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From the Governor's Office - February 28, 2021

    As February comes to a close here in Rhode Island, I want to make sure you've got the latest info on our COVID-19 response.   Make sure that you're signed up for …

Senior Services provide valuable resources despite pandemic

By ARDEN BASTIA Like everyone and everything else during the pandemic, Warwick's Senior Services had to change the way they provide assistance. From working with a limited team during the Medicare Open Enrollment registration process to keeping in touch

From the fast lane

By ARDEN BASTIA For Jody Cerullo, serving as the new Vice President of customer service and tech support at BankRI relates more to his background as a NASCAR driver than one would think. In 1998, Cerullo took two important steps in his life: first,

Hospital giants step closer to merger

By DANIEL KITTREDGE After years of talks - and, at times, acrimony - the state's two largest health care systems have reached agreement on a merger. The new entity formed from the combination of Lifespan and Care New England would also bring Brown

Ready, set, vaccinate

By ARDEN BASITA While the Department of Health has increased the number of doses of vaccine available to be administered by the city to residents 75 years and older, Mayor Frank Picozzi doesn't see the current system as sustainable, as the program is
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Open for voting Early voting in Warwick on the $400 million package of seven bonds on the March 2 ballot tops all other municipalities although the total of 221 votes cast by Tuesday morning is anemic given the city has more than 60,000 registered
STOLEN VEHICLE Just before 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, Officer Maxwell Neiley responded to a 200 Centerville Road for a report of a possible stolen motor vehicle. At the scene, the reporting party told Neiley his 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee had been stolen from
In and out The second Monday city vaccination clinic for residents 75 and older held at Veterans Middle School ran smoothly as 640 people were inoculated. Fire Chief Peter McMichael said the plan calls for two more consecutive Monday clinics of 640
By ARDEN BASTIA Faculty and students at Sherman Elementary School are planning a week of memorial events to honor Shaylyn Schoonmaker, a beloved school employee who was the victim of a house fire last Thursday. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of
Condo plan for City Centre gets first passage The City Council unanimously granted first passage Monday to a zone change to about seven acres from a general industrial to residential planned unit zone for a 75-unit condominium development on Kilvert

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How Sweet It Is

Sixth grade students at Warwick Veterans Middle School collect sap to turn into maple syrup as part of their project based learning (PBL) class taught by Patricia Bastia. This is the second year Mrs. …

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By JOHN HOWELL Last week, the Rhode Island Association of School Principals recognized Chip McGair, a Warwick native and former assistant principal at Pilgrim High School, as the Outstanding First Principal for 2021. McGair is principal of the South

By ARDEN BASTIA Morgan Nathan, of Troop 77 Buttonwoods, has made history as a member of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America's first female Eagle Scout Class. She is among only a handful of young women nationwide who will make up the
By ARDEN BASTIA There have been teachers who motivate and mentor, who provide guidance and valuable lessons, but there is no one that inspires quite like Pilgrim High School technology teacher Cheryl DelSanto. DelSanto has recently been nominated for

It was a slow snow last week, the kind of storm we have not seen in many years. Usually if we get anything more than a dusting it arrives in the form of a nor'easter. The snow comes fast and furious, sometimes at the rate of more than an inch an hour.

To the Editor: Renewable energy is unreliable energy. That is the disturbing lesson to be learned from the rolling blackouts that have occurred in California and in Texas. In Rhode Island, Governor Raimondo and other green energy advocates have pushed
To the Editor: What if the news media in the 1700s was like that of 2020? Media H: "Friendly protesters throw tea into Boston Harbor." Media G: "American patriots with a rallying cry of 'No Taxation without Representation.'" Media J: "One if by land, two
Throughout the past year, there have been very few reasons to be optimistic regarding the state of affairs - whether locally or nationally or from a worldwide lens. 2020 was, after all, a year of prolonged suffering for millions of people, and the hope
Warwick native Alton W. Wiley Sr., 91, passed away peacefully on February 17th in Naples, FL. The son of the late William and Olive (Thomas) Wiley, he graduated from Aldrich High School and earned his Bachelors of Business
Eleanor Peckham (Tyler) Menzies, 87, of Warwick, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Kent Hospital. Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of the late George P. and Marjorie (Sargent) Tyler. …
Tisha Ann Peckham McCabe, Heaven has another angel. Tisha, age 49, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. Tisha was a care-free soul that loved everyone she met. She had worked at Eleanor …
Eric R. Jarvela, 53, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 at home. He was the husband of Karen L. (Finnigan) Jarvela for 28 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of Richard E. Jarvela of …
Paul J. St. Pierre, age 72, of Warwick, passed away at home on January 6, 2021. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Louis L. and Mildred R. (Lambert) St. Pierre. He was a graduate of …

Warwick Center for the Arts


Picking up material for auction can sometimes be simple. You go carefully pack it up, carry it out, load it in a truck, and take it back to catalog, photograph and prepare it for sale. Occasionally …

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has announced a new art exhibition on display at TF Green Airport's GREEN SPACE Gallery, which RISCA manages on behalf of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). The new exhibition features works of
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has announced that applications are now available for grants in the following program areas - arts and culture organizations; artists in education and health care; and teaching and individual artists.

Region Champs

By ALEX SPONSELLER The high school gymnastics state championships were held last weekend and the Warwick co-op team took home the Region 2 Championship over Cranston West and Coventry. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the state elected to split teams into

Boys co-op gets playoff win

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Warwick boys hockey co-op won its opening round playoff match against Lincoln, 3-1 on Tuesday evening. Warwick took an early 2-0 lead in the first period however, the Lions would come back to score and cut the lead to 2-1 heading

Class champs Warwick

The Indoor Track and Field Class Championships were held at the Providence Career and Technical Institute, and many locals shined as they set their sights on this month's upcoming state championships. Here is a look at some of the results: GIRLS Toll

Pats send off seniors

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls basketball team closed out its season last week while celebrating senior night. The Pats fell to visiting Blackstone Valley Prep 43-42 in a tough loss. BVP came out strong in the first quarter and built a 15-3 lead.
Star Students

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.

The following Winman Middle School students have earned honors for the first quarter: Grade 6 High Honors Debra Adeyefa, AnaMarie Alfieri, Zoe Banach, Chase Birmingham, Jayden Bottella, Jonah Buccheri, James Daily, Charlotte DeGaetano, Wyatt Dyer, Braig
The following students earned first quarter honors at Pilgrim High School: FRESHMAN HIGH HONORS: Avery Adams, Tiana M. Arruda, Ariana Ayriyan, Kelsey J. Baker, Mia Paige Bardoussi, Ryan Kenneth Barlow, Madison Lynn Boscia, Braxton Logan Bragg, Riley K.

Charmer and Blizzard

Charmer will truly melt your heart during this season of love! He loves to give hugs and he is so handsome we call him "Mr. America!" Charmer is playful, smart and loving, so what's not to love? …


Shaylyn Kristen “Link” Schoonmaker, 37, of Warwick, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. She was born in Providence a loving daughter of Gordon and Laurie (Judge) Schoonmaker. …

Loretta M. Cunningham, 76, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Kent Hospital. She was the loving wife of Henry G. Cunningham Jr. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late John S. …
James J. Johnston Jr., 62, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021. Born in Providence he was a son of the late James J. and Barbara (Waterman) Johnston Sr. James was a crane operator for Union …
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 …

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 …

On Friday, a virtual ceremony was held to honor the Cranston Public Library for winning the 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, which recognizes the library system as a "vital community asset" …
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