Monday, June 29, 2015
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Updated Saturday, June 27, 2015
06/29/2015 – Selectmen meet tonight at Town Hall
starting at 6:00 p.m. Click
here to review their agenda and
read the Town Administrator’s report.
Of particular note is Westport’s
longtime Harbormaster, Richie Earle will announce his forthcoming retirement.
Westport Harbor’s most visible presence on the water bringing reassurance
to all boaters will be missed. More on this breaking news later.
Above: Westport Harbormaster Richie Earle briefing regional
news reporters on the tragic duck hunting accident on January 7, 2014.
06/29/2015 – Mystery Photo Solved! Congratulations to Westport’s Gerry Santos who was the
first to correctly guess on Monday, June 29th at 8:55 a.m. our latest
mystery photo’s location as “Noquochoke Orchards Drift Rd.”
Jerry is rewarded for his
powers of observation with a $25 gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant,
Westport’s fine dining seafood restaurant overlooking the Westport Harbor!
Be on the lookout for our
next mystery photo!
06/28/2015 – Put out to pasture. Our newly posted mystery photo
shows an aging excavator sitting unused in a Westport farm field. Be the
first to guess its exact location and win a $25 gift certificate to the
Back Eddy Restaurant.
here to take your best shot at being
the first to guess the exact location. New Mystery Photo posted on
Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
06/27/2015 – In South Dartmouth, where life slows down. Moving back to New England
last May, we arrived at the airport with suitcases stuffed with swimsuits
and two temporary places to live while we looked for a lease. We’d spend
the first half of summer in South Dartmouth and the second half in
Nantucket, thanks to VRBO and a generous friend. More...
06/27/2015 - Need another Sunset Music series to keep
you busy thus weekend? Try the Downtown Sundown Series in Providence. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and, well you know the drill by
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Sit on the lawn at the
beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial and enjoy some of the best
songwriters RI and Southern New England have to offer; performances of
Shakespeare and more. There is limited parking accessible at the park. Lots
of street parking and pay lots available. All ages are welcome. The event is free.
282 North Main Street,
Visit their facebook page.
06/27/2015 – And we’re not done yet with summer concert
series! The Little Compton Community Center is offering “hump day” free
concerts starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons,
Come enjoy great music and
savor the flavors of summer al fresco.
Each Wednesday through July
29th they will feature a different band and dinner menu. Admission is free.
Becky Chase Band
Dinner, soft drinks, wine and
beer will be available for purchase.
This week was the Becky Chase
Band with chowder and crab cakes,
Wednesday, July 1st is A Bluegrass Invitation
Band with BBQ chicken.
July 8th will be The Little Compton
Band with grilled shrimp. July 15th
it’s Gary Farias with build-a-burger and salad. July 22nd presents Louie Leeman and
Cheap Sneakers with paella.
And wrapping things up on July 29th is Abbey Rhode with
sausage and peppers.
06/26/2015 – Donations Needed for "1,000
Books Before First Grade" Program. Created
by the Westport Education
the "1,000 Books Before First
Grade" program will begin this Fall in the Westport Community
Schools to help promote early reading. Children
in Pre-K and Kindergarten will be sent home each week with books to read
with their caregivers. Families can chart their progress and children will
earn incentives toward reaching the goal of reading one thousand books
before entering First Grade.
Partners Village Store is
currently collecting donations of "gently used" books appropriate
for children aged 3 to 6 to be used in this invaluable reading
your donations off at Partners during store hours of 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
to help support "1000 Books Before First Grade."
August 20th, join Partners’ own "Miss Joan" for a very special
story hour to help launch the program.
06/27/2015 –New concert venue will add to the smorgasbord
of weekend offerings for the local music lover. The Paskamansett Concert
Series is set to launch on Saturday,
July 11th with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Spindle Rock River Rats
at the historic Dartmouth Grange
Hall, 1133 Fisher Road in the Russells Mills
Village Historic District of South Dartmouth.
The Spindle Rock River Rats playing at Westport’s
River Day 2015.
The monthly concerts,
featuring Americana, folk, roots, singer-songwriter, Celtic,
blues, and bluegrass music are being organized by Russ Smith, founder of
the popular Sandywoods Music Series in Tiverton, RI.
Series will be held in the Dartmouth Grange Hall at 1133 Fisher Road.
The 2015 summer and fall lineup
includes the Spindle Rock River Rats on July 11th, Seamus Galligan & Michael Laureanno
on August 8th, Four Bridges on September 19th, Joanne Doherty and Barbara Phaneuf on October 10th, and Grace Morrison on November
“The Paskamansett Concert Series joins the
Westport Vineyards Sunset Music Series and the summer concert series at
Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton.”
Smith has already booked Bill
Harley, Fourteen Strings, Danielle Miraglia, and
Matt Borrello for some early 2016 dates.
Tickets to all concerts are
$15, $12 for children under 18, seniors 60 and over, and college students,
with a $35 family admission price. Guests are invited to bring food and
Tickets may be purchased with
cash or check on concert nights (doors open 7 pm), or in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com.
06/25/2015 – Quaker Book Fair opens Saturday, July
11th! The Westport Monthly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) announces their 54th Annual
Book Fair featuring over 25,000 books for sale.
Fair opens on Saturday, July
11th at 938 Main Road, Westport when the ropes drop and the book-buying crowd
rushes the tents! On-going through July 19th, open "dawn to dusk."
here for video of 52nd Book Fair.
The Westport Friends are
hoping to fill their benches, not with their usual worshippers, but with
over 25,000 gently-used books for sale.
The Westport Friends' Book Fair serves as the main fundraising event
of the Westport Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers) and will take place on their grounds at 938 Main Road in
Westport, Massachusetts. The Book
Fair officially opens at 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine) but will continue
"dawn to dusk" throughout the week.
06/21/2015 –Dustin Johnson’s three-putt wins the 2015 U.S Open Golf
Championship for Jorden Spieth.
Heroic play by South
African, Louis Oosthuizen who birdied 6 of his last seven holes,
shooting a 29 on the back nine ended up the in a tie for second with Dustin
Johnson who three-putted the 18th hole from just twelve feet to lose the
championship to Spieth.
A birdie by Johnson would
have forced an 18-hole playoff with Spieth on Monday.
Click here for more in our Golf
06/20/2015 – St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea in Little Compton
has a new interim rector. The Rev. William Locke joined
the picturesque Episcopal Church on June 7th.
Fr. Locke has been a priest
in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island for over 20 years.
Fr. Locke will serve St.
Andrew’s by-the-Sea while the parish begins a search for a new permanent
Fr. Locke is married to his
wife, Ethel, and the couple has two children.
St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea is an
Episcopal parish serving Little Compton, RI and Westport, MA.
Worship at St. Andrew’s is
joyful and filled with the love and beauty of God. They regularly explore different forms of
music and worship.
here for more in our Church News
06/20/2015 – Concert series sells out on opening night. Westport Rivers Vineyard
and Winery’s Sunset Music Series sold out on its season opener last night with
Rebecca Correia being the showcased talent for
The popular music series
worked through some abutters’ concerns over expanded hours, noise and
traffic issues, and parking overflow onto Cadman’s Neck Road in an
agreement with the town’s Selectmen to limit attendance to just 300 cars.
Above: Rebecca Correia mixes it up with her young
But the limitations on cars
didn’t prevent a packed crowd from spilling out over the scenic vineyard
grounds, one of the most picturesque spots in Westport.
A change for 2015 is the venue will require for the first time that all
tickets will be sold in advance at the vineyard’s retail store or on-line
before each performance.
This season featured a special opening night performance by the
extremely talented Rebecca Correia.
The up-and-coming singer-songwriter, who Vance Gilbert called a
"broken-winged angel" after their first shared performance, is a
young veteran with already over 200 songs to her credit. Most recently, she
co-wrote the song "So Long Goodbye" with three-time Grammy-winner
Keb' Mo'. "So Long Goodbye" can be
found on Keb's latest album Bluesamericana
which is currently nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album. More about the
Sunset Music Series...
Above: Why they call it
the Sunset Music Series.
06/19/2015 – Town of Westport turns over a new leaf! A brand spankin’
new Nisson Zero Emissions Leaf electric
automobile, that is. The Leaf is accompanied by a 6.6kw, two-point –chargepoint+
Through the energetic efforts
of Energy Committee Chairman Tony Connors, Westport has acquired the Leaf
which is now in service.
And the best part is the car
and charging combo shouldn’t cost the town a dime.
Further, the charging station
is free for all Westport residents who want to charge an electric vehicle.
The stylish Leaf is no slouch
on the road either, reports Town Administrator Tim King. More...
Above: Town Administrator Tim King with the town’s new
06/17/2015 – Westport Town Hall clock gets an
overhaul. 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.
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.
With over 200 billion
individual time keeping mechanisms employed worldwide in watches, iPhones,
cars, computers, microwave ovens and the such, the town hall clock has been
relegated to the dustbin of history, barely noticed by people scurrying by
to get somewhere on time...
But historical nostalgia runs
deep in Westport.
Last week Andrew Sousa,
Planning Board member and Highway Department employee, with the help of
electrician Bill Plamondon, climbed high into the
attic of the 1939 Town Hall building and repaired the clock’s tangled mess
of electrical wiring, determined they needed a new time mechanism, and will
order one next month. They are also researching how to get a new neon light
fixture (the old one is burnt out long ago) encircling 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!
06/16/2015 – Cat snared in illegal trap. Westport Police are
searching for the person who placed an illegal leg hold trap that ensnared
Police received a call
Wednesday, May 27th about what appeared to be a cat with a metal
contraption attached, Det. Sgt. Antonio Cestodio
said. The cat was limping and had difficulty walking, the witness reported,
Charges of animal cruelty
will be filed against the person, Cestodio said.
The cat was transported by
Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert to a local veterinarian, who removed
the trap from the cat’s leg. The cat, apparently a stray, was taken to
Animal Rescue League of Boston.
06/16/2015 – Ladies and gentlemen, from the Trump
Tower in downtown New York City, hereeeeeee’s
In a 50 minute, high-powered
speech filled with eclectic rhetoric, fire and brimstone “the Donald’
announced at 11:25 a.m. today that he is running for Presidency of the
United States of America.
Real Estate mogul and
billionaire Donald John Trump Sr. will join four governors, four US
senators and three former governors in what is sure to be a reality show of
“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” the feisty showman told his
audience of supporters.
The dealmaker said he will
take on China and Japan and Mexico.
“We need someone who can make
this country great! We are (a country) controlled by politicians,
lobbyists, donors and supporters, and nothing gets done. Politicians are
Assailing incompetence in
Washington and deriding domestic and foreign leadership which he says
doesn’t exist, Trump is sure to provide a media circus on a scale that will
eclipse anything seen today on the millions of high-definition, mammoth
flat-screen plasma and LED televisions in homes across America.
And in all that hubris, Donald
John Trump Sr. makes some sense in what he says is wrong with America
today. The question is can he fix it.
Is this the age of the corporatocracy?
06/15/2015 – Third shotgun located from Westport
Harbor duck hunting accident. A recreational diver discovered
the third shotgun lost when a duck hunting excursion in the West Branch of
the Westport River went horribly wrong early Tuesday morning, January 7,
2014, bringing closure to the disastrous accident that took two lives.
The spear-fisherman hunting the
bottom of the harbor last week spotted what he believed to be a shotgun on
the sandy harbor floor. A call was made to Robert Mercer of Bob’s Sea and
Ski in New Bedford, and Mercer notified the police, according to Taunton
Police Sgt. Matthew McCaffrey, commander of the dive team for the South
Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
Above: SEMLEC diver Lt. Paul Roderick shows the 12-gauge Benelli shotgun recovered after a half hour search in
the water on Monday, police reported. The shotgun is believed to be the one
used by one of the victims, Steven James, 53, of Marshfield. Police photo.
The duck hunters’ 15-foot
aluminum skiff was recovered later that Tuesday morning tangled in a buoy
of Charlton Wharf, where it’s likely the shotgun fell out of the boat. The
other two 12-gauge Benelli shotguns were found
the day of the accident.
here for video news report on the
Charlton Wharf is on the west
side of the Westport harbor entrance.
here for news story of the
SEMLEC SWAT covers 28 cities
in towns in southeastern Massachusetts, from Duxbury to Seekonk. It is
currently staffed by 45 highly trained police and paramedic personnel.
Mattapoisett currently has 3 officers assigned to the SWAT team. Dartmouth
and Westport police also participated in the search. Above right: police photo
Click here to view video of dramatic U.S.
Coast Guard rescue of duck hunter Gregg Angell. The semi-conscious Westport
man was pulled off Corey Island and transported to Rhode island Hospital
where he made a full recovery.
The bodies of James and
Robert Becher, 55, of Cromwell, CT were recovered from Horseneck Point on
the ocean side around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning by acting Highway Surveyor
Chris Gonsalves and Westport police officer Sgt.
Above: 15-foot aluminum skiff recovered on January 7, 2014.
Photo/Boston Globe Steve Haines photo.
High winds and an unstable skiff
in choppy conditions with freezing spray were probably implicit in causing
the duck hunting boat to capsize.
06/13/2015 – Tiverton Public Library dedication draws hundreds to
celebrate opening of the town’s new public library, the construction of
which spanned five Town Administrators and three Library Directors.
Half of Tiverton appeared
to turn out today for the 10:00 a.m. formal dedication and ribbon cutting
ceremony on the steps of the new facility that
replaces the 87-year-old Essex Library building.
Speakers, which included
Congressman and former Providence Mayor David Cicilline, Chief of Library
of RI Library Services Karen Mellor, and best-selling author Michael Tougias honored the efforts of
the many who forged on through the many years it took to finance and
finally complete what Cicilline called “the crown jewel of libraries in our
Barbara R. Donnelly, Chair
of the Library Board of Trustees, thanked the generosity of the donors,
among those Westport’s Al and Cindy Lees, in her welcoming remarks.
There were performances
from the Greater Tiverton Community chorus, a presentation by the Boy
Scouts Color Guard, and other notable speakers and refreshments.
Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton.
More with photos.
Above: Cutting the ribbon are Chair
of the Board Barbara R. Donnelly, Building Committee Chair Leon W. Hoyer
MD, Library Director Ann M. Grealish Rust,
Foundation Chair Eileen M. Browning, Friends of the Library Rep. Kathyrn E. Ryan, and Town Council President Denise M.
06/12/2015 – What was the first item ever sold on what
is now known as the Internet? Odd that you should ask that
question, because in the very
early 1970s (71 or 72), Stanford students using ARPANET accounts at Stanford
University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory engaged in a commercial
transaction with their counterparts at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Before Amazon, before eBay, before anything, the seminal act of
e-commerce was a drug deal. The students used the network to quietly
arrange the sale of a small bag of marijuana.
Now 40 plus years later, Silk
Road founder Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in
prison for establishing an illicit website marketplace that sold drugs on-line with
what the founder thought was impunity.
For those of you who are more
curious, the first practical application of ARPANET was MILNET, an internetwork designated
for unclassified United States Department of Defense traffic.
Today, marijuana is legal for
recreational use in many states, and for medicinal purposes in most all
If the government can tax it,
they will make it legal!
We’ve come a long way baby!
06/12/2015 – Tiverton indoor gun range is
nearly ready to open fire. Somewhere
in the great Midwest, a gun range is being built. The assembly will be able
to stop a speeding bullet, time after time. And it is aimed at Tiverton. More...
06/10/2015 – Today, Alcoholics Anonymous will
celebrate its 80th anniversary.
AA was founded by Bill Wilson
of New York and Dr. Bob Smith of Akron, where the organization was born
after the two men met and began their friendship and professional
relationship. AA has helped countless people to find recovery from what Dr.
Bob called a “terrible curse,” the disease of alcoholism.
And Westport was no
“The birth of our Society
dates from (Dr. Bob’s) first day of permanent sobriety, June 10, 1935,”
according to what is called the Big Book - Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story
of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, a
collection of autobiographical stories from people with varying backgrounds
and experiences, but a shared illness.
Westport in the middle 19th
century struggled with “the terrible disease,” resulting in the building of
the Washingtonian Hall which was located on what is now known as the Head
Washingtonian Hall photo courtesy of the Westport Historical
Temperance Society was a 19th-century
fellowship founded on April 2, 1840 by six alcoholics at Chase's Tavern on
Liberty Street in Baltimore, Maryland.
Internal disputes about the
Society’s direction led to an early demise.
In 1935 when Wilson and Smith joined together in
forming Alcoholics Anonymous, neither of them had ever heard of the
With the demise of the Society, Westport’s
Washingtonian Hall sometime before 1880 became known as Riverside Hall,
according to the Westport Historical Society.
In the late 19th century it was owned by George E.
Gifford, who rented it out for dances. Later it was sold to a wheelwright
who operated a shop for many years. From 1929 to 1935 it was owned by David
Allen, who operated a tea room and ice cream parlor
Keeping in mind the building’s temperance heritage,
it is noteworthy that its next owner, Arthur M. Reed, got approval from the
Westport Selectmen in 1935 to open it as a tavern. However, the Landing
Commission was opposed (the building was on town land), so Reed moved it a
few hundred feet to the north. The tavern closed shortly thereafter because
it was considered “too rowdy.”
The original Washingtonian Hall is currently a
private home, on the banks of the Westport River to the west of The Head
Town Landing Country Store.
06/06/2015 – American Pharaoh wins the triple Crown! The 37-year drought is over as
American Pharaoh runs away with a heart-pounding win at the Belmont Stakes,
winning the third leg of the Triple Crown in horse racing.
out the amazing video!
06/05/2015 – The Call of the Wind! Noble outdoor sculpture is
where you can find it. And in
this case visual artist Nancy Winship Milliken
found that one of Jimmy Wood’s Main Road grazing pastures was the best
place to introduce Windscape Westport, a towering, land-specific
installation of 16 meadow sail forms made of raw wool, fishing net and 20
foot cedar poles. The cedar posts
were felled in South Dartmouth by Dedee and Bill
southwest wind will twist and turn the woven netted forms of wool into one
big flock sailing the field towards Partners Village Store and Dedee Shattuck Gallery, sponsor of the installation.
Nancy invites you into the
field to join the livestock, and to touch, smell and join the herd.
Nancy, her assistants, and
Sisson Brothers Landscape out of Little Compton spent the day installing Windscape
onto the landscape of some of the prettiest pasture land in Westport.
here to view video of this unique, interactive
sculpture, and meet Nancy Winship Milliken.
“Historically women lived in a world of
texture; silky fiber as they spun and wove clothes, feathers and slippery
intestines as they prepared food, rough and heavy rocks as they tended the
homestead garden. Today, with our
computers, virtual world and time spent in the office, then car, this world
of texture and response is lost to another time.” - Nancy Winship
About the artist and the installation: The artist, Nancy Winship Milliken lives in western Massachusetts and has
worked on installations throughout New England, mainly Massachusetts,
Vermont, and New Hampshire.
The installation Westport Windscape
will be up until October, 2015.
There are two access points, one on The Shattuck’s property along the
stone wall near the large oak tree, and one along Main Road.
Once the grass gets a little
high a path will be cut through the field so people can still take a walk
through the installation.
Jim Woods graciously allowed
this project to be installed in his field throughout the summer; this
project could never have progressed without his help. Also Richard Sisson of Sisson Brothers in
Little Compton prepared the field, mowing and harvesting the hay earlier in
the week and auguring the holes for the cedar posts.
The gallery had lots of help
from the farming community, and this project is first and foremost a collaboration between artists and farmers.
06/02/2015 – Fall River soup kitchen closes. The last bags of cereal and
canned goods have made their way into outstretched hands.
Folding chairs are stacked
and tables sit empty in the basement of the Sacred Heart Parish in Fall
River, which closed its doors Monday night as a soup kitchen.
"We were the only ones
who [served meals] Monday, so that kind of leaves them in the lurch,” said Janice Rosa, a volunteer for more than 11
06/02/2015 – Westport family doctor for 45 years dies
at 86. James Kydd
Stewart Kirkaldy, 86, an old-style family doctor
who practiced in Westport for 45 years, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at
Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury, Vermont after hip surgery.
Born on July 3, 1928, in March, England, Kirkaldy, known as Stewart, was the only child of
Scottish natives John and Rhoda Kydd Kirkaldy. After his early education in March, where he
was an accomplished athlete as well as student, he went to medical school
at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Click
here to read full obituary.
A memorial service is planned
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.
Kirkaldy was eulogized at last
night’s Selectmen’s meeting, and Select
Board chair Craig Dutra asked for a moment of silence to remember the last
of the old time physicians who made house calls and answered to Stew or
The local nurses association
threw Kirkaldy a welcoming party when he arrived
in Westport to start his practice; the town had been without a local doctor
for the past 10 years.
He bought the former Macomber house at 793 Main Road in June 1960, now owned
by Al Lees.
In his retirement years in
Westport Dr. Kirkaldy became best known for his
involvement with the annual Quakers Book Sale, an event he co-founded and
was involved with every one of its 54 years of existence.
“I am always hopefully I can
continue to make the drive down from Vermont to attend,” Kirkaldy said at the 2014 book fair.
Dr. “Stew” Kirkaldy will be missed at this July’s 55th book fair,
but his legacy will never be forgotten.
here to read Standard Times
06/01/2015 – The Westport Council on Aging has
released the June issue of their newsletter – Evergreen. Click
here to read it now. Click
here to read other Westport
06/01/2015 – Westport Senior
Center announces their new
Strolling Group is growing as they stroll around the town on Thursday mornings!
30 minutes of slow-paced
walking on flat surfaces with great views and good conversation.
Join them at 8:45 a.m. at the
Council on Aging. Call 508.636.1026 for more information and all the
05/30/2015 – “Lest we forget.” 'Decoration
Day', later called Memorial Day, was first observed this day in 1868 by
northern US states.
Click here for Westport
Images of Memorial Day.
On Monday, May 25th
Westport conducted Memorial Day Ceremonies throughout the town with a
parade at 10:00 a.m. from Westport Town Hall, and the laying of wreaths at
five town-wide locations that began at 8:00 a.m.
Rifles are raised and the
brass flies as the Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard does its duty on the
Fontaine Bridge. Our Photo of the
Week is in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending
our country’s freedom and way
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05/29/2015 – Weird, rare, strange, bizarre, nonetheless stunning – tough to come up with
adjectives to describe this interesting patchwork of a cloud formation
captured late Wednesday afternoon over the East Branch of the Westport
One thing’s for sure, it’s
a photographer’s joy not to be missed, especially when you have a camera
(or iPhone) in hand.
Keep your eyes to the
Click here for more Clouds over
05/28/2015 – The Red Dory
Restaurant in Tiverton gets rave reviews from the Providence Journal. Dining Review: The Red Dory
launches delicious dining.
Westport’s Steve Johnson opened the Red Dory last November. The
casual fine-dining restaurant located in the Stone Bridge village of
Tiverton, Rhode Island overlooks the Sakonnet River, and offers personal
versions of Mediterranean-style seafood dishes with most of the ingredients
coming from the area’s farmers and fishermen.
location, new restaurant.
The Red Dory is located in the old Stonebridge Restaurant building
that dates back to the 1930’s.
”We’re offering people a chance to enjoy food and people,” Steve
said. “We’re not a temple to gastronomy. It’s not a religious experience.”
Look for a raw bar, seafood appetizers, spiced-up green salads, pasta dishes, and fish and shellfish entrees.
1848 Main Road, Tiverton, RI (across from Grinnell’s Beach.) For more
information or reservations please call or click 401.816.5001 or email:
05/26/2015 – Holes–in-one will now come easy at Missouri’s Top of
the Rock golf course!
A massive foursome of
sinkholes combined to swallow up a good-sized chunk of the Jack
Nicklaus–designed Top of the Rock golf course last Friday in Branson, Mo.
The largest hole, which is
80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places, was created by two separate
sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of the Rock golf course,
Martin MacDonald, conservation director for Bass Pro Shops, told The
Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Golfers in Branson,
Missouri, will now have some extra hazards to cope with on their next round
after four sinkholes swallowed part of the Par 3 hilltop venue.
Photos/Nate Papes/Springfield News-Leader
The largest of the
sinkholes abuts a pond on the course.
According to KOLR10 News, a
second hole measures 18 feet deep, while the other two are (comparatively)
smaller, about four feet deep.
According to AP, “The Jack
Nicklaus-designed par-3 course is part of the Bass Pro Shops-owned Big
Cedar Lodge complex which hosted a Champions Tour event last month.
This most-challenging new
hazard, the largest sinkhole, isn’t near the main course and won’t affect
play (unless you duck-hook your tee shot of the first hole!),” MacDonald
Geologists say such
sinkholes are fairly common in the Ozarks because of its karst topography, a feature in which water
is constantly circulating through bedrock below the ground.
No one was injured except
the course designer’s pride.
Click here to read about more curious
golf news and get complete information on all golf courses in and around
the Westport area.
Click here for the interesting video.
05/25/2015 – Serena Parente Charlebois wins Best in Show in the 5th annual Little
Compton Spring Photography Show.
Her entry, ‘Midsummer Night’ was pure classic
camerawork for which the Little Compton photographer is known: composition,
soft lighting, black and white imagery, and fine art portraiture.
Where does she find those
endearing, angelic subjects?
Charlebois is no stranger to winning
awards, having taken home several “Best Categories” in the past at this
seminal spring show.
“This is my first Focus
Award (Best of Show) Charlebois said. “I couldn’t
be more pleased. In the past I have won Best in Category.”
Charlebois has received national
recognition for her ability to capture emotional and natural portraits of
children and their families.
The show’s awards were
presented at a Special Preview Party on Friday, May 23rd at 7:15 p.m.
The Peoples’ Choice Award
went to Westport’s photographic artist, Karen Raus.
More photos will be posted
05/25/2015 – Westport will conduct Memorial Day 2015 Ceremonies
throughout the town on Monday, May 25th.
Parade kicks off at 10:00
a.m. from Westport Town Hall; laying of wreaths
begins at 8:00 a.m.
will one generation of veterans abandon another.” – Justin Latini
Last year Vietnam Veterans
Chapter No. 207 President Justin Latini captured
the essence of a solemn Memorial Day ceremony with the words of a famous
slogan: “All gave some, but some gave all.”
This Year Mr. Lattini will be coordinating the ceremonies, as
Westport’s newest Veterans Agent, Bradford Fish is out of town with prior
commitments. Click here for
all the details with photos.
05/22/2015 – New interim pastor in the Harbor. The Acoaxet
Chapel is pleased to welcome Pastor Mark Gelinas
as their interim pastor. Mark and his wife Val come to them from
Pacific Union Church.
Click here for more Acoaxet Chapel news and news from other local churches
in and around Westport.
05/22/2015 – Wilfrid’s Garage in Westport under new ownership. The papers were signed
Friday and the keys passed over to new owners, Christopher Cotta and Joan
Lisa Steadman from former owners Rick and Helene Anctil
(right in photo.)
The Main Street service
station, one of Westport’s oldest commercial businesses, will continue
operation as a full-service garage, retaining the name of the founder who
started the iconic business in the mid-1950s.
Anctil’s father, Wilfrid, started up the business
as a one-stall garage on land his father-in-law owned (Jim Hancock, Sr.) in
the mid-1950s when Wilfrid returned from Korea. More...
05/22/2015 – The Westport Land Conservation
Trust (WLCT) is excited to announce the reception of a grant from BayCoast Bank.
The grant, facilitated with the help of BayCoast
Bank Assistant Treasurer Gina Palmer, will allow WLCT to pay a graduate
student from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, to partake in an
internship performing administrative duties to align WLCT with the
standards and practices set forth by the Land Trust Alliance.
portion of the grant will also fund a summer internship designed to utilize
GPS technology to map WLCT properties using GIS (Geographical Information
Systems) technology, a valuable resource moving forward.
would like to thank BayCoast Bank and Gina Palmer
for their funding of this grant. Grants such as these are incredibly
important to WLCT, and the Trust appreciates BayCoast
giving back to their community.
05/20/2015 11:30 a.m. – Breaking news-Westport. At approximately 11:00
a.m. today a late model Toyota Camry LE was involved in a chilling
collision with an 18-wheeler (sand and gravel tractor trailer) as the Camry
was exiting Lees Market, across from BayCoast
The tractor trailer was
heading south on Main Road at the time of the accident.
The Camry sustained heavy
damage, sending the woman driver, purportedly in her 70s, to the hospital
in a Westport Fire Department ambulance.
“She was pretty badly banged
up,” said one of the police officers on-site.
The accident is being
investigated by Westport police who briefly preserved the accident scene
for further investigation.
05/17/2015 – Neighbor’s disgruntlement over Westport Rivers
Winery’s weekend concerts has been fermenting for some time, and it all came to a head
this Monday night in a crammed Town Hall Selectmen’s meeting.
Attorneys Brian Cory and
Daniel Perry squared off over the issue of when an agricultural property
can go too far in providing an entertainment venue that some perceive as an
improper agricultural use of protected farmland.
Click here to view video of Westport Winery’s
fight for, and their approval of an entertainment license for 2015.
“I’m thrilled the Board of
Selectmen recognized the community significance of this event,” Robert
Russell told EverythingWestport after the Board’s unanimous vote to
grant the Vineyard an entertainment license for 2015.
The Vineyard will kick off
its 15-concert series with Rebecca Correia on Friday, June 19th.
05/17/2015 – Borden Street residents have long complained about dangerous road and
traffic conditions on Westport’s southwest-most side street off Route 6.
There are automobiles
zipping through the strip mall’s parking lot around a stop sign, going the
wrong way onto Route 6 to take a western turn towards Fall River.
And you don’t even want to
talk about the cars coming from the west on America’s oldest highway,
cutting across the entrance to Borden Street and flying into the mall’s
“We’ve had it with
contaminated water runoff turning our lawns yellow, dangerous road ice
build-up in the winter months, and the unsafe entrance to our road, one
resident recently complained to Selectmen at their weekly Town Hall meeting.
“What are you going to do
Click here to see what Westport’s
Highway Surveyor “did about it.”
05/16/2015 – Is Sandwoods on the skids? Nearly
a dozen years ago, Joseph Bossom and Mika Seeger
had a vision to turn their Sandywoods Farm into a community of artists
living in eco-friendly affordable housing, sharing inspiration, ideas and
healthy food grown in a community garden.
Sandywoods arts center and housing development, with 50 affordable rental
homes, opened with great fanfare in
Joseph Bossom says that the whole thing is a
“disappointment,” in fact, and blamed the management of the nonprofit land
trust and overseer, a noisy wind turbine and other factors.
of what Joe Bossom says is true, says former
event/concert organizer Russ Smith, but “Sandywoods is still a great place,
with almost unlimited potential. The way that Sandywoods is managed is a
total disaster,” Smith said.
Read the expose
article by the Providence
Journal’s Christine Dunn.
05/15/2015 – Edmund Beaulieu will turn 99 next Tuesday. But last night Ed was
honored and celebrated at Westport Grange No. 181 Patrons Of Husbandry for
his 80 years membership and service to this venerable fraternal
The Sanford Road man
started out as a junior Grange member and has been active ever since; he’s
still the Grange’s Steward, responsible for and in charge of all tools and
supplies, today largely a ceremonial post.
Nowadays, Ed’s duties are
more domestic, setting up the Grange Hall for their monthly meetings.
Not to be outdone, Ed’s wife, Helen is the
Apparently membership in the Grange is a
life-long commitment as 94-year-old Eleanor Gay, herself a 75-year member,
was in attendance to pay homage to Ed.
The Grange, founded after the Civil War in 1867,
is the oldest American agricultural advocacy group with a national scope.
They are also the only organization that
accepted female members since their inception.
Apparently being a Grange member is a long, long
obligation and privileged journey.
Mathew Johnson, Master-Massachusetts State
Grange sent his greetings: “Congratulations on your rare and incredible accomplishment
of 80 years continuous service to the Grange! Such an accomplishment is
Pictured above with Ed is current Grange Master,
Jeff DeNardo (left) and former Grange Master, Ed Horky.
The Westport Grange meets at 7:00 p.m. the second
Thursday of the month. Westport Grange, 931 Main Road, Westport.
05/13/2015 - Our Photo of the Week is truly amazing and an
OMG moment that is remarkable for the fact no one was hurt. This massive
white oak crushed the home of Virginia King at 19 Greenwood Avenue in
Westport last Saturday.
Click here to see enlarged image of
this and hundreds of other Photos of the Week!
05/10/2015 3:00 p.m. – Nightmare
on number nineteen Greenwood. Virginia King had just settled down on her living room couch,
her aged dog lounging on an accompanying love seat. She picked up a book,
intent on spending a comfortable Mother’s Day afternoon reading.
Out of the blue and without any warning a thunderous boom
above her head startled the 70-something grandmother who then fled out the
front door, the dog right behind her.
When she got outside she couldn’t believe her eyes!
here to see what scared Virginia King. Full story with photos
05/10/2015 - Southcoast VNA to offer bereavement workshop for children
starting Monday, May 18th.
Southcoast Visiting Nurse
Association, known in the community as Southcoast
VNA, is offering a free, five-week bereavement workshop for children
between the ages of 6 and 13 grieving the death of a loved one. Click here for more detail
in our Future Event Listings.
05/10/2015 – 814. 814 is a great credit score; Angel Number 814
indicates that you are fully supported by the Universe; and in the year 814
emperor Omortag arranged a peace with the
Byzantine Empire, avoiding years of conflict.
But 814 is also the number of dollars
remaining in Westport’s free cash account after Town Meeting authorized
$1.7 million to fund operating expenses, buy some vehicles, and explore how
the financially strapped town should replace the PCB-plagued Middle School
Westport’s annual Town Meeting and Special Town
Meeting adjourned Thursday night at 10:00 a.m., only to resume on Tuesday,
May 19th at 7:00 p.m. to handle the acceptance of several private roads
into the fold of public byways maintained by the Highway Department.
814 may be a great credit score but it spells
rocky roads ahead for Westport finances.
Click here to review 2015 Town Meeting warrant with annotated voting
results from two nights of Town Meeting. PDF
Click here to review 2015 Special Town Meeting warrant with
annotated voting results from two nights of Town Meeting. PDF
05/10/2015 – At first glance, it looks
like nothing much ever changes in Adamsville, a
historic village that spans Little Compton, Tiverton, and Westport, Mass.
here and there, change is always going on.
walls, white-picket fences, tall trees and historical farmhouses mark this
quaint village, along with a smattering of local businesses, including
Gray's Daily Grind and the Grist Mill, the Barn restaurant, and the newly
renovated Simmons Café and Market. More.
05/10/2015 – Southcoast
Health’s Monthly Calendar Listings for May.
Click here for a comprehensive listing for Southcoast Health’s Monthly Calendar Listings for May:
Support Groups, Childbirth & Family Education, Maternity Services,
Weight Loss Seminars, Medical Fitness/Rehabilitation Programs, and Rappp.
05/10/2015 – The Southcoast Wellness Van announces its May schedule for
community screenings and vaccinations.
Wellness 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. Click here for all the schedules.
05/08/2015 – Westport
Town Meeting wrapped up last night after eight grueling hours over two
days. Controversy swirled around several Warrant
articles, and emotions ran high as town meeting members tried to get their
heads and hearts around several contentious issues.
194 were in attendance the second night of town
meeting: A:20; B:52; C:22; D:20; and E:80.
Article 37 –
Restraint of dogs. No dogs shall be allowed on beach or town-owned
recreational areas from April 16th through September 15th. Period. With one
minor word change voters narrowly carried this article. More.
Article 39 – Westport’s Town Administrator (TA) sat
stoically while voters debated with town officials over
provisions in this article affecting the TA’s responsibilities, ultimately
gutting the article’s intent (removing section 6405) but keeping the TA as
chief financial officer.
Select Board Chairman Craig Dutra who proposed
the article later tried to withdraw it over objections and votes taken by
town meeting attendees. More.
Article 40 – Firearms and Weapons. Beware all you
hunters who like to roam private property without the owners’ permission;
new proposed regulations were adopted last night by a close, hand-counted
vote to require written permission from all Westport property owners
before hunting on privately-owned land.
Violators can face fines of up to $200 per daily
hunting on my land!
Article 41 – Road safety article defeated by Town
Meeting despite pleas from Highway Department employees. New
regulations controlling standard road widths to improve public safety and
town departments’ (fire and police, highway department) access into
developments was deemed by Town Counsel to have no legal standing if
approved at Town Meeting.
Predictably, it was defeated but the Highway
Department stood by the article’s intent to improve public safety on
Article 43 – This much-needed article carried unanimously
at last night’s meeting was the adoption of the win-win article that
permits detached accessory apartments by special permit in Westport,
An amendment offered by Tim Gillespie and
approved by voters increased the allowable square footage from 600 to 750
square feet for detached accessory apartments in Westport, a much needed
change to a much needed new by-law.
The Planning Board ultimately recognized the
needs of seniors who can’t afford to live in town, and those seniors still
in town will could use a new means of income to help them stay in their
homes; property owners’ children and possibly their families who find
themselves homeless through lack of full-time employment; helping the
disabled to stay in Westport; and even more important – increasing the
total number of affordable housing units in Westport, helping the town
reach its required minimum of 10 percent affordable housing.
don’t forget the added property tax revenue through “new growth” that falls outside the
limits of Preposition 2 ½, money the town sorely needs to meet its
financial obligations. More.
Articles 50 through 57 - And
confusion and controversy swirled around the town’s inability to accept several
private town roads as public ways because of a narrowly missed time frame
After many false starts and challenges to the
Moderator’s stance on adjourning Town Meeting, attendees agreed to continue
Town Meeting until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th to dispose of Articles 50
through 57. More.
05/07/2015 – Westport
Town Meeting will resume tonight at 7:15 p.m., acting upon
the remaining 25 articles.
Click here to review 2015 Town Meeting warrant with annotated voting
results from Tuesday evening. PDF
A Special Town Meeting that will address two
articles starts at 7:00 p.m. before the Annual Town Meeting reopens.
Click here to read the Special Town Meeting warrant. PDF
Above: From the left: Town
Counsel, Town Administrator, and Selectmen at 2015 annual Town Meeting.
05/06/2015 – Four
hours and 34 articles later, Town Meeting suspended its activities, scheduled to resume Thursday evening at 7:15
p.m. to finish up the remaining 25 articles.
in attendance the first night of town meeting: A:84; B:142; C:74; D:83; and E:190.
A Special Town Meeting that will take up only
two articles will start at 7:00 p.m. before the Annual Town Meeting
It’s amazing, and a testament to the work done
by the Selectmen, Town Administrator, Department heads and the Finance
Committee that voters can quickly dispatch a record FY’16 budget of
$34,354,819 in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, but then expend an exorbitant
amount of time on special interest Articles.
The ever controversial and highly contentious Beach Avenue Article 14 passed on a
close hand count of 168-133. The article will permit the Select Board to
acquire by almost any means possible (no Eminent Domain, however) land to
create a 48-foot wide vehicular turnaround about 1000 feet down from the
embattled road’s entrance.
A last ditch effort from the floor to raise the
salaries of three elected officials failed by a strong majority vote.
Tax Collector Carol Borden called for raising
the salaries of the Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Town Treasurer from
$61,771 to $64,271 but failed to receive the approval of Town Meeting.
Borden was successful, however, in securing an
additional $2500 for the Treasurer’s office to fund additional time for
that office’s clerk, an action that was later deemed to be in error by Town
Counsel David Jenkins after Selectman Antone
Vieira questioned the appropriation.
Above: Town Moderator Steven Fors (right) in conference with Town Council David
Jenkins, assisted by Town Clerk Marlene Samson over a question posed by
Selectman Antone Vieira of the authority of Town
Meeting to increase budget line item amounts. Town Administrator King looks
Oh well, just another night at Town Meeting.
A high point was a very professional and
well-turned out presentation by Schools Building Committee member, Tracy Priestner (below) to appropriate up to $700,000 for a school
Town Meeting attendees showed their appreciation
for the “Our Town. Our Children. Our
Future” PowerPoint presentation with thunderous applause and unanimous
acceptance of the article.
The $700,000 will determine which action to take
with the remaining school buildings after the School Committee’s recent
vote to shut down the PCB-plagued Middle School.
but still disappointing turnout by town voters.
573 town voters turned out on the first night, a
respectable but still disappointing number considering the town’s 11,500
plus registered voters.
More to come with photos.
Annual Town meeting resumes Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. in the Westport
High School’s auditorium.
Click here to review the Town Meeting
Click here to review Westport Annual Town
Report 2014. PDF Large
file (243 pages), please be patient.
Click here to read the Special Town Meeting warrant. PDF
05/04/2015 – Fall
River’s Damra Pao runs
away from the field in the 11th running of the Devin Laubi Foundation’s annual 5K Run/Walk.
Westport-based organization provides financial assistance to families of
children with cancer.
Sunday’s race day conditions were ideal and the
34-year-old Pao took full advantage, setting a
blistering pace, finishing well ahead of the pack at 19:21.
Pao was more than two minutes ahead of the 2nd and 3rd
The event had a good turnout with 103
“It was a great day for a run,” Pao said.
James Chaves (21:33) and Richard LeBlanc 21:35)
took second and third place, respectively, with Sherri Andrade (22:57),
Annette Ainsworth (23:29), and Madalena Boudreau
(24:06) as the top three females.
winners were Elliott Pawlak,
1st place (23.46); Abigale Long, 2nd place (24:45); and Alexis Kublin, 3rd place (33:29).
runners from Westport were Annette Ainsworth, 2nd place female at 23.29 and
Elliott Pawlak, 1st place ‘under 18’ at 23.46.
All results posted here.
Click here for pictures.
05/04/2015 – Westport River Watershed
Alliance announces winners of River Day Poster contest.
Westport Watershed Alliance (WRWA) has chosen the winners for this
year’s River Day Poster contest.
Students from grades 2-5 at the Westport Elementary School submitted
designs, with the theme of river habitats, featuring the wildlife and
scenic beauty of the Westport River and its watershed. Over 100 art works were submitted, making
the task of choosing the winner from many worthy entries a challenge. The winning art work will be the artistic
basis for the poster for the annual River Day event, which will take place
this Saturday, June 6th at the Head of Westport.
year’s overall winner is third grader Ella Turenne, whose colorful crayon
depiction of fish, birds, trees and sunshine was the judges’ hands-down
favorite. The other ribbon winners more...
05/03/2015 – Charlton
Memorial Hospital Retirees Association to host quarterly meeting on Friday,
The Retired Employees of Charlton Memorial
Hospital, a part of Southcoast Health System,
will host its quarterly meeting on Friday, May 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. in the Mooney Assembly Room at Charlton Memorial Hospital, 363
Highland Avenue, in Fall River. All Charlton Memorial Hospital retirees are
welcome to attend.
05/01/2015 – Mistaken identity? Not! A driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier that
allegedly ran a stoplight while westbound on Charlotte White Road and
collided with a car on Route 88, denied he was driving the car despite
eyewitness testimony, a photo taken by the driver of the other car, and a
neighbor’s surveillance video which showed the man in the driver’s seat,
according to an article in the Westport
his multiple denials, the driver is now in the hot seat. More.
Dean Martin said,” If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt.”
05/01/2015 – Casino
creep. Massachusetts‘s first casino will open as
scheduled by June 24th, developers say. Can New Bedford or Somerset, both
in the running for a license in the southeastern part of the state, be
Owners of Plainridge
Park Casino in Plainville reported to state regulators that the project
remains on schedule despite New England’s brutal weather, according to an
develoing an $800 million resort in Springfield, and Wynn is building a
$1.7 billion one in the Boston area.
Somerset and New Bedford are vying for the last license in our area; and
smart money is betting it will end up in Somerset or New Bedford.
Westport, chip up!
04/28/2015 – April showers bring
May flowers, but May flowers bring... Botanica!
The Shattuck is pleased to present Botanica, a
group exhibition exploring flora in a variety of mediums, complimentary to
the galleries emphasis on the relationship between contemporary art and the
The exhibit runs Wednesday, April
29th through Sunday, May 31st, with an artists' reception on Saturday, May
2nd from 5-7 p.m.
Artisans Anna Kristina Goransson, Beth Galston,
Georgia Marsh, Jessica Calderwood, Leslie Ferst,
Reenie Barrow and Yoonmi Nam will participate in
Gallery, 1 Partners Lane (off 865 Main Road), Westport.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
04/26/2015 – Toast of the Town. Central Village honored three of
its own today, bringing tears to the eyes of Partners Villager Store and
Kitchen founder, Nancy Crosby who was toasted along with founding partner
Jan Hall and the new owner of the iconic retail specialty store, Lydia Gollner.
The ownership torch for
Westport’s social hotspot was transferred to Golllner
several weeks ago in a quiet celebration, but friends, family and customers
came out today to celebrate the women who have given so much to a business
that had its humble beginnings back in 1979 as a 300 square foot appendage
to Nancy’s wine and beer making business, Crosby and Baker.
Gollner vows to continue the
Partners legacy for decades to come.
Click here to view video!
04/25/2015 – Sandywoods
Center for the Arts announces on-going weekly events!
Women's AA Meetings, Kundalini Yoga, Zumba with
Fatima Devine, Zumba with Serina Honeycutt, and
Open Mic Night at Sandywoods Farm. Click here for all the details.
Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way,
04/25/2015 – Our Photo of the Week was taken during a tour last week
of the PCB-troubled Middle School led by the school’s Principle, Carolyn
The public tour was to raise
awareness of the building’s deteriorating conditions due to a lack of
maintenance, and to highlight problem areas created with past PCB
remediation efforts which have yet to be completed.
High costs (estimated at $17
million) to remove the remaining 5 percent of the PCBs’ sources have
triggered the School Committee to permanently close the building this
summer, and move grades 5 through 8 to other Westport school buildings.
See a hi-res of this photo and other Photos of the
04/25/2015 – In the spirit of Arbor Day
national holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant
and care for trees, the Westport
Land Conservation Trust will be planting 30 fruit trees this Saturday
to create the one-acre Mill Pond Grove off Reed Road in Westport.
Festivities start at noon.
WLCT has done the landscaping and dug the holes for the 30 trees, so be
sure to come over to Reed Road and lend a helping hand in planting Mill
Pond Grove, Westport’s first experimental, non-commercial community fruit
tree grove. Photo/EverythingWestport.com
The Mill Pond Grove will be
an experimental, non-commercial, community fruit tree grove that is
holistically managed without the use of chemical sprays and fertilizers.
Join the Westport Land
Conservation Trust and get involved, meet your neighbors, and eventually
eat delicious fruit.
04/24/2015 – Oh no, tell me it isn’t so Joe! For all you internet speed freaks
and TV series binge viewers who have been waiting for Westport to switch
off Charter Cable service in favor of Comcast high-speed internet access
and expanded TV programming, you’re wait is over.
It ain’t going to happen!
In stunning but not
unexpected news today, Comcast is set to drop its $45b merger with Time
Warner. The Justice Department and Federal Regulatory Communications
Commission have signaled stiff resistance to the merger. The death knell
for the deal came when the FCC’s general counsel told his staff that he was
going to recommend that the transaction be referred to a hearing before an
administrative law judge, an action that all but insures the deal will
ultimately be blocked, according to an article in today’s Boston Globe.
Part of the fallout of the
failed bid is Charter’s plan to acquire some of the Time Warner Cable
markets that Comcast had expected to divest, and Comcast was going to pick
up the Westport Market from Charter that expected to acquire Bright House
This incestuous exchange of
cable markets to insure that no one company would have more that 30 percent
of paid television subscribers and 35 percent of the nation’s broadband
Internet service, Westport would end up being a Comcast town.
shoulda, but now the deal is dead, considered by
those in Washington as being anti-competitive.
Oh well, back to 30mb
internet and not lovin’ it.
04/22/2015 – Westport’s Board of Selectmen
reorganized at last night’s meeting. Antone Vieira and Richard
Spirlet announced they were stepping down as
Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, and the board then unanimously
elected Craig Dutra as Chairman, R. Michael Sullivan as Vice Chairman and
Steven Ouellette as Clerk.
Select Board leadership has
changed, but the challenges facing the board are the same: presenting a
balanced budget at Town Meeting, restructuring town government to achieve
efficiency, and facing the structural budget deficit that has plagued the
town for years resulting in spending most of the town’s free cash to fund
operating expenses and allowing the town’s unfunded liabilities to reach
The new board will also have
to address the PCB-plagued Middle School and the solutions now being
considered by the Schools Building Committee.
That’s a lot on anyone’s
04/22/2015 – New hires. Selectmen last night approved the hiring of Gary
Ferry to the Highway Department as Special Equipment Operator, and
appointed Bradford J. Fish of Acushnet as the town’s new Veteran’s Service
Agent/Graves Registration Officer.
Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves (right)
congratulates Gary Ferry on his hiring into the Highway Department.
There was discussion that the
VSA should report to the Council on Aging Director and have an office
there, but the Select Board took the advice of the VSA selection committee
and kept the position under the day-to-day supervision of the Town
04/21/2015 – Twin River Group Plans to Move Newport Grand to Tiverton.
Fearing competition from
prospective southcoast casinos, the owners of
Twin River Casino announced Tuesday that they plan to move Newport Grand to
Tiverton according to a press release issued by the company.
Management Group has secured the rights to acquire 45 acres of land off of
Route 81, along the Massachusetts state border.
The plan entails constructing a
casino on a 45-acre site in Tiverton off Route 81 next to the Massachusetts
border, which will help Twin River Management Group better compete against
new casinos opening in that state.
Newport Grand would remain in
operation during the construction phase but close once work was finished.
According to AP, the company, which
entered into a contract to buy Newport Grand last
month, said a casino would better compete closer to the Mass. border.
Click here for all the details and video.
04/21/2015 – 2014 Duck Derby Champion, Linny Cakes enjoyed her visit to Hawaii!
As February continued to dump
massive amounts of snow on the SouthCoast, Linny Cakes – the winning duck from the 2014 Allens Pond Duck Derby fundraiser,
enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of Hawaii.
Click here to watch short video of
11th Annual Allens Pond Duck Derby.
This little rubber duck
earned roundtrip airfare to Oahu for Linda and Richard Crossley by beating
out the other 5777 racing ducks that were racing the incoming tide at
Barney’s Joy this past August at the 11th Annual Allens
Pond Duck Derby more...
04/20/2015 – Another reason to love
coastal villages of Southeastern Massachusetts boast one of the most
well-known osprey breeding grounds in the country.
Eighty pairs of ospreys call
Westport home and birders can spot them from late April through mid-July.
But that's not all you'll see
here; more than 300 species of birds, including the federally threatened
piping plover, can all be found at Allen's Pond Sanctuary.
Peter Gray photo
There are three different
trailheads, connecting more than 7 miles of trail. With routes to marshes,
beaches, and rocky outcroppings with beautiful panoramic views, there are bird
watching opportunities in every direction.
recommended trail at Audubon’s Allens Pond
Sanctuary is Quansett Trail (easy, around 1 mile.)
Article thanks to Caroline Meleedy for AMC
Outdoors, April 2015.
Click here to
learn more about Allens Pond and the Osprey Project.
04/20/2015 – An ounce of prevention... Westport’s
Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert
takes another shot at controlling rabies.
ACO Lambert reports 45 pet
vaccinations at this spring’s Rabies Clinic held last Saturday inside the Hixbridge Fire Station.
“Eight of those shots were
cats,” Lambert said. “That’s the best turnout so far in these semi-annual
certificates are required to obtain a yearly dog license from Westport Town
Hall,” Town Clerk Marlene Samson said.
“We’ve issued over 500
licenses this spring, and they all have had their pets vaccinated.”
Dog Licenses are due each year by April 1st.
Above: Dr. Jacqueline A. Brito vaccinates Gumbo while owner,
Nancy (center) and Dr. Brito’s assistant calm Gumbo.
The vaccinations protect
homeowners ’pets from infection passed to them by an encounter with rabid
wildlife or other rabies-infected pets.
“The importance of getting
the rabies vaccine for your pet is that rabies is a neurotropic disease,”
Dr. Jacqueline A. Brito said. “If your pet comes down with rabies, they can
share it with you, and most people unaware of their exposure to the virus
do not survive rabies.”
Dr. Brito volunteered her
time to conduct the clinic with two assistants.
“If you know you have been
exposed when you get bitten and you know the animal was rabid, you can be
treated before symptoms start,” Dr. Brito said. “Once symptoms start very
few people survive the disease.”
“It is a state law that you
have to have it done,” Lambert said.
“Symptoms start becoming
evident from three weeks to three months with humans and animals, depending
on where they are bitten,” said Dr. Brito.
Dr. Brito said when the virus
gets to the brain it causes encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
Lambert said that you should
protect your puppies and kittens at three months of age, and then give them
a booster shot at one year old and then every three years; ferrets should
get vaccine every year.
04/19/2015 – Westport
Middle School gets failing grades on PCB remediation, overall building
maintenance. Leaking septic drainage pipes, handicap access obstacles,
extremely poor acoustics, and a decrepit locker room that looked like a
scene from the 1967’s “To Sir, With
Love” and 1955’s Blackboard Jungle were just a few of
the crushing concerns raised by School Principle Carolyn Pontes during a
public tour conducted last Monday by the Schools Building Committee and
Middle School officials.
And those were just the general maintenance issues which could
all be fixed with a few dollars more.
Buy not the toxic PCBs that have infiltrated the building’s
internal porous building materials and outside grounds.
So, what’s the solution? More.
04/16/2015 – Westport State Rep. Paul Schmid
appointed to key committee chairmanship.
Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) has been appointed to
serve as House chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural
Resources and Agriculture by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.
Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture has the
responsibility to consider a wide-range of important issues that impact our
use and conservation of the land and the waters of our Commonwealth.
The committee hears and deliberates on legislative matters concerning
oceans, beaches and waterways, inland and marine fisheries, boating,
farming, forestry, hunting, state parks and recreational areas, air and
water quality, sewer and septic issues, hazardous waste, land policy
and climate change. More...
04/14/2015 10:15 p.m. Breaking news! Westport voters stay home. In an anemic turnout for a
town election with major ballot questions to decide, Westport voters decided
to stay home.
Just 3055 out of 11,049
registered voters showed up to cast their ballots in an election with major
consequences in the balance.
Incumbent Selectmen Craig
Dutra and R. Michael Sullivan easily won reelection, capturing a combined
62.98% of the votes cast.
Incumbents win all contests!
Prop 2 ½ questions get a big no
from both South and North Westport.
Voters rejected changing the
elected status of the Town Treasurer by 61.05%, and elected Brad Clifford Brightman, former Town Moderator, to the post.
Above: newly elected Treasurer Brad Clifford Brightman is sworn in by Town Clerk Marlene Samson
after election results were posted Tuesday night. Brightman’s
father, Clifford Brightman holds the Bible.
In a surprise outcome for the
one 5-year Planning Board seat, newcomer Andrew Sousa overwhelmed two other
challengers for the job receiving 48.59% of the vote.
Sousa, employed by the town’s
Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator, ran a strong campaign on
values and concerns for Westport’s water resources, road safety, and
control over development impact on sensitive environmental areas.
Reelected Selectman R.
Michael Sullivan was top vote getter with 1752 votes. The well-liked
Sullivan won reelection by cultivating trust with Westport voters.
Overall top vote-getter for
the 2015 town election was Board of Health member and chairman John J. Colletti with 2058.
Housing Authority incumbent
Elizabeth A. Collins easily defeated challenger Craig D. Mignone, winning 62.27% of the vote.
And Assessor Robert Grillo beat back a heated challenge from William J.
Burns, winning 66.83% of the vote.
There were no declared
candidates for Fish Commissioner, however, Everett
Mills won the 3-year seat with 14 write-in votes vs. 7 for Peter Kastner, and 5 for John Borden.
Question 6, requiring an
outside professional company to perform a 10 year revaluation of all town
properties, was convincingly defeated by 68.66% of the ballots cast; exit
polls showed some voters thought a re-assessment would raise their taxes.
Burns fell victim to the ballot question as he
Non-binding ballot questions
4 and 5 demonstrated that 74.75% of the voters wanted Beach Avenue left
open to the Knubble for all vehicular traffic;
with 62.17% wanting the road managed as town beach property.
Town Clerk Marlene Samson was
disappointed with the 27.65% turnout, expecting at least 34% of the
electorate to show up at the polls.
“I was very surprised,”
Samson said. The long time Town Clerk has been to the election rodeo many
times, and anticipated a heavier turnout over the proposition 2 ½ ballot
The Fire Station, American
Legion Hall, and the Macomber School Precincts
averaged just a 23.5% turnout, with South Westport averaging 32.5%.
More details with Precinct
04/11/2015 – Letter to the Editor. Westport resident Richard
Phillips writes a two-part opinion editorial concerning Westport’s troubled
Insert: Richard Brewer, Chairman presents his group’s
analysis to the Westport ROMEOs.
“I believe that there are two
large components to the financial difficulties in the Town:
(1) Unfunded employee benefits which I estimate to be in
excess of $100 million more...
(2) Education expenses which account for over 60% of the budget and
are rising faster than revenues.” More...
Editor’s note: Phillips is a member of the newly-formed Westport Financial
Advisory group that recently released its non-partisan findings of
Westport’s financial health in meetings with Selectmen, the Westport
Business to Business group the Westport ROMEOs and others.
Phillips shares the group’s findings with EverythingWestport
readers; findings which mirror the issues Westport Selectmen have been
facing over the last several years.
Phillips letter gives a detailed, probing analysis
that should be read by every Westport taxpayer.
04/11/2015 – Trout fishing season opened today in
Rhode Island. Adamsville Pond and Brook
which is shared by Tiverton, Little Compton and Westport has
been stocked by the RI
The RI Department of
Environmental Management has stocked more than 100 ponds and streams with
80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown and rainbow trout in advance of the
season. Each weighs about one-and-a-half pounds.
Grab your pole and get ready
For you Westport fishermen click
here for all the details of the
Massachusetts trout fishing season (opened April 1st) with stocked waters
and state regulations.
Don’t forget your fishing
04/9/2015 – Sandywoods popular series of music
performances on the skids? One of the most prolific,
entertainment venues for local live music is in jeopardy with the
resignation of Russ Smith, program coordinator and organizing force of Sandwoods Center for the Arts’ popular series of live
Already under financial
pressure, Smith’s departure will aggravate a deepening problem with the
governing board’s years-long failure to “meet regularly, to engage in any
fundraising activities, or to apply for any number of available arts
Earned revenue from concert
ticket sales, instructor’s fees, overall lack of attendance at many events
and diminishing community support has caused Sandywoods to cancel some
activities like their Farmer’s Market, their Tuesday night “Open Mic at
Sandywoods,” and their weekly live-model figure drawing sessions.
Mr. Smith resigned as program
coordinator on Saturday, March 28th of this year.
Sandra Dugan, Sandywoods’
property manager will be serving as the interim program manager. She
announced that all scheduled activities will take place as planned.
But there is some doubt that
the May 23-24 Sandywoods Folk Festival will take place because some members
of the governing board have concerns it will not meet financial
The festival has been named
one of Rhode Island’s Top Five Spring Concerts by GOLOCAL PROV Lifestyle.
In a letter sent to the
press, Smith expressed frustration with declining revenues, citing the
situation is “not healthy or viable” and “didn’t allow for marketing
activities, and reasonable compensation (for staff), making it impossible
to hire badly needed staff.”
Memorial Day weekend will be
a little less memorable if the Folk Festival is cancelled, and the
long-term outlook for the live music program is shaky at best without
addition funding and organizers committed to continue the success Russ
Smith has achieved over his many years as program coordinator.
“It’s time for a new
challenge. I leave proud of the foundation that’s been built during the
past few years,” Smith said.
04/8/2015 – Hey Westporters, there’s a
new law in town, and you better take notice - wipers on, headlights on!
legislators previously approved legislation requiring your headlights to be used 30 minutes before
sunrise and sunset.
But that’s not all – the law was amended to also require drivers to turn
on their headlights when the vehicle's windshield wipers are needed, and
also when visibility is less than 500 feet, most likely due to fog.
The amended law goes into effect April 7th.
amended law, Chapter 481 of the Acts of 2014, was approved in January,
Better beware - drivers can be ticketed
for failing to comply with the new headlight law, and the offense is
considered a minor surchargeable traffic
violation, which could increase your insurance premiums!
04/7/2015 – Can I check this gun please? A Westport man exhibited a
lapse of judgement and even less common sense when he carried a pellet gun
into the Fall River Justice Center last Wednesday, as luck would have it,
during the on-going Hernandez trial.
According to a press release,
Fall River Police arrested David Cosme, 42, of
308 Sanford Road, Westport, after they said he entered the courthouse at
9:55 a.m. carrying a black metal handgun inside an opening in the lining of
Man, you just can’t make this stuff up.
Court Officer Nadine Lindsey
was working at the front entrance security station when she spotted
“She placed Cosme’s jacket on the X-ray conveyer and, as it passed
the monitor, she recognized what she believed to be a firearm,” Detective
Lt. Ronald Furtado, a police department spokesman, stated in the press
“The jacket was then searched
as additional court security and police were summoned for assistance.
During this time, it was documented that all operations at the security
checkpoint came to a halt.” More.
Court officers searched Cosme’s jacket and found a black metal handgun that was
hidden in an opening in the lining of the garment, police alleged.
“Further inspection of the
handgun revealed it to be a pellet gun,” Furtado stated. “Cosme was reported to have said he brought the pellet
gun into court for a case he had been previously charged with.”
The gun was described as a Daisy
Powerline .177-caliber air pistol.
Well that makes perfect
sense; carrying a concealed weapon into a court house where you’re trying
to defend yourself against a previous weapons charge.
Police did say there was no
connection between this incident and the ongoing trial of Aaron Hernandez
taking place in the courthouse.
Cosme was charged with disturbing
the peace while armed.
Cosme will return to the Fall
River Justice Center to face charges which also includes the rarely used
charge of actions that “illegally blocked roadways, sidewalks or common
04/5/2015 – They only have
eyes for you!
Whooo woulda thought it.
husband/wife duo of Mark and Marcia Wilson recently gave a smashing
follow-up performance of "Eyes on Owls - A Live Owl Show" at the
Westport Middle School.
year’s inaugural event sold out with only one scheduled performance.
year’s show was even better with three scheduled performances bringing in
well over 350 people.
by popular demand, naturalist/owl experts Marcia and Mark Wilson gave a
fun-filled educational lecture followed up by a live introduction to seven
owl types in front of a wide-eyed audience on Saturday, March 28th.
event was sponsored by the Westport Land Conservation Trust.
Here’s looking at ya kid! Marcia Wilson and her
owls got up front and personal with youngsters from the audience.
an accomplished hooter herself, demonstrated owl calls to the delight of
the young and not-so-young in the Middle School auditorium more...
brother/sister team takes top spots in inaugural running of LC’s Spring
Fling Road Race.
Brian Doyle of Swansea wins the first running of the LCEF Spring
Fling 4.8 Road Race Saturday, finishing the loop in 29:49, almost a full
two minutes ahead of runner-up Geoff Manning of Little Compton (31:36).
Dan Murphy rounded out the top three
finishers with a time of 33:08.
Top female and fifth overall was Caroline
Leverque at 33:44. Theresa Gallagher was second
female and sixth overall just three seconds later with a time of 33:47.
And keeping it in the family was Brian
Doyle’s little sister, Mackenzie Doyle who finished third female and
seventh overall at 34:29.
Other coinciding area running events kept
the Spring Flings’ turnout to a lower than expected 64` registered runners,
but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the organizers, runners and
spectators who came out to cheer their favorites on a day that was sunny
day and in the 40’s, and to support Little Compton’s Educational
The Spring Fling 4.8 Road Race was
formerly the LC Winter Scenic Road 4.8 Road Race which drew hundreds of top
runners from a wide area, but was cancelled last year.
“It was a good day,” said 22-year-old
Brian Doyle who said he’s been running what seems like his whole life.
“Sunny but windy, especially on the back side,” the race winner said.
Click here to watch
video of LC 2015 Spring Fling 4.8 Mile Road Race.
The winter event was brought back this
year but a blisteringly brutal winter made race conditions impossible, and
the fundraising road race was rescheduled and renamed.
Click here for complete race results. Posted by on
Cool Runnings by Spitler
MA Alzheimer's Partnership presents Seminars for Caregivers.
The Alzheimer's Partnership is offering four
seminars for caregivers in a variety of locations for the public's
If you are currently a caregiver or expect to be
in the future, this program will provide you with the tools to handle the
demands of this responsibility.
Panel members are professionals in a variety of
fields and will provide valuable information on the topics of Elder Law,
Adult Day Health, Alzheimer's Association Programs, Assisted Living,
Homecare, Hospice, Long-Term Care, Geriatric Care Managers, Monitoring
Programs, Reverse Mortgages, State Agencies for Elder Services, and a
caregiver's personal experience more...
– Massachusetts State
Senators promise collaboration and shared leadership by bringing the State
House to the people.
State Senator Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport,
hatched the idea for eight Commonwealth Conversations tours,
which have now been completed.
“Since we took office on January 7th, we’ve
initiated a sweeping set of reforms that promise to change the culture of
the Massachusetts State Senate and make it more accessible, more open, and
more transparent in its procedures.
Some consider these changes long overdue. We
share their instinct – the time is ripe for action,” Senator Rodrigues
03/31/2015 – Southcoast Orthopedic
Surgery to host monthly total joint replacement seminars.
The beginning-of-the-month seminars are open to anyone in the South Coast
community who is interested in learning more about total joint replacement.
“Don’t Let Joint Pain Slow You
will be hosted by Southcoast Health Orthopedic
Surgeons Michael Langworthy, MD, and Gary
free, one-hour seminars from 6 to 7 p.m. will be held in Fall River and
North Dartmouth, and will cover arthritis, hip and knee pain and other
orthopedic conditions. The doctors will also use the opportunity to talk
about non-surgical and surgical treatments, nutrition, medications and
exercise. Light refreshments will be served.
is required by calling 508.973.1101. The schedule for 2015 is more...
03/30/2015 – Westport
School Committee approves new cable director position,
but has many concerns about long-term success because of dual roles and
Committee member Antonio Viveiros asked what
would happen “if selectmen change their minds,” and he was concerned the
town could lose funding for the position, even if the program thrives more...
Above: Selectmen met last week with three
members of the School Committee and Superintendent Ann Dargon
to discuss merging of the town’s public, government and school cable
channels for one year.
03/30/2015 – Westport behind
the budget eight ball. A
no-layoff pledge and reduced state aid has decimated the town’s free cash
account; $470,000 in snow removal spending is just the icing on the budget
spending is in freefall.
aside, Selectmen Craig Dutra and Chairman Tony Vieira asserted that
selectmen cannot keep reshaping the budget proposals for fiscal 2016.
week we get the latest version of the selectmen’s budget,” Dutra said,
making a reference to the movie “Groundhog Day,” prompting Town Administrator
Tim King to break out in uncontrollable laughter.
noted that the “horse has left the barn” in terms of selectmen tweaking the
Committee Chairman Charles “Buzzy” Baron said the “free cash” situation is
first you have to have some free cash for it to be a concern.
voters pass two, binding Proposition 2 ½ ballot questions worth close to
$1.25 million in this April’s elections and free up a lot of moola for annual operating expenses? More...
03/29/2015 – Slower than
expected state job growth causes uptick in Westport’s unemployment rate to
from the previous month’s 8.1 percent.
New Bedford (10.4 percent) and Fall River (10.8 percent) were higher.
seasonally adjusted average jobs estimate showed that statewide there was a
gain of 800 jobs in February and over the last year a gain of 58,100. Click here
for the full state report.
03/29/2015 – On Saturday, March 28th hundreds of
firefighters took to the stairs of the Omni Providence Hotel, located
in the heart of downtown Providence.
Firefighters were among them.
No, this wasn’t
a dangerous skyscraper fire or other disastrous incident, but the eighth
annual stair-climbing fundraising event for the American Lung Association
of the Northeast more...
announces new Community Engagement Manager staff
position. The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) is happy to announce that
Steve Connors will join their staff as Community Engagement Manager.
Connors, the former steward of the TTOR town farming effort, will
assume his new position April 1, 2015.
Said WRWA president Tom Schmitt: “We’re delighted to bring Steve on
board. He brings a deep knowledge of the community, a commitment to
preserving the environment and a wonderful track record of working with
volunteers and staff
off more than they could chew. Westport
Police Sgt. Johnny P. Couto, under the watchful eye of referee Stacy
Gallagher, jams chicken wings into his mouth last night as the leadoff man
on a four-person police department team that took on Acushnet’s wing-kings.
The out-of-towners took the day, but not
without a lively fight from Westport’s finest.
The police department team will just have to
wait until next year to take home the coveted Fire Breathing Chicken
Meanwhile, practice, practice, practice.
It was all fun and for the benefit of the Children’s Advocacy Center