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THE LATEST: Picture brightens as RI enters new phase

“There is going to be this week a lot of activity in Rhode Island that we haven’t seen in months … There’s a lot to look forward to. And we’ve had a very good weekend," the governor said.

Raimondo: Demonstrations, riots a ‘wake-up call’

The governor said the pandemic has newly illuminated the “real human cost” of “institutional inequality” in Rhode Island and elsewhere across the country.

Radio Beacon, Episode 13: Joseph Polisena Jr., Johnston Town Council

Joseph Polisena Jr., vice president of the Johnston Town Council, talks about how the COVID-19 crisis continues to play out at the town and state levels, his political future, and being a sports fan during the pandemic.

THE LATEST: Nursing homes will remain closed to visitors on June 1

“It’s very much still a crisis in nursing homes,” Gov. Raimondo said. “I hope that will be able to change in Phase 3 (starting July 1).”

THE LATEST: Welcome back, indoor dining, haircuts and youth sports

Beginning Monday, when Rhode Island transitions to Phase 2 of its economic reboot, residents will be able to dine indoors, cut and color their hair, get a new coat of nail polish for the first time in months and visit a spa to shake off all their COVID-19 stresses.

THE LATEST: Raimondo reveals new rules for gyms, fitness centers

In response to those becoming restless about the resumption of youth sports, she promised that youth sports will return this summer — although they will likely be different than what participants are accustomed to.

RI on track for phase two, governor says

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island is on course to enter the second phase of its reopening plan on June 1, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday - and while a focus on "e;keeping your group size small and consistent"e; will remain, the transition would allow

'It's a huge display of sacrifice': Coronavirus forces Boots on the Ground for Heroes to go virtual

By JACOB MARROCCO As Operation Stand Down Rhode Island development director Dee DeQuattro put it, you can't cancel Memorial Day. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps its way across the country, large public gatherings have been canceled as part of effort

Radio Beacon, Episode 12 - Ed Garcia, Cranston Public Library director

Ed Garcia, director of the Cranston Public Library, speaks about the library’s new contact-less pickup option, the range of virtual programming being offered and what's in store in the weeks ahead.

THE LATEST: RI on track to enter second phase of reopening

Rhode Island is on course to enter the second phase of its reopening plan on June 1, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Friday – and while a focus on “keeping your group size small and …
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The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is reminding arriving and departing passengers at T.F. Green Airport of the need to comply with state executive orders to wear face coverings in public settings, and of Governor Raimondo's continued
Editor's note: The following is the text of a prayer Robert Lancia read during Monday's Memorial Day observance. A special prayer on Memorial Day for our World War I Vets: As we think about those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we
PPE for reopening The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce along with other chambers and trade associations are distributing personal protection equipment including masks, certificates to acquire disinfectant and hand sanitizers to businesses. The
Surprise 8 Of course, Khloe Tavares knew it was her birthday. After all when you're turning 8 that's a big deal. What she didn't know is that her friends thought it was a big deal, too. They rallied in a parking lot on West Shore Road with balloons and
Not the same...but With state parks reopening, Kieth and Irene Antunes of Cumberland stopped by Rocky Point on Friday to enjoy the bay breeze and recall the days when they rode the rides. Indeed, it's not the same but the view remains enticing. They

He always has a full dance card

By TRISH MEEGAN Earlier this month a strong display of family and friends with strong ties to the Warwick community was demonstrated in a glorious surprise birthday parade. People gathered in Portsmouth from all corners of Rhode Island to celebrate

BCBSRI brings fitness classes to Facebook Live

Film Festival receives New England Emmy nomination

58th Wickford Art Festival canceled

Restaurant roundup

By ALEX SPONSELLER Horses have always been a big part of Warwick native Michael Janson's life, and he has big equestrian goals in mind moving forward. Janson graduated from Boston University and is currently a financial advisor for New York Life. He also
By ALEX SPONSELLER Last week, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce held a Zoom conference call with members of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. In the conference call, the members of the team recounted stories ranging from the
The Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society have jointly announced the postponement of their annual enshrinement and reunion events for 2020 due to the social distancing and health concerns brought on by the
By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston native Eleni Grammas recently received Rhode Island College's Helen M. Murphy Award, which is given to a female athlete that has achieved athletic greatness while being involved in the RIC community. Grammas played soccer and
By ALEX SPONSELLER Despite the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the baseball diamond for the spring, Bishop Hendricken baseball is still making headlines as three of its players made their college decisions official in the past few weeks. Senior captain
Police / crime

Police Log 5/28/20

ATTEMPTED LARCENY Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on May 14, Officers Michael Bailey and Ryan Shibley responded to the Elmore Street area for a report of an attempted larceny of a boat motor. Dispatch advised that according to the reporting party, two older men

Police Dept. 'patched in' with community causes

Warwick Police 'breaking barriers' with Virtual Story Time program

Police Log 5/21/20

Police Log 5/14/20

Animal shelter news

Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Silver, this big handsome boy is in desperate need of a quiet, understanding home! He along with another kitty named Peanut (Pretty Tabby) are both semi-feral so they will need a home where they can get comfortable on their own terms. Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue is getting ready to move to their new location and these two need to be placed before they move! If you have room in your heart & home please contact them now via their Facebook page or email Time is of the essence so please if you are not able to adopt at least spread the word about Silver and Peanut! Photo credit: Karen Kalunian If you know of an animal in need please contact Karen directly at


Dr. Peter B. Baute

Dr. Peter B. Baute, of Block Island and Wakefield, RI, died at home on April 4, 2020, at the age of 86. He was the beloved husband of Cynthia (Cindy) Baute. Peter was born in Providence, RI on …

3rd quarter honors announced at Pilgrim High

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Nancy E. (Forte) Moss

Catherine J. (Perry) Hall

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Time wasted

To the Editor, The Democratic Party's obsession with impeachment may not have caused the coronavirus crisis, but it didn't do anything to prevent it, either. Consider the parallel timelines: During the months when the virus was emerging in Wuhan, China,

Down the rabbit hole

Policies needed to address care facilities

Main stream media: Fear-mongers par excellence

Heroes of this pandemic