Parking ban, snow day & an Arts Exhibition: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

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State champion

Congratulations to North Smithfield High School’s Bethany Marsella, who was named the girls indoor track 55m hurdle state champion at the championship meet earlier this month. Marsella set a school record time of 8.67 seconds and will next compete at the New England championship meet at Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Mass.

Snow changes

The town has announced that a parking ban will go in effect starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 and remain in effect through Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.

Trash pick-up for Tuesday, through Friday, March 3 will also be delayed one day due to the storm. The town’s snow and ice removal policy can be found here

The school district, meanwhile, has announced an official snow day for Tuesday, with no virtual learning.

“Kids go outside and play,” noted the district’s Facebook page. “Teens shovel your parent’s driveways and volunteer to shovel out your neighbors.”

Arts exhibition

The North Smithfield Arts Committee will hold a kickoff event on Thursday, March 2 for a new exhibition at Town Hall showcasing art by local youth. School arts teachers will join committee members at the kickoff, to be held at 83 Greene St. starting at 4 p.m. The student are exhibit will be on display at Town Hall through the month of March.

Hike

The North Smithfield Parks and Recreation Department’s guided weekly hikes return this week to Wunnashowatuckqut including Old Harkness Road and High Rocks Gorge. The family-oriented hikes follow well-defined and marked trails at a leisurely pace stopping occasionally at scenic overlooks. Trails are 2-3 miles long and take 1.5 – 2 hours to finish.

Hikes cancel in the event of steady rain or heavy snowfall, and hikers are advised to wear long shirts and trousers, preferably hiking shoes, use insect repellent and bring a bottle of water. In the event of snow and ice-covered trails, hikers should wear slip-on ice grips or snowshoes.     

To join the hike on Saturday, March 4, park on Martha Road just south of the Blackstone Gorge to depart at 9:30 a.m. 

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Historic District Commission will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Town Building at 1 Main St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Zoning Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Parks & Recreation Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 1 starting at 6 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 2 starting at 6 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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