Officer Libby, shooting range hearing: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week


Pantry needs canned pasta

The North Smithfield Food Pantry is in need of canned pasta, fruit juice and canned fruit for the month of January. Pickup dates for North Smithfield residents in need of food are Tuesdays, Jan. 18 and 25 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Jan. 22 and 29 at 10 a.m.

The pantry is located at Slatersville Congregational Church and open to North Smithfield residents. Proof of address is required. Visitors are asked to stay in their vehicles and wear masks, and food will be distributed through a drive-through system.

Officer Libby

The North Smithfield Police Department has announced the addition of their newest recruit, Officer Liberty “Libby,” a therapy dog who will aid in providing comfort to victims of crimes and assist in community outreach. Libby and her handler Patrolman Nicholas Tomasetti are now training to launch NSPD’s first therapy dog program.

“We cannot wait to see what she does for our town,” noted a post from the department on social media.

End of Heaven

Director Christian de Rezendes will present The End of Heaven, Part I this week as part of the Museum of Work & Culture’s Virtual Vally Talk series on Saturday, Jan. 15, It will be the tenth installment of in progress screenings of the documentary film series Slatersville, America’s First Mill Village.

The screening will take place online Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. To register visit

Lost dog

North Smithfield Animal Control is asking residents to be on the lookout for a black short-haired German Shepard who is missing from her home in Sterling, Connecticut. There was a sighting of a dog fitting her description Saturday on Douglas Pike.

There is a reward for the dog, who is reported to be extremely skittish, and those who see her are advised not to chase her or call out. Sightings should be called in immediately to (860) 481-2019.

Town meetings

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Services will hold their annual meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Firefighter’s Hall on Providence Pike starting at 6 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 11 on the application by RTM Realty to build an indoor shooting range. The meeting will take place at 83 Greene St. starting at 7 p.m. Read more about the proposal here or view the meeting agenda here.

The North Smithfield Conservation Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13 starting at 7 p.m. at 83 Greene St. Participation will also be allowed via Zoom with the link and agenda found here.

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