Town of Smithfield
 news & updates
November 1, 2020 | Issue 12
Smithfield Board of Canvassers
General Election Notice
Attention Smithfield Businesses!

Take It Outside
Grant Opportunity
The Town of Smithfield was recently awarded $75,000 in grant funds to serve as an intermediary organization to use the funds to cover the cost of producing wintertime events and procuring items such as heat lamps, tents and tables.

The Take It Outside Initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. To support these efforts, the Town of Smithfield and Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, are supplying businesses with select outdoor equipment.

The Application Period began on Wednesday, October 28th and closes at noon Friday, November 6, 2020. The Town will make every effort to fill eligible applicants' requests; however, there is limited funding available. The average estimated value of items distributed to each applicant is expected to average $2,000 to $3,000 in value, with a maximum amount of $7,500, depending on the number of requests received and if additional funds become available.
Smithfield Public Schools
in connection with the Rhode Island Department of Education

Invites you to participate in FREE developmental screening for your preschool child between the ages of three and five.
Child Outreach Screening provides important information about your child’s growth and development. It can help you understand how your child is progressing in the areas of vision, hearing, speech/language, social/emotional, and general development. Screening can also assist in identifying children who may need further assessment and intervention at an early age in order to prevent the occurrence of more significant problems later. 

Screening is offered to Smithfield residents, as well as non-residents, who attend a Smithfield child care/preschool program.

Developmental screening will be conducted in a safe, secure manner using an online screening tool, as well as a completed parent packet that can be emailed or mailed to your home.
Send us an email request at to begin this process or to ask any questions you may have. We can also be reached by calling 401-231-6608.

Child Outreach Screening is recommended for every child, every year between the ages of three, four, and five. Help us reach that goal!

The Smithfield Public Schools: A Partnership of Schools, Families and Community
The Smithfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, color,
sexual orientation or disability in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations

Police Chief's Corner

Fire Chief's Corner
It is that time of year again, home heating season! I know the first thing that comes to mind is $$$$$ signs. We all know that a cold heating season leads to more money taken from your wallet. Hopefully, we will have a mild winter.
However, heating is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States as reported by the United States Fire Administration. Simply stated, there is a higher probability of an accidental fire in your home during the home heating season.
Keep the following tips in mind for this year’s heating season. Exercising good heating practices is the key to avoiding a fire in your home.
Space Heater
  • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Have chimneys cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 10 feet from your home.
Wood Stove
  • Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Have your furnace inspected each year.
  • Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace.
Kerosene Heater
  • Only use kerosene heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Refuel your cooled heater outside.

Refuse and Recycling
Elementary Reconfiguration Project Update
Progress on the elementary renovations made over the last month includes the completion of the LaPerche gymnasium (shown below), roof underlay on the McCabe gymnasium (shown below), and sitework at Old County Road School.

Celebrations marking accomplishments have or will be taking place at each school. Last month, a steel topping ceremony occurred at LaPerche while a flagpole dedication ceremony in honor of Veterans is planned for November 6th at McCabe. Meanwhile, the Winsor-McCabe unification committee forwarded two names - Apple Valley Elementary School and Pleasant View Elementary School to the School Committee for consideration for the expanded facility. The School Committee voted to change the name of the school to Pleasant View Elementary School. Two common spaces in the building will be dedicated to Anna McCabe and William Winsor to honor the school community’s history.
Agendas, minutes, and presentations are posted on the school construction update page.
Smithfield COVID-19
Support Fund
The Town of Smithfield has partnered up with John J. Tassoni, Jr. to create a COVID-19 Support Fund to help Smithfield residents who are in need of assistance.
Gift Cards or Donations can be delivered or mailed to:
Smithfield Town Hall
c/o Town Manager, Randy Rossi
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
  • Vacancies for Town Boards and Commissions

  • The Town is currently seeking volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions. These boards and commissions act as advisory committees to the Town Council. Town residents with an interest in serving on any of these boards or commissions are encouraged to apply.
  • Interested parties should submit a letter of interest to the Town Manager’s Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 along with an application form. A letter of interest may contain your interest or experience in the field of each particular board or commission that you are applying for and, optionally, resume information.
  • Check online for board & commission vacancies at Onboard click the “Run Report” button on the left of that page.

  • 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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