The team from Project TGIF (Turning Grease Into Fuel) donated 3,000 gallons of BioHeat, worth $8,010, to four charities in December for emergency heating. The first donation was delivered to the Jonnycake Center in Westerly. Shown are, from left, Taylor Fiore-Chettiar, Cassandra Lin, Thrift …

Five student-athletes from the Prout School in Wakefield, RI made their commitment to college athletics “official” by signing their letters at the school on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, which marked the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period. Three students signed N…

    Clover Bones, a 4H group, visited Richmond Dog Pound in December with signs of support to drop off two large Christmas stockings filled with pet toys and gifts, as well as other items such as blankets and dog beds for the pound pets. "We cannot thank them enough for being so thoughtful at th…

    The Perryville Grange held a presentation recently when  Laurette Vitello, center, of Curtis Corner Middle School in South Kingstown was presented with a set of African drums that were purchased with funds raised through the grange’s fundraiser back in June. On that day was an afternoon of f…

    Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late-January visit here on the Front Porch, where we are honoring the memory of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the MLK Jr. federal holiday, which is known as a national day of service.

    The following Westerly High School students were recognized as 2018 AP scholars: AP Scholar Awards winners, class of 2018, Rosa Adimari, Randi Burr, Quinn Chappelle, Lea Kopperman, Brett Mayne, Maya Perez, Margaret Richins and Matthew Walker; class of 2019, Phillip Chandy, Kata Cummings, Lau…

    WESTERLY — Ceramic sculptor and mask-maker extraordinaire Jillian Barber will come home to Westerly this weekend to take up residence in Watch Hill.

    STONINGTON — Stonington resident Cate Statchen will play the role of Amahl in next week’s local production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at United Church of Stonington.

    PROVIDENCE — When he was a boy growing up in Charlotte, N.C., Tion Gaston dreamed of becoming a Major League Baseball player. But during long stretches waiting for his sister to finish her dance classes, young Tion, tired of hanging out in the lobby, walked into the class and experienced a w…

    NEWPORT — The Newport Art Museum will present the animated short film “Stereoscope” by South African artist William Kentridge. Visitors can view the film in the Museum’s Cushing Gallery through March 10.

    NEW LONDON — Geoff Kaufman and Reggie Harris, two legendary and well-loved performers will join forces for a double bill concert at New London's famed Friday Night Folk at All Souls on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

    Melissa and Jason Dieni of Richmond rang in 2019 with an addition to their family. At 10:23 a.m. on New Year's Day, their daughter, Bristol, was delivered at South County Hospital. The healthy, 19 inch newborn, shown here held by Melissa, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. 

      Springbrook Elementary School students took part in a school-wide event where each student created an animal food-friendly ornament and decorated the school's large spruce tree. The students gathered to trim the tree and enjoy hot chocolate together. The event was inspired by the book "Night…

      Westerly resident Lynn Azzinaro, of Re/Max South County, said the annual Re/Max charity golf tournaments raised more than $130,000 for charity, which was donated to Hasbro Children's Hospital. RE/MAX brokers David Iannuccilli and Bruce Allen were the drivers behind the golf outing which was …

      Dennis Kamowski, deputy of the Rhode Island State Grange, presented two members of the Perryville Grange with certificates for 50 consecutive years of Grange service at a meeting held in September. Above, Kamowski presents Perryville Grange President Harold Stedman with his recognition. To r…

      Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-January visit here on the Front Porch where everyone's chatting about the Patriots, the Super Bowl and next week's super blood, full crimson wolf moon and total lunar eclipse! Now that was a mouthful. Let's hope for clear ski…

      The following students have been named to the fall 2018 dean's list at The University of Rhode Island: 

      WESTERLY — Thomas Christopher Greene, the founding president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, is such a busy man it seems kind of wild to think he finds time to write novels. But he does and he has. The author of six novels, including the bestseller "The Headmaster's Wife," his fiction h…

      PROVIDENCE — There are so many things to say about Marcus Gardley’s extraordinarily rich play “black odyssey,” now onstage at Trinity Rep, but the first thing to say is this: Do not miss the opportunity to see this play.

      Jean Aiello, of Bradford, seated at left, holds her great-great granddaughter Ella Aiello, with her great grandson Corey Aiello, Jean's son Dave Aiello, standing at left, and her grandson Brian Aiello. The five generations gathered on Christmas Eve for a celebration held at the house of Jean…

      Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded more than $7,500 in grants to local school teachers. From left in front row are recipients are Marika Heughins, Heather Pescatello, Elaine Temel and Diane Gallo, of Pawcatuck Middle School; in back row are Westerly Community Credit Union Finan…

      Michael Slusarczyk, a junior at The Prout School and a communicant at St. Clare's, is dedicating his thoughts and his time these days to those less fortunate. With cooperation from "BagelZ" in Wakefield, Mike has been picking up and delivering bagels to the Johnny Cake Center in Peace Dale e…

      Ted Cercena attended his granddaughter's graduation on Sunday, Dec. 2. Nadia Skorinko Shipper graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Shipper's mother, Kim Cercena Jones, said the whole family is proud of her.

      For the third consecutive year, members of the Exeter Grange coordinated with St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown and gathered 1,090 items, including coats and other warm winter items to donate to Camp Street Ministries in Providence. All proceeds benefit less needy families in Rhode I…

      New Year’s greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit of 2019 where we're still savoring the holidays.

      PROVIDENCE — Marcus Gardley’s epic tale "black odyssey" will make its East Coast debut at Trinity Rep this month.

      STONINGTON — Four new plays by Rhode Island playwright and novelist Michael R. McGuire will be presented as concert reading series this weekend and next weekend by Community Design Workshop and the Planning Stage.

      Elizabeth Castaldi of Westerly, a fashion design and production major, was one of 38 students from Lasell College in Newton, Mass., to participate in a team-oriented semester-long project under the mentorship of noted fashion historian Edward Maeder. 

      It may have taken place closer to Thanksgiving, but the annual celebration of high school football with coaches and captains of Stonington and Westerly high schools, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Westerly and the Stoningtons, was held in November at Venice. The event was once again an eve…

      Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our final Front Porch visit of 2018. "Love and joy come to you and to you, your wassail too," as the song says, "and God bless you and send you a happy New Year, and God send you a happy New Year!"

        The Charlestown Parks and Recreation Department will hold the annual New Year's Eve bonfire at Ninigret Park on Monday. The bonfire will be lit at 5 p.m. and burns until 6 p.m.

        WESTERLY —  The Granite Theatre of Westerly, will be holding double auditions for Ken Ludwig’s comic mystery “The Game’s Afoot” and Alfred Uhry’s comedy/drama “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., at the theatre, on 1 Granite St.

        WAKEFIELD — Theatre By The Sea will open the 2019 season with the world premiere of "Love and Other Fables," at the end of May. Running from May 29 – June 16, "Love and Other Fables" is a new romantic screwball musical comedy, set on the Greek island of Samos in 600 B. C. that follows the ea…

        WAKEFIELD — The Contemporary Theater Company will be holding auditions for "Gypsy," with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents on Monday, Jan. 7 and Wednesday, Jan.  9 from 6 to 10 p.m.