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'Profound sadness'

By JACOB MARROCCO Janice Mele, chairwoman of the School Committee and a fixture in the Johnston education community for decades, passed away unexpectedly last week at 69. Johnston Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bernard DiLullo and Assistant

Superior Court upholds Invenergy deal

By JACOB MARROCCO and DANIEL KITTREDGE The town's agreement with Invenergy to sell water for use in the operations of a planned power plant in Burrillville has been upheld in Superior Court. Judge Michael A. Silverstein found that the 20-year, more than

Alviti kicks off construction season in Johnston

By JACOB MARROCCO Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti used the Plainfield Pike bridges in Johnston as a backdrop this past Friday as he kicked off the 2019 construction season, announcing 77 active projects with a cost of

‘Evergreen’ contracts bill passes House, faces opposition from municipal leaders

Several local municipal leaders gathered at the State House Library on Monday afternoon to voice bipartisan opposition to the so-called “evergreen” contracts bill, which overwhelmingly passed the …

All 4 Paws getting groom on in Johnston

Jules Martins had a deadpan response when asked how long she’s groomed animals. “I usually tell people I groomed for Noah on the ark,” she said. Martins and Mary Kathryn Kent opened up …

Budget meetings ongoing; Polisena unsure about tax increase

By JACOB MARROCCO Department budget meetings are ongoing and it remains uncertain whether the coming fiscal year will bring a potential tax increase, Mayor Joseph Polisena said during an interview Tuesday morning with the Sun Rise. Polisena said that the

Few cross picket lines as Stop & Shop strike continues

By JACOB MARROCCO It was an unusually frigid day for spring, but dozens of workers from the Stop & Shop on Atwood Avenue in Johnston preferred the elements to the inside of their store on Friday morning. Paul Scorpio and Maryann Teolis, stewards

'Be prepared,' a BSA plate is in the making

By JOHN HOWELL Alan J. Whittaker knows what it is like to be an Eagle Scout and to have the Eagle license plate. Whittaker was a member of Troop 1 Conimicut when he attained the rank of Eagle on November 9, 1964. Hardly two weeks later he was at the

CBD Center of RI providing relief, education to community

By JACOB MARROCCO Matt Resnick and Chris Morgan could have the relief that the Johnston community needs. The two opened up CBD Center of RI at 1239 Hartford Ave. just over a month ago, and they said that the reception so far has been strong. Morgan said

The fun doesn't stop

By JACOB MARROCCO There's never a dull moment at the Johnston Senior Center, a vibrant community that draws upwards of 250 people per day. This past Monday was no different. Directory Tony Zompa, Assistant Director Millie Santilli and scores of friends
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By PETE FONTAINE A renewed Johnston Police program that began last Wednesday evening is designed to give residents an up-close look at life behind the badge. Fifteen Johnstonians signed up for the Citizens Police Academy, which was recently reinstituted
On Friday, April 26, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank will host the 7th annual Truck Stop: A Festival of Street Eats. Guests will enjoy a night of tastings from 22 gourmet food trucks for $85 while supporting programs that provide food to Rhode
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), Playworks New England and the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) have added the first Johnston school to their roster of schools participating in the statewide #RecessRocksinRI initiative.
By PETE FONTAINE Inclement weather couldn't stop Johnston kids from coming to Saturday's Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The popularity of the Johnston Recreation and Parks Department's annual event - which was again sponsored by Citizens Bank - became
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is among its 2019 grant recipients awarding two grants totaling $198,930 to expand work in the NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War initiative. The
Sports
The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Massasoit Community College Warriors Tuesday evening. The game started slowly with CCRI taking a slim lead after three innings, but a six-run sixth inning sealed it for the Knights, winning 10-0 in six innings.
By PETE FONTAINE Kevin Sutherland, the veteran head wrestling coach at Johnston High School, sat smiling at the recent Rhode Island High School Coaches Association wrestling banquet last week at famed Wright's Farm in Burrillville. Remember the names"
The Johnston softball team has jumped out to a strong start this season, boasting a 4-1 record through Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Panthers remained one of the top teams in Division II last season, finishing with a 13-4 record and qualifying for the
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. FORGERY Dets. John D. DeAngelis and Anthony Sasso responded to 26 Florida Ave. in Cranston on April 9 in an attempt to locate Roberto
POSSESSION OF STOLEN VEHICLE Patrolman David T. Slinko Jr. was conducting commercial enforcement in the area of 65 Shun Pike on April 5 when he received a LoJack stolen vehicle recovery system notification. Slinko found the plate in question was
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. VANDALISM Joao Goncalves, 30, 965 Plymouth Ave., Fall River, Massachusetts, reported to the Johnston Police Department on March 22 to
Editorial
Like so many aspects of our lives and segments of our economy, the business model of publications such as ours has been inexorably disrupted in the digital age. On the advertising side, businesses and individuals today have access to a broad range of
Military service today touches an increasingly small sliver of society. According to the Department of Defense, approximately 1.3 million Americans are actively serving in uniform. Hundreds of thousands more serve in a reserve capacity, although the
The practice of burying our dead is one that dates back in human history as far as 100,000 years, by some estimates. In fact, burial of the deceased is not only a human phenomenon, as elephants and chimpanzees have been observed covering fallen brethren
Lifestyles

176 lost at sea

By ERIN O'BRIEN At 19, Peter Mahoney enlisted in the U.S. Navy and headed for the Mediterranean - and found himself involved in what became the deadliest naval peacetime maneuver accident in U.S. Naval history. This Thursday marks 67 years since the
Movie Review

Us

Movie Review By JOHN PANNOZZI Us **** out of five stars Writer-director Jordan Peele's eagerly-awaited follow-up to his hit Get Out returns to the world of societal horror, but with some new twists. One fateful summer, the Wilson family heads off to

Fronting two bands, Warwick's Sean Murphy finds a musical balance

By ROB DUGUAY It's par the course in Rhode Island for a musician to be involved in multiple bands. Drummers often play with the most different groups - some in five or more - but the same can go for guitarists, bassists, keyboardists and horn players.
Theatre Review

Trinity's 'Little Shop' a big hit

“Little Shop of Horrors” is one funny, campy musical. Director Tyler Dobrowsky takes all the silliness and makes it sillier and funnier by setting the musical in Providence and making his …
Letters
LETTERS

Saving the next generation from the addiction of smoking

To the Editor: When I was young, I made a decision that would change my life forever: I picked up my first cigarette. It was only a matter of time before it became an addiction. Unfortunately, this was just what Big Tobacco wanted - that was 41 years ago
LETTERS

Being a kid in today's world

To the Editor: What does being a kid stand for, or even really mean in today's world? When I was a kid (born in 1990) it meant going outside for fresh air and friends. As soon as the school bus would drop my sister and I off at home our backpacks hit the
LETTERS

Speeding an issue on Hartford Avenue

To the Editor: It is with great concern that I write this letter to the editor of the Johnston Sun Rise to bring awareness and hopefully a response regarding the speeding and traffic control issues on Route 6 (Hartford Avenue) from the 295 overpass west
LETTERS

Collusion or delusion?

To the Editor: Rhode Island's entrenched fearsome foursome, sorry to say, in the Congress of the United States display their true colors each and every time they speak regarding the Trump administration. Is it an attempt to preserve a legacy of an