The Observer, Smithfield & West

Rubius looking to build second facility

SMITHFIELD – Two years after breaking ground at 100 Technology Way, Rubius Therapeutics returned to the Planning Board with plans for a new 175,000-square-foot pharmaceutical manufacturing facility... more

Woman struck and killed in Smithfield

SMITHFIELD – A woman who was struck by a driver in Smithfield on Wednesday has died from her injuries. On Oct. 14, at around 8:35 a.m., Smithfield Police and Smithfield Fire & Rescue personnel... more

Foster council candidates weigh in

FOSTER – Nine candidates are competing for a seat on the five-member at-large Foster Town Council on Nov. 3, with all five incumbents trying for another two-year term. Incumbent Republican Denise... more

Youth Council completes first community project

SMITHFIELD – During its second meeting on Monday, the Smithfield Youth Council showed its worth by installing six park benches along the trails at Deerfield Park. Members of the Youth Council arrived... more

Seven candidates seek Glocester Town Council seat

GLOCESTER – In a seven-candidate race with only three incumbents seeking another two-year term on the five-member Glocester Town Council, the board’s makeup is bound to look different after the Nov.... more

Archambault faces off against Santucci, Tocco for Senate seat

SMITHFIELD – Both candidates running against Sen. Steve Archambault in the Senate District 22 race, representing Smithfield, North Providence and Johnston, say it is time for a change. Republican... more

Scarecrow Festival canceled, but not gone completely

GLOCESTER – Even the best-laid plans were no match for the coronavirus as the Glocester Grange announced the cancellation of the Glocester Scarecrow Festival this year. After an uptick in positive... more

Elections and 19th Amendment exhibit is Saturday

SCITUATE – The Scituate Preservation Society is hosting an exhibit at its headquarters, Historic Grange #39, 706 Harford Pike, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote and... more

Drive-through Trunk or Treat event in Scituate Saturday

SCITUATE – The Scituate First Student bus company will host a Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the First Student bus yard at the Manning Field parking lot. This will be... more

Tikoian to support small business

SMITHFIELD – When elected, Town Council candidate David Tikoian, a Democrat, said he will work with his council colleagues to establish a robust community outreach program with the business community... more

Kilduff holds the line on taxes

SMITHFIELD – Sean Kilduff, Democrat candidate for re-election to the Smithfield Town Council, said he is encouraged by the perseverance the residents have shown throughout these difficult months. “I’... more

Alba says it’s ‘back to basics’ when choosing leaders

SMITHFIELD – Democrat incumbent Suzy Alba, who is running for re-election to the Town Council, shared her platform on choosing candidates in a sea of information. “I decided to run eight years ago... more

Torregrossa promises responsiveness and respect

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield School Committee candidate Tony Torregrossa, Democrat, said that when elected, he will always be responsive and respectful. Torregrossa has 53 years serving the students of... more

Pereira uses experience to improve outcomes

SMITHFIELD – Michelle Manning Pereira, Republican candidate for School Committee, said she will bring her unique skill as a physical therapist to the community. “Physical therapists don’t just tell... more

Caisse to use teaching background on School Committee

SMITHFIELD – Benjamin Caisse, a high school teacher for 17 years, a licensed administrator, vice chairman of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission, school volunteer, Cub Scout leader, and... more

Cimini concerned about lack of transparency in planning board decisions

SCITUATE – Scituate Town Council candidate Anna Cimini, a Democrat, has concerns about Scituate’s lack of fighting for the community when it comes to major developments. A Chopmist Hill resident,... more

Archetto proposes term limits on boards

SCITUATE – Democratic Town Council candidate Debra Archetto stated that one of her priorities will be to appoint new members to various town boards and commissions and limit the number of years that... more

Marcello touts municipal experience

SCITUATE – Scituate Town Council candidate Michael Marcello, a Democrat, said his experience as lawyer and municipal solicitor will bring a needed perspective to the council. “I have not only... more

Austin prepared for role on Council

SCITUATE – Before announcing his bid for the Town Council, William Austin, Democrat, delved into issues both past and present, reading 18 months of council minutes to provide insight into past and... more

Dias to use experience to improve school facilities

SCITUATE – Incumbent Carolyn Dias, a Democrat candidate for School Committee, says she has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to children. As chief operating officer for the Rhode Island... more

Pendergast to ensure full implementation of education reforms

SCITUATE – Democrat candidate for School Committee Kevin Pendergast has pledged to build on the instructional reforms implemented over the last four years. “I want to protect our taxpayers’... more

Rea calls for zero-based budgeting

SMITHFIELD – Brian Rea, Republican candidate for state House District 53, Smithfield and Glocester, issued a statement with the anticipated budget shortfall looming. “Rhode Island taxpayers will be... more

Archambault leads fight to bring back jobs

SMITHFIELD – State Sen. Steven Archambault, a Democrat incumbent for the District 22 seat, today highlighted his commitment to advocating policies that put people back to work. “The COVID-19 pandemic... more

Carosi wants more business to build R.I.

SCITUATE – Pam Carosi, Democrat candidate for the state representative seat in District 41, is truly a small business advocate, she said. Growing up in North Providence in the 1970s, Carosi said she... more

Quattrocchi earns 100 percent voting record

SCITUATE – Incumbent Rep. Robert Quattrocchi, a Republican candidate for House District 40, received a 100 percent rating based on Rhode Island General Assembly voting records from the Rhode Island... more

Chippendale boasts his record

GLOCESTER – State Rep. Michael Chippendale, a Republican running for re-election in District 40, said being a legislator representing a rural district brings with it a unique set of challenges often... more

Nichols to work with dignity and respect

GLOCESTER – Democratic candidate Linda Nichols, running for the state House seat in District 40, said it would be an honor to serve the communities of Glocester, Foster and Coventry. As a state... more

Free flu vaccines for Scituate residents

SCITUATE – The town of Scituate has announced the dates of upcoming free flu vaccine clinics, by appointment only. • Scituate Senior Center, 1315 Chopmist Road: Wednesday, Nov. 18 • WellOne Scituate... more

Hear spooky stories on the library lawn

SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library, 573 Putnam Pike, will host Spooky Stories Told After Dark on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. This will be an outdoor event on the library lawn, where the group... more

Drive-through Trick or Treat Parade in Smithfield

SATURDAY – On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Smithfield Police Department will be hosting a Trick or Treat Parade for kids ages 14 and under at Deerfield Park, in the area of the Senior... more