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

Get your map! Annual Yard Sale

Registrations to sell are now closed, but everyone interested in shopping for bargains should download their SNA Annual Yard Sale map here! You can also pick up a map, and do more bargain hunting, at our central hub at the Citizens Bank parking lot on Hope Street. See you around the neighborhood on Sunday!

Annual Yard Sale!

SNA Yard Sale

The SNA Annual Yard Sale will be Sunday, September 23rd from 10am to 2pm. Sign up today to get your yard on our map! Participants set up their own yard sales with the benefit of our centralized map and publicity driving up customers. Customers who are looking for bargains can grab a map in person at our central Citizens Bank parking lot location on Hope Street, or look at one online. There may be some spaces available at the Citizens Bank lot who wish to sell centrally, or who don’t have a suitable yard. Sign up here!

Debate Night Roundup


(Photo courtesy Steve Ahlquist, UpriseRI.com)

SNA was pleased to co-host a primary debate night along with the Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Observatory Neighborhood Association, and the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative. We invited all candidates facing a primary for public office across the three neighborhoods, which included the open R.I. House District 4 seat, R.I. Senate District 6, and the Providence mayoral race. It was a hot and humid August night in the MLK Elementary cafeteria, but it was fantastic to see our diverse community and the candidates hoping to represent us coming together to talk about the future of Providence and Rhode Island.

If you missed it, Steve Ahlquist of UpriseRI has full video, neatly organized here:

House 4 (Rebecca Kislak and Mark Tracy)

Senate 6 (incumbent Sen. Harold Metts and Jonathan Hernandez)

Mayor (incumbent Mayor Jorge Elorza, Kobi Dennis, and Robert DeRobbio)

The primary election takes place September 12th, 2018. The Rhode Island Secretary of State’s office maintains a handy Voter Information Center with everything you need to know about voting.

If you found value in this event, or other events, projects, and advocacy SNA organizes, please consider supporting us by joining as a donor or renewing your membership if it’s been more than a year. Thank you!