WBNA Enews 11.29.2011

WBNA Enews 11.29.2011

Scroll down for information on a proposed liquor store for Westminster Street; two grants for our neighborhood;, a public hearing on the Luongo Square improvements; a chance to advertise in the WBNA calendar; open house at Asa Messer School; a chance to get on the Providence school board; notice of the Achievement First hearings; JUMP! and East Side Ballet move to the West Side; and Fertile Underground is open on Thursdays and Sundays!

TOMORROW, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 1pm, 1st floor of City Hall, Board of License Hearing for 1187 Westminster Street:  There is a request to move a liquor license from 248 Dexter Street to 1187 Westminster Street on the docket for the Board of Licenses on November 30 at 1 p.m. Councilman Principe, Wiggin Village, the WBNA, and Lt. San Lucas are opposing this application. Neighbors, please come out to speak against this request for a liquor store at this location.

GOOD Grant News!!!

West Side Solar: The Rhode Island Economic Corporation awarded the WBNA $500,000 for our West Side Solar program. This award will enable between 18-25 neighborhood homes and businesses to receive solar panels as a part of West Side Solar. Site visits and historic review are in process.

 Luongo/Decatur Square Enhancement Program: The Champlin Foundations awarded the WBNA $75,000 for a working fountain at the square. This will complement the enhancements that are planned for the square as a part of a RI Department of Transportation Enhancement grant the WBNA received in the early 2000s that will be constructed this spring and summer. ATTENTION: There will be a public meeting to review the plans for Luongo/Decatur Square on Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm at the WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street. Comments will be taken and then the project will be put out to bid so construction can begin during the 2012 construction season. Please spread the word to neighbors in the Column!

 WBNA 2012 Calendar:  The 2012 is in production and will be distributed FREE to WBNA members at the 2012 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 10! The Calendar is a great place for local businesses to advertise to our members and neighbors!  Deadline is advertise is December 5 th 2011! 

ATTENTION: Day Blocks” are available for only $15.00/block for neighbors!  Have your child’s birthday, your anniversary,  a special occasion in your life printed on the 2012 WBNA calendar.  What better way to show your loved ones you care!

If you would like to purchase advertising space, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text38575+'<\/a>'; //--> (please make sure you use the words CALENDAR ADVERTISING in the subject line) and she will email you a list of the advertising opportunities.



Providence Public Schools are holding their elementary school open houses next week for prospective kindergartners. Asa Messer, one of our neighborhood elementary schools, will be holding its tours at the following times (by appointment):

Monday, December 5 10am to 1pm

Tuesday, December 6 10am to 1pm

Wednesday, December 7 10am to 6pm

Thursday, December 8 10am to 1pm

 Call Asa Messer at 401.456.9401 or 401.456.9402 to schedule an appointment to tour the school.


Also, FYI school registration happens in January this year (not March).


WBNA will gladly email you a flyer with more information on the school tours from Providence Public Schools. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



RIDE schedules public hearings on Achievement First charter application

 The R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) has scheduled two public hearings on the application from Achievement First and the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies to open two Mayoral Academy elementary schools in Providence.

The schools would draw students from Cranston, North Providence, and Warwick as well as from Providence. The first school would open in the fall of 2013, and the second in the fall of 2014. Each would grow by adding one grade each year to a full total enrollment (both schools combined) of 920 students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Following the public hearings, the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education will consider whether to give the application preliminary approval, which would allow Achievement First to move forward with the planning process.


The public hearings are scheduled for:


Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m.

Robert F. Kennedy  Elementary School, 195 Nelson St., Providence 02908


Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, 375 Adelaide Ave., Providence 02907


A copy of the charter application is posted on the RIDE Web site, at:


The public is invited to send comments on the application to the Board of Regents by e-mail, to: 


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Please note: The WBNA supports walkable, neighborhood public schools and in keeping with this position, is opposed to the Achievement First’s application to come to Providence. Achievement First schools will take funds away from our public schools and cause other impacts. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like a fact sheet with more information.


Commission Launches Search for Providence School Board Candidates

Post offers opportunity to shape future of Providence Schools; deadline for application is Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

 PROVIDENCE, RI The Providence School Board Nominating Commission has begun accepting applications for the three positions on the School Board that have terms expiring on December 31, 2011.


The School Board application deadline is 4PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.


The application can be filled out online at the City’s website, at or downloaded and filled out as a PDF at


If not accessed electronically, applications can be picked up and returned to the Office of Neighborhood Services, on the second floor of Providence City Hall. Applications can also be picked up in the Central Office of the Providence Public School Department, located on the third floor of 797 Westminster Street. The City is also sending letters reaching out to community groups throughout the City to encourage individuals to apply.


The WBNA encourages neighbors to apply so there will be West Side representation!


East Side Ballet / ESB and JUMP! has moved to Trinity Restoration on the corner of Broad and Bridgham


JUMP!, Providence's premiere youth dance company will perform its holiday classic based on the book THE POLAR EXPRESS by local author, Chris Van Allsburg on Dec. 10 @ 2 and 6 pm and on Dec 11 at 2 pm at Hope High School.

Don't miss this year's SCENES FROM THE POLAR EXPRESS!  Tickets are available by calling:529.4391 or on our website:
Check out the company's
for more information on JUMP! and this holiday event!


Children under 15: $7               Adults: $15

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Our Neighborhood Natural Foods Grocery is OPEN

Fertile Underground Grocery and Cafe will be open this Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm, offering an indoor Farmer's Market, coffee service and treats.

Through the month of December you can find us open for business at least on Thursdays from 4 to 7, and Sundays from 10 to 2 and later...  with additional services coming online each week. 

Hey Providence! It's Your Birthday!


Goblins and Gremlins Party & Parade - Oct 29!


Goblins & Gremlins Party+Parade CANCELLED

Due to the inclement weather conditions for

Saturday October 29, 2011

West Side

Goblins & Gremlins

Party & Parade

has been CANCELLED

 We are sorry for the inconvenience

Goblins & Gremlins Party+Parade CANCELLED

Due to the inclement weather conditions for

Saturday October 29, 2011

 West Side Goblins & Gremlins Party & Parade

has been CANCELLED

We are sorry for the inconvenience

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