The Observer, Smithfield & West

Hometown Smithfield proud of Raimondo’s appointment

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SMITHFIELD – For many Smithfield residents and town officials, having one of their own move forward to work in the White House with President-elect Joe Biden proved a source of pride this week. Last... more

Police: Report of armed intruder at Ponaganset Middle unfounded

GLOCESTER – Chief of Police Joseph DelPrete said that a report of an armed intruder at Ponaganset Middle School Friday morning was unfounded. At around 8:30 a.m. on Friday, the Glocester Police... more

Phillips: Zoning changes are about responsible growth

SMITHFIELD– The majority of proposed zoning changes for 53 areas in Smithfield are meant to fix inconsistencies between the future land use map and the zoning map to better match the reality of what’... more

Forgue brings life experience to council presidency

GLOCESTER – Newly appointed Town Council President Julian “Jay” Forgue says he’s “sat with English lords, sat with presidents. I’ve met very influential people. It’s a worldly experience that I have... more

Greenville Library receives transmitter for parking lot events

SMITHFIELD – Outdoor events at the Greenville Library will get an upgrade thanks to an FM signal transmitter that will send audio to patrons’ car radios. Rebecca Reddy, technology coordinator and... more

Manlove clarifies tax freeze; no tangibles

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SMITHFIELD – Tax Assessor Drew Manlove says while the town’s senior tax freeze ordinance needs updates, he is not recommending abolishing or adjusting its tax benefits. Manlove’s comments on the... more

Tempers flare at Scituate Housing Authority board appointments

SCITUATE – The Scituate Housing Authority Board of Commissioners met last week to appoint new officers, sparking heated accusations regarding members’ oversight of the 24-unit subsidized apartment... more

Life on the margins in the long ago

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Back in the 1950s in the time before meaningful zoning regulations and long before tiny houses were chic, there were shacks and cellar holes. Smithfield had its share of them. It also had the men who... more

Make Embossed Foil Wall Art with East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library will offer a Grab-and-Go Embossed Foil Wall Art Craft for adults. Crafts may be picked up at the library, 50 Esmond St., on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 7... more