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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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Neighbors celebrating neighbors

 

Lois J. Overton Wortham and friends gather at the sign expressing the feeling of her constituents.

Lois J. Overton Wortham and friends gather at the sign expressing the feeling of her constituents.

The retirement of a treasured postal carrier is an event worth celebrating, decided the patrons of Lois J. Overton Wortham, so they got together on the shared driveway between Amy Cohen and Anne Holland’s houses on Summit Avenue Saturday to do so. Lois is calling it quits after 15 years. Thanks to contributions from 67 neighbors they were about to gift Lois funds for her long-delayed dream of art classes at RISD.

Friends of Lois gather in the driveway of a Summit Avenue residence to wish her well.

Supporters of Lois gather in the shared driveway on Summit Avenue to wish her well.

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Pothole brigade fills the streets

A crew from the Providence Department of Public Works fills some potholes on Bayard Street. A worker said they have scouts out looking for spots that need repairs or they respond to called-in locations.

A crew from the Providence Department of Public Works fills some potholes on Bayard Street. A worker said they have scouts out looking for spots that need repairs or they respond to called-in locations.

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Pizza for support of local education

SNA activists, from left, Shanna Pearson, Emily Spitzman and son Emmett Waugh staff an information table at Flatbread Pizza.

SNA activists, from left, Shanna Pearson, Emily Spitzman and son Emmett Waugh staff an information table at Flatbread Pizza.

Martin Luther King Elementary School in Providence is to be the beneficiary of a fundraiser that was held at Flatbread Pizza, 161 Cushing St., June 7 sponsored by SNA and the Mentor Tutor Internship Program at URI. Proceeds from the sale of every pizza will go to help provide enrichment at the East Side school. The amount is still being tallied.

 

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How to get info on solar power

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Dining for education dollars

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Help the kids at Martin Luther King Elementary School by eating pizza – dine-in or take-out – from 5pm to 10pm June 7 at Flatbread Pizza Company, 161 Cushing St. on College Hill. A portion of the sales will go to providing enrichment activities for the MLK students.

 

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Hope Street farmers market is open

Shoppers crowd the pathways of Lippitt Park. The market is there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Shoppers crowd the pathways of Lippitt Park. The market is there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

The musicians get a contribution for a small admirer.

The musicians get a contribution from a small admirer.

 

Primary offerings now are seedlings and small plants before vegetables come into season.

Primary offerings now are seedlings and small plants before vegetables come into season.

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City begins excavation for water line serving community gardens at tot lot

Workers from Providence Water dig up the main line to ready it for the installation of a water spigot in the community gardens.

Workers from Providence Water dig up the main line to ready it for the installation of a water spigot in the community gardens.

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Big happenings at ‘dead’ place

NBG party

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