Police open house, blood drive & plant sale: Five things to know in Glocester this week

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The town swore in the newest member of the Glocester Police Department last week, Officer Bryan McConnell.

New officer

The Glocester Police Department held a swearing in ceremony last week to welcome a new member, Officer Bryan McConnell. McConnell successfully graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy after completing an intensive 22-week training program, according to a post on the new hire from the GPD.

“His dedication and commitment to excellence have prepared him for the challenges of law enforcement,” the department noted.

McConnell now embarks on the next phase of his training, where he will be paired with a field training officer. Over the next 14 weeks, he will gain practical experience, refine his skills, and learn the intricacies of community policing, according to the department.

Open house

Speaking of the GPD, the department is inviting residents to a tour of their headquarters at 162 Chopmist Hill Road on Wednesday, May 29 starting at 6 p.m. The event will provide residents the opportunity to ask questions, and aims to showcase the importance of the facility and the need for a remodel and addition to the building.

“This tour provides an excellent opportunity for community members to gain insight into our operations, learn about our commitment to safety, and engage with our officers,” Chief Joseph Delprete said in a notice on the event.

Blood Drive

Hill’s Tavern at 417 Putnam Pike will have the Rhode Island Blood Center bloodmobile on site on Friday, May 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. To make an appointment to donate, sign up at ribc.org/drives using sponsor code 3990.

Plant sale

A plant sale to benefit both the Glocester Manton Free Public Library and The Village Common of RI will be held on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to noon at 404 Saw Mill Road in Harmony. Shop and assortment of plants including annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs.

Plant donations for the fundraiser will be accepted this week at Glocester Manton Library at 1137 Putnam Pike in Chepachet or by dropping off at 404 Saw Mill Road.

Town meetings

The West Glocester Fire District will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. at 2410 Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

The Glocester Parade Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall at 1145 Putnam Pike. The agenda is here.

The Harmony Fire District will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, June 1 starting at 10 a.m. at 194 Putnam Pike, with an agenda to include election of officers and passing of the budget. The agenda is here.

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