The Observer, Smithfield & West

New LED streetlights projected to save town millions

Smithfield joining Lincoln and Woonsocket for bulk pricing
SMITHFIELD – This town can potentially save millions of dollars under a proposed new LED street lighting conversion and can save on equipment by jointly seeking bids with Lincoln and Woonsocket, says... more

Committee releases renderings for elementary schools

Officials: Most students will be impacted in some way
SMITHFIELD – Updated plans and renderings for the elementary school reconfiguration project were released last week and they reveal a focus on creating open, public creative spaces and segregated... more

Former Smithfield resident nabbed for child porn

PROVIDENCE – A Cranston man on Friday admitted in federal court to possessing nearly 1,500 videos and more than 240 images of child pornography. Justin Mierisch, formerly of Smithfield, was arrested... more

Study to look at water, sewer improvements in economic overlay

SMITHFIELD – Despite a push for an ordinance change meant to encourage business and residential growth in the economic growth overlay district along the Route 7 and 116 corridor, developers and... more

School board seeks law change as extra activities slashed

SMITHFIELD – Students may be asked but not mandated to pay for field trips and advanced placement testing, said the Smithfield School Committee in a resolution sent to the state. The resolution... more

Officials: Curriculum changes will close education gaps

SCITUATE – When Supt. Carol Blanchette began working for the Scituate School Department more than a year ago, she said it was apparent to her through talking with parents and staff that the district... more

Developer sworn to secrecy on Benny’s tenants

SMITHFIELD – Representatives from the Carpionato Group, who are redeveloping the former Benny’s store on Putnam Pike into a new commercial complex, remain tight-lipped on planned tenants. Carpionato... more

What is the take-away from Trinity’s ‘The Prince of Providence?’

One More Thing
On Oct. 27 Trinity Repertory Company brought the curtain down on “The Prince of Providence,” the blockbuster play by George Brant that it commissioned. The production was based on Mike Stanton’s book... more

Goduto completes Officer Candidate School

Lt. Matthew Goduto, of Smithfield, graduated from U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga., on Oct. 29. Goduto is currently assigned to the 211th Infantry Regiment, 199th Infantry... more

Battle of the Sauces will benefit Ponaganset Class of 2022

FOSTER – A Battle of the Sauces fundraiser to support the Ponaganset Class of 2022 will be held at South Foster Fire Station, 5 Mount Hygeia Road, on Friday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors will... more

Sky Family will perform at Our Redeemer Church

SMITHFIELD – Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 54 Cedar Swamp Road, will host the Sky Family on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., as they perform in a musical entertainment event that is open to the... more

Greenville Library closed for Thanksgiving

SMITHFIELD – The Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving.

Scituate Animal Shelter seeks homes for barn cats

SCITUATE – The Scituate Animal Shelter is seeking homes for adult cats that would be candidates for being barn cats. Representatives from the shelter say not all cats are suited to be companion house... more