Financial referendum, Post Office closing: Five things to know in Glocester this week

The "Witches of Chepachet," otherwise know as the Southern New England Chapter of the Wolfshäger Hexenbruts Witches dance troupe, will be performing at the Hopedale Fairy Walk June 10.

Financial town referendum

Glocester’s Financial Town Referendum is taking place today, Tuesday, May 23, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Glocester Senior Center at 1210 Putnam Pike.

View the approved budgets for 2023-2024 via the links below:
Proposed Town Budget for Referendum on 5/23/23 (adopted 5/11/23)
Proposed School Budget for Referendum on 5/23/23 (adopted 5/11/23)

Registered voters in Glocester may cast a vote on the town budget.

Post office closing

Glocester Residents who use the main post office in Chepachet will have to travel to the smaller Harmony Post Office at 391 Putnam Pike for an indefinite time after the Chepachet Post Office was deemed unsafe by the Chepachet Fire Department due to water damage on Saturday, May 20.

Mail Clerk John Blogref explained that the office sustained “major damage” with ceiling tiles collapsing and flooding throughout the office. The Dollar Store, which is part of the same complex, is also closed indefinitely due to similar damage.

Town Council President William A. Worthy said that he had been in The Dollar Store.

“It was a mess,” he recalled. “Water can do as much damage as fire can.”

Blogref said that an unnamed roof contractor had been making repairs to the roof last week before the heavy rains on Saturday.

“I know no permits were pulled,” said Worthy. “But, I don’t know about the work license. I have been told the same thing, however. All I can say is that all processes are being followed and an investigation is underway.”

Blogref said it would most likely be months before the Chepachet office would reopen. Meanwhile, there are plans to possibly install a mobile unit in the parking lot near Chepachet location for those who have post office mailboxes. Carriers who previously worked out of the Chepachet site have been relocated to the Harmony office, where it has become understandably crowded.

“It won’t be easy,” said Blogref.

“The town is working to get the building up and running again,” added Worthy. “The town is acting in the best interests of the residents and the tenants of the building.”

Distinguished service

The Rhode Island Interscholastic League recently presented the Distinguished Service Award to Ponaganset High School Cross Country Coach David Glasberg. Congratulations to Coach Glasberg on receiving the award, for his role and dedication in hosting all the cross country races in 2022, which was presented at the 11th annual RIIL Awards Breakfast.


The town will host its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, stepping off at 10:30 a.m. from the Chepachet Free Will Baptist Church. The march will proceed along Putnam Pike to the Acotes Hill Cemetery, where a memorial ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the parade. Residents are invited to attend.

For more information contact the Recreation Department at (401) 568-6206 ext. 224.

Town meetings

The Glocester Zoning Board of Review will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 25 starting at 7 p.m. at Glocester Town Hall at 1145 Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

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