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Officer convicted of simple assault

By DANIEL KITTREDGE A Cranston Police officer has been convicted of simple assault in connection with a March 5, 2020, incident involving a man in police custody. Andrew Leonard, 46, was found guilty of the misdemeanor by District Court Magistrate J.

Amended version of $311M budget adopted

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The final days of the City Council's annual budget review proved to be the most consequential - and charged - of a process that involved many hours of hearings and debate over the course of more than five weeks. The council on May 6

Hopkins vetoes ordinance on Diversity Commission, asks council to ‘work with me’

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Mayor Ken Hopkins has vetoed the City Council's unanimously approved ordinance amendment that would create - and codify - a new Diversity Commission, asking the council to "work with me" and restore at least some mayoral appointments

Cranston Chatter

By MERI R. KENNEDY Library updates COVID building guidelines The Cranston Public Library is happy to announce that in accordance with state guidance, it has updated its building use guidelines. As of May 7, the library system has made the following

Milani surprised with Gatorade Player of the Year celebration

By JACOB MARROCCO Friends, family, teammates and others gathered around the front steps of Cranston High School East on the morning of May 7 to surprise girls volleyball star Lauren Milani, who was named this year's Gatorade Player of the Year. Mayor
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State opens vaccination for ages 12-15 Following federal emergency use authorization for children between the ages of 12 and 15 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, Gov. Dan McKee and the Department of Health on Tuesday announced Rhode Island is

Crash at Chapel View A vehicle crashed into the Chapel View sign at New London Avenue and Sockanosset Cross Road on Friday afternoon. The sign was heavily damaged, with a number of its letters dislodged, but no serious injuries were reported. (Courtesy
DOMESTIC CHARGES On May 4 at 12:44 a.m., police arrested Joel Frances, 24, 75 Arthur St., Apt. 1, Pawtucket, on charges of domestic disorderly conduct and violation of no-contact order. On May 4 at 7:45 a.m., police arrested Stephen Lafazia, 19, 160
Although Vice President Kamala Harris had a whirlwind visit to Rhode Island last week, she spent a lot more time with locals than predecessors Mike Pence and Joe Biden when they were here, respectively, in 2017 and 2016. The way that Harris directed the

Creativity and Congress Several Cranston Public Schools students have been honored for their submissions in Congressman Jim Langevin's 2021 Congressional Art Competition. The first-place winner will have their artwork displayed in a pedestrian walkway in

By MERI R. KENNEDY The rain held off on Sunday as 17 teams of softball players gathered at Western Hills, Cooney and Mattera fields for a double elimination co-ed softball tournament, led by Thirsty Beaver co-owner City Council Vice President Ed Brady.

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.
By KELLY SULLIVAN Caleb Battey Jordan, a carpenter, was on his way home to Johnston during the late afternoon of Aug. 25, 1889, when he stopped his horse at the Spring Brook Reservoir. The reservoir, which belonged to the Pawtuxet Valley Water Company,
By DON FOWLER They're back! And so is Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra artistic director and conductor Bramwell Tovey, as chipper as ever as he spends an hour with the press and supporters, talking about the exciting upcoming season. "We have an
Restaurant Review by DON FOWLER Looking out the window of Dr. Frankel's waiting room, I noticed this tiny Indian restaurant across the street at 745 Reservoir Ave in Cranston. Inquiring about Chennai Express on social media, I learned that patrons were

Whittaker to play for Emmanuel

By ALEX SPONSELLER Cranston West senior softball captain Brenna Whittaker made her college commitment official last weekend, signing to play ball for Division III Emmanuel College in front of friends and family at Brayton Park. Whittaker has been a team

Kayak fishing basics and more

I have always felt privileged to interview Rhode Island's best fishermen and charter captains and then write about the expert fishing strategies and tactics they relate. Todd Corayer, a great fisherman and award winning fishing writer, is one of those

Even split

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston West baseball team split its first two games of the season with La Salle, winning the first, 8-7, and dropping the second, 5-4, each in extra innings. The Rams jumped out to a big start in the first game and took an early

Hats off to our Congressmen

By CAPT. DAVE MONTI As an angler, I for one was delighted to hear Rhode Island will be keeping two seats in Congress now that our population grew over four percent according to the 2020 census. It would have been a painful choice if Rhode Islanders lost

Paye drafted 21st overall by Colts

By ALEX SPONSELLER Providence native and Bishop Hendricken graduate Kwity Paye made history last Thursday night, becoming the first Rhode Islander in the modern draft era to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, as the Indianapolis Colts

Paye’s drafting opens doors

History was made last Thursday to the surprise of very few, as Providence native and Bishop Hendricken alum Kwity Paye was selected 21st overall in the first round of the NFL Draft. Paye was selected by the Indianapolis Colts after a stellar career at

Andujar to play for DII Bentley

By ALEX SPONSELLER Bishop Hendricken senior and Cranston resident Andres Andujar made his college decision official recently, electing to play football for Division II Bentley next fall. Andujar has emerged as one of the school's - and the state's -

College Notes: Lonardo swinging hot bat

By BRENDEN SOARES The Assumption baseball team has caught fire at the right time of the season, winning its last five games, with the Greyhounds counting on the bat of Cranston West alum Matt Lonardo during the run. Over the length of the streak, the
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,
By MARK McKENNEY Given my time in the Rhode Island Senate, it's no surprise that I'm asked, on occasion, about various issues. Recently, I had a question about a bill that's before the House of Representatives, on eBooks. I'm glad to give some insight

Donald P. Higgins Sr.

Donald P. Higgins Sr., 83, of Woodbine Street, passed away on May 1, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Gloria A. (Jacobson) Higgins for 55 years …

Alison Erinn (Dwan) Fracassa

Alison Erinn (Dwan) Fracassa passed on May 2, 2021 at age 44 and at 4:44 am (44 was the uniform number of her husband in college and often of her children in sports). Alison entered hospice on Good …

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 …
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There will be a meeting of the Board of Contract and Purchase on May 18, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.Pursuant to City Council Ordinance, the following advertises the agenda for that meeting. All matters listed …






Animal Talk

This young boy has a sad story but we are hoping to find him a happy home! DJ was found outside fending for himself so he is a little shy but you can tell he wants to be loved. He will take some …


Room for compromise on legal weed proposals

If you were to go back in time even just five years ago and say that, in 2021, Rhode Island would be unable to pass recreational marijuana legislation into law because there were too many different ideas in favor of the concept (and how to do it

SBA extends COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan application deadline through end of 2021

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