Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The fundraiser featured a Marchetti's Restaurant buffet and music by The Vini Ames Trio Band.
On Dec. 31, the Johnston Senior Center held its second annual New Year's Eve fundraiser gala, as more than 100 people ushered in 2012 with a dinner, dancing, a champagne toast and a continental breakfast after midnight. "The money raised from the New Year's Eve gala will go back in to the center for other senior services," said Assistant Director Millie Santilli. Guests enjoyed an Italian style buffett from Marchetti's restaurant in Cranston. The Vini Ames Trio band, including Vini, his wife Stephanie, and Johnston resident Debbie Larson, played easy swing songs, Frank Sinatra tunes, rock & roll and the Jitterbug as guests kicked up their heels to celebrate the new year. Donors to the event included: Check out the accompanying photos for …
Monday, January 2, 2012
Local closures; post pix from New Year's; weather forecast; half price admission at Roger Williams Zoo; and a year ago on JohnstonPatch: Catching up with the keglers.
No School: Your kids are right — there's no school in Johnston today, the last day of winter break for local students. Classes resume for public schools tomorrow. Town Hall and municipal offices (except police and fire) and Mohr Library are also closed today, and trash collection is delayed one day, with Friday's pick-up moved to Saturday. Share Your Memories: Were you in town for the New Year's celebration last night? We've got a Neighborhood Gallery where you can post and share your photos and video. Check The Weather: If you're taking the last day of vacation to get the kids out of the house, be sure to check out the JohnstonPatch Weatherbug forecast. Visit The Zoo: Nothing beats a brisk walk outdoors — except, possibly, half-price …
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers tips to stay safe on the roads.
If you're planning on going out tonight for New Year's festivities and having a few cocktails, take some time to consider your safety — and that of others — before you do. Johnston Police Deputy Chief David DeCesare said during a recent interview that local officers will be on patrol looking out for drivers who appear to be intoxicated as part of the state's new "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" effort aimed at reducing deaths and injuries that result from impaired driving. Last year, approximately 10,500 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Historically, holiday periods have shown higher incidences of alcohol-impaired driving crashes, so whether you're at a holiday party, a New Year’s Eve bash at a bar or reveling with friends…
What's your plan for self-improvement in 2012?
With the new year arriving in a few hours, many people will consider making resolutions for 2012. Some of the popular ones include resolving to lose weight, quit smoking, spend less money, volunteer time with a charitable cause and to exercise more. A University of Washington study in 1997 found 47 percent of the 100 million adult Americans who made resolutions gave up on their goals after two months. This figure has grown to 80 percent in the past decade, according to recent research completed at the University of Minnesota. And so it seems that our good intentions often fall by the wayside. Patch wants to know if you make new year's resolutions. Vote in today's poll and, if you are an individual who makes resolutions, feel free to tell …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Students in grades 3 through 5 took part in the school's holiday celebration.
The Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School Performing Arts Club held performances of their first annual Winter Show on Dec. 20 and 22. Fifth grade teacher and director of the show Jill Souza explained that 25 students in grades three through five took part, adding that the arts club only met seven times prior to their performances last week. In addition to the talented musical soloists, the chorus sang traditional Christmas songs, and Madison Kenney read a poem by David Frost. Check out the accompanying photos for more scenes from rehearsals for the Winter Show.
Where to find events for New Year's; today's weather; local closures; our final Top 5 video; and one year ago on JohnstonPatch: the cost of snow clean-up.
Get Out: Looking for places in the local area to celebrate New Year's? We've got your Great Escapes guide to weekend events right here. Eye On The Sky: Today's JohnstonPatch Weatherbug forecast calls for mostly couldy skies with temps in the 40s during the day and a 40 percent chance of rain tonight with lows in the 30s. Holiday Hours: Johnston Town Hall and municipal offices (except for police and fire) are scheduled to close today at noon and re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Local schools are also closed until Tuesday. Mohr Library is open until 6 p.m. tonight; tomorrow 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and closed Jan. 2. Top News: In the finale of our video series on the top news stories in 2011, we'll be posting our Top 5 Stories in Police and Fire today …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
There's lots going on locally and around the state to help you ring in the New Year.
Local Happenings: Ring in the New Year: Take a Plunge and other New Year’s Day Activities: If you’d rather be indoors:
Monday, December 26, 2011
The Johnston Early Childhood Center, located at Ferri Middle School, had a special guest stop by on Dec. 22.
Santa Claus paid a pre-Christmas visit to the Johnston Early Childhood Center at Ferri Middle School on Dec. 22 — ably assisted by Principal Dr. Sandra Barboza, who dressed as Mrs. Claus for the occasion. The Johnston High School Band provided holiday music, and TD Bank offered crayons, coloring books, and elf hats for the event. In the accompanying video, Barboza and PTO President Amy Andrews speak about organizing the day's festivities, which included Santa arriving on a special holiday trolley, a DJ, and refreshments for the ECC students and their families.
Final day of our "Deck the House" contest; local closures; weather forecast; today's top 5 stories of the year video; and a year ago on JohnstonPatch: here comes the snow.
Show Off Your House: Today is the final day of the Patch.com nationwide "Deck the House" contest, which offers up to $500 to help with the electric bill — and $100,000 to help local schools. If you've put it off until today, no problem — here's the info an contact rules. Closed: Johnston Public Schools are closed this week for winter break, which lasts until (and includes) Jan. 2. Town Hall and local department [except for police and fire] are closed today. Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day this week, with Friday's collection moved to Saturday, Dec. 31. Later this week, Town Hall will be open for a half-day on Dec. 30, and closed Jan. 2. Bright Skies: Today's JohnstonPatch Weatherbug forecast calls for sunny skies and …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Music Teacher Cecelia Rodi directed the student performances as part of the school's "A Season of Song" Christmas pageant on Dec. 21.
Students at St. Rocco School performed their annual Christmas pageant on Dec. 21 inside St. Rocco Church. Titled 'A Season of Song,' the series of performances featured students in different costumes according to the cultural theme they honored. "Every year we try to perfect the pageant," said music teacher Cecelia Rodi, who added the students had been practicing their songs and dance routines for several weeks leading up to the pageant. For this year's pageant, each grade performed their own special theme, singing Christmas songs from all over the world. Check out the accompanying photos for scenes from the St. Rocco Christmas pageant.