New budget vote, Main Street Trick or Treat: Five things to know in Glocester this week

Officer Robert Glaude receives a citation from the Glocester Town Council.


The Glocester Town Council and other officials recognized one Glocester police officer this week for quick actions that may have saved the life of a Ponaganset High School student earlier this year.

Officer Robert Glaude was acting as the interim school resource officer at the school on Monday, May 2, and while patrolling the cafeteria, noticed a student choking on his lunch, according to a post by the Glocester Police Department. Glaude reportedly sprung into action, and was able to preform the Heimlich maneuver to clear the student’s airway. The student was later transported by EMS, and made a full recovery.

Glaude was presented with a citation from the governor’s office by PHS Dean of Students Michael Calenda, as well as a citation from the Town Council and a GPD commendation.

Budget vote

Glocester will hold an all-day referendum to once again vote on the town budget on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Glocester Senior Center at 1210 Putnam Pike, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The residential property tax rate for Glocester is proposed to increase by 0.26 cents, or 1.4 percent.

The previous budget proposed by the Town Council failed by just seven votes in August, a result town officials believe was largely due to FM Global”s change from a PILOT agreement to inclusion in the regular tax base – which made the proposed increase for taxpayers appear much larger than it actually was for those who looked at the numbers.

According to councilors, the current proposed budget would come with an increase of just $65 for the year on the tax bill for a home worth $250,000.

Calendar raffle

The Ponaganset High School Class of 2025 is holding a Calendar Raffle for the month of November. Prize winners will be drawn every day next month and awards include gift certificates to Amazon, local restaurants and other businesses. Tickets are $5 each or 6/$25 and can be purchased via Venmo or by check payable to “Ponaganset Class of 2025,” brought to PHS room 327 or 332.

Trick or Treat Main Street

The town’s annual Trick or Treat Main Street event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. The family-friendly event will benefit the Foster and Glocester food pantries and attendees are asked to donate unexpired canned goods or other non-perishable items for each child participating. Monetary donations will also be accepted. 

The event will have two starting locations for participants to drop off donations and pick up Trick or Treat maps and goodies: the parking lot at Century 21 Limitless Real Estate at 1160 Putnam Pike and the entrance to the Pavilion at Kent Field at 1111 Putnam Pike. Kids and parents will follow the treasure map to visit the many participating businesses.

Town meetings

The Glocester Recreation Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Glocester Town Hall at 1145 Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

The Glocester Land Trust will not hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The Glocester Historic District Commission will not hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The Zoning Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 has been cancelled.

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