The Observer, Smithfield & West

Two key bridge projects completed in Smithfield

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SMITHFIELD – A pair of newly completed bridges represent more than just ways to get from here to there, say town officials. The new Stillwater Road pedestrian bridge in Georgiaville and Mountaindale... more

Buy local using Valley Breeze Gift Guide

Do you want to do more to support local businesses this Christmas season, but don't know where to start? How about taking a look through The Valley Breeze's Holiday Gift Guide 2017 to find some great... more

Engineering students create prosthetic arm for 9-year-old

SCITUATE – Scituate High School Academy of Engineering students are almost ready to deliver a holiday gift: a prosthetic arm for a 9-year-old boy. Ollie Mancini, the son of Scituate 8th-grade math... more

Time to chime: Old Congregational Church bell tower back in business

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SCITUATE – For the first time in more than a decade, Scituate residents will hear the melodious chime of bells coming from the Old Congregational Church on Greenville Road. “It’s an example of, with... more

Scituate welcomes new town nurse

SCITUATE – As winter snow paid its first visit last Saturday, the town of Scituate welcomed a first for the community as well. At the Scituate Village Plaza, the Scituate Health Alliance and WellOne... more

Going for the green – Smithfield competes in 2017 Rhode Island Energy Challenge

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield is in the running to win a $10,000 energy efficiency grant through its participation in the 2017 Rhode Island Energy Challenge. National Grid has teamed up with the nonprofit... more

Young author self-publishes novel

SCITUATE – Scituate High School junior Lindsey Catanzaro has become a published author at the age of 16. Her historical-romance novel “Finding Harmony” is set in Post-WWII England and follows German... more

Rhode Island journalist releases first book

SMITHFIELD – Former “Your Smithfield Magazine” columnist Ron Scopelliti has released his first book, “Notes from the Underdog: The Best of A Nerd’s Eye View,” a compilation of his columns published... more

Uchmanowicz honored for her community work as audiologist

SMITHFIELD – Mary Kay Uchmanowicz, licensed owner and board-certified audiologist at Twin Rivers Hearing Health Inc. in Smithfield, was honored last month by the Rhode Island Minority Elder Task... more

Galitskie appointed regional sales manager at BankNewport

NEWPORT – BankNewport President and CEO Sandra J. Pattie has announced the appointment of Ryan Galitskie, of Scituate, to vice president, regional sales manager. Galitskie joined BankNewport in 2015... more

Lange promoted at Sansiveri, Kimball & Co.

PROVIDENCE – The accounting firm of Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, LLP has announced the promotion of Cody Lange, of Smithfield, to senior tax specialist. Lange joined Sansiveri in January 2014 as a... more

Marchetti promoted at BankNewport

NEWPORT – BankNewport President and CEO Sandra J. Pattie has announced the appointment of Paul A. Marchetti, of Smithfield, to senior vice president, chief credit officer and chief risk officer.... more

Bardsley completes basic training

SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Christiana Bardsley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an... more

Social media campaign raises $10,000 for Special Olympics RI

SMITHFIELD – Voya Financial, Inc. is donating $10,000 to Special Olympics Rhode Island, as a result of the success of its “Invest in Something Special” social media campaign. This weeklong social... more

Local professor chosen for fellowship in Israel

PROVIDENCE – Mary O’Keeffe, of Chepachet, associate professor of psychology at Providence College, is one of 23 professors from colleges and universities across the U.S. chosen for the inaugural... more

Local real estate agent named top New England seller

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield-based real estate agent Jarrod C. Lewis, owner of J. Christopher Real Estate Group, has been named one of the top five Keller Williams Realty agents in all of New England. J.... more

Friends of Scituate Animal Shelter receives grant

SCITUATE – The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that Friends of the Scituate Animal Shelter is among the organizations that will share more than $470,000 in grants for animal welfare programs. “... more

Champlin grant funds media center makeover

SCITUATE – Scituate High School’s library media center will see a transformation, thanks to a nearly $99,260 grant from The Champlin Foundation. The grant will fund the redesign of the library media... more

Evergreen swag craft tonight at N. Scituate Library

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a craft night to make an evergreen swag tonight, Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. Supplies are limited. Register by calling... more

Holiday skating exhibition Friday in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Figure Skating Club will host its “Holiday on Ice” skating exhibition on Friday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m., at the Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink, 101 Pleasant View Ave.... more

Scituate Youth Drama presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

SCITUATE – Scituate Youth Drama is debuting its production of “The Wizard of Oz” at Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road, on Friday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m.... more

Laurel Grange hosts Saturday Christmas Bazaar

SCITUATE – The Laurel Grange, 351 Snake Hill Road, will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event will offer handmade crafts, vendors, a raffle,... more

High-low-jack Saturday at Chepachet Grange

GLOCESTER – The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, will host a high-low-jack card game on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. There will be a penny social, prizes and refreshments. All are welcome.... more

Visit Santa at the Rhode Island State Police Museum

SCITUATE – Families are invited to the Rhode Island State Police Museum Foundation’s annual Santa at the Museum event this Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa Claus will be available for... more

Holiday Cookie Sale at St. Thomas Church

SMITHFIELD – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1 Smith Ave., will host its annual Holiday Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sold by the plate or by the pound, many different varieties... more

Santa’s Chimney Bazaar Sunday

SMITHFIELD – Santa’s Chimney Christmas Bazaar will be held this Sunday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village at Waterman Lake, in the Chalet function room, 715 Putnam Pike, Greenville. This... more

Cookie swap at Glocester Manton Library Dec. 18

GLOCESTER – Glocester Manton Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, will host a children’s Christmas cookie swap on Monday, Dec. 18, at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades K-5 are invited to bring two dozen Christmas/... more

Library seeks volunteer to run book club

SMITHFIELD – The Greenville Public Library is seeking a volunteer to facilitate its Cesareo’s Circle Book Club. Responsibilities include book selection and generating questions for/moderating the... more

Christmas services

To be included in this listing of Christmas church services that are open to the public, email the information to or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Unit... more

Vote on Police Station referendum Jan. 23

SCITUATE – Voters will be asked to approve a proposed $1.7 million bond to fund a 7,500-square-foot police station next to the Scituate Senior Center on Chopmist Hill Road during a referendum on Jan... more