City of Pawtucket Releases the 2019 Calendar.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Once again, we say our goodbyes to another year as we welcome in 2019 and all the potential that it has to offer. As we start 2019, my family and I wish you the best for the upcoming year. The new year serves as an opportunity to reflect on the past and to continue moving forward as a City.
Our City’s finances continue on an upward trajectory with improved bond ratings, a $12 million reserve fund, and consolidated services with the school department. This has allowed us to continue our investments in education, economic development, infrastructure, and quality of life.
Our students deserve the very best. This year, we opened the doors to a fully renovated Nathanael Greene Elementary School, making it the second school in the last two years to be completely redone along with Potter Burns Elementary. Furthermore, health and security upgrades have been completed on every single one of our schools.
Pawtucket’s economic progress continues to move our city forward, and the city was recently recognized by Verizon Business as one of the 50 Best Small Cities to Start a Small Business (Rhode Island’s only community to honored with such a designation). Our fantastic business community is comprised of so many great small and large businesses who love and support our city.
Ground has been broken on the new train station and transit hub that will be arriving in 2021. We are working in partnership with Central Falls in the Conant Thread District surrounding the future MBTA commuter rail station in order to maximize the potential of the district.
We are very proud of our homegrown businesses throughout the city. Collette recently announced that they will be expanding their operations in Pawtucket. Additionally, our already robust brewery scene continues to grow, including a partnership between the Isle Brewers Guild and Johnson and Wales University on the Professional Craft Brewing Certificate Program. Smug Brewing Company also became the newest addition to Pawtucket’s craft brew offerings.
The inaugural spooky festival, Mill City Haunts, was held this past October over a two-week period welcoming individuals from all over the state and Southern New England to a collection of almost 40 unique events.
Infrastructure has remained paramount to my administration. With almost 20 miles of repaving over the past year, we have now repaved over half of the City’s roads in the last 8 years. We have continued reinvesting in our parks and recreational facilities, including Payne Park and San Bento Basketball Courts, which are both currently experiencing major renovations.
The City continues invest in our quality of life. We have doubled down on zoning services to address neighborhood issues. We have continued to fight to bring back emergency room services to our residents. Providing quality and affordable health services will continue to be a top priority. I want to personally thank the members of the Pawtucket City Council and our delegation to the General Assembly who have worked diligently with all stakeholders on this important issue for Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley.
As we look to the future, we are excited to continue the progress that our City has made over the past year.
With a $220 million school bond that was approved by voters with overwhelming support, we are now focusing on generational school improvements for our school district. Working with Superintendent DiCenso and the Pawtucket School Committee, we look to continue our complete renovations. It is important to note that all of these investments will come with significant reimbursement from the State, saving our taxpayers millions while giving our community the schools that our children deserve.
We will continue working toward the foundation of a new Public Safety Complex. This investment will provide our brave men and women, that keep us safe every single day, with the necessary tools to perform their jobs well into the future.
In conclusion, I wish to thank our generous calendar sponsors who, once again, allow us to present you with the 2019 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, much more. This year’s theme “Pawtucket: A Closer Look,” is reflected by the uniquely colorful photos of Pawtucket scenes scattered throughout the pages. These photos were selected by professional photographers in the City of Pawtucket’s 20th Annual Photo Contest. A photo taken by Nora Ellis Calhoun from Francis J. Varieur Elementary was selected for this year’s cover.
I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien