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With a rush on beach parking passes and the city waiting for more from the printer, the city has delayed implementation of parking fees for residents and non residents until July 1. Beach parking …

By ARDEN BASTIA What do local news stories have to do with vampires? For local author Raina Smith, it's everything. Smith is the author of four novels, each exploring the universal energy force that connects all life, uncovering the complexities of the
By ARDEN BASTIA Pilgrim High School seniors celebrated the end of an unconventional school year with an unconventional prom on June 1. Instead of the typical country club backdrop and the sit down dinner, Pilgrim students got to boogie outside at the
By JOHN HOWELL Half a repaved road is better than none. That's what you would imagine unless you live on the neglected half or are faced with a half with potholes in a major neighborhood thoroughfare. Frederick Street and Budlong Avenue in Norwood are
By ARDEN BASTIA Last Friday, Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos visited the House of Hope to discuss affordable housing solutions, and tour a tiny house. Melissa Behm, development manager at the House of Hope, said the organization's affordable housing
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By JOHN HOWELL Apart from copies of emergency medical technician license suspension orders available on the Department of Health's website, officials are tightlipped as to any disciplinary actions taken against Warwick firefighters Brandon Colombo and
By Beacon Staff After working 40 years at Wave Federal Credit Union, 26 years as President & CEO, Paul Archambault will retire early this summer. "I'll be 62," Paul said in an interview last week, "I want to have time to play golf." He won't be on the
By JOHN HOWELL You would imagine the mailboxes in front of the Warwick Post Office on Strawberry Field Road would be a safe place to mail a letter. Joseph DiLorenzo wasn't thinking about safety when he pulled up to the mailbox on Sunday, May 10. He
Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) is launching a new grocery gift card assistance program to help Rhode Island residents with disabilities and their families who have experienced hardship and food insecurity due to COVID-19 and the
Rhode Island's average gas price is up two cents from last week averaging $2.96 per gallon. Monday's price is 9 cents higher than a month ago and 96 cents higher than June 7, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 9 cents lower than the national

Gaspee parade

The rain stops and throngs turnout for a joyous - no masks - Gaspee parade.

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Remembering Kate Harrigan

Holliman teachers and students dedicate a lending library to Kate Harrigan who lost her battle against breast cancer in May 2019.

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By ARDEN BASTIA The former Burger King on Centreville Road will once again serve burgers, but this time without the meat. Plant City X, a breakout chain from Plant City in Providence, will soon be moving in and serving a plant-based fast food menu. This

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

I should have listened to Jack Clegg. "You need to get your notebook, you have enough stories here to fill a couple of columns." But I hadn't come armed with notebook to record the surprise 90th birthday party for Bill Riggs and the 60th party for his

To the Editor: After watching the budget hearings I was completely disappointed in both the lack of knowledge on the part of this new administration and the almost complete lack of questioning on the part of the City Council, of course, with one
To the Editor: In the history of American letters, few missives are as famous as the letter that Major Sullivan Ballou putatively wrote to his wife, Sarah, before his regiment left camp to fight at the Battle of Bull Run. I say "putatively" because there
To the Editor: Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis must love Democrat legislators like Rhode Island's Sen. Melissa Murray and Rep. Karen Alzate. DeSantis knows that the stupid tax policy proposed by Murray and Alzate will drive even more affluent
George Edward Maden born on February 18, 1937 in Providence, Rhode Island passed away on Saturday June 12, 2021 at the age of 84 at his home in Dover, NH surrounded by family. He moved to New …
Margaret Ann Wrigley, passed away unexpectedly at age 64 on June 11, 2021 at the Genesis Coventry Center. She was born in Warwick, the daughter of the late Norman S. and Jeanette (Quinn) Wrigley. …
Neil Cicciu, 64, of Pawtucket, died on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at home with his family. Neil was born in Conimicut, Warwick, Rhode Island, on December 17, 1956, to the late Joseph Charles Cicciu and …
Paolo “Paul” Maggiacomo, age 91, of Warwick and Lake Worth, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at home in Warwick on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. He was the beloved …
Raymond N. Martin, 89, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Providence. He was the loving companion of Sandra A. Johnson and husband of the late Lenore C. …

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By ROB DUGUAY When a group of music scene stalwarts get together, most of the time something rad results from it. Enter Providence rock act PonyBoy, which was started by vocalist and pianist Dave Laros and guitarist Vic Foley. The two are familiar with
Joyce and I have reviewed an average of 3½ movies a week since the late ’70s. At its peak, there were five Showcase Cinemas to choose from. Garden City, Cranston, Cinerama and a …
By KELLY SULLIVAN Waldemer Barth was arrested in Johnston on Feb. 13, 1903, after authorities were alerted he was in the area. This was good news for the wealthy Perry Belmont of Newport, who Barth had swindled out of about $1,500. Thirty-three-year-old

Beacon Buzz - June 10, 2021

By ARDEN BASTIA RIPIN drive-up vaccine clinic On Saturday, June 19 and Saturday, July 10 from 9 to 11 a.m., the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) will be hosting a drive-through vaccine clinic. The event will take place at their office

Pats ready for playoff run
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim softball team has rolled to the top of the standings in Division I this season and currently sits at …
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Pilgrim’s Rix honored by RIIL
By ALEX SPONSELLER Pilgrim senior Kenny Rix was recently named the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Male Student-Athlete of the …
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Titan freshmen take 2nd at states
The Toll Gate boys indoor tack and field team was the state runner up in this past winter’s Rhode Island Track Coaches …
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Things to watch in upcoming playoffs
It’s hard to believe it, but we are already nearing the end of the 2021 spring season. Golf wrapped up last week and most sports …
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Family and adult programs to get you outdoors
  The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife will host a variety of …
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Heating up
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim baseball team is in the thick of the playoff hunt as it enters the last leg of its regular season …
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RIC golf wraps up season
FROM STAFF REPORTS Head Coach Gene St. Pierre’s (Career record: 2-2; .500) team wrapped up the 2021 season with a third place …
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Owens Jr. shines at NAGA tourney
Warwick’s Mike Owens Jr., 12, put on a show in the North American Grapplers Association’s New England Championships held …
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Returning to the squared circle
Last Friday, Classic Entertainment & Sports Fights announced an upcoming professional and amateur boxing event that will be taking …
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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 - Kiera

Meet Kiera! We got to meet her recently on our evening photoshoot at the Providence Pedestrian Bridge and wow is she a true beauty...such a super model!! She's just a young girl, very smart and only …

By ARDEN BASTIA Starting June 19, beachgoers will have to pay fees to access Warwick's beaches. The fees apply to Oakland Beach, Buttonwoods Beach in City Park, and Conimicut Beach. Fees for the beaches will be in effect until Labor Day on September 6.
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that season beach passes and gift certificates are now available for purchase at Individuals may purchase resident, non-resident, or senior season beach passes at this
Donna J. Shirley, 60, of Warwick passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Kent Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Cranston, she was the beloved daughter of Donald D. Shirley and the late Marcia G. …
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 …

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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