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COVENTRY — When Western Coventry Elementary School students return to the classroom in a couple of weeks, they’ll be greeted by a new principal whose passion for education has landed her in the town that she calls home. 

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COVENTRY — The Coventry Town Council voted this week to join a program meant to better the quality of Coventry’s vehicle fleet as it saves the town thousands of dollars in vehicle-related expenses every year.  

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COVENTRY — Town councilors in Coventry heard an update this week on a plan to top the former landfill on Arnold Road with a solar installation — a project that over the next two and a half decades could generate some $2.5 million in lease revenue. 

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COVENTRY — Amid widespread concern from residents regarding a drastic water level drop, a judge last week ordered that the draining of Johnson’s Pond be stopped, and that the water be allowed to rise again.  

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COVENTRY — Nothing says summer quite like watching live music from a lawn chair, perusing classic cars, or catching a flick from the shore of Tiogue Lake.

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Jon Dodd was in Connecticut on June 12 when he received a text that stopped him in his tracks. No, it wasn’t about renewing the warrantee on his car. The executive director of the Atlantic Shark Institute (ASI) in RI had just learned that a juvenile great white shark was in a fish trap insid…

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COVENTRY — In an effort to build up a safe and cost-efficient vehicle fleet, the Coventry Town Council is contemplating joining a fleet management program that could end up saving the town thousands of dollars annually.

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COVENTRY — In March of 2020, as the world was just beginning to grapple with the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, Coventry became one in a growing list of Rhode Island municipalities to declare a town-wide state of emergency. 

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COVENTRY — From Anthony, to Tiogue Lake, to the Pawtuxet River, Coventry residents spent this Memorial Day honoring the fallen during a series of ceremonies that took place at various locations throughout the town. 

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COVENTRY — With less than a week to go before Coventry’s all-day budget referendum, Town Council President Ann Dickson is urging residents to support the $111.7 million budget being presented to them for the fiscal year beginning July 1. 

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RHODE ISLAND – Life in the Ocean State has begun to resume some sense of normalcy, though there is still some question about what the college experience will look like for students attending school in Rhode Island this fall. 

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COVENTRY — The Coventry Town Council this week began to review the town manager’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 municipal budget, a $112.5 million spending plan that calls for a 3.95 percent increase in property taxes. 

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Coventry — After having his bicycle stolen last year on the day that he was to kick off a cycling challenge fundraiser, West Warwick resident Jimmy Plummer is finally riding again. 

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SMITH HILL – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from hundreds of Rhode Islanders on a package of nearly two dozen gun bills. The marathon of a meeting went late into the night last week, drawing out fierce debate from individuals on both sides of the gun control issue. 

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COVENTRY — With the Fiscal Year 2022 budget process now underway, the Coventry School Committee voted last week to approve a preliminary draft budget for what the superintendent warned will be another challenging year. 

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COVENTRY — Since Gary Cote’s resignation last month from the Coventry Town Council, the  District 4 seat has been empty. A special election to fill that open position is being arranged for early May, Interim Town Manager Ed Warzycha said this week, with a tentative primary date scheduled in April. 

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COVENTRY — Police in Coventry are seeking the public’s help, after a small dog was found unresponsive inside a soft cooler bag outside of Walmart earlier this week. 

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COVENTRY — Their senior year certainly isn’t playing out as they’d always imagined it would. But with the launch of its “Adopt a Senior” program, a group of parents is determined to ensure that when members of the class of 2021 leave Coventry High School in June, it’s with at least some fond…

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The Champlin Foundation this week announced $18 million in grant funding for 188 Rhode Island organizations whose focuses range from arts and culture to social services.

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COVENTRY — Every year for more than six decades, Saints John & Paul Parish has hosted its Snowflake Bazaar. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the parish, Fr. Michael Woolley said, and has become a beloved holiday tradition among community members. 

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COVENTRY — As students continue their gradual reentry into Coventry’s school buildings, Assistant Supt. Don Cowart has said that adopting a phased reopening plan was “by far” the best thing the district could have done. 

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COVENTRY — The community has spoken, and the school committee decided unanimously during its meeting last Thursday that athletes at Coventry High School will get to participate in state-approved sports this fall, after all.  

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During her daily press briefing today, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced 38 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state to a total of 203 cases. Although this is the highest number of new cases Rhode Island has seen in one day to date, Raimondo assured Rhode Islanders that the state is working diligently.

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Due to the statewide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Southern Rhode Island Newspapers office will be closed to the public until further notice.