7 elected to board at annual meeting, elected officials address constituents

The members of the Summit Neighborhood Association, at their annual meeting, elected seven new people to the organization’s board of directors and heard from the area’s elected officials.

Chosen Feb. 27 by a unanimous voice vote of about 60 people at Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Drive, were: Anthony Arrigo, a professor of English; Howie Gladstone, a retired office manager; Britt Page, a consultant in urban planning and economic development; Brad R. Pelletier, an attorney; Peter Sandby-Thomas, a political science professor; Thomas A. Schmeling, also a professor of political science; and Jennifer Trayner, a psychiatry resident.

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Head of Bay workshop April 7

Making a Special Place at the Head of the Bay

Placemaking Workshop

Monday, April 7, 2008

3 -7 pm

Radisson Hotel (foot of Gano St.)

Please join an interactive workshop led by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to imagine a future for the last expanse of shoreline open to the public in Providence, at the head of Narragansett Bay. Join planners, stakeholders, and citizens concerned about the fate of the former Shooters nightclub for a presentation of what makes waterfront public spaces work in other cities, a placemaking exercise, and a brainstorming session to create a vision that makes the most of India Point’s unique geography and panoramic views and ensures public access to our most distinctive natural and historic asset.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required. Space limited to 100.

Please call 831-5995 x712 with your name & phone number.

Sponsored by Head of the Bay Gateway and Friends of India Point Park. Led by Ethan Kent from PPS.

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Stories Festival visits Summit Dec. 21

The American Story Theater will present a free evening of stories from our neighbor and well-known storyteller Mark Binder and his colleague Carolyn Martino at 7PM on Thursday, December 21 at the Rochambeau Branch Library. As the poster says, “Bring your friends, bring your family. Bring an enemy and make a friend.” Donations will be gratefully accepted.

A Mighty Wind at Hope Street Fair

Despite winds that threatened to take us, the tent we were in and our little dog Toto, too, off to Oz all afternoon, about 59.5 neighbors stopped by the Summit Neighborhood Association table at the Hope Street Fair on Sunday (Oct. 16), judging by the number of citizen’s sticky dots attached to our oh-so-scientific poll-taking machinery. (Everyone got two votes, 119 were cast). That’s not counting our mayor, who declined to vote, saying, “I think Providence is a wonderful city.”

For the record, “walkability” and “environment” topped the count with 33 and 32 dots respectively. The modest total of 10 dots on “auto impacts” hardly reflects the depth of resident feeling, pro and con, about those traffic-calming bumpouts on Hope, Lorimer, Hillside, and, soon, Summit. (more…)