Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â You wonât be able to tell from watching the parade on Columbus Day, but Autumnfest Chairman Timothy Paul says he wasnât always sure there was going to be one this year.
A former police detective who is serving his second stint as chairman of the cityâs premier civic bash, Paul revealed in an interview with The Call that he commissioned a forensic audit of the non-profit organization earlier this year because its financial records were in disarray.
The Autumnfest Steering Committee for 2012 includes, front row from left, Paul Jacob, Julie Larivee, Linda Plays, Nancy Phillips and Tim Paul. In back are Michael Dubois, Joe Therien, Tina Go, Steve Morse and Joe Barosso. Not pictured are Dave Lamoureux and Joe Martin.
BURRILLVILLE â The Burrillville Farmers Market was named number one in Rhode Island and also finished in the top 20 for its category nationally in the American Farmland Trust's Americaâs Favorite Farmers Markets contest, which began June 1 and ended on Sept. 3
This year's contest was expanded to include all 7,175 markets that are listed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's farmers market directory. The Burrillville Farmers Market came in at number one in the state and at number 20 in its category nationally with a total of 44 votes.
CUMBERLAND â After more than a year of study, the Town Council next month will be presented with a final report on the plan being proposed to consolidate the town's four independent fire districts.
The final report by Donald I. Jacobs of Holden-based D.I. Jacobs Management Consulting Services will be submitted to the council on Oct. 3, followed by the council's formal vote on the plan on Oct. 17.
Above, 5-year-old Kaitlyn Farmer of North Smithfield eyes the finish line for a first place win in the âpumpkin runâ at Saturday's sixth annual Great Pumpkin Festival at the high school athletic fields.
Thirty-four members of the 1952 graduating class of Woonsocket High School, along with spouses and friends, attended a full slate of 60th reunion events on the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16. Festivities began on the Saturday with an informal outdoor gathering at the Springwater Drive (Woonsocket) home of Class VP and committee member Ann (Grivers) Smith. On the following afternoon, everyone gathered at the Waterford Room of the Village Haven Restaurant in Forestdale for the reunion banquet and special ceremonies.
CUMBERLAND â The Housing Authorities in Cumberland, Pawtucket, Central Falls and East Providence will get a share of the nearly $900,000 in federal grant funding to help public and assisted housing residents find work and receive assistance.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) announced Friday that 10 Rhode Island housing agencies will receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding to retain or hire 15 local service coordinators to work directly with HUD-assisted families to connect them to supportive services and help individuals increase their independence.
WOONSOCKET â Though Bill Fagan has pretty much lived his whole life within a few blocks of his home on Gaskill Street, sometimes he wanders.
Itâs no big deal for the reedy fellow with a gentle manner to walk to Mendon, Mass., where the locals know him so well they toot their horns when they see him.
CUMBERLAND â A Rhode Island nonprofit that serves the state's homeless and at-risk veterans opened a military-style camp Friday where former soldiers can access a range of free services from medical screenings to housing assistance.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island began welcoming some of the 350 to 400 veterans expected to visit the encampment at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, which will remain open through Sunday.
MILLVILLE â The elderly are going without the option of a senior services van as the result of an ongoing dispute between the towns of Millville and Blackstone over a regional senior transporation contract.
The towns' inability to come to terms on an agreement since June recently prompted Blacktone to tell Millville it can no longer transport Millville seniors with its senior vans.
The decision has left about a dozen Millville residents who counted on the vans for doctor visits and to make other health-related appointments to seek other means of transportation.