Volunteer to shovel snow for your neighbors in need!

The SNA would like to respond to a need that some of our neighbors have during the winter months.  Some residents in our neighborhood are not physically able to shovel their own walks and driveways when it snows, and they also lack the financial means to pay for snow removal.

In response to this need, the SNA is attempting to set up a volunteer snow removal service.  We need able-bodied residents who are willing to devote their time (and backs) to help out neighbors in need.  Our volunteers will be linked up with those in need who are in the closest proximity to them, and perhaps not just snow will be moved around in the Summit Neighborhood, but a lot of good will as well.

If you are in need of this service or if you would like to be a volunteer snow shoveler, please contact Phil Solomon at fillsol8@yahoo.com , and he will contact you with more information.

Volunteers are encouraged to respond soon, as winter is right.   around.   the corner!

First public meeting on community gardening to be held this Sunday

Two meetings have been set for initial discussions on community gardening in Lippitt Park. The first will be held this Sunday, August 22 at 5pm. The second will be held Sunday, September 19 at 6pm. Both meetings will be held at Summit Commons (99 Hillside Ave).

The meetings were set and will be lead by Summit neighbor June Daniel, who is an individual interested in creating community gardening in Lippitt Park. She has been in contact with the city on this issue and hopes to move forward with the project. Recognizing that other neighbors and community members will have concerns on the issue, she is hosting the two meetings to provide a forum for those concerns, as well as to allow people to speak up in support of the project.

We hope that this short notice will not prevent attendance at the first meeting. Contact was only made with the meeting’s host today, and we are sending out word as timely as possible.

At this time, SNA as a whole has not taken a position on this project. We are waiting to hear more from our neighbors on the issue. We urge you to show up at one or both of these meetings to make your voice heard. We will be doing the same individually.

4th Street bicycle shop zoning issue

The zoning variance for the proposed bicycle shop on 4th Street goes before the zoning board on September 1.  If you are interested in reading the letter sent from SNA to the zoning board, it is here:

February 10, 2010

Myrth York

Chairperson

Providence Zoning Board

Dear Madam Chairperson,

The Summit Neighborhood Association supports the North Hope street business district. Strengthening this business district is important to helping make our neighborhood strong and an enjoyable place to live. In these hard economic times we don’t want to limit owners or tenant businesses in their efforts to be successful.

While the neighborhood association supports a zoning variance that would allow the sale and service of bicycles at 210-212 Fourth Street, we respectfully request that the Providence Zoning Board formally rule abandonment of a nonconforming use at this property before opening any discussion of the new zoning request by the property owners.

Specifically, according to zoning ordinance 201.10 Abandonment; 210-212 Fourth Street, lot 77 in plat 93 has lost any zoning exceptions it may have previously had for the property’s use as a detailing shop, car wash or auto sales/garage repair due to the fact that for more than two years it has not been in use and in fact, such facilities necessary for these uses are no longer in the building.  The ordinance states that, “If any nonconforming use is halted for a period of one year, the owner of the nonconforming use will be presumed to have abandoned such nonconforming use.”

While the Neighborhood Association looks forward to the addition of a bicycle sales and repair service in the neighborhood, we do not support a variance allowing auto sales and service due to significant parking and traffic congestion issues.  The Association believes any auto repair/service would bring unsustainable auto congestion to this already crowded corner of our neighborhood.  Bank of America is on one corner with limited parking.  Many of their employees park on this section of Fourth Street because the bank does not allow its employees to park in their small lot. On the opposite corner is the Seven Stars bakery also with limited parking space.  Finally, the RI Ballet is just opposite with limited parking. We understand from the neighbors on Fourth Street that there is no street parking available on Saturdays when there is ballet practice or a recital. The truth is that this intersection of our neighborhood is so over crowded with parked cars and traffic, that is extremely difficult to turn off Fourth Street onto Hope Street or vice versa, and is in fact sometimes very dangerous.

Additionally, we would ask that the zoning board postpone granting the sign variance until next month to allow time for the applicant to submit to the Summit Neighborhood Association a full color, dimensioned drawing or mock-up of the sign and how it will be hung in relation to the building.  In turn, the neighborhood association will ensure that our neighbors on Fourth Street have the opportunity to review the drawing and comment on it. In this way our new business neighbors can move forward in setting up their new store short of installing the new sign.

Thank you very much for helping us to build and maintain a quality neighborhood for families, businesses and visitors.

Jim Kelley,

President of the Summit Neighborhood Association

SNA

PO Box 41092

Providence, RI 02940

A good time in Lippitt Park on Sunday

The first annual Summit Music Festival was a success yesterday, as many neighbors came out to enjoy the day.  The Sunday Night Jammers had the early crowd dancing in the sun, The Gnomes picked it up a bit with their world-folk-fusion which also had the crowd dancing, and Providence folk heroes Brown Bird closed it out with a foot-stomping set of original tunes.

Summit’s own Divino the Magician also performed with his lovely assistant Sassy Sheila.  They dazzled the children and adults alike, even sharing some magic secrets with the audience.

There were ten local craft vendors in attendance, as well as Seven Stars, Friendship Cafe, and the Like No Udder truck, serving vegan ice cream.

The attendance at this concert shows us that we certainly should continue these events in the future.  Thank you for coming out to make it a success!

Service for Maryanne Flanagan Wednesday morning

On Friday, our dear friend and long-time Summit Neighborhood Association board colleague Maryanne Flanagan of Fourth Street passed away. A service of remembrance will be held this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Swan Point Cemetery’s Redwood Chapel. Notice of Maryanne’s death appeared in this mornings Sunday Journal (Local News). You may send email condolences via the Russel Boyle Funeral Home.

Maryanne was a lifelong student and teacher, and a woman of gentle, deeply persistent courage. While her passing leaves us poorer, our entire community is richer for her life among us.

Maryanne’s commitment to community found expression in her faithful, never-failing service as Secretary to our board, as a thoughtful governor of the organization and strategist in our campaigns and as a hands-on activist always ready to make calls, write letters, knock on doors and speak at hearings.

Maryanne’s faith in her power as a citizen continued to the very end. Just last week, Maryanne considered with me whether she should sit in outside the door of our city building inspector, who has failed to respond to her numerous calls and letters on a certain neighborhood matter. (For all I know, Maryanne may have done just that.) Last Saturday, Maryanne submitted her Minutes for our November Board meeting.

Maryanne’s steadiness in the face of her illness perhaps lulled us into believing what we hoped: that she would overcome and remain our friend and colleague here forever. That could not be, but Maryanne’s memory and spirit will always strengthen those of us who knew her.

I hope that those of you who also knew Maryanne will respond to this post with your own remembrances and tributes.