The Observer, Smithfield & West

Scituate Fire Department experiencing communication dead zones

SCITUATE – During an emergency response to Matteson Road on Feb. 3, Potterville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Greenway said he feared the worst when he received the emergency signal from... more

Sewer capacity problems in economic growth overlay distict

SMITHFIELD – Questions are being raised about the capability of sewers in the town’s economic growth overlay district to handle continued growth. Blue Water Realty and Tristan Development presented... more

Smithfield officials lack consensus on public comment

SMITHFIELD – Town Council members on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement on how and when town residents should be allowed to express their thoughts at public forums. Council President Paul Santucci... more

No special election if Sen. Kettle resigns following extortion, voyeurism charges

‘Disappointed’ Marcello unsure if he’ll run for the seat this fall
SCITUATE – State Sen. Nicholas Kettle was arraigned for extortion and video voyeurism at the Providence Superior Court on Monday Feb. 19, causing leaders of the Senate to call for his resignation.... more

School Committee moves forward with budget

SMITHFIELD – The School Committee last Friday passed a $23.6 milion budget proposal for submission to the Town Council. The School Committee’s 2019 budget asks for just under a 2 percent increase,... more

Smithfield wins $10,000 grant for completing energy challenge

SMITHFIELD – National Grid will be awarding the town a $10,000 grant to use on energy saving municipal projects for completing the Rhode Island Energy Challenge. The challenge encouraged participants... more

Wentworth president recruiting engineering students at Scituate High School

SCITUATE – After seeing the prosthetic arm created by the Scituate High School’s engineering students, Wentworth Institute of Technology’s President came to meet the teens in person on Feb. 15. The... more