The Observer, Smithfield & West

Smithfield second most affordable community for renters

SMITHFIELD – This town is the second most affordable in Rhode Island to rent a two-bedroom apartment, though renting and purchasing housing remains difficult here and elsewhere in the state as income... more

Smithfield schools propose no changes to operations

SMITHFIELD – While positive COVID-19 cases are rising across Rhode Island, the Smithfield School Department is not proposing any changes to its teaching format during Gov. Gina Raimondo’s two-week... more

Be the Match for Chepachet boy in need of transplant

GLOCESTER – The greatest gift the Hawkes family of Chepachet could receive this Christmas is a bone marrow match and transplant for oldest son Sammy, 4, who was diagnosed with leukemia last month.... more

Recount keeps Marcello on, Collins off council

SCITUATE – The recount of the Scituate Town Council vote revealed an additional 54 mail-in ballots for the election, but it wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the narrow race that led to the... more

Smithfield anticipates increase in English language learners

SMITHFIELD – Local schools should anticipate significant growth in English language learners in the coming years, according to Assistant Supt. Sara Monaco, who says other Rhode Island school... more

Candlelight shopping canceled in Glocester

But shops will host extended hours
GLOCESTER – A true blow to Glocester businesses, said Candlelight Shopping and Festival of Lights coordinator Charlie Wilson, he was devastated to announce the cancellation of Glocester’s Christmas-... more

Making the best of it

One more Thing
COVID-19 is overshadowing the scene, and our Thanksgiving traditions are hanging in the balance. We are being challenged to think outside the box that this virus has put us in. The doctors and... more

Mailboxes waiting for letters to Santa

SCITUATE – Mailboxes will be set up at the Hope Gazebo and the Scituate Gazebo, waiting for letters to Santa Claus. Children are invited to drop off their letters to Santa between Sunday, Nov. 29,... more

Trinity Church annual bazaar online

SCITUATE – Trinity Episcopal Church, 249 Danielson Pike, will host its annual Christmas Bazaar online. Purchase and place bids online at . Visit the church... more