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WBNA Enews June 10 -- A New Playground Coming Soon with YOUR help!

WBNA Enews June 10, 2011

 

Upcoming Events

Alfa B, literacy program for Spanish speakers, Nightly June 13 –Aug.11, 6-7PM at WBNA

WBNA Community Development Committee, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, WBNA Headquarters-CommunityWorks RI will present their most recent plans for Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway

Neighborhood Block Party, Saturday, June 25, Hudson Street, between Messer & Sycamore Streets, 2-8PM – Last year this event was a smashing success!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in making this year’s event great.

WBNA Crime Watch, Tuesday, June 28, 6:30PM, WBNA Headquarters – There will be no July and August Crime Watch meetings so the June meeting is important to attend.  We are asking neighbors if they have any nuisance properties that may be important to discuss.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any nuisance properties and a description of the problem.

West Side Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8PM, Dexter Training Ground –Mark your calendars and plan your picnic in the park!  The very talented spoken word artist, Christopher Johnson will be making a special appearance at both the July 7 and the July 21 shows!

JULY 7 
RPM Voices 6-7pm - Spiritually uplifting and culturally enriching music, by a united prism of people of many cultures, races, religious and spiritual beliefs.
Inca Son 7-8pm - Award-winning band performing traditional music from the Andes of Peru, and Latin America.
JULY 14
Double Decker Dance Band - Afro-pop dance band led by Liberian-born songwriter, singer, guitarist, and keyboard player Joseph Paye.
JULY 21
The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra - Cross-cultural music with roots in the traditional rhythms of Ghana, West Africa
JULY 28
Carlos DeLeon Latin Jazz - Carlos' 9-piece latin jazz band incorporate the grooves of salsa, merengue, cumbia, son, and other traditional Latin dance music.

GOOD NEWS!  A NEW PLAYGROUND COMING SOON WITH YOUR HELP!

KaBOOM awards WBNA and Providence Parks Department a grant to rebuild the Dexter Training Ground playground!!  Thank you to neighbors who participated in the application process.  As we move forward, we will need the active involvement of neighbors.  There will be a Design Day in mid-August (date TBA) and the actual playground build will be in October (date TBA).  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be involved in the planning process.

 

Office Closed

The WBNA office will be closed June 13-17.  The WBNA CDC will still take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm at the WBNA HQ.

 

Summer Program for Kids

Gardening with Kids: Making our neighborhood a more beautiful place to live

Avid gardener Siobhan Callahan, and artist/gardener Marian Purviance, are teaming up to offer a six-week course for kids combining art-making with gardening and neighborhood beautification.  As a group, participants will adopt a public spot in the Armory District neighborhood to landscape, learn about a variety of plants, how to overcome challenges unique to an urban setting, and create/plant a decorative planter box to bring home.

WHO: Kids ages 8-11

WHEN: Six weeks beginning week of June 26th**

Option 1: Tuesdays, 9-11am

Option 2: Wednesdays, 3-5pm

**Please let us know your first choice day/time

WHERE: Meet at WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street

COST: $60, pay what you can

CONTACT: To register or for more information please contact Siobhan Callahan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401.419.6778 (cell)

Gardening Class Assistant Needed

We are looking for an enthusiastic teenager who enjoys working with kids and has an interest in

gardening to assist us during our six-week course.  Must be available for all six weeks; small

stipend.  Contact Siobhan if interested: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401.419.6778.

 

West Side Solar?

The WBNA has a grant for a feasibility study with the RI Economic Development Corporation on a West Side Solar PV and Thermal project and I am charged with conducting an informal poll of potential interest.

 

We are looking for 10-25 West Side homeowners or local businesses that would join together to hire one solar consultant/installer to install PV and solar thermal at each of the 10 homes/businesses.  The advantage of joining together is cost and simplicity.  We would get a better price from a consultant because this would make it a larger project.  The RIEDC also is potentially willing to provide a grant and a loan to the group.  Additionally, there are the federal (30%) and potentially state (25%) tax credits.  This combination would significantly reduce the cost of installing PV on your home.  Navigating the alternative energy world and tax credits is also confusing and if we were to go forward with this program, the WBNA would administer it following a system developed in consultation with the EDC and tax lawyers.

 

WBNA & RIEDC are in the preliminary stages of creating this program and before moving forward need to determine if there is neighborhood interest.

 

If you are potentially interested in participating in this program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject Line reading West Side Solar.

 

Thanks.

Kari

 

P.S.      I will probably follow this up with a WBNA enews to spread the word far and wide.  Please forward to other neighbors who may have any interest.  The more interest there is the greater possibility of this moving forward.

 

TONIGHT General Meeting on West Side & Federal Hill Historic Properties Survey

West Side and Federal Hill

Historic Properties Survey

 

The Revolving Fund has been working with a team of twelve volunteer photographers for the last year.  Together they surveyed 2,178 buildings in the Federal Hill and West Side neighborhoods that are located just outside of existing Local or National Register historic districts.

 

With the WBNA, the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, and the Providence Planning Department, the Revolving Fund has assessed the historic building stock in these areas, determined which areas are significant for representing the distinctive historic development patterns in the neighborhood, and will be presenting their findings from the survey at the:

WBNA's general meeting TONIGHT, Tuesday, June 7th, 7PM, WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street.

 

WBNA General Meeting, Tuesday, June 7, 7:00PM, WBNA Headquarters – Hear the results of the Historic Properties Survey of the West End and Federal Hill Neighborhoods.  Rick Greenwood of the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Bob Azar & Jason Martin from the Department of Planning & Development and Kim Smith of the Providence Revolving Fund will present their findings and discuss possible overlay zoning districts for historic areas that including the expansion of the local historic district or the creation of a conservation district.  Interested neighbors are encouraged to attend as these processes must be neighbor driven.  Project was made possible by a Preservation is Local grant through the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

THIS WEEK Visit soon-to-be new grocery to tell Fertile Underground your shopping needs

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WBNA Enews 5.26.2011


WBNA Enews 5.26.2011

 

Upcoming Events

WBNA General Meeting, Tuesday, June 7, 7:00PM, WBNA Headquarters – Hear the results of the Historic Properties Survey of the West End and Federal Hill Neighborhoods.  Rick Greenwood of the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Jason Martin from the Department of Planning & Development and Kim Smith of the Providence Revolving Fund will present their findings and discuss possible overlay zoning districts for historic areas that including the expansion of the local historic district or the creation of a conservation district.  Interested neighbors are encouraged to attend as these processes must be neighbor driven.  Project was made possible by a Preservation is Local grant through the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

WBNA Community Development Committee, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, WBNA Headquarters-Agenda TBA

Armory Farmer’s Market, Starting Thursday June 16, 4-6PM, Dexter Training Ground

Neighborhood Block Party, Saturday, June 25, Sycamore Street between Westminster and Willow Streets, 2-8PM – Last year this event was a smashing success!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in making this year’s event great.

WBNA Crime Watch, Tuesday, June 28, 6:30PM, WBNA Headquarters – There will be no July and August Crime Watch meetings so the June meeting is important to attend.  We are asking neighbors if they have any nuisance properties that may be important to discuss.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any nuisance properties and a description of the problem.

West Side Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8PM, Dexter Training Ground – A listing of performers is coming soon!  Mark your calendars and plan your picnic in the park!

 

Announcing a new discount to WBNA members!!!

The WBNA member discount program welcomes West Side Wellness as a member!  Located at 379 Broadway, West Side Wellness provides focused, effective bodywork for reasonable prices.  Go to http://www.wbna.org/west-side-businesses for their and other business discounts that WBNA members receive when they present their official WBNA member card.  Other participating businesses include:  Mother Mystic, Leadership Rhode Island, PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services, The Scurvy Dog, Tom’s Tree Care.

AND…another benefit of membership!!

There are three plots still available in the WBNA Community Garden, 180 Bridgham Street, to 2011 WBNA members.  For just $45, current WBNA members may have their own plot to grow food.  Compost and free seeds, and water are included in this fee.

Become a Member! WBNA relies on neighbors like you to keep our community strong.  Your investment of time and money into your local neighborhood association is instrumental in making our neighborhood a great place to Shop, Work, Eat and Live Locally and to connect, play and stay!  Go to http://www.wbna.org/join to become a 2011 member and make a difference locally.

 

SWELL Soiree

Thank you to the estimated 400 neighbors who attended the May 6 SWELL Soiree to celebrate the completion of construction of 1577 Westminster Street.

A great spirit of community was in the air!

Special thanks go to:

JR from The Avery and to The Extraordinary Rendition Band for the musical entertainment

Elevation Spirits & McLaughlin and Moran for donating beer, wine and the SWELL swill

SpurwinkRI for providing tours of the apartments on the upper floors

Fertile Underground Grocery for sharing their plans for their soon-to-be grocery operating out of the space

Participating artists and contributors to the silent auction:  Lee Chartier, Elaine Collins, Genevieve Dupre, Susan Dupre, Equal Exchange Coffee, Mark Freedman, Deborah Hickey, John Jacobsen, Bruce Kaplan, Neil Lang, Frank Mullin, Matt Tracy, Diane Vatcher, Christine Malecki West, and Cindy Wilson

Raffle participants:  Virginia & Spanish Peanut Company, Julians, Li Rog, vis-à-vis hair design, Broadway Bistro, DASH, Jephry Floral Studio, Venus de Milo Restaurant, Fertile Underground Grocery, and Method Fitness

Neighborhood Yard Sale

Thank you to the over 50 addresses that participated in this past weekend’s neighborhood-wide yard sale.  The sale was our biggest and best ever with crowds of people touring the neighborhood looking for bargains!

Special thanks to:  White Electric Coffee for donating coffee and to other businesses participating on the map, and Casey Spencer for creating the posters and map

 

Recent updates

  • The Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway, presented several parking schemes to the Providence Historic District Commission (HDC) this past week.
  • The Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program came before the WBNA Communities Development Committee on May 11 and before the Providence HDC this past week to get feedback on their design direction for the Engle Tire and Providence Auto Ignition site where they intend to put a gym, science labs, and an art room.
  • The Dexter Training Ground playground is a finalist in an application submitted by the WBNA and the Providence Parks Department to KaBOOM for a new play structure that would be built by the community this October.  If selected, neighbors will be needed to take part in the planning design, and organization of the playground that will also include 3 exercise stations for adults.

 

Community MusicWorks seeks A Family Engagement, Apply by June 1

The Family Engagement Coordinator position at Community MusicWorks is currently open. It is a position made possible through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. It would be wonderful to find someone from our neighborhood to fill this position, for a job description and more information, please contact Heath Marlow at Community MusicWorks This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Big Mentor Program( Big Sister of RI and Urban League of RI)

-There are 3,889 children of prisoners in RI

-Children of prisoners are 6 times more likely to become criminally involved.

Help stop this vicious cycle and become a Mentor to a child

- No cost

-Time we ask you give to children is only 6-8 hours a month

- This time can be in person, via e-mail or on the phone

-If interested, call Nicole Pope at 401-649-8716 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAVE A CHILD CLOSE TO HOME!

 

 

 

 

The WBNA Yard Sale Map is HERE!

 

Download your copy now! [PDF, 2.79MB]

The map will also be available tomorrow at the WBNA HQ and the participating businesses.

The yard sale will happen, rain or shine -- we have a lot of sales this year and it's going to be HUGE! See you tomorrow!

 

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