Roger Williams, Historic N.S.: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


NSHA Essay Contest

The North Smithfield Heritage Association has announced a new essay contest, open to students at all North Smithfield Public Schools. Students are asked to write an essay, a poem, or create a piece of artwork centered around the theme, “Historic North Smithfield,” in honor of the town’s 150th anniversary. Finalists will have their piece placed in a time capsule, with an opportunity to also be included in the forthcoming NS History Book.

All submissions must be emailed or delivered to Mrs. Carnevale, NSMS teacher, by Wednesday, Oct. 13 at

Open House

The North Smithfield Public Art Advisory Committee has scheduled the date for an open house, to be held at Town Hall at 87 Greene St. on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. Save the date to learn more about their project to beautify the walls of the building, which once held Kendall Dean School.

Water flushing

The North Smithfield Water Department will be flushing the new water main at the Edward Avenue extension on Monday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 30. Residents in the Parkview Drive and Edward Avenue area may experience a temporary reduction in water pressure and some discoloration, which is not harmful, according to water department officials. Residents in the area are asked to limit water use during this time, and check their water before use. If it is discolored, run the cold water until it becomes clear.

Roger Williams

Roger Williams has come to town and he’s visiting the North Smithfield Library now through Thursday, Nov. 4. It’s not the Roger Williams, of course, but a 7-foot tall representation of what the founder of Rhode Island is thought to have looked like. The statue and the accompanying literature are meant to educate the public about Williams’ accomplishments, including his beliefs on tolerance and freedom of religion.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s office acquired the statue in 2017 and the following year launched the Roving Roger program. By learning about the obstacles Williams faced and overcame, it is hoped that others will be inspired to engage in service for the public good.

Check out the display anytime during the library’s regular hours.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission meeting, originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 27, has been cancelled.

The North Smithfield Municipal Building Review Task Force will hold a joint meeting with the North Smithfield Town Council on Monday, Sept. 27 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall on Greene Street to review reports from Tecton Architects on police department renovation or replacement. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 30 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The agenda can be found here.

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