Town of Smithfield
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January 1, 2023 | Issue 38



Winners Announced!
Thank you to all of the participants in the Town’s Annual Home for the Holidays House and Doorway Decorating Contest. Your participation and holiday spirit has helped in spreading Christmas cheer throughout our great community.
 
The contestants were judged on “curb appeal”, creative design and overall presentation. After a very difficult deliberation, we are excited to announce this year’s winners below:
House Decorating Winners
1st Place Winner
The McCaskill Family
13 Cherrywood Drive
2nd Place Winner
The Lanzieri Family
12 Pineridge Drive 
3rd Place Winner
The Nicholas Family
3 Hazel Drive
Doorway Decorating Winner
1st Place Winner
The Turner Family
133 Farnum Pike
Winners will be recognized at the Town Council Meeting on January 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Town Council Chambers (64 Farnum Pike).

The Home for the Holiday’s House and Doorway Decorating Committee would like to extend its gratitude to all of the participants for their creativity, hard work, and dedication to lighting up the Town. The residents of Smithfield have helped to illustrate the true meaning of holiday SPIRIT that makes the season so bright and we are proud to call Smithfield our home because of people like you!
 
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.
 
Smithfield Home for the Holiday’s Committee
SANTA CLAUS AND BUDDY THE ELF
VISIT SMITHFIELD
Members of the Smithfield Fire Department helped Santa Claus and Buddy the Elf make their way through Town to greet children of all ages on December 17th and 18th. Pictured are Santa Claus (retired Capt. Michael LeBlanc) and Buddy the Elf (Town Manager Randy Rossi). Not pictured are Lt. Steve Carberry and Pvt. Jonathan Detri.
Photo Credit: Sandra Achille

Big Scissor Opening:
On Wednesday, December 14th Senator David Tikoian, Town Councilwoman Rachel Toppi, Town Councilman Michael Iannotti and Town Manager Randy Rossi visited Dunkin Donuts at 385 Putnam Pike for their Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Cutting Ceremony.


Police Chief's Corner
Employment Opportunity:
Smithfield Police Officer
Seeking qualified candidates to establish a one year eligibility list. Applicants must be 18 or older; a U.S. Citizen; possess valid operator’s license; must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (in any discipline) by June 30, 2023. Applications are available at Smithfield Police Department, 215 Pleasant View Avenue, Smithfield, Rhode Island or on Department website SmithfieldPD.com. Completed applications must be returned to the police department by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2023. Previous candidates must reapply. Recruitment and selection process takes approximately five months. Salary is $1,169.63 per week. E.O.E.
 
~ The Town of Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ~

Smithfield Emergency Management Agency
Resolve to be Ready - 2023!

Of all the New Year resolutions, one of the most important resolutions you and your family can make is to be ready for emergencies and disasters. As a household, take the time – perhaps a rainy Saturday or on a night without any activities – and visit Ready.gov to learn tips on how to Make a Plan – Build a Kit – Stay Informed before a disaster strikes.
 
FEMA’s Ready.gov site will provide you with all the essential information and key points to survive the first 72 hours of an emergency or disaster. If you are yet to Make a Plan, this site offers important resources to shape an effective household emergency plan. It will also help with ideas on how to Build a Kit. Now, if you already have a kit and a plan developed, use Ready.gov to validate your preparedness efforts and…practice your plan! Check over the contents of your kit and make sure batteries are still fresh, shelf stable food items have not expired and supplies haven’t been expended or are missing (remember on Halloween when the kids needed a flashlight and we used the one in the…you know the rest).
 
Besides the information on Ready.gov, you can Stay Informed of disasters and emergencies by following the Town’s social media accounts, especially Smithfield Emergency Management on Twitter (@SmfldEM). In addition, this newsletter highlights a preparedness and ready topic in every issue. 
 
From all of us at Emergency Management, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe New Year!


Fire Chief's Corner
Cold Weather Safety Tips

It is that time of year again, those cold winter months. This can be a very dangerous time of year if we all do not take precautions to fend-off the potential threats to our well-being caused by cold temperatures and dangerous snowstorms. A few simple cold weather safety tips can go a long way in making this winter an enjoyable season.

Here are a few tips to help you make it until spring comes around.

  • When you are outside, frostbite and hypothermia are possible so you need to protect yourself.
  1. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.
  2. Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.
  3. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
  4. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.


  • To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:
  1. Let hot and cold water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.
  2. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or near an outer wall.
  3. Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.
  4. If you plan to be away: (1) Have someone check your house daily to make sure the heat is still on to prevent freezing, or (2) drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler systems).

  • If Pipes Freeze:
  1. Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst.
  2. NEVER try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Use a hair dryer instead.
  3. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States.
  1. Install a carbon monoxide detector.
  2. NEVER run generators indoors.
  3. Open a window slightly when using a kerosene heater and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.
  5. If your heat goes out, you can keep warm indoors by closing off rooms you do not need, dressing in layers of lightweight clothing, and wearing a cap.

  • Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and heaters:
  1. Always keep a screen around an open flame.
  2. NEVER use gasoline to start your fireplace.
  3. NEVER burn charcoal indoors.
  4. Do not close the damper when ashes are hot.
  5. Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small well-vented wood or coal stove or portable space heaters. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Animal and Pet Safety:
  1. Bring pets inside
  2. Provide shelter and fresh water
  3. Keep salt away from paws

  • Vehicle Preparation:
  1. Check you battery
  2. Check your fluids (coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc)
  3. Check your tires
  4. Have jumper cables
  5. Pack a blanket

As always, if you need any type of assistance during the cold weather, feel free to call the Smithfield Fire Department at 949-1330. If you have an EMERGENCY, dial 9-1-1.
Town of Smithfield
Helping Hands Fund
Donations are being accepted throughout the year for the Town of Smithfield’s Helping Hands Fund established to help bring hope and joy to less fortunate families in our community. Contributions to the fund will be used to provide essentials including clothing, food, and gift certificates.

Please send your donation to the Town Hall, c/o The Town Manager's Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917.
Statewide Behavioral Health Resources

Immediate Support
  • For children and youth under age 18, call the 24/7 Kids’ Link Hotline at 1-855-543-5465.
  • For people age 18 and older, call the 24/7 BH Link Hotline, 401-414-LINK (5465) or visit the BH Link Walk-In Triage Center, 975 Waterman Ave., East Providence to connect with a counselor.

Peer Recovery Support
Peer recovery support specialists are people who are in recovery from a substance use or a mental health condition. Their life experiences allow them to help others experiencing similar situations. Learn how to connect with a certified peer recovery support specialist

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Call Rhode Island’s Buprenorphine 24/7 Hotline, 401-606-5456, to talk with a healthcare provider, get an evaluation, and make a plan for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  
  • Visit PreventOverdoseRI.org's Get Help webpage to find local treatment and recovery support services, including statewide locations for the Rhode Island Centers of Excellence.

Safer Drug Use Supplies
Get access to safer drug use supplies like naloxone (Narcan®), sterile needles, and fentanyl test strips. Call or text for free delivery to an address or to arrange a pickup. 
Medication Disposal - Smithfield Police Station
  • The Smithfield Police Department provides the public with a safe, convenient, and responsible means to anonymously dispose of various unused, unwanted, and/or expired medications 24/7.  
  • Accepted Items: prescription medications/patches, ointments (sealed in zip-lock bags), over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples, and pet medications. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Vacancies for Town Boards and Commissions

Smithfield Samaritans
  • The Smithfield Town Council has an 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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