WBNA Crime Watch TONIGHT at 6:30pm

WBNA Neighborhood Action Crime Watch Meeting

Tuesday, September 27th, 6:30pm


  • Crime trends over the summer
  • Especially break-ins!
  • Fireworks - when is it breaking the law?
  • Graffiti reporting and removal
  • Nuisance properties update and Nuisance Task Force protocol
  • Community Playground build in Dexter Park
  • Halloween event in Dexter Park

We hope you had a fabulous summer, West Side!

Neighbors in the West Side kept in touch over the summer, as we are wont to do; meeting in coffeeshops and restaurants or out for a drink in the evenings, often connecting on crime issues on the popular CrimeWatch in-the-Column email group as well as on Facebook, and of course doing what we do best - socializing and getting to know each other at the many and well-attended WBNA neighborhood events.Summer's over! Now, back to business! All eyes on the street! Keep your ears open! Come to the September Crime Watch meeting TONIGHT!

**********************WBNA Neighborhood Action Crime Watch

"On the 4th Tuesday of each month, neighbors have the opportunity to meet with members of Providence Police Department, the Attorney General's office, & on occasion the Mayor's office, to discuss crime and quality of life issues in our neighborhood.

1560 Westminster Street

WBNA Enews 15 September 2011

Enews 15 September 2011


  • Neighbor Day THIS SATURDAY, noon-5pm, Luongo Memorial Square – COME!


  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Dexter Training Ground Playground Build – RESPOND NOW!
  • Update on West Side Solar


  • The September Community Development Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30pm at the WBNA. Rob DeBlois from the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program will present their revised plans for the Engle Tire site on Broadway.
  • The September Crime Watch is Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30pm at the WBNA.
  • The WBNA is looking for a neighbor volunteer to help write the Enews so we can better keep you informed of what’s happening! If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Free Community Garden Tour and Harvest, Sat., Sept. 17th, 10 am, Meet at Roger Williams Community Garden in Roger Williams Park (next to Botanical Center)
  • Open House at Leorian Learning Center, 151 Broadway, suites 215 & 220 on September 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m, The Leorian Learning Center offers a discount to WBNA members, go to for more information!

Neighbor Day Block Party

Saturday, September 17, 12 to 5pm at Luongo Square (in front of The Avery where West Fountain and Carpenter Street meet)


With performances by The Tower & The Fool, Jeff Byrd & Dirty Finch, Brian McKenzie, and Michelle Lewis. Food Trucks will be serving eats. Plus a ‘Gansett Beerd Off, a Beard and Moustache competition


Hosted by Narragansett Beer, E&O Tap, the WBNA and 94HJY


The WBNA, in partnership with KaBOOM!, UnitedHealthcare and the City of Providence Department of Parks & Recreation, invites you to Participate in an EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 as we team up to build a playground at Dexter Training Ground (between Dexter and Parade Streets on the West Side of Providence)! We are seeking 100 volunteers to help with this effort!


You don’t have to be skilled, trained or have any special tools – you just have to be enthusiastic, energetic, a team player, willing to work and have lots of FUN!  Join us as an individual or come with a team! Everyone must be pre-registered.

Arrive at 8:00 am for breakfast and stay until project completion at 3:00 pm. We will provide lunch, beverages, music and prizes! This build will happen RAIN or SHINE!

Contact Jen Shimkus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401.419.1855 to sign up!

Update West Side Solar

The neighborhood has demonstrated an overwhelming amount of interest in the WBNA’s West Side Solar program! West Side Solar brings neighbors together to group purchase solar panels for their homes and businesses thereby reducing the installation costs, electric bills and helping the environment.

118 West Side businesses and residences expressed interest in this program in advance of the submission deadline.  All addresses were pre-qualified by interested vendors.  Of the 118 properties, 60 properties were deemed very suitable for solar panels and the scope of this project*.We hope that some of the 118 properties that were not deemed “very suitable” may still be able to be a part of the program.  Once a vendor is selected we will be “re-reviewing” the entire list with them (as well as some latecomers) so we can be as inclusive as possible and so we can get the best price possible.

Concurrently, a Round One Request for Proposals (RFP) was sent to 11 different vendors. These proposals have been reviewed and three finalists have been selected for interviews. We hope to select a vendor for West Side Solar through these interviews. The WBNA is also responding to an RFP from the RI Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) for funds for this project. Once a vendor is selected and we hear how we fare on the RIEDC proposal for funds, we will be able to present final costs and program specifics. All projections look like we may be able to increase the size of the program from 25 to 50 participants, but realize there are still many unknowns to know for certain yet.

While with each phase of the project, information is getting more specific, we want to emphasize that at this point, numbers and systems still are not final.  

*Please note that properties have not yet been reviewed by the Providence Historic District Commission or the Rhode Island Heritage and Preservation Commission which could affect a properties ability to participate.   

Thank you, neighbors and businesses, for your interest!! We will keep you informed of our progress on this project as we move to the next phase.

Kari, WBNA

**Free Community Garden Tour and Harvest Potluck (see attached flyer): 
Sat., Sept. 17th, 10 am.
Meet at Roger Williams Community Garden in Roger Williams Park (next to Botanical Center)
As a group, tour 4 diverse community gardens.  At 12 noon meet back at Roger Williams for a potluck lunch to celebrate our awesome harvest!

Who: Providence Community Growers Network

This is a lovely opportunity to check out community gardens in Providence, and to break bread with other
Community Growers in Providence.  Hope to see you there!

Please call me if you have any questions, or to sign-up for the tour.
273-9419 ext. 25
Liza Sutton

Neighbor Day THIS Saturday, September 17

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Temporarily closed


The WBNA is temporarily closed due to travel-related delays caused by Hurricane Irene. We'll be open again as soon as possible.

TOMORROW Design Day of Dexter Training Ground playground


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