Break-in warning, student art in the Archives: Five things to know in Glocester this week

A piece by PHS student Carissa Sharp, dubbed Burning of the Gaspee, has been submitted for possible inclusion in the state archives.

Art in the Archives

Seven Ponaganset High School students recently completed a pilot project with the Rhode Island State Archives, which aims to blend civic education and the arts, submitting art pieces for potential display next year as part of the annual exhibitions program.

Students learned how to access state archives and independently decided on a focus of study and visual representation. Five of the students selected a variety of two dimensional mediums and two incorporated or exclusively used clay. The Ponaganset student art, inspired by the historic records preserved at the State Archives, will now be sent to the state house for possible inclusion in the exhibition.

The student pieces include: Yvonne Butler – Women’s Suffrage Movement in RI; Lily Cole – Fire Department – Historical Research Visualization; Sidney Howard – Civil Rights – Black History in RI; Holden Jennings – Then and Now; Sophie Lytle – Providence Cathedral; Aliyah Rainey – Honoring the RI Flag; and Carissa Sharp – Burning of the Gaspee.

New permit process

Effective January 2, the town of Glocester is now on the State E-portal and going forward, permit applications will only be accepted online through OpenGov by visiting

Those who need assistance with the town’s new permit process can contact the Building and Zoning clerk Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (401) 568-6206, Ext. 1.

GPD warns of break-ins

The Glocester Police Department is reminding residents to stay alert following recent incidents of local break-ins and motor vehicle thefts.

The department shared the following list of tips and reminders:

  • Lock your doors: Always remember to lock your doors, even if you are just stepping out for a few minutes. This simple step is your first line of defense against potential burglars.
  • Secure your valuables: Keep your valuable items, such as laptops, jewelry, and cash, out of sight from windows and secure in a safe place. Remember, prevention is key.
  • Take your keys in: Never leave your keys in your vehicle, even if you’re just running back inside your home or stepping into a store briefly. It only takes a moment for a thief to seize the opportunity.
  • Be vigilant: Look out for any suspicious activities or unknown individuals in our neighborhood. Report anything unusual to the local authorities promptly.

“By taking these simple steps, we can reduce the risk of break-ins and motor vehicle thefts significantly,” noted police.

Meeting calendar

The town of Glocester has released a calendar of board and commission meetings for 2024, including exceptions and changes to the regular schedule expected over the next 12 months. The full calendar can be found here.

Town meetings

The Glocester Town Council will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall at 1145 Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

The West Glocester Fire District will hold a special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 6 starting at 10 a.m. at the station on Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

The Economic Development Commission meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3 has been cancelled.

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