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Chronic absence figures for town's teachers result of 'perfect storm,' ed leaders say

By JACOB MARROCCO Chronic absenteeism rates among teachers in the town's school district last year were an aberration, Superintendent of Johnston Schools Bernard DiLullo and Johnston Federation of Teachers President Kathy Kandzierski said during a joint

'You always respected her'

By PETE FONTAINE They called her a tenacious fighter who had compassion and concern for everyone. They called her the best friend anyone could ever have. They called her a legend, a wonderful woman who would feed people in need and take them to a doctor

JHS joins effort to combat vaping companies through Quit Lying Day

By JACOB MARROCCO The American Heart Association is working to tackle a "e;surge in vaping"e; among students, and Johnston High School is just one of the institutions looking to help. Students Against Destructive Decisions, or SADD, president Sarah Monahan
At annual MLK Day Scholarship Breakfast

'We believe in you': Educational equity takes centerstage

By DANIEL KITTREDGE Carlon Howard has lived in Rhode Island for nearly a decade, although his roots lie in Georgia, hundreds of miles south of the Ocean State. In his adopted home, he sees a unique opportunity for change - a chance to "e;transform"e; a

All in a day's work

By JACOB MARROCCO Persistence paid off for Ferri Middle School student Daniel Wulf. While his civics class was studying the founding fathers, the Constitution and the differences between a congressman and a senator, they wanted to hear directly from the

Tickets expected to go fast as Salzillo Memorial Game Dinner anticipates record crowd

By PETE FONTAINE Few fundraising events, if any, rival the 43rd Richard D. Salzillo Memorial Game Dinner, which will take over Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812 on Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at noon. The brothers Spirito - Greg and Dave, who own and operate

Champlin grant to help expand tech ed programming at JHS

By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston High School technical education teacher Thom Milligan wants to continue expanding his department's already substantial programming, and the Champlin Foundation is there to lend a hand. Johnston High was recently awarded a

Investments key to RI's educational, economic future, says Raimondo

By DANIEL KITTREDGE The state's educational and economic fortunes are inexorably linked, Gov. Gina Raimondo said during her State of the State address Tuesday night - and with her administration set to unveil its budget plan for the coming fiscal year,

Green receives $5.5M for post-9/11 security upgrades

By DANIEL KITTREDGE U.S. Sen. Jack Reed flies frequently, and he knows T.F. Green International Airport well. "e;I travel to lots of airports,"e; he told members of the media outside the airport's security checkpoint Friday morning. "e;I was here last night

Polisena, DPW urge patience amid plow driver shortage

By JACOB MARROCCO Mayor Joseph Polisena and Department of Public Works Director Arnold Vecchione urged patience from residents as winter kicks into high gear and plows make their way down the town's streets. Polisena lauded Vecchione and his crew for
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By PETE FONTAINE The Johnston Historical Society, which was formed in the late 1970s by a group of historically minded people, will present a lesson diving into what was once known as one of Providence's "e;Five Industrial Wonders of the World"e; during a
History Notes is a biweekly entry in the Sun Rise that features a passage from the Johnston Historical Society. This week's story comes from January 2002. By STEVE MEROLLA One of the fine plaque houses in town stands in the village of Graniteville at 44
By PETE FONTAINE Anthony "e;Nappy"e; Napolitano stood at the podium inside the historic and nationally famous Italo-American Club of Rhode Island in Providence Monday night and declared, "e;the greatest contribution I have made to this club is George
By JACOB MARROCCO The Johnston Town Council voted 4-0 on Monday to continue a public hearing regarding numerous changes to the zoning code until Town Planner Tom Deller can speak on the matter at the Feb. 10 meeting. Solicitor Dylan Conley said there are
By NICK PETRILLO Dec. 20, 2019, was an unforgettable evening for Johnston High School students who attended their annual Winter Ball, which was held at The Graduate Providence (formerly known as the Biltmore). Students arrived between 6:30 p.m. and 7
FROM STAFF REPORTS Sophomore Jordan Moretti (Johnston) scored 10 points and seven boards for UMass-Dartmouth in the Corsairs' recent 91-43 victory over Plymouth State last weekend. Senior Ashley Brown (New Bedford, Mass.) scored 10 points, including the
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Johnston boys and girls basketball teams celebrated their Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers event this week when the Panther boys hosted Toll Gate and the girls hosted Cranston West. The event, which was organized by sophomore
By PETE FONTAINE Back in 1976, Tom McDonough had a unique fund-raising idea for Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Cranston that has since developed into the oldest sports card show in the country. The 42nd anniversary of that now storied
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 On the evening of Jan. 10, Arthur Beaucage III, 61, 41 Lee St., Johnston, responded to Johnston Police
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. DRIVER CITED IN CHRISTMAS EVE CRASH Johnston Police announced Jan. 10 that Marie E. Rossi, 65, of Cranston was issued three violations
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. BREAKING AND ENTERING Patrolmen Michael A. Schiappa and Nicholas Manocchio responded to Cranston Police Department headquarters on New
You may have heard this one before. Stories deep within the Beacon Communications archives, some years old, discuss a measure that Rhode Island has bounced around for one legislative session after another. Former Cranston candidate for state
Locally, the new year began with a chilling story - one involving the murder of a Pawtucket woman with a weapon rarely encountered by law enforcement. Cheryl Smith, 54, was rushed to the hospital Jan. 1 after being shot multiple times at her home. Soon
The impending presidential election has drawn much of the attention, but the arrival of 2020 brings the countdown to another major national event - one with significant long-term implications for the Ocean State. In the weeks ahead, the U.S. Census
Theatre Review

Topical, thought-provoking 'Admissions' at Gamm

Theatre Review By DON FOWLER 20% Diversity! That is the goal of Hillcrest Admissions Director Deb Martin, who at the same time is pushing her own white, privileged, connected, middle class son to get into Yale. That is the scene of this provocative,

Bramwell Tovey returns to lead RI Philharmonic Orchestra in celebratory All Mozart program

Bramwell Tovey returns to the podium to lead the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in a program that will inspire and uplift. The RI Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the beloved music of Mozart with a world class soloist and, for the first time ever

Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles announce Winter Concert featuring pieces by Jacob, Arnold, Sousa

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles will perform at Rhode Island College's Sapinsley Hall on Sunday January 26 at 3 p.m. Led by David Neves, Ed.D. and John Knasas, the ensembles consist of top student musicians hailing from various
See It at the Movies


BAD BOYS FOR LIFE * * * (Action movie sequel) Every time a Providence Bruins rival gets a penalty, they blast "e;Bad Boys"e; over the loudspeaker, reminding us of the 1995 movie and its 2003 sequel. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as Miami rogue

Conservative leadership is the only way forward

To the Editor: On the day our federal government allowed for collective bargaining, in 1962, was the day the wheels of ever increasing taxation were put in motion as socialist government labor unions began their march across the country as they are now

Devil in details of proposed gun check regulation

To the Editor: I believe most supporters of the Second Amendment agree with Attorney General Peter Nehrona that mentally disturbed individuals should not be able to buy or possess a firearm. The recent tragic shooting at an assisted living facility in

Singing the dream

To the Editor: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were close friends back in 1965. They shared the dream that our nation should be "e;a place where civil and human rights would be inalienable rights, a country where

Those New Year resolutions

To the Editor: The first resolutions are for the Democrats in Congress. Please resolve to stop acting like 5-year-olds and taking temper tantrums because your candidate didn't win the election; and start working with Republicans on Immigration and NAFTA