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Changing community has locals nervous

June 23, 2014

COVENTRY — The town’s all-day referendum is less than a week away and around town, some are nervous about their community changing, and not for the better they say.
“I’m upset and dismayed that it’s come to this,” said one resident. “I understand how important educating our kids is, really I do, but I have no more to give and that’s it.”
The town’s proposed budget of $24,787,927 was approved by a standing vote at the June 10th annual financial meeting while the school district’s budget will go to an all-day referendum June 24.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Morgan disappointed over recent House vote

June 23, 2014

WEST WARWICK— The decision to hire a special prosecutor to look into the 38 Studios debacle was overwhelmingly defeated by the House Finance Committee last Thursday, and District 26 (Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick) Representative Patricia Morgan is extremely disappointed.
Only 11 of the 75 members, according to Morgan, voted in favor to appoint a special prosecutor to hold someone accountable for the estimated $90 million in bonds that are now on the taxpayer’s shoulders. An amendment to the states budget that Representative proposed is to allocate $1.5 million.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Giarrusso votes ‘nay’ on FY15 state budget

June 23, 2014

There is a fair amount in the $8.7-billion 2015 fiscal state budget that was very pleasing to one local legislator, items they feel could be a starting point in getting Rhode Island back on track, economically.
However, there was one major ticket item - which has been a point of controversy over the last few years and will be for the foreseeable future - in the budget that swayed the vote of District 30 Representative Anthony Giarrusso into the negative.

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Coventry Courier.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Award-winning posters pay tribute to life lost too soon

June 23, 2014

COVENTRY — Kaci Perry, a student at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School and Mariya Furtado, a student at Coventry High School, were honored at a recent Coventry School Committee meeting for their contribution to bringing awareness to the plight of relationship abuse through artwork for the 2014 High School Poster Contest through the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial/Scholarship Fund.
The fund is a non-profit organization founded to honor her life and to break the silence and end relationship violence.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NHS continues to get high marks

June 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett High School continues its streak of excellence with its ranking as the number one high school in the state by GoLocalProv. The ranking, determined by data drawn from the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) on all of the schools, is based on factors such as number of students, graduation rates, SAT scores, spending per-pupil, and student-teacher ratio. The school presented high SAT scores and one of the highest graduation rates in the state.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKHS graduate McGreen eyes political career

June 23, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Among the graduates of South Kingstown High School this year, one has his sights set on political office, already working as a staffer on Angel Taveras’ gubernatorial campaign.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DEM receives grant to remove Sandy debris

June 23, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Department of Energy Management (DEM) has received grant funding in the amount of $250,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program to remove and dispose of debris along the state coastline and Narragansett Bay leftover from Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Much of the debris has been removed from the locations, but there are large amounts remaining in difficult-to-reach and sensitive locations that will require special equipment to access.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

RI Fast Ferry application hearings slated for 2015

June 23, 2014

WARWICK – Hearings in the application of Rhode Island Fast Ferry to operate a high-speed ferry service between Quonset and Block Island are now scheduled for January 2015.
“It’s full steam ahead again,” Charlie Donadio Jr., owner of Rhode Island Fast Ferry, said Thursday.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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