Message from Town Administrator
Gary Ezovski

Concern for potential spread of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus continues to grow across the area. In the same way that state agencies managed the EEE risk last fall, the RIDOH is arranging periodic conference calls to keep community leaders informed of their actions and recommendations. The message I have heard in the calls thus far essentially continues to be as follows:


  • People should stay home if they have flu or cold symptoms.
  • Minimize personal contact and wash hands frequently.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes.
  • Call your primary care physician for guidance related to cold or flu symptoms. Don’t make an emergency room your first response.
  • Contact with a person who had contact with a presumptive positive test is considered a low risk.
  • People who have recently traveled to China, South Korea, Iran or Italy need to follow advice provided by RIDOH.
  • Finally, RIDOH maintains there is no reason for panic. We can work through this with common sense and basic measures.

All that said, the best information I can point anyone to is available on the RIDOH website. 

If you have questions please see the information available at: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163 .

As noted last week, we have arranged a meeting tomorrow at the Halliwell School property to hear the ideas that residents may have for the future of the Halliwell School property and our Memorial Town Building. 

I regret to advise that the meeting has had to be established as a special town council meeting owing to what I will call a regrettable circumstance of uber concern for open meetings compliance. I have encouraged this meeting to take place so residents could express their thoughts in a more relaxed atmosphere. I will still encourage that relaxed format that allows every idea to be expressed. It is also important to recognize there is no intention to reach a conclusion. My want is to hear from our residents! The town council will have ample time of its own to debate and make the final decisions. 

So, it will be a council meeting, but there will be no council actions. It is you that we need to hear from! Starting at 9:30 a.m., you can take a walk through some of the Halliwell buildings. Then at 10:00, we will be ready to hear your thoughts.
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 )
Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 9:30 am
Halliwell School
358 Victory Highway
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Zoning Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 7:00 pm
Primrose Fire Station
1470 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896

Conservation Commission Meeting ( Agenda )
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 6:30 pm
Memorial Town Hall
1 Main Street
Slatersville, RI 02876

Budget Committee Meeting ( Agenda )
Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 6:00 pm
Memorial Town Hall
1 Main Street
Slatersville, RI 02876
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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.
The North Smithfield Heritage Association


Please note 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. 
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.




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.
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.
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 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.

Aging Well, 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 RI Department of Elderly Affairs. Aging Well, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout Northern Rhode Island.

Aging Well Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, Alzheimer's Disease Support Groups and Wellness programs, which include a weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes.
 
Aging Well, 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

AGING WELL, 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 Aging Well, Inc. at
(401) 766-3734 with your choice of meal.
Suggested donation is $3.00.
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This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.