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Report finds routes to cut school bus costs, but more work needed

By ETHAN HARTLEY A study commissioned last summer by the Warwick School Department and approved by the prior iteration of the Warwick School Committee for $12,900 to look into the efficiency of the district's bus scheduling and routing systems has been

Are Warwick school salaries excessive?

By ETHAN HARTLEY If school faculty and staff in Warwick were paid under the same contractual rates as those positions in Cranston, Warwick would save about $8.1 million in salary costs. Including fringe benefit costs, that number creeps closer to $9.7 million...

Mayor in no rush to name fire chief

By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Joseph Solomon isn't in a rush to name the next fire chief, a post that has been filled by acting chief Marcel Fontenault since last May when James McLaughlin retired. Now Fontenault plans to retire effective March 17. In an

Arts Center can stay if it pays, says mayor

When Mayor Joseph Solomon learned the news media would be visiting the Warwick Center for the Arts Wednesday to follow up on the story he is considering using the space for municipal offices, he …

McNamara looks to unite Dems, 2020 election

By ETHAN HARTLEY Warwick Representative Joseph McNamara announced Tuesday he would be seeking re-election as chair of the state's Democratic Committee, focusing on a message that the Democrats must maintain the strong momentum established in the past

Schools brace for $12M in budget increases next year

By ETHAN HARTLEY As reported in a related school budget story in today's Beacon, the city of Warwick and the Warwick School Committee have committed to work together to conquer the $4.9 million school budget deficit that has plagued the system since last

Schools drop suit, head to mediation to solve budget

By ETHAN HARTLEY The City of Warwick and the Warwick School Department has avoided resorting to what seemed to be, just a short time ago, certain litigation over the school's $4.9 million budgetary gap, agreeing to enter mediation and, if necessary,

City offices plan could force arts center out of Apponaug

By JOHN HOWELL After 42 years of calling the former Kentish Guards armory in Apponaug home, the Warwick Museum and now the Warwick Center of the Arts may be forced to find new digs. Last Wednesday, as he joined Rocky Point aficionado Sean McCarthy to

'Sock' to reline failing Sandy Lane sewer pipe

By JOHN HOWELL The wet sock arrived at Sandy Lane yesterday morning in a refrigerated truck. The baby blue felt sock, 140 feet long and 24 inches in diameter, was neatly folded in the back of the truck. It reeked. Zack Scott, foreman for Green Mountain

First step to rebuilding Woodbury Church

By JOHN HOWELL The first step to rebuilding Woodbury Union Church, which burned on Thanksgiving eve, could come this week as Bowerman Associates of Providence starts sorting through the rubble in preparation for demolishing what remains of the building.
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By ELDON McCLURE Harry Potter fans of all ages will be welcome to play out their inner wizard's wildest dreams at the Warwick Central Library's Hogwarts Open House, happening on March 23 from 1-4 p.m. Ellen O'Brien, Coordinator of Children's Services at
By JOHN HOWELL Many high school and career and technical teachers have been busy evaluating their work and their schools as part of an accreditation process that will include team visits from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to Toll
Several Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) students placed among the top at the recent Collegiate DECA Northeast Regionals. Collegiate DECA is a national educational organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing,
In the home stretch Michael Tucci, above, foreman for Pariseault Construction, said Tuesday the company is nearing completion of the work needed to reopen St. Kevin School that was forced to close prior to Christmas because of a burst hot water heating
The Cranston Public Library will host a free author talk and book discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6-7 p.m. the at Central Library, 140 Sockanossett Cross Road, Cranston. Author Dr. Michael Fine will give a talk and facilitate discussion of issues

Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra to perform in Providence

The Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra, Rhode Island's premier community-based orchestra, will present a concert on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence. Join the orchestra and guest conductor

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Pilgrim alumna Chelsea Yang has made plenty of noise this season. The former Patriot, who is currently in her sophomore season at Rhode Island College, took first place recently at the New England Alliance Championships in the weight throw, and also took
The Bishop Hendricken Hawks claimed the 2019 Freshman Basketball Title on Saturday afternoon, beating the Tolman Tigers 56-40 at Johnston High School. “It feels great,” Hendricken head coach …
By RYAN D. MURRAY Drew Haxton, Bishop Hendricken's sophomore center, scored the go-ahead goal at 8:37 of the third period, which eventually gave the Hawks a 4-3 victory over the Mount St. Charles Mounties at a sold out Adelard Arena on Friday night.
The Bishop Hendricken basketball team clipped visiting St. Raphael Academy 78-54 at its senior night game last week and later topped Woonsocket 88-76 to wrap up the season with a record of 21-1, claiming the top seed in Division I heading into the
Bishop Hendricken brought 15 swimmers to the Division 1 Championships Sunday at Roger Williams University and all 15 contributed points as the Hawks continued their dream season with a 59-point victory in the penultimate meet of the season. The Hawks
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Police Log - 02/21/19

DUI On Feb. 7 just before 8 p.m., Officer Brian W. Fontaine reports responding to the intersection of Post and Airport roads for a report of an impaired driver. Dispatch indicated the vehicle had been observed speeding and swerving between lanes.

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Mayor confirms acting fire chief Fontenault to retire

Through one of his spokeswomen, Mayor Joseph Solomon confirmed Wednesday that Acting Fire Chief Marcel Fontenault has submitted his letter of retirement. No additional information, such as when Fontenault submitted the letter, when he would leave or who

Sandy Lane to be detoured starting Monday for one week

Corrente won't be running again

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