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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 …

'A tremendous impact': Cranston Public Library receives national award for 'vital' role in community

By DANIEL KITTREDGE While it was not the celebration Director Ed Garcia would have liked, last Friday's gathering in the William Hall Library's auditorium was nonetheless a special occasion for the leadership and staff of the city's library system. A

Officials: New City Hall police substation boosts security, provides 'welcoming presence'

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Visitors to City Hall will now find a new look at the building's front entrance. The leadership of the Cranston Police Department, along with Mayor Ken Hopkins and other city officials, gathered Monday morning to mark the opening of a

Council backs push for freeze on charters

By DANIEL KITTREDGE While some members expressed concern over the length of the proposed freeze, the City Council on Monday unanimously backed a resolution calling on the General Assembly to approve a three-year moratorium on charter school expansion in

Thousands get tax forms for UI benefits they didn’t seek, receive

'It's very widespread': Thousands get tax forms for UI benefits they didn't seek or receive By JOHN HOWELL Thousands of Rhode Islanders are beings asked to pay federal and state taxes on money they never received. Over the last month, taxpayers started
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Committee votes nullified due to 'Zoom access issue' Just weeks after a Zoom access issue delayed the proceedings of the city's Planning Commission, another technical issue has forced the City Council to invalidate votes taken during recent committee

Police: Man stole more than $500K worth of equipment from Taco A city resident is accused of stealing more than a half-million dollars worth of equipment from Cranston-based Taco Comfort Solutions while employed by the company. Dario D. Smith, 51, was
There's little doubt that Gov. Gina Raimondo will be confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Commerce secretary. But when that happens is a big question. For devotees of Rhode Island politics, the slow-motion transition between Raimondo and Lt. Gov. Dan McKee
Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available for Rhode Islanders 65 and older, while state and local officials say weather-related shipping delays have forced postponement of some scheduled …

By DANIEL KITTREDGE A pair of Cranston businesses were reunited with unclaimed property checks Monday as part of a broader statewide initiative through the office of General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. Accompanied by Lammis Vargas - who represents Ward 1

Cranston student musicians selected for All-Eastern and RI All-State The following four Cranston student musicians were selected as participants in this year's NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles. Congratulations to Lily Cox, soprano, Cranston East; Mina

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" …
There is nothing like an epidemic to tickle the minds of inventors. So many new needs! So many amplified needs! So many old needs needing revisions! Of course, the main area of creativity has abounded in the area of facemasks. All 328.2 million people in
By ROB DUGUAY Collaborations in music are always interesting, but how can they be taken to the next level? How about when a couple bandmates, who each have their own solo projects and have guested on each other's tracks, join up to create a whole new
NOMADLAND **** We have been waiting months for this Golden Globe nominee starring Frances McDormand, which has been a big hit at dozens of film festivals. "e;Nomadland"e; is one of those films that is hard to categorize - part fiction and very much a

Locals to be inducted to RI Hockey HOF

FROM STAFF REPORTS The R.I. Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the names of four local greats voted into its "e;Class of 2021"e; - legendary R.I. Reds trainer George Army, U.S. Olympian and two-time Brown All-American Bob Gaudreau, six-time AHL/NHL

Winter playoffs are finally here

First off, let me start by saying how happy I am that we have completed the regular season for the winter. There was so much doubt heading into this season as to whether or not we would see an end to it, and now we are just about there, which is an

West competes at regionals

By ALEX SPONSELLER The high school gymnastics state championships were held last weekend and the Warwick co-op team took home the Region 2 Championship over Cranston West and Coventry. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the state elected to split teams into

Allocations on the table, angler comments requested

Summer flounder, scup and black sea bass are all fish commonly targeted by shore and boat anglers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Fishing for these fish is common now because the biomass of all three of these species has moved north up

Falcons look to make noise in playoffs

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West girls basketball team is getting set for this weekend's playoffs and looks to make a statement with its junior-laden roster. The Falcons had their toughest test to date on Saturday as they hosted undefeated

A wild finish and a budding rivalry

Last Friday night, I was lucky enough to cover two very exciting games that each went to overtime. The first was Bishop Hendricken basketball, who managed to tie the score on a buzzer-beating shot at the end of regulation to send it to the extra period.

East, West make noise at class meet

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Indoor Track and Field Class Championships were held this past weekend and the Providence Career and Technical Institute, and many locals shined as they set their sights on this month's upcoming state championships. Here is a look

Casting for striped bass is a hoot

If you want to be entertained while you learn striped bass fishing tips, tactics and techniques from one of the best you should tune into Charley Soares and his 'Successful Striper Fishing' Zoom seminar sponsored by the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers
By PAM SCHIFF While Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Fransisco, students at several Cranston elementary schools are making it easy to find some heartwarming happiness around the city. Danielle Parrillo, PTO president of Garden City School, was
Several Cranston residents have been named to the dean's list at the New England Institute of Technology, for the quarter ending Dec. 19, 2020. Students must achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a maximum scale of 4.0 to qualify. The students are:
Throughout the past year, there have been very few reasons to be optimistic regarding the state of affairs - whether locally or nationally or from a worldwide lens. 2020 was, after all, a year of prolonged suffering for millions of people, and the hope
By REP. TERRI CORTVRIEND Now that President Biden, who campaigned on climate action, is in the White House, we are closer than ever to passing long-needed federal legislation to address our worsening climate crisis. But while President Biden and the new
By SUSAN R. DONOVAN and KELLY NEVINS March 24 is Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. This is based on all full-time working women compared to men in the U.S. Other dates further

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 …

Shirley H Halvarson

Shirley H Halvarson, 90, formerly of Cranston and East Greenwich area, passed away after a brief illness on January 21, 2021 after enjoying a splendid life with family and friends. Born in …

Claire Louise (Masello) Marinaro

Claire Louise (Masello) Marinaro, 89, formerly of Furlong Street, Cranston passed away January 11, 2021 in Morgan Health Center. She was the loving wife of the late Pasquale C. Marinaro. Born in …
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AGENDA    There will be a meeting of the Board of Contract and Purchase on March 2, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Pursuant to City Council Ordinance, the following advertises the agenda for …



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Animal Talk: Lucy

Attention Hound lovers!! Meet Miss Lucy! This gorgeous seven year young girl is looking for a loving home, she loves to go for walks, play doggie games and wants to be your best friend. Lucy lost her …