It takes a village to care for its people….and pets. With all the amazing community organizations that Westerly has that provide dedicated services to humans, it's comforting to know that animals are looked after with compassionate care as well throughout this spirited community.Stand up for Animals (SUFA), a nonprofit independent organization has been advocating for … [Read more...] about Stand up for Animals: Happy Tails
It's beautiful outside so get your gear together to hit the trails! The Westerly Land Trust has some great nature trails right here in our neck of the woods, so dust off the backpack, don’t forget water and a snack (Bogue's Alley in Pawcatuck offers delicious breakfast and lunch sandwiches), and treat your feet to a comfortable pair of hikers as you discover Wahaneeta Preserve, … [Read more...] about Scouting out the Wahaneeta Preserve
The welcoming clang of the church bells could be heard throughout the neighborhoods of Pawcatuck and Westerly as a curious and elated crowd gathered at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Church in Pawcatuck on earlier this year. After eight years of being closed, St Michael Church opened its beautiful new wooden doors in a dedication ceremony for the community to attend mass and … [Read more...] about Worth the Wait: The Rebuild of St. Michael Church
Raspberry Fudge, Biscoff Boston Cream, Strawberry Shortcake cupcakes - oh my!When I casually cruised by a little corner store spot last month near my house and saw purple and yellow shiny balloons out front, I was curious. When I saw the sign that said "Cakes and Cones," I was ecstatic and almost fell off my bike! Dutch’s Cakes and Cones has moved into the Pawcatuck … [Read more...] about Dutch’s: Plant-Based Deliciousness!
The buzz of the tattoo machines carving black lines and shading into the skin of brave clients echoes throughout the Irish Rose Tattoo shop in Pawcatuck. Westerly resident and tattoo artist Tony “Asian” Nguyen is bent over his customer's forearm in full on concentration as the head and background of a wolf takes shape and becomes permanent body art.The walls around Tony’s … [Read more...] about Tattoo Artist Tony Asian: Staying Original
Ever build a tree fort or start a neighborhood club when you were a kid? That feeling of getting together with your friends where everyone lived on the same block and you just wanted a place to hang out together where you felt like you belonged and everyone knew each other. You would rush home from school and gather with all your friends in the homemade backyard tree fort or … [Read more...] about 100+ Years of the Calabrese Club
On the afternoon I visited the Westerly Armory to interview a local author, the iconic drill room in the huge armory was filled with young professionals conversing and sharing ideas during a leadership meeting. On a table near the entrance to the event was a display with brightly colored books, game pieces, and maps of Rhode Island. The author of these creative gamebooks was … [Read more...] about Rhody Games and Books: A Passion for our State
There is a saying somewhere out there that for every negative thing that happens something positive comes of it. COVID-19 has turned lives and communities upside down but it has also brought people together in ways we never would have imagined. Are you in between a job right now? You child is home and they need a community service project? Or maybe you just want to feel … [Read more...] about Volunteer: Good for the Body, Mind & Soul
If you have lived in or been a visitor of the Misquamicut Beach area in the past few years you are part of history in the making. Maybe you enjoyed the Thursday night drive-in flicks with a date, or spent the day at Misquamicut beach with your friends and let the sunburn cool off with a walk up and down Atlantic avenue stopping for a drink and some clam strips at one of the … [Read more...] about Misquamicut Business Association Celebrates 20 Years!
The Westerly Armory at 41 Railroad Road (corner of Dixon) is one of those unique buildings. With its formidable black doors, brick exterior and castle looking roof peaks, it just stands out on the corner as a proud structure with many stories to tell and share inside its walls.Just inside the tall black wood doors, a friendly and informative face greets you, … [Read more...] about The Westerly Armory: Restoring American Strength
The police and fire departments are always the first to respond to any crisis and emergency with unwavering strength and conviction to help their community, however the last few months during the COVID-19 pandemic have been a different kind of challenge, that they had not previously experienced.“It’s totally different, we are going out to do normal police work but we are … [Read more...] about Local Police and Fire: Community Strong during COVID