The Observer, Smithfield & West

DuPont takes another run at Archambault for District 22

SMITHFIELD – In her second attempt to win the Senate District 22 seat, Melanie DuPont is challenging incumbent Sen. Stephen Archambault, who is seeking re-election for a fifth term after first being... more

Take a pic and get it fixed

Smithfield’s new app lets residents report issues
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SMITHFIELD – Tired of hitting the same pothole every day and not sure what to do about it? Smithfield has teamed up with the company SeeClickFix to provide a mobile app on Android or iPhone where... more

Community asked to help rename McCabe

SMITHFIELD – With little more than one year before the union of Winsor Elementary School and Anna McCabe Elementary School, the district’s unification committee is asking for residents’ help in... more

Ethics Commission to investigate Brady in potential violation

SCITUATE – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission unanimously agreed to investigate a complaint alleging Town Council President James Brady violated an advisory opinion when he questioned a former police... more

Glocester wins grant money for historic facade improvements

GLOCESTER – While businesses are struggling nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic, Glocester is doing its part to help local businesses in Chepachet Village, issuing grant money for façade... more

Summer camp closes due to coronavirus scare

SCITUATE – Scituate Recreation Director David Pannone said the town decided to go the safe route and close Scituate Summer Camp through Aug. 5 after a camper’s parent was diagnosed with COVID-19 last... more

New liquor store license up for grabs in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – A new liquor license is up for grabs in Smithfield after Councilor Dina Cerra tabled a motion to grant the town’s fifth license to Richard Conti of George Washington Highway. During the... more

Tuesday’s storm causes widespread outages, downed trees

Remnants of Tropical Storm Isaias blew through Rhode Island Tuesday, downing trees from Pawtucket to Glocester and leaving thousands without power. The storm caused as many as 130,000 power outages... more

The Breeze places in 10 award categories

LINCOLN – The Valley Breeze newspapers have placed among the top three winners in 10 categories for the annual Rhode Island Press Association awards. The 10 different categories is a record for the... more


SMITHFIELD – Town Council President Suzy Alba allowed members of the public to speak for two minutes apiece on each item during the public hearing on potential charter changes. A story last week... more

North Scituate Library open for browsing without appointment

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, is now in its third phase of reopening. Patrons will no longer need an appointment to browse. The library building will be open... more

Register to vote by Aug. 9

SCITUATE – The town of Scituate is reminding unregistered voters that the final day to register to vote in the Sept. 8 primary election is Sunday, Aug. 9. Register online at more

Summer evening paddle Tuesday

SMITHFIELD – On Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council will host a paddle on one of the Woonasquatucket’s largest and least developed reservoirs. This paddle trip is... more

Browse materials at East Smithfield Library

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will begin taking appointments for browsing new materials and computer use on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Appointments for computer use will be... more

Greenville Baptist Church thrift shop reopens

SMITHFIELD – The thrift shop at Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, will reopen on Friday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 8., from 9 a.m. to noon. Organizers say all COVID... more

Yard sale will benefit Elderly Pet Organization

SCITUATE – The Elderly Pet Organization will host a fundraiser yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 780 Central Pike in North Scituate, to benefit senior pets. All items have... more

Story Time Adventure set for Aug. 18

SCITUATE – North Scituate Public Library will offer a Story Time Adventure with the Girl Scouts on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m., online with Zoom. This program is for children in pre-K through 1st... more

Blood drive at Our Redeemer Church Aug. 30

SMITHFIELD – Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, 54 Cedar Swamp Road, will host a blood drive on Sunday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the church hall. Visit more

Gift basket exchange group seeks members

The group Sisterhood of the Traveling Surprises is seeking members who are interested in participating in a gift basket exchange. Organizers say the group is made up of women, age 21 and older, who... more