Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – May 2018

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

May brings sun and warm weather plus building development meetings and celebrations,
community get togethers, and fundraising dinners.

Thanks to all the volunteers who help make Elmwood sparkle!
     Thanks to all the organizations who supported greening and cleaning events last month and to the volunteers who planted more than 60 trees on residential streets in southern Elmwood, on Huntington Ave, and on Broad St. The trees on Huntington Ave are a first step towards redeveloping the roadway that leads from Rt 10 through the West End to Elmwood. Special thanks to Partnership for Providence Parks, the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, the City’s Forestry DepartmentTD Bank’s Green Streets program contributed trees, tools, mulch, snacks, and guidance, and to Quisqueya in Action for organizing the Broad St planting and cleanup.

Friends of Locust Grove Cemetery are needed
Thanks also to Ward Weathers and 21 friends and neighbors who aerated and mulched 80 trees in Locust Grove Cemetery, the largest open space in Elmwood. In past years residents of adjoining properties bought and planted nearly 90 trees in the cemetery. Additional fruit trees were planted with the help of the City and more residents. Want to join in this effort? Park advocates and hands on volunteers are needed to care for this historic cemetery on a more regular schedule. It will be rewarding work as the trees grow and the fruit trees bear fruit.  Contact Ward Weathers at weathersw@gmail.com to say you’re interested in becoming a Friend of Locust Grove.
Peace and Plenty Park and Garden News
With two successful cleanups in April involving over 80 participants, both the garden and park are ready for their more active seasons. And yet, more improvements are on their way. The park will get new fencing this week; a newly donated exterior bulletin board will soon be installed; and Wheeler School students will help with other maintenance on May 11. Two notable projects are underway: The Y Youth Program on Broad Street will create a large mural for the park; and the Peace and Plenty Outside Art Gallery will open its first show this summer.
Want a garden plot or to join the Friends of Peace and Plenty Park? Contact: Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Plants, seeds and mulch for your own gardens and street trees
     Give your own street trees a hand up this spring by aerating and mulching them. Mulch left over from tree care in Locust Grove Cemetery is available at no charge to Elmwood residents. Just bring a shovel and container to the cemetery and collect mulch left behind in several piles.
Find Rare and Unusual Plants for your gardens at City Farm’s annual sale on May 19 and 20.
And don’t forget that the 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.

Join in to refresh Elmwood Ave planters
We’re not finished greening yet! On Saturday, May 19 AARP RI sponsors a planter renewal project on Elmwood Ave. AARP is supplying ornamental grasses (and volunteers) to fill nearly 40 planters on the street. Join in!

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.” RI Foundation has launched a series of 20 neighborly get-togethers called Together RI. Each session offers the chance for people to talk face-to-face with each other over family-style meals. The last of the series is in Elmwood at the Elmwood Community Center on Saturday morning, May 5. It’s a good opportunity to meet your neighbors.

Participate in a Jane’s Walk 
Join the Jane’s Walk festival on May 4, 5, and 6. 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. Volunteers have led free walking tours in more than 200 cities around the world, including dozens in Providence.Thirteen walks are planned in Providence this weekend.

Roger Williams Park hosts a series of spring walking tours
Participate in free walking tours to explore different elements of the park. Find details of these and other park activities at the RWPconservancy.org.
Note: On the first Saturday of the month, Providence residents get into the zoo, botanical gardens, and museum for free.

Revitalization of Bomes Theater
The revitalization of Bomes Theater, a long abandoned theater on Broad St, will soon be underway!  The Providence Redevelopment Agency  (PRA) has worked to prepare the building for reuse by completely clearing out debris inside the building, completing a structural analysis of the building, and engaging a group of graduate students from Harvard University to assist in analyzing the best reuse options for the building and assisting in marketing the site. On April 20 the PRA signed a purchase and sales agreement with a local community member who will be renovating the building back to its original splendor as a community event space with two retail storefronts on the ground floor. The revitalization of the building is a great historic preservation success story, and returns the building back to being a vital and vibrant part of Broad Street and the neighborhood.
A meeting on Monday, May 14 will address the impact on the neighborhood. A press conference will be held on Thursday, May 17.

Addressing night club and events noise

     Jesus Tintin, the owner of Broad Street’s Mi Sueno nightclub has been a generous contributor to Broad St initiatives; but the noise from Sunday afternoon “Car Shows” at the club is intruding on the peace and quiet that nearby residents seek on their weekends. Tintin has appeared before the Board of Licenses twice in response to complaints about noise emanating from the events. Tintin has been asked to reduce the volume, decrease the event hours from 12-8 pm to 12-7 pm with music shut off by 6:00, and use a noise meter to monitor the noise levels. Police have been directed to measure noise at the properties of neighbors affected by the noise. BOL has also asked for clarification of a letter signed by Safety Commissioner Pare that seemingly gives permission for noise that exceeds levels permitted by the City’s noise ordinance. The next hearing will be on Thursday, May 10.
In the meantime, The Jewelry District Association is holding a round table discussion onMay 8 to address the impact of Providence Night Life on residents. It’s a good opportunity to discuss these issues with another neighborhood group.

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


  • Wednesday, May 2  – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
  • Saturday, May 5  – Together RI: Meal and Conversation in Elmwood

      Saturday, May 5  – Sankofa Market Season Kickoff

Sunday, May 6  – ENA Advisory Board meeting

  • Tuesday, May 8  – Providence Night Life, a Round Table discussion by the Jewelry District Association
  • Wednesday, May 9  – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
  • Wednesday, May 9  & Thursday, May 10  – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Dealers Book Sale
    Wednesday, May 9 – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
  • Thursday, May 10  – 3rd Board of License hearing re: Mi Sueno Car Show noise
  • Friday, May 11  – Peace and Plenty Park Cleanup with the Wheeler School

    Monday, May 14  – Community Meeting about Bomes Theater
    Thursday, May 17 – Press conference celebrating the development of Bomes Theater

  • Thursday, May 17  – Global Eats: An International Culinary Celebration to support Dorcas International Institute
  • Friday, May 18 – PVD Bike to Work Day
  • Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20– SCLT’s Rare and Unusual Plant Sale
  • Saturday, May 19 – Renew planters on Elmwood Ave
  • Wednesday, May 22– Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, May 23  – South Providence Neighborhood Association meeting


  • Thursday, May 31  – Sankofa Eats presents Chef Michelle Tulloch


  • 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 3rdWednesday at 4:45

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


Wednesday, May 2, 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 and are developing an online site for buying new books for the library. The May meeting will report on upcoming building improvements and address cooling issues during the coming summer.
Contact: Debbie Schimberg, Deborah@gleegum.com
Note: Friends meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6 – Jane’s Walks around Providence
      Thirteen walks are scheduled for the coming weekend including three in our neighborhood:

  • May 5, 10:30 to 12 – Trinity Square. Meet up at Southside Cultural Center parking lot and end at Sankofa Market’s season kickoff event. Led by long-time Elmwoodian Doug Victor.
  • May 5, 1:00 to 2:30 – Experiencing Broad Street. Meet up at Parkview Café, 1228 Broad St. Led by Elmwoodian, architect, and RISD professor Jim Barnes.
  • May 5, 3:00 to 4:30 – Discovering Roger Williams Park. Meet up at the monument to Roger Williams at the Park’s Elmwood Ave entrance. Led by Christopher Ackley, a memer of the Board of Directors of the RWP Conservancy.

Information about these and other walks: doorsopenri

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 to 10:30 am – 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 Foundation’s Together RI initiative.
Register on line: https://www.togetherri.org 

Saturday, May 5, 11 am to 3:00 pm – Sankofa Market Season Kickoff
Location: Southside Cultural Center
Sankofa brings fresh produce, crafts, a food truck, and more to Trinity Square.
Note: Sankofa will pop up at the Southside Cultural Center from 11 to 3 on the 1st Saturday of each month and at Knight Memorial Library every Wednesday afternoon/evening from June 20 to October 31.

Sunday, May 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm – ENA Advisory Board meeting
Location: Home of Jon Andrade on Adelaide Ave
Advisory board meets monthly to develop outreach efforts and define the direction of ENA. Jon will be preparing Peruvian taste treats so please RSVP to him and/or Paula in advance and ask for his house number.
Contacts: Paula Donovan, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com or Jon Andrade,jon.andrade@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 8, 5 pm – Providence Night Life, a Round Table discussion by the Jewelry District Association
Location: South Street Landing, Rm 498, Jewelry District
The Jewelry District Association invites the public to attend a round table discussion that includes Police Chief Hugh Clements, Public Safety Commissioner Pare, and representatives from the Board of Licenses, Responsible Night Life Organization, and City Council.

Contact via http://www.jewelrydistrict.org/

Wednesday, May 9, 9:00 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave
Final planning for the revitalization of Elmwood Ave planters, scheduled for May 19. Report from a discussion with Paul M Farber of 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 May 9, 5:00 – 7:30 & Thursday May 10, 10:30 – 12:30 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Dealers Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
Book dealers are invited to take a close look at 12,000 donated books and more. All dealers are welcome.
For more information, contact Doug at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 – 7:30pm – Neighbors for Revitalization (N4R) meeting
Location: Sankofa Community Room, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, 70 Westfield Street, West End
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.

Thursday, May 10, 5:00 – 3rd Board of License hearing re: Mi Sueno Car Show noise
Location: Probate Courtroom, City Hall, 5th floor
Prior to the next BOL hearing, read the meeting minutes for reasons why the BOL has allowed car shows to continue at Mi Sueno through May 6. Listen to the audio tape of the hearing starting at about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Friday, May 11, 9:30 to 12:30 – Peace and Plenty Park Cleanup with the Wheeler School
Location: Peace and Plenty Park
Join the Friends of the Park and Wheeler School students for park maintenance.
Contact: Doug, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Monday evening, May 14  – Community Meeting about Bomes Theater
Location: TBD 
Bring your concerns about the development of Bomes Theater as an events center, including locations of parking. The new owner, Mr. Taveras and Rep. Grace Diaz will attend.
For more information: Paula, paula.on.lenox@gmail.com

Thursday, May 17, 12 noon – Press conference celebrating the development of Bomes Theater
Location: Bomes Theater, Broad St at Gallatin
     Join Mayor Elorza, the PRA, the new owner of Bomes Theater, and other community and preservation leaders to celebrate!

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 to 9:00 – Global Eats: An International Culinary Celebration to support Dorcas
Location: Fete Music Hall, 103 Dike St, Olneyville
Join Dorcas International Institute of RI for an international culinary celebration to support our work and honor the vibrancy of RI’s diverse community. For this unique fundraising event, local chefs will recreate family dishes from around the world. Participating chefs represent Waterman Grille, Leon’s, El Rancho Grande, Laughing Gorilla, Troup, Jamestown Fish, Red Fin, Los Andes, XO Café, and more.
Get tickets and more information: globaleats.org or email info@globaleats.org

Friday, May 18th, 7am to 10am – PVD Bike to Work Day
Meet up location: Burnside Park in Kennedy Plaza downtown
Bike to Work Day is the origin of all National Bike Month events. Started in 1956, this day is a time to try out commuting to work by bike. This year there will be a big celebration in Burnside Park downtown from 7 to 9 am with free food, booths with community organizations, and a few special guests to applaud your bicycling efforts. There will also be bike trains coming into downtown from all parts of the city, so you don’t have to bike alone.Thanks to the City of Providence for helping make this event happen every year!
Join us later in the day for the Bike to Work Afterparty!

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 10 am to 2 pm – SCLT’s Rare and Unusual Plant Sale

Location:  City Farm, 168 West Clifford (at Dudley) in the Southside
Southside Community Land Trust’s spring sale features hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals, perennials, and fruit and vegetable plant starts – roughly 20,000 in all. Local performers entertain shoppers with live music. Experienced gardeners are on hand to answer your gardening questions. Proceeds support SCLT’s education and community outreach programs.
More informationhttps://www.southsideclt.org/rare-unusual-plant-sale/

Saturday, May 19, 10:30 to 12:30 – Renew planters on Elmwood Ave
Meet up location: Providence Assembly of God Church, 353 Elmwood Ave
Help AARP volunteers and the Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association (EBCA) renew the planters on Elmwood Ave with ornamental grasses. Planting will be followed by lunch at the church.
Contacts: Darlene Reza Rossi, drezarossi@aarp.org; Doug Victor,doug.crimewatch@gmail.com; Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net

Wednesday, May 22, 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, May 23, 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, May 31, 6:00 to 8:00pm – Sankofa Eats presents Chef Michelle Tulloch
Location: Sankofa Community Room, 70 Westfield St in the West End

     West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (WEHDC) is proud to host its firstSankofa Eats! – a series of community meals. The series is a way to gather community residents, allies, and business owners in support of transformative programming offered by WEHDC. Sankofa Eats! will be focused on improving nutrition and ways that individuals can receive access to local healthy foods.
Our initial meal will celebrate the completion of our community kitchen and greenhouse. Michelle Tulloch, our chef of the evening is the creator of Eden’s Bowls, a business that offers meal prep and planning services based on a whole foods and a plant-based diet, and catering services.
Get tickets on eventbrite.
More information: (401) 453-3220, ext 11; sankofamarket@westelmwood.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
May features a great selection of books on gardening, nature, pet care, baseball, golf, boating, and Jewish experience at unbeatable prices, plus these fantastic discounts:  Soft cover fiction, 10 for $1.00. VHS tapes, 6 for $1.00. Select LPs, 10 for $1.00. Select CDs, 4 for $1.00. Select DVDs, 2 for $1.00.
With over 12,000(!) items in stock we are known for our quality and prices. Called “The best little book store in town.” Proceeds support our historic Knight Memorial Library. Book, LP, CD, DVD donations are happily accepted during open hours.
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 athttp://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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