Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – August 2016

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

Elmwood Neighborhood Association News
This summer marks the fifth anniversary for ENA, and this is the 60th ENA newsletter! Much has changed in the past 5 years. Neighbors planted hundreds of trees, developed Peace and Plenty Park, worked with RIDOT to locate trash barrels and planters on Elmwood Ave, regularly met with police at monthly crime watch meetings, brought an account of troubled properties to city officials, developed a book recycling project through Knight Memorial Library and ran numerous book sales, and built strong relationships and partnerships with police, city and state representatives and staff, and many businesses and social service agencies. Thanks to all of our neighbors who’ve spent countless volunteer hours to improve our neighborhood.
There is, of course, much more to do. On July 18 eleven neighbors met at St Elizabeth Court to talk about big picture themes for moving our neighborhood forward. They include:

  • creating more open, green, and play spaces
  • reducing crime and quality of life disturbances
  • strengthening a sense of community with welcome and block parties
  • revitalizing more than 100 troubled properties and making the upkeep of historic properties more affordable
  • reducing noise and cut through traffic
  • attracting businesses that offer liveable wages
  • transforming Elmwood from a social service hub to an economically thriving neighborhood

It’s a tall order, but the work is rewarding for people who enjoy knowing their neighbors, and creating friendships, relationships, and partnerships. I hope that in the coming year more residents will join the many volunteers who are making Elmwood a destination neighborhood.

Peace and Plenty Park Expansion News!
    In five years Peace and Plenty Park has become a valuable green space for the northern Elmwood community and for families with appointments at neighboring St. Joseph’s Clinic.
      On Thursday, July 21, Mayor Elorza cut a log to mark the official opening of the Park’s expansion that doubles the size of the park. 110 people attended the celebration. The many, many community partners who helped make the park possible were acknowledged, including Doug Victor who kept the dream of this park alive for many years. Phil Edmonds and the John Prince Drummers provided entertainment. Young people painted a newly installed Little Library, where books for both children and adults are now available on a take-a-book leave-a-book basis. US Fish and Wildife presented the park with a bug hotel to encourage kids to explore nature, gave a workshop, and released lady bugs in the community garden across the street, where tours were available. Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center presented a check of $410 to Southside Community Landtrust for garden initiatives. Ice cream was scooped for all.
     The Steelyard, which has contributed to the park in the past, plans to design and install a gate to complement three others. Donations have been coming in, but more are needed to reach the goal of $800 to pay for the gate. To donate, contact Friends of Peace and Plenty Park through Doug Victor, doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

Peace & Plenty Park summertime activities
Enjoy the park this summer with these daytime activities.
Stay tuned for evening entertainment brought to you by the City’s Office of Recreation and Liesure.

  • Monday, August 1, 10:00 am – Nature Investigators Workshops for all ages with US Fish and Wildlife
  • Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – Free meals to anyone under 18 by the City’s Healthy Communities Office.
  • Tuesdays, August 2 & 9 at 10:00 am  – Children’s Librarian, Allison Riendieu hosts Storytime for 3-7 year-olds
  • Wednesdays August 3 & 10, 10:00 am to noonKids Get Physical with Y on the Move
  • Thursdays, August 11 & 18, 10 ammore Nature Investigators Workshops with US Fish and Wildlife
  •  Friday, August 5, 10:00 am to noonKids Get Physical with Y on the Move

Would you like to use the park for a neighbors meet and greet, an infant/toddler playgroup, or any other event that brings neighbors together? Reserve the space by contacting Doug Victor at doug.crimewatch@gmail.com.

Solarize Providence Dealine Extended until August 19

     Solarize Providence provides steep discounts on solar panels for Providence residents and business owners. The prices are at their lowest cost in Solarize RI history: and with enough contracts prices could go even lower. Get a free, no-obligation solar assessment by calling (508) 808-4631 or visit www.solarizeri.com/Providence.

Crime Watch news
There were two domestic incidents in Elmwood in July that resulted in an aggravated assault and shots fired. A car was stolen on Whitmarsh near Broad, but was later recovered.
In addition, neighbors on Moore and Princeton have reported a man suspiciously peering into homes.
     Lt Remolina recommends that we employ timers programmed to turn lights, TVs, and/or radios on and off throughout the evening and night. Their use suggests that residents are moving about the house. He also recommends tire locks to dissuade thieves who have quickly and quietly removed wheels from parked cars on streets or in driveways. Install air conditioners in first floor windows so they cannot be removed from the outside.
When you observe suspicious behavior in your neighborhood or at public events, or believe someone has gained access to your car or home, call
401 272-3121. A lag in reporting can make the difference between catching a suspect or having the person escape. When several people report similar incidents, police can establish a pattern and/or map out the route of a person with suspicious behavior. Let the police decide if the call was worth making.
Hot weather and noisy parties seem synonymous in Elmwood. If party noise disturbs your enjoyment of a summer evening, call the complaint desk at
401 272-3121. Make sure to leave your name and contact information so police can contact you if they cannot find the disturbance. If you don’t get results after one call, call again and ask for the desk sergeant.

Coming up soon

  • On Monday, August 1, meet with traffic safety engineers at Columbus Square.
  • On Wednesday, August 3, join Mayor Elorza and Councilwoman Castillo for a Neighborhood Conversation in the Park.
  • Dominican Parade and Festival is on Sunday, August 7

      Keep reading to see what else is happening.

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



  • Monday, August 1 – On Site Traffic Study at Columbus Square
  • Wednesday, August 3 – Neighborhood Conversation in the Park with Mayor Elorza & Councilwoman Castillo
  • Saturday, August 6 – Friends of Knight Memorial Clear Out Book Sale
  • Sunday, August 7 – 28th Annual Dominican Parade & Festival
  • Tuesday, August 17 – Traffic Study on Broad St
  • Thursday, August 18 – RWP POPS featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Wednesday, August 24Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Thursday, August 25Fresh Produce Days at St Josephs
  • Friday, August 26 – Outdoor movie in the Park: In the Heart of the Sea
ongoing activities
  • Monday through Friday – Free lunch for kids and teens at Peace & Plenty Park
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays – Friends Book 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, August 1, 1:00 pm – On Site Traffic Study at Columbus Square
Traffic engineers are working with the city to reduce the numbers of traffic accidents in trouble spots, like the junction of Elmwood and Reservoir Aves. Meet up
Monday to discuss ways to make Columbus Square safer for cars and pedestrians.
Meet up location: Atlantic and Elmwood Ave
For more information, contact Karen at karen_ena@earthlink.net

Wednesday, August 3, 5:30 to 7:30pm – Neighborhood Conversation in the Park with Mayor Elorza and Councilwoman Castillo
Here’s your chance to speak directly to the Mayor and Councilwoman Castillo about neighborhood concerns. Food and drinks are provided.

Meet up location: Miller and Broad St , Entrance to Roger Williams Park
For more information, contact Grace Diaz at 401 421-2489 ext 5766

Saturday, August 6, 12 noon to 4 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Clear Out Book Sale
There are way too many fiction books, biographies, and memoirs in our stores. Stock up by buying 5 and getting one free. Or get 4 mass market paperback fiction books for only a dollar.  Remaining LPs are selling for 25 cents. There are still plenty of graphic novels and cartoon books.
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
To help with monthly sales contact: Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net

Sunday, August 7, 10am to 7:30pm – 28th Annual Dominican Parade & Festival
Enjoy the Dominican Parade from 10 am to 12 noon. It starts at the corner of Thurbers and Broad St and ends in Roger Williams Park. Then have a taste of Dominican food, music, and dance at theTemple to Music in Roger Williams Park from noon to 7:30.
Contact coordinator Quisqueya en Accion: 401 941 2749

Tuesday, August 16, 2 to 4 pm – On Site Traffic Study on Broad St
Join RIDOT and VHB as we walk the southern portion of Broad Street (from Public St to the entrance to Roger Williams Park) to observe, point out, and discuss safety issues and potential opportunities to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists along this route.

Contacts: Martina Haggerty, Mhaggerty@providenceri.com and Skye Levin, SLevin@VHB.com

Thursday, August 18, 7:00 pm – RWP POPS featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra
   Bring a blanket and snacks, and enjoy music in the park. It’s free and open to the public. (Rain date: Aug 19)
Location: Temple to Music, Roger Williams Park

Wednesday, August 24 6:00 to 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
     Meet with District Police Lt 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, August 25, 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 (401) 456 4045 or (401) 421 4722
Note: Fresh Food Days at St Joe’s are generally held on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday, August 26, 8:30 pm – Outdoor movie in the Park: In the Heart of the Sea
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. Free admission. Get food prior to the event from food trucks parked in the Carousel parking lot from 5 to 8. Arrive early to get a good seat. No dogs are permitted.
Location: The Dalrymple Boathouse 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
It’s always a perfect day for a picnic at Sankofa World Market. Bring a blanket, pick up a book from the KML book sale table, listen to live music, and enjoy a snack on the library lawn before or after you shop!
Location: Knight Memorial Library lawn, 275 Elmwood Ave

Fridays 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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