Top Stories

Bridge at Cherry Hill honors heroes during Veterans Day ceremony

The noted slogan “it’s always special at The Bridge at Cherry Hill” was again upheld – perhaps more than ever – Monday during an emotional ceremony in Johnston. Many of the assisted …

Johnston Police hoping to fill plenty of boxes during toy drive

"We’re hoping to have this box – and many, many others – [that] will be overflowing with new toys,” Johnston Police Maj. Thomas H. Dolan said as he stood outside police headquarters on Atwood …

Polisena: Johnston not joining lawsuit against ‘evergreen’ bill

A group of 16 Rhode Island cities and towns have partnered for a legal challenge to the so-called “lifetime contracts law” adopted on the state level earlier this year – although Johnston, …

U.S. News & World Report ranks Briarcliffe among top four nursing homes in state

Briarcliffe Manor, which is located on 30 acres of picturesque wooded land in Johnston, is now known as more than a five-star, award-winning skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.

`It's like winning the lottery': Partnership for Rhode Island, Infante-Green announce funding for DonorsChoose projects

Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green paid a visit to Ferri Middle School Monday for an announcement that was kept under wraps for days.

Spirit of giving at heart of Scouting for Food

Scouts from Troops 6 and 66 in Cranston waited to leap into action at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank Saturday morning, anxiously anticipating the next pickup truck or minivan that would back in waiting to be unloaded.

'Golden age' of research highlighted at Alzheimer's 'Finding Hope' panel

“There has never been this breadth and depth [of research], there’s never been this [level of] collaboration and sharing of information,” said Terry Fogerty, community outreach coordinator at the Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital.

ECC’s artists on display at Pumpkin Painting Night

The letters “ECC” could mean much more in Johnston than Early Childhood Center. For example, when it comes to events like last Wednesday evening’s annual Pumpkin Painting Night, ECC could …

Bridge at Cherry Hill puts indoor spin on trick-or-treating

By PETE FONTAINE There was lots of treating and absolutely no tricks Friday night at The Bridge at Cherry Hill. In fact, folks like Johnston Police Patrolman David Slinko would agree that The Bridge's annual Halloween happening is probably the safest

'It's encouraging'

By JACOB MARROCCO Johnston schools made gains in both portions of the Rhode Island Common Assessment System, or RICAS, testing this year, but there is still room to grow. Johnston jumped nearly 3 percent overall in students meeting and exceeding
More News Stories
A Johnston native will soon be taking center stage. Just in time for the new year, “Follies for Boston,” a revolutionary dance and musical revue that celebrates Boston, will be performing for …
This year’s Our Lady of Grace Ham and Bean Supper was bigger and better than ever. For starters, the night featured 25 high-quality raffle prizes that were donated especially for Saturday’s …
“Our parishioners do more and more every year,” Sandy Cerel said Saturday while accepting congratulations on what many people called “the best bazaar ever” at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman …
Santa Claus is coming to Johnston. Saint Nick will be on Cherry Hill Saturday during the ninth annual Johnston High School Parent-Teacher-Student Organization Holly Fair, which will run from 9 …
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 July 2008.A stone-ender is a type of house, unique …
These four Johnston High School cheerleaders helped make the recent Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony special, as they escorted all members of the Class of 2019 into the game Edward L. …
There’s an old adage in sports that states: “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” That’s rather appropriate for the Johnston Panthers U-12 football team.
It's a storied tradition that's reserved for a select group of student athletes, namely those senior class boys and girls who represent Johnston High School in Rhode Island Interscholastic League football as well as cheerleading.
Police Logs
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.FELONY ASSAULTPatrolman Kevin Lyons responded to Johnston Police headquarters …
The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments. LARCENY Patrolman Kevin Brady responded to CVS Pharmacy at 1400 Hartford Ave. on the evening of Oct. 23 for the report of a larceny of
By HERALD STAFF Johnston Police Deputy Chief Joseph Razza said in a statement Saturday that the department had recovered four chalices that were stolen from St. Rocco's Church last week. Razza said in the statement that three of the chalices were
Observers might not think of Rhode Island as a major player on the national political stage. In terms of presidential and congressional elections, it has been reliably Democratic for many years, resulting in fewer candidate visits - and less outside
The concept of Halloween has always been an intriguing one. We encourage kids to dress up in silly outfits and go out into their surrounding neighborhoods and literally take candy from strangers - pretty much the antithesis of what they're told to do
The weeks leading up to the holidays bring into focus the struggles and needs of so many people in our communities. For the most vulnerable among us, a season meant for reflection and giving thanks far too frequently places added strain on already
Life Matters

Into the darkness

I attended an event the other evening where the purpose was to plunge us into darkness. Because we are not too far from Halloween, visions of Freddy Kruger or Michael Myers coming at me with a machete DID cross my mind. However, this occasion was to
Back in the Day

At Andersonville, Civil War soldiers found ‘hell’ on earth

On Oct. 25, 1861, 21-year-old William Tefft of Warwick made the decision to leave his life in Rhode Island behind and march into war as a Union soldier.After enlisting in the 7th Rhode Island …
Theatre Review

Broccoli’s ‘Paint’ covers the gamut

Writer/Director Kevin Broccoli describes his new play, “Paint,” as “a star vehicle, ensemble piece, science fiction story, a play about mothers and daughters, muses and inspiration, the Civil …
See It at the Movies


MIDWAY* * *(Story of historic WWII battle)This one starts with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and moves on to the battle of Midway. For two hours and 20 minutes we watch the recreation of the …

Benny's, do you hear us?

To the Editor: For years, so many of us had taken Benny's for granted. Who would have thought our favorite store would not be around forever? Benny's, you gave us no warning. We were shocked, blindsided. What would happen to us? Where would we shop now?

No Hallmark cards for naturalized citizens?

To the Editor: I am a secondary education English major at Rhode Island College (RIC), minoring in rhetoric in writing. To complete my minor, I had to undergo an internship that naturally had an emphasis on rhetoric and writing. In one of my undergrad

Walks all help in fight against Alzheimer's

To the Editor:Nationwide, fall is known as “Walk Season” for the Alzheimer’s Association, as local chapters gear up for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events that are the …

Why Columbus?

To the Editor: A statue of Christopher Columbus has been horribly defaced by one or more cowards that seem to enjoy lurking in the shadows and writing their idiotic idioms in the dark. Christopher Columbus was an explorer who risked his life in order to