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Yard sale signs appearing everywhere

The form is at http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/summit-hope-yard-sale-2017/

The form is at http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/summit-hope-yard-sale-2017/

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Summit/Hope Yard Sale Sunday, Sept. 24

One of the participating sites in the 2016 sale.

One of the participating sites in the 2016 sale.

Register below to participate in the giant Summit/Hope yard sale on Sunday Sept 24th, 10am-2pm. You can sell from your home (you’ll be included on our official maps & get balloons to mark your location) or sell from your own table at the Citizens Bank parking lot.

Registration is $10 per household. Limited to Summit/Hope area residents, and items from your own household unless you are a member of the Hope St Merchants Assn. Sign-up deadline Thursday Sept 21st! Questions, contact SNA yard sale coordinator Anne at aholland@gmail.com

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Summit Park renovation work begins

As of Tuesday, city workers had added the bench around the news shade tree and installed fencing to protect areas of new gress.

As of Tuesday, city workers had added the bench around the news shade tree and installed fencing to protect areas of new grass.

A city Parks Department worker Friday floats the concrete on one of the sidewalks leading to the new bridge

A city Parks Department worker Friday floats the concrete on one of the sidewalks leading to the new bridge

A backhoe moves sand around in the Summit Avenue park playground.

A backhoe early in the week moves sand around in the Summit Avenue Park playground.

Construction has begun on the next phase of the renovation of the Summit Avenue Park.

A backhoe and piles of sand have taken up residence to do initial site work for concrete walks, logs, a bridge, boulders, a log tunnel, bench and sandbox. Also coming are a Little Library, a tree, playground mulch and painting, according to Wendy Nilsson, city parks superintendent.

The original schedule was for the park to be closed until Aug. 21, when the preliminary work was supposed to be finished, but obviously things happened. New equipment is on the way and was scheduled to be installed by mid-September. Then new grass will be planted.

The Parks Department apologized for having to close the facility while work is in progress, but the tight space raises serious safety concerns.

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Ward 3 elects LaFortune to City Council

Nirva LaFortune, left, hugs a supporter outside a polling place on election day

Nirva LaFortune, left, hugs a supporter outside a polling place on election day

Nirva LaFortune won the opportunity to represent Ward Three on the Providence City Council in an election Wednesday characterized by low voter turnout.

Democrat LaFortune took 94 percent of the vote, or 1,261. Republican David Lallier Jr. got 55 votes and Independent Chris Reynolds got 22 votes, according to figures in The Providence Journal.

LaFortune told Journal reporter Jacqueline Tempera she’s focused on connecting the people in her ward. “Everyone really wants to come together, to get to know each other and to figure out how we can help one another,” she said. “We want to know how we can be stronger advocates and collectively be a strong voice not only for the ward, but also for the city.”

In the primary-election campaign, there were two “un-debates” cosponsored by the Summit and Mount Hope Neighborhood Associations. In the first, the candidates only listened to the issues raised by Ward Three residents. In the second, the political hopefuls offered their approaches to solving those issues. The discussions made clear that there is a wide divide between the two neighborhoods.

On election day, LaFortune told The Journal, “This is one of the most diverse wards in the city. I think concerns vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and street to street.”

LaFortune, 34, is manager and advisor of the Presidential Scholars Program at Brown University. She oversees and coordinates all elements of the program plus planning programs in the District of Columbia to support students from historically under-represented groups and students with the greatest financial need.

She moved to Providence from Haiti when she was 3 years old and now lives in the Mount Hope neighborhood with her children. During her campaign, she focused on immigrant rights, often drawing on her own experience, and her support of the Providence Community-Police Relations Act. She has not run for public office before.

Turnout for the special election was low — with just 1,341 of the ward’s more than 10,000 voters casting a ballot. By midafternoon at the Summit Commons polling place only about 250 residents had voted.

This special election came after Kevin Jackson, a longtime city councilman, was recalled in May after being indicted on embezzlement charges. Jackson, who held a council seat for 22 years, was arrested and indicted on charges that he embezzled from a youth sports program he founded in the 1970s. He has pleaded not guilty. He was forced out of office by a voter petition drive and a recall vote.

The Journal reported that as of Aug. 8, when the latest campaign finance report was due, LaFortune had more than $5,000 left in her account. This is more than four times the amount her Republican opponent Lallier had left. Reynolds reported that he had no money in his account as of July 19. LaFortune received donations from Sen. Harold Metts, D-Providence, Darlene Allen of Adoption Rhode Island, Stephen Hug from Family Service of Rhode Island, and former Providence mayor Joseph Paolino, The Journal said.

At midafternoon, there were plenty of voting booths available at Summit Commons.

At midafternoon, there were plenty of voting booths available at Summit Commons.

 

 

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Summit Avenue park renovation date set

Summit Ave park

This announcement is from Wendy Nilsson, the city’s parks superintendent.

 

Hi Summit Park Friends,

Good news . . .construction for the site work [concrete walk, logs, sandbox, playground mulch, bridge, boulders, log tunnel (new) Little Library, tree, bench and painting] at Summit Avenue Park will begin on August 15th and is expected to be completed by August 21st. Once the new equipment and parts arrive  (ETA early to mid-September), those pieces will be installed. This plan will allow us to plant grass around the play house rather than a synthetic turf or mulch.

From 8/15-8/21, the park will be closed as there will be heavy machinery in and out. Please access the community garden from the garden’s service gate. I know we originally thought we could do this in phases and leave the park open, but that is no longer an option due to the tight schedule. Sorry for any inconvenience. We will provide a sign for the park for the temporary closure.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

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Neighborhood Survey

The Summit Neighborhood Association invites you to take an online survey, developed to help us understand and better serve the neighborhood. The survey is brief (5 minutes or less) and confidential. Your participation would be very much appreciated!

You can access the survey here:
Thank you!
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Summer Newsletter is Out!

The summer newsletter is available here!

 

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Hope Street farmers market in full swing

Shoppers and fun-seekers crowd the Saturday session on the first day of July. The market is also open on Wednesday evenings.

Shoppers and fun-seekers crowd the Saturday session on the first day of July. The market is also open on Wednesday evenings.

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Candidates for Ward Three City Council seat get chance to state their positions

SNA President Ethan Gyles welcomes the candidates, from left, Daniel Chaika, Nirva LaFortune, David Lallier and Mark Santow, to the second of two public discussions.

SNA President Ethan Gyles welcomes the candidates, from left, Daniel Chaika, Nirva LaFortune, David Lallier and Mark Santow, to the second of two public discussions.

This time, the candidates for the Ward Three City Council seat got to speak their minds.

The last time four of the five declared office seekers got together – on June 15 at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School – they just sat and listened to the concerns of their constituents. However, on Tuesday evening at the same venue, they got to respond.

The event was the second in a two-part series sponsored by the Summit, Mount Hope and Observatory Neighborhood Associations that featured an “undebate” and then a traditional exchange.

After welcomes by MHNA official Ray Watson and SNA President Ethan Gyles, Channel 12 newsman Ted Nesi moderated and started by asking the candidates – Democrats Daniel Chaika, Nirva LaFortune and Mark Santow plus Republican David Lallier Jr. – what each thought was the main issue facing the ward.

Chaika cited “the tax burden we all bear living in this city” and said everything else flows from that. LaFortune said it was “the division in our community” saying “that’s why I’m running – to bridge that division.” Lallier said it was “education itself, because students are falling behind” and that leads to crime in adult life. Santow said “the issue facing the city and the whole country is unequal access to opportunity” and vowed to shift priorities to “locally rooted solutions.”

Nesi opened the floor to the about 200 people present and questions dealt with government ethics, transfer of wealth, gentrification, city pension debts, and crime.

For a full video of the forum, go to:

Ward 3 candidate forum provides insight into candidate priorities

For written responses by the candidates to issues raised at the previous forum go to:http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/daniel-chaika-d-un-debate-qa/

http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/nirva-rebecca-lafortune-d-un-debate-qa/

http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/david-lallier-jr-r-un-debate-qa/

http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/mark-santow-d-un-debate-qa/

In their closing statements this time, Chaika urged “all my supporters to give money to Mount Hope services” and food for children; LaFortune said “we must engage in community” and tap into resources available “to make government work for you and me;” Santow said it was “an honor” to walk the community” and be a part “of bridging gaps and sharing stories. This is what democracy looks like;” and Lallier said he is “proud of what I am and stepping up” because “the city has lost its honor and I want to bring it back.”

The Democratic primary will be July 12 and the general election will be Aug. 16. Independent candidate Christopher Reynolds has not participated in either of the above events.

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Community gardeners share breakfast

Participants in the community gardens project in the Summit Avenue Park gathered for breakfast on Sunday to celebrate a successful beginning.

Participants in the community gardens project in the Summit Avenue Park gathered for breakfast on Sunday to celebrate a successful beginning.

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