Nasonville fire settlement, DNA basics: Five things you need to know in Burrillville this week

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Nasonville meets

There will be two important meetings this week for Nasonville residents, with the first to be held tonight, Monday, Jan. 28, in the community room at Jesse Smith Memorial Library.

The Redevelopment Agency will hold a special meeting at the library starting at 7 p.m., for discussion, consideration and action related to Nasonville redevelopment planning. Public input is welcomed.

On Thursday, Jan. 31 starting at 7 p.m., the Nasonville Fire District will hold a special meeting at the fire station at 2577 Victory Highway to discuss a potential settlement agreement with the IAFF union, and allow voters to approve or reject a deal to resolve outstanding grievances, arbitration and litigation.

Firefighters from the village district have been out of work since October, when voters cut their jobs as part of a budget vote. The action has been subject to arbitration and other legal challenges. 

Representatives from both sides in the ongoing dispute were contacted by NRI NOW for details of the proposed settlement, but had not responded by Monday, Jan. 28.

Other town meetings

The Town Council, School Committee and Budget Board will hold a joint pre-budget meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Jesse Smith Memorial Library starting at 7 p.m.

The Budget Board will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the town building.

Learn DNA basics

Pascoag Public Library’s Genealogy Group returns this week with a class aimed at helping visitors make sense of DNA kits. The group will meet on Monday, Jan. 28 at the library at 57 Church St. at 6 p.m. The class is free, are all welcome and refreshments will be served. To register call 568-6226.

Burrillville resident to speak at Powerhouse Connect 

Burrillville resident Christine Gallo will be the featured speaker at the Polka Dot Powerhouse January Connect to be held at Lock 50 in Worcester, Mass. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Gallo, who is the managing director of the Blackstone Valley chapter of the club, will give a talk titled “Unconventional Choices: How I walked away from my life’s plan and found myself again.”

Gallo will also be one of three keynote speaker at the club’s Sisterhood Summit, to be held at the Hartford Marriott in Connecticut in April.

Learn more about the group here.

Age Friendly RI announces next meeting

Age-Friendly Rhode Island has been hosting an ongoing community conversation on the topic of growing older in Burrillville. After a successful meeting the last week, the group has announced they will gather again on Wednesday, March 27 at 10:15 a.m. for a free discussion on challenges, opportunities and ideas that would make growing older in the state’s Northwest corner even better.  For full details, click here.

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