Graduation, summer sign-ups mark a busy week in Burrillville


BURRILLVILLE – With the warm weather finally here to stay, and schools winding down as students get ready for summer break, it is a week of transition in northern Rhode Island. Even local government starts to slow down in June and July as locals start to focus on plans for festivals and vacations.

Here are a few things to know this week in Burrillville:

Planning Board

The Burrillville Planning Board not will hold their regular meeting for the month of June. The board is expected to meet again in July.

Safe sitter

The Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor The Safe Sitter Program from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22.  The Program will be hosted by the Hasbro Children’s Hospital at the Burrillville Middle School Media Center, 2220 Broncos Highway, Harrisville.

The one day program serves as valuable training for boys and girls who are currently working as sitters and those who may do so in the future.  Lifesaving instruction on preventing and managing injuries, infant child CPR, caring for a choking infant or child, and rescue breathing is combined with helpful tips on managing difficult behavior and other problems faced by sitters or siblings.

The program is $50 and is open to young adolescents ages 11-14.  This fee includes the Safe Sitter Manual. As space is limited, pre-registration is required and is offered on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information or to pre-register contact Robin Zaman 401-431-5410.

Libraries Rock in June

The Jesse Smith Memorial Library has released its schedule for June with the theme “Libraries Rock.” Register for the 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program starting Saturday, June 16 at the Reference Desk or sign up for themed fun like a rock painting event to be held Saturday, June 30.

To keep up with the full schedule of ongoing library events visit the library on Facebook.


Burrillville High School will hold commencement exercises on Friday, June 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Levy Rink. You must have a ticket to attend this ceremony for graduating seniors.

The festival next door turns 40

Autumnfest, the annual fall festival held at World War II Memorial Park in Woonsocket, will turn 40 this year and organizers have been hard at work planning a special lineup of events and opportunities, beginning this summer.

The festival is put on, in part, by the Woonsocket Rotary, which serves the towns of Burrillville, Woonsocket and North Smithfield, and is a major economic driver for the Blackstone Valley economy.

The Autumnfest Steering Committee has announced sponsorship opportunities for individuals, companies, and organizations with variety of available packages.

Packages are available to choose from starting as low as $100 and going up to $25,000 as the title sponsor. All sponsors will be named and thanked during the festival and according to the level of donation. Individual sponsorships are also available by signing up for “Friends of Autumnfest” which is $60 per year or $5 per month option. New this year as part of the packages will be special 40th banners on lamp posts along Main Street, Hamlet Avenue, and in WWII Veterans Memorial Park with your name, business or organization.

For more information on the 2018 sponsor packages, email or call Garrett Mancieri at (401) 651-1519.

The committee will also hold a new event this year dubbed “Summerfest.”  This summer carnival, the first of its kind, will help raise funds for the 40th Autumnfest. Fanelli Amusements will be bringing 15 rides plus games, activities and food to World War II Veterans Memorial Park, off Social Street, Woonsocket, Thursday, June 21 – Sunday. June 24.

The hours of operation for Summerfest are as follows:

-Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22: 6 – 10 p.m.

-Saturday June 23: noon – 10 p.m.
-Sunday, June 24: noon – 6 p.m.

For more information on the upcoming festival, visit the website at or our Facebook page at

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