Smithfield, RI Weather

50 Years Ago July 1967

By Jim Ignasher In July of 1967 the Smithfield Public Health League celebrated its 55th year of operation. Established in 1912, Smithfield’s “Ladies in Blue” would visit homes throughout the town providing nursing care to the sick or infirm, as well as provide health-care information, inoculations, and advice on disease prevention. The Public Health League,…

A Father’s Thoughts

The following was submitted under the direction of Robert Houghtaling, Director of the East Greenwich Drug Program. America’s prison population has exploded over the last few decades. The reasons are many, often exposing numerous social ills. Recently, a number of measures have been put forth in an attempt to ameliorate a situation that impacts many…

Al Bruno’s Smithfield remembered –

The Old Esmond Post Office By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. This is the sixth article in an occasional series about Smithfield locations that have either been forgotten by time or are no longer remembered for what they once represented. The locations are selected from a list compiled by former Smithfield Building Official Al Bruno. Bruno…

And furthermore

By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. Do they always talk that way? After five months of observing the Trump administration at work, information junkies like me have become transfixed by the endless conflicts and controversies. We have consumed literally hundreds of hours of news and current affairs television shows while following every new development. Absorbing that…

Biography That Inspired Broadway Hit Hamilton is Now Timelier Than Ever

Review by Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. It might be a bit unusual to review a work that was first published 13 years ago, but in the case of Ron Chernow’s definitive biography of Alexander Hamilton, the book is probably even more relevant today than it was in 2004. A prodigious feat of research and scholarship,…

Blackbird Farm Fame Flies Even Higher with New Friday Farmers Market

By Brittni Henderson Ann Marie Bouthillette, owner of Blackbird Farm. Photos by Albert Tavakalov/The Smithfield Times. High-quality, skillful, and talented farming has been taking place on the grounds at Blackbird Farm for many years, but it was a nameless venture until the buzz started to circulate about the family-owned and operated business. Kevin Bouthillette and…

Differing Abilities Week:

Encouraging Education, Empathy and Inclusion of Smithfield Students With Special Needs By Brittni Henderson Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SSELAC) held their first ever Differing Abilities Week in partnership with Anna M. McCabe Elementary School the first week in June. Created by the SSELAC to raise awareness, the week was designed with the goal…

IMHO

By Ron Scopelliti Red, white, and blue (with sweet green icing) Perspective. I’m having a hard time putting things in perspective. It’s not unusual for me to have this problem, but this time there’s a specific cause: Independence Day I’m planning to celebrate July Fourth with a group of friends who I don’t see as…

Inside the Brown Bag

By Peg Brown Buttercups, Queen Anne’s Lace and Indian Paint Brush These were the centerpieces of the sliver of land located along a small piece of the 700 miles of shore line stretching from Lake Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean owned by my grandparents. Officially described on a yellowed piece of paper folded neatly into…

Kate Adams Reminisces:

A Shared Moment of Wisdom, Expertise, and Insight By Harry Anderson “You have to talk with Kate Adams!” a neighbor of mine pleaded. “She’s 96 years old and is as sharp as a tack and has lots of stories to tell. I think she’s one of the wisest people I’ve ever known.” Three days later…

Nu-Look Sealcoating Has Paved Their Way to 30 Years of Success

By Paul Lonardo Nu-Look Sealcoating Company, the Smithfield-based full-service asphalt paving and sealcoating experts, are celebrating their milestone 30th anniversary this year. No doubt you’ve seen the trucks and their company signs posted on lawns besides freshly paved driveways since 1987 and Nu-Look continues to serve the community and its customers with the same professionalism…

Out of Sixty Applicants, Three New Recruits Selected for Smithfield Fire Department Training

By Jim Ignasher June 5, 2017, was a milestone in the lives the Smithfield Fire Department’s newest recruits, for it marked their first day on the job, but they won’t be fighting fires or answering rescue calls just yet. There’s a rigorous training program to complete first. The world of firefighting has evolved over the…

Payne’s Picks

By Sarah Payne Movies coming out Dunkirk – July 21st – Director Christopher Nolan rarely disappoints. You may know him as the director of the last few Batman installments, and his last film, Interstellar, was released in 2014. Nolan wrote and directed Dunkirk, a film that tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, a plan…

Standing Tall at 84 Years Old, Theatre by the Sea Brings Broadway to the Beach

By Marilyn Busch No conversation about summer theater in New England would be complete without mentioning the trials, tribulations, and absolute triumphs of Theatre By The Sea. Nestled by Matunuck Beach and well under an hour’s drive from Smithfield, the 500-seat professional summer theatre boasts a full spectrum of Broadway shows and a full restaurant,…

Stargazing

By David Huestis, Historian, Skyscrapers, Inc. Astronomical Potpourri in July Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Countdown: 51 days as of July 1, 2017. Dateline: July 1, 2017. You don’t have to be an avid weather watcher to realize that meteorological spring (March, April, May) was absolutely “drismal”! On the last day…

Tech Review: Habitica

By Ron Scopelliti A couple of months ago I wrote a column about how I sometimes integrate aspects of computer role playing games (RPGs) into my every day existence, acknowledging my successes and minor victories like I would if I completed a quest in “Dungeons and Dragons Online.” Well apparently I’m not the only one…

The Chief’s Corner

By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MPA Chief Smithfield Fire Dept. In the last couple of weeks I have had two people approach me during lunch while eating at local establishments to ask questions about smoke detectors. I was somewhat surprised because it is unusual to have people ask about smoke detectors to the detail…

The Ill-Fated Flight of the “Banshees”

By Jim Ignasher If one has ever been hiking in the woods along Nooseneck Hill Road in the Exeter-West Greenwich area they may have encountered occasional twisted pieces of aluminum of varying sizes and wondered what they were. Most probably wouldn’t recognize the debris for what it is, or consider that there’s a dark story…

Top Dogs and Cool Cats

Six Signs That Your Kitty Thinks You’re the Cat’s Meow! By Jules Martins There is a vast difference between how dogs and cats let us know their likes and dislikes. When you bring a cat into your life, it is super easy to settle into becoming a cat mom or dad. Cats are smart and…

WHAT’S GOING ON IN SMITHFIELD??!

Letter to the Editor June 16, 2017 Dear Mr.Tassoni: As a longtime resident of Smithfield, I am writing this letter in response to recent stories that have appeared in the Valley Breeze over the last few weeks. It is quite encouraging that several Smithfield residents have come forward to expose political corruption under the current…

With the Flip of Tassels and a Flurry of Caps, Smithfield High School Graduates 50th Class

By Tia Hines With a flourish from the band and exuberant cheers from friends and family, the 50th graduating class of Smithfield High School entered Bryant University’s crowded gymnasium. This year the graduates wore 50th-anniversary emblems on the left sleeve of their robes, commemorating the legacy of SHS. Principal Daniel Kelley reminded the graduates that…

Your Special Day

By Bob Houghtaling Dear Graduating Seniors, I preface these comments by offering you the greatest respect. The accolades, soon to be bestowed, for graduating 12 years of schooling, should bring a sense of pride to those who revel in your success. Before being handed a diploma, however, I ask you to reflect upon a few…