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Town of North Smithfield

April 26th, 2019 Edition

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Message from Town Administrator

Gary Ezovski

 

Do you have a question about a town activity or event? Don’t know who to call for information about our programs or an ongoing discussion? We can help with that. Reach out to me or my assistant anytime. Providing information and finding solutions to problems is what we do every day, but we can’t fix or help that which is unknown. As some have learned, a reply to this email comes back to me but here are the other ways to reach my office:

               

            To reach me:

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               Phone: 401-767-2200 ext 303

 

               To reach my assistant Tami:

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               Phone: 401-767-2200 ext 301

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

RECYCLING IN YOUR CURBSIDE BIN

 

North Smithfield offers weekly curbside recycling pick-up on the same day as your trash collection. Using this recycling program is the easiest way to reuse valuable materials and reduce your trash amount.

Recycling also saves your tax dollars, precious space in our state landfill, and is good to our environment all at the same time. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR What Belongs in the

Blue Curbside Bin?

 

HOW TO GET A RECYCLE BIN: Recycle bins are available at the Town Hall located at 1 Main Street and at the Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway.

New residents will receive their first bin free. Replacement or additional bins are just $5. PLEASE DO NOT OVERFILL YOUR BINS

No longer need your old recycle bin? Bring to the highway garage and recycle it in our rigid plastic recycling program.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

All dogs within the town must be licensed by April 30, 2019 to avoid a late fee. The cost is $6.00 per dog and proof of rabies immunization is required. Licenses are available at the Town Clerk’s office located at the Municipal Annex, 575 Smithfield Road, Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Thursday from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Friday from 8:00 A.M. to noon.

NOTICE

ROAD CLOSURE

ST. PAUL STREET BRIDGE

 

Please be advised that a crew will be making repairs to the St. Paul Street Bridge on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, 2019.

 

The bridge will be closed to traffic at the intersection of Main Street. Residents will want to seek an alternate route. No traffic will be allowed over the bridge while work is being completed.

 

We apoligize for the inconvience and thank you for your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Blackstone DPW department at 508-883-9331.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Police Department will be participating in a DEA take back on Saturday. Bring your old medication to the lobby between 10am and 2pm for proper disposal.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Upcoming Events

 

Friday, Apr 26, 6:00pm: NSHA Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner. Heritage Hall

 

Saturday, May 4th, 9:00 am: The NSHA plans to kick off our 2019 Historic Tours on Saturday, May 4th, with a visit to the Gold Property on Matitty Road. 

 

Participants will tour the ruins of the Augustus Fields Swinery, once the largest in New England, the site of the Field's Railroad Station, NS41 Mowry - Sayles Historic Cemetery as well as natural resources such as Lake Belair, Rankin Brook and Tarkiln Pond.

 

The group will meet at 271 Matitty Rd at 9:00am. The tour will last about 2 hrs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

 

Contact Rich Keene at 401-447-6394 with questions. 

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Announces Forestdale Schoolhouse Public Openings for 2019

 

The Little Red Schoolhouse is open for visitors monthly, every second and third Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

While there, you can view artifacts, relics, and merchandise. You can also conduct historic research.

 

For further information: contact Louise VanHouwe at 401-769-8177

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Sign up today for your Free smoke alarm installations and fire safety education.

 

It's time to Sound the Alarm to save lives in Rhode Island! “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” is a nationwide American Red Cross initiative to install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods from April 27 - May 12 in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to home fires. As part of this effort, the American Red Cross- Rhode Island Chapter along with partners are aiming to install 1,000 smoke alarms in Providence and surrounding communities on Saturday, May 11 from 8 am-2 pm. 

https://www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island/about-us/our-work/home-fire-safety.html

 

There is no income requirement. Anyone can sign up. Please spread the word. Last year over 1,000 smoke alarms were installed in RI in one day! Best part, all FREE!

 

 

 
 
 

 

NORTHMEN OLYMPICS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ATHLETIC COMPLEX

 

For her senior project at North Smithfield High School, Malibu-May Champagne is hosting an event she hopes will give back to the community and bring awareness to the need for updates at the town’s athletic facilities.



On Saturday, May 4, Champagne will host the Northmen Olympics, a pep rally-style event featuring a team competition at the North Smithfield Athletic Complex. The event will raise money toward the construction of a concession stand and bathroom facility at the complex, a proposed project that has been under discussion for at least a year.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE VALLEY BREEZE ARTICLE

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

As of April 23, 2019, thirty-five (35) law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. This number does not include the hundreds of officers across the country that are wounded and severely injured every year in the performance of their duties. Line of duty deaths are something that can affect any agency with a demographic, no matter how large or small a law enforcement agency is.

 

May 12th thru May 18th, 2019 is National Police Week and the North Smithfield Police Department wanted to pay tribute to those officers killed in the line of duty and their families.

 

North Smithfield designed a shoulder patch to honor these officers and their families, and all department members will be wearing the patch, displayed above, on their uniforms for the month of May.

 

 

 
 
 

 

A WORD OF ADVICE FROM HOMELAND SECURITY

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can:

IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • When thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Move from outdoors into a building or car.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use landline phones.

 

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS

 

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

Survive DURING

  • When thunder roars, go indoors. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. Be ready to change plans, if necessary, to be near shelter.
  • When you receive a thunderstorm warning or hear thunder, go inside immediately.
  • If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.
  • Protect your property. Unplug appliances and other electric devices. Secure outside furniture.
  • If boating or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
  • If necessary, take shelter in a car with a metal top and sides. Do not touch anything metal.
  • Avoid flooded roadways. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside and instructions regarding potential flash flooding.
  • Watch for fallen power lines and trees. Report them immediately.
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield gets ready for spring! Curbside yard waste collection began Monday, April 15, 2019. 

 

Yard waste is collected on the same day as your trash and recycling.  Residents can have a reasonable amount of leaf bags or cans, clearly marked, of yard waste out at the curb for weekly collection. The spring collection season runs from Monday, April 15th - Friday, June 7th, 2019.

 

Saturday hours at our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway, will be from 9 AM – 3 PM. Residents are welcome to bring yard waste or accepted recyclables. The town offers free drop off for rigid plastic and scrap metal items as well as used motor oil. Drop off hours during the week are available on Wednesdays from 3 PM- 6:00 PM . Please do not leave items outside the gate after business hours, we will take notice.

 

For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348

 

 

 

 

 

Town of North Smithfield

Department of Public Works

 

DPW will continue street sweeping.

 

CLICK HERE FOR AN UPDATED STREET SCHEDULE

 

 

 For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348

 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service, Inc.

                1470 Providence Pike • North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

 

Burgers Are Done!

It’s time to start grilling and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides the following safety tips while conducting outdoor cooking.

  

1.     Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

 

2.     The grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from the home, deck railings and fences and pulled out from under eaves, and overhanging branches. 

 

3.     Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.

 

4.     Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grilling surface and in catch trays below the grill.

 

5.     Never leave your hot grill unattended.

 

6.     Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

 

CHARCOAL GRILLS:

 

1.     There are several ways to get charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

 

2.     If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

 

3.     Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

 

4.     There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord approved for outdoor use.

 

5.     When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them into a metal container.

 

As always, feel free to contact the North Smithfield Fire Prevention office at (401) 762-1135 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 07:00 a.m. and 05:00 p.m. for any fire safety questions you may have.   

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Click Here for the 1st Explorer Youth Program Application: Application Deadline is June 1, 2019

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

TIME TO PREPARE &

SAVE THE DATE

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019

RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

 

It's time to start decluttering and get ready for our annual North Smithfield Town Wide Yard Sale, benefiting the NS Food Pantry.

 

Residents can participate by holding an individual or multi-family yard sale at their homes. When they register with the Town Clerk, their location will be listed on the Town Web Site and in publicity, so that interested shoppers will have their location.

  

Residents who want to take part must go to the Clerk's office at the Town Annex at 575 Smithfield Road to obtain a yard sale permit for $5.00. Residents are encouraged to make a contribution to the town's Food Pantry at the same time. Yard sale addresses will be listed for permits obtained before Noon on Friday, May 24th, 2019. 

If anyone has feedback on how to improve the upcoming event, please contact Town Hall at 767-2200, ext. 301.

Stay tuned for more information.  

 

 

It is with great pleasure that the 2019 PumpkinFest Committee officially steps up and begins their game plan this year. 

  

We begin by first having you mark your calendars for our:

 

13th Annual 

North Smithfield 

Great Pumpkin Festival

Saturday - September 21, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

North Smithfield High School Grounds

 

The PumpkinFest Committee is looking for more Vendors this year to participate. You can fill out an application by Clicking Here.

 

The 2019 Scholorship Application is now available and must be submitted by May 1st to be considered for this year's scholarship.

Click here for the Application.

 

The next committee meeting will be Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00 at the Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Green St. Slatersville.

 

Click Here for more information on the event and a list of the upcoming Committee Meetings.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

North Smithfield Announces Its 2nd Annual Fireworks Display

 

Come join us for our 2nd Annual Fireworks Display

If you missed it last year, you sure do not want to miss it this year!

 

When: Saturday, July 13th

Where: North Smithfield High School

Time: Sunset

 

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 767-2200 ext. 301. More information to come!

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry

Slatersville Congregational Church

25 Green Street

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

The flavor of the month for MAY is 

PEANUT BUTTER

Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9:00 am and noon. An additional drop box is available at the Town Hall during regular business hours.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Our North Smithfield Animal Shelter is in

Need of Volunteers.

 

You can volunteer as many or as few days or hours that you can. Every little bit helps! Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a rewarding experience.

 

Please call the North Smithfield Animal Shelter at 766-0377.

 

 

 
 
 

 

Fiber Arts Gathering

 

Every Monday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (except the 1st Monday of the month)

At the Meadows

2 Village Way

North Smithfield, RI

 

  • Join our active group of knitters, crocheters, weavers, darners,quilters and embroiderers.
  • Beginners and experienced are invited. 
  • Come to learn and share.
  • FREE, donations accepted

 

Organized by Engage North Smithfield

 

 

 
 
 

 

Senior Services, Inc. has provided services to seniors and adults with disabilities residing in Northern Rhode Island since 1975, in accordance with the Congregate Meal Program financed through a grant with R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs. Senior Services, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout Northern R.I.

Senior Services, Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups, and Wellness programs, which include a weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes.

 

Senior Services, Inc. also offers an Adult Day Care Program ("A Home for the Day"), and a Community Information Specialist who can provide information on eligibility for all state and local programs, including RIPAE.

 

 

APRIL 2019 Senior Services Newsletter

 

APRIL 2019 Activity Calendar of Events

 

APRIL2019 Menu

 

Senior exercise classes at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main Street, North Smithfield include:

  • Zumba Gold Mondays at 10:00 AM-No class on May 27
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM-No class on May 27
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM

SENIOR SERVICES, INC. SERVES LUNCH IN NORTH SMITHFIELD!

 

Mondays at 11:30 am & 12:30 PM

Thursdays at 11:30 AM

 

Please call in your order by 10am on the Thursday prior to the day (s) on which you plan to attend! Call Senior Services Inc. at (401) 766-3734 with your choice of meal.

Suggested donation is $3.00

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Click Here for the 2019 Sponsorship Package

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

CLICKING HERE

 

 

 
 

 

Budget Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 30th @ 6:00 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main St.

Slatersville, RI 02876

 

Planning Board Meeting

Thursday, May 2nd@ 7:00 pm

Primrose Fire Sation

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02876

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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Town of North Smithfield | One Main Street, P.O. Box 248, Slatersville, RI 02876

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

French officials are investigating if financier Jeffrey Epstein may have committed sex crimes at his high-end Paris apartment. Prosecutors announced today that after sharing information with U.S. officials, they have opened up an investigation. The accused sex trafficker killed himself by hanging inside his Manhattan jail cell earlier this month.       President Trump is ramping up the trade war with China. Soon after the markets closed with the Dow dropping more than 600 points, Trump tweeted he will increase tariffs on 300 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 15 percent starting on September 1st. Trump's tweets earlier in the day contributed to the bad day on Wall Street. He ordered U.S. companies to quit doing business with China.       North Korea is testing missiles again. U.S. military are confirming a Japanese report that two more missiles were launched today and landed in the Sea of Japan. It is the seventh time since May that North Korea has tested its missile system.        President Trump wants to keep blocking some Twitter followers. His lawyers filed court papers today seeking a hearing by the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on his right to block people from his personal account. A three-judge panel of that court ruled that since Trump uses his personal account for government business, he cannot block anyone.       Same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Kentucky can now sue Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis. A federal court ruled today that Davis can be personally sued for her refusal to issue licenses. Davis claims that she can't be sued because she refused licenses to everyone, including opposite-sex couples.       Many U.S. churches plan to ring their bells at 3 p.m. Sunday to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in the English colonies. The bells will ring for four minutes, one minute for every century of slavery in America.