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By JOHN HOWELL Once a cog in the gears of the Industrial Revolution, the Sawtooth mill building in Apponaug is being eyed as the future home for municipal offices and an engine to revitalize the village. Members of the City Council met with Mayor Frank

By ARDEN BASTIA For Dr. Jinen Thakkar, the COVID crisis in India hits close to home. Dr. Thakkar, who now serves as a hospitalist at Kent Hospital, was born and raised in Mumbai, where many of his family members, including parents, still live.
By JOHN HOWELL Frank Picozzi described the day he learned the city could remove the metal blue box planters lining Post Road in Apponaug "as one of the happiest days I've had as mayor." The 42 planters, each costing $5,000, will be removed by city crews
By ARDEN BASTIA The Warwick School Committee, fearing further delay of the high school renovation projects, voted Tuesday to approve plans for Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools. The school committee also approved a tentative agreement with the Warwick
By ALEX SPONSELLER Despite trailing 16-14 at halftime, the Bishop Hendricken football team would surge to beat rival La Salle, 43-22, to win its 10th state title in 11 years. Trailing 16-14 heading into the third quarter, the Hawks began to roll and set
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Putting the colors in the spotlight Thanks to the efforts of several Warwick Neck residents, a piece of Warwick history has a new shine. City-owned land on Warwick Neck Avenue dominated by a boulder bearing a brass plate informing that the home of
By JOHN HOWELL "It was like the Twilight Zone," Mayor Frank Picozzi said Wednesday morning, recalling the events of the night before. Picozzi was on a telephone call with House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi about 9:30. They were talking about the Hummel
By ARDEN BASTIA About 50 worshippers gathered on the steps of Warwick City Hall on Thursday, May 6 to celebrate the National Day of Prayer, a nationwide event that calls together people of many faiths in collective devotions. During the event, local
Rhode Island's average gas price is up five cents from last week, averaging $2.88 per gallon. Monday's price is 11 cents higher than a month ago and 95 cents higher than May 10, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 8 cents lower than the national
By RORY SCHULER The Warwick Police Department celebrated the promotion of several officers during a ceremony last week at City Hall's Council Chambers. "Tonight we are proud to present these eight gentlemen, who in a short time will be given the oath of

RI Music Education Association's All-State ensembles

 The RI Music Education Association's All-State ensembles performed this past weekend and the concert was amazing! RIMEA invited Grammy-nominated musicians and composers of some of the songs performed to give congratulatory messages during the concert. 

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By ARDEN BASTIA It's not everyday that a 9-year-old asks for snail mail for his birthday. In fact, in this age of social media, Brady Wright could have had thousands of people wish him happy birthday from around the world in a single online post.

Senior project.a career step? Pilgrim senior Jack O'Donnell has an attachment of the city skate park in Oakland Beach. It's where he spent a lot of his time as a kid. So, it's not surprising that he picked cleaning up the park as his senior project. He
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

By ZACHARY TAYLOR With the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee moving its proposed bag ban, Rhode Island is one step closer to ensuring that all plastic bags allowed in the state will all end up in one place, according to the Rhode Island

We've been invaded, and so far, it's been a good thing - except for the missing crocuses. Never have I seen so many rabbits. They outnumber the squirrels in our yard. Just the other day I spotted three of them, evenly spaced about 3 feet apart, hopping
Although Vice President Kamala Harris had a whirlwind visit to Rhode Island last week, she spent a lot more time with locals than predecessors Mike Pence and Joe Biden when they were here, respectively, in 2017 and 2016. The way that Harris directed the
Donald P. Higgins Sr., 83, of Woodbine Street, passed away on May 1, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Gloria A. (Jacobson) Higgins for 55 years …
E. Joseph Sullivan, “Sully” Lieut, Warwick FD, 63, died Wednesday, May 5, 2021. A lifelong resident of Warwick, he was a son of the late Ellworth J. and Catherine (McCabe) Sullivan. Sully …
Frank Fandetti, 91, of Warwick, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Born in Providence, he was one of eight children of the late Vincenzo and Rose C. (Pezzi) Fandetti. Frank proudly served his …
Frank Wunderler Sr., passed away peacefully at home on May 1st, 2021. He was the loving husband of Nancy J. (Fazioli) Wunderler for 66 years; the devoted father to daughters Barbara Wunderler-Selby, …
Alison Erinn (Dwan) Fracassa passed on May 2, 2021 at age 44 and at 4:44 am (44 was the uniform number of her husband in college and often of her children in sports). Alison entered hospice on Good …


The undersigned, Tax Collector, of the City of Warwick, hereby gives notice that she will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at the Warwick City Hall at 3275 Post Road, Warwick, Rhode …


Annual and perennial flowers, garden-ready vegetable plants and specialty plants will be available for sale at the Green Animals Topiary Garden Plant & Seedling Sale. Previously this annual sale has been a one-day event, but this year it will be offered

Restaurant Review by DON FOWLER Looking out the window of Dr. Frankel's waiting room, I noticed this tiny Indian restaurant across the street at 745 Reservoir Ave in Cranston. Inquiring about Chennai Express on social media, I learned that patrons were
By DON FOWLER 20 years ago "Godspell" was at PPAC. "Scary Movie 2" was worse than the first one. "Pearl Harbor" was an excellent movie. "Shrek" was the biggest hit of the year. Eddie From Ohio was at the Odeum. Trinity Rep presented "Cider House Rules,"

Beacon Buzz 05-13-2021

By ARDEN BASTIA First arts show at Oakland Beach Fireman's Club The Oakland Beach Fireman's Club is seeking photographers and artists for their first annual arts and crafts show. The event will be on Sunday June 13. Vendors can purchase a 10x10 table


Pair of Titans headed to next level

By ALEX SPONSELLER A pair of Toll Gate Titans made their college decisions official this week, as Meaghan McCamish signed to play both field hockey and ice hockey for New England College while Julianna Roa committed to play soccer for Emmanuel. McCamish

North opens season

The Warwick North Little League softball season got underway last Friday evening at the fields on Bend Street. Players, friends, family and other locals gathered to celebrate Opening Day as well as …

Hawks-Rams rivalry renewed

The Bishop Hendricken football team won its 10th state championship in 11 years with a 43-22 victory over rival La Salle last weekend at Cranston Stadium. Sure, the Hawks are always the favorite and their win was nothing surprising. It has gotten to the

Kayak fishing basics and more

I have always felt privileged to interview Rhode Island's best fishermen and charter captains and then write about the expert fishing strategies and tactics they relate. Todd Corayer, a great fisherman and award winning fishing writer, is one of those

Hawks edge NK, headed to final

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken football team grinded out a 14-7 win over the visiting North Kingstown Skippers in the state semifinals last Saturday night. The Hawks and Skippers have had some high-flying contests in the past few seasons, so

Apponaug thanks its volunteers

By PETE FONTAINE The famed Apponaug Baseball Complex, which some people say has been the scene of youngsters playing the national pastime for many moons and perhaps dating back a half-century, has never looked better and may be in its best shape ever.
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.

Animal Talk

This young boy has a sad story but we are hoping to find him a happy home! DJ was found outside fending for himself so he is a little shy but you can tell he wants to be loved. He will take some …


DUI Just before 12:30 a.m. on April 26, Officer Keara Enos was conducting a routine patrol, heading east on Airport Road toward Warwick Avenue, when she observed a vehicle - described as a 2009 Mercury Milan - stopped in the middle of the intersection.

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
By ARDEN BASTIA In a unanimous vote, the Warwick School Committee appointed Lynn Dambruch as the new superintendent. As her first act as superintendent, Dambruch named William McCaffrey assistant superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday night.

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 …

John Donegan, the Ward 3 member of the Cranston City Council and leader of the Democratic caucus, joins Dan to discuss the city’s budget review, ordinances he’s working on, the panhandling case settlement, the fortunes of the Yankees and Knicks, and more.
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