Tuesday, November 15, 2011
John Charles Medancy, a registered Level II sex offender in Providence, must also update the address on his license and registration.
In a unanimous decision on Nov. 14 the Johnston Town Council chose not to revoke the business license of Advanced Piano Tech of 1555 Plainfield Pike after a show cause hearing. John Charles Medancy, owner of Advanced Piano Tech, was charged by Johnston Police on Sep. 8, 2011 with improper use of business, due to Medancy living in his business. “It was pretty clear he [Medancy] was living there. We discovered his vehicles parked there at all hours of night. When we entered the business, we found personal hygiene products, a refrigerator with food and clothes – dirty and clean on the floor in side rooms,” testified Sgt. Michael Babbitt. Aside from the improper use of business, Medancy is a registered level-II sex offender in Providence. …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The change clears one hurdle on the way toward an assisted living facility on Old Pocasset Road.
At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Johnston Town Council voted 4-0 to change the zoning designation on two parcels of landowned by Briarcliffe Manor, whose owners hope to build an assisted living facility on the land. The council's decision changes the designation on the land to a Planned District/Continuing Care Retirement Community, from R-40 (residential). Council Vice President Stephanie Manzi was absent from the vote. Attorney William Landry described the Briarcliffe plan as being in the "conceptual stage," with two stories and 75 rooms proposed for a new assisted living facility. Depending on the number of couples at the facility, there could be up to 100 beds, Landry said. Watch JohnstonPatch later today for a full report, including …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The Town Council also passed a resolution recognizing the JHS varsity baseball squad.
Johnston High School is one step closer to getting a new boiler and hot water system after a town council vote on July 18. Councilors passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Joseph M. Polisena to negotiate and sign a contract to replace the high school's current boiler, which is 44 years old. "The school system is spending about $8,000 a year on gum, if you will, to keep it going," Polisena told the council. District 3 Councilman David Santilli, a former school committee member, was pleased with the news. "I'm glad this administration is going through with it, and the kids will be warm," said Santilli. At its June 13 meeting, the council approved a $1.43 million improvement plan, to be funded by new bonds. Of that amount, $500,000 is set …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Police and firefighters can serve on the board after five years of service.
Johnston police and firefighters will be eligible to serve on the recently-formed Retirement Board after five years if service, instead of the previous requirement for 10 years' experience, following a June 13 town council vote. By a 5-0 vote, councilors approved the change to Ordinance 47-39 following a second reading of the new language. The council held a first reading of the amendment in May. Watch for Damien Baldino's complete report on this meeting tomorrow morning on JohnstonPatch. Information for this report was transmitted in-progress by Damien Baldino.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Changes to the retirement board and a new flood district were discussed.
With President Robert Russo absent, Vice President Stephanie Manzi presided over the Johnston Town Council's May 9 meeting, which lasted just 55 minutes. The evening began with a reading of an ordinance change which would allow firefighters and police officers to be eligible to serve on the Retirement Board after attaining 5 years of seniority, rather than the 10 years currently specified in the ordinance. "It was suggested by union representatives that it be reduced to five years service," said Town Solicitor William Conley. "We're in agreement with that." On April 21, Mayor Joseph Polisena appointed five of seven members to the retirement board. At the May 9 session, the council vote 4-0 to name Jeffrey Raposa, who had been absent from …
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The chairman of the Johnston Tea Party sits down for an interview.
If you're looking for a town that is right-of-center, Johnston probably won't come to mind. It is by no means a bastion of conservatism, but if a few dedicated individuals get their way, those on the right will have a way to meet like-minded citizens, and possibly act as a vehicle for change. The Johnston Tea Party has been in existence for almost a year and boasts nearly 20 members. It's run by 22 year-old Joseph Golomboski, who said he sees the Johnston Tea Party as a way of getting more local residents involved in the political process. "Trying to get people actively involved has been a problem," said Golomboski. "One of my goals is to give another voice to the town." Though there are many who disagree with some of the views espoused by…
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The town council waives the town's noise limits for National Grid, and asks the General Assembly to let RIRRC accept recyclables from out of state.
It was a quick night for the Johnston Town Council on March 14. With Councilors Eileen Fouco (Dist. 1) and David Santilli (Dist. 3) absent, the council finished the evening's business in less than an hour. Besides routine business, the council addressed some issues which could potentially have a major impact on the town. Councilors approved a request by National Grid for relief from the town's noise ordinance. The company is in the process of a major project which would update the power lines over a 25-mile stretch from North Smithfield to Warwick. Approximately 5.5 miles fall with Johnston's borders. The power lines being upgraded are located near I-295. Company representatives pointed out that there are few houses within close …
Monday, December 20, 2010
Seven-member board established to bring town in line with legal standards.
Mayor Joseph M. Polisena and the Town Council have nominated seven local residents to the newly-formed Senior Center Advisory Board, which the council created earlier this month to help the town avoid potential legal issues. "These seven applicants will enhance the day-to-day operations of the senior center by working with (Director) Tony Zompa," said Polisena during a recent interview. "This is also a way to elevate the position of the senior center." A nonprofit organization, Johnston Senior Center Inc., is charged with raising funds for the center under its IRS designation as a 501(c)3 organization. Town Solicitor William Conley requested the creation of the new board in late November, saying the town needed a separate entity that could…