The Observer, Smithfield & West

Chromebook bootcamp: 6th-graders learn to use new laptops at school

SMITHFIELD - Henderson Ledesma, a 6th-grader at Gallagher Middle School, said that school used to be boring, but now that he has his own Chromebook laptop to use in class and bring home at night, "it... more

Historic Clovis Mitchell House demolished in Greenville

SMITHFIELD - The historic L-shaped Clovis Mitchell home in Greenville, owned by Alder Properties LLC., was knocked down on Feb. 24 to make way for a future commercial development, disappointing the... more

Sarah 2.0: Smithfield native talks about plans after 'The Voice'

SMITHFIELD - A day after she was eliminated from the top 20 on NBC's "The Voice" last week, Sarah Potenza was asked to sing at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, a world famous venue where country music... more

Lifelong Chepachet resident honored with new bells at Chepachet Union Church

GLOCESTER - After eight quiet years, bells will be ringing at the Chepachet Union Church once again, in honor of an 88-year-old Chepachet woman who has lived and worked in town most of her life.... more

Looking for lifeguards: Smithfield faces shortage year after year

SMITHFIELD - What used to be the ideal summer job for beach-loving teens seems to have lost its appeal in recent years, as the number of lifeguards employed by the town of Smithfield keeps sinking... more

Advocacy group for gifted students back up and running under new leadership

CUMBERLAND - Crystal and Damian LaMarche live in Cumberland, but they send their two gifted sons to The Sage School in Foxboro, Mass., a private school serving academically gifted students in... more

Family-owned soccer store moves to bigger location in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - Just in time for spring, rows of neon-colored soccer cleats and racks of soccer balls have found a home at 7 Commerce St. in Smithfield, the new location of family-owned and run DMK... more

Hearthside reaching out for 1904 St. Louis Fair connections

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LINCOLN - Hearthside House volunteers, building on last year's successful St. Louis World's Fair tribute, are hoping this year to include more Rhode Islanders' family stories about the 1904 fair and... more

Power League Wrestling to host fundraising exhibition

GLOCESTER - Power League Wrestling will present Power-Fest 2015, a family-friendly wrestling exhibition to benefit the Ancients and Horribles Fourth of July celebration, at the Ponaganset High School... more

Smithfield's Potenza out on NBC's 'The Voice'

SMITHFIELD – Her performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” on Monday night’s episode of NBC’s “The Voice” wasn’t enough to get Smithfield native Sarah Potenza through to the next round of the show... more

Learn pros and cons of buying, selling antiques at library

SMITHFIELD - As part of Money Smart Week, the Greenville Public Library will present Buying and Selling Antiques: A Wise Investment? on Tuesday, April 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 573... more

Post 19 annual spaghetti, meatball supper is Saturday

SCITUATE - Scituate Post 19 will host its 20th annual Donald Harris Spaghetti and Meatball Supper at North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, on Saturday, April 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.... more

Three arrested for running illegal gambling operation in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – Three men, two from North Providence and one from Providence, were arrested Tuesday by members of the Rhode Island State Police and the FBI and charged with owning and/or operated... more

Brawl at Bryant leads to arrest of seven students

SMITHFIELD – Following a brawl on campus on Saturday, March 21, seven Bryant University students were arrested by Smithfield police Tuesday morning and charged with disorderly conduct and simple... more

Project Chick program is April 22

SMITHFIELD - Families and children of all ages can register for the Casey Farm Project Chick program at the Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, presented by educators from Historic New... more

Foster libraries offer financial workshop, art classes, storytimes

FOSTER - The libraries of Foster have announced the following programs. * Minecraft Club at Foster Public - Thursday, April 16. Par Course Challenge. Just teens 2:45-3:45 p.m.; elementary 3:45-5:30... more

Make a piggy bank Tuesday during Money Smart Week

SMITHFIELD - In celebration of Money Smart Week, children ages 5-12 can create their own piggy bank to save their dollars and coins on Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library,... more

Glocester libraries offer school vacation week events

GLOCESTER - Glocester libraries will offer a variety of activities for children and teens during school vacation week, April 20-24. Earth Day Drop-In Craft - Visit the Glocester Manton Library any... more

Spring Bingo to benefit NRI 4H Fair

SCITUATE - A fundraising Spring Bingo to benefit the NRI 4H Fair will be held at the North Scituate Community House on Saturday, April 25. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per bingo game packet.... more

Hampstead Stage Company to stage 'Pinocchio' at Greenville library

SMITHFIELD - An adaptation of "Pinocchio" will be performed by the actors of Hampstead Theatre Company at Greenville Public Library on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. This program is for children ages... more

Gentian Garden Club to meet April 21

SCITUATE - The Gentian Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m., at the North Scituate Community House. The program, titled "Horticulture: An Important Element in a... more

Sewing with Miss Ashley offered April 23

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library will offer Sewing Class With Miss Ashley on Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Children ages 7-12 are invited to the library to learn basic sewing techniques... more

Make a Mother's Day craft at Hope Library

SCITUATE - Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host a Mother's Day craft class on Wednesday, April 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. Children in grades 1-5 will create a gift for Mother's Day. This class will... more

Make giant tissue paper flowers at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - Children ages 6 and older are invited to the East Smithfield Library to make giant tissue paper flowers on Thursday, April 23, at 6 p.m. Artist Donna Walker teach this class. Register... more

Visit North Scituate Library during school vacation week

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library will offer the following programs during school vacation week, April 20-24. * Monday, April 20, at 2:30 p.m. - Spring Craft with Miss Brenda. Decorate flower... more

Get organized with Hope Library workshop

SCITUATE - Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host Organize, Energize Your Closets on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. Kristin MacRae, of Organizing in Rhode Island, will help you overhaul your... more