Greetings dear friends and loyal readers and welcome back for a mid-April, Patriot's Day visit here on the Front Porch, where we're rooting for all the runners in today's Boston Marathon (go Ryan Gainor!), still wowing about Tiger, getting ready for the Easter/Passover week and watching the forsythia, lilies and hyacinth preparing to burst open with color.

Ah spring! 

From the looks of all the glamorous photos, it was quite the evening at the Westerly Armory Saturday night when Joe Cugini, Angela Smith, Mary Jane DiMaio and the late Stephen Macomber were honored for their contributions to Westerly at the annual Membership Appreciation Evening. Roberta Mudge Humble, president of  Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc., told me that the armory "couldn't have looked springier," and that the drill hall "was done out in blues and white with touches of gold and silver and never looked better," for the evening that paid tribute to "pillars of the Westerly Community."

The Syracuse Mets may have won Friday night's game against the Pawtucket Red Sox 3-1, but it was a winning night for Eileen Fiore and her son, Andrew. Eileen, well-known locally for her angelic voice, sang the National Anthem before the game, and Andrew got to meet the legendary Tim Tebow, a former New England Patriots quarterback who visited McCoy Stadium as the starting left fielder for the Mets. Tebow left Rhode Island with a gift from the Fiore family — one of Eileen's CDs!

What a treat it was to be invited to read at Dunn's Corners School last week by Media Specialist Anne Marie Doyle, whose photo can be seen in the photo section on the right, during the school's Reading Week celebration. I had the honor of reading Suzanne Slade's "Astronaut Annie," to kindergartners in Kelly Birrell's class who could not have been more attentive and adorable. Such fun to see Kathy Roy and Principal Steve Morrone, and a few of the other readers, like Sgt. Matt Champlin, whose daughter Abby can be seen in the photo with Mrs. Doyle.

The Edge Café is the name for the new riverside eatery soon to open at the downtown location once occupied by the Bean Counter. Landlord Joey Falcone says it's slated to be a cafe/salad bar spot.

How lovely to catch up with Julie White-Gooding and hear about Saturday's Torchlight March at the Windjammer being held to honor her son, the late Shawn Gooding. Put on your purple and bring a flashlight to Misquamicut Saturday at 7 p.m. to participate if you're in town.

Speaking of lovely, I also had a quick catch-up with the generous and thoughtful Carol Amedeo who was chatting about the Westerly Airport Association's May 3 "New York to Paris Send Off," gala at Ocean House with Nicholas King, Angela Bacari, Lisa Ferraro, Jennifer Christina Holden, and "The Voice" contestant Emily Luther singing songs and playing music of the 1920s. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Westerly Airport Association's Humphrey J. Amedeo Jr. Scholarship Fund. The gorgeous invitations to the gala were designed by WHS grad Bette Gueltzow and are like little works of art. 

Mark your calendars for May 17 at 1:30 p.m. for the official groundbreaking of The United Theatre complex. The whole town has been invited to celebrate the start of construction on the project, which, when completed, will give Westerly a state of the arts performing arts theatre complete with a movie house, arts education center and an events space. Visit unitedtheatre.org

Easter greetings and happy Passover dear readers, and ciao bella!

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