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

New galleries and art venues added for 2017.

 

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New! 01/23/2017 Click here to watch video of Westport Detective Sgt. Antonio Cestodio explaining the process of animal neglect/abuse complaints and prosecution. This video should be viewed by all concerned about the well-being of farm animals.

 

New! 01/16/2017 Click here to watch video of winter storm Helena walloping Westport with foot of snow.

 

12/23/2016 Click here to watch video of winter storm creating Havoc on East Beach Road.

 

12/13/2016 Click here to watch short video of the Head Landing Powder House Restoration

 

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Monday, February 20 UPI executive H.C. ‘Cal’ Thornton of Westport died Saturday, February 11th.

He was 91.

Mr. Thornton, a longtime executive with United Press International and later the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service, died at Charlton  Mr. Thornton was a United Press International manager covering New England and New York.Memorial Hospital in Fall River, a week after being admitted with mild coronary disease, his son, Peter, said.

The native of Lynchburg, Va., began work as a reporter in the 1950s for United Press after studying philosophy at the University of Chicago. He later moved to the business side of the industry as a sales executive for United Press International in Minneapolis when UP acquired International News Service in 1958.

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Mr. Thornton relocated to Boston, where he served several years as a manager covering New England and New York. In 1971, he became vice president of sales.

Mr. Thornton joined the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service in 1977, rising to president and editorial director.

 

Sunday, February 19 Westport School Building Committee moves forward with further review of “model school” concept.

The Jr/Sr High School Building Committee unanimously approved Thursday to send a formal request to the MSBA to approve an invitation to OMR Architects (designers of the model school) to submit a proposal that demonstrates the adaptability of the Longmeadow High School building to the acceptable standards required by Westport.

Longmeadow High School

It was inaccurately reported by the local weekly newspapers that the state was pushing Westport to use the architectural plans for an existing MSBA-supported model school building.

But in reality the Building Committee decided to explore the model school on their own to ensure the town’s taxpayers would get the best bang for the buck in erecting a new school building.

The Committee also is sending an invitation to Jonathon Levi Architects to demonstrate how Westport and the MSBA-approved preferred solution (custom design) can best meet the needs of the school district.

Read related story.

Sounds interesting but which concept will work best for the school district, and which for the taxpayers who need to approve the capital expense at Town Meeting and the ballot box.

The head-to-head competition, although slowing down the selection process, could provide financial savings to the cash-strapped town.

If this progression of selecting a school building schematic design seems cumbersome and slow-moving, there is a method to their madness.

More...

 

Sunday, February 19 Westport State Senator is http://michaelrodrigues.org/Senator%20Michael%20Rodrigues,%20Headshot.jpgappointed majority whip. State Senator Michael Rodrigues, (D Westport) was recently promoted to majority whip; Senators Linda Forry and Joan Lovely will serve as assistant majority whips.

The Senate this week created an extra assistant majority whip position in its rules to accommodate the appointments, which carry with them a new $35,000 stipend authorized under the pay raises approved this month.

Rodrigues was also named the chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics and the vice chair of the Senate Committee on Redistricting.

Congratulations to Westport’s own, Senator Mike Rodrigues!

 

Sunday, February 19 – Letter to the Editor: Westport’s Joseph Ingoldsby speaks out on WUMD sale. “UMass Dartmouth's WUMD-FM has been a beacon of light presenting innovative and informative local programming for SouthCoast and beyond for 45 years. This light is about to be extinguished with the secretive and non-deliberative sale of 89.3 FM to Rhode Island Public Radio, an affiliate of National Public Radio. We are told the fire sale price is $1.5 million, which is 0.6 percent of the UMass Dartmouth's 2017 annual budget.”  More...

 

Saturday, February 18 The police station building committee will begin searching for contractors to build a one-story, 15,000 square foot new station on Hix Bridge Road.

WESTPORT — Police Chief Keith Pelletier and committee member Warren Messier obtained approval from selectmen to begin soliciting proposals for contractors.

The committee is on pace toward choosing a contractor by the end of March, moving toward a mid-2018 completion date.  More...

 

Saturday, February 18 Animal Action Committee to propose animal registry and annual permits.

Board of Health member William Harkins said that substantial discussions on the potential adoption of new animal regulations by his board would probably have to wait until after the annual election in April.

 

By Robert Barboza

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – The town’s Animal Action Committee has decided to move forward with drafting potential policies for a town-wide registry of all domestic animals, and a requirement for annual permitting of such animals for consideration by town officials, and possibly, town meeting voters.

Dogs and cats are not included.

At their February 13th meeting, the committee indicated it would ask the town administrator to come up with a plan for implementing a registry, and develop a realistic budget to cover an annual permitting process, including town inspections and potential enforcement activities.

Above: from the left: AAC members Sgt. Tony Cestodio, Chairwoman Shana Shufelt, and William Harkins, Chairman Board of Health.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Policy issues, such as whether local animal inspectors or the town Animal Control Department would be responsible for maintaining the registry, and conducting annual inspections needed for town permits, will be discussed at the next meeting, committee chair Shana Shufelt said. 

A chain of command also needs to be established, with either selectmen or the Board of Health assigned to supervise the inspection and permitting process, the Board of Selectmen’s delegate to the Animal Action Committee suggested.

 

 

 

Friday, February 17 Super Bowl Walk Draws Crowd of Over Two Hundred.

Westport, Massachusetts – The Super Bowl Walk co-sponsored by the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) drew a crowd of well over 200 hikers on Sunday, February 5th.

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This was the largest turnout ever for the annual event which traverses 6+ miles from the Slocum’s River to the Westport River. More...

 

Friday, February 17 – WCC Spring grants now available. The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring grant application period, funded by the Helen E. Ellis Trust.

Application forms are available online as of February 1, 2017 at www.westportculturalcouncil.org, the Westport Free Public Library and the Westport Town Clerk’s Office.  Completed applications are due Friday, March 17th.

Projects or events directly involving the arts, interpretive sciences, or humanities that take place on the South Coast and benefit the Westport community are eligible. 

Guidelines for the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust grants are on the website; all applicants are asked to read this information.

WCC meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Westport Town Hall Annex.  Please contact the Chair if you would like to be on the agenda.  For updated priorities of the Westport Cultural Council, please visit www.westportculturalcouncil.org and click on Grants and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Thursday, February 16 School Building Committee meets tonight at Westport Jr/Sr High School beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center. The MSBA has moved the project to the next stage, and committee members and the project’s OPM will discuss the progress to date and what happens next in the $95.2 million school proposal.

 

Wednesday, February 15Westport Library Director slams 4% budget cut. Susan Branco said the library relies on donations and other funding sources, and Selectmen should not shortchange a personnel line item.

The town, crying poor mouth, can fund an $8 million new police station, and are proposing a $95.2 million Jr/Sr High School, but can’t afford a measly $11,000 to level fund the library.

Gimme a break.

With more town residents older than 50 (biggest users of library facilities) than there are residents under 18 we need to redress our funding priorities.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 15 - Westport awarded $249,000 Seaport grant.  Waterfront development projects in Dartmouth and Westport will benefit from grants given by the state Seaport Economic Council.

In Westport, the money will support upgrades to the Westport River Head Landing on Old County Road. In Dartmouth, the money will back a maritime center proposed for Padanaram.

 

 

Wednesday, February 15Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker praises $228 million Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project; skeptical of costly alternative Middleboro/New Bedford/Fall River Southcoast Rail extension.

Not done until 2018?

Now why aren’t we surprised.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 8 - Trouble at the Knubble. In a stunning reversal, Selectmen Monday night voted 3-1 (Craig Dutra absent) to allow a Beach Committee plan to reopen Beach Avenue to vehicular traffic, allow Knubble parking for handicapped-flagged vehicles, and install guard rails to prevent damage to fragile dunes from cars and trucks.

Some harbor residents are furious and one Selectman in particular, Chair R. Michael Sullivan could barely contain his anger and frustration with proponents of opening the long-troubled beachfront road.

Above: Beach Committee member Sean Leach explains plans

to Selectmen for reopening Beach Avenue.

Beach Committee member Sean Leach threw up his hands and walked out of the meeting saying that he has done all that he can to offer a plan that would satisfy abutters and selectmen alike.

Long a champion of road abandonment, Sullivan failed to rally the select board to put the Beach Committee’s plan on hold while reviewing other alternatives, like a needed turn-around.

At last year’s Annual Town Meeting a surprising large turnout of town voters protesting road closure forced Selectmen to pass over an article that would have abandoned Beach Avenue to abutters, lead to a buyback of the now former road’s town land and move forward with a questionable dune restoration/boardwalk alternative that would provide handicapped access to the 100 foot strip of town beach near the Knubble.

There’s sure to be blowback over the vote, as Harbor residents who supported road closure will marshal their forces and once again appeal to the state for help.

But they have lost one valuable ally - that small sand-colored, sparrow-sized shorebird, the piping plover, is no longer on the state’s endangered species list.

More to come...

 

Wednesday, February 8 - WESTPORT – The trouble with being Charter-dependent. For years, residents who needed a new cable box or a remote could drive to the Charter building on the corner of Route 177 and Gifford Road for service, pay a bill, or get advice.

Aa of last year, you’re on your own.

The building is still there but nobody’s home.

One selectman says Charter subscribers are still upset while two other town authorities say the concerns have subsided.

Selectman Steven Ouellette said he still receives calls from town residents on a weekly basis. Cable Advisory Board Chairwoman Carolina Africano concurred with Ouellette.  Selectman Antone Vieira Jr. indicated that many people are getting used to not having a Charter building in town.

 

 

Monday, February 6 Photo of the Week. Westport Animal Control Officer, Donna Lambert carefully carries a bath towel-wrapped, severely injured and very stinky skunk from a neighbor’s yard in the 500 block of Old County Road to the rear of the Head Landing where police officers are preparing to put the poor polecat down.

The careless critter was involved in a car strike.

Many town residents take ACO involvement with wild animals for granted, but in reality, it’s a dangerous job when handling mammals that could be infected with rabies.

This skunk’s body was immediately taken to the Transfer Station for disposal.

Unfortunately, the smell hung around for hours.

 

Monday, February 6 Planned database will market the SouthCoast as one of New England's best bargains when it comes to real estate.

The SouthCoast Development Partnership, based at the Martine Street offices of UMass Dartmouth, has been designated by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development as the regional economic development organization for Southeastern Massachusetts.

The designation comes with a grant of $21,000 that will be used to design an online regional commercial real estate database.

Hopefully, Westport’s Economic Development Task Force will take full advantage of the new partnership and promote economic development along the Route 6 and Route 177 corridors by contributing to the new Partnership.

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Sunday, February 5 - Westport bans shellfishing practice, increases license fees.  Marine Services Director Chris Leonard has long maintained the aqua-tourism is growing in town.

Above: Marine Services Director Chris Leonard and friends present their proposals to Selectmen that included fee increases and elimination of certain shellfishing practices. Photo | EverythingWestport.com

To that, Leonard convinced selectmen to agree to a policy that he indicated would protect town waterways as well as the shellfish.

Selectmen, upon Leonard's advice, banned a practice nicknamed "high-grading" during the cold water months from Nov. 1 to April 30.

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Saturday, February 4 -  Westport Beach Committee in swim of things

By Robert Barboza The Chronicle

WESTPORT - With another successful season behind them, and a healthy balance in the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, the Beach Committee is already looking ahead to the coming summer, with a June 17th opening day planned for town beaches.

The past season's review was delayed by a moment of silence requested for former committee member Bob Carroll, who died recently. Carroll was a dedicated longtime chairman who really cared about improving the town beaches... More...

 

Friday, February 3 - Is this the future of Westport’s new Jr/Sr High School?

Above: Longmeadow High School, just outside of Springfield, MA.

Two town boards and one committee voted unanimously in December to move forward with local architect Jonathon Levi’s design for a 185,600 square foot new building to be built on the site of the now derelict, PCB-plagued Middle School that has already cost town taxpayers over $3 million to remedy, but failed to meet EPA guidelines.

Now, in a last minute nod to cost-sensitive taxpayers who may balk at approving $95.2 million in construction costs, the Jr/Sr School Building Committee is requesting an in-depth review of the MSBA’s (Massachusetts School Building Authority) “model school program,” a relatively new concept where a community can elect to use the architectural plans and actual construction experiences of a recently built school building that used MSBA funding, and that MSBA and the committee believes may work for Westport.

This judicious approach can save millions in architectural fees, incentives and up to $2 million in construction costs based on experiences working with known materials, and avoiding unforeseen obstacles encountered by the contractors of the model school, thereby avoiding costly change orders.

Owner Project Manager (OPM) Dan Taveres said the committee should take a long, hard look at the Longmeadow High School, located just outside of Springfield, which the MSBA has offered up as a model school that may work for Westport and not substantially compromise functionality of a custom-built school.

Sounds interesting but will it work for Westport?

More...

 

Thursday, February 2 – Westport’s wooden powder house restoration fund got a little help Thursday with matching donations from police association, local realtor.

When the final bills were tallied up by historical restoration carpenter Nathaniel Allen, he found himself $600 light.

But the Westport Policemen’s Association and local realtor Alden hill Real Estate quickly stepped forward with matching donations to cover the shortfall.

Westport resident Nathanial Allen with a little help from his carpenter friends did a superb job in retaining most of the original framing materials, while replacing roof and side shingles and select parts of the building’s support beams.

Interior plastering, a rarity in powder houses, remained untouched.

Westport’s powder house, circa 1812, is only one of 83 remaining in New England, some from the revolutionary war, and only a handful of those are made of wood; most are stone for obvious reasons.

Above: Westport Police Officer Lt. John Bell (right), the driving force for this renovation project, presents a check for $600 to Nathanial Allen.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com © 2017

 

Thursday, February 2 Six more weeks of winter it shall be! Today is Groundhog Day. And Pennsylvania’s groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said bundle up, six more weeks of winter to come.

Phil got up this morning and saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

Inset: Phil predicts more winter to com for 2017!

This annual tradition is based on a German proverb involving Candlemas.

The legend says, “If a badger peeps out of his hole on Candlemas Day, and, if he finds snow, walks abroad, but if he sees the sun shining he draws back into his hole.”

Folk music, a Star Wars-themed fireworks display under cloudy skies, and freezing temperatures greeted the faithful followers who spent last night in Punxsutawney, PA (just exactly where the heck is Punxsutawney?,) waiting for the forecast.

The prognosticating groundhog’s prediction, during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day, is summarized in a short poem.

The proclamation read, “Its mighty cold weather, you’ve been braving. Is it more winter or is it spring that you’re craving? Since you’ve been up all night and starting to tottle, I, Punxsutawney Phil, shall not dawdle. My faithful followers, I could clearly see a beautiful, perfect shadow of me. Six more weeks of winter, it shall be!”

Is Phil right? Hope not!

Records from 1887 forward show the furry rodent has predicted more winter 103 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times.

Of those predictions it appears that Phil's six-week prognostications have been correct about 39 percent of the time.

Phil’s a little better when he didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring; he got it right with a 47 percent accuracy rate."

 

Tuesday, January 31 Southcoast Health opens its 3rd Urgent Care Center in Dartmouth.  Ambulatory care and ambulatory surgical centers are popping up in strip malls all across America.

Southcoast Health has followed suit, cutting the ribbon for its third Urgent Care center at 435 State Road in Dartmouth, next to the new Hannoush Jewelers, right behind Starbucks.

What does all this mean in access and cost?   More...

 

Above, from left: Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO of Southcoast Health; Renee Clark, COO of Southcoast Hospitals Group; Hugh Morton, Southcoast Health Trustee; Jason M. Rua, chair of the Board of Trustees for Southcoast Health; Dr. Pamela Spatz, Urgent Care Medical Director; Brad Silverman, Urgent Care Executive Director; Kelly Houde, Urgent Care Clinical Manager; and Don Giumetti, Southcoast Health Trustee.

 

Sunday, January 29 - Fall River community welcomes the merger of Battleship Cove and the Marine Museum.

$1 million grant from the Manton Family Foundation, is intended to interest a national audience.

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Battleship Cove announced Monday that it will merge with the Marine Museum at Fall River around the corner to become a unified waterfront campus. The combined institution, being re-imagined with a $1 million grant from the Manton Family Foundation, is being designed to interest a national audience. More...

 

Sunday, January 29 Allens Pond Sanctuary has just sent out their latest E-Newsletter, The Perch. Click here to read Late January 2017 issue of Allens Pond Sanctuary’s The Perch.

Click here to view Allens Pond Sanctuary's Program schedule.

Get outside and explore with them:

Snowshoeing the Shoreline - January 28th, February 11th, 26th.

Junior Bird Club: Building Bluebird Boxes - February 21st

Wild, Wild Woodcock Walks - March 11th, 17th, 24th.

To view all other town organizations newsletters, Click Here!

Allens Pond covered with snow 

Above: Snowshoeing the Shoreline.

 

Saturday, January 28 - Photo of the Week. With trusty chainsaw in hand, octogenarian Claude Ledoux reaps the reward of forest improvement with a gigantic haul of firewood for his winter needs.

Photo | Claude Ledoux 2016

The farmer, former Selectman, and town historian, Ledoux told EverythingWestport that he “Can't believe I have done forest improvement on our land since 1962. Now the big stuff (nurtured from smaller trees) is most of what needs thinning out. Hope I can hold on for some future continuation.”

OK, Claude, what did you do in the afternoon?

 

Saturday, January 28 - WESTPORT – BOH to get Health Director, a new position. Triumvirate to manage restructured town department.

The health board and selectmen have agreed to a description for a new position - Director of Public Health.

Department’s employees now to be under supervision of Health Director, Board of Health members, and Town Administrator, not to mention indirectly by the Selectmen.

Four employees managed by 10 supervisors?

Also, five municipal animal inspectors now on the roster.

Above: Health Board members Karl Santos, John Colletti, and Chairman Bill Harkins meet with selectmen and town administrator last Monday.

Photo | EverythingWewstport.com

Health board members and selectmen debated on Monday as to whom or which board the new director should report. Selectmen said the town administrator should supervise this employee while health board members on Monday had a different take.

"It would create more conflicts. We have always run that department and I see no reason to make that change now going forward," Health Board chairman William Harkins said.

 

Friday, January 27 - The “Gassy Bandit” raids Lees Supermarket on multiple shoplifting trips over the last couple of months, even taking time out to “relieve” Lees of a product (Beano) to suppress flatulence and excess gas.

Photos courtesy Westport Police Department

Now that’s a first.

But Westport police used surveillance cameras, cash register receipts, and Thumbnaileven a photo of Freitas’ silver Honda Civic to track him down, not a police bloodhound following a malodourous trail back to the accused shoplifter’s residence.

Gutemberg Freitas, 32, of 67 Kirby Road in Westport was charged with stealing more than $150 of merchandise during seven visits to the supermarket.

In a trick as old as time, Freitas switched bar code labels from chicken to packages of red meat.

Dubbed the “gassy bandit” by police, Freitas even used his Lees shoppers card to insure he didn’t miss out on the weekly specials.

Fresh off a shoplifting trip to East Providence, Freitas will now face charges for “shopping” locally in a pretrial hearing on March 9th.

 

Thursday, January 26 Double bogey blues golf news! Yes, it’s a little early to bring up golf, but the other shoe has finally dropped.

The 9-hole Hawthorne Country Club closed last year, bringing an end to a financially-troubled Dartmouth venue that served up better banquet food than birdies and bogey.

Now Allendale Country Club just down the street from Hawthorne is looking for assistance in handling its highly leveraged debt service that accumulated due to out-of-control management salaries and extensive course improvements over the years that failed to produce the increased membership necessary to pay for them.

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Above: The 5th, 6th and 7th holes at Allendale Country Club.

Dartmouth Select Board member Shawn D. McDonald wants to buy the property and said recently, “The town could acquire and lease the golf course for up to 15 years, and use it in the future for town educational, recreational and park facilities, and potential home development. It’s the largest undeveloped property (over 150 acres with a well that produces 275 gallons per minute) in the heart of Dartmouth.

Assessed value of the property is $5.8 million and Dartmouth is looking to buy it for $3.2 million.

The Allendale Board of Directors is also moving in tandem with an effort to remove recreational land preservation restrictions on part of its property, and then sell the proposed lots to help reduce its debt load.

In a letter to members, Allendale Board President Mike Goulart said,What all this means is that we are now going down parallel paths - we will be continuing our plan to remove land from MGL c 61B, and at the same time we will be working with the Town to see what its ownership of Allendale might look like in the future.”

 

“For at least the duration of the 2017 golf season and probably much longer, it is and will be business as usual for Allendale.” - Mike Goulart

 

The question now is whether the town officials and residents would want to authorize a purchase right now for a long term benefit.

They better make a decision soon; Allendale’s variable-rate commercial loans may get considerably more costly if interest rate hikes promised recently by Fed chair Janet Yellen go into effect.

Click here to visit our Golf Page for all the latest in local golf news.

 

Thursday, January, 26 Robert E. Carroll. We note the passing of https://currentobituary.azureedge.net/049/627043c4d48d454ea44dbca140a76108.jpgRobert E. Carroll, the longtime Westport restaurateur of the Bay Side Restaurant, who died on Thursday, January 19th.

He was 80.

Bob was a progressive thinker, a gentle giant and a prolific writer who spent hours with "the goodest dog ever", Patsy Cline, dreaming of ways to make the world greater.

Celebration of Life to which relatives and friends are invited will be Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Allen's Neck Friends Meeting in Dartmouth at 2:00 P.M. Irish wake to follow.

Click here for full obituary.

 

Wednesday, January 25 Dow J hits 20K. For the first time ever, the industrial stock market cracks the 20,000 milestone!

NASDAQ continues to set records with 5,637 as of 9:30 a.m.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 20,000, resuming a rally that began in the wake of the recent presidential election. Investors are banking on pro-growth policies and Washington tax cuts.

Will we close today above 20K? We’ll see, we’ll see.

 

Tuesday, January 24 Oh no, corruption in RI politics! Please tell me it isn’t so, PROJO!

Front-page headline of the Providence Journal on Tuesday, January 24th.

To Rhode Island’s dismay, former Rhode Island House speaker Gordon Fox pleaded guilty to corruption charges Tuesday, and awkwardly – his plea marked only the latest in a long line of high-profile falls from grace in Rhode Island politics.

Click here to read the story.

 

Tuesday, January 24 Reports of nor’easter slamming Westport were greatly exaggerated. Forecasted warnings of high winds, slashing rain, and scattered flooding proved less severe than local weathermen expected.

Westport seemed to be spared the effects from the nasty weather experienced by our nor’easter-swept northern neighbors.

“We cleared one small tree from Division Road,” said Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves. “The new storm drain systems on Drift Road, Sodom Road, Charlotte White Road, and Borden Street handled the heavy rain, greatly reducing flooding potential and protecting the (Westport) river from contamination due to untreated stormwater runoff.”

Gonsalves also checked East Beach Road and Beach Ave. throughout the night and reported no significant erosion.

There were no reported losses of power.

Above: flooded wetlands at Head of Westport public landing.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

Tuesday, January 24 Westport’s Animal Action Committee may recommend local regulations. 

For now 12-member committee defers action, pursues dialogue.

 

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By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – The town’s Animal Action Committee spent two hours at their most recent meeting reviewing the responsibilities of each town department that is involved in animal abuse cases, looking for ways that enforcement efforts on the local level can be improved to prevent reoccurrences of the deplorable conditions discovered at a tenant farming site off American Legion Highway this past summer. 

 

 

Monday, January 23 State senators bring Commonwealth Conversations to the southcoast – main topic will be the southcoast rail. On Saturday, February 7th, state senators from across Massachusetts will come to SouthCoast to get a firsthand look at the region's pressing issues, particularly a long-promised and talked-about rail link to Boston.

The lawmakers' visit will be part of a statewide initiative called Commonwealth Conversations, and it follows a similar listening tour across Massachusetts two years ago that produced a comprehensive report on several important issues such as the opioid crisis, criminal justice reform, the environment and education.

"We as a Senate agreed it was a worthwhile event two years ago, and we're going to do it again," state Sen. Mike Rodrigues, D-Westport, said during a recent meeting with the Herald News Editorial Board.

 

 

Monday, January 23 Westport health board seeks more access to tenant farm. Landowner’s attorney spars with Westport town counsel, Jeffrey Blake (pictured below, right) over access to the property.

Above: Health board told by defendant’s Attorney Karen Benson (left) to get their own reports on property cleanup directly from DEP office as they are public records and it costs her client money to provide them to the health board.    Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Are town officials being shunted aside?

 

 

Sunday, January 22 Urgent care goes retail. Moving away from traditional medical care facilities, ambulatory care and ambulatory surgical centers are popping up in strip malls all across America.

And Southcoast Health has followed suit opening its third Urgent Care center at 435 State Road in Dartmouth, next to the new Hannoush Jewelers, right behind Starbucks.

Opening is scheduled for January 31st.

What does all this mean in access and cost?

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Saturday, January, 21 2017 Helen E. Ellis Grant period begins. The https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M6a11583e636b1d57920074afd7b45d9fo0&w=284&h=170&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the opening of the Helen E. Ellis Trust grant application period.

Application forms are available online beginning February 1, 2017 at www.westportculturalcouncil.org, the Westport Free Public Library, and the Westport Town Clerk’s Office. 

Completed applications are due March 17, 2017.

Projects or events directly involving the arts, interpretive sciences, or humanities that take place on the South Coast and benefit the Westport community are eligible.  Guidelines for the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust grants are on the website; all applicants are asked to read this information.

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Friday, January 20 Westport Ag Trust Fund antes up cash to buy 19.8-acre parcel, part of the abandoned Adamsville Road youth camp.

The town's Agricultural Preservation Trust Fund voted unanimously last week to spend $350,000 to help Westport Land Conservation Trust buy the former St. Vincent de Paul youth camp, located on Adamsville Road, from the Diocese of Fall River.

    

Click on images to enlarge.

Above, left: WLCT representative Steve Sloan (center) takes his case to the Agricultural Preservation Trust Fund while member Karl Santos listens. Right: Planning Board members David Cole and Chairman Jim Whitten listen to the WLCT acquisition plan which is displayed in the background.

Photos | EverythingWestport.com

 

      

Above: The Diocese of Fall River originally planned a 25-lot subdivision with some protected land. The former youth camp currently brings $18,000 per year in property tax revenue to Westport coffers.

So how does this preservation investment pay off for town residents and the agricultural community?

 

 

Thursday, January 19 “Leapin’ lizards, Sandy!” What’s up with Old Westport Road in front of UMass Dartmouth being closed most of the day, diverting eastbound traffic back to Beeden Road in Westport for an extraordinarily long detour back to UMass?

Well, an early morning accident snapped off a utility pole, leaving it hanging over the road, creating a dangerous situation for eastbound traffic.

A second pole was also compromised due to the stress from the first pole.

Police diverted traffic until electric utility and town workers could safely neutralize the danger from the live power lines, allowing workers to replace the damaged poles.

 

Thursday, January 19 WESTPORT - Construction is expected to begin this spring on the long-awaited Noquochoke Village 50-unit apartment complex on American Legion Highway, officials said.

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Housing Specialist Leonardi Aray told selectmen last week that the The Community Builders and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund are scheduled to close on the property in March.

Aray said construction of Noquochoke Village should begin by April, and completion of all units will take one year. He said by summer of 2018 all units will be ready for rental.

 

 

Wednesday, January 18 CPC unanimously approves large slate of 2017 funding requests.

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – Unanimous votes on 11 applications for Community Preservation Act funds in the coming fiscal year were taken by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) following a Jan. 12 public hearing. The vote clears the way for action on the funding requests by voters at the annual town meeting in May.  

The biggest chunk of funding being recommended by the committee is a $600,000 request for open space funds being made by the Westport Youth Athletic Association (WYAA) to help develop a youth sports complex planned off American Legion Highway. The alliance of youth sports leagues plans to build a half dozen baseball and softball diamonds and three soccer fields at the site. 

 

 

Wednesday, January 18 - Housing Opportunity Purchase Program (HOPP) for one lucky, qualified, first-time homebuyer.

The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund is making one (1) grant available to assist an income and asset qualified first-time homebuyer for the purpose of financing the gap between the affordable price and the selling price of an existing-market rate home in Westport.  

Participants may be selected by Lottery.  

There will be an Informational Session on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Macomber Primary School, 155 Gifford Road, Westport.

Attendance is highly recommended but not required to apply.  

The application deadline is March 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Applications are available at the Westport Town Hall, Housing Assistance Office, 816 Main Road, Westport, or the Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road, or by phone at 774.264.5126, 617.270.3912, or by email: westporthousing@outlook.com.

 

Tuesday, January 17 - Westport lost a valued supporter of the Westport Public Library with the passing of Jane Young.

The principal clerk with 28 years at the Library was 72.

Young passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 14th.  She was a great supporter of reading, the Library and FOWL (Friends of Westport Library.) 

She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by so many people who were fortunate to know her. 

Calling hours are at the Potter Funeral Home, 81 Reed Road, Westport on Tuesday, January 17th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. with an order of the Eastern Star Service at 7:00 p.m. 

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Friends of Westport Library (FOWL), P.O. Box 3342, Westport, MA 02790, or Cortez Allen Chapter #161 O.E.S., P.O. Box 1384, Middleboro, MA 02346.

Additional information is available at www.potterfuneralservice.com.

 

Monday, January 16 - Get Outside and Explore with the Allens Pond Sanctuary!

Snowshoeing the Shoreline on Saturday, January 28, Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 26.

Junior Bird Club: Building Bluebird Boxes on Tuesday, February 21.
Wild, Wild Woodcock Walks on March 11th, 17th, and 24th.

 

Woodcock

Click here to read their January 2017 E-Newsletter for all the details.

 

Saturday, January 14 - Growing movement: Westport farmer focuses on saving seeds.  Westport farmer Bill Braun says food-growers need to "embrace the diversity that nature gives us."  More...

Braun will lead an advanced workshop on saving seeds and preserving genetic diversity at this weekend's Northeast Organic Farming Association's Winter Conference. The all-day event is Saturday at Worcester State University.

Click here to learn more about Bill Braun.

 

Friday, January 13 Lead that exceeds state action levels has been detected in some of the water taps at the Westport Elementary School.

Superintendent Ann Marie Dargon said Friday there is no reason for alarm. Most water faucets and taps were free of lead and copper, and no drinking water sources, such as water fountains, showed any lead or copper, she said.

However, the district is taking extra precautions...  more.

 

Friday, January 13 Twin River begins its march through the regulatory forest Tuesday when it presents a rough draft of its plans for a casino to the Tiverton Planning Board.

Twin River Tiverton LLC is on the agenda for a "pre-application/Informal Concept Plan Review" at a meeting set for 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall, 343 Highland Road, Tiverton.

Save Tiverton will be there, promising the route for the casino company will be rocky. More.

 

Friday, January 13 Westport Town Clerk, Marlene M. Samson, announces that Nomination Papers for the April 11, 2017 Annual Town Election are now available for the following offices -

For Three Years: Two Selectmen, One Town Clerk, One Treasurer, One Collector of Taxes, One Assessor, One Board of Health, One School Committee, One Regional School Committee, One Fish Commissioner, Two Constables, Two Trustees of Free Public Library, One Landing Commissioner, and One Commissioner of Trust Funds.

For Five Years: One Housing Authority and One Planning Board.

One Year Unexpired Term: One Board of Health.

Deadline for obtaining nomination papers is Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., and the deadline for filing nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Above: Candidates’ supporters have a friendly “make-believe” tussle in front of the Town Hall Annex in last year’s April Elections. With two Selectmen’s seats up for grabs in 2017 it could be a year of executive change for Westport.

 

Friday, January 13 Speaking of passing the buck, Westport’s Tax Collector announced that Third Quarter Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Bills are due on or before Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  Any payment made after the due date is subject to 14% per annum interest. 

There is no grace period.  New property owners may contact the Office of the Collector of Taxes at 508.636.1010 or email:

collector@westport-ma.gov if they did not receive a bill. 

Third and fourth quarter bills were mailed December 30, 2016. 

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the first Monday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Payment may be made in person at the office, by mail, or on-line at www.westport-ma.com using ebill.  There is a 35 cent per transaction fee using a checking or savings account. 

Credit card payments are accepted on-line only, along with a 2%-4% convenience fee.

 

Friday, January 13 And since we’re on the subject of taxes, Westport’s assessors recently set the fiscal 2017 tax rate at $9.91 per thousand dollars of evaluation; that’s 2 cents less than the fiscal 2016 assessment of $7.93 per thousand.

But before you throw your hands up in elation, property evaluations for many have gone up, so your net tax bill might be higher than last year.

 

Click here to learn more about Westport property taxes by visiting Property Tax 101.

 

Property taxes were originally $29.60 per thousand when first introduced in

1921, but that was before 100% evaluation was fully implemented in 1989, when the tax rate dropped to its historic low of $6.78 per thousand.

It has steadily gone up since then.

Assessors recommended and selectmen agreed to keep a single rate tax for both residential and commercial properties as commercial properties only represent about 3 percent of the total tax base, and the growth of commercial enterprises in Westport is encouraged by town boards, said Assessor Chairman Steven J. Medeiros.

 

Thursday, January 12 Westport lost a local restaurant icon with the passing of Rita P. Lafrance on Wednesday, January 4th. The co-founder of White’s Family Restaurant (White’s of Westport) was 93.

Read Obituary.

 

Thursday, January 12 Westport also lost former town building inspector Robert A. Maltais who passed away on Sunday, January 8th. Maltais was also part of the creation of the Westport Council of Aging which just celebrated their 20th anniversary. Read obituary.

 

Thursday, January 12 Westport library’s Helen E. Ellis showcase needs exhibits.  

Since 1993, works by area craftspersons, artists and collectors have been showcased at the Westport Free Public Library in memory of Helen E. Ellis, a Westport woodworker and artisan. 

Woodworking, paintings, crafts, pottery, quilting, knitting (just to name a few) and all kinds of collections (dolls, shells, etc.) are shared.

They are always looking for new displays. Please speak with a staff member if you have something to share.

Call 508.636.1100 or speak with a staff member at 408 Old County Road,

Westport.

 

Wednesday, January 11 Frozen Westport to Flooded Westport in 24 hours?

Temperature swing of 50 degrees in in less than a day.

50 degrees today, 52 degrees tomorrow.

 

Above, left: This morning at the Head. Right: Yesterday morning.

Photos | EverythingWestport.com

After spending all Sunday night salting, clearing and ultimately sanding Westport roadways, the Highway Department may now have to spend many more hours clearing storm drains and dealing with potential roadway flooding.

See video on

New England weather can be capricious at best.

“We’ll have potential problems with blocked storm drains which we’ll have to watch out for,” said Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves. “We’ll deal with the problems when and where they happen. We’re rested.”

For all of the rest of us, dust off the golf clubs.

 

Tuesday, January 10 When just one won’t do, hire four! In the first robust move by Westport to better prevent farm animal neglect and abuse, Selectmen Monday night voted unanimously to appoint four new Assistant Animal Control Officers, positions which will require selectmen to forward their nominations to MDAR Division of Animal Health for their consideration and potential appointment as municipal animal inspectors.

Above: Handshakes all way round. Newly appointed Jenna Correira and Jessica Carvalho are congratulated by selectmen on their appointments. Not present were Lindsey Bamford and Elizabeth Corsi, also appointed.

 

Tuesday, January 10 Bitterly Frigid, Frozen Westport. Westport is in the middle of a deep freeze, with single-digit nighttime temperatures and daytime temps not much better.

But wait a day.

Temperatures are projected at 45 degrees by midnight Tuesday, with rain starting noon on Wednesday accompanied by temperatures approaching 50 degrees; Thursday a high near 54.

It’s never dull living in the northeast where weather is as fickle as it is unpredictable, and if you don’t like it, wait a day, it will change.

Above: The East Branch north of Hixbridge Road is chocked Monday with ice floes and snow pack.

 

Above: The Head of Westport under a mantle of snow and ice.

 

Tuesday, January 10 Twice a No to F&R. F&R Auto Sales, the used car lot that consumers have long complained about and the Attorney General’s office is suing, got the gavel last night as Westport selectmen refused to take action on owner Francisco Correiro's request to grant the embattled car lot a temporary Class II license to sell used cars.

 

“Your dealership has had more complaints than all the other used car lots in town combined.” - Select Board Chair Michael Sullivan.

 

Westport Town Administrator Tim King said sent the board a letter stating that it has “not seen a reform of business practices that would warrant a letter of endorsement.”

 

“I don’t think the public would be served (by a provisional license for F&R.) – Tim King

 

F&R owner Francis Correiro failed to answer selectwoman Shana Shufelt’s question of “How would Westport be better off with your dealership than without it.”

Above: F&R Auto Sales’ owner Francis R. Correiro (left,) denied last December 28th for a renewal of his Class II license to sell used cars, was once again turned down when Selectmen took no action on a new request to grant a provisional license based on improved performance in Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

“Told me on phone that the car advertised was available. Went there and they said it's not available. Wanted my SSN to run my credit even before showing other cars and when I declined to do that they started getting rude. Wouldn't go there again.” - Comment on DealerRater January 17, 2017

 

The Attorney General’s office investigated more than a 113 complaints from buyers who said they were lied to, or were sold defective vehicles.

Above: former location of the now closed F&R Auto Sales used car lot.

 

Sunday morning, January 8 Winter storm Helena wallops Westport with a foot of snow.

On any given Sunday morning it would be wonderful to wake up to sunshine and clear blue skies.

On any given Sunday morning.

But not this Sunday morning as Westporters wake up to the aftermath of blizzard Helena, wake up to backbreaking work in 14 degree freezing temperatures, and wake to the prospect of ubiquitous snow removal everywhere they look.

Residents, start your tractors, snowblowers and plows, and shovel, shovel, shovel!

All photos by EverythingWestport.com

Above: Winter storm Helena hits Westport Point where popular Henry the Swan and companion Henrietta hunker down near the Harbormaster’s shack and sit out the blizzard.

Above: Adamsville Pond at the height of the storm.

 

Above: Adamsville Pond Sunday morning.

 

Above: Peter is filling four gas cans Saturday evening at Cumberland Farms in preparation for the worst.

Click here for video of winter storm Helena’s impact on Westport.

 

Saturday, January 7 Westport Storm Warning posted at 8:20 a.m.

Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service as of January 07th at 4:25 a.m. EST until January 08th at 1:00 a.m.

The forecast has been downgraded with snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches, but still a dangerous storm.

Winter Storm Warning from 7:00 a.m. Saturday to 4:00 a.m. Sunday for locations including East Coastal and interior Southeastern Massachusetts.

Snow Accumulation of 8 to 12 inches on Saturday; heavy at times this afternoon and early evening, then tapers off by midnight.

Untreated roads will become snow covered and slick.

Visibility will be reduced. Travel will become hazardous as snow becomes heavy at times along with gusty northeast winds resulting in considerable blowing and drifting of snow.

Winds...north 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

Temperatures in the low-20s tonight with a high of 29 degrees Saturday and a high of 24 degrees Sunday.

Hazardous travel conditions can be expected. (See story below.)

Travel will be slow at best on well treated surfaces, and quite difficult on untreated surfaces.

Only Travel In An Emergency. If You Must Travel...Keep An Extra Flashlight...Food...And Water In Your Vehicle In Case Of An Emergency.

Much of Westport area and SouthCoast received 4-6 inches of light and fluffy snow from a fast-moving storm Friday morning.

Parking bans Saturday in Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth.

Before traveling to an event check for cancellations or postponements.

 

Friday, January 6 Breaking News! 10:30 a.m.  Westport Winter Woes. The new year’s first snow storm is causing havoc on Westport streets, causing numerous accidents.

Slick road conditions caused by 3-5 inches of light fluffy snow packed down on warm asphalt by traveling vehicles is creating slick conditions, causing some unaware drivers to spin out and run off road surfaces.

First responders have their hands full this morning.

Town safety officers are advising caution when driving, and Highway Department crews, after clearing all roads, will sand every thoroughfare in town starting late this morning.

 

“We’re going to sand all roads in town.” Chris Gonsalves, Highway Surveyor.

 

Police said some parts of Route 177 are “like a skating rink.”

Temperatures in the mid-20s are exacerbating the icy conditions.

More of the same expected Saturday with heavy snow in the forecast beginning at 10:00 a.m. with daytime temperatures in the mid-20s.

Above: This late model sedan spun out on the north end of White Oak Run.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Drivers should exercise caution until becoming familiar with road conditions, especially after the first winter storm this year.

Above: This pickup travelling east on American Legion Highway spun out of control, driving across and off the road heading west.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

A third accident, a minor fender bender between two vehicles on Route 6 near Supreme Gas occurred around 11:30 a.m.

 

Thursday, January 5 - Westport State Representative Paul A. Schmid III after being sworn in Wednesday, January 4th for the start of the 190th Session of the Massachusetts General Court in Boston. Shown with Rep. Schmid is Representative Carole Fiola of the sixth district.

Get back to work guys and make Massachusetts great again!

 

Thursday, January 5 - Macy’s to close stores in Brockton, Taunton... but Dartmouth stays for now.

Macy’s stores anchoring malls in Brockton and Taunton are among 68  nationwide that are scheduled to go dark, eliminating about 160 jobs in the two struggling Southeastern Massachusetts cities.

Inset: Macy’s in Dartmouth. Photo | EverythingWestport.com

The closings are part of a major cost-cutting move announced in August by the nation’s largest department store chain. Twenty other Macy’s stores in Massachusetts will remain open. The only other New England location slated to be shuttered is in Bangor, Maine. More.

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 Our photo of the Week could also be our photo of the New Year as this young lady taking a leap of faith joins all of America taking a leap of faith with our newly elected federal government led by president-elect Donald J. Trump.

 

Monday, January 2, 2017 The family that plays together, plunges together! There was a swarm of polar and penguin plunges Sunday, and thousands took to the icy waters along the southcoast to bring in the New Year with a shockingly fresh perspective for 2017!

Back Eddy Polar Bear Plunge. The 18th rendition of the Back Eddy’s Polar Bear Plunge was a sellout with mild temperatures (41 degrees F) notwithstanding a severe wind chill from a brisk north wind (20 kt) that didn’t deter many from taking the leap of misguided faith into the Westport River (44 degree water temperature.)

And believe you me; they come from miles around to take the dare of the chilly dip for a breathtakingly tasty Back Eddy brunch.

 

Above: Is this kid cool or what?

Photos | EverythingWestport.com

 

Penguin Plunge at Children’s Beach. Since 1975 the Westport Penguin Plunge has sponsored a New Year’s Day swimming event in Westport Harbor. The noon-time “run and splash” was next to the town beach, next to the Westport Yacht Club, on the river side of Cherry and Webb Lane. The sound of a hunter’s horn launched the wave of hardy swimmers.

The young and not so young turned up to take a chilly dip down in Westport Harbor.

In......

 

....and out at Children’s Beach!

Photos | EverythingWestport.com

 

Originally organized by Jonathon Paull, Fred Johnson, and Jack Dolan, the New Year’s Day activity event has been an annual event ever since, raising money for charitable events.

More with video and photos later.

 

Friday, December 30 FOWL newsletter released. The Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) have released their first quarter 2017 newsletter.

Click here to read Fowl newsletter. Click here to read other local organizations newsletters.

 

Friday, December 30 New Animal Action Committee jumps into action, albeit with caution.

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – A new 12-member town committee has started meeting to discuss what steps the town might take to prevent reoccurrences of the animal abuse cases discovered at a tenant farm off American Legion Highway this summer. 

Selectman Shana Shufelt, elected as the chair of the new Animal Action Committee, said the group’s goal was “to identify whether Westport needs to implement changes” in current health regulations, local licenses and permits for keeping animals, and other bylaws dealing with agricultural operations involving livestock of all kinds.

 

“This is not a policy-making group, but an advisory committee that would be meeting regularly to develop recommendations for possible regulations and/or bylaws that could be implemented by other town boards and departments.” - Shana Shufelt

 

A total of 59 suggestions came from committee members and a crowded audience of animal advocates.

 

 

Thursday, December 29 Breaking News!  Westport Route 6 used auto sales outlet denied license renewal request. By an unanimous 5-0 vote, Westport selectmen Wednesday denied renewing F&R Auto Sales’ Class II license, citing numerous complaints and trial court proceedings against the embattled used car dealership at 1052 State Road.

Used car lots are required to renew annually their Class II auto sales licenses.

Select board chair R. Michael Sullivan introduced a long list of complaints made to the Office of Attorney General, compiled by Town Administrator Tim King, which included 113 complaints involving automobiles purchased from F&R, prompting Sullivan to say that F&R has amassed more complaints than all the other Westport used car lots combined.

Above: F&R Auto Sales’ owner Francis R. Correiro (left) was denied a renewal of his Class II license to sell used cars at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Despite a passionate and spirited defense of F&R’s most recent business practices by Fall River Attorney Thomas J. Hallal who claimed the used car lot has reformed over the last few months and deserves a chance, Selectmen didn’t buy it and reproved their bad employee practices with customers.

Selectwoman Shauna Shufelt pointed out that F&R didn’t have a repair license and questioned how repairs can be performed there without one.

F&R’s new business manager, Nelson Martinez (pictured right in above photo) since September claimed that he has shaped up the company and has had no complaints since his tenure began.

 

“F&R has amassed more complaints than all the other Westport used car lots combined.” - Selectman R. Michael Sullivan

 

F&R Auto Sales made international news with the now infamous “pizza delivery guy abuse” scandal that was captured on their security camera and covertly released to the public.

The video went viral on the internet.

Selectmen have not completely ruled out granting a conditional license in the future; they requested that the company come back before them with proof of successful handling of all complaints, and a current positive track record that might convince them to issue a temporary or short-term license, giving the town a chance to review progress at the used car lot.

That may be a tall order as the complaints stacked up against the used car lot are numerous: 59 consumers complained of vehicle defects that impaired their use and safety; 17 consumers complained of vehicles that failed state required inspections; 12 consumers complained that F&R failed to provide required documents; 17 consumers complained that F&R retained their vehicles for repair but that problems persisted; 15 consumers complained that F&R refused to repair defective or inoperable vehicles; and 6 consumers complained that the business put inspection stickers on their vehicles without their permission.”

The Westport Police Department conducted several inspections during 2015 and 2016 and reported violations on practices designed to protect consumers. Police also reported 26 complaint calls over the past year.

 

Related: WESTPORT - A used car dealership - which last year was the center of a firestorm when a video of an employee bullying a pizza delivery man went viral - is being sued by the state Attorney General's office for deceptive and misleading business practices after more than 100 complaints, court records show. Click here to read full article.

 

Thursday, December 29 Breaking News! Westport TA Tim King stays put. Tim King will be celebrating the New Year in his current job as the thoughtful and effective Westport town administrator.

King was a finalist but was not selected by Eastham to be their new town administrator; the search committe deciding instead to keep things local by voting 5-0 on Wednesday to promote assistant administrator Jacqeline Beebe, succeeding 25-year veteran Eastham town administrator, Sheila Vanderhoef.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Mr. King had wanted to move closer to his Harwich, Cape Cod home.

Westport Selectmen have said that they would like to extend King's contract beyond 2017, saying performance goals need to be negotiated.

Mr. King was hired in 2014 as Westport Town Administrator, replacing a retiring Jack Healey.

King’s 30 years’ experience includes his last job as Wellfleet’s town administrator; Wellfleet is a lower Cape Cod town.

The Eastham search committee has chosen two finalists out of a field of 20 for the town's top job: current Assistant Town Administrator Jacqueline Beebe and Westport Town Administrator Timothy King.

Administrator Sheila Vanderhoef will retire March 17, 2017 after 25 years of service, said Dave Schropfer, chairman of the search committee.

Click here for Eastham’s interviews of King and Beebe.

 

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.Ma062cc26d0201baebc92c738142526bdo0&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0Wednesday, December 28 Breaking News!  No retail pot just yet! Massachusetts State lawmakers voted today to delay the opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts by half a year — from January to summer 2018.

The extraordinary move, made in informal sessions with just a half-dozen legislators present, would unravel a significant part of the legalization measure passed by 1.8 million voters just last month. About 1.5 million people voted against it.

Click here to read the full story.

 

Wednesday, December 28 Major Loss of Westport Salt Marshes.

Reported by Molly Weiner, WFA summer intern.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association, the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center (MBL), and the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program partnered on a project over the course of the summer in 2016 to quantify salt marsh loss and identify any possible factors influencing the loss in the West Branch of the Westport River.

 

Above: The eroding marsh edge can be seen at Sanford Flat in the river’s West Branch. Photo | WFA

The water quality of both branches of the River suffers from nutrient over-enrichment from various sources including septic systems, agricultural runoff, storm water, and lawn fertilizer. The potential factors affecting salt marsh loss in the West Branch of the Westport River include sea-level rise, hurricanes and nor’easters, nitrogen, and herbivory. Coupling the use of historical aerial images of the area as well as field work allowed for an examination of what role each factor is playing.

More from the WFA newsletter.

 

Wednesday, December 28 Have tree, will travel? Hey all you https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.Ma2b84e26d53fc36d73d097697d831342o0&w=300&h=184&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 Westporters with real Christmas trees; when you’re through with those evergreen symbols of Christmas gone by, you can dispose of them at the Transfer/Recycling Center on Hixbridge Road during normal business hours, which for this week will be only Saturday, December 31st.

The center is closed New Year’s Day, but will reopen Monday, January 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Trees can be deposited in a special dumpster at no charge until the end of January.

 

Tuesday, December 27 Fallen branch shuts down road, local power. The Westport Highway Department responded to a large, fallen tree branch Tuesday on Old Harbor Road, and needed the help of police and an electric utility company to clear it.

“We couldn’t remove the branch until the power was shut off,” Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves said.

The branch was tangled up in the power lines, and presented a real danger to department workers who had to remove it to open a portion of Old Harbor Road.

Photo | Chris Gonsalves

 

Tuesday, December 27 Massachusetts minimum wage hike is, well, minimal!  Among other things, the new year will ring in a new minimum wage to Massachusetts.

It will be among the highest in the nation for the moment; minimum wage increases to $11 per hour on January 1, 2017.

But it will be quickly followed with steeper increases from Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Maine, Washington, New York, California and the District of Columbia, all with hourly wage rates rising anywhere from $12.50 to $15.00.

Not to be outdone, Raise Up Massachusetts, an alliance of labor unions, community organizations and religious groups plans to file a bill in January to gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15.

Ok, so what do we do with all the current, more skilled employees who earn the higher new wage rates now when they see entry level jobs get automatic raises to what they are now receiving?

It is hoped that the proponents of higher minimum wages have put some thought into the incoming administration’s plans to keep jobs from leaving America.

 

Sunday, December 25 School price tag reaches $95.2 million.

Westport boards say school is a go; now the MSBA and the town’s voters will have their say!

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – Unanimous votes from the School Building Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Westport School Committee on Dec. 21 endorsed the submission of a $95.2 million “preferred option” plan for a new co-located junior and senior high school off Old County Road to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for review and approval.

Coming with the state approval would be an expected commitment of an estimated $39.4 million in construction reimbursements for an 185,610 square foot joint middle school and high school built at the site of the closed Westport Middle School, contaminated with PCB materials.  

with photos and architectural plans.

 

 

Friday, December 23 - Expertise sought before Westport health agent role filled. Selectmen are proceeding with caution before filling the next senior health agent position.

The board has delayed finalizing the job description, and Selectman Antone Vieira Jr. advised forming an ad hoc committee and calling on health professionals within the community to help selectmen formalize a job description. Selectmen cautioned against "business as usual," after they recently cut ties with longtime Senior Health Agent James Walsh.

 

Editor’s note. Westport Selectmen will meet Wednesday, December 28th to review and discuss the posting of the Sr. Health Agent position to replace James Walsh after he resigned several weeks ago.

 

Thursday, December 22 – Westport Board of Health members followed up yesterday with a successful inspection of the American Legion Highway tenant farm after a previous effort last Thursday was blocked by lock and key.

BOH members John Colletti, Karl Santos and board chairman Bill Harkins were joined by Paul Halfmann of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Fall River Attorney Karen Benson with client Richard Medeiros, and a representative of Thor Technologies, an extermination company, made a scheduled 10:00 a.m. inspection of the site described by the media as the worst animal abuse case ever in the northeast.

The group was able to inspect all the lots and will provide a report to Selectmen next week.

Above: Condemned structures at the tenant farm. Police Photo

A previous public health visit last Thursday by the board, also attended by Town Administrator Tim King and Animal Control Office/Animal Inspector Donna Lambert, was intended to confirm compliance with removing condemned buildings and ramshackle structures, clean up the accumulated filth and debris, check for any remaining animals on-site, and verify the results of a recent rat extermination effort.

Unable to gain access to many gated and locked lots, King and Lambert left in frustration when their request to cut the locks was denied by Attorney Benson citing those tenants still had active leases and the court had granted short stays to several tenants to comply with the BC Superior Court injunction granting town officials full access to the property.

Above: Last week’s inspection found evidence of fresh rat feces and some dead rats according to BOH members. Police photo

Reports of animals residing on the lots were greatly exaggerated as only a cat and duck were still on-site.

The cat was removed.

 

Thursday, December 22 – Fall River man goes on wild and whacky crime spree.

The partially-masked thief was foiled in a failed armed robbery attempt at Westport Apothecary.

Tuesday, December 13th was not one of Justin Tunney-Lassiter’s better days.t15

In fact it couldn’t have been any worse.

After fleeing the Dartmouth Target store in an alleged shoplifting incident, the Fall River man attempted to evade a mid-day police chase that started at Faunce Corner Road, and ended up in the Dartmouth Mall parking lot where pursuing police broke off the chase after the 29-year-old Tunny-Lassiter struck several cars and ran down a pedestrian while driving a stolen 2010 Dodge Caliber.

But the man on the run wasn’t done yet. In fact he was just getting started, adding more felony acts to his resume.

 

 

Thursday, December 22 – Westport Jr/Sr High School architectural plans a go!

And they’re going to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their review and anticipative approval.

Wednesday night, after a report from the school’s project manager and architect, the School Building Committee, School Committee and the Board of Selectmen all voted unanimously to send the project’s plans to Boston.

At stake is millions of dollars of state reimbursement (projected at $39 million) of the total cost of demolition and construction ($95 million.)

 

Click here to review latest OPM Monthly Project Report

for all the details. PDF

 

The new Old County Road school building would add $528 to the yearly tax burden of an average $400,000 Westport property over a period of 20 years; $468 for a period of 25 years, $440 for 30 years.

The school project has been amorphous from the start, shaping and reshaping architectural plans to reduce cost without losing basic functionality.

Above: After a 90 minute meeting all boards voted unanimously to approve the plans for transmission to the Mass School Building Committee.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

Wednesday, December 21 - Rochester road crews finish paving the Charlotte White and Main Road intersection today; Main Road in front of the Jr./Sr. High School and Old County Road are next up and last up for the year, says that master purveyor of all things pavement, Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves.

“Work should be completed today,” Gonsalves said. “If not, then by tomorrow morning.”

The $900,000 plus in Chapter 90 state money allocated to Westport this year went to good use as road resurfacing long overdue now gets its due, and despite the slight inconvenience to daily commuters, most Westporters are grateful. 

 

Sunday, December 18 Surfs up! The Dark Knight takes on Mr. Freeze as East Beach is battered with high winds and an even higher storm surge, creating ideal surfing conditions not to be ignored.

This guy seems to be in the groove as he’s hangin’ five down by the Life Saving Station!

Photo | EverthingWestport.com

There is a gale warning in effect until 5:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Seas in Buzzards Bay are 9-12 feet, ideal for surfing but a real threat to small craft and coastal erosion.

East Beach is getting whacked, but seems to be holding its own.

This afternoon expect SW winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Tonight NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt... becoming N 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt after midnight. Seas 6 to 9 ft. a chance of rain.

Radical temperature swings from a low of 6 degrees yesterday morning to 55 degrees today, and plunging to a high of 29 degrees tomorrow.

The weather should make up its mind already!

Above: This seagull seems nonplused as waves pummel his perch Sunday morning. Photo EverythingWestport.com

Cobble was unceremoniously dumped by heavy wave action over East Beach Road, but otherwise very little erosion thanks to the Highway Department’s efforts to protect the new asphalt surface.

Below: The road direction sign has it just about right as motorists

were forced to weave around the heavy cobble on East Beach Road.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Click here to watch video of winter storm creating Havoc on East Beach Road.

 

 

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Postponed. New headquarters at the Westport River’s headwaters.

WRWA to hold public meeting to promote new Head Landing headquarters on Thursday, February 8th.

 

WRWA offers $1000 scholarship.

Applications Due Saturday, April 1st.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors in the Westport River watershed: Fall River, Dartmouth, Freetown, Westport, Little Compton, and Tiverton.  The award was made possible by the generosity of the late Margot C. Boote, and by Bill Heath in memory of his parents Ruth and Bill Heath. Follow this link for application information:

Merit Application.

 

Today! Public meeting to provide information on Tiverton casino on Tuesday, February 21st.

Interested Westport residents should attend this highly informational meeting for the Tiverton Twin Rivers Casino application beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Tiverton High School Auditorium, 100 N Brayton Road, Tiverton.

Click here to review casino architectural schematics and site plans in Master Plan Application.

Because of its proximity to Westport’s western town line, the impending casino will have a profound effect on traffic, local employment opportunities, and potential unlawful activity that seems to follow casino development.

Click on image to enlarge.

 

Thursday. Creative Community For Teens: Create A Vision Board on Thursday, February 23rd.

Come to an open house during the President’s week vacation. From 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Sister’s of Solace, 700 American Legion Hwy, Westport.

Parents and teens are invited to learn more about a creative after school program with Alexandria Mauck as program director. Call Alexandria to reserve your spot. 508.415.1472

Click here for all the details.

 

Thursday. Wild Winter Lecture Series: The Global Carbon Budget on Thursday, February 23rd.

Join Westport Land Conservation Trust and U.S. Geological Survey Research Geologist, Erik T. Sundquist, for the third installment in our annual Wild Winter Lecture Series at the Westport Free Public Library (408 Old County Road). How are modern scientists tackling the problem of never-before-seen levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Learn about efforts to mediate atmospheric carbon dioxide through research on carbon sequestration. The lecture will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact Brendan@WestportLandTrust.org. 508.636.9228 

 

Saturday! Oars & Paddles at The Shattuck from Saturday, February 25th to Saturday, March 4th.

  Please join the Westport River
Watershed Alliance for their fourth annual Winter Art Show and auction.

This year, their contributing artists decided to try something new: Instead of painting and decorating lobster buoys, they transformed old oars and paddles into works of art. Over 40 old oars were donated.
Click here to watch YouTube video.

This event is a fun distraction from the winter doldrums, and also an important fundraiser for WRWA.  The silent auction will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., with the reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  

Show hours:

Saturday, Feb 25 noon - 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb 26 noon - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1 noon - 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 2 noon - 4 p.m.

Friday, March 3 noon - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 11 am - 7 p.m.
Silent Auction all day until 6:30 p.m.

Reception 5 - 7 p.m.

 

The Dedee Shattuck Gallery
1 Partners Lane, Westport

 

Sunday. Concerts at the Point to Feature the Claremont Trio on Sunday, February 26th.

Concerts at the Point will present the Claremont Trio in a program featuring piano trios of Beethoven, Smetana and contemporary American composer Sean Shepherd, three true masters of the form, at 3:00 p.m. at the Westport Point United Methodist Church.

Click here for all the information on this event. Click here to review their program schedule for 2017. PDF

 

Paul Cuffe’s Friends And Family with Speaker, Richard Gifford at Russells Mills Schoolhouse on Sunday, February 26th.

1205 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. This program explores the fascinating connections between Paul Cuffe and a wider network of friends and family in our area and beyond.

Hosted by Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society. Among his friends were Sylvester Gifford, the white master of Cuffe’s most famous ship, The Traveller; William Rotch; and Absalom Boston, Nantucket’s first black whaling captain. His family network included leading abolitionists, whaling captains, authors, and daguerreotypists.
Thanks to the Dartmouth Cultural Council for their support of DHAS programming.

 

Westport Historical Society
Winter History Forum presents ‘A Westport Whaleman goes Slaving’ on Friday, March 3rd.


10:30 a.m. at the Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport. Presented by Tony Connors
Westport native Edward Davoll learned whaling at 18, made captain by 25, and appeared to be on his way to a successful career. But some bad luck and a downturn in the whaling industry in the 1850s, coupled with his disillusionment with life at sea, led him to engage in the illegal slave trade in 1860. This presentation describes the peculiar connection between whaling and the slave trade, and offers some explanation for the existence of slave trading in southeastern New England, an area known for anti-slavery sentiment. Suggested donation $5. For more information: 508.636.6011 or visit www.wpthistory.org
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Succulent Garden Workshop at Partners Village Store on Saturday, March 11th.

From 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Join local flower farmer Phoebe Poole from Weatherlow Florals for a workshop all about growing and designing with succulents. Plan and plant your own terrarium with different varieties of echeveria, sempervivum, sedum, sedeveria, and more.

Learn the attributes of each variety, how to care for them, and how to propagate new plants from your current succulent collection. Gain some tips for using these charming, sculptural plants in floral design including flower crowns, bouquets, and even wreaths.

$35.00 - All Materials Included. Call Partners for reservations at 508.636.2572.

Partners Village Store, 865 Main Road, Westport

 

WHS offering Betty F. Slade Scholarship

The Westport Historical Society is offering one $500 scholarship to a graduating Westport high school senior.  This award was established in honor of Betty F. Slade whose research and preservation activities have greatly benefited the town of Westport. The scholarship is offered as a one-time award only.

The applicant must live in Westport. Applications must be received by April 1st.

Download application here.

A committee of three Westport Historical Society members shall be appointed annually to review applications.

Click here for all the details.

 

Country Travelers announces their 2017 Schedule.

April 5th – 7th: Turning Stone Resort Casino/Bingo, Verona, NY. 3 days/2 nights.

 Day 1: $40 coin play or $30 Bingo dollars & $10 Bingo match, and $15 food coupon.

 Day 2: $40 coin play or $30 Bingo dollars & $10 Bingo match, and breakfast buffet.

Day 3: $25 coin play or $20 Bingo dollars & breakfast buffet (all bonuses subject to change.)

2nd day an excursion within area with lunch on your own for anyone interested.

$279 pp double; $379 single; $254 triple – full payment due no later than March 1, 2017.

Click here to view all their scheduled 2017 events.

 

WFA to develop summer exhibit on local shipwrecks.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is researching and developing an exhibit on the history of shipwrecks of the Westport coast for display this upcoming summer.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Above: “Fishermans Dream” hung up on Half Mile Rock June 31, 2005.

There are plenty of stories to tell, from the “Polly,” built in Westport in 1790 and wrecked the very same year on Gooseberry Island, to the “Angela” cement barge hat foundered on Old Cock Rock in 1971.

If you have any relevant information, photos, or artifacts from local shipwrecks, or if you are interested in volunteering with this project, please contact wfa@westportriver.org or call 774.264.9200.

 

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Sunday, December 18 - The Westport Citizens Betterment Committee has announced the recipients of its annual grants in memory of the late selectman Ronald Desrosiers. They are Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert, Westport Highway Department, Westport River Watershed Alliance, and BOS secretary Denise Bouchard.

Lambert gets for the fourth year in a row $1000 to help her reduce feral and community cats through a trap-neuter-release program. The grant will also help her buy six more transfer cages.

Above: Westport’s animal control officer, Donna Lambert (right), conducts her first rabies clinic in 2012. Since then she has made significant contributions in feral cat control.

The Highway Surveyor for the second year gets a $1000 grant to purchase advanced warning signs to replace worn out, stolen or missing ones.

The Ronald Desrosiers Memorial Fund was established with donations made in memory of the late selectman who passed away in 1989, said his widow, Shirley Desrosiers. The only condition of the grant applications is that the requested funds be used to benefit the town and its residents in some concrete way.

Also receiving $500 was the Westport River Watershed Alliance to help expand garden activities at the Macomber School due to recent blacktop construction next to the gardens.

Lastly, in an uncommon request, Board of Selectmen secretary Denise Bouchard received $400 for a second flagpole at Town Hall that would fly a flag at half-staff in honor of deceased town employees or town officials.

Flags can only be flown at half-staff (mast) after the deaths of dignitaries designated in the U.S. flag code and the deaths of members of the armed forces or other important officials by presidential or gubernatorial decree.

In recent years, the committee has also given money for a wheelchair for handicapped people to use on the beach, a weathervane on top of Town Hall, Westport River Gardeners to provide large plantings at the new fire station, and a garden for scattering ashes at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Charitable contributions to the fund are most welcome, and can be made by contacting the Selectmen’s office at 508.636.1004 or by calling Charlene Wood at 508.636.2075.

 

 

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Upcoming holidays and observances:

February 2017 Monthly Observances

Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

 American Heart Month

 Bake for Family Fun Month

Cricket World Cup

Dog Training Education Month

Grapefruit Month

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Card Reading Day

 International Mother Language Day

National Sticky Bun Day

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Today’s Significant Events in History

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1173 Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

1431 Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy

1613 Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov

1916 World War I: Battle of Verdun begins, leads to an estimated 1 million casualties

1922 Great Britain grants Egypt independence

1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule

 

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The Handy House opens for the Season on Saturday June 11, 2016

Throughout the summer Handy House will open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month June - October from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Westport Historical Society presents an exhibition – Room to Learn: Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouses. Exhibition is ongoing: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bell School, 25 Drift Road, Westport.

 

Contact The Westport Historical Society at 508.636.6011 and ask for Jenny. Email: westporthistory@westporthistory.net. Visit their website.

 

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Happening Today in and around Westport!

Today’s events, listed below, you don’t want to miss! Scroll down to view them all.

 

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Monday, February 20

 

Monday, February 20 - LC Strippers Quilting Club from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton.

Sewers and want to be sewers to make colorful quilts to give to folks who need a warm hug. Instruction will be provided by Marty Fisher; donations of cotton fabric are welcome.

What could be more fun and rewarding than to sew a brightly colored quilt for someone in need?

Space is limited.  To register or for more information, call Marsha at 401.592.0400 or email

office@littlecomptonwellnesscenter.org.

Click here for their full, fall program schedule and summary.

For more information call 401.592.0400.

 

Monday, February 20 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 a.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.

 

Monday, February 20 – Store open Mondays and Saturdays. Revival Thrift Store, 500 American Legion Highway (Route 177) is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. New items are added every day.

 

Monday, February 29 - Quilting and Knitting each week at Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. They are offering weekly quilting each Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and knitting each Thursday beginning at 1:00 p.m. Learn to knit quilt with others at the senior center each week for charity. For more information please call for more information please call 401.625.6790 or visit their website.

 

Monday, February 20 - Monday Drawing Classes offered every week by Westport Art Group.

Drop into the Westport Art Group's Monday morning Drawing Class held every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All skill levels are welcome and the first class is free!

With instructor Robert Abele, you'll focus on basic drawing elements of line, texture, shading, and composition. Learn a variety of techniques while exploring different media including leads, kneaded erasers, conté crayons, and colored pencils. Please see www.WestportArtGroup.com  or email info@westportartgroup.com for location and details.

 

Strength Training every Monday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Fee is $5, and everyone is welcome. 9:00 - 10 a.m.

Click here for their monthly calendar.

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For more information call or click Sally at 401.635.2400 or email: sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Kundalini Yoga at Sandywoods! Taught by Yogi Bhajan, class is offered at Sandywoods, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton (yellow building).

Monday's from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Fee is $10.00 per class. Drop-ins are welcome.
For more information contact Sam at
sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com.

 

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.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 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.

 

Ocean State Bridge Club meets each Monday and Friday at 12:00 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Call or click if you need a partner: (401) 862-2131 or Director@OceanStateBridgeClub.com  Cost is $7 per session. A free lunch is served once a month by Sakonnet Bay Manor.  www.oceanstatebridgeclub.com.

 

Weekly adult knitting group at the Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Weekly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. All levels welcome, and open to all.

Visit their website:  http://www.brownell-libraryri.org.

 

Monday, February 20 Kripalu Yoga at the Grange with Karen Holiday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Pay by the month - $30 minimum; any additional classes are $15. Classes must be attended within the month. Drop ins are welcome at $18 per class.

Classes also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  For more information call 774.644.9977 or visit: www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Monday, February 20 - Zumba with Serena at Sandywoods Center for the Arts building, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. $7 per person. Every Monday. More info at 508.725.1897.

 

Monday, February 20 - Country Line Dance Lessons at St. John’s Athletic Club, 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $10 per person. Call 774.202.5543 for more information. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit their website For all the details.

Click here for their calendar of all their dances and venues.

 

Monday, February 20 - Adult dance lessons on Mondays and Thursdays. Beginner country line and couples dance lessons are offered at Countryview Estates Community Center, 213 Hurst Lane, Tiverton. Its 95 percent country with a little non-country added in for fun.

Line dance lessons are from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. followed by couples’s lessons from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per class. For more information or questions please call JoAnn at 774.202.5543 or email: gtcdancers@yahoo.com.

 

New Bedford Chess Club meets class-reunion.jpg - 35430 Bytesevery Monday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Market Basket Food Court, 122 Sawyer Street, New Bedford. Please bring your chess set and chess clock, if you have one. The event is informal, free and open to all. Free lessons available.
(Not affiliated with Market Basket.)

 

Al-Anon Meeting from every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. Get Directions.
The meeting is free and open to all.

Al-Anon There is Hope one hour meeting.

For more information please call or click 401.855.6009 or email: lin2169@­cox.­net.

 

ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 4 S of Commons Road, Little Compton.
$10.00 per person and teens to seniors all are welcome.

Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: maryderby@­aol.­com.

 

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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.

Is your property safe? Click here to get all the details and state requirements for all age homes. Do it now!  PDF Large file, Please be patient.

 

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   Coyote

10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport. Click here to learn how.  PDF

 

 

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  Announcements 

COA Evergreen Newsletter – January/February, 2017

 

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View the Evergreen’s July schedule and get the hourly timetable of COA weekly events.

 

Westport Council of Aging has a new video! Click here to see it now.

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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.

Read the full story with photos now!

 

 

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New England Wings - Custom Aerial Photography

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Baker’s Beach and Westport Point.

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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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