Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for another April visit on the Front Porch! How delightful to see the bright yellow daffodils dotting our gardens and roadways again and how wonderful to have this (at last) gorgeous spring weather to appreciate.

The weekend temperatures were so ideal that people flocked to our gorgeous seashore which is springing to life. What a treat to see so many people out and about enjoying the sunny days (I especially enjoyed meeting sweet Ivy, the daughter of Pat and Katie McGuire) and how exciting to see so many business opening or preparing to open. Although Billy Beattie opened his Misquamicut Sandwich Shop (yum!) several weeks ago, I just noticed that Kevin and Nancy Urbonas' popular Two Little Fish is now open and that the Nicholas family will open St. Clair Annex on "sunny April weekends for lunch and afternoon ice cream.”

Next Friday, the Bellone family will open Maria's Seaside Café for its 25th season, where, for the first time ever, a Bellini Brunch will be offered every Sunday with bottomless mimosas and bellinis! Isn’t that good to know? Then, in two weeks on April 25, the fabulous Felbers will open the Olympia Tea Room… with a new chef. I read on Facebook that WHS grad Tom Hagist, will be in charge of the Olympia kitchen this season!

Ah yes, the local food and drink scene continues to attract attention. Last week, GoLocalProv shared a cool video interview with Austin Almeida, the executive chef at Josh Welch and Dave Parr’s Graze Burgers. In the beverage department, although I've mentioned that the Jennifer and Alan Brinton's Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island debuted it's new Flying Horse Blonde Ale in conjunction with Westerly's 350th Committee, I forgot to mention that my friends Kelly McShane and Nick Carr, who own Granny Squibb's Organic Iced Tea, have added yet another new flavor to the Squibb family of delicious drinks — Charlie's Cranberry iced tea.  

Best of luck to our friend Ryan Gainor, a Westerly native and former Sun reporter, who will be competing in the Boston Marathon next Monday to raise funds for Massachusetts Eye and Ear and the surgeons who helped save his life. Ryan, a member of Westerly’s Giorno-Vita-Gainor clan, is a Prout School grad and practicing attorney who discovered five years ago that he had stage four tongue cancer. When he completed his treatment, he said he could only walk a few feet without assistance. Now, five years later — almost to the day — he'll run his first marathon, something that once seemed impossible. Good luck to you Ryan, and to your beautiful wife/coach/sidekick Ali! To learn more about Ryan's journey or to donate, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/teameyeandear/ryangainor.

Congratulations to Mary Jane Patriarca DiMaio, Angela Smith and Joseph N. Cugini, who will be fêted Saturday for their service to the community at the Westerly Armory's annual Member Appreciation Evening, beginning at 6 p.m. Roberta Mudge Humble and the armory board members have arranged another stellar program, which, Roberta says will include "a sumptuous dinner" and entertainment from the Yale Spizzwinks in the drill hall, which will be decorated in Westerly’s colors of blue and white in honor of the town's 350th anniversary. Also being honored is the late Stephen W. Macomber, whose son, John Macomber, will receive the award on his father’s behalf. 

Bravo to Rona and Dave Mann, who have a brand new radio program on Chris DiPaola's WBLQ radio station called "Mann About Town."  

Until next time, ciao bella!

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