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‘Missed beyond belief’: Colleagues honor bus driver’s memory

Daniel Hicks’ name and memory will live forever. “We all loved him,” Terri Borders, one of 60 or so Johnston school bus staffers, said late last Wednesday afternoon at the First Student …

Polisena approached about 2022 run, focused on town for now

By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena has never been afraid of the microphone. He said it comes naturally to him after working in radio during the early 1970s, starting out as a part-time host at WSVP in West Warwick. He earned $5 an hour to

Council renames high school library in Mele's memory

By JACOB MARROCCO Robert LaFazia spoke through tears during Monday night's Town Council meeting, fondly remembering his dear friend Janice Mele. Mele, who had served on the School Committee since 2007 and was its chairwoman for several years, passed away

First School Committee meeting without Mele a somber occasion

By JACOB MARROCCO The Johnston School Committee on Tuesday held its first meeting since the passing of Janice Mele, but her presence was still strongly felt. The board elected its new chair and vice chair - Robert LaFazia and Joseph Rotella, respectively

'Culture of excellence' celebrated at National Honor Society ceremony

By JACOB MARROCCO Thursday night was a time for reflection, transition and recognition as Johnston High School honored sophomores, juniors and seniors during the National Honor Society induction ceremony. Principal Dennis Morrell welcomed the crowd to

Abortion bill defeated, but not over

By ETHAN HARTLEY A polarizing bill that sought to codify federal laws regarding the allowance of abortions, which was enshrined by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, was voted down by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 5-4 vote on Tuesday

Resolution would rename JHS library in Mele's memory

By JACOB MARROCCO District 3 Town Councilman Joseph Polisena Jr. will introduce a resolution at Monday's meeting that seeks to pay tribute to Janice Mele, the former School Committee chairwoman and District 3 representative who passed away unexpectedly

Matter of time

By JACOB MARROCCO Mayor Joseph Polisena said there is a potential end in sight to the flooding issues on Belfield Drive, but residents are asking when changes will come. Polisena told the Sun Rise during an interview on Tuesday morning that the matter is

Polisena teases legal action if ‘evergreen’ bill becomes law

Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena discussed the possibility of legal action down the road if the so-called “evergreen” contracts bill is signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo. The legislation, …

Fallen heroes honored at firefighter memorial

By PETE FONTAINE On Sunday, amid some special pomp and circumstance and a solemn silence, 19 Johnston firefighters whose names have been added to the beautiful stone outside Station 1 at 2289 Atwood Ave. were remembered during a moving memorial ceremony
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By PETE FONTAINE Marvelous memories and mouth-watering munchies. That pretty much sums up the 10th annual Our Lady of Grace Primavera, which was a mecca for fanciers of the fork and food. Sunday's event, which featured special servings from 35 of Rhode
On Sunday, May 19, family, friends and community members gathered to dedicate one of Green Development's Johnston wind turbines to the late Cheryl A. Rambone. Sunday was Cheryl's birthday, and she would have been 75. She passed away in 2017. The turbine
The following students were recognized during Johnston High School Senior Honor Awards Night on Thursday, May 16: Rhode Island Honor Society Haya Q. Abaherah, Nicholas E. Abreu, Connor J. Agnew, Dennis J. Anderson Jr., Alyssa N. Audino, Ian Quinton
By PETE FONTAINE The Winsor Hill Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization put its bet foot forward for Friday night's Color Run. Christina Senno, who serves as the PTO's vice president, did what president Gina Schino called an amazing job" in"
By JACOB MARROCCO Sennen Conte and his family have a history of eating well - and taking risks. His brother, Galen Conte, worked a Fortune 500 sales job before starting a business selling pumpkin seeds in 2003. The inspiration came from Sennen and
Sports
The Johnston baseball and softball teams celebrated their senior nights on Tuesday afternoon in Johnston, honoring the kids that will be graduating in the coming weeks. The baseball team fell to Smithfield 4-0. Pitcher Matt Loffredo racked up nine
By PETE FONTAINE To say that the future for Johnston High School's track and field program looks bright would be an understatement. As proof, Alex Morin - a one-time standout with the Johnston Youth Football Panthers and student at Nicholas A. Ferri
By PETE FONTAINE Awesome alums! During their undergraduate days at Johnston High school, Robert V. Russo and Gary Salzillo sat next to each other in homeroom. Since those days of yesteryear, Russo and Salzillo have gone on to distinguish their alma mater
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. THREATS TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS Lt. Joseph Salvadore was on patrol the afternoon of May 9 when he saw a vehicle with window tint and both
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. INTENT TO DEFRAUD Michael R. Crugnale, 54, 868 Manville Road, Woonsocket, responded to Johnston Police Department headquarters on the
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. BODY FOUND Rhode Island State Police identified the body of a man found at a Johnston recycling facility last Thursday. Roberto
Editorial
In March, on a 44-30 vote, the Rhode Island House of Representatives approved legislation that would codify abortion rights in our state. Last week, however, the Judiciary Committee in the state Senate voted that measure down on a 5-4 vote. The
The revolutionary spirits runs deep in Rhode Island. In May 1776, it became the first of the 13 American colonies to formally renounce its ties to the British crown. It was four years prior, however, in June 1772, that one of the formative events of the
The recent stretch of gray, rainy weather notwithstanding, we are in the midst of a season when the spirit of our communities shines perhaps most brightly. At colleges, universities and high schools across the Ocean State, graduates will soon mark a
Lifestyles
60s and Sexy

Fashion tips for the spring season

By CINDY FERA Often, as we mature - Don't you like the way I say mature" and not "get old"? - we are confused about how to dress. We want to look cotemporary and sexy but not like we are shopping at Forever 21. Our bodies have changed and so has our"
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THE WHITE CROW

THE WHITE CROW * * * (Story of Nureyev's rise to fame) This interesting look inside the life and soul of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev is a two-hour saga of the contrasting cultures in Russia and Paris in the mid-1960s. We watch the young dancer
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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM * * The third in the violent John Wick sagas picks up where we left the hitman, running through the dark, rainy streets of New York City with a multi-million dollar bounty on his head. Fans of the series will be

Theatre By The Sea opens 86th season with 'Love and Other Fables'

In celebration of 86 years of Theatre By The Sea, owner and producer Bill Hanney is proud to announce the opening of the 2019 Summer Season. The season begins with the World Premiere of a brand new romantic screwball musical comedy, Love and Other
Letters
LETTERS

Setting the record straight on continuing contracts

To the Editor: When I read the article in the Johnston Sun Rise in the May 9, 2019, edition about contract continuation legislation, it made me want to both laugh and cry. I laughed because of article indicates our mayor is considering a constitutional
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Pre-K to benefit us all

To the Editor: As a mother who has experienced the benefit of childcare for the past nine years, I've seen how quality care can give children a strong start to life. I wish that every child had access to early childhood education. That's why I'm urging
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Johnston will miss a true champion of children

Janice Mele passed away last Tuesday very unexpectedly. Having the privilege of working closely with her to support Johnston Schools has been an honor. Mrs. Mele was a staunch supporter of public education in our town. The focus of her work was the
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Saving the next generation from the addiction of smoking

To the Editor: When I was young, I made a decision that would change my life forever: I picked up my first cigarette. It was only a matter of time before it became an addiction. Unfortunately, this was just what Big Tobacco wanted - that was 41 years ago