The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield Town Council takes Willow Field ‘off the table’ as potential dog park

SMITHFIELD – After raising a string of objections for more than an hour about the possible location of a dog park at Willow Field, abutters of the park scored a victory last week when the site was... more

Chicken and beef recalled for possible metal fragments

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that ConAgra Foods is recalling approximately 195,000 pounds of frozen chicken and beef entrée products under the brand name “P.F.... more

VIDEO: Bobcat or mountain lion?

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NORTH SCITUATE – A "nature cam" video posted by a North Scituate woman shows a very large cat walking through the woods, and now residents are questioning whether it's a bobcat or mountain lion. "... more

Alexion begins 5-year expansion

SMITHFIELD – Braving soaring temperatures, more than 300 employees and local and state leaders attended the official groundbreaking of a new expansion at Alexion Monday morning. Alexion, a global... more

Ponaganset increases its CTE facilities for agriculture, animal science students

GLOCESTER – Ponaganset High School will expand its Career and Technical Education program for the second year in a row, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Rhode Island Department of Education.... more

Democrats for Town Council will compete in September primary

Stephen Tocco withdraws from District 22 race
SMITHFIELD – Six Democratic hopefuls for Town Council will compete in a primary election in September, with five moving on to the November ballot, if all nomination papers are certified by the local... more

All Scituate candidates return signatures by deadline

SCITUATE – Voters in Scituate will see a busy ballot in November, and no local primary elections in September. Pending approval from the local Board of Canvassers this week, all candidates who... more

Dame Farm’s sunflowers bloom from peach loss

Last call to pick from inaugural crop
JOHNSTON – Peach farmers throughout the northeast experienced a devastating loss this year of their fruit crop due to a late freeze in early spring that killed off the flower buds. But for Darlene... more

Marcello seeks re-election to District 41 seat

SCITUATE – State Rep. Michael Marcello, a Democrat representing Scituate and Cranston in District 41, has announced that he will seek re-election for the seat this November. “Whether it was opposing... more

Gallagher names new National Junior Honor Society

SMITHFIELD – Gallagher Middle School became a new chapter member of the National Junior Honor Society during the 2015-2016 school year, and on June 1, inducted 48 8th-graders and 42 7th-graders.... more

Foster Old Home Days starts July 29

FOSTER – Foster Old Home Days will be held Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 at Howard Hill Road and Foster Center Road. The weekend will feature tractor pulls, draft horse and oxen show... more

College news

Nicholas Pietrantozzi of Scituate has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Connecticut. Christopher Larrabee of Chepachet graduated from Curry College with a bachelor of... more

Tyler Free Library offers painting class July 27

FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host a painting class with Jennifer Rolfsema on Wednesday, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. This program is for ages 12 to 18. Call 401-397-7930... more

Caregiver support group meets July 27 in Greenville

SMITHFIELD – Tri-Town Community Action Agency will host a free caregiver support group meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. at the Dora C. Howard Centre’s Adult Day Services Building, 715 Putnam... more

Barbershop collecting donations for food bank

SMITHFIELD – A local barber will offer his customers free haircuts on Saturday, July 30 and will give any donations he receives to St. Michael’s Church in Smithfield. Louis Pompeii, owner of Louie’s... more

North Scituate Public Library accepting food donations to waive fines

SCITUATE – During the month of July, the North Scituate Public Library is offering a way for residents to remove library fines and support the local food shelter. Patrons can bring in non-... more