Sun Rise Scoops


Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many organizations have canceled or postponed events scheduled for the coming weeks. We advise readers to check on the status of various events, and we will provide updates as they become available.

Sports canceled


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, CDC recommendations, and Gov. Raimondo’s recent announcement, the Johnston Parks and Recreation Department has canceled all T-ball and track programs.

Just a reminder that the parking lot and walking track at Johnston Memorial Park is open. Please note that the bathrooms, playground and office will remain closed. Please make use of masks and social distancing.

‘Blue Line’ patch now offered by Johnston Police

The Johnston Police Department is now selling “Blue Line” edition collectible patches. All of the proceeds from the sale of the patches will support Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the work it does for the families of fallen police officers. To purchase a patch, visit

Medicare eligibility

Coronavirus is presenting many challenges in the Rhode Island community for Medicare eligibles. Help with understanding Medicare health insurance is becoming an issue as companies transform their business processes. Luckily, local Medicare health plan agents are available and can operate remotely. Get no-cost help understanding Medicare health plan benefits from multiple insurance companies. Call today at 241-7985.

Historical Society cancels May meeting

The Johnston Historical Society has canceled its May 27 program, which was to feature food historian David Stone, due to COVID-19 and too large of a risk for a small room. There has been no further announcement about the society’s upcoming June meeting.

The society, located at Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn, 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, will be on summer hiatus.

Girl Scouts Digital Drop-In Series for Daisy members

Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England’s will host a free Digital Drop-In Series, which welcomes all girls from pre-K to first grade. It will be held on Saturday mornings and the next dates are on their schedule to be held from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.: May 23 and June 6.

This free weekly virtual meet-up will include sharing stories from the Daisy Garden with simple activities and engagement for younger children. The program is free, and once registered, participants will receive a link and password to the Zoom meeting along with any details about supplies needed (supplies will be simple household items).

To register, visit For questions or more information, email or call 331-4500.

Help make a house a home

The Furniture Bank of RI, a nonprofit corporation, needs bureaus, complete twin or double beds, kitchen sets, mattresses and other household furniture that you no longer need. To help a less fortunate family through your charitable donation of good used furniture, call 831-5511 to arrange for pick up. All donated articles must be in good condition.

Did you know?

In 1868, Gen. John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide; he was commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), an organization of and for Union Civil War veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois. Memorial Day recognizes those who lost their lives in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. Photos in jpg format are accepted and news can include community events, promotions, academic news and nonprofit events. Email today and see your news in our column in the Johnston Sun Rise. Please include a daytime telephone number in case we require any further information.


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