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Local news you may be interested in.  Updated: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Visit our newly updated Theater and Arts Section, and plan your winter event schedule!

New galleries and art venues added for 2014.

 

EverythingWestport.com videos

 

New video 11/15/2014  Take a delightful tour of The Shattuck’s current Small Works Exhibition and Sale.

 

New video 11/05/2014  View video of Westport’s world of fall waterscapes.

 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

Click here for today’s event listings in and around Westport!

 

Click here for upcoming theater and arts listings!

 

 

11/26/2014 – The Council on Aging’s newsletter, Evergreen, is now available on-line. Click here to view it now.

 

11/26/2014 – Sylvan Nursery horticulturist to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.   

Melanie Lévesque has always dreamed of climbing the highest mountain in Africa.  

The avid climber and horticulturist at Westport’s Sylvan Nursery will realize that dream next month as she will begin a week-long climb of the 19,341-foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro.

Levesque said every climb is a spiritual journey for her.

"It's never about reaching the top, it's about what you learn along the way," she said.  More…

 

11/26/2014 – Thanksgiving with all the trimmings? A powerful nor’easter threatens Westport with high winds, rain (again!) but little snow.

Travelers to the Vineyard can expect seas of 2 – 4 feet, and 6 - 9 feet if your destination is Nantucket. Gale force winds are in effect starting at 3:00 p.m. today extending through late tonight.

Just what we need on the busiest travel day of the year.  Winter storm Cato is forecast to slam into the northeast with up to 12 inches of snow in high elevation areas.

Winter’s first storm may pose a traveling nightmare to those Westporters heading west or north to spend the holiday with friends and family.

Expect delays at airports and slow highway travel.  

The weather gurus’ advice – head out a day early and spend one more day with family members.

Thanksgiving is the deadliest travel day of the year according to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More fatalities even than Christmas, Labor Day and the Fourth of July.

Major Northeast cities are likely to see moderate to heavy rain most of the day on Wednesday, though New York and other places also were gearing up for several inches of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan said.

Higher elevation areas west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see as much as 6 to 12 inches before the nor'easter exits Wednesday night.

Wear seat belts, don’t drink and drive, and don’t speed on slippery roads. Most important: using common sense when traveling.

 

11/25/2014 – The Open Space Committee wants input from Westport residents as the town updates the 2006 Open Space and Recreation Plan.

On-line survey still available for input!

Residents are asked to complete the online Open Space and

Recreation survey.

Open space is defined as “public and privately owned undeveloped lands that are important for a variety of reasons, including recreation, agriculture, forestry, scenic qualities or other qualities, that contribute to the overall character of the town.”

Click here to take the on-line survey.

Do you know all the outdoor places in Westport where you can walk or hike? Get to the ocean? Play baseball, tennis, or golf? Go fishing or shell fishing? The survey lists all these and many more places. It asks which ones you have used in the past year. Opinions on which ones should be preserved and which ones the town needs more of are important to the committee.

The updated Open Space Plan will also make the town eligible for grants administered by the state for land acquisition, preservation, and recreation projects such as trails, parks, and fields.

The deadline for completing the Open Space Plan and Recreation Survey is November 25th. Paper copies of the survey are also available upon request at 508.636.1019 and can be picked up at the Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, the Council on Aging, and the Westport Public Library. Completed surveys can be brought to drop boxes at the above locations.

 

11/24/2014 – Westport continues to get battered by heavy wind and rains as evidenced by the town’s best rain gauge – the Head of Westport. The East Branch overflowed its banks this morning, threatening to float Osprey Sea Kayaks canoes and kayaks out to sea.

 

The Westport Highway Department was called out to clear the piles of waterlogged leaves off the many blocked storm drains. Minor roadway flooding was reported throughout the area.

Inset: Highway Department workers clear the drains at Sam Tripp Brook on lower Drift Road.

Unseasonably warm temperatures continue today with a high of 61 degrees.

Rain returns Wednesday with temperatures in the low 40s; you can expect a cloudy Thanksgiving Day, but sunshine is forecast to return on Friday, unfortunately accompanied  by a high of 32 degrees.

Things could be worse; all this rain could have been snow, and voila, Buffalo, New York all over again!

 

11/24/2014 – Thanksgiving Holiday town office closures.

The Westport Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Council on Aging and the Highway Department will close Wednesday at noon (Highway Department at 11:30 a.m.), and will be closed all day Thursday -Thanksgiving Day, and Friday.

The Transfer/Recycling Center will close Monday at 10:30 a.m., and be closed all day Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Thanksgiving Day, and Friday.

The Free Public Library will be closed Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., all day Thursday - Thanksgiving Day, and Friday.

 

11/24/2014 – Thanksgiving comes early to COA food pantry. This year’s harvest from The Trustees of Reservations Westport Town Farm was a bountiful one, according to TTOR Outreach Coordinator Margaret Carroll-Bergman.

“In addition to providing vegetables at its farm stand in the weekly Farmer’s Market, the Westport Town Farm donated 1,200 pounds of fresh produce—a little bit of everything the farm grew from arugula to zucchini— to underserved communities and food pantries in the area,” Carroll-Bergman said.

“Most of the food was distributed to Foods for Friends pantry in Westport that is managed by the Westport Council on Aging, and to the Share the Harvest group at the Dartmouth YMCA,” added TTOR Farm Manager Steve Connors.

In the fall of 2008, The Trustees initiated a Community Gardens project that honors the Town Farm's tradition of helping to feed people in need in Westport and nearby towns.  

“Thanks to the support of our membership and the community, Westport Town Farm continues its mission to provide fresh produce to people who might otherwise not have access to healthful foods,” Connors said.

Photo Caption: From left: Jessica Belliveau, Sam Young, Manju Canuel, Savannah Gardikis, Matt Mailloux, Brendan Bothelo, Kaitlyn Habib, Eva Thompson, Chelsea Sandner.

 

11/22/2014 – WLCT moves forward with preserving open space at the southern tip of South Watuppa Pond. The Westport Land Conservation Trust has entered into an agreement with the Camara family to purchase 37 acres just to the west of Tickle Road and north of American Legion Highway. The property will have a spur that abuts South Watuppa Pond, providing access to that historic, recreational body of water.

Inset: click on image to enlarge.

Previous to this acquisition there was no public access on the eastern side of the pond.

The purchase which was stated to be around $400,000 will be paid by the WLCT ($200,000) with a proposed plan to use CPA funding to pay the balance.

When the purchase of this vulnerable and critical landscape is completed, WLCT plans to create trails on the property and provide access to South Watuppa Pond for the public’s enjoyment.

They are currently working on a plan for managing the property. For questions please feel free to call 508.636.9228 or email: Rmann@westportlandtrust.org.

 

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11/21/2014 – Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 has arrived at Lees Wine and Spirits! Get it while it lasts!  Once it's gone, it's gone until next Thanksgiving...  

 

11/20/2014 – Look who’s hiring in Westport’s Central Village!

Lees Market is looking for new team members. Click here to learn about available positions.

And Partners Village Store and Kitchen is looking for help in their friendly, fast-paced kitchen.

If you’re interested or know someone who is, these two businesses encourage all who are interested to stop by for an application or to provide their information.

 

11/19/2014 – Oxford Dictionaries announces today the latest update to its free online dictionary of English. Reflecting research into current language usage trends, new entries include adorbs, binge-watch, cray, humblebrag, listicle, neckbeard, SMH, side boob, vape, and YOLO.

And the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is… vape, as in inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette.

These words for the most part define our changing social culture involving trends, and the internet and texting, and it’s not a pretty picture.

Our personal favorite is bae (not to be confused with British Aerospace - now BAE Systems,) a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner.

What, like we can’t take the effort to say “baby” or “babe?”

Well, we hope you enjoyed this little listicle (an article on the Internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.)

 

11/18/2014 – Coyote attack in Tiverton neighborhood. We all hear them at night, howling and yelping.

A Crandall Road homeowner’s Doberman pinscher got up close and personal with a coyote last week as his dog fended off an attack by one.

And this incident is not a one-off according to Tiverton’s Animal Control Officer, Paul Bell.

Bell has had his position for nine years, and has been called for coyote sightings in every neighborhood and almost every street in the community.

 

 

10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport. Click here to learn how.  PDF

 

 

Unfortunately the Doberman in question was not up-to-date with its rabies vaccination.

“If the dog is up-to-date on its immunizations, the owner will have to keep the dog inside for 10 days,” Bell said. “If the dog isn’t vaccinated or not-up-to date, it has to be kept in strict home confinement for six months. If I see the dog outside on its own, I’ll have to take it and place it into quarantine.”

It’s a crime if a pet owner doesn’t comply with quarantine confinement.

There have been no reports of attacks on humans according to RI state authorities

Westport holds annual rabies clinic with $10 vaccinations.

Westport’s Animal Control Officer, Donna Lambert, recently held her annual rabies clinic and “had a pretty good turnout,” she said.

“Rabies vaccination for pets is required by law, so at $10.00 per pet it was a heck of a deal, a real bargain, especially because the one-year and three-year shot are the same price."

In response to the Tiverton coyote attack, Lambert said it’s always best to avoid contact with a coyote. 

 

11/17/2014 – It’s raining cats and dogs out there! A flash flood warning was issued today as up to three inches of rain has fallen over the last 36 hours with more expected this evening.

Storms dumping heavy rain swept into the Westport area this afternoon, flooding roads and low-lying areas.

If you’re a Direct TV viewer, good luck with reception.

Temperatures will likely fall to the mid-30s overnight. Showers are likely, though mainly before 11 p.m.

Lots of wind tomorrow.

On Wednesday, “drier air is expected to move in, less humid conditions, and it should continue through the weekend,” the National Weather Service said. Temperatures in the low 40s and sunny skies are expected for the week with a high of 54 on Sunday.

Only in New England.

 

11/16/2014 – Dramatic West Branch waterscape of the Acoaxet River. Our Photo of the Week is a southerly West Branch scene not normally appreciated by most Westporters as, with the exception of the Adamsville Landing, West Branch waterfront is all privately owned.

 

11/15/2014 – Affordable, high-quality artwork at The Shattuck. The Shattuck’s highly anticipated small works annual exhibition features first-class art at affordable prices ranging from $12 felt-covered stones to $500 sculptures and paintings by nearly 60 established artisans.

Stretch your holiday shopping budget by stopping by tonight’s Artists’ Reception and meet the talent behind this dynamic exhibition.

And enjoy the grounds of the area’s most celebrated art gallery.

Dedee Shattuck Gallery celebrates artistic expertise and craftsmanship, spanning many mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, furniture, and textiles. 

This show of affordable works features many of the unforgettable emerging and established artists that The Shattuck has showcased previously, as well as several bright new voices.

Exhibitions and Artists’ Receptions are free and open to the public.

Take a delightful tour of The Shattuck’s current Small Works Exhibition and Sale.

 

11/08/2014 – Westport Animal Control Officer, Donna Lambert has been waging a battle against the proliferation of feral cats in town for the past couple of years, and she may be losing the war.

A lack of funding and too much compassion on the part of residents who feed them are the main culprits.

But Lambert got some unexpected help last month when the Animal http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608012424215726151&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0Rescue League of Boston’s Spay Waggin came to town.

“It was a good opportunity for people to get their cats spayed or neutered at a lower cost than what they might normally pay,” said Westport Police detective Antonio Cestodio.

21 cats and a rescued pit bull went under the knife of veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley and were relieved of their responsibility to produce future generations.

Above: Dr. Kyle Quigley hard at work last month in Westport.

Police photo

The surgically outfitted Spay Waggin’ is a subsidized spay/neuter program to assist pet owners in financial need. Staffed by an Animal Rescue League of Boston veterinarian and two trained veterinary technicians, the Spay Waggin’ features a preparation area, a fully equipped surgical suite and a recovery ward. The Waggin’ makes monthly scheduled stops throughout the South Shore and the Cape to perform surgeries on an appointment-only basis.

“They’re hard to get so we have to take advantage of them when they can come to Westport,” Lambert said. More…

 

11/08/2014 And speaking of pet assistance programs, ACO Donna Lambert (pictured below) in conjunction with Dr. Jacqueline A. Brito of Village Veterinary Hospital conducted Westport's third annual rabies clinic Saturday at the Hix Bridge Road fire station.

“We had a pretty good turnout,” Lambert said.

Rabies vaccination for pets is required by law, so at $10.00 per pet it was a heck of a deal.

Above: Dr. Jackie Brito gives a quick shot to a less-than-enthusiastic patient. Photo/EverythungWestport.com

"$10 for a rabies shot is a bargain," Lambert said. "Especially because the one-year and three-year shot are the same price."  More…

 

11/07/2014 – Town of Westport to honor our nation’s military heroes. “The Council on Aging’s Veteran’s Breakfast on Thursday kicks off a week of Veteran’s events that will lead up to our Veteran’s Day Memorial Service at Beech Grove Cemetery,” Veteran’s Officer Jerry LeBoeuf told the overflow breakfast crowd at the Westport Senior Center.

“I hope you all will join us next Tuesday to honor the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces,” LeBoeuf said.

Almost 70 Veterans and their spouses enjoyed SOS (chipped beef on toast), waffles, pancakes, strawberries, whipped cream, orange juice and coffee, and of course the great comradery with fellow men and women who served their country.

Above: 94-year-old WWII veteran Normand Michaud shares a moment with newly re-elected State Representative Paul Schmid at the COA’s annual Veteran’s Breakfast.

Click here for more photos.

 

11/06/2014 – Westport Selectmen honor retiring Dartmouth/ Westport Chronicle editor with a citation. Longtime journalist then editor Robert Barboza was feted Monday night. Select Board Chairman Antone Vieira cited Barboza for his many years of service to the Westport community, and the high level of journalistic integrity he brought to his profession and to the weekly paper he represented for decades. Barboza (the only man not is a suit!) is pictured below.

 

11/05/2014 – Word on the street has it that the Westport School Committee voted 4 to 1 to abandon the Westport Middle School. The action is in response to a looming and vastly expensive PCB cleanup, a shrinking student population, and a realization that fiscal challenges facing the school district will require consolidating facilities and reducing maintenance and overhead expenses for the cash-challenged school system.

In the minds of town leadership this move is long overdue.

Click here to read more in a Herald News article.

 

Nation turns to the right!

 

11/04/2014 9:30 p.m. – In a phenomenal 47.42% voter turnout, Westport’s electorate followed the nation to the right. Westport voters by just 10 votes gave the nod to Republican Charlie Baker for Governor.

“I think people came out today to vote on the four questions,” said Town Clerk Marlene Samson in explaining the record turnout.

Above: Town Clerk Marlene Samson (center) works overtime with Bernadette Oliver, Seasonal Census Clerk (left) and Assistant Registrar Joshua Brum to tabulate the votes and transmit the results to the state.

Of the registered 11,595 voters, a majority of the 5498 who came out said no to the auto-incrementing gas tax (54.71%), overwhelmingly rejected more bottle deposits (72.67%) on more containers and associated fees, yes to casinos (59.80%), and yes to legislation that would entitle all workers to sick time benefits (53.57%); definitely a conservative bent in a highly blue state.

Non-binding Question 5 was supported by 69.06% of Westport voters, a requirement that all non-hospital facilities performing more than 10 abortions  a year to be licensed and inspected at least every two years by the Massachusetts Department of Health.

The trend seen in Westport was replicated in Gubernatorial and Senatorial races across the country with a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and winning a multitude of Governors’ races.

Westport sets a midterm turnout record.

The 2010 midterm brought out just 14.2% of the town’s registered voters. Clearly voters had something to say in 2014.

Precinct 2 (Town Hall Annex) had the largest turnout with 54.15%.

Precinct 3 (Alice Macomber School) the lowest with 42.38%.

Click here for a statistical summary by precinct on all races and questions.

 

11/04/2014 – Westport woman excels in the First South Coast Bike Challenge. Vice President of YMCA Southcoast and a member of the South Coast Bikeway Alliance, Nancy LaRue Bonell presented awards at a Fairhaven Select Board meeting on Friday, October 21st.

Wendy Henderson of Westport won Second Place Female.

The town of Fairhaven won first place with their residents logging the most miles per capita. Winners were determined by the amount of miles they logged July through September.

The challenge springs from the first National Bicycle Challenge issued by the League of American Bicyclists in 2012.

A total of 32 riders rode 31,585 miles, a distance equal to a trip around the equator, averaging 982 miles per participant.

Bonell said local riders burned more than 1.7 million calories and saved $17,845 in gas money.

 

11/04/2014 – 105-year-old Tiverton Schoolhouse to be put on the auction block.

Tiverton officials are auctioning off a town schoolhouse, which was built in 1909, to avoid the cost of keeping it or tearing it down.

 

Westport completely restored two of its oldest one- and two-room schoolhouse at the Head of Westport. Their preservation gives town residents a glimpse into 19th century education.

 

Tiverton officials say the building costs the town roughly $8,000 a year for utilities and other expenses.

Town Administrator Matthew J. Wojcik says demolishing the 105-year-old building would cost $60,000 and post-demolition would be at least $30,000.

It is currently used by the Harbormaster, volunteer boards and commissions for meeting space.

There is some hope for salvation as a neighbor has shown interest in purchasing the two-room schoolhouse located on 346 Judson Street.

A public auction is set for the next few weeks on the lawn of the Tiverton Community Center.

 

11/02/2014 – Whitecaps on the Wattupa. Wild wind, rain and sleet lash Westport as autumnal weather departs and old man winter wakes and rears his ugly head. Gale warning in effect through late tonight. Today – north/northwest winds 25 to 30 knots with gusts to 45 knots. If you’re on the water expect seas of 4 to 7 feet.

Temperatures may reach 40, and you can expect a little snow.  

 

11/01/2014 – Streaky black-strained roofs leave Westport home owners confused, frustrated, disgusted.

Halloween is over but here’s something just as scary: a black-stained, moss-covered, icky-looking house roof.

Over the past several years Westport home owners have seen unsightly, streaky, black strains develop on their asphalt roofs. Algae, mold-like discoloration, and lichens seem to thrive on their damp, west and northwest new roof surfaces a little after just 7 years.

Many wonder what’s going on. Some think global warming is causing the phenomenon; others are convinced the stains are caused by pollution from the Brayton Point Power Station.

Rest assured, neither one of the above is the cause.

What is the root of the problem can be traced directly back to asphalt shingle manufacturers who several decades ago introduced limestone and fillers in place of more expensive asphalt or oil content. More…

 

11/01/2014 – Bittersweet farewell for Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant. After 36 years the venerable, senior talent and beauty contest has come to an end.

“It’s like losing a member of a family,” said pageant vice-president Chuck Gregory.

“All good things must come to an end,” said Walter Matteson.

The Fall River–based pageant went international in 1995.  More

 

11/01/2014 – Long time editor of the Dartmouth/Westport Chronicle leaves the paper. Friday was Bob Barboza’s last day as editor of the venerable weekly newspaper that has served our community for decades.

Barboza is one of the last (and best) of the old time reporters/editors who brought accurate and ethical journalism to his paper’s readers. His penchant for thoroughness and dedication to getting the job done right no matter how long it took will be missed. More…

In further sad news, Chronicle contributing writer Christina Styan passed away on Thursday, October 27th only five days after retiring from the paper. More…

 

11/01/2014 – November is Movember month. Derived from moustache and November, Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities.

The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health.”

More at www.Movember.com.

 

10/29/2014 – Phantom Gourmet gives Ten Cousins Brick Oven a “thumbs up!”

Our recent Mystery Photo winner, Donald Krudys, will have a first-hand opportunity to test out the Phantom Gourmet’s review. He won a $25 gift certificate to Ten Cousins!

Situated in the former home of the popular Fred and Ann’s Restaurant, and later the proposed brick oven pizzeria named Goodfellows, Ten Cousins Brick Oven recently impressed the impresarios at CBS Boston’s Phantom Gourmet who interviewed and filmed a tasting at the popular pizzeria last August.

“In the food world these days, you hear the phrase ‘farm to table’ a lot. But there aren’t a lot of pizza places that take the time and effort to source all of their ingredients from local farms. Ten Cousins Brick Oven in Westport is one of those places.

Named for the ten grandchildren of the owner, this family friendly spot has a bright, cheery dining room inside and a fun outdoor space complete with plenty of picnic tables and outdoor games.” – Phantom Gourmet

More with photos.

 

10/29/2014 – Westport/Little Compton police close the door on unlocked auto looters.

Dartmouth duo believed responsible for at least 20 car break-ins.

20-year-olds Matthew Medeiros-Horzesky and Evan Jackson, both of Dartmouth, were apprehended on Friday, October 24th by Westport police officer Kyle Fernandes when the suspicious 2008 Kia sedan they were driving crossed over the Rhode Island border into Westport.

Officer Fernandes had spotted the car days earlier in the Meadowbrook Lane area of Westport, the site of numerous unlocked car break-ins.

In the Kia police located chainsaws, a leaf blower, an IPod shuffle, jewelry, hand tools, binoculars, a Gucci sunglasses case, a Garmin GPS, numerous power cords, a Leatherman tool, a driver’s license in the name of a Perch Rock Road (Westport) resident, and a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses.

Both men were arrested by Westport Police on receiving stolen property charges.

Westport Point has also had several unsolved unlocked car burglaries in the past few months.

“Please be sure and lock your vehicles as thieves target easy opportunities to steal property,” said Westport Detective Majewski. “Stay alert and report suspicious activity.”

More…

 

10/29/2014 – This day in history in 1929 Black Tuesday, the most catastrophic day in stock market history, heralded the Great Depression. 16 million shares were sold at declining prices. By mid-November $30 billion of the $80 billion worth of stocks listed in September will have been wiped out.

Photo/The Atlantic

And this day in history in 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the U.S. East Coast; nearly 300 die directly or indirectly from the storm. Hurricane Sandy is the second deadliest behind Katrina in U.S. history.

Want some advice? Stay in bed today!

 

10/28/2014 – The Westport Historical Society’s first Artisan Fair was a big hit with hundreds of visitors dropping by the Handy House to get a glimpse of a slower life in an uncomplicated time.

But what we call arts and crafts today earlier settlers in Westport called everyday jobs and responsibilities. They viewed the items they made as household necessities, reusing materials so as not to waste them, or as a way to pass the time at night or to keep busy through another the winter.

Inset: Joyce Winship hand braids a wool rug.

Quilting was more of a social event for the womenfolk rather than an art form.

My how times have changed.

Still, there are some folks today who quilt, braid rugs, weave baskets, spin yarn, work with wood, and knit and crochet; they eschew the high-tech times and pine for the good ol’ days.

And for some of us it’s just fascinating to see that the old ways of simpler days have not been forgotten. 

Heck, doesn’t everything come from China?

Click here to view photo album.

 

10/26/2014 – Mystery Photo Solved! Many knew the location but weren’t as quick as Donald Krudys of Westport in submitting it. “Observatory at UMass Dartmouth facing Old Westport Rd North Dartmouth“ was Donald’s correct answer, and for that he wins a $25 gift certificate to Ten Cousins Brick Oven, Westport’s newest restaurant specializing in brick oven pizza, salads, pasta and more.

Donald delivered the answer, faster than the Domino’s pizza guy, at 9:40 p.m. the same day the photo was posted.

To View our photo album of more dramatic Cloudscapes of Westport, click here.

 

10/26/2014 – Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza a big hit Saturday at Buzzards Bay Brewing.

And some of those goofy gourds were pretty extreme.

A couple of brewskis and a carving knife really bring out the talent in some people.

Ask Tarra from Fairhaven; her scary skull pumpkin was frighteningly delicious, and brought home the Most Creative Award.

“What fun,” Tarra said.

“I can’t believe the number of people who showed up,” Westport Rivers Vineyard manager Bill Russell said. “The carved pumpkins were outrageously wild.”

And pretty creepy when you light them up!

Pumpkin pie anyone?  More photos.

 

 

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Last Chance! Art Stable Gallery artist Heather Bentz is moving to Colorado.   
The Art Stable has on display several of Heather's pieces.  Stop in before Heather and all of her artwork moves west!

Acrylic, graphite, found objects.
Heather develops the content of her work through the use of a broad variety of materials and process.  Using paper, acrylic, graphite and found objects, Heather references the texture, color and elements found in nature along with structural aspects of geometry and architecture.  Pattern, repetition, color and composition are the fundamental formal interests that define her work.  Heather holds a BFA in printmaking from Pennsylvania State University and an MFA in painting from Montana State University.

 

Save money and help the Westport Food Pantry by visiting Erikson’s Florist this holiday season.

Get 10% off all holiday arrangements and centerpieces with donation of a canned good or non-perishable item to benefit the Westport food Pantry.

Join them for their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 22nd; Friday, November 28th; Saturday, November 29th; and Sunday November 30th. Holiday arrangements, festive decor, Antiques, gifts, tree trimming, wreaths and more....

Specializing in weddings and special occasion decor with over 35 years serving Westport and surrounding communities. They deliver!

For more information call 508.636.5990.

Erikson’s Florist, 609 Old County Road Westport.  Holiday hours:  M-F 10-5, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-5.

Check out their upside-down Christmas Tree!

 

Westport artisan will be featured in Photography Show at Westport Library through the month of November.

The show will be open through Saturday, November 29th during regular library hours.

Beth has an MFA degree and a lifelong interest in photography. Her career as a choreographer informs her photographs’ composition with a strong sense of flow or motion.

 

Dedee Shattuck Gallery hosts their third annual Small Works exhibition for November/December.

This highly anticipated annual exhibition features affordable works of $500 or less by nearly 60 artists.

Masquerade Ball: Saturday, December 20th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Take a delightful tour of The Shattuck’s current Small Works Exhibition and Sale.

This will be the Gallerys final exhibition of 2014 before closing for the winter.

This highly anticipated annual exhibition features affordable works by nearly 60 artists. More...

 

Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery Open House on Saturday, November 29th.

The folks at the Vineyard wanted you to be the first to know that their 19th annual Open House will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Their biggest day of the year features reduced price wine tastings, wine and beer, delicious food, local vendors, games, free hayrides, the infamous hay pit, music etc.

Click here to view photo album from a previous year’s Open House.

Entrance is free and there is plenty of parking. Please mark your calendars.

Westport Rivers, 417 Hixbridge Road, Westport. 508.636.3423 or email: vip@westportrivers.com.

 

Our Lady of Grace Parish Christmas Bazaar scheduled for November 29th and 30th.

Christmas Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. Free parking and free admission. The kitchen will be open both days. Take a picture with Santa from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Enjoy music by Pat Cordeiro and Judy Souza from 12 to 2:00 p.m. Our Lady of Grace, 569 Sanford Road, Westport.

 

Westport PTO Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6th.

The Westport Elementary and Macomber PTO will sponsor a Holiday Craft Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Westport Elementary School. Check some items off your list as you shop with local vendors, crafters and artisans.

Visit, sing, and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please supply your own camera for the photos.

A variety of holiday crafts will be available for $1 each, and school children can get a jump on their shopping list at the family-friendly Holiday Shoppe. Find your student’s handmade ornament for sale. To support local families in need, the PTO is asking for canned goods to be donated to fill a sleigh.

 

The Westport Art Group will hold its Annual Holiday Fair - Fine Arts and Fine Crafts on Saturday, December 6th.

From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport. Free Admission.

Above: California Dreamin, 10x20 watercolor by Jacklyn William, $500

New venue for this year: the Westport Public Library

Shop for a wide and wonderful array of beautiful paintings and crafts by their local artists and artisans. Beautiful, themed gift baskets will be raffled; they are perfect for everyone on your gift list. Home baked goods will be available for sale as well!

 

Holly Fair on Saturday, December 6th.

Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Road, Westport will hold its annual Holly Fair on Saturday, December 6th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be holiday greens, vintage jewelry, baked goods, silent auction, knitted and handmade items, books, and local vendors.  A chowder luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Dave Brubeck Tribute Quartet at Concerts at the Point on Sunday, December 7th.

CAP will stretch its boundaries to include classical jazz at a special concert on Sunday December 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Classical pianist, and audience favorite, Frederick Moyer will be joined by Billy Novick, saxophone; Peter Tillotson, bass; and Bob Savine, drums; to reprise their Dave Brubeck Tribute concert from the 2013 Newport Music Festival.

You may watch the video of that performance and whet your appetite.

The program will include many of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best-loved favorites, including, among others, Take Five, Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo a la Turk, and some solo compositions/ nocturnes by Brubeck.

Concerts are held at the Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Road, Westport Point.  Tickets $25, students $10.  Open seating; doors open at 2:15 p.m.   To reserve tickets, call 508.636.0698, or send email to pointconcerts@gmail.com.  Tickets may be picked up and paid for on the day of the concert; cash or personal checks only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/26/2014 – Westport’s State Senator feted by investment capital advocacy group. Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) was honored yesterday with a Champion of Small Business award from the National Coalition for Capital.  Senator Rodrigues was recognized for his leadership with an award ceremony recently, after receiving the award initially in August. The Champion of Small Business Awards recognizes Senator Rodrigues for demonstrating leadership in supporting policies and initiatives designed to promote access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those in economically distressed communities. More…

 

10/24/2014 – Westport Selectmen probe inequities in property tax assessments.

With the Board of Assessors in-house cost benefit analysis currently underway, some of the town’s selectmen felt the timing was right to ask the assessors some questions of their own.

 

Photos/EverythingWestport.com

Above left: Selectmen question Assessors over under-assessments of waterfront properties.  Right: Patrick Donovan, Regional Sales Manager for Vision Government Solutions speaks to Selectmen about his company’s appraising policies.

“How can a house "be assessed at $800,000 when it's sold for $3 million, then valued at $1.5 million a year later?" Select Board Chair, Vieira asked, relaying questions from a conversation he had with a resident. He theorized that perhaps the problem lay in appearances, not practice. More…

 

10/24/2014 – Hey buddy, got a Loco foco? On this day in 1836 the self-lighting matchstick was patented in the United States. In 1836, a patent was registered in the United States by a shoemaker with the name of Alonzo D Phillips (Springfield, Massachusetts) for the manufacturing of friction matches called 'Loco focos'.

A Loco-foco (supposed to mean 'self-lighting') was originally a self-igniting cigar patented in New York in 1834 (and probably the original exploding cigar). It then became applied to the Lucifer match. It was later applied to a political party, the Democrats, after an incident at a party meeting in 1835 at which opponents of the radical element within the party turned out the gas lights, but the radicals promptly produced candles which they lit with loco-focos.

The modern match, however, has a long history dating back to 1669. Click here to read about the linage of the common self-striking match. Who wudda thought?

 

10/23/2014 – Mobility mats matter for disabled, seniors and the young. Martin Costa grew up in Westport and loved to visit local beaches, which many say are the best on the southcoast.

“I am spinal cord injured and use a wheelchair as well as short leg braces and a cane to ambulate, but since my accident in 1985, I have never visited Westport beaches because of the poor accessibility conditions,” the Westport campground owner and former DJ said.

All that will change soon, thanks to efforts of the town’s Commission on Disability to make a local beach universally accessible through the installation of mobility, or access mats (portable pathways) that can be used by the elderly and disabled community, parents with strollers and families with young children.

Above: John Pelletier (left) talks with Elaine Ostroff and Ryan Mann about the ease of the use of the new mats obtained with CPA funds.

Universal accessibility is becoming very important, a top priority issue in many areas, according to the United Nations.

Town officials plan to install 189 feet of five-foot-wide beach "access mats" that will extend from the eastern edge of Beach Avenue by the Knubble to the ocean’s high water mark.

A trial of the recently acquired access mats was performed this past Monday and “worked quite well” according to COD member John Pelletier.

But a plan before the Board of Selectmen championed by Selectman R. Michael Sullivan, the Buzzards Bay Coalition and several Acoaxet residents may hamper access to the Knubble to seniors and the disabled who like to view the beauty and serenity of the beach from their automobiles.  More with photos...

 

Above: is this the future for Beach Avenue? It will be if a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the town and an alliance of Acoaxet residents and abutters, WLCT, and the Buzzards Bay Coalition is approved by Selectmen and accepted at next spring’s Annual Town Meeting.

 

10/22/2014 – New Bedford’s Bob's Sea and Ski inducted into Special Olympics Hall of Fame. State Senator Michael Rodrigues joined Michelle Ann Pelletier Colberg, Bob Mercer, and Pamela Parent-Melanson as

Bob's Sea and Ski was recognized and inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame. In the 15 years that they've worked together, they have raised more than $300,000 for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and being a part of the Hall of Fame induction was truly an honor,” Senator Rodrigues said.

Every two years, Special Olympics Massachusetts recognizes the outstanding commitment of athletes, coaches, families, volunteers, law enforcement personnel, and corporate partners for their support. Nominees must have been involved with Special Olympics Massachusetts for at least five years. Submitted photo

 

10/20/2014 - Westport Selectmen met Monday at Town Hall starting at 6:00 p.m. Click here to review complete agenda including Town Administrator, Tim King’s bi-weekly report.

 

10/20/2014 – If you row it, you tow it! Oarsmen (and women!) muscle the 32-foot Cornish Pilot Gig, Harmony, out of the water and up onto a trailer last Saturday afternoon after taking a risky row around Gooseberry Island despite high winds and even higher seas.

“Those are the conditions,” said the boat’s builder, owner and helmsman, Ben Booth, “when these pilot boats were sent out to guide incoming sailing vessels around the dangerous rocks during bad weather. It wasn’t just a Sunday sail.” More with photos later.

Two pilot boats “conscripted” volunteers out into Buzzards Bay to demonstrate the craft’s seaworthiness on Saturday during the Westport Fisherman’s 5th Annual Classic Wooden Boat Exhibit at the historic Life Saving Station on Horseneck Point.

 

10/15/2014 - Southcoast Radiology and Imaging Services is offering free mammograms for uninsured individuals during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Screenings will be offered at all 12 Southcoast Breast Imaging Centers across the region.

Statistics show that one in eight women over the age of 40 will develop breast cancer. Since patients are less likely to experience symptoms during the early stage of breast cancer, when tumors are small and most treatable, early detection and regular screenings are a necessity to reduce advanced stage diagnosis and often improve treatment outcome. More...

 

10/15/2014 - Southcoast Health unveils new look and name for both the Southcoast Wellness Van and Southcoast Blood Mobile.

The Southcoast Wellness Van, formerly the Health Van, and the Southcoast Blood Mobile, formerly the Blood Donor Van, recently underwent complete external makeovers and name changes in line with Southcoast Health’s mission to promote the optimal health and well-being of individuals in the communities it serves. More...

 

10/14/2014 10:20 a.m. You’re on the air with Lt. Brian Beaulieu! Westport firefighter Lt. Brian Beaulieu discusses home safety up front and personal with a WSAR home audience and talk show host Ric Oliveira at Your Healthy Home Expo held at White’s of Westport over the weekend.

With over 40 health conscious exhibitors, visitors experienced firsthand the latest technologies used to promote a healthy home. Over 40 local business and artisans demonstrated how they can contribute to your healthy home. Click here for a list of exhibitors.

 

Above, left: “Cyclone Cindy” Brunelle, Senior Mad Scientist, entertained the young and the not-so-young public with her “fun” science demonstrations. Right: a Tyler Well and Pump representative was on-hand to discuss potential water issues with wells and town water.

 

10/08/2014 Never Forget. Westport’s 9-11 steel memorial nears completion as Mr. Albanese and his son align the five granite stones with plaques into a perfect pentagon surrounding the twisted steel girder from the devastated World Trade Center.

Three generations of Albaneses have provided memorial stone products since 1954, and were a natural choice for this most revered monument to the men and women who lost their lives on that fateful day in September.

Westport Deputy Fire Chief, Sam Manley looks on.

Click here to view this and past Photos of the Week.

 

10/06/2014 New Lyme Support Group starts in Rehoboth. The Bristol County, MA Lyme Support Group has officially started.

lyme disease dont face it alone join the fight against lyme disease ... This Group provides support and networking opportunities to individuals affected directly and indirectly by Lyme and associated tick borne diseases. The Group strives to encourage awareness and prevention of Lyme and associated tick borne diseases through education and community involvement where appropriate.

Their first monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 6–8 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA.

This meeting is free and open to all.

Please join them for one of their upcoming support group meetings from 6-8 p.m. on: 11/13/14, 12/11/14, 1/8/15, 2/12/15, 3/5/15, 4/2/15, 5/14/15, 6/11/15, 7/9/15, and 8/13/15.

Meeting dates subject to change based on Goff Memorial Hall’s scheduling needs.

For more information you can visit the Bristol County, MA Lyme Support Group on Facebook, email Annie LaBrie at BCMLDSG@yahoo.com, or visit their website.

 

10/04/2014 Come out, come out wherever you are. The search for eleven stolen Sailor’s Valentines, burglarized from Marguerites Restaurant on Friday, August 15th, and the pursuit of their abductors has produced startling discoveries of drugs and weapons, but no artwork.

Artisan Barbara Chadwick, who created them “just wants them back.”

On Wednesday, September 17th the police executed a search warrant at 230 Main Road, just south of the high school and discovered a enormous cache of nearly 300 firearms, some of them illegal, and many unlawful high-capacity gun magazines.

The home owner was charged with a host of gun charges including the possession of a covert weapon, two counts of possession of a short barrel rifle, possession of high capacity law enforcement restricted gun magazines, transferring/selling illegal high capacity gun magazines, and four counts of having an unsecured (loaded) fireman.

But the Valentines still remain to be recovered. More...

 

10/03/2014 Artisan Fair a big hit at the Handy House! The first ever Artisan Fair last week at the Handy House drew multitudes of visitors who, for an hour or so, stepped back into an earlier time when skilled craftsmen and women produced most durable goods used or consumed in and around the local farmhouse.

Today, those goods are considered arts and crafts, and the people who make them are artisans!

Click here to view photo album of the Westport Historical Society’s 1st annual Artisan Fair. Need Adobe Flash to view album? Click here.

 

 

10/02/2014 - The Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) October/December 2014 quarterly newsletter is now available and on-line.

Read Newsletter now.  PDF

To view other Westport organization’s newsletters Click here.

 

10/02/2014 - COA Director, Christine Quinn announces her resignation. Quinn will leave this December 15th.

“Westport is a lovely community and they have a wonderful Council on Aging,” Quinn told EverythingWestport in an interview.

The North Easton resident was appointed COA Director in April of 2013, replacing longtime Director Mary Ellen Gomes who retired.

“I want to explore other options,” Quinn said. “Geriatrics has always been my calling, and I really like working directly with the elderly and disabled.”

The Westport COA Director has a lot on her plate, overseeing a staff of 19 employees and growing, and 100 volunteers. Working at just 1 percent of the town’s budget, but providing valuable services to 25 percent of the town’s population, the COA is constantly scrabbling for grants and donations to fund their services for Westport’s elderly.

Selectmen just approved a new part-time position, a Mealtime Site Coordinator, a unique and key position that oversees the complex, daytime nutrition requirements of the Center’s Social Day Program seniors.

The new position, which used to be funded by Bristol Elder Services but no longer, will now be paid through a Senior Center revolving account at no cost to the town

Quinn advocates Aging in Place, seniors living where they have lived for years, not typically in health care environments or nursing homes, but by using products, services, and conveniences which allow them to remain home as their circumstances change.

“The ratio used to be 2–1 in nursing homes, but is now changing 2-1 in favor of the home of your choice, safely and independently as you get older,” Quinn said. “This is the area in which I’ve been trained, and would like to work in; it’s a life-long vocation.”

Above: COA’s Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Sharp (left) and Director, Christine Quinn take a moment out of their busy day to commune on the Senior Center’s stylish back deck built by carpentry students from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.

 

 

 

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Daily Observances for

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tie One On Day

 

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This Day in History

November 26, 2014

1688   Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands.

1774   A congress of colonial leaders criticizes British influence in the colonies and affirms their right to "Life, liberty and property."

1789   George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.

1812   Napoleon Bonaparte's army begins crossing the Beresina River over two hastily constructed bridges.

1825   The Kappa Alpha Society, the second American college Greek-letter fraternity, is founded.

1863   The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated.

1901   The Hope diamond is brought to New York.

1907   The Duma lends support to Czar in St. Petersburg, who claims he has renounced autocracy.

1917   The Bolsheviks offer an armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.

 

More Today in History.

 

 

 

Click here to view all scheduled Westport town board and committee meetings this week.

 

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Happening Today in and around Westport!

Today’s events, listed below, you don’t want to miss! Scroll down to view them all.

 

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Wednesday, November 26

v  Zumba classes are offered at Sandwoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for $7 per class. The class is great for beginners and intermediate students. No previous experience is necessary.

Zumba is a form of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a cardio workout.

For more information, call or click Fatima Devine, certified zumba instructor, at 401.378.3872 or email damitaf@aol.com.

 

v  Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Cost is $2.50 per class. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Session I aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Session II aerobics on Tuesday.

For more information please call 508.636.1026.

 

 

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v  Watercolor painting at the COA. 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Watercolor Workshop is a group for those interested in learning and sharing more about the joy of watercolor painting. The membership consists of artists just beginning their journey with watercolor to experienced artists who willingly offer encouragement and motivation to one another. Class size is limited. Please call 508.636.1026 for more information.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

v  Wednesday, November 26 - Kripalu Yoga with Karen Moore Holliday every Wednesday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Little Compton Wellness Center 115 East Main Road, Little Compton.

$5 per class. For more information contact Sheri Massa at sherinbo@gmail.com.

 

v  Ageless Gentle Yoga every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $17.00 per person.

Experience wellbeing, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing. Discount available for session.

Call 401.816.0024, Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.

Vinyasa yoga classes, available at RIVERS OF LIGHT Studio, Tiverton.

For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit her website.

 

v  Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center.

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.

 

v  Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere. 

$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over.  $6 suggested donation under age 50.

Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email: 

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

v  Poetry Writing at the Westport COA. 1:30 p.m. Members bring a new poem they have written to the weekly Wednesday meeting and constructively critique one another's work. Class size is limited. Please call for information. Convener is Barbara Wickes.

 

v  Calling all players for Party Bridge. Intermediate bridge players are invited to play Party Bridge every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.

Many of the regular players have headed south for the winter, so new players are invited to join. For more information please call 508.636.2603.

 

v  Kripalu Yoga for the Middle Years every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton.

$5.00 per class and all are welcome.

A gentle yoga program incorporating breathing poses.
Karen Moore Holliday, M.A. has a background in teaching, training and counseling. For over twenty years she has supported others in creating a life that has heart and meaning. Karen holds degrees in Human Services, Human Resource Management, and Transpersonal Studies. She is also a Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Yoga Therapist, and Spiritual Mentor. $5 per class, $45 for a 10 class card.

Call 401.592.0400 or email girija­sings@­yahoo.­com for more information.

Visit their website.

 

v  Wednesday, November 26 - Every Wednesday. Weekly Pilates Class at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton starts Wednesday, April 30th from 5 - 6 p.m. with instructor Rachel Harris. $15 per class, with discount packages available. For more information please email Rachel at rachelharrisnutrition@gmail.com.

 

v  Poetry Night at the Brownell Library. 6:00 p.m. Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Book Club Poetry Night - Come share a favorite poem or enjoy a poem. The event is free and open to everyone.

 

v  Wednesday, November 26 - Hey all you wine connoisseurs… heads up! Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery will be hosting "Wine Education and Tasting Seminars" in their Wine Bar every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, August 6th.

Get to know Westport Rivers wines in ways you didn't expect!

The seminars will last and hour or two and will highlight a wine, wine making or vineyard related topic and will always include an informative wine tasting. These are free for wine club members and only $10 for everyone else. They will be sending additional information soon but wanted everyone to block off their Wednesdays nights beginning August 6th.

 

v  Weight Watchers Meeting from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. $42.95 for a monthly pass. www.weightwatchers.com.

 

v  Karaoke every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Atlantic Sports Pub, 70 Shove Street, Tiverton. The event is free and open to the public.

 

v  Hey smarty pants, show White's of Westport what you've got! Do you dominate Trivial Pursuit? Are you the first person to shout of the answer on Jeopardy? Then you'll love their weekly Team? Trivia game.

Join White's of Westport in the Galley Grille on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. to test your knowledge and enjoy some great food and drinks.
Bring your friends and make sure you think of a clever team name. But watch out, the competition is fierce.

66 State Road, (Route 6) Westport.

Also don't miss 20 cent wings, half priced appetizers (7-9 p.m.), great beers on tap, plus a chance to win a $20 gift card to use on your next visit to the Galley Grille or Bittersweet Farm.

 

v  Karaoke every Wednesday and Thursday night at Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

For more information please call 508.675.1501 or 401.435.6565.

 

v  Ageless Gentle Yoga from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. every Wednesday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

$17.00 per person.

Experience well-being, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities.  Begin anytime.  Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing. Discount available for session.

For more information please call 401.816.0024, Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. 

 

Find out more about the above and other local area events coming up this week. Click here for our all of this week’s event listings!

 

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Tips for healthy and safe living.

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Do you heat your home with fuel oil? Then you’ll want to review new safety standards for protecting against costly oil leaks that could be very expensive to remediate.

Click here  PDF to see how to protect your oil tank’s fuel line as required by law. The Massachusetts Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law requires you to upgrade your home heating system equipment to prevent leaks from tanks and pipes that connect to your furnace. By making a relatively small expenditure now, you can prevent a much greater expense in the future.

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito findings in Westport and a widening swath through Southeastern Massachusetts.  Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.

 

A defective or non-functioning smoke alarm almost cost a young Westport woman her life in a recent July 4th Drift Road fire. The house burnt to the ground but the woman was saved by an alert Fire Chief. Protect yourself, your family and pets with proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Is your property safe? Click here to get all the details and state requirements for all age homes. Do it now.  PDF Large file, Please be patient.

 

16 tips you need to defend yourself against deer ticks and Lyme Disease for 2010.   Click here to get them now!

 

10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport. Click here to learn how.  PDF

 

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – July/August, 2014

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Westport Council of Aging has a new video! Click here to see it now.

 

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February 14, 2013 - The Westport Council on Aging is expanding the hours of its food pantry operation to include Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Food for Friends Food Pantry is for needy Westport residents 18 years of age and over. Proof of residency required.

Each client who signs up for the Food for Friends program is assisted personally and confidentially, meeting with the outreach department to assess individual needs.

 

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Jun 25th 2008 Wednesday - First Time Ever House Tour at Westport Point. The Friends of the Westport Council on Aging sponsored this House Tour in the Historic District at Westport Point.

There were more than just a few rooms with a view for the over 300 visitors who toured Westport Point homes on the first ever Point House Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Council of Aging.

 

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