Grades 6 & 9 return

Students in grades 6 and 9 will return to in-person learning at North Smithfield schools this week marking another step forward in the district’s reopening pans. So far, four students and three adults in the school system have test positive for COVID-19.

“Adding Grades 6 and 9 means we are now exceeding the Department of Education and State priorities as we continue to find means to bring students back under current restrictions,” Supt. Michael St. Jean noted in a message to families and staff.

Calendar fundraiser

The North Smithfield Heritage Association’s 2021 calendar is currently available for sale.  The calendar features images of local historic buildings and town landmarks accompanied by a short description of each location.  The NSHA members hope the calendar will promote community awareness of town landmarks as well as support for their restoration and preservation activities, according to President Richard Keene.

Local artists, Michael St. Jean, Larry Smith, Christine Keene and Aleksandra Norton created the images.  Judy Tenzar Beauchemin of New England Image and Print designed and printed the final collectible quality calendars.

Calendars are available for $15 at Wright’s Dairy Farm, Village Paint, Li’l General Convenience Store, Leeway Ace Hardware and Saturdays at the Forestdale schoolhouse. The NSHA will mail calendars  for an extra $5 postage and handling charge.

For more information, visit the NSHA Facebook Page and website, contact them by email at nsha@nsheritageassn.org or call Keene at 401-447-6394.

Turkey drive for Veterans

North Smithfield High School’s Benjamin Dube is collecting turkeys for part of his senior project in hopes to put on a local veteran’s Thanksgiving dinner. Dube’s goal is to collect 87 turkeys plus money and/or food to help complete a meal.

The senior will collect the donations on Saturday, Nov. 21. Those able to help out are asked to email kennyscoalition@gmail.com.

Road closures

This week, Route 146A (Great Road) from Pound Hill Road to Branch Avenue will have alternating lane closures for construction, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

There will also be alternating lane closures for construction on Lapre Road from Great Road to Oaklawn Road on weekdays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 16 starting at 6:45 p.m. Residents can attend virtually with a link and agenda found here. 

The North Smithfield School Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m.  An agenda and instructions to attend can be found here.

The North Smithfield Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 starting at 7 p.m. An agenda and instructions to attend are found here.

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