Self defense, hydrant flushing: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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Congratulations to the Northmen Competitive Cheerleading Squad on capturing the Division IV State Championship.

Self defense class

There are still spots remaining in a free self defense class offered by the North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department that begins this evening, on Monday, March 13. The class, taught by Kodokai Martial Arts Dojo will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m, and is geared for middle and high school-aged students, with a second part to be held on Monday, March 20. A separate class geared for adults, as well as adults accompanied by a kid ages 12 and up, will be held on Mondays, March 27 and April 3.

To register for the free class, to be held at the dojo at 175 Eddie Dowling Highway, email dojomojo11@gmail.com

Hydrant flushing

Hydrant flushing in the area of Mendon Road and St. Paul Street will take place on Thursday, March 16 beginning at 9 a.m. by Metro USA Fire Protection. Flushing can make the water appear temporarily rusty/brown because iron and mineral deposits in the water get stirred up. The North Smithfield Water Department advises residents that the water is still safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing, however, it may stain laundry. Anyone who experiences discoloration should run their cold water tap until the water becomes clear.

Hike Souza Farm

The recreation department will offer a guided hike of Booth Pond, Pine Hill and Souza Farm on Saturday, March 18 starting at with participants to meet at the Aldi’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

The guided hike is open to the public and expected to take from one and a half, to two hours to complete. Hikers are advised to wear long shirts, pants and hiking shoes, use insect repellent and bring a bottle of water. 

For further information, visit the North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Facebook page or contact Richard Keene at rfkeene6@gmail.com, or Kate Pasquariello at kpasquariello@nsmithfieldri.org.

Trivia night

Slatersville Congregational Church will host a trivia night and dinner on Saturday, March 18 starting at 6 p.m. at the church at 25 Green St. Dinner will consist of shepherd’s pie, bread and dessert with a vegetarian option available. Tables will compete against each other with winners to be featured on a Wall of Fame. The public is invited for a night of food and fellowship at a cost of $15 per adult and $10 per child.

Town meetings

North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. at 1470 Providence Pike. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 14 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Greene St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Board of Assessment Review will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 15 starting at 4 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Water Supply Review Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 15 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Budget Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 16 starting at 6 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 16 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

Bonus thing: Snow info

With inclement weather expected starting Monday night and continuing through Wednesday morning, the town of North Smithfield had not yet announced a parking ban, cancellations or delays as of Monday afternoon. Residents are advised to watch for changes, cancellation and delays here.

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