Kindergarten registration, free driving class: Five things you need to know in Burrillville this week


Today is Monday, April 8. Here are five things you need to know.

Kindergarten registration

The Burrillville School Department’s 2019 kindergarten registration open house will be held on Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Auston T. Levy School at 135 Harrisville Main St.

Children who will turn five-years-old by September 1 are eligible to register.

Parents are asked to bring proof of residency, such as two different utility bills dated within one month of registration; a current tax bill or mortgage statement; or a notarized affidavit or registry. The form can be found here.  Also required are the child’s birth certificate and immunization records.

Parents are asked to bring the child as he or she will be screened by kindergarten teachers and child outreach. Alternatively, parents or caregivers can make an appointment for screening by calling 647-7560.

Spring Lake hiring

The town of Burrillville is now hiring for seasonal and part time certified lifeguards and other positions at Spring Lake Beach. Lifeguards must have successfully completed courses, and have valid ID cards in Lifeguard Training, First Aid and CPR/AED by May 22. Employees can be certified by the Rhode Island Division of Parks and Recreation as either a surf or non-surf lifeguards.

Applicants must be 16 or over, and can download the application here. Applications must be returned by either mail or fax by May 10. Send completed documents to Gail Labossiere, executive assistant to the town manager, Burrillville Town Hall, 105 Harrisville Main St., Harrisville, RI 02830.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Recreation Commission will gather in the Jesse Smith Memorial Library Conference Room on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

The Pascoag Board of Fire Commissioners were hold their monthly meeting on Monday, April 8 at 141 Howard Ave. in Pascoag starting at 7 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Zoning Board will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 9 starting at 7 p.m. at town hall. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville School Committee will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Burrillville High School Media Center. The agenda can be found here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 10 at the town building starting at 7 p.m. The agenda can be found here. 

Free driving class for seniors

AAA Northeast is offering a free driver improvement class for Rhode Islanders 55 and over that provides insurance discounts. Topics covered in the four-hour class will include using speed and space effectively, adverse conditions and driving emergencies, the effects of alcohol and other drugs, visual awareness distractions and more.

Pre-registration is required by April 19 for the class, which will take place on Wednesday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beckweth-Bruckshaw Lodge. Complimentary lunch will be included.

To register contact Burrillville Parks and Recreation at (401) 568-9470.

Free trees

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State’s Energy-Saving Trees Program. Now in its eighth season, the program helps Rhode Islanders save energy and lower their utility bills by strategically planting trees on their property.

Trees play an important role in cooling streets and homes, filtering air, and reducing stormwater pollution. The trees distributed through the Energy-Saving Trees Program are approximately four to six feet tall and will be distributed in three-gallon containers for easy transport. The Rhode Island Tree Council will provide planting and care instruction to homeowners – as well as guidance on how to maximize energy-savings. When planted properly, a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs.

Registration opens on Monday, April 8, and is required to reserve a tree. Recipients must be Rhode Island residents.Supplies go fast, so early registration is recommended. For more information and/or to register for the program,

Trees can be picked up during one of the following pick-up events:

Saturday, April 27 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket

Saturday, May 4 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Westerly Public Library/Wilcox Park, 44 Broad Street, Westerly

Saturday, May 11 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Woonsocket Public Library, 303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket

Saturday, May 18 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

RI Tree Council Headquarters, 2953 Hartford Avenue, Johnston

For questions about the Energy-Saving Trees Program, contact Caroline Scanlan, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator in DEM’s Division of Forest Environment, at 222-2445, ext. 2056, or email her at

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