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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: The tractor stalled, but Sally hasn’t

The tractor broke down, but Sally Hicks is still kicking. Primed for her fast approaching 83rd birthday, the Providence city girl turned Scituate farmer credits “keeping busy” with …

Johnston Ocean State Job Lot’s empty roof now full of energy potential

Ocean State Job Lot had a big empty roof. In fact, the store chain has 147 big empty roofs in New England. Following a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, the 750 solar panels newly installed on …

Marijuana cultivation a growing business

While there aren’t prominent signs to indicate their presence, almost half of the state’s 68 licensed marijuana cultivators operate out of Warwick. According to the Rhode Island …

Lima: 'It's a misuse of taxpayer dollars'

By ALLIE LEWIS Deputy House Speaker Charlene Lima (Dist. 14 - Cranston, Providence) came out in sharp criticism this week of the administration's proposal to provide state employees with a $3,000 vaccine bonus, calling it "a misuse of taxpayer

More Thanksgiving travelers, but it’s easy flying

By JOHN HOWELL The Thanksgiving weekend is renowned as the busiest period for airline travel. That was hard to tell Sunday afternoon at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport. Sunday is traditionally the busiest of the holiday period for air
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In an effort to support Rhode Island’s fishing industry, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline recently announced that the U.S. …

La Vigilia! That is an ageless Italian Christmas Eve Tradition also known as the "Feast of the Seven Fishes!" However, you don't have to be Italian to enjoy the dinner or wait until
On Dec. 4, a Save The Bay education vessel will depart from Bowen's Ferry Landing in Newport Harbor, marking the organization's 21st season of Seal Tours in the "City by the Sea," according to a press release. Between December and April, the
No matter how you spell it, Chanukah, Hannukah, Hanuka, etc., the definition remains the same; dedication. And, for centuries Jews all over the world, have been telling and retelling the story …

The students of St. Rocco School in Johnston walked down the church isles holding photographs of veterans they loved. The solemn march of respect paid tribute to the men and women who serve the …

By PAM SCHIFF Combining his love of music and his Italian heritage has long been a creative outlet for Cranston native Terry McEnaney - known to many for his alter ego, Bobby Braciola, the "Italian Rapper." Next month, he will join a celebrated list of

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 …

From time to time I am asked to visit local historical societies to help them identify artifacts in their collections. It’s always fun seeing what’s out there and learning from it. I have …
By ROB DUGUAY They say that good guys wear black and in the music industry, the same can be said for a ton of bands. Rock & roll has always been associated with the leather jacket for decades …
By popular demand, a fourth performance of ‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ has been added on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC). ‘Cirque Dreams …

Eagles flying south

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Edgewood football 12-U and 8-U teams took home New England Championship victories this past weekend, as the 12's beat the Hamden Hurricanes 19-0 and the 8's topped the Seymour Tigers 26-6. The 8's season is officially over with the

Ending the fall on a high note

The fall season is officially a wrap for Beacon Communications. As always, it went by fast. Thanksgiving marked two great football matchups for our local high school teams as the Johnston Panthers made the trip to Pilgrim to battle the Pats while

NOAA announces new bluefish plan

By CAPT. DAVE MONTI NOAA Fisheries will implement Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), as adopted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (FMP). The Council …

West comes back to top East

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team completed a 22-21 comeback victory over rival Cranston East last week during the annual Thanksgiving matchup at the stadium. The Bolts took a 21-7 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Falcons would get

Rod & reel maintenance, storage and gear review seminar

By CAPT. DAVE MONTI Fishing gear is expensive and through COVID there was a shortage so taking care of your gear is more important than ever before. And, if you are going to invest in new gear what should you look for? Learn how to maintain your rods and

Hawks stick to the formula, Thanksgiving predictions

The Bishop Hendricken football team won its fourth consecutive state championship on Sunday afternoon by topping rival La Salle 49-40 at Cranston Stadium. It was a shootout from start to finish and became the highest-scoring state championship in Rhode

Hurricanes win championship

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston Hurricanes men's baseball team recently won its league championship after going undefeated in the double-elimination playoffs. The Hurricanes compete in the age-50 division of the Roy Hobbs League and finished the season

Return of the tradition

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East and West football teams are getting ready to battle once again in the annual Thanksgiving football game that is slated for 10 a.m. at Cranston Stadium. The last time these two rival teams squared off was last spring.
By STACIE POTTS and KAREN ROSENBERG Like every city and town in Rhode Island, Cranston has felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in many different ways. There has been loss of revenue to the city, essential workers directly impacted by the pandemic,
By JENNIFER RITZAU, M.D. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us just how quickly and unexpectedly a person's health can change. Those tasked with helping to manage a loved-one's care often assume there will be plenty of time to talk about end-of-life

Susan A. Montanaro

SUSAN A. (GABEL) MONTANARO 64, of Cranston, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 29, 2021. She was the beloved wife of Joseph A. Montanaro for 41 years; loving mother of Nicole D’Amato, …

Helen Abrams

Helen Abrams passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 12th at the age of 102 of complications from COVID 19. She was born in Boston on June 1st, 1919, but considered herself “Rhode Island born …

Joseph P. Rainone

Joseph P. Rainone, 62, died Thursday October 28, 2021. He leaves behind his loving wife Ann Marie (Giarrusso) Rainone and her children Jonathan D’Amico, Ashley Mesiti and Tessa Pellegrino, as …

Peter A. Mazzei

Photo Peter A. Mazzei, 78, of Orchard Street, Cranston passed away October 15, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of 54 years to the late Laura "Lolly" (Hope) Mazzei. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Peter and Rose

Jacqueline M. Mathewson

Jacqueline M. (Morisseau) Mathewson, age 61, of Cranston, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. She was the wife of Douglas W. Mathewson. Born in Woonsocket, …
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There will be a meeting of the Board of Contract and Purchase on December 7, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.Pursuant to City Council Ordinance, the following advertises the agenda for that meeting. All matters …






Animal Talk - Aruba

Warm your heart & soul, adopt Aruba! This gorgeous young girl is waiting for you at Scruffy Paws Animal Rescue! She's a gentle girl, a little shy but once she feels comfortable she loves to purr! …


Enough trees in Rhode Island?

Last year John Morris of Morris Farm in Warwick sold 300 Christmas trees. This year he won’t be selling any. It’s not that Morris has gone out of the Christmas business – his …

Positive touch

Cranston West community says good night to patients at Hasbro Children's Hospital

Impact of Cranston small businesses goes far beyond sales

November 24, 2021 e-EDITION