Volunteers needed! In an ongoing partnership with House of Hope CDC, WBNA seeks volunteers for its ACES (Armory Citizens Enabling Shelter) initiative to provide outreach and supportive services to homeless and housing insecure individuals in the Dexter Training Ground area.
From helping neighbors in need to ensuring neighbors have “a place at the table” about issues that are closest to home, our work could not be done without the support of WBNA members. While challenges over the years have changed, the need to come together and collectively find solutions continues. Learn more.
Neighborhood Nights is back, WBNA’s all-in-one community meeting where neighbors come together to explore a planned topic or issue, check out WBNA initiatives, and/or play basketball at open gym! This monthly gathering is an easy way to get to know WBNA and your neighbors with free food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation.
WBNA seeks new or existing businesses to occupy two 989 square foot, ground floor retail spaces at 1577 Westminster Street that are available immediately. While the sunny first floor space was originally built as a small market and café, WBNA welcomes a broad range of commercial uses including shops, start-ups, gallery/studio, or other entities.
The State of Rhode Island officially wants to know WHO is interested in using the Cranston Street Armory and for what purposes. Potential users could be community groups, developers and everything in between. Chances are, YOU, neighbor, know someone (or know someone who knows someone) who could really make something special happen in our Castle for the People. With a deadline of January 25 for potential users and operators to share ideas and interest with the state, we need all hands on deck to get the word out about the state’s open “Request for Information” period happening NOW.
Another accolade goes to the Asa Messer Elementary School teaching team as the Golden Apple Award was given to third grade teacher Rachel Greenberg, who teaches English Language Learners with humor, high expectations and some music, too. We are grateful to have Ms Greenberg's talents and creative approaches at work in our neighborhood, and thank her for her commitment to west side kids.
The west side now has an independent, locally-owned pharmacy! Dr. Eugenio Fernandez Jr. sees health care as more than prescriptions and diagnoses, and has turned that vision into Asthenis Pharmacy on Cranston Street. Born and raised in our neighborhood, Fernandez shares his story and Asthenis’ mission of health equity in this guest post.
WBNA has been working with the state since June to ensure that a comprehensive presentation to the public about the Cranston Street Armory will take place in September that includes consultant Utile’s findings on possible re-uses for our neighborhood castle, as well as a reporting on the positive progress and momentum currently underway for this state asset.
WBNA's summer performance series (June 28 and July 12, 19, & 26) features family-friendly fun with Trinity Rep's bilingual adaptation of The Tempest / La Tempestad, Motown band Nickel Jukebox, salsa and bachata sensation Roberto Arias y su Alebreke, and the awe-inspiring 60+ piece The American Band, plus lots of kids activities, the Armory Farmers Market Beer Garden, and more!
WBNA’s Community Development Committee reviewed the proposed redevelopment of 41-45 Parade Street (former Parkview nursing home) into residential apartments, and a new infill construction project by Peter Case at 1492 Westminster Street. Learn more about these projects.
The city's top honor for outstanding teacher goes to Rachel DeNofio, kindergarten teacher at Asa Messer Elementary School, who was lauded last week for her mastery of personalized teaching, deep relationships with students & families, and sharing her talents with educators statewide as leader of a model classroom for differentiated instruction.
The Armory Farmers Market opens Thursday, May 31, in Dexter Training Ground, offering seasonal produce, bread, coffee, meat and eggs plus more prepared food options this year and activities for all ages. Do a little shopping, then enjoy a picnic dinner with friends and family on Thursday evenings in the park!