Autumnfest Buttons On Sale City-Wide

Purchase of button for $1 helps to fund future Autumnfest events.

Autumfest Buttons are on sale again throughout the city, with the proceeds helping to fund the annual fall celebration coming Oct. 6-8.

This week, as is the tradition, Mayor Leo Fontaine recieved the first of the buttons from Button Chairman Joe Barosso, said Linda Plays of the Mayor's office. Fontaine will carry the button for the next six weeks, presenting it to Autumnfest Grand Marshal Bob Picard, chairman of Woonsocket Senior Services and a long-time Rotary member, at the Grand Marshal reception Oct. 2. 

The Autmnfest parade will kick off at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Diamond Hill Road Oct. 8 during Columbus Day weekend, said parade organizer Linda Plays.

Barosso said buttons are for sale at all the city's locations, as well as the chain's locations on Rte. 146A in North Smithfield and on Rte. 104/Greenville Road.

The buttons are also available at Broaster House, Pepin Lumber, Beacon Charter School, Milford Savings, Kennedy Manor, Park View Manor, Waterview Apartments, ParkSquare Florist and Don's Barber Shop.

Wright's Dairy Farm at 200 Woonsocket Hill Road and Dean Bank in Blackstone, MA and Bellingham, MA are also selling the buttons.

This year's headliner will be announced soon, said organizer Tim Paul. "We've just got to sign the contract with them." He said the act will be reconizable to Woonsocket residents as a former member of a popular band, but that's all he can say until the contract is a done deal.




Dave August 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Nope,i'm staying...just to annoy you.
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 07:04 PM
What about your brilliant alternatives Dave? Let's hear them. You sir (I use that term loosely) have been exposed for the miscreant fool that you are.
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
We will need significant union concessions. Real savings now...not ten years from now. We also need a supplemental tax increase and a fair education funding formula from the State.
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
We need serious welfare and disability reform at the state level. We need serious immigration reform both in the state and country. Our state reps do not have the courage to propose or stand behind any serious reform needed to save real dollars.
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Oh yeah...Please support the Autumnfest and buy a button
Dave August 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
If you must know,the alternative is to amend the Fiscal Stability Act of 2010 to include bondholders in any kind of bankruptcy proceedings.Their doing it elsewhere in the country.I'm not gonna play this name calling thing,go ahead,critique my alternative.
Russell Archambault August 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
would love to see both of you at the bargaining table solving cities problems. you guys, and i use the term guys loosly.hahahahahahaha. should run agains each other for election in a primary race.Tire your selves out. I am the one with all the answers.
Dave August 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Hey sorry Russell,the guy hates taxation and loves taxation at the same time,i can't figure him out.The only answer he has is more taxation,never mind that it's killing the local economy.
Russell Archambault August 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
this is amazing what buying a dollar button can cause in this city. I hope they raise the price to 2 dollars next year!
Russell Archambault August 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Dave im voting for him !!!
Dave August 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
It started out in another thread,oops!
Russell Archambault August 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just came in; NEWS ; if you sign up to get a free phone at the autumn fest you will receive a free button each year for life.
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I would gladly pay $5 for a button. Might just keep the Riff Raff away as well. I am a realist and therefore understand that taxes must be paid and on occasion taxes do go up. We had it pretty damn good when Suzie was in town and she and Leo were relying on state and federal dollars to pay the bills. The money is gone people. The rest of the state has very little pity for us because they saw their taxes going up every year. We have only ourselves to blame because we continued to elect them for that very reason...and the chicken dinners weren't too bad either. We reap what we sow gentlemen. Now pay up...
Still Hope August 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
What are "Riff Raffs"? I hope you mean the boomers that destroyed the city I grew up in. My generation has to find the $ to buy up the awful properties that your generation let go to waste. What a disgrace. Make sure when you use the word "we" you notate specifically who you are. Cuz I'm not part of your "we". My "Riff Raffs" and I are going to fix the city that your "we" broke. You can have my dollar, but you can keep the weird button thing.
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Still hope, I see you need a little help. Allow me to be of assistance. The free (you must like that) online dictionary defines Riff Raff as: worthless people esp. in a group. I will add the following : freeloaders, dregs of society, tax consumers, non contributors. I "hope" this lesson helped.
Russell Archambault August 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Hope; having a hard time understanding your view on the boomers.Do you mean the out of town people who bought property years ago? I will take you up on your dollar, could use to pay my taxes. Every dollar counts you can send to the" save a russ property, tax paying fund" box 2032 woonsocket rhode island 02895 thank you
Common Sense August 18, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Still hope, btw...moved here when I was 5. Still here in my 40's.
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Still and SENSE; you guys are really confusing me.Ive been accused of being by-polar but now, I dont even know who i am anymore. Ive been called a slum lord, jerk, ahol, and much more, but now I dont know if im a WE, or YOU or US,or just plain I. thanks alot.
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
common sense. if we were to pay 5 per button to get the riff out, we would go bankrupt. There are over 2 hundred vacant buildings now, that number would grow to about 1500. lets keep the button at 1.00
Still Hope August 19, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Lol. On the contrary, Russ. I speak of the self-righteous closet free-loaders. The ones that took over Memere and Pepere's house and stuck them in a home. The ones that live in their own 1000 sq ft world, where everyone else is just in their way. The ones that think "sacrifice" is working overtime or having to park far away. Russ, you should know better than me. How many homes in the city have you seen that were built strong but were let go to waste by neglect and abuse? Our grandparents built this city with every ounce of their fortitude. But, once their children took the reigns, the grand spiral took shape. You go to a house in the North End and the most impressive quality, by far, is the foundation. Built almost 100 years ago and still as solid as day one with not even a crack in the cement. The living area and the exterior, on the other hand, are often reflections of the occupants...paint chipping, roof leaking, and other areas of neglect. This is a metaphor for the structure of the city itself: a solid foundation but with years of disregard and overuse caused by a whole generation of takers. Fortunately, there are people like Russ that sees the value in maintaining a strong living environment and has the know-how to make something thrive in an otherwise faltering situation. It's sad that it takes someone from outside to save the city, since the citizens are too absorbed in their own lives to care.
Russell Archambault August 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
still hope; I agree with you on your views and could add to them very easily. I have been a resident of this city all my life. invested millions inevery part of the city to see most all washed away. living in the north end for 15 years in one of the homes you speek of and finally let it go. Taxes were 8,000.00 per year Not worth it, because of this declining city, and its attitude. This city can change, but it cannot be treated with a bandaid just to get by till it springs another leak.If just 5 major items gets fixed it can be transformed. 3 of those items can be restored within 90 days. The city could begin prospering right away. its not that hard, in my view. We know the exact problem we know the solution. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to solve once and for all. I feel our mayor and city council know exactly what to do, and they can do it. the problem is the end of their political possitions. WE will make the sacrifice they should accept the sacrifice.
Common Sense August 20, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Hope, you don't speak of the "zombies " that infest this city. You can view the show every month on the 1st and the 15th. They move from the post office to Thundermist to NRI. Major problem is you can't throw a rock downtown without hitting a social service agency.
Russell Archambault August 20, 2012 at 01:09 AM
This report is about buttons. can we get on topic. Give your view on the button. my view is we should change from round shape to a parallelogram
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Dad threw me out again but i picked up my new EBT card,can i buy a button with it or is just for food?
Russell Archambault August 20, 2012 at 02:30 AM
JR. if you get a person willing to buy your card at fifty cents on the dollar and give that person your card and pin number, you can get cash and get a button no problem. Just dont tell daddy because i think he will be mad at you again. dont worry about getting the card back because you can tell them that you lost it and the stupid people at welfare will just issue a new free card no questions asked. The service at welfare is great there. Need anything else just ask me. I know everything
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Thanks Russ,i'll wear my button while i slobber over everyone at the beer tent.Just FYI,i'm afraid of fireworks!
Russell Archambault August 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
JR-- just please dont throw up on daddy and the mayor, Im sick of cleaning up everyones mess. have a good time!
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I'm gonna march in the parade and ralph on Leo's shoes,he's blocking my father's career path,then i'm gonna shoot spitballs at Miss RI 'cause i'm so damn angry!
Alreadysickof2012 August 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Russ, sell a few post cards and maybe you could afford to buy a button.
Celine August 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
This doesn't sound like a promotion of Autumn Fest anymore. Get off the political soapbox and be proactive with this social event. Anyone reading these comments will have second thoughts abut coming!


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