In celebration of NeighborWorks Week 2017, “Neighborworks WORKS!”, ONE Neighborhood Builders is proud to present the 2nd Annual Olneyville OVIE Awards – a party that promises to be lots of fun and is a great opportunity to honor many individuals and organizations for the work they do in Olneyville! This red carpet event will feature an awards ceremony, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress to impress! Admission is free. RSVP to http://bit.ly/2opbtJM by June 2nd.
National Night Out 2015 @ Donigian Park, August 4th 2015
For our second annual National Night Out, we were excited to have more than 400 community members come out for an evening of free food, music, and activities. The festival was co-hosted by ONE NB and the Providence Police Department. This year’s highlights included DJ Ladyruck, Dunk-A-Cop, Olneyville vs. Police basketball game, the hula-hoop contest, free bike helmets, and raffles, including two youth bicycles. We’d like to thank all of the organizations, businesses, and volunteers who made this event possible. See you next year!
Olneyville SHINES Neighborhood Clean-Up Day, May 16th 2015
Olneyville residents came together for our annual Olneyville SHINES clean-up day, organized by the Olneyville Collaborative. We’d like to thank the 120 volunteers who came out. This year, volunteers covered 12 streets in Olneyville, collected 118 bags of trash, and disposed of 52 mattresses. Thanks to all of the organizations and residents who lent a hand!
1st Annual National Night Out @ Donigian Park, August 5th 2014
Olneyville celebrated its first annual National Night Out, a night of community-building between neighborhood residents and local police. This family event was co-hosted by the Olneyville Collaborative and the Providence Police Department and featured a DJ, a dunk tank, raffle giveaways, a hula hoop competition, and activities for kids. It was a lot of fun, and we’d like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations that partnered with us on this event.
Joslin Park Youth Soccer Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, July 2nd 2014
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of the brand-new youth soccer court in Joslin Park! The soccer court is just the first of many exciting new additions to the park. The ribbon cutting event was presented by Mayor Angel Taveras, Councilwoman Sabina Matos, and Superintendent of Parks Robert MacMahon.
Olneyville Housing’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, May 1st 2014
Olneyville Housing Corporation celebrated 25 years of Building Olneyville at a celebration at Paragon Mills, located at 39 Manton Avenue. The celebration featured an audiovisual exhibit of the Olneyville Oral History Project and a performance by Community Music Works. The OHC also honored four community partners for their contributions to the neighborhood: Building Futures, Contech Medical, Father Raymond Tetreault, and the Providence Police Department. Many thanks to our sponsors for their support!
1st annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, November 30th 2013
Starting in 2013, Councilwoman Sabina Matos organizes a Tree Lighting Celebration in Olneyville Square with the participation of member organizations of the Olneyville Collaborative. Families enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies, photos with Santa, musical performances by local groups who sang holiday carols, and of course, the lighting of the tree. The twenty foot tree was decorated with ornaments made by children from the D’Abate Community School, the Boys and Girls Club, and Providence Housing Authority. Thank you to Wes’ Rib House, Birchwood Design, and Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux & West, LLC for sponsoring the event!
Olneyville Fall Festival, October 19th 2013
The Olneyville Fall Festival is organized by members of the Olneyville Collaborative. In 2013, the Fall Fest brought over 400 children and families to Donigian Park for live music and dance performances, arts and crafts activities, games, contests, a photo booth, canoe rides on the Woonasquatucket River. Festival goers enjoyed entertainment by DJ Kabeza of Latina 100.3, Paul Lowe (jazz/R&B), Andy Rey (bachata), HUDO dance group, and the 2nd annual Olneyville’s Got Talent competition. This year’s festival also celebrated the opening of the new Woonasquatucket River Greenway Bike Path extension that runs through Donigian Park from Valley St. to Delaine St. with bicycle-powered wagon rides by Sol Chariots.
Movies in the Park Series, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21 2013
For four weeks during the summer of 2013, we hosted a movie night in the parks every Wednesday, featuring family-friendly movies on a giant inflatable screen. Families brought blankets and chairs and enjoyed free popcorn and drinks. The series, which included Ratatouille, E.T., Happy Feet, and Ghostbusters, was co-presented by Councilwoman Sabina Matos. Thank you to our sponsors: Anthony’s Drug Store, The Armory Revival Co., Freeway Car Wash, Olneyville N.Y. System, Representative John Lombardi, Senator Paul Jabour, and Wes’ Rib House.
Open Garden Day, August 10th 2013
As part of the Providence Community Grower’s Network Annual Open Garden Day, the Manton Avenue Community Garden hosted a fall succession planting workshop in our garden, located in Joslin Park on Florence Street. Over 20 gardeners attended the workshop, learning how to extend the growing season by planting fall crops, such as salad greens, kale, spinach, peas, and more. During the event, Mayor Angel Taveras stopped by for a visit and a tour of the garden led by some of our gardeners. They showed him the diversity of crops grown in the garden which reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our gardeners.
Making and Remaking Olneyville: A Neighborhood Walking Tour, May 4th 2013
Olneyville Housing co-led a neighborhood walking tour with local historian Sarah Zurier and former resident Mark Sawtelle as part of Jane’s Walk Providence. The tour talked about the industrial and urban development of Olneyville in the 19th and 20th centuries and about recent efforts to green the neighborhood and provide new recreational opportunities, to organize neighbors, to redevelop historic buildings, and to provide new places for people to live and work. Sites included historic mills and churches, new parks and community gardens, and a variety of housing from early 19th-century millworkers’ cottages to newly developed multi-family homes.