous support of David Rubenstein and the Library of Congress.
Chicago Native Offers Providence Ray of Hope – ecoRI News, August 20, 2016
PROVIDENCE — If kids are having problems in the city’s schools or on its streets, there’s a good chance that Brother Ray Smith knows about it.
Top Lawmakers Ignore Waterfront Environmental Concerns – ecoRI News, August 17, 2016
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s elected representatives didn’t even flinch when, right before the 2016 session ended, they OK’d putting a bond to expand the Port of Providence, which included the possibility of using taxpayer money to fill in 31 acres of Narragansett Bay, on the Nov. 8 ballot.
South Side Says No to More LNG in Providence – ecoRI News, July 19, 2016
PROVIDENCE — The Port of Providence could become home to another fracked-gas facility this year, if all goes according to National Grid’s plan. The proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) compressor station is budgeted at $180 million and poses significant threats to the health and safety of residents in the area, according to a report by the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI).