Seasons Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for our Christmas Eve visit here on the Front Porch where we’re hanging our stockings by the chimney with care, decorating cookies and listening to Christmas carols. May your days be merry and bright and may your homes be filled with frivolity, fun and good cheer!

Speaking of good cheer ... and good news ... let me begin with a warm congratulations to my friend Shawn Lacey who was sworn in, at long last, as Westerly's new chief of police. Best wishes to Shawn, his lovely wife, Darlene, and their beautiful and accomplished daughters, Paige, Amber and Meghan. 

Congratulations to Cathy Moroso Brayman who retired last week as deputy town clerk for elections.

"Love my co-workers, friends, family and so happy to have served the residents of Westerly for 33 years. Now to spend more time with my amazing 9 grandchildren," Cathy posted on Facebook after her town hall colleagues fêted her. Amazing woman. Amazing family. Best of luck to you, Cathy, enjoy your time with Clayton and the kids and all the grands; Giuliet, Ashton, Lucy, Tyler, Rory, Reilly, Adi, Gema and Mayla Love. Cathy once said in her Easy Chair interview that her favorite quote was "Just what you want to be, you'll be in the end," from the Moody Blues song "Knights In White Satin." Love it!

Happy birthday to George "Bunky" Kent who was properly celebrated last week at one of the three Christmas Pops concerts which were, as always extraordinary. 

Happy birthday and Merry Christmas to the stylish Cathy Larsh who was celebrated by her friends last week at a fabulous champagne tea party at the Babcock-Smith House Carriage House. Such an elegant affair! How lovely to spend time with Anne D'Amico, Patty Gentile, Angelina Iacoi, Joan Coon, Mary Foley and the birthday girl and her daughter, Maryanne, and to be served by Docents Carol and Ed Fazio, Tony Smith and others. 

I'm sure it will be a merry Christmas at the John Macomber household this year when John's family gathers to celebrate the season. I spoke with John a few weeks back who was pleased to share the news that his oldest grandson Jonathan, the son of Heidi and Stephen Macomber, both of Westerly, who served as a medic in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan, has an impressive new job. Jonathan, who graduated from Westerly High School and Brown, is now the Military Liaison, for Congressman John Lewis who represents Georgia's 5th Congressional District. The congressman is one of the greatest heroes of the Civil Rights Movement who has "dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community” in America. Quite an honor!

If you are still looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, you might consider buying one of the CDs of poetry set to song that Gunilla Norris put together with help from Frank and Paula Pendola, Barbara Harvey, Natalie Billing and Pamela Zagarenski. The best part? All proceeds are being given the the WARM center, according to WARM director Russ Partridge, who, I am happy to report, is not in a pear tree!

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas and ciao bella!

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