Town of North Smithfield

November 4, 2022

 

 

 

Town Hall will be closing at 4pm on Thursday, November 10th,

Town Hall will be closed on Friday, November 11th to observe Veterans Day.

 

 

National Veteran Small Business Week:

Marching Toward Success

By: Mike Vlacich

New England Regional Administrator

U.S. Small Business Administration

 

This year we will celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) October 31 – November 4, 2022. During NVSBW we will recognize the achievements of our veterans across New England and we will celebrate the strength and resiliency of the veteran business community.  

Here are a couple of interesting facts about veteran-owned businesses:

  • There are over 1.76 million veteran-owned businesses
  • in the United States.
  • These businesses employ nearly 4 million people.
  • Across New England there are 81,293 veteran-owned businesses, 20,693 are employers, and 60,600 are non-employers.
  • Rhode Island is home to 5,772 veteran-owned businesses, of which 4,200 are employers, and 1,572 are non-employers

It’s not that surprising that there are so many veteran-owned businesses across the country. Veterans make great entrepreneurs. Building a successful small business requires hard work and dedication—traits that are in no short supply among service members, veterans, and military spouses. Resilience, poise, adaptability – not only do these traits define our Nation’s service members and veterans, but they are also critical ingredients for successful entrepreneurs. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we recognize the value the military community brings to our great country through their service in the armed forces and as small business owners who contribute more than $1 trillion in sales to the U.S. economy on an annual basis. 

Time, effort, and grit – combined with community support – propel members of the military community to launch and maintain profitable businesses. The endeavors of business ownership are lifechanging for owners and those around them, from family members and community members to patrons. Veterans are selfless, altruistic, and natural leaders – qualities that carry them through their military careers and post-military endeavors. In turn, many veterans who pursue entrepreneurship end up using their business as a launchpad to help others. It’s typical that when service members transition to civilian life, they don’t leave their military community behind. Instead, they find other ways to contribute by lending a hand to other veterans any way they can. 

For these reasons and many more, our veteran business owners are such an important part of our communities, so it is extremely important to note that they don’t have to enter their mission of entrepreneurship alone. The SBA and Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC) are here to help. Our duty is to ensure these entrepreneurs are empowered and celebrated at every stage of business ownership.  

Our programs and services aim to help veteran entrepreneurs start or grow their business, and we pride ourselves in celebrating the accomplishments of veteran-owned small businesses across the country. We engage veteran entrepreneurs in educational opportunities that supports the building of small businesses, encourages industry specific networking, and contributes to long term sustainability of businesses.

Through the SBA and VBOC, the military community has a partner to support them at all stages of small business ownership. No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, transition assistance, entrepreneurial training, disaster assistance, access to capital, and government contracting opportunities are available to you. 

The SBA and the VBOC of New England have collaborated to showcase several successful veteran small business owners as well as local resources available at a virtual round table on Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00am – 12:00pm. Those interested in attending can register by clicking this link. 

To our nation’s veterans and military community, thank you for your hard work, dedication, and the sacrifices you make. Thank you for your service.

 

 

 

 

 

Early voting will begin on Wednesday, October 19th, through Monday, November 7th, 2022, at Town Hall, 83 Greene Street, for the General Election, which is on November 8th, 2022.

The mandatory hours set by the Board of Elections is our regular business hours which is Monday through Wednesday 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., and Friday 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Votes will be cast in the new town council chambers. Please bring a valid photo ID with you.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT OR FIND YOUR POLLING LOCATION FOR THE NOVEMBER 8, 2022 ELECTION

 
 

 

 

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 North Smithfield Student Ski, and Snowboard Program at Wachusett Mountain. Click on the link below for more information regarding registration requirements, and more!

 

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Friends of the North Smithfield Animal Shelter Fundraiser

 

 

November 16th 5:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M

Event will be held in the Tavern 6 two 1 @ 621 Pound Hill Rd. North Smithfield

 

Event to benefit pet owners living in the senior complex

Door prizes

Gift baskets

Tickets $1

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 5 Nov, VFW Post 6342 will have a Buddy Poppy Fundraiser in front of Brigidos at the Plaza. The fundraiser event will be held from 9 AM to 12 PM. Please stop by and pick up your Buddy Poppy (made by disabled Veterans) and leave a donation. 

 

 

Friday, 11 Nov, VFW Post 6342 will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Scouters Hall at 11:00 AM.

The public is invited along with the NS Boys and Girls Scouts. The Scouts will participate with Veterans by posting the Colors. Town officials are also invited to speak at the Ceremony if they want. A small coalition will be offered at the end of the ceremony.

 

 

 

Job Opening

Laborer Needed

Public Works/Highway Division

Town of North Smithfield

 

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Immediate Volunteer Opening for Board of Assessment Review

 

 

The Town of North Smithfield is seeking a member of the community that would like to sit on our Board of Assessment Review.

The volunteer must have some real estate background.

Please submit application and resume to Town Clerk Joanne Buttie, 83 Greene Street, North Smithfield, RI 02896 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Joanne Buttie at 767-2200 ext. 504 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please submit your application to 83 Greene Street, North Smithfield, RI 02896.

 

Fall yard waste pick will resume the week of October 17th and last until the week of December 9th.

 

New Recyling Hours

 

Saturday's 9am to 3pm

 

There will no longer be recycling on Wednesday's

 

Rhode Island Low-Income Household Assistance Program

 

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Veteran Tax Exemptions

 

 

Veterans Tax Exemption Amendment

 

Veterans Tax Exemption Application

 
 

If you already receive the Veterans Tax Exemption you do not need to reapply, the new rate will be adjusted. If you do not already receive the Veterans Tax Exemption you have until March 15, 2023 to apply for the tax bill 2023.

 

Residents in North Smithfield who get their water from Blackstone MA

 

 

Habitat for Humanity West Bay Calendar Fundraiser winners!!

 

 

 

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Click below for the North Smithfield Heritage Association Newsletter

 

Newsletter

 

 

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North Smithfield Food Pantry

 

 

November Food Pantry pick-up dates:

 

Tuesday, November 22nd & 29th @ 5:30pm

 

Saturday, November 19th @ 10:00am



The Food Pantry is for North Smithfield residents.

You must have a photo ID and a bill that confirms your North Smithfield address. You can attend the Food Pantry all four times it is open per month.

The Pantry is located at the Slatersville Congregational Church

UCC on the Common.

 

Starting in the month of May we will be opening our pantry for indoor shopping. We are asking that all clients to please bring their own shopping bag and to wear a mask while inside.

 

Questions? Call 401-678-0356

 



For the month of November, we are asking for donations of cereal, canned fruit and canned beans.

 

 

Senior Services

 
 

 

 

Activity Calendar

 

Meal Menu

 

October Newsletter

 
 

Alzheimer's, Dementia and Memory Care Information

 

Alzheimer Support is a free service that assists North Smithfield families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Through the link below you can search helpful tools and a database of Alzheimer’s care facilities, families in need of care for their loved ones can locate licensed care homes and communities in the North Smithfield area that are best equipped to provide care for their loved ones.

 

Alzheimer's Support

 
 

 

Are you interested in what the Blackstone Valley Prevention Coalition has to offer? Click on the button below to be redirected to their website.

 

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Conservation Commission Meeting

83 Greene Street

Wednesday, November 9,2022 @ 6:30 P.M.

Agenda

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

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Live Streaming Open Meetings

 

 

LIVESTREAMING OPEN MEETINGS

A. Livestreaming for Town Council, Halliwell Review Committee, Zoning Board and Planning Board: The Town will provide livestreaming for the open meetings of the Town Council, Halliwell Review Committee, Zoning Board of Review, and Planning Board whenever feasible via YouTube, Zoom, or some other technology. If technical difficulties occur during the livestream of an open meeting, the open meeting will continue to proceed as scheduled without livestreaming. (Livestreaming increases public access to public meetings in addition to the right of the public to attend open meetings in person.)

B. Public must be physically present to participate. Members of the public, applicants, petitioners, expert s, etc. who want to participate in an open meeting in any fashion must be physically present at the meeting. Members of the public, applicants, petitioners, experts, etc. will not be allowed to participate in an open meeting remotely by offering comment, testimony, or other remarks. through virtual means.

C. No other Board, Commission, or Committee will be livestreamed: Except as specified above, the Town will not provide livestreaming for any other Board, Commission or Committee.

D. Technical Difficulties: If technical difficulties occur during any livestream, the open meeting will continue to proceed as scheduled.

E. Meetings of the Town Council, Halliwell Review Committee, Zoning Board and Planning Board will be livestreamed on the Town' s YouTube page, North Smithfield Town Meetings. https:/ / www.youtube.com/ channel l/ UCFgwSKxL950ZgZ DKz8B-MQ

 

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