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Friday, September 22 - Following his Footsteps in Westport. Keynote speaker, Vanessa Jukye, Program Coordinator of the Ministry on Racism and Youth Ministries at the French General Conference spoke Saturday morning to a packed Westport Friends Meeting House.

Jukye delivered an empowering presentation citing her book, “Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship.”

Special guests and local historians explored new perspectives on the life of Paul Cuffe, perhaps Westport’s most well-known resident, in a symposium highlighting the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Cuffe’s death in 1817.

Cuffe symposium, heritage trail help recognize Cuffe contributions to Westport & battle for civil rights.

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

Ship builder, whaling vessel captain, successful businessman, and Quaker philanthropist are just a few of the labels commonly used to describe Paul Cuffe, whose family moved to Westport in 1766, when he was eight years old.

By the time that young farm boy, the son of a Native American mother and a former African slave from Ghana, died in 1817 in Westport, he had traveled all over the globe, earned a reputation as a civil rights activist here and abroad, and become one of the wealthiest people of color in America...

Read more >>

 

    

Above left: Guest speaker Vanessa Jukye is flanked by local historian Carl Cruz.  Right: New Bedford’s first poet laureate Everett Hoagland read his poem Paul Cuffe: Indian Blood, and Addendum for Negro History Calendars.

 

Image courtesy of the National Weather Service

Friday, September 22 – 9:00 a.m. Jose, the tropical storm that just won’t go away. Westport can expect windy conditions throughout today and Saturday, with isolated power outages as trees and branches weakened by the storm continue to fall on primary power lines.

Jose continues to loiter 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod, and Westport remains under a tropical storm warning; Jose will degrade to a tropical depression by Saturday.

Winds continue to disrupt air and sea transportation across the region, and local state and town beaches including Gooseberry Causeway, Horseneck Beach and Campground, and all Westport beaches are still closed.

Strong north wind continues to protect coastal areas including East Beach and East Beach Road from any storm damage.

Beach erosion is minimal throughout the area.

The National Weather Service reports tropical storm conditions possible in the Westport coastal area. N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas around 7 ft. Showers likely. Areas of fog this morning. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Tonight - N winds 20 to 25 kt. Gusts up to 40 kt, decreasing to 30 kt after midnight. Seas around 6 ft. Areas of fog. Showers likely, mainly in the evening. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.

Saturday - N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas around 5 ft. Areas of fog in the morning with vsby 1 to 3 nm.

 

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Friday, September 22 – 4:02 a.m.Today marks the autumnal equinox. The first day of fall will officially arrive at 4:02 p.m. EDT.

Also called the September equinox, the Autumnal equinox marks the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. During the equinox, the sun crosses the Earth's celestial equator, an imaginary line that stretches from the north to the south.

At this time, the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere will receive about the same amount of sunlight, which, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac means the "amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other."

In actuality, the day and night won't be perfectly divided into two 12-hour segments, with the period of sunlight being slightly longer.

Also on the fall equinox, the sun will rise due east and set due west, just as it will during the spring equinox in March. After that day, you will notice later dawns and earlier sunsets.

 

Thursday, September 21 Updated 3:00 p.m. Hey, hey Jose, go away! Tropical storm Jose continues to take its toll on trees and powerlines as the once named hurricane is stalled 145 miles southeast of Nantucket.

As of 3:00 p.m. all Westport beaches including Horseneck Beach, Horseneck Campground, and Gooseberry Causeway are still closed.

Seastreak has canceled it fast-ferry service between New Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday and Friday.

Ferry service to Block Island is cancelled ‘till further notice.

A wind advisory is in effect until 6:00 a.m. Friday, with gusts up to 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

Fallen trees and isolated power outages will continue to plague Westport as Jose decides which way to go.

Above: A primary power line taken down by a felled tree on Pine Hill Road near Riverview Drive was setting ground fires as it arced to the damp earth. The road was temporarily closed while Westport Fire and Police Departments as well as the Highway Department waited for Eversource to show up and cut power to the line.

 

Thursday, September 21 State contractor repairs Hix Bridge abutments under the watchful eyes of MassDOT staff. The troubled bridge’s end support pads have experienced stress cracks and crumbled concrete that Westport selectmen have tried for well over a year to get the state to fix.

The town-owned bridge was built with state funds under state control back in 2004/2005.

Above: SPS workers jackhammer out the old concrete and rebar in preparation for rebuilding the bridge end abutments.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Over the last few years concrete in the support columns and bridge ends has deteriorated, prompting speculation the concrete was wet when poured, or was poured improperly in freezing conditions, both which could weaken  concrete’s strength.

After over a year of negotiating MassDOT has agreed to pay for the repairs, and after several months of delays have contracted the work out to SPS New England.

Although the state agreed to perform the repairs this time, they have told town officials they are on their own dime for any future repairs.

 

Thursday, September 21 – 11:00 a.m. Tropical Storm Jose update. Coastal wind up, surf down. As of 11:00 a.m. all Westport beaches including Horseneck Beach, Horseneck Campground, and Gooseberry Causeway are still closed.

East Beach Road has sustained no damage or debris, and has remained open throughout the week.

Strong north wind has prevented any storm surge from damaging Westport’s coastline, but fallen tree limbs have kept the Highway Department busy with over two dozen reported incidents.

No local flooding reported. Isolated power outages.

Tropical Storm Jose is forecast to weaken gradually while staying on a slow northeast path that will keep it off the U.S. East Coast.

The National Weather Service reports as of 11:00 a.m. that tropical storm conditions possible. N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas around 6 ft. in Rhode Island Sound. A chance of showers throughout the day.

Above: Westport police divert traffic around this shattered tree on Hixbridge Road, awaiting the Highway Department who’ve handled over two dozen fallen trees/branches in the last 24 hours.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

Thursday, September 21 - Fall Revolutionary War encampment to be held this weekend at Fort Phoenix.

FAIRHAVEN - In September 1778, during the Revolutionary War, about 4,000 British soldiers who were landed from 36 transport ships attacked the four villages situated on the Acushnet River.

During the raid houses, ships and business places in New Bedford, Acushnet and Fairhaven were ransacked and burned.

The fort at Nolscot Point in Fairhaven, now called Fort Phoenix, was destroyed by British troops. It took years forread more >>   

 

Thursday, September 21 - FALL RIVER — A 60-year-old Westport woman is being charged with driving under the influence of drugs after her car hit a police cruiser carrying three Fall River police detectives. Read more >>

 

Above: Assistant Harbormaster Jonathon Paull and friend watch as Jose-driven surf pounds the Knubble and barrier beach at high tide this morning.

No breaches reported for either East Beach Road or Beach Avenue.

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Wednesday, September 20 Updated 3:00 p.m.  Hurricane Jose is taking a track farther southeast of New England which means the SouthCoast is no longer under a tropical storm warning.

But that doesn’t mean the region won’t continue However, the National Weather Service in Taunton the region will continue to see stormy conditions and high surf. See forecast below.

Westport feels remote wrath of now Tropical Storm Jose. Storm-driven surf batters Westport beaches. Old Harbor Road closed just before noon as live primary electrical wire falls on road’s surface, sparking small roadside fires. Police and Fire Departments, National Grid dispatched.

Harbor entrance too dangerous to navigate. “No one in, no one out,” says Westport Harbormaster.

Hurricane Jose, now downgraded to tropical storm status is kicking up wind gusts to 50 mph, but northeast winds from the backside of Jose spares Westport coastal areas of any real damage.

130 miles south of Nantucket with storm Intensity 70 mph, Jose is moving northeast at 8 mph.

East Beach Road clear of water and debris, and no local flooding of any consequence reported.

Highway Department says no major tree damage other than a few fallen limbs.

Southcoast towns, spared after Hurricane Irma made early landfall in Florida, now dodge another bullet as Jose stays far offshore.

Precipitation forecasts fall off to scattered showers throughout today and tomorrow.

Today - Tropical storm conditions will continue throughout the day with NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 11 to 12 ft. Patchy fog. Rain likely early, then a chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm early.

Tonight - Tropical storm conditions possible with N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas around 9 ft, subsiding to 7 ft after midnight. A chance of showers. Patchy fog in the evening.

Thursday - Tropical storm conditions possible. N winds 20 to 25 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 kt. Seas around 6 ft.

What will become the remnants of Jose will remain just to the south of Nantucket waters into the weekend.

 

Wednesday, September 20 - Westport juvenile busted for Amazon heist. A 17-year-old Westport juvenile — the same youth responsible for calling in a fake active shooter incident at Westport High School in 2015 — was arrested Thursday for hacking into a Texas man’s Amazon account and buying $1,000 in computer equipment, according to a Westport Police press release. Read more >>

 

Tuesday, September 19 Town Financial Woes.

 

By Jeffrey D. Wagner

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

Last month, town auditor Tony Roselli met with Westport selectmen and detailed a series of financial and other management woes that the town is up against.

Selectmen and Finance Committee members took note, and Town Administrator Timothy King noted this past week that four steps have been taken to right the financial ship.

King asserted that assistant treasurer Mary Sullivan, with decades of banking experience, will serve as the assistant treasurer and began working on September 11th. For more than a year, Treasurer Brad Brightman has asked for additional help and has long noted that the treasurer department had two full-time treasurers and a senior clerk. Brightman said that when he was elected, he took over for an experienced George Foster, who also had an assistant treasurer.

 

Roselli said the town's issues were on the state Department of Revenue radar and late last month, the state DOR's Division of Local Services wrote a letter detailing its concerns, including the potential for the town to be the victim of fraud because its bank ledgers have not been reconciled since June 2016.

 

The assistant treasurer left shortly after Brightman taking over, leaving him short-handed. For over a year Brightman has been pressing selectmen to hire additional help to replace two employees who left his department...

Read more >>

 

Above: Jose-driven surf batters Gooseberry Causeway and Horseneck Beach 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Tuesday, September 19 – 11:00 a.m. Jose loiters off East Coast.

DCR closed the gates to Horseneck Beach at 9:00 a.m. this morning, three hours ahead of the scheduled time announced yesterday.

Hurricane Jose is expected to remain well off the East Coast of the United States, according to the Weather Channel, but will still produce a combination of coastal flooding, high surf, tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall, particularly in far southeastern New England.

3 to 5 inches of rain is forecast.

Click here to see video of Jose’s early effect on the Westport shoreline.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of coastal southeast New England, from Watch Hill, Rhode Island, to Hull, Massachusetts, including Block Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. This means tropical-storm-force winds are expected within 36 hours.

Some trailers have been removed from East Beach Road, mostly from the southern side of the scarred beachfront way, but many have decided to brave out the storm.

Mobile campers fled Horseneck Campground.

At high tide this morning surf was up, the Let marshland was flooded, but wave action never reached the road, probably due to the strong northeast wind.

 

Monday, September 18 – WESTPORT – Breaking News!  Tropical Storm Jose threatens southcoast shoreline. State closes Horseneck Beach, campground and Gooseberry Causeway beginning at 12:00 noon tomorrow.

Selectmen vote unanimously tonight to close all town beaches to follow state’s lead.

Westport Highway Department prepares tree removal equipment for emergency response to keep roads open.

Westport Fire Department gives out Emergency Safety Line to call for pre-recorded updates – 774.264.5155.

Click here to watch video of Fire Chief Legendre’s announcement to Selectmen.

 

Monday, September 18 The marijuana war has gone local, and pot advocates are losing - badly

The fight over the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts isn’t over. But one side has already gone home.

Last November, a well-funded and well-organized coalition of advocates led by the national Marijuana Policy Project persuaded more than 1.7 million Massachusetts voters to approve Question 4 and establish a system of regulated cannabis commerce.

Since then, though, a new front has opened over legalized marijuana — dozens of fronts, actually, in cities and towns across the state, where voters and local officials have already imposed moratoriums and bans on licensed pot firms or are set to vote on similar measures this fall. Read more >>

 

Monday, September 18 – Irma never stopped by for a visit, but uninvited guest Jose might drop in for an extended stay. The hurricane turning tropical storm by Wednesday is projected to sweep far offshore with wind speeds between 39 to 73 mph.

The National Weather Service issued a storm watch advisory for southern New England predicting peak winds forecast of 30 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts to 45 mph. The window for tropical storm force winds is Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday evening as Jose sweeps by the Southcoast.

The advisory cautions, “Emergency planning should include a reasonable threat for strong tropical storm force wind of 58 to 73 mph. To be safe, earnestly prepare for the potential of significant wind impacts. Efforts should now be underway to secure all properties. Dangerous wind is possible. Failure to adequately shelter may result in injury.

The advisory continues: Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.  Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes may be impassable.

Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

 

“Increasing south swell from Hurricane Jose will result in high surf along the South Coast...As well as dangerous rip currents.”

 

NE winds with gusts to 50 kts will produce 5 – 6 foot seas on Tuesday through Thursday. Life-threatening coastal storm surge possible.

The advisory also warns the possibility of major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and numerous rip currents.

Swimmers, surfers, sailboarders take notice. 

Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in unprotected anchorages.

 

Sunday, September 17 - 704 Hixbridge Road is our house of the week! The Charm of Yesteryear is this Westport Antique, circa 1750, on 4.32 Acres boasting 160 blueberry bushes! Lovingly maintained 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Cape offers Kitchen w/fireplace that works; formal Dining Room w/slider overlooking side yard begging for a cottage garden; spacious Living Room w/vaulted pine ceiling, gas stove, lots of shuttered windows; cozy Den w/working fireplace; 1st floor master Bedroom! Partial tin roof, 200 amps service, whole house generator. Greenhouse for your green thumb, and marvelous heated Barn converted to office space outfitted w/cathedral ceiling, skylights, knotty pine, pergo floor. Work & play in country setting not far from beaches, walking trails!

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Brokered by Alden Hill Real Estate - call Suzanne at 508.636.0600 to view this property, or for more information email Suzanne@AldenHill.com.

 

Friday, September 15 Pot talk politics puts pundits, planning board, select board on center stage.

 

By Jeffrey D. Wagner

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – To residents Constance Gee and Chris Wiley, the town should not look to prohibit recreational marijuana in town. Gee even says that consumption of it is as safe as alcohol.

To Selectman R. Michael Sullivan, the legalization of marijuana reflects poorly on society and his generation, the Baby Boomers, who failed to teach their children that marijuana use is unacceptable.

For two consecutive selectmen meetings, pot talk took center stage at a selectmen meeting. The Planning Board has asked selectmen for guidance because the moratorium on recreational marijuana will expire in June, and regulations need to be crafted.

Selectman Brian Valcourt says what’s the big deal - there’s a liquor store on every corner in town.

Planning Board Chairman James Whitin and Planner Jim Hartnett have remained mum on how they feel about the issue. But, both have said that the Planning Board is under the gun to come up with some rules and regulations before next June.

Above: Selectmen and Planning Board are unsure of options, but vote unanimously against a complete prohibition of marijuana facilities in Westport.  Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Next June, voters will have the final say on everything from how many facilities are allowable and where they could be placed. 

Selectmen voted unanimously last Monday against a complete prohibition and they also voted to give the Planning Board clearance to begin drafting regulations and zoning terms.

Although the vote was unanimous, the opinions of the selectmen ran the gamut.

Selectmen Craig Dutra and Brian Valcourt noted that many voters turned up last November and supported full legalization -- so town officials should not get in the way. 

Sullivan countered that many of those "yes" voters likely would not approve of marijuana in their respective neighborhoods.

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Thursday, September 14 – Future uses of Westport High School run the gamut at meeting.

WESTPORT - The High School Reuse Committee met for the first time on Monday night and touched upon 16 options for the current The High School Reuse Committee met for the first time on Monday and touched upon 16 options for the current 7 through 12 junior/senior high school building if the community early next year approves building a proposed 5 through 12 school building.

The Main Road high school, built in 1949, would become obsolete early next decade if voters next year approve a proposed 5 through 12 school building on Old County Roadread more >>

 

Above: Reuse Committee Chairwoman Shana Shufelt said her committee would only discuss reuses, and not make recommendations.

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Thursday, September 14 To abandon or not to abandon, that is the question. The nascent High School Reuse Committee has started discussion (see above article) on possible uses for the current Jr/Sr High School Building should the town vote to fund and build a replacement on the current site of the abandoned Middle School.

School Committee member and former Westport School Superintendent, Margot Desjardins (pictured left) emphatically stated at Monday’s Reuse Committee meeting that a new Jr/Sr High School along with the Macomber and the Elementary Schools would be sufficient to handle current and future Westport educational requirements.

But Desjardins would not commit to turning the building back to the town saying instead she envisions that the 1940’s era building could become a profit center for the school department by supporting education spillovers from schools like Diman Regional that are exceeding their current capacities to handle new programs.

Selectman R. Michael Sullivan (pictured right) responded saying the town shouldn’t be holding onto assets that are expensive to maintain, that the school should be disposed of and the cash used to offset the cost of the new building.

Reuse Committee Chairwoman Shauna Shufelt said her committee would not make any recommendations for the final disposition of the Main Road facility; that would be left to future School Committees and Select Boards if the new building moves forward. Shufelt said the committee’s purpose is to simply begin a discussion of possible reuse scenarios.

Finance Committee member Hugh Morton (pictured left) cautioned against a reuse plan that would leave the 150,000 square foot high school building vacant.

Morton brought forward that the town spends $100,000 per year on maintaining the current middle school building, which is only used for food pantry work and basketball, which brings minimal income.

The current High School is zoned agricultural/ residential, which puts restrictions on commercial development, and the land was originally taken through eminent domain which places further restrictions for educational purposes only, suggested committee member and Town Administrator Tim King. King noted it would take town meeting action and the ballot box to make changes to the town’s zoning regulations.

 

Above: This jeep sports utility vehicle lost its driver-side front wheel, initiating a series of accidents with two other vehicles.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Wednesday, September 13 FALL RIVER – 2:30 p.m. Loose tire spins off jeep, hits two cars, smashing a windshield on one, before careening off a busy highway, ending up on the shore of South Watuppa Pond.

An older Jeep sports utility vehicle was driving east on Route 6 just before the Westport line when a front, driver-side wheel spun of its hub, went across the median and hit the frontend of a westbound 2007 white Ford Fusion.

The speeding wheel caromed off the Fusion’s bumper high into the air, coming down on a maroon 2002 Mercury Saber 4-door sedan that was behind the Jeep, smashing its windshield, the female driver narrowly escaping serious injury.

Above: Woman narrowly escapes injury when loose tire lands on her windshield. The wheel was launched in the air by the Ford Fusion in the upper right of the photo. Photo | EverythingWestport.com

The lug nuts had worked themselves loose, propelling the freed, 50-pound wheel forward when it hit with a combined speed of between 70 to 80 mph the Ford Fusion traveling in the opposite direction.

Westport Police were not sure in which town the accident took place, and dispatched ambulances and cruisers to the site just west of White’s restaurant before realizing the accident was in Fall River.

There were no reported injuries.

And this is one freaky accident in the annals of roadway mishaps.

 

Wednesday, September 13 WESTPORT - Construction underway at Route 6 slaughterhouse. At one time Westport had six slaughterhouses in operation.

Now there are none.

But that might change in the new future as concrete is set and hopes have been raised for farmers and carnivores.

 

Rep. Paul Schmid, himself a cattle farmer, was one of those to push for a local slaughterhouse. As it is now, local farmers have to book time a year in advance at the larger slaughterhouses and then pay the cost of trucking.

Construction work is underway for a livestock processing facility on State Road.

 

“We’ve started construction just to keep the process going,” said Andy Burnes, president of The Livestock Institute of Southern New England. “We are in the early construction phase.”

A group of farmers from Westport, Dartmouth and Tiverton got together four years ago to find some way to get a slaughterhouse open on the SouthCoast.

“Not all the pieces are in place, but we are getting there,” Burnes said.

Read more >>

 

Tuesday, September 12 - Breaking news! Former Macray’s Clam Shack torched! Iconic Westport eatery destroyed in early morning fire – arson suspected. The abandoned building on Route 6 in Westport went up in flames early Tuesday morning, and was fully engulfed when responding Westport fire apparatus arrived on the scene.

Inset: Mccray’s in the early 1980s.

Photo | FaceBook photo

The structure was totally destroyed.

The latest victim of possible arson burst into flames just before 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

“I woke up this morning and saw the place just glowing and fire trucks everywhere," a neighbor said.

Click here to see video!

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown but fire officials say it appears to be similar to the two other suspicious fires they're investigating at 39 American Legion Highway and 106 Forge Road.

“They are suspicious in nature and this is just a continuation of a string of fires we've had in the area,” according to Deputy Fire Chief Allen Manley.

“Manly said say all three fires were started early in the morning and in buildings that nobody was living in at the time.

Above: Locals mourn the loss of Mccray’s, another childhood memory. The popular eatery serviced vacation goers to the cape and traffic visiting the now long-gone Lincoln Park.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Click on image to enlarge.

Westport police said there is are still a $5000 rewards through the Arson Watch Program for information leading to an arrest for any of the three fires.

Macray’s closed in the 1990s; another location later opened up in Tiverton

Westport resident Jane Bernardo remembers going to Mccray’s as a 10-year-old girl. “There was nothing like it; it was to die for,” she said. “Fried clams, French fries, clam cakes and sodas. I was the first one into the car when my mother said we were going to Mccray’s!”

According to Bernardo the only competition to Mccray’s at the time was the Carnival Drive-in across from White’s Restaurant on Route 6.

"Everybody knew about Mccray’s,” Bernardo said, “It was the place to go. It was sad to see the old building falling into disrepair.”

Sandra Cormier posted on FaceBook: “Macray's had the best fried clams that I ever had. We'd sit in our car for long periods of time waiting for them to call our number. But it was always worth the wait!”

Above: Postcard from the 1960s showing Carnival Drive-In, located on Route 6 almost directly across from White’s Restaurant.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

Above: Panoramic view of St. Vincent de Paul Camp. Click on image to enlarge.  Photo | EverythngWestport.com

Tuesday, September 12 - WLCT to host two community walks in October at St. Vincent de Paul Camp, Adamsville.

The preservation group seeks deeper resident input on land use.  

Westport – The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) will host two community walks this October at the former Saint Vincent de Paul Camp located at 573 Adamsville Road. WLCT and the Town of Westport are partnering on the protection of the 82-acre property and are seeking deeper community input. The former diocese camp boasts a number of important resources for protection including significant open space, rare species habitat, a watershed into the west branch of the Westport River and a variety of features illustrating Westport’s rural character. Read more >>

 

Tuesday, September 12 - Dartmouth Select Board won't oppose two medical marijuana proposals.

DARTMOUTH - The Select Board voted 4 to 1 to write letters of non-opposition for two proposals for medical marijuana facilities on Faunce Corner Road at Monday night’s meeting.

The vote marked the third times town officials have agreed to write a letter of non-opposition.

Read more >>

 

Tuesday, September 12 - Colorado marijuana firm secures $10 million for massive, 53 acre Freetown Massachusetts facility.

FREETOWN — A Colorado-based corporation announced it has secured $10 million in equity to build a massive cannabis cultivation and processing facility in southeastern Massachusetts.

AmeriCann plans the 1 million-square-foot Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center in Freetown, near Fall River. It could be one of the largest commercial marijuana facilities in the United States.

Read more >>

 

Above: Lest we forget.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Monday, September 11 Westport Fire Department pays tribute to 9-11 victims. Department personnel placed a wreath this morning at the base of the Hixbridge station’s 9-11 memorial, contributing to a nationwide movement to remember those lost in the horrific terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

At 8:46 a.m. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, emerged from the White House in Washington DC and stood at attention while a bell was rung one time.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2011 when two hijacked passenger jets slammed into each of the Twin Towers, or the World Trade Center. Another jet crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane whose destination is believed to have been the Capitol crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after some of the 33 passengers on board attacked the hijackers.

Ceremonies were held at the Pentagon, and at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania where Vice President Mike Pence delivered remarks to the gathering.  

Click here to read related article when the WFD received the flag-draped, 435 pound steel I-beam relic from the World Trade Center on Tuesday, March 10, 2011.

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Monday, September 11 - School Building Committee delays MSBA filing of new school’s schematic designs.

Committee concerned as “budget creep” tops $97.1 million; MSBA reimbursement dips to 37.6 percent.

Still no approved building front façade design?

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

The Westport School Building Committee voted to delay the scheduled filing of the finalized schematic design plans for a new combined middle and senior high school with state officials for six weeks at an early September meeting. 

“We still have a lot of open issues that need resolution,” said School Building Committee co-chair Dianne Baron at the outset of the Sept. 6 meeting, urging that the original timetable for approvals of final schematic plans be pushed back six weeks.   

Inset: School Building Committee Chairwoman Diane Baron has had her hands full getting consensus among committee members for scope of project and costs. Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Most members of the building committee agreed that more time was needed to decide on exterior building materials, the design of the main entrance, and the required re-location of the public tennis courts on the Old County Road site of the closed Westport Middle School.

Baron said it was important to refine the final plans, “and to come up with a budget we all feel comfortable about.”

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Above: new 3D architectural 3D modeling brings the project to life.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

http://aldenhill.com/Community_Event_Text/community_files/image022.jpgMonday, September 11 - Westport officials concerned about potential winter Hix Bridge work.

WESTPORT - The state Department of Transportation will not begin work on the Hix Bridge Road Bridge until later this fall.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

State says two-month delay is because of details needed for underwater inspection report and work.

The work delay has caused concern for some officials and resident Wayne Sunderland, who cautioned... Read more >>

 

Sunday, September 10 – “Your favorite store” will soon be no more. Benny’s, the early forerunner of the multi-department/specialty store is shutting its doors.

Above: Benny’s on Dartmouth Street, South Dartmouth.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

After 93 years Benny's announced that the southern New England hardgoods/softgoods retailer is closing its 31 stores.

Benjamin Bromberg, an eastern European immigrant took out an ad in the Providence Journal in 1924 to announce his new store, Benny’s, located on Fountain Street in Providence.

Nearly 100 years later, Benny’s remains a Rhode Island fixture. Today, the chain has thirty-one stores in Southern New England, all owned and operated by Bromberg’s grandchildren: Judy Rosenstein, Howard Bromberg and Arnold Bromberg.

But it was only a matter of time before e-commerce giants like Amazon.com and Alibaba.com would spell the demise of large brick and motor retailers.

Macys is closing stores.  Sears is closing stores. So has Radioshack which closed 1000 stores. And Barnes and Noble closed a third of its stores.

The handwriting is on the wall.

Waking the giant. And Walmart, the nation’s largest brick and mortar retailer is waking to the reality it must compete in the e-commerce world to survive.

High starting labor costs, employee benefits, medical insurance, retirement benefits can’t compete with robots which work 7/24 without breaks, lunch hours, vacations, holidays and sick days.

And local stores can’t stock the inventory of a virtual retailer with gigantic warehouses in remote, low-cost areas, and same day, free shipping.

A recent FaceBook posting says the Bromberg family, owner of the chain, is retiring. The company says the decision to close was "strongly influenced by the changing face of retailing today and the dominance of online retailers like Amazon and others."

The company has no plans to sell the chain.

Arnold Bromberg says the landscape "shifted in a way that makes it almost impossible" for small, family-owned chains like Benny's to reasonably compete in the future.

He says they want to close in an "orderly, structured way." The company will begin winding down immediately and will close by the end of 2017.

The 93-year-old chain has 715 employees that will lose their jobs in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

 

Benny’s said, “In a short period of time, the retail landscape has changed dramatically – especially for “brick and mortar” businesses. The decision to retire was strongly influenced by this changing face of retailing.

 

Their FaceBook page said, “We will miss our employees who have been such a big part of what has made Benny’s successful for so many decades. And of course, we’ll miss our many loyal customers who have supported us over the years. We have never tired, in all of those 93 years, of hearing the stories of a child’s first bike bought at Benny’s or “if Benny’s doesn’t have it, you don’t need it.”

Facebook is a place where fans of Benny’s have and will continue to celebrate their favorite store. Over the coming months, we will share old pictures, commercials and other memories. Please feel free to share your own with us.”

Like them on FaceBook.

Benny's has 12 stories in Massachusetts: Dennisport, East Wareham, Fairhaven, Fall River, Mansfield, Middleborough, North Attleborough, Plymouth, Raynham, South Dartmouth and two in Seekonk.

Benny’s has not announced plans for the disposition of its real estate holdings.

 

Saturday, September 9 - With new Westport police station construction underway, options for old building considered.

WESTPORT - The new Hixbridge Road police station is expected to be completed in May and the opening should come shortly thereafter, officials say.

Now, these officials just need to figure out how the current 42-year-old Main Road station could be reused. Read more >>

 

Saturday, September 9 –Westport rowing team makes history.

WESTPORT - High school senior Aaron Sousa bellowed an "oh no" on a drizzly Friday morning, as his team's rowing boat hit some ominous winds and a high wave.

The safety of Westport’s harbor was well behind them and the wind was pushing the crew away from its destination.

Fellow rowing teammate Delaney Wilkinson, also a Westport High School senior, mentioned that moment as the only doubtful one during an inaugural rowing trip. Read more >>

 

Friday, September 8 – WESTPORT - Rep Schmid and Senator Rodrigues hosted a noontime Walk and Talk (and boat ride!) in Westport today to support Westport River health efforts by many like-minded environmental groups.

Westport’s two state legislators were joined by the Environmental League of Massachusetts, Mass Rivers Alliance, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Westport River Watershed Alliance, Department of Environment Protection and Westport Fishermen’s Association in hosting a “Walk and Talk” event to explore water quality issues in the Westport River and Buzzards Bay that are hampered by elevated nitrogen levels, and learn what property owners can do to help lessen the problem. 

The event included a dazzling, late summer boat tour of the Westport River’s East and West Branches.

But The river’s beauty belies the danger that lurks beneath the surface.

Nitrogen.

The public “awareness tour” was held to ratchet up the necessity of addressing the several issues threatening the Westport River and other water bodies like Cockeast Pond. More later Saturday with video.

 

Friday, September 8 – Westport teen behind 2015 fake shooter report charged with hacking, ID theft.

WESTPORT - A 17-year-old Westport juvenile — the same youth responsible for calling in a fake active shooter incident at Westport High School in 2015 — was arrested Thursday for hacking into a Texas man’s Amazon account and buying $1,000 in computer equipment, police said. Read more>>

 

Thursday, September 7 – “From sea to table” – Westport Point’s new restaurant is open for business.

Scallops and lobster direct from the boat now available on Lees Wharf.

Continuing a tradition started decades ago, Westport’s Revolution Lobster is now serving prepared seafood both sit-down and take-out direct from the boat at the Westport Point docks.

Inset: From the left: Tim Field, Sandra Verissimo, and Ryan Viera.

 

Following in the footsteps of several generations, Tim Field has been lobstering on his boat, Revolution FV, bringing his fresh catches to market and to his retail seafood store on Route 6.

Field joined both his grandfathers in the fishing business; Ted Sherman who worked for the famous Westport Prelude Corporation and Joseph Field, a fisherman who lost his life at sea and is listed on the Point’s Mainers Lost at Sea Memorial.

This past spring Field expanded his enterprise to include leasing space on Lees Wharf at Westport Point to operate a new restaurant in the building that housed Lees Wharf Oyster Company up until 2014.

Riptide Oysters, Field’s landlord, bought the building from Al and Cindy Lees for their oyster farm business and leased the first floor to Fields.

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Thursday, September 7 - Our house of the week is 548 B Drift Road!
Incredible Waterfront offering on Westport's East Branch! Two Houses on serene 10.9 acres beckon. Beautiful views of river from this gently sloping marsh front property w/access to the water's edge & dock. Located well off the beaten path via a right-of-way over old 'Stone's Lane'. Included is a 2,916 sf, 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Cape w/3 garage stalls; a 1,765 sf, 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Ranch; and a separate 3-stall Garage. Seller to provide two new septic systems. Country living at its best abuts both horse farm and orchard!
Check out video at https://youtu.be/eH4NhxZAbLo
Brokered by Alden Hill Real Estate - call Suzanne at 508.636.0600 to view this property or for more information email Suzanne@AldenHill.com.

 

Thursday, September 7 - Is this the future of things to come in Westport?

Pot in, funeral home out in Provincetown.

PROVINCETOWN - The only funeral home in town may soon be replaced by a medical marijuana dispensary.  Heal Inc. received planning board approval last month to open for business... read more >>

 

Thursday, September 7 - State's top pot regulator committed to timely rollout of law.

The state’s top marijuana regulator pledged Wednesday to implement Massachusetts’ recreational pot law and do his best to meet an ambitious timetable for licensing and opening retail stores in the state, but acknowledged the task won’t be easy.

Photo | David Ryan Boston Globe

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Thursday, September 7 – Westport residents invited to weigh in on Westport High School re-use discussion.  With a proposed 150,000 square foot Jr/Sr High School design on the fast track and scheduled for a special town meeting and ballot box voter approval around the first of the new year, it’s time for the town to focus on what to do with the old building should voters approve its replacement.

The Westport High School Reuse Committee will be holding a Public Meeting, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11th in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Westport Town Hall, 816 Main Road to discuss potential uses of the existing high school.

If the Town votes to construct a new 5-12 structure on the site of the old Middle School, the current Junior/Senior High School building will become vacant. 

The existing high school building was converted to a Jr/Sr High School because the Middle School was abandoned due to high levels of PCB contamination. 

The Town decided to create a Westport High School Reuse Committee to explore all the various options for how the building could be re-purposed.  The committee would like to hear ideas from the public on potential uses.  

After the public meeting the committee will sort through the various options presented and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and School Committee.  

 

Wednesday, September 6 – Fin sightings close three Westport beaches on Labor Day morning.

WESTPORT - A large gray dorsal fin sighting by two fishermen by Gooseberry Island caused three beaches in Westport to close.

Chris Leonard, director of marine services in Westport, said two separate fishermen, one further out on the island and the other on the causeway that leads to the island, spotted a large gray dorsal fin.

Giant sunfish. Photo | FaceBook

Possibly a sunfish, Leonard said.

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Wednesday, September 6Ven-Elger Pet Care on State Road taking in dogs from Texas shelters to make room for stray dogs displaced by Harvey.

WESTPORT — The Medeiros Tenant Farm case of last year portrayed the town in a negative light as far as animal cruelty, according to some of the town animal advocates.

However, that reputation is slowly being reversed, thanks, in part, to aid being given by Westport’s Ven-Elger Pet Care. The pet care center that cares is taking in shelter dogs from Texas to allow those shelters to take in stray dogs impacted by the Houston, Texas, floods, the animal advocates say.

Read more >>  

 

Above: Select Board Chair Steve Ouellette adjusts the State flag prior to Tuesday evening’s dedication. The new state and town flags flank the United States flag at Westport Town Hall.

Wednesday, September 6 - Westport Selectmen, state legislators unveil new town and state flags. Bending to the concerns of town veterans that the American flag should not be lowered to half-staff when a town employee passes on, Selectmen enlisted the help of State Senator Michael Rodrigues and State Representative Paul Schmid to obtain two new flags that flank the United States flag at Town Hall.

There are four specific occasions during which the flag of the United States is flown at half-staff: Memorial Day, Peace Officers Memorial Day, At the Direction of the President; and at the Direction of a State's Governor.

Also, upon the death of great individuals or current or former government officials, the President of the United States can direct that the flag be flown from the half-staff position "as a mark of respect to their memory.”

Just prior to Tuesday night’s Selectmen’s meeting, the new state flag and town flag were dedicated by Selectmen, Senator Rodrigues and State Representative Schmid in an unformal ceremony.

 

Photos | EverythingWestport.com

Click on images to enlarge.

Westport purchased the state flag and one flag pole through a grant from the Ronald Desrosiers Memorial Fund, Fire Chief Brian Legendre donated the town flag, and Senator Rodrigues and Representative Schmid paid for the other flagpole.

Hats off to them all including the Highway Department who installed the flagpoles.

 

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Tuesday, September 5 Word War II bombers, fighters coming to New Bedford Airport. The event is scheduled for September 13th at 2:00 p.m. and September 14th at 9:00 a.m., both running to 5:00 p.m., and September 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The air show is staged by the non-profit Collings Foundation based in Stow, which rescues endangered important aircraft and restores them as airworthy symbols of veterans’ services to the preservation of the nation. Four iconic aircraft are in the exhibit and all are extremely rare: the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine," Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” B-25 Mitchell "Tondelayo" b... read more.

 

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The September 2017 issue is now on-line. PDF

Read newsletter now.

Get the latest happenings at the Westport Senior Center.

Click here to find the latest newsletters of many non-profit organizations in Westport.

 

Saturday, September 2 - Westport’s “old salts” spice up shipwreck talk. Three local raconteurs regale audience with offshore shipwreck tales of devastating storms, war wrecks and embarrassing salvage attempts gone wrong!

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

Three veteran skippers took turns talking about the numerous shipwrecks off the coast of Westport, and their own maritime misadventures, at an August 17th lecture sponsored by the Westport Fishermen’s Association (WFA) at the Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station.

Who knew that a World I era destroyer lays buried beneath the waves off the Westport coastline, and a World War II German U-boat was also sunk in local waters? Or knows that more than a dozen other submerged wrecks sit on the bottom of the sea close to Westport’s shores?

 

Click here for video!

 

A few of the more senior Westport boat owners that know the stories about where the steel skeletons lay offshore took part in the Thursday night talk, part of a kick-off reception for the opening of a new exhibit, “Notorious Shipwrecks off Westport”, on display at the information center for the former life-saving station on East Beach Road. More than 50 history lovers filled the lifesaving station to hear the salty lecturers, and check out photos of the ships lost in local waters.

This was the first time the Life Saving Station hosted a WFA presentation.

Fisherman, mechanic, and longtime maritime engineer Cukie Macomber started off with the story of the loss of the Vineyard Sound Lightship during the ’38 Hurricane..... read more with video and photos.

 

 

Saturday, September 2 - White's matriarch to be honored posthumously for helping disabled youth. 

WESTPORT - The annual breakfast fundraiser is set for Sunday, September 17th at White's of Westport, which Rita Lafrance founded with her husband Aime more than 60 years ago. According to a news release, it all began in 1946 when Rita, Aime and brother-in-laws Norman and Roger bought White's Spa on Pleasant Street in Fall River. They began with four booths and six stools. Later they began Lafrance's White Spa C... read more.

 

Saturday, September 2 - Latest Mystery Photo posted Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m. was solved on Thursday, August 31st at 8:01 p.m. by Dan Baldwin.

Dan correctly guessed “It’s a Sign along the Westport River at the Head of Westport, it’s on the grass landing area along the rock wall.”

Dan’s correct answer wins him a $25 gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant, the finest in seaside dining specializing in seafood, overlooking Westport Harbor.

For all you others who correctly guessed the location (and there were many) you’ll have another chance at dining out at the Back Eddy if you can be the first to correctly identify the next Mystery Photo which will be posted sometime next week!

 

 

Image result for Housing Opportunity Purchase Program (HOPP).Wednesday, August 30 – WESTPORT - New round of first time homebuyer grants for income-qualified applicants!  Housing Opportunity Purchase Program applications available until Tuesday, December 19th.

The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund is accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for another round of grant funding through the Housing Opportunity Purchase Program (HOPP).

The deadline for filing HOPP applications will be 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

In this funding round, the Trust will offer one grant of up to $125,000 to an income and asset qualified household for the purpose of “buying down” the selling price of a two or three bedroom existing market rate house in Westport.

In addition, the program will reimburse each potential home buyer up to $1,000 toward initial home inspections and any additional inspections required under this program.

Read more...

 

Wednesday, August 30 Westport Cultural Council Seeks Grant Applications for Cultural Programs beginning September 1st. The Westport Cultural Council is looking for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs, and invites organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that will support cultural activities in our community.  

Applications are available on-line Friday, September 1, 2017 with a deadline for all to be submitted by October 16th. 

Click here for all the details!

 

Above: The 2017 Dharma Voyage boat building project for students was a recipient of a WCC grant.  Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

Wednesday, August 30 The Westport Art Group has released the August issue of its monthly newsletter BRUSHSTOKES. Click here to read it now.

Check out their latest schedules of current and future classes.

Click here to review all local organization’s newsletters.

 

Wednesday, August 30 - Westport gets assistant treasurer, finally! The town’s fiscal record-keeping and other factors have caught the attention of the state Department of Revenue, according to Auditor Tony Roselli.

The selectmen addressed the concern by appointing a full-time assistant treasurer.

Selectmen, after a recommendation from Treasurer Brad Brightman and Town Administrator Timothy King, named longtime banker and town resident Mary Sullivan to the post.

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Monday, August 28 WESTPORT - It’s crunch time for the School Building Committee. With just a few days before finalized school building schematic design documents and estimates of cost are to be submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, many issues remain unresolved and according to some building committee members, many costs are vague, many assumptions made in details with little, if any discussion at building committee meetings on those details, leading at least one member to say it’s just a committee discussion document and not a final plan document.

The Committee will meet publicly tonight at 6:00 p.m. to try and put unresolved issues and finalized costs to bed prior to MSBA submission.

One number seems to be shaping up – the cost of the new Jr/Sr High School Building will be around $94 million.

Read related story by Jeff Wagner.

 

Monday, August 28 - WESTPORT — A downed tree on River Road this past week totaled a BMW and nearly took the life of the driver, according to Planning Board member James Whitin.

Whitin brought forward a petition to selectmen with 35 signatures asking for more attention from the town toward removing downed trees, limbs or dead trees that have been destroyed by gypsy moths or other insects.

The latter issue has especially led to trees falling in the roadways, according to Whitin, who mentioned River Road and the Westport Harbor area as being especially susceptible to the problem

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Tonight. Movie at The Shattuck on Friday, September 22nd.

North of the Sun

Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.

Also see their current (and equally northern) exhibit of photographs and paintings from Iceland and Norway!

Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) spent nine months one winter on an isolated and uninhabited arctic island in Northern Norway. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed ashore, and ate expired food. They did bring their surfboards. The remote bay holds a well-kept secret: some of the world’s best surfing waves in the world. Free and Open to the Public.

Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport.

 

Saturday! Advisory To Westport Motorists – Upcoming Road Races In Westport.

Road Races and Bike Run to look out for this summer!

Saturday, September 23rd– Westport Half Marathon at 8:00 a.m.

Click here for all the details and road courses.

 

Farmer’s Markets still open in southeastern Massachusetts.

Click here to find a list of Farmer’s Markets throughout Bristol County provided by SEMAP that will be open throughout September to November.

 

Saturday. Read with Rosie at the Westport Public Library on Saturday, September 30th.

From 9:30-10:30 a.m. Practice reading to Rosie, their canine friend. Children read one-on-one to Rosie for 10 minutes. This helps children gain skills and confidence reading aloud. She is an avid listener! Rosie and handler Sue Szekely are part of Therapy Dogs International's Tail Waggin' Tutors reading program.  Practice reading aloud from a favorite book!  Call 508.636.1100 to book a 10-minute slot.

 

Saturday. The Westport Farmer’s Market continues every Saturday at its new location.

It will be held at the Town Hall Annex at 856 Main Road in Central Village, Main Road in Westport from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Westport Summer Market will be set up in the south parking area of the Town Annex, with parking for patrons on the front, north and back lots. The area is more than 8,000 square feet and should provide ample space for the many farmers, craftspeople and other vendors who will participate.

For more details visit:

The Market will run for 16 weeks, from Saturday, July 1 through Saturday, September 30, 2017.  Click here for photos.

 

Available Now! Southcoast Health’s Monthly Calendar Listings for September are now available.

Click here to get information on

Support Groups

Childbirth & Family Education

Weight Loss Seminars

Medical Fitness/Rehabilitation Programs

 

 

 

Hoops anyone? Westport over-40-year-old basketball league reunion at Ten Cousins on Wednesday, September 27th.

The Westport over-40-year-old Basketball League will hold a reunion at 6:00 p.m. at Ten Cousins Restaurant, 977 Main Road, Westport.

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All former players from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are welcome to come. For more information call 508.965.6620.

 

Westport Taxpayers Association gearing up – needs new board members.

The Westport Taxpayers Association

(WTA) is looking to add to its Board of

Directors and staff and invites anyone interested to contact Greg Jonsson, director, treasurer and secretary at 774.309.3014 and leave a message with callback information.

 

WLCT touts summer walks and events for 2017.

Next event up is Wildlife Photography for Beginners at Westport Town Farm on Wednesday, October 11th.

6:00 p.m. sharp! Use your camera - any camera - to bring nature home with you while leaving it all there untouched!  Nature photographer Greg Stone will be your guide and photography coach as you roam about selected WLCT properties during the “golden hour” when lighting is at its best and wildlife is most active.

Westport land Conservation Trust introduces their summer schedule of walks and events - all walks are free and open to the public. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and be prepared for moderate walking on uneven terrain.

Click here to view brochure on all upcoming summer 2017 walks and events.

 

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride 2017 on Sunday, October 1st.

Experience the beauty and spirit of southeastern New England in autumn from the seat of your bicycle at the 11th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed.

Choose from three spectacular 100, 75, and 35-mile cycling routes that wind through farmland, coastal villages, cityscapes, cranberry bogs, and the back roads of Cape Cod to end with a waterfront finish line party in beautiful Woods Hole. All riders are fully supported with local food and beverages all day, welcoming volunteers, and SAG wagons with ace bike mechanics and first aid. $50 registration fee includes five water stops, a hearty food truck lunch, a dinner buffet with beer, wine, and live music, and prizes for top fundraisers and best team uniforms.

Each cyclist is required to

raise a minimum of $300 to support the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work to protect our local environment. Team participation welcome and encouraged!

Gather up your friends, family, and coworkers to "bike for clean water" in October. Register now!

 

 WRWA to host Semi-Annual Electronic Recycling Day at Westport Town Hall on Wednesday, October 4th.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is planning to host its Semi-Annual Electronic Recycling Day from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  This is a free program offered by the Alliance with the help of IndieCycle of Rhode Island.  

Since 2015, over 10,000 pounds of material has been recycled.

The collection will be located at the Westport Town Hall, 816 Main Road, Westport, MA in the rear parking lot of the Town Hall.  All are invited to bring their materials for recycling, most items are free and some have a $10.00 fee.  If you have any questions, please contact the Westport River Watershed Alliance at 508.636.3016.

 

 

Classic Wooden Boat Show at the Westport Life Saving Station on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th.
The WFA's annual classic small wooden boat show will feature an array of beautiful and classic hand built boats for free public viewing all weekend long.  They are still looking for classic wooden boats and boat models to display and compete for the “Best in Show” award. If you have a boat (trailerable) you would like to enter into the show, please contact Tanja Ryden at wfa@westportriver.org or call 774.264.9200 to reserve your spot.

Entry is free, but space is limited. Overnight security is provided. The boat show is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.

Horseneck Point Life Saving Station, 241 East Beach Road.

 

 

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Sunday, August 27 The House of the Week is this gem on historic Westport Point!

This new listing is an exceptional offering in the Westport Point Historic District, a village and harbor setting! Classic, stately, center entrance Colonial w/modern elegance and old world charm.

3,440 sf, 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath designed by Harvard/Cambridge Architect Thomas Downer & Associates. The attention to period detail is meticulous from interior w/custom millwork, built-in cabinets, reclaimed heart pine flooring, handmade 4-panel doors, brick fireplaces. Custom cherry kitchen cabinets, granite counters, modern baths w/Kohler fixtures/Jacuzzi. Spacious rooms, high ceilings. Other amenities include Nantucket cedar cased windows, cedar roof & siding, milled red cedar exterior trim. State-of-the-art low temp radiant heating system. Situated on large lot graced by stone walls offering classic antique themed gardens, field & bluestone patios, mature & rare turn-of-the-century specimen trees & plantings. Gardens influenced by world renowned horticulturalist. WOW!

Click here to view video.

Offered by Alden Hill Real Estate, Inc. For more information visit their Featured Listings on their website.

 

Sunday, August 27 - Marijuana lights up debate in Westport.  

 

By Jeffrey D. Wagner

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

The majority of town and state voters last November approved the use, distribution and cultivation of marijuana for non-medicinal purposes.

Although the state majority voted in favor, the issue appears to be divisive and polarizing in town.

At the last select board meeting, a former and current municipal official expressed polar opposite views and selectmen also appeared to be divided.

Selectmen agreed to place the item on an upcoming agenda for further discussion and public input.

"It is going to lead to trouble, problems and expenses." I would rather see it outside of our community than inside of our community."  - Wayne Sunderland

Town counsel has weighed in as has the Planning Board, and a model Zoning Bylaw Article for banning marijuana establishments is now being reviewed by the town.

Town residents are highly encouraged to attend the next Selectmen’s meeting.

City and town governments have the option to vote against recreational marijuana sales in their respective jurisdictions.

More tonight.

 

Saturday, August 26 Westport signs on to Community Compact and gets a new van. WESTPORT – The setting at Town Hall was significant on many levels Friday afternoon when Lt. Governor Karyn Polito signed the Community Compact between Westport and the commonwealth.

Photo | Dave Souza Herald News

State Rep. Paul Schmid, state Sen. Michael Rodrigues and Selectmen Vice Chairwoman Shana Shufelt surrounded Polito, who signed a compact that will allow Westport to identify best practices for financial organization, financial policies and storm water planning practices.

More.

 

Friday, August 25 Wanted! Westport serial arsonist(s) responsible for multiple fires in Westport, Tiverton, Fall River.

$5000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the arsonist(s) responsible for the recent two town fires investigators have determined were intentionally set.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey, Westport Fire Chief Brian Legendre and Police Chief Keith Pelletier announced Thursday that the 118 Forge Road fire (pictured left) on Wednesday, as well as the fire at 39 American Legion Highway at Bergeron Lane on August 15th, were intentionally set.

“Anyone with information about these fires, anyone who saw or heard anything around the time these fires started, is asked to confidentially call the statewide Arson Hotline at 1.800.682.9229, or the Westport Police Department at 508.636.1122,” Ostroskey said in a press release.

The hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of up to $5,000 for information that helps to solve the case. The program is funded by the property and casualty insurance underwriting companies of Massachusetts.

A criminal investigation into these fires is being conducted by the Westport Police Department and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The team is in communication with the Tiverton Fire and Police Departments and the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office who are conducting a separate investigation into a fire on August 18, 2017.

 

Above: Highway apple spill in Oregon.

Friday, August 25 Apple spill on Route 88! Westport Police got a 4:00 p.m. call yesterday that a transport truck dumped crates of apples onto Route 88 northbound past Briggs Road.

Arriving on the scene police found the truck’s tailgate had sprung open, spewing the freed fruit onto the roadway.

The truck had pulled over to the side of the highway some distance from the spill.

Police removed the crates to the side of the road while apples on the loose got underfoot.

Traffic resumed shortly thereafter, apples aside, and things returned back to normal on Route 88.

It’s always something. 

 

Friday, August 25 Westport Beach Committee floats plan to add parking, picnic tables at East Beach.

WESTPORT - Sean Leach drives by East Beach every morning and is greeted by the sight of trash lining the pristine landscape…

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Thursday, August 24 Arsonist on the loose in Westport? A spate of recent suspicious house fires has led the Westport Fire Department to lean towards arson.

The latest house fire, a new construction at 106 Forge Road has all the earmarks of intentional torching.

Someone lit a fire in that garage, according to Deputy Chief Allen Manley. “It burned the garage off of the house.”

The fire was called in by Felicia Mendonca, who lives next door and called 911. “I actually woke up to the smell of smoke and a huge, orangey-red light.” The whole garage was actually in flames,”  Mendonca said

The Westport Fire Department received a call around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, and arriving fire apparatus found an attached garage fully engulfed in flames.

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Firefighters knocked down the garage fire and trained their hoses on the north wall of the house to protect it from the possible spread of flames.

Flames had reached into the attic.

Interior damage is unknown at this time and insurance fire investigators are on the scene today to determine the extent of the damage.

The garage burnt to the ground.

Recent Westport fires on Sodom Road where a 40-foot recreational vehicle was totally destroyed by fire, and an attempt to burn down a new house under construction on American Legion Highway by putting debris under a staircase and lighting it up have led the fire department to conclude an arsonist is probably at work in Westport.

On Monday, August 14th Westport firefighters responded at 10:00 p.m. after a neighborhood resident reported a camper was burning at 17 Sodom Road.

The camper was fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived, and was totally destroyed.

Early next morning firefighters went to 39 American Legion Highway to find a fire in the garage.

According to Capt. Michael Silvia it was a house under construction, and someone had entered the building and tried to start a fire in the unsecured garage.

A neighbor reported the fire, and construction workers on site had pulled the stairway away from the house before firefighters arrived. The building sustained minor damage.

No injuries were reported in any of the fires.

These suspicious fires and other similar fires in Fall River and Tiverton have led Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents to form a task force to investigate them. 

Westport residents are advised to keep a watchful eye on non-occupied properties, and keep all premises locked at night, especially attached garages and out buildings on their premises.

 

ALERT!

Wednesday, August 23 - WESTPORT — Westport mosquito tests positive for EEE. Selectmen Monday night alerted residents that Massachusetts health officials revealed that eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in a mosquito in the state for the first time this year.

A mosquito collected on Monday, August 14th in Westport contained EEE, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

The mosquito was tested at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

 

“It remains important for residents to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites: use insect repellant, cover up and consider reducing outdoor activities at dusk and after nightfall when mosquitoes are at their most active.”

Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown

 

The MassDPH officially made the announcement Wednesday, saying they found the carrier mosquito in Westport from a previously collected sample. There have been no human cases of the disease in the state in 2016 or 2017.

“We have been fortunate over the last several years not to have much evidence of EEE activity. The fact that we are just finding evidence of EEE virus this late in the season indicates that trend might continue,” Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown said in a press release. “However, there have been occasional human cases even without much mosquito activity. Therefore, it remains important for residents to take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites: use insect repellant, cover up and consider reducing outdoor activities at dusk and after nightfall when mosquitoes are at their most active.”

 

For more information call the Westport Board of Health at 508.636.1015.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease is not apparent in most infected persons.

Anyone in an area where the virus is circulating can get infected with EEEV. The risk is highest for people who live in or visit woodland habitats, and people who work outside or participate in outdoor recreational activities, because of greater exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes.

It takes 4 to 10 days after the bite of an infected mosquito to develop symptoms of EEE.

Severe cases of EEEV infection (EEE, involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. The illness may then progress into disorientation, seizures, and coma. Approximately a third of patients who develop EEE die, and many of those who survive have mild to severe brain damage.

Steps you can take to help reduce the chance of being bitten is to remove all standing water on your property (bird baths, children’s swimming pools, storm drainage water barrels, and accumulated water in any outside container.) Another tip is to repair damaged screens and keep windows and doors closed when screens aren’t present.

 

Wednesday, August 23 - WESTPORT — Gray’s Grist Mill grinding for more than 300 years. The bucolic village of Adamsville is one of the region’s most picturesque spots where one can find a little-known culinary treasure that has drawn locals, a few tourists and lucky summer residents for visits and shopping for years.

Gray’s Grist Mill, located a stone’s throw away from the Rhode Island border, is one of the nation’s oldest continually running grist mills and the oldest in New England. More.

 

Tuesday, August 22 Raymond White of Westport gets nod from Selectmen as the town’s new Sealer of Weights & Measures. Selectmen voted unanimously 4-0 last night at their bi-weekly meeting to approve the appointment of Raymond W. White as the town’s Sealer of Weights and Measures.

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Dennis Thibault resigned last month as the town’s Sealer, also known as Sealer of Standards.

White is a full-time Sealer in Fall River and also part-time in several other towns, now including Westport.

The job of Sealer is a contract position paid monthly, salary approved by Annual Town Meeting.

To contact Mr. White please call the Selectmen’s office at 508.636.1004.

The Division of Standards within Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Regulations certifies and oversees Weights and Measures.

To ensure consumers get what they are paying for, the Division of Standards sends out field inspectors to certify that all weights and measurements for commercial products are accurate and meet the regulatory standards.

 

Tuesday, August 22 Eclipsing the eclipse! A Westport couple sent this photo along showing yesterday’s partial solar eclipse at 2:54 p.m. through the reverse lenses of a pair of binoculars projected onto white paper.

A novel approach to be sure, but never look directly through the binoculars at the sun!

You can adjust the focus of the binoculars to sharpen/enlarge the image for better viewing.

The couple also used a colander to project a lot of tiny, slightly out-of-focus eclipses; cute to be sure, but the binoculars worked best.

This is the first eclipse in almost 100 years that produced a total eclipse across the entire continental United States, sweeping across 14 states.

If you missed it don’t fret, you’ll get another chance in April 2024 when another total eclipse will cross 12 states.

The couple reported the temperature dropped 10 degrees.

 

Monday, August 21 – WESTPORT - Committee nixes denitrification. At a special meeting held last week the Police Station Building Committee unanimously rejected a proposal by the Planning Board to upgrade the standard Title 5 septic system design for the new Hixbridge Road facility into a much more expensive denitrification system.

“The town of Westport is a dumping ground for nitrogen with homeowners fertilizing their lawns with nitrogen-based fertilizers and farms using manure to freshen their cornfields each year; it seems a waste of taxpayer money to spend over $550,000 to install a denitrification system for a building using far less than the 2000 gallons a day the proposed system would handle,” said committee member Bill Gifford. “I just don’t see the need for denitrification for a project this size,” Gifford said.

Committee Chairman Tim King noted it’s “not a requirement to install a denitrification system, and it didn’t seem economically feasible to install one.”

MOOC, the project’s lead construction company quoted a system design from Orenco Systems with an overall cost of $565,323.

Planning Board members Chairman Jim Whitin and David Cole had asked the building committee if they would consider a more effective septic system design as the police station would be deep into the Westport River’s East Branch watershed.

The septic system cost in the original MOOC proposal was in the neighborhood of $45,000.

The funds for a denitrification system would have used up all the cash set aside in a contingency fund for cost overruns and unanticipated change orders, forcing the building committee to cut back police station functionality or require the town to go back to the voters requesting additional cash.

 

Monday, August 21 - WESTPORT — Newly structured Beach Committee discusses beach safety in aftermath of Hurricane Gert. After town beaches were closed to swimming on Wednesday, Beach Committee members discussed an important topic — how to keep the three town beaches even safer.

Committee members met with head lifeguards at Thursday’s committee meeting and discussed how Wednesday’s closure went — concluding that people were kept safe and there were no major problems.

Committee member Sean Leach said the town and the WLCT would not be held liable unless they purposely encouraged people to swim during times of water closures.  More...

 

Sunday, August 20 Select board practicing politics in beach committee pick?  WESTPORT – Beach Avenue activist and animal advocate Constance Gee got the nod from selectmen to join the Beach Committee.

Selectmen discounted Beach Committee Chairman’s strong recommendation for Mullen.

Gee’s appointment comes after Cherry & Webb Lane resident James Mullin Jr. also expressed interest in the role and after Beach Committee Chairman Tim St. Michel endorsed Mullin over Gee.

Valcourt and others noted that Gee’s appointment might not be the Beach Committee’s top selection. Gee has differed with some Beach Committee members over issues connected to the controversial Beach Avenue.

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Sunday, August 20 – NEW BEDFORD - Westport woman takes first  Whitney Ceesayplace in EforAll pitch contest

Shine, an organization created by a Westport woman who has a second home in the African nation of Gambia, won first place in the latest pitch contest sponsored by EforAll, the Lowell-based group that actively nurtures entrepreneurs in “gateway” cities.

Whitney Ceesay (pictured left) said that she is promoting the use of solar dehydrators in countries that need to avert feast-or-famine cycles that occur when a whole season’s crop comes in at once...  read more.  

 

Saturday, August 19 Falling tree crushes Beemer! A BMW driving on River Road was on the losing end of a damaged tree that broke off 30 feet from the ground and crushed the car.

No injuries were reported.

The BMW automobile is owned by Debbie Robbin.

There are a lot of dead roadside trees throughout town destroyed by winter moth and gypsy moth caterpillars, and they do pose a hazard to utility wires and personal property, but this particular tree was on private property, according to the Westport Highway Surveyor.

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The town has contracted with tree removal services, and they use their own crew and equipment to try and keep up with the devastation these nasty caterpillars wreaked on our trees. Utility companies are also involved with tree removal to protect electrical and cable lines, and it's a constant battle.

Home owners in Westport should contact the Highway Department to alert them of trees on town property posing a danger to roadsides and personal property; homeowners are responsible for trees on their private property.

 

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Friday, August 18 Sailboat wrecked on Westport beach. Cherry & Webb beachgoers early Thursday morning were surprised to see a wrecked sailboat half buried in the sand near the life guard station at the beach’s entrance.

Returning from a sailing trip to the islands a Westport man ran afoul Wednesday afternoon of the rough and hazardous seas in the aftermath of Hurricane Gert that eventually swamped the small craft and drove it onto Cherry & Webb Beach, the heavy surf burying the boat halfway up to its gunnels in sand.

Above: Susan Moss of Westport was one of the first to be greeted by the half-buried O’Day on Cherry & Webb’s shoreline.

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The man piloting the 1970s-built 20-foot O’Day escaped injury but the boat suffered heavy damage, its mast and rigging strewn over the shoreline of Westport’s popular beach overlooking Buzzards Bay.

The Highway Department was called in Thursday morning to bail out the boat owner; they dug out the sailboat and hauled it off the beach and up the entrance path using the department’s frontend loader.

They were met halfway by personnel from F.L. Tripp’s Boatyard who using their large forklift carried the sailboat to their boatyard and loaded it onto the owner’s trailer.

The O’Day has now been added to the lore of famous shipwrecks in Westport waters.

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Significant Events in History

Friday, September 22, 2017

1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 20 hanged overall during Salem witch trials

1792 French First Republic formed by the National Convention, stripping French king of his powers

1980 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway

2011 CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light

 

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Westport Historical Society

The Handy House opens for the Season on Saturday July 8, 2017

Throughout the summer Handy House will open every Saturday of each month July - October from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

See their new exhibit “Headwaters”

Westport Historical Society presents an exhibition –

Headwaters to Harbor: Westport's Heritage of Water in exhibition opening Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road, Westport.

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A visual river journey through time exploring the east and west branches, harbor and ponds of Westport.

Walk down East Beach using maps and photographs to document the community that once existed before the hurricane of 1938.

Look inside the Cory Store to learn more about shipbuilding activities in Westport. And join a sword-fishing expedition using photographs taken by David Allen in the 1980s.

 

For more information contact The Westport Historical Society at 508.636.6011 and ask for Jenny. Email: westporthistory@westporthistory.net. Visit their website.

 

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Friday, September 22 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information please call 508.636.1026.

Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

 

Friday, September 22 - Allens Pond is hosting weekly volunteer days every Friday morning. Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is hosting volunteer “Trail Blazer” days every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Field Station at 1280 Horseneck Road and start to forge what will become the newest trail.

This new trail will be the backbone to Allens Pond, connecting all three of the trail systems so visitors can enjoy a roughly 9-mile round-trip hike.

Trail Blazer days are open to everyone; no experience of any kind is necessary. They provide all of the tools, training and materials needed. Future projects could include trail maintenance, boardwalk construction, removing invasive plants, burning brush piles or planting native plants.

 

Friday, September 22 - New at WAG! Life Drawing Open Studio every Friday 2degas2from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
$15 per class.
Studio Monitor: Barbara Diane Barry.

Please Note: No class will be held July 14th and August 18th, due to Art Camp using the space.

Every week a live model, nude and clothed, will be available for members to sketch, draw or paint.  Each session is three hours in length; beginning with quick 3-minute sketches to longer 20-minute poses, ending with a one-hour study. For questions, contact Barbara Diane Barry at 201.675.0256, or email: bdbarry6@yahoo.com.

 

Friday, September 22 - Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

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

Call 508.636.1028 for all the details.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road Westport.

Quilt ladies invite all to Friday meetings at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton from 10 a.m. to noon. A weekly hand quilting group. Pro or novice welcome. Come one time or every meeting! Bring your own project. For more information call Lynn Sluiter at (401) 635-8941, or email her at lsluiter@cox.net.

 

Friday, September 22 Advanced bridge at the Westport Senior Center starts at 12:00 noon. All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the session isn’t full.

Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

Westport Council on Aging, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

T’AI CHI classes every Friday at the Westport Senior Center. Advanced 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; intermediate 1:30 -2:30 p.m

T’ai Chi is the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health. The fee is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Nikolas Ukleja. Please call 508.636.1026 for further information.

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

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

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

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

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Friday, September 22 Dartmouth Farmer’s Market.  Dartmouth Farmers Market, now located on the parish lawn adjacent to St. Mary’s Church. The market is open 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., rain or shine. Since 2009, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., rain or shine, on the lawn at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 789 Dartmouth Street, Padanaram.

This week the market welcomes musician Nan Star and associates. Six Westport and dartmouth farmers will provide fresh local fruits and vegtables, micro greens, free range poulry, pork, eggs and cheese.

 

The weekly Bingo at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton.  1:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please call For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.

 

The Tiverton Public Library offers a weekly computer drop-in session that offers assistance with beginner computer Skills and Windows; the internet, on-line resources and social networking; Microsoft Office programs; downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library; on-line job searching; and any other topics you may have a question about. All ages and skill levels welcome.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. No cost.

Essex Public Library, reference room, 238 Highland Avenue, Tiverton.

For more information please call (401) 625-6796.

 

Friday, September 22 – Neal McCarthy and Friends every Friday at Buzzards Bay Brewing from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. As always, there's no fee.

98 Horseneck Road, Westport.

 

Friday, September 22 The Portuguese Kids at Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ae $30 for dinner and show! Don’t miss the brand new show from the Portuguese Kids to benefit the Mastery School of Independent Learning. Call 774.294.5539 to purchase tickets, or buy online.

 

Friday, September 22 - Karaoke every Friday night with Mariozations Studio from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton.

Computer karaoke or BYO CD. Free admission; 50/50 raffle hosted by Jesse Bertholde. For more information please call 401.297.6604.

 

Friday, September 22 - Movie at The Shattuck. North of the Sun Movie starts at 7:00 p.m.

Also see their current (and equally northern) exhibit of photographs and paintings from Iceland and Norway!

Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22) spent nine months one winter on an isolated and uninhabited arctic island in Northern Norway. There they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed ashore, and ate expired food. They did bring their surfboards. The remote bay holds a well-kept secret: some of the world’s best surfing waves in the world. Free and Open to the Public.

Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport.

 

Friday, September 22 - Al-Anon Family Group meets every Friday. An Al-Anon Family Group for relative and friends of problem drinkers meets from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Teresa Church, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton. It is anonymous, confidential and free.

A second group meets on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Church (lower rear entrance,) Willow Avenue, Little Compton.

Karaoke Night every Friday night from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom St, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all. Weekly karaoke night with Rick and Joan.

 

Friday, September 22 - Rehoboth Contra Dance. From at 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Contra dance steps include a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dances taught by caller.

Julie Metcalf and Bruce Rosen. Caller Sue Rosen. Beginners' session at 7:30 p.m. Visit their website.

Please note: The new upstairs bathrooms in the addition to Goff Hall are now finished. Dancers should still use the front entrance.

Dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of most months with a few dances on the 5th Friday of a month. Beginners of all ages, singles, couples, and families are welcome to attend. Partners not necessary. Dances begin at 8:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m. General admission: $9.00; $8 for students; $5 for under-16; $20 for families with children under 16; $5 for latecomers. Home-made tasty treats for the break are always appreciated.

The dances are at Goff Hall (home of Rehoboth's Blanding Library and the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society), 124 Bay State Road in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Call Shawn at 508.252.6375 or e-mail her at shawnkendrick@comcast.net for more information or check the Friends of the Rehoboth Contra Dance on Facebook.

 

Friday, September 22 - Pro Karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

20 Star Street, Fall River. No admission charge.

 

LePage’s Seafood hosts Karaoke every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. at 439 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information please call 508.677.2180.

 

Friday, September 22 - Art Workshop with Lynne de Beer at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. In the Blue Building. 10:30 - 1:00 p.m. Call 401-524-6504 for more information.

 

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Do you heat your home with fuel oil?

Then you’ll want to review new safety standards for protecting against costly oil leaks that could be very expensive to remediate.

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

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito findings in Westport and a widening swath through Southeastern Massachusetts.

Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.

 

Protect yourself and your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

A defective or non-functioning smoke alarm almost cost a young Westport woman her life in a recent July 4th Drift Road fire. The house burnt to the ground but the woman was saved by an alert Fire Chief.

Protect yourself, your family and pets with proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – September, 2017

 

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

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

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Westport’s Central Village featuring Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Alden Hill Real Estate, and Town Hall Annex.

 

 

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The Westport Land Trust’s event schedule for 2017 is available.

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August 2017.

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The Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) quarterly newsletter for Summer 2017 is now available.

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The July/August 2017 e-Newsletter now on-line.

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The Westport Historical Society Summer 2017 The Harbinger newsletter now available on-line.  

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The Westport Council on Aging’s monthly newsletter EVERGREEN is now available.

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Click here to read June 2017 issue of Allens Pond Sanctuary’s “The Perch.”

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Click here to read May 2017 Audubon Society’s e-Newsletter. 

 

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