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Teachers Alliance continues giving

April 18, 2014

COVENTRY — The 34th annual Coventry Teachers Alliance Scholarship Awards night was held at Coventry High School Wednesday night with a full auditorium.

“The goal of these awards is to assist Coventry High School seniors as they move on to their next educational endeavor,” said Suzanne Tracy, the chairwoman of the scholarship committee.

Her goal, along with the committee members, is providing as many scholarships to as many students as possible.

Tracy said the fund has grown to include current and retired Coventry school employees, who contribute through weekly contributions.

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Local school sends three to world championship

April 15, 2014

COVENTRY— Three students from The Kelly School of Irish Dance are gearing up to travel overseas to compete against multiple countries during the annual World Irish Dance (WIDA) Association world championship.

Meghan Kelly, owner and instructor of the studio, explained that Claire Jalbert, 13, Megan Quirk, 16 and Emily Pietrantozzi, 14, will be competing in the championship on April 19 and 20 in Germany.

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Career and Technical students fare well in contest

April 4, 2014

COVENTRY—Out of 11 students from the Regional Career and Technical Center at Coventry High School to secure a medal in the SkillsUSA state championship, three took home gold and will be traveling to the national competition in June.

This national organization provides educational experiences to technical high school and colleges students alike.

It looks to train them in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

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HHFD helps celebrate good cause

April 1, 2014

COVENTRY- Local real estate professionals and those connected to the business have signed up to help those in their community who serve others to make their dreams a reality.

Following the events from September 11, 2001, and upheld by the admiration for heroes employed as firefighters, emergency medical technicians and law enforcement officers, a group of Minnesota business owners got together and created a network of real estate professionals called Homes for Heroes, in an effort to offer savings to those who serve when they buy, sell or refinance their homes.

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ROTC making a comeback?

March 24, 2014

COVENTRY — Although local officials have reached out to federal officials to discuss what actions can be taken to save the AFJROTC program at Coventry High School, everyone’s waiting to see what the outcome will be from the site visit scheduled for the week of May 12 by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE).

Joseph Stalaboin, a concerned parent who has been involved with getting the program back on its feet, has attended each meeting and had a conversation with federal delegation on March 13, said the conference call was a success.

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Planning department seeks open space grants

March 14, 2014

COVENTRY— The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) is accepting applications from cities, towns and non-profit land organizations for open space grants and with past success of acquiring money, Coventry’s Planning and Zoning department plans to submit an application in the upcoming months.

According to RIDEM’s press release, $5 million is available for Rhode Island Local Open Space Matching Grants, which was approved by the voters during the 2008 and 2012 Open Space Bond Authorizations.

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Jendzejec steps down from TC

March 10, 2014

COVENTRY- After five years of serving on the Coventry Town Council, District 5 representative Ted Jendzejec stepped down as of February 28.
Jendzejec explained the reason was due to a move to Cranston on the same day to begin a new chapter of his life with his fiancé, Lori Kenney.

Some residents were calling for his resignation during last week’s council meeting because he hadn’t actually made the move yet and some were under the impression he was going to have two residences.

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Roundtable discussion clears air on Jr. ROTC

March 5, 2014

COVENTRY — In a roundtable discussion, a handful of local legislators, school officials, parents and ROTC instructor Colonel Steven Buteau spend a good part of Friday afternoon working out a possible solution to keep the JROTC program at Coventry High School operating.

The issue; getting the necessary number of students (100) to enroll in the ROTC program and funding it before it is disbanded by the Air Force.

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Schoolhouse focus of historic group

February 21, 2014

COVENTRY— The Historic District Commission in Coventry has been working diligently to collect information on numerous historic buildings in town that need repairs, and their biggest focus during the next couple months will be the Mapledale School House.

Chairman of the commission Mark Gardner explained that in December members of the commission toured different buildings to get a handle on the conditions of such structures.

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Coventry man found guilty in porn case

February 14, 2014

COVENTRY— A local man who was arrested in 2012 for child pornography was convicted and found guilty by a federal court jury in Providence on Monday.

Gerald Silva, 59, of Coventry was convicted on six counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Silva, a former state probation officer assigned to the sex offender unit, was originally arrested in September 2012 following a joint investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Toronto Police Service.

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