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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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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

Local reps looking forward to New Year

January 6, 2014

Now that the ball has dropped and 2014 is upon us, local legislators are looking forward to the upcoming challenges and hopes for their district and the state of Rhode Island.

Representative Patricia Morgan (District 26, Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) said one of the biggest things that needs to change in the state in 2014 is its economy.

“Our economy needs a real game changer and not just a tiny one but we need a dramatic change now,” she added.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Anthony residents won't see fire tax increase

December 16, 2013

COVENTRY – The frustration that taxpayers have been feeling for the months over not knowing where their fire tax stands only got worse Monday night during the annual budget meeting for the Central Coventry Fire District.

Court-appointed Special Agent Richard Land, Esq. of Chase, Ruttenburg and Freedman, LLP explained that the issue lies with accounting errors that happened in the past three years that were never caught.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry father-son duo helps get all into holiday spirit

December 6, 2013

COVENTRY— A local father-son duo have taken their love for music and used it to collect toys for children less fortunate than them and in December they’ll be traveling to a variety of locations to show off their talent.
Jesse Gauthier and his father Jack have both been playing music most of their lives and together they’ll be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program for Christmas

For more information, pick up the most recent edition of The Coventry Courier.

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