Category: Columns

Brown Bag: The Tough Choices…

Creamy or crunchy? Crust or no crust? Grape jelly or strawberry jam? In its many forms, it is estimated that the average American will have consumed over 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school. The first processed peanut butter was a thick paste described by Dr.

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A Secret Rendezvous: Your Warehouse or Mine?

In a world that produces an astronomical number of physical tangible goods every day, shipping and storage of these goods is a part of the fabric of everyday business and commercial life. Goods don’t just magically leave a manufacturing plant and suddenly arrive on a store shelf. Captain Kirk is

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Let’s Create Something!

Bead Bracelet This is a simple craft to do with kids. Supplies Beads Elastic string Scissors Glue Instructions Cut elastic 3 to 5 inches (or wrap elastic around wrist to measure). Thread beads through elastic. Leave about ¼ inches empty on each end. Tie a knot and put a small

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Side Bar: Tim Jones

Tim Jones is a talented cartoonist, artist, and writer. He grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, but now lives in Smithfield with his wife and their two daughters. In 2014, Tim created a comic strip called Sour Grapes, featuring AESOP, a miserable flying dog. “The Smithfield Times was one of the first papers

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The Class of ‘24 is Officially “Out the Door”

It’s that time of the year again—when four years of hard work, effort, and memories come to a conclusion.  The class of 2024 entered high school during one of the hardest times: a global pandemic. In 2020, Smithfield students, alongside millions of others across the globe, were learning almost completely

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Dear Sports Fans: Want Games? Buy a Streaming Service.

It’s a world of commerce, a world of fears. It’s a world of anger, a world of tears. It’s a streaming world after all. Yes traditionalists, it’s time to face a hard reality. To continue to prove your loyalty to your favorite team or league, you’re going to have to

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Don’t Fear the Finals

Finals are the first taste of a semester ending. Depending on your major, finals can be filled with exams, papers, or group projects. No matter the form, there is something everyone experiences: a deep dislike for finals. Since we’re all in this together, I decided to share some tips I’ve

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A Parrot Once Helped Solve A Triple Murder

Halifax Massachusetts in the late 19th century was a close knit little community of about 600 people. One journalist in the 1870s referred to the town as such, “no lawyers and none needed.” This would change however when on February 15, 1874 a gruesome triple murder took place in the

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Interchangeable Welcome Sign

Great D.I.Y gift for Mother’s Day! All supplies are available at Dollar Tree Supplies 23” x 5 ½” wood sign Interchangeable wooden shapes Traceable letters 8” piece of thick string Acrylic paints of choice & paint brush Velcro Hot glue Instructions Paint the sign and the wooden shapes. I am

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Why Does Exterior Paint on Wood Surfaces Peel?

Ask an Expert My name is Tom Lopatosky. I’m the President of LOPCO Contracting (www.LopcoContracting.com) and I’m honored to have the opportunity to talk to you about home improvement on a monthly basis. I love answering your questions! Please send them to tom@LopcoContracting.com or call 401-270-2664. Thanks in advance for

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