The Observer, Smithfield & West

Dry conditions create 'dangerous fire season'

SMITHFIELD - Brush fires in northern Rhode Island this spring have burned a little deeper and destroyed more acreage thanks to unusually dry conditions. "This is a very dangerous fire season," Todd... more

Smithfield woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $274,000 from employer

SMITHFIELD – Christi Romano, alias Christi Machala, 35, of Smithfield, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to stealing more than $274,000 from Chrisha Creations, a toy manufacturer and... more

Scituate honors 'sacred day'

Memorial Day marked with parade, ceremony
SCITUATE - Dozens gathered in North Scituate village Monday morning to watch the annual Memorial Day parade, as veterans marched, the Scituate High School marching band played, and a line of fire... more

Work on school buildings likely to be split up over next two summers

SMITHFIELD - School Committee members at their May 18 meeting approved to go out to bid for projects related to the $5.9 million school facilities bond, as well as other items in compliance with the... more

Scituate Rotary Club is raising funds to help schoolchildren impacted by Nepal earthquake

SCITUATE - Roughly 200 students at the Lalit Bikash school in Patan, Nepal have lost school supplies and uniforms following the devastating earthquake last month that killed and injured thousands and... more

Caterpillar population at its peak in the Blackstone Valley

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An "astonishing" number of caterpillars have been devouring trees and plants across the state over the past month and are now reaching the end of their feeding cycle. The pests are now at their... more

Marcello schedules June 1 constituent forum in Scituate

SCITUATE - Rep. Michael Marcello, a Democrat representing Scituate and Cranston, has scheduled a constituent forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, in the Stone Conference Room at the Rhode Island... more

Local students earn degrees from Bryant

SMITHFIELD - The following local students were awarded bachelor's degrees from Bryant University on May 16. From Foster: Philip Sparks, business administration in computer information systems. From... more

John King promoted at Middlesex Bank

SMITHFIELD - John King, of Smithfield, community banking officer, has been promoted to assistant vice president at Middlesex Savings Bank in Massachusetts. King holds a bachelor of arts degree in... more

CCRI announces local graduates

LINCOLN - The following students were among the graduates of Community College of Rhode Island on May 15. From Foster: Shannon L. Audet* Alicia Borino James B. Boynton* Carleen Christopher* Eric K.... more

Lions' annual Scholarship Breakfast June 7

SCITUATE - The Scituate Lions Club will host its 21st annual Scholarship Breakfast at Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road, on Sunday, June 7, at 8 a.m. Funds will benefit Scituate scholarships.... more

Scituate Town Council seeks tree warden

SCITUATE - The Scituate Town Council is seeking a tree warden, to be appointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2015. The tree warden will engage in the practice of all phases of tree care, including... more

Peonies for Paws fundraiser returns

SCITUATE - The 4th annual Peonies for Paws fundraiser is being held now, with orders for peonies being taken through early July. Proceeds from the sale will be split between the Scituate Animal... more

Birthday Club

June 3 Marcia Green, Happy Birthday from your friends at The Valley Breeze! June 14 Happy Birthday Brad Poirier! From your friends at The Valley Breeze. June 15 Brehn Joseph Wood, Happy 1st Birthday... more

State Grange Church Service to be held in Chepachet June 7

GLOCESTER - The Rhode Island State Grange will host its annual Church Service on Sunday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at Chepachet Baptist Church, 1213 Putnam Pike. State Grange officers are asked to wear... more

St. Joseph Church to host Strawberry Festival Dinner

SCITUATE - St. Joseph Church, 144 Danielson Pike, will host its Strawberry Festival with a ham and barbecued chicken dinner on Saturday, June 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church hall. Strawberry... more

Harmony Library offers iPad opportunities, lessons for all ages

GLOCESTER - Harmony Library now offers iPad opportunities for all ages. Children can use a new Apple iPad 2 with Retina display in the Children's area. For adults, group lessons in iPad Basics will... more

Trinity Church yard sale set for June 6

SCITUATE - Trinity Episcopal Church, 251 Danielson Pike, will host its Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Genealogy club meets at Tyler Free Library

FOSTER - The Genealogy Club will meet at Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, on Friday, May 29, at 3:30 p.m. Call the library at 401-397-7930.

Tap dancing classes offered at Glocester Senior Center

GLOCESTER - The Glocester Senior Center, 1210 Putnam Pike, will offer beginner tap dancing classes, beginning June 1, on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Free with membership. Call Marilyn at 401-349-4638 for... more

Foster Public Library offers teen movies, art challenge

FOSTER - Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, will offer movies for teens on Fridays, May 29, and June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Snacks and Wi-Fi will be available. The library will also offer a... more

Saturday car wash at Applebee's to benefit Jimmy Fund

SMITHFIELD - Employees of the Smithfield Applebee's location, at 446 Putnam Pike, will hold a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of any amount will be accepted... more

Master Gardeners' Open House and Garden Day is Saturday

GLOCESTER - University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will host an Open House and Garden Day at the Reuben Mason House, 1111 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. In... more

Book sale at East Smithfield Library begins June 5

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its book sale June 5-8. The Friends of the Library members-only preview will be held on Friday, June 5, from 5 to 6 p.m., and the... more

Harmony Library sponsors daily fundraising raffle

GLOCESTER - Raffle tickets are now available at the Harmony Library for a daily fundraising drive that begins June 1. Participants can purchase one ticket for $10 or three tickets for $25 and will... more