The Observer, Smithfield & West

Fire Chief Seltzer talks plans for new fire station in northern part of Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - While the town's fire department has been discussing building a new fire station in Smithfield for the past couple of years, according to Fire Chief Robert Seltzer, talk of a new station... more

Scituate police issue crime watch bulletin after two break-ins

SCITUATE – The Scituate Police Department is asking town residents to report any suspicious or criminal activity immediately to the department at 401-821-5900, after two breaking and entering... more

Smithfield police looking for man who tampered with ATM

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield police have asked for help in identifying a man who put a skimming device and a remote camera on an ATM at the BankRI branch at 445 Putnam Pike at the Apple Valley Mall. The... more

North Providence man charged with child molestation

GLOCESTER – A 19-year-old North Providence man has been charged with child molestation, after being arrested by members of the Glocester Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police Computer... more

Smithfield storm aftermath: Travel ban 'made all the difference'

SMITHFIELD - As of Tuesday night, town officials reported that at least 20 inches of snow were on the ground in Smithfield after the state was pounded by a blizzard that began dropping snow Monday... more

Super Bowl is a big win for local businesses

Few events provide more of a boost to certain businesses than the Super Bowl, and having the local team in the big game only takes that to another level. Having the New England Patriots in Sunday's... more

No February vacation week for Smithfield schools next year

SMITHFIELD - Students and staff in the Smithfield school district will be enjoying their last February vacation week this year, as the School Committee on Jan. 20 approved eliminating the week-long... more

Feasibility study may be in the fire department's future

SMITHFIELD - At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Town Council discussed conducting an operational feasibility study for the town's 54-member fire department, which led Fire Chief Robert Seltzer to question... more

New program will make it easier to donate a memorial park bench

SMITHFIELD - For individuals interested in donating a memorial park bench in Smithfield, the process is about to get a lot easier thanks to a proposal from Public Works Director Seth Lemoine. At the... more

Inspired by novel, students raise money for those with cerebral palsy

SMITHFIELD - At an assembly on Jan. 21, students at McCabe Elementary School met Maureen Gaynor, a 47-year-old Smithfield resident who has cerebral palsy, and communicates via a computer attached to... more

Scituate police issue crime watch bulletin after two break-ins

SCITUATE - The Scituate Police Department is asking town residents to report any suspicious or criminal activity immediately to the department at 401-821-5900, after two breaking and entering... more

Record number of brewers will be at R.I. Brew Fest

First year for Crooked Current Brewery
PAWTUCKET - The third Rhode Island Brew Fest on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Pawtucket Armory will feature the most vendors yet, with 57 breweries on hand. Event founder Matt Gray told The Breeze that... more

Scituate Police offer crime prevention tips

SCITUATE - The Scituate Police Department has issued several crime prevention tips, following reports of two break-ins at area homes. * Large amounts of cash should not be stored inside private... more

Gallagher Middle School names first quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD - The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School. Grade 8 High Honors: Isabella Baffoni, Samantha Baxter, Kelsie Crough, Leah... more

Harmony Library car racing program

GLOCESTER - Harmony Library, 195 Putnam Pike, will host a program on New England short track racing on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 6 p.m., in the library's Community Room. Wayne Barber, host of radio... more

Kettle proposes bill to exempt military pensions from income tax

SCITUATE - Nicholas Kettle, state senator for District 21, has introduced legislation that would exempt military pensions from Rhode Island state income tax, according to a recent press release. "... more

Beginner Excel class offered Jan. 28

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will offer a beginner class in Microsoft Excel on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call the... more

Learn about wild mushroom hunting Feb. 3

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a presentation on Wild Mushroom Hunting in Rhode Island on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Ryan Bouchard and Emily... more

Rep. O'Brien co-sponsors retiree tax relief legislation

PROVIDENCE - State Rep. William O'Brien, of House District 54 in North Providence, has co-sponsored legislation in the House of Representatives that aims to ease the tax burden on Rhode Island's... more

Aaron Bishop joins Cresa Providence

BOSTON - Aaron Bishop, of Smithfield, has joined Cresa Providence's commercial real estate office as an adviser. Cresa LLC is a corporate real estate advisory firm exclusively representing tenants.... more

Local students earn honors at Bishop Feehan

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - The following area students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at Bishop Feehan High School. From Glocester: Timothy Cote, First Honors; Gabrielle Delos, Second... more

Local students named to PCD honor roll

EAST PROVIDENCE - Matthew Boghossian, of Scituate, has been named to the honor roll and Sofia Mongeon, of Smithfield, has been named to the high honor roll for the first trimester at Providence... more

Local students earn Pomfret honors

POMFRET, Conn. - Nathan Gentile of Greenville has been named to the high honor roll for the fall term at the Pomfret School. He is a member of the Pomfret class of 2018. Also, Deja Ross of... more

Enjoy the game, but watch what you eat, says AHA

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, the American Heart Association wants people to know that just because it is game day, doesn't mean you have to pack on the pounds and put your heart at... more

Amputee Association meets Wednesday

EAST GREENWICH - The New England Amputee Association will meet Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at Kent Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, 1351 South County Trail. The group's... more

Youth Grange Movie Night Jan. 31

HOPKINTON - The Youth Department of the Rhode Island State Grange will host an Indoor Movie Night on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. at Ashaway Grange Hall, 10 Cemetery Lane, in Ashaway. There will be... more