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Gardens move ahead without water line

Committee head Greg Gerritt gets a little help laying out the perimeters of the garden fence. Photo by Nancy Buron

Committee head Greg Gerritt gets a little help laying out the perimeters of the garden fence.                Photo by Nancy Buron

Initial work on the community gardens portion of the planned redevelopment of the Summit Avenue tot lot has moved ahead despite the absence of the water-line installation.

About a dozen people assembled in the park early Saturday, April 23, to celebrate Earth Day by pruning a remaining tree and marking out where the garden fence is to go. Previously that week, the city Parks Department removed a small tree from the garden area, but with a promise to plant a new tree elsewhere.

R.P. Iannuccillo & Sons Construction, of Providence, the contractor for the water line, said that they had not yet scheduled the work for the Summit garden because they had several other locations included in the city’s project.

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Elorza cancels annual-meeting appearance

Highlands on the East Side, 101 Highland Ave.

Highlands on the East Side, 101 Highland Ave.

The Summit Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Highlands on the East Side, 101 Highland Ave. Unfortunately, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has cancelled his appearance in favor of the presentation of his budget to the city. Also, a main topic of discussion at the meeting – the placing of parking meters on Hope Street – has been rejected by the city administration. The main order of business at the meeting now will be the presentation of a community activism award and the election of a new board of directors. In addition there will be pizza, wine, beer and sodas, but this year there will also be kosher snacks and wine in observance of Passover.

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Hospice expert cites options for families dealing with terminal illness of loved ones

Dr. Edward Martin, center, leads the discussion at Summit Commons.

Dr. Edward Martin, center, leads the discussion at Summit Commons.

About a half-dozen people learned recently that palliative and hospice care is much like medical insurance, but that it alleviates the emotional burden of a terminal illness instead of the financial one.

This was the message of Dr. Edward W. Martin, chief medical officer at Hope Hospice and Palliative Care Rhode Island, at a presentation sponsored by SNA April 13 at Summit Commons.

Dr. Martin, who has about 30 years experience in the field, said the concept of comforting the dying and ensuring the quality of life they have left is fairly recent, having developed in the 1980s. Up to then, he said, medical care had been focused on avoiding death and there was little organized support for families facing the end of life of a loved one.

Beginning in Connecticut and then growing into Rhode Island, hospice care employs a core of professionals who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to visit patients at home and guide families through aspects of care and emotional support. Palliative care focuses on patients who have longer prognoses, yet both types usually die in the comfort of their own homes. Dr. Martin cited a Dana-Farber study that found that patients with palliative care actually lived longer than patients who had only medical care.

If a patient is facing less than six months of life, Dr. Martin said, the family and the medical community must realistically face the formulation of goals centered on what is best for the loved one. Hospice or palliative care is increasingly an answer, he concluded.

The presentation was part of a series of discussions sponsored by SNA about topics of interest to the community.

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Presentation on end-of-life care

Edward W. Martin, MD, MPH, FAAHPM

Edward W. Martin, MD, MPH, FAAHPM

Caring for loved ones reaching the end of their lives can be a difficult time for all of us.

To help us cope with it, SNA is sponsoring a presentation titled “Graceful to the Finish – Hospice and Palliative Care,” by Dr. Edward W. Martin, chief medical officer at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island.

The free session is open to the public and will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the main dining room of Summit Commons at 99 Hillside Ave. Plenty of free parking is available.

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New sign alerts drivers to pedestrians

Pedestrian safety was the reason SNA executive board member Erik Christiansen asked for and got this new sign on the cemetery side of North Main Street warning drivers turning south from Rochambeau Avenue, as this one is. Christiansen is working with Francisco J. Lovera, chief civil engineer at the R.I. Department of Transportation, to improve conditions at other crosswalks along North Main.

Pedestrian safety was the reason SNA executive board member Erik Christiansen asked for and got this new sign on the cemetery side of North Main Street warning drivers turning south from Rochambeau Avenue, as this one is. Christiansen is working with Francisco J. Lovera, chief civil engineer at the R.I. Department of Transportation, to improve conditions at other crosswalks along North Main.

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Scenes from a snowy Summit

Nearby resident Jim Barfoot captured Lippitt Park at sunset

Nearby resident Jim Barfoot captured Lippitt Park at sunset.

 

Locals tackled clearing walks for themselves and neighbors.

Locals tackled clearing walks for themselves and neighbors. This and pictures below by Sandy Kohring.

 

On Hope Street, they got a little help from heavy equipment.

On Hope Street, they got a little help from heavy equipment.

 

But some places will just have to wait for warmer weather.

But some places will just have to wait for warmer weather.

 

And the sun settles down on Summit.

And the sun settles down on Summit.

 

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Observatory group meeting discusses concerns about neighborhood

The Observatory Neighborhood Association has held its second organizational meeting and discussed local concerns with members of the city administration as well as elected representatives.

According to minutes provided by Ruth Breindel, the meeting chair, the group convened at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Rochambeau library branch and the main topics were parking hazards, breakins to cars and garages, water main leaks and dangerous sidewalk and road conditions. The group is working to develop a local association concerned with issues in the area from Rochambeau to Olney, and Hope Street to Elmgrove.

Present to respond to the raised issues were Sgt. Steven Courville of the police department, Adolfo Bailon and Kristen Dart of the mayor’s office, Councilman Kevin Jackson and Rep. Aaron Regunberg.

Courville told the meeting that if there are cars parked illegally overnight or too close to corners, resident should call police at 272-3121 to request ticketing, adding that special consideration can be given to overnight guests. He also stressed that residents should not leave anything in their cars, even in driveways, and be sure everything is locked. He reminded people that they are the eyes and ears of police and should call whenever something is suspicious.

Bailon, a staffer of the Center for City Services, said there are five people tasked with answering calls to 421-2489 and promised a city response to any problem with 7 to 10 days. He suggested calling that number to report the water leaks at Hope and Savoy plus Braman and Morris. Bailon also said he would talk with Waste Management, the trash collectors, to see if they would pick up leftover leaf bags with the Christmas trees.

As to pavement sinking at Hope and Cypress, yellow crossing mats in disrepair, catch basins and gutters clogged with leaves and crumbling sidewalks, Bailon gave the same answer – call and report the problems.

Jackson said there are two sources of funds for sidewalk maintenance – Community Development Block Grants, which are used in each ward, and the Department of Public Works, which are used city wide. He also urged constituents to contact him at 25 Dorrance St, Room 310, Providence 02903, call his office at 521-7477 or cell at 286-4223.

Other concerns were discarded mattresses, which cost $25 to be removed, and broken furniture, which Waste Management will remove three free per week per home if they are called by Friday for pickup the next week.

Residents were reminded that city ordinance requires that snow be removed from sidewalks to a width of three feet and by eight hours after the fall stops. ServeRI has a program to assist the elderly.

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

 

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Caroling For A Cause brings neighbors together in spirit of the season

Carol1 - 2015

About 25 adults and children braved unseasonably balmy weather Sunday to go Caroling For A Cause in the neighborhood.

Covering the area of Bayard Street to Summit Avenue and Fourth to Sixth Streets, the group serenaded residents with traditional Christmas carols – plus one requested rendition of The Hannukkah Song – and were rewarded with jars of peanut butter or cash donations to benefit the food pantry of St. Raymond’s Church. In all, $100 and 24 jars of peanut butter were collected.

The festive evening began at 4 p.m. in the foyer of event partner Miriam Hospital for hot drinks and cookies. Then, since is was the Hannukkah season, there was a short explanation of the Jewish Festival of Lights and a demonstration of a menorah by Monica Anderson, the hospital’s director of community relations, with a little help from some Jewish members of SNA.

Then it was off into the night, laughing all the way, under the leadership of Jon Howard, a former SNA president. As the singers got to houses whose porch lights were lit, doorbells were rung, residents came out and carols were sung, led by members Jeff Davis and Kurt Anderson. Younger singers scampered up the steps to collect the donations from the audiences and pile the jars into the back of an accompanying car. New songbooks were used this year, compiled by a committee of Deb Mero and Ellen Santaniello.

The last carols were sung on Fourth, almost to the Hope Street commercial section, where many restaurants beckoned. As the singers dispersed, there were vows to “See you next year!”

Carol2 - 2015One residence invited the carolers onto the porch for hot cider as a neighbor passed out cookies.

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Please join in Caroling For a Cause

Caroling1   Carolers last year in front of Summit neighborhood home on Sixth Street.

 

This year, SNA will celebrate the rich diversity of the neighborhood as well as help to diminish hunger in our midst by sponsoring Caroling For a Cause.

Summit residents and friends are invited to gather in Miriam Hospital’s cafeteria at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, which falls during the Jewish observance of Hannukkah. There will be hot chocolate and cookies plus a short presentation on the meaning of the Festival of Lights. Then the group will sing a couple of non-sectarian pieces before heading into the neighborhood for traditional Christmas carols.

Along the way, the carolers will solicit donations of peanut butter or cash to benefit the St. Raymond’s Church food pantry. The evening will end about 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Seven Stars bakery on Hope Street in time for dinner at one of the multitude of local restaurants and still allow for homework completion before school on Monday.

Please bring your enthusiasm for the holidays and your flashlights to read the provided songbooks. Remember to dress for the weather and most of all – have fun!

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Holiday icon not eligible to join

SNA - Hope St.

When Santa Claus visited the SNA information/membership table at the Hope Street Merchants Association winter stroll Thursday, Dec. 3, staffed by board of directors members Lee Clasper-Torch, left, and Kerry Kohring, jolly old St. Nick sought information on joining. Unfortunately he lives at the North Pole, which is not part of Summit, so he did not meet the residency requirement.

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