The Observer, Smithfield & West

Parents, students claim extensive bullying in Scituate

School officials, committee members deny that it’s a problem
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SCITUATE – Jessica Lamaroux was a 3rd-grader at North Scituate Elementary School when the bullying first started. She was punched by a classmate while riding the bus. When her mother, Susan, went to... more

Solicitor Alves resigns amid conflict

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield’s longtime Solicitor Edmund Alves Jr., of the law firm Blish & Cavanagh, handed in his letter of resignation on Monday. In a letter to Town Council President Paul Santucci... more

DOH issues warning on queso fresco

As the Rhode Island Department of Health continues to investigate two cases of listeria, all Rhode Islanders, and particularly pregnant women, are urged to not eat queso fresco made with... more

Smithfield town manager was arrested for DUI in June

SMITHFIELD – Records show that Town Manager Randy Rossi was charged with driving while intoxicated in New York State in mid-June, prior to his selection as town manager. Records obtained from the... more

Scituate Police Station closed due to serious health and safety concerns

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SCITUATE – Following a series of environmental tests that yielded alarming results, the Town Council approved the immediate relocation of Scituate Police Department personnel in a unanimous vote on... more

Ethics Commission dismisses Cavanagh complaint

“It’s an unsettling conclusion” - Commission Chairman Ross Cheit
SMITHFIELD – Concluding a months long investigation, the Rhode Island Ethics Commission dismissed an ethics complaint filed by businessman Jackson Despres against Councilor Maxine Cavanagh in a... more

Smithfield adopts 10 percent increase in water rates

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Town Council, sitting as the Smithfield Water Supply Board, unanimously passed a 10 percent increase in water rates at all tiers during a Sept. 5 meeting. It was the... more

Council passes resolution opposing Hope Mill project

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SCITUATE – With only three councilors casting a vote, the Town Council passed a resolution opposing the development of the Hope Mill as currently proposed by Paramount Development Group in a Sept. 14... more

Social Security info session by Foster DHS Sept. 26

FOSTER – The Foster Department of Human Services will host “What You Need to Know Before Taking Social Security” on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at the Benjamin Eddy Building, 6 South Killingly Road... more

Scituate committee seeks member

SCITUATE – The Scituate Town Council is seeking a member for the Hope Village Review Committee. The person should have an interest and commitment to the vision of the Village Overlay District. The... more

Dexter Pond to receive second herbicide treatment

SCITUATE – Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, Providence Water, and local landowners have scheduled a second herbicide treatment to fight infestation of the invasive weed Yellow Floating... more