Westport in Brief!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Friday, November 17, 2017
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WESTPORT - Anglers catch lots of odd things fishing off Hix Bridge. Old tires, even older boots, lost rods and reels, and, yes, even the proverbial kitchen sink!
But MassDOT contract divers repairing the crumbling Hix Bridge support columns Friday noontime caught a car and the imagination of all present whether anyone was still inside.
And imagine their surprise when they discovered what was thought to be a red Porsche lying upside down eight feet below the surface of the Westport River was actually a Volkswagon.
Police were called, the Highway Department hustled down, and a BigWheel recovery team rushed in to extricate the red, two-door sedan lying eight feet down on its roof, buried in two feet of muck.
Local Westport diver, Jim Mercer of was contracted by BigWheel to go down under and attach a crane hoist strap to the mystery car which at first divers thought was a Porsche.
A corroded registration plate with partially readable numbers and a VIN number was retrieved and the numbers radioed to the police dispatcher with the hopes of tracking down the decades old registration, and solve the ownership question which might open doors in deciphering the how and why the car was at the bottom of the Westport River’s East Branch for maybe two decades or more.
Ironically, a BestRide article just broke that a 924 Porsche stolen 27 years ago was just found at the base of a cliff in Central Point,
Initially, the Jackson County Sheriff’s office thought skeletal remains found near the nearly intact vehicle were human, but the remains turned out to be deer bones.
Similar concerns about a body in the sunken vehicle were running through Westport officials’ minds when a BigWheel crane was called in the next day to haul the car out of the river.
The car turned out to be a red, mid 1990s Volkswagen Golf and may have been in the water for up to two decades.
The rusted out hulk, an unrecognizable two-door sedan, was full of mud, eels, some fish and oysters from many years underwater, leaving police puzzled over ownership and possible motives of how it got there in the first place.
Hoisted over the bridge’s surface, the VW’s one remaining seat cushion fell out onto the road along with the mud and crud accumulated over two decades.
And yes, no body was discovered.
Amazingly, the Golf wasn’t found when the state rebuilt Hix Bridge in 2005!
Police and the harbormaster theorized the car was rolled from the eastside boat ramp into the water, where it flipped over and was dragged by the wind and current until sinking and coming to rest on its roof near the southeast corner of the bridge.
According to police, a Fall River man reported the car stolen in 1997. The owner received an insurance settlement and the car, or what is left of it, is now owned by the insurance company, Commerce Insurance.
And the car? Needless to say the Insurance Company said finders, keepers!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Board of Directors of the Narrows Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the purchase of the building at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River has been finalized.
“The purchase of this building, which we have called home for the last sixteen years, marks a major milestone for our organization. The purchase will allow our organization to expand our operations and establish a permanent home for the arts on our beautiful waterfront,” states Patrick Norton, Executive Director.
Initial plans include increasing the performance seating from its current capacity of 280 to a new capacity of 430. The increased capacity will invite higher profile acts and allow an additional 150 tickets to be sold for the acts that sell out regularly. Buildout on the second floor will include nine artist studios to start. The additional space will make for a more vibrant and diverse artist community. Additional buildout on the second floor will include space for art-related businesses, retail, and holistic healing. Future plans for the first floor include the possibility of a brewery, restaurant and other commercial entities.
In 2017, over 30,000 people attended an event at the Narrows Center. The Narrows anticipates additional 5,000-10,000 attendees in the first year of expansion. These numbers will increase exponentially as build out and occupancy reaches capacity. The Narrows Center expansion will be a vital economic and cultural destination for the Fall River waterfront.
The Narrows Center for the Arts is currently in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise $750,000 for renovation and building improvements. To date, the Narrows has raised $375,000 for the campaign. The non-profit organization is seeking support from the community at large to meet their goal.
Visit the website, www.narrowscenter.org, or call the box office for more information, 508.324.1926.
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