Primary voting

Three candidates will seek to advance in the election of North Smithfield’s town administrator on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with the top two vote-getters to advance to the general election in November.

Three ballot places in North Smithfield will be open, and “early,” voting will continue at Town Hall on Green Street.

Learn more about the candidates and details for Tuesday voting here. 

Slatersville screening

The Museum of Work & Culture will offer a virtual documentary screening on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., when critically acclaimed filmmaker Christian de Rezendes will present two segments of Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village, “What If This Could Have a New Life?” and “Uncle Johnny.”

In this talk, documentarian de Rezendes will discuss his upcoming historical documentary series, Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village, which will cover two centuries of history. Though the series is not set to premiere until 2021, de Rezendes will share two work-in-progress segments.

The first titled “What if this could have a new life?” highlights the work of the late painter Maxwell Mays and his depiction of Slatersville in 1895. Painted by Mays in the mid-1990’s, this vibrant and folkloric work decoates the walls of countless North Smithfield homes. This story is told by Max’s friend and former President of the Providence Art Club, David DePetrillo, with further commentary by historian Barbara Tucker.

The second, “Uncle Johnny,” is a continuation of previous screening “The Wedding Present with 27 Rooms,” which focused on Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum in Warwick. After John Whipple Slater inherits his father William Smith Slater’s fortune in 1882, his management of Slatersville descends into conflict with his lengthy absences and reputation for extravagance. This marks the beginning of the end for the Slater family’s ownership of Slatersville at the end of the 19th century.

Register to receive an invitation to this Zoom event by emailing mowc@rihs.org.

New hours… and drinks

Coffee & Cream at Slatersville Plaza will have new hours and lunch starting on Monday, Sept. 7. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begin serving beers, wine and mimosas, along with fall specials such as Pumpkin Coffee Cake French Toast.

The weekend

The Rhode Island Wiffle Ball League will hold the All-Star Charity Tournament at Pacheco Park at Pacheco Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Only two weeks remain in Greyfox Productions Summer Concert Series at The Island, with free shows on Friday nights. This week, catch The Mother Flower Lighthouse Trio and Almost Gone with an event from 7 to 10 p.m.

The North Smithfield Heritage Association will host guided tours of the Sayles Hill Cemeteries on Saturday, Sept. 12 starting at 9 a.m. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, tours are limited to 15 people. Register at nsha@nsheritageassn.com to obtain the meeting place.

Town meetings

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Services will hold a Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Conservation Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here. 

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 9 starting at 6:45 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

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