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The long-awaited plots in the community garden in the Summit Avenue city park finally have real people dedicated to bringing them to fruition.
At a public meeting Monday, Jan. 10 at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave., bylaws were adopted, a governing board was elected and people who wanted plots received their allocations. There were a total of 25 households that wanted space and there were 25 locations available in the current design of the garden, so a proposed lottery for plots did not have to be held. If more space is deemed available in the future, more gardeners could be recruited.
The next step is for the group to plan the actual construction of the raised beds, so details of that process are being worked out. A meeting of the governing council will probably be held in late January or early February. The slate of officers elected at the initial meeting include Nancy Buron as chair, Read Porter as vice chair with Doug Itkin and Annie Voss-Altman to be secretary and treasurer.
The organization will continue to be a legal subsidiary of the Summit Neighborhood Association until it can stand alone. It is now developing its own web site and is contacting the gardeners so they may sign a gardening contract, get a copy of the newly minted bylaws and pay the membership fee.
The garden development is one phase of the city Parks Department’s proposed refurbishment of the surrounding “tot lot” playground and SNA will also continue to support that plan.
The State Traffic Commission has approved “the installation of a traffic signal on North Main Street at Hillside Avenue.”
Acting Dec. 7 on a request by Rep. Aaron Regunberg, the commission said in a letter to him that “based on the traffic volumes collected July 19, 2016” plus “crash data for the last three years,” the necessary requirements set out by the Federal Highway Administration were satisfied that “a traffic signal is warranted at this location.”
It stated that there were 15 crashes at the intersection and 10 of these were angle crashes with a majority “pertaining to vehicles attempting to turn out of Hillside Avenue onto North Main Street.”
The letter to Regunberg continued, saying that the improvements “have been added to an ongoing STC design contract, with the intent on being constructed within the next few years, pending available funding.”
It points out that there is already a traffic signal at North Main and Ann Mary Street but which is under the jurisdiction of “the City of Pawtucket.” The letter states that the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will coordinate with the city “to determine the most efficient design between these two intersections.”
Temperatures in the 20s didn’t stop a hardy band from Caroling For A Cause Sunday evening in Summit.
About 30 people, including one almost newborn in a front pack, assembled at Miriam Hospital about 4 p.m. for cookies and hot chocolate, and sang a few tunes in the cafeteria and the emergency room. Then it was out into the cold in the annual event sponsored by SNA in cooperation with Miriam.
With song leaders Kurt Anderson and Jeff Davis in front, the singers marched up Sixth Street to Bayard to Fifth to Summit to Fourth, laughing all the way.
As they proceeded, residents came out on their porches to enjoy the music and donate cash or peanut butter that leaflets a few days before had requested. In all, $165 and more than 25 jars were collected. At two different houses, the singers were rewarded with trays of cookies. The money and food all go to the St. Raymond’s church food pantry.
However, the cold air took its toll on the carolers, especially the families with small children, so that only about 15 were present for the final “Silent Night” on Fourth Street just short of Hope. With jolly calls of “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas,” they went their separate ways, vowing to meet again next year.
Holiday caroling in Summit is set for this Sunday, Dec. 11.
The annual Caroling For A Cause, which is sponsored by SNA in cooperation with The Miriam Hospital, features a band of singers tramping through the neighborhood giving voice to the festive season and soliciting contributions of peanut butter or cash from residents to benefit the St. Raymond’s food pantry.
Everyone, including families with children, is invited to gather at 4 p.m. at the hospital for hot chocolate and cookies. At 4:30, the group will proceed along Sixth Street to Bayard, then to Fifth, then to Summit and on to Fourth, where it will end the evening in the parking lot of Seven Stars bakery on Hope Street about 6:30.
Songbooks will be provided, but participants should bring flashlights to read the words. There will also be singing leaders, so no one should worry about not being able to carry a tune.
Be sure to dress warmly, as the forecast is for chilly weather – but that won’t chill our spirits.
SNA’s attempt to get people to sign up for its neighborhood snow-shoveling brigade at the Hope Street holiday festival Sunday came to an early end when a nearby food truck caught fire and threatened to explode.
Fortunately, Providence firefighters were able to control the blaze in the Citizens Bank parking lot and the propane tanks in the vehicle didn’t blow up, but not before SNA folded its information table and quickly evacuated.
The Sunday event marked the beginning of the Hope Street merchants’ holiday festivities, which were scheduled to continue each weekend until Christmas and Hanukkah. On Dec.11, SNA was to contribute to the neighborhood celebrations by having its annual Caroling For A Cause, in which residents contribute cash or peanut butter to singers working the streets – all to benefit St. Raymond’s food pantry.
But on the Hope Street opening Sunday, SNA was able to sign up one volunteer for the shoveling program before fire intervened. The snow effort pairs people willing to dig with people needing help digging out from snow storms. The volunteers work in teams, trading off two-week shifts so no one has to commit for the entire winter.
If you would like to volunteer, would like assistance or know someone who needs help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, SNA frequently gets requests for information from neighbors who want to hire shovelers and is putting together a list of available people. If you would like to appear on such a list, email the address above. The results will be forwarded to those inquiring or posted on the SNA web site or Facebook. Your business name, contact name, phone number and email address are needed.
The SNA newsletter is published three times a year and is distributed free to all the households in the Summit neighborhood. But this system depends on volunteers to take about an hour each cycle to put copies in their neighbors’ doors. That’s a total of about three hours per year to spread the word about what’s happening in your community. Routes are clearly designated on an instruction sheet that is delivered to the volunteer’s door along with the necessary number of newsletters. We are now in need of a few more people so we can maintain the coverage of the entire community. To join the effort, please contact SNA Vice President Kerry Kohring at 401-272-6323 or email@example.com. Come on along – it’s fun.