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Lost loved ones are just a phone call away

By ARDEN BASTIA Inspired by a Japanese tradition, Charlann Walker has set up a wind phone on the banks of the pond on Squantum Drive in the Governor Francis neighborhood. Walker was inspired to install the phone in her neighborhood "because there's just

Time to get sticky at Vets

By ARDEN BASTIA The school day has gotten a whole lot sweeter for one sixth grade class at Warwick Veterans Middle School. In Patricia Bastia's project based learning (PBL) class, students are collecting sap to turn into maple syrup from trees in the

Advocates push for suicide prevention barriers

By ARDEN BASTIA Representative Joseph J. Solomon Jr. and other advocates are championing legislation to erect protective barriers along the sides of three bridges in the state, as a deterrent for anyone contemplating taking their own life, however, the

Neighbors fear loss of open space

By JOHN HOWELL Even today, many years after it closed, the circular building at the west end of Airport Road on Post Road is still known as Carvel. Since then, it has had other lives as Ozzi's burgers and later as the drinking establishment The Office.

From the Governor's Office - February 28, 2021

    As February comes to a close here in Rhode Island, I want to make sure you've got the latest info on our COVID-19 response.   Make sure that you're signed up for …
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Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) is seeking submissions for his annual Rhode Island Second Congressional District High School Art Competition. High school students residing in the Second District are eligible to enter the competition and could win the
Johnson earns AIC honors American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, has named 640 students to the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester, including Josiah Johnson of Warwick. 2 earn Springfield honors Warwick residents Alexis Blake,
The following Warwick students have achieved Dean's List status for the quarter ending December 19, 2020. Students must achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a maximum scale of 4.0 to qualify: Gary Armstrong, Anne Augustin, Brianna Boyd, Ryan Charette, Jenna
Rhode Island's average gas price is up nine cents from last week, averaging $2.64 per gallon. Monday's price was 25 cents higher than a month ago and 18 cents higher than March 1, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 8 cents lower than the national
By DANIEL KITTREDGE Addressing the state's shortage of affordable housing will be a top priority of the House of Representatives, Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) announced Monday, with a focus on seven pieces of legislation currently

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How Sweet It Is

Sixth grade students at Warwick Veterans Middle School collect sap to turn into maple syrup as part of their project based learning (PBL) class taught by Patricia Bastia. This is the second year Mrs. …

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By JOHN HOWELL Last week, the Rhode Island Association of School Principals recognized Chip McGair, a Warwick native and former assistant principal at Pilgrim High School, as the Outstanding First Principal for 2021. McGair is principal of the South

By ARDEN BASTIA Morgan Nathan, of Troop 77 Buttonwoods, has made history as a member of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America's first female Eagle Scout Class. She is among only a handful of young women nationwide who will make up the
By ARDEN BASTIA There have been teachers who motivate and mentor, who provide guidance and valuable lessons, but there is no one that inspires quite like Pilgrim High School technology teacher Cheryl DelSanto. DelSanto has recently been nominated for

Parking anywhere near the State House when the General Assembly is in session can be an exercise in frustration. If you're lucky and arrive just as someone pulls out, you could get a metered space without having to put on hiking boots and pack a lunch to

To the Editor: With measured hope we may now begin to see gradual improvements in living conditions as more Americans become fully vaccinated. There is no certainty that this disease will subside in the short term as new variations of this deadly virus
By DOMINICK J. RUGGERIO and CHRISTOPHER CALLACI We all want to see our community hospitals succeed. They employ Rhode Islanders and provide vital services. Unfortunately, our recent experiences in Rhode Island lead us to believe that the for-profit
Warwick native Alton W. Wiley Sr., 91, passed away peacefully on February 17th in Naples, FL. The son of the late William and Olive (Thomas) Wiley, he graduated from Aldrich High School and earned his Bachelors of Business
Eleanor Peckham (Tyler) Menzies, 87, of Warwick, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Kent Hospital. Born in Warwick, she was the daughter of the late George P. and Marjorie (Sargent) Tyler. …
Tisha Ann Peckham McCabe, Heaven has another angel. Tisha, age 49, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. Tisha was a care-free soul that loved everyone she met. She had worked at Eleanor …
Eric R. Jarvela, 53, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021 at home. He was the husband of Karen L. (Finnigan) Jarvela for 28 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of Richard E. Jarvela of …
Paul J. St. Pierre, age 72, of Warwick, passed away at home on January 6, 2021. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Louis L. and Mildred R. (Lambert) St. Pierre. He was a graduate of …

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As a collector, your collection is the nucleus of energy that continually propels you forward in the hobby and drives your passion. The unquenchable thirst to never stop learning. I love it so much! …

The Wickford Art Association (WAA) has opened the application period for the 2021 Scholarship Program, serving graduating high-school seniors who seek to continue art studies at the collegiate level. This resume-enhancing scholarship is offered statewide
By KELLY SULLIVAN Before the days of large community cemeteries and vehicles that could travel 60 miles in an hour's time, people who relocated often had to sacrifice ever visiting the graves of their loved ones again. The deceased were buried in

Hockey co-op falls in semis

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Warwick boys hockey co-op fell to North Smithfield 4-3 in a shootout in the Division II Semifinals to end their first season as a group. Warwick won each of its first two playoff games, topping Lincoln 3-1 and Rogers 2-0. Gerard

Pilgrim swim gets playoff win

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Pilgrim girls swim team had a solid campaign in 2021 and earned a 50-14 playoff victory against Blackstone Valley Prep in the first round of the postseason. The Lady Pats would later fall to Cranston West in the quarterfinals. Here

Pats drop heartbreaker

By ALEX SPONSELLER The second-seeded Pilgrim boys basketball team was upset 63-60 by No. 3 Burrillville in the Division II Quarterfinals on Monday night at home. No team had a lead greater than five points throughout regulation with many lead changes


By ALEX SPONSELLER The Rhode Island high school indoor track and field state championships were held last weekend at the Providence Career and Technical Institute, and many locals made noise on the state's biggest stage. The Bishop Hendricken boys won
Star Students

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.

The following Winman Middle School students have earned honors for the first quarter: Grade 6 High Honors Debra Adeyefa, AnaMarie Alfieri, Zoe Banach, Chase Birmingham, Jayden Bottella, Jonah Buccheri, James Daily, Charlotte DeGaetano, Wyatt Dyer, Braig
The following students earned first quarter honors at Pilgrim High School: FRESHMAN HIGH HONORS: Avery Adams, Tiana M. Arruda, Ariana Ayriyan, Kelsey J. Baker, Mia Paige Bardoussi, Ryan Kenneth Barlow, Madison Lynn Boscia, Braxton Logan Bragg, Riley K.


Ghost is sweet, smart, loving and stunning what's not to love?? He is deaf but let me tell you it hasn't stopped him from being a very well rounded pup! He is just a year old so still a puppy and he …


Shaylyn Kristen “Link” Schoonmaker, 37, of Warwick, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021. She was born in Providence a loving daughter of Gordon and Laurie (Judge) Schoonmaker. …

Condo plan for City Centre gets first passage The City Council unanimously granted first passage Monday to a zone change to about seven acres from a general industrial to residential planned unit zone for a 75-unit condominium development on Kilvert
By ARDEN BASTIA Faculty and students at Sherman Elementary School are planning a week of memorial events to honor Shaylyn Schoonmaker, a beloved school employee who was the victim of a house fire last Thursday. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of
By JOHN HOWELL The fire at Les Chateaux apartments brought tenants together in a way they never imagined, but now it appears what they gained they won't be able to keep. As Shirley Jeffreys, Angela Bailey, Al and Arline Caldarone and Mary DerManoueilian

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 …

On Friday, a virtual ceremony was held to honor the Cranston Public Library for winning the 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, which recognizes the library system as a "vital community asset" …
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