The Observer, Smithfield & West

New Town Council shakes up Scituate’s status quo

Many openings for salaried jobs, committee volunteers
SCITUATE – Town Council members meeting last week acted swiftly and without much discussion to seek replacements for three town department directors along with the probate judge and town solicitor.... more

Raimondo proposes two years of free college for every Rhode Islander

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo today announced a "historic proposal" to knock down the financial barriers to obtaining a college degree by providing two years of free college to all Rhode Islanders... more

Foster man dies in Maine snowmobiling accident

A Foster man was killed over the weekend in Maine’s third snowmobiling fatality of this season, according to officials. Edmond Imondi, 53, was riding with two friends in T1 R9 WELS snowmobiles on a... more

Former State Rep. Palumbo arrested

State Police have announced the arrest of Peter Palumbo, age 54, a former member of the House of Representatives representing District 16 in Cranston, for embezzling money from his campaign finance... more

Town leaders looking at $4.5 million school bond

SCITUATE – It’s still preliminary but town leaders are moving forward with plans for a $4.53 million investment in upgrades to schools that focus on top-priority health and safety issues, along with... more

R.I. Foundation awards nearly $190K to teachers

Smithfield one of few districts to receive multiple grants
SMITHFIELD – Despite competition, Smithfield was one of just a few districts in the state to receive multiple “spark grants” from the Rhode Island Foundation, totaling $6,100, for two of the town’s... more

‘Stomach bug’ spreads across Rhode Island

Woonsocket's Globe Park Elementary School reopens after closure to contain suspected norovirus outbreak
WOONSOCKET – Minor outbreaks happen every year, but this winter, stomach bugs believed to be caused by norovirus appear to be on the rise in Rhode Island, shutting down several elementary schools in... more

Scituate Middle School hosts Career Awareness Program Friday

SCITUATE – Scituate Middle School will host its cluster-based Career Awareness Program for all 8th-graders on Friday, Jan. 20, from 8 to 10 a.m., coordinated by Linda Silva, school-based coordinator... more

See Austin T. Levy documentary Saturday

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will present a screening of a new documentary on the life of industrialist Austin T. Levy, on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. Levy was the owner... more

Town of Scituate launches new website

SCITUATE – The town of Scituate has announced the launch of its new website. Visit .

Scituate seeks town planner

SCITUATE – The town of Scituate is seeking a town planner/administrative officer. Visit the town website at to view the the job description and necessary qualifications.... more

Women’s Wilderness Weekend in Scituate

SCITUATE – A “Women’s Wilderness Weekend” will be held at Camp Aldersgate, in North Scituate, Jan. 20-22. Women’s Wilderness Weekend is a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing women an... more

Local author Austin to visit Greenville Library Saturday

SMITHFIELD – Author Jill Austin will visit Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Austin will do a reading and signing of her book, “Where did all... more

Tri-Town Relay for Life kick-off event is Feb. 9

LINCOLN – The Northeast Tri-Town Relay for Life group, composed of Cumberland, Lincoln and Smithfield organizations, will host a kick-off event on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kirkbrae... more

Kindergarten Countdown story time Jan. 25

SMITHFIELD – Children entering kindergarten this fall are invited to a special series of story times at Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike. The group will count down to kindergarten with... more

R.I. Farm Energy Program workshop is Feb. 1

SCITUATE – A Farm Energy Program workshop will be held at North Scituate Library, 606 West Greenville Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Learn about available funding opportunities and... more

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Hope Library

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will offer a Chinese New Year celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The library will celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Space is limited.... more

Movie at Hope Library

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will show a family movie on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call the library at 401-821-7910 to find out the movie title or to reserve seats.

Hope Library offers story times

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, offers story times for children ages birth to 5 years. Registration is now open for all story time programs. • Book Babies: A 20-minute program of movement... more

Reboot U series continues at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, is continuing its Reboot U series this month with a Movie Night on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. All ages are invited to view a... more

Lego Time Jan. 21 at Hope Library

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will offer Lego Time on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. Families with children ages 4 and older are invited to build Lego creations. Legos will be... more