The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield gets tech-ed out for new school year

Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education are on the list for 2014-2015
SMITHFIELD - With the start of a new school year come a few exciting changes for Smithfield teachers and students, including an updated wireless system which offers high-speed Internet access in... more

Full-day K program means more time for learning and socializing

SMITHFIELD - This year's incoming kindergarten classes will have more time to learn (and play) than their predecessors in the Smithfield public school district. Through funding by the Town Council,... more

Negotiations for teacher contract still ongoing

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield School Committee began negotiating a new teacher contract in March, and discussions are still ongoing, according to Robert O'Brien, superintendent of Smithfield Public... more

Three Ponaganset grads awarded $4,000 scholarships, thanks to generous alumnus

GLOCESTER - The exceptional generosity of a California man who was among the first graduates of Ponaganset High School has made it possible for three PHS graduates who overcame personal adversities... more

Police Dept. promotion: Rollinson to be second-in-charge

SCITUATE - Careful to avoid acting on anything not specifically listed on its agenda, the Town Council at its Aug. 14 meeting voted to allow Police Chief Col. David M. Randall to appoint a second-in-... more

Smithfield Land Trust celebrates new trails at Aug. 23 event

SMITHFIELD - Nature-loving residents and visitors will have more scenic trails for hiking and walking, thanks to recent additions by the Smithfield Land Trust. To celebrate the recently completed... more

The 645 Restaurant & Bar opens on Douglas Pike

SMITHFIELD - The newly opened 645 Restaurant & Bar, aptly named for its location at 645 Douglas Pike, features an Italian-American menu, but according to owner Bob Buitta, the eatery is not "just... more

Scituate Class of 2017 to host fundraiser

SCITUATE – A fundraising bake sale for the Scituate High School Class of 2017 will be held at the Scituate Farmers Market, Institute Lane, on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. Baked goods,... more

Project Management Institute marks 15 years in September

SMITHFIELD - The Ocean State Chapter of Project Management Institute will celebrate 15 years as a PMI chapter on Sept. 11 at Bryant College, the organization is announcing. The OSPMI was... more

Enjoy outdoor summer reading with Revive the Roots

SMITHFIELD - Revive the Roots is hosting outdoor summer reading at Mowry Gardens, 374 Farnum Pike, every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The group offers free crafts, storytelling, and reading in the... more

Providence Water Walking Tour offers scenic views, history lessons

SCITUATE - Providence Water, operator of the largest water utility in Rhode Island, is offering its latest free public field tour on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Scituate Reservoir Watershed. The three-... more

Man arrested in case of video voyeurism

SMITHFIELD - In a media release Monday afternoon, the Smithfield Police Department said that they arrested 32-year-old Nathan Steele of Southbridge, Mass., at the Barnes & Noble at Smithfield... more

McCabe Elementary celebrates back to school tonight

SMITHFIELD - In anticipation of the start of the new school year, Anna M. McCabe Elementary School is hosting a meet and greet for families with Principal Cathy Pleau, faculty and staff tonight,... more

Archambault highlights past accomplishments

SMITHFIELD - State Sen. Steve Archambault, who is seeking re-election in District 22, said in a press release this week that he believes he has had a "highly productive first term" in the General... more

Fasteson: Rebuild economy by rebuilding community

SMITHFIELD - David Fasteson, Democratic candidate for state Senate in District 22, said in a press release this week that he wants to "rebuild Rhode Island's economy by repairing (the) state's... more

Campbell announces council run

SCITUATE - David B. Campbell, of Ashland Road, has announced his candidacy for Scituate Town Council. He is an endorsed candidate in the Scituate Republican primary to be held on Sept. 9. Campbell is... more

Republican Vaughan will run for Town Council

SCITUATE - Rocky Vaughan has announced that he will run in the Scituate Town Council race. In a press release, Vaughan calls himself a new type of Republican, or "roguepublican." Vaughan said he did... more

Glocester Land Trust hosts free cookout and scavenger hunt

GLOCESTER - The Glocester Land Trust will host a free cookout and scavenger hunt on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Sprague Farm Town Forest, located across from 162 Pine Orchard... more

Free concert at Vasa Park tonight

FOSTER - A free summer concert, sponsored by, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at Vasa Park on Boswell Trail off Route 6. The event will be held rain or shine. The... more

Harmony Library offers one-on-one computer help

GLOCESTER - The Harmony Library offers one-on-one computer help on a variety of subjects. During the week of Aug. 25, they include: e-Reader Instruction - Learn how to use your handheld device to... more

NPHS Class of 1964 plans 50-year reunion

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Members of the North Providence High School Class of 1964 are planning a 50-year reunion for Saturday evening, Sept. 20, at the Coachmen's Lodge in Bellingham, Mass. For details,... more

Farmers market fundraiser for Class of 2017

SCITUATE - The Scituate High School Class of 2017 will hold a fundraiser at the Scituate Farmers Market, Institute Lane, on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will feature baked... more

Gazebo movie night set for Aug. 29

SCITUATE - British Motorcars of New England has planned a movie night at the Scituate Gazebo, Route 116, on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a classic "car" movie, appropriate for all ages... more

Learn five-minute bookbinding Aug. 28

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a DIY craft - Five-Minute Bookbinding - on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. This program is for ages 16 and older. Call 401-... more

See 'The Goonies' in North Scituate

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will show "The Goonies" at its next movie night, Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Call the library at 401-647-5133.

North Scituate Library hours are changing

SCITUATE - The North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will change its hours beginning on Sept. 2. The change will only effect Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The new schedule will... more