Declarations, blood drive & library opening: Five things to know in No. Smithfield this week


Declarations begin

The declaration period for those who intend to run for elected office begins today, Monday, June 22 and continues through Wednesday, June 24 at 4 p.m.

Declaration forms can be found online here, and candidates are instructed to call the North Smithfield Town Clerk’s Office at 401-767-2200 ext. 321 to set up a time to drop off the completed forms.

Read more about the local positions set to appear on the November 2020 ballot, and the process for running here.  Visit NRI NOW this week to see lists of those who submit forms.

Blood drive

The annual Blood Drive in Memory of Scott Wright will take place on Thursday, June 25 at The Village Haven from noon to 8 p.m.

Organizers are requesting that donors schedule an appointment to take part this year, and appointments can be made by using sponsor code 4017 at

Walk-ins will only be accepted if safe spacing permits at time of arrival.

Wright, a 13 year old North Smithfield Middle School student, died in a tragic accident while crossing Route 102 on his bicycle in 2010.  Since the first blood drive was held in his memory in 2011, more than 1,600 people have turned out to donate, saving some 4,800 lives.

Donors are reminded to bring identification.

Library update

The North Smithfield Public Library is now open to the public for limited services by appointment. Current regulations allow for up to 10 patrons in the designated space, and patrons can spend no more than 15 minutes in the building at a time.

Curbside pickup will continue, with an increase to five items per request.

All seating, quiet study room, games and activities remain closed. Patrons will be able to place up to 10 holds from the OSL Catalog.

Guests can make an appointment by calling the library during business hours at (401) 767-2780.  Masks are required to enter the building.

Current business hours for the Main Street facility are Mondays and Tuesdays, 1-8 p.m.; and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Limited browsing will be allowed in the main lobby and children’s areas to meet social distancing guidelines. The stacks will be closed to the public, but staff will be available to get items for guests. There will be three designated computers available for patron use. Copier, fax, scanner and notary services are also available by appointment.

Library officials ask that whenever possible, only one family member enter the library during each visit. The book drop is open for returns and all material will be quarantined for at least 24 hours.

Lobsterz from Marz

Greyfox Productions’ free concert summer series continues of Friday with two bands at The Island, Lobsterz from Marz and Cosmic Factory, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Visit NRI NOW this week to learn more about the concert series, which is open to the public.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 22 via Zoom starting at 6:45 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield Municipal Buildings Review Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 23 starting at 5:30 p.m.. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board and members of the conservation commission will hold a site walk at the property at 275 Mattity Road where owner David Gold hopes to see solar panels installed on Thursday, June 25 at 4 p.m. View the agenda here.

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