Thursday, July 30, 2015        

Smithfield High School Blood Drive – Thursday, July 30th

ribcHello blood donors!

Hope this note finds you all doing well! We thank you for your past support and hope you will consider helping us again as we return to Newport Creamery in Greenville, co-sponsored by Smithfield High School! Blood donors are everyday heroes that ensure we are prepared to help not only those victims of tragedies, but also those individuals that are in need of blood products every day. Unfortunately, during the summer months, donations tend to decrease when the need for blood can increase. So please, consider rolling up your sleeve and donating during this time!

If you donated at the last Smithfield High School blood drive on May 13th, you are eligible to donate at this drive!

Blood Drive details for THURS. July 30TH!

Newport Creamery
1:00PM – 8:00PM
586 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828

All presenting donors that GIVE A PINT will GET A FREE PINT OF ICE CREAM, courtesy of Newport Creamery.

Eligibility requirements do change from time to time. More often than not people think they cannot donate when in fact they can. Please stop by the drive to find out if you are eligible to give.

• Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license or another form of identification when you donate! No need to make an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Smithfield Dog Park First Annual Dog Walk – Saturday, September 12th

Smithfield Dog Park First Annual Dog Walk - Saturday, September 12th

Click the image to view the full flyer, print or download (.pdf)

Sponsored by: North Paws Veterinary Center, Muttley Crew, and The Smithfield Times.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 @ 10:00 a.m. @ Smithfield High School
*Rain Date: September 19th

$20 Registration Fee per family. Includes custom bandana for each dog and first 100 registrants get a doggie goodie bag.

Route: Walk begins in Smithfield High School Parking Lot, proceeds on Pleasant View Ave. to North Paws Veterinary Center, 564 Putnam Pike, where dogs and humans can stop for a water break, then walk proceeds back down Pleasant View to finish at High School. A festival with various food and dog product vendors will take place after the walk in the High School Parking Lot.


– Onsite registration same day from 9-10 a.m.
– Ongoing Registration at Muttley Crew -265 Putnam Pike, Greenville
– Register online via Paypal

*Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
Checks made payable to “Smithfield Dog Park Fund”.
Checks can be sent to: 
Smithfield Town Hall
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917

Organized by the Smithfield Dog Park Committee.
All proceeds will benefit the future Smithfield Dog Park.

If you’d like to make a donation to support the Smithfield Dog Park,
please click the PayPal link below. (Not for registration for the walk.)

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!

Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry

On behalf of the Smithfield Welfare Department and Food Pantry we would like to thank all the generous town residents, schools, businesses and organizations who continue to support the pantry and our programs during the summer months.

In June the pantry was fortunate enough to receive a very large food donation from our friends at Fidelity Investments (see photos below). The pantry recognizes all the time, effort and compassion that went into colleting and organizing such a large donation. Thank you all for thinking of the town pantry!

food drive

food drive 2

As you may know we provide food supplements throughout the year and heating assistance throughout the winter season. Our pantry is run off of donations and we could not do it without your generosity.

We are currently collecting backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies for the fall, if you are interested in becoming a donor or if you are in need of these services please contact our office at 401-949-4590 x27. Prior to receiving assistance all applicants must complete yearly intake forms.

Public Forums on the Concerns of People With Disabilities and Their Families

Executive Department
John O. Pastore Center, 41 Cherry Dale Court
Cranston, RI 02920-3049
[voice] (401) 462-0102 [tty] via RI Relay 711 [fax] 462-0106
[e-mail]   [website]

Friday, July 17, 2015
Town Manager Dennis G. Finlay

Dear Town Manager Finlay,

The Commission would like your assistance to notify your constituents of a series of public forums being conducted throughout the state so people with disabilities and their families can tell the state government of their needs and desires. Over twenty commissions, departments and community-based organizations will be conducting seven public forums (hearings) during the week of July 27th – 31st. The forums are open for anyone to come in and speak; the representatives of the sponsoring agencies will be there to listen. In order to guide the state’s efforts to improve services and expand opportunities, state policy makers and planners need to hear from people with disabilities. Below is a list of the forums:

Monday, July 27th, 2015, from 3:45 – 5:45 PM,
at the South Providence Library’s Community Room, 441 Prairie Avenue, Providence, RI.
Hosted by Perspectives Corporation

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, from 2 – 4 PM,
at the Warwick Public Library’s Community Room, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI.
Hosted by the Ocean State Center for Independent Living 

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM,
at the Peace Dale Library’s Meeting Room, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale, RI.
Hosted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society RI Chapter 

Wednesday July 29th, 2015, from 4 – 6 PM,
at the Middletown Public Library’s Community Room, 700 West Main Road, Middletown, RI.
Hosted by Opportunities Unlimited For People With Differing Abilities

Thursday, July 30th, 2015, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM,
at the Zambarano Unit of the Eleanor Slater Hospital, 2090 Wallum Lake Road Pascoag, RI
Hosted by Zambarano Unit of the Eleanor Slater Hospital

  Thursday, July 30th, 2015, from 4 – 6 PM,
at the Woonsocket Harris Public Library’s Community Room, 303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket, RI.
Hosted by RI Department of Health

Friday, July 31, 2015, from 2:45 – 4:45 PM
at the East Providence Public Library’s Program Room, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence, RI.
Hosted by RI Statewide Independent Living Council and National Federation of the Blind of RI

Please pass on the enclosed press release to any of your constituents who have contacted you regarding issues affecting people with disabilities. We would also be pleased to hear your concerns and ideas to improve the quality of life of Rhode Islanders with disabilities and their families.


Bob Cooper
Executive Secretary

Central Landfill Bus Tour – Wednesday, August 12th

vanMaxBus Landfill Tour

Wednesday, August 12th

August 12 @ 11:30am

Have you ever wondered what happens to trash and recyclables when they leave the curb? Come visit the Central Landfill in Johnston and board the MaxBus to see for yourself! on Wednesday, August 12th at 11:30am.  The tour takes about 90 minutes to complete.

Seats are limited, email now to reserve your spot!

We will visit the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for an up-close look at how your recyclables are sorted and made ready for market. You will also be able to ask questions about what to do with your materials, how they can be reused and recycled into other products! The tour meets in Johnston at The Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation at 65 Shun Pike.  

If you can’t make it, check out the video! A Virtual Tour of the MRF at RIRRC

Smithfield Food Pantry Collecting School Supplies

backpack-donationsThe Smithfield Welfare and Food Pantry is currently collecting backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies for those in need this fall.

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.



Georgiaville Pond Stickers Available for Purchase

Georgiaville Beach

Due to limited lifeguard availability, lifeguards will be on duty whenever available.

Lifeguards needed

Georgiaville Pond Stickers Now Available for Purchase!

Location: Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink
109 Pleasant View Avenue
Smithfield, R.I. 02917 map

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday – 11am to 5pm

Vehicle Sticker Fees
Resident $10 Non-Resident $20

Boat Sticker Fees
Resident $10 Non-Resident $20

Trailer Sticker Fees
Resident $10 Non-Resident $20

All Senior Citizens age 62 or older, people with physical disabilities, and/or honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to receive a free parking sticker, trailer sticker, and motor boat sticker.

All stickers are available for purchase at the Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink, Monday thru Friday from 11am to 5pm. A valid license and registration is required for all sticker purchases. Georgiaville Pond Seasonal Beach Passes will be available for purchase on June 15, 2015.

Please call the Smithfield Recreation Department at (401) 233-1051 with any questions.

All New Georgiaville Pond Stickers are valid until November 1, 2017.

June 2015 Edition of Chasing Arrows Recycling Newsletter

Highlights from this month’s issue:

Smithfield Earth Day Photo

Smithfield’s New Recycling Coordinator

Recycling Tidbits


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May 2015 Edition of Chasing Arrows Recycling Newsletter

May edition of Chasing ArrowsHighlights from this month’s issue:

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – fire at the MRF

Anti-Contamination Campaign Links

Foam Aplenty

What Doesn’t Belong in the Recycling Truck?

The MRF Corner: What Does it Look Like?

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