Sharing City Councilor Nirva Lafortune’s Ward 3 Community Meeting information:
We’re very happy to announce that the Board of Parks Commissioners has voted unanimously on our proposal to rename the park at the corner of Summit Avenue and Ninth Street after the late Kerry Kohring. We really appreciate the kind comments about Kerry made by Mayor Elorza, who chairs the board, and his fellow Commissioners. Thanks are due to our fellow community organizations in the Summit Community Garden group and the Friends of the Park for supporting this proposal. Thank you to State Senator Gayle Goldin, State Representative Aaron Regunberg, and City Councilor Nirva Lafortune for your letters of support. Thank you to Monica Anderson of Miriam Hospital (where Kerry volunteered) for your letter of support as well. Kerry’s reputation preceded him and all of this is a testament to his decency and devotion to our community. Stay tuned for a dedication, hopefully later in the spring!
The SNA has petitioned the Board of Parks Commissioners to name the small park at the corner of Summit Avenue and Ninth Street after the late Kerry Kohring. We’ve done so with letters of support from the Summit Community Garden group, the Friends of the Park, and our local elected officials. For those who didn’t know Kerry from his wonderful volunteer work and leadership around the community, a memoriam is here: http://www.sna.providence.ri.us/our-friend-kerry-kohring/
There will be a public meeting of the Board of Parks Commissioners to consider the proposal this coming Monday, March 19, 8:15-9:15am, at the Boathouse (Parks Dept. headquarters) in Roger Williams Park at 1000 Elmwood Avenue.
UPDATE 3/19/18: We’re pleased to announce the Board of Parks Commissioners has unanimously approved the naming of the park to Kerry Kohring Park! Stay tuned for a spring/summer dedication!
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.
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 http://www.riguild.org/2017/12/kerry-kohrings-passing-is-a-great-loss-to-us-all
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.
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.
FRIGHT NIGHT “lite”!
The Providence Children’s Film Festival is delighted to partner up with Celebrate Providence and the Summit Neighborhood Association to bring the first ever FRIGHT NIGHT “lite” show under the stars in Lippitt Park. With Halloween just around the corner, this reel of shorts will hopefully get you in the mood for witches, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Most films allude to something a little scary but we are pretty sure you will sleep well afterward. If you stay for the last two, you might need to leave the lights on! Popcorn will be poppin’ and hearts will be stoppin’ on Friday, October 20th at 6:30 pm. Cozy up by bringing your own blankets and/or chairs. Follow PCFF or SNA on Facebook for last minute changes due to weather. The Facebook event is here!