Polka Dots gather, board members needed: Five things you need to know in Burrillville this week



The Blackstone Valley Chapter of Polka Dot Powerhouse will gather at the Harmony Lodge for lunch and dinner connects on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Speaker Carleen Lange will present “Building Your Social Armor,” with sessions from noon to 2 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn more about the group, launched in February by Pascoag resident Christine Gallo, here.

Join a town board

The town clerk is always accepting applications from residents who are interested in serving on a board or commission.

Currently, officials are seeking members for two boards with vacancies: the Recreation Commission and the Extended Care Board of Directors.

If you are interested in serving on a town board fill out an application and mail it to Town Clerk at Burrillville Town Building, 105 Harrisville Main Street, Harrisville, RI 02830 or drop it off at the Town Clerk’s office during normal business hours.

Stay informed

The Burrillville Town Council will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Topics to be discussed include a town lease of an electric vehicle, funding of an advertising program opposing the Clear River Energy Center and more. The full agenda can be found here.

Visit a library

A new monthly genealogy group will meet on Monday, Sept. 24 at Pascoag Public Library starting at 6 p.m. with facilitator Kathan Mospaw Lambert. Refreshments will be served at this free event.

Jesse Smith Memorial Library will host “Secrets to a Happy Retirement,” on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. with Nora Hall, author of “Survive Your Husband’s Retirement.” Register with the Reference Department at 710-7800.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, Jesse Smith will host “Pajama Storytime” from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Pjs, slippers, and stuffed animals are welcome (but not required) as children listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Register with the Children’s Department.

Design a website

The Rhode Island Department of Education has launched two student design contests, giving students the opportunity to make a mark on Rhode Island education. High school students with relevant computer science experience are eligible to compete to redesign the RIDE website, and students of all ages, either individually or in groups, are eligible to design emblems for Council Designations on high school diplomas.

The winning website design will go live in September 2019, and the winning team will be credited in the RIDE website footer. The winners of the Council Designation contest will also be credited on the RIDE website, and their designs will be used on high school diplomas statewide.

The deadline for intent to participate letters for the RIDE Website Design Contest is October 31, with final entries due Jan. 14, 2019. Finalists will be notified by RIDE in February 2019, followed by a public poll to vote on the winning design in March 2019. Students on the winning website team may also be eligible for internship opportunities at RIDE, to help bring the website online.

For the Council Designation Seal Competition, designs should be submitted by November 30. Designs are being solicited for the Commissioner’s Seal (student achievement in ELA and mathematics), the Seal of Biliteracy (both Gold and Silver levels), and Pathway Endorsements in six content areas (arts, business and industry, humanities and world language, public service, STEM, and teaching). The winning designs will be announced in March 2019.

To be eligible to compete in the RIDE Website Design Contest, participants must attend a Rhode Island high school and have relevant computer science and coding experience. The Council Designation Seal Competition is open to Rhode Island students of all ages, working individually or in groups.

Learn more here and here.


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