Greetings dear readers and beloved friends, and welcome back for a late October visit here on the Front Porch where we are preparing to carve scary faces on our big, orange pumpkins. Which reminds me — our friends at the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center in Stonington have lots going on for …

Dawn and Own Pereira, of Pawcatuck, have a favorite fall tradition; apple-picking at Holmberg Orchard in Gales Ferry. "The weather was beautiful and there were plenty of delicious apples, cider and donuts," said Dawn.

Journalist Alison Bologna, who anchors NBC-10 News Sunrise with Mario Hilario each weekday morning, has served as emcee for the Art Connection Rhode Island's annual art auction for the last five years. This year's 9th annual Celebration and Online Auction was held last month via Zoom. In pre…

From left, Stephen J White, Westerly Community Credit Union president & CEO; Susan Sedensky, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center executive director; and William Quirk, Westerly Community Credit Union board member and chair of the Donations Committee.

Terry M. Ziegler, a volunteer for the Groton Public Library, received the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award. The award is given out each weekday to extraordinary individuals across the country who are donating their time and talent to better their communities. Zeigler was the nation’s P…

Westerly native Aaron A’Vant of Swansea, Mass., has joined the Bulfinch Group. In May 2020, A’Vant organized an impromptu fundraiser for the Black Lives Matter movement where he biked for 76 miles and helped raise a little over $8,500. He earned his Bachelor of Science in marketing from the …

CHARLESTOWN — Steve Young, a part time resident of Quonochontaug with a longtime horseshoe crab fascination, will give a Zoom presentation next Wednesday about the oldest residents of the region.

NEW LONDON —  Hygienic Art will welcome the Lost Tribe, a drum-centered instrumental collective from Middletown, Conn., led by multi-percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant, on Saturday.

After having gone missing for a full month and two days, a little lost doggy named Ziti was found safe and sound recently and caught by Westerly's beloved dog whisperer, Deb Turrisi of Stand Up for Animals.

Up until 14 years ago, the Westerly Armory was home to the Rhode Island State, later National, Guard. The 169th Military Police Company was the last unit to serve there. On Saturday, Sept. 26, a small group of those guard members met to reunite and see the building they left behind. Bruce Fa…

The Westerly Hospital Foundation received a check for nearly $4,300 from the Hartford Marathon Foundation. The donation was given as part of Westerly Hospital’s Sponsorship of foundation’s Surftown 100 Challenge.

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Jonnycake Center for Hope. The donation will help them assist people experiencing financial hardship within Washington County. The donation is a continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that di…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for a holiday visit where we're celebrating the bounty of this gorgeous season and all the people who live on this land. Have you noticed all the stunning autumn displays artfully displayed throughout our neighborh…

Morgan McFarland of Westerly received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Simmons University.

WESTERLY — The Granite Theatre will present a virtual performance of Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" Friday at 7 p.m. Judy George will direct the one-act play, which not only examines patriarchal themes of female subordination, emotional abuse and the impact of forced isolation, but "speaks most …

WESTERLY — After seven months of virtual viewing only, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly will open the gallery doors next week with a new schedule, new hours of operation and a new set of COVID-19 rules.

MYSTIC — Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson will be joined by poets Joan Hofmann and Steve Straight and cellist Theodore Mook for the region's first live Green Poetry Café Sunday at a program sponsored by the Arts Cafe Mystic at the Mystic Museum of Art.

PROVIDENCE — The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, once the most famous Black man in America, has some fascinating connections to Westerly. In 1873 he stayed in the very home that is now the Margin Street Inn. Douglass, who spoke in Westerly in 1873, was a guest at the home of Charles P…

Jamie Thornton, left, shows the pretty engagement ring she received from her beau, Glenn Kendzia. The pair announced their engagement last month.

Grace Turano, of Westerly, has been named as the recipient of the The Margaret E. Iacoi Memorial Foundation for Widowed Mothers award. This year's award also honors the passing of Grace's husband, the late Angelo Turano, a longtime town employee who died tragically last year. In photo, from …

Thanks to a partnership between the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island Lions Club, Hope Valley Ambulance was one of the dozens of recipients of personal protective equipment. The list of recipients also includes the Dunn's Corners, Misquamicut, Watch Hill, and Wes…

Joanne Lindeborg, of Pawcatuck, and Kathleen Edgecomb, of the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, organized the "Hope and Healing — Caps of Courage" program in honor of the late Aimee Reed, a Pawcatuck resident who inspired others with her hope, courage, and determination throughout her …

South County Habitat for Humanity received a $30,000 grant from Bank of America for construction of affordable housing in southern Rhode Island. In addition to financial support, Bank of America volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours on the construction sites with habitat workers. In …

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first October visit of 2020, where we are thinking about all the wonderful teachers, and hard working parents doing their best to teach the kiddos in their care during this crazy time of COVID-19. We're think…

The following local students received bachelor degrees from the University of Connecticut: Stonington residents Jonathan Alec Armstrong, Bachelor of Arts, applied mathematical sciences; Sarah Bussey, Bachelor of Arts, English; Hannah N. Johnson, Bachelor of Science, finance; Sophie Frances K…

STONINGTON — The Connecticut Early Music Society's artistic director Ian Watson will host a virtual cocktail party this month just before the premiere of a concert featuring music by Hayden and Beethoven. 

WESTERLY — You're probably not surprised to learn that the Chorus of Westerly has placed all live concerts on hold until April of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it might surprise you to learn just how much is going on at the region's premier community music center.

The Westerly Community Credit Union is now the sole sponsor of the Ocean Community YMCA’s School’s Out program. Thanks to a sponsorship of $10,000, the YMCA can now provide Westerly school children with before and after school enrichment and childcare and continue to offer programs for famil…

Students enrolled in the New England Science & Sailing Foundation’s “Shore Support Program” enjoy classes at both their Stonington and New London campuses. Designed to keep students engaged and learning during their “off days,” when enrolled in hybrid school schedules, the program allows…

From left, Peter Magrane, Tom McVerry and Lou Manzi, members of The Howling Hound Dogs, volunteered to howl for the folks at a recent “Sunday Funday” in downtown Westerly. The musicians have been performing at some outdoor shows over the summer and wanted to add their collective voices to th…

The GFWC Women’s Club of South County, an organization committed to helping women achieve their educational and career goals, awarded several scholarships recently. Even though the club's popular annual Book & Author Luncheon — typically held at the Dunes Club July — had to be canceled d…

Greetings dear thoughtful friends and kind readers, and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first autumn visit of 2020 and our last September visit.

The following local students received graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut: Westerly resident Nathan Garret Capalbo, Master of Engineering; Pawcatuck residents Seth William Burger, Master of Arts, curriculum and instruction; Elizabeth Ellenwood, Master of Fine Arts; Shelby Iap…

PROVIDENCE — "Fire Flowers and a Time Machine" ("Flores de Fuego y una Máquina del Tiempo"), a bilingual outdoor production designed to "put audiences in touch with ancestors from the past, and our future descendants," will be the next performance collaboration from The Wilbury Theatre Group…

WESTERLY — If you're a fan of Steely Dan, you'll want to mark 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, on your calendar. That's the night that Hey Nineteen, the "world's #1 Steely Dan Experience," will be performing at the Misquamicut Drive-In.

STONINGTON — How does a home influence a poet's work? Tune in this Saturday at 5 p.m., to listen to Walt Hunter — the current fellow at the James Merrill House —  talk about the house in American poetry on Facebook Live.

Nick Bottone, of Westerly, sent this happy photo of a happy female Ruby Throated Hummingbird catching a snack on Thursday in the Bottone's Westerly backyard.

Westerly Community Credit Union donated $5,000 to the WARM Center in Westerly to help people experiencing financial hardship in local communities. The donation is a continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggli…

Westerly's Kevin "Big Lux" Lowther, a hip-hop musician, activist and reserve soldier, played an impromptu concert at Napatree Point recently to the absolute joy and delight of boaters and sun bathers in the area.

Susette Tibus, 2020 honorary chair of the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation 15th Annual Walk — Virtual Miles to Cure Breast Cancer and owner of Simply Majestic Jewelers in Mystic shows the pink pearls that were raffled off at an event held last week. This year's walk will take place on …