Water scam, Coffee Hour & Goodstuff fundraiser: Six things to know in North Smithfield this week

The North Smithfield Heritage Association held a spring dinner over the weekend while marking the birthdays of three members: Ruth Pacheco, Louise Vanhouwe and Irene Nebiker. Pictured are Pacheco, left, with Vanhouwe. Credit: NSHA. Visit NRI NOW later this week for pictures from another weekend event: the town's annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Goodstuff fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 1139 Slatersville will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, March 28 at Goodstuff Smokehouse at Main St. in Blackstone, Mass., from 4 p.m. to close. Fifteen percent of all pre-tax sales for dine-in and take out orders to go to the troop.

Water testing scam

The Association of State Drinking Water Cybersecurity Community has shared information regarding water testing flyers and kits that have been mailed to many homeowners.

“While not a criminal scam, these businesses operate in a manner that raises serious concerns,” noted the association. “The small print at the bottom of their mailers clearly states they are not affiliated with the Environmental Protection Agency or city or county health departments. Instead, this private business uses fake home testing kits to collect information to identify leads and sell expensive point-of-use filtration. By submitting the kit and answering the questions, you’re providing them with a wealth of information (name, address, water source, your opinion of your water, whether you have a POU, etc.) They can then use this data to contact the homeowner to say their test results are bad, but the company can perform a thorough in-home analysis for free. Then, they push to sell an expensive water softener or POU when they’re in the individual’s home.”

The association shared links to information as wells as photos of materials sent out as follows: Annual Test Notice Mailing, EPA Home Water Testing Factsheet, Water Test Notice Instructions, Test Kit, Return Envelope

PD hockey win

On Sunday, March 24, the North Smithfield Police Department won a hockey game against the Providence Fire Department. The game was hosted by the Providence Bruins on their “First Responders Appreciation x RI Energy Night.” The game ended with a score of 5-4, with two of the goals made by Lt. Gregory Landry.

Coffee hour

Good Working at 585 Smithfield Road will host its monthly Coffee Hour on Thursday, March 28 from 8 to 9 a.m. Visit the workspace for a free event with complimentary coffee and meet other local business professionals.

On Saturday, the work space will host a free yoga class from 9-10 a.m. Participants should bring their own yoga mat.

Comedy fundraiser

The North Smithfield Police Officer Union IBPO Local 410 will hold a fundraiser featuring top local comedians on Saturday, April 6 at St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center at 84 Cumberland St. in Woonsocket, with doors to open at 5 p.m.. The 18-plus event will include a pasta dinner, raffles, auctions, a cash bar and a 50/50 drawing.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at funny4funds.com/events. For more information, contact Clayton Cote at (401) 663-8245.

Town meetings

The Personnel Board will hold a meeting on Monday, March 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the police station at 575 Smithfield Road. The agenda is here.

The Historic District Commission will hold a meeting will hold a meeting on Monday, March 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Town Building at 1 Main St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 27 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here. The council will also convene as the Municipal Building Review Task Force starting at 7 p.m. for an agenda found here.

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  1. Nrinow, Louise’s last name is not Nebiker. She is Louise Vanhouwe. We celebrated all three of these members of the NSHA on their 94th birthdays.

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