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WBNA Enews 12.17.2011 --West Side Caroling TOMORROW

WBNA Enews 12.17.2011

 The WBNA would like to wish everyone

“A Happy & Safe Holiday Season”

 4th Annual West Side Caroling – Sunday December 18th 5pm:  Spread warmth and merriment during one of the coldest times of the year. Join us as we joyfully carol through historic streets surrounded by beautiful Victorian architecture in Providence's Armory District. Annually, the Sunday before Christmas!

Meet up at Loie Fuller's restaurant from 5-6 p.m. before heading out at 6 p.m. to bring holiday cheer to the neighborhood through festive holiday songs. They have planned stops with neighbors along the way for warm drinks and bathroom breaks, before ending at 8 p.m. for milk & cookies at Leadership Rhode Island headquarters -- one block from Loie Fuller's, the original starting point. 

Playground News - Great News, a new toddler gate will be installed at the toddler area of the playground on Tuesday December 20th.  Funds for this gate were donated to the WBNA by employees of Citizens Bank.  The gate was designed by youth participating in an afterschool program of Downcity Design.  The Steel Yard fabricated and will be installing the gate.  Thanks to all of these groups and individuals who worked towards this unique addition to our park.

P.S.   The Parks Department has also installed swings at the playground for the older kids to enjoy for as long as the weather permits. Thanks Parks Department!

 Westminster Street Improvement Program News – Drive by Westminster and Barton Streets and notice the new traffic signal that is replacing pressure treated poles that have stood there for over a decade!  The WBNA secured funding for these signals from then Senator Frank Caprio and it became part of the Westminster Street Improvement program scope of work. 

 Grove Street School Sad news for our neighborhood! The tear down will take place on Monday December 19th. The WBNA’s worked hard with the Providence Preservation Society, lawyer Deming Sherman and the City to save this building from the wrecking ball. Even after a second round of illegal demolition in August, the building remains structurally sound.  Yet after several appeals by the WBNA and PPS,  the City issued the final blow to this once majestic building.

 

 Poirier’s Diner -  rolled down Westminster Street on Tuesday December 13th in grand fashion to its new home located at 1380 Westminster Street. Check out this video of the move from the Providence Journal http://bcove.me/euqj90qy.  Read more about this historic diner here http://www.pbn.com/Historic-diner-to-reopen-on-West-Side,63213

Annual Meeting  Mark your calendar January 10, 2012 at the Providence Hmong Church, 46 Dexter Street. Renew your 2012 Membership at the membership table at the “Meet & Mingle Reception” so you can cast your vote for the 2012 board members. There will also be a special slide show presentation on the history of Dexter Training Ground by Sarah Zurier of the RIHPHC plus awards and a slide show of our wins and losses in 2012.  Come out and join us!

 Apply by January 15 for Spring 2012 Street Trees from PNPP- Providence lost 616 street trees (trees planted along public sidewalks) during two extreme weather events in 2011.  In June, an extremely strong wind storm struck down or damaged 206 street trees in southern Providence neighborhoods.  Hurricane Irene took down an additional 410 street trees in late August. 

 To address this major loss of tree canopy, Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP) is adding an extra planting day to its regular spring street tree planting.  The program is hoping to assist in the planting of 280 street trees over the course of four Saturdays in spring 2012. 

To receive street trees through the Neighborhood Street Tree Planting Award, neighborhoods should have: at least five properties that each need at least one tree (minimum request is 5 trees) within an area of one city block, permission from each property owner to plant each tree requested, a promise from each property owner or tenant to help plant their tree on planting day, water weekly and weed regularly.  Applications are due by January 15 for spring 2012 street tree plantings and are available at www.pnpp.org or contact us directly at 401-368-5380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 PNPP considers Elmwood, Federal Hill, Lower and Upper South Providence, Olneyville, Reservoir, Smith Hill, Valley, Washington Park and West End neighborhoods high priority planting areas and encourages applications from these neighborhoods especially.  However, all Providence neighborhoods are eligible for this award.

 Trees 2020 (Trees2020.org) offers low cost trees for private property planting. When PNPP applicants order a minimum of 5 trees for private property through Trees 2020, PNPP will deliver all the trees together, saving homeowners the normal delivery fee of Trees 2020 trees and helping the neighborhood to plant as many trees as possible.

Community Play Space - Planning Underway

Community Play Space – Planning Underway

A group of parents and caregivers on the west side is working to create an indoor play space in our neighborhood for families to enjoy during the cold months ahead. We are currently looking at spaces with no/low overhead and discussing a possible co-op model.
To learn more and join this conversation, please join the West Side Parents google group at http://groups.google.com/group/WestSideParents.
To help us with planning for the community play space, we'd like to gather a little more information from anyone who is potentially interested in using the space. Please also forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested.
Please take a minute to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:
* Number of kids in your family, and ages of kids
* What times would you like to use the space (estimates ok)? Weekends/weekdays? What time of day on weekends/weekdays?
Thanks for getting this info to us as soon as possible. We are trying to gauge scope and interest right now to inform us as we move forward, and to keep the ball rolling so that we can start making it happen in January!
Thanks for your help.
Jessica
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Jessica Jennings
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617.461.5377

Community Play Space - Planning Underway

Community Play Space – Planning Underway

A group of parents and caregivers on the west side is working to create an indoor play space in our neighborhood for families to enjoy during the cold months ahead. We are currently looking at spaces with no/low overhead and discussing a possible co-op model.
To learn more and join this conversation, please join the West Side Parents google group at http://groups.google.com/group/WestSideParents.
To help us with planning for the community play space, we'd like to gather a little more information from anyone who is potentially interested in using the space. Please also forward this email to anyone you know who may be interested.
Please take a minute to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:
* Number of kids in your family, and ages of kids
* What times would you like to use the space (estimates ok)? Weekends/weekdays? What time of day on weekends/weekdays?
Thanks for getting this info to us as soon as possible. We are trying to gauge scope and interest right now to inform us as we move forward, and to keep the ball rolling so that we can start making it happen in January!
Thanks for your help.
Jessica
___________________
Jessica Jennings
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617.461.5377

Fertile Underground Grocery news

And more this week from Fertile Underground Grocery and Cafe!
we will be open this Thursday (tonight) from 4 to 7, and this Sunday from 12 to 4.
 
This afternoon, chase those rainy blues away (how bout those strong winds last night!) with a Grilled Cheese & Fresh Tomato Soup, served up with a Yacht Club soda for $6.25.  We'll also be cruising for a juicing, with a Carrot Ginger blend. 
   
   We are steadily building our stock, and would like to remind you that these farmer's markets are a special chance this month for visitors to get to know some of the folks growing the foods, so when you see them on the shelf next month, you'll have a fuller sense of the people behind the process. 

  We are currently offering a fine sampling of RI's best produce, dairy goods, and choice proteins.  New orders from local producers like Narragansett Creamery, Rhody Fresh, Wishing Stone Farm & RI Nurseries, showing a much wider variety of seasonal produce.  Solid but minor additions to our grocery section but look out because there's two big orders coming in next week.  Now we've got milk & eggs,(local) and we're kicking more fridges on all the time so just watch that grow.  You may begin your countdown to eggnog. 

While we are filling up the store with local fresh groceries, we would like to invite you to join us every Thursday and Sunday in December for Fertile Underground Holiday Creations family fun!  This Sunday we will have ceramics artist Marley Rogers in the store with a 'glaze-your-own' pre-fired ceramic ornaments workshop from 12 to 4.  Come down, bring the kids, make some locally-inspired art to either take home or donate to the store.

Hope to see you tomorrow eve, and especially on Sunday for art-fun with a lovely brunch and shopping-time! 

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Fertile Underground

401-365-4FUG
fertileunderground.com

(**Note: We will be sending common emails this month while we expand our store, we want to bring you in.  We will refrain in the future from this pace of email.  Thanks for listening!)

Public Meeting on Luongo Square, TOMORROW at 7pm at the WBNA

PUBLIC MEETING

to discuss planned improvements to

Luongo/Decatur Square

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011

7:00PM

At the WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street

 The Champlin Foundations recently awarded the WBNA $75,000 for a working “horse trough” fountain that will replicate what had once been in 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 was awarded in the early 2000s that will be constructed this spring and summer. The Providence Department of Planning and Development and Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. will be presenting these plans for the public’s review.

 

Please spread the word to neighbors in the Column!

*Historic image of horse trough fountain in Washington Square, Newport, RI

 West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA, Inc.)

1560 Westminster Street

Providence, RI 02909

(401) 831-9344

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