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50 Years ago DECEMBER,1969

U. S. Marine Corps Sergeant Wilfred L. Noiseux of Esmond was honorably discharged and returned home after serving two-and-a-half years in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division. ­— PFC Allen H. Uttley of Greenville was home on a14-day furlough. ­— On November 29 a fire broke out at the Greenville Grange Hall which was located…

Advocate and community leader John J. Tassoni, Jr. named lobbyist for the Rhode Island SPCA

RIVERSIDE — The Rhode Island Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has announced that John J. Tassoni Jr., a former state senator and social justice advocate, will represent the organization’s interests in business legislation and regulations and government actions within the state for the 2020 legislative session. Tassoni is also publisher of Common…

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…

IMHO

By Ron Scopelliti Hey Siri, are you listening? There’s been a lot of potential for paranoia in my life. I grew up during the Cold War with the ever-looming threat of nuclear annihilation, which I was constantly reminded of by the “fallout shelter” signs in my elementary school. And as a teen I spent too…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown The Infamous “Burp” Although you’re likely to hear many loud actual “burps” in appreciation of your holiday meals, the burp I am remembering was instrumental in helping to create what was the centerpiece of every 1970s bride’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations—the lime green or strawberry Jell-O concoction complete with the obligatory…

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…

Local Woman Business Owner Receives Distinctive ACMPE Fellowship

Smithfield, R.I., Nov. 4, 2019 – Julie Sylvestre, the owner of Grey Ledge Medical Management, formerly Comprehensive Practice Management Services, was recently awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Medical Practices (FACMPE) by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). This honor is the most prestigious designation one can earn in the medical practice management…

Merry Christmas, and Tidings of Comfort and Joy

By Jim Ignasher Josephus was born shortly before Christmas in Salzburg, Austria, to an unwed mother and an absent father, and as a young boy grew up knowing hunger and going without. But he was blessed with poetic and musical talents, often singing, or playing the guitar at a local church. At the age of…

Navigating healthcare

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) “Shorter daylight hours can affect sleep, productivity and state of mind. Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, may help. It uses light boxes emitting full-spectrum light to simulate sunlight.” – Dr. Andrew Weil By the time you read this article, we will be a month into…

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…

payne’s picks

By Sarah Payne Movie Releases Little Women – December 25 – Did you know several scenes in the latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women were filmed in Massachusetts? It makes sense, since the story is set in a town loosely based off of Concord. The eighth adaptation of Alcott’s novel, this version…

SENIOR SCENE

By Paul V. Palange One of my favorite jams is “Dance to the Music” by Sly & the Family Stone. The song makes it real “easy to move your feet,” which is a good thing, according to a study published recently in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. The study indicates that us older folks…

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…

Stargazing

Geminid Meteor Shower Mooned Out and Other Celestial Offerings By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. As quickly as it started, 2019 will soon be in the history books. I for one am happy to see it go. A cloudy and rainy spring, hot and humid heat waves during the summer, then the EEE mosquito threat…

THE CHIEF’S Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer Winter and the holiday season are both upon us – Here are some safety tips to guide you through both Space Heater Safety Only use space heaters with an Underwriter’s Laboratory approval or other recognized national testing laboratory. Keep a three-foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn….

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…

TOWN OF SMITHFIELD READY TO BEGIN PARTNERSHIP WITH LINCOLN & CUMBERLAND

Smithfield, RI – The Town of Smithfield is set to begin its partnership with the Towns of Lincoln and Cumberland on December 1st at the Blackstone Valley Municipal Animal Shelter, 25 Wellington Road, Lincoln. Over the last few weeks, the Police Chiefs and Animal Control Officers from the three communities have been working collaboratively to…