The Observer, Smithfield & West

Water level low, quality high in Scituate Reservoir

SCITUATE – Anyone driving through Scituate this summer noticed the low water levels in the Scituate Reservoir, when, according to Providence Water Supply Board spokesman Christopher Hunter, the water... more

Smithfield moves forward with Camp Shepard purchase

1 comment(s)
SMITHFIELD – After hours of testimony last Thursday, Oct. 22, the Smithfield Town Council voted 4-0 to move forward with the purchase of the 114-acre Camp Shepard property for $1,225,000 from the... more

Grant allows local businesses to Take It Outside

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield is the recipient of one of the state’s $2.1 million in Take It Outside grants aimed at relieving local businesses of costs associated with moving business outdoors to reduce... more

Scituate voters to decide on Home Rule Charter, local and state races

SCITUATE – With less than a week until the Nov. 3 election, Scituate residents will be asked to decide numerous matters on the ballot, including elected positions for Town Council, School Committee,... more

Meet the candidates for Smithfield Town Council

SMITHFIELD – Ten candidates are trying for a spot on the five-member at-large Town Council, with three incumbents running for re-election on Nov. 3. Democratic candidates Suzy Alba, Michael Lawton... more

Smithfield voters to decide on charter changes

SMITHFIELD – Residents next Tuesday will vote on two local races, two state races and 19 potential changes to the town charter. All six polling locations will be open on Nov. 3, with social... more

Fifteen compete in Scituate Town Council race

SCITUATE – Democrats and Republicans are each running a full ticket of seven candidates for Town Council, with one independent making it a 15-candidate race for the seven available at-large seats.... more

Four candidates try for two spots on School Committee

SMITHFIELD – After a contentious primary for Democrats, four candidates, including two Democrats and two Republicans, are fighting for one of two available seats on the Smithfield School Committee.... more

Five candidates in Scituate School Committee race

SCITUATE – With two open seats on the Scituate School Committee this year, five candidates, including two Republicans, two Democrats and an independent, are seeking a four-year term. Members Erika... more

Hawkins defends District 53 seat against Rea

SMITHFIELD – Rep. Bernie Hawkins, incumbent Democrat for House of Representatives District 53, representing Smithfield and parts of Glocester, is defending his seat against Republican Brian Rea.... more

Three candidates compete for Senate District 22 seat

SMITHFIELD – All three candidates running for the District 22 seat, representing Smithfield, North Providence, and Johnston, are former council members. Incumbent Sen. Steve Archambault said he’s... more

Foster and Glocester head to the polls

FOSTER – Residents of Foster will choose five out of nine candidates for the Foster Town Council on Nov. 3, with all five incumbents seeking re-election for another two-year term. Republican... more

Quattrocchi vs. Carosi in District 41

SCITUATE – Incumbent Republican Robert Quattrocchi faces off against Democrat Pamela Carosi for the District 41 House of Representatives seat representing Scituate and parts of Cranston. Quattrocchi... more

Alba thanks town staff for work through COVID-19

SMITHFIELD – Suzy Alba, incumbent Democrat running for Town Council, said she’d like to thank the hardworking staff responsible for the town’s daily operations and Town Manager Randy Rossi for his... more

Archambault to redouble efforts to combat COVID-19

SMITHFIELD – Sen. Steve Archambault, incumbent in District 22, announced that as the number of cases are going back up both nationally and in Rhode Island, he will redouble his efforts to help those... more

Pereira looks for best outcomes for students

SMITHFIELD – Michelle Manning Pereira, candidate for School Committee, is stating why she should be elected. “I have four very wonderful and very different daughters who have attended Smithfield... more

Caisse seeks cost- effective investments

SMITHFIELD – Benjamin Caisse, high school teacher for 17 years, licensed administrator, vice-chairman of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission, school volunteer, and parent of two... more

Rea vows to be accessible, responsible

SMITHFIELD – Brian Rea, candidate for House of Representatives District 53, covering Smithfield and Glocester, said he’s humbly asking for votes on Nov. 3. “I will, if elected have regular interval... more

Cimini wants overhaul on town’s website

SCITUATE – Anna Cimini, a Democratic candidate for Town Council, says she will seek a complete update of the town’s website. “It should be easy to find important information with clear headings.... more

Austin urges voters to reject Home Rule Charter

SCITUATE – William Austin, Democrat for Town Council, said an issue with the proposed Home Rule Charter is a limitation on proposed meeting agenda items. Provision 4.07 is a departure from current... more

Archetto pushes voters to reject Home Rule Charter

SCITUATE – Debra Archetto, a Democratic Town Council candidate, said she is urging voters to reject question Number 2 on the ballot regarding the proposed Home Rule Charter. “While I believe... more

Hummel: Fire safety critical with Hope Mill development

SCITUATE – Sacha Hummel, a lifelong Scituate resident running for Town Council as a Democratic candidate, said he thinks officials must increase fire safety initiatives. “It is critical to ensure... more

Marcello to support food truck events

SCITUATE – Michael Marcello, a Democratic candidate for Town Council pledges to bring back food truck events to the Village Green during his term. “COVID-19 has taught us the benefit of outdoor... more

Maggiacomo pushes for change in schools

SCITUATE – Candidate for Scituate School Committee, Joseph Maggiacomo, an independent, said we are in a dance with democracy. “This time the election for School Committee is the most important in... more

Dias asks voters to choose children

SCITUATE – Carolyn Dias, incumbent Democrat running for Scituate School Committee, said she believes that serving children and managing the largest budget in a community requires School Committee... more

Carosi backs education

SCITUATE – Pam Carosi, Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives District 41 seat, said she believes that education is the great American equalizer and that it really does take a village... more

Quattrocchi against passenger vehicle tolling

SCITUATE – With state budget deficit figures approaching $1 billion for 2021, Rep. Robert Quattrocchi, incumbent in District 41, said he vows to oppose efforts by Rhode Island’s General Assembly to... more

Steere promises to be fiscally conservative

GLOCESTER – Glocester Town Council incumbent Walter Steere, Republican, said the only thing we can be certain of over the next couple of years is uncertainty. “When will we get past COVID-19? When... more

Nichols to work hard for the people

GLOCESTER – Linda Nichols, Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives District 40 seat, says she puts her soul and passion into everything she does. She said she is a woman, mother and... more

Chippendale to tackle challenges ahead

GLOCESTER – Incumbent District 40 Rep. Michael Chippendale, Republican, said as the COVID-19 crisis continues harming our towns, businesses and health care system and the health of Rhode Islanders,... more

Early voting available at Scituate Town Hall

SCITUATE – The town of Scituate has announced that early voting is available at Town Hall Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Nov. 2. Voters must provide identification.

Birthday Club

Nov. 2 Happy Birthday, Kate! Love you! From David, Val, Jax, and Gema Nov. 3 Happy 14th Birthday, Joseph Zangari! Love, Grandma Rosalie and Poppa Ed Zangari Happy Birthday, Russ Gusetti, from all... more