Tuesday, October 25, 2016        

Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry Collecting Winter Goods

winter-coatSmithfield Human Services and Food Pantry is currently collecting new winter jackets, ski pants, and under garments for those in need this winter.

If you are interested in becoming a donor, or are in need of these services, please contact the office at 401-949-4590 x27 to see if you qualify.

The office is located within the Smithfield Senior Center.


Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry Gives Thanks

On behalf of Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry we would like to thank all the very generous businesses, organizations, town residents, and anonymous donors who have worked continuously over the summer months supporting the pantry, and our programs.

During the month of June Fidelity Investments held their annual food drive (see photo below) that assisted us with keeping the pantry well stocked over the summer months while the kids were out of school. The pantry is run off of donations from the community, and the continued outpouring of support we have received from Fidelity goes above and beyond.


Fidelity Investments Annual Food Drive

In August Fidelity Investments (see photo below) assisted Smithfield Human Services by donating back packs for Smithfield’s school age children, along with some very generous town residents. Together we collected a total of 20 backpacks filled with school supplies, and stuffed with child friendly snacks for children in families in the greatest need. Fidelity Investments employees have continually displayed great generosity towards Smithfield Human Services, and Food Pantry programs. Thank you Fidelity Investments for sharing your valuable time and efforts freely and abundantly. Human Services wants you to know how much of a valuable impact you are having on the community. Thank you for your continued support.


Fidelity Investments assisted Smithfield Human Services by donating several back packs with supplies for Smithfield’s school age children.

The Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry provides food supplements throughout the year, and heating assistance throughout the winter season. We run a back to school program, a holiday program, and also advocate for any local issue that is related to a basic human need. Our pantry runs on donations from the community, and we could not do it without your support.

Memorial Dedications in the Renovated Police Headquarters

Smithfield Police Department Building Committee
215 Pleasant View Avenue
Smithfield, RI
Phone: (401) 231-2500

Dear Friend of the Smithfield Police Department:

The Smithfield Police Department Building Committee is seeking individuals, families, or businesses to sponsor or make memorial dedications to selected areas within the newly expanded and renovated police headquarters. The selected areas are as follows:

Option A. Community Meeting & Training Room

For Option A, the individual’s or family’s or business’s name will be prominently displayed at the entrance to this room, and will be included in future correspondence, (i.e.:  written invitations, social media posts, etc.) relative to scheduled events in this room.  For example: “Tonight’s discussion will take place in the John Smith Memorial Community Meeting & Training Room at Smithfield Police Headquarters.” There may be additional wall space for a biography and/or photograph of the named individual, family, or business.

Options B-G 

Option B – Lobby
Option C – Outside Front Entranceway
Option D – Victim/Witness Privacy Room
Option E – Dispatcher Center
Option F – Emergency Management Operations Center
Option G – Wellness & Training Room

For Options B – G, the individual’s or family’s or business’s name will be displayed on an appropriately worded plaque. For example: “This Lobby is sponsored by ABC Bank.”

A brief, written explanation of why the individual, family or business should be selected, must accompany each application. Selections will be made by the Smithfield Police Department Building Committee, which shall take into consideration sponsorship amount and the written explanation. Additionally, these sponsorship/memorial dedications will remain in effect for the lifetime of the building, unless circumstances, (i.e.: dishonor, reputation, request of the family/business, etc.) as determined by the Smithfield Town Council, dictate that a name replacement is in the best interest of the Town. 

For additional information, please see the linked application/brochure. Applications/brochures, along with a brief, written explanation attached, must be received by January 20, 2017.

 Thank you for your support.


Chief Richard P. St.Sauveur, Jr.
Building Committee

Sponsorship Memorials Dedications Application Booklet (.pdf)

Town of Smithfield Ratings Reports Announced

spreadsheetMoody’s Investors Service has assigned Aa2 to the Town of Smithfield, RI’s $6.4 million General Obligation Bonds, 2016 Series A. Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed the rating on the town’s outstanding general obligation debt.

S&P Global Ratings assigned its ‘AA’ rating and stable outlook to Smithfield, R.I.’s series 2016A general obligation (GO) bonds. At the same time, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its ‘AA’ rating long-term rating on the town’s outstanding GO debt. The outlook is stable.

Moody’s Investors Service Report (.pdf)

S&P Global Ratings Report (.pdf)


Boy Scout & Venturing Information for Smithfield

boy-scoutsJoin Boy Scout Troop One Georgiaville

Troop One Georgiaville meets every Thursday from 7-8:30 PM at the East Smithfield Neighborhood Center at 7 Esmond Street, Smithfield. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17, and is a community-oriented program that instills values such as citizenship, teamwork, honesty, respect, responsibility, and fitness, while being a lot of fun! We want the boys to have a great time, while teaching them something along the way. We also believe that an important part of scouting is giving back to the community, through community service projects and pride in America.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact the Troop One at http://1georgiaville.weebly.com/ or call 401-578-5261.


Boy Scout Troop 1 Greenville Welcomes New Scouts

Troop 1 meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 PM at the Greenville Baptist Church, 582 Putnam Pike, Greenville. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17 and provides a program that focuses on character building, leadership, citizenship, personal fitness and outdoor adventures. Troop 1’s chartering organization is Greenville Baptist Church but scouts are members of all faiths.

We welcome you to come to a meeting, if you are interested in joining our troop. For more information, contact the Troop 1 at http://troop1greenville.com/contact or call (401) 640-9444.


bs-venturingHigh Adventure Awaits!

Venturing is a co-ed branch of the Boy Scouts of America, where young men and women plan and participate in exciting outdoor adventures.

Venturing Crew 2000 Smithfield meets at 7 PM on the second and last Monday of each month at the American Legion Post #64, 170 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, the same building as the “Little Red Schoolhouse” nursery school. Venturing is for young men and women ages 14 to 20, and is a community-oriented program whose purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Crew 2000 at ltcroger@cox.net or 401-447-0567.

Nixle Community Notifications

Sign up for alerts from Smithfield Public Safety & other public safety agencies in your area.

   Press Release 


Smithfield Residents Can Now Receive Real Time Public Safety Messages Through Nixle

Frequently Asked Questions About Nixle

(Smithfield, RI)- The Smithfield Public Safety Agencies (Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Management) have partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.

As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:

  1. Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone.
  2. Go to www.smithfieldfire.com, www.smithfieldpd.com, or www.smithfieldri.com and sign up via the Nixle Widget.
  3. Sign up directly at Nixle https://local.nixle.com/register/

Once registered, residents will receive a confirmation text to their mobile device. Residents may also customize their alert settings by going to www.nixle.com and creating a User Profile.

“Town safety officials look forward to the implementation of Nixle to keep the citizens of Smithfield better informed of the events in town that may have an effect on their daily lives“ , says Chief Robert Seltzer.

The service is secure, reliable and easy to use for our organization.

All Alerts will be targeted geographically, allowing residents to receive localized, relevant alerts from Smithfield’s Public Safety Agencies.  Nixle Alerts can be sent via Text, Email, Voice, Web, Social Media, and the Nixle Mobile App in an instant.  Nixle is partnered with NLETS for unmatched data security, as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Blue Alert Network, and Google for unmatched reach and two-way information exchange.

We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.

About Nixle

Founded in 2009, Nixle provides a mass communications hub built exclusively for government to provide secure, reliable, and relevant information to residents in real-time.  Today, over 7,200 Agencies around the United States rely on Nixle for Community Engagement and Emergency Communications. Nixle’s exclusive partnerships with NLETS, Google and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children allows local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories. For more information, visit www.nixle.com.


For Immediate Release: January 26, 2016
For More Information Contact:   Chief Robert Seltzer
Smithfield Fire Department


Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Household Hazardous Waste Collections

Household Hazardous Waste Collections: Eco-Depot is a FREE service for Rhode Island residents who wish to dispose of their household hazardous waste safely and properly.

For a complete list of locations, dates and the types of waste Eco-Depot accepts, please visit  http://www.rirrc.org/resident/household-hazardous-waste/

Electronic Waste Collection Suspended

Curbside Electronic Collection and DPW Drop-off of Electronics Suspended

Due to circumstances beyond the Town’s control, ORS, the vendor providing Electronic Collection Service and Recycling, will no longer accept e-waste from the Town of Smithfield.  Electronic items that are banned from disposal at the landfill such as televisions, computer towers, monitors, laptops and tablets are considered Hazardous Household Waste and may NOT be placed in trash carts.  Residents of the Town of Smithfield may bring these items to RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike- Johnston, RI for recycling, free of charge.  Normal Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri: 6:00 am-3:45 pm, Sat: 6:00 am-12:00 pm.  Peripheral items such as keyboards, a mouse, printers, etc. and other electronic equipment that is not considered hazardous, such as DVD players, telephones stereo equipment, etc. may be disposed of in your green lid trash cart.

Other Drop-Off Options:

  • Goodwill: Accepts computers, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printers, etc.), stereo equipment, DVD players, telephones, and small appliances like blenders, coffee makers, food processors, hair dryers, etc. – NO TVs or printers.
  • Indie Cycle, LLC.:  Hosts weekly collection events and accepts “anything that uses electricity” EXCEPT light bulbs.
  • Best Buy stores also take back TVs, monitors and other electronics, no matter where item was purchased. Call ahead to your local store to confirm they will accept your item(s). Best Buy takes three items per household per day.

This change by ORS has affected many communities in RI.  RI Resource Recovery (RIRRC) is working to find alternate options for municipalities to provide to their residents.  The Town of Smithfield is considering other programs for electronic waste disposal such as Town Sponsored Drop-off Events.  Please look to the Town’s Trash and Recycling webpage for updates at   http://smithfieldri.com/recycling/ .   For any questions, please call 401-233-1034 X 105.  We apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.


Smithfield Increases Recycling Rate in FY 2015

Smithfield Recycling CartGreat news, Smithfield Residents!

Due to our town’s increased recycling efforts, we have managed to reach a 31.84% MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) recycling rate in FY15!  This means that the Town has earned a tip fee rebate of $2 per ton of trash disposed for a total of $10,238.40!

Keep up the good work and help our Town reach the 35% MRF recycling rate goal to further increase our rebate!

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?

All reports of mailbox damage should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 401-233-1034 or e-mail at dpw3@smithfieldri.com. The department will dispatch a representative to verify any claims.

Update: Use the DPW’s new online form to report mailbox damage;

Mailboxes damaged by the Town, regardless of type, will be replaced with a standard rural mailbox compliant with US Postal Service (USPS) Standard 7, Mailboxes, City and Rural Curbside. Posts will be either 1-1/2” galvanized, painted black iron or pressure treated 4” x4” wood. Wherever possible, the existing mailbox, if undamaged, will be reused as will the existing post. Installation will be performed by Town employees.

Anyone who wishes to purchase their own replacement and install same shall be reimbursed by the Town for up to $25.00 with valid receipt(s).

Has your mailbox been damaged by a Town snow plow?
Photo courtesy of Earl Snell.

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