Town of Smithfield
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November 1, 2022 | Issue 36

Economic Development Commission
The Smithfield Economic Development Commission is pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming Savoring Smithfield event. Businesses are an important part of our community and we are always looking for ways to enhance and promote them. The Savoring Smithfield and Shop Smithfield will feature a passport-type brochure, which will be available for purchase by consumers for $15.00. It can be purchased either online or in person at the Smithfield Town Hall (Town Planner’s Office) or the Smithfield Senior Center starting October 28th. The passport will include up to 25 restaurants and small businesses in town that will offer promotions, discounts and/or giveaways. When a consumer redeems the participating business promotion they will receive a Savoring Smithfield sticker in their passport. Consumers will have two months, November and December, in which to patronize participating businesses and have the passports filled with as many stickers as possible.

We chose these two months for Savoring Smithfield to incorporate Small Business Saturday which is November 26th. Not only are we promoting our participating restaurants but we also want to encourage consumers to “Shop Smithfield” and visit the numerous small businesses in town.  In addition to the business participants’ offers, consumers will have the opportunity to earn a crystal apple from the Apple Trails event, which is currently in progress on our scenic conservation and land trust trails. Upon earning 10 or more passport stickers, qualifying passports can be turned in at the Smithfield Town Hall for their free crystal apple.

Please contact Mike Phillips (233-1017) or Linda Conti-Bovis if you have any questions or need additional information regarding this event.
Thank you to our sponsors

Adler Brothers Construction, Inc.
Dave’s Towing Service, Inc.
Kerri Lawton, Home Smart Professional Real Estate
Northern Rhode Island Physical Therapy
RJK Construction, Inc.
Participating Restaurants, Farms and Businesses
  • Tony's Pizza Palace
  • Athens Pizza
  • Bree's Deli
  • Frank and John's on the Water
  • Laura's Bar and Grill
  • Jaswell's Farm
  • Appleland Orchard
  • The Last Resort
  • Terrazza
  • Wood Items and More
  • Robitaille Chiropractic & Weight Loss
  • Premeer Real Estate
  • AAA
  • Dance Rhode Island
  • Jazzercise
  • Twirl Hair Studio
  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio
  • Sea Smith Candle Company
  • Lachapelle Oil
  • Cyclebar Smithfield
  • Phoenix Rising Yoga & Wellness
  • Play Time
  • Ucran & Company, LLC (CPA)

Big Scissor Openings:
Coffee Connection and Slice & Scoop
We would like to welcome Smithfield’s newest businesses; Coffee Connection and Slice & Scoop! On October 27th, we had the pleasure of celebrating their grand openings with a ceremonial ribbon cuttings.

Please be sure to check them out at 665 Douglas Pike units A and B.

General Election Information
November 8, 2022
  TOWN OF SMITHFIELD
EARLY VOTING PERIOD FOR THE
TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 8, 2022 – GENERAL ELECTION WILL BE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022
THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022
The Smithfield Town Hall, Town Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, R.I. 02917 will have early voting beginning on October 19, 2022 through November 7, 2022 for the purpose of voting if you cannot to attend the six (6) polling places on the day of the General Election.  

The early voting polling location will be open during the hours of 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. starting on October 19, 2022 through November 4, 2022 and 8:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. on November 7, 2022.  Handicap ramp is available on the backside of Town Hall. Please visit our website at smithfieldri.com to view the sample ballot for the November General Election. You can also contact the Smithfield Town Clerk’s Office at 233-1001.
  
                                                                       Per order of the Board of Canvassers
                                                                Lyn Antonuccio, MPA, CMC, Acting Town Clerk
                                      Clerk to the Canvassing Board
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Police Chief's Corner
Smithfield Police Department "No-Shave" Campaigns
Between October 15, 2022 and December 31, 2022, Smithfield Police Department officers are allowed to participate in “No-Shave” campaigns to raise money for various non-profit organizations. The involvement in these “No-Shave” campaigns is purely voluntary for the officers to participate. 

Officers that participated between October 15th - October 31st, 2022, made a donation of $25 to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for our most catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. 

In order to take part in the campaign from November 1st - November 30th, 2022, officers must make a $50 donation to Home Base (HomeBase.org). Home Base provides support for Veterans suffering from invisible injuries like PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

In order to participate from December 1-December 31, 2022, officers must donate $25 to Cops for Kids with Cancer (copsforkidswithcancer.org). Cops for Kids with Cancer provides assistance to families of children fighting cancer.

You can see that our Therapy Dog Grace is taking part in these “No-Shave” campaigns!  

Smithfield Emergency Management Agency
Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry

The Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry (or RISNER) is a state managed system that allows residents with a wide range of special needs to let emergency management, fire and police in our community to prepare better and respond faster during an emergency or disaster. Through on-line registration or signing up at a RISNER registration drive, enrollment gives first responders awareness of where individuals with special needs reside in our community. 
 
This range of special needs includes those who may use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or who have chronic conditions and require treatment (e.g., diabetics requiring insulin). Individuals with mobility needs and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device and those who are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or Deaf. Smithfield residents who have speech, cognitive, developmental or behavioral health disabilities should also enroll in RISNER. Lastly, those who use assistive animals or a prosthesis are eligible for RISNER.
 
The information submitted to the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry is held confidentially and only accessed to assist in your safety and well-being. The Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency have worked with E-911 to notify first responders when they are responding to a household that may have someone enrolled in the Registry. While enrolling in the special needs registry does not guarantee assistance, this notification allows first responders additional time to consider how to best respond to that incident. Please note that strict confidentiality is maintained at all times and only those who have a reason to access the information are authorized to do so.
 
Interested in signing up for RISNER? You can do so online at: EM Registry
 
Or visit one of our sign-up kiosks every Wednesday during the month of November at the Smithfield Senior Center. The enrollment kiosk is open on November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th from 11:00AM until noon in the main lobby of the center. You may also call Emergency Management at 401-233-1033 and sign-up over the telephone.  
ATTENTION SMITHFIELD STUDENTS

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 button below to apply.
Thank you to Jean Harnois for forty years of service on the Smithfield School Committee! Best of luck in retirement and congratulations on a job well done!


Fire Chief's Corner
Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Holiday Decorating
  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors

Holiday Entertaining
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

Before Heading Out or to Bed
Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

2nd Annual Apple Trails Hunt
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. 
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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