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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-13-2019

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©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Pawtucket Breeze THE VALLEY FREE MARCH 13-19, 2019 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON First-graders KENZIE PEREZ and JASON BETTERS listen as 1st-grade teacher Danielle Millard reads a book to celebrate Reading Week at Curtis Elementary School in Pawtucket last Wednesday. See more photos on page 8. PAWTUCKET – This year, city taxpayers are contributing $14.4 mil- lion, or 11 percent of the entire $129 million municipal budget, to funding local police and fire pensions. That number, say city officials, will continue to go up in coming years, as a pension plan that will likely be here generations from now continues to pay out amounts of at least that figure every year. Finance Director Joanna L'Heureux said this week that the city is ahead of a 2013 actuarial projection for this year, with a 46.1 percent pension funding level compared to a July 2013 projection of 42.9 percent for this year. That same actuarial report predict- ed that Pawtucket taxpayers would be paying $15.7 million into the fund this year, more than a million more than the total for 2018-2019, mean- ing the city is doing quite a bit better than expected, said L'Heureux. In 2013, Pawtucket officials had to, along with other communities running local pension plans, come Payments put dent in pension problem By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See PENSION, Page 19 L'HEUREUX PAWTUCKET – When Raymond Mathieu was born in Boston in 1919 during the influen- za pandemic, the doctors predicted he wouldn't survive. Last week, sit- ting in the living room of his home in Countryside, the Pawtucket resident said he never thought he would make it to 100. "I came out looking like a muskrat. I wasn't supposed to live. Here I am gonna be 100, I have no aches and pains," Mathieu, who said he doesn't take any medications, told The Breeze. This Friday, March 15, Mathieu will be cel- ebrating his 100th birthday in one of his favorite places: on the Former Checker Club owner celebrates his 100th birthday By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer melanie@valleybreeze.com See MATHIEU, Page 11 MATHIEU PAWTUCKET – Deep in the 57-page Article 12 of Gov. Gina Raimondo's proposed budget, in amending the Rhode Island Qualified Jobs Incentive Act, are some para- graphs that could, depending on their interpretation, set off alarm bells for residents worried that city- based toymaker Hasbro will leave for Providence. But city officials, after conferring with representatives from Commerce Rhode Island last week to express their concerns, say they're satisfied these changes do not increase the likelihood of Hasbro leaving, saying they will actually be voicing support for the proposed modifications. "CommerceRI has submitted legis- lation updating Article 12 that defines the tools and powers of CommerceRI that will be heard on Thursday at the House Finance Committee. We will be supporting this legislation as it will strengthen the state tax credit program for major economic devel- opment projects and enhance the Opportunity Zone program," said Pawtucket Director of Commerce Jeanne Boyle. "We have been assured by CommerceRI that this will not increase the likelihood of Hasbro leaving Pawtucket." Added Boyle, "In fact, we are hope- Officials: Bill won't push Hasbro departure By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See HASBRO, Page 20 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street, Lincoln, RI 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 www.GeorgeMPrescottLaw.com No fee for initial consultation. Call The McKinnon Team Cathy 255-7876 Doug 641-2222 Rhode Island's Premier Independent Brokerage Benefit from the Spring Market Award Winning Realtors Since 1989 Cathy and Doug McKinnon Dmckinnon@residentialproperties.com

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