August 20, 2021 e-EDITION

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  • Here's this week's buzz, October 14, 2021

    3 days ago

    For 26 years the DeNuccio family has done the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk at all its changing locations. Out of an abundance of caution they are doing a neighborhood walk as they did last …

  • College Notes: Local freshman making noise

    3 days ago

    By BRENDEN SOARES It has been another season of struggle for the Rhode Island College women's soccer team, but Pilgrim alumna Gabrielle McGowan has given the Anchorwomen a boost despite the mounting losses. The freshman midfielder wasted little time in

  • Mayor to mayor

    3 days ago

    Mayor to mayor Mayor Frank Picozzi held his second fundraiser since winning election at Chelo's last Thursday, raising more than $20,000. Picozzi was delighted to have former Warwick Mayor and Governor Philip Noel attend as Noel had plenty of tales to

  • RISPCA reopens shelter following feline quarantine

    3 days ago

    The RISPCA will reopen its shelter to the public today, after closing on Oct. 9 due to the discovery of a zoonotic illness within the shelter.   At the time that the infection (commonly …

  • Police Log 10/14/21

    3 days ago

    DUI Just before 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, Officer Keara Enos responded to the intersection of East Avenue and Bald Hill Road for a report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries. At the scene, Enos found Warwick Fire personnel assisting people who had

  • A new class

    3 days ago

    A new class The Citizens Police Academy fall session got under way Sept. 30 at headquarters with a class of more than 20. Under the direction of Officer Dan Maggiacomo, the academy that meets weekly with a graduation on Dec. 16. The class will get an

  • Green named 5th Best Airport in US by Condé Nast Traveler readers

    3 days ago

    Condé Nast Traveler recently announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport recognized as “5th Best Airport in the …

  • Rix walks marathon in Ward 2

    3 days ago

    While thousands participated in the annual Boston Marathon over the holiday weekend, Warwick City Councilman Jeremy Rix held a marathon of his own, walking 26.2 miles across Ward 2 on …

  • A store for all Seasons

    3 days ago

    By RORY SCHULER Gas station attendant and Korean War veteran Mario Coletta saved his pennies and eventually opened his own gas station on the Brown University campus in 1962. The full service station had a cigarette vending machine in one corner. Sixty

  • Now 102

    3 days ago

    Now 102 William C. Diman, WW2 Army Air Corps, P47 fighter pilot celebrated his 102nd birthday with his one of his two son's and their extended families Sept. 18 at Brentwood by the Bay Assisted Living where he lives. Diman in the U.S. Army on Monday,

  • Warwick parents cite effects in mask mandate lawsuit

    3 days ago

    By ALEX MALM In an attempt to end the state mask mandate for public schools 35 parents and guardians across Rhode Island have signed onto a lawsuit against Gov. Dan McKee, in his official capacity as Governor, and Rhode Island Department of Health

  • Fish stories

    3 days ago

    Fish stories Mike Martineau and Dave Glaude make for a fishing team on Friday, which offered perfect conditions to launch their boat from the ramp at Passeonkquis Cove. They steer for the "boils" of feeding blues accompanied by diving gulls feeding off

  • A sticky project for a fun evening

    3 days ago

    A sticky project In preparation for the lantern and jack-o-lantern night Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Winman Middle School grounds, students have been making lanterns by submersing strands of yarn in glue and applying them to an inflated

  • CCRI now accepting applicants to its free maritime career training program

    3 days ago

    CCRI's Division of Workforce Partnerships, in partnership with the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island and the United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC), is now accepting applications for its 20-day free training program that looks to provide basic

  • Virtual workshop for first-time homebuyers

    3 days ago

    Prospective first-time homebuyers are invited to attend a no-cost, virtual workshop titled "Preparing for Homeownership" on Monday, Oct. 18. The session will be held via Zoom beginning at 5:30 p.m. and is being hosted by Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) and

  • Righting wrongful imprisonment

    3 days ago

    To the Editor: Nineteen years ago, I was released from 6½ years of a life sentence wrongfully imprisoned in Rhode Island for a murder I didn’t commit, with nothing more than what I …

  • Making it easier to follow city government

    3 days ago

    To the Editor: Members of the City Council along with the Mayor continue to look for ways to improve communications with the residents of Warwick. We have made a commitment to change the way traditional Council meetings run. Over my first four years on

  • Take the time to do it right

    3 days ago

    To the Editor: Mayor Picozzi deserves a big thank you for his actions on solar development in Warwick. He has pulled back support for a proposed ordinance (PCO-6-20 sub B) which opens all of Warwick's open space and residential land to utility scale

  • A mother to many

    3 days ago

    I had an idea of what to expect when I pulled up to the Courtyard Marriott Saturday shortly after 5 p.m. Dale said she would meet me in the lounge. She said there's a Starbucks, but it would be closed, however, we could find a place in which to speak.

  • Media has turned into propaganda machine

    3 days ago

    To the Editor: This is a rebuttal to your very slanted and misleading editorial "Freedom of choice, but not from consequences" appearing in the September, 30, 2021 edition, on page 11. I was extremely concerned that you, a hometown newspaper editor, and

  • Hawks fall to Moses Brown

    3 days ago

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken soccer team dropped a tough 2-1 match to host Moses Brown last Friday night. Despite getting a goal in the opening minute of action and taking the 1-0 lead into the halftime break, the Hawks were unable to hold on

  • Titans look to build on big win

    3 days ago

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate football team earned its first win of the season last Saturday when it beat visiting Central Falls/Blackstone Valley Prep 24-8. Zach DeCorpo had a huge game for the Titans, hauling in touchdown receptions in the second

  • Knights improve to 7-3 with 4-0 shutout win

    3 days ago

    FROM STAFF REPORTS The CCRI Knights Men' s Soccer team welcomed the Blue Knights of Northern Essex Community College from Haverhill, MA to the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln, RI Tuesday for a 3:30pm …

  • Friday school bus service uncertain

    3 days ago

    By ALEX MALM On the eve of a contract negotiation meeting between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 618 and First Student, both Union officials and First Student didn't rule out the possibility of a possible strike or work stoppage depending the outcome

  • Mayor favors solar moratorium pending passage of ordinance

    3 days ago

    By ALEX MALM An ordinance to set standards for solar developments in Warwick won't likely be considered by the City Council for at least another two weeks and quite possibly for several months. Earlier this summer the City Council gave first passage to

  • Toll Gate field hockey

    3 days ago

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate field hockey team picked up its first win on Tuesday afternoon when it cruised past Woonsocket 4-1. The Titans scored a pair of goals in each half to set the tone and control the pace throughout the four quarters. Toll

  • Answers & smiles

    3 days ago

    By JOHN HOWELL Go figure, Anna Giuliani, who just celebrated her 75th birthday, says it's the best job she's had. She doesn't get paid; of late she has spent a lot of time telling people where to find the restroom, and just last week she and her working

  • Paul’s pumpkins

    3 days ago

    Paul's pumpkins Paul Sullivan, who worked at Morris Farm for more than 30 year and lost his fight against cancer on Aug. 22, loved yellow pumpkins. Morris Farm usually has a few yellow pumpkins, but when their shipment showed up this year, nearly 80

  • City now looking to repair, not replace, water tanks

    3 days ago

    By JOHN HOWELL Intuition and a phone call appear to have saved taxpayers millions of dollars while ensuring residents have a dependable reservoir of water for the next 20 years if not longer. After inspection of the city's two water tanks in May with a

  • Week of October 7, 2021

    Thursday, October 7

  • Pawtuxet River Trail cleanup is today

    Thursday, October 7

    Cub Scout Pack 4 (Gaspee Plateau) is hosting a clean up of the Warwick side of the Pawtuxet River Trail today from 6:00 p.m. until dark. We will be meeting adjacent to the woods in the Shaw’s …

  • Warwick PD hosts outdoor movie night Oct. 15

    Thursday, October 7

    By ALEX MALM Last year the Warwick Police Department held a 'drive by' trick or treat event at the police department's headquarters as a way to give back to the community in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sgt. Matthew Moretti, with the

  • Police Logs 10/07/21

    Thursday, October 7

    PEDESTRIAN STRUCK A 62-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle Sunday on West Shore Road, according to Warwick Police. Officers found the man in the middle of the roadway near 2677 West Shore Road after responding to reports of the

  • Celebrating Paul, fighting for Rowan

    Thursday, October 7

    Celebrating Paul, fighting for Rowan A celebration of life for Paul Sullivan, who worked at Morris Farm for 30 years, will be held on Oct.15 at 7 p.m. at the Tri-City Elk Lodge. Sullivan lost his battle with cancer on Aug. 22. Tickets can be purchased

  • Clarification

    Thursday, October 7

    Sherman School teacher assistant Amy Harnedy was not properly quoted in the Sept. 30 edition of the Warwick Beacon. The remarks attributed to her were made by a teacher. The quotes have been deleted from the online version of the paper. The Beacon

  • Council rule changes aimed at making agendas more transparent

    Thursday, October 7

    Out of the 11 items on the agenda for the Oct.4 Warwick City Council meeting over half of them weren’t “drafted” meaning that the Council couldn’t have any debate or …

  • Brandy new…well, almost

    Thursday, October 7

    Brandy new.well, almost The first of two sanitation trucks the city found for sale in Ohio arrived here Wednesday to the delight of Mayor Frank Picozzi and the department of public works that have been faced with an aging fleet of 15 trucks. Yesterday

  • Lack of drivers labeled cause of interruption in school bus service

    Thursday, October 7

    When many parents and guardians got their children ready for school on Friday morning they were expecting that they would take the bus to school like normal.  That wasn’t the case in …

  • RIAC issues report

    Thursday, October 7

    In conjunction with the 90th anniversary celebration of Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) released its first-ever Annual Report, which focuses on the agency's recent activities throughout the

  • Putting people above politics

    Thursday, October 7

    Eleven months ago, Warwick voters elected an independent as mayor, the first to hold the city's top elective post in decades. Frank Picozzi was true to his chosen political label. He deliberately didn't court endorsements from unions nor from those in

  • Big Brother is here and he is watching our every move

    Thursday, October 7

    By LONNIE BARHAM I'm a retired Army officer who spent seven years in his twenties as a local police officer. You would think that I would favor any legislation or government policy that enhances law enforcement or that makes more difficult the legal

  • Gene's lessons in diplomacy

    Thursday, October 7

    To the Editor: Gene Nadeau was my friend. I deeply respected him and I believe he felt the same about me. What makes that so unique is that he and I seldom, if ever, agreed on anything. We debated sometimes for as long as two hours, trying to convince

  • Take steps to stop the smut

    Thursday, October 7

    To the Editor: The intersection of Post Road and Airport Road had its usual heavy traffic last Monday when I drove by a cluster of demonstrators, near the IHOP, brandishing an "F--- Biden" banner. We can only speculate how many primary school students in

  • Betraying moral principles?

    Thursday, October 7

    To the Editor: Congressman Jim Langevin knows what it's like to be helpless. As a young man he sustained a devastating injury that nearly took his life. For a time, his injuries rendered him as helpless as an unborn baby. Mercifully, he survived the

  • Do away with Old Warwick Ave.

    Thursday, October 7

    To the Editor: Why do we need Old Warwick Ave. to be a through street? Why do we need to spend the money to put a bridge over the brook at Old Warwick Ave.? There are no houses on …

  • 7 Toll Gate students charged following Sept. 29 fight

    Thursday, October 7

    By JOHN HOWELL Seven Toll Gate students were suspended for five days following a fight that broke out during a change in classes Sept. 29 near school offices. The incident left a student with minor injuries and resulted in stepped-up police presence at

  • A boost after class

    Thursday, October 7

    A boost after class A $5,250 grant from the AT&T Foundation will go a long way in supporting Project Learn at the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs, club director Lara D'Antuono said Tuesday following a presentation outside the Norwood Branch. Joining her

  • Showcase Cinemas upgrade to include XPlus auditorium

    Thursday, October 7

    Showcase Cinemas, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, recenty announced a multi-million-dollar renovation to its landmark Showcase Cinemas de Lux Warwick on Quaker Lane. The theater is expected to launch its XPlus premium large

  • Crossing the stage a year later

    Thursday, October 7

    Crossing the stage a year later After graduation was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic about 800 students as part of the University of Rhode Island Class of 2020 walked across the stage at the Ryan Center last weekend. Warwick resident

  • The importance of appreciation

    Thursday, October 7

    There appears to be a depressed social atmosphere during these tough COVID times. Regular social interactions are laced with confusion and distraction. Customers may still hold the door open for incoming customers, but at a 6-foot length. The new

  • Gilbert Stuart Road bridge open for season’s final weekend

    Thursday, October 7

    Gilbert Stuart Road bridge open for season's final weekend Join the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum for the closing weekend of its 2021 season on Oct. 8-10. With the opening of the new Gilbert Stuart Road Bridge to single-lane traffic, the museum

  • New exhibits open in the art galleries at Block Island, Green airports

    Thursday, October 7

    The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has announced new art exhibitions have opened in the galleries at Block Island and Rhode Island T.F. Green International airports. The galleries are a partnership between RISCA and the RI Airport

  • 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' launching tour at PPAC this fall

    Thursday, October 7

    The producers of "Pretty Woman: The Musical" and J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, president and CEO of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), are pleased to announce that the smash hit musical will launch its North American tour at PPAC in Providence from

  • Knights drop home opener to CMCC

    Thursday, October 7

    FROM STAFF REPORTS The CCRI Men' s Soccer team hosted the Mustangs of Central Maine Community College for the Knights home Opener on Sunday afternoon at the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln, …

  • Pats picking up steam

    Thursday, October 7

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim boys soccer team has jumped out to a strong start this season, holding a record of 4-1-2 as it gets set to make a playoff push in the back half of the regular season schedule. The Pats have been dominant on the defensive

  • Kyle Taylor Parker returns to PPAC stage in 'Pretty Woman'

    Thursday, October 7

    By DON FOWLER Broadway musicals are back at PPAC, and nobody is happier than Kyle Taylor Parker, who plays the role of Happy Man in the popular movie-turned-musical "Pretty Woman." Kyle wowed the PPAC audience seven years ago when he played Lola in

  • Kyle Taylor Parker returns to PPAC stage in 'Pretty Woman'

    Thursday, October 7

    By DON FOWLER Broadway musicals are back at PPAC, and nobody is happier than Kyle Taylor Parker, who plays the role of Happy Man in the popular movie-turned-musical "Pretty Woman." Kyle wowed the PPAC audience seven years ago when he played Lola in

  • Pilgrim stays hot, rolls past NS/MSC

    Thursday, October 7

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The undefeated Pilgrim football team improved its overall record to 4-0 this fall by rolling past visiting North Smithfield/Mount St. Charles 55-13 last week. Pilgrim quarterback Connor Widmer is in the middle of a breakout campaign

  • Should politics pay a role in Mayor's appointments?

    Thursday, October 7

    On Monday night the Warwick City Council approved three appointments to the Zoning Board of Review.  But the appointments didn’t come without debate on how the procedure should work …

  • A year, lots of layers go into upgrading Runway 16-34

    Thursday, October 7

    By JOHN HOWELL Ever wonder what you're landing on when you feel the wheels touch down followed by the roar of the reverse thrust of jets? Duc Nguyen, chief infrastructure officer at the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, knows exactly what goes into

  • Police Chief weighs license plate reader cameras

    Thursday, October 7

    By ALEX MALM When a new automated license plate reader pilot program was piloted in Cranston, one of the cameras was accidentally installed on Warwick's side of Pawtuxet Village. This led many community members to become curious about them. The Warwick

  • Sherman sharks swim at Gorton

    Thursday, October 7

    By JOHN HOWELL Sooner than first thought possible, Sherman Elementary School students - more than 300 of them - started their first day of in-person classes at the former Gorton Junior High School on Thursday. The transition wasn't without issues,

  • A couple that C's the Days

    Thursday, October 7

    When Elizabeth Dunton submitted a photo to commemorate the 65th wedding anniversary of her parents it was accompanied by a couple of lines detailing the number of children and grandchildren. Surely, there was much more to the story. We asked and this is

  • Displays that have a life of their own

    Thursday, October 7

    "Opening night for the Halloween Display is this Friday at 6:30 p.m. We will once again be raising funds for the Gianna Cirella Memorial Fund," read the text. I knew immediately that Danny Hall and his wife, Bethany, weren't just putting a few pumpkins

  • Kyle Taylor Parker returns to PPAC stage in 'Pretty Woman'

    Wednesday, October 6

    By DON FOWLER Broadway musicals are back at PPAC, and nobody is happier than Kyle Taylor Parker, who plays the role of Happy Man in the popular movie-turned-musical "Pretty Woman." Kyle wowed the PPAC audience seven years ago when he played Lola in

  • September 30, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, September 30

  • Age never defined Gene Nadeau

    Wednesday, September 29

    I knew something was on his mind when I heard my name uttered from the front counter. He could see me, so he knew I was there, but Gene Nadeau never just walked into the newsroom without being invited. I'd wave him to come over from my chair and Gene

  • Where’s the treasure?

    Thursday, September 23

    Where's the treasure? That could have well been the question posed by Oakland Beach students if they got to visit the school library earlier this week for there was a 4 to five foot deep trench running across the room and a mountain of earth. The

  • Police Log 09/23/21

    Thursday, September 23

    DUI At approximately 2 a.m. on Sept. 12, Officer Jake Reddy responded to the Centerville Road underpass on Bald Hill Road for a report of a motor vehicle accident. At the scene, another officer was speaking with the operator of the vehicle involved,

  • Almost kid ready

    Thursday, September 23

    Almost kid ready Classrooms that once housed high school students and than junior high school students will soon become the temporarily home for Sherman School. Seventeen rooms that were converted to administrative offices when Gorton Junior High

  • Targeting basic needs, education and health, BankRI grants $64,150 to nonprofits

    Thursday, September 23

    Twenty-two local nonprofits have been awarded a total of $64,150 in charitable grants by Bank Rhode Island (BankRI). The funding, which focuses on supporting human services, education, and health initiatives will impact residents statewide with grants

  • CCAP buys Buttonwoods building, aims to expand Wilcox health center

    Thursday, September 23

    By JOHN HOWELL From the day that Comprehensive Community Action opened the Everett C. Wilcox Family Health Center in 2005, CCAP executive Director Joanne McGunagle believed they would be squeezed for space. She was right, and now with the acquisition of

  • Beacon Buzz 09-23-21

    Thursday, September 23

    Annual Conimicut Village yard sale The Annual Conimicut Village-Wide Yard Sale is this Saturday, Sept 25 from 8:30-3 p.m. (rain date Sept 26). Over 30 homes are participating throughout the village. Maps will be available to print on Thursday at

  • Political season begins again

    Thursday, September 23

    With the state gubernatorial primaries about a year away, political season in Rhode Island has officially begun. We know that the Democratic candidates include State Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, and former Secretary of

  • Age never defined Gene Nadeau

    Thursday, September 23

    I knew something was on his mind when I heard my name uttered from the front counter. He could see me, so he knew I was there, but Gene Nadeau never just walked into the newsroom without being invited. I'd wave him to come over from my chair and Gene

  • In support of Bayside sewers

    Thursday, September 23

    To the Editor: We would like to express our support for the Bayside Sewer project. We have been waiting many years to be able to tie-in to the city sewer system and we are glad that this project will finally get started. We appreciate the efforts of our

  • On deaf ears

    Thursday, September 23

    To the Editor: I went to the meeting concerning the sewers Thursday night, Sept 16. This meeting was a sham. Our mayor should have called this meeting before he signed the OK to go ahead. When I said that to him his reply was that he did. If he did we

  • Don't blame Mayor Picozzi, blame me

    Thursday, September 23

    To the Editor: If anyone is to blame for the Bayside sewer construction, it is me. While serving on the Warwick City Council I proposed the $130 million bond issue in 1994, cosponsored by Councilman Al Gemma. At the time every year a bond was proposed to

  • Pet walk, animal blessing, custome contest to benefit homeless animals

    Thursday, September 23

    Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will host its 14th Annual Pet Walk with Blessing of the Animals and Costume Contest on Saturday October 2 at the beach in Warwick City Park, Asylum Avenue, …

  • Genesis of a group

    Thursday, September 23

    Genesis of a group Friends of Gorton Pond held their inaugural event Saturday with a cleanup, registration and survey. Organizer Christine Kellerman was encouraged by the turnout, reporting that all those taking the survey favored reopening the pond

  • City Park hosts filming of "Out of the Blue"

    Thursday, September 23

    For over 30 years Warwick resident David Romano has worked in the film and television industry, most recently working as a key grip. But this week something happened that he’s not …

  • Panthers cruise past Titans

    Thursday, September 23

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Johnston football team cruised past visiting Toll Gate 32-8 last week to win its second game in a row after coming back to beat Lincoln the previous contest. The Johnston offense rolled in the win, scoring five touchdowns from five

  • Elks honor DeLory with memorial golf tournament

    Thursday, September 23

    By PETE FONTAINE To say the Tri-City Elks took a page out of the famous Masters Golf Tournament would be an understatement of huge proportions. For starters, a 15-member, all-volunteer committee made up of members from Warwick-based Lodge 14, worked

  • Retired cop is first volunteer Council Sergeant of Arms

    Thursday, September 23

    By ALEX MALM When Steve McAllister was picked by his colleagues to be the City Council President earlier this year he challenged them to "make the chambers more welcoming to the citizens and find ways to increase community involvement," City Councilor

  • Antique fire trucks to put on a show Sunday in Buttonwoods

    Thursday, September 23

    By PETE FONTAINE One of the state's most historic non-profits - the Rhode Island Antique Fire Apparatus - has two missions for this Sunday's annual Fire Truck Show. First, there will be many, many fire apparatus from yesteryear on display at

  • Warwick organizations awarded CHARG grants

    Thursday, September 23

    Five Warwick organizations have been named recipients of awards from the RI Culture, Humanities and Arts Recovery Grant (RI CHARG) program, a historic collaborative partnership between the State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Council

  • Bebop jazz concert by Greg Abate at library Oct. 3

    Thursday, September 23

    A concert by internationally-acclaimed bop virtuoso Greg Abate will be held at Warwick Public Library on Sunday, October 3, at 2 p.m. The performance will feature bebop classics and jazz standards with Greg Abate on saxophone and flute, Kent Hewitt on

  • Take your pick

    Thursday, September 23

    Take your pick Without leaving the school campus, Hendricken students were able to gather information and meet with representatives from 112 college and universities from across the country last Friday. Canceled last year because of the pandemic, both

  • Putting on the polish

    Thursday, September 23

    Putting on the polish On Saturday five volunteers from the Conimicut Village Association met at the corner of West Shore Road and Beach Avenue to provide some much needed TLC to Donovan Park. Armed with rakes, weeding tools, sheers, and brooms they

  • Delayed by pandemic, Rev. Chesser installation is Sunday

    Thursday, September 23

    By ALEX MALM Rev. Sam Chesser began his role as the pastor of Warwick Central Baptist Church on Feb.1, but like most things during the pandemic his installation service was put on hold. He said that under normal circumstances it would've taken place

  • Help is on the way

    Thursday, September 23

    By ALEX MALM The reserves are on the way and they could be here next week. On Monday the City Council approved the expenditure of $579,200 for the purchase of two sanitation trucks from Ohio. This will increase the city's fleet of operable trucks to

  • Police, city worker contracts would cost additional $862,092 this year

    Thursday, September 23

    By JOHN HOWELL The City Council will consider contracts giving police and municipal employees raises over the next three years at a special meeting starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. Both police and municipal employee contracts expired on

  • Hawks roll to win

    Thursday, September 23

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken football team cruised past visiting Cranston East 45-0 in the team's home opener last Friday. Hendricken's special teams unit stole the show in the win, getting return touchdowns from Peter Bibby and Joel Felix

  • School solar lease could generate $124K

    Thursday, September 23

    For the last few months members of the Warwick Public Schools administration have been working with Balanced Rock Energy as they explore the feasibility of leasing space on school property to a solar …

  • Forever green

    Thursday, September 23

    By JOHN HOWELL Vincent Gebhart isn't put off by the phone call 10 minutes into Sunday's Patriots-Jets game. Sure, he says, he has time to visit the Dawley Farm property the city acquired for open space in 1999. "How about meeting at 2:30?" He calls back

  • Mayor takes flak from Bayside residents, steadfast with $16,900 sewer assessment

    Thursday, September 23

    By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Frank Picozzi refused to tell about 60 Bayside residents what they wanted to hear last Thursday: that he would put a halt to plans to bring sewers to 935 residential properties after 20 years of delays. In what was surely the most

  • City's only National Merit Scholarship semifinalist surprised by selection

    Thursday, September 23

    By ALEX MALM Out of the 16,000 semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, only one is from Warwick. Sydney Randall, a senior at Toll Gate High School said she was "very surprised," when called to the principal's office last week and

  • September 23, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, September 23

  • Week of September 16, 2021

    Thursday, September 16

  • Pats cruise past Spartans

    Thursday, September 16

    The Pilgrim girls tennis team is off to a strong start this fall and rolled to a 5-1 win over visiting Scituate last week. Mia Gustafson, Grace Schenck and Hailey Link all wrapped up singles victories for Pilgrim. Pilgrim's doubles pairings of Madison

  • Cut out from participating in city government

    Thursday, September 16

    To the Editor: I was extremely disappointed to learn recently that the City Council (and the mayor?) has decided not to allow public participation in Council meetings via Zoom anymore. I naively believed that our public officials would welcome public

  • Police Log 09/16/21

    Thursday, September 16

    DUI Just before 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, Officer David Babcock and other officers responded to the Taco Bell at 877 Bald Hill Road for a report of two men asleep in a vehicle in the drive-thru line. Officer Tyler Luiz arrived at the scene and found both

  • Council expected to consider revised solar ordinance next month

    Thursday, September 16

    At the mayor's request, the City Council is not expected to consider an amended solar ordinance when it meets Monday. City Council President Steve McAllister said Wednesday he would move to hold the ordinance until the second meeting in October so as to

  • Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Harvest Festival

    Thursday, September 16

    Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Harvest Festival On Sunday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 .m., Rhodes on the Pawtuxet will host the 2021 Harvest Festival. The event will feature local artisans and vendors, live music, kids activities, Penny Socials, raffles,

  • Former principal planner reflects on Warwick tenure

    Thursday, September 16

    By JOHN HOWELL Images are powerful. Lucas Murray knows that. When you see something, it's easier to understand. That's part of what makes Murray a planner. Soon after being named one of Warwick's principal planners in 2018, Murray was tasked with

  • DOT project aimed at improving stormwater runoff into Buckeye Brook

    Thursday, September 16

    The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has started a project to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff from Warwick Avenue into Buckeye Brook, an important tributary to Narragansett …

  • Some tremor?

    Thursday, September 16

    Some tremor? Church Avenue resident Robert Baggesen has no other explanation than the tremor that gently rocked some portions on the state on Sept. 1 for the hole that suddenly appeared in his backyard. Baggesen said he had some yard work done the

  • Travel + Leisure 2021 readers list Green as one of 3 best airports in nation

    Thursday, September 16

    Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) has been selected as one of the Top Three Domestic Airports in the Travel + Leisure 2021 World's Best Awards readers' survey https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/airports-domestic. This is the

  • Honoring first responders

    Thursday, September 16

    In recognition of first responders In advance to the 20th anniversary of 9-11 and in recognition of first responders, Hoxsie School fourth and fifth graders paid tribute to Warwick police and firefighters on Friday. Following a summation of what

  • Gorton Pond cleanup set Saturday, group hopes to reopen beach to swimming

    Thursday, September 16

    Christine Kellerman has lived across the street from Gorton Pond since 2006. Since then she said that the area has been “let go,” physically, especially since swimming …

  • A part of Rocky Point

    Thursday, September 16

    A part of Rocky Point What was formerly the house of the Rocky Point Amusement Park caretaker was leveled Monday morning. "DEM has been planning for this demolition since the previous caretaker vacated the house because it has outlived its lifespan and

  • Couple opening free music school at Methodist Church

    Thursday, September 16

    By JOHN HOWELL Carlos Capacho and his wife, Hanna Noh, aim to build community through music. He is from Venezuela. She is from Korea. They met nine years ago in Boston at Berklee College of Music, where they earned their undergraduate and master's

  • Coffee always goes well with Sunday morning stories

    Thursday, September 16

    Animals make for some of the best of stories. I wasn't thinking of that Sunday morning. I checked the kitchen clock. It was after 6 and not too early to visit Bill and Irene Donahay, who live in Cole Farm. Usually I arrive via the bay once or twice a

  • Teeing up for Leo

    Thursday, September 16

    Teeing up for Leo The Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) Chip for Charity golf tournament, renamed for the late Leo Beliveau this year, was held Wednesday at Harbor View, raising more than $70,000 for the agency. Leo, who died in April at the

  • Patriotic display

    Thursday, September 16

    Patriotic display Mayor Frank Picozzi transformed the section of Post Road that runs in front of City Hall into an avenue of flags on the days leading up to 9-11. Picozzi bought the flags and the material to display them from each of the village's

  • Titans moving up

    Thursday, September 16

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate football team is getting ready to kick off its regular season against Johnston this week, and looks to make some noise in a new division. As part of the statewide realignment, the Titans were bumped up from Division IV to

  • Lady Titans fall to Johnston

    Thursday, September 16

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Johnston volleyball team rolled past visiting Toll Gate in three sets last week to bounce back from a tough opening day loss. The Panthers won by scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-17. Johnston fell to Exeter-West Greenwich 3-1 in the

  • Teacher of year ready for anything

    Thursday, September 16

    By ALEX MALM With her family in attendance Holliman Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jessica Bonneau was recognized as teacher of the year for the Warwick School Department during its Tuesday School Committee meeting. Each year school districts

  • Revision in recycling policy aimed at improving collections

    Thursday, September 16

    By JOHN HOWELL Expect to see fewer green and blue recycling bins at street side as part of the city's effort to deal with an aging fleet of sanitation trucks and a lack of parts to repair them. In robocalls, emails and social media posts, Mayor Frank

  • Sherman School is on the move

    Thursday, September 16

    By JOHN HOWELL Parents, teachers and even a couple of students turned out to a Sept. 8 meeting at Veterans Middle School to learn of plans for Sherman School, which failed to open because of the presence of mold. Concerns focused on how long it might be

  • Bayside sewers a go, so why tonight's meeting?

    Thursday, September 16

    By JOHN HOWELL Those who know the neighborhood forecast a large turnout of mostly objectors as the Warwick Sewer Authority conducts a public hearing on the Bayside sewer project staring this evening at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Yet, Ward 5 Councilman Ed

  • 20 years ago remembered as clearly as yesterday

    Thursday, September 16

    By JOHN HOWELL Twenty years ago, when American Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center, Gregory Charette was sitting in a dentist chair. Former Mayor Scott Avedisian was attending a Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns board meeting.

  • September 16, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, September 16

  • 9-11 service at Oakland Beach

    Tuesday, September 14

  • Remembering 9/11

    Thursday, September 9

    To the Editor: With the 20th anniversary of that horrific day this coming Saturday, I think many of us would like to do something personal to memorialize all those who perished. I remember vividly, in those days that followed, the outpouring of

  • Breakfast with books is Sept. 16 at library

    Thursday, September 9

    Discover great reads while enjoying pastries and coffee at Warwick Public Library on Thursday, September 16 at 10 a.m. Breakfast with Books looks at new and noteworthy titles that you may not know about but will definitely want to pick up. Join

  • 'New movie experience' coming to Warwick Mall theater

    Thursday, September 9

    Warwick Mall and Apple Cinemas announced Wednesday the future opening of "a new and unmatched movie experience" at the mall coming this fall. The state-of-the-art movie theater will provide Rhode Islanders and Southern New Englanders with luxury

  • Fed grant to underwrite new fire ladder truck

    Thursday, September 9

    By JOHN HOWELL Some things are unexpected and very welcome. That can be said of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant giving the Fire Department $899,392 for an aerial ladder truck and $100,606.61 for

  • 4 student vaccination clinics planned this month

    Thursday, September 9

    RIDOH, The Wellness Company and Warwick Public Schools will provide four COVID-19 vaccination clinics for people of 16 and older as well as adolescents aged 12 to 15 accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other individual age 16 or older. Insurance

  • Water, water everywhere

    Thursday, September 9

    Water, water everywhere Heavy rains early last Thursday, the remnants of Hurricane Ida, dumped upwards of 9.8 inches of rain on some parts of the state. Flooding in Warwick was comparatively minor. Park School was forced to close because of a flooded

  • Thank you for your service

    Thursday, September 9

    To the Editor: I just read the one-hundredth article about the Warwick Firefighters use or alleged misuse of their employment contracts. Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill! This issue has been blown WAY out of proportion, in my opinion. The

  • Speaker is friend of small business

    Thursday, September 9

    To the Editor: It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on Rhode Island small businesses. As Sam's NY System and our other friends in the small business community begin the long process of recovery, I want to thank Rhode

  • Alternatives to sewers fallen in deaf ears

    Thursday, September 9

    To the Editor: I live on Cady Avenue in Riverview and am one of several hundred homeowners who is vehemently opposed to the sewers. First of all, we were told that if any Indian artifacts were found as a result of the digging, they would cease to

  • ‘Drawn by Heart’ as told from the heart

    Thursday, September 9

    Wilhelmus van Haaren was 10 at the beginning of World War II when the Japanese took control of the Netherlands East Indies and the city of Bandung, “The Paris of the East,” on the island …

  • Labor Day labor of love

    Thursday, September 9

    Labor Day labor of love Kevin Banach, who doesn't live all that far from Conimicut Point visits the beach three or four times a week with his canine companion Gigi where they scout out trash. He said he fills at least one plastic shopping bag each

  • Johnston rehab center argument goes to Superior Court

    Thursday, September 9

    The legal struggle to open a for-profit rehabilitation center in Johnston continues. Encompass Health has appealed a decision by a state hearing officer that rejected a Department of Health-issued Certificate of Need (CON) for the

  • RIServes network offers support for veterans, service members, families

    Thursday, September 9

    Throughout the history of our country, Rhode Islanders have been called to defend the principles upon which our great nation was founded. They have done so honorably and bravely, most recently ensuring the United States homeland remains safe from

  • Something special about his delivery

    Thursday, September 9

    By ARDEN BASTIA For 30 years, mail carrier Charlie Donovan has delivered birthday cards, bills, car payments, and newspapers to homes and businesses in the Hillsgrove neighborhood, just off Post Road. But Donovan has delivered so much more than

  • How will Amazon benefit Johnston?

    Thursday, September 9

    Undeveloped, the section of forest where Amazon plans to build a facility in Johnston generates $60,084 in annual tax revenue for the town. After a "new, state-of-the-art Amazon Robotics Sortable Fulfillment Center" is built and opened,

  • All the way from Arkansas

    Thursday, September 9

    All the way from Arkansas Bella was just a puppy when she arrived at 12:17 a.m. on a dark February morning at Cardi's on Route 2. She and a number of other dogs had made the long trip from Arkansas arranged by Arkapaws Rescue. The dogs that had all

  • VFW Post to be dedicated in memory of Sgt. Adam DeCiccio

    Thursday, September 9

    VFW Post to be dedicated in memory of Sgt. Adam DeCiccio The public is invited to attend the rededication of the VFW Post 272 on West Shore Road in the heart of Conimicut as the Sgt. Adam S. DeCiccio Warwick Memorial Post 272 this Saturday at 1 p.m.

  • All those years ago ...

    Thursday, September 9

    By BROOKE LAWRENCE All those years ago . my teammates and I played a small part in responding to our nation's darkest hour. We were deployed to Manhattan to provide field hospitals at various points around "the pile." Although we all have many, many

  • Lady Pats eyeing deep run in 2021

    Thursday, September 9

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls soccer team was one of the biggest surprises last fall when it reached the state championship game against La Salle after moving up from Division II. Although the Lady Pats have lost some key pieces to their team last

  • Pats, Titans ready to make noise

    Thursday, September 9

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim and Toll Gate boys soccer teams kicked off their seasons this week and squared off last week in the Injury Fund exhibition, with the Pats taking home the victory. Pilgrim is coming off another playoff run, as it reached the

  • 2018 brief finding firefighter payments were 'violation' comes to light

    Thursday, September 9

    By JOHN HOWELL Michael Correiro, president of the Warwick Firefighters Union, says none of the Fire Department's members received excess unused sick leave payments and it's time to move on. Mayor Frank Picozzi is turning the matter over to the city

  • Non-stop landscapers

    Thursday, September 9

    Non-stop landscapers As soon as Minnie's Goat Coach pulled up to a vacant lot on Terrace Avenue in Conimicut, its 17 four-legged riders went to work munching just about everything they could sink their teeth into. Wayne Pitman, who lives on the bus with

  • Comeback win

    Thursday, September 9

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim football team pulled off a 28-27 comeback victory over visiting East Greenwich in the teams' Injury Fund exhibition last Friday evening. The Avengers would jump out to an early 13-0 lead, but Pilgrim would get two rushing

  • Breaking the mold

    Thursday, September 9

    By JOHN HOWELL While tests found efforts to clean Sherman School of mold were successful, the school administration is taking no chances and hopes to have all 320 students, faculty and staff relocated to the former Gorton Junior High School on Draper

  • 9/11 service is Saturday at Oakland Beach memorial

    Thursday, September 9

    The public is invited to attend a memorial service at the 9-11 Memorial Garden at the Oakland Beach Commons in Warwick to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "On this, the 20th anniversary, we still feel the sting from the

  • Goats chop Conimicut lot

    Wednesday, September 8

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    Friday, September 3

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    Thursday, September 2

  • School ready

    Thursday, September 2

    School ready With donations from Greenwood Credit Union, Capital Wealth Management and Ocean State Job Lot, Thrive Behavioral Health was able to distribute backpacks chock full of school supplies to the children, teens and adults within its Youth &

  • Wholeheartedly endorsed

    Thursday, September 2

    Wholeheartedly endorsed The City Council gave unanimous first passage Monday night to a zone change enabling Centerville Builders of Warwick to proceed with plans for ten duplex-style single story condos on 3.3 acres at 686 Sandy Lane. Each of the 20

  • Providence Animal Rescue League launches Progress for Paws fundraiser

    Thursday, September 2

    This fall, Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) is launching a month-long peer-to-peer fundraiser to encourage supporters to make progress on their goals for a paw-sitive cause: Progress for Paws! Funds raised go directly toward fulfilling PARL's

  • Police Log 09/02/21

    Thursday, September 2

    DUI Just before 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 14, officers Joseph DiIorio and Michael Bailey were conducting an impaired driving enforcement patrol on Post Road near Lincoln Avenue when they observed a 2015 Nissan Versa. "We observed the vehicle to almost strike the

  • Hearing leaves Save Sand Pond group wondering what comes next

    Thursday, September 2

    By JOHN HOWELL While studies show that Sand Pond water is among the cleanest of ponds in the state, the outcome of Monday's Zoning Board of Review meeting remained muddy. That's because on the advice of City Solicitor David Petrarca, the board voted to

  • Council to consider police, municipal contracts Sept. 28

    Thursday, September 2

    City Council President Steve McAllister has scheduled a special City Council meeting for Sept. 28 starting at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers to act on the tentative contract agreements with the Warwick Fraternal Order of Police and the Municipal Employees

  • Citizen preparation classes to be held at library

    Thursday, September 2

    Citizen Preparation classes for U.S. Naturalization will be held at the Warwick Public Library starting Sept. 25. Participants will practice vocabulary, learn the necessary civics content, and work on interview skills using the N-400 application form.

  • Hendricken enrollment larger than projected

    Thursday, September 2

    By JOHN HOWELL It didn't go as planned at Hendricken, and that is good news. The school projected a freshman class of 140 and 30 eighth-graders this year. But as of Monday, the freshman class had grown to 150 and there were 42 eighth-graders. Principal

  • Not like most school cafeterias

    Thursday, September 2

    Not like most school cafeterias No, they're not planning a lounge for middle school students at Veterans Memorial even though the cafeteria will have high table chairs in addition to new regular chairs. "We will have plenty of chairs and tables,"

  • Public must stay informed of political redistricting

    Thursday, September 2

    Although the average voter may not spend much time thinking about redistricting - the process by which legislative districts are drawn and re-drawn based on things like population fluctuations and the changing demographics of communities - they remain an

  • When patience is a virtue

    Thursday, September 2

    Sometimes there's no choice but to be patient. The guy behind me thought otherwise. He started with a couple of polite beeps. I looked in the rearview mirror. He was driving a late model sedan. The paint was weathered. His bumper was close to touching

  • A devastating burden

    Thursday, September 2

    To the Editor: No, I do not think $16,900 is fair to put on the backs of hardworking people who just want to live in their homes and be left alone ("Contractor given go-ahead on $17.9M Bayside sewer project," Page 1). Nothing they are doing with this is

  • School Committee's 'best decision'

    Thursday, September 2

    To the Editor: After three decades of working in the school system I recognize this moment. A School Committee meeting for the ages? Who knew? The absolute best decision …

  • Splashing for a cause

    Thursday, September 2

    Splashing for a cause Delayed by Tropical Storm Henri for a week, Save Sand Pond held their Pond Palooza Sunday in support of their cause to prevent construction of a 630-unit self-storage facility at Pond Plaza on Post Road overlooking the pond. Chloe,

  • RI Foundation offers more than $100K in grants to nonprofits serving state's Black community

    Thursday, September 2

    The Rhode Island Foundation is offering more than $100,000 in grants to nonprofits that serve the Black community, particularly organizations that have significant Black representation among their staff and board of directors. The deadline to apply for

  • Mold busters

    Thursday, September 2

    Mold busters The opening of Sherman School has been delayed to Sept. 8 to allow crews to rid the school of mold that built up when a ventilating system failed to open during this unusually moist summer. The cleanup, performed by Alliance and Single

  • Running it back

    Thursday, September 2

    By ALEX SPONSELLER After a rocky start to the 2020 season, the Toll Gate girls soccer team would catch fire and win its final five games and take home the Division III State Championship with a 3-1 win over Narragansett. The Titans are back in action and

  • Clampitt inducted to HOF

    Thursday, September 2

    By ALEX SPONSELLER Local boxing legend Jaime "Hurricane" Clampitt was recently inducted into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Clampitt, who is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, finished her professional career with a record

  • Great plates but can you get them?

    Thursday, September 2

    By ARDEN BASTIA Rhode Islanders love to show off their sports teams, their special causes, state locations and their colleges, so it's no wonder legislators have approved the issuance of "charity plates" to groups ranging from the Boy Scouts to

  • September 2, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, September 2

  • Marcum Report: Firefighters paid excess, but was it legal?

    Thursday, September 2

    By JOHN HOWELL The big reveal is happening. More than three years after being commissioned by the Warwick City Council, the audit of firefighter sick pay and claims firefighters were using it to defraud the city of thousands of dollars is being made

  • Back to class in masks

    Thursday, September 2

    Back to class in masks With the exception of six schools still undergoing renovations or in the case of Sherman School being cleaned of mold, it was back to class for Warwick students yesterday. Mayor Frank Picozzi who was joined by School Committee

  • City opens transfer station to expedite recyclable collections

    Thursday, September 2

    By JOHN HOWELL With seven sanitation trucks out of commission and two to three months before the delivery of two new trucks, Mayor Frank Picozzi is faced with one of the biggest challenges of his administration - how to maintain weekly collections of

  • Hawks set to defend title

    Thursday, September 2

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken football team pulled off a comeback victory against La Salle in the spring to claim its 10th title in 11 years. The Hawks got back to work recently and will be squaring off in a championship rematch this week in

  • Contractor given go-ahead on $17.9M Bayside sewer project

    Thursday, September 2

    By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Frank Picozzi notified 935 property owners in what has been collectively called Bayside on Monday that construction of sewers, which was promised decades ago, would start this year. What's more, Picozzi locked in the assessment for a

  • Amenity Aid tackles hygeine poverty

    Thursday, September 2

    By ARDEN BASTIA In 2013, Liz Duggan found herself with an excess of hotel toiletries and amenities after a series of business trips. Unsure of what to do with the extra shampoos and body washes, she donated the amenities to shelters and discovered the

  • Pilgrim Senior Center Events

    Thursday, August 26

    By ARDEN BASTIA Pilgrim Senior Center Events In-person events are back at the Pilgrim Senior Center! See below schedule for classes, workshops, and more. For detailed descriptions of classes, visit

  • RI Senior Softball league nearing playoffs

    Thursday, August 26

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Rhode Island Senior Softball League is back at it this summer and has enjoyed another season of play as it works its way back to normalcy. The league got off to a late start last season due to the pandemic and had to cram its

  • WFFSC wraps up summer

    Thursday, August 26

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Fire Fighters Soccer Club wrapped up a summer of fun and is getting ready for its fall recreational program which is set to begin in a few short weeks. It was a busy August for the club, as it sent multiple teams to

  • Police Log 08/19/21

    Thursday, August 26

    STOLEN VEHICLE At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, Officer Connor Bemis and other officers responded to the area of Post Road and Natick Avenue for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. Bemis reports the owner of the vehicle was tracking its location

  • Responding to market demands

    Thursday, August 26

    Responding to market demands Attorney K. Joseph Shekarchi put it in simple terms. "There's a glut of office space and a shortage of housing." Evidently the Planning Board agreed with Shekarchi's assessment. On Aug. 11 the board granted master plan

  • Paul Bayne didn't just live with the odds, he beat them

    Thursday, August 26

    By ARDEN BASTIA "I am not Glioblastoma. My name is Paul Bayne and I have Glioblastoma. I won't let this disease define me." Paul Bayne lived an extraordinary life. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in 2017, Bayne refused to be defined by

  • Weather can't deter Elks from hosting outing for those with special needs

    Thursday, August 26

    By PETE FONTAINE Old Man Weather wasn't the least bit cooperative for the Rhode Island Association of Elks last Thursday, however, the morning's rain - which continued into the afternoon - didn't dampen the spirits of countless volunteers and force

  • Presto: Dreams comes true for Cases

    Thursday, August 26

    Eleven years of hard work has finally paid off for Rhode Island natives Jay and Jessica Case. In June they opened the Presto Strange O café right in their own neighborhood of Warwick Neck, …

  • Celebrating 60 years

    Thursday, August 26

    Celebrating 60 years Peter and Judith Dietrich of Warwick celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on August 26. They were married at Central Presbyterian Church in the beautiful village of, NJ. Their two children, Marta and Jonathan (Tisha), four

  • With schools reopening, Mentor RI seeks to volunteers

    Thursday, August 26

    By ERICA MacKNIGHT Mentor RI is looking for volunteer mentors for the 2021-2022 school year. Started in 1990, the program is designed to match Warwick students with volunteers from the community, who are screened and trained to serve as mentors. Jo-Ann

  • Insights from Henri

    Thursday, August 26

    "It's really calmed down. I'm going to take Ollie out for a walk," Carol announced. She was right. The sun was trying to come out, the day was brightening. "It could be the eye of the storm," I cautioned. "I knew you would say that," she answered. She

  • Supporting college-bound children

    Thursday, August 26

    By MICHAEL LEACH Many Americans are choosing to move past the fear of COVID but still take precautions as the Delta Variant spreads. College campuses are going back to on-campus learning, and COVID will be a concern for some. However, what should worry

  • Watching over us

    Thursday, August 26

    To the Editor: Living in the Northeast I have learned a few things. One of them is when there is a storm alert you buy bread, milk, and eggs. (Does everyone make French toast for breakfast?) Gas in the car, propane in the tank, groceries in the fridge,

  • August 26, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, August 26

  • Shooting Star

    Thursday, August 26

    By ALEX SPONSELLER Warwick native and recent La Salle Academy graduate Elayna Comella had an impressive outing at this month's A Shot For Life challenge in Newport. A Shot For Life is a fundraising company that raises money toward brain cancer research,

  • Ethics Commission finding triggers release of WFD report

    Thursday, August 26

    By JOHN HOWELL Will a forensic audit of firefighter sick pay reveal a "conspiracy to defraud the city," as Rob Cote contends, or will it show numerous firefighters collected payments within the terms of their contract? On Tuesday, Mayor Frank Picozzi

  • Henri petered out

    Thursday, August 26

    By JOHN HOWELL Nobody is complaining, but Henri ran out of breath when he came knocking Sunday. He was a Category 1 hurricane when he targeted Block Island with a projected path that would take his eye up Narragansett Bay. As sustained winds of 70 mph

  • Pond fight all over again?

    Thursday, August 26

    By JOHN HOWELL Massasoit Terrace residents know better than to defy Mother Nature, but when it comes to saving Sand Pond there's no backing down. Taking heed of Hurricane Henri, the Save Sand Pond team postponed Sunday's pond palooza, an aquatic and

  • Schools to open with lots of rules

    Thursday, August 26

    By ARDEN BASTIA As parents, teachers, and students prepare for a new school year, Superintendent Lynn Dambruch and Assistant Superintendent William McCaffrey shared details on the 2021-2022 school year ahead of the school committee meeting on Wednesday.

  • Gloria Kennedy returns to 'air waves' with podcast

    Thursday, August 26

    By JARED GUSTAFSON From mother of two children, to first Deputy Majority Leader of Rhode Island State Senate, to adopting a Korean dog, long time Warwick resident Gloria Kennedy is now the host of a podcast on Warwick Radio, presented by the Warwick

  • At 8 years old, Liam is a cut above the rest

    Thursday, August 26

    By ARDEN BASTIA Ever since he could walk, Liam Trudeau has loved landscaping. Combining community service and his love of lawn care, Liam is taking part in the 50 Yard Challenge, a program from Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service that encourages kids

  • Week of August 19, 2021

    Thursday, August 19

  • Police Log 08/19/21

    Thursday, August 19

    Police Log Warwick man sentenced to 4 years for domestic felony assault   Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced last week that a Warwick man was sentenced in Kent County Superior …

  • Registration open for Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic

    Thursday, August 19

    Registration for the 38th Annual Ben Boyle & Ron Kostyla Golf Classic for SHARE is now open. The event will be held at the Richmond Country Club on Sunday, August 29, with tee-off at 8 a.m. …

  • Sells for $1.4 million

    Thursday, August 19

    Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the sale of 293 Grand View Drive for $1,400,000. The seller was represented by Amy I. Doorley-Lucas, …

  • Shoreline access study commission appointed

    Thursday, August 19

    House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi recently announced the appointment of the members of a special legislative committee that will study the issue of public access to the shoreline under legislation sponsored by Rep. Terri Cortvriend and passed by the

  • Thursday job fairs in Cranston

    Thursday, August 19

    We Make RI, an organization that provides free manufacturing training, is hosting a series of job fairs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their offices at 200 First Avenue in Cranston. The …

  • I'm a sucker for vacuums

    Thursday, August 19

    I have a new friend. I just haven't named her yet. It's got to be a she. She has a mind of her own. She's a quadruped; although I'm not sure wheels qualify as feet. She's about the size of a pillow, but not cuddly and can't float or swim. Yet there are

  • Community support of police highlighted at promotional ceremony

    Thursday, August 19

    By JOHN HOWELL Col. Bradford Connor spoke to a friendly audience Aug. 10 for a promotional ceremony at Warwick City Hall that saw the pinning of six officers and five probationary officers. That's not surprising, but Connor also addressed the larger

  • It takes advertising

    Thursday, August 19

    It takes advertising How do you hold a car wash in the middle of the Apponaug Circulator? By the time motorists spot the wash, they are beyond the turnoff and returning requires going through a couple of roundabouts to get back. The Toll Gate Girls

  • Leading Lady

    Thursday, August 19

    Leading Lady On Monday, Aug. 16, new Eagle Scout Morgan Nathan led the City Council meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance. Nathan, of Troop 77 Buttonwoods, is among only a handful of young women nationwide who make up the Inaugural Class of female Eagle

  • Chaotic community meeting leads HOH to reconsider tiny village project

    Thursday, August 19

    By ARDEN BASTIA The House of Hope ECHO Village, a project that was in the works for a year, is back to square one after elected officials and South Providence residents vocally opposed the project during a community meeting on July 22. Laura Jaworski,

  • At the colleges

    Thursday, August 19

    French, Buchanan earn JWU honors Johnson & Wales University (JWU) students, Ian French of Warwick, an Advertising & Marketing Communications major in the College of Business, and Haley Buchanan of Warwick, a Criminal Justice major in the John Hazen White

  • Signs that Picozzi cares

    Thursday, August 19

    To the Editor,  I would like to commend and thank Mayor Picozzi for the action he has taken by implementing the large and appropriate English-Spanish signs at Conimicut Point. As a lifelong …

  • Silent Sheehan

    Thursday, August 19

    To the Editor, Where is James C. Sheehan when we need him? As you will recall, it was during the second Trump impeachment that then state Sen. James C. Sheehan wrote passionately about the need to preserve our Constitution. Regarding Mr. Trump, he

  • Safe alternative

    Thursday, August 19

    To the Editor, There is an issue most people are unfamiliar with, but that, if ignored, can have serious negative consequences for our community. That issue is the ubiquitous use of wireless devices. People might be under the common assumption that

  • Beacon Buzz

    Thursday, August 19

    By ARDEN BASTIA Food truck Fridays at Roger Williams Park Kick off the weekend with food trucks at Carousel Village at Roger Williams Park on Friday, Aug. 20. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy over 15 locally owned food trucks while listening to live music.

  • Bus policy updated in response to parent concerns

    Thursday, August 19

    By ARDEN BASTIA In response to parent outrage and concerns of student safety, the School Committee voted last Tuesday to lower the walking distances for Warwick students. With the new policy, students in kindergarten through grade 5 must be farther than

  • Warwick BGC golf tournament sure to be a hit

    Thursday, August 19

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Warwick Boys and Girls Club returns to the green with their 43rd Annual Golf Tournament, taking place this year on Monday, September 20 at the Warwick Country Club. In an interview Tuesday, development director Eleanor Acton shared

  • Flood Ford falls in semis

    Thursday, August 19

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Flood Ford Auto Connie Mack baseball team fell in three games to South Kingstown-Narragansett in the state semifinals last week. Flood Ford took Game 1 by a score of 8-2. Chris Manzo got the win on the mound while Keith Daigneau

  • North softball competes at regionals

    Thursday, August 19

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick North Little League Softball 12's made the trip to Bristol, CT to compete in the Little League regional tournament after winning last month's state championship. The girls fell in their first two games of the double

  • City’s water tanks need replacement

    Thursday, August 19

    By JOHN HOWELL In Dec. 18, 2018, a 30-inch pipe, a major supply to city water, ruptured under Route 95 where it intersects with Route 37. Since then the city has relied on a by-pass that engineers had the foresight to install for such an event. Now the

  • Gaspee Days festival returns next month

    Thursday, August 19

    By ANNELISE DEMERS A five-month delay has not stopped the Gaspee Days Committee; their annual Arts and Craft Festival will return on September 11th and 12th. In January 2021 the committee was not sure if they could even host the festival but they looked

  • Cops aim to put dent in accidents

    Thursday, August 19

    By JOHN HOWELL Based on the number of automobile accidents as of yesterday - 1,814 - Warwick can expect more than 3,500 accidents by the end of the year for an average of about 10 per day. Warwick Police aim to put a dent in the numbers. The severity of

  • August 19, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, August 19

  • 12-year old averts disaster at sea

    Thursday, August 19

    By JOHN HOWELL It was to be an escape from Saturday's heat on Greenwich Bay, a time to enjoy family and cool off. It could have been a disaster with the possible loss of multiple lives. Instead, the quick actions of a 12-year old and the response of

  • Cancer-free Cole celebrates with special Enzo’s Escort parade

    Wednesday, August 18

    By ARDEN BASTIA It's not everyday a limo gives you a lift home from the hospital, but Cole Robinson rode home in style Thursday. Cole was escorted to Hasbro Children's Hospital Thursday for his very last treatment, after battling acute lymphoblastic

  • Police Log 08-12-21

    Thursday, August 12

    DUI Just after 9:30 p.m. on July 29, officers Nathaniel Gray and Randy Bell responded to the area of 1350 Bald Hill Road for a report of a possibly intoxicated driver. The reporting party described the vehicle involved as a 2020 Cadillac with New York

  • Increased home sales to out-of-state buyers fuel market

    Thursday, August 12

    By JARED GUSTAFSON Rhode Island has become a hot spot for out-of-state home buyers. Rhode Island's four seasons and waterfront properties are attractions for many out-of-state buyers. "The secret is out. Rhode Island has been discovered in the past year

  • Survey finds gas prices averaging $3.06 per gallon

    Thursday, August 12

    Rhode Island's average gas price is up 1 cent from last week, averaging $3.06 per gallon. Tuesday's price is 3 cents higher than a month ago and 92 cents higher than August 10, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 12 cents lower than the national

  • Oakland Beach Association meets tonight

    Thursday, August 12

    By ARDEN BASTIA Oakland Beach Association meets tonight The Oakland Beach Association will meet this evening, August 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 340 Oakland Beach Ave (side entrance). The guest will be Warwick Police Chief Brad Conner.

  • COVID rates low in Warwick, yet city ranks 4th highest for deaths

    Thursday, August 12

    By JARED GUSTAFSON Although it is the state's third largest city, Warwick ranks 20th in the state with the number of COVID cases per 100,000 people since the beginning of the pandemic. Yet, according to Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) data,

  • City environmental issues on tap for FOWPS meeting

    Thursday, August 12

    By JARED GUSTAFSON Friends of Warwick Ponds (FOWPS) will be a meeting at Warwick Public Library on August 18th at 6 p.m. in the small meeting room. FOWPS coordinator Phil D'Ercole said, "You won't be able to miss it, there will be a FOWPS banner hanging

  • Summer graduation ceremony set for Aug. 25

    Thursday, August 12

    Warwick schools will conduct a 2021 summer graduation ceremony on Wednesday, August 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Robert J. Shapiro Cultural Arts Center, Toll Gate High School, 575 Centerville Road, Warwick. This ceremony will recognize all students who have

  • Excess food? 'We Share Hope' can help

    Thursday, August 12

    By ARDEN BASTIA We Share Hope, a new nonprofit, is changing the way food donations are collected, thanks to local volunteers like Warwick's Gena Gambuto. We Share Hope launched a new program in early July, making it possible for local residents to

  • Students with disabilities transition at OSCIL camp

    Thursday, August 12

    By LINDA HUGHES This past week, nine students with disabilities participated in a program designed to ease their transition to adulthood. Mireille Sayaf, the new Executive Director of the Ocean State Center for Independent Living, recently established

  • RIPEC seeks nominations for public service awards

    Thursday, August 12

    The Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, or RIPEC, is seeking nominees for its upcoming public service awards. The Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award ill recognize an outstanding local employee, while the Gary S. Sasse

  • Playhouse first of AARP fieldtrips

    Thursday, August 12

    The 210 chapter of AARP is hosting a series of field trips. The first is on Thursday, September 16 to the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant for a buffet lunch followed by a performance of …

  • A feeling of being watched

    Thursday, August 12

    At some point I imagine we have all had the feeling of being watched, of somebody out there following our every movement although they aren't visible. I've felt it walking in the woods and out on the water. In both cases it's likely that I'm being

  • Think globally, act locally on climate - Warwick has its chance

    Thursday, August 12

    By JANE KENNEY AUSTIN The effects of climate change are all around us - sweltering days, skies made hazy by distant wildfires, eroding beaches, and tides creeping higher. Deluges alternate with droughts, straining stormwater and drinking water systems.

  • Accepting the challenge

    Thursday, August 12

    To the Editor: Currently our daily life is being affected by deadly shootings, random beatings, unruly passengers, road rage, rude public behavior and resentment of our nation's flag and heritage. We are now trending to a lower standard of living, which

  • Protect the city and all its residents, not the select few

    Thursday, August 12

    To the Editor: Warwick residents, I ask you a question. What elevates your blood pressure? What raises it 20 to 30 points where you have trouble focusing your eyesight and your body temperature rises 10 degrees? Could it be looking out your window and

  • 4th quarter honors posted at Pilgrim High

    Thursday, August 12

    Pilgrim High School has posted honors for the 4th quarter. The following students have earned honors: FRESHMAN HIGH HONORS: Avery Adams, Ariana Ayriyan, Ryan Kenneth Barlow, Nicole E. Blanton, Madison Lynn Boscia, Braxton Logan Bragg, Dante Antonio

  • Free CCRI dental hygiene clinics scheduled to reopen to the public in September

    Thursday, August 12

    The Community College of Rhode Island is reopening its free Dental Hygiene Clinics to the public for the fall 2021 semester beginning Sept. 1. Held at CCRI's Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, the Dental Hygiene Clinic is a learning environment for dental

  • PAL impresses at regionals

    Thursday, August 12

    By ALEX SPONSELLER After winning the Rhode Island state championship last month, the Warwick PAL 13 year old Babe Ruth baseball team headed north to Westfield, Mass to compete at regionals. The team had a solid outing, going 3-2 against some of the best

  • Flood Ford headed to semifinals

    Thursday, August 12

    FROM STAFF REPORTS The Flood Ford Auto Connie Mack baseball team picked up its 10th and 11th wins in a row as it beat East Greenwich in two games to advance to this week's state semifinals against Narragansett-South Kingstown. Flood Ford took Game 1 of

  • August 12, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, August 12

  • Warwick Tree Post juniors fall in semis

    Thursday, August 12

    By ALEX SPONSELLER After getting an opening round win over R&R Construction in three games, the top-seeded Warwick Tree Post junior American Legion team fell to Upper Deck in two games of the semifinals to be eliminated from the playoffs. "It was a very

  • Parents want masks a ‘choice’

    Thursday, August 12

    By ARDEN BASTIA With the start of school just a few weeks away, Warwick parents are urging the School Committee and administrators to make facemasks for students a parental choice. The district policy, which has not changed since being adopted in the

  • Police, authorities respond to Neck 'tent city'

    Thursday, August 12

    By JOHN HOWELL Ged Carbone of Warwick Neck decided to extend his neighborhood walk last week to include some wooded trails off the Meadow View bike and walking path in hopes of finding a lost dog. Instead, he came across an encampment consisting of a

  • Out-of-state buyers like RI prices, quality of life

    Thursday, August 12

    By JARED GUSTAFSON Former Maine resident, Pete Mertz is one of many who have been lured here by the quality of life. Mertz and his wife moved to Buttonwoods in June of 2019 due to job relocation. They formerly lived just north of Portland Maine for

  • Planning to upset the status quo

    Thursday, August 12

    By JOHN HOWELL What was your major accomplishment as planner for the town of North Smithfield, Tom Kravitz was asked Friday afternoon in Mayor Frank Picozzi's office? It was a question he relished. Without hesitation, he cited work with the state on the

  • City pursues two new high schools

    Thursday, August 12

    By ARDEN BASTIA After the latest meeting with the Rhode Island Department of Education on Tuesday, Warwick is considering building two new high schools, instead of renovating Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools. "We looked at the original visioning and

  • High yields raise concerns over area opened to shellfishermen

    Wednesday, August 11

    By JOHN HOWELL The Promised Land for commercial fishermen is about 1,900 acres between Conimicut and Bullock's points. The area was opened to quahogging for a first time in 75 years on May 26. It's highly productive, enabling most fully licensed

  • Week of August 5, 2021

    Thursday, August 5

  • A night out

    Thursday, August 5

    A night out After being canceled last year because of the pandemic, organizers of this year's Warwick National Night Out didn't know what to expect. Might there be a larger crowd than usual or could people still be concerned about Covid, recalls Ward 6

  • It's personal

    Thursday, August 5

    To the Editor: This letter is addressed to all people who choose not to be vaccinated against Covid-19. I spent the last year and a half following all the instructions given to us by people in the health field. I wore my mask (still do), avoided crowds

  • 2 new high schools?

    Thursday, August 5

    By JOHN HOWELL After all the debate over the future of Warwick's high schools and the decision to renovate Pilgrim and Toll Gate for an estimated cost of $302 million, the city could be on the path for two new schools. The school administration is

  • Warwick Police Log 08/05/21

    Thursday, August 5

    FATAL CRASH A city resident was killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles on Main Avenue last week, according to Warwick Police. Michael A. Paliotti, 60, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital in critical condition once responders arrived at

  • RI gas a penny higher, averging $3.04

    Thursday, August 5

    Rhode Island's average gas price is up 1 cent from last week, averaging $3.04 per gallon. Monday's price is 4 cents higher than a month ago and 90 cents higher than August 2, 2020 . Rhode Island's average gas price is 13 cents lower than the national

  • Share your book club experiences for a chance to win

    Thursday, August 5

    By ARDEN BASTIA Share your book club experiences for a chance to win If you belong to a reading group, Robin Kall of Reading with Robin would like to talk to you! Tell Robin how your club got started, how long you've been meeting, and how you select the

  • In-person youth theatre a 'Dream' come true

    Thursday, August 5

    By JARED GUSTAFSON The Rhode Island Youth Theatre is back and in person. Auditions for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which will be staged Friday, Aug. 13, at Toll Gate High School, were held Monday at the school. After a year and a half hiatus due to

  • Ceiling damage at Vets won't delay school opening

    Thursday, August 5

    By ARDEN BASTIA On July 29 it felt as though the sky was falling at Warwick Veterans Middle School. About six ceiling tiles came loose and fell, abruptly ending the extended school year program, but Superintendent Lynn Dambruch assures parents and

  • Speaker tees up funds for animal rescue

    Thursday, August 5

    By JOHN HOWELL House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi doesn't play golf, nor do Judy Salvadore or Steve and Audrey Snow. Yet all four of them were on the deck of the Quidnessett Country Club Monday evening surrounded by golfers, many of who are legislators.

  • City addressing lifeguard shortage, aims to restore pool hours

    Thursday, August 5

    By JARED GUSTAFSON Warwick could use some more lifeguards, and Beverly Wiley, director of Parks and Recreation, is hopeful that with a lifeguard certification class that started Monday and the closure of city beaches at the end of the summer, the city

  • Am I my brother's keeper?

    Thursday, August 5

    To the Editor: I recently learned I can take a small action that may avert serious harm to those around me. Sounds easy. Still, I don't want to do it. The small action is wearing a mask again. Ugh. It's not that I object because my freedom to shun a mask

  • Speaker Shekrachi speaks out about housing needs

    Thursday, August 5

    The following is a reprint of an interview with House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) published in the July 2021 issue of The Rhode Island Builder, a monthly magazine published by the Rhode Island Builders Association since 1951. THE BUILDER:

  • Look before we leap

    Thursday, August 5

    To the Editor: Paul A. Beaudette is a believer in man-made climate change. He is convinced that solar generated power is a critical, viable, and effective tool to offset the impacts of increasing CO2 emissions and their impact on climate change ("Let's

  • Thoughts on nuclear threats

    Thursday, August 5

    To the Editor: I'm not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran's drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don't fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to

  • Flood Ford gets playoff victory

    Thursday, August 5

    By ALEX SPONSELLER After falling to 0-6 to begin the season, the Flood Ford Connie Mack baseball team has since been the hottest team in the state, winning its final seven regular season games and defeating Warwick PAL in two games in the first round of

  • Warwick Tree Post juniors eyeing regionals

    Thursday, August 5

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Tree Post junior American Legion team has been one of the top clubs in the state this summer, finishing the regular season with a 9-2 record and claiming the top seed in this week's state playoffs. Warwick dropped the first

  • Locals sail in Beetle Cat Championships

    Thursday, August 5

    On Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1, eight boats from Edgewood Yacht Club participated in the Leo J. Telesmanick Beetle Cat Championships in Chatham, Massachusetts, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Beetle Cat boat class. The all-wood

  • August 5, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, August 5

  • Scholarship founded in memory of shooting victim

    Thursday, August 5

    By ARDEN BASTIA Despite the unanswered questions surrounding her shooting, the family of Miya Brophy-Baermann is focused on "all the good she brought to the world," said her mother Michelle. "I knew the kind of person she was," she said. "She was so

  • High yields raise concerns over area opened to shellfishermen

    Thursday, August 5

    By JOHN HOWELL The Promised Land for commercial fishermen is about 1,900 acres between Conimicut and Bullock's points. The area was opened to quahogging for a first time in 75 years on May 26. It's highly productive, enabling most fully licensed

  • WCA falls short in title games

    Thursday, August 5

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The District I champions Warwick Continental American 12's fell in the state final 4-2 to North Providence last week to end their summer. WCA got off to a rocky start in the state tournament, falling behind 5-0 in the first inning to

  • Giving medical equipment a second life and those who need it dignity & indepedence

    Thursday, August 5

    By TARA MONASTESSE While everyday life for many has seemingly returned to normal in the wake of the pandemic, the increased demand for medical equipment hasn't slowed down. That's why the Robert J. Allen Masonic Medical Distribution Center, located on

  • Rocking for a good cause

    Thursday, August 5

    By ARDEN BASTIA If anyone knows how to put the "fun" in fundraising, it's the Rock N Jock Charities, a nonprofit organization that raises money for children battling life-threatening illnesses. Each year, the organization hosts two fundraising events, a

  • Police Log 07-29-2021

    Thursday, July 29

    DUI Shortly after 2 a.m. on July 17, Officer Evan Brown received a report from dispatch that a Toyota Corolla traveling on Interstate 95 south had struck a guardrail. Reports indicated the vehicle had accelerated after the collision and was "now all over

  • Council to reconsider solar ordinance Aug. 16

    Thursday, July 29

    By JOHN HOWELL Those favoring, those opposed and those who agree with some but not all of an ordinance that would give the city the tools to regulate solar developments will have the opportunity to voice their points of view Aug. 16. (The Beacon

  • Increasing number of Rhode Islanders diagnosed with Legionnaire's Disease

    Thursday, July 29

    By RORY SCHULER Rhode Island health officials have announced a 300 percent increase in reported cases of Legionnaire's Disease (LD) in the state. "Between 2014 and 2020, there was an average of 10 cases during the months of June and July each year,

  • Former Beacon intern wins $60,000 RIPBS journalism scholarship

    Thursday, July 29

    Tara Monastesse of Warwick has been selected to receive a Rhode Island PBS Scholarship for high school seniors or college students pursuing a career in broadcasting, communications or journalism. The award - up to $60,000 - is renewable for up to four

  • Bonds beyond the dents

    Thursday, July 29

    This hasn't happened to me before . I'm being hit on by women. Annie and Alice, fictitious names so as to absolve them of anything more than not paying greater attention, are lovely people. Both are artists in their own way. One is a dance instructor.

  • God has dominion

    Thursday, July 29

    To the Editor: Regarding your July 15 editorial on climate change, you write: "This is what the advancing state of manmade climate change looks like . wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, unrelenting rainfall and other abnormal weather patterns will continue

  • Let's do solar ordinance intelligently

    Thursday, July 29

    To the Editor: Can't ignore the big picture of climate change The proposed solar ordinance before the City Council fails to address the issue of climate change and how it is impacting our city and state. Climate change is real and happening faster than

  • Jump right in

    Thursday, July 29

    Jump right in More than 18 months after it closed and having undergone $150,000 of deferred maintenance and repairs, McDermott Pool reopened Monday to some very happy swimmers. The swimmers started arriving a couple of hours prior to a formal reopening

  • Warwick Tree Post falls in playoffs

    Thursday, July 29

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Tree Post American Legion baseball team fell in two games to Gershkoff to fall in the opening round of the playoffs. Gershkoff came from behind to win Game 1, 6-5, then would roll to take Game 2, 8-2. Despite leading 4-2 in

  • WCA grinding in state tournaments

    Thursday, July 29

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Continental American All-Star teams are continuing to grind through the state tournaments this week. The 12's fell to Smithfield 9-3 in the opening round, but rebounded to beat Riverside 6-1 in the first leg of the loser's

  • Young chefs have recipe to cook up wishes

    Thursday, July 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA Even though he was just four years old, Blake Costa loved his family, cooking, and bringing people together. "He just loved being in the kitchen, cooking whatever," said his father Nick Costa. "Pizza, doughnuts, whatever. He would even

  • Camped out

    Thursday, July 29

    Camped out The first of three one-week Youth Leadership Camps sponsored by Warwick Police got under way this week with a series of activities that includes tours of the Police and Fire Department headquarters, games and projects. Today the 23 campers

  • Cornerstone's Kim Morris retires after 35 years

    Thursday, July 29

    By JOHN HOWELL Thirty-five years ago, Roberta Merkle was looking to hire a case manager for the Warwick Central Geriatric Day Care Center based at the Warwick Central Baptist Church in Apponaug. The center, which went on to become Cornerstone Adult

  • July 29, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, July 29

  • ‘We’re back’

    Thursday, July 29

    By ALEX SPONSELLER After missing last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual CJ Buckley Regatta was back in action earlier this week in East Greenwich Bay. CJ Buckley was a local sailor that was described as a fierce competitor and the ultimate

  • Finally, city looking to sell 4 vacant school properties

    Thursday, July 29

    By JOHN HOWELL When he entered the corner office at City Hall, Frank Picozzi made the sale of vacant school properties one of his priorities. He imagined it wouldn't take too long to advertise the four properties and to receive offers from developers

  • $900K grant expands OSCIL goal to help disabled

    Thursday, July 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA Thanks to $900,000 in funding from the CARES Act, the Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) has launched a home access program, allowing those with disabilities to live more independently through adaptive and accessibly

  • SOAKED FOR A CAUSE

    Thursday, July 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA Warwick resident Robin Ramos says she doesn't want anyone else to deal with "[the] horrific disease" that is ALS. An ALS patient and community advocate with the ALS Association of Rhode Island, Ramos isn't letting the disease stop her.

  • Week of July 22, 2021

    Thursday, July 22

  • Child Tax Credit payments now hitting bank accounts

    Thursday, July 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA Paul Salera, president and CEO of Westbay Community Action, has witnessed firsthand how the pandemic impacted families, whether it was a parent who lost their job or a child struggling with distance learning. Starting July 15, the Child

  • Police Log 07-22-2021

    Thursday, July 22

    SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED A 45-year-old Warwick man who befriended a 15-year-old Michigan girl online before transporting her to Rhode Island for sex has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

  • Solar ordinance hearings to start all over again

    Thursday, July 22

    By JOHN HOWELL Faced with arguments that a proposed ordinance to regulate solar panels could boomerang, resulting in their uncontrolled proliferation in residential areas with the loss of trees, along with fears the law could be legally challenged, the

  • Virtual public meetings end this Friday, but streaming to stay

    Thursday, July 22

    The days of public Zoom and teleconferencing meetings is coming to an end, although the city will continue to live stream meetings. In a notice issued Wednesday to the city, Stacy DiCola, associate director of public information with the Secretary of

  • Beacon Buzz - July 22, 2021

    Thursday, July 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA New exhibit at WCFA Altered Paper, Prints, & Books, a new exhibit, is open now through July 24 at the Warwick Center for the Arts at 3259 Post Road. This exhibit features works on paper, in two or three dimensions, with an emphasis on

  • That ice cream goodness

    Thursday, July 22

    That ice cream goodness The management at Sparrows Point II treated residents Friday to an ice cream social that Pat Waldeck described as a "great thing to have on a very humid day." She said the event was greatly appreciated, naming property manager

  • Boaters know Jerry

    Thursday, July 22

    Boaters know Jeff Jeff English, who only recently retired from running the Warwick Cove Marina fuel dock for 27 years, was in for a surprise last Thursday during a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Fairwinds Marina in Oakland Beach. Joe McGrady, who bought

  • After 25 years, Niles Madsen is ready for a new chapter

    Thursday, July 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA It was the early 1990s and Niles Madsen needed a career change. He was in his mid-forties, and working as an insurance claims examiner with Blue Cross in Maryland. "We were in a company-wide meeting one day when the boss told everyone

  • Ready to jump in?

    Thursday, July 22

    Ready to jump in? Pull out your bathing suit, find those goggles, and start practicing your dives because McDermott Pool will be open and ready for swimmers starting Monday, July 26. The grand reopening will be held at 9 a.m. Mayor Frank Picozzi and

  • Leading the pledge

    Thursday, July 22

    Leading the pledge There was a story to why Arielle Luong, clutching a teddy bear in fatigues, led the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance Monday night. When City Council President Steve McAllister learned Police Chief Brad Connor and Fire Chief

  • Bayside dance?

    Thursday, July 22

    Bayside dance? While it might appear as a courtship dance, Dave Chartier who took this image of egrets at Arnold's Neck said it was a tussle over an apparently good fishing hole. As for the snapper he photographed earlier this year, he said she was on

  • Johnston board OKs ‘Project Schooner;’ Is it Amazon?

    Thursday, July 22

    By RORY SCHULER As Jeff Bezos shot into space, the company he founded attempted to land a new retail distribution facility on a 196-acre Johnston woodland parcel. The agenda for Tuesday night's Johnston Planning Board meeting did not mention the word

  • Sophia Hopkins chalks up a first in EG Chamber art contest

    Thursday, July 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA Warwick artist Sophia Hopkins place first in the annual Chalk the Block contest sponsored by the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. The event was held on July 15, and featured artists aged 7 and older. Contestants entered the

  • Eyes tell us so much

    Thursday, July 22

    My son Ted had seen and heard reports of great white sharks being caught in the fishnets off Point Judith. Now he was out there foil sailing. That would have been good, only the wind dropped to under five knots and he lost power. The tide was carrying

  • New leaders serve with devotion

    Thursday, July 22

    To the Editor: The well-done Beacon article, "Reflections on a new administration," by Arden Bastia (June 24, 2021) highlighted our new Superintendent of Warwick Schools Lynn Dambruch along with the new Assistant Superintendent William McCaffrey. They

  • Who knew?

    Thursday, July 22

    To the Editor: Thank you Leslie Derrig and Jane Kenney Austin for alerting us in your letters of July 8, 2021, to the critical solar ordinance up for consideration at the July 19th Council meeting. Who knew! Who knew that our city is considering allowing

  • In good hands

    Thursday, July 22

    To the Editor: Eight of the top 10 students at Pilgrim HS are young women and nine of the top 10 at Toll Gate HS are young women. Why is this? I think it's safe to assume that women and men are of equal intelligence. Could it be that women work harder

  • As moratorium on shut-offs expires, households in need encouraged to apply to Good Neighbor Energy Fund for assistance

    Thursday, July 22

    Due to the end to the moratorium on home energy shut-offs for all customers not on protected status, sponsors of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund are encouraging those in need of energy assistance to visit a local Community Action Program (CAP)

  • District Champs: WCA takes home two titles

    Thursday, July 22

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick Continental American 11 and 12-year-old All-Star teams continued to impress this summer as each wrapped up District III titles last week. The 12's wrapped up an undefeated district tournament and would top South Kingstown

  • PAL baseball claims state crown

    Thursday, July 22

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick PAL 13-year-old baseball team won the Rhode Island Babe Ruth state title last week when it topped host North Providence 5-2 in the championship game. PAL was led by its pitching staff, including Carlos Gonzaga and Michael

  • July 22, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, July 22

  • North 12’s win state championship

    Thursday, July 22

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick North softball 12-year-old All-Stars beat Portsmouth 3-0 last week to win the state championship and punch their ticket to this week's upcoming regional tournament. North faced an uphill battle in the early portion of the

  • School finance officer placed on administrative leave

    Thursday, July 22

    By JOHN HOWELL School finance and operations director Robert Baxter, whose bold plans to showcase schools, streamline busing, increase community use of school buildings and build enrollment were featured in a July 1 Warwick Beacon front page story, has

  • There are still lines

    Thursday, July 22

    There are still lines Warwick tax collectors knew what to expect as soon as bills were delivered - lines out the door at the City Hall Annex at Buttonwoods. While the bills have a first quarter payment deadline of July 15, the grace period has been

  • New sanitation trucks could be here sooner than thought

    Thursday, July 22

    By JOHN HOWELL With some pleading and stretching of the facts, Warwick residents may not have to wait at least 18 months for on-time collection of trash and recyclables. The City Council learned of the good news Monday night and didn't delay approving

  • 'Dangerous' student busing policy worries parents

    Thursday, July 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA Amy Kuiawa may be able to drive her kids to school as a stay at home parent, but she says the "mama bear in [her] jumped out" when the Warwick School Department released the new guidelines for bus transportation. The Warwick Public

  • Construction wave

    Thursday, July 22

    By JOHN HOWELL Warwick is on the verge of a building boom. Consider all that is on the drawing boards: a warehouse covering 11 acres; a 122-room hotel that when completed will give the city 17 hotels with more than 2,200 rooms; multiple housing

  • Choreographer spots 14-year old who started dancing as toddler

    Thursday, July 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA Now 15 years old Francesca Beagan started dancing at Distinctive Dance when she was just 19 months, and has no plans to stop. The dancer had a challenging start to her life. When she was born, she was diagnosed with a lung condition that

  • Warwick chief joins ranks of those endorsing police body cameras

    Thursday, July 22

    By RORY SCHULER If a new state program is successful, within two years every frontline police officer in the Ocean State will be equipped with a body-worn camera. Warwick Police Chief Col. Bradford E. Connor wrote a letter of support for the program.

  • July 15, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, July 15

  • Pawtuxet Village restaurants to rave about

    Friday, July 9

    By DON FOWLER While Edgewood begins at the Providence line and is generally believed to end at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, the neighborhoods of Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village meld together nicely. Pawtuxet Village is home to some of the finest eating

  • As moratorium on shut-offs expires, households in need encouraged to apply to Good Neighbor Energy Fund for assistance

    Thursday, July 8

    Due to the end to the moratorium on home energy shut-offs for all customers not on protected status, sponsors of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund are encouraging those in need of energy assistance to visit a local Community Action Program (CAP)

  • Households in need encouraged to apply to Good Neighbor Energy Fund for assistance

    Thursday, July 8

    Due to the end to the moratorium on home energy shut-offs for all customers not on protected status, sponsors of the Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund are encouraging those in need of energy assistance to visit a local Community Action Program (CAP)

  • RIC release 0707

    Thursday, July 8

    FROM STAFF REPORTS Thirty Rhode Island College student-athletes were named to the 2021 Little East Conference Spring All-Academic team as announced by the league office.  Student-athletes …

  • North wraps up spring season

    Thursday, July 8

    By ALEX SPONSELLER With the spring season wrapping up and All-Star tournaments beginning this week, the Warwick North Little League recently held a parade at the pit to celebrate the end of the season and kick off the summer. Roughly 400 locals made the

  • Perry headed to Phillips Exeter

    Thursday, July 8

    By ALEX SPONSELLER Warwick resident Adora Perry is set to join one of the top prep schools in the country as she was recently accepted into Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. Perry, who just finished her sophomore year at North Kingstown

  • Warwick needs a solar strategy that preserves our trees, forests

    Thursday, July 8

    To the Editor: A risky solar ordinance - one that puts every scrap of residential and open space land in Warwick on the table for commercial solar development - is on a glide path to passage at the next City Council meeting. Warwick has lots of solar

  • Summer beach jobs go begging

    Thursday, July 8

    By JOHN HOWELL Julia Choquette is dressed for the hot summer day in short pants, blue T-shirt and sandals. She's dressed for the beach, which is appropriate because she and Kylin Coffey are at Oakland Beach. They plan to stay for a while, actually for

  • They're keeping track of her

    Thursday, July 8

    They're keeping track of her On July 3 the Atlantic Shark Institute (ASI) announced it had deployed an acoustic tag into a great white shark. This is the just the second time a great white shark has been tagged using this technology in Rhode Island

  • No keeping secrets from Dottie

    Thursday, July 8

    By JOHN HOWELL You can't surprise Dottie McCarthy. At least that's what she says. So, it wasn't surprising she would claim she knew about her "surprise" retirement party a month ago. But sources say otherwise. Under the ruse that they were having drinks

  • Toll Gate posts 4th quarter honors

    Thursday, July 8

    The following students have earned 4th quarter honors at Toll Gate High School: Grade 9 High Honors: Andrew Agostinelli, Robert Allen, Sydney Amaral, Jessalyn Andreozzi, Bruce Angelini, Adeline Areson, Francesca Beagan, Serene Blanchette, Jordan

  • Beacon Buzz

    Thursday, July 8

    Oakland Beach meeting is tonight The Oakland Beach Association will hold its monthly meeting today, Thursday, July 8, at 6 p.m. (note time change). Guest speakers will be Public Works director Eric Earls and Parks & Rec director Bev Wiley. Location: Boys

  • Solar ordinance could have long range negative impact

    Thursday, July 8

    To the Editor: This is part of a letter I had written to each of the City Council members in hope they would reconsider the amended version of the Solar Ordinance they had approved in June's meeting; and to also put a moratorium on all new solar

  • Solar ordinance could have long range negative impact

    Thursday, July 8

    To the Editor: This is part of a letter I had written to each of the City Council members in hope they would reconsider the amended version of the Solar Ordinance they had approved in June's meeting; and to also put a moratorium on all new solar

  • Youth theater programs to be staged at Vets Middle School

    Thursday, July 8

    By ARDEN BASTIA Entering their 34th year, the Rhode Island Youth Theater is returning to the stage after a year without performances. This summer, the Rhode Island Youth Theater resumes summer programming, with voice lessons, playwriting workshops,

  • Magna cum laude graduate

    Thursday, July 8

    Magna cum laude graduate Katherine Baxter graduated on Sunday, June 13, from Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket. The graduation was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, with Bishop Robert C. Evans presiding. Katherine is a member of the RI

  • Vets, Winman wrap up season

    Thursday, July 8

    After missing the 2020 spring middle school softball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Warwick Veterans and Winman softball teams were back in action in 2021. Although there was no postseason …

  • Tree mecca

    Thursday, July 8

    By JOHN HOWELL Could Warwick be a tree Mecca, the place to visit and walk among rare native and old growth trees? Arborist Matthew Largess believes that's possible since Nathan Cornell's latest discovery in Lakewood just a few blocks from Warwick Avenue.

  • Doors open again at senior center

    Thursday, July 8

    By JOHN HOWELL When COVID-19 shut the doors to the Pilgrim Senior Center, the center didn't fold up its services. "Our doors were closed but our hearts were open," Meg Underwood, director of senior services, said Friday afternoon to a room filled with

  • Revitalized Rhodes emerges from pandemic

    Friday, July 2

    By DANIEL KITTREDGE For generations, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet has held a vital place in the social and cultural life of Rhode Islanders. Weddings, galas, circuses, concerts, sporting events, civic meetings - these gatherings, and much more, have all taken

  • Week of July 1, 2021

    Thursday, July 1

  • On to 6th grade

    Thursday, July 1

    On to 6th grade Fifth grade students from Cedar Hill Elementary School celebrated their graduation last Thursday in an outdoor ceremony with family and friends. Here, fifth graders give fist bumps and high fives to waiting family members, certificates

  • Now in Warwick

    Thursday, July 1

    Now in Warwick After having operated from Cranston for the past 36 years The Travel Connection has a new home at 1265 R Post Road. Susan Rezendes of Warwick has owned the business for the last 16 years. Working along side her has been Debbie Stubbs,

  • Warwick Police Log 07-01-21

    Thursday, July 1

    MAN PULLED FROM WATER Just before 7:30 p.m. on June 28, Officer Thomas Paine and other officers responded to the Oakland Beach Seawall for a report of an unresponsive man in the water. Fire and rescue personnel were already on scene when Paine arrived

  • EMT has license reinstated after investigation of woman's death

    Thursday, July 1

    By JOHN HOWELL One of the two Warwick EMTs who had their licenses suspended by the Department of Health after declining to transport a woman to Kent Hospital, who died later that day, has returned to active duty, while the second continues to be paid but

  • Gas prices up 2 cents, still lower than national average

    Thursday, July 1

    Rhode Island's average gas price is up 2 cents from last week, averaging $2.99 per gallon. Monday's price is 5 cents higher than a month ago and 89 cents higher than June 28, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national

  • Town Fair Tire scholarship winners

    Thursday, July 1

    Town Fair Tire scholarship winners Town Fair Tire recently awarded $500 scholarships to four Warwick Area & Technical Center students. Pictured from left Tim Kane, center director joins schloraship recipients Jacob Kelley (Electricity), Victoria

  • Honored

    Thursday, July 1

    Award recipient Dr. Matthew Rocheleau DO of Warwick, has received the Father Ricard Resident of the Year Award for 2020-2021 voted by his peers and colleagues. The award is presented to the resident who demonstrates compassion, honesty, respect, and

  • Beacon Buzz July 1, 2021

    Thursday, July 1

    By ARDEN BASTIA New parade route After 27 years of hosting the Warwick Neck 4th of July parade, Bill and Madeline Nixon are passing the torch. The neighborhood parade has started and finished at the Nixon home since it was founded as a friendly

  • Time for 2 left turning lanes at Hoxsie Corners

    Thursday, July 1

    To the Editor: Being a native Rhode Islander, I have learned to describe things in the past tense. For example, "turn where Ann & Hope used to be." When Ann & Hope was our place to shop, traffic was so dense that the intersection of Post Road heading

  • Time to take a dive and power wash

    Thursday, July 1

    This is a warning: Don't take up power washing if you're a perfectionist. I'm not the perfectionist, but I can't stand a job half completed. Power washing demands that, too. I've power washed the house siding, amazed by the streams of grit and pollen

  • 'Share program' addresses Girl Scout cookie surplus

    Thursday, July 1

    By ARDEN BASTIA With a nationwide surplus of 15 million boxes, the Girl Scouts organization is looking to unload cookies to hungry customers. The Girl Scouts of Rhode Island has a surplus of 300 cases, roughly 3,600 packages of cookies. "We didn't get

  • Next stop…Vets Middle School

    Thursday, July 1

    Next stop.Vets Middle School Hoxsie School held graduation ceremonies June 23 for fifth graders who received their certificates before an enthusiastic group of family and friends. Principal Gary McCombs moderated and brought greeting recalling

  • It’s the law

    Thursday, July 1

    It's the law Senator Michael McCaffrey assisted by The RI For Justice provide free bicycle helmets to third graders at Hoxsie Elementary School recently. Youths are required to wear helmets while riding a bicycle, scooter, on roller blades or skate

  • Lady Pats fall to Oakers in DI finals

    Thursday, July 1

    The Pilgrim softball team fell to Coventry 7-4 in the Division I State Championship last week at Rhode Island College. The Lady Pats entered the championship series with one playoff loss in the …

  • Hendricken takes second at states

    Thursday, July 1

    The Rhode Island OutdoorVTrack and Field State Championships were held this past weekend at Conley Stadium in Providence and many locals made some noise on the big stage. The Bishop Hendricken …

  • Face-to-face with the Queen

    Thursday, July 1

    Face-to-face with the Queen Cdr. Dave Burkett Captain of the Guided Missile Destroyer USS The Sullivans was recently greeted by Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Admiral Tony Radakin, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Royal Navy after pulling into

  • Celebrating 60 years

    Thursday, July 1

    Celebrating 60 years Paul F. Kelley and Elizabeth A. Gonwa met at the USO in Chicago when he was a Navy enlisted man attending a school at USN Training Center (USNTC), Great Lakes, Illinois and she was a student at Mundaline College in Chicago. She was

  • New digs

    Thursday, July 1

    New digs Electronic Alarms that Henry Guzeika started in the garage of his home on Spring Grove Avenue 53 years ago and then moved into its own office to merge with American Alarm and Communications has opened new and larger offices at 10 Jefferson

  • Massey matches listener donations

    Thursday, July 1

    Massey matches listener donations A matching fundraising effort was spearheaded by Jeffrey H. Massey, President and Founder of Massey Associates Inc., a Retirement Wealth Advisory firm, and host of the popular Massey On MoneyT Radio Show. Jeff asked

  • State Champs

    Thursday, July 1

    The Rhode Island Outdoor Track and Field State Championships were held this past weekend at Conley Stadium in Providence and many locals made some noise on the big stage. The Bishop Hendricken …

  • Larger, improved warning sign planned at Conimicut Point

    Thursday, July 1

    A larger, more prominent warning sign with a QR code enabling beachgoers to read the warning in multiple languages on their cell phones is planned at Conimicut Point Park, Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi said Tuesday. Picozzi received numerous suggestions on

  • Transforming schools into community assets

    Thursday, July 1

    By ARDEN BASTIA Robert Baxter, the executive director of finance and operations for Warwick Public Schools, is not lacking ideas to improve Warwick schools. While the district is currently facing enrollment declines of an estimated 1,200 students since

  • He digs it

    Thursday, July 1

    He really digs it After all of the remarks and ceremonial ground breaking of the service station and convenience store planned for Airport and Post Roads - the flagship to a fleet of 150 Neon Marketplace stores in the next five years - 2-year old

  • 'Time to let it go '

    Thursday, July 1

    By JOHN HOWELL When he learned he was eligible to retire, Father Alfred Ricci said, "yessiree." "You know when it's time to do what to do and let it go," Father Ricci said Monday afternoon from the office at St. Gregory the Great Church in Cowesett,

  • Board relunctantly grants Warwick Neck store license to sell guns

    Thursday, July 1

    By JOHN HOWELL Faced with what they believe is best for Warwick Neck or what the law allows, the Board of Public Safety landed on the side of the law Tuesday night and unanimously approved a permit for the sale of guns from Anchor Art & Antiques at 316

  • Breaking down

    Thursday, July 1

    By JOHN HOWELL So, maybe your recycling cart didn't get emptied on the same day your trash was picked up this week. Don't be surprised if it happens again or even becomes a recurring event, as the Department of Public Works struggles to keep an aging

  • ' Mr. Mayr' can you fix those potholes?

    Thursday, July 1

    By JOHN HOWELL Carlos Rojas is 6 years old, and as of Friday when school closed he is no longer a kindergartener. But that doesn't mean he's too young to voice his opinion, or even to go a step further and ask that action be taken. So when Carlos asked

  • Mausoleum dedication

    Saturday, June 26

    Bishop Thomas Tobin dedicates and blesses the $12.5 million mausoleum at Saint Ann Cemetery to Saints Peter & Paul.

  • Toll Gate High School Class of 2021

    Thursday, June 24

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  • Pilgrim High School Class of 2021

    Thursday, June 24

    Gabriela Lucianni Abad* Faith Christine Adamo Kobi Michael Almeida Hayley Marie Alves* Dennis James Amore Jr. Emma-Rose T. Andrade Damian Austin Andrade Michelle Antelo* Maria-Trinidad Castillo …

  • Bishop Hendricken Class of 2021

    Thursday, June 24

    Sean Jacob Alcordo 1,2 ***Samuel Alicea, lllBrayden Allen 2 *Kaden Allen 2 *Tyler Amato 1,2 *Andres Andujar *Richard Angeli, III 1,2 ***Matthew Antonelli 2 *Jack Aylesworth 1,2 ***Jaiden …

  • Spotlights on graduates

    Thursday, June 24

    The Aldrich Mansion was the site of graduation ceremonies for Toll Gate, Pilgrim and Hendricken High Schools last week. The city schools held ceremonies during the day Wednesday. Hendricken …

  • Yoga at Conimicut

    Thursday, June 24

    Join Yoga at the Point for a season of outdoor yoga right on the water at Conimicut Point Park. Yoga, pilates, group fitness, and sound meditation classes offered every day, Sunday through Saturday, …

  • Lady Pats advance to DI semis

    Thursday, June 24

    The Pilgrim softball teamcruised past North Providence8-3 in the Division IQuarterfinals and beatCumberland 11-3 in the Final Four first round. The momentum was cut short by Coventry in the Division …

  • Pilgrim falls in title match

    Thursday, June 24

    The Pilgrim boys lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaking 8-7 decision to Burrillville in the Division III State Championship last weekend at Cumberland High School. The Pats would jump out to an …

  • Skippers beat Hawks for volleyball crown

    Thursday, June 24

    The Bishop Hendricken boys volleyball team fell 3-1 (19-25/ 26-24/ 19-25/ 20-25) to North Kingstown in the Division I State Championship at Rhode Island College last week. The Skippers were …

  • Warwick Police Log 06/24/21

    Thursday, June 24

    DUI Shortly before 11 p.m. on June 18, Officer David Boardman responded to Officer Joseph DiIorio's request for assistance with a motor vehicle stop on Post Road. At the scene, DiIorio told Boardman the vehicle in question - described as a 2010 Ford F150

  • Let it flow

    Thursday, June 24

    Let it flow With new pumps, piping and a heater, Mayor Frank Picozzi had the honors of opening the hydrant to refill McDermott swimming pool last Friday. Now brimming with 300,000 gallons, Picozzi said Tuesday a reopening to the public will be

  • Discussion planned on future of Pawtuxet Park

    Thursday, June 24

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Pawtuxet Village Association is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. to discuss the future of Pawtuxet Park. According to Roy Evans, member of the association's board, the Pawtuxet Village Association (PVA) is

  • City, cops have tentative agreement on 3-year pact

    Thursday, June 24

    By JOHN HOWELL Members of the Warwick Fraternal Order of Police have approved a tentative three-year contract that would give them a 2.75 percent raise on July 1 followed by 3.75 percent increases on July 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023. Mayor Frank Picozzi

  • Neon flagship to land at Airport & Post roads

    Thursday, June 24

    By JOHN HOWELL Neon Marketplace, a Procaccianti company, is preparing to turn the image of the service station convenience store on its head. And the prototype for the company that envisions opening 150 stores throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and

  • A time for compassion

    Thursday, June 24

    It's a Sunday routine in preparation for the week ahead. First, turn on WCRB, the Boston classical station and hope for some Hayden, Mozart or the occasional Scott Joplin. Then, turn on the computer for an avalanche of emails. After weeding through

  • 35% reduction in assessments applied to newest sewer projects

    Thursday, June 24

    By JOHN HOWELL The letters from Mayor Frank Picozzi went in the mail Friday, and by Monday some residents of Governor Francis Farms were blinking to make sure what they were reading was for real. Without an explanation of how it would be done, Picozzi

  • A birthday and a fundraiser

    Thursday, June 24

    A birthday and a fundraiser Mayor Frank Picozzi was surprised Monday to find a birthday display in front of City Hall in his honor courtesy of Happy Sign RI. He was impressed by the display that included Christmas lights - after all Picozzi is renowned

  • No line

    Thursday, June 24

    Avoiding the line Few places were as popular as the Warwick Public Library Saturday when it started selling beach parking passes. When the city's initial order of 500 passes was quickly depleted, additional passes were ordered and the library took on

  • Maritime trades instructor open house set at CCRI center

    Thursday, June 24

    Electric Boat and Community College of Rhode Island will hold an open house on June 28 and 29 for anyone interested in teaching maritime trades. Representatives from the partners will be available to answer questions about teaching, compensation,

  • Freeze on nuclear weapons needed

    Thursday, June 24

    To the Editor: I don't know if nuclear first strike capability is possible. We need to determine if an arms race with Russia could lead to our annihilation; and if so, we need to have both countries agree to a freeze on new nuclear weapons (at least if

  • Bishop Tobin dedicates, blesses $12.5M mausoleum

    Thursday, June 24

    Built to resemble the cathedral in Providence, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin on Saturday dedicated the Saints Peter & Paul Mausoleum at St. Ann Cemetery in Cranston. The chapel at the center of the 22,000-square-foot building was near to capacity

  • First in line

    Thursday, June 24

    First in line For the past 17 years Warren "Buddy" Kean has owned and operated The Bottom Line bar on Palmer Avenue across from the entrance to Rocky Point Park. Now he's packing up and moving to Hawaii where he'll be near to family. On Saturday his

  • Owner of former Carvel plans bank, offers to give city land

    Thursday, June 24

    By JOHN HOWELL Last Wednesday night, the old Carvel Ice Cream building at the intersection of Airport and Post roads hadn't had as many people in it since the days it was The Office. This wasn't a bar crowd, although a few probably would have appreciated

  • Beacon Buzz - June 24, 2021

    Thursday, June 24

    By ARDEN BASTIA Beach passes sold at Library The Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane branch, is selling Warwick beach passes. Beachgoers will be able to purchases passes anytime the library is open. Passes are $20 for residents, per car; $40 for

  • Reflections on a new adminstration

    Thursday, June 24

    By ARDEN BASTIA Just about a month into new leadership, Warwick Teachers Union president Darlene Netcoh, new Superintendent Lynn Dambruch, and new Assistant Superintendent William McCaffrey reflect on the challenges facing the district, their goals, and

  • Broncos top Titans for lax title

    Thursday, June 24

    Despite jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead, the Toll Gate girls lacrosse team was not able to hold on as Burrillville completed the 9-5 comeback win to take home the Division III state title. Toll Gate …

  • June 24, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, June 24

  • Olympian Beisel to lead STB youth swim clinic

    Thursday, June 17

    Save The Bay will offer a youth swim clinic on Tuesday, June 29 led by Olympic medalist and Saunderstown native Elizabeth Beisel. Swimmers ages 8 to 18 are invited to register for the clinic, which will include a Q&A session, 60 minutes of pool time, and

  • Remembering inner strength, smile of Kate Harrigan

    Thursday, June 17

    By JOHN HOWELL Holliman Elementary School Principal Joseph Coffey asked students to close their eyes Friday morning and visualize the strongest person they know. It was impossible for him to know if students followed his instructions. The students were

  • Ashley Rappa joins woman-led advertising agency

    Thursday, June 17

    E. Ashley Rappa of Warwick has joined MORE Advertising, a full-service, minority- and woman-led marketing and advertising agency launched in 1997. As a copywriter, Rappa will create long- and short-form copy for a diverse range of mission-driven

  • White wagon

    Thursday, June 17

    White wagon There's no mistaking the newest of the city's rescues - it's white, while the others are red. The city moved quickly to purchase the vehicle from Greenwood Emergency Vehicles in Massachusetts when a municipality canceled delivery and it

  • Warwick Police Log 06/17/21

    Thursday, June 17

    DUI Shortly after 11 p.m. on June 5, officers Tyler Stone and Thomas Paine responded to the area of the Speedway on Post Road for a report of a potentially impaired operator who had been stopped by another officer. At the scene, the reporting officer

  • Reclaim RI targets Shekarchi in effort to increase tax on wealthy

    Thursday, June 17

    By JOHN HOWELL Mickey Stevens Sports Complex was ground zero Tuesday morning for the Reclaim Rhode Island campaign to increases taxes on those making more than $475,000 annually in order to generate an estimated $128 million that could be used to improve

  • Beacon Buzz - June 17, 2021

    Thursday, June 17

    By ARDEN BASTIA Beach passes sold at Library The Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane branch, will be selling Warwick beach passes starting on Saturday, June 19. Beachgoers will be able to purchase passes anytime the library is open. Passes are $20 for

  • Friends team up to shape their destiny

    Thursday, June 17

    By ARDEN BASTIA The sign at 350 Wellington Ave. might still say Lou Pelosi's Precision Collision Service, but as of late April, the well-known Cranston auto body and mechanical repair shop has proud new owners. After more than 50 years in the business,

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at CCRI to launch its 15th cohort this fall

    Thursday, June 17

    The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) Rhode Island program seeks applicants for its 15th Cohort, to launch September, 2021. Applications are due by June 1 at 10ksbApply.com. Now in its fifth year of operation, Rhode Island's premier business

  • Kessimian named as Hendricken's first female AP

    Thursday, June 17

    By ARDEN BASTIA Bishop Hendricken High School has named Natalie Kessimian as the new assistant principal, the first female academic administrator in the school's history. Kessimian's role will focus on the whole of the academic experience for students,

  • Survey finds gas prices unchanged from last week

    Thursday, June 17

    Rhode Island's average gas price is unchanged from last week, averaging $2.96 per gallon. Monday's price is 4 cents higher than a month ago and 92 cents higher than June 14, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 12 cents lower than the national

  • Rocky Hill Country Day celebrates in-person graduation

    Thursday, June 17

    On Friday, June 11, Rocky Hill Country Day School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021 with an in-person ceremony, sitting in family groups on the lawn of the historic, waterfront campus. The event was live streamed for extended family,

  • First was ice bucket challenge now CEO Soak-RI to raise funds for ALS

    Thursday, June 17

    The ALS Association Rhode Island Chapter has launched its First Annual CEO Soak-Rhode Island event taking place this summer.  The chapter is challenging companies and organizations from across …

  • Oakland Beach Firemen's Club hosts crafts show

    Thursday, June 17

    By PETE FONTAINE Jon Correia doesn't claim to be a Picasso; however, the area abstract artist painted a picture Sunday of what will be coming to the popular Oakland Beach Volunteer Firemen's Club in the near future. Correia, who doubles as a

  • TSA, security changes announced ahead of summer travel

    Thursday, June 17

    By ARDEN BASTIA While the number of travelers flying through T.F. Green Airport this summer may not reach 2019 travel levels, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing for an expected rise in passenger volume. Among the preparations

  • Restaurant customers aid crash victim; incident nearly forces tax sale delay

    Thursday, June 17

    By JOHN HOWELL Angelica Penta is praising four of her customers at Gel's Kitchen as lifesavers following an early morning accident at the intersection of West Shore Road and Buttonwoods Avenue June 3 that sent two people to the hospital and cut

  • A wake up memory

    Thursday, June 17

    Fog can be comforting, yet alarming. As I starting climbing the hill, the crest that I know so well, having passed this way countless times, disappeared. The fog consumed the sun, leaving a consistent opaque gray. I checked to make sure my lights were

  • Fire Department under 'fire'

    Thursday, June 17

    To the Editor: With pun intended, the Warwick Fire Department is under fire from many directions. Warwick firefighters are accustomed to putting out fires at other folks homes and businesses; let's hope they are just as adept at putting out the fire that

  • Directing our focus

    Thursday, June 17

    To the Editor: Presently our federal government is addressing the most serious issues with large spending programs. We are currently over twenty eight trillion dollars in debt and growing. Is this the correct means to overcome many of our national

  • Lady Titans shut out Rogers in prelims

    Thursday, June 17

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate softball team won its opening round playoff matchup when it shut out Rogers 2-0 on Tuesday. Titans’ starting pitcher Hayley Hindle was sharp on the mound, …

  • June 17, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, June 17

  • Target: 70% of RI workers with higher education

    Thursday, June 17

    By ARDEN BASTIA Former Gov. Gina Raimondo set a lofty goal - get 70 percent of the state's working-age population to hold a postsecondary degree or equivalent credentials by 2025. Dr. Shannon Gilkey, the state's new commissioner of postsecondary

  • Council to consider proposed solar ordinance

    Thursday, June 17

    By JOHN HOWELL When solar farms were first proposed for large tracts of Western Cranston, the projects were embraced for their green energy and the fact that land wouldn't be developed for housing, resulting in more traffic and increased city services.

  • Class of 21 in the sun

    Thursday, June 17

    By ARDEN BASTIA Staying true to their Warwick roots, students from Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools celebrated their academic achievements with an outdoor graduation at the Aldrich Mansion yesterday. Students from the class of 2021 were among the last

  • Hot market expected to be reflected in revaluation

    Thursday, June 17

    By JOHN HOWELL Homeowners who have no thought of selling and may not have paid attention to the red-hot housing market are going to be in for a surprise by the results of the citywide revaluation, which has started and will be fully completed by April

  • Delayed implementation of beach parking fees

    Friday, June 11

    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 …

  • Cruising along at 90 years old

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Disappointed with council, administration's handling of budget

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Officials mum on report 2 EMTs denied transport to woman who died soon after

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Warwick Police Log 06/10/21

    Thursday, June 10

    DUI At approximately 3:45 a.m. on May 29, Officer Keara Enos was conducting a patrol on Interstate 95 south in the area of exit 15 when she observed a black BMW cross over dotted lane lines "numerous times" with its driver's-side tires and abruptly

  • Helping was guiding principle to Paul Archambault's 40 years with Wave FCU

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Beacon Buzz - June 10, 2021

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • OSCIL distributing grocery gift cards to qualified residents

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Gas prices bump up another 2 cents to $2.96 a gallon

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Curiosity, humanity inspire Smith's novels

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • The famous letter, or factoid?

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • A poor substitute for sound economic policy

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Why local businesses oppose sugar drink tax

    Thursday, June 10

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Rhode Island Public Health Institute has launched an initiative to nourish Rhode Island through a tax on sugary drinks. For local businesses however, the proposed sugar drink tax would do more harm than good. Bills, H-5715 and

  • Pats ready for playoff run

    Thursday, June 10

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim softball team has rolled to the top of the standings in Division I this season and currently sits at 11-2 with just two games left in the regular season. The Pats had a rough go last week when it fell to visiting St. Ray's

  • Pilgrim’s Rix honored by RIIL

    Thursday, June 10

    By ALEX SPONSELLER Pilgrim senior Kenny Rix was recently named the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Male Student-Athlete of the Year for his work both on the field and in the classroom. Rix is a four-sport athlete, competing in soccer, basketball,

  • Titan freshmen take 2nd at states

    Thursday, June 10

    The Toll Gate boys indoor tack and field team was the state runner up in this past winter's Rhode Island Track Coaches Association's Freshman Championship. Pictured are Toll Gate's Jeremie Luna, Jamie Luna, Trevor DiPanni and Mason Tanner after claiming

  • The human sundae

    Thursday, June 10

    By JOHN HOWELL Dr. Frederick Schweizer, now better known to Cedar Hill School students as Dr. S for Dr. Sundae, really doesn't care for ice cream. That's too bad, as he was turned into a human sundae by graduating fifth-graders. They delighted in

  • June 10, 2021 e-Edition

    Thursday, June 10

  • A year later, Picozzi happy he ran for mayor

    Thursday, June 10

    By JOHN HOWELL It was one year ago Tuesday that Frank Picozzi turned to his followers on Facebook to announce he would be running as an independent for mayor of Warwick. It wasn't long before his phone started ringing with questions from the news media.

  • HOH seeks space for indoor 'tiny' house village

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • State Champs

    Thursday, June 10

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken golf team held off East Greenwich to win its sixth state championship last week at Cranston Country Club. The Hawks trailed the Avengers by one stroke after the first round, but caught fire in the second and

  • Half-and-half roads not likely to be repaved this time

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • A prom like few others

    Thursday, June 10

    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

  • Before and after

    Thursday, June 10

    Dr. Frederick Schweizer, principal of Cedar Hill School,dressed for his role as a human sundae, and after histransformation by fifth-graders, complete with a cherry on top.(Warwick Beacon photos)

  • Honoring the flag on Memorial Day

    Thursday, June 3

    Remember the Memorial Day parades that stepped off from the Hendricken parking lot on Oakland Beach Avenue, proceeded to West Shore Road and ended in front of Veterans High School? Some years, marchers stretched for what seemed to be the full parade

  • Warwick Police Log 06/03/21

    Thursday, June 3

    DUI At approximately 1 p.m. on May 22, Officer Gerard Ditomasso responded to 1050 Bald Hill Road for a report that a motor vehicle had crashed into a gas pump. At the scene, Ditomasso and another officer made contact with the male operator of the vehicle

  • Library promotes literacy, nature with StoryWalk

    Thursday, June 3

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Warwick Public Library puts a new spin on reading outside with their StoryWalk installation, which opened last Friday. The new installation invites readers, young and old, to follow along with And Here's To You by David Elliot,

  • Beacon Buzz 06/03/2021

    Thursday, June 3

    By ARDEN BASTIA Meat Raffle The Sons of the American Legion are hosting a meat raffle June 4, starting at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the William J. Shields Jr. Post American Legion Home Association at 662 West Shore Road. For any questions, call

  • City beach fees start June 19

    Thursday, June 3

    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.

  • Paws enforcing laws

    Thursday, June 3

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Warwick Police K-9 Unit is hosting a fundraiser June 5 at the Apponaug Brewing Company, located at 334 Knight Street. Attendees have the chance to bid on more than 100 raffle items, while enjoying the brewery's new beer garden.

  • Justice Flaherty is keynote speaker at Hendricken graduation

    Thursday, June 3

    Retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis X. Flaherty, a 1964 Hendricken graduate, will be the keynote speaker for Hawks' Last Flight: The Class of 2021 graduation celebration, Friday, June 18 at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick. For the

  • June 3 e-EDITION

    Thursday, June 3

  • Slow down

    Thursday, June 3

    By JOHN HOWELL Warwick residents are asking police to nab speeders and improve compliance with traffic regulations in their neighborhoods, and police are responding. Mayor Frank Picozzi remarked on what he termed a stepped-up effort to slow down

  • Owens Jr. shines at NAGA tourney

    Thursday, June 3

    Warwick's Mike Owens Jr., 12, put on a show in the North American Grapplers Association's New England Championships held in Hampton, New Hampshire last month. Owens Jr. took home first place finishes in both gi and no-gi jiu jitsu for his division

  • RIC golf wraps up season

    Thursday, June 3

    FROM STAFF REPORTS Head Coach Gene St. Pierre’s (Career record: 2-2; .500) team wrapped up the 2021 season with a third place (four teams) finish at the Little East Invitational on April …

  • Heating up

    Thursday, June 3

    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 schedule. The Pats sat at 6-5 with a 5-5 league record heading into Wednesday and won two of its past three outings. Pilgrim

  • Gas prices hold, 97 cents higher than last June

    Thursday, June 3

    Rhode Island's average gas price is the same as last week, averaging $2.94 per gallon. Monday's price is 12 cents higher than a month ago and 97 cents higher than June 1, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national average.

  • Elks rev up Thursday night car shows

    Thursday, June 3

    By PETE FONTAINE Classic cooks Jim Fletcher, Dennis "Goober" Martel and Mark Merlino made three different sandwiches as often as noted disc jockey Rob Caramante pumped different musical recordings into the night's warm air at Rossi Park in Warwick.

  • Long-term investments in Warwick

    Thursday, June 3

    To the Editor, Last week the Warwick City Council passed a zero tax increase budget that provides direct services and investments to the residents of our City. With countless individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of

  • Remembering those who served

    Thursday, June 3

    Remembering those who served Warwick Boy Scouts Troop 7 and Troop 77 Buttonwoods honored fallen heroes in Memorial Day celebrations last weekend. Both troops took part in a joint wreath laying ceremony in honor of Private Thomas C. Matteson, a Civil

  • Harvesting clam gold

    Thursday, June 3

    Harvesting clam gold According to the Department of Environmental Management 150 shellfishermen turned out last Wednesday morning for the opening of the lower Providence River for a first time in 75 years. Under an experimental program, 1,900 acres of

  • Promise made permanent

    Thursday, June 3

    By JOHN HOWELL Kellsie King, a graduate of Cranston High School East who's now a junior at University of Rhode Island, would have probably attended college regardless of the Rhode Island Promise. But it wouldn't have been easy for her or her family. King

  • Optimism follows passage of $333M budget

    Thursday, June 3

    By JOHN HOWELL City Council budget hearings can be long, drawn-out exercises that, when all is said and done, generally haven't changed what the mayor initially proposed. Never, in at least the past 40 years, has the council increased the mayor's

  • Memorial Day observance

    Thursday, June 3

    Memorial Day observance Organized by Chapter 9 Disabled American Veterans and Rep. Camille Vella-Wilkinson, Memorial Day services that included the laying of a wreath at Veterans Park in front of Veterans Memorial Middle School, a ceremony in

  • What a way to start a walk-a-thon

    Thursday, June 3

    What a way to start a walk-a-thon Steeds from the Providence Mounted Command, Riley ridden by Jose Mendez and Charlie ridden by Douglas Gould visited St. Rose of Lima School Friday to lead off the school walk-a-thon, one of the school's major

  • Musical salute to those in uniform

    Thursday, June 3

    Musical salute to those in uniform As he has done in prior years, Father Robert Marciano, pastor of St. Kevin Church , chaplain of the Warwick Police and Fire Departments and the Rhode Island National Guard, hosted a concert Friday evening at the

  • Perfect job for retired investment advisor

    Thursday, June 3

    By BARBARA KENERSON So? Where is she now after so much kvetching about retiring? I've got a job! And a very big, enthusiastic yippee to that! How many people are a-wishin' and a-hopin' and a-dreamin' about being retired? Most. And retirement is a

  • Picozzi: More of a mayor than politican

    Thursday, June 3

    To the Editor, Tonight, I attended my first Citizens Police Academy Alumni meeting since the pandemic. It is so nice to be getting back to normal. Mayor Frank Picozzi attended along with his wife. In brief remarks, our guest described our Warwick Police

  • Kent re-branding focuses on community care

    Thursday, June 3

    By ARDEN BASTIA Last Wednesday, Kent Hospital unveiled a new look and feel, in an effort to be recognized as a community-centered hospital with world-class standards of healthcare. The event featured Kent president and COO Robert Haffey, as well as

  • Not too many of them

    Thursday, June 3

    Not too many of them Artie Dunn who frequently visits Warwick City Park was mystified when he spotted a deer that appeared to be loosing its hair. Do deer molt, he wondered. He learned that he had crossed paths with a piebald deer, a condition that

  • Block: Rescue response times don’t meet standards

    Thursday, June 3

    By JOHN HOWELL Warwick firefighters and rescues are taking longer to respond to calls than standards for a suburban community this size set by the National Fire Protection Association, according to log sheets for the first quarter of the year analyzed by

  • June 19 event to benefit pint sized superhero, Rowan Shaw

    Thursday, June 3

    On Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m., friends of the Shawfamily are hosting a Super Sonic Saturday to benefitWarwick's pint-sized superhero, Rowan Shaw.Rowan is currently facing another 10-month stretch …

  • Business coalition argues against new taxes

    Wednesday, June 2

    By RORY SCHULER The Rhode Island Business Coalition (RIBC) held a press conference last week to argue against proposed personal income tax increases for high-income earners and taxes on the federal Paycheck Protection Program loans in the state. "This is

  • May 27, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, May 27

  • It was electrical

    Thursday, May 27

    It was electrical When Carissa Ferla looked out the window to the second story porch of the house her brother Alan Ferla owns she saw a sparking electrical wire had set fire to the siding. Carissa, her son Xavier, a friend, Alan and their two dogs

  • Pats roll to 5-0

    Thursday, May 27

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim boys lacrosse team has been one of the hottest in the state this spring and extended its unbeaten record to 5-0 with a 12-10 win over Providence Country Day on Tuesday. Pilgrim also beat Narragansett 12-4 and rival Toll

  • Young Titans holding steady

    Thursday, May 27

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate baseball team features one of the younger rosters in its division this spring but has started with a 3-5 record. The Titans have picked up some nice wins, including an early season victory over Cranston West. Toll Gate

  • Pilgrim girls hitting stride

    Thursday, May 27

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls lacrosse team has jumped out to a 3-2 start to begin the year and has won its past two contests. The Pats picked up an 11-7 win over Cranston West at home last Friday and then topped Westerly 14-10 on Monday

  • Warwick Police Log 05/27/21

    Thursday, May 27

    VEHICLE RECOVERED Shortly before 6 a.m. on May 10, Office Nathaniel Gray was conducting a patrol in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard when he observed a Toyota Highlander without a front license plate. "I noted that it was suspicious

  • Budget now up to City Council

    Thursday, May 27

    By JOHN HOWELL and ARDEN BASTIA Over two nights of Zoom meetings with the mayor, administrative personnel and department directors seated in front of a camera at City Hall, the City Council conducted a line-by-line review of Frank Picozzi's $333

  • There’s someone down there

    Thursday, May 27

    There's someone down there Betty Anne Rogers, director of the Warwick Sewer Authority, didn't wait after looking at photos at the deteriorating Oakland Beach interceptor to address the situation. While the interceptor is slated to undergo renovations,

  • Lights with mice

    Thursday, May 27

    Lights with mice You might ask what do mice have to do with the program that got underway this week to replace about 9,000 street lights with new energy efficient LED lights. It's not a question a reporter would have thought to ask the K Electric crew

  • Meeting Grace

    Thursday, May 27

    Meeting Grace Gov. Dan McKee was among those who turned out last week at City Council President Steve McAllister's fundraiser at Chelo's. McAllister was delighted with the turnout at the event that raised about $7,000 and for him and his wife Vanessa

  • Commissioner Coker

    Thursday, May 27

    Commissioner Coker The Saturday Tennis League celebrated its founder, Robert Coker in a ceremony following play last Saturday at Tennis Rhode Island. Coker, a retired teacher and tennis coach was a driving force behind starting the league soon after

  • Coalition argues this isn't time for new taxes

    Thursday, May 27

    By RORY SCHULER The Rhode Island Business Coalition (RIBC) held a press conference this week to argue against proposed personal income tax increases for high-income earners and taxes on the federal Paycheck Protection Program loans in the state. "This

  • Joe loved the driver's seat

    Thursday, May 27

    I never saw Joseph J. Solomon happier than when he was behind the wheel of his 1965 Cadillac DeVille convertible with his wife, Cindy, and their dog, Buddy, at his side. He loved making the rounds of Ward 4, where he served as councilman, on a warm

  • Future municipal offices

    Thursday, May 27

    Future municipal offices AAA Northeast Executive Vice President Stephen Manty and Mayor Frank Picozzi signed a 15-year lease for the Sawtooth Building in Apponaug as the annex to Warwick City Hall. Built in 1907 as part of the Apponaug Mill, Manty said

  • Long relationship with the Solomon family

    Thursday, May 27

    To the Editor: I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Mayor Joe Solomon this past week. The Cascella family has had a long relationship with the Solomon family. Fifty years ago, Joe's uncle John would come door-to-door selling dry goods. My mom was

  • Beacon Buzz 05-28-21

    Thursday, May 27

    By ARDEN BASTIA Tri-City Elks Collectible Car Show The Tri-City Elks launches its 2021 car show season on May 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will take place at Lodge 14 at 1915 West Shore Road in Warwick, and will feature food from the Elks' Tiki Bar, a

  • Sharing Armenian stories through art

    Thursday, May 27

    By ARDEN BASTIA After 20 years on Federal Hill, Gallery Z moves to 100 Bellows St. in Warwick with a collection of more than 100 works, all by Armenian artists. The new space, which can be described as delightfully eclectic, is currently showcasing 111

  • Friends of Salter Grove launch nature trails, virtual guide

    Thursday, May 27

    By ARDEN BASTIA On Saturday, May 15, Friends of Salter Grove celebrated the launch of a new digital guide that allows visitors to explore improved nature trails and learn about native wildlife. The smartphone accessible guide can be found at

  • Wave CU program highlights importance of financial literacy

    Thursday, May 27

    By ARDEN BASTIA May 17 was officially Financial Literacy Day in Warwick, per a proclamation issued by Mayor Frank Picozzi Tuesday during a celebratory event at Toll Gate High School. During the month of May, 80 students from Toll Gate have been

  • Why raising taxes on wealthiest 1% is a long-term investment in Rhode Island

    Thursday, May 27

    By SEN. MELISSA MURRAY and REP. KAREN ALZATE With the expected influx of $1.78 billion in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, some would say there is no longer a need to raise any taxes. However, the point of our legislation to raise the income

  • May 21, 2021 e-EDITION

    Friday, May 21

  • Warwick Police Log 05/20/21

    Thursday, May 20

    DUI Shortly before 11 p.m. on May 4, Officer Brian Fontaine responded to the area of Strawberry Field and West Shore roads for a report of an impaired operator. Dispatch advised that rescue personnel had observed a silver vehicle strike a telephone pole

  • Teachers 'overwhelmingly' approve 3 year pact

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA Warwick teachers voted Monday to approve a three-year contract that would give them salary increases in the second and third year, as well as increase healthcare co-pays. The new contract is projected to have little impact on the Warwick

  • New look, new feel, new logo planned for Kent Hospital

    Thursday, May 20

    On Wednesday, May 26 Kent Hospital will unveil a new look and feel, while maintaining the same world-class standard of healthcare that Rhode Islanders have come to know and trust for over seven …

  • Now with a RI Store

    Thursday, May 20

    Now with a RI Store The non-profit Goodwill that was founded in 1863 by the Irrepressible Society in Providence and has provided services to Rhode Island since opened a store Wednesday at 444 Quaker Lane near Lowe's. A line stretched down one side of

  • ALS virtual Evening of Hope set for May 20

    Thursday, May 20

    May is ALS Awareness Month and The ALS Association Rhode Island Chapter wants to create awareness and understanding of this devastating disease by bringing attention to the needs of people with ALS in Rhode Island. The Association is encouraging people

  • Beacon Buzz 05-20-21

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA Socialize with PSC in-person programming After a long year, the Pilgrim Senior Center is once again offering activities and programs in-person starting this week, with more programs added after Memorial Day. Programs include Stitcher's

  • Easy riders

    Thursday, May 20

    Easy riders House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, left, and attorney Kevin Daley got to try on a couple of the more than 40 bike helmets the Rhode Island Association for Justice gave to Robertson School fourth graders on May 7. The effort is part of the

  • URI's Rachael Garcia named 2021 R.I. Woman Veteran of the Year

    Thursday, May 20

    The University of Rhode Island's own Rachael Garcia has been named the 2021 Rhode Island Woman Veteran of the Year by the Providence Regional Office of the Veterans Benefit Administration, part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Garcia,

  • Vaccinations to be required of on-campus NEIT students

    Thursday, May 20

    New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has announced that all students who participate in on-campus classes or activities will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall term which begins on October 4, 2021.

  • Latest shortage: Chlorine pool tabs

    Thursday, May 20

    By JOHN HOWELL Swimming pool owners are expected to feel the effects of a hurricane that didn't so much as brush the eastern coast of United State last August when they go to buy chlorine tabs. The tabs are in short supply, says Charlie German, who owns

  • RI Marine Archaeology Projects offers 2021 training classes

    Thursday, May 20

    Despite the pandemic's shutdown of most indoor activities over the past year, the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (RIMAP) continued its outdoor fieldwork research and is now carefully reopening its regular program. RIMAP will hold "Introduction

  • Introducing those in the mayor's office

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA While Warwick's Mayor Frank Picozzi may be the new face of City Hall, it's the team behind the scenes that keeps the city running smoothly. Mayor Picozzi's staff addresses a wide range of issues on a day-to-day basis, addressing requests

  • You’ll find them at schools

    Thursday, May 20

    You'll find them at schools City Department of Public Works crews removed all 42 metal blue box planters Saturday from Post Road in Apponaug. Costing $5,000 each, the planters were part of the federally/state funded Apponaug circulator project. Mayor

  • Tax on sugary drinks to nourish RI, says doctor

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA A tax on sweet drinks may help feed hungry Rhode Islanders, if a pending bill becomes law. According to Dr. Amy Nunn, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, the state is in a crisis "on par" with the Great

  • Timing isn't everything

    Thursday, May 20

    Getting ready for the sailing season was never as easy. There have been years when the ritual of preparing "her" to be splashed takes weeks. It's a process of that often seems to have no limits. The objective is clear - clean "her" to the point where she

  • The new 'politicial thing' to do

    Thursday, May 20

    To the Editor: I read the headline "Budget hikes spending, not taxes" and agreed with almost all of it. One thing. Mayor Picozzi stated that this is not "the political thing to do." I think he's looking back to the Avedisian administration's years of

  • It's in their power

    Thursday, May 20

    To the Editor: "I am proud to be a firefighter." So begins The Firefighter's Creed. It continues with the pledge that "I never, by word or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of the fire service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged." Public

  • Afforable housing a top priority for Matos

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA Since her appointment as the state's 70th Lieutenant Governor on April 14, Sabina Matos has used her platform to champion affordable housing initiatives. Matos spoke about her agenda during the Warwick Rotary Club's Zoom meeting last

  • Entertainment provided

    Thursday, May 20

    Entertainment provided The Oakland Beach Association held its first in-person meeting since the pandemic shutdown last Thursday at the recently refurbished skateboard park on Oakland Beach Avenue. Jack O'Donnell, an avid skateboarder picked cleaning up

  • Whalers giving free kegs of beer to RI bars, restaurants

    Thursday, May 20

    As a means of thanking customers and kicking off the summer, Whalers Brewing Company started the delivery of an estimated 800 free kegs of their award-winning American Pale Ale, Rise, to every bar and restaurant in Rhode Island. "Bars and restaurants

  • Pats are back

    Thursday, May 20

    The Pilgrim boys volleyball team is back in action for the first time since 2019 and have gotten off to a solid 2-1 start. The Patriots beat Westerly and West Warwick in three sets but fell to the …

  • Hawks take two from Lions

    Thursday, May 20

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken baseball team topped Lincoln in back to back games over the weekend, grinding out a tough 4-2 win on Saturday and an 11-10 win on Monday. The Hawks fell behind 2-0 early on Saturday and were held without a

  • Crowne celebrates $25M in renovations more than a year after work is completed

    Thursday, May 20

    By JOHN HOWELL Twenty-five million dollars of renovations to the "West Bay Convention Center," as it was branded Thursday, were completed on time and on budget in February 2020. The grand reopening of the fully renovated Crowne Plaza was planned for

  • Can you dig it?

    Thursday, May 20

    By JOHN HOWELL Gov. Dan McKee did some manual labor Friday afternoon. So did Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, Sen. Michael MCaffrey, Sen. Kendra Anderson and Mayor Frank Picozzi. Picozzi relished it. "You know I like to work outside," the mayor said after his

  • Market Basket opens first Rhode Island store

    Thursday, May 20

    By RORY SCHULER City officials got a preview of Rhode Island's first Market Basket store on Wednesday morning. The new location at 25 Pace Boulevard, in Bald Hill Commons, officially opens at 7 a.m. Friday. The full-service location boasts 23 lanes of

  • Working together

    Thursday, May 20

    By JOHN HOWELL In a show of unity and a commitment to address many of the city's failing systems, the City Council approved Monday the borrowing of $6.5 million in lease purchasing of three new rescues, plus additional fire apparatus, police cruisers, a

  • Titans top Bolts, improve to 2-0

    Thursday, May 20

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate girls lacrosse team traveled to Cranston Stadium and cruised past host Cranston East 7-2 last Friday night. The Titans jumped out to an early lead, taking a 2-0 lead in the opening five minutes. The Titans continued to

  • Senior center reopens for in-person activities

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA For the first time since last March, the Pilgrim Senior Center opened its doors to the community again. On Monday, the center announced a new schedule of in-person activities, with more planned for June. "When we closed the doors to the

  • Going tiny offers one solution to housing need

    Thursday, May 20

    By ARDEN BASTIA Across the state, there are approximately 325 unsheltered individuals living on the streets, in a car, in encampments, or other spaces not meant for human habitation. Because of the COVID restrictions, 146 shelter beds have been removed

  • May 20, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, May 20

  • Week of May 15, 2021

    Thursday, May 13

  • Putting the colors in the spotlight

    Thursday, May 13

    Putting the colors in the spotlight Thanks to the efforts of several Warwick Neck residents, a piece of Warwick history has a new shine. City-owned land on Warwick Neck Avenue dominated by a boulder bearing a brass plate informing that the home of

  • Warwick Police Log 05/13/21

    Thursday, May 13

    DUI At approximately 12:40 a.m. on May 1, Officer Andrew Distelhurst responded to a Boylston Street home for a report of a hit-and-run accident. Other officers located and stopped the suspect vehicle, described as a 2013 Kia Optima, on Rocky Point

  • Fire guts Speaker Shekarchi's condo offices

    Thursday, May 13

    By JOHN HOWELL "It was like the Twilight Zone," Mayor Frank Picozzi said Wednesday morning, recalling the events of the night before. Picozzi was on a telephone call with House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi about 9:30. They were talking about the Hummel

  • Faith leaders gather to pray at City Hall

    Thursday, May 13

    By ARDEN BASTIA About 50 worshippers gathered on the steps of Warwick City Hall on Thursday, May 6 to celebrate the National Day of Prayer, a nationwide event that calls together people of many faiths in collective devotions. During the event, local

  • Police promote eight officers during City Hall ceremony

    Thursday, May 13

    By RORY SCHULER The Warwick Police Department celebrated the promotion of several officers during a ceremony last week at City Hall's Council Chambers. "Tonight we are proud to present these eight gentlemen, who in a short time will be given the oath of

  • Rhode Island's bag ban misses the mark

    Thursday, May 13

    By ZACHARY TAYLOR With the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee moving its proposed bag ban, Rhode Island is one step closer to ensuring that all plastic bags allowed in the state will all end up in one place, according to the Rhode Island

  • No need for a mower

    Thursday, May 13

    We've been invaded, and so far, it's been a good thing - except for the missing crocuses. Never have I seen so many rabbits. They outnumber the squirrels in our yard. Just the other day I spotted three of them, evenly spaced about 3 feet apart, hopping

  • Bodies of 2 residents recovered, sunken sailboat missing

    Thursday, May 13

    The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Law Enforcement is investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwich Bay off the city of Warwick. A 23-foot sailboat took on water and sunk, and two

  • Elks celebrate Mother's Day

    Thursday, May 13

    By PETE FONTAINE In honor of moms, living and lost, the region's Elks paid tribute on Mother's Day. They called it a "simple, public ceremony" that touched on values such as remembrance, benevolence, protection and inspiration. "Members and guests, we

  • Beacon Buzz 05-13-2021

    Thursday, May 13

    By ARDEN BASTIA First arts show at Oakland Beach Fireman's Club The Oakland Beach Fireman's Club is seeking photographers and artists for their first annual arts and crafts show. The event will be on Sunday June 13. Vendors can purchase a 10x10 table

  • Former Burger King to become newest Plant City

    Thursday, May 13

    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

  • Adopt a spot gets a cleaning

    Thursday, May 13

    Adopt a spot gets a cleaning On Thursday May 6th Scouts from Troop 3 Gaspee Plateau cleaned up the adopt-a-spot on the corner of Parkside Drive and Narragansett Parkway. Scouts pruned tress, raked, mowed and spread mulch and did an all around spring

  • 'Instinct' of PawsWatch volunteer saves a caller's life

    Thursday, May 13

    By KATE LeBLANC It seemed like it was just an average day working at PawsWatch at the Community Cat Center for Tina Conway. The North Scituate resident volunteers at the shelter throughout the week cleaning cages, mopping floors and organizing

  • A tree to reinforce the importance of trees

    Thursday, May 13

    By ARDEN BASTIA To celebrate Arbor Day, the Warwick Wildlife Conservation Commission selected Winman Middle School as the location of this year's tree planting. Wind gusts topping 35MPH didn't stop Winman students, faculty, and staff from gathering

  • Student musicians perform in all-state concert

    Thursday, May 13

    By ARDEN BASTIA Warwick students from Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools were accepted into the Rhode Island Music Education Association All-Star Ensembles, and performed in a statewide virtual concert on Sunday, May 2. Abigail Hang, Alexander Hang,

  • May 13, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, May 13

  • Champs again

    Thursday, May 13

    By ALEX SPONSELLER Despite trailing 16-14 at halftime, the Bishop Hendricken football team would surge to beat rival La Salle, 43-22, to win its 10th state title in 11 years. Trailing 16-14 heading into the third quarter, the Hawks began to roll and set

  • School Committee votes on high school plans, teacher contract

    Thursday, May 13

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Warwick School Committee, fearing further delay of the high school renovation projects, voted Tuesday to approve plans for Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools. The school committee also approved a tentative agreement with the Warwick

  • Getting rid of the blues

    Thursday, May 13

    By JOHN HOWELL Frank Picozzi described the day he learned the city could remove the metal blue box planters lining Post Road in Apponaug "as one of the happiest days I've had as mayor." The 42 planters, each costing $5,000, will be removed by city crews

  • Budget hikes spending, not taxes

    Thursday, May 13

    By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Frank Picozzi says it's not the political thing to do, but he's proposing a $333.1 million budget that doesn't raise taxes. "People are hurting. Small business have had to close because of COVID," Picozzi said Tuesday after providing

  • Time to crow about farmers’ markets

    Thursday, May 13

    Time to crow about farmers' markets Mo, the popular mascot of gc Farms was back at his post Saturday at the Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market entertaining shoppers with his perky curiosity and white plumage. What Mo lacked in musical ability Liam Derosa,

  • Aid for India

    Thursday, May 13

    By ARDEN BASTIA For Dr. Jinen Thakkar, the COVID crisis in India hits close to home. Dr. Thakkar, who now serves as a hospitalist at Kent Hospital, was born and raised in Mumbai, where many of his family members, including parents, still live.

  • Apponaug's Sawtooth mill building set to house municipal offices

    Thursday, May 13

    By JOHN HOWELL Once a cog in the gears of the Industrial Revolution, the Sawtooth mill building in Apponaug is being eyed as the future home for municipal offices and an engine to revitalize the village. Members of the City Council met with Mayor Frank

  • What it means to be an American

    Thursday, May 13

    What it means to be an American Daniel Alfama came to United States about ten years ago from Cape Verde. On April 19 he was nationalized as an American. "This is the best country in the world," he said Friday afternoon at a reception held at Bishop

  • Week of May 6, 2021

    Thursday, May 6

  • All in the cause of saving a few drops of gas ... for naught?

    Thursday, May 6

    Suddenly, the leaves popped. Trees bloomed. "It just happened, like in a couple of days," said Carol. She was right - the house next door was obscured from view by a veil of vermilion maple leaves. Not as quickly, the forsythia shed their yellow petals

  • Beacon Buzz 5-06-2021

    Thursday, May 6

    By ARDEN BASTIA First arts show at Oakland Beach Fireman's Club The Oakland Beach Fireman's Club is seeking photographers and artists for their first annual arts and crafts show. The event will be on Sunday, June 13. Vendors can purchase a 10x10 table

  • Warwick Police Log 05/06/21

    Thursday, May 6

    DUI Just before 12:30 a.m. on April 26, Officer Keara Enos was conducting a routine patrol, heading east on Airport Road toward Warwick Avenue, when she observed a vehicle - described as a 2009 Mercury Milan - stopped in the middle of the intersection.

  • Distinguished visitor

    Thursday, May 6

    Distinguished visitor Green Airport terminal came to standstill Wednesday - its gates empty of incoming or outgoing flights - as Vice President Kamala Harris paid a visit to Rhode Island. According to a schedule released by the RI Democratic Party her

  • Firefighters dive in to clean up marinas

    Thursday, May 6

    By ARDEN BASTIA To celebrate Earth Day, the Warwick Fire Department dive team took to the water to conduct an underwater cleanup of Safe Harbor Cowesett, the former Brewers Marina. The team, Divers Against Debris, is part of Project Aware, an initiative

  • Lifespan appoints veteran surgeon to lead Center for Bariatric Surgery

    Thursday, May 6

    Beth Ryder, MD, of Warwick an experienced minimally invasive surgeon, has been appointed director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery, a program of The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. The …

  • Volunteers are key to preserving Salter Grove

    Thursday, May 6

    By ARDEN BASTIA Standing on the rocky causeway of Salter Grove Memorial Park, you'd never imagine busy Warwick is just down Narragansett Parkway. The saltwater spray from incoming tides mixes with the lush aroma of greenery that shades hiking trails.

  • Gloria's positive impact remembered at PAL building dedication

    Thursday, May 6

    By JOHN HOWELL Caring, passionate about helping others, positive and beautiful were all words used more than once to describe the late Gloria Fairbanks Saturday as the Police Athletic League building on Bend Street was named for her. For as long as

  • A derby tradition

    Thursday, May 6

    A derby tradition Covid didn't stop Saturday's Run for the Roses or for that matter what has become a celebrated event at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center. Customarily held at the Warwick Country Club, often with a steed standing outside of the

  • This was in-person

    Thursday, May 6

    This was in-person While the 2021 Rhode Island Decathlon was conducted virtually, the Speaker of the House presentation of $500 scholarships to eight senior gold medallists and recognition of the winner of the competition held March 7 was conducted

  • Letter correction

    Thursday, May 6

    The letter appearing in the April 29 edition of the Warwick Beacon written by former Warwick School Committee member Eugene Nadeau concerning the legalization of recreational marijuana was incorrectly transcribed. It should have read: "Sen. McCaffrey, I

  • Frank appraisal of our schools should be a priority

    Thursday, May 6

    To the Editor: Warwick schools have been much in the news of late with the departure of the Superintendent, the discussion of the 2022 budget, and the weighing of options for the renovation of the high school buildings. What might have been lost in the

  • Who's zoomin' who? Part two

    Thursday, May 6

    To the Editor: Last week, City Councilman Foley held an in-person fundraiser at the Warwick Firefighters Hall. I have two problems with that. First of all, how can we continue to have City Council meetings via Zoom but fundraise in person? This is not a

  • Grateful to men and women in blue

    Thursday, May 6

    To the Editor: State Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Providence) doesn't think much of Providence police officers. In fact, she thinks most of them are the devil incarnate ("The Law Enforcement Officers Accountability Act Must be passed," April 22). I do

  • Hawks edge NK, headed to final

    Thursday, May 6

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Bishop Hendricken football team grinded out a 14-7 win over the visiting North Kingstown Skippers in the state semifinals last Saturday night. The Hawks and Skippers have had some high-flying contests in the past few seasons, so

  • Apponaug thanks its volunteers

    Thursday, May 6

    By PETE FONTAINE The famed Apponaug Baseball Complex, which some people say has been the scene of youngsters playing the national pastime for many moons and perhaps dating back a half-century, has never looked better and may be in its best shape ever.

  • Freeman honored

    Thursday, May 6

    The Apponaug girls softball program recently honored Russell Freeman by naming Field 3 at Winslow Park in his name. Freeman, who was a mainstay in local youth athletics and a longtime correctional …

  • May 6, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, May 6

  • Reloaded Pats look to finish job

    Thursday, May 6

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim softball team enjoyed one of the best runs in the state prior to the pandemic, reaching the Division I Semifinals two years in a row. Now, the Lady Pats return a young roster featuring just three seniors after graduating

  • Safe Harbor says shellfishermen welcome at marinas

    Thursday, May 6

    By JOHN HOWELL The world's largest owner of marinas, which has acquired about 50 percent of the more than 3,000 slips in Warwick, is always looking for the right opportunity, said Tim Moll, regional vice president of Safe Harbor. But while the company

  • Thornton: Achievements & work to be done

    Thursday, May 6

    By JOHN HOWELL Looking back at his tenure as Warwick Superintendent of Schools in an interview Friday, Philip Thornton singled out school consolidation as the major challenge he faced and successfully completed and high school scheduling as a challenge

  • MANE ATTRACTION

    Thursday, May 6

    By ARDEN BASTIA Lionn's mane jellyfish have eerily floated their way into Rhode Island waters for another summer, and with it, fascination from the state's residents. One Warwick local, Dave Chartier, snapped a picture of a lion's mane in the waters of

  • "Make it rain with gale force winds"

    Friday, April 30

    "I'm going to try to come close to the pylon," said Capt. Patrick Cassidy, Cape Cod charter captain and captain's school instructor for the New England Maritime Academy. "OK, can we pick up the seas, let it gust to 35 miles an hour and then make it

  • Council gives first passage to levy fines for runaway shopping carts

    Thursday, April 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA The Warwick City Council gave first passage on April 19 to an ordinance that would fine businesses for runaway shopping carts. The ordinance will be up for second passage at the meeting next month. Councilman Anthony Sinapi, Ward 8,

  • RI must commit to improved student outcomes

    Thursday, April 29

    By MICHAEL DiBIASE K-12 education is fundamental to the state's ability to compete and provide economic opportunities to all Rhode Islanders. There is a compelling need to improve our K-12 system, which has only average student outcomes overall, and poor

  • Meeting the challenge of behavioral health care during COVID

    Thursday, April 29

    By SARAH CHANNING Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, 40 percent of Americans 18 and older are experiencing increased symptoms of anxiety and depression. Substance use has skyrocketed as more and more people turn to alcohol and drugs to cope with

  • Second nature can be tricky

    Thursday, April 29

    Second nature can be deceiving. Second nature fooled me Sunday on a return trip from Upstate NY. I've made the drive 10 to 15 times a year ever since we moved to Rhode Island in 1968. I haven't done the math, but that's hundreds of times. In the years

  • Scouting for trash

    Thursday, April 29

    Scouting for trash With the assistance of Pack 1, Troop 7 Buttonwoods and volunteers, more than 1,000 pounds of trash was collected Saturday during the Buckeye Brook Coalition 2021 Earth Day Cleanup. The cleanup was conducted on the banks of the brook

  • Warwick Police Log 04/29/21

    Thursday, April 29

    FATAL CRASH A Warwick man was killed when his car went off the roadway on Interstate 95 and became submerged in the Pawtuxet River on Tuesday morning, according to Rhode Island State Police. After emergency personnel responded to the scene at

  • Beacon Buzz 4-29-2021

    Thursday, April 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA Run for the Roses COVID won't stop the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center's Traditional Kentucky Derby fundraiser, although participants won't be gathering at the Warwick Country Club in their best of derby finery to watch the race. Instead,

  • Gas prices take 3 cent jump

    Thursday, April 29

    Rhode Island's average gas price is up three cents from last week, averaging $2.80 per gallon. Monday's price is 2 cents higher than a month ago and 87 cents higher than April 26, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 8 cents lower than the national

  • It hasn’t slowed down

    Thursday, April 29

    It hasn't slowed down Nick Beaudoin, who was overseeing the rapid test site at the Stop & Shop Plaza on Greenwich Avenue Friday said the volume of people taking covid tests daily hasn't diminished even though the number of people who have been

  • BCBSRI volunteers looking to help non-profits

    Thursday, April 29

    Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is accepting applications for its company-wide day of service. This year's Blue across Rhode Island, which will take place on September 24 marks the 10th year for the annual, day-long event, which

  • Thrive, CODAC partner to offer program for opioid use disorder

    Thursday, April 29

    Thrive Behavioral Health and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare have partnered to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in Kent County. The program, which recently launched at Thrive's 50 Health Lane location adjacent to Kent

  • RI Youth Theater announces tentative schedule

    Thursday, April 29

    In light of the recently relaxed COVID restrictions, the Rhode Island Youth Theater Ann O'Grady executive director has announced a tentative schedule of summer programs. The RIYT will resume in-person programs in July and August. More details regarding

  • McNamara bill requires principals to report students applying for federal aid

    Thursday, April 29

    The House of Representatives has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) that would require schools to report on the race and gender of students applying for federal student aid. The Education

  • Think of the students

    Thursday, April 29

    To the Editor: Attention all Warwick residents: It is with the greatest sadness that our Sen. Michael McCaffrey, whom I have always admired, has joined hands with the pathetic Cranston Sen. Joshua Miller. Their unbelievable goal is the legalization of

  • You should be heard

    Thursday, April 29

    To the Editor: After a "month" since my second Pfizer vaccination, I am still suffering the debilitating symptoms of the shots. I've been to the doctor's, had lab work twice and several doctor/phone calls. I sleep three to four extra hours in the middle

  • Vets enjoys strong return

    Thursday, April 29

    By ALEX SPONSELLER Middle school sports made their return to Warwick this spring with boys and girls soccer as well as cross country getting some action. One of the top groups in the local middle school scene was the Warwick boys soccer team, which went

  • Apponaug celebrates Opening Day

    Thursday, April 29

    By PETE FONTAINE No words - not even when Jim Tweed praised parents and adults who volunteer in a number of capacities - meant as much when the dedicated Apponaug Babe Ruth Cal Ripken Baseball League President declared with excitement ringing in his

  • April 29, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, April 29

  • Undefeated

    Thursday, April 29

    By RYAN D. MURRAY The Hawks blanked the Cranston West Falcons 38-0 on Saturday evening during a Division I football showdown at Bishop Hendricken. It was senior night for the Hawks. David Lynch, a junior, made his first varsity start at quarterback for

  • Study finds RI ID theft increased 1,002.3%, but it looks to be even greater

    Thursday, April 29

    By JOHN HOWELL Next to Kansas, Rhode Island had the greatest increase in identity theft - a whopping 1,002.3 percent - from 2019 to 2020, according to a report completed by QuoteWizard, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation's online insurance

  • Neck residents take aim at gun sales from antique shop

    Thursday, April 29

    By JOHN HOWELL At one time, 316 Warwick Neck Ave. was a cute sidewalk shop where you could buy flowers. About four years ago, it transitioned into an art and antique store. And then in February, in addition to clocks, scented candles, wreaths and

  • Superintendent leaving

    Thursday, April 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA Warwick Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton is set to be confirmed as the new superintendent of Cumberland Public Schools this evening, leaving behind a legacy former Mayor Scott Avedisian calls one of "professionalism" and "change". In a

  • Schools wrestle with declining enrollment, budget

    Thursday, April 29

    By ARDEN BASTIA Declining student enrollment is a growing concern for the School Committee as they discuss the district's budget and the high school renovation plans. Superintendent Philip Thornton's $185.8 million spending package calls for level city

  • Finding Miss Nelson

    Thursday, April 29

    By JOHN HOWELL Miss Nelson is not missing. She is teaching fourth grade at Scott Elementary School. But this week, her class will focus on the University of Rhode Island Theatre Department production of the children's play "Miss Nelson is Missing."

  • 9-year old gets birthday wishes from around the globe

    Thursday, April 29

    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.

  • Fashion fundraiser

    Thursday, April 22

    Fashion fundraiser Warwick Area Career and Technical Center fashion merchandizing teacher Sharon Bowen was inspired when she discovered flip flops on sale at Old Navy. She bought about 50 pairs in different sizes and colors with the thought of

  • Zoom workshop features OSCIL programs for independent living

    Thursday, April 22

    Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) will hold a virtual Lunch and Learn Workshop via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28th at noon. April's Lunch & Learn workshop via Zoom will highlight programs and services offered at Ocean State Center for

  • Warwick Police Log 04/22/21

    Thursday, April 22

    DUI At approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 10, Officer Tyler Luiz responded to a motor vehicle accident on East Avenue's West Natick Bridge. Warwick Fire and West Warwick Police personnel were already on scene when Luiz arrived. He observed a 2015 Subaru

  • Junior Achievement plans virtiual career fair June 2-3

    Thursday, April 22

    Junior Achievement of Rhode Island has announced that JA Inspire is back for 2021 and it’s virtual. Since its launch in 2017, JA Inspire has reached more than 15,000 Rhode Island …

  • Twice postponed but ready to play

    Thursday, April 22

    Twice postponed but ready to play Rain cancelled opening day of Apponaug Girls Softball Saturday at Winslow Park. The occasion including Mayor Frank Picozzi throwing out the first pitch for the league he once headed was rescheduled for Sunday. But

  • Community Happenings 04-22-2021

    Thursday, April 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA Virtual Earth Day celebration Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co., Inc., a Cranston-based non-profit arts organization, will be celebrating Earth Day with a virtual celebration on April 22 at 7 p.m. The event also highlights a

  • Senate passes bill permanently enacting RI Promise of 2 free years at CCRI

    Thursday, April 22

    The Senate has passed legislation introduced by President Dominick Ruggerio to permanently enact the Rhode Island Promise program, which provides up to two years of free tuition for eligible Rhode Islanders at the Community College of Rhode Island. The

  • Snow day

    Thursday, April 22

    Snow day Friday's wet snow was an April surprise that fortunately in these parts didn't amount to much. It wasn't reason to close schools although with the pandemic and distance learning, snow days may well become a thing of the past. This shot was

  • Toll Gate announces second quarter honors

    Thursday, April 22

    Grade 9 High Honors: Andrew Agostinelli, Robert Allen, Sydney Amaral, Bruce Angelini, Adeline Areson, Francesca Beagan, Serene Blanchette, Jayden Botelho, Cade Brunette, Benjamin Buccheri, Ja'Qwan Burrill, Paige Cahoon, Robert Caruso, Jailyn Clark,

  • Coast Guard Auxiliary offering virtual safe boating classes

    Thursday, April 22

    A recent Coast Guard Bulletin stated that fatal boating accidents in the Northeast have increased by 400 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. There is a national campaign to educate the boating public about the dangers of drinking and boating,

  • Season RI beach passes available online

    Thursday, April 22

    The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that season beach passes and gift certificates are now available for purchase at www.riparks.com/beach-pass. Individuals may purchase resident, non-resident, or senior season beach passes at this

  • Director at AdCare Outpatient

    Thursday, April 22

    Director at AdCare Outpatient Cheryl Raposa, MSW, LICSW, of Burrillville has joined AdCare Outpatient Services in Warwick as director.  Raposa brings …

  • URI Nursing grad programs ranked in top 9% nationally

    Thursday, April 22

    The University of Rhode Island College of Nursing graduate programs have risen again in the national rankings, according to U.S. News & World Report, which released its new rankings Tuesday, March 30. The College's master's program is now ranked 53rd in

  • A spring tradition

    Thursday, April 22

    A spring tradition The Warwick Historic Cemeteries Commission joined scores of volunteers Saturday for the spring cleanup of the Brayton Cemetery in Apponaug. It was a big scale effort made all the more possible by a roll off box provided by the city

  • Funding the Future theme of Hendricken hybrid 'For the Boys' gala

    Thursday, April 22

    Bishop Hendricken High School will celebrate its largest fundraiser of the year, the For the Boys Gala, with a twist. On Saturday, May 8, the school will present a hybrid affair allowing 100 guests to attend in person, while others will have the

  • URI Theatre's full stage production of 'Miss Nelson is Missing!' to be streamed to Warwick schools

    Thursday, April 22

    The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department's first full stage production in more than a year will be getting a fitting audience. With live audiences still unsafe during the pandemic, the children's play "Miss Nelson is Missing!" was recorded and

  • Senior project…a career step?

    Thursday, April 22

    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

  • AAA survey finds gas prices unchanged from last week

    Thursday, April 22

    Rhode Island's average gas price is the same as last week, averaging $2.77 per gallon. Monday's price is 2 cents lower than a month ago and 80 cents higher than April 19, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national

  • Sparkle on the bling

    Thursday, April 22

    Sparkle on the bling Jim and Cherlyn Flanagan put the polish on their summer home away from home at Pleasure Marina over the weekend. He washed the decks above while she sprayed the sides of the powerboat. The next step is painting the bottom and, of

  • Benefits of canine routine

    Thursday, April 22

    It takes a dog to understand the beauty of routine. I wish I had understood this sooner, but I'm a slow learner. Fortunately, Ollie is a patient teacher. A month didn't go by a couple of years ago without this column being devoted to the antics of our

  • Separating fact from fiction on the MedRecycler facility

    Thursday, April 22

    By NICHOLAS CAMPANELLA Any time you go to the dentist, emergency room, or bring your pet to the vet, that activity produces medical waste. To process the waste that we all generate, MedRecycler has proposed a safe, environmentally friendly way to handle

  • Providing a safe means to exit

    Thursday, April 22

    To the Editor, The recent deadly active shooter incidents calls out for an immediate increase in safety measures in all public occupied facilities. Upon entering any public facilities: office, retail, medical, religious, entertainment or sports you

  • Panthers sweep Titans, 3-0

    Thursday, April 22

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The Johnston girls volleyball team continued to roll when it swept visiting Toll Gate 3-0 last week. The Panthers came out hot in the first two sets, winning 25-9 and 25-8. Johnston, who has played five sets in five different games,

  • RIC starts strong

    Thursday, April 22

    FROM STAFF REPORTS Senior Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, R.I.) finished first in the 10,000m (40:12.83) as the Rhode Island College women’s outdoor track and field team opened the 2021 season at …

  • April 22, 2021 e-EDITION

    Thursday, April 22

  • Back on course

    Thursday, April 22

    By ALEX SPONSELLER The high school golf season teed off earlier this week, with Toll Gate, Pilgrim and Classical taking on one another at Valley Country Club. The Titans went 2-0 in the match with a score of 204, while Pilgrim went 1-1 with a score of

  • Saving the light

    Thursday, April 22

    By JOHN HOWELL In a matter of hours after learning of possible grants from the office of Congressman James Langevin, Mayor Frank Picozzi's administration drafted a $775,000 grant application supported by letters from 19 organizations and individuals to

  • Unexpected guests in our wreath

    Thursday, April 22

    By ERIN O'BRIEN It's a bit like being expectant godparent. Or perhaps arriving home to squatters. Our evergreen Christmas wreath arrived before Thanksgiving and lasted beyond St. Patrick's Day, when I finally relocated it to the back porch. It seemed to

  • City Hall Annex to have a date with the wrecking ball

    Thursday, April 22

    By JOHN HOWELL The City Hall Annex, which started off as a police station, was later made into a fire station and all the while was being added to for municipal office space, is going to be leveled. The annex has been virtually vacant since a water line

  • Spotlight on sexual violence

    Thursday, April 22

    By ARDEN BASTIA For the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Sexual Assault Awareness Month is more than just a note on the April calendar. It's a chance to provide community education and support for survivors, renewing a commitment to ending sexual violence.

  • McKee, AG have concerns, MedRecycler defends plan to treat medical waste

    Thursday, April 22

    By JOHN HOWELL With Attorney General Peter Neronha and now Gov. Dan McKee having raised questions about a proposed medical waste facility in West Warwick, don't expect the drumbeat to stop the project to lessen - or for the company seeking to use a new

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