Thursday, May 25, 2017        

Cocktail Reception for Retiring Town Manager Dennis Finlay on June 19th

Dennis Finlay, Smithfield Town ManagerTown Manager Dennis Finlay Is Retiring With 29 Years of Municipal Service.

A “thank you, farewell and good luck” celebration will be held at Twelve Acres of Smithfield, 445 Douglas Pike on Monday, June 19, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The event will be a Cocktail Reception with Wine & Cheese and Hors D’oeuvres.

Tickets are $30 each.

Purchase tickets at the Town Hall, Police Department, Senior Center, Recreation Department, Fire Department, or Public Works.

Please Note: No tickets will be sold at the door and tickets are limited.

Checks can be made payable to “Town of Smithfield”.

Clothing Donations Sought for Local Veterans

The Smithfield Senior Center, along with the Balfour-Cole Post 64 American Legion, are collecting  new men’s socks, shirts & underwear for the Operation Stand Down in RI. These donations can be brought to the Senior Center through the month of May, and also at the Veterans Memorial Day Celebration in Deerfield Park, on May 29th. Thank You for your support.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s mission is to help veterans secure stable housing and employment as well as other assistance according to individual needs including case management, basic human needs, referrals, and education and training services.

Benefit Car Show at Deerfield Park on Saturday, May 27th

The Smithfield Senior Center and the Smithfield Recreation Department will be hosting a Car Show on Saturday, May 27, 2017, from 9am-2pm in Deerfield Park.

Annual Memorial Service at the Veterans’ Memorial – Monday, May29th

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

American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64, Smithfield Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929 and its Ladies Auxiliary, will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans’ Memorial, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, on Monday, May 29th 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.  

Hydrant Flushing in the East Smithfield Area – 5/24 thru 6/2

Hydrant Flushing in the East Smithfield Area on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 through Friday, June 2, 2017, during night time hours (10:00 PM through 06:00 AM). The flushing will occur in the Providence Water District, within Smithfield (formerly the East Smithfield Water District area). Contact the Providence Water (Kathleen Topp, Water Quality, 401-521-6300, ext. 7161) should you experience any delays in water service, extended periods of reduces pressure or extended durations of discolored water.

Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries Meet Saturday, June 3

The Friends of Smithfield Cemeteries will meet on June 3 at the Conservation Cabin at 9 a.m. to clean cemeteries. We are always looking for volunteers, even for a day or two.

For information call Bob Buonaccorsi 349-4074 or Don Burns 447-0100.

 

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

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