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August Outdoor Family Movie Nights!

Coming up in August! Two outdoor family movie nights at Lippitt Park! Brought to you by the Providence Children’s Film Festival and SNA.
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Candidate Primary Forums – Mt. Hope/Summit/Observatory

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The Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Summit Neighborhood Association, and Observatory Neighborhood Association, in collaboration with the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, are pleased to present two free local candidate events for the 2018 election. Facebook event here.

All local candidates for election in these neighborhoods who **face a primary** will be invited. Based on the candidates who have declared, this means declared Democratic candidates who make the ballot for the following races are invited:
-R.I. House District 4 (state representative – open seat)
-R.I. Senate District 6 (state senate – incumbent Sen. Harold Metts)
-Providence mayor (incumbent Mayor Jorge Elorza)

This first event, 7/26 – 6-8:30pm, will be an “Un-Debate” format, wherein candidates provide brief introductions and the focus of the event is for members of the community to voice their concerns and questions while the candidates listen carefully. This is a chance for the candidates to learn more about the needs of the community they seek to represent. Candidates are encouraged to take notes and consider their stances over the following two weeks in advance of the second event. Folks may remember this format from the 2017 city council special election.

The second event, on 8/9 – 6-8:30pm, will be a traditional moderated debate. Themes raised during the Un-Debate will be used to craft debate questions for candidates.

We encourage folks to attend both events. However, if you are unable to attend the Un-debate to raise your concerns or questions, we’re happy to hear them via email, and we may use them as debate questions for the second event.

Both events will be from 6-8:30pm at MLK Elementary at 35 Camp Street. Free childcare will be provided during the event, and light refreshments will be served.

We hope to also host a separate fall general election event which will include the independents who make the ballot (no Republicans declared by the filing deadline).

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

The Summer 2018 newsletter has hit the streets!

We’re seeking volunteers to contribute content — any kind of local content, from quick writeups on events, to commentary, to poetry and photography, as long as it relates to the neighborhood — for our Summer 2018 newsletter. Please contact us at SNAProv at gmail dot com!

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Fane Luxury Tower Proposal

The SNA board urges the Providence City Council to reject the Fane luxury tower proposal because of the concerning precedent spot zoning would set. Our letter to the editor appeared in the Providence Journal today.

www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20180630/letter-ethan-gyles-new-skyscraper-would-set-dangerous-precedent

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Zoning Board Agenda

The upcoming zoning board hearing has an agenda item in Summit that may be of interest to neighbors.

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Silent Auction & Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s

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A nice sign of spring!

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Annual Meeting 2018

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Thanks to all who participated in our Annual Meeting last night, including our elected officials including City Councilor Nirva Lafortune, Rep. Aaron Regunberg, Sen. Gayle Goldin, and Mayor Jorge Elorza!

Congratulations and thanks to Read Porter, Kathleen Rourke, and Anna Highsmith for their election to our board! And thanks to departing board members Anne Holland, Lee Clasper-Torch, and Emily Spitzman for the time and energy you’ve put into our community!

(Continuing members include Anneliese Greenier, Sandra Lee, John Pettinelli, Laura Ramsey, Sharon Lee Waldman, and Dean Weinberg, Ethan Gyles (president), Tom Schmeling (vice president), Erik Christiansen (secretary), and Britt Page (treasurer))

These folks make up our board for 2018-2019, but most importantly, we want to hear your input, and have your participation. Please come out to our next monthly meeting on May 21st at 7pm at Summit Commons at 99 Hillside Avenue! SNA exists to be your platform and your connection!

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Miriam Hospital “Food is Medicine” Meal and Workshop

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Earth Day Cleanup

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The Summit Ave Park Earth Day event will be a combination of work and play for neighbors of all ages in our community. Please join us at the Summit Avenue Park (AKA “Tot Lot” AKA site of the Summit Community Garden, recently approved for naming as Kerry Kohring Park) at the corner of 9th Street and Summit Avenue. The Friends of the Park group, the Summit Neighborhood Association and the Summit Neighborhood Community Garden will provide engaging, creative activities that will educate young children about the life cycle of plants, and planting and growing their own food.

Plans for the day include:

-Decorative plant pot painting and seed planting;
-Story time, including a presentation of booklets created by Community Garden member Margie Smith about plants and seeds;
-Age-appropriate description of seed morphology, as well as coloring and labeling an illustration of seed parts;
-Lima bean dissection.

We will also clean up the park, give out free seeds, and spread wood chips among the garden beds and under the slides in the playground.

All are welcome!

The Facebook event is located here.

This event is part of the 6th Annual City of Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning, hosted by Mayor Jorge Elorza. There will be activities across the city — stay tuned for information on local activities at MLK Elementary, as well. http://www.providenceri.gov/2018-providence-earth-day-spring-cleaning/

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