Greetings dear friends and kind readers, happy September and welcome back for our Labor Day visit here on the Front Porch, where we're celebrating all workers, getting ready for apple season, football and school, and bidding farewell to our summer friends.

What a full, rich, summer we've had, my dears, and how wonderful it was to raise a glass with neighbors and toast to the beauty and good people we're blessed to be surrounded by! Cheers to Patty and Craig Saunders for the fabulous and refreshing fresh watermelon martinis and the lovely gathering of friends by the pond. 

How amazing that we're already filling our social calendars for a whole new season. Our week ahead has a number of exciting-sounding activities, from Donna Celico's Trivia event at the Windjammer this Friday (a fundraiser for the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park with a Westerly 350th theme), to Carol Amedeo's and the Westerly Airport Association's Wings Over Westerly on Sunday. Before you know it, it will be time for the Columbus Day Parade! But, before I get too far ahead of myself, let me back track to early October.

Make sure to save Thursday, Oct. 3, for the 21st annual Anna Turrisi cooking demonstration. A popular event which typically sells out — there is a 200 person limit — this year's event will feature brothers Brian and Nick Ferraro from Hoof's Restaurant in Pawcatuck, along with chefs Miguel and Manuel Tlatenchi, who will prepare samplings of their Chicken Sorrentino. There will be no tickets issued this year, so make sure to call President Evie Cofone, or send your $15 to The Dante Society ASAP and make Angie Smith smile.

Jumping back to August for a minute, word has it that the big Lathrop Insurance Agency 80th anniversary event held at Lamphear Livery was a perfect summer party, complete with live music, a Behan raw bar and plenty of family, friends and colleagues. The event was held to celebrate "80 Years and Four Generations of service, clients, teammates and community." The firm, founded in 1939 by the late Francis Lathrop, Sr., is run today by his grandson John Lathrop, president of operations, who is married to Cathy; his great-grandson, Dan Lathrop, vice president of operations and "future bearer of the Lathrop torch," who is married to Alli; and grandson-in-law David Anderson, who is married to our Sun colleague, Maggie. Most of the second generation Lathrops were on hand to toast the family company "with deep historical roots reaching back to The Great Hurricane of 1938 and its unique, client-centric approach," including Arthur Lathrop and his wife, Carol, and Betsy Lathrop Baldwin and her husband, Ted.  

There was also an impressive gathering at the Bocce Club recently when roughly 30 former and present Westerly police officers gathered for a reunion. Ret. Lt. Byron Brown, who, at age 80, is the oldest living member of the force said those gathered enjoyed "a good luncheon," while they shared old police stories and discussed plans for a "Police Golf Tournament" in September. Ret. Det. Sgt. Stephen Farago, who Byron said, is "the oldest living police officer alive with time on the force," was unable to attend and very much missed. Here's hoping someone snapped a photo!

Again, happy Labor Day one and all and ciao bella!

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