The Observer, Smithfield & West

Parenti earns highest national honor as school resource officer

SCITUATE – Police officer Richard Parenti was awarded the 2019 Floyd Ledbetter SRO of the Year by the National Association of School Resource Officers after three years serving Scituate schools.... more

Hells Angels president arrested after shooting

PROVIDENCE – Joseph Lancia, a Greenville resident and president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was arrested following a raid at the group's Providence clubhouse Wednesday after allegedly... more

Winsor Avenue Sawmill Bridge closed

SCITUATE – Due to newly discovered advanced deterioration, officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation have decided to close the Blanchard Sawmill Bridge on Winsor Avenue over the... more

Town targets fire station property near Routes 116 and 7

SMITHFIELD – Plans are in motion to build a new fire substation near the intersection of Route 116 and Route 7, said Fire Chief Robert Seltzer, who expects to break ground sometime next spring. Fire... more

In it for love: MTV reality show features Chepachet native

GLOCESTER – Chepachet native Kai Wes is taking his chance at love this summer on MTV’s reality dating show “Are You The One?” Sixteen singles are put in a house in Hawaii on the quest to find their “... more

Town passes budget without further changes

SMITHFIELD – Sixty-five Smithfield residents attended the Financial Town Meeting last Thursday night when the Town Council unanimously agreed to pass the 2019-2020 budget without any changes. In... more

Grow a desire to garden at Master Gardeners’ tour

GLOCESTER – With a selection of gardens across the state, the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners will open up 26 private gardens for guests as part of their 9th annual Gardening with the... more

Gallagher group paints latest mural in Town Hall

SMITHFIELD – Public meetings held at Town Hall will have more color thanks to the efforts of six Gallagher Middle School 8th-graders who painted a mural on the wall of Town Council chambers. Members... more

Schools increase substitute pay to match demand

SMITHFIELD – When a teacher calls out and a substitute is needed, Smithfield schools traditionally struggle to find the help they need due to the disparity in daily pay rates compared to other... more

AG: Former council’s OMA violation serves as warning

SCITUATE – The Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General has backed the contention of the Scituate Land Trust and Conservation Commission that the prior Town Council violated the Open Meeting Act... more

Ponaganset High School students earn awards

GLOCESTER – The following awards were presented during the Awards Night at Ponaganset High School on May 30. • United States Army Choral Award: Ethan Fraatz, Emily Harris, Samantha Magill • U.S.... more

College news

Tiffany Dauphinais of Chepachet has been named to the dean’s list at Sherman College. Jenna McAssey of Smithfield was inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma at Nichols College on April 30. The following... more

Scituate Youth Drama presents ‘Grease’

SCITUATE – Scituate Youth Drama will present “Grease,” at Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road, on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 23, at 4 p.m. Visit