The Observer, Smithfield & West

Up for a vote: Eliminate Glocester town meeting?

Only about 25 citizens are typically attending anyway, officials point out
GLOCESTER - Widely touted as the last vestige of old-time New England democracy, the annual financial town meeting could go the way of the dodo bird if voters at the November election approve its... more

Nine charter changes to appear on Smithfield ballot

SMITHFIELD - Smithfield voters will have a say on the town charter in November, when nine amendments to the town's governing document will be put on the ballot. Following a public hearing during the... more

Del's lemonade folks squeezed from festival again

SCITUATE - Del's Frozen Lemonade may be a Rhode Island favorite, but it sure doesn't have a lot of fans on the Town Council. For the second year in a row, the council has denied a license to allow... more

Technology to bring efficiency to Smithfield emergency services

SMITHFIELD - When it comes to dealing with emergencies, the town just became a bit more tech-savvy. Within the next few months, each of the 11 firetruck and rescue vehicles in town will be equipped... more

New pumps make wastewater crystal clear in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - The effluent that in March brought home top prize for excellence in clarity and scent just got a little bit cleaner. Five-and-a-half years of work on the town's wastewater treatment... more

Glocester Army captain home from deployment

GLOCESTER - A U.S. Army veteran who has been deployed overseas three times came home to a yard full of yellow ribbons and a giant welcome sign on July 14. Capt. Kevin Carroll had not been back to his... more

New homes proposed off Nipmuc Road

SCITUATE - A new drainage system and neighbors' objections were highlights of the Plan Commission hearing on a Cranston company's proposal to create 13 residential house lots off Nipmuc Road.... more

Glocester doing fine without a town manager, council says

GLOCESTER - After a spirited debate on the pros and cons of having a town manager, the Town Council voted unanimously not to put the question on the November ballot because members said and were told... more

STEM students at Foster Public Library

FOSTER - Students from Ponaganset's Science, Technology and Engineering Club will share the fun of discovering Science at Foster Public Library on Thursday, July 24, at 3:30 p.m. for grades 3-5.... more

Classic car show set for July 26

SCITUATE - North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, will host its monthly car show on Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All cars and trucks are to be at least 25 years old.... more

Foster libraries offer activities for kids

FOSTER - Libraries in Foster are offering musical classes and storytimes next week. Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host Movin' and Groovin' with Amanda on Monday, July 28, at 2 p.m... more

Scituate seeking police applicants

SCITUATE - The town of Scituate is currently accepting applications for a police officer. Applicants must: * Meet requirements of the Rhode Island Municipal Training Academy * Be a U.S. citizen * Be... more

Goodwill bin located at the West Glocester Fire Dept.

GLOCESTER - The West Glocester Fire Department, 2410 Putnam Pike, hosts a Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island clothing donation bin. Goodwill accepts all clean, dry, and odorless textiles, even if... more

Country line dance lessons offered

SMITHFIELD - Country Line Dance Lessons are offered at East Smithfield Neighborhood Center, 7 Esmond St., every Wednesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call Steve at 401-524-3417.

Libraries offer old, new games through July

GLOCESTER - The Glocester libraries will feature the latest science experiments along with a special program featuring "old school" children's games from July 24 through July 31. The programs include... more

Last summer art class meets Aug. 1

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library will host its last summer art class with Miss Adele on Friday, Aug. 1, at 12:30 p.m. for ages 6-10. Call 401-949-3630 for a spot.

The Great Baldini visits Greenville Library July 30

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host The Great Baldini on Wednesday, July 30, at 2 p.m. He will perform magic tricks combined with science. Register for this program at... more

Mad Science at Greenville Library Aug. 4

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host¬?Mad Science on Monday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. Ages 4-10 are invited to register for this program. Call the library at 401-949-3630.

Victory Day event set for Aug. 16

SMITHFIELD - The Graniteville WWII Veterans' Foundation will celebrate its 14th anniversary at its annual Victory Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 16. The memorial service starts at 11:30 a.m. at... more

Call for artists for juried art exhibit

SMITHFIELD - Artists of all ages are invited to participate in a juried art exhibit at the St. Philip Parish Fall Festival, Sept. 18-20. Judging categories: Elementary (grades pre-K-8), high school (... more

Thrift shop bag sale this weekend

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Baptist Church Thrift Shop, located behind the church at 582 Putnam Pike, will host a bag sale on Friday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to... more

Food trucks at Scituate Farmers Market

SCITUATE - The Scituate Farmers Market, held on the Village Green in North Scituate, now hosts food trucks in addition to more than 19 vendors. The market runs every Saturday through Oct. 4, from 9 a... more

Adult summer reading continues at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library's adult summer reading program continues through Aug. 10. Read and win gift certificates and other prizes donated by local businesses. Forms are available at... more

Don't miss Foster Old Home Days this weekend

FOSTER - Foster Old Home Days is scheduled for this weekend, July 25-27, on the Foster Historic Town House Grounds, on Howard Hill Road and Foster Center Road (Route 94). Admission is $5, and free... more

Magic with the Great Baldini at Hope Library

SCITUATE - Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Magic with the Great Baldini on Thursday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. This program is for children entering grades K-5. Call the library at 401-821-7910... more