Five Things You Need To Know Today, February 4

Today is Monday, Feb. 4. Here are five things you need to know:


Town/School/Legislative Work Session: The Coventry Town Council, School Committee and State Delegation will meet at 6 p.m. this evening at Town Hall for a work session to discuss various town and school issues including budget, school security, pensions and more. Click here for tonight's agenda.

CPL Babysitter's Training Course: Registration begins today for the RI Chapter of American Red Cross' Babysitter's Training Course which will be hosted by Coventry Public Library on Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Boys and girls ages 11-15 may register with a non-refundable fee of $85. The course includes basic babysitting info and first aid. See the attached flier for more details or call the CPL Youth Services Dept. at 822-9102.

HHFD Board Meeting: The Hopkins Hill Fire District Executive Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at 1 Bestwick Trail. Click here to view this evening's agenda.

Valentine's Day Craft: Register today for Greene Library's February Craft - homemade truffles! Sweep your Valentine off their feet with delicious truffles packed in a gift box that you've created! There will be two demonstrations, tomorrow, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. $5/person. Call 397-3873 to register.

CHS Alumni Musicians: Brad DeGraide, choral director and teacher at CHS, and Marina Ferri (Class of 2008) have scheduled an alumni concert for Apr. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium to benefit the CHS Alumni Association. They are looking for former high school musicians who have remained in the music field either as a teacher, performer or music professional. Anyone interested should contact Marina at marina_ferri@my.uri.edu or Brad at degraidebrad@coventryschools.net.

To find more things to do today, check out our event listings.

John D. February 04, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Airport in Coventry??There is a zoning board meeting Wednesday to discuss...why isn this big news?
Leave RI February 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM
There were two airports and a balloon landing zone. One airport was at the end of Airport Rd the other was on the border with CT past Carbuncle pond. It was called RICON Airport and the balloon landing zone was on Town Farm in the vicinity of the Old Home Days event.
Lauren Costa (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Hi Mark, the proposed project at Green Light Farm on Town Farm Rd. is for a private, 2,000-ft. long airstrip, not an airport by any means. As you stated, it is up for discussion on Wednesday night, so more information will be given at that point.
Jack Ellison February 04, 2013 at 07:05 PM
YES!!! Private runway and hanger to house small planes. The proposed private runway is between the Whistle Lane and Audubon Lane properties and the entrance is on Town farm road. The hearing is schedule at the Town Hall Wednesday February 6th at 7:00pm. Washington Oak School could also be at risk if God forbid there was ever a plan accident. They have proposed a small private airstrip is to be built on 70 acres of private land. This project looks like it's been going on for several months. Please pass this information along. Thank you concerned resident!!!!!
Coventry Watchdog February 04, 2013 at 07:23 PM
The landing strip has already been built, it was done last fall but has not been used yet. I am assuming it cannot be used unless there is a zoning change.
Lauren Costa (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Watchdog, yes you are correct. The Special Use permit would have to be approved first.
Jack Ellison February 05, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Could they have permission to land a plane on the property prior to the hearing Wednesday?
Lauren Costa (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I don't believe so, Jack. But I will get a definitive answer from Zoning ASAP.
Jack Ellison February 05, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Thanks Lauren for your help.
John D. February 05, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Did they have necessary permits to build? I wouldn't imagine you would build an airstrip unless you were pretty sure you would some day be able to use it>
Sandy D February 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Mark, you are correct in asking why this isn't big news. Unfortunately, this seems to be the way things are done in Coventry - "flying under the radar" if you excuse the expression. The residents in this area have been battling a long time to keep their rural landscape. Can you imagine if this is allowed to happen? The noise in that area from the gravel pit is already a nuisance. Now they will have planes landing? Does the FAA and RI Airport Corporation have anything to say about this?
Sandy D February 05, 2013 at 03:17 PM
My understanding is that the decision on issuing the permit will be made by the Zoning Board and not voted on by the Town Council. Is this correct? This meeting on Wednesday is EXTREMELY important and everyone opposing this should make it a point to attend the meeting!


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