Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – April 2018

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

April is a very busy month with lots of opportunities
to get your hands dirty while greening the neighborhood
and to exchange ideas about improving the South Side.
Invite your neighbors to join in!

Earth Day cleanup and tree planting in Elmwood
     On Saturday, April 14 volunteers will plant 31 trees in the south end of Elmwood; on Friday,

April 27 the City celebrates Arbor Day with a planting event on Huntington Avenue in the West End; and on Saturday, April 28 Providence celebrates Earth Day with a citywide clean up of green spaces and neighborhoods. In Elmwood we’ll plant trees on Broad St, clean up Locust Grove Cemetery, and freshen up Peace and Plenty Park. On Saturday, May 19 AARP joins neighbors to refresh planters on Elmwood Ave.

Garden news
South Providence Library has launched its 2018 Seed Exchange program. Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds for a summer garden. Thanks to Ocean State Job Lot, URI, and local growers for donating seeds and to URI Master Gardener Program volunteers.

RI Foundation hosts Together RI conversations
“Sit down with other diverse, engaged people and see what comes up—there’s bound to be common interests and healthy conversation.” Rhode Island Foundation has just launched a series of 20 neighborly get-togethers called Together RI. Each of 20 sessions offers the chance for people to talk face-to-face with each other over family-style meals. The series runs from March 21 through May 5 at a various locations around the state. In Providence share dinner and conversation at Providence Career and Technical Academy on Tuesday April 3 and at the Elmwood Community Center on Saturday morning, May 5.

Consider leading a Jane’s Walk 
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of citizen-led walking conversations inspired by community activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors. For several years, a diverse group has led free walking tours in more than 200 cities around the world, including many in Providence and our own neighborhood. The next Jane’s Walk festival weekend is May 4, 5, and 6. Contact Joelle Kanter, joellekanter@gmail.com with your ideas about leading a walk.

Rhode Island Monthly highlights South Providence
     In a March 20 article, RI Monthly called South Providence a “Mecca for Dominican-American Industry” and highlighted several restaurants and businesses in the area.

ONE Neighborhood Builders launches the Elmwood Financial Center
     On March 23 ONE/NB held an open house for the new Elmwood Financial Center. The center at 770 Broad St offers homebuyer education classes, financial counseling, and more on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Clients don’t need an appointment to get their questions answered. Financial support for the center comes from Bank Newport, The Washington Trust Company, Bank RI, and Coastway Community Bank. 
Looking for activities for school vacation?
The Botanical Gardens at Roger Williams Park hosts Fairy Garden Days from April 14 to April 29. The Museum of Natural History hosts Mission Space Week fromApril 16 to April 20. Find details about these and other park activities at Roger Williams Park Conservancy events calendarNote well: On the first Saturday of the month, Providence residents get into the zoo, botanical gardens, and museum for free.

Gun violence news
      According to several U.S. mayors who are ready to pass gun control laws, the NRA and state legislatures stand in their wayUSA Today has reported that forty-three states have passed some form of gun preemption laws, a tactic increasingly used by state legislators to prevent cities and counties from making local laws and decisions. If citizens want safer cities, they may first need to target state legislatures that stand in the way of local restrictions on guns.

Neighborhood Noise

     On Thursday, March 29 The Board of Licenses heard a complaint about noise emanating from Mi Sueno “Car Shows” on Sunday afternoons. The BOL is permitting the car shows to move forward with music in April. However, they asked the owner, Jesus Tintin, to reduce the volume, to decrease the event hours from 12-8 pm to12-7 pm with music shut off by 6:00, ordered him to monitor the noise levels with a noise meter, and directed the police to measure noise at the properties of the neighbors who are upset about the noise.

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

Find general information about community groups, greening Elmwood, community policing, and city services in the ENA Reference Guide mailed in June, 2017.


S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S


  • Tuesday, April 3 – Together RI Meal and Conversation at PCTA
  • Wednesday, April 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Sunday, April 8 – ENA Advisory Board meeting
  • Sunday, April 8 – Juan Falu, Argentine Guitarist at ECAS Theater
  • Wed, April 11  – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Wed, April 11 – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
  • Saturday, April 14 – Street Tree Planting in Elmwood
  • Saturday, April 14 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
  • Saturday, April 14 – City Walk Public Meeting
  • Saturday, April 14 – Urban Agriculture Kick Off
  • Saturday, April 21 – Peace St Community Garden Spring Work Day
  • Wednesday, April 25  – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence  
  • Thursday, April 26  – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
  • Thursday to Saturday, April 26-28 – Encuentro 2018
  • Friday, April 27 – Arbor Day Tree Planting on Huntington Ave
  • Saturday April 28 – Providence’s 6th Annual Earth Day Spring Cleaning
    – Earth Day at Peace and Plenty Park
    – Tree Planting on Broad St
    – Locust Grove Cemetery Cleanup and Tree Stewardship
  • Saturday, April 28, 9:30 to 12:30 – Neighborhood Housing Summit

  • Friday thru Sunday, May 4-6 – Jane’s Walks throughout Providence
  • Saturday, May 5 – Together RI Meal and Conversation at Elmwood Community Center


  • Weekly BOOK SALEs by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30; Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30.
  • City of Providence meetings

o   City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45

o   Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:45

o   City Council meetings 1st and 3rd Thursdays in City Hall


Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 to 7:30 – Together RI Meal and Conversation at PCTA
Location: Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St
Bring your ideas to the table. Share a meal and conversation with other Providence residents as part of RI Foundation’s Together RI initiative. Every event is free and open to the public.
Register on line: https://www.togetherri.org

Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave
Libraries rely on Friends groups to advocate for library needs. The Friends of Knight Memorial run frequent book sales to raise money for library programs. They are also working to increase the numbers of people with library cards.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Sunday, April 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – ENA Advisory Board meeting
Location: 225 Lenox Ave
Advisory board meets monthly to develop outreach efforts and define the direction of ENA.
For more information, contact Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com or Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net.

Sunday, April 8, 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Juan Falú, Argentine Guitarist at ECAS Theater

Location: ECAS Theater, 57 Parkis Ave (on Elmwood Ave)
Reception and concert by guitarrist Juan Falú, an outstanding artist of the past several decades from Argentina. Juan Falú is the creator and director of the festival “Guitars of the World” now on its 23th version, considered the largest international event in its genre.
Buy tickets on Eventbrite: “Juan Falu Guitarra Argentina”

Wednesday, April 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Plan for the revitalization of Elmwood Ave planters, scheduled for May. Learn about Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, a series of events that engaged residents in discussions about the city’s monuments.
RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net(401) 941-8249
Note: EBCA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, April 11, 6:00 – 7:30pm – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
Location: Sankofa Community Room, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, 70 Westfield Street
Work with residents, community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive community-based strategy for resolving the large number of problem properties in the West End and South Side.
Learn more: Follow us on Facebook or visit our website.
Join the group: Contact Teresa Guaba, Project Coordinator, Teresa_guaba@cycprovidence.org.
Note: N4R meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am – Street Tree Planting in Elmwood
Location: Meet at Sackett St School, 159 Sackett St
It’s time for another Street Tree Planting in Elmwood, and we need your help! Gather at Sackett St School for a planting demonstration and then help plant 31 trees on Gallatin, Kipling, Lenox, Sackett, and Warrington Streets.  See a map of the planting at this Google maps link. The planting will take about two hours.
Please plan to attend this fun event. Invite family, friends, neighbors, students, and others. Work with us to build our community through the simple and rewarding task of planting a tree.  And help make Elmwood, and all of Providence, a verdant place. Wear closed-toed shoes and gloves. Bring shovels and brooms.
Contacts: Jane Gerhard (401) 862-7712gerhardjane@gmail.com; Ward Weathers weathersw@gmail.com
      Made possible through a street tree award granted to our neighborhood by the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program

Saturday, April 14, 10:00 to 1:00 – Friends of Knight Memorial Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library, Ground Floor, 275 Elmwood Ave
After planting trees in the neighborhood, stop by the library to find books on nature and gardening. Prepare for summer vacations with international travel books and books on other summer activities. Find books for putting your finances in order. And get great deals on paperbacks – just 10 for $1.00!
Contact: Karen Hlynsky, Karen_ena@earthlink.net

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 to 12:30 – City Walk public meeting
Location: Calvary Church, 747 Broad St
Provide input on City Walk, a project that will connect neighborhoods, make it safer to walk and ride bicycles, and celebrate our city! Learn about plans for Clifford Street downtown, the Clifford Street bridge over I-95, and Pine and Friendship streets in Upper South Providence. Then work with us to come up with your own plans for Broad Street. We’ll have a special (and very fun!) interactive design kit available at the meeting so you can show us exactly ​how you would redesign Broad Street. Community members will also work with us to decide how to ​apply these design ideas to a demonstration project that will temporarily transform a small segment of Broad Street ​this summer ​using traffic cones, temporary paint and planters, and other ​low-cost ​​materials for all to see and experience. Spanish interpretation will be available.
For more information, contact Alex Ellis, at AEllis@providenceri.gov401-680-8400, or visit the project website at www.providenceri.gov/planning/citywalk.
Saturday, April 14, 11:00 to 1:00 – Urban Agriculture Kick Off
Location: Southside/Davey Lopes Recreation Center, 227 Dudley St, South Providence
Get free veggie seeds and organic compost at one of four community gardens in Providence, including the one at Davey Lopes. The event is hosted by the Southside Community Land Trust and the Providence Community Growers Network.
Get more information: sclt@southsideclt.org(401) 273-9419

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 to noon – Peace St Community Garden Spring Work Day
Location: Peace Street
Join gardeners in compost delivery, sprucing up the garden and its environs. This is a good opportunity for potential gardeners to see the garden and new tool shed. We have only a few plots left if you want to garden this season. Snacks provided.
Contact: Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com or just come.

Wednesday, April 25, 6:00 – 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence 
Location:  640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room (across from St Joseph’s)
Meet with Lt. James Barrows, who reports on incidents in the previous month. Talk face to face with the police commander to resolve quality of life issues.
For agenda updates contact Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime Watch window placards are available at each meeting.

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 to 8:00 – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting
Location: Community Prep School on Somerset St, Upper South Providence
To get on the SPNA mailing list, contact Dwayne Keys, southprovneighbors@gmail.com(401) 369-1334.
Note: SPNA meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Thursday to Saturday, April 26-28 – Encuentro 2018
Location: Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies, Providence
Latinos in Heritage Conservation are hosting their third national event–this one in Providence. Encuentro will bring together preservation thought leaders, scholars, students, and community advocates from all over the country for an unprecedented discussion of the value and future of heritage conservation in New England’s Latino communities and beyond. The event is presented in partnership with RI Latino Arts and the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
More information: https://www.latinoheritage.us/

Friday, April 27, 10:30 am – Arbor Day Tree Planting on Huntington Ave
Location: Huntington Ave in the West End, a gateway to Elmwood from the West
The City of Providence Forestry Division and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program will be hosting the City’s Arbor Day Tree Planting Event. The event will kick off a planting and greening project that will evolve over 6 months. Funded through a TD Bank Green Streets Award, the project is a collaboration among Groundwork RI, Amos House’s “A Hand Up” Program, the Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Friends of Bucklin Park, the Gilbert Stuart Middle School Garden Club, and Johnson & Wales ecology students.
More information and details will be coming soon. In the meantime, community members who are able to join in on Friday, please put this event on your calendars! It’s a chance to bring some much-needed TLC to this neglected, but prominent stretch of road that connects Rt 10 to our neighborhood! Training, demonstrations, lunch, and the opportunity to get-your-hands-dirty will all be provided!
For more details as they unfold, check www.pnpp.org, or call (401) 368-5380.

Saturday April 28, 9:00 to 12:00 – Providence 6th Annual Earth Day and Spring Clean Up
Join one of the many community groups cleaning up a park, planting trees or beautifying a neighborhood! Volunteers will receive a 2018 Earth Day Spring Cleaning button, good for free admission to venues in Roger Williams Park, discounts, and free stuff at select businesses. RIPTA will also offer volunteers free rides all weekend.

Earth Day at Peace and Plenty Park – morning, April 28 
Join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park and Charter Care Rhode Island to spruce up our northern Elmwood neighborhood park!. There’s lots to do, including weeding gardens and walkways, mulching, tree care, and sign painting.
Contact: Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com or just come.

Broad St Tree Planting
For details contact Marilyn Cepeda, marilyncepeda908@gmail.com or check http://pnpp.org/tree-planting/neighborhood-awards/.

Locust Grove Cemetery Cleanup and Tree Stewardship  – April 28 at 2:00
Work side by side with your neighbors to give some sorely needed attention to the largest green space within the Elmwood Neighborhood borders!  Volunteers will do litter patrol, aerate tree roots, and spread mulch around the trees.

     Wear comfortable work clothes, and bring rakes, mulch shovels, and hand cultivators. We will have some tools on hand but bringing your own greatly helps. If you have a wheelbarrow to bring (or simply loan us for the event), please contact Ward Weathers weathersw@gmail.com.

     This event is part of the City’s Earth Day celebration in conjunction with the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and its Providence Citizen Foresters effort.  It’s also, in part, an effort to re-boot the Friends of Locust Grove Cemetery, and we cannot do it without your help.  If it bothers you to see a neglected green space in our neighborhood, then join us to transform it into the beautiful green space it once was and can be again.
Saturday, April 28, 9:30 to 12:30 – Neighborhood Housing Summit
Location: Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street
This summit will provide residents of South Providence and the West End the opportunity to identify neighborhood assets, obtain additional information on housing & social services, & provide solutions to address housing challenges in our neighborhoods with the immediate intention to create a common housing agenda. There is no cost to attend this event but please register.
Register on Eventbrite.com. Find the event by searching “Neighborhood Housing Summit”.

Friday thru Sunday, May 4-6 – Jane’s Walks throughout Providence
       Jane’s Walk encourages people to get out and explore their neighborhoods. Providence is one of more than 200 participating cities around the world. TheProvidence page is under construction. For now, please like the Jane’s Walk Providence Facebook page and find more information on Eventbrite. As the weekend approaches, find details about individual walks in RI at the Jane’s Walk website.

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 to 10:30 – Together RI: Meal and Conversation in Elmwood
Location: Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara St
Bring your ideas to the table. Share a meal and conversation with other Providence residents as part of RI Foundations’s Together RI initiative.
Register on line: https://www.togetherri.org 


BOOK SALEs by Friends of Knight Memorial Library
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30; Wednesdays, 5:00 to 7:30
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
With over 8000(!) items in stock we are known for our quality and prices. Called “The best little book store in town.” April features gardening, nature, baseball, golf, boating. Paperback fiction–just 10 for $1.00. LPs–10 for $1.00. Select CDs and videos also priced to move. Proceeds support our historic Knight Memorial Library.
Want to volunteer? Contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

City of Providence Commission Meetings
Location: 444 Westminster St, Joseph Doorley Municipal Building, 1st Floor Meeting Room
Many neighborhood decision-making discussions have taken place in such meetings. Agendas are published at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting and are available at http://sos.ri.gov/openmeetings/.

  • City Plan Commission meets monthly on 3rd Tuesday at 4:45
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission meets monthly on 3rd Wednesday at 4:45
  • City Council meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays in City Hall


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