Cub Scout Pack 2 of Westerly held its blue and gold dinner last month at the Dunns Corners Presbyterian Church. Three boys, Tyler Greene, Bob Datson and Adam Lenihan, are crossing over to Boy Scouts.  

The Westerly Community Credit Union donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the 35th Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament to Chariho, Stonington, South Kingstown and Westerly High School Sports’ Boosters. Each school received a check for $2,363.64 for its basketball teams’ hard work, determ…

Cathy Cook, left, executive director of Work Vessels for Veterans of Mystic, presents Joe Walsh with the organization's “Patriot Award” to recognize his commitment to America’s veterans. Work Vessels for Vets, a local volunteer-based veterans’ charity, received $10,000 grant from Vets Aid an…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another March visit here on the Front Porch where where we are (gladly) bidding farewell to winter, and celebrating the saints.

Members of the planning committee for the 54th Calvary Episcopal Women’s Lenten Luncheon gather in the church kitchen to finalize plans for the luncheons, which begin today and are held each Monday through April. Meals are served from noon to 1:30 p.m. with a different menu for each luncheon…

Cathy Larsh, center, was feted on her birthday in December with an elegant champagne tea party at the Babcock-Smith House Museum Carriage House. With Cathy are Patty Gentile, left, and Anne D'Amico.

Cal Lord of Central Baptist Church, left, Ray Jones of Lighthouse Community Baptist were sworn in as police chaplains before Stonington Police Chief J. Darren Stewart during a special ceremony held at the Stonington Police Department on Feb. 14. The three members of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Cl…

The North Stonington Garden Club was honored recently by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. The club’s yearbook, with the theme “Going Native,” won first prize within clubs of its size, and its community education programs were recognized with a Youth Award of Excellence for programs…

Westerly Community Credit Union helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Rhode Island by hosting a 50-Year Celebration Banner signed by the Special Olympics athletes. The banner has traveled throughout Rhode Island to various credit unions representing the contributions they…

Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jeffrey Windischman, from Waterford, Conn., takes a fuel sample aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200). Mits…

Dozens of students, parents and community members came to Ocean House last Wednesday for the annual Gingerbread Competition.  Each year, Westerly High School and Chariho High School students face off with multiple gingerbread house creations. Pictured here are Ocean House’s Chef Ryan Beaudoi…

    The Charlestown Senior Community Center hosted an art exhibit featuring the works from the center's Painting With Peers group. The casual painting group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. to create their own projects with peer suggestions and advice. The featured artists in the showing were Laur…

    Joan Gradilone, second from left, president of the the Westerly St. Vincent de Paul Society, accepts a check from Columbiette President Denise Volinsky, third from left, on behalf of the Columbiette, Knights of Colmbus Auxiliary #21. The Columbiettes sponsored a comedy show at the Calabrese …

    Joslyn Butler, daughter of Josh and Kerri Butler of Charlestown, won this year’s Chariho Regional School District Spelling Bee. Joslyn will compete in the R.I. Spelling Bee, scheduled for Saturday, March 16. 

    Ceramic sculptor and mask-maker extraordinaire Jillian Barber, left, with her lifelong pal, Karen Baker. Barber was the January 2019 Artisan in Residence at Ocean House.

    For 10 days in December, sixth-grade students in Michelle Diaz' civics class at Westerly Middle School collected more than 100 pounds of school supplies to send to families devastated by the California wildfires. For a bonus point, students were encouraged to submit their own press releases …

    Betsy Huber, the first female president of the National Grange Association, was the special guest at the Rhode Island State Grange's 132nd annual convention held at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick and presided over the installation of Eileen Hebert, who was elected and installed as the first f…

      Prout School students Kate Plunkett, left, Lauren Anhalt, Kathryn Staebler, and Iris Hu were recently recognized for their outstanding art. Plunkett, of Middletown, won an honorable mention in drawing and illustration for “Entwined Opposition;” Anhalt, of Westerly, won an honorable mention i…

      Brendan Peck, left, holds the Student of the Year award given by the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association as he stands next to Greene School Director Joshua LaPlante. A student at the Greene School in West Greenwich, Peck is the son of Alan and Teresa Peck, of Bradford.  

      Carol Perry, right, chairwoman of the Slocum Grange Community Service Committee, presents Sandra Makielski with the 2018 Rhode Island State Grange Teacher of the Year award during the annual Rhode Island Grange Convention. Makielski, who was previously selected as the 2018 Slocum Grange Teac…

      The University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension and its master gardener program, in partnership with Ocean State Job Lot, distributed nearly 100,000 packets of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds earlier this month to 185 local schools, youth groups, community gardens and other non-profit…

      Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for a late February Front Porch visit, where we're enjoying the soon-to-be-full Snow Moon and the beauty of the snowfall, confident that spring is not too far away — 32 days away to be exact. Now, that's a happy thought!

      Westerly High School Senior Class President Sam Luzzi was the Rotary Club of Westerly's student of the month for January. Luzzi is also captain of the soccer team and an active volunteer in his church, Immaculate Conception.

      Ten-time All Star, seven-time Silver Slugger and three-time world champion David "Big Papi" Ortiz stepped up to the plate in a new role with Foxwoods, where he’ll join the property’s roster as a designated ambassador. In addition to appearing in upcoming marketing campaigns, the baseball ico…

      The team from Project TGIF (Turning Grease Into Fuel) donated 3,000 gallons of BioHeat, worth $8,010, to four charities in December for emergency heating. One donation was delivered to the WARM Center. In photo, from left: WARM Center Manager of Housing Services Jamie Silva; Vanessa Bertsch;…

      U.S. Navy Fireman Apprentice Patrick Kirkwood of New London discharges a fire hose during a hydrostatic test in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Arabian Gulf. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of oper…

      Harold Stedman, center, master/president of Perryville Grange, was presented with the Rhode Island State Grange Life Long Membership Award for 50 consecutive years of Grange service by, at right, Shirley Lawson, past secretary of the Rhode Island State Grange, and, at left, Larry Spencer, pa…

      Greetings dear readers and kind friends, and welcome to the Front Porch for our Valentine's Day week visit. Ah yes, the week for hearts, flowers, chocolate, love and flowery "Roses are red, violets are blue," verses and rhymes. Here's hoping your Valentine's Day is cheery and sweet and you r…

      Patrolman Bruce Celico of the Portsmouth Police Department, a Westerly native and former Westerly police officer, was commended at the Rhode Island State House recently for his act of heroism. Earlier this month, Celico and fellow Portsmouth officers Jean Marie Stewart and Matthew Wilson res…

      Hundreds of people gathered at the Westerly Armory last week to honor the Rev. Raymond “Father Ray” Suriani, who received the Defender of Life Award at Immaculate Conception Parish’s annual Respect Life Dinner. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Deborah K. Fallacaro Pregnancy Center of…

      Members of the Westerly College Club awarded 16 local students with the 2018 Lois Hamilton Fontaine scholarships earlier this year. The award is given annually in honor of the late Lois Hamilton Fontaine, who was a club members and much loved Westerly High School Latin teacher. Eight of the …

      Locally owned and family operated, the Seven Wireless Zone - Verizon Premium Wireless Retailers, made sizeable donations to a number of local non-profit organizations recently. Owners Don Sommers, Dave Moone, Scott Gladstone and Neil Ryan elect several local charities in their territories wh…

      Antonino Auto Group owners John and Charles Antonino visited the Coast Guard’s Southeast Connecticut Chief Petty Officers Association food pantry for the official presentation of a $30,000 donation. They sent a special “Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to run the Southeast CT …

        Santa visited the town of Richmond to help light the tree at the town hall, then visited with each of the kids. The event was organized by Sally Lambert, the town recreation director.

        Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit for February 2019 where we're still in pre-Super Bowl mode, because by the time you read this column, Super Bowl 53 will be history. By then, most of  us will be exhausted from cheering and shouting. No…

        Phil Albert, vice chairman of the Rhode Island Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presents the ESGR Seven Seals award to the Westerly Police Department and Chief Shawn Lacey, center left, during a ceremony attended by various military service representatives at the Westerly Police St…

        Kaelyn Comerford, 9, a student at Richmond Elementary School, handmade Grinch Christmas tree ornaments and sold them to raise money for Richmond Animal Control. Kaelyn painted slices of tree branches and glued green hair and santa hats for the ornaments.  During the Christmas holiday, she de…

        Western New England University student Carter White, son of Grace and Stephen White, of Westerly, was one of 10 university business students who spent part of their winter session in Australia, the first cohort to participate in a "J-Term" program of academic study and cultural experiences. …

        Ryan Arruda, a senior at Westerly High School, earned his Eagle Scout Badge by building a bridge. Ryan, son of Patricia and Joseph Arruda III of Westerly, is a member of Troop 16 Westerly, which meets at St Pius Church with Scoutmaster Felix Martinez. Ryan worked with Joseph MacAndrew, from …

        Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for a cozy visit on the Front Porch in this last week of January 2019. Amazing, right?

        The team from Project TGIF (Turning Grease Into Fuel) donated 3,000 gallons of BioHeat, worth $8,010, to four charities in December for emergency heating. The first donation was delivered to the Jonnycake Center in Westerly. Shown are, from left, Taylor Fiore-Chettiar, Cassandra Lin, Thrift …

        Five student-athletes from the Prout School in Wakefield, RI made their commitment to college athletics “official” by signing their letters at the school on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, which marked the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period. Three students signed N…

          Clover Bones, a 4H group, visited Richmond Dog Pound in December with signs of support to drop off two large Christmas stockings filled with pet toys and gifts, as well as other items such as blankets and dog beds for the pound pets. "We cannot thank them enough for being so thoughtful at th…

          The Perryville Grange held a presentation recently when  Laurette Vitello, center, of Curtis Corner Middle School in South Kingstown was presented with a set of African drums that were purchased with funds raised through the grange’s fundraiser back in June. On that day was an afternoon of f…

          Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late-January visit here on the Front Porch, where we are honoring the memory of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the MLK Jr. federal holiday, which is known as a national day of service.

          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…