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THE LATEST: Beaches, parks to close as crisis grows

Rhode Island continues to move rapidly up the curve, and the state’s public beaches and parks are being ordered closed in the latest step meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. Eighty-six new …

THE LATEST: 'Distance learning' to continue through April; 114 new COVID-19 cases in RI

“The next few weeks are going to be very difficult,” the governor warned. “We are at a point of fast spread.”

THE LATEST: RI sees third COVID-19 death; child care facilities ordered closed

On a day that saw the state’s third coronavirus death and 55 new cases (for a new total of 294), Gov. Gina Raimono announced the closure of all daycare locations starting Monday and also called on Rhode Islanders to do much better at self-distancing.

THE LATEST: First 2 deaths in RI from COVID-19; Raimondo issues stay-at-home order

  Editor's note: This story appears on our websites as part of a new partnership between Beacon Communications and East Bay Newspapers to share coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. Rhode …

Fung: As West quarantine concludes, 'think again' on 'corona parties'

The two-week self-quarantine order for members of the Cranston High School West community expired on Friday – and Mayor Allan Fung has a new message for those who might see the occasion as a reason to celebrate in group settings.

THE LATEST: Governor extends restrictions, defends 'pinpointed' approach to NY visitors

Editor's note: This story appears on our websites as part of a new partnership between Beacon Communications and East Bay Newspapers to share coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Gina M. …

Top lawmakers approve governor’s $300M borrowing request

The General Assembly’s four-member Disaster Emergency Funding Board on Thursday approved Gov. Gina Raimondo’s request for authority to borrow up to $300 million – a move the …

Radio Beacon, Episode 4: Jack Howell from Hong Kong

Beacon Communications, publisher of the Warwick Beacon, …

Hospital ready for surge

The state's second largest hospital, Kent Hospital, is geared up for a surge in COVID-19 cases, more than doubling its intensive care unit beds from 15 to 35 and is preparing to increase the personal protective equipment (PPE) available

Raimondo: Virus fight a 'marathon'

Developments in the nation's capital brought some fiscal "good news" during Gov. Gina Raimondo's Wednesday briefing on the COVID-19 crisis - although her request for a panel of state legislative leaders to authorize the borrowing of
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During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, supporting the state’s nonprofit community is more important than ever. On Wednesday, April 1, United Way of Rhode Island will launch its new …
Editor's note: This story appears on our websites as part of a new partnership between Beacon Communications and East Bay Newspapers to share coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Gina Raimondo …
Not by choice, Father Robert Marciano, president of Bishop Hendricken High School and pastor of St. Kevin and St. Benedict Churches, has been forced to slow down for the past 10 days. He's been quarantined and he's taking COVID-19
While at $1.96 a gallon at the Gulf service station on West Shore Rd. in Warwick is the lowest it's been in about a decade, station owner and operator Atish Patel said Monday some customers are holding out for the price to drop even
Armed with laptops, the children at the Facente home in Warwick were up early Monday morning, 7 a.m., to begin their first day of distance learning. "e;There are a lot of distractions at home - iPads, cell phones, video games, staring

60s and Sexy: And so it goes...

It’s a new time and we all need to adjust. Who knew there would be things like social distancing and just generally being afraid of going out in public. As I sit here and try to adapt, …

Life Matters: Blankets to cover the windows

Back in the Day: Caring for 'wards of the state'

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Music and COVID-19: Solo artists, bands navigate trying times

Although locals have been advised to remain in their homes and in limited contact with one another during the current COVID-19 pandemic, there is still one safe option for recreation: golf. Most Rhode Island club houses have been shut
Last week, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced that all K-12 schools in the state would be adhering to distance learning plans starting Monday, March 23 through April 3. With the announcement, the Rhode Island Interscholastic
Pilgrim's Ethan Laramee recently committed to playing college football for the Division III UMass Dartmouth Corsairs next fall. The standout defensive back was a team captain for the Pats over the past two seasons and was a key member
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken boys basketball team wrapped up its 2020 season with a 53-45 Sweet 16 win over Tolman last week in the open state tournament. Sebastian Thomas capped off his stellar campaign with a game-high 17 points, while
By ALEX SPONSELLER Prior to the postponement of interscholastic athletics due to the COVID-19 outbreak, local middle schools such as Vets and Winman tipped off their unified basketball seasons. The two clubs squared off last week at Vets, putting on a
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Police Log

SHOPLIFTING Just after 3 p.m. on March 13, Officer Evan Johnson was dispatched to the area of the Warwick Mall following a report of a shoplifting incident at Macy's. An asset protection officer at Macy's had contacted police to advised that two suspects

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Animal shelter news

Animal Pet of the Week: Happy

Happy is adorable and we think he knows it too! Happy is looking for an adult only, dog savvy household. This little eight year old Westie mix ended up in the shelter after his owner passed away. Happy’s coat is fluffy white with splashes of light tan and he also has two different color eyes! Like we said he is adorable but he needs a very specific home. If you’d like to see if you might be Happy’s perfect home you can call the Warwick Animal Shelter at 401-468-4377 or email as the shelter is currently closed to foot traffic but they are available via phone or email. All Happy is hoping for is a happy, loving home! If you know of an animal in need, please contact Karen:


Shutting RI down

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Joining Massachusetts in another unprecedented step meant to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday announced that dine-in service as restaurants, bars and other establishments will be prohibited

This may be best time to adopt a dog

Dancers 'Zoom' ahead of the virus

Solomon announces new COVID-19 protocols for city operations

Everything will be all right

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Elementary Students Shine!

Cedar Hill School K Mila Ridolf 1 Brozy Howlett 2 Callum Way 3 Charlie Mackowitz 4 Luke Goodine 5 Shraddha Jeejesh Greenwood K Layla Trahan Reynolds 1 Isla Restrepo 2 …

Shannon Furlong

Principal Lynne Prentiss Shannon is a bright, enthusiastic and intellectually curious student who seeks to develop positive working relationships with adults and peers. Shannon exemplifies Winman …

Olivia Levesque

Principal Dave Tober Olivia is a sweet girl who is always willing to go the extra mile to be helpful. Olivia always works hard, and the quality of her work is amazing! In her own quiet way, Olivia …


A learning experience for all of us

As schools in Rhode Island will remain closed until at least April 3 due to the state's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, this week saw the beginning of the first widespread distance learning plans in state history - as students, parents and

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