North Smithfield, Blackstone area

VIDEO: Candidates for N. Smithfield town administrator debate

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The two candidates running for town administrator in North Smithfield participated in a video debate on Friday, Oct. 17, at The Valley Breeze offices in Lincoln. Reporter Sandy Seoane served as... more

Town Hall shocked, bewildered by CPA's findings

But Nicholson stands firm: 'The paper trail tells the story'
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NORTH SMITHFIELD - On Tuesday, Oct. 7, says Finance Clerk Karen Bernardino, she spent hours digging through piles of nine-year-old records in a dusty attic at Town Hall. Bernardino had been given... more

North Smithfield voters will choose local town and school leaders

NORTH SMITHFIELD - While the field of candidates for seats in town government is relatively thin in 2014, it has nonetheless been a contentious election season with political newcomers emphasizing... more

Officials disagree on history, but see eye to eye on pros of bonds

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The three bond referenda on Tuesday's ballot have undergone nearly two years of adjustments, scrutiny, and at last, promotion by town officials. But has it been enough to convince... more

Voters to weigh in on proposed charter changes

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Should the town create a process by which residents could remove an elected official from office? Would North Smithfield be better served by a School Committee that included two... more

McKenna challenges incumbent O'Neill for District 17 seat

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Incumbent state Sen. Edward O'Neill must fight for his District 17 seat against former state representative and president of the 1986 Constitutional Convention, Keven McKenna, in... more

Guertin discusses qualifications

NORTH SMITHFIELD - North Smithfield town administrator candidate Tony Guertin this week discussed the qualifications he offers if elected. "Since coming to North Smithfield almost 15 years ago, I... more

Hamilton wants to 'rise above the chatter'

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton is seeking re-election Nov. 4 and said she hopes voters will keep in mind where her opponent's loyalties may lie. "In less than a week, we'll... more

Charbonneau thanks the residents of North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Craig Anthony Charbonneau, a write-in candidate for Town Council, would like to extend a hardy "thank you" to all the residents of North Smithfield for taking the time to let him... more

Boucher says creative solutions are needed to help seniors

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Robert Paul Boucher, candidate for North Smithfield Town Council, said he has met with numerous town residents - many on fixed incomes - who feel enormous financial pressures that... more

McGee asks for 'write-in' votes

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Thomas P. McGee is running as a write-in candidate for the North Smithfield Town Council and reminds voters that they can cast a ballot for him by filling in his name below the... more

Nadeau believes email release was violation of right to privacy

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Roseanne Nadeau, a candidate for the Town Council, said the email discussed in The Valley Breeze article titled "Town Council hopeful flaunts candidacy in attempt to secure early... more

O'Neill touts accomplishments during six year tenure

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Sen. Ed O'Neill, who is seeking re-election for the District 17 seat, stated in a press release that it has been an honor to serve the people of District 17 for six years. O'Neill... more

Johannis chides town officials for handling of charter school

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In seeking election to the North Smithfield School Committee, candidate Fran Johannis was critical this week of how the charter school proposal was handled by town officials. "The... more

Merrie Nadeau says she provides an independent voice

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Merredythe (Merrie) Nadeau today asked North Smithfield voters to take two steps to a more community focused School Committee by electing both her and Art Bassett to the board. "... more

Bassett says he and Nadeau bring needed experience in business

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Art Bassett, candidate for North Smithfield School Committee, pointed out that voters will fill two seats on the board Nov. 4. "So many choices in our town government are... more

Alter says he will look out for the whole town

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In seeking election to the North Smithfield Town Council, Ernest Alter said he would treat all town departments equally. "Some candidates running for elected office this year have... more

Rep. Newberry outlines platform

NORTH SMITHFIELD - In seeking re-election to his District 48 seat in the state House of Representatives, House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry has outlined his platform. Newberry said the General... more

Spirit Week kicks off Monday at North Smithfield High

It is hard to believe that the first quarter at NSHS is already coming to a close, but it certainly was an exceptional way to kick off the year. Out of all the Northmen achievements from the past two... more

Blackstone announces precincts for Nov. 4 state elections

BLACKSTONE - The Massachusetts state election will be held on Nov. 4 and polling hours in Blackstone will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations: Precinct 1: Municipal Center, lower... more

Many prizes unclaimed in Pumpkin Festival raffle

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Several of the winners in the Great Pumpkin Festival Raffle have not come forward to claim their prizes, including the grand prize winner of a $1,000 travel voucher. All prizes... more

Child Outreach offers screenings in North Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Child Outreach program in the Northwest Region will be offering free screening in vision, hearing, speech and development for all North Smithfield pre-school children 3 and 5.... more

Family astronomy program at library

BLACKSTONE - The Blackstone Public Library, 86 Main St., will host the family program, Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe, on Monday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Astronomer Kevin... more

Register for storytimes in Blackstone

BLACKSTONE - The Blackstone Public Library will soon begin accepting sign-ups for the fall session of storytimes. Registration for Blackstone residents begins on Monday, Nov. 3. Registration for all... more

Annual Turkey Trot at Saint Paul's Nov. 8

BLACKSTONE - Saint Paul's Parish in Blackstone, 48 Saint Paul St., will hold its 32nd annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 8 at St. Joseph's hall. The doors and kitchen will be open following the 4 p... more