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Posted on: October 26, 2020

No Trick-or-Treating in Lawrence

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Mayor Dan Rivera announces the cancellation of all city-sponsored and public Halloween events. The City of Lawrence and the Lawrence Police Department will be enforcing mask mandates and will continue to treat noise complaints in the City as possible spre...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 20, 2020

$1.6M COVID-19 Emergency Rent Assistance

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Mayor Daniel Rivera with Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Community Development Director, Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, and the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council (GLCAC) announces the rollout of $1,664,754 for a program to provide emergency rental assistanc...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Early Voting Starts in Lawrence

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The City of Lawrence announces the kick-off of Early Voting in Lawrence. Election Day this year is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Voters in Massachusetts are able to Vote Early for this Election in Massachusetts. Early Voting in Lawrence is available to vo...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

COVID-19 Dead Remembered with Empty Chair Memorial

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Mayor Daniel Rivera announces the completion of the Empty Chair Memorial in the Campagnone Common Park in remembrance of the 144 souls that have been lost to COVID-19. The memorial is compiled of 144 empty chairs for each of the Lawrence residents lined u...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Lawrence 1st Latino Captain Mayor Promotes Top Officials

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Mayor Dan Rivera and Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque announce the promotion of the first Latino Captain in the history of the Lawrence Police Department. Captain Maurice Aguiler, a 22-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department, was sworn in last week...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Lawrence Mobilizes for More Testing $255K for Mobile Health Unit

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Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Lawrence City Council President, Kendrys Vasquez, and Deb Wilson, President of Lawrence General Hospital, announces the City of Lawrence Mobile Health Unit, powered by Lawrence General Hospital. A $255,000 Mobile Health Unit purc...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 2, 2020

$400K For Child Care Lawrence to Expand Availability & Affordability

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Mayor Daniel Rivera announces a $400,000 investment by the City of Lawrence to provide 200 Lawrence children with licensed child care programs. In a partnership with The Community Group and several Lawrence-based child care providers licensed under the De...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Zoom Through Lawrence - Lawrence Cityscape Zoom Backgrounds Available

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Mayor Dan Rivera with MIS Director, Luis Santiago, announce the release of Lawrence themed Zoom Backgrounds aimed to boost the ambiance of your next virtual meeting. Zoom has a virtual background feature that allows for users to upload customized backgrou...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2020

LPD Earns Community Policing Award

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Mayor Daniel Rivera with Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque, proudly announce that the Lawrence Police Department was awarded first place in “Community Policing” among communities with over 50,000 residents within the New England Region ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Statement from Mayor Dan Rivera on New Development at 370 Essex St

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“First and foremost I want to thank Greater Lawrence Community Action Council for always being there for the community, whether it’s helping fire victims, making sure they have somewhere to lay their heads at night, during the gas cris...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2020

$1.2M Lawrence Emergency Small Biz Dollars - Cash Support Rolled Out

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In response to the economic hardships that are being experienced by small businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Daniel Rivera announces today, $1.2 Million for two Emergency Small Business Relief Programs aimed to help Lawrence businesses...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Seeing Red! Lawrence Fights COVID w/ Heightened Enforcement

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Mayor Daniel Rivera with the City of Lawrence Board of Health announces, effective tonight, a three-point action plan to attack the current public COVID-19 health crisis. These measures come as a result of the recent classification of Lawrence as a &l...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: August 19, 2020

New Police Station in Lawrence - Gov. Baker Funds 49M for Project

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Mayor Daniel Rivera, Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Administration and Finance Mike Heffernan, State Senator Barry Finegold, State Representatives Frank Moran, Christina Minicucci and Marcos Devers and Police Chief Roy Vasque announce the funding of...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: July 15, 2020

City Outdoor Recreation Update COVID-19 Phase III, Step I

Mayor Dan Rivera with the Lawrence Board of Health, update the public on outdoor recreation.  Public health continues to be the main priority in making decisions on reopening. As of 7/8 the infection rate in Lawrence is at 7.05% making it the hig...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Indoor Dining: 6/29 Lawrence Phase 2 Part 2

June 19, 2020 Lawrence, MA- On Friday, June 19, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Commonwealth would be entering Phase 2, Part 2 of the reopening plan starting Monday, June 22, 2020. Today the City of Lawrence is announcing that the City wil...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Statement from Mayor Rivera on Columbia Gas Sentencing Verdict

“While I’m happy that the process worked and the citizens of Lawrence Andover and North Andover got their day in court, I am still dismayed that not one person lost their job or will spend time in jail for the loss of life and property...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Lawrence to Observe Juneteenth City Hall CLOSED Friday

June 18, 2020, Lawrence, MA – Mayor Daniel Rivera announces that Friday, June 19th, 2020, City Hall and all administrative buildings will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, in recognition of the abolishment of Slavery in the United ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Youth Empowerment & Police Training $600K to Strengthen Youth-Officer Relations

June 16, 2020, Lawrence, MA - Mayor Dan Rivera with Chief of Police, Roy Vasque, announce an investment of $600,000 toward Youth Empowerment, Employment, and Anti-Violence Opportunities as well as additional Police Training. In light of the recent negativ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Outdoor Recreation Expands 6/12

Mayor Dan Rivera with Department of Public Works Director, Brian Pena, and the Lawrence Board of Health, announce the expansion of passive recreational spaces, that includes the Den Rock Park Parking Lot and all Tennis Courts across the city, starting Fri...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Lawrence Phase 2: 6/15

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On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Commonwealth would be entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan starting Monday, June 8, 2020. Today the City of Lawrence is announcing that the City will enter phase 2 on Monday, June 15, ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City of Lawrence Phase 2 Restaurant Guidance

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We will be rolling out our own guidance in conjunction with the Lawrence Board of Health, specific to restaurants. We expect to announce this guidance on June 8th, 2020. This means that restaurants should not plan to open June 8th, 2020, but rather, expec...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City: $1M for COVID-19 Testing

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Deborah Wilson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital and community healthcare partners, announced the ope...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: May 13, 2020

LPD Enforces Mask Order Educational Enforcement Patrols Start Friday

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Police Chief Roy Vasque, announce face covering order enforcement patrols to begin Friday, May 15th in public spaces and businesses across the city. Following an executive order signed by Mayor Dan Rivera and the Lawrence Board o...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2020

City Supports Small Business: COVID-19 Business Guide Offers Financial Resources

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces today, with community partners, a Business Guide for the City of Lawrence, which offers a summary of Government Financial Support resources and opportunities for business owners and employees amid the COVID-19 emergency. &...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Engine 8 Re-opened After 11 Years; Firehouse Restored

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, announce the re-opening of the Engine 8 fire station on Tower Hill after eleven years. Mayor Rivera and Chief Moriarty, along with members of the Lawrence Fire Department, held a virtual grand re-openin...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 28, 2020

$300 Fine for Not Wearing Mask

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces an Executive Order today from the Lawrence Board of Health requiring mask or facial coverings in public places. “Lawrence continues to have some of the highest Coronavirus counts in the Commonwealth. It is important...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2020

Lawrence Supports Emergency Shelters; Stands up Housing for COVID-19

- Mayor Daniel Rivera announces today, after weeks of planning, two emergency shelters for the housing insecure and teetering on homelessness who are affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and do not have a safe place to self-quarantine or isolate per Center ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2020

$300 Fine to Essential Businesses; Board of Health Emergency Order COVID-19 Directives

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces new essential business and employee directives from the Lawrence Board of Health. “The City of Lawrence Inspectional Services Department, with the Board of Health, will work directly with essential businesses to ens...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City Extends Tax/Water Bill Deadlines Transaction Fees Waived

Mayor Daniel Rivera’s statement to residents and property owners on Real Estate, Personal Property Tax, Excise Tax and Water and Sewer Bills:\

We encourage everyone to pay Real-estate and Personal Property Tax, Excise Tax, Water & Sewer bills...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Mayor’s Eviction Moratorium Unanimously Passes

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces today, the unanimous enactment of an emergency resolution calling for a sixty (60) day moratorium on rent and mortgage payments for Lawrence residents who experience an interruption of pay due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and re...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2020

60 Day Eviction Moratorium

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces today, and Emergency Resolution calling for an eviction moratorium for all Lawrence residents for sixty (60) days. This emergency resolution will protect families who might have periods of lost wages due to Coronavirus (COVID...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Cancelled

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee regret to announce that the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for this Saturday, March 14th has been cancelled. As of 4:30PM yesterday, there have been...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2020

Boston Mayor Walsh Grand Marshal Lawrence: St Patrick’s Day Parade

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, announce Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the 2020 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal. “Mayor Walsh is a friend of the City of Lawrence. He is...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2020

City: More Night Gyms Open Youth Safe-Havens Open All Week

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces a third school site for the Open Gym Program in Lawrence. “The Open Gym program is another example of the effort we have put into policing smarter,” Said Mayor Daniel Rivera. “Night gyms are an a...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2020

Officer of the Month Recognized

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Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque, recognized the Officer of the Month for December 2019, Detective Aaron Blanco.  “I am proud of the work that Detective Blanco does to keep both our community, and, as a fellow ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Rivera & Firefighters Reach Accord 4 Year Contract Ratified

Mayor Daniel Rivera and Fire Chief Brian Moriarty announce that on February 5th, the Lawrence Firefighters Union ratified a 4-year contract between the City of Lawrence and Firefighters Local 146. This contract comes after long, tense negotiations that in...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Lawrence Mayor Recognizes Ray Kroc Award Winners

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with David Yee, Owner of McDonald’s Restaurants in Lawrence will recognize four Ray Kroc Award Winners from Lawrence at Lawrence City Hall tomorrow. The Ray Kroc Award is titled after McDonald’s Corporation Founder...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: January 31, 2020

Lawrence Eases Parking Headaches: Pay by Phone Starts Saturday

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces, beginning Saturday February 1st, a partnership with ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the United States to enable residents and visitors to easily pay for parking from their mobile d...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Risk is Low to Massachusetts Residents

Mayor Daniel Rivera and the Local Board of Health report that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has indicated the risk for the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is "low". This categorization of risk was announced last week when Ce...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: January 24, 2020

DPU Hearing in Lawrence

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces a Department of Public Utilities Hearing to be held in Lawrence next week regarding the Columbia Gas Disaster of September 13, 2018. The purpose of the hearing will be to take public testimony on the gas disaster from home an...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: December 11, 2019

Objection to Columbia Gas Settlement Agreement

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a Class Member to In Re: Columbia Gas Cases, Essex County Superior Court Docket #1877CV01343G (lead case) out of Essex County, Massachusetts. I am objecting to the settlement as I am of the opinion that the Settlement terms are...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: November 22, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign Mayor, LPD to Hold Press Conference

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Police Chief Roy Vasque, Delamano Inc, and YWCA NEMA will hold a press conference next week to announce a citywide domestic violence campaign. For the months of September, October and November the Police & Community Relations...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2019

Officers of the Month Recognized

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque, recognized officers of the month for September 2019 and October 2019 in a ceremony at City Hall today. Both officers were recognized for outstanding police work. “I am proud of the work...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Statement from Mayor Dan Rivera on NTSB Report Release

The release of the NTSB final report on the gas disaster of September 13th, 2018 in Greater Lawrence brings some much needed information and closure. For the first time, we are seeing the whole picture of how disorganized, unprepared and overwhelmed Colum...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Women’s Political Caucus Recognizes Rivera

Mayor Daniel Rivera will be recognized by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) tomorrow night at the first annual MWPC Gala. Senator Ed Markey is slated to introduce Mayor Rivera in the program. Mayor Rivera will receive this year&a...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Statement from Mayor Dan Rivera on South Lawrence Gas Leak

Lawrence- September 27th, 2019, There is a confirmed level one gas leak in South Lawrence. City of Lawrence Fire and Police have responded to the gas leak immediately. Evacuations have begun.  The Wetherbee School will be closed. Lawrence Catholi...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2019

Disaster Re-Paving Begins City; Announces Phase 1 Paving

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Councilors David Abdoo and Marc Laplante announce Phase 1 of road restoration and recovery projects following the September 13th Columbia Gas disaster. Roadwork done in Phase 1 began Monday, September 9th and will continue throug...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: September 12, 2019

Columbia Gas to Begin Compliance Checks on Portion of the Merrimack Valley Gas System

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts announced today it will begin compliance checks on service lines abandoned last fall as part of the recovery work in the Merrimack Valley. Columbia Gas recently identified some instances of noncompliance with Massachusetts re...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Statement from Mayor Rivera on Columbia Gas

Mayor Daniel Rivera releases the following statement regarding today’s announcement by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities concerning Columbia Gas work on abandoned service lines:

This compliance issue, at its core, is a public safet...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: September 9, 2019

Free Bus in Lawrence 3 MVRTA Routes

Mayor Daniel Rivera, the City of Lawrence, in partnership with the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority announced, beginning today, bus fares on three MVRTA routes in downtown and throughout Lawrence will be free; Route 34 (Prospect Hill); Route 37...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: August 27, 2019

Lawrence Educates on EEE

The Local Board of Health, Mayor Rivera, and Public Health officials begin an education campaign in response to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) elevation of Lawrence to "high" for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). According...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: August 8, 2019

Duck Bridge Restricted Opening

As of 2:30PM today, MassDOT and SPS New England, Inc, have completed a partial repair of the Duck Bridge with parts they were able to obtain. At this point, MassDOT will be opening the Duck Bridge overnight tonight, sometime after 12 midnight. This will b...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: July 30, 2019

Sullivan Park Re-opens $1.3M to Repair CG Affected Park

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Parks and Recreation Director Nelson Ortiz, Acting DPW Director Brian Pena and Groundwork Lawrence, will hold a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, July 31st, to announce the re-opening of Sullivan Park in South Lawrence. Sulli...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: July 29, 2019

City Invests in Speed Bumps

In anticipation of schools opening, Mayor Daniel Rivera announces the rollout of temporary speedbumps across the city. These temporary speed bumps have been placed near most schools and in problem speeding areas. “Speeding has been and continues...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: July 25, 2019

City Invests in Emergency Communication Technology

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, announces the investment of emergency communication technology in the City of Lawrence. The city has implemented CodeRED, an emergency and critical communications technology that will streamline urgent ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: July 22, 2019

Lawrence gets $40K for Recycling

The Lawrence DPW is launching the first year of a program called the “Recycling IQ Kit” that will run for 10 weeks from July through September.  The goal of the program is to “Increase” the “Quali...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: July 11, 2019

Mayor/LPD Welcome first K-9 in a Decade

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Lawrence Police Chief Roy P. Vasque and the Lawrence Police Department would like to congratulate and welcome the newest member of the Lawrence Police Department, K-9 Magnus. K-9 Magnus is a 13-month-old Belgian Malinois born in ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 20, 2019

City & Superior Officers Sign Contract

Mayor Daniel Rivera, Lawrence Superior Officers Union President Captain Scott McNamara and Police Chief Roy Vasque announce the ratification of a 7 year contract between the City and the Union. The collective bargaining agreement includes annual salary in...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Museum Square Garage to Re-Open 8pm 6/14

Mayor Dan Rivera announces today that after the City’s contracted engineers finished their walkthrough of the Museum Square Garage temporary shoring system and did not note any problems with the systems as installed and that the repairs have bee...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: May 28, 2019

Iluminación Lawrence

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, Community Development Director for the City of Lawrence, announces the launch of Iluminación Lawrence. Iluminación Lawrence is a city-wide lighting project that creates an immersive...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Jobs for Ex-Cons; $200K for Re-Integration Training

Mayor Daniel Rivera, with Abel Vargas, Executive Director of MassHire Merrimack Valley Workforce Board, announces $200K for the Reintegration through Construction Pathways Program (RECP). The RECP is an occupational skills training program run by the Mass...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: May 16, 2019

Mayor Submits 6th Balanced Budget

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces the submission of his Fiscal Year 2020 budget. This is the Mayor’s sixth budget submission in his time as Mayor. “This budget continues my administrations focus on making our city safer and supporting the ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Lawrence Celebrates National Community Development Week, April 22-26, 2019

Mayor Daniel Rivera and the Office of Planning and Development joined national efforts to recognize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program during National Community Development Week, April 22-26, 2019....

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2019

Lawrence, MA Chosen to Participate in NLC Mayors’ Institute on Affordable Housing and Health

Mayor Daniel Rivera and the City of Lawrence, MA, recently participated in an intensive, National League of Cities’ (NLC) problem-solving session on affordable housing and health.

The Mayors’ Institute on Affordable Housing and Health: ...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: March 26, 2019

360 New Jobs Unitex Moves to Lawrence

Mayor Daniel Rivera announces Unitex to move to Lawrence, bringing 360 new jobs to the city. “I am excited to welcome Unitex to the City of Lawrence- Unitex is a good company with a proven track record and strong environmental responsibility,&am...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: February 11, 2019

City Credit Rating Increased

On February 8th, Moody’s Credit Rating Company upgraded the City of Lawrence’s credit rating to A2 from A3. This rating upgrade is the second time Lawrence has received rating increase from Moody’s during Mayor Rivera&rsq...

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Lawrence Press Releases
Posted on: August 1, 2017

Mayor Promotes Top Officers

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Mayor Dan Rivera and Police Chief James Fitzpatrick announce the promotion of three Lieutenants and three Sergeants. In its current transformation under Chief Fitzpatrick’s leadership to a better equipped and more completely staffed modern, urba...

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