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Mayor visits Hope Street farmers market

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Saturday toured the farmers market in Lipitt Park escorted by SNA Vice President Kerry Kohring

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Saturday toured the farmers market in Lippitt Park escorted by SNA Vice President Kerry Kohring.

The mayor was able to meet with constituents one on one.

The mayor was able to meet with constituents one on one.

He bought snacks from local vendors.

He bought snacks from local vendors.

He discussed the market with manager Rui David.

He discussed the market with manager Rui David.

He greeted members of the band playing in the park.

He greeted members of the band playing in the park.

And he talked with even the smallest attendees as well as discussed city issues with their parents.

And he talked with even the smallest attendees as well as discussed city issues with their parents.

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Heavy equipment around Miriam

A message from Miriam Hospital affecting the neighborhood.

Dear Neighbors

On Saturday, July 23, we will be positioning a crane in first ED Parking Lot along Fifth Street. The crane will be removing two air-handling units.   Work will begin at 8:00 am and we anticipate completion at approximately 4:00 pm.  We will park equipment trucks along Fifth Street and in front of the former ED Walk-In Entrance.  A Providence Police officer will assist traffic along Fifth Street.

Please note that in case of extreme weather, this project will have a rain date of either July 30 or August 6. Should you have any questions or concerns please call the Neighborhood Hotline at (401)-793-4040 or email tmhneighbors@lifespan.org.

Sincerely,

Monica Anderson

Director Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship

Lifespan

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Ethics in government to be discussed

John Marion

John Marion

At the next session of SNA’s free lecture series, John Marion, the head of Common Case Rhode Island, will discuss “How do we hold power accountable?”.

It will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave., Providence. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period and is open to the community beyond the Summit neighborhood.

In this time of intense political turmoil both nationally and locally, a discussion of ethics in the election process and in governmental behavior is seen as essential to the functioning of democracy. Common Cause calls itself a “citizens lobby” that promotes honest, open, accountable government in Washington and in state capitals.

Marion is executive director of the state’s affiliate, having joined the organization in 2008, and is its chief lobbyist and spokesperson in Rhode Island. He has led successful efforts to reform the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws, and put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to restore the Ethics Commission’s jurisdiction over the General Assembly, among others.

Before joining Common Cause, Marion was a graduate student in political science at Indiana University and taught and wrote extensively on American politics and public policy. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Binghamton University where he met his wife, Karen Ng. They have twin daughters and live on the East Side of Providence. In his spare time Marion is an avid recreational cyclist.

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Music festival taking a vacation

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing in 2015.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing in 2015.

A message from SNA President Dean Weinberg:

After six years of Summit Music Festival, we’re taking 2016 off.  It’s been so fun producing this event in our amazing community, working up to last summer’s appearance of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing for free in our very own Lippitt Park.  (In case you missed it, here’s some pics: http://bit.ly/29yEF9H)

As you can imagine, it’s a lot of work to get an event like this together.  We hope to be able to return next year, so if you’re interested in helping, please email SNAProv@gmail.com.

Happy summer!

Dean

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Community gardens get sized up

Landscape architect Megan Gardner and project leader Greg Gerritt lay out one side of the garden perimeter.

Landscape architect Megan Gardner and project leader Greg Gerritt lay out one side of the garden perimeter.

Parks Department worker Joseph Wojtanowski inspects the meter and back flow preventer housed in a metal box along the water line.

Parks Department worker Joseph Wojtanowski inspects the meter and back flow preventer protected by a metal housing along the new water line.

A crew of neighborhood volunteers and city workers on Thursday laid out the exact boundaries of the community gardens to be built in the Summit Avenue “tot lot” park.

Working from the park’s total-renovation design approved by residents a few years ago, Megan Gardner, the landscape architect hired by the city, directed Greg Gerritt, the volunteer project leader, and Joseph Wojtanowski, a Parks Department employee, in measuring angles and distances, then hammering stakes into the ground and attaching high-visibility tape to mark the area designated for the gardening beds, walkways and storage spots. Other parks workers and volunteers assisted. A water line for the project had been installed by city contractors a few weeks earlier.

The next step is the erection of a fence separating the gardens from the playground. The coordinating committee has several bids on materials and will quickly made a choice so construction can begin on a volunteer work day to be be announced soon. After the fence is built, the 30 garden beds will be put together and filled with soil. There is a new gate in the wire fence on the Summit Avenue side of the park to allow service vehicles access.

If all goes as planned, there is a good chance that a fall planting will happen.

 

 

 

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Fountain repairs in the works

Children play and their parents chase them in the dry fountain in Lippitt Park Saturday during the farmers market. The city has hired the Brunca Waterproofing Co. to recaulk the basin and the process is to begin soon. Hopefully, people won't throw trash into the fountain when it is running again.

Children play and their parents chase them in the dry fountain in Lippitt Park Saturday during the farmers market. The city has hired the Brunca Waterproofing Co. to recaulk the basin and the process is to begin soon. Hopefully, people won’t throw trash into the fountain when it is running again.

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Miriam neighborhood announcement

Dear Neighbors,

Please be aware that we have scheduled maintenance work in the Lower Seventh Street Parking Lot for Saturday, July 9 beginning at 8:00am.

This work will include sealcoating and striping of the area. As a result, we will need to shift cars out of the lot and you may notice a change in the shuttle patterns. We do not anticipate a major impact to the neighborhood but we do apologize for any inconvenience that this maintenance work causes you. As usual, this work is weather permitting and in case of rain, we will schedule the maintenance for either July 16 or July 23. Please make a note of these dates in case of rain.

Should you have any questions or concerns please call The Miriam Hospital Neighborhood Hotline at (401)-793-4040 or email me at TMHneighbors@lifespan.org.

Thank you for your patience as we maintain the Seventh Street Parking Lot.
Sincerely,

 

Monica Anderson

Director of Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship

Lifespan

 

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Music to market farmers by

Musicians entertain July 2 at the farmers market in Lippitt Park. The community event is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Musicians entertain July 2 at the farmers market in Lippitt Park. The community event is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Neighbors reaching out

At least 50 neighbors gathered Saturday for a block party on Larch Street organized by John Harkey. A little outside SNA's usual area, but we were invited because we're all neighbors.

At least 50 neighbors gathered Saturday for a block party on Larch Street organized by John Harkey. A little outside SNA’s usual area, but we were invited because we’re all neighbors.

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Festivities at the North Burial Ground

Participants gather inside the fence on the North Main Street side.

Participants gather inside the fence on the North Main Street side.

About 75 people turned out Sunday, June 12, at the North Burial Ground to explore the cemetery and celebrate the adjacent park’s recreational potential.

Sponsored by the newly formed Friends of the North Burial Ground and Randall Park, events included a tree planting, an overview of the historical relevance of the cemetery, nature walks amid the varied flora and fauna as well as a discussion of the impact of the Blackstone Canal. In addition, live music was provided by Otis Read, Al Tringali and Mike Dee, and attendees participated in a march led by Met High School student re-enactors of the 14th Rhode Island Regiment of Heavy Artillery (more than two dozen soldiers from the regiment are interred at the cemetery).

Expertise was provided by Dr. Fran Leazes and other members of the North Burial Ground Project at Rhode Island College (www.ric.edu/northburialground), local naturalist Greg Gerritt and Ranger Chuck Arning from the National Park Service. A new picnic table was built for the occasion by the Groden Center, the organization that runs the burial ground greenhouse as part of vocational training for autistic adults. The picnic table sits in Randall Park, just inside the pedestrian gate at Rochambeau Avenue and North Main Street. Future events are being planned for the cemetery and park.

For more information, or to join the Friends, go to www.facebook/northburialground or email northburialground@gmail.com.

Rhode Island College Professor Francis J. Leazes, center, with beard, leads the historical tour.

Rhode Island College Professor Francis J. Leazes, center, with beard, leads the historical tour.

Met High School student re-enactors of the 14th Rhode Island Regiment of Heavy Artillery, directed by Rob Goldman, led a memorial march.

Met High School student re-enactors of the 14th Rhode Island Regiment of Heavy Artillery, directed by Rob Goldman, led a memorial march.

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