The Observer, Smithfield & West

Allegations suggest bullying also a problem among staff, not just students

‘Somebody’s got to take a stand,’ says parent Jacob Carpenter
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SCITUATE – Local parents and their children say bullying in the Scituate school system doesn’t just involve students. “There’s a pervasive bullying problem in Scituate,” said Joe Maggiacomo, whose... more

Detectives investigating home invasion in Greenville

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield Police Department Detective Division is investigating a home invasion that occurred in Greenville after midnight on Oct. 18, during which three men escaped with jewelry, a... more

Scituate police arrest West Warwick man after pursuit

SCITUATE – The Scituate Police Department arrested a West Warwick man on an outstanding Superior Court warrant for breaking and entering, among other charges, following a brief investigation and foot... more

November vote on school bond approaches

SCITUATE – School Committee member Carolyn Dias has been trekking all over town with members of the Scituate Youth Association and parent volunteers to deliver information about the Nov. 7 school... more

Zoning Board denies special use permit for Paramount Development Group

Hope Mill will remain untouched
SCITUATE – The Scituate Zoning Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to deny a special use permit for Paramount Development Group, effectively thwarting the company’s plan to build a 193-unit multi-... more

Hitting the stores: Unusual number of crashes into local businesses

SMITHFIELD – Robert Richards had a particularly manic Monday on March 6 when a vehicle suddenly plowed into his AC Jewelers storefront at 180 Pleasant View Ave. “It was quite an ordeal,” Richards... more

Artist’s Corner: Nardacci finds inspiration in the ordinary

SCITUATE – Valery Nardacci knows better than many that beauty can be found everywhere, even in one’s own backyard. The Scituate-based artist often wakes up and meanders into her backyard to find... more

Former R.I. State Police lieutenant charged with assault

Alleged incident occurred at Sept. 19 council meeting
SMITHFIELD – Smithfield police arrested 47-year-old Kevin Hawkins, a former Rhode Island State Police lieutenant, on Sept. 27, charging him with assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.... more

Music at the Meeting House raises money for hurricane relief

GLOCESTER – Chepachet Baptist Church’s Music at the Meeting House concert, held on Oct. 1, raised more than $1,000 for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Organizers say the money raised... more

Scituate Lions gives back to community

SCITUATE – At its September Board meeting, the Scituate Lions Board of Directors approved annual donations to two organizations that are helping families whose children have cancer. A $3,000 donation... more

A Child’s University earns accreditation

SMITHFIELD – A Child’s University, with locations in Smithfield and Cranston, has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the world’s largest... more

Foster author shares ‘The Mindfulness of Italy’

FOSTER – Foster-based Jo-Ann Petrucci Andrews’ new book, “The Mindfulness of Italy” pays homage to the slower and more relaxed Italian way of daily life. This self-help book is filled with dozens of... more

Chepachet resident releases self-help book

GLOCESTER – Glocester resident R.W. Burke has released a self-help book called “Quiet the Rage: How Learning to Manage Conflict Will Change Your Life (and the World).” Burke is a certified... more

Corse Foundation in North Scituate receives Community Spirit Grant

SCITUATE – Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that the Corse Foundation in North Scituate was awarded $500 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Patricia... more

Hope Library offers bookbinding class

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host a bookbinding class on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. No previous experience is required. Class fee is $15 and includes most supplies. Registration... more

Dog walk postponed to this Saturday

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Dog Park Committee’s 3rd annual dog walk has been rescheduled to this Saturday, Oct. 21. The event was canceled last Saturday due to rain. Dog lovers are invited to bring... more

Tour the Dorr Rebellion Museum

GLOCESTER – The Glocester Heritage Society will open the Dorr Rebellion Museum, 1043 Putnam Pike, this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a guided tour starting at 11:30 a.m. Society... more

Sensory Friendly Storytime at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host a Sensory Friendly Storytime on Saturday, Oct. 21, at noon. This program is an interactive storytime adapted for children ages 12... more

Tour the historic farmhouse at Borders Farm

FOSTER – After four years of work, the 1840 Borders Farm farmhouse, at 31 North Road, is available for tours on the second Saturday of each month, March through November, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The... more

High-low-jack Saturday at Chepachet Grange

GLOCESTER – The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, will host a high-low-jack card game on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. There will be a penny social, prizes and refreshments. All are welcome.... more

Halloween Witch visits Greenville Library Saturday

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host Meet the Halloween Witch this Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.  Sing, dance, play, and pretend with performer Elaine Kessler, the... more

Apple Day Open House at Smith-Appleby House

SMITHFIELD – Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road, will host Apple Day Open House on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. See apples pressed into apple cider, apple pie baking in the... more

The Middles meet at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD – The monthly meeting of The Middles at Greenville Public Library will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Baker Room. The group is for anyone between the ages of 9 and 12... more

Riseup Paranormal program is Oct. 25

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will present Riseup Paranormal – “So You Want to be a Ghost Hunter” on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. The program topic will be about investigating the... more

Lego Time is Wenesday

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Lego Time on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Families with children ages 4 and older are invited to build their own LEGO creations. Legos... more

Paint pumpkins at the library Oct. 25

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host pumpkin painting in the Baker Room on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Any middle or high school student may attend. No sign-... more

Lifestyle Change Program begins in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – A free “Lifestyle Change Program: Be the best you can be,” also known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, will be held at Diabetes Care Solutions, 600 Putnam Pike, Suite 6. Orientation... more

Make a Halloween craft at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer a Halloween Craft on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. Children ages 5-10 will make a Halloween craft and listen to a story. Children... more

Halloween Bake Sale set for Oct. 25-26

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host a Halloween Bake Sale on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 26. All proceeds will benefit the library. For more information, call 401-821-7910.

Scituate Youth Association Halloween bash set for Oct. 28

SCITUATE – The Scituate Youth Association is hosting a Halloween party for the town’s youth on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road. Grades K-5 are... more

Blacksmithing demonstration at Leach Farm

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission is hosting a blacksmithing demonstration at Leach Farm and Orchard, 147 Austin Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, from 10... more

Career Awareness Program scheduled for Scituate High School

SCITUATE – Scituate High School will host its first cluster-based Career Awareness Program for all 10th graders on Thursday, Nov. 2, coordinated by school-based coordinator Linda Silva and guidance... more