Conversations with Veterans, Animal Control fundraiser: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

Village Martial Arts at 172 Chapel St. in Harrisville promoted new black belts last week. Burrillville resident James McHale was promoted to 3rd degree black belt and fellow student Alec Rawson was promoted to 1st degree. Grading took place at American Martial Arts Center in Foster. Pictured are Rawson, left and McHale, right, with studio owner Audrey Hussey.


Don’t forget to get out and vote today, Burrillville! State offices and schools are closed today as locals head to the polls across Rhode Island.

There are six polling locations in town with hours on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling location or view a sample ballot visit

Conversations with Veterans

Jesse Smith Memorial Library will host Conversations with Veterans: A Program for Kids and Families on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 2 – 3 p.m.

With Veterans Day approaching, families are invited to take advantage of this opportunity for children to form connections with the service men and women. Hear about the experiences of local veterans from the Berard-Desjarlais American Legion Post 88 led by current Commander Raymond Trinque. Kids are encouraged to ask questions in this informal setting. Families are welcome to bring photos of veterans that they know to share their personal connections to those who serve our country. Blank cards, patriotic stickers, and markers will be available for children to create thank you cards to give to local veterans. Light refreshments will be served.

The program will be held in the Community Room on the 1st floor of the library and on the Riverwalk. Registration is encouraged. For more information, visit the Children’s Department or call (401) 710-7800.

Pampered chef fundraiser

A fundraiser to benefit Burrillville Animal Control is now underway with Pampered Chef products on sale here. Shop for home goods, small appliances and more, with a portion of all proceeds to go to the organization. Orders must be placed by Friday, Dec. 16.

Veterans Day ceremony

The Burrillville Allied Veterans Council Post 88/17 American Legion & VFW Post 1023 will hold a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11 at Veterans Park at The Bridge-way in Pascoag. The public is invited to attend the event and honor those who have served with a memorial service starting at 10:45 a.m.

Town meetings

The Burrillville School Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the Burrillville High School media center with executive session starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by open session at 6 p.m. The agenda for open session can be found here.

The Burrillville Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 141 Clear River Drive. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9 starting at 5 p.m. at the Wallace Lees Safety Complex at 1477 Victory Highway. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 9 starting at 7 p.m. at the Town Building at 105 Harrisville Main Street. The agenda can be found here.

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