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Local news you may be interested in. Updated: Thursday, July 31, 2014
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New video 06/28/2014 View video of a day at the Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market with
Alpaca shearing demonstration and Dan the Pickle Man!
05/31/2014 – Westport mosquito spraying to start June 2nd.
The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project begins its mosquito-spraying program in town on Monday, June 2, weather permitting.
Spraying helps to control nuisance and/or disease-carrying adult mosquitoes, officials said in a news release. For spray requests and to obtain further information, call the project office at 508.823.5253 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The office can also be reached via fax, 24 hours a day, at 508.828.1868 or email RequestBristolMCP@comcast.net.
For Westport residents only, the selectmen's office is also taking requests at 508.636.1003.
Residents can call 617.582.6218 on a 24-hour basis, after 3 p.m. from May 28th through October 31st to find out if their street is scheduled to be sprayed the following day. Do not use this number for spray requests.
Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.
To access additional information such as virus, fact sheets, prevention techniques and more, visit: www.bristolcountymosquitocontrol.com.
05/31/2014 - Four people were rescued from a burning sailboat off Little Compton Friday morning, according to NBC 10 news.
NBC 10 reported the boat caught fire and sank. A nearby boat picked up the four people who were onboard.
None of them were injured.
The Little Compton fire chief said its rescue boat responded to the call, as well as other boats from nearby towns. But they were called back when it was determined they were not needed.
When the Coast Guard boat arrived the sailboat was beyond saving. Read the NBC 10 report.
Photo/Sherri Stone via Twitter
05/30/2014 – “Landmark decision not really a victory for conservation organizations,” says Barbara Erickson, TTOR president. The State Supreme Court ruled recently against a rural Massachusetts community in its attempt to collect taxes on a 134-acre forest held by a land conservation group.
“It doesn’t really change the way we do things in Westport,” said WLCT Executive Director Ryan Mann. “That’s because the Trust already does its utmost to open properties to public use.”
“All of our properties are open to the public unless there is a need to protect an especially sensitive habitat,” Mann said.
The case was watched closely across the Commonwealth, including here in Westport where talk of property tax revenue lost to land preservation efforts has arisen repeatedly at Selectmen’s meetings and other venues.
“We are always trying to find ways that our properties can be better used by the public,” Mann said. Read more.
05/30/2014 - This day in history - in 1868 the first major Memorial Day observance was held to honor those killed during the Civil War. It was originally known to some as Decoration Day.
This first large observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
Many of the fallen in that great conflict were buried where they lay, prompting family members to seek them out and place flowers on the make-shift graves.
It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation renaming the day Memorial Day in 1967.
Click here to learn about other This Day in History facts for Friday, May 30th.
05/28/2014 - Westport honors their fallen. Westport World War II veteran Elizabeth Maciulewicz is escorted by Sgt. Air Force Keith Soars and Navy Chaplin Lt. Emil Fuller Ret. as she lays the Memorial Day wreath at Beech Grove Cemetery during ceremonies held there on Monday.
Below: Skip Carter casts the memorial wreath onto the waters of Westport Harbor during Monday’s ceremony paying tribute to those lost at sea.
Solemnity. Remembrance. Honor. Celebration. Memorial Day’s Beech Grove ceremony brought strong messages from guest speakers to remember and honor our fallen troops who lost their lives in action.
The most glorious 24 notes and gun salutes marked services at seven locations throughout Westport from the VFW W.A.&R Ouellette Post #8502 on State Road to the Normand Edward Fontaine Bridge crossing the East Branch at Westport Harbor.
But the Beech Grove Cemetery ceremony held a reverence that was underscored by the many speakers who came to the podium to pay respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedoms, our Constitution and our way of life.
Keynote Speaker, Justin Latini (pictured below) enlisted at 17 years of age, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1971-1974 aboard U.S. naval submarines. He is president of Vietnam Veterans Chapter #207 and is the Honor Guard Commander for his Chapter.
Latini gave a spirited speech, defending veterans’ accomplishments, and demanding Vietnam veterans be remembered for their dedication to duty and ultimate sacrifices asked of them by their Commander-in-Chief in an unpopular war.
“Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” – Justin Latini
Story to be updated with photos and video.
Below: the Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard under the command of Justin Latina did their duty firing a gun salute at Latessa Square on Tickle Road in memory of Andre Roland Latessa and all Westport residents killed in Vietnam while serving.
The storm-battered oceanfront way, or gravel path to be more precise, has frustrated motorists and bicyclists alike, and has been at the contentious center of a struggle between the town’s engineering partner and MassDEP as to how best protect the road from future storms.
MassDEP has nixed rock revetments, barrier shoals, and most other practical protections, frustrating Westport Selectmen, local residents and businesses, beach goers and seasonal trailer permit holders who depend on the fragile access route to their vacation properties.
“We have solved our differences with I. W. Harding,” announced select board chair Antone Vieira at last night’s Selectmen’s meeting.
“We have signed an agreement with the company that will avoid all litigation, and Harding and our Highway Department have agreed to refinish the surface and prepare it for pavement,” Vieira.
An attempt to use a reconstituted asphalt/gravel mix at the turn of the new year proved disastrous when rain and freezing temperatures turned East Beach Road into an impassable washboard full of ruts and bone-rattling potholes.
I. W. Harding was the contractor. Read about what happened.
After being pummeled over the years by violent storms like Sandy, Irene, Bob, Carol and other tempests too numerous to mention, the seashore road, deemed an evacuation route by the state, has had to suffer the indignity of losing its protective shoreline, drastically eroded by what some now say are shifting replenishment sand patterns caused by the Gooseberry causeway.
Now the end is in sight. Read More.
05/27/2014 9:00 p.m. – Breaking news! Westport Selectmen appoint new Town Administrator and Highway Surveyor. The select board took little time in reaching unanimous agreement to appoint Wellfleet’s Assistant Town Administrator, Timothy King as Westport’s new fulltime Town Administrator, replacing the well-regarded but departing Jack Healey.
Inset: Tim King is looking right at home in Westport’s Town Hall.
The board also just as quickly confirmed the appointment of interim Highway Surveyor, Chris Gonsalves as the town’s Highway Surveyor, selecting the department’s favorite son over well qualified Glenn Mauk.
Both candidates live in Westport and both candidates, each with distinctly different workplace skills, were recommended by the Highway Surveyor Search Committee.
Salary considerations and a working rather than a managerial position were key factors in the board’s decision.
King, from Harwich Port, has 37 years of municipal experience, three of those in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and 12 more as the manager of Ellsworth, Maine which has a year-round population of 7,000 that swells in the summer. His experience includes being town administrator in Auburn, town manager in a Rhode Island town and in two towns in Maine.
King, addressing the board, said he is looking forward to working in "one of the most beautiful places in New England.”
King’s observation of Westport prompted Chairman Antone Vieira to quip that “lobstering seemed to be the common denominator in the communities in which King has worked.”
In their decision for Highway Surveyor, Selectmen as a board showed a sense of maturity in reaching a compromise that best fit the Town’s management’s needs in the face of structural budget deficits and a disparate electorate.
Selectmen will work on King’s contract including term of employment over the next week.
Story will be updated.
05/27/2014 – Little Compton’s Serena Parente Charlebois takes ‘viewers’ choice’ in the 4th annual Little Compton Spring Photography Show. A proficient, professional photographer, Ms. Charlebois is a perennial winner at this annual event, and her winsome, heart-tugging snap, ‘Sleepy Little Lamb’ is the most recent example of her award-winning photography.
‘Embracing’ by Marianne Lee won Best of Show.
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Left: ‘Sleepy Little Lamb’ by Serena Parente Charlebois. Right: ‘Embracing’ by Marianne Lee
05/25/2014 – Memorial Day Remembrance schedule. Jerry LeBoeuf of Westport’s Department of Veterans’ Services invites all Westport residents to attend the Ceremonial Wreath Laying Services, Parade, and Beech Grove Cemetery Ceremony this Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th.
Please join Westport veterans in honoring and remembering those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
This Memorial Day’s wreath laying ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m. at the VFW W.A.&R Ouellette Post #8502 located at 843 State Road.
Click here to get the complete 2014 schedule with pictures and video from last year’s celebration.
05/24/2014 – Westport photogs take top honors at the Little Compton Spring Photography Show. Karen Raus and Pam Clarkson win Best landscape and Best Portrait, respectively, at last night’s 4th annual juried show’s preview party and awards presentation.
Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
Story updated later today.
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Above: Pam Clarkson with her entry Katelyn wins Best Portrait. Below: the 4th annual Little Compton Spring Photography show will run from Saturday, May 24th through Monday, May 26th, and is free and open to the public.
Below: Karen Raus won Best Landscape with her entry Ocean Abstract #1. The Westport artist has been working on a new Ocean Abstract series, and was pleased that her first published image in this new series was selected for the Best Landscape award.
How do you thank a volunteer group which brings a little bit of heaven to this earthly plot we call Westport.
Don’t forget to catch these perennial green thumbs as they hold their 12th Annual Plant Sale on Saturday May 24th.
Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Macomber House, 930 Main Road in Westport. Click here to view YouTube video of last year’s sale.
05/22/2014 – Westport sues Monsanto over Middle School PCBs!
Inset: environmental workers move out the WMS furniture prior to beginning last year’s PCB cleanup.
Westport has spent almost four million dollars to clean up the PCB’s at the Westport Middle School, and has achieved a 95 percent cleanup. Now they’re being told it will be $17 million to finish the job.
The town and the Westport school district have launched a lawsuit against a polychlorinated biphenyls manufacturer in connection with the town's three-year fight to remove PCBs from the middle school.
In this David vs. Goliath case the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
"This has been a likely scenario from the beginning," Town Administrator Jack Healey said. "As the lawyers say, the town 'would like to be made whole.'"
With Westport being cash strapped, the town could be exposed to tens of thousands of dollars of legal fees. Hopefully the case is being taken on contingency.
Westport Community Schools' Superintendent Ann Marie Dargon referred to a press release from the town and school's lawyer — Malden-based Richard M. Sandman of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman P.C.
The release states that the lawsuit is against the St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto Co. and its corporate successors to recover the costs of removing PCBs from the school. More.
05/20/2014 – Westport’s Fire Chief in intensive care. Fire Chief
Brian Legendre was injured Sunday in a home accident, and is in intensive care at Rhode Island Hospital.
Selectmen Chairman Antone Vieira Jr. said after Monday's Selectmen’s meeting that an ambulance was sent Sunday night to the chief's home. Vieira said the board is "fairly certain" the accident involved a fall down the cellar stairs but he did not have any details beyond that.
Vieira said Legendre is expected to be in the ICU for at least the next few days.
Deputy Chief Allen Manley Jr. notified selectmen about the chief's accident on Monday. Manley will be in charge of the department while Legendre recuperates.
Selectmen R. Michael Sullivan offered "well-wishes" to both Legendre and town Firefighter Steven Lopes.
Manley said “it was a freak accident, and that chief doesn’t remember the fall.”
“We joked that they’re going to have to name a wing at the Rhode Island Hospital ICU for us,” Manley said.
The Portuguese Fireman returned home Saturday from a rehabilitation center where he had been treated for multiple traumatic injuries he received after slipping and falling 30 feet from an icy roof while battling a March house chimney fire on American Legion Highway.
05/19/2014 – The “Portuguese Fireman” is home. Westport fireman, Steve Lopes has returned home after several months of recovery and rehab from serious injuries received in an on the job accident.
The 47-year-old Lopes was fighting a chimney fire at an American Legion Highway home when he slipped on the icy roof and fell 30 feet to the ground.
Click here for the whole story.
Photo courtesy of Westport Fire Local 1802
A second fireman also fell when attempting to prevent Lopes’ fall.
Westport’s Annual May Special Town Meeting recently passed an article petitioning the Massachusetts General Court to allow the town to borrow up to $500,000 per year beginning in 2014 through 2018 covering legally-obligated medical expenses of certain public safety personnel. Lopes’ medical expenses will be covered by this legislation.
05/19/2014 – Senator Rodrigues Partners with Massachusetts Life Sciences to advance a growing life sciences industry on the SouthCoast.
Center hosted reception for leaders in biomanufacturing sector; event showcased SouthCoast’s growing life sciences industry.
On Tuesday, April 29th Westport’s State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues joined with the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the SouthCoast Development Partnership, and MassBio in hosting the SouthCoast Life Science Reception to bring together leaders in academia, industry, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and government officials dedicated to advancing the Life Sciences in the SouthCoast.
“This event demonstrated the strength and breadth of the life sciences on the SouthCoast, as well as emphasizing the remarkable position that our region is in to develop and grow this industry. The success of the SouthCoast’s burgeoning life sciences hub will help to address urgent medical needs across the globe, as well as spurring economic growth in our corner of the state” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport). Rodrigues, the founder of the Biotechnology Caucus during his time in the House of Representatives, continued, “When you bring together academia, business, and the public sector, there is no goal too ambitious.” Learn more.
Capone replaces Tara Martin who left for employment in the private sector.
Capone was Westport’s Conservation Agent from 1994 to 2003.
“Chris is a nice guy, very easy to work with,” said Suzanne Alden of Alden Hill Real Estate. “The town is lucky to have him.”
Capone will work 40 hours per week in his new role as Conservation Agent.
Above: Conservation Commission Chairman, Paul Joncas (left) congratulates new agent, Chris Capone.
05/17/2014 2:45 p.m. – Truck flips over near Partners; no injuries reported. A 1992 Ford F250 pickup truck found itself on the losing end of an encounter with a Main Road stone wall Saturday afternoon.
The lone occupant told police he drove off the road to avoid a dog running down the middle of the Central Village thoroughfare.
The driver was released after an examination by the first responders; remarkably he didn’t require hospitalization. The accident is under investigation.
Click here for more photos and video on YouTube.
The Ford pickup was traveling northbound approaching the Alden Hill Real Estate office when the driver was forced to swerve across the southbound lane and into the stone wall marking the boundary of Jim Woods’ fields, narrowly missing the south entrance to Partners Village Store.
Big Wheels Recovery “rapid response hazmat team” out of Freetown was called in to unload the vehicle’s two gasoline tanks, which were just filled with 50 gallons, to prevent any contaminating spills.
A Big Wheels crane was then dispatched to the accident scene to right the vehicle so it could be towed.
The fire department responded with a pumper, and three police cruisers controlled traffic during the wreck’s removal. The dog was nowhere to be found.
05/15/2014 – Crouteau takes third consecutive win at the WFA Run for the Water 8K. The Westport Fisherman’s Association’s annual fundraiser was absent of many top runners.
24-year-old Daniel Croteau took his third win at the 10th annual WFA Run for the Water 8K and 5K Fun Run. The Fall River speedster was well off his best time of 27:40, finishing the loop at a modest pace of 29:13 to win the 10th running of this popular DCR Horseneck Beach race venue.
James Hughes took second at 31:50, and Fred Borges 7 seconds later took third to round out the top three male runners.
Last year Croteau bested by one minute runner up David Constantino of Cumberland, RI.
“Scotty” Anderson, missing the last two races, last won in 2011.
In Overall Females, Karen Quinn finished first at 33:59, Annie Arnzen took second at 34:38 and Amanda Donovan rounded out the top 3 at 36:09.
Missing this year were popular previous winners like “Scotty” Scott Anderson, David Constantino, Nathan Brito, Kelly Manchester, Mimi Fallon, and of course Christine Anderson.
Close to 215 runners/walkers participated in this year’s event.
Click Here for this year’s race results.
05/12/2014 – “They put bread in my jar…” The Westport Woman’s Club had a rockin’ good time Saturday morning raking in the cash as their annual Rockathon once again took place at Lees Market and Partners Village Store.
The ladies took to their rockers and shoppers took to their wallets, all to benefit the Club’s scholarship fund.
The Rockathon has generated thousands of dollars to support Westport seniors heading to college.
05/12/2014 – And the Westport Lions Club gives a big Thank You to contributors of their Food Drive.
The Lions Club of Westport would like to publicly thank all who contributed to their Food Drive for the Westport Food Pantry held May 3rd at Lee's Market. The generosity of the community once again made theit latest project a success. Only with the community's help are they able to fulfill the Lions motto - We Serve.
05/09/2014 – Southcoast business leaders offered state-paid interns to assist their clean energy efforts. Westport’s State Senator, Michael Rodrigues, is pleased to take this opportunity to reach out to you, as South Coast business leaders, to inform you of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program, a workforce development initiative offered through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) which may benefit your company.
Many South Coast companies, as pioneers in their industry, pursue a clean energy component as part of their business model; this internship program is designed to assist such companies by facilitating the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in clean energy through paid internships across the state. The internship program will provide students and employers with the tools to connect, and MassCEC will reimburse eligible employers for intern stipends. More information about the program and its benefits can be found in the attached Host Employer FAQs document. PDF
05/08/2014 – A glimpse into 20th century rum-running in Westport. Westport’s Cukie Macomber shares a memory on the town’s rum-running days.
“In October 1919, our federal government passed the Volstead Act that began an era called “Prohibition.” This law, which lasted 14 years, prohibited the manufacture, sale and possession of liquor. It also helped a new Westport business to flourish: rum-running.” – Cukie Macomber.
Click here to read more on this fascinating story, and other Westport historical tidbits.
05/08/2014 - The Spirit of '45 Day Express visited the Westport Campgrounds on 346 Old County Road yesterday to promote and remember the men and women who fought in World War II.
Next year is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and this group is spreading the message by rolling across the country in a huge motor home emblazoned with the "Remember the Spirit of '45" message.
Auston and Bonnie O’Neill Jr. representing the group performed a short but powerful dedication ceremony honoring the legacy of the men and women who fought in World War II. Knowing that most remaining Vets of WWII are in their 80's and 90's, it is of utmost importance to honor these men and women while they are still with us.
Auston played taps for those who fought and died.
Westport’s Lino Rego, Post Commander of American Legion James Morris Post #145, and Chuck Gregory, Commander of Fall River Amvets Post 60 were special guests.
Click here to view Westport celebrating WWII veterans at the Campgrounds.
Today is VE Day, a time of remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during the Second World War; take a moment to remember our Greatest Generation.
Westport lost one of its few remaining WWII veterans with the passing of Richard M. Souza, 87, known as “Dick the Singing Barber.
The U.S Army Air Corps. Veteran passed away on Wednesday, April 30th. See his obituary.
05/04/2014 7:30 a.m. – Mind if I drop in? A cherry red, late model 230C Mercedes-Benz zipped through a stop sign on Pine Hill Road early Sunday morning, accelerated straight across Old County Road, took down a homeowner’s fence post and small tree on the opposite side of the road before plunging off a four foot stone retaining wall into the back yard, somehow narrowly missing three large trees and two small out buildings in the process.
The Mercedes continued to drive through the back yard until hanging up on a stone ledge in a small creek 200 feet behind the smart, historic cape owned by Richard Weeks.
“I woke up and went to my kitchen window, and was surprised to see a car deep in my back yard, perched on the large rock in my creek,” said Weeks of 596 Old County Road.
Weeks went to his kitchen door, only to find a man standing there, looking a little disoriented.
When asked to use his bathroom, Weeks declined and called the police.
A Big Wheels crane was called in to remove the Mercedes coupe.
05/03/2014 9:15 p.m. - Westport Annual Town meeting delayed from 9:00 a.m. opening to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Impassioned plea made by School Committee woman Melissa Pacheco to delay the annual meeting to allow those interested in attending the funeral of accident victim Erika Hall was approved by a majority of those in attendance.
Hall’s funeral service is 10:00 a.m. at Dartmouth Bible Church, 52 Morton Avenue, Dartmouth.
Pacheco addressed Town Moderator Steven Fors just before the first warrant article was introduced.
Westport resident Edward R. Goldberg, with the deepest respect, suggested a minute of silence, and then allow the meeting to continue.
But a majority of the sparse crowd voted to adjourn until 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
The Special Town Meeting was delayed until 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
05/03/2014 - Time to make the donuts! Proprietors Rory Couturier and spouse Kathy decided a fresh new offering was needed to their Country Store at the Head Town Landing to celebrate their five years in business.
“We wanted to create some excitement in the store,” Couturier said. “It’s all about the Head!”
And what better way to get people excited than with fresh-baked chocolate covered, glazed, or jelly-filled donuts.
The store will fresh bake daily on the premises up to 12 varieties of those sweet ring-shaped fried pastries.
Couple that with their delicious coffee and there’s no better way for a person on the run to start their day.
“We didn’t give up any other products to make room for the donuts,” Couturier said. “We just took advantage of available space and better organization of the store fixtures.”
Stop in at what could become the best little donut and coffee shop in town and try a lemon-filled or an old fashioned, and let Cory know what you think.
Above: Kathy and Rory Couturier making the donuts!
05/02/2014 – Boy, Man Burned in Tiverton Camper Explosion. The incident happened on Lawrence Court early Friday morning. Tiverton police said a camper exploded early Friday morning injuring an adult and child. The explosion happened at about 7 a.m. at 163 Lawrence Court. Read more.
05/02/2014 – Man Critically Hurt in Tiverton Cement Mixer Crash. One man was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital after his car collided with a cement mixer Thursday afternoon.
Police and firefighters responded to Main Road, just south of Souza Road, after the crash occurred at about 2:45 p.m.
Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd said the driver was trapped in his car and it took firefighters about 45 minutes to extricate him. Read more.
05/01/2014 – Is golf about to get a “hole” lot easier? Take heed all you golf purists. There’s unrest underfoot.
It has been reported that nearly 100 courses in America are using a new, enlarged hole, one that’s been reported to be up to 15 inches.
Ben Hogan always said that putting isn’t golf.
He may be more right than he thought.
The idea of changing a 4 1/4 inch cup to a larger diameter (bowl?) would make Bobby Jones turn in his grave.
Come on people, give it a rest. Don’t commercialize the greatest game ever played by enlarging the hole. Golf is meant to be difficult - you never master the game. More on our Golf Page.
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Thursday, July 31
v TOPS meeting in Tiverton. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets on Thursdays, 10 a.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street. All are welcome.
v Yoga Classes at Amicable Church every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Road, Tiverton.
These classes will use yoga poses, yogic breath practice and yogic relaxation to enable participants to experience all the MBS benefits of a complete yoga practice.
Yoga classes will be facilitated by Judy Megura BSR, KYT, CYT, a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor with over 15 years’ experience teaching Kripalu yoga to groups ranging from children to adult cancer survivors and cardiac patients.
Materials needed: Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow and sense of humor! (Avoid large meals before class.)
Cost: $66 for all 6 classes or $12 per class for drop-ins. (If you cannot afford to pay this amount, please contact the instructor.)
Registration: Participants are encouraged to register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Thursday, July 31 - Partners Village Store children’s reading and activity hour, geared for preschool children, resumed on Thursday, January 9th at 10:30 am.
Come join the fun every Thursday as they
read stories, enjoy snacks and a craft activity. This is a free event.
Partners Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Road, Westport.
v Toddler Storytime every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Tiverton Essex Public Library, 238 Highland Road, Tiverton.
The event is free.
Toddler Storytime for children ages 18 months to 36 months. This lapsit program includes stories, rhymes, music and more.
For more information please call 401.625.6796 ext. 14.
v Thursday, July 31 - ROMEOs will host their noontime luncheon at White’s of Westport.
The ROMEOs, Retired Older Men Eating Out, has been an active social group sharing lunch every Thursday for the last 23 years at various local restaurants, Whites of Westport being the latest. All are welcome. You pay for your own lunch, but you have the pleasure of the most interesting company our area offers. There are no age limits. Come and experience what the ROMEOs are all about. No reservations necessary.
For more information, please call Greg Jonsson at 508.971.4177, or email him at email@example.com.
v Thursday, July 31 - Quilting at the COA. 1:00 p.m.
Preserve the art of quilting by gathering together to share quilting ideas and techniques. They create group quilts and assist and assist one another with personal quilts and share ideas. Inset: the class is led by Valerie Schofield. Shown with Valerie (left) are Mrs. Charbonneau (center) and Fran Theriault who is working on her Grandmother's Garden quilt.
Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.
v Bingo afternoon at the COA. 1:00 p.m. Call 508.636.1026 for any questions or more information. Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.
v Thursday, July 31 - Ballroom Dancing at the VFW Hall, 134 Shove Street, Tiverton, every Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m., and every Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.. Live music by the Aristocrats. Singles welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Call 508.995.7585.
v Sisters of the Wool host a free knitting night on Thursdays. They also host a knitting charity on Sundays where they knit helmet liners to support the troops as well as chemo caps for cancer patients.
6 - 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 1 - 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Free beginner lessons are offered daily.
Sisters of the Wool, 770 main Road, Westport. For more information please call 774.264.9665.
v Thursday, July 31 - The Sandywoods Farmers Market in Tiverton has reopened and will have a 25-week season this year, ending on Thursday, November 6th. The market is open, rain or shine, every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., at 43 Muse Way, Tiverton.
Free admission and live music! Market vendors sell a variety of fresh greens and vegetables, chicken and duck eggs, grass-fed beef and pastured poultry, breads and other yummy baked goods, homemade jams, jelly and honey, goat milk soaps and lotions, organic balms and salves, soy wax candles, handmade jewelry, and more.
Sandywoods vendors include A Summer Place Farm, Silk Tree Farm, Community Bread, Beresford Farms, Natural Creola, Mann Alive Studios, Russ Smith, Ms. Beesley's, and Corey's Kitchen.
The market accepts cash, credit cards, and SNAP EBT cards.
AnneMarie Gazdik will be performing on June 12th. And of course Half and Half the baby goat will be there collecting her hugs.
This Week's Product Spotlight:
Cory's Kitchen's Bumbleberry Jam - a delicious farm fresh combination of strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries!
Area farmers, food vendors, and craft vendors are all welcome to apply. For further information, please call 401.241.7349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Thursday, July 31 - Mindfulness & Meditation for Well-Being. Ongoing classes every Thursday with three trained and skilled teachers - Karen Moore Holliday, Angela Denham, and Brenda Florez.
Little Compton Wellness Center 115 East Main Road, Little Compton,
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sliding scale “$5 to whatever” as your
heart and pocket allow.
Create more space for yourself from the inside out!!
Please contact Sheri Massa for more information at:
v Thursday, July 31 - The Lives of South Coast Osprey - A View From Above sponsored by Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Stone Barn, 786 East Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth, MA.
Instructor: Gina Purtell - Sanctuary Director
Audience: All (suitable for children 12 - 18 years)
Members & Nonmembers: Free
Looking for a great way to spend a summer evening?
How about packing up a pot luck dinner item, joining us at the Stone Barn for a great meal and camraderie, followed by a phenomenal and free natural history lecture?
Join Gina Purtell, Santuary Director of
Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries as she shares slides, stories and
information gathered from years of involvement in our Osprey Program. With
the next generation fledging and adults flying to and fro, it's a wonderful
time to learn about these amazing migrants - from nesting and breeding habits
to flight patterns, migration, feeding activities and more.
For more information, contact:
v Thursday, July 31 - Antiques Show ‘n’ Tell from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners’ Way, Westport. The Westport Historical Society invites the public to bring heirlooms or flea market finds to the Dedee Shattuck Gallery where Skinner Inc. Americana expert, Stephen Fletcher will attempt to solve the mystery behind these treasures.
Tickets for this event are $25 for WHS members and $35 for non-members. The cost of a verbal appraisal is $10 per item (limit of 2 items).
No coins, stamps or jewelry please.
Small bites will be served and a cash bar will be available during the two-hour event.
Seats are limited for this event -- a must-see for all antique aficionados.
Purchase tickets on line at www.wpthistory.org, or mail a check to P.O. Box N188, Westport MA, 02790.
Stephen Fletcher, a resident of the Head of Westport and member of the Westport Historical Society, is a frequent guest on WGBH’s “Antiques Roadshow.” He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on early American furniture, American decorative arts and folk art. Please note that Mr. Fletcher will offer up informal, verbal appraisals.
v Country Line and Couples Dance Lessons with JoAnn and Andy. Beginner and intermediate dancers. Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Poirier Post, 281 Appleton Street, New Bedford. Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Silvia Post, 134 Shore Drive, Tiverton RI. $7 per class. For more information call: 774.202.5543 and ask for JoAnn.
v Zumba Fitness at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Also meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Put more wiggle in your week!
$5 per class; proceeds to benefit McAuley Ministries.
No dance experience necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome (16 and under with an adult.)
Zumba is the dance fitness revolution that fuses Latin and other world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energizing workout that you will love!
Visit their website.
v Thursday, July 31- Insanity Workout Tonight starts at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton.
Tell Your neighbors about this amazing 30 minute workout that will leave you feeling fantastic!! Only $6.00 for one class or get a punch card of 8 classes for $40.00. All Fitness Levels Welcome.
Feel Free to send her a friend request on facebook to Kelly McCauley Germain.
v Thursday, July 31 - Karaoke every Thursday at the Liberal Club, 20 Star Street, Fall River from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Join Pro Karaoke by Rick and Joan. No admission charge and all are welcome.
v Karaoke every Wednesday and Thursday night at Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
For more information please call 508.675.1501 or 401.435.6565.
v ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45
p.m. at the United Congregational
Church, 4 S of Commons Rd, Little Compton.
Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: email@example.com.
Find out more about the above and other local area events coming up this week.
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