Lily Brockmann, Carter George and Sydney Iacoi, crew members from the East Beach Association, prepare a collection bag of plastic to send to TerraCycle, a California based-recycle company. The plastic was collected along the 1.8-mile stretch of East Beach during the summer.  

Zeke Daniel Waterman, the son of Brooke and Dean Waterman of Westerly, was the cutest mouse in town at Halloween, even though he did get caught!

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Eberly, the fearless leader at Dunn's Corners Community Church Presbyterian has been busy preparing for this Saturday's "Christmas Bazaar & Raffle," an annual tradition at the church. Each year, Wayne rolls up his sleeves and rolls out the dough to make some pies for t…

At a ceremony on Aug. 25 at Quonset Air Force Base, Dr. Walter Scott Curtice, owner of Quality Medicine LLC in Westerly, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Rhode Island Air National Guard 143rd Air Wing, where he is a flight surgeon. Joining Curtice were, from left, special guests Ele…

Mary Weiss of Bricks and Murals presented a print of a mural recently to Mal and Martha Makin in front of the Wilcox Park mural that they sponsored. Bricks and Murals has provided the mural sponsors with prints of their murals. 

Pomfret resident Alex Noel (in the green buffalo plaid button up) broke the Topsfield Fair annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In record last week with his 2,294 and a half pound pumpkin. The Connecticut-grown pumpkin will be on display at the Celebration Zone on the Great Cedar Retail Concourse at F…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for a late November visit, where we're gearing up for Thanksgiving and the Big Game.

    The popular Rhode Island Folk duo Atwater-Donnelly stopped by the Burlingame Family Festival recently to perform authentic American folk music during a day filled with wholesome outdoor fun when the entire community came together.The Burlingame Family Festival was made possible thanks to the…

    Halloween was extra hot at Westerly Town Hall this year, thanks to a visit from the Spice Girls: from left, Donna Giordano, Krista Tracy, Mary LeBlanc, Louise Tirrell, Lori Vacca, Deb Gent and Michele Murphy.

    Fr. Dennis Perkins, pastor of St. Michael Church in Pawcatuck, bestowed a blessing on Cal, the black lab, during a celebration on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

    Employees from local Bank of America branches joined with South County Habitat for Humanity to help with the construction of a multi-family home in Exeter as part of “Global Build Week,” in which bank employees from around the world partner with local Habitat organizations to improve access …

      Throughout its 165-year history, Chelsea Groton Bank has won many awards for helping its customers and communities achieve their goals. For the fourth year in a row, employees have bestowed the bank with the 2019 "Top Workplaces" honor by the Hartford Courant.

      Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first November visit here on the Front Porch where we are still singing "Baby Shark" and applauding the World Champion Washington Nationals! What baseball! What fun and what a great escape.

      More than 100 friends and members of the Reed and Manzella families attended the "Stride for a Brighter Tomorrow" walk in September, held in memory of Aimee and Karen Reed to benefit breast cancer and lung cancer research. A total of 37 businesses donated to the event, which raised $5,000;  …

      Greetings dear friends and spooky readers and welcome back for our Halloween visit here on the Front Porch where we are busy finding costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, bidding farewell to October and preparing for November. Don't you just love (part of) this poem by Maggie Dietz called "Nove…

      Greetings gentle readers and kind friends, and welcome back for another October visit here on the Front Porch, where we are admiring the creative (and plentiful) Halloween decorations adorning so many local yards and homes. I think someone should develop a Halloween tour ... wouldn't that be fun?

        In honor of “A Universe of Stories,” the Summer Reading Program at the Stonington Free Library, and in order to raise much-needed funds for the library, friends of the library and staff members hosted a “Read & Raise Read-A-Thon” in August. Volunteer readers raised more than $2,000, whic…

        Katie Danaher, an eighth grade student student at the St. Michael School, organized a bake sale recently to raise funds for residents of the Bahamas whose lives were upended by Hurricane Dorian. More than $500 was raised, thanks to the families who baked for the benefit. A check was sent to …

        Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first October 2019 visit here on the Front Porch, where we're admiring all things pumpkin and apple, and chatting about the success of the Dante Society's annual Anna Turrisi Dinner last week, the many recent Westerly weddings …

        Emily Myers, 14, of Richmond, and Cocoa the cow, owned by Francis Kenyon from Meadowburg Farm in Richmond won Grand Champion in the 4H cattle show at the Eastern States Exposition in September.

          On Aug. 12, participants and supporters gathered at Lake of Isles Golf Club and Resort in North Stonington and raised $1 million for the Dunkin’ and NDCP Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, the largest single-day golf event out of more than 160 Jimmy Fund golf tournaments held in 2019. Proceeds will…

          Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for another autumn visit  here on the Front Porch, our final September visit of the year where bittersweet is the word of the week.

          Judith Sera and members of the Westerly Mentor program, presented a check recently for $5286.24 to Kevin Sisson, director of the Reach & Rise Therapeutic Mentoring program at the Westerly branch of the Ocean Community YMCA. The program, which arranged mentoring for Westerly public school…

          StoneRidge Senior Living resident Sally Taylor, left, chair of the conservation committee, released butterflies with Director of Wellness Tracey Randolph in recognition of StonreRidge’s 15th anniversary. Residents nurtured chrysalises and released 15 monarch butterflies, one to represent eac…

            Musicians from the Band Room LLC, a music school in Westerly, held their first recital early this summer at the Knickerbocker Music Center with roughly 60 performers ranging in age from 6 to 60. The Band Room, incorporated in 2016, offers music lessons to people of all ages and skill levels …

            Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our first autumn visit of 2019 here on the Front Porch, where late September has been stunningly beautiful.

              Veronica Webb, of Narragansett, was named the 2019 Queen of the Washington County Fair, and Milayla White, of Providence was named, the winner of the 2019 Princess contest. The queen and princess contests were held the weekend before the fair at Richmond Grange Hall, and the winners were ann…

              Greetings dear readers and friends and welcome back for another September visit here on the Front Porch, where we're thoroughly enjoying these quieter beaches and streets and cooler temperatures, and adoring the scent of the wild grapes wafting in the wind. We're also still in full harvest m…

              Joined by children and staff from the Pawtucket YMCA, leaders from United Way of Rhode Island and Hasbro, Inc. celebrates an $459,600 investment in summer learning programs, designed to help kids statewide avoid summer learning loss. Known as the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, the nation…

              A group of eight Boy Scouts and three adult leaders from Troop 71 in North Stonington embarked on a camping and hiking adventure in the Southwest United States in August. After a late night flight to Las Vegas, the group picked up rental cars and spent the next three days hiking and camping …

                Westerly residents Ryan Arruda, of Westerly High School, and Kyle Burns, of Chariho High School, were both recognized as recipients of the Red Sox Service Scholarship during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game on July 30. The program awarded students from…

                  Dan Potts, center, was named Teacher of the Year by Hope Valley Grange recently when the grange held its annual Community Service Award Night. Potts has been a seventh and eighth grade Chariho Middle School science teacher since 1993. He has won multiple teaching awards and was honored at th…

                  Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another September visit here on the Front Porch where we're feeling grateful for having averted most of the effects of Hurricane Dorian and sending our best to the people in the Bahamas and Carolinas who are dealing with the storm…

                  The Lovely Azzinaro Sisters, a team consisting of Lynn Azzinaro, left, Mary Jo Girard, Audrey Flaubert and Cheryl Molina, have been studying up on Westerly trivia ahead of Friday’s “There’s Nothing Trivial About Westerly!” fundraiser for the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. The game will fe…

                  The Uzzi Avenue neighborhood held its third annual "Fritta & Chowder" party recently. Shown, from left, front row; Michele Szynal, Paul Bender, Cal the Black Lab, Patrick Lawrence, Beth Lawrence, George Sorice, Gayle Sorice, Josephine and Rick Kluesner, Nancy and Steve Jones, Lydia and C…

                  Sally and Bruce Gray of Westerly will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5, during a small dinner gathering of family at the Latitude 41 Restaurant in Mystic this week. The Grays were married at Westerly's Central Baptist Church on Sept. 5, 1969. They have two children; a son,…

                  The recipients of the $1,000 Rotary Club of Chariho Memorial Scholarships were: Jessica Moorehouse, of Charlestown; Seth Bueno and Mary Murphy, of Ashaway; Zoe Gunning, Mackenzie Fox, Tucker Curtis, Gabriella Huzyk and Drew Babineau, of Charlestown; Mariah King, of Carolina; Robert Zenga, of…

                    In recognition of its 15th anniversary, StoneRidge Senior Living Community in Mystic received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly commending them for “the amazing services you provide your residents.” Introduced by Sen. Heather Somers, R-18th District, and Rep. Kate Ro…

                      The Hope Valley HAZMAT Team was honored at the Hope Valley Grange and Community Center annual Community Service Award Night. The Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District is one of seven state-recognized HAZMAT Teams and is the only volunteer team in the state. The team consists of many members and …

                      Greetings dear friends and kind readers, happy September and welcome back for our Labor Day visit here on the Front Porch, where we're celebrating all workers, getting ready for apple season, football and school, and bidding farewell to our summer friends.

                      The sixth annual “Books on the Beach” fundraiser was held on a perfect summer evening at the waterfront estate of Deborah and Peter Lamm, and was a great success for Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children. Opening Doors is a Westerly-based nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides sponsorshi…

                        Members of the Immaculate Conception School's Class of 1954 gathered at Buon Appetito in North Stonington last month for the 65th class reunion. In attendance were, front row from left, Frances Williams, Joyce Holland, Jeanette Pignataro and Anthony Turco; back row, Theresa Wright, Paul Gill…

                          Luke Noonan and Gabe Dobley, students from Lou Manzi’s Guitar Experience, performed at a benefit show held in July for the United Church Of Stonington at the church. The students performed as the opening act for the headline band,  Emma and the Blues Rockers. Members of the band, all high sc…

                          Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to our final August 2019 visit here on the Front Porch where we're still marveling at the glorious weather and the many amazing activities held over the weekend, most of all, the amazing 350th Old Tyme Fair, held all day Saturday in Wi…