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WBNA ENEWS 8.10.2011 Design Day TOMORROW

WBNA ENEWS 8.10.2011 (scroll through to see events, on-street permit parking, West Side Solar, food cooperatives and more…)

Upcoming events

TOMORROW, Thursday, August 11 Design Day for Dexter Training Ground Playground

3pm     Children design a dream playground Location:  playground  Rain Location:  WBNA

4-7pm  Adults work on the details to prepare for  the October 11 Build Day  Location:  WBNA

Hosted by WBNA, Providence Parks Department, KaBOOM, United Healthcare, New England Patriots Foundation

Friday, August 12  Deadline to submit electric bill to pre-qualify for West Side Solar.  For more information on the program see below, including answers to “what if my house is historic?” and what to do if you have more questions.

 

"It Takes a Village Fair" at John Hope Settlement House, 7 Thomas P. Whitten Way, Thursday August 18th, 2011, 4-7pm  Come enjoy Free Food, Prizes, Raffles, Music and Learn about opportunities in your community! For more information contact Mary Mounier at 401-455-2330 ext 320 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Obed Papp at 401-421-6993 ext 314 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

August 18, 5:30-8:30pm  Picnic and Lawn Games with Urban Greens
Come and hang out with Urban Greens at the Dexter Training Ground for an informal picnic!
Urban Greens is working to open a Providence food co-op.  Join us for a friendly gathering - play lawn games, and have some tasty snacks and lemonade. Kids are more than welcome. If you're already a member, connect with fellow members, and hear about what we're working on.  If you're not a member yet, come by and find out about what we're doing and why you should become a member.  Croquet and Bocce!  Lemonade and Cookies!

Fertile Underground Grocery Establishes Working Groups

For those of you interested in becoming members of the new Fertile Underground Natural Cooperative, which needs no further introduction. (This organization is building the Fertile Underground Grocery at 1577 Westminster Street, Providence).  What I'd like to introduce here is a tentative arrangement for "Working Groups":

 "WORKING GROUPS"  (these are the real food ones:

Dry Goods: All sales other than produce. Inventory; merchandising. Ethics research & sourcing, suppliers. Signage. Stocking, rotation.
Produce & Dairy: Generally leafy & green.  Connections with farmers.  Ordering, deliveries & receiving.  Freshness & QC.  Signage. Long-term farm plans. 
Cafe & Bakery:  Hot, cold, healthy, I'm sold!  also includes bakery items & more. Menu, sourcing from the store; Operations. Bored of Health.
Value-added Goods:  Preserves, by-the-pound deli items, special sodas, snacks, oh it goes on .  Analyzing cost/price point. Labeling, Bored of Health. 
Mobile:  All sales happening elsewhere from 1577.  Vehicle Upkeep, location plans, promotion. 
(And now for the non-food ones..)
Admin, Co-op & Finance:  General meetings, proposals. Minutes, legal.  Co-op Membership, analysis, training, education. Personnel. Job descriptions. HR. Bookkeeping.  Accounts payable, analysis, filing, insurance.  Co-op development.
Communications & Info Systems:  Outreach material. (social) Media. Marketing. Print Materials; text content.  Signage. Website, & webmaster. Store machine maintenance, POS & sysadmin work. Phone, internet.
Physical Plant:  Store equipment, fixtures, spatial organization, maintenance & contracts. CLEANLINESS. Artwork, MURAL; macro merchandising.

This is my proposal for a division of labor.  This will allow us to begin focusing on specific parts of the process.   I'm trying to keep the amount of Groups small as possible for now.  If we find it necessary to split a group, so be it.  Each of these groups will be encouraged to create "sub-groups" to take care of specific things.  Don't feel you have to be involved in every aspect of any group.  But connect with that group, then smaller Groups will be formed.

I emphasize the name WORKING GROUPS as these are not intended to be meetings of a social club, but actually just tools for organizing the work.  Feel free to join a group, for now that means you will be receiving more invites to get involved on the specific Group you'd like to work with.  There isn't a work "commitment" so feel free to just get involved and see how it goes for a while.  Joining a group will get you in line to start taking on work, and helping us move this along.  To Join- just email back here and tell me what group(s) you'd like!
   Right now, nobody is getting paid, we're just now almost getting our inner core compensated for everything.  We are actively creating a business, and now have access to the retail space at 1577 Westminster.  The work begins NOW in earnest.  We're doing markets outside the space, and beginning to organize our equipment in the space.    Physical Plant is an area where a lot of work will be happening in-the-now. Spatial folks, movers, and mural artists!!  Helping participate in the discussions & research of Dry Goods will also be very helpful.  Farmers, get in the loop on the Produce Group.  Graphics folks- Communications can use you.  I think you get the picture.  You can join multiple groups.  Get in as deep as you want.
    For those of you who asked us for a job: this is our application process.  We're all putting in a lot up front, we're going to have to expect that from others as well.   We are tracking up front time, which will be valued, to later be potential store credit etc, when we are stable enough to get you back.  We welcome volunteers, and for more committed folks, we are open to helping you in what ways we can.  Those who show themselves to be like-minded and proactive and vibe with us well will become the crew and team for the Fertile Underground Grocery, operated by the Fertile Underground Natural Cooperative, a worker-cooperative  (group ownership & control.  you can join- prove yourself!!). 
   Yes, now is certainly a good day to work together.  WE are the Ones We've been Waiting For. 
   Truly Yours, 
  Michael

Overnight on-street public permit parking

The Mayor and the City Council are discussing possibly expanding the overnight on-street public parking permit program citywide.  Much of this neighborhood is currently in a  pilot program for permit parking.  Other areas such as the area between Messer Street and Route 10 are not in the pilot area yet many neighbors in that area would like to see the program expanded to encompass their area.  Our City Council people, Councilwoman Matos and Councilman Principe are supportive of a citywide expansion; however, other council people are not.  Please sign the attached petition and/or write letters to the Mayor and City Council to help maintain and expand our demonstration project.  Thank you to neighbor James Ruh for sending this information along.

FYI – check out the link below.  I sent in the petition.  Please pass onto anyone in the city that hates the ban on parking.  The city council is close to voting on this so hopefully we can put it through!

Article

http://providencedailydose.com/2011/08/01/providence-on-the-verge-of-lifting-overnight-parking-ban-but-needs-your-help/#comments

Link to send petition to the city

http://citizenspeak.org/campaign/lesterprov/overnight-parking-providence-now

WEST SIDE SOLAR

Attention Neighbors interested in getting solar panels on your home or business!!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO NEIGHBORS. The more West Side homes and business that participate the better pricing we can get for installation and equipment.  So far 105 business and resident West Siders have signed up to pre-qualify! 

Questions? Many neighbors want to know what size PV system can fit on their house? And how much money they will save on their electric bill with PV? Each location is site specific, however, for a preliminary look to see if your roof is facing a good direction to collect solar power and how much you could save, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring your electric bill to WBNA, 1560 Westminster Street, 02909

West Side Solar Summary

WBNA is sponsoring a neighborhood-wide Solar PV bulk purchase and installation program to be implemented in the Fall of 2011.  Residents and building owners of the West Broadway neighborhood can sign up for the program which will allow for participants to generate solar renewable energy for use in their homes and buildings.  The program is a neighborhood wide effort which will benefit from lower bulk sales and installation pricing and simplification of financing.

WBNA will form a separate legal entity named WBNA Solar Owner LLC, to purchase, own and lease the solar PV equipment to the participants.  WBNA Solar Owner LLC plans to receive loans and grants from the RI Economic Development Corporation and the RI Office of Energy Resources, in addition to federal subsidies, to finance the purchase and installation of the Solar PV. 

WBNA Solar Owner LLC will contract with the selected solar vendor to provide and install the Solar PV equipment onto the individual rooftops of the participants.  Each of the resident and building owner participants will enter into a 10-year lease with WBNA Solar Owner LLC.  During the time of the lease, all electricity generated by Solar PV will be used by or credited to the account of the participant resident or building owner.

The average system size for a neighborhood home is expected to be a 4 kW array (other systems can be smaller or larger depending on roof size and this just serves as an example).  The average system is expected to produce 4,600-4,700 KwH of electricity a year, which would be approximately 60-80% of the electricity used by typical residence in the neighborhood.  Note that an individual analysis must be performed on each building to give specific estimates for each participant.

There is no cost for potential participants to pre-qualify their building for the neighborhood-wide Solar Program.  Residents must provide WBNA a recent National Grid electric bill in order to perform a pre-qualifying analysis.  In order to commit to the program, pre-qualified resident and building owner participants must put a refundable deposit of $250 / kW system size expected.  If the project does not move forward with a minimum amount of participants, the deposit will be returned to the participant.  During the term of the 10-year lease, each participant will pay WBNA Solar Owner LLC $20- $25 / kW system size installed per month as an equipment lease payment. So for an average system size of 4 kW a participant will need to pay an initial down payment of $1,000 and will have lease payments of $80 - 100 per month for 10 years. Note that participants may need to pay additional upfront costs if their building or roof needs to be modified because of less than ideal installation circumstances.  Also note, that these cost could be lower depending on the number of participants. The goal is to get every customer as close as possible to 100% of electric needs at the same cost or less of what you currently pay for electricity.

At least 25 residents and building owner participants must be pre-qualified and committed by Aug 15 to move forward with the project.  For every additional 15 residents that are pre-qualified and committed by Aug 15 we expect to see additional savings in the cost of bulk purchase and installation.  The solar vendor is expected to be selected through an RFP process by Sept 15 with installations starting Oct 1.  It is expected that all installations will be complete by Dec 1.

What if my house is historic?  Most of the WBNA focus area is in a National Register Historic District and some of the area is in a local historic district.  This means participating projects will need to be reviewed by the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. This does not mean that “historic” houses cannot have solar panels.  Each situation will be unique. Houses whose south facing façade faces the rear of the property should not have a problem getting approval.  Houses with the south facing façade facing the front of the property might not qualify or have more of a challenge.  This project will be a great opportunity to work with these offices to work on the compatibility of solar panels in historic neighborhoods.

If interested email, your electric bill as a PDF  to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" title="blocked::mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name, address, and email.  It is important to include the page of your bill that lists the electric usage for the past 12 months.

More questions?  That’s OK.  While we have to move quickly with this program to make the federal tax credit Dec. 31 deadline, the program is still being developed as we proceed.  We want to make it a program that works for everyone.  Email us your questions and while we might not be able to answer all of them right away, your questions will help us shape the program and know what we need to get answered to make it work.

Thank you!        Kari, WBNA

TONIGHT! AS220's CrissCross Orchestra in Dexter Training Ground Park from 6-8pm!

TONIGHT! AS220's CrissCross Orchestra in Dexter Training Ground Park from 6-8pm!

This is the rescheduled show from two weeks ago! Hope you can come!

"Criss Cross" is worldwide, polyrhythmic music that combines traditional native African, American, Caribbean, Cuban, Latin American and European musical styles, and includes the tonality, improvisations, and other musical dynamics found in Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Hip Hop.

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The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra is:

Obuamah Laud Addy - musical director, lead vocals, percussion, and award winning Ghanaian ...composer featured in Wynton Marsalis "Congo Square" project.
Gerry Heroux - trumpet, French horn
Wendy Klein - flute
Cliff Wood - saxophone
Phil Edmonds - accordion, tin whistle
Liam Sullivan - guitar
Paul Caraher - bass
Justin Caraher - drums
Jason Roseman - steel pans
Winnie Lambrecht - vocals, percussion
DeeDee Brown - vocals

Cheryl Birmingham - manager
Umberto Crenca - producer

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PLUS special appearance by Spoken Word Artist Christoper Johnson!


West Side Thursdays is a part of “Celebrate Providence 375 Years!” Neighborhood Performing Arts Series. It is brought to you by The West Broadway Neighborhood Association and sponsored by the City of Providence, Mayor Angel Taveras and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Seven Stars Bakery, Farm Fresh RI and the Blood Bank of Rhode Island.

The West Broadway Neighborhood is proud to join Providence in celebrating 375 years of freedom, hope, roots and ingenuity.

Special thanks to the talented Casey Spencer for our poster design!

Urban neighborhood plans bulk solar panel project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Broadway Neighborhood Association, 1560 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909
Contact: Kari Lang, 401-301-3821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Urban neighborhood plans bulk solar panel project
West side residents, businesses meet to shape first-of-its-kind green energy program
(TOMORROW AT 7PM)

Providence, Rhode Island – August 1, 2011 – An urban neighborhood may be the last place you would expect to implement a mass solar energy program, but Providence’s west side is on the verge of doing just that.
Tomorrow, August 2, at 7 p.m. residents and businesses of Federal Hill and the West End are meeting at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) to help shape a large-scale green energy program in their neighborhood with the support of the RI Economic Development Corporation, RI Office of Energy Resources and RI Renewable Energy Fund, along with federal tax credits.
By buying solar panels in bulk and implementing the program before the end of the year, the group would benefit from lower pricing on installation and equipment and from energy incentives that would offset costs.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for west side residents and businesses,” said Kari Lang, Executive Director of the WBNA and key sponsor of the program. “By leveraging tax credits and renewable energy subsidies through this program now, community members can generate solar energy for use in their own homes and buildings for years to come, with minimal initial investment. The West Side Solar Energy Program would make getting and installing solar panels affordable and simple.” 
Tomorrow’s informational meeting will detail how the program works and the time frame in which it must be implemented for maximum cost savings. Federal tax credits expire at the end of this year, requiring the program to be underway this fall. There is no cost to pre-qualify a building for potential participation in the program. Qualification depends on the specific site of a building, such as roof direction and shading issues.
Should a building pre-qualify, the owner would pay an affordable initial deposit with monthly lease payments. During the time of the lease, all electricity generated by a building’s solar panel system would be used by or credited to the account of the participant resident or building owner.
“This is the first community-designed, community-run, large-scale green energy project implemented in a Rhode Island urban setting,” said Lang. “The west side is known for taking on demonstration projects; our program could serve as a model for other communities looking to support the environment by using green energy alternatives.”
West Side residents and businesses are invited to attend tomorrow’s informational meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the WBNA, 1560 Westminster Street, Providence. WBNA requests that interested neighbors bring along a copy of their electric bill tomorrow so that their building(s) can be pre-qualified. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name and address. Use email subject line: West Side Solar is appreciated.
Established in 1983, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play.  For more information about the WBNA, please visit www.wbna.org or call 401.831.9344.
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WBNA Enews 7.9.2011

WBNA Enews 7.9.2011

Upcoming Events

 Community Meeting on a Proposed Reuse for the Asa Messer School Building on Tuesday, July 12, 6-7:30PM at Asa Messer School, 158 Messer Street

 The Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway (The Wedding Cake House) will come before the Providence Zoning Board of Review on Thursday, July 14 at 5:30PM (in the Probate Court Chamber, floor 5 of Providence City Hall).  Please come out to support the renovation of this neighborhood landmark.  It has sat vacant for years and needs immediate attention.  For more information on the proposed project by Community Works RI with participation by the Providence Revolving Fund and Donald Powers Architects, please contact Carrie Marsh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


West Side Thursdays each Thursday in July from 6-8 PM at the Dexter Training Ground

July 14 Double Decker Dance Band

July 21 The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra (also come for the blood drive by the RI Blood Center and Park View Nursing Home from 5-8PM)

July 28  Carlos DeLeon Latin Jazz

Aug 4 Rain Date

WBNA thanks our sponsors Mayor Taveras, Celebrate Providence 375 Years, Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and Seven Stars Bakery

Parade Street Famers Market each Thursday from 4-7 PM at the Dexter Training Ground

Tuesday, July 26, 7PM at the WBNA – Want Solar Panels?  Julian Dash of the RI Economic Dev. Corp and Jerome Garciano, a consultant for WBNA, will explain West Side Solar, a new WBNA program, that is looking for 25 or more neighbors or businesses to join together to purchase solar panels for their properties. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

your attendance as we may contact you for some advance information from you to make this meeting as productive as possible.

  • West Side Solar will make alternative energy affordable, simple, and easy to install and manage for regular Rhode Islanders through a neighborhood group purchase program in which individual West Side homeowners can participate.  This program intends to increase alternative energy usage thereby reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources and increasing jobs for RI renewable energy businesses.

Playground Design Day - the WBNA and the Providence Parks Department received a grant from KaBOOM and United Healthcare to rebuild the playground at Dexter Training Ground which is worn out and in need of repair.  There will be a design day for children and adults in August (date tbd) with a Community Build on Tuesday, October 11.  We need the participation of MANY neighbors to make this happen.  Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help.

Fertile Underground News from Michael Giroux

  We will be hosting our first simple open-air market this Sunday morning from 9-12. (July 10)  We are starting very small, and growing the way we always have: humbly, gradually, and consistently!  Visit us outside our new store space at 1577 Westminster, and come pick up some veggies! 
  And more... Pick up a copy of the Prov Phoenix today, there is a wonderful article on page 6, casting more thought-seeds into fertile brains.  The newest up-to-date info on the Grocery- I'll only entice you, go to your local shop to get your hard copy.  Cut it out and save it if you will, mayhaps get it to us when you see us this weekend! 
  We're starting with Sunday mornings for consistent market- feel free to tell us when you'd like to see the produce available.  We will be out there more and more as the month progresses.  We're beginning buildout very soon, as we finalize all the details toward our transition into the space. 
  Thanks for keeping along with us, thanks for all of your support in so many different ways; we truly appreciate all the response we get from you.  We look forward to bringing the real vedge home, and interacting more with you on the real level. 
   And do go watch the Woolies great video about our proposed trip to the Moon.  Will you be joining us?  Really, it's going to be a GAS!! 
   Thanks for it all, 
  Michael

FUN BUS AND MINI FUN BUS AT THE DEXTER TRAINING GROUND

The Providence Parks Department has scheduled our Recreation Fun Bus to visit Dexter Training Ground on Mon, 7/18 and Thurs, 8/04, from noon – 4pm.  The “Mini” Fun Bus will be there on Thurs, 7/07, Tues, 7/19, Fri, 7/29, and Wed, 8/10, all from 10am – noon.  The Fun Bus and “Mini” Fun Bus both come w/a crew who engage kids in various activities like field games, races and other friendly competitions, arts & crafts and face painting and the Fun Bus comes w/our giant inflatable obstacle course. 

 More Fresh Produce

Adrian Fulk from Runaway Farm in Little Compton, RI sets up his organic farm stand at CrossFit Providence every Monday from 3 - 7pm.  He is selling fresh, local organic vegetables and CSAs are still available!  

Farm Stand Location:  CrossFit Providence, 425 Washington Street.

Hours:  Every Monday 3 - 7pm

Adrian's Website:  www.runawayfarmcsa.com

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