The Observer, Smithfield & West

Increase in Smithfield residents’ income contributes to big school deficit

SMITHFIELD – School and town officials are working together to find solutions and make budget cuts to account for the 19 percent decrease in state aid to the fiscal year 2020 school district budget.... more

Some of the ‘Independent Men’ defend their record

SCITUATE – Two of the outgoing “Independent Men” on the Scituate Town Council defended their record this week, saying there were many successes over two years. With weeks remaining until the new... more

Hero officer honored for his sacrifice 50 years later

SMITHFIELD – Fifty years ago, on a cold and windy day, probationary officer Norman Vezina of the Smithfield Police Department responded to a call to rescue a 5-year-old boy fighting to stay above the... more

Local senior uses Christmas poetry to help others heal

SMITHFIELD – During the bustle of the holidays, with mounting pressure to create the perfect Christmas experience, Irene Salvatore shared her Christmas poem with the members of Cortland Place... more

Smithfield offering easier online access to land records

SMITHFIELD – Tracking deeds, sale transfers and liens on property is now easier thanks to the new online land records management system released at Town Hall Tuesday. Info Quick Solutions is... more

School district releases new app and website

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield School Department is at the cutting edge of technology, announcing the release of a new smartphone app and rebuilt website. Supt. Judy Paolucci said the district is one of... more

Fraser named president and CEO of R.I. Health Care Association

WARWICK – The Rhode Island Health Care Association has announced the hiring of Scott Fraser, of North Scituate, to be the next president and CEO of the organization. Fraser will replace Virginia... more

Candlelight service at First Universalist Church

BURRILLVILLE – The First Universalist Church, 134 Main St., Harrisville, will hold a Christmas candlelight service on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Rev. David... more