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A Tower’s Battle Cry By Harry Anderson Scott, the third generation of the Knox family to manage the garage business, had summoned his drivers to meet with a visitor who would be coming to collect their stories. Six of the fleet of Knox’s eleven tow trucks filled the lot of the garage located in woodland…

50 Years Ago March, 1969

By Jim Ignasher Reverend Joseph P. McNamara, the pastor of St. Philip’s Church, was elevated to Monsignor. “Father Mac”, as he was known, had been a priest for 46 years and had served as an Army Chaplin from 1934 to 1946. He came to St. Philip’s after his discharge from the military. — Airman 1st…

A&W of Smithfield Celebrates Centennial Anniversary with Year-Long Specials

By Paul Lonardo Drive-thru restaurants abound, but a drive-in restaurant is a bit of a relic these days, a throwback to the past. Most people may not even be familiar with this dining concept. At A&W in Smithfield your car is the table, and the waitresses come outside to serve you right at your window….

Bea’s Buzz: Choose Happy

By Bea Lanzi I was feeling a bit stressed last week when I sat at my home computer trying to write the first draft of my March column. It had been a busy day and no matter how hard I tried to focus my thoughts, I just could not stop the random ideas from popping…

Foundations: Smithfield’s Erik Deneault and Family Embody the Concept of Giving from the Heart

By Mike D’Abate Inspirational author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. was once quoted as saying “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” For Smithfield High School alumnus Erik Deneault and his family, that ‘giving’ spirit makes them one of the happiest and most-beloved families in Rhode Island. It has…

Hard work, not luck of the Irish, will bring Providence man full circle this St. Patrick’s Day

By Brittni Henderson Patrick Griffin came a long way from his hometown in Althone County Westmeath, Ireland to Providence in the early 1990’s. He stumbled upon an abandoned bar on Smith Street and decided to create a hub for Irish culture in Rhode Island—now known as Patrick’s Pub. Around the same time, the city’s St….

IMHO: Games without frontiers

By Ron Scopelliti It was the night before the Super Bowl, and I was completely preoccupied thinking about the game. When I say “the game,” though, I’m not referring to the Super Bowl. I’m talking about hnefatafl. Earlier that day I’d stumbled upon an “Atlas Obscura” article about hnefatafl, a board game that was apparently…

Inside the Brown Bag – The Shared Experiences

By Peg Brown March—the third month—we all know the aphorisms: “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb, “or “March is mad as a hare” (referring to let’s just say aggressive mating habits of animals during spring). We also know that the month is synonymous with green beer, zeppoles, too much…

Inside Town Government

The Town Clerk’s Office By Ron Scopelliti Walking through the front door at Smithfield Town Hall, the first office you’re likely to see is one of the building’s busiest – the Town Clerk’s Office. According to the department website, the office has six major divisions: Town Council Records, Land Records Registry, Board of Canvassers, Registry…

Kelsie’s Korner: March’s Music and Madness

By Kelsie Crough Today, the town teeters on the cliff’s edge of winter, eagerly anticipating the plummet into spring and summer. Students in Smithfield High School have been long awaiting this monumental point of the year as it marks the shift from wintertime and mid semester blues to spring time excitement. Needless to say, the…

Local Woman Shares her Story of Surviving Pediatric Stroke at this Year’s Go Red For Women Luncheon

By Paul Lonardo The 2019 Southern New England Go Red For Women Luncheon took place on February 14 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and was attended by hundreds of women. It was no coincidence that Valentine’s Day was chosen, as Go Red For Women, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, is The American Heart…

Looking For Leprechauns – Do They Really Exist?

By Jim Ignasher I recently came across a short news story from 1909 that was presented as fact in several reputable newspapers about a man who encountered a Leprechaun. “A real live Leprechaun,” the article began, “one of the little folk, is reported to have made his appearance at Newport, Tipperary, where people are credulous….

Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne Movies Release Us – March 22nd – It’s been two years since Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out. The horror/comedy became an instant classic for its originality and groundbreaking commentary on race. Us is another horror flick, but it’s not necessarily about race, as Peele explained to Hollywood Reporter. “It is instead…

Senior Scene

By Paul V. Palange First impressions are frequently accurate, and if that is the case when it comes to a recent telephone interview I conducted, then Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and her team made a solid choice by selecting Rose Amoros Jones as director of the state Division of Elderly Affairs (DEA). I talked to…

Smithfield Education Foundation Seeks Members

By Brittni Henderson Members of the Smithfield Education Foundation are more motivated than ever to reach students in the Smithfield School District in new and exciting ways this year. The foundation works to raise money to provide grants for programs that fall outside of the normal school budget and allow educators the opportunity to bring…

Some Rhode Island Hidden History Worth Seeing

By Jim Ignasher To the casual observer it’s just an old bible, until one learns the story connected to it. It belonged to Private Alfred G. Gardner of the 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery. On July 3, 1863 his unit was engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg when a confederate shell struck the muzzle of…

Stargazing: Orion the Hunter

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. As the month of March begins, those of you who are early risers will notice a beautiful sight in the eastern sky before dawn. On the 1st brilliant Venus will be about ten degrees above the horizon. About 15 degrees to the upper right of Venus you’ll see Saturn,…

Tech Review: Reviving an old PC with Linux Ubuntu

By Ron Scopelliti I was recently given a rather nice old laptop PC. The problem is that its Windows 7 operating system was seriously corrupted, and I didn’t want to reinstall the aging version of Windows, or incur the cost of upgrading the hardware to handle Windows 10. Instead, I went for an option that…

The Chief’s Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MPA, Smithfield Fire Dept. Chief Do you have a medical emergency or not? It can sometimes be difficult to determine if a situation requires emergency care. Generally speaking, it is always better to err on the side of caution and go to a hospital if you think there is…

The GREAT Blizzard of ’78

By John J. Tassoni, Jr. February 6th marked the 41st anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978, one of the worst winter storms to sweep the region. It all started so innocently. Snow started falling in the morning and continued through the next day and evening, at a rate of one to two inches an hour….

The Insider: Super Bowl LIII leaves Patriots Fans with a ‘Sixth’ Sense of Accomplishment

By Mike D’Abate On February 3, 2019, the New England Patriots continued to cement their place in professional sports immortality. With a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots claimed their sixth championship in franchise history. That ties them with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the top of the championship…

This Tax Season, Consider the Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s

As Tax Day approaches, families and individuals across the country are taking a closer look at their finances. During this time, The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging families to proactively plan for the financial impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia – the most expensive disease in the country. An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s,…

Two Smithfield Boy Scouts Earn Eagle Scouts Rank

By Paul Lonardo The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States. Founded in 1910, today there are more than 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. The mission of the Boy Scouts is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over…