Message from Town Administrator
Gary Ezovski

All the details that needed to be done have been accomplished so I can advise today that I will be appointing our own Tim Lafferty to become North Smithfield’s next Chief of Police. It will be with great pride that I administer the oath of office to him at the town council meeting on Monday evening. More detail will be provided at that time, but Tim’s twenty-three years of dedicated service to our community as a Patrolman, Detective, Lieutenant and Captain, the core values he holds for law enforcement, plus the fervent respect he has for his fellow officers and the people of the town that he serves, give me confidence that he will provide the leadership needed to continue the high expectations that we all have for the North Smithfield Police Department. Join us on Monday as we wish Tim well in these new responsibilities.

Another event of importance to our future will take place on Saturday morning, March 7 th , at the Halliwell School property. Council President, Paul Vadenais, and I will be facilitating a conversation to hear recommendations, thoughts or ideas that people of North Smithfield have about the future use of the existing Town Memorial Building (aka Town Hall) and the Halliwell School. We will meet at Halliwell to provide opportunity for everyone to see the current condition of Halliwell beginning at 9:30 AM when buildings will be opened for a walk-through before the discussion which will begin at 10:00 AM in the Halliwell cafetorium. Please give these properties some thought over the next week and join us on March 7th at 9:30 AM to walk the Halliwell property and then talk about the two properties at 10:00 AM.  
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 Workshop Meeting ( Agenda )
Monday, March 2, 2020, at 6:45 pm
North Smithfield Middle School
1850 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Budget Committee Meeting ( Agenda )
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 6:00 pm
Memorial Town Hall
1 Main Street
Slatersville, RI 02876

Planning Board Meeting ( Agenda )
Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm
North Smithfield Middle School
1850 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896
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The North Smithfield Heritage Association

Upcoming Event:

NS Heritage Gala 2020 - Team Meeting
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Heritage Hall
101 Greene Street
Slatersville, RI 02876

Please note also that the Native American and Colonial Stone Features Research Team meets every Friday at 3:30 PM at Heritage Hall. Help is welcomed!

For more information about upcoming events, historic cemetery tours, restoration projects, genealogy, hall rentals and membership, visit  www.nsheritageassn.org  or on Facebook. 
Do you own, operate or are employed by a business in the Town of North Smithfield?
Don't miss the opportunity to attend a meeting, hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday, March 11th, at 9:00 AM at Banneker Industries, 582 Great Road, Suite 101, in North Smithfield with the North Smithfield business leaders (you do not have to be a Chamber member) to learn about current and future development in the town.
Town Administrator, Gary Ezovski, will recap the past year's activity of his administration and will provide insight of what to expect for North Smithfield in 2020 and beyond.
This meeting will also be an opportunity to meet the Chamber's new President/CEO, Liz Catucci, and to network with fellow business leaders. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited, and registration is necessary - Click here to register .
Coffee and breakfast pastries will be served.
2020 PumpkinFest
  
Mark your calendars for our:
  
14th Annual 
North Smithfield 
Great Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 19, 2020
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
North Smithfield High School Grounds

The next committee meeting will be March 18th , at 6:00 PM at
R&R Machine Industries, Inc.,147 Industrial Drive, North Smithfield.

The  2020 Scholarship Application   is now available and
must be submitted by May 1st
to be considered for this year's scholarship.


The annual Clean & Green Day will be on
April 25th this year. Please mark your calendars! 

The committee could use one or two additional members. 
Please email nscleanandgreen@gmail.com if you are interested.


National Grid Aerial Transmission Inspections
Winter 2020
Please note that National Grid will be conducting a series aerial inspections of sub transmission electric lines in Rhode Island starting Friday, February 14th, and are expected to go through to the end of March (weather dependent).
 
The inspections require the helicopter to hover over transmission structures as high-resolution photos are taken. The inspections/photos will support engineering analysis of the transmission line structures. These aerial inspections complement the regularly-conducted, ground-level inspections by quickly and efficiently covering National Grid’s sub transmission system, even across rugged and isolated terrain.

The helicopter inspections are conducted by experienced trained personnel using high-powered gyroscopic binoculars and infrared technology. They are particularly interested in signs of wear- on power line conductors and lightning protection devices; damaged or leaning structures; loose or broken guy wires; broken, chipped or cracked insulator equipment and trees leaning toward the lines or into the transmission corridors.
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your National Grid Community Manager.
NORTH SMITHFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT
2020 POLICE OFFICER RECRUITMENT

All completed applications must be submitted online at www.PoliceApp.com/NorthSmithfield (see link below).

Applications must be received no later than March 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

A $50 (testing/application fee) must accompany all applications. Please note that this application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

For further information, interested parties may contact a department representative at (401) 762-1212, ext. 200.
STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program
for the North Smithfield/
Lincoln/Cumberland
Prevention Coalition
February Newsletter

Filled with lots of great information for parents!!
North Smithfield Residents Food Pantry
Slatersville Congregational Church
25 Green Street
Slatersville, RI 02876


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  FEBRUARY is SPAGHETTI SAUCE !
The flavor of the month for MARCH is BAKED BEANS !

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

 We are ALWAYS looking for good volunteers! We require a minimum of one shift per month (hours are usually in the morning and about 2-3 hours long). We need people who love cats and/or dogs. Duties include cleaning, feeding and giving general loving! We work with your schedule (mornings) and provide full training.
18+ applicants only. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please call us at (401) 766-0377.

This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.