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Bad weather will no longer ‘Bug’ Coventry residents

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— Hurricane season is here and as a result, National Grid in collaboration with Earth Works, a timely weather provider, is installing WeatherBug monitoring systems to enhance emergency planning and response efforts throughout Rhode Island.
There are currently two fully operating WeatherBug stations in the state — in Coventry and Exeter — while Hopkinton has agreed to install the system and is in the works of doing so. There are seven other weather stations planning to be installed but those are also still in the works.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local, state candidates meet the people

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY — There was a good representation of candidates running for various seats such as the school committee, town council and state representative at the Meet the Candidates Night held at the Westwood Estates clubhouse Monday.
Voters had the opportunity to ask questions and get to know those seeking election in November in the relaxed atmosphere while they enjoyed refreshments.
Candidate running for her second term for town council, Karen Carlson said she chose to run again because she feels her job is not done

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry bonded out by governor

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY— Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into legislation last Tuesday the approval of four bond referendum requests for Coventry to put on the November ballot.
The estimated $23 million in bonds will be for improvement to the town including building a new police station, infrastructure improvements to sidewalks, streets and bridges, the installation of an emergency generator in the Department of Human Services Building and improvements and renovation of Parks and Recreation buildings.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chafee signs legislation allowing state aid to fund school program

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY — Full-day kindergarten may be a possibility in Coventry as Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation earlier this week allowing state aid to be provided to those Rhode Island cities and towns that have not implemented the day-long program starting in 2017.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Children’s course to provide unique opportunities

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY— First of its kind in the state, the Rhode Island Children’s Golf Course in Coventry is youth development alternative six-hole golf course that educates children with core life values while also teaching them the fundamentals of golf.
The golf course is partnered with the national First Tee organization that introduces the game of golf and its values to young people. Their mission is to impact the lives of children by providing educational programs that builds moral character, encourage life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the sport.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cote quits as Democratic Committee Chair

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gary Cote, resigned his seat just before the financial town meeting June 10.
“I was away for a week and when I come back it’s to see what’s being posted and handed out to the voters regarding the town council’s decision to not include money in the town’s budget for the schools.
“I’m just tired of fighting,” he said.
Cote was referring to fellow party members Judi Liner and Kathy Patenaude passing out flyers asking voters to vote in favor if the tax increase to fund the schools.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Couple of candidates declare for council seat

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY— Two District 5 Coventry residents have stepped up to the plate as candidates for the town council seat that has been vacant since Councilman Ted Jendzejec resigned in early spring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

140-vote margin decides budget

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — The Coventry School committee and School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida was scheduled to begin to discuss the rounds of cuts at this past Wednesday’s school committee meeting after Tuesday’s referendum vote results revealed 1,517 Coventry voters rejected a proposed tax increase to further fund the schools to 1,377 voters who approved the tax increase.
Of the town’s 27,400 registered voters, almost 3,000 cast their ballot with steady turnout all day right up until 8 p.m. Some saw that as a good turnout, others were disgusted that so few came out.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police: CCFD won’t face charges

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — According to a press release from the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Steven O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced that the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office have concluded their investigation into the Central Coventry Fire District.
The investigation determined there was no basis for the initiation of any criminal charges.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Changing community has locals nervous

June 23, 2014

COVENTRY — The town’s all-day referendum is less than a week away and around town, some are nervous about their community changing, and not for the better they say.
“I’m upset and dismayed that it’s come to this,” said one resident. “I understand how important educating our kids is, really I do, but I have no more to give and that’s it.”
The town’s proposed budget of $24,787,927 was approved by a standing vote at the June 10th annual financial meeting while the school district’s budget will go to an all-day referendum June 24.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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