MYSTIC — While a Scottish postman and his TikTok account may have brought sea chanties to the forefront of the worldwide viral stage, a local institution has been celebrating the music of the sea for more than 40 years. And next month, Mystic Seaport Museum will give Nathan Evans, the postma…

WESTERLY — The Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly's February show, "Finding Joy in Winter," will feature a "vibrant variety of work" from the gallery's juried artists, according to member Helen Roy, where art lovers "can view serene seascapes, peaceful winter landscapes, lively mobiles…

WESTERLY — Members of the Founders — a group of musicians who helped put Westerly on the blues map — musicians with familiar names like Al Copley, Greg Piccolo and Rich Lataille — will be back at the Knick this Friday, albeit it virtually.

Dr. Katie Duhamel, left, and her husband, Jack Duhamel, celebrated a remarkable and exciting milestone recently. Dr. Katie, holding the Duhamel's dog, Buster, in the photo, was issued her "Green Card" last week after a long and hurdle-laden journey.

Soon after the colorful inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, when reporters and news commentators pointed out the symbolism of the extraordinary clothing worn by Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Ella Emhoff, Lady Gaga, Jennifer …

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital received a $10,000 grant from Sails Up 4 Cancer recently, a grant designed to provide high quality, patient-centered care to cancer patients. The grant will enable the hospital to assist patients by providing access to transportation to and from the Smilow Cancer…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for, if you can believe it, our final visit of January 2021. Wow! And what a month it has been!

Stephanie Beaulieu, Zachary Phelps and Joshua Restelli of Westerly were named to the dean’s list at Southern New Hampshire University for the fall 2020 semester.

STONINGTON — La Grua Center will share a prerecorded concert Saturday on the center's YouTube channel featuring Clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov and pianist Misuzu Tanaka, with "sumptuous video with resonant, natural stereo."

PROVIDENCE — The Wilbury Theatre Group is currently presenting the world premiere of "The Race," by Mark Binder, directed by Brien Lang. The new play, done in an emerging new performance medium, examines the common, and sometimes uncommon, obstacles of a high-pressure corporate interview dan…

WESTERLY — The Knickerbocker Music Center and the United Theatre have joined forces and created a brand new free, virtual Friday night series called "KNICK LIVE." Available on both the United and Knickerbocker YouTube pages and websites, the concerts are pre-filmed multi-camera shows straigh…

Richmond Police Lt. John Arnold, left, and Patrolman Brock Taylor dropped off a $5,000 donation to Wood River Preschool in late 2020 on behalf of the local police union. The money will be used to help with the financial struggles the school is facing due to an error made by state fire inspec…

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awarded $225,500 in 2020 grants to 41 nonprofits aimed at providing greater equity for women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut from its four Women & Girls Funds recently.

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Edward Rathgeber, of Norwich, frosts a gingerbread man aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the cen…

Jewett City Savings Bank awarded $100,000 in grants to six organizations in the communities the bank supports. The grants were made available as a result of the Bank’s participation in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs for New England Recovery Grant Program. The Ocean Community Cha…

Greetings dear readers and peaceful friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for a visit on this day we set aside to honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by finding ways to volunteer in order to help improve our communities. 

Joseph Fusaro of Westerly was named to the dean's list at Curry College for the fall 2020 semester. Fusaro is majoring in sport and recreation management.

When you first drive up to the home at 29 Spencer Drive in Westerly it looks like just a nice home. But when you take the time to look – really look at it – you’ll find so much of what makes this a very special and most livable piece of property.

NEWPORT — The Newport Art Museum's annual Winter Speaker Series will return for its 93rd season — virtually, on Zoom. The series will include six lectures on a variety of topics and will run Saturdays at 2 p.m. from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27.

NEW LONDON — Geoff Kaufman, a Westerly-based musician who has been a mainstay at Friday Night Folk, the superb music series that has been adding beauty and meaning to the lives of local music-lovers since 1989, will present a virtual concert this week that will also serve as a fundraiser.

Westerly residents Penny Parsekian and Geoff Kaufman generously shared these beautiful photos of Christmas in Westerly. The husband and wife team put out these beautiful luminaria on Christmas Eve and even managed to take them in just before the wind and rain storm. They put out their wreath…

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Perry of Groton checked into Commander Submarine Group 7 after a successful tour aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Perry said he has wanted orders to Japan since he first joined the Navy because of his love of Japanese culture, …

Over the course of eight scheduled vaccine clinics, Kevin Hurley, a registered nurse who works in the emergency department at South County Hospital, become the first health care worker at South County Health to receive the recently approved Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. Hurley is to be follow…

Thanks to longtime readers Saundra Wilk and Jeannine Wilk, we got a peek at some of the beautiful presents under the Wilks' Christmas tree this year! ("Please note the Sun wrapping paper!" they said!)

Greetings dear readers and peaceful friends and welcome back for our second Front Porch visit of 2021 where we are all still reeling from the events of last week. As horrifying, heartbreaking and disappointing as the news from The United States Capitol — "a monument, a working office buildin…

WESTERLY —  Savoy Bookshop and Café, along with Bank Square Books, has postponed the virtual event with Dr. Susan Nicholas, the first event in this year's children's story time series, to Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.

The Charlestown Citizens Alliance has been hosting a fundraiser in support of the primary food bank in Charlestown for the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need also known as RICAN. RICAN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency food, clothing, and other vital suppo…

Randall, Realtors and Page Taft-Christie’s International Real Estate, part of the Randall Family of Companies, launched a "Season of Giving" program this Christmas season aimed at providing help to those in need through community support of local food banks, soup kitchens and pantries. The c…

In another heartwarming story from our good friends at Stand Up for Animals, a cat named Kato was reunited with her proper owners, after she had been missing from more than a year. Mercedes Lynn Shea, an animal loving community member, thought she had been taking care of a stray cat until sh…

New Year greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit of 2021. Let me begin with my New Year wishes for you, dear readers, along with warmest thanks for being a member of the Front Porch family. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate your loyal…

WESTERLY — Sandy Joy Weston is the ideal person to kick off the Winter 2021 Self Improvement Series next Wednesday sponsored by Savoy Bookshop & Café and Bank Square Books.

WESTERLY — Joy may be the new word for the new year. It's definitely the word of the day at the Colonial Theatre, where Marion Markham, the company's producing artistic director said the company is planning to provide "some much-needed, upbeat entertainment" this week "in an effort to bring …

Cars lined up outside the Jonnycake Center of Westerly one afternoon last month when staff members distributed items from the center’s Adopt-a-Family holiday gift assistance program. Families of 498 local children received holiday financial assistance through the program, and 1,214 individua…

For the fifth consecutive year, Exeter Grange donated approximately 900 coats and other articles of warm winter clothing to Camp Street Ministries in Providence, where they will be handed out to needy families. The clothing drive was made possible by donations to Exeter Grange from the publi…

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Edward Rathgeber, from Norwich, Conn., plates cookies for Thanksgiving dinner aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability …

Emily Haik of Westerly, Callie Reposa of Ashaway and Grace Gilbert of Pawcatuck were named to the president’s list and John Turo of Westerly was named to the dean's list at Plymouth State University for the fall 2020 semester.