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February 2012                      


Dear West Side Neighbor,

The WBNA hereby invites you to join your local neighborhood association for 2012!  We are made up of YOU – West Side Neighbors & Businesses and your involvement and investment keeps us running and successful. 

Our strength (and the West Side’s success) is in the numbers.  The more neighbors involved with the WBNA the more seriously we will be taken at City Hall and the State House; their first question is always, “How many members do you have?” Please help us reach our 2012 goal of 300 neighbor and business members!  The more of us there are, the more we will be HEARD and the more we will ACHIEVE.

In 2011, the WBNA and its members made great progress!  Together we:

  • Secured a grant, planned, organized and built a new playground at Dexter Training Ground
  • Completed Fertile Underground Grocery’s home in our handsome, “green” 1577 Westminster St.
  • Spearheaded Rhode Island’s FIRST group purchase solar panel program, West Side Solar
  • Monitored the construction of the Westminster Street Improvement Program
  • Won a grant from the Champlin Foundations to return a working fountain to Decatur Square
  • Held FREE Community Events including the SWELL Soiree, Neighborhood Block Party, the West Side Goblins+Gremlins Party+Parade, four West Side Thursday Concerts in July, Neighbor Day at Decatur Square, the Spring Clean-up, Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale, and our general meetings

Projects underway exceed $7.9 million, yet virtually none of that goes towards the operating expenses necessary to make these initiatives happen.  Our 2011 Annual Report along with our “2012 projects and plans” will soon be available on our website.

Join online at to make your tax-deductible contribution.  With your support, we can continue to make our neighborhood safe, clean, affordable and green for us all, and to support efforts to be SWELL: Shop, Work, Eat, and Live Local

Your neighbor,


Kari Lang, Executive Director

P.S.  Join neighbors and bring your membership check to the 9th Annual Roll-the-Dice Membership Kick-Off” on Tuesday, March 6th from 5:30-7:30pm @ Julian’s, 318 Broadway. 

Crime Watch Meeting 2/28/2012

Crime Watch Meeting 2/28/2012

FUN-A-DAY @ WBNA - Feb 10 & 11 7-11 P.M.

Support Sen Jabour at Press Conference Tomorrow Re: Our Schools

Press Conference Tomorrow with State & Local Officials Opposing Achievement First

Please join Senator Paul Jabour, Senator Harold Metts, Councilman Bryan Principe and other elected officials and community members for a press conference tomorrow as they stand in solidarity against the Achievement First Mayoral Academy proposal and demand that the Board of Regents delay its vote.
The press conference is at 11:15am tomorrow in front of the former West Broadway Elementary School, 29 Bainbridge Avenue, Providence.
We want as large a showing as possible in support of the growing list of state and local officials who oppose the Achievement First proposal. The count as of this writing is 14 State Representatives, 5 State Senators, 7 Providence city council members, the North Providence Town Council, the Cranston City Council President and several other members, and the elected school committee of Cranston, North Providence and Warwick.
Members of the Providence delegation of the General Assembly are preparing to submit legislation to protect local communities and public school districts. This legislation would impact the funding formula for state aid to education for districts which adopt a mayoral academy. Senator Jabour and others are asking for the BOR to delay so that these issues can be further vetted. 
Please show your support of the public officials who are working hard to protect us on this issue.
Councilman Principe will be releasing a comprehensive Achievement First Research Packet as well as calling out the Providence Journal for failing to cover these 3 newsworthy items: Council Davian Sanchez's official retraction of support for AF, Senator Harold Metts' letter of opposition to AF, and the letter released from 9 state reps in N Providence, Warwick and Cranston opposing the AF proposal.
Thanks you for your help and support.
Achievement First would take $6-$9 million dollars from Providence Public Schools.  The WBNA opposes Achievement First.
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The WBNA organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote our diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant, and sustainable place to live, work, and play.

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