Monday, March 27, 2023        

PRESS RELEASE: Overbrook Academy “Swatting”

Today, a hoax emergency call was made to Overbrook Academy, a private school in the Greenville section of Smithfield, making a false report that an active shooter was in the building. Police arrived on scene, secured the building and ensured no emergency was occurring in the building.
This occurrence is an instance of “swatting”. “Swatting” is a type of hoax intended to cause disruption to schools, governments, public safety agencies and the general public. Similar to a bomb scare, “swatting” makes a false report of a shooting or stabbing occurring in a school or other public venue. The result of “swatting” causes school lockdowns and tie-up public safety resources. Smithfield is prepared to respond to these instances. As a reminder, the intent of these hoax calls are to cause disruption and cause panic. Please rely on information and instructions from officials and official media accounts. We are committed to keeping everyone aware and informed with factual information.
Posted 3/27/2023 10:55 AM

Town Council – Public Hearing – April 4th

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Smithfield Town Council will hold a Public Hearing at the Smithfield Town Hall, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM.  The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider and act upon proposed amendments to the following Article(s) and Section(s) of the Smithfield Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map.


Proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance and Map

SPD vs SFD Basketball Game

Increased Wildlife Activity in Town

Increased wildlife activity in town has been noticed in several areas. Learn more about keeping pets protected and how to co-exist with wildlife with these fact sheets.

Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink – Public Skating

East Smithfield Public Library – Tri-County Community Health Workers

On the third Friday of each month, starting January 20, Noon – 2:00 p.m. Two bilingual (English/Spanish) workers, a Behavioral Health Support Specialist and a Family Resilience Specialist, will be doing outreach at the library. They connect with residents and community partners to identify and address health disparities and inequities. Their goal is to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 by focusing on behavioral mental health and food insecurity. They’ll collaborate and engage with residents, listen to their needs, and help address the barriers people face that impact their daily living that prevent them from living a happy, healthy, and satisfying life. They will provide resources, social support services, case management, and system navigation support. They’ll offer culturally appropriate services and trainings, provide resources to residents, and also provide tools needed to be happy, healthy members of the community.



Smithfield Dog Park Membership Registration


Individuals may pre-register for a Smithfield Dog Park Membership through our Online Citizen Services portal. Memberships run from January 1st – December 31st. If you do not have an existing account you will be required to create one with your email address. You can then find the Dog Park Membership under the Town Clerk’s. The dog must be licensed with a community, disease free, parasite free, and proof of vaccinations are required to be uploaded. Individuals must also agree to abide by the rules of the Dog Park

St. Thomas Upcoming Events

Take it Outside Grant Program


Attention Smithfield Businesses!

Take It Outside

Grant Opportunity

The Town of Smithfield has secured $100,000 in funding from the RI Commerce Corporation to further Smithfield’s small business community’s “Take It Outside” initiative. The funds will be used to cover the cost of producing outdoor activities as autumn and winter weather arrives in New England. The funding is focused on the purchase of items such as heat lamps, tents, tables, etc.
The “Take It Outside” initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. This is the Town’s third round of grant funding to support small businesses with outdoor activities. 
Smithfield Small businesses who wish to apply for outdoor equipment may do so starting Monday, August 29th, 2022 until all the funds are spent. Grants will be issued prior to the closeout date to eligible applicants. Do not delay in submitting your grant request. The Town will make every effort to fill eligible applicants’ requests; however, funding is limited to the award amount.

Businesses applying for the program must meet the following requirements for eligibility:
  • the applicant is currently a Smithfield-based licensed business in good standing;
  • the applicant has less than $1 million in gross annual revenue in either 2020 or 2021;
  • the business attests that it has been negatively impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic in at least one manner described below:
  • being forced to close or curtail business operations due to the pandemic or a government order pertaining to the pandemic;
  • experiencing a supply chain delay or disruption that negatively impacted operations;
  • experiencing increased cost as a result of the pandemic; and/or
  • being forced to lay off workers as a result of the pandemic
  • The applicant has not received funding from any other source for the goods and/or services for which it seeks support that does not need to be repaid (i.e. other grant funding, gifts, insurance payments, etc.); and
  • The applicant is not disbarred in the federal System of Account Management (“SAM”).
  • The applicant has not received support, funding, goods and/or services in an amount exceeding $10,000 for the total RI Rebounds Take It Outside Program;
  • By receiving equipment from the Town of Smithfield, the applicant has not received more than $20,000 in support between the RI Rebounds Take it Outside Program, RI Small Business Grant Program, and the forthcoming RI Small Business Technical Assistance and RI Small Business Ventilation Programs.

Construction and alternating lane closures on Route 44/Putnam Pike

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is currently performing I-295 bridge projects in Smithfield. Due to these projects, Route 44 over I-295 will reduce travel from two lanes to one.

  • Construction and alternating lane closures on Route 44/Putnam Pike

    The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin construction on Putnam Pike bridge that overpasses Route 295 on April 22.  The overnight construction project begins at 9:00PM and continues until 5:00AM until the project is complete later this summer.  The project is part of the statewide rehabilitation of Rhode Island’s aging bridges.