The Cove Restaurant in Charlestown donated all the penne for Charlestown Elementary School's pasta dinner fundraiser. The act of kindness continues the legacy of perseverance and dedication to community that Travis Justice and his sister Marisa Mara, learned from their mother Robin, who open…

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded $12,250 to local educational institutions and youth services providers. The foundation awarded Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation a $5,000 grant towards their Dr. Robert E. Miller Education Advancement Fund; Northeast Opportunities f…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our final January visit for 2023 here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 7:01 a.m., will set at 5:01 p.m., and where we're preparing for a visit with Punxsutawney Phil if you can believe it! Yes, indeedy, Wednesday is the fi…

Dominick Franklin Lombard of Westerly will represent Rhode Island, along with Cayetano Sanchez IV of East Greenwich, as a delegate during the 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week in March. Lombard is a senior at Westerly High School and Sanchez is a senior at East G…

STONINGTON — Antoinette Brim-Bell, Connecticut’s eighth state poet laureate, will share her poems and reflect on her life, the power of words for social change, and the importance of poems and spoken word in her community at La Grua Center next week at an event co-sponsored by the James Merr…

The sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with 11 nominations. Nominations included acting nods for star Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a comeback performance decades after he starred in “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honor for the first time, big-screen spectacles dominated Tuesday’s nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with the “Avatar” and “Top Gun” sequels getting best picture nods. Collectively, the best picture nominees have earned more than $1.5 billion domestically so far, which is a record.  The Oscars will be presented March 12 in Los Angeles.

Connecticut state Rep. Greg Howard (R-43rd District) was presented with the 2022 Carroll J. Hughes Legislator of the Year Award for his work as ranking member of the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee and his continued strong support of law enforcement by the Connecticut Poli…

Ralph X. Nardone, formerly of 7 Dayton Street, celebrated his 99th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. Ralph currently lives with his daughter, Jane W. (Nardone) Mills, and Jane's family in Laurel, Md. Jane said that her dad faithfully reads The Westerly Sun daily in order to keep up with his…

Bradford Elementary School friends, from left, Deb Pendola, Lisa Connelly, Maggie Ruzzo and Betty Gerversini, who worked together many years ago, recently reunited for lunch and laughs at the Haversham.

In June 2022, Linda Pearson of Hopkinton discovered a quilt top at a local estate sale.  She posted on Facebook to see if anyone could provide information about the quilt and learned that it was created in 1977 by Beverly Kenney’s fourth-grade class at Richmond Elementary School as a baby gi…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for another January visit here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 7:06 a.m., will set at 4:52 p.m., and where we're marking the Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year or Spring Festival), one of the most important Asian holidays, w…

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — From the community storytellers, or griots, of West Africa to American icons like Toni Morrison, Rita Dove and Isabel Wilkerson, the spoken word has served as a fundamental medium for sharing cultural values, history and lessons throughout Black history.

During the month of November members of the Westerly Elks Lodge gathered donations to create over 20 blessing baskets that were delivered to local seniors on in December. Baskets were full of non-perishable food items, paper goods and were hand delivered to local seniors at home with turkeys…

Greetings dear friends, and kind readers and welcome back for another January visit here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 7:11 a.m., will set at 4:44 p.m., and where we're celebrating the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., remembering his remarkable legacy and commemor…

The Ocean Community YMCA held its annual Leadership Recognition Breakfast at the Ocean House in December.

Amy Grzybowski has been named vice president of community relations at New England Institute of Technology. She previously served as the assistant commissioner of Workforce and the executive director of the R.I. Higher Education & Industry Centers for the R.I. Office of the Postsecondary…

WESTERLY — Theatre Scrapbook, a regional, Westerly-based, youth theater company that offers free after-school enrichment programs and tuition-based camps for schools and organizations in the districts and surrounding communities, will kick off its new season with a winter musical.

STONINGTON — Norwich native Christopher Faison, a Broadway star who has been heralded by critics as “silken voiced,” “a stage dynamo” and “downright thrilling," will head to La Grua Center next week to perform a cabaret act.

Mystic Aquarium and the United Theatre recently announced a collaborative partnership designed to inspire, educate and unite the community about conservation initiatives, from saving endangered species to recruiting students for citizen science programs through the arts.

The nonprofit social service agency Always Home received a grant of $10,000 in support of their mission, Preventing Family Homelessness from Groton Wireless Zone owners Neil Ryan and Scott Gladstone

Members of the Exeter Grange, together with volunteers from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown, delivered winter coats and other warm items, along with food, to Camp Street Ministries in Providence recently. Together, the grange and St. Andrew's volunteers collected 754 items of warm …

Greetings dear friends, and kind readers and welcome back for another January visit here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 7:13 a.m., will set at 4:36 p.m., and where we're still getting used to writing the numbers 2 and 3 after the numbers 2 and zero. Ah, the challenges of a new year!

The Rotary Clubs of Stonington and Westerly celebrated the Westerly High School and Stonington High School football teams ahead of the Thanksgiving Day game in November at the Steak Loft in Mystic.

Lucas Mancini of Westerly was named to the honors list; Eva Guidone and Laila Mancini of Westerly were named to the high honors list; and Keira O'Brien of Pawcatuck was named to the head of school scholar honors list at Pomfret School for the fall 2022 quarter. Lucas Mancini and Guidone are …