E-news January 31, 2013

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  • Successful 2013 WBNA Annual Meeting
  • An arrest for the theft of the Westminster Street Decorative Light Access Panels
  • West Side Play Space….29 Barton Street
  • Wednesday, February 6, 5:30PM session the Zoning Board (Public Meeting) will review a request for a use variance for Cluck! at 399 Broadway

Successful Annual Meeting: The West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on January 22, 2013 at the Paul Cuffee Middle School. We are happy to announce that we had a crowd in excess of 225 people in attendance, a record for us!

The partnership with Community Music Works (CMW), Paul Cuffee Middle School, The Church of St. Mary and our newest program, West Side Play Space, at our 30thAnnual Meeting truly illustrated how "strength in numbers" makes our community special. Our goal to reach out and diversify in 2013 had a great beginning that night and we thank these partners for their participation!

The generosity of CMW must be commended for the delicious meal that was served to all those present; we are grateful that they included the WBNA in their ArtPlace "gather" grant. Special thanks to Alana Perez, Jesse Woodbury, Alex Rosario, Ian Rosales, Ruby Espinosa, Nohely Flores, Joes Baez, Dante Luna, Lisa Barksdale, and Adrienne Taylor for their wonderful musical performances at the event. We would like to recognize Paul Cuffee Middle School Students Richard, Sasha, Emma, Alex & Cindy who were student ambassadors during the event, helping out with making sure people were signed in properly and even assisted the adults who were managing the child care at the event. These young people all represented a inspirational examination of a future generation.

The West Side community has grown in so many ways because of the strength and participation of friends, neighbors and residents like you!

Note: The Mayor was scheduled to speak at out event and yet never made it to the meeting due to an emergency at his home. It appears that even the Mayor's home is not free from the furnace malfunctioning the day we experienced that snap of frigid temperatures.

Westminster Street Decorative Lighting Access Panel Theft (UPDATE): Thank you to Providence Patrolman Charles Vieira who apprehended a person stealing the decorative lighting access panels on the night of our annual meeting. A neighbor had observed the suspect stealing the panels in Olneyville Square and flagged down a policeman. Once again it goes to exhibit that "we the residents" can assist the police with their job as we remain vigilant – "if you see something say something"

Reporting Street Light Issues: To report an outage on your street make sure you have the POLE # before you call National Grid. To report an outage or any issues with the DECORATIVE lighting along Westminster Street, please call 401 467-7950 (Providence Department of Public Works).


WEST SIDE PLAY SPACE ~ Building Community Through Play: Please come to our FREE Open House weekend and see what all the fuss is about: Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1-5pm AND Sunday, Feb. 3 from 9am-1pm 29 Bainbridge Street, Providence (Enter through main door in front of school)

Bring your kiddos over to play, meet friends and neighbors, get tours of the space, sign-up to become a member, and get an orientation on how the space operates. Members of our inaugural season Governing Board will be on hand to answer all your questions. Please help spread the word! All are welcome. View full details and schedule at

We could also use comfortable adult chairs for seating areas. Thanks for your help! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Please like us on Facebook at WestSidePlaySpace.

Fun-A-Day is a creative challenge open to all inspired by the basic premise that everyone is an artist and everything we make is art. Do something creative every day in the month of January and share it at the community art show in February. Last year, Providence joined other cities and hosted it's first Fun-A-Day, with over 30 participating 'artists', and more than 300 people at our show. This year, we will do it all again. We are looking for participants and helpers.

WE need help for the show - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. MAKING happens daily in January 2013 – Go to to sign up Completion Celebration: Thu Jan 31st, 6-10pm at AS220

SHOWING PARTY: Fri (16) & Sat (17) February 2013, 7-11 PM -- Location: WBNA 1560 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909

Not sure? Come get inspired at the Meet and Greet- Thu, Jan 10th 6-8pm at Fertile Underground (BYOB)


City Council Approves New City Law to Prevent Theft of Manhole Covers, Other Property: The City Council adopted an ordinance on January 17th to prevent the theft of public and private property containing metals. The legislation, sponsored by Council President Michael A. Solomon and Councilors David A. Salvatore and Michael Correia, is in response to the recent uptick in the theft of items made of aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, iron, and steel and other types of metal, the most notable being manhole and utility covers removed from streets and sidewalks.

The new law (ordinance) prohibits metals recyclers from accepting public property without an official certificate of release from the government entity responsible. The ordinance also creates new requirements for metals recyclers regarding the handling of certain types of private property which contain metals. Members of the General Assembly have expressed interest in passing statewide legislation modeled on the Prov idence ordinance.

The Partnership for Providence Parks: When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Where: Recreation, 11 West Drive, Providence NOTE: location may change Contact: Wendy Nilsson 261-0245(c) Partnership for Providence Parks -

The Partnership for Providence Parks is a new initiative of the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation to support volunteer groups (Friends) who seek to improve their communities by investing in their neighborhood parks. The Partnership is comprised of these Friends groups, local businesses, Universities, community organizations and The Providence Department of Parks and Recreation. Ultimately, we want to help each group grow their ability to help their park and also become part of a larger network that can pool resources, share best practices and create phenomenal parks throughout the city.


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


ELIAS AYOUB, OWNER AND DRAKE PATTEN, APPLICANT: 399 Broadway (corner Courtland St.), Lot 11 on the Tax Assessor’s Plat 33, located in an R-P Residential Professional Zone and within the Broadway Historic Overlay District; the applicant seeks a use variance for relief from Section 303-Use Code 55 - Retail Trade - Building and Related Material, more than 2,500 square feet of gross floor area (hardware-retail; nursery and garden supplies-retail including greenhouses; paint, glass, and wallpaper-retail; yard equipment and supplies) pursuant to Section 200, to operate an urban farm supply business including the sale of chicken hens (no roosters), using the existing gasoline station building, installing a modular shed/plant house and decorative fencing, and replacing a portion of the existing pavement with gardens. The lot in question contains approximately 10,850 square feet of land area

Click here for full listing.




PUBLIC MEETING regarding 1326 Westminster Street


regarding 1326 Westminster Street

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


At WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street

Good News!!  The WBNA is in the process of purchasing 1326 Westminster Street and is applying for a grant to clean up any environmental conditions at this former gas station.  In the future the WBNA will be issuing a Request for Proposals for uses that promote community economic development and serve the neighborhood within the neighborhood vision.

  • Come to learn about our clean up plans! 
  • Find out the intended timeline and process for our project. 
  • Help us brainstorm “interim” uses while we wait for notification about the grant
The West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) will hold a public meeting on October 30, 2012 at 7pm at the WBNA offices, 1560 Westminster St. in Providence to discuss its intention to submit an application for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Up grant to aid in the remediation of environmental conditions at 1326 Westminster St., Providence, RI. A copy of the draft proposal and a draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) will be available for review at the meeting and for 10 days following at WBNA’s offices, M-Th, 9-4. The draft proposal and ABCA contain information regarding the site, contamination issues, cleanup standards, applicable laws, cleanup alternatives considered, and the proposed cleanup. WBNA will accept and encourages comments on the proposal at the meeting and for 10 days following. Written comments may be left with the draft proposal at WBNA offices or can be sent to Daniel Moos at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fall Garden Party - Thursday October 4th


"Thank You" to our hosts, sponsors and everyone who attended

this event and helped made it a great success!

Click HERE to order tickets!

Story time with the Mayor - July 23 Dexter Training Ground

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Due to the unpredictable weather pattern today July 23; the STORY-TIME reading program at Dexter Training Ground scheduled for 10:00am with Hon. Mayor Angel Tavares has been cancelled***



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