The Observer, Smithfield & West

Comprehensive Plan has a long wish list for Smithfield

SMITHFIELD - Town officials are preparing to roll out a proposed Comprehensive Community Plan that will set the direction for land use and government operations here over the next decade. The... more

Town accepts Bryant's latest offer on campus calls

Bryant stayed firm on per-run payment for police, fire, rescue
SMITHFIELD - After years of disagreement that threatened to poison the relationship between the town and Bryant University, the two sides appear closer to striking a deal over how the university will... more

Grant eases Smithfield's all-day K expense in fall

SMITHFIELD - School Supt. Robert M. O'Brien has good news to share with the community. "Out of the blue," he said, he received word that the state has reversed course and will give the school... more

Budget proposal will require no property tax increase

SMITHFIELD - Town Manager Dennis Finlay plans soon to unveil a proposed municipal budget for the coming fiscal year that would require no property tax increase and would slightly lower motor vehicle... more

Scituate backs Blue Star Moms

SCITUATE - Scituate supports our troops, that's for sure. Two members of the Rhode Island Blue Star Moms discovered that fact when, seeking support for creation of a Blue Star Mom's Day, they won a... more

Costantino ousted from House Corporations Committee

SMITHFIELD - In the dog-eat-dog world of Rhode Island politics, state Rep. Gregory Costantino's refusal to support new House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has come back to bite him in the seat. That... more

ACLU sues Police to allow anonymous political writing

SMITHFIELD - The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the town's Police Department on behalf of a gay rights activist seeking to end prosecution of citizens who circulate anonymous criticisms of... more

URI debate of right, left, April 26 asks what policies best for failing state?

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is inviting the public to a state policy debate on Saturday, April 26 at the University of Rhode Island's Swan Hall, 60 Upper College... more

Easter services

North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, North Scituate, 401-647-3238. Thursday, April 17 - Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 - Ecumenical Good Friday service. All... more

Call Mosquito Squad when the bugs show up

SMITHFIELD - As the seasons change and the temperature gets warmer, it's time to watch out for mosquitoes and ticks. Or Kara Maggiacomo will watch out for you. With a degree in outdoor education,... more

Travel Club trip, Portfolio Day just ahead

A week ago today marked one of the most celebrated events of the SHS calendar - the Senior Oratorical Contest. All of the speakers did an incredible job, but the one who seemed to stand out the most... more

Town of Scituate recruiting EMA volunteers

SCITUATE - The Scituate Emergency Management Agency is seeking volunteers for Medical Emergency Distribution System Point-of-Dispensing. Volunteers of all ages, female and male, are needed to... more

Casey Farms' chicks at Hope Library

SCITUATE - Hope Library, 374 North Road, will offer several programs during school vacation week, April 21-25. Casey Farms Project Chick: Monday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. Learn how chickens are raised in... more

Foster libraries accepting Food for Fines during April

FOSTER - Erase your overdue fines at Foster Public and Tyler Free libraries during the month of April by bringing in donations of non-perishable food in support of the Foster Food Pantry. All... more

Cupcakes, crafts at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host the following programs. Kids Craft - Cupcake Mania: Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. Paint a ceramic cupcake bank and... more

Hands That Heal yard sale April 26-27

SCITUATE - Hands That Heal RI will host a yard sale to raise money to help the animals of the elderly and needy April 26-27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Apple Hill Drive. For information contact... more

Glocester Heritage Society meets Monday

GLOCESTER - The next meeting of the Glocester Heritage Society will be held on Monday at 7 p.m., in the Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Main St. The guest speaker will be Pamela Boylan from the Rhode... more

Georgiaville Pond group meets next Thursday

SMITHFIELD - The Georgiaville Pond Association will meet on Thursday, April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Redeemer Church, 54 Cedar Swamp Road. The group will discuss dam repairs, winter water level,... more

Baby chicks hatching at Glocester Manton

GLOCESTER - The Glocester libraries will feature hands-on activities for children during School Vacation Week, April 21-26.The activities include: Baby Chick Observatory - Come and observe baby chick... more

Bring unwanted electronics to Douglas Lumber April 19-26

SMITHFIELD - Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is holding a free electronics recycling event at Douglas Lumber, 125 Douglas Pike, Saturday, April 19 through Saturday, April 26. Accepted items for... more

Caregiver support group meeting Wednesday

SMITHFIELD - Dora C. Howard Centre will host a free caregiver support group meeting at the Adult Day Services Bldg., 715 Putnam Pike, on the campus of The Village at Waterman Lake on Wednesday,... more

Notre Dame High School seeks alumni for multi-class reunion

CENTRAL FALLS - Alumnae of Notre Dame High School will hold a reunion on Sunday, June 22. The event is for all former students, both graduates and non-graduates of Notre Dame High School from 1937-... more

Cash Mob planned for April 24

LINCOLN - The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance will host a cash mob in the Seabra Plaza, 2000 Mendon Road, Cumberland, on Thursday,... more

Tarro joins RIHA board of directors

CRANSTON -The Rhode Island Hospitality Association has announced the appointment of restaurateur Christopher Tarro to its board of directors. Tarro, of Greenville, has been co-owner of Siena... more

Sport Clips salon offers MVP experience

LINCOLN - A hair salon catering to men and boys, with MVP services and flat-screen televisions that play only sports, has opened in Albion Commons. Upon arrival to Sport Clips, clients walk in to see... more

Business After Hours event set for April 24 at Uno Chicago Grill

SMITHFIELD - The North Central Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours event at Uno Chicago Grill, 371 Putnam Pike, on Thursday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. Network, make connections to... more