Heritage Day, bobcats & pickleball part II: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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Candidate/signature events

With the declaration period for local, state and federal offices now past, candidates now need to get signatures from voters to qualify for the ballot.

Republican Rep. Brian Newberry has announced that he will be hosting his annual non-partisan signature party for all local candidates at his house at 53 Follett St. in North Smithfield on Thursday, July 7 from 4-8 p.m. All candidates for office in North Smithfield are invited to attend with signature papers and meet voters. All town voters are also welcome to drop by, according to Newberry.

Newberry’s District 48 challenger, Democrat Paul Jones, has announced that Sunday, July 10, will be his campaign’s first big canvass, and that he is looking for volunteers to fill an 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. shift. Those interested can sign up here.

Heritage Day

North Smithfield Heritage Day will take place this Saturday, July 9 starting at 9 a.m. with a car cruise, walking tours, exhibits, vendors food and more in the area of Memorial Town Hall on Main Street and Heritage Hall on Greene Street until 4 p.m.

The event will also include Kid Day in the Park at Pacheco from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and food trucks, live entertainment and grand finale fireworks at North Smithfield High School starting at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Read more about the full day of activities here.

Bobcats

North Smithfield Animal Control is warning residents that there have been sightings of bobcats in recent weeks in the area of Thayer Court and Greenville Avenue. Locals are advised not to leave pets or small children outside unattended and to always be aware of their surroundings.

New pickleball session

The North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department has announced that a second six-week session of pickleball lessons will begin on Monday July 18. Sessions will be held Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdaysfrom 7-8:30 p.m.

Lessons are held at the North Smithfield High School tennis courts and cost $100 to participate in a clinic, followed by round robin play. For those who already know how to play the game that would like to participate in only the one hour round robin play, the cost is $70.

Register here or read more about the new recreation initiative here.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 5 at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. starting at 6:45 p.m. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Budget Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, July 7 at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. starting at 6 p.m. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a second special meeting this week on Thursday, July 7 at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. starting at 6:45 p.m. The agenda is here.

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