Tax date delay, tour Cedar Brook: Five things to know in No. Smithfield this week

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Fall arrives

Brrr…

Cooler temps over the past week were no hoax: Summer is over, with the official start of fall on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The autumn equinox officially arrive Tuesday morning at 9:31 a.m.

Second quarter tax delay

Town Administrator Gary Ezovski has issued an executive order extending the second quarter tax due date to Oct. 29. Taxes had previously been due on Oct. 15.

First quarter taxes were due on Sept. 15.

The due dates apply to residential, commercial and tangible property tax bills, which have been sent to all property owners. Car tax bills have not yet been sent out due to a continued delay from the state in determining how the COVID-19 fallout will affect the car tax phaseout.

At the library: Meet Libby

North Smithfield Public Library has recently launched Libby, a free, one-touch reading app that allows users to access ebooks and audiobooks with their library card.

To use the new system, just download Libby, by Overdrive on your mobile device.

Heritage news

The North Smithfield Heritage Association has issued its annual appeal, noting that the organization relies solely on volunteers to conduct all of the activities and projects that preserve the town’s historic character.

Donate to the 2020 Appeal on PayPal by sending money to nsha@nsheritageassn.com or through the NSHA website at https://www.nsheritageassn.org/donate. Checks can be mailed to  P.O. Box 413, Slatersville, RI 02876.

The association will host guided tours of Todd’s Farm and Cedar Brook Cart Path starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Due to Covid-19, tours are limited to 15 people. Register at nsha@nsheritageassn.com to obtain the meeting place.  All participants must wear a cloth mask. A hat, long pants, comfortable walking shoes, water and insect repellent are suggested.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold its regular meeting via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 21 starting at 6:45 p.m. An agenda and instruction to attend virtually can be found here.

The North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22 starting at 7 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend are here.

Members of the North Smithfield Land Trust recently celebrated gaining public access to Booth Pond, a 40-acre forest behind Dowling Village. Read more about the conservation area here.
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