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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.
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.
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.
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.