SNA to host informal forum for City Council incumbent, write-in challenger

Kevin Jackson, the incumbent member of the Providence City Council, and Marcus Mitchell, the write-in challenger, will appear together at an informal forum to answer constituents’ questions at a forum sponsored by the Summit Neighborhood Association at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the main dining hall of Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave. Light refreshments will be available.

Here are write-in instructions from the Rhode Island Board of Elections.

What if the candidate I want to vote for does not appear on the ballot?

A vote for someone not shown on the printed ballot is called a “write-in.” The write-in option cannot be used during primary elections. You must do two things to cast a “write-in” vote.

  1. Print the name of the person on the blank line labeled “write-in,” and
  2. Complete the arrow pointing to the person’s name next to the write-in line.

Annual yard sale gets bigger this year with more sellers plus music and ice cream

Buyers and sellers converge on the yard of the Church of the Redeemer on Hope Street.

The annual fall yard sale put on by the Summit Neighborhood Association seems to be catching on.

This year the event, held Saturday, Sept. 13, in the yard of the Church of the Redeemer on Hope Street, had 26 registered sellers, up from a mere 24 the previous year.

In addition, this year featured music by Rising, a performing songwriters’ organization whose foundation is the mentoring of teen and young adult singer-songwriters. Led by Daniel Durand from the band PhenixAve, two young performers entertained with old standards and their own songs.

Adding to the mix was a tricycle cart from Ellie’s Bakery downtown, selling gourmet ice cream sandwiches.

But the main attraction was the wide variety of no-longer-needed items from people’s basements and attics that turned into treasures for the throng of buyers who started arriving well before the 10 a.m. opening. Although the sky alternated between sunny and cloudy, there was no rain to dampen spirits and transactions continued until the 2 p.m. closing. Offerings ranged from golf clubs and vinyl records to party clothes for kids and fancy coats for adults.


Neighbors evaluate their own streets for “treats” potential on Halloween

On Halloween, an inquiry on the SNA listserv as to which streets were best for trick or treating brought a cauldron of suggestions and recommendations.


Hi all, I never get much traffic in my area (11th Street) and I’m curious what streets might be better to take a 6-year-old?

Brought this:

– We hear Lorimer is a prime locale.

– We live on Methyl (off Lorimer), and I believe our street is listed on a website called “The 50 Best Places to Go Trick-or-Treating on the Planet.” It’s like frickin’ Mardi Gras–good luck trying to get something to eat (that isn’t Halloween candy) if you’re manning the door…

– Having lived on 10th St. for the last 9 years, I’d say we rock Halloween better than any other street. We got somewhere between 120-130 trick-or-treaters last night. All the neighbors were out celebrating Halloween, the houses are decorated; every year it’s a great time. Definitely plan to hit 10th next year!

– I agree 10th was pretty happening last night.

– We usually only hit 11th, 12th and Chace, but 10th will definitely be on our route next year. Many awesomely decorated porches and people hanging out making it more festive.

– I live on 12th and except for one neighbor, who has a giant spider and web displayed across the front of his house, our street is pretty mellow.

– We are all “Summit” around here, but Halloween is a lot more fun on the Blackstone side of Hope.

Annual yard sale attracts throng

Buyers sort through the offerings in the yard of the Church of the Redeemer.

The SNA-sponsored yard sale this year drew scores of people, with some participants showing up two hours before the opening bell.

The front and side yards of the Church of the Redeemer on Hope Street accommodated at least 24 registered sellers of everything from small household items to baby strollers, boat paddles and clothes. Dozens of buyers made their way through the tables, most of which were provided by SNA for a $5 fee above the $15 space-reservation cost. A few sellers brought their own display platforms for the sale, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

One participant said that although she had not yet counted up her total sales this year, she made about $600 last year. Satisfied buyers were seen lugging armloads of discoveries to waiting vehicles.

Father Patrick Campbell of the host church mingled with the crowd and a member of his congregation had set up a computer slide show of events at the church over the last year. They both said they welcomed the opportunity to socialize with their neighbors.

Missing this year was any musical accompaniment, but organizers said they would make every effort to remedy that for next year.

Help needed to distribute newsletter

Fans of the SNA newsletter, we need some help.

The first edition of 2013 is scheduled to hit the streets in time to announce the annual meeting on Feb. 25, but we are having difficulty getting it delivered to all the households in our neighborhood.

All we need is at most a couple of hours of your time. We drop off a packet of newsletters at your house and you get to take a walk, delivering one to each of your neighbors. It’s good exercise (you could pay a lot for the same workout at a gym) and you frequently have a chance to chat with old friends or meet new ones.

We have set delivery routes and usually can match volunteers with destinations near their homes. The number of newsletters allocated corresponds to the concentration of residences in a set area and we try to have only as many as can be delivered in an hour.

So please give us a hand – and your feet.

Contact Liz Cameron at, phone 305-5484, or Kerry Kohring at, phone 272-6323.

It’s a really easy way to help improve the quality of life in Summit.

Storm no match for snow shovelers, but more volunteers needed to expand

The first major snowstorm of the winter was met by volunteers from the SNA snow removal-assistance project who helped elderly and handicapped neighbors clear their walks.

Tom Schmeling, who manages the program with fellow SNA board member Britt Page, said there were 10 shovelers to take care of five calls for assistance in the Summit neighborhood. He said that one request came from the College Hill section and had to be turned down.

The assistance service this year is a resumption of one tried a couple of years ago that faded out because of a lack of volunteers, so having enough people is crucial. If you can help, please email

City parking administrator questioned on plan to lift overnight ban

About 30 Summit residents peppered City Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta with questions Tuesday night about the lifting of the overnight-parking ban, sometimes resorting to angry shouting.

He was at Summit Commons at the invitation of the Summit Neighborhood Association to explain the details of the city’s plan, but as SNA President Dean Weinberg said in his introduction of Perrotta, residents were more interested in the “why” rather than the “how.”


SNA parking ban haiku

The proposed lifting of the overnight-parking ban in the Summit neighborhood has provoked strong feelings and spirited discussion, some of which have taken the haiku form. Some writers have taken liberties with the traditional format, but here they are, from first to most recent.


SNA Annual Meeting is on Monday, February 27 at 7pm

Please join us for our Summit Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, this coming Monday, February 27 at 7pm.  The meeting will be held in the main auditorium of  Summit Commons at 99 Hillside Drive.

While we do have some interesting items and speakers on the agenda for the evening, the most important item is you.  Please come share your thoughts, concerns and questions with us, and join the discussion on how to make Summit an even better place to live (if that’s possible!)..

We have confirmed the Mayor of Providence Angel Taveras will join us and address the room.  We will also have Summit’s own State Senator Rhoda Perry and Speaker-of-the-House Gordon Fox.  Also joining us will be Summit’s new Providence Police Lieutenant John Ryan, leaders from our Merchants Associations, and a special guest to lead a discussion on the potential of community gardening in Summit.

This is also the meeting where we elect a new Board of Directors for the organization.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor.  Get there on time, as this item is the first on the agenda!

We very much hope that you can join us for our biggest open meeting of the year.  (Of course, all board of directors meetings are open to the public, the third Monday of every month, 7pm at Summit Commons.)