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Finally, a home to come home to

By ARDEN BASITA What opened in the late 1800s, as the Conimicut Grammar School is now the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center. The center has taken on a new role in serving the community: It's become a home from which people can build their lives for the

Mayor's 'surreal' world

By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Frank Picozzi gets to City Hall by the time most people are pouring themselves a cup of coffee and getting the kids ready for school, so he was surprised when a woman pulled up to him in the parking lot and asked where she could find

Blowup precedes election of new school chair Cobden

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

Back in classrooms

By ARDEN BASTIA In a special meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7, the school committee unanimously voted to reopen schools for in-person learning, a discussion that has been long awaited by parents and students alike. Elementary, middle, and high school

Raimondo, McKee pledge 'seamless' transition

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Appearing before the media for the first time since being announced as President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Secretary of Commerce - and joined by the man who will become her successor, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee - Gov. Gina Raimondo on

Protestor at Capitol didn't witness violence

By JOHN HOWELL While there is no evidence to support claims that groups other than Trump supporters are responsible for the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, at least three people who were at the Capitol claim members of the left wing extremist

A drive to help Drive-thru pet food pantrybmay become monthly event

By JOHN HOWELL The first West Bay drive-thru pet pantry hosted by the Potter League was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday from the league's spay and neuter clinic on Elm Street in Warwick. By 9:30, however, so many people had shown up that Kara

McAllister aims to streamline, make council meetings easier to follow

By JOHN HOWELL While the pandemic has put the City Council on a virtual meeting mode for the foreseeable future, newly elected Council President Steve McAllister aims to more actively engage the public and make meetings more meaningful. McAllister was

Chief of staff learning the Warwick ropes

By ARDEN BASTIA It's Tuesday, January 5; inauguration day at City Hall, and Susan Nahabedian Ayrassian, Esq. is already fielding constituent calls. Technically, her first day on the job is Wednesday, but no better time than the present to start her new

Few words ... down to business

By JOHN HOWELL Mayor Frank Picozzi is good at keeping his word, or rather the lack of them. Going into his inaugural ceremony Tuesday at noon on the steps of City Hall, he said he wouldn't make remarks from the podium other than abiding by the oath of
I wanted to give you an update on the current status of our vaccination efforts. Already, we have administered second doses to the first 400 people to be vaccinated in Rhode Island. As …
Radio Beacon is a podcast from Beacon Communications run by Dan Kittredge (Cranston Herald), Jacob Marrocco (Johnston Sun Rise), John Howell (Warwick Beacon) and Alex Sponseller (Beacon …
After a quick intro from Dan (00:40), the Beacon editorial staff sits down with House Speaker Joe Shekarchi and Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (07:35) for a wide-ranging discussion of this …
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By LISA A. UEBELACKER As COVID rages, as political divides widen, and as we acknowledge the difficulties that so many people experience in having basic needs met, including needs for food, shelter, meaningful work, and dignity, it can be easy to let our
In a year unlike any other, community generosity helped Bank Rhode Island's (BankRI) 23rd Annual Holiday Giving Tree program provide more than 2,659 gifts to children throughout the state. Each of the Bank's 20 branches displayed a giving tree decorated
By ARDEN BASTIA A progressive advocacy group, Renew Rhode Island, announced its arrival Tuesday with an ambitious, $300 million agenda that seeks to address "e;racial and economic injustice."e; The group is part of a larger coalition across New England,

Back in the Day: Alternative care in the 1800s

(Courtesy of Riley Baez-Bradway) Back in the 1800s, the people of Rhode Island had an interesting selection of doctors they could visit to have their medical needs attended to. At least one of those early-day non-traditional physicians lies at rest in Cranston's

See it at the Movies

On Netflix RECTIFY **** Michael O'Neil plays Daniel Holden, a death row inmate who was accused of rape and murder at the age of 18, and is released on a technicality after 19 years. The four-season 2013 show, originally seen on the Sundance Channel, is a

RISCA to commission public art for Garrahy Judicial Complex

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is requesting qualifications for a new public art commission for the Garrahy Judicial Complex parking garage, which is located at 1 Dorrance St., Providence. The deadline is Feb. 15, and the applications
Star Students
The following students have earned honors at Toll Gate High School for the first quarter: Grade 9 High Honors: Andrew Agostinelli, Sydney Amaral, Kyle Anderson, Jessalyn Andreozzi, Adeline Areson, Charlotte Bessette, Serene Blanchette, Cameron Brodeur,
The following Warwick students have earned honors at CCRI for the Fall Semester: Dylan Anderson, Taylor Barbosa, Hannah Birch, Stephanie Bodkin, Kristina Boiano, Samantha Boulay, Arthur Bradford, Arthur Bradley, Rachel Buchanan, Stephen Burns, Kathryn
The following Warwick residents achieved honor for the first quarter at Bishop Hendricken High School: GRADE 8 President's List: Alexander Arnold, Michael Carreiro, Thomas Hanson, Ronan O'Connell, Benjamin Williamson High Honors: Addison Heffernan GRADE

Herbert has big 2020 season

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

Hawks basketball Hawks set to defend DI title

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

Johnston duo ready to lead Corsairs

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

Middle school sports set for return

By ALEX SPONSELLER After seeing the fall season cancelled outright, middle school sports will return for an abbreviated winter season. Schools will be allowed to offer boys and girls basketball, with practices beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Games will

Hawks duo headed to Worcester

By ALEX SPONSELLER Bishop Hendricken seniors Xavier Quezada and Anthony Iamarone made their college decisions official recently, committing to playing baseball for Division III Worcester State University in Massachusetts next year. The duo have been

Soccer awards (Warwick)

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Rhode Island Boys and Girls Soccer Coaches Associations recently released their award winners for the recent high school season. The associations released All-Division and All-Academic squads, however, elected not to compile
Animal shelter news

Adoptable Pet of the Week

BRUNO: Are you active, looking for a fun partner to run or hike with and someone to snuggle with too? Well look no further you just found Bruno! This young Boxer mix pup is looking for an active home preferably with a fenced in yard to be able to run around. He still is learning the ropes as he's just about a year old so lots of puppy energy. He is very smart, wants to learn and aims to please. Bruno is super cute for sure, wait till you see his under bite it adds to his fun loving character! If you are interested in finding our more about Bruno please call EGAPL The Heart Of RI Animal Rescue at 401-467-3670 or email The rescue is located in Cranston but is open by appointment only so be sure to contact them first! Bruno can't wait to find his forever home! Photo credit: Erin McGinn Photography MARCEL: Marcel the magnificent is waiting for you! He is still a kitten only eight months old and just as cute as can be! Marcel is a bit shy and he will take a patient, loving home to get comfortable and warm up but once he feels safe, he's all in! The rescue is looking for a quiet adult only home or a home with older teenage children as too much commotion will make him scared. If you think you have the purr-fect home for this adorable boy please contact Pawswatch at the Community Cat Care Center via their Facebook page or email them at They are located in Johnston but are currently showing cats by appointment only. Marcel will be waiting to work his magic on your heart! Photo credit: Jacob Frank If you've been looking to adopt or know of an animal in need please contact Karen directly at

Police / crime

Warwick Police Log 01/14/21

DUI Shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 2, Officer Nicholas DeMarco was traveling north on Warwick Avenue when he observed a northbound GMC Yukon swerve over double-yellow lines into the southbound lanes. "e;The vehicle then attempted to correct itself by

Officers to ride from NJ to DC during Police Unity Tour

Warwick Police Log 01/07/21

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

Warwick Police Logs 12-31-20202


Norma F. (Rollinson) Harris

Norma F. (Rollinson) Harris, 82, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Robert T. and Anna (MacInerney) Rollinson. Norma was employed at …

Ted M. Haney

Ted M. Haney, 57, died Sunday, January 3, 2021. Born in Bethesda, Maryland, a son of the late Theodore and Jeannie (Lemiuex) Haney. He grew up in Warwick and has lived in Fort Myers, FL for the …

Lilwen “Ginger” (Thomas) Pezzelli

Lilwen “Ginger” (Thomas) Pezzelli, 98, of Warwick passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021. Born in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, U.K., on New Year’s Day 1923, she was the youngest of two …

Joseph A. Madden Jr.

Joseph A. Madden Jr., 77, of Warwick, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was the beloved husband of the late Maureen (Dickerman) Madden. Born in Providence, on February 20, …

M. Barbara Tucker Reynold

M. Barbara Tucker Reynolds passed peacefully away on December 12, 2020 at the age of 99. She was born and lived her entire life in Rhode Island and was the beloved wife of Allan E. Reynolds for 71 …

Carole L. Dorr

Carole L. Dorr, 88, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at home. She was the wife of the late George R. Dorr. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Stanley W. and Elizabeth M. (Riley) …

Dorothy J. McCurdy

Dorothy J. McCurdy, 65, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Kent Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Frank A. McCurdy for eleven years. Born in Warwick, she was a daughter of the late …

Mary (Schlindwein) Rossman, 84, of Warwick, RI, passed away on January 6, at Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center of RI, in Coventry, RI. Born in Mount Holly, NJ, January 2, 1937, she was the …
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T.F. Green nominated as nation's "Best small airport"

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

Donahue at RIKB named a Top Innovator for 2020

Frozen Few come prepared for unexpected

In time for Christmas

‘The hallmark of a caring community’

To the Editor: I have the good fortune to work in the forests and fields of southern New England as a wetland scientist, and I get to enjoy some wonderful sights nature has to offer here. Unfortunately, there is another sight I encounter every time I
I should clean my desk more often, because it's full of surprises. There's a system to my desk even though most observers would simply label it a "e;disaster."e; Reports including city budgets, initiatives and studies that are often used for references are
By HOUSE SPEAKER K. JOSEPH SHEKARCHI Sixty years ago, up the road in Boston, President Kennedy gave farewell remarks to his home state before assuming the presidency. Those remarks still guide public servants well. He challenged those of us entrusted

Warwick Mayor-elect Frank Picozzi announces completion of transition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liz Tufts (401) 430-6096 Mayor-Elect Frank Picozzi has announced the completion of his transition by making the following appointments: Mayor-elect Picozzi …

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Caroline Taylor awarded philanthropy scholarship

Apartments, restaurant proposed for former village garage

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