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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.”

Athletic complex bid unanimously approved

April 15, 2014

COVENTRY — Out with the old, in with the new and improved.

Now that the $1.15 million bid contract authorizing Ahlborg Construction Corporation for the renovation of the high school sports complex has been unanimously approved for $1,152,243 by the town council Monday night, the building committee is ready for the next step.

Bill Finnegan, chairman of the school building committee, was very pleased when he left the council chambers.

Valley landmark will return to prominence

April 14, 2014

WEST WARWICK—West Warwick was a major industrial town more than 100 years ago, and revitalizing the historic structures in the area has been a major priority for town and government officials alike.

Built in 1809, Lippitt Mill became a manufacturing icon and it grew tremendously during its years in operation.

In 2008, 825 Main Street LLC and owner John Ponte acquired the mill and Riverpoint Laceworks — the company that occupied the mill for nearly a century — and it was recognized as the oldest and longest working textile mill in the country.

Town ready to bid out Industrial Drive work

April 11, 2014

COVENTRY—Now that the town of Coventry has secured additional funding through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program, they can put a bid out for companies to replace numerous culverts on Industrial Drive.

Town Manager Tom Hoover explained that during the floods of 2010 many of the major industries located on that street were inundated with water because the culverts are undersized.

Fung fields questions from local GOP

April 9, 2014

WEST WARWICK—Cranston Mayor and candidate for governor Allan Fung answered questions from residents about his ideas and plans for the state if he is elected governor during a West Warwick Republican Town Committee event Tuesday night.

Fung, who was elected mayor in 2008, made Rhode Island history as the first Asian-American mayor in the state.

Since then, he has boosted the economy in his town by bringing in more than 1,000 jobs and he was the first mayor to negotiate pension reform.


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