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Animal Experiences with Dave Marchetti
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Charlestown

Nutrition Seminar
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Westerly

Saturday Sweat Fitcamp
11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Westerly

Hope Valley Indoor Winter Farmers Market
11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wyoming

Easter Egg Hunt
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Local Author Presentation
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

Book Signing
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Westerly

Free Income Tax help
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Charlestown

11th Annual SUFA Pins for Pets Bowlathon
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

The Foursome
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

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

Front Porch News: Nov. 4, 2013

Greetings dear readers, welcome to November and to the lovely lingering euphoria of a World Series Win for Red Sox Nation. My goodness! Baseball fans are still basking in the warmth and wonder of that win, which means so much more this year as we all know! I know that many of you traveled to Boston for the parade (like Steve Christina, his sister Paula, and my colleague Maggie Lathrop Anderson and her husband Dave, who were visiting their son, Chris, the former star pitcher at Westerly High School and Roger Williams University who lives in Dorchester these days, all of whom are true blue fans) so remember to send in your photos for all of us here on the Front Porch to enjoy! I must say that I’m going to miss the games and watching Big Papi and Petey and the gang, but I’m not so sure I’ll miss the crazy late hours and those long night when sleep didn’t come easy after the excitement of the games! Ah yes, Spring training is just around the corner. And the Pats are back!

What a fun surprise visit I had from Dottie “Ma” Mercurio of Westerly who popped in with all sorts of wonderful news last week. Topping her list was the wedding of her oldest grandson, James Nigrelli, a Chariho grad who was the captain of the Rhode Island College men’s soccer team. Nigrelli, the son of Susan Ritacco, and the big brother of Thomas Weeden and twins Emma and Frank Ritacco, married Jennifer Oliver in Newport earlier this fall. Dottie also wanted to share he big news that an 80-foot Norway spruce grown in her hometown of Shelton, Conn. will take center stage at Rockefeller Center this month, making it one of this year’s most famous Christmas trees. Dottie, who is also the grandmother of Clare, Nettie and Jack Adams, the mother of Mary and mother-in-law of Kevin, (who happen to be my wonderful neighbors) also brought in a reprint of a heartwarming 1971 story about her parents and their farm featured in the now defunct “The Suburban News,” of Shelton. Would that we could reprint, as Dottie was hoping, as it gives a glimpse of life on the farm of the Pacowta family. Speaking of the Adams Family, Kevin, who owns the screen-printing shop J. Mack Studios, was mentioned in a recent Rhode Island Monthly article for his Taylor “OMG!!! Watch Hill!?!?” T-shirt.

And I’ve got to prepare another little Teddy Bear for another nursery! This one for little Reilly Harper Brayman, daughter of Chelsea and Paul Brayman, the new baby sister for Rory and Tyler, and grandchild number seven for Cathy and Clayton Brayman and another granddaughter for David and Linda Whelan. Auntie Tara must be in heaven! Speaking of daughters, last week I mentioned the daughters of two local Judys, Karen Catlin, daughter of Judy Smith of Gabrielle’s in Watch Hill, and Daffodil Campbell, daughter of Judy Florio Toscano, both of whom are quite accomplished and both of whom write blogs. Daffodil was in town for a visit last week and to chat about her book, “Giving the Baby Back,” which focuses on foster care and adoption, and gave a reading at the Mystic-Noank library on Friday. Her Blog is at Karin, daughter also of the late Clifford Smith, Jr. and granddaughter of Clifford Smith, Sr. of N.G. Smith Jeweler’s (a High Street fixture for more than 50 years), is a Westerly High School grad (1981) who went on to Brown where she majored in computer science, and after a successful career as a senior executive in the technology industry, now blogs to make sure women working in tech today have the resources to be successful. Read her Blog at Check out both blogs when you get a few minutes, and while you’re online, visit “One Man Band steals the show at America’s Got Talent 2013 Miami Auditions” and cast a vote for Chariho grad Jason Cardinal who’ll get the chance to be part of next season’s America’s Got Talent if he gets 50,000 views of his video, according to his sister Michaela. Jason, son of Robin and Peter Cardinal, and brother also of Matt and John, was playing his Ray Charles inspired rendition of “America The Beautiful,” in the “holding room,” when a producer heard him and encouraged him to get the views! Rock on Jay, and until next week dear rock on readers and ciao bella!

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