Wednesday, August 24, 2016        

Smithfield Successfully Sells Police Station Bonds in Competitive Sale

dollar-signThe Town of Smithfield, Rhode Island successfully sold $6,075,000 of general obligation bonds in the competitive bond market today. The Bonds will finance the renovation and expansion of the Smithfield Police Station.

The Bonds, which mature in twenty years, received seven bids with the winning bid from the firm of Janney Montgomery Scott based in Philadelphia, with a local office in Providence, at a true interest cost of 1.944%. The timing of the sale was advantageous – long-term tax-exempt interest rates remain near historical lows.

Strong interest in the Town’s bond issue can be attributed to its very favorable credit ratings of AA from S&P Global Ratings and Aa2 from Moody’s Investors Service. Both rating agencies affirmed the Town’s ratings after meeting with the Town earlier this month.

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)

 

Smithfield Human Services 2016 Backpack Program

backpack-311368_640Smithfield Human Services is collecting backpacks, lunch boxes, and necessity items to fill the backpacks for the fall. We are looking for interested donors to participate in our Back to School Backpack Program. The program will tailor to Smithfield school age children from Pre-K to 12th grade.

This program provides eligible families, who have school age children, backpacks and supplies. Please contact the office at 401-949-4590 x27 if you are interested in becoming a donor. If you are in need of these services please contact the office to update your intake information, and to confirm the grade your child will be entering next fall. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Georgiaville Pond Stickers for Beach, Parking & Boating Now Available for Purchase

On sale at the Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department
1 William J. Hawkins Trail, Smithfield, R.I. 02828

Parking 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 Parks and Recreation Office located inside the Smithfield Senior Center, Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm.  Proof of residency is required for all resident sticker purchases.  Georgiaville Pond Seasonal Beach Passes will be available for purchase in June. 

Beach passes can be purchased at the gate during business hours.
10am – 6pm – 7 days a week.

Please call the Smithfield Recreation Department at (401) 349-0612 with any questions!

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Seasonal Beach Pass Fees
Resident: $10.00 per person
$2.00 per child (Under 12)

Non-Resident: $20.00 per person
$4.00 per child (Under 12)

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, motor boat sticker, and beach pass.

All passes are available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation Office located inside the Smithfield Senior Center, Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm! Proof of residency is required for all purchases of resident beach passes.

Please call the Smithfield Recreation Department at (401) 349-0612 with any questions.

All Beach Passes are only valid for the 2016 Summer Season.

 

Cub Scout Pack One Esmond Recruitment Night – Tuesday, September 20th

cub-scoutsCub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America have a great program for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade. Pack One meets at the LaPerche Elementary school, and we welcome families from all over Smithfield, as well as from other towns throughout Rhode Island. We welcome anybody that would like to join our family and have fun while learning about citizenship, science, and nature.

Cub Scouts, and Scouting in general, is a family-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.

Our Pack activities include camping, hiking, sleeping overnight at museums and McCoy Stadium, fishing, bowling, parades and more. All of our activities are open to all family members, parents, brothers and sisters, of our registered members.

We are family friendly, and want to build a lasting and fun memory for our Cub Scout members, their siblings, parents and entire family.

Pack One Esmond will be holding our fall new scout recruiting event at VFW Post #2929 at 47 Farnum Pike on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM.

For more information, please contact Mike Guilmain at 401-578-5261 or visit our website at http://www.packoneesmond.com.

St. Philip Parish Festival Set for Sept. 22nd-24th

flags-celebrateOld fashioned family fun is right around the corner with the 4th St. Philip Parish Festival running Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 22-24th. The event will be held on the parish grounds, 622 Putnam Pike, Greenville.

The three-day festival will include nightly live entertainment, amusement rides and carnival games, daily dinner specials, vendor fair, food court, split the pot raffle, penny social, baking competition, beer and wine tent, face painting, and more.

Festival Diamond Sponsor is Cavanagh Company of Greenville. Media sponsor is “The Observer Newspaper”.

Saint Philip Church Pastor, Rev. Francis Santilli said, “Our event features something for all ages from the young to the young-at-heart.”

He noted it’s, “An opportunity to come together for more traditional-style family fun that everyone can enjoy.”

The mega split the pot 50/50 cash raffle is new this year, said festival chairman Lionel Delos.

The first 10,000 raffle tickets have been printed. Tickets are $2 each or a book of 15 chances for $20. The winner will walk away with half the pot.

Delos said, “We will keep printing tickets and selling them until the final pulling on Saturday night, September 24th at 9 PM right before the festival ends.”

“We hope one lucky winner walks away with thousands,” he said adding, “Winning cash is fun for anyone!”

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased at the St. Philip Church Rectory during regular business hours, after select masses at Church and at local Greenville businesses. Winner does not need to be present to win.

The festival opens on Thursday with a blessing by Rev. Santilli and will feature “A Tribute to Frankie Valli” starring Michael Panarello.

Friday’s classic night features a Fish & Chips dinner along with a Frank Sinatra Tribute by Chris Jason considered to be the best Sinatra impersonator on the East Coast. Jason will perform a four hour show from 6-10 PM, perfect for dancing and listening pleasure.

Saturday will feature all-day long family entertainment and activities, including Riptide Band starting at 12 noon and playing through the day. Local singer Lauren King will perform from 4:30-6 PM.

Nightime will feature an old school neighborhood block party with the high-energy band 2nd To None performing from 6-10 PM.

An indoor emporium in the Parish Center will include baked goods, kids activities, art exhibit, a café, and more. St. Philip’s Italian Doughboy Palace is expected to make over 1,000 dougboys.

Businesses interested in sponsoring this event may contact St. Philip Church at 949-1500

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.

URI Watershed Watch Program Seeks Citizen Scientists To Monitor Water Quality In State’s Water Bodies

uri-watershed

The URI Watershed Watch program is seeking new volunteers to help monitor water quality in local waterways from May through October.

The program has been working with volunteers to collect data on water quality in the state’s lakes, ponds, streams and bays since 1988.

The data the volunteers collect is used by watershed conservation organizations, policy makers, regulators and state and local officials to make decisions that improve and protect the health of local waters.

See the full flyer here (.pdf)

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

 

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/

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