Scam alert, vendors wanted & Get in Line: Five things to know in Burrillville this week

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The Harrisville Fire Department held Aquatic Rescue Training classes over the weekend. Credit: HFD

Guest speaker

The Burrillville Democratic Town Committee will feature guest speaker Mary Murray Walsh from the Young Democrats of Rhode Island at their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 28, to be held at Jesse Smith Memorial Library at 100 Tinkham Lane starting at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public and those in need of more information can email questions to [email protected].

Vendors & entertainers wanted

The Burrillville Farmer’s Market is now seeking vendors and entertainment for the upcoming season, with markets to be held on Saturdays from June 1 to September 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at pavilion in Harrisville on Tinkham Lane. The market is seeking farmers, cheese makers, fruit vendors, musicians/entertainers, food trucks, seafood vendors, local maple syrup, specialty food vendors and artisans.

Those interested are instructed to apply via the links below.

Market vendor application: https://forms.gle/hZC2R1XCw493TC7T9

Food truck application: https://forms.gle/qWQtegk1jZhmKum36

Musician application: https://forms.gle/ePMSMqWJMCSdsH5

Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Scam alert

If you receive a postcard in the mail from the VFW, Post 88 is advising you to disregard it. According to Adjudant Donna Hamelin, it has been verified that the National VFW contracted a company to do these mailings but may not have had consent from its members.  This could be misleading members with a partnership with a private company it is not advised to respond with personal information.

Here’s what the post card looks like, front and back. Hamelin said residents should throw it away.

“Mail scammers are everywhere and will try to get your attention in various ways,” noted Hamelin. “Regardless of their message and how it is received, the goal is to get you to provide your personal information or to send money.” 

Common signs of a scam: 

*  A claim that you have been specifically selected 
*  A request to confirm your personal or financial information 
*  A request for payment by means other than credit card, including cash, gift card, wire transfer or private courier 
*  Use of suspicious official looking documents or fake government seals 
*  Request for your credit card or payment for shipping and handling 
*  Use of threats if you do not comply, to include arrest threats 

The post is warning residents to always be on the lookout for suspicious mailings, texts, or emails and to verify with the source before responding to anything that you don’t feel is legit and would compromise your personal or financial information. 

Protect your cell phone by setting software to update automatically. Protect your computer with security software, and back up data frequently. Protect your accounts by using multi-factor authentication or change passwords frequently. 

Get in Line

Line dancing at Toti’s Tavern at 8 Callahan School St. continues this week with a visit from Get In Line on Friday, March 1. The events take place the first Friday of every month with a $10 admission.

Watch for more great local events and entertainment later this week on NRI NOW in our newly returned weekly feature, “The Weekend.”

Town meetings

The Burrillville Board of Canvassers will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Town Building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Redevelopment Agency will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27 starting at 7 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 7:15 p.m., in the community room of Jesse Smith Library at 100 Tinkham Lane. The agendas are here and here.

The Burrillville Town Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 28 starting at 7 p.m. at the Town Building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

The Burrillville Budget Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 29 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Building at 105 Harrisville Main St. The agenda is here.

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