WESTERLY — Learn the skills to help you write that story you've always wanted to tell or pick up pointers to help you craft your memoir this summer when the Ocean Community YMCA holds a series of Zoom classes for budding writers. The Y will offer two different classes over the summer, an "On…

WESTERLY — Kevin "Big Lux" Lowther — a hip-hop violinist, storyteller, West Point graduate and combat veteran — has witnessed some extraordinary sights in his worldwide travels, but the one that's surprised him the most is the one he witnessed right here in his hometown a couple of weeks ago…

MYSTIC — Mystic Seaport Museum will open a new exhibition called "A Way with Wood: Celebrating Craft," Friday in the Collins Gallery in the Thompson Exhibition Building.

Central Baptist Church's Central Nursery School held its 50th graduation ceremony in June, recognizing member of the 2020 graduating class. Lauren Sposato celebrated her 10th year with the school. Tia Burgess is her associate teacher.

Mike DeSantis, of Westerly, received a wonderful surprise on June 5 when a long, winding birthday car parade — full of family members, friends and members of the Immaculate Conception Church and Knights of Columbus community — honored him with honks, waves and birthday signs for his 85th bir…

Hunter Holmes, from team 5GA, and Cynthia Davis, from team 8G, both students at Chariho Middle School, each won a Kindle Fire 7 for having perfect attendance during the last semester. All Chariho Middle School students who have perfect attendance for the semester are entered into a raffle. O…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back to the Front Porch where we are waving farewell to June party and preparing to "Play Ball!" Such welcome news for baseball fans ... we may only get 60 games but, we'll take them! I hear the Rem Dawg and Eck plan to call all 60 Red So…

The following Chariho Middle School students and teachers were recognized for perfect attention: March, grade 5, Elizabeth Allenson, Samuel Ellis; grade 6, Brianna Blackburn, Kaitlyn Freel; grade 7, Kyle Marchetti, Brysen Whittier; grade 8, Victoria Barrette, Amber Lambert; April, grade 5, K…

WESTERLY — The giant, red, abstract sculpture on the lawn in front of the Westerly Train Station is a sign of hope said the artist who designed "Angels' Wings," the name of the eye-catching piece.

MYSTIC — Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Luxury Cinemas will present a second drive-in movie experience on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27. Net proceeds will  benefit Stonington High School freshman Ben French and his family, who are recovering from a tragic accident in May.

NEW LONDON — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead will kick off the paperback release of his latest novel, "The Nickel Boys," with a virtual talk and Q&A on the streaming platform Crowdcast on July 1 at 7 p.m., with a portion of the ticket proceeds benefiting the Garde Arts Cen…

STONINGTON — The Stonington Historical Society will hold its annual benefit this Saturday in a novel fashion.

Stonington High senior Abigail Gibson, left, won second place recently after competing in the annual statewide Rotary Club Speech Contest. Her speech, which was described as "both brave and exceptional," was about the misconceptions surrounding mental illness and the importance of reducing t…

When we put out the call for photos of Front Porch friends working from home offices, we were tickled to receive this photo from the Sun's chief photographer, Harold Hanka, seen here with his wife, Carol McCarthy, director of communications for the News Literacy Project, working away at the …

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of the 2020 summer season, and another lovely June visit, which reminds me of the lines of poet James Russell Lowell in his "The Vision of Sir Launfal:"

Andrew Pappadia of Westerly received a Masters of Business Administration in marketing from St. John’s University.

WESTERLY — Savoy Bookstore and Bank Square Books will host a number of virtual book events this month, including a ticketed book launch for Beatriz Williams' new novel, "Her Last Flight."

PROVIDENCE — Trinity Rep will open the season with its 43rd consecutive new production of "A Christmas Carol" in November followed by a whole new lineup scheduled to begin in the winter of 2021.

Jean E. Aiello, of Bradford, who loves her yard and flowers, turned 88 years young on Memorial Day. Jean’s son, Bill, said his mom loves her yard especially when flowers are blooming and trees are filling in with leaves. In addition to the natural beauty of the spring season, it brings back …

Isaac Kaufman, the son of Dr. Rebecca J. Woodward and Dr. Adam S. Kaufman of Westerly, graduated from Georgia Tech on May 1 with “Highest Honors” and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Kaufman became the de facto president of the Goldfellas fan group at Georgia Tech beca…

The Rotary Club of the Stoningtons delivered 400 masks to the Wood River Health Services recently. The donation of masks was made possible by Dr. Ted Rossi, an East Hampton Rotarian. Rotary’s District Governor Jack Solomon distributed the masks to Stonington’s Rotary co-president Liz Tatters…

Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back for a mid-June visit here on the Front Porch where life is improving for all of us every moment as we learn to pause, listen to one another and heal.

The following local students graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island: Westerly residents Frank V. Alessio, Tyler S. Baeder, Colby Botelho, Daniel D. Bowmaster, Brehan Fitzgerald Brady, Anna Brighton, Leah E. Brower, Danielle M. Burdick, Jessica J. Burns, Matthew Canova, Lily Jea…

A few photographs have been uncovered from the Ninigret Quilters’ 2019 Quilt Show, which took place in October. The pictures serve as a lovely reminder of how many amazing and talented quilters we have in our region! Enjoy!

Dave “Pod” Ferraro, owner of Hilltop Café, sent this vintage photo of the players on the George C. Moore softball team to Sal Murano recently after his dad, Dominic Ferraro, passed away. Dominic, known as the "Home Run King, is the middle of the second row. How many readers can identify the …

Lynn Azzinaro of Westerly, a realtor and athlete, got together with some friends recently for a 40th reunion. She and her pals, Terry Mathison and Kim O'Hara, seen in news clip, celebrated the cross country bike trip that the three took in 1980 when they rode from Westerly to the Pacific Ocean. 

Lifelong Westerly resident Kim Cercena Jones has been making masks to help with the COVID-19 crisis. Recently, she hung them on the fence at Grace United Methodist Church so passers-by could feel free to take one if they needed it. Pastor Barry Burdick welcomed the idea, Kim said, and so far…

Oh my goodness dear readers and lovely friends, just look at how much has changed in the two weeks since I was last here with you on the Front Porch. The whole world has changed ... and for the better I am certain.

Isaac Kaufman of Westerly received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.