Dancing firefighters, clothing drive: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


Welcome to the fire house

A shout out to North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Services for a video released this week as a way to connect with local students.

North Smithfield Elementary School Principal Jennifer Daigneault appears in the 8-minute production, which includes a tour of the St. Paul Street fire house set to the song “Welcome to My House,” and segment where firefighters dance in full gear.

The idea came about as a way to reconnect with kids during the pandemic, in place of “High Five Fridays,” when the firefighters normally visit the school to wish them well at the start of the weekend.

Try not to dance along to the complete video, shared below.


The Class of 2020 will hold commencement services tonight, Monday, June 8 in a drive in service on the school athletic fields.

While the general public cannot attend the unique graduation, which follows state-mandated distancing rules, video of the event will be published here.

Clothing drive

Banneker Supply Chain Solutions Inc. is hosting a curbside drop-off for Big Brother Big Sister Rhode Island on Saturday, June 13 at 582 Great Road from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Members of the community are invited to drop off  clothing, shoes, and handbags for people in need.

Donations can also be made at donations@bigsri.org.

Jabbawaukee & Electro Politics

Join Grey Fox Productions Friday night for the latest in a free concert series at The Island.

The concert will follow the rules of social distancing with a grid system on the grounds that separates groups of 15 people in boxes every 20 feet. This week, the lineup includes music from Electro Politics starting at 6:30 p.m. and Jabbawaukee starting at 8:30 p.m. The beer garden will be open with spaced out seats and food trucks will be on site.

You do not need to be a member of the club to attend, but guests are reminded to bring face coverings.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special virtual meeting on Monday, June 8 starting at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will serve as a public hearing on the proposed 2021 budget. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a virtual workshop on the town’s Comprehensive Plan on Thursday, June 11 starting at 7:05 p.m. A link and instructions to attend can be found here.

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