Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back to our final August 2019 visit here on the Front Porch where we're still marveling at the glorious weather and the many amazing activities held over the weekend, most of all, the amazing 350th Old Tyme Fair, held all day Saturday in Wilcox Park, which was simply superb.
Congratulations to Paul Donahue, chair of the Olde Tyme Fair Committee (so dapper in his top hat) and to all members of the Westerly 350th Anniversary Committee — and happy birthday Lisa Konicki! — for their extraordinary efforts in arranging such an extravaganza of a celebration! What fun to catch up with so many friends and to twist and shout in the park to the fab music played by Beatles tribute band, Britishmania, with Helen and Lido Mochetti, and to chat with Steve and Michelle Iacoi and their two amazing children; Sydney, a senior at Emmanuel College in Boston, and Andrew, who is working for the Westerly PD this summer.
We're sending love and a Teddy bear to baby Vincent Louis Sammataro, who was born on Aug. 18 in Alexandria, Virginia. Vincent is the first child for Matthew and Rosy (Chamoun) Sammataro, of Woodbridge, Virgina, and the first grandson for Peggy (Mahhhhgreeeeeet!) and Squeak Sammataro, of Westerly, and Tony and Ghada Chamoun. Matthew, a 2003 Westerly High School grad, is the brother of Amanda Sammataro-Barrelli, who, with her husband, Chris Barelli, has two adorable daughters, Emma and Nora. Squeak, readers will remember, is the chef in charge of those fabulous Friday night dinners at the Elks Club, where Peggy is the pie maker.
Whether you call her Nonnie, Zitzi Bee, Aunt Millie, mother, neighbor, cousin or friend, make sure to wish Millie Fusaro a happy 98th birthday! Millie, the mother of John Fusaro Jr. and Gerry McVeigh, mother-in-law of Marge Fusaro, and grandmother of Kyle Fusaro, Brent Fusaro, Frank Abate Jr., and Devan, Audra and Justine McVeigh, retired several years back from Angelo's Fish & Chips on Oak Street (once a Westerly institution), where she worked with her sister, Virginia Giorno, for 45 years.
What a terrific time we had last week at Jeannie McWilliams Blasberg's book launch celebration for her new novel, "The Nine," at the Ocean House author series. How good it was to catch up with so many friends and book lovers (like Mary Beth Liguori, Ann Snowden Johnson and Joan Patton) who packed the room to hear Jeannie talk about her book and the Westerly Memoir Project. Learn more Tuesday at Savoy Bookshop and Café!
Class of 1979 Chariho grads, remember that your 40th class reunion is Friday, Sept. 13, at the Westerly Yacht Club and the wonderful Kim Anderson Tracey is in charge of organizing, so send an email to her at KAT332461@gmail.com for more information.
And Sandra Vitterito, niece of the aforementioned Zitzi Bee, told me that the Westerly High School Class of 1958 is holding its 61st reunion at the Bocce Club on Sept. 7 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sandra said the reunion, being organized thanks to the committee members Jack, Dave, Bill, Lorraine, Roberta, Sally, Peggy, Cassandra, Jackie and Brenda, will be a pot luck, so make sure to bring a salad, side or dessert to share, but that clam chowder, clam cakes and wings will also be served. Tickets are $15 apiece and checks can be sent to David Crandall, 201 Klondike Road in Charlestown or by contacting Brenda Pukas at email@example.com.
Well, dear readers, enjoy these last days of August, and ciao bella!