Major EFSB hearing, the Justice Award: Five things you need to know in Burrillville this week


Burrillville police officers receive Justice Award

Burrillville Police Lt. Guy Riendeau and Det. Ryan Hughes were recently recognized by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin at the annual Justice Awards, which honors individual and organizational excellence and commitment to justice and the community.  Each Justice Award is presented in honor of one of the eight previous Attorneys General: Arlene Violet, Richard Israel, Herbert DeSimone, Dennis Roberts, James O’Neil, Jeffrey Pine, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Patrick Lynch.

Riendeau and Hughes received the Attorney General Jim O’Neil Justice Award for Crime Prevention for the development of a public awareness and educational campaign on the legal and lifelong consequences of sharing illicit photos of juveniles after the explosive discovery and investigation of the file sharing scandal at Burrillville High School.  Joining Riendeau and Hughes in receiving the Justice Award was Special Assistant Attorney General Malena Mora Lopez. The trio was nominated by Burrillville Police Col. Stephen Lynch.

“The annual Justice Awards are an opportunity to recognize the many heroes in Rhode Island who commit their time, energy, and passion to making their communities stronger and safer each day,” said Kilmartin.  “There is no question these officers have made an impactful difference and is worthy of this honor and our gratitude.”

Read more about the officers’ work here.

Former Attorney General Jim O’Neil presents the Justice Award for Crime Prevention to Special Assistant Attorney General Malena Mora Lopez, Det. Ryan Hughes and Lt. Guy Riendeau.  Joining them on stage were Burrillville Police Col. Stephen Lynch, who nominated the trio for the award, and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

Sources v Clues

The Pascoag Public Library Genealogy Group will gather for a program on Sources v Clues – How to Tell the Difference on Monday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m.. This is a free event open to all levels of ancestor hunters and refreshments will be served.

Major hearing, not streaming

The Energy Facility Siting Board will conduct an open meeting on Wednesday, Oct, 31, starting at 11:00 AM, in Hearing Room A of the Public Utilities Commission Offices, 89 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick.

The Board will discuss and/or vote on the town of Burrillville’s motion to reject the Public Utilities Commission’s Advisory Opinion; Conservation Law Foundation’s motion for the full admission of Invenergy’s application to build a power plant; and CLF’s motion for the EFSB to take administrative notice of Invenergy’s PUC brief.

Because this open meeting is not a hearing, the board will not be accepting oral public comments.

Due to technical difficulties, the board does not expect to be able to stream or record this meeting. Should streaming be available, however, the public can watch the meeting at Materials related to these matters are available upon request to the board’s coordinator and at

Polka Dots gather

The Blackstone Valley Chapter of Polka Dot Powerhouse will gather at the Harmony Lodge for lunch and dinner connects on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Speaker Janet Tanury of Botecelli RI will present “Own it: Confidence is your best accessory,” 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.

Happy Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 31 is Halloween and NRI NOW reminds both parents and children to enjoy themselves, but stay safe.

Got a great costume this year? Send a picture to and we may feature it in an article later this week!


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