Premiere of ‘Slatersville,’ post office bill signed: Five and a half things to know in No. Smithfield

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Narcan training

Sign up now to attend a free seminar offering North Smithfield residents the chance to learn about the application of the life-saving drug Narcan taking place at Town Hall on Friday, March 4 starting at 7 p.m.

The training session will be open exclusively to adult residents, with one member per household invited to complete the roughly one hour course with guest speaker Dr. Anita Jacobson from the University of Rhode Island. Participants will receive one kit containing Narcan following the session, which is limited to 75 people.

Register by contacting Administrative Assistant Donna Rovedo at drovedo@nsmithfieldri.org or 401-767-2200 ext. 301 or read more about the event here.

Bill signed

It’s official: the mail delivery office at 42 Main St. in Slatersville will be called, “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office,” following news this week that President Joe Biden has signed a bill renaming the facility. The post office will be named after a soldier from North Smithfield who died during a live-ammunition training exercise in 2017.

A special ceremony and plaque dedication acknowledging the change is expected to take place this spring. Read more about the effort here.

Premiere announced

Rhode Island PBS has announced that the premiere of a documentary series based on a North Smithfield village will premiere on the network on Friday, Sept. 16.

The limited series, dubbed Slatersville, America’s First Mill Village, is the product of more than a decade of work from town-based director Christian de Rezendes. The 12-episode documentary tells the 200-year history of the first industrialized mill village in the U.S.

De Rezendes told NRI NOW that the station will run a new episode every Friday starting on the 16th, through October 21 for the first half of his series. The director said the second half will premiere sometime in 2023. 

Registration open

North Smithfield Little League Spring Softball and Baseball registration is now open for boys and girls ages 5-14. The league teaches the basic rules, skills and sportsmanship of baseball and softball appropriate to their ages and skill set so they can take them to middle school and beyond. 

NSLL is 100 percent volunteer-based and always looking for more volunteers.  The spring league will be offering T-Ball and instructional Pitch League for beginners ages 5-7 years-old within the softball and baseball divisions. Ages 8-14 softball and ages 8-16 baseball players will play in U8/Minors Division through the Juniors Division. AAA and Majors baseball tryouts will be the week of March 7; softball tryouts will be Sunday, March 13; and opening day will be Saturday, April 30.  

Visit www.northsmithfieldll.com for more information and registration.

And another thing

Sign ups are also now live for North Smithfield’s annual spring cleanup to take place on Saturday, April 23. North Smithfield’s 19th annual Clean & Green Day will take place from  9 a.m. – noon with registration starting at 8 a.m. at Town Hall.

To register a group or individual, choose an area to target and secure your 2022 Clean & Green t-shirt visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0845aaae23aaf85-nsclean3 

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 28 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Town Building at 1 Main St. The agenda and a link for those who would like to attend virtually can be found here.

The Zoning Board of Review will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 1 at 83 Greene St. starting at 7 p.m. The agenda and instructions to attend virtually can be found here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. at 83 Greene St. The agenda and instructions to view the meeting live are here.

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