Greetings dear friends and kind readers and welcome back for our annual Fourth of July week visit here on the Front Porch where we are feeling quite patriotic in our red, white and blue as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day 2019.  

Let's begin our new week with warm, welcoming hugs to two far away babes, and best wishes for some beautiful newlyweds. Teddy Bears are on the way west to the state of Oregon and south to the island of Grand Cayman.

In Oregon the Teddy Bear is for Brooke Marie Augeri, the first child for Megan (Hoffart) and Christopher Augeri, and first granddaughter for Sal and Elaine Augeri, of Westerly. Sal, the much-admired former coach and superintendent of Westerly Schools, and Elaine, who for many years had a chic shop called Level One, have two grandsons, Troy and Sam, sons of Cynthia and Sal Jr. Chris is the director of venues and operations for Portland State University's conference services, and Megan and her family own and operate Douglas Farm, a fourth generation family farm on Sauvie Island that's been in operation since the early 1940s. Welcome Brooke  and congratulations to all!

Now to Grand Cayman, where a Teddy Bear is on the way to Adelaide June Smith, the daughter of Susannah Snowden-Smith and her husband Don Smith. Baby Adelaide,who was born on May 7 and weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, is named for her maternal great grandmother, the late Adelaide Snowden, the original owner of Holiday House (the big famous white house on Bluff Avenue situated on the summit of Watch Hill),  and her paternal great grandmother, June Smith. Susannah, readers may remember, was a longtime Sun photographer who remains a good friend to many. She lives locally along with her mom, Ann, and her five sisters. Baby Adelaide is Ann Snowden's ninth grandchild.

Felicitations to Colleen Vecoli and Chris Anderson, son of David and Maggie (our well-loved Sun colleague) Anderson, of Westerly, who were married Friday at St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church in Pawtucket with a lovely celebration held afterwards at a Newport Vineyards reception in Middletown. Tom Anderson was best man for his brother and Lauren and Erin Vecoli were the maids of honor for their sister. 

Thanks to Caroline Maynard for sharing news about the WARM Center's chance to earn $10,000 via the Red Sox Foundation's Impact Award. The team's charitable arm will award a grant to one Rhode Island non-profit organization, "that has demonstrated an impact on improving health and wellness outcomes in their community." Let's all cast a vote! Visit mlb.com/redsox/community/impact-awards/form.

Speaking of the Sox and fundraising, Westerly resident Gary Collins will be running the 2019 Run to Home Base event on July 27. A program of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, it's the first partnership of its kind in the nation between an academic medical center and a Major League Baseball team, established with a mission to heal the invisible wounds for veterans, service members and their families through clinical care, wellness, education and research. For more information, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/garycollins12

Happy Fourth of July dear readers, stay safe, watch that traffic and ciao bella!

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