Endorsement controversy, Branded: Five things you need to know in Burrillville this weekend


Roselli to host Pat Ford show Friday night

Paul Roselli, candidate for state Senate District 23, will host the Pat Ford Show on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Rosella and his guests will discuss the controversy over endorsements from the Rhode Island Democratic State Committee. Several of the committee’s endorsements, including candidates with criminal records, have sparked debate.

Roselli’s guests will include Jennifer Rourke running for Senate district 29; incumbent Representative Marcia Ranglin- Vassal; newcomer Jason Roias who is running for a seat on the Providence City Council from Ward 4 in Providence; Melanie Dupont running for Senate district 24; and gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown.

According to a press release, the Campaign to Elect Paul Roselli to Senate District 23 called Joe McNamara, chair of the Rhode Island Democratic State Committee to also appear on the show, but McNamara declined.

The show is live streamed on GoLocalProv on Facebook and on the GoLocalProv website.

Roselli is the president of the Burrillville Land Trust and had originally said he would run for governor in 2018.

Burrillville Town Councilor and Municipal Court Judge Kevin Heitke, another Burrillville Democrat, also hopes to represent District 23.

Get Branded Saturday

In week two of the Riverwalk Times Concert Series, six-piece traditional country band Branded will play at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion in front of the Jesse Smith Memorial Library on Saturday, July 7. The group, named CMA of RI 2018 Band of the Year, will perform starting at 6 p.m. Guests are inviter to bring blankets and chairs, and dancing is encouraged. Concerts move inside the library during inclement weather.

Coalition push back

With the EFSB to again begin hearing testimony on the impact of the Invenergy power plant, a coalition of environmentalists, tourism officials and conservationists are holding a news conference and informative hike to illustrate what is at risk should the proposed plant be built.

Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, the Metacomet Land Trust, an Eagle Scout and members of the Burrillville Town Council will join the Burrillville Conservation Commission to sound the alarm about the potential fragmentation of irreplaceable forestland, the obliteration of special aquatic sites and the exasperated impact of climate change.

Dubbed “A Walk in the Woods: A Forest in Jeopardy,” the event will take members of the media into Pulaski State Park next week.

Dog found

A female pit bull was found on Wednesday at Maple Drive/Steere Farm Rd in Harrisville. The same dog that had been stray in Glocester since around June 23, but eluded attempts at capture. The dog has been transferred to the Glocester Animal Shelter.

Anyone who knows the dog or her owner, is asked to contact Glocester Animal Control at 568-3885.

Tobin removed

There have been some changes made to the lineup for Ocean State Paracon, which will take place at the Assembly Theatre on July 14 and 15. Paranormal enthusiast John Tobin will no longer be part of the lineup.

The speaker schedule for the event has also been announced and is posted below.


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