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By JACOB MARROCCO Salisbury Farm in Johnston recently donated $5,200 to the New England Hemophilia Association after raising money through corn maze sales last October. This is the third year that Salisbury Farm has run a themed corn maze fundraiser. The

Becoming 'fearless': Drea Kelly explains how she survived R. Kelly

By ETHAN HARTLEY The sunshine that poured through the windows of Warwick Country Club and caused the churning waters off Warwick Neck to twinkle on the first official day of spring was an ever-appropriate setting for Drea Kelly to share her message of triumph over fear, intimidation and violence.

Just the beginning

By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston High School students brought several pieces of hardware back home this weekend after winning medals in various individual and team events at this year's Academic Decathlon state competition. The school's six-member Team 2 took

Majority of Johnston legislators oppose abortion bill

By JACOB MARROCCO Legislation that would codify abortion rights into Rhode Island law recently passed the House of Representatives, 44-30, despite a majority of the Johnston delegation voting against the measure. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston,

Music lives on at Strings after council OKs license

By JACOB MARROCCO The Johnston Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a zone change and entertainment license for Strings Bar and Grill after more than an hour of occasionally contentious testimony from both sides. The council held a show cause

UPDATE: Son of late Mafia figure charged with murder of estranged girlfriend

Michael T. Marrapese, 40, is accused of killing 29-year-old Lauren Ise. He was arraigned in Third Division District Court on Thursday morning, where he entered no plea and was ordered held without bail.

Speaker targets opioid epidemic with pair of legislative proposals

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) has introduced a pair of legislative proposals aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing opioid crisis. “Over the course of several years, …

URI's Ernst charged in admissions investigation

By DANIEL KITTREDGE A Cranston native and accomplished tennis coach is among dozens of people facing charges in connection with what one federal official has described as an international college admissions bribery and money laundering scandal." Gordon"

Ferri kicks off anti-bullying month

Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School Assistant Principal Fred Skipworth is looking to make every student a H.E.R.O. during anti-bullying month. It’s a fitting acronym that stands for “help, …

Superintendent: Talks continue on elementary school consolidation

By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard DiLullo said conversations are continuing regarding potential elementary school consolidation, with a focus toward submitting a proposal to the Rhode Island Department of Education in
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In partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is now accepting applications for the 25th Annual Worksite Health Awards, honoring Rhode Island companies that pay special attention to the
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) wants to know how satisfied their customers are with their bus service. They are inviting their customers to take their seventh annual online Customer Satisfaction Survey, available on the RIPTA website
Speakman sworn in to House of Representatives Rep. June S. Speakman (D-Dist. 68, Warren, Bristol) was formally sworn in to the House of Representatives. She was elected March 5 in a special election to replace Laufton Ascen ao, who was elected in
By JACOB MARROCCO Graniteville School Principal Maria Petronio-McAfee proposed a 25-percent hike in tuition fees for the half-day preschool program during the Johnston School Committee's meeting at Ferri Middle School on Tuesday. Petronio-McAfee told the
By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston High School students and faculty are looking to make a difference, one jar of peanut butter at a time. Class of 2020 advisers Nadia Cricco and Vinny Verardo, along with Principal Dennis Morrell, met with the Sun Rise Monday
“We’re number one,” said the kids who represented the Pepin Lumber Company were shouting the other day after wrapping up the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department’s third and fourth drade …
By PETE FONTAINE When the Rhode Island State High School Science Fair begins tomorrow at the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus in Warwick, David Iannuccilli may have the two-day event's most talked about project. For starters, its baseball
Ten members of the close-knit Johnston Memorial Cancer Events family had just settled into their seats when Vin LaFazia – a founding father of the unique non-profit – announced, “We’re off …
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. SHOPLIFTING Detective Thomas M. Dwyer observed a man traveling east on Stone Hill Road pushing an orange Home Depot shopping cart
By DANIEL KITTREDGE The death of a woman in Cranston is being investigated as a homicide, according to police, while media reports suggest the son of a late Mafia figure is considered the primary suspect. Local and state investigators were seen at 245
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. EXPIRED LICENSE On March 5, Officer Vanessa Wilcox was on patrol on Dyerville Avenue when she saw a vehicle run a stop sign while
In this space last week, we addressed the scourges of sexual assault and harassment, lauding U.S. Sen. Martha McSally - who represents Arizona but has roots in Rhode Island - for sharing her experience as a survivor of rape. The days since have put a new
In recent years, the scourges of sexual assault and harassment have finally been brought to the forefront of public discourse. A culture that has long been permissive of such misdeeds and misbehavior - and provided far too little in terms of recourse and
It's a sight we've all witnessed in the wake of winter storms - vehicles, still covered in ice or snow, making their way along the roadway. The windshield, in most cases, is at least partially clear - after all, some degree of visibility, no matter how
Theatre Review

Trinity’s ’Song of Summer’ is number 1 hit

Lauren Yee’s world premiere “The Song of Summer” is the best new contemporary play I have seen in years. Trinity Rep commissioned Yee to write the play, which gets solid performances from …
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FIVE FEET APART* * * ½ Joyce* * * Don(Teen romance under tough conditions)Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) are confined to a hospital with cystic fibrosis. What could have …

Noya shines on the Philharmonic podium

Review By DON FOWLER Francisco Noya has been the resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic for the past 22 years. Among his many responsibilities is the unheralded task of learning every score that is part of the orchestra's monthly concerts,

Classic ‘Our Town’ at Burbage Theatre

Theatre Review By DON FOWLER My first introduction to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” was a high school production. My second was a college production, and third a community …

Next step in Venezuela could be critical

To the Editor:If continuing attempts at a coup d’etat are unsuccessful, the Trump Administration is threatening an imminent military invasion of Venezuela.On CNN’s Sunday edition of Jake …

Cementing protections of Roe v. Wade into state law

To the Editor: We'd like to set the record straight. In his guest column (Budget, education in spotlight at State House, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019), speaker of the house Nicholas Mattiello misrepresented the legislation being considered that would protect

Why we need a Green New Deal

To the Editor: Climate change is happening here and now - and as a young person, I'm terrified. I'm 20 years old and am afraid for the kind of world I will grow into and the world that my children will have to face in 2100 and beyond. I'm concerned about

Pre-K investments will pay off

To the Editor: Rhode Island has made huge strides in recent years to expand investments in the state pre-K program and the results speak for themselves. During her first term, Governor Raimondo doubled the state's financial investment in public pre-K,