The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield school officials juggle adding more staff with balancing the budget

SMITHFIELD – In a move they say would help Smithfield High School keep and attract quality teachers to the district, school officials want to bump three part-time elective teachers to full-time next... more

Watch out for downed trees and branches, Manni warns

SMITHFIELD – As today’s winter storm warning expired at 5 p.m., Smithfield residents should still be wary of downed trees and branches, some of which have taken down power lines, says Todd Manni,... more

Smithfield woman seriously injured in car crash in Mass.

Her Nissan was hit by an alleged murder suspect
SMITHFIELD – A Smithfield woman was seriously injured after the car she was driving in Norton, Mass. Wednesday night was hit by a car operated by an alleged murder suspect. Martin McDonald, 35, of... more

Raimondo, at Smithfield High School, shares plan to make SAT, PSATs free

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SMITHFIELD – Meeting with Smithfield High School students Monday morning, Gov. Gina Raimondo discussed making the SAT and PSAT exams free for public high school students and to allow students to take... more

Scituate Police Department assists in catching bank robbery suspect

SCITUATE – Scituate Police officers on Friday, Jan. 29 assisted in catching a bank robbery suspect who had fled Connecticut and was traveling on Route 6 toward the Foster town line. Jason Loyd, 39,... more

St. Thomas Episcopal takes on ‘Bible Challenge’

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SMITHFIELD – While many devout Christians read and listen to Scripture every Sunday morning, many have not read through the Bible – at least not every page. That’s according to the Rev. Susan... more

Ethics Commission looking into complaint against Zoning Board Chairman Fonseca

SMITHFIELD – Antonio Fonseca, the Zoning Board of Review chairman, is being investigated by the Rhode Island Ethics Commission for allegedly failing to file proper financial documents after supplying... more

Raimondo’s budget highlights investments in education, jobs

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina Raimondo said she’s dedicated to rebuilding Rhode Island’s economy “one job at a time” by bringing “jobs that pay and skills that matter” to the residents of the Ocean State.... more

Winsor students learn about table manners and dining etiquette from former king’s staffer

SMITHFIELD – Sharing a name with a Disney princess and having worked for a king in the Middle East, a visiting etiquette instructor easily had students’ attention at William Winsor Elementary School... more

Cinderella’s Closet: helping local girls have a magical prom – at no cost

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SMITHFIELD – A group of fairy godmothers is hoping to help girls in need this prom season by offering dresses, accessories, makeup, and hairstyling at no cost. To make as much magic as possible,... more

Pagliarini pleads guilty to falsifying unemployment documents, avoiding paying union benefits

GLOCESTER – A landscaping and nursery company executive pleaded guilty on Jan. 28 to orchestrating plans to avoid paying union benefits and falsifying unemployment documents. Steven Pagliarini, 57,... more

Northern R.I. Chamber announces award winners to be honored Tuesday

LINCOLN – Larry Lucchino, Pawtucket Red Sox chairman and president/CEO emeritus of the Boston Red Sox, will be the keynote speaker at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber’s 25th annual dinner on Tuesday... more

Navigant lists 4.6 percent growth at 100th annual meeting

SMITHFIELD – Navigant Credit Union leaders reported “strong growth” and “recommitted its dedication to the communities it serves” at the credit union 100th annual shareholders meeting last week. The... more

Solar energy public meeting set for Feb. 9

FOSTER – A “Solar Energy – The Future is here” informational meeting will be held at the Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m., for local residents and... more

Marcello hosts public forum on tolls Saturday

SCITUATE – Rep. Michael Marcello, a Democrat representing Scituate and Cranston, will host a public forum to discuss proposed legislation related to tolls on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m... more

Glocester Libraries sponsor Book Discussion and Dinner

GLOCESTER – The Glocester libraries will sponsor a special Book Discussion and Light Dinner on Monday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m., at the Glocester Manton Library, 1137 Putnam Pike. Participants should read “... more

Harmony Library features Home School 101 workshop

GLOCESTER – Harmony Library will offer a Home School 101 workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the library’s Community Room. Learn about state laws, district policies, curriculum,... more

Gentian Garden Club meets Feb. 9

SCITUATE – The Gentian Garden Club will meet at the North Scituate Community House, 546 West Greenville Road, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. This month’s program will be a cooking demonstration,... more

Food for Fines this month at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, is offering “Food for Fines” during the month of February. Support your local food pantry and the library will waive your overdue... more

Trinity Episcopal announces Ash Wednesday services

SCITUATE – Trinity Episcopal Church, 251 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, will hold Ash Wednesday services, with imposition of ashes and the Holy Eucharist, on Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. For more... more

Pasta dinner to benefit LLS and Maddie’s Mission

JOHNSTON – A pasta night fundraiser will be held at PJ’s Pub, 198 Putnam Pike, on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event is run by Maddie’s Mission,... more

Eco-Depot is Saturday at Central Landfill

JOHNSTON – Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation will host a free Eco-Depot collection this Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Central Landfill, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston. The Eco-Depot... more