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Coventry students return to the classroom

August 31, 2012

COVENTRY — Last year, school was postponed five days due to Tropical Storm Irene, but this year however, the sun was shining as students awaited their buses early yesterday morning.

As students filed into school, some veterans of the process, and others new to the scene, administrators greeted them with smiles.

Aside from some minor glitches with the busing, school went smoothly for the Coventry school district.

Assistant Principal at Coventry High School, Brooke Macomber explained that “this was the smoothest opening I’ve seen at this school in years.”

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Coventry karate studio produces pair of heroes

August 28, 2012

COVENTRY — Two students from USA Karate were able to use what they learned during their training to remain calm and collected as each of them saved a life just days apart.

Sean Lambert, 10, is in his second year of training at the karate school in Coventry and currently holds the rank of purple belt.

He never thought what he learned during those two years would help save his father’s life.

On the way home from a family vacation in Pennsylvania, Sean said the gas tank on the vehicle began falling out.

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Pair of cousins team up to help cancer patient

August 13, 2012

COVENTRY — Two young cousins from Coventry have joined forces during the past two months to help raise money for Christopher Carlino, an 11-year-old boy who was re-diagnosed with Lymphoma.

At the age of seven, Christopher, who attends Father John V. Doyle School, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

He had to undergo four months of chemotherapy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital to treat the cancer.

After a year of waiting and hoping, the young Coventry resident went into remission.

His parents had to take Christopher to the hospital every three months to have tests done.

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FMS teacher leading second annual pet food drive

August 3, 2012

COVENTRY —Janet Mansour will be hosting the second annual Janet’s Doggy Bags Pet Food Drive, where she hopes this year’s event will be as successful as last.

Mansour, a teacher at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, thought up her idea of a pet food drive after seeing her students donate to various pet shelters for school.

Lesley Doonan, Coordinator of Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) Warwick has partnered up with Mansour again this year to help collect pet food items.

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Landscape outfit with roots in Coventry earns spot on publication's Top 5,000 list

July 30, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Having started as a small company in Coventry, Proscape Landscaping is climbing the ladder, having made the Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 list.

John Pontarelli, President and founder of Proscape, explained that landscaping has been in his family for many years.

He said he started in the landscaping business in 1988 and opened Proscape in Coventry in 1995.

The company has now been relocated to East Greenwich but provides services to cities and towns throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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Coventry AP class makes history on test

July 23, 2012

COVENTRY — After much hard work and preparation, 25 students from Coventry High School’s Advanced Placement history program passed their test, making this the first time in 19 years that 100 percent of the students have succeeded.

Social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator Matthew Brissette explained that the test is administered through a group called the College Board, the same group that offers the SATs.

“This is the first time that 100 percent of the students have passed,” he said proudly. “We’ve had the program for eight years and every year the scores have gone up.”

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West Greenwich tabs next police chief

July 17, 2012

WEST WARWICK — Major Richard Ramsay of the West Warwick Police Department has accepted a job offer as the new Police Chief of West Greenwich as he focuses on the advancement of his career.

Maj. Ramsay, who’s been with West Warwick for 23 years, began his career as an officer and worked his way up to the second highest position in the department.

“I love my job as a Major in charge of the patrol division, but being a Chief is a great opportunity,” he said. “When the application opened up I talked to my family and I thought it would be a good move professionally.”

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Local firm, URI helps supply Coventry H.S. with lab equipment through grant

June 29, 2012

COVENTRY — With the help of a grant from the Amgen Foundation, high school students will continue to get a hands-on experience in the ever growing field of biotechnology.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) was awarded the $94,000 grant to offer, for the sixth year, the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program at high schools throughout the state.

More than 5,000 students and 100 teachers in Rhode Island participate in the program, including Coventry High School.

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Coventry HS grad presents to Congress

June 26, 2012

COVENTRY — A recent Coventry High School graduate was given the chance to take her hard work and research on D-Day and present it to Congress in Washington D.C. in May.

Amanda Hoskins, who graduated this month, said it all began when her Advanced Placement History teacher, Lisa Johansen asked her class who would be interested in going to France with her.

She explained that she wrote her teacher a short letter explaining why she wanted to travel to France; Johansen then selected her for the trip.

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Students at area charter school learn to leave no trace at local pond

June 22, 2012

WEST GREENWICH — Approximately 20 students from the Greene School in West Greenwich will be getting a hands-on learning experience of the outdoors while helping connect three hiking trails in the area.

Greene School is a public charter high school that houses 120 students.

Teacher Jeff Johnson explained that twice a year the students are mandated to enroll in “intensives.”

He said that the week long program offers an intense curriculum and a more proactive approach to education.

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