Tree hugging, Radio Badland: Five things to know in No. Smithfield this week


Yard waste collection begins

Curbside yard waste collection begins on Monday, Oct. 5, and yard waste will be collected on the same day as residents’ regular trash and recycling. Households can have “reasonable amount,” of leaf bags or cans, clearly marked, of yard waste out at the curb for weekly collection, according to town officials. The fall collection season runs through Friday, Dec. 4.

Drop off hours at the Highway Garage at 281 Quaker Highway will continue on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. only. Residents are welcome to bring yard waste or accepted recyclables. The town offers free drop off for rigid plastic and scrap metal items as well as used motor oil. Do not leave items outside the gate after business hours, or town officials will take notice.

For additional information contact 767-2200 x 348.

Tree hugger Thursday

Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful will host a clean up/meet up on Thursday, Oct. 8, with participants to meet up at 10 a.m. at 900 Victory Highway Volunteers will pick up litter in the Slatersville Plaza/Victory Highway area from 10-11 a.m. then enjoy refreshments at Coffee & Cream.

For more information contact Donna Kaehler at (401) 724-2200.

The weekend

Radio Badland will perform at The Island on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The North Smithfield Heritage Association will host a tour of the Grange Road and Rocky Hill Road Cemeteries on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Due to Covid-19, tours are limited to 15 people. Register at 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.

Acoustically Dead/Bob Marks will play at Lindy’s Tavern on Sunday, Oct. 11 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Food pantry

The North Smithfield Food Pantry’s October dates are Saturday, Oct. 24 & Oct. 31 from 10 – 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 20 & 27 from 5:30–6 p.m.

Those who did not confirm North Smithfield residency with a valid photo ID and a second form of identification such as a phone or rent bill with a North Smithfield address in September are asked to bring these items with you in October.

The Food Pantry is a drive through at the Slatersville Congregational Church at 25 Greene St. Visitors should line up on Greene St. and will be directed into the parking lot, where food will be delivered into their cars. Everyone must wear a mask to receive food. Questions can be directed to (401) 678-0356.

Anyone who would like to help the pantry can donate money by mailing a check to P.O. Box 283, Slatersville, RI 02876. To donate food, call (401) 678-0356 to arrange a time for drop off. The pantry currently needs soups, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruit and juice, toilet paper and paper towels.

This month, the pantry is also seeking cereal and canned vegetables.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, Oct. 5 starting at 6:45 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield Conservation Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield Municipal Building Review Task Force will hold a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8 starting at 5:30 p.m.  The agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

Several residents submitted photos over the weekend in the Pumpkin People of North Smithfield contest, including this creation of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. See them all here and don’t forget to enter yours by Oct. 14.
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