Veronica Webb, of Narragansett, was named the 2019 Queen of the Washington County Fair, and Milayla White, of Providence was named, the winner of the 2019 Princess contest. The queen and princess contests were held the weekend before the fair at Richmond Grange Hall, and the winners were ann…

    Greetings dear readers and friends and welcome back for another September visit here on the Front Porch, where we're thoroughly enjoying these quieter beaches and streets and cooler temperatures, and adoring the scent of the wild grapes wafting in the wind. We're also still in full harvest m…

    Joined by children and staff from the Pawtucket YMCA, leaders from United Way of Rhode Island and Hasbro, Inc. celebrates an $459,600 investment in summer learning programs, designed to help kids statewide avoid summer learning loss. Known as the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, the nation…

    A group of eight Boy Scouts and three adult leaders from Troop 71 in North Stonington embarked on a camping and hiking adventure in the Southwest United States in August. After a late night flight to Las Vegas, the group picked up rental cars and spent the next three days hiking and camping …

      Westerly residents Ryan Arruda, of Westerly High School, and Kyle Burns, of Chariho High School, were both recognized as recipients of the Red Sox Service Scholarship during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game on July 30. The program awarded students from…

        Dan Potts, center, was named Teacher of the Year by Hope Valley Grange recently when the grange held its annual Community Service Award Night. Potts has been a seventh and eighth grade Chariho Middle School science teacher since 1993. He has won multiple teaching awards and was honored at th…

        Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another September visit here on the Front Porch where we're feeling grateful for having averted most of the effects of Hurricane Dorian and sending our best to the people in the Bahamas and Carolinas who are dealing with the storm…

        The Lovely Azzinaro Sisters, a team consisting of Lynn Azzinaro, left, Mary Jo Girard, Audrey Flaubert and Cheryl Molina, have been studying up on Westerly trivia ahead of Friday’s “There’s Nothing Trivial About Westerly!” fundraiser for the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. The game will fe…

        The Uzzi Avenue neighborhood held its third annual "Fritta & Chowder" party recently. Shown, from left, front row; Michele Szynal, Paul Bender, Cal the Black Lab, Patrick Lawrence, Beth Lawrence, George Sorice, Gayle Sorice, Josephine and Rick Kluesner, Nancy and Steve Jones, Lydia and C…

        Sally and Bruce Gray of Westerly will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5, during a small dinner gathering of family at the Latitude 41 Restaurant in Mystic this week. The Grays were married at Westerly's Central Baptist Church on Sept. 5, 1969. They have two children; a son,…

        The recipients of the $1,000 Rotary Club of Chariho Memorial Scholarships were: Jessica Moorehouse, of Charlestown; Seth Bueno and Mary Murphy, of Ashaway; Zoe Gunning, Mackenzie Fox, Tucker Curtis, Gabriella Huzyk and Drew Babineau, of Charlestown; Mariah King, of Carolina; Robert Zenga, of…

          In recognition of its 15th anniversary, StoneRidge Senior Living Community in Mystic received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly commending them for “the amazing services you provide your residents.” Introduced by Sen. Heather Somers, R-18th District, and Rep. Kate Ro…

            The Hope Valley HAZMAT Team was honored at the Hope Valley Grange and Community Center annual Community Service Award Night. The Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District is one of seven state-recognized HAZMAT Teams and is the only volunteer team in the state. The team consists of many members and …

            Greetings dear friends and kind readers, happy September and welcome back for our Labor Day visit here on the Front Porch, where we're celebrating all workers, getting ready for apple season, football and school, and bidding farewell to our summer friends.

            The sixth annual “Books on the Beach” fundraiser was held on a perfect summer evening at the waterfront estate of Deborah and Peter Lamm, and was a great success for Opening Doors for Westerly’s Children. Opening Doors is a Westerly-based nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides sponsorshi…

              Members of the Immaculate Conception School's Class of 1954 gathered at Buon Appetito in North Stonington last month for the 65th class reunion. In attendance were, front row from left, Frances Williams, Joyce Holland, Jeanette Pignataro and Anthony Turco; back row, Theresa Wright, Paul Gill…

                Luke Noonan and Gabe Dobley, students from Lou Manzi’s Guitar Experience, performed at a benefit show held in July for the United Church Of Stonington at the church. The students performed as the opening act for the headline band,  Emma and the Blues Rockers. Members of the band, all high sc…

                Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to our final August 2019 visit here on the Front Porch where we're still marveling at the glorious weather and the many amazing activities held over the weekend, most of all, the amazing 350th Old Tyme Fair, held all day Saturday in Wi…

                Rudi Hauser Jr. and Larry Hirsch have some exciting news to share. Hauser, president of the Chorus of Westerly board of directors and Hirsch, from Stand Up For Animals, are happy that the organizations they represent will be front and center in the Westerly pop-up book being produced by the …

                The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently donated $10,000 to The Westerly Armory for restoration of the granite front steps which were unveiled over the weekend. Funding was made possible through the sponsorship of Phebe Green Ward Chapter, National Society Daughters…

                The Hope Valley Community center held a Recyclable Fashion Show this past spring with 20 models wearing creations made entirely from recyclable materials. The event was held by the Shannock Baptist Church to promote awareness of much needed recycling. Sandra Mansfield, the pastor's wife, org…

                Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late-August visit here on the Front Porch, where we're amazed (and a little relieved) to notice the leaves already changing color on several local trees. Have you seen the huge maple near the corner where Beach, Main and Margin m…

                Pawcatuck native Julianna Rick, center, was one of the featured dancers Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance Department’s “Dance Emerge,” which showcases the ideas and talents of the college’s student choreographers and dancers while presenting innovative, imaginative and explorative dance…

                  Justin Lee, center, was honored as a Civic Leader recently during the Hope Valley Grange and Community Center's annual "Community Service Award Night." Lee has been with the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire Department since 1995, after a long career as a ranger at Camp Yawgoo. He became the departme…

                    Wood River Health Center, the smallest of Rhode Island’s eight federal health centers, recently opened  a new office just steps away from Westerly Hospital at 17 Wells St. The center, which serves residents from Exeter to North Stonington — including Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Westerl…

                    Mystic resident Kevin Sisson, reflects on a recent "Creating A Writing Life Retreat" for emerging writers held in June. The retreat attracted writers from throughout New England, and took place on Ender's Island in Mystic. Writers Nancy Hackett of Stonington and Nancy Roman from Litchfield, …

                    Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-August, Victory Day visit here on the Front Porch where we're enjoying the colorful zinnias, garden-fresh corn and tomatoes, sending love to the cities of El Paso and Dayton, and thinking of the extraordinary Toni Morrison, t…

                    Sen. Heather Somers, center, displays the "2019 CAHCF/CCAL Champion of Elder Care Award” she received from the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities/Connecticut Center for Assisted Living for her “fierce, intelligent and outstanding leadership on behalf of Connecticut’s skilled n…

                    Madilyn Fizzano, left, a sixth-grade student at Chariho Middle School, and Travis Avery, a soon-to-be eighth-grade student, each won a Kindle Fire 7s for having perfect attendance during the last school year. All students with perfect attendance are entered into a raffle with two lucky stude…

                    Staff members, residents and volunteers from PACE Rhode Island held an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk, longest day fundraiser and lemonade stand to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island. They raised a total of $150 for the association.

                      The Charlestown Senior Community Center in Ninigret Park hosted members of the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners program at its annual workshop in June. This year’s focus was sunflowers, and participants learned all about sunflowers before creating their own sunflower painting with…

                      Slocum Grange in North Kingstown held a Community Service Night earlier this year, to honor a number of people in the Town of North Kingstown for service beyond the call of duty.

                      Warm greetings dear friends and patient readers, welcome back to the Front Porch (after a brief summer hiatus) and welcome to the month of August!

                      Saturday, July 6, found more than 100 friends and family members from Maine to Florida together at the 2nd Baptist Church in North Stonington for the 100th birthday party for Gert Wilkinson, center Welles, center, of Old Mystic. Gert was joined by her sisters, Irene Wilkinson Johnson, 92, ri…

                      Westerly Education Center hosted a graduation ceremony on June 5 to celebrate the 26 students who successfully completed courses in maritime pipefitting and maritime sheet metal. The workforce training and higher education center, together with Community College of Rhode Island and Electric …

                      Bishop Frank T. Griswold, the 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 1998-2006, paid a special visit to Christ Church in June to preach and help celebrate the the 125th anniversary of the church, a cornerstone of downtown Westerly. 

                        From left, Rebecca Gatzke, grandmother; Alecia Chaney, mother; Dorothy Findeisen, great-great-grandmother holding Kai Hansen Rein, born June 22 and  Pamela Findeisen, great-grandmother.

                        Dr. Cynthia Lawson Whitaker, chief of services at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center and a member of Roger Williams-Rumford Grange, was presented with the Grange’s Citizen of the Year Award for 2019, flanked by, at left, Shirley Lawson and Frank Moitozo, Master of the Grange. The presentati…

                        On Sunday, June 2, 177 parents and students gathered to celebrate athletics and the athletic accomplishments of the boys and girls at Monsignor Clarke School, a co-educational regional Catholic School in Wakefield serving children in grades K through 8. Under the direction of Athletic Direct…

                        The Tum-A-Lum neighborhood held its first ever block party in early July with more than 80 people in attendance. The party began with a children’s bicycle parade around the block featuring bikes, wagons and scooters all decorated by children in red, white and blue. Children also enjoyed a bo…

                        A luminous Cape Cod garden, breezy summer shorelines and hand-made jewelry that preserves memories forever. All of these were included in "Scene from a Train," the June show at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, when Lynne Stenhouse, Ingrid Kramer, Sharon Wright, Nina Rossomando, …

                          The Westerly Hospital Auxiliary recently awarded college scholarships to six area students who plan to pursue a career in the field of health care. The scholarship recipients were selected from a large field of applicants who, in addition to submitting their career plans and academic and ext…

                          More than 30 residents of the Town of Richmond’s Beaver River Valley Community Association members and their guests, gathered to learn about solar energy policy recently from Scott Millar, pictured, GrowSmart Rhode Island’s director of community association and conservation.

                          Gary Southwick, a fifth-grade teacher at Chariho Middle School, right, was named the Teacher Crystal Apple Winner in recognition for the drive and dedication he brings every day to his classroom. He is joined in the photograph by Principal Gregory Zenion.

                          The Westerly Lions Club recently donated $15,000 to Westerly Education Center for the addition of a conference space and offices at the center's Friendship Street location. Jeff Sorensen, former president of Westerly Lions Club, presented the check to Executive Director Amy Grzybowski and Ka…

                          Westerly residents Pat Grande, left, and Kathryn Taylor, competed in the National Senior Games in New Mexico in June, in had a wonderful experience, according to Grande. As they headed home from the event, she said, they were "both happy and humble." Happy because they both scored in the top…

                          Ashaway Elementary School's third-grade team of Lindsay Bliven and Courtney Moffitt earned first place in the League of Women Voters of South County’s 12th annual Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards, and Michael Gleason and Mary Petrofes, from Westerly High School, earned third plac…

                          Veterans of Foreign Wars officials John Gallo, left, Jerry Herker and Raymond Blanda presented the VFW Legislative Award to state Rep. Samuel Azzinaro, second from right at the annual VFW awards ceremony in June. Azzinaro, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, received the aw…

                          Slocum Grange in North Kingstown honored a number of their members recently for their many years of service.

                          Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a mid-July visit here on the Front Porch where we're savoring these glorious summer days and counting our blessings. How fortunate are we to live in one of the loveliest spots on the East Coast — one filled with fabulous events and…

                          Lou Masucci of Westerly bid farewell to his radio audience earlier this month on his last day at WBLQ after roughly 20 years behind the mike with the Sports Open Mic show. Lou received high praise from station owner Chis DiPaola, a gift from the WHS state champion girls track team and a beau…

                          Students in last year's grade five at St. Michael School successfully completed their Dare Program with Mrs. Babcock and Officer Page.

                          Jon L Peacock and Alana Rader, co-artistic directors of the Education Program for Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island, hopped across the pond recently to attend a conference, organized by The Shakespeare Institute, and held at The University of Surrey, just south of London. While there they spe…