The Observer, Smithfield & West

Students with IEPs more likely to be suspended in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - Smithfield students with disabilities are being suspended from school at a higher rate than other students according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, which is... more

Branch River Plastics ordered to pay $1M in damages to Maine company

SMITHFIELD – Branch River Plastics, a structural insulated panels manufacturer located at 15 Thurber Boulevard in Smithfield, was ordered by a jury on June 24 to pay more than $1 million in damages... more

Foster man indicted by grand jury with three counts of child molestation

FOSTER – The Statewide Grand Jury on Monday indicted Gary Wright, 32, of Danielson Pike in Foster, with three counts of first-degree child molestation, alleging that he molested a young girl 14 years... more

Smithfield man arrested for possession and transfer of child pornography

SMITHFIELD – Jason Silva, 30, of Brayton Road in Smithfield, was arrested Tuesday by Rhode Island State Police and members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for... more

Construction set for next week on four Smithfield schools

SMITHFIELD - Construction on four school buildings and the school administration building is slated to begin next week and school officials say they are confident it will be done in time for the... more

A 'lawn' time coming

SMITHFIELD - Town and school officials are inching along on a plan to consolidate grounds work, starting with cutting the grass at LaPerche and McCabe Elementary schools this summer. At a joint... more

Statewide legislation eliminates need for local ordinance protecting pregnant working women in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - Statewide legislation that provides more protection for pregnant women in the workforce has put the brakes on similar legislation proposed last month at the local level by Suzy Alba,... more

Faial Restaurant reopens after abrupt closing

SMITHFIELD - A popular restaurant in Smithfield that closed abruptly and without notice last Thursday reopened the following day under new ownership, promising to still offer the same menu of... more

Family friendly fun at The Thirsty Beaver

SMITHFIELD - With playful dish names that pay homage to local people and places, The Thirsty Beaver in Smithfield offers a dining experience for the whole family. Owned by Edward Brady, 30, and... more

Dentist Jean Resnevic opens Greenville office

SMITHFIELD - With a history of health care in her family, Dr. Jean A. Resnevic has opened her own dental practice in the center of Greenville, at 595 Putnam Pike, in the historic brick "old clock... more

Kountry Kitchen, Observer hosting Business Before Breakfast July 9

SMITHFIELD - Meet the new executive director of the North Central R.I. Chamber of Commerce, Jamie Dufresne, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at a "Business Before Breakfast" event on Thursday... more

North Central Chamber office now in Greenville

SMITHFIELD - The North Central Chamber of Commerce has moved from its Johnston office to new headquarters at 7 Austin Ave., Unit 6, in the heart of Greenville. For now, office hours are by... more

Ponaganset High School lists fourth quarter honor roll

GLOCESTER - The following students have been named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Ponaganset High School. Grade 12 Highest Honors: Rebecca Bagley, Gabrielle Beargeon, Emily Boss, Matthew Bowker... more

Chamber of Commerce awards $2,000 in scholarships to local graduates

Gabriella Baffoni, daughter of Peter and Maria Baffoni, of Smithfield, and Gianna Giammarco, daughter of Gary and Debbie Giammarco, of North Providence, are the recipients of this year's scholarships... more

William Winsor School announces award winners

SMITHFIELD - William Winsor Elementary School has announced the following students as award winners: * President's Education Award for Academic Excellence: Jayna Barrette, Jacob Bleecker, Tyler Rose... more

Henna by Heather at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host Henna by Heather on Thursday, July 9, at 11 a.m. Learn the history of henna from a professional henna artist. Each... more

Storyteller Joe Theroux at North Scituate library

SCITUATE - Storyteller Joe Theroux will visit North Scituate Public Library on Tuesday, July 7, at 11 a.m. He will share "tales of unlikely young heroes who rise to the challenge even when everyone... more

Minecraft Club meets at Foster Library July 7

FOSTER - The Foster Public Library Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday, July 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Design and code a mod in Java. This program is geared toward ages 6-18. Register at 401-397-4801.

Super Hero Training Camp is July 8

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will offer Super Hero Training Camp on Wednesday, July 8, at 2 p.m. This program is part of the library's series of children's drop... more

Picnic Storytime offered at Tyler Free Library

FOSTER - Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will offer Picnic Storytime every Wednesday at 11 a.m., July through August. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy songs, stories and games. Call the... more

Storyteller Joe Theroux at Foster Library July 9

FOSTER - Storyteller Joe Theroux will visit Foster Public Library on Thursday, July 9, at 2 p.m. Theroux will tell about "indestructible but not invincible" heroes. The program will be followed by... more

Literature into Life series offered at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Heritage Ballet's Literature into Life series on Wednesdays, July 8 through Aug. 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program is for... more

Super Heroes Book Club meets July 8

FOSTER - The Super Heroes Book Club will meet at Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, on Wednesday, July 8, from 1 to 5 p.m., for ages 6-12. The subject will be "villains." Call the library... more

Sewing with Miss Ashley offered on July 8

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host "Sewing Class With Miss Ashley" on Wednesday, July 8, at 3 p.m. Children ages 7-12 are invited to learn basic sewing techniques... more

Kids invited to join Summer Book Club

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a Summer Book Club on Friday mornings, July 10-July 31, at 10:30 a.m. Read the book "Flora and Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo. Every child... more

Birthday Club

July 2 Lillian Stappleton, Happy 11th Birthday! Love, Mom, Dad and Mackenzie July 3 Sarah Elizabeth Russo, Happy 15th! Only one more to Sweet 16, beautiful dancer! Love, Grandma B and Poppa July 7... more