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Controversy at state meet

June 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE — In a court of law, judges and juries often refer to prior decisions made in order to determine the best course of action in new cases. That precedent may be the only scale-tipping factor between a decision being in somebody’s favor or against it. The same system applies to sports. A procedure and rule must be established in the event that a situation becomes muddled by unforeseen circumstances or human error. But, when does that system give way to simple right and wrong?

School budget referendum passed at FTM

June 16, 2014

COVENTRY — After more than two hours of discussion, argument and frustration, a majority of Coventry voters overwhelmingly approved to go to an all-day referendum to either approve or deny a 4 percent tax increase in an effort to fully fund the town and the schools.
With an estimated 1,800 seats set up in the high school gym for the vote on the town’s annual fiscal 2014-2015 budget, 757 very anxious voters were in attendance. The town has 24,700.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry schools, Stop & Shop work together in program

June 16, 2014

COVENTRY— It was a lucky day for five Coventry public schools as they received a check for money earned through Stop & Shop’s A+ School Rewards program Monday. Coventry High School, Western Coventry, Tiogue, Hopkins Hill and Washington Oak Elementary Schools participated in the program this year to raise money to help their schools’ educational and extracurricular needs.

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

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

District 5 voters get their election

June 16, 2014

COVENTRY — After representatives for the Coventry Board of Canvassers went before a judge in Rhode Island Supreme Court Tuesday morning asking for a special election to fill the District 5 seat on the town council, the court decided Tuesday afternoon that the board of canvassers is to hold a special election immediately.
The date has yet to be determined.
The issue began in March after many criticized the way Coventry Town Council President Gary Cote wrote an advertisement on the town’s website for the vacant town council position.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

368 CHS grads pick up diplomas

June 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — In a warm, heartfelt ceremony that showcased the talents of its diverse membership, nearly 370 Coventry High School seniors graduated on Saturday, June 7.
Held at the spacious Thomas Ryan Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, thousands came to cheer their own. It was the most human of commencement exercises, yet it was efficiently pulled off by the numbers.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Mega dismisses NECAP data as too simplistic

June 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - On the heels of an upcoming school evaluation of the NECAP scores next month at the school committee retreat, Committee Member Dr. Anthony Mega used his three minutes at the end of the meeting on Tuesday to share his views on the NECAPs and other state assessments.
Mega began with a swipe at the NECAP data itself and the lack of examination into variables such as poverty rates and family life.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Gubernatorial hopeful visits Wakefield

June 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Ken Block, former Moderate Party candidate and current Republican Party candidate for Governor, made a visit to the South County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday night for a meet and greet with a group of area voters.
If elected governor, he said, the first thing that he will do is hold a press conference urging physicians to cease the issuance of 12-week work notices that allow Rhode Island residents to receive a full three months of temporary disability checks every year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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