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…

        Jean Aiello, of Bradford, seated at left, holds her great-great granddaughter Ella Aiello, with her great grandson Corey Aiello, Jean's son Dave Aiello, standing at left, and her grandson Brian Aiello. The five generations gathered on Christmas Eve for a celebration held at the house of Jean…

        Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded more than $7,500 in grants to local school teachers. From left in front row are recipients are Marika Heughins, Heather Pescatello, Elaine Temel and Diane Gallo, of Pawcatuck Middle School; in back row are Westerly Community Credit Union Finan…

        Michael Slusarczyk, a junior at The Prout School and a communicant at St. Clare's, is dedicating his thoughts and his time these days to those less fortunate. With cooperation from "BagelZ" in Wakefield, Mike has been picking up and delivering bagels to the Johnny Cake Center in Peace Dale e…

        Ted Cercena attended his granddaughter's graduation on Sunday, Dec. 2. Nadia Skorinko Shipper graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Bridgeport, with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree. Shipper's mother, Kim Cercena Jones, said the whole family is proud of her.

        For the third consecutive year, members of the Exeter Grange coordinated with St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown and gathered 1,090 items, including coats and other warm winter items to donate to Camp Street Ministries in Providence. All proceeds benefit less needy families in Rhode I…

        New Year’s greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our first Front Porch visit of 2019 where we're still savoring the holidays.

        It may have taken place closer to Thanksgiving, but the annual celebration of high school football with coaches and captains of Stonington and Westerly high schools, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Westerly and the Stoningtons, was held in November at Venice. The event was once again an eve…

        Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our final Front Porch visit of 2018. "Love and joy come to you and to you, your wassail too," as the song says, "and God bless you and send you a happy New Year, and God send you a happy New Year!"

        The tenth annual Pasta Dinner to Benefit the Jonnycake Center Emergency Fuel Fund held in November at the Calabrese Club, was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Westerly and the Lions Club of Westerly. During the dinner Rotary Certificates of Appreciation were given to Chef Carmine Cozzolino…

        Seasons Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our Christmas Eve visit here on the Front Porch where we’re hanging our stockings by the chimney with care, decorating cookies and listening to Christmas carols. May your days be merry and bright and may your homes be fill…

        Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded 17 WCCU Teacher Grant Awards, totaling just over $7,500, for the 2018/19 school year. Grants were awarded to local teachers or staff from the Chariho, Exeter-West Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown, Stonington, and Westerly school distri…

        Season’s greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another holiday visit here on the Front Porch where we are as busy as Christmas bees; wrapping presents, sending off cards and enjoying the season and all the excitement it brings.

        State Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, RI's Speaker Pro Tempore, traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to pay his respects to former President George H. W. Bush. Flying on the same Southwest flight as Congressman Jim Langevin, who was seated right in front of him, Kennedy arrived on a b…

        Laurie Hobbs, director of public relations and marketing for the Ocean House Collection, was recently honored by the South County Tourism Council. Hobbs arrived at OH Collection with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and has since brought the OH Collection to the attention of V…

        Margot Bucci of East Greenwich made her goal weight after 14 years. She is member of the TOPS #38 in East Greenwich. Bucci said she was able to lose the weight by developing good habits; like eliminating evening snacking; keeping a food diary to stay within a 1200-calorie range and planning …

        "The Originals," Marge Fusaro, left, and Rose Arnold, longtime employees of the original 84 High Street Café, were dubbed "The Queens of 84!" at last week's "20 Years of 84" celebration. (See Chatter column for more details.)