The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield seeks grant to upgrade neighborhood center, Esmond Park

SMITHFIELD – Local officials say they’re quite optimistic about their chances of acquiring a $400,000 grant from the state to create a vibrant community connection point between the East Smithfield... more

Sensor system at The Crossing goes live for holidays

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SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s new sensor system near The Crossing at Smithfield shopping complex, which automatically keeps the light green for longer if traffic at... more

Law collects Smithfield artifacts like it’s her job

SMITHFIELD – Katie Law is so passionate about Smithfield history, the longtime Esmond resident sometimes temporarily deletes the eBay app on her phone so she won’t overspend on town-related artifacts... more

Retired Army nurse Manning Jencks honored for her place in history

SMITHFIELD – Meredith Manning Jencks was never shy about chasing what she wanted. After enlisting in the Army Nurse Corps in the spring of 1945, and completing basic training before being sent to... more

Scituate Housing not holding monthly meetings as required

SCITUATE – Good government means following state statute and conducting monthly meetings, says Scituate Democratic Chairwoman Alicia Ann Kelley, and the Scituate Housing Authority is failing to... more

Local superintendents explain their approaches on snowfall

SCITUATE – Superintendents of three local school districts are explaining the thought processes that led them to make different decisions on how to handle Tuesday’s snowfall. In Foster-Glocester,... more

One More Thing - Tom Winfield and life after politics

When the 2018 session of the Rhode Island House of Representatives ended, so did Tom Winfield’s career as a member. First elected to the General Assembly representing District 69 in 1992 (later re-... more

Ex-deputy court clerk from Smithfield accused of altering family’s court cases

The Rhode Island State Police on Tuesday announced that members of the Computer Crimes Unit arrested a former deputy civil court clerk at the Providence Superior Court on fraud charges related to... more

Tri-County CAA helps families with heating bills

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Tri-County Community Action Agency is seeking applications from individuals and families in need of help with their fuel bills. Both homeowners and renters may apply for heating... more

Check out more local stories in Christmas in the Valley

Inside this week’s edition of The Valley Breeze & Observer, find more stories about the people behind local favorite holiday traditions in our Christmas in the Valley section. Our “Faces of... more

Holiday bazaars and fairs

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8 South Foster Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will be holding its annual bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the South Foster Fire Station, 7 Mt.... more

Have Breakfast with Santa Dec. 7

SCITUATE – North Scituate Fire Department, 201 Danielson Pike, will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 to 11 a.m. There will be photos with Santa, holiday-themed crafts and an... more

Christmas Faire at North Scituate Baptist Church this weekend

SCITUATE – North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, will host a Christmas Faire on Friday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a... more

Car break-in suspects possibly connected to Connecticut

SCITUATE – Scituate police continue to encourage residents to lock car doors and remove their valuables following a streak of robberies beginning Nov. 18, said Deputy Chief Todd Rich. Several more... more

Meet Elsa and Anna at North Scituate Library

SCITUATE – North Scituate Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will be welcoming some special guests during North Scituate’s Candlelight Stroll. On Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m., children are invited to... more

See Atwater-Donnelly at Moosup Valley Church Saturday

FOSTER – Atwater & Donnelly will perform a Holiday Concert and Singalong at Moosup Valley Congregational Church, 81 Moosup Valley Road, on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The libraries are... more

Drop off letters for Santa

SCITUATE – A mailbox is now at the Scituate Gazebo waiting for letters to Santa Claus. Letters may be dropped off in the mailbox through Thursday, Dec. 12. Include your return address to receive a... more

Tyler Free Library hosts Art & Craft Night

FOSTER – Tyler Free Library, 81A Moosup Valley Road, will host Art & Craft Night on Monday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Make a holiday-inspired craft to take home. Pre-registration is required.... more

Library offers Census Informational Sessions

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host Census Informational Sessions on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m., and on Monday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. These sessions are for... more

Build a gingerbread house Wednesday

FOSTER – Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, will host Gingerbread House Building on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. Participants may bring a bag of their favorite candy to share and a box to... more

Make a Christmas Craft at Hope Library

SCITUATE – Hope Library, 374 North Road, will host a Christmas Craft on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Make a Christmas ornament or two for your tree, or a Christmas bracelet. This program is open... more

Birthday Club

Dec. 6 Evan Fortier, Happy 19th Birthday, Evan! Love, Mom, Dad, Emma and Aidan XO Dec. 17 Robin Simonelli Ryan, Happy 50th Birthday! You are 50 and fantastic, fabulous and fearless. With all our love... more

Make a wreath Thursday at Foster Public Library

FOSTER – Foster Public Library, 184 Howard Hill Road, will host a Wreath Making program today, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. The library is providing winter greens to make holiday decorations for a... more

Christmas Cookie Decorating Challenge Dec. 11

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will host a Christmas Cookie Decorating Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m. This event is for ages 5 and older. Space is... more

Chepachet Candlelight Shopping begins Dec. 5

GLOCESTER – The village of Chepachet will once again open its doors (in and around downtown) for Candlelight Shopping. Kicking off the festivities will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony on... more

Make a gnome ornament

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will offer a holiday craft for adults on Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. Participants will make a gnome ornament and learn the storied... more

Library hosts Kindergarten Countdown

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host Kindergarten Countdown today, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Children attending kindergarten in the fall of 2020 are invited to... more

Lego Club meets Saturday

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will host its Lego Club on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a drop-in program for children of all ages. Stop by the... more

Parents’ Night Out benefits Smithfield Education Foundation

SMITHFIELD – Mastery Martial Arts Smithfield is hosting a Parents’ Night Out Blaster Wars: Planet Protection Squad Nerf Party on Friday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at its 9 Cedar Swamp Road... more