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By ARDEN BASTIA Now 15 years old Francesca Beagan started dancing at Distinctive Dance when she was just 19 months, and has no plans to stop. The dancer had a challenging start to her life. When she was born, she was diagnosed with a lung condition that

By ARDEN BASTIA Amy Kuiawa may be able to drive her kids to school as a stay at home parent, but she says the "mama bear in [her] jumped out" when the Warwick School Department released the new guidelines for bus transportation. The Warwick Public
There are still lines Warwick tax collectors knew what to expect as soon as bills were delivered - lines out the door at the City Hall Annex at Buttonwoods. While the bills have a first quarter payment deadline of July 15, the grace period has been
By JOHN HOWELL School finance and operations director Robert Baxter, whose bold plans to showcase schools, streamline busing, increase community use of school buildings and build enrollment were featured in a July 1 Warwick Beacon front page story, has
By ARDEN BASTIA According to data from the Department of Labor and Training, 20,386 Rhode Islanders collected unemployment in May 2021, about 79 percent of the state's unemployed population. But despite the number of Rhode Islanders who say they are
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By ARDEN BASTIA Paul Salera, president and CEO of Westbay Community Action, has witnessed firsthand how the pandemic impacted families, whether it was a parent who lost their job or a child struggling with distance learning. Starting July 15, the Child
By JOHN HOWELL Faced with arguments that a proposed ordinance to regulate solar panels could boomerang, resulting in their uncontrolled proliferation in residential areas with the loss of trees, along with fears the law could be legally challenged, the
The days of public Zoom and teleconferencing meetings is coming to an end, although the city will continue to live stream meetings. In a notice issued Wednesday to the city, Stacy DiCola, associate director of public information with the Secretary of
That ice cream goodness The management at Sparrows Point II treated residents Friday to an ice cream social that Pat Waldeck described as a "great thing to have on a very humid day." She said the event was greatly appreciated, naming property manager
By ARDEN BASTIA It was the early 1990s and Niles Madsen needed a career change. He was in his mid-forties, and working as an insurance claims examiner with Blue Cross in Maryland. "We were in a company-wide meeting one day when the boss told everyone

Blake's Kitchen Cook Off

Children's Wishes held the 1st Annual Blake's Kitchen Cook Off on Thursday night at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in honor of Blake Costa who lost his battle to brain cancer at just four years old. …

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Boaters know Jeff Jeff English, who only recently retired from running the Warwick Cove Marina fuel dock for 27 years, was in for a surprise last Thursday during a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Fairwinds Marina in Oakland Beach. Joe McGrady, who bought

It takes a team Joe McGrady owner of Fairwinds Marina in Oakland Beach will host the many contractors who transformed what was formerly the Warwick Cove Marina with new docks, a new bulkhead, renovated buildings and landscaping at a ribbon cutting at
By JOHN HOWELL You can't surprise Dottie McCarthy. At least that's what she says. So, it wasn't surprising she would claim she knew about her "surprise" retirement party a month ago. But sources say otherwise. Under the ruse that they were having drinks
EDITORIAL

My son Ted had seen and heard reports of great white sharks being caught in the fishnets off Point Judith. Now he was out there foil sailing. That would have been good, only the wind dropped to under five knots and he lost power. The tide was carrying

To the Editor: The well-done Beacon article, "Reflections on a new administration," by Arden Bastia (June 24, 2021) highlighted our new Superintendent of Warwick Schools Lynn Dambruch along with the new Assistant Superintendent William McCaffrey. They
To the Editor: Thank you Leslie Derrig and Jane Kenney Austin for alerting us in your letters of July 8, 2021, to the critical solar ordinance up for consideration at the July 19th Council meeting. Who knew! Who knew that our city is considering allowing
To the Editor: Eight of the top 10 students at Pilgrim HS are young women and nine of the top 10 at Toll Gate HS are young women. Why is this? I think it's safe to assume that women and men are of equal intelligence. Could it be that women work harder
Obituaries
Mary E. (McGrath) Selwyn, 95, a retired schoolteacher for the Warwick School Department for 33 years passed away Tuesday July 20, 2021 at the Scalabrini Villa in North Kingstown. She was the wife of …
Mary E. (McGrath) Selwyn, 95, a retired school teacher for the Warwick School Department for 33 years passed away Tuesday July 20, 2021 at the Scalabrini Villa in North Kingstown. She was the wife of …
Erminia “Ernie” Esteves, age 82, of Warwick, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. Born in Cranston, a daughter of the late Antonio and …
Mary C. Pellicano, age 86, of Warwick, passed away at home on Monday, July 19, 2021. Born in the Norwood Section of Warwick, and a life-long resident, she was a daughter of the late Bruno and …
Roberta B. Todd of Attleboro, MA and Warwick, RI died peacefully on July 15, 2021, after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Milton Todd and the late Mildred Bradley Todd. After …
LEGALS

 Midnight To 5:00 A.M. License

Application for a Midnight to 5:00 A.M. and In accordance with the City Ordinance, Section 10-3 as amended, has been received at this office as follows: From: Apple Cinemas Warwick Inc.D/B/A: …

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By ARDEN BASTIA Warwick artist Sophia Hopkins place first in the annual Chalk the Block contest sponsored by the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. The event was held on July 15, and featured artists aged 7 and older. Contestants entered the
By ROB DUGUAY When Proclamation Ale Company proprietor and co-founder Dave Witham passed away from cancer on Christmas Day last year, it shook Rhode Island's craft beer industry to its core. It left the brewery without its face and the community without
On Netflix THE COOK OF CASTAMAR This Spanish melodrama has a little bit of everything - intrigue, a love story, sex, violence, history, politics and the "upstairs/downstairs" relationships between the wealthy and their servants. The series has too many

Beacon Buzz - July 22, 2021

By ARDEN BASTIA New exhibit at WCFA Altered Paper, Prints, & Books, a new exhibit, is open now through July 24 at the Warwick Center for the Arts at 3259 Post Road. This exhibit features works on paper, in two or three dimensions, with an emphasis on

SPORTS
District Champs: WCA takes home two titles
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Continental American 11 and 12-year-old All-Star teams continued to impress this summer as each wrapped …
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PAL baseball claims state crown
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick PAL 13-year-old baseball team won the Rhode Island Babe Ruth state title last week when it topped host …
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North 12’s win state championship
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick North softball 12-year-old All-Stars beat Portsmouth 3-0 last week to win the state championship and …
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A crazy time of year
Last weekend I was covering some Little League All-Star action and had a funny exchange with the home plate umpire of one of the games …
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Cod fishing basics
Get a jump on the cod fishing season this fall and winter with some expert advice from anglers Bob Murray and Rich Hittinger at a …
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WFFSC shines at state tourney
SoccerRI recently held its statewide playoffs and the Warwick Fire Fighters Soccer Club had a big day, with five teams winning their …
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Warwick Tree Post eyes playoff run
By ALEX SPONSELLER Warwick has a new American Legion baseball team this summer, as the Warwick Tree Post 101 season is underway at …
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WCA All-Stars rolling in District 3
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Continental American All-Star teams have impressed so far in the District 3 tournaments, with all three …
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Fluke bite mixed, some tips to enhance your catch
By CAPT. DAVE MONTI The summer flounder (fluke) bite has been mixed this season with some nice fish being caught off Block Island on …
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Star Students

The following students have earned 4th quarter honors at Toll Gate High School: Grade 9 High Honors: Andrew Agostinelli, Robert Allen, Sydney Amaral, Jessalyn Andreozzi, Bruce Angelini, Adeline Areson, Francesca Beagan, Serene Blanchette, Jordan

Magna cum laude graduate Katherine Baxter graduated on Sunday, June 13, from Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket. The graduation was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, with Bishop Robert C. Evans presiding. Katherine is a member of the RI
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.
ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK

Animal Talk - Princess

Pretty, pretty Princess! She is just a young pup about six months old so lots of puppy energy. Princess is a Hound mix with a gorgeous tri-color coat and dark brown eyes that are filled with love! If …

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By JOHN HOWELL Warwick is on the verge of a building boom. Consider all that is on the drawing boards: a warehouse covering 11 acres; a 122-room hotel that when completed will give the city 17 hotels with more than 2,200 rooms; multiple housing
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 RORY SCHULER If a new state program is successful, within two years every frontline police officer in the Ocean State will be equipped with a body-worn camera. Warwick Police Chief Col. Bradford E. Connor wrote a letter of support for the program.
An exhibition of artwork by Cranston-based painter Rebecca Flores, called "Nature, Nurture, Hope," is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery on the main floor of the state's Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence. The exhibit, which
RADIO BEACON PODCAST

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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