2020 Mayoral Candidates Speak

In this video provided by Mayor Joseph J. Solomon at the Beacon's request, the mayor outlines why he is seeking a second term in office.

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Laparto says he 'took, didn't steal' Vella-Wilkinson sign

By JOHN HOWELL Republican House District 21 candidate Ron Laparto said in an interview last week that he "e;took,"e; but did not steal, a campaign sign of incumbent Democratic candidate Camille Vella-Wilkinson. Laporto was arrested by Warwick Police on Oct.

New director no stranger to library, looks to future

By JOHN HOWELL Jana Stevenson says when she starts a new position, she fully immerses herself. There's no thought of anything else. That's what happened when she was named deputy director of the Warwick Public Library eight years ago. Last Wednesday, the

4 for 9

By ARDEN BASTIA City Council President and Ward 9 Councilman Steve Merolla doesn't favor one Ward 9 Council candidate over the others, but instead believes that the contenders are in for a surprise should they make it into office. "e;I hope they're all on

50 years and the Warwick Mall vision lives on

By JOHN HOWELL The black-and-white photo shows a group of men dressed in suits and ties standing in a line, smiling for the camera for what clearly is an important occasion. It was taken in July 1970. Since then, millions of people have walked where they

Swimmers left dry

By ARDEN BASTIA Swimmers, community members want McDermott Pool open, but Solomon won't dive in. Kaylee Collins, a junior at Pilgrim High School and a member of both the Pilgrim and Kent County YMCA swim teams, is disappointed at the possibility of not

Three teams shut down with positive test

By ALEX SPONSELLER As the Smithfield cross country team is moving past its recent COVID-19 outbreak, a new batch of soccer teams will be forced to miss action. Sources confirmed to the Beacon on Wednesday afternoon that the Bishop Hendricken, Pilgrim and

In school...finally

By JOHN HOWELL and ARDEN BASTIA There was something missing for the first day of in-person kindergarten Wednesday at Wyman School - school buses and tears. Well, there was one case of separation anxiety that Principal Celio adeptly dealt with when the

St. Kevin crosswalk called 'safety, not money' issue

By JOHN HOWELL Last week Ward 5 Councilman Ed Ladouceur filled a wheelbarrow with hot asphalt and plugged two neighborhood potholes he's been trying to get the city to address for a year and a half. The administration wasn't happy. For starters they

Gov: State on ‘wrong path’ in COVID fight

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Increases in Rhode Island's COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations spurred a "e;wake-up call"e; from Gov. Gina Raimondo and Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott on Wednesday, with calls for a renewed commitment to mask-wearing

Fight looms over zoning for marijuana cultivators, center

By JOHN HOWELL With little notice, a battle is shaping up over an ordinance that would regulate the location of compassion centers and marijuana cultivating operations in the city. Presently the city has one of three compassion centers in the state and

Democratic councilman backs Picozzi for mayor

By JOHN HOWELL When he announced his candidacy for mayor running as an independent, Frank Picozzi said he would neither seek nor accept endorsements from unions and organizations. But that hasn't stopped individuals from voicing their endorsements, as

Brisk early voter turnout

By ARDEN BASTIA Starting at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday voters lined up outside City Hall to vote in-person. The line wound through the parking lot, up the stairs, and into the Council Chambers where by noon, 245 Warwick residents had cast their ballots on the

Pats fall in opener

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim boys soccer team dropped a tough 3-1 loss to Smithfield in its season opener last week on the road. The Pats took an early 1-0 lead on a goal from Paolo Frias, assisted by Zach DeSilva. Smithfield's Matt Swain, however,
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Warwick Public Schools are hiring substitute teachers, teacher assistants, custodians, lunch aides, bus monitors, and temporary building aides.All non-teaching positions pay $15 per hour during the …
Strutting and traveling toms Nature photographer Dave Chartier captured this quintet of tom turkeys as they made an appearance recently near Economy Avenue in Conimicut. Apart from their plumage and white heads, Chartier said the males are
By JOHN HOWELL Although it has invested $750,000 in improvements from fire suppression systems, to air conditioners, and a state of the art recording studio, the Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs is still without a lease for the Cooper Building on Sandy
Mayor Joseph J. Solomon has announced that $3.2 million in bonds for LED streetlight conversion - a component of his $13.2 million Roadway Improvement Initiative - have sold at an interest rate of just 0.7 percent, a rate even lower than the

Drive-by pumpkin spooktacular planned at Conimicut Pt.

The caronavirus can't scare Conimicut and Riverview out of celebrating Halloween. Usually the Conimicut Pumpkin Spooktacular is held in the village center with awards going to those with the best carved pumpkins. In addition there are games and treats

A victim of my own gullibility

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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


Running around

By ALEX SPONSELLER Back in May, local marathon runner Joe Sullivan, nicknamed Aloha Joe, ran his own personal race in his Oakland Beach neighborhood to raise money for local first responders. Sullivan has been running marathons for eight years now and

Pilgrim girls

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim girls soccer team has gotten off to a tremendous start this fall season, jumping out to a 3-0 record by a combined score of 19-3 and most recently topping rival Toll Gate 5-1 on Tuesday. The Lady Pats took a 3-1 advantage

Pats top rival Titans

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim boys soccer team rolled to a 5-0 shutout victory over rival Toll Gate while celebrating senior night last Saturday afternoon. Paolo Frias continued to add to his hot start this season, getting a pair of goals and an assist

Hayes looks to make impact with YMCA

By ALEX SPONSELLER The YMCA of Greater Providence recently retained Bridget Hayes as its Sports Program Director for local branches. Hayes has been with the Y since September and her focus has been primarily on reintroducing sports programs to the state

Defending champs set for new division

By ALEX SPONSELLER The defending Division III State Champion Pilgrim field hockey team has a new look this fall as it moves up to Division II and looks to claim another title. The Lady Pats return just four seniors from last year's title run, but have a
Animal shelter news

Adoptable Pet of the Week

Sweet Peaches is a stunning Calico, her coat looks like all the colors of Fall! She is a seven year young, loving girl who wants nothing more than your love and attention. If you have been looking for a snuggle-bug, then you just found her! Please contact Pawswatch at the Community Cat Care Center via email at communitycatcarecenter@gmail.com for an application and an appointment to meet Peaches. You can also visit their Facebook page or website at www.communitycatcenter.com They are located at 33 Putnam Pike in Johnston but they are currently open by appointment only. Peaches will be waiting to meet you and become your new best friend! If you are looking to adopt or know of an animal in need please contact Karen directly at ilovedogs1920@gmail.com

Police / crime

Warwick Police Log - October 22, 2020

DUI At approximately 10:50 p.m. on Oct. 7, Officer David Boardman was conducting a routine patrol on Bald Hill Road when he observed a vehicle, described as a 2015 Subaru Forrester, exit the parking lot of the McDonald's and enter the northbound lanes.

‘Faith and Blue’ unify for social justice

Warwick Police Log 10/15/20

Warwick Police Log 10/08/20

Cranston Police Union endorses Lancia for Congress


Francis H. “Frank” Kowalik Sr.

Francis H. “Frank” Kowalik Sr., 79, died Wednesday, October 21, 2020. He was the husband of the late Alice S. (Goulet) Kowalik, and son of the late Stephen J. and Leona (Benjamin) Kowalik. …

Patricia L. (Flynn) Guyette

Patricia L. (Flynn) Guyette, 76, has passed away. She was the wife of the late Richard F. Guyette. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Flynn and Pearl (Guisti) Vescera. …

Kirk Charles Tilander

Kirk Charles Tilander, 55, of Warwick, died on Sunday, September 29, 2020 at home in East Providence. Born in Providence, he was a son of Dorothy May (Walton) Strickland and step-son of L.J. …

Stanley E. Sykes Jr.

Stanley E. Sykes Jr., 71, passed away October 16, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Jane E. (Lamphere) Sykes. He was the son of the late Stanley Sykes Sr. and Elizabeth (Belnap) Sykes. He was …

Jeannette O. (Martel) Roy

Jeannette O. (Martel) Roy, age 93, of Warwick, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She was the wife of the late …

Lawrence Main Baxter Sr.

Lawrence Main Baxter Sr., 74, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Kent Hospital. Born in Providence, RI, he was a son of the late Alan and Bertha (Jackson) Baxter. A member of both the …

Constantino F. “Dino” Riccitelli

Constantino F. “Dino” Riccitelli, age 85, of Warwick, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Sunday, October 4, 2020. He was the husband of Anna M. (Grande) Riccitelli. They …

Dorothy I. (Christensen) McGuinn

Dorothy I. “Nana” (Christensen) McGuinn, 87, of Warwick, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Morgan Health Center in Johnston. She was the wife of the late Richard D. McGuinn …
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Candy will come flying

Candy will come flying Harry Olsen, who had 95 years old hasn't slowed down and won't left a pandemic interrupt Halloween, went to work to convert his front door at 71 Grandview Drive into the COVID-safe candy dispenser. First he replaced the glass in

Autumn with feel of Gaspee Days

Celebrating 104 years and a man of values

This scout has affinity for his neigbor'Hood'

Magazine names Edgewood Cheese Shop best in RI


Lawmakers must get back to work, representing the people

By MADDALENA CIRIGNOTTA When did Rhode Islanders consent to indefinitely sacrificing our democracy for a monarchy? Have we simply lobbed off an entire branch of government and determined checks and balances unnecessary? Is representation no longer a


Vote yes on $56 million school bond

Fixing the smallest of things can cure the bigger problem


Shirley A. Brown

Shirley A. Brown of 119 Craine St., Warwick, RI passed away on Wednesday, October 7 at Kent Hospital. She is survived by her sister, Colleen Johnston of West Warwick and her brother, Donald Brown …

Swimmers want in, Solomon not ready to open pool

Motorcyclist leaves West Shore Road, found unresponsive

State announces asymptomatic testing sites at four Stop & Shop locations

Solomon has governed effectively

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