The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield High set to discard class ranking

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SMITHFIELD – Valedictorians and salutatorians will be things of the past at Smithfield High School, as the school is phasing out its class ranking system beginning with the Class of 2023, says... more

Smithfield High School announces third quarter honor roll

SMITHFIELD – The following students have been named to the Smithfield High School third quarter honor roll. Grade 12 High Honors: Isabella Baffoni, Justin Baglini, Liam Bannon, Juliet Batek, Lauren... more

Foster residents say sanctuary town status protects their rights

FOSTER – For Town Councilor Heidi Rogers and her husband, state Sen. Gordon Rogers, Foster’s decision to become a second amendment sanctuary town last Thursday hit close to home. In April of 2018,... more

Scituate teacher traveling to Turkey to share curriculum

SCITUATE – Tara Seger, Scituate High School’s modern world history teacher, will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, in June to share her curriculum on current Middle East conflicts for an international... more

Three locals honored with Lumen Gentium Awards

SMITHFIELD – Three Catholics with Smithfield connections were recognized for their service to the Catholic faith by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence with a Lumen Gentium Award, translated... more

In face of public outcry, council agrees to fund music teacher

SMITHFIELD – Dozens of supporters attending Tuesday’s public budget hearing succeeded in their bid to get the Town Council to supply an additional $28,000 to help fund a full-time music teacher, but... more

From petition to fruition

Home Rule Charter closing in on June 28 completion date
SCITUATE – For Ruth Strach, drafting a Home Rule Charter, along with nine other members of the Home Rule Charter Commission, is a labor of love and democracy. As the June 28 deadline to finalize a... more

Can we still shake on that?

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People have been shaking hands for a long time; perhaps all the way back to the days of cave painting. Imagine this: “That’s a great piece of mural-making, Groog. Put down your swab, and let me... more

New owner reopens Biagio’s with same name, new tastes

SMITHFIELD – Under new ownership, Biagio’s Pizzeria and Bar has reopened in a renovated space, serving fresh dishes and a list of local draft beers. After waiting tables at Biagio’s for 15 months,... more

SFLL’s 2nd annual Beer and Wine Tasting May 18

GLOCESTER – The Scituate Foster Little League is holding its second annual Beer and Wine Tasting on Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. at Glocester Country Club, 121 Wentworth Ave. Tickets are $35 and all... more


May 19 Happy Birthday, Derek Iorfida, our brand-new awesome son-in-law! Welcome to the family. Love, MaryEllen and Tony

Bryant University’s President Ronald Machtely announces 2020 retirement

SMITHFIELD – After 23 years serving as president of Bryant University, Ronald Machtley announced on Monday, May 6, that he will be retiring following the graduation in May 2020. Machtley said it is... more

Invenergy plant wins DEM draft permit

BURRILLVILLE – The proposed Clear River Energy Center cleared an important regulatory hurdle last Thursday when it secured a draft air permit from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental... more

SHS Spring Concert will feature performance by Sarah Potenza

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield High School Music Department will host its Spring Concert featuring all band and chorus ensembles on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., in the SHS auditorium, 90 Pleasant View... more

Memorial Day observance at Deerfield Park

SMITHFIELD – American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64, Smithfield Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929 and its Auxiliary will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans’ Memorial, Deerfield... more

SHS Class of 1974 hosts reunion

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield High School Class of 1974 will host its 45-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., at Twelve Acres, 445 Douglas Pike. Cost is $50 per person. Checks may be made... more