Greetings dear readers and beloved friends, and welcome back for a late October visit here on the Front Porch where we are preparing to carve scary faces on our big, orange pumpkins. Which reminds me — our friends at the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center in Stonington have lots going on for …

Dawn and Own Pereira, of Pawcatuck, have a favorite fall tradition; apple-picking at Holmberg Orchard in Gales Ferry. "The weather was beautiful and there were plenty of delicious apples, cider and donuts," said Dawn.

Journalist Alison Bologna, who anchors NBC-10 News Sunrise with Mario Hilario each weekday morning, has served as emcee for the Art Connection Rhode Island's annual art auction for the last five years. This year's 9th annual Celebration and Online Auction was held last month via Zoom. In pre…

From left, Stephen J White, Westerly Community Credit Union president & CEO; Susan Sedensky, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center executive director; and William Quirk, Westerly Community Credit Union board member and chair of the Donations Committee.

Terry M. Ziegler, a volunteer for the Groton Public Library, received the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award. The award is given out each weekday to extraordinary individuals across the country who are donating their time and talent to better their communities. Zeigler was the nation’s P…

After having gone missing for a full month and two days, a little lost doggy named Ziti was found safe and sound recently and caught by Westerly's beloved dog whisperer, Deb Turrisi of Stand Up for Animals.

Up until 14 years ago, the Westerly Armory was home to the Rhode Island State, later National, Guard. The 169th Military Police Company was the last unit to serve there. On Saturday, Sept. 26, a small group of those guard members met to reunite and see the building they left behind. Bruce Fa…

The Westerly Hospital Foundation received a check for nearly $4,300 from the Hartford Marathon Foundation. The donation was given as part of Westerly Hospital’s Sponsorship of foundation’s Surftown 100 Challenge.

Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $5,000 to the Jonnycake Center for Hope. The donation will help them assist people experiencing financial hardship within Washington County. The donation is a continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that di…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for a holiday visit where we're celebrating the bounty of this gorgeous season and all the people who live on this land. Have you noticed all the stunning autumn displays artfully displayed throughout our neighborh…

Jamie Thornton, left, shows the pretty engagement ring she received from her beau, Glenn Kendzia. The pair announced their engagement last month.

Grace Turano, of Westerly, has been named as the recipient of the The Margaret E. Iacoi Memorial Foundation for Widowed Mothers award. This year's award also honors the passing of Grace's husband, the late Angelo Turano, a longtime town employee who died tragically last year. In photo, from …

Thanks to a partnership between the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island Lions Club, Hope Valley Ambulance was one of the dozens of recipients of personal protective equipment. The list of recipients also includes the Dunn's Corners, Misquamicut, Watch Hill, and Wes…

Joanne Lindeborg, of Pawcatuck, and Kathleen Edgecomb, of the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation, organized the "Hope and Healing — Caps of Courage" program in honor of the late Aimee Reed, a Pawcatuck resident who inspired others with her hope, courage, and determination throughout her …

South County Habitat for Humanity received a $30,000 grant from Bank of America for construction of affordable housing in southern Rhode Island. In addition to financial support, Bank of America volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours on the construction sites with habitat workers. In …

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first October visit of 2020, where we are thinking about all the wonderful teachers, and hard working parents doing their best to teach the kiddos in their care during this crazy time of COVID-19. We're think…

The Westerly Community Credit Union is now the sole sponsor of the Ocean Community YMCA’s School’s Out program. Thanks to a sponsorship of $10,000, the YMCA can now provide Westerly school children with before and after school enrichment and childcare and continue to offer programs for famil…

Students enrolled in the New England Science & Sailing Foundation’s “Shore Support Program” enjoy classes at both their Stonington and New London campuses. Designed to keep students engaged and learning during their “off days,” when enrolled in hybrid school schedules, the program allows…

From left, Peter Magrane, Tom McVerry and Lou Manzi, members of The Howling Hound Dogs, volunteered to howl for the folks at a recent “Sunday Funday” in downtown Westerly. The musicians have been performing at some outdoor shows over the summer and wanted to add their collective voices to th…

The GFWC Women’s Club of South County, an organization committed to helping women achieve their educational and career goals, awarded several scholarships recently. Even though the club's popular annual Book & Author Luncheon — typically held at the Dunes Club July — had to be canceled d…

Greetings dear thoughtful friends and kind readers, and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first autumn visit of 2020 and our last September visit.

Nick Bottone, of Westerly, sent this happy photo of a happy female Ruby Throated Hummingbird catching a snack on Thursday in the Bottone's Westerly backyard.

Westerly Community Credit Union donated $5,000 to the WARM Center in Westerly to help people experiencing financial hardship in local communities. The donation is a continuation of #WCCUCares initiatives to help local community organizations that directly help those in the community struggli…

Westerly's Kevin "Big Lux" Lowther, a hip-hop musician, activist and reserve soldier, played an impromptu concert at Napatree Point recently to the absolute joy and delight of boaters and sun bathers in the area.

Susette Tibus, 2020 honorary chair of the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation 15th Annual Walk — Virtual Miles to Cure Breast Cancer and owner of Simply Majestic Jewelers in Mystic shows the pink pearls that were raffled off at an event held last week. This year's walk will take place on …

The family of Julie Lynn Cardinal, who was shot and killed last winter, dedicated a bench in her name earlier this summer in order to keep her memory alive. Friends and family gathered near the Weekapaug Bridge in Westerly off of Atlantic Avenue to unveil a beautiful brand-new bench overlook…

Ensign Sarah Freeman, from Niantic, Conn., assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), stands watch during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6). Princeton is part of Nimitz Car…

Greetings dear thoughtful friends and kind readers, and welcome back to the Front Porch for our final visit of summer 2020. The autumn equinox arrives Tuesday at 9:31 a.m., according to the Farmer's Almanac, so today is officially the last day of summer.

The Westerly Community Credit Union received the “Spreadin’ the Love (Giving Back) Award” at the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chamber Choice Awards. The award was given to the credit union because of its support for charities and causes in the community. They were one of si…

The national organization Bike to the Beach for Autism has brought its signature fundraising ride to Newport since 2011. Bike Newport has supported the ride and riders since that time — when the Aquidneck Island organization was still a nascent nonprofit without staff or offices. This year, …

Greetings dear kind readers and gentle friends and welcome back for a mid-September visit here on the Front Porch where we're looking at the fab photos on social media of the Sunday Funday (they look so inviting!) and wondering if all of our little hummingbird friends have left for their jou…

This wonderful Front Porch News file photo from July 22, 2017, taken at at Amigos in Westerly turned up in our in box the other day, featuring Westerly High School alumni cheerleaders celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the National Cheer Championships Trip to California. This is the same gr…

Always Home completed a major window replacement project this week thanks to The Edward & Mary Lord Foundation and a managed grant from the Rotary Foundation Humanitarian District that matches the support of the Mystic, Groton and Stonington Rotary Clubs. Installation of the new windows …

Members of Exeter Grange collected flip tops from cans from the Exeter community, including Delmyra Country Club for Dogs and Cats. Howard Paster weighed all the flip tops and Peggy Fish provided the boxes. The 10 boxes and 142 pounds of flip tops will be delivered and donated to Ronald McDo…

Greetings dear kind readers and gentle friends and welcome back for our first September visit here on the Front Porch, where we're listening to the crickets, preparing for apple, pumpkin and mum season and celebrating Labor Day, the day we pause to honor and recognize the American Labor move…

The Prout School demonstrated its "can-do" attitude with an outdoor graduation ceremony that adhered to COVID-19 rules and restrictions while still celebrating its 93 graduates. Parents stayed in their cars and listened to the ceremony broadcast over the radio, while students sat masked, six…

Thanks to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the Westerly Armory has a handsome new sign designating the Armory as a National Register building, according to Roberta Mudge Humble, president of Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc.

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital (L+M) announced the receipt of a $15,000 donation from The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to support a COVID-19 relief fund. This follows a $10,000 donation made to the fund by Dominion earlier this year. From left, Bill Stanley, L+M vice president governm…

From left, Joseph J. Selinger, Jr., of Tobin, Carberry, O’Malley, Riley & Selinger, P.C. and First Selectman Danielle Chesebrough at the bond signing on July 29. Town of Stonington officials announced positive results from this month’s $10 million bond sale, which yielded extremely favor…

Thanks to Jane Brockmann, of Westerly, we have the following chronicle of Harriet the White Squirrel, who was spotted in the Spring Street area one morning last week.

Greetings dear gentle readers and kind friends and welcome back for another August visit here on the Front Porch, where we are wondering how we are suddenly here at the end of August and feeling slightly envious of our friends who witnessed whale and dolphin sightings off the Town Beach last…

Rosemary Buonocore of Pawcatuck has always had a green thumb but her 2020 garden has been a bonanza despite the hungry bunnies and deer.

Peggy Fish, left, a member of Exeter Grange, receives the 2019 “Grange in Action” award from the National Grange award on behalf of the local grange. The National Grange held the "Grange in Action”  program which was designed to encourage all granges — no matter how small — to be active in t…

James Fiore, the youngest son of Henry and Eileen Fiore of Westerly, works hard in the family garden, Fiore and Sons Farm.

Ben Fulton of Pawcatuck, seen here in his lovely rose garden, has a knack for growing roses and for surrounding himself in all things lovely.

Sadie Wager, the daughter of Tristan and Jaime Wager of Ashaway shows her summer shades and sun dress as she walks near her garden.

Maddie, the granddaughter of Christine and Larry Davidson, loves eating green beans right off the vine in her grandparent's Westerly garden.

Greetings dear gentle readers and kind friends and welcome back for another August visit here on the Front Porch where we are marveling at the amazing bounty from our home (and local farm) gardens and appreciating a garden's powers to help us escape to the beauty of nature and to leave the t…

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.