Animal lovers wanted, late letters to Santa: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


Letters to Santa

There’s still time to drop off your child’s 2021 letter to Santa at the Slatersville Post Office. Letters can be dropped off right through Christmas Eve at the post office at 42 Main St. in a special box that is delivered quickly and directly to the North Pole.


The town of North Smithfield is now asking all residents to wear a mask when visiting Town Hall, regardless of vaccination status. The notice was issued due to the recent surge of positive COVID-19 cases, and to protect all residents and Town Hall employees, according to town officials, and is in keeping with safety restrictions put back in place this week by Gov. Dan McKee.

Weekend volunteers

North Smithfield Animal Control is looking for volunteers to help out for a few hours every Saturday and Sunday. If you love animals, call (401) 766-0377 and speak with Animal Control Officer Tracy Miller.

Tree disposal

The town of North Smithfield is reminding residents that Christmas trees can be recycled. Live trees can be composted, and artificial trees can be recycled for scrap metal.

All trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel and lights, and cannot be in plastic bags.

The town will be offering a curbside pickup for live trees starting Monday, Dec. 27, through Jan. 14. Live trees will be picked up by DPW on your trash day. Pickups are weather permitting. Residents can also bring the trees to DPW when the recycling center is open. Winter hours of operation are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April. The center will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year holiday.

Too soon to talk tree disposal? We think so too and if COVID-19 continues to spread, we’re leaving ours up until June.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a meeting on Monday, Dec. 20 starting at 6:45 p.m. at 83 Greene St. The agenda can be found here.

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