Saturday, May 30, 2015
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05/30/2015 – “Lest we forget.” 'Decoration
Day', later called Memorial Day, was first observed this day in 1868 by northern
Click here for Westport Images of Memorial Day.
On Monday, May 25th Westport
conducted Memorial Day Ceremonies throughout the town with a parade at
10:00 a.m. from Westport Town Hall, and the laying of wreaths at five
town-wide locations that began at 8:00 a.m.
Rifles are raised and the brass flies as the
Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard does its duty on the Fontaine Bridge. Our Photo of the Week is in honor
of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country’s freedom and way
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05/29/2015 – Weird, rare, strange, bizarre, nonetheless stunning – tough to come up with
adjectives to describe this interesting patchwork of a cloud formation captured
late Wednesday afternoon over the East Branch of the Westport River.
One thing’s for sure, it’s
a photographer’s joy not to be missed, especially when you have a camera
(or iPhone) in hand.
Keep your eyes to the
Click here for more Clouds over
05/29/2015 – Today is ‘Put A Pillow On Your
Before the invention of
refrigerators in the 1920s, people in Europe and the USA would put cloth in
their larder for good luck once a year. Food storage habits have changed
since then, putting the future of this long-standing tradition in doubt.
However, the custom has
survived the scare and is back stronger than ever; all you need to do is
place a pillow on your fridge on Friday, May 29th!
The observant among you may
notice that the true equivalent of the old tradition would be to put a
pillow inside your fridge. Perhaps try both to make sure you don’t miss out
on any of that luck!
05/28/2015 – The Red Dory
Restaurant in Tiverton gets rave reviews from the Providence Journal. Dining Review: The Red Dory
launches delicious dining.
Westport’s Steve Johnson opened the Red Dory last November. The casual
fine-dining restaurant located in the Stone Bridge village of Tiverton,
Rhode Island overlooks the Sakonnet River, and offers
personal versions of Mediterranean-style seafood dishes with most of the
ingredients coming from the area’s farmers and fishermen.
The Red Dory is located in the old Stonebridge Restaurant building
that dates back to the 1930’s.
”We’re offering people a chance to enjoy food and people,” Steve said.
“We’re not a temple to gastronomy. It’s not a religious experience.”
Look for a raw bar, seafood appetizers, spiced-up green salads, pasta
dishes, and fish and shellfish entrees.
1848 Main Road, Tiverton, RI (across from Grinnell’s Beach.) For more
information or reservations please call or click 401.816.5001 or email:
05/26/2015 – Holes–in-one will now come easy at Missouri’s Top of
the Rock golf course!
A massive foursome of sinkholes
combined to swallow up a good-sized chunk of the Jack Nicklaus–designed Top
of the Rock golf course last Friday in Branson, Mo.
The largest hole, which is
80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places, was created by two separate
sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of the Rock golf course,
Martin MacDonald, conservation director for Bass Pro Shops, told The
Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Golfers in Branson,
Missouri, will now have some extra hazards to cope with on their next round
after four sinkholes swallowed part of the Par 3 hilltop venue.
Photos/Nate Papes/Springfield News-Leader
The largest of the
sinkholes abuts a pond on the course.
According to KOLR10 News, a
second hole measures 18 feet deep, while the other two are (comparatively)
smaller, about four feet deep.
According to AP, “The Jack
Nicklaus-designed par-3 course is part of the Bass Pro Shops-owned Big
Cedar Lodge complex which hosted a Champions Tour event last month.
This most-challenging new
hazard, the largest sinkhole, isn’t near the main course and won’t affect
play (unless you duck-hook your tee shot of the first hole!),” MacDonald
Geologists say such
sinkholes are fairly common in the Ozarks because of its karst topography, a feature in which water
is constantly circulating through bedrock below the ground.
No one was injured except
the course designer’s pride.
Click here to read about more curious
golf news and get complete information on all golf courses in and around the
Click here for the interesting video.
05/25/2015 – Serena Parente Charlebois wins Best in Show in the 5th annual Little
Compton Spring Photography Show.
Her entry, ‘Midsummer Night’ was pure classic camerawork
for which the Little Compton photographer is known: composition, soft lighting,
black and white imagery, and fine art portraiture.
Where does she find those
endearing, angelic subjects?
Charlebois is no stranger to winning
awards, having taken home several “Best Categories” in the past at this seminal
“This is my first Focus
Award (Best of Show) Charlebois said. “I couldn’t
be more pleased. In the past I have won Best in Category.”
Charlebois has received national
recognition for her ability to capture emotional and natural portraits of
children and their families.
The show’s awards were presented
at a Special Preview Party on Friday, May 23rd at 7:15 p.m.
The Peoples’ Choice Award went
to Westport’s photographic artist, Karen Raus.
More photos will be posted
05/25/2015 – Westport will conduct Memorial Day 2015 Ceremonies throughout
the town on Monday, May 25th.
Parade kicks off at 10:00
a.m. from Westport Town Hall; laying of wreaths begins
at 8:00 a.m.
will one generation of veterans abandon another.” – Justin Latini
Last year Vietnam Veterans
Chapter No. 207 President Justin Latini captured
the essence of a solemn Memorial Day ceremony with the words of a famous
slogan: “All gave some, but some gave all.”
This Year Mr. Lattini will be coordinating the ceremonies, as Westport’s
newest Veterans Agent, Bradford Fish is out of town with prior commitments.
Click here for
all the details with photos.
05/22/2015 – New interim pastor in the Harbor. The Acoaxet
Chapel is pleased to welcome Pastor Mark Gelinas
as their interim pastor. Mark and his wife Val come to them from
Pacific Union Church.
Click here for more Acoaxet Chapel news and news from other local churches
in and around Westport.
05/22/2015 – Wilfrid’s Garage in Westport under new ownership. The papers were signed Friday
and the keys passed over to new owners, Christopher Cotta and Joan Lisa
Steadman from former owners Rick and Helene Anctil
(right in photo.)
The Main Street service
station, one of Westport’s oldest commercial businesses, will continue
operation as a full-service garage, retaining the name of the founder who
started the iconic business in the mid-1950s.
Anctil’s father, Wilfrid, started up the business
as a one-stall garage on land his father-in-law owned (Jim Hancock, Sr.) in
the mid-1950s when Wilfrid returned from Korea. More...
05/22/2015 – The Westport Land
Conservation Trust (WLCT) is excited to announce the reception of a grant
from BayCoast Bank.
The grant, facilitated with the help of BayCoast
Bank Assistant Treasurer Gina Palmer, will allow WLCT to pay a graduate
student from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, to partake in an
internship performing administrative duties to align WLCT with the
standards and practices set forth by the Land Trust Alliance.
portion of the grant will also fund a summer internship designed to utilize
GPS technology to map WLCT properties using GIS (Geographical Information
Systems) technology, a valuable resource moving forward.
would like to thank BayCoast Bank and Gina Palmer
for their funding of this grant. Grants such as these are incredibly
important to WLCT, and the Trust appreciates BayCoast
giving back to their community.
05/22/2015 – Westport’s state
representatives invite you to attend a Fall River/Freetown State Forest Stakeholder
This is an organizational
meeting to bring together a robust and diverse group of interested folks to
work alongside state entities for the preservation, maintenance, and upkeep
of the Fall River/ Freetown State Forest.
Join your legislators at a Fall
River/Freetown State Forest Stakeholders Meeting at the Freetown Historical
Society, 1 Slab Ridge Road, Assonet on Monday,
June 1st starting at 6:00 p.m. More....
05/20/2015 11:30 a.m. – Breaking news-Westport. At approximately 11:00
a.m. today a late model Toyota Camry LE was involved in a chilling
collision with an 18-wheeler (sand and gravel tractor trailer) as the Camry
was exiting Lees Market, across from BayCoast
The tractor trailer was
heading south on Main Road at the time of the accident.
The Camry sustained heavy
damage, sending the woman driver, purportedly in her 70s, to the hospital
in a Westport Fire Department ambulance.
“She was pretty badly
banged up,” said one of the police officers on-site.
The accident is being
investigated by Westport police who briefly preserved the accident scene
for further investigation.
05/17/2015 – Neighbor’s disgruntlement over Westport Rivers Winery’s
weekend concerts has been fermenting for some time, and it all came to a head
this Monday night in a crammed Town Hall Selectmen’s meeting.
Attorneys Brian Cory and
Daniel Perry squared off over the issue of when an agricultural property
can go too far in providing an entertainment venue that some perceive as an
improper agricultural use of protected farmland.
Click here to view video of Westport Winery’s
fight for, and their approval of an entertainment license for 2015.
“I’m thrilled the Board of
Selectmen recognized the community significance of this event,” Robert
Russell told EverythingWestport after the Board’s unanimous vote to
grant the Vineyard an entertainment license for 2015.
The Vineyard will kick off
its 15-concert series with Rebecca Correia on Friday, June 19th.
05/17/2015 – Borden Street residents have long complained about dangerous road and
traffic conditions on Westport’s southwest-most side street off Route 6.
There are automobiles
zipping through the strip mall’s parking lot around a stop sign, going the
wrong way onto Route 6 to take a western turn towards Fall River.
And you don’t even want to
talk about the cars coming from the west on America’s oldest highway,
cutting across the entrance to Borden Street and flying into the mall’s
“We’ve had it with
contaminated water runoff turning our lawns yellow, dangerous road ice
build-up in the winter months, and the unsafe entrance to our road, one
resident recently complained to Selectmen at their weekly Town Hall
“What are you going to do
Click here to see what Westport’s
Highway Surveyor “did about it.”
05/16/2015 – Is Sandwoods on the skids? Nearly
a dozen years ago, Joseph Bossom and Mika Seeger
had a vision to turn their Sandywoods Farm into a community of artists
living in eco-friendly affordable housing, sharing inspiration, ideas and
healthy food grown in a community garden.
Sandywoods arts center and housing development, with 50 affordable rental
homes, opened with great fanfare in
Joseph Bossom says that the whole thing is a
“disappointment,” in fact, and blamed the management of the nonprofit land
trust and overseer, a noisy wind turbine and other factors.
of what Joe Bossom says is true, says former
event/concert organizer Russ Smith, but “Sandywoods is still a great place,
with almost unlimited potential. The way that Sandywoods is managed is a
total disaster,” Smith said.
Read the expose
article by the Providence
Journal’s Christine Dunn.
05/15/2015 – Edmund Beaulieu will turn 99 next Tuesday. But last night Ed was
honored and celebrated at Westport Grange No. 181 Patrons Of Husbandry for
his 80 years membership and service to this venerable fraternal
The Sanford Road man started
out as a junior Grange member and has been active ever since; he’s still
the Grange’s Steward, responsible for and in charge of all tools and
supplies, today largely a ceremonial post.
Nowadays, Ed’s duties are
more domestic, setting up the Grange Hall for their monthly meetings.
Not to be outdone, Ed’s wife, Helen is the
Apparently membership in the Grange is a
life-long commitment as 94-year-old Eleanor Gay, herself a 75-year member,
was in attendance to pay homage to Ed.
The Grange, founded after the Civil War in 1867,
is the oldest American agricultural advocacy group with a national scope.
They are also the only organization that
accepted female members since their inception.
Apparently being a Grange member is a long, long
obligation and privileged journey.
Mathew Johnson, Master-Massachusetts State
Grange sent his greetings: “Congratulations on your rare and incredible
accomplishment of 80 years continuous service to the Grange! Such an
accomplishment is simply amazing!”
Pictured above with Ed is current Grange Master,
Jeff DeNardo (left) and former Grange Master, Ed Horky.
The Westport Grange meets at 7:00 p.m. the
second Thursday of the month. Westport Grange, 931 Main Road, Westport.
05/13/2015 - Our Photo of the Week is truly amazing and an
OMG moment that is remarkable for the fact no one was hurt. This massive
white oak crushed the home of Virginia King at 19 Greenwood Avenue in
Westport last Saturday.
Click here to see enlarged image of
this and hundreds of other Photos of the Week!
05/10/2015 3:00 p.m. – Nightmare
on number nineteen Greenwood. Virginia King had just settled down on her living room couch,
her aged dog lounging on an accompanying love seat. She picked up a book,
intent on spending a comfortable Mother’s Day afternoon reading.
Out of the blue and without any warning a thunderous boom
above her head startled the 70-something grandmother who then fled out the
front door, the dog right behind her.
When she got outside she couldn’t believe her eyes!
here to see what scared Virginia King. Full story with photos
05/10/2015 - Southcoast VNA to offer bereavement workshop for children
starting Monday, May 18th.
Southcoast Visiting Nurse
Association, known in the community as Southcoast
VNA, is offering a free, five-week bereavement workshop for children
between the ages of 6 and 13 grieving the death of a loved one. Click here for more detail
in our Future Event Listings.
05/10/2015 – 814. 814 is a great credit score; Angel Number 814
indicates that you are fully supported by the Universe; and in the year 814
emperor Omortag arranged a peace with the
Byzantine Empire, avoiding years of conflict.
But 814 is also the number of dollars
remaining in Westport’s free cash account after Town Meeting authorized
$1.7 million to fund operating expenses, buy some vehicles, and explore how
the financially strapped town should replace the PCB-plagued Middle School
Westport’s annual Town Meeting and Special Town
Meeting adjourned Thursday night at 10:00 a.m., only to resume on Tuesday,
May 19th at 7:00 p.m. to handle the acceptance of several private roads
into the fold of public byways maintained by the Highway Department.
814 may be a great credit score but it spells
rocky roads ahead for Westport finances.
Click here to review 2015 Town Meeting warrant with annotated voting
results from two nights of Town Meeting. PDF
Click here to review 2015 Special Town Meeting warrant with
annotated voting results from two nights of Town Meeting. PDF
05/10/2015 – At first glance, it looks
like nothing much ever changes in Adamsville, a
historic village that spans Little Compton, Tiverton, and Westport, Mass.
here and there, change is always going on.
walls, white-picket fences, tall trees and historical farmhouses mark this
quaint village, along with a smattering of local businesses, including
Gray's Daily Grind and the Grist Mill, the Barn restaurant, and the newly
renovated Simmons Café and Market. More.
05/10/2015 – Southcoast
Health’s Monthly Calendar Listings for May.
Click here for a comprehensive listing for Southcoast Health’s Monthly Calendar Listings for May:
Support Groups, Childbirth & Family Education, Maternity Services,
Weight Loss Seminars, Medical Fitness/Rehabilitation Programs, and Rappp.
05/10/2015 – The Southcoast Wellness Van announces its May schedule for
community screenings and vaccinations.
Wellness Van travels across the region bringing health screenings into the
communities of Southeastern Massachusetts. Free mobile health services
available by the staff include: Cancer screenings and education, Blood
pressure screening, Cholesterol screening, Teen resource information,
Glucose (diabetes) screenings Nutritional information and education, Health
education services, Medical physician referral, and Vaccinations. Click here for all the schedules.
05/08/2015 – Westport
Town Meeting wrapped up last night after eight grueling hours over two
days. Controversy swirled around several Warrant
articles, and emotions ran high as town meeting members tried to get their
heads and hearts around several contentious issues.
194 were in attendance the second night of town
meeting: A:20; B:52; C:22; D:20; and E:80.
Article 37 –
Restraint of dogs. No dogs shall be allowed on beach or town-owned
recreational areas from April 16th through September 15th. Period. With one
minor word change voters narrowly carried this article. More.
Article 39 – Westport’s Town Administrator (TA) sat
stoically while voters debated with town officials over
provisions in this article affecting the TA’s responsibilities, ultimately
gutting the article’s intent (removing section 6405) but keeping the TA as
chief financial officer.
Select Board Chairman Craig Dutra who proposed
the article later tried to withdraw it over objections and votes taken by
town meeting attendees. More.
Article 40 – Firearms and Weapons. Beware all you
hunters who like to roam private property without the owners’ permission;
new proposed regulations were adopted last night by a close, hand-counted
vote to require written permission from all Westport property owners
before hunting on privately-owned land.
Violators can face fines of up to $200 per daily
hunting on my land!
Article 41 – Road safety article defeated by Town
Meeting despite pleas from Highway Department employees. New
regulations controlling standard road widths to improve public safety and
town departments’ (fire and police, highway department) access into
developments was deemed by Town Counsel to have no legal standing if
approved at Town Meeting.
Predictably, it was defeated but the Highway
Department stood by the article’s intent to improve public safety on
Article 43 – This much-needed article carried unanimously
at last night’s meeting was the adoption of the win-win article that
permits detached accessory apartments by special permit in Westport,
An amendment offered by Tim Gillespie and
approved by voters increased the allowable square footage from 600 to 750
square feet for detached accessory apartments in Westport, a much needed
change to a much needed new by-law.
The Planning Board ultimately recognized the
needs of seniors who can’t afford to live in town, and those seniors still
in town will could use a new means of income to help them stay in their
homes; property owners’ children and possibly their families who find
themselves homeless through lack of full-time employment; helping the
disabled to stay in Westport; and even more important – increasing the
total number of affordable housing units in Westport, helping the town
reach its required minimum of 10 percent affordable housing.
don’t forget the added property tax revenue through “new growth” that falls outside the
limits of Preposition 2 ½, money the town sorely needs to meet its
financial obligations. More.
Articles 50 through 57 - And
confusion and controversy swirled around the town’s inability to accept several private
town roads as public ways because of a narrowly missed time frame with
After many false starts and challenges to the
Moderator’s stance on adjourning Town Meeting, attendees agreed to continue
Town Meeting until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th to dispose of Articles 50
through 57. More.
05/07/2015 – Hospital
bed donation will help someone in need. Westport COA Director Beverly Bisch has a gentleman who is donating an Invacare full
electric hospital bed with side rails and an overhead pull-up bar, bed
tray/table, Medline Supra low air loss & alternating pressure mattress
replacement system, and (2) MDTAPXD mattress pumps.
Note: image depicted here is
similar to the bed being donated.
The items must be picked up.
If you or anyone you know is interested please
call the Westport Senior Center at 508.636.1026 x2402 and ask for Beverly.
A tip of the hat to the gentleman so kindly
donating this equipment!
05/07/2015 – Westport
Town Meeting will resume tonight at 7:15 p.m., acting upon
the remaining 25 articles.
Click here to review 2015 Town Meeting warrant with annotated voting
results from Tuesday evening. PDF
A Special Town Meeting that will address two articles
starts at 7:00 p.m. before the Annual Town Meeting reopens.
Click here to read the Special Town Meeting warrant. PDF
Above: From the left: Town
Counsel, Town Administrator, and Selectmen at 2015 annual Town Meeting.
05/06/2015 – Four
hours and 34 articles later, Town Meeting suspended its activities, scheduled to resume Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m.
to finish up the remaining 25 articles.
in attendance the first night of town meeting: A:84; B:142; C:74; D:83; and E:190.
A Special Town Meeting that will take up only
two articles will start at 7:00 p.m. before the Annual Town Meeting resumes.
It’s amazing, and a testament to the work done
by the Selectmen, Town Administrator, Department heads and the Finance
Committee that voters can quickly dispatch a record FY’16 budget of
$34,354,819 in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, but then expend an exorbitant
amount of time on special interest Articles.
The ever controversial and highly contentious Beach Avenue Article 14 passed on a
close hand count of 168-133. The article will permit the Select Board to
acquire by almost any means possible (no Eminent Domain, however) land to
create a 48-foot wide vehicular turnaround about 1000 feet down from the
embattled road’s entrance.
A last ditch effort from the floor to raise the
salaries of three elected officials failed by a strong majority vote.
Tax Collector Carol Borden called for raising
the salaries of the Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Town Treasurer from
$61,771 to $64,271 but failed to receive the approval of Town Meeting.
Borden was successful, however, in securing an
additional $2500 for the Treasurer’s office to fund additional time for
that office’s clerk, an action that was later deemed to be in error by Town
Counsel David Jenkins after Selectman Antone
Vieira questioned the appropriation.
Above: Town Moderator Steven Fors (right) in conference with Town Council David Jenkins,
assisted by Town Clerk Marlene Samson over a question posed by Selectman Antone Vieira of the authority of Town Meeting to
increase budget line item amounts. Town Administrator King looks on. Photo/EverythngWestport.com
Oh well, just another night at Town Meeting.
A high point was a very professional and
well-turned out presentation by Schools Building Committee member, Tracy Priestner (below) to appropriate up to $700,000 for a school
Town Meeting attendees showed their appreciation
for the “Our Town. Our Children. Our
Future” PowerPoint presentation with thunderous applause and unanimous
acceptance of the article.
The $700,000 will determine which action to take
with the remaining school buildings after the School Committee’s recent
vote to shut down the PCB-plagued Middle School.
but still disappointing turnout by town voters.
573 town voters turned out on the first night, a
respectable but still disappointing number considering the town’s 11,500
plus registered voters.
More to come with photos.
Annual Town meeting resumes Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. in the Westport
High School’s auditorium.
Click here to review the Town Meeting
Click here to review Westport Annual Town
Report 2014. PDF Large
file (243 pages), please be patient.
Click here to read the Special Town Meeting warrant. PDF
05/04/2015 – Fall
River’s Damra Pao runs
away from the field in the 11th running of the Devin Laubi Foundation’s annual 5K Run/Walk.
Westport-based organization provides financial assistance to families of children
Sunday’s race day conditions were ideal and the
34-year-old Pao took full advantage, setting a
blistering pace, finishing well ahead of the pack at 19:21.
Pao was more than two minutes ahead of the 2nd and
3rd place winners.
The event had a good turnout with 103
“It was a great day for a run,” Pao said.
James Chaves (21:33) and Richard LeBlanc 21:35)
took second and third place, respectively, with Sherri Andrade (22:57),
Annette Ainsworth (23:29), and Madalena Boudreau (24:06)
as the top three females.
winners were Elliott Pawlak,
1st place (23.46); Abigale Long, 2nd place (24:45); and Alexis Kublin, 3rd place (33:29).
runners from Westport were Annette Ainsworth, 2nd place female at 23.29 and
Elliott Pawlak, 1st place ‘under 18’ at 23.46.
All results posted here.
Click here for pictures.
05/04/2015 – Westport River Watershed
Alliance announces winners of River Day Poster contest.
Westport Watershed Alliance (WRWA) has chosen the winners for this
year’s River Day Poster contest.
Students from grades 2-5 at the Westport Elementary School submitted
designs, with the theme of river habitats, featuring the wildlife and
scenic beauty of the Westport River and its watershed. Over 100 art works were submitted, making
the task of choosing the winner from many worthy entries a challenge. The winning art work will be the artistic
basis for the poster for the annual River Day event, which will take place
this Saturday, June 6th at the Head of Westport.
year’s overall winner is third grader Ella Turenne, whose colorful crayon
depiction of fish, birds, trees and sunshine was the judges’ hands-down
favorite. The other ribbon winners more...
05/03/2015 – Charlton
Memorial Hospital Retirees Association to host quarterly meeting on Friday,
The Retired Employees of Charlton Memorial
Hospital, a part of Southcoast Health System,
will host its quarterly meeting on Friday, May 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. in the Mooney Assembly Room at Charlton Memorial Hospital, 363
Highland Avenue, in Fall River. All Charlton Memorial Hospital retirees are
welcome to attend.
05/01/2015 – Mistaken identity? Not! A driver of a Chevrolet Cavalier that
allegedly ran a stoplight while westbound on Charlotte White Road and
collided with a car on Route 88, denied he was driving the car despite
eyewitness testimony, a photo taken by the driver of the other car, and a
neighbor’s surveillance video which showed the man in the driver’s seat,
according to an article in the Westport
his multiple denials, the driver is now in the hot seat. More.
Dean Martin said,” If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt.”
05/01/2015 – Casino
creep. Massachusetts‘s first casino will open as
scheduled by June 24th, developers say. Can New Bedford or Somerset, both
in the running for a license in the southeastern part of the state, be
Owners of Plainridge
Park Casino in Plainville reported to state regulators that the project
remains on schedule despite New England’s brutal weather, according to an
develoing an $800 million resort in Springfield, and Wynn is building a
$1.7 billion one in the Boston area.
Somerset and New Bedford are vying for the last license in our area; and
smart money is betting it will end up in Somerset or New Bedford.
Westport, chip up!
04/29/2015 – The Westport Council on Aging has
released the May issue of their newsletter – Evergreen. Click here to read it now.
Click here to read other Westport
04/28/2015 – April showers bring
May flowers, but May flowers bring... Botanica!
The Shattuck is pleased to present Botanica, a
group exhibition exploring flora in a variety of mediums, complimentary to
the galleries emphasis on the relationship between contemporary art and the
The exhibit runs Wednesday, April
29th through Sunday, May 31st, with an artists' reception on Saturday, May
2nd from 5-7 p.m.
Artisans Anna Kristina Goransson, Beth Galston,
Georgia Marsh, Jessica Calderwood, Leslie Ferst, Reenie Barrow and Yoonmi Nam
will participate in the exhibition.
Gallery, 1 Partners Lane (off 865 Main Road), Westport.
- Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
04/27/2015 – The Westport
Historical Society released its complete schedule of events for 2015! Click here to review them.
Contact The Westport Historical Society at 508.636.6011 and
ask for Jenny. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website.
04/26/2015 – Toast of the Town. Central Village honored three of its
own today, bringing tears to the eyes of Partners Villager Store and
Kitchen founder, Nancy Crosby who was toasted along with founding partner
Jan Hall and the new owner of the iconic retail specialty store, Lydia Gollner.
The ownership torch for
Westport’s social hotspot was transferred to Golllner
several weeks ago in a quiet celebration, but friends, family and customers
came out today to celebrate the women who have given so much to a business
that had its humble beginnings back in 1979 as a 300 square foot appendage
to Nancy’s wine and beer making business, Crosby and Baker.
Gollner vows to continue the
Partners legacy for decades to come.
Click here to view video!
04/25/2015 – Sandywoods
Center for the Arts announces on-going weekly events!
Women's AA Meetings, Kundalini
Yoga, Zumba with Fatima Devine, Zumba with Serina
Honeycutt, and Open Mic Night at Sandywoods Farm. Click here for all the details.
Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way,
04/25/2015 – Our Photo of the Week was taken during a tour last week
of the PCB-troubled Middle School led by the school’s Principle, Carolyn
The public tour was to raise
awareness of the building’s deteriorating conditions due to a lack of
maintenance, and to highlight problem areas created with past PCB
remediation efforts which have yet to be completed.
High costs (estimated at $17
million) to remove the remaining 5 percent of the PCBs’ sources have
triggered the School Committee to permanently close the building this summer,
and move grades 5 through 8 to other Westport school buildings.
See a hi-res of this photo and other Photos of the
04/25/2015 – In the spirit of Arbor Day
national holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant
and care for trees, the Westport
Land Conservation Trust will be planting 30 fruit trees this Saturday
to create the one-acre Mill Pond Grove off Reed Road in Westport.
Festivities start at noon.
WLCT has done the landscaping and dug the holes for the 30 trees, so be
sure to come over to Reed Road and lend a helping hand in planting Mill
Pond Grove, Westport’s first experimental, non-commercial community fruit
tree grove. Photo/EverythingWestport.com
The Mill Pond Grove will be
an experimental, non-commercial, community fruit tree grove that is
holistically managed without the use of chemical sprays and fertilizers.
Join the Westport Land
Conservation Trust and get involved, meet your neighbors, and eventually
eat delicious fruit.
04/24/2015 – Oh no, tell me it isn’t so Joe! For all you internet speed freaks
and TV series binge viewers who have been waiting for Westport to switch
off Charter Cable service in favor of Comcast high-speed internet access
and expanded TV programming, you’re wait is over.
It ain’t going to happen!
In stunning but not
unexpected news today, Comcast is set to drop its $45b merger with Time
Warner. The Justice Department and Federal Regulatory Communications
Commission have signaled stiff resistance to the merger. The death knell
for the deal came when the FCC’s general counsel told his staff that he was
going to recommend that the transaction be referred to a hearing before an
administrative law judge, an action that all but insures the deal will
ultimately be blocked, according to an article in today’s Boston Globe.
Part of the fallout of the
failed bid is Charter’s plan to acquire some of the Time Warner Cable
markets that Comcast had expected to divest, and Comcast was going to pick
up the Westport Market from Charter that expected to acquire Bright House
This incestuous exchange of
cable markets to insure that no one company would have more that 30 percent
of paid television subscribers and 35 percent of the nation’s broadband
Internet service, Westport would end up being a Comcast town.
shoulda, but now the deal is dead, considered by
those in Washington as being anti-competitive.
Oh well, back to 30mb
internet and not lovin’ it.
04/22/2015 – Westport’s Board of Selectmen
reorganized at last night’s meeting. Antone Vieira and Richard
Spirlet announced they were stepping down as
Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, and the board then unanimously
elected Craig Dutra as Chairman, R. Michael Sullivan as Vice Chairman and
Steven Ouellette as Clerk.
Select Board leadership has changed,
but the challenges facing the board are the same: presenting a balanced
budget at Town Meeting, restructuring town government to achieve
efficiency, and facing the structural budget deficit that has plagued the
town for years resulting in spending most of the town’s free cash to fund
operating expenses and allowing the town’s unfunded liabilities to reach
The new board will also have
to address the PCB-plagued Middle School and the solutions now being
considered by the Schools Building Committee.
That’s a lot on anyone’s
04/22/2015 – New hires. Selectmen last night approved the hiring of Gary
Ferry to the Highway Department as Special Equipment Operator, and
appointed Bradford J. Fish of Acushnet as the town’s new Veteran’s Service
Agent/Graves Registration Officer.
Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves (right)
congratulates Gary Ferry on his hiring into the Highway Department.
There was discussion that the
VSA should report to the Council on Aging Director and have an office
there, but the Select Board took the advice of the VSA selection committee
and kept the position under the day-to-day supervision of the Town
04/21/2015 – Twin River Group Plans to Move Newport Grand to Tiverton.
Fearing competition from
prospective southcoast casinos, the owners of
Twin River Casino announced Tuesday that they plan to move Newport Grand to
Tiverton according to a press release issued by the company.
Twin River Management
Group has secured the rights to acquire 45 acres of land off of Route 81,
along the Massachusetts state border.
The plan entails constructing a
casino on a 45-acre site in Tiverton off Route 81 next to the Massachusetts
border, which will help Twin River Management Group better compete against
new casinos opening in that state.
Newport Grand would remain in
operation during the construction phase but close once work was finished.
According to AP, the company, which
entered into a contract to buy Newport Grand last
month, said a casino would better compete closer to the Mass. border.
Click here for all the details and video.
04/21/2015 – 2014 Duck Derby Champion, Linny Cakes enjoyed her visit to Hawaii!
As February continued to dump
massive amounts of snow on the SouthCoast, Linny Cakes – the winning duck from the 2014 Allens Pond Duck Derby fundraiser,
enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of Hawaii.
Click here to watch short video of
11th Annual Allens Pond Duck Derby.
This little rubber duck
earned roundtrip airfare to Oahu for Linda and Richard Crossley by beating
out the other 5777 racing ducks that were racing the incoming tide at
Barney’s Joy this past August at the 11th Annual Allens
Pond Duck Derby more...
04/20/2015 – Another reason to love
coastal villages of Southeastern Massachusetts boast one of the most
well-known osprey breeding grounds in the country.
Eighty pairs of ospreys call
Westport home and birders can spot them from late April through mid-July.
But that's not all you'll see
here; more than 300 species of birds, including the federally threatened
piping plover, can all be found at Allen's Pond Sanctuary.
Peter Gray photo
There are three different
trailheads, connecting more than 7 miles of trail. With routes to marshes,
beaches, and rocky outcroppings with beautiful panoramic views, there are
bird watching opportunities in every direction.
recommended trail at Audubon’s Allens Pond
Sanctuary is Quansett Trail (easy, around 1 mile.)
Article thanks to Caroline Meleedy for AMC
Outdoors, April 2015.
Click here to
learn more about Allens Pond and the Osprey Project.
04/20/2015 – An ounce of prevention... Westport’s
Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert
takes another shot at controlling rabies.
ACO Lambert reports 45 pet
vaccinations at this spring’s Rabies Clinic held last Saturday inside the Hixbridge Fire Station.
“Eight of those shots were
cats,” Lambert said. “That’s the best turnout so far in these semi-annual
certificates are required to obtain a yearly dog license from Westport Town
Hall,” Town Clerk Marlene Samson said.
“We’ve issued over 500
licenses this spring, and they all have had their pets vaccinated.”
Dog Licenses are due each year by April 1st.
Above: Dr. Jacqueline A. Brito vaccinates Gumbo while owner,
Nancy (center) and Dr. Brito’s assistant calm Gumbo.
The vaccinations protect
homeowners ’pets from infection passed to them by an encounter with rabid
wildlife or other rabies-infected pets.
“The importance of getting
the rabies vaccine for your pet is that rabies is a neurotropic disease,”
Dr. Jacqueline A. Brito said. “If your pet comes down with rabies, they can
share it with you, and most people unaware of their exposure to the virus
do not survive rabies.”
Dr. Brito volunteered her
time to conduct the clinic with two assistants.
“If you know you have been
exposed when you get bitten and you know the animal was rabid, you can be
treated before symptoms start,” Dr. Brito said. “Once symptoms start very few
people survive the disease.”
“It is a state law that you
have to have it done,” Lambert said.
“Symptoms start becoming
evident from three weeks to three months with humans and animals, depending
on where they are bitten,” said Dr. Brito.
Dr. Brito said when the virus
gets to the brain it causes encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
Lambert said that you should
protect your puppies and kittens at three months of age, and then give them
a booster shot at one year old and then every three years; ferrets should
get vaccine every year.
04/19/2015 – Westport
Middle School gets failing grades on PCB remediation, overall building
maintenance. Leaking septic drainage pipes, handicap access obstacles,
extremely poor acoustics, and a decrepit locker room that looked like a
scene from the 1967’s “To Sir, With
Love” and 1955’s Blackboard Jungle were just a few of
the crushing concerns raised by School Principle Carolyn Pontes during a
public tour conducted last Monday by the Schools Building Committee and
Middle School officials.
And those were just the general maintenance issues which could
all be fixed with a few dollars more.
Buy not the toxic PCBs that have infiltrated the building’s
internal porous building materials and outside grounds.
So, what’s the solution? More.
04/16/2015 – Westport State Rep. Paul Schmid
appointed to key committee chairmanship.
Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) has been appointed to
serve as House chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources
and Agriculture by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.
Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture has the
responsibility to consider a wide-range of important issues that impact our
use and conservation of the land and the waters of our Commonwealth.
The committee hears and deliberates on legislative matters concerning
oceans, beaches and waterways, inland and marine fisheries, boating,
farming, forestry, hunting, state parks and recreational areas, air and
water quality, sewer and septic issues, hazardous waste, land policy
and climate change. More...
04/14/2015 10:15 p.m. Breaking news! Westport voters stay home. In an anemic turnout for a
town election with major ballot questions to decide, Westport voters
decided to stay home.
Just 3055 out of 11,049
registered voters showed up to cast their ballots in an election with major
consequences in the balance.
Incumbent Selectmen Craig
Dutra and R. Michael Sullivan easily won reelection, capturing a combined
62.98% of the votes cast.
Incumbents win all contests!
Prop 2 ½ questions get a big no
from both South and North Westport.
Voters rejected changing the
elected status of the Town Treasurer by 61.05%, and elected Brad Clifford Brightman, former Town Moderator, to the post.
Above: newly elected Treasurer Brad Clifford Brightman is sworn in by Town Clerk Marlene Samson
after election results were posted Tuesday night. Brightman’s
father, Clifford Brightman holds the Bible.
In a surprise outcome for the
one 5-year Planning Board seat, newcomer Andrew Sousa overwhelmed two other
challengers for the job receiving 48.59% of the vote.
Sousa, employed by the town’s
Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator, ran a strong campaign on
values and concerns for Westport’s water resources, road safety, and
control over development impact on sensitive environmental areas.
Reelected Selectman R.
Michael Sullivan was top vote getter with 1752 votes. The well-liked
Sullivan won reelection by cultivating trust with Westport voters.
Overall top vote-getter for
the 2015 town election was Board of Health member and chairman John J. Colletti with 2058.
Housing Authority incumbent
Elizabeth A. Collins easily defeated challenger Craig D. Mignone, winning 62.27% of the vote.
And Assessor Robert Grillo beat back a heated challenge from William J.
Burns, winning 66.83% of the vote.
There were no declared
candidates for Fish Commissioner, however, Everett
Mills won the 3-year seat with 14 write-in votes vs. 7 for Peter Kastner, and 5 for John Borden.
Question 6, requiring an
outside professional company to perform a 10 year revaluation of all town
properties, was convincingly defeated by 68.66% of the ballots cast; exit
polls showed some voters thought a re-assessment would raise their taxes.
Burns fell victim to the ballot question as he
Non-binding ballot questions
4 and 5 demonstrated that 74.75% of the voters wanted Beach Avenue left
open to the Knubble for all vehicular traffic;
with 62.17% wanting the road managed as town beach property.
Town Clerk Marlene Samson was
disappointed with the 27.65% turnout, expecting at least 34% of the electorate
to show up at the polls.
“I was very surprised,”
Samson said. The long time Town Clerk has been to the election rodeo many
times, and anticipated a heavier turnout over the proposition 2 ½ ballot
The Fire Station, American
Legion Hall, and the Macomber School Precincts
averaged just a 23.5% turnout, with South Westport averaging 32.5%.
More details with Precinct
04/11/2015 – Letter to the Editor. Westport resident Richard
Phillips writes a two-part opinion editorial concerning Westport’s troubled
Insert: Richard Brewer, Chairman presents his group’s
analysis to the Westport ROMEOs.
“I believe that there are two
large components to the financial difficulties in the Town:
(1) Unfunded employee benefits which I estimate to be in
excess of $100 million more...
(2) Education expenses which account for over 60% of the budget and
are rising faster than revenues.” More...
Editor’s note: Phillips is a member of the newly-formed Westport Financial
Advisory group that recently released its non-partisan findings of
Westport’s financial health in meetings with Selectmen, the Westport
Business to Business group the Westport ROMEOs and others.
Phillips shares the group’s findings with EverythingWestport
readers; findings which mirror the issues Westport Selectmen have been
facing over the last several years.
Phillips letter gives a detailed, probing analysis
that should be read by every Westport taxpayer.
04/11/2015 – Trout fishing season opened today in Rhode
Island. Adamsville Pond and Brook
which is shared by Tiverton, Little Compton and Westport has
been stocked by the RI
The RI Department of
Environmental Management has stocked more than 100 ponds and streams with
80,000 hatchery-raised brook, brown and rainbow trout in advance of the
season. Each weighs about one-and-a-half pounds.
Grab your pole and get ready
For you Westport fishermen click
here for all the details of the
Massachusetts trout fishing season (opened April 1st) with stocked waters
and state regulations.
Don’t forget your fishing
04/9/2015 – Sandywoods popular series of music
performances on the skids? One of the most prolific,
entertainment venues for local live music is in jeopardy with the
resignation of Russ Smith, program coordinator and organizing force of Sandwoods Center for the Arts’ popular series of live
Already under financial
pressure, Smith’s departure will aggravate a deepening problem with the
governing board’s years-long failure to “meet regularly, to engage in any
fundraising activities, or to apply for any number of available arts
Earned revenue from concert
ticket sales, instructor’s fees, overall lack of attendance at many events
and diminishing community support has caused Sandywoods to cancel some
activities like their Farmer’s Market, their Tuesday night “Open Mic at
Sandywoods,” and their weekly live-model figure drawing sessions.
Mr. Smith resigned as program
coordinator on Saturday, March 28th of this year.
Sandra Dugan, Sandywoods’
property manager will be serving as the interim program manager. She
announced that all scheduled activities will take place as planned.
But there is some doubt that
the May 23-24 Sandywoods Folk Festival will take place because some members
of the governing board have concerns it will not meet financial
The festival has been named
one of Rhode Island’s Top Five Spring Concerts by GOLOCAL PROV Lifestyle.
In a letter sent to the
press, Smith expressed frustration with declining revenues, citing the
situation is “not healthy or viable” and “didn’t allow for marketing
activities, and reasonable compensation (for staff), making it impossible
to hire badly needed staff.”
Memorial Day weekend will be a
little less memorable if the Folk Festival is cancelled, and the long-term
outlook for the live music program is shaky at best without addition
funding and organizers committed to continue the success Russ Smith has
achieved over his many years as program coordinator.
“It’s time for a new
challenge. I leave proud of the foundation that’s been built during the
past few years,” Smith said.
04/8/2015 – Hey Westporters, there’s a
new law in town, and you better take notice - wipers on, headlights on!
legislators previously approved legislation requiring your headlights to be used 30 minutes before
sunrise and sunset.
But that’s not all – the law was amended to also require drivers to turn
on their headlights when the vehicle's windshield wipers are needed, and
also when visibility is less than 500 feet, most likely due to fog.
The amended law goes into effect April 7th.
amended law, Chapter 481 of the Acts of 2014, was approved in January,
Better beware - drivers can be ticketed
for failing to comply with the new headlight law, and the offense is
considered a minor surchargeable traffic
violation, which could increase your insurance premiums!
04/7/2015 – Can I check this gun please? A Westport man exhibited a
lapse of judgement and even less common sense when he carried a pellet gun
into the Fall River Justice Center last Wednesday, as luck would have it,
during the on-going Hernandez trial.
According to a press release,
Fall River Police arrested David Cosme, 42, of
308 Sanford Road, Westport, after they said he entered the courthouse at
9:55 a.m. carrying a black metal handgun inside an opening in the lining of
Man, you just can’t make this stuff up.
Court Officer Nadine Lindsey was
working at the front entrance security station when she spotted something
“She placed Cosme’s jacket on the X-ray conveyer and, as it passed
the monitor, she recognized what she believed to be a firearm,” Detective
Lt. Ronald Furtado, a police department spokesman, stated in the press
“The jacket was then searched
as additional court security and police were summoned for assistance.
During this time, it was documented that all operations at the security
checkpoint came to a halt.” More.
Court officers searched Cosme’s jacket and found a black metal handgun that was
hidden in an opening in the lining of the garment, police alleged.
“Further inspection of the
handgun revealed it to be a pellet gun,” Furtado stated. “Cosme was reported to have said he brought the pellet
gun into court for a case he had been previously charged with.”
The gun was described as a
Daisy Powerline .177-caliber air pistol.
Well that makes perfect
sense; carrying a concealed weapon into a court house where you’re trying
to defend yourself against a previous weapons charge.
Police did say there was no
connection between this incident and the ongoing trial of Aaron Hernandez
taking place in the courthouse.
Cosme was charged with disturbing
the peace while armed.
Cosme will return to the Fall
River Justice Center to face charges which also includes the rarely used
charge of actions that “illegally blocked roadways, sidewalks or common
04/5/2015 – They only have
eyes for you!
Whooo woulda thought it.
husband/wife duo of Mark and Marcia Wilson recently gave a smashing
follow-up performance of "Eyes on Owls - A Live Owl Show" at the
Westport Middle School.
year’s inaugural event sold out with only one scheduled performance.
year’s show was even better with three scheduled performances bringing in
well over 350 people.
by popular demand, naturalist/owl experts Marcia and Mark Wilson gave a
fun-filled educational lecture followed up by a live introduction to seven
owl types in front of a wide-eyed audience on Saturday, March 28th.
event was sponsored by the Westport Land Conservation Trust.
Here’s looking at ya kid! Marcia Wilson and her
owls got up front and personal with youngsters from the audience.
an accomplished hooter herself, demonstrated owl calls to the delight of
the young and not-so-young in the Middle School auditorium more...
brother/sister team takes top spots in inaugural running of LC’s Spring
Fling Road Race.
Brian Doyle of Swansea wins the first running of the LCEF Spring
Fling 4.8 Road Race Saturday, finishing the loop in 29:49, almost a full
two minutes ahead of runner-up Geoff Manning of Little Compton (31:36).
Dan Murphy rounded out the top three
finishers with a time of 33:08.
Top female and fifth overall was Caroline
Leverque at 33:44. Theresa Gallagher was second
female and sixth overall just three seconds later with a time of 33:47.
And keeping it in the family was Brian
Doyle’s little sister, Mackenzie Doyle who finished third female and
seventh overall at 34:29.
Other coinciding area running events kept
the Spring Flings’ turnout to a lower than expected 64` registered runners,
but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the organizers, runners and
spectators who came out to cheer their favorites on a day that was sunny
day and in the 40’s, and to support Little Compton’s Educational
The Spring Fling 4.8 Road Race was
formerly the LC Winter Scenic Road 4.8 Road Race which drew hundreds of top
runners from a wide area, but was cancelled last year.
“It was a good day,” said 22-year-old
Brian Doyle who said he’s been running what seems like his whole life.
“Sunny but windy, especially on the back side,” the race winner said.
Click here to watch
video of LC 2015 Spring Fling 4.8 Mile Road Race.
The winter event was brought back this
year but a blisteringly brutal winter made race conditions impossible, and the
fundraising road race was rescheduled and renamed.
Click here for complete race results. Posted by on
Cool Runnings by Spitler
MA Alzheimer's Partnership presents Seminars for Caregivers.
The Alzheimer's Partnership is offering four
seminars for caregivers in a variety of locations for the public's
If you are currently a caregiver or expect to be
in the future, this program will provide you with the tools to handle the
demands of this responsibility.
Panel members are professionals in a variety of
fields and will provide valuable information on the topics of Elder Law,
Adult Day Health, Alzheimer's Association Programs, Assisted Living,
Homecare, Hospice, Long-Term Care, Geriatric Care Managers, Monitoring
Programs, Reverse Mortgages, State Agencies for Elder Services, and a
caregiver's personal experience more...
– Massachusetts State
Senators promise collaboration and shared leadership by bringing the State
House to the people.
State Senator Michael Rodrigues, D-Westport,
hatched the idea for eight Commonwealth Conversations tours,
which have now been completed.
“Since we took office on January 7th, we’ve
initiated a sweeping set of reforms that promise to change the culture of
the Massachusetts State Senate and make it more accessible, more open, and
more transparent in its procedures.
Some consider these changes long overdue. We
share their instinct – the time is ripe for action,” Senator Rodrigues
03/31/2015 – Southcoast Orthopedic
Surgery to host monthly total joint replacement seminars.
The beginning-of-the-month seminars are open to anyone in the South Coast
community who is interested in learning more about total joint replacement.
“Don’t Let Joint Pain Slow You
will be hosted by Southcoast Health Orthopedic
Surgeons Michael Langworthy, MD, and Gary
free, one-hour seminars from 6 to 7 p.m. will be held in Fall River and
North Dartmouth, and will cover arthritis, hip and knee pain and other
orthopedic conditions. The doctors will also use the opportunity to talk
about non-surgical and surgical treatments, nutrition, medications and
exercise. Light refreshments will be served.
is required by calling 508.973.1101. The schedule for 2015 is more...
03/30/2015 – Westport
School Committee approves new cable director position,
but has many concerns about long-term success because of dual roles and
Committee member Antonio Viveiros asked what
would happen “if selectmen change their minds,” and he was concerned the
town could lose funding for the position, even if the program thrives more...
Above: Selectmen met last week with three
members of the School Committee and Superintendent Ann Dargon
to discuss merging of the town’s public, government and school cable
channels for one year.
03/30/2015 – Westport
behind the budget eight ball. A
no-layoff pledge and reduced state aid has decimated the town’s free cash
account; $470,000 in snow removal spending is just the icing on the budget
spending is in freefall.
aside, Selectmen Craig Dutra and Chairman Tony Vieira asserted that
selectmen cannot keep reshaping the budget proposals for fiscal 2016.
week we get the latest version of the selectmen’s budget,” Dutra said, making
a reference to the movie “Groundhog Day,” prompting Town Administrator Tim
King to break out in uncontrollable laughter.
noted that the “horse has left the barn” in terms of selectmen tweaking the
Committee Chairman Charles “Buzzy” Baron said the “free cash” situation is
first you have to have some free cash for it to be a concern.
voters pass two, binding Proposition 2 ½ ballot questions worth close to
$1.25 million in this April’s elections and free up a lot of moola for annual operating expenses? More...
03/29/2015 – Slower than
expected state job growth causes uptick in Westport’s unemployment rate to
from the previous month’s 8.1 percent.
New Bedford (10.4 percent) and Fall River (10.8 percent) were higher.
seasonally adjusted average jobs estimate showed that statewide there was a
gain of 800 jobs in February and over the last year a gain of 58,100. Click here
for the full state report.
03/29/2015 – On Saturday, March 28th hundreds of
firefighters took to the stairs of the Omni Providence Hotel, located
in the heart of downtown Providence.
Firefighters were among them.
No, this wasn’t
a dangerous skyscraper fire or other disastrous incident, but the eighth
annual stair-climbing fundraising event for the American Lung Association
of the Northeast more...
announces new Community Engagement Manager staff
position. The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) is happy to announce
that Steve Connors will join their staff as Community Engagement
Connors, the former steward of the TTOR town farming effort, will
assume his new position April 1, 2015.
Said WRWA president Tom Schmitt: “We’re delighted to bring Steve on
board. He brings a deep knowledge of the community, a commitment to
preserving the environment and a wonderful track record of working with
volunteers and staff
off more than they could chew. Westport
Police Sgt. Johnny P. Couto, under the watchful eye of referee Stacy
Gallagher, jams chicken wings into his mouth last night as the leadoff man
on a four-person police department team that took on Acushnet’s wing-kings.
The out-of-towners took the day, but not
without a lively fight from Westport’s finest.
The police department team will just have to
wait until next year to take home the coveted Fire Breathing Chicken
Meanwhile, practice, practice, practice.
It was all fun and for the benefit of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County.
Click here to view video of Chicken Wing Eating
contest at White’s of Westport pitting a Westport
Police team against an Acushnet Police team!
The annual buffalo chicken wing-eating contest that pits local police
and firefighters against each other for a good cause returned to White’s of Westport for the biggest wing-eating smack
down east of the Narrows!
14 teams competed for trophy’s and gagging
Sgt. Johnny Couto jams in the last of his five
wings with referee Stacy Gallagher of the Cape Code Advocacy Group insuring
every last scrap was picked off, eaten and swallowed. Team member Rob Rebello is waiting in the “wings” for his turn.
the lively candidates’ forum at the High School last night? Public Access
Coordinator Valerie Bain recorded the candidates’ opening statements and
their answers to several
selected questions offered up by committee and the audience; their
performance will be aired publically on Town Channel 190.
information call or email Valerie Bain, Public Access Coordinator at
508.636.1038, or email: email@example.com.
unopposed candidate for Landing Commissioner, Jefferson “Jeff” Bull of 149
Horseneck Road made an impassioned statement about preserving Westport’s town landings
which he feels are being lost to the public due to lack of use, shoreline
buildup and abutter take-over. Click here for
a list of Westport town landings.
information to come.
his longstanding service to the town, Warren Messier has been named The
Standard Times 2014 Westport Man of the Year.
he has always lived by the words his father taught him: “The greatest
satisfaction that one can have in life is to be able to give and help
been a way of life with us,” Messier said. More...
Bedford is all-in as it vies for the state's final gambling license. A landmark
decision in New Bedford City Hall and the
dramatic clearing of a high hurdle in Boston took a giant leap forward last
Thursday for the $650 million casino and hotel project proposed for the
Whaling City’s waterfront.
Mayor Jon Mitchell
and the developer of Foxwoods casino proposing a $650 million waterfront
casino announced a deal Thursday, March 19th prompting state regulators to
grant the company until May 4th to secure financial commitments and other
requirements for the first phase of the license competition. The deadline
also applies to a competing proposal in the town of Somerset.
which now appears slated for a citywide vote in late May or early June will
face stiff completion from proposals in Brocton and Somerset.
thought this (deal) was dead as a doornail," Gaming Commission
Chairman Stephen Crosby said of the New Bedford proposal. "The fact
that it happened is a huge change."
between New Bedford and the New York City-based KG Urban Enterprises calls
for a $4.5 million upfront payment to the city, followed by $12.5 million
in annual payments once it opens its doors.
Click here to read full AP article.
Stay tuned for
the candidates tomorrow night at the Westport High
residents are invited to Candidates Night at the High School Auditorium
starting at 6:30 p.m.
will be the moderator.
will have the opportunity to hear from the candidates, as well as be
informed about the six ballot questions. In addition, there will be an
opportunity to ask questions of the candidates from the 4 contested races, and
to those speaking on behalf of the ballot questions.
More under Bulletin Board.
Click here to review the six ballot questions.
Council on Aging gets a new Director. Selectmen at
last night’s meeting voted unanimously to appoint Beverly Bisch of Fall River as the Westport Senior Center’s new
It was a
difficult pursuit, but the search committee could hardly have found a
New COA Director Beverly Bisch is surrounded by
members of the Westport COA Board of Directors. From the left: Cathy Davis,
Muriel Kokoszka, Beverly Bisch,
Judy Turner, William Gifford, and Marcia Liggin.
struggled for many months, interviewing scores of candidates, but eventually
settled on a very
experienced applicant for the Selectmen’s consideration.
Hats off to
the COA’s Board of Directors Chairwoman, Marcia Liggin,
who jumped in as interim director during the extended quest for a new
young adult author, Penny Piva strives to make
people laugh. Children’s
author, Penny Piva, from Westport, has been
writing “since forever and ever.”
“In third grade,
at the Westport Head School, I wrote about ‘The Cat Who Ate French Fries,’”
Piva said, and she hasn’t stopped since.
– Visitors to yesterday’s presentation of "Civil War 3D Photographs
and Poetry" at Sandywoods Center for the Arts presented
by John Wojtowicz and
Laurie Robertson-Lorant were treated to an unusual viewing of Civil War
photographs… in 3D!
There were over 10,000 documentary
photographs taken during the Civil War; more than 70% of those photographs
were stereographs, the 1800s equivalent of 3D pictures.
Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady
pioneered stereograms (3D pictures) taken with a special stereoscopic
camera, which has two lenses.
During the presentation the haunting words of
poets Melville, Whitman, Harper, Gibbons and others disturbingly amplified
the harrowing images of the death and destruction in America’s “great
Civil War photographers like Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan
found enthusiastic audiences for their images as America's interests were
piqued by the shockingly realistic medium. For the first time in history,
citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of faraway battlefields.
Civil War photographs stripped away much of
the Victorian-era romance around warfare more…
Top photo: John
professor at Massasoit Community College, operated the stereoscopic projector
and recited poems keyed to individual photographs. Bottom photo: the four co-conspirators convicted of President
Lincoln’s assassination are hanged.
– Southcoast® Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, is offering a free, five-week
bereavement workshop for children between the ages of 6 and 13 grieving
the death of a loved one.
The workshop will be held on five
consecutive Mondays beginning March 23rd from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the
New Bedford Public Library.
Click here for all the
details and to register.
Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at their last meeting to merge public,
government and school cable channels for one year.
merger pilot, will be re-examined after the first year, and will need Town
Meeting approval in May before it can take root.
town authorities mentioned that the town has the money for the merger,
which will benefit both the school system and the town.
years ago had been limited and spotty at best, and this new plan will
hopefully continue and improve the equity of public program selection.
Coordinator Valerie Bain (pictured above at the microphone) initially had
concerns about the merger.
Steven Ouellette said the town Cable Access Coordinator will still direct
the town government section, but would be able to use students to run
cameras and film meetings. Ouellette said there will still be three
03/20/2015 – Westport
Harbor church announces their Easter schedule. Acoaxet Chapel, 36
Howland Road, Westport Harbor announces their Easter celebrations times and
dates. Click here to visit our
Church Announcements section for all the up-to-date information.
– Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox today, although it hardly feels like it in Westport where winter is making an
At 6:45 p.m.
EDT on March 20th, the sun appears directly overhead at Earth’s equator,
marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
This year, the
spring equinox has the unusual distinction of coinciding with both a ‘supermoon’ and a total solar eclipse. According to
those who track such things, there hasn’t been a solar eclipse on either
the March or September equinox since 1662!
Westport wasn’t privy to either phenomenon.
This oil painting entitled ‘First Day of Spring’ by WR Jones depicts
Westport’s first day of spring just about right!
take notice; RI moving to ban hand-held phones
while driving. RI Senate
passes a bill that bars the use of hand-held cell phone behind the wheel.
If the House follows suit and approves a similar bill, drivers could face
fines up to $100 by 2017 for using a non-hands-free phone.
argument is that everyone agrees that texting while driving is about as
safe as driving drunk, many don’t realize that talking on a cell phone
while holding the phone to your head can be just as distracting. More...
– Story updated
is not leaving without a fight. Dissing the
first day of spring and the vernal equinox, old man winter is bloodying
Westport’s nose with intermittent snow on Friday throughout the evening and
Saturday morning followed by rain.
forecast at less than an inch.
That old man
just isn’t going to go down quietly.
amounts of snow and a busted snow and ice budget approaching half million
dollars that the town doesn’t have, spring may be springing but winter
isn’t throwing the towel in just yet.
An 80 percent
chance of light snow on Friday afternoon and evening will give way to
lingering snow showers overnight with a low of 29 degrees.
experience rain/snow showers (40 percent.)
of the Week. The River
Road herring run was a place of refuge this winter for hordes of swans,
ducks, geese and a few pintails seeking protection from the wind and the
cold, and finding an occasional meal provided by man.
residents sympathized with the waterfowls’ plight and, despite
Massachusetts wildlife officials’ guidelines to the contrary, fed them
Wood, Al Lees, and Atlantic Frontier Ducks Unlimited plus others contributed
money, corn and time to help the starving birds survive the brutal winter.
For some it
was too late
landscape with a heavy snow cover prevented the birds from reaching their
winter food supplies, and casualties littered the iced over inlets and
legality of medical marijuana and the absence of licensed dispensaries in
this area are presenting law enforcement with some unintended consequences, said
Detective Jeff Majewski after several arrests were made in connection
with the theft of medical marijuana during a Westport home invasion.
March 11th, a Pratt Street resident was robbed at gunpoint by three men who
allegedly stole one pound of medical-grade marijuana. All three were
eventually arrested, along with a female charged with driving the getaway
Click here to read full
pistol-whipped man, stole his medical marijuana more...
Board of Health moved
recently to ban the use, sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and
related cannabimimetics throughout the town while
Rhode Island lawmakers are moving to legalize marijuana for recreational
use throughout their state. more...
work never killed anyone. As a young boy
growing up working on Westport farms, Claude Ledoux
learned the value of hard labor, and a farming family’s reliance on the
sustenance the land provided.
would guide him throughout his life.
farmer, engineer, civic leader, historian and a longtime Westport resident, .
Ledoux shared his
journey, and his knowledge of agriculture, with an audience who came to
hear him talk about farming in the 1940s and ‘50s in Westport.
transplanted French Canadian
completed town census form, no ballot for you on April 14th town election
day! The Westport
Board of Registrars is reminding all those who have not returned their
completed census forms to do so immediately. Registered voters who do not
respond to the yearly census will be placed on the inactive voting list.
Anyone who has
not received a census form, especially new homeowners, should call the
Registrars’ office at 508.636.1001 and request a form. The Town Clerk, also
a Registrar, can help you if the Registrars’ office is closed.
Registrars’ office is at Town Hall, Main Road, Westport; hours are 8:45
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
– The Westport Fire Department put
out a fire in a residential structure late last Friday night.
Around 11 p.m. on March 13th, fire officials received a call about a fire
on 506 River Road, Westport.
Spokesperson Captain Silvia said when the fire department arrived there was
smoke pushing from the windows of one room in the backside of a
The female occupant made it outside safely while firefighters put out the
The waterside house sustained smoke damage while the room was moderately
damaged by the fire.
No injuries were suffered and the case remains under investigation.
03/13/2015 – Banned in Westport! Westport’s Board of Health has just this month approved a ban on the use, sale and possession of
synthetic marijuana and related cannabimimetics
throughout the town, while Rhode Island lawmakers are moving to legalize
marijuana for recreational use throughout their state.
Synthetic marijuana, a drug that has been linked to a series of
recent overdoses as it remained on store shelves despite federal attempts
to ban it more....
03/13/2015 – Buoys and girls at the Brewery. This year’s event buoyed organizers hopes
for a repeat performance of last year’s successful, inaugural show and
sale. The Westport River Watershed Alliance held its second fundraiser
featuring artistically decorated and sculpted lobster pot buoys.
evolved from a wish to host a fun winter event that might raise some money
in the process, according to
event organizer Gay Gillespie.
last year’s very successful inaugural event, Gillespie, a former Director
of the WRWA, was concerned that all the good ideas would be used up.
outdid themselves this year,” Gillespie said. “We raised $9000 dollars,
with the top buoy "Celebrate Westport" by Don Cadoret
(pictured right) fetching $550!”
The next two
were $500 each; "Sphinx" by Nancy Shand
and "Four Seasons at the Head" by Kristie Furrow.
sampled beer while sampling spectacular buoy artistry
at the tables set up in the fermenting room of Buzzards Bay Brewing, 98 Old
Horseneck read more
03/13/2015 – Well, it’s
Friday the 13th. Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia? If
so, you’re not alone. According to those who study such things, fear of
Friday the 13th affects between 17 and 21 million Americans. But how did
this tongue twister of a superstition originate, and does Friday the 13th
really deserve its bad rap?
You may be
surprised at the complexity and historical longevity of the answer, which
starts with the beginning of man’s creation. More.
03/12/2015 – Changing of
the Guard. Westport’s
iconic landmark and purveyor of all things elegant and tasty will have a
Village Store and Kitchen has been sold.
Above: Handing over the keys from the left: Jan Hall, Lydia
Sweetser Gollner, and
Nancy Crosby. photo/EverythingWestport
town’s social hot spot, the popular retail business and café was nurtured
under the loving and very capable care of Nancy Crosby and Jan Hall for
over 35 years.
They will be
missed by the many of us who know them.
But the silver
lining here is they couldn’t have sold the whole kit and caboodle to a
March 16th the keys will be handed over to Westport resident Lydia Sweetser Gollner.
“I am thrilled
and honored to continue the legacy of Partners into the future. Nancy and
Jan’s accomplishments and service to the community are what I look forward
to expanding upon.” - Lydia
its beginnings in 1979 as a 300 square foot appendage to the wholesale wine
and beer making supply business of Crosby and Baker. Located at the
intersection of Hix Bridge and Main Roads more...
03/12/2015 – Now is the
time to make your creative ideas happen. The Westport Cultural Council invites
all members of the community to put their creative ideas on paper and apply
for funding this spring from
the Helen E. Ellis Fund, administered by the Westport Cultural
deadline for applications is Monday, March 16th by mail or by dropping off
your completed application at the Westport Town Hall. You can find applications online at: www.westportculturalcouncil.org or at the
Westport Public Library.
Your ideas and
interests are important to them. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
03/12/2015 – Click here to read the Westport Historical Society’s March
e-Newsletter. Click here to review all
Westport organizations newsletters.
03/11/2015 – Westport
Selectmen advise that anyone
interested in filling the open Cemetery Laborer position should get their
application in by the deadline of Wednesday, March 11th.
03/11/2015 – Westport
selectmen introduce and welcome newly appointed interim Veterans Service
Agent Donat “Dan” LeBlanc at Monday night’s
select board meeting.
Service Agent applications for the permanent position were due by Friday,
Purple Heart recipient who lost an arm during the Vietnam War served as a veteran’s
hospital administrator for nearly 30 years.
graduating from New Bedford High School in 1964, Dan enlisted in the United
States Marine Corps in 1965, where he trained as a helicopter mechanic and
Inset: Selectman Steven Ouellette welcomes LeBlanc as the
town’s interim VSO.
He served in
Vietnam from April to October of 1966. He received two meritorious combat
promotions, and was awarded the Expert Riflemen’s badge, Combat Aircrewman Wings with 3 strikes, 3 Air Medals, Purple Heart,
Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon more...