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GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY: A mighty oak guards Johnston's historic Children’s Cemetery

A row of tiny headstones secluded in the woods of Snake Den State Park has been nicknamed “The Children’s Cemetery.” Six tiny markers stood in a row (although one is now just a …

It ain't easy being green, in Johnston, and the rest of Rhode Island

Look carefully before you tread. There could be a tiny critter in your path. It’s amphibian season, and Johnston is crawling with frogs and toads. A bumpy little fellow crawled through …

BACKYARD SPACE in JOHNSTON: The Bat Nebula, NGC 6992

The Bat Nebula, also known as the Eastern Veil Nebula, is in the constellation Cygnus and is a large supernova remnant. The rich Hydrogen alpha, Sulphur II and Oxygen III gas’s make it a …

After budget cuts, Johnston’s library perseveres

Libraries are incredibly important to the communities they serve. Volunteers are incredibly important to the libraries they serve. Following a decision by town government to cut the budget at …

Johnston Police set to host National Night Out event

Johnston will join more than 38 million people across 16 thousand communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide by celebrating National Night Out on August 3 at …

What’s in a name? Johnston board OKs ‘Project Schooner’ plan, but no mention of Amazon

As Jeff Bezos shot into space, the company he founded attempted to land a new retail distribution facility on a 196-acre Johnston woodland parcel. The agenda for Tuesday night’s Johnston …

Talking, and counting, turkeys in Johnston

The turkey hen skipped past the Johnston Police Department. Threading between traffic, the bird hustled across Atwood Avenue onto a grassy patch behind the sign for the Nicholas A. Ferri Middle …
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GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY: Johnston's Historic Cemetery No. 7 may be a model for volunteer maintenance

The faces of many tombstones in Cemetery No. 7 are rough, the inscriptions noticeably hand-carved. They’re made of concrete rather than marble or granite. “Many of these people were …

Johnston Town Council votes to approve Purdue Pharma bankruptcy class action settlement

Four members of the Johnston Town Council held an executive session Monday night to discuss opioid litigation. According to Town Council Vice President Joseph Polisena Jr. and Assistant Town …

Johnston Schools Superintendent DiLullo delivers End-of-Year Report

Johnston Schools Superintendent Dr. Bernard DiLullo Jr. delivered his End-of-Year Report at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting. “School began on Sept. 14, 2020 and ended on June …

BACKYARD SPACE IN JOHNSTON: The Monkey Head Nebula

Located roughly 6,400 light-years away in the constellation Orion, lies NGC 2174, The Monkey Head Nebula. It’s a Hydrogen- II emission nebula that may have been formed by the gravitational …

Johnston-based agency awarded contract to help locals with rent and utilities

As part of a statewide effort to prevent homelessness once the eviction moratorium is lifted in July, Tri-County Community Action Agency, located on Hartford Avenue, Johnston, has been awarded a …

FA advocate, Johnston High School graduate, lost at age 40

Johnston has lost a fighter and a compassionate advocate. “The Johnston community experienced a loss as Matthew DiIorio passed away on July Fourth at age 40,” said Johnston Schools …

Within two years, Johnston's front-line police officers will likely be equipped with body-worn cameras

If a new state program is successful, within two years every frontline police officer in the Ocean State will be equipped with a body-worn camera. Johnston Police Chief Joseph P. Razza welcomes …
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How Do I Identify What I have?

I am asked this question many times. While it is a rather large question given the amount of collectable military items and arms, it is valid. Things can certainly be found on the internet, but some …

BACKYARD SPACE

BACKYARD SPACE NGC 1499, The California Nebula By Lucas Maguire Special to the Sun Rise In the constellation Perseus lies an emission nebula stretching 100 light-years long. The California Nebula gets is name from its similar shape to the State of
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Cranston artist's work showcased at state gallery

An exhibition of artwork by Cranston-based painter Rebecca Flores, called "Nature, Nurture, Hope," is currently on display at the Atrium Gallery on the main floor of the state's Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence. The exhibit, which
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'Big Bugs' theme for kids' craft project series

Children's crafts and other summer activities are back at Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, with a series of weekly programs inspired by the "David Rogers' Big Bugs" exhibition now on display. Every Tuesday morning through Aug. 31, "Pollinator
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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 & …
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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
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NOAA and BOEM address wind farm fishing data challenges

By CAPT. DAVE MONTI The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration NOAA) have joined forces to address fish survey challenges presented by offshore …

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
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JOHNSTON POLICE LOG July 16, 2021

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

Rhode Island State Police arrest 19 for DUI over Fourth of July holiday weekend

State police took 19 allegedly intoxicated drivers into custody over the Fourth of July weekend. Col. James M. Manni, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public …

GRAB A SLICE: Pizza with Johnston Police

Johnston residents recently dished out casual conversations with some of Johnston’s finest at Pizzaria Romana during the Johnston Police Department’s first Pizza with the Police …
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Animal Talk - Princess

Pretty, pretty Princess! She is just a young pup about six months old so lots of puppy energy. Princess is a Hound mix with a gorgeous tri-color coat and dark brown eyes that are filled with love! If …

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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
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: 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 …