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St. Rocco School in Johnston pauses to remember those lost on 9/11

Matthew Newell was playing on the St. Rocco School playground on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. The carefree 9-year-old heard a teacher calling his name. The fourth-grader, wearing his …

Gov. McKee makes vaccine pitch in Johnston

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee, along with Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos made the trip to Johnston High School to provide the state with its weekly COVID-19 update on Wednesday afternoon. In collaboration …

Now, Amazon’s a done deal in Johnston

Johnston has a new biggest taxpayer. The Johnston Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a Tax Stabilization Agreement with Amazon. “This agreement if approved by you …

Chief: License plate cameras have 'exceeded expectations'

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The leader of the city's Police Department defended a new automated license plate reader, or ALPR, program during a special meeting of the City Council on Monday, saying its use has already resulted in more than two-dozen arrests and

'A great American hero'

By DANIEL KITTREDGE It was a "beautiful American day," in the words of U.S. Army veteran Kevin Brown - bright and clear, breezy but comfortable, with flags waving lightly and neighbors joined together for a shared purpose both solemn and celebratory.
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Rhode Island's average gas price is the same as last week, averaging $3.07 per gallon. Monday's price is 1 cent higher than a month ago, and 92 cents higher than September 14, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national

A somber milestone Members of the community gathered on the steps of Cranston High School East on Saturday morning to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Cranston Public Schools staff and students, including East's JROTC
Man sentenced to prison for 3-month-old son's murder A Cranston man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in prison for the 2016 killing of his 3-month-old son, according to the office of Attorney General Peter Neronha. Elias Romero, 29, will serve
Sept. 11, 2001, dawned as a beautiful late summer day in Providence. I took a few seconds to savor the blue sky and welcoming temperature before pulling open the big door at 150 Chestnut St. in the Jewelry District, the home at the time of The Providence

The apples are fat and ready for plucking. The vendors are stocked and ready for selling. Are you hungry and ready for stuffing? The annual harvest season has arrived. And with the end of …

By ROB DUGUAY As the end of summer gets closer and closer, the festivities start to settle down. It becomes too cold to go to the beach, elements such as rain, wind, snow or a combination of the three can ruin an afternoon hike, and outdoor activities as

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.
I live in Warwick Neck. I love it here! Because things pretty much stay the same, it's hard to miss a new business opening in my area. For years, there has been a store at the top of Meadow View and Warwick Neck Avenue. Years ago, the owner sold
By ROB DUGUAY Typically, when it comes to making anything, the more time it takes the better the result. It's usually noticeable when something is hastily created versus being done deliberately. For the Providence pop rock trio The Dust Ruffles, this is
At the Warwick Showcase THE CARD COUNTER **** (Surreal, eclectic and downright bizarre) Three movies opened at the Showcase last weekend. One is another monster movie. The second is a faith-based movie. We chose the third, a surreal, eclectic, downright

Bolts fall to Oakers, 14-6

The Cranston East football team dropped its home opener against Coventry, 14-6, last Friday night. The Oakers would score early to take a 6-0 lead into the halftime break and led 14-0 late in the game. East would get on the board when Naz Millien

West’s new field sets the bar high

Last week I had the pleasure of covering the Cranston West football game at the new field on campus. I had covered a game or two there last spring but this was my first time catching a Friday night game in the fall. I must say, and I am not being

West volleyball tops rival East

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West girls volleyball team cruised past rival Cranston East in three sets last week to win its opener, 3-0. "They were excited. They were a little nervous in the first game and fell behind. East has a strong history since

Right whales could have used scenario planning

By CAPT. DAVE MONTI A study published Aug. 31, 2021 in the journal Oceanography titled “Ocean Regime Shift is Driving Collapse of the North Atlantic Right Whale Population” relates …

West wins opener

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team bounced back from a tough Injury Fund loss to beat visiting West Warwick 20-7 last Friday night. The Falcons would take a 13-0 lead over the Wizards into halftime thanks to a five-yard rushing score from

Nothing like a full house

Last Friday was the start of the high school football season. Teams played in their Injury Fund exhibitions, so although the results did not count toward the standings, it was the first time that teams were able to compete against other squads in live

West falls to Oakers

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West football team fell to visiting Coventry 34-19 in the teams' Injury Fund exhibition last Friday evening. Braydan Stetson led the Falcons on offense with two rushing scores while quarterback Matt DeFusco connected with

Young Bolts set for season

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East girls soccer team is set to get rolling this week and will be featuring a young roster with only six returning players from last fall season. Although the Bolts are inexperienced compared to many of the other clubs in
It’s a common cliché to say that “only the youth can save us.” In some ways, such a statement is an oversimplification of the challenges that we face in everyday …
By NANCY HOUSTON As my husband and I were taking our daily walk in Roger Williams Park the other day, our route took us past the statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, founder of the U.S. Cavalry. He cut a heroic figure with one arm outstretched,
To the Editor: On Monday evening, I had the opportunity to listen to Cranston Police Col. Michael Winquist outline the recently installed license plate reader program to the City Council. No one can dispute the early results of this program in helping to

Gregory R. Dore

Gregory R. Dore, 56, passed peacefully Wednesday July 14, 2021 surrounded by family at The Miriam Hospital. Formerly of Holliston, Mass, He lived most of his life in Cranston, RI. Son of the late …

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. …
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 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A Public Hearing will be held before the Safety Services & Licenses Committee on Monday, October 4, 2021 Safety Service Date at 6:00 p.m.. in the Cranston City …



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Animal Talk - Valerie

When you look into Valerie's eyes all you see is love! She and her three sisters are all available for adoption at EGAPL The Heart of RI Animal Rescue League. They are five month old mixed breed …


Casting call for 'Hocus Pocus 2'

Casting directors are looking for people in the Rhode Island area to be extras in the movie "Hocus Pocus 2." Kendall Cooper Casting said filming will take place in Providence and the surrounding area from October through December. Production will

Documentary makes case for ‘Overdue’ recognition of school librarians’ value

Scenes from the 2021 Gaspee Days Arts & Crafts Festival

Turchetta resigns from School Committee

Worth the wait: After year off for pandemic, 35th Cranston Greek Festival draws big crowds