Monday, February 8, 2016        

Smithfield Veterans Memorial Beer and Wine Tasting – Friday, March 11th

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The Smithfield Veterans Committee
Cordially Invites You to Attend a
Beer and Wine Tasting

Friday, March 11th, 2016
6:00pm – 9:00pm
at Smithfield Elks Lodge
326 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

Raffles and Prizes Available!
$30.00 per Person
Tickets Available at the Door
smithfieldveteransmemorial@gmail.com
Proceeds Directly Benefit the Smithfield Veterans Memorial

Nixle Community Notifications

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

   Press Release 

 SMITHFIELD’S PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES ASKS RESIDENTS TO SIGN-UP TO RECEIVE LOCAL ALERTS

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.

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For Immediate Release: January 26, 2016
For More Information Contact:   Chief Robert Seltzer
Smithfield Fire Department
401-949-1330

 

Smithfield Heritage Hall of Fame Seeks Nominees

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The Smithfield Heritage Hall of Fame Committee is requesting nominations from the community for the 2016 Induction. The purpose of the Committee is to select and induct any individual or family, a former or present resident of the Town of Smithfield, who has brought credit, prominence and contributed to the history and heritage of the Town of Smithfield. The committee is seeking those who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the betterment of Smithfield, its citizens and quality of life be it in education, public service, recreation, business of community service.

A nomination packet may be obtained at the Town Managers Office, the Smithfield Senior Center or linked below.   All nomination packets must be received by March 31, 2016, to the Town Managers office. Please contact the Town Manager for any further questions.

Smithfield Heritage Hall of Fame Nomination Form (.pdf)

Smithfield becomes Rhode Island’s 12th HEARTSafe Community

HDHeartSafeLgThe Town of Smithfield has been designated a HEARTSafe Community by the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association, Providence Affiliate. The HEARTSafe initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with prevention, early access to care, early CPR, early defibrillation, and early advanced care. The goals of the RI HEARTSafe Community Program are to:

• Increase the number of community members trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR);
• Increase the number of first responders equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs); and
• Ensure community members receive pre-arrival instructions, prior to first responders arriving on scene, and optimize the prehospital care system.

During the assessment and application process, the Town of Smithfield earned points (or “heartbeats”) for each activity that furthers the goal of saving lives from cardiac arrest.
Examples of activities include CPR/AED classes, placement of AEDs in public places, promoting CPR/AED response through public safety officials, and developing a process to evaluate our community’s HEARTSafe program. Based upon our population, Smithfield needed to earn at least 500 “heartbeats” to qualify for the designation. Smithfield exceeded that number and earned 800 “heartbeats”.

“The response to a sudden cardiac arrest goes beyond the Fire Department,” says Fire Chief Robert Seltzer. “The chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest greatly increase when bystanders or lay rescuers dial 9-1-1, initiate high quality chest compressions and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) before emergency apparatus arrive on scene. The Smithfield Fire Department is committed to increasing the rate of survival for those who suffer a cardiac arrest emergency by creating more opportunities for citizens to learn CPR and more opportunities to have publically available AEDs placed within our community.”

The HEARTSafe designation was earned through a collaborative effort between the town’s Fire Department, Police Department, Emergency Management Agency, School Department and Recreation Department. For more information on CPR, contact Captain Jonathan Polak, EMS Coordinator at ems@smithfieldfire.com.

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Sew or Sponsor a Bag or Blanket with Smithfield Senior Center

hope-fullHope Full  RI  is a group of  Rhode Islanders dedicated to spreading hope and dignity to children in Rhode Island foster homes. It is their mission to help these children know they are not alone, and that there is a community of people that care about them and want to show them they are loved one fleece blanket and bag at a time.

The Smithfield Senior Center is accepting monetary donations, or gift cards to Joanne’s Fabric for this cause during the month of January.  We will be purchasing fleece material and will be making blankets and bags during the month of February.

For more information about Hope Full RI, please visit their webpage at hopefullri.org, or call the Center at 949-4590.

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

e-wasteATTENTION SMITHFIELD RESIDENTS:
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.

 

January Trash & Recycling News

 

  • Curbside Electronic Collection and DPW Drop-off of Electronics is Suspended until further notice – read more here

  • The 2016 Trash & Recycling Calendar (January thru June) is available online. Click here for .pdf

  • Christmas Tree Pickup will occur the weeks of January 3rd and January 10th on your regular trash pickup day. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel, stands, etc.

Thanks from Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry

food-pantry-donationsOn behalf of the Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry we would like to thank all the very generous town residents, schools, businesses and organizations who continue to support the pantry, and our programs.

During the summer months Fidelity Investments and Alexion Pharmaceuticals separately held successful food drives that assisted us with keeping the pantry well stocked. In August Fidelity Investments (see photo), along with some very generous town residents, assisted Smithfield Welfare by donating back packs for Smithfield’s school age children. Together we collected backpacks with lunch boxes, filled with school supplies, and stuffed with child friendly snacks for families in the greatest need. Fidelity Investments employees have continually displayed great generosity towards Smithfield Welfare and Food Pantry programs; by giving their time, and their efforts freely and abundantly. We are very grateful for the support we have received from the entire community including our anonymous donors! Thank You All!

In September Old Country Road School PTA held a successful fundraiser called Touch-A-Truck. The PTA donated the proceeds to Smithfield Welfare, and the canned goods to the town pantry. The Greenville Manor Association donated toiletries. The pantry recognizes all the time and effort that went into collecting and organizing all of these wonderful, and thoughtful events. Thank you all for thinking of the town pantry!

The Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry provides food supplements throughout the year and heating assistance throughout the winter season. Our pantry is funded by donations and we could not do it without your generosity.

The Smithfield Welfare 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.

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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