Eugene Celico, the artistic director of Stage Door Theatre Company, and Cynthia Celico, who designs costumes and sets, show their theatrical homemade masks.

Congratulations are in order to Meghan Sears, a member of Exeter Grange and a surgical scheduler at Ortho Rhode Island in Wakefield. She was a winner of a week 3 photo contest at her job titled “Hope, Courage, and Inspire.”

Ellen Ennis, of Charlestown, turned 90 years old in May. In lieu of a planned party, a coordinated effort that included police, firefighters, rescue personnel, town hall employees, family, friends and neighbors helped to celebrate the day with a parade. The beautiful tribute included 9 polic…

On Friday, May 8, John G. and Celia Grossomanides celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. John worked at Electric Boat for 37 years and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. He is active in the Masons and Ahepa. He was also an all-state baseball player for the undefeated s…

Maggie Jones, Stonington Tree Warden, and Jennifer Lacker, a Stonington Cemetery Association board member, examine the Witch Hazel tree that was donated anonymously to the cemetery in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Wilson Meunier Mott of Westerly is making a difference in 3D. Wilson received a 3D Printer last Christmas and with the help of his parents found a design online to make ear protectors for healthcare workers. These plastic ear protectors help to make wearing surgical masks more comfortable. W…

David Kenny shares this photo of his son making his daily 9 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance before 'Distant Learning' begins.  

Westerly Health Center Administrator Jennifer Campbell and employees celebrated National Nursing Home Week last week, and on one day, since the  theme was "Thank You" the staff all wore T-shirts given to them by parent company Health Concepts LTD. Westerly Health Center is a 106 bed skilled …

Greetings dear kind masked readers and gentle, thoughtful socially-distanced friends, and welcome back for our Memorial Day visit here on the Front Porch where we are honoring the military women and men who have given their lives for our country and our freedom, those who have died from the …

About a dozen friends of the late Eugenié Janat, mostly her pals from the Friends of the Westerly Library, gathered together recently, all properly socially distanced, to view Eugenie's tulips at the home where she lived with her family for many years. It was a poignant gathering, according …

A few weeks ago we asked readers to send photos of themselves wearing their favorite hats. We got photos from all over the country, including this photo from Mandy Solis. It's a throwback, she said, to when she was on stage at the Granite Theatre in "The Sound of Music." Thank you Mandy!

Front Porch friend Kristen Cyr, who teaches at URI and works at the College Crusade of Rhode Island, had an awful trip last March when a technical problem with the plane in Providence meant a missed connection in Baltimore and an unplanned trip to Nashville with lots of time to kill in the a…

Carol Scholtz, a member of the Sun's advertising crew, sent us this photo of her working away in her home office shortly after the pandemic forced us all inside. We'd love to see your home office, so, please send in a photo of you working from your nook or cranny. Send photos to frontporchne…

Music students from across the Ledyard Public Schools came together in March for a day of rehearsals, clinics, and performances at Ledyard High School. The in-school experience was a part of the 2020 “Festival of Bands,” organized by Zach Thomas, Ledyard’s director of instrumental music.

Greetings dear properly-masked readers and thoughtful, socially distant friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for a late May visit where we are marveling at this curious new world.

Sylvia “Sylvie” Jane Stepanishen, the daughter of Kristen and Kent Stepanishen and baby sister to Violet, in her fashionable Easter bonnet. Sylvie is the  granddaughter of Peter and Lee Stepanishen, of Westerly, and Kevin and Barbara Moody, of Camp Hill, Pa. 

Lou Toscano of Westerly, a beloved teacher at the Pine Point School, shows his fashionable kapélo, which he often wore in Greece in 2017, when he was visiting Crete with his wife, Judy and many family members who gathered for the wedding of his nephew Kevin Christina to the marvelous Angelik…

Firefly Farms in North Stonington, a small, Humane Certified farm has committed to helping those most threatened by food insecurity. 

Amelia Green has observed and photographed a sleek bobcat crossing her yard in Westerly and two great horned owlets 40 feet above the ground near her home. There was also a healthy, red-headed coyote but he was just too fast to capture on film. All within five days and within a two mile radius.

Greetings dear properly-masked readers and thoughtful, socially distant friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our annual Mother's Day visit where we're slowly venturing outside, always keeping a mask with us as we go.

Emma Romano of Westerly, standing with her brother James, in her fashionable Easter bow.

Artist Susan Stone, who would typically be in Westerly at this time, makes the best of her time stuck in Florida.

Veteran Associated Press reporter Mike Mcphee at his desk in Boston, circa 1976.

Greetings dear masked readers and socially distant friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for a quick visit and a look at some of the great photos you submitted of you wearing masks, in your home offices and in your Easter bonnets.

Sadie Wager, daughter of Jaime Lyn and Tristan Wager of Ashaway, shows her colorful little headband.

Caitlin O’Shea, granddaughter of Westerly residents David and Lisa Gingerella, wears a princess crown nearly every day and turns 5 tomorrow, April 28. Caitlin shares the birthday with her grandmother, Lisa.

Mel Goggin, owner of Mel's Downtown Creamery in Pawcatuck, has been busy juggling mom duties and small business-owner duties these days. In first photo, she's working on science lessons with her two sons, and in the others her employees prepare to-go treats for curbside delivery. Says Mel, "…

Christine Davidson sent us this photo while she was busy working in her basement for her new art studio several weeks ago. Imagine that studio today! 

If associates at Westerly Hospital have any doubt as to whether their work caring for patients during the coronavirus pandemic is appreciated by the community, they need look no further than the ground near their feet as they enter the hospital each day.

Greetings dear readers and patient friends, warm (albeit socially distant) greetings to you and welcome back to the Front Porch for our last visit for April 2020 ... and what a month it has been!

Kelly McShane, a partner, with her husband, Nick Carr, at Granny Squibb’s Organic Iced Tea, wears her COVID-19 protective face mask as she goes about the state doing the Granny business. Granny Squibb’s is donating cases of their products to “BeSafe,” Family Service of Rhode Island’s initiat…

Every few days over the past four weeks, brothers Carlos, Nuno and Paul Amaral, who own Domino’s franchises in Westerly, Groton and Mystic, have been delivering pizzas to the emergency rooms at the Westerly Hospital, Lawrence+Memorial Hospital in New London and Pequot Health Center in Groton.

Local actress Mandy Solis sends a photo of her home office. "Just hangin' at home," says Mandy.

Penny Parsekian of Westerly says: "Before we go out, we grab keys and masks. We bought these wonderful masks from Iryna at her downtown atelier near the bridge. We’ve also ordered two from La Sarta Maria, another downtown shop. We’re so lucky to have these talented seamstresses."

Artist Madeline Azzopardi Beaudry, wearing one of her creations, has made more than 50 masks for local hospitals with the help of her husband.

Greetings dear readers and a very happy Monday to you from the Front Porch where we're finally getting the hang of this stay-at-home existence and realizing how helpful it is, in these odd times, to look for the good stuff.

A Westerly tradition took a different form this year as Lisa Konicki, president of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, spread holiday cheer in Westerly and Pawcatuck. She brought safe, personalized, socially-distanced, egg hunts to the homes of over 125 Westerly families. 

Stacey Jackson, the director of annual giving at the Ocean Community YMCA, and her husband, Alex Nunes, a producer and reporter for the Public's Radio, are both working from home these days, where they share the homeschooling responsibilities for their two sons, Julian and Harrison. Above, J…

Tina Holden-Shea and her dad, Bob (with one "O" Holden) wearing their masks at the VA Hospital in Providence.

Kelly Gordon Way, a nurse at Backus Hospital in Norwich, said although the days on the frontline in the ER have been tough, the  amount of support and the generous donations has been overwhelming. Thank you Kelly and all brave workers with the "amazing grace" to go to work each day.

Melissa Mowry of Westerly shows her mask, handmade by her husband Adam's aunt, which she wore to the grocery store one day last week. "It made everything feel extra heavy but I was glad to have it," she said. Way to go Melissa! 

Hello dear readers, neighbors, stuck-at-homers and kind, thoughtful, patient, masked, quarantined friends and welcome back for our Easter-Passover visit here on the Front Porch where, just like last Monday and the Monday before that and the Monday before that, we are trying to make the best …

To our readers: As the new coronavirus continues to change our lives, we have decided to make a change, too. Inspired by our Monday Front Porch News pages, today we are introducing a Sunday Front Porch series to take the place of our Sunday Easy Chair series during the COVID-19 crisis. Let's…