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Effects of zero increase would be felt town-wide

April 23, 2014

COVENTRY— During previous budget meetings Town Manager Thomas Hoover expressed the need for a tax increase in town, but members of the council wondered what would happen if no increase was approved.

The question was asked by council member Greg Laboissonniere and President Gary Cote at the April 7 meeting after Hoover recommended a 1.96 percent increase for the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget.

According to a report drawn up by Hoover, the tax increase is needed to pay state mandated pension contributions to assist their unfunded liability.

West Warwick teen training for nationals

April 22, 2014

WEST WARWICK — One West Warwick teen knows how to balance her favorite sport — gymnastics — with school and life and she does it without a flinch.

Sophomore Taylor Worthington gets straight A’s in school, gets involved with school activities and is also an all-around 2014 Level 10 state champion; in her 12 years of being a gymnast, she is also a five-time all-around Rhode Island State Champion. Her events include vault and balance beam.

Dream come true in Coventry

April 21, 2014

COVENTRY— Because of an act of kindness in February, the boys basketball teams at Coventry High School and Cranston High School West received $1,000 each from the Metta Students Foundation at a ceremony Thursday morning.

The organization was established in 2012 by Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence. Every month, they award $1,000 to a student who shares love and kindness in the community.

Chuck Jones, Athletic Director at the high school, said the money was awarded to both teams because of the events of the Oakers’ boys basketball senior night on Feb. 21.

Judge to Land: Be ready if FSA passes vote

April 18, 2014

WARWICK — Of the half dozen motions that were supposed to be heard in Kent County Superior Court Thursday morning, only the special master’s report remained on the docket after Judge Brian Stern put the remainder on hold due to scheduling conflicts.

“We have a number of things in the air at this point,” Stern pointed out. “The letters of termination were sent per order of this court and bills are pending both in the House and Senate for the Fiscal Stability Act (FSA).”

Professional development plan for Chromebooks approved by school committee

April 16, 2014

COVENTRY— The school committee voted 4-0 last night to approve a distribution and professional development plan for teachers in order to provide them with training for the Chromebooks students will be receiving next school year.

For months, educators, parents and school officials have discussed a plan to integrate Chromebooks into the classroom over a three-year-time span.

Coventry Superintendent Michael Almeida said the district is moving into the initial stages of getting Chromebooks for the classrooms in Coventry and it’s a “huge undertaking.”


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