Beacon Buzz 06/03/2021

Posted 6/3/21

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

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Beacon Buzz 06/03/2021


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 (401) 737-9711.

A day of hope

The Warwick Assembly of God has partnered with several local churches to organize Hope Day, an even that extends a helping hand to families, single parents, the unemployed or underemployed, and the unhoused. The event will provide free lunches, groceries, community service booklets, and goodie bags, as well as entertainment like live music and performances from local dance teams, clowns, and superheroes.

The free, drive-through event will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Warwick Veterans Middle School on West Shore Road. For more information, call (401) 732-06734.

Game on!

The Oakland Beach Summer Basketball League is searching for new players, aged 17 and older. The season starts June 19, with 7 games guaranteed, not counting playoffs. A-League meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and B-League meets on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will take place on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 116 Suburban Parkway. Cost is $75 per player or $600 per team. For more information, contact Carter at (401) 523-7577 or

Support the paws that enforce the laws

Join the Warwick K-9 Police Unit for a silent auction at the Apponaug Brewery, located at 334 Knight Street, on Saturday, June 5. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. Bid on over 100 items donated from local small businesses as often as you’d like between 12 and 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit K-9 Garry and K-9 Haki. For more information, contact Debbie Wood at (401) 527-0414.

Grand reopening of New Wave Martial Arts

Join New Wave Martial Arts & Fitness of Saturday, June 5 from 12 to 3 p.m. for their grand reopening. Try out a sample class or activity like rhythm & fitness, self-defense, judo, kickboxing, and capoeira. Classes will also be streamed on the New Wave Facebook page. The event is open to all ages, both children and adults. No registration is needed. For more information, call (40!) 737-9283 or visit the New Wave Facebook page.

WPD offer free workplace violence response training

The Warwick Police Department is hosting an active threat and workplace violence training on Monday, June 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. This free lecture is open to members of human resources, security, security directors, risk managers, threat assessment teams, and religious facility security teams from private businesses, commercial facilities, private schools, and houses of worship. The event will be held in the community room at the department’s headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive and will focus on perimeter protection, access control, warning signs, police response, and post incident response. The event is first come, first serve. To RSVP, email Officer Daniel Maggiacomo at Please include your title, facility name, and how many seats you will need.

Good eats at Goddard

What’s better than warm summer nights, food trucks, and enjoying time with family and friends? Stop by Goddard Park in East Greenwich for the first season of Goddard Food Truck Night on Wednesday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Come early and work up an appetite exploring the walking and biking trails throughout the park, then enjoy some of the best food trucks Rhode Island has to offer. Admission is free, just pay for what you eat and drink. Food trucks accept cash, credit, or debit. For a full list of participating trucks and for more events around the state, visit

Gorton luncheon

Join the classes of 1941-1955 for lunch at Top of the Bay on June 9 at 1 p.m. Lunch menu includes scrod, chicken parm, scallops, coffee, and ice cream. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, contact Barbara Kane at (401) 821-0161 or, Fran Allin at (401) 463-8679, or Nat Nazareth at (401) 742-7433.

Oakland Beach Association to meet on June 10

Luke Murray of the City’s planning office and Bill Facente of community development will be the featured guests at the next meeting of the Oakland Beach Association. They will provide updates and take questions on improvements to the beach that are underway with funding from federal and state grants. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the skateboard park across the street from Oakland Beach Elementary School. Members should bring lawn chairs and questions. All Oakland Beach residents are welcome to attend.

Classic car show rolls to St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and West Shore Health Center are hosting a classic car show on Saturday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature live vendors, a live DJ, food and beverages, and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle prizes include a TV, Air Fryer, Keurig, and outdoor fire pit. Silent auction prizes include a kayak, Ring doorbell, and Google Assistant. For more information, call the church at (401) 737-3127.

Rocky Point food truck festival

The City of Warwick, We Be Jammin’, and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals presents a food truck fest on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, held at Rocky Point Park, will feature over 100 vendors, over 20 food trucks, and live music. Admission is free. Bring a chair or blanket, and hang out with friends and family in the sprawling fields against the beautiful ocean scenery.

Breakfast boxes from Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 139 Ocean Ave in Cranston, will be offering $5 take out hot and cold breakfast boxes on Gaspee Parade Day on June 12. Boxes will be handed out from 8 to 10 a.m. The Gaspee Days Ecumenical Service will also be held on June 12 at 8 a.m. before the parade starts. Attend the service, claim your spot on the parade route, and then stop by for a breakfast box. Hot breakfast includes cinnamon French toast sticks and sausage with maple syrup and a banana. Cold breakfast includes yogurt, muffins, and a banana. Both come with a choice of coffee or juice.

Church of the Transfiguration yard sale

On Saturday, June 12, the Church of the Transfiguration at 1665 Broad Street is hosting a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jewelry, kitchen items, clothing, and more will be available. Rain date is June 19, same times. For any questions, contact Carol Casper at (401) 467-7434 or Mary Beth Odell at (401) 823-1832.

Father’s Day arts & crafts show

Calling all lovers of arts, crafts, and shopping! Join the Oakland Beach Fireman’s Club for their first arts show, just in time for Father’s Day. The event will be held on Sunday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the OBVF clubhouse at 645 Oakland Beach Ave. Shop from over 20 vendors, and enjoy food and drink. Admission is free, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a mental health organization. For questions, contact Kevin at (401) 737-4786.

Community yard sale

On Sunday, June 13, there will be a yard sale at 25 Osceola Drive from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Furniture, books, household appliances, and more will be available.

Start a purple martin colony in your backyard

Join the Warwick Public Library and citizen scientist Lois Graydon for an online presentation on purple martins, the largest swallows in North American on Monday, June 14 at 1 p.m. Purple martins are aerial, insect-eating birds who migrate up to 5,000 miles from South American to the U.S. and Canada. However, in the last 50 years, they have lost nearly a third of their population. Learn how to help conserve purple martins and explore the lives of these beautiful American songbirds. Visit or call (401) 739-5440 to register for the Zoom link.

Trivia for a cause

On Tuesday, June 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m. the Thirsty Beaver at 288 Atwood Ave in Cranston is hosting a trivia night to benefit the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center. Teams of 4 to 8 can participate, and tickets are required. Tickets cost $15 and will go fast. Reserve your spot at Every participant who buys a ticket or donates is entered into a raffle for the chance to win over $1,000 in prizes.

WPL book groups

The Mystery Book Group will meet on Wednesday, June 16 via Zoom to discuss Cave of Bones by New York Times best selling author Anne Hillerman. Hillerman brings together modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the evocative landscape of the Southwest desert in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series. Email to a link to the meeting.

Super Sonic Saturday

On Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m., friends of the Shaw family are hosting a Super Sonic Saturday to benefit Warwick’s pint-sized superhero, Rowan Shaw. Rowan is currently facing another 10-month stretch of chemotherapy to treat his metastatic neuroblastoma. The family-friendly event will be held at the Elks Lodge at 1915 West Shore Road and will feature a live DJ, face painting, balloon animals, character appearances, and more. Tickets are $20, children 10 and under are free, and all proceeds will support the Shaw family. To purchase tickets, contact Jeanne at (401) 497-5001.

Empowering women through prayer

Join Shepard of the Valley UMC at 604 Seven Miles Road for a Day of Prayer on June 19. The United Methodist Women will open their church and labyrinth from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Prayer and Self-Denial Celebration. Join anytime during the day to take part in contemplative, reflective, and interactive opportunities of prayer. The theme of this year’s Day of Prayer is She Leads: Empowering Women to Make a Difference. A free-will collection will be available, and offerings can be made to make real change in the lives of women, children, and youth around the world.

Over 65 Golf League

Since 1959, the Over 65 Golf League has worked with public golf courses to offer a league for the state’s senior residents. The nonprofit organization meets on Monday nights at Harbor Lights, located at 150 Gray Street in Warwick. To be a member or a spare (sub) in the league, dues are $55, or $30 for spares. Season play is May through Sept.; playoffs are Sept. 20 to Oct. 4; scramble tournament and end of season banquet are on Oct. 13. Golfers interested in playing should contact Carol Desforges at or call (401) 738-0319. Please indicate your name and phone number in your message.

Outdoor yoga at Conimicut Point Park

Join Yoga at the Point for a season of outdoor yoga right on the water at Conimicut Point Park. Classes offered every day, Sunday through Saturday, until August 31. All levels welcome; $10 suggested donation per class. Please bring a mat and mask. For the full schedule, visit or follow Yoga at the Point on Facebook.

Mental health resources for families and friends

The Rhode Island chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-RI) is now accepting registration for our next virtual Family-to-Family course. The free, eight-session educational program is designed for family members, significant others, and friends of people with mental health concerns. The evidence-based program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of those closest to a person with a mental health condition.

The Family-to-Family course is taught by trained family members who have lived experience, and includes presentations, discussions and interactive exercises. For more information on the curriculum and registration information, visit, call 331-3060 or email

CRICC Summer Networking Series

Dust off those business cards, grab your sunglasses, and join the Central RI Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to meet new folks and reconnect with old friends during the 2021 Summer Networking Series, hosted in conjunction with Bay Coast Mortgage Company. Events include Brews & Bites at the Apponaug Brewing Company on June 17, Music & Mudslides at Harbor Lights on July 21, and Wine & Nibbles at Revolution American Bistro on August 19.

All events are 5 to 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at Tickets are limited, and cost $25 for CRICC members and $50 for non-members. For more information, call (401) 732-1100.

Warwick Vets reunion rescheduled

The Warwick Veterans Memorial High School class of 1960 reunion has been rescheduled for Saturday Sept. 18. The event will be held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet at 1 Rhodes Place. There will be a social hour from 12 to 1 p.m., and then a luncheon buffet from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Checks can be made out to Kathy Bouthillier and mailed to 94 Colonel John Gardner Road, Narragansett, RI 02882. Payments must be received by July 23, as tickets will not be sold at the door. For questions, contact Sally (Anderson) Allen at (401) 783-0205.

Fez-tival of Trees returns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is now accepting applications for crafters, vendors, and artists for the 7th annual Rhode Island Shriners Fez-tival of Trees. The event is scheduled for November 27 and 28. In 2019, over 3,000 guests strolled through the fundraising event

Vendors have a few space options this year. Options include 8’ table in the mezzanine area for one day at $75, 8x8 front lobby space for both days at $200, and 10x10 front lobby space for both days at $250. Electricity is available for an extra $25, and advance notice is required.

If interested, email and request a vendor packet.

Summer employment opportunities

The Warwick Departments of Recreation, Public Works, and the Sewer Authority are hiring for a number of positions. To be eligible, applicants must be Warwick residents with plans to continue their education full-time in September. The deadline for all applications is June 4, and applications can be accessed at The Department of Public Works and Warwick Sewer Authority are hiring summer laborers. The position is full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The pay rate is $11.50 to $15 per hour, depending on experience. All applicants must be 18 years old as of June 15. The Department of Public Works is also hiring for the beach litter crew. This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pay rate is $11.50 per hour, and students aged 14 to 17 are encouraged to apply. Working papers are required for anyone under 18 years old. The Parks and Recreation Department is hiring beach fee collectors. This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, but some part-time positions may be available. Applicants must be available to work weekends and holidays. The pay rate is $11.50 per hour, and applicants must be 18 years old as of June 15.

Parks and Recreation in need of lifeguards

Lifeguards are needed for all city indoor and outdoor swimming facilities for the summer 2021 season. There is no residency requirement for the lifeguard positions. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and must bring a photo ID with verification of birth to apply. Lifeguard certification cards must be original, up-to-date, and not due to expired before Sept. 30, 2021. For more information about lifeguard positions, contact Holly Weber at (401) 921-9622 or email Both full-time and part-time beach lifeguard positions are available for City Park Beach, Conimicut Beach, and Oakland Beach. Applicants must be able to work holidays and weekends. All applicants must be pool certified and have Rhode Island Non-Surf Lifeguard certification. The pay rate is $13.25 to $16.25 per hour, depending on experience. Both full-time and part-time positions are available for McDermott Pool. Applicants must be able to work weekends and holidays, and pool certification is required. The pay rate is $13.25 to $16.25 per hour depending on experience. If applicants are not lifeguard certified, but are competent swimmers and comfortable in deep water, they may be eligible for training and certification by the City of Warwick. Training will be available in June. Please submit an application for employment and indicate interest in participating in the lifeguard certification training. All lifeguard applications can be found at

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