Town of North Smithfield 

March 23rd, 2018 Edition












What's Happening in North Smithfield










Message from Town Administrator

Gary Ezovski




Work is moving along on the bridge here in Slatersville.  This recent photo makes it clear why it is called "Stone Arch".  



On March 19th,  we received this update from RIDOT. Excavation of the fill material within the bridge has been completed. Reconstruction of the wingwalls and spandrel walls will be taking place over the next two weeks (weather permitting). This will be followed by the placement of light weight concrete in layers to build up to the elevation of the moment slabs. Permanent utility connections along the bridge will follow this effort. Road work is expected to resume in the near future. RIDOT had a specification to repoint the underside of the arch barrels, which would have required some in-water and under bridge work. After exposing the topside of the arch, it became apparent that this was not necessary. RIDOT will save money, but not much time because it could have been done underneath the bridge while the other activities were ongoing. Our thanks to RIDOT engineer Steven Soderlund for keeping us informed.


Also, in other bridge news, we have been advised by the engineers working on the design for reconstruction of the Great Road bridge over the railroad tracks near Lapre Road that it may be possible to avoid a full closure of that bridge. Current thinking is a short-term traffic light controlled alternating one-way condition may be possible. We don't have a schedule for that yet, but will be vigilant in reminding RIDOT that traffic impact from all projects must be part of their scheduling considerations to avoid gridlocking the town.



Congratulations to North Smithfield High School senior, Sara Gendron, who made history by becoming our school's first swimmer to win a state title, capturing 100-yard butterfly


Click Here for the Article in the Valley Breeze 



Starting March 24, 2018, the Highway Garage at 281 Quaker Highway will be open every Saturday 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 will be Wednesdays from 3 PM- 7PM ONLY until further notice.


For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348.





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     The North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service, Inc. will be conducting a written competitive examination for the position of entry level Firefighter/EMT on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at North Smithfield High School, 412 Greenville Road, North Smithfield. Application sign-up period ends Friday, April 20, 2018 at 4pm. There is a $60.00 exam fee paid prior to the close of sign up period. Test time is 0900 hours and NO ONE will be allowed in after 0845 hours. Sign-up, make payment, (no personal checks) and information packet can be picked up at Department Fire Control Center, Fire Station #1, 675 St. Paul Street, North Smithfield, RI. Phone number for information, qualifications, and directions, is 401-762-1135.


"This institution is an equal opportunity provider"





Home Modification Grants Available

Apply Now, Work Must Be Completed by Late June



The Livable Home Modification Program issues grants that pay up to 50% of the cost of home modification to improve accessibility for Rhode Islanders that are disabled or who age into disability.


This funding was earmarked by the Rhode Island General Assembly to allow people to make their homes and apartments more accessible, and to remove barriers that interfere with their ability to remain safe and living independently.


According to John DiTomasso, Associate State Director/Advocacy for AARP, this is a great program because it can really help people stay in their homes. Wheel chair ramps, walk-in or roll-in showers are just a few of the modifications that can help someone safely remain in their home and in their community. Small, but sometimes costly repairs can be the deciding factor of whether someone can continue to live independently. These grants can improve the lives and reduce the financial burden on homeowners, renters and caregivers. All Rhode Islanders benefit when helping older adults remain living safely at home. Even the state benefits with reduced spending on Medicaid for unecessary nursing home stays.


Any income-eligible resident with a disability who demonstrates need can retrofit, or hire someone to retrofit an existing residence, shall be eligible for a livable home modification grant of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount spent, not to exceed $5,000. The retrofitting must meet specific criteria, and requires an assessment be conducted prior to the application date.


All work must be completed by the end of the state's fiscal year June 30, 2018. This grant program is administered by the Governor's Commission on Disabilities, and applications are being accepted now.


The application may be found by clicking the RI Livable Home Modification Application link:

The full regulations are found at:










The Town of North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department will be postponing the Easter Egg Hunt originally scheduled for Sunday March 25, 2018 until further notice. More information to follow soon.

If you have any questions, please call

767-2200, ext. 348




Senior Services, Inc. Wellness Program


Please see the attached flyers regarding two upcoming informational programs!


Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Powerful Tools for Caregivers


Ham Radio Training Class

Event Details

An introduction to Ham Radio and class will be offered starting on Thursday March 22 at 7PM at the North Smithfield Emergency Management Office at 575 Smithfield Rd, North Smithfield, RI. The class will run from the March 22nd to May 17th. On May 19 there will be a volunteer examination session thanks to the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club.

Ham Radio, or Amateur Radio, allows people to communicate via radio over distances ranging from a few to thousands of miles. Unlike phones, amateur radio does not rely on a network which can go down in critical times. Ham Radio allows you to speak to many people all at once as opposed to dialing a number and leaving a message.

Several states, including New Hampshire and Vermont, have restricted the use of phones while driving. The use of amateur radio equipment in vehicles is not restricted because you do not dial phone numbers nor hold the unit up to your ear. This allows conversation to take place while driving, as long as it is done responsibly and safely.

Ham Radio forms a large community network, much like Facebook. Voice conversations can easily take place among many participants. And the conversation is free - no bill at the end of the month!

While ham radio's primary mission is to serve the public in emergencies, most of the activity is enjoying conversation with others. Some like to talk, others would rather listen and experiment. While talking on the radio, ham operators get very good at communicating - a critical skill which could bring needed relief one day.

Before anyone can transmit, they must receive an FCC license. A test is given to prove that you understand rules and regulations, safety and basic electronics. Knowledge of Morse Code is no longer required. The class starting on March 22nd class will provide training for the first license level which is technician.

The cost of the class is free however a study guide is required which is $22.00. You can order the book at the first class or order at To register call the EMA office at 767-2206 or send an e-mail of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..







We are pleased to announce 

North Smithfield's

16th Annual Clean & Green Day 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  Each year we assemble a large group of volunteers from North Smithfield and surrounding towns who have a mutual interest in reducing litter, and thus improving the visual landscape.  While litter cleanup is the primary objective of our Clean & Green Day, this event offers additional benefits in promoting anti-litter awareness, recycling and continued education.


Save the date and come April 28th to participate in one of the RI's largest community clean-up efforts. This year we plan to see as many as 500 volunteers.


Our "Hands-on cleanup" approach gives volunteers satisfaction in making a difference, as well as a sense of community by joining their neighbors in a much larger town-wide project.  The experience often motivates volunteers to learn and do more in the interest of recycling and our environment year-round.  


The clean-up provides a great bonding opportunity for families and organizations to help together.   Scout troops and students are able to earn community service hours.


Volunteers can leave comments and questions, or pre-register for the event by using the Clean & Green link available at


Donations can be made to "Town of North Smithfield/Clean & Green Day" P.O. Box 248, Slatersville, RI 02876. 


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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 25th, 2018. 

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 2018 PumpkinFest Committee officially steps up and begins their game plan this year. 
We begin by first having you mark your calendars for our 

12th Annual 
North Smithfield 
Great Pumpkin Festival

Saturday - September 15, 2018

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

North Smithfield High School Grounds


The next committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 28th at 6:00 at R&R Machine Industries, Inc. 147 Industrial Drive, North Smithfield


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





Upcoming Meetings










Historic District Commission Meeting

Monday, March 26th @ 6:30 pm

Heritage Hall

101 Greene St.

Slatersville, RI  02876


Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting

Monday, March 26th  @ 6:30 pm

Town Hall

1 Main Street

Slatersville, RI  02876


Zoning Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 27th @ 7:00 pm

Primrose Fire Station

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI  02896


PumpkinFest Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 28th @ 6:00 pm

R&R Machine Industries

147 Industrial Drive

North Smithfield, RI  02896



Budget Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 29th @ 6:00 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main Street

Slatersville, RI  02876











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