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Jane’s Walk in May encourages residents to explore and connect

Join neighbors in exploring Providence on foot during this year’s Jane’s Walk, a global weekend festival happening May 6-8 inspired by the legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. These free walking conversations are led by local residents and community activists who share stories and get people thinking, talking, and connecting with each other.

Past walks have ranged from a look at Where 195 Used to Be, the LGBTQ+ history in downtown, the Barrios of Broad Street, and even hunting for gargoyles in Downcity. All walks are free, no reservations are needed, and anyone can participate. Simply put on your walking shoes, show up rain or shine at the designated meeting spot and get ready for a lively discussion. The full list of walks spread across Providence neighborhoods will be revealed in mid-April. Visit DoorsOpenRI.org/JanesWalk for more information.

Washington Park neighbors fight pollution in South Providence

Back in 2019, the Washington Park Association, along with many others, successfully protested against a proposed transfer station, which would process many tons of waste and contribute to pollution, from being installed in Lower South Providence. Known as a frontline community, the area has historically faced the impacts of climate change and pollution more severely than other areas. WPA is pleased to report the toxic proposal was defeated, which is one small step for a community burdened by many polluting companies in the neighborhood.

Now, Providence has an opportunity to turn around this blighted area of urban brownfield by building a community solar array on the location. This solar facility, if built, can bring clean, renewable electricity to 150 homes, benefiting the same frontline community who fought and defeated the transfer station. To further benefit the area, WPA is actively seeking volunteers to help plant trees this season, promoting clean and green spaces.

FPNA welcomes three community advocates to their board

The Fox Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) is delighted to announce three recent appointments to its Board of Directors: Lily Bogosian, Alex Iannetta, and Scott Moran. Bogosian, a 12-year resident of Fox Point, has led neighbors in a years-long grassroots effort to protect green space and reduce urban sprawl on the East Side. She brings a background in finance, and she’s also an active beekeeper and teacher with the Rhode Island Beekeeping Association. “I look forward to making a difference in our wonderful neighborhood,” she says.

Iannetta is the founder of a boutique consulting firm in Fox Point, where he assists clients with business, technology, and cybersecurity. He has served at various levels of board membership for local nonprofits in RI and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University.

Moran is a visual artist, fine gardener, parent, and board member at the Fox Point Community Garden. Moran hopes to use his expertise “to advance public art and green spaces,” he says, “for long-term neighborhood vitality.”

FPNA has been serving the neighborhood for over 30 years. Its members and all-volunteer board are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life in the neighborhood and its historic integrity and resources. 

SNA announces Rochambeau Library partnership, board elections, and volunteer efforts

Summit Neighborhood Association is excited to partner with the Rochambeau Library to help support their backyard Outdoor Classroom expansion. Plans are underway, and may be in progress as of publication, to better utilize the outdoor space behind the library with murals, flowers, interactive musical elements, and benches to host a variety of community events and opportunities.

SNA’s annual meeting will be held Monday, April 25 at 7pm. They plan to conduct this event on Zoom, but neighbors interested in attending should stay tuned for updates. As usual, this meeting will include presentations by local elected officials with the chance to ask questions, as well as their annual election of SNA board officers and members. If you are eager to be involved with improving the Summit neighborhood and interested in being considered for the board, SNA encourages you to reach out.

Neighborhood volunteers continue to assist both the Mount Hope Community Center and the Camp Street Community Ministries with their work distributing groceries from the food pantry every Wednesday and Friday to residents in need. Additional volunteers to help with deliveries and unloading food pallets are always welcome. Contact SNAProv@gmail.com to join the volunteer email list.

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