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The Conimicut Village Association (CVA) has always taken pride and ownership in maintaining and improving the Conimicut Village area. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) provide us with the funding necessary to support businesses and to improve the area. In addition to helping local businesses with facade improvements, during the past four years we purchased 5 picnic tables for Conimicut Point Park, four bike racks placed throughout the village and sidewalk planters and matching trash containers for West Shore Road. CDBG funds and the combined effort of members and city departments built and now maintain a scenic overlook at the end of Beach Avenue. Memorial bricks were sold, engraved and now line both sides of the walkway to the overlook.

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CVA holds an annual Spring Fling fundraiser in April to raise sufficient funds to purchase hanging flower baskets that are placed on the historic light poles along West Shore Road, the flowers for the sidewalk planters and to hire someone to water all the flowers from Memorial Day through Labor Day. CVA also purchases,places and maintains the US flags mounted on the poles along West Shore Road that fly from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.

On the first Friday in December, CVA and Woodbury Union Church co-host a Village Tree Lighting in Donovan Park. After the lighting, attendees are invited across the street to Woodbury Union where one of our local school choruses sing holiday music. Santa Claus is always there and there are refreshments in the lower level of the church for all attendees.

In addition to these events, CVA also hosts an Easter Egg Hunt in April at Clegg Field on Winter Avenue. CVA also interacts with many Warwick City Hall offices to facilitate improvements. This year, after a 10-year wait, CVA worked with the Warwick Planning Department to push the Village District Zone through City Council. Now approved for implementation, the Zone will facilitate new businesses and assist existing ones through changes in both parking and setback requirements and the easing of multi-use restrictions for properties along West Shore Road in the Village.

The Association ended 2016 with 150 members. We meet for about one hour at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at either Woodbury Union Church, St Benedicts Church or William Shields Post American Legion. The Community Police attend every meeting and provide a crime report and listen to input from members. Councilman Joe Solomon and are local state senator and representatives are members of CVA and attend most of our meetings. You are cordially invited to drop in to any of our meetings to check us out, meet your neighbors and make your voice heard.

Board of Directors, Conimicut Village Association
Virginia Barham, President Bobbie Brooke
Leslie Derrig, Vice President Elena Counts
John Paul, Secretary Karen Oliver Legg
Doug Ray, Treasurer Eileen Poole
 
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