Halliwell talks, baked beans: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

The North Smithfield High School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir performed at the RIMEA Jazz Festival on Saturday. Both groups received Superior ratings amd Michael Ethier received an award for outstanding soloist and the choir received an Outstanding vocal section award.

Last week for Gala tickets

Tickets for the North Smithfield Heritage Association’s Heritage Gala, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, must be purchased before the deadline of Saturday, March 7. The event, to be held at Village Haven, is open to the public, with casual dress, and will include a cash bar, penny social, a silent auction, family-style chicken dinner and dance music for all ages. Auction items will include signed sports memorabilia, historical items and even a two-night stay for six in southern Vermont.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at Town Hall, Li”l General, Village Haven, Wright’s Dairy and from members.

Halliwell conversation 

Town Administrator Gary Ezovski has announced the details of a planned community conversation regarding the future of the property that once held Halliwell Elementary School. The event will take place on Saturday, March 7, at the former school property, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Ezovski and Town Council President Paul Vadenais, will hear recommendations, thoughts and ideas from residents about potential future uses of the existing Town Memorial Building (aka Town Hall) and the Halliwell School. The meeting will begin with a tour of the property, with discussion to begin at 10 a.m. in the Halliwell cafetorium.

Chamber event 

Do you own, operate or are employed by a business in the town of North Smithfield? You are invited to attend a meeting hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce next week, on Wednesday, March 11, starting at 9 a.m. at Banneker Industries at 582 Great Road, Suite 101. North Smithfield business leaders will have the chance to learn about current and future development in the town and Town Administrator Gary Ezovski will recap the past year’s activity with insight regarding what to expect for North Smithfield in 2020 and beyond.

You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend this meeting, which will also include 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 required. Click here to register.

Coffee and breakfast pastries will be served.

Pantry needs baked beans

The North Smithfield Food Pantry has announced that the “Flavor of the Month,” for March is baked beans.

The pantry is currently seeking unopened containers of baked beans. Any donations or monetary gifts can be dropped off at the Slatersville Congregational Church between 9 a.m. 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.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 2 starting at 6:45 p.m. at North Smithfield Middle School for an agenda that includes appointment of the new police chief. The complete agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Budget Committee will hold an open meeting on Wednesday, March 4 starting at 6 p.m. at North Smithfield Town Hall at 1 Main St. for an agenda found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 5 starting at 7 p.m. at North Smithfield Middle School with an agenda that includes a continued public hearing on a large solar development off of Iron Mine Hill Road. The complete agenda can be found here.

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