[Summit] More events and opportunities; City Plan Commision actions

David Kolsky davidjkolsky at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 26 12:47:46 CST 2015

Just this week, I've seen or received notices about several more events, some of them coming this week or weekend. I'll post details and a revised calendar below.

National Grid has apparently finished its repair work on Wayland and Adelphi. An impressive pothole has appeared on the right (northern) side of Angell Street facing the part of CVS that's nearest to the Olive Tap and Wayland Ave. I saw several vehicles in succession bump up and down on it yesterday afternoon.

Although four of us met and exchanged useful information at the Books on the Square last night, no great business was transacted. If I have the time and energy, I may try to arrange speakers for our March 25th meeting, provided I can be sure someone comes to hear them.

Michele Brunelle, the proprietress of the Wayland Square Diner (formerly Rufful's), will appear and give a cooking demonstration on The Rhode Show tomorrow (Friday) morning from 9 to 10 a.m. on WPRI Channel 12.

Have a good weekend,



1. Last Tuesday's City Plan Commission meeting
2. Half-price tickets to Brown basketball & hockey (buy by noon Friday)
3. Blackstone Parks Conservancy duck tour & meeting
4. Planning Dept's neighborhood meetings
5. Revised general calendar


On Tuesday, the City Plan Commission (back with a full complement of 7 members) approved Moses Brown's revised master plan that includes a new performing arts center next to the library, and an addition to the Lower School. A few trees will probably have to come down.

The Commission also approved the subdivision of 188 Blackstone Blvd into a lot of about 12,500 square feet and another, of 7,501 square feet (just above the new R-1A minimum lot size) bordering Upton and Slater. The currently owner-occupied house and garage are in the larger lot, and there are no immediate plans to sell or develop the other one. The smaller lot, according to what was said at the meeting, is lightly wooded and undeveloped, but has no major trees.

What was unresolved at the Plan Commission meeting was a proposed extended-stay hotel or apartment-hotel on Corliss near the Harry Kizirian (main) U.S. Post Office. Contending lawyers had different interpretations of the old Zoning Ordinance that would apply to this project, so the Commission held over discussion pending further study and review of the legal and technical matters. The Commission's next meeting will be on St Patrick's Day, Tuesday 17 March, at 4:45 p.m. in the auditorium of the Doorley Building, 444 Westminster at Empire.


Hello Brown neighbors!

Brown Athletics is offering our campus neighbors 50% off tickets to all home games this weekend:

Brown Men's Hockey vs. Cornell - Friday, February 27 at 7:00 PM (Meehan Auditorium)
Brown Men's Basketball vs. Penn - Friday, February 27 at 7:00 PM (Pizzitola Sports Center)
Brown Men's Hockey vs. Colgate - Saturday, February 28 at 4:00 PM (Meehan Auditorium)
Brown Men's Basketball vs. Princeton - Saturday, February 28 at 6:00 PM (Pizzitola Sports Center)

To purchase tickets with this offer:
- Visit the Brown Ticket website https://tkt.xosn.com/HomePage.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31700
- Select the game(s) you want to attend
- In the Special Offer Code box, enter the coupon code BROWN1

    Offer good online only. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, February 27 at 12:00 PM. While supplies last.
    Basketball tickets are general admission and Hockey tickets are reserved seating.

    For questions or more information, call (401) 863-2773 or visit BrownBears.com.

    Go Bruno!

Katie Silberman
Community Liaison
Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs
Brown University
401-863-3717 (o) 401-225-6841 (c)
katherine_silberman at brown.edu



A. Winter Walk along the Seekonk, Saturday, February 28th from 2 to 3:30 pm 

The BPC Education Committee is holding its first winter program–a family walk beside the Seekonk River to observe and learn about the ducks that come here to only in wintertime. We may see as many as ten different species of diving ducks and marsh ducks. They are so entertaining with their bright flashes of color as they suddenly disappear and re-appear, they just might alter your views about winter!

We hope you “birders” in our midst will share your knowledge and experience as we go along. The Narragansett Boat Club has generously offered us the use of their deck for observation, so our walk will end there with coffee and hot chocolate. Binoculars are useful for observing birds out on the river, so please bring what you have. A few extras will be on hand to share. Children are welcome!

Gather at Blackstone Field, opposite the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Road)



B, Tuesday, Mar 10 Annual Meeting, at Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum (199 Hope St at Angell) 6pm

See details at: http://www.blackstoneparksconservancy.org/bpc/news/events#event-94


The two East Side meeting are next Wednesday 3 March at the Fox Point Boys & Girls Club, and Thursday 9 April at the Martin Luther King School.


The City of Providence, Department of Planning and Development invites you to a series of conversations about your priorities for housing and community development needs throughout the city.

The Community Development Division will be gathering the input from these meetings and using it to shape future spending and project priorities and to update the City’s Consolidated Plan – which guides the city’s spending on housing and community development. 

Some of the topics covered will be: affordable housing; homelessness; senior services; parks and recreation; services for families, adults, and children; accessibility and mobility; persons with HIV/AIDS; lead paint and other unhealthy or unsafe housing issues; economic development; and public safety.

Plan to participate and make your voice hear!

Tues. March 3
Webster Avenue School 191 Webster Avenue

Wed. March 4

Fox Point Boys & Girls Club, 90 Ives Street

Tues. March 10
West Broadway Neighborhood Association, 1560 Westminster Street
Wed. March 18
SWAP, 500 Broad Street
Tues. March 24
Washington Park Community Center, 42 Jillson Street
Mon. April 6
DaVinci Center, 470 Charles Street

Thurs. April 9

Dr. Martin Luther King School, 35 Camp Street 


To RSVP, please contact Donna Miele at dmiele at providenceri.com.

Please complete our Community Needs Survey: http://tinyurl.com/ProvidenceCDBGSurvey


Thursday 26 Feb. (6 p.m. tonight) - The Brown University Department of Urban Studies presents a panel discussion moderated by Gordon Douglas, of New York University, titled "Placemaking in the Creative Capital: Innovating Urban Districts." Speakers include Robert Azar, head of planning for the Thayer Street redevelopment; and Blaine Merker, one of the architects of Park(ing) Day. Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Room 130, 85 Waterman St.

[Thursday 26 Feb. & Friday 27 Feb. (8 p.m.) - Brown University Orchestra, Sayles Hall on Brown's Main Green ($15 gen.; $5 seniors & Brown/RISD) ]

Saturday 28 Feb. (2 to 3:30 p.m.) - Blackstone Parks Conservancy walk along the Seekonk (see item 3 above)
[Saturday 28 Feb. (8 p.m.) - Brown Organ Concert, Sayles Hall (free)]

[More details about Brown events at http://listserv.advancement.brown.edu/t/167953/2027295/8993/16/ ]

[Sunday 1 March - St David's Day]

Monday 2 March (7 p.m.) - College Hill Neighborhood Association board of directors, Gov. Lippitt House, 199 Hope Street at Angell

Tuesday 3 March (7 to 8:30 p.m.) - West Broadway neighbors meet with their elected officials: State Senators Harold Metts (who also represents part of the East Side), Paul Jabour & Juan Pichardo, State Reps. John Lombardi (a former mayor who's just been named a municipal judge), Anastasia Williams & Scott Slater, and City Councillors Bryan Principe & Mary Kay Harris in the Providence Hmong Church, 46 Dexter Street (facing the Training Grounds & Cranston St. Armory)

Weds 4 March [Purim starts at dusk] (6:30 p.m.) - City planners, together with Councillors Seth Yurdin & Sam Zurier hear neighbors' suggestions for using Community Development Block Grant funds, Fox Point Boys & Girls Clubs, 90 Ives St. at Wickenden, above the Fox Pt Community Library (see item 4 above)

[Friday 6 March (8 p.m.) - Brown University Jazz Band, DeCiccio Family Aud., 101 Salomon Hall on the main green (free)]

[Sunday 8 March - International Women's Day; Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m., one minute after 12:59 a.m. Standard Time]

Monday 9 March (6:45 to 8 p.m.) - Fox Point Neighborhood Association board of directors, meeting room under the Vartan Gregorian School Library on Wickenden St. between Ives and Governor

Tuesday 10 March (6 p.m.) - Blackstone Parks Conservancy annual meeting, Gov. Lippitt House, 199 Hope St. at Angell
Tuesday 10 March (6:30 p.m.) - West Broadway meeting with Planning Dept, WBNA HQ, 1560 Westminster (see item 4 above)

Monday 16 March (7 p.m.) - Summit Neighborhood Association board of directors, Summit Commons main floor cafeteria, 99 Hillside Avenue (on the top of the hill halfway between Gregg's on North Main and Three Sisters at Hope & Blackstone)

Tuesday 17 March [St Patrick's Day; Evacuation Day] (4:45 p.m.) - City Plan Commission, 444 Westminster (see Feb. 24)

[Thursday 19 March  [St Joseph's Day] - (5 to 9 p.m.) -  First official Gallery Night Providence of 2015]

[Friday 20 March - Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere; start of astronomical Spring]

Tuesday 24 March (7 to 8:30 p.m.) - West Broadway Neighborhood Action Team, WBNA HQ (see Feb. 24)

Weds. 25 March  (7 to 8:45 p.m.) - Neighborhood Discussion Group at Books on the Square (see Feb. 25)

Thursday 9 April (6:30 p.m.) - City planning department's neighborhood meeting, Martin Luther King School, 35 Camp St. (between Olney & Doyle) - see item 4 above


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