Tree disposal, Stop the Bleed: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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Tree disposal

The North Smithfield Department of Public Works notes that pickup of live Christmas trees will take place next week on residents regular trash day. Starting on Saturday, Jan. 7, the DPW facility on Quaker Highway will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for recycling and tree drop off. All trees must be free of ornaments, tinsel, lights and cannot be in plastic bags.

At the library

North Smithfield Public Library will offer a couple of programs this week to help keep kids busy over winter break. On Wednesday, Dec. 28, the library will offer Penguin Paint for kids ages 6 to 10 starting at 3:30 p.m., and on Thursday, Dec. 29 it’s, “Marble Run,” for ages 4 and up, learning about gravity and motion starting at 1:30 p.m. To sign up visit https://www.nspl.info/.

Stop the Bleed

The North Smithfield Town Council is sponsoring another round of the, “Stop the Bleed” program on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Town Hall. The program is designed to transform the public at the scene of a serious bleeding incident from by-standers to potential life savers. 

The program will be taught, once again, by RI Disaster Medical Assistance Team Medical Reserve Corps, Emergency Medical Services instructors under the direction of Brooke Lawrence, executive director in accordance to the National “Stop the Bleed” program starting at 6 p.m. and ending around 7:30 p.m. Students will learn scene safety and rapid assessment and intervention for the bleed victim/victims. Each participant will receive a CAT-1 military style tourniquet and a “Stop the Bleed” certificate upon completion.

This is the second class to be held in North Smithfield after the first, sponsored by the Woonsocket Rotary Club in September, had 44 participants. This program is free to North Smithfield residents and pre-registration in required by calling Richard Savaria at (401) 527-8959. Class is limited to the first 30 to register.

Savaria notes that moderate to serious bleeding is the # 1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States and a bleeding incident can claim a life or multiple lives in about three minutes. Participants will be taught the importance of scene safety, bleeding assessment, controlling the bleed, tourniquet intervention, packing the wound, open chest wound intervention and treating for shock.  

New officer

The North Smithfield Police Department swore in a new officer this month, welcoming Ptlm. Clayton Cote to the force. Cote, a 2010 graduate from North Smithfield High School, earned associates degrees in fire/EMT and criminal justice from CCRI. He is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Roger Williams University. Cote graduated from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy on Friday, Dec. 16 and was sworn in shortly after.

Town meetings

There are no scheduled town meetings in North Smithfield this week. We hope you enjoy some time off with your family and friends.

Happy New Year northern Rhode Island, from your source of local news online, NRI NOW.

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