Friday Night Lights, construction noise & bin collection: Five things to know in North Smithfield this week

North Smithfield residents Mitch and Roger Savini have been chosen to serve as grand marshals in this year's Autumnfest parade, and were presented their festival buttons last week, along with Woonsocket's mayor, in keeping with tradition. Pictured left to right are Autumnfest Secretary Lee Forcier, Co-Grand Marshals Michelin (Mitch) and Roger Savini, Button Coordinator Lisa Carcifero, Woonsocket Mayor Christopher Beauchamp, & Autumnfest Chairperson Stephanie Santoro.

Bin collection

Trash hauler Waste Management will be collecting residents’ old and unwanted trash and recycling bins this week, to be picked up curbside from Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 19. Residents can also drop off the bins at the town garage at 281 Quaker Highway during recycling hours on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. or Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday Night Lights

Xpress Football & Cheer, the Southern New England Admirals, the North Smithfield High School Northmen and the Blackstone Millville Regional Chargers will host the second annual Friday Night Lights Combine on Friday, July 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the turf field at NSHA at 1900 Providence Pike. All are welcome to attend the free event as coaches from the four programs come together to help players ages 4-14 to improve their skills. Those who hope to participate are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected] with the child’s name and age.

Noisy work

Work to update the town’s water infrastructure will continue this week, with removal of the foundation of the the water tank that was recently demolished on Country Way. The Water Department is warning residents that the work will be noisy during the week of July 8, and is likely to start early in the morning, when it’s cooler to avoid the heat.

Construction is also underway at tanks 1 and 2 on Comstock Road. Read more about the infrastructure improvement project here.

Schoolhouse grant

Sen. Melissa Murray, pictured above at right, presented a $4,000 state Senate Legislative Grant to North Smithfield Heritage Association Grant Coordinator Beth Faricy recently at the Forestdale Schoolhouse. The grant will cover the costs incurred for the final phase of electrical upgrades to the building, including to the electrical outlets, lights, light switches, as well as emergency lights and exit signs according to the NSHA, which matched the money with funds from the organization’s annual appeal. 

The schoolhouse at 190 School Street is now open again for public activities, where visitors can note the refinished floors, new ceiling fixtures, fresh paint, and period desks on display in the classroom. 

Town meetings

The North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Service Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Tuesday, July 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the station at 1470 Providence Pike. The agenda is here.

The North Smithfield Economic Development Commission will hold a meeting on Thursday, July 11 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, July 11 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall at 83 Green St. The agenda is here.

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