The Observer, Smithfield & West

SHS’s ‘dynamic, vivacious’ Class of 2019 graduates

SMITHFIELD – Twelve years in the making, Smithfield High School’s graduating class of 2019 crossed the finish line at Bryant University to receive their high school diplomas during the school’s 52nd... more

Hells Angels president arrested after shooting

PROVIDENCE – Joseph Lancia, a Greenville resident and president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was arrested following a raid at the group's Providence clubhouse Wednesday after allegedly... more

Winsor Avenue Sawmill Bridge closed

SCITUATE – Due to newly discovered advanced deterioration, officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation have decided to close the Blanchard Sawmill Bridge on Winsor Avenue over the... more

Spirited Ponaganset Class of 2019 moves on

GLOCESTER – Hundreds of family members and friends gathered outside on the Ponaganset High School green to celebrate the 192 members of the graduating Class of 2019 during June 7 commencement... more

Mazzei celebrates 100 ‘incredible’ years

SMITHFIELD – A good sense of humor and the desire to keep people laughing and smiling has kept centenarian Anthony Mazzei in good spirits throughout the years, and continue to keep his days busy at... more

Historic Chepachet village is open for business

GLOCESTER – “There are empty shelves that need to be filled,” says Charlie Wilson of the Town Trader in historic Chepachet village. Wilson is one of nine members of the newly reformed Economic... more

Former Housing Authority commissioners file suit

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SCITUATE – Four former Scituate Housing Authority Board of Commissioners members will have their day in court after filing a suit claiming they were wrongfully removed from the board following... more

West Point graduate Duhaime talks college, future

GLOCESTER – After four years of military training including many hours of studying for a degree in mechanical engineering, Chepachet native Benjamin Duhaime graduated from West Point as second... more


‘You’ve got to give it your all’
William “Bill” Hawkins III of Greenville is no stranger to challenges. “I didn’t make teams I wanted to make. I’ve lost games when I was on teams. I didn’t always get the job I applied for. Sometimes... more

Smithfield High School Class of 2019

Juliana M. Accetturo +* Ariel D. L. Adamczyk Kyle E. Anderson II Jayden J. Arruda + Alexander S. Aubin Katelyn T. Aubin + Isabella A. Baffoni +* Justin D. Baglini Liam J. Bannon +* Juliet K. Batek... more

Smithfield High School lists 2019 academic awards

SCHOLARSHIPS • Anna McCabe Elementary School PTO Scholarship: Elizabeth Pelletier • Christopher Reilly Memorial Scholarship: Justin Gorgone • Daniel DiChiara Academy of Finance Memorial Scholarship:... more

RIDOH recommends closing Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville

The Rhode Island Department of Health recommends closing Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville for swimming due to high bacteria levels, the organization announced in a press release. RIDOH will continue... more

Ponaganset High School Class of 2019

Emaly Marie Akkaoui +* Domenique Christine Altieri +* Steven Dagoberto Alvarado Cordon +* Tori Jean Anger + Reese Jeffrey Babington + Zongyuan Bai Joy Therese Grace Beaudreault +* Austin Michael... more

Goralski completes basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Andrew J. Goralski graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Goralski completed an eight-week program that included training... more

‘Make a Difference Award’ nominations sought by June 21

SCITUATE – During Scituate Olde Home Day – a family event celebrated on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Congregational Church on West Greenville Road – a citizen will receive the... more