Mill park cleanup, winter clinic & laborer needed: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

The North Smithfield Heritage Association held a Primrose Heritage Tour on Saturday, hiking by Primrose Pond.

MLK Day of service

Town Hall will be closed today, Monday, Jan. 16, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and trash and recycling will be delayed one day for the week.

The holiday is celebrated annually as a day of service honoring King, and the North Smithfield Heritage Association and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor will team up to clean up trash at the Mammoth Mill Park on Mill Street and along the Blackstone Canal on Canal Street. NSHA President Richard Keene noted that while many areas of town were cleaned during the ZAP 50 event in August, there was too much poison ivy to access the park and canal, but the leaves are dead now.  

Keene noted that if there’s enough time and help, the group will also clear the walking paths through the park. Volunteers who would like to help are asked to meeting in the parking lot of the Polish American Club at 21 Ironstone St. in Millville, Mass. at 9 a.m. They are scheduled to be cleaning the area until noon for those who hope to catch up.

Eight spots remaining for 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. Registration for the program, which opened earlier this month, is limited to the first 30 participants, and according to organizer Richard Savaria only eight spots now remain. 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.  

Laborer needed

The North Smithfield Department of Public Works is currently seeking a laborer to serve in the Highway Division. A description of the job, qualifications and instructions to apply can be found here.

Winter clinic

There are just five spots remaining for North Smithfield Little League’s Winter Baseball Clinic, to be held every Friday from Feb. 3 to March 24 at H.I.T. Center of RI from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The clinic is open to kids ages 8-14 and costs $80, with the 8-10 age group to be run by Ethan Harnois as part of his senior project. Registration is available at

Town meetings

The North Smithfield School Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School cafeteria. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St, The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The Municipal Buildings Review Task Force will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the North Smithfield Police Station at 575 Smithfield Road. The agenda is here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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