City of Pawtucket Releases the 2018 Calendar.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As we start 2018, my family and I would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. As we close one chapter and look hopefully toward what a new year will hold, I am proud of the progress that we have made together.
After stabilizing our finances, we reinvested those savings into vital infrastructure. Over the past five years, we repaved 78 miles of our roads and repaired an additional 12 miles this year. We also completed renovations to Fire Station 6 on Newport Avenue.
We are also investing heavily in the future of this City and our students. Potter-Burns Elementary School underwent a $12 million renovation. The nearly one hundred year old school has new classrooms, offices, school library, media center, elevator, energy efficiencies and playground. Students, teachers and parents are ecstatic about their new and improved school.
We just broke ground, with Governor Raimondo, on the renovation project at Nathanael Greene Elementary School. The interior of the school will be fully renovated and redesigned this school year as students continue their learning at the Pawtucket Annex. Schools throughout the district also underwent safety, building and classroom upgrades.
Our students are some of the best and brightest in the world. They deserve a 21st century learning environment to inspire them and allow them to flourish.
I proudly swore in Pawtucket’s first female police chief, Tina Goncalves. Chief Goncalves is a twenty-year veteran of the force, serving this city in the patrol, narcotics and detective divisions. She is leading our operations forward and is focused on bridging gaps and building relationships with the community. In addition, Colonel James Vartanian is now leading public safety efforts.
We swore in 11 new police officers and 9 new firefighters. We also secured a $2.5 million grant for our Fire Department.
We are laying the foundation for development and investment in the Pawtucket-Central Falls Train Station District. With the commuter rail station set to open in 2020, our cities are working together to maximize the potential on the 50 acres of available development, with a grand total of
160 acres and 2 million square feet of unique, historic mill buildings. The Train Station District was part of the State’s bid for Amazon and will open up job opportunities for people in the City and businesses looking to relocate here.
We are also working with Central Falls and Cumberland to make major improvements to the Broad Street corridor. The project is focused on stimulating business growth, enhancing safety along the street through an $11 million grant and supporting heritage tourism in the region.
The City held its first Restaurant Week this September, which was extremely successful. The week-long event also coincided with the Pawtucket Arts Festival, which draws thousands of visitors.
Isle Brewers Guild opened earlier this year, bringing Narragansett Beer back to Rhode Island. They have also lured five other brewing operations to the Guild. Foolproof, Crooked Current, and Bucket Brewery have easily made us the craft brew capital of Rhode Island.
Our improved business climate has allowed us to lure and attract new businesses and numer- ous new job opportunities. Hasbro’s presence continues to grow on an international scale. And Collette Tours is celebrating their 100th year of making peoples travel dreams come true. We congratulate our local businesses that opened this year, and thank our existing business for their continued investment in our community.
On the horizon, we will hopefully see the Ballpark at Slater Mill take shape. The public Ballpark at Slater Mill is an opportunity to bring year-round entertainment and events, expand access to our waterfront and create a world-class destination to attract 500,000 or more visitors and patrons from around the country to our State. We have a real opportunity to bring a hotel, restaurants, shops, businesses and residential to the abutting parcels This will revitalize our downtown, ignite our local economy and generate new revenues without any cost to our residents. We continue to fight on the State level to keep the PawSox where belong - in Pawtucket.
I am thankful for your passion, support and commitment to Pawtucket. We may have a lot of work ahead, but together I know we will accomplish even more in 2018.
In conclusion, I wish to thank our generous calendar sponsors who, once again, allow us to present you with the 2018 City of Pawtucket calendar. This calendar provides a wealth of information on scheduled events, how to contact your elected officials, the many services available to you, and much more. This year’s theme is “The Flavor of Pawtucket,” reflected by the uniquely, colorful photos of Pawtucket scenes scattered throughout the pages. These photos were selected by professional photographers in the City’s photo contest. A photo taken by Nathan Gomes from Cranston, RI, was selected for the cover.
I wish you and your family all the best for a happy, healthy year.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien
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