The Observer, Smithfield & West

George Washington proposal calls for 320 apartment units on Route 116

SMITHFIELD - A mixed use development that would include 320 apartment units, as well as commercial and office space, is being proposed at 550 George Washington Highway in Smithfield, on the Lincoln... more

Ponaganset High School wins Green Ribbon School award

GLOCESTER – Ponaganset High School is one of two Rhode Island schools to win a 2015 Green Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education. This year, 58 schools and 14 districts have been... more

Bryant student arrested for possession, transfer of child pornography

SMITHFIELD – Yuk Fai Michael Young, a 21-year-old Bryant University student, was arrested Wednesday for possession and transfer of child pornography. An initial investigation of an individual... more

Students offer reflections, words of wisdom at annual speech competition

SMITHFIELD - Fear, anxiety, and stress were common themes at Smithfield High School's 28th annual Benoit-Salisbury Oratorical Contest held last Friday, as 10 graduating seniors addressed 800 people... more

Different definitions of teacher absenteeism leads to concerns over new report

SMITHFIELD - Teacher absenteeism appears high at five of six Smithfield schools, according to a report released in March, but school officials are worried that the information is misleading because... more

New town ordinance will give tax breaks for installing renewable energy systems

SMITHFIELD - Businesses and homeowners can now expect a tax break in Smithfield if they decide to install renewable energy systems, such as solar panels, thanks to an amendment to the town's code of... more

Scituate resident suffering with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome spreads awareness

SCITUATE - Most of 65-year-old Ellen Lenox Smith's day is spent managing a painful connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which causes her joints to slip and her bones to dislocate... more

Kids can learn rhythm and moves at new library dance program

SMITHFIELD - Smithfield elementary students will have the chance to learn some dance moves along with their peers at a new program offered at the Greenville Public Library. Taught by Smithfield... more

Scituate High student wins Congressional Art Competition

SCITUATE - Erin Turnbull, a 14-year-old freshman at Scituate High School, will have a piece of her artwork hanging in U.S. Capitol building for one year, and she's won a free trip to Washington D.C.... more

SHS teachers Calise and Dempsey to receive Mary L. Borra Excellence in Teaching Award

SMITHFIELD - Two Smithfield High School teachers will be awarded the Mary L. Borra Excellence in Teaching Award on Friday, May 8, according to a press release from The Rhode Island Foreign Language... more

Conservation Commission seeks member

SCITUATE - The Scituate Town Council is seeking a member for the town's Conservation Commission. The member's purpose would be to promote and develop natural resources, protect watershed resources... more

Member sought for Pawtuxet River Authority and Watershed Council boards

SCITUATE - The Scituate Town Council is seeking a member for the board of directors of the Pawtuxet River Authority and Watershed Council. Those applying must be a resident and elector of the town of... more

St. Thomas Church to host May Breakfast

SMITHFIELD - St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1 Smith Ave., will host its May Breakfast on Saturday, May 2, from 7 to 10 a.m. The breakfast is all-you-can-eat. The menu includes eggs, bacon, sausage,... more

Annual tree day in Smithfield May 2

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield Conservation Commission will hold its annual tree day on Saturday, May 2, at the McCabe School on Pleasant Ave. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until either the... more

Discount museum passes offered

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library has discount passes for the Boston Children's Museum, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, RISD Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mystic... more

Art class offered at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD - Artist and teacher Adele Karbowski will teach an art class at Greenville Public Library today, Thursday, April 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. This program is for children ages 6-10. Register at... more

Harmony Library features Italian genealogy program April 27

GLOCESTER - Harmony Library will offer a genealogy workshop, Print Resources for Italian American Genealogy, on Monday, April 27, in the library's Community Room at 6 p.m. Arthur Santoro, who has... more

Book Spine Poetry offered Monday

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Book Spine Poetry on Monday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in honor of National Poetry Month. Book Spine Poetry is the art of... more

Knit every Tuesday at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD - The Knitting Mavens meet at Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. New members are welcome. Call the library at 401-949-3630 for more information.

Hands That Heal to host 'giant' yard sale this weekend

SCITUATE - Hands That Heal R.I. will host its annual Giant Spring Yard Sale at 10 Apple Hill Drive on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Money raised will help the organization... more

Library archive open house April 28

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library will host Preserving the Past - Library Archive Open House on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. The focus will be clubs of Scituate. The library archive holds... more

Debt management workshop offered Saturday

SCITUATE - As part of Money Smart Week, a statewide initiative to provide Rhode Islanders with free financial resources, the North Scituate Public Library will offer a program called Keeping Debt... more

Audubon Raptor Encounter is today

FOSTER - Tyler Free Library will host an Audubon Raptor Encounter today, Thursday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Grange next to the library. Meet and learn about the owls, falcons and hawks... more

Register now for Boy Scout Troop 1

SMITHFIELD - Boy Scout Troop 1 Greenville's spring registration is now open. Boy Scouting is for boys ages 11-17 and provides a program that focuses on character building, leadership, citizenship,... more

Minecraft Club at Foster Public Library

FOSTER - The Minecraft Club will meet at Foster Public Library on Thursday, April 30. Teens - 2:45-3:45 p.m.; elementary - 3:45-5:30 p.m. Snack provided. #5 Bus drop off possible. Call the library... more

Growing Cut Flowers workshop Saturday

GLOCESTER - Glocester Manton Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, will host a Growing Cut Flowers workshop on Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m. Plant selection, growing, harvesting, and post-harvest care will be... more