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Johnston mayor on Amazon distribution center: 'Project Schooner' offers town ‘financial stability for the next 20 years’

Will developers build an Amazon in the jungles of Johnston? The timeline has yet to be settled, but Johnston’s mayor expects details will soon emerge. “I don’t know the date …

Police cite ‘positive leads’ in probe of shooting

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Police to continue to investigate shooting on Harris Avenue late last week that left two people with gunshot wounds. Maj. Todd Patalano on Tuesday said detectives are "working on several positive leads" related to the case. "We have a

Updates eyed for city’s rat control regs

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The City Council's Ordinance Committee on Monday delayed action on a proposed ordinance amendment related to rodent issues in the city, while the administration said efforts are being made to decrease the wait time for residents who

Home cinema

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The story may involve a journey across the globe, but for the many of the cast and crew members, shooting the independent film "Poor Paul" has been a celebration of home. "I don't need to be anyplace else . All I need is between the

What’s in a name? Johnston board OKs ‘Project Schooner’ plan, but no mention of Amazon

As Jeff Bezos shot into space, the company he founded attempted to land a new retail distribution facility on a 196-acre Johnston woodland parcel. The agenda for Tuesday night’s Johnston …
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Man sentenced to 30 years in murder case A Cranston man who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for the December 2020 murder of his girlfriend's son has been sentenced to serve 30 years in state prison. Charles Gangi, 74, received the sentence

Council returns to Chambers For the first time in nearly a year and a half, Cranston's City Council returned to City Hall's Council Chambers for its regular monthly meeting on Monday. The return to in-person meetings has been in the works for several
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha said the higher number of shootings in mostly poor parts of Providence is among his top concerns. Asked about how some major categories of crime have climbed, after mostly falling since the mid-1990s, Neronha
Pagano Foundation awards scholarships The Lt. Jim Pagano Foundation, in its 10th year, awarded $6,000 in college scholarships to four graduating seniors from Cranston West and Cranston East. The annual scholarship awards are based on academic merit,

By JOHN HOWELL "You mean that all the artist depictions are based on nothing?" That question was raised Thursday morning as a group of volunteers, recruits in the hunt for whatever remains of the HMS Gaspee, gathered around a picnic table at Mensa Park

1. Samuel Latzman Samuel Latzman, valedictorian of Cranston High School West’s class of 2021, will attend Brown University this fall. He plans to study biochemistry and molecular …

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.
My trip to South Carolina was a nightmare. Having arrived late at night only to find our hotel had been cancelled was like a bad dream. Sitting on a bench in the hotel pick-up area, perspiration poured down my face and gathered in my eyes and I could not
By ROB DUGUAY If you went up to a casual music fan and asked them what wizard rock is, chances are they would look at you like you have three heads. It's a unique name for a style of music that's inspired by the Harry Potter fantasy novel franchise - a
At the Warwick Showcase OLD ** Look up "one-trick pony" in the dictionary (remember those?) and you'll see a photo of M. Night Shyamalan. "The Sixth Sense" was one of the best movies I have ever seen. Unfortunately, the writer/director has not been able

Gershkoff advances in Legion playoffs

By ALEX SPONSELLER The fourth-seeded Gershkoff American Legion baseball team topped fifth-seeded Warwick Tree Post in two games last week to advance in the state playoffs. Gershkoff, who went 1-1 against Warwick in the regular season, beat its

Getting back on the water

The CJ Buckley Regatta made its return this week in East Greenwich Bay after being shelved in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a welcomed return to what has become one of the biggest events in Rhode Island sailing over the past two decades. CJ

East grinding in state tourney

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East junior Little League team has had a nice run this summer, winning the District I title and getting a win in the state tournament on Sunday. East fell to Barrington 7-2 in the opening round of the state tournament but

Block Island Inshore Tournament big success

By CAPT. DAVE MONTI The Block Island Inshore Fishing Tournament made a powerful return this weekend.  Capt. Chris Willi of Block Island Fishworks, Tournament host, said, “We had great …

State Champs

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston Western 10's won the softball state championship last week, rolling to a 19-1 win over South Kingstown. CWLL also topped South Kingstown 17-1 in the previous game, while beating Barrington 17-1 in the opening round of the

A crazy time of year

Last weekend I was covering some Little League All-Star action and had a funny exchange with the home plate umpire of one of the games I was at. I was stationed behind home plate, getting photos of the pitchers. In between innings, the umpire would walk

East promotes McDaniel to head coach

By ALEX SPONSELLER Weeks after longtime Cranston East head football coach Tom Centore announced that he would be stepping away from the sidelines, the Thunderbolts found their new leader as assistant coach Isaiah McDaniel was promoted to the head

Cod fishing basics

Get a jump on the cod fishing season this fall and winter with some expert advice from anglers Bob Murray and Rich Hittinger at a Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) seminar Monday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Both Bob and Rich are RISAA board
Highest Honors Grade 12: Samah Alam, Carmela Andreozzi, Arthur Arslanyan, Romeo Barbosa, Anthony Cabral, Marc Cabral, Sydney Casale, Nicholas Castriotta, Cheyenne Chin, Lina Chy, Anastasia Coclin, Catherine Consiglio, Devyn Cunha, Brandon DeCesare, Lora
Grade 8 High Honors: Mohamad Albukai, Gracie Andreozzi, Ethan Antin, Jonathan Antin, Victoria Badger, Kyle Bethune, Jordan Buttie, Isabella Cavalloro, Kevin Chen, Claudia Cioe, Ruben Cortorreal, Hanna Cotter, Elijah Curran, Kayla Daley, Kyleigh Davis,
We’ve seen this play out before, but there was real hope we might not go through it again. It’s disheartening – sickening, really – and yes, a bit scary, too. COVID-19 …

Edward A. Lowell Sr.

Edward A. Lowell, Sr., 75 passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Roger Williams Hospital. Born in Harlem, NY, he was the son of Edward Rouff and Ella (Josephson) Lowell. Edward was the father of …

Gladys D. Ciorlano

Gladys D. Ciorlano, 91, died Monday, July 12, 2021. She was the wife of the late Louis Ciorlano, Sr. DC. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Raoul and Dorothy (Minnie) Bacon. …

Norma L. Gardner

Norma L. Gardner, 82, died Sunday, July 11, 2021. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Karl and Regina (Bennett) Allard. Norma was employed with the Torbot Company in Warwick for 45 …

Kathryn Zachirchuk

Kathryn Zachirchuk, 69, of Cranston, died Monday, June 21, 2021 at Hope Health Center in Providence. A lifelong resident of Cranston, she was a daughter of the late John and Nina Zachirchuk. …

Irene H. (Beaudoin) Boehm

Irene H. (Beaudoin) Boehm, 84, passed peacefully Sunday, 06/06/21, at Roger Williams Hospital. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Henri and Marie (Normandine) Beaudoin. She was the …
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A Public Hearing on the following proposed Ordinances will be held before the Finance Committee on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 869 Park Avenue, City …






Animal Talk - Alex

Are you looking for a loving companion? Well Alex is too! She is an eight year old Shepherd mix who loves attention. Alex is looking for a home where she can hang out with her people, take nice walks …


Celebration at last

Celebration at last Although Zella Rose at 1719 Cranston St. opened as a hair salon a year ago, its official ribbon cutting was delayed due to the pandemic. Mayor Ken Hopkins was there recently to cut the ribbon, joined by owner Lasondra Pontarelli, her

On the trail

Cranston schools bid farewell to 34 educators

What's in a name? Johnston board OKs 'Project Schooner' plan, but no mention of Amazon

Breeze flies new destinations to Green Airport