The Observer, Smithfield & West

Plans for new fire station move forward after delay

SMITHFIELD – Looking back through old files, Fire Chief Robert Seltzer discovered plans for a new fire station on the Routes 116 and 7 corridors dating back to 1976. After seeing those, he said, the... more

Rea announces run for House District 53

SMITHFIELD – Brian Rea has announced that he will run for state representative in House District 53, representing Smithfield and Glocester. “As a lifelong Rhode Islander, I am very concerned with... more

Gallagher Middle School announces its second quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD – The following students at Gallagher Middle School have been named to the second quarter honor roll. Grade 8 High Honors: Clara Arcand, Courtney Ayrassian, Julia Cavanagh, Anna Costello,... more

Ponaganset Middle School announces its second quarter honor roll

GLOCESTER – The following students have been named to the Ponaganset Middle School's second quarter honor roll. Grade 8 First Honors: Abigail Azevedo, Madison Bates, Brayden Blackmon, John Bond,... more

Senate passes bill to tow cars illegally parked in handicapped spaces

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PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Lombardi, of District 26 in Cranston, that would mandate the towing of cars that are illegally parked in... more

R.I. man killed in Smithfield crash

SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island State Police announced Friday that a 47-year-old man died in a one-car car crash on Route 295 south in Smithfield. The victim was identified as Jason Denton, age 47, of... more

Scituate prepares for possible legal action from DLT

SCITUATE – Scituate has not been brought into two pending legal matters stemming from complaints to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training about wages paid by two companies in the Scituate... more

Smithfield Village receives final plan approval

SMITHFIELD – “It took 17 years,” said Planning Board member Michael Pinelli as developers for Smithfield Village, 355 Putnam Pike, gathered their belongings following final plan approval last... more

Aubourg champion speller in Foster-Glocester

FOSTER – Fifth-grader Eleanor Aubourg went through 22 rounds of spelling before nailing the championship word, flimsy, in the Foster-Glocester Spelling Bee at Fogarty Elementary School last Wednesday... more

Local youth lands role in ‘Frozen Jr.’

SMITHFIELD – Juliette Correia fell in love with “Frozen” as a 3-year-old when her parents, Meredith and Nuno Correia, took her to see the Disney movie at the theater in 2013. Her mother said she... more

Students ‘Color-a-Smile’ for those in need

SMITHFIELD – In the last hour before February vacation kicked off, every student, along with faculty, parents and siblings, at LaPerche Elementary School participated in the PTA’s sponsored Color-a-... more

Deed on Esek Hopkins property held for concession stand rights

SCITUATE – The Scituate Land Trust and Conservation Commission will ask the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management whether the town can put up a new concession stand before signing a... more

Tax Assistance Program offered at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD – The American Association of Retired Persons, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, will sponsor a free Tax Assistance Program for those with low-moderate income and the... more

Suspects arrested in Operation Hooked

SCITUATE – Scituate, West Warwick and Coventry police arrested four suspects in a drug investigation titled “Operation Hooked” after targets showcased gun and drug dealing expertise on a YouTube... more

Pasta and meatball supper Saturday

SMITHFIELD – Georgiaville Baptist Church, 100 Farnum Pike, will host a pasta and meatball supper on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. The menu will include pasta, meatballs, salad, Italian bread,... more

Rotary Club hosts Mangia with Micheline

SCITUATE – The Scituate Rotary Club will host an Italian dinner fundraiser to benefit the Rotary Playground Renovations. Mangia with Micheline will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m., at Trinity... more

Pancake Supper at St. Thomas Church

SMITHFIELD – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1 Smith Ave., will celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include pancakes, bacon, sausage,... more