Sesquicentennial party, safety grant: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


NSPD awarded safety enhancement grant

The North Smithfield Police Department has received grant funding from the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust to purchase safety equipment .

Funding from the trust’s Safety Enhancement Grant Program is designed to provide assistance to members for the purchase of equipment or services that would help to reduce the frequency or severity of claims, according to a release on the award from the NSPD.

The $998 grant, received on Wednesday, March 17, will reportedly be used to purchase of traffic cones and traffic vests.

The John Fox Side

There is still space remaining for the virtual presentation this week by Slater Memorial Museum of Norwich Free Academy of the latest in-progress screening of a documentary series on the village of Slatersville.

Director Christian de Rezendes will showcase an exclusive preview of the series segment, “The John Fox Side,” profiling Norwich’s John Fox Slater and how the story of Slatersville extended into Connecticut. The piece, offered by the museum via Zoom, features behind-the-scenes elements with the director.

The complete series, dubbed Slatersville, America’s First Mill Village, will debut on PBS next year.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, March 24 starting at 1 p.m. The program is recommended for participants ages 12 and up and participants must register here.

Town birthday party

A celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the day North Smithfield became an independent town will take place this Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. with a virtual party on Facebook live. Residents are encouraged to attend and make cards to celebrate, and Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery is selling special, limited edition cupcakes for the party.

Get your cupcake by calling the bakery at (401) 767-3014 and watch the party here.

Art for hire

A new committee with the North Smithfield Heritage Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting arts and culture in town. The committee hopes to collect and display more locally produced art and fine crafts.

Marc Gelinas recently donated a painting that he created for his mother, former town Tax Assessor Betty Gelinas.

Anyone who would like to donate or loan a painting, image, or fine craft such as embroidery, needlepoint, woodcarving, etc. is asked to email NSHA at or email Ann Lilley directly at

Town meetings

The North Smithfield School Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, March 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda and link to attend are here.

The North Smithfield Senior Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at 10 a.m. that will include a tour of Halliwell Memorial School. The agenda can be found here.

The Halliwell School Building Task Force will hold a meeting on Thursday. March 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the former school on Victory Highway. The agenda can be found here. 

And a bonus “thing,”: No luck of the Irish

A $1 million winning ticket sold at Seasons Corner Market expired on Wednesday, March 17 with no owner coming forward, according to officials with the Rhode Island Lottery. The Mega Millions ticket was purchased at the store at 780 Great Road in on Saturday, March 14, 2020, and the drawing took place on Tuesday, March 17.

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