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Last week some Ward 3 residents witnessed a shooting on Camp Street between Cypress and Doyle Avenues, and this week we all learned of the shooting in Las Vegas. Incidents of gun violence strike close to my heart, as they do for many of you. About 10 years ago I lost a dear friend to gun violence who got caught in the crossfire while leaving a store in Brooklyn. He was his mother’s only child.
Gun violence continues to plague our communities. Many lives are endangered or taken due to senseless acts. We must continue to push state and federal legislators to implement stronger gun laws. We must take action.

This summer I was extremely pleased to see the RI General Assembly pass The Protect RI Families Act championed by Rep. Teresa Tanzi and Sen. Harold Metts prohibiting gun possession by domestic abusers. But a number of gun safety bills (guns in schools, high capacity magazines) failed to pass. There is much more work to be done here in Rhode Island and across our country. Let's stand together for sensible gun legislation. 

I have spoken with Mayor Elorza and Lt. Donnelly about safety concerns and reopening the police substation on Camp Street. We are doing some research and should have an update regarding the next steps at the Ward 3 community meeting on October 18.

Nirva LaFortune
City Councilor, Ward 3

Please share this newsletter with neighbors!  This is the second edition of a new, regular newsletter from your city council representative with news from the council, the city and from Ward 3. Encourage others  to sign up here:
At the September 26th City Council meeting few substantive votes were taken. You can review agenda and related documents here

Two highlights from the October 5th City Council meeting (agenda and related documents here):

NEW NEIGHBOR: Jewish Family Service, Inc a non-profit community organization that has been serving Providence since 1929 will soon occupy 1165 North Main Street. City council approved a tax exempt ordinance for the organization.
PUBLIC SAFETY REPAIRS: City Council passed a resolution to earmark funds in the upcoming bond issue to cover the cost for repairs at the Providence Public Safety Complex.

BIKE LANE UPDATE: Councilman Aponte's resolution requesting traffic and economic impact studies be completed for any new bike lane proposals was vetoed by Mayor Elorza. I will continue to work with the RI Bicycle Coalition and others to make our city cycle friendly. I encourage you to voice your opinion to the mayor and city councilors.

The next council meeting is October 19 at 7 pm. For more meeting details:
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Rochambeau Fire Station
Last week the Providence Planning Department held an open house at the former Rochambeau Avenue fire station and invited the community to tour the site and offer ideas for future use. There were many interesting and creative proposals ranging from a community center, theater, dance studio, museum, and maintain it as a fire station. I have asked the planning department to host a community discussion about the various options for the space and to share their understanding of our community’s needs.
Planning Underway for Sidewalk Repairs
Over the summer, the Providence City Council approved an infrastructure bond, and planning is underway to repair streets and sidewalks. The bond has allocated $3 million for sidewalk repair and will pay for the inspection and assessment of all the city’s sidewalks. I heard a great deal about sidewalk repair when I campaigned, and my team shared a status report on sidewalks to help Ward 3 understand the city’s current work. The Public Works department hopes to perform a complete sidewalk inventory. A proposal for a semi-automated system is being reviewed that will use a to roll along sidewalks, assess their condition, and add the information into an electronic database. This would improve the efficiency of the current system, but may not be effective in all communities. Stay tuned for more updates.
Ward 3 Community Forum & Coffee Hours
I am planning my first Ward 3 Community Forum on Wednesday, October 18th at 6pm at Martin Luther King Elementary on Camp Street. I have heard from many of you that you want a forum to bring all parts of our ward together to share and strengthen our community. I will also be holding open Coffee Hours in the ward so people can drop in with a question or an idea. I am working hard to be present and accessible, and I appreciate your help and support! 
Your Voice Needed on School Building Improvements
Mayor Elorza recently announced a commitment to invest up to $400 million in Providence’s public school buildings over the next 10 years and launched a yearlong visioning process to hear from the community. I hope you’ll be able to attend the "Our Learning Spaces" planning series this month. 
Workshops on October 10th and October 12th will focus on creating a shared vision for what we want our learning spaces to be. Please make sure your experiences and creative solutions are included in this critical conversation about our school facilities.
Citywide Community Feedback Session on October 17th will feature a presentation by the design team of the information gathered in the Workshop sessions and to hear further feedback on these ideas and priorities for Providence Schools.
Spanish-language interpretation, refreshments, and childcare will be provided. If you have questions, please contact
Please join us:
Oct 10, 12
Citywide Workshops on Public School Building Improvements
Share your experiences and ideas for improvements to our city's public schools!  
>> more details 
Wednesday, Oct 18, 6-8pm
Ward 3's First Community Meeting
Please join Nirva for her first Ward 3 Community Meeting. Hear from city departments. Discuss ways to improve safety and infrastructure.
MLK Elementary, 35 Camp Street
>> more details
Friday, Oct 13
Eastside / Mount Hope YMCA Annual Swim with Pumpkins 
Open to all! No need to be a member! 
Eastside YMCA, 438 Hope Street
>> more details
Saturday, Oct 25, 6:30pm
7th Annual Fall Cookoff
Bring your favorite CRANBERRY dish or just come ready to vote on your favorite. Email to enter.
Seven Stars, 820 Hope St.
>> more details
Tuesday, Oct 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Citywide Community Feedback on Public School Buildings
Hear from the design team on workshop results and give input on the priorities!
PCTA, 41 Fricker St, Providence
>> more details 
Coming Soon
Nirva will be hosting
Ward 3
Coffee Hours
Please visit the new Ward 3 Resources page of my web site for links to emergency and city services, Ward 3 neighborhood groups and more!


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