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50 Years ago september,1969

By Jim Ignasher Airman Walter J. Abbott of Smithfield completed basic training with the U. S. Air Force. PFC Wilfred R. Beaudoin of Esmond was serving in Vietnam near Saigon. ——— On September 2, the first automatic bank teller machine, (ATM), went into service at a bank in Rockville Centre, New York. ——— Miss Robin…

bea’s buzz

By Bea Lanzi Change Can Bring Us to All Kinds of Awesome Places It’s September and for many years that meant two very important things. Summer is over and school is starting. And, for the last 13 years, we have marked both events with a celebration that included a Reese’s Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake…

Connors Farm Conservation Area; Smithfield’s Hidden Treasure

By Paul Lonardo “Believe one who knows; you will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” – St. Bernard de Clairvaux Getting to Connors Farm Conservation Area is easy enough. Heading north on Pleasant View Avenue from Greenville, you get…

Early Banks of Smithfield

By Jim Ignasher An historical treasure has recently surfaced in the form of a five dollar banknote from the former Smithfield Exchange Bank in Greenville. The note, dated July 4, 1859, depicts illustrations of Zachary Taylor, our nation’s 12th president, and Katherine “Bonnie Kate” Sevier, wife of Revolutionary War hero John Sevier, who later became…

IMHO

By Ron Scopelliti Moonage Daydream So I spent the last few days of June, for no apparent reason, having Eric Cartman’s rendition of “In the Ghetto” stuck in my head. I blame it on Apollo. Like many people of my generation I spent much of June watching shows about the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11,…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown The BIG Decision and My BIG Failure . . . No, not which college to attend; what career path to follow; what relationships to pursue… No, the biggest questions for us baby boomers are WHEN or IF to retire…even as we enter our 70s. “Everyone says you’ve got to get ready financially….

It’s a wrap…Frank Coletta signs off after four decades on air

By Jane Fusco The alarm no longer rings at 2:30 in the morning. For over 40 years, the clock’s pulsing sound at that early morning hour heralded the start of another workday for Frank Coletta, the long-time NBC-10 Sunrise news anchor. Coletta, a multiple award winning broadcast journalist, retired on July 26 after nearly 41…

Laura’s Bar & Grill Named Best in Rhode Island

By Paul Lonardo With the success of the popular Laura’s Pleasant View Diner, opening a second restaurant seemed like a logical step. The owners wanted to try something different, but applied the same simple business practice combining great food and great service, and the result has been predictable. So when Laura and Jay Dunlea established…

Local Women’s Tennis Team Advances to Nationals

By Joe Siegel A women’s tennis team from Rally Point Racquet Club will be representing New England in a national competition after scoring a victory in The USTA Mixed Sectionals. Winners will represent New England in Surprise, AZ for Nationals, which begins on October 25 and span three weekends. From July 26-28, New England’s 70…

Navigating healthcare

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW What should I look for in a therapist? “Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.” – Fred Rogers Because I am a licensed mental health clinician, I am often asked by others in need of a therapist either for themselves or a family…

payne’s picks

By Sarah Payne Movie Releases Hustlers – September 13 – I’ll admit that a film about former strip club employees plotting to scam their Wall Street clients isn’t exactly everyone’s cub of tea. It’s certainly not going to make the Oscars list, but with a fun cast that includes Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lizzo, Julia…

SENIOR SCENE

By Paul V. Palange Did you know that the first oval track car race in the United States was held at the Cranston Stadium in 1896? I didn’t. Not until I visited with Ric Mariscal, a curator of the ProNyne Motorsports Museum. In addition, I had no idea Mariscal operated the Motorsports Museum in a…

Smithfield Girls Softball and PawSox Unite to display some “Girl Power”

By Mike D’Abate There is an old adage in sports that there is no “I” in “Team.” While this commonly-used, motivational phrase is literally correct, there is a bit of room for subjectivity in its interpretation. The most successful teams are those that are built on strong individual efforts, which share the common goal of…

Smithfield Resident named Assistant Superintendent of Lincoln Schools

By Paul Lonardo Kevin McNamara recently stepped down as principal of Lincoln High School to accept the post of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Lincoln School Department. Being responsible for all grade levels and schools in the town will be a new challenge for the school administrator, but he knows he will…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. Solar Variability: Our Inconstant Sun I went to bed last night wondering where the Sun had gone. Then it dawned on me. A little astronomy humor to begin a serious discussion on our life-giving star—the Sun. Our Sun coalesced out of a vast cloud of gas and dust some…

Thank you, Mr. Charlie

By Harry Anderson The wit and mental acuity of Charles Miller emerge from an anecdote he tells to explain how, for twenty-four years before his honorable discharge, he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force with an electronic specialist MOS. “After getting a diploma from St. Raphael’s, I went…

THE CHIEF’S Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer Another school year is upon us. Let’s make it a safe one! The following safety tips will help do just that. SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits. When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all…

The Prince of Providence

By Joe Siegel Vincent “Buddy” Cianci was one of Rhode Island’s most memorable politicians. Cianci died in 2016 but his legacy lives on. “The Prince of Providence,” based on Providence Journal reporter Mike Stanton’s book about the legendary Mayor, has its world premiere at Trinity Repertory Company on September 12. The creative team behind the…

The Smithfield Education Foundation is Quacky for Education

By Brittni Henderson The Smithfield Education Foundation is excited to announce its next fundraiser, a Rubber Ducky Regatta! Donators to the cause will receive a duck or multiple ducks that will float down the Woonasquatucket River on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and dramatically race over the waterfall heading towards the finish line in Smithfield’s Esmond…

Wig and wellness boutique opens to support those facing hair loss with style, compassion

By Brittni Henderson Hair can be a very sensitive topic for many people, especially when it relates to losing it due to health reasons out of their control. For Donna Ouellette, this feeling is very familiar. She has a very personal yet inspiring story about her hair loss journey. Instead of focusing on how it…