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THE LATEST: Governor seeks 'transformation' in RI's health care system

"We need to invest in our health care system, particularly for the most vulnerable among us, and in a way that is fair and equal and equitable across the board," she said.

Picture brightens as RI enters new phase

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island embarked on the second phase of its reopening plan Monday, and Gov. Raimondo says the latest state-level data on the COVID-19 crisis should inspire "e;confidence"e; as some level of activity resumes across virtually all

THE LATEST: Picture brightens as RI enters new phase

“There is going to be this week a lot of activity in Rhode Island that we haven’t seen in months … There’s a lot to look forward to. And we’ve had a very good weekend," the governor said.

Raimondo: Demonstrations, riots a ‘wake-up call’

The governor said the pandemic has newly illuminated the “real human cost” of “institutional inequality” in Rhode Island and elsewhere across the country.

Radio Beacon, Episode 13: Joseph Polisena Jr., Johnston Town Council

Joseph Polisena Jr., vice president of the Johnston Town Council, talks about how the COVID-19 crisis continues to play out at the town and state levels, his political future, and being a sports fan during the pandemic.

THE LATEST: Nursing homes will remain closed to visitors on June 1

“It’s very much still a crisis in nursing homes,” Gov. Raimondo said. “I hope that will be able to change in Phase 3 (starting July 1).”

THE LATEST: Welcome back, indoor dining, haircuts and youth sports

Beginning Monday, when Rhode Island transitions to Phase 2 of its economic reboot, residents will be able to dine indoors, cut and color their hair, get a new coat of nail polish for the first time in months and visit a spa to shake off all their COVID-19 stresses.

THE LATEST: Raimondo reveals new rules for gyms, fitness centers

In response to those becoming restless about the resumption of youth sports, she promised that youth sports will return this summer — although they will likely be different than what participants are accustomed to.

RI on track for phase two, governor says

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island is on course to enter the second phase of its reopening plan on June 1, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday - and while a focus on "e;keeping your group size small and consistent"e; will remain, the transition would allow

'It's a huge display of sacrifice': Coronavirus forces Boots on the Ground for Heroes to go virtual

By JACOB MARROCCO As Operation Stand Down Rhode Island development director Dee DeQuattro put it, you can't cancel Memorial Day. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps its way across the country, large public gatherings have been canceled as part of effort
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In a virtual vote Saturday morning, the City Council unanimously passed Major Joseph J.  Solomon’s $323.5 million “more with less” city budget with no substantive changes, even …
By JOHN HOWELL With the start of Phase 2 of the state's reopening on Monday, two businesses at different ends of the city, offering vital services, are wrestling with the challenges of providing safe environments with reduced clients and making enough
Gasoline prices in Rhode Island are up two cents this week, according to AAA Northeast. AAA Northeast's June 1 survey of prices in Rhode Island finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $1.98 per gallon. Rhode Island's price is one cent higher than
Twenty-eight local nonprofits have been awarded a total of $117,000 in grants by Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) to aid their work on behalf of Rhode Islanders and to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding supports programs focusing on basic
By JOHN HOWELL Chris Fontaine wasn't looking for accolades, but rather to correct an injustice and help out a Warwick family who lost their home to fire - and then lost the chance of having it rebuilt, due to the unscrupulous actions of a man whose

Pedal power

Pedal power Justin Richardson of Warwick who owns and operates Newport Pedicab took his family out for a neighborhood spin last week. He's hopeful tourists will return this season and at least want to get a tour of the city in one of his vehicles that

TV: The sublime to the ridiculous

Keane's reopens with BBQ take-out

Trail of tragedy leads to success on the stage

Get ready to catch fluke. warm water binging them early?

By ALEX SPONSELLER Last week's first Non-Annual Aloha Joe Marathon was a success, raising roughly $4,700 toward helping local first responders. The race was a one-man show organized by the lone participant, "e;Aloha"e; Joe Sullivan, whose name comes from his
By ALEX SPONSELLER Warwick native and Hamilton College standout ice hockey player Michaela Giuttari was recently named a Division III All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Giuttari is one of six players on the first team in the East
By ALEX SPONSELLER Bishop Hendricken pitcher Brad Lombardi was recently named the Gatorade Player of the Year for 2019-20. Lombardi is the first player to be chosen from Hendricken in Gatorade's 35 years of presenting the award. Lombardi was one of the
By ALEX SPONSELLER Horses have always been a big part of Warwick native Michael Janson's life, and he has big equestrian goals in mind moving forward. Janson graduated from Boston University and is currently a financial advisor for New York Life. He also
By ALEX SPONSELLER Last week, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce held a Zoom conference call with members of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. In the conference call, the members of the team recounted stories ranging from the
Police / crime

Police Log 06/04/20

DUI At approximately 6:45 p.m. on May 16, Officer Ben Bratko responded to West Shore Road for a report of a vehicle, described as a 2008 BMW, operating erratically and crossing into the oncoming lane of travel. Bratko spotted the suspect vehicle and

Police Log 5/28/20

Police Dept. 'patched in' with community causes

Warwick Police 'breaking barriers' with Virtual Story Time program

Police Log 5/21/20

Animal shelter news

Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Silver, this big handsome boy is in desperate need of a quiet, understanding home! He along with another kitty named Peanut (Pretty Tabby) are both semi-feral so they will need a home where they can get comfortable on their own terms. Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue is getting ready to move to their new location and these two need to be placed before they move! If you have room in your heart & home please contact them now via their Facebook page or email Time is of the essence so please if you are not able to adopt at least spread the word about Silver and Peanut! Photo credit: Karen Kalunian If you know of an animal in need please contact Karen directly at


Charles Edward Totoro

Charles Edward Totoro, 71, of Warwick, died on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Kent Hospital in Warwick. He was the loving husband of Anne Louise (Sharon) Totoro. Born in Pawtucket, he was a son of …

After rioting rattles RI, curfews pass quietly

Distancing brings a family together

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Grads one at a time

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