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Committee tables vote on school raises

November 3, 2014

COVENTRY — The issue on possible salary raises for many school administrators was tabled in a unanimous 4-0 vote on Tuesday evening. The prospect of raises has been a contentious issue for the Coventry community recently, and town council members expressed their opposition to the district’s plans on Monday.
Town Council President Gary Cote found raises to be extremely “disrespectful” to the taxpayers of the town after many cuts have been made to school programs because of lack of funding.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Party event raises over $15k for Hasbro

November 3, 2014

COVENTRY — An annual block party fundraising event raised more than $15,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
For the third year, RE/MAX 1st Choice real estate agent Mark DeCosta brought people from the community, family and friends and RE/MAX 1st Choice agents together for a night of live entertainment, dancing, food, drink and raffles to raise funds for the children and through this fundraiser, DeCosta was able to present a $15,000 check to Hasbro last Thursday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Patenaude responds to criticisms on raises

November 3, 2014

COVENTRY— Some serious controversy was stirred up from the possible salary increase for Coventry school administrators that was brought to light at Monday’s town council meeting. School Committee Chairperson Kathy Patenaude explained that it was only meant to be discussed by the committee to “put it on the radar,” as there hasn’t been a raise for the district’s administrators in several years.
“It was just a beginning of an exploration,” Patenaude said. “We wanted to at least look at the policy and figure out what our future was.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

First annual golf tourney a success under clear skies

November 3, 2014

COVENTRY— Over 65 golfers played in the first annual fundraising golf tournament benefitting the Rhode Island Children’s Golf Course in Coventry on Monday.
The six-hole course uses the discipline of golf to educate children with core life values while learning fundamentals of the sport.
The tournament was held at Valley Country Club where men and women, both newcomers and local professionals, played during a picturesque fall day.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local candidate in car hit by fire chief

October 27, 2014

COVENTRY— A motor vehicle accident in early September involving the Coventry Anthony Fire District’s Fire Chief Paul Labbadia resulted in his being found to be driving on a suspended license. Labbadia’s license has since been reinstated and all charges were expunged.
Because of an outstanding parking ticket in a car registered to Labbadia that he said his daughter drives, his license was suspended because the ticket wasn’t posted as paid, he explained. Labbadia said he did not know his license was suspended prior to the accident that happened the afternoon of Sept. 6, 2014.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

WG man barred by SEC for scam

October 27, 2014

WEST GREENWICH— Two broker-dealers were recently barred for five years from the securities industry by the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), including a West Greenwich man. Edward Hanrahan played a role in many variable annuity schemes that exploited terminally ill Rhode Island residents.
A variable annuity is an insurance contract that functions as a retirement savings, similar to a 401(k) plan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Committee discusses RIDE NECAP embargo

October 27, 2014

WEST WARWICK— While the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science scores still have not been released per order of the Rhode Island Department of Education, there is an ongoing investigation of possible malfunctions in the scoring process. West Warwick Superintendent Karen Tarasevich addressed the delay to the school committee at the meeting last Tuesday evening.
“RIDE wants to review the tests and scores further,” Tarasevich said. “We received a notice saying the scores wouldn’t be released and we are waiting to hear back.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pink Out!

October 17, 2014

COVENTRY – Students in Coventry took great pride wearing pink on Friday to support raising awareness towards cancer research with Pink Out Day.
It was a district-wide initiative to participate in Pink Out Day Friday but every school in Coventry has scheduled something in support of cancer awareness, whether it was late last month or later this month.
Students wore pink in whatever form or shade they had, with some wearing special pink $10 T-shirts created by Coventry High School students,

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Men arraigned for kidnapping 14 year-old

October 17, 2014

WEST WARWICK— Facing alleged charges of sexual assault and kidnapping of a minor, Robert Perry of Coventry and Lloyd “Paul” Baker of West Warwick were arraigned Friday, Oct. 3 at Kent County Third Division District Court. An extensive investigation with local and federal agencies reveals the two individuals having lengthy criminal records.
On Sept. 30, the pair was arrested by members of Rhode Island State Police, West Warwick and Coventry Police Departments in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl who went missing last month.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry man arrested in benefits fraud

October 17, 2014

COVENTRY— Members of various state authorities arrested 18 individuals for fraudulently obtaining unemployment insurance benefits they were not entitled to receive, including a Coventry resident. The arrests caught illegally collected benefits totaling $304,253.
Gregory Mitton, 53, who lives on New London Turnpike in Coventry, fraudulently obtained $15,906 of unemployment benefits, a violation of the Rhode Island General Law 11-41-4, Obtaining Money under False Pretenses Over $1,500, which is a felony.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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