The Observer, Smithfield & West

Hope Mill in Scituate could house 200 new apartments

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SCITUATE - Hope Mill, once the state's oldest continuously operating textile mill, could be converted into apartments in the near future if ongoing negotiations between the Town Council and a... more

Smithfield woman indicted, arraigned on federal fraud charges

Smithfield resident Christi Romano, alias Christi Machala, 35, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Providence today on a federal indictment which alleges that she stole more than $274,000 from... more

Smithfield GOP calls out Nicholson on chronic tardiness with property tax bill

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SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield Republican Town Committee this week is calling Democratic Town Council candidate Richard Nicholson a "deadbeat" for chronic tardiness with his tax bill. But Nicholson, an... more

Smithfield dentist Hasan Alsawaf challenges incumbent Stephen Archambault for District 22 seat

SMITHFIELD - Republican Hasan Alsawaf, a 44-year-old native of Syria and owner of Family Dental Center of Greenville, is a political newcomer who said that he is a "different candidate" in the race... more

School Committee candidates discuss major issues in the district, including Common Core standards

SMITHFIELD - With nine School Committee candidates running for three at-large seats, Smithfield voters have a lot to consider when they go to the polls on Nov. 4. Out of the nine, there are three... more

Glocester man arrested for illegal marijuana cooperative cultivation

Darrell Morris, 49, of 94 Reservoir Road, Glocester, was arrested and charged on Monday along with Lloyd Morse, 56, of Cranston for operating an illegal cooperative cultivation of marijuana in a... more

Mother-daughter team hopes to fill 15,000 backpacks for the homeless this holiday season

SMITHFIELD - A mother-daughter team from Smithfield is hoping to collect and fill 15,000 backpacks as part of their "Homeless Backpacks for R.I." project, through which they will distribute snacks... more

Mountaindale Road Bridge to be replaced, officials hoping next fall

SMITHFIELD - The Mountaindale Road Bridge, which has not had any major repairs or upgrades since its initial construction in the 1960s, will be replaced, and likely shut down next fall, according to... more

Bryant University zoning changes gets OK from Town Council

SMITHFIELD - A 13.2-acre portion of land owned by Bryant University will be changed from residential zoning to planned development, following Town Council approval on Oct. 7, and while no official... more

Perfect Puppy store owner: council permission 'not needed' for second location in town

SCITUATE - The owner of the Perfect Puppy store, the focus of complaints from animal activists opposed to puppy mills, says he does not need permission from the town to open a third store on Chopmist... more

Scituate Youth Association to host costume party

SCITUATE – The Scituate Youth Association will host a Halloween Bash costume party at the North Scituate Community House on Saturday, Oct. 25. Grades K-5 are invited from 1 to 4 p.m. Grades 6-8 are... more

RIRRC nearing a deal to recycle glass again

JOHNSTON - State officials are "closing in on a solution" to the problem of glass items getting dumped in the Central Landfill. Sarah Kite-Reeves, director of recycling services for Rhode Island... more

It's time for our annual Christmas card contestIt's time for our annual Christmas card contest

Submit your drawings by Nov. 14
Kids! We depend on you for one of our favorite holiday traditions. Here at The Valley Breeze & Observer every year, we use children's drawings for our company holiday greeting cards and to... more

Scouting for Food drive begins Saturday

PROVIDENCE - The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America is gearing up for its annual "Scouting for Food" drive. On Saturday, thousands of Scouts from across the state will be distributing door... more

Halloween Spooktacular at The Crossing

SMITHFIELD – Join The Crossing at Smithfield for some Halloween fun on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 10-11am: Trick-or-Treating at participating stores led by the Smithfield Police... more

Barrows: Health, safety of students should be highest priority

SMITHFIELD - In a recent press release, Brent Barrows, Republican candidate for School Committee, said that after attending a public forum on health and safety in Smithfield schools hosted by Supt.... more

Alsawaf said he is not a 'career politician'

SMITHFIELD - In a press release this week, Hasan Alsawaf, Republican candidate for state Senate District 22, said, "If you're fed up with the insiders, I am not one. If you're fed up with corruption... more

Cavanagh wants to preserve history of Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - In a recent press release, Republican candidate Maxine Cavanagh, who is seeking re-election on the Town Council, said that "living in such a beautiful and historic place makes me want to... more

Nicholson announces platform

SMITHFIELD - In a press release this week, Democratic candidate Richard Nicholson said that he makes his first run for Town Council with the love and support from his wife Doreen and his four... more

McNelis comments on traffic and possible solutions

SMITHFIELD - Ryan McNelis, Democrat candidate for Town Council, said in a press release this week that the issue of traffic within Smithfield has been made a political issue recently. "This insults... more

O'Connor-Santos supports school facilities bond

SMITHFIELD - In a recent press release, Sheila O'Connor-Santos, Democratic candidate for School Committee, said that as a parent of two Smithfield students, she is encouraged to see technology... more

Archambault wants to shut 'revolving door at the legislature'

GLOCESTER - Lauri Archambault, an independent candidate for State Senate District 23, representing Glocester, Burrillville, and North Smithfield, said in a press release that "the time has come for... more

Group names Archambault Legislator of the Year

SMITHFIELD - Democratic state Senator Stephen Archambault, who is running for re-election in District 22, announced in a press release this week that he was named Legislator of the Year by the Rhode... more

Sette says he is committed to making sure funds are used efficiently

GLOCESTER - Steven A. Sette, independent candidate for election to the Glocester Town Council, said in his press release that he is committed to continuing to making sure that any town funds are... more

Delmonico details plan to cut state budget deficit

SCITUATE - Republican candidate for House District 41, Lillian Jean Delmonico, issued a statement detailing her plan to cut the state's budget deficit. "For Rhode Island to attract business and... more

Ponaganset youth groups welcome freshmen with leadership retreat

GLOCESTER - Ponaganset's Youth to Youth group, under the leadership of PHS educator Rebecca Walsh, and Students Taking Action on Real Situations, with adviser and PHS guidance counselor Linda Bucci,... more