Sacred concerts, teacher appreciation: Five things to know in Burrillville this week


Teacher appreciation

The Burrillville School Department is reminding parents that it is Teacher Appreciation Week. Send a shout-out to your favorite teacher to Curriculum Director Julie Mayhew at to have it read aloud on Facebook Live, or directly to the teacher.

Mayhew and Supt. Michael Sollitto will be doing a live drawing and recognition from a different location each day this week – starting with Burrillville High School today, Monday, May 2 at noon. Watch them all virtually on the Burrillville School District’s Facebook page.

Police hiring

The town of Burrillville is accepting applications for police dispatchers needed to answer calls, coordinate emergency requests and for general office duties. View the complete ad and application instructions here.

The department is also actively recruiting new members to join the force. Those interested in becoming an entry level officer can apply on

Concerts benefit the homeless

The Assembly Theatre will host two concerts this week to benefit Help the Homeless Rhode Island. Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts will take place on Thursday, May 5 and Friday, May 6 starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at

Burrillville Parks & Recreation has a limited number of free tickets available for Burrillville residents age 55 and older. To reserve yours call (401) 568-9470.

Family Fair

The Burrillville Parks and Recreation Department has announced the planning of the 29th Anniversary Family Fair for Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Center by Jesse Smith Library on Tinkham Lane.  A rain date is planned for Saturday, June 25. 

The purpose of the Family Fair is to inform parents of programs and services available to assist in meeting the needs of their families, and to bring together non-profit organizations and agencies in a community setting.   

In keeping with the history of the Family Fair, participation will be open to local businesses, organizations, and agencies both local and statewide. 

Parks and Recreation Department is collaborating with the Farmer’s Market and the Jesse Smith Library on the event, themed, “Old Time Family Fun Fair,” and it will feature traditional fair activities and games with an old fashioned twist. There will be food, raffles, giveaways, games, entertainment, Farmer’s Market, and more.   

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate by setting up a booth illustrating their services and programs.  This event is a chance to showcase the organization or agency; to network and share with others, both professionally and with the community, free of charge. Space is limited and Burrillville community groups and non-profits receive first priority.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 20.  Registration forms and/or more information are available by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at (401) 568-9470 or

Town meetings

The Burrillville Planning Board will hold a meeting on Monday, May 2 starting at 7 p.m. in the Jesse Smith Library community room. The agenda can be found here.

The Harrisville Fire District Operating Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 3 starting at 7 p.m. at 115 Central St. The agenda is here.

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