Workshop on No. Main History – Tues. Sept. 23

Please join expert guests and neighborhood sages for a lively discussion of North Main’s surprising past (and potential rebirth) as a sports, entertainment and retail center at the Carriage House Theater, 9 Duncan Avenue from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. (Duncan Avenue is opposite the Branch Ave. fire house between Action Auto Parts and a law office. The Carriage House is right behind the law office.)

Featured Presenters:
Dr. Robert Cvornyek, Chairman, History Department, Rhode Island College
Mack Woodward, Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission
Special Guests:
Stanley Crum, neighborhood historian
J Hogue, Art in Ruins
Morgan Grefe, RI Historical Society

For more information, visit our new site for North Main Street:

Yard Sale Held May 17

The Summit Neighborhood Association’s annual yard sale was held on May 17, the  rain date. The sun came out before the  9:00 start and with organaizer Connie Chesbrough’s experience and the hard work of many volunteers, another successful Summit Neighborhood Association yard sale was held. As usual, there was a mad rush as the gate was opened at the 9:00 post time. Offers were made and accepted, and many treasures were discovered and carted away.

This year’s yard sale profits will go to Save the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park.

Build your social capital at SNA meeting Feb 25

Join us for the biggest neighborhood meeting of the year, the Annual Meeting of SNA members on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7PM at the Rochambeau Branch Library, 708 Hope Street.

We’ll review SNA activities, elect our new 2008 board and explore ways to build your non-monetary portfolio – your social capital account. The idea of social capital was popularized in Robert Putnam’s 1999 book Bowling Alone. (more…)

Celebrate Providence! in Lippitt Park

The City has announced their schedule for the Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Series. July features Lippitt Park. This program brings music, dance and theatre into neighborhood parks throughout the city. All events are free and open to the public. More information about all of the events may be found at:

The Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Series will present entertainment in Lippitt Park every Thursday in July at 6:30pm. The series will begin on July 5 with The Gnomes, performing an energetic blend of Celtic and World Music. The Gnomes are made up of Cathy Clasper Torch, Phil Edmonds, Ron Schmitt, Otis Read and Peter Breen. On July 12 the AS220 Broad Street Studio Rhode Show will perform an original 40-minute Hip-Hop influenced body of work, with pieces capturing the ideas, talents, and perspectives of the young people living in the city of Providence.

On July 19 the Providence Black Repertory Company will present the Youngblood Brass Band, professional artists performing in New Orleans backline and Parade traditions. The Youngblood Brass Band is focused on creating consistently progressive, acoustic, groundbreaking music, employing whatever sonic means necessary to do so.

On July 26, the Mt. Hope Learning Center will present Old School, New School, a performance of music, historical narration and spoken word pieces involving neighborhood residents and professional performers. The performances will include producer Sylvia Ann Soares, blues guitarist/vocalist Agus Winangun, pianist Paul Bisch, and youth performers.

Additionally, on August 26 from 11am to 3pm, the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island will host “Lower East Side Comes to Providence East Side” in Lippitt Park, where it will offer activities and entertainment for all ages. There will be dancing, music, food, and local merchants at this community event.


Updated: 16th Annual Summit Neighborhood Yard Sale

The yard sale was a big success ! Thanks to everyone who helped, donated, or found bargains !

The Big 16th annual SNA yard sale is coming up on Saturday, May 12th (Raindate is the following Sat., May 19th). As always, it will be held on the front lawn of the Church of the Redeemer at 655 Hope St.

The yard sale is SNA’s biggest fundraiser each year and funds our newsletter expenses. It takes a big effort to pull off and we sorely need volunteers. Though there is work involved, it is actually a fun time to meet neighborhood volunteers, and Summit residents who stop by to help, to chat, donate, browse and buy some treasures. (more…)

New RIPTA eFares and eFareboxes on buses

Good news for RIPTA riders of today and tomorrow. RIPTA is introducing magnetic cards and smart cards that can be used instead of cash when you get on the bus, and (in the future) will be recharge-able on the bus. Since RIPTA drivers can’t make change, having some alternative way to pay for your ride seems like a great idea.


Hillside Health building still in limbo

John Smithers and neighbors near the former Hillside Health Center continue to monitor the bankruptcy court process that will determine whether and when the facility can be sold and re-developed.

This week John spoke with Attorney Rick Land of the receiver, Winograd, Shine & Zacks, P.C. and learned the following:

1) The Hillside Center has not been sold;More…

2) The unconditional offer (no use specified) from Davenport is the offer that is presently before the Court;

a) The original Davenport bid was for 3.2 million dollars, it was never acted upon because of the Suburban Mortgage issue;

3) Davenport and other bidders do not have to indicate their intended use, if zoning variances are required for their proposed business model then they are required to go before the Zoning Board for those variances, this would typically occur AFTER the sale (thus the “unconditional” bids);

a) Previously other Nursing Home operators were interested but one cannot speculate as to their current level of interest nor their desire to compete with the Davenport bid;

4) Instead of the Hearing scheduled for May 1st the Judge will hold a Conference with the Receiver (Winograd, Shine & Zacks, P.C.);

a) During which the Judge will hear the Receiver’s recommendation to solicit bids for the property;

b) Attorney Land suspects this will result in an auction type setting at a later date where all bidders will openly compete for acquisition of the property;

John will speak with Attorney Land on May 2nd to learn the outcomes of the Conference and provide an update.