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Local news you may be interested in.  Updated:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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

New galleries and art venues added for 2015. New Boston area concerts and theater venue added July, 2015!

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New! O8/17/2015 Click here to view newly updated Cloud over Westport video.


06/07/2015 Click here to view video of Windscape Westport’, an interactive sculpture, and meet visual artisan Nancy Winship Milliken.



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10/07/2015 – Freetown right-of-way could stall massive LNG project. Natural gas customers in Westport have long complained about low pressure during heavy use months, and Eversource (formerly NSTAR) had placed the blame on restricted–size pipe supply lines.

It seemed the death of the LNG project in Fall River squashed any hope of relief.

That could all change if a mega-LNG proposal destined for Acushnet moves forward.

Planned is the construction of two enormous LNG storage tanks on Eversource property in Acushnet which would be fed by a three-mile pipeline across part of Freetown.

And therein lies the rub.

If activists Karen Viklandry and Joseph Carvalho have their way the project would be dead on arrival. More....


10/07/2015 – North Dartmouth Travel agency scandal grows. $220,000 in booked travel but the troubled travel agency never booked the reservations, say the acting Dartmouth Police Chief and state Attorney General who are now investigating.

The phone number of the 6A Hathaway Road business has been disconnected. More...


10/06/2015 – Accolades, citations and a standing “O” for Ostroff!

It took several minutes but select board Chairman Craig Dutra at last night’s Selectmen’s meeting was able to make it through the extensive list of boards, committees, elected positions and civic accomplishments that were part of Westport’s Elaine Ostroff’s activities during her tenure here in Westport; and these were after her retirement from a very active professional career. More today.

Above: Chairman Craig Dutra congratulates and presents a Citation to Elaine Ostroff while Selectmen Richard Spirlet, Steve Ouellette, Tony Vieira, and Diane Pelland, Administrative Assistant /Confidential Clerk to the Selectmen look on. Photo |


10/05/2015 2:00 p.m. Hurricane Joaquin, on its way to tropical storm status, has passed just west of Bermuda, lashing the islands with tropical storm-force winds. Where's the storm headed next?

Small craft advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. EDT this evening for Buzzards Bay.

Joaquin is now Europe’s problem, but the National Weather Service has issued coastal flood advisories or warnings for the Atlantic coastline from far southern New Jersey to eastern North Carolina and northeast South Carolina.

Westport could experience wave heights of three feet, but that would pose only minor coastal issues at high tide because of the counterclockwise wind direction of the cyclone.

Cape Cod and the Islands will protect East Beach Road and Beach Avenue

Our neighboring states to the south have not been so lucky as heavy rainfall and strong easterly winds have produced severe flooding and coastal beach erosion.

The strongest onshore winds from southeast New England to the Outer Banks of North Carolina will persist through Monday evening.

The National Weather Service forecasts NE winds 10 to 15 KT with gusts up to 25 KT, and seas around 5 FT.

Things return to normal Tuesday morning.

Thank goodness Westport sat this one out.


10/04/2015 And when they got there, the festival grounds were bare...

The Trustees of Reservations, hosts of the annual Harvest Festival at the Westport Town Farm, cancelled the 2015 event due to the threat of bad weather.

From all indications it will not be rescheduled.

What a shame, but it was the right call.


10/03/2015 Mystery Photo solved! Our latest Mystery Photo posted on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 2:05 p.m. was correctly identified on September 29th at 12:32 p.m. as It’s Sawdy Pond from rt 177!” by Mark Orzeck of Westport.

You were told it would be difficult, taking three days rather than three minutes to solve!

By being the first to correctly identify the location Mark wins a $25 gift certificate to Ten Cousins Brick Oven, Westport’s trendiest restaurant specializing in brick oven pizza, salads, pasta and more.

Click here to see results of previous Mystery Photo postings.


09/30/2015 Southcoast Radiology and Imaging Services, part of Southcoast Health, 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. More...


09/30/2015 Leadership SouthCoast students spend day at 'the people's house.' Westport state senator Michael Rodrigues pointed to the peculiar golden bird overlooking the State House Senate chambers. Everything in this historic room, the bird included, has a story.

"It's the head of a turkey, the body of an eagle," he said.

Boston-born Ben Franklin, whose bust is featured in the chambers, wasn't a fan of Congress picking the bald eagle to represent the United States. He preferred the turkey — "a bird of courage," he once told his daughter in a letter.

Massachusetts settled the debate by installing the hybrid — the "teagle," Rodrigues calls it — in the late 1700s, and it has been keeping watch over legislators ever since. More...


09/29/2015 Recycle this! Well, apparently three times a charm as the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s third electronic recycling event in so many months brought in carloads of unwanted household electrical and electronic recyclables.

“We had people lined up at 9:00 a.m. (opening time),” Steve Connors, WRWA Community Engagement Manager said. “We had a very busy morning, almost filling two trucks with 6000 to 8000 pounds of recyclables, collecting 180 CRT monitors in the process (most dangerous to the environment.)

The two-hour event was a bargain for town residents, as most items carried no disposal charge with only a $10 disposal fee for all TVs and monitors, mini-fridges, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and other coolant containing appliances (hazardous to the environment.)

Say, got room for one more 36” CRT color TV?


09/28/2015 Rare 'super blood moon' lunar eclipse captivates Westport sky watchers.

Route 88 bridge, Westport - Westporters on East Beach last night got a spectacular view, for the first time in 20 years, when clear skies gave center stage to a heavenly phenomenon indeed.

The northern hemisphere’s Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, offered a triple-dose of awe to an already awesome event.

A full moon, a Harvest Moon, a supermoon. It was a remarkable display of rare astrological convergence as a full supermoon underwent a total eclipse.

Photos |

The sequence above was photographed from the Normand E. Fontaine Bridge looking over Half Moon Flat in the lower reaches of the Westport River as a full supermoon passed through the penumbar and umbra of the Earth’s shadow, resulting in a full lunar eclipse of the moon.

If you missed it, don’t worry – one is due in another 18 years.


Above, left: full lunar eclipse at 10:06 p.m. Right: light-enhanced image of the full lunar eclipse over Half Moon Flat, Westport River.


09/28/2015 Next time, try the crosswalk! Around 2:00 a.m. this morning an east-bound, dark colored SUV-type vehicle driving down Old County Road struck the bridge’s curb near the kayak shop, ripped off the right front tire, careened across the road, jumped the opposite curb, drove across The Head Town Landing Country Store’s lawn after demolishing one of their flags, and finally came to rest deep in the bushes of the next door neighbor.

Didn’t they realize Rory doesn’t offer nighttime, drive-in service?

There were no reported injuries among the vehicle’s two occupants.

Police were called and the vehicle was quickly removed from the scene.

Speed and intoxication may have been involved according to police.

The accident is under investigation.


09/27/2015 EPA lauds improvements at North Dartmouth Superfund site. The Environmental Protection Agency joined local officials to celebrate the implementation of a sustainable groundwater cleanup system and the installation of solar panels at the ReSolve Superfund site in North Dartmouth.

Registration is open for the annual Cornell Pond Fishing Derby, set for Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The groundwater cleanup is happening through an innovative biological treatment process that is fully powered by solar panels at the site.

The site operated as chemical reclamation facility between 1956 and 1980 more...


09/26/2015 West Nile Found in Tiverton Mosquitoes. Will we all make it to the first frost without getting bit?

Rhode Island environmental officials are warning that West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in the state for the second time this season.

The state Department of Environmental Management said on Tuesday, September 15th that a sample of mosquitoes collected Tuesday, September 8th in southern Tiverton tested positive for the virus.

A sample of mosquitoes collected Wednesday, August 12th in the central area of North Kingstown was the first positive finding. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Rhode Island.

The DEM says positive findings are expected in late summer and early fall, and the risk of mosquito-borne disease typically lasts until the first frost.

Nevertheless, the DEM advises people to increase efforts to protect themselves from mosquito bites by using repellent and eliminating mosquito breeding grounds.

Want to know if you have been infected with West Nile Virus? Click here!


09/25/2015 Rep. Schmid attends first cooperative conference in Quebec.

State Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) joined his colleagues from the Legislature in attendance at the first Massachusetts-Quebec Cooperation Conference this past weekend.

Delegates gathered in Quebec City for a series of sessions to discuss the political and institutional situations of Massachusetts and Quebec, as well as energy and climate change locally and internationally. More... 


09/24/2015 Spot on! For many years now the Westport Town Hall clock has been right only twice a day.


Inset: World Clock on an iPhone 6 Plus verifies the accuracy of the patched up town hall clock!


Now, the 1938 Techron electric clock, long the harbinger to the accuracy of windup timepieces back in the day, is back on the job thanks to the helping hands of the highway department’s Andrew Sousa and electrician Bill Plamondon.

The pair recently installed a new motor and cleaned up the ancient, tangled wiring high in the attic of the iconic building. 

Purely ceremonial of course as the average Westport resident probably has 20 or more digital clocks in their home, on their person, and in their vehicle to tell accurate time.

Inset: Andrew Sousa points to the clock motor needing replacement. Notice the signatures of all the men who have worked on the clock over the years.


Photos | EverythingWestport


The ubiquitous town hall clock, once so common in early rural New England and in many cases the only timepiece in the village common is now a relic of times gone by.

Sousa is also researching how to get a new neon light fixture (the old one is burnt out long ago) that encircles the clock face, so that once again our Town Hall clock will shine like a beacon into the night, with the correct time of course! – Fall arrives today, just in time to say goodbye to two months of heat and unwarranted humidity!

The arrival of fall often announces itself with crisp breezes and changing leaf colors. But autumn, as the season is also known, doesn't officially begin until the fall equinox, which falls this year on Wednesday.

In the northern hemisphere, the fall, or autumnal, equinox occurs every year in September, usually on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th. It is the moment when the sun crosses what's known as the celestial equator, the imaginary line over the equator, that signifies when night and day are the same length.

The exact time of this year's autumnal equinox when the sun passes over the equator is 4:21 a.m. Wednesday.


09/22/2015 – Westport Cultural Council Grants Available.

It’s the Fall season and time to apply for Local Cultural Council grants.  The Westport Cultural Council is accepting applications for grants through October 15, 2015.   

If you are a local artist, teacher, or non-profit organization requiring funds for a community-oriented project that directly involves the arts, interpretive sciences, or humanities, they invite you to apply for a Local Cultural Council grant through WCC. More...  


09/21/2015 – Going The Distance - Westport Half Marathon. Westport's scenic roads played home to 322 runners from throughout Massachusetts and beyond last weekend. The second annual Westport Half Marathon took athletes on a 13.1-mile journey down Horseneck Road, past East Beach, onto Drift Road and back to Buzzards Bay Brewing. More with photos... 

Sean Cameron of Boston won the event with a “chip” time of 1:16:59, 2 minutes 15 seconds ahead of Somerville’s Jack Cherewatti

Richard Sands was the top Westport runner, finishing 17th overall with a chip time of 1:34:57. Click here for all race results.


Above: Elizabeth Lane finishes the last few yards of the marathon with daughters Edie and Emily.  Photo | Michael Smith


09/19/2015 – Westport residents offer ideas for CPA project cash at September 10th CPC meeting. Suggestions ranged from restoring the town’s head landing powder house, to using CPA money to support the proposed boardwalk at Knubble Beach, or to turn Jimmy Wood’s Main Road fields into a town common. More...


Above: Wood’s northern field is currently exhibiting an interactive sculpture, ‘Windscape Westport’, by visual artisan Nancy Winship Milliken. Photo |


09/19/2015 – Westport selectmen seek independent inspection of Hix Bridge.

MassDOT has said they will move the town-requested inspection date up, but selectmen want their own "eyes and ears" to review Hix Bridge.

Right: deteriorating concrete on a bridge support column exposes reinforcing steel (REBAR) to corrosion and rust, and eventually will lead to early failure.

Photo |

In response to concerns from officials and residents, the state Department of Transportation authorized a dive inspection of Hix Bridge to be conducted this month, instead of December, according to Town Administrator Timothy King.

That move, however, was not enough. Selectmen on Monday authorized Town Administrator Timothy King to look into an independent inspection. More...


09/19/2015 – On-line state transparency is a go, says Senator Rodrigues. Westport’s State Senator Michael Rodrigues announced this week that in an effort to make the State Senate as open and transparent as possible, the Senate Clerk's office has started to post nearly everything their office receives online for public consumption. Under this change, people will have greater access to petitions filed as well as reports from state agencies.

“We want to encourage public engagement in the political process and empower our constituents to get involved in what's happening here on Beacon Hill. We are proud of these steps and will continue to strive to be as accessible and accountable as we can,” Sen Rodrigues said.

Check out this link to see if you agree.


09/19/2015 – The Southcoast® Wellness Van announces its October schedule for community screenings and vaccinations. The van travels across the region bringing health screenings into the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Free mobile health services available by the staff include:

Cancer screenings and education; Blood pressure screening; Cholesterol screening; Teen resource information; Glucose (diabetes) screenings; Nutritional information and education; Health education services; Medical physician referral; and Vaccinations.

The van will be in Westport on Saturday, October 3rd at Whites of Westport, 66 State Road from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Click here for all locations and more complete information.


09/18/2015 – “Bringing in the Sheaves.” Our Photo of the Week shows a rotary forage harvester stripping a corn field like a maniacal locust swarm of biblical proportions.

Milky Way Farms made short work gathering in this Drift Road cornfield’s silage. The recent spate of dry and hurricane-free weather allowed dairy farmers to plan harvesting the corn, unlike previous years where encroaching tropical storms endangered crops.

Click here to view this photo and all our other photos of the week.


09/16/2015 – State Representative Paul Schmid brings state government to Westport.  Westport’s State Representative gave some Westport residents a glimpse into the inner workings of Massachusetts General Court committee hearings yesterday when the Senate and House chairs of the Joint Committee On The Environment, Natural Resources And Agriculture held a state-level hearing at the Westport Grange.

Above center: State Senator Anne M. Gobi and State Representative Paul Schmid co-chaired the hearing.


“We like to hold these hearings in local communities from time to time to give the public a chance to attend and give testimony,” Rep. Schmid told the over 50 people in attendance.

“No one likes to travel to Boston,” he quipped.

Spenser State Senator Anne M. Gobi co-chaired the meeting with Schmid. More later.


09/12/2015 – Cul-de-sacs sacked? Not! Just two weeks after Selectmen put on hold a dozen tarmac modification projects to allow safety and snow plowing equipment easier access around tightly constructed cul-de-sacs, they reversed their decision and gave marching orders to the town’s Highway Surveyor to continue the Chapter 90-funded jobs.

One stipulation; keep the neighbors and abutters informed and involved with the center island size for future landscaping and beautification efforts by neighbors.

The state-funded Chapter 90 money would have been lost to the town if the projects weren’t finished by the end of the month.

Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves, with the support of most of the affected neighbors, argued that the work on the dead-end streets was welcome and needed to keep snowplows and firetrucks from damaging landscaping and neighbors lawns when taking three-point turns to exit the cul-de-sacs.

Gonsalves also argued that many of the affected streets had under-sized turnarounds due to Planning Board variances contractors received when the streets were first laid out.

All cul-de-sacs are required to have a 50-foot diameter.

“Last year’s record snowfall required the larger plows to clear many of those cul-de-sacs,” Gonsalves said. “We had to tow out contractors’ smaller, snow removal pickup trucks when they got stuck in the heavy drifts.” More...


09/12/2015 – Local motorists cautioned by Westport Selectmen of the many upcoming road races for September and October.

Westport Selectmen want Westport motorists to know and to be aware of the many upcoming road races that will be taking place on Westport roads.

And there are many this fall!

Please drive with caution.

Click here for all the races and their routes.


09/11/2015 – National Day of Service and Remembrance. September 11th victims' relatives marked the anniversary of the terror attacks Friday in a subdued gathering at ground zero, saying their determination to commemorate their loss publicly hadn't dimmed even as 14 years have passed and crowds at the ceremony have thinned.

Right: the 9-11 Memorial at the Westport MA Hixbridge Fire Station holds a piece of World Trade Center steel, a stark reminder of that horrific day of terror.

Hundreds of victims' relatives — fewer than thronged the observances in their early years — gathered for what has become a tradition of tolling bells, moments of silence and the reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror strikes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.



09/10/2015 – Military spouses sacrificed too!  Former Westport Jim Coyne invites you to celebrate and honor our military spouses with a weather resistant nylon flag available for all service branches. Visit their website.

Help pay your respects to the sacrifices of the spouses of service members.

All flags have grommets and are: 17.5 inches wide, 12 inches high.

These flags are proudly made in America!

Coyne, a Vietnam veteran has one for each branch at his home.


09/09/2015 – Let the trail clearing begin! On Tuesday the Westport Land Conservation Trust hosted its first Tuesday Trail Team at the Brookside Conservation Area on American Legion Highway. Several volunteers joined Taylor Arsenault from the WLCT to clear and trim brush off the trail, as well as pick up any debris or trash in the area.

The WLCT will be organizing this opportunity each Tuesday and anyone interested can meet at the Town Farm at 830 Drift Road at 9:00 a.m. Tools and clippers will be provided and volunteers are only asked to wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear.

Come join the WLCT with this great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and make a huge difference in clearing our paths for all to enjoy! Please call us if have any questions at 508.636.9228.


09/07/2015 – If lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and expresso are your thing, then look no further than Westport’s newest coffee house.  Common Ground Coffee has opened at the former dry cleaning location in the Central Village Plaza, right next to Tony’s Pizza.

Owner Stefan Grein thought his new venture was needed in Westport, and invites all to stop in and give them a try.

Above: Stefan Grein and wife Daphne behind the counter of their new venture, Common Ground Coffee at 762 Main Road, Central Village Plaza, Westport.


Grein, who also operates Fourtech Computer Services in the same plaza, is emphasizing local, quality-based offerings such as milk from Arruda’s Farm, and their cheese from Shy Brothers Farm on Main Road.

Of special importance to Grein is that their coffee supplier provides them with single origin coffee, not like other distributers that get their coffee from several Brazilian locations.

Grein’s wife Daphne and a young staff are behind the counter from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day, and Stephan is just a few doors down if needed!  

Look for their grand opening and fair with guitarist Carlin Tripp, artisans Adam Grace and Vera Gasser, and a demonstration tent featuring their local coffee roaster, 1733 Roaster out of Dartmouth on Saturday, October 10th.   More...


09/03/2015 – New picnic tables at Cherry & Webb children’s beach. Without much fanfare the Westport Beach Committee has installed three picnic tables at the Children’s Beach to the east of the Westport Yacht Club on Cherry & Webb Lane.

The highly durable, very functional and hard-to-steal tables (1100 pounds each!) will serve Westport beachgoers for a longtime to come. Hats off to the Westport Beach Committee for a job well done.


09/03/2015 - Beach committee to run Cherry & Webb Beach bus shuttle on Labor Day weekend. Cheer up all you frustrated, beach pass holding, sand and sea lovers who can’t find parking at Cherry & Webb Beach this holiday weekend - the force is with you.

Beach Committee Chairman Tim St. Michel announced that a pair of Council on Aging buses will be available over the three-day holiday weekend from between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. to provide transport  for those people with valid automobile beach passes between Cherry and Webb Beach and the Westport Town Hall on Main Road.

Weather forecasters who know such things say a glorious weekend of sun and balmy air is in the making so you can expect parking pandemonium at the best little beach in Westport.

Get there early!

After 11:00 a.m. if no parking is available, drop off your stuff with a person to look over it, and drive up to the Town Hall parking lot where a bus will then transport you and others back to the beach.

Instructions for this temporary solution to overbooked parking will be available at the beach parking lot entrance and the Town Hall.

But beware, the last bus will return to Town Hall before 4:00 p.m.


09/03/2015 - Golfing enthusiasts from Eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands now have a new, local golf magazine just for them. Golf Forum Magazine Free produced its first edition in June of this year.

Their first magazine was published in the spring of 1995 for Brevard County, FL.

From 1995-2008 the magazine established itself as a localized and highly respected monthly publication. In 2008, their local publication was converted to a franchise model and their franchisee group enabled the publication to be considered an industry leader. 

Click here to read more about this magazine and view other noteworthy local golf course and news information.

The cornerstone of their publishing model is to bring to the public a well-designed, thoughtful publication that provides newsworthy and entertaining information pertinent to the golf industry and to do so within the format of a free monthly magazine. Each issue of Free Golf Forum Magazine is designed and formatted to be informative and enjoyable reading geared toward the golf enthusiast. Visit their website.


09/03/2015 - Leave our beach access road alone! The Westport Beach Committee soundly and unanimously (4-0; one member absent) rejected all three alternative dune restoration proposals presented to Selectmen recently by the Buzzards Bay Coalition, citing they all create a hindrance to accessing Beach Avenue’s Knubble Beach.

At the special Tuesday night meeting the Committee also voted unanimously to forward on their recommendations to the select board at that board’s next scheduled meeting.

“We’re picking door number 4, leaving the road the way it now is,” said Chairman Tim St. Michel.

One-lane travel, difficult handicapped, disabled and senior access, and high cost of maintenance to the town every time a winter storm takes out the restored dune were among the issues cited by the Committee.

Committee member Sean Leach said the road has been that way since 1909 when the town accepted it, and it should remain that way, seeing no reason to implement dune restoration on a Chapter 90 road when in the past there were never any dunes there to begin with.

“We will not vote for anything that reduces public access to public land,” Leach said.

Above: Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Alternate Plan 2 for Beach Avenue Dune Restoration.

Selectmen had recently voted 4-1 on August 24th to accept Alternative Proposal 2, and plan to present an article at this fall’s special Town Meeting to abandon the last (easternmost) 800 feet of Beach Avenue, clearing the way for the creation of a four-foot high dune upon which a pedestrian boardwalk and single lane handicapped and safety road would be built.


09/03/2015 - No Peace for this Portsmouth Monk on a Wind Turbine. Brother Joseph Byron can't catch a break, even from 175 feet in the air. Click here to view video.

It's official: Privacy is dead. Rest in peace, old friend.

One Sunday earlier last month, Benedictine monk Brother Joseph Byron climbed to the top of a wind turbine on the Portsmouth Abbey School campus to catch the morning breeze and views of the blue bay. Not a bad way to spend some quiet time on your day of rest.

Enter a drone! More...

We should be happy these Portsmouth, RI turbines are good for something!


09/03/2015 - Meet the face of Westport’s new town website!

Expect the site to go live in 8 to 10 weeks as town employees hasten to lock in navigational design and load content.

EverythingWestport peeked under the kimono to get a glimpse of the home page:

Above: The home page of the Virtual Towns & Schools design for Westport’s new town information portal.

Selectmen have struggled over past years with their in-house attempts to manage a home-grown website. An older software technology coupled with a lack of features and little centralized control over department page design, graphics, typefaces and colors has led the select board to finally ink a deal with Boxborough, MA-based Virtual Towns & Schools.

Thanks to pre-programmed modules and an easy-to-navigate user-interface, the parameter–driven system will simplify department head interaction by taking webpage programming out of their hands, allowing them to focus just on providing the data actually sought by the website’s visitors.

Virtual Town Hall (VTH) is a feature-rich, robust application that has a wide and diverse user base.

“Virtual Town Hall has kind of taken over,” Selectman Antone Vieira said at a recent meeting, referring to the host of Massachusetts municipalities using the system. “Individual planning board and tax collector officers can get additional contracted services added onto this (Virtual Town Hall) for their particular needs.”

VTH doesn’t offer a tax collection and payment module, but will interface with these services of compatible providers.

Above: VT&S President Millard Rose (center) takes Selectmen through a presentation of Virtual Town Hall’s features and benefits at the July 13th Selectmen’s meeting. Photo |

The company’s Post & GO! website content management software based on an open source platform powered by Drupal may not mean much to residents just trying to find our when their taxes are due, but getting the information they need quickly and easily will.

Confidential Clerk to the Board of Selectmen Diane Pelland, Town Administrator Tim King, and Planning Board Assistant Planner Lucy Tabit are charged with configuring site graphic design and base architecture, and will probably oversee the complete content load with the assistance of VT&S.

Westport will pay $9000 for the initial setup and training, and $3000 per year thereafter, a bargain for a reliable, readable and content rich website.


08/29/2015 – Westport’s Hix Bridge is in good, but not great, condition, according to town authorities.

Town authorities and others at a recent selectmen’s meeting expressed concern about the span — which has some slight problems despite being less than a decade old. Authorities stressed that it will not fall apart any time soon, but should be in better shape.

Selectmen Vice Chairman R. Michael Sullivan told selectmen that the town should consider its options.


Above: On Friday, November 3, 2006 state and local officials dedicated the completion of the modernized Hix Road bridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Now less that nine years later town officials are concerned with the bridges structural integrity. Photos |


The problem seems centered around the quality of the concrete mix used to build the support columns.

“I don’t know what our recourse is, but I would like to do something,” Sullivan said. More...


08/28/2015 – Little Compton resident wins $1 million prize at Westport Apothecary!

On Friday, August 14th Joanna Wilkie of Little Compton purchased a $20 scratch ticket that ultimately allowed her to become the latest $1 million prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “40th Anniversary Millions” instant game.

The lotter made the public announcement on Friday August 18th.

Wilkie chose to receive her winnings in annual payments of $50,000 (less taxes) over 20 years. Her immediate plans for her winnings are to take her kids to Disney World, while her future plans include buying a house.

Photo | Mass Lottery

Her winning ticket was purchased at Westport Apothecary, 784 Main Road in Westport. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for its sale.

One $10 million prize and nine $1 million prizes remain in the “40th Anniversary Millions” $20 instant game that launched in 2012.

Many of you may know  Joanna as a longtime employee of Westport’s Bayside Restaurant.


08/27/2015 – EZ-Pass email phishing scam. If Rhode Island can’t collect a toll on the Sakonnet Bridge, is this scam another attempt at collecting a toll? LOL!

The Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority is warning EZ-Pass customers of an email phishing scam that demands recipients pay up on past due accounts.

The scam is affecting 28 million people across the planet, according to a RIBTA news release.

“The fraudulent email contains language indicating that the email recipient has not paid his/her bill and that an outstanding invoice is attached. All RITBA electronic correspondence has an email ending with “;” if you receive an email regarding E-ZPass please check the email address before opening,” the alert stated.

RI E-ZPass customers or residents are advised to not open this email and delete it immediately. For more information you may contact RI E-ZPass at 877.743.9727 or visit the E-ZPass Interagency Group’s website.


08/27/2015 – Selectmen cite retiring Westport harbormaster; appoint Chris Leonard as Acting Harbormaster.

Mentioning his 28 years of outstanding contributions to overseeing Westport waterways and harbor, Selectmen Monday night presented a citation to retiring Harbormaster Richie Earle.


Above left: Selectmen Antone Vieira congratulates Earle and (right) Chris Leonard. Photos |

Earle’s wife, Chris was in attendance.

Earle was then appointed Assistant Harbormaster so he won’t be going anywhere soon.

Congratulations Ritchie, and thanks for a job well done.

Below: Earle heads out Wednesday to pump out a boat.


08/27/2015 – Westport farmer headed to court over broken wind turbines. For the last five years, three wind turbines have dotted the picturesque Noquochoke Orchards landscape on Drift Road — and now the turbine trio will be the center of an upcoming Fall River District court case.

Photo |

The turbines have cost George Smith IV and his grandfather George Smith II more than they have produced; the younger Smith and his aunt Doris Mills will be taking the turbine owner, Rob Rollins of Aerostar, to small claims court on October 15th. More...


08/27/2015 – Updated today. Headless, limbless body found floating by fishermen near the entrance of Westport Harbor.

More reminiscent of a mobster movie than real life, the commercial fishing crew of the vessel TNT recovered on Wednesday, August 19th a large, floating object off Horseneck Point, just south of the Westport Harbor entrance, that was wrapped in plastic and bound by duct tape.

The crew hauled up the heavy, wrapped bundle, opened it and was shocked to find a naked, partially limbless and headless body.

Paull said the plastic could have been a shower curtain.

They instantly put the corpse back into the ocean and called the Coast Guard.

Photo | Jonathon Paull exclusive to

Above: Local and state police, and the Cape Cod Medical Examiner prepare to transport the recovered body that was brought in on the Westport Harbormaster’s boat.


Assistant Harbormasters Jonathon Paull and Chris Leonard were immediately notified of the find by the Coast Guard, and headed out in the Harbormaster’s boat.

Once they arrived the fishermen left to resume fishing. Paull and Leonard stayed with the body

Harbormaster Richie Earle notified the local police who called in the state police and the medical examiner’s office.

“We had to wait almost two hours before they all arrived at the Harbormaster’s shack,” Earle said. “In the meantime I went out and picked up a webbed aluminum litter and a tarp to cover the body.”

Earle took the assembled officials out on the other Harbormaster’s boat.

“We must have looked like a clown boat, they were so many of us on it,” Earle said.

When they arrived on the scene they found the bloated corpse of a man with no head and almost entirely limbless floating in the water.

Above: Richie Earle is no stranger in recovering body’s, having been involved in the retrieval of five or six drowning victims over his tenure as Westport’s Harbormaster. Photo |


“There was a terrible smell,” Earle said.

Earle said that the body was partially dismembered and appeared to have been in the water for some time, perhaps a couple of weeks. The body is that of a man.

The situation is under investigation by the police and no further information is available.

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of death and the identity of the deceased.

“It’s a heck of a way to start my retirement,” said Earle.

It was reported but not confirmed that severed hands wrapped in plastic and duct tape were found on a beach in Little Compton.

A police helicopter was spotted in the skies in two states running search patterns.

More complete information this evening on


08/25/2015 – Mass unemployment figures show Westport’s unemployment rate has ticked up to 6 percent from 5.7 percent, according to numbers just released today by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

But compared to rates as high as 11 percent just a year ago, the numbers are much improved. However, the uptick from June to July can be disconcerting in the summer months when temporary jobs put downward pressure on unemployment figures.

New Bedford had a higher rate of unemployment than Fall River (8.2 percent) at 8.5 percent; both cities had slight increases in unemployment.

The Massachusetts unemployment rate was 4.7% in July, 2015.


08/22/2015 – Access Mats matter for mobility! “Beaches are unconsolidated sand; because of that it makes it difficult to navigate for anyone with mobility issues,” said WLCT Executive Director Ryan Mann as he and Commission on Disability Chairwoman, Elaine Ostroff oversaw the final installation last month of four sections of “access mats” on Westport Land Conservation Trust beachfront next to  the Knubble.

While the eastmost one-third of Beach Avenue is under discussion for possible dune restoration which would limit vehicular traffic, Mann and Ostroff moved quickly to dramatically enhance handicap access to the prettiest seashore in Westport.

The durability and portability of access mats make them the perfect solution for providing accessible beach pathways. Utilizing the benefits of a polyester weave ensures that rigidity and strength are preserved over soft sand surfaces, while the polyester material is able to contour to undulating surfaces.

While the proposed Beach Avenue dunes restoration project still has many hurdles to overcome, beach goers with mobility issues are now enjoying the white pristine sands of Knubble Beach.  More...


08/22/2015 – WAG holds ribbon cutting, dedicates new wing.

Scores of members, guests and the just plain curious came out late yesterday afternoon to help celebrate the dedication of the Westport Art Group’s new wing and to officially open the 2015 annual Community Summer Show and Sale.

Their new digs are impressive.

WAG president Mary Benefiel thanked the Building Committee and board members for a job well done.

Renovations to the kitchen and all-person accessible bathrooms will begin after Labor Day. This schedule allows WAG to offer programs and events throughout the summer.

Click here for more photos!


“This project has been a labor of love with members pitching in to make it all happen. We’re grateful for the support and encouragement from the community,” Benefiel said.

Benefiel praised the building committee members: Paul Vien - Chairman, Mary Benefiel, Heide Hallemeier, Bruce Hubbard and Peter Lenrow.

Benefiel recognized Damon F. May of May Architects, Joe Yates of Construction & Restorations Services, and SITEC, Inc’s Sean Leach.


08/21/2015 – Beach Committee and Town Clerk’s office to Westport Select Board: “Crack down on beach pass scofflaws!”

Outdated license and registration addresses, modified business office lease agreements to prove residency, ‘tenancy at will’ renters, and elaborate excuses that rival “the dog ate my homework” are all situations the Town Clerk and her assistant have faced at one time or another when issuing passes this year for entry into town beaches.

And they want it stopped.

Things finally came to a head in July when extremely hot weather combined with a holiday weekend, price increases for Horseneck Beach parking permits, and 3200 town-issued beach passes to the best seashore on the southcoast all added up to a prescription for disaster for resident beach goers trying to park their cars.

But are deceptively obtained beach passes and/or no beach pass the real problem for a chronic parking shortage at Cherry and Webb Beach?  More...


08/20/2015 – Updates from the Hill! This week Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) traveled to Wilmington, Delaware to participate in a national panel to discuss agriculture, forestry, and fishing in the Northeast region of the United States of America.  The panel was organized by the Council of State Governments and the Eastern Legislative Conference.  Other activities during the week included a presentation on fishing and aquaculture and a tour of the University of Delaware, where electric vehicles with the capability to serve as power sources to the grid were viewed.  As House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and a farmer, topics of discussion reflected issues Representative Schmid sees daily both in his personal life and through his work on the Committee.

Please contact Representative Schmid’s office at 617.722.2210 with any questions.

The Office of Representative Schmid will be submitting a weekly piece, titled “Updates from the Hill” in order to summarize the highlights and happenings on Beacon Hill. 


08/19/2015 – Have tickets, will not travel! It was supposed to be Kristine Mello and Jeffrey Ferreira's dream destination wedding to the Iberostar Paraiso Maya in Mexico with 45 of their family members and closest friends.

The 47 of them paid a total of $70,000 to $75,000 about three months ago to Terry's Travel, 6A Hathaway Road, Dartmouth for their flights and rooms at the resort located on the beach between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Ferreira said.

Now they're finding out that neither their rooms nor their flights have been paid for, he said.


Update: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has agreed to head the investigation into Terry’s Travel.  More...


08/19/2015 – Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive! Faced with a high cost of doing business and little control over the price of their milk, many Massachusetts dairy farmers have struggled in recent years.


“We’ve never lost money, but we’ve never made money either.” Barbara Hanley, Shy Brothers Farm


“Historically, being a dairy farmer is a real roller coaster,” said Alan Everett, a Williamsburg dairy farmer who sits on the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s board of directors. “Prices are not stable. Some years it’s catastrophic; some years it’s profitable. It’s certainly something you wouldn’t get into if you didn’t love it, because it’s not easy to get rich milking cows.”

Paul Farias and wife Sandi Porter (pictured right) have both.

Porter owns Lyons Brook Farm at 76 Drift Road in Westport. Her family-owned business has been selling raw goats’ milk to the public for more than 10 years.

Click here to read about Lyons Brook Farm.

“There is basically no profit," Farias said. "It is something we enjoy doing and (Sandi) loves the animals. At the end of the day, if you break even you did well."

Their farm has 24 adult goats and 12 baby goats. More...


08/18/2015 - Grange’s Shared-use kitchen gives startups a leg up. “The old kitchen that was here was in pretty rough shape,” said Sam Manley, president of the Dartmouth Grange. “The back had rotted off of it. But then a tree fell and put a hole in the roof, and it exposed how bad were.”

At first, Grange members thought of just patching the roof, but during a public meeting in 2002, an ambitious goal was presented to the public that would transform the space into a shared-use kitchen open to the community.



08/17/2015 11:18 a.m. – “We give up!” Stop already with the Mystery Photo entries; we’ve been bombed with correct answers.

A correct location was emailed exactly three minutes after the photo was posted!

Jim Walsh was the first to correctly identify at 11:18 a.m. the location as “Mystery photo are two of the windmills at Noquochoke Orchards - Drift Rd.”

For his ever-so-speedy answer, Jim will enjoy the fantastic fare at Ten Cousins, and the rest of you (and there were many!) will just have to wait for the next mystery photo that we promise to post in the next few days.

And it won’t be an easy one!

Thanks everybody for visiting


08/17/2015 – 11:15 a.m. – Our Photo of the Week (also our Mystery Photo!) is also our latest Clouds over Westport photo; a dramatic view of clouds and wind turbines. To see more Photos of the Week, Click here.



08/16/2015 – Australian golfer Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship, professional golf’s fourth and final Major of the year, with a record-setting performance of 20 under par, a feat never before done in the playing of this tournament or any of the three other majors.

With his second place finish and Rory McIlroy finishing 17th, Jordan Spieth became the world’s number one ranked golfer.

In an emotional statement in front of family, friends and onlookers, Day said, "It's a fantastic record to hold. There's been such amazing golfers, especially throughout the history of golf, our sport, and to have that record just goes to show the work I've put in is paying off."  

Click here to read more about Day’s victory and other news in our Golf Section.


08/12/2015 – WAHTF plans to reinstate Housing Rehabilitation Program.

The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund is working with the Town Administrator, the Building Department, and the Accounting Department to seek approval from the Department of Housing and Community Development to reinstate the town's former Housing Rehabilitation Program. The reinstatement of the program is among the Trust's strategies to maintain and increase the town's SHI numbers to meet the state mandate that 10 percent of every community's housing inventory should be affordable.

What does all this mean? Click here to find out how this may affect you!


08/12/2015 – TTOR Youth Conservation Corps Offers out-of-work teens a Rare Opportunity for Work and Learning.

Most teenagers who are lucky enough to find a summer job might end up flipping burgers or standing in front of a cash register all day, but for those in The Trustees Youth Conservation Corps, summer is spent exploring the outdoors and working to improve local green spaces for public use and enjoyment.

Learn how TTOR is serving the area’s youth.


'Postcards for this year's festival are available at Roger Williams National Memorial now!'08/10/2015 – Folk Festival returns to Providence. The 2nd annual Providence Folk Festival is a free music festival featuring some of the finest folk, acoustic and singer-songwriter acts in the RI area on two stages of music.

The Providence Folk Festival will take place on Sunday, August 30th from noon until 6 p.m. at Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street in Downtown Providence. More...


08/10/2015 – WRWA welcomes Jennifer Lynch. Lynch is the second employee to join the WRWA from a land conservation group; former TTOR employee Steve Connors joined the watershed protection group last April as Community Engagement Management.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is pleased to announce that Jennifer Lynch has joined the organization as Development and Finance Administrator. Jennifer is well known in Westport for her fourteen years of devoted work with the Westport Land Conservation Trust.



08/08/2015 – Dartmouth music series aimed at toe-tappin' families. Live music — real music, not just kiddie songs — is something all kids should be raised with.

And that’s one of the goals behind the new Paskamansett Concert Series in Dartmouth.

The once-a-month BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnics) series aims to offer live music — chiefly local and national names in Americana, folk, roots, Celtic, blues and bluegrass — at the Dartmouth Grange Patrons Hall, an intimate venue with no bad seat in the house.

Seamus Galligan (pictured right) and Michael Laureanno are performing this Saturday, August 8th.  More...


08/07/2015 – Quote of the day:  "I'm the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on babies while they're still in their mother's womb. The only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think if you go to Washington that someone had beat me to it." – Candidate and neurosurgeon Ben Carson at last night’s Republican presidential debate.

Over 24 million viewers watched the first republican primary debate, the most viewers of any political debate of its kind, ever!


08/07/2015 – Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) sponsored a day at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday for Westport vets. 

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the sales tax holiday on Thursday, set for August 15-16.  The state’s 6.25% sales tax will be suspended for most purchases that weekend.

Rep. Schmid (D-Westport) also had the unique opportunity to meet with Tsutomu Himeno, Japanese Consul General, this week in Boston, promoting the Fall River and New Bedford region to Japanese manufacturers. More...

The Office of Representative Schmid will be submitting a weekly piece, titled “Updates from the Hill” in order to summarize the highlights and happenings on Beacon Hill. 


08/06/2015 – Fall River’s Battleship Cove celebrates its 50th! An important page in Fall River’s colorful history was written on June 12, 1965 when the mammoth battleship USS Massachusetts was welcomed to the city’s waterfront by a flotilla of pleasure boats and more than a half-million enthusiastic well-wishers who line the shores of Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River. More...

Click here for a schedule of events.


08/04/2015 – Westport Planning Board tackles parking bottleneck at the Head. The planned arrival of the WRWA’s new headquarters to an area already hectic with burgeoning retail businesses has area residents and public safety officials concerned about troubling traffic and parking trends at one of Westport’s historic 1800’s business districts.

They didn’t have these problems back then when Shorrocks (general hardgoods store), a harness maker and other mom and pop businesses populated the Head of Westport.

Horse droppings were more of a concern.

Now move ahead to 2015 where automobiles whiz across the bridge at speeds in excess of 40 mph, make U-turns and park wherever, all the while pedestrians crossing Old Country Road.

It’s a prescription for disaster.

Now throw in a property line dispute with the town landing’s eastern neighbor and you come up with a situation only a lawyer could love.

The Westport Planning Board with the help of the Landing Commission, Westport River Watershed Alliance, and town safety officials is attempting to address all this with a new Site Design, Site Circulation, Parking and Access plan.



08/04/2015 – The Shattuck presents Bill and Ben Shattuck.

"Father and son - gifted artists both, united beyond their relationship in their roles as master storytellers through the media of drawings, prints, and in Ben's case, the written word, as well." - Rosanne Somerson, President, Rhode Island School of Design; Professor of Furniture Design/Studio furniture maker

Ben Shattuck (b. 1984) is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and of University of Iowa's Iowa Writers' Workshop.  He lived and studied with painter Odd Nerdrum in southern Norway.   

Click here to view more of their work and biographies.

Bill Shattuck is self-taught in drawing and painting and has developed an appreciation for narrative through the power of the visual image.  Much of his work references the pastoral surrounding of his Dartmouth, Massachusetts home. 


08/04/2015 – State Representative Paul Schmid talks about honeybee colony collapse and August 15-16 sales tax holiday!

He also reports the Massachusetts legislature unanimously voted to override Governor Baker’s veto of full day kindergarten expansion grants. 

The Office of Representative Paul A. Schmid will be submitting a weekly piece, titled “Updates from the Hill” in order to summarize the highlights and happenings on Beacon Hill.  Our goal is to bring the Legislature to Bristol County and keep residents informed of events, key votes, and legislation that may be of interest.  Please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie McCarthy if you have any questions.



08/03/2015 – Oyster farms sprout in Westport. Selectmen last week approved the creation of four new oyster farms in Westport, two of which will be the largest aquaculture new ventures in town.

It seems that Westport’s agricultural heritage is now taking seed in a different venue, the water world of Westport’s rivers and bay.

Application requests from Kerian and Kristin Fennelly, 117 Cross Road, Westport for private shellfish grant/aquaculture licenses on two 25-acre oyster farms in the southeast corner off Gooseberry Island were unanimously approved 3-0; Selectmen Tony Vieira and Steve Ouellette were absent.

The project was moved forward by Westport Shellfish Warden Gary Sherman, and reviewed by The Army Corp of Engineers, Mass DEP, and the Division of Marine Fisheries and the Massachusetts Protected Species Program.

The town’s Shellfish Advisory Committee also approved of the project.

Fennelly’s company, Bay Breeze, Inc. plans two 25-acre oyster farms, one licensed to Fennelly and one to his wife, Kristen.

The state agencies limit the size of a single oyster farm to 25 acres.

“Now I have to go out and buy and retrofit a lobster boat,” Fennelly said.

Application requests from Christopher M. Jusseaume, 1384 Drift Road, for a private shellfish grant/aquaculture license on a one-acre site located in the west branch of the Westport River (Site #4) for   oysters, and an application request from his father, Michel A. Jusseaume, 33 Fallon Drive for another one-acre site located in the west branch of the Westport River (Site #3) were also approved.


08/03/2015 – Warren M. Messier recognized by Westport Selectmen for outstanding service to the community. Chairman Craig Dutra and the Select Board recognized Messier’s service to the town on several committees, saying “this is not to wish you well and go off, just to wish you well in a new chapter of your service to the town of Westport.”

Messier has been an example of dedication and service to the Town of Westport, Dutra said. He has served on the Planning Board for 22 years, the Finance Committee [for] 18 years, and the Community Preservation Committee [for] 13 years, Dutra said. He also served on the Public Safety Fire Station Building Committee, Westport River Dredging Committee, Westport Affordable Housing Trust and Housing Partnership Committee just to name a few, Dutra said.

Messier has also served as an adviser to many town projects such as the American Legion Hall, Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Council on Aging, and others.


07/31/2015 – Once in a blue moon! Last night Westport got a of a rare, but not quite blue “blue moon.” Clear skies enabled viewers to gawk at the second full (and big!) moon for July, known as a blue moon.

A blue moon, at least according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with color. It simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.

As NASA explains: "Most blue moons appear pale gray and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

“And that doesn't happen very often (the last time was in August 2012, and the next time will be January 2018), so "once in a blue moon" is a phrase still worthy of a rare occurrence.”


07/30/2015Letter to the editor: Westport resident takes exception to dogs on town beaches from mid-April to mid-September.

“How to change the culture of dogs on the beach? Other towns and other beaches offer an example. The state beach has employees checking in every car and “No dog” signs abound. Other local beaches post patrol cars at their beach parking lots at times when those who break the rules are likely to use the parking lot and beach. Police ticket those who break the law.” M A Beck more...


07/30/2015The Waterfront Historic Area League of New Bedford (WHALE) awarded the Sarah Delano Preservation Award to the Westport Historical Society at its 52nd annual meeting.

The honor, named for the late WHALE president who served from 1966 - 1982, was given for the Society’s restoration and interpretation of the circa 1713 Cadman-White-Handy House on Hix Bridge Road.

“The Handy House is the largest artifact in the collection of the Westport Historical Society. It has been left mostly unfurnished so that visitors can view the walls, floors, windows, doors, hinges, moldings, plaster, and other parts of its structure,” said WHALE president Wendy Nicholas as she presented the award.

“Inside a visitor can discover the secrets of this 300-year-old house which includes an 18th century house buried within an 1800 house, buried within a Federal style 1830s structure,” she said.

“Utilizing Community Preservation Act funds available in Westport, the Westport Historical Society completed the careful exterior and interior restoration of the Handy House creating an innovative way to explore Westport’s past and to engage the community.”

Inset: Executive Director Jenny O’Neill and Tony Connors, president of the Westport Historical Society accepted the honor at the WHALE’s 52nd annual meeting held at the Wamsutta Club.

At the Thursday, May 28th meeting architect and historic preservationist, Chip Gillespie, who also served as WHALE’s president for many years, was posthumously honored with the George Perkins Award, awarded to an individual or organization whose contributions have made a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater New Bedford. George C. Perkins is one of the founders of WHALE and served as the first president.

Other Westport individuals and organizations honored over the past 10 years: Stephen Fletcher and Michael Walden, for the "Stone House"; The Trustees of Reservations, for the Westport Town Farm; Westport Fishermen's Association, for c.1888 Westport Lifesaving Station; and Calvin Hopkinson, Wolf Pit School (Little School), Westport.


07/29/2015Black Duck, Hurricane of 38 and some very colorful local characters! The Westport Historical Society continued its ongoing history lecture series on July 23rd at the Westport Grange with “Some True Stories” presented by Davison Paull and Claude Ledoux… and some tall tales too – all part of the oral histories collected by the two local historians over the past 30 years.  More...


07/28/2015Westport Soccer is celebrating 25 years, and they would love to have you join them for their “official” Flag Raising and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at Russell Davis Fields, 914 Sanford Road, Westport on Saturday, August 29th at 11:00 a.m.

Contact Peter Brown at 508.400.0127 or email: if you plan to attend or need additional information.


07/28/2015Boston’s bid for 2024 Summer Olympics - crash and burn! Deep skepticism here about whether taxpayers would be stuck footing the bill for the Olympics has doomed Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Games and raised questions about whether any other major American city might be willing to take on the risk. More...


07/27/2015New Boy Scout Troop in Westport. Newly formed Boy Scout Troop 3 out of St. John the Baptist Church has been added to our List of Clubs and Organizations.

Scoutmasters Shawn Morley, Mike Hall and Jodi Sullivan can be reached by emailing or by visiting their facebook page.

Troop 3 recently hosted the dunk tank at the Westport Fair. 


07/25/2015A memorial service for Dr. J.K. Stewart Kirkaldy, in the manner of Friends was held on Saturday at the Westport Friends Meetinghouse, 938 Main Road. Dr. Kirkaldy practiced medicine in Westport for 45 years, and was a respected former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

Dr. Kirkaldy passed away on Tuesday, May 19th.

Read entire obituary.

Kirkaldy was named Westport’s Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1961 and received the same honor by the Standard Times in 1965.

Above: Dr. Kirkaldy (right) at the 2014 Annual Westport Friends Book Fair with Greg Marsello, Book Fair Steering Committee Clerk.



07/24/2015And then there was one. Developer pulls the plug on New Bedford waterfront casino project. You may remember a while back that the Somerset developer withdrew from the three-way competition for the southcoast casino license, now leaving Brockton with the only remaining viable casino bid by Mass Gaming and Entertainment for a new casino at the Brockton Fairgrounds. They have the winning ticket; will the city claim it?

New Bedford Mayor Mitchell said “KG Urban’s decision to abandon the project is an extreme disappointment and a great shock given that it’s CEO Barry Gosin had led everyone to believe he would have the necessary funds to build the project. We have been united as a community and have done everything possible to support the KG casino proposal based on Mr. Gosin’s commitment to fully fund the project, so city residents and its leadership are all understandably upset by Mr. Gosin’s decision.”

Mayor Mitchell has received a double whammy; the first being the collapse of the Cape Wind project when the two utilities companies involved decided to let their purchase contracts expire due to delays by the wind farm developer, choosing not to renew their commitments citing high costs of production. That all but shuts the door on the Mayor’s hopes for a wind turbine assembly and shipping terminal on the waterfront.

New Bedford had approved KG Urban’s proposal to construct a $650 million casino resort that would have a glass walled casino complex and give visitors a stunning view of the New Bedford harbor.

Based on survey results more than 70% of New Bedford locals were in favor of the casino as it was supposed to generate employment opportunities and bring in around $12 million in gaming tax revenue for the city.

Gosin also said the possibility of competition from a nearby Indian casino which would pay no taxes or other compensation to the Commonwealth, helped kill the deal."

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has plans for a casino in Taunton, but that project has become ensnared in the federal government bureaucracy.

The Brockton developer was quick to respond to the news saying the establishment of a resort casino will also be an anchor in the economic revitalization of Brockton, which is one of several minority/majority cities in the Commonwealth. More...


07/24/2015Cable, telecommunications and satellite media companies continue to shake up the industry with the recent acquisition of DirecTV by AT&T.

Now part of the AT&T familyAT&T claims in a press release they’ll deliver premier video entertainment, high-quality mobile and Internet services, and an even better customer experience.

Click here to learn about AT&T’s future plans with DirecTV.

Could this be good news for Westport’s less than happy Charter cable subscribers?

Westport was to convert to Comcast, but that deal fell apart a few months back.

DirecTV now claims their flexible packages of video, mobile and Internet services, will allow you to enjoy video entertainment and digital content from virtually anywhere. Watch for more announcements in the coming weeks and months.

The government spent decades breaking up AT&T into seven baby Bells; are we headed for a monopoly on video entertainment, high-quality mobile and Internet service? Stay tuned.


07/24/2015Dangerous Westport intersection takes a turn for the better.

“It was a long time in coming,” Westport Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves said. “It is Westport’s most dangerous intersection, just as bad as the Route 177/Route 6 intersection at Lincoln Park.”

Before reconstructing intersect | Courtesy Google Maps

One man lost his life there in the 1950s, and last year a large container truck loaded with grape crushing’s destined for a Westport farm lost its brakes on the sharp curve, tipped over and slid off the road.

All that changed this week as local paving companies with help from the Highway Department rerouted the three intersection points on Sodom Road with Narrows Avenue into one “T” intersection with stop sign.

Westport Police recommend changes.

“I would recommend that the intersection be designed so that Narrow Avenue intersects (with) Sodom Road at one location as opposed to three,” Lt. John Bell told Selectmen last February 13, 2014.

After reconstruction with one “T” intersection.

Photo |

Narrow Avenue has three separate intersections with Sodom Road, right in the middle of an S-curve, creating a public safety issue, according to Westport police.

The department’s safety officer recommended that Narrow Avenue be wide enough at the intersection so that “there is a left turn lane onto Sodom Road and a right turn for vehicles turning right onto Sodom Road.”

Lt. Bell also recommended that the lane for vehicular traffic turning west onto Narrow Avenue should be adjacent to those lanes making the road wide enough for farm vehicles to utilize.

Selectmen voted unanimously February 13, 2014 to move forward with Lt. Bell’s recommendations.

The recent availability of increased State Chapter 90 highway assistance money allowed Gonsalves to move quickly this month to get the job done.


07/23/2015Longtime Westport Harbormaster Richie Earle has announced his retirement.  “I took on the Westport Harbormaster’s job for just one year,” Earle said.

28 years later Earle is still on the job, but not for long. “Time just flew by. The voting public has been great and I will miss it.”

Boaters and fishermen at all levels will miss Earle who has been a faithful guardian and watchdog over Westport’s waterways and harbor.

But it takes a lot to get an old seadog off the briny deep; Earle hopes to be appointed as an assistant harbormaster.

Above: Westport Harbormaster Richie Earle briefing regional news reporters on the tragic duck hunting accident on January 7, 2014.


07/23/2015And speaking of assistant Harbormasters, a retired Westport police officer has been recently appointed as a Dartmouth Assistant Harbormaster.

Retired Deputy Chief John Gifford has spent the last two years living on their boat, a 42 foot Grand Banks trawler, docked in Bourne.

Gifford’s wife, Bonny has accepted a job as Superintendent of Dartmouth Public Schools, and the Westport residents will return to their Westport home on Horseneck Road.

The Gifford’s boat, a retirement gift of five years ago, is now docked in Padanaram Harbor.


07/23/2015Host your colors, lower your sails, and heave to! Avast, mateys, Spindle Rock Club is please to sponsor the summer youth sail training programs on Cockeast Pond and the Westport River.

Program activities are designed to satisfy a wide range of skills and interests, from a basic introduction to sailing on the pond, to racing instruction and an introduction to competitive sailing for more sailors. They use Vanguard 420s and Sunfish on the river and Hunter Xcites on the pond. Following an initial swimming test and skill evaluation, they place participants in the most appropriate program level.

Click here to learn how you can participate. 

They have some excellent racing instructors at Spindle Rock Club this year and will be attending several NBYA regattas.
All Spindle Rock Club sailing instructors are certified US Sailing Instructors.

The programs began in late June and end on August 12. Classes are available from 2 up to 8 weeks. Details on where and when to report, as well as scheduled times for lessons, are included in the 2015 Sail Training Application and Information packet or on bulletin boards at Spindle Rock Club and Elephant Rock Beach Club.


07/20/2015Tiverton Council rejects proposed one million square foot mall in a late night vote. The Tiverton Town Council voted 5-2 to reject proposed amendments to the town's Comprehensive Plan that would have allowed the Carpionato Group to move forward with its plan to build a mega-mall on woodlands in Tiverton.

The battle lines are now drawn.

$100M Tiverton Glen project dealt blow! More...

The controversial development would include a 100-room hotel, convention center, luxury apartments and two big-box retail stores in the middle of rural Tiverton, where not even a Starbucks can be found.

A previous Town Council meeting to discuss the proposed 1-million-square foot commercial development called Tiverton Glen drew more than 500 people. Tensions ran high and fiery opinions were voiced.

Providence Journal / Kris Craig


07/19/2015Open Studio Tour 2015 continues today! The Westport Art Group showcased their new wing during this weekend’s SouthCoast Artist Tour, and what a wing it is!

The almost $200,000 substantial addition broadens the Group’s abilities to host shows and seminars and large group classes.  There will be a grand opening in August in conjunction with the opening of the Summer Community Show.

And Westport’s talented master potter, Wayne Fuerst, presented functional clay pottery demonstrations underlined by his inimitable talent that brings beauty to functionality.

Westport is the artisan enclave of the SouthCoast, and you only have to take the tour to appreciate the depth of Westport’s artistic community.

For instance, Sharlie Sudduth, Paul Vien, Peter Lenrow, Jill Moran, Christina Glaser, Liz Waring, Sarah Brown, and Peggy Call-Conley will all be exhibiting in the WAG’ new wing. Drop in and check out their new digs.

The wing, a substantial addition to the south side of the current building, was chosen for with the north light in mind as “artists understand the benefits of painting with north light,” WAG President Mary Benefiel said.

1740 Main Road, Westport Point.


Range Wars return to Westport!

07/18/2015Range Wars II in Westport! If you’re wondering about the logjam of vehicles parked today along Drift Road near the Arruda family farm on upper Drift Road, than you’re obviously not part of the fitness scene.

No, it wasn’t a big family get together, graduation party or even dairy farmers gathering at an annual convention.

It is Dartmouth Crossfit’s Range Wars II invitational where 4-person teams from all over New England and New York came to together to compete for huge cash and sponsor prizes.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed to help individuals gain a broad and general fitness. Crossfit Programming concentrates on constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so people are prepared for any physical challenge.

Inset: these two 30-something team members from North Attleboro proved to be fearsome competitors.

Not familiar with Sleds and Eggs, The Cow Tipper Chipper, The Tractor Pull, or Finest Hour Sandbag Burden Obstacle Relay?

Click here to learn more.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today at the Arruda Family Farm, Drift Road, Westport. The public is invited to stop in at this free event to witness fitness perfection.


07/18/2015Kayaking and Noshing at Tiverton’s Fogland Beach. You can now rent kayaks and order from a local food truck on the weekends at the Tiverton beach that's popular with nature lovers. More...


07/17/2015Environmental Initiatives Showcased In State Budget. 

Massachusetts lawmakers enacted a $38.1 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) this week that prioritizes environmental initiatives, including funding for local agricultural programs and natural resource preservation.


“Westport gets a boost in Horseneck beach funding, programs that promote availability of healthy, locally grown food in schools and other institutions.”

Westport State Representative, Paul Schmid


Joint Chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Senator Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer) and Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) advocated for increased funding for environmental agencies and programs throughout the budget process this session. More...


07/15/2015Westport’s Annual Quaker book sale offer books actually made of paper, unbeatable deals. It’s an average-looking crowd, though there may be a larger number of beards, fedoras and T-shirts featuring the face of an author.

Inset: waiting for the ropes to drop at the opening of the 54th Quaker book sale.


It’s Saturday. The Westport Friends Book Fair. Bright sunlight and “Tender is The Night.”

There are about 25,000 books laid out on tables under two yellow-and-white-striped tents.

History. Cookbooks. Religion. Travel. Fiction. Literature (which is the better sort of fiction), sociology, all of humankind’s fascinations.

No one is reading books these days, they say but there are plenty of people here, people staggering out of the tents with an arm load of books and a kid walks past me wearing a T-shirt with a line drawing of

American poet Charles Bukowski in the front.  More...

The 54th Annual Quaker Book Fair officially opened at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday the 11th, and it continues all week long, "dawn to dusk," through Sunday, July 19th. Payment on the honor system.




07/15/2015From veggies to meat, Westport Farmers Market keeps it local. From organic veggies and herbs to wine, local food fans will find many items to check off their weekly shopping lists at the Westport Farmers Market.

Inset: At the Westport Farmer’s Market, Shirley Robbins sets out a variety of produce grown at Paradise Hill Farm.

Jack Foley|Herald News

Elizabeth Hubert, farmer’s market manager, said each week more and more local produce is coming into season, adding to the selection of lettuces, kale, rabe, chard and herbs that have been available over the past few weeks. “We’re starting to see summer squash, and next week will bring eggplant,” she said.

By the end of the month, Hubert said, the two main produce sellers at the market, Paradise Hill Farm and Skinny Dip Farm, will have a full array of summer produce to offer shoppers, she said. More...


07/14/2015Spectacular creations on display at 5th annual Horseneck Beach Sand Sculpture Festival.

Among the throngs of beachgoers soaking up the sun on a splendid day at Horseneck Beach on Saturday were castles, a giant sea turtle and a shark taking a bite of an apple — these were just some of the nearly 20 sandy works of art created at the fifth annual Family Sand Sculpture Festival.

Angelica Maldonado and her friend Catarina Bettencourt claim their prize at the fifth annual Family Sand Sculpture Festival.Herald News Photo | Jo C. Goode

Inset: Angelica Maldonado and her friend Catarina Bettencourt claim their prize at the fifth annual Family Sand Sculpture Festival.

Friends Catarina Bettencourt and Angelica Maldonado of Fitchburg hatched their idea of a hippopotamus and an alligator sand sculptures, which earned them first place in the Sand Flea Division for 12-year-olds and younger.

“I did this last year and it was really fun, so I brought Angelica with me this year,” said Catarina.


Brian McNamara of Dartmouth works on the tail of what will become a mermaid during the Sand Sculpture Festival at Horseneck Beach. MICHAEL SMITH PHOTOS/CHRONICLE

Click here to read 2015 article - Sand Sculpture Festival draws families to Horseneck.


07/13/2015Westport’s Agricultural Commission, after rejecting an earlier proposal, has decided to move forward with a study of the Angeline Brook watershed. The commission voted unanimously in favor of a $188,000 grant study through the EPA to complete a nitrogen study of 618 acres and 13 farm properties.

Westport High School students test the waters at Angeline Brook.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) under the direction of Advocacy Director Betsey White along with the Coastal Systems Program at the School for Marine Science and Technology (UMass Dartmouth)  within the Angeline Brook watershed area.

Agricultural commission members rejected a second study because of a previous study’s inaccurate data, and they worried a second study would do the same and implicate town farmers.

Commissioner Jay Tripp confirmed the commission unanimously reversed its decision after learning that the commission and farmers in general would be able to provide more input than previously expected.

Rainfall has been light this summer, which means less runoff and cleaner water, a factor that could produce a favorable outcome for farmers.


07/12/2015 - Christian Raslowsky of Weehawken, NJ wins Westport Fair’s inaugural Run for the Fair 5K & Kids Fun Run.

The 17-year-old student, currently living in Manhattan, sprinted all out for the last leg in a blazing finish of 15:47, a full 7 minutes 16 seconds ahead of Adam Charest (23:00) of Westport and 8 minutes 4 seconds ahead of Westport’s Keith MacDonald who clocked in at 23:48.

Heidi Charest (Westport) was first female finisher and fourth overall at 26:08.

45 contestants came out to beat the heat and humidity in support of the Westport Fair’s scholarship fund.

The Westport Fair begins Wednesday, July 15th.

There were close to 80 participants including kids in the Fun Run.

The just over three-mile loop went south out of the fairgrounds down Pine Hill Road, and turned back at the junction of Pine Hill and Old Pine Hill Roads.

Electronic “bib chip” timing by provided by Doug Kingman of RaceWire.

Click here for complete race results.


07/12/2015 - Alicia Hamblett and her traveling trunk show of designer table linens and Turkish towels graced the porches of Partners Village Store on Saturday. These fabulous woven pieces that function as table linens, picnic and bed blankets, scarves, sarongs, and more were a big hit.

Alicia said her curated collection of “multi-useful & multi-giftful lush linens and accessories make posh bridal party, graduation, hostess or holiday gifts.” See her on facebook.


07/12/2015 - Got Milk? Looking for land to lease, Cathy Bardsley and Tom Sherman found their dream farm on Craigslist.

“I kind of just decided to follow my heart,” Bardsley said, of the decision to quit her day job bookkeeping and move from Charlestown, where the couple had begun a “hobby farm” raising goats, to Little Compton where they’ve secured a storied plot and made a go at farming in earnest. With an emphasis on Nigerian dwarf goats and heritage breed livestock, Silk Tree Farm can be found at many local farmers markets selling handcrafted goat milk soaps and shampoos and soy wax candles. More...


07/12/2015 10:00 a.m. - 20-year-old Trevor Crawley takes 35th running of the Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race.

Women challenged the men for top spots.

Crawley’s time of 24:16, well shy of any record, was never challenged on a day of heat and humidity that slowed runners down and challenged the best conditioned of the entrants.

Organizers didn’t have to payout the bonus prize purse of $500 that would have been given to the man or women setting a new course record.

“Making that turn onto West Main Road was a killer,” Westport Board of Health member Shawn leach said. “The trees were gone and we were in the full sunshine; it was hot!”

Matthew Hillard from Somerville was second at 24:31 with Fairhaven resident Taylor Days Merrill trailing third at 25:22.

The next two runners, 23-year-old Laurie Nagel (26:21) and Katie DiCamillo (26:46) both of Providence, finished 4th and 5th overall and were the top two females. The third top female and 10th overall was Lincoln RI resident Elizabeth Brennan (30:18.)

More later with results, photos and video.


The first Little Compton runner to finish was Samuel Booth at 31:00, finishing 14th overall. Myles Webster finished first from the neighboring town of Westport, clocking in at 32:45, 29th overall.

414 entrants completed the course and logged finishing times.

Click here for complete race results.


07/11/2015 35th Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race kicks off Saturday, July 11th at 9:00 a.m.

"A Summertime Tradition." Cash prizes for top three men and women ($300, $200, and $100.) Top three in each category get stuff too!!

T-shirts to the top 500 entries. 

Starting line-up from last year’s Scenic Road race.

New for this year - MYLAPS B-tag Timing; you may remember that last year’s new race-timing company had difficulties and lost all results.

Their 4.8 scenic loop course is flat and fast, and great weather is predicted for Saturday.

Three water stations on the course. Escorted by LC's finest. Medical assistance by LC rescue. Officially sanctioned and blessed by USATF. Please be reminded that according to USATF rules, strollers, baby joggers, dogs are not allowed in the race. Refreshments for all runners.  A summer country fair atmosphere which includes: 40 plus vendors, book sale, food court, music, kid’s games, white elephant, dog show and raffles. Come for the race - stay for the day.


07/09/2015 Westport tress under attack by gypsy moth and winter moth caterpillars.


Defoliation extensive on oak, birch, maple, ornamental trees, and some evergreens.

Home owners have to watch out for other pests in their lawns and gardens.


As if we don’t have enough to worry about with our economy, jobs, housing and budget woes; now millions of caterpillars have invaded Westport, defoliating thousands of trees and threatening worse conditions next year.

Left, winter moth. Right, gypsy moth

To many people, the biggest concern now in the landscape is the gypsy moth, with many oaks stripped bare of leaves. Many are just now realizing that their trees have been under further attack from gypsy moth caterpillars, after being damaged earlier by winter moth caterpillars. More...


07/09/2015 Westport Selectmen advance Noquochoke Village development with last week’s vote to transfer five acres of land to Westport’s Affordable Housing Trust.  The debated affordable housing apartment complex has drawn mixed reviews from proponents and opponents alike.

Now the Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund is pleased to report continuing progress on the development of Noquochoke Village, 50 affordable apartments in seven townhouse style buildings with a community center on the front portion of the site to be built on a parcel of town-owned land off American Legion Highway.

Documents officially transferring control of the five acres of land known as the Perry Farm, and 23 acres of land abutting the Noquochoke River known as the Quinn property to the Trust as authorized by a 2015 annual town meeting vote are scheduled to be finalized by the Board of Selectmen at their July 13th meeting. More...

Above: Westport Housing Specialist Leonardi Aray points out the Quinn  and Perry properties that will now be fully transferred under the control of the Affordable Housing Trust.


07/09/2015 The 2015 South Coast Artists Tour hits Westport Saturday and Sunday, July 18th and 19th. The 12th annual South Coast Artists Studio Tours, scheduled for July 18-19 and August 15-16, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. is considered one of the finest events in New England. The Tour features over 70 diverse artists working in the coastal communities of Dartmouth and Westport, MA, and Tiverton and Little Compton, RI, less than an hour from Boston.

The public is invited to several artists’ demonstrations throughout the tour.

This year's theme is "Studio Surf" whereby artists are challenged to surf through their imagination and employ a fresh, new approach to their work. Expect artists to be exhibiting original ideas not encountered before, challenging everyone's perception of art.

The South Coast is a free-spirited region that has been inspiring artists for over 100 years. The tour is free and designed for the whole family, especially children.

Click here for a tour map. PDF   Get their brochure.  PDF

Visit their website for all the details and literature. Westport Senator Michael Rodrigues releases June 2015 video newsletter to keep his constituency easily informed of current Beacon Hill activity.

Click here to view video and stay informed of what’s happening in our district!


07/08/2015 Massachusetts House, Senate Pass Comprehensive FY16 Budget.

The $38.1 billion state budget includes public safety staffing grant funding for Fall River and RGGI stabilization funds for Somerset; Westport not mentioned. 

The Massachusetts Legislature today enacted a $38.1 billion state budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). The spending plan makes important investments to rebuild the Commonwealth’s essential services and programs, including local aid, education, economic development, public safety, and health and human services, and supports the ongoing recovery of the local economy.

Editor’s note: The budget has no mention of any significant funding for Westport, and the press release is absent of any language vis-à-vis the SouthCoast Rail Project; and makes no mention of funding from Massachusetts new casino(s).

This year’s budget incorporates neither major budget cuts nor major increases. Both branches approved the Governor’s proposal to enact an early retirement plan that will reduce the state workforce by about 4,000 people.

In hopeful news for local communities, the FY16 Budget reflects the

Legislature’s commitment to local aid for cities and towns, increasing unrestricted local aid by $34 million and local education aid by $111.2 million, although it’s unclear how much of this increase will trickle down to Westport. 

The budget now goes to the Governor for his approval. More...


07/08/2015 Big crowd, fiery debate on big development proposal in Tiverton. A Town Council meeting to discuss the proposed 1-million-square foot commercial development called Tiverton Glen drew more than 500 people Tuesday night. Tensions ran high and fiery opinions were voiced.

The controversial development would include a 100-room hotel, convention center, luxury apartments and two big-box retail stores in the middle of rural Tiverton, where not even a Starbucks can be found.

But Tiverton taxpayers could sure use the additional taxes!  More...

Providence Journal / Kris Craig

Click here to view video - Don’t Mall Tiverton!


07/07/2015 FOWL newsletter now available on-line. Friends of the Westport Library have released their quarterly newsletter for July – September, 2015. Click here to read the newsletter.

Click here for all town organizations’ newsletters.


07/05/2015 Westport’s Devin Laubi Foundation receives $10,000 award. Each year the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation donates $200,000 in the names of 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Winners.

26 New Englanders were recently honored at Gillette Stadium; Westport’s Robin Burns-Laubi won second prize of $10,000 for the Devin Laubi Foundation more.....


Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett congratulate Robin Burns-Laubi from the Devin Laubi Foundation for being selected as a 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award second prize winner.


07/05/2015 – “There are only two things certain in life - death and taxes!” – Benjamin Franklin. Westport’s preliminary 1st and 2nd quarter bills for Fiscal '16 were mailed on June 30, 2016.  New property owners may contact the Tax Office at 508.636.1010 for a copy if they did not receive one.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and the first Monday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The 1st quarter is due on or before 8/3/15 and the 2nd quarter is due on or before 11/2/15.  Any payment made after the due date is subject to 14% per annum interest. 

There is no grace period.  Payment may be made in person at the office, by mail, or at using e-bill for a 35 cent per transaction fee using your check or savings account. 

Please note credit cards are only accepted online, and do involve paying a fee of 2 to 4% of the total of the amount being paid.  To pay using ebill, after entering website, please scroll down and select the online bill pay box for real estate and personal property, etc. and follow instructions provided.  Any problems, you can call 508.460.6000, ext. 601.; help is available.


07/05/2015 Westport's agricultural past is making a comeback. Jeffrey Bettencourt rose from a stoop, putting both hands on his lower back to help himself upright. He was smiling. He had 20,000 pepper plants in the ground - 20 rows, each 100 feet long. They were choked with weeds.

“This is what it is supposed to be like, over there,” Bettencourt said, pointing to the three rows he had already cleared that morning. He ran a tiller between the rows and cleared between the plants by hand.


Bill Braun and Deanna Levanti of Ivy Silo farm, in front of their farm stand in Westport. photo/Wicked Local


07/03/2015 Westport Town Hall Annex gets a new sign. Our Photo of the Week captures Former Westport Selectman and longtime local insuranceman, Jim Coyne at it again, fixing up Westport one sign at a time.