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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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

LVKC honors pair of local immigrants who made it work

February 12, 2014

COVENTRY— Two local women who immigrated from different countries have received an award from the Literacy Volunteers of Kent County (LVKC) Board of Directors for their willingness to learn and grow during their time in America.

Gayatri Aggarwal and Denise Bueno, both of Coventry, were given the Barbara Shafer Award for Student Excellence to recognize their “outstanding progress in achieving an individual goal.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Board taken to task in Superior Court

February 3, 2014

WARWICK — As David D’Agostino, attorney for the Central Coventry Fire District Board of Directors told Superior Court Judge Brian Stern in Friday’s hearing how the board has been focused on working to understand how the district wound up in the predicament they’re in and how to work on best practices going forward to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Area author keeps donating to societies

January 24, 2014

COVENTRY—For the second straight year, local author Ray Wolf has taken the proceeds of his books and donated them to various non-profit historical societies throughout the valley.

Last year, with the help of a matching donation from Centreville Bank, Wolf donated $1,670 to four different historical societies: Pawtuxet Valley Historical Society, Western Rhode Island Civic Preservation Society, the Coventry Historical Society and the Hope Historical Society.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fire districts rolling right along

January 23, 2014

COVENTRY —The Western Coventry Board of Directors, along with Fire Chief Steven Quattrini went over what they called “the very preliminary budget numbers” for 2014 during Thursday’s board meeting and so far, the only significant increase appears to be with training and gear.

According to the board’s presentation, there is a proposed increase of $3,315 compared to last years at $9,110.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry's Verrier studies on Greek island through grant

January 10, 2014

COVENTRY—A local woman got the chance to examine thousands of pieces of pottery during a trip to Crete last summer thanks to a grant from the University of Rhode Island (URI).

Danielle Verrier, 24, of Coventry, graduated from URI in May with a degree in archaeology and classical studies. Prior to graduating she had applied for a $1,000 grant from the Undergraduate Research Initiative to travel to the Greek island of Crete to look at the archeological site of Mochlos to find out when the volcano on the nearby island had erupted.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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