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Polisena Jr. interested in 2022 mayoral run

The first name in the race to succeed four-term Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena has been thrown into the ring. The mayor told the Sun Rise on Monday morning “it’s no secret” that …

OSDRI, town work together to ensure happy Thanksgiving for vets

A casual conversation between Lauren Garzone and Linda Folcarelli resulted in what Operation Stand Down Rhode Island Executive Director Erik Wallin said “will allow us to provide each of our …

Recount changes little in Dist. 42 race

A recount in House District 42 has done very little to change the results of a tight race to succeed state Rep. Stephen Ucci. Democrat Edward Cardillo Jr. led Republican Frank Ricci 3,510 to 3,400 …

Thornton salutes the vets

This week, local veterans received many thanks from the Thornton Elementary community. Fifth-grade teacher Kelley Cerbo and third-grade daughter Brooke, along with PTO fundraising coordinator …

Johnston Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.   IDENTITY FRAUD   Patrolwoman Kayleigh Cooper wrote on …

As new testing facility comes to Johnston, Polisena preps for eventual vaccine

The town of Johnston and Tri-County Community Action Agency will open a 40-foot trailer for COVID-19 testing at the high school later this week as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across …

SADD works around pandemic to hold successful food drive

It’s a tradition unlike any other, but this year it was more important than ever. So, in keeping with what Greg Russo called a “special season of giving,” Students Against …

North Providence Rotary donates 2,000 masks to first responders, community organizations

The Rotary Club of North Providence recently gave away 2,000 masks to local first responders and community organizations in Johnston and North Providence. The initiative is part of the Rotary Million …

Rondeau's Kickboxing to offer free self-defense class during Open House

Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be an eventful day at Rondeau’s Kickboxing, located at 1408 Atwood Ave. in Johnston. The day will include a Free Self-Defense Course, …

Sun Rise Scoops

News from the Mohr Memorial Library   The fine-free period for all Rhode Island public libraries has been extended to March 1, 2021. However, if folks have overdue books, please bring them …
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The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed and even shut down many businesses, but the demand in Rhode Island’s single-family market has increased with record breaking numbers. Total home sales from …
While the Trump presidency is running out of time, support for President Trump isn't about to evaporate. The precise fallout of that remains unclear as he refuses to concede the election. At minimum, the president's posture highlights our divided nation.
By MERI R. KENNEDY COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it. One thing it has not changed, though - kids in need still deserve a happy holiday. The For the Kids toy drive began in 1996 as an extension of a client appreciation party hosted by Jacob
Dylan Conley said he learned some valuable lessons during his first political campaign this year, leaving the door open for another run at the Second Congressional District seat for which James …
Superintendent of Johnston Schools Bernard DiLullo said that the district plans to keep schools open as long as possible, but “the feeling is at some point we’re going to hit a brick …
By PETE FONTAINE The Glocester Country Club membership, many folks who tee it up at the historic and picturesque nine-hole lakeside layout is, in just two words, par excellence. Sunday, in fact, was yet another special example of the GCC's generosity
Tautog (or black fish) fishing has been great. Anglers in Narragansett and Mt. Hope Bays are hooking up, the bite along the southern coastal shore has been good and those fishing off Newport are finding tautog along with some large sea bass in the low
By PAM SCHIFF When your only child doesn't feel well, you start to worry. When they are admitted to the hospital with an unknown diagnosis, your world spins out of control. For Cranston dad and school bus driver Chris Campogagne, his world turned upside
Police Logs
ATTEMPTED B&E   Patrolman Thomas Santurri and members of the third watch respond to Burger King at 9 Putnam Ave. on the morning of Oct. 30 for a report of a breaking and entering in …
It was rather fitting that the parking lot was recently resurfaced, as several people stood outside the Johnston Police Department headquarters at 1651 Atwood Ave. last week emphasizing there would …
Rhode Island State Police said Tuesday that a Johnston woman was the victim in a fatal crash on Interstate 295 in Smithfield. Lori A. Mollicone, 62, was struck by a vehicle in the center lane of …
Television critics know the idiom "e;jumping the shark"e; well, which comes from a 1977 episode of "e;Happy Days,"e; where Fonzie inexplicably jumps over a captive shark on water skis while wearing swim shorts and his trademark leather jacket - while serving no
By DR. JEANNINE GIOVANNI We certainly have a lot to worry about regarding our health these days. A global pandemic has a way of doing that. Yet there has been another pandemic raging around the globe for years that hasn't captured as much attention as it

Jelly Side Down arrives on local scene with debut album 'Had To Be There'

By ROB DUGUAY It can be quite intriguing when a talented band comes from the oddest of places. Take Johnston, for instance - a town known to many for its pizza strips and the debate over which bakery has the best. You wouldn't necessarily believe that

Donating hope

Blood shortages have not ceased during the coronavirus pandemic, and the Rhode Island Blood Center and Johnston High School are once again teaming up to rise to the challenge. Account manager …

‘A friend for our heart’

Corwin’s wide-set eyes, long legs and whiskers can be captivating. Or could it be his long ears resting on his shoulders that make him so endearing? Corwin, a rabbit with red sneakers in a …

For a clean getaway, travelers urged to fly from Green

By JOHN HOWELL Looking for a safe place away from the coronavirus? Then get on a plane, no matter where it is going. That was the underlying message from United Airlines and the Rhode Island Airport Corp. on the morning of Oct. 29 as they walked news

Autumn's hidden treasures

To the Editor, As we enter into the beautiful autumn season we can now enjoy all that this season has to offer in a few inexpensive ways. Traveling locally to visit the ongoing fall foliage, apple orchards, and farms with their produce and farm animals.

Mattiello shows leadership during crisis

To the Editor: As the hospitality industry starts our slow road to recovery to an uncertain future, we are dependent on our state leaders enacting forward thinking, smart policy ideas. One such example is recent legislation introduced by Speaker

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