PATERSON, NJ- Paterson resident, educator and poet, Elizabeth Valverde thinks it’s time for Paterson to “think BIG!”

With a core belief that arts and community offerings must appeal to every age group, from children to adults, those in the Creative Paterson conversation created a list of activities and amenities that could appeal to all. 

Following the suggestion of Host Team Committee member Michael Powell, who is also co-chairing Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh’s Transition Committee, the group devises a list of deliverables in 30 days, six months, a year, and four years. 

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Creating a “Paterson passport”, an idea that they believe can be completed in the short term, is suggested. “How much fun it would be to explore the city” receiving stamps at designated places.

“To have the knowledge of Paterson’s history is urgent,” states Valverde. The group agrees that a lack of knowledge among young people about the city’s past must be rectified.

With the allotted time drawing to a close Valverde suggests, and gets agreement to, host a follow up meeting soon to initiate their plans and to keep “thinking big for Paterson.”