Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our mid-May Mother's Day visit here on the Front Porch where the lilacs are just about to bloom and the days are growing longer. So, let me begin with warm Mother's Day wishes to all our mothers — those with us today and those who have gone ahead. Saturday was certainly a splendid day and it was such fun to see everyone out and about buying flowers and plants like the beautiful mother-daughter duo of Ree Capalbo and her mom and Joanie Gencarella.

Teddy Bears are on the way to Marblehead, Mass., for sweet little Laiken Emery DePasquale, brand new baby daughter of Reegan and Dylan DePasquale, who was born on May 6, 2019. Laiken Emery is the first grandchild and first granddaughter for former Sun staff photographer Christine Corrigan-DePasquale and her husband, Michael Depasquale, and for Renee and Bob Carbone and niece number one for Maya Rose Depasquale. Dad Dylan and Auntie Maya are both Stonington High School grads. Congratulations everyone.

The spring social season is certainly in full swing. Last weekend, the Westerly Airport Association held its annual Gala at Ocean House which was attended by more than 100 guests, many of whom were dressed in styles from the roaring twenties, as this year's event was called, "Celebrating Aviation in the Roaring Twenties." The only sad note of the evening was that the lovely Carol Amedeo, the hostess of the annual event which is held to raise funds for the Westerly Airport Association's Humphrey J. Amedeo, Jr. Aviation Scholarship Foundation the scholarship named for her beloved late husband, Humphrey  J. Amedeo, Jr., came down with bronchitis before the event and was unable to attend. Carol told me that she was of course, disappointed, but is on the road to recovery thanks to the extraordinary care she received from the doctors and nurses at Westerly Hospital. "It was wonderful," Carol told me. "It truly is a blessing that Westerly Hospital was saved." Carol said she saw photos from the gala, and was impressed with all the fabulous dresses. 

Looking exquisite and enjoying the gala were Joanne Fusaro, Humphrey and Joyce Amedeo, Holly and Bob Quaratella, Raymond and Beverly Leyko, Glenn and Elizabeth Leyko, Franco Amodeo and Michael Amodeo of Long Island, Michael and Lucille McCarthy of Woodstock, Vt., and Carol's dear friends, Ann-Seton and Ronnie Roberts of Harbour Island, Bahamas. I see that Nancy and Steve Christina, that forever young couple, looked smashing, as did their daughter, Jennifer Christina Holden, and so many of their relatives and friends, like Ray and Linda Trebisacci, Palmalee and David Trebisacci, Paula Christina and Johnny MacLeod, Angie and Art Smith, Jane and Charlie Holdredge, Angela Bacari, Nicolas King and Lisa Ferraro.   

And what fun to join Westerly's 350th Committee for the unveiling of Frankie Galasso's Westerly-themed painting last week at Ocean House and fun to catch up with Lauren Sposato, Larry Hirsch, Maria DiMaggio, Jen Brinton, Caroline Maynard, Beth Eckel, Jim McCormack, Lisa Konicki, Paul and Karen Donahue, Betty Cugini, Betty-Jo Cugini-Greene and Sue Ogle. I spied Brian and Kathie McCuin, across the room but will have to wait 'till the next 350th event to say hello. 

Best of luck to our friend Christie Max Williams who announced on Friday that he is stepping down as the artistic director of The Arts Café Mystic after 25 years at the helm, and congratulations to poet Lisa Starr who took the reigns from Christie Friday night. 

Enjoy the week and ciao bella!

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