Greetings dear friends and readers, welcome back for our first December visit here on the Front Porch, where we’re ooohing and ahhhing over all the beautiful decorations on local homes and businesses. Warm thanks, as always, to Angie and Art Smith for brightening up the corner of Watch Hill and Airport Roads … the display puts a smile on my face each time I drive by! And to Joanie and Bruce Coon, who make the ride through Bradford such a treat!
Remember: Wednesday is the downtown stroll sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce when business owners will open their doors to welcome shoppers and offer specials and treats. Speaking of treats downtown, the wonderful Mel Goggin,owner of Mel’s Downtown Creamery in Pawcatuck, told me that the sixth annual Ice Cream Bowl held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving was such a great success that plans are already underway for next year’s event, which pits four senior football players from Westerly High School against four senior football players from Stonington High School in an ice cream-eating relay competition. Mel said this year was absolutely epic, with Westerly coming back from behind to take the win … for only the second time in the history of the race! This year’s ice cream kings were Sean O'Brien, Junie Rios, Maxwell Davis, and Ryan Holloway from Westerly, and Josh Georgetti, Travis Pacheco, Jon Humphrey and Ben Logel from Stonington. Players and the eaters were so full of team and community spirit, Mel said, “you couldn't help but get excited.” Mel said not only does the lighthearted event embrace the football rivalry but it gives everyone an opportunity “to work together for the good of our two towns,” she told me. The players and observers not only got to enjoy some good, clean (and delicious) fun, she added, but Mel’s was able to collect more than 100 nonperishable food items for the Jonnycake Center and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. “Both WHS and SHS should be proud of these athletes,” Mel told me. “They showed respect and good sportsmanship as they not only cheered each other on but shook hands after the competition was complete. I always joke around that our two towns get along all year long except for maybe a few short hours of rivalry fun on Thanksgiving Day!” Nice work fellas! Nice work, Mel!
Readers of the New Yorker magazine may have noticed something familiar in the Nov. 27 issue … the artwork of Sofia Warren who grew up in Wood River Junction and attended Chariho public schools. This is the first of Warren’s cartoons to be published in the magazine famous for its humorous and clever drawings. Sofia, an animator and storyboard artist and daughter of Ana Flores and Gabriel Warren of Wood River Junction, is following a tradition so it seems. Longtime fans of the mag will remember the Brother Sebastian cartoons of the late Chon Day, who lived on Cross Street with his wife Irene.
Those of you who cast a vote for Westerly’s Cassandra Lin in the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth competition will be pleased to know that Cassandra, the daughter of Jason and Sherry Lin, received the third-highest number of “likes” on Facebook (more than 12,000) thanks to her fans. Cassandra, a student at Stanford, travels to New York this week for the L’Oreal Women of Worth gala when the winner is announced! Stay tuned for updates, and ciao bella!