Wednesday, March 29, 2017        

Smithfield To Be Featured on RI PBS Series “Our Town”

Rhode Island PBS Announces Two Winners for Our Town
Smithfield and Bristol Will Be Featured Next

The first Our Town- Smithfield meeting is scheduled on Monday, March 13th from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Greenville Public Library

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (February 2, 2017) – When Rhode Island PBS put out the call in December for the next Our Town locations, residents from towns across the state stepped up. By the time the January 31 deadline arrived, it was clear that two towns had highly enthusiastic support.

“We are proud to announce that by popular decision, Smithfield and Bristol are the next locations for Our Town in the 2017 cycle,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of WSBE Rhode Island PBS. “We sincerely thank all those who submitted entries – community pride was strong and clear – and we are thrilled about the winners.”  Smithfield will be featured in a documentary televised in September 2017, and Bristol will be featured in March 2018.

Enthusiasm has grown for the Our Town project – now beginning its fourth cycle – thanks to the fun and success of the first five projects, Piccerelli said. Our Town: Glocester, the first documentary in the series, debuted in December 2014, followed by Our Town: North Kingstown in September 2015 and Our Town: Portsmouth in December 2015, and most recently, Our Town: West Warwick in September 2016 and Our Town: Westerly in December 2016.  “The comments that we and the participants received in relation to each of these projects have been very inspiring,” said Jodi Mesolella, project director, and director of membership and special projects at Rhode Island PBS. “We’re looking forward to building on that energy as we take the project now to Smithfield and Bristol.”

Our Town is a community project wherein neighbors become filmmakers and tell the stories of Our Town. Part fund-raiser, part community builder, part historical and cultural documentary, and part “day-in-the-life” video scrapbook, Our Town shares with viewers the local legends, historical happenings, and backyard secrets of the particular town and its villages – untold or uncelebrated stories that capture the essence of the town.

Our Town gives the community a platform to share stories and perspectives on the town in their own voices,” Piccerelli said. “It’s also a meaningful way for us at the station to connect with our communities.”  

Residents of Smithfield and Bristol are especially urged to participate, but one need not be a resident of the particular town – just have a great town story to tell. Planning meetings and a workshop lead up to the period allocated for filming. During the planning meetings, participants discuss and choose the subjects and locations they want to include in the documentary about their town.

 “This kind of collaborative group project invites residents to be more involved with Rhode Island PBS, and with each other,” said Ms. Mesolella. “The content is decided exclusively by the participants. They pick what will be in the film. If someone has an idea for a story, please come to the planning meeting and share it. We’re looking forward to seeing what Smithfield and Bristol decide to do.”

In each town, Rhode Island PBS recruits up to 20 to 25 volunteers with video cameras. For this project, there are no restrictions as to age or experience and there is no cost or compensation to participate. For those with a story to tell but no camera to capture it, Rhode Island PBS has a camera to lend by appointment and with a security deposit, which is returned when the camera is returned.

“We will offer guidance, technical advice and support to our volunteers, but this is definitely their story as told by them about their community,” said Nicole Muri, project producer. Video recorded by the volunteers will be edited together by Rhode Island PBS to create a one-hour film of each town. 

The first planning meeting in Smithfield will be the week of March 6th, with two opportunities for volunteer filmmakers to attend one technical workshop in the week of March 13th in town (location to be arranged) or the week of March 20th at Rhode Island PBS studios. The deadline for all video submissions is May 5, 2017.  

Bristol’s first town planning meeting and technical workshops will be in October, with the filming deadline November 27, 2017.

Although dates for shooting footage will be set, videographers need not wait, and are encouraged to shoot footage of any relevant event or storyline anytime up to the deadline for video submission.

For information about joining the Rhode Island PBS Our Town project, and for details about meetings as the dates approach, visit ripbs.org/ourtown, or call Jodi Mesolella (project director) at 401-222-3636, extension 209, Nicole Muri (producer) at extension 225, or email ourtown@ripbs.org.

About WSBE Rhode Island PBS

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary year, WSBE Rhode Island PBS is a community licensee, operated by the non-profit Rhode Island PBS Foundation. A viewer-supported member of the Public Broadcasting Service, WSBE uses the power of non-commercial media to educate, inform, engage, and inspire viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. For more information about the programs, and education and production services at WSBE, visit www.RIpbs.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lucie M. Raposo

                 Public Information Manager
                 401-222-3636 x216
                 lraposo@ripbs.org

New Online Boards & Commissions Database

The Town of Smithfield is pleased to announce that the new OnBoard Board & Commission Management Solution System is now available on the Town’s website to facilitate public engagement through our vendor, ClerkBase. Boards and Commissions are an important part of the Town’s governance, as they focus on specific areas of interest. OnBoard allows you to see who is currently serving on a Board or Commission, how to contact them, the membership history of that board, and each member’s history on all boards.

With this new system Town residents can access this information without delay or inconvenience, should they want to volunteer, they can do so by checking the vacancies on various Boards or Commission.

As always it is important to allow our Town residents consistently new and updated technology.

Access the OnBoard Board & Commission page at http://onboard.smithfieldri.com

Current information for all positions has been entered, historical information will eventually be entered into the system.

Carol A. Aquilante, CMC
Smithfield Town Clerk

Traffic Safety Request Form Online

The Smithfield Traffic Safety Commission is proud to introduce the new “Traffic Safety Request Form.” The new online form makes the process of identifying traffic problems and recommending solutions to the Smithfield Traffic Safety Commission more efficient. The user friendly form allows a traffic safety request to be added to the Traffic Safety Commission Meeting. Appropriate requests will be added to the agenda for the next scheduled meeting. We look forward to working with the public in an effort to enhance traffic safety. For additional information please contact Sgt. Cory Carpenter at ccarpenter@smithfieldpd.com or 401-231-2500 x132.

Find the form here on the Smithfield Police Department’s website at: smithfieldpd.com/tsc-form/

Route 44 (Putnam Pike) intersection Crossings at Smithfield

It is Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s intent to make lane configuration changes to the existing intersection of Route 44 (Putnam Pike) with the Crossings at Smithfield shopping plaza.

The design is optimized to eliminate the potential for high speed collisions due to vehicle backups on the I-295 northbound lane at the Route 44 west, exit 7B. The changes proposed are conceptual at this time and tentatively scheduled for 2019 pending further design and funding.

Town of Smithfield Engineering Division

Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry Gives Thanks

Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry Gives Thanks: On behalf of Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry, we would like to thank all the very generous Smithfield schools that have worked continuously through the fall and winter months supporting the pantry by holding can goods, and cereal drives. There has been an absolutely overwhelming flood of generosity throughout the town schools and it is very impressive. To all the staff, and all the students at William Winsor Elementary, Anna M. McCabe Elementary, Old County Road Elementary, Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary, Smithfield High School’s National Honor Society, and most of all Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS ) students, who not only held a canned food drive, but organized a winter coat drive. Human Services collaborated with NJHS, and led the research to maximize the greatest use of the winter coats, the School at St. James in Lincoln was chosen as the recipient.

Thank you all so very much for your dedication and hard work towards community service. You have made a tremendous impact on your community and beyond. Keep up the great work, it is contagious! Thank you very much to all of you!

The pantry is run off of donations from the community, and the continued outpouring of support we have received from the town schools goes above and beyond.

The Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry provides food supplements throughout the year, and heating assistance to income eligible residents 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Sewer Easement Clearing

The Smithfield Wastewater facility operated by Veolia will be conducting sewer easement vegetation clearing this fall & winter.

Easement clearing is being performed to ensure access to maintain the sewer infrastructure.

Holmes Landscape Construction will be the company doing the clearing.

Flyer and list of areas to be cleared (.pdf)

If you should have any questions contact:
Karen Goffe, Project Manager
Veolia (401) 231-1506, Extension 208
Kevin Cleary , Town Engineer
(401) 233-1041
twitter: @veolia_na
www.veolianorthamerica.com
Town of Smithfield Sewer Authority
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
401-233-1000

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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