The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield voters sorting through negative ads

SMITHFIELD – In one of the most contentious campaign seasons in recent memory, Smithfield voters are seeing this year’s Town Council race dominated by negative political advertising while current... more

Chicken pulled for rubber particles

Following a recall by Crider, Inc., the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has removed Wild Planet Organic Roasted Chicken Breast & Sea Salt from shelves due to the possible presence of food... more

Scituate’s Lawton Farm Recreation Area a challenge for land trust stewards

SCITUATE – Walking along a path on a blustery Friday morning, Scituate Land Trust member Rob Bower points to damage on a sign indicating the Lawton Farm Recreation Area entrance. “Looks like a... more

Smithfield Heritage Hall of Fame to hold its 9th annual induction Oct. 27

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Heritage Hall of Fame will hold its 2016 induction ceremony at the Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, in Greenville on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.... more

Must all roads lead to urbanization?

SMITHFIELD – Richard Poirier, Republican candidate for Smithfield Town Council, has listed three development trends affecting Smithfield’s future. “The first is takeover of local control by the... more

Orabona proposes board and commission term limits

SMITHFIELD – As a lifelong resident of Smithfield and a graduate of the Smithfield school system, Town Council Democratic candidate Ken Orabona thinks it is essential residents work together in order... more

Hawkins supports forming Smithfield Youth Commission

SMITHFIELD – As a lifelong resident of the Town of Smithfield, Town Council President and Democrat Bernie Hawkins says he has always been committed to supporting programs that help the children of... more

Hawkins outlines accomplishments as Town Council president

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Town Council President and Democrat Bernie Hawkins says it has been an extreme honor to serve as Council President during the last two years. “I have worked extremely hard in... more

DeAngelis emphasizes advocating on Smithfield residents’ behalf

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Town Council Democratic candidate Matthew DeAngelis has been campaigning throughout the town, and says it has been extremely rewarding to meet many of Smithfield’s residents... more

Cavanagh outlines SAPC mission

SMITHFIELD - As a member of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Smithfield Town Council incumbent Republican Maxine Cavanagh outlines the mission of the organization in a press release. “The... more

Alba shares vision for Smithfield’s future

SMITHFIELD - Smithfield Town Council Vice-President Suzy Alba, since first running for public office in 2012, says she focused on building community, advocating for more open and honest government... more

Hirst-Hodgins says School Committee should have a vision of high expectations

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield School Committee Democratic candidate Cheryl Hirst-Hodgins says the Smithfield School Committee should have a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality... more

Clough seeks expansion of foreign language offerings

SMITHFILED – Smithfield School Committee Chair Sean Clough, who is running for re-election, seeks an increase of vigorous coursework offerings at Gallagher Middle School, and expansion of foreign... more

Amaral calls for improved sports programs, funds for Police Dept.

SCITUATE – Scott Amaral, a career law enforcement officer with 22 years experience that includes work with the U.S. Marshal’s Office, is a Scituate Town Council candidate who describes himself as “a... more

Mahoney would stop ‘no-bid contracts’ in Scituate

SCITUATE – John Mahoney, independent candidate for Scituate Town Council, said this week the most important issue facing voters is stabilizing the property tax and “a change in the reckless spending... more

Grigelevich calls for town village revitalization

SCITUATE – Town Council candidate Janine Grigelevich, a democrat, is calling for greater emphasis and attention to Scituate’s villages as a source of economic activity. “Our villages were once the... more

Esposito pledges to keep students in district

SCITUATE - Scituate School Committee member and Democrat Jean Esposito promises to focus attention on the large number of students who are leaving the district for unique course offerings and... more

Quattrocchi condemns RhodeWorks tolling plan

SCITUATE - Bob Quattrocchi, Republican candidate for state representative in District 41- Scituate/Cranston, is speaking out as an opponent to harshly criticize the Gov. Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks... more

Marcello proposes focus on property tax relief

SCITUATE – State Representative Michael J. Marcello (D-41 Scituate/Cranston) has indicated the next General Assembly must focus on measures designed to give residents and taxpayers relief in their... more

Morisseau pledges to work across party lines

SCITUATE – State District 21 Democratic candidate Margaux Morisseau says she has seen government policies affect all kinds of people, and is willing to work across party lines to improve the... more

Dias pledges greater financial transparency

SCITUATE – Scituate School Committee candidate Carolyn Dias pledges for greater transparency in the school districts’ finances. “As the former chief operating officer at the R.I. Department of... more

Rider cites most serious challenges facing Foster this election year

FOSTER – Serving on the Foster Town Council for six years and the Tax Board of Review for four, Foster Town Council member Democrat Lynne Rider says the lack of continuity and stability are two of... more

Foster Town Council President discusses financial issues

FOSTER – Paying attention to financial issues is important in every community, and over the past four years, Foster Town Council President John Lewis says he has done just that. “We have enacted an... more

Cheryl Hawes wants to continue work of her late father

FOSTER – Foster Town Council member Democrat Cheryl Hawes said she believes that when it comes to national elections running rampant in the news, the last thing people want to do is read more... more

Reminder: No attacks in Nov. 2-3 editions

Keeping with its longstanding policy, The Valley Breeze will not print any last-minute attacks against political candidates, in either advertisements or letters, in the Nov. 2-3 editions. Those ads... more

Fall fairs and holiday bazaars

If your nonprofit organization is planning a fall fair or holiday bazaar, submit the information for inclusion in this listing, to or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone... more