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West Warwick's Curtis crowned Miss Rhode Island

June 1, 2015

WEST WARWICK— While she was still Miss West Warwick, Alexandra Curtis raised $2,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as part of the Children’s Miracle Network. She can add that to her list of accomplishments, as Curtis beat all of her competition and was named Miss Rhode Island at Saturday’s pageant at Rhode Island College.

Although part of the Miss America foundation requires contestants raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), it meant more to Curtis because she was able to help children in the West Warwick community.

A Special Send-Off

June 1, 2015

COVENTRY — Six students got the send off of their lives Friday morning as the entire community from the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School gathered to wish them all well at this weekend’s annual Rhode Island Special Olympic games taking place at the University of Rhode Island.
Kimberly Vernava, assistant coach and special education teacher, said the school used to do this years ago so she wanted to bring it back.
“It’s amazing,” she said.

This is Coach Samantha Taylor’s first year of teaching and coaching the students with running and the softball throw.

West Warwick council begins to face panhandling

May 28, 2015

WEST WARWICK — Councilman Angelo Padula Jr. raised his concerns for the second week in a row at Tuesday’s council meeting regarding the issue of panhandlers on the corner of New London and Legris Avenues.

“I’ve been getting calls for the panhandling and I’m asking the council, what can be done about it?” Padula said.

Florio asks schools to relinquish Oak Haven

May 28, 2015

COVENTRY- The future of Oak Haven Elementary School was discussed at the Coventry School Committee meeting where committee member David Florio expressed deep concerns for its safety. A motion to relinquish control and care custody of the school was set forth by Florio, but was dismissed with no other members in favor.

Florio, who represents Oak Haven district, said at the meeting that yet another break in happened at the abandoned school over the past weekend.

Coventry woman dies after being hit by truck

May 28, 2015

COVENTRY— A 53-year old woman was killed while walking in Coventry on Monday night. Cheryl Sherman of 12 Eleanor Dr., Coventry, was walking along the road when struck by a pick-up truck driven by 29-year-old Brian Blanchette of Coventry near Howard Ave around 9 p.m. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the accident, police said.

Once police responded, they performed CPR on Sherman until rescue personnel transported her to Kent County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation.

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