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Town issues with permits, location set stage for Classic Express show cause hearing

By JACOB MARROCCO A license review for Classic Express Ice Cream Cafe will head to a show cause hearing later this month after disputes between the owner/developer and the town over land location and permits. Town Solicitor Dylan Conley said that the

Like father, like son

By JACOB MARROCCO District 3 Town Councilman Joseph Polisena Jr.'s political involvement began with pretzels and soda. He was only 5 years old when his father, then-state Sen. Joseph Polisena, would take him up to the State House for sessions. It

Winsor Hill’s Zarcaro gets warm send-off from school community

More than 400 students, teachers, faculty and parents showed love to Michele Zarcaro last Friday, as she steps down as principal after 15 successful years at Winsor Hill Elementary School. Zarcaro …

‘Never forget what got us here’

Johnston High School will always be home for the class of 2019. Class advisor Margaret Guilmette made sure to emphasize that point during her speech at commencement on Wednesday, June 5, at the …

Ferri celebrates 'academic excellence' during Honors Night

By JACOB MARROCCO District 3 Town Councilman Joseph Polisena Jr. perhaps said it best Monday night when he told Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School eighth-graders that their awards night was to celebrate something earned, not given. The students and their

'A living memorial': JHS plants tree in Carson's memory

By JACOB MARROCCO Rachel Carson was passion personified. Johnston Music Department director Ron Lamoureux, choral director Matt Gingras and music teacher Oliver Reid were all close with Rachel, who passed away in Feburary 2018. She was a perennial

DEM: As sightings increase, be 'bear aware'

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Black bear sightings have become increasingly common in Rhode Island in recent years - and the state's Department of Environmental Management is asking residents to take precautions aimed at ensuring the animals do not become a more

'Beginning of the beginning'

By JACOB MARROCCO If everything breaks right for Johnston, there could be a new elementary school in the middle of town in a few years. Superintendent of Johnston Schools Dr. Bernard DiLullo discussed the proposed site, potential challenges and a rough

Town honors fallen heroes during Memorial Day ceremony

By PETE FONTAINE There was an act of extraordinary patriotism last Friday morning inside Johnston War Memorial Park. The American flag was everywhere, and the morning's sparkling sun seemed to make the red, white and blue brighter than usual. The banner

'Everybody knew your name'

By JACOB MARROCCO Millie Santilli saw the writing on the wall for St. Brigid Church, of which she had been a parishioner for more than five decades. She led the committee charged with raising money in an effort to help the church - which became a mission
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By PETE FONTAINE Akshay Talwar, owner and president of the Briarcliffe Campus, has long been known for his creativity and innovations at the award-winning facility in Johnston. A few years ago, in fact, Talwar created new nature lounges on the east side
By PETE FONTAINE At approximately 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday evening, Jessica Alviano removed her safety glasses and ear protection and quickly received a high-five from Teri Rozzero. She's a natural shooter!" exclaimed Johnston Police Detective Jim"
By JACOB MARROCCO This Father's Day will be a significant one for Dr. Joseph Lancellotti of R.I. Chiropractic Pain Control Clinic in Johnston. Lancellotti will celebrate his regular traditions with his kids, such as playing golf in the morning and
A few Johnston students attending Saint Raphael Academy were recognized at several academic awards ceremonies this spring. Sophomore Cooper Arnold was honored with the Honors U.S. History I Award and Outstanding Service Award. Senior Sydney Charette, a
Poster child The Johnston School Committee presented two certificates to Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School sixth-grader Giuseppe Cucinotta during Tuesday night's meeting. Vice Chairman Joseph Rotella presented Cucinotta with commendations for his
Sports
2ND ANNUAL GRID IRON GOLF ON TAP JUNE 13-SUN RISE By PETE FONTAINE Football is back in the sports spotlight at Johnston High School. It comes in form of the 2nd Annual JHS Panther Grid Iron Golf Tournament that will tee off on Sunday, June 22 at Triggs
Members of the Johnston High School outdoor track and field team made noise at the 2019 State Championships at Brown University on June first. Johnston sophomore Lala Olagundoye captured first place in the high jump competition, following up on her first
AmyBeth Parravano’s father, Olindo Luigi Izzo, would have especially enjoyed this Father’s Day. Izzo passed away in 1985 and would have turned 99 this year, but his service to the country is …
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. ASSAULT Patrolman Michael A. Martufi Jr. was dispatched to the Burrillville Police Department on the morning of June 9 to take custody
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. HIGHWAY CRASH Three people sustained non-life-threatening injuries and a portion of Interstate 295 in Johnston was closed for nearly
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. THREATS TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS Lt. Joseph Salvadore was on patrol the afternoon of May 9 when he saw a vehicle with window tint and both
Editorial
Move over, Johnston turkey - another denizen of the wild is capturing Rhode Island's attention. A recent spate of black bear sightings in residential areas was taken to a new level Monday, as the appearance of a bear on the grounds of Cranston's Hope
No one enjoys sitting in traffic. The gridlock can be especially frustrating when it stems from roadwork. After all, the presence of “work zone” signs and hardhats means someone, somewhere, made …
It's become a trend in Rhode Island of late. A handful of communities - including Burrillville, West Greenwich and Hopkinton - have approved resolutions to declare themselves Second Amendment sanctuary towns." Most of the towns that have taken up"
Lifestyles

Bacon & Beer Fest coming to Cranston

By ROB DUGUAY What pairs better than bacon and beer? On July 16 in the parking lot of Cranston Print Works at 1381 Cranston St. in Cranston, the third annual Bacon & Beer Fest will be celebrating both of these delicacies. The event is being once again

Two of a kind

Two of a kind Father-son team sees bright future for Warwick's Double Vision Optical By DANIEL KITTREDGE John L. Spaziano and his son, John W. Spaziano, will take in a Pawtucket Red Sox game with their wives later this month to celebrate Father's Day.
Back in the Day

The tragic tale of the brothers Thornton

By KELLY SULLIVAN Frederick Thornton testified in Kent County Superior Court that he thought his brother Archie was envious of his success. That was the only reason he could think of to explain why his wife, Fannie, had recently been fatally assaulted by

50th anniversary

50th anniversary Richard and Angela Boscia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 30. They renewed their vows in a ceremony at St. Joseph's Church in North Scituate surrounded by family.
Letters
LETTERS

In favor of expanding Alzheimer's care coverage

To the Editor: Many individuals in Rhode Island - more than 23,000 - have Alzheimer's disease. Some of them are under 65 years old and have Younger-Onset. As traditionally certain elderly home community care services are eligible for those over 65, two
LETTERS

A voice for suicide prevention

To the Editor: Every 28 seconds someone makes a suicide attempt. I had a personal experience with this myself, when I lost my best friend and college sweetheart, Jonathan to death by suicide on October 31, 2003 in Essex Junction, Vermont. He was just 24
LETTERS

Adopt, don't shop in RI

To the Editor: As the founder and president of a Cranston dog rescue, I'm proud of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's work to build momentum on animal protection efforts in the General Assembly. The Rhode Island House of Representatives has the opportunity to
LETTERS

Buckner's loss a reminder of fight against Alzheimer's

To the Editor: May 27 was a tough day for Red Sox fans and for baseball with the death of Bill Buckner. We should recognize him for his achievements and perseverance after he played for 22 seasons and was one of the most prolific hitters of his