After a very wet first half of the month, the Dog Days of Summer have certainly arrived. The phrase refers to the fact that Sirius, a.k.a. the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the sky this time of year (not counting our sun). Whether you choose to spend these weeks lazing on the beach or s…

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As I compose this on Thursday, July 23, I still have not been responded to by Ms. Linda Lyall, Chariho School Committee chair, on putting on the agenda the two resolutions dealing with critical race theory. I have emailed her and addressed the Chariho School Committee with that request. One …

National Purple Heart Day, observed each year to remember the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate price in defense of our great nation, will be observed on Saturday, Aug. 7. This year, Purple Heart Day will begin with the dedication of the Rhod…

Few sentences can upend one’s life more than “I want a divorce.” Blessedly, after 42 years of marriage, I have yet to hear these words. Instead, my domestic harmony was ruptured by this recent declaration of my husband: “I bought a rowing machine.”

I got in the car and headed off to church. When I got to the stop sign at the end of our street, I glanced at the instrument panel. That’s when I noticed the number 53.5 on the miles per gallon gauge. I drive a Toyota Prius. So the number didn’t come as a total surprise. It’s just that I had…

In December 2016 I traveled from Rhode Island to Connecticut to a meeting at the Old Lyme Town Hall where one of Connecticut’s U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal, promised to do everything in his power to stop the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan for the “Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass,”…

I would like to respond to Mr. Coppo’s letter, “Kids, there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” but I’d like to preface my response with a quote from former Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who died a year ago. “Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid t…

Mae West, the American movie star who rarely lacked for lifestyle advice, once conceded, “When in doubt, take a bath.” She didn’t have a forest setting in mind. But did you know that forest bathing might be just as therapeutic as a soak in the suds?

The Summer Olympics are finally beginning this Friday, a full year after their intended start date of July 24, 2020. Suffice to say, both athletes and fans are more than ready for the action to begin. The games are held in Tokyo this year, and while no in-person spectators will be allowed, a…

Hopkinton Town Council member Scott Bill Hirst stated in his letter to the editor that appeared in The Westerly Sun on July 10, 2021, “Improvement arguably perhaps can be made in better relations in our region, but ignoring positive current and past history is not helpful.”

Remember the 1976 Academy Award-winning movie, “Network?”It burst onto the big screen attacking TV news, ratings, and what the quest for same does to the people who are watching. Along the way it picked up a whole host of awards for writing, direction, and acting, and made famous the signatu…

Hailed by Time magazine as “a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship,” Michael Burlingame, who lives on Masons Island in Stonington, has attracted headlines and challenging reviews with his most recent book: “An American Marriage: The Untold story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd,” published…

Students in Westerly will be more successful if they are encouraged to succeed through their own efforts. They will graduate if they have the grades to graduate. The only one who can block graduation is yourself, not some faux oppression or law that allegedly creates inequality. Access to em…

Today as I cleaned my cereal bin I decided to combine all the cereals in one box. Raisin Bran, Cheerios and granola. You have several boxes of uneaten cereal — a spoonful of this, a spoonful of that. And, if you open your freezer, there is a carton of ice cream with perhaps one cup left. Can…

FORE! For many of us, this simple word means only one thing: Duck! Hide your head out of fear of a small yet hard white projectile falling like a meteor. Suddenly, your leisurely day on the links is interrupted by the chance of a speeding golf ball meeting your head. Though the odds are undo…

Where do you find joy? Do you remember the Sunday School song, "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart?" Every verse got a little faster and harder. It was fun to sing. You couldn't help but have a smile on your face as you sang about that deep abiding joy that comes from knowing t…

We are very blessed in Westerly to have a retirement/assisted living/ memory care residence here. My mother was a resident in The Elms since January 2020. From the moment we went to tour the facility to the moment when she passed on, we were treated like family. Most importantly, my mother w…

I have read much about critical race theory and much of it in The Sun. I have tried to understand what Mr. Chiaradio and other CRT critics offer besides their disdain for CRT. They offered no proof of their claims. I have read the petition. Thankfully, the School Committee rejected it.

Mr. Robert Chiaradio correctly stated in a letter to the editor in the July 8 issue of The Westerly Sun that the National Education Association recently supported the teaching of critical race theory (CRT). This happened when the NEA passed New Business Item 39 during its yearly conference, …

Having a good debate about matters of your health is not a bad thing. As has been said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” But recently, having a difference of opinion has become too closely associated with the polarized pol…

Many of us find ourselves constantly on the go this time of year. Busy though it may be, I personally find it a very welcome change in comparison to last year! Whether you’re driving the kids to various camps and activities, taking a long-overdue vacation, or simply laying on the beach with …

My children have long been graduated from the local public school system as well as URI, so I will not pretend to know what is being taught these days in our public school systems with regard to CRT, which is the hot topic among many. I’m sure like most adversarial topics it falls somewhere …

Kindness is definitely still alive and well in Westerly. Many thanks are being sent out to the lovely ladies who secretly treated us to lunch at Guytanno’s on Wednesday afternoon. You had left before we could thank you, but it was such a lovely gesture, and it really made our day! We will de…

My God, the way we tiptoe around words and titles! Almost afraid to say what it is we mean, we instead substitute cute little names rather than coming out and just saying it. I’m not sure why we do this, but in some cases, we think the names we come up with are absolutely adorable or highly …

Being a leader in Hopkinton both as a member of the Hopkinton Town Council and chairing the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee are among the things that keep me occupied. Chairing the local Republican party in Hopkinton automatically makes me a member of the Rhode Island Republican State Ce…

I realized early on in my administrative career that there are a world of informal dementia caregivers that need to learn and understand more. Even professional caregivers, e.g. doctors, nurses and CNAs, don’t receive the kind of training they should, and I can promise you that “on-the-job t…

I have to confess that when I walked by the clock I had never heard of either William Clement or Robert Hooke. I was just thinking that the clock must have stopped. The hands on its face read 7:30 and it was well past 9 p.m. I quickly realized it wasn’t a case of time standing still. The pen…

Though I am a Charlestown resident, I read the articles in The Westerly Sun that discuss issues concerning Westerly on the assumption Westerly’s problems of today will become Charlestown’s problems of tomorrow. Lately, I have been following the short-term rental issue. Mr. Paulhus’s letter t…

Mr. James Mageau’s June 28 letter to the editor titled “Any teacher teaching CRT should be fired” contains a number of errors about critical race theory and American history. CRT has nothing to do with promoting the use of gender-neutral pronouns nor does it seek “to dissuade the recognizabl…

Now that the National Education Association has made no bones about its support for the teaching of critical race theory in our nation’s schools, what say you Westerly Teachers Association? Do you echo the NEA’s feelings regarding the indoctrination of our kids, while teaching them to hate t…

The Charlestown Town Council requested that the chair of each commission submit a report summarizing the previous year’s projects and detailing the upcoming year’s activities. As chair of the Planning Commission, this was my response for the period June 2020 to June 2021:

As a Charlestown native and one of the founders of the Charlestown Ambulance Corps, it’s easy to express to you how disappointed and insulted my husband, Mr. Peter Richards, is that he did not receive an invitation to the 50th anniversary celebration on June 26. He didn’t even know about it …

Several weeks ago I ventured on a guided bird walk hosted by the Audubon Society at Arcadia Management Area. It lasted about two hours and it was loads of fun! The best part for me was not seeing the birds (though that was very cool), it was taking the time to stop and take in nature and jus…

The past year has been challenging, but thanks to the generosity of community members who donated time, goods, and services to our recent fundraiser, we are full of Hope. The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs Women’s Club of South County is dedicated to improving life locally through volun…

Aunt Harriet was a good woman. Maybe even the favorite relative of most of the family because she minded her own business, always had a smile on her face, and remembered everyone on their birthday.

Over the last few weeks I have gone rogue. Since my birthday, life has been a piece of cake... one right after the other. I’ve had so much cake in the last two weeks that my tummy is starting to resemble a bowl of batter. I’m like butter on a roll. I haven’t found a piece of cake that I don’t like.

On June 7, something occurred in Charlestown which received very little press and/or notoriety. The town budget, which had been in process for six months, passed by a majority of 86% voting to approve. This is truly an affirmation of the excellent work being done by the Budget Commission, th…

After reading “Councilors debate right approach to short-term rental issues” (June 23), I just had to respond. It was with great concern that I read that our town councilors are considering a pervasive undermining of our current zoning regulations to offer a back-door authorization of short-…

In response to Mr. David Madden’s letter to the editor titled, “Critical race theory seeks to call out racism,” dated June 21, Mr. Madden’s diatribe is a blatant misrepresentation of the truth and avoids explaining the true objective of CRT training.

As I read about the efforts by people in Westerly, and around the country, to stop what they call “critical race theory” from being taught in our public schools, as reported by Dale Faulkner in Friday’s Westerly Sun, I am becoming increasingly confused. It seems that the proponents of this e…

How would you like to have a cart full of healthy foods and still save money? Anyone who does the grocery shopping will tell you, it is more expensive to buy the ingredients for a healthy diet like vegetables, nuts, fruit and fish than the refined grains, processed prepared foods and meats o…

My taste for books has been all over the map lately. Over the past month, I’ve gone from “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles (historical fiction) to “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail” by Scott Jurek (nonfiction/memoir) to “The Chosen and the Beautiful” by N…

While councilors debate the “right approach to the short-term rental issue,” residents who live in neighborhoods where landlords have short-term rentals and live somewhere else are left to deal with the problems that certain short-term rentals present.