Succulent night, progress on police chief: Five things you need to know in North Smithfield this week

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Women in politics

The She Can, We Can: Women in Politics conference, an event organized by North Smithfield High School student Meghan Skinner for her senior project, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the high school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The conference will provide an opportunity for students in grades 8 through 12 to hear from women who are actively involved in government and who could inspire them to get involved, as well. The speaking program will include professor Jo-Ann Hart, Sen. Jessica de la Cruz, and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. Interwoven with the speaking program will be various leadership building activities. The program will conclude at 12:30 with a networking lunch, where students will have the opportunity to mingle with each other and the program speakers. Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to register or pre-register to vote for the 2020 election.

The conference is free, but attendees and community members are welcome to make a donation to support the networking lunch. Register or donate here.

Chief announcement 

The process to replace former North Smithfield Police Chief Steven Reynolds is “moving along judiciously,” according to Town Administrator Gary Ezovski.

In his recent newsletter, Ezovski said he hopes to have an announcement regarding the town’s new chief at the March 2 Town Council meeting. Capt. Tim Lafferty is currently serving as acting chief.
Reynolds’ final day with the force was Friday, Feb. 14.

Succulent night

Support Hope Trowbridge and Josh Carufel’s senior project, raising funds for the 2020 Unity Ball, an event for teenagers with special needs who made not feel comfortable at a traditional ball. Make your own succulent garden while enjoying light refreshments at an event at Slatersville Congregational Church on Sunday, March 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.. Tickets cost $30 and include one succulent garden and one raffle ticket for a chance to win one of many door prizes.

Space is limited to the first 50 tickets with 100 percent of proceeds to go to the Unity Ball. To purchase tickets, contact Stephanie Trowbridge at (401) 479-3857 or Liane Jalette at (401) 829-3218.

Spin-a-thon

The two seniors will also host a Spin-a-thon at Cycle Bar in Smithfield to support the Unity Ball. The event will be held on March 7 starting at 11:30 a.m.

Text (401) 489-0557 to reserve a bike for $25.

Town meetings 

The North Smithfield School Committee will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 starting at 6 p.m. at North Smithfield Middle School, with open session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. View the complete agenda here.

The North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Primrose Fire Station starting at 7 p.m. for an agenda found here.

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