The Observer, Smithfield & West

SHS seniors maintain Oratorical tradition

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield High School senior Tim Ferron said he hated La Salle Academy during his winning speech in the Oratorical Competition last week, where he pointed out why he felt a public... more

Ocean State pastor: Church has left the building

Churches planning to continue online efforts
SMITHFIELD – God and prayer are always essential, says Rev. Michael Woodward, of the Ocean State Baptist Church. He says this time of stay-at-home rules have shown again that the church is the people... more

Planning Board hopes to end contentious table H-25

SMITHFIELD – The majority of the Smithfield Planning Board is in support of throwing out the contentious table H-25, which identifies properties in town that could support higher-density development... more

Poverty rates rise in Smithfield

Housing less affordable to average homeowner
SMITHFIELD – Research from the Smithfield Planning Board’s consultant firm, the Horsley Witten Group, showed an increase in poverty rates and federal assistance in town over the last eight years.... more

Smithfield considers DPW for school snow removal

SMITHFIELD – The move to virtual learning may mean snow days are a thing of the past, said Councilor Michael Lawton when discussing the schools’ snow removal contract last week. Lawton said if... more

Smithfield restaurants ready for outdoor dining

SMITHFIELD – A growing list of Smithfield restaurants is receiving permission to serve food outdoors. Eight restaurants, Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grill, 970 Douglas Pike, Parma Ristorante, 266... more

No charges in Mahoney matter

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SCITUATE – Scituate Police Chief Donald Delaere said former Town Council President John Mahoney will not be charged with a crime following allegations brought forward last week by Public Works... more

McCabe class talks animal rights, activism

SMITHFIELD – While the U.S. hashes out the ethics and morals behind the Netflix series “Tiger King,” 5th-graders at Anna McCabe Elementary School are discussing compassion and animal rights with... more

In a manner of speaking

One More Thing
Fueled by the near universal compulsion to text one another and amplified by Twitter and countless other internet platforms, we seem to be working overtime to coin clever new expressions or give new... more

College News

Melanie W. Rielly, of Chepachet, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Husson University. Jillian Elizabeth Lemos, of Greenville, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at... more

College News

Monique Forte, of Smithfield, earned the Robert S. Axtell Undergraduate Scholarship, a scholarship that recognizes an outstanding undergraduate student representing the areas of exercise science,... more

Ponaganset Middle School announces third quarter honor roll

GLOCESTER – The following students have been named to the third quarter honor roll at Ponaganset Middle School. Grade 8 First Honors: Abigail Azevedo, Talia Barbosa, Madison Bates, Jackson Bernier,... more

Smithfield’s Arc of Bristol County receives new COVID-19 aid

PROVIDENCE – Nonprofits helping Rhode Islanders struggling to cover the costs of food, rent and health care have been awarded another $2.1 million from the COVID-19 Response Fund created by the Rhode... more