Considered by many to be the true start of the summer season, Memorial Day weekend is a time to to honor and remember the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The weather is expected to compliment outdoor barbecue and even beach-goer plans over the next three days, so for those who have it, enjoy your time off.
But remember to acknowledge those who protected our country and made it possible.
Community Yard Sale
The Assembly Theatre will host a Community Yard Sales on the grounds of the theater on Saturday, May 25 with vendor tables sponsored by various residents and organizations, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The official opening of state beaches takes place on Saturday, May 25, and as part of Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s initiative to support and celebrate state parks and beaches, Rhode Islanders for the first time can buy season beach passes online.
To reduce wait times and traffic, season beach passes will only be available for purchase at entrance booths on weekdays from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Passes will not be available at beach entrance booths on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.
The online purchase option is accessible at www.riparks.com. Individuals may purchase resident, non-resident, or senior season beach passes at this site. Any Rhode Islander who is eligible for a free pass must continue to obtain their pass in person at State Parks headquarters in North Kingstown.
In-person opportunities to buy season beach passes are available at the following locations:
- RI State Parks Headquarters, 1100 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown, on weekdays from 9 a,m. to 4 p.m. Beginning on May 25, passes will also be available for purchase on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weekday hours may be extended with increased demand. Call RI State Parks at 667-6200 to confirm hours or go towww.riparks.com
- The Scarborough State Beach overflow lot located across the street from Scarborough State Beach (870 Ocean Road, Narragansett) from 9 a.m to 4 p.m daily, now to June 30, excluding Memorial Day weekend and holiday. Beginning July 1, passes will be sold from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding July 4.
- Entrance booths at all state saltwater beaches starting Tuesday, May 28. Season beach passes will only be available for purchase at entrance booths on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passes will not be available at beach entrance booths on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.
For online purchases, the season pass will be mailed to the address provided when the pass was purchased, and must be affixed to the outside of the windshield of the vehicle it was registered to. Customers who have bought passes but not received them in the mail may show parking lot attendants their purchase confirmation email for entry; this confirmation can be on your phone and shown to booth attendants at entry, but have paper back-up for any service or phone issues.
Online credit card purchases are charged a 6 percent transaction charge; the total for a $30 RI resident season pass purchased online is $31.80.
The fee structure for the 2019 season will remain the same as last year. The daily beach parking fee for residents is $6 on weekdays and $7 on weekends and holidays. The fee for a season pass for residents is $30 and, through September 3, will be available for purchase at state beaches. Non-resident parking is $12 on weekdays and $14 on weekends and holidays. A season pass is $60 for non-residents.
Burrillville Allied Veterans Council American Legion Posts 17 & 88 and VFW Post 1023 will host a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27 starting at 11 a.m. at Freedom Park on East Avenue in Harrisville. The ceremony will include performances by Burrillville High School band and select chorus. The event will take place rain or shine.
The Burrillville Historical Society will host a Memorial Day Service at First Universalist Church at 134 Main St. in Harrisville on Monday at 5 p.m., featuring talks by veterans, patriotic music, soldiers’ stories and a reading of the church Honor Roll. Following the service, a short 1940s film will be presented showing the dedication of the Glendale Honor Roll and the World War II scrap drive. View old newspaper articles, historical documents and photos of Burrillville soldiers and their service.
There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Monday, and pickup will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.
Safe sitter class
The Burrillville Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor The Safe Sitter Program from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. The Program will be hosted by the Hasbro Children’s Hospital at the Burrillville Middle School Media Center at 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 401-444-8009.