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COVID-19 CRISIS

THE LATEST: RI sees third COVID-19 death; child care facilities ordered closed

On a day that saw the state’s third coronavirus death and 55 new cases (for a new total of 294), Gov. Gina Raimono announced the closure of all daycare locations starting Monday and also called on Rhode Islanders to do much better at self-distancing.
COVID-19 CRISIS

THE LATEST: First 2 deaths in RI from COVID-19; Raimondo issues stay-at-home order

  Editor's note: This story appears on our websites as part of a new partnership between Beacon Communications and East Bay Newspapers to share coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. Rhode …
COVID-19 CRISIS

Fung: As West quarantine concludes, 'think again' on 'corona parties'

The two-week self-quarantine order for members of the Cranston High School West community expired on Friday – and Mayor Allan Fung has a new message for those who might see the occasion as a reason to celebrate in group settings.
COVID-19 CRISIS

THE LATEST: Governor extends restrictions, defends 'pinpointed' approach to NY visitors

Editor's note: This story appears on our websites as part of a new partnership between Beacon Communications and East Bay Newspapers to share coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Gina M. …
COVID-19 CRISIS

Top lawmakers approve governor’s $300M borrowing request

The General Assembly’s four-member Disaster Emergency Funding Board on Thursday approved Gov. Gina Raimondo’s request for authority to borrow up to $300 million – a move the …

Here comes the delay: Wedding vendors see postponements, cancellations as result of coronavirus pandemic

By JACOB MARROCCO A declining number of brides-to-be are walking down the aisle this spring, and it has stoked the anxiety of wedding vendors across Rhode Island. Following calls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - soon after echoed by

Polisena 'ecstatic' about Market Basket's foray into Johnston

By JACOB MARROCCO Mayor Joseph Polisena was sworn to secrecy, but he had trouble containing his excitement for more than a year. He could finally break his silence when Market Basket announced it would be opening its first Rhode Island location next year
RADIO BEACON

Radio Beacon, Episode 4: Jack Howell from Hong Kong

Beacon Communications, publisher of the Warwick Beacon, …

Polisena praises state response, looks to suspend limit on retiree part-time hours

By JACOB MARROCCO Mayor Joseph Polisena praised Gov. Gina Raimondo and Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a phone interview Tuesday morning, saying they have been "e;rock stars"e; throughout

Dispatches from a Johnstonian quarantined in Italy

By VIVIAN WEAVER Editor's note: Vivian Weaver is a 1971 graduate of Johnston High School. She moved to Rome in 1979. The following are her thoughts and observations from inside one of the nations hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. How our lives changed
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Editor's note: This story appears on our websites as part of a new partnership between Beacon Communications and East Bay Newspapers to share coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. Gov. Gina Raimondo …
By MERI R. KENNEDY Editor's note: Due to the COVID-19 situation, many organizations have canceled or postponed events scheduled for the coming weeks. We advise readers to check on the status of various events, and we will provide updates as they become
Father Peter Gower and Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston found a way to hold Mass this weekend while circumventing a state order to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people. In lieu of a traditional Mass inside the building,
By PETE FONTAINE At approximately 1 p.m. last Thursday afternoon, selected department officials began arriving inside Mayor Joseph Polisena's Executive Chamber inside Johnston Town Hall and took their places in chairs that met with social distancing as
How do officials carry out the functions of government, with full transparency, when they can’t meet in-person?  That’s the question cities and towns across Rhode Island are …
Sports
Last week, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced that all K-12 schools in the state would be adhering to distance learning plans starting Monday, March 23 through April 3. With the announcement, the Rhode Island Interscholastic
By PETE FONTAINE "e;Look at the jerseys some of those kids are wearing,"e; a staffer at White's of Westport, Ma. said while talking with a fellow server then adding "e;Some high school football teams don't have uniforms that nice."e; As the Johnston Youth
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Johnston girls basketball team fell 54-27 to the La Salle Rams in the Sweet 16 round of the open state tournament. This came after the Panthers wrapped up a preliminary round win over Burrillville in the preliminary round. Johnston
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. LARCENY Eric Black, 21, 66 Huber Ave., Providence, was arraigned on a felony charge of larceny over $1,500 on the morning of March 17.
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. BREAKING AND ENTERING Patrolman David Galligan and other officers responded to a breaking-and-entering in progress on the afternoon of
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. TRESPASSING On the morning of March 3, Vincenzo P. Mazza, 39, 2 Rollingwood Drive, Johnston, responded to headquarters to turn himself
Editorial
We are all, together, in the midst of a rapidly evolving and deeply concerning situation. Day-to-day life is being disrupted in unprecedented ways. Every person, every institution, every business and every organization across our state is struggling with
For weeks now, Rhode Islanders - like people across the globe - have warily monitored the spread of the novel coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19. It has been at times difficult to gauge the true seriousness or potential impact of the virus, which
None of the state's five general offices will be on the ballot in November, but Rhode Islanders will still have a number of important local races to watch. In Warwick, Mayor Joseph Solomon will seek a second full term in office after succeeding Scott
Lifestyles

Music and COVID-19: Solo artists, bands navigate trying times

The crisis COVID-19 has caused is being felt by nearly everyone. Thousands have been laid off and all of us are uncertain of our future. With all the music venues, bars and restaurants in Rhode Island being ordered to close their doors,

Warwick's Adam Theroux making a difference

By ROB DUGUAY We need a feel good story now more than ever these days. It can seem like our world is falling apart. The coronavirus is keeping us inside our homes, the stock market is dropping faster than an anvil in an episode of "e;Looney Tunes"e; and many
Restaurant Review

Modern Indian dining at Garden City's Chaska

Restaurant Review By DON FOWLER The Hindi term for obsession is "e;chaska."e; And we quickly became obsessed with the food and atmosphere of Cranston's new modern Indian restaurant. Bright and colorful with a clear view of the kitchen, where all five chefs
See It at the Movies

THE HUNT

THE HUNT * (Gory, mean-spirited slaughter flick) This gory, mean-spirited slaughter movie is pure trash. It opens with a group of people emerging from the woods only to be picked off by rifles and bombs, leaving Crystal (Betty Gilpin) to single-handedly
Letters
LETTERS

Speaking out to support Medicare for All

To the Editor: Joe Biden’s popularity is still due largely to his name recognition among voters who spend very little time following the news. The campaigns of Sen. Kamala Harris and …
LETTERS

Where you live shouldn't determine if you live

To the Editor: International Women's Day is about celebrating women and lifting them up. Right now, women in low- and middle-income countries are facing a cervical cancer crisis simply because of where they live. But Congress can do something about it.
LETTERS

Turkey hunt sends wrong message to children

To the Editor: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with The Light Foundation, is offering a Youth Wild Turkey Hunt in Rhode Island this spring and it is open to youths ages 12 to 15. The Rhode Island Division of Fish &
LETTERS

Sniveling cowards

To the Editor: Does anyone else find it interesting that the more hate and venom the left tries to spread against our president and other normal thinking Americans the more foolish they appear? Do these leeches in Washington, and here in our home state,