Message from Town Administrator
Gary Ezovski

Everything I have been provided tells me we are ready for another great Pumpkin Fest event tomorrow. See details below! Thank you to the Pumpkin Fest team that makes this happen and the support provided by DPW, police, fire, school, and EMA personnel. It is another great example of how good things happen when we all work together toward a common goal. Thank you also to the major sponsors without whose help the event would not be possible.


So, come one, come all, (except pets, for the safety and comfort of all please leave them at home!). My assistant Tami and I will be at booth number 1 this year to talk about Code Red and any other topic of interest to anyone while we all enjoy the perfect weather and outdoor fun that the committee has arranged.

But now, back to our regularly scheduled programming of road project scheduling information that will be of interest to many. 

The start of work on Great Road and Harkness Road East did not go forward as planned last week, but the good news is it is targeted to start on Monday. I regret the disappointment that botched schedules create while trying again and again to be sure the information we provide is accurate. Stuff happens! As I said before, I ask all who travel these streets please give ample consideration to the workmen by following direction of flagmen and providing patience where needed. For a short time the area of Great Road and 146 A in particular will require some care when traveling through while the work takes place.

My office was also advised today that starting next Wednesday, Sept 25th, RIDOT will start a drainage culvert replacement in the narrow winding section of Main St where plastic barricades have been for some time. They will be closing the road for that project and establishing a detour from the 25 th through to October 4 th . As with any of these projects, the timeline may require adjustment. We will provide updates as they are provided to us.

The 13th Annual Pumpkin Festival is this Saturday, September 21st from 11 am -
5 pm at the North Smithfield High School Grounds. Please be sure to stop by our Town of North Smithfield Informational Booth. Hope to see you there!
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by
(Agendas in PDF form will be posted next to the corresponding meeting if available before this newsletter is published)
Special Meeting of the Town Council (Agenda)
Monday, September 23rd @ 7:00 pm
North Smithfield Middle School
1850 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Personnel Board Meeting (Agenda)
Monday, September 23rd @ 6:30 pm
Primrose Fire Station
1470 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Historic District Commission Meeting (Agenda)
 Monday, September 23rd @ 6:30 pm
Heritage Hall
101 Greene St
North Smithfield, RI 02876




The North Smithfield Heritage Association

Upcoming events:



Blunders Historic District Tour
Saturday, September 28th 9:00 am-11:00 am
Meet at North Smithfield Middle School
Open to the Public
Blunders Historic District NS22, William Mowry House, Blunders, and Burial mounds.
Wear a hat, long pants,comfortable walking shoes. Bring water and insect repellent.

Nipsachuck District Tour
Saturday, October 5th 9:00 am-11:00 am
Meet at North Smithfield Middle School
Open to the Public
Nipsachuck District, NS57, Three Dog Site, Nipsachuck Battleground
Wear a hat, long pants, comfortable walking shoes. Bring water and insect repellent.

NSHA Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, October 8th 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
Heritage Hall
101 Greene Street
North Smithfield, RI
The meeting is to conduct association business. All members and prospective members are welcome to attend.




TOMORROW IS THE 13TH ANNUAL
GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Smithfield High School Grounds

The 13th Annual North Smithfield Great Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, September 21st , from 11am to 5pm on the joint grounds of North Smithfield High School and Middle School.

The annual NS PumpkinFest will be held rain or shine.

As always, the event will host a retail area where local small business retail vendors and Non-
profit organizations will be featuring their products. Some will be presenting their best foods,
lots of games, inflatables, crafts and activities to raise money for their organizations. The little
ones can be entertained by BoBo the Clown (sponsored by nations lending and Keller Williams
Leading Edge), Holliston Sand’s Giant Sand Box, as well as Paws and Sox will be returning.
We will also have the Trebuchet and Smashing Pumpkins sponsored by Navigant and run by the
Camp Phoenix team. The PumpkinFest Committee will again sponsor many free games like
mini golf, bowling, giant Candy Land, quarterback toss, basketball shoot and many activities for
the toddlers in your group at the Children’s Pumpkin Patch. The NS Fire and Rescue
Department will again be manning the hoses at the “Fire Safety Smoke House.”

This year, PumpkinFest will feature a 2nd Annual Pumpkin Pie Bake Off.

Family friendly acts on the main stage include: "Charlie Marie", a Country solo artist; the local band Colt and the Coyotes and Jesse Liam Band. Also, look for our local children presenting their skills with Martial Arts and Dance. For the 2nd year, the festival will host the Southwick Zoo, the hands-on ZooMobile Program called EARTH from 11am – 3pm.

  Admission buttons can be purchased at the gate for $2.00.

For more information contact the PumpkinFest Committee at  ns.pumpkinfest@gmail.com  or
visit  www.greatpumpkinfestival.org.  North Smithfield Middle School is located at 1850
Providence Pike, North Smithfield, RI 02896





PUMPKINFEST VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR TOMORROW

Volunteers are needed for the PumpkinFest. If you could volunteer your time at any time during the event, please contact the PumpkinFest Committee at ns.pumpkinfest@gmail.com
Thank you!


Roundabouts for Rhode Island

RIDOT provides some excellent resources including links to videos and interactive tours. Click on the link below to visit the Rhode Island DOT Roundabouts information
 


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) also offers great resources that can be found at https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/innovative/roundabouts/#outreach and as part of the 2019 National Roundabouts Week here: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/nrw/ [ safety.fhwa.dot.gov

In addition, the Ohio LTAP center has assembled great resources including videos and flyers listed below:


  1. How to Drive Through a Roundabout [dot.state.oh.us]
  2. Choose Your Lane [dot.state.oh.us]
  3. Always Yield to Circulating Traffic [dot.state.oh.us]
Modern roundabouts dramatically reduce severe crashes – that's why they are a Safer Choice  https://youtu.be/uhHzly_6lWM
Failing to yield to traffic in a roundabout is a common mistake that can be avoided by learning the Roundabout Rules from the City of Hilliard, Ohio  https://youtu.be/i1aFdjwyKZ8
Navigating a roundabout is easier than you think – learn the Right Way to Roundabout from the Wisconsin DOT  https://youtu.be/KchcFhrMtls
Whether you're walking, bicycling or driving, Arizona DOT has the tips on how to maneuver a modern roundabout https://youtu.be/OizPs_uiRZU
The North Smithfield Heritage Association
                                                                                                                                          
Post Office Box 413
Slatersville, Rhode Island 02876
nsha@nsheritageassn.org
1-401-447-6394

The North Smithfield Heritage Association (NSHA) plans to release its 2020 Calendar at the town’s Great Pumpkin Festival on September 21. The calendar features images of local historic buildings and town landmarks along with a short description of each location. The NSHA hopes the calendar will promote community awareness of town landmarks as well as support for their restoration and preservation efforts, according to Committee Chairman Charles Dubois.

Local artist, Aleksandra Norton created the spectacular images and Judy Tenzar Beauchemin, at New England Image and Print, designed and printed the final collectible quality product. Besides the Pumpkin Festival, visitors can purchase calendars for $10 at the NS Library, Wright’s Farm, Brigido’s Market, The Village Haven, Village Paint, Li’l General Convenience Store, NE Image and Print and the Forestdale schoolhouse. besides selling at venues around town, we'll also mail them, if we receive a Check for $15 made payable to the NS Heritage Assn mailed to P.O. Box 413, Slatersville, RI 02876. The extra $5 covers the cost of postage and handling.  
 
For more information, visit the North Smithfield Heritage Assn Facebook Page, contact them via email at nsha@nsheritageassn.org or call Rich at 401-447-6394.
NORTH SMITHFIELD HERITAGE ASSOCIATION RELEASES 2019 Heritage Association Canvas Tote Bag

The 2019 North Smithfield Heritage Association canvas tote bag will make its official debut at the Town’s 13th annual Great Pumkinfest on Saturday Sept. 21st. The kelly green bag is 12” x 15.5” by 7” and made of sturdy earth-friendly non-woven fabric with yellow top carry handles.
Imprints on the front and back feature the Association’s logo and two buildings maintained by NSHA.

“The tote bag will be available at our Association booth, on the grounds of the Town High School from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then at our headquarters, the Forestdale Schoolhouse, after that,” according to John Faricy, Association Vice President. Donations of $10 for each bag go towards the preservation of the one room School House and the organization’s other historic building, Heritage Hall, on Green Street,Slatersville. “Join us in celebrating the Town’s heritage as we prepare for the North Smithfield’s 150th anniversary in 2021, and support our preservation efforts by purchasing one of these totes,” Faricy added.

The Tote bags were made locally by Sports Systems Custom Bag Corp. of Woonsocket, RI, owned and operated by Marc Staelen of North Smithfield for more than 44 years.
A limited selection of the Association’s previously offered Christmas ornaments will also be available at the NSHA booth during the event. They include the North Smithfield Public Library, Forestdale Schoolhouse; Slater Mill; North Smithfield Town Hall; Horse Drawn NS School Bus; John Slater House; and Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery. Afterwards, bags and ornaments and other historical souvenirs will be available by appointment by calling Louise Vanhouwe (769-8177).

With the help of the Town of North Smithfield, many Town civics’ organizations, preservation
foundations and private donations, the North Smithfield Heritage Association continues to maintain two historic buildings in Town, the “Little Red Schoolhouse” in Forestdale and Heritage Hall, at 101 Green Street, Slatersville. The NSHA is a certified 501.c.3 non-profit organization. Tax deductible donations and new members are always welcome.

For more information, visit us at www.nsheritageassn.org or like us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/northsmithfieldheritage
North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry
Slatersville Congregational Church
25 Green Street
Slatersville, RI 02876


Many, many thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and talents to make the food pantry successful. We currently feed about 90 families. To keep the work from being overwhelming, we need more volunteers. While the food pantry is only open four times a month, it takes many more hours of volunteer work to keep it running well.  

We currently need volunteers to: 
  -  Help with pickup and delivery of donated food. A regular vehicle will do.  
  - Help on Wednesday and Friday mornings 9:30-10:15 to sort food, and we need supervisors for those two times.  
   - Help when the food pantry is open the last two Tuesdays of the month 5:30-7pm, and the last two Saturdays 10-11am to help with clients and carry bags to clients cars.  
    - Coordinate the food rescue and distribution program, requires 4-5 hours a week.  
Are any of these interesting to you? Please contact Rev Eileen. 769-2773



The flavor of the month for  SEPTEMBER is  
CANNED MEAT
Any donations or monetary gifts for the food pantry can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9:00 am and noon. You can also mail monetary gifts to P.O. Box 1128, Slatersville, RI 02876. An additional drop box for food items is available at the Town Hall during regular business hours.
Garden Workshop
Putting Your Garden to Bed

Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 am
Scouters Hall, Pacheco Park

North Smithfield Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a presentation by URI Master Gardener, Lee Menard. This talk will cover preparing new beds, mulching and adding nutrients to existing beds, bulb planting and much more.
This event is FREE .

RECYCLING. How Is RI Really Doing?

There have been many stories in the news about recycling in the decline, but is that accurate for our state? Come get the answers.
 
On September 24 th , RIRRC’s Education & Outreach Manager Krystal Noiseux will visit Keep Blackstone Valley Beatiful (KBVB) to update us and set the record straight. 
 
Find out what RI is doing to make improvements on a local level, where RI sends our recycling, what is the current life of the landfill, and what everyone should be doing to ensure we are recycling properly. 
 
Come hear the facts, ask questions, and leave with current accurate information.  You’ll be confident you’re recycling right, then educate others. 
 
Tuesday, September 24th - 1:30 PM - 3 PM
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket RI -  (parking on Roosevelt Avenue)  
 
This is a free event, but space is limited. 

Support our North Smithfield Athletic Association on Sept 27.
MESSAGE FROM NORTH SMITHFIELD YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
Our North Smithfield Animal Shelter is in
Need of Volunteers.

You can volunteer as many or as few days or hours that you can. Every little bit helps! Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a rewarding experience.

Please call the North Smithfield Animal Shelter at 766-0377.

Fiber Arts Gathering

Every Monday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (except the 1st Monday of the month)
At the Meadows
2 Village Way
North Smithfield, RI

  • Join our active group of knitters, crocheters, weavers, darners,quilters and embroiderers.
  • Beginners and experienced are invited. 
  • Come to learn and share.
  • FREE, donations accepted

Organized by Engage North Smithfield
Senior Services, Inc.  has provided services to seniors and adults with disabilities residing in Northern Rhode Island since 1975, in accordance with the Congregate Meal Program financed through a grant with R.I. Department of Elderly Affairs. Senior Services, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout Northern R.I.

Senior Services, Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups, and Wellness programs, which include a weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes.
 
Senior Services, Inc. also offers an Adult Day Care Program ("A Home for the Day"), and a Community Information Specialist who can provide information on eligibility for all state and local programs, including RIPAE.




Senior exercise classes at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main Street, North Smithfield include:
  • Zumba Gold Mondays at 10:00 AM, No class on Sept. 2
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM
SENIOR SERVICES, INC. SERVES LUNCH IN NORTH SMITHFIELD!

Mondays at 11:30 am & 12:30 PM
Thursdays at 11:30 AM

Please call in your order by 10am on the Thursday prior to the day(s) on which you plan to attend! Call Senior Services Inc. at (401) 766-3734 with your choice of meal.
Suggested donation is $3.00
This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer