The Providence Village Newsletter: July 2018
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What is The Providence Village? A grassroots, community-based, non-profit network of mutual support for those of us who want to stay in our homes and neighborhoods as we grow older.
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Pat Mattingly Speaks at
Providence Senior Connect

Story & photos by Jane Adler

On Thursday, June 14th, Past-President of the Providence Village, Pat Mattingly,  was one of the presenters at "Providence Senior Connect - Living Life to the Fullest," a program sponsored by the City of Providence, The Diocese of Providence, United Way of Rhode Island, and The POINT.  The program, held at the Marriott Hotel on Orms Street, began with a full buffet breakfast at 8:30am and ended about ll:30am.

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza opened the event and talked briefly about how important servicing seniors is to him. Then, the  Division of Elderly Affairs, Director Charles Fogarty, offered greetings. Other presenters included Senior Medicare Patrol, Division of Elderly Affairs - Alethea Dickerson;  Alzheimer's State Plan - Donna McGowan, RI Alzheimer's Association;  Family Caregiver Alliance -  Maryam Attarpour, Director; Laughter Yoga - Louise Cadieux, instructor; Age Friendly RI, Maureen Maigret;  Senior Agenda Coalition - Bill Flynn, Director, and Ray Gagne, RI Organizing Project.

All speakers described their organizations,  explained what they offered and requested that the audience spread the word about these services so seniors in Rhode Island would  be familiar with the resources that are available to them. All presenters made the point that their organizations would welcome volunteers.

About 10:45 am, Pat Mattingly took the podium to explain who we are and what benefits and services we offer, such as transportation, technology assistance, errands, health advocacy, and home help.  He, too, identified the need for volunteers. To illustrate the dedication of some of ours, Pat told the audience that one of our PV members revealed she had a chronic illness that would soon cause her death. Three or four of our volunteers  were there for her for about three weeks helping her in her home in every way possible with transportation, visits, meals, telephone calling, and that support continued until she went into hospice.
Pat stressed our interest in engaging people to help overcome the isolation and loneliness that some of us might face as we age.  "Over 80% of our members participate in our social events; this gives them an opportunity to get out and talk to people," he pointed out. And then Pat explained where the Providence Village is headed. He said that right now we are looking at how we can best collaborate with others to promote the growth and sustainability of a Village movement here in Rhode Island.

It was an interesting and worthwhile program that gave us exposure and perhaps will secure some volunteers.  Our Past- President, Pat, did us proud.
Photos by Jane Adler
Picnickers Undeterred by Forecast
Story & photos by Phil West
L-R: Sheela Percelay, Tony Allen, Irene Hunter, Ada Winsten, Connie and George Grab

“It was supposed to rain today,” Ada Winsten told picnickers under a pavilion at Colt State Park. Clouds hung heavy over Narragansett Bay. “I’m not a believer,” Ada said, “but I made a covenant with God: ‘If it doesn’t rain, I may start thinking about you more.’ So now, I may have to keep my word. Right?”
Her audience laughed and clapped. The fourth annual Providence Village picnic drew 49 members, friends and volunteers.
Conversations ranged from bonsai plantings to history.
Tim Walsh (pictured left) told how Mark Twain knew that Ulysses S. Grant was destitute. The famed general and former president was an alcoholic and got no pension. “Twain was always looking for a way to make a buck,” Tim had read. “He told Grant: ‘If you’ll write your autobiography, I’ll publish it.’”
Grant proved a cogent writer. Twain then polished and published the former president’s manuscript. “It saved Grant’s family,” Tim said. “Grant got a check for $400,000, which was a lot of money in those days. And Twain got $200,000.”

Boxed lunches from Panera Bread arrived on the tables, while friendships formed, and conversations chased the clouds away.
Lisa Beade described the fledgling Oak Hill-Woodlawn Neighborhood Circle. “We have social relationships, but we’re looking for a deeper level of engagement. We have exercises to go beyond a superficial level of trust.”
Nancy and Glenn Ramsey, (pictured above) shared three milestones. Both had turned 80 since October, and their 60th wedding anniversary comes in June. Last Thanksgiving family arrived from across the country to celebrate. Several loved ones stayed in hotels, and a nearby daughter hosted others. A granddaughter from Texas stayed with Nancy and Glenn in Pawtucket. “Some had never met each other,” Glenn said. “We were able to share stories. It was just what we wanted, everything we hoped for.”

A Holocaust survivor and social worker, Ada Winsten has grieved the deaths of two husbands, but she embraces the positive. “Having gone through some rough patches in my own life,” she commented to a friend, “I want to leave my little piece of the world better than I found it. As we get older, it is so important to feel useful.”
R: Chuls “Charlie” Oh and Sheela Percelay watch Ada Winsten take aim.
After lunch, Ada’s annual croquet game brought out the hidden tiger in Sheela Percelay, who drove her ball through wicket after wicket. “This is the first time I played it since I was as kid,” Sheela said. “I remembered how to set up the wickets. And I remembered that if you hit an opponent’s ball, you can send him away. The short-term memory doesn’t function so well, but my long-term memory is still pretty good.”
Enjoying the view under the pavilion. Photos by Phil West
Member Spotlight:
Dorothy Licht

By Diane Strommer
Photos by Jane Adler
 Dorothy Licht, one of Rhode Island’s former first ladies, still lives in the gracious house on the East Side to which she and her husband Frank first moved in 1957. When her husband died in 1987, she had spent years as the wife of a politician who ran his first campaign—for RI State Senate—from their home, as the mother of three girls, and as a volunteer “community worker.”

She described campaigning in RI with her husband as being “on a sight-seeing trip,” going to small towns and villages others rarely had a chance to see. She and her husband went further afield during the twelve plus years he was a judge. Enjoying the long vacations necessary in pre-air conditioning days when lawyers didn’t want to try cases in a hot courthouse, they were able to travel extensively to Europe and to Israel.

She continued to travel with friends for many years. Back in Rhode Island, then and since, Dottie has been a contributor to the state and our community. An art history major at Wellesley, she naturally gravitated to Providence’s growing, rich cultural life, serving the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the RISD Museum, the State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. But what seemed of particular importance to her was working as a fundraiser for the RI Community Food Bank. In 1990 when she was a Board member, the goal was “to get rid of hunger. But today,” she noted, “57,000 people each month are being fed by the food bank. Some of these are the working poor.”

Dottie broke her leg a few years ago, lost some of her mobility, and was forced to stop driving. But she was determined to remain in her home. She had read about the Beacon Hill Village years ago and thought it interesting, so was pleased when the Providence Village was formed.
She said it was “comforting to have transportation,” particularly for medical appointments, and enjoys the luncheons at the Art Club. The Providence Village has helped her age in place.
PV & Hamilton House Co-Sponsor
Indian Cooking Demonstration

Story & Photos by Jane Adler

On Monday, June 11th at 12pm, the Providence Village and Hamilton House hosted a joint program featuring a talk and demonstration by Sanjiv Dhar, chef and owner of the Kabob and Curry and Rasoi restaurants, and invited members from both organization to attend. And they did! Both the Providence Village and Jessica Haley, the Executive Director of Hamilton House, called this event a great success.

In 1990, Dhar took over ownership of Kabob and Curry and later opened Rasoi. For the demonstration, the tables in the large room at Congregational Church, where the event was held, were set in a U shape so all could watch Sanjiv cook and listen to his comments, ideas and explanations about spices, rice, gee - items that go into making great Indian food. And the pan sizzled and the wonderful aroma filled the room.

Sanjiv Dhar received his culinary training in Austria and worked for the LeMeridien and Taj hotel groups before coming to RI to earn a master's degree in hospitality from Johnson & Wales University.
Then the surprise: the "sampling" was large enough to be considered a meal. Everyone lined up and were served scoops of lentils with spinach, cauliflower with peas and vegetable Biryani, all favorites with the audience.

What more could you ask for than a demonstration by a great chef from two of the best Indian restaurants in Rhode Island?

Neccessary Decisions:
Green Burial

By Vivian Malloy

A chance conversation, overheard at a local bakery, introduced this writer to some new and important information. Admittedly, the topic mentioned was one many people might prefer to avoid, but eventually I decided to inquire. The words “green burial” had caught my attention. And thus it happened that I met and talked with Dana Del Bonis, past president of The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Rhode Island.

This organization, dating back to 1979 and part of a national watchdog group, is dedicated to providing accurate information for individuals and families in planning appropriate and affordable funerals. FCA spreads the news by handing out materials and answering questions at the annual Senior Agenda Coalition meeting in Warwick, and by making presentations for interested local groups. Dana mentioned that initially FCA met with resistance, but in the last ten years, she has noticed a significant change. “Perhaps the increased popularity of cremation has affected people’s attitude,” she said, “or maybe just a growing acceptance of mortality and what this involves, due to such popular books as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. “

Some of the Things I Learned:

1) Is it good idea to prepay for a funeral? Dana says probably not. What’s important is to prepare. Families, individuals, should prepare in advance, because it’s very difficult for families to make appropriate decisions when newly grieving. No one wants to think about costs at such a time. Even more important, advance preparation avoids confusion and dissension within the family. “It’s a wonderful gift to your loved ones, “says Dana, “they have the consolation of being able to provide exactly what was wanted.”

For detailed information on funeral arrangements and costs, people can easily browse the website of The Funeral Consumer Alliance of Rhode Island. The organization provides price surveys of funerals and cremation, lists warnings about specific organizations and things to watch out for, and contains informational articles, such as “Four-Step Funeral Planning,” plus a kit on how to prepare.

2) What is a green burial? This is a way of interring the dead in an area kept entirely free of chemicals and non-bio-degradable material. This means no embalming is involved and only shrouds and/or bio-degradable containers are used. Here in Providence, as of September, Swan Point Cemetery will be opening up a green burial site. Individual markers/memorials will not be allowed. Instead, a centralized Monument will indicate the location of each burial. A green burial site is also located in Cumberland, in the Stearns Memorial section of the Arnold Mills Cemetery. Pets are accepted here, as well.

For further information, the FCA website is

Peter Capobianco


Peter wrote poetry and loved music, especially Tchaikovsky.  He sought hospice care in the fall of 2017. He died at age 91, and was buried in a military service at the RI Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery on June 7, 2018. He is survived by his son, Peter.

Brought up in Philadelphia, Peter at age 18 enlisted in the Navy near the end of WWII and was trained in radio communications.  Later as a salesman, Peter and his family moved often, including to Rhode Island, where his son attended Moses Brown in grade school. Later in life, Peter Sr. returned to RI where he lived at Governor House at the time of his death.
Member Group Activities
Story & Photos by Jane Adler

Please join us for the Member Group Activities, a wonderful way to have a great time and meet new, friendly people. Just a very few of the things we do include visiting museums, attending lectures, going out for lunch, attending book club, and meeting for breakfast. Many more things are planned for this summer including a boat ride, an ice cream, family time social, and the newly formed “Let’s go out for dinner,” group. Many of our events fill up quickly, so please register as soon as you can.
We are inspired by neighbors helping neighbors

We are committed to an inclusive, community-based network of mutual support

We call our endeavor The Providence Village


July 17, 2018

@ Flatbread Co.


161 Cushing St., Providence


A percentage of all proceeds will go to the Village. Come eat, socialize, and buy raffle tickets for a good cause!


We honor
Peter Capobianco
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News from the Board
The Providence Village Board gathered for a potluck and orientation of new board members in early June, at the home of former board members Cy O'Neil and Wendy Oliver, President Jim Maxwell led the group through committee reports and plans for our future. 
The board would also like to thank everyone involved for making our 2018 Annual Picnic such an enthusiastic success!
PV President, Jim Maxwell, speaking to the picnic gathering at Colt State Park.
Member Group
Join us!
  • Breakfast Club
    Thurs July 5  10am
    Butcher Shop, 157 Elmgrove Ave.
    Breakfast and interesting current events discussion. Coffee or full breakfast. Dutch treat.

  • Movie Day
    Thursday July 12   TBA

    Join us for a movie at the Avon. Title and time to be determined. Dutch treat. Lunch or dinner optional, according to time of movie. Register by July 10, 12pm.

  • River Boat Rides
    2 dates!

    Mon July 16   12 noon

    Providence River Boat ride, $10, and optional lunch at 1:00pm at Tel Aviv restaurant. Dutch treat. (Come for either or both.) Reservations close Friday, July 13, 12pm. These events fill quickly!

    Mon Aug 6   12 noon
    A second date for a River Boat Ride and lunch! Register by Friday August 3rd, 12pm.


  • Dinner Club
    Sun July 22 5pm
    Join us for our fabulous Dinner Club. We are going to Andreas on 268 Thayer Street: Greek and American food. Our first meal was a great success! Dutch treat. Andreas is part of our 10% Discount program! (For menu and prices, click here.)
  • Concert Under the Elms
    Thurs Aug 2, 6:30pm
    John Brown House, 52 Power St
    10$ or Free to RI Historical Society Members
    Music by the Driftwoods, BYO chair, blanket and/or picnic. A food truck will also be available. Dutch treat. Please register so we can sit together.

All events are subject to rescheduling. Must register for all events. Check email invitations for details, reply to Jane Adler and please leave your phone number:

* For weekend and evening activities, members may need to provide their own transportation or carpooling.

IMPORTANT: To assure that I received your email registration for any activity, make sure you receive a "thank you" email from me. All activities subject to change.
Providence Village
Board of Directors 
2017 - 18
Jim Maxwell, President
Suzanne Francis, President Elect
Pat Mattingly, Past President
Anne Connor, Secretary
Gary Leib, Treasurer
Jane Adler
Tony Allen
Lenore Bunting

Anna Cerutti
Deborah Dunning
Joe Fisler
Suzanne Francis
Bonnie Ryvicker
Terry Percelay
Peter Viner-Brown

Phil West
Laura Young

Providence Village
Advisory Council
Deborah Dunning
Barry Fain
Jay Glasson
Beverly Ledbetter
Lynette Lopes
Marcus Mitchell
Herbert Rakatansky
Dan Siegel
Barbara Sokoloff
Bill Twaddell
Phil West
New Board Member Profile
Tony Allen
Tony Allen had three careers.  Initially he taught English at the community college in Flint, MI, followed by three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.  His second career was reporting for The Providence Journal covering courts and business.   Following this, he founded Barrington Books and ran the store until retiring in 2008.  In retirement, he enjoys the Lifelong Learning Collaborative, leading classes in Roman literature, Islam, current events and other topics, and serves as a volunteer driver for the Village.
Learn more about our new offerings
Call our service coordinators
Amazon Smile Program
The Providence Village now belongs to the Amazon Smile program. This program donates a small percentage of sales to various charitable organizations. Shop at and a percentage will go back to the Providence Village. See link for further information. 

Merchant Discounts

Village Members

All Providence Village members are eligible for merchant discounts from restaurants and stores on the East Side of Providence. Please show your member card in order to receive the discount.  Participating merchants are listed below. If you take advantage of the discount, please let the merchant know that we appreciate their support!  Thank you.

Business Discounts
for Village Members & Volunteers
With Your Village ID Card
You Get 10% Discounts at the following locations

click on name for website details
268 Thayer St
Kabob & Curry
261 Thayer St
Meeting Street Café
220 Meeting St.

Pasta Beach Restaurant
195 Wayland Ave
727 East Ave


Venda Ravioli Grocery & Restaurant
265 Atwells Ave

D’Ambra Sunoco
438 Hope St
(Discount on auto servicing and tires)

East Side Shell
1100 Hope St
(Discount on auto servicing and tires)
(Can be added to a AAA discount for greater savings)


Palomino Gifts
247 Rochambeau Ave

Rhody Craft
769 Hope St

Evolve Apothecary & Spa
769A Hope St

Henry Bear's Park
736 Hope St

Stock Culinary
756 Hope St

Support our
Participating Businesses!

A Rhode Island-based meal delivery service.
Savory Fare catered for our second birthday!

If you liked the food and would like to taste more, they have an exclusive
30% discount
for your first order as a Providence Village member.
To take advantage of it, simply type "Village" in the discount code field at checkout on

Ways to Volunteer!

The Providence Village needs you!
There are many opportunities to volunteer. Training is provided for each job, and the schedule is under your control. Here are the job descriptions:
Home Help: Household Chores and Handy Help

Village Friends: Provide regular check-in calls, longer friendly phone calls, or in-person visits to members.

Member Group Activities: Help plan and assist small group social, cultural and educational activities.

Technical Support:  Assist members with computers, phones, TV remotes, i-pads, and other devices.

Driver:  Take members to and from doctors’ appointments, shopping, and errands. The schedule is flexible.

Service Coordinator: Take phone calls from members to coordinate services for them. This can be done from your home. 

To volunteer, please call us at 401-441-5240.


Age Friendly RI
Check out the website for Age Friendly RI. They have lots of very helpful information about us “older adults” in RI.
click here
Invite a Friend
Friends interested in learning more about the Village are welcome to join Member Activities; please contact Jane Adler in advance.
Please join us at our next Member Activity. We have a lot of fun and it's a great opportunity to meet others who want to meet you, too. Some new faces join in at events each month.
The Providence Village

Our Mission
The mission of the Providence Village is to create a community of mutual support, so that we can live rich, full lives in our homes and neighborhoods.

Our Vision
The Providence Village will provide a single source of access to programs and services that support a healthy, safe and satisfying life for our members.

Our Core Values
Generosity, Diversity, Engagement, Collaboration, Sustainability

Newsletter Staff:   Editor:  Wendy Oliver    
Writers:  Jane Adler, Vivian Malloy, Wendy Oliver, Diane Strommer, Phil West   
Photography:  Phil West, Jane Adler
Obituary Assistance:  Ann Connor, Amy Webb, Phil West
Design:  Amy Webb - Mockingbird Design

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email:          phone: 401-441-5240

We welcome your tax-deductible donations
Please make your checks payable to The Providence Village.
The Providence Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mailing address is: 276 Angell St. Providence RI 02906 
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