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Ucci opens up on decision not to run for reelection

By JACOB MARROCCO Dist. 42 Rep. Stephen Ucci elaborated on his decision against running for reelection this fall during a wide-ranging interview with the Sun Rise last Friday, discussing his future in politics, the pandemic and changes he would like to

Ricci looking to turn District 42 seat red

By JACOB MARROCCO Frank Ricci recently had a whirlwind of a week on the political scene. At first, he was the only Republican running for any local seat in Johnston, throwing his hat into the ring for a District 2 seat on the Town Council. By mid-week,

JHS National Honor Society blood drive, with strict precautions, set for July 6

By MACKENZIE HANNA On July 6, Johnston High School's National Honors Society will be hosting a blood drive at the Johnston Senior Center. Donations will be taken from noon until 8 p.m. Due to the current situation, those wishing to donate must make an

Arakelian, Sousa make up for lost memories

By PETE FONTAINE Johnston residents Giavanna Arakelian and Helio Sousa may never again witness the extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness they saw while celebrating their 2020 high school graduations and prom. The teenage couple has been dating

RI enters phase three, with caveats

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Rhode Island has entered the third phase of its reopening plan, although troubling trends across the country have led officials to scale back a handful of the new allowances outlined during an earlier preview of the guidelines. "e;I do

Ferri Middle School announces fourth quarter honor roll

The following students achieved honors for the fourth quarter at Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School in Johnston. Grade 8 High Honors Michael Andrews, Emily Arruda, Jenna Aucone, Noelle Babcock, Raymond Baccaire, Natally Bern, Kevin Biscelli, Trinity

Hendricken graduation evolves into a spectacular production

It was a graduation ceremony like no other at Bishop Hendricken High School Friday evening. For starters, the ceremony was a month later than those that preceded it. But that's what made it truly unique. Graduation ceremonies across the

Phase three of reopening gets governor’s go-ahead

Rhode Island is moving into the third phase of its reopening plan, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday, although troubling trends across the country have led officials to scale back a handful of the …

RI confirms first case of child inflammatory condition

Rhode Island has confirmed its first case of a rare inflammatory illness that has affected children in other parts of the country during the COVID-19 crisis, Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole …

Radio Beacon, Episode 17: State Rep. Stephen Ucci

Johnston state Rep. Stephen Ucci, a Democrat representing District 42, discusses his decision not to seek reelection this year.
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In a story last week regarding Rep. Deborah Fellela's reelection bid, she is quoted: "e;I think that would be something, I know gun safes can be pretty expensive and it could add up, the sales tax, but it gives an incentive to people to buy guns . It seems
Editor's note: Vivian Weaver is a 1971 graduate of Johnston High School. She moved to Rome in 1979. The following are her thoughts and observations from inside one of the nations hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. In my article of 20 May 2020, I wrote
Lessa's Lemonade Land recently took a different twist for its 2020 season in Johnston. Founder Margaret "e;Peggy"e; Lessa, in fact, even changed venues for this year's annual opening as well as using a different format for hiring its many employees who
The Rhode Island General Assembly is a change-averse institution. This has been a year of big and unexpected change in America, first with the COVID-19 pandemic and then the ongoing reaction sparked by the death of George Floyd. What happens when the
By MERI R. KENNEDY St. Mary's Feast, a tradition with ties dating back to the ninth century in the Italian village of Itri, is a cherished part of Cranston's culture and heritage. Due to the pandemic, this year's celebration figures to be significantly
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 …
Cranston West 2015 graduate Carla Gutierrez has never been afraid to take risks. During her time at West, Gutierrez enjoyed time competing in and winning beauty pageants. Her other passion? Playing varsity football for the Falcons.
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The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. VANDALISM Patrolman Joseph D. Anderson responded to a report of vandalism to a vehicle the evening of June 22. Upon arrival, Anderson
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. FRAUDULENT CHECKS Lt. Stephen Altomari and Patrolman Louis Cotoia met with Pawtucket Police Department personnel on the evening of
By PETE FONTAINE There were two memorable ceremonies inside the Johnston Senior Center last Friday for a highly-decorated man whom Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini called "e;a damn good cop who will make an excellent parks and recreation director."e; For
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
We are all, together, in the midst of a rapidly evolving and deeply concerning situation. Day-to-day life is being disrupted in unprecedented ways. Every person, every institution, every business and every organization across our state is struggling with
For weeks now, Rhode Islanders - like people across the globe - have warily monitored the spread of the novel coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19. It has been at times difficult to gauge the true seriousness or potential impact of the virus, which

Lemongrass reopens for take-out

After a three-month withdrawal from Nime Chow and Crispy Pork, my favorite Asian restaurant has finally reopened - at least for take-out. "e;A lot of people have called and asked me if I was all right,"e; Lemongrass owner Shang Wong told me

Social distancing at Rocky Point

The sun was shining brightly, and a cool breeze was blowing, as I parked my car in the Rocky Point parking lot last week. Memories of The Flume, the Shore Dinner Hall, and the rickety old roller coaster were still fresh in my mind as I

Kingston Chamber Music Festival to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday with online concert series

The Kingston Chamber Music Festival will present its 32nd annual season with a series of six free online concerts July 22-Aug. 2. The festival, usually held at the University of Rhode Island's Fine Arts Center, will be presented online due to COVID-19.

A family's place of eternal rest

In March of 1867, members of the Stone family decided that their ancestors' eternal sleep would continue in some place other than where it had begun over a century earlier. The Hugh Stone farm stood along Pontiac Avenue in Cranston.

Speaking out to support Medicare for All

To the Editor: Joe Biden’s popularity is still due largely to his name recognition among voters who spend very little time following the news. The campaigns of Sen. Kamala Harris and …

Where you live shouldn't determine if you live

To the Editor: International Women's Day is about celebrating women and lifting them up. Right now, women in low- and middle-income countries are facing a cervical cancer crisis simply because of where they live. But Congress can do something about it.

Turkey hunt sends wrong message to children

To the Editor: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with The Light Foundation, is offering a Youth Wild Turkey Hunt in Rhode Island this spring and it is open to youths ages 12 to 15. The Rhode Island Division of Fish &

Sniveling cowards

To the Editor: Does anyone else find it interesting that the more hate and venom the left tries to spread against our president and other normal thinking Americans the more foolish they appear? Do these leeches in Washington, and here in our home state,