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Garden Plots Available at Bridgham Garden: Great News WBNA Member Gardeners! We have plots available for rent at the Bridgham Garden. Membership has its privileges! These gardening plots are available to current 2013 WBNA members. If you would like to grown your own vegetables and/or even a small cutting garden email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: Bridgham Garden). The garden plot fee for 2013 season is $45.00. As always it availability is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS! If you are thinking about renting a plot – please don’t wait! For your convenience use the link to become a 2013 WBNA member! https://www.wbna.org/join. You can also pay the $45.00 plot fee on-line for the garden plot as well. Please select OTHER and in the notes area indicate this is for the Bridgham Garden Plot.

Note: Garden Spring Clean Day is on April 20th 

 

Become a 2013 WBNA Member in March & win a prize!!!

E-NEWS March 26, 2013
 
Become a 2013 WBNA Member in March & win a prize!!!
West Side Business Member Discount Program – 
New WBNA Facebook PAGE
Crime Watch Meeting – TODAY, Tuesday March 26th, 7:00pm WBNA-HQ
Spring Clean up – April 20th Meet at 8:30 Dexter Training Grounds
PPS announces Karen Jessup as new Interim Director 
PNPP Tree Planting – April 20th (Westminster/Carpenter Streets) @ 10:30am
Garden Plots Available at WBNA Bridgham Street Garden 
Good News for the Cranston Street Armory
Broadway Cigars Liquor License Request: (UPDATE)
Evensong at All Saints’ Memorial Church – April 28th, 5:00pm
UCAP Event on April 18th – open to the public!
Join PP&L's Discount Heating Oil Service & the WBNA gets $50.00 for each referral
“Bury the power lines” Petition
 
New Discount for March Memberships!: Join the WBNA during the month of MARCH and you will be entered into a raffle to win a RI Yoga and Pilates Passport. The passport, which retails for $75, offers free passes to over 200 yoga and Pilates studios statewide. Explore all Rhode Island has to offer in yoga and Pilates with the Passport. Visit www.YogaandPilatesPassport.com for more information. If you love the West Side, become a WBNA member today! http://www.wbna.org/join
 
Hooray! We are over halfway there! WBNA’s membership goal for our 30th Anniversary year is 300 household and business members. Currently, WBNA has 164 total 2013 members, 45 of which are business members. Take part in improving the quality of life on the west side by becoming a WBNA member and go to view the other great benefits of membership http://www.wbna.org/about/member-benefits 
 
Check out the West Side Businesses who are a part of WBNA’s Member Discount Program: Present your WBNA membership card at any one of the following businesses and receive a discount because you are a WBNA member! Currently our business member discount participants are BTS Tire & Service Store, BankRI, Federal Hill Podiatry, Fertile Underground Grocery, Hillary Adams Massage, T.F. Morra Tree Care, Providence River Animal Hospital, Westminster Eyecare Associates, West Side Sewing Studio, and the YogaandPilatesPassport. Visit this link for discounts being offered http://www.wbna.org/programs/west-side-businesses Our newest member discount member is BTS Tire & Service Store. BTS Tire is offering a 10% discount on automotive mechanical service, includes parts and labor. Visit www.btstire.com
 
If you're a West Side Small Business Owner, and would like to expand your customer reach while contributing to the development of the West Side, consider becoming a WBNA business member today and becoming a part of the WBNA Member Discount Program!
 
NEW FACEBOOK Page: Attention neighbors, residents of the WEST SIDE and anyone interested in what's happening in the best neighborhood in Providence: we are going to begin phasing out the old WBNA Facebook group in favor of our spanking new page. It's a more effective way to keep people updated, so be sure to "like" it! https://www.facebook.com/wbnapvd
 
WBNA Crime Watch/Neighborhood Action: The WBNA Neighborhood Action Crime Watch meeting is TODAY Tuesday, March 26 @ 7:00pm at the WBNA HQ. There have been some unfortunate motor vehicle larcenies happening around the west side neighborhood – Lt. San Lucas has offered these reminders of caution for neighbors & residents to keep in mind.
 
This week we had several reports of larcenies from MVs in the area- particularly Federal Hill area. The best preventive strategy is NOT TO LEAVE ANYTHING in YOUR VEHICLE. One report on Bainbridge St indicates the subject’s GPS and his wife’s empty purse was stolen,…well DO NOT LEAVE That for the thief, take it with you. Another report on Spruce St indicated the complainant’s purse was stolen from the vehicle,…DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PURSE in the vehicle. If your vehicle does not have any of these items then the thief will go on to one that has. LT San Lucas
 
SPRING CLEAN UP -- Street Captains Needed for April 20th! Our Annual Spring Clean up is on April 20. Neighbors gather at 8:30am at the Dexter Training Ground before we spread out to the clean the neighborhood! We are looking for Street Captains to help with the clean-up! If you were a captain last year and would like to do it again this year, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know! If you have never been a Street Captain, it is easy and fun and gets you a special invitation to the Official Street Captain party. Please consider volunteering to be a street captain and/or let us know of a neighbor that might want to be a captain. Thanks to the following neighbors who at the last Neighborhood Action Crime Watch meeting, volunteered to be street captains: Eric for Sycamore Street, Dave for Ellery Street, Tom for part of Broadway, Phidias for part of Westminster. Our goal is to have a street captain for each street in the neighborhood.
 
Garden Plots Available at Bridgham Garden: Great News WBNA Member Gardeners! We have 20 plots available for rent at the Bridgham Garden. Membership has its privileges! These gardening plots are available to current 2013 WBNA members. If you would like to grown your own vegetables and/or even a small cutting garden email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: Bridgham Garden). The garden plot fee for 2013 season is $45.00. As always it availability is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS! If you are thinking about renting a plot – please don’t wait! For your convenience use the link to become a 2013 WBNA member! www.wbna.org/join . You can also pay the $45.00 plot fee on-line for the garden plot as well. Please select OTHER and in the notes area indicate this is for the Bridgham Garden Plot.
 
Good News for the Cranston Street Armory: WBNA recently spoke with staff at Rhode Island State Properties to get an update on efforts towards the preservation and repair of the Cranston Street Armory. The State has recently engaged Martha Werenfels of Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects to complete an existing conditions report with the goal of working towards completing the stabilization of the building. The report will be finished in May and with the information gathered they will go out to bid in July for a first phase of exterior work that could include masonry work and window repair or replacement during the rest of the summer and fall.
 
Providence Preservation Society Names New Interim Director: Providence, RI: Karen Jessup, who served for years as a Providence Preservation Society (PPS) Trustee and Board President of the Providence Revolving Fund has become the Society’s interim director, according to Board of Trustees President Lucie Searle. Karen is taking over for Executive Director James Hall, who stepped down after accepting the position of deputy director of the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Florida.
 
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Karen back to PPS,” stated Searle, adding, “As a former Chair of the Providence Historic District Commission and founding member of the Revolving Fund, Karen has over 30 years of experience working in Providence’s preservation landscape. The breadth and depth of her experiences and achievements on both a national and international level are extensive.”
 
West Side Tree Planting: Saturday April 20 Westminster Street & Broadway - VOLUNTEERS are always needed to help at the street tree plantings and will meet 10:30am at 75 Carpenter Street! Visit http://www.pnpp.org/ for more details. This year the Tree planting fall on the same day as our Annual Neighborhood Spring Clean up so please rally your neighbors and ask them to join in and come and clean and plant a tree on the same day. Trees not only beautify your streetscape but they also add value to your property and neighboring properties. (Planting are cancelled only due to very extreme weather conditions). If you have any questions click here http://www.pnpp.org/faq.htm
 
BROADWAY CIGAR HEARING (UPDATE): The Broadway Cigar located license hearing for a BV Full Liquor License hearing on March 13 @ 1PM was attended by a very large and strong opposition to this request. At the meeting the Applicant asked to withdraw their application once again but the opposition was strong and the hearing continued.
 
The attorney for the opponents presented a compelling case showing that a remonstrance of 61% of abutters, which was an unusually high percentage for a hearing request for a liquor license. He also cited other issues that were not in line with this request. The board heard all who wished to speak on this hearing.  Broadway Cigar was denied as a result of a Legal Remonstrance.
 
Evensong at All Saints’ Memorial Church: Sunday, April 28th at 5:00 PM. Music will include the Bernstein “Chichester Psalms”, Stanford “Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis” in C Major, and G. Fauré “In Pardisum.” Barry Turley, organist and choir director. Free, with donations supporting the City Meal Site and the All Saints’ Arts Program. 674 Westminster Street, Providence. 401-751-1747. Handicapped accessible.
 
Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program: Please join UCAP on April 18 from 5-7pm for a very special reception and live auction “UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ADVANCING POSSIBILITIES” at UCAP Headquarters. Enjoy live music, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres while bidding on incredible auction items including an African Safari for two! Awards, hard hat tours of the new building under construction and more. For tickets and more information, contact Shannon Campbell at 401-272-0881. http://www.ucap.org/
 
People’s Power & Light: People’s Power & Light (PP&L) is having a March Madness referral program. It’s a 12 day promo that started on March 20th and ends on March 31st. We’re offering new members their second year of membership for free! There are more details on our website: http://www.ripower.org/heating-oil/join Take Advantage of the Savings- Throughout the month of March, PP&L members, like me, have been paying an average of 27 cents less per gallon vs. the state average price for heating oil. Join PP&L's Discount Heating Oil Service...Save money with buying power. Join 13,000+ members. Several delivery and payment options. PP&L contracts with local, full-service dealers. PP&L helps you save oil and money through energy efficiency. Trust a local non-profit that has been around since 2002. Please make sure to say the WBNA directed you to PP&L’s program! The WBNA received $50.00 for every referral
 
Bury the power lines – Petition Information: After many years of work, the goal of burying the waterfront power lines is within reach! With $17.5 million earmarked for burial, about 90% of the funds have been raised (see below). Please sign the petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/bury-the-waterfront-power-lines-in-providence-and-east-providence  One minute of your time will help upgrade our waterfront for generations to come. Please sign now. Anyone can sign, whether you're a resident of RI or not. Please forward it to friends and family and put it on facebook.Thank you for your help! Below is the petition and background information, with fact sheets, photos, and a map at www.friendsofindiapointpark.org.
 
 
 
(Below please find city meetings that include neighborhood properties
and/or topics of relevance to the neighborhood)
 
There were no notices for the WBNA focus area at the time of this posting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The WBNA is a nonpartisan non-profit neighborhood advocate association whose mission is to organize neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence. Our goal is to apply the best practices for the neighbors and residents of the west side of Providence to preserve and promote our diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant, and sustainable place to be SWELL (Shop, Work, Eat, Live, and Learn locally). The WBNA remains neutral on all issues political or otherwise that do not relate directly to our goals and mission.
 
 
 
 

Become a 2013 WBNA Member in March & win a prize!!!

E-NEWS March 26, 2013
 
Become a 2013 WBNA Member in March & win a prize!!!
West Side Business Member Discount Program – 
New WBNA Facebook PAGE
Crime Watch Meeting – TODAY, Tuesday March 26th, 7:00pm WBNA-HQ
Spring Clean up – April 20th Meet at 8:30 Dexter Training Grounds
PPS announces Karen Jessup as new Interim Director 
PNPP Tree Planting – April 20th (Westminster/Carpenter Streets) @ 10:30am
Garden Plots Available at WBNA Bridgham Street Garden 
Good News for the Cranston Street Armory
Broadway Cigars Liquor License Request: (UPDATE)
Evensong at All Saints’ Memorial Church – April 28th, 5:00pm
UCAP Event on April 18th – open to the public!
Join PP&L's Discount Heating Oil Service & the WBNA gets $50.00 for each referral
“Bury the power lines” Petition
 
New Discount for March Memberships!: Join the WBNA during the month of MARCH and you will be entered into a raffle to win a RI Yoga and Pilates Passport. The passport, which retails for $75, offers free passes to over 200 yoga and Pilates studios statewide. Explore all Rhode Island has to offer in yoga and Pilates with the Passport. Visit www.YogaandPilatesPassport.com for more information. If you love the West Side, become a WBNA member today! http://www.wbna.org/join
 
Hooray! We are over halfway there! WBNA’s membership goal for our 30th Anniversary year is 300 household and business members. Currently, WBNA has 164 total 2013 members, 45 of which are business members. Take part in improving the quality of life on the west side by becoming a WBNA member and go to view the other great benefits of membership http://www.wbna.org/about/member-benefits 
 
Check out the West Side Businesses who are a part of WBNA’s Member Discount Program: Present your WBNA membership card at any one of the following businesses and receive a discount because you are a WBNA member! Currently our business member discount participants are BTS Tire & Service Store, BankRI, Federal Hill Podiatry, Fertile Underground Grocery, Hillary Adams Massage, T.F. Morra Tree Care, Providence River Animal Hospital, Westminster Eyecare Associates, West Side Sewing Studio, and the YogaandPilatesPassport. Visit this link for discounts being offered http://www.wbna.org/programs/west-side-businesses Our newest member discount member is BTS Tire & Service Store. BTS Tire is offering a 10% discount on automotive mechanical service, includes parts and labor. Visit www.btstire.com
 
If you're a West Side Small Business Owner, and would like to expand your customer reach while contributing to the development of the West Side, consider becoming a WBNA business member today and becoming a part of the WBNA Member Discount Program!
 
NEW FACEBOOK Page: Attention neighbors, residents of the WEST SIDE and anyone interested in what's happening in the best neighborhood in Providence: we are going to begin phasing out the old WBNA Facebook group in favor of our spanking new page. It's a more effective way to keep people updated, so be sure to "like" it! https://www.facebook.com/wbnapvd
 
WBNA Crime Watch/Neighborhood Action: The WBNA Neighborhood Action Crime Watch meeting is TODAY Tuesday, March 26 @ 7:00pm at the WBNA HQ. There have been some unfortunate motor vehicle larcenies happening around the west side neighborhood – Lt. San Lucas has offered these reminders of caution for neighbors & residents to keep in mind.
 
This week we had several reports of larcenies from MVs in the area- particularly Federal Hill area. The best preventive strategy is NOT TO LEAVE ANYTHING in YOUR VEHICLE. One report on Bainbridge St indicates the subject’s GPS and his wife’s empty purse was stolen,…well DO NOT LEAVE That for the thief, take it with you. Another report on Spruce St indicated the complainant’s purse was stolen from the vehicle,…DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PURSE in the vehicle. If your vehicle does not have any of these items then the thief will go on to one that has. LT San Lucas
 
SPRING CLEAN UP -- Street Captains Needed for April 20th! Our Annual Spring Clean up is on April 20. Neighbors gather at 8:30am at the Dexter Training Ground before we spread out to the clean the neighborhood! We are looking for Street Captains to help with the clean-up! If you were a captain last year and would like to do it again this year, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know! If you have never been a Street Captain, it is easy and fun and gets you a special invitation to the Official Street Captain party. Please consider volunteering to be a street captain and/or let us know of a neighbor that might want to be a captain. Thanks to the following neighbors who at the last Neighborhood Action Crime Watch meeting, volunteered to be street captains: Eric for Sycamore Street, Dave for Ellery Street, Tom for part of Broadway, Phidias for part of Westminster. Our goal is to have a street captain for each street in the neighborhood.
 
Garden Plots Available at Bridgham Garden: Great News WBNA Member Gardeners! We have 20 plots available for rent at the Bridgham Garden. Membership has its privileges! These gardening plots are available to current 2013 WBNA members. If you would like to grown your own vegetables and/or even a small cutting garden email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: Bridgham Garden). The garden plot fee for 2013 season is $45.00. As always it availability is on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS! If you are thinking about renting a plot – please don’t wait! For your convenience use the link to become a 2013 WBNA member! www.wbna.org/join . You can also pay the $45.00 plot fee on-line for the garden plot as well. Please select OTHER and in the notes area indicate this is for the Bridgham Garden Plot.
 
Good News for the Cranston Street Armory: WBNA recently spoke with staff at Rhode Island State Properties to get an update on efforts towards the preservation and repair of the Cranston Street Armory. The State has recently engaged Martha Werenfels of Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects to complete an existing conditions report with the goal of working towards completing the stabilization of the building. The report will be finished in May and with the information gathered they will go out to bid in July for a first phase of exterior work that could include masonry work and window repair or replacement during the rest of the summer and fall.
 
Providence Preservation Society Names New Interim Director: Providence, RI: Karen Jessup, who served for years as a Providence Preservation Society (PPS) Trustee and Board President of the Providence Revolving Fund has become the Society’s interim director, according to Board of Trustees President Lucie Searle. Karen is taking over for Executive Director James Hall, who stepped down after accepting the position of deputy director of the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Florida.
 
“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Karen back to PPS,” stated Searle, adding, “As a former Chair of the Providence Historic District Commission and founding member of the Revolving Fund, Karen has over 30 years of experience working in Providence’s preservation landscape. The breadth and depth of her experiences and achievements on both a national and international level are extensive.”
 
West Side Tree Planting: Saturday April 20 Westminster Street & Broadway .- VOLUNTEERS are always needed to help at the street tree plantings and will meet 10:30am at 75 Carpenter Street! Visit http://www.pnpp.org/ for more details. This year the Tree planting fall on the same day as our Annual Neighborhood Spring Clean up so please rally your neighbors and ask them to join in and come and clean and plant a tree on the same day. Trees not only beautify your streetscape but they also add value to your property and neighboring properties. (Planting are cancelled only due to very extreme weather conditions). If you have any questions click here http://www.pnpp.org/faq.htm
 
BROADWAY CIGAR HEARING (UPDATE): The Broadway Cigar located license hearing for a BV Full Liquor License hearing on March 13 @ 1PM was attended by a very large and strong opposition to this request. At the meeting the Applicant asked to withdraw their application once again but the opposition was strong and the hearing continued.
 
The attorney for the opponents presented a compelling case showing that a remonstrance of 61% of abutters, which was an unusually high percentage for a hearing request for a liquor license. He also cited other issues that were not in line with this request. The board heard all who wished to speak on this hearing.  Broadway Cigar was denied as a result of a Legal Remonstrance.
 
Evensong at All Saints’ Memorial Church: Sunday, April 28th at 5:00 PM. Music will include the Bernstein “Chichester Psalms”, Stanford “Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis” in C Major, and G. Fauré “In Pardisum.” Barry Turley, organist and choir director. Free, with donations supporting the City Meal Site and the All Saints’ Arts Program. 674 Westminster Street, Providence. 401-751-1747. Handicapped accessible.
 
Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program: Please join UCAP on April 18 from 5-7pm for a very special reception and live auction “UNDER CONSTRUCTION: ADVANCING POSSIBILITIES” at UCAP Headquarters. Enjoy live music, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres while bidding on incredible auction items including an African Safari for two! Awards, hard hat tours of the new building under construction and more. For tickets and more information, contact Shannon Campbell at 401-272-0881. http://www.ucap.org/
 
People’s Power & Light: People’s Power & Light (PP&L) is having a March Madness referral program. It’s a 12 day promo that started on March 20th and ends on March 31st. We’re offering new members their second year of membership for free! There are more details on our website: http://www.ripower.org/heating-oil/join Take Advantage of the Savings- Throughout the month of March, PP&L members, like me, have been paying an average of 27 cents less per gallon vs. the state average price for heating oil. Join PP&L's Discount Heating Oil Service...Save money with buying power. Join 13,000+ members. Several delivery and payment options. PP&L contracts with local, full-service dealers. PP&L helps you save oil and money through energy efficiency. Trust a local non-profit that has been around since 2002. Please make sure to say the WBNA directed you to PP&L’s program! The WBNA received $50.00 for every referral
 
Bury the power lines – Petition Information: After many years of work, the goal of burying the waterfront power lines is within reach! With $17.5 million earmarked for burial, about 90% of the funds have been raised (see below). Please sign the petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/bury-the-waterfront-power-lines-in-providence-and-east-providence  One minute of your time will help upgrade our waterfront for generations to come. Please sign now. Anyone can sign, whether you're a resident of RI or not. Please forward it to friends and family and put it on facebook.Thank you for your help! Below is the petition and background information, with fact sheets, photos, and a map at www.friendsofindiapointpark.org.
 
 
 
(Below please find city meetings that include neighborhood properties
and/or topics of relevance to the neighborhood)
 
 There were no notices for the WBNA focus area at the time of this posting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The WBNA is a nonpartisan non-profit neighborhood advocate association whose mission is to organize neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence. Our goal is to apply the best practices for the neighbors and residents of the west side of Providence to preserve and promote our diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant, and sustainable place to be SWELL (Shop, Work, Eat, Live, and Learn locally). The WBNA remains neutral on all issues political or otherwise that do not relate directly to our goals and mission.
 
 
 
 

NEW WBNA Facebook Page

Attention neighbors, West Siders and anyone interested in what's happening in the best neighborhood in Providence: we are going to begin phasing out the old WBNA Facebook group in favor of our spanking new page. It's a more effective way to keep people updated, so be sure to "like" it! https://www.facebook.com/wbnapvd

And the winners are... E-news March 7, 2013

Scroll down for more on:

  • February Membership Raffle Winners
  • March Membership Raffle
  • Check out the West Side Businesses who are a part of WBNA’s Member Discount Program
  • Street Captains needed for Spring Clean up on April 27th
  • Petition to Restore RI’s Historic Commercial Tax Credit
  • Coming Soon THE GRANGE Restaurant
  • Neighborhood Action/Crime Watch Meeting Minutes
  • Liquor License Hearing for Broadway Cigar
  • Job Opportunity at South Side Community Land Trust
  • Project Hen House by Downcity Design/MET School

And the WINNERS are…..

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “2013 HOME/HEART MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN and RAFFLE”. 84 neighbors and 40 businesses became members during the month of January and February which brings us to a total of 124 members to date (please note that while a household member may have more than one person in the household, it counts as one member).  Everyone who renewed their membership or became a new member on or before February 28, had their names entered into a raffle drawing. 

HOME: a Gift Certificate to Adler's Hardware for two gallons of C2 Premium Paint plus a one-hour, on-site interior or exterior paint consultation (for your HOME)

WINNER: ELIZABETH FRANCIS (Oak Street)

HEART: $50 gift certificate to Loie Fuller (We heart that place!)

WINNER: JOHN TARABORELLI (Sycamore Street)

Also others who fulfilled the obligation to join before February 28th, please stop by the WBNA headquarters during office hours (Mon-Thur 8:30 – 5:00pm) to receive your special surprise.

New Discount for March Memberships!:

Join the WBNA during the month of MARCH and you will be entered into a raffle to win a RI Yoga and Pilates Passport. The passport, which retails for $75, offers free passes to over 200 yoga and Pilates studios statewide. Explore all Rhode Island has to offer in yoga and Pilates with the Passport. Visit www.YogaandPilatesPassport.com for more information. If you love the West Side, become a WBNA member today! https://www.wbna.org/join

Check out the West Side Businesses who are a part of WBNA’s Member Discount Program

Present your WBNA membership card at any one of the following businesses and receive a discount because you are a WBNA member! Currently our business member discount participants are Federal Hill Podiatry, Hillary Adams Massage, T.F. Morra Tree Care, Providence River Animal Hospital, Westminster Eyecare Associates, West Side Sewing Studio, and the YogaandPilatesPassport. Visit this link for discounts being offered http://www.wbna.org/programs/west-side-businesses

For example, WBNA members can receive a 10% discount on the RI Yoga and Pilates Passport – which enables you to five (5) drop in classes at any of over 200 yoga and Pilates classes statewide.  Visit www.YogaandPilatesPassport.com for more information on the passport. If you're a West Side Small Business Owner, and would like to expand your customer reach while contributing to the development of the West Side, consider becoming a WBNA business member today and becoming a part of the WBNA Member Discount Program! 

SPRING CLEAN UP -- Street Captains Needed for April 20th!Our Annual Spring Clean up is on April 20.  Neighbors gather at 8:30am at the Dexter Training Ground before we spread out to the clean the neighborhood!  We are looking for Street Captains to help with the clean-up! If you were a captain last year and would like to do it again this year, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know! If you have never been a Street Captain, it is easy and fun and gets you a special invitation to the Official Street Captain party. Please consider volunteering to be a street captain and/or let us know of a neighbor that might want to be a captain. Thanks to the following neighbors who at the last Neighborhood Action Crime Watch meeting, volunteered to be street captains:  Eric for Sycamore Street, Dave for Ellery Street, Tom for part of Broadway, Phidias for part of Westminster.  Our goal is to have a street captain for each street in the neighborhood.

COMING SOON!  THE GRANGE Restaurant: We received this link from a WBNA member http://archinect.com/chase.montecalvo/project/the-grange. How exciting to see THE GRANGE coming soon at the intersection Dean/Broadway! Looking forward to the grand opening soon!

Sign a Petition to Restore RI's Commercial Historic Tax Credit: Preserve RI is working hard to get a new historic rehab tax credit in 2013 and we need your help. Please take one or two easy steps to reinstate historic rehab tax credits in Rhode Island. From 2002-2008, $1.3 billion of private investment was pumped into the RI economy while cities and towns were brought back to life and mills and factories were turned into vibrant living communities and commercial centers. 22,000 construction jobs and 6,000 permanent jobs were created. The time is NOW for the General Assembly to enact a new Historic Tax Credit bill.   http://signon.org/sign/a-new-historic-tax-credit The WBNA has signed on as an organization supporting the reinstatement of RI’s Commercial Historic Tax Credit.

Neighborhood Action/Crime Watch Minutes from Tuesday Feb 26.  The meeting was attended by eleven West Side neighbors along with Linda Caldarone from the Office of Attorney General, Providence Police Department Lt. San Lucas, District 4 Commander, and our Councilman Bryan Principe, Ward 13.  The agenda items included discussing: current neighborhood crime statistics;  nuisance properties in the neighborhoodand enforcement including explaining the new applicable law Ordinance 16-22 that takes on nuisance properties; and Broadway Cigar request for a liquor license board hearing scheduled for 1pm on March 13. Also discussed wasdeveloping a list of businesses that have security cameras on the West Side and eventually extending to private residences to help solve crime in the neighborhood such as the theft of the access panels on the decorative lighting.  Preliminary planning has begun on the spring clean up and we also talked about other positive initiatives that could contribute year round clean streets (beyond the spring clean up) such as implementing a pilot street trash can program.  We will discuss further at our next meeting.

(Below please find city meetings that include neighborhood properties and/or topics of relevance to the neighborhood)

PROVIDENCE CITY NEWS -PROVIDENCE MEETINGS & HEARINGS: PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PROVIDENCE,Board Of Licenses, City Hall 25 Dorrance Streeet – First Floor Room 112 on WEDNESDAY, March 13.at 1:00pm

Broadway Cigar located at 186 Broadway is applying for a BV Full Liquor License hearing on March 13 @ 1PM. This hearing is OPEN to the Public. At the time of this newsletter the meeting notice was not published in the city calendar. Please Visit http://council.providenceri.com/public-noticesand select Board of Licenses in the pull-down menu to view details.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:SouthSide Community Land Trust has a job opening for an Education Coordinator. Duties include developing and coordinating educational workshops, Professional development training, SCLT’s Beginning Grower Workshop series etc. For more information about this job opening please visit  http://www.southsideclt.org/

Project Henhouse DownCity Design / MET School 2013: DownCity Design will be working with 12 high school interns from the MET School to create 2-3 chicken coops in the winter and spring of 2013. They will select 2-3 individuals, families, or groups to receive custom-built coops to house chickens

If you are interested in applying to receive a henhouse (chickens and feed not included!), please respond to the following questions and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. March 18, 2013.  Tell us why you need a chicken coop. What will you use it for? How will it help you? (3-4 sentences). How many chickens do you plan to house? How will you feed and care for the chickens for the next 8-10 years (average life span of a hen)? Where will the chicken coop be located? Are there any special design needs for your location?

DownCity Design is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to getting young people involved in designing and building solutions for their communities.

Deadline for applying is March 18. Applicants can send their applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or can mail them to DownCity Design, P.O. Box 1092, Providence RI 02901. The application is in Spanish and English, and we can accept responses in either of those languages.

Here's to creating some happy homes for hens.

The WBNA is a nonpartisan non-profit neighborhood advocate association whose mission is to organize neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence. Our goal is to apply the best practices for the neighbors and residents of the west side of Providence to preserve and promote our diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant, and sustainable place to be SWELL (Shop, Work, Eat, Live, and Learn locally). The WBNA remains neutral on all issues political or otherwise that do not relate directly to our goals and mission.

 

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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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WBNA Business Hours
Mon – Thurs: 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday
(P): 401.831.9344
(F): 401.831.0388

E-mail: wbna@wbna.org