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Festive, fall pumpkins and gourds at the Orr Farm, Adamsville Road in Westport.
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Local news you may be interested in. Updated: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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New video 09/05/2014 View video of Beach Avenue, Knubble Beach and Westport Harbor to see why so many are claiming first dibs on the prettiest beachfront in Westport.
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 Derby.
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.
07/30/2014 – 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 River.
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.
Artists' Reception is Saturday, August 16th from 5-7 p.m.
Dedee Shattuck 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.
Bryan McFarlane is a Boston painter and a professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Read more...
07/29/2014 – South 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.
Youth are planting trees, growing organic produce and clearing hiking trails this summer for the benefit of their community. Read more...
07/28/2014 – For 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...
07/28/2014 – 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 people.
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.
07/28/2014 – 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 often medically-underserved.”
The schedule for the Southcoast Health Van visits is below:
Monday, July 21st, Swansea COA - 260 Ocean Grove Avenue;
Monday, July 28th, Somerset COA - 1458 County Street;
Tuesday, August 5th, Freetown COA - 227 Chase Road, East Freetown;
Friday, August 15th, Rochester COA - 67 Dexter Lane;
Wednesday, October 8th, Westport COA - 75 Reed Road.
An additional visit in Fall River is pending.
All sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
07/25/2014 – 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 Providence.
Created by local artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire has become a must-see for visitors throughout the Southcoast.
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 braziers!
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!
07/24/2014 – 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.
07/20/2014 – Westport prepares for Comcast cable. For 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.
Westport 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 by Charter.
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 Comcast.
Is this a good deal for Westport?
At least one consumer advocacy group critical of the merger said that the agreement does nothing to reduce its concern.
"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.
07/19/2014 – 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.
07/16/2014 – 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 thoroughfares.
Paving will begin sometime between July 16th and August 1st, according to Selectmen.
07/15/2014 – 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!
07/15/2014 – 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.
07/13/2014 – 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.
07/13/2014 – 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 week.
OK you gardeners and golfers, what’s your excuse now?
07/13/2014 – 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 people.
More with photos later. Watch for the amazing time-lapsed video!
07/13/2014 – It was a glorious morning for a run. 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 2013.
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 fifth.
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.
07/12/2014 – 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.
Click here to view all town organization’s newsletters.
07/08/2014 –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 rooms.
Re-opening is scheduled for mid-August - stay tuned.
All weekly specials,
Wednesday trivia night, and Prime Rib nights will be available during the
07/07/2014 – 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 streets.
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.
Heavy stormwater 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 attention.
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.
07/05/2014 – 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.
07/04/2014 – Hurricane Arthur is on the way; the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Will the Westport July 4th parade be spared the wind and rain?
As of 9:00 a.m. this morning Arthur was downgraded to a Category 1 storm.
One point of concern will be Cape Cod and the Islands, and the Eastern seaboard.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the area.
But if 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 p.m.
Parade organizer Dave Palmer has previously announced the parade will go on, rain or shine!
Happy Independence Day Westport!
07/04/2014 – 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 Road.
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.
Attendees tend to dress casually, and as a friend expressed it, 'you can wear almost anything that won't get you arrested in public.'
Click here to read more Church News.
07/01/2014 – Select Board sound bites. Selectmen on unanimous votes appointed last night several town board, committee and commission members, and one reserve police officer.
But not so unanimous or altruistic is the deepening dissension among selectmen and among town residents on what should be done with Beach Avenue.
Acoaxet (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.
But never in this history of discontent has a small stretch of public road been at the heart of such a troubling controversy until now.
At 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.
In a more pleasant proceeding, Selectmen presented a Citation to Clayton M. Harrison, Board of Appeals member, for his long-term service (47 years) to the town.
This record-setting service started out as a one-year-only term to help out the town. More later.
07/01/2014 – 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 financial effects.
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Wednesday, October 29
v Zumba classes are offered at Sandwoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for $7 per class. The class is great for beginners and intermediate students. No previous experience is necessary.
Zumba is a form of Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a cardio workout.
For more information, call or click Fatima Devine, certified zumba instructor, at 401.378.3872 or email email@example.com.
v Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30 p.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 Friday.
Session II aerobics on Tuesday.
For more information please call 508.636.1026.
v Watercolor painting at the COA. 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Watercolor Workshop is a group for those interested in learning and sharing more about the joy of watercolor painting. The membership consists of artists just beginning their journey with watercolor to experienced artists who willingly offer encouragement and motivation to one another. Class size is limited. Please call 508.636.1026 for more information.
Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.
v Wednesday, October 29 - Kripalu Yoga with Karen Moore Holliday every Wednesday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Little Compton Wellness Center 115 East Main Road, Little Compton.
$5 per class. For more information contact Sheri Massa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Ageless Gentle Yoga every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $17.00 per person.
Experience wellbeing, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing. Discount available for session.
Call 401.816.0024, Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.
Vinyasa yoga classes, available at RIVERS OF LIGHT Studio, Tiverton.
v Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center.
Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.
v Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere.
$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over. $6 suggested donation under age 50.
Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email:
v American Red Cross blood drive today at White’s of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport. From 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. For more information please call or click: 800.red.cross or visit their website.
v Poetry Writing at the Westport COA. 1:30 p.m. Members bring a new poem they have written to the weekly Wednesday meeting and constructively critique one another's work. Class size is limited. Please call for information. Convener is Barbara Wickes.
v Calling all players for Party Bridge. Intermediate bridge players are invited to play Party Bridge every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.
Many of the regular players have headed south for the winter, so new players are invited to join. For more information please call 508.636.2603.
v Kripalu Yoga for the Middle Years every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton.
$5.00 per class and all are welcome.
A gentle yoga
program incorporating breathing poses.
Call 401.592.0400 or email email@example.com for more information.
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v Wednesday, October 29 - Every Wednesday. Weekly Pilates Class at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton starts Wednesday, April 30th from 5 - 6 p.m. with instructor Rachel Harris. $15 per class, with discount packages available. For more information please email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Poetry Night at the Brownell Library. 6:00 p.m. Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Book Club Poetry Night - Come share a favorite poem or enjoy a poem. The event is free and open to everyone.
v Wednesday, October 29 - The first annual Little Compton PST pumpkin carving contest and fundraiser kicks off tonight.
Kids ages 10 and under can carve or paint their own pumpkins at the Pumpkin Contest Spook-tacular.
The kids who design the best, most creative and spookiest pumpkins will win a prize.
“This is the inaugural ral event,” said Corrie Martin, Little Compton PST member.
Martin said she is expecting about 20 kids to attend.
The event will take place at Crowther’s Restaurant, 90 Pottersville Road, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Event proceeds will benefit Little Compton PST.
Martin said the Little Compton PST holds fundraisers throughout the year to offset the cost of the activities and events they sponsor.
Entry is $10. The Little Compton PST will provide pumpkins for all of the kids as well as painting and carving tools.
Cash or checks are accepted at the door.
For more information, email Martin or call 401.297.6436.
v Wednesday, October 29 - Hey all you wine connoisseurs… heads up! Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery will be hosting "Wine Education and Tasting Seminars" in their Wine Bar every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, August 6th.
On October 29th - "How to be a wine snob" with Liz You can never study enough! In the name of thoroughness, Liz K. will be covering the basic rubric of how to impress your friends and loved ones with your wine prowess. Fresh from becoming certified herself, Liz will be covering the basics of wine tasting and other not-so-well-known aspects. Get to know Westport Rivers wines in ways you didn't expect!
The seminars will last and hour or two and will highlight a wine, wine making or vineyard related topic and will always include an informative wine tasting. These are free for wine club members and only $10 for everyone else. They will be sending additional information soon but wanted everyone to block off their Wednesdays nights beginning August 6th.
v Wednesday, October 29 - Workshop Series: Creative Writing Group for Teens starts at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton.
The Tiverton Public Library and the Sandywoods Center for the Arts present an engaging creative writing workshop for young adults beginning on September 18.
Do you journal? Do you have a secret notebook filled with poems? Have you tried writing short stories? Flash fiction? Fan fiction? Or have you always wanted to try? Our workshop will encourage you to wake up and shake up the writer within. Creative prompts and constructive feedback will help you find the right form and the right words to express your own unique vision.
Kathryn Kulpa has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen--actually, a crayon. Her first story was published in Seventeen magazine, and she was an editor at Merlyn's Pen, a magazine of writing by teens. She currently edits Newport Review, an online literary magazine, and is the author of a short story collection, Pleasant Drugs. Her stories have been featured in Cleaver, Metazen, Monkeybicycle, Superstition Review, and the Six-Word Memoir series.
Free and open to ages 12-18.
Registration preferred; please call 401.625.6796 or email them at: email@example.com.
v Weight Watchers Meeting from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. $42.95 for a monthly pass. www.weightwatchers.com.
v Karaoke every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Atlantic Sports Pub, 70 Shove Street, Tiverton. The event is free and open to the public.
v Hey smarty pants, show White's of Westport what you've got! Do you dominate Trivial Pursuit? Are you the first person to shout of the answer on Jeopardy? Then you'll love their weekly Team? Trivia game.
Join White's of
Westport in the Galley Grille on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. to test your
knowledge and enjoy some great food and drinks.
66 State Road, (Route 6) Westport.
Also don't miss 20 cent wings, half priced appetizers (7-9 p.m.), great beers on tap, plus a chance to win a $20 gift card to use on your next visit to the Galley Grille or Bittersweet Farm.
v Karaoke every Wednesday and Thursday night at Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
For more information please call 508.675.1501 or 401.435.6565.
v Ageless Gentle Yoga from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. every Wednesday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
$17.00 per person.
Experience well-being, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing. Discount available for session.
For more information please call 401.816.0024, Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades.
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