Water flushing, parade takes over Slatersville: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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Water flushing

The Water Department will conduct hydrant flushing this week in the Slatersville, Forestdale, Great Road, Mendon Road and Industrial Drive areas. Flushing will take place starting today, Monday, May 2 and continue through Friday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., although some may occur overnight. The routine maintenance process is used to enhance water quality.

Residents are reminded to limit water use as flushing may cause a temporary reduction in pressure. Some discoloration may occur, and users should run cold water until it clears.

Those with questions can contact the Water Department at (401) 767-2200 ext. 320 or 305.

Gala announced

The North Smithfield Heritage Association has scheduled its annual gala on Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at The Village Haven at 90 School St.

The cost is $25 per person. For tickets, contact nsha@nsheritageassn.com or call 401-651-6316.

Parade

You may have heard: the town’s 150th anniversary parade will take place this week, with a massive lineup of floats, bands and dignitaries stepping off from the corner of North Main Street and Victory Highway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. The two mile route will continue along Victory Highway before turning on Greene Street and eventually heading back toward the plaza on North Main.

Associated road closures are set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, with police shutting down areas of North Main Street as well as several roads off of this main staging area, including Florence, Flora, Mechanic, Buxton and Ironstone Streets. At 9:45 a.m., additional roads will be closed including sections of Victory Highway and Greene Street, as well as additional sections of North Main, and roads off the main streets including Carpenter, Lester, McCann, School and Main Streets, High View Avenue, Connector Road and Country Way.

Businesses open

Speaking of road closures, businesses at Slatersville Plaza will remain open throughout the event, and residents who would like to access them are reminded to approach via Victory Highway coming from the direction of Gator’s Pub. All other routes to the plaza will be closed throughout the morning.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a meeting on Monday, May 2 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. The agenda can be found here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 5 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall for an agenda found here.

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