The Observer, Smithfield & West

Mai Thai restaurant near schools given restricted liquor license

SMITHFIELD - A new Thai restaurant set to open in the Smithfield Plaza at 115 Pleasant View Ave. this fall was granted a restricted liquor license by the Town Council at its July 14 meeting, after... more

Glocester man accused of operating meth lab while driving

GLOCESTER – A Glocester man is detained in federal custody after Glocester police on Tuesday discovered materials used to make methamphetamine in his car, as well as meth in the process of being... more

Smithfield Zoning Board member arrested

Wright steps down after making 'crank' phone calls to town officials
SMITHFIELD – A Smithfield Zoning Board member resigned and was later arrested after he made a handful of harassing phone calls to town officials on the night of June 26 while at a gathering with four... more

Smithfield man arrested for growing marijuana near middle school

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield police arrested a man last Friday who was caught illegally growing marijuana near Gallagher Middle School and was in violation of a no contact order. Michael Rhone, 39, of... more

School construction underway, delays likely at high school

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SMITHFIELD - Construction at Smithfield High School will more than likely continue into the start of the new school year, despite officials' hopes that the entire roof would be replaced by the end of... more

Ratigan resigns, school department searches for new principal at Winsor Elementary

SMITHFIELD - After four years as principal at William Winsor Elementary School, Laurie Ratigan has taken another position in the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional school district, leaving administrators... more

Smithfield legislators reflect on slow session, holding pattern for many introduced bills

SMITHFIELD - It was a quiet legislation season, at least for Smithfield representatives who said that they hope next year more will be accomplished. Rep. Gregory Costantino, a Democrat serving parts... more

Disconnecting to connect

Cumberland native's new book offers tips for positive change
CUMBERLAND - She's a world traveler, a public health consultant, and a medical student. Now Kate Otto can add author to her list of accomplishments. The 28-year-old Cumberland native published her... more

PHS teacher wins national environmental award

GLOCESTER - Ross McCurdy, a science teacher at Ponaganset High School, was recognized on July 17 by the National Environmental Education Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a... more

Creighton honored with Pro Bono Publico Award

GLOCESTER - The Rhode Island Bar Association honored Chepachet resident James P. Creighton with its 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award. The award recognizes the efforts of attorneys who have provided equal... more

Smithfield High School announces fourth quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD - The following students have been named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Smithfield High School. Grade 12 High Honors: Gabriella Baffoni, Rachel Balcom, Elizabeth Batty, Spencer Blais... more

Steere family organ concert open to the public

GLOCESTER - The Steere Family Association will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the first Steere family reunion Aug. 7-9. As part of this celebration, it will sponsor a free organ concert, open to... more

Summer sleepover at the Harmony Library Saturday

GLOCESTER - The Harmony Library will host a summer sleepover beginning Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. and ending Sunday morning at 9 a.m. There will be an hour of games, a big screen movie, and an hour... more

Girl Scout Maione invites communities to see trails at Revive the Roots

SMITHFIELD - On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., Ambassador Girl Scout Heather Maione of Troop 544 is inviting surrounding communities to tour the trails that she has cleared, modified, and made... more

Graniteville WWII veterans mark anniversary with memorial service, luncheon

SMITHFIELD - The Graniteville WWII Veterans Foundation will celebrate its 15-year anniversary at its annual Victory Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 15. The memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m... more

Birthday Club

Aug. 3 Nancy O'Halloran, Happy Birthday new Gramma! From all your friends at The Valley Breeze. Happy Birthday Karen Buckley, from your all friends at The Valley Breeze! Aug. 19 Cindy Hersom, have a... more