Lippitt Park Fountain Meeting


The recent reminders by the Providence Parks Department that the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park is unsafe and off-limits for people (whether to stand or play in the water or be on the structure itself) prompted a lot of conversation on SNA’s e-mail listserv (sign up for it here!).

To continue that conversation in a productive way, SNA has asked Parks Department Director Wendy Nilsson to meet with community members to share data, costs, and other information to foster discussion and help answer questions (and perhaps even come up with some solutions).


Tuesday, June 13th
Summit Commons (1st Floor Dining Area)
99 Hillside Avenue
Facebook event here:

All community members are invited to attend this one-hour discussion. Please come with questions and ideas. SNA will provide light refreshments. An RSVP to would be helpful to determine an approximate head count.

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.

Parking meters are not seen on the horizon for Hope Street’s business district

Parking on Hope Street has not reached the point when management by parking meters is needed.

Parking meters will not, repeat not, be coming soon, if ever, to the Hope Street commercial district.

That was the message relayed by Pernilla Frazier, co-president of the Hope Street Merchants Association, to the regular meeting of the Summit Neighborhood Association’s board of directors.

She was reporting on a presentation by Providence Parking Administrator Leo Perrotta to the merchants group on the city’s plans to expand the use of parking meters.

Frazier said Perrotta told the business owners that there were no plans in the immediate future of six months to two years for parking meters on Hope Street and perhaps not at all.  He said the Summit area is unique in the concentration of residential streets abutting the commercial area and the resulting problem of parking overflow is extremely complex. Perotta also said a solution might have to involve some sort of residential permits, and the city is not prepared to undertake that at this time, Frazier reported.

Although the city says there is some evidence of stagnation of parking along the Hope Street business district, it is currently not worthy of being solved by the imposition of meters, Perotta said. If a survey shows that 85 percent of available parking spaces in an area are taken, the city tries to intervene with management by metered parking, but that concentration has not been demonstrated on Hope Street.

In addition, there is still the question of how to define a parking spot as a right or a privilege, Frazier said, adding that the HSMA is planning to consult with an urban planner on the issue.

The SNA board, which has not formulated a position regarding parking meters, promised Frazier to work closely with the merchants as the situation develops.

PUBLIC FORUM – Improving Pedestrian & Bicycle Infrastructure

When: 5:00PM-6:30PM, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Where: 444 Westminster Street, 1st Floor

How can the City of Providence improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and culture?

The Providence Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and the Department of Planning and Development invite you to attend a public brainstorming session on the future of bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the City of Providence.

Bring your ideas, dreams, and concerns about bicycling and walking in Providence!

The location for this meeting is handicap accessible and translation or hearing impaired services are available upon request.

Please contact the Department of Planning and Development at 401-680-8400 to request such services.

City-wide events for mayoral inauguration

Dear Community Leaders,

We are marking the inauguration of Mayor-elect Jorge O. Elorza with a city-wide celebration, and a call to community service. Can you help us publicize the following events?

Thank you so much,
Meg Clurman
Inauguration Director
Office of Mayor-elect Jorge O. Elorza
Saturday, Jan. 3, 10:00am – 2:00pm

One Providence Day of Community Service Food Drive. Please contribute non-perishable food items to the following locations:

  • Eastside Market 10 am – 2 pm
  • Whole Foods (University Heights) 10 am – 2 pm
  • Compare Foods (Broad Street) 10 am – 2 pm
  • Knight Memorial Library 12 pm  – 4 pm
  • Rochambeau Library 12 pm – 4 pm
  • Mt. Pleasant Library 10 am – 2 pm

Sunday, January 4th

Children’s Inaugural Celebration
at Providence Children’s Museum
Sunday, January 4  |  12:00 – 3:00 PM

In celebration of the inauguration of Providence Mayor-elect Elorza, join a resource fair at Providence Children’s Museum to learn about and try activities with Providence-based arts/education nonprofit organizations, including the Children’s Museum, Manton Avenue Project, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Film Festival, Providence CityArts for Youth, Providence Community Library, and Providence Public Library.

  • Build flyers and send them floating through wind tubes with Providence Children’s Museum.
  • See one-act plays from Manton Avenue Project’s recent production, Good Neighbors: the Olneyville plays!
  • Build, create and explore using recycled materials with the Partnership for Providence Parks.
  • Try an animation activity with Providence Children’s Film Festival.
  • Create a book about arts and culture in Providence with Providence CityArts for Youth.
  • Join Providence Public Library children’s librarians for story readings.
  • And more!

Activities are included with Museum admission of $9.00 per person. Admission is free all day, from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, for Museum members and for Providence residents with ID or proof of residence. For more information, visit

Monday, January 5 – Inauguration Day

1:30pm: Seating opens for Inauguration Ceremony, steps of Providence City Hall
2pm: Inauguration Ceremony
3:00pm: Reception with Mayor Elorza, City Hall, second floor

Unfortunately, the 7 pm One Providence Celebration is currently sold out. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. However, volunteering to help at the event gets you in for the night! Please click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Candidates for Ward Three City Council seat discuss issues at SNA forum

Incumbent Kevin Jackson, left, and Marcus Mitchell at Summit Commons.

Ward Three incumbent City Councilor Kevin Jackson and his write-in challenger Marcus Mitchell both came in for some pointed questions at a forum sponsored by SNA.

For Jackson, part of the focus was on his failure to file the necessary campaign finance reports and his subsequent fines, but the most heated questions concerned his support of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci in the race for mayor.

For Mitchell, there were harsh allusions to his time on the staff of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Penn., an extreme conservative.

The two council candidates spoke Thursday evening to about 100 people in the main dining room of Summit Commons, 99 Hillside Ave. The exchange of views was introduced by SNA President Dean Weinberg and moderated by Mike Ritz, executive director of Leadership Rhode Island. Weinberg stressed that the forum was the result of Summit residents asking for an opportunity to discuss issues with the office seekers face to face.

Each of the two men had opening statements, then began the question-and-answer segment. Three of the questions were prepared by SNA, but the rest came from the floor.

Both candidates said their backgrounds and records showed their qualifications.  Jackson listed his legislative accomplishments, including being instrumental in repaving streets and repairing sidewalks, restoring parks and recreational facilities plus writing ordinances to protect residents, even to suing the city to demand compliance with job-creation laws. Mitchell cited his years of community service based upon the civil rights movement, his authorship of a book on leadership and his role in forming the Providence Community Library organization.

Soon, however, the questioning from the audience became more pointed.

A resident asked Jackson about the $30,000 in fines that had been levied against him for not filing the proper campaign reports. The councilman responded that the “administrative” fines had “been settled” and the situation was “my mistake.” Later, another resident asked Jackson when he had filed the missing reports since “as of noon” they were not on the web site of the Board of Elections. He replied that the reports had been filed and cleared, and that he could not “speak to why they’re not evident.”

Then near the end of the forum, another audience member said he had just checked the Election Board site and the reports were still missing.  Jackson then said the “paperwork had not been submitted” and “was still being developed.”

Jackson also came under intense questioning over being co-chair of Cianci’s campaign. Responding to a question about which candidate he supported for mayor, Jackson said he clearly backed Cianci. The councilman said he “was and am disappointed with what happened in his administration,” but “we need to get things done.”

Another questioner demanded to know how a candidate could support Cianci when during his terms as mayor “$1 million went to a crony” to register children for school “in a dirty garage.” Jackson said he was not at the forum “to defend Cianci” but that city services had deteriorated and “we need someone who could step in” and improve the situation.

An irate listener then said he was “insulted by support of Cianci” and asked Jackson how he could represent the community by supporting the former mayor. The councilman said he was exercising his “right of individual choice” and he was making “a personal decision.”

During these exchanges, Mitchell said campaign financing was a matter of ethics and that he had filed all the required reports on time. He further said he backed Jorge Elorza for mayor and that he didn’t “want to go back to criminal enterprises” of the Cianci administration.

Mitchell was asked if he had run for office in Philadelphia as a Republican. He responded that he had indeed run for court clerk there as a Republican to get into an administration that was blocking the distribution of funds for needy people and that he sought to build coalitions. Under pressure from Jackson, who said he had always been a “liberal Democrat” and noted that Santorum “has rightist views,” Mitchell said he was asked to join that administration and “went into office” to try to temper that attitude. He said he spent a night in a homeless shelter to understand the situation and was “very proud” of his work for which he won citizenship awards.

On many other issues, the two council candidates had similar priorities. They both see economic development and job creation as a major concern, both advocate “green” practices to mitigate climate change and both support an emphasis on improving schools.

One issue they differed on was discovered by moderator Ritz when he asked for questions from some school-age children in the audience and one wanted to know each candidate’s favorite color. Jackson replied quickly that he liked purple on black, but Mitchell said “my wife dresses me” and that she liked green “because it’s nature.”

The forum ended after the candidates thanked the audience for the opportunity to speak and SNA for arranging it.

Providence City Hall transforms into “Haunted Hall”

DATA: Thursday, October 30th
TIME: 5pm – 8pm,
LOCATION: Providence City Hall

Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence are pleased to announce a family-friendly, indoor alternative to trick-or-treating this Halloween season that will allow parents and children alike to learn about the history of Providence City Hall.

Providence City Hall will be transformed into a “Haunted Hall” featuring crafts provided courtesy of Walgreens, guided tours led by volunteers from Trinity Repertory Company, a special surprise appearance by BIG NAZO, interactive story-telling from ghoulish historical reenactment groups and more.

This event is open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable canned food item to donate to the Rhode Island Food Bank in lieu of admission.

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.