The Observer, Smithfield & West

Lights a sign of hope

Hope is Rhode Island’s motto, and it’s hope in the midst of crisis that Cumberland resident Mike Griffin and his family were pointing to when they strung 400 colored lights from “one little tree” in... more

At Big Bear, rush on guns driven by fear

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GLOCESTER – Shops across the country are seeing guns and ammunition sell out, a trend driven by fear of the unknown. Will Worthy, owner of Big Bear Hunting and Fishing, said his shop has been out of... more

Smithfield’s Honeywell responds to nation’s need for masks

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SMITHFIELD – Responding to the ever-increasing need for medical supplies due to the coronavirus, Honeywell of Smithfield is answering the call to produce more N95 protective masks, creating more than... more

Smithfield police monitoring crowds at parks

SMITHFIELD – Town Manager Randy Rossi says the Smithfield Police Department is closely monitoring town parks and fields to ensure the public is following town orders to stay off of them if they're in... more

Military Spouse of the Year shares confinement experience in Italy

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield’s own 2020 Military Spouse of the Year Brandy Brosnan is forced to talk about her recent award from the confines of a military base in Livorno, Italy, where she and her family... more

Honeywell now hiring 500 to make safety masks

SMITHFIELD – Responding to the ever-increasing need for medical supplies due to the coronavirus, Honeywell of Smithfield is answering the call to produce more N95 protective masks, creating more than... more

Ace Wood Flooring donates masks to first responders

SMITHFIELD – Ace Wood Flooring in Smithfield has donated 5,000 of its extra respiratory masks to first responders and people in need. Troy Hewes of Ace Wood Flooring, 375 Putnam Pike, said the... more

Alba: Stay home and phone into town meetings

SMITHFIELD – Safety precautions such as virtual Town Council meetings, staying at home when sick, and washing hands are keeping the people of Smithfield safe, said Town Council President Suzy Alba,... more

Fire Department serving take-out fish and chips

SCITUATE – The North Scituate Fire Department will be serving fish and chips – take-out only – on Fridays during Lent, from 4 to 7 p.m., through April 10. Chowder and stuffies will also be available... more

Scituate Senior Services holding volunteer drive

SCITUATE – Scituate Senior Services is holding a volunteer drive, in preparation for a surge of need due to COVID-19. A list is being prepared of volunteers to help with: Making calls, taking calls,... more