The Observer, Smithfield & West

Plans in place for old Benny’s store in Smithfield

Carpionato Group promising ‘beautiful’ development
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SMITHFIELD – Benny’s on Route 44 in Smithfield was the last of its kind to close its doors back on Dec. 11, 2017, and last week the Carpionato Group submitted plans that will revitalize the 146,514-... more

Police details to alleviate added congestion at The Crossing

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SMITHFIELD – Heightened traffic problems at the entrance of The Crossing at Smithfield on weekends will be lessened after town officials met with the developers to come up with temporary and long-... more

Committee plans hard push to complete police station

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SCITUATE – Following a walk-through of the partially constructed Scituate Police Department building last week, David D’Agostino, Police Station Building Committee chairman, said construction needs a... more

Scituate’s Iacobo spells his way to the State Spelling Bee

SCITUATE – Using the language of origin to help with difficult words, 7th-grader Luca Iacobo, of Scituate Middle School, won the district spelling bee when he correctly spelled “redundancy.” Parents... more

Residents again slam Sand Trace development; decision March 7

SMITHFIELD – Despite hours of prior testimony from both a developer and the public, the Planning Board last week restarted a public hearing on the proposed Sand Trace development, presenting new... more

Board looks into questionable address for Scituate moderator

SCITUATE – The Scituate Board of Canvassers will continue to hear a complaint that Town Moderator David D’Agostino is not eligible to vote, and therefore not qualified to hold office, after denying... more

Welcome, Larry!

This week, The Valley Breeze & Observer welcomes back “poet-newsman” Larry Sasso, Jr., who served as this newspaper’s editor for several years until 2006, after which he founded Your Smithfield... more

It’s a matter of hearts

Something is missing from Valentine’s Day this year. It’s Sweethearts, those small sugary confections with short messages like “Be Mine” stamped on their surface. They are not available. At least not... more

Rep. Hawkins receives committee assignments

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has appointed Rep. Bernard Hawkins, a Democrat serving District 53 in Smithfield and Glocester, to serve on the House Municipal Government Committee, the... more

Tri-County expands VOCA services

JOHNSTON – Tri-County Community Action Agency has announced the expansion of its existing Victims of Crime Advocacy program to now serve the D/deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind community. Deaf... more

Fiorenzano named president and CEO of Fashion Accessories First, Inc.

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield High School alumna JoEllen Fiorenzano has been named president and chief executive officer of Fashion Accessories First Inc., located in Greenville. F.A.F. announced that... more

Local students recognized with Scholastic Art Awards

GLOCESTER – The Ponaganset High School Art Department has announced the student artists recognized by The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in the annual Scholastic Art Awards. The students'... more

East Smithfield Library closed Monday

SMITHFIELD – East Smithfield Public Library, 50 Esmond St., will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, for Presidents Day. Call the library at 401-231-5150 or visit .