Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – September 2016

ENA Newsletter – September 2016

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association


Summer’s almost gone – Time to clean out the house

Got too much stuff? There are two opportunities this month to get rid of your stuff and/or sell handmade goods. In mid September neighbors on Ruskin are having yard sales and welcome other residents to join in. Then on October 1 you can join the the Elmwood Flea on Knight Memorial lawn. If you want more stuff, buy local.

Fundraising events

Three nonprofit organizations are hosting fundraising events in September, including Young Voices of RI, Southside Community Land Trust, and Higher Ground International. Read details below and visit their Web sites to learn more about their work and how it affects residents of the Southside.

Wilbury Theatre starts its next season at SSCC

You may have heard that Wilbury Theatre Group was leaving the neighborhood. Fortunately for us the group will be staying at Southside Cultural Center for some time. The 2016-17 season begins on September 15 with UI [oo-ey]: Making America Great [Again], an appropriate play for this election season.

Invite your friends to move to Elmwood

If you have a crime watch sign in your front window, you know the graphic work of Brent Bachelder. He’s also worked with young people to build trash barrels for the Paul Cuffee School and sites on Elmwood Ave. Unfortunately, he’s moving back home to Maine. And after a buyer backed out at the last minute, he needs help selling his home on Lenox Ave. Take a house tour at these Web sites:http://www.providencearthouse.com and
Crime Watch news

During August several crimes of opportunity were reported: an attempted scooter theft on West Friendship St, 3 bicycles taken from an Adelaide home via an unlocked basement door, a break-in of a vacant Laura St house, and the theft of 4 motor vehicles left running with keys in the ignitions. Groups of two and three young men were involved in the first 3 crimes. The police are trying to build a profile of the thieves.
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 .

An August 15 shooting at the Aqua Hookah Lounge on Broad and Lenox led to a temporary closure until investigations were complete. Read more at http://wpri.com/2016/08/15/man-shot-at-overnight-inside-aqua-hookah-lounge/

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.  Remember that noise after 10 pm should not be heard from more than 200 feet away.

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. 


  • Friday, September 9 – Peace and Plenty Park Care
  • Monday, September 12 – Community Day of Service
  • Thursday, September 15 to October 1 – Wilbury Theatre presents UI [oo-ey]: Making America Great [Again]
  • Thursday, September 15 – Rhythm and Wine, a fundraiser for Young Voices of RI
  • Saturday/Sunday, September 17-18 – Yard sales on Ruskin
  • Wednesday, September 21 – Harvesting Hope, fundraiser for SCLT
  • Thursday, September 22 – Fresh Produce Days at St Josephs
  • Friday, September 23 – Bringing the Village Together, Higher Ground International Cultural Gala and Village Leader Awards
  • Friday, September 23 – Silvered: Tracing Gorham at Mashapaug Pond
  • Wednesday, September 28 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
  • Friday, September 30 – Outdoor movie in the Park: Despicable Me
  • Saturday, October 1 – Elmwood Flea
  • Saturday, October 1 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale

ongoing activities

  • 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, September 12, 10:30-12:30 – Community Day of Service in Elmwood
Join your neighbors to weed, mulch, and prune trees on the grounds of Knight Memorial Library. All tools and materials will be provided.

Contact: Doug Victor, Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Thursday, September 15, 6 to 10 pm – Rhythm and Wine, a fundraiser for Young Voices of RI

Young Voices is the only state-wide youth organization that provides low income youth with the tools to have a voice – to master the skills needed to understand an issue, think strategically, speak out articulately and persuasively, and assume roles of leadership. Rhythm and Wine is a networking and fundraising event that will include wine, appetizers, and cheese from local wineries, restaurants, and creameries, a silent raffle, cultural and artistic exhibitions, and Ishmael, a jazz pianist. Sponsored by the Puerto Rican Professionals Association of Rhode Island.

Location: Roger Williams Park Casino

Tickets: $80-$200

Buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rhythm-wine-network-fundraising-tickets-27051618118

For information on sponsorship and donations, contact Ivette Solivan at (401) 228-7818 orsolivanivette@yahoo.com

Monday, September 12, 10:30-12:30 – Community Day of Service in Elmwood
Join your neighbors to weed, mulch, and prune trees on the grounds of Knight Memorial Library. All tools and materials will be provided.

Contact: Doug Victor, Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

September 15 – October 1 – Wilbury Theatre presents UI [oo-ey]: Making America Great [Again]

What’s old is new again in this fresh (and fascist) mash-up of two of the greatest dramatists of all time. Brecht’s Arturo Ui is the funny, sharp and thrilling take on the rise of Hitler shot through with Brecht’s razor-sharp wit. Pinter’s Party Time and New World Order paint a terrifying portrait of the culpable indifference of a privileged class, of the cruelty engendered in its members by political disruption, and of their merciless extinction of dissent. Using a wide range of parody and pastiche – from Al Capone to Shakespeare’s Richard III and Goethe’s Faust – Ui creates a hilariously comic and darkly condemnatory tale of the persistence of fascism and the inevitable rise of those unlikely leaders who rise to power by preying on the fear of the masses.

Get tickets: http://www.thewilburygroup.org/ui-oo-ey.html


Saturday/Sunday, September 17-18 – Yard sales on Ruskin

Residents on Ruskin, including an artist and antique dealer, are organizing yard sales for the weekend.  Come browse and buy, and if you’ve got your own stuff to sell, think about joining in as a seller. Ruskin is a short street between Lenox and Gallatin in the Elmwood Ave side of the neighborhood.

For details, contact Michael at purcellpaintings@yahoo.com

Wednesday, September 21, 5:00 – Harvesting Hope, fundraiser for SCLT

Join Southside Community Land Trust to support healthy food access in Rhode Island. The evening includes cocktails on the deck overlooking the water, seasonal small plates, wine by Bottles Fine Wine, and a silent auction.

Location: Squantum Association, 947 Veterans Memorial Parkway, East Providence
Web site: http://www.southsideclt.org/
Bid on auction items: http://501auctions.com/harvestinghope

Thursday, September 22, 12:00 to 2:00 – Fresh 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, September 23, 6:00 on – Bringing the Village Together, Higher Ground International Cultural Gala and Village Leader Awards

Higher Ground International, a vibrant and dynamic 501(c)3 NGO located on Prairie Ave, is dedicated to restoring dignity, empowering lives, and keeping peace in the rural villages of West Africa and in the West African immigrant community in Providence.

Celebrate its work with an African-inspired dinner, music, dancing, live auction, and Broken Pieces fashion show! Leaders recognized for their dedication and work impacting the African community will be presented with Village Leader Awards.

Location: Renaissance Providence Hotel, Providence Place, 5 Ave of the Arts, Providence

Web site: http://www.highergroundintl.org/cultural-gala/

Friday, September 23, 7 pm – Silvered: Tracing Gorham at Mashapaug Pond – A multimedia experience by Erik Carlson and Erik Gould
Learn about the Gorham Foundary, once located on nearby Mashapaug Pond on Adelaide Ave. This is the third and final event in the Full Circle Film Series that has shown films about the history and ecological fragility of Mashapaug Pond. Films are shown on a unique floating film Screen anchored near the J. T. Owens boat launch. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the event in comfort.

The event is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.
Location: J T Owens boat launch, 350 Niantic Avenue

Contact: Holly Ewald, holly@upparts.org

Web site: www.upparts.org


Sunday, September 25, 2:00 to 3:00 – Urban Legends Tour in Roger Williams Park
Meet up location: Boathouse lawn
Get more information at info@rwpconservancy.org
Website: http://www.rifoundation.org/TransformingRhodeIsland/RogerWilliamsPark.aspx

Wednesday, September 28 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.

Friday, September 30,
8:30 pm – Outdoor movie in the Park: Despicable Me
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

Saturday, October 1, 10:30 – 4:00 – Elmwood Flea

Got too much stuff? Want to sell it? Join your neighbors for a neighborhood flea market. Spaces are $10. Bring your own table. (Fees support Knight Memorial Library.)

Location: Knight Memorial Library lawn, 275 Elmwood Ave

Register with Doug Victor: Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

Saturday, October 1, 12 to 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Find books, DVDs, videos for long evenings ahead.
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
To help with monthly sales contact: Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.net

ongoing activities

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
Browse through 1000s 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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