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Mayor: $311M budget keeps city on ‘right track’

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Mayor Ken Hopkins last week unveiled a roughly $311 million city budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1, saying his proposal will "keep Cranston on the right track" while holding the line on taxes. "This budget reflects

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By MERI R. KENNEDY Yard waste pickup Spring has arrived in Rhode Island, leading many Cranston residents to take advantage of the warm weather and start clearing out winter debris from their yards. Yard waste collection resumes for the season this week.

Spreading the word

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Few events in life are as special as the day a new baby comes home. It's a joyful occasion, the start of a new journey filled with hope and possibility. But especially for first-time parents, the emotions are more complex. There's the

'There's no vaccine for hunger'

By JACOB MARROCCO U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stopped by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's Niantic Avenue headquarters Monday afternoon to announce $40 million in federal aid to help fight hunger and food inequality in the Ocean State. Reed said that the
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When Sabina Matos won election as president of the Providence City Council in 2019, it was impossible to know that she'd win the pick a few years later to be Rhode Island's lieutenant governor. Matos, 47, nonetheless emerged as the early frontrunner for

Launching into spring On Saturday, volunteers with the Pawtuxet River Authority spent time cleaning up the canoe launch on Knight Street. They worked as a team and cleaned the area, fixed some draining issues and mulched the gardens. Pictured is PRA
Hopkins announces start of Rolfe Square project Mayor Ken Hopkins on Monday announced the start of his "revitalization initiative" for Rolfe Square, which he has long eyed as a new center for dining and commerce in Cranston. "Rolfe Square has been
By DANIEL KITTREDGE Providence City Council President Sabina Matos has, for some time, been seen by many observers as the clear frontrunner in the lieutenant governor sweepstakes. After all, she has been a frequent, visible presence at Gov. Dan McKee's

Brightening the day The Esperanza-Hope team had a chance to make Easter a little brighter for children in the community through the giving of Easter baskets. The nonprofit organization distributed 150 Easter baskets to children in Cranston. The pandemic

Hopping through Cranston On Saturday, the Easter Bunny joined Mayor Ken Hopkins for a journey through the city aboard a Cranston fire truck. In less than two hours, the duo visited Park View Middle School, Cranston High School East, Stadium Elementary

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 …

After Dan and Jake discuss the latest on ATVs, the lieutenant governor search, and RI's vaccination campaign, Jake chats with Dist. 43 state Rep. Deb Fellela of Johnston (29:37) about the State …
By ROB DUGUAY Spring is transitioning into summer, which means that a few venues around Rhode Island are going to be putting on outdoor shows. One of those places is Dusk at 301 Harris Ave. in Providence. The place is located smack dab right in between
Music on the Hill invites audiences to share chamber music in 2021 - an outdoor concert May 30, a live online film/concert June 2, and indoor concerts Aug. 29 through Sept. 3, conditions permitting. Programs feature portions of 2020's postponed festival,
By KELLY SULLIVAN Maria Adalade Stovyer was born on Jan. 19, 1849, in Warwick. Five years earlier, her mother, Ann Maria Hathaway, had married blacksmith Joseph Whipple Stovyer, the only son of Reverend Stovyer. The first child born to them, James, died

College Notes: Falcon pair stepping up

By BRENDEN SOARES A pair of young arms that previously suited up in the red of Cranston West are now starting to make some waves in the circle at the collegiate level, as Livia Feole and Caitlin Lopez have both experienced recent individual success on

Hawks stay step ahead

The second week of the high school football season was filled with ups and downs. Of course, that can be said for any week on the schedule, but for our teams this past weekend, that old cliche perfectly summed it up. Well, not totally. There was one up

Falcons fall to EG, drop to 0-2

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team's slow start to the season continued as it fell to East Greenwich 42-6 in its first game at West since its newly-renovated complex opened. The Avengers jumped out to an early lead and never slowed down,

Anglers say wind farm has benefited fishing

"Anglers who fish the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) say it has been beneficial for fishing," said a study published in Marine Policy, an international journal of ocean affairs. "Interview findings revealed anglers" enjoyment of the offshore wind farm as

Rebels roll past Bolts

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East Thunderbolts are still searching for their first win as they fell to visiting South Kingstown 34-8 last weekend at Cranston Stadium. SK running back Rory Hazard exploded for three rushing touchdowns in the first

Opening week reactions

With the opening weekend of high school football in the books, we are officially in the thick of the third season. As we all know, this third season is going to be fast. It will be all over and done with in roughly a month from now, so don't blink.

Bolts earn comeback win

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East girls volleyball team got off to a nice start this year, coming from behind to beat visiting Coventry 3-1 in the season opener. The Oakers would get the better of the first set, cruising to the 25-17 victory. However,

Lisi, Macera honored by LEC

FROM STAFF REPORTS Rhode Island College sophomore Jenna Lisi (Cranston) and freshman Lauren Macera (Cranston) were recognized by the Little East for their respective performances in women’s …
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,
In 1977, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey said, "The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of

Latterina (Iacampo) Grello

Latterina “Lolly” Virginia (Iacampo) Grello, 100, formerly of Cranston and Narragansett, RI, and Boynton Beach, FL passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Roberts Health Centre in North Kingstown, …

Thomas B. Howarth Jr.

Thomas B. Howarth Jr., 80, of Warwick, passed on March23 rd at home with his wife, Sue (Grayson) Howarth. Born in Providence on April 24, 1940, to Thomas B. Howarth Sr. and Frances (MacKinnon) …

Sheila Ann (Murray) Manney

Sheila Ann (Murray) Manney, 85, Johnston, RI on January 25, 2021, passed into eternity to be reunited with John, her loving husband of 57 years. Sheila transitioned peacefully, at home, surrounded by …

Norman Hecker

Norman Hecker, 96, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at home. Norman enjoyed 68 wonderful years with his late wife, Frances (Senders). Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Oscar and Bessie …

Assunta (Grasso) D’Ambra

Assunta (Grasso) D’Ambra, 94 of Warwick passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family in a room full of love on January 21, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late Americo …
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There will be a meeting of the Board of Contract and Purchase on April 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Pursuant to City Council Ordinance, the following advertises the agenda for that meeting. All matters …






Animal Talk

Make everyday in your home a Sunny day!! Meet Sunny, she's young just a year old and very shy. She will need an adult only home and someone with kitty experience. Sunny will need lots of love, time …