Message from Town Administrator

Gary Ezovski

 

No doubt today is one of those days when we all remember and will never forget where we were when we heard the news. Life changed. We move on with a wound that will never fully heal.

 

With town council support, another executive order was issued yesterday to extend the due date for second quarter real estate tax payments from October 15 to October 29, 2020. The due date for first quarter tax payments was unchanged by that order and remains September 15 which of course is next Tuesday. Please call or email if there are any questions.

 

Finally, we had a reminder recently on virus exposure and control that I believe is an important bad news, good news story to share. A short time after a recent town based volunteer group activity it was learned that two attendees had tested positive for COVID 19. That is the bad news. To my knowledge, subsequent contact tracing and testing to this date has revealed the good news that others at the event were not impacted perhaps because they adhered to the simple measures that we are all encouraged to follow as we continue our effort to eliminate spread. The bottom line message here is that the virus is still with us but prudent protections can minimize spread. Let’s not lose sight of that need as summer ends and fall begins. Hopefully the two folks who have tested positive will get effective treatment, return soon to normal activity and be the last of our fellow residents to be infected.

 

*Important Update to School-Age Guidance for Fall 2020* 

 

Face coverings play a critical role in mitigating risk related to COVID-19. Effective September 14, 2020, the RI Department of Human Services is requiring face coverings for all school-age children* (in addition to staff) in all DHS-licensed child care programs, even when children are in stable groups and physically distanced (6+ feet apart.) Important to note: this guidance will not pertain to other younger age groups served in DHS-licensed child care facilities such as infants/toddlers and preschoolers whose language development is often dependent upon visual cues and prompts from peers modeling appropriate speech. Face coverings will be critical in mitigating the risks associated with school-age children participating in multiple stable pods due to their enrollment in a DHS licensed child care facility and will mirror RIDE guidance for K-12 schools. 

 

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than age two; anyone who has trouble breathing; or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 

 

Protective face coverings are not required for certain individuals, per CDC guidelines, or for anyone for whom use of such face covering would be damaging to his or her health or inhibit an activity of daily living (e.g. eating.)

 

The North Smithfield Police Department is accepting applications for 

entry level Police Officer via PoliceApp.

Applications have a non-refundable $50 testing fee and will be accepted until September 18, 2020 @ 4:00pm. Must be 21 years of age & possess a valid driver's license.

To apply: https://www.policeapp.com/Entry-Level-North-Smithfield-RI-Police-Officer-Jobs/2282/

 

Our Next SLATERSVILLE-In-Progress Screening is Almost Here!!

The Museum of Work & Culture's Virtual Valley Talks will present Slatersville-In-Progress Screening #5 by Zoom on Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm. 

 

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Christian de Rezendes will present 2 segments from his historical documentary series, Slatersville: America's First Mill Village, "What If This Could Have a New Life?" and "Uncle Johnny".

 

In this talk, documentarian de Rezendes will discuss the post-production process for the 8-part Slatersville, which will cover two centuries of history. Though the series is not set to premiere until 2021, de Rezendes will share these two segments as work in progress. 

 

The first part titled, "What if this could have a new life?" highlights the work of the late painter Maxwell Mays and his depiction of Slatersville in 1895. Painted by Mays in the mid-1990s, this vibrant and folkloric work decoates the walls of countless North Smithfield homes. This story is told by Max's friend and former president of the Providence Art Club, David DePetrillo, with further commentary by Barbara Tucker. 

 

The second, "Uncle Johnny" is a continuation from the previous screening, "The Wedding Present with 27 Rooms", which focused on Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum in Warwick. After John Whipple Slater inherits his father William Smith Slater's fortune in 1882, his management of Slatersville slowly descends into chaos as a result of his extravagant lifestyle, labor strikes and changing times in the Blackstone Valley. 

 

Register to receive an invitation to this Zoom event by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

This talk and the making of these segments are made possible in part by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts with additional support from SENE Film Music and Arts Festival, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, Rhode Island PBS, and, of course, the Museum of Work & Culture. Thank you!! 

 

To learn more about Slatersvillevisit www.firstmillvillage.com or follow us on Facebook

 

Banneker Named as One of the Best Places to Work for Eighth Consecutive Year

Aug 21, 2020 | Press Release

Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management solutions including warehousing, e-commerce fulfillment, and distribution services has once again been named as one of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work by Providence Business News (PBN) along with 65 other dynamic awardees. Rankings for each honoree will be kept confidential; full results will be revealed at the September 30 virtual event scheduled and published in the October 2nd issue.

Listing their Team Members as their first and most important company value, Team Banneker offers competitive pay ($15.00/hour minimum), comprehensive health coverage, and other benefits like a 401(k) program with a 5% match and tuition reimbursement options.

“We are so humbled to once again be recognized as one of the region’s best places to work,” says Junior Jabbie, Banneker’s President & CEO. “This award is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication that all our Team Members across the country have invested to help us continuously improve each year and stay one of the best places to work. I am so honored to serve them.”

As one of the region’s largest black-owned businesses, diversity and inclusion are central themes to life at Banneker. “With persons of color representing 60% of our total workforce, I am proud of our leadership’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our company continues to grow. Currently, we have 15 open positions in Rhode Island,” comments Diana Krys, HR Manager.

 

September Dates are:



Saturday: 

·     September 19th & 26th, 10:00 - 10:30 am

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·     Tuesday:

September 22nd & 29th, 5:30–6:00 pm

 

In September we will need to confirm North Smithfield residency with a valid photo ID and a second form of identification such as a phone or rent bill with a North Smithfield address.

 

 

The Food Pantry is a drive through at the Slatersville Congregational Church, UCC at 25 Greene St on the Common. Please line up on Greene St and you will be directed into the parking lot and food will be delivered into your car. You must wear a mask to receive food. You can come to all four of our pantries. Questions call 401-678-0356

 

 

Thank you to our good friends at Wright’s Dairy for their generous donation of milk! We so appreciate your kindness, and our clients say thank you as well!!!!

 

Additionally, thank you but we cannot use additional volunteer help at this time. If you would like to donate money, please mail to P.O. Box 283, Slatersville, RI 02876. If you would like to donate food, please call (401) 678-0356 to arrange a time for drop off. We need soups, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruit and juice, toilet paper and paper towels. 

 

The flavors of the month for September is canned vegetables.

We are also in need of canned tuna & chicken.

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Agendas can be found on the Secretary of State Website by

CLICKING HERE

 

 

Asset Management Meeting

Zoom Meeting

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Agenda

 

 

Sewer Commission Meeting

Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Agenda

 

 

President Trump is reportedly going in the direction of selecting Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nomination. Multiple outlets report that Trump will make that announcement tomorrow. She has been a leading contender since the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.        President Trump will be throwing a rally tonight in Virginia even after Governor Ralph Northam tested positive with coronavirus. Officials have been trying to stop it citing health risks. It'll be Trump's third campaign stop today.       Senator Kamala Harris says the recent decision in the Breonna Taylor case was a "gut punch." Harris says she has been speaking with Taylor's mother since she was killed. She added she's come to know Taylor as a caregiver.       The United States has surpassed seven-million confirmed coronavirus cases. Johns Hopkins University reports there are over 203-thousand deaths in the U.S. Thirty-two-point-three-million people have been infected around the globe.       Google is taking a different approach with election advertisements this year. A spokesperson for the company said Friday that they will block any promotions related to the November election as soon as the polls close. The temporary motion could last around a week.       California Governor Gavin Newsom is supporting a bill requiring private health insurers to cover mental health and drug addiction treatments. The new law will define what is "medically necessary". The new law will be put in place next year.