Athletic Department ‘conversation,’ blood drive & The Aviators: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

Preparations were underway this week for Willie Wonka Jr. at the Assembly Theatre.

Victory Day

Town Hall will be closed for Victory Day on Monday, August 14, and there will be no trash or recycling pickup. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

Blood drive

The Burrillville Police Department will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, August 15, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the community room of the station at 1477 Victory Highway. Donations can be made by appointment by visiting using sponsor code 5060, and walk-ins will be welcome if availability permits at the time of arrival.

Conversation on impaired driving

Burrillville High School’s Athletic Department will host “A Conversation about Impaired Driving, the Law, and a Call to Action” on Wednesday, August 16, in the high school auditorium, from 6 to 8 p.m. for athletes and family members. The community forum, sponsored by the Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation, is where victims, highway safety professionals, prevention specialists, prosecutors, members of law enforcement, and the public discuss ways to make the roadways in Rhode Island safer by eliminating impaired driving.

Moderators and speakers include: Cathy Andreozzi, founder of the Tori Lynn Andreozzi Foundation; Stephen Dambruch, chief of the Criminal Division for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General; Gabrielle Abbate, chief of the Office of Highway Safety for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation; Officer Alex Rosa of the Burrillville Police Department; Monica Blanchette, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the town of Burrillville; and Mark Dennison with the The Matthew Dennison Charitable Foundation.

“Our choices dictate the moments in our life.  They will be moments we long to relive or live to regret,” said Cathy Andreozzi.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for teens. Impairment, passengers, distractions from mobile phones and navigation systems, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt are among the major contributing factors to the number of teen injuries and fatalities on our nation’s roads each year.”  NHTSA reports that when it comes to crashes the consequences of alcohol and marijuana use by minors, the lack of seat belt use, and the increase of distracted driving is becoming a growing epidemic in the country.

Rhode Island’s percentage of crashes involving an impaired operator is much higher than the rest of the country and is unacceptable as impaired driving is very preventable.  These community conversations can help move the state towards its goal of zero deaths by bringing stakeholders together to voice their concerns about the unacceptable current state of affairs in RI.

For more details regarding “A Conversation about Impaired Driving, the Law, and a Call to Action,” contact Andreozzi at [email protected].


At Spring Lake Beach, Family Fun Friday will include games, entertainment and more with admission, with a dance demonstration scheduled as part of the lineup.

At the Assembly Theatre this week, Assembly ACT will perform Willie Wonka Jr. on Friday, August 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, August 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at or at the door.

The Burrillville Farmer’s Market will take place on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion, featuring locally grown foods, live music and artisans

And the final band in the Riverwalk Times concert series, The Aviators, will play at the pavilion starting at 6 p.m. Dinolicious food truck will be on site, with the free show to move inside Jesse Smith Library in the case of inclement weather.

Town meetings

The Burrillville Recreation Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Jesse Smith Memorial Library at 100 Tinkham Lane. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 141 Clear River Drive. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Conservation Commission will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. in the Binns Building at 111 Chapel St. The agenda is here.

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