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Hartford gaining familiarity with CCFD

July 28, 2014

COVENTRY — The newly-appointed receiver for the Central Coventry Fire District, Steven Hartford, is making his way through years of finance records in an effort to learn what the past and present challenges of the fire district were and are and at the same time, looking for more effective ways to move the wounded district forward.
He was appointed on May 6 and said he was somewhat surprised by the appointment because he had been working with Governor Lincoln Chafee on the Central Coventry issue up until that point and he thought the plan was to go with a budget commission.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Valley Vet Honored

July 28, 2014

COVENTRY — World War II veteran Anthony D’Abrosca received a long overdue honor Monday in the Coventry Town Council chambers when Senator Sheldon Whitehouse presented him with seven medals from his tour in the Philippines while he served in the Army’s 38th Infantry Division.
A man of few words, D’Abrosca, now 87 years old, learned two weeks ago that there was going to be a ceremony held for him.
“I’m kind of surprised they’re doing all this,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Veterans’ event shows love to Coventry Greenway

July 28, 2014

COVENTRY— Under a shaded tent alongside the Station Street portion of the Coventry Greenway Bike Path, a group of war veterans was cooling off after a four-mile cycling ride as part of the New England Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The rehabilitation program is partnered with Veteran Administration (VA) Centers among other non-profit organizations to bring adaptive sports to veterans as a form of physical therapy.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Zoning board upholds medical marijuana violation

July 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - A split decision by the South Kingstown Zoning Board to uphold a violation that zones a legal medical marijuana grow-site as an “agricultural manufacturing facility” will cost the lessee of the now-defunct Campus Cinema on Columbia Street up to $500 per day until the reported medical marijuana and growing equipment is removed from the site.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Block, Kettle, Morgan assail CCFD bill process

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY — During a brief press conference held at the Westwood Estates Community Center, GOP gubernatorial Candidate Ken Block spoke out against local legislatures going against the votes of the people in the Central Coventry Fire District to pass the bills that will continue to drive up taxes.
He was joined by Dist. 21 Senator Nicholas Kettle and Dist. 26 Representative Patricia Morgan.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School enrollment in Coventry could rise

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— A team of engineers spoke before the Coventry Town Council last night to discuss an analysis they conducted on the future population increases and the effect it will have on the capacity of the town’s public schools. An investigation of the currently-closed Oak Haven Elementary was revealed as an effort to determine the viability of re-opening the school as a pre-kindergarten, elementary or middle school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Non-partisan election will stay, for now

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— The November election will continue as a nonpartisan election as decided upon at the Coventry Town Council meeting Monday evening. In a 2-1 vote, with council member Karen Carlson voting not to put candidates’ affiliation on the ballot and Council President Gary Cote and Vice President Kerry McGee voting to change it back to a partisan election, listing the candidate’s party association, it appeared that the upcoming elections would list party affiliations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Retired Fire Chief Mruk has fire alarm headquarters re-named in his honor

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY – Family, dear friends, emergency personnel and town officials celebrated the accomplishments of a man who they consider to be an invaluable role model by holding a ceremony to dedicate the Coventry Fire and Police Alarm Headquarters to Retired Fire Chief Stanley Mruk, now 86 years old.
Diane Hunter, one of Mruk’s daughters, described what it was like growing up surrounded by emergency services.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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
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