The Observer, Smithfield & West

Gizzarelli requests recount in council race

SMITHFIELD – Just 14 votes shy of winning a seat on the Smithfield Town Council, candidate Albert Gizzarelli, and independent, requested a recount last Friday, Nov. 9. Initially, Gizzarelli held a... more

Chepachet man arrested on drug, gun charges

GLOCESTER – Police have arrested a Chepachet man on drug and gun charges following an investigation between the Glocester Police Department and Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug... more

Scituate council-elect asks for smooth transition

SCITUATE – One week after winning all seven seats on the Scituate Town Council, the Republican council-elect is requesting a special council meeting to catch up on the workings of local government.... more

New exit brings cheer to holiday traffic fear

SMITHFIELD – Holiday shoppers will likely discover an easier trip on Route 44 this season now that the I-295 Exit 10 is alleviating some of the traffic here. With popular destinations for holiday... more

Second hearing set for Sand Trace tonight

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Planning Board will hear the second round of presentation and public testimony regarding the Sand Trace development, 8 Mann School Road, tonight, Nov. 15 starting at 7 p.m... more

Board approves Chopmist Hill Estates with stipulations

SCITUATE – Despite public opposition, the Scituate Plan Commission approved a preliminary plan with provisions for the Chopmist Hill Estates project proposed by John Mahoney, a developer who recently... more

School Principals pie and dye for Gloria Gemma

SCITUATE – When Middle School Principal Tonianne Napolitano challenged her students to raise money for the Gloria Gemma Foundation, she promised she would dye her hair pink if they raised $1,000.... more

Power plant opponents celebrate another victory as case moves into final months

BURRILLVILLE – Opponents of the proposed Invenergy power plant were celebrating Oct. 31 after the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) – the state agency responsible for issuing a final decision on... more

Ephraim Doumato Jewelers revitalize new location

SMITHFIELD – Luxury shined throughout the new location for Ephraim Doumato Jewelers and Flaunt Boutique, 425 Putnam Pike, during the grand re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 10. Formerly the Ho Hos Chinese... more

WellOne welcomes new dentist

BURRILLVILLE – WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care has announced the addition of Ashleigh Graley, DDS, to its team of dental providers in its Pascoag office. WellOne is a community health center... more


SMITHFIELD – The All Lit Up Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Valley Breeze incorrectly reported the parade as beginning at 1 p.m.

Holiday bazaars and craft fairs

Thursday, Nov. 15 Class of 2019 Vendor Fair at Smithfield High School, 90 Pleasant View Ave., Smithfield, Thursday, noon-6 p.m., during parent-teacher conferences. Weekend of Nov. 16-18 Christmas on... more

St. Thomas Church hosting sock drive

SMITHFIELD – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1 Smith Ave., is hosting a sock drive. New, adult socks are being collected and distributed to the homeless in neighboring communities. Ankle-high and knee-... more

Thirsty Beaver hosts Thanksgiving dinner for homeless

SMITHFIELD – The Thirsty Beaver will hold its 8th annual Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Cranston, serving dinner to between 200 and 250 homeless Rhode Islanders. Thirsty Beaver employees... more

Defensive Driving Course offered Nov. 20

SCITUATE – AAA will offer a Defensive Driving Course for ages 55 and older at the Scituate Senior Center at Chopmist Hill Inn, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.... more