All across the world, the dawn of a new year is celebrated with great anticipation and excitement. The excitement is amplified significantly when it comes to the start of a new century and even more so, a new millennium. While it is quite possible that there were festivities of some sort in Westerly at the beginning of 1700 and 1800, little is known of these events, and … [Read more...] about The Start of a New Day: New Year’s Day in Westerly 1900 and 2000
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With all the mass chaos and destruction of character taking place nationally, communities are finding solace and strength in uniting together to make a difference and impacting neighborhoods in a positive light. If you're looking for a resolution in the new year, make a personal commitment by putting your skills, interests, and empathy towards a community cause and find out how … [Read more...] about Volunteering: A Fulfilling Resolution in the New Year
The holidays are upon us! While the holiday season is certainly full of magic and joy, it can also be a source of stress, especially when it comes to finding gifts for everyone on your list. To help, we've put together our own list of local businesses and suggested gifts for all your loved ones, right in downtown Westerly!Savoy Bookshop and Cafe / ReReads Bookshop Give … [Read more...] about Shop Small, Shop Local: A Gift Guide for Downtown Westerly
The gift of food is a safe bet for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and choosing the best ingredients from local vendors is an easy way to show your loved ones that you care about them. Luckily, Westerly is home to several specialty food stores, featuring options as affordable as they are delicious.For the foodie in your life, or for the health nut who must also eat, … [Read more...] about Specialty Food for a Special Season: Capizzano’s Olive Oils, the Cheese Corner and Westerly Packing Co.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. But did you know that the risk of fire and accidents also goes up exponentially during the holidays? Holiday decorations and lights, candles, distracted driving and cooking all contribute to the increase in the number of accidents and fires.Some basic precautions can ensure that you and your family and friends remain safe and … [Read more...] about Risk of Fire and Accidents Rises During the Holidays: Take Steps to Stay Safe
There's never any shortage of fun to be had during the holiday season, that's for sure - in fact, sometimes there's just so much going on, it's hard to know where to be and when! With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best holiday events in Westerly and nearby Mystic in the hopes of making it easier to fill your calendar with plenty of family-friendly fun and no … [Read more...] about Making a List, Checking it Twice – Local Holiday Events You Won’t Want to Miss!
Even Sherlock Holmes would be stumped. A mystery that really shouldn’t be a mystery exists within the Westerly/Stonington area, and it involves our respective high school football teams.The Bears play for Stonington High and the Bulldogs play for Westerly High. Two typical American towns which are connected geographically by the state line and whose high school football … [Read more...] about The Surprising Mystery of the Bears and the Bulldogs
The following is part three in Westerly Life’s “Behind the Murals” series discussing the history behind all the recently created murals throughout downtown Westerly. The mural featured in this post can be found behind C.C. O’Brien’s Irish Sports Bar and Café at 8 Mechanic Street in Pawcatuck.While many of the murals in both downtown Westerly and Pawcatuck promote unity … [Read more...] about The Greatest Turkey Day Games Ever Played
There are so many wonderful things about this time of the year; special treats and opportunities to feast, beautiful sights and sounds, crisp air and the promise of snow, and time to spend with loved ones. Another very special source of joy during this season is the spirit of giving - when we think of the holidays, we often equate them with buying presents for our favorite … [Read more...] about Holiday Giving to Local Charities and Organizations
Not many high school kids know exactly what they want to do when they graduate but Jen Durfee, a Westerly native, was one of the few who did. At 17, when most high school girls are focused on prom and thinking about college, Jen had already signed up for the Army and was getting visits from her recruiter to make sure she kept her grades up in order to graduate.“I actually … [Read more...] about In the Groove and Lost No More: Jen Durfee Shares her Military Story