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Underwater? Trouble with your mortgage payment? Come to the Nov. 1 WBNA General Meeting for help

Please spread the word about this meeting to anyone who lives in or near the West Side of Providence and/or who is struggling with their mortgage payment.

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NEXT WBNA GENERAL MEETING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AT 6PM (NOTE 6PM START TIME), 1560 WESTMINSTER STREET

Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) in cooperation with Mayor Angel Taveras, Senator Paul V. Jabour, Representative Michael A. Tarro and Representative Anastasia P. Williams to host on Nov. 1 an informational meeting on foreclosure-prevention funds at West Broadway West Broadway Neighborhood Association, WBNA

 Unemployed homeowners should call 401-277-1500 for an appointment to begin the HHFRI application process

 Providence (Oct. 25, 2011) – A free informational public meeting on the foreclosure-prevention program Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island (HHFRI) will be held on Tuesday, November 1, at 6 p.m. at West Broadway Neighborhood Association, WBNA,

1560 Westminster St., Providence.

 Mayor Angel Taveras, Senator Paul V. Jabour (District 5, Providence), Representative Michael A. Tarro (District 8, Providence) and Representative Anastasia P. Williams (District 9, Providence) are urging homeowners to attend the meeting as the latest changes to HHFRI have made it easier for those Rhode Islanders having difficulty making mortgage payments to get assistance from HHFRI, a service of Rhode Island Housing.

Homeowners who are unemployed, and believe they may qualify can now contact the HHFRI Center, 401-277-1500, directly to get an appointment to begin the HHFRI application process. Homeowners with hardships other than unemployment will continue to seek out assistance from a HUD approved and HHFRI certified counseling agency such as the Rhode Island Housing HelpCenter, 401-457-1130.

 

“HHFRI is and will bring relief to struggling Rhode Islanders and keep them in their homes," said Richard Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing. “The purpose of this program is to prevent foreclosures and stabilize the housing market by helping homeowners make mortgage payments.”

 

Struggling homeowners may qualify for this program if they have a documented financial hardship such as a sudden loss of a job, underemployment, unforeseen medical expenses, and disability of a family’s key wage-earner or costly home repairs as a result of the flooding in Rhode Island during the spring of 2010. Also, members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have experienced a drop in income due to deployment are qualified for assistance. (This applies to all personnel in regular and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.)

For more information on HHFRI and the list of all community meetings, visit: www.HHFRI.org; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="blocked::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.; or call: 401-277-1500.

The U.S. Treasury has made available to Rhode Islanders $80 million to help those at risk of losing their homes. Rhode Island Housing has been designated by the Treasury to oversee the funds. The agency will be processing, approving and administering the submissions from lenders, servicers and specially trained HHFRI certified counselors

Coming soon! Goblins and Gremlins Party and Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011

 Contact: Kari Lang

401.831-9344, 401-301-3821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WBNA Fourth Annual Gremlins & Goblins Halloween Party and Parade

The West Broadway Neighborhood Association is celebrating Halloween and the whole Providence community is invited to join the fun. The fourth annual Goblins & Gremlins Party and Parade takes place Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 1-4pm.

 Bringing together ghouls, goblins and gremlins of all ages from across the greater Providence area, this Halloween party and parade promises to be a celebration of creativity and community. On Saturday, October 29, all friends and families are welcome to enjoy in this FREE fun festival and march around the West Side’s iconic Dexter Training Ground Park.

 Activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the parade will start promptly at 3:30 p.m to conclude the event. All are welcome to participate in the parade beginning on Parade Street (near the baseball field), and continue 0.7 miles around the park’s perimeter.                                                                                                                                                                                   

Heritage Restoration brings back its giant pumpkin launching Trebuchet (a medieval catapult)! Pumpkins will be available for $5 and can be launched across the Training Ground for a smashing scene. Bring your own pumpkin and you can launch it for just $2.

 Kid friendly activities will include storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts. Grown-up ghouls can enjoy the end of Oktoberfest in the “Beer Garden.” Other activities include live music and a raffle with great prizes such as artwork by local artists and restaurant gift certificates! In addition to Halloween festivities, the RI Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive on Parade Street from 11am-3pm!

 Be sure to don your best Halloween costume and pets are welcome to participate in the merriment as well! Kids of all ages do not want to miss this unique opportunity in the shadow of the West Side neighborhood’s castle-like armory.

 Established in 1983, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play. For more information about the WBNA, please visit www.wbna.org.

 

Call for Volunteers!

The West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play. The WBNA is celebrating Halloween and we need your help! The fourth annual Goblins & Gremlins Party and Parade takes place Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 1-4pm around the West Side’s iconic Dexter Training Ground Park . Volunteers are needed for this event from the hours of 11:30am-5:30pm.

 Bringing together ghouls, goblins and gremlins of all ages from across the greater Providence area, this Halloween party and parade promises to be a celebration of creativity and community.

 Use this great opportunity to help the City of Providence and the West Side to fulfill some of those FSEHD volunteer hour requirements. We need volunteers to do the following; arts & crafts, storytelling, set up, clean up, and much more.

 If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lauren Sanford (Third Grade Teacher at Henry Barnard) at 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..

 

Coming Soon! Goblins & Gremlins Party & Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2011

 Contact: Kari Lang

401.831-9344, 401-301-3821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WBNA Fourth Annual Gremlins & Goblins Halloween Party and Parade

The West Broadway Neighborhood Association is celebrating Halloween and the whole Providence community is invited to join the fun. The fourth annual Goblins & Gremlins Party and Parade takes place Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 1-4pm.

 Bringing together ghouls, goblins and gremlins of all ages from across the greater Providence area, this Halloween party and parade promises to be a celebration of creativity and community. On Saturday, October 29, all friends and families are welcome to enjoy in this FREE fun festival and march around the West Side’s iconic Dexter Training Ground Park.

 Activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the parade will start promptly at 3:30 p.m to conclude the event. All are welcome to participate in the parade beginning on Parade Street (near the baseball field), and continue 0.7 miles around the park’s perimeter.

                                                                                                                                                                                          

Heritage Restoration brings back its giant pumpkin launching Trebuchet (a medieval catapult)! Pumpkins will be available for $5 and can be launched across the Training Ground for a smashing scene. Bring your own pumpkin and you can launch it for just $2.

 Kid friendly activities will include storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts. Grown-up ghouls can enjoy the end of Oktoberfest in the “Beer Garden.” Other activities include live music and a raffle with great prizes such as artwork by local artists and restaurant gift certificates! In addition to Halloween festivities, the RI Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive on Parade Street from 11am-3pm!

 Be sure to don your best Halloween costume and pets are welcome to participate in the merriment as well! Kids of all ages do not want to miss this unique opportunity in the shadow of the West Side neighborhood’s castle-like armory.

 Established in 1983, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play. For more information about the WBNA, please visit www.wbna.org.

 

 Call for Volunteers!

The West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play. The WBNA is celebrating Halloween and we need your help! The fourth annual Goblins & Gremlins Party and Parade takes place Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 1-4pm around the West Side’s iconic Dexter Training Ground Park . Volunteers are needed for this event from the hours of 11:30am-5:30pm.

 Bringing together ghouls, goblins and gremlins of all ages from across the greater Providence area, this Halloween party and parade promises to be a celebration of creativity and community.

 Use this great opportunity to help the City of Providence and the West Side to fulfill some of those FSEHD volunteer hour requirements. We need volunteers to do the following; arts & crafts, storytelling, set up, clean up, and much more.

 If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lauren Sanford (Third Grade Teacher at Henry Barnard) at 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..

Fertile Underground Grocery TONIGHT at Firehouse 13

pssst....  Fertile Underground Grocery is opening on October 20th! (soft opening-w/ grand in November)  pass it on.

TONIGHT, THURSDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 13!  7PM TILL LATE....  COME TO THE FIREHOUSE XIII
TO SUPPORT
FERTILE UNDERGROUND GROCERY
AS THEY PRESENT THEIR STOCK N' STASH CAMPAIGN AND...

CELEBRATE HARVEST TIME WITH LOTS OF NATURAL YUMMY FOOD, AMAZING LOCAL MUSIC INCLUDING "MEMBERS OF...SOULSHOT AND BOOCITY!"  AND SEVERAL LOCAL TALENT SURPRISES!

come hear the case for a COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GROCERY!

NO COVER 7 TO 9 PM.  MUSIC AT 9PM, SUGGESTED DONATION 5$-10$. 

BRING YOUR APPETITE FOR NATURAL GOODNESS, SUPER FUNK, ARTISTS EDGE, AND A SUSTAINABLE WORLD!!!

***ALSO:  CHECK OUT THEIR RAD NEW WEBPAGE AT www.fertileunderground.com for more news, more action, and the latest on what’s up with the FUNC!

WBNA Enews: We BUILT a playground!

WBNA Enews, Thursday, October 13, 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS, ALL WELCOME!!!

  • Grand Opening of Fertile Underground Grocery at 1577 Westminster St, Thursday, October 20
  • Goblins and Gremlins Party and Parade and Pumpkin Launch, Saturday, October 29, 1-4pm, DTG, Volunteers needed! PLUS SIGN UP TO BE ON THE TRICK OR TREATING MAP (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the map)
  • WBNA Crime Watch, Tuesday, October 25, 6:30pm at WBNA HQ
  • Armory Farmer’s Market, Thursdays, 4-7PM at DTG

General Meeting, Rhode Island Housing, who administers the foreclosure prevention fund, Hardest Hit Fund Rhode Island, will conduct an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 1st general meeting for WBNA.  The presentation begins at 6:00pm.  Attend and find out what assistance might be available to you if you are struggling to make your mortgage payment.

  • Community Development Committee, Tuesday, November 8, 7-8:30pm at WBNA HQ

Please join WBNA today so we can continue to bring projects like the new playground to the West Side. Also, consider getting involved in one of our events or committees including the Friends of Dexter Training Ground

 WE BUILT A PLAYGROUND!!!!

This past Tuesday, October 11, over 250 people (110 neighbors, 140 UnitedHealthcare employees and 20 New England Patriots) WORKED TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY to build a brand, new, beautiful, castle-like playground at the Dexter Training Ground.

Details in brief:

  • Concrete is still setting, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE PLAYGROUND UNTIL NOON THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
  • WBNA and the Providence Parks Department applied for a grant to KaBOOM! For a new playground at the Dexter Training Ground because the playground is one of the most heavily used in the city of Providence and it had reached the end of its useful life
  • A Design Day was held with KaBOOM! On August 11 where 30-50 children were taught about the history of the park and special features such as the trees, and then designed their dream playground. This gave the guidance for the adults to select equipment. Special thought was given to durability, sensitivity to our historic park, and of course, ensuring equipment was fun and promoted creative, imaginative PLAY for our kids!
  • WBNA contributed $5,000 and the Providence Parks Department contributed $5,000 towards the playground and the necessary supplies for build day PLUS the WBNA committed to working with neighbors on an 8 week planning process and to recruit at least 100 volunteers for prep and build days
  • A core committee of neighbors (Rachel Newman Greene, Manuel Cordero, Jennifer Spaziano, Jennifer Shimkus, Hope Finch, Kristen Thompson, Noah and Deb Rosenberg, Alex Smith Bourget, Parks Superintendent Bob McMahon, Beth Charlebois, Amber Day, Patrick McEvoy. Libby Kimzey) worked with the outstanding Kenny Altenburg of KaBOOM! for 8 weeks on all the details.
  • Quintin Rivera-Toro secured a grant from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts for a special project he calls “The Bridge” which is intended to connect people and be a place for gathering and interacting. The Bridge became a side project of the KaBOOM! Playground build. Other side projects WBNA developed with KaBOOM! were painting trash cans with positive “your park, keep it clean” type signs, refilling the toddler area with clean sand, planting perennials in front of the Ebenezer Knight Dexter statue and painting the iron fence, painting park benches, mulching trees, and building six raised garden beds for a new joint WBNA/Parkview Nursing Home community garden at the Parkview Nursing Home.
  • Another special feature makes this effort multi-generational with the inclusion of nine Life Trail stations for adult exercise that is also wheelchair accessible
  • What a day we had on Tuesday! Spectacular weather and a true showing of community! Plus the fun of having the help of the New England Patriots. To keep the momentum going, the WBNA is reinstating the Friends of Dexter Training Ground, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved!
  • THANK YOU TO:

KaBOOM!, UnitedHealthcare, New England Patriots, Providence Parks and Recreation FOR MAKING THIS AMAZING PLAYGROUND POSSIBLE

THANK YOU TO OUR LOCAL SPONSORS FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS TO HELP MAKE THIS DAY POSSIBLE!!!

Aramark

Barden Family Orchard

BJs

Casa Buena Builders

Edelmira Gudiel

Groundwork Providence

Hmong Church

Parkview Nursing Home

Rhode Island State Council for the Arts

Quintín Rivera-Toro

Seven Stars Bakery

Sodexo

South Side Community Land Trust

WBNA

Wes’ Rib House

Whispering Elms Farm

White Electric Coffee

Whole Foods

Windmist Farm

Woonasquatucket River Greenway

Xiong Farms

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPATING NEIGHBORS INCLUDING BUILD CAPTAINS - Alex Smith Bourget, Manuel Cordero, Tom D’Ovidio, Libby Kimzy, Parks Superintendent Bob McMahon, Joseph Pfeiffer-Herbert, Quintín Rivera-Toro,

Ayako Takose, John West

  • PRESS

Providence City News: http://www.providenceri.com/parks-and-rec/new-england-patriots-help-providence-children

The Providence Journal: http://www.projo.com/patriots/content/Patriots_Wendell_playground_Welk_10-12-11_7DQ.2995c01.html

New England Post: http://www.newenglandpost.com/2011/10/12/20-england-patriots-build-playground-providences-west/

The Boston Globe: http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-11/sports/30267453_1_new-playground-wr-wes-welker-rb-kevin-faulk

***WBNA will be recognized by the New England Patriots and UnitedHealthcare during the halftime show of this Sunday, October 16, New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys!!!!!

Since 1983, the WBNA has worked with 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. Great strides have been made and neighbor involvement has brought over $15 million into the neighborhood and a strengthened sense of community. JOIN US!

 Current and recent projects: Renovation of 1560, 1192 and 1390 Westminster Street, adoption of West Side Overlay zone, expansion of the Broadway Armory local historic district, repair funds for the Cranston Street Armory, a new Playground!, Decorative lighting on Westminster Street, West Side Solar, Luongo Square fountain and enhancement project, 1577 Westminster Street with a neighborhood grocery

 WBNA Headquarters (HQ)

1560 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909

(401) 831-9344

www.wbna.org

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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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