Art installation, graduation re-mix: Five things to know in No. Smithfield this week


BLM Art installation

A new art installation has been established at 761 Great Road to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Residents have been asked to contribute to the space by adding visual artwork, painted rocks, candles, flowers, poetry, and any other expression of support.

Guests are also invited to visit the display anytime during the upcoming week. The installation will remain in place through Sunday, June 21.

Visit NRI NOW later this week for more about the group behind the exhibit and decision to show local support for the movement.

Food pantry update

The North Smithfield Food Pantry will be open on Saturday, June 20 & 27 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday June 23 & 30 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for outside pickup.

Guests are asked to line up on Green Street to be directed into the church parking lot. Groceries will be loaded into vehicle trunks. No prior registration is required and all North Smithfield residents are welcome.

Pantry organizers thanked Wright’s Dairy Farm this week for the donation of milk, and noted that currently, the pantry does not need any additional volunteers.

The pantry’s “flavor of the month” for June is sugar-free jelly. To donate money to the facility, mail checks to P.O. Box 283, Slatersville, RI 02876. Food donors are asked to call (401) 678-0356 to arrange a time for drop off. In addition to jelly, the pantry currently need soups, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruit and juice, toilet paper and paper towels.

Graduation re-mix

Those who tried to watch the North Smithfield High School Class of 2020 graduation video following the ceremony last week may have been disappointed as many of the speeches from the ceremony were cut off or did not have audio.

“Unfortunately our livestream of the ceremony with the multiple cameras recording the event in high definition didn’t broadcast as planned,” school officials noted this week.

Photographer Pamela Bhatia did stream the event live, and North Smithfield High School Administrative Assistant Erika Eggleston was able to remix her production design and graphics with the video. 

A new version of the ceremony, including a few of Supt. Michael St. Jean’s photos, is now available for viewing here.

Father’s Day dining

Tavern 6 two 1 at 621 Pound Hill Road has officially reopened and is among the many restaurants in town now offering both dine-in and carry-out.

Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day and as local restaurants work to recover from months of limitations and closures in the state, why not help out by making a reservation or picking up dad’s favorite meal? Local spots to consider also include Lucky Dog Tavern, The Village Haven, Lindy’s Tavern and Gator’s Pub. Pickup your father’s favorite sandwich or family-style dinner at The Beef Barn or Wright’s Farm Restaurant. Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hercules Pizza, Lotus and Yama Fuji also all have offerings.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold their regular meeting via Zoom on Monday, June 15 starting at 6:45 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield School Committee will hold a meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, June 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. with an agenda and instructions to attend found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a site walk at 115 Iron Mine Hill Road on Thursday, June 18 starting at 4 p.m.

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