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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 at delaying memory decline in people before the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are apparent.

The study is for men and women aged 55-80 who are not experiencing any memory or thinking problems but who may be at an increased risk of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial to enroll people as young as 55 years old. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please call 401-606-4664.

What’s happening at the Johnston Senior Center

Open enrollment for Medicare begins Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7. If you wish to book an appointment, call 401-944-3343 and speak with Madeline Revenelle at ext. 103. She is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Social worker Amy DiBiasio is available at ext. 112 on Tuesday and Friday for questions about Medicaid, housing, heating assistance and food stamps.

The center will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 8 p.m. Flu clinics will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Nov. 13, both at 9 a.m.

Limited in-library use

The Mohr Library will be open certain hours for in-library browsing of books for all ages, computer use, printing and copying for up to 50 minutes. Part of the children’s collection has been moved into the teen room while the children’s level is closed.

Mask wearing is required and people are asked to maintain physical distance. Members of the public will be admitted as capacity allows.

You are not required to reserve time but may do so, but they will hold your reservation five to 10 minutes.

Meeting rooms, faxing and notary are not available at this time.

Open hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Johnston Historical Society to meet in September


The Johnston Historical Society will meet on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Weather permitting, they will be meeting outside; masks required. The speaker will be food historian David Stone, who will talk about his recent book, “Lost Restaurants of Providence,” and research he’s done for a follow-up volume on lost restaurants of Newport.

The Johnston Historical Society Museum Barn is located as 101 Putnam Pike, Johnston, and programs are free and open to the public.

At the Mohr Library


The Mohr Library in Johnston is offering curbside service. Patrons can request books online, by email or by phone and they will provide them for contactless pick-up. They also are giving out free Grab-n-Go bags with crafts and activities for children in preschool and elementary school ages. The bags have several crafts, coloring sheets, bookmarks, stickers and activities. Patrons can request them by contacting Meri at

Teen virtual programming during COVID-19

The Mohr Library is currently offering virtual versions of some of its teen programs as well as drop-in chats! They are all invite-only programs, so please contact the teen librarian at to register or if you have any questions.

Art Club meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m., History Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 3 p.m., and drop-in chat days differ weekly, please ask when registering!

‘Blue Line’ patch 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.

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 1996, entrepreneurs Glen Jones and Bernand Luskin launched Jones International University, which became the first accredited and fully web-based university. Since the creation of these fully online programs and schools, distance learning has continued to grow in many different directions. (Source: School Fun Facts) 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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