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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.

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COVENTRY — It’s been a long time coming, and Johna Lombardi couldn’t be more thrilled to finally be serving up “shakes, teas and smiles” to the people of her hometown.

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COVENTRY — In response to a recent change by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) in the educator certification regulations process, a group of teachers and administrators has spent countless hours over the last several months to determine just what those changes will look like in…

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COVENTRY — With the deadline for its first application just around the corner, the Coventry School Committee heard an update last week on the progress of the Necessity of School Construction process, a multi-stage application through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) that will …

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PROVIDENCE — As members of the General Assembly prepared to convene Tuesday for a new legislative session, faith leaders, state officials and activists from across Rhode Island huddled together beneath the Statehouse rotunda to remind lawmakers of their responsibility to fight poverty throug…

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Coventry police settle into new headquarters at 50 Wood Street

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COVENTRY — It was a move-in day several years in the making.

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DEDHAM, MA (January 2, 2019) -- To thank the snowplow drivers for their efforts in New England's bitter winters, D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches surprised select Departments of Public Works and private plowing organizations by presenting them all with free 29" Great Divide sandwiches.

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COVENTRY — Having already spent dozens of hours over the last year clearing brush and removing fallen branches from the site, members of the local Sons Of Union Veterans Of The Civil War chapter gathered Sunday at a historical cemetery in Greene for their final cleanup of 2019.

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For a musician or a band, being stuck inside of an artistic box can be a terrible affliction. It’s even worse when it becomes obvious to  outside observers that an act is sticking to one style. Contrasting that trend is Ontologics, a duo consisting of Coventry natives Ian Campopiano on elect…

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COVENTRY — Coventry’s dining landscape is expected to get somewhat of a makeover in the impending new year, as over the next month some eateries close their doors and at least one other prepares to open.