Cookie walk, public health alert: Six things to know in North Smithfield this week

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North Smithfield Parks & Recreation published this photo of an ornament created at the tree-lighting event at Town Hall on Sunday. Visit NRI NOW later this week for more photos from the event.

Middle School concert

The annual North Smithfield Middle School Holiday Concert will take place on Monday, Dec. 11 starting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of North Smithfield High School at 312 Greenville Road. Tickets cost $5 and will be sold at the door if the event does not sell out.

SELAC Holiday meetup

The North Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee and The Art of You will host a sensory-friendly holiday meetup at 75 Eddie Dowling Highway on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for North Smithfield students and families that would benefit from an event catered to the unique needs of students with disabilities. Activities will include arts and crafts, make your own ornament, storytime and a visit with Santa.

This event is free and open to North Smithfield students of all ages and grades. RSVP at https://linktr.ee/nsselac. For more information email nsselac@gmail.com

Rabid raccoon

The town of North Smithfield issued a public health alert this week following the discovery of a rabid raccoon in the area of Old Field Drive.

“In order to safeguard our community, it is crucial that residents stay informed about cases like these due to the seriousness of rabies infection,” the notice stated. “Rabies can infect all mammals including people and their pets.”

Anyone who sees an animal acting in an unusual manner is urged to call Animal Control officials, and the town issued the following guidance:

·        Do not approach animals that you do not know. Exercise caution and maintain a safe distance.

·        If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal of unknown vaccination history, wash the wound immediately and seek medical attention.

·        Ensure that your pets have a current rabies vaccination. If your pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is strongly recommended. Keep outdoor pets indoors until they receive the booster vaccines.

·        Do not feed stray or unknown animals including cats and dogs. Avoid any interaction that may result in potential exposure.

·        Do not leave trash or food outside unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Prevent attracting wild animals to your property.

·        If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight. Minimize the chances of attracting animals that may carry rabies.

·        If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately. Seek professional guidance to ensure the well-being of your pet.

For more information, check with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management or North Smithfield Animal Control.

Cookie walk

A Cookie Walk will be held in the cafeteria of North Smithfield High School at 412 Greenville Road on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. to support the classes of 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, as well as the student council. The community event will serve as a fundraiser for all of the high school classes.

Honor Roll

North Smithfield Middle School has released a list of students achieving honors and high honors for the first quarter of the 2023/2024 school year.

High Honors

GRADE 5
Tarik Bizragane, Owen Breau, Isaac Brenneman, Felix Capriccio, Aria D’Alessio, Reagan Desrochers, Selah Flores, Jameson George, Jayden Gingras, Elloise Goldberg, Dane Hersey, Kyla Kelly, Giuliana Laplume, Olivia Leahy, Sienna Lopez, Mason Martin, Brielle Michael, Isabella Molinari, Myles Moreau, Emily Morgan, Aviva Nierman, Grace Pimental, Elena Race, Chase Remeika, Nathan Rhodes, John Richardson, Ella Roden, Macsen Romano, Alexandra Thibeault, Juliana Tiberi, Colin Trahan, Parker Wasmuth
GRADE 6
Hudson Allgair, Kole Amesbury, Claire Authier, Maya Belliveau, Michael Beltrami, Dante Braga, Caroline Cole, Blake Dowling, Cayden Dowling, Leim Dubuc, Juan Franco, Evan Girard, Myles Gladding, Mia Jasper, Mustafa Khan, Samantha McNeil, Aida Mosquea, Hope O’Brien, Sophia Proulx, Ava Rawson, Sydney Valliere, Evelyn Wright
GRADE 7
Chase Arsenault, Ameira Ayodele, Natalie Bates, Aiden Berghammer, Calvin Chartrand, Thomas DeCataldo, Claire Deschene, Lily Deschene, Oliver Drolet, Hailey Ficca, Madeline Foley, Cameron George, Mason Glode, Jordan Granat, Trevor Grande, Maya Green, Thanh Nguyen, Calum Nordan, Noah Poland, Brynn Santos, Lucy Silva, Nathaniel Simpkins, Douglas Thompson, Christopher Tiberi
GRADE 8
Adeline Baumann, Jake Fredette, Giselle Gauthier, Remy Goulet, Natasha Jenkins, Anna Kelly, Makayla LaFrance, Alex Leroux, Neila Matsinger, Hania Naveed, Samia Naveed, Angelina Parente, Cameron Welch

Honors

GRADE 5
Janae Alexander, Porter Arnone, Brenna Barber, Claire Barber, Karyssa Berard, Carter Blakeney, Adeline Bradshaw, Kendall Cote, Joshua Cuddy, Caden Custer, Italia David, Bria Deragon, Cadence Ganusko, Ella Ganusko, Ava Gardner, Ayana Gaye, Kaylianna Giraldo, Aleksei Glaude, Bradley Hebert, Reese Hueston, Daniel Kline, Joseph Lanfranco, Steven Lanoie, Steven Leon, Payton Lusiak, Aislyn Madison, Jason Mallon, Hailey Mancini, Kayden Murray, Lily Olson, Jameson Pato, Julia Paul, Jamison Pinault, Andrew Rivet, Penelope Robitaille, Harper Rochon, Mia Rousseau, Nadia Russo, Charlotte Silva, Jordyn St. Onge, Parker Thibodeau, Sedem Tsamenyi, Abigail Turcotte, Lilian Winters, Xander Wolowicz, Emma Zielinski
GRADE 6
Preston Baumann, Annalyse Bergeron, Jayden Bolte, Caroline Boulay, Benjamin Butterfield, Quincey Carter, Candace Costa, Jack Demers, Sophie Desrochers, Shawn Duquette, Nathan Ferra, Annabelle Fleury, Emma Fricke, Jake Fricke, Caroline Garrahan, Jacob Gutierrez, Evan Hardy, Domani Harmon, Everett Harris, Carolynn Headley, Brady Hession, Skylar Jackson, Zachary Johnson, Tayla Joyal, Austin Lamoureux, Julia Lanoue, Valencia Leon, Bruce MacPherson, Addison Marzini, Sebastian Nestor, Kayla Pacheco, Brayden Paille, Nicholas Patel, Gavin Perron, Evelyn Phomsoupha, Jonathan Pinault, Maxwell Rodriguez, Alli Ross, Tyler Roy, Paris Sorafine, Arame Thioye, Abigail Tripp, Jackson Valliere, Tyler Weeden, Charley Zheng
GRADE 7
Dylan Arsenault, Nathan Baillargeon, Liam Bellamy, Ethan Berard, Harold Brenneman, Griffin Burgos, Brody Campbell, Dylan Carpenter, Brady Cartwright, Ella Corriveau, Nico Cote, Makenna Dumais, Evan Feeley, Sofi Gamboa, Lilyana Giguere, Noah Gores, Eliana Hardy, Carter Hawes, Bryant Headley, Allison Hebert, Anya Jolly, Nolan Kolb, Nathaniel LaChance, Owen Lauber, Preston Manning, Kaylie Morin, Renata Mosquea, Jacob Moulico, Addison Nault, Alejandra Ortiz, Madelyn Paterson, Hannah Pimental, Katherine Richardson, Benjamin Rochon, Elizabeth Ryan, Kara Snyzyk, Paige St. Pierre, Reilly St.Vincent, Elliot Tousignant, Prince Uyisabye, Giavanna Vallante, Chloe Welch, Cabot Wheeler, Leyla Yazgan
GRADE 8
Izaiah Alvarez‐Guevara, Cameron Angell, Shayleigh Bienvenue, Abigail Cardin‐Prochniak, Quinn Crowshaw, Benjamin Cuddy, Quinn Dellinger, Hannah Demers, Assane Diene, Ella Dowding, Dylan Eguizabal, Cameron Fleury, Pola Freitas, Audrey Glode, Jianna Gutierrez, Chase Kelley, Jazmyn Kennell, Gemmavecia Lopez, Stella McCormick, Kellen McMahon, Olivia Nordan, Paige O’Brien, Jayden Ortiz‐Allard, Zachary Patel, Bhakti Pethani, Alyssa Race, Ethan Silva, Emily Smith, Sophia Taborda, Aiden Valente, Benjamin Wallbillich, Jeremy White, Chloe Wilcox, Adrianna Wolowicz, Alana Young

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12 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, Dec. 12 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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