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It was a rare, stinging rebuke of state officials by an enforcement wing of the federal government. Then the Ocean State’s Attorney General weighed in, reddening the handprint left behind … more
Sen. Frank Lombardo III dropped from helicopters to ski inaccessible moguls. Somehow, he balanced business, community service, law-making and family. “Our Senate family is heartbroken with … more
UPDATED: The defendant has been identified by prosecutors as Manuel Garcia Dela Cruz. more
Tasked with approving the latest annual student risk survey, the Johnston School Committee unanimously decided to remove two questions that ask about student sexual identity. “We went … more
Chief Resident Daniel Boateng and Dental Assistant Sheila Fernandez readied the exam room for their next patient. They try to turn the chair over quick. They’ve got patients waiting. For … more
A rabid coyote attacked a hiker in Johnston. He strangled the sick animal. According to Johnston Police Chief Mark A. Vieira, shortly after noon Friday, a 58-year-old man was hiking in the … more
Beautiful pizza, like art, is subjective. Take Rhode Island’s Italian bakery specialty — pizza strips (or party pizza or party strips … or bakery pizza or red strips or … more
A shadow has been cast on Green Development’s solar project plans in Johnston. The opposition was nervous. A rumor had circulated through the ranks of Stop Johnston Solar (SJS) that the … more
The prayers worked. Sister Daisy’s still healing but she’s back in her St. Rocco School classroom. “It’s a miracle,” said the nun and second-grade teacher. … more
Too little too late or better late than never? Four months later and at least two subsequent significant flood events since September’s soaking storms, the Federal Emergency Management … more
A Johnston hauling company paid Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) more than $37 million since 2017, under the landfill’s former boss, according to financial data released … more
The water’s still waist deep and starting to freeze along Belfield Drive, cutting 10 Johnston homes — and around 30 residents — off from civilization, emergency services, fuel and … more
The Central Landfill wants the Johnston Sun Rise to pay $900, in advance, to search for documents that may (or may not) exist, detailing the past business relationship between Rhode Island Resource … more
Johnston has the lowest-paid mayor in the Ocean State. Should the town’s next mayor get a $50,000 raise, from the current $75,000 annual salary to at least $125,000, as several members of … more
As the Johnston Sun Rise went to the printers Wednesday morning, Johnston’s emergency management officials had barely finished celebrating good news from the federal government when a fresh … more
The ex-boss at the Central Landfill has taken over as CEO of J.R. Vinagro Corporation, following his resignation last month. And his new employer, Vinagro Corp. has now taken over road and bridge … more
The Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives set his eyes on the biscuits slathered in sausage gravy across the table. “There’s no more … gravy train coming from the federal government,” said state Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi more
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth installment of a series looking at the newest iteration of the proposed Winsor Avenue solar farm. The public hearing is expected to continue in January, with a likely vote on a special-use permit to build an industrial-scale 19-megawatt (MW) solar field, with nearly 50,000 solar panels at 118 Winsor Ave. in northwest Johnston. Watch for more coverage leading up to and following the expected continuation of this hearing on Jan. 25. more
The board of commissioners offered outgoing Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) Executive Director Joseph Reposa a round of applause Friday on his last day on the job. Reposa held the Ocean State’s lone landfill’s top post in Johnston for more than six years. His annual salary was at least $245,000. He’ll also receive a $25,000 bonus on the way out the door (and stay on as a consultant). more
The federal government estimates more than 17 American veterans took their own lives each day of 2021. And more than a 100 more veterans committed suicide in 2021, than the year before. The … more
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