Members of the Washington Trust marketing team attended the opening night of Trinity Rep's "Little Shop of Horrors" last week and got to meet Audrey Two, center, one of the stars of the show. Shown from left are Tony Nunes with his daughter, Lydia Nunes, Tammy Joslin, Beth Eckel, Maura Beaud…

Valenti Subaru of Westerly recently presented a check for more than $20,000 to PACE and the Adult Day Center of Westerly. Shown from left are Joe Altavilla, the district sales manager of Subaru New England; PACE Board members Meredith Eckel, Maria Allen and Frederick “Fritz” Eckel; Bruce Mor…

Michelle Pelchat of Hope Valley was inducted into the Student Transportation of America's "Wall of Fame" at a ceremony that took place in in Charleston, S.C. in March. The award is the company’s highest and most prestigious honor. STA, a leader in school transportation, safety and fleet serv…

Seventh-grade student Lucy McLaughlin, of Mystic, left, and sophomore Sam Salas, of New London, were named as April Students of the Month at Saint Bernard School. McLaughlin works hard, shows a strong interest in her academics, and is cheerful and outgoing, according to her teachers. Salas i…

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Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late April, Passover-Easter Monday visit here on the Front Porch. I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend and I hope you snapped some extra cute photos of new babies, children in Easter bonnets and people with Peeps dioramas t…

Sean O’Brien of Westerly was named to the dean’s list at Johnson & Wales University for the winter 2018-2019 term. O’Brien is a sports, entertainment, event – management major in the College of Hospitality Management.

WESTERLY — Beloved piano classics from multiple eras will fill Westerly's George Kent Performance Hall on Sunday, April 28, when acclaimed pianist Michael Campbell will perform a benefit recital for the Chorus of Westerly as part of "Piano Classics and High Tea," a fundraiser for the chorus'…

NEW LONDON — Hygienic Art is accepting applications from artisans for the Hygienic Artisans Market at the New London Sailfest this summer. 

WESTERLY — Have a favorite Shakespeare sonnet? Read it aloud to fellow fans of the Bard Tuesday when the Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island hosts a Shakespeare Celebration at the Westerly Library from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Students at Westerly's Dunn's Corners Elementary School were over the moon last week during the school's annual Reading Week celebration, especially when School Media Specialist Ann Marie Doyle dressed up as an astronaut. It was a perfect match, of course, for this year's theme: "Rocket into…

The Ocean State Job Lot in Westerly raised $405 each for Stand Up For Animals and Friends of Westerly Animal Shelter through the company's "To The Rescue" campaign. The fundraiser, conducted through the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, included a February collection at all stores d…

Caroline Maynard, center at left, and Suzanne and Bob Lane celebrate their recent induction into the Rotary Club of Westerly as sponsor Franklin Celico offers advice and former Rotary Assistant Governor Stephen White, far left, looks on. White had just administered the oath of induction. May…

Michael Wyeth Bonser of New London, a senior at the S. Bernard School in Montville, earned a Silver Key from the 2019 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recently after receiving a Gold Key from the Regional Scholastic awards for his art portfolio, and a Best In Show for portfolios.

Grady Vreeland, 6, son of Jennifer and Ben Vreeland, of Westerly, shows his first catch of the season at Shannock Falls on Saturday, opening day for freshwater fisheries in Rhode Island.

Greetings dear friends and loyal readers and welcome back for a mid-April, Patriot's Day visit here on the Front Porch, where we're rooting for all the runners in today's Boston Marathon (go Ryan Gainor!), still wowing about Tiger, getting ready for the Easter/Passover week and watching the …

Frank Abate of Westerly was awarded the WBLQ Community Service for the month of April.

WESTERLY — Michael Gabrielle has been interested in fiber arts since his he was a little boy and his grandmother taught him how to knit and sew. When he stumbled upon macramé years later, after graduating from Brown, where he studied visual arts and psychology, he found it so tedious he reme…

WESTERLY — Music lovers of all ages are invited to spend an afternoon at the Knickerbocker Music Center Sunday, watching some top-notch musicians and dancing to their heart's content, all while supporting the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.

NEW LONDON — Pete and Maura Kennedy will bring their "folk-laced musical tapestry" along with "skill, surprises and sweet emotion" to the iconic Unity Hall in New London Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Friday Night Folk.

PAWCATUCK — Ten Directions, a local band featuring band founder Ken Serio on drums, Michael Coppola on string guitar, Morris Trent on acoustic bass and vocalist Faye Green, will perform at The Phoenix Saturday night.

Nine members of Central Baptist Church of Westerly were part of a contingent of Rhode Islanders that traveled to Puerto Rico in March to help with rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Maria. The group did roof repairs at the homes of five elderly residents, repaired three church roofs, pai…

Westerly Rotary Club President Kathryn Taylor, center, presented plaques to Westerly Rotary Club’s Students of the Month for February, Antwone Brown, left and Student of the Month for March, Helena Hall-Thomsen, right. 

Students in Anna-Helene Grossomanides’ sixth grade class at St. Michael School recently received a hands-on chemistry lesson. The students used household solutions such as cleaners to test and determined which contained specific acids and bases.

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for another April visit on the Front Porch! How delightful to see the bright yellow daffodils dotting our gardens and roadways again and how wonderful to have this (at last) gorgeous spring weather to appreciate.

Chariho Middle School recognized the following local students for perfect attendance, December, grade 5,  Cassidy Leary and Samuel Browning; grade 6, Destiny Mack and Lily Spence; grade 7, Hannah Dion and Emily Newton; and grade 8, Canyon Baker and Sedonia Smith-Champlain; January, grade 5, …

WESTERLY — Project Fusion, a musical ensemble formed in 2010 by graduates of the Eastman School of Music, will perform Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at Westerly's Christ Church. Presented by the Christ Church Arts Commission, the concert is free of admission.

    From Westerly to Warwick and in between, several theaters will be holding auditions for a number of different roles in the upcoming days and weeks. A list appears below:

    EXETER — Tomaquag Museum, a native-led nonprofit museum, and Rhode Island’s only museum dedicated entirely to telling the story of indigenous peoples from a first-person perspective, will be holding a series of workshops this spring led by the museum’s executive director, Lorén Spears, a tra…

    Students at North Stonington Christian Academy traveled recently to Trinity Christian School in Windsor, Conn., to join with other Christian schools in the Math Olympics and Speech Meet. All participating schools are members of the Northeast Region of the Association of Christian Schools Int…

    Ava Falcone and Emma McElwaney, two little leprechauns from Westerly, stopped by PetSense in Westerly on St. Patrick's Day and collected donations for the Westerly Animal Shelter. All proceeds will go to the shelter.