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The tiny backpack hooks are as empty as the hallways. Old classroom decorations still hang on the walls, crafted by students and teachers who’ve long since walked out of the building … more
In 2015, Johnston schools counted just 113 multilingual learners (MLL) in the district. Eight years later, that number has more than doubled, to 270 MLL students in 2023, and that number continues to … more
Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of a series looking at the newest iteration of the proposed Winsor Avenue solar farm. The series is expected to conclude following the Nov. 2 continuation of the Zoning Board special use permit hearing. more
Johnston Police and the state's Violent Fugitive Task Force made an arrest in last Wednesday’s shooting at City Limit Auto Sales on Hartford Avenue. “Our main objective is to protect … more
When the mayor fights the governor, who wins? Probably not Johnston’s taxpayers. Hostilities have been building between the Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena Jr., who has been in office … more
Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a series looking at the newest iteration of the proposed Winsor Avenue solar farm. Look for part three in next week’s edition. The series is expected to conclude following the Nov. 2 continuation of the Zoning Board special use permit hearing. more
Johnston resident and Italian-American Raena Calisi stood at the juncture of the tiny bridge and the small island in the center of the pond in War Memorial Park. “He was an … more
Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a series looking at the newest iteration of the proposed Winsor Avenue solar farm. Look for part two in next week’s edition. The series is expected to conclude following the Nov. 2 continuation of the Zoning Board special use permit hearing. more
Joe Razza was a runner. Daily, the town native could be spotted dashing up and down the hills of Johnston while off-duty. The former Johnston police chief stepped down last year as his health declined rapidly and unexpectedly. On Friday, Sept. 29 — following the announcement of his death — Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee ordered the state’s flags lowered in honor of the late Joseph P. Razza. He was 54 years old. more
Columbus has landed in Johnston’s War Memorial Park. On Monday, Oct. 9, he’ll be welcomed with food trucks and a re-introduction to the public. Earlier this week, the … more
The governor offered millions for schools, but the mayor refused, insisting he saw too many strings attached. Can the town afford to leave any money on the table? Did the administration … more
JOHNSTON, R.I. — As small local newspapers struggle with dwindling circulation and shrinking revenue, public officials unhappy with critical news stories are hitting where it hurts — yanking away their contracts to advertise legal notices. more
Next Thursday the Johnston Zoning Board will hear from developers who want to build a slightly smaller 157-acre solar farm along Winsor Avenue. “I would say if they’re going back to … more
Each month, at their regular meeting, School Committee members are granted a few moments to voice congratulations or share salutations. At the Sept. 12 meeting, following a brief welcome back … more
The proprietor’s a tween but her business is an infant heading toward toddlerhood. “Some parts are easy and some parts are hard,” Penelope Santos said after mixing a fresh batch of slime. “You have to take some risks to be successful.” more
Providence College has announced that it is making a second gift of $100,000 to the Diocese of Providence Catholic School Office (CSO) to support Catholic education in Rhode Island through its … more
St. Robert’s Bellarmine will be holding a Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 30 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The church, at 1804 Atwood Ave., Johnston, would like to invite the public to the event, which … more
Matthew Newell was playing on the St. Rocco School playground on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. The carefree 9-year-old heard a teacher calling his name. The fourth-grader, wearing his … more
Our Lady of Grace Church’s annual feast and festival, which is named in honor of La Madonna della DiFesa, was a fun and food-filled event that featured many MVPs (Most Valuable Parishioners) … more
Armed with 140-plus volunteers, “Team Our Lady of “Grace” will present the Roman Catholic Parish’s 101st LaMadonna della DiFesa Feast and Festival that officially opened last … more
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