September 24th, 2012
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 Americaâ€™s 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.
WOONSOCKET- Philip Drobnis, 86, of Woonsocket, passed away September 23, 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He leaves his beloved wife and best friend of 14 years, Lucie R. (Beaulieu) Drobnis.
Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Morris and Annie (Wascelssky) Drobnis.
WOONSOCKET- Catherine A. McNamara, 82, a retired elementary school teacher, passed away peacefully, with dignity, respect and love at the home of her goddaughter, niece and caregiver Donna M. Lafayette after a lengthy illness.
She was attended by her nephew Michael McNamara, Donna and Rene Lafayette, with whom she lived and their dog, her guardian Otto.
Born on December 15, 1929 in the Bannigan City section of Millville, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Winifred (Duffy) McNamara.
David R. Grady
CUMBERLAND- David R. Grady, "Dinger Dave", 63, died September 22nd peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Carolyn (Kryla) Grady.
They were married for forty-one years.
Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Thomas F. Grady Sr. and Muriel (Achorn) Grady.
Dave was a Mechanic for many years and a custodian for the Cumberland School Department. Mr. Grady was also a member of the Albion Social Club for many years.
Jessica M. Paulhus
SMITHFIELD- Paulhus, Jessica M., 29, of Waterman Avenue, Smithfield, died Tuesday September 18, 2012. She was the daughter of Andre R. and Joanne M. (Perry) Paulhus of Smithfield.
Born in Woonsocket, she had lived in Smithfield and had previously lived in Woonsocket and Burrilville. She most recently worked at Cresta Bar and Ristorante.
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 â€˜pumpkin 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.