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Vandalism incidents are sweeping town

February 3, 2011

Coventry Police are investigating a string of vandalism incidents that occurred in town last week.
Several local residents in the area of Wood, Rathbun and South Main Street all got hit by the vandals.
Sgt. John Shields of the Coventry Police Department said that the calls started to come in to the station in the afternoon on the 20th. He said that all of the callers reported similar details for each of their separate cases leading police to believe that the incidents may have been committed by the same suspect or suspects.

Col. DaSilva steps down as Police Chief

February 1, 2011

There is a new person in command of the Coventry Police Department, well starting Friday.
After just three years as chief, Col. Ronald DaSilva, chief of the Coventry Police Department has decided to retire.
DaSilva said that although he was chief for only three years, he does have 22 and a half years invested in the department and that “it’s time for a change.”

Hopkins Hill hosting a dust bowl?

January 31, 2011

At Monday night’s town council meeting the room was packed with residents there to discuss dust problems with Department of Environmental Management (DEM) officials.
The dust problems, which residents say come off of the Centre of New England property, are in the area of Johnson’s Boulevard to Jade Road and Arnold Road to Lydia Road.

Stefanic to defend his crown

January 28, 2011

There is the Stanley Cup and the Calder Cup. The uninitiated would not know they are awarded in hockey.
There is the Winston Cup. That trophy, you might guess, as it deals with racing in Winston, in the Carolinas.
But leave it to coffee maven Dunkin’ Donuts to award the very appropriately-named Coffee Cup for some incredibly quick racing on the oval concrete at their very own Center.

Portion of Gifford St. abandoned

January 27, 2011

A public hearing was held on the abandonment of a portion of Gifford Street at Monday night’s town council meeting.
Gifford Street, though never developed by the town, crosses over Centre Street and runs behind Laurel Avenue.
Ryan DiFranco, of 18 Centre St., along with his neighbor at 20 Centre St. had done numerous improvements to the property even though it was town-owned land.
At Monday’s town council meeting DiFranco said he thought he was “improving the neighborhood” and did not think it would have offended anybody.
DiFranco said had he known that it would he would have approached the situation differently.
“I do apologize,” he said, for taking steps “in the wrong way.”
There were concerns expressed about whether DiFranco is allowed to park his work trailer on the property once it is abandoned.
The council made it clear, however, that that was an issue for the town’s zoning officer and not for the council.

FEBRUARY SCHOOL VACATION CAMP AT UNIVERSITY OF RI W. ALTON JONES CAMPUS

January 25, 2011

West Greenwich, Rhode Island

A winter adventure sleep-away camp for children is planned for
February public school vacation. From February 22 to 25, 2011, the
University of Rhode Island's W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich,
RI will host February School Vacation Camp for 40 to 50 children ages 9-13.

The camp staff will encourage children to get involved in active
outdoor winter play such as sledding, snowshoeing and
ice-skating. Other activities include winter games, s'mores by the
fire, maple sugaring, snowball target practice, pirate dinner, winter
arts and crafts, broom ball on ice, snow sculpture and winter ecology.

Outdoor skills, conservation and ecology are the focus of the
camp. Campers will investigate life under frozen ponds, track
animals through the snow, view winter constellations, go on a night
hike and share stories around a campfire.

Thrumming along, threading the way

January 24, 2011

WARWICK, R.I. – Hookers are coming to a local library and they are encouraged to do so.
They have heard all the off-color jokes, so don’t even start. They also have heard all the compliments.
The Little Rhody Thrummers – the Rhode Island Chapter of the Association of Traditional Rug Hooking Artists – will hold its next big show on Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library, the very first time these hookers have filled this particular building.

Coventry students enter Robotics Challenge 2011

January 21, 2011

A dozen or so local students will be among the technological gurus that will be converging at Roger Williams University this weekend.
The youngsters are part of a growing population of robotics enthusiasts that will be taking part in the annual Lego League Robotics Challenge. This year’s event, the Body Forward Championship Tournament, will be held on Saturday, January 15th.

School budget is presented to council

January 20, 2011

The school committee met with the town council Monday night to again discuss projected budget needs for fiscal year 2011-2012.
Superintended of schools Michael Convery and the school department’s finance director Robin Reasor presented on behalf of the schools.
In addition to a list of items cut from the schools over the last few years, salary projections, detailed student enrollment projections their presentation included a capital budget request fiscal year 2011-2012.

Daffodil Days a source of hope

January 18, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The daffodil is the first flower of spring, letting us know that life re-emerges after very harsh treatment through the dead of winter.
Such evident symbolism has been the decades-old landmark of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days, which recruit volunteers now through March when these flowers spring to life.

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