The Observer, Smithfield & West

Officials hoping for full PARCC participation

While NEARI says parents have right to exclude their children
SMITHFIELD - While Smithfield school officials said that they want 100 percent participation from students on this year's new standardized testing, the PARCC, they do concede they can't force... more

'The Sound of Music' hits the stage at Smithfield High School

SMITHFIELD - The halls are alive with the sound of music, at least at Smithfield High School. Since January, students at the high school have been rehearsing for their production of "The Sound of... more

School reconfiguration committee will look at educational needs of students

SMITHFIELD - The new committee created to look at possible reconfigurations for the town's four elementary schools should be researching how students learn in today's society, not how much money the... more

School Committee approves 2015-2016 budget

Includes cuts for new AP classes
SMITHFIELD - After nearly $1.2 million cuts were made from a proposed 2015-2016 budget for the school department, members of the School Committee approved the balanced budget at Monday night's... more

Learning to lead: 14 sophomore girls at SHS will participate in new community program

SMITHFIELD - Fourteen sophomore girls at Smithfield High School will have the chance to meet once a month for the next two-and-a-half years to develop and hone their leadership skills and work with... more

Pawtucket devastated after 'gut punch' PawSox announcement

Officials not giving up, but will seek best use if team leaves
PAWTUCKET - It was the news many dreaded and few wanted to believe: The Pawtucket Red Sox, a part of the city's cultural fabric unlike any other organization, are set to leave for what its new owners... more

Plunging for progress: Super Plunge team raises funds, awareness for Special Olympics

Update: Due to icy conditions, the Super Plunge has been postponed from Feb. 28 to a later date. This article will be updated again when a new date has been picked. NORTH PROVIDENCE - It might sound... more

A meal with a view: Smithfield's Tavern on the Water

SMITHFIELD - When Linda Marchioni, owner of the Tavern on the Water restaurant, saw the property at 743 Putnam Pike in Smithfield, she said she fell in love. "My dream was to have a restaurant on the... more

East Smithfield Library receives $28,520 grant

SMITHFIELD - The East Smithfield Public Library was awarded a Champlin Foundations grant of $28,520. The library has announced the grant will allow replacement of the air conditioning system on the... more

Winter walk in Scituate rescheduled

SCITUATE - Providence Water is offering a winter walk in the forest on the west side of the Horseshoe Dam near the village of North Scituate on Sunday, March 22. Participants will meet at 9 a.m.... more

North Scituate Fire Dept. offers fish and chips during Lent

SCITUATE - North Scituate Fire Department, 201 Danielson Pike, will offer fish and chips every Friday during Lent, through April 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Call ahead to place your order at 401-647-3372.... more

North Scituate Library hosts Humor and the Harp

SCITUATE - North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host Humor and the Harp: A night of free music and comedy on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Harpist Mary King will present "an... more

Birthday Club

March 11 Aidan Fortier, Happy 5th Birthday to our little man! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Evan and Emma XO March 12 Happy Birthday Denise Aubin! Love, the Barnetts March 19 Pauline Papineau, Happy Birthday!... more

The Kibble Closet to offer free pet food

FOSTER - The Bath & Biscuit and Beyond, 187 Danielson Pike, has announced the opening of The Kibble Closet, established to provide free dog and cat food to people in western Rhode Island and... more

Ponaganset Community Wellness Fair set for March 4

SCITUATE - The 10th annual Ponaganset Community Wellness Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ponaganset Middle School, 7 Rustic Hill Road, North Scituate. The event will... more

Masters Regional lists 2nd quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD - The following students have been named to the second quarter honor roll at Masters Regional Academy. Grade 12 Highest Honors: Sharon-Rose Granata. High Honors: Jacob Parent, Kelly King,... more

Mystery Book Club meets Tuesday

SMITHFIELD -The Greenville Library Mystery Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 573 Putnam Pike. The club will discuss "There Was an Old Woman," by Hallie... more

East Smithfield Library offers Homework Express

SMITHFIELD - The Homework Express continues at the East Smithfield Public Library for students in grades K-8. Each Thursday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the children's/young adult librarian will be... more

Trinity Thrift Shop half price sale March 4-14

SCITUATE - Trinity Thrift Shop, 36e Danielson Pike, North Scituate, will host a half price sale Wednesday, March 4, through Saturday, March 14. Hours are Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.;... more

Library offers art every Wednesday

SMITHFIELD - East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., offers Art In The Afternoon on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to enjoy this free literature-based art program. The... more

'1-2-3 Magic for Parents' workshop is March 5

PROVIDENCE - Meeting Street School, 1000 Eddy St., presents a "1-2-3 Magic for Parents" workshop on Thursday, March 5. The two-hour seminar, which is part of the Meeting Street Parent Series and is... more

Diabetes management class offered at Fatima

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The Diabetes Management Center at Fatima Hospital is offering two-hour classes that will meet weekly for a total of five weeks beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25. Classes are offered... more

Beltone Hearing Program offered March 15

CRANSTON - The Deaf and Health Department of the Rhode Island State Grange will sponsor a Beltone Hearing Program with a free luncheon on Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Oaklawn Grange Hall, 24 Searle... more

Personal care items sought for shelter

BELLINGHAM, Mass. - The Bellingham Woman of Today and area businesses are collecting personal care items for the Medway House, a shelter for homeless families. Collection baskets will be in the... more