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Seeking volunteer writers!

SNA is seeking one or more volunteer writers/roving citizen journalists who would contribute articles that would be featured in our long-running neighborhood newsletter, website, and social media outlets. Articles about neighborhood happenings and SNA-sponsored events are of primary focus, but anything neighborhood focused is fair game. The only requirements are that the person likes writing and can get out to cover things around the neighborhood on a very part-time but consistent basis — one event/article per month would be a good starting point.

Know anyone? Contact us at SNAProv at gmail dot com.

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Our friend, Kerry Kohring


A message from all of us at the Summit Neighborhood Association:

On Sunday, we lost a dear friend. Kerry Kohring, a longtime Summit resident and vice president of the Summit Neighborhood Association, passed away.

We wish to share some reflections on Kerry, and the special person he was.

“Kerry was a thoughtful, wise, and cheerful man who I am thankful I had the opportunity to know. He was quietly, yet unshakably reliable; he helped carry our organization. He cared for us. He was a humble leader, manager, doer, worker, and friend. Our little corner of Providence has so much to show for his efforts. If only there were more like him in our world, we’d all be better for it.”

“I knew Kerry as a kind person and friend.  He was easy and enjoyable to work with on SNA projects.  Kerry cared so much for the neighborhood, not only as Vice President of the SNA Board but also as a regular neighbor.  (I will miss him terribly).”

“Kerry was always so thoughtful and sweet, as well as being an invaluable SNA Board Member. We are so, so sad for his loss, and our hearts go out to Sandy.”

“Kerry worked behind the scenes, without a desire for recognition, as well as provided a diplomatic, calm, and reasonable voice at meetings.”

“I loved having the opportunity to sit with Kerry at the SNA table at events, as he always made the conversation interesting he made me feel happy in my interactions with him. He had an uplifting energy to him.  I always appreciated how loving he was when he talked about his wife, Sandy; it was obvious how much they enjoyed one another, and how lucky they both are to have one another.”

“Kerry had a magical way of putting people at ease. I could feel it in myself and see it in his interactions with others.”

“I’m not sure what to say other than they really broke the mold with Kerry.  He was a servant leader, always the first to volunteer for the heavy lifting part of the job.  He was more comfortable behind the scenes and behind the camera lens, rather than taking any of the spotlight or credit for himself. Every single time I’ve recognized him from the podium, I scan the room to point him out and he’s in the back somewhere taking photos, manning the SNA membership table, or not in sight because he’s off managing some task to keep the event on the rails.  He was the quiet production workhorse behind every event.”

“In meetings he provided fair and diplomatic feedback.  He was well-balanced and reasonable always.  He always spoke from the kindness in his heart, and he always had the best interest of the community in mind when he spoke.”

“As a friend, he was easy to talk with.  One of those people you wanted to chat with for a long time.  He didn’t judge, and he had interesting perspective.  I never wanted to reach the end of a conversation with him.  He had a way of making you feel good in your interactions.”

“This is a monumental loss for the organization, the community, and for anyone lucky enough to have had a personal relationship with him.”

The SNA invites all neighbors to participate in our Caroling for a Cause event on December 17th. Kerry was the creator and champion of this event, and we’ll carry it on in his honor, with all the cheer we can muster.

We also note that the Providence Newspaper Guild, another organization Kerry cared deeply for, has shared their memoriam of him at

UPDATE [12/18/17]: The Providence Journal published Kerry’s obituary here.

Kerry’s wife, Sandy, has asked that in lieu of flowers, friends consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Public services have not been scheduled at this time; the family will hold a small private ceremony.

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Caroling for a Cause is back!


The annual Caroling For A Cause, 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. Sunday, Dec. 17, 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.

Facebook event here.

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Experience Summit’s main drag

SNA HopeSt winter

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Neighborhood films by neighbors


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Snow shovel brigade needs volunteers

SNA snow shovel

The SNA Snow Brigade is planning for the coming winter. Volunteers help elderly and disabled neighbors who have difficulty clearing their walks and driveways, and who cannot easily pay for a service. If you or one of your Summit neighbors meet this description and would like assistance, please email organizers Britt Page and Tom Schmeling at Likewise, please email if you are willing to join the effort as a volunteer shoveler! Shovelers work in teams, trading off two-week shifts so that nobody has to commit for the entire winter.


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Putting the garden to bed for the winter

Jessica and Read Porter clean out their plot.

Jessica and Read Porter clean out their plot.

The Summit Neighborhood Community Gardens in the Summit Avenue Park were tucked in for the winter Sunday as members of the gardening group finished their first season.

As Nancy Buron, head of the group, put it, “As temperatures dramatically plunged into the teens last week, our plants crisped and plunged as well.  And so, the timing was good to gather for some chai, snacks, conversation, tidying-up, and garlic planting! There is a vast amount of gratitude to go around for making our very first season in the community garden successful and fun.  Many forces converged to create a dynamic and beautiful space for community building and urban gardening in our neighborhood.   Together, we’ve made something wonderful.”

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Invitation to talk from Miriam

October 31, 2017

Dear Neighbors,

You are invited to attend a community meeting at The Miriam Hospital on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hurvitz Board Room. The Board Room is located near the Gift Shop on the first floor of the main hospital building.

The meeting will last about 30-45 minutes. During our time together, we will discuss our current and future construction projects as well as upcoming community relations activities planned for the holidays.

In addition to our presentations, we will have refreshments which will include Miriam’s delicious cookies. Please call The Neighborhood Hotline to RSVP at (401)-793-4040. I look forward to seeing you there!


Monica Anderson

Director Community Relations and Corporate Citizenship


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Renovated Summit Avenue park open

The reopening ribbon flies after being cut by Mayor Jorge Elorza. Cheering him on are from left: Monica Anderson, Miriam Hospital; Amy Martinez, Friends of Summit Avenue Park; Nancy Buron, Summit Neighborhood Community Gardens; Ethan Gyles, SNA; Wendy Nilsson, Parks Department; Nirva LaFortune, Ward Three councilwoman; Meghan Gardner, city landscape architect; Helene Miller, Partnership for PVD Parks; Arthur Sampson, Miriam Hospital.

The reopening ribbon flies after being cut by Mayor Jorge Elorza. Cheering him on are from left: Monica Anderson, Miriam Hospital; Amy Martinez, Friends of Summit Avenue Park; Nancy Buron, Summit Neighborhood Community Gardens; Ethan Gyles, SNA; Wendy Nilsson, Parks Department; Nirva LaFortune, Ward Three councilwoman; Meghan Gardner, city landscape architect; Helene Miller, Partnership for PVD Parks; Arthur Sampson, Miriam Hospital.

By Ethan Gyles

SNA board member

The second and final phase of upgrades at Summit Avenue Park have been completed, and a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion took place on Wednesday, October 25t.

Mild autumn rains held off long enough for remarks by Mayor Jorge Elorza and community leaders in commemorating the occasion. The mayor then wielded ceremonial scissors, snipped the bright orange ribbon, and officially opened the enhanced space to the public.

The second phase of park upgrades included concrete walks, a small wooden play bridge, climbable boulders, log seats, a “little lending library,” and a shade tree with a surrounding bench. Fresh grass, a play house, a new sandbox, jungle-gym repairs, and a lot of painting have also been completed. The first phase of the upgrades included the construction of the new community garden. The Summit neighborhood will benefit from this vibrant multi-use park for many years to come.

SNA sincerely thanks the numerous neighborhood volunteers who stepped up and volunteered their time and energy over the past several years to help bring this project from idea to reality. In no particular order, Read Porter, Jessica Porter, Kerry Kohring, Doug Itkin, Linda Gifford, Annie Voss-Altman, Sarah Hesson, Greg Gerritt, Melissa Dubose, Dean Weinberg, Nancy Buron, John Buron, Annalise Daly, Amy Martinez, and Martha Frankel. We’d also like to thank Mayor Elorza, City Councilor Nirva LaFortune, Parks Superintendent Wendy Nilsson, City Landscape Architect Meghan Gardner, Partnership for Providence Parks’ Helene Miller, and former Parks Director Bob McMahon.

Last, very special thanks go to The Miriam Hospital for their exceptionally generous donation to the project.

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Art sale at local temple


Just in time for holiday gift shopping, the third annual Creative Hands Art Sale will feature a mixture of returning artists and new vendors. With local and regional artists and artisans as well as those from as far away as Missouri displaying and selling a variety of unique items, Creative Hands will offer a wide range of gifts not available elsewhere. Many media and materials, including painting, photography, jewelry, furniture, glass, wood, paper, textiles, metal, and polymer clay, will be represented. With items spanning a wide range of prices and a silent auction to be held throughout the day, Creative Hands will have something for every taste.

Whether you are looking for something beautiful, whimsical, practical, or just something a bit different for yourself or for a gift, you won’t want to miss Creative Hands. Admission and parking are free and the venue is handicapped accessible.


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