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“Achievement” is Her Middle Name

By Harry Anderson It’s in her DNA, Sara Hutchings-Schwartz’s wont to help the under served. With a degree in English and drama from Rhode Island College on her resume, for ten years she taught Coventry’s middle school kids the first two of the three R’s: reading and writing. Then, upon learning of the dire need…

2019

I thought my first column for 2019 was going to be about resolutions for senior citizens. I figured I would poke a little fun at those lists that suggest we should resolve to take actions such as eating better and exercising our bodies and brains on a daily basis. Then I changed my mind. I’m…

A Lost Artifact Of Smithfield’s Past Comes Home

By Jim Ignasher Sometimes rare items of historic interest relating to a particular town can unexpectedly turn up hundreds of miles from their point of origin. A case in point is a large walnut and sterling silver award-plaque which had once been presented to Thomas K. Winsor of Greenville that recently turned up in Florida….

All-Lit-Up Christmas Parade Shines Bright

By Paul Lonardo On Saturday, December 1, Smithfield’s All-Lit-Up Christmas Parade took to the streets of the town, and by all accounts it was a rousing success. Numerous town agencies and private businesses alike worked together to make the event possible. It is the third annual All-Lit-Up Christmas Parade, and judging by the participation and…

Ask an Expert

By Tom Lopatosky Where the heck are these water stains coming from?!?! Possibly one of the most disconcerting feelings of any home or business owner is seeing a water stain popping up on a ceiling within their property. Water stains and where they actually come from are seldom thought of until they are noticed and…

Bea’s Buzz New Year Goals

By Bea Lanzi So, how are those New Year resolutions going? Yeah… just as I thought. Every year as we approach January 1st, we jump into resolution mode. We start with the best intentions. We dig deep, contemplate, maybe even meditate a bit before we muster up our resolve and firmly proclaim, in ink even,…

Cold Enough For Ya?

By Jim Ignasher “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” – A quote attributed to famous author Mark Twain Recently I was at a local gas station on a morning the temperature was a bit balmy – for Siberia – when I overheard one man say to another, “Cold enough for…

Foreign Language Teacher is Awarded

By Brittni Henderson Smithfield High School French teacher Margarita Dempsey was awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (French for “Order of Academic Palms”) on November 26, 2018, one of only 40 other recipients in the United States. This international award is granted to individuals who are leaders in spreading French language education across the world….

IMHO Thick as a brick

By Ron Scopelliti Recently I walked by the LEGO store at Providence Place Mall and noticed a LEGO model of a Bugatti Chiron sports car. I was at once amazed and disappointed. On the one hand, it’s hard not to be impressed when you see any of the enormous, intricate builds the store features in…

Inside the Brown Bag By Peg Brown

I’m a no. But…this year I might be a maybe, based on a recent book I read that pointed out I really did have some character flaws that need to be addressed—more about that later. Why am I a no? Basically, I’m stubborn and weak. Although tradition and convention cause most of us to consider…

Inside Town Government Recycling and Refuse

By Ron Scopelliti As Smithfield residents start making New Year’s resolutions, the town’s Recycling Coordinator, Melissa Chaput, has one that they can add to their list: “If everyone can make a resolution to brush up on their recycling tips, that would be a good resolution for folks to make for the New Year – resolve…

Navigating Healthcare

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW All throughout my childhood and adult years, I’ve always sought my inspiration from every day people around me. Whether it was in school or in the work place, I would observe (and still do) others that I respected and admired and would glean things I liked or admired about them…

Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne Movie Release Glass – January 18th – This month, the sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s movies Split (2016) and Unbreakable (2000) finally hits theaters. Though I enjoyed each prequel, I enjoyed them independent of each other. I have mixed feelings about Shyamalan combining universes. It feels a little like The Avengers –…

Senior Scene

By Paul V. Palange We have a responsibility to show people younger than us the importance of a free press when it comes to learning about the workings of government, and that being informed will naturally prompt them to get involved. I thought my first column for 2019 was going to be about resolutions for…

Smithfield Rotary Club Sponsors Substance Abuse Awareness Campaign

By Paul Lonardo Recently, our own John J.Tassoni, Jr. was contacted by the Smithfield Rotary Club, which had some funding available that they wanted to use in a substance abuse awareness campaign and was seeking advice about what they should do. John, who is a passionate advocate for substance abuse awareness and recovery, as many…

Smithfield’s Champ: Anthony Marsella Jr. Poised to Define His Legacy

By Mike D’Abate In the 2006 film ‘Rocky Balboa’ the titular character (famously played by Sylvester Stallone) is once seen imparting a valuable life lesson to his weary son, Robert. In a very poignant father-son exchange, the iconic, elder Balboa had the following advice for his only child, who (at the moment) was a bit…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. Happy New Year everyone. I can’t believe another year has come and gone. While 2018 is a blur in this stargazers’ mind, I do unfortunately recall how weather conditions thwarted many of our observing sessions. After experiencing similar past depressing astronomical years I have often remarked that the new…

The Chief’s Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MPA, Smithfield Fire Dept. Chief Fire department members are often asked “Why does a fire truck respond with a rescue unit for a medical emergency?” Many EMS calls present situations that cannot be adequately addressed by a two-person rescue crew. The reason we send a fire truck along with…

THE INSIDER: Former Bryant University WR Matt Sewall Embarks on Pro Football Journey

By Mike D’Abate In the Walt Disney classic, Pinocchio, the character of Jiminy Cricket eloquently sings a song that has become representative of achieving that which is seemingly insurmountable. Appropriately titled, “When you Wish Upon a Star,” the following lyric is particularly poignant: “If your heart is in your dream…no request is too extreme…” For…