Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – December 2016

ENA Newsletter – December 2016

Prepared by Karen Hlynsky, Chair, Elmwood Neighborhood Association


Thanks to volunteers!

Thanks to all who came to the November 12 Neighborhood Care Day on Peace Street. Volunteers included residents from Lenox, Whitmarsh, Moore, and Princeton, and a member of the Teen Club at the Y Youth Program on Broad Street. Thanks to Michael, Rob, Osto, Brett, Kelly, Elizabeth, Lucy, Avi, Liz, Matthew, Jackie, Alejandra, and Peter for helping to make this slice of our Elmwood neighborhood better.

We accomplished a lot in both Peace and Plenty Park and Peace and Plenty Community Garden. At the park, replacement pickets were stained, litter picked up, low slung tree branches removed and a ‘we buy used cars’ sign removed from a prominent telephone pole. At the community garden, pernicious weed were removed in several of the most-infested garden pathways and an entire delivery of wood chips (provided free by Doug Still, our excellent City Forester) were placed at a two inch depth in these areas to prevent their return.

Mark your calendars for our annual EarthDay Cleanup, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017!


Neighborhood leaders meetings

Mayor Elorza has been hosting quarterly meetings for neighborhood leaders. The meetings are opportunities for neighborhood representatives to meet one another, learn about city services, and voice their concerns. Paula Donovan attended the meeting on November 14. Michael Borg, Director of DPW, discussed snow removal, street sweeping, sidewalk repairs, vacant lots, and automobile oil recycling. The Mayor announced holiday activities, the City’s policy on deportation and working with ICE, the reconstruction of the Rt 6-10 Connector, and his concerns about funding cuts under Donald Trump. Paula provided details on the attached notes.


Club Juan Pablo Duarte applies for new liquor license

Several Elmwood residents attended the Board of License hearing on November 2 as Club Juan Duarte at 100 Niagara St (Niagara and Congress) applied for a Class C Liquor License. The license would have permitted the Club to become a neighborhood bar and allowed a 1 amclosing and Sunday sales. The applicant was questioned thoroughly about his understanding of the Class C license he was applying for, and was told that the Board wished to see documentation about the bartender and security company that he would be hiring. Residents had reported making numerous noise complaints, parking problems, late night intoxicated people, incidences of drug dealing related to events at the Club, and the presence of dozens of beer bottles littering the property.

The club was also advised to get a Mechanical Device License for their pool table, which it seems they did on November 10.

According to a BOL announcement for November 23 it appears that the Club has requested Approval for Advertising for Alcoholic Beverages Class BL License (Beer-Wine-Food), with Food Dispenser and Holiday Sales. It is not clear if the Club is now abandoning its application for a Class C Liquor License.


Yard debris collection until mid-December

Fall came late this year so it’s a good thing that 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 your 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.


Safety and theft Reminders

Holiday shoppers are attractive targets for thieves. Make sure to keep your new purchases out of sight in cars and homes. Lock new purchases out of sight in car trunks. Do not leave your unlocked vehicle unattended while transferring packages from car to house. Keep that new flat screen TV, computer, and other electronics away from windows, and draw the shades or curtains at dusk to prevent potential thieves from peering in. Be sure to report suspicious behavior to the police at (401) 272-3121.


Get ready for snow

Snow still seems weeks away, but weather can change rapidly. If you or your tenants park on the street at night, make sure to have an alternate parking space available in case of no parking bans.


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 seasonally.





  • through December 23 – Wilbury Theatre presents Straight White Men and Di and Viv and Rose
  • Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3 – Providence hosts Winter Holiday events
    Saturday, December 3 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library Book Sale
    •  Monday, December 5 – Friends of Knight Memorial Library meeting
    •  Tuesday, December 6 – Holiday Party with Santa at Knight Memorial Library
    •  Tuesday, December 6 – RIPTA DTC Public Meeting
    •  Wednesday, December 7 – Crime Watch meeting for Elmwood & South Providence
    •  Wednesday, December 14 – Elmwood Ave Business and Community Association (EBCA) meeting
    •  Thursday, December 22 – Fresh Produce Days  at St Joe’s



ongoing activities


  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 to 12:30 – Friends of Knight Book Sale






through December 23, 7:30  – Wilbury Theatre presents Straight White Men and Di and Viv and Rose

Location: Southside Cultural Center at Broad and Elmwood, 393 Broad St

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

Get tickets:  http://thewilburygroup.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.

Box Office: (401) 400-7100, info@thewilburygroup.org

Web: http://www.thewilburygroup.org/index.html


Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3 – Providence hosts Winter Holiday events

Location: Downtown

Christmas Tree lighting and the opening of the ice skating rink with a performance by Michelle Kwan and friends. Cultural food and drinks. Free street parking during the shopping season.

More information: http://www.providenceri.com/ArtCultureTourism/city-of-providence-announces-holiday-celebration


Saturday, December 3, 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.net


Monday, December 5, 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, December 6, 3:30pm to 5:30pm – Holiday Party with Santa!

Location: Knight Memorial Library – Auditorium and Teen Area

Come have fun making edible crafts, doing fun activities, and meeting Santa! All families and kids welcome!

Contact: Allison Riendeau, ariendeau@provcomlib.org, (401) 467-2625

Web: http://www.provcomlib.org/news-events/calendar/2016/holiday-party-santa?utm_source=%23GivingTuesdayNews2016&utm_campaign=Feb+2016+added+14000+emails&utm_medium=email


Tuesday, December 6, 5pm to 6:30pm, RIPTA DTC Public Meeting

Location: 1st floor Conference Room, Doorley Municipal Building, 444 Westminster St.

Learn about and comment on the Downtown Transit Corridor (DTC), which will connect Providence Station and the RI Hospital district with a high-frequency bus corridor. The project is expected to start in 2018.

The DTC will create six “station-like” stops between Providence Station and the RI Hospital district. These stops will be designed with a unique and highly visible identity and will include shelters, real time information bus arrival signage, bike share stations and other passenger amenities. Opportunities to enhance RIPTA service using signal priority for buses or dedicated bus lanes will be considered, as well efforts to create attractive public spaces around each stop.

Learn more: www.ripta-dtc.com as this project advances towards the start of construction in 2018.


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.com . 
Note: Crime Watch meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Crime watch window placards are available at each meeting. 


Wednesday, December 14, 9 – 10:30 am – Elmwood Ave Business & Community Association meeting

Location: Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 225 Elmwood Ave

Business leaders will discuss developing a map of Elmwood Ave to promote local businesses. Krista Adamo, Vice President of Marketing & Communications with the Providence Warwick Convention and Business Bureau will join the discussion.

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


Thursday, December 22, 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. 


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 Tuesdayand Thursday mornings, contact Doug Victor,  doug.dance@juno.com



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