The Observer, Smithfield & West

Archambault seeks to overturn liquor license

SMITHFIELD – Responding to concerned residents’ complaints, Sen. Stephen Archambault said he submitted legislation to overturn a recently enacted law to grant Smithfield an additional Class A liquor... more

Burrillville woman ordered to pay back money obtained fraudulently

PROVIDENCE – Attorney Gen. Peter Neronha announced that a Burrillville woman was given a five-year deferred sentence and ordered to repay $16,402 to the state of Rhode Island after she pleaded to... more

Lola’s brings a Mexican experience to Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – The town’s newest restaurant, Lola’s Lounge at 55 Douglas Pike, is an escape from reality, say owners, bringing an immersive Mexican cantina experience featuring authentic food, creative... more

As gyms take COVID hit, some push back against cancellations

As gyms struggle with the financial realities of COVID-19, some people are finding it easier to cancel their memberships than others. In North Smithfield, Myles Briggs said he was dumbfounded back in... more

Stinnett joins Our Redeemer Church

SMITHFIELD – The Rev. Aaron Stinnett says he answered God’s call in February to serve and worship at Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church at 54 Cedar Swamp Road. Installed on Sunday, Stinnett... more

Glocester farm’s solar project moving forward

GLOCESTER – Construction on the 1.8-megawatt solar array at White Oak Farm will begin this summer after receiving administrative approval from Glocester officials last Wednesday, Aug. 5. The solar... more

Officials approve work at East Smithfield Neighborhood Center

SMITHFIELD – At the end of the day, the East Smithfield community deserves a community center, said Town Councilor Sean Kilduff when deciding to move forward with façade improvements on the East... more

Parents begin grassroots efforts to educate children

With the clock counting down until the first day of school, Rhode Island students and their parents are growing anxious. The state is not expected to announce its exact plans for reopening schools... more

Volunteers help track improving quality of the Blackstone

LINCOLN – Last Saturday morning, Tracey Belliveau put on her waders and headed down to the Albion Dam spillway in Lincoln, which she does on the second Saturday of every month, from April to November... more

After 50 years, memories of young people’s devotion still indelible

One More Thing
The deep commitment a group of teenagers made to a long-ago summer program still resonates strongly for Richard Stapleton of Scituate. Several of the Sisters of Mercy who operated the program, which... more

Buyse named to Meals on Wheels Board of Directors

PROVIDENCE – Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has announced the appointment of Dr. Marylou Buyse, chief medical officer, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, to its board of directors. A... more

Birthday Club

Aug. 27 CJ Godek, Happy 7th Birthday! Love, Gramma and Aunt Denise

Poll workers needed in Scituate

SCITUATE – The town of Scituate is seeking poll workers for both the Sept. 8 primary election and the Nov. 3 general election. Those interested should email or mail a poll worker application to... more

ZIP code error on DuPont’s mail ballot applications

SMITHFIELD – Senate District 22 candidate Melanie DuPont this week apologized for the error in her campaign mailer where she printed the incorrect ZIP code on the return-address envelopes. Mailers... more

Greenville Library lists new hours

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, is currently open the following hours: Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday... more

State requires Johnston metal shredding company to reduce air pollution

Will pay largest penalty ever assessed for Clean Air Act violations
PROVIDENCE – Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit, and Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 announced that Rhode Island has... more