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April 12th, 2019 Edition

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NORTH SMITHFIELD

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

The Next 2018 Tax Bill Is Due

April 15, 2019

 

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

 

 

 
 
 

 

ALERT: Tax season scams are peaking.  So, when you get any email or even a phone call about your taxes, or questions about your W2 from literally anybody, whether you know them or not, pick up the phone and verify with your known, trusted tax preparer that they actually sent you that email. If you send tax information via email, triple-check that the email address you are sending this to is correct and type it in yourself in the "To" field. 

NEVER click on "reply" and attach your tax information, because that reply email address might be spoofed. Want to be 100% safe? Hand-carry your tax info to your preparer and do the tax return in person with them.

Here is a link to the IRS site, with more tax scams you need to watch out for:

https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts

Here is a link with information on what to do to get your money back if your tax refund already *has* been stolen:

http://time.com/money/3709141/stolen-tax-refund/

 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield gets ready for spring! Curbside yard waste collection begins Monday, April 15, 2019. 

 

Yard waste is collected on the same day as your trash and recycling.  Residents can have reasonable amount of leaf bags or cans, clearly marked, of yard waste out at the curb for weekly collection. The spring collection season runs from Monday, April 15th - Friday, June 7th, 2019.

 

Saturday hours at our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway will be from 9 am – 3 pm starting April 6, 2019. Residents are welcome to bring yard waste or accepted recyclables. The town offers free drop off for rigid plastic and scrap metal items as well as used motor oil. Drop off hours during the week are available on Wednesdays from 3 PM- 6:00 PM starting April 10, 2019. Please do not leave items outside the gate after business hours, we will take notice.

 

For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348

Town of North Smithfield

Department of Public Works

 

DPW will continue street sweeping for the next week on 146 A South bound.

 

 

. Please check our website for an updated schedule.

 

 For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service, Inc.

                1470 Providence Pike • North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

 

Burgers Are Done!

It’s time to start grilling and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides the following safety tips while conducting outdoor cooking.

  

1.     Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

 

2.     The grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from the home, deck railings and fences and pulled out from under eaves, and overhanging branches. 

 

3.     Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.

 

4.     Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grilling surface and in catch trays below the grill.

 

5.     Never leave your hot grill unattended.

 

6.     Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

 

CHARCOAL GRILLS:

 

1.     There are several ways to get charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

 

2.     If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

 

3.     Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

 

4.     There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord approved for outdoor use.

 

5.     When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them into a metal container.

 

As always, feel free to contact the North Smithfield Fire Prevention office at (401) 762-1135 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 07:00 a.m. and 05:00 p.m. for any fire safety questions you may have.   

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Sign up today for your Free smoke alarm installations and fire safety education.

 

It's time to Sound the Alarm to save lives in Rhode Island! “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” is a nationwide American Red Cross initiative to install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms in at-risk neighborhoods from April 27 - May 12 in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to home fires. As part of this effort, the American Red Cross- Rhode Island Chapter along with partners are aiming to install 1,000 smoke alarms in Providence and surrounding communities on Saturday, May 11 from 8 am-2 pm. 

https://www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island/about-us/our-work/home-fire-safety.html

 

There is no income requirement. Anyone can sign up. Please spread the word. Last year over 1,000 smoke alarms were installed in RI in one day! Best part, all FREE!

 

 

 
 
 

 

April is Autism Awareness month. So, beginning April 1st, 2019, the North Smithfield Police Department will be selling Autism Awarenes Police Patches. The patches will cost $10.00 each and the proceeds will be donated to The Autism Project located in Johnston, Rhode Island. Please show your support by purchasing an Autism patch. Patches can be purchased at the North Smithfield Police Department. We're always open, so stop by and get your Autism Patch and help us support this great organization. Check or money order only.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Click Here for the 1st Explorer Youth Program Application: Application Deadline is June 1, 2019

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

TIME TO PREPARE &

SAVE THE DATE

SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019

RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

 

It's time to start decluttering and get ready for our annual North Smithfield Town Wide Yard Sale, benefiting the NS Food Pantry.

 

Residents can participate by holding an individual or multi-family yard sale at their homes. When they register with the Town Clerk, their location will be listed on the Town Web Site and in publicity, so that interested shoppers will have their location.

  

Residents who want to take part must go to the Clerk's office at the Town Annex at 575 Smithfield Road to obtain a yard sale permit for $5.00. Residents are encouraged to make a contribution to the town's Food Pantry at the same time. Yard sale addresses will be listed for permits obtained before Noon on Friday, May 24th, 2019. 

If anyone has feedback on how to improve the upcoming event, please contact Town Hall at 767-2200, ext. 301.

Stay tuned for more information.  

 

 

It is with great pleasure that the 2019 PumpkinFest Committee officially steps up and begins their game plan this year. 

  

We begin by first having you mark your calendars 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 first committee meeting will be Wednesday, April 17th at 6:00 at the Slatersville Congregational Church, 25 Green St. Slatersville.

 

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

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

North Smithfield Announces Its 2nd Annual Fireworks Display

 

Come join us for our 2nd Annual Fireworks Display

If you missed it last year, you sure do not want to miss it this year!

 

When: Saturday, July 13th

Where: North Smithfield High School

Time: Sunset

 

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 767-2200 ext. 301. More information to come!

 

 

 
 
 

 

NORTH SMITHFIELD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Colonel Peter E. Branconnier Director

 

One of our communites' greatest assets is its young people.

 

As part of the STEP program, helping students learn about dealing with disasters or local emergencies rounds out family preparedness.

 

This booklet, as a pdf document, can be printed out helping young people learn how they can help in an emergency.

 

Kids can help in many ways either by watching out for an elderly neighbor, shoveling snow as part of a neighbor help program, some communities have a CERT(community response training) in their local schools. Even though a CERT team requires those over 18 years of age, junior CERT teams in schools and villages have kids as young as 13 years of age.

 

It is never to late to learn emergency preparedness. Too many stories are seen on TV today where a 12 year old administered CPR to another young person or an adult. The nationwide “Stop the Bleeding Program" and “You are the Help Until Help Arrives" is being conducted in elementary schools across the nation to students in grade 4 and up.

 

Get involved and get your kids involved also. They are our future!

 

Click here and the picture below for the STEP Student Activity Book

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry

Slatersville Congregational Church

25 Green Street

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

The flavor of the month for APRIL is 

CANNED PASTA

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.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Upcoming Events

 

Sat, Apr 13, 9:00am: RI Historic Cemetery Day: NS volunteers meet at Union Cemetery to clean NS36 Hotchkiss Cemetery to the South and Woon 11 the Friends Church Cemetery across the street. Please join us for this annual event.  

 

Sun, Apr 14, 3:00pm: Engage NS Book group meets at the Meadows to review our NSHA book, "Images of North Smithfield." We have copies for sale at the Schoolhouse.

 

Sat, Apr 20, 10:00 am: NS Heritage Fair working group meets at the Forestdale Schoolhouse to coordinate activities.

 

Fri, Apr 26, 6:00pm: NSHA Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner. Heritage Hall

 

 

The North Smithfield Heritage Association Announces Forestdale Schoolhouse Public Openings for 2019

 

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

 

While there, you can view artifacts, relics, and merchandise. You can also conduct historic research.

 

For further information: contact Louise VanHouwe at 401-769-8177

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Smithfield Food Pantry is looking for TWO NEW VOLUNTEERS

 

Please click the links below for a full Job Description

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 
 
 

 

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

 

 

 
 
 

 

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.

 

 

APRIL 2019 Senior Services Newsletter

 

APRIL 2019 Activity Calendar of Events

 

APRIL 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
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Click Here for the 2019 Sponsorship Package

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

CLICKING HERE

 

 

 
 

 

Town Council Meeting

Monday, April 15th @ 6:45 pm

North Smithfield Middle School

1850 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02896

 

Budget Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 16th @ 6:00 pm

Town Hall Conference Room

1 Main St.

Slatersville, RI 02876

Sewer Commission Meeting

Thursday, April 17th @ 7:00 pm

Primrose Fire Sation

1470 Providence Pike

North Smithfield, RI 02876

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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