Students of North Stonington participated in the in "Chalk the Walk" event organized by the North Stonington PTO one recent afternoon. The children decorated the school walkway to show their appreciation to the teachers of North Stonington. As the teachers arrived at school on the following …

We were tickled to receive these fab photos of Viola Davis and Jon Batiste from the folks at Walt Disney Television. See this week's Front Porch Chatter column for more details.

Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our post Mother's Day visit, where we are celebrating all our beautiful mothers and where the lilacs are just about to burst forth in bloom. So much seems to be about to burst forth actually, now that we can emer…

The Mystic community united to give King Daniels, a four-year-old boy with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a day that he will never forget.Stonington’s first responders led a drive-by celebration for little King before trainers at the Mystic Aquarium took him behind the scenes to meet a sea lion and …

As part of #CleanUpSouthCounty, members of the East Beach Association teamed up with several local land conservation organizations to participate in the 51st anniversary of Earth Day.The celebration coincided with East Beach Association's 51st anniversary and its ongoing commitment of preser…

Sylvia Severance and Rosemary Buonocore show off exquisite millinery skills during a Kentucky Derby party in Savannah. Sylvia has live in Westerly for many year with her husband, Jake, and the two are now residents of the "Hostess City of the South." Rosemary, a Pawcatuck resident, traveled …

Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of May, the lovely month, as Lerner and Loewe remind us, "when everyone goes blissfully astray."

Kyle Zalaski, town engineer in Westerly,  took his daughter, Huntington Rae Zalaski, who turned 1 year old on March 3, to East Beach to watch the sunrise recently. It was the third time for the father-daughter duo to watch the sunrise together, but the first time from East Beach. Kyle said t…

Mystic Aquarium marine biologist and conservationist Carey Richard studies Beluga whales to understand what threatens their sustainability and how they can be protected. Richard was recently featured on "Mission Unstoppable," the CBS series which spotlights cutting-edge female scientists and…

George Routhier and John Clemens, officers of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1063 of Westerly, presented a check for $1,800 to Joan Gradilone of the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry in Westerly.The money was raised with a spaghetti and meatball dinner that was held on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 16, …

Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our final April visit of 2021, where we are looking forward to May Day and all those May flowers that these April showers will surely usher in!

Jane Gencarelli, Eileen Mostellar, Katherine Rosen, and Pete and Pam Stefanski were recently named winners of the Westerly Library Easter Basket Friends Drawing. Friends of the Library President Peg Murphy-Bright designed the baskets and many others helped bring the event to fruition. Additi…

The GFWC Women’s Club of South County celebrated National Library Week by delivering 100 books, purchased by club members and the public, to local libraries.The project, "GFWC Loves Libraries, One Book at a Time," began in February during National Library Lovers Month. Participating librarie…

Westerly Innovations Network’s Project Turn Grease into Fuel program (TGIF) generated funds and donated 4,000 gallons of BioHeat, value of $8,880, to four of local charities to help heat the homes of struggling families this winter. This is the 12th year of Project TGIF — Turn Grease into Fuel. 

The Stonington Middle School Stingrays in grade 8 are raising money for the HELO orphanage in Haiti, an orphanage founded by Connecticut resident Elisabeth Kennedy in 2006. Kennedy now lives in Haiti full time where she provides care and education for more than 50 children. education. The St…

Chariho High School senior Joshua Pater, a lacrosse and football player, stands with preschool student and friend Anderson John Duhig at Meadowbrook Pond on the opening day of fishing season. 

    Christina Roberts, of Westerly, was crowned Miss Rhode Island North America recently in a virtual pageant. A Chariho alumni, Roberts holds a bachelor’s degree from URI, a master’s degree from Ashford University, and has earned a certificate for Women in Leadership through Cornell University.  

    When Erin Bacon reached out to the Westerly, Chariho and South Kingstown communities two weeks before Easter to ask for donations to make baskets for families in need, she set a goal of creating 50 baskets.

    Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of April 2021, where we're admiring the bright yellow daffodils dotting the gardens and roadsides along with the cheerful forsythia bushes and the glorious magnolia trees.

    Fitness guru and friend Tina Pagliusi was totally surprised when students and friends showed up for a surprise flash mob in front of her house on her 50th birthday.

    Friends and family celebrated Nora DiPaola Luther, of Westerly, last week on her 95th birthday with a surprise parade at her home at the Elms. Nora's daughter, Valerie Sistare, who helped organize the event, said her mom was the "Queen for the Day for sure!"

    Stonington High School's Leadership Team for the UNICEF Club sponsored a "Children's Book Drive" recently and collected 400 new and gently used books which will benefit children who are displaced or in need of access to free reading materials.

    Westerly resident Larry Struzik was proud to share this "great sunset pic," which was taken by his wife, Joan, last week.

    When Tom Salimeno of Westerly turned 95 on Feb. 19, his daughters, Pam Salimeno of Westerly, and Vicki Monaco of Tampa, Fla., along with Vicki's husband, Bill, threw a small “COVID-friendly” birthday party at Longo’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Westerly.

    Chariho Regional High School’s Virginia Keister was named winner of the 2021 winner of the Poetry Out Loud state championship held last week during a live YouTube competition. Virginia will now go on to represent Rhode Island in both the regional competition on May 2 and national competition…

    Breandan Cullen became Troop 9's 94th Eagle Scout recently. Cullen completed his Eagle Scout Service Project by developing an emergency escape plan and route for the students at West Vine Street Elementary School, submitted his Eagle application to council, and passed his board of review. He…

    Willis "Dusty" Edgecomb, who ran the legendary Dusty's Dairy Bar in Misquamicut for more than 60 years, celebrated in style last week for his 98th birthday with a parade led by members of Westerly's police and fire departments.

    Greetings dear readers and fine friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our final visit of March 2021 (will March really leave like a lamb?), where some of us are celebrating Passover, others are gearing up for Easter and most of us are cheering the efforts of the good folks administ…

    Westerly Innovations Network’s Project TGIF, Turn Grease into Fuel, started in 2008 with a group of Dunn’s Corners fifth grade elementary schools students (in the top photo) who held a Zoom chat recently to share news and updates (second photo.)

    Maddie Wilkinson, of Westerly, a 13-year-old student at Monsignor Clarke Regional School, was highlighted in these pages a while back for the amazing cookbook she created (and accompanying web page to raise money for Stand Up For Animals).

    Thanks to Larry Struzik, of Westerly, we have this gorgeous photo Winnapaug Golf Course in the last snow storm.

    Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first official visit of spring 2021, where we are joyfully celebrating this glorious new season; searching for crocuses; talking about baseball (April 1 is opening day for both the Red Sox and the Yankees;) t…

    Now in its 12th year, Project TGIF (Turn Grease into Fuel) has received a number of awards including the President’s Environmental Youth Awards from President Obama in 2010. The Westerly-based group has also attracted an abundance of attention from the media, from CNN in 2012 and People Maga…

    Shaina Mcginity, of Westerly, accomplished quite a challenge earlier this month by running four miles every four hours for 48 hours — all to raise money for The Autism Project RI and to support her six-year-old son, Maddox, who has autism.

    Westerly Community Credit Union recently donated $50,000 to the Jonnycake Center for Hope in Peace Dale. The donation will help the center offset the costs of renovations and future maintenance of their recently purchased building designed to  provide a better space to deliver safe, effectiv…

    Greetings dear readers and wise friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our final visit of winter 2021 (hooray!) and our annual saints' week celebration.

    The offices at Literacy Volunteers of Washington County just got a little brighter. The nonprofit, which  recently moved into new offices at Christ Church in Westerly, connected with Art Connection RI, an organization that accepts donations of art from New England-area artists. Art Connectio…

    When I asked readers to send us photos of winter flowers recently, the wonderful Dr. Ellen Madison, a longtime reader and faithful Front Porch friend, sent these welcome photos of her winter aconite, which has been blooming since January, and her sweet snowdrops. Many thanks Ellen! A hopeful…

    Many thanks to reader Larry Davidson, who sent this lovely artistic photo he snapped during a recent snowstorm.

    When we put out a call for snow photos recently, our steadfast friend Jaime Lyn DiPaola Wager pulled through (as she always does) and sent this gorgeous photo of a “Camperdown Elm” tree all dressed in winter white. Jaime, who lives in Ashaway with her husband, Tristan, and daughter, Sadie is…

    Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first March visit of 2021 here on the Front Porch, where we are counting down the days to spring (12) and the beginning of Daylight Saving (6).

    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!