The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield council scheduled to vote Feb. 3 on condos near North Central State Airport

SMITHFIELD - After two postponements, the Town Council is scheduled to vote at its Feb. 3 meeting on a zone change that would allow developer A&R One LLC to build 30 condominium units on 28 acres... more

Scituate police issue crime watch bulletin after two break-ins

SCITUATE – The Scituate Police Department is asking town residents to report any suspicious or criminal activity immediately to the department at 401-821-5900, after two breaking and entering... more

Smithfield police looking for man who tampered with ATM

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield police have asked for help in identifying a man who put a skimming device and a remote camera on an ATM at the BankRI branch at 445 Putnam Pike at the Apple Valley Mall. The... more

Smithfield: Crews continue to clear roads

Smithfield schools closed Wednesday
Article updated 8:26 p.m. Tuesday SMITHFIELD – As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, 20 inches of snow were on the ground in Smithfield from the blizzard that pounded Rhode Island, beginning Monday night. Todd... more

Scituate town hall will open at noon Wednesday

SCITUATE – Due to the storm, town hall will open at 12 p.m. Wednesday, according to town officials.

North Providence man charged with child molestation

GLOCESTER – A 19-year-old North Providence man has been charged with child molestation, after being arrested by members of the Glocester Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police Computer... more

Scituate: Parking ban still in effect

Trash collection delayed another day
SCITUATE – As town crews work to clean up after the blizzard, a parking ban is still in effect, according to town officials. Trash collection will be delayed one day. Officials are asking residents... more

When to cancel school for snow? Smithfield 'plans for the worst'

SMITHFIELD - It's one of the hardest decisions Supt. Robert O'Brien said he has to make each year: whether reports of snow are enough to warrant a cancelation of school. "I have a lot to worry... more

Smithfield police arrest four in drug distribution ring

SMITHFIELD - Four people, including one minor, in a drug distribution ring were arrested on Jan. 16 by the Smithfield Police Department Detective Division, and 8.5 pounds of marijuana were seized,... more

Invasive aquatic plant discovered in Scituate pond

SCITUATE - While invasive aquatic plants are not new to Rhode Island, the Scituate Conservation Commission just learned last week of the presence of yellow floating heart - a perennial floating plant... more

State's first Sonic restaurant may open in Smithfield this summer

SMITHFIELD - If everything goes as planned, Bob Bowen, of Providence, will be opening the state's first Sonic restaurant this summer where the now-closed Wendy's sits at 393 Putnam Pike in Smithfield... more

Students win best in state for 'Bite Safe' mobile app idea

SMITHFIELD - For anyone in Smithfield who may encounter a poisonous or rabid animal, there may soon be a mobile phone application with information about what to do if bitten by one of these creatures... more

Forum will explore threats to protected public lands

SMITHFIELD - The Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions is sponsoring a forum on Feb. 11 that will explore whether a community can, or should, forever set aside land protected from... more

Harmony Fire District swears in new officers

GLOCESTER - Harmony Fire District held a swearing-in ceremony for newly promoted officers on Dec. 18, attended by the district board, fellow department members, family and friends. Promotions were... more

Raimondo at Chamber dinner Feb. 10

LINCOLN - Gov. Gina Raimondo will be the keynote speaker at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber's 24th Annual Dinner at the Twin River Event Center on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The evening begins with a... more

Behavioral health services available

FOSTER - WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care, with facilities in Foster, Pascoag and North Kingstown, has announced it has added behavioral health services to its Foster facility at 142A... more

Chippendale will serve on three House committees

FOSTER - Senior Deputy Minority Leader Mike Chippendale, in his third term in the House of Representatives serving District 40, was reappointed as the co-vice chairman of the House Oversight... more

Well water safety workshop Feb. 10

SCITUATE - A well water safety workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Hope Library, 374 North Road, hosted in partnership with the Northern R.I. Conservation District and... more

Family game night next Thursday

SCITUATE - Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host a family game night on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call the library at 401-821-7910.

Martin receives Distinguished Physician Award

PROVIDENCE - Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island has announced that Dr. Edward W. Martin has been selected to receive the 2015 Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award from the... more

American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64 meets Jan. 28

SMITHFIELD - Smithfield's American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64 will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at Post Headquarters, 170 Pleasant View Ave. New members are welcome.

Learn Arm Knitting at library Jan. 29

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Learn Arm Knitting on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Arm knitting is one way to make scarves, cowls, or blankets. Bring a few... more

Natural history exhibit at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Library, 50 Esmond St., is offering a permanent natural history exhibit in the library's Children's Room. This is a revolving permanent collection. Donations of suitable... more

Birthday Club

Jan. 26 Kyle Anatone, Happy 9th Birthday to our barracuda! Love you, Mommy and Daddy

Cicilline holding constituent workshops

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline will host four public forums designed to engage Rhode Islanders with the legislative process in Washington. The "Voice Your Priorities" workshops will... more

Public charter school fair Jan. 29 in Providence

PROVIDENCE - A charter public school fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Times2 STEM Academy, 50 Filmore St., Providence. The fair is free and open to the public. Families will... more