Featured Articles: December 2019

How Italian Americans keep old-world Christmas traditions

By Jane Fusco In a state where one in five claim Italian ancestry, R.I. holds the distinction of having the highest population of Italian Americans per capita in the country, according to the most recent American Community Survey estimate. According to the National Italian American Foundation, 19% of Rhode Islanders identify themselves as having Italian…

Inside Town Government

By Ron Scopelliti The Smithfield Charter Review Commission The 2020 election may be nearly a year away, but a small group of Smithfield residents are already at work on what may be some of the most important items on the local ballot. On November 6, the latest version of the Smithfield Charter Review Commission held…

New Standards at Smithfield High School

By Sophia DeJesus Recently, there’s been a change in the ranking and academic honors system at Smithfield High School. On October 29, 2019, principal Daniel Kelley announced there is an adjustment to the way honors and high honors are calculated for students at Smithfield High. Announced at the end of the first quarter, many students…

Smithfield’s All-Lit-Up Christmas Parade

By Brittni Henderson Smithfield’s All-Lit-Up Christmas parade will be back for its fourth ride on Saturday, December 7th at 4pm. The parade will begin at Smithfield High School; continue down Pleasant View Avenue, heading towards Deerfield Drive. The numerous floats and displays make their way up Lisa Ann Drive, towards Lucille Drive, and eventually onto…

The Garden at LaPerche

By Joe Siegel Students at R. C. LaPerche Elementary School will soon be getting an education about the art of gardening. Jim Cogswell, who works as a money manager and realtor, approached the school administration about planting a garden. The first planting will begin in the spring. Cogswell said they would start with cold-weather crops…

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