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March 22nd, 2019 Edition

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NORTH SMITHFIELD

 

 

 
 
 

 

Message from Town Administrator

Gary Ezovski

 

Spring is here so it is time to make sure some of our warm weather activities will go forward as usual. Based on communication this week with our VFW members, I have been assured that they have plans in process for another of our hometown Memorial Day parades with the associated memorial program here at Town Hall on May 27th. With that in mind, I have asked RIDOT to assure that the contractor working on the nearby bridge and road reconstruction project is aware of the need to complete as much work as possible in and around town hall so the parade and program can go forward with the least amount of construction activity. So, our grounds will be ready. In the next week or two we will be reaching out to the groups who normally participate but make this note today to ask anyone and everyone who has interest to participate to contact my assistant,Tami Jacques at 767-2200-ext 301 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We will make sure the VFW group who will lead us is aware of every interest with hope to have the largest participation ever.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Recycling Event

Town of North Smithfield

SATURDAY,

MARCH 30, 2019

 

RIRRC will be hosting an ECO-Depot on Saturday March 30, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway. We will host an ECO-Depot, Shredding, and E-Waste event.

 

Eco-Depot is a free service for properly disposing of household hazardous waste from RI households. Household hazardous waste is anything labeled with a skull and crossbones, or words like 'toxic', 'poison', 'flammable', 'combustible', etc. Examples include mercury devices, automotive fluids, fertilizers, pesticides, pool chemicals, and polishes. For more information please visit www.rirrc.org.

 

On the same day, Resource Recovery will host a free shredding event during the scheduled Eco-Depot collection. Residents who want to shred sensitive personal (i.e. not from a business) documents can bring up to a limit of two, banker box —free of charge. As a reminder, a sensitive or confidential document is one that contains a unique, identifying number that can be traced directly to a specific person, and which cannot be found readily through public searches. For example, a person’s name and address is not considered sensitive, confidential information.

This special event is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. Appointments are not required. Note: once the shredding truck is full, we cannot accept further material for shredding. For this reason, shredding services are on a first come/first serve basis.

 

 

Indie Cycle, LLC will accept all electronic items including computers, laptops, monitors, televisions, routers, PDAs, cell phones, mice, keyboards, ink-jet printers, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, cameras, network equipment, wires, stereos, speakers, telephones, microwaves, small household appliances, and acid lead batteries such as auto/marine and back-ups.

A $10 disposal fee will be charged for laser-jet printers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and other coolant-containing devices. 

 

For more information: www.indiecycle.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Saturday hours at our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway will be from 8 am - 1 pm FOR THIS EVENT ONLY. Residents are welcome to bring yard waste or accepted recyclables. The town offers free drop off for rigid plastic and scrap metal items as well as used motor oil.

 

For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

ATTENTION BUSINESSES IN NORTH SMITHFIELD

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO UPSKILL YOUR EMPLOYEES

 

The Rhode Island Core Skills Partnership (CSP) is your solution. It is a great resource for workforce training and the CPS Grant will fund the cost. The RI Core Skills Partnership is sponsored by the Governor's Workforce Board.

 

Click Here for a complete Brochure explaining the Program

 

Click Here for the Employer Profile

 

Click Here for the Article "RI Core Skills Partnership to Cover Full Cost of English-Literacy Program"

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

It is with great pleasure that the 2019 PumpkinFest Committee officially steps up and begins their game plan this year. 

  

We begin by first having you mark your calendars for our:

  

13th Annual 

North Smithfield 

Great Pumpkin Festival

Saturday - September 21, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

North Smithfield High School Grounds

 

The first committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 at the Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Green St. Slatersville.

 

Click Here for more information on the event and a list of the upcoming Committee Meetings.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

TOWN OF NORTH SMITHFIELD

RABIES CLINIC/DOG LICENSING

 

The Town of North Smithfield will host a rabies clinic on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service Station #2 (Primrose), 1470 Providence Pike. (Dogs must be restrained, cats must be in cages.) The fee for the rabies shot is $11.00; CASH ONLY. Proof of previous rabies vaccination must be presented or only a one-year vaccination will be given.

 

Dog licenses will be available at the clinic and may also be obtained at the Town Clerk's office, located in the Municipal Annex, 575 Smithfield Road, Monday through Wednesday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The fee is $6.00. Proof of immunization is required for licensing. All dogs must be licensed by April 30, 2019 to avoid a late registration fee of $5.00.

 

 

The Next 2018 Tax Bill Is Due

April 15, 2019

 

Dear North Smithfield Taxpayer:

 

ALL 2018 Real estate, motor vehicle and tangible personal property bills were mailed on July 13th.

Please be aware ALL bills are due on the date listed on the bill stubs.Because there are no complications with auto taxes or budget timing this year, we are back to our regular billing cycle and due dates.

The dates are also listed below.

 

Real Estate, Motor Vehicle and Tangible Personal Property

1st payment due 08-15-18

2nd payment due 10-15-18

3rd payment due 01-15-19

4th payment due 04-15-19

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext: 323 or the Tax Collector’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext: 511

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TORNADOES

 

 

Tornadoes can’t happen here! Remember the EFO that hit Slatersville in 1986? Just several months ago a tornado hit North Providence and Lincoln. It could be a big wind storm as we have been having lately or just straight line winds. Whatever the event, here are some tips to remember.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes can destroy buildings, flip cars, and create deadly flying debris. Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that extend from a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes can:

  • Happen anytime and anywhere;
  • Bring intense winds, over 200 MPH; and
  • Look like funnels.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A TORNADO WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A TORNADO THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes.
  • Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar—similar to a freight train.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. If your community has sirens, then become familiar with the warning tone.
  • Pay attention to weather reports. Meteorologists can predict when conditions might be right for a tornado.
  • Identify and practice going to a safe shelter in the event of high winds, such as a safe room built using FEMA criteria or a storm shelter built to ICC 500 standards. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Consider constructing your own safe room that meets FEMA or ICC 500 standards.

Survive DURING

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Keep listening to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for updated information.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.
 

 

Click Here for Information about Removing Trees and Potential Windborne Missiles and Protecting Your Property from High Winds

 

Click Here for a Brochure on How to Prepare Your Organization for a Tornado

 

Click Here for Information on How to Stay Safe When a Tornado Threatens

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Click Here for the 1st Explorer Youth Program Application

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry

Slatersville Congregational Church

25 Green Street

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

The flavor of the month for March is 

CANNED TUNA

Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9:00 am and noon. An additional drop box is available at the Town Hall during regular business hours.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner



Friday, April 26th

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Heritage Hall

101 Greene St.

Slatersville, RI

 

Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend.

* Vote on recommended Bylaws revisions

*Elect Officers

*Historic Presentation TBD

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Announces Forestdale Schoolhouse Public Openings for 2019

 

The Little Red Schoolhouse is open for visitors monthly, every second and third Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

While there, you can view artifacts, relics, and merchandise. You can also conduct historic research.

 

For further information: contact Louise VanHouwe at 401-769-8177

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Food Pantry is looking for TWO NEW VOLUNTEERS

 

Please click the links below for a full Job Description

 

 

 

Our North Smithfield Animal Shelter is in

Need of Volunteers.

 

You can volunteer as many or as few days or hours that you can. Every little bit helps! Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a rewarding experience.

 

Please call the North Smithfield Animal Shelter at 766-0377.

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Needs Your Help!

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association plans to hold a Heritage Fair on Monday, May 27th following the town Memorial Day Parade. 

 

We welcome town residents and groups to help organize activities and displays. 

 

The next working group will meet Saturday, March 30th at 10:00 am at the Forestdale School House. All interested residents and supporters are welcome to attend.  

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service, Inc.

                            1470 Providence Pike • North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

 

 

The Town of North Smithfield’s “File for Life program”

 

The File of Life is a simple, bright colored pouch that contains a card with an individual's medical history, current medications, and any allergies as well as important emergency contact information.

 

This small pouch, which is usually attached to your refrigerator with the supplied magnet, has a wealth of information for EMS personnel in cases where a patient lives alone, cannot speak or is unconscious. The ability for EMS personnel to know if the patient has a certain medical condition or is allergic to a particular medication, is critical in order for them to receive the best care possible.

 

The File of Life was made possible by a grant the Town of North Smithfield received through the efforts of Town Administrator Gary Ezovski and is available to any town resident at either North Smithfield Fire station.

 

HELP US BETTER SERVE YOU!

 

The Rhode Island “Special Needs Registry”

 

The RI Special Needs Registry is a database of information that allows police, fire and other community first responders better prepare and respond to the special medical needs of residents in the event of an emergency.

Residents may require extra help during some of these emergencies, including those who:

  • Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirators, ventilators, dialysis, pacemakers, or are insulin dependent;
  • Have mobility problems and use a wheelchair, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
  • Are visually impaired, hard of hearing, or Deaf;
  • Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; or
  • Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.

 

The Department of Health and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency have partnered with the states E-911system to notify first responders when they are responding to a household that may have someone enrolled on the Registry.

 

The information submitted to the Special Needs Registry is only shared with first responders and emergency management officials. The information is held confidentially and is only accessed to assist with the residents safety and well being during an emergency.

 

Enrolling in this registry is simple. Registration Forms are available for pick up at either North Smithfield Fire station and can be filled out at home and mailed in, or residents may enroll online at https://kidsnet.health.ri.gov/emregistry/form.html

 

If you or a family member has special medical needs, consider enrolling in this program. HELP US BETTER SERVE YOU!

 

 

 
 
 

 

Fiber Arts Gathering

 

Every Monday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (except the 1st Monday of the month)

At the Meadows

2 Village Way

North Smithfield, RI

 

  • Join our active group of knitters, crocheters, weavers, darners,quilters and embroiderers.
  • Beginners and experienced are invited. 
  • Come to learn and share.
  • FREE, donations accepted

 

Organized by Engage North Smithfield

 

 

 
 
 

 

Senior Services, Inc. has provided services to seniors and adults with disabilities residing in Northern Rhode Island since 1975, in accordance with the Congregate Meal Program financed through a grant with R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs. Senior Services, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout Northern R.I.

Senior Services, Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups, and Wellness programs, which include a weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes.

 

Senior Services, Inc. also offers an Adult Day Care Program ("A Home for the Day"), and a Community Information Specialist who can provide information on eligibility for all state and local programs, including RIPAE.

 

 

MARCH 2019 Senior Services Newsletter

 

MARCH 2019 Activity Calendar of Events

 

MARCH 2019 Menu

 

Senior exercise classes at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main Street, North Smithfield include:

  • Zumba Gold Mondays at 10:00 AM
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

CLICKING HERE

 

 

 
 

 

Personnel Board Meeting

Monday, March 25th @ 6:30 pm

Primrose Fire Station

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

Historic District Commission Meeting

Monday, March 25th @ 6:30 pm

Heritage Hall

101 Green St.

Slatersville, RI 02876

 

Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

Monday, March 25th @ 6:30 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main St.

Slatersville, RI 02876

Zoning Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 26th @ 7:00 pm

Primrose Fire Station

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

Budget Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 26th @ 6:00 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main St.

Slatersville, RI 02876

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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Town of North Smithfield | One Main Street, P.O. Box 248, Slatersville, RI 02876

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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