The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield's business community complains about local permitting delays

Finlay agrees: 'Waiting two years to put a shovel in the ground is ridiculous'
SMITHFIELD - New commercial development here is being impeded by restrictive zoning in the Route 7-Route 116 corporate corridor, a frustratingly long permitting process, and the town's onerous tax on... more

Smithfield animal shelter is on last legs, officials are saying

SMITHFIELD - The town's animal shelter, built in the mid-1970s, has structural problems and can last only another three years at most, according to Town Manager Dennis Finlay. Finlay said in his... more

Pond residents question if J.H. Lynch planned ahead for winter weather

SMITHFIELD - With warmer weather finally on the way, the schedule for refilling shrunken Georgiaville Pond continues to be an emotional issue. Somewhat reluctantly, but asserting that it had no... more

Town Council opposes tax break on unsold houses, condos

SMITHFIELD - The Town Council has declared its opposition to proposed legislation that would prevent local communities from taxing unsold or incomplete new houses and condominiums The council... more

Police arrest son of ex-Red Sox star Rich Gedman

SMITHFIELD - Police on April 4 arrested Bryant University's former assistant baseball coach - son of former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman - after a motor vehicle accident on campus, and charged... more

Filling in potholes with a donated roller

SMITHFIELD - The Public Works Department has a new weapon in its fight against potholes, and it came free of charge. Smithfield is one of 18 communities that so far have accepted the donation of an... more

Scituate High School hosts Energy and the Environment Community Night

SCITUATE - The Scituate Reservoir Watershed Education Program announces the conclusion of the "GET WET!" private well testing project with a presentation at Scituate High School's Energy and the... more

Gallagher Middle School lists 2nd quarter honors

SMITHFIELD - The following students have been named to the second quarter honor roll at Gallagher Middle School. Grade 8 High Honors: Jacob Afonso, Hailey Beaulieu, Megan Boory, Amanda Brindamour,... more

Davies announces second quarter honor roll

LINCOLN - The following students have been named to the second quarter honor roll at William Davies JR. Career & Technical High School. Grade 12 High Honors: Mauricio Agudelo, Maria Ataxca,... more

College news

Kyle Pickard, of Foster, and Stephen Kando, of Greenville, were named to the fall semester dean's list at the University of New Haven. Emily Rouette, of Chepachet, has been named to the dean's list... more

Visit the libraries of Foster for April events

FOSTER - Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, will offer Saturday Afternoon Storytime with Sarah, on April 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. Sarah is a local 4th-grader who will read to younger children.... more

Gentian Garden Club meets April 15

SCITUATE - The Gentian Garden Club will meet on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, North Scituate. The program will be "Preparing for a... more

Chepachet Grange will hold annual Awards Night Tuesday

GLOCESTER - The Chepachet Grange will hold its annual Awards Night and Open House on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Grange Hall, 28 Chopmist Hill Road. Awards will be presented to a teacher... more

North Scituate Library hosts job search workshops

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host three job search workshops on Tuesday, April 15, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. The workshops will focus on writing... more

Art in Nature offered at Glocester Manton

GLOCESTER - Glocester Manton Library, 1137 Putnam Pike, will host Art in Nature on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., through May 20. This program is for children in grades K-3 - to celebrate spring by creating... more

'Hunger Games' at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a movie night on Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. The library will show "The Hunger Games - Catching Fire," rated PG-13,... more

Easter services

North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, 401-647-3238. Sunday, April 13 - Palm Sunday worship services at 8:15 and 11 a.m. Palm crosses will be distributed. Sunday... more

Harmony Library offers gravestone research program Monday

GLOCESTER - Harmony Library, 195 Putnam Pike, will offer a genealogy program about gravestone symbols and emblems on Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Local genealogist... more

Opening day fishing tournament is Saturday

SCITUATE - The Scituate Recreation Department will sponsor an opening day fishing tournament at Dexter Pond on Saturday, April 12, from 6 to 8 a.m. Measurements begin at 8 a.m., with prizes for the... more

Insight to hold tech fair Wednesday

WARWICK - Insight, a nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for Rhode Islanders who are blind and visually impaired, is hosting a free Low Vision Technology Fair on Wednesday,... more

Egg hunt at East Smithfield library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host an Easter Egg Extravaganza on Saturday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m., for children ages 2-5. Please bring your own basket for... more

Seed starting class tonight at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a Seed Starting Class tonight, Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers, or plant a... more

Make jelly bean animals Monday...

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host Jelly Bean Baby Animals on Monday, April 14, at 4 p.m. Children ages 6-10 are invited to the library to make a chick or bunny filled... more

...or learn to take better photos

SMITHFIELD - Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host the photography program "Creating Better Images Using Composition and Imagination" on Monday, April 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.... more

Join Relay for Life of Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., hosts the Relay For Life of Smithfield group. Join the group in the fight to end Cancer on Tuesday, April 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Team... more

Chamber hosts QuickBooks training April 17

SMITHFIELD - The North Central Chamber of Commerce and Michelle Burgess from Tutor Doctor will host a QuickBooks training, as part of the Chamber's Business Booster Series, on Thursday, April 17,... more