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Additional arrests made in connection with ATV incident Cranston Police have made multiple additional arrests in connectionwith a highly publicized New Year’s Day incident involving a group …

Coffee for a year

Coffee for a year It was a fun week of surprises for Dunkin'. To kick off 2021 and celebrate the release of the company's new Extra Charged Coffee, local Dunkin' business owners decided to surprise local guests with a "e;little something extra"e; when they
NEWS

Rapid, free Covid test site opens in Warwick

A new rapid Covid-19 testing site opened for asymptomatic Rhode Islanders Wednesday at the Shops at Greenwood, Suite 15 and 17, near the Rhode Island Blood Center on Greenwich Avenue.  An …
NEWS

Political Winds: Raimondo, McKee pledge 'smooth transition'

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Appearing before the media for the first time since being announced as President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Secretary of Commerce - and joined by the man who will become her successor, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee - Gov. Gina Raimondo on Jan.
COVID COVERAGE

Health director: RI 'doing best we can' with limited vaccine supply

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island is "e;doing well"e; in its distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations despite the challenges posed by a limited supply coming from the federal level, Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott told members of the
NEWS

'Wasteful spending' or 'sour grapes'? Former GOP rivals spar over new administration's early moves

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The calendar has turned to 2021, but the echoes of 2020 will not easily fade. The frequently contentious tone of last year's Republican mayoral primary reemerged in recent days, with Michael Farina, the former president of the City
TALKING POLITICS

Cicilline at the center of the maelstrom

When U.S. Rep. David Cicilline's political obituary was being written in 2012, did anyone think he would be at the center of an effort to impeach an embattled president almost a decade later? That sharp contrast reflects a political journey with some
NEWS

Audit: City saw $122K shortfall for last fiscal year

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Cranston ended the last fiscal year with a combined shortfall of roughly $122,000, according to the initial findings of an annual audit, although officials described the loss as "e;modest"e; in light of the circumstances and in keeping
NEWS

Cranston Chatter

By MERI R. KENNEDY Mortgage assistant program Residents of Cranston at risk of losing their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive up to six months of mortgage assistance. The Cranston CDBG Emergency Mortgage
NEWS

McKee, preparing to become governor, vows to 'earn your trust'

By ARDEN BASTIA "Today, I'd like to speak directly to the Rhode Island residents, families and businesses. And I want you to know who I am, begin to know who I am, what I believe, and why we are prepared to execute a smooth transition during these
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 a quick intro from Dan (00:40), the Beacon editorial staff sits down with House Speaker Joe Shekarchi and Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (07:35) for a wide-ranging discussion of this …
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1070 Cranston St. 780-6000 Tax relief eligibility RSVP Financial Literacy Volunteers will be available on Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to check your eligibility for a RI Property Tax Relief Credit (Form RI-104H) and/or City Tax Freeze and
Armstrong family welcomes twins Patrick and Patricia Armstrong of Dumont, New Jersey, announce the birth of their identical twin daughters, Madelyn Hope and Stella Faith, on April 5, 2020, at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. Patricia is the daughter of
In an effort to help students and families overcome any barriers to receiving much needed college financial aid, the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) College Planning Center and The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will host a
RHODYLIFE
Hubby's favorite show on television is "e;Mountain Men."e; The show demonstrates how people can live in the wild and survive. Ambitious souls, they have taken to living off the grid to become one with nature and to live a simpler life. Simple? I think not!
This time of year makes me crazy! So many people go on diets. Diets don't work, and here's why. When you restrict what you eat, you feel deprived. Have you ever tried to lose weight by following a diet plan - focusing on certain foods while avoiding
It is with heavy hearts that Roger Williams Park Zoo announces the passing of Tufani, the beloved 9-year-old Masai giraffe. After showing signs of gastrointestinal complications, the zoo's animal care staff worked diligently to provide ongoing medical
Sports
SPORTS

Baseball legend Pagano passes

By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston sports legend Mario Pagano passed away recently at the age of 77. Pagano was one of the most prolific athletes to come out of Cranston. He was a three-sport athlete at Cranston High School, playing baseball, basketball, and
SPORTS

Angler input on nation's fishing law requested

Last month United States Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Ed Case (D-Honolulu), subcommittee member introduced a discussion draft of a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act
SPORTS

What a great sports city

The Rhode Island baseball community lost one of its greats recently, as Mario Pagano of Cranston passed away at 77 years old. His claim to fame was being one of the best high school athletes in the history of the city then going on to pitch for the
SPORTS

Reloading Falcons remain in playoff hunt

By ALEX SPONSELLER After multiple down seasons, the Cranston West boys hockey team has turned things around by making the playoffs each of the past two winters and reaching last year's Division II Semifinals after shocking top-seeded Cumberland in the
SPORTS

West eyeing deep run

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West girls basketball team featured one of the younger rosters in its division last season, but was able to qualify for a postseason berth. After falling in the preliminary round of the playoffs, the Lady Falcons are
NO FLUKE

Freshwater trout fishing good, cod fish a good bet on the salt

The weather has been pretty good for fishing this week. AJ Coots of Red Top Sporting Goods, Buzzards Bay said, "e;Saltwater fishing has slowed down quite a bit. Some anglers are targeting maceral and hold over school striped bass (on the Cape Cod Canal)

Johnston duo ready to lead Corsairs

By ALEX SPONSELLER Two Johnston natives are getting set to lead the UMass-Dartmouth Corsairs in the upcoming women's basketball season. Junior Jordan Moretti, who has become a key member of UMD's back court during her first two seasons, has welcomed
SPORTS

What to watch for this hoops season

I touched on this a little bit in last week's column, but here are my thoughts and storylines heading into the 2021 high school boys basketball season. Of course, it will look largely different considering the circumstances. The regular season will be
STAR STUDENTS
Grade 8 High Honors: Hamza Al-Tarazi, Keisy S. Aldana Gamarra, Joshua L. Brynes, Naomi I. Costa, Cassandra I. Fuentes, Keira G. Goffe, Joya Habchi, Thomas K. Henin, David Kim, Hailin Liu, Betelhem K. Mitiku, Johnson Oun, Joseph Oun, Angelyn V. Pineda
The following students have been named to the honor roll at the New England Laborers'/Cranston Public Schools Construction & Career Academy: Highest Honors: Kattie Albeno, Dylan Cruz, Kyle Magnone, Eric Mateo, Xavier Pichardo Honors: Sebastian Annicelli,
Police / crime
CHILD CRUELTY/NEGLECT On Jan. 16 at 7:29 p.m., police arrested Marvin Bastien, 35, 11 Eagle St., Apt. 260, Providence, on a charge of cruelty to or neglect of child. Police say Bastien was arrested as a result of a call for service on Garfield Avenue.
By ARDEN BASTIA Peter Leclerc has been a Cranston police officer for the past 19 years, and this year will be his eighth year participating in the Police Unity Tour, a 300-mile bike ride in honor of those officers killed in the line of duty. The ride
Opinion
By REP. JASON KNIGHT Like you, I have watched with increasing alarm the escalation of rhetoric by the president and those who are pushing the "e;stop-the-steal"e; lie. I realize that our democracy is often a messy affair. I know that the right of free speech
Gov. Gina Raimondo deserves a great deal of credit for her handling of the pandemic. In the earliest and most anxious days of the crisis, she was a strong, steady, reassuring presence helping to guide Rhode Islanders - a marked and most welcome contrast
Rhode Island politicians love few things more than patronage. With Gov. Gina Raimondo pursuing her national ambitions and abandoning her recently self-described "massive obligation to the people of Rhode Island," Lt. Gov. Dan McKee will
Obituaries

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 …

Thomas J. Ward

Thomas J. Ward, 77, of Cranston, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Hope Health Hospice Center in Providence. Born in Aughnasheelin, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland, …

Francine Ann (Petrucci) Falcone

Francine Ann (Petrucci) Falcone, 66, of Cranston, RI, died peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. She was born in Providence, RI on April 10, 1954 and was …

Norma F. (Rollinson) Harris

Norma F. (Rollinson) Harris, 82, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Robert T. and Anna (MacInerney) Rollinson. Norma was employed at …
OBITUARY

Joseph E. Kernan

Longtime Warwick Beacon reporter Joseph E. Kernan of Warwick passed away either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. He had had an extensive battle with Guillain Barre Syndrome and related aliments that forced him to leave the Beacon in 2015. Mr. Kernan, 75,
Public notice

Community Development Consolidated Plan

CITY OF CRANSTON   CONSOLIDATED FIVE YEAR PLANANDANNUAL ACTION PLAN   Community Development Consolidated Plan   The Consolidated Plan for the period from July 1, 2020 …

TRANSFER OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LIC. – NEW

GUARDIANSHIP FOR: WHITAM WELLINGTON DILLON

Public Hearing - New Class (BV) Liquor License

Public Hearing - New Class (BV) Liquor License

ANIMAL SHELTER NEWS

Adoptable Pet of the Week

CHARCOAL: When you meet a dog like Charcoal your heart skips a beat...he is so handsome! You can see it in his eyes that all he wants is love, understanding, patience and a home! He hasn't had the easiest start in life and he's only a year old, so still a puppy! He is a little shy so he will require a dog savvy, adult only home. Charcoal will need time to decompress from shelter/kennel life, being bounced around and learn to appreciate how wonderful life can be living in a home with people who will love him and take care of him! He loves women and he does like to play with other dogs too. It's easy to make friends with him by just sitting with him, telling him he's a good boy and that his home will be coming soon. He loves the treats, playing fetch and he will show you how sweet he can be with patience. If you think you'd like to give Charcoal the love, time and patience he deserves then please contact the folks at Rhode Home Rescue for more information at rhodehomerescue@gmail.com You can also visit their Facebook page or website www.rhodehomerescue.org Open your heart and home to the special boy, he'll be waiting! If you have been looking to adopt or know of an animal in need please email Karen directly at animaltalk1920@gmail.com Photo credit: Karen Kalunian