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Pawtucket is a city of 71,148 residents founded in 1671, at the strategic falls of the Blackstone River and the upper tidewaters of Narragansett Bay. It is a city with a special place in the industrial history of the United States. For it was here at the Slater Mill Historic Site that Samuel Slater successfully constructed and operated machines for spinning cotton yarn in 1793. Besides textiles, a variety of machines and iron working shops grew up alongside the textile industry.

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**** Pawtucket to implement new citywide alert system ****

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**** City seeks volunteers for environmental task force ****

Building on its expanded efforts last year, a city department is seeking to add volunteers for its Environmental Task Force to bring greater focus and faster response to property maintenance violations and other quality of life issues.

Shaun Logue, director of Zoning and Code Enforcement, said volunteers are being recruited to look for potential environmental and housing violations in the Fairlawn and Woodlawn neighborhoods. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the Zoning office at 401-728-0500 ext. 347 or Logue by email at slogue@pawtucketri.com.

Besides the assistance from the volunteers, the city is also taking a proactive approach to violations. "One of our inspectors will be going up and down every street in those neighborhoods looking for outward signs of property maintenance neglect that may need correction. We're looking for things that affect the quality of life in the neighborhood," Logue said.

Logue said he will be speaking on the program at Thursday's meeting of the Fairlawn Against Crime Team (F.A.C.T.) at the Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church Hall, 514 Smithfield Ave., at 6 p.m. He noted that the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, which does not meet this month, will carry news of the volunteer effort in its July newsletter.

"The volunteers were our eyes and ears in the neighborhoods when we stepped up our code enforcement efforts last year in Woodlawn and Fairlawn," Logue said. "They will get basic instruction in what to look for and then work to provide information that our minimum housing inspectors can follow up on in a more formal way."

Some of those volunteers have continued with the program but more are needed. The general idea is to spot potential environmental and housing violations that can then be resolved as soon as possible, Logue said. Last year the first phase on the Fairlawn effort alone resulted in more than 300 properties receiving notice of violations, also including for junk, debris, overgrowth, wood piles and uncovered garbage containers, among others.

Logue said last year's task force work and initiatives like the "E-rat" program using computer software to track rodent problems have had very positive results and hopefully will continue to reduce violations over time. He said the volunteer assistance remains key. "Their passion for their neighborhoods definitely made a difference and hopefully inspires others to take similar pride in their community," he said.

The task force will begin work on July 28. Volunteers will carry visible identification. Each Friday they will turn in their lists for Zoning Department staff to review for scheduled follow-up by housing and environmental inspectors, who alone can issue citations to the city Housing Court.

**** Bread Lab baking up business success ****

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**** Young Pawtucket chef feted at White House 'Kids' State Dinner' ****

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**** Mayor: 'Extremely pleased' at approval of NEA grant to bring art to city bridges ****

A National Endowment for the Arts grant announced today will bring public art to city bridges visible to both pedestrians and highway travelers alike. Pawtucket will receive a $75,000 grant for the project.

"We are extremely pleased our application was approved for these highly competitive grants," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "This project will allow us to visually enhance these transportation gateways that link our neighborhoods to the core of the city while involving local artists in the process."

The city, through the Department of Planning and Redevelopment, was successful in its application for an NEA Our Town grant for a project "to support the redesign of highway overpasses that connect Pawtucket's neighborhoods to the downtown."

Barney Heath, director of Planning and Redevelopment, said the city and its primary nonprofit partner for the application, the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, will work with the seven-member Arts Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture, appointed by Grebien last year to promote arts and culture in publicly owned spaces in the city, to advise the project.

Other project partners will include XO+ Studios, a downtown-based nonprofit collaboration of artists and designers, the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corp. and Blackstone Valley Community Action Program, as well as the R.I. Department of Health and Pawtucket School Department. The R.I. Department of Transportation, which is also supportive of the project, will review the proposed public art installation and the Pawtucket Foundation will assist with social media outreach.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu today announced plans to award 66 Our Town grants totaling $5.073 million, reaching 38 states, in the program's fourth year of funding. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year. Recommended grant amounts ranged from $25,000 to $200,000.

Since the inception of the Our Town program in 2001, the NEA has awarded 256 Our Town grants totaling more than $21 million in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

According to the NEA news release, "This year's Our Town projects demonstrate again that excellent art is as fundamental to a community's success as land-use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety, helping build stronger communities that are diverse in geography and character. Our Town funds arts -based community development projects in a way that is authentic, equitable, and augments existing local assets."

For a complete listing of Our Town grant support, project descriptions, grants listed by state and project type and resources available, go to the NEA Web site at www.arts.gov.

**** Volunteers invited to help document historical Mineral Spring Cemetery on Saturday, July 19 ****

The city-based Public Archaeology Laboratory, in cooperation with the City of Pawtucket, will hold a "volunteer day" on Saturday, July 19 as PAL begins documenting existing conditions at the city's historical cemeteries.

PAL staff will be onsite at Mineral Spring Cemetery, on Main Street at Conant Street, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to instruct volunteers in inventorying existing grave markers including photographing, conditions assessment and transcription of inscriptions. Volunteers will also be instructed in the proper methods for searching for buried marker stones.

"We are very fortunate to have PAL and its top-notch professionals in historic preservation not only based here in Pawtucket but also so willing to contribute their knowledge and skills to the community," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "This is also a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in historic preservation to join in as we work to improve the condition of our historical cemeteries for generations to come."

The volunteer day is open to all and participants are invited to bring family and friends.

PAL is also currently working with the city to prepare a long term maintenance plan for Mineral Spring Cemetery and the city's other historical cemetery, Oak Grove.

Founded in 1982, PAL is a leading provider of cultural resource management services. It is headquartered at 26 Main St. in the historic former To Kalon Club (1911), for whose extensive restoration PAL received a state Historic Preservation Project Award.


Donations on Monday, July 21, outside City Hall

Mayor Donald R. Grebien and the City of Pawtucket in conjunction with the Rhode Island Blood Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Monday, July 21 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Mobile Donor Coach, which will be located in the municipal parking lot across from City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave.

"We are always pleased to work with the Rhode Island Blood Center to encourage the residents and employees of the City of Pawtucket to take a few moments from their busy schedules to help with giving 'the gift of life.' You will truly be making a difference by helping many people in need and your gift will be greatly appreciated," the mayor said.

Donors should bring a driver's license or other form of identification.

Appointments can also be made online by visiting www.ribc.org, Sponsor Code 1030. For more information, go to www.ribc.org or call toll free at 800-283-8385. The Rhode Island Blood Center distributes blood products to hospitals in Rhode Island and Southern New England.

**** Pawtucket Tax Collections office to be temporarily relocated for renovations ****

The city Tax Collections office will be temporarily relocated in City Hall for four to six weeks to allow renovation of the current space that will include basic painting, space realignment and the updating of data and phone lines.

The Tax Collections office will be temporarily relocated to the former Engineering Department, located on the first floor down the hallway to the right of the information desk in the City Hall lobby, beginning on Monday, July 21. Normal office operations will be unaffected.

Tax Collections will be returned to the normal office, also on the first floor of City Hall, once city employees complete the work, which is being undertaken to improve service including providing information stations for the public.

Appropriate signage will also be posted in the City Hall lobby directing the public during the temporary relocation period.

**** Pawtucket police to distribute, install child safety seats free of charge on Saturday, July 19 ****

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**** Young Pawtucket chef gets city sendoff on way to White House with winning recipe ****

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**** Pawtucket 'PaintBox Project' will transform electrical boxes with art ****

The city is looking to inspire local artists to brighten the urban landscape by transforming typically bland utility boxes into works of art. Approximately 16 city-owned utility boxes, spread across Pawtucket, will become canvases for works of art through the project.

The Pawtucket PaintBox Project, modeled on a similar successful effort in Providence, is described in a recently issued request for proposals and is being organized by the city's Advisory Commission on Arts and Culture. Deadline for entries is Aug. 14.

The new volunteer arts panel, chaired by Miriam Plitt, who has been involved in city arts and cultural projects for many years, was formed last fall at the direction of Mayor Donald R. Grebien and is charged with encouraging projects to recognize and celebrate local artists.

Participating artists will receive a $300 stipend for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork. Applicants must be age 18 or older, live in or have a permanent studio or office in the city, and can submit a maximum of three designs.

Guidelines state that designs "may be representational or abstract but must respond to the urban context and be appropriate given the location and audience," and should be adjusted to accommodate the size of the utility boxes, which will vary.

"Submissions will be considered under a rolling admission and kept on file for future consideration," the RFP states. "The selected artists will be notified only if or when their designs are selected."

Applicants may specify which neighborhoods or boxes they would prefer to work on but the decision of the arts advisory panel will be final. The rules also require scraping, cleaning and priming the utility box surface, using durable materials, avoiding "dark palettes in order to prevent boxes from overheating," applying a protective varnish or wax coating and avoiding applying paint in a way that would interfere with operation of the box.

All art work submitted for consideration must be original and solely owned by the artists and the city will retain the right to make reproductions such as in brochures, publicity or other similar purposes, among other rules.

The detailed RFP including rules for how to apply for the project, which is being funded under a federal block grant administered by the city Department of Planning and Redevelopment, is available on the city website at www.pawtucketri.com, under the Purchasing Department tab.

**** Moody's boosts outlook on Pawtucket bonds, affirms credit rating ****

The city's improving financial picture received further objective recognition from a major credit rating agency last week, with Moody's affirming the city's current bond rating at investment grade while raising Pawtucket's rating outlook for general obligation debt from negative to stable. The credit outlook on other outstanding city debt was similarly raised.

Last November, Fitch Ratings also affirmed its investment grade rating of city general obligation bonds while boosting the city's credit outlook from stable to positive, its second outlook upgrade in two years.

"The Moody's rating affirmation and outlook upgrade continue the trend of positive financial news for our residents and taxpayers and show that the city is on a fiscal path to progress," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "We still have a long way to go but we're steadily getting there."

Moody's affirmed its Baa2 rating on the city's $34.9 million in long-term general obligation bonds. According to Moody's rating system, obligations rated Baa are medium investment grade with moderate credit risk, with the 2 modifier designating the debt obligations at a mid-range ranking in the category.

In giving its ratings rationale Moody's cited, among other factors, the city's moderately-sized tax base, relatively low tax burden, improving financial position including a reduction in the accumulated deficit in the school fund and the city's recent funding of 100 percent of its annual required pension contributions, or ARC. Moody's also cited an overall "adequate and improving General Fund position," including strengthening the city "rainy day" reserves fund.

"The stable outlook reflects our belief that the city will maintain improved operating position, elimination of cash flow borrowing and full funding of the locally administered pension ARC with a pending funding improvement plan to reduce its unfunded liability," Moody's stated.

The report noted the city faces financial challenges including an accumulated deficit in the School Unrestricted Fund, low income indicators and large unfunded pension and other post-employment benefits. The report also stated strengthening operating reserves and continued improvement in unfunded liabilities could make the city credit rating go up.

The full report, issued July 2, is available online at www.moodys.com.

**** Pawtucket neighborhood meeting at Barton Street playground to focus on city master plan *****

Residents of the Barton and Broad streets neighborhood are invited to meet with city planners on Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at the Barton Street playground, at the corner of Barton and Broad streets as part of an ongoing series of workshops to discuss the city's new long-range master plan, known as the Comprehensive Community Plan.

The information and discussion sessions, in conjunction with the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation, focus on improvements that could be made to the neighborhood to make it a better place to live and work.

Planners will present a neighborhood profile and seek feedback on topics ranging from enhancing open space and recreation to improving economic development, and address any questions or comments raised by those attending the meeting.

The series of workshops focuses on policies and actions the city can undertake in the different neighborhoods as well as throughout the city. The workshops allow residents the opportunity to become involved in the discussion of what is important to their community and how they would like to see their neighborhood and the city develop in the future.

Previous meetings were held in the Woodlawn and Fairlawn neighborhoods. Planning and Redevelopment Director Barney Heath said similar meetings will be held throughout the city over the next two years, followed by general public meetings to discuss the findings.

Following broad goals and policies set by the State Guide Plan, cities and towns are required to develop their own comprehensive plans to serve as the basis of land use regulation and to establish an implementation plan to achieve a community's goals. The local plans, after review by the state, then become binding on state agencies by requiring conformance of their projects and programs to the local plans approved in the cities and towns.

Beginning in 2016, the local plans will have a 20-year horizon and must be updated every 10 years. The new Pawtucket master plan will be completed in 2015.

For further information, contact the Department of Planning and Redevelopment at 401-724-5200.

**** City to honor 12-year-old on way to White House with winning recipe ****

Kinnan Hammond-Dowie, a 12-year-old city resident whose recipe for "Mediterranean Kebab Wrap with Cilantro Tabbouleh" has earned him an invitation to a "Kids' State Dinner" at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, will be honored by the city at an event on Thursday, July 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall.

Mayor Donald R. Grebien will present a mayoral citation and a key to the city to the budding chef.

Kinnan's winning recipe was among 54 representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia that will be honored at a luncheon hosted by Obama, an advocate for healthy eating choices and habits, on July18. The luncheon will feature a selection of the winning recipes and be followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

The winners were announced on July 11 by Obama, Epicurious, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The goal of the recipe challenge is to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative.

According to an article on eatdrinkri.com, Kinnan also enjoys acting and swims for the North Providence Barracuda Swim Team, among numerous other activities. He said he learned about preparing Syrian food from his mother and grandmother, and this spring attended the four-day Fit2Cook4Kids cooking camp for children.

**** 19 immigrants take oath of citizenship at ceremony in Pawtucket ****

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**** New Galego Court Water Park and playground opens with a big splash ****

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**** Elected leaders join with RIPTA to welcome R-Line with ribbon cutting event ****

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**** Pawtucket's improving schools are making a difference for the future of our children ****

This season of graduations, commencement speeches and transition to new challenges and opportunities is always one of the most hopeful and uplifting times of the year. The focus, as it should be, is on the graduates and their plans and dreams for the future.

What should not go unnoticed -- but too often goes unrecognized -- is that the Pawtucket school system, which the Class of 2014 is now leaving behind, continues to show marked improvement at numerous schools and in several testing and other areas, according to the standardized measurements employed for several years now.

While the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores have run into some controversy concerning student graduation requirements, and are now due to be replaced by another metric, they can still provide valuable measurements of an individual school's progress.

In Pawtucket, those latest NECAP numbers (dating to October 2013) show that two elementary schools and the city's arts high school have particularly shown outstanding year-to-year performance:

  • At the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the only public high school in Rhode Island dedicated to arts education, scores that met or exceeded testing requirements in the Writing category went from 56 percent to 98 percent. That's an amazing improvement of 75 percent in one year. Reading scores went from 89 percent meeting requirements or above to a stellar 99 percent. While math scores, as in much of the city and throughout the state, have a long way to go, JMW showed a 10 percent improvement in that area.
  • Varieur Elementary School students achieved a 94 percent "met or exceeded" level in the Writing category, up from 76 percent the prior year, and 84 percent in Reading, up from 76 percent. Math showed a healthy gain as well, going from 65 percent to 75 percent hitting or exceeding the mark.
  • Potter Burns Elementary School also showed major gains, and in all areas: Reading rose from 61 percent to 73 percent meeting or exceeding standards, Writing from 48 percent to 69 percent and Math from 43 percent to 62 percent. Those are all big jumps in just a year. In fact, with a few more overall points Potter Burns would have reached the "Leading and Commended" status achieved by JMW and Varieur.

In another important measurable area, when Shea and Tolman high schools were put into "transformation" status by state education officials about three years ago, their graduation rates were both badly lagging. Part of the problem was that students leaving the system weren't being tracked and so were all counted as dropouts, but other changes were needed as well.

Improvements quickly followed. The latest graduation rate for Shea, under new Principal Don Miller, and Tolman, under new Principal Chris Savastano, were respectively 83 percent and 71 percent, both representing improvements of more than 20 percent from two years earlier.

Interim School Superintendent Patricia DiCenso, who has brought outstanding leadership and new energy to that position, with Chief School Performance Officer Kathleen Suriani and the two new principals are determined to see those figures continue to rise when the graduation rates are annually updated in November. We have also seen Reading scores improve to 72 percent proficiency at Tolman and Writing scores move up 20 percent at Shea, so hopefully their transformation status may soon be over.

There are numerous other bright spots of academic achievement throughout our school system:

  • At Curtis Elementary, 70 percent of students are at or above the Reading benchmark and 66 percent in Writing, with very similar numbers at Curvin-McCabe.
  • The Cunningham and Little elementary schools are both at the 63 percent mark in Reading success, and at Goff Junior High the figure is 70 percent.

All those scores represent major improvements. Progress has been slower at Slater and Jenks junior high schools but a sound plan is in place and we look forward to seeing their performance move up as well.

One thing to watch for on the near horizon is the kind of concerted effort, and commitment of appropriate resources, being applied to Math instruction that for the past several years has been boosting Reading and Writing scores. When our school teachers and administrators put a strong emphasis on something, their track record shows that significant improvements are sure to follow.

As I visit with principals and teachers around our school district, I am always struck by their great dedication and pride in seeing their students succeed and their concern and commitment to do what's needed to make that happen. That is not something that can be measured by any test but it's certainly something that success cannot happen without.

We still have far to go, and the new math initiative is particularly welcome in that regard. What would also be welcome is a state aid allocation that more fairly acknowledges the challenges that Pawtucket and similar communities must face today.

As parents of two school-age children, my wife Laureen and I, like parents everywhere, see every day the difference that good schools and good teachers can make in the lives of their students. Our schools and teachers in Pawtucket, though they don't spend much time patting themselves on the back for it, are increasingly making that difference for the future of our children.

**** Grand opening set Friday for new Galego Court Water Park and playground ****

A sprinkler-driven new water park and state of the art playground will debut with a grand opening at Galego Court, 200 Leonard Jenard Dr. (off Weeden Street), on Friday, June 27 at 4 p.m. Among those attending the event will be Mayor Donald R. Grebien, city Planning Director Barney Heath and Pawtucket Housing Authority Director Stephen Vadnais, as well as participating children who live in the PHA family housing complex.

The Galego Court Water Park includes three spray loops and water coils set in a row to create a misting tunnel for "head to toe" soaking, offering immediate refreshment. The spraying generates a star pattern centered in the misting sprays from each spray loop. Water streams will also shoot from an umbrella to create a cascade of droplets.

The water park also features a foot-activated water basket that sprays streams of water from a splash pad.

The recently completed water park and playground project was made possible by a $65,000 federal block grant allocated through the city Department of Planning and Redevelopment as well as capital funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued under auspices of the Pawtucket Housing Authority. Total cost of the project was approximately $219,000.

Catalano Construction Inc. served as project contractor, Torrado Architects was the architect and the project engineer was D'Amico Engineering Technology, Inc.

**** No trash pickup on Friday, July 4 holiday in Pawtucket; pickup Saturday ****

City Hall offices to be closed

The Department of Public Works is reminding residents that trash pickup will not be conducted on the Friday, July 4 holiday, with those routes to be delayed one day and picked up on Saturday, July 5. Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3 will be on the normal schedule.

Recycling, which is on a biweekly schedule, will be unaffected by the holiday, with the next week of recycling collection to be conducted as scheduled from Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 11.
City Hall offices will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
For further information contact the Department of Public Works at 728-0500 ext. 282 or by email at dpw@pawtucketri.com. The 2014 Refuse and Recycling Calendar is available on the city website at www.pawtucketri.com as a link on the Department of Public Works page.

**** Tour highlights innovative companies with synergy under one mill roof ****

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**** Hundreds of participants take part in SBA small business workshops in Pawtucket ****

At a time when gaining skills and knowledge is often the key to small business success, hundreds of participants took part this spring in a series of free workshops open to the public set up by the U.S. Small Business Administration's district office in cooperation with the City of Pawtucket.

A total of 11 seminars, free and open to the public, were conducted under an agreement between SBA and co-sponsors the Pawtucket Foundation, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, TD Bank, SCORE and the Center for Women & Enterprise.

"The public response to these workshops held in Pawtucket on how to start or grow a successful small business was overwhelmingly positive," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "SBA and its public and private co-sponsors were outstanding partners with the city in offering this opportunity and we hope to work with them again soon."

According to Rhode Island SBA District Director Mark S. Hayward, the 11 seminars attracted a total of 224 participants. The most popular workshops included Small Business Resources (48 participants), Accounting for Non-Accountants (a combined 32 participants for two versions, in English and Spanish) and Creating a Marketing Plan (28). Also drawing 20 or more were the workshops on Social Media, Writing a Business Plan and A-Z Guide to Lending while the seminar on Legal Structure attracted 17 participants.

"This workshop series has been a tremendous success," said Hayward. "It is our hope that this series will stimulate the small business community in Pawtucket to grow and succeed."

The training and counseling sessions were made possible under an agreement signed in February by Seth A. Goodall, SBA New England regional administrator, Aaron Hertzberg, executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, John C. Gregory, president and CEO of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Frank Casale, senior vice president of TD Bank, George Hemond, chair of the Rhode Island SCORE chapter, and Carmen Diaz-Jusino, program manager of the Center for Women & Enterprise, as well as Mayor Grebien and District Director Hayward.

"This co-sponsorship," Goodall said at the time, "will enable us to deliver relevant training events to meet the needs of start-up businesses, businesses poised for growth or businesses that may be struggling and need expert guidance."

The city hosted the sessions in the downtown Blackstone Valley Visitor Center building at 175 Main St.

**** BVCAP, City of Pawtucket work together on first-time homebuyer program ****

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**** Pawtucket renews 'twinning' compacts with sister city of Belper, England ****

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**** Pawtucket Fire Department welcomes new firefighter ****

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**** City to put $3.5M in state funds for roads repaving to quick use ****

Armed with a street-by-street plan, the city is moving forward to put $3.5 million in state low-cost bond funds for roads repaving to quick use beginning this summer.

The city has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to conduct the roadway repaving according to the prioritized list of streets resulting from an outside study done last year. That study also estimated total road repair costs citywide at $28 million.

Competitive bids on the work are scheduled to be opened at the Purchasing Board meeting on July 10, leading to selection of a contractor to get the work underway.

"We literally have miles to go but this will get us off to a good start on repairs to our roads that have been neglected for far too many years," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "This innovative program also lightens the load on our taxpayers by allowing us to borrow at lower rates."

The Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Fund was approved last year by the General Assembly. Grebien testified in favor of the bill.

The competitive program is administered by the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency, which has Triple-A credit ratings from all three major rating agencies, the highest of any state government agency. The high rating allows the city to borrow at rates more favorable than it would receive on its own.

With the independent study, the city submitted an application to the new state loan program and was initially awarded $1.75 million. That amount was recently increased to $3.5 million, one of the highest amounts approved for any municipality in the state. Part of the funding will be allocated to a reserve fund to provide for any unforeseen contingencies.

The city's authority to bond the repaving work was approved this spring by the City Council.

Grebien said he will also seek voter support this fall for a proposed $15 million city bond for road repairs to maintain the momentum started under the new state program.

**** Building Bridges In Pawtucket's Municipal Workplace Paves The Way For Lasting Improvements ****

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**** Area mayors, planning leaders attend launch of innovative data and marketing website ****

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**** Zacks appointed member of Pawtucket Purchasing Board ****

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**** Mowrey appointed to Pawtucket Historic District Commission ****

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**** American Wire celebrates landmark mixed use project in Pawtucket with ribbon-cutting event ****

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**** Ribbon-cutting marks opening of new Deals store in Pawtucket ****

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**** Chinese exchange students wrap up annual visit to Pawtucket ****

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**** Slater Park flag program honors fallen veterans ****

The city's Parks and Recreation Division is recognizing the late R. Clinton Dailey, Sr. for the months of June and July as part of the Veterans' Flag Program at Slater Memorial Park.

Born Nov 19, 1925 in Lincoln, Dailey later moved to Pawtucket where he spent most of his life. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II in November 1943 and was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations where he served on multiple transport ships. He remained in the Navy for the duration of the war before his discharge in February 1946. For his service, he was awarded the following medals: World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Medal and the U.S. Navy Asiatic Pacific Campaign Theater Medal 3 Stars.

After the war, he returned home to Pawtucket where he married Florence M. (Hart) Dailey, to whom he was married for 66 years. They raised three children on Blackburn Street: R. Clinton Dailey, Jr., Karen A. Langellier, and Susan L. Berthelette. Dailey remained a resident of Pawtucket until moving to Rumford in 2007 and then Greenville earlier this year, until passing away in April at the age of 88.

The Parks & Recreation Division's Veterans Flag Program offers the opportunity for families of deceased veterans to have their personal funeral flag flown over the Pawtucket War Veterans' Memorial Scallop Shell in Slater Park. The flag is flown for two months and is then returned to the family.

For further information about the program, contact Parks & Recreation Director all John Blais at 728-0500, extension 257.

**** MTG delivers major donation for Pawtucket Fireworks Committee ****

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**** Grebien visits Cooley Group with Congressman Cicilline to boost export industry ****

Mayor Donald R. Grebien accompanied Congressman David Cicilline on a visit to Cooley Group, one of the city's top companies and a beneficiary of support from the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., which provides direct loans and loan guarantees to foreign buyers of American-made goods.

According to Cicilline, the Export-Import Bank over the last five years has given direct support for more than $50 million in Rhode Island export sales.

"Cooley is a Pawtucket-based international company that has shown the value of the Export-Import Bank's funding guarantees," Grebien said. "I support Congressman Cicilline in his advocacy in Congress to renew the bank's authorization which will otherwise expire on Sept. 30 this year."

Grebien noted he and his administrative team had first visited the 50 Esten Ave. company in March 2011, when they were hosted by Chairman P. Robert Seiner, Jr. and President and CEO Daniel Dwight, as they were again on the visit last week. "I'm only more impressed with the innovations and business expansions Cooley continues to make," he said.

Established in 1926, Cooley Group's primary fields are commercial graphics, engineered membranes and solar solutions. Its membranes were credited with containing the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill after several alternatives had all failed.

According to Dwight, the Cooley president and CEO, the company markets and distributes its products in more than 50 countries. Dwight credited the Export-Import Bank in helping Cooley to boost export sales, with international revenue growing 400 percent over the past five years.

**** City awarded $745K for five open space recreational development projects ****

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**** Pawtucket police officers honored in annual awards and memorial ceremony ****

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2014 Annual Awards and Memorial Ceremony Program

**** Pawtucket's Bridge to Prosperity ****

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**** Mayor Donald R. Grebien's FY15 Budget Address to the Pawtucket City Council ****

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The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division will be conducting a summer camp program for Pawtucket residents only to be held at Slater Memorial Park starting Monday, July 7 through Friday, August 15 for children ages 6 through 13. 

The summer camp program will be conducting two three-week sessions this summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The first session will take place from Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 25.  The second session will begin on Monday, July 28 and continue through Friday, August 15.  There will be a cost of $10. per child, per session.  The first 220 children have the option to attend both sessions one and two.  After the openings have been filled for both sessions, an additional 40 children will be given the option of session one only or 40 campers for session number two only.

Registrations for those interested in attending will not be accepted until Friday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Slater Park Carousel.  After May 31, they will be accepted at the Slater Park Office as space allows on a first come – first registered basis.  The registration and payment must be submitted in person, along with proof of residency in Pawtucket.     

Registrations are available for download and print on the City of Pawtucket web-site,  www.pawtucketri.com.  Click onto "Departments" on the left side of the website home page.  Click on to "Parks & Recreation" and again onto "Summer Camp Registration".  Starting May 19, registrations will also be available at the Slater Park Office lobby, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Limited openings are available for summer counselor employment for those 16 years of age or older along with counselor-in-training positions.  These employment applications are available at the Slater Park Office at this time.  A valid driver's license or school ID and a social security card are required at the point of applying.    If selected, you will be contacted with instructions for completing additional paperwork.  Applicants 18 years of age or older who are selected, will require a BCI check prior to completing additional paperwork.  Detailed information will be provided upon selection. There are several openings for non-paying "counselor-in-training" positions for ages 14 or 15 years old.  A "CIT" notation should be included on the application.  All openings will be filled on June 2.

**** Extended office hours to continue through October at Pawtucket City Hall ****

Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced that extended hours of service at City Hall, first initiated for the last quarter of 2013 through April 2014, will continue through October. The extended hours will again be available until 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

The increased availability for the public will continue to include the Board of Canvassers, where residents can register to vote or use other services, City Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collections, Mayor's Office and Zoning & Code Enforcement Department.

The Thursday dates when the added service will be available are: May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, 2014.

"The extended hours program is particularly meant to serve people who may be unable to come to City Hall during regular business hours," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "We are pleased to provide the added convenience for anyone who needs it and better serve the public."

Grebien said the added hours also helps fulfill his pledge to provide greater access to municipal government services for residents and businesses.

For additional information, contact the Mayor's Office at 728-0500, ext. 281 or any of the City Hall offices that will be open for extended hours. Normal City Hall hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.


Registration for the annual Slater Park Youth Tennis Camp, sponsored by the Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division, will take place starting Saturday, May 17 at the Slater Park Office from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Registration will continue at the Slater Park Office, Monday through Friday 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.  The camp runs from Monday, June 30 through Tuesday, August 12 at the Mike Kenney Tennis Courts located in Slater Memorial Park off the Armistice Boulevard entrance.

There are instructional level lessons which take place on Monday, Wednesday  and Fridays.  Advanced lessons are available for those ages 10 to 18 years old on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Lesson times vary depending on age. The cost for 6 weeks of lessons is $50.00 for residents and $75.00 for non-residents plus a can of new tennis balls.  A children's league is optional and is $40 per league for children14 to 18 years old.  

Details along with times are outlined on the registration form that is available at the Slater Park office or on the City website at www.pawtucketri.com.  On the City homepage, click on to Departments located on the left hand side and then Parks & Recreation.  From there click onto "Youth Tennis Camp Registration Form."

**** Adult Tennis Leagues at Slater Park ****

The Pawtucket Parks & Recreation Division will be conducting adult tennis leagues tentatively starting the week of  June 2nd  at the Mike Kenny tennis courts in Slater Park. All leagues start at 6 p.m. on their respective days.  These leagues will continue for ten weeks.

The men's doubles league will take place on Monday evenings starting June 2nd. The men's singles league will begin on Wednesday, June 4th. The women's doubles league will take place on Tuesday evening, starting June 3rd with the singles league beginning on Thursday, June 5th.

The cost for the singles league is $35.00 for residents and $50.00 for non-residents of Pawtucket. The cost is $40.00 for residents of Pawtucket and $55.00 for non-residents. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Participants are asked to have a can of tennis balls on hand.

Applications are available for download below. 


Applications are also available at the Slater Park office starting April 14th.  Space is limited to a first come, first serve basis. For further information, please contact the Slater Park office at 728-0500 ext. 251.

**** City of Pawtucket Announces 16th Annual Photo Contest
Pawtucket:  A City in Focus Theme: "Coloring Pawtucket"

Grab your cameras and compose that picture!  The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence announce the 16th Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest. The twelve winning photos, to be selected by a panel of local professional photographers, will illustrate the City of Pawtucket 2015 City Calendar.

This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must have been taken in Pawtucket. This year's contest theme is "Coloring Pawtucket."

Contest Rules: All photo submissions should follow the contest theme and have been taken within the past year. All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket to qualify for this contest. Only one entry per contestant will be accepted and must be submitted by the photographer. Photos may be color or black and white. Film or good quality digital prints will be accepted. All photos must be of good quality and suitable for reproduction.

Submitted photos should be mounted on foamcore or mountboard, but not framed; overall size of the mounted photo should not be smaller than 8"x10" or larger than 12"x18".  All photos will be on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center during the City of Pawtucket's Arts Festival in the month of September. The Mayor's Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize, First Place will receive a$75.00 cash prize, Second Place will receive a $50.00 cash prize with remaining winners receiving gift certificates.

All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket 2015 Calendar. Submissions will be accepted beginning May 1, by which time application forms will be available at various locations or downloadable on-line. Deadline for Entry: August 12, 2014. For further information, call (401) 273-5367.

For a copy of the Contest Entry Form click here.

**** Pawtucket experiences overall crime drop of more than 10 percent last year ****

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**** Public Notice Registry ****

The City of Pawtucket is establishing a public notice registry, for any person interested in receiving electronic notice of any changes to Pawtucket's land use and subdivision regulations or Zoning Ordinance.  To be listed on this registry, please contact Kerri Vecoli at 401-724-5200 or kvecoli@pawtucketri.com.

**** Police and Fire Pension Funding Improvement Plan ****

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**** Police and Fire Special Pension Informational Meeting ****

The informational Police and Fire Special Meeting was held on Wednseday, March 13th at Tolman High School. If you were unable to attend, attended but would like to view it again or see the Power Point presentation, follow the links below.

To view the full video of the meeting, click here: Fire/Police Pension Reform Meeting Video

To view the Power Point presentation, click here: PowerPoint presentation from the informational meeting

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**** Fire & Rescue Performance Review & Audit ****


**** Street Sweeping & Yard Waste Programs ****

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