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Town to receive a NRCS grant for erosion repairs

March 31, 2011

ANGELENA CHAPMAN
achapman@ricentral.com

Approved at Monday night’s town council meeting the town of Coventry has entered into an agreement for erosion repairs along the Pawtuxet River.
The agreement is for a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Plugs, poppers, tied flies and fish stories a-plenty

March 23, 2011

BY JAMES MEROLLA

There were 10,000 plugs, but no sockets, 10,000 jigs but no dances, and hundreds more gulps and spoons that had nothing to do with food.
Welcome to the very successful 8th Annual Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association’s annual fishing show spectacular, with an angle for every angler and the allure of a million lures.

With spring around the corner work at the Senior Center garden set to begin

March 21, 2011

ANGELENA CHAPMAN
achapman@ricentral.com

Work on the community garden at the Senior Center and in preparation for the larger community garden across from town hall will begin this week.
After putting the garden to bed in the fall it is time to start replanting. Just in time for daylight savings and just over a week before the first day of spring, work will begin this Friday and Saturday.

Good Citizenship Award

March 17, 2011

Jessica Selby
jselby@ricentral.com

Jaryn LaPlante tutors students who need extra help after school.
Alexis Ruest found $50 in the supply closet at her school and turned it in.
Kristina Andrea helps out the exchange student that her school hosts.

Lincoln, Civil War takes the RI stage

March 13, 2011

BY JAMES MEROLLA

Mary Todd Lincoln came to Cranston last week. So did Lincoln’s Vice President Hannibal Hamlin.
They were accompanied by three other members of the Attleboro GOP in authentic 1860s array to discuss Abraham Lincoln in the marvelous confines of the impressive Governor Sprague Mansion.
The decorated visit put the ‘civil’ in Civil War.

All day kindergarten unlikely

March 9, 2011

ANGELENA CHAPMAN
achapman@ricentral.com

School Committee Vice Chair Nancy Sprengelmeyer came out against all-day kindergarten in a letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, despite thinking it is “absolutely the best” for children.
Despite being in support of all-day kindergarten from an educator’s point-of-view, Sprengelmeyer testified against it for financial reasons.
In a Feb. 9 letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives that is signed by Sprengelmeyer and Superintendent of Coventry Public Schools Michael Convery they write that it would be “fiscally impossible” to implement such a program at this time.
The bill, H 5049, was introduced by Rep. Roberto DaSilva (D-East Providence, Pawtucket) and Rep. Raymond Johnston, Jr. (D-Pawtucket).
It would require all districts in the state to have all-day kindergarten, or in other words to increase the hours a kindergartener must attend class. It would require students to be in class five and a half hours per day.
The letter to representatives on behalf of Coventry states that, “While both the Coventry Public Schools’ administrative team and its School Committee members unanimously support the concept of all-day kindergarten, the cost to implement this program would be a fiscally-impossible undertaking at this time.”
The letter says it would be “cost-prohibitive without a guarantee of a State-funding source.”
At their Tuesday night meeting Sprengelmeyer asked Rep. Lisa Tomasso, who was in attendance, about the status of the bill.
Tomasso told the school committee that she did not see the bill coming to the floor because representatives were realizing the impact of sending a bill to communities with “a fiscal note attached.”
At the Feb. 14 town council meeting where Sprengelmeyer shared the letter with council members, Councilman Raymond Spear called it “another unfunded mandate.”

Fitness approaches change to fit the times - and time the fitness

March 3, 2011

ANGELENA CHAPMAN
achapman@ricentral.com

COVENTRY—Last Friday the principal at Coventry High School showed his support for physical education by participating with students in a fitness test.
Students are required to complete the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment, designed to identify their current state of physical fitness and provide them with information to improve and maintain their personal health, physical education teachers say.

Jack Yena honored for his role at Johnson and Wales

March 2, 2011

BY JAMES MEROLLA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An East Greenwich collegiate legend has made his mark and established his place, and Rhode Island PBS has preserved it as living history.
The film, “Jack Yena’s Legacy: Finding a Sense of Place,” is the third of a trilogy of documentaries about the unique history of Johnson & Wales University by filmmaker Marian Gagnon. Yena resides in E.G.
The complete film series has been years in the making.

Three generations of auctioneers call upon loyalty to thrive in WW

February 28, 2011

Cornerstone Auction Gallery customers are so loyal, they do business with the Fricker family even after they have died.
“We have customers who have come here for the last forty years, and they still come. We have people who pass away, they are still our customers, if they want to sell their stuff. We’re even in people’s wills,” said Bob Fricker, who, with son, Bob Jr. and grandson Jason, operates the longest continuously run auction company in Rhode Island.

Local thieves sought by cops

February 25, 2011

By Jessica Selby
jselby@ricentral.com

A male-female duo have made off with more than a $1,000 worth of items from the Coventry Wal-Mart.
Coventry Police are investigating, but are asking the public for help in identifying the suspects.
The store has video surveillance of both the male and the female suspects and have posted the images on Rhode Island Most Wanted, but are hoping that someone will reach out to them to help the detectives working the case to identify the suspects.

 

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