Bobcats, street closure & Black Plain Road: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week



The North Smithfield Land Trust noted this week that the organization’s 42-acre Village Way property has been part of a five-year study by URI and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to examine wildlife distribution in the state. The final winter trail camera survey report was just released, and the study coordinator commented that the parcel has shown quite a diversity of wildlife over the years, including multiple litters of bobcats. The land trust published an image of two bobcats playing in the snow last winter on the property.

Street closure

The town of Blackstone has announced that crews will be working on a water main on St. Paul Street near the intersection with Canal Street on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the road will be closed to traffic. Delays and detours are expected, and drivers are advised to seek and alternate route.

Questions can be directed to the Blackstone Department of Public Works at (508) 883-9331.

Weekly summer events

Tuesday Summer Car Shows continue at the Beef Barn Restaurant at 200 Industrial Drive, weather permitting each week from 4-8 p.m.

Reflection on the Common takes place on Wednesdays through August at Slatersville Congregational Church, a weekly non-denominational evening of prayer held from 6-6:30 p.m.

Black Plain Road will play in the town’s summer concert series on Thursday, Aug. 3 at the Town Hall gazebo from 6-8 p.m. Residents are invited to 83 Green St. for the free outdoor concert.

On Sunday, the Beef Barn hosts yoga in back fields behind the restaurant. Participants are advised to bring $10, water and a yoga mat.

Don’t forget the town’s walk/run club continues to meet at the North Smithfield High School track every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. Just drop in to join the self-directed group, intended for all levels of fitness ability.

More live music

This week, at the Lindy’s Tavern Plastic Palace, Noyz will perform on Friday, Aug. 4 and Northeast Groove will play on Saturday, Aug. 5, with both shows starting at 8 p.m. The School Street business also hosts an open mic every Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

At The Island at 1600 Victory Highway, The White Shadows will play on Friday starting at 7 p.m.

Town meetings

The Halliwell Review Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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