WEST WARWICK — Since being hired by the West Warwick Police Department nearly 28 years ago, the idea that he would one day serve at the agency’s helm had never crossed Ernest Lavigne’s mind.
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.
WEST WARWICK — Thanks to the heroic actions of two members of the West Warwick Police Department, an incident that could have ended in tragedy instead became a reason to rejoice.
WEST WARWICK — On Main Street in Arctic Village, a new business beckons passersby with the promise of delicious cakes, fresh-baked pastries, and many of the same Portuguese treats that have been enjoyed by locals for years.
COVENTRY — Right off of the Coventry Greenway, located inside a repurposed shipping container at the town’s transfer station, the Coventry Bike Bank is officially open for business.
COVENTRY — Julie Leddy sat Tuesday afternoon in a chair set up on the lawn behind 14 Manchester Circle. Around her, staff members and residents of the Coventry Housing Authority stood by large orange buckets, loaded foam water shooters at the ready.
WEST WARWICK — Having risen through the ranks of the West Warwick Police Department, Ernest Lavigne has officially made it to the top.
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.
WEST WARWICK — Two months after residents approved a $7 million road bond, the West Warwick Town Council has voted to award contracts for the rehabilitation of numerous roads throughout the town.
WEST WARWICK — Tucked inside an aluminum briefcase, a collection of medals and badges offer a glimpse into Ernie Roberts’ heroism during World War II; of his bravery in the Battle of the Bulge, and of the time he was injured by a blast from a German tank.
COVENTRY — Amid widespread concern from residents regarding a drastic water level drop, a judge on Friday ordered that the draining of Johnson's Pond be stopped, and that the water be allowed to rise again.
COVENTRY — On June 18, in the back of a rescue truck as it sped toward Kent Hospital, Rhyder Yergeau-Barker took his first breaths.
COVENTRY — This summer, a new kind of library will hit the streets of Coventry.
COVENTRY — In the village of Arkwright, stretched across the Pawtuxet River, an abandoned bridge harks back to the days when area mills flourished and carriages were a common mode of transportation.
WEST WARWICK — The football field was awash in Wizard pride Friday night, as West Warwick High School said farewell to 217 members of the class of 2021 during a commencement ceremony unlike any other.
WEST WARWICK — There’s no substitute for hard work, Meghan Janicki said during a recent interview. Even if something seems impossible, she said, as long you put in the effort, you’re bound to see results.
WEST WARWICK — After 27 years working in law enforcement for the Town of West Warwick, Col. Mark Knott will officially be wearing a new hat come the end of the month.
WEST WARWICK — For Hannah Shindler, the last 15 months were a time of self reflection. It was during that time, as she mulled over her interests while studying remotely, that the plans for her future really took shape.
COVENTRY — Some 1,300 pounds of plastic were collected during an event in Coventry this weekend, saving what would otherwise have wound up in the Central Landfill so that it can one day be used to make new products.
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.
WEST WARWICK — Juana Palacios was making her rounds one afternoon earlier this year, distributing mail on Alden Drive in West Warwick, when she noticed a resident in need of emergency medical attention.
COVENTRY — On Dec. 7, 1941, a young Coventry resident was among more than 2,400 Americans killed in the attack that launched the United States into World War II. Nearly four years later, the same war claimed his brother’s life.
WEST WARWICK — The Jaycee Corridor and Arboretum at Riverpoint Park has a fresh new look, thanks to Henri Messier, a member of Troop 11 Coventry.
WEST WARWICK — After a year in which theaters worldwide were dark, the curtain will finally rise this weekend on a musical production unlike anything the West Warwick High School Players have done before.
COVENTRY — Thanks to dozens of volunteers who pitched in during the town’s annual Earth Day event, the streets and parks of Coventry are a lot cleaner today than they were last week.
COVENTRY — On the eastern side of Coventry, a small body of water has long been a favorite spot of swimmers, kayakers and anglers, alike. But with aquatic invasives threatening its future, a group of residents is on a mission to restore the lake they love by keeping the troublesome plants at bay.
COVENTRY — As it continues its mission of preserving the past, the Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society, which runs the Paine House Museum, is looking with excitement to the future.
COVENTRY — At the former site of a beloved local garden center, a new family-run business has planted roots.
COVENTRY — As it contemplates what to do about the town’s sewer system, the Coventry Town Council on Saturday welcomed residents to a virtual workshop on the history and potential future of the troubled program.
COVENTRY — Every year, a service held in Coventry pays homage to the heroism of four World War II chaplains who, 78 years ago last month, died rescuing servicemen and civilian workers as their ship sank in the frigid Atlantic.
COVENTRY — Coventry’s years-long search for a town manager has finally come to an end.
COVENTRY — Andrew Clarkin has grown up spending his summers at the Westwood YMCA. From learning to swim in the Quidnick Reservoir during his childhood, to becoming a swim instructor, himself, last summer, some of his fondest memories were made at Westwood.
WEST WARWICK — The West Warwick Public Library was announced on Thursday by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as a finalist for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries.
WEST WARWICK — On a sliver of land bordered by Pulaski Street and the Pawtuxet River, a longtime symbol of Crompton’s roots as a mill village no longer stands.
COVENTRY — If viewers take away anything from watching his virtual rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a moving performance featuring hundreds of musicians, Ryan Mancini hopes they see that there’s power in unity.
COVENTRY — For residents of the nearly 700 houses that surround it, as well as many others who live beyond its shores, there’s no place like Johnson’s Pond.
COVENTRY — With the Town Council’s unanimous vote this week to authorize town staff to seek proposals for demolishing the Byron Read Building, a bit of Coventry’s history could soon be just a memory.
COVENTRY — The Coventry High School Alumni Association recently unveiled the names of five alumni to be added to the growing list of Oakers whose photographs adorn the Coventry High School Hall of Fame.
COVENTRY — Once again, the Fiscal Year 2021 budget presented to voters in Coventry was defeated this week — and this time, it looks like level funding will stick.
COVENTRY — As the new year comes into swing and the pandemic drags on, a free initiative through Westwood YMCA is aiming to assist residents of Coventry and surrounding towns in taking charge of their health in 2021.
COVENTRY — For the third time in twice as many months, Coventry residents will head to the polls today to either accept or reject a $109.2 million budget for the fiscal year that started more than six months ago.
WEST WARWICK — The West Warwick Town Council met this week to appoint members to the Charter Review Commission, a board now tasked with sifting through and suggesting amendments to the document that guides the local officials in each of their decisions.
WEST WARWICK — A fire in West Warwick early Wednesday morning claimed the life of a 41-year-old man, who the fire chief says died while helping his uncle to safety.
COVENTRY — Beneath a stream of cold water, a couple dozen local firefighters and their family members welcomed the new year during a modified version of a beloved tradition.
COVENTRY — During a holiday season unlike any other, Don Nester wanted to do something for his grown children that they would never forget.
COVENTRY — The Coventry Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a budget for the 2021 fiscal year that if approved by voters will increase the tax levy by 1.98 percent.
WEST WARWICK — On Saturday, members of the West Warwick Elks met at the American Legion Post 2 to present $2,000 in grant funds to three local organizations focused on improving the lives of veterans.
COVENTRY — Dressed in their best Christmas sweaters, their cars decked out it festive lights and glittering garland, teachers from Coventry High School hit the streets Tuesday afternoon to deliver a bit of holiday cheer to the members of the class of 2021.
Coventry is among the latest of Rhode Island's school districts to jump to full remote learning amid soaring COVID-19 cases, the superintendent announced Thursday, shortly after Gov. Gina Raimondo urged districts to continue in-person learning.
WEST WARWICK — Every December, the Christmas Is organization strives to ensure the holidays are bright for hundreds of families. As a nonprofit, it relies on the unwavering generosity of others to be able to purchase thousands of toys for West Warwick's children in need.
COVENTRY — By a unanimous vote, the Coventry Town Council this week elected Ann Dickson as its president, with newcomer Jen Ludwig earning the title of vice president by a vote of 4 to 1.