The Observer, Smithfield & West

Scituate Art Festival: A way of life for 50 years

SCITUATE – After 50 years, it’s evolved to more than just an art festival – it’s become history. When Columbus Day weekend finally arrives in a couple of weeks, thousands will descend upon historic... more

Department of Health warns of possible salmonella in shrimp

The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Censea Inc. is recalling its A-PAC 8/12 count Headless Shell on Black Tiger Shrimp because of the potential for salmonella... more

Telephone scam demands payment in lieu of arrest

State Police are advising citizens to be aware of a telephone scam threatening arrest if a financial payment is not made. A male caller identifies himself as either Lt. Frank Rodgers, Lt. Frank... more

Fall construction will begin paving the way for a new Capron Road Bridge next year

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SMITHFIELD - It’s around 5 p.m. and cars heading home whiz by the unassuming Capron Road Bridge. The bridge is so low-key that if you blink, you’ll miss it. But what most drivers don’t see are the... more

Smithfield Elks Lodge celebrating 50th anniversary

SMITHFIELD – Sitting by the large windows of the Elks Lodge lounge on Farnum Pike, John Cunningham goes over old photos and faded-yellow newspaper clippings. Cunningham stops and pulls out a large... more

Glocester Police Department receives RIPAC accreditation

GLOCESTER – It’s been three years in the making, as the Glocester Police Department was awarded Rhode Island State Accreditation by the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission (RIPAC) earlier... more

Smithfield High School Music Booster Club soliciting funds for auditorium upgrades

SMITHFIELD - After years of posing obstacles that include a sound system that cuts out at random, lights that overheat, and the need to remove seats just to change a simple light bulb, the Smithfield... more

Smithfield Dog Park Committee plans 2nd annual Dog Walk and Festival

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Dog Park Committee will be holding their second annual Dog Walk and Festival on Saturday, October 15, at Smithfield High School. Dog lovers are invited to bring their pups... more

Winfield sponsors new law for in-law apartments for seniors

SMITHFIELD – A new law making it easier for seniors to maintain their independence was sponsored by Rep. Thomas Winfield - which expands the state law’s permitting “in-law” apartments to cover any... more

Amoriggi of Smithfield appointed new senior vice president of Webster Bank

SMITHFIELD – Louis Amoriggi, a resident of Smithfield, has joined Webster Bank as senior vice president of commercial banking. Working from Webster’s Providence office, Amoriggi is responsible for... more

Local residents graduate from Goldman Sachs ‘10,000 Small Businesses’ program

SMITHFIELD – Nancy Mendizabal, of Glocester, and Christine Cunneen, of Greenville, graduated from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, an entrepreneurship training program held at Babson College.... more

Breeze offers free digital marketing seminar

CUMBERLAND – The Valley Breeze is hosting a free digital marketing seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 18, for business owners and managers looking to better understand today’s digital world. Brad Poirier,... more

Fall Harvest Craft Show, Vendor Fair coming Oct. 1

SMITHFIELD – The Fall Harvest Craft Show and Vendor Fair will descend upon Smithfield on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Seven Cedars Farm on Route 116, George Washington Highway, in... more

College news

Shelby Santucci has been named to the presidents list at Southern New Hampshire University for the spring semester. Sydney Santucci has been named to the deans list at Lasell College for the spring... more

Learn about lavender with the Apple Valley Garden Club

SMITHFIELD – The Apple Valley Garden Club of Smithfield will host an evening with Nancy Engel, The Lavender Lady, at Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 54 Cedar Swamp Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 11... more

Providence Water announces controlled white-tailed deer hunting schedule

SCITUATE – Providence will be continuing its controlled white-tailed deer hunting program during the 2016-2017 deer hunting season. Providence Water’s deer hunting program has been established with... more

Holy door pilgrimage for people with disabilities planned for Wednesday

PROVIDENCE – Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence invites all people with disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers to join him for a procession through... more

TGIF for Teens at Foster Public Library

FOSTER – Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, hosts TGIF for Teens, special young adult-only hours every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The program offers free movies, pizza, and technology... more

Steak fry Oct. 2 at Vasa Park

FOSTER – Rhode Island District #3 Vasa Order of America will celebrate its 51-year ownership of Little Rhody Vasa Park, 10 Boswell Trail, with a steak fry on on Sunday, Oct. 2. Cocktails will be... more

Learn about saving for college Sept. 29

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host College: Getting There from Here, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. This program will be presented by Jan Hilfer, of Edward Jones... more