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Hail to the chief

By ETHAN HARTLEY The congratulatory tribute to Col. Stephen McCartney drew more than 350 people to the Crowne Plaza Thursday evening, and a foundation set up in his name to further his work helping probationers and parolees, as well as people with

Victim remembered for ‘big heart’ as family calls for action

Lauren Ise’s “heart was bigger than the sun,” recalled her mother, Cheryl Palazzo. “Her big, beautiful blue eyes saw the good in everyone,” she added. It was a deeply emotional late …

Man charged with murder of former girlfriend

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The son of a late mob figure has been charged with domestic first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Cranston woman. Michael T. Marrapese, 40, is accused of killing 29-year-old Lauren Ise, Cranston Police announced March

Future path of arts center no clearer

By JOHN HOWELL Since announcing last month that he is looking to move city offices into the Kentish Armory next to the Apponaug Library, the home of the Warwick Center for the Arts for the past 34 years, Mayor Joseph Solomon has neither met with the arts

New elementary science curriculum gets praise, controversy

By ETHAN HARTLEY Warwick Public Schools are in the midst of a big transition regarding how they educate elementary students in science curriculum, which has generated both high praise regarding the new program's merits and scathing criticism from some

Community cop

By JOHN HOWELL During a recognition and promotional ceremony Tuesday, Col. Rick Rathbun, Warwick's new police chief, said he looks forward to working with Warwick citizens and businesses to address quality of life issues and establishing a strong sense"

Big financial squeeze

By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Joseph Solomon says he's tightening the screws on city spending in an effort to deal with the looming financial crisis he outlined in his state of the city address two weeks ago. In an interview Monday, Solomon said he has instructed

State largely supports legislative priorities for senior citizens

By ETHAN HARTLEY Senior citizens are getting a lot of help from the Rhode Island legislature, as five out of the six legislative priorities that would either extend existing programs or create news ones to benefit the elderly are on track to work through

A new Promise at RIC?

By ETHAN HARTLEY Governor Gina Raimondo joined Rhode Island College (RIC) president Frank S nchez on Thursday morning to discuss the potential benefits of expanding the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program to the state university. The proposed

UPDATE: Son of late Mafia figure charged with murder of estranged girlfriend

Michael T. Marrapese, 40, is accused of killing 29-year-old Lauren Ise. He was arraigned in Third Division District Court on Thursday morning, where he entered no plea and was ordered held without bail.
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The Washington Trust Company officially kicked off its nineteenth annual Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive with more than 2,600 pounds of peanut butter collected at a recent employee appreciation event. The annual drive, which runs through the end of
Three members of the Bishop Hendricken High School community were honored by The Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, D.D., Bishop of Providence, at The Catholic Youth Ministry and Scout Awards Celebration at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday,
The hunt On the morning of March 8th Thomas Theroux, who lives just north of Rocky Point, photographed this coyote on the hunt. In case you were wondering, it didn't bother making a plunge for the ducks.
By ETHAN HARTLEY Many must traverse Jefferson Boulevard to get to work, but if you stick solely to the main drag you may miss some exciting, hidden businesses operating just enough off the beaten path. Mayor Joseph Solomon paid a visit to one of those
By MERI R. KENNEDY More than 120 people plunged into the chilly waters of Greenwich Bay Saturday to assist families with the expenses of preemies. Founded 10 years ago, Project Sweet Peas helps to support families with a baby in NICU. A NICU (Neonatal

CCRI Players bring 'Bedtime Stories' to campus

6The Community College of Rhode Island Players and Seed & Ivy Theatre Co. will bring a play to the college this week about a young woman plagued by depression who learns how to find her true self. Bedtime Stories" follows the life of Marina and her"

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The Warwick Warriors fifth grade boys travel basketball team recently won the state championship in the Rhode Island Youth Basketball Association's silver tournament, winning 36-29 in the finals. After a rocky 2017-18 season in which the Warriors won
The St. Kevin girls 5th grade basketball team recently won the Catholic Athletic League Championship and completed the perfect season in the process. “They were super excited and super invested …
The Bishop Hendricken hockey team topped Smithfield in two games in the Division I Semifinals last weekend to punch its ticket to the state championship, where it will square off once again with rival La Salle. After taking Game 1 in a 3-1 decision, the
By RYAN D. MURRAY The No. 1 ranked Pilgrim Patriots swept No. 2 ranked West Warwick/Exeter/West Greenwich co-op 2-0 in the boys hockey Division III Final and repeated as champions over the weekend at Bradford R. Boss Ice Arena. The Pats beat WW/EWG 3-1
After topping East Providence in the state play-in game, the No. 16 Cumberland boys basketball team shocked RI last Thursday at Cranston East, topping No. 1 Bishop Hendricken 62-55 to knock out the heavy favored Hawks, putting an end to their bid for
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Police Log - 03/19/19

LARCENY Officer Michael T. Isherwood responded to a residence on Narragansett Parkway on Feb. 25 for a report of larceny of a snowblower. Isherwood met with the homeowners, who said that their snowblower had been taken during the night. Police said the

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Solomon taps retired Providence fire marshal as Warwick chief

By JOHN HOWELL For the first time in the history of the Warwick Fire Department, the mayor has reached outside the ranks of the department to name a chief. Tonight, the Board of Public Safety is expected to approve Mayor Joseph Solomon's selection of

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The abortion debate: Why is this happening now?

By STEVEN FRIAS An old adage is to avoid discussing politics and religion. A debate on abortion usually entangles both politics and religion, which is why even politicians may try to avoid it. Therefore, some were surprised when for the first time in a

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