The Observer, Smithfield & West

Mother dies after carbon monoxide poisoning

SMITHFIELD – A mother of three was pronounced dead on Sunday at Fatima Hospital as a result of complications from carbon monoxide poisoning, a detective with the Smithfield Police Department... more

Mahoney predicts continued strife among councilors

Says 'massive divide' will go for next two years
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SCITUATE – Morning Town Council meetings will be continuing over the objections of three council members, said President John Mahoney who is describing their objections as a signal of a “massive... more

Fire Marshal tips about carbon monoxide

SMITHFIELD – The Fire Marshals office is providing tips on how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, in the wake of an incident of carbon monoxide poisoning that affected a Smithfield family on... more

Man charged in fatal Foster crash

Man charged in fatal Foster crash A Connecticut man has been charged with driving under the influence, death resulting, in connection with a fatal three-car crash on Hartford Pike in Foster on Jan.... more

Chief Randall says farewell to department and town

Sgt. Donald Delaere expected to succeed him
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SCITUATE – When he was a kid, Col. David M. Randall didn’t anticipate serving at the helm of his childhood town’s police department as chief. He had no way of knowing he would steadily move up the... more

‘Our Town’ PBS special will focus on Smithfield

Documentary will share town stories, local landmarks
SMITHFIELD – Lights, camera, action – the town of Smithfield better get ready for its close up. “We are proud to announce that by popular decision, Smithfield and Bristol are the next locations for... more

Smithfield Town Council gets down to business

Council passes motions affecting town commissions, businesses, and infrastructure
SMITHFIELD – Improvements to both the Route 44 entrance ramp to The Crossing at Smithfield and Mountaindale Road Bridge are moving forward, Town Engineer Kevin Cleary told the Smithfield Town Council... more

Capron Road Bridge closing this month

SMITHFIELD – Capron Road Bridge is scheduled to close on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and likely won’t reopen until this fall, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation announced last week. A complete... more

Smithfield nurse receives award for excellence

SMITHFIELD – Women & Infants Hospital has awarded its Richard P. Welch Awards for Continued Excellence in Patient and Family Centered Care in both clinical and non-clinical categories. Susan Fair... more

Scituate teen announced as Voice of Democracy winner

Marsocci will represent Rhode Island in Washington, D.C.
SCITUATE – Scituate is sending one of its own to Washington, D.C., to represent the state of Rhode Island in a national essay competition. Steven James Marsocci was named as a finalist in The... more

Navigant names Azar senior vice president

SMITHFIELD – Navigant Credit Union has named Brian A. Azar as the credit union’s new senior vice president / chief lending officer. Announced in a press release, Azar joins Navigant with more than... more


In the Feb. 9 issue of The Valley Breeze & Observer, the story “CTE programs expand, shake up local school districts,” contains an error. The article said that the Chariho school district closed... more

‘Unintended Consequences of Marijuana’ presentation in Scituate Wednesday

SCITUATE – Scituate residents are invited to listen to a report by the Attorney General’s Office on the “Unintended Consequences of Marijuana” and the potential effects on the town of Scituate, on... more

Jedi Training School offered Tuesday

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Parks and Recreation will host Jedi Training School at the Smithfield Senior Center, 1 William J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. An adult class... more

Tea tasting set for Wednesday

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will offer a tea tasting, hosted by Philanthropy Tea, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will choose from 10 flavors... more

East Smithfield Library accepting donations

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library is accepting donations for its next book sale. All types of books, CDs, DVDs, and videos will be accepted at the circulation desk during library hours. If... more

American Legion scholarship available to Scituate students

SCITUATE – The American Legion, Scituate Post No. 19, is offering a $500 scholarship to qualified applicants. Requirements for application: • Must be a resident of Scituate; • Must be related to a... more

Library offers individual technology help sessions

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., offers individual technology help sessions on Wednesdays, from 5 to 7 p.m. Contact Michael Cardin at 401-231-5150, ext. 3, or email Michael... more

Thursday Night Book Club will discuss ‘LaRose’

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library’s Thursday Night Book Club will meet on Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss “LaRose” by Louise Erdrich. Call 401-231-5150, or stop by the library,... more

Author Smith will sign books at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE – Local author Raina Smith will be signing and presenting her novels at the North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. Smith’s novels, “The... more

Sales of Kane’s ‘41 Signs of Hope’ to benefit Station Fire Memorial

Feb. 20 will mark the 14th anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire, the fourth-largest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Dave Kane, father of the youngest victim of the fire, 18-year-old Nicholas O... more

Learn internet basics at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host an internet basics class on Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. This three-week workshop will cover browsers, search engines, and... more

Homework help offered at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., offers homework help on Mondays, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, from 3 to 8 p.m. Receive assistance in utilizing the best reference... more

Library offers Homework Express

SMITHFIELD – The Homework Express continues at the East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St. This program is for students in grades K-8. Each Thursday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the children’s/... more

Raggedy Ann items on display at library

SMITHFIELD – Bobbie-Jo Flori, a staff member at the East Smithfield Public Library, has offered her Raggedy Ann collection for the library to display. Flori has been collecting Raggedy Ann... more