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Town of North Smithfield

September 27th, 2019 Edition












Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by


(Agendas in PDF form will be posted next to the corresponding meeting if available before this newsletter is published)

Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting

Monday, September 30th @ 6:30 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main Street

Slatersville, RI 02876


Special Meeting of the NS School Committee (Agenda)

Monday, September 30th @ 7:00 pm

North Smithfield Middle School

1850 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896


Planning Board Workshop Meeting (Agenda)

Thursday, October 3rd @ 5:30 pm

Primrose Fire Station

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896


Planning Board Meeting (Agenda)

Thursday, October 3rd @ 7:00 pm

Primrose Fire Station

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896



Curbside yard waste collection begins Monday, October 7, 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 fall collection season runs from Monday, October 7th - Friday, December 6th, 2019.


Drop off hours at our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway will continue Saturdays from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm ONLY. 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. Please do not leave items outside the gate after business hours, we will take notice.


For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348






Support our North Smithfield Athletic Association on Sept 27.







The Unibank Greenway Challenge is this Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:30 am


Where: Blackstone Valley located between Worcester, MA and Pawtucket, RI


Click here for more details


If you see runners and bikers, please give them the right of way and slow down. Share the road!







The North Smithfield Heritage Association


Upcoming events:



Blunders Historic District Tour

Saturday, September 28th 9:00 am-11:00 am

Meet at North Smithfield Middle School

Open to the Public

The North Smithfield Heritage Association plans to conduct a history tour of The Blunders Historic District at 9:00 am this coming Saturday, September 28th. The district includes unique geological land features, colonial era roads and Native American Burial Grounds. We will meet at the Middle School parking lot on Providence Pike. Free admission. Bring water and insect repellent.  


Nipsachuck District Tour

Saturday, October 5th 9:00 am-11:00 am

Meet at North Smithfield Middle School

Open to the Public

Nipsachuck District, NS57, Three Dog Site, Nipsachuck Battleground

Wear a hat, long pants, comfortable walking shoes. Bring water and insect repellent.


NSHA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, October 8th 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Heritage Hall

101 Greene Street

North Smithfield, RI

The meeting is to conduct association business. All members and prospective members are welcome to attend.


For more information about upcoming events, historic cemetery tours, restoration projects, genealogy, hall rentals and membership visit or on Facebook. 





Worm Composting Workshop



On Saturday, September 28th, North Smithfield Parks and Recreation will hold a Composting with Worms Workshop.


 Learn how worms can turn your kitchen scraps into a healthy soil amendment. The workshop is being taught by an educator from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery.


Vermiculture is using worms to do your composting and is a method that can be accomplished inside the house. The byproducts are “worm tea” and worm castings, both fabulous additives to your garden or potted plants.


The workshop starts at 10 am and is held at Scouter's Hall, Pacheco Park, North Smithfield. The workshop is free. For more information email Ann Lilley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






















Engage North Smithfield is hosting a Community Potluck on October 4th at Heritage Hall from 7-10 PM. The theme is “Creating Space for Deepening Community Connections.” 


This will be an opportunity to gather with fellow residents and connect as people, eat and drink together and play board games. Time will be devoted for facilitated small group table discussions. To RSVP, please email ENS organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find our event on Facebook in the FB Group, “Engage North Smithfield!” 





























The North Smithfield Heritage Association


Post Office Box 413

Slatersville, Rhode Island 02876

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The North Smithfield Heritage Association (NSHA) released its 2020 Calendar at the town’s Great Pumpkin Festival on September 21st. The calendar features images of local historic buildings and town landmarks along with a short description of each location. The NSHA hopes the calendar will promote community awareness of town landmarks as well as support for their restoration and preservation efforts, according to Committee Chairman Charles Dubois.


Local artist, Aleksandra Norton created the spectacular images and Judy Tenzar Beauchemin, at New England Image and Print, designed and printed the final collectible quality product. Besides the Pumpkin Festival, visitors can purchase calendars for $10 at the NS Library, Wright’s Farm, Brigido’s Market, The Village Haven, Village Paint, Li’l General Convenience Store, NE Image and Print, Town Hall in Slatersville, and the Forestdale schoolhouse. Besides selling at venues around town, we'll also mail them, if we receive a Check for $15 made payable to the NS Heritage Assn mailed to P.O. Box 413, Slatersville, RI 02876. The extra $5 covers the cost of postage and handling.  


For more information, visit the North Smithfield Heritage Assn Facebook Page, contact them via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Rich at 401-447-6394.









The 2019 North Smithfield Heritage Association canvas tote bag made its official debut at the Town’s 13th annual Great Pumkinfest on Saturday Sept. 21st. The kelly green bag is 12” x 15.5” by 7” and made of sturdy earth-friendly non-woven fabric with yellow top carry handles.

Imprints on the front and back feature the Association’s logo and two buildings maintained by NSHA.


“The tote bag will be available at our headquarters, the Forestdale Schoolhouse,” according to John Faricy, Association Vice President. Donations of $10 for each bag go towards the preservation of the one room School House and the organization’s other historic building, Heritage Hall, on Green Street,Slatersville. “Join us in celebrating the Town’s heritage as we prepare for the North Smithfield’s 150th anniversary in 2021, and support our preservation efforts by purchasing one of these totes,” Faricy added.


The Tote bags were made locally by Sports Systems Custom Bag Corp. of Woonsocket, RI, owned and operated by Marc Staelen of North Smithfield for more than 44 years.

Bags and ornaments and other historical souvenirs will be available by appointment by calling Louise Vanhouwe (769-8177). Available ornaments include the North Smithfield Public Library, Forestdale Schoolhouse; Slater Mill; North Smithfield Town Hall; Horse Drawn NS School Bus; John Slater House; and Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery.


With the help of the Town of North Smithfield, many Town civics’ organizations, preservation

foundations and private donations, the North Smithfield Heritage Association continues to maintain two historic buildings in Town, the “Little Red Schoolhouse” in Forestdale and Heritage Hall, at 101 Green Street, Slatersville. The NSHA is a certified 501.c.3 non-profit organization. Tax deductible donations and new members are always welcome.


For more information, visit us at or like us on Facebook at





North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry

Slatersville Congregational Church

25 Green Street

Slatersville, RI 02876



Many, many thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and talents to make the food pantry successful. We currently feed about 90 families. To keep the work from being overwhelming, we need more volunteers. While the food pantry is only open four times a month, it takes many more hours of volunteer work to keep it running well.  


We currently need volunteers to: 

  -  Help with pickup and delivery of donated food. A regular vehicle will do.  

  - Help on Wednesday and Friday mornings 9:30-10:15 to sort food, and we need supervisors for those two times.  

   - Help when the food pantry is open the last two Tuesdays of the month 5:30-7pm, and the last two Saturdays 10-11am to help with clients and carry bags to clients cars.  

    - Coordinate the food rescue and distribution program, requires 4-5 hours a week.  

Are any of these interesting to you? Please contact Rev Eileen. 769-2773




The flavor of the month for SEPTEMBER is 


Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9:00 am and noon. You can also mail monetary gifts to P.O. Box 1128, Slatersville, RI 02876. An additional drop box for food items 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.


SEPTEMBER 2019 Newsletter


SEPTEMBER 2019 Calendar of Events




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

  • Zumba Gold Mondays at 10:00 AM, No class on Sept. 2
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM



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










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