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Block goes after DMV wait times

July 23, 2014

WEST WARWICK— In the month of June alone, Rhode Islanders in total spent 2.4 years waiting in line at the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), according to gubernatorial candidate Ken Block. At a press conference at the DMV Headquarters in Cranston, Block discussed ways he will to improve the customer experience, wait times and the out-dated computer system that is costing the state millions for maintenance and repairs if elected.

Coventry doing things different in summer school prog. this year

July 21, 2014

COVENTRY— Placement assessments are now being taken by Coventry summer school students through a new online Edgenuity software program company that Superintendent Mike Almedia said allows the child’s strengths and weaknesses in the subject to be identified. With this new software, the student’s knowledge on the topic will be tested and will determine how long they will be in summer class sessions.

Hartford gaining familiarity with fire district

July 18, 2014

COVENTRY— The newly-appointed receiver for the Central Coventry Fire District, Steven Hartford, is making his way through years of finance records in an effort to learn what the past and present challenges of the fire district were and are and at the same time, looking for more effective ways to move the wounded district forward.

He was appointed on May 6th and said he was somewhat surprised of the appointment because he had been working with the Governor on the Central Coventry issue up until that point and he thought the plan was to go with a budget commission.

Vets looking forward to trip through town

July 17, 2014

COVENTRY— A team of 50 military veterans will be cycling and water skiing in Coventry next week as part of a rehabilitation program through the New England Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. Partnered with Veteran Administration (VA) Centers and various non-profit organizations throughout New England, veterans are able to participate in adaptive sports meant to act as a type of physical therapy and to help them bond over positive activities.

Stressing Cyber Safety

July 17, 2014

COVENTRY— While the Missouri man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Tuesday for taking a developmentally disabled minor from Massachusetts to Rhode Island for illegal sexual activity, where they met in an online chat room, Coventry Police Chief Bryan Volpe talked about way parents can prevent cyber crimes, like this one, from happening.

“As parents, we all must be vigilant regarding our children’s online use on home PC’s, laptops and smart phones,” Volpe said.


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