The Observer, Smithfield & West

Tasca Field under new management

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SCITUATE – The Town Council unanimously passed a motion last Thursday to hand over most of the responsibilities of managing Tasca Field to Recreation Director David Pannone. The decision came after... more

Scituate man arrested for possession of child pornography

SCITUATE – A Scituate man was arrested for possession of child pornography Thursday, his second offense, following an investigation conducted by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and... more

Glassco Smoke Shop Owner charged with possession of controlled substance

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield Police Department charged the owner of Glassco Smoke Shop with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, among other charges, following a months long... more

Rossi vows to be ‘visible and involved’ as town manager

SMITHFIELD – New Town Manager Randy Rossi says he can hardly wait to wake up in the morning and drive to Town Hall. Each day holds a different challenge – overseeing the installation of new curbing... more

Foster theater presents adaptation of local author’s novel

Newton Fusco’s ‘Tending to Grace’ will debut in November
FOSTER – Acclaimed author and Foster resident Kimberly Newton Fusco still has to pinch herself sometimes. It’s been more than a decade since her first novel, “Tending to Grace,” debuted to positive... more

Officials disappointed with work at Smithfield High

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SMITHFIELD – Newly minted Town Manager Randy Rossi and the school district’s director of grounds and buildings, Angelo Mencucci, spent last Wednesday afternoon trying to ensure that improvement... more

Smithfield High graduate finds her voice on stage

Spectrum Theatre Ensemble empowers actors on the autism spectrum
SMITHFIELD – Tracy Allard feels most like herself when she’s on stage, under a bright spotlight and standing in front of dozens of audience members. Where others shrink, Allard thrives. The recent... more

Senators lobby CCRI to reinstate Mission of Mercy dental clinic

LINCOLN – A group of area lawmakers are asking officials at the Community College of Rhode Island to allow the Mission of Mercy dental clinic to return to the school. In an Aug. 3 letter to CCRI... more

Well water testing kits at farmers market Saturday

BURRILLVILLE – Anyone wishing to test their well water can pick up a kit from the URI Cooperative Extension Water Quality Program, which will be at the Burrillville Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug.... more

Davies hosting Freshmen Welcome Aug. 23

LINCOLN – William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School will host its annual Freshmen Welcome on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the school, 50 Jenckes Hill Road. The event will begin with a... more

Little Free Library hosts book swap today

SCITUATE – Scituate’s Little Free Library will host a book swap today, Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Chopmist Hill Community Center, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road. Participants are asked to... more


In the Aug. 10 article “Development group presents plan to repurpose Hope Mill,” it is written that “40 percent of the total units would be reserved for affordable housing, a number that would bring... more

View the solar eclipse at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will offer solar eclipse viewing on Monday, Aug. 21, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Weather permitting, a group will attempt to view the solar eclipse... more

Mendizabal renews Certified Insurance Counselor designation

SMITHFIELD – Apple Valley Insurance Inc. has announced that Nancy R. Mendizabal, CEO and agency principal, has renewed her Certified Insurance Counselor annual designation. Mendizabal is a resident... more

Watercolors displayed at Greenville Library

SMITHFIELD – Artist Jerry Aissis will display his watercolor paintings through September at Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike. For more information, call 401-949-3630.

Chamber hosting Business Before Hours at Tumblesalts

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce will host Business Before Hours at Tumblesalts Cafe, 1 Morgan Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Start the day by making... more

Greenville Post Office hosts passport event

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Post Office, 1 Austin Ave., will host a passport event on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring the following documents to apply or renew a passport: • Application -... more

Loring honored in Forbes’ Top 500 Next Generation Wealth Advisors List

SMITHFIELD – Loring Advisory Group, a wealth management firm in Smithfield, announced that its vice president, Nicholas (Nick) Loring, has been named to Forbes’ Top 500 Next Generation Wealth... more

Graniteville WWII Veterans Foundation plans Victory Day celebration

JOHNSTON – The Graniteville WWII Veterans Foundation will celebrate its 17th year anniversary at its annual Victory Day celebration on Saturday, August 19. The memorial service begins at 11 a.m. at... more

End of Summer Concert Aug. 31 at The Village at Waterman Lake

GREENVILLE – The Lexies will play an end of summer outdoor concert at The Village at Waterman Lake, 715 Putnam Pike, on Thursday, Aug. 31. Bring the family and celebrate the end of summer from 6 to... more

High-low-jack Saturday at Chepachet Grange

GLOCESTER – The Chepachet Grange, 28 Chopmist Hill Road, will host a high-low-jack card game on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. There will be a penny social, prizes and refreshments. All are welcome.... more