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GLOCESTER – The days of the nearly 100-year-old building that once housed the Purple Cat Restaurant in Chepachet are numbered after a business developer purchased the property and is formulating plans to revive the site.

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Smithfield Town Manager Randy Rossi dresses as a penguin in his 3rd annual jump into frigid water for the Special Olympics Penguin Plunge fund… Read more

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FOSTER – Foster has allocated one use for its $1.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds: placing local land records online. Read more

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SMITHFIELD – With the intention of keeping students in school and safe, Supt. Judy Paolucci says she and the district’s COVID response team will review updated guidelines from the Rhode Island Departmen… More

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GLOCESTER – The next meeting of the Glocester Heritage Society, located in the historic Job Armstrong Store, 1181 Main St., Chepachet, will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. More

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GLOCESTER – Glocester residents and officials are remembering Town Council President Julien “Jay” Fogue as a straightforward person and good friend with incredible business acumen and an unbelievable li… More

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SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield School Committee will hire the consulting firm New England School Development Council in its search for a new superintendent, paying more than $10,000 for the help. More

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SMITHFIELD – There’s been an increase in bullying in local schools compared to last year, according to Assistant Supt. Sara Monaco, who says bullying is returning to pre-pandemic levels in Smithfield. More

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series detailing crash data in this dangerous area of Putnam Pike. More

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FOSTER – Foster Social Services is hosting an informational meeting to address the growing need for heating assistance, food insecurity and other public assistance programs next Wednesday, Jan. 12 at th… More

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SMITHFIELD – With a quick turnaround for spending COVID-19 CARES Act grants, the Smithfield Senior Center and Smithfield YMCA received a combined total of $50,000 to bring more services to town residents. More

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SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield School Committee will hire the consulting firm New England School Development Council in its search for a new superintendent, paying more than $10,000 for the help. More

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SMITHFIELD – There’s been an increase in bullying in local schools compared to last year, according to Assistant Supt. Sara Monaco, who says bullying is returning to pre-pandemic levels in Smithfield. More

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Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series detailing crash data in this dangerous area of Putnam Pike. More

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FOSTER – Foster Social Services is hosting an informational meeting to address the growing need for heating assistance, food insecurity and other public assistance programs next Wednesday, Jan. 12 at th… More

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SMITHFIELD – With a quick turnaround for spending COVID-19 CARES Act grants, the Smithfield Senior Center and Smithfield YMCA received a combined total of $50,000 to bring more services to town residents. More

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SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, offers story times for children from ages birth to 5 years. Registration is open for all story time programs. Call the library at 401-821-7910 for more information on schedules and registration. More

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FOSTER – The Foster Town Council will hold a public hearing to discuss ways in which residents wish to spend an anticipated $1.4 million in funds from the America Rescue Plan Act. The meeting will be Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. More

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SCITUATE – The 2022 Scituate Candlelight Stroll may be in jeopardy, according to North Scituate Village Business Association member Sacha Hummel, who says the Scituate Community House could not be rented to accommodate craft vendors for the stroll because it has already been booked for the f… More

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SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Bookworms Book Group on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 4:30 p.m. Any child in 2nd or 3rd grade, along with their parent/caregiver, may join this book group. More

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FOSTER/GLOCESTER/SCITUATE – 2021 was a year of returning to normalcy for the towns of Foster, Glocester and Scituate after a 2020 pandemic that disrupted nearly every aspect of life. More

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GLOCESTER – The Glocester libraries will be offering story time programs for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers during the winter/spring season. Online registration begins Monday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. More

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SMITHFIELD – Of the four intersections that are part of a state traffic study on Route 44/Putnam Pike, the Greenville Avenue intersection with no traffic light has the highest volume of drivers hitting someone from the side, according to numbers found in an accident study from 2016 to 2020. More

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SMITHFIELD – Ending 2021 on a high note, the Smithfield school community is emanating a sense of pride after the completion of all three elementary renovations, as well as a fresh commitment to additional improvements at the high school. More

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SCITUATE – While serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968 to1969, Scituate historian Fred Faria received a Christmas message from his family that reminded him how important family is during the holidays. More

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SMITHFIELD – Experts are doing an in-depth study of the Route 44 corridor through Greenville as the state considers whether to add a new traffic signal at the Newport Creamery intersection where the state roadway Putnam Pike meets Greenville Avenue. More

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SCITUATE – Former Town Council President John Mahoney, developer of McIntosh Hill Estates, says he is appealing the $42,750 in fines issued by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management for various violations at the project. More

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SMITHFIELD – Ten months after the Smithfield Planning Board conducted its annual review and approved an extension of a 27-acre Smithfield Village development plan, officials are still waiting to hear how and when the developer will proceed. More

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SMITHFIELD – On Dec. 15, in the Smithfield High School auditorium, the Town of Smithfield and the Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island sponsored the Smithfield Parents’ Forum. More

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SMITHFIELD – Members of the Smithfield School Committee on Monday voted to participate in an energy savings program that could deliver up to $1.5 million in school improvement projects that would pay for themselves over time. More

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SCITUATE – The Scituate Town Council last week held a kick-off meeting to solicit public input and discuss potential actions for spending an anticipated $3.2 million American Rescue Plan Act funds. More

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Members of the Smithfield Fire Department helped Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf make their trips to greet children across Smithfield possible on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Pictured from left are Private Michael Wallitsch, Santa Claus (retired Capt. Michael LeBlanc), Buddy the Elf (Town Manager Rand… More

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SMITHFIELD – While undergoing chemotherapy treatment for a brain tumor as a 6-year-old, Smithfield’s Christina Tortolano used her trademark inventive thinking to create a product to help keep long IV tubes under control. More

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SMITHFIELD — Long-requested improvements to the Smithfield High School auditorium may soon happen after the Smithfield Town Council approved going out for a request for proposals for upgrades to sound, lighting and video systems. More

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SMITHFIELD – With more businesses moving more toward online shopping, Town Planner Michael Phillips says several changes to the town’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinances will allow for more industrial and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the town’s Economic Growth Overlay district. More

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SCITUATE – Residents of Scituate’s senior housing complex Rockland Oaks are expressing fear after a resident there died from complications due to COVID-19 last week, raising additional concerns around a lack of information on the death. More

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SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will offer a take-home craft – Ornament Making – available for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More

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SCITUATE – The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Scituate $125,000 to hire one additional police officer, and will cover 60 percent of their salary for three years. More