The Observer, Smithfield & West

Wild Bill’s red, white, and blue roof is ‘for the veterans’

GLOCESTER – A log home on Route 44 in Chepachet has received a permanent, patriotic makeover, just in time for Memorial Day. Red, white, and blue shingles form an American flag on the roof at 2150... more

Ponaganset High School teacher needs public votes for $100,000 education grant

GLOCESTER – Donned in waders, David Moscarelli and science students at Ponaganset High School study fish and crayfish in a pond located on school grounds, using a GoPro camera to monitor the animals... more

Invenergy officials talk Burrillville power plant plans

Handful of protestors rally outside Chamber event Thursday
BURRILLVILLE – Kathleen Martley, holding a sign that reads “Save Burrillville,” stood outside Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln Thursday morning, concerned for her hometown that’s becoming “... more

Scituate man sentenced for traveling to have sex with 14-year-old

PROVIDENCE – Randy Collins, 44, of Scituate, was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison for traveling interstate with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Collins previously... more

Meet Smithfield High’s top 10

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield High School has announced its top 10 graduating seniors of 2016. Written by SHS senior Jade Dumoulin, here are some of the students’ accomplishments, memories, and future... more

Scituate names leading students of Class of 2016

SCITUATE – The top 10 students in Scituate High School’s class of 2016 not only achieved success in the classroom, many of them are leaders in athletics, music, drama, and student government. One is... more

Support breast cancer survivors by knitting knockers

SMITHFIELD – One local breast cancer survivor wants to make day-to-day life more comfortable for other survivors. Dianne Fonseca, of Smithfield, a 17-year survivor and an active fundraiser for the... more

Providence Water proposes leasing, closing several town roads

SCITUATE – The Providence Water Supply Board is proposing closing a handful of town roads in Scituate including one that serves as a cut-through from Route 6 to Route 101. Residents will have the... more

VFW seeks help with Trackchair fundraiser

SMITHFIELD – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929 in Smithfield wants to set up a local paralyzed veteran with an all-terrain wheelchair, and is looking for both donations and applicants. Called a... more

Hearing today on power plant bill

PROVIDENCE – The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing for this Thursday, May 26, on legislation sponsored by Rep. Cale Keable, of District 47, Burrillville and... more

Ponaganset High School names third quarter honor roll

GLOCESTER – The following students have been named to the third quarter honor roll at Ponaganset High School. Grade 12 Highest Honors: Tristan Arnold, Trent Babington, Jennifer Belisle, Jarred... more

Scituate Middle School lists third quarter honors

SCITUATE – The following students have been named to the third quarter honor roll at Scituate Middle School. Grade 8 High Honors: Cameron Barry, Nicole Belanger, Jillian Besser, Leah Bessette, Emma... more

Bryant opens Conaty Indoor Athletic Center

SMITHFIELD – A new indoor athletic center is now open at Bryant University, making it the largest facility of its kind on the East Coast. On May 14, Bryant University officials held a dedication... more

Volunteers needed for planting Scituate Community Garden

SCITUATE – The Scituate Rotary Club will be planting the Scituate Community Garden at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 28. Volunteers are needed for two to three hours to help plant. The garden is located... more

College news

Bianca Maria McAfee of Greenville has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Assumption College. Jordan Dalpe, a senior hospitality and event management major from Smithfield, was named... more

Craft and vendor fair will benefit Scituate Animal Shelter

SCITUATE – A Paws N Claws Craft and Vendor Extravaganza will be held at the Scituate Community Center, 546 West Greenville Road, this Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items will be for sale... more

Thurber artwork on display at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE – Earle Thurber, of North Scituate, will display his paintings in the meeting room at the North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, through June 22. For more information,... more

Providence Water hosts walking tour June 4

SCITUATE – Providence Water will host a walk in the Tunk Hill peninsula of the watershed forest property on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, a time when spring wildflowers, such as lady’s... more

Harmony Library hosts Spring Plant Sale on Saturday

GLOCESTER – The Friends of the Harmony Library will host a Spring Plant Sale at the library, 195 Putnam Pike, on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. until plants are sold out. A variety of locally grown... more

Glocester libraries offer online registration

GLOCESTER – The Glocester libraries – Harmony Library and Glocester Manton Library – now offer online registration at for library programs. Patrons can register for adult... more

Find the Flowers at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD – The deadline for East Smithfield Library’s Find the Flowers scavenger hunt is Tuesday, May 31. Children of all ages are invited to find colorful flowers that are hiding in the library.... more

Candidate School 2016 seminar at RIC June 4

PROVIDENCE – Operation Clean Government’s “Candidate School 2016” is a daylong, non-partisan educational seminar on how to run for political office. Welcoming those who may be considering a run for... more

National Grid issues public safety warning

PROVIDENCE – National Grid is reminding residents that the broad swaths of open ground that high-voltage power lines run through are private property where unauthorized access is against the law and... more