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Training day

December 13, 2012

CRANSTON – Firefighters fought their way through smoke, flame, overturned furniture and exposed wires as they made their way through a burning building in Cranston Wednesday morning.

Men from Central Coventry Fire District trained along side those from Cranston in drills meant to simulate real life at the old vacant Cranston Police Station on Atwood Avenue with Cranston Fire Chief Jim Beckman.

The various drills included real life scenarios such as search and recovery of victims, stretching fire hose and utilizing equipment and working out teamwork and communications.

Shaffer-Kartesz excels as employment specialist

October 1, 2010

Shannon Shaffer-Kartesz, her role as an employment specialist has led to not just a fulfilling career, but also volunteer work as well.
Otherwise known as a job coach, referrals come to her company, RSVP [Rehabilitative Services and Vocational Placement] from the Department of Rehabilitative Services through the Virginia state government.
"The referrals are people with physical and/or mental challenges," Shaffer-Kartesz said. "Some of my clients have never done competitive employment.

And the beat goes on!

October 18, 2010

NARRAGANSETT — The Coventry girls’ soccer team is eternally grateful that soccer matches at the high-school level last 80 minutes, not 40.

It was a tale of two halves on Wednesday at The Prout School for the Oakers, where the first 40 minutes of play saw Prout – a past foe within the Division II ranks – take complete control of the match in terms of possession and physicality against the prominently-physical Coventry XI.

Local Event

October 22, 2010

COVENTRY—This Saturday you can have some fun, support a cause and learn about safety by attending a family Safety Day in Coventry. The Family Fitness Zone is hosting an event to bring awareness to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. A local seven year old girl, Isabella Calise, battles the illness. Her family is receiving medical assistance from the Shriner's, which have teamed up with the Family Fitness Zone, the Coventry Police Department and Isabella's family to hold the event. The event will take place on Saturday, at the Family Fitness Zone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ordinances governing vehicles on East Avenue bridge

October 22, 2010

WEST WARWICK—Ordinances governing the weight limit allowed on the Natick Bridge on East Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares connecting West Warwick and Warwick, are in place. The bridge was reopened after being closed since the March floods, but a weight limit of three tons was set.
Police Chief Col. Paul Villa talked with state police and municipal court judge, John Brunero, Jr. to determine what could be done to enforce the limits.
Brunero requested that ordinances be passed, which can be removed once a new bridge is constructed.

500 walk for breast cancer awareness

October 22, 2010

WEST WARWICK—Wearing pink and thinking of loved ones, close to 500 students, plus teachers and staff, took part in the third annual walk for breast cancer awareness at Wakefield Hills Elementary School this Friday. With one of the teachers acting as disc jockey the students walked in a huge circle in the field at the school. After each lap a balloon was released into the air. They had already raised close to $700 for the American Cancer Society.

Election 2010 - Coventry school committee

October 25, 2010

COVENTRY—The Times interviewed all candidates running in this year’s election. Pick up a copy of Tuesday’s Times to see what the candidates for school committee in Coventry had to say about the budget and academic achievement.

Voters asked to weigh in on state name change

October 26, 2010

All voters will be asked if the state should change its official name when they go to the polls this Tuesday. While for some the history of slavery in the state comes to mind when they hear the word "plantation," others hold that was not the founders' intent. Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Times to read more.

Do RI residents want public shores?

October 28, 2010

Voters throughout the state will be asked to approve a bond allowing the state to borrow money to acquire land at Rocky Point Park in Warwick, make improvements to Fort Adams State Park in Newport and transfer the pictured property from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Environmental Management.
Pick up Thursday's Times to learn how much this bond will allow the state to borrow and how it will be divided up.

Does West Warwick need a mayor? Should the town council ratify contracts in Coventry?

October 28, 2010

Local questions, both in Coventry and West Warwick, will ask voters how they want their towns to operate.
Pick up Friday's Times for an explanation of all local questions and how they might affect your community.


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