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JFD secures ‘historic’ $180K FEMA grant for new equipment

The Johnston Fire Department beat heavy odds on Monday as it scored what many Johnston firefighters called a “huge historic first.” The department was awarded an $180,000 grant from FEMA that …

Council explains zone change before passage

By JACOB MARROCCO The Town Council cleared up confusion surrounding a zone change before ultimately approving it, 4-0, during its monthly meeting on Monday night. The council voted to change the zoning classification of lots 143, 144, 227 and 239 - which

Governor, lawmakers spar over new budget

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed the state's $9.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 into law - although she is critical of a number of the spending plan's provisions and has reiterated her support for the adoption of line-item veto

Tradition and community

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Immigrants from Itri, Italy, who settled in Cranston's Knightsville section in the early years of the 20th century brought the memory of a miracle. As the story goes, in 796 A.D., a mute shepherd looked into a tree on Mount Civita in

Study: RI worst state to start a business

By ETHAN HARTLEY Thinking about opening a business? A recent report indicates you might want to do it somewhere other than Rhode Island, as Wallethub's 2019 Best Places to Start a Business" study found the Ocean State to be dead last overall when"

Grieco Community Cat Care Center hoping to be a purr-fect fit

By JACOB MARROCCO The Grieco Community Cat Care Center is looking to make strides in helping reduce the number of cats loose in Rhode Island communities. The center, which plans to open later this month, will house divisions of Scruffy Paws Animal

Council approves $111 million budget

The Johnston Town Council unanimously approved Mayor Joseph Polisena’s $111.2 million town budget plan for fiscal year 2020 during a Monday hearing that featured little debate. The mayor’s …

Despite abutter concerns, Dollar General looks to clear final approval next week

The Johnston Planning Board on Tuesday will entertain final approval for a proposed Dollar General at 2630 Hartford Ave., a proposition that has drawn criticism from abutters for several …

Disturbance prompts change in pool policy

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Starting Monday, residents of other communities will need to be accompanied by an adult Cranston resident when using the Budlong Pool. The policy change comes following concerns about overcrowding and a recent incident involving a

Johnston's Cabrita representing RI at Ms. Wheelchair America contest

By JACOB MARROCCO Winning takes many forms for Johnston's Ashley Cabrita. In February, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Rhode Island during a ceremony at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. She said since that moment, her reign has been nothing but"
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The single-owner collection of Russell Buteau of Millville, Massachusetts - a lifelong collector of Coca-Cola items and antiques for over 40 years - is an expected highlight of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers' upcoming Antiques, Collectibles & Fine Art Auction
By PETE FONTAINE Weather permitting, the Johnston Street Machines will kick off one of its most important charitable events tonight. Cruizin' for a Cause will begin at 5 p.m. and run on through 8 p.m. at the Denny's Restaurant parking lot off Route 6.
Business block party Enerje Fitness & Wellness Center and Zen Mafia Yoga, located on 300 Morgan Ave., held their grand re-opening block party on June 29. Eddie Fleury III, the new owner of Enerje Fitness & Wellness Center, and Zen Mafia Yoga co-owners
By PETE FONTAINE The Johnston Housing Authority held a cookout last Thursday at the Aime J. Forand Housing Complex, and it was an overwhelming success. In the middle of the activity was David aRusso, executive director of the JHA, who offered up freshly
By JACOB MARROCCO Former Johnston state Sen. Christopher Maselli hopes readers see his first book, which was published in May, as eye-opening. Maselli - who was convicted of fraud in 2010 and spent more than two years in federal prison - said he used his
Sports
“Maybe it was in the cards,” mused a Johnston Little League Baseball fan as he talked about the Ward, Fisher & Company LLP-sponsored Cardinals staking claim to the regular season championship. …
By RYAN D. MURRAY The Johnston 8-10 Little League All Stars were walloped by Cranston Western Little League 18-2 in three innings on Tuesday evening at the Michael P. Varrato Baseball Field during the District 1 loser's bracket final. CWLL got a
By ALEX SPONSELLER Bishop Hendricken alum and former NFL veteran Will Blackmon returned home this past weekend to host the fifth-annual Will Blackmon FUNdamentals Football Camp at his alma mater, and hosted nearly 300 local players ranging from the youth
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. MULTIPLE CHARGES Detective John D. DeAngelis was in the area of 350 Greenville Ave. on the afternoon of July 2 when he saw two
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. LARCENY Jimmy Archer, 27, 25 Bennett St., Stoughton, Massachusetts, was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of larceny of checks on June
A Johnston man who had been sought in connection with a homicide in North Attleboro was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in South County on Sunday, according to the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.
Editorial
As of 2016, more than 217,000 Rhode Islanders - approximately 20 percent of the state's population - were 60 years of age or older, according to the Rhode Island 2016 Health Aging Data Report. By 2040, that figure is expected to increase significantly,
On the cusp of the Fourth of July, the attention of most Rhode Islanders is likely focused on planning for vacations, beach days, cookouts or other outdoor adventures. Anyone tuned into the news on Monday, however, became aware of the latest development
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but the season isn't in full swing until the Fourth of July. The upcoming holiday and the weekends surrounding it provide Rhode Islanders a chance to spend time with family and friends, enjoy the
Lifestyles

Newport Playhouse announces opening of ‘Funny Money’

On Wednesday, July 10, Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant opens “Funny Money,” directed by Daniel Lee White and written by Ray Cooney. Henry, a mild-mannered CPA, accidentally picks up the …
60s and Sexy

The social differences between men and women

After attending a picnic last week, I couldn't help but notice some differences between the interaction of the male and female guests. Having worked in the beauty industry, I'd already seen the different way each sex would act in the salon. Women enter

Island Moving Company welcomes five exceptional dance companies from around globe

Island Moving Company, Newport’s Contemporary Ballet will present its 10th annual summer dance festival July 14-21 on an outdoor stage on the gorgeous seaside lawn of St. Michael’s Country Day …

That’s entertainment: Twenty years ago

Wynonna was at the Warwick Musical Theatre. Also at “The Tent” were George Carlin, The Beach Boys, Huey Lewis and the News, Kathy Matea, Howie Mandel and Reba (20 years ago she was still …
Letters
LETTERS

Pool policy change stokes prejudice

To the Editor: I learned to swim at the Budlong Pool, just as countless young people have through the years. In summer's peak, community pools serve a vital function: to cool down, stay active and get together. Following an alleged youth altercation at
LETTERS

Entitlement thinking by socialists

To the Editor:Complaining about the possibility that Rhode Island’s estate tax might be eliminated, CPA Rich Streitfeld, in his Projo June 15 letter, asks who will “pick up the annual …
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