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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.

Robotics team performs well

February 24, 2011

A team of students from Coventry High School secured a spot in the top five at a statewide annual high school robotics competition last weekend.
The students, members of the Coventry High School Robotics Club, were one of the more than 30 teams to enter in this year’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Tech Challenge.

Self-defense workshop for women to be offered by Anne Kuzminsky March 5

February 23, 2011

WAKEFIELD – To empower women and girls to live safe, peaceful lives, a leader in self-defense and martial arts is offering an open workshop Sat., March 5 to teach women self-defense skills to avoid dangerous encounters.

During the workshop, held at 24 Salt Pond Road, Room B-3 from 1 to 4 p.m, lead instructor Anne Kuzminsky will teach participants how to use intuition, awareness and active thinking for safety, verbal skills and confident body language. She will also evaluate their physical and mental abilities. Kuzminsky will teach basic self-defense strategies and inform participants about the dynamics and realities of violence. She will also teach women techniques on how to interrupt violence like making eye contact, being assertive and using physical skills.

Coventry students compete in the NEIT auto competition

February 21, 2011

By Jessica Selby
jselby@ricentral.com

They are still just learning the tricks of the trade, but last week they had to perform like professionals.
Andrew Jennings and Robert McConnell, seniors enrolled in the automotive program at the Coventry High School Regional Career and Technical Center, had to diagnose a malfunctioning motor, analyze an alignment matter, identify a faulty brake system and detect the electrical troubleshooting system on several vehicles. The tasks were all part of the annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, which was held at the New England Institute of Technology Automotive facility last Friday.

A love story told slowly, over 62 years of good living

February 17, 2011

This January marked Bill and Pauline Anderson Strozier’s 62nd wedding anniversary.
The Coventry couple was married on January 15th, 1949 at a Lutheran Church in Providence. Bill was 25 and Pauline was 23. Today, Bill is 87 and Pauline is 85, but the couple said it seems like just yesterday that they met.
They talked about the day in great detail. Pauline said that her father brought Bill home with him on February 8th, 1948.

A festival in Newport shows off its winter beauty and its variety

February 14, 2011

NEWPORT, R.I. – Sometimes, it’s hard to get tourists to come to Newport in the middle of an Ice Age winter. But, God, are they trying.
Tons of February ice that doesn’t kill you can certainly be dropped into a variety of chilled, mixed cocktails.
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