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A festival in Newport shows off its winter beauty and its variety

February 14, 2011

NEWPORT, R.I. – Sometimes, it’s hard to get tourists to come to Newport in the middle of an Ice Age winter. But, God, are they trying.
Tons of February ice that doesn’t kill you can certainly be dropped into a variety of chilled, mixed cocktails.
That is sort of th

Thanks to Dr. Doom – really! – Roller Derby flourishes

February 11, 2011

Only in America, check that, only in Rhode Island, can a PhD from Harvard named Sarah Doom start a woman’s Roller Derby League, then get her degree and legitimately be called Dr. Doom.
Only in Rhode Island can you meet dental hygienists who help relief tooth pain by day, only to knock out teeth at night, as skaters in the Providence Roller Derby.
And only this Saturday, Feb. 12, can you meet these delicate bruisers. That’s the date that marks the Derby Sweet Heart Skate, where Roller Derby queens become self-professed “giraffes on ice” as they skate in an entirely different medium – frozen water – at the Bank of America Rink at Kennedy Plaza.
Warm up to the impending 2011 Providence Roller Derby season by meeting the skaters from 5 to 8 p.m. While it is still cold out, these ladies want to test their skills by trading in wheels for blades.
There will be a heated tent with Providence Roller Derby merchandise for sale, a photo booth to have your picture taken with your favorite derby girl, hot chocolate and cider, and a station to decorate your own valentine cupcake or cookie.
Or maybe even yourself.

Locals acquit themselves well in robotics

February 8, 2011

Our local students may not have been crowned victors, but they did walk away with medals from the 10th annual LEGO League Rhode Island Championship Event.
Students from both Coventry and West Warwick Schools participated in the event, which was hosted by Roger Williams University earlier this month.

RIDOT: Laurel St.bridge will be replaced

February 7, 2011

The director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) was at Monday night’s town council meeting to discuss the replacement of the bridge on Laurel Avenue—renamed last year the Nathanael Greene Memorial Bridge.
Michael Lewis, RIDOT’s director, was back at a Coventry town council meeting for the second time in less than a year.

Kilmartin warns consumers about ‘free vacation’ scams

February 4, 2011

If you know there is no such thing as a free lunch, clearly, you must be aware that there is no such thing as a free vacation.
With school vacation right around the corner and families looking for great travel deals to fill the time, R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is warning consumers not to be fooled by offers of free or greatly discounted vacations.

Vandalism incidents are sweeping town

February 3, 2011

Coventry Police are investigating a string of vandalism incidents that occurred in town last week.
Several local residents in the area of Wood, Rathbun and South Main Street all got hit by the vandals.
Sgt. John Shields of the Coventry Police Department said that the calls started to come in to the station in the afternoon on the 20th. He said that all of the callers reported similar details for each of their separate cases leading police to believe that the incidents may have been committed by the same suspect or suspects.

Col. DaSilva steps down as Police Chief

February 1, 2011

There is a new person in command of the Coventry Police Department, well starting Friday.
After just three years as chief, Col. Ronald DaSilva, chief of the Coventry Police Department has decided to retire.
DaSilva said that although he was chief for only three years, he does have 22 and a half years invested in the department and that “it’s time for a change.”

Hopkins Hill hosting a dust bowl?

January 31, 2011

At Monday night’s town council meeting the room was packed with residents there to discuss dust problems with Department of Environmental Management (DEM) officials.
The dust problems, which residents say come off of the Centre of New England property, are in the area of Johnson’s Boulevard to Jade Road and Arnold Road to Lydia Road.

Stefanic to defend his crown

January 28, 2011

There is the Stanley Cup and the Calder Cup. The uninitiated would not know they are awarded in hockey.
There is the Winston Cup. That trophy, you might guess, as it deals with racing in Winston, in the Carolinas.
But leave it to coffee maven Dunkin’ Donuts to award the very appropriately-named Coffee Cup for some incredibly quick racing on the oval concrete at their very own Center.

Portion of Gifford St. abandoned

January 27, 2011

A public hearing was held on the abandonment of a portion of Gifford Street at Monday night’s town council meeting.
Gifford Street, though never developed by the town, crosses over Centre Street and runs behind Laurel Avenue.
Ryan DiFranco, of 18 Centre St., along with his neighbor at 20 Centre St. had done numerous improvements to the property even though it was town-owned land.
At Monday’s town council meeting DiFranco said he thought he was “improving the neighborhood” and did not think it would have offended anybody.
DiFranco said had he known that it would he would have approached the situation differently.
“I do apologize,” he said, for taking steps “in the wrong way.”
There were concerns expressed about whether DiFranco is allowed to park his work trailer on the property once it is abandoned.
The council made it clear, however, that that was an issue for the town’s zoning officer and not for the council.

 

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