The Observer, Smithfield & West

‘Foster’ song a hit with locals

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FOSTER – Since last June when songwriter Chris Guertin released the music video for the song “I Live in Foster,” town residents have been singing the choral lines “Foster, Foster, Foster,” to him and... more

Woonsocket man arrested on multiple narcotics charges

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield and Woonsocket Police Departments worked together to arrest a Woonsocket man who was dealing narcotics from his room at Hilton Home 2 Suites, 944 Douglas Pike in... more

Council approves new PWSB tax treaty

But Democrats question the deal, saying there was lack of transparency
SCITUATE – The Providence Water Supply Board will pay Scituate more than $80 million over 10 years in an updated tax treaty approved by the Town Council last Thursday, Jan. 9. According to Councilor... more

Spending time outside helps Rainville hit 100

SMITHFIELD – Taking the time to stop and smell the flowers is the secret to 100-year-old Althea Rainville’s long life, says the Smithfield resident. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, Rainville, a mother of six,... more

Local crafter sews pouches for orphaned Australian animals

GLOCESTER – More than 15 million acres of Australia have been burned in fires, killing an estimated half-billion animals, according to Australian biodiversity experts, leaving many other animals... more

Music Boosters hosting gala to fund auditorium renovations

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield High School Music Boosters Club President Michelle Manning-Pereira said when she took her mother, who graduated from Smithfield High School in 1969, to see her daughters... more

Smithfield allows compassion centers in industrial zones

SMITHFIELD – Medical marijuana compassion centers will be allowed in Smithfield’s industrial zones by special use permit following the final public hearing last week on the court-ordered updates to... more


In “Decision soon on exploration of private custodial services,” The Valley Breeze & Observer reported the School Committee will decide on privatizing custodial services in two weeks. Committee... more


McCabe Elementary School’s Alicia Marques-Jordan clarified this week that LaPerche Elementary School and Smithfield High School will also be Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools this year, as... more