Touch-a-truck, Village Common & a Spring tea: Five things to know in Glocester this week

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Fire safety survey

The West Glocester Fire Department has announced that they will be surveying the district through the month of June to make note of driveways and access points that may pose an issue in an emergency. The department notes that blue reflective street number signs allow emergency personnel to find homes much faster, and that fire department apparatus are much bigger than everyday passenger vehicles, making some driveways an issue. WGFD aims to pre-plan and try to resolve any access issues before they become emergent problems.

Residents may see marked WGFD vehicles in the area in the coming month. For houses with a longer driveway, the department will not enter properties without permission, but those who would like to be surveyed can call at (401) 568-2422 with the request, or to obtain further information.

Village Common

The Village Common of Rhode Island, Glocester Senior Center, and Glocester Human Services are working to form a committee of Glocester volunteers to develop a new “village” that will provide assistance to the town’s aging population.

The Village Common of Rhode Island aims to change the experience of growing older by fostering the creation of communities of mutual support referred to as Villages. There are now Villages in Barrington, Edgewood, Providence, Westerly and Burrillville.

Volunteers support older residents with transportation, by doing errands, and providing help with electronics and household chores. Residents also benefit from friendly calls and visits from village members and Neighborhood Circles that connect members who live near one another.

Learn more by contacting Melissa Bouvier, director of the Glocester Senior Center at (401) 567-4557 or by email at melissabouvier@glocesterri.org, or John Luszcz, director of Glocester Human Services at (401) 568-6206, x222.

The group will also hold informational meetings on Wednesday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Glocester Senior Center and Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Glocester Manton Library.

Touch-a-truck

Glocester Recreation has announced the return of the annual Glocester Touch-A-Truck, to be held Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kent Field Pavilion. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their favorite construction and rescue vehicles. The event will be held rain or shine and will also include food and music.

Women’s tea

Glad Tidings Community Church at 111 Victory Highway will host a Women’s Spring Tea and Breakfast on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. To reserve a spot, contact the church via their Facebook page.

Town meetings

The Glocester Land Trust will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 10 starting at 7 p.m. at Glocester Town Hall. The agenda can be found here.

The Glocester Housing Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 10 starting at 7 p.m. at 64 Chestnut Hill Road. The agenda is here.

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