The Observer, Smithfield & West

School facilities bond will address major 'health and safety' concerns

SMITHFIELD - If Smithfield voters don't approve a $5.9 million school facilities bond on Nov. 4, Supt. Robert O'Brien said the School Department won't be able to make immediate health and safety... more

Smithfield Fire Department to host Fire Safety open house

SMITHFIELD – In honor of National Fire Prevention Month, the Smithfield Fire Department, 607 Putnam Pike, will host a Fire Safety Open House on Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. Papa Gino’s will... more

Grant for Scituate follows reported uptick in marijuana use

SCITUATE - The town of Scituate has received a federal grant of more than $500,000 to combat illicit drug abuse among town teenagers, one of only 11 communities in Rhode Island to receive such funds... more

Churchill & Banks lawsuits against town still 'on hold' in court

SMITHFIELD - Despite recent Town Council approval of a zoning change for land owned by Churchill & Banks at the intersection of Esmond Street and Route 44, Town Solicitor Edmund Alves said that "... more

SAT scores up in Smithfield, statewide, but more work still needs to be done

SMITHFIELD - SAT scores are up across the state and at Smithfield High School, and while Supt. Robert O'Brien said he is "very happy with the scores," he remains "cautious" because scores can change... more

20 candidates, two nights of public forums

SMITHFIELD - With 11 Town Council candidates and nine School Committee candidates on November's ballot, Smithfield residents Gail Van Gorden and Holly Bellucci are organizing two nights of public... more

Judge Smith rules state ban on anonymous political literature 'unconstitutional'

SMITHFIELD - Ruling in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 7, U.S. District Court Judge William Smith struck down a state law that makes it a crime to circulate anonymous... more

Proposed police station expansion will help alleviate 'growing pains'

SMITHFIELD - Built in 1972 to house 25 employees, the 42-year-old Smithfield police station is suffering from some "growing pains" and security issues, which Chief Richard St. Sauveur said he hopes... more

St. Thomas Church dedicates oil street lamp to late parishioner

SMITHFIELD - St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Greenville, under the leadership of the Rev. Susan Carpenter, is hoping to make a few repairs and updates to church facilities through its current capital... more

Police chief gets contract extension

SCITUATE - Col. David M. Randall, chief of the Scituate Police Department, has had his employment contract extended for one more year, in spite of complaints from frequent critics. The Town Council... more

Erin Quinlan receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

FOSTER - Erin Quinlan, a reading specialist and instructional coach at the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School in Foster, was named the Rhode Island winner of a 2014 Milken Educator Award during a... more

Despite a rainy start, Scituate Art Festival brings out community

SCITUATE - Despite a washout on Saturday, the 48th annual Scituate Art Festival saw crowds of people for the remainder of the Columbus Day weekend. Cars were parked all along Route 6, past the... more

State seeing big increase in contaminated recycling loads

But local communities largely avoiding new $250 fine
JOHNSTON - Representatives from Rhode Island Resource Recovery say they've seen a significant increase in the number of recycling loads that are contaminated with garbage, leading them to institute a... more

Commended Smithfield High School student in 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program

SMITHFIELD - Daniel Kelley, principal of Smithfield High School, announced in a press release this week that senior Stephanie Mattson has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit... more

Bryant welcomes public to 'Ethics Event 2014'

SMITHFIELD - "I just did what my mother taught me to do." This was Sandra Coletta's response when she was asked why she had made an apology to a family grieving the death of their husband and father... more

Paramedic training for Smithfield Fire Department will improve 'life-saving skills'

SMITHFIELD - Five members of the Smithfield Fire Department are set to begin paramedic training at Roger Williams University, and according to Fire Chief Robert Seltzer, interest in the program is... more

Archambault receives R.I. Dental Association endorsement

SMITHFIELD - In a press release this week, Democratic State Senator Stephen Archambault, who is running for re-election for District 22, said that he has received endorsement from the Rhode Island... more

Marcello touts reform measures in re-election bid

SCITUATE - Citing the resignation of the House Speaker in March, 2014 and the recent scandals that have plagued the legislature over the last few months, State Representative Michael Marcello (D-41... more

Morisseau says she is ready to serve

SCITUATE - Margaux Morisseau, Democratic candidate for state Senate District 21, said in her press release, "As a first-time candidate, I understand voters want to know if I have the qualifications... more

Pendergast promises to bring 'informed voice' to School Committee

SCITUATE - Coleen Pendergast, Democratic candidate for Scituate School Committee, announced in a press release that she is seeking a seat on the five-member Scituate School Committee. "As a parent... more

Barrows wants Smithfield children to have 'same' opportunities he had

SMITHFIELD - Brent Barrows, Republican candidate for School Committee, said in a press release that as a graduate of Smithfield High School, "I want to ensure that all children have the same... more

Delmonico says R.I. economy is top priority

SCITUATE - Lillian Jean Delmonico, Republican candidate for House 41 Scituate and Cranston, stated in a press release this week, "Rhode Island's poor business climate and economy have consistently... more

Dentist Alsawaf wants to 'root out the decay at the Statehouse'

SMITHFIELD - In a recent press release, Hasan Alsawaf, Republican candidate for state Senate District 22, said that fighting corruption, nepotism, and cronyism is "the base for creating jobs and... more

Cavanagh will 'maintain quality of life' in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - In a recent press release, Maxine Cavanagh, Republican candidate seeking re-election on Town Council, said that she is the council representative for the Traffic Safety, Substance Abuse... more

McNelis: 'Responsibly expanding the town's tax base' is an 'essential issue'

SMITHFIELD - Ryan McNelis, Democratic candidate for Town Council, said in a recent press release that he wants to introduce himself and explain why he is running for office. "My family has lived in... more

Poirier will 'continue efforts to minimize traffic impacts and protect neighborhoods'

SMITHFIELD - In a press release this week, Richard Poirier, Republican candidate for Town Council, discussed the Town Council's public hearing on Churchill & Banks on Tuesday, Oct. 7. "Churchill... more