A young Front Porch reader enjoys a rest in a snow bank in this photo submitted by Lori Okoney-Brown.

Mohegan Sun celebrated the Lunar New Year with a traditional Lion Dance, which has long represented the exorcising of evil spirits and the summoning of luck and fortune. The ceremony took place outdoors at Sky Tower valet, and playing key roles in the celebration were both Mohegan Gaming and…

Stephen Smith, from the Veterans home on Pierce Street, is known for shoveling the sidewalks of his neighbors after every snowstorm. We hear that he loves to do it, and it is, of course, a great help to the community. Thank you, Mr. Smith!

Greetings dear readers and thoughtful friends and welcome back for our final February visit here on the Front Porch where we are in somewhat of a sober state of mind ... a little sober and a lot sad.

Dr. Tara Whalen and her two children, Kennedy and Brooks David, enjoyed the falling snow and the lovely frosting-like touch it added to their handsome Elm Street home.

Layla, the fashionable doggy of Judy and Lou Toscano of Westerly.

Greetings dear hearts and gentle friends and welcome back for a mid-February visit here on the Front Porch where we're celebrating President's Day, still celebrating Gronk and Tom Brady and their fab Super Bowl LV performance, and ... because what's better than romance, roses, chocolates and…

Mrs. Nikki, a teacher at Compass School, gave each of her students $20 of her own money as part of a school project and directed them to pick a local business, interview the owner, spend the money then donate what was purchased. Layla, shown above, chose Herbwise Naturals in Westerly, owned …

Artwork created by several Westerly Middle School students has been chosen for inclusion in the 2021 Prevention Through Connection calendar, sponsored by South County Regional Prevention Coalition and Rhode Island Regional Coalitions.

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for another February visit here on the Front Porch, where we're gladly preparing for Valentine's Day (hearts, flowers and Hauser chocolates!) still pondering Punxsutawney Phil's prediction (six more weeks of winter?) and, since I am …

If you're six month-old Luke William Serra and you're wearing your flight suit, what's the first thing you do? Visit your favorite Air Force veteran and aviation enthusiast, of course! In this case, Luke's favorite veteran is also his great-grandfather, Westerly resident Al Almeida. Luke is …

As the whole world is aware, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, his mittens and his memes not only went viral, but broke the internet when photos of the Vermont senator and his mittens with people (famous and otherwise) began popping up everywhere. Last week we invited Sun readers to join the Bernie …

Monsignor Clarke Regional School student Maddie Wilkinson, 13, was featured on local television recently for the way she combined her love of cooking and doggies with her desire to help her community. The daughter of Joseph and Tia Priolo Wilkinson and grandniece of Carolyn Longolucco, all o…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back to our first February 2021 visit here on the Front Porch, where we are bracing for a Nor'easter, and waiting to see if our old pal Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. Whether he sees it or not, the good news is that there are just 46 …

Dr. Katie Duhamel, left, and her husband, Jack Duhamel, celebrated a remarkable and exciting milestone recently. Dr. Katie, holding the Duhamel's dog, Buster, in the photo, was issued her "Green Card" last week after a long and hurdle-laden journey.

Soon after the colorful inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, when reporters and news commentators pointed out the symbolism of the extraordinary clothing worn by Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Ella Emhoff, Lady Gaga, Jennifer …

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital received a $10,000 grant from Sails Up 4 Cancer recently, a grant designed to provide high quality, patient-centered care to cancer patients. The grant will enable the hospital to assist patients by providing access to transportation to and from the Smilow Cancer…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for, if you can believe it, our final visit of January 2021. Wow! And what a month it has been!

Richmond Police Lt. John Arnold, left, and Patrolman Brock Taylor dropped off a $5,000 donation to Wood River Preschool in late 2020 on behalf of the local police union. The money will be used to help with the financial struggles the school is facing due to an error made by state fire inspec…

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awarded $225,500 in 2020 grants to 41 nonprofits aimed at providing greater equity for women and girls throughout Eastern Connecticut from its four Women & Girls Funds recently.

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Edward Rathgeber, of Norwich, frosts a gingerbread man aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the cen…

Jewett City Savings Bank awarded $100,000 in grants to six organizations in the communities the bank supports. The grants were made available as a result of the Bank’s participation in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs for New England Recovery Grant Program. The Ocean Community Cha…

Greetings dear readers and peaceful friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for a visit on this day we set aside to honor the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by finding ways to volunteer in order to help improve our communities. 

Westerly residents Penny Parsekian and Geoff Kaufman generously shared these beautiful photos of Christmas in Westerly. The husband and wife team put out these beautiful luminaria on Christmas Eve and even managed to take them in just before the wind and rain storm. They put out their wreath…

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Perry of Groton checked into Commander Submarine Group 7 after a successful tour aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Perry said he has wanted orders to Japan since he first joined the Navy because of his love of Japanese culture, …

Over the course of eight scheduled vaccine clinics, Kevin Hurley, a registered nurse who works in the emergency department at South County Hospital, become the first health care worker at South County Health to receive the recently approved Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. Hurley is to be follow…

Thanks to longtime readers Saundra Wilk and Jeannine Wilk, we got a peek at some of the beautiful presents under the Wilks' Christmas tree this year! ("Please note the Sun wrapping paper!" they said!)

Greetings dear readers and peaceful friends and welcome back for our second Front Porch visit of 2021 where we are all still reeling from the events of last week. As horrifying, heartbreaking and disappointing as the news from The United States Capitol — "a monument, a working office buildin…

The Charlestown Citizens Alliance has been hosting a fundraiser in support of the primary food bank in Charlestown for the Rhode Island Center Assisting those in Need also known as RICAN. RICAN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency food, clothing, and other vital suppo…

Randall, Realtors and Page Taft-Christie’s International Real Estate, part of the Randall Family of Companies, launched a "Season of Giving" program this Christmas season aimed at providing help to those in need through community support of local food banks, soup kitchens and pantries. The c…

In another heartwarming story from our good friends at Stand Up for Animals, a cat named Kato was reunited with her proper owners, after she had been missing from more than a year. Mercedes Lynn Shea, an animal loving community member, thought she had been taking care of a stray cat until sh…

New Year greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit of 2021. Let me begin with my New Year wishes for you, dear readers, along with warmest thanks for being a member of the Front Porch family. I want you to know how deeply I appreciate your loyal…

Cars lined up outside the Jonnycake Center of Westerly one afternoon last month when staff members distributed items from the center’s Adopt-a-Family holiday gift assistance program. Families of 498 local children received holiday financial assistance through the program, and 1,214 individua…

For the fifth consecutive year, Exeter Grange donated approximately 900 coats and other articles of warm winter clothing to Camp Street Ministries in Providence, where they will be handed out to needy families. The clothing drive was made possible by donations to Exeter Grange from the publi…

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Edward Rathgeber, from Norwich, Conn., plates cookies for Thanksgiving dinner aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to ensure maritime stability …

The Stonington High School Class of 2023 organized a sock drive in November and raised 675 pairs of socks for the WARM Shelter, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Safe Futures and the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. This was more than double their goal of 306 pairs, which represented two…

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly announced that on Nov. 14 and 15, families of 498 local children received holiday financial assistance through the Center’s Adopt-a-Family holiday gift assistance program, and 1,214 individuals from 447 households received assistance to purchase necessities f…

Roberta Mudge Humble, president of Westerly Armory Restoration Inc., the governing body of the Westerly Armory, encourages residents seeking last minute Christmas gifts to consider some of the Rhode Island games she has created, including her newest one, "The Rhode Not Taken." The game comes…

The GFWC Women’s Club of South County’s new charitable activity delivers birthday supplies to needy families in South County.