It was a year that, for better or worse, those who lived through it will never forget.
Whenever we could be in 2020, NRI NOW was there to capture it. When we couldn’t – due to pandemic-ordered crowd restrictions and the need to follow statewide orders to stay home – we did what we could to document the year via photos provided to us.
Below is our selection of the best photos from what has been, without a doubt, a unique and challenging year in town.
The Burrillville High School robotics team was named winner of the FIRST Tech Challenge Inspire Award at a New England Institute of Technology competition on Saturday, Jan. 4
In February, students at AT Levy Elementary School greeted a special visitor: Major Rich Schanda, an Air Force helicopter pilot who is serving with a British squadron as part of an exchange assignment program. Shanda, right, visited the school to thank students in person for care packages they sent overseas. He and wife Meredith Schanda posed with cousin Heather Reifler, a mother of a student at the school, and family. Credit: Sandy Seoane
More than 350 people turned out for Burrillville Aging Stronger’s winter Lunch & Learn event at Wright’s Farm Restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 6. Credit: Sandy Seoane
In March, K9 Rex joined the Burrillville Police Department. Pictured are Rex and his handler, Off. Bret Simas. Credit: Sandy Seoane
As the region went on lock down in March, photographer Meagan Sharum called families to their front steps for the Front Porch Project. Pictured are Tia and Jonathon Armand, with daughters 8-year-old Ellie and 2-year-old Mila pose at their home. Credit: Meagan Sharum
Deputy Animal Control Officer Kerry Courtemanche-Brissette was name Shelter Worker of the Year by Handsome Dan Rescue in April. She would be promoted to ACO later in the year following the retirement of Officer Ronald Woods.
In May, a community effort to honor graduates from the Burrillville High School Class of 2020 raised more than $6,500. Pictured, Senior Sierra Madden writes messages for her classmates on the back of the signs, erected on the front lawn of the school. Credit: Sandy Seoane
Banners for Burrillville’s “Hometown Heroes,” also went up in May, an effort by the American Legion Berard-Desjarlais Post 88 to honor the living heroes who served in U.S. conflicts of the 1940s and 1950s. Credit: Sandy Seoane