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WBNA Enews March 29, 2011

ENEWS March 29, 2011

JOIN THE SCHOOL BOARD

Anyone interested in public education and shaping the future of Providence schools? Providence’s School Board has an opening.  Consider it a great way to make a difference and experience public service, especially in light of recent announcements surrounding our West Side Public Schools.  Deadline to apply is this Friday, April 1.
http://cityof.providenceri.com/mayor/commission-launches-search-to-fill-school-board

Also, if you haven’t already, go to www.wspec.org to keep up with what’s happening on our neighborhood schools.  The West Side Public Education Coalition is asking West Side neighbors go to their site and take a short survey.  WBNA has been working in collaboration and as a member of WSPEC.

ANY WBNA MEMBERS LOOKING FOR A GARDEN PLOT?

Membership in the WBNA Westminster/Bridgham Street Community Garden is available to WBNA members.  The annual garden membership fee is $45, which includes use of a 4’ x 16’ plot, free water, annual compost delivery, membership in South Side Community Land Trust’s Providence Community Growers’ Network and many other benefits.  Gardeners are required to maintain their plot from May through October each year, help with maintenance of shared spaces in the garden, and partiacipate in three annual garden work days (spring, summer and fall).  Membership is available on a first come first serve basis to WBNA members in good standing.  To become a garden member, contact garden coordinator Rachel Newman Greene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SAVETHE DATE SWELL Soiree:  An Open House Celebrating the Grand Opening of 1577 Westminster Street, Friday, May 6 from 5:30-9:00 PM

Tour the long-awaited new construction at 1577 Westminster Street.  Attend a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Angel Taveras.  See the future home of Fertile Underground Grocery, the West Side’s first ever affordable, natural foods grocery. View the supportive housing apartments owned and managed by SpurwinkRI. PARTY at the SWELL Soiree hosted by the WBNA and SpurwinkRI. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

P.S.  Help make the Fertile Underground Grocery Happen by going to: kickstarter.com/projects/funderground/fertile-underground-grocery

Neighborhood-wide Spring Clean-up: Saturday April 16, 8:30am-1:00pm. We are looking for Street Captains to volunteer to lead the clean-up on your street.  It is easy and fun.  Go to http://www.wbna.org/grassroots-activities/317-spring-cleanup to find out the basics about our annual clean-up and what it means to be a street captain.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be a spring clean-up street captain.

WBNA Annual Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale: Speaking of spring cleaning….Clean out your neglected treasures (stuff, quality junk, etc.) and sell your unloved items during the WBNA Annual Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 21st from 8:30am-1:00pm.  For just $10 you get a spot on the Official Neighborhood Yard Sale Map, advertising, and an official city yard sale permit.  This map will be handed out FREE of charge at local West Side businesses, and at the WBNA and all participating sales.  The map will also be online.  To get your address on the map go to http://www.wbna.org/join , when you select member level in the drop down menu, choose Yard Sale Listing $10.  While you are there, if you are not yet a member, sign up to become a WBNA member too!  Not to mention being part of one of the “funnest” events of the year and a few extra sheckles to your pocket.  Help us meet our goal of 50 sales on the map!

Don’t feel like selling? No problem.  Donate your tax-deductible items to the WBNA for our sale that same day at the WBNA Headquarters/Yard Sale Central.  If you have any ITEMS to donate to the WBNA yard sale please call 831-9344 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of donations.  All proceeds from the yard sale benefit the WBNA.

 

Quality of Life issues: Our neighbors in Elmwood have drafted a petition to help “Increase fines and penalties for loud Boom Cars”.  Lt. San Lucas, Providence Police District Commander for our neighborhood, supports this petition.  Please click here to sign the petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nomoreboomscarsprovidence/

 

WBNA Enews March 29, 2011

ENEWS March 29, 2011

JOIN THE SCHOOL BOARD

Anyone interested in public education and shaping the future of Providence schools? Providence’s School Board has an opening.  Consider it a great way to make a difference and experience public service, especially in light of recent announcements surrounding our West Side Public Schools.  Deadline to apply is this Friday, April 1.
http://cityof.providenceri.com/mayor/commission-launches-search-to-fill-school-board

Also, if you haven’t already, go to www.wspec.org to keep up with what’s happening on our neighborhood schools.  The West Side Public Education Coalition is asking West Side neighbors go to their site and take a short survey.  WBNA has been working in collaboration and as a member of WSPEC.

ANY WBNA MEMBERS LOOKING FOR A GARDEN PLOT?

Membership in the WBNA Westminster/Bridgham Street Community Garden is available to WBNA members.  The annual garden membership fee is $45, which includes use of a 4’ x 16’ plot, free water, annual compost delivery, membership in South Side Community Land Trust’s Providence Community Growers’ Network and many other benefits.  Gardeners are required to maintain their plot from May through October each year, help with maintenance of shared spaces in the garden, and partiacipate in three annual garden work days (spring, summer and fall).  Membership is available on a first come first serve basis to WBNA members in good standing.  To become a garden member, contact garden coordinator Rachel Newman Greene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SAVETHE DATE SWELL Soiree:  An Open House Celebrating the Grand Opening of 1577 Westminster Street, Friday, May 6 from 5:30-9:00 PM

Tour the long-awaited new construction at 1577 Westminster Street.  Attend a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Angel Taveras.  See the future home of Fertile Underground Grocery, the West Side’s first ever affordable, natural foods grocery. View the supportive housing apartments owned and managed by SpurwinkRI. PARTY at the SWELL Soiree hosted by the WBNA and SpurwinkRI. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

P.S.  Help make the Fertile Underground Grocery Happen by going to: kickstarter.com/projects/funderground/fertile-underground-grocery

Neighborhood-wide Spring Clean-up: Saturday April 16, 8:30am-1:00pm. We are looking for Street Captains to volunteer to lead the clean-up on your street.  It is easy and fun.  Go to http://www.wbna.org/grassroots-activities/317-spring-cleanup to find out the basics about our annual clean-up and what it means to be a street captain.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be a spring clean-up street captain.

 

WBNA Annual Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale: Speaking of spring cleaning….Clean out your neglected treasures (stuff, quality junk, etc.) and sell your unloved items during the WBNA Annual Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 21st from 8:30am-1:00pm.  For just $10 you get a spot on the Official Neighborhood Yard Sale Map, advertising, and an official city yard sale permit.  This map will be handed out FREE of charge at local West Side businesses, and at the WBNA and all participating sales.  The map will also be online.  To get your address on the map go to http://www.wbna.org/join , when you select member level in the drop down menu, choose Yard Sale Listing $10.  While you are there, if you are not yet a member, sign up to become a WBNA member too!  Not to mention being part of one of the “funnest” events of the year and a few extra sheckles to your pocket.  Help us meet our goal of 50 sales on the map!

 

Don’t feel like selling? No problem.  Donate your tax-deductible items to the WBNA for our sale that same day at the WBNA Headquarters/Yard Sale Central.  If you have any ITEMS to donate to the WBNA yard sale please call 831-9344 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of donations.  All proceeds from the yard sale benefit the WBNA.

 

Quality of Life issues: Our neighbors in Elmwood have drafted a petition to help “Increase fines and penalties for loud Boom Cars”.  Lt. San Lucas, Providence Police District Commander for our neighborhood, supports this petition.  Please click here to sign the petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nomoreboomscarsprovidence/

 

Take two minutes of your time for the West Side

Hi Neighbors,
I know we don't all have time in our busy days for lengthy explanations so before I get into the "why" here's the "what":
Go to www.wspec.org and fill out the two minute online survey. If you've got a few more minutes, sign up for the email list and mark your calendar for Saturday's March to the Community Forum from Hudson Street Market at 8am.
Now here's the important news about what's going on in our community...
Nearly two weeks ago, the Providence Public School District and Mayor Taveras proposed closing 6 public schools. 4 of them (3 elementary and 1 middle school) serve our neighborhood.
No matter what you plan to do for your children's education, having viable neighborhood public schools on the west side has a profound impact on the health and stability of our community. Looking further into the future, supporting neighborhood schools also protects the Mayor's tax base, as residents are likely to flee an area of the city that does not have viable schools thereby driving down property values and tax revenues.
Community advocates have been telling the City and School Dept for years that our neighborhood is experiencing a baby boom and that we need to support our neighborhood public schools in order to support the health of our neighborhood and the city as a whole.
In an effort to demonstrate to the Mayor and to the school department the existence of this baby boom and the potential threat to the city's coffers, we are collecting some information.
PLEASE HELP by going to the new West Side Public Education Coalition (WSPEC) website at www.wspec.org and fill out the online survey! It will take, literally, two minutes of your time.  If you have closer to five minutes you can also sign up for the mailing list to stay informed and read about upcoming events like THIS SATURDAY'S march to the community forum from Hudson Street Market at 8am.
Again, the goal is to paint a picture to the city of the children that will be disenfranchised by closing our schools. Through this survey, we hope to demonstrate the number of real children living on the West Side who will be affected by these decisions.
Collecting information is vital.  Please fill out the survey even if your children do not attend Providence public schools! We need to hear from ALL members of the community on the issue of our public schools, whether you intend to send your children to public schools or not.
The groups and individuals represented by WSPEC have been working hard over the past few years to develop a plan to promote high-performing neighborhood schools on the west side which will help ALL neighbors, kids or no kids, public-school-educated or not. The stability of our neighborhood depends on having viable public school options in our community.
Make your voice count.  Get involved and help save our community.
Thanks for your time and your help!
Your neighbor,
Judi Jeroslow

Take two minutes of your time for the West Side

Hi Neighbors,
I know we don't all have time in our busy days for lengthy explanations so before I get into the "why" here's the "what":
Go to www.wspec.org and fill out the two minute online survey. If you've got a few more minutes, sign up for the email list and mark your calendar for Saturday's March to the Community Forum from Hudson Street Market at 8am.
Now here's the important news about what's going on in our community...
Nearly two weeks ago, the Providence Public School District and Mayor Taveras proposed closing 6 public schools. 4 of them (3 elementary and 1 middle school) serve our neighborhood.
No matter what you plan to do for your children's education, having viable neighborhood public schools on the west side has a profound impact on the health and stability of our community. Looking further into the future, supporting neighborhood schools also protects the Mayor's tax base, as residents are likely to flee an area of the city that does not have viable schools thereby driving down property values and tax revenues.
Community advocates have been telling the City and School Dept for years that our neighborhood is experiencing a baby boom and that we need to support our neighborhood public schools in order to support the health of our neighborhood and the city as a whole.
In an effort to demonstrate to the Mayor and to the school department the existence of this baby boom and the potential threat to the city's coffers, we are collecting some information.
PLEASE HELP by going to the new West Side Public Education Coalition (WSPEC) website at www.wspec.org and fill out the online survey! It will take, literally, two minutes of your time.  If you have closer to five minutes you can also sign up for the mailing list to stay informed and read about upcoming events like THIS SATURDAY'S march to the community forum from Hudson Street Market at 8am.
Again, the goal is to paint a picture to the city of the children that will be disenfranchised by closing our schools. Through this survey, we hope to demonstrate the number of real children living on the West Side who will be affected by these decisions.
Collecting information is vital.  Please fill out the survey even if your children do not attend Providence public schools! We need to hear from ALL members of the community on the issue of our public schools, whether you intend to send your children to public schools or not.
The groups and individuals represented by WSPEC have been working hard over the past few years to develop a plan to promote high-performing neighborhood schools on the west side which will help ALL neighbors, kids or no kids, public-school-educated or not. The stability of our neighborhood depends on having viable public school options in our community.
Make your voice count.  Get involved and help save our community.
Thanks for your time and your help!
Your neighbor,
Judi Jeroslow

Calling all West Siders to come out and Walk for the West Side on Saturday!

 

CALLING ALL WEST SIDE NEIGHBORS!!!

PLEASE COME OUT AND MARCH FOR THE STABILITY OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ON SATURDAY AT 8AM.

March to the Providence Schools Community Forum

 

Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Event Location:

START AT:
Hudson St. Deli                 68 Hudson St
Providence, RI 02909

END AT:
Classical High School       70 Fricker Street
Providence, RI 02903

Bring your children, your neighbors, your friends!  The health and vitality of our community is at stake and we need the Mayor and Superintendent to see how many of us truly care.

 

This week Mayor Taveras announced that he was proposing to close FOUR of our neighborhood schools:  1)  Asa Messer Elementary School; (2) Asa Messer Annex; (3) West Broadway Elementary School; (4) Bridgham Middle School.    The proposal wants to make Bridgham Middle School an elementary School moving the elementary school children at the Del Sesto campus (who formerly had attended the West Broadway Elementary School on Bainbridge Avenue) and at Asa Messer .

 Since 2007 many neighbors and parents have worked closely with the School Department to jointly arrive at sound choices for our West Side Schools.  This recent announcement has come as a blow and stands to negatively and profoundly impact the stability of our neighborhood for all.  It also stands to negatively impact the tax base of Providence because parents have said they will move out of Providence  West Side neighbors want a seat at the table when making decisions about our neighborhood schools and our children’s and neighborhood’s future.

This is the single most important issue facing the West Side- with effects across the entire city. Make your VOICE heard by participating in the March.  We will meet at Hudson Deli at 8am and march to Classical High School for the 9am  Providence Public School Department Community Forum meeting.

WSPEC, NoMADS, Project FUTURE, and the WBNA www.wspec.org

Special thanks to Equal Exchange Coffee & the Hudson Street Deli  

 There will also be a sign/banner making potluck party at the WBNA (1560 Westminster) tomorrow (Friday) from 5-7pm.  Even if you can't make the march, we can use your help in getting ready.  If you're coming to make signs, you can also bring a snack to share.

 p.s. FORWARD THIS MESSAGE!     HELP SPREAD THE WORD TO NEIGHBORS!

 

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