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LAWRENCE: ALQUILER DE VIVIENDAS

November 29, 2018

November 15, 2018

“After two months of waiting, hundreds of families are still displaced or are living in very cold conditions,” Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Payano told the Herald. “Many of these families are still paying rent. They are traveling farther to drop off their kids or go to work. Most of them are in living conditions where either their mental or physical health is negatively affected.”

It is easy to see why. Families who lived normal lives in normal homes have essentially been relegated to refugee status, their daily routines upended with no clear sign that help is forthcoming.

“Thanksgiving is almost here and many families will not be able to make their own warm cooked meals,” Payano added. “When you learn about the daily struggles of the people being affected, you learn that the progress has been far from adequate.”

November 14, 2018

“After two months of waiting, hundreds of families are still displaced or are living in very cold conditions,” Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Payano told the Herald. “Many of these families are still paying rent. They are traveling farther to drop off their kids or go to work. Most of them are in living conditions where either their mental or physical health is negatively affected.

“Thanksgiving is almost here and many families will not be able to make their own warm cooked meals,” Payano added. “When you learn about the daily struggles of the people being affected, you learn that the progress has been far from adequate.”

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Rivera backs off showdown over City Attorney:

Job remains unfilled after six months

October 28, 2018

“I don't see how that would be legal,” said Councilor Pavel Payano. “It goes against the City Charter. Right now, (Ruano's appointment) is speculative. I don't think that's the mayor's intention.”

Payano and Levy said the search for a city attorney was not wide enough, noting that it drew just four applications – three now work on the third floor of City Hall and one did – while another recent search for a superintendent of schools drew more than 40 applications from across the United States.

The city advertised for a city attorney mostly on its web page and internet accounts, including Facebook, Linked In and Twitter, according to a list provided by Personnel Director Bonet. The city also listed the job with the Valleyworks Career Center, which provides unemployment benefits and job search services for mostly low-skilled workers, and on a website operated by the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

A search using the words “lawyer” and “attorney” on the state website – (https://jobquest.detma.org – on Friday turned up just two listings.

“They used only the city website and employment agencies,” Payano said. “I don't know many attorneys looking for a position like that who would search for it at an unemployment agency.”

Surveillance Cameras Added to Crime Hot Spots

October 22, 2018

“There is a huge urgency and there is a huge problem when it comes to not just violence and crime, but drugs in our city,” Councilor Pavel Payano during the council discussion six months ago. “We see these cameras as an opportunity to stem the tide. (But there) is a need for legally enforceable safeguards that promote transparency, oversight and accountability for how these cameras are going to be used.”

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EN LAWRENCE LAS CÁMARAS DE VIGILANCIA LLEGAN A LA CALLES PARA COMBATIR LA DELINCUENCIA EN LA CIUDAD

October 18, 2018

NEWTON ORGANIZATION HELPS EXPLOSION VICTIMS

October 8, 2018

“Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Payano, who also assisted with the distribution, describes the chaos of being evacuated by police and then seeing neighbors pour into the street, helping one another in spite of the commotion. At one point, he and his girlfriend carried an elderly woman in a wheelchair from her third floor apartment down to safety.

“There’s a sense of community, a sense of love that I felt,” Payano said. “Seeing [Tzu Chi] here today, it’s the same feeling. You have people coming from different ethnicities, different cultures, different countries, different languages, different religions - and they’re here helping out.””

3 Lawrence Schools Report Gas Smell

October 4, 2018

"My first thought from what I was hearing on social media was that it was connected to what was going on in South Lawrence," at-large City Councilor Pavel Payano said.

After the smoke has cleared: Following a weekend of displacement, Merrimack Valley families still await gas, reimbursement and a return to normalcy

September 26, 2018

Lawrence City Councilor Pavel Payano went to visit the Red Cross shelter set up at the Arlington Elementary School on Thursday night, around 8 p.m. He ended up volunteering most of the weekend.

“By the time I got there, there were probably a good 90 people there,” Payano said. He noticed they lacked volunteers to help sign-in people at the shelter and translate for Spanish speakers, so he helped assign volunteers.

AG Healey announces hotline, other resources

September 26, 2018

Officials including state Rep. Juana Matias, D-Lawrence, and at-large City Councilor Pavel Payano, are hosting a Lawrence Gas Disaster Legal Forum on Thursday at the high school. Healey is expected to speak at the event, Rivera said.

Lawrence Residents Spend Weekend In Uncertainty After Explosions

September 17, 2018

City Councilor Pavel Payano ran the shelter at Arlington Middle School: “The support that we’ve gotten from outside Lawrence, all the way from Maine to Rhode Island — I think that was important, that was vital" to being able to take care of residents during the emergency.

And as most residents get resettled at home, Payano said that city leaders are focusing on Columbia Gas, the company that runs Lawrence's gas lines.

Un incendio puede causar más de 20 mil dólares en pérdida de bienes según reportes

July 26, 2018

Rivera picks Vasque as police chief:

Council vote is May 15

May 2, 2018

“So far, the chief has done a great job leading the Police Department and I look forward to speaking to him about running the department for the next few years,” Councilor Pavel Payano, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee, said Wednesday. Payano said he supports Vasque's efforts to expand community policing but wants to hear his views on other issues, including how he would modernize the department, before committing to vote for him.

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Professional Center for Child Development invites legislators in for the day

Staff report

April 5th, 2018

Students and staff at Professional Center for Child Development in Andover welcomed local legislators on March 23 to highlight the organization’s programming and successes and to heighten lawmakers’ awareness of the funding challenges faced by the Center’s Early Intervention program and the Developmental Day School, a state-approved Chapter 766 school that educates learners with special needs.

Mother claims child has nightmares of school's "relaxation room"

December 13, 2017

LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Lawrence school officials are investigating "relaxation rooms" after parents expressed concerns, CBS Boston reports. It all started when Ashley Martinez took a picture of one of the rooms at the Arlington Community Day School and posted it to social media.

"This is what Lawrence Public Schools thinks is acceptable for a relaxation room and this is not OK for our kids. There is a broken chair. There is no padding on the wall ... there is no soft cushy floor," she explained.

Her post quickly got the attention of the Lawrence Public School District. The superintendent made the call to close the rooms until further notice.

"Anyone who is not involved in special ed your initial reaction is 'what's going on here?'" Pavel Payano, a Lawrence School Committee Member said.

However, he went on to explain the room is intended for children with sensory issues and that it's a special education concept used in schools across Massachusetts.

"This room is used for students that have sensory disorder issues. It's not used for any type of regular behavioral issue that might pop up," he said.

Mass. School's 'Time-Out Rooms' Come Under Heavy Fire

December 12, 2017

School Committee member Pavel Payano says all timeout rooms and relevant procedures at other Lawrence public schools will be scrutinized and questioned.

"We need to create policies that might change the direction of this school and others in the area," says Payano.