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Local news you may be interested in. Updated: Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Visit our newly updated Theater and Arts Section, and plan your winter event schedule!
New galleries and art venues added for 2014.
New video 11/15/2014 Take a delightful tour of The Shattuck’s current Small Works Exhibition and Sale.
New video 11/05/2014 View video of Westport’s world of fall waterscapes.
11/30/2014 – Battle of the Jeffs. Alabamian Jeff Flagg captures the 2014 REMAX long drive title with a whopper of a hit into the wind at 365 yards 20 inches.
The win netted Flagg a cool quarter million dollars in the winner-take-all competition.
Speaking of cool, it was a clear but chilly night; the low 50s in the no-humidity desert feels like the low 40s.
Flagg, a 29-year-old former minor league baseball player defeated the 43-years-young Jeff “Critter” Crittenden by a mere 13 inches to capture his first RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in the nippy Nevada desert.
“Thirteen inches,” Critter said. He held up one of his size-12 ½ Foot-Joys. “I lost by my shoe.”
The Critter had decided earlier this year that this would be his final season of long drive.
In a sport where these guys hit the golf ball further than any one else in the universe, it came down to just 13 inches to determine this year’s winner
“I’m speechless,” first-time competitor Jeff Flag said, accepting his check and the World Drive Championship belt.
More on our Golf Page.
11/29/2014 – Southcoast Health earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ recognition from the Joint Commission.
The southcoast hospital group is recognized for excellence in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Southcoast® Health today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, for its performances in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Southcoast Health is the only healthcare system on the South Coast, Cape Cod and Islands, and Plymouth to earn this recognition. More…
11/26/2014 – The Council on Aging’s December newsletter, Evergreen, is now available on-line. Click here to view it now.
11/26/2014 – Sylvan Nursery horticulturist to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Melanie Lévesque has always dreamed of climbing the highest mountain in Africa.
The avid climber and horticulturist at Westport’s Sylvan Nursery will realize that dream next month as she will begin a week-long climb of the 19,341-foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro.
Levesque said every climb is a spiritual journey for her.
"It's never about reaching the top, it's about what you learn along the way," she said. More…
11/26/2014 – Thanksgiving with all the trimmings? A powerful nor’easter threatens Westport with high winds, rain (again!) but little snow.
Travelers to the Vineyard can expect seas of 2 – 4 feet, and 6 - 9 feet if your destination is Nantucket. Gale force winds are in effect starting at 3:00 p.m. today extending through late tonight.
Just what we need on the busiest travel day of the year. Winter storm Cato is forecast to slam into the northeast with up to 12 inches of snow in high elevation areas.
Winter’s first storm may pose a traveling nightmare to those Westporters heading west or north to spend the holiday with friends and family.
Expect delays at airports and slow highway travel.
The weather gurus’ advice – head out a day early and spend one more day with family members.
Thanksgiving is the deadliest travel day of the year according to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More fatalities even than Christmas, Labor Day and the Fourth of July.
Major Northeast cities are likely to see moderate to heavy rain most of the day on Wednesday, though New York and other places also were gearing up for several inches of snow, National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Sullivan said.
Higher elevation areas west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see as much as 6 to 12 inches before the nor'easter exits Wednesday night.
Wear seat belts, don’t drink and drive, and don’t speed on slippery roads. Most important: using common sense when traveling.
11/25/2014 – The Open Space Committee wants input from Westport residents as the town updates the 2006 Open Space and Recreation Plan.
On-line survey still available for input!
Residents are asked to complete the online Open Space and
Open space is defined as “public and privately owned undeveloped lands that are important for a variety of reasons, including recreation, agriculture, forestry, scenic qualities or other qualities, that contribute to the overall character of the town.”
Click here to take the on-line survey.
Do you know all the outdoor places in Westport where you can walk or hike? Get to the ocean? Play baseball, tennis, or golf? Go fishing or shell fishing? The survey lists all these and many more places. It asks which ones you have used in the past year. Opinions on which ones should be preserved and which ones the town needs more of are important to the committee.
The updated Open Space Plan will also make the town eligible for grants administered by the state for land acquisition, preservation, and recreation projects such as trails, parks, and fields.
The deadline for completing the Open Space Plan and Recreation Survey is November 25th. Paper copies of the survey are also available upon request at 508.636.1019 and can be picked up at the Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, the Council on Aging, and the Westport Public Library. Completed surveys can be brought to drop boxes at the above locations.
11/24/2014 – Westport continues to get battered by heavy wind and rains as evidenced by the town’s best rain gauge – the Head of Westport. The East Branch overflowed its banks this morning, threatening to float Osprey Sea Kayaks canoes and kayaks out to sea.
The Westport Highway Department was called out to clear the piles of waterlogged leaves off the many blocked storm drains. Minor roadway flooding was reported throughout the area.
Inset: Highway Department workers clear the drains at Sam Tripp Brook on lower Drift Road.
Unseasonably warm temperatures continue today with a high of 61 degrees.
Rain returns Wednesday with temperatures in the low 40s; you can expect a cloudy Thanksgiving Day, but sunshine is forecast to return on Friday, unfortunately accompanied by a high of 32 degrees.
Things could be worse; all this rain could have been snow, and voila, Buffalo, New York all over again!
11/24/2014 – Thanksgiving comes early to COA food pantry. This year’s harvest from The Trustees of Reservations Westport Town Farm was a bountiful one, according to TTOR Outreach Coordinator Margaret Carroll-Bergman.
“In addition to providing vegetables at its farm stand in the weekly Farmer’s Market, the Westport Town Farm donated 1,200 pounds of fresh produce—a little bit of everything the farm grew from arugula to zucchini— to underserved communities and food pantries in the area,” Carroll-Bergman said.
“Most of the food was distributed to Foods for Friends pantry in Westport that is managed by the Westport Council on Aging, and to the Share the Harvest group at the Dartmouth YMCA,” added TTOR Farm Manager Steve Connors.
In the fall of 2008, The Trustees initiated a Community Gardens project that honors the Town Farm's tradition of helping to feed people in need in Westport and nearby towns.
“Thanks to the support of our membership and the community, Westport Town Farm continues its mission to provide fresh produce to people who might otherwise not have access to healthful foods,” Connors said.
Photo Caption: From left: Jessica Belliveau, Sam Young, Manju Canuel, Savannah Gardikis, Matt Mailloux, Brendan Bothelo, Kaitlyn Habib, Eva Thompson, Chelsea Sandner.
11/22/2014 – WLCT moves forward with preserving open space at the southern tip of South Watuppa Pond. The Westport Land Conservation Trust has entered into an agreement with the Camara family to purchase 37 acres just to the west of Tickle Road and north of American Legion Highway. The property will have a spur that abuts South Watuppa Pond, providing access to that historic, recreational body of water.
Inset: click on image to enlarge.
Previous to this acquisition there was no public access on the eastern side of the pond.
The purchase which was stated to be around $400,000 will be paid by the WLCT ($200,000) with a proposed plan to use CPA funding to pay the balance.
When the purchase of this vulnerable and critical landscape is completed, WLCT plans to create trails on the property and provide access to South Watuppa Pond for the public’s enjoyment.
They are currently working on a plan for managing the property. For questions please feel free to call 508.636.9228 or email: Rmann@westportlandtrust.org.
11/21/2014 – Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 has arrived at Lees Wine and Spirits! Get it while it lasts! Once it's gone, it's gone until next Thanksgiving...
11/19/2014 – Oxford Dictionaries announces today the latest update to its free online dictionary of English. Reflecting research into current language usage trends, new entries include adorbs, binge-watch, cray, humblebrag, listicle, neckbeard, SMH, side boob, vape, and YOLO.
And the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is… vape, as in inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette.
These words for the most part define our changing social culture involving trends, and the internet and texting, and it’s not a pretty picture.
Our personal favorite is bae (not to be confused with British Aerospace - now BAE Systems,) a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner.
What, like we can’t take the effort to say “baby” or “babe?”
Well, we hope you enjoyed this little listicle (an article on the Internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.)
11/18/2014 – Coyote attack in Tiverton neighborhood. We all hear them at night, howling and yelping.
A Crandall Road homeowner’s Doberman pinscher got up close and personal with a coyote last week as his dog fended off an attack by one.
And this incident is not a one-off according to Tiverton’s Animal Control Officer, Paul Bell.
Bell has had his position for nine years, and has been called for coyote sightings in every neighborhood and almost every street in the community.
10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport. Click here to learn how. PDF
Unfortunately the Doberman in question was not up-to-date with its rabies vaccination.
“If the dog is up-to-date on its immunizations, the owner will have to keep the dog inside for 10 days,” Bell said. “If the dog isn’t vaccinated or not-up-to date, it has to be kept in strict home confinement for six months. If I see the dog outside on its own, I’ll have to take it and place it into quarantine.”
It’s a crime if a pet owner doesn’t comply with quarantine confinement.
There have been no reports of attacks on humans according to RI state authorities
Westport holds annual rabies clinic with $10 vaccinations.
Westport’s Animal Control Officer, Donna Lambert, recently held her annual rabies clinic and “had a pretty good turnout,” she said.
“Rabies vaccination for pets is required by law, so at $10.00 per pet it was a heck of a deal, a real bargain, especially because the one-year and three-year shot are the same price."
In response to the Tiverton coyote attack, Lambert said it’s always best to avoid contact with a coyote.
11/17/2014 – It’s raining cats and dogs out there! A flash flood warning was issued today as up to three inches of rain has fallen over the last 36 hours with more expected this evening.
Storms dumping heavy rain swept into the Westport area this afternoon, flooding roads and low-lying areas.
If you’re a Direct TV viewer, good luck with reception.
Temperatures will likely fall to the mid-30s overnight. Showers are likely, though mainly before 11 p.m.
Lots of wind tomorrow.
On Wednesday, “drier air is expected to move in, less humid conditions, and it should continue through the weekend,” the National Weather Service said. Temperatures in the low 40s and sunny skies are expected for the week with a high of 54 on Sunday.
Only in New England.
11/16/2014 – Dramatic West Branch waterscape of the Acoaxet River. Our Photo of the Week is a southerly West Branch scene not normally appreciated by most Westporters as, with the exception of the Adamsville Landing, West Branch waterfront is all privately owned.
11/15/2014 – Affordable, high-quality artwork at The Shattuck. The Shattuck’s highly anticipated small works annual exhibition features first-class art at affordable prices ranging from $12 felt-covered stones to $500 sculptures and paintings by nearly 60 established artisans.
Stretch your holiday shopping budget by stopping by tonight’s Artists’ Reception and meet the talent behind this dynamic exhibition.
And enjoy the grounds of the area’s most celebrated art gallery.
Dedee Shattuck Gallery celebrates artistic expertise and craftsmanship, spanning many mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, furniture, and textiles.
This show of affordable works features many of the unforgettable emerging and established artists that The Shattuck has showcased previously, as well as several bright new voices.
Exhibitions and Artists’ Receptions are free and open to the public.
Take a delightful tour of The Shattuck’s current Small Works Exhibition and Sale.
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v Sunday, December 21 – Celebrate the Holiday Season at White's of Westport on Sunday, December 21st!
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Photos with Santa, face painting, coloring, cookie decorating and a full breakfast buffet.
Please call 508.675.7185 for reservations.
Adults | $18 Kids | $14 Infants | $2
66 State Road, Westport.
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v Sunday, December 21 – Zumba Fitness at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
Also meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Put more wiggle in your week!
$5 per class; proceeds to benefit McAuley Ministries.
No dance experience necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome (16 and under with an adult.)
Zumba is the dance fitness revolution that fuses Latin and other world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energizing workout that you will love!
Visit their website.
v Weekly AA Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at Little Compton Community Center, 34 The Commons, Little Compton. Get Directions with MapQuest.
Weekly meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday night.
For more information please call 401.635.2400. Visit the LCCC website.
The meeting is free and open to all.
Find out more about the above and other local area events coming up this week. Click here for our all of this week’s event listings!
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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.
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.
16 tips you need to defend yourself against deer ticks and Lyme Disease. Click here to get them now!
10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport. Click here to learn how. PDF
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