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SPIKES AND DIPS: Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena Jr. provided this chart from the National Institute On Retirement Security (NIRS) to help explain his perspective on teacher salaries.

Union: ‘Johnston teachers always put students first … do not deserve to be last’

The Johnston teacher’s union has a message for taxpayers. They feel underappreciated, underpaid and low on the list of the town’s priorities. A statement released by Kathleen …

JHS hoops headed to DI

By ALEX SPONSELLER For the first time in program history, the Johnston boys basketball team will be playing in the Division I ranks next winter season. In its realignment for next season, the …
THE VIDEO: Cranston mayoral candidate and Republican state Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung released a video criticizing current Cranston Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins, alleging he puts in part-time effort. Hopkins responded in a statement provided by his campaign: “Mrs. Fenton-Fung doesn’t have a real platform to run on to be Cranston’s chief executive, so she resorts to cheap videos questioning my Republican credentials and my work habits.”

No-show mayor?

Rule number one, on the job: show up. Rule number two: get the job done. The current mayor of Cranston has been accused of breaking both rules by a fellow Republican who’s running for his …
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LENDING A LIFELINE: Sydney Muraoka speaks at a May 20 press conference outside the BH Link call center in East Providence where 13,000-plus 988 Lifeline calls have been fielded since the revamped crisis hotline service debuted in 2022.

‘We’ve got enough kindness to go around’: Rhode Island’s 988 success story

The 988 Lifeline was designed to help people ask for help — whether they’re struggling with thoughts of self-harm, suicide, depression or any other crisis. Just as 911 redirects people to …
STUCK WITH AN ARROW: Torrie Aceto shared these photos of the injured swan on the Johnston Sun Rise Facebook page.

Elliott’s swan song

Some friends called him Elliott. He initially survived an archer’s illicit arrow attack and pond neighbors hoped for his recovery. His young family depended on him. The arrow was …
TRUNKS BUNDELED: Up to 28 new condo units will be constructed at 1767 Atwood Ave., and many neighborhood residents say they were caught off guard when heavy equipment rolled in, stripped away the guardrails and started toppling mighty trees.

Down come the trees, up go the condos

The trees along Atwood Avenue have been toppled, stripped and bundled like asparagus. New condominiums are coming to 1767 Atwood Ave., and many neighborhood residents say they were caught off …
Sports

Gaspee 5K expects largest race ever

The annual Gaspee Days 5K foot race will be making its return this June and is expected to host its largest pool of runners ever. The Gaspee Days 5K is the state’s oldest foot race and has …

New-look lax co-op settling in

The Cranston East-Johnston boys lacrosse co-op is searching for its first win as it gets settled into the 2024 spring season. The Thundercat roster has undergone significant change from last …
SLOW BITE: Anglers George Homes, Jr., Reece Quinn and Even Oldrid ,Tollgate High School students, said the trout bite at Gordon’s Pond slowed Saturday morning as a weather front moved in. (Submitted photos)

2024 fishing regulations posted

The RI Department of Environmental Management filed new regulations for the 2024 fishing season last week. Anglers should take note that we have a striped bass filet law in place now that applies to …
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In with animals

Watching the news lately has been depressing, with wars, politics, shootings, flooding and tornedos. I almost do not want to turn on the television for fear of what catastrophe has occurred and how …
Dave Levesque

Workplace the best classroom for Dave Levesque of Brewed Awakenings

He’s a successful businessman. He’s highly opinionated. And he’s someone that has had a very unique pathway to achieving his goals.  As a freshman at Central …
Neal & 
The Vipers  
will be 
headlining the Block Party 
on May 24.

Gaspee Days rings in Memorial Day Weekend with a Block Party & an Arts & Crafts Festival

In Pawtuxet Village, Memorial Day Weekend hits a little bit different. Instead of the usual backyard barbecue, it’s the height of Gaspee Days, which celebrates the burning of the HMS Gaspee by …
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FEMA deadline approaching: ‘Don’t delay, apply today’

 Homeowners and renters in Kent, Providence and Washington counties who had damage from the severe storm and flooding that took place from Dec. 17-19, 2023, and Jan. 9-13, 2024, have just one …
HALF-STAFF FOR ZEUS: The sun sets quietly over Cranston Police Station, its flag at half-staff, honor of the memory of K-9 Zeus who passed on May 4 and was laid to rest last week.

Sgt. Bruno on Zeus: ‘Suddenly the tables turned & I became the protector’

Now that I have finally had the chance to catch my breath, I would like to extend my most sincere appreciation and gratitude for the outpouring of support that my family and I have received during …
RIP ZEUS: Cranston Police Department announced the death of K-9 Zeus, who served the “department with great distinction, dedication and honor.”

Cranston Police K-9 Zeus crosses the rainbow bridge

He nabbed criminals on the lam, discovered the missing, took drugs and guns off the street and won the hearts of all those lucky enough to scratch him behind the ear. Law enforcement gathered Monday …
ADOPTABLE PETS OF THE WEEK
Hazel

Hazel

Hazel is so stunning with her coat of many colors! You have to meet in person to see how special she truly is! She is a four year old Catahoula mixed breed and she is super smart! Hazel loves walks …

 
Editorial
STORY OF THE WEEK: In a sure sign that the end of the General Assembly session is approaching, House Speaker Joe Shekarchi slated a budget caucus yesterday afternoon at the State House. A memo this …
Letters
I took the time to personally visit the so-called pallet village, on Victor Street in Providence. I can’t help but come to the conclusion; the same people who contrived this idea may also be …