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Santilli remembered as fixture of senior community

Mildred “Millie” Santilli, assistant director of the Johnston Senior Center and a dedicated advocate for those she served, died in March at 71 years old. Her sudden passing was a shock …

Honoring their sacrifice

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial is making its full return to Fort Adams State Park in Newport this Memorial Day weekend. The coronavirus pandemic …

JHS music department aims to pad fundraising numbers with mattress sale

Jason Glander, a respected executive with a national fundraising company, has the perfect solution for people seeking a batter night’s sleep. The same holds true for Ron Lamoureux, who …

Pastor answers call to crush COVID-19

A man of faith who is also dedicated to the pursuit of science recently helped Johnston residents most vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus receive their second vaccination shot just in time for …

JHS ready to roll out modified Homecoming

Panther Pride has never shined brighter than it will Monday night, April 12, inside Mayor Joseph M. Polisena Stadium. “This has been a difficult year at best for our students who have had to …

NW Links raises hundreds for RI Community Food Bank

The tea lights that were placed on marble-top tables provided soft, glimmering lighting inside a speakeasy-like setting that featured fantastic furnishings dating back to Rhode Island’s …
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She’s leading charge to stop medical waste facility

By JOHN HOWELL Not until she learned of a proposal to operate a medical waste facility on Division Street in West Warwick did Denise Lopez hear of the word pyrolysis. Now, Lopez - who lives in East Greenwich about a quarter-mile away from 1600 Division
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BigsRI strengthens partnership with North Providence

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island (BigsRI) and the town of North Providence have had a long-standing partnership to help keep the community’s unwanted items out of the landfill and …

Sun Rise Scoops

Easter Bunny to visit Johnston   The Easter Bunny will visit Johnston on Saturday, April 13, at Johnston Senior Services for breakfast, treats and more! Sponsored by Citizens Bank, the …
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SBA's Hayward cautiously says small businesses coming out of the woods

By JOHN HOWELL Mark Hayward, district director of the Small Business Administration, was ready to retire last year after serving the agency for 40 years. But when the pandemic hit, three U.S. senators begged him to stay on. They knew no one knows Rhode
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The rise of Sabina Matos

When Sabina Matos won election as president of the Providence City Council in 2019, it was impossible to know that she'd win the pick a few years later to be Rhode Island's lieutenant governor. Matos, 47, nonetheless emerged as the early frontrunner for
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'There's no vaccine for hunger'

By JACOB MARROCCO U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stopped by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank's Niantic Avenue headquarters Monday afternoon to announce $40 million in federal aid to help fight hunger and food inequality in the Ocean State. Reed said that the

A bite of normalcy

While last year’s Top 10 breakfast had to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors at Johnston High School were able to enjoy a low-key, socially distanced celebration in the …

School Committee weighs firms for new elementary school

The Johnston School Committee heard presentations from three firms during last Thursday’s meeting as a different company is sought to oversee the construction and development of a new …
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Living with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kenneth K Chen, MD If you have diabetes, you are not more likely to get COVID-19 compared with the general population. However, it has been shown that COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms …

Understanding asthma as allergy season returns

The arrival of spring and summer is typically welcomed with open arms. Warm air, green grass, colorful flowers, and, of course, vacations are just a few of the many reasons to celebrate spring and …

A thirst for exploration

After a long winter, spring has sprung. And local Rhode Island breweries are embracing the warmer weather by opening their outdoor seating – and brewing up a storm. Now, with the help of …

Stressed to the max?

2020 was a stressful year and the first few months of 2021 haven’t been much better. April is Stress Awareness Month: a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of …
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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 …

Viau commits to Dean

By ALEX SPONSELLER   Johnston senior basketball player Tori Viau recently made her college decision official as she committed to continuing her career at Dean College. Viau was the …

Lady Panthers turn things around

After tough sledding for much of the regular season, the Johnston girls finally got into the win column with three straight victories to close things out. The Lady Panthers earned their first …

Panthers rolling into playoffs

The Johnston boys basketball team continued to cruise to close out its regular season, winning its final three games on the schedule and taking a 6-3 record into the postseason.The Panthers topped …

Panthers on roll

After getting to a late start this winter season, the Johnston boys basketball team has caught fire and is on a three-game win streak in league play.The Panthers’ most recent victory came in a …

JLL preparing for spring season

FROM STAFF REPORTS Play ball! While the Johnston Little League closed out another highly-successful fall ball season a few months back, the ageless youth baseball program is gearing up for that players and parents are hoping with be a full season of
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Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. SHOPLIFTING Early on the morning of March 8, Rhode Island State Police …

Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.   FRAUD SCHEME   A Johnston man, the real estate firm he …

Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.   FELONY LARCENY   Patrolmen Cody Weaver and Michael …
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Make everyday in your home a Sunny day!! Meet Sunny, she's young just a year old and very shy. She will need an adult only home and someone with kitty experience. Sunny will need lots of love, time …

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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 …
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 …
After a quick roundup of a busy week at the State House, Dan chats with Lammis Vargas from the Cranston City Council (06:37) about her work in the treasurer’s office, the current council term, her top priorities, and more.
Jake and Dan discuss the arrival of the McKee administration, Rhode Island's rapidly improving vaccine roll-out, the school reopening plan in Cranston, and more.