WBNA Enews 5.26.2011

WBNA Enews 5.26.2011


Upcoming Events

WBNA General Meeting, Tuesday, June 7, 7:00PM, WBNA Headquarters – Hear the results of the Historic Properties Survey of the West End and Federal Hill Neighborhoods.  Rick Greenwood of the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Jason Martin from the Department of Planning & Development and Kim Smith of the Providence Revolving Fund will present their findings and discuss possible overlay zoning districts for historic areas that including the expansion of the local historic district or the creation of a conservation district.  Interested neighbors are encouraged to attend as these processes must be neighbor driven.  Project was made possible by a Preservation is Local grant through the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

WBNA Community Development Committee, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, WBNA Headquarters-Agenda TBA

Armory Farmer’s Market, Starting Thursday June 16, 4-6PM, Dexter Training Ground

Neighborhood Block Party, Saturday, June 25, Sycamore Street between Westminster and Willow Streets, 2-8PM – Last year this event was a smashing success!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in making this year’s event great.

WBNA Crime Watch, Tuesday, June 28, 6:30PM, WBNA Headquarters – There will be no July and August Crime Watch meetings so the June meeting is important to attend.  We are asking neighbors if they have any nuisance properties that may be important to discuss.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any nuisance properties and a description of the problem.

West Side Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8PM, Dexter Training Ground – A listing of performers is coming soon!  Mark your calendars and plan your picnic in the park!


Announcing a new discount to WBNA members!!!

The WBNA member discount program welcomes West Side Wellness as a member!  Located at 379 Broadway, West Side Wellness provides focused, effective bodywork for reasonable prices.  Go to for their and other business discounts that WBNA members receive when they present their official WBNA member card.  Other participating businesses include:  Mother Mystic, Leadership Rhode Island, PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services, The Scurvy Dog, Tom’s Tree Care.

AND…another benefit of membership!!

There are three plots still available in the WBNA Community Garden, 180 Bridgham Street, to 2011 WBNA members.  For just $45, current WBNA members may have their own plot to grow food.  Compost and free seeds, and water are included in this fee.

Become a Member! WBNA relies on neighbors like you to keep our community strong.  Your investment of time and money into your local neighborhood association is instrumental in making our neighborhood a great place to Shop, Work, Eat and Live Locally and to connect, play and stay!  Go to to become a 2011 member and make a difference locally.


SWELL Soiree

Thank you to the estimated 400 neighbors who attended the May 6 SWELL Soiree to celebrate the completion of construction of 1577 Westminster Street.

A great spirit of community was in the air!

Special thanks go to:

JR from The Avery and to The Extraordinary Rendition Band for the musical entertainment

Elevation Spirits & McLaughlin and Moran for donating beer, wine and the SWELL swill

SpurwinkRI for providing tours of the apartments on the upper floors

Fertile Underground Grocery for sharing their plans for their soon-to-be grocery operating out of the space

Participating artists and contributors to the silent auction:  Lee Chartier, Elaine Collins, Genevieve Dupre, Susan Dupre, Equal Exchange Coffee, Mark Freedman, Deborah Hickey, John Jacobsen, Bruce Kaplan, Neil Lang, Frank Mullin, Matt Tracy, Diane Vatcher, Christine Malecki West, and Cindy Wilson

Raffle participants:  Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company, Julians, Li Rog, vis-à-vis hair design, Broadway Bistro, DASH, Jephry Floral Studio, Venus de Milo Restaurant, Fertile Underground Grocery, and Method Fitness

Neighborhood Yard Sale

Thank you to the over 50 addresses that participated in this past weekend’s neighborhood-wide yard sale.  The sale was our biggest and best ever with crowds of people touring the neighborhood looking for bargains!

Special thanks to:  White Electric Coffee for donating coffee and to other businesses participating on the map, and Casey Spencer for creating the posters and map


Recent updates

  • The Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway, presented several parking schemes to the Providence Historic District Commission (HDC) this past week.
  • The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program came before the WBNA Communities Development Committee on May 11 and before the Providence HDC this past week to get feedback on their design direction for the Engle Tire and Providence Auto Ignition site where they intend to put a gym, science labs, and an art room.
  • The Dexter Training Ground playground is a finalist in an application submitted by the WBNA and the Providence Parks Department to KaBOOM for a new play structure that would be built by the community this October.  If selected, neighbors will be needed to take part in the planning design, and organization of the playground that will also include 3 exercise stations for adults.


Community MusicWorks seeks A Family Engagement, Apply by June 1

The Family Engagement Coordinator position at Community MusicWorks is currently open. It is a position made possible through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. It would be wonderful to find someone from our neighborhood to fill this position, for a job description and more information, please contact Heath Marlow at Community MusicWorks This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Big Mentor Program( Big Sister of RI and Urban League of RI)

-There are 3,889 children of prisoners in RI

-Children of prisoners are 6 times more likely to become criminally involved.

Help stop this vicious cycle and become a Mentor to a child

- No cost

-Time we ask you give to children is only 6-8 hours a month

- This time can be in person, via e-mail or on the phone

-If interested, call Nicole Pope at 401-649-8716 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Deadline to get on Yard Sale Map is May 13, Sale is May 21


This Friday is the deadline to get your address on the Yard Sale MAP plus a park and a CDC meeting



(or donate items to the WBNA sale)
Spring is finally here, so clean out those closets and join us for the annual WBNA neighborhood-wide yard sale scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 8:30am-1pm.  It is less than two weeks away, but its not too late to be on the map!  For a small fee ($10!) we will put your address on our map to be distributed at local businesses and will market your yard sale through our website, email list, e-news, Facebook pages, posters and word-of-mouth!  This fee also covers the city required yard sale license fee.  If you are interested, please go to the membership page at: and in the drop-down box, select “$10-yard sale” by this Friday, May 13th (deadline to get on the map).

Help us meet our goal of 50 sales throughout the neighborhood.

Can’t host a yard sale, but still have stuff to get rid off? No problem, donate it the WBNA!  Contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through our Facebook page. Pick-up is available for large items.


WBNA Friends of Dexter Training Ground meeting:

TONIGHT, Tuesday, May 10, 7pm at WBNA.

Seeking neighbors interested in serving on this committee please come out and help organize this committee.  Our park and playground need your energy and talent so children and adults have a great park to enjoy!  Particular attention is needed to prepare for a planned fall playground rebuild.


WBNA Community Development Committee:

TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 11, 7pm at WBNA

Rob DeBlois, director of the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program, will present a proposed change in their plans for their new gym. When the WBNA Community Development Committee (CDC) met with them in March 2010, they were planning to reuse the Engle Tire building at 116 Broadway and adjacent Auto Ignition Shop. They now have a new architect and are planning to demolish the buildings in favor of new construction. This is a very important site - it is at the corner of Broadway and the Service Road/I-95, a gateway to the West Side. The WBNA CDC and the Providence Historic District Commission was very supportive of the previously proposed reuse plan


Come to the SWELL Soiree - Friday, May 6, 5-9pm!


TONIGHT Mayor Taveras at the WBNA, 7PM

Fiscal Honesty Tour – West End Community Forum

Mayor Angel Taveras will hold a community forum


Tuesday May 3, 2011

7:00 p.m.


at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association

1560 Westminster Street


The forum will focus on Providence's fiscal emergency and the steps being taken to get the city back on solid financial footing.


Director of Administration Michael D'Amico will give a detailed presentation on the city’s finances, and Mayor Taveras will answer community members’ questions.


Please attend to learn how you can help build a Stronger Providence.




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