Town of Smithfield
 news & updates
November 1, 2021 | Issue 24
Smithfield Safe Stations Program
Beginning on Monday, November 1st the Smithfield Fire Department, in collaboration with Gateway Healthcare, will launch the “Smithfield Safe Stations” program. Under this new program, all three of the Town’s fire stations, located at 607 Putnam Pike, 66 Farnum Pike, 15 Log Road, will become a safe place to welcome members of the community seeking assistance with a substance use problem 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Following a brief screening exam, community members will be immediately connected with a recovery professional who can assist them in beginning their personal road to recovery. Smithfield Safe Stations are free, confidential and provide a welcoming environment for anyone that is ready for recovery 
Smithfield's All Lit Up Christmas Parade
This year’s Smithfield’s All Lit Up Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th at 4:00 p.m. If you would like to be a part of this year's festivities, please complete a parade application. Please contact Kate McAdam-Prickett at 391-6521 or Tom Winfield at 864-3356 with any questions on the application process. 

All completed applications must be submitted by Monday, November 22nd.
The Town of Smithfield will be hosting a Moderna Vaccine Third Dose Clinic on Saturday, November 20th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Smithfield Senior Center for individuals who have (1) received Moderna vaccine at least six months ago AND (2) meet the CDC guidelines for a third dose of the vaccine.
CDC Guidelines
COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Moderna vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:
Pre-registration is required for vaccinations. Please follow the link below to sign-up for the November 20th clinic: 
***This third dose opportunity is for those residents who were administered the Moderna vaccine.*** 
Board and Commission Training
On October 16th, the Town Council hosted a "Meet and Greet" and training workshop for all Town board and commission members at the Senior Center. A representative from the Attorney General's Office reviewed the Open Meetings Act and training was provided by Evan A. Lemoine, PRP, CPA on Robert's Rules of Order.

Town Clerk's Office
Jaswell Farm
Writing and Art by: Amber VanTine
         During the fall season nothing feels better than being outside in the cold, crisp air; watching the now multicolored leaves blow in the wind and smelling burning bonfires in the distance. Winter is slowly approaching lightly brushing a cold hand across your neck making you pull your jacket a little tighter. To me fall is the most amazing time of year. You can do so much during that time and what better way to celebrate such a festive time of year than going to a farm and apple orchard to gather fresh fruits or vegetables to celebrate the harvest.
               Smithfield was actually well known for their apple orchards long ago. That’s why it was known as “Apple Valley”. However, during 1938 the Great Hurricane struck Rhode Island and many trees were destroyed, but one farm that withstood the strength of the storm was Jaswell’s Farm. Jaswell Farm dates back to 1899 and was started by Nicholas Jaswell aka Nicola Gesualdi who was originally from Italy. Jaswell Farm actually started out as a self-sustaining farm with farm animals as well. Over the years the farm was eventually passed down to Joe; Nicholas’s son, and then to Richard; Joe’s son. Richard and his wife Pat were the third generation of farm owners and they eventually passed it on to their children Chris and Allison who are still going strong, and providing amazing produce and wonderful experiences for all kinds of families. And who is really surprised? The Jaswell farm was able to withstand a flu pandemic, the great depression and the great hurricane paving the way for the this very special farm to continue to grow and operate in the town of Smithfield. Providing fresh apples, pumpkins, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts (my absolute favorite) and other baked goods.
               For over a hundred years this amazing farm has provided a countless amount of fresh produce for generations and they continue to do so especially as Allison continues to carry on the tradition of providing an interactive farming experience for students. This type of hands-on approach to farming and agriculture helps future generations understand and see not only where our food comes from but how to be more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Our food is what gives us sustenance, vitamins, minerals…life. Without proper nutrition and clean water life would be drastically altered and eventually cut short. What Allison and the rest of her family continue to do is just a step in the right direction to making sure that the people of Smithfield receive fresh produce, an interactive and eye opening experience for students all the while providing endless excitement for people ready to welcome the Harvest especially on a cool and crisp fall day.
               So with this upcoming fall and Harvest pay a visit to Jaswell Farm and have an apple cider doughnut while experiencing one of the oldest and most incredible farms here in Smithfield.

Have a safe and wonderful Harvest!

Police Chief's Corner
Smithfield Police Introduce Newest Department Member: The Smithfield Police are excited to introduce their newest department member. Meet GRACE (pronounced G-r-AI-s-ee), the department’s emotional support dog. The name GRACE stands for:
Compassion and
Emotional healing
GRACE is a 9-week old, female, Australian Labradoodle, who will be assigned to the Community Policing Unit. Following her certified therapy dog training she will serve as an interactive tool to provide comfort and emotional support to the community and police department during difficult times. Pictured here are: Officer Ryan Perry (GRACE’s primary handler), Chief Richard St.Sauveur (whose office GRACE has already taken an extreme liking to) and, of course, GRACE.

Economic Development Commission

Fire Chief's Corner
Thanksgiving Safety
The Thanksgiving holiday brings with it many great traditions: homemade meals, football games, Thanksgiving Day parades, and time with family and friends. However, with the holiday season there also comes added safety concerns and risks. Here are some key safety tips to ensure that your Thanksgiving holiday is a fun and safe time for you and your family.

  • When traveling:
  • Don’t post Thanksgiving travel plans on social media announcing that you will be out of town.
  • Stop all mail, newspapers, and deliveries or ask a neighbor, friend or relative to collect it for you.
  • Ask a friend to move your car occasionally if it is parked in the driveway.
  • Use timers to operate lights.

  • When cooking:
  • Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
  • Do not place glass dishes or lids on the stove or burner, as the heat could cause them to explode.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling food.
  • Keep raw meat away from vegetables or other uncooked food.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home-cooking fires.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and teach your family how to use it. Check the extinguisher’s expiration date.
  • Be cautious when using turkey fryers as they pose a number of distinct safety concerns, including burn and fire hazards.
  • Wear short, close fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite from a gas flame or a hot burner.

Most important of all – enjoy the holiday – from the men and women of the Smithfield Fire Department – Happy Thanksgiving!
Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held on October 20th at all three
renovated elementary schools. Dignitaries attending included the Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green, representatives from the governor’s and general treasurer’s offices, Representative Hawkins, Town Council members, School Committee members, and town officials.

The Commissioner commented that Smithfield’s project - on time and on
budget - is a model for other Rhode Island schools. Construction took a little over 18 months, which included two summers as well as during occupancy.

The Office of the General Treasurer pointed out that Smithfield will receive eight (8) million dollars more in reimbursements due to the extra incentives made available by the state.

Virginia Harnois, Smithfield School Department Chairperson, beamed with pride, noting that the project was years in the making and a highlight of her long service to Smithfield. Sean Kilduff, Town Council Vice-President, expressed his gratitude for "the unwavering commitment of of the great team we have in place and most importantly the residents of Smithfield in providing a 21st Century learning environment for out facility and students."

Ahlborg Construction continues to work on punchlist items and the building committee will be considering a few remaining projects, most notably the Old County Road School gymnasium, to finish out the project.
Agendas, minutes, and presentations are posted on the school construction update page.
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.
Smithfield Youth Council: The Smithfield Youth Council is currently accepting applications for students in grades 8 - 12. The primary function of the Youth Council is to serve as a communications link between the youth of Smithfield and the local government. Clink on the link below to apply.
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