Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for a late April, Passover-Easter Monday visit here on the Front Porch. I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend and I hope you snapped some extra cute photos of new babies, children in Easter bonnets and people with Peeps dioramas to share here on the Front Porch! You know how much we love sharing your photos, so please remember to send some in. Remember too, that April showers do bring May flowers. How about those sweet star magnolias gracing our yards and roadways meanwhile?

What fun it was to be in the audience Monday night for Trinity Rep's "Little Shop of Horrors," (which is fabulous) along with so many Westerly folks clearly enjoying the fun, including the entire marketing team from Washington Trust Company. Check out the photo at right and see Tony Nunes with his adorable daughter, Lydia; Tammy Joslin, Beth Eckel, Maura Beaudreau, Monica Incantalupo, and Sharon Walsh alongside the extraordinary plant. What a hoot of a show. A few nights later, our own Jennifer Christina Holden, the much-loved local piano teacher and player, made her debut at Trinity, trying her hand as musical director for "Little Shop of Horrors."

And what a wonderful group of people gathered last week when Rob Valenti and Bruce Morrow of Valenti Subaru made a $20 thousand-plus check presentation to the good people at PACE/Adult Day Center of Westerly as part of  Subaru's "Share the Love"campaign. PACE Board members Meredith and Fritz Eckel, were there along with the lovely Maria Allen and the fabulous Kelly Lee. 

Congratulations to Westerly native Joseph Vitterito, a neonatologist with a booming second career as an artist. Joe, who also records as Temporary Hero and as the act "Flaunt" was recently nominated for three Independent Music Awards. His short film "528," based upon one of his Temporary Hero hit singles and scored by Emmy winner producer Mac Quayle, had a Hollywood premiere and was distributed throughout the world in a number of science-fiction short film festivals. Vitterito, the son of Sandra Vitterito of Westerly and the late Joseph A. Vitterito. Dr. Joe is the big brother of Amy Caster, Jennifer Woycik, Michelle Simmons and Nicholas Vitterito.

Congratulations also to Professional Planning Group founder Mal Makin, who was recently ranked as the “Top Wealth Manager” in the State of Rhode Island by Forbes and number one Financial Advisor in Rhode Island by Barron’s. And, to add to that, the The Wall Street Journal noted that Mal is one of two advisors who have been ranked number one in their state each year for the past 11 years which is how long Barrons has been presenting the rankings. Mal, an avid golfer and fly fisherman, is a past president of the Ocean Community YMCA who supports a number of nonprofit organizations and is an all around good guy. He and his wife, Martha, have four sons, six grandchildren and two Portuguese water dogs. Bravo Mal!

Congratulations also to Westerly’s Chuck Royce, who will be inducted next month into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame along with eight other prominent Rhode Islanders including Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, Providence Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio and Rose Weaver, the singer actress and social justice reformer. 

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