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Council renames high school library in Mele's memory

By JACOB MARROCCO Robert LaFazia spoke through tears during Monday night's Town Council meeting, fondly remembering his dear friend Janice Mele. Mele, who had served on the School Committee since 2007 and was its chairwoman for several years, passed away

First School Committee meeting without Mele a somber occasion

By JACOB MARROCCO The Johnston School Committee on Tuesday held its first meeting since the passing of Janice Mele, but her presence was still strongly felt. The board elected its new chair and vice chair - Robert LaFazia and Joseph Rotella, respectively

'Culture of excellence' celebrated at National Honor Society ceremony

By JACOB MARROCCO Thursday night was a time for reflection, transition and recognition as Johnston High School honored sophomores, juniors and seniors during the National Honor Society induction ceremony. Principal Dennis Morrell welcomed the crowd to

Abortion bill defeated, but not over

By ETHAN HARTLEY A polarizing bill that sought to codify federal laws regarding the allowance of abortions, which was enshrined by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, was voted down by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 5-4 vote on Tuesday

Resolution would rename JHS library in Mele's memory

By JACOB MARROCCO District 3 Town Councilman Joseph Polisena Jr. will introduce a resolution at Monday's meeting that seeks to pay tribute to Janice Mele, the former School Committee chairwoman and District 3 representative who passed away unexpectedly

Matter of time

By JACOB MARROCCO Mayor Joseph Polisena said there is a potential end in sight to the flooding issues on Belfield Drive, but residents are asking when changes will come. Polisena told the Sun Rise during an interview on Tuesday morning that the matter is

Polisena teases legal action if ‘evergreen’ bill becomes law

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena discussed the possibility of legal action down the road if the so-called “evergreen” contracts bill is signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo. The legislation, …

Fallen heroes honored at firefighter memorial

By PETE FONTAINE On Sunday, amid some special pomp and circumstance and a solemn silence, 19 Johnston firefighters whose names have been added to the beautiful stone outside Station 1 at 2289 Atwood Ave. were remembered during a moving memorial ceremony

Group backs measure to adopt state Alzheimer's plan

By JOHN HOWELL Confronting Alzheimer's disease is a daunting proposition. Marc Archambault, who is in the early stages of the disease, illustrated a good measure of courage Tuesday when he stood before about 100 people at the State House to tell his

Pre-K best investment in RI's future, Hawkins says

By JOHN HOWELL Rhode Island Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins made pizza last week. This wasn't edible pizza, although it did look tempting, and Hawkins did more supervising that making. How about the triangle?" she asked of the"
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Planting the seeds Gov. Gina Raimondo, Department of Human Services Director Courtney E. Hawkins and United Way CEO and President Cortney Nicolato visited the pre-kindergarten classroom at Tri-County Action Agency on 79 Waterman Ave. in North Providence
The Council Roundup is a digest of licenses, appointments and other proceedings from the Johnston Town Council's May 13 meeting. LICENSES The council unanimously approved the transfer of ownership of a business license for Personal Touch Car Wash
By PETE FONTAINE It's one of the most important and impressive events of the year in Johnston, a chance for the town to honor those who gave their lives in defense of the nation. The annual Memorial Day Service and will be held Friday, May 24, beginning
History Notes is a biweekly entry in the Sun Rise that features a passage from the Johnston Historical Society. This week's story comes from May 1985. By LOUIS McGOWAN Situated in the Belknap along Greenville Avenue at Atwood Avenue is the Mathewson
Checking Attendance On Tuesday, May 14, new Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ang lica Infante-Green paid a visit to Winsor Hill Elementary School, meeting with school and district leaders and visiting classrooms to learn more about
The Johnston girls lacrosse team has had an impressive spring in its first season in Division II, improving to 7-3 overall and topping first-place Westerly 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon. Gabby DiRaimo and Kylee Lameiro led the Panthers with three goals each,
By PETE FONTAINE Par excellence! That's probably the best way to describe Monday's 2nd Annual Our Lady of Grace Church Golf Tournament which was played at posh Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington in memory of the late and loved golf pro Fred Bruno.
By PETE FONTAINE If people like Jay Sabitoni and the Aresons - Joseph and Amanda - have their way, lacrosse could become a new sports offering for the students at Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School in Johnston. Sabitoni, who enjoyed success as a lacrosse
Police Logs
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
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. INTENT TO DEFRAUD Michael R. Crugnale, 54, 868 Manville Road, Woonsocket, responded to Johnston Police Department headquarters on the
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. BODY FOUND Rhode Island State Police identified the body of a man found at a Johnston recycling facility last Thursday. Roberto
The revolutionary spirits runs deep in Rhode Island. In May 1776, it became the first of the 13 American colonies to formally renounce its ties to the British crown. It was four years prior, however, in June 1772, that one of the formative events of the
The recent stretch of gray, rainy weather notwithstanding, we are in the midst of a season when the spirit of our communities shines perhaps most brightly. At colleges, universities and high schools across the Ocean State, graduates will soon mark a
For all the changes Rhode Island has experienced in recent decades, its overall population has remained roughly the same for some time. Indeed, since the 1970s, the Ocean State has been home to approximately 1 million people. That population has,

Island Moving Company comes to Warwick

Review By DON FOWLER The Island Moving Company has been a shining light on the Newport arts scene for 37 years, performing their contemporary dance concerts at the mansions and touring in other states. Last weekend, the company graced the stage at

The Other Side of 25 at Artists' Exchange

Following a hugely successful run at Sydney's Old 505 Theatre, acclaimed stand-up comedian Becca Hurd is bringing her new one-woman-show to Artists' Exchange in Cranston. The Other Side of 25 is a hysterical and heartfelt play and is written and
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The eyes have it!

By CINDY FERA Transitioning make-up from winter to spring can be confusing. Along with using different skin care products, you also need to change the color palette of your make-up. Your foundation needs to be lighter in texture as the season progresses,

Old-fashioned soda fountain at Green Line Apothecary

By DON FOWLER Remember the good old days when you enjoyed an ice cream soda while waiting for your prescription at the corner drug store. I grew up in New Haven in the days when every neighborhood had a corner drug store.and most of them had a soda

Setting the record straight on continuing contracts

To the Editor: When I read the article in the Johnston Sun Rise in the May 9, 2019, edition about contract continuation legislation, it made me want to both laugh and cry. I laughed because of article indicates our mayor is considering a constitutional

Pre-K to benefit us all

To the Editor: As a mother who has experienced the benefit of childcare for the past nine years, I've seen how quality care can give children a strong start to life. I wish that every child had access to early childhood education. That's why I'm urging

Johnston will miss a true champion of children

Janice Mele passed away last Tuesday very unexpectedly. Having the privilege of working closely with her to support Johnston Schools has been an honor. Mrs. Mele was a staunch supporter of public education in our town. The focus of her work was the

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