September 2019 | Issue 8
Member Highlight
Councilman David Salvatore
Ward 14
Councilman David Salvatore has been a member of the Providence City Council since 2011. He represents the Elmhurst and Wanskuck neighborhoods of Ward 14. He serves on the Committee on State Legislative Affairs.

Councilman Salvatore is a Providence Native, attending Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, Nathanael Greene Middle School, La Salle Academy and Providence College. He also earned a Masters of Public Administration from Roger Williams University.

Currently Councilman Salvatore works as the Director of Government Affairs for the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®. Before this, he worked for the Rhode Island State Treasurer as well as the Rhode Island House of Representatives, analyzing and implementing policy.

In his personal life, Councilman Salvatore is a Red Sox fan, a parishioner at St. Augustine’s Church, and a member of several neighborhood organizations. He and his wife Angie welcomed their first son, Bennett Alexander, in 2018.

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New Season, New Beginnings

  As we said goodbye to summer this month, the City of Providence remained as colorful and lively as ever. The month of September brought new beginnings to Providence residents, students, business owners and community advocates. From Hispanic Heritage Month, to neighborhood celebrations, back to school and the opening of several new businesses, autumn in Providence is always an exciting time! 
Cultural Celebrations

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 through October 15 every year. This month is a time to observe and be thankful for the contributions made to our country by Hispanic Americans.

Guatemalan Day Festival
Roger Williams Park came to life on September 8 for the Guatemalan Day Festival. Council President Sabina Matos and Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia joined in on the festivities.

Mexican Independence Day
Mexican Independence Day was celebrated on September 15 in Doonigan Park. Council President Matos and Council President Pro Tempore Correia came out to enjoy the music and dancing.
Community Gatherings
Maple Woods End of Summer Barbecue
On September 9, Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan got together with residents of the Maple Woods Apartment Complex for an end of summer barbecue. The apartment complex was built by SWAP Inc.; an organization which develops affordable housing throughout Providence.
End of Season Celebration for Silver Lake-Olneyville Little League
Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia joined the Silver Lake-Olneyville Little League to celebrate the end of their baseball season.
OV Multicultural Fest
Council President Matos, Council President Pro Tempore Correia and Councilwoman Rachel Miller were at Riverside Park on September 21 for the OV Multicultural Fest; an event sponsored by One Neighborhood Builders.

Movie Night at Joslin Rec
Council President Matos and Council President Pro Tempore Correia hosted the last movie night of the summer on September 20 at Kennedy Rec Center. COCO was a big hit!

Annual Pearl St Block Party with Councilwoman Harris
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris hosted her annual Pearl St. Block Party on September 8. Check out the video recap of this fun filled day!
Septemberfest with Councilman Narducci
On September 28, Councilman Nicholas Narducci hosted his annual North End Septemberfest with Senator Maryellen Goodwin, and the North End Community Action Committee. Watch the video below to see the festivities!
Back to School
First Day of School
Many Providence students went back to school on September 3. Council President Matos stopped by Providence Career and Technical Academy and Classical High School along with Superintendent Gallo to wish students good luck in this new year.
RIDE Show Cause Hearing
On September 13, Council President Matos, Councilwoman LaFortune, Councilwoman Miller, and Councilwoman Kerwin attended the Rhode Island Department of Education Show Cause Hearing. This hearing gave the Commissioner of Education full power to take over Providence Schools.
Bringing Disney Musicals to Providence Students
Council President Pro Tempore Correia, along with Mayor Jorge Elorza, the Board and Staff of the Providence Performing Arts Center, Tom Flanigan of Providence Public Schools and Disney, announced a $120k grant that will be bringing Disney Musicals to Providence students.

Providence Police Explorers
On September 18, Council President Pro Tempore Correia attended a meet and greet with the Providence Police Explorers. This program opens career pathways and provides an opportunity for young people to learn about law enforcement.
Safety Patrol at Veazie St. School
On September 24, Councilman David Salvatore joined Providence Police, and teachers and students at Veazie Street Elementary School for the Safety Patrol swearing-in ceremony. The Safety Patrol allows students to learn about creating a safe environment for their peers!
Celebrating a Successful Summer
Council President Matos, Council President Pro Tempore Correia, Councilwoman Harris, Councilwoman Castillo, Councilwoman Miller and Councilman Taylor all joined members of the City's Recreation Department to celebrate the end of a successful summer of youth recreation programs on September 24.
The Strength of Small Business
Jireh Market
On September 5, Councilman Narducci held a 'Welcome to the Neighborhood' Celebration for Jireh Market; located at 567 Charles St. The market offers a variety of grocery staples and caters to a multi-cultural neighborhood. They have everything from name-brand American products to products from South and Central America.
United Community Martial Arts of Rhode Island
The United Community Martial Arts Institute of Rhode Island celebrated their grand re-opening as a non profit organization in Councilman Narducci's ward (Ward 4) on September 6. All of their programs are designed to be accessible to beginners, children, families, and individuals of all ages while inspiring and challenging newcomers and seasoned martial artists alike to new levels of strength, flexibility, endurance, superior health, and athletic performance.
Duvas Gas Station Celebrates 70 Years of Service
Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan joined with community members in celebration of the 70th anniversary of operation for Duvas Gas Station in the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood. Founded in by Vinny Duvas in 1949, Duvas has been a family operated, full service gas station for generations.
Dexter Mini Market
Councilman James Taylor presented a citation in celebration of Dexter Mini Market, located at 331 Dexter St on September 12. Congratulations and best of luck to owner, Edicto Rodriguez!

Glorious West African Cuisine
On September 18, Councilman James Taylor attended the ribbon cutting of Glorious West African Cuisine, a new restaurant located at 1230 Elmwood Ave. Stop by for authentic West African food!
Pacific Seafood and Sunny Market Place
Councilman James Taylor stopped by Pacific Seafood and Sunny Marketplace, located on 243-247 Reservoir Ave., for their grand re-opening. The Yin family rebuilt their seafood market and store after it burned down, and are now back in business.
Local Organizations
Grand Opening of New Head Start Facility
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris was joined by Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline, Governor Gina Raimondo, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Council President Sabina Matos and Children's Friend President David Caprio for the grand opening of a new Head Start facility located at the former Asa Messer Annex. This facility will welcome 120 neighborhood children to begin improving their learning skills at a young age.
10 Years of the Providence Community Library Board
On September 16, Council President Matos joined members of the Providence Community Library Board to celebrate their 10 years of service to the City. More people than ever are taking advantage of the resources available to them at their local libraries.
Celebrating the Completion of the Steel Yard Restoration
Council President Matos and Council President Pro Tempore Correia celebrated the re-opening of the Steel Yard after their months long restoration project. The Steel Yard will now be open year round and is in the process of installing solar panels.
RISE Women's Leadership Conference
On September 19, Council President Matos and Councilwoman Helen Anthony attended the R.I.S.E. Women's Leadership Conference to discuss best practices across health & wellness, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentor-ship.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
Council President Pro Tempore Correia, Councilman David Salvatore and Councilwoman Helen Anthony celebrated the contributions of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless at the organizations annual award breakfast.

Progresso Latino Gala
On September 27, Council President Matos, Council President, Pro Tempore Correia, Councilwoman Castillo, Councilwoman Miller and Councilwoman LaFortune attended the annual Progresso Latino Gala. There was food, music and dancing in celebration of the contributions that the Latino community has made to Rhode Island.
City Legislation
Council President Pro Tempore Correia Announces
Ward 6 Infrastructure Projects
City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia announced over $100K in infrastructure improvements in Ward Six neighborhoods. $6K will be allocated for street trees on Academy Avenue, Atwells Avenue, Chalkstone Avenue and Berlin Street in Ward Six. He has also authorized $100K for the repair and replacement of sidewalks along Academy Avenue and is installing a pedestrian push-to-walk button installed at the corner of Manton Avenue and Sisson Street. The infrastructure work is expected to be completed no later than the end of November.
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Narducci Works with State Officials to Address Canada Pond Dam
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. (Ward 4) has been working closely with the Department of Environmental Management and other city and state agencies to work on fixing the Canada Pond Dam. He was joined on the site tour by Lieutenant Michael Fallon and Captain Alyssa Dendrade. Currently, the pond is being drained to make much-needed repairs to the gates and the dam. This process will retrofit the dam so that it is safe for the foreseeable future.
City Council Requests Audit of the 2017 $45M Bond for Public Works Projects
Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan, Deputy Majority Leader Mary Kay Harris, and Councilman David A. Salvatore introduced two resolutions at the September 19 Council Meeting requesting that the City of Providence provide status reports and updates on street and sidewalk projects and their expenditures associated with the $45M Bond that was approved by the City Council in 2017.
City Council Creates a Special Commission for the Study of a Progressive Tiered Property Tax
City Council President Sabina Matos and Council President Pro Tempore Michael Correia introduced a resolution at the September 19 Council Meeting that creates a special commission to study a progressive tiered property tax in the city of Providence. The goal of the Commission will be to study and make recommendations regarding the property tax tiered system and to make further recommendations regarding appropriate changes to City procedures and State law, including study and analysis of the overall revaluation process. 
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Narducci Announces Work Beginning on Hawkins Street Bridge Restoration
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. visited the site where work is beginning on the Hawkins Street Bridge Restoration Project on September 20. Hawkins Street Bridge was closed to traffic in October of 2017 after the Rhode Island Department of Transportation found significant deterioration on several of the support beams.
In the News

Ward 8 Bingo Night
Ward 8 Councilman James Taylor has made a tradition of hosting bingo nights for his elderly constituents. His most recent bingo night was held on September 13, and he was joined by Senator Ana Quezada and Representative Scott Slater.

Majority Leader Ryan's Plastic Bag Ban to Take Effect in October
Council Majority Leader Jo-Ann Ryan introduced and passed a bill last April to ban the use of plastic bags in the City. Mayor Elorza signed the bill in May and it is set to take effect this October. While the bill was carefully written so as to not burden local businesses, it will move Providence closer to being a clean and green City!

Photo by Rebecca Ho, Brown Daily Herald
Councilwoman Kerwin Sits on Gun Violence Panel
Councilwoman Kat Kerwin was at Brown University on September 25, as part of a panel of activists to discuss gun violence issues with Brown students. The event, "Introduction to Gun Violence Prevention", was co-hosted by 3 student organizations at Brown University.
Boscov's Opens at Providence Place
On September 28, the country’s largest family-owned department store,  Boscov's , at opened at Providence Place Mall. Council President Matos, President Pro Tempore Correia, and Councilman Salvatore joined the Boscov Family, their 300 local employees, Secretary of Commerce Pryor, Secretary of Education Infante-Green, Providence Police Chief Clements, Debbie Boone, and others to help celebrate! 
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