Seeking volunteer writers!

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.

Our friend, Kerry Kohring


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

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.

Caroling for a Cause is back!


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.

Family Movie Night in Lippitt Park


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!

7th Annual Fall Cookoff!

Come to Seven Stars Bakery on Hope Street for the 7th Annual Fall Cook-Off on October 25, 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite CRANBERRY dish or just come ready to taste and vote on your favorite. There will be judges from local businesses and a people’s choice award. Also, there will be a kids costume parade, so bring kids in costume if you’d like. See you there! (Sign up is optional, but please email SNA at if you already know you will be entering as it will give us an idea of how many entries to expect…but remember: it’s not mandatory to sign up and we love last minute entries!) The Facebook event can be found here!

Ward 3 Candidate Written Q&A

Providence City Council Chambers in Providence City Hall interior.

Following last week’s Ward 3 2017 Special Election Candidate “Un-Debate,” a wide-ranging community discussion where candidates listened to citizen concerns, themes from the evening were distilled into a set of written candidate questions by members of the Summit and Mount Hope Neighborhood Associations.

The four candidates who participated in the Un-Debate were invited to answer the written questions. Their responses are posted below by alphabetical order of last name. Christopher Reynolds (I) did not respond to Un-Debate invitations. The candidate responses have not been edited. For those without internet access, hard copies will also be available at the Rochambeau Library and the Mount Hope Learning Center.

All community members are invited to our second candidate event, a more traditional candidate forum, on June 27th at 6:30pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School at 35 Camp Street (additional detail here).

Daniel Chaika (D)

Nirva Rebecca LaFortune (D)

David Lallier, Jr. (R)

Mark Santow (D)


Ward 3 City Council Community Un-Debate & Candidate Forum

Providence City Council Chambers in Providence City Hall interior.

Please join the neighborhood associations of Ward 3 for a two-part series designed around community conversation and getting to know the candidates for city council.

Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Summit Neighborhood Association and Observatory Neighborhood Association are proud to work together to co-host this opportunity for our unique and diverse community to come together and consider the future of our representation at City Hall. The series will include two evening engagements at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary on Camp Street.

Evening #1 – Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm: In the “Un-Debate” format, Ward 3 residents will have the opportunity to speak and voice their concerns to the candidates. Other than a brief introduction, the candidates’ job will be to listen rather than talk. In a conversation moderated by Mike Ritz of Leadership RI and Angie Ankoma, we hope to share our differences and highlight our similarities across the place we all call home. Questions and comments will be distilled by the neighborhood associations into a list that candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to in writing. Written answers will be posted online prior to the second event.

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This first event is a *COMMUNITY CONVERSATION* and while the candidates will introduce themselves, they will NOT be speaking extensively or answering questions. This is a listening opportunity for them, and will be driven entirely by (moderated) comments and discussion among YOU, the community members. It’s a chance for your concerns to be brought forward, and your voice to be heard. The SECOND event, on 6/27, will be a more traditional candidate forum with direct answers from candidates.

Evening #2 – Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30pm: In the more traditional candidate forum format, moderator Ted Nesi of WPRI will pose questions on a variety of issues to the candidates and allow them to respond and explain their positions. The questions will be developed from the questions and concerns raised during the Un-Debate on the first evening.
Facebook event:

All Ward 3 City Council candidates who qualify for the ballot are invited to participate in both events, regardless of party affiliation. Our neighborhood associations are run as non-partisan organizations, and this candidate series will reflect that.

Light refreshments will be served during each event. Child care will be available.

We hope that you will join us and help us make this conversation great!

Lippitt Park Fountain Meeting


The recent reminders by the Providence Parks Department that the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park is unsafe and off-limits for people (whether to stand or play in the water or be on the structure itself) prompted a lot of conversation on SNA’s e-mail listserv (sign up for it here!).

To continue that conversation in a productive way, SNA has asked Parks Department Director Wendy Nilsson to meet with community members to share data, costs, and other information to foster discussion and help answer questions (and perhaps even come up with some solutions).


Tuesday, June 13th
Summit Commons (1st Floor Dining Area)
99 Hillside Avenue
Facebook event here:

All community members are invited to attend this one-hour discussion. Please come with questions and ideas. SNA will provide light refreshments. An RSVP to would be helpful to determine an approximate head count.