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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

140-vote margin decides budget

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — The Coventry School committee and School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida was scheduled to begin to discuss the rounds of cuts at this past Wednesday’s school committee meeting after Tuesday’s referendum vote results revealed 1,517 Coventry voters rejected a proposed tax increase to further fund the schools to 1,377 voters who approved the tax increase.
Of the town’s 27,400 registered voters, almost 3,000 cast their ballot with steady turnout all day right up until 8 p.m. Some saw that as a good turnout, others were disgusted that so few came out.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

State Police: CCFD won’t face charges

June 30, 2014

COVENTRY — According to a press release from the Rhode Island State Police, Colonel Steven O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced that the Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office have concluded their investigation into the Central Coventry Fire District.
The investigation determined there was no basis for the initiation of any criminal charges.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

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

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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