NEW LONDON — Emerson Theater Collaborative begins its 11th season this week with a production of "Vivian’s Music, 1969," a play fantasia about race, music and family by Monica Bauer.

WESTERLY — Providence-based musician Ian O'Neil, perhaps best known for playing guitar with the alternative rock band Deer Tick, will join Spirit Family Reunion Saturday at the Knickerbocker Music Center.

    Prout School students Kate Plunkett, left, Lauren Anhalt, Kathryn Staebler, and Iris Hu were recently recognized for their outstanding art. Plunkett, of Middletown, won an honorable mention in drawing and illustration for “Entwined Opposition;” Anhalt, of Westerly, won an honorable mention i…

    Brendan Peck, left, holds the Student of the Year award given by the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association as he stands next to Greene School Director Joshua LaPlante. A student at the Greene School in West Greenwich, Peck is the son of Alan and Teresa Peck, of Bradford.  

    Carol Perry, right, chairwoman of the Slocum Grange Community Service Committee, presents Sandra Makielski with the 2018 Rhode Island State Grange Teacher of the Year award during the annual Rhode Island Grange Convention. Makielski, who was previously selected as the 2018 Slocum Grange Teac…

    The University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and its master gardener program, in partnership with Ocean State Job Lot, distributed nearly 100,000 packets of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds earlier this month to 185 local schools, youth groups, community gardens and other non-profit…

    Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for a late February Front Porch visit, where we're enjoying the soon-to-be-full Snow Moon and the beauty of the snowfall, confident that spring is not too far away — 32 days away to be exact. Now, that's a happy thought!

    Alexandra Khalsa of Westerly was named to the dean's list at Elms College for the fall 2018 semester.

    WESTERLY — Forgot to buy roses for your sweetheart? Not to worry, Gunilla Norris has the perfect solution. Head to the WARM Center and buy a copy of "Warmed: Songs of Heart and Spirit," a CD full of love songs from the group known as RiverFlow. Or better still, take your sweetheart to Sunday…

    WESTERLY — Notable mosaic artist Susan Rosano heads to Ocean House this weekend, as the next "Artisan in Residence. Rosano will welcome guests, and lead several workshops during her three-day stay.

    NEW LONDON — Connecticut College’s onStage Guest Artist Series resumes in the spring semester with “Radicals in Miniature” by the Pickup Performance Co(s) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, in Tansill Theater.

    Westerly High School Senior Class President Sam Luzzi was the Rotary Club of Westerly's student of the month for January. Luzzi is also captain of the soccer team and an active volunteer in his church, Immaculate Conception.

    Ten-time All Star, seven-time Silver Slugger and three-time world champion David "Big Papi" Ortiz stepped up to the plate in a new role with Foxwoods, where he’ll join the property’s roster as a designated ambassador. In addition to appearing in upcoming marketing campaigns, the baseball ico…

    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. One donation was delivered to the WARM Center. In photo, from left: WARM Center Manager of Housing Services Jamie Silva; Vanessa Bertsch;…

    U.S. Navy Fireman Apprentice Patrick Kirkwood of New London discharges a fire hose during a hydrostatic test in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of oper…

    Harold Stedman, center, master/president of Perryville Grange, was presented with the Rhode Island State Grange Life Long Membership Award for 50 consecutive years of Grange service by, at right, Shirley Lawson, past secretary of the Rhode Island State Grange, and, at left, Larry Spencer, pa…

    Greetings dear readers and kind friends, and welcome to the Front Porch for our Valentine's Day week visit. Ah yes, the week for hearts, flowers, chocolate, love and flowery "Roses are red, violets are blue," verses and rhymes. Here's hoping your Valentine's Day is cheery and sweet and you r…

    Talyn Kelley of Westerly was named to the dean's list at Siena College for the fall 2018 semester.

    WESTERLY — Sample a delectable selection of homemade chowders Saturday in Misquamicut and help decide who will be the region's chowder champ and take home the honors at the Rotary Club of Westerly's 15th annual Chowder Cookoff.

    WESTERLY — Nick “Mr. Nick” David will emcee the New England Winter Blues Festival at The Knick Friday night, a program he says will feature "some of the very best blues musician on the planet."

    PROVIDENCE — It’s not your grandmother’s “Macbeth.” Rather, Trinity Rep’s production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, now onstage through March 3, is a top-notch, new twist on the old “Macbeth,” and a production theater-lovers, Shakespeare fans and students will surely want to see. Trinity d…

    STORRS — It may be a drive, but it will be worth the trip to hear I'm With Her — the band of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan — perform next week at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

    Patrolman Bruce Celico of the Portsmouth Police Department, a Westerly native and former Westerly police officer, was commended at the Rhode Island State House recently for his act of heroism. Earlier this month, Celico and fellow Portsmouth officers Jean Marie Stewart and Matthew Wilson res…

    Hundreds of people gathered at the Westerly Armory last week to honor the Rev. Raymond “Father Ray” Suriani, who received the Defender of Life Award at Immaculate Conception Parish’s annual Respect Life Dinner. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Deborah K. Fallacaro Pregnancy Center of…

    Members of the Westerly College Club awarded 16 local students with the 2018 Lois Hamilton Fontaine scholarships earlier this year. The award is given annually in honor of the late Lois Hamilton Fontaine, who was a club members and much loved Westerly High School Latin teacher. Eight of the …

    Locally owned and family operated, the Seven Wireless Zone - Verizon Premium Wireless Retailers, made sizeable donations to a number of local non-profit organizations recently. Owners Don Sommers, Dave Moone, Scott Gladstone and Neil Ryan elect several local charities in their territories wh…

    Antonino Auto Group owners John and Charles Antonino visited the Coast Guard’s Southeast Connecticut Chief Petty Officers Association food pantry for the official presentation of a $30,000 donation. They sent a special “Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to run the Southeast CT …

      Santa visited the town of Richmond to help light the tree at the town hall, then visited with each of the kids. The event was organized by Sally Lambert, the town recreation director.

      Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit for February 2019 where we're still in pre-Super Bowl mode, because by the time you read this column, Super Bowl 53 will be history. By then, most of  us will be exhausted from cheering and shouting. No…

      The following local students have been named to the dean’s list at Community College of Rhode Island for the fall 2018 semester: Westerly residents Greydon Aldrich, Ryan Algiere, Tyler Baeder, Kristi Barbato, Colby Botelho, Amber Brean, Anna Brighton, Gianna Cabral, Devon Collins, Camryn Cor…

      WESTERLY — Escape the polar vortex and warm up with friends at the The Misquamicut Business Association’s 14th annual Aloha Luau Friday at Misquamicut’s Venice Restaurant. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature tasty treats from more than a dozen local restaurants and the famous Luau P…

      WESTERLY — Cassidy Ferry, a self-proclaimed overachiever, started writing “The Girl in the Middle” when she was just 13. It took two years of school vacations, weekends, and all the free time she had to complete her first novel. In December, the 15-year-old high honors student at Lasalle Aca…