STONINGTON — Violinist and Stonington native Hilary Castle, whose love of music started at the age of five when she asked her parents for a violin, will join cellist Ani Kalayjian and highly acclaimed pianist/conductor Miloš Repický Saturday for a Music Matters concert at La Grua Center call…

Ocean State Job Lot’s 2021 “Buy, Give, Get” program collected 47,500 winter coats to be donated to veterans in need this winter.

The Phebe Greene Ward Chapter of the Rhode Island Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated the 125th anniversary of its chapter last month by honoring member Barbara Ann Brown Weaver with the prestigious National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservatio…

Generations apart, Eilis McLaughlin and Ernie Cassis are the youngest and oldest members of the 2022 Executive Board of the Westerly Armory. The two are 83 years different in age, with Eilis 14 and Ernie 97. Ernie is a U.S. Navy Sea Bee veteran from World War II and built the antennas in the…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back for a late January visit here on the Front Porch where the sun rose at 7:06 a.m. and will set at 4:54 p.m. and where this year's stash of soupy has been mixed, stuffed and safely tucked away.

Elizabeth Letizio and David Tiedemann of Westerly were named to the dean’s list at Assumption University for the fall 2021 semester.

WESTERLY — Erin Sousa-Stanley, an accomplished artist who has directed the award-winning Stonington High School theater program for the past 20 years, has been named artistic director of Westerly's Granite Theatre.

Westerly native Ralph X. Nardone, originally of 7 Dayton St. and who currently lives with his daughter, Jane W (Nardone) Mills, and Jane's family in Laurel, Maryland, turned 98 on Jan. 15. Jane said that her dad faithfully reads The Westerly Sun daily in order to keep up with his peers and t…

The Westerly Historical Society held a book launch for author Zachary J. Garceau who released his book, "Great Stories From Westerly's Past" in December in the carriage house of the Babcock Smith House Museum. The photos were taken by Brenda Linton.

Thanks to Betsy Lathrop Baldwin, a member of the Westerly High School class of 1969, we have these photos to share from the show at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts titled "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories." The exhibition, according to the museum's website, "brings together the only t…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back for a mid-January here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 7:10 a.m. and will set at 4:45 p.m. and where we're honoring the birthday of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by reflecting on the legacy of a man who "issued a cal…

Lauren Anhalt and Natalie Ritacco of Westerly and Andrew Castagliuolo of Pawcatuck were named to the dean’s list at Stonehill College for the fall 2021 semester.

The Mystic Film Festival is now accepting film and screenplay submissions for its 5th annual festival. The festival, scheduled to take place from Oct. 20-23, 2022, in locations throughout Westerly, Stonington and Mystic, will again present independent feature-length, short-form narrative fil…

Thanks to Griffith H. Trow, we have photos of the Chanukah party held at the Congregation Sharah Zedek in December. The first photo features Liz Peress with the guitar and her mother Dolly, whose 85th birthday was also celebrated.

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back for our second visit of the new year on the Front Porch, where the sun rose this morning at 7:12 and will set at 4:37 p.m. 

STONINGTON — La Grua Center kicks off the year with "Coming Out for Art," a show dedicated to celebrating and representing the art of LGBTQ+ artists in Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut.

Many thanks to Mary LeBlanc for sending this sweet photo of Rob Ferreira and his two sons, Kyle and Cooper, setting up a Christmas tree on a small “island” on Winnapaug Pond in front of their home.

Dant Hirsch, president of Ocean House Collection, left, and Susan Sedensky, executive director of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, stand with just a few of the toys donated by members of the Greater Westerly community during the Ocean House Tree lighting in November. "Thanks to the generos…

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School held a "Holiday Open Mic" for its students at the United Theatre last month when 21 performers, ranging in age from 8 to 64, got their first chance to play on the “big stage” in the United’s main theater, adding their names to the long and illustrio…

Hayden Puglia, Ruby Taylor and Geena Kenyon, ages 14 to 15 and members of Troop 1288 of the Girl Scouts, worked together in order to build a sensory garden and music box for the kids at Pathways school. The garden has a section for every one of the five senses to help educate kids and provid…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of the New Year. Yes, happy 2022 and here's hoping the new year brings you good health, good work, good visits with family and friends and prosperity galore!

Bronte Stahl of Westerly received a $5000 grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for Fellowship in Film and Video.