What could you do if you sprained your ankle during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or if you suffer a bad cut? You may feel that the last place you want to visit these days is a hospital. But do you have options? Maybe it’s time to learn more about light therapy. It’s sometimes called low-level lase…

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In recent Westerly Sun editions, letters were published from Ruth Platner and Michael Chambers, members of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA), asking voters to vote yes for the Charlestown budget. Both referenced letters I had written urging Charlestown citizens to vote down the propose…

Everybody dreams of being on “Jeopardy!” one day, right? If you’ve ever thought about making that dream a reality, you’ve probably wondered how contestants prepare. Sure, some players may simply absorb information through everyday life and have a Slumdog Millionaire-like experience, but most…

On Sunday past, three of us wanted to briefly socialize together at Honey Dew with take-out snacks. We were not permitted to sit outside in front of their establishment, so we had our coffees standing by our cars in the back, talking with our masks on. Two employees came out to tell us we we…

Even if your emergency isn’t a life or death situation, the length of time that someone may be experiencing discomfort can be impacted by the time it takes for professional help to arrive. Police, fire and emergency medical service professionals don’t always know the exact location of every …

In 2017, Charlestown defended itself against the Federal Railroad Administration, which planned to bisect our town with a new high-speed track through homes, conservation land, and historic villages. We won that fight largely with hard work and bluster, but we came very close to having to fi…

Since the beginning of the pandemic I have been cooking breakfast for my wife, Lori, every morning. I don’t offer the full-service menu like you find at Olde Tymes Restaurant or Amanda’s Pantry. It’s been either fried eggs or pancakes. Sometimes, I add home fries, bacon or tater tots.

Every May at the Rhode Island State House, legislators, early care and education providers, parents, policymakers and members of the public come together to discuss challenges and advocate for resources to meet the needs of children and families.

The current Town Council majority and Town Councils in the recent past have always had the well-being of all the Town’s residents in mind when making their decisions. They and town residents defeated the train that would have plowed through homes, farms, open space and tribal settlement land…

“U.S. still needs a coronavirus testing strategy” in the May 9 issue of The Sun is more than just frustrating. It’s embarrassingly crazy considering the whole point of our shelter-in-place inactivity freeze was precisely to let a testing strategy run its course as young, healthy Americans, w…

I always envied people who can dance. The movie “Judy” was playing at the cinema last fall, and it got me thinking. I always dreamed of wearing that black tuxedo jacket with black tights, the shoes and a fedora tipped over my forehead.

The Friends of the Charlestown Animal Shelter have raised $175,000 in donations from the public to build an addition to Charlestown’s animal shelter. If the budget passes, they will receive the remaining funds of $400,000 to finish this much-needed addition.

Your article on Avalonia’s Knox Preserve was great, but readers should know Avalonia conserves over 100 properties and more than 4,000 acres in eight towns in southeastern Connecticut. There are 40 tracts in Stonington alone. See our interactive map at https://avalonia.org/map/.

Editor’s note: The South County Chapter of the League of Women Voters will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States this year in a series of monthly columns in The Sun. The amendment, which gave women the right to vote, b…

The 2020-21 Charlestown budget is a responsible use of taxpayer money during a period of uncertainty. Its focus on police pension funding and debt repayment will help keep your future taxes low. The surplus account remains at a healthy 25% level.

We all love our kids. We all want them to be happy, healthy, and successful in life. Nevertheless, life doesn’t always follow the script. For the 2020 senior class of WHS, that is an understatement. The year started off with West Nile Virus and no Friday Night Lights, wound its way through a…

After reading the article in Saturday’s Westerly Sun, “Beach town revolt? Seaside town weighs ignoring virus rules,” I felt a response was necessary. It seems that Narragansett Town Council President, Matthew Mannix, is following the pressure we see from mostly fringe groups in other states …

As we continue to fight COVID-19 as a community and a nation, at times it can be hard to see the future. Never has society seen such a shift in the economy and in the daily way of life like the one we are seeing now. It is important that we come together as citizens of one nation.

I don’t like to pay taxes. Who does? Income tax, property tax, and fire district tax all put a dent in our spendable income. Charlestown’s most common source of income is based on the property tax, calculated on property values. The town has just completed a revaluation of properties as requ…

Charlestown’s low tax rate is the envy of other Rhode Island towns, and yet Kenneth Robbins, in his May 12 letter to The Westerly Sun, urges voters to turn down our budget because he objects to spending any surplus. As is clear in his letter, Mr. Robbins’ objections to the budget are purely …

Readers rejoice! After two long months of closure and our books sitting sad and lonely, we are excited to announce a new service: Library Takeout! Beginning this week, you are once again able to borrow books, movies, music, and audiobooks, and pick them up at the library. Like so many things…

Recently, I was invited to work with a family on behalf of their father, who had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia. Two sons and a daughter were all on board with wanting and needing to know more about what dad was going through, would be going through, and what they would need to do to be…

I was in the grocery store. I tried to pull up my shopping list. I keep it on the memo pad on my phone. I was going to call Lori to see if she had anything to add. For some reason, it wouldn’t let me get on. I was getting a little aggravated.

Thank you, Associated Press, for reporting this story, and for writers Amand Seltz, Barbara Ortutay and David Klapper for opening the conversation on a very complex situation in the piece headlined, “Conspiracy-theory video shows challenges for big tech,” published in The Westerly Sun on Wed…

History repeats itself, and those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it. The truth of those two hackneyed clichés was never more in evidence than at Monday night’s Charlestown Town Council meeting. Last year, the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) was decisively rebuffed by Charlest…

I am a “lucky” cancer patient because my treatment was deemed critical enough to be continued during the pandemic. But, sadly, I am personally aware of a number of friends who are not so lucky. Their treatments/procedures have been halted or canceled during this pandemic. They are suffering …

With the recent outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, it is now more important than ever that the U.S does its part to help developing countries strengthen their global health security. As a supporter and ambassador for the Borgen Project, a nonprofit organization working to make global poverty a …

Finding a new book to read can be a real challenge, especially if you suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) syndrome, like myself. If I’m not hooked within the first few pages, I start thinking “maybe I’m wasting my time and I would like another book better,” and often the anxiety is enough…

The Westerly Sun’s April 29 story titled “Trump to order meat packing plants to remain open” gives a whole new meaning to the Smiths’ impressive “Meat is Murder” 1985 album title.

We know that Smokey Bear is the spokes animal for wildfire prevention, and many people are familiar with Sparky the Fire Dog and his messages about home fire prevention, but have you ever heard of Quinn the Quarantine Fox? Unlike Smokey’s longevity in the public eye, Quinn is new to the publ…

I love a bargain. When I received the flyer from Church Source, Harper Publishing Company’s Christian division, I was right on it. It featured several popular devotionals at heavily discounted prices. I scrolled through the offerings and saw several I liked. There was one called “Devotions f…

Responding to Ms. Van Slyke’s letter on May 2, “Your input is important, Charlestown,” she’s correct, we need to pay closer attention to the budget process, since we’ve seen it play out before where an excess in revenue became a plan nobody wanted except certain members of the council. I urg…

There is no better time for biking. Have you noticed the surge in biking? All the recommendations for managing this unusual time, safely and by the rules, suggest you hop on your bike. May is the perfect time to enjoy the solitude, fresh air and exercise.

If one must explain Trump’s incompetence and lack of empathy issues to someone, likely that someone will never understand. Mr. Sheldon is one of those people. In an earlier letter Mr. Sheldon inaccurately claimed Mr. Robbins lacked reading and comprehension ability. The letter did not prove …

I am a retired Westerly public school teacher, sequestered with much time on my hands and with time to think. My thoughts have turned to children returning to school, and I would like to offer the following suggestions and rationale. Have just two groups return initially: first, those childr…