The Observer, Smithfield & West

Proposed village center hopes to 'foster' community

FOSTER - Owners Mike and Ann Valentine, of Foster, said that while they love their quiet, country town as is, they hope to build a village center to provide it with basic services that it currently... more

Smithfield woman dies in Maine Turnpike collision

Smithfield resident Christine Anderson, 59, was killed instantly after a collision with a tractor-trailer truck on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery Thursday afternoon. According to the AP, police told... more

Faial II patrons using parking lot at Winsor

Parents, teachers upset
SMITHFIELD - The parking lot at William Winsor Elementary School has been filling up with cars at night, but it's not traffic for school events. Patrons for nearby Faial II restaurant, which has a... more

Smithfield schools to receive RIDE reimbursement for repairs if bond is approved in November

SMITHFIELD - On Monday, Sept. 8, RIDE approved a housing aid reimbursement for $5.4 million of high priority repairs to Smithfield school buildings in what Supt. Robert O'Brien said was a "unanimous... more

State official tells Smithfield community that 'no personal student data leaves RIDE'

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SMITHFIELD - With Smithfield's recent switch to the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the addition of the PARCC exam this spring, many parents and community members have been worrying about... more

Scituate's credit rating notches up

SCITUATE - Standard & Poor's Rating Services has upgraded the town's credit rating for general obligation bonds by one notch, from AA- to AA, with a "stable outlook," Town Treasurer Sharon... more

Scituate council ponders cemetery offer, disputes fire ladder repair bill

SCITUATE - Before deciding whether to accept the donation of an 1847 historic cemetery in North Scituate, the Town Council decided it wants more detailed information on exactly what the town's... more

Town Council calls for residents to help craft dog park proposal

SMITHFIELD - At its Sept. 2 meeting, the Smithfield Town Council approved the appointment of an ad-hoc committee to consider creating a dog park in town. According to Councilwoman Suzy Alba, who... more

Theater company wants to make mark in R.I. with original comedic works

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SMITHFIELD - A freshman theater company in Rhode Island is seeking to do what no other local theater company is doing: become the only theater group in the area to perform nothing but original work... more

Smithfield Republican party appoints Sean Clough as spokesperson

SMITHFIELD - According to a press release this week, Smithfield GOP Chairman Jim Archer said that Sean Clough has been appointed as party spokesperson for the 2014 general election season. "Now that... more

Kent Dam Spillway Bridge set to reopen in October

SCITUATE - Construction at the Kent Dam Spillway Bridge in Scituate, which has been closed since March, is moving ahead of schedule, and officials anticipate it will reopen to traffic by the end of... more

Music at the Meeting House opens with 'A Celebration of Hymns'

GLOCESTER - Music at the Meeting House will open its 25th season with "A Celebration of Hymns" on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will be at the Chepachet Meeting House, home to the... more

BVTC annual dinner and awards at Twin River Oct. 2

Breeze editor Green, local historian Bacon among those to be honored
PAWTUCKET - The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council holds its 29th annual dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. The event features a reception and... more


A Sept. 11 article, "One night, two public hearings, and the return of Churchill & Banks," incorrectly stated that a public hearing scheduled for the Oct. 7 Town Council meeting was in regard to... more

Wine tasting tickets available at Foster libraries

FOSTER - Friends of the Libraries of Foster will host a wine tasting at Nickle Creek Vineyards, 12 King Road, on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and space is limited.... more

Depaults team up with raffle, dinner to aid injured brother

CUMBERLAND - Brothers Ron and Richard Depault, whose family owns Depault Ace Hardware stores in Cumberland and Smithfield, are joining together with a raffle and spaghetti dinner to help their... more

American Girl Tea Party at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host at American Girl Tea Party on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. Meet the newest addition to the library: Kaya, an American... more

Library offers Excel Part II Sept. 22

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Excel Part II on Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. This class is for those with a basic knowledge of Excel wanting to learn more.... more

Basic garden photography program set for tonight

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer Basic Garden Photography on tonight, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. This is a free talk with photographer Barbara Bourgette. The talk... more

Greenville Library offers Sunday hours

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, is now offering Sunday hours from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit or call 401-949-3630.

Baker After-School Center offers teen programs

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, offers activities for teens in its Baker After-School Center. Rice Krispies Treat Day is today, Sept. 18. Checkers Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 23... more

Pajama Storytime tonight at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a Pajama Storytime on Thursday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. Come to the library in your pajamas and slippers and listen to stories.... more

Sportsman's Club's annual Field Day is Sunday

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield Sportsman's Club will hold its 81st annual Field Day on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 14 Walter Carey Road. Events begin at 10 a.m. In addition to public shooting (pistols and... more

Glocester Heritage Day is Sunday

GLOCESTER - The Glocester Heritage Society will host Heritage Day on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists and crafters will display their wares on both sides of Route 44, in the main... more

Library offers e-book workshops

GLOCESTER - Harmony Library, 195 Putnam Pike, will offer one-to-one e-book workshops on Mondays, Sept. 22 and 29, at 2 p.m. During the free workshops, Technology Librarian Pat Kenny will help... more

Grange Whist Party set for Saturday

GLOCESTER - The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, will host a whist party on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. There will be prizes, a penny social, refreshments and mystery package. Arrive early... more