Upcoming Meeting on crime for East Side residents

Meeting for East Side residents with Mayor Elorza and other prominent city officials

WHEN: Monday, November 16th at 6:00pm

WHERE: Nathan Bishop Middle Auditorium

Cheryl Simmons has arranged a meeting with Mayor Jorge Elorza and other prominent City officials to discuss crime issues on the East Side.

Panelists will include:

Please mark your calendar and be thinking of your questions.

Residents condemn racial, ethnic slurs

Racsim signsA house on Hope Streets displays the neighborhood’s revulsion.

On Oct. 15, several plastic bags weighted with rice and containing literature composed of racial and cultural slurs were found strewn on lawns and driveways on Methyl and Ogden Streets, Lorimer Avenue and Overhill Road.

The police and fire departments, the mayor’s office and the state police responded to the incident and law-enforcement officials said then and subsequently that they were investigating the dissemination of the offensive literature linked to national extremist groups, normally a constitutionally protected activity, to determine if it crossed the line into a violation of the state’s anti-hate crime statute.

After meeting with residents of the blocks targeted and discussing the situation, the Summit Neighborhood Association’s board of directors made this statement:

     The Summit Neighborhood Association condemns the attacks on the cultural, ethnic and racial diversity of our community. Such cowardly and despicable action runs counter to the history of our neighborhood and to the values of inclusion that we cherish.

     The SNA commends the Providence Police, the mayor’s office and the State Police for investigating the incident as a possible criminal act and urges that such inquiry continue with the full force of appropriate law.

The neighborhood group remains open to further discussions and suggestions as to how the residents can demonstrate their revulsion of such activity. The SNA board meets the evening of the third Monday of each month at Summit Commons and the public is invited.


How to help cut crime in our neighborhood

Hello Neighbors

There will be a meeting on how to organize your block for those interested in serving as “Block Captains”

in order to improve security in the neighborhood.

Date: Monday, March 16th

Time: 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Location: The Miriam Hospital, Main Building, 3rd Floor Department of Medicine Conference Room

Questions:  Call The Neighborhood Hotline at (401)-793-4040

Resources and recommendations on how to organize a block watch will be provided.  This is not a meeting to discuss crime statistics, or to meet with Providence Police.  This meeting is  a “HOW TO” to organize neighbors to look out for one another.  Please attend if you want to actively participate in organizing your block or street for improved safety and security.

Feel free to call with questions at the number listed above.


Monica Anderson

Police officers explain efforts to combat rising tide of property crimes in Summit

Two ranking Providence police officers said Monday the department has identified several suspects in the recent rash of property crimes in the neighborhood and have even made some arrests, but the complex mission of the juvenile justice system has resulted in their release.

However, both officers repeatedly urged residents, should they see anything even a little bit suspicious, to call police.

Speaking to a meeting of the Summit Neighborhood Association’s board of directors which was attended by more than a dozen residents, Capt. George Stamatakos and Lt. John Ryan said the suspects were under 18 years of age with one being only 13. The officers pointed out that the mission of the juvenile courts was to intervene in the lives of the youths and not treat them as adult criminals.

Stamatakos said the Department of Children, Youth and Families “tries to do right by juveniles” and has a variety of programs, but “school is the best place.” He pointed out that the incidence of property crimes drops off when school resumes each fall, but he also said that the 18th birthdays of offenders is a rude awakening for them as they can be held in the Adult Correctional Institution instead of the training school.


Neighborhood Crime Meeting

Meeting with City Councilman Sam Zurier and Lt. John Ryan:

City Councilman Sam Zurier will host a community meeting with Lieutenant Ryan and other members of the Providence Police Department to discuss neighborhood crime issues.

Date: Thursday, April 11

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nathan Bishop Middle School Cafeteria

No RSVP is required.

Mounted Police


The Providence Police Department is developing mounted patrols in the Summit neighborhood, primarily along the Hope Street commercial section, but including this excursion down Bayard Street. The program is a homecoming of sorts for officer Manny Soares, right, who grew up in the neighborhood.

Crime Watch Survey Released

surveyIn coordination with The Miriam Hospital Security Department, The Summit Neighborhood Association, The Hope Street Merchants, and The Providence Police Department, residents living in the Hope (Summit) neighborhood of Providence, RI are in the process of forming a “Neighbors of Hope Crime Watch”.

A meeting was held on May 20 to discuss effective strategies for our neighborhood. We had expert participation as Chief of Police Col. Esserman and District Commander Lt. Schiavulli attended (the Lt. was in on a vacation day)! Monica Anderson offerred the attached survey and everyone agreed this would be a great way to begin since a very strong crime watch program involves close neighbors working together. A year or so ago residents of Dexterdale St.  independently formed their own crime watch. Ideally, residents of each street would get to know each other better and organize.

This survey outlines the different levels of participation needed for the crime watch, and also serves as a tool to gather information about what concerns residents of the neighborhood have about crime in this area. Surveys can be completed and sent to Monica Anderson, Community Relations at The Miriam Hospital 164 Summit Ave. Providence RI 02906. Surveys can also be dropped off at the main desk of the hospital. Please complete all surveys by August 15, 2008

Note- please be sure to download the copy of this survey from the link provided. You can then print it and fill it out; don’t try to send the survey back via email. Thank you!

Summit Burglar Busted

If you participate in our email list, you know that there have been a string of house burglaries in the neighborhood over the past few months. The thief has been caught, thanks to some quick thinking by a Summit neighbor and the Providence Police Department. Its a great story (Projo), although neighbors who lost jewelry, computers and other valuables won’t be able to recover them.

Read on for the full story from the Projo. (more…)

News from the Graffiti Taskforce

This is a cross-post from the moderator of the Urban Planet Rhode Island discussion group, who had the Graffiti Taskforce present at their Greater City: Providence meeting this week. Apparently community watches are being organized (10 around the city to start) to address graffiti.

The Graffiti Taskforce started last May and had a very successful summer and fall as they ramped up and increased public awareness. They are getting ready to announce several $500 rewards for information that lead to the apprehension of an offender.

There will also be penalties put in place for private property owners who don’t clean graffiti within 10 days of being notified by the city. however, as bad as that sounds, the city will offer their resources to help in the clean up during those 10 days. after those 10 days, the city will do it and the owner will be responsible for the cost of removal.

Their online form was down and suggested people call 1-800-TAGGERS until it gets fixed.