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BACKYARD SPACE: Johnston man combines love of space and photography, creates out-of-this-world images

Lucas “Luc” Maguire spends a lot of time in his Johnston backyard. He loves both the stars and photography. One day, he decided to combine his passions. “Ever since I can …

Ocean State Vintage Haulers hold truck show in Johnston

Last Sunday’s 27th Annual Ocean State Vintage Haulers Show featured upwards of 60 vehicles that ranged from pick-up trucks with those one-rime running boards to even a class motorcoach sporting …

JOHNSTON POLICE LOG, June 11, 2021

ASSAULT On May 10, at 8:17 a.m., Johnston Police responded to a Hopkins Avenue address to investigate a report of disorderly conduct. On the scene, police spoke to the man who called police, …

Hope Service Car Show debuts on Sunday in Scituate

It may be ironic that the iconic Hope Service Center, which is located at 1 Hope Ave in the Scituate village of Hope, will host everything from classic cars to antique autos and even street rods …

Retired Johnston police officer settles free speech lawsuit

The Town of Johnston and its police department have settled a freedom of speech lawsuit filed by a former officer. Following up on her previous court ruling, which found the Johnston Police …

SPOTTED IN JOHNSTON: The public life of bees

Bees of all shapes tasted the bursting pink flowers of a huge round rhododendron bush at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Johnston.

Costco developer demands $46M, alleges ‘political interference’ from Cranston mayors; Johnston location still an option

Alleging “political interference and favoritism” on the part of both the current mayor and his immediate predecessor, the developer behind the proposed Costco-anchored Cranston Crossing …
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Rhode Island's business community rallies against PPP tax in Cranston

Rhode Island businesses have received approximately 17,282 federal Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, loans totaling more than $1 billion, according to the U.S. Small Business …

Johnston seniors party together again, with pizza and Del’s

The Johnston Senior Center hosted a pizza party luncheon Monday to welcome back its members. For the first time in more than a year, vaccinated seniors from across the community gathered without …

Donkey on the lam in Johnston

Johnston is developing a wild reputation. “You heard of the horse with no name?” Asked Mayor Joseph M. Polisena. "We have a jackass with no name.” Police started getting calls …

Cranston’s Costco loss may be Johnston’s gain

Plans for a new Costco-anchored development at the current home of Mulligan’s Island Golf & Entertainment in Cranston have again stalled, this time through a vote of the City …

RIBC calls for kinder business climate in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Business Coalition (RIBC) held a press conference this week to argue against proposed personal income tax increases for high-income earners and taxes on the federal Paycheck …

Johnston kids, ages 12-15, line up for Covid vaccine

Eight trained professionals doled out jabs to Johnston's youngest residents approved for the Covid-19 vaccine. More than 150 youngsters signed up for the shot. Among the needle-bearers, …

Johnston's first responders treated to lunch at The Bridge

Sometime around high noon last Friday, Maryann Grace walked outside The Bridge at Cherry Hill onto the patio and issued her usual friendly greeting asking: “How’s everything …
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‘River Pirate,’ from sure-thing to swindle

By KELLY SULLIVAN Waldemer Barth was arrested in Johnston on Feb. 13, 1903, after authorities were alerted he was in the area. This was good news for the wealthy Perry Belmont of Newport, who Barth had swindled out of about $1,500. Thirty-three-year-old
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Grant applications now available for artists, culture workers affected by the pandemic

Applications for a new round of funding for arts and culture workers from the Artist Relief Fund (ARF) are now available, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has announced. The application deadline is June 14 at 8 p.m. To apply for a grant, sign
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The Gamm announces 2021-22 season, launches fellowship for emerging artists

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) has announced its plans to reopen for Season 37 (2021-22) with a five-play lineup beginning at the end of September 2021. The season includes an Obie award-winner, a premiere of a late 19th-century classic
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At the Movies

Joyce and I have reviewed an average of 3½ movies a week since the late ’70s. At its peak, there were five Showcase Cinemas to choose from. Garden City, Cranston, Cinerama and a …
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Panthers seeking first win

The Johnston girls lacrosse team is back in action. The Panthers sit at 0-8 and will have three more chances to secure a win this season.

Cranston Stadium to host CES boxing event

By ALEX SPONSELLER After putting boxing on hold for over a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Islanders will finally have a chance to attend a live event on Saturday, June 19 at Cranston Stadium when Classic Sports and Entertainment hosts

Panthers get back on track

By ALEX SPONSELLER   After falling to 0-2 to start the season, the Johnston softball team would rebound and collect back to back wins over Mount St. Charles to even things out at …
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Spring back in full swing

For the first time in nearly two years, I spent the weekend covering high school spring sports. The previous weekend was the end of the third season and football championships, so that was where my mind was at, but this weekend was the first time that I

Panthers roll past Tiverton, into playoffs

By ALEX SPONSELLERThe Johnston football team continued to impress last week, rolling to a 38-6 win over visiting Tiverton to improve to 3-0 on the season and qualify for this week’s …

Wizards come back to beat Panthers

  By RYAN D. MURRAY The Lady Panthers, led the West Warwick Wizards two sets to none on Tuesday evening before collapsing mid-match and falling 3-2 (25-18, 25-22, 23-25, 11-25, 13-15) at …
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Johnston Police Log, June 4, 2021

DRAG RACING Around 10:59 p.m., April 25, Johnston Police Officer Michael Schiappa arrived on the scene of a motor vehicle stop in Providence, on Farmington Avenue, near the Johnston border. …

Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.   DUI   On the evening of March 27, Patrolman Anthony St. …

Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.   POSSESSION   Patrolman Michael Martufi Jr. was on a …
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Almost as certain as the mid-May pollen numbers climbing, entering the home stretch of the legislative year in Rhode Island means yet another debate over a series of bills that could potentially …
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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 …