The Observer, Smithfield & West

Survey says: Residents think speeding is top issue in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - Smithfield police officers may have a reputation as tough traffic enforcers, but Chief Richard St. Sauveur said that the department should be stopping more people for speeding, after... more

No vacancies at maxed-out Winsor School

SMITHFIELD - Supt. Robert O'Brien is expressing concern this week about the number of students at William Winsor Elementary School where enrollment is at maximum capacity at 25 students per classroom... more

Bryant requires more police, rescue calls than contract anticipated

SMITHFIELD - Nine months into its agreement with Smithfield, it's clear that Bryant University owes the town more than its flat quarterly rate of $25,000 for use of the town's emergency services, but... more

Three storefronts will be added next to DePetrillo's Pizza and Bakery

SMITHFIELD - Driving down Pleasant View Avenue, it's hard not to notice the construction at DePetrillo's Pizza and Bakery, where a one-story, three-unit addition has popped up over the past two... more

School Committee votes to go out to bid for bus company

This article has been edited to contain updated information. School Committee Chairman Sean Clough originally said that the Town Council must approve a request for proposal before the committee went... more

Foster Land Trust receives $170,000 grant for 73 acres of open space

FOSTER - The Foster Land Trust received a $170,000 open space matching grant to be put toward the preservation of 73 wooded acres in the southeast hills of town, through the state's Department of... more

Wright's Dairy Farm starts major bakery expansion

New barn beside retail operations will house modern facility
NORTH SMITHFIELD - In the week leading up to Christmas this year, Wright's Dairy Farm and Bakery will use an estimated 3,000 pounds of sugar and 900 pounds of butter to create around 600 cookie trays... more

Congress approves national park in the Blackstone Valley, expands corridor

WASHINGTON - A bill creating a national park in the Blackstone Valley is officially headed to President Barack Obama's desk for signature after being passed in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 12 by a vote of... more

Glocester police respond to serious motor vehicle accident

GLOCESTER - Two women were involved in a serious motor vehicle accident on Dec. 14, leaving them both in critical condition in the hospital, according to a news release from Dec. 15. At 2:18 p.m. on... more

Smithfield's Dr. Day Care earns national accreditation

SMITHFIELD - Dr. Day Care Learning Center has earned national accreditation from the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, CEO and president of Dr. Day Care, said... more

Ponaganset Middle School students attend STEM workshops

FOSTER - Students and teachers from Ponaganset Middle School had the opportunity to attend three out of 12 hands-on interactive STEM workshops on Nov. 21 as part of Tech Collective's fourth annual... more

Greenville Public Library receives Champlin grant

SMITHFIELD - The Greenville Public Library has received a $17,975 grant from the Champlin Foundation to upgrade computer wiring in the library and purchase new furniture for the children's room, in... more

Scituate students selected as All State musicians

SCITUATE - The following Scituate students have been selected for the Rhode Island All State Chorus, Band and Orchestra. Junior All-State Mixed Chorus: Alysha Agrela, soprano; Sean Connaughton, tenor... more

Two Smithfield residents named Tech10 Award winners

SMITHFIELD - Two of Smithfield's best and brightest in the IT world were honored on Nov. 20 at the Tech10 Awards ceremony. Kimberly Kowal Arcand, visualization lead at NASA's Chandra X-ray... more

Rive Gauche salon welcomes new stylist

WOONSOCKET - Rive Gauche hair salon and day spa is welcoming stylist Gisele King, formerly of Pixies in Smithfield. King joined the crew of hair stylists and cosmetologists at Rive Gauche, 273 Social... more

Handmade hat exhibit on display

SMITHFIELD - Elsie Collins is now displaying her handmade hat collection at the Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike. Collins has more than 40 years of professional apparel design and... more

Scituate High School lists first quarter honor roll

SCITUATE - The following Scituate High School students have been named to the honor roll for the first quarter. GRADE 12 HIGH HONORS WITH DISTINCTION: Casandra Archetto, Jamie Bannon, Austin Barber,... more

Chamber's Twin River event earns $12,000 for Food Bank

LINCOLN - The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 4 at the Twin River Event Center. With more than 350 guests in attendance and 21 table top... more

Decorate a gingerbread house Tuesday

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a gingerbread house decorating workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Teens and young adults in grades 5 and up... more

Christmas services

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 120 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland Dec. 24, Christmas Eve - Children's pageant with holy Eucharist at 4 p.m.; Contemporary service with music by Hymns & Hers and holy... more

Masters Regional Academy announces first quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD - The following students have been named to the first quarter honor roll at Masters Regional Academy. GRADE 12: Highest Honors: Sharon-Rose Granata, Kelly King High Honors: Kieran McInnis... more

Drop in for crafts at Hope Library

SCITUATE - Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host drop-in crafts on Monday, Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Friday, Jan. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. Stop by the library for books, movies and other... more

Hope Library Lego Club meets Dec. 27

SCITUATE - The Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host its Lego Club on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., and on Monday, Dec. 29, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children in grades K-5 are invited to the... more

Tyler Free Library hosts 'A Night on the Polar Express' Dec. 22

FOSTER - Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host "A Night on the Polar Express" on Monday, Dec. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit the library for warm cocoa and a family-themed movie to... more

Play high-low-jack on Dec. 20

GLOCESTER - The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, will host a high-low-jack game on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. There will be prizes, a penny social and refreshments. All are welcome. Arrive... more

Learn basic sewing techniques Dec. 29

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Sewing With Miss Ashley on Monday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. Children ages 7-12 are invited to learn basic sewing techniques and... more