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POLITICAL ACCESS: On March 17, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena Jr. announced on Twitter that he had toured the Amazon construction site with US Sen. Jack Reed. He released four photos from the tour. (Photos courtesy Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena Jr.)

Amazon renegotiates tax deal with Johnston

Since Amazon has not yet opened for business in Johnston, the mega-retailer has invoked a costly construction clause in its contract with the town. Over the past few months, the company …

Correction

The article entitled “Austerity budget cuts spending” printed in the April 4, 2024 edition of the Cranston Herald incorrectly stated that Mayor Kenneth Hopkins intended to downsize the …
PERFORMANCE READY: Cranston East Orchestra welcomes musicians of all skill levels who want to take up a bow and play. (Photo provided by Cranston Public Schools)

Student musician inducted into national youth orchestra

One of Cranston’s own will be crossing hemispheres this summer as a viola player in one of the country’s most prestigious youth orchestras. Liam DeRosa, a junior at Cranston East and …
A FAMILY AFFAIR: Ryan Sadlier and daughters Riley and Kendall at eclipse viewing party on the lawn of William Hall Library. (Photo by Barbara Polichetti)

Getting a ‘safe’ peek of solar show

The solar eclipse was the main event Monday, with day turning to dusk as the moon slid between the earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event which will not …

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THE GROUP: Judge Francis “Frank” X. Flaherty, a former Warwick Mayor and retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice, joined a group of Warwick history buffs in City Hall Friday. The group included: Pegee Malcolm, the Chairperson of the Warwick Historical Cemeteries Commission and Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Commission; Felicia Castiglioni Gardella, President of the Warwick Historical Society; current Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi; City Archivist Jackie Picozzi; and Mark Brown, Vice-Chairman of the Warwick Historical Cemeteries Commission.

Unpacking history

Judge Francis “Frank” X. Flaherty carried a pair of huge sealed cardboard boxes into Warwick City Hall’s subterranean conference room. Flaherty, a former Warwick Mayor and …

Filling a vital RI need

Chief Resident Daniel Boateng and Dental Assistant Sheila Fernandez readied the exam room for their next patient. They try to turn the chair over quick. They’ve got patients waiting. For …
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Planet Fitness gets three bomb threats in three weeks

The Planet Fitness on Warwick Ave. has been the target of three bomb threats in three weeks, with the location having to evacuate on March 28, April 4 and April 9. According to Warwick Police …

Open meeting to discuss ways to save state’s wild forests

The Old Growth Tree Society of Rhode Island will hold an open meeting at the Warwick Public Library at 600 Sandy Ln. Wednesday, April 17th, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., to talk about how the state's …

Déjà 42: District 42 Democratic primary is repeat performance

Voters in Rhode Island House District 42, which contains parts of Johnston and Cranston, will likely see a 2022 Democratic primary rematch this September. All three candidates who ran last election, …
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Warwick Showcase MONKEY MAN * * * (Violent, Political, Revenge Movie) Dev Patel directs and stars in the title role of this R-rated, extremely violent movie about an underground …
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Local softball teams impress in opening week
My biggest takeaway through the first week of spring sports is how excellent our softball teams are here at Beacon Communications. All five of our teams have impressed and could be contenders by …
Athlete of the Week Isabella Sousa: The Cranston Herald’s Athlete of the Week is East softball pitcher Isabella Sousa. The freshman standout has been stellar in her first two career starts, going 2-0, allowing just one earned run while striking out 25 batters in 13 innings of work. (Photo by Alex Sponseller)
Bolts make early statement
The Cranston East softball team enjoyed a bounce back season last spring and reached the Division III playoffs after multiple years away. Through the first week of action this year, the Bolts look …
Kickin’ it
The Ocean State Grand National Karate Championship returned for its 42nd tournament this past weekend at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick and hosted some of the world’s best practitioners in front …
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Trees for the People and the Planet: Protect them and plant more!

To the editor, Trees are our neighbors, our relatives, our elder caretakers, and deeply rooted in our communities. When we take care of trees, trees take care of people and entire ecosystems. …

Warwick should have at least one RIAC appointment

As reported in last week’s Warwick Beacon, Warwick residents and officials seeking to gain some more insight and accountability into the goings on of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) …
Obituaries

Warren, Carol Hayden

Carol Hayden Warren of Green Valley, AZ, peacefully passed away at home on March 15, 2024. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert A. Warren; parents Harry and Alice Groetzinger) …

Ritacco, Anthony Angelo

Anthony Angelo Ritacco, 89, of Westerly, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2024, at home. Anthony was born on September 30, 1934, to Louis and Rose (Gaccione) Ritacco in Westerly. …
Public notice

CRANSTON BOARD OF CONTRACT AND PURCHASE AGENDA

There will be a meeting of the Board of Contract and Purchase on April 16, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. Pursuant to City Council Ordinance, the following advertises the agenda for that meeting. All matters …

ANIMAL TALK

Cici

Cici is a beauty queen, all dressed in her pearls and ready to be part of your family! She was rescued with her eight puppies that were born under a porch. Luckily for Cici someone stepped up to …

 

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Open meeting to discuss ways to save state’s wild forests

The Old Growth Tree Society of Rhode Island will hold an open meeting at the Warwick Public Library at 600 Sandy Ln. Wednesday, April 17th, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., to talk about how the state's …