STONINGTON — Dan Chiasson, noted author and poetry critic for The New Yorker will be the next guest at Studio 107, a new initiative launched by James Merrill House created to mark the 25th anniversary of its Writer-in-Residence program.

WESTERLY — Cowboy & Lady, a duo featuring Tyler-James Kelly of the Silks and his partner, Jess Powers, are the next guests at Knick Live, the free weekly series from the Knickerbocker Music Center and United Theatre.

A young Front Porch reader enjoys a rest in a snow bank in this photo submitted by Lori Okoney-Brown.

Mohegan Sun celebrated the Lunar New Year with a traditional Lion Dance, which has long represented the exorcising of evil spirits and the summoning of luck and fortune. The ceremony took place outdoors at Sky Tower valet, and playing key roles in the celebration were both Mohegan Gaming and…

Dakota Busch of Westerly was named to the dean's list at The University of Tampa for the fall 2020 semester. Busch is a member of the class of 2022 majoring in communication, media, and culture.

NEWPORT — Island Moving Company, Newport’s classically trained contemporary ballet company, has announced that "TOGETHER IN THIS DREAM — Dancing Through the Digital Divide," will be the spring repertory production.

WESTERLY — Bruce Harris, a mainstay of Manhattan's Jazz at Lincoln Center and a trumpeter who has been praised by such jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis, is the next artist up — along with two guests — at this week's edition of "Knick Live," the new free, virtual Friday night musical series ava…

Stephen Smith, from the Veterans home on Pierce Street, is known for shoveling the sidewalks of his neighbors after every snowstorm. We hear that he loves to do it, and it is, of course, a great help to the community. Thank you, Mr. Smith!

Greetings dear readers and thoughtful friends and welcome back for our final February visit here on the Front Porch where we are in somewhat of a sober state of mind ... a little sober and a lot sad.

The following local students were named to the dean’s list at Northeastern University for the fall 2020 semester: Westerly residents Melania Stepanenko, majoring in international affairs; and Lucas Ingalls, electrical engineering; Stonington resident William Cannella, economics/mathematics; …

NEW LONDON — Famed folk duo Atwater Donnelly will be the next guests at Friday Night Folk at All Souls, the New London-based organization that has been delighting folk music fans from all over New England since 1989.

Dr. Tara Whalen and her two children, Kennedy and Brooks David, enjoyed the falling snow and the lovely frosting-like touch it added to their handsome Elm Street home.

Layla, the fashionable doggy of Judy and Lou Toscano of Westerly.

Greetings dear hearts and gentle friends and welcome back for a mid-February visit here on the Front Porch where we're celebrating President's Day, still celebrating Gronk and Tom Brady and their fab Super Bowl LV performance, and ... because what's better than romance, roses, chocolates and…

The following local students were named to the dean’s list at University of New Hampshire for the fall 2020 semester: Westerly residents, highest honors, Colleen Pringer and Matthew Walker; and high honors, Jenna Murray; Charlestown resident, high honors, Alexander Gross; Wood River Junction…

WESTERLY — The Huntress and Holder of Hands, a five-member band with MorganEve Swain at the helm, will perform Friday at Knick Live, the 10-week virtual series created by the Knickerbocker Music Center and the United Theatre. 

NEWPORT — Coastal Contemporary Gallery of Newport will host an opening reception and virtual tour Saturday featuring eight artists — Craig Becker, Angelo DeSista, Brian J Hoffman, Eric Hovermale, Elizabeth Lind, Carol Scavotto, Michael Walden Annie Wildey — who use the figure in their artwor…

Mrs. Nikki, a teacher at Compass School, gave each of her students $20 of her own money as part of a school project and directed them to pick a local business, interview the owner, spend the money then donate what was purchased. Layla, shown above, chose Herbwise Naturals in Westerly, owned …

Artwork created by several Westerly Middle School students has been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 Prevention Through Connection calendar, sponsored by South County Regional Prevention Coalition and Rhode Island Regional Coalitions.

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for another February visit here on the Front Porch, where we're gladly preparing for Valentine's Day (hearts, flowers and Hauser chocolates!) still pondering Punxsutawney Phil's prediction (six more weeks of winter?) and, since I am …

Emilia Janes of Westerly, a senior, and Amyre Gray of New London, an eighth-grader, were recognized as January Students of the Month at Saint Bernard School.

AGE: I am of the "Super Bowl Shuffle, Ghost Busters, original Air Jordans, tight-roll jeans, record songs off the radio onto a cassette tape, Reagan-era, upgrade from Atari to Nintendo" generation — when the "M" in MTV meant "music."