UFOs & forest conservation: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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UFO presentation

Investigator Eric Smith of the Mutual UFO Network will visit the North Smithfield Public Library on Monday, Feb. 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. Smith has reportedly interviewed witnesses to unexplained arial phenomena and unexplained events over the past three years, and will speak about the most recent UFO sightings and experiences.

Register for the free event here.

Forest conservation

The North Smithfield Heritage Association, in conjunction with the Burrillville Land Trust, Engage North Smithfield and the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions, will host Marc Tremblay of the Rhode Island Forest Conservator’s Organization on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Heritage Hall at 101 Greene St. from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tremblay’s presentation will be explain how local landowners can preserve farms and forests.

“With consideration to rapid destruction of local forests by developers, it’s important for the NSHA to support their efforts to preserve our local forests, farms and rural character where they still exist,” notes a release on the free event.

For more information call (401) 447-1560.

Valentine’s Night Out

Mastery Martial Arts is offering parents a chance to enjoy a night out on Friday, Feb. 14 with a kids party with three hours of games, prizes, crafts, and pizza. RSVP here.

Police recruitment

The North Smithfield Police Department has announced 2020 police officer recruitment, with applications due no later than March 2 at 4 p.m.

All completed applications must be submitted online at www.PoliceApp.com/NorthSmithfield. A non-refundable $50 testing/application fee must accompany all applications. 

For further information, interested parties may contact a department representative at (401) 762-1212, ext. 200.

Meetings announced

The Planning Board will hold an additional public hearing on the massive solar farm proposed for Iron Mine Hill Road by Green Energy Development. It will be the third hearing on the proposal due to extended feedback from residents. The next hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, with details to be announced.

Town Administrator Gary Ezovski has also announced the date of community conversation about what to do with the property that held the former Halliwell Elementary School.  Residents are invited to see the current condition of the property, then meet in the Halliwell auditorium, on Saturday, March 7, with details to be announced soon.

This week, the North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold their regular meeting at the Primrose Fire Station on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. for an agenda found here.

The Municipal Buildings Review Task Force will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 1 Main St. starting at 5:30 p.m. for an agenda found here.

The North Smithfield Sewer Commission will also hold thier regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12 starting at 7 p.m. at the Primrose Fire Station for an agenda found here. 

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