Mattress fundraiser, early voting & a National Park Walk: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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A fabulous crew of ghouls awaited visitors at Spooky Spirits Night Saturday at Goodwin Brothers Farm Stand.

Early voting

Early voting in now underway for the special election scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7. The ballot in North Smithfield includes the Congressional District 1 election and the $18,000,000 police station bond question. To cast an early vote, just show up with identification to Town Hall at 83 Green St. during normal business hours Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, through Monday, Nov. 6.

There’s still time for bulbs…

The North Smithfield Heritage Association’s 2023 daffodil planting project is now underway with Project Manager Ann Lilley encouraging area residents to beautify the community by planting daffodil bulbs this fall in yards and public spaces along the roadsides. The North Smithfield Heritage Association is offering two varieties of daffodils this year, both of which are superb naturalizers, and come packaged in bags of 50. Bags of the yellow Dutch Master cost $20 and bags of the white and yellow Ice Follies cost $26.

Bulbs should be planted in sites that offer full sun or part shade. Most daffodils tolerate a range of soils but grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is moist during the growing season. If you refrain from cutting the foliage until it dies naturally, daffodils will return year after year, offering an incredible return on invested time and money.

To order your daffodils or ask questions, contact Lilley at jslilley@yahoo.com or (401) 556-0853.

Park Walk

Staff with the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park is offering area resident a chance to explore America’s first planned mill village with a park ranger on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn what drew a group of investors to create a new kind of community in Smithfield? Hear how Slatersville village has evolved over the past 200 plus years at the walkabout, which is free and open to all. Participants will meet at the library at 20 Main St.

Mattress fundraiser

The North Smithfield High School Music Department and We the People program will hold a mattress fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school at 412 Greenville Road. Get up to 50 percent off retail prices on mattresses, pillows, sheets, adjustable bases, and protectors, with brands including Simmons Beautyrest. Profits will go directly to support the programs.

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission and the Multigenerational Advisory Committee held meetings on Monday, Oct. 30 for agendas found here and here.

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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