December is disappearing before our eyes, and 2019 will be here before we know it. That being said, there are still 2 weeks left in this year, so there’s no need to give up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet! Here are a few things that you can do before 2018 ends to help kick off the new yea…

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The 2018 Westerly Sun People’s Forum has become “Zombie Times” after the Dec. 9 letter, “Guns don’t kill people. You need a human for that,” which mirrors Mike Latham’s April 13 answer to the 2017 statistic of 109 daily gun deaths (39,773 gun deaths per 365 days, per the CDC) as explained in…

The holiday season is in full swing at the Westerly Senior Center with this week being the last full week until the week of Jan. 6. Floor and table shuffleboard will be held this week and then restarting on Jan. 8. The center will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 so that ou…

As far as I know Charlestown has never officially decided to have a bike path. There has never even been a public discussion of the concept. This week the Charlestown town council postponed a discussion on another bike path feasibility study which cost taxpayers $27,000. We should have a ref…

I didn't really feel like working out. Nonetheless I was up and out the door and on my way to the YMCA. I had already determined that it was going to be a short morning. I was going to hop on the treadmill for 15 minutes and then head home for a shower. I had a ton of excuses for why I could…

Unlike most of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" designees since 1927, we can be certain none of those featured this year on that iconic, red-framed cover wanted to be there.

The holidays are about giving in so many ways. We give presents, share homemade cookies or pumpkin bread (or insert your holiday baking specialty here), and spend time with family and friends. People gather to sing songs, watch tree lightings, and share a cocoa and some holiday cheer. If you…

I was among those who filled out the Hopkinton Comprehensive Plan survey during our last major update. My survey response can be summarized as "keep Hopkinton rural." This does not mean freeze things where we are. We face new challenges. Staying rural is going to take a lot of change.

On Monday, Dec. 10, the Town Council will hold a public hearing regarding the "Concept Feasibility Study for Phase I of a Coastal Route Bikeway, from Ninigret Park to Matunuck Schoolhouse Road." The plan is available on the town's website, www.charlestownri.org. It is located on the home pag…

I recently completed the Citizens’ Police Academy program. It is an eight-week, once-a-week, two-hour session that seeks to create a better connection between the Westerly Police Department and us, the citizens of Westerly.

I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I had just come back from visiting my father. I know I shouldn’t be saying this. It sounds so vain. After all, I’m no prize to look at. What struck me though was the fact that I could see my father in my reflection. He and I have the same eyes and mouth…

    President George H. W. Bush’s death is notable. It seems nowadays presidents living to age 90 is not unusual. John Adams was the first, dying in 1826, and the second Herbert C. Hoover in 1964.

      Sen. Elaine J. Morgan is fighting hard for our state, which we all know is in a very bad disarray. Sen. Morgan passes on information to us constantly about how our state is spending money foolishly.

      Six years ago, just about this time of year, I attended a holiday gift show at a school in Exeter-West Greenwich. Wandering around, I stopped at the booth for the Exeter Animal Shelter. They had elected not to bring animals to the show where they might easily have been overwhelmed, but they …

      November 11, 2018, marked the centennial of the signing of the World War I Armistice. It also marked the 100th anniversary of women in the military. Across our great nation numerous ceremonies were held in remembrance of these two historic events.

        On Thanksgiving day, Christ (Episcopal) Church, Westerly, held a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for any person who came to share, partake, and enjoy together giving thanks to God for his bounty. The meal was very good, well prepared and plentiful. Many attended and piano music filled the dining …

          The headline “Supporters of Ecuadorian immigrant block fed building” in Saturday’s Westerly Sun highlights yet another mess from our immigration laws. People often say that America was built by immigrants. That is true, but that was a different world — before socialism and the welfare state.

          I had to laugh. My friend John said, “It’s a teeny, weenie part. There are only a few line to memorize. Will you help me out?” Like a fish grabbing the bait, I was hooked. The play was being produced by Luis Pabon. His kids always put on a great show. Besides, it was a benefit for the Tommy …

          At some point, even the healthiest and most independent among us may face a period of incapacity, be it from illness, injury or even old age. There may very well come a time when you can no longer handle your own business and financial affairs due to incapacity or incompetency, whether perma…

          Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January when families gather, homes sparkle, and travel spikes. Distracted drivers, holiday decorations, candles, and cooking all contribute to an increased number of accidents and fires.  Your local firefighters urge …

          Rose says she goes there every chance she gets to see the pole. It makes her feel good, gives her a sense of peace. That warms my heart, but even though I view her action and feeling positively, I can’t see where a pole is going to make a shred of difference in the big picture of things.

          Perspective. It is a matter of where you are and what you are engaged in at any given time. I saw a meme on Facebook today. It was from a page called Inspiring Quotes. A woman was sitting with a cup of coffee. It read, “When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is tha…

            Your Nov. 18 editorial “Hold politicians accountable to release common sense information” has a “run before you walk” feel, considering Rudy Giuliani (Donald Trump’s personal lawyer) declaring in August that “truth isn’t truth.” What is the value of “politicians’ common-sense information” wh…

              This is in response to the letter of Ed Walsh of Charlestown, titled “Thank you to Jennifer Douglas,” in The Sun on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. As a champion of Sen. Elaine J. Morgan, of our 34th Senatorial district, I think the following should be considered.

                My sincere thanks to the voters of Charlestown for their vote of confidence. I look forward to continuing to represent all the citizens of our beautiful town in the coming two years on the Town Council. Your participation and comments are always welcome.

                The radio stations have been playing Christmas carols for weeks now, and department stores have had holiday decorations and gifts on display since approximately July, so it’s easy to forget that we are not even through November yet! Thanksgiving is now only a few days away, though, which mea…

                  In Jay Lustgarten’s letter to the editor, “Why the economy might not feel so great,” in The Westerly Sun on Friday, Nov. 16, he laments the “millions of paycheck-to paycheckers' limping along.” That is a sentiment shared by many economists.

                  Like everyone, you want to retire comfortably without worrying about running out of money. That’s why you should consider every available source of income for your retirement years. One such source might be a fixed annuity, but is it right for you?

                  We circled the parking garage. The car had to be right around the next corner.  It was like something right out of a Seinfeld episode. We thought we remembered exactly where we had parked. The car wasn't there. We walked around and around. Then I started laughing. I felt like George Costanza.

                    I am responding to the commentary “Fire Gifford-Jones for vaccination column!” by Dr. W. Gifford-Jones that ran in the Westerly Sun on Tuesday, Nov. 13. In it, he defends an earlier commentary, “What you may not know about vaccines,” that appeared in the Westerly Sun on Tuesday, Oct. 23, whe…

                      About a week before the recent elections, we had a visit from Jennifer Douglas, the Democratic candidate for the District 34 senate seat. She was knocking on doors to introduce herself to folks in our area of Charlestown. We didn’t know much about Jennifer but after the 15 plus minutes she s…