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Landscape outfit with roots in Coventry earns spot on publication's Top 5,000 list

July 30, 2012

EAST GREENWICH — Having started as a small company in Coventry, Proscape Landscaping is climbing the ladder, having made the Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 list.

John Pontarelli, President and founder of Proscape, explained that landscaping has been in his family for many years.

He said he started in the landscaping business in 1988 and opened Proscape in Coventry in 1995.

The company has now been relocated to East Greenwich but provides services to cities and towns throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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Coventry AP class makes history on test

July 23, 2012

COVENTRY — After much hard work and preparation, 25 students from Coventry High School’s Advanced Placement history program passed their test, making this the first time in 19 years that 100 percent of the students have succeeded.

Social studies teacher and curriculum coordinator Matthew Brissette explained that the test is administered through a group called the College Board, the same group that offers the SATs.

“This is the first time that 100 percent of the students have passed,” he said proudly. “We’ve had the program for eight years and every year the scores have gone up.”

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West Greenwich tabs next police chief

July 17, 2012

WEST WARWICK — Major Richard Ramsay of the West Warwick Police Department has accepted a job offer as the new Police Chief of West Greenwich as he focuses on the advancement of his career.

Maj. Ramsay, who’s been with West Warwick for 23 years, began his career as an officer and worked his way up to the second highest position in the department.

“I love my job as a Major in charge of the patrol division, but being a Chief is a great opportunity,” he said. “When the application opened up I talked to my family and I thought it would be a good move professionally.”

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Local firm, URI helps supply Coventry H.S. with lab equipment through grant

June 29, 2012

COVENTRY — With the help of a grant from the Amgen Foundation, high school students will continue to get a hands-on experience in the ever growing field of biotechnology.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) was awarded the $94,000 grant to offer, for the sixth year, the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program at high schools throughout the state.

More than 5,000 students and 100 teachers in Rhode Island participate in the program, including Coventry High School.

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Coventry HS grad presents to Congress

June 26, 2012

COVENTRY — A recent Coventry High School graduate was given the chance to take her hard work and research on D-Day and present it to Congress in Washington D.C. in May.

Amanda Hoskins, who graduated this month, said it all began when her Advanced Placement History teacher, Lisa Johansen asked her class who would be interested in going to France with her.

She explained that she wrote her teacher a short letter explaining why she wanted to travel to France; Johansen then selected her for the trip.

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Students at area charter school learn to leave no trace at local pond

June 22, 2012

WEST GREENWICH — Approximately 20 students from the Greene School in West Greenwich will be getting a hands-on learning experience of the outdoors while helping connect three hiking trails in the area.

Greene School is a public charter high school that houses 120 students.

Teacher Jeff Johnson explained that twice a year the students are mandated to enroll in “intensives.”

He said that the week long program offers an intense curriculum and a more proactive approach to education.

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Longtime SRIN photographer Ray Clayton inducted into Rhode Island Press Association Hall of Fame

January 27, 2012

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers is proud to announce that longtime staff photographer Ray Clayton has been named one of three entrants into the Rhode Island Press Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Clayton, who worked for SRIN for nearly 40 years as a fulltime photographer and freelanced for the Standard Times up until his death last December, will join East Bay Newspapers sports writer/photographer Manuel C. “Manny” Correira and retired Providence Journal business editor Joseph L. Goodrich as the latest inductees into the coveted hall.

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KC Hospital CEO Sandra Coletta: A Woman to Emulate

November 15, 2011

A woman knows: an apology can neutralize the fury.

In an era when most in corporate America seem to loathe in accepting personal responsibility for any given situation, the following is offered as a unique approach, all the more interesting in that this event occurred in our own back yard.

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Dinsmores ready to host Heart and Soul Ball

November 14, 2011

COVENTRY—The Heart and Soul Ball at the end of this month will give you an excuse to dust off your best black tie attire—all to support a cause.

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Stump Pond to benefit from state grant

November 13, 2011

COVENTRY- The Coventry Land Trust has received $325,000 after the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) awarded the state $4.3 million in open space grants.

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