Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Madonna are just some of the 38 million people nationwide who enjoy knitting and crocheting, according to the Craft Yarn Council. Their recent survey of over 3,000 knitters and crocheters shows that people of all ages are enjoying these crafts, including a hea…

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At some point in time, everyone is going to need a lawyer. Whether you are buying a home, have been injured in an accident, hurt on the job, are evicting a tenant, need a will or, God forbid, are in trouble with the law, the time will eventually come. The question you will then face is how d…

I looked up at my wall and saw the picture. It made me smile. As a big fan of the Star Trek franchise, I had a photo of Captain Kirk standing with his arm around me. We were both smiling and looking like we were best of friends. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. It was 1995. The ph…

On Sept. 22, 2015, the man gets up up and goes about his normal routine with a cup of coffee. He looks at the weather and decides it's another good day for fishing. He leaves the house and goes down to the dock to get his 23-foot center-console powerboat ready to do some fishing. He finishes…

Next Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, generally observed by the wearing of green and the consumption of corned beef and cabbage (and possibly green beer). Here at Westerly Library, there are plenty of resources if you’re interested in all things Irish. We have music CDs featuring Celtic music, D…

Every once in a while, I’m reminded of why I do what I do by the people I’m doing it for. I’m guilty of occasionally forgetting that there are those in the caregiving journey of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, or some other dementia, that really have no clue what they’re dealing with or how to…

My 50th college reunion is coming up this spring, and though it is doubtful I will attend — I’ve yet to attend any kind of reunion — I’ve been contributing stories to and monitoring the college’s online reunion site for the Class of 1969.

RIPTA will be holding a photo I.D. Clinic on Friday, March 29, for those who would like to purchase no fare or reduced fare passes to use for RIPTA or Flex buses. Low income seniors, 65 and older, and handicapped individuals under the age of 65, may purchase two-year passes for $10 so that t…

“It’s up to us to slow the onslaught of plastic litter” is not just “Around New England,” as featured in the March 4 issue of The Sun, but tragically the plastic litter is everywhere, including “some of the most remote parts of the world.”

We are thanking The Sun for last month’s letter making its way into the news (back then, it was Valentine’s Day being highlighted). Now, we have the good green luck to be honoring another traditional soul: St. Patrick’s Day. This subject matter touches us all lovingly, because each one of us…

My daughter and I set off for the Magic Kingdom. I plugged in the destination to Waze, my GPS navigation software, and we were ready to go. The receptionist at the hotel said we were only 15 minutes from there. As we sped down Route 192 toward Kissimmee, the GPS alerted us that we were to ta…

On Feb. 5, 2019, the U.S. Senate passed SB-1, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, in a bipartisan vote of 77-23. Jack Reed voted against this bill, while Sheldon Whitehouse voted with the majority.

In his letter of March 3, Jay Lustgarten calls for scrapping the Electoral college. While it is a rather odd and convoluted system, it solves some problems. Because of the prevailing fear of an overly powerful and repressive central government, the writers of he Constitution very wisely left…

A dedicated committee has been hard at work for six years to bring a dog park to fruition in Richmond.  We have received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement that reinforces the committee’s efforts and recommendations that this is a positive project for the community. 

I had the great fortune to visit France several months ago. I absolutely fell in love with the culture, landscape, and history of the country. With the help of an audiobook, “Total French” with Michel Thomas, I did my best to learn how to say some extremely important phrases like “I would li…

Every few months, at zero dark thirty, T.F. Green Airport is transformed into a dramatic patriotic scene with firefighter escorts, police honor guards, Scout troops, and cheering spectators.

For decades, local lore had it that the house at 220 North Water St. in Stonington, next to Don’s Dock Marina, was of a curious and possibly unique pedigree in town: It was selected from a Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog in the 1920s and shipped, in thousands of pieces, here by train.

The Substance Use Policy, Education, and Recovery PAC is pleased to stand with Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha in support of the reclassification of simple possession of controlled substances. Mass incarceration stemming from the "War on Drugs" has destroyed lives and communities…

The editorial “To make your point, meet the candidates early in N. Hampshire” in the Feb. 24th issue of The Westerly Sun shines a light on personal political engagement, encouraging voters not to engage in secondhand news. Amen, as we struggle to overcome second-rung 2016 results that provid…

The Board of Finance over the past 15-plus years has strived to keep property tax increases generally in line with the level of inflation. It was a matter of fundamental fairness; that is, to ensure tax increases did not exceed the growth in our citizens’ incomes, and especially to protect m…

In response to the Feb. 25 letter to the editor "Solar is much better for the bottom line in Hopkinton," by Dorothy Gardiner: Dorothy, I agree with you, our town council did not do what is best for Hopkinton or the Hopkinton comprehensive plan.

New York's political leaders have stirred the moral conscience of the nation in passing the nation's most far-reaching pro-abortion law and then celebrating the killing of unborn children up to and including the day of delivery. As shocking as it is, we shouldn't be surprised. This is the ne…

This is in regards to Dorothy Gardiner's letter of Monday, Feb. 25, titled "Solar is much better for the bottom line in Hopkinton." As one of the three town council members in Hopkinton who voted against Brushy Brook in a 3-2 vote, I do not plan to vote against my original position on the Br…

A father who recently lost his job … a single mother who is having trouble juggling work and affordable care for her children … a household dealing with an unexpected long-term medical expense. For many Rhode Island families in financial difficulty, possibly in your own community, the cold t…

Recently an effort was made in Congress to honor all members of our public safety team with a single day called “First Responders Day” on Oct. 28. It never came out of committee in the House. Many states have set aside days for this honor, but they have low visibility and are usually known o…

Over the past year, I have seen an increase in the amount of roadkill. I feel most of these are either due to inattentiveness and/or reckless driving that causes the driver to not see the animal's life they are about to take. 

Regarding the article "Stores want W. Broad St. trees gone" in The Westerly Sun, hearing trees scapegoated as thwarting business development is not something I would expect in coastal New England. And while I understand the annoyance of having cameras and signs blocked, it's the cameras and …

Rushie Vilane from the Woonsocket P-TECH program plans to be the first in her family to go to college. Christopher Bove from Middletown High School called the PrepareRI Internship the most rewarding experience of his life. Thanks to her coursework in computer science, Tatyana Frost at The Me…

I want to thank the four Hopkinton members of the Chariho School Committee on attending the Hopkinton Town Council meeting on Tuesday, February 19. I suggested having them attend, and it was productive, even though we may not have been in agreement. So I publicly through this forum thank Geo…

I was unable to attend the Wednesday, Feb. 20, discussion meeting in the Westerly Council chambers concerning the beach traffic and trash problems and did want to share some possible ideas to try and solve these issues. Further, I support the increase of fees, but only for the sole purpose o…

Lately I feel like I have needed the library more than ever. I am planning a family reunion for this summer and have used the library as a resource for books regarding organizing family events as well as books about how to deal with difficult people. The books on home remedies for headaches …

I had always thought that a town council would be devoted to finding solutions to problems, especially rising taxes. I was wrong! The recent denial of two solar farms, commercial projects on rezoned RFR-80 land as per our comprehensive plan, have brought their sorry act to light.

Many residents who stop by their local fire stations are surprised to discover how many different people serve as volunteer firefighters. You may be just as surprised to learn who the volunteer firefighters are in your community. The departments that represent the Rhode Island Southern Firef…

International Women’s Day will be observed on March 8. Around the world, special events will celebrate the cultural, social, political and economic achievements of women. However, this last area — economic progress — is one that still causes concern, and rightfully so, because women still fa…

There are certain things that make me nauseous. I’m almost ashamed to say this, as someone who’s been living in Rhode Island for 32-plus years, much less in the Westerly area, but ... the smell of garlic throws my gag reflex right into high gear.

Thank you for the 1-2 punch in the Jan. 29 paper, “Time for a Green New Deal in R.I.” followed by the Feb. 14 “In Germany, the Green New Deal works.” It’s tempting to dismiss the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (comprising the world’s best climate scientists guided by objectiv…

Due to the popularity of  Soup & Chowder Night last year, George Routhier will be cooking and preparing Soup & Chowder Night again this year. On March 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., he will be serving clam fritters with Rhode Island, New England, and Manhattan chowder. Advance-sale ticket…

I would like to thank Mike Latham for his articulate letter “Who will stand to Defend the Defenseless” in Wednesday’s Westerly Sun. His cogent anti-abortion comments question how a nation like ours has come to support what he considers to be an evil law, and practice. Indeed, this is a serio…

The national debate regarding abortion-on-demand rages on unabated; however, very recently, some of the abortion supporters have endorsed a degree of barbarity into the matter not witnessed since the recorded barbarity of the Nazi holocaust. In a word, it is called infanticide, or the killin…

On a recent morning  I was looking out my kitchen window while doing the dishes when I spotted a barred owl sitting atop the stump of a tree. What a thrill to see him sitting peacefully in the early morning … until two red-tailed hawks started dive-bombing him! I sat at the window with my cu…