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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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The Department of Public Works is reminding residents that trash and recycling pickup will be conducted on the normal schedule throughout the week of May 5-9, including on the Rhode Island Independence Day holiday on Monday, May 5.
Residents are asked to place their trash and recycling out on their normally scheduled day for collection.
The no-delay schedule will allow the city to take advantage of the fact that the R.I. Resource Recovery Center will be open on May 5.
City Hall offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year calls for a zero tax increase for both residents and businesses and an overall spending increase of 1.47 percent, while adding a third rescue vehicle and continuing to restore the city's rainy day fund.
The $112.3 million spending plan holds the line on taxes in all categories: Residential Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Tangibles and Motor Vehicles.
Grebien's budget last year, which also had a zero increase across all tax categories, is expected to end with an operating surplus as of fiscal year-end on June 30.
"Pawtucket is on a path to progress," Grebien said. "We continue to make the tough decisions needed to restrain all unnecessary spending while working hard to bring in more revenues and focus on bringing more jobs and economic growth to the city."
Major initiatives in the budget call for adding a third rescue vehicle to meet growing need for that service while reducing overtime by $200,000, adding a net $600,000 in funding for the School Department, a $150,000 increase for the Pawtucket Public Library, restoring $200,000 to the city's "rainy day" reserves fund, and reallocating resources to boost city beautification efforts.
The budget also makes provision for the initial year of debt service on the $1.75 million allocation for which the city recently received approval from the state's new Municipal Road and Bridge Revolving Loan Fund. The fund allows borrowing under a state agency with a triple-A rating at rates lower than the city could achieve on its own.
Anticipated revenue enhancements include improved digital billing for rescue service for non-residents and participating in a state program for collection of delinquent car taxes expected to recoup $200,000 that would be slotted for reserves. The budget also accounts for the $700,000 reduction in state aid from cuts made last year and salary increases budgeted at 1.5 percent.
The budget also benefits from planned savings of $80,000 in "tipping fees," a more than 10 percent decrease, at the state landfill under the city's new automated recycling program. The program has significantly decreased regular trash being disposed for a fee while sharply boosting recycling, for which there is no disposal charge. Another $100,000 in savings is expected to come from a new digital control system regulating oil and gas consumption.
Grebien's budget proposal will be introduced Wednesday to the City Council, with public hearings scheduled for May 5 and 6 and a potential first passage vote on May 7.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien will hold his initial round of "Mayor's Community Meetings" this year at schools throughout the city beginning on Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Flora S. Curtis Elementary School, 582 Benefit St.
The meetings, which Grebien has been conducting since taking office in 2011, are offered as an ongoing opportunity for residents, business people or any member of the public to express any concerns, problems or ideas regarding the city directly to the mayor and appropriate department heads. An informative slideshow presentation will precede the question and answer session.
Other scheduled meetings are: Tuesday, May 6, Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave.; Thursday, May 8, Fallon Memorial School, 62 Lincoln Ave.; Tuesday, May 13, Francis J. Varieur Elementary School, 486 Pleasant St.; Tuesday, May 20, Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School, 50 Whitman St.; and Thursday, May 22, Nathanael Greene Elementary School, 285 Smithfield Ave.
A second round of community meetings will be held in October.All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. The public is invited to attend.
The city Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the National Weather Service to hold a SkyWarn spotter training session for interested participants on Tuesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Goff Junior High School, 974 Newport Ave.
SkyWarn spotters are an important resource to the National Weather Service. To fill gaps in technology and provide better warnings, the NWS uses trained volunteers who agree to become the "eyes and ears" of the weather service and help improve public safety.
Weather spotters provide real-time observations of severe weather events, such as tornadoes, damaging winds, hail, flooding and winter weather. The reports assist NWS meteorologists in issuing watches, warnings and advisories, help protect life and property and provide citizens life-saving information.
SkyWarn spotters will learn how to observe the weather and also learn valuable preparedness and safety tips. Trained spotters have proven invaluable during weather events such as Post Tropical Storm Sandy, the February Blizzard of 2013 and the Springfield Tornado. The NWS is looking to attract as much interest as possible to expand its spotter network and offer more extensive service to a greater area.For further information, contact Pawtucket Emergency Management at 401-729-5846 or by email to email@example.com.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien and the City of Pawtucket, with the help of several generous sponsors, will celebrate "Take our Daughters and Sons and Grandchildren to Work Day" on Thursday, April 24 including with a host of activities at City Hall for the school-age children and grandchildren of city employees.
"The city is again very pleased to take part in this outstanding tradition celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "It's a great way to widen the career horizons of our young people while they also get a first-hand idea of the important and valuable work their parents and grandparents perform every day for the city."
The day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. kickoff breakfast in the City Council Chambers, time shared with parents and grandparents in the workplace then activities from 9:30 a.m. to a noon luncheon. The city previously added school-age grandchildren to the traditional mix at the request of numerous city employees.
Activities will include LEGOS, face painting, tours of the police and fire departments, games and prizes.
This year's theme is, "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future."Sponsors include the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, Division Street House of Pizza, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket YMCA, McDonald's, Domino's and Stop & Shop.
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The Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency, the City of Pawtucket and Pet Food Experts Inc., a major pet food and pet supply distributor, jointly announced that they have reached terms for Pet Food Experts to purchase the PRA-owned downtown building at 175 Main St. for its corporate headquarters.
"We are very excited about what this means for Pawtucket, especially for our downtown," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "Pet Food Experts will bring an influx of professionals that we believe will provide a catalyst for further economic investment in our city. My economic team and I will continue working closely with them to assure their entry into Pawtucket is as smooth as possible."
Pet Food Experts would bring an immediate 70 jobs to the three-story office building, helping to build the greater urban density the city has been targeting. The building also houses the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center and Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, whose first-floor operations would continue uninterrupted.
"With so much of our company and family history here in the State of Rhode Island, we are thrilled to find the perfect place in the heart of Pawtucket to accommodate our growing company," said Michael G. Baker, owner and president.
"This is an outstanding Rhode Island based, fast-growing company that will bring new jobs and investment to the city's downtown," said Barney Heath, PRA executive director. "We look forward to assisting their continued growth and success."
Pet Food Experts has engaged Vision 3 Architects to plan the interior renovations it would need for its headquarters office space.
Pet Food Experts (www.pfxne.com) is a fourth generation family-owned business that began in 1936. Originally named Rumford Aquarium (now Rumford Pet Center), it has developed into a leading pet food and pet supplies wholesale distribution company. Pet Food Experts currently delivers to more than 3,000 independent retailers in 22 states from three warehouse locations, including Cumberland, R.I. The company was named recipient of the 2012 Ken Chancey Distributor of the Year award by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) and has been named one of the state's best places to work by Best Places to Work in Rhode Island (www.bestplacestoworkri.com).The PRA, a quasi-city agency, acquired the 55,863-square-foot brick building at 175 Main St., built in 1969 for the former Peerless department store, in 1992 and after renovations has operated it for a number of tenants, including from the private sector and government agencies.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien ordered the City of Pawtucket flag outside City Hall to be flown at half-staff Friday and Saturday in honor of the passing of Kathleen Magill, the first woman to serve as a member of the City Council and also the first woman to seek the city's highest office of mayor.
"Kathy Magill was greatly respected for her many contributions to the city. As a woman in political life, she was truly a pioneer. We are saddened by her untimely loss and extend our deepest condolences to her family and the great number of devoted friends she made throughout her life," Grebien said.
A pioneer for women in politics during the 1980s, Magill died Wednesday, April 2, at age 69 after a brief and unexpected illness. As a married mother of three, she made local history by her election to the City Council in 1979 as its first female member, winning an at-large seat. She went on to serve for eight years. She ran a strong but unsuccessful campaign for mayor in 1987.
According to her family, she "will always be remembered for her integrity, loyalty and tenacity in a challenging political climate."
Magill also served a member of the Second Ward Democratic City Committee from 1979 until her passing and was a founding member of the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Parade Committee, serving in numerous roles for 29 years. She was an active member of the city Purchasing Board and previously served on the city's Planning and Redevelopment Agency. She worked in the state Department of Attorney General and later for the Joint Committee on Legislative Services until her retirement.Magill is survived by her husband, Thomas Magill, a son, two daughters and seven grandchildren. Her funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, from the Manning Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Ave. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held Friday, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. For online condolences, visit www.manningheffern.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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.
Arthur Plitt, who heads the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, announced that many hands will be joining together on Saturday, May 3 for the annual Earth Day cleanup in cooperation with the City of Pawtucket.
The Pawtucket Housing Authority will once again host the Earth Day activities for Pawtucket and Central Falls. Also participating are Pawtucket Citizens Development Corp., Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, Woodlawn Community Center, local Boy Scout troops, the Pawtucket School Dept., Slater Mill, Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club and the city Department of Public Works, among others.
Plitt said the groups and agencies are combining their forces to "create cleaner cities and neighborhoods."
Join the effort to beautify Pawtucket by volunteering or donating flowers, tools, or funds. Clean-ups will be from conducted from 9 a.m. to noon at Galego Court, 483 Weeden St.; the PCDC Center, 204 Broad St.; the 560 Prospect Street housing complex and Payne Park, 210 West Ave. Don't just pick up garbage -- plant flowers and stay for music and lunch at Galego Court.
To get involved contact Arthur Plitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up through Serve Rhode Island at:
Citizen volunteers are being sought for training that will allow them to join a civic-minded team formed last year to help prepare the local community for the upcoming hurricane season or other potential major disasters.
The project, directed by the city Emergency Management Agency, is similar to the Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT) program popular several years ago. The training is being provided under a federal grant to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to support the Pawtucket EMA's "Prepare Pawtucket Campaign."
Classes, open to residents age 18 or older, will begin on May 13 and run for seven weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Pawtucket EMA headquarters, 250 Armistice Blvd. EMA Director Normand Menard said classes will be limited to 12 participants and all training materials will be provided at no cost.
The program will assist Pawtucket EMA and other municipal departments with manpower and equipment during emergencies and municipal events, including severe weather monitoring, emergency preparedness education, shelter management and Skywarn weather-watcher training by the National Weather Service, among other activities.
"Completing the training will allow participants to become directly involved in emergency activities that promote community readiness in the event of a hurricane or similar major event," Menard said.
Participants must have a valid Rhode Island driver's license, a properly operating vehicle and proof of vehicle insurance and will undergo mandatory background checks.For further information, call the Pawtucket EMA at 401-729-5846 or email to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
TROPICANA, ATLANTIC CITY. This weekend excursion departs on Sunday March 30th at 8:15 am and returns on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:45 pm. This trip includes two night accommodations, $30. in slot dollars, two dinner buffets and a review show. Prices start at $179. for double occupancy and $259. per single occupancy.
NEW HAMPSHIRE COVERED BRIDGE TOUR on FRIDAY, MAY 23rd. The cost is $70 per person which includes transportation, a tour and tasting at Smith's Country Cheese, Lunch at the Inn at East Hill Farm and a narrated tour of New Hampshire's covered bridges. The bus will depart at 8:15 am and will return at 6:45 pm.
KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE on SATURDAY, JUNE 21st. The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation, lunch at the Weathervane Restaurant with a choice of fish & chips, clam strips, grilled chicken sandwich or cheeseburger dinner and an afternoon of shopping and browsing in beautiful Kennebunkport. The bus departs at 8:30 am and will return at 8:00 pm.
Ticket purchases can be made at the Slater Park Office, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The new Spring booklet with trip details along with additional events are available at the Slater Park Office, City Hall and the Pawtucket Public Library or can be downloaded and viewed on the City website at www.pawtucketri.com. Click on to the Parks & Recreation tab and click onto the Spring Recreation Booklet. The Pawtucket Recreation Bus Trip Facebook page is also available for viewing or if interested call the Slater Park office at 728-0500 ext 251 for more details.
The City of Pawtucket's improving financial position received objective recognition from a major credit rating agency that affirmed the city's bond rating at its current investment grade while raising its rating outlook from stable to positive.
"This is indeed very good news for our residents and taxpayers and shows we are continuing to move in the right direction," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said.
Fitch Ratings left intact its BBB- rating on $14.9 million of the city's general obligation bonds, citing increased revenues and expenditure cuts that have helped to stabilize city operations, "reasonable" management projections for further improvements, ongoing balanced budgets on the municipal side of operations and the city's projection of an operational surplus for the current budget year.
Also cited in the report were the city's discontinuance of relying on short term borrowing for cash flow purposes, full funding of annual required contributions toward city pensions, low debt levels for a community of its size and an ongoing rise in contributions to reserves, improving by $2.8 million to $5.2 million or a "moderate" 4.9 percent of municipal spending, reversing a prior negative trend that persisted before fiscal 2012, among several other areas.
The report noted the ongoing plan to address prior year deficits in the School Department which is projecting positive operating results for its final audit of fiscal 2013. "A trend of positive school fund operations could lead to positive rating movement. Timely elimination of the deficit balance is paramount," the analysis stated.
The full report, issued Nov. 19, is available online at www.fitchratings.com.
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 email@example.com.
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