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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 03-27-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2019 PAWTUCKET 9 her specifications. From 2000 to 2016, real median home prices increased by 29 percent, said Kallman, but young adult per capita real incomes increased only 1 percent. "So the problem is obviously much larger than Pawtucket, but we're going to have to figure out how to address it here, because it's affecting us," she said. A new study from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition identifies more than 1,000 neighbor- hoods in 935 cities and towns where gentrification occurred between 2000 and 2013, noted Kallman. In 230 of those neighborhoods, rapidly ris- ing rents, property values and taxes forced more than 135,000 residents to move away. What is the Conant Thread District? The Conant Thread District is located between Providence and Boston, connecting both by I-95 and soon a new train station and bus hub, according to its website. "A mixed-use urban village, Conant Thread is attracting trendy restau- rants, start-ups, art innovators, makers and creators," it reads. "It offers resi- dents a complete urban experience with a diverse and exciting mix of cuisine, culture, economic opportu- nity and public amenities. "Located in the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, the epicenter of the American Industrial Revolution, Conant Thread is the once-in-a- lifetime, 21st-century development opportunity that will form a second urban center for the state of Rhode Island and a robust exurban econom- ic opportunity for greater Boston," it adds. There is about two million square feet of vacant or underutilized historic mill space and another two million square feet of development opportu- nity for new construction within this downtown zone. One of the new CONANT THREAD SIGNS on display at the Department of Public Works. From preceding page Sensory story time class March 30 PAWTUCKET – Families with young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or another developmental delay are invited to participate in the Pawtucket Public Library's monthly sensory story time class on Saturday, March 30, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the library, 13 Summer St. Other classes are on Saturdays, April 27, May 11 and June 22. This program includes picture schedule, music, movement, sen- sory activities and fun stories. Children of all ages are welcome. Registration is not required, but recommended. For more informa- tion or a visual social story, call 401-725-3714, ext. 208, or email mcotto@pawtucketlibrary.org . International Charter School presents 'Documenting Our Identities' PAWTUCKET – The International Charter School will present "Documenting Our Identities," an exhibition of digital photography by its 3rd-grade dual- language students. The opening celebration will be held on Friday, April 5, from 6 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display throughout the month of April. Both the opening and the exhibition are open to the public. Fundraiser for Fr. Patrick McCabe memorial set for April 6 PAWTUCKET – Remembering the Fenians – Father Patrick McCabe: The Secret Hero, a fundraiser for the Fr. Patrick McCabe Memorial, will be held at the Galway Bay Irish Pub, 156 South Bend St., on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by The Hibernians, Brian Twohey, and more. Donations will be accepted at the door or via PayPal at http://feni- anmca.org/contribute.html . For more information, contact George McLaughlin at 401-688-2463. All proceeds will benefit the Fenian Memorial Committee of America for the purchase and erection of a memorial marker for Fr. Patrick McCabe. IN BRIEF Mount Pleasant Class of '69 holds 50th reunion PAWTUCKET – Mount Pleasant High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion on Friday, Aug. 23, at the Harbor Lights Golf Course and Marina on Gray Street in Warwick. If you have not received an invi- tation to previous reunions, contact Dave Zoglio at zog4252@yahoo. com .

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