The Observer, Smithfield & West

Mater Ecclesiae College will close

No plans for property as of yet
SMITHFIELD - The Legion of Christ announced last month that it will be closing its doors on the Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville at the end of the academic year, leaving residents to wonder what... more

Clough elected new School Committee chairman

Focus will be on improving school infrastructure
SMITHFIELD - Republican Sean Clough, in the middle of serving his first four-year term on the Smithfield School Committee, was nominated and unanimously elected Monday night to serve as the chairman... more

Town Council recount date postponed by Board of Elections

SMITHFIELD - A recount scheduled for the Smithfield Town Council on Nov. 13 has been postponed, and as of mid-week no new date is known, leaving the town to see if the new 3-2 Democratic majority... more

Police investigation leads to arrest of Missouri man

SMITHFIELD - Following an investigation prompted by the Smithfield Police Department, police in Morehouse, Mo., arrested 22-year-old Jayson Luther, of Morehouse, charging him with the sexual... more

Holidaze Stained Glass in Chepachet has new owner, but same community feel

GLOCESTER - A lifelong artist and Rhode Island native, 45-year-old Karyn Rae Szaro, is the new owner of Holidaze Stained Glass - My Free Spirit, a retail store and stained glass studio located at 712... more

Winsor Road Bridge in Foster re-opened to traffic

FOSTER - After 59 days of construction, the new Winsor Road Bridge in Foster was opened to traffic after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 8. With a minimum lifespan of 50 years, the new bridge was... more

Warner Bros., Van Allsburg to visit Woonsocket for national anniversary of Polar Express movie

WOONSOCKET - An event on Saturday, Dec. 6, will showcase the top-notch holiday entertainment operated at One Depot Square to guests from across the country, when The Polar Express author Chris Van... more

Polar Express helps the hungry

WOONSOCKET - Donations of non-perishable food will be collected during the annual Polar Express train ride, Nov. 22- Dec. 21. Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will help feed hungry... more

Residents invited to participate in Polar Express house decorating contest

As part of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's 15th anniversary of hosting the popular Polar Express train ride this holiday season, the tourist agency is encouraging area residents who live... more

Local Scouts awarded Eagle rank

SCITUATE - Kevin Krupowies, 18, of Glocester; Jon Howe, 17, of Scituate; and Alexander Cerullo, 18, of Scituate; all members of North Scituate Boy Scout Troop 1, received their Eagle Scout rank at an... more


SCITUATE - A photo on page 4 of last week's edition of The Valley Breeze & Observer listed a veteran with an incorrect title before his name. Donald McCall, of North Scituate, is a retired master... more

DEM will host public meeting on Wildlife Action Plan

SMITHFIELD - The state Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting in Greenville on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to discuss the 2015 Wildlife Action Plan,... more

Gauthiers perform at Dave's for Toys for Tots

SMITHFIELD - Vocalists Jesse Liam Gauthier and his dad, Jack Gauthier, a Grammy-nominated recording engineer, will perform several holiday concerts at Dave's Marketplace at Smithfield Crossings.... more

CHS Class of 1994 will reunite Nov. 29 at Twelve Acres

CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland High School Class of 1994 will hold its 20-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 11 p.m., at Twelve Acres, 445 Douglas Pike, Smithfield. For information, classmates... more

Tolman Class of 1959 to reunite Saturday

PAWTUCKET - Tolman High School Class of 1959 will hold its 55-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 6 to midnight, at the Pawtucket Country Club, 900 Armistice Blvd. For more information, call 401-... more

Explore 'Records from Under the Reservoir'

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a library archive open house featuring "Records from under the Reservoir" on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m. The library... more

SBA seeks nominations for Small Business awards

PROVIDENCE - The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year and other small business awards. Winners will be honored... more

Moosup Valley Fire Craft Fair is Saturday

FOSTER - Moosup Valley Fire Company, at 55 Moosup Valley Road, will host its 10th annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.¬? Pottery, hand-turned¬?wood items, jewelry, country... more

The Audubon Society is collecting winter gloves for middle school students

SMITHFIELD - The Audubon Society is collecting gloves for middle school-aged children. Donations can be dropped of at Powder Mill Ledges Headquarters in Smithfield, 12 Sanderson Road, or at the... more

Smithfield Elks host Turkey Trot Saturday

SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield Lodge of Elks will host its annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m., 326 Farnum Pike. Stop by and try to win a turkey for your thanksgiving dinner. Refreshments... more

Take the Toothpick and Marshmallow Building Challenge

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a Toothpick and Marshmallow Building Challenge on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Use your creativity to engineer a... more

Make a Thanksgiving craft

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Library, 50 Esmond St., will host a Thanksgiving craft on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to noon. Students from Bryant University will work alongside members of the... more

Boy Scouts food collection a success

EAST PROVIDENCE - The Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of America hosted its 27th annual Scouting for Food Drive on Nov. 1, collecting food for Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts and Connecticut... more

Team Samaritans R.I. raise $21,000 for suicide prevention awareness program

PAWTUCKET - On Oct. 26, Team Samaritans R.I., runners and walkers from throughout Rhode Island, faced the morning chill and saw a sunrise as they "Crossed the Bridge to Hope" at the 2014 Citizen Bank... more

Tri-Town offers help with heating bills

NORTH PROVIDENCE- Tri-Town Community Action Agency is seeking applications for their LiHEAP Program from individuals and families who need help paying fuel bills this year. The program serves North... more