Monday, May 29, 2017
Click here for today’s events in and around Westport, MA!
Click here for
current theater and arts listings!
May 26, 2017
Monday, May 29 - Search underway for
new Westport High School principal. The school district is looking for a new high school
principal and hopes to introduce some finalists by the end of next month.
Photo | Twitter
Cheryl Tutalo will be retiring at the end of this
school year, after serving as the high school’s leader for the last 11
years. Tutalo had previously worked in Rhode
Island and had retired as a Rhode Island educator... more.
Monday, May 29 - “Memorial Day is our nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free. It is a moment of collective reflection
on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of devotion in service of
our ideals and in the defense of our nation. We remember the fallen, we
pray for a lasting peace among nations, and we honor these guardians of our
designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as
a time when people might unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio,
television, and all other information media to cooperate in this
observance. I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of
Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.” – President Trump in his proclamation
observing the day.
Monday, May 29 – WESTPORT - Memorial Day 2017. Drenching rain may have dampened the flesh
but not the spirit of the veterans, spouses and friends who came out this Memorial
Day to honor and remember the fallen who paid the ultimate sacrifice to
protect our freedoms and way of life.
Our wet faces are the tears of those
widowed by the ravages of war, and our wet clothing is that of the doughboys
huddled in the muddy trenches of France.
Westport paid tribute today to our fallen
with the placement of seven wreaths throughout the town, and ceremonies at
Town Hall and Beech Grove Cemetery.
Let us remember
those who carried the burden of war on their shoulders, and protected our
families, our freedom, and our future generations at the cost of their
Above: Veterans Service Officer Bradford Fish
lays a wreath at the WWI memorial at Westport Town Hall during ceremonies Memorial
Sunday, May 28 – New sewering
concept would make energy, fertilizer from wastewater. A new approach to wastewater treatment
would use small, local facilities to clean water, generate electricity and
The town of Littleton, MA has
appropriated $450,000 to design what is believed to be the first such facility
in the country.
Could this be the answer to Westport’s
septic system challenge for the Route 6 corridor?
Read more about CWERC works.
Westport’s Economic Development Task Force,
Westport River Watershed Alliance, and Westport Fishermen’s Association are
pushing for the installation of a sewer line along the western end of State
Road to address the TMDL load limits recently
imposed by EPA to reduce nitrogen loading in the Westport River.
Saturday, May 27 – WESTPORT - Home gardeners descended en masse on the
15th annual Westport River Gardeners Plant Sale and Fair.
You had to be early and you had to be
quick because the plant stock doesn’t last long at this madcap event.
Kids' wagons, red radio flyers, wheelbarrows,
boxes, just about anything that could hold a plant or two, were used to haul
away the flora and flowers and specialty items faster than you could shake
a garden rake at.
Plants for sale included perennials,
annuals, herbs, and compost for sale, including the Garden Shed where you could
find other interesting and useful garden items.
They also had Master Gardeners available
to answer any gardening questions that may have haunted you for years..
This fundraising event supports the many WRG community beautification and gardening projects in
Click here to watch
May 26 – The Westport
Historical Society is hosting Blossom Farm, a guided walk led by Michael Labossiere at
10:00 a.m. at 2929 Blossom Road, Westport.
Westport Historical Society for an outdoor exploration of one of Westport's
historic farms and the Watuppa Reservation headquarters.
Blossom farm was one of the oldest and most prominent on the eastern shore
of the North Watuppa. In 1911, the Watuppa Reservoir Commission dedicated
the Blossom Farm to be the permanent headquarters for the maintenance and
protection of its expanding watershed forest - the Watuppa
Reservation. The tour will involve about a mile of walking on forest
paths and farm lanes and will feature visiting the original farmstead,
family burial ground, Blossom's Grove and the old boat house foundation at
at the Visitors Parking Lot about 1000 yards south of the 2929 Blossom Road
headquarters. Overflow parking is roadside.
Approach Blossom Road from Westport and Route 195. Northern approach
roads are in poor condition. This event is open to current members of the
Westport Historical Society, (you can become a member at the event!).
Suggested donation $5. Pre-registration required.
Friday, May 26 – WRWA selects winners of 2017 River Day Poster contest; the river advocacy
group also announces upcoming River Day activitiesto
be held on Saturday, June 10th.
The Westport Watershed Alliance (WRWA) congratulates the winners for this year’s River
Day Poster contest. More...
May 26 -
WRWA announces scholarship awards to three
local high school seniors. this year, the
Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) awarded
three $1,000 merit scholarships to local high school seniors. More...
May 26 -
Westport Guild awards two $500
scholarships. St. John the Baptist Women’s Guild of Westport awarded
scholarships on Monday, May 15th. More...
May 26 -
WRWA seeks volunteer environmental
educators. The Westport River Watershed Alliance is seeking two full-time
Commonwealth Corps volunteers to serve as environmental educators.
Thursday, May 25 – Elderly woman driver escapes serious injury
Tuesday on Sanford Road. A woman in her 80’s
pulling out of Benoit Street onto Sanford Road was struck by a Bristol
County Precast 10-wheel Mack truck hauling 1500 gallon concrete septic
Photos | EverythngWestport.com
Witnesses reported that the woman was
edging out onto Sanford Road when the southbound truck swerved to avoid the
compact grey sedan, but hit the car with its rear wheels, ripping off the
front bumper and heavily damaging the front end.
The accident could have been deadly if it
weren’t for the fact the woman was creeping out onto Sanford Road possibly
due to obstructed views from corner shrubs and fencing.
A Westport ambulance checked out the
car’s driver, however she refused transport to the hospital.
The accident happened around 10:00 a.m.
It was reported she was cited for the
Wednesday, May 24 - A news leak has led to a flood of
anguish from local golfers.
Oh no, Joe, say it isn’t so!
First Hawthorn Country Club closed,
probably forever as a golf course.
Dartmouth’s other golfing venue, Allendale
Country Club, has been in financial trouble for years, and after being
rebuffed by Dartmouth town officials into buying the land and running it as
a “muni,” are now looking for other suitors to pull their fat out of the
And it doesn’t look promising.
Now the other shoe has dropped. The 1920
Donald Ross-designed city-owned Whaling City Golf Course is going to become
a business park???
A business park.
After a leak embarrassed New Bedford
officials, they finally came out and said last week that, “City and state
officials announced that part (100 acres) of the Whaling City Golf Course
will be converted by MassDevelopment, the state’s
economic development agency, to a modern industrial park.”
Loved by the area’s older generation for
generations, local golfers may be forced into playing a nine-hole junket,
and may not even have a saloon to later complain about sandbaggers and
missed three-footers that cost them a Nassau.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Tuesday, May 23 - Westport Police Lieutenant John Bell and the restored Powder House project he
originated were recognized May 17th as a winner of the Waterfront Historic
League’s (WHALE) 2017 Sarah R. Delano Preservation Award.
Click on image to watch a video
The Westport Historical
Society recommended Bell for recognition.
The award presented to Lt.
Bell “for your extraordinary restoration of the Westport Powder House” is
given each year to individuals who have made “outstanding contributions to
the rehabilitation, restoration and interpretation of the historic character
and environment of Greater New Bedford.”
Two other recipients were
also recognized for the annual award.
The award, named for WHALE’s
longtime past president was presented at the group’s annual meeting at the Greasy Luck Brewery in
John Bell (left) stands in front of the renovated Powder House with
restoration carpenter Nathaniel Allen, principle contractor for the
project, which without his experience and professionalism this project
would never have been completed.
The last WHALE award (2007 Sarah R.
Delano Preservation Award) for a major Westport restoration was for the
Bell School (Little School) made by WHALE’s then
President Peter Hawes on May 31, 2007 to Calvin and Dorothy Hopkinson.
Tuesday, May 23 – If you really want to know! Recently BuzzfeedNews
wanted to know who is the king of caffeine.
So they lab tested the coffee from four national chains — Starbucks,
McDonald's, 7-Eleven, and Dunkin' Donuts — to see who packs the most
caffeine into a cup. And the winner is...
Tuesday, May 23 – When were bifocal eyeglasses invented? According to those in the know, on this
day in 1784 Ben Franklin invented the Bifocals. OK, so why did Benjamin Franklin invent the
Well, history tells us that Ben Franklin had
trouble seeing both close up and far away. So being the ever practical
inventor, Franklin had two pairs of spectacles cut in half and put half of each
lens in a single frame. The lower one for near vision and the top half for
Now you know the
rest of the story.
Monday, May 22 – Westport summer Farmer’s Market gets a
The 2017 Summer Market is moving from the
Town Farm to the Town Hall Annex - opening day is Saturday, June
Organizers say the Summer Market will be
set up in the south parking area of the Town Annex, with parking for
patrons on the front, north and back lots.
The new location has more than 8,000
square feet and provides ample space for the many farmers, craftspeople and
other vendors who are enthused about taking part in their Market.
This year the Farmers’ Market will be a
showcase for the distinguished variety of farmers from Westport and nearby
towns, and will give consumers the opportunity to buy fresh, locally-grown
food, including vegetables, meat, cheese and baked
goods. Other vendors will include
artisans and independent sellers of unique local items.
The Market will run for 16 weeks, from
Saturday, June 17th through September 30th, 2017.
Click here for all the details and
contact information if you wish to participate as a vendor.
Sunday, May 21 – WESTPORT - A sea of sprinters hit the pavement at Horseneck Beach Reservation
in the annual running of the Horseneck Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile
run’s venue is along one of the top three rated beaches in New England.
Bright sunshine and 60 degree
temperatures created excellent conditions for the 675 competing runners as
they navigated the scenic roads of this picturesque seaside community.
The course featured plenty of
water views along with rolling farm lands and vineyards.
For more information on this
event click here.
Click here for full race results.
Click here for
Saturday, May 20 – Mid City
Steel blaze belches smoke, stench. A black, smoky fire broke out late
Saturday morning at Mid City Steel’s main location
on 548 State Road, Westport.
The smoke was reported as
seen from the air show in Quonset, RI.
Westport Fire received a call
for a structure fire at 11:28 a.m.
On arrival, it was determined
that it was not a structure but a large scrap metal pile that was burning.
Firefighters contained the
fire to one area of the pile, protecting surrounding exposures.
Mid City staff assisted firefighters
by using two large cranes to break up and spread out the scrap metal so
firefighters could gain access to extinguish burning materials.
Photo | Courtesy Westport
The fire was brought under
control in about an hour. Firefighters remained on scene for an additional
hour breaking up the remaining scrap pile, putting out hot spots.
A Mid City Scrap employee was
transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Mutual Aid for Westport
station coverage was requested from Fall River Fire and Dartmouth District
No cause for the fire was
released and no first responders were injured. Multiple fire apparatus and
police cruisers were on the scene.
The Route 6 media
pass-through in front of Mid City was blocked by
a police cruiser until the fire was extinguished.
Photo | FaceBook
Neighbors reported sporadic
water pressure from the firefighting activities; that portion of Route 6
has town water.
The stench was reported as
smelling like burning plastic or trash.
Friday, May 19 - BayCoast Bank
provides $5,000 for Westport Land Conservation Trust’s Summer Internship
invites interested applicants to apply for the program.
BayCoast Bank recently donated $5,000
to the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) in support of its Outreach
and Stewardship Summer Internship Program.
the third consecutive year BayCoast Bank has
funded the summer intern program, one that has significantly improved WLCT’s land stewardship and community outreach
capability. The donation will serve
to employ two full-time interns for ten weeks and a third intern in a
(L-R): Brendan Buckless, Westport Land
Conservation Trust Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator; Jennifer Dubois, WCLT Interim Executive Director; Betty-Ann Mullins,
Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, BayCoast
Bank; Gina Palmer, Assistant Treasurer and Branch Manager, BayCoast Bank
The WLCT remains as one of
the last surviving coastal farming communities in Massachusetts; the Trust
was formed in 1972 by a group of local residents with a mission to acquire
and preserve natural resources, farmland and wildlife areas for the use and
enjoyment of present and future generations.
Nicholas Christ, President
and CEO of BayCoast Bank, said, “It is a
privilege to once again help fund this vital summer intern program; the
Westport Land Conservation Trust is highly recognized for its commitment to
land conservation and environmental stewardship; we are proud to assist an
organization that is working toward cultivating a new generation of
Interested applicants should
to learn more and apply to be a 2017 WLCT Outreach and Stewardship summer
Thursday, May 18 – BREAKING NEWS – An automobile was reported late Thursday evening flipped on its
side at 181 Main Road, Westport. Multiple police cruisers, fire ladder
apparatus, and ambulance responded at 11:20 p.m. Thursday night to reports
of a two-door, light-grey Chevrolet sports coupe up on its side in the
southbound lane of Main Road.
The driver escaped the
vehicle with no visible injuries. Firemen checked the car for leaking fuel
and other hazardous fluids.
Click here to
Main Road in the 100 block
was closed to traffic well past midnight while fire department personnel
cleanup crews and a wrecker cleared the area.
It was not reported how the
Chevy ended up on its side.
Thursday, May 18 – BREAKING NEWS – A chain reaction, rear-ender involving three vehicles heading west
on American Legion Highway sends one to the hospital with head injuries.
According to on-site
witnesses, a Lincoln sedan was hesitant about making a left-hand turn,
causing a grey Hyundai Elantra to move to the
right to avoid the Lincoln which then served back into the right lane. The Elantra braked hard to avoid a collision, and a gray
Toyota Tacoma pickup truck directly behind the Elantra
failed to brake in time, striking the Elantra and
pushing the grey 4-door sedan into the backend of the Lincoln.
The female driver of the
Tacoma was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital with a scalp injury
caused when her head struck the windshield.
The accident occurred around
2:00 p.m. in the vicinity of 145 American Legion Highway.
A Westport ambulance and one
fire ladder apparatus responded with three police cruisers.
The scene was cleared in less
than an hour.
The Hyundai and Tacoma were
towed from the scene. The Lincoln turned into the grounds of 145 American
Legion Highway under its own power.
It is not known if anyone was
cited in the accident.
Thursday, May 18 - DARTMOUTH
— One dead, two injured in crash on Interstate 195 in
Dartmouth. One person is dead and two others, including a
juvenile, have been airlifted to Rhode Island hospitals following a rollover
on Interstate 195 in Dartmouth.
Photo | The Standard-Times Wesley Sykes
to the Massachusetts State Police, troopers responded to the area of Reed
Road at approximately 1:35 p.m. following reports of a single-vehicle
preliminary investigation determined a 1998 Honda Civic occupied by two
women and a juvenile was traveling in the left lane on the eastbound side
when the vehicle swerved sharply to the right.... more.
Thursday, May 18 – WESTPORT - Irate man punches, bites Westport
policeman. A Westport man is charged with punching and biting a police officer after getting
mad that police had temporarily blocked off Route 88 southbound following a
motor vehicle accident late Wednesday night.
Westport police photo
said Jeremy Rioux, 21, of 17 President St., got
out of his car because he was mad that he could not pass through the area,
and approached one of the officers on foot. He is alleged to have ignored
the officers’ demands to get back in his vehicle and assaulted Westport
police Sgt. Chris Mello, who had tried to de-escalate the situation,
Westport police Detective Jeff Majewski said.
Rioux was charged with
disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting
“Mr. Rioux made a potentially dangerous situation worse by
exiting his car,” Detective Jeffrey Majewski wrote in a news release
Thursday. “Officers diverted their attention away from scene safety to deal
with his behavior which ultimately placed others in harm’s way.” More.
Thursday, May 18 – Injured
motorcyclist sues Westport police officer over what he claims was a
dangerous roadblock that caused him to crash into a police cruiser.
On the early morning of
August 22, 2016 Derek Pereira, 31 was evading police officers in a Route 6
chase at speeds approaching 120 mph when he crashed into police officer
Jarrod Levesque’s SUV.
Pereira was well known by police, having
a long criminal record which included breaking and entering, conspiracy and
August 26, 2016 Westport police released some details of the charges being
placed against Derek Pereira involving
Pereira’s Kawasaki motorcycle and a police cruiser in a high-speed chase on
Route 6 near the Route 177 intersection.
“To say it was (handled) poor or good, is still being determined,” Detective Jeff
Majewski said back in August. “We’re waiting for all the facts to come back
and for the independent investigators to come back with it.”
"Pereira had serious
injuries to his lungs, shoulder and knee,” according to Pereira's attorney,
Friedman said the roadblock
was unnecessary and violated the department's policy.
"When you use force, it
has to be reasonable. It has to be objectively reasonable when you’re
setting up a roadblock. This was a roadblock. It wasn’t reasonable,"
Last August Detective
Majewski had said that, "The blue lights come on for a reason and if
he would have stopped it would have been a pretty mild event."
In a statement prepared by
officer Levesque’s attorney, Douglas Louison
said, “I have extensively reviewed the facts and circumstances of this
incident and intend to aggressively defend these allegations. At no time
did the officer intend to create a road block nor
cause the motorcycle operator who had refused to stop for the police, to
crash. The Officer acted professionally and appropriately under the rapidly
evolving circumstances caused by the plaintiff’s own admitted conduct.”
A Channel 10 news truck sat
late yesterday afternoon in the parking lot of Westport’s Main Street
police station, but police were unavailable for comment.
Thursday, May 18 – Russian
painters at The Shattuck. Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present
the work of six young painters from Saint Petersburg: Марат
(Marat Hannanov); Валерия Лакрисенко (Valeriya Lakrisenko); Рузанна Тетерина
(Ruzanna Teterina); Елена Бриа
(Elena Bria); Николь
(Nikol Klampert); and татьяна машкарова
(Tatyana Mashkarova). These painters, all under
thirty, are graduates or current students of the Imperial Academy of the
Arts—an institution that prides itself on upholding traditional Russian
painting techniques and style. This exhibition comes at a time when
relations between Russia and the United States are tenuous and complicated.
Viewers will see a side of Russia not usually depicted in the news.
Click here to preview exhibition.
Wednesday, May 24 – Sunday,
June 25th; Artists’ Reception on Saturday, May 27th from, 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1
Partners Lane, Westport.
Wednesday, May 17 - Arnold Tripp, long-time Westporter and WWII veteran dead at the age of
96. Arnold D. Tripp, 96, of Westport died
peacefully on Friday, May 12th. He was the beloved husband of Patricia H. (Furlan) Tripp. They were married for over 70 years.
Born March 9, 1921 in
Lakeville, MA, he was son of the late Elmer and Fannie (Sisson) Tripp. A
veteran of WWII, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy,
as quartermaster of PT-563 Squadron 29. He was wounded in the Mediterranean
and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.
Tripp carried shrapnel from
machine gun fire in his body throughout his lifetime.
Prior to retirement, he was a
chief chemist for Goodyear Tire & Rubber in New Bedford for 40 years.
Mr. Tripp served on the Board of Directors for the Westport River Watershed
Alliance and the Westport Fishermen's Association. He was also a member of
the Noquochoke Lodge A.F. & A.M. He loved to
garden and work out in the yard with his grandchildren, and he loved to go lobstering and quahogging on
the river. He cherished his time with his family.
Including his wife, survivors
include a daughter, Rebecca M. Tripp of Westport; three sons: Daniel D.
Tripp and his wife, Pamela, of Westport; Andrew F. Tripp of Westport;
Steven H. Tripp and his wife, Dawn, of Westport; a daughter-in-law,
Jacqueline Tripp of Dartmouth; 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 2
great great grandchildren, and many nieces and
He was the father of the late
Thomas A. Tripp and brother of the late Ivan Tripp, Roger Tripp, Russell
Tripp, Evelyn Wotton and Louise Gurney.
Graveside service to which
relatives and friends were invited was Wednesday, May 17th at Beech Grove
Calling hours are
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations may be made to: Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA), P.O. Box 3427, Westport, MA 02790 or Westport
Fishermen's Association (WFA), P.O. Box 83 Westport Point, MA 02791.
Wednesday, May 17 - Westport animal action committee grappling with pig
permits, registry. The Animal Action Committee
is grappling with how to establish an animal registry and how to stop a
piggery owner from violating his or her permit.
AAC Chairwoman Shana Shufelt, also the selectmen’s vice chairwoman, got the
nod from selectmen at Monday’s meeting to reach out to state Rep. Paul
Schmid and state Sen. Michael Rodrigues about the animal registry
members from the left: Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert, Committee and
selectwoman Shana Shufelt, and Board of Health
chairman Bill Harkins discuss the merits of a ‘location’ registry for farm
animals. Photo | EverythingWestport.com
At its May 8th
meeting, the AAC discussed whether an animal
registry in town should be a town bylaw or a health board regulation. Town
Administrator Timothy King warned that a bylaw proposal at a Town Meeting
could later be overturned by the state Attorney General’s office.
Tuesday, May 16th – Stalemate!
Westport selectmen deal setback to Beach Avenue closure advocates. Debate
has ratcheted up over scheduled maintenances to a Westport shoreline road
once the epicenter for grandiose cottages and homes, and a yacht club
visited by statesmen and a president; an exclusive seaside enclave to the
rich and famous.
But now Beach Avenue has
fallen onto hard times, assaulted by southwest winds and frequent winter
storms, beginning with the Hurricane of ’38 to this very day, and now
battered by a storm of controversy between the few who want the road closed
to the many that don’t.
Never has so much heated
controversy sprung up over a mere 1600 feet of Westport dirt roadway.
here to read more.
A presentation by River Road
resident Constance Gee and last minute pleas by abutters failed to sway
selectmen who voted 3-1 to move ahead with a July 1st installation of guard
rails and a clearing of sand from the last 600 feet of Beach Avenue by the
Above: On March 23, 2016 The Westport Highway
Department cleared the last 600 feet of Beach Avenue under the watchful eyes
of the Conservation Commission agent, Westport police, and concerned local
Monday, May 15 – WESTPORT — Westport
High School to open seats for out-of-district Grade 9, 12 students.
Breaking with tradition, the
School Committee last week agreed to allow school choice slots at Westport
The committee decided to open
10 Grade 9 slots and 10 Grade 12 slots at the high school next year. The
committee at its upcoming May 18th meeting will further refine plans and
the application process. More...
Friday, May 12 – WESTPORT - It’s
not my job, man! The Westport Beach Committee voted 4-0 at last night’s
meeting with one abstention to avoid getting involved with the contentious
matter of Beach Avenue road maintenance.
Selectmen at their last
meeting requested the Beach Committee offer an alternative plan to the one
now in play in response to some harbor residents and abutters demanding the
Selectmen close the troubled road’s last 600 feet to the Knubble.
“We don’t do roads, just
beaches,” Beach Committee member Sean Leach said when making the motion not
to get involved with the ruckus surrounding the 1600-foot laneway that was
accepted as a town road in 1909.
Beach Avenue advocate Constance
Gee with the support of some of the abutters has been pushing to close the
last 600 feet of the beachfront way until an alternative plan could be put
forward for the road’s eastern-most section.
However, Selectmen have
already approved a coastal water management
a disposition order from National Heritage Park Service which requires the
installation of 1000 feet of guard rails for dune protection, and the appointment of
monitoring authority for Piping Plover nesting activities along the
shoreline abutting Beach Avenue, as well as Cherry & Webb Beach.
The current plan grew out of negotiations
between the town and the state Department of Environmental Protection over
a three-year old DEP consent order.
Beach Committee member William “Woody”
Underwood supported the cause of the harbor residents and introduced a list
of over 20 options, most of which advocated the closing or curtailing of
vehicular traffic on the disputed portion of Beach Avenue.
After receiving no support from the other
committee members, Underwood withdrew his list of options and insisted they
not be part of the meeting’s record.
St. Michel noted most of the Underwood
options included he words “closed or abandoned,” and said emphatically that
“the road would never be closed.”
Above: On March 23, 2016 The Westport Highway
Department cleared the last 600 feet of Beach Avenue under the watchful
eyes of the Conservation Commission agent, Westport police, and concerned
The issue produced
impassioned conversation between River Road resident Constance Gee and the
Beach Committee, and an even more spirited exchange between Beach Committee
Chairman Tim St. Michel and member William “Woody” Underwood.
Leach said the town can’t
begin to install the guardrail and remove beach sand from the road until
July 1st, but will probably opt to wait until September to begin the work.
The Select Board at their
last meeting authorized $2700 to be paid to the Allens
Pond Sanctuary for bird monitoring.
Friday, May 12 – Westport School Committee member raises ethics
— A School Committee member has raised an ethics concern after the former
data coordinator left the district in January but was kept on part-time for
the remainder of this school year. School Committee member Carolina Africano initially raised the concern... more.
Friday, May 12 – Westport officials eye bike path through town.
— The Alfred J. Lima Quequechan Trail in Fall River is such a hit that Westport
officials are working on the town’s own version.
earlier this month... more.
Friday, May 12 – Strong debate continues over proposed South Coast
— It wasn’t just Taunton officials who spoke out Thursday night in
opposition to a proposed commuter rail route that would travel through
Middleboro instead of Stoughton. “I’m here to say I support the Stoughton
route,” an impassioned Fall River City Councilor Steven Camara
declared, drawing loud applause from the approximately 150 people who
showed up for the public hearing inside Taunton High School’s auditorium.
Building the Stoughton rail route, he said, would... more.
Friday, May 12 – Tonight at
The Narrows Center for the Arts - Justin Townes Earle with
opening act: Sammy Brue, and The Sadies. Since
launching his recording career a decade ago, Justin Townes Earle has
established a reputation as a singular leading light in the Americana music
Plus, opening night this
Friday - Festival Ballet Providence presents Cinderella at the Vets.
A fairy tale for the ages,
Cinderella is a charming tale of romance, glistening and elegant from
beginning to end.
Find more arts and
entertainment events happening now and this weekend in our Theater
and Arts Section, only on EverythingWestport.com.
Thursday, May 11 -
WESTPORT – CRE-HAB home repair program deadline extended to September 29, 2017. The Westport Affordable Housing
Trust Fund is accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis
for a housing rehabilitation program called CRE-HAB.
The Trust will receive applications until the funds are exhausted, or no
later than September 29, 2017.
Trust has nearly $190,000 in finance grant awards of up to $25,000 per home
to help owners of properties assessed
up to $250,000 to repair and rehabilitate qualifying existing homes in
grant program is designed to provide direct financial assistance to low and
moderate income households in Westport in order to improve general housing
conditions and eliminate building code violations. The financial assistance
will be given in exchange for a 15-year affordable housing deed restriction
on the property.
Click here for all
the details and
to get your program application now!
Wednesday, May 10 – WESTPORT – Beach
Committee meets Thursday night – Beach Avenue once again on the agenda.
The Westport Beach Committee plans to open the shorefront road to Knubble
Town Beach, allowing access for elderly, handicapped and disabled visitors.
The committee is moving
forward despite pleas from River Road resident Constance Gee to delay the
implementation for a period of six months to look at all options.
Beach Committee member Sean
Leach met with Selectmen at last week’s scheduled meeting to discuss their
Selectman R. Michael Sullivan
responded we tried to do that but we failed to get the support of the
Plans call for the
construction of 1000 feet of roadside guardrails to prevent vehicular
traffic over sensitive dunes, as well as re-grading the road’s surface to
more easily enable cars to reach the handicapped parking spaces at the
The EPA’s downgrading of the
Piping Plover from endangered to threatened has loosened some restrictions
on the embattled road’s maintenance.
However, maintenance work on
the last third of the road is delayed until July 1st because of possible
plover nesting sites in the area.
Pond Sanctuary has been selected to oversee a coastal water management agreement; member Lauren Donnelly
will monitor the piping plover at Beach Avenue’s Knubble Beach and Cherry
The Westport Beach Committee
will meet tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10 – This Saturday! The Westport Woman’s Club will “rock on” Saturday, May
13th. The Westport Woman’s Club annual Scholarship
Rock-a-Thon fundraiser will be held at Lees Supermarket, Main Road, from
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; at Partners Village Store, Main Road, from 10:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and at Kozy Nook Restaurant,
645 State Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
event is the Club’s major student scholarship fundraiser for the year, so
please stop by and make a donation for a great cause. You rocked your
children as babies; let the Woman’s Club help rock them on to college.
May 8 – Talladega Nights: The Ballad
of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.! NASCAR at Talladega - “world’s fastest
junkyard” – produced yet another first-time series winner in the Monster
Cup Geico 500, and it came at the expense of
NASCAR’s top drivers who, with just 20 laps to go at the superspeedway
known for spectacular crashes, got involved in an 18-car maelstrom, halting
the restrictor-plate free-for-all for almost half an hour.
When the dust settled Ricky Stenhouse
Jr., known previously as the boyfriend of female icon and fellow racer,
Danika Patrick, took home the trophy and a little more respect from the
AJ Allmendinger’s No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet
Camaro nudged Chase Elliot’s Hooters No 24 Chevrolet SS, and at 200 mph that means air-time,
triggering a massive pile-up of twisted metal and
broken dreams, red-flagging Sunday’s race while rescue crews picked through
the rubble and sorted through broken drivers’ aspirations of taming the
By the way, Stenhouse’s main
squeeze, Patrick driving the No. 24 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion, was knocked
out of the race in the monster crash!
Previous headline news continues below.
Monday, May 29th
Westport town department closings for Memorial Day.
Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Free Public
Library, Highway Department, Council on Aging, and Transfer
Station/Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance
of Memorial Day.
day! The Little Compton Spring Photography Show this weekend.
The Little Compton Community Center will
host Friday will hold their 7th annual juried show from Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th at the Little Compton
Community Center, The Commons, Little Compton.
Click here to register now and download your invitation form.
Click here to view video of 2014 Little Compton Spring Photography Show.
Reception & Awards
The awards will be presented at a special Preview
Party on Friday, May 26th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Awards will be presented at
7:15 p.m. The Preview Party will be open to all accepted artists at no
charge. Additional guests pay $10 each at the door.
Officer, Bradford Fish announces Memorial Day Schedule for Monday morning,
laying ceremonies begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the VFW, 843 State Road and
continue from there.
Day Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. from Town Hall, 816 Main Road with
ceremonies at Beech Grove Cemetery to follow.
Click here for the full
touts spring and summer walks and events for 2017.
land Conservation Trust introduces their spring/summer schedule of walks
and events - all walks are free
and open to the public. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and be prepared for
moderate walking on uneven terrain.
event up is Wildlife Photography for
Beginners on Wednesday, June 7th.
Click here to view
on spring/summer 2017 walks and events.
exhibits feature paintings, vintage glass during the month of May.
exhibits at the Westport Public Library include “Works in Watercolor” by artist Maryteresa
Hicks which opens on Saturday, May
6th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Manton Community Room.
in display in the Helen E. Ellis Case is “Vintage Glass,” a collection of
Depression glass and milk glass shared by Alice Strebel.
cooking classes in Dartmouth. Visit their website for schedules.
Dartmouth Grange will offer community cooking classes at its shared-use
kitchen at 1133 Fisher Road. There will be a variety of ongoing cooking
classes, farm tour cooking classes, and kitchen-related lectures, taught by
local chefs and experienced, artisan food producers. Classes will be
announced online at www.dartmouthgrange.org.
more information, or to be added to the cooking class e-mail list, contact
Beth Gallo, kitchen manager, at email@example.com or 508.636.1900.
Point Lifesaving Station open on Wednesday
afternoons from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
in for a visit!
are looking for volunteers to help 'man' the station during weekend
afternoons in July and August. If you are interested in being a docent,
announces Foxwood Trip on Wednesday, May 31st.
Country Travelers offer a variety of trips, and you don’t need to be a
Westport resident to attend. Reservations are required. Call Veronica
Beaulieu at 508.636.4889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or
more information. All trips are based on a minimum number of people, so
reserve as early as possible.
bus trip to the Foxwoods Casino
is on the last Wednesday of each
month. Pickups are at the Hampton Inn parking lot and at St. John the
Baptist Church, 945 Main Road. It is $23 per person, which includes a
driver gratuity, and includes a bonus package from Foxwoods on arrival
featuring $10 free play, and $10 food voucher or $18.95 buffet.
Click here to see all their upcoming trips.
Transfer Station vehicle stickers required by Tuesday June 30th.
Westport Board of Health will begin issuing new Transfer Station stickers
on Monday, May 1st for the next fiscal year. Everyone using the Transfer
Station is required to purchase a new sticker every year. Present stickers
expire Tuesday June 30th.
cost of the sticker is $35; for seniors age 65 and over, the cost is $20.
Additional stickers may be purchased on the same day only for the same
household for $10 per vehicle. Residents must present their vehicle
may be purchased at The Board of Health, Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
may also be purchased at the Transfer Station by check only.
here to read other
recent Town Announcements.
WES-MAC PTO will host Third annual Tough
Kids Challenge on Sunday, June 4th.
Register online here.
used books for upcoming library book sales.
Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) are accepting book, CD and DVD
donations for the Summer Paperback
Book Sale and the huge Annual
Book sale in September.
will be accepted through the end of August. Please, books in good condition
only, and no textbooks, law books, medical books, encyclopedias,
dictionaries, VHS or cassette tapes.
donation box will be in the library lobby.
this year, there will be pre-signed donation receipts available to be
completed by book donors to report their donations to the IRS.
4 Bobolink Walks this June at Allens
mornings on June 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Allens Pond Sanctuary. Meet at the Allens
Events for all the details!
May is for Migration! Birding walks scheduled.
First walk is Thursday, May 4th from 8:00 -11:00
Join birding experts at the Allens
Pond Wildlife Sanctuary to experience bird migration on the SouthCoast this May. With new species arriving daily
from the winter homes, participants can view some of the states rarest
birds of grassland, shrubland and salt marsh in
this Important Bird Area (IBA).
Wander with a naturalist and observe a different
assemblage of birds and blooms each week. The walks will visit
difference parts of the sanctuary and typically cover approximately 3
Photo | John VanderGraff
Dress for an outdoor hike, and be sure to apply
sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring your binoculars and/or scope,
hat and sunglasses.
here to view Allens Pond Sanctuary's Program
You will stop for field breaks, so snacks and
drinks are also recommended in your pack. $10 per person/Mass Audubon
members and $12 per person non-members. Please preregister online at massaudubon.org/allenspond by using the inline program catalog,
or call 508.636.2437.
Spaghetti Dinner at the Knights of
Columbus Hall on Wednesday, June 14th.
28 Fish Road, Tiverton to benefit Acoaxet
Chapel’s 2018 Mission Trip to La Romana,
Catered by Edible Creations by Gerry.
Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and dessert. Music with Gary
Farias. 50/50 raffle, basket raffles, silent auction, wine raffle, and cash
bar for beverages. Starts at 6:00 p.m. $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Call
401.523.4614 for additional information.
6th Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival on Saturday, June 17th.
Westport, MA; location to be announced.
fifty-six wines alongside local cheese, chocolate, honey and artisan bread
from Southeastern New England. All wines are produced by the members
of the Coastal Wineries
of Southeastern New England.
sessions and personal conversations with winery owners and winemakers
make this a unique experience.
on Sale March 1st!
The wait is over; tickets are now on sale.
Advisory To Westport
Motorists – Upcoming Road Races In Westport.
Road Races and Bike Run to look out for this summer!
June 24th – Erika Hall Memorial 5K/Fun
Run from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
July 9th – Run for the Fair 5K
at 10:00 a.m.
September 16th – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Bicycle Rides at
September 23rd– Westport Half Marathon at 8:00 a.m.
Click here for all the
details and road courses.
Alive with Bee Gees Gold at Shining Tides on Friday, August 18th.
Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital, the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary
and the Tobey Hospital Guild are hosting a charity event at Shining Tides,
38 Reservation Road, in Mattapoisett. The event will be held under a tent
and feature Bee Gees Gold, a Las Vegas tribute band of the Bee Gees. Get
all the details in our Future Events section.
to develop summer exhibit on local shipwrecks.
Westport Fishermen’s Association is researching and developing an exhibit
on the history of shipwrecks of the Westport coast for display this
“Fishermans Dream” hung up on Half Mile Rock June 31, 2005.
are plenty of stories to tell, from the “Polly,” built in Westport in 1790
and wrecked the very same year on Gooseberry Island, to the “Angela” cement
barge that foundered on Old Cock Rock in 1971.
you have any relevant information, photos, or artifacts from local
shipwrecks, or if you are interested in volunteering with this project,
please contact email@example.com or call
* * * * * * * *
* * * * * *