Mushroom hunting, water outage & revaluation visits: Six things to know in North Smithfield this week

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Residents turned out for a guided bird walk with the North Smithfield Land Trust over the weekend.

Water outage

The below outage was rescheduled.

The town is warning residents in the area of Country Way that their water service will be shut down for approximately eight hours on Tuesday, June 11 starting at 10 p.m. for demolition and removal of the water tank. Affected properties, including homes on School Street, Maple Avenue, Country Way and Halliwell Boulevard, will receive notices hand-delivered to their door.

Questions can be directed to the Water Department at (401) 767-2200 ext. 305.

Chowder & Cakes

Scouts BSA Troop 438 North Smithfield will hold a fundraising event at Pacheco Park at 11 Main St. on Wednesday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will include lawn games and food from Mickey G’s Clamshack. Guests can buy a ticket from a scout or purchase one at the event.

Revaluation visits

Officials from Catalis, a municipal revaluation vendor, will soon be visiting and inspecting recently sold homes in North Smithfield as part of the town’s 2024 Statistical Revaluation process. Data collectors will have identification badges, and their motor vehicles will be on record with the North Smithfield Police Department and the tax assessor’s office, with properties viewed from the street during the field review phase toward the end of this year.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2025 and at that time property owners can expect to receive a new assessment notice and information regarding informal appeals. Questions can be directed to the tax assessor’s office at (401) 767-2200 ext. 323 or 325.

Crime victims bill

The General Assembly has passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Melissa Murray that would exempt crime victims seeking restitution from having to pay certain court fees. The bill would waive the payment of any initial filing fees and service of process costs when the victim of a crime is still owed restitution at the expiration of a criminal case.  Subsequent filing fees and service of process costs may be waived at the discretion of the court.

“This legislation will help victims of crimes gain the justice that they seek without costing them more money to pursue their claims.  Victims did not ask to be victimized, so it’s only fair that they should not be penalized with court and service costs in order to make themselves whole once again,” said Murray, a Democrat representing District 24 in North Smithfield and Woonsocket.

Rep. Alex Marszalkowski of District 52 in Cumberland sponsored corresponding legislation in the House. The bill now heads to the governor for consideration.

At the library

In addition to the book club meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, North Smithfield Public Library has announced two upcoming special events.

On Monday, June 24 starting at 6 p.m., learn about native fungi at an event presented by Ryan and Emily Bouchard, creators of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation. Fungi are an often-overlooked part of nature.  Proponents say that seeking them out, however, is perhaps the best hobby on earth, combining fascinating science, outdoor adventure, and unbelievable food experiences. With their slideshow of all-local photography, Ryan and Emily will explain the science and the safety rules of mushroom hunting, and the most astonishingly delicious summer mushrooms, focusing on those considered safe for beginners to identify and cook with.

On Wednesday, June 26 starting at 6:30 p.m., join RN, herbalist, and proprietor of Arborvitae Botanicals, Johanna Mancuso, to learn what herbalism is, how herbs can help to support wellness, and what she offers as a community herbalist. She will also be discussing her methods of formulating teas, using the herbalist’s pyramid of tea formulation, and explain why. Mancuso, a BSN, RN a graduate of UMass Boston, established the Uxbridge, Mass. business in 2018. She has a history of nursing practice of more than 30 years, in the specialty fields of Acute Rehabilitation, Oncology, and Critical Care. In 2016, she completed an apprenticeship with The Boston School of Herbal Studies of Arlington and Framingham, Mass., and has continued her ongoing education in herbal studies and nursing. Her formulated herbal teas/tisanes are well known, both for the joy of tea drinking and to support the use of herbs safely in personal wellness practices.

Mancuso will be bringing an assortment of teas to sell, and prefers cash, but will accept Venmo. 

Register by either event by visiting https://northsmithfield.librarycalendar.com/events/month or calling 401-767-2780 

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 10 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 11 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the library of North Smithfield High School at 412 Greenville Road. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service Inc. Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 11 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the station at 1470 Providence Pike. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 11 starting at 6:45 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. for continuation of discussion/adoption of the proposed budget. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Sewer Commission will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 12 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Economic Development will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 13 starting at 6 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Planning Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, June 13 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

Editor’s note: An original version of this article stated that the water shutdown would begin at 10 a.m. We apologize for the error.

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