Sunday, March 26, 2017        

F.A.S.T. Athletics Friday April Vacation Program!!!

The Super Sports Program offers a variety of sports each session. In this one day class we will cover how F.A.S.T. Athletics plays soccer and dodge ball. We will start with a brief warm up with stretching and running to make sure everyone is warmed up and then we will get right into the fun and games. F.A.S.T. Athletics prides itself on providing your child a safe and FUN environment where they can learn new games and meet new friends. Please register early – programs fill quickly. Click below for more info and the application:

Winter Storm Stella Quick Updates

  • Smithfield Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th due to the impending snow storm.
  • Trash and Recycling Collection is cancelled for Tuesday, March 14th, due to the impending storm. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • Closings: Follow an active list of closings, delays & parking bans on the RI Broadcaster’s site: http://www.ribroadcasters.com/News_and_Events/Closings_Delays/ 
  • Report Power Outages to the National Grid Emergency Outage Reporting Phone Number: 1-800-465-1212.
  • A Parking Ban will be in effect from 12:00 AM on Tuesday, March 14th until 6:00 AM on Wednesday, March 15th. Parking Bans are automatically in effect during snow and ice control operations. Any time the Town’s plows & sanders are out working during a storm, there is a parking ban.
  • Social Media: In a power outage, you may find it useful to utilize a smart-phone and follow our Public Safety agencies on Twitter. These accounts can easily be viewed without signing up for a Twitter account and will keep you up-to-date. You can see a feed of the Town’s Twitter accounts in the left column of this page.
  • Emergency Notifications: Receive Emergency Notifications from the Town’s Public Safety Agencies: Sign up directly at Nixle https://local.nixle.com/register/ or Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone.to receive notifications.
  • Smithfield Public Schools are closed on Tuesday, March 14th, activities are cancelled.

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

Annual Rabies Clinic – Saturday April 8th

The Town of Smithfield’s Annual Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday April 8th, 2017 from 1pm – 3pm at the Smithfield Hwy Garage (next to the shelter). map

The cost of the vaccinations are $10 (CASH ONLY).
3 year vaccinations will be given ONLY with PROOF of prior vaccination. A rabies tag IS NOT confirmation.

Town of Smithfield dog licensing will also be available that day for $8.00. Licensing of dogs is mandated by town ordinance and RIGL 4-13-4.

All dogs must be on leash and under the owner control at all times, all cats must be in carriers.

All RIVMA rabies clinics are open to all state residents..

If there are any questions, please contact the Animal Shelter at 401-233-1055.

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

Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry Gives Thanks

Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry Gives Thanks: On behalf of Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry, we would like to thank all the very generous Smithfield schools that have worked continuously through the fall and winter months supporting the pantry by holding can goods, and cereal drives. There has been an absolutely overwhelming flood of generosity throughout the town schools and it is very impressive. To all the staff, and all the students at William Winsor Elementary, Anna M. McCabe Elementary, Old County Road Elementary, Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary, Smithfield High School’s National Honor Society, and most of all Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS ) students, who not only held a canned food drive, but organized a winter coat drive. Human Services collaborated with NJHS, and led the research to maximize the greatest use of the winter coats, the School at St. James in Lincoln was chosen as the recipient.

Thank you all so very much for your dedication and hard work towards community service. You have made a tremendous impact on your community and beyond. Keep up the great work, it is contagious! Thank you very much to all of you!

The pantry is run off of donations from the community, and the continued outpouring of support we have received from the town schools goes above and beyond.

The Smithfield Human Services & Food Pantry provides food supplements throughout the year, and heating assistance to income eligible residents throughout the winter season. We run a back to school program, a holiday program, and also advocate for any local issue that is related to a basic human need. Our pantry runs on donations from the community, and we could not do it without your support.

Ready Smithfield – Cold & Winter Weather

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Ready Smithfield – Pond & Lake Ice Safety

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