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‘For life and planet’— BioBeans to bring biodynamic coffee to Rhode Island

By Brittni Henderson Drawing inspiration from their children, your children, loved ones lost far too early due to illness, the beauty of our natural environment, and a slightly selfish desire to drink super clean and delicious coffee, Liz Liberatore and her husband Mike Liberatore created BioBeans Biodynamic Coffee. Biodynamic agriculture is regenerative, meaning that the…

“Noah Strong” Unites a Caring Community

By Jane Fusco It took less than 72 hours for Noah Antunes to go from a healthy, active 10-year-old boy to cancer patient. It took what seemed like mere seconds for the town of Smithfield to show their support and rally behind their young neighbor. Noah was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma, a fast growing non-Hodgkin’s…

All Aboard the Blackstone Valley Polar Express

By Joe Siegel The 2019 Holiday Season will feature an old favorite as the Polar Express begins its journey from the Blackstone Valley Train Depot in Woonsocket on November 15. The 90-minute ride is a treat for the entire family and features a reading of the classic Chris Van Allsburg book, “The Polar Express,” sing-alongs,…

Everyone Who Explored the Seven Scenic Walks of Smithfield is a Winner

By Paul Lonardo Beginning in May, The Smithfield Times challenged its readers to get back to nature and learn the backwoods of their town by visiting seven local walking trails. One location was featured each month, and to make this learning adventure more fun, we proposed that hikers and walkers collect one painted rock from…

Grant will bring historical markers and events to Smithfield

SMITHFIELD, RI — The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) has won a $10,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to install historical markers and stage events that commemorate the history of the reservoir system along the Woonasquatucket River in Smithfield. “We are excited to collaborate with the town to share the rich history surrounding the…

IMHO

By Ron Scopelliti The more you put things together… Burritos. I get edgy if there aren’t at least two Tina’s frozen burritos in my freezer. For a single guy with a chaotic lifestyle, there’s a particular sense of comfort in knowing that when I have to eat in a hurry, there’s a no-leftovers meal in…

Inside the Brown Bag By Peg Brown

The Final Word Who do you want to have that final word? Who is going to have the task of trying to summarize your life for all to read and hear? According to the Funeral Service Association an obituary should be the final word on our life and accomplishments. Do you really want to leave…

Looking forward to a special Thanksgiving dinner

By Bea Lanzi It’s November! I can finally drink my pumpkin spice latte proudly… and it’s the start of the holiday season, with Thanksgiving kicking it off. I’m a big fan of the colorful décor, tasty treats and having a whole day when we can hang out with loved ones and be intentional about giving…

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony welcomes 60 members

North Providence Police Chief David Tikoian (Class of 1986) delivers keynote speech By Ron Scopelliti Smithfield High School welcomed home one of its own when North Providence Police Chief David Tikoian, a 1986 graduate, served as keynote speaker for the Annual Induction Ceremony of the National Honor Society’s (NHS) Smithfield Chapter. Taking place on Wednesday,…

Navigating healthcare

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW What is Subrogation? The world of health insurance has become complicated from when I first began my career in the health care field. When I first began my career, health insurance was typically provided free to individuals. The rules that a consumer had to follow seemed simple compared to what…

Nourishing The Body And Soul

By Jim Ignasher It may be hard for some to imagine that there are those in Smithfield who don’t get enough to eat, yet it’s true. This is evidenced by the number of people who come seeking assistance from local churches as well as the town of Smithfield’s Department of Human Services. Those who volunteer…

payne’s picks

By Sarah Payne Movie Releases — Marriage Story – November 6 — Have you seen Kramer vs. Kramer (1980) starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep? Jacob Sarkisian of Gold Derby says Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, is 2019’s version of Kramer vs. Kramer; it also deals with divorce and its aftermath and…

Rubber Ducky Regatta

The Smithfield Education Foundation held its Rubber Ducky Regatta on Saturday, September 21, 2019. 366 Rubber Duckies were ‘adopted’ and raced down the Woonsaquatucket River at the Esmond Park Conservation Area. The winning duck was ‘adopted’ by Sean Kilduff. The Smithfield Education Foundation would like to thank Bryant University and Douglas Lumber for being Event…

SENIOR SCENE

By Paul V. Palange Please think twice about using self-checkout machines I had several part-time jobs as a teenager and was lucky enough to land a full-time summer gig in the local National Can factory between my junior and senior years in college. That was the best-paying job I had before matriculating, but the place…

Smithfield Fire Department Open House

By Joe Siegel Hundreds of people attended the Smithfield Fire Department’s annual Open House on October 5. The headquarters at 607 Putnam Pike featured the department’s vehicles and information about fire prevention. There were also displays of equipment and turnout gear. The Johnston Fire Department “smoke trailer” was on hand to show how to evacuate…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. Transit of Mercury — A Unique Astronomical Event Venus and Mercury transits occur when these worlds, which orbit between the Earth and the Sun, can be seen to pass directly in front of the solar disk and transit across the face of our star. Why don’t we experience a…

THE CHIEF’S Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer Do you know how to get out? National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics show that in 2017 U.S. fire departments responded to 357,000 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,630 fire deaths and 10,600 fire injuries. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day during 2012…

The Serenity and Beauty of Crystal Lake Golf Club is Unmatched

By Paul Lonardo Crystal Lake Golf Club, an 18-hole, par-71 semi-private course located in pastoral Burrillville, has been in operation since 2003. However, owners Kevin and Cindy Bliss offer much more than an afternoon of golf, with accommodations that include a roomy clubhouse and fully-stocked pro shop. Their restaurant and tavern have been in full…

Town of Smithfield Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Smithfield, RI – The Town of Smithfield has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2018. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition…