Dr. Becky Woodward of Westerly, who owns a dental practice with her husband, Dr. Adam Kaufman, posted something for the online "Rainbow Hunt," one morning last week, and joined Americans across the country by turning the sidewalk leading up to their office door into a colorful chalk rainbow …

Liam Doescher of Westerly flashes a smile after his first week working from his home office. Liam is the son of Mark and Kim Doescher of Bradford.

Joe Trelli and his son, Ezra, work together in their Pawcatuck home. Trelli is the program coordinator for Waterford Youth and Family services, where he tends to the needs of families and seniors whose lives have been impacted by the pandemic.

Jude Lebling, the son of Erika and Tim Lebling of Pawcatuck, loves his distance learning, says mom. Jude gets up, gets dressed for school then proceeds to change his outfits "multiple times throughout the day," Erika says.

Greetings dear readers, kind, thoughtful neighbors and patient, quarantined friends and welcome back for our first April visit here on the Front Porch where we, just like you, are hunkered down and trying our best to keep our spirits high as we observe our new rules of living. We're also kee…

Amelia and Mikey Alosco, left, and their cousins, Teddy and Louis Fusaro, send love to their great-grandmother — Mary "Gigi" Henriques, a resident at the Westerly Health Center — with their handmade love letters. Neither the Alsoco siblings — the children of Sarah and Mike Alosco, of Walpole…

The Daughters of the American Revolution established a new chapter in Connecticut earlier this year, one that will be based in Stonington. The chapter is named in honor of Abigail Hinman, a revolutionary heroine in New London who took pot shots at Benedict Arnold when she realized he was in …

Mohegan Sun donated 100 cases of nitrile gloves and two cases of N95 masks to the state of Connecticut to be made available to medical professionals in the state last week. Staff members also delivered dairy products — including milk, yogurt, juice, cheese, eggs and hummus — to the Montville…

Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation are continually seeking ways to support their local communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently they donated a total of 59,000 gloves, 100 N95 respirator masks, 240 rolls of toilet paper, 36 bottles of hand sanitize…

This osprey was spotted by John Allen at Westerly's Robert Gingerella Field earlier this month.

Greetings dear readers and kind friends, and a warm welcome back to the Front Porch where we are hunkered down, wondering how you're all doing during these strange times and keeping our eyes open for uplifting ideas and stories to share. There are so many heartwarming social media posts and …

While adjusting to the new social-distancing directives in this time of Covid-19, theaters and arts organizations from Providence to New London and in between are coming up with some novel ways to stay connected and offer inspiration.

During the month of February, Springbrook Elementary School took part in a school-wide effort to remind students about the importance of being kind. Throughout the month, the school hosted many fun activities including the creation of a giant heart with words of kindness.

Greetings dear readers and kind friends, and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first spring visit on the porch where we are watching in astonishment as our world changes minute by minute ... right before our eyes.

Karen Griscom of Westerly was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

WARWICK — In some forward-looking, hopeful theater news, the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre — better known as The Gamm — has announced its new season, which includes back-to-back Obie- and Tony Award-winning plays, a Rhode Island premiere, a regional premiere of two contemporary, critically a…

Theaters across the state, from Trinity Rep in Providence to the Gamm in Warwick to the Granite here in Westerly and the Contemporary in Wakefield, have announced cancellations and changes to their schedules.

Seniors Helping Seniors celebrated nine employees appointed to the "SHS 10 Year Club" at a luncheon in Mystic. The employees include the following local residents who have been working with the group for at least 10 years as of 2020: Sarah Lomax , Cathy Conrad, Yvonne , Peg Girard, Scott Smi…

For the fourth consecutive year, members of the Exeter Grange teamed up with St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown to collect and donate 918 coats and other articles of warm winter clothing to Camp Street Ministries in Providence. The clothing was handed out to needy families in the city…

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly received a $3,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to be used for emergency food assistance. The funds, will be used for the center’s Monthly Food Assistance Program, which provides a week’s worth of food to local residents every 30 days, …

Stonington Republican Town Committee Chairman Bryan A. Bentz, left, received citations from the state and the town recently and was honored for his quiet service to the Town of Stonington and his work on the Board of Finance and on the RTC. Bentz, of Mystic, is stepping down for personal rea…

Greetings dear readers and fine friends, and welcome back to the Front Porch for our St. Patrick/ St. Joseph Day visit in this whole new world of social distancing where we're washing our hands like crazy, wondering how you're all faring, and sending bushels of love and hope to each and ever…

Julianna M. Hill and Rhys A. Johnstone of Westerly were named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the fall 2019 semester.

NEW LONDON — Community activist Karen Washington, the founder of New York's Rise & Root Farm, will give a talk in New London Sunday as the final program in the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center's Dandelion Series.

MASHANTUCKET — The Choir of Man, a group of singers known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” will perform at Foxwoods next month as part of their 2020 North American tour.

MYSTIC — Artist and student artist applications for the 63rd Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, scheduled to take place on Aug. 8 and 9, are currently being accepted, according to Kearney Worthington from the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the organization that sponsors the event.

WARWICK — Ladies and gentlemen, step right up — suspend your judgments, cast away your  barometers of normalcy and settle in for one wild, roller coaster of a ride. It's a spectacle alrighty, a veritable three-ring circus ... complete with guns and flags, buntings and bangs, a tricycle, a Sa…

Junior grangers from Foster's Moosup Valley Junior Grange and Newport County's Junior Grange attended a recent meeting of the Newport County Junior Grange at Kickemuit Grange Hall in Warren.  

Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60567 enjoyed an after-hours tour of Stonington Town Hall on Jan. 31 with First Selectman Danielle Chesebrough. The scouts are working on a badge called “Celebrating Community,” which consists of learning more about their own community and what makes it unique.

Local high school sports boosters organizations received a boost from the Westerly Community Credit Union following the credit union's annual Holiday Basketball Tournament when each school received a check for $2,438.40.

The Chariho Regional School District held its annual Spelling Bee in February. Thirty-two students, representing the four elementary schools and the middle school, took part in the annual bee. Fifth-grade student Greyson Moffitt, shown, took first place and will represent Chariho in the Rhod…

Richmond Elementary School students gathered outside in January to form a giant heart as part of the “Great Kindness Challenge.” The school joined more than 27,000 schools around the world during the last week of January as part of the challenge, which was organized by “Kids for Peace,” a gl…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends, and welcome back to the Front Porch for another March visit where we are now in Daylight Saving Time mode and keeping our eyes in the skies for tonight's last full moon of winter. My colleague Harold Hanka reminded me that tonight's moon — which goes …

Sydney Iacoi of Westerly, Sydney Allen of Charlestown, Kristen Archer and Avery Vanlew of Pawcatuck, Emily Geary of Stonington and Maggie Mae Roche of Mystic were named to the dean’s list at Emmanuel College for the fall 2019 semester.