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Concessions announced in Central Coventry Fire District

April 16, 2015

COVENTRY — Negotiations have been going on between the Central Coventry Fire District union and the state-appointed receiver, retired Judge Mark Pfeiffer, since late last summer.

Previously, the department was organized into four platoons with a 42-hour average workweek. That has been broken down into three with a 56-hour average workweek. The result, a 33 percent increase in firefighters’ regularly-scheduled hours.

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West Warwick Civic Center files Chapter 11

April 16, 2015

WEST WARWICK— The West Warwick Civic Center has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy claiming up to $500,000 in estimated liabilities. Managing business, Seven Eighty Eight Sports, LLC, voluntarily filed in mid-March.

Peter Ethier is a managing member of Seven Eighty Eight Sports and said he plans on continuing serving the town of West Warwick’s events and recreational sports leagues.

Labbadia's pension stopped; ordered to repay

April 15, 2015

COVENTRY— The state retirement system has recently stopped paying the pension of former Coventry Fire District (CFD) Chief Paul Labbadia because he was rendered ineligible for retirement with the amount of time served as a North Providence firefighter. The financially troubled CFD Fire District has been ordered by the state to pay over $80,000 in employee contributions to Labbadia’s retirement plan for time served in Coventry.

Satchell out to get clear test opt-out policy in RI

April 15, 2015

WEST WARWICK— With no formal opt out policy for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) announced by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), local delegation introduced legislation to establish an opt out procedure for the new state testing.

Caito gets nod to lead Wizards

April 8, 2015

WEST WARWICK— The West Warwick School Committee had a rocky start when a resident active in community athletics brought up the recent decision to hire a head football coach from outside the district rather than promoting the assistant coach. This has never happened before in West Warwick High School history, according to Jason Briggs, who addressed the committee twice.

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