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Now, Amazon’s a done deal in Johnston

Johnston has a new biggest taxpayer. The Johnston Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a Tax Stabilization Agreement with Amazon. “This agreement if approved by you …

Johnston’s Winsor Hill School closed Tuesday after COVID-19 outbreak

UPDATED: Approximately 19 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at one Johnston elementary school. The district’s top administrator shut the school down for the day, but the Winsor Hill School reopened Wednesday.

Johnston Cub Scout Pack 20 holds events for prospective members

“Do your best,” reads part of a Cub Scouts of America message that concludes with “Have fun doing it!” Moreover, families whose children like catching a fish, riding …

LETTER: Will Amazon be a good fit for Johnston?

A few weeks ago, we were in central Italy, when we saw a huge development.  It was an Amazon distribution center, with  warehouses that went on and on, as did the office buildings.  It was staggering in size.

LETTER: Jewish residents shouldn’t have to choose between faith and Johnston Amazon meeting attendance

Recently I found out that the one major meeting on the massive Amazon proposed project where public comments could be made in front of the Town Council was going to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Golf Tournament held in late Johnston man's memory

The fourth annual Race for Matt and Grace Golf Tournament raised approximately $16,000 (after expenses) for the fight against Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). All funds raised benefited the …

Our Lady of Grace celebrates 101st Feast and Festival in Johnston

Armed with 140-plus volunteers, “Team Our Lady of “Grace” will present the Roman Catholic Parish’s 101st LaMadonna della DiFesa Feast and Festival that officially opened last …
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AAA forecasts stable gas prices

Rhode Island's average gas price is the same as last week, averaging $3.07 per gallon. Monday's price is 1 cent higher than a month ago, and 92 cents higher than September 14, 2020. Rhode Island's average gas price is 10 cents lower than the national

New and improved Johnston school building projects on the horizon?

Johnston Schools may be consolidated and upgraded following a proposed $190 million overhaul of facilities throughout the district. Prior to Wednesday night’s Johnston Town Council public …

33rd annual Apple Festival returns to Johnston this weekend

The apples are fat and ready for plucking. The vendors are stocked and ready for selling. Are you hungry and ready for stuffing? The annual harvest season has arrived. And with the end of …

Johnston rehab center argument goes to Superior Court

The legal struggle to open a for-profit rehabilitation center in Johnston continues. Encompass Health has appealed a decision by a state hearing officer that rejected a Department of Health-issued Certificate of Need (CON) for the

How will Amazon benefit Johnston?

Undeveloped, the section of forest where Amazon plans to build a facility in Johnston generates $60,084 in annual tax revenue for the town. After a "new, state-of-the-art Amazon Robotics Sortable Fulfillment Center" is built and opened,


Johnston’s kids returned to school amid a world in relative chaos. Masked and ready to learn, the youngsters said goodbye to nervous loved ones, and escaped to the peaceful confines of academia.

BACKYARD SPACE in JOHNSTON: The Elephant Trunk Nebula

The Elephant Trunk Nebula is located in the constellation Cepheus and is about 2,400 light-years from Earth. It is a dense elongated cloud of gas that contains some early protostars that have been …

Being the wife of the ‘Great John L.

Annie Bates was 38 years old when she looked out the window of her Warwick home and saw an attractive man setting up a ring for a boxing match across the street. The man was 25-yearold John Lawrence …

Digging Into the Past

As a Revolutionary War material culture guy, I get to see and handle some wonderful pieces of history. Swords, muskets, buttons, equipment, archival documents, and so much more. Being into the arms …

Workshop on collections care set for Oct. 1

Looking to take the next step in collections care? If you are a professional, volunteer or student associated with one of Rhode Island's repositories or cultural institutions, you can register for a free workshop, "Yes you can! DIY Conservation,"

RISPCA to host Paws in the Park

The Rhode Island SPCA announces that its 19th annual Paws in the Park dog walk will be held in-person on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rose Larisa Park in East Providence. ABC6 Morning News anchor KC Kantz, and his dog Kaya will kick off

Remembering the 2017 champs

By GARY RIANNA I was thrilled with the turnout we had on a short three-day notice ... we had about 55 people, including players and family members. The response was very special and was a …

Johnston Memorial Cancer Events co-ed golf tourney set to return

Records, people in a number of sports will attest, are made to be broken.

Johnston Little League senior team wins District championship

The Johnston Little League senior team had an impressive summer season, winning the District I championship and competing in the state tournament.The team kicked off the district …

Cod fishing basics

Get a jump on the cod fishing season this fall and winter with some expert advice from anglers Bob Murray and Rich Hittinger at a Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) seminar Monday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Both Bob and Rich are RISAA board

Johnston Panthers shine at states

The Rhode Island High School Wrestling State Championships were this weekend and a handful of local grapplers shined on the big stage at the Providence Career & …

Time was right for Centore

The Rhode Island football community received some big news last week when longtime Cranston East football head coach Tom Centore announced that he would be stepping away from the sidelines. This was not an easy decision for Centore, who had been
Police Logs

Explosion at Johnston scrap yard fire follows neighborhood broil

Residents of the Starr Street neighborhood heard a loud explosion Friday, and then a series of smaller blasts. Flames and dark clouds stretched into the sky above J&S Scrap Metal & …

Johnston Police Log, Sept. 3, 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident reports provided by the Johnston Police Department.

Two years after crash, family and colleagues honor Johnston firefighter’s memory

“Always remembered, never forgotten!” Those words filled the air last Friday morning at Johnston Fire Department headquarters on Atwood Avenue when the close-knit brotherhood came …

Animal Talk - Lyla

Young, smart and beautiful are all the best ways to describe Lyla! She also has the best ears anywhere! Lyla is looking for someone who will treat her like the princess that she is and she also wants …

School Committees aren’t public health officials. So their public health decisions are bound to be far from perfect.One theme united two very different sides of the heated debate over mask …
We’ve seen this play out before, but there was real hope we might not go through it again. It’s disheartening – sickening, really – and yes, a bit scary, too. COVID-19 …
Nothing says summer in Rhode Island like a beautiful, sunny day with a steady, cool breeze keeping the temperature bearable and perfect for enjoying some time in the great outdoors - whether in your backyard, a hiking trail or at a beach near you. But we
Recently the Johnston School Committee made the decision to disregard the recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics to require universal masking in Johnston Public School. The …
Hello. It is very concerning that RI schools are not protecting those that are vulnerable to the virus, children that can not be vaccinated along with the immunocompromised.  They are sending …
To the Editor: Lately I have been feeling kind of down. I thought it might have been the weather. Some days hot and dry some days wet and cold. Then the other day when driving down Airport Road and Post Road, I suddenly realized the reason for my
To the Editor: Good news for Johnston taxpayers, we now have a new Republican Town Committee. As a true Conservative Republican I will encourage the committee to reach out to every resident to …
Radio Beacon is a podcast from Beacon Communications run by Dan Kittredge (Cranston Herald), Jacob Marrocco (Johnston Sun Rise), John Howell (Warwick Beacon) and Alex Sponseller (Beacon …
John Donegan, the Ward 3 member of the Cranston City Council and leader of the Democratic caucus, joins Dan to discuss the city’s budget review, ordinances he’s working on, the panhandling case settlement, the fortunes of the Yankees and Knicks, and more.
  Dan and Jake discuss the latest developments on the vaccination from J&J and round up this week’s other headlines in Warwick, Cranston and …
After Dan and Jake discuss the latest on ATVs, the lieutenant governor search, and RI's vaccination campaign, Jake chats with Dist. 43 state Rep. Deb Fellela of Johnston (29:37) about the State …