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Featured Articles: January 2017

“Twilight’s Last Gleaming, A Cautionary Tale”

by Johnston’s David Aiello nominated for Pulitzer Prize By Jane Fusco David Aiello invents characters that are complex, multi-faceted and maybe even a bit unsettling. He weaves facts and fiction so masterfully that the reader will have to determine what is real, and what isn’t. His second novel, the political thriller, “Twilight’s Last Gleaming, A…

Finding “your person”: the stories of successful, longtime relationships

By Brittni Henderson “Nothing beats that look she gives me and that feeling it gives me—just feels like home.” Joseph Cabral, 25, of Lincoln shares this sentiment about his wife, Lauren, 23. There are times in our lives that certain people enter and somehow our intuition just knows that they are meant to be there.…

Honoring Paxson — A Very Special Canine

By Patti Shaffer Did you know that dogs were used in law enforcement as early as the Middle Ages? During those times bloodhounds were used for hunting down outlaws. It wasn’t, however, until 1869 in Europe that dogs were first used for law enforcement on a large scale. It was Belgium that introduced the first…

Smithfield through Al Bruno’s eyes

Former building official remembers what the town used to look like By Laurence J. Sasso, Jr. When Al Bruno looks at Smithfield he sees it through different eyes than most of us. For instance, on Homestead Avenue others see only Georgiaville Manor housing for the elderly, but he remembers what preceded it, the original St.…

Smithfield’s First Paid Firemen

Began 50 Years Ago New Year’s Day By Jim Ignasher The Smithfield Fire Department can trace its origins to the 1870s with the acquisition of its first fire engine, dubbed “The Water Witch” that was purchased from the city of Pawtucket. For nearly 100 years afterwards, fire stations in town were manned by volunteers, but…

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