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Threatening video caused HPV meeting cancellation

September 3, 2015

WEST WARWICK— Two additional informational community meetings regarding the newly state-mandated human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine were cancelled due to a threatening video toward the Rhode Island Department of Health. The State Police are investigating the video.

According to Joseph Wendelken, a communications specialist for the Department of Health, two meetings scheduled for West Warwick High School and Middletown were cancelled. The West Warwick meeting was scheduled for Aug. 25.

Court shuts down two cultivation sites

September 3, 2015

COVENTRY— The two medical marijuana grow operations on Reservoir Road in Coventry have been found by a Rhode Island Superior Court judge to be in violation of zoning regulations and an earlier ruling of the Coventry Zoning Board was upheld.

Judge Allen Rubine ruled earlier this week that the medical marijuana grows were constituted as horticultural activity, and their location in an industrial zone is against the town’s zoning ordinances.

Bid awarded to T. Miozzi in tight vote

September 1, 2015

COVENTRY — It was another full house at Monday’s Coventry Town Council meeting, which revolved around T. Miozzi, Inc getting awarded an asphalt paving bid for $2.5 million. After much talk and consideration, the town council voted to approve the bid 3-2, with Councilwomen Tammy Duxbury and Karen Carlson against.

Residents from Westwood Estates spoke again, the same who spoke at last week's town council meeting, saying the asphalt plant located at 75 Airport Rd. is contaminating the nearby environment and affecting the health of those in the surrounding neighborhood.

CFD Board tables layoffs at meeting

September 1, 2015

COVENTRY — There was a packed house again at Club Jogues for the Coventry Fire District meeting Monday.Committee member John Cook made a motion to take layoffs off the agenda.

“It’s all or nothing,” said Coventry Fire District Frank Palin as he explained that there are two choices facing the district — a layoff of the entire department and losing services or keeping the staff and being in violation of the state labor law because the district can’t pay them.

By a vote of 3-2 the vote was approved to take layoffs off the agenda.

New boss at WW Housing Authority

August 26, 2015

WEST WARWICK — The West Warwick Housing Authority welcomed a new executive director Monday.

Marc Starling, who grew up in Philadelphia Pubic Housing, has been an advocate to provide safe neighborhoods for low to moderate income families and since beginning his work in 1999, his top priority has always been results through communication, treating all fairly and educating people on the process of public housing because everyone has to adhere to the process.

“I believe in one thing about all others — results,” he said.


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