Thames River Heritage Park in Groton and New London has been awarded a $5,000 CARES Act Humanities Relief Grant from Connecticut Humanities for help with operation of the water taxi. The funding will help cover some of the losses from decreased tickets sales as the boats are running at 50 pe…

Ezra Trelli, the son of Jill and Ezra Trelli of Pawcatuck, created lots of artwork during the pandemic, including his hopeful, encouraging piece above that reminds us that "Better days are coming."

Reagan Tremblay was honored with the Silver Medal in American History for her winning state entry in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest held by the Rhode Island Daughters of the American Revolution and the Phebe Greene Ward Chapter of Westerly.

Staff and board members from Westerly’s United Theatre joined Gov. Gina Raimondo, representatives from the Newport Festivals Foundation, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and sponsors recently to present $80,000 in COVID-19 artist relief funds raised …

Seaman Brian Gibbons, from Groton, heaves in a mooring line on the fantail of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as the ship gets underway. Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting routine operations in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.

Greetings dear gentle readers and kind friends and welcome back for another August visit here on the Front Porch where we are relishing all the cucumbers, summer squash and tomatoes arriving daily, and this odd Rhode Island holiday known as Victory Day .. at least Rhode Islanders are enjoyin…

The Westerly Education Endowment Fund, whose mission is to enrich and enhance the educational opportunities of Westerly Public School students, decided upon a unique way to honor the Westerly High School class of 2020 in these unusual times — by posting their photographs on a downtown billbo…

Dr. Melanie Sue Collins took this photo of her parents' garden in Pawcatuck, where her family has lived for over 150 years. The lilies, the phlox and the grapevine have all weathered the Great Depression, the influenza pandemic of 1918 and two World Wars.

Milly Morissette, the proud parent of a Dunn's Corners Elementary School student, was determined to end the school year on a positive note and to focus on the many things the students accomplished during the school year rather than on all they missed, so she helped create the "Super Pig Virt…

Greetings dear gentle readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first August visit here on the Front Porch where we are happy to welcome not only a new month, but the (unusual) return of baseball and basketball to our radios and television screens.

A SHARE Your Mask photo contest was held for youth ages 5-18, who live or go to school in Stonington, North Stonington and Groton. Sponsored by the volunteer community organization S.H.A.R.E./Stonington Helps Area Residents in Emergency, the contest focused on the importance of wearing face …

The Westerly Community Credit Union donated $10,000 to the South County Health COVID-19 Relief Fund recently, which will help South County Health offset significant unbudgeted COVID-19 expenses, such as converting patient rooms to negative pressure rooms that meet infection control requireme…

Reed Tremblay, a student at Chariho High School, was awarded the Youth Citizenship Medal by the Phebe Greene Ward Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Tremblay was selected based on his dedication in leading the R.I. State Society of the Children of the American Revolution as…

Greetings dear gentle readers and kind friends and welcome back for a late July visit here on the Front Porch where we are (unbelievably enough) bidding farewell to July! Yes, bidding farewell to July in a summer like no other ... a summer, I think we can all agree, that might be the strange…

The Stonington Garden Club awarded scholarships to two Stonington High School seniors who have exhibited a keen interest in pursuing studies in environmental sciences in college. The $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Daniel Robinson and Abigail Gibson at a virtual awards ceremony on June 8.

Nathan Parsekian, the nephew of Penny Parkesian and Geoff Kauffman, enjoyed a wonderful four days in Rhode Island along with three of his four children. One of the highlights was a trip to Champlin’s in Galilee where Nathan totally enjoyed his first lobster. It was really a lobster and a hal…

The Eastern CT Savings Bank Foundation presented The Arc Eastern Connecticut with a $1,387 grant to assist people with limited mobility at its day program in Norwich. The grant, in combination with a grant from the Dime Bank Foundation, will cover the costs of a hydraulic lift and sling to h…

The residents and staff of StoneRidge Senior Living in Mystic decorated their patios and adorned themselves in purple clothing recently in recognition of The Longest Day, an annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for a late-July visit here on the Front Porch where we are in a birthday kind of mood thanks to Dr. Doug Rayner, who was celebrated with an enormous birthday parade on July 15 when friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, Rota…

Susan Sedensky, executive director of The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center,  with PNC board member Janice Scott in first photo, and Daniel Hostettler, president of Ocean House Management Collection in second photo, at the brand new Taco Shack at Ocean House. When guests visit The Taco Shack at …

Kristy Head, of the Rhode Island Daughters of the American Revolution’s Phebe Greene Ward Chapter in Westerly, shows one of the masks being made by the newly formed RIDAR “Maskateers” group whose members have responded to the medical mask shortage by hand-sewing masks to donate to local esse…

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $10,000 to the Westerly Hospital Foundation'S COVID-19 Response Fund. From left, Dr. Kevin Torres, associate chief medical officer at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and interim administrator at Westerly Hospital; Nicholas Stahl, executive direct…

Thanks to Rotarian Kathryn Taylor, the intrepid former executive director of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, who shared this photo of a whimsical fairy garden she spied on Mary Hall Road. The sweet sight never fails to bring a smile to the faces of passers-by. Thank you, KT!!

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for a mid-July visit here on the Front Porch, where we are marveling at the gorgeous blueish-purple hydrangea popping forth in so many seaside gardens, still doing our best to follow the COVID-19 guidelines and sending lots of suppor…

Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Ashaway held a graduation parade last month to honor the students and mark their big year. The parade was arranged by Director Kelly Mills, head teachers Lori Calcagni and Lori Antoch, and teacher assistants Valerie Hammond and Amber Ziegenfuss.

The Williams School hosted its 129th commencement on June 3 to celebrate the achievements of its 43 seniors, who will all matriculate to four-year colleges or universities. A carefully planned in-person event, the school utilized the parking lot on the campus of Connecticut College, where Wi…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our Independence Day visit, where we are remaining as vigilant as ever far as this dastardly coronavirus is concerned and where we are still wearing our masks when in public and still observing all safety precautions.

Central Baptist Church's Central Nursery School held its 50th graduation ceremony in June, recognizing member of the 2020 graduating class. Lauren Sposato celebrated her 10th year with the school. Tia Burgess is her associate teacher.

Mike DeSantis, of Westerly, received a wonderful surprise on June 5 when a long, winding birthday car parade — full of family members, friends and members of the Immaculate Conception Church and Knights of Columbus community — honored him with honks, waves and birthday signs for his 85th bir…

Hunter Holmes, from team 5GA, and Cynthia Davis, from team 8G, both students at Chariho Middle School, each won a Kindle Fire 7 for having perfect attendance during the last semester. All Chariho Middle School students who have perfect attendance for the semester are entered into a raffle. O…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back to the Front Porch where we are waving farewell to June party and preparing to "Play Ball!" Such welcome news for baseball fans ... we may only get 60 games but, we'll take them! I hear the Rem Dawg and Eck plan to call all 60 Red So…

Stonington High senior Abigail Gibson, left, won second place recently after competing in the annual statewide Rotary Club Speech Contest. Her speech, which was described as "both brave and exceptional," was about the misconceptions surrounding mental illness and the importance of reducing t…

When we put out the call for photos of Front Porch friends working from home offices, we were tickled to receive this photo from the Sun's chief photographer, Harold Hanka, seen here with his wife, Carol McCarthy, director of communications for the News Literacy Project, working away at the …

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of the 2020 summer season, and another lovely June visit, which reminds me of the lines of poet James Russell Lowell in his "The Vision of Sir Launfal:"

Jean E. Aiello, of Bradford, who loves her yard and flowers, turned 88 years young on Memorial Day. Jean’s son, Bill, said his mom loves her yard especially when flowers are blooming and trees are filling in with leaves. In addition to the natural beauty of the spring season, it brings back …

Isaac Kaufman, the son of Dr. Rebecca J. Woodward and Dr. Adam S. Kaufman of Westerly, graduated from Georgia Tech on May 1 with “Highest Honors” and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Kaufman became the de facto president of the Goldfellas fan group at Georgia Tech beca…

The Rotary Club of the Stoningtons delivered 400 masks to the Wood River Health Services recently. The donation of masks was made possible by Dr. Ted Rossi, an East Hampton Rotarian. Rotary’s District Governor Jack Solomon distributed the masks to Stonington’s Rotary co-president Liz Tatters…

Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back for a mid-June visit here on the Front Porch where life is improving for all of us every moment as we learn to pause, listen to one another and heal.

A few photographs have been uncovered from the Ninigret Quilters’ 2019 Quilt Show, which took place in October. The pictures serve as a lovely reminder of how many amazing and talented quilters we have in our region! Enjoy!

Dave “Pod” Ferraro, owner of Hilltop Café, sent this vintage photo of the players on the George C. Moore softball team to Sal Murano recently after his dad, Dominic Ferraro, passed away. Dominic, known as the "Home Run King, is the middle of the second row. How many readers can identify the …

Lynn Azzinaro of Westerly, a realtor and athlete, got together with some friends recently for a 40th reunion. She and her pals, Terry Mathison and Kim O'Hara, seen in news clip, celebrated the cross country bike trip that the three took in 1980 when they rode from Westerly to the Pacific Ocean. 

Lifelong Westerly resident Kim Cercena Jones has been making masks to help with the COVID-19 crisis. Recently, she hung them on the fence at Grace United Methodist Church so passers-by could feel free to take one if they needed it. Pastor Barry Burdick welcomed the idea, Kim said, and so far…

Oh my goodness dear readers and lovely friends, just look at how much has changed in the two weeks since I was last here with you on the Front Porch. The whole world has changed ... and for the better I am certain.

Eugene Celico, the artistic director of Stage Door Theatre Company, and Cynthia Celico, who designs costumes and sets, show their theatrical homemade masks.

Congratulations are in order to Meghan Sears, a member of Exeter Grange and a surgical scheduler at Ortho Rhode Island in Wakefield. She was a winner of a week 3 photo contest at her job titled “Hope, Courage, and Inspire.”

Ellen Ennis, of Charlestown, turned 90 years old in May. In lieu of a planned party, a coordinated effort that included police, firefighters, rescue personnel, town hall employees, family, friends and neighbors helped to celebrate the day with a parade. The beautiful tribute included 9 polic…

On Friday, May 8, John G. and Celia Grossomanides celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. John worked at Electric Boat for 37 years and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. He is active in the Masons and Ahepa. He was also an all-state baseball player for the undefeated s…

Maggie Jones, Stonington Tree Warden, and Jennifer Lacker, a Stonington Cemetery Association board member, examine the Witch Hazel tree that was donated anonymously to the cemetery in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Wilson Meunier Mott of Westerly is making a difference in 3D. Wilson received a 3D Printer last Christmas and with the help of his parents found a design online to make ear protectors for healthcare workers. These plastic ear protectors help to make wearing surgical masks more comfortable. W…

David Kenny shares this photo of his son making his daily 9 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance before 'Distant Learning' begins.  

Westerly Health Center Administrator Jennifer Campbell and employees celebrated National Nursing Home Week last week, and on one day, since the  theme was "Thank You" the staff all wore T-shirts given to them by parent company Health Concepts LTD. Westerly Health Center is a 106 bed skilled …

Greetings dear kind masked readers and gentle, thoughtful socially-distanced friends, and welcome back for our Memorial Day visit here on the Front Porch where we are honoring the military women and men who have given their lives for our country and our freedom, those who have died from the …

About a dozen friends of the late Eugenié Janat, mostly her pals from the Friends of the Westerly Library, gathered together recently, all properly socially distanced, to view Eugenie's tulips at the home where she lived with her family for many years. It was a poignant gathering, according …