Friday, April 24, 2015        

Smithfield Tree Day – Saturday, May 2, 2015

Smithfield Tree Day - Saturday, May 2, 2015~ Please note change of venue this year ~

Please join the Smithfield Conservation Commission for our annual tree day to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at McCabe School on Pleasant View Avenue (map). The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and will run until either all the plants are sold or 1:00 p.m. As in the past please no early birds.

The Commission allocates money from our budget each year for town beautification for Smithfield residents only. This year in the spirit of protecting and enhancing the ecosystem we will be offering the following native plants Arrowwood, Winterberry, Serviceberry and Meadowsweet. These plants will not only enhance the beauty of your property but will require minimal use of water or fertilizers and support the other native fauna growing in the surrounding area. The plants will be offered in sets of two which will include one of the natives listed above along with a dwarf lilac.

The price again will be $5.00 per set with a limit of one set per family and there will be no mixing or substitutions.

Please note the change of venue to the front of McCabe School this new venue will offer easy access and ample parking. Where this event can be very popular the commission recommends you mark the date May 2, 2015 on your calendar.

Public Notice – Georgiaville Pond

Public Notice – Georgiaville Pond
Georgiaville Pond Association Members & Public,

Work on the Georgiaville Pond Dam will occur on Monday, April 20, 2015 and may last into Tuesday, April 21st. While the work is being completed on the Dam structure the water levels will remain low by approximately 4-feet.

Upon completion of the work water levels will start to return to normal level and it is anticipated the water levels will take about 8 to 10 days to return to summer level.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. If you have any questions please call the Town Engineer at your earliest convenience at 233-1041.
Thank you,
Town Engineer


Georgiaville Pond Association Members & Public,

Due to extended ice coverage on the Pond, the water levels will be returned to normal pool level once the ice has dissipated. Additionally, while the water is still low the Town will be making modifications to the dam outlet which are anticipated to be completed no later than April 15th.

If you have any questions please call the Town Engineer at your earliest convenience at 233-1041.

Thank you,
Town Engineer

Free Workshop for Private Well Owners – Monday. April 27th

Free Workshop for Private Well Owners - Monday. April 27th

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Because you need to be sure.
Get the facts about well water safety.
Free workshop for private well owners
Protect yourself, your family, your property and your investment.
• The importance of regular testing
• How to protect your well water from pollution
• Proper well maintenance
Monday. April 27, 2015 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Brown Avenue School Cafeteria, 14 Brown Avenue, Johnston RI





Smith-Appleby House’s 42nd Annual May Breakfast – Sunday, May 3rd

Smith-Appleby House's 42nd Annual May Breakfast - Sunday, May 3rdJoin the members of the Historical Society of Smithfield, dressed in Colonial garb, at our historic 18th-century home for our annual tradition of the Spring-welcoming May Breakfast.

The menu of home-cooked fare will include coffee or tea and orange juice, homemade berry breads, chilled fruit cup with yogurt, crustless country quiche with sausage, johnnycakes, Muriel Mowry Appleby Gustafson’s Boston baked beans, and a surprise dessert.

More information on the Smith-Appleby House website.



Smithfield Veterans Memorial Service – Monday, May 25th

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929, its Ladies Auxiliary, and American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64 will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans’ Memorial, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, on Memorial Day. Photo courtesy of American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64.
Memorial DayThe Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929, its Ladies Auxiliary, and American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64 will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans’ Memorial, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th beginning at 10:30 AM.

A parade of colors will kick off the ceremony at 10:30 AM with honor guards from the Smithfield Police Department and the Smithfield Fire Department.



finialThere are several veterans and war memorials located in Smithfield.
Visit our Veterans & War Memorials page for more information.

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 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.

Talking Trash – 10 (Non) Wasteful Tips for this Winter

Smithfield Recycles

  1. Appreciate the power of the weather
    Some things are out of our control. When dangerous weather conditions cause interruptions in service, know that your town hauler is doing their best and will try to stay on schedule as much as possible. 
  2. Spread the Warmth
    Your collection workers are collecting even in ice cold circumstances. Make their job easier by sorting properly and placing carts in accessible areas away from obstructions. You could even surprise them with a hot chocolate or coffee to spread the warmth! 
  3. Stay Safe
    Driving large vehicles in freezing conditions can be dangerous. Make sure children and animals are away from the road when your collection is expected to be on your street. Ice can make it difficult to stop quickly if needed. Again, make sure your carts are properly placed, sorted and ready for pick up so your drivers don’t have increased difficulty making your pickup.
  4. Proper sorting is essential to timely collection – Know what is recyclable and how to recycle it! 
  5. Plastics: Recycle only plastic containers, up to 2 gallons in size, in your cart. Exceptions? No foam, plastic bags, motor oil or antifreeze bottles, “compostable” cups, containers that crinkle or rip (such as plant plug trays), or containers that shatter like glass (CD cases). Put plastic tops back on plastic containers before recycling. Do not flatten containers. Take clean, dry, somewhat see-through, somewhat stretchable plastic bags and film back to any large grocery, pharmacy or big-box store in Rhode Island for recycling. Remember, clingy food wrap is trash. 
  6. Glass: Recycle only glass bottles and jars in your cart — do not recycle glass that isn’t a bottle or jar. Take metal tops off first and recycle both. Exceptions? No broken glass or Pyrex.
  7. Metal: Recycle only metal cans, foils and lids/caps from glass jars and bottles in your cart — do not recycle metal that isn’t a can, foil or lid/cap. Exceptions? Coated yogurt lids and foil-like candy/chip wrappers are trash. For scrap metal recycling, you can make an appointment online at under the Town’s next metal collection.
  8. Paper/cardboard/cartons: Recycle only paper and flattened cardboard that isn’t made to be waterproof (fridge/freezer boxes, coffee cups) or for sanitary use (paper towels) in your cart. Exceptions? DO recycle cartons (milk, juice), but don’t flatten.
  9. Textiles: Never recycle textiles in your cart. If the textile is dry and odorless — including torn or stained items and non-apparel textiles such as sheets — drop it off in any clothing donation bin in the state. Exceptions? No carpeting, mattresses or dried hazardous-waste rags (such as motor oil).
  10. Always, remember: Containers must be empty and, when possible, rinsed. Paper and cardboard must be free of food and grease. 


Smithfield Town Council Meeting Videos Online

The Town of Smithfield is pleased to announce that Smithfield Town Council meeting videos will now be posted online.  The meetings will be posted on the Town’s Vimeo account at  Videos will also be linked to individual meeting dates on the meeting agendas page on the town website, For 2015, that page link is

Meeting videos will be posted online as soon as possible after the meeting ends, typically within a day or two.  Users can view the meetings directly online or choose to download them directly in a variety of formats suitable for different devices. 

It is expected that, as time allows, older meetings going back to 2012 (when the town started recording meetings digitally) will be posted, as will all future Town Council meetings.


Smithfield Town Council meeting videos


Give a Second Life to Those Unloved Items Taking Up Space

Ready for a clean out?



Please give to friends & family, and donate to those in need before sending it to the landfill!

Check out this partial list of venues that may be able to give a second life to those unloved items taking up space in your life:

Smithfield Recycling List of Donation Centers (.pdf)

Smithfield Land Records are now Available Online

Smithfield Land Records

Smithfield Land Records are now available online at

Select Rhode Island -> Smithfield.

Recorded Land index and images are available from January 1975 to present. Plans index and images are available from January 1871 to present. 


  • Searching and document viewing is provided as a free service. Printing and/or downloading will incur the following charges:
  • Commercial Users – Our commercial user will be charged $1.50 per page and a $50.00 per year subscription fee. To become a commercial user simply fill out the registration form and choose a Member ID and Password for future visits
  • Pay-Per Access Members/Search – For our Pay-Per Access members the charges will be $2.50 per page (no yearly charge). When printing and/or downloading pay-per access users will be prompted with a credit card form
  • Search Results – Search results may be printed for $1.50 per page with a $75.00 maximum. Please be aware of this fee before printing search results.
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