THE GASPEE DAYS PARADE: It can't happen without all our help.

The Gaspee Days Parade Last year the Gaspee Days Committee was forced to cancel the parade, this year they’re going ahead and planning one for June 12th. Their challenge is raising $35,000 …
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By JOHN HOWELL What does it take to make a parade? Well, for starters, you need people. And as Gina Dooley knows, many assume everybody wants to show off so they willingly march for nothing. That's not the case. Dooley, chair of the Gaspee Days

By ARDEN BASTIA and JOHN HOWELL Having been the site for one outdoor graduation and a Dancing Under the Stars fundraiser for Mentor RI last year, Aldrich Mansion on Warwick Neck has become graduation central for Toll Gate, Pilgrim and Bishop Hendricken
By JOHN HOWELL You won't see students storming the mayor's office demanding restoration of athletics, as they did two years ago, or a prolonged City Council battle over school funding, as has been the budget tradition, with Superintendent Philip
By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island remains on track to expand COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to all residents 16 and older on April 19 despite a federally ordered pause on the administration of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, state health officials told
By ARDEN BASTIA "When you enter this loving school, consider yourself one of the special members of an extraordinary family," reads a large poster with brightly colored letters in the foyer of the WELC preschool at John Brown Francis. It hangs on a
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Winter visitors Rob Cote captured this shot of harbor seals sunning themselves on the rocks off Fox Island. He said he counted 15 of the seals that leave these parts to summer at Cape Cod. According to the Save the Bay annual seal count, 357 seals were
Honoring the lost Twenty-nine pairs of boots, representing the 29 Rhode Islanders lost in the Global War on Terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, were on display last Friday and Saturday outside Warwick City Hall. The event served as a prelude to the Boots on
Rhode Island's average gas price is down one cent from last week), averaging $2.77 per gallon. Monday's price is 10 cents higher than a month ago and 72 cents higher than April 5, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national
By JOHN HOWELL Pawtucket resident Billy Partain told a gathering of state and city officials outside City Hall Wednesday that when he lost his husband, he gained a family. Partiain's story underscored the importance of the organ donation program and how
Point cleanup About 20 members of Concordia Center for Spiritual Living were joined by at least another half dozen people who happened to be enjoying the morning sunshine at Conimicut Point in beach cleanup Saturday. They picked up an assortment of
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By JOHN HOWELL They can't weigh more than 5 ounces, and some look like they have come off the set of a science fiction movie. Others could be the cars of the future, yet still others are not much more than a block of brightly colored wood with stickers

Stepping up to help our veterans Combination food and toiletry drives at Hendricken High School and St. Rose of Lima, St. Peter, St. Kevin and St. Joseph parochial schools collected truckloads of donations for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. OSDRI
Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday three new nonstop routes from T.F. Green Airport (PVD) to Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and Philadelphia beginning this summer. To celebrate the new …

By DAVID PLACE Imagine waking up and you cannot feel anything. You try to talk, but there are no words - only silence. You try to scream, and nothing comes out. The only sound you hear is your own voice, but only inside your head. You look around

There was no counting of the rings when she came down, but my guess is that the maple was more than 100 years old. The core to the tree was gone. We were left with a stump, a ring of wood 6 to 8 inches around a hole that dropped 2 feet below the surface
To the Editor: In these politically polarized, stressful economic, and sickening times which test our humanity toward one another, it is refreshing and reaffirming that there are those …
Carlene Alberta (Silvestri) Aitken, 85, of Warwick, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Carlo A. and Florina (Abruzzese) Silvestri. …
Terry Paine, age 69, formerly of Cranston. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing our brother, Terry Paine, at Riverview Healthcare Community on April 8. Born in Providence, the …
Joan Kane Morgan, 84, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on April 12, 2021. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Louise (Cormier) Kane; beloved wife of …
Russell G. “Butch” Luce, age 75, of Warwick, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Kent Hospital. He was the husband of Eleanor (Fagan) Luce, with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of …
Barbara A. (Murphy) Leonardo, age 75, formerly of Farnum Road, Warwick, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021 at West Shore Health Center. She was the wife of the late John E. Leonardo. Born in …




By KELLY SULLIVAN On June 30, 1884, residents of Warwick packed the Town Hall; 49 of them to apply for liquor licenses. The majority of people sitting there that day had arrived with the intention of protesting the granting of new licenses or the renewal

Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co. Inc., (, a Cranston-based nonprofit arts organization, will be celebrating Earth Day with a virtual Earth Day celebration, which will premiere via zoom on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. This
The winners of Trinity Rep's 10th annual playwriting competition for New England high school students - titled "Write Here! Write Now!" - have been announced. They include Ramona Boyd (Lincoln School, Providence), Tosin George (Cranston High School East,

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By ARDEN BASTIA Tomorrow Fund Stroll N' Roll The Tomorrow Fund's 18th annual Stroll N' Roll begins Sunday, April 18, at 10 a.m. in Garden City Center in Cranston. The event will benefit The Tomorrow Fund's mission to provide financial and emotional


Centracchio wins Hobey Baker Award

Pilgrim senior Ella Centracchio was recently given the Hobey Baker Award for her sportsmanship while playing for the Warwick girls hockey co-op this past winter season. Centracchio will be graduating this spring and is heading to the University of

Pilgrim sweeps Toll Gate, 3-0

By RYAN D. MURRAY The Pilgrim Lady Patriots went to Toll Gate on Friday night and swept the Lady Titans 3-0 (25-19, 25-8, 25-12) during a Girls Division II East Volleyball tussle. The Pilgrim attacked was headed by sophomore Kaleigh Catucci, (4 aces, 6

Pats fall to Eagles, drop to 0-2

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim football team traveled to Barrington last Friday night and was topped 41-12 to drop to 0-2 this season. The young Pats struggled to stop the Eagle rushing attack throughout the contest which exploded on the ground for

Take me trout fishing

Now is the time to go trout fishing on your own or with family and friends. Trout season is open and with freshly stocked waterways in Rhode Island and Massachusetts it is fairly easy to catch a fish. What's not to like? Being outdoors in fresh, clean

Abbreviated season, but there's a season

The Vets Middle School cross county team has tested its mettle against Winman Junior High and middle schools in Cranston and Coventry in the past three weeks. And while not official meets, girls …

Hawks rally to shock Skippers

By RYAN D. MURRAY The Hawks were down 17-0 before they rallied to beat the North Kingstown Skippers 30-24 late Saturday afternoon during a Division I Football clash between the states' top two teams at Bishop Hendricken. Keith Croft, Hendricken's head
Star Students

The following Warwick Veterans Memorial Middle School students have earned honors for the quarter: High Honors Grade 06 Ethan Alves, Maryam Atif, Jack Bannon, Riley Barker, Oriana Blanco, Mackenna Buffery, Myles Butler, Bryan Carreiro, Andy Castillo

Honor student Jake Brodeur, a sophomore at North Carolina State University and a 2019 Toll Gate graduate has been named to the dean's list. Brodeur is a Business and Marketing major.
The following Pilgrim students have earned honors for the second quarter: FRESHMAN HIGH HONORS: Avery Adams, Damien Isaiah Aptt, Tiana M. Arruda, Ariana Ayriyan, Ryan Kenneth Barlow, Nicole E. Blanton, Madison Lynn Boscia, Braxton Logan Bragg, Emma R.
The following Winman Middle School students have earned honors for the second quarter: Grade 8 High Honors Olivia Bradford, Lena Butera, Isabella Cambio, Lyla Costa, Kamryn DeAngelis, Lucas Franco, Shannon Furlong, Emma Harrold, Emma Hindle, Jordyn
Pilgrim High School seniors Allison Rodrigues and Nathan Rainey were inadvertently omitted from the school's first quarter honors list published in last Thursday's Beacon. Both students earn high honors.

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Puppy love, meet Nacho! This handsome boy is just five months old and is hoping to find and active, fun-loving family to adopt him! He is a mixed breed, their best guess is Lab and Hound with a …


If you ask 12-year-old Cranston native William Kinloch what he wants to be when he grows up, his response is undoubtedly "a professional ballet dancer." Ever since he saw his first production of San Francisco Ballet's "The Nutcracker," he's devoted most,

Rhode Island's 2021 recreational fishing regulations were discussed and voted on Monday, March 1 at the RI Marine Fisheries Council. The Council recommends both recreational and commercial fishing regulations to Janet Coit, Director of the Department of
A new rapid Covid-19 testing site opened for asymptomatic Rhode Islanders Wednesday at the Shops at Greenwood, Suite 15 and 17, near the Rhode Island Blood Center on Greenwich Avenue.  An …
By JOHN HOWELL Warwick rescue was transporting a patient - according to reports, a 4-day-old baby who was having difficulty breathing - to Providence last weekend when the vehicle started shaking. They were on Interstate 95. They knew they had to get to

Radio Beacon is a podcast from Beacon Communications run by Dan Kittredge (Cranston Herald), Jacob Marrocco (Johnston Sun Rise), John Howell (Warwick Beacon) and Alex Sponseller (Beacon …

After Dan and Jake discuss the latest on ATVs, the lieutenant governor search, and RI's vaccination campaign, Jake chats with Dist. 43 state Rep. Deb Fellela of Johnston (29:37) about the State …
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