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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-15-2019

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4 PAWTUCKET MAY 15-21, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION practices in promoting downtown development. He said doing things the way they were once done is not an option. Director of Commerce Jeanne Boyle, who attended the event, said the Blackstone Valley was very fortunate to have someone with Brooks' experience run a work- shop on community development. She thanked the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and Bob Billington for putting the Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development work- shop together. "It was clear that the revitalization of our downtown is a priority to not only the city, but to the numerous groups and business owners who were all in attendance," Boyle said. While there were many takeaways from the informational session, a key one that was evident was that there are many people working for the success of the downtown, and it's important to work together to ensure that everyone is on the same page, Boyle said. "We must have a holistic approach to the downtown that entices our residents and others from outside the city to want to visit year-round," she said. "The reality is that down- town development, tourism, and the general economic health of Pawtucket are all intertwined. We will focus on the importance of hav- ing a well-lit and walkable down- town as we learned that the majority of downtown business occurs in the evening hours. The upgrades to the downtown garage will serve as a stepping stone in this direction (those upgrades are due to be com- pleted by next week)." She added, "We are going to look into the many recommendations that the consultant provided us with. We will further dissect what we learned on Friday and expect to use Roger Brooks' various resources going forward as we continue our efforts to revitalize our downtown." Visitors, Brooks told the crowd, look for specific activities before searching locations. Statistics show 95 percent of people are searching for the activity rather than the loca- tion. He urged stakeholders to promote the city's top three of four assets, restaurants, retail shops, activities and attractions, and not to let local politics kill the effort. Navigation systems are not a sub- stitute for the physical "way-finding" systems that clearly define where everything is in the downtown, said Brooks, noting his own difficulty finding landmarks in Pawtucket's downtown area. One option, said Brooks, is a year- round public market in the down- town that can serve as a hub for various events and activities. Like signage, activities don't typically require a significant invest- ment, said Brooks. Among the sim- ple activities seeing success at draw- ing people in other urban areas of the country are foosball, Ping-Pong, imagination playgrounds ($4,975 for an entire set), chess, bocce, yoga and Zumba, he said. Activities, he said, should be cen- tered in the middle of a downtown's shopping district. The downtown should be the city's "living room," he said. If a down- town can get 1,000 people to come to hang out each day, he said, there will be no vacancies left and people from Providence will be coming to Pawtucket. "The heart and soul of any com- munity, other than its people, is its downtown," said Brooks. "Why would you let your nucleus rot?" For the complete presentation by Brooks, visit www.sustainabletour- ismlab.com . During a post- presentation workshop at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center last Friday, ROGER BROOKS emphasizes the important aspects of turn- ing a downtown into a destination area. BREEZE PHOTO BY ETHAN SHOREY DOWNTOWN From Page One Memorial Day observance will be held May 27 PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Veteran's Council, along with elected officials from the city, will hold a ceremony honoring the 151st anniversary of Memorial Day in remembrance of men and women from Pawtucket who have perished while wearing the uniform of the Armed Services on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m., at Pawtucket's Memorial Park, corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Exchange Street. This event is family friendly and open to the public. Parking is available in the parking lot across from City Hall. For more information, con- tact John Gallo, president of Pawtucket Veterans Council, at 401-573-7057. IN BRIEF Valley Breeze offices to close for Memorial Day HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be close on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. The news display advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, May 24 at 3 p.m. The classified line advertising deadline will remain Tuesday, May 28 at Noon. The City of Pawtucket will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on the MUNICIPAL BUDGET for the fiscal year July 1, 2019– June 30, 2020. THIS HEARING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, Third Floor, City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. THIS HEARING WILL ENTERTAIN WRITTEN OR ORAL QUESTIONS RELATIVE TO THE EXPENDITURES AND REVENUES CONTAINED WITHIN THE ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET. The City of Pawtucket does not discriminate against the disabled. Individuals requesting interpreter services for deaf or hard of hearing must notify the City Clerk's Office 72 hours in advance of said hearing by calling (401) 728- 0500, Ext. 225. Also, TDD telephone (401) 722-8239. Richard J. Goldstein City Clerk CITY OF PAWTUCKET NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NORTH PROVIDENCE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT Request For Bids The North Providence School Department (NPSD) is soliciting price quotes to obtain athletic supplies and equipment. Requests for proposals will be issued on 5/22/19. Proposals will be opened at the North Providence Central Administration Office on 6/12/19 at 10 a.m. It is anticipated that the contract will be awarded Shortly thereafter. STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS FAMILY COURT NOTICE TO THE NEWSPAPER DR-15 PROVIDENCE, SC P2019-1739 OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE FAMILY COURT WHEREAS, Mr. Amable Almanzar of the City of Providence, in the County of Providence has filed a miscellaneous petition in said office demanding shared legal custody of the minor children from Ms. Carmen Torres, PURSUANT TO R.I.G.L. 15-5-6.1, AND ALL OTHER RELIEF AS THIS COURT MAY DEEM JUST. Now, therefore, you said DEFENDANT are hereby summoned to answer, if you shall see fit, before the Family Court, to be held at Providence, within the County of Providence on the 6th day of June 2019 then and there to answer said complaint. FAILURE TO APPEAR WILL RESULT IN DEFAULT AND DEFENDANT WILL BE DENIED ALIMONY. Witness the Seal of the Family Court at Providence on this 10th day of May, 2019. Ronald J. Pagliarini Administrator/Clerk STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS FAMILY COURT NOTICE TO THE NEWSPAPER DR-15 PROVIDENCE, SC P2019-1731 OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE FAMILY COURT WHEREAS, Mr. Hector Arana of the City of Providence, in the County of Providence has filed a miscellaneous petition in said office demanding shared legal custody of the minor children from Ms Herica Mercado, PURSUANT TO R.I.G.L. 15-5-6.1, AND ALL OTHER RELIEF AS THIS COURT MAY DEEM JUST. Now, therefore, you said DEFENDANT are hereby summoned to answer, if you shall see fit, before the Family Court, to be held at Providence, within the County of Providence on the 6th day of June 2019 then and there to answer said complaint. FAILURE TO APPEAR WILL RESULT IN DEFAULT AND DEFENDANT WILL BE DENIED ALIMONY. Witness the Seal of the Family Court at Providence on this 10th day of May, 2019. Ronald J. Pagliarini Administrator/Clerk

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