The Observer, Smithfield & West

In Scituate, a public airing on Hope Mill plans is set for April 2

SCITUATE - In an unusual move, the Town Council will hold a special forum Thursday, April 2, to tell residents as much as can be disclosed publicly about the status of the Hope Mill in the southern... more

Bill to create PARCC opt-out policy will be heard April 1

PROVIDENCE – A bill that would allow parents and guardians of students in Rhode Island schools to opt out of the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, PARCC,... more

VIDEO: Sarah Potenza moves on to live playoffs on NBC's 'The Voice'

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield’s Sarah Potenza will be moving on to the live playoffs round of NBC’s hit singing competition show The Voice, after her performance last night of “Wasted Love” by Matt... more

Three arrested for running illegal gambling operation in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – Three men – two from North Providence and one from Providence – were arrested Tuesday by members of the Rhode Island State Police and the FBI, with charges alleging that they own and/or... more

Smithfield resident arrested on marijuana distribution charges

Giangreco is a medical marijuana caregiver
SMITHFIELD – Smithfield resident Andrew Giangreco, 30, of 15 Ursula Road, a Rhode Island medical marijuana caregiver, was arrested this week on charges of possessing more than five kilos of marijuana... more

Glocester man arrested for DUI, after hitting police cruiser

GLOCESTER – After crashing his Chevrolet pickup truck into a police cruiser Friday night, 50-year-old David Deschepper, of 750 Putnam Pike in Glocester, was charged with a DUI and refusal to take a... more

Smithfield man was driving RIPTA bus that killed 9-year-old

Eric Seaberg, 42, of Smithfield, was driving the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus that hit and killed 9-year-old Ani Emdjian, of Providence, Thursday morning, according to Providence police... more

Ponaganset student Leeann Phillips shares her life with Down syndrome

GLOCESTER - When Leeann Phillips, an 18-year-old junior at Ponaganset High School, asked her parents what it was like to have a child with Down syndrome, her mother told her, "You were the baby we... more

Town departments request FY 2016 budgets, but cuts will have to be made

SMITHFIELD - Town Council members met for a workshop on March 19 to run through a list of preliminary budgets for each town department for the fiscal year 2016 budget, which as it stood that night... more

School district privacy officers aim to keep students safe online

SMITHFIELD - Paul Barrette, the school department's director of technology, and Craig Levis, special education director, will serve as the Smithfield school department's district privacy officers, a... more

25 percent of students opt out of PARCC exam in Scituate

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SCITUATE - As of Monday, 354 students out of 1,442 in the Scituate school district had opted out of taking the PARCC exam, the state's new statewide assessment, according to Lawrence Filippelli,... more

Dalton's dream ranch could be a healing space for veterans

FOSTER - When she returned from a 15-month tour in Iraq in 2004, Deb Clamor said that she isolated herself for a few years, suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, before she decided... more

Foster native Jacob Kravitz talks about overcoming hardships with local students

FOSTER - Before he graduates from West Point in two months, 23-year-old Jacob Kravitz returned to Rhode Island earlier this month to speak with students at local high and middle schools about the... more

Fierce Five 5K will be held April 4 in memory of Shannon Heil

LINCOLN - On Saturday, April 4, Brian Heil, the father of the late Shannon Heil, is planning a 5K road race in Lincoln Woods State Park called the Fierce Five in memory of his daughter. All proceeds... more

Purchase tickets for Special Olympics R.I. Spring Fashion Show by Friday

LINCOLN - Special Olympics Rhode Island will host its annual Spring Fashion Show at Twin River Event Center on Thursday, April 9. Reception begins at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show... more

7-part 'starting a business' series begins Saturday

PROVIDENCE - If you are thinking of starting a business and wondering where to begin, you can get the basics at a free seven-part informational workshop series presented by the Providence Public... more

College news

Shelby Santucci of Greenville was named to the president's list at Southern New Hampshire University for the fall seminar 2014. She is the daughter of Karen Falcone of Greenville and Carl Santucci of... more

Greenville Library celebrates Library Awareness Day

SMITHFIELD - On Saturday, March 28, the Greenville Public Library joins other libraries across the state in raising awareness about what Rhode Island libraries are doing and how Rhode Islanders are... more

Make Easter eggs at Hope Library

SCITUATE - Children in grades 1-5 are invited to Hope Library, 374 North Road, to create an Easter egg out of glue and yarn on Wednesday, April 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. Class space is limited. Register at... more

Scituate Lions Club will host Easter candy hunt on April 4

SCITUATE - The Scituate Lions Club will host an Easter candy hunt on Saturday, April 4, rain or shine, at North Scituate Elementary School. Start time is 1 p.m., but people can arrive at 12:30 p.m.... more

Join annual Good Friday Walk for Hunger

PROVIDENCE - The 37th annual Good Friday Walk for Hunger Rhode Island takes place on Friday, April 3, when hundreds of local advocates will step off from multiple sites in Providence, for a 4- to 10... more

Rabies clinic for dogs and cats April 4 at Scituate shelter

SCITUATE - A rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Scituate Animal Shelter, 106 George Washington Highway, Clayville, Saturday, April 4, from noon to 2 p.m.

Come celebrate the libraries Saturday in Glocester

GLOCESTER - On Saturday, March 28, Glocester Manton Library and Harmony Library are celebrating Rhode Island libraries with a day of amnesty and special programs. All patrons with overdue items are... more

Troop 1 Greenville to host spaghetti dinner

SMITHFIELD - Boy Scout Troop 1 Greenville will host a spaghetti and meatball dinner at Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, on Saturday, March 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $7 per person, free... more

Spring stories, crafts at E. Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host spring stories and crafts on Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. Students from Bryant University will be at the library to read... more

Trinity Episcopal Church announces Holy Week schedule

SCITUATE - Trinity Episcopal Church, 251 Danielson Pike, has announced its service schedule for Holy Week. * Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, March 29, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. * Maundy Thursday worship, April... more