In photo, from left, Lori Dufficy, senior vice president of Chelsea Groton Bank; Jeanie Herzog, development consultant for the Olean Center, and Anthony Vellucci, executive director of the Frank Olean Center. The Olean Center recently received a $1,500 grant from Chelsea Groton Foundation, a…

Pawcatuck resident Paul Servideo, left, a theology teacher in his second year at Saint Bernard School, was recently awarded the 2019 Ryken Award. The award is given annually on the feast of St. Francis Xavier at each of the 13 Xaverian Brothers sponsored schools.

Friends of the Westerly Memorial Library and Wilcox Park President Elizabeth Coffey, left, introduced the winner of the 350 mile “Park Walk,” the 350 Westerly Year event sponsored by the Friends. She announced that 14 participants completed 350 miles circumventing the Park in the centennial …

Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back to the Front Porch News for our last visit of January 2020. February begins on Saturday, which means Ground Hog Day is Sunday and believe it or not, baseball's spring training is just a few weeks away and spring itself is not far behin…

It was a great night for the Rotary Club of Westerly when members celebrated the historic gridiron rivalry between the Stonington and Westerly high schools last fall at a dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of the Stoningtons at Go Fish restaurant. Guests heard from coaches Duane Maranda and A.…

Lori Dufficy of Chelsea Groton Bank and Chelsea Groton Bank Foundation, left, presents a $3,000 grant to Amy Grzybowski executive director of Westerly Education Center. The center is a recipient of a $3,000 grant from Chelsea Groton Charitable Foundation to support career programming for tee…

Rhode Island's congressional delegation joined members of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and survivors recently at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center in Warwick to urge the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The act, which provides communities resources t…

Greetings dear friends and good readers, and welcome back to another January visit here on the Front Porch on this Monday set aside to honor the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope you all had the chance to read the story in Sunday's edition of The Sun about the good work being done by t…

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut awarded $210,554 in grants to 53 nonprofits from its four "Women & Girls Funds" in 2019, all aimed at providing greater equity for women and girls throughout eastern Connecticut. Recipients were Northeast Area Women & Girls Fund; Norwic…

The Prout School received a $100,000 donation from the Diocese of Providence recently for a new lighted, artificial turf field to be built on the school's campus. Bishop Thomas Tobin presented the check to representatives of the school, including several student-athletes, at a brief ceremony…

Hunter Lebrun, a student at Bernon Heights Elementary School in Woonsocket, has been named winner of Rhode Island's National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Hunter, who grew a beautiful, huge cabbage, was randomly selected by Rhode Island’s Agriculture Department and will receive a $1,000 sav…

Students from Stonington Middle School held a school wide drive to gather donations of toys, clothes, crafts, and medical supplies for HELO orphanage in Haiti. HELO founder, Elisabeth Kennedy, will bring the items to Haiti this month, along with gifts and letters written in French by 8th gra…

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back for another January 2020 visit here on the to the Front Porch, where we have been enjoying the gorgeous full wolf moon which rose in our skies on Friday — the first of 13 full moons this year, according to the Farmer's Almanac, which…

The Mckendree family hosted a ‘Blessing of the Animals’ program at the Avondale Farm Preserve  in December as a part of a benefit for Stand Up For Animals. The Rev. Dr. Bercovici officiated and blessed the donors and their pets. Photos by Greg Pettys. 

Bus drivers with the Westerly School Department wanted to do something special for families in need during the holidays, so, with Tinamarie Bailey at the helm, the drivers got together and dressed in their finest holiday finery to collect 600 gifts and $550 worth of gift cards. The proceeds …

New Year greetings dear readers and lovely friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first visit of 2020, the first visit of the new year, and the first of the new decade.

Antoinette Terenzio from the North Stonington Christian Academy was among the parents honored recently when the Connecticut State Education Resource Center honored parents from across the region with special awards for their contributions to their schools and communities during a ceremony at…

Thundermist Health Center of South County recently hosted an art showcase featuring artwork by patients of Thundermist Health Center which was displayed during the event. Art therapy is used for stress management, chronic pain, and to support recovery from substance use disorder.

The Jonnycake Emergency Fuel Fund saw a bit of fortification last month when two local organizations joined together to make and serve a delicious pasta dinner at the Calabrese Club. Members of the Rotary Club of Westerly and the Westerly Lions Club gathered together to benefit #NeighborsInNeed.

The winners for this year's Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, were Bantam, owned by Richard Dixon, in the category of Best Dressed Vessel; John Paul Tug, conducted by Adam Wronowski was named the Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur; Neptune, owned b…

To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, Foxwoods has created its own winter wonderland with three larger-than-life gingerbread houses. On display throughout the holiday season, two of the festive constructions were built to look just like the iconic Grand Pequot and Fox Towers at F…

Season's greetings dear readers and gentle friends, and welcome back for another December visit here on the Front Porch where, sadly, we are grieving and stunned by the terrible events of last week in our typically-peaceful hometown. We would like to extend our condolences to the family of J…

The North Stonington Garden Club may best be known for its annual spring plant sale, which is one of the larger events in the region. But at this time of year, the club gives back to the community that offers so much support by donating and decorating festive wreaths for public buildings, ch…

The Berkshire Bank Foundation has awarded The Arc Eastern Connecticut $5,000 for both its program for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities and for its Giving Tuesday campaign. Thanks to the foundation, The Arc ECT can begin implementing its successful Voices program in nort…

The Prout School delivered 1,100 pounds of food to the Jonnycake Center in Wakefield before Thanksgiving. Students, faculty, and staff from the school filled 30 Thanksgiving baskets and an additional five boxes of food for the center. Several gift cards, a turkey voucher, and cash were donat…

Rocco Cillino of Westerly, left, was named Student of the Month for November by the Westerly Rotary Club. With Cillino is Kathryn Taylor, president of the Rotary.

The Westerly Community Credit Union recently awarded 18 WCCU Teacher Grant Awards, totaling just over $7,700, to teachers from the Chariho, North Stonington, Stonington, and Westerly school districts for the 2019-20 school year. The teacher grant recipients are Sara Reilly of the Chariho Sch…

Members of the Prout School community raised more than $600 for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation by walking and running in the annual Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope 5K in October. Students participating in the fundraiser were from Westerly, Hope Valley, Coventry, Cranston, Exe…

Rotary Club president Kathryn Taylor, left, with Helen Mochetti of Westerly, the longtime head of children's services at Westerly Library and Wilcox Park. Mochetti was recently honored with a Paul Harris "Service Above Self Award" from the Westerly Rotary Club. The award is given for outstan…

Ernest P. Cassis, left, cuts his birthday cake, which was made by Vesta Bakery and featured the U.S. Navy Seabee logo on top, while his step-daughter, Cindy Kuchenbecker, center, takes his photo, and Roberta Mudge Humble, president of the Westerly Armory looks on. As requested by Ernie, a sm…

The Ocean Community YMCA honored four people this year at their annual Leadership Recognition Breakfast held at Ocean House in November. Honorees were: Todd O'Donnell, who was recognized for "Youth Development," Sekhar and Archana Naik, recognized for "Healthy Living" and Sen. Dennis L. Algi…

Washington Trust Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Edward “Ned” O. Handy III, Ocean State Job Lot’s Chief Executive Officer Marc Perlman, and social justice advocate Dr. Carol Reagan Shelton were each awarded with a Heart of Mercy Award by the Sisters of Mercy, Northeast.

Greetings dear friends and gentle readers and welcome back for a mid-December visit here on the Front Porch, where we are marveling at all the Christmas lights and holiday decorations making our villages and towns so merry and bright.

Wendy Hyde, left, who co-chairs, with Lisa Kitchen, this year's Christ Church Christmas Bazaar, holds, with with Tammi Dunlap, right, a hand-stitched Amish Quilt donated by Lee Serra that will be auctioned off at Saturday's bazaar. The quilt was purchased at the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in H…

Antonino Auto Group was honored with a Military Community Support Award at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber's 10th annual Military Appreciation Breakfast recently when more than 140 active-duty military personnel were honored as special guests. From left, Chris Antonino, Antonino Auto Group; …

The Chariho Cowboy cheerleaders from Richmond participated in the annual "Cheer for Dana-Farber" fundraiser, a program that empowers youth and young adult participants to become leaders — on and off the field — by raising funds for patient care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Ryan Steele of Westerly and Lillian Kenyon of Ashaway, students from the Prout School in Wakefield, participated in a school-wide effort during the month of October and gathered more than 1,500 pairs of socks for the homeless. The socks were distributed to multiple homeless shelters in South…

Retail MarketPoint, a Westerly-based retail real estate technology company specializing in site location analytics, won the top prize at the annual Cox Business Get Started Rhode Island business pitch competition. After besting five other finalists in the Shark Tank-like event, John Rafferty…

Greetings kind readers and festive friends and welcome back to the Front Porch for our first December visit of the year where we are in full Christmas mode now that the Westerly Library and Ocean House trees have been officially set aglow and Santa Claus has arrived successfully in Westerly …

The Olean Center held a dedication ceremony in October to celebrate the legacy of Frank Olean, one of the founders of the center and its first president. Frank devoted over 35 years of his life to advocate for the rights and interests of people with developmental and intellectual disabilitie…

Students at Richmond Elementary School held a Veterans Day celebration assembly earlier this month, and students were asked to invite a parent, grandparent or family member who had served or is currently serving in the military to join them for a light breakfast and assembly to honor their s…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our annual Thanksgiving week visit here on the Front Porch, where we are in full holiday preparation-mode and feeling quite grateful for our friends, family and this wonderful, generous community where we live. We're also gearing u…

Lily Brockmann, Carter George and Sydney Iacoi, crew members from the East Beach Association, prepare a collection bag of plastic to send to TerraCycle, a California based-recycle company. The plastic was collected along the 1.8-mile stretch of East Beach during the summer.  

Zeke Daniel Waterman, the son of Brooke and Dean Waterman of Westerly, was the cutest mouse in town at Halloween, even though he did get caught!

The Rev. Dr. Wayne Eberly, the fearless leader at Dunn's Corners Community Church Presbyterian has been busy preparing for this Saturday's "Christmas Bazaar & Raffle," an annual tradition at the church. Each year, Wayne rolls up his sleeves and rolls out the dough to make some pies for t…

At a ceremony on Aug. 25 at Quonset Air Force Base, Dr. Walter Scott Curtice, owner of Quality Medicine LLC in Westerly, was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Rhode Island Air National Guard 143rd Air Wing, where he is a flight surgeon. Joining Curtice were, from left, special guests Ele…

Mary Weiss of Bricks and Murals presented a print of a mural recently to Mal and Martha Makin in front of the Wilcox Park mural that they sponsored. Bricks and Murals has provided the mural sponsors with prints of their murals. 

Pomfret resident Alex Noel (in the green buffalo plaid button up) broke the Topsfield Fair annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In record last week with his 2,294 and a half pound pumpkin. The Connecticut-grown pumpkin will be on display at the Celebration Zone on the Great Cedar Retail Concourse at F…

Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to the Front Porch for a late November visit, where we're gearing up for Thanksgiving and the Big Game.

    The popular Rhode Island Folk duo Atwater-Donnelly stopped by the Burlingame Family Festival recently to perform authentic American folk music during a day filled with wholesome outdoor fun when the entire community came together.The Burlingame Family Festival was made possible thanks to the…

    Halloween was extra hot at Westerly Town Hall this year, thanks to a visit from the Spice Girls: from left, Donna Giordano, Krista Tracy, Mary LeBlanc, Louise Tirrell, Lori Vacca, Deb Gent and Michele Murphy.

    Fr. Dennis Perkins, pastor of St. Michael Church in Pawcatuck, bestowed a blessing on Cal, the black lab, during a celebration on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.

    Employees from local Bank of America branches joined with South County Habitat for Humanity to help with the construction of a multi-family home in Exeter as part of “Global Build Week,” in which bank employees from around the world partner with local Habitat organizations to improve access …

      Throughout its 165-year history, Chelsea Groton Bank has won many awards for helping its customers and communities achieve their goals. For the fourth year in a row, employees have bestowed the bank with the 2019 "Top Workplaces" honor by the Hartford Courant.

      Greetings dear readers and kind friends and welcome back for our first November visit here on the Front Porch where we are still singing "Baby Shark" and applauding the World Champion Washington Nationals! What baseball! What fun and what a great escape.