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McKee prepares to become governor, vows to ‘earn your trust’

By ARDEN BASTIA "Today, I'd like to speak directly to the Rhode Island residents, families and businesses. And I want you to know who I am, begin to know who I am, what I believe, and why we are prepared to execute a smooth transition during these

Parents petition for resignation of Bachus, Cobden

By ARDEN BASITA Following a tumulus meeting during which Judith Cobden was elected chair of the Warwick School Committee, an online petition has been mounted calling on both Cobden and the woman she succeeds, Karen Bachus, to resign. Concurrently, with

Two schools, one team

By ALEX SPONSELLER After years of being rivals, the Pilgrim and Toll Gate boys hockey teams will join forces and create the district's third sports co-op for this upcoming winter season. The boys hockey co-op will join the already-established girls

Nothing virtual about these lessons

Doug James tosses the ball over the net. Fiona Galligan has an eye on it. She swings and whacks the ball, moving her body forward. The ball hits Doug in the chest. Fiona shrieks with delight. Doug feigns surprise. Fiona, age 5, wants to try it again, but

Super large warehouse proposed near airport

By JOHN HOWELL Three attributes were critical to the selection of 46 acres of farmland as the proposed site of a gigantic e-commerce distribution warehouse, says Kelly Coates, president of Carpionato Properties, owner of the land off Commerce Drive.

Hopes, questions follow Biden

By ARDEN BASTIA From questioning the hypocritical nature of President Biden's Catholic beliefs to finding unity in a tumultuous time, three former mayors and a priest shared their opinions following the inauguration of the 46th President Wednesday.

Cicilline at the center of the maelstrom

When U.S. Rep. David Cicilline's political obituary was being written in 2012, did anyone think he would be at the center of an effort to impeach an embattled president almost a decade later? That sharp contrast reflects a political journey with some

Health director: RI 'doing best we can' with limited vaccine supply

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island is "e;doing well"e; in its distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations despite the challenges posed by a limited supply coming from the federal level, Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott told members of the

Rapid, free Covid test site opens in Warwick

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 …

Vaccination is fast, the observation takes 15 minutes

By JOHN HOWELL If it goes as smoothly as it did last Thursday morning for Technical Sgt. Deirdre Salvas, when the vaccine becomes available for the general public, getting vaccinated should take less than a half hour with most of that time a 15-minute
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Conversion to new streetlights to occur in waves, Picozzi urges patience

Mayor Frank Picozzi urged residents Wednesday to be patient as the City works to coordinate the conversion of nearly 9,000 streetlights to LED technology.  “We appreciate the patience …

Frances keeps amazing herself with birthdays

By JOHN HOWELL Brentwood Nursing Home made sure that Frances Amico held court on Thursday, even during a pandemic when visitors are restricted and strict distancing and wearing of masks apply. After all, Thursday was no ordinary day for Frances. Her

Average gas price spikes 8 cents, AAA survey finds

Rhode Island's average gas price is up eight cents from last week, averaging $2.34 per gallon. Monday's price is 19 cents higher than a month ago and 24 cents cheaper than January 18, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 4 cents lower than the
This is Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health. I'm reaching out to provide an update on the state of our COVID-19 vaccine distribution.   Right …
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 …
After a quick intro from Dan (00:40), the Beacon editorial staff sits down with House Speaker Joe Shekarchi and Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (07:35) for a wide-ranging discussion of this …

Wickford Art Association plans 'Fur, Feathers, Fins' exhibit

The Wickford Art Association's annual "animals in art" exhibit, "Fur, Feathers, Fins,"will open at the North Kingstown Beach Street gallery on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. "Fur, Feathers, Fins" is an all media, open exhibit, juried for entry and prizes by

A brother’s love and a tragedy at the Falls

By KELLY SULLIVAN Nearly 200 people gathered around Pawtuxet Falls, screaming, crying, fainting. It was the afternoon of Dec. 21, 1907, and they would all see something that day which they would never be able to erase from their minds.

Diet, the four-letter word!

This time of year makes me crazy! So many people go on diets. Diets don't work, and here's why. When you restrict what you eat, you feel deprived. Have you ever tried to lose weight by following a diet plan - focusing on certain foods while avoiding
Star Students
The following students have earned honors at Toll Gate High School for the first quarter: Grade 9 High Honors: Andrew Agostinelli, Sydney Amaral, Kyle Anderson, Jessalyn Andreozzi, Adeline Areson, Charlotte Bessette, Serene Blanchette, Cameron Brodeur,
The following Warwick students have earned honors at CCRI for the Fall Semester: Dylan Anderson, Taylor Barbosa, Hannah Birch, Stephanie Bodkin, Kristina Boiano, Samantha Boulay, Arthur Bradford, Arthur Bradley, Rachel Buchanan, Stephen Burns, Kathryn
The following Warwick residents achieved honor for the first quarter at Bishop Hendricken High School: GRADE 8 President's List: Alexander Arnold, Michael Carreiro, Thomas Hanson, Ronan O'Connell, Benjamin Williamson High Honors: Addison Heffernan GRADE

Toll Gate girls

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate girls basketball team is eyeing a return to the postseason despite losing four starters from last year's squad that reached the preliminary round against Central. In the early going, coach Owen Paquet has been encouraged

RIIL sports to begin on Friday

By ALEX SPONSELLER On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League announced that the high school winter sports season would be cleared for inter-school competition on Friday. The original schedule was set

Moving up

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls basketball team has had a roller coaster few years, and is in for another season of change in 2021. After multiple down years in Division II, the team moved down to DIII and immediately became a contender in the past

Herbert has big 2020 season

By ALEX SPONSELLER Like most other sports, surfing had a wild ride in 2020. Local surfer Chris Herbert was looking forward to another season of action in 2020, but things got turned upside down when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US in the spring. As

Hawks basketball Hawks set to defend DI title

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken boys basketball team is set to make another run at a title this season, and is ready to finish the job for last year's seniors that could not see the season through due to the coronavirus. After being shocked by

Johnston duo ready to lead Corsairs

By ALEX SPONSELLER Two Johnston natives are getting set to lead the UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs in the upcoming women's basketball season. Junior Jordan Moretti, who has become a key member of UMD's back court during her first two seasons, has welcomed
Animal shelter news

Adoptable Pet of the Week

CHARCOAL: When you meet a dog like Charcoal your heart skips a beat...he is so handsome! You can see it in his eyes that all he wants is love, understanding, patience and a home! He hasn't had the easiest start in life and he's only a year old, so still a puppy! He is a little shy so he will require a dog savvy, adult only home. Charcoal will need time to decompress from shelter/kennel life, being bounced around and learn to appreciate how wonderful life can be living in a home with people who will love him and take care of him! He loves women and he does like to play with other dogs too. It's easy to make friends with him by just sitting with him, telling him he's a good boy and that his home will be coming soon. He loves the treats, playing fetch and he will show you how sweet he can be with patience. If you think you'd like to give Charcoal the love, time and patience he deserves then please contact the folks at Rhode Home Rescue for more information at You can also visit their Facebook page or website Open your heart and home to the special boy, he'll be waiting! If you have been looking to adopt or know of an animal in need please email Karen directly at Photo credit: Karen Kalunian

Police / crime

Warwick Police Log 01/21/21

ANIMAL CRUELTY A 61-year-old Warwick man is facing animal cruelty charges after the discovery of several animals living in "e;deplorable conditions"e; at a farm he owns in Coventry, according to a joint statement from Coventry Police and the Rhode Island

Warwick Police Log 01/14/21

Officers to ride from NJ to DC during Police Unity Tour

Warwick Police Log 01/07/21

Police, advocates: Motorbike, ATV‘thrill-seekers’ danger to communities


Christine Louise Roy

Christine Louise Roy, 60, of Warwick, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. She was the loving wife of Joseph R. Roy. She touched the lives of many through her long and …

Constance Claudette Voisin

Constance Claudette Voisin, 78, of Warwick became an angel of God on Friday, December 25, 2020 at Avalon Nursing Home after a long illness. She was born in Central Falls to Albert L. & Loretta Bertha …

Thomas G. Hanley

Thomas G. Hanley, age 88, of Warwick, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of Joyce E. (Alarie) Hanley. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in …

Shirley Ann (Gallerani) Washburn

Shirley Ann (Gallerani) Washburn, 86 of Warwick, RI, formerly of Wareham, MA, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2020. She was the wife of the late Edward A Washburn Jr. and the daughter of the late …

Pauline G. (Ancona) Santurri

Pauline G. (Ancona) Santurri, 88 years old passed away quietly by herself at the Greenwood Nursing Center due to Covid and accompanied complications. She will join her husband the late Ettore "Eddie" …

Eugene Collins

Eugene Collins, 101, passed away peacefully Christmas Eve after a long full life. Gene spent his final years at the R.I Veterans Home in Bristol. He was the son of the late Harriet and Ernest …

Adele Marie DiStefano

Adele Marie DiStefano, 82, of Naples, FL and Harrison, ME went to the Lord on December 23, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born on May 31, 1938 in NYC, the daughter of Rose and Rosario …

Scott Howard Macreading

Scott Howard Macreading, 30, of Warwick, died unexpectedly on December 23, 2020. Born and raised in Warwick, he was the son of Patti A. (Brown) Macreading and the late Mark H. Macreading. Scott …
Good news

T.F. Green nominated as nation's "Best small airport"

T.F. Green Airport has again been nominated by USA Today in their "e;10 Best Reader's Choice travel awards"e; for 2021. USA Today's expert panel selected T.F. Green Airport as a contender for the Best Small Airport. T.F. Green Airport was selected as the 2nd

Donahue at RIKB named a Top Innovator for 2020

Frozen Few come prepared for unexpected

In time for Christmas

‘The hallmark of a caring community’

To the Editor: While many Rhode Island students have adequately weathered the storm of school interruptions of this past year, some of the most vulnerable students have not. The current educational uncertainties, coupled with the ongoing pandemic, have
It has been said that distance makes the heart grow fonder. Traditionally, this is meant to apply to relationships between people, but we would also make the argument that this applies to other areas of life as well. In light of the ongoing COVID-19
To the Editor: Brian Sicknick wanted to be a police officer all his life. He joined the Capitol Police in 2008 after honorably serving in the New Jersey National Guard, having been deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan during the wars in Iraq and
To the Editor: In a stunning upset in 2016, Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. A political outsider, he went to Washington in January 2017 to be sworn in as the 45th president. It is said that

Blowup precedes election of new school chair Cobden

By ARDEN BASTIA In a tense meeting described as "embarrassing" by Mayor Frank Picozzi, the Warwick school committee elected Judy Cobden as the new chairperson Tuesday evening. Committee members Nathan Cornell and Kyle Adams voted for Cobden for

Mayor's 'surreal' world


Finally, a home to come home to


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