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Committee discusses RIDE NECAP embargo

October 27, 2014

WEST WARWICK— While the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science scores still have not been released per order of the Rhode Island Department of Education, there is an ongoing investigation of possible malfunctions in the scoring process. West Warwick Superintendent Karen Tarasevich addressed the delay to the school committee at the meeting last Tuesday evening.
“RIDE wants to review the tests and scores further,” Tarasevich said. “We received a notice saying the scores wouldn’t be released and we are waiting to hear back.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pink Out!

October 17, 2014

COVENTRY – Students in Coventry took great pride wearing pink on Friday to support raising awareness towards cancer research with Pink Out Day.
It was a district-wide initiative to participate in Pink Out Day Friday but every school in Coventry has scheduled something in support of cancer awareness, whether it was late last month or later this month.
Students wore pink in whatever form or shade they had, with some wearing special pink $10 T-shirts created by Coventry High School students,

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Men arraigned for kidnapping 14 year-old

October 17, 2014

WEST WARWICK— Facing alleged charges of sexual assault and kidnapping of a minor, Robert Perry of Coventry and Lloyd “Paul” Baker of West Warwick were arraigned Friday, Oct. 3 at Kent County Third Division District Court. An extensive investigation with local and federal agencies reveals the two individuals having lengthy criminal records.
On Sept. 30, the pair was arrested by members of Rhode Island State Police, West Warwick and Coventry Police Departments in connection with the kidnapping and rape of a 14-year-old girl who went missing last month.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry man arrested in benefits fraud

October 17, 2014

COVENTRY— Members of various state authorities arrested 18 individuals for fraudulently obtaining unemployment insurance benefits they were not entitled to receive, including a Coventry resident. The arrests caught illegally collected benefits totaling $304,253.
Gregory Mitton, 53, who lives on New London Turnpike in Coventry, fraudulently obtained $15,906 of unemployment benefits, a violation of the Rhode Island General Law 11-41-4, Obtaining Money under False Pretenses Over $1,500, which is a felony.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Mold in the walls at Coventry fire station

October 17, 2014

COVENTRY — After the fire district’s health and safety commission took a look all around the station, common mold was found throughout but was mostly found in the basement.
There was a brief discussion regarding the problem during Wednesday’s board meeting when Anthony Fire District Chief Paul Labbadia explained that it can be cleaned with bleach and water and is not the harmful type of mold that causes severe health issues.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Almeida ready to move on all day Kindergarten in Coventry

October 17, 2014

COVENTRY — School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida has written a resolution to move forward with all-day kindergarten, which will be shared with state and local officials, including Rhode Island Dept. of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. He wants the kindergarten program to be installed as soon as possible.
“This is our first shot at it; we can always make adjustments going forward,” he said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

ACLU hits out at Coventry PD reporting

October 6, 2014

COVENTRY— If filing a complaint with the police department has been more difficult than it should, don’t be surprised. According to a study completed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island, the Coventry Police Department is one of several in the state reported to be in violation of a law requiring the online posting of police complaint forms and complaint procedures.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Coventry man in court for kidnapping, sexual assault

October 6, 2014

WEST WARWICK — A pair of men, one from West Warwick and the other from Coventry, was arraigned yesterday in Third Division District Court on Quaker Lane and charged in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl last month.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Kettle, fire union’s Gorman at odds over political signage

October 6, 2014

COVENTRY — After two days of back and forth accusations and arguments between Coventry Professional Firefighters Union President David Gorman and District 21 Senate incumbent Nick Kettle over a political sign, according to Coventry Police Lieutenant John Shields, peace has been restored.
According to Kettle, when he passed by his sign located on Knotty Oak Road on Monday, he found it destroyed. He repaired it that night and placed it out in the same spot only to discover on Wednesday the sign was gone altogether.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Almeida says Coventry schools, students ready for future learning

October 6, 2014

COVENTRY — As part of the school district’s ongoing initiative to be 21st Century learners, Coventry School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida took a pledge called the “Future Ready District Pledge,” which affirms his commitment of the district to work with students, educators, families and members of the community to become Future Ready by engaging in a wide-range of activities.
Almeida touched upon the initiative during last Tuesday’s school committee meeting to give those in attendance a brief overview but offered more detail following.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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