2020 Annual (Virtual) Meeting

All are welcome to join us for our Annual (Virtual) Meeting on Monday October 5th at 7pm! We’ll have a look back and look ahead at SNA activities, updates and Q&A with elected officials, and elect a board and officers for 2020-2021. Please e-mail SNAProv@gmail.com to request a Zoom invitation!

July Meeting

After a hiatus of a few months while SNA has focused on administration of the Ward 3 area neighborhood aid program, we’ll host our normal July meeting (Monday 7/20, 7pm) virtually via Zoom. Please e-mail us for a Zoom invitation if you’d like to participate! Please also e-mail any items you’d like to discuss, so we can add them to our agenda. And finally, if you are interested in joining the SNA Board for 2020-2021, please let us know (and join us for the 7/20 meeting!). The more dedicated volunteer capacity we have, the more we can do to serve. We’d love to hear from you!

COVID-19 Update

Donate to support our neighborhood aid food & supply fund

Are you in need or willing to volunteer?
If you are in a high-risk group and in need of assistance, or if you are a volunteer willing to help, please use this form (or help a neighbor in need who may not have web access to do so). This is a free neighborhood service rapidly put together by SNA and a multitude of other local non-profits, elected officials, and individual volunteers.

Please be safe, smart, and considerate of neighbors who may be in need. If you’re in need, don’t be bashful. Reach out using the form.

Nominate a Summit hero for the 2020 Sheila B. Perlow Award!

Sheila Beth Perlow was a true neighborhood champion. A longtime resident of Oak Hill, she spent 30 years admitting patients in the emergency room at the Miriam Hospital. She was a passionate supporter of the Summit Neighborhood Association and worked tirelessly to improve the Summit neighborhood for all.

She has been a key component of brokering the peace between our residents and our institutional neighbor, the Miriam Hospital.  She did this quietly and naturally. From my experience with Sheila, that’s the only thing she did quietly. She never held her tongue, in a good way. She spoke her mind and let you know what she thought. And she was funny while she did that. . . [S]he was always, always, always the first to volunteer to help out. She took the fun jobs and the not-so-fun jobs, it didn’t matter to her. She was of-service.”

Dean Weinberg, former president of SNA

In honor of her commitment to the organization, the neighborhood, and the people in it, SNA named its Sheila B. Perlow Community Service Award in her honor.

SNA is now seeking nominations for the 2020 award, to be presented at SNA’s Annual Meeting in April. Use the form below to nominate your own neighborhood hero!

Caroling for a Cause 2019

The annual Caroling For A Cause, sponsored by SNA in cooperation with The Miriam Hospital, features a band of volunteer singers of all abilities (you!) 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, are invited to gather at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the hospital main lobby for hot chocolate and cookies. At 4:30, the group will go a’caroling, and conclude in the parking lot of Seven Stars bakery on Hope Street about 6:30.

Songbooks will be provided, but participants should bring flashlights (or smartphone lights) to read the words. There will also be singing leaders, so no one should worry about not being able to carry a tune! (That being said, if you’d like to serve as a singling leader, please let us know!)

2019/2020 Property Tax Saga


Update as of 10/25/19: the City Council created a “Special Commission for the Study of a Progressive Property Tax

Update as of 7/15/19: the city budget has been signed by Mayor Elorza, and includes the more conventional property tax structure. City Council leadership stated that while they were unsuccessful this year, they wish to try to make the change to a two-tiered structure again next year.

Update as of 7/3/19: The controversial tax changes are off the table for this year. The Council switched to a more conventional proposal. The mayor has yet to approve it and may veto it, since it is part of a budget that includes some cuts that could be viewed as controversial. See Boston Globe article below. “The budget the council will vote on Wednesday would set one property tax rate — $24.56 per $1,000 of assessed value — for all homes, with a 40 percent exemption going to individuals who live in the properties they own. The proposal means anyone who was already getting a tax decrease under Elorza’s plan would get a larger one now, and residents who were getting a tax increase are getting a slightly smaller increase.”

Original June 2019 Post: SNA hosted a discussion on June 17th regarding the City Council leadership’s proposed property tax changes following the recent mandatory revaluation that occurred. Ward 3 City Councilor Nirva LaFortune shared her understanding and opinion of the situation, and fielded audience questions along with fellow elected officials District 4 State Representative Rebecca Kislak and Ward 1 City Councilor Seth Yurdin. The city must decide on a tax structure soon to tax residential property on their new valuations. There are two proposals in play as of June 18, 2019, each of which would comply with the state mandate that no city or town increase TOTAL taxes by more than 4% in one year: the Elorza administration’s proposal and the City Council leadership’s proposal. We’ll post resources here in an ongoing manner with an eye toward impartial information and statements by our local elected officials. Please share with us via SNAProv@gmail.com if you encounter sources that you think would be helpful to folks.

Art Contest Winner!

We’re pleased to announce the results of our Lippitt Park Little Free Library Art Contest. The winner is Xander Guilhardi, age 7! His winning work is shown above and will be featured on the new Little Free Library in the Lippitt Park playground, sponsored by the Friends of Rochambeau Library. He will also receive the first prize of a $25 art supply gift certificate. Kelsey Corrigan, age 10, won second prize of a $15 art supply gift certificate, and Maria, age 11, won third prize of a $10 art supply gift certificate. The judging was challenging with so many excellent entries from which to choose. Thank you to all who entered! And big thanks to local business Jerry’s Artarama at 653 North Main Street for donating the gift certificates to us!

The winning entry, from Xander Guilhardi, age 7!