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Pandemic no match for Stand Down Weekend as it moves to Johnston

By JACOB MARROCCO Operation Stand Down Rhode Island isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic put too much of a damper on its 29th annual Stand Down Weekend, holding a scaled-down version at Johnston War Memorial Park this Saturday and Sunday. OSDRI, which

Sporting a different lock, OLG Feast and Festival carries on

By PETE FONTAINE There weren't any Rockwell Amusements carnival rides or games of chance featuring stuffed animals last weekend at Festival Field in Johnston. There was, though, the huge "e;Big Top"e; that Our Lady of Grace Church rents every September for

Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. BREAKING AND ENTERING Patrolmen Robert H. Cardoza and Christopher Rotella responded to Sixth Division District Court in Providence on

Council Roundup

The Council Roundup is a digest of licenses, ordinances and other matters from the Sept. 14 Johnston Town Council meeting. LICENSES The Town Council unanimously approved a business operating license, phone calls only, for Advanced Welding Services,

Goodfellas Motorcycle Club run revs up $14K for Hasbro

By PETE FONTAINE To say that the Gene Benedetti-led Goodfellas Motorcycle Club is unique would be an understatement. For starters, the Goodfellas have raised and donated a total of $18,000 to Hasbro Children's Hospital after hosting just three motorcycle

Smooth sailing as St. Rocco's opens for business

By PETE FONTAINE St. Rocco School in Johnston is back at full strength. Beginning this week, all classes from kindergarten to grade eight are now in session after the 2020-21 academic year began Monday with a staggered daily return until today when all

JHS Student Council Blood Drive set for Sept. 23

By REBECCA CLEMENTS The Johnston Senior High School Student Council is teaming up with the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society to put on a blood drive. The blood drive will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Johnston Senior

Dancing through the pandemic

Dancing through the pandemic The Johnston Senior Center hosted an outdoor Zumba class for a couple dozen eager participants on Wednesday morning. Denise Moio-Touchette of Anchor Bay, who will be sponsoring the next installment on Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m.,

New Era Enrichment Academy tackling pandemic in two languages

By JACOB MARROCCO New Era Enrichment Academy in Johnston has had to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic like other schools, but past practices and current protocols have made it a bit easier. Director Amy Nesmith told the Sun Rise last week that New Era -

Officials: Despite COVID cases, school reopening on track

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Nineteen COVID-19 cases were identified among students, teachers and staff during the first two days of Rhode Island's new school year, officials said Wednesday, although those positive tests were spread between 18 different schools
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Study seeking seniors   The Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital is involved in The Ahead Study, which is testing an investigational treatment aimed …
By JOHN HOWELL If the presidential preference primary was a scrimmage with a predicable outcome and the Sept. 8 state primary an intramural game, then the Nov. 3 general election is the Super Bowl for voting in the midst of a pandemic. Secretary of State
Rhode Island's primary election delivered a shock to the system. For years, progressives have complained that the General Assembly's Democratic mainstream didn't adequately represent Democratic values. (It was grassroots campaigns initiated outside the
By JOHN HOWELL Tom Isacco was listening to "e;Imus in the Morning"e; while working in his metal fabrication shop when it was reported that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. The first reports were a small private plane had flown into the
By JACOB MARROCCO Several endorsed Johnston candidates were victorious after the results of Tuesday's primary, most notably House District 43 Rep. Deborah Fellela and Town Council District 4 representative and President Robert Russo. The Johnston
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League put out a statement on Monday addressing where it stands during the COVID-19 crisis, and its preparation for the upcoming fall sport season. As of now, things are slated to kick off in the third
The Johnston Memorial Cancer Events storied golf tournament tradition WILL continue in 2020. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, Connecticut National Golf Club that’s located in Putnam, CT. and …
On Friday afternoon, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League announced in a statement that it would be cancelling the high school spring sports season due to the COVID-19 crisis. The news comes a …
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. WARRANT Patrolman Anthony G. St. Laurent and members of the first watch responded to Greenville Avenue the morning of Aug. 19 for a
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.   ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON   Patrolman Adam Parkinson …
Within a day of the shutdown in March, lines 40-deep stretched outside the door of D&L Gun Shop in Warwick's Buttonwoods section as people waited to buy guns and ammo. The lines tapered off by April but surged again after the murder of
With a school year steeped in uncertainty and a nationwide election of high consequence bearing down on us in the midst of an historic pandemic - itself an event that continues to elevate multiple societal and economical anxieties with every passing day
As life in a pandemic continues to progress with no real end in sight (outside of a vaccine becoming widely available in a very short period of time), it seems almost a force of cosmic irony that we are experiencing this unprecedented moment of
Politics has largely taken a back seat to far more pressing concerns in recent weeks as the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, and rightfully so. But this year's elections will have enormous implications, from the national level on down. And given the

Perfect blend for a good cause

JR Pagliarini and his longtime friend, Ana Morgan, were commiserating over the state of things. I like to imagine this happened over a cup of coffee, but I’m told it did not.Their 20-year …

All about Sidney

Sidney is my youngest granddaughter. She is 7 years old. She has two older sisters and an older brother. I'm amazed at how different they all are. Sidney is the most like me. She loves to dress up but isn't afraid of getting dirty. We call

See it at the Movies with Joyce & Don Fowler

UNHINGED *** (Joyce) **½ (Don) Tense, violent road rage thriller This tense, violent movie has a big message: If you are behind somebody and the light changes and they don’t …

Netflix oldies but goodies

From the looks of the previews shown with "Unhinged," we won't be seeing many good new films at the multiplexes. I never thought that I would find myself glued to the TV screen for my entertainment, but such is the nature of our world

Reflections on the life of 'Big John'

To the Editor: A home-grown, well-respected, fine "e;gentleman farmer,"e; patriarch of a large and loving family, astute businessman, and "e;gentle giant"e; of a human being and citizen has left us for more peaceful pastures and smoother roads. John Anthony

The death knell has sounded

To the Editor: The death knell may already have been sounding. President Trump certainly didn't hear it. And, just as important, most of his followers - especially the more rabid ones - refused to admit the frightful music had even been composed. That's