Members of "The Greater North End Community Development Inc." held another successful North End Neighborhood Earth Day Clean Up recently. The group's mission is "to preserve and revitalize the cultural, social and historic character of the greater North End of Westerly through arts and educa…

Troop #9 Pawcatuck served up some fine flapjacks to area residents, including Stonington’s First Selectman Rob Simmons in April at the Pawcatuck VFW. The breakfast was a fundraiser held to benefit scout educational programs and pack activities that serve the community. 

Victor J. Orsinger II, Esq., center, retired after serving for 36 years on Washington Trust's Board of Directors. Orsinger joined the Washington Trust Bancorp Inc.'s board in 1983 and had served on almost every committee during his tenure, including serving as the Lead Director since 2002. H…

As citizens of Gales Ferry go about their daily lives, members of the U.S. Navy’s “Silent Service” work beneath the ocean’s waves, continuing a tradition that only a small fraction of military members will ever know: strategic deterrence. Seaman Recruit Cody Crawford, above, assigned to USS …

Westerly native and Community College of Rhode Island student Dante Turano, third from left, was among a field of 30 student-athletes in Rhode Island selected as 2019 Scholar-Athlete award-winners. Scholar-Athletes are chosen based on a combination of their grade point average, athletic perf…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our mid-May Mother's Day visit here on the Front Porch where the lilacs are just about to bloom and the days are growing longer. So, let me begin with warm Mother's Day wishes to all our mothers — those with us today and those who …

Nina Rossomando, president of the League of Women Voters South County, left, presents an award to Literacy Volunteers of Washington County Executive Director Mary Carol Kendzia during the fourth annual league tea held in April. Kendzia accepted the award on behalf of the organization and its…

Members of the Gardeners of Westerly met at the Apple Watch Hill nursing home for their April meeting and made lovely spring baskets with the residents. Shown, from left, are Tammy Cappuccio, Patti Taylor, Linda Lareau, Sharon Taddei, Linda Philips, Debbie Myers and Pam Cappuccio.

The Westerly Community Credit Union recently received the “Spreadin’ the Love (Giving Back) Award” by the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, one of the 2019 Chamber Choice Awards. The credit union received the award because of its support for community charities and causes in the com…

As part of Dime Bank's 150th anniversary celebration, the bank has created a traveling exhibit of bank artifacts which will be on display at the bank's branches throughout the year. The photos, which give a glimpse of the exhibit, also feature Dime Bank President and CEO Nick Caplanson talki…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our first May visit here on the Front Porch where we are all working overtime to love the rain as we pray for the sun to return. Soon. Soon.

When Sophia Abruzzese, Carissa Conroy and Raegan Kiley, Girl Scouts in Troop 1288 who are working on their bronze award, wanted to help a local animal shelter, Troop Leader Colleen Abruzzese, reached out to Animal Control Officer Samantha Bowen of the Hopkinton Police Department to see if th…

Sandy Bliven, Lois Antoch and other parishioners at Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Ashaway were so moved by the beauty of the church this Easter season, they asked Bill Aiello to send in these photos which include Rev. Michael "Father Mike" Colello, the pastor of both Our Lady …

Members of the Rotary Club of Westerly met with other Rotarians in the region recently at the Richmond Country Club to hear from Rotarian and polio survivor John Nanni about Rotary’s world wide efforts to eradicate the deadly disease. In the photos are Thomas Tarzwell, Wakefield president; W…

Members of the Perryville Grange held a Community Service Night earlier this month, and since April is Grange Month, the organization presented awards to a number of deserving people in Washington County. Shown, from left, are 2019 Teacher of the Year Martha Dion, 2019 Firefighter of the Yea…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to our last April visit of 2019 here on the Front Porch, where we're admiring all the gorgeous magnolia trees and azalea bushes now bursting forth in bloom.

Members of the Washington Trust marketing team attended the opening night of Trinity Rep's "Little Shop of Horrors" last week and got to meet Audrey Two, center, one of the stars of the show. Shown from left are Tony Nunes with his daughter, Lydia Nunes, Tammy Joslin, Beth Eckel, Maura Beaud…

Valenti Subaru of Westerly recently presented a check for more than $20,000 to PACE and the Adult Day Center of Westerly. Shown from left are Joe Altavilla, the district sales manager of Subaru New England; PACE Board members Meredith Eckel, Maria Allen and Frederick “Fritz” Eckel; Bruce Mor…

Michelle Pelchat of Hope Valley was inducted into the Student Transportation of America's "Wall of Fame" at a ceremony that took place in in Charleston, S.C. in March. The award is the company’s highest and most prestigious honor. STA, a leader in school transportation, safety and fleet serv…

Seventh-grade student Lucy McLaughlin, of Mystic, left, and sophomore Sam Salas, of New London, were named as April Students of the Month at Saint Bernard School. McLaughlin works hard, shows a strong interest in her academics, and is cheerful and outgoing, according to her teachers. Salas i…

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Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late April, Passover-Easter Monday visit here on the Front Porch. I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend and I hope you snapped some extra cute photos of new babies, children in Easter bonnets and people with Peeps dioramas t…

Students at Westerly's Dunn's Corners Elementary School were over the moon last week during the school's annual Reading Week celebration, especially when School Media Specialist Ann Marie Doyle dressed up as an astronaut. It was a perfect match, of course, for this year's theme: "Rocket into…

The Ocean State Job Lot in Westerly raised $405 each for Stand Up For Animals and Friends of Westerly Animal Shelter through the company's "To The Rescue" campaign. The fundraiser, conducted through the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, included a February collection at all stores d…

Caroline Maynard, center at left, and Suzanne and Bob Lane celebrate their recent induction into the Rotary Club of Westerly as sponsor Franklin Celico offers advice and former Rotary Assistant Governor Stephen White, far left, looks on. White had just administered the oath of induction. May…

Michael Wyeth Bonser of New London, a senior at the S. Bernard School in Montville, earned a Silver Key from the 2019 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recently after receiving a Gold Key from the Regional Scholastic awards for his art portfolio, and a Best In Show for portfolios.

Grady Vreeland, 6, son of Jennifer and Ben Vreeland, of Westerly, shows his first catch of the season at Shannock Falls on Saturday, opening day for freshwater fisheries in Rhode Island.

Greetings dear friends and loyal readers and welcome back for a mid-April, Patriot's Day visit here on the Front Porch, where we're rooting for all the runners in today's Boston Marathon (go Ryan Gainor!), still wowing about Tiger, getting ready for the Easter/Passover week and watching the …

Nine members of Central Baptist Church of Westerly were part of a contingent of Rhode Islanders that traveled to Puerto Rico in March to help with rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Maria. The group did roof repairs at the homes of five elderly residents, repaired three church roofs, pai…

Westerly Rotary Club President Kathryn Taylor, center, presented plaques to Westerly Rotary Club’s Students of the Month for February, Antwone Brown, left and Student of the Month for March, Helena Hall-Thomsen, right. 

Students in Anna-Helene Grossomanides’ sixth grade class at St. Michael School recently received a hands-on chemistry lesson. The students used household solutions such as cleaners to test and determined which contained specific acids and bases.

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for another April visit on the Front Porch! How delightful to see the bright yellow daffodils dotting our gardens and roadways again and how wonderful to have this (at last) gorgeous spring weather to appreciate.

Students at North Stonington Christian Academy traveled recently to Trinity Christian School in Windsor, Conn., to join with other Christian schools in the Math Olympics and Speech Meet. All participating schools are members of the Northeast Region of the Association of Christian Schools Int…

Ava Falcone and Emma McElwaney, two little leprechauns from Westerly, stopped by PetSense in Westerly on St. Patrick's Day and collected donations for the Westerly Animal Shelter. All proceeds will go to the shelter.

Charlestown resident Cristina LaPaglia, a 2017 graduate of Chariho High School, had no doubt about her plans for college. She knew she was headed to the Community College of Rhode Island. LaPaglia, who was among the first group of Rhode Island high school students to enroll at CCRI through t…

Elaine Nordstrom Romano, of Charlestown, will give her 1998 oil canvas painting of Jesus, titled "Alpha and Omega, the face of God in Mercy," to Bishop Thomas Tobin and to the Diocese of Providence in memory of her late husband John V Romano, who passed away Dec. 21, 2017.

Thundermist Health Center presented the Washington Trust Company with the 2019 Community Partnership Award during the center’s annual meeting in March. Washington Trust Chairman and CEO Ned Handy, left, accepted the award from Jeanne LaChance, president and CEO of Thundermist.

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome to our April Fool's Day visit here on the Front Porch and our first visit of the new month. Remember to beware of tricks today, although, I'll admit, I've always enjoyed playing a few silly pranks on family and friends, like anbdasiydsgkjsu…

Thanks to author-illustrator Leslie Tryon, grade 3 students at the St. Michael School in Pawcatuck participated in a mystery "Valentine Pen Pal" project with their teacher, Mrs. Cheryl Brissette, earlier this year.

Howard Paster, right, the state's grange information director and a former member of the Rocky Hill Grange, gives a set of military books to Audrey Schwab, left, a former member of Rocky Hill Grange who has been employed at the Seabee Museum in North Kingstown for over 20 years. The donation…

The 16th annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-Off held in February at Olde Mistick Village raised $24,231 for Always Home, a non-profit agency in Mystic dedicated to preventing family homelessness. In a close race with the first- and third-place winners separated by only 18 v…

Greetings friends and faithful readers and welcome back for our first spring visit on the Front Porch and our last visit for March 2019.

Cub Scout Pack 2 of Westerly held its blue and gold dinner last month at the Dunns Corners Presbyterian Church. Three boys, Tyler Greene, Bob Datson and Adam Lenihan, are crossing over to Boy Scouts.  

The Westerly Community Credit Union donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the 35th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament to Chariho, Stonington, South Kingstown and Westerly High School Sports’ Boosters. Each school received a check for $2,363.64 for its basketball teams’ hard work, determ…

Cathy Cook, left, executive director of Work Vessels for Veterans of Mystic, presents Joe Walsh with the organization's “Patriot Award” to recognize his commitment to America’s veterans. Work Vessels for Vets, a local volunteer-based veterans’ charity, received $10,000 grant from Vets Aid an…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another March visit here on the Front Porch where where we are (gladly) bidding farewell to winter, and celebrating the saints.

Members of the planning committee for the 54th Calvary Episcopal Women’s Lenten Luncheon gather in the church kitchen to finalize plans for the luncheons, which begin today and are held each Monday through April. Meals are served from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a different menu for each luncheon…

Cathy Larsh, center, was feted on her birthday in December with an elegant champagne tea party at the Babcock-Smith House Museum Carriage House. With Cathy are Patty Gentile, left, and Anne D'Amico.

Cal Lord of Central Baptist Church, left, Ray Jones of Lighthouse Community Baptist were sworn in as police chaplains before Stonington Police Chief J. Darren Stewart during a special ceremony held at the Stonington Police Department on Feb. 14. The three members of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Cl…

The North Stonington Garden Club was honored recently by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. The club’s yearbook, with the theme “Going Native,” won first prize within clubs of its size, and its community education programs were recognized with a Youth Award of Excellence for programs…

Westerly Community Credit Union helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Rhode Island by hosting a 50-Year Celebration Banner signed by the Special Olympics athletes. The banner has traveled throughout Rhode Island to various credit unions representing the contributions they…

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jeffrey Windischman, from Waterford, Conn., takes a fuel sample aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). Mits…

Dozens of students, parents and community members came to Ocean House last Wednesday for the annual Gingerbread Competition.  Each year, Westerly High School and Chariho High School students face off with multiple gingerbread house creations. Pictured here are Ocean House’s Chef Ryan Beaudoi…

    The Charlestown Senior Community Center hosted an art exhibit featuring the works from the center's Painting With Peers group. The casual painting group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. to create their own projects with peer suggestions and advice. The featured artists in the showing were Laur…