Hydrant flushing, vote by mail: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


Today is Monday, April 20. Here are five things you need to know in North Smithfield, our first socially-distanced edition for the town.

Hydrant flushing

The North Smithfield Water Department will conduct hydrant flushing in the Slatersville, Forestdale, Great Road, Mendon Road and the Industrial Park areas Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flushing enhances the water quality for area residents and businesses. Hydrant flushing may cause temporary reduction in water pressure throughout the water system. Some discoloration of water may occur, which is not harmful.

Department officials recommend that residents limit water use during the flushing operation and check water before use. If it is discolored, run the cold water until it clears.

Registration and mail ballots

Due to Covid-19, the Town Clerk’s office, located at 575 Smithfield Road, is currently closed to the public.

Residents can register to vote online or print the registration form to mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office. Due to the public health emergency, there will be fewer polling places available for the primary scheduled for Tuesday, June 2. For this reason, town officials are urging voters to vote by mail.

To vote by mail print the application found here and mail it to the clerk’s office.

For those residents who are not already registered to vote, the last date to register to be eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary Election scheduled for June 2, 2020 is Sunday, May 3.  Register to vote here.

Trivia at home

WRIK Entertainment at 75 Eddie Dowling Highway in North Smithfield has gone online with its trivia events.

Play the Trivia Home Edition with a new round posted every 30 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and answers posted at 9:30 p.m.

Visit the business’s Facebook page here to get in on the fun.

Slatersville grant, screenings online

Director Christian de Rezendes has received an receive an Artist Relief Fund grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to help with progress on his docu-series Slatersville, America’s First Mill Village.

de Rezendes has cancelled his in-progress screenings and instead, has been releasing portions of the film online for a limited time. View the latest here.

Read more about the director’s progress, and the decision to release portions online here. 


The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, April 20 starting at 6:45 p.m. View the agenda and see how to attend via Zoom here.

The North Smithfield School Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. View the agenda and see how to attend via Zoom here.

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