Teddy Fusaro Jr., 7, the oldest son of Jenni and Teddy Fusaro Sr. of Fairfield, Conn., spent a week attending camp at New England Science & Sailing Foundation’s summer camp, marine science and adventure sports program with his brother, Louis. On one of their morning adventures, the child…

Dorothy "Dottie" (Grispino) Pendola, who passed away peacefully last February, was a much-loved woman who a nursing degree and became an LPN after graduating from Westerly High School and ran Penny's Donuts in Pawcatuck from 1967-1975 with her husband, the late Joseph Pendola.

Thanks to our Front Porch friend Elaine Laurenzo, we share the following photo of Sister Mary Angelus, who died from COVID-19 in May at Mount St. Rita Health Centre in Cumberland at the age of 93. Ironically, Elaine told us, Sister or "May" as her friends called her, was best of friends with…

C.J. Sheldon, of Ashaway, won the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and anchored the winning 200- and 400-meter freestyle relay teams for Bishop Hendricken High School to help the team win the Rhode Island State Championship. C.J. is the son of Martin and Lucinda Sheldon, of Ashaway; the paternal …

Mackenzie Turrisi of North Stonington not only graduated from Drexel University but was also a dean's list student. Mackenzie, a Wheeler High School graduate, was a member of the honors program at Drexel where she majored in the music industry with a concentration in recording art and music …

Washington Trust recently recognized seven employees for their exceptional leadership, teamwork, community involvement and volunteerism.Susan Swain Brough, left, of Westerly, a senior vice president at the bank and board member at Wood River Health Services, directed a $1,000 donation from h…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our final July 2021 visit here on the Front Porch, where we're still talking about the fabulous opening night concert at the United Theatre on Friday.

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for another mid-July visit here on the Front Porch where we're still talking about our wonderful local traditions, like Sunday's 93rd annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebration and the 25th annual Virtu Art Festival held in Wilcox P…

Jack Waters member of the Shelter Harbor Board of Governors, joined the Fourth of July fun during the holiday by participating in the annual "Fourth of July Parade," by riding with his great-granddaughters Norah and Adelyn Keenan.     

The Westerly Airport Association awarded $9,000 in academic aviation scholarships from the association's Humphrey J. Amedeo  Jr. Aviation Scholarship Foundation in June to five graduating students and four students already attending college, all of whom are planning to pursue a career in som…

Members of the Rotary Club of Westerly opened the Rotary Club’s Little Free Library in the Children’s Garden in Rotary Park in late June, which was an update of the original library, which was opened in 2017 as the senior class project of MacKenzie Gitzendanner. Since weather had taken its t…

Crew members from the Colonial Theatre were spotted setting up the stage for this summer's return of the company's beloved Shakespeare in the Park festival. This summer's show will be "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfie…

Nancy and George McDonald recently delivered meal boxes, donated by the Salvation Army's District 23C, to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Groton Social Services.

Avid Front Porch reader Colleen Sorensen and her husband, Ken, recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.  Best wishes to the happy couple from your friends on the Front Porch!

Thanks to Ryan Gulluscio and John Mathews, we share this terrific photo taken at the recent memorial celebration held in Wilcox Park for the late Antonio "Junie" Trebisacci. Shown, from left,are Junie's son, Ken Trebisacci, friends Joe Quaratella and John Leach, both members of the WHS class…

Westerly's Civil Air Patrol held CAP Composite Squadron promotion ceremonies on June 24 at the Westerly Education Center on Friendship Street. Promoted were Cadet Sgt. Viktoria Johnfroe (first photo); Cadet Airman Lorenzo Terenzio (second photo); Cadet Master Sgt. Ethan Gears (third photo); …

At a recent meeting of the Westerly Chapter #6 of Disabled American Veterans, new officers were installed during an impromptu ceremony hosted by Ernest Boivise, the state DAV adjutant. Boivise was also presented with a donation of $1,000 for the Disabled American Veterans’ van fund. The DAV …

Front Porch reader Barbara LaFrance sent us this photo of her Grandpa Spears's car which was taken in his backyard at 14 Spring St. Barbara, who sent the photo many months ago, is wondering if there are any readers who might be able to identify the year, make and model of the car which was p…

Greetings dear readers and gentle friends and welcome back for a mid-July visit here on the Front Porch, where we're enjoying the glorious pink-blue-purple and white hydrangea and the pretty pink summer roses growing wildly along the roadside and where we're reminding ourselves that the incr…

Edward Morenzoni Jr., a well-known local golfer, passed away in February 2021, three months shy of his 90th birthday.

Ken Hartline of Pawcatuck, who was commander of the Connecticut VFW during the first global pandemic and subsequent shutdown in over 100 years, turned over his position as commander recently. While his duties were reduced during the pandemic, his legacy and work will continue. Ken worked as …

Greetings dear readers and kind friends, and welcome back for our sparkly Fourth of July holiday visit here on the Front Porch where we're celebrating Independence Day, and pondering the Constitution. Does anyone remember when the menu for this great American holiday was all about salmon and peas? 

Dant Hirsch, the newly appointed president and managing director of Ocean House Collection, center, with authors Luanne Rice, left, and Deborah Royce at Thursday evening's Seaside Champagne Soirée, a fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Washington County. The event was part of the Joyce S. …

Renaissance City Theatre, Inc. the nonprofit organization that serves as the producing entity of Westerly's Granite Theatre, received a $10,000 grant recently from Jewett City Savings Bank, as part of the bank's participation in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs for New England Rec…

Paul Nunes, of Stonington, a well-known local golfer and retired banker, made a new friend at Pequot Golf Course a few weeks ago. Said Paul (the other half of artist and retired teacher Patty Nunes), "I shared a cookie with her." The photo, Paul said, was taken "courtesy of my buddy John Pucci."

The Westerly Community Credit Union Scholarship Committee recently awarded four $1000 scholarships to local students from Chariho, South Kingstown and Westerly High Schools.

A friend of Front Porch News sent in this photo to see if anyone might be able to identify the small object above. Although he has shown it to many people, no one can seem to identify the old-looking item which is roughly three three inches long. Do you have any clues? If so, send to frontpo…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our final June visit here on the Front Porch where we are gearing up for the Fourth of July holiday and the busy summer season ahead here in our heavenly seaside towns and villages. And what a season it is shaping up to be!

Danica Caraway of Westerly, a student at Msgr. Clarke School in Wakefield, was recently named to the National Junior Honor Society. Danica is the daughter of Mary Jane DiMaio Caraway and Travis Caraway of Westerly, and the granddaughter of Dr. Anthony DiMaio and Mary Jane DiMaio of Westerly. 

Saint Michael School's class of 2021, above, was the 148th graduating class from the Pawcatuck school. Congratulations, graduates!

Two students from Marie Hoffmann’s first grade class at Springbrook Elementary School — Maisey French and Rocco Butts — had such good experiences completing their “Market” assignments — given to all students in Mrs. Hoffmann’s distance learning class — that they were eager to share the photo…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our Father's Day visit and our first visit of summer 2021, where we are still celebrating Juneteenth and thrilled that we were able to do so as a nation for the first time! Here's hoping we can all enjoy a safe, healthy, beautiful …

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut distributed grants of $2,306,126 in support of four strategic priorities: youth empowerment, basic needs and rights, environmental conservation and education, and animal welfare.

Henry J. Nardone of Westerly, the Westerly High grad, naval engineer, U.S. Navy officer, former chair of the physics department at the Naval Academy Prep School,  superintendent of submarine construction at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, project officer at Electric Boat for the Nautilus constr…

Emma Dion and Russell Sayler, who attended Westerly's senior prom together, made for a most handsome couple. Thank you for sharing, Emma and Russell! Remember, we are always honored and delighted to share graduation and prom photos here on the Front Porch!

The late Joseph T. Turo, a former Westerly town manager and town solicitor, known for his dedication to his family — and the town where he was born and raised — was honored recently when family members — including his daughter, Amy, and sons, Joseph, David and John — and friends gathered to …

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for a mid-June, Flag Day visit here on the Front Porch where we are thoroughly enjoying this June weather ("What is so rare as a day in June?") and celebrating all our hardworking high school grads, who deserve so much extra credit for…

Tony "Pop" Moroso, of Westerly, a much-loved member of the community, and big time Yankee fan, celebrated his 101st birthday on May 27 at Longo Ristorante & Pizzeria on High Street with members of his family, as seen in the first photo. The second photo features "Pop" with restaurateur J…

The Rotary Club of Westerly and local community came to the rescue for Ryder Killam, the little Bradford boy with spina bifida who was in need of an expensive, adaptive mobility wheelchair lift to help keep him on the go. Under the leadership of President Rona Mann, club members held fundrai…

Members of the 8th grade class at Monsignor Clarke School in Wakefield surprised their principal, Dr. Arthur Lisi, on May 24 by presenting him with the first yearbook dedicated to him. Upon leaving the classroom, Dr. Lisi was met by the entire school who lined the hallways clapping and cheer…

Rhode Island State Rep. Sam Azzinaro hands a check for the Westerly Armory to Armory President Roberta Humble. The funds from the state legislative grant will be used for fire suppression updates. The “fellow” in the middle is a mannequin wearing the uniform of the late Armondo (Chuck) Azzin…

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first June visit here on the Front Porch where we're admiring the gorgeous poppies, peonies and irises popping up here and there, and feeling pretty excited about the reopenings, events and family gatherings taking place at lon…

Westerly Community Credit Union held a  groundbreaking ceremony for its new branch located at 2405 Nooseneck Hill Road, Coventry.

NEWPORT — The Preservation Society of Newport County has received the prestigious Garden Club of America Historic Preservation Medal for 2021, recognizing the Society’s “outstanding achievements in preserving historic homes, gardens, and landscapes of international historical, cultural, and …

Westerly Town Councilor Caswell Cooke, Jr., lunches with Gov. Dan McKee, former governor Lincoln Chafee and chief of staff Tony Silva.

Westerly High School Class President Adam Gilman, and senior class officers Alyssa Menard, Madison O'Neil, Eason Chen and Emma Keegan attended a recent dinner sponsored by the Westerly Rotary Club where they accepted a check from club members in the amount of $1,300. Members of The Westerly …

Children from the Rhode Island State Society Children of the American Revolution attended the National Convention of the Children of the American Revolution which was held both virtually and in-person in April with State President Reagan Tremblay representing the Rhode Island in-person event…

South Kingstown Land Trust celebrated the completion of its capital campaign and building project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Weeden Farm in April. The new campus, located at 17 Matunuck Beach Road, was established as the Woodcock Campus at Weeden Farm and features a new welcome center…

Greetings dear readers and lovely friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for a gorgeous late-May visit where we are celebrating Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, waiting for Wednesday's full "Flower Super Moon," and still tip-toeing cautiously through post-pandemic life. It's helpful to rememb…

When the Greater North End Community Development Corporation held a neighborhood cleanup earlier this month, organized by Executive Director Carla White, troubadour Geoff Kaufman circulated around the neighborhood serenading each of the groups picking up trash.

Bill Middleton, owner of Jealous Monk, recently donated $8,589.25 to Mystic Aquarium to support the Arctic Coast exhibit. The donations came from a percentage of the proceeds from the restaurant's igloo outdoor dining during the five months between November 2020 and April 2021.