The Observer, Smithfield & West

School officials gear up for November vote on bond

Turf field is in the plans
SCITUATE – Parents, school administrators, and students of the Scituate school system gathered on the lawn of North Scituate Elementary School last Friday for a discussion of the schools’ proposed $4... more

Scituate man arrested for possession of child pornography

SCITUATE – A Scituate man was arrested for possession of child pornography Thursday, his second offense, following an investigation conducted by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and... more

Smithfield resident undertakes month-long pilgrimage hiking famed El Camino trail

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SMITHFIELD – While students and staff were still meandering home on the last day of classes at Burrillville High School in June, history teacher David Sheehan was hopping on a plane to begin a... more

Development group presents plan to repurpose Hope Mill

The 193-unit development would reshape village
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SCITUATE – Dennis Charland, Scituate Zoning Board of Review vice chairman, opened last Tuesday’s public hearing on the Paramount Development Group’s requested variances and special use permit with... more

Historic Reuben Mason House provides a portal to the past

GLOCESTER – When the Glocester Heritage Society signed a 99-year lease with the Chepachet Cemetery Association in 2003 for the historic Dr. Reuben Mason House on Putnam Pike, some residents were... more

Cedar Forest Estates nears finish line for Latham Farm Road development

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17
SMITHFIELD – The Wionkheige Valley Estates neighborhood of Smithfield, off Farnum Pike, may soon be welcoming another development. After more than a decade of uncertainty, representatives for Cedar... more

Randy Rossi named new town manager

SMITHFIELD – Concluding weeks of deliberation, Finance Director Randy Rossi was named the next Smithfield town manager at an Aug. 8 Town Council meeting. Town Council President Paul Santucci said... more

Hope Library hosts PJ Dance Party tonight, Thursday

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host a PJ Dance Party on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. This program will include stories, music and movement for children ages 3 and older.... more

Foster elementary school a winner in Lighthouse Schools Challenge

FOSTER – The Rhode Island Office of Innovation and the Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP) has announced Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School in Foster as one of three winners of... more

College News

Lindsay Cathcart, daughter of Jeffrey and Joanne Cathcart of Hope, was awarded a bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude with distinction, in the field of biology from Emmanuel College. She... more

Smithfield High School announces fourth quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD – The following students have been named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Smithfield High School. Grade 12 High Honors: Joseph Baxter, Alyssa Beaton, Thomas Blais, Talia Botelho, Dylan... more

Birthday Club

Aug. 24 Jackson Blouin, Happy 6th Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad, Sawyer and Weston Aug. 27 CJ, Happy 4th Birthday! Love, Aunty Denise and Angel

DEM conducting lifeguard testing Friday

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is administering surf and non-surf lifeguard certification testing for the 2018 season. Certification is required for lifeguard positions at... more

Well water test kits available at North Scituate Farmers Market

SCITUATE – URI Cooperative Extension Water Quality Program representatives will be at the North Scituate Farmers Market, 46 Institute Lane, on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, with annual test... more

Eco-Depot collection Saturday in Johnston

JOHNSTON – Rhode Island Resource Recovery will host an Eco-Depot collection on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 65 Shun Pike in Johnston, from 8 a.m. to noon. Rhode Island residents can bring household... more

Picnic Table Book Club meets Aug. 17

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library’s Picnic Table Reads Book Club will be reading “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper,” by Phaedra Patrick. The group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m.... more

Hope Library hosts Lego Time

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Lego Time on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. Families with children ages 4 and older are invited to build their own Lego creations. Legos will... more

Scituate Senior Family Day set for Aug. 19

SCITUATE – A Scituate Senior Family Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Scituate Senior Center, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road. All Scituate seniors and their families are... more

New academic dean of Bryant Zhuhai announced

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University announced last Friday that it was appointing Daniel Borgia as the new academic dean at Bryant Zhuhai in China. The current academic dean, David Lux, will return to... more

Smithfield-based nonprofit receives award

SMITHFIELD – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, the Smithfield-based nonprofit health maintenance organization, is the recipient of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund and United Way of... more