The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield PD tickets by the numbers

Most citations given for registration, speeding, phone violations
SMITHFIELD – If your registration’s expired, it’s probably not a good idea to drive through Smithfield. Registration violations have easily surpassed speeding tickets for the first half of 2019, a... more

Animal shelter work blowing budget and deadlines

SCITUATE – Another town project started by the “Independent Men” on the former Town Council is over its budget and late, says Town Council member Charles Collins. A 30-foot-by-30-foot expansion on... more

Preservation Commission’s Law resigns due to ‘contentious’ working conditions

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission Chairwoman Katie Law said she has resigned from her position on the commission after feeling degraded and insulted by the Town Council during... more

Apple Valley Mall is staging area for tree trimming program

SMITHFIELD – The dozen or so ABC Professional Tree Service trucks staged in the Apple Valley Mall parking lot are part of National Grid’s statewide limb removal work to protect power lines, according... more

Smithfield to pay $30K to settle pot lawsuit, will create new ordinance

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Town Council will schedule a public hearing on Sept. 17 to make amendments to the town’s marijuana zoning ordinance following the settlement of a 2017 Rhode Island... more

Council considers clothing recycling program

SMITHFIELD – Eighty-five percent of textiles are not recycled, said Savannah Harik, of Waste Zero, during a presentation of the Simple Recycling clothing recycling program to the Town Council Tuesday... more

Grand Marshal Palmieri dies following Ancients & Horribles Parade

GLOCESTER – Ralph Palmieri, who served as the grand marshal at this year’s Ancients and Horribles Parade, died on July 4 following the parade in Chepachet. Palmieri, 94, fell ill after riding in a... more


True blue – Retired SPD deputy chief reflects on long career
It seems like Jim McVey was destined for a job in uniform. At 91 the retired deputy chief of the Smithfield Police Department has a memory that’s as sharp as the crease in his pants. His ardor for... more

WellOne welcomes new providers

SCITUATE – WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care has announced the addition of Sheila Murphy and Alice Mui to its team of medical providers. WellOne is a federally qualified community health... more

Perla will speak at In His Image Outreach Ministries

GLOCESTER – In His Image Outreach Ministries, 17 Terry Lane, will host Pastor Robert Perla on Sunday, July 14, at the 10:30 a.m. service. Perla is the senior pastor of the New England Ministry... more

Share Memories of Apollo 11 Saturday

SCITUATE – Skyscrapers Inc. will host Memories of Apollo 11 on Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m., at Seagrave Memorial Observatory, 47 Peep Toad Road. During this monthly Skyscrapers Inc. meeting, all are... more

Cursive classes offered at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD – The Friends of the East Smithfield Library will sponsor a cursive writing series this summer for children. The class is held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., at the library, located at 50... more

Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club offers women’s introductory shooting program

BURRILLVILLE – Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club will offer again its “Ladies Learn to Shoot” course on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the club’s 200 Brook Road location. The course, which... more