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July 2023


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Fox Point Neighborhood Association seeks board members

Are you a Fox Point resident with concerns about the neighborhood, ideas for improvements, and affection for the vibrant, historic area? The Fox Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) seeks enthusiastic residents to serve on its board of directors. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, longtime resident, or newcomer, FPNA values your participation.

FPNA board membership involves attending local meetings, thinking about current neighborhood issues, and sharing your views. In recent years, board members have fought for a thoughtful redesign of lower Gano Street, weighed in on proposals for developments on 195 land, and spoken out on issues of historic preservation. They’ve worked with local business owners seeking licenses and expansions, and they have helped sister organizations in efforts to fight the Fane tower and bury the power lines in India Point Park – all in only a few hours each month. FPNA board membership is a chance to learn the latest neighborhood news, engage on issues large and small, and in so doing, help make a difference. Interested neighbors can contact FPNA executive secretary Amy Mendillo at


New food pantry in Summit neighborhood

Summit Neighborhood Association is proud to support the new Your Neighborhood Food Pantry (YNFP) at 533 Branch Avenue by helping coordinate volunteers. Founded by Donver Gardiner and Jackie Watson-Gardiner with their nonprofit board in December 2022, YNFP started assisting the community with free food in the beginning of May 2023. A team of volunteers unloads boxes, sorts and shelves food, and distributes nutritious supplies to neighbors. For more information or to donate non-perishable goods or financial support, contact them at or via Facebook: Your Neighborhood Food Pantry.

In May, SNA was also happy to provide food and refreshments for the Refugee Voices: Art from The Community event at the Rochambeau Library, showcasing a range of thought-provoking artwork and crafts, including paintings, basketwork, knitted items, and photographs.


Mile of History development updates and summer concerts

Mile of History Association (MoHA) continues to press for a building worthy of the historic section of Providence on I-195 Parcel 2. MoHA representatives, in collaboration with the Fox Point Neighborhood Association and the College Hill Neighborhood Association, are evaluating the latest design proposal. Although the design is much improved, concerns remain regarding the height of the structure and provision of parking for cars. In the meantime, now that MoHA’s streetlight restoration project improving nighttime safety on Benefit Street is in motion, they are seeking ideas for uses of the old street lights, which are destined for the trash heap.

The Providence Preservation Society’s (PPS) Music in the Garden series, of which MoHA is a sponsor, continues with a July 19 concert. Bluegrass band Greystone Rail takes the stage for a high-energy set at Shakespeare Head Garden. Gates open at 6pm, and music starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for PPS and MoHA members. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as seating is not provided.


Elmwood neighbors weigh in on proposed homeless shelter

Open Doors held a meeting at Knight Library in mid-May inviting neighbors to voice their opinions about the proposed shelter at 572 Elmwood Avenue in light of the Cranston Street Armory temporary shelter closing. Numerous residents, representatives, and Elmwood Neighborhood Association members have spoken to Nick Horton, co-executive director of Open Doors about the saturation of social services in the southern part of Providence. Horton remains interested in the property as a temporary shelter for women in the coming six months and later as transitional housing for women and children; however, the proposed numbers and genders of occupants have been reduced from 25 men to 12-16 women. The building has eight bedrooms and four baths and has been used as transitional housing in the past. Horton plans for a series of Zoom meetings to talk more with community members. In the meantime, State Representative Grace Diaz is in the process of collecting addresses of shelters and wraparound services for people in need with the intention of creating a map of their locations.



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