Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – November 2016

ENA Newsletter – November 2016

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association

 

Thanks for another successful tree planting!

We had a wonderful time planting trees on October 15th.  The weather was perfect and lots of volunteers and residents showed up to help. Thanks go to many people for their support, patience and perseverance in building our tree canopy in Elmwood.  Some of the individuals and organizations deserving praise include:

• Candelaria Danicher, who knocked on doors during the hot summer to spread the word about the tree planting opportunity on their streets

• Cassie Tharinger, Peggy Sharpe, and Sarah Sharpe of the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program and Doug Still, City Forester for the City of Providence

• Libertad Guzman for hosting the refreshments

• Victoria Wilson, Graze Diaz, and Roland Hawkins for providing refreshments.

• Volunteers from Sophia Academy, Highlander Charter School, Paul Cuffee Upper School, Juanita Sanchez, and Times2 Academy

• Volunteer tree planting experts who join every year and help inspire the next generation of tree advocates:  Paula Donovan, Ward Weathers, Brooke Hammerle, Roland Hawkins, Tom Hoffman, Rob Goldman, Roseanne Camacho, Karen Hlynsky, and Doug Victor

• All the other residents of Elmwood who came out to help plant

• And to all the residents who believe trees are a good thing
It takes a village!

 

Elmwood residents win Rhody Award for Historic Preservation

Congratulations to first-time homeowners, Dylan Peacock and Miran Kicic, who won a Homeowners Rhody Award for undertaking the hands-on restoration of the Cook-Cohen House, a side-by-side duplex on Congress Ave. Eleven awardees were celebrated in Newport on Sunday, October 16. Read more about Dylan and Miran’s achievements and the other 10 Rhody Awards at http://www.providencejournal.c om/news/20161002/labor-of-love -to-save-house-wins-rhody-awar d

 

Club Juan Pablo Duarte applies for new liquor license

Club Juan Duarte at 100 Niagara St (Niagara and Congress) has applied for a new class C liquor license with a 1 amclosing and Sunday sales. The hearing will be on Wednesday, November 2 at 1:00 pm at the Board of Licenses, Room 112, City Hall. Please attend to speak and/or submit letters of objection or approval at this time. The club offers event space, already serves wine and beer, and is a popular place for events. A nearby resident reports that numerous noise complaints have been made, and residents deal with parking problems, late night intoxicated people, and incidents of drug dealing related to events at the center.

 

Racial and Environmental Justice Committee seeks new members

You are invited to apply to join the new Racial and Environmental Justice (REJ) Committee in Providence. This is part of a new, collaborative initiative to bring a racial equity lens to the City’s sustainability work. The effort is the result of a grant from the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Rhode Island Foundation. It was awarded to the City of Providence, Groundwork Providence, and Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island. A consultant team led by One Square World is supporting the initiative.

Applications are due November 4. For more information and to submit an application on line, go tohttp://www.icontact-archive.co m/d6FXqyTl5zVlPHwt5d2_nhbqajCg J_f_?w=3

 

Broad St and Elmwood Ave news

Broad St has been designing and installing new signage with a ribbon cutting planned for later in November.

Business leaders on Elmwood Ave have begun meeting regularly on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our goal is to support a welcoming and vibrant business district and neighborhoods for all people. In October Chris Ackley of One Neighborhood Builders and Phoebe Blake of City Walk joined a discussion about beautification ideas and potential funding for them. Thanks to Karen Morin of the Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for hosting the meetings.

 

Yard debris collection for fall cleanup

The City offers curbside yard debris collection until mid-December. Place yard debris in paper bags or in a container (no bigger than 45 gallons) clearly labeled “Yard Debris.” Then place yard waste on the curbside on the same day as their normal garbage/recycling pickup day.  Free labels to be affixed to containers can be obtained at the Department of Public Works located at 700 Allens Avenue or at Providence City Hall.

 

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

 

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

 

NOVEMBER MEETINGS and EVENTS

 

until November 6, 5:30 to 11 pm – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Wednesday, November 2 – Board of License Hearing for Club Juan Pablo Duarte
Saturday, November 5 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Monday, November 7 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Tuesday, November 8 – Election Day
Wednesday, November 9 – Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association (EBCA) meeting
Thursday, November 10  – Dance Party/Fundraiser for Montessori School of Rhode Island
Saturday, November 12 – Neighborhood Care Cleanup
Thursday, November 17 – Fresh Produce Days
November 17 to December 23 – Wilbury Theatre presents Straight White Men and Di and Viv and Rose
Saturday, December 3 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Wednesday, December 7 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
ongoing activities

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
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Meetings and Events

 

until November 6, 5:30 to 11 pm – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Location: Roger Williams Park Zoo

The Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular continues until November 8 with a display of 5000 illuminated carved pumpkins! (See pictures from 2015 at http://halloweennewengland.com /locations/jack-o-lantern-spec tacular-roger-williams-zoo.) This year’s theme is American Treasures. The Spectacular, an event in our own backyard, has been getting national attention. It has been named as one of the American Bus Association’s top 100 events in North America. Don’t miss it!

For more information and to buy tickets on line: http://www.rwpzoo.org/jack-o-l antern-spectacular#ad-image-0

For additional events at the park, go to

http://www.rifoundation.org/Tr ansformingRhodeIsland/RogerWil liamsPark.aspx

 

Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 – Board of License Hearing for Club Juan Pablo Duarte

Location: Board of Licenses, Room 112, City Hall

Club Juan Duarte at 100 Niagara St has applied for a new class C liquor license with a 1 am closing and Sunday sales. The public can make statements for or against the new license at this time.

 

Saturday, November 5, 12 to 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
This month features history/political commentary, biography/memoir, fiction, children’s books, and craft and cookbooks for the holidays ahead.
To help with monthly sales contact: Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.n et

 

Monday, November 7, 6 to 7:30 pm – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
Location: Knight Memorial Library Board Room, 275 Elmwood Ave

Friends groups at the nine Providence Community Libraries advocate for library resources. Friends of Knight include book sale, program, and building improvements teams. They have raised money to help pay for new stairs, support library programs, and improve the library experience for staff and visitors. The proceeds of Friends book sales have paid for window treatments, auditorium chairs, shrubbery for the front lawn and more. All are welcome to join.

Contact: Debbie Schimberg, deborah@gleegum.com

 

Tuesday, November 8, 7 am to 8 pm – Election Day

Vote right, vote left. Vote red, vote blue. Don’t forget to vote!

Find information about state referenda: http://www.sos.ri.gov/assets/d ownloads/documents/VoterHandbo ok-2016-ENGLISH.pdf

Find information about polling places: http://www.sos.ri.gov/division s/Elections/upcoming-election/ Upcoming-elections-center

 

Wednesday, November 9, 9 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Tom Hoagland of the Providence Business Loan Association and Ana Quezada, candidate for State Senate, will participate in discussions about codes, ordinances, and business loans.

RSVP to Karen, Karen_ena@earthlink.net, 401 941 8249

 

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 – Dance Party/Fundraiser for Montessori School of Rhode Island

Location: MSC RI, 73 Stanwood St.

Enjoy a fun adult night out with great food, drink, and funky beats as we celebrate the growth of the school. Your attendance will help us grow, help the children grow, and ensure that MCS RI continues to be a pillar of excellence for years to come. DJ Elementary will be spinning Funk, Soul, and feel-good jams with Kimani on percussion all night long!

For more information, contact Gina Marciano at gmarciano@mcsri.org or 401.654.4540

Purchase your tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.com /e/mcs-ri-dance-party-fundrais er-tickets-28561017773

 

Saturday, November 12, 9 to12:00 – Neighborhood Care Cleanup

Location: Peace and Plenty Park and Community Gardens

Want to care for our neighborhood? Join us for a Fall Care Day focusing on Peace and Plenty Park and Community Gardens. Bring your good spirit, work gloves, rakes and shovels. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Contact Doug Victor Doug.crimewatch@gmail.com

 

Thursday, November 17, 12:00 to 2:00 – Fresh Produce Days
Location: St Joseph’s Health Center, Peace St and Broad
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.
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.

 

November 17 to December 23 – Wilbury Theatre presents Straight White Men and Di and Viv and Rose

Location: Southside Cultural Center at Broad and Elmwood

Straight White Men is a razor-sharp comedy that confronts the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege.

Get tickets: http://thewilburygrou p.org/straight-white-men.html

Di and Viv and Rose is a story of enduring friendship that is one of the most moving tales to hit the stage in many years.

Get tickets: http://thewilburygroup.org/di- viv-rose-tickets.html

 

Saturday, December 3, 12 to 4 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library Community Room, 275 Elmwood Ave
This is a great place to shop for affordable holiday gifts. New donations continually come in.
To help with monthly sales contact: Karen Hlynsky, karen_ena@earthlink.n et

 

Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 to 7:30 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
Location: 640 Broad St, YMCA for Youth Development Community Room

Guest speaker, Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice and former prosecutor for the RI Attorney General’s Office, will discuss the functions of both offices, how they relate to local police efforts and the FBI, and the process for addressing neighborhood and resident concerns for safety and well being.

For agenda updates, contact Doug to get on his mailing list: doug.crimewatch@gmail.co m .
Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting.
ongoing activities
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale
Location: Knight Memorial Library community room, 275 Elmwood Ave.
Browse through 1000s of books, videos, LPs, CDs, DVDs. Proceeds support library programs and improvements.
To help sort books on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, contact Doug Victor, doug.dance@juno.com
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Reach of the ENA monthly newsletter: 52 members of the Elmwood Exchange plus 136 additional neighbors, city officials, and staff of community organizations.

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