Power outage, booster shots: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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Planned power outage

National Grid has announced that there will be a planned power outage for approximately six hours on Tuesday, Oct. 12 in order to make improvements to the electrical system. Residents on Black Plain Road, Chelsea Drive, Jennifer Lane, Courtney Drive, Laurel Lane, Tift Road and Charon Drive are expected to lose power from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. In the case of extreme weather above 90 or below 20 degrees or unexpected events in the system, the work will be performed at the same time the following day.

Questions can be directed to the company’s customer service department at (800) 322-3223.

Hydrant flushing

The North Smithfield Water Department has announced that hydrant flushing will take place in the Slatersville, Forestdale, Great Road, Mendon Road, and Industrial Park areas on Monday, Oct. 4, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some flushing may also occur overnight. 

Flushing enhances the water quality for area residents and businesses, and department officials recommend limited use of water during the flushing operation. This includes using water to wash clothes and dishes. Residents should check their water before use and run the cold water until it clears if it is discolored. 

Daffodils

The daffodils have come in for an effort by the North Smithfield Heritage Association and local gardener Ann Lilley to paint the town yellow. Dutchmaster yellow daffodils – a perennial flower – are being sold at a cost of $30 for a 100 count bag. The group is also accepting donations for the effort to plant the flowers in public spaces.

To order your daffodil bulbs or learn more, contact Lilley at (401) 556-0853 or jslilley@yahoo.com.

Read more about the program here.

Clinic & booster

A weekly vaccination clinic open to North Smithfield residents is being held every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the OLQM/Monsignor Gadoury School in Woonsocket This clinic is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 12 or older only.

The clinic also has booster shots available for those who qualify to receive them. Those registering to receive an additional (third) dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, must attest that they have a medical condition that causes moderate to severe immunosuppression.

Walk-in or register on-line at vaccinateri.org

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 4 starting at 6:45 p.m. at 83 Greene St. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a special executive session meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 5 starting at 7 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. at 83 Greene St. The agenda can be found here.

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