Miriam Hospital 5/8/19 – Hazardous Exposure Drill

We’re sharing a message from Miriam Hospital below. This is a good one to take note of, because seeing decontamination tents and such could be alarming if one wasn’t aware it was a drill:

“As part of our mission, delivering health with care, we frequently hold drills for emergency preparedness. On May 8, [2019] The Miriam Hospital will conduct a drill for hazardous exposures.  Neighbors will see activity around the hospital including the installation of our hazardous decontamination tents and more. Security will be onsite to assist with traffic or any other issues as they arise. Please do not be alarmed when you see this activity next week. You can call the Neighborhood Hotline at any time at 401.793.4040.”

Spring Community Cleanup

Come join your friends and neighbors on Saturday April 27th from 9-11am to clean up our neighborhood! (Facebook Event here). This includes all of the Ward 3 neighborhoods: Mount Hope, Summit, and Observatory. We’ll be targeting the parks, some of the main streets in our community, and the MLK Elementary school grounds. We are gathering in Billy Taylor Park on the corner of Cypress and Camp St and then will spread out to make our neighborhood sparkle. Rain date is May 4th. This is in conjunction with the city-wide Earth Day cleanup program.

We will supply bags and gloves. If you have a favorite pair, please bring them and cut down on waste. We request you provide your own water to stay hydrated.

Make new friends, be a part of a worldwide movement, make a difference.

Co-hosted with the Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, the MLK Elementary PTO, City Councilor Nirva LaFortune and the Ward 3 Democratic Committee.

Food is Medicine at The Miriam Hospital

Sharing on behalf of Monica Anderson, neighborhood liaison at Miriam Hospital/Lifespan:

“This event is designed by Mary Flynn, nutritionist at The Miriam Hospital and professor at Brown University.

Ms. Flynn researches and provides workshops on how food can be used to prevent and treat chronic diseases. She developed a plant- based olive oil diet in 1999 and has been researching it since that time. Participants will learn the basics of supporting and improving their health through diet and will enjoy a tasting of one of Mary’s many plant based recipes.

When: Wednesday, April 10, 5:30pm

Where: Marie Langlois Café at The Miriam Hospital

The workshop is free and open to all.  Please call The Neighborhood Hotline at (401)793-4040 to reserve your seat.”

2019 Annual Meeting

SNA members and folks interested in learning more about the organization are welcome to join our board of directors at our annual meeting on Monday, April 29th at 7pm at The Highlands at 101 Highland Avenue! Pizza and beverages will be served. You’ll have the chance to catch up with neighbors, hear about upcoming SNA activities, vote on new officers and board members, and participate in Q&A with State Representative Rebecca Kislak. There is a Facebook event here.

ProvWater Water Main Upgrade Meeting

We’re sharing a message from ProvWater:

“Providence Water has scheduled a public information meeting for the Blackstone neighborhood on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30pm at the Nathan Bishop Middle School located at 101 Sessions Street in Providence. At the meeting, Providence Water will present this year’s water main improvement plans for the Blackstone neighborhood.”

Since the reality is the perceived boundaries of the Blackstone and Summit (“Hope Village” in Nextdoor land) neighborhoods is different than what’s on the official city maps and presumably what ProvWater references, we have asked if they can share the street list for water main upgrades so we know which parts of our neighborhoods this affects, which may help folks decide whether they want to attend. We’ll share that information when we find out.

Providence Water System Sale

The Elorza administration is hosting a series of public meetings on the idea of selling the water supply to a regional entity. The mayor has stated that selling to a private company is not currently on the table, but selling to a quasi-public entity like the Narragansett Bay Commission is. See below for further detail, but the meeting nearest us is:
March 4, 2019, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Nathan Bishop Middle School, Auditorium
101 Sessions St, Providence, RI 02906

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Allen, LaJuan <LAllen@providenceri.gov>
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 1:48 PM
Subject: Providence Water Meetings

“Good Afternoon Community Leaders,

City representatives and elected officials announced the introduction of State enabling legislation that will allow the City of Providence to partner with municipal water supply systems or regional water quality management district commissions in an effort to ensure long term rate and quality stability of the city and state’s greatest asset, the Providence water supply.

Providence Water is the leading water supplier in Rhode Island, serving 60% of state residents.  There is consensus among leaders that the City of Providence cannot continue to provide and pay for the water supply that serves over 600,000 customers. Should proactive steps not be taken to stabilize the City’s long-term finances, the system would likely be among the first assets at risk with insolvency. The proposed legislation would enable the City to continue to put itself on solid financial ground by protecting this asset and using the expertise of partners to position Providence Water on a more sustainable path, ensuring reliability and high quality service.

The City is inviting residents from across Rhode Island to participate in community conversations hosted by the Mayor’s Office and partners focused on the legislation and its potential impact statewide. Community meetings are set to take place on the following dates, times and locations:

  • March 4, 2019, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
    Nathan Bishop Middle School, Auditorium
    101 Sessions St, Providence, RI 02906
  • March 11, 2019, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
    Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Cafeteria
    375 Adelaide Ave, Providence, RI 02907
  • March 21, 2019, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
    Nathanael Greene Middle School, Auditorium
    721 Chalkstone Ave, Providence, RI 02908

Community member participation in this meeting is extremely important! We do hope that you all can attend at least one of the following meetings listed above. For more information please contact:

Alexandra Batista, Neighborhood Outreach Manager



Thank you all and I hope to see you there!”

Seeking new board members!

SNA is seeking new board members for 2019-2020!

Board membership is a great opportunity to connect with fellow neighbors interested in contributing to a vibrant future for the Summit neighborhood. We lead projects, events, and programs with a goal of strengthening both the physical infrastructure and social fabric of our community.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact SNAProv at gmail dot com and our nominating committee will be in touch!

Food pantry in need during government shutdown

With the ongoing federal government shutdown, volunteers from the Camp Street Ministries food pantry have shared worry that many of the folks who use their services and SNAP (federal nutrition assistance/food stamps) may be facing added challenges. While SNAP benefits for February are due to post on January 20th, they anticipate that folks may not be able to stretch their dollars as they might need, and that there may be no benefit at all the following month. This would in turn stretch Camp Street’s services as more folks seek them out, and their supplies are currently very low, so they’re asking the community for donations.

Their suggested items include:

-Canned tuna
-Canned vegetables – especially corn which they say is always a big hit
-Canned stews
-Pasta sauce – at the moment they have quite a bit of pasta that has been donated. But no sauce to pair with it.
-Pancake mix – the kind that only needs water added.
-Peanut butter
-Canned fruit – not applesauce

You may bring these items personally, during their open hours (Tuesday-Fridays 10am-3pm and Saturday 10-1pm). They’re located at 190 Camp Street. Alternatively, you can find a collection box at the circulation desk in the Rochambeau Library.

UPDATE: Note for those who wish to make a monetary donation instead: they will accept checks made out to “Camp Street Community Ministries”. A great video on the organization and what they do is below (thanks to Mike McGlynn for sharing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq_h3M7B8-c