The Observer, Smithfield & West

50 icy dips in 24 hours: Foster chief takes the plunge

FOSTER – Crazy, but commendable? Foster Police Chief William Ziehl is taking the Special Olympic’s Penguin Plunge to the extreme, plunging into the cold waters of Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett 50... more

Smithfield police arrest man after drug investigation, seize guns

SMITHFIELD – Police have arrested a local man on drug and gun charges. On March 15, at 8:20 p.m., Smithfield police arrested Justin Santagata, 26, of 3 Ursula Road. He was charged with possession... more

Smithfield Police looking for suspect in armed robbery

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the Smithfield Police Department responded to the Speedway convenience store, located at 263 Putnam Pike, for a reported robbery according to... more

Over two dozen dogs, snakes, rats rescued from Smithfield home

Home was condemned
The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued approximately 25 dogs from a home at 189 Pleasant View Ave., in Smithfield due to animal cruelty issues. In addition to the... more

Service dogs need training and vetting, says Rep. Winfield

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SMITHFIELD – Rep. Thomas Winfield, during a phone interview this week, juggled talking about his latest bill with training his dogs, Buddy and Teddy. Both golden retrievers, Winfield’s oldest, Buddy... more

Family rolls 750 meatballs for fundraiser

SCITUATE – With most grandparents, the birth of a grandchild means a new adventure in life, but for Jill Shurtleff and her husband, Rick, their new grandson brought an adventure with expected twists... more

Council tables resolution to rescind opposition to Burrillville power plant

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SCITUATE – With members of the community and surrounding areas present, the Scituate Town Council last Thursday decided to table a resolution to rescind a December 2016 resolution opposing the... more

Arrests made in Smithfield animal house

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SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Tuesday rescued approximately 25 dogs from a home at 189 Pleasant View Ave. due to allegations of animal cruelty. In... more

Award-winning film by local Marron deconstructs ‘Deflategate’ narrative

PROVIDENCE – Atticus Marron-Gascoigne, an 8th-grader at St. Philip School in Greenville, is a football fan who enjoys watching New England Patriots football. His mother, filmmaker Julie Marron, is... more

Lincoln Middle School’s Chatragadda spells his way to nationals

LINCOLN – After spelling more than 20 words over 2 1/2 hours, Lincoln Middle School 8th-grader Lohith Chatragadda won the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee on his home turf last Saturday, correctly... more

Greenville Primary Care gets face lift

Welcomes new business: Greenville Aesthetics
SMITHFIELD – Practitioners at Greenville Aesthetics, 600 Putnam Pike, say there’s no shame in spending money on your appearance. Services available at the new practice include medical-grade facials,... more

Holy Week, Easter church services

Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 54 Cedar Swamp Road (Route 5), Smithfield. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services, March 29 and 30, at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday Divine Worship... more

Birthday Club

March 23 Kathy Thorpe: To my sister, a gift from God, what would I do without you? Happy Birthday, Love Mare

Old County Road School PTA receives $1,000 grant

SMITHFIELD – National PTA and the Bayer USA Foundation have awarded Old County Road School PTA with a $1,000 grant to engage families in science education. A press release announced that Old County... more

Home Rule Charter organizers looking for signatures

SCITUATE – Organizers of the Scituate Home Rule Charter Petition are seeking signatures. For information about the petition, or to sign, go to: • Hope Public Library, 374 North Road, on Monday,... more

Easter Egg Extravaganza March 31

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its annual Easter Egg Extravaganza on Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. This activity is for children ages 2-5. Children will... more