Nancy Burns Fusaro. 9/28/10. Photo/ Larry St. Pierre.

Greetings dear readers and fans and welcome back for another visit here on the Front Porch where you can always find fun tid-bits and good news items and where you are always welcome to share your own good news and photos. Speaking of good news, a cuddly little Teddy Bear with a bright blue ribbon is on its way to home of Liz White and Richard Notarangelo for their brand new bouncing bambino Jackson Richard Notarangelo, who was born on Friday, Aug. 30 at 10:32a.m., weighing 5 pounds and 15 ounces, and measuring 18.5 inches long! Baby Jax, who is doing beautifully, according to mom (who is in heaven) is the grandson of Eliot and Susan White, and great-grandson of the late Carter and Barbara White, which means he was born with ink in his blood. His mother, Liz, is the executive vice president and assistant publisher of the Westerly Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal; his paternal grandfather, Eliot, as many readers may know, is the president and publisher of the Sun and the Record-Journal, his paternal great-grandmother, the late Barbara White, had a long and distinguished 50-year career at the Record-Journal where she retired as editor in 1988, continued to write into the mid 1990s, was inducted into the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame, and was selected twice as a Pulitzer Judge; and his paternal great-grandfather, the late Carter White, was, according to the Hartford-Courant, “the hard-driving, longtime publisher,” of the Record-Journal who “gave no quarter and expected none in return.” Welcome to the club, little Jax!

More good news comes in the form of an “I Do” for the Hudson-Traskos families who are bound to be even more joyfully connected! Last weekend, Jake Traskos, WHS class of 2003, and youngest of Kathy and Jimmy Trasko’s three handsome sons, proposed to his sweetheart Lauren Hudson, daughter of Marsha and Tom Hudson of Misquamicut and Gratfon, Mass. Lauren, of course accepted, and now everyone is happy! Felicitations Jake and Lauren!

Speaking of weddings, Sept. 7, 1963 (yes, a half a century ago!) was a big day in Westerly, especially at the Church of the Immaculate Conception where there were two big family weddings were held on the same day an hour apart and both before noon! Happy 50th anniversary to Shirley (Morrone) and Ed Lunaas of Westerly who were married at 11 a.m. on that special day, and to Sandra (Giorno) and Joe Vitterito who were married an hour before at 10 a.m. And, keeping it all in the family, Sandra’s niece, Justine McVeigh, married her beau, John Grills earlier this summer (50 years later) and made for an absolutely gorgeous bride! Meanwhile, Sandra’s cousin and Justine’s mom, Gerry McVeigh, who works her magic at the Westerly Health Center, invites us all to stop by the Hilltop Cafe this Thursday for a special “Pizza and Wings” to benefit for the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association,” when a percentage of the meals plus all beverage gratuities will be donated to the association. A good cause for sure! Since we’re in the family mode, let me not forget to wish a happy 91st birthday to Millie “ZiZi B” Fusaro, the fabulous former proprietor of Angelo’s Fish & Chips on Oak Street, who is Gerry’s mom, Justine’s grand-mom, and Sandra’s aunt! All in the family indeed!

I’m sad to report that I missed the Westerly Land Trust’s third annual Farm Dinner fundraiser held at Avondale Farm Preserve but I heard from my cute friends and neighbors, Kevin and Mary Adams (who are such good doobies that they volunteered as servers despite having just completed the big move of their business, J. Mack Studios to Cross Street) that it was a spectacular evening! Please see the photos on this page (taken by Read McKendree and Leanne Johnstone) and stay tuned for more in upcoming editions of Front Porch News plus more about the amazing chefs who made it possible, and the committee, headed up by WLT board member Jen Fusco. To be continued, as they say, or “tbc” in text talk! Until next week, dear readers, have fun and ciao bella!

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