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September 02, 2014
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New video 09/01/2014 View video of the tenth Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market
with the Spindle Rock River Rats!
08/17/2014 View video of the 11th Allens Pond Sanctuary’s Duck
08/12/2014 View video of the Inaugural 2014 5K Mud Run Samurai Sprint at Westport Rivers
Vineyard and Winery.
08/11/2014 Check out the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s annual Summer Gala.
08/03/2014 View video of The Shattuck’s August exhibition featuring Jamie Young and Bryan
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this day in history 69 years ago Japan formally signed the document of
surrender aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.
On the 6th and 9th of August 1945, the
United States dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 9th,
the Soviet Union declared war on Japan.
However, there is some confusion as to when
V-J Day is celebrated. Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945. On September
2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS
Missouri. At the time, President Truman declared September 2nd to be VJ Day
But due to political pressures and
international trade considerations, Rhode Island is now the only state to formally
celebrate the holiday. Click here to learn more about other events on This day In History.
– The last survivor of the Hindenburg
disaster died last month. He was 92. On May 6, 1937,
the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames while attempting to land at
Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Werner Franz, a
14-year-old cabin boy at the time, survived the crash by jumping out of the
falling airship just before it hit the ground.
But did you
know that the survivors of that disaster far outnumbered the victims.
Anyone who has seen the graphic newsreel video of the Hindenburg plunging to earth in flames may be amazed
to know that of the 97 passengers and crew on board, 62 survived. The
disaster’s 36 deaths included 13 passengers, 22 crewmembers and one worker
on the ground. Many survivors jumped out of the zeppelin’s windows and ran
away as fast as they could.
The Hindenburg designer, Hugo Eckener, was pressured by the Nazis to name the air
ship after Adolf Hitler. No fan of the Third Reich, Eckener
named the airship for the late German president Paul von Hindenburg and
refused Goebbels’ request to name it after Hitler. The Führer, never
enthralled by the great airships in the first place, was ultimately glad
that the zeppelin that crashed in a fireball didn’t bear his name. – History in the Headlines
at the Point” will launch its 18th season this fall, with the return of the Muir String
Quartet on Sunday, September 21st.
Now in their 36th season, the Muir has
long been acknowledged as one of the world's most powerful and insightful
ensembles. They will present Wolf - Italian Serenade in G; Janacek -
Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters;" and Dvorak Quartet in C Major,
Concerts are held on Sundays at 3 p.m. at
the Westport Point United Methodist
Church, 1912 Main Road, Westport Point, MA. The church has wonderful
acoustics and is a great venue for both performers and listeners.
Open seating, doors open at 2:15 p.m.
Tickets $25, $10 for students. To send in
ticket order, consult www.concertsatthepoint.org to print out an order form to send
in with your check; tickets will be forwarded by return mail. Call 508.636.0698
to reserve tickets, which may be picked up and paid for at the door on the
day of the concert. We take cash or personal checks only at the door.
– The Galley
Grille at White's of Westport has reopened
after extensive renovations closed the popular State Road eatery since July
restaurant brings a new and improved dining experience.
They are open daily for lunch and dinner,
but unfortunately they are closed this Labor day.
specials, Wednesday trivia night, and Prime Rib nights were available
during the renovations.
Follow them on Facebook or visit www.galleygrille.com.
Urgent Care Center to open in Wareham on September 2nd. New center offers walk-in visits for the
public 7 days a week without an appointment.
Southcoast Health Urgent Care provides patients
with convenient, quick treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, on their
schedule, without waiting for an appointment.
ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new
Health Urgent Care Center in Wareham.
Urgent Care Center at Wareham Crossing will provide Wareham and the
surrounding communities with a new, convenient way to access the high
quality care that we at Southcoast are proud to
deliver," said Keith A. Hovan, President and
CEO of Southcoast Health. "With an expanding
roster of skilled physicians and other medical professionals, under the
fine direction of Dr. Pamela L. Spatz,
"From our experience in Fairhaven, where
last August we cut the ribbon on Southcoast’s
first Urgent Care Center, we know there is a need for immediate,
high-quality care when patients have not-quite-an-emergency, and a primary
care doctor is not available," said Pamela L. Spatz,
MD, Medical Director, Southcoast Health Urgent
humane side of the Beach Avenue controversy has largely been overlooked, according to
Westport’s Commission on Disability.
The bickering over Beach Avenue pushes to
the side the real opportunity Westport has in giving the town’s seniors and
persons with handicaps access to coastal area most would consider to be the
jewel in the crown of Westport beaches.
John Pelletier, a Tickle Road resident,
and George Norton, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran amputee and Director of
the New England Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, visited the Knubble Friday to witness the installation of the new
handicapped parking signage installed by the town’s Highway Department.
The handicapped parking spaces now give
persons with disabilities easy access to the prettiest beachfront spot on
“We’ll be down here a lot,” said
Pelletier who was accompanied by wife Mary.
Pelletier, a Commission on Disability
member, was injured in a hunting accident 10 years ago.
Above, from the left: John
Pelletier, Mary Pelletier, George Norton, and Jeff Bull of Westport’s Beach
Committee. Bull demonstrated the principle of using Mobi-Mats
(simulated with plasticor corrugated board) that
will easily allow wheelchair access to the Knubble’s
The State’s Department of Environmental
Protection issued a “cease and desist order” last week against any further
maintenance to Beach Avenue - work the Highway Department was doing to
improve the stability of the handicapped parking spaces at the Knubble.
More with photos...
08/27/2014 – The Shattuck opens Artwork by Richard Whitten and Emi Ozawa. Whitten paints illusions of
space so effectively they appear as though they are alternate realities.
Emi Ozawa’s impeccably
constructed painted wood works (right) are beautiful and curiously playful.
more with photos.
The exhibit opens on Wednesday,
August 27th and closes on Sunday, September 28th, with the artists’
reception on Saturday, September 6th from 5-7 p.m.
08/27/2014 – Photo of the Week. Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves and department employee Tony
Medeiros screed the finishing touches on the poured concrete platform that
will support the polished granite stone and monument makers for the 9-11
steel memorial at the Hixsbridge Fire Station.
Donations are paying the cost
of WTC memorial.
here to read about the arrival of
the steel I-beam relic.
View this hi-res photo and others
in our Photo of the Week album.
08/27/2014 – Breaking rock at the town yard. Haunting memories of 1800’s
chain gangs come to mind as Westport’s Highway Department starts breaking
down a mountain of stone rubble, road sweepings and construction debris
that has built up over the years at the town yard.
And not a single shovel,
pickaxe, sledgehammer or wheelbarrow is being used.
And inmates are out of the
A.J. Potter’s mobile crushing
division has been called in to attack the mountain with earth movers, rock
crushers and conveyor systems, and break down 1000 cubic yards of debris
into loom, pea stone and gravel, suitable for future road construction and
repair, stormwater runoff, and other landscaping
“We’re saving thousands of
dollars by not having to buy this material,” Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves said. “And we need to recycle this rubble for
the space it takes up.”
08/26/2014 –Westport Selectmen recognize Richard Lafrance and the
Hampton Inn’s 25th anniversary.
The town’s largest employer,
Lafrance Hospital Group has “contributed millions in payroll taxes, meals
and hospitality taxes, as well as benevolent and charitable support that
have greatly benefitted Westport and its residents,” select board Chairman Antone Vieira said during the presentation. Story will
be updated later.
Above: from the left, Selectmen Steven Ouellette, Vice
Chairman Richard Spirlet, Richard Lafrance, Chairman Antone
Vieira, and R. Michael Sullivan. Town Administrator Tim King (right) looks
08/25/2014 – Happy 25th Hampton! On Monday, August 18th
Lafrance Hospitality Company and Hampton Inn Fall River/Westport celebrated
the hotel's 25th anniversary with food, fun, and friends. Past and current
employees were honored for their dedication to the success of the hotel,
including a General Manager and two housekeepers who have been with the
hotel since day 1.
It's estimated that the two
housekeepers have changed nearly 170,000 beds each during their tenure with the company!
CEO Richard Lafrance thanked
everyone who stopped by to celebrate with them.
Select board Chairman, Tony
Vieira and Vice Chairman Richard Spirlet were on hand to congratulate
Richard and his family’s milestone, and will recognize Lafrance at
tonight’s Selectmen’s meeting.
here to view 18 photos.
08/25/2014 – Baseball hats off to Westport’s 1964
Little League state champions! And speaking of
anniversary’s and citations, Selectmen at their last meeting feted several
members of the town’s 1964 Little league tournament team on their winning
season’s 50th anniversary.
Above: select board chair Tony Vieira reminisces with Tom
Hancock (far left) and members of the 1964 state tournament team.
Half a century ago, 15 all-stars
from Westport’s inaugural, official Little League season took on all comers
to win the state championship.
Westport resident Tom
Hancock, choking up at times, relived the memories of that Cinderella
season. More with photos.
08/24/2014 – The Westport Farmer’s Market will
continue for six more weeks!
But the all-volunteer Youth
Corps crew’s tenure is done.
They will be missed.
“Sad to say that the summer
season is flying by, and is ending for the Youth Corps team. Some of the
crew are heading off to college next week, and
others will be returning to high school,” Farm Manager Steve Connors said.
View video of the tenth Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market
with the Spindle Rock River Rats!
View video of a day in July, 2014
at the Westport Town Farm Farmer’s
Market with Alpaca shearing demonstration and Dan the Pickle Man!
“The volunteers may be gone
but don’t forget the Farmers Market; every week there is something new and
different. And all the summer fruits and vegetables are abundant now,”
“It has been a great season
and we’ll miss the daily routine of work in the gardens at Town Farm and
Cornell. A few of the locals will be
returning occasionally to help out at our events and the remaining Farmers
Markets,” Connors said.
Above: Youth Corp members have been a huge help at the
Westport Town Farm’s farmer’s market, directing traffic, working in the
gardens, and tending and harvesting the vegetables with deliveries to the
Westport Food Pantry. Submitted photo.
Above: Scott Peets of Dartmouth is new to the Farmers
Market providing farm fresh eggs. “One day it hit me, I wanted to start a
farm. Here we are on our journey to providing quality nutrient dense food
in a sustainable manner to our local community,” Peets said. photo/EverythingWestport.com
Farmers Market at the Town
Farm – every Saturday from, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 830 Drift Road,
Westport. Call 508.636.4693 x103 for more information and events schedule.
08/24/2014 – SouthCoast Arts and Cultural Community to get boost
from State Grants.
Westport Cultural Council
will pocket a ‘local cultural council program allocation’ of $4,300;
Westport River Watershed Alliance recipient of a $5,800 ‘direct grant.’
legislative delegation announced today that the Massachusetts Cultural Council
(MCC) has awarded grants totaling $97,530 to cultural organizations and
local cultural councils in Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester,
Somerset, Swansea, and Westport.
"The MCC does a great
job promoting arts and culture throughout Massachusetts and the SouthCoast. The arts are an integral part of the
overall economy as well as the quality of life for our residents. I'm happy
to support and thanks to the MCC," Westport State Representative Paul
Schmid said when announcing the grants. More.
08/23/2014 – Reward of up to $5000 offered for return
of stolen Westport art. A thief broke into a
Westport restaurant on Friday, August 15th, and made off with eleven art
pieces valued at more than $15,000.
Westport police announced the
The artwork, sailors’
valentines created by local artisan Barbara Chadwick, was on display on the
walls of Marguerite’s Restaurant at 778 Main Road in Westport.
Apparently the thief or
thieves weren’t hungry as they took nothing else.
Police are seeking any
information possible about the crime or the location of the stolen art
Local artisan, Barbara
Chadwick, has been creating the valentines for years, and has appeared in
many art exhibition and sales events in the local area.
Above: Local artisan Barbara Chadwick during a SouthCoast Artists Tour demonstrating how to create a
sailors’ valentine. Chadwick said
she had hoped it was a joke when Marguerites' owner called to tell her of
Sailors' valentines were made
in Barbados between 1830 and 1880 by the natives and sold to English and
American sailors. This was a port of call for the ships coming home. The
sailors bought these souvenirs as tokens of love to their wives or
Her collection was being
displayed at the restaurant and was the subject of a recent article in a
New Bedford paper.
The Chadwick family has
offered a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and
conviction of the suspect(s).
Westport Detective Ryan Nickelson said he believes the thieves are hoping to
sell the artwork, passing the valentines off as antiques.
Anyone with information is
asked to contact Westport Police at 508.636.1122 or Detective Ryan Nickelson at 774.264.5174 who is leading the
The 84-year-old Chadwick said
she started making the valentines as a hobby.
“Each piece takes more than
100 hours to create,” she said.
"We are hoping that if
we get the information out there, dealers will know what they are looking
at and will give us the information we need to get them back to their
owner," Detective Nickelson said.
08/23/2014 – Men are from Mars and Women are from
Venus... at least that’s what we’ve
been told most of our lives.
But do you know the top ten
things that make men and women more confident?
This surprising survey
revealed some things we already knew, and definitely some things we didn’t!
For example, the number one
confidence builder for men was, get this, a sunny day (for women this was
And for women...a great new
haircut; for men number 2 was a fresh shave.
Number 10 on the list for men
(for women this was 12) was... asking someone on a date, and getting an
immediate and enthusiastic “yes”.
A sunny day over a hot date?
Well, that’s what the survey
here for all ten.
08/22/2014 – Westport Board of Health
issues EEE Virus warning.
in Westport by the Massachusetts Arbovirus
Surveillance program has found a positive mosquito result for the EEE
Testing in Westport by the Massachusetts Arbovirus Surveillance program has found a positive
mosquito result for the EEE Virus. The mosquito species found is Culiseta melanura which feeds
almost exclusively on birds.
Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health (MDPH) recommend that you take steps this
mosquito season to protect your animals and yourself from West Nile Virus
(WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Read more....
08/22/2014 – Westport Harbor gets a striping! Harbor residents woke up
this morning to the welcome sight of painted lines clearly marking the
center and sides of most of the roads in the Harbor area.
It was a long time in the coming.
Systems out of Rockland, MA did a
professional job of laying down road travel lanes and fog lines last night
between 8:00 p.m. and midnight.
Above: Atlantic Avenue looking east at the Elephant Rock Beach Club is
clearly marker, allowing nighttime motorists better visibility of the
roadway on those misty, foggy nights so prevalent at the Harbor.
“We previously used our frontend loader to
remove the sand from the sides of Atlantic Avenue,” said Highway Surveyor,
Chris Gonsalves. “Our new street sweeper then
quickly cleaned off the pavement, clearing the way for Hi-Way Safety to
paint the lines on Atlantic as well as Old Harbor Road, River Road, Acoaxet
and Howland Roads and some side streets like Prospect Avenue and Cross
Road,” Gonsalves said.
“The residents had been requesting this for some
time, but we had to wait for the new sweeper and money from the WRRP to
move forward with the striping.”
The Massachusetts 2014 Pothole and
Winter Rapid Recovery Program helped support and
accelerate the repair of potholes and other damage caused by the severe
The roads were painted with a water-based latex
paint, a product that should last “three to five years, depending on the
asphalt surfaces,” Gonsalves said.
08/21/2014 – It is National Senior Citizen’s Day. So, hug a senior today!
It shouldn’t be hard to find
30% of Westport’s population
is aged 55 or older.
Westport seniors have raised
their children, supported our schools and paid their taxes.
And many seniors are the
heart of the town’s volunteerism efforts.
The Westport Council on Aging
celebrated seniors at their annual Magnolia Night on Tuesday, August 12th.
Above: Westport seniors enjoyed fast food and even faster
cars at the annual Magnolia Day family picnic event at the Westport Council
on Aging, 75 Reed Road. The event features the Cajun band ‘Magnolia.’
Some people celebrate Senior
Citizens Day on August 14th as it was the day past US president Franklin
Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988 Ronald
Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared August 21st to be
National Senior Citizens Day.
This observance was
established in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive
contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring
awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior
Top: Magnolia Night had more classic cars in attendance
than any other previous year. Bottom: guests kicked up their
heels to the searing tunes of the Cajun band “Magnolia.”
08/19/2014 – Westport takes hit in unemployment numbers, according to the
figures released today by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Westport's rate moved from
6.6 percent in June to 7.2 percent in July.
But we are not alone.
According to the press
release, Fall River's unemployment increased from 9.3 percent in June to
10.1 percent in July; Freetown's rate went from 5.8 percent in June to 6.8
percent; Somerset's rate increased from 6.3 percent to 7.7 percent; and
Swansea's rate went from 6.8 percent to 7.6 percent.
Other cities in the region
did just as poorly with New Bedford coming in at 10.5 percent in July
following a 10 percent rate in June, and Taunton’s rate moved to 7 percent
after posting a 6.3 percent rate in June.
08/17/2014 – It doesn’t take a special day to
appreciate a Veteran. But it sure
goes a long when you do.
VFW Post #
8502, 843 State Road was the site of a family day event Saturday to thank
all Veterans for their service, celebrate with them a family day of fun and
comradery, and to remind them they are not forgotten.
entertainment was unbelievably talented, the food was delicious, and all
the volunteers in booths, parking lot and elsewhere were extremely hard
working and helpful to guests,” Captain Daryl Gonyon,
USAF Ret. Vietnam veteran said.
08/16/2014 – Linda Crossley’s duck, Linny Cakes,
takes the 11th Running of the Ducks at South Dartmouth’s Barney’s Joy.
Allens Pond Sanctuary really should
give a consolation prize for the most curious name these duck handlers give
The Fall River resident now
has two difficult decisions to make; where in the world she will have
dinner for two, and more importantly, who with!
The Grand Prize winner won
dinner for two, anywhere in the world, including transportation and
two-nights lodging when her duck, Linny Cakes, stayed the course,
holding back a field of 5778 bright yellow rubber ducks to take top honors.
Above: The quirky quackers break
from the gate in the 11th running of Allens Pond
At exactly 10:36 a.m. duck
number 4897 now known to be Linny Cakes, crossed
the finish line well ahead of the flock.
Duck Number 4897 was never
challenged in the 1.1 furlong race at Barney’s Joy.
A strong west wind and
incoming tide propelled the competitors to record times, with nary a duck
missing the capture booms at the race’s end.
“We’re 30 ducks shy of a
record,” bubbled Gina Purtell, Allens Pond Sanctuary Director. “It was great day for
our Duck Derby, and I’m so excited!”
As well she should be as the
decade-old fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars each year to assist
the conservation and protection efforts of this local Audubon sanctuary.
And it was great weather for
ducks, what with clear skies and balmy temperatures. Race conditions were
View video of the 11th Allens Pond Sanctuary’s 2014
Above: Dashing Ducky Linny Cakes
is plucked from the fray at the finish line, winning Fall River resident, Linda Crossley, a Dinner for two anywhere in the
here for more photos and a list of all winners!
East Beach Road paved!
08/15/2014 – Remember this? Thursday, September 1, 2011.
Sub-tropical storm Sandy
further destroyed East Beach Road, taking an additional 400 feet of paved
surface, forcing town and state officials to finally discuss programs
needed to protect the federally-assisted evacuation route against further
Finally we now have this – but how long
will it last?
Finally, after almost three
years from the day tropical storm Sandy destroyed it, 290 degree asphalt
mix was laid down yesterday on East Beach Road by crews from Rhode Island’s
Narragansett Improvement Corporation. The long overdue shoreline road
repair was thwarted by political indecision, a bureaucratic DEP, and a
failed application of reconstituted asphalt and cobble that left the
troubled road impassable last winter. More later.
08/14/2014 – And trucks are rolling, finally, on Beach Avenue. Politics gave
way to practicality Thursday when the controversial beachfront way was
resurfaced with road-base gravel along a 24 foot swath from Acoaxet Road to
the intersection of Town Way.
The price paid was for easy
access to Westport’s prized and most pristine town-owned beach for seniors
and persons with disabilities.
Riverview Drive gets its mojo back.
“We just sucked it up,” said
one resident when asked about her road finally being paved. “I’m just very
happy it’s finished,” a sentiment echoed by another Riverview Drive
resident out for a walk.
“I’m really happy. It was
frustrating, and the politics were frustrating. But Dick Spirlet and Tony
Vieira (selectmen) were very nice in getting this job done, as was Chris (Gonsalves – Highway Surveyor.)
08/13/2014 – East Beach Road under attack once again! Less than a day away
from asphalt paving, East Beach Road was assaulted by high winds and heavy
surf from a strong storm surge driven by 30+ knot south winds.
The road less traveled
(lately) just can’t seem to catch a break.
Highway Department employees
and anxious seasonal residents who own campers on the embattled road kept a
watchful eye as pounding waves from 4 to 5’ seas in Buzzards Bay threatened
to break through the fragile shore road during the morning’s high tide.
Above: Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves
takes photos of the storm surge this morning at East Beach. Most officials
agree we’re one bad storm away from another washout on the embattled shore
A crew from Rhode Island’s
Narragansett Improvement Corporation had wrapped up the scraping and road
base preparation last Friday, and planned to start paving on Tuesday.
seasonal residents are living on the edge where the next bad storm may wipe
out the rest of their remaining shoreline lots.
Is it time for the sometimes
backwards, always bureaucratic Department of Environmental
Protection to change its idealistic approach to seashore conservation in
favor of public safety, and allow the installation of an armored revetment
to protect the emergency evacuation route road?
Many town officials, East
Beach residents and businesses certain think so.
More with photos and video...
08/13/2014 – WRWA is recipient of $7,284 donation from GTCC which spells GREAT!
The Greater Tiverton Community Chorus celebrated a most successful spring
season with their Water Music Concerts, a benefit series performed to
support the Westport River Watershed Alliance and The Nature Conservancy of
Rhode Island in their work for water conservation in southern New England.
The chorus performed three April concerts in Tiverton, Portsmouth and
Above: On Saturday, July 26th,
outgoing chorus president Buzz Brownlee presented checks splitting
$14,566.95 to John Berg, Sakonnet Landscape Manager, The Nature Conservancy
of Rhode Island; Curt Freese, interim executive,
Westport River Watershed Alliance; and Tom Schmitt, president of WRWA. More...
08/11/2014 – Super sunset upstages supermoon
A large crowd gathered at
Gooseberry Island last evening and there wasn’t a parking spot to be found
as scores of spectators awaited the stage-east appearance of this summer’s
second of three “supermoons.” But a spectacular
western sunset stole the show.
debut was hampered by a low-lying, foggy horizon,
and the dramatic size of the moon when seen rising from the sea was
obscured by the mist.
Still, a spectacularly large,
bright moon levitating above the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay isn’t to
be sneered at.
Of this summer’s trio of supermoons, the one rising this month is the brightest,
according to the Washington Post.
Meteor Shower will also be starring in the
heavens and will peak between August 11th and 13th.
meteor shower is known as one of the best meteor showers to observe,
producing fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, but in
August, a nearly full moon will upstage the show,” NASA says.
However, a spectacular sunset
beat the meteor shower to it.
Supermoons appear to be about 14
percent bigger and around 30 percent brighter than normal because they are
closer to the earth (perigee.) And because this August 10th supermoon will be the closest to the Earth, it was
expected to be the brightest of the summer’s trilogy.
Earth’s lunar satellite is
about 221,765 miles from the earth at perigee (supermoon),
with an average annual distance of about 238,857 miles.
here for photos and video of the ‘Drama at
Gooseberry Island’. All the actors came in on cue that night in March
19th of 2011 to produce a stunning perigee moon: magnificent sunset,
clear skies, full moon, and the closest the Earth's largest satellite has
been to our world since March of 1993.
08/10/2014 – Going once, going twice... how about going for the umpteenth
time as the Westport River Watershed Alliance took advantage of a pristine
harbor property to host their perennial Beyond the Sea Summer Gala Fundraiser.
New this year. Honorary auctioneer Stephen Fletcher took to the gavel and sacheted guests through several high-priced items all
for the benefit of the proactive water conservation and preservation group.
Check out the YouTube video of Westport
River Watershed Alliance’s annual Summer Gala 2014.
Beautifully situated at Westport Point on
Windward lane, this year’s Gala was extraordinary. Wilhelmina’s Catering
served up an array of delicious hors d’ouevres,
including artisanal cheeses from Formaggio
Kitchen, Back Eddy smoked salmon, Wicked Kickin’
Cheesecakes, and Ten Cousin’s chowder. Guests enjoyed popular local wine
and beverages to the popular local acoustic musicians Toph
And to this fabulous extravaganza was added a
most profitable surprise – a live auction!
Click here for more information and check out the auction
Click here to see the new photos of the 2014 WRWA Summer
08/08/2014 – Two fires in two days test local firefighters. Thanks to alert
homeowners, fire detection devices, and quick response from the Westport
Fire Department, two local homes, one historic, were saved from rack and
ruin when firefighters entered the structures and quickly confined and
extinguished the blazes.
Although they suffered
moderate smoke damage throughout, the houses themselves were saved. Read
additional story below.
08/08/2014 – Right Whale, Roseate
Tern and the Leaping Brook Trout come to the assistant of the WRWA to the
tune of $15,000.
probably seen these specialty plates before; a whale tail protruding
from the water, a leaping brook trout.
the plates are more than just a soothing seascape; they’re for a good
from the special plate fees (of just $40 every two years) go toward the Massachusetts Environmental Trust
plates have generated over $18 million since they were first issued 20
recently, the Westport River Watershed Alliance
(WRWA) received a financial boost of a $15,000 grant from the Massachusetts
Environmental Trust (the Trust). This grant will enable WRWA to identify
sources of pollution relative to the applicable water quality standards for
fecal coliform (FC) in the West Branch of the Westport River. Read more...
08/05/2014 – Mayhem on Main Street. Fire department vehicles from
Westport and Little Compton responded quickly to a 911 call a little before
noon today that reported an explosion in the basement of a home at 1950
Main Road, Westport Point.
The home owner, while working
outside in the yard, reported hearing the bang and phoned in the emergency
The alert home owner and
quick fire department response saved an historic structure from rack and
The eruption and resulting
fire were the result of an electrical failure in the home’s main electrical
panel, according to the contractor called in to access and repair the
The fire, contained in the
basement, was quickly extinguished.
“I was lucky to be at home at
the time,” said the owner. “I can’t go back into the house just yet, so I’m
staying with some neighbors.”
The fire apparatus clogged
the narrow street for a couple of hours, frustrating lower Main Road
residents trying to return home.
1950 Main Road is the
historic Captain Edward G. Sowle house, circa
1835, in Westport Point’s historic district.
08/05/2014 – Work is progressing on the construction of the Westport Fire
Department’s 9-11 steel I-beam memorial.
The Highway Department is
putting in a commendable effort in setting up the World Trade Center steel
first obtained by the fire department in March of 2011.
Donations are paying the cost
of WTC memorial.
here to read about the arrival of
the steel I-beam relic.
Highway Department worker,
Tony Medeiros (pictured below) is making the final measurements before
concrete is poured in preparation for the installation of a granite slab
“pentagon-”shaped platform which will support four memorial plaques and
cross-lighting for the twisted, steel I-beam.
department plans to use the beam in front of the town's new fire station as
a memorial to honor the more than 300 firefighters that were killed on one
of America's darkest days - September 11, 2001.
08/05/2014 – State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D – Westport) touts a new
legislative initiative - the Social Media Privacy Act.
technological advances and the growth of social media, we in the
legislature work to enact laws that make sense for the times we live in,”
Senator Rodrigues said.
“As such, I'm proud to
announce that on Friday, July 15th the Senate unanimously passed the Social Media
Privacy Act, prohibiting employers and school officials for asking for
someone's social media passwords as a condition of employment or
enrollment. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for their
approval," Senator Rodrigues said.
An Act Relative to Social Media Privacy Protection
(S.2118), that would prohibit
employers from requiring employees or applicants to hand over their social media
log-in information, or requiring employees to accept invitations to connect
on social media was added as an amendment to the Massachusetts Senate’s
proposed budget, but it did not make it into the final budget that the
House and Senate passed.
The bill may, however, did
pass this legislative session according to the bill’s lead sponsor, Senator
Cynthia S. Creem, whose office worked to advance
the bill before the session closes on July 31st.
At least a dozen other states
have passed similar social media legislation.
08/04/2014 – “Tell me what you know about this item.” Taking a page from the
famously successful PBS Antiques Roadshow, the Westport Historical Society
put on a roadshow of its own at The Shattuck last Thursday.
It was part adventure, part
history lesson, part treasure hunt, and all fun!
The Society’s Antiques Show ‘n’ Tell packed the
Gallery’s exhibition space with folks hoping to
discover that their heirloom or flea market find would be the next great
historical discovery unveiled by Skinner Inc. Americana expert, Stephen
The ever animated Mr.
Fletcher proved to be part expert, part humorist, and all entertainer as he sorted through a multitude of objects
and artifacts, and separated the wheat from the chaff, attempting to solve
the mystery behind their origin and value.
Against a backdrop of
abstract oils by exhibiting artists Bryan McFarlane and Jamie Young,
Fletcher with the surprisingly skilled assistance of WHS volunteer Kathleen
McAreavey, guided the audience through the
interesting items brought by an inquisitive and hopeful audience.
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Not all items were
identified, but all produced interest and opinions by the Antiques Show ‘n’ Tell audience.
Tonight, more photos and
08/04/2014 – Summertime fun on the deck launches Senator Michael Rodrigues reelection campaign. Enjoy an evening at McGoverns on the Water, 310 Shore Road, Fall River on
Thursday, August 7th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Appetizers, dinner and
dessert for a suggested donation of $75.00. Please RSVP to Thelma Sullivan
at 508.679.1123, or send a donation to Thelma c/o 60 Davis Road, PO Box
1486, Westport, MA.
Please make checks payable to
The Committee to Elect Michael
08/03/2014 – This day in 1492 Columbus set sail on the ocean blue – and went
on to discover the new world. Everybody knows this children’s ditty; but
what you may not know, especially the young ones, was that he was looking
for a shorter passage to the far east.
Here’s the rest of the story:
Did you know that in 1507,
Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on
which he named the new continent America after the feminine Latin version
of Amerigo Vespucci's first name; and even that
is disputed by some who claim our continent was in memory of Richard Amerike, a wealthy English merchant who lived in the
Further, the new land’s
inhabitants at that time were incorrectly labeled “Indians.”
What we do know is that
today’s America is the sole super power in the world, yet we can’t positively
identify the lineage of our country’s name!
Oh, by the way, don’t feel
too bad for ol’ Christopher; Colombia is named
after Christopher Columbus, even though he never set foot on Colombian
soil. It was Alonso de Ojeda, one of Columbus' companions on his second
voyage, who was the first European to set foot on the land in 1499.
Click here for other
interesting events that Happened on This
Day in History.
08/03/2014 – St. John the Baptist Parish Fair continues today, Sunday, August
3rd from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 945 Main Road, Westport.
There’s still time to buy
raffle tickets for this year’s quilt known as “Sadie’s Choice”, a masterful
work of design applique made by the church quilters’ group headed up by
Inset right: quilter Joan Brenckle of
Westport shows off this year’s handmade, hand-stitched raffle quilt. Spring
for a book of raffle tickets and support the church’s programs.
There is still time tomorrow
to get involved in the New England (country) auction. Get there early for
the Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. until noon in the church hall. Raffle
drawings will be held at noon.
Inset left: tickets are still plentiful for the New England
(country) auction. So come on down to the church hall Sunday and make these
volunteers even happier with your participation in this annual event that
supports many church activities.
08/02/2014 – Suspected revenge
killing takes the life of Westport policeman’s German Shepard.
Five-year-old Siren, who was
training to be a search and rescue dog in Rhode Island and Massachusetts,
died in April. The dog’s handler, Westport Police Det. Jeff Majewski, said that autopsy results released last week
showed rat poison in the dog’s liver.
reward to anyone who provides information that leads to criminal charges
against this timid soul.” – Jeff Majewski
Majewski suspects the dog was
intentionally poisoned, as someone could have tossed the rat poison over
the backyard fence at this Westport home. Majewski
is a 25-year member of the Westport Police Department.
“Siren was a family member, a
trusted companion, a guardian and a friend,” Majewski
wrote in a Letter to the Editor. “This was a cowardly act.”
“One day that dog might have
found a missing child or helped to locate an elderly person who wandered
off from home.”
Majewski is offering a $1,000 reward
for information about the incident. The Westport Police Department can be
reached at 508.636.1122.
08/01/2014 – The Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital recently announced $5,000 in scholarship
awards for individuals who are
pursuing a career in healthcare.
The Auxiliary presented five
$1,000 scholarship awards to area high school seniors during its annual
Scholarship Luncheon held on June 4th at the Fall River Country Club. The
Scholarships were presented by Auxiliary President Louise McCarthy.
“The committee and I were
delighted to meet and spend some time with the scholarship recipients at
our annual luncheon,” said Marion Greer, Scholarship Chair for the
Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital. “They are an exceptional group of
students with a great future ahead of them.”
The 2014 Westport Scholarship winners
Amalia K. Davis, a graduate of
Westport High School, will attend the University of New Hampshire to pursue
a career in Neuroscience.
a graduate of Westport High School, will attend Massachusetts College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
08/01/2014 – State Legislature passed
Substance Abuse Recovery Bill.
Legislature on Thursday approved the compromise Substance Abuse
Recovery Bill, increasing opportunities for long-term substance abuse
recovery in the Commonwealth by supporting a continuum a care and removing
barriers that stand in the way of effective treatment, Senator Michael J.
Rodrigues (D-Westport) announced.
“With addiction levels at the highest in
history, Massachusetts is in the midst of a drug epidemic. Addiction can
truly be a matter of life and death, making the passage of this bill all
the more historic and meaningful,” said Senator Rodrigues. “Despite the
tireless efforts of organizations like Stanley Street Treatment and
Resources [SSTAR], the SouthCoast has been hit
particularly hard by the addiction epidemic. This legislation will
complement the work of these organizations and take powerful steps toward
prevention and treatment of substance abuse.”
abuse is not just an inner city problem. It is happening in our suburbs and
it is happening in our rural areas. This bill takes a giant step forward in
treatment of this universal scourge," said Representative Paul A.
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This Friday! Westport Library 2014
Annual Used Book Sale Friday, September 5th through Saturday, September
Sponsored by Friends of Westport Library. Members’ Preview
is Friday, September 5th, 6-8 p.m.; sale -Saturday, September 6th through
Saturday, September 13th during library hours, but closes at 1 p.m. on
Friday, September 13th.
day, Saturday the 13th is Bag of Books day 9 - 1 p.m., $5 per bag. They
supply the bag!
All proceeds are used to benefit the library. For further info
Over 8,000 books in 25+ categories, fills entire
Community Room. One of the largest sales in the area. All of the
hundreds of children’s books are $.25 each to encourage reading. Others $1
- $2 plus a selection of specially-priced books. Non-members can attend
preview for $10, no admission is charged on other days. Westport
Library, 408 Old County Road.
Hours: Mon. & Fri., noon-8:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., and
Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information call 508.636.1100.
Join the 4th annual Walk for Westport at
noon, in beautiful Westport Harbor on Saturday, September 28th.
online now. This 3.5 mile
walking route begins at the corner of Howland Road and ends at Elephant
Rock Beach Club located on Atlantic Avenue. Parking only at Howland Beach
Club & CK Beach Club.
A Family Fun
Event will follow the walk including: children’s games, magician,
face & pumpkin painting, crafts, beach fun, refreshments, live music by
Magnolia and a 50-50 drawing with fabulous prizes! A community
walk-a-thon sponsored by the Westport Education Foundation and the Friends
of the Westport Council on Aging to benefit the youth and seniors of
Click here for all the details and to register.
Individual/single; $20 per Family (household); and $50 per Team (ex. First
Grade Teachers, School Committee).
9/24 and save $5!
Click here to print their fantastic flyer with
all the details!
Click here to read about and view photos of 1st
annual Walk for Westport with video!
Their first Walk for Westport raised
The 1st annual Providence
Folk Festival will be at Roger Williams National Memorial on Sunday,
282 North Main Street, Providence from noon until 6
The Providence Folk Festival is a Free music festival featuring some of the finest folk,
acoustic and singer-songwriter acts in the RI area on two stages of music. More....
Chicken Pot Pie Dinner at
James Morris Post #145 on Saturday, September 6th.
Road, Westport. Includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverages.
Cost is only $10!
Help the Post
sustain its daily needs and upkeep of the historic American Legion Hall.
Please help by purchasing a ticket! Call 774.264.0082 for more information
or to buy tickets.
will make their pitch at the Annual Piranha Pond Pitch Party on Thursday,
Emulating the popular
television reality show, Shark Tank, selected entrepreneurs will present their
business ideas at the annual Piranha Pond Pitch Party, sponsored by the
Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF), scheduled from 5:30-8:00
p.m., at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall
Above: an entrepreneur pitches to the investor
panel in front of the audience at the September 13, 2012 Piranha Pond Pitch
The Piranha Pond
is a “pitch party” where eight selected entrepreneurs each have up to five
minutes to convince a panel of investors to meet with them to discuss
funding their ventures. Using a format similar to the popular
television show Shark Tank, the investors provide feedback to
the entrepreneurs about their presentations and companies, and information
to all about why they decide to be “In” or “Out”. If they are
“In”, they will meet with the entrepreneur at a later time to discuss the
entrepreneur’s company. If they are “Out”, there is no interest
at this time. Again, the investor explains why he/she will not
move forward with the presenter. Visit their website
to learn more about the investors.
SNEEF has chosen
companies that are beyond the idea or “napkin” stage, preferably with
revenue or a working prototype. The ideal companies have raised
funds from friends, family, and/or grants. The company’s product
is software or SAAS product, and be in beta testing or later. Get
all the details at www.piranhapond.com.
Great fun and there
is no admission charge!
Congregational Church is holding their annual yard sale on Saturday, September
From 9:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. at 500 American Legion Highway, Westport.
at $20; bring your own table. All books left over from the book fair will
be available. Also a bake sale table with assorted goodies. Serving steamed
hotdogs with chips and drink. For more information please call Mary
will be downstairs in the church hall, so it will be held rain or shine.
The church itself has a lot of items and will be filling the downstairs. If
the weather is bad, they will not be able to accommodate other sellers.
Southcoast VNA to host third annual Hope Takes
Flight: A Butterfly Release on Saturday, September 13th.
Southcoast Visiting Nurse
Association, known in the community as Southcoast
VNA, will host the third annual “Hope Takes Flight: A Butterfly Release”
from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston
Avenue, Fairhaven to honor and remember loved ones who have died.
Other activities will include
musical performances by the Sonaré Chamber
Ensemble and Wayne Cabral, inspirational readings and a special recognition
of Hospice staff members and volunteers. A silent auction and prize raffle
will also be held throughout the afternoon, and light refreshments will be
served. The event will take place rain or shine.
Butterflies to honor a loved one
can be purchased before September 2nd for a $25 minimum donation, and will
include a listing of a loved one’s name in the event program book.
To order a butterfly or for more
information about the event, contact Southcoast
VNA Community Affairs at 508.973.3470 or email them.
New! Country Travelers announces
their remaining 2014 Schedule; next trip planned for September 25th.
Click here for all the information including times. For
reservations, complete menus or any other concerns please phone Veronica
Beaulieu at 508.636.4889.
September 25th – Enjoy a day in
Plymouth. They’ll visit
the “Forefathers Monument” and then to Isaac’s Restaurant for a delicious
luncheon of Seafood Medley or Prime Rib.
$50 per person. Reservations no later than September 15th.
Rally Day - Westport Point
United Methodist Church will begin the Sunday School year with Rally Day on
Church, 1912 Main Road strives to be a source of God’s Grace in the world –
welcoming, nurturing, and serving.
Please join them in celebrating the new school year. Sunday School is held at 10 a.m. during
the worship service and all ages are welcome. There will be outdoor games following the
service as part of the celebration.
The church office can be contacted with any questions at
508.636.2036 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westport Historical Society
presents a talk moderated by Dawn Tripp on The Great Depression on
Wednesday September 17th.
The talk will will start at
7:00 p.m. at the Macomber
Community House, 938 Main Road, Westport.
Westport author Dawn Tripp will take us on an
exploration of how the small community of Westport coped with the Great
Depression, through the direct experience of panelists and reminiscences of
Starting with the stock market crash of 1929 and
ending with America’s entry into World War Two in 1941, the Great
Depression was a critical event in United States social, economic, and
political history. It brought suffering on an unprecedented scale as well
as large-scale attempts to alleviate the misery. Panelists include Tony
Connors, President of the Westport Historical Society, who will provide an
overview of the Great Depression and Cukie Macomber who will
recall personal memories of everyday life during this era. Audience
participation is very welcome! Anyone with stories or memories of this era
is encouraged to contribute at this event.
Suggested donation $5.
For more Information please visit the Westport
Historical Society’s website: www.wpthistory.org,
or call 508.636.6011
at the Point will launch its 18th Season on Sunday, September 21st.
All concerts start at 3:00 p.m., and are held at the Westport Point
United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Road, Westport Point, an
intimate venue with wonderful acoustics.
The 2014-2015 Season will offer six concerts,
starting with the return of The Muir
String Quartet on September 21st, and later present audience favorites
The Boston Trio and The Claremont Trio. Two ensembles are new to this
venue: they have engaged a return visit by classical pianist Frederick
Moyer, who will play as part of the Dave Brubeck Tribute Quartet on
December 7, 2014.
for more information and ticket order forms. Tickets $25, $10
Former Selectman and
insurance man, Jim Coyne, announces a Yard Sale to be held Sunday,
The fundraiser will be located at Watuppa
Plaza, 151 State Road, Westport from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will celebrate "International Ataxia Awareness Day."
Contact Jim Coyne at 508.958.7056, or email: email@example.com
for table space and information.
Westport Half Marathon at
Buzzards Bay Brewing on Sunday
Join them on
this fun and challenging 13.1 mile loop through scenic Westport,
Race starts at
Enjoy the views
as you pass by beautiful old farms, stonewalls and conservation land on
your way down Horseneck Road.
Click here for all the information.
Marathon on FaceBook.
Click here to register
The Trustees of
Reservations invite you to get out and celebrate fall with Family Farm Festivals on Saturday,
animals, local food, music, and more.
What is fall without a classic farm festival? The
Trustees of Reservations, owner of the most individual farm properties and
Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs) of any entity in
Massachusetts, have several fun farm events planned at multiple locations
around the South Coast and Greater Boston area this fall. Events range from
live music, kids’ activities, and picnics to volunteer opportunities, all
designed to get everyone out and connecting with each other while also
supporting our local farms and communities. Come out, meet our farmers and
animals and join them!
South Coast Harvest Festival from noon – 4 p.m.
Westport Town Farm, 830 Main Road, Westport.
Trustees of Reservations Members & Nonmembers:
Adult $5; Child (age 5 & under) free.
For more information: 508.636.4693 x103.
– State Senator Michael Rodrigues
will be hosting his bi-annual Business Breakfast on Tuesday, August 5th.
He is inviting business leaders to another
engaging conversation about the business climate in our state and our region,
and the specific concerns of SouthCoast employers.
“I hope to have a robust
discussion with a diverse group of business leaders representing many
different industries. As such, please check your calendars and let me know if
you are able to make it,” said Senator Rodrigues.
The breakfast meeting will be from 8:00 –
10:00 a.m. in the historic Wardroom Annex, aboard the Battleship
Massachusetts, Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall
All local business leaders are invited to
call and make a reservation for this enlightening business forum.
A light breakfast will be served, and they
have arranged for a private tour of the battleship to begin at 10:00 a.m. for
those of you who are interested.
To offer accurate attendance estimates to
their generous hosts at Battleship Cove, please RSVP by Thursday, July 31st to
Senator Rodrigues Communications Director, Tara Conklin. You can reach Tara
at 617.722.1114, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
07/29/2014 – This August the Dedee Shattuck
Gallery is pleased to present Jamie Young and Bryan McFarlane in exhibition from
Wednesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 24th.
Reception is Saturday, August 16th from 5-7 p.m.
Gallery is pleased to present Jamie Young and Bryan McFarlane. This
exhibit pairs two established oil painters who explore the identity of place.
Jamie Young lives
and works in Ashfield, Massachusetts, a Berkshire
community known for incubating talented artists.
is a Boston painter and a professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Coast Youth Conservation Corps Provides Rare Opportunity for Teens.
If you’re outside
on the South Coast this summer, walking a trail, picnicking in the park or
buying veggies at a local farmer’s market, you just might bump into a group
of young people wearing matching green T-shirts and khaki hats. Although a
pack of teenagers might arouse suspicion under some circumstances, these
teens aren’t getting into trouble, on the contrary, they’re members of the
South Coast Youth Conservation Corps.
planting trees, growing organic produce and clearing hiking trails this
summer for the benefit of their community. Read more...
the third year, BayCoast Bank has contributed
to the Westport River Watershed Alliance to support the
organization's summer internship program.
Above: James Goodman & Brendan Cormier.
The WRWA hires
students from local colleges to assist with its education and monitoring
programs. BayCoast Bank's investment allows for
the WRWA to bring two interns aboard for the summer: James Goodman &
Brenden Cormier. Read more...
– State leader in solar, Dartmouth opens new
six-megawatt solar project.
Westport lost years in the solar commitment,
focusing instead on a failed, multi-megawatt wind turbine that would have
been located in Central Village, a concept soundly rejected by the town’s
Spartanburg-based Pacolet Milliken
Enterprises Inc. recently announced the completion of a 6-megawatt solar
energy facility in Dartmouth, Mass.
The private investment company said the
Fischer Road Solar Facility is the second-largest such project in
Massachusetts. Pacolet Milliken is a joint owner in the project with New
York-based Syncarpha Capital.
It encompasses 20,000 solar panels on a
parcel that contains cranberry bogs and a composting center. Ameresco Inc., a renewable energy company, constructed
the facility in less than six months and will oversee its operations.
"Our energy division at Pacolet
Milliken has two goals," Rick Webel, president
of Pacolet Milliken, said in a statement. "To work with best-in-class
partners and to invest in high-quality, long-term renewable energy
generation, and we have found both in this solar energy facility."
During its first year of operation, the
facility is expected to generate enough energy to offset the annual
electricity requirements of 820 typical U.S. homes. The town of Carver and Silver
Lake School District will purchase the energy at favorable rates over the
next 20 years, the company said. More.
– Southcoast Health Van to visit Westport Council on Aging on
Wednesday, October 8th. State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) has
partnered with the Southcoast Hospitals Group to
schedule Health Van visits throughout the summer at local Councils on Aging.
The Southcoast Health Van Program provides free
education and screening to the community, including cholesterol, diabetes,
blood pressure, and cancer screenings, education of stroke prevention, as
well as nutritional information and education. These visits to Councils of
Aging will increase accessibility to these services among families, young
people and the senior citizens of the SouthCoast.
Senator Michael Rodrigues has
partnered with Southcoast Hospitals Group to
increase access to health services for seniors.
“I’m pleased to work with the Southcoast Hospitals Group to provide our seniors with
increased access to these essential health services,” said Senator Michael
Rodrigues. “Addressing the health care needs of the elderly in our
communities is so important in ensuring the very highest quality of life for
our senior citizens, and this program fills a void for a population that is
schedule for the Southcoast Health Van visits is
Monday, July 21st, Swansea COA - 260 Ocean
Monday, July 28th, Somerset COA - 1458
Tuesday, August 5th, Freetown COA - 227
Chase Road, East Freetown;
Friday, August 15th, Rochester COA - 67
October 8th, Westport COA - 75 Reed Road.
An additional visit in Fall River is
All sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00
– Westport Waterfire! For those of you not familiar with
Providence's signature event, WaterFire, last night
was your chance to get up close and personal at The Shattuck with the
award-winning fire sculpture installation on the three rivers in downtown
Created by local artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire has become a must-see for visitors throughout
Barnaby was The Shattuck’s guest speaker
Thursday night, and brought along some Waterfire braziers
for a ‘show and tell.’
There was a talk about Waterfire
by Barnaby, a short performance by the Festival Ballet, and a lighting of the
There were no romantic boat rides, but
there was plenty of Luminaria to create a romantic
and unforgettable memory.
Wow, who whudda
thought Westport would be so multicultural!
A new Broom Bear sweeps clean, says Chris Gonsalves as Westport’s
Highway Surveyor took delivery this week of an Elgin Broom Bear 4 to replace
the town’s aged and worn-out street sweeper.
Above: Highway Department Rick Anctil checks out the town’s new street sweeper.
Selectmen authorized the
Broom Bear’s purchase last November from the Atrui
Brothers of East Providence to the tune of $223,000.
“We used Chapter 90 money
(state aid) so there was no cost to the town,” Gonsalves
said. “And we have plenty of Chapter 90 money available to us.’
“Our old street sweeper (pictured left) was designed
for urban environments where there are many twists and turns and short runs
on city streets, whereas Westport has long, rural roads, 156 miles to be
exact, that require long distance runs where a truck is more durable and can
handle the travel,” Gonsalves said.
“The sweeper can operate up
to 60 miles per hour,” said Rick Anctil, a Highway
Department employee and its de facto mechanic. “And a side-boom unload
mechanism allows the sweeper to empty its hopper directly into a dump truck,
and not have to return to the yard to unload road sweepings.”
The Bear’s first assignment?
Sweep the washed out sand at the bottom of Riverview Drive in preparation for
the repaving of that troubled road.
Sandy roads can adversely
affect motorcyclists and bicyclists, and streets need to be swept clean
before line striping can be put down, a safety requirement on Westport’s dark
roads, especially on rainy and foggy nights.
– Westport prepares for Comcast
all you Westporters, and there are many, who have
griped about Charter Cable’s monolithic indifference to customer service,
program selection and timely repair, not to mention the unavailability of basic
cable services in some areas of town, your time may have come.
Or has it.
Comcast and Charter
Communications have reached a deal in which Comcast and Time Warner Cable
will shed 3.9 million of their current customers in an attempt to ease
concerns over their proposed merger.
The sale on April 28th of this year to
Charter Communications of some of those customers would leave the combined
Comcast and Time Warner Cable with just less than 30% of households that
subscribe to cable or satellite TV.
And it leaves Westport with Comcast.
Selectmen have been negotiating a deal with the new provider.
“Westport cable customers will initially
have the same rate structure as that which is called for in the recent
10-year agreement the town had negotiated with Charter,” said Antone Vieira, select board Chairman.
“The infrastructure (town-wide wiring,
household hookup, cable boxes, etc.) will remain the same.”
Internet performance to end users will
probably remain unchanged for those Westport subscribers who use it.
Programming selections remain to be seen,
but Comcast has generally received good marks in this area. How they’ll be
packaged has yet to be announced.
In the April 2014 deal, Charter will buy
1.4 million Time Warner Cable customers directly for $7.3 billion in cash.
In addition, 2.5 million current Comcast
customers will be spun off into a new cable company that will be controlled
Finally, Charter will swap 1.6 million of
its customers to Comcast in return for 1.6 million current Time Warner Cable
subscribers. The rationale for the swap is that it would cluster Charter and
Comcast subscribers geographically following the merger.
And that is why Westport is getting
a good deal for Westport?
At least one consumer advocacy group
critical of the merger said that the agreement does nothing to reduce its
"Transforming three giant companies
into two behemoths gives no comfort to content providers or consumers,"
said Matt Wood, policy director of Free Press.
Westport cable subscribers are a flea on
the back of the Comcast elephant, and that should bring little wiggle room
when town leaders are negotiating with Comcast in the future.
– Westport’s “Tough Samurai Mudders” started as a team, worked through the
devilish obstacles as a team, and sprinted to the finish as a team.
Who’s better than the Westport Fire
Department’s mud brigade as they took on the Vineyard’s inaugural Samurai
Sprint 5K Mud Run without fear or trepidation of completing it.
These tough guys and gals took a beating
but left no one behind!
Members of the Westport and Fall River Fire
Departments competed in the Samurai 5K Sprint Mud Run as a team wearing red
shirts in recognition of firefighter/paramedic Steve Lopes who was seriously
injured fighting a chimney fire on American Legion Highway.
And how about our School Committee member,
Melissa Pacheco (pictured below) who schooled the men in the fine art of
crossing the “Missing Bridge” rope obstacle!
More photos with video later.
– Let the paving begin! With little fanfare, Westport Selectmen
signed a contract Monday night with Narragansett Improvement Company to initiate the long overdue
paving of East Beach Road, Riverview Drive, and the re-grading and road-base
preparation of the disputed Beach Avenue.
However, it was a Herculean odyssey of epic
proportions to get to this point.
Selectmen voted unanimously in the past to
pave Beach Avenue, but more recently voted twice, 3-2, to rescind those
earlier votes and to review a plan championed by Selectman R. Michael
Sullivan to consider leaving the road a compacted, gravel base.
This change in direction caused a rebidding
process for the three troubled town roads, exposing the town to possible
litigation after an accepted bid was cast aside, and irritating residents and
abutters of Riverview Drive and East Beach Road for the unnecessary delays
and hardships imposed navigating the washed out and barely passable
Paving will begin sometime between July
16th and August 1st, according to Selectmen.
– A sure sign of this summer’s
first daytime scorcher is a long line at Handy Hill Creamery. This throng descended Saturday
on the venerable Westport ice cream stand to beat the day’s heat and humidity
with, what else, an ice cream cone!
– License and registration
please! This Westport police cruiser
was involved in a fender bender Saturday on Old County Road. It was reported
that the cruiser was travelling west with its lights on when a collision
occurred between the older police cruiser and an automobile turning into its
driveway just past the Westport Middle School.
They were no reported injuries, and the
accident is under investigation.
– It’s probation for Sisson! In behavior that led to the
changing of an elected position to that of appointed, Westport’s former
embattled highway surveyor, after a lengthy trial process, was sentenced to
probation on Friday.
Westport Highway Department Surveyor Harold
“Jack” Sisson was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, 40 hours of
community service and a no-trespass order at the town’s highway department facility.
Prosecutors wanted more.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Callihane argued for a stiffer sentence of two years with
six months to serve, two years’ probation, a no-trespass order and 100 hours
of community service.
Inset: Former Highway Surveyor Jack Sisson defending himself
at Town Meeting while recently appointed Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves listens.
The case, which dragged on for almost two
years, brings to a close a sordid story of an elected official that,
according to Assistant prosecutor Callihane, “chose
to ignore protocol and run his deportment as a fiefdom … (and) engage in back
room deals … under the cover of darkness.”
A district court jury returned a guilty
verdict Thursday. They accepted the argument by prosecuting Assistant
District Attorney Michael Cahillane that Sisson
gave a town tractor to a town mechanic for free and that he tried to hide the
transaction by involving an equipment supply company.
“Mr. Sisson accepts the verdict of the
jury,” Sisson’s attorney, Emile Morad Jr. said.
“The transfer that took place, obviously,
didn’t follow procedure. But it was done for the benefit of the department.
Mr. Sisson never tried to hide what he was doing. He went to the police
department and told them about it when asked.”
Sisson’s punishment had already started, Morad added.
“He lost his job,” Morad
said. “He is unemployed. His pension is held up and might become an issue.”
The conspiracy charges against Sisson and
Kennedy are both pending in district court. Sisson’s lawyer set a September
3rd date for a status conference on the case.
“It’s just politics, that is all it is,”
Sisson said after the sentencing hearing.
“He took an oath of office, and it was his
responsibility to uphold it,” said Westport select board Chairman, Antone Vieira.
“I liked Jack, but we did what we had to
do. The Police Department and prosecution did a good job in handling the
case,” Vieira said.
Former Town Administrator, Jack Healey had
worked diligently with Sisson to correct the inappropriate behavior, but it
was clearly a process that Sisson would take no part in.
Sisson was well-liked in Westport, which
probably contributed to his demise.
It’s now clear that the “old boy” way of
doing business in Westport should not continue into the 21st century.
More from the Herald News.
Read more from a Westport Shorelines article.
– Cooler week coming up in
Westport this week? The
polar vortex, that weather phenomenon that frequently made the rounds last
winter, maybe at it again.
Some forecasters say the polar vortex, the
meteorological condition that brought us frigid blasts of arctic air
throughout last January and February, may just be redeeming itself with
pleasant summer weather next week.
Because of a cool air blast from the Gulf
of Alaska, temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15
degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next
OK you gardeners and golfers, what’s your
– The calm before the storm! This was the scene seconds
before the opening Saturday morning of the 53rd annual Westport Quaker
Meeting Used Book Fair at Westport’s Community Meeting House.
The rushing of the bulls at Pamplona could hardly
be more exciting than this annual event.
So many titles, so little time, so many
More with photos later. Watch for the
amazing time-lapsed video!
– It was a glorious morning for a
Taking advantage of the perfect weather, 23-year-old Andrew Springer of
Westerly, RI won the 34th running of Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road
Race, besting the previous record by almost four seconds.
Ideal running conditions and heavy
competition from last year’s two top runners propelled Springer to a record
setting 22:34.43, beating the previous record of 22.38 set by Dylan Wykes in 2007.
Springer, a three-time track All-American
at Georgetown, came to race; so did last year’s two top finishers Amos Sang
and Glarius Rop.
Sang and Rop
repeated last year’s performance, however, with paces slightly off those of
Above: set against the backdrop of the historic Brownell
House, the field of over 500 runners anticipates the crack of the starter’s
pistol to begin the 34th running of the LC 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race.
But the rest of the field of over 500
runners was surprisingly quiet, with an astonishingly large gap of almost
seven minutes until fourth place finisher and overall women’s champion, Erin
Murphy of North Easton came in at 29.07.22.
Claudia Camargo holds the women’s record of
25:30 set in 2007.
54-year-old Lydia Sweetser
was Westport’s top finisher at 34:02.72, Jim Hartnett was second at 35:07.30,
followed by Roswell Underwood at 36:52.43.
Tom Hunnewell was
Westport’s fourth place finisher with veteran runner Sean leach capturing
Click here for all the race results.
But on the plus side, hundreds came out on
this beautiful July day to browse and to enjoy the perennial church fair in
its 54th year.
More later with photos and video.
– Westport Public Library announces summer hours. Summer hours at the Westport Library are as
follows: Monday and Thursday from noon to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday
and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library is closed on
Saturday until Saturday, September 6th.
Chapel announces special summer
activities for July. Click here to see what they are, and learn more about Acoaxet
Chapel and other local area churches.
– The Westport Senior Center’s
July newsletter, Evergreen, is now on-line. Click here to read the July/August 2014 issue. View
the Evergreen’s August schedule.
Click here to view all town
–The Galley Grille at White's
of Westport, 66 State Road announces that starting July 7th they will be renovating the restaurant to bring
you a new and improved dining experience.
Say "good-bye" to The Galley
Grille as you know it because they’re planning some big changes.
The restaurant and bar will
still be open, just temporarily relocated to the Colonial and Priscilla
Re-opening is scheduled for mid-August -
specials, Wednesday trivia night, and Prime Rib nights will be available
during the renovations.
Follow them on Facebook and
track the renovation progress. www.galleygrille.com
– Arthur brings downpours, does
some damage to Westport, drowns out the annual 4th of July parade, and
manages in the process to rub salt into the wounds of East Beach Road and
Riverview Drive residents who are angered over repair delays on their
Town Administrator, Tim King who started
his new job Monday jumping in with both feet, experienced firsthand the
divisive waters of Westport politics when a group Riverview Drive residents
expressed their anger over paving delays.
King was touring the troubled roads Monday
morning with select board Vice Chairman, Richard Spirlet.
Recently appointed Highway Surveyor, Chris Gonsalves reported severe washout and large roadside ruts
on the temporarily resurfaced Riverview Drive, and major “pitting” (small
potholes) on East Beach Road.
“We sent crews (this morning) out with the
equipment to scape and smooth out Riverview Drive and East Beach Road. It
won’t be perfect,” Gonsalves said, “but it will
sustain the road base until we put asphalt on them.”
Above: Riverview Drive residents gathered with King (left)
and Spirlet, and expressed their anger over the handful of town residents who
have held up the paving of their troubled road.
East Beach Avenue experienced flooding and
shallow depressions where the heavy rains washed out the sand, leaving rubble
and cobble behind.
The road is still passable.
Reported rainfall of six inches fell in the
northern part of town.
runoff damaged a few driveways; one in particular was on Drift Road.
We’re taking care of those probably on
Tuesday, Gonsalves said.
Some tire-puncturing potholes opened up on
Route 88 near Horseneck Beach that are bound to become the bane of unwary drives not paying
Parades and fireworks were canceled or
postponed Friday in several communities including New Bedford and Edgartown;
however Westport’s annual July 4th parade went off on schedule to a sunny
sky, but experienced downpours 20 minutes into the parade route forcing a
dash for the High School.
Rain or shine had said parade organizer,
Dave Palmer, and it appears they got both.
More with photos later.
– Is Fall River Mayer Will
Flannigan dumping Foxwoods, or is Foxwoods pulling out of fall River?
Flanagan had originally signed an
exclusivity agreement with Foxwoods, but now that they will not be filing an
application with the gaming commission, that pact was terminated.
Other casino companies have expressed
interest in developing in the city and discussions with different gaming
interests have proceeded, Fiola said.
A Foxwoods’ spokeswoman denied media reports
that the company had lost interest in Fall River but would not confirm
discussions with leaders in New Bedford to develop a project in that city.
Flanagan said he would still be willing to
work with Foxwoods. More.
Hurricane Arthur is on the way; the first named storm of the
Atlantic hurricane season.
the Westport July 4th parade be spared the wind and rain?
9:00 a.m. this morning Arthur was downgraded to a Category 1 storm.
point of concern will be Cape Cod and the Islands, and the Eastern seaboard.
storm warnings have been issued for the area.
there is a silver lining, it’s that the July 4th parade should be spared the
wind and rain as the storm is expected to hit Westport a little before 2:00
Dave Palmer has previously announced the parade will go on, rain or shine!
Independence Day Westport!
Spirit of Christ Church announces new
summer worship times for 2014. Beginning Sunday, July
6, 2014 and continuing through August 31, Spirit of Christ Church will gather
at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for worship and fellowship. Friends, neighbors and
visitors are invited to join us at the Westport Council on Aging at 75 Reed
The building is air-conditioned (a blessing on warm
summer days), and a warm welcome awaits you. Refreshments are available after
the time of worship.
Our worship features a blend of contemporary and traditional features and
Attendees tend to dress casually, and as a friend
expressed it, 'you can wear almost anything that won't get you arrested in
Click here to read
more Church News.
Select Board sound bites. Selectmen on unanimous votes
appointed last night several town board, committee and commission members,
and one reserve police officer.
so unanimous or altruistic is the deepening dissension among selectmen and
among town residents on what should be done with Beach Avenue.
(Westport’s harbor section of the town) has always had a troubled past with
Westport’s town governance, attempting twice in the 1920s to separate
(secede) from the rest of the town and to form a new town called Acoaxet.
never in this history of discontent has a small stretch of public road been
at the heart of such a troubling controversy until now.
stake is the right of the general public, especially disabled and senior
residents, to easily access a small town beach, and for fishermen to cast
their lines from the picturesque outcropping of rocks fondly known as The Knubble, versus the desire of coastal Acoaxet residents
to protect a stretch of beach they perceive as their own.
more pleasant proceeding, Selectmen presented a Citation to Clayton M.
Harrison, Board of Appeals member, for his long-term service (47 years) to
record-setting service started out as a one-year-only term to help out the
town. More later.
Westport teachers respectfully protest via
a picket line for a fair contract. Selectmen and meeting audience members
were met last night by picketing from Westport teachers demanding fair
compensation considerations. The failure of the electorate to pass a school
district $800,000 plus Proposition 2 ½ override is starting to have its
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Day in History
September 02, 2014
1666 The Great
Fire of London, which devastates the city, begins.
1789 The Treasury
Department, headed by Alexander Hamilton, is created in New York City.
1792 Verdun, France,
surrenders to the Prussian Army.
1798 The Maltese
people revolt against the French occupation, forcing the French troops to
take refuge in the citadel of Valetta in Malta.
1870 Napoleon III
capitulates to the Prussians at Sedan, France.
1885 In Rock
Springs, Wyoming Territory, 28 Chinese laborers are killed and hundreds
more chased out of town by striking coal miners.
1898 Sir Herbert Kitchner leads the British to victory over the Mahdists at Omdurman and takes Khartoum.
1910 Alice Stebbins
Wells is admitted to the Los Angeles Police Force as the first woman police
officer to receive an appointment based on a civil service exam.
Austro-German armies take Grodno, Poland.
1944 Troops of
the U.S. First Army enter Belgium.
1945 Japan signs
the document of surrender aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.
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events this week in and around Westport.
Historical Society presents an
exhibition – Room to Learn:
Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouses. Exhibition started June 9th
and is ongoing: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bell
School, 25 Drift Road, Westport.
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a virtual tour.
Happening Today in and around Westport!
events, listed below, you don’t
want to miss! Scroll down to view
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Tuesday, September 2
v Tuesday, September 2 - Yin yoga at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little
Compton from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Yin yoga is the softer, gentler side of
yoga. It is the only yoga that completely lets go of muscles and allows the
body to stretch. In this gentle class we will incorporate breath work and the
entire body structure by stressing and holding the tendons and ligaments. As
we age, movement is restricted because of shortening and tightening of the
Yin Yoga is a style of practice that
emphasizes sustained gentle, but deep stretches of the fascia. Holding poses
for 3-5 minutes, stimulates the energy system, invigorates joint and
connective tissue by infusing them with hydration, thus restoring suppleness
Angela Denham, LMT is an experienced Yin
Yoga teacher who incorporates her experiences from massage therapy and Reiki
into her teachings. She is a holistic practitioner with an extensive
education as a licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master, Cranial Sacral
Therapist, Yin yoga instructor and ear candling practitioner. Her intention
is to facilitate healing through mind, body and spirit thus empowering
individuals to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
“Change your thinking, Change your life”
$5.00 per class.
Angela will also be available as a
practitioner for Craniosacral and Reiki therapies.
For more information call Sheri Massa at
401.592.0400 or email: email@example.com. Visit their
website at: www.littlecomptonwellnesscenter.org.
v Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30
a.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray
for a fun fitness workout. All are
welcome. Cost is $2.50 per class. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.
Session I aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and
Session II aerobics on Tuesday.
For more information please call 508.636.1026.
v Walking-Hiking Group at the Westport Senior Center.
starting 8:45 a.m. they leave from the Westport COA. Are you interested in walking/hiking with others who love the outdoors? Have you
wanted to walk some of the wonderful trails in our area but have some
reservations about heading out alone?
Join the group. All ages welcome. Call
508.636.1026 for more information.
v Seniors can get help with health insurance, supplemental
insurance, Medicare Advantage plans and other medical or food assistance
Every Tuesday, free and open to all. 9:00
a.m. to 12 noon.
You must call the center to make an
appointment with Janet Holmes, who is there every Tuesday morning.
207 Canonicus St, Tiverton.
v Gentle/moderate yoga at the Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Road,
Dartmouth. Every Tuesday at 9 a.m.
Drop-ins welcome as space allows. For more information please call or click
508.965.9505 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Senior functional
fitness (Jazzy Yoga) by Debbie Gagnon at the Little Compton Community Center on
Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
The fee is
$2.00 for members and $5 for non-members; all seniors are welcome.
Fitness that includes a low-impact, interval-aerobic movement with dance
elements, combined with Pilates and Toning with weights, focusing on the Core
Muscle groups and cardiovascular system. Safe and effective.
information please call 401.635.2400 or visit their website.
v The Dragon-Flowers MahJongg Group meets every Tuesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Game Room at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Experienced American-MahJongg
players are welcome to join any Tuesday. For more information, call or click
Pat at 401.624.3070, email to email@example.com; or Gretchen at 401.359.0113, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also give
lessons for anyone interested in learning this fascinating game of tiles. The
next class, which meets once a week for four weeks, will be announced soon.
Contact Pat or Gretchen for details. Reservations for class are required.
v Tuesday, September 2 - Afternoon Tea, Community Cuisine by
Come enjoy a refreshing repast in their
cafe style dining room. Community Cuisine is open each Tuesday from 1:00 to
4:00 p.m. offering a variety of hot and cold teas and a selection of petite
savory and sweet delectables. The chef is Marie O'Loughlin Jenkins.
This family event is open to all. Little
Compton Community Center. For more information please contact them at
401.635.2400 or email: Email: email@example.com
v Tuesday, September 2 - Knitting and Crocheting at the Westport
COA. 1:00 p.m. If you're new to knitting or crocheting, it's a great way
to pick up new tricks and always have someone at the ready to help you
through the difficult parts of patterns or explain a new-to-you technique.
Inset: from the left - Mary Ellen Moore of Dartmouth,
Jane Bernado and Paula Gagnon of Westport, and
Nancy Cronin of New Bedford are part of a group of women numbering from 8 to
15 each week who meet at the COA.
For knitters and crocheters
of all skill levels committing to a group is a way of making time for it that
hopefully you will stick with.
The class is led by Gertrude Vigeant.
75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.
v Tuesday, September 2 - Zumba classes
at Countryview Estates! Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
213 Hurst Lane, Tiverton. Admission is $5.00, all are welcome.
workout, and join the party! No previous experience necessary. Easy to follow
Latin dance steps provide a fun and fat burning cardio workout.
For information please call or click Fatima
at 401.378.3872, or email: DAMITAF@aol.com.
v Tuesday, September 2 - Meditation Class at Amicable Church from 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. every Tuesday at Amicable
Congregational Church, 3736 Main Road, Tiverton. The event is free and open
to the public.
Experience the clarity and calm that comes
from shutting off the noise of the outside world and connecting to the body
and the innate serenity of the inner self. This series of weekly classes will
focus primarily on mindfulness meditation with an occasional foray into
simple breath and energy cultivating techniques from various ancient and
contemporary practices. Participants will then bring their expanded awareness
to various life experiences. These meditation classes are facilitated by
Vaughn Bryner, long-time practitioner of yoga,
qigong and a number of meditative disciplines.
Location: Amicable Church Child Care Room
(in the lower level of the building.)
Materials needed: For your comfort, please
bring a cushion (to sit on) and blanket to each session.
For more information call or click
401.624.4611 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Country Line and Couples Dance Lessons with JoAnn and
Andy. Beginner and intermediate dancers. Tuesdays
6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Poirier Post, 281 Appleton Street, New Bedford. Thursdays
6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Silvia Post, 134 Shore Drive, Tiverton RI. $7 per class.
For more information call: (774) 202-5543 and ask for JoAnn.
v Tuesday, September 2 - Essex Teen Council every first Tuesday of the month
starts at 6:30 p.m. at Essex Library,
238 Highland Road, Tiverton.
This is your chance to make a difference at
What do they do? Book clubs, crafts &
DIY, plan events at the library, haunted houses and ghost tours, and murder
The Essex Teen Council meets on the first
Tuesday of each month.
For ages 13-18, and if you need community
service hours, this counts.
For questions please call 401.625.6796 or
v Tuesday, September 2 - Free Open Mic with featured performer
at Sandywoods Center for the Arts,
43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 7 to 10 p.m. BYOB & BYOF
first Tuesday of every month, from 7-10 p.m., an open mic is held at
Sandywoods Center for the Arts. All musicians, performers, and spoken word
artists are welcome to take the stage. Admission is free, but donations for
the evening's featured artist are much appreciated. BYOB and BYOF (food)!
Their July 1st featured performer will be
Seamus Galligan. Seamus is a singer/songwriter
from Fairhaven, MA who draws his inspiration from the likes of Paul Simon,
John Martyn, James Taylor, and Bruce Springsteen. His understated stage
presence paired with his pure vocals will be sure to grab your attention.
v Stump Trivia! 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. every Tuesday at Wally's Tap House, 13 Crandall Road,
is free and open to the public over 21.
Stump Trivia at Wally's Tap House on Monday nights! Bring some friends and
grab some food and a drink! If you've played Stump Trivia, you know just how
awesome our game structure is and there are prizes for the top two teams of
starts around 8 p.m., so get there a little early to get a good seat!
information please call 401.624.1212, or visit their website.
v ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45
p.m. at the United Congregational
Church, 4 S of Commons Rd, Little Compton.
$10.00 per person and teens to seniors all are welcome.
and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: email@example.com.
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Tips for healthy and safe living.
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
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.
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.
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
16 tips you need to
defend yourself against deer ticks and Lyme Disease for 2010. Click here to get them
10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport.
Click here to learn how. PDF
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Westport Council on Aging
• Announcements •
COA Evergreen Newsletter – July/August, 2014
Read latest newsletter now.
Evergreen’s August schedule - get the
schedule and hourly timetable of COA weekly events.
Council of Aging has a
new video! Click here to see it now.
February 14, 2013 -
The Westport Council on Aging is
expanding the hours of its food pantry operation to include Thursdays from 10 a.m.
to 1 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Food for Friends Food Pantry is for
needy Westport residents 18 years of age and over. Proof of residency
Each client who
signs up for the Food for Friends program is assisted personally and
confidentially, meeting with the outreach department to assess individual
Jun 25th 2008
Wednesday - First
Time Ever House Tour at Westport Point. The
the Westport Council on Aging sponsored this House Tour in the
Historic District at Westport Point.
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.
the full story with photos now!
Aerial views courtesy of Geno
New England Wings - Custom Aerial Photography
Baker’s Beach and Westport Point.
Westport’s Central Village featuring Partners Village
Store and Kitchen, Alden Hill Real Estate, and Town Hall Annex.