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Town of North Smithfield

July 26th, 2019 Edition

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Message from Town Administrator

Gary Ezovski

 

There is good news, bad news, and very bad news related to roads of all kinds!

First, some good news. The road reconstruction project that is funded through the town annual budget process is now underway. The road surfaces and subbases on Carlton, Wilks and Rainville were fully ground up this week and regraded. A base course of asphalt will be placed next week. Soon thereafter our contractor will be moving over to Great Road and East Harkness Road for the next segment of that project. Thereafter they will move over to Litzen and Lorraine and finally Parkview and Edward. It is my hope that this will be the first year of an every year circumstance where substantial road reconstruction takes place without the need to borrow.

 

There is also good news about the project here in Slatersville. RIDOT has advised that they expect final paving of the area to be done on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, so the Slatersville obstacle course will be gone soon. That, however, ends the good news and starts the bad. When the paving is done on the area near and on the Stone Arch Bridge, there will be need to shut down traffic by imposing the detour that was in place for the bridge reconstruction. We are advised that the shutdown will only be for the day that they are working on the bridge, so they ask that we please understand.

 

The very bad news is the fact that RIDOT issued an updated Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) recently wherein they indicate that their schedule for repaving of Route 146 has been extended out a year instead of advanced as we have been advocating due to the existing condition of the road from Route 295 to the Massachusetts state line. From my review of the plan, I conclude that RIDOT has proposed that the resurfacing of 146 from 295 to 146A be delayed by two years from 2022 to 2024, while the repaving from 146A to the Massachusetts line will stay in 2023. I plan to attend the meeting when there will be opportunity for public comment on the changes to the TIP and I encourage others to do the same. I also encourage all who have interest and concern to voice their concern to every state elected official. Even in its current condition with so many areas of deteriorated surface and weeds six feet tall, Route 146 is many things, but it is absolutely not the road we need nor the link to the nearby economic engine that it should be. Add five more years of deterioration and what will it be like? Please take any opportunity you may have with state leaders to make your feelings known on the need for improving Route 146. If you can, please attend the public comment meeting which will be at 4 PM on August 15 at the RI Department of Administration, Conference Room 2A, 2nd floor, One Capitol Hill in Providence.

 

Let me close on another good news point by calling attention to the notices on the paint and electronic recycling events taking place tomorrow at the NS DPW facility. Please take advantage of the opportunity our DPW folks have put together to make it possible to safely dispose of these items.

 

 

 
 
 

 

THE STONE ARCH BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED

ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 31ST

 

On Wednesday, July 31st, the Stone Arch Bridge in Slatersville will be closed for the finishing of the road paving. The RIDOT will have signs implementing the detours. Please note that the bridge may not be closed for the entire day.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

CLICKING HERE

(Agendas in PDF form will be posted next to the corresponding meeting if available before this newsletter is published)

 

 

Public Safety Committee Meeting (Agenda)

Tuesday, July 30th @ 7:00 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

Slatersville, RI 02876

 

Municipal Building Review Task Force Meeting(Agenda)

Tuesday, July 30th @ 5:30 pm

North Smithfield Middle School

1850 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

 

 
 
 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association

 

Upcoming events:

 

 

  • North Smithfield History Night--The Blackstone Canal and How it allowed North Smithfield to Prosper: Friday, July 26 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Heritage Hall, 101 Green St., Slatersville. Ranger Kevin Klyberg of the National Park Service will be the presenter. Free admission with light refreshments. Donations Welcome.

 

  • North Smithfield Historic Cemeteries Tour--Saturday, August 10th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Meet at the North Smithfield Middle School. Grange Road District--NS19, NS20, NS30, NS25, NS26, NS40. Wear a hat, long pants, and comfortable walking shoes. Bring water and insect repellent.

 

We have a new website. Please CLICK HERE for all the upcoming news from the NS Heritage Association.

 

The Little Red Schoolhouse is open for visitors monthly, every second and third Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Click here for more information

 

 

 
 
 

 

2019 Tax Bill Due Dates

 

Dear North Smithfield Taxpayer:

 

ALL 2019 real estate, motor vehicle and tangible personal property bills will be mailed the week of July 15th.

Please be aware ALL bills are due on the date listed on the bill stubs.

The dates are also listed below.

 

Real Estate, Motor Vehicle, Sewer, and Tangible Personal Property

1st payment due 08-15-19

2nd payment due 10-15-19

3rd payment due 01-15-20

4th payment due 04-15-20

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext: 323 or the Tax Collector’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext: 511

If you have any questions regarding the Sewer Bill, please contact the Water/Sewer Department at 401-767-2200 ext: 305.

 

 

 
 
 

 

Summer Concert Series on the Common

Sunday, July 28th

5:00 pm- 6:30 pm

Slatersville Congregational Church 

 

 

Starring 

JESSIE LIAM BAND

 

With their signature family-harmony sound on display, Jesse and Jack perform as a duo or with a full band alongside drummer, Michael DeQuattro, and bassist, Joseph Bentley.

 

Generously Sponsored by 

Navigant Bank 

 

**Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and join family and friends under the summer skies. **The church kitchen will be serving great food and ice cream sundaes to top off the night. **The North Smithfield Food Pantry will be holding a 50/50 raffle to benefit the pantry and get ready for winter needs. 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Saturday, July 27, 2019  

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

North Smithfield Town Garage

281 Quaker Highway

North Smithfield, RI

 

Indie Cycle, LLC will accept computers, laptops, monitors, televisions, routers, PDA's, cell phones, mice, keyboards, inkjet printers, plastic speakers, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, network equipment, wires, stereos, telephones, microwaves, small household appliances, and auto/marine batteries, and battery back-ups. 

 

A $10 disposal fee applies to each wooden-boxed speakers, laser-jet printer, air conditioner, dehumidifier, and other coolant containing devices.

 

Not accepted: Light bulbs, household batteries, fire/carbon monoxide detectors, tapes/disks, glass, broken TV tubes, styrofoam or any hazardous waste materials. 

 

For more information: www.indiecycle.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

You are your pet in hot weather, Any kind of pet

We help our elderly neighbors, and guarding against leaving children in our vehicle. The hot weather will continue for several more months. So let’s talk about pets in hot weather to keep them safe.

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

  • Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication.
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
  • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
  • Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
  • Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
  • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
  • Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
  • Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
  • Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home. 

For other ways to help, download and share our hot weather safety infographic to alert others of the dangers your pets may face during the summer.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

The PumpkinFest Committee is looking for more Vendors this year to participate.

You can download and fill out your application by

CLICKING HERE

 

Camp Phoenix

Year 14: Return of "Once Upon a Time" !

A 9 week traditional summer camp running 

June 18th - August 16th. 

 

Click here for the Camp Pheonix Website and Registration Info

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

The 2019 PumpkinFest Committee officially began preparations and would like you to mark your calendar for our:



13th Annual 

North Smithfield 

Great Pumpkin Festival

Saturday - September 21, 2019

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

North Smithfield High School Grounds

 

The PumpkinFest Committee is looking for more Vendors this year to participate. You can fill out an application by Clicking Here.

 

The next committee meeting will be Wednesday, August 21st at 6:00 at R&R Industries, Inc. 147 Industrial Drive, North Smithfield.

 

Click Here for more information on the event and a list of the upcoming Committee Meetings.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Our North Smithfield Animal Shelter is in

Need of Volunteers.

 

You can volunteer as many or as few days or hours that you can. Every little bit helps! Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a rewarding experience.

 

Please call the North Smithfield Animal Shelter at 766-0377.

 

 
 

 

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

Fiber Arts Gathering

 

Every Monday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (except the 1st Monday of the month)

At the Meadows

2 Village Way

North Smithfield, RI

 

  • Join our active group of knitters, crocheters, weavers, darners,quilters and embroiderers.
  • Beginners and experienced are invited. 
  • Come to learn and share.
  • FREE, donations accepted

 

Organized by Engage North Smithfield

 

North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry

Slatersville Congregational Church

25 Green Street

Slatersville, RI 02876

 

The flavor of the month for JULY is 

CANNED SOUP

Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9:00 am and noon. An additional drop box is available at the Town Hall during regular business hours.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Senior Services, Inc. has provided services to seniors and adults with disabilities residing in Northern Rhode Island since 1975, in accordance with the Congregate Meal Program financed through a grant with R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs. Senior Services, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout Northern R.I.

 

Senior Services, Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups, and Wellness programs, which include a weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes.

 

Senior Services, Inc. also offers an Adult Day Care Program ("A Home for the Day"), and a Community Information Specialist who can provide information on eligibility for all state and local programs, including RIPAE.

 

JULY 2019 Newsletter

 

JULY 2019 Activity Calendar of Events

 

JULY 2019 Menu

 

Senior exercise classes at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main Street, North Smithfield include:

  • Zumba Gold Mondays at 10:00 AM
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM

SENIOR SERVICES, INC. SERVES LUNCH IN NORTH SMITHFIELD!

 

Mondays at 11:30 am & 12:30 PM

Thursdays at 11:30 AM

 

Please call in your order by 10am on the Thursday prior to the day(s) on which you plan to attend! Call Senior Services Inc. at (401) 766-3734 with your choice of meal.

Suggested donation is $3.00

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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Town of North Smithfield | One Main Street, P.O. Box 248, Slatersville, RI 02876

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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