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A Tribute to Sheila Perlow

Long-time SNA board member Sheila Perlow speaks at the rededication of the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park in 2011. She pointed out that she and the fountain were the same age.

Long-time SNA board member Sheila Perlow speaks at the rededication of the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park in 2011. She pointed out that she and the fountain were the same age.

 

Sheila Beth Perlow, who died July 26 at age 75, was a passionate supporter of the Summit Neighborhood Association and served on its board of directors for almost a decade.

She grew up in a house on Lafayette Street in Pawtucket that her family had owned for years, moved away for a while and then came back in the 1990s. She acknowledged that technically she didn’t live in Providence’s East Side, but “I could see Summit from my kitchen window.”

“She loved it over there,” said her daughter, Jill Stewart, adding that Sheila “loved to care for people,” and did so for 30 years in her admitting job in the emergency room at the Miriam Hospital.

Sheila “was genuine all day long, good or bad,” said her daughter.

Dean Weinberg, president of SNA, wrote:

“The passing of Sheila Perlow is a profound loss for SNA and for the neighborhood in general.  I’m not even sure how long she’d been involved in the neighborhood association, but it’s been years.  She has been a key component of brokering the peace between our residents and our institutional neighbor, the Miriam Hospital.  She did this quietly and naturally.

“From my experience with Sheila, that’s the only thing she did quietly.  Those that knew her will agree that she had a fun and outgoing personality.  She never held her tongue, in a good way.  She spoke her mind and let you know what she thought.  And she was funny while she did that.  I always appreciated not just her perspective on a topic, but the often-hysterical quips she would slide in there for your enjoyment.

“I also appreciated that she would often call me after a meeting, either to agree with the outcome or to express her concern.  I’ll miss her raspy voice expressing to me her opinion on something, dropping F-bombs left and right, not mad or excited, but just talking it out.  I loved that.  She was so honest and easy to communicate with.

“Sheila was incredibly dedicated to the Summit Neighborhood Association.  Even though she lived just over the Pawtucket line, she was always, always, always the first to volunteer to help out.  She took the fun jobs and the not-so-fun jobs, it didn’t matter to her.  She was of-service.  The organization has suffered a huge loss with her passing.

“Our sincere condolences go out to her family, including her partner Dan MacLellan, another long-time dedicated SNA board member,” Weinberg wrote.

Last year, Sheila suggested that SNA annually recognize someone in the neighborhood who quietly and behind the scenes contributed to boosting the quality of life in Summit. In honor of her commitment to the organization, the neighborhood and the people in it, the SNA board of directors is moving to authorize the Sheila B. Perlow Community Service Award to be awarded annually based on nominations from the neighborhood.

 

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Summit 2016 Yard Sale

This year’s yard sale will be held on Sunday, September 25th starting at 9AM. The fee for participating is $10. Sellers can set up yard sales at their own homes or in the parking lot of Citizens Bank on Hope Street. Participants selling from the bank parking lot will need to bring their own tables and will need to clean up by 1PM. SNA will prepare a neighborhood map showing the locations of all participating sellers, and we will distribute the maps outside Citizens Bank on the morning of the sale. We will also publicize the sale and the maps through our web site, Facebook page, and neighborhood listserve.

Many of the Hope Street merchants will be holding sidewalk sales outside their shops at the same time the yard sale is taking place, so the neighborhood should be buzzing with activity!

Please use the form below to register for the sale. Be sure to provide your address so we can show your location on the map, or, if you plan to set up a table in the Citizens Bank parking lot, indicate that so we can plan accordingly.

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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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