Mark Robinson, pictured here with his three sons David, Will and James at the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington D.C., was recognized recently by BSA Troop 9 Pawcatuck for his devotion and service to the troop as the scoutmaster for the past six years. During his tenure the troop has undert…

Grade five students at Saint Michael School hold the signs they made to celebrate "Happy International Day of Peace." Their lesson was how they could all be "Peacemakers and how God calls us all to be more like him in our words and our actions."

Olde Mistick Village management, merchants association, festival vendors and sponsors, raised funds for Always Home of Mystic and presented the organization with a $6,000 check from funds raised during its 14th annual Garlic Festival. Always Home’s goal for the past 20 years has been to keep…

This year's 15th Westerly Armory Pitch Tournament, held in September and seen in the first photo, was set up with pandemic precautions for the safety of the players in mind. The second photo is of the two winning two-man teams, left to right: Team 1, Pete Brayman and Walt Startz; and Team 2,…

Thanks to Byron Brown, we have the following photo of the 1951 Westerly Little League Sportsman's Club League Champions. From left, front row: Byron Brown, Thomas Terranova, Gerald Durry and David Grills; middle row: James LaPietra, Robert Greig, William Lazerek, Wayne Lawrence, Michael Sadd…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our Indigenous Peoples Day visit here on the Front Porch where the sun rose this morning at 6:55 and will set at 6:12 p.m. and where we are mourning the loss of Pat and Austin Murphy, two mighty, much-loved pillars of the Westerly …

The United Theatre's Youth Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of their ensemble teacher, Ryan Piccolo, performed in the newly opened Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School at the United Theatre in August. The students, all from local middle and high schools, spent six weeks rehearsing and le…

The Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, Connecticut, celebrated Peace One Day last month with a visit from Azra Jafar, the first female mayor in Afghanistan. School Principal Henry Fiore said that Jafar explained to the students how hard she worked for women's rights in Afghanistan, and al…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our first October 2021 visit here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose this morning at 6:47, will set at 6:24 p.m., and where we are marveling at the amazing autumn and early Halloween decorations popping up in front yards and on…

AmpSurf, a unique all inclusive program created to bring the healing power of the ocean through adaptive surf therapy to folks with disabilities, held an adaptive surf clinic at Fenway Beach last week, which was well-attended and well-staffed by an army of volunteers. It was also well-photog…

As promised in last week's Front Porch News, here are some photos of family members and friends of Westerly resident Sara Lucia Rekstis at the opening night of her art exhibit at the Art Space Gallery in Norwich. 

Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of fall 2021 and our final visit of September, where the sun rose this morning at 6:40, will set at 6:35 p.m., and where we are celebrating (with joy, love and happiness) the arrival of several ne…

For nearly 100 years, generations of Watch Hill families have shared a special relationship with the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the renowned yacht designer and builder based in Bristol, as owners and competitive sailors of the famed one-design racing yacht, the Watch Hill 15.

Former NFL New England Patriot stars Andre Tippett and Steven DeOssie lent a hand with an effort to help save endangered beluga whales, which raised $3.4 million for Mystic Aquarium. The money will be used to fund care for the belugas at the aquarium and for the conservation research initiat…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our final summertime 2021 visit here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 6:33 this morning and will set at 6:48 p.m., and where the harvest moon becomes full tonight at 7:55. This may be the week we bid summer farewell but we…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first September visit here on the Front Porch, where the sun rose at 6:26 this morning and will set this evening at 7, and where we are still feeling a mixture of strong emotions. Sept. 11 is always a difficult day to remember,…

Davis-Standard's largest manufacturing facility in Pawcatuck celebrated 365 days without a lost-time injury accident earlier this summer. The milestone follows the first priority in the company's SURPASS operational system, which is safety. The credit in reaching this milestone goes to the h…

Sandra Vitterito, of Westerly, took time to remember two of her lifelong friends — Phyllis Cozzolino Roberts and Connie Cugini Federico — by sharing these photos and some reminiscences of her best pals after losing them both within weeks of one another.

Father Ray Suriani, Pastor Emeritus at St. Pius X Church on Elm Street, got quite the surprise one afternoon last week when he returned to the rectory following his final radiation treatment for the prostate cancer he's been dealing with. Pastor Mike Najim, along with a small group of volunt…

The Stonington Garden Club awarded two $1,000 scholarships recently to Joanna Chomowicz and Trevor Hultgren, two Stonington High School graduates who will be pursuing studies in environmental sciences in college. Chomowicz was presented the Environmental Studies Award, while Hultgren was pre…

Although the much-loved Armory Appreciation Evening had to be moved from April 2019 to August 2021, it was worth the wait. More than 180 armory members, guests, and special honorees attended celebration on Aug. 14, when, as happens every year during the event, several people were chosen to b…

Ashley Ackert, of North Kingstown, right, was crowned the Washington County Fair Queen earlier this month during the annual Washington County Fair in Richmond. Emma Horan, of Coventry, left, was crowned as Fair Princess.

On Friday, Aug. 13, the front yard of the Lindeborg home on Mark Street in Pawcatuck was aglow with 58 luminaria. The Lindeborgs have been involved with the Westerly Relay for Life since 1999. After discovering that this year's relay was going to be a shortened event, they decided to have th…

Greetings dear readers and thoughtful friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our final August visit of 2021, where the sun rose this morning at 6:12 and will set this evening at 7:23, and where we are sending our best to the people in New Orleans who are dealing with Hurricane Ida's…

A line of children walking down Broad Street one afternoon earlier this summer in downtown Westerly.

These three local fisherman, from left, Dave Bogacz, Jeff Anthony and Steve Surprise, were in the waters off Block Island when they came upon this Thresher shark.

The confirmation class at Christ Church, Westerly, painted and donated these beautiful murals to the Westerly Hospital for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy. The effort was made possible by the Foundation for Hospital Art, an organization dedicated to creating colorful, soothing artwork …

Marjorie Crandell of Pawcatuck, a frequent and grateful patron at the Bess Eaton in Pawcatuck, was curious about the red and blue benches in front of the store, between the drive-through and the street. When she asked Rob, the manager, about the benches, he told her they were made by folks i…

The Hopkinton Land Trust recently benefited from a program called "Crew in Your Community," a program offered by the Rhode Island Youth Conservation League, a project of the Rhode Island Natural History Society, Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Nature Conservancy.

Greetings dear readers and thoughtful friends and welcome back for another visit here on the Front Porch where we are heavy-hearted and feeling very sad about the loss of one of our very favorite Front Porch friends, the great Margaret "Peggy," Basile Sammataro. Longtime readers will recogni…

Westerly Community Credit Union was named the 2021 Community Hero award winner through the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, an award. In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on member businesses, the chamber decided to let chamber members choose the reason(s) to nominate their fel…

Jeff Rayner was attending a Tunes on the Dunes event in July, and was happy to have his iPhone 11 when the sun began to set. Although Rayner said the photos might have been better had he had a filter, he was happy to grab a snapshot with what he said, "really captured much of what Westerly i…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for a mid-August visit here on the Front Porch, where we are feeling grateful for the break in the heat and for local corn and tomatoes (special thank yous to Belinda and Ed Learned, and Mark and Lissa Oliverio for your hard work and t…

Sophie Gwaltney, front, stands with Colton Lee, left, and Jaxon Gwaltney while Abigail Champlin, left, and Peyton Federico smile from behind them. On a recent hot summer day, these enterprising Westerly youngsters busied themselves following a swim in Winnapaug Pond by making and selling ice…

Billed as “the most amenity-rich sporting club in the country and the premier estate for outdoor enthusiasts,” the Preserve Sporting Club & Residences held a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this month in honor of its opening of New England’s newest luxury accommodations and wellness dest…

John Peter Wiellette was honored as president Emeritus of the of Wyassup Lake Improvement Association in North Stonington during the June meeting of the Wyassup Lake Improvement Association. He was proclaimed by board member William Ricker. Arthur Armstrong, the former vice president, was al…

Gov. Dan McKee stopped by the Westerly Town beach recently to catch up with singer John Cafferty at one of the weekly Tunes on the Dunes Monday night concerts recently.

The Rhode Island Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a  "Wreaths Across America" mobile education exhibition at Cardi’s Furniture in West Warwick, recently where local patriotic organizations hosted booths and more than 200 veterans and members of the local veteran's community wer…

At a small gathering at the Westerly Hospital recently, Westerly Hospital's union, the United Nurses & Allied Professionals Local 5075, awarded several scholarships to students, all but one of whom is employed by the hospital. 

Youngsters from the Granite Theatre's summer camp program; Cameron Miller, Layla Bentley, Madeleine Maher, Griffin Mandes, Avery McLeod, Bradley Caiola, Bridget O'Brien, Leo Paradise and siblings Tyger Lilly, Ula and Hank Seeberg; took a break from their activities recently for a photo with …

Westerly native Ashley Gingerella O’Shea, a longtime friend of Front Porch News was recently recognized by Providence Business News as one of "40 Professionals Under the Age of 40" in all of Rhode Island. Joining Gingerella O'Shea in the honors is Mark Lacz, who owns Westerly’s Casa Della Lu…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for another August visit on the Front Porch, where we are marveling at the gorgeous hydrangeas, big yellow sunflowers and colorful zinnias and hibiscus growing in local gardens while eagerly awaiting the arrival of our tomatoes (one of…

Thanks to Ingrid Hall, we have these wonderful photos to share of Ingrid’s great niece, 10-year-old Avery Falcone, of Westerly, who set up a lemonade and baked goods stand to raise money for The Westerly Animal Shelter “Stand Up for Animals” and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

The month of June marked the 63rd anniversary of the founding of The Rotary Club of Westerly. At the community-based club’s June meeting, past president Rona Mann passed the gavel to incoming president Ted Avedesian and a new slate of officers was installed for the 2021/2022 year.Despite the…

The First Baptist Church of North Stonington recently welcomed new pastor Thomas Vance. Vance, who gives sermons based on the Bible about life's paths, has been preaching for almost 33 years. He attended Upsala College in New Jersey and received his Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist …

As promised last week, here are a few more photos of the late Dottie Pendola, a lifelong Westerly resident who was an inspiration for many and a woman loved by all who knew her. Dottie played cards with sister Chick Fiore — Chick will be 97 next month — every Thursday night.

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first August visit here on the Front Porch. The sun rose this morning at 5:43 and will set at 8:04 p.m. My goodness, last week was certainly a week to remember, with so many remarkable and memorable events taking place to mark …

Teddy Fusaro Jr., 7, the oldest son of Jenni and Teddy Fusaro Sr. of Fairfield, Conn., spent a week attending camp at New England Science & Sailing Foundation’s summer camp, marine science and adventure sports program with his brother, Louis. On one of their morning adventures, the child…

Dorothy "Dottie" (Grispino) Pendola, who passed away peacefully last February, was a much-loved woman who a nursing degree and became an LPN after graduating from Westerly High School and ran Penny's Donuts in Pawcatuck from 1967-1975 with her husband, the late Joseph Pendola.

Thanks to our Front Porch friend Elaine Laurenzo, we share the following photo of Sister Mary Angelus, who died from COVID-19 in May at Mount St. Rita Health Centre in Cumberland at the age of 93. Ironically, Elaine told us, Sister or "May" as her friends called her, was best of friends with…

C.J. Sheldon, of Ashaway, won the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and anchored the winning 200- and 400-meter freestyle relay teams for Bishop Hendricken High School to help the team win the Rhode Island State Championship. C.J. is the son of Martin and Lucinda Sheldon, of Ashaway; the paternal …

Mackenzie Turrisi of North Stonington not only graduated from Drexel University but was also a dean's list student. Mackenzie, a Wheeler High School graduate, was a member of the honors program at Drexel where she majored in the music industry with a concentration in recording art and music …

Washington Trust recently recognized seven employees for their exceptional leadership, teamwork, community involvement and volunteerism.Susan Swain Brough, left, of Westerly, a senior vice president at the bank and board member at Wood River Health Services, directed a $1,000 donation from h…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our final July 2021 visit here on the Front Porch, where we're still talking about the fabulous opening night concert at the United Theatre on Friday.