Call for Green and Complete Streets Advisory Council Applicants

Call for Green and Complete Streets Advisory Council Applicants

Providence City Councilor David Salvatore and the Providence City Council are seeking applicants for the new Green and Complete Streets Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Monday November 8th, 2021. Interested individuals may click here to apply: https://bit.ly/3nvMPHK.

The Green and Complete Streets ordinance was passed by the City Council in July 2021. Community advocates including AARP Rhode Island, the American Heart Association, Grow Smart Rhode Island, the Providence Streets Coalition, and WalkPVD, were consulted in the drafting of the ordinance to highlight significant concerns in Providence’s street infrastructure. The ordinance calls for the creation of an advisory council that will be responsible for making recommendations regarding roadway improvement projects that fall under the Green and Complete Street initiative.

“Green and complete streets will not only improve how residents and visitors move through our city, but will also add important quality of life enhancements. We are calling on our Providence residents to join the conversation and share their valuable input as Advisory Council members as we move forward with the implementation of this initiative,” stated Councilor Salvatore.

Green and Complete streets mean streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. The design guidelines ensure that pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities can safely move along and across a street.

“The quality of roads in our neighborhoods are a key factor in the quality of life for pedestrians, drivers and bikers alike. Anyone who uses our city streets must feel safe doing so. Safety, accessibility and resiliency are what will push our city forward as we work towards a livable and sustainable future,” added the councilor.

Residents with expertise in civil engineering, architecture, city planning and environmental sustainability are especially needed on the advisory council. Older individuals and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Council advisors will serve in two-year terms.

Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. to Dedicate Hopkins Park in Honor of the Late Abelardo “Abe” Hernández

Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. to Dedicate Hopkins Park in Honor of the Late Abelardo “Abe” Hernández

Providence City Council Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. has announced that Hopkins Park will be dedicated in honor of the late Abelardo “Abe” Hernández in a ceremony this Sunday, October 31st at 1 PM. The park is located on Admiral Street in Providence between Chad Brown Street and Whipple Street.

“It is not often that you come across a man so selfless and dedicated to service as Mr. Hernández was. For decades, he shaped the lives of countless children and families in our city through soccer and afterschool programming. His loss was felt deeply by our community, and I am proud to honor him by dedicating Hopkins Park to his memory,” stated Councilman Narducci.

Abelardo Hernández was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1956 before moving to New York City in 1972. In 1997, Mr. Hernández moved to Providence with his wife and their three children, where they lived until his death on January 30, 2021. A pillar of his community, Mr. Hernández was the President of the Guatemalan Soccer League, the Vice President of the Rhode Island Soccer Association and the Vice President of the Union Deportiva de Rhode Island (UDRI). Additionally, he coached numerous youth sports programs and taught afterschool activities at William D’Abate Elementary School.

“A tireless advocate for youth programming, Abelardo Hernández did everything he could to ensure children in his community were given the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of youth sports. Hopkins Park is a place where children and families can spend quality time enjoying physical activities, nature and creating life-long memories; it is the perfect place to honor Mr. Hernández’s legacy,” added the councilman.

Councilman Narducci is a member of the Board of Parks Commissioners. On Sunday he will be joined by the Hernández family, and members of the City Council. The park was once connected to the Esek Hopkins homestead, containing a playground and adjacent soccer field which is also dedicated to Mr. Hernández. A sign will be up at the park commemorating Mr. Hernández, which will be replaced by a permanent stone memorial in the coming months.

Statement from Councilman John Goncalves Regarding Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Meeting with the Federal Highway Administration

Statement from Councilman John Goncalves Regarding Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s Meeting with the Federal Highway Administration

I would like to extend my appreciation to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) for their efforts to consult with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding South Water Street. Additionally, I want to sincerely thank the FHWA for their review and for not implementing any penalties against the City of Providence.

Though the FHWA will not be involved in any further discussion or proceedings regarding South Water Street, I commend RIDOT for their diligence as we work collaboratively towards solutions on this issue.

Moving forward, I remain committed to collaborating with businesses, developers or any other parties who are concerned about South Water Street. Most importantly, however, I will continue to advocate for the residents and constituents of our neighborhood and city who have supported these critical multimodal infrastructure plans as a way to calm traffic along the waterfront and ultimately improve quality of life in our ward.

To read our initial statement click here: https://bit.ly/3DzHpBZ

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City Council Honors Memory of World War I Veteran Carlo Lafazia with Restored Monument and Ceremonial Street Designation

Councilor David Salvatore (Ward 14) announced that plans are underway to relocate and rededicate the Lafazia Square Monument on Admiral Street after the original monument was destroyed in June of this year. A new monument is being commissioned and will be placed at a new site at 389 Admiral Street. Additionally, to honor the life and service of Carlo Lafazia, Salvatore proposed a resolution , approved by the City Council on October 7th, to designate a portion of Admiral Street as ‘LaFazia Way.’

“I was shocked and saddened when I learned that the Lafazia Square Monument was damaged beyond repair this past summer. Carlo Lafazia made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and he and his family deserve the utmost respect and honor, as do all of our veterans, even 100 years later. Lafazia represents the history of Italian immigrants in our city and their indelible contribution to our city, state and nation,” stated Councilor David Salvatore.

Carlo Lafazia was a Providence-born veteran of World War I who was killed in action. Born in 1897 to Italian immigrants Domenico and Filomena Lafazia, Carlo Lafazia served as a Private 1st Class in the 16th Infantry Regiment.

The 16th was one of the first American battalions to land on French soil in June 1917. For more than a year, Private Lafazia and his fellow infantrymen fought the Germans who were holding the Argonne Forest along the Western Front. On October 11th, 1918, just one month before the November 11th Armistice, Private Lafazia was killed fighting in the Meuse Argonne Offensive.

“Several years after the war ended, the United States disinterred the bodies of 14,000 American soldiers from French cemeteries so that they could be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Sadly, Carlo Lafazia was not among them, and could not be laid to rest at home because his remains were never found. While his memory was not afforded that honor, thanks to the Providence City Council and the City of Providence Special Committee for the Review of Commemorative Works, Carlo Lafazia’s sacrifice will not be forgotten,” stated Jeremiah C. O’Connor Sr., nephew of Carlo Lafazia.

Private Lafazia was called an “Emblem of Italian loyalty to the Stars and Stripes,” and was honored by the Providence Board of Aldermen on August 3rd, 1933, when they dedicated the original memorial square in his honor. Lafazia Square was re-dedicated by the Providence City Council on November 11th, 2017 after it was restored from an earlier defacement.

The new memorial and commemorative street designation are set to be dedicated in Spring 2022.

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