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Single-family home sales soar to new records

By CRAIG CONWAY The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed and even shut down many businesses, but the demand in Rhode Island's single-family market has increased with record-breaking numbers. Total home sales from October of 2019 were surpassed last month with a

9 Warwick agencies awarded $1 million in Champlin grants

Nine Warwick agencies are recipients of $1,081,367 in grants the Champlin Foundation announced in a release Wednesday. The Foundation awarded 188 grants for a total of $18 million …

4-day in-person learning for elementary students postponed

By ARDEN BASTIA Four-day, in-person learning for kindergarten through grade 5 was put on pause, as school committee members agreed Tuesday to wait until January 4 before transitioning from the current hybrid system to four days of classroom school. "e;We

Up and running: Legislative leaders get tour before first patient arrives at Cranston field hospital

By JOHN HOWELL While it lacks the amenities of Kent or the other hospitals with COVID-19 patients, the first patient transferred to the Cranston field hospital on Monday afternoon and those following him have something to celebrate. The fact they have

Bringing strict standards to marijuana growth, harvesting

By ARDEN BASTIA In an unassuming warehouse tucked behind Jefferson Boulevard, Growth Industries is revolutionizing marijuana cultivation and standardizing medicine. Alex Lavin, CEO and founder of Growth Industries, emphasizes this grow operation is

Incoming council president cites schools as priority

By JOHN HOWELL After nearly two weeks of talk of who would become the City Council President following inauguration ceremonies in January and speculation that as many as four members of the nine-member council could win the job, the council met in caucus

As pause nears, Raimondo unveils $100M in aid for businesses, workers

By DANIEL KITTREDGE An additional $100 million of the state's federal stimulus funding is being made available to support businesses and workers affected by the upcoming two-week "e;pause,"e; Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday. "e;The goal here . is

Westbay, Food Bank face mounting calls for assistance

By ARDEN BASTIA Since the COVID-19 lockdown in March, food insecurity throughout the state has risen, according to Paul Salera, director of Westbay Community Action, and Andrew Schiff, CEO of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Salera said, in an

Titans win title, honor Gianna

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate girls soccer team beat Narragansett 3-1 to win the Division III State Championship on Sunday in Johnston for the program's first title since the 2015 season. It was an emotional contest as the Lady Titans took the

Shingles throws mayor-elect a painful spin

By JOHN HOWELL Shingles and its painful effects could temporarily sideline mayor-elect Frank Picozzi and his plans to debut his popular home Christmas display on Black Friday. Picozzi posted his condition Monday on his Facebook page, saying the shingles

Preserve RI honors Henry Brown with award

Warwick's living landmark, Henry A.L. Brown, has been recognized by Preserve Rhode Island as the winner of the Antoinette F. Downing Award for Volunteer Service. The annual Rhody Awards honor individuals, organizations, and projects for their

Car taxes due, but when?

By JOHN HOWELL So, you haven't gotten your car tax bill yet. Don't fear - it will be coming, although that's not likely to happen until 2021. Car taxes are on mayor-elect Frank Picozzi's list of questions as his transition team prepares him for the role

Transition running smoothly

By JOHN HOWELL Although mayor-elect Frank Picozzi hasn't talked with Mayor Joseph J. Solomon since they happened to cross paths in City Hall before Election Day, the lack of personal communication hasn't impaired the transition. Picozzi is grateful for
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Is it a drive or a lake? Following Monday's storm that extended into early Tuesday morning, Lake Shore Drive near Warwick Pond became more lake than drive. Phil Dercole, whose property abuts the pond, sent out this photo to warn neighbors of the
Warwick Public Library is writing another new chapter during this challenging year in the midst of the "e;Rhode Island On Pause"e; program. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen, WPL is striving to maintain vital services during this ever-worsening
By ARDEN BASTIA Select city officials have been invited to view the lights on Inman Avenue off Strawberry Field Road. They won't be looking at strings of colorful Christmas lights or festive displays of holiday inflatables, but instead LED fixtures that
By JOHN HOWELL This year has been full of bumps, so Mayor-elect Frank Picozzi was not defeated when his Picozzi Family Christmas display wasn't up and running in time for its traditional Black Friday opening. He traced the problem to a component not

Truth be told

I am normally a very upbeat person, always looking for that silver lining like my mom did. (When my son was born blind, my mom said how lucky I was that he was also not born severely developmentally like my brother. Yay!) However, this whole pandemic

Upcoming events at Warwick Center for the Arts

With Hook & Reel, Cajun comes to Warwick

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Pigrim High posts 4th quarter honor roll

Indeed, this has been late in coming. It's not the school's fault, but ours. Nonetheless, we wanted to get the fourth quarter at Pilgrim High School in print before schools opens next week. Our apologies and congratulations to the students. GRADE NINE


Reminder makes it official

By ALEX SPONSELLER After verbally committing to Division II St. Anselm baseball over the summer, Pilgrim pitcher Jared Reminder recently put the pen on the paper and made it official by signing his National Letter of Intent. "e;It feels really good to make

Kipyego signs with Iowa State

By ALEX SPONSELLER St. Ray's sprinter and Warwick resident Darius Kipyego made his long-awaited college decision official in a recent ceremony at the school, signing his National Letter of Intent to compete for Division I Iowa State. Kipyego is arguably

Toll Gate falls to Purple in title match

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate field hockey team fell to Classical 2-0 in the Division III State Championship on Saturday evening at Cranston Stadium. The two teams were scoreless after the first half, but Classical would break through with less than a

Pats come up short

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls soccer team had a busy week last week, as it topped visiting Smithfield 3-0 in the Division I semis but then fell 3-0 to La Salle in the state title game in Johnston on Sunday. The Pilgrim offense was one of the most
Animal shelter news

Adoptable Pet of the Week

Are you looking to fill your home with love? Then meet Hank, this sweet seven year old Pitbull mix is ready to steal your heart! He is fun, playful, smart, walks great on a leash and after he plays for a bit he loves to just chill out. Hank is everything you could want in a buddy. His coat is silver and white and his smile is just as big as can be! He is a mature gentleman, looking for a quiet home all to himself with people who will give him all the love he so deserves. Hank is available at the Potter League for Animals in Newport. Please give them a call 401-846-8276 for more information and how you can go to meet him. Hank will be so grateful to have a loving forever home for the holidays! If you've been looking to adopt or know of an animal in need please contact Karen directly at

Police / crime

Police make 4 DUI arrests in Thanksgiving crackdown

By CRAIG CONWAY The Warwick Police Department had 61 total contacts and 8 total arrests during its Thanksgiving 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Enforcement Campaign. On Friday, November 27, the Warwick Police Department deployed six teams of two

Warwick Police Log 11-26-20

Warwick Police Log October 29, 2020

Warwick Police Log - October 22, 2020

‘Faith and Blue’ unify for social justice


Lawrence Agresto

Lawrence Agresto, 62, passed away November 10, 2020. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Jean (Maynard) Agresto. He is survived by three sisters, Sandra Garcia, …

Joan Crook Smith King

Joan Crook Smith King, 93, a Warwick resident for 64 years, passed away on December 1, 2020. She was born and raised in Pawtucket, RI and graduated from Pawtucket West High School in 1944. She was …

Howard Joseph Gardiner

Howard Joseph Gardiner, 94, of Warwick, died on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at Brentwood Nursing Home. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Edwin F. and Rose F. (Moorehead) Gardiner. He was the …

Barbara A. Cahoon

Barbara A. Cahoon, 85 died Friday, November 27, 2020. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Gerald and Evelyn Lanoue. Barbara had lived in North Providence for 27 years formerly …

Kenneth “Ken” E. Fish Jr.

Kenneth “Ken” E. Fish Jr., age 78, of East Greenwich, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Trent Ferrara to whom he was devoted for 33 years. …

Carol Ann (Dailey) Bodkin

Carol Ann (Dailey) Bodkin, 74 passed away November 29, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Fredrick Bodkin Sr. and a daughter of the late James and Emily …

Winston A. “Wayne” Cogswell

Winston A. “Wayne” Cogswell, 93, of Warwick, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Hope Hospice. He leaves his loving wife of 38 years, Claire E. (Charles) Cogswell. Born in Easton, …

Frances V. (Murphy) Amaral

Frances V. (Murphy) Amaral, 83 of Warwick, RI passed away peacefully on November 27, 2020 at home. She was the wife of the late Lawrence R. Amaral (married for 56 years). Born in Providence she …
Good news

The art of small business

The art of small business Christine Kellerman, owner/instructor at the MoonStone Studio at the Governor Francis Shopping Plaza transformed Small Business Saturday into a sales and instructional event. As students worked on Christmas-themed projects

New neighbors display Chistmas spirit in Conimicut

Community comes first for Zaydah Creations

Stepping up to help out

Police look to fill shipping container during community toy drive


Gaspee Point comes alive in print

Some memories just have to be shared. Henry Brown knows the feeling. So does Roger Hudson. Henry has been recording stories for years. He grew up in Warwick, lived here pretty much all of his life and holds the title of the city historian. The

Hotspots could attract more 'remote' workers to Warwick

Protecting our old growth forests

Thankful for


Wayne Farrell

Wayne Farrell, formerly of Warwick and Cranston, passed away in Naples, FL on Nov. 21,2020 with his devoted wife Mirasol by his side. They were married for 25 yrs. Wayne was the son of the late J. …

State announces asymptomatic testing sites at four Stop & Shop locations

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Pause could be 'catastrophic' for some businesses

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