Free eyeglasses, online-only Bugle: Five things to know in Burrillville this week


No print edition of latest Bugle

For the first time since its inception in 2001, the fall/winter edition of Burrillville Bugle will not be printed and mailed to residents in town.

Town officials released the Bugle, a bi-annual community staple for information, online only due to budget constraints caused by COVID-19.

According to Gail Labossiere, executive assistant to Town Manager Michael Wood, paper copies of the Bugle will be available at the library, Town Hall and the police station once they go to print.

The fall/winter edition, which includes updates on recent municipal projects, along with useful information regarding contacts in town departments, can be found online here.

Softball registration

Registration is now open for the 2021 spring season of Burrillville Girls Softball. Divisions in the league, which was started last year, include 6 & 8U instructional, 10U, 12U and 14U.

To learn more and register visit

Honor patrols

The Burrillville Police Department thanked several officers who participated in Honor Patrols over the past few weeks, conducted in memory of three individuals who lost their lives as victims of drunk driving: Ryan Bourque, Emma Brown and James Dube.

From Friday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Jan. 1, Officers Kathleen Kelley, Holly Barrett, Jennifer Baker, and Alexander Rosa conducted extra DUI Enforcement patrols in the victims’ memory. MADD partnered with the Office of Highway Safety to designate the special patrols, conducted Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during the slated time period.

Police reminded residents to drink responsibly and to not get behind the wheel if intoxicated.

“All three of these needless deaths could have been prevented had the operators chose differently,” the department noted.

Free eyeglasses

The Burrillville Lions Club is reminding locals that if you or someone you know is uninsured and in need of eyeglasses or an eye exam, they can help.

The Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation funds a statewide program free of charge through which anyone not covered by insurance, including kids, adults and seniors, are eligible. Recipients are sent to Lens Crafters in Warwick, where glasses are made on site.

Those in need should contact Lion Nancy Vermillion at (401) 568-0148 or

Scam alerts

Residents are warned to be aware of one scam that has recently targeted local residents, along with another that could be expected in the upcoming months.

The first involves Amazon Prime. with emails and texts stating that the user’s settings  have changed, and their account will be placed on hold. The messages claim to come from Amazon Prime, but feature a phony email address such as “”

As COVID-19 vaccines begin widespread distribution, residents are also warned to be on the lookout for related scams. The state Office of the Attorney General points out signs of a scam include marketing offers to sell or ship doses for payment, and unsolicited advertisements via social media, and phone calls offering to put names on a waiting for early access. Never give out information to unknown sources.

Anyone who believes they have been victim of a COVID-19 fraud should contact Health and Human Services at 1 (800) HHS-TIPS.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Planning Board will hold a meeting on Monday, Jan. 4 starting at 7 p.m. An agenda and instructions to attend via Zoom can be found here.

The Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7 starting at 5 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend via Zoom are here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold a joint budget workshop with members of the Burrillville School Committee on Thursday, Jan. 8 starting at 7 p.m. A link to attend virtually can be found here.

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