The Westerly Lions Club recently donated $15,000 to Westerly Education Center for the addition of a conference space and offices at the center's Friendship Street location. Jeff Sorensen, former president of Westerly Lions Club, presented the check to Executive Director Amy Grzybowski and Ka…

Westerly residents Pat Grande, left, and Kathryn Taylor, competed in the National Senior Games in New Mexico in June, in had a wonderful experience, according to Grande. As they headed home from the event, she said, they were "both happy and humble." Happy because they both scored in the top…

Ashaway Elementary School's third-grade team of Lindsay Bliven and Courtney Moffitt earned first place in the League of Women Voters of South County’s 12th annual Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards, and Michael Gleason and Mary Petrofes, from Westerly High School, earned third plac…

Veterans of Foreign Wars officials John Gallo, left, Jerry Herker and Raymond Blanda presented the VFW Legislative Award to state Rep. Samuel Azzinaro, second from right at the annual VFW awards ceremony in June. Azzinaro, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, received the aw…

Slocum Grange in North Kingstown honored a number of their members recently for their many years of service.

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-July visit here on the Front Porch where we're savoring these glorious summer days and counting our blessings. How fortunate are we to live in one of the loveliest spots on the East Coast — one filled with fabulous events and…

Lou Masucci of Westerly bid farewell to his radio audience earlier this month on his last day at WBLQ after roughly 20 years behind the mike with the Sports Open Mic show. Lou received high praise from station owner Chis DiPaola, a gift from the WHS state champion girls track team and a beau…

Students in last year's grade five at St. Michael School successfully completed their Dare Program with Mrs. Babcock and Officer Page.

Jon L Peacock and Alana Rader, co-artistic directors of the Education Program for Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island, hopped across the pond recently to attend a conference, organized by The Shakespeare Institute, and held at The University of Surrey, just south of London. While there they spe…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for an early July visit where we're relaxing after our many splendid Independence Day celebrations (with fireworks galore!) and gearing up for a month full of literary events, music, fairs, festivals and fun. Speakin…

Peg Murphy-Bright and Richard "Dick" Bright of Westerly (holding certificate) received the Rhode Island Committee Award for outstanding performance, service and continuing support to the national defense. The award was presented on behalf of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) b…

Heather Watkins-Shepherd of Pawcatuck was awarded the $1,500 Anna Coit Memorial Scholarship from The North Stonington Garden Club. A formal presentation of the award will take place at the club’s July 16 general meeting.

Cadet Girl Scout Mackenzie DePietro, of Westerly, presented her Silver Award project, the second highest award given to a Girl Scout, to Westerly's 350 Committee Meeting last month. When she pitched the idea of creating a 350th Celebration Quilt to the committee and the Girl Scouts as her Si…

Westerly native Laura Dowding, who graduated from Westerly High School and went on to receive her bachelor's in music composition, has continued to pursue a music career ever since. She has traveled all over the country and played for thousands of people in in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapo…

Margo Bucci, from Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter #38 in East Greenwich, was honored at the Rhode Island Grange's State Recognition Day as both Chapter Queen and State Queen for losing the most weight. The theme of the event was “Honoring Our Rhode Island Winners.”

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our annual Fourth of July week visit here on the Front Porch where we are feeling quite patriotic in our red, white and blue as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day 2019.  

Daisy Gates, a junior at Westerly High School, and Vanessa Chun, a recent graduate, collaborated to produce the official Town of Westerly 350 anniversary coloring book sponsored by the Washington Trust Company. Vanessa illustrated and Daisy wrote the text for the coloring book which includes…

Maggie Richins, the daughter of Harriet and Rob Richins of Westerly, returned  from Ghana last week after spending three weeks in the northern village of Kpintalga to help set up a water purification system through Saha Global. Her trip, which she described as a “life changing experience,” w…

State Rep. Sam Azzinaro, R-Westerly, presented members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Committee with a citation from the Rhode Island House of Representatives during the Dante Society of Westerly's annual dinner recently.  

Westerly residents Leo and Rita Brosseau celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on May 30. Rita, a life-long Westerly resident, and Leo, who is originally from Providence, have four children: Sharon (Tom) Lane of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Carol (Paul) Marsiglio, of Westerly; Matthew Brosseau …

On June 1 Westerly residents Sarabeth McClain, left, and Lauren Anhalt, second from left, both seniors at The Prout School, were among the students honored at the 24th annual Italian Scholarship Dinner held by the Rhode Island Teachers of Italian.

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for what, incredibly, is our first visit of the summer and our last visit of June here on the Front Porch where time continues to zip along and where we're carefully tending to our broken hearts.

Cadet Rhys Thornell, a Stonington resident, was honored at an awards ceremony held by the Thames River Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Thornell, who has been a member of the Thames River Composite Squadron for two years, received the General Billy Mitchell Award and was promoted …

The State Grange Women’s Activity Committee held a Women’s Activity Day at Exeter Grange Hall recently. One of the highlights of this event was a Baking Contest with grange members participating with a recipe for Sour Cream Coffee Cake. There were 10 entries from different Granges around the…

The Washington Trust Company collected approximately 6,800 pounds, or 3.4 tons of peanut butter (and 300 jars of jelly) during the nineteenth annual Washington Trust Peanut Butter Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and 12 local food pantries across Rhode Island and southea…

Kindergarten students from St. Michael School in Pawcatuck celebrated a sunny day outside blowing bubbles with their teacher, Miss Majeika, one fine spring morning.

A number of local artists were honored during the Gala Opening and Awards presentation for the 26th Regional Art Exhibit held in May at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly. In top photo, the regional award winners, are, from left, Sarah Stifler Lucas, Kristie Foss, Zach Prosser, Den…

Members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival committee, in top photo, were honored by the Dante Society of Westerly earlier this month at the society's annual dinner. Fr. Giacomo Capoverdi, pastor and spiritual advisor to the committee and Mike Breslin, incoming president of the Committe…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for another June visit here on the Front Porch where we're enjoying all the sweet prom and dance photos (remember to send them our way!) and gearing up for graduations, Flag Day and Father's Day. Hats off to all you daddy-os! Then come…

Stonington student James Waters was honored recently as a finalist at the 14th annual "eesmarts Student Contest" ceremony held at the Connecticut State Capitol. James was awarded third place in the fourth grade category for his letter to Principal Jennifer McCurdy. In the letter, he stresses…

Delaney Domenica Silvestri, daughter of Westerly residents Andrea and Paul Silvestri, graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a bachelor of arts last month. Next up for Dee is relocation to Florida, where she will work for Disney while furthering her education in psychology.

U.S. Navy Equipment Operator Constructionman Ashley Chamberlin, of Mystic, currently assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, Construction Civic Action Detail, in the Federated States of Micronesia, prepares to cut wires that will be used to build rebar cages during constructio…

Richard Siciliano, left, vice-president of Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc., received a check recently from State Sen. Samuel Azzinaro to assist with a project involving the granite stairs and the underpinnings in the basement of the Westerly Armory, a Save America’s Site as declared by the…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our first June visit of 2019, and just as the song says, "June is bustin' out all over." Peonies are popping and the Hummingbirds are abundant and all's right with the world (unless you're not a fan of James Holzhauer lol.)

South County Habitat for Humanity volunteers were celebrated recently at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, held at Christ the King Church in Kingston. Michael Faggella of South Kingstown was awarded the Mark Smith Volunteer of the Year award for the profound impact he has made on …

From left; Carole Barnard, Melissa Mears, Amy Carvell and Kay Graham; members of Calvary Church's annual "Spring Yard Sale," prepare for Saturday's big event which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 27 Church St. in Stonington borough. Attendees are invited to come early…

Members of the Phebe Greene Ward Chapter, RI Daughters of the American Revolution (RIDAR;) honored local middle school and high school students during their annual student meeting held last month at the Westerly Public Library. From left; Brent Reyburn, Honorary Chapter Regent Phebe Greene W…

Third-graders from Exeter's  Metcalf School gather with members of the Exeter Grange; back row from left, Peggy Fish, Celeste Spencer and Howard Paster; during annual Dictionary Donation Day, when the grange donates dictionaries for third-graders in local schools through its "Words for Third…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our Memorial Day visit here on the Front Porch where flags are waving and where summer seems to have suddenly arrived! Downtown was packed with visitors and locals over the weekend — thanks to Virtu, which attracted hundreds, if no…

Gwen Woods, left, Judy Toscano, Ellie Coffey and Peg Murphy-Bright, all members of the Friends of the Westerly Memorial Library, discuss plans for the upcoming Summer Tea while wearing their sweetest spring chapeaus. 

Chief Shawn Lacey of the Westerly Police Department, center, stands with Commander Chris Sanford, chair of the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Phil Albert, vice-chair of Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, after being presented with the Above a…

The winners of the Westerly Armory's 13th Pitch Tournament were, from left, first-place winners Tom Cimalore and Mario Cofone; and second place winners, Lint Crandall and Angelo Luzzi. The tournament took place in early May. 

Congratulations to Thomas Kraemer, a member of the Westerly Elks, who was elected and installed as the State President of the Rhode Island Elks Association at the annual state Elks convention. Tom, who lives in Pawcatuck with his wife, Kimberly, is a past exalted ruler of the Westerly Elks a…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-May, post-gala visit here on the Front Porch where we are all still bubbling and babbling about the banner weekend that just took place in our little hometown — and savoring its sweetness and success.

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…