Greetings dear friends and kind readers, and welcome back for another September visit here on the Front Porch where we're feeling grateful for having averted most of the effects of Hurricane Dorian and sending our best to the people in the Bahamas and Carolinas who are dealing with the storm's devastating aftermath.

It was a wise decision made by Charlie Trefes to postpone the trivia event (a fundraiser for the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park with a Westerly 350th theme,) originally scheduled to take place Friday night at the Windjammer until Friday, Sept. 20. And wise as well to push the Wings Over Westerly event to Sunday. Better safe than sorry as they say. The surfers certainly seemed to enjoy Dorian's aftermath, as did the shutterbugs who flocked to the shoreline for photos of the stunning sunsets and surf. The Olympia Tea Room was packed Saturday. So good to see Georgia and Eric Jones, lovely Marsha and jokester Jack, who was in fine form. 

It has certainly been a banner birthday year for members of Westerly's famed Nigrelli family. Back on June 22, Joe Nigrelli Sr. turned 94, and this past weekend, his son, Joey Nigrelli Jr., celebrated the big six-zero. Joe Sr. had a special party in front of the family jewelry shop on High Street with his friend Dave Mann who turned 94 on July 31, and the whole town was invited to stop by and salute the two friends and World War II vets who traveled together on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. back in 2017. Joey celebrated on a weekend cruise to Long Island with his wife Brenda (Binky) and Kathy and Jimmy (Skipper) Traskos. Happy birthday to the Joeys and Dave.

And how about all those wonderful business women of downtown Westerly always willing to pitch in and help one another! From Susan Adams at Herbwise to Joyce, Maria and Anna at Woodmansee's and Woodees, and across the street this cute story from Maria Allen at Bella Vita salon on High Street. Remember back in 2010 when another storm, the surprise Great Flood of 2010 took us all by surprise and devastated riverside businesses including Beauty Hut owned by Elaina Antonino? And remember how Maria welcomed Elaina and her staff into her salon? Well, Maria has done it again. When Elaina decided a few months ago that it was time for her to close up shop, Maria welcomed her back into Bella Vita where you can now find her tending to the coiffs of her clients. Maria has also opened a new blow out bar, a few doors down, that is getting rave reviews!

Congratulations and best of luck to Nicholas Bell, of Mystic, who has served as senior vice-president for curatorial affairs at the Mystic Seaport Museum for the last three years. Nick, who grew up in Vancouver, was recently named the new president and CEO of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Nick, the author and editor of 10 books on art, museums and contemporary culture, and his wife, Allison Bell have three kiddos; Charlotte, Catherine and Henry. Nicholas was also a guest in our Easy Chair series not long ago.

Well, dear readers, it's off to Mithfest! Until next time, ciao bella!

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