Message from Town Administrator
Gary Ezovski

As many who serve realize, the terms for service on our multiple committees, commissions and boards expire near the end of each calendar year. So, now is the time where we reappoint many who thankfully continue offering their service; but it is also the time when we are obliged to find others who are just as interested and willing to serve. The Town Charter dictates that appointment for some positions is made by the town council while others are by the administrator. With my appointments, I certainly value current members who wish to continue, but I am obliged to assure that each opportunity is widely extended. In doing all this, I also try to assure each board has the specific expertise it may need. Thereafter, it is important that the mix of people ultimately involved make decisions that are well balanced between philosophy and economics with the ultimate benefactor being only the interest of the town in general. 

Before year end, I have responsibility to appoint residents to the Conservation Commission, the Economic Development Commission, the Juvenile Hearing Board and the Personnel Board. Though there is no compensation for any volunteer position, these positions offer opportunity to learn more about how things work and how one person’s input can make them better. If you have interest, have questions about the activities related to each commission or board or know someone who has interest in serving, please contact me by email, phone or any other means that work for you. 

This is our town. It works best when we have broad representation and the right skills well deployed. I am grateful for every single person serving now or who will serve in the future. I close each email I send by saying “No organization ever got to great by doing good enough.” Please consider being part of our drive for continuous improvement by offering your skills where you know you can help.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and special thanks to all who serve our
community in big or small ways. This is our town!

In observance of Thanksgiving tomorrow, Town Hall Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th. We look forward to assisting you on Monday, December 2nd.
 
Trash, recycling and yard waste will not be collected on Thursday and will be postponed by one day the rest of the week.
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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.)

Town Council Meeting ( Agenda )
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 6:45 PM
North Smithfield Middle School
1850 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Planning Board ( Agenda )
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Primrose Fire Station
1470 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Curbside yard waste has started and will continue through 
December 6th, but drop off hours have changed .

Yard waste is collected on the same day as your trash and recycling.  Residents can have a reasonable amount of leaf bags or cans, clearly marked, of yard waste out at the curb for weekly collection. The fall collection season runs from Monday, October 7th - Friday, December 6th, 2019.
 
Given the time change and little to no activity now on Wednesdays, drop-off hours at our Highway Garage, 281 Quaker Highway will continue Saturdays from 9 am - 3 pm ONLY until April 1, 2020 . Residents are welcome to bring yard waste or accepted recyclables. The town offers free drop off for rigid plastic and scrap metal items as well as used motor oil. Please do not leave items outside the gate after business hours; we will take notice.
 
 
For additional information, please contact 767-2200 x 348.



Photos from our 1 st Responders Food Drive that was held at Walmart on November 23rd. The third photo shows the police and fire fighters delivering the items to the North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry at the Congregational Church.
Greetings and Happy Holidays from BSA Troop 438 North Smithfield! 

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 438 are selling 6-7 foot Balsam Fir Trees for $45.

Customers can pre-order online at www. shop.troop438.com . Customers that pre-order can come and pick out their tree at Scouter's Hall, 13 Main Street, North Smithfield on Sunday, December 1st, between 9 am and 12 noon.

Customers can also visit the troop at the Stop & Shop parking lot on Friday, November 29th, between 7 am - 4 pm to pick out a tree.  

If you are purchasing a tree this year, please consider supporting Scouting!
The North Smithfield Heritage Association

Upcoming Events:

Christmas Open House At The Little Red School House
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM
190 School Street
Forestdale, RI 02824 


For more information about upcoming events, historic cemetery tours, restoration projects, genealogy, hall rentals and membership, visit  www.nsheritageassn.org  or on Facebook. 

NORTH SMITHFIELD STUDENTS:
JOIN THE WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN SKI CLUB
 
Hey North Smithfield! Did you know that North Smithfield students have an awesome opportunity to join a ski club this winter? This program started 4 years ago, and it has been great!. We have filled one coach bus, and there are enough people to start another bus, but we need to fill it. If your child doesn’t ski, don’t worry. You can take lessons and rent equipment. High School and Middle School students can ski without a parent. If you want to bring your Elementary child (5th grade or younger), you can, but you need to come and be at the mountain with them. We go once a week on Mondays from 3pm - 8pm at Wachusett Mountain. Contact Stephen Corriveau for more info. northsmithfieldskiclub@gmail.com  or 401-523-4817.
Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Event

Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

North Smithfield DPW
281 Quaker Highway
North Smithfield, RI

Items accepted at no charge: Computers, laptops, monitors, televisions, routers, PDA's, cell phones, mice, keyboards, inkjet printers, plastic speakers, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, network equipment, wires, stereos, telephones, microwaves, small household appliances, auto/marine batteries and battery back-ups. 

A $10 disposal fee applies to each large wooden-boxed speaker ($5 for small), laser-jet printer, air conditioner, dehumidifier and other coolant containing devices.

Not accepted : Light bulbs, household batteries, fire/carbon monoxide detectors, tapes/disks, glass, broken TV tubes, Styrofoam or any hazardous waste materials. 

For more information: www.indiecycle.com  or email  indiecycle@gmail.com.
Community Heart Saver CPR/AED Class

The North Smithfield Fire and Rescue Service will be offering an American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED class to North Smithfield residents and business owners.
Upon successful completion of the four hour class, students will be fully trained and certified in Heart Saver CPR and trained on how to operate an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).
The class will be held at the NSFR Station #2, 1470 Providence Pike, on Wednesday, December 11th, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The cost of the class is $60 per person. The fee includes the cost of text books and certification cards. The Class must have a minimum of three students and a maximum of ten students.
Please RSVP to Chief David Chartier at 762-1135 no later than 4:00 pm Wednesday, November 27th. Because text books need to be ordered in advance, payment must be received before the order is placed on December 2nd to secure your spot in the class.

NOTE: This class is for lay person CPR/AED instruction. Healthcare provider CPR and CPR re-certification classes may be offered in the future or upon request. Class size parameters will still apply.
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 - 7 pm, and the last two Saturdays 10 - 11 am 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 at 769-2773.


The flavor of the month for  NOVEMBER is  
CANNED MEATS
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.
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

Sponsored by Friends & Neighbors Fiber Gathering
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 Rhode Island.

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
  • Chair Exercises, Mondays at 11:00 AM
  • Zumba Gold Thursdays at 10:00 AM, No Class on Thanksgiving, November 28th
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 10 AM 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