Smithfield, RI Weather

50 Years Ago: November 1968

By Jim Ignasher November of 1968 was an election year, and among the things Smithfield voters were asked to decide was a $7,000,000 sewer bond to appropriate money to replace septic systems with sewer lines. An article which appeared in a local newspaper at the time spoke of how the Woonasquatucket River was once routinely…

500 wins and counting for Bryant Bulldogs Women’s Volleyball Squad

By Brittni Henderson Versatility, balance, focus, and depth played significant roles in the success of Bryant University’s Women’s Volleyball as they reached their 500th win under Head Coach Theresa Garlacy. The victory coincides with Garlacy’s first win with the squad exactly 23 years ago. “We don’t have one person we rely on,” Garlacy says. “The…

A New Angel For St. Philip Church

By Jim Ignasher Perhaps you’ve driven past St. Philip Church in Greenville recently and noticed something’s different, such as the twelve-foot-tall statue of an angel standing between St. Philip School and the church. Although the angel is a recent addition, its reason for its being there can be traced to the school’s origin in 1960….

A Personal Story About Prostate Cancer

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather and enjoy taking long walks as the trees turn color and the leaves fall. My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is in the fall. It is a holiday about thankfulness and gratitude. I am always grateful for all my experiences good…

BoneBuildersofRI — One couple’s passionate commitment to their community

By Marguerite (Peg) Brown, PhD BoneBuilders—all over the State of Rhode Island? Do you picture a room full of scientists reconstructing the skeleton of some ancient mammal? They are a group, but the skeletons they are busy building are their own. Look no further than the Village of Waterman Lake for the origins and heartbeat…

Giving Thanks to our Colleagues

By Beatrice Lanzi It’s Thanksgiving month! That time of year when giving thanks takes center stage. And, I have to admit, I like it. I like the idea of giving thanks, expressing appreciation- for several reasons. First, it’s easy. Second, it’s free. Third, it’s important. Actually, it’s really, really important. So, I wonder why something…

Highly Trained Service Dogs Have PAW-sitive effect on the Elderly, Children, Veterans & Inmates

By Paul Lonardo Paws4People foundation is a non-profit organization that trains and places Assistance Dogs with people as a way to help them mitigate symptoms sets for a variety of different disabilities. It was started in 1999 by Kyria Henry, when she was just twelve years old. Living with her family in northern Virginia at…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown The (much needed) All-American Holiday If holidays had any control over timing, Thanksgiving’s place this year would have won a gold star. We all need a time-out to overeat, laugh, banter with relatives (even those whom we at times consider “dysfunctional”), reconnect at Turkey Day high school football matches with old friends,…

Inside Town Government

The Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink By Ron Scopelliti A lot of things have come and gone since 1973. It was the year the VHS videotape prototype was completed, the year Skylab was launched, and the year Ford introduced Mustang II. But one thing that arrived in 1973 and managed to stick around is the Smithfield…

My journey to Mother India and how it taught me to BE

By Brittni Henderson When I stepped out of the airport in Delhi, my senses were bombarded from every direction. As we gathered around different taxis to transport ourselves to the next location, the driver took my oversized blue suitcase and simply threw it on top of his small sedan. In that moment I had two…

Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne Movies Release Outlaw King – November 9th – Last month I reviewed my very first Netflix movie – To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved. Between the seemingly endless supply of new content and the fact that my baby daughter has turned me into a bit of a homebody, “Netflix and chilling”…

Pull Up a Rock and Sit for a While

By John Salois There are plenty of places in town we all know like the ice rink, the High School Track, Whipple Field, McCabe courts and many others. We know them because that’s where the people go. They are the places we get familiar with and see on our drives through town. There are other…

Senior Scene: The Stadium Theatre

By Paul V. Palange The preservation of sites that are of architectural, historical and decorative significance is important for society to properly honor its heritage and the individuals who contributed to it. One of the many locations area residents should be glad officials saved is the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre & Conservatory in Woonsocket….

Special Veterans Day Celebration To Honor Local WWI Soldier

By Paul Lonardo Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, many Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, which honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle….

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. What’s Up … in the Sky for November? The first event we need to concern ourselves with is setting our clocks back one hour to Eastern Standard Time (EST) at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. Remember the phrase “spring ahead and fall back/behind?” While this is not an…

The Chief’s Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MPA, Smithfield Fire Dept. Chief A New Fire Station Benefits All of Smithfield Passage of a $4.5 million bond referendum on November 6th will enable the Town of Smithfield to build a fire station in the Route 116/Route 7 north end of town. This investment not only provides much…

Unforgetable

By Harry Anderson The world has had a good crop of musical wunderkinds, perhaps the most famous of whom is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who at age five wrote his first composition. She was only six when Midori gave her first public performance, playing a Paganini Caprice. And, although born blind, George Shearing began studying piano…

Week of the spirits and spirited at SHS

By Kelsie Crough No one does it like Smithfield! In the week following Columbus Day, Smithfield High School launched into spirit week which hosts friendly class competition and exciting after-school events including a hypnotist show by the one and only Frank Santos. Spirit week is a week-long tradition the school puts on once a year,…