As the town will be replacing the heating and ventilation system at the senior center this week, there will be adjustments to the center schedule. The back half of the building will be closed as units will be places through the ceiling. Everyone will be entering through the front of the buil…

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I’m writing a Letter to the Editor in hopes you can share mine and my children’s sincere appreciation for and thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make the May 8th fundraiser in memory of Angelo Turano at the Westerly Yacht Club such an overwhelming success!

Have you ever met an angel? I’m sure you have. You may not have realized it at the time. They may have looked just like an EMT, an old friend, or even a priest. You see angels come in all shapes and sizes. The key to recognizing an angel is to note the fact that they always show up when you …

There are two major reasons why I am disappointed with the decisions of the Town Council to cut the education budget. One reason is that our children are our future, and we handicap them and our town’s future when we underfund their education.

The May 8th commentary titled “Gullible’s travels starring President Trump” makes some good points, but also makes a fundamentally flawed one that demands correction. Exhausting fact-checkers who might have jumped ship April 30th, what started out as misleading statements proceeding to false…

Do you ever feel out of touch with the town you are living in? Or, have you ever moved to a new home and felt lonely and isolated, longing for some kind of connection with your new neighbors? Well, if either of those circumstances applies to you, you are in luck! Westerly Library and Wilcox …

“Nearly 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition,” the National Alliance on Mental Illness stated in 2014. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "20 veterans die by suicide each day.” And, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminis…

A few weeks ago my husband and I attended a community event at one of our area’s most wonderful treasures, the Westerly Armory, an event that attracted several hundred people. As we were sitting at the table, sipping our wine while awaiting dinner, Steve came over to greet us, he a member of…

Stonington residents M.J. Brush, an artist, and her husband, Alan H. Brush, retired professor of physiology and neurobiology at the University of Connecticut, went south with both their passions and their 33-foot Cape Dory cutter to produce a decidedly handsome and insightful book about one …

Think of earth like a human body with blood and organs and creatures — the cells — that make up the body. To remain healthy, the body needs for all cells to work properly. Now think of humans as a group of cells that figured out ways (mutated) to flourish beyond their limits. They have begun…

I spent last weekend at the duck races talking to our neighbors about protecting the right to abortion. I had many wonderful conversations. I also talked to some people who were uncertain about the need to take action, so I wanted to share my take on the urgency to pass a bill this year.

The Richmond Town Council will be overstepping its bounds if members vote to pass the “Second Amendment Sanctuary Town” resolution. Proponents of this movement, which has been spurred by extremist groups including “Patriot Prayer,” encourage local law enforcement not to enforce gun-safety, b…

She told me that she wasn’t trying to take my mother’s place. She only wanted to be my friend. I was 13 years old and still trying to deal with the fact that my mom and dad were divorced. I was holding onto the dream that they might get back together. The problem was that my mom was a lost s…

I hope interested Hopkinton citizens attend the annual Financial Town Assembly tonight at 7:30 at the town hall. This meeting will include discussion by the public on the 2019-20 town budget. In addition, a warrant item dealing with trees determined to be the most dangerous and that should b…

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the US. Cystic fibrosis is the most common genetic disorder, affecting 70,000 people worldwide, including 30,000 Americans. This brutal disease causes a buildup of mucus in the organs, particularly the lungs and digestive system. Those who live with …

Last week there was a crew of at least 6 workers with four trucks and a police detail patching pot holes on Route 78 East in Westerly. No less than one week later, another crew came along and ground down that asphalt to make way for a new road surface.

Since January of 2018, a group of us have been meeting in the library to write together. Some people who make it Saturday mornings at 10:30 to share work, prompts, and discussions about our favorite books are also published authors, whose expertise we greatly appreciate! The Adult Writers Wo…

Every 10 minutes, a patient is added to the organ transplant waiting list without any idea of how long that wait will be. If you’re lucky, you might receive an organ that day. But for most, it’s highly possible you will be waiting for years. Look down at your driver’s license. Around 45% of …

2019 marks a legislative session here in Rhode Island where we can make significant inroads in addressing the health crisis we face with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. There are over 23,000 individuals with the disease and over 53,000 caregivers that provided countless hours of care and s…

Every 10 minutes, a patient is added to the organ transplant waiting list without any idea of how long that wait will be. If you’re lucky, you might receive an organ that day. But for most, it’s highly possible you will be waiting for years. Look down at your driver’s license. Around 45% of …

With the weather having been so cold and rainy lately, it’s perfect weather for soup. The senior center will be holding a Soup Night on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. with four types of soup: pizza, potato, French onion, and Italian wedding. Bread and crackers, coffee, tea, and dessert wil…

One question that residents often ask is why firetrucks and police cars respond when 911 is called for a medical emergency. It does not make sense to them to send a firetruck with hoses and ladders when someone is having a medical emergency.  Uncertainty surrounding the actual problem or com…

While reading the Westerly Sun today, I realized that spring and silly season have aligned. I know it is spring because the Sun delivered flyers in the paper advertising lawn and garden products. I know it is silly season because the Sun’s Letters to the Editor featured Phil Gingerella with …

There is exceptionally good news for taxpayers in the Charlestown town budget. The budget is projected to have no tax increase. In addition, there is $3,095,000 available for a community/recreation/senior center in the budget.

The instructor said, “If it happens once, it can happen again.” I was in a traffic safety course as part of my chaplaincy training for the local police and fire departments. In the video there was a one-car accident. The vehicle was sitting in the median between two busy roads. There were se…

“Mass. House must face the music for its gutting of drug price measure” is the headline on the commentary page of the Tuesday, April 30, Sun. The fact that nobody wants to face is that the high price of drugs in this country is the direct result of government policy.

On Monday, May 6, the taxpayers of Charlestown will have an opportunity to speak about the tentative budget brought forward by the Budget Commission. We should all be thankful that this commission, along with the town hall staff, has kept the town’s budget in line with expenses, which should…

The April 24th headline news “Town is 12th in R.I. to ban single use plastic bags” is a nice Earth Day present as we realize that one day a year on April 22 may not be enough to save life on this planet. Grass-roots activism from the bottom up is the best kind as we head in the “leave no tra…

For those of you who may not remember or weren’t around in the run-up to Obamacare passing, Jay Lustgarten was the local “expert” on that subject. Time and time again he filled the editorial pages of The Sun with how great Obamacare was going to be. How did that work out, Jay?

This pertains to the growing movement around the country to pass legislation banning “single-use grocery bags,” including, more recently, in our local towns of Westerly and Stonington [“Westerly council adopts ordinance banning single-use plastic bags,” Westerly Sun of April 24]. It’s my bel…

In the last 10 years, from 2008 to 2018, Hopkinton’s tax mil rate went from 19.38 to 20.07 — a 63-cent raise over a decade. In 2019, we had to increase the mil rate to 20.80 — 73 cents in only one year. This is expected to continue with the addition of Land Trust bonds, road and infrastructu…

Eric Bibler sure likes to bash those supporting solar array development. He probably made his fortunes on fossil fuel stocks. He can afford to have two homes, one for work and one for his peaceful retreats. Perhaps we lifelong resident taxpayers of Hopkinton have to be even louder than he ha…

On Monday, May 6, the Charlestown Town Council will be holding a hearing on the new budget proposal. One significant issue is a roughly $3 million surplus due, in large part, to the reduced enrollment of Charlestown students in the Chariho regional school district. On April 19, 2019, George …

The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the singsong voices of vendors selling peanuts and Crackerjack ...it’s baseball season again! I was born and raised in the Boston area. My grandfather was a lifelong Red Sox fan and took me to my first game when I was about seven years old. Later,…

To Will Petts: A few weeks ago you wrote a letter to this newspaper telling us you were a fourth-grade student in Charlotte, N.C, and your class was going to have a State Fair to get to know different states in the United States. What a wonderful idea! You chose Rhode Island ... an even bett…

I remember it like it was yesterday. He was so excited. My friend, Greg, had just returned from the Boston Red Sox fantasy camp. He gave me blow-by-blow details of how he managed to pull something by diving for a ball hit by one of his heroes. He said the best part was sitting around with a …

The idea of using taxpayers extra money to build another recreational center in Ninigret Park is ludicrous. There is a beautiful building in the park that is not being used to its potential. Many people are not aware of the many activities that are offered each week.