Monday, April 22, 2019        

Austin Avenue Repaving – Week of April 22

The town will be resurfacing Austin Avenue beginning the week of Monday, April 22, 2019. Preliminary work has begun during the week of April 15th, with repairs to storm and sanitary sewer structures.

It is anticipated that this work may create minor delays and some local detours.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works office at 401-233-1034.

The actual start date for this work is subject to weather conditions and will be rescheduled accordingly.

Annual Earth Day Celebration and Clean-up – Saturday, April 27th

 

Annual Earth Day Celebration and Clean-up
Saturday, April 27th
Deerfield Park Pavilion

Lecture by Ken Gloss On The Value of Old and Rare Books at East Smithfield Public Library- 4/30

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a free and open talk, Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, the Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2019 is the 70th year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. He had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father’s death in 1985. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.”

Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society. He also is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society as well as serving on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.

The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive. Ken has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His bylined articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications. The Brattle Book Shop is also the recipient of several “Best of Boston” awards in the categories of Best Book Shop or Best Antiquarian Book Shop.  In addition, it has been included in a list as one of North America’s best bookstores.

For further information about this talk and more about book-collecting, appraisals, and future free and open talks, call the store toll-free at 800-447-9595, or visit their website, www.brattlebookshop.com.  To learn of some of Ken’s more fun and unique finds, listen to Brattlecast, his new podcast: http://www.brattlebookshop.com/brattlecast (also available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/brattlecast/id1295728623?mt=2).

Smithfield Tree Day – Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Smithfield Conservation Commission will hold their annual tree sale, for Smithfield residents only, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the front of McCabe School on Pleasant View Avenue.

This year the event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will run until either the plants sell out or noon. We ask that there be no early birds. The cost will be $10.00/pair.

The commission will be offering the following native plants:

Spiraea: This is a hardy flowering plant native plant with leaves are usually simple and short stalked, and are arranged in a spiraling alternate fashion. The many small flowers are clustered together in either dense panicles or umbrella like corymbs or grape like clusters.

White Turtlehead: A native species consisting of spike-like clusters of individual white flowers with a pink tinge resembling actual turtle heads.

Blazing Star: Is another low maintenance native perennial with vibrant purplish flowers growing on feathery clusters on 2-4 feet long erect stalks.

As mentioned above these plants are hardy and very easy to grow and maintain. In addition, they attract butterflies and other major pollinators.

The commission looks forward to seeing you on May 4th.

Joint Veterans Memorial Service – Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day

American Legion Balfour-Cole Post 64, Smithfield Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2929 and its Auxiliary will hold a joint memorial service at the Veterans’ Memorial, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, on Monday, May 27th.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM with a parade of colors featuring the honor guards from the Smithfield Police Department and the Smithfield Fire Department.

The public is welcome and encouraged to observe and pay their respects to those who died in service to our country.

The town’s veterans respectfully request that the youth of Smithfield please join us to observe this ceremony in order that they will always remember the sacrifices our men and women in uniform endured for their freedoms.

In conjunction with the Smithfield Senior Center, in support of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, there will be a collection of clothing. Donations of new socks and underwear are requested and will be distributed to homeless veterans around the state.

The Smithfield Town Council Announces the Smithfield Samaritans Initiative

The Smithfield Town Council has a new initiative program called “Smithfield Samaritans,” and encourages anyone in the community to self-nominate or submit a name to the Town Manager, of a Smithfield resident or business in town who is doing or has performed an act of kindness or a good deed that is notable or charitable.

The Town Council will review all nominations that are submitted and will each month select one individual or business to be recognized with a citation and the opportunity to speak at the council meeting explaining their good deeds “on the record.”

The nomination form is available online here as well as printed copies available in town hall.

 

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Tri-County Community Action Agency Seeks a Prevention Coalition Coordinator

The Tri-County Community Action Agency is seeking a full time Prevention Coalition Coordinator. The position is responsible for carrying out the provisions of prevention and education services in the areas of substance misuse and other identified topics in prevention to promote and support positive lifestyle choices.

BSA Scout Troop 2359 and Cub Scout Pack One Smithfield Information

Troop 2359 Smithfield is a brand new troop in town that meets every Wednesday from 7-8:30 PM at the Elks Lodge at 326 Farnum Pike in Smithfield. Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17, and is a community-oriented program that instills values such as citizenship, teamwork, honesty, respect, responsibility, and fitness, while being a lot of fun. We practice skills for life, from first aid to public speaking to wilderness survival, while helping our community through service projects.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Troop 2359 Scoutmaster Mike at mguilmain@cox.net or call 401-578-5261.

Pack One Smithfield is a Cub Scout Pack in town that meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the RC LaPerche Elementary School on Limerock Road in Smithfield. Cub Scouting is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Up to age 11, and is a community-oriented program that helps our children grow up in a way that promotes mutual respect for others while understanding more about the community we live in.

We welcome you to come to a meeting and check it out for yourself. For more information, contact Pack One Cubmaster Mike at mguilmain@cox.net or call 401-578-5261.

Smithfield Transitions to Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System

 

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The Town of Smithfield has transitioned to the Code Red Resident Emergency Notification System. Code Red replaces the Nixle emergency notification system and will allow the town to be compatible with state emergency agencies and more communities in Rhode Island.

In the event of a town-wide emergency or a localized geographical emergency, the town’s police department, fire department, emergency management agency or designated local official will be able to call, email, and text thousands of residents at once, notifying them of the emergency and also give instructions if needed. Using mapping databases Code Red can target a notification to a few residents on one street, or expand to any designated area within the town.

Messages regarding the safety, property or welfare of our residents will be disseminated using the Code Red system. These may include local AMBER alerts, locations of shelters for weather events, emergency instructions due to a large fire or chemical incident, boil water advisories, evacuation notices, etc.

Please Register Your Cell Phone
Technology plays a vital role in everyone’s day-to-day life. We know that not everyone uses a house phone today. In Rhode Island, most 9-1-1 calls are made from a cell phone. The 9-1-1 call-out database is compiled of home phone numbers, there is no 9-1-1 database for cell phones. More people use email and texting to communicate and the town wants to ensure that we can use those avenues to communicate with our residents for official information.

We encourage everyone to register with Code Red. To do so click on the Code Red logo above to go to the registration site. Users can register for emergency notifications only and can also register for general notifications as well. Residents should know that the information they provide on the link is safe. Information is not, and will not be, shared with anyone. No one has access to the account but local and state emergency officials authorized to activate warnings and alerts to the public.

Smithfield Prevention Coalition – Data Placemat

This Data Placemat from Smithfield Prevention Coalition (now part of the Southern Providence County Regional Coalition) reflects some of the data that has been collected through focus groups as well as key informant interviews that were conducted with the input from parents, community members and students from our town.

https://smithfieldri.com/pdf/communitybb/Smithfield_Placemat.pdf

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