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Need to Know: School Safe Zones Talk, Cruise Night, Girls LAX

An image of an amusement ride at the Oakland Beach Carnival in August.
An image of an amusement ride at the Oakland Beach Carnival in August.

Warwick, R.I — The first of two Child Safe Zone forums is scheduled at Warwick Police Department Headquarters tonight, dog licenses are now under the auspices of the City Clerk, Cruise Night needs sponsors, and Girls LAX needs players.

Child Safe Zones Forums tonight, March 30

Colonel Stephen M. McCartney and the Warwick Police Department announce two informational forums being held in an effort to help educate the business community and public about a fairly new law called the Child Safe Zones Act which was created to help further protect children.

These forums came as a result of the arrest of a registered sex offender in late 2015 for violation of this new law.

In that case, the Warwick Police Department along with members of the US Marshall’s SOLEMN (Sex Offender Law Enforcement Multidisciplinary Network) task force arrested Heath Gagne, 40, from Vallette St. in Cranston charging him with violation of Prohibition from Employment- Child Safe Zones which is a felony.

The arrest came as a result of shared information and a cooperative investigation with the West Warwick Police Department after it was learned that Gagne was employed by a subcontractor working for a local amusement company operating carnivals throughout RI at the recent Oakland Beach carnival in Warwick, violating of the Child Safe Zone law passed in 2014.

“The arrest of Gagne demonstrates how the collaborative efforts of the US Marshall’s Sex Offender task force along with local law enforcement and probation continues to help keep our children safe”, stated Colonel McCartney. Our hope is by conducting these forums, we will be able to educate our business community about the impact the Child Safe Zones Act may have on their businesses and what their responsibilities are with regards to their employment practices.

The informational forums will be held at Warwick Police headquarters in the Community Room on March 22 and March 30 from 3-4 pm and will be conducted by members of the Warwick Police Department Community Services Division along with representatives from the RI Attorney General’s office.

For more information or if you are interested in attending one of the forums, please contact Officer Stephen Lombardi at 401-468-4325 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Lions Seek Cruise Night Sponsors  The Greater Warwick Lions Club is looking for sponsors for our Cruise Nights at Oakland Beach. First show is Tuesday, May 10. Shows every Tuesday (except August 2nd) until Sept. 20. If you would like more information please email: [email protected] We are also looking for local businesses who would like to donate for our raffles. Gift cards, items, etc. we are a nonprofit organization so any donations are tax deductible.

Players Welcome at Warwick Girls LAX Please get the word out to any girls you know that may be thinking about trying lacrosse–we are looking for girls at any age and skill level to join our teams. There is still time to register and become a part of an exciting up & coming sport! You’ll never know if you like it until you give it a try! Info and Signup at

City Clerk Handling Dog Licenses

Dogs licenses will be available through the City Clerk’s office beginning April 1, and may be obtained  by mail :

Warwick City Hall

3275 Post Rd Warwick, RI 02886

Attn: City Clerk’s office

 You will need to send the following: current Rabies certificate (please be sure that the breed of dog and your phone number is on it)

  • Self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Check made payable to City of Warwick ($10 per license)

Dog licenses are valid from May 1  thru April 30  annually.

Warwick Police VIN Check Hours Updated

The Warwick Police Departmen’s new VIN verification hours are now in effect.

Tuesday hours will now be 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday hours will remain unchanged, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information, please call: 401-468-4344.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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