Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – July 2016

ENA Newsletter – July 2016
Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

Coming up soon

  • Monday is the 4th of July so the weekend in Elmwood is bound to be lively.
  • The next deadline to apply for street trees from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program is July 15.
  • Elmwood Neighborhood Association is holding an ENA Meeting on Monday, July 18 for residents to voice concerns and identify goals and projects for the coming year.
  • Peace and Plenty Park hosts free lunch for kids and teens and story time for 3 to 7-year-olds on Tuesday mornings.
  • Roger Williams Park hosts Food Truck Fridays, open air movies in the park on the last Friday of the month, and a bilingual production of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Sankofa World Market pops up on Knight Memorial lawn on Wednesdays from 2 to 6.
  • Grace Diaz hosts a community party and campaign kick-off event on July 9.

      Find details and see what else is happening in the calendar below.

Peace & Plenty Park and Community Garden development news
Garden: Many thanks to the Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, who raised hundreds of dollars for the garden at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on June 23. (The Center’s staff and residents
are growing vegetables and herbs in the garden as part of their eat local and healthy foods efforts.)
On June 11, gardeners had a successful workday and decided to initiate a Grow a Row program to benefit St Joseph’s Clinic with donated vegetables.
     Park Expansion: If you haven’t seen the dramatic changes to the park, take a drive by our “almost finished” new park. There will be an official opening soon!
With the support of One Neighborhood Builders,
Youth Build will extend the existing picket fence on Peace Street to the new part of the park.
     The Steelyard, which has contributed to the park in the past, plans to design and install a gate to complement the three existing ones.Want to help make the new gate a reality? Friends of Peace and Plenty Park are accepting donations toward the cost of $800. For more information contact Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

AARP: a valuable neighborhood partner
On June 24 AARP RI hosted their monthly partners meeting in Peace and Plenty Community Garden. Representatives from social service organizations in the Southside and West End joined AARP volunteers for a roundtable discussion on community projects, followed by lunch in the garden from Oasis Restaurant on Broad St. In 2015 AARP RI donated shrubs for 99 planters on Elmwood Ave. AARP volunteers helped plant the shrubs, and participated in Elmwood Ave cleanup activities and neighborhood Jane’s Walks.

Summer hours for Knight Memorial Library
     The library now closes at 5:30 on weekdays and is closed entirely on Saturdays. However, South Providence Library (441 Prairie Ave) is open Saturdays from 10 to 6. (The new Beat the Heat Schedule is attached.)

Crime Watch news
A Moore St homicide during an attempted home invasion on June 7 has shaken the neighborhood. It was the second homicide in the city this year – a year with the fewest homicides to date since 2004. The incident has raised questions about the oversight of Campassion Centers, i.e., businesses legally growing medical marijuana. The businesses get permits for their plants from the Department of Health and are supervised by the Department of Business Regulation.

An aggravated assault on Burnside St in South Providence involved a purchase on Craigslist. Police recommend that Craigslist purchases be made in a safe location. If you are making a Craiglist sale or purchase, feel free to meet up in the lobby of the main police station.
To prevent burglaries, remember to keep unattended windows closed. Move large objects away from the sides of your homes, including trash barrels that can be used to gain access to windows.
And remember to quickly call police when you observe suspicious behavior in your neighborhood or at public events, or believe someone has gained access to your car or home:
401 272-3121. A lag in reporting can make the difference between catching a suspect or having the person escape. Let the police decide if the call was worth making.


Find general information about greening Elmwood,
community policing, and city services in the reference guide emailed quarterly. 



  • Monday, July 4 – Happy Fourth of July!
  • Fridays, July 8 and 15 – CSEA Green Day at Knight Memorial Lawn
  • Saturday, July 9 – Campaign Kick-Off Event for State Rep. Grace Diaz
  • Tuesday, July 12, 19, & 26 – Story Time at Peace and Plenty Park
  • Thursday, July 14 – Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
  • July 15 – Deadline for applying to PNPP for street trees
    • Monday, July 18 – Elmwood Neighborhood Association Meeting

  • Wednesday, July 27 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, July 28Fresh Produce Days at St. Joseph Clinic
  • Friday, July 29 – Outdoor Movie at Roger Williams Park: The Motorcycle Diaries
ongoing activities
  • Monday through Friday – Free lunch for kids and teens at Peace & Plenty Park
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays – Book and LP sales at Knight
  • Wednesdays though October 5 – Sankofa Market and Friends Book Sale
  • Fridays through the summer – Food Truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park
Meetings and events

Monday, July 4 – Happy Fourth of July!
There’s sure to be noise in the neighborhood on the 4th. Stay in the ‘hood or celebrate Independence Day with t
he City of Providence in India Point Park from 4:30 to midnight.

Fridays, July 8 and 15 – CSEA Green Days at Knight Memorial Library lawn
Kids in the summer program at the Center for Southeast Asians learn to care for urban trees on the Knight Memorial Library lawn. Neighbors are welcome to join the kids and Doug Victor, who will lead the way.
For more information, contact

Saturday, July 9, 4:30 to 9:00pm – Campaign Kick-Off Event for State Rep. Grace Diaz
     Join Grace for an evening of celebrating and talking with neighbors about how to create a path to a better future. The community party includes a live band (Salsa and Gaitas), a kids zone, and great food.
Location: Grace Diaz’s residence, 43 Adelaide Ave
Contact: RepGraceDiaz@gmail.com or (401) 575-3641

Tuesdays, July 12, 19, & 26,10:00 AM  – Story Time at Peace and Plenty Park
Allison Riendieu, Children’s Librarian at Knight Memorial Library, hosts storytime for 3- to 7-year-olds.

Thursday, July 14, 6:30 pm – Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet
   Bring a blanket and snacks, and enjoy a bilingual performance of Romeo and Juliet. Presented by Rhode Island Latino Arts and Trinity Repertory Company.
Location: Temple to Music, Roger Williams Park

July 15 – Deadline for applying to PNPP for street trees
The Providence Neighborhood Planting Program provides street trees and site preparation for Providence streets at no cost. The application walks you through the steps for putting together a successful street tree planting.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to give PNPP a call at 401-368-5380 or email ctharinger@pnpp.org
Download an application at http://pnpp.org/

Monday, July 18, 6 to 7:30 pm – Elmwood Neighborhood Association Meeting
   Interested in hosting a block party? Think that creating one-way streets can reduce drive through noise? Concerned about vacant properties and the way banks deal with foreclosures? All Elmwood residents are invited to attend an ENA meeting to voice your concerns and identify next steps. Residents of St. Elizabeth’s Home are especially encouraged to attend. 
Location: St. Elizabeth Home, 109 Melrose St
RSVP to: Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net

Wednesday, July 27 6:00 to 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
     Meet with District Police Lieutenant Henry Remolina, who reports on incidents since our last meeting. Other speakers often attend to address crime-related and quality of life issues. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting.
Location: 640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room
Contact Doug to get on his mailing list: doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.
Note: Crime Watch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, July 28, 12:00 to 2:00Fresh Produce Days
St. Joseph Health Center serves as a fresh food distribution site for Federal Hill House and the Rhode Island Food Bank. The site distributes fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable items like diapers and children’s socks.
Location: St Joseph’s Health Center, Peace St and Broad
For more information, contact Ginny Lopez: 401 456 4045, 401 421 4722, vlopez@chartercare.org
Note: Fresh Food Days at St Joe’s are generally held on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday, July 29, 8:30 pm – Outdoor movie in the Park: The Motorcycle Diaries
Bring bug spray, a sweater or jacket, snacks (no alcohol) and a blanket to sit on. If you bring a chair kindly set it up in the back of the audience. (Food trucks are at the Carousel parking lot from 5 to 8 on Fridays.) Arrive early to get a good seat. No dogs are permitted.
Location: The Dalrymple Boat House Lawn, Roger Williams Park
For more information: info@rwpconservancy.org



ongoing activities

Monday through Friday, 11:30 to 1:00 – Free Lunch for Kids and Teens
Sponsored by the Mayors Office for Healthy Communities in collaboration with Sodexo and Providence Parks and Recreation
Location: Peace and Plenty Park

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
rowse through1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs in the community room on the ground floor. Proceeds support library programs and improvements.
Location: Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Ave.
To help sort books on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, contact Doug Victor, doug.dance@juno.com

Wednesdays through October 5, 2 to 6 pm – Sankofa World Market & Friends Book Sale
     Sankofa World Market is West End’s public marketplace. It’s a weekly celebration of food, culture and community offering affordable, convenient, culturally appropriate, fresh, healthy, and locally produced food and connecting customers with craftspeople, artists, and entrepreneurs.
There are always bargains at the Friends Book Sale, called “The best little books store in town.” Find graphic novels, dollmaking magazines, great mystery/suspense novels, LPs priced to move, and lots more.
Location: Knight Memorial Library lawn, 275 Elmwood AveFridays throughout the summer, 5:00 to 8:00 pm – Food Truck Fridays
     It’s a community picnic. Enjoy great food truck food from a dozen vendors.
Location: Carousel parking lot, Roger Williams Park


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