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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 this week with no delays including on Good Friday, April 18.
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 April 18.
Pawtucket City Hall offices will be closed Friday in observance of the holiday.
For further information contact the Department of Public Works at 728-0500 ext. 282 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations accepted at Cottage St. fire station Saturday, April 19 and outside City Hall on Monday April 21
The City of Pawtucket in conjunction with the Rhode Island Blood Center will sponsor two upcoming blood drives in the city.
The first blood drive will be held on Saturday, April 19 at Fire Station #4, 375 Cottage St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The second drive will be held on Monday, April 21 across from City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donors should bring a driver's license or other form of identification to be presented in the mobile donor coach.
Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment using Sponsor Code 1030, or for more information, visit www.ribc.org or call toll free at 800-283-8385 or 401-453-8307.The R.I. Blood Center said each day it needs to collect up to 280 pints of blood. Last year, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Blood Center thanks to regular donors was able to send 340 units of blood products to Boston hospitals to aid victims.
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com
The city is joining with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for a special lighting of the I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge on Wednesday, April 2 as part of the annual Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign.
April 2 marks the sixth annual United Nations World Autism Awareness Day, when numerous landmarks are lighted blue "to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis," according to the Autism Speaks website (www.liub.autismspeaks.org). Among other landmarks newly participating this year will be an evening lighting of New York's Empire State Building.
The I-95 Pawtucket River Bridge will be lighted blue for the occasion. The bridge, reopened in September after an $81 million rebuilding project overseen by RIDOT, is equipped with a color-changing lighting system able to display a wide range of color possibilities, as remotely operated by RIDOT.
A meeting to give a presentation and gather public input for construction of a new pavilion in Slater Park will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at the downtown Visitor Center, 175 Main St. The design firm of Ed Wojcik Architect Ltd., which has assessed several potential sites in the park, will conduct the presentation and present the overall concept.
City officials led by Mayor Donald R. Grebien as well as directors from the Public Works, Planning, and Parks & Recreation departments will also be in attendance.
The pavilion has been proposed as a replacement and facilities upgrade of the park's summer camp recreation office and storage areas, which were located near the dog park, destroyed in an early morning fire on Dec. 30, 2012.
"Project Renew" was established to collect donations to replace the basketballs, soccer balls, bats, art and numerous other recreation materials and supplies destroyed by the fire, with several thousand dollars raised from an outpouring of business and community support.
Construction of the new pavilion would be a city capital project. The pavilion would allow summer camp activities to proceed outdoors despite inclement weather and provide shelter for summer concert performers and dance, exercise and other classes, among numerous other recreational programs offered by the city.
Blackstone Health, Inc., a Care New England partner, announced a brand new dining experience with the Blackstone Café at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main Street, Pawtucket.
The kickoff event for the Café will be held Monday, March 31 at 11 a.m. on the third floor of the seniors' facility.
Meal sites across the state are part of a new initiative to improve the face of congregate dining. According to Alyssa Joyce, nutrition director for Blackstone Health, Inc., the new Café will offer three meal options, the hearty option (hot meal), the pub option (soup & sandwich), and the spa option (soup & a refreshing salad).
According to Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs Director Catherine Taylor, the Café welcomes all diners age 60 and over (in the case of a married couple, only one spouse need be over 60), regardless of ability or income. Lunches will be served five days a week. There is a suggested participant donation of $3.00 per meal to help sustain the program, which is provided under federal Older Americans Act funding.
Prior reservations are required for the March 31 kickoff event. Contact Blackstone Health, Inc. at 728-5480 to register.
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.
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Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced that extended hours of service at City Hall, first initiated for the last quarter of 2013 as a trial run, will continue for the first four months of 2014. 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 again apply to 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 Department.
The Thursday dates when the added service will be available are: April 17. An online survey, with details to be announced, will be conducted in February to allow the public to express how availability of the added hours can best serve them.
"The reason we put the extended hours program in place is because we realize not everyone can make it to City Hall during normal business hours," Mayor Donald R. Grebien said. "Now we want to continue refining what we offer so we can best 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.
When it snows in Pawtucket, the City depends on its citizens to be helpful, responsible, and aware of the need to remove all snow and ice from sidewalks including walks and ramps leading to a crosswalk.
During the winter months, many Pawtucket residents, including children walking to school and the physically challenged, need to be able to safely use the public sidewalks. This means that all snow and ice should be removed from the sidewalk, which shall be defined as that portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, set aside and intended for the use of pedestrians. This enables people of all ages and physical conditions to have access to clean pedestrian walkways.
The definition of a sidewalk is broader than the traditional image of a paved walkway. A sidewalk can also include unpaved areas along the lateral line of a roadway. A sidewalk in technical terms is the edge of the roadway to the edge of the right-of-way, which extends beyond the edge of pavement and into the front or side yard. Even if there is not a constructed concrete sidewalk in front of your house or business, the property owner is still required to provide a sufficient path for safe pedestrian travel.
A city ordinance requires removal of snow and ice from public sidewalks by the abutting property owner, with violations subject to fines. If any citizen or business has a concern regarding sidewalk snow removal, the Division of Zoning and Code Enforcement is ready to help. Call (401) 728-0500, ext. 347 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.) to report locations which may be in violation of the City snow removal ordinance.
For seniors and the disabled, a volunteer snow shoveling program is overseen by Seniors Liaison Beth Roberge. The program, in its third year, relies primarily on school-age youths willing to help their neighbors at no charge. The service is subject to availability of volunteers and currently there is a waiting list. For more information, contact Roberge at 401-728-0500, ext. 241, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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