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Coventry students compete in the NEIT auto competition

February 21, 2011

By Jessica Selby
jselby@ricentral.com

They are still just learning the tricks of the trade, but last week they had to perform like professionals.
Andrew Jennings and Robert McConnell, seniors enrolled in the automotive program at the Coventry High School Regional Career and Technical Center, had to diagnose a malfunctioning motor, analyze an alignment matter, identify a faulty brake system and detect the electrical troubleshooting system on several vehicles. The tasks were all part of the annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, which was held at the New England Institute of Technology Automotive facility last Friday.

A love story told slowly, over 62 years of good living

February 17, 2011

This January marked Bill and Pauline Anderson Strozier’s 62nd wedding anniversary.
The Coventry couple was married on January 15th, 1949 at a Lutheran Church in Providence. Bill was 25 and Pauline was 23. Today, Bill is 87 and Pauline is 85, but the couple said it seems like just yesterday that they met.
They talked about the day in great detail. Pauline said that her father brought Bill home with him on February 8th, 1948.

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.

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