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School enrollment in Coventry could rise

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— A team of engineers spoke before the Coventry Town Council last night to discuss an analysis they conducted on the future population increases and the effect it will have on the capacity of the town’s public schools. An investigation of the currently-closed Oak Haven Elementary was revealed as an effort to determine the viability of re-opening the school as a pre-kindergarten, elementary or middle school.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Non-partisan election will stay, for now

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— The November election will continue as a nonpartisan election as decided upon at the Coventry Town Council meeting Monday evening. In a 2-1 vote, with council member Karen Carlson voting not to put candidates’ affiliation on the ballot and Council President Gary Cote and Vice President Kerry McGee voting to change it back to a partisan election, listing the candidate’s party association, it appeared that the upcoming elections would list party affiliations.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Retired Fire Chief Mruk has fire alarm headquarters re-named in his honor

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY – Family, dear friends, emergency personnel and town officials celebrated the accomplishments of a man who they consider to be an invaluable role model by holding a ceremony to dedicate the Coventry Fire and Police Alarm Headquarters to Retired Fire Chief Stanley Mruk, now 86 years old.
Diane Hunter, one of Mruk’s daughters, described what it was like growing up surrounded by emergency services.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bad weather will no longer ‘Bug’ Coventry residents

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— Hurricane season is here and as a result, National Grid in collaboration with Earth Works, a timely weather provider, is installing WeatherBug monitoring systems to enhance emergency planning and response efforts throughout Rhode Island.
There are currently two fully operating WeatherBug stations in the state — in Coventry and Exeter — while Hopkinton has agreed to install the system and is in the works of doing so. There are seven other weather stations planning to be installed but those are also still in the works.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Local, state candidates meet the people

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY — There was a good representation of candidates running for various seats such as the school committee, town council and state representative at the Meet the Candidates Night held at the Westwood Estates clubhouse Monday.
Voters had the opportunity to ask questions and get to know those seeking election in November in the relaxed atmosphere while they enjoyed refreshments.
Candidate running for her second term for town council, Karen Carlson said she chose to run again because she feels her job is not done

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry bonded out by governor

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY— Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into legislation last Tuesday the approval of four bond referendum requests for Coventry to put on the November ballot.
The estimated $23 million in bonds will be for improvement to the town including building a new police station, infrastructure improvements to sidewalks, streets and bridges, the installation of an emergency generator in the Department of Human Services Building and improvements and renovation of Parks and Recreation buildings.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chafee signs legislation allowing state aid to fund school program

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY — Full-day kindergarten may be a possibility in Coventry as Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation earlier this week allowing state aid to be provided to those Rhode Island cities and towns that have not implemented the day-long program starting in 2017.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Children’s course to provide unique opportunities

July 14, 2014

COVENTRY— First of its kind in the state, the Rhode Island Children’s Golf Course in Coventry is youth development alternative six-hole golf course that educates children with core life values while also teaching them the fundamentals of golf.
The golf course is partnered with the national First Tee organization that introduces the game of golf and its values to young people. Their mission is to impact the lives of children by providing educational programs that builds moral character, encourage life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the sport.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Cote quits as Democratic Committee Chair

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gary Cote, resigned his seat just before the financial town meeting June 10.
“I was away for a week and when I come back it’s to see what’s being posted and handed out to the voters regarding the town council’s decision to not include money in the town’s budget for the schools.
“I’m just tired of fighting,” he said.
Cote was referring to fellow party members Judi Liner and Kathy Patenaude passing out flyers asking voters to vote in favor if the tax increase to fund the schools.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Couple of candidates declare for council seat

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY— Two District 5 Coventry residents have stepped up to the plate as candidates for the town council seat that has been vacant since Councilman Ted Jendzejec resigned in early spring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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