Tuesday, November 12, 2019        

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RECYCLING REMINDERS- There is no trash, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, November 11th due to the Veterans Day holiday. Trash, recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of that week. ... See MoreSee Less

RECYCLING REMINDERS- There is no trash, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, November 11th due to the Veterans Day holiday.  Trash, recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of that week.

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Thank you for posting this!

RECYCLING REMINDERS: Due to the increased volume of lawn and leaf debris, our hauling company is working diligently to remain on schedule. We appreciate your patience with any potential delays. Please note, there is a maximum of ten (10) total items: yard waste bags (brown paper), barrels (labeled "yard waste") or bundles (branches under 3 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter). ... See MoreSee Less

RECYCLING REMINDERS:  Due to the increased volume of lawn and leaf debris, our hauling company is working diligently to remain on schedule.  We appreciate your patience with any potential delays.  Please note, there is a maximum of ten (10) total items: yard waste bags (brown paper), barrels (labeled yard waste) or bundles (branches under 3 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter).

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Chris Cox

Carolyn Cronin Sanders

Smithfield Town Hall will be closed on Monday, November 11th, for Veterans Day.

Trash Pickup will be delayed one day for the week of November 11th, due to the holiday.
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Smithfield Town Hall will be closed on Monday, November 11th, for Veterans Day.

Trash Pickup will be delayed one day for the week of November 11th, due to the holiday.

RIDOH and DEM Recommend Avoiding Contact with Slack Reservoir in Greenville

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Slack Reservoir in Greenville (which spans Smithfield and Johnston town line) due to a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins, including microcystins, that can harm humans and animals. Very high levels of microcystins were detected in water samples taken from the Little Beach area near Terrance Drive. Visual monitoring found another likely blue-green algae bloom in the Green Lake area of the reservoir.

All recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking, should be avoided. People also should not ingest water or eat fish from Slack Reservoir. Pets can also be affected by exposure to the algal toxins and thus owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Skin contact with water containing blue-green algae commonly causes irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, and/or throat. Common health effects associated with ingesting water containing algal toxins include stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Rarer health effects include dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage. Young children and pets are at a particular risk for health effects associated with algal toxins. People who have had contact with these ponds and experience those symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

If you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes. Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water. Do not let the animal lick algae off its fur. Call a veterinarian if your animal shows any symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning, including loss of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or any unexplained sickness that occurs within a day or so after being in contact with water. People are cautioned that toxins may persist in the water after the blue-green algae bloom is no longer visible.

It is possible that blue-green algae blooms may be affecting other waterbodies in Rhode Island. People are advised to avoid contact with waterbodies that exhibit bright green coloration in the water or at the water surface and/or dense floating algal mats that form on the water's surface. The water may look like green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese. To report suspected blue-green algae blooms, contact DEM's Office of Water Resources at 222-4700 or DEM.OWRCyano@dem.ri.gov and if possible, send a photograph of the reported algae bloom.

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For: Immediate release
Date: November 4, 2019
Contact: Joseph Wendelken (401-378-0704)
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RIDOH and DEM Recommend Avoiding Contact with Slack Reservoir in Greenville
 
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are advising people to avoid contact with Slack Reservoir in Greenville (which spans Smithfield and Johnston town line) due to a blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom in the pond. Blue-green algae can produce toxins, including microcystins, that can harm humans and animals. Very high levels of microcystins were detected in water samples taken from the Little Beach area near Terrance Drive. Visual monitoring found another likely blue-green algae bloom in the Green Lake area of the reservoir.
 
All recreation, including swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking, should be avoided. People also should not ingest water or eat fish from Slack Reservoir. Pets can also be affected by exposure to the algal toxins and thus owners should not allow pets to drink or swim in the water. The advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Skin contact with water containing blue-green algae commonly causes irritation of the skin, nose, eyes, and/or throat. Common health effects associated with ingesting water containing algal toxins include stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Rarer health effects include dizziness, headache, fever, liver damage, and nervous system damage. Young children and pets are at a particular risk for health effects associated with algal toxins. People who have had contact with these ponds and experience those symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.
 
If you come into contact with the water, rinse your skin with clean water as soon as possible and, when you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes. Similarly, if your pet comes into contact with the water, immediately wash your pet with clean water. Do not let the animal lick algae off its fur. Call a veterinarian if your animal shows any symptoms of blue-green algae poisoning, including loss of energy, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or any unexplained sickness that occurs within a day or so after being in contact with water. People are cautioned that toxins may persist in the water after the blue-green algae bloom is no longer visible.
 
It is possible that blue-green algae blooms may be affecting other waterbodies in Rhode Island. People are advised to avoid contact with waterbodies that exhibit bright green coloration in the water or at the water surface and/or dense floating algal mats that form on the waters surface. The water may look like green paint, thick pea soup, or green cottage cheese. To report suspected blue-green algae blooms, contact DEMs Office of Water Resources at 222-4700 or DEM.OWRCyano@dem.ri.gov and if possible, send a photograph of the reported algae bloom.
 
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For: Immediate release
Date: November 4, 2019
Contact: Joseph Wendelken (401-378-0704)

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Samantha Diggle

Thanks friend !!

Thank you 😊

Genna Lepore Nicholas Caccia

Susan Giorgi-Branch

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7 days ago

Town of Smithfield, RI

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Double-crested Cormorant on Stump Pond
Photo by Sandra Achille
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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.
We encourage your contributions!
We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You don't have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.
If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note "Smithfield Photo" in the subject line.
The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.
Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If you'd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.
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Smithfield Photo of the Day
Double-crested Cormorant on Stump Pond
Photo by Sandra Achille
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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.
We encourage your contributions!
We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You dont have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.
If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note Smithfield Photo in the subject line. 
The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.
Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If youd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.

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Sandra Achille

Employment Opportunity: Maintenance Worker- Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink: Part-time, hourly. Responsibilities include general maintenance, cleaning, and upkeep of the rink. Must be able to communicate with the public, work with minimal supervision, and possess general knowledge of cleaning & maintenance.

Full information on our website: www.smithfieldri.com/employment/
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1 week ago

Town of Smithfield, RI

Today, November 1st, is Day 1 of the Home Base No-Shave campaign!
Smithfield Police Officers are growing facial hair during the month of November to show their support of and raise money for Veterans suffering from invisible injuries like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. To donate, visit: because.massgeneral.org/SmithfieldPD19
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Today, November 1st, is Day 1 of the Home Base No-Shave campaign!
Smithfield Police Officers are growing facial hair during the month of November to show their support of and raise money for Veterans suffering from invisible injuries like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. To donate, visit: https://because.massgeneral.org/SmithfieldPD19Image attachment

2 weeks ago

Town of Smithfield, RI

Smithfield Photo of the Day
The great pumpkin display at Smith’s Nursery.
Photo by Elyse Major

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You don't have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note "Smithfield Photo" in the subject line.

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If you'd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.
... See MoreSee Less

Smithfield Photo of the Day
The great pumpkin display at Smith’s Nursery.
Photo by Elyse Major

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You dont have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note Smithfield Photo in the subject line. 

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If youd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.

Comment on Facebook

thank you for sharing! happy and safe 🎃!

2 weeks ago

Town of Smithfield, RI

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Revive the Roots at Mowry Commons
Photo by Jennifer LaPreste

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You don't have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note "Smithfield Photo" in the subject line.

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If you'd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.
... See MoreSee Less

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Revive the Roots at Mowry Commons
Photo by Jennifer LaPreste

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You dont have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note Smithfield Photo in the subject line. 

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If youd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Fall at Slacks Pond
Photo by Sandy Cicciu

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You don't have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note "Smithfield Photo" in the subject line.

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If you'd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.
... See MoreSee Less

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Fall at Slacks Pond
Photo by Sandy Cicciu

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You dont have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note Smithfield Photo in the subject line. 

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If youd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.

TOWN OF SMITHFIELD AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING

Smithfield, RI – The Town of Smithfield has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2018. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition
in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management team.

“We are honored to receive this esteemed award for the 11th consecutive year, and it truly reflects the hard work and dedication that the Town staff demonstrate every day,” said Randy Rossi, Town Manager. “This certificate expresses the Town’s commitment to the highest standards and transparency in the delivery of financial information to the public.”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

About the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
The GFOA, founded in 1906, represents more than 20,000 public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association’s members are federal, state/provincial, and local officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in their jurisdictions. The organization provides best practice guidance, training programs, publications, research, and recognition programs of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

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TOWN OF SMITHFIELD AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING

Smithfield, RI – The Town of Smithfield has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2018. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition
in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management team.

“We are honored to receive this esteemed award for the 11th consecutive year, and it truly reflects the hard work and dedication that the Town staff demonstrate every day,” said Randy Rossi, Town Manager. “This certificate expresses the Town’s commitment to the highest standards and transparency in the delivery of financial information to the public.”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

About the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
The GFOA, founded in 1906, represents more than 20,000 public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association’s members are federal, state/provincial, and local officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in their jurisdictions. The organization provides best practice guidance, training programs, publications, research, and recognition programs of those responsible for government finance policy and management.

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Great job done by all

3 weeks ago

Town of Smithfield, RI

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Mountaindale Pond. 9/19/19
Photo by Cliff Baron

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You don't have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note "Smithfield Photo" in the subject line.

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If you'd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.
... See MoreSee Less

Smithfield Photo of the Day
Mountaindale Pond.  9/19/19
Photo by Cliff Baron

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We will try to post a Smithfield-related photo on our Facebook page a few times a month.

We encourage your contributions!

We are looking for scenic, historic, wildlife or general interest photos of our town. You dont have to be a Smithfield resident to participate.

If you have any photos that you would like to contribute, please email them to webmaster@smithfieldri.com and please note Smithfield Photo in the subject line. 

The Town of Smithfield reserves the right to choose which photos are posted.

Please include the location of the photo and your name in your email. If youd like to include a sentence or two about your photo, feel free.

Want to keep up with our Smithfield news all in one place? Head on over to our website and click on the "Smithfield on Facebook" link on the top-right of the page, or click this link: www.smithfieldri.com/smithfield-facebook/ ... See MoreSee Less

Want to keep up with our Smithfield news all in one place?  Head on over to our website and click on the Smithfield on Facebook link on the top-right of the page, or click this link: https://www.smithfieldri.com/smithfield-facebook/

National Grid will be conducting aerial inspections of sub transmission electric lines in Rhode Island and are currently in town.

The inspections require the helicopter to hover over transmission structures as high-resolution photos are taken; the inspections / photos will support engineering analysis of the transmission line structures. These aerial inspections complement the regularly-conducted, ground-level inspections by quickly and efficiently covering National Grid’s sub transmission system, even across rugged and isolated terrain.

The helicopter inspections are conducted by experienced trained personnel using high-powered gyroscopic binoculars and infrared technology. They are particularly interested in signs of wear on power line conductors and lightning protection devices; damaged or leaning structures; loose or broken guy wires; broken, chipped or cracked insulator equipment; and trees leaning toward the lines or into the transmission corridors.
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National Grid will be conducting aerial inspections of sub transmission electric lines in Rhode Island and are currently in town. 

The inspections require the helicopter to hover over transmission structures as high-resolution photos are taken; the inspections / photos will support engineering analysis of the transmission line structures. These aerial inspections complement the regularly-conducted, ground-level inspections by quickly and efficiently covering National Grid’s sub transmission system, even across rugged and isolated terrain.

The helicopter inspections are conducted by experienced trained personnel using high-powered gyroscopic binoculars and infrared technology. They are particularly interested in signs of wear on power line conductors and lightning protection devices; damaged or leaning structures; loose or broken guy wires; broken, chipped or cracked insulator equipment; and trees leaning toward the lines or into the transmission corridors.

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I saw the copter this morning hovering over my neighbor's house and was curious!

Diane Pelletier

That definitely explains the helicopter that I saw hovering over US-1 in Sharon MA a few weeks ago, if they were surveying that area at the time. Thanks for keeping us informed!

Ya the were hovering over Vaughn this morning

So that's what they were doing, right over my street, ok

Very informative!!😊

Nancy Harrison

Katie Law

Cheryl Magenta Joe Gibson

Kaitlynn Belanger

This is very troubling for those of us who have pets. Something like this can cause a pet to jump a fence, push through a screen, etc. Are they providing notice of specific days and areas behind covered so additional precautions can be made?

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