In photo, from left, Lori Dufficy, senior vice president of Chelsea Groton Bank; Jeanie Herzog, development consultant for the Olean Center, and Anthony Vellucci, executive director of the Frank Olean Center. The Olean Center recently received a $1,500 grant from Chelsea Groton Foundation, a…

Pawcatuck resident Paul Servideo, left, a theology teacher in his second year at Saint Bernard School, was recently awarded the 2019 Ryken Award. The award is given annually on the feast of St. Francis Xavier at each of the 13 Xaverian Brothers sponsored schools.

Friends of the Westerly Memorial Library and Wilcox Park President Elizabeth Coffey, left, introduced the winner of the 350 mile “Park Walk,” the 350 Westerly Year event sponsored by the Friends. She announced that 14 participants completed 350 miles circumventing the Park in the centennial …

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back to the Front Porch News for our last visit of January 2020. February begins on Saturday, which means Ground Hog Day is Sunday and believe it or not, baseball's spring training is just a few weeks away and spring itself is not far behin…

GROTON — Pawcatuck artist Ellen Ellenwood's new exhibit, "Among the Tides," will open this week at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery in Groton and remain on display through March 15. An opening reception is scheduled for this Friday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery, located on the sec…

WESTERLY — With their signature style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, the Mallett Brothers Band will return to the Knickerbocker Music Center Saturday for an 8 p.m. concert. Known for their "musical melting pot" sound that’s influenced equally by the s…

NEW LONDON — The Hygienic Hootenanny XLI will kick off this year's 41st annual winter festival Friday night with an eclectic lineup of singers and songwriters. The Hootenanny will be hosted at 33 Golden Street, a basement bar and music venue. The show will open with Aaron Kane and include th…

It was a great night for the Rotary Club of Westerly when members celebrated the historic gridiron rivalry between the Stonington and Westerly high schools last fall at a dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of the Stoningtons at Go Fish restaurant. Guests heard from coaches Duane Maranda and A.…

Lori Dufficy of Chelsea Groton Bank and Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation, left, presents a $3,000 grant to Amy Grzybowski executive director of Westerly Education Center. The center is a recipient of a $3,000 grant from Chelsea Groton Charitable Foundation to support career programming for tee…

Rhode Island's congressional delegation joined members of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and survivors recently at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick to urge the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The act, which provides communities resources t…

Greetings dear friends and good readers, and welcome back to another January visit here on the Front Porch on this Monday set aside to honor the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope you all had the chance to read the story in Sunday's edition of The Sun about the good work being done by t…

PEACE DALE — South African anti-apartheid activist, storyteller, poet, playwright and author Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe will headline this year's 22nd Annual FUNDA FEST, a celebration of Black Storytelling to be held from Saturday Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 2 at various locations around the s…

WESTERLY — Following her successful 2019 debut as the January Artisan in Residence at Ocean House, ceramic sculptor and mask-maker extraordinaire Jillian Barber will come back home to Westerly this weekend to again take up residence in Watch Hill. Barber, who had a shop in the original Ocean…

STONINGTON — To commemorate the 63rd anniversary of one of the most notorious unsolved murders in the country's history, Mystic Playwright Anna Maria Trusky has written a new play, "Annie and Bette," which make its debut this weekend in the form of a staged reading.

CHARLESTOWN — Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame is among the performers who will headline the 23rd annual Rhythm & Roots Festival, set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4, 5 and 6.

WARWICK — In Joshua Harmon's play "Admissions," which opens at the Gamm next week, audiences are introduced to Sherri Rosen-Mason, head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, and her family. Sherri is intent on diversifying the student body at the school, and along with h…

KINGSTON — Performers 18 years and older of all ethnicities and backgrounds — both equity and non-equity — are encouraged to attend auditions for roles in the upcoming summer season at Theatre By The Sea. In an announcement released earlier this week, theater officials said local people are …

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awarded $210,554 in grants to 53 nonprofits from its four "Women & Girls Funds" in 2019, all aimed at providing greater equity for women and girls throughout eastern Connecticut. Recipients were Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund; Norwic…

The Prout School received a $100,000 donation from the Diocese of Providence recently for a new lighted, artificial turf field to be built on the school's campus. Bishop Thomas Tobin presented the check to representatives of the school, including several student-athletes, at a brief ceremony…

Hunter Lebrun, a student at Bernon Heights Elementary School in Woonsocket, has been named winner of Rhode Island's National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Hunter, who grew a beautiful, huge cabbage, was randomly selected by Rhode Island’s Agriculture Department and will receive a $1,000 sav…

Students from Stonington Middle School held a school wide drive to gather donations of toys, clothes, crafts, and medical supplies for HELO orphanage in Haiti. HELO founder, Elisabeth Kennedy, will bring the items to Haiti this month, along with gifts and letters written in French by 8th gra…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back for another January 2020 visit here on the to the Front Porch, where we have been enjoying the gorgeous full wolf moon which rose in our skies on Friday — the first of 13 full moons this year, according to the Farmer's Almanac, which…

STONINGTON — "Murderers Get Love Letters," the latest play from novelist and playwright Michael R. McGuire, will be presented by Community Design Workshop and the Planning Stage as a concert reading in Stonington this Friday at 7 p.m. A brief talkback will be held following the performance.

MYSTIC — The third annual Mystic Film Festival, scheduled to take place from Oct. 22 to 25, is accepting submissions for its October event, according to festival director Shareen Anderson.

The Mckendree family hosted a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ program at the Avondale Farm Preserve  in December as a part of a benefit for Stand Up For Animals. The Rev. Dr. Bercovici officiated and blessed the donors and their pets. Photos by Greg Pettys. 

Bus drivers with the Westerly School Department wanted to do something special for families in need during the holidays, so, with Tinamarie Bailey at the helm, the drivers got together and dressed in their finest holiday finery to collect 600 gifts and $550 worth of gift cards. The proceeds …

New Year greetings dear readers and lovely friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of 2020, the first visit of the new year, and the first of the new decade.

William Garvey of Westerly received the Qilu Friendship Award from the People’s Government of Shandong Province. The Qilu Friendship Award is given to a foreigner contributing to the social and economic progress of Shandong Province.

WESTERLY — Attention word game, poetry and humor fans: "Word-play Wizard" David Cundy, an author, artist and poet from Guilford, Conn., plans to tickle your funny bone and keep you amused next Wednesday during the opening of his exhibit, "Anagram Portraits of Cultural Luminaries," at the Hox…

MYSTIC — If you think Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, artist Michael Sullo of Mystic has some news for you.