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50 Years ago FEBRUARY,1970

By Jim Ignasher The Bryant University campus is home to one historic barn and two 18th century houses which in February of 1970 stood exactly where the dome of the Unistructure is located today. As construction preparations for the Unistructure were underway the buildings became the center of some local controversy. The school had originally…

Alumni Day at Smithfield High School

By Sophia DeJesus Alumni Day. A day where graduates from Smithfield High School are excitedly welcomed back and encouraged to spill to current seniors about how they ever managed to make it out of high school alive. From class of 2009 to 2019, each graduate had a piece of advice to offer to the 2020…

Craft Brew: Local Rock Band The Legendary Brewmasters

By James Gass Many of you might remember me as a naturalist for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, when I managed Smithfield’s Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge and the Fort Nature Refuge in North Smithfield back in 2000-2004. But I’m also a musician, and there might be some of you who have seen me…

Devine Faith

By Jim Ignasher Don Turbitt is a man of faith who believes in miracles. In 1969 his wife Pat was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease for which there’s no cure. The news was devastating, and faced with the prospect of losing his wife and raising their three young children by himself, Don turned…

Georgiaville Village Green

By Joe Siegel Georgiaville Village Green, on Whipple Avenue, is Smithfield’s first low-income housing development. Georgiaville is a historical village centered on the cotton mill built there in 1853 by Zachariah Allen. Now a condominium complex, the former mill is surrounded by a reservoir and the historic stone and wood houses built for the mill…

Greenville Public Library celebrates ribbon cutting of new parking lot, traffic pattern

By Brittni Henderson The Greenville Public Library celebrated the completion of its parking lot and traffic pattern project on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Greenville Public Library Trustee President Stephen Cicilline cut the ribbon at the event. Library staff in attendance included Director Dorothy Swain, Assistant Director Cassie Patterson, and several other staff members. Also in…

IMHO

By Ron Scopelliti Cutting the Cord Let me continue… Or haven’t I started yet? Sorry, but I’ve been having a tough time getting this month’s column started because I recently made a major change in my life, and it’s been interfering with my typical thought patterns. The big change is that, after months of consideration,…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown The Perfect Square It was the victim of my first ironing lesson, a prop for early childhood birthday games, and an important fashion accessory for years—the handkerchief. As we endure the colds and flus of the long winter months, that box of Kleenex often emerges from the bathroom cabinet to assume a…

McCabe Elementary School Receives National Honor From Special Olympics

By Paul Lonardo Last September, Special Olympics named Anna M. McCabe Elementary School a “National Banner School” for its dedication to inclusion, advocacy and respect. McCabe became the first of two elementary schools in the state to receive the distinction and is one of only four schools in the nation to earn the honor of…

Navigating healthcare

By Diane L. Marolla, LICSW Are you choosing wisely when it comes to your healthcare? “The first wealth is health.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson It is now the year 2020, and I have worked in the healthcare field for thirty-three years. I would like to say that for the healthcare consumer (and all of us…

Noah Strong is the New Normal for the Antunes

By Jane Fusco Now that he is cancer free, that is exactly what the former cancer patient is attempting as he transitions into a regular routine of going to school, doing homework, playing video games, and attending sports practice. Noah was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a fast-growing non-Hodgkin’s cancer of the immune system, on October…

payne’s picks

By Sarah Payne Movie Releases The Lodge – February 7 – Is it just me or does late winter and early spring now rival Halloween for all the great horror releases? Starring Riley Keough (Elvis Presley’s oldest grandchild), The Lodge follows the story of a stepmom (Keough) and her two stepchildren spending a weekend together…

SENIOR SCENE

By Paul V. Palange While working years back as a reporter for community newspapers, I covered thousands of events and incidents. One of my most memorable assignments was a presentation by children from war-torn countries in the Middle East. I’ll never forget what those children had to endure – the frequent bombing of their communities,…

Smithfield’s Derek Grundy’s Long Professional Journey Began on Solid Ground

By Paul Lonardo Derek Grundy grew up in Smithfield and graduated from Smithfield High School 2001. Since then he has traveled to many exotic locations all over the world. Sports has always been a big part of Grundy’s life. As a member of a Sentinel basketball team that won the State Championship, he earned All…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. When guests visit the local observatories, staff astronomers always look to impress them with great views of the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars when any of these worlds are observable. The wealth of detail visible through each facility’s telescopes can awaken the sense of awe within children and adults…

The Bonding of Father, Daughter, and Guitar

By Harry Anderson She saw her father but once a week. When Morgan Piatek had told him that Mr. Lenore, her ceramics teacher at Smithfield High School, was pushing her to pursue the arts, the idea to take his daughter to Shady Lea Mills in North Kingston for a look-see struck him. For more than…

The language of love — the story of two unlikely lovers united by chance

By Brittni Henderson In 2016, after years of failed relationships, heartbreak, and a tainted vision of love, Mikala (Bazinet) Giordano, 30 decided to drop everything to help a friend in need that was living on a military base in Italy. Mikala’s friend was going through a divorce and needed help caring for her young daughter…