Melissa and Jason Dieni of Richmond rang in 2019 with an addition to their family. At 10:23 a.m. on New Year's Day, their daughter, Bristol, was delivered at South County Hospital. The healthy, 19 inch newborn, shown here held by Melissa, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces. 

    Springbrook Elementary School students took part in a school-wide event where each student created an animal food-friendly ornament and decorated the school's large spruce tree. The students gathered to trim the tree and enjoy hot chocolate together. The event was inspired by the book "Night…

    Westerly resident Lynn Azzinaro, of Re/Max South County, said the annual Re/Max charity golf tournaments raised more than $130,000 for charity, which was donated to Hasbro Children's Hospital. RE/MAX brokers David Iannuccilli and Bruce Allen were the drivers behind the golf outing which was …

    Dennis Kamowski, deputy of the Rhode Island State Grange, presented two members of the Perryville Grange with certificates for 50 consecutive years of Grange service at a meeting held in September. Above, Kamowski presents Perryville Grange President Harold Stedman with his recognition. To r…

    Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-January visit here on the Front Porch where everyone's chatting about the Patriots, the Super Bowl and next week's super blood, full crimson wolf moon and total lunar eclipse! Now that was a mouthful. Let's hope for clear ski…

    Jean Aiello, of Bradford, seated at left, holds her great-great granddaughter Ella Aiello, with her great grandson Corey Aiello, Jean's son Dave Aiello, standing at left, and her grandson Brian Aiello. The five generations gathered on Christmas Eve for a celebration held at the house of Jean…

    Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded more than $7,500 in grants to local school teachers. From left in front row are recipients are Marika Heughins, Heather Pescatello, Elaine Temel and Diane Gallo, of Pawcatuck Middle School; in back row are Westerly Community Credit Union Finan…

    Michael Slusarczyk, a junior at The Prout School and a communicant at St. Clare's, is dedicating his thoughts and his time these days to those less fortunate. With cooperation from "BagelZ" in Wakefield, Mike has been picking up and delivering bagels to the Johnny Cake Center in Peace Dale e…

    Ted Cercena attended his granddaughter's graduation on Sunday, Dec. 2. Nadia Skorinko Shipper graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Shipper's mother, Kim Cercena Jones, said the whole family is proud of her.

    For the third consecutive year, members of the Exeter Grange coordinated with St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown and gathered 1,090 items, including coats and other warm winter items to donate to Camp Street Ministries in Providence. All proceeds benefit less needy families in Rhode I…

    New Year’s greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit of 2019 where we're still savoring the holidays.

    It may have taken place closer to Thanksgiving, but the annual celebration of high school football with coaches and captains of Stonington and Westerly high schools, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Westerly and the Stoningtons, was held in November at Venice. The event was once again an eve…

    Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our final Front Porch visit of 2018. "Love and joy come to you and to you, your wassail too," as the song says, "and God bless you and send you a happy New Year, and God send you a happy New Year!"

    The tenth annual Pasta Dinner to Benefit the Jonnycake Center Emergency Fuel Fund held in November at the Calabrese Club, was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westerly and the Lions Club of Westerly. During the dinner Rotary Certificates of Appreciation were given to Chef Carmine Cozzolino…

    Seasons Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our Christmas Eve visit here on the Front Porch where we’re hanging our stockings by the chimney with care, decorating cookies and listening to Christmas carols. May your days be merry and bright and may your homes be fill…

    Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded 17 WCCU Teacher Grant Awards, totaling just over $7,500, for the 2018/19 school year. Grants were awarded to local teachers or staff from the Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Stonington, and Westerly school distri…

    Season’s greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another holiday visit here on the Front Porch where we are as busy as Christmas bees; wrapping presents, sending off cards and enjoying the season and all the excitement it brings.

    State Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, RI's Speaker Pro Tempore, traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to pay his respects to former President George H. W. Bush. Flying on the same Southwest flight as Congressman Jim Langevin, who was seated right in front of him, Kennedy arrived on a b…

    Laurie Hobbs, director of public relations and marketing for the Ocean House Collection, was recently honored by the South County Tourism Council. Hobbs arrived at OH Collection with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and has since brought the OH Collection to the attention of V…

    Margot Bucci of East Greenwich made her goal weight after 14 years. She is member of the TOPS #38 in East Greenwich. Bucci said she was able to lose the weight by developing good habits; like eliminating evening snacking; keeping a food diary to stay within a 1200-calorie range and planning …

    "The Originals," Marge Fusaro, left, and Rose Arnold, longtime employees of the original 84 High Street Café, were dubbed "The Queens of 84!" at last week's "20 Years of 84" celebration. (See Chatter column for more details.)

    Acme Wire Products hosted a service awards luncheon in November at Go Fish Restaurant in Mystic, to recognize employees with 10 or more years of company service. Employees in attendance represented each of the company's very departments. A total of 444 years of service were represented. Spec…

    Season’s greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another holiday visit here on the Front Porch where we’re still talking about last Wednesday's sensational Downtown Stroll! My goodness, it was just like that "Silver Bells" song with the busy sidewalks, "children laughin…

    Graduates of the Westerly High School class of 1948 enjoyed themselves sharing updates and reminiscences during their 70th reunion last August at the Venice in Misquamicut. In photo, from left, first row; Joan Shea, Jacqueline Hutcheon, Melissa Tucker, Eleanor Marsiglio, Rose Marie Grills, A…

    A large contingent of local guests traveled to Sedona, Ariz. last month for the wedding of Jason Croteau and Rachel Miller. Jason, who was the captain of the boys' soccer team during his senior year at Westerly High School, is a son of John and Carol Croteau of Westerly.  Rachel is a daughte…

    State Street School Feinstein Jr. Scholars, including Hallie, pictured here, once again joined Dr. Torbett and her staff at Crestview Dental Associates for the annual Treats for Troops campaign. Treats for Troops is a Halloween candy collection program in which local dental offices and other…

    Say hello to Buster Brown, an 8-year-old lab-terrier mix who has lived at the Westerly Animal Shelter since mid October and would love to find a home. Erika Lebling, the director of the Town of Westerly Animal Shelter reports that Buster is "an absolute delight!" He has the "sweetest deep br…

    Seasons' greetings dear friends and kind readers... and all of a sudden it's December! Time for mistletoe and holly and to visit the many splendiferous Christmas displays around town. The darkest days may be upon us, but so are the many delightful light shows, beginning of course, with one o…