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By JOHN HOWELL When solar farms were first proposed for large tracts of Western Cranston, the projects were embraced for their green energy and the fact that land wouldn't be developed for housing, resulting in more traffic and increased city services.

By ARDEN BASTIA Former Gov. Gina Raimondo set a lofty goal - get 70 percent of the state's working-age population to hold a postsecondary degree or equivalent credentials by 2025. Dr. Shannon Gilkey, the state's new commissioner of postsecondary
With a rush on beach parking passes and the city waiting for more from the printer, the city has delayed implementation of parking fees for residents and non residents until July 1. Beach parking …
By ARDEN BASTIA What do local news stories have to do with vampires? For local author Raina Smith, it's everything. Smith is the author of four novels, each exploring the universal energy force that connects all life, uncovering the complexities of the
By ARDEN BASTIA Pilgrim High School seniors celebrated the end of an unconventional school year with an unconventional prom on June 1. Instead of the typical country club backdrop and the sit down dinner, Pilgrim students got to boogie outside at the
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Save The Bay will offer a youth swim clinic on Tuesday, June 29 led by Olympic medalist and Saunderstown native Elizabeth Beisel. Swimmers ages 8 to 18 are invited to register for the clinic, which will include a Q&A session, 60 minutes of pool time, and
By JOHN HOWELL Holliman Elementary School Principal Joseph Coffey asked students to close their eyes Friday morning and visualize the strongest person they know. It was impossible for him to know if students followed his instructions. The students were
E. Ashley Rappa of Warwick has joined MORE Advertising, a full-service, minority- and woman-led marketing and advertising agency launched in 1997. As a copywriter, Rappa will create long- and short-form copy for a diverse range of mission-driven
White wagon There's no mistaking the newest of the city's rescues - it's white, while the others are red. The city moved quickly to purchase the vehicle from Greenwood Emergency Vehicles in Massachusetts when a municipality canceled delivery and it
By JOHN HOWELL Mickey Stevens Sports Complex was ground zero Tuesday morning for the Reclaim Rhode Island campaign to increases taxes on those making more than $475,000 annually in order to generate an estimated $128 million that could be used to improve

Gaspee Parade performers

Parade participants put on a show...and then Annette joined them

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Gaspee parade

The rain stops and throngs turnout for a joyous - no masks - Gaspee parade.

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By ARDEN BASTIA The former Burger King on Centreville Road will once again serve burgers, but this time without the meat. Plant City X, a breakout chain from Plant City in Providence, will soon be moving in and serving a plant-based fast food menu. This

By ARDEN BASTIA It's not everyday that a 9-year-old asks for snail mail for his birthday. In fact, in this age of social media, Brady Wright could have had thousands of people wish him happy birthday from around the world in a single online post.
Senior project.a career step? Pilgrim senior Jack O'Donnell has an attachment of the city skate park in Oakland Beach. It's where he spent a lot of his time as a kid. So, it's not surprising that he picked cleaning up the park as his senior project. He

Fog can be comforting, yet alarming. As I starting climbing the hill, the crest that I know so well, having passed this way countless times, disappeared. The fog consumed the sun, leaving a consistent opaque gray. I checked to make sure my lights were

To the Editor: With pun intended, the Warwick Fire Department is under fire from many directions. Warwick firefighters are accustomed to putting out fires at other folks homes and businesses; let's hope they are just as adept at putting out the fire that
To the Editor: Presently our federal government is addressing the most serious issues with large spending programs. We are currently over twenty eight trillion dollars in debt and growing. Is this the correct means to overcome many of our national
More than a decade has passed since Rhode Island cut the state's top marginal tax rate under then-Gov. Don Carcieri in 2010. Now, with more progressives in the General Assembly, there are growing calls to raise taxes on affluent residents. The Rhode
Brian J. Brennan, 57, formerly of Cumberland, passed away at the Kent County Hospital, Warwick. He was the husband of Sallie (Trudell) Brennan and they had been married for the past 26 years. …
Sidney S. Minnie Jr. 80, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2021. He was the beloved husband of the late Lola K. (Arute) Minnie. Born in Karnes City, TX, he was a son of the late Sidney and Helen …
On Sunday, June 13, 2021, Steven Chousse Jr. passed away suddenly at the age of 28. Steven will be forever remembered by his two beautiful children Ciara Chousse and Arianna Chousse, his fiancé …
Lisa M. Pucino, 60, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Roger Williams Hospital. She was the loving wife of Dennis J. Pucino. Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of Walter and Frances (Lackey) …
Charles R. Proctor, 95, of Warwick died Tuesday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. He was the husband of the late Irma M. (Skidds) Proctor. Born in Providence, son of the …

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One of my favorite joys as a parent was throwing a birthday party for one of my young children. In addition to my own five, we fostered 17 tots, who received equal birthday treatment. Being selfish, my own home would not be used as the venue. (Only great
By ROB DUGUAY June is Pride Month in the United States, which promotes equality for and increased visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. If you've seen a lot of rainbow colored flags on cars, houses and windows this month, this is the reason why. It's also
Launching with an in-gallery and virtual exhibit on July 16, the Wickford Art Association (WAA) will present its first Celebrity Art Show & Auction featuring a variety of artworks by influencers across Rhode Island media, business, politics, and the

Beacon Buzz - June 10, 2021

By ARDEN BASTIA RIPIN drive-up vaccine clinic On Saturday, June 19 and Saturday, July 10 from 9 to 11 a.m., the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) will be hosting a drive-through vaccine clinic. The event will take place at their office

Pilgrim lax eliminates Toll Gate
The No. 2 seed Pilgrim boys lacrosse team topped rival Toll Gate 17-6 on Monday afternoon in the Division III Quarterfinals. Freshman …
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Lady Titans shut out Rogers in prelims
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate softball team won its opening round playoff matchup when it shut out Rogers 2-0 on …
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Pats top Titans
By ALEX SPONSELLER The No. 2 seed Pilgrim baseball team topped rival Toll Gate 6-3 in the preliminary round of the Division I playoffs …
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Time was right for Centore
The Rhode Island football community received some big news last week when longtime Cranston East football head coach Tom Centore …
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NOAA and BOEM address wind farm fishing data challenges
By CAPT. DAVE MONTI The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration NOAA) have …
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Fontaine heads home
By ALEX SPONSELLER   The Cranston West boys basketball team will be led by a new, but familiar face next season as …
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Pats ready for playoff run
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Pilgrim softball team has rolled to the top of the standings in Division I this season and currently sits at …
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Pilgrim’s Rix honored by RIIL
By ALEX SPONSELLER Pilgrim senior Kenny Rix was recently named the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Male Student-Athlete of the …
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Titan freshmen take 2nd at states
The Toll Gate boys indoor tack and field team was the state runner up in this past winter’s Rhode Island Track Coaches …
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Star Students

The following Warwick Veterans Memorial Middle School students have earned honors for the quarter: High Honors Grade 06 Ethan Alves, Maryam Atif, Jack Bannon, Riley Barker, Oriana Blanco, Mackenna Buffery, Myles Butler, Bryan Carreiro, Andy Castillo

Honor student Jake Brodeur, a sophomore at North Carolina State University and a 2019 Toll Gate graduate has been named to the dean's list. Brodeur is a Business and Marketing major.
The following Pilgrim students have earned honors for the second quarter: FRESHMAN HIGH HONORS: Avery Adams, Damien Isaiah Aptt, Tiana M. Arruda, Ariana Ayriyan, Ryan Kenneth Barlow, Nicole E. Blanton, Madison Lynn Boscia, Braxton Logan Bragg, Emma R.
The following Winman Middle School students have earned honors for the second quarter: Grade 8 High Honors Olivia Bradford, Lena Butera, Isabella Cambio, Lyla Costa, Kamryn DeAngelis, Lucas Franco, Shannon Furlong, Emma Harrold, Emma Hindle, Jordyn
Pilgrim High School seniors Allison Rodrigues and Nathan Rainey were inadvertently omitted from the school's first quarter honors list published in last Thursday's Beacon. Both students earn high honors.

Animal Talk - King

What's fluffy like a marshmallow and just as sweet as one too...why it's King of course! This adorable Spaniel/Chow mix is eight years young and in search of a loving forever home! At eight years old …

By ARDEN BASTIA Starting June 19, beachgoers will have to pay fees to access Warwick's beaches. The fees apply to Oakland Beach, Buttonwoods Beach in City Park, and Conimicut Beach. Fees for the beaches will be in effect until Labor Day on September 6.
By ARDEN BASTIA and JOHN HOWELL Having been the site for one outdoor graduation and a Dancing Under the Stars fundraiser for Mentor RI last year, Aldrich Mansion on Warwick Neck has become graduation central for Toll Gate, Pilgrim and Bishop Hendricken
By JOHN HOWELL Apart from copies of emergency medical technician license suspension orders available on the Department of Health's website, officials are tightlipped as to any disciplinary actions taken against Warwick firefighters Brandon Colombo and
By ARDEN BASTIA While the number of travelers flying through T.F. Green Airport this summer may not reach 2019 travel levels, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing for an expected rise in passenger volume. Among the preparations

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 …

John Donegan, the Ward 3 member of the Cranston City Council and leader of the Democratic caucus, joins Dan to discuss the city’s budget review, ordinances he’s working on, the panhandling case settlement, the fortunes of the Yankees and Knicks, and more.
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