Gardner MA Mayor Michael Nicholson releases weekly update

View on YouTube or on our Mayor’s Update page. CLICK HERE. Mayor Nicholson did not address the Police Department situation in this week’s update.

Community Development Block Grant

The Mayor reports that the City has received a $825,000 Community Development Block grant.  It is Federal money State of MA divides among communities for development projects including infrastructure improvements and social programs.   600 grand is allocated towards infrastructure in Downtown Gardner, 30 thousand towards design of next  year’s investments, and the remaining almost $200,000 is going towards assistance in homelessness programs, domestic violence counseling, substance abuse prevention programs, and other counseling services.

FREE Covid 19 Test Distribution

There will be another Covid 19 test distribution day at the PACC  Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 12 noon  until 7pm at the Polish American Citizens Club., 171 Kendall Pond Road West, Gardner.   CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS.   3 kits each containing 2 Rapid tests.  Gardner and Westminster MA residents eligible.

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Mask Mandates

Gardner Board of Health votes next week regarding mask mandate for public buildings and mask advisory for rest of City.

As far as masks in Gardner Public Schools, the Mayor made reference to the statewide lifting of the mask mandate on Feb. 28th. Later in the day, Gardner School Superintendent Mark Pellegrino issued a letter lifting the mandate as of 2/28/22. See Full letter. CLICK HERE.

The Gardner School Committee approved a new program of studies for Gardner High School requiring Gardner Juniors to take a financial literacy course.

Upcoming Items

The Gardner City Council is meeting Tuesday next week because of the Presidents Day holiday – Mayor has submitted various proposals. Agenda packet includes items from Inaugural and is a huge 437 pages. CLICK HERE.

Food Truck Festival is back on Saturday, July 9th with 20 food trucks confirmed to date.

Gardner High School has an upcoming musical entitled, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” March 17,18, & 19, 2022 7pm at Landry Auditorium and Gardner Middle School has upcoming concerts 3/8 and 3/9.