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Local news you may be interested in.  Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Visit our newly updated Theater and Arts Section, and plan your spring/early summer event schedule!

New galleries and art venues added for 2015. New Boston area concerts and theater venue added April, 2015!

Updated Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

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New video! 04/06/2015 Click here to watch video of LC 2015 Spring Fling 4.8 Mile Road Race.

 

New video! 03/30/2015 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!

 

 

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Click here for today’s event listings in and around Westport!

 

Click here for upcoming theater and arts listings!

Updated Thursday, April 23, 2015

 

04/25/2015 In the spirit of Arbor Day (yesterday,) the 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.

Above: the 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.

Click for all the details under Happening Today in Westport.

 

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 Networks.

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.

Woulda, coulda, 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 $49 million.

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 plate.

 

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.

Inset: 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 Administrator.

 

04/22/2015 Today is Earth Day. Earth Day Network's year-round http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.2c/6q50Z8QIBEq4SQNZ0Sg&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

Celebrate this Earth Day by joining the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s annual Spring Beach and Dune Cleanup on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Westport Town Beach, Cherry and Webb Lane.

Volunteers should meet at 10:00 am at the Cherry and Webb Town Beach parking lot to receive bags and gloves to comb the beach and dune areas of Cherry and Webb and East Beach for trash.

 

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 181, 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 Westport! The 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.

The 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 clinics.”

“Rabies vaccination 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.

 

04/19/2015 – 20 years ago today, domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 and injuring 680.

McVeigh was later executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, and Nichols was sentenced to life in prison.

An overhead view shows the Alfred P. Murrah building, half of it destroyed from the bomb's blast. Near the building are various rescue vehicles and cranes. Some damage is visible to nearby buildings.

The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a 16-block radius, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral, a block away from the explosion was knocked off its foundation, and was extensively damaged with most of the stained glass windows on the east side of the church shattered, the pipe organ extensively damaged, and the roof raised several inches off its steel pillars.

The church was closed for two years. More.

 

04/16/2015 – Westport State Rep. Paul Schmid appointed to key committee chairmanship.

State 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.

The 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.

Photo/EverythingWestport.com

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 supported it.

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 questions.

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 breakdown tomorrow.

 

04/11/2015 – Letter to the Editor. Westport resident Richard Phillips writes a two-part opinion editorial concerning Westport’s troubled finances. 

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 DEM.

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 to fish!

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 license!

 

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 musical performances.

Already under financial pressure, Smith’s departure will aggravate a http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608010105114132819&w=200&h=200&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&pid=3.1&rm=2deepening 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 grants.”

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 objectivities.

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!

Massachusetts 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.

The amended law, Chapter 481 of the Acts of 2014, was approved in January, 2015.

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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 his jacket.

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 suspicious.

“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 release.

“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 hallways.”

 

04/5/2015 – They only have eyes for you!

Whooo woulda thought it.

The 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.

Last year’s inaugural event sold out with only one scheduled performance.

This year’s show was even better with three scheduled performances bringing in well over 350 people.  

Back 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.

The event was sponsored by the Westport Land Conservation Trust.

Above and below. Here’s looking at ya kid! Marcia Wilson and her owls got up front and personal with youngsters from the audience.

Marcia, an accomplished hooter herself, demonstrated owl calls to the delight of the young and not-so-young in the Middle School auditorium more...

 

04/4/2015 – Swansea’s 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 Foundation.

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 Race Systems.

 

04/01/2015 Southeastern 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 convenience. 

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... 

 

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Read newsletter now.

Click here to view all Westport organizations’ newsletters on-line.

 

03/31/2015 – 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 said. More...

 

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 Down”, will be hosted by Southcoast Health Orthopedic Surgeons Michael Langworthy, MD, and Gary Ferguson, MD.

The 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.

Registration 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 funding longevity.

School 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 deficit cake.

Town spending is in freefall.

Metaphors aside, Selectmen Craig Dutra and Chairman Tony Vieira asserted that selectmen cannot keep reshaping the budget proposals for fiscal 2016.

“Every 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.

Vieira noted that the “horse has left the barn” in terms of selectmen tweaking the budget.

Finance Committee Chairman Charles “Buzzy” Baron said the “free cash” situation is a concern.

But first you have to have some free cash for it to be a concern.

Will 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 8.3 percent from the previous month’s 8.1 percent.

Only New Bedford (10.4 percent) and Fall River (10.8 percent) were higher.

The 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.

Six Westport 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...

 

03/28/2015 – WRWA 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 Manager. 

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  more...

 

03/27/2015 – Biting 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 Trophy!

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 rights!

Above: 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.

 

03/27/2015 – Did you miss 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. 

For more information call or email Valerie Bain, Public Access Coordinator at 508.636.1038, or email: cable@westport-ma.gov.

Inset: 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.

More information to come.

 

03/26/2015 – For his longstanding service to the town, Warren Messier has been named The Standard Times 2014 Westport Man of the Year.

Photo/PETER PEREIRA/THE STANDARD-TIMES

Messier says 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 others."

“That’s just been a way of life with us,” Messier said. More...

 

03/26/2015 – New 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.

The plan, which now appears slated for a citywide vote in late May or early June will face stiff completion from proposals in Brocton and Somerset.

"I 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."

The agreement 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 more information.

 

03/25/2015 – Meet the candidates tomorrow night at the Westport High School.  Westport residents are invited to Candidates Night at the High School Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Karen Powell will be the moderator.

The audience 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.

 

03/24/2015 – Westport 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 Director.

It was a difficult pursuit, but the search committee could hardly have found a better candidate.

Above: 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.

The committee 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 director.

 

03/24/2015 – Letter to the Editor. Pamela Costa announces her run for Westport Selectman.  

I am running for the Board of Selectmen because I can bring a new perspective and new ideas to our town government.

We need to budget more responsibly and live within our means. We also need to save for our town employees’ future retirement and unexpected expenses. I believe, with some restructuring, we can improve our internal processes and maximize town employee  more...

 

Author Penny Piva03/23/2015 – Westport 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.

More.

 

03/23/2015 – 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 rebellion.”

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 Wojtowicz, adjunct 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.

 

03/23/2015 – 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.

 

03/20/2015 – The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at their last meeting to merge public, government and school cable channels for one year.

The 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.

School and town authorities mentioned that the town has the money for the merger, which will benefit both the school system and the town.

Public access years ago had been limited and spotty at best, and this new plan will hopefully continue and improve the equity of public program selection.

Cable Access Coordinator Valerie Bain (pictured above at the microphone) initially had concerns about the merger.

Selectman 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 channels. More...

 

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.

 

03/20/2015 Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox today, although it hardly feels like it in Westport where winter is making an unwelcome comeback.

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!

Unfortunately Westport wasn’t privy to either phenomenon.

First Day of Spring

Above: This oil painting entitled ‘First Day of Spring’ by WR Jones depicts Westport’s first day of spring just about right! 

 

03/20/2015 Westporters 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.

The state’s 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...

 

03/19/2015 Story updated 03/20/2015. Winter 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.

Accumulation forecast at less than an inch.

That old man just isn’t going to go down quietly.

With record 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.

Saturday may experience rain/snow showers (40 percent.)

Yah, whatever!

 

03/18/2015 Photos 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.

 

Some town residents sympathized with the waterfowls’ plight and, despite Massachusetts wildlife officials’ guidelines to the contrary, fed them anyway.

Westport’s Bob 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

The frozen landscape with a heavy snow cover prevented the birds from reaching their winter food supplies, and casualties littered the iced over inlets and nearby roadways.

 

03/17/2015 The 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.

On Wednesday, 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 car.

Click here to read full article.

 

03/16/2015 Westport police: Attackers pistol-whipped man, stole his medical marijuana more...

Westport’s 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...

 

03/16/2015 Hard 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.

That lesson would guide him throughout his life.

As marine, 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.

The transplanted French Canadian

 

03/17/2015 – No 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.

The Registrars’ office is at Town Hall, Main Road, Westport; hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

 

03/16/2015 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 single-family house.
The female occupant made it outside safely while firefighters put out the fire.
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.

 

03/15/2015 Letter to the Editor. Mr. May commits to a unique combination of experiences that can make a positive difference in the way our Town is managed.

Dear Voters of Westport,

I, Maurice May, am running for the Westport Board of Selectmen on April 14th because I believe I have a unique combination of experiences that can make a positive difference in the way our Town is managed.  My primary concerns are twofold – protecting the heritage of our Town and while managing our finances to secure our future more....

  

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.

 

The event evolved from a wish to host a fun winter event that might raise some money in the process, according to event organizer Gay Gillespie.

Following up 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.

She needn’t have worried.

“The artists 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.

Visitors 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 with photos...

 

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 new owner.

Partners 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

 

Long the 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 better person.

On Monday, 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 Sweetser Gollner

 

Partners had 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 Council. 

However, the 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: info@westportculturalcouncil.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.

 

Veterans’ Service Agent applications for the permanent position were due by Friday, March 6th.

 

LeBlanc, a Purple Heart recipient who lost an arm during the Vietnam War served as a veteran’s hospital administrator for nearly 30 years.

After 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 machine gunner.

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...

“We are honored and very happy to have Dan as our interim VSO,” select board vice-chairman Richard Spirlet said.

 

03/11/2015 – Graduating high school seniors from Westport can apply for scholarships available through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).

Except where noted, the scholarships must be applied for online at www.cfsema.org/scholarships. The application deadline is Thursday, April 30th, unless otherwise noted.

The Luther B. Bowman Scholarship is available to Westport High School graduating seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college, business school, trade school, secretarial school or a technical school more...

 

03/11/2015 – 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20th. New Bedford Harbor may be icy and covered with snow, but the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20th is enlisting swimmers right now.

And, swimmers who sign up through April 1st at their website can register for free.

The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile, open-water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.

The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Some swimmers form teams with their friends, families and fellow swim team members.

More than 300 swimmers are expected to participate in this year’s Swim, hailing from communities across southeastern New England and around the United States. More.

 

03/08/2015 – A little off the top, please!  Westport Highway Department workers spent their sunny Saturday shoveling snow off the Police Department building’s flat roof, which has been a persistent source of water leakage.

 

“When water’s leakin’ in from the top of your roof.....  Who do you call?  Snowbusters!

 

Efforts have been made to identify and correct the problem, but for now they’re living with the problematic roof while they research what the long-term solution will be to the leaky, moldy building.

Next Wednesday, March 18th Police Chief Pelletier and Town Administrator Tim King will meet with John McMillan from Reinhardt Associates to discuss the scope of services for the Police Station Needs Study.

Sounds like the timing might be just about right for that conversation.

 

 

 

03/07/2015 – Obstinate and boringly bad behavior leads to charges against Westport used car lot.

Westport Police on Friday charged two representatives, one of whom was the owner, of a 1052 State Road business after receiving 26 complaints from unhappy customers over the past 12 months.

Detective Sgt. Antonio J. Cestodio said the Westport Board of Selectmen has received "several dozen complaints" against the dealership "over the years," including one that resulted in a 30-day suspension of its license. All the complaints have been civil in nature.

"We have many dealerships in Westport and we do not receive this volume of complaints," Cestodio said.

Police have charged the owner and an employee of F & R Auto, 1052 State Road for harassing a customer who complained when the car she bought failed to pass a safety inspection.

The owner, Francis R. Correiro, 49, of Mindy Lane, Assonet, and an employee, Mark Dambrosca, 47, of Myrtle Street, New Bedford, are charged with threats to do bodily harm and intimidation of a witness, according to Cestodio.

 

Correiro and Dambrosca allegedly verbally chastised her, used profanities and threatened to punch her in the face if she showed up in person, and made a sexual comment to her.”  - Detective Sgt. Antonio J. Cestodio

 

Among the many complaints made over the last 14 months involve "allegations of store employees forging car documents, numerous calls of angry customers, employees refusing to fix alleged broken vehicles, arguments between employees, irate former employees, arguments between employees taking place in front of customers, employees allegedly harassing a father and his kids over a car being returned, customers afraid to return after being allegedly harassed by employees and employees threatening customers" Cestodio said.

Westport Detectives are asking that anyone who has had similar, possibly criminal-based complaints to contact them at 508.636.1122.  Any civil based issues can be handled by contacting the consumer protection division at the Attorney General’s Office at 617.727.8400.

Lots of dough for pizza delivery guy!

A North Dartmouth pizza delivery man shown in an on-line, pirated surveillance video being bullied by workers at a State Road car dealership over a measly $7 tip has received his just reward more...

 

03/05/2015 – 8:00 p.m. Thufferin thuccotash, Thor thwacks Westport with 10+ inches of snow!

This is just ducky.

Ehh, what’s up doc with the weather?

In a surprise snowfall that fooled even the best of forecasters, the coastal villages of southern New England got whacked with 9 to 10 inches and more of fluffy white snow.

When is all this nonsense going to end?

That’s what we get for trustin’ a cwazy weatherman!

Town roads are mostly cleared, but be wary of slippery conditions. Single digit temperatures tonight promise lots of icy conditions – clear your walks and driveways immediately to avoid the freezing tomorrow of the slush from yesterday’s melting snow.

Have lots of sand and salt on hand.

Th-Th-Th-That’s all folks!

 

03/05/2015 – We’re in the final throes of long-lasting winter storm Thor, but the snowstorm named after the Norse god is not giving up without a fight.

Accumulations today may reach 6 to 7 inches on the south coast before Thor finally peters out sometime between 6 and 8 p.m.

Still, plunging temperatures tonight to a low of 8 degrees promise lots of icy conditions on roads and walkways tomorrow.

Clear your walks and driveways to avoid the freezing of the slush from yesterday’s snowfall and melting snow.

Have lots of sand and salt on hand.

On the bright side, full sun tomorrow with mostly sunny weather projected for the next 10 days with warming temperatures into the 40s.

Just how long is six more weeks of winter anyway?

Above: Winter whiteout at the Town Farm. A picturesque photo taken this morning during Thor’s heavy snowfall may help us look on the bright side of an otherwise very dreary winter.

 

03/04/2015 – Photo of the Week. Man may work from sun to sun, but the Highway Department’s work is never done!

The budget-busting winter ($340,000 and counting) has pushed the Westport Highway Department’s manpower and aging equipment to the limit, but somehow they keep on going despite the best efforts of Ol’ Man Winter and plowing equipment breakdowns.

Our photo of the week shows massive drifting on Adamsville Road being cleared by the town’s frontend loader as the sun sets on winter storm Neptune.

Click here to view this and other photos of the week.

Unfortunately, current storm Thor whipped up a lot of slush this morning which will undoubtable end up as ice tomorrow night with a Thursday nighttime low of 9 degrees expected.

Break out the sand and salt.

Old man winter came in with a blast.

Oh, how I wish he or she

Were a thing of the past!

Every time I go to open my door -

 Snow, sleet, wind, rush in

 And they are predicting more!

Nancy Hoback © 2003

But Thor is done yet.

Expect overnight rain/snow with more snow into Thursday morning – with a 50 percent chance of 2 to 6 inches total accumulation.

 

03/02/2015 - Southcoast rail lumbers forward despite elephant in the room. After listening to updates on environmental and public outreach efforts for the state’s $2.3 billion South Coast Rail project last Wednesday in downtown New Bedford, Kyla Bennett, a longtime opponent of the proposed line, raised her hand and asked about “the elephant in the room.”

The elephant to which Easton resident Bennett was referring has been lumbering around a lot lately in SouthCoast transit discussions, amid the turmoil besieging Boston’s MBTA system after brutal more...

 

03/01/2015 2:15 p.m. – Breaking news! 3-alarm blaze consumes Westport building, automobile(s), contents. A noontime fire today swept through a large structure used for servicing vehicles and storage.

“The building was a huge fireball when we arrived,” said one Westport fireman.

Water tanker units from Little Compton and Tiverton assisted Westport in suppressing the structure fire at the far end of Maya Way, off Charlotte White Road.

The building was entirely destroyed.

Thick, acrid smoke, snow banks and icy conditions hampered the firefighters’ efforts to tamp down hot spots and sort through the debris.

There were no persons in the building, and no injuries were reported.

The fire is under investigation. Click here for more pictures.

 

 

03/01/2015 – Storm warning! Well, March appears to be coming in like a lion; hopefully it will leave as a lamb!

Winter storm Sparta is forecast to dump 3-5 inches of snow tonight on Westport.

And a slight chance it may be more.

Hey, our snow pack needed to be refreshed, right?

Looks like there’s no hope avoiding this one. Sparta’s coming right at us.

Take heart, in the never ending parade of winter storms, another one brewing in the west named Thor is on its way to the Northeast and should hammer us Wednesday. But the storm named after the popular Norse god will be met by 43 degree temperatures and should turn to rain.

 

 

 

 

More past headline news continues below.

 

 

Bulletin Board

 

Click here to see all events happening today in and around Westport.

 

Today! Basket Weaving Class at Partners Village Store on Saturday, April 25th.

Weave your own wine bottle basket with local basket weaver Sharon Owens. Imagine the possibilities of creating a beautiful wine basket in the relaxing atmosphere of Partners Village Store. From 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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This class is geared towards all levels of weaving. $65.00 per person includes instruction, all basket materials, and a Partners' lunch.
Payment due at registration, cash or check. Contact Partners to reserve your spot at 508.636.2572. More details available in our

Event Listings.

 

Today! Please come help plant the trees at the new Mill Pond Grove Saturday April 25th!

Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust and get involved, meet your neighbors, and eventually eat delicious fruit.

Photo by Stacey Cramp

The one acre field that abuts Reed Road will be planted with 30 fruit trees to create the Mill Pond Grove. 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.

Click for all the details under our

Event Listings.

Please come help plant the trees from 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m. at 21 Reed Road, Westport.

Please RSVP so they know how many people to expect by calling of clicking the Westport Land Conservation Trust at 508.636.9228 or info@westportlandtrust.org.

 

Tomorrow! Come toast Lydia Gollner, with Nancy, Jan and the staff at Partners Village Store on Sunday, April 26th.

Celebrate from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. with a toast at 3:00 p.m.  Join them and see what’s in store for Spring!

Partners Village Store, 865 Main Road,
Westport. 508.636.2572
www.partnersvillagestore.com

 

Photo/ Lauren Daley 

 

Tomorrow! Forever Paws Animal Shelter 9th annual Clam Boil on Sunday, April 26th.

 

Imbibe beverages with WRWA’s Weaver and Connors on Pub Night at the Westporter on Thursday, April 30th!

The Westport River Watershed Alliance will host a casual Pub Night at the Westporter Restaurant, 1031 Main Road from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  New Executive Director Deborah Weaver and Community Engagement Manager Steve Connors will be on hand to talk about new initiatives, and to discuss ongoing programs in science, advocacy and education

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Guests can learn more about WRWA’s many events planned for the summer, including the annual beach cleanup, River Day, the Gala, and the Water Music Concert series, presented in cooperation with the Westport Land Conservation Trust.

A cash bar will be open, and snacks available.  The Westporter is located at 1031 Main Road, Westport.  For more information, email Steve Connors at outreach@wrwa.com, or call WRWA at 508.636.3016.

 

Westport Woman’s Club is offering scholarships. Deadline to return is Thursday, April 30th.

Annual scholarships are being offered by the Westport Woman’s Club to area high school seniors. Applications can be obtained by downloading them at the Westport Woman’s Club website: www.westportwomansclub.com.  The Woman’s Club application must be returned no later than April 30, 2015, to: Westport Woman’s Club, c/o Susan Spirlet, 7 Shannon Drive, Westport, MA, 02790.

 

The Shattuck is excited to announce their 2015 season opening exhibition - Slow Breath: Recent Works by Chris Gustin opening Wednesday, March 25th.

Exhibition from March 25th - April 26th.

Artist's Reception: Saturday, March 28th; Artist's Talk: Saturday, April 18th. More...

 

The third annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser is coming to Westport on Friday, May 8th.

Join them at Whites of Westport, 66 State Road for a fun night out for a great cause!

Buy tickets online.  

An evening of simulated horse racing, hors d'oeuvres, mint juleps, 50-50 raffle, a hat contest, and silent auction!
Check out the event on FaceBook.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m., first race is at 7:00 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will fund the Westport Educational Foundation’s programs for academic enrichment next year.
The evening includes simulated horse races, shown on DVD. You can "buy" (sponsor) your own horse in a race, bet on other horses or even sponsor an entire race. Other sponsorships include Races, 50-50 Raffle, Hat Contest & more.

Click on image to enlarge.

 

Spring Fling at the Stone Barn on Saturday, May 9th.

6:30-9:30 p.m. at Allens Pond Stone Barn Farm, 786 East Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. Please join Director Gina Purtell for a welcome celebration of the season to benefit local nature education and conservation.

Click here for all the details.

Allens Pond Spring Fling

Fine Food & Beverage with Compton Clambakes & Catering, New England Clam Jams, and It’s Thyme Catering. Live Music & Dancing. Festive Jazz and Blues by Wayward Son.

Tickets are $50 per guest.

Buy Tickets. Kindly reply by Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

7-week Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra Class begins at the Westport Grange on Wednesday, May 13th.

Laura Marie

Class led by Laura Marie, Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist and Level II trained IREST instructor. Based on the ancient teachings of mediation, iREST is an evidence-based transformative practice that leads to psychological, physical, and spiritual healing and well-being.

Every Wednesday night at the Westport Grange, 931 Main Road, Westport.  May 13th - June 24th on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. $98 includes a take home workbook.  No previous experience is required; however preregistration is!  www.shaktiwellnessyoga.com for all the details.

 

Bird-a-thon kicks off on Friday, May 15th.

Bird-a-thon, the Mass. Audubon annual fundraiser where teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts, will kick off at 6 pm on May 15.

Bird-a-thon 2015

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Country Travelers announces their complete 2015 Schedule.

Next trip on Wednesday, May 13th.

Bus trip to Weston, VT. Visit the Country Store, the big Christmas Store, and lunch at the Bryant House. $42 w/o lunch $60 includes lunch.

Pickup is at the Hampton Inn, Route 6 next to White’s of Westport. You do not need to be a Westport resident. Call Veronica Beaulieu at 508.636.4889 for reservations and more information.

  Click here for this year’s entire schedule.

 

Singing in the Rain at the Boston Pops with Forever Paws Animal Shelter on Saturday, May 9th.

 

An open call to all photo enthusiasts, amateur photographers, students and professionals!

The Little Compton Spring Photography Show will hold their juried show from Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th at the Little Compton Community Center.

Click here to register now and download your invitation form.

Click here to view video of 2014 Little Compton Spring Photography Show.

 

Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery announces that its Sunset Music Series will begin Friday, June 19th.

They have an amazing and diverse line-up of local talent this season.

A change for 2015 is the venue will require for the first time that all tickets will be sold in advance in their retail store prior to the event or by visiting www.westportrivers.com.

This season features a special opening night performance by the extremely talented Rebecca Correia. Rebecca co-wrote a song with Keb Mo on his Grammy nominated album and has performed all over the USA more...

 

02/28/2015 – ALERT! Missing girl suspected of being in Westport. Renae Raposo is asking the people of Tiverton, Westport and Little Compton if they’ve seen her daughter, Amanda (pictured right.)

Amanda is 16-years-old, 5-foot-7, with brown hair and blue eyes.

“If anybody sees Amanda please, please, please call the Westport or Tiverton police department immediately!”

Amanda was last seen at Westport High School on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Contact Tiverton police at 401-625-6722 or Westport Police at 508.636.1122.

 

02/28/2015 – Applications mailed to local High Schools.

The Westport Lions Club is offering two scholarships this year. The Ernest and Prudence Chadwick Memorial Scholarship of $6,000.00 and the Harold S. Wood Scholarship of $3,200.00. 

Scholarships are paid to the students, who must be residents of Westport, in four consecutive yearly installments.

All Westport Seniors are eligible, regardless of which High School they attend.

Applications are now at schools and must be returned by mail directly to: Westport Lions, 875 State Road, Unit 11-120, Westport, MA 02790, postmarked by Monday, April 20, 2015.

Should you have any questions contact your guidance department. If necessary, you may contact President Mike Sullivan at 508.636.8642.

 

02/27/2015Appointed vs. elected – what’s going on with the Westport town Treasurer’s position? Voters will face a ballot question this April to change the elected position of Treasurer to an appointed one.

Voters approved a similar ballot question a while back to appoint the Highway Surveyor.

Once again, voters are being asked the same question vis-à-vis the town Treasurer.

The fly in the ointment with the Treasurer’s job, however, is that on the same ballot a candidate is running for the two-year unexpired term that was vacated with the retirement last year of then Treasurer George Foster.

If the ballot question is rejected by town voters, then the elected Treasurer will immediately assume the position.

 

 

A non-binding 2014 ballot Question 4, appointing rather than electing the town’s Treasurer, was soundly defeated by the Westport electorate 2137 to 1145.

 

 

But what happens if the ballot question is approved, and the position becomes appointed.

The question is a bit more complicated than you might think.

Click here to find out what’s what with the town Treasurer’s job.

 

02/27/2015 9:00 a.m. Breaking news. Hit and run on upper Drift Road takes out utility pole, detouring early morning motorists.

Two police cruisers were dispatched from Dartmouth to assist Westport police who were unable to respond to the call.

Sometime between 5 and 6 a.m. this morning an unidentified vehicle went off the road, crashed through a snowbank and took out a utility pole, cleanly snapping it off at the base and driving it deep into the wooded area near Lyons Brook.

The vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived, and there were no reported injuries.

Crews worked all morning to replace the damaged pole.

Electric service was briefly knocked out around 8:30a.m.

Anyone with information involving the accident is requested to contact Westport police at 508.636.1122.

  

 

02/27/2015 – March issue of Evergreen now available on-line. The Westport Council on Aging has released the March issue of their newsletter – Evergreen. Click here to read it now.

Click here to review other Westport organizations’ newsletters.

 

02/26/2015 – Westport’s Veterans’ Services Agent is stepping down to pursue other interests. Jerry LeBoeuf has been on the job for only a few years, but the energetic ex-marine leaves the office better than he found it, and that’s saying something as long-serving, former veterans’ agent Ron Costa left very large shoes to fill.

LeBoeuf will be missed.

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Above: VSO Jerry LeBoeuf visiting with veterans at the Westport Council on Aging. Photo/EverythingWestport.com

Selectmen have appointed a search committee to recruit a replacement, but in the meantime Selectman Richard Spirlet suggested a temporary assignment to fill the vacancy to provide uninterrupted services to Westport’s veterans.

He could hardly have found a better candidate.

“I would like to recommend Donat J. “Dan” Le Blanc as an interim services’ agent,” Spirlet told Selectmen Monday night.

The recommendation was unanimously approved.

An ex-marine, Freetown resident Le Blanc is a highly decorated veteran more...

 

02/25/2015 – Westport April election update. Five select board candidates are in, one is out. 

Former Highway Surveyor Harold “Jack” Sisson, one of six who pulled nomination papers for the two select board seats up for grabs, did not return them to the Registrars’ office by yesterday’s 5:00 p.m. deadline.

Inset: R. Michael Sullivan was the first select board candidate to declare his candidacy.

Incumbent Selectmen Craig Dutra, 65 Union Ave., and R. Michael Sullivan, 149 Cherry & Webb Lane are joined by challengers Pam Costa, 1185 American Legion Highway; William Harkins, 660 Gifford Road; and Maurice May, 1878 Main Road.

Click here to see what other surprises are in store for Westport voters this April.

 

02/23/2015 – Holed up in the Hampton. Jeifrey Dejesus of Central Falls, RI was having a clean, comfortable stay at the Westport Hampton Inn until police kicked his door in.

Acting on a tip, the Westport Police Detective Division along with members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Squad finally caught up with Dejesus this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

It appears the 20-year-old man was wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon.

The fugitive from Rhode Island had been staying at the Westport hotel for several days.

Mr. Dejesus was taken into custody without incident as a fugitive from justice.  He was booked at the Westport Police Station and transported to the Fall River Justice Center for his arraignment.

The Fugitive Squad is comprised of officers from various agencies including the New Bedford Police and Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts Parole Department. 

Police had received a tip earlier Monday morning on Dejesus’s whereabouts.

 

02/23/2015“50 Shades of Green!” Walking the aisles of this year’s RI Flower and Garden Show during the most bitter of winters was a welcome escape for thousands over the weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

 

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” - Walt Whitman

 

Above: Francis Slade applies the finishing face-painting touches to this young lady at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show.

 

The 2015 Flower Show exceeded expectations as visitors escaped the grip of a bitter winter and flocked to the RI Convention Center.

Touch our exhibits, please! The theme ‘Garden Adventures’ delivered plenty of excitement and fun for the whole family. Children loved digging deep in the soil and discovering where their food comes from. Many displays were interactive and encouraged children and adults alike to please touch.

23 unique featured gardens and vignettes included a life-sized fairy house, a tunnel garden, and a tree house.

Visitors strolled through the breathtaking garden displays, immersed in spring foliage, leaving snow and ice far, far behind.

Video to be released today!

 

 

 

02/21/2015 8:00 a.m. – Good morning frozen Westport. 4 degrees below zero! Reports indicate Westport went to -9 early this morning!

32 degrees by 5:00 p.m., 37 degrees by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

02/20/2015 – Brutal cold, snow, freezing rain, then rain – all this weekend! Extreme artic cold returns Monday.

When will it ever end?

3 degrees tonight.

But what the hey, if you don’t like New England weather wait a day or two; temperatures will rise to 37 degrees on Sunday.

Still, into each life some rain must fall, and we’ll get that Sunday in spades.

 

Westport will have to deal with freezing rain turning to rain on Sunday; watch out for potential flooding due to blocked storm drains.

Then, just when you think it’s safe to go back outside, temperatures will plunge to a low of -2 degrees Monday night, promising icy roads and frozen snow crust.

Finish your shoveling tomorrow, and help the over-worked Highway Department by clearing storm drains on your street.

 

02/20/2015 – The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is excited to announce plans to create an upland grassland within the Herb Hadfield Conservation Area.  Upland grassland, also known as upland meadow, is an increasingly rare habitat-type in the northeast more...

 

02/20/2015 – Westport kids invited to play in the Tiverton Little League.  Tiverton Little League signups are underway, and some of the teams are open to Little Compton and Westport players.

The Tiverton Juniors division, coming off a conference championship in its first year in existence, is open to players age 13-15 from the towns of Tiverton, Little Compton, and Westport.

If interested, Westport players can register by going to the Tiverton Little League website at www.tivertonlittleleague.org. Don’t wait, opening day is April 11th.

 

02/19/2015 – Strange but beautifully abstract. There’s a silver lining behind the harsh winter storms that ravaged Westport over the last two weeks. The frigid temperatures and gale force winds sculpted strangely-beautiful abstract imagery out of immense snow drifts, and created magical stalactite formations that look like they were computer-generated.

    

More photos to come with video!

 

 

 

 

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April 2015 Monthly Observances

 

Adopt A Greyhound Month 

Atlanta Food & Wine Month

Arab American Heritage Month 

ASPCA Month

  

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Cancer Control Month

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Daily Observances for

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bob Wills Day

DNA Day

Eeyore's Birthday Day

Hairstylists Appreciation Day

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Hug A Plumber Day or Plumbers Day

International Marconi Day

License Plates Day

National Mani-pedi Day

Malaria Awareness Day

National Dance Day

National Go Birding Day

National Herb Day

Parental Alienation Day

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World Penguin Day

National Rebuilding Day

Red Hat Society Day

Save The Frogs Day

Sense of Smell Day

Spring Astronomy Day

World Day for Animals in Laboratories

World Healing Day

World Veterinary Day

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

 

Click here to check out all the daily, weekly and monthly 2015 holidays, notable events and celebrations, both official and unofficial. Great fun!

 

Today’s Significant Events in History

Saturday, April 25, 2015

1660 - English Convention Parliament meets & votes to restore Charles II
1792 - Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier
1945 - "Elbe Day" - US & Soviet forces meet at Torgau Germany on Elbe River during WWII invasion of Germany
1953 - Francis Crick and James Watson's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in "Nature" magazine
1954 - Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)

View more Historical Events on this Day in History

 

 

 

Click here to view all scheduled Westport town board and committee meetings this week.

 

Click here to view all Theater and Arts events this week in and around Westport.

 

 

The Handy House Opens for the Season Saturday June 13, 2015

Throughout the summer it will open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

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Click here to take a virtual tour of the exhibit.

 

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Happening Today in and around Westport!

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

 

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Saturday, April 25

Spinning with Jen every Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at ABC Studio at Four Corners Fitness, 3913 Main Road, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all.

Visit their website.

 

Saturday Mornings Yoga at Deedee Shattuck Gallery, 865 Main Road (behind Partners), Westport. Kripalu Yoga with instructor Jeff Costa from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. every Saturday.

Notice: Kripalu Yoga at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery will be temporarily relocated to Carabiners Climbing and Fitness Center, 328 Parker Street, New Bedford from Saturday, March 21st through Saturday, April 25th. 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Contact then at 508.984.0808 or visit www.carabiners.com.

Kripalu Yoga is a restorative yoga program steeped in the Kripalu tradition of compassion and non-judgment. Open to the public, this donation based class jeffseries welcomes people of all levels of ability and practice. Instructor Jeff Costa unfolds traditional yoga principles with special attention to both alignment and ease. Ages 16 and over please.

No reservations necessary. Donation based; contribute what you can, bring your own mat.

About the Instructor: Jeff Costa is a Yoga Alliance nationally certified instructor with a BA in Liberal Arts from Boston University and a graduate of the Kripalu School of Yoga and Health. With over 20 years of experience in group fitness and personal training, the strength of Jeff's teaching lies in his attention to detail and his compassionate charm.

Notice: Kripalu Yoga at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery will be temporarily relocated to Carabiners Climbing and Fitness Center, 328 Parker Street, New Bedford from Saturday, March 21st – Saturday, April 25th. 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Contact then at 508.984.0808 or visit www.carabiners.com.

Partners Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Road, Westport.

508.636.2572 www.partnersvillagestore.com

 

Saturday, April 25 - Revival Thrift Store open on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at United Congregational Church, 500 American Legion Highway, Westport. Monday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m.

New items are added every day.

At this time they are accepting donations of fall and winter clothing, and accessories, jewelry and Christmas decorations. Donations can be left off during regular store hours.

 

Saturday, April 25 Annual Book Fair at Congregational Church on Saturday, April 25th and Saturday, May 2nd. The Westport United Congregational Church, 500 American Legion Highway, will hold its annual Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days.

There will be a variety of books to satisfy every reader.

At the same time, on both Saturdays, the Revival Thrift Store will be open.

On April 25th pastry and beverages will be available. On May 2nd the church’s annual May Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. (all you can eat for $8.50.) Books are available at the same time until 2:00 p.m.

If anyone has books that they wish to donate, call Mary at 508.636.4282 or Joanne at 508.636.4852 or any member of the church and they will arrange for delivery.

Proceeds from the church’s fundraisers are used to help the community and keep the doors of the church open.

 

Saturday, April 25 - Vinyasa Yoga classes offered by Tiverton woman on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Vinyasa Yoga classes, private sessions, special celebrations (e.g. weddings, birthdays, etc.) offered by Caryl Sickul, MA, MMT, and movement specialist, experienced yoga instructor at Rivers Of Light Studio near Tiverton Four Corner’s at 410 Neck Road.

Unite body, mind and spirit in a supportive community at a lovely serene space conducive to movement, meditation and relaxation.  Flow, connecting breath to a wide range of asanas.

All are welcome.  Listen to your body.

Move at your own pace with variations.

Open your heart and life Increasing inner and outer ease, strength and flexibility.  Enjoy your practice and increasing vitality.

Thursday 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.; Saturday 9:30-11 a.m. Single class $17.  8 week sessions discounted.

Please call 401.816.0024 before attending, and for more information.   www.csickul.com

 

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Join Sharon as she passes on her knowledge of fiber, color and design to create your own basket for your home or, if you prefer, pass it along to a special friend or relative.

This class will be fun and inspiring, geared towards all levels of weaving.

$65.00 per person includes: instruction, all basket materials, and a Partners' lunch.
Choose your favorite color for your basket trim.

Payment due at registration, cash or check. Contact Partners to reserve your spot at 508.636.2572

 

Saturday April 25 - Please come help plant the trees at the new Mill Pond Grove! 

Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust and get involved, meet your neighbors, and eventuallyeat delicious fruit.  

Photo by Stacey Cramp

This spring the Mill Pond Conservation Area will undergo a transformation. The one acre field that abuts Reed Road will be planted with 30 fruit trees to create the Mill Pond Grove.

Ten different varieties of fruit trees will be planted including: twenty Ounce, an heirloom apple variety from New Bedford; Liberty, Goldrush, Akane and Belmac apples that are all known for disease resistance; three hardy peach varieties; and an assortment of Asian pear trees, paw paws and berry plants.

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. The goal is to have annual harvest festivals, cider presses, work parties and educational workshops, that bring the community together around a shared love for fruit and Westport's agricultural heritage.

In order to make this experiment a success, we need you to get involved and contribute your skills and knowledge to this exciting new project. Please contact the Westport Land Conservation Trust if you are interested in getting involved. 

Please come help plant the trees on Saturday April 25th from 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m. at 21 Reed Road, Westport. 

Please RSVP so they know how many people to expect by calling of clicking the Westport Land Conservation Trust at 508.636.9228 or info@westportlandtrust.org.  

 

Saturday, April 25 - Women's Fitness & Self-Defense from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Best Way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 44 Aquidneck Drive, Tiverton.

The event is for women only. Runs every Saturday.

Fight Girls, is a Women's only Self-Defense and Fitness class. This class is very similar to a boot camp style class but offers real life Self-Defense techniques to keep you safe in any worst case scenario.

So come get into shape training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing and Self-Defense all while getting a great workout in. You won't even realize you are working out it's so much fun!

For more information call or click 401-816-0705 or email:

BJJ@­BestWay­Tiverton.­com. Visit their website.

 

Saturday, April 25 - A Meditation Experience with three trained and skilled teachers: Karen Moore Holiday, Angela Denham, and Brenda Florez at the Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. $30 per person.

An opportunity to learn and experience meditation practices from the different perspectives of each teacher's training, background and experience.

This workshop will kick off a weekly one-hour class to nurture and deepen your own journey with meditation... as a beginner or an experienced practitioner.

Karen, Angela & Brenda will alternate weeks of teaching and practice.

We will offer instruction and practice each week, with an opportunity for questions and feedback about your practice.

Create more space for yourself from the inside out.

 

Saturday, April 25 - Saturday Fun Nights for Kids...Date Night for Parents! First Saturday of the month. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to a drop off play time from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. featuring bounce house, ball pit, games and crafts. At the Little Compton Community Center on the Commons, Little Compton.

Featuring Bounce House, Ball Pit With Slide, Games, and Crafts. Includes pizza and a movie. $15 for the first child, $5 for each sibling (non-members add $5 to total.)

Reservations are not required.

 

Saturday, April 25 - Westport River Vineyards is hosting “Wines by the Class” in their Wine Bar. These casual seminars will begin at 6 p.m. and last an hour or two and will highlight a wine, wine making or vineyard related topic and will always include an informative wine tasting.

Their amazing staff led by aficionados Corey Nuffer and Elizabeth Koczera will be your “guides” for these evenings. They will also have some additional surprises for attendees. These seminars are only $10 for wine club members and $20 for non-members.

Here are all the details:

There is no charge to swing by the Wine Bar during the Friday seminars and enjoy a drink with friends. You might even learn something. However, if you want to participate in the class (and taste wine and receive any seminar discounts on wine) it is $10 for wine club members and $20 for everyone else.

All you have to do is call 508.636.3423 extension 2 during business hours and they will get you on the list. Just let the staff know when you would like to attend. Once you have signed up there are no cancellations so please make sure you are able to attend. If you have any questions please email: vip@westportrivers.com. Saturdays are free to everyone.

Saturday, April 25th: Author Night!!!

Paula Marcoux is a food historian who consults with museums, film producers, publishers and individuals. Her training is in archaeology and cooking, and she’ll be here at our vineyard to talk about her newest book, “Cooking with Fire.” And yes, we’ll be doing a cooking demo involving fire, food and wine (or beer cause we have that too!). CALL BY FRIDAY APRIL 24th to reserve your spot if you’d like to be a part of the food demo.

Please call 508-636-3423 extension 2 to secure your spot.

Click here for all the details for this and future events.

 

Saturday, April 25 - Ana Egge performing as an acoustic trio at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm.
BYOB & BYOF (Food;) $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Reserve advance tickets by emailing sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com. Leave your name and number of tickets desired. www.sandywoodsmusic.com

When Saskatchewan-born and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ana Egge set out to record her most recent album, 2011’s Bad Blood, she lined up some big time help. Steve Earle, who Egge first met when she sang on the Earle-produced Blue Boy album from Ron Sexsmith, served as the album’s producer, and the sessions were done in Woodstock at Levon Helm’s studio. The result is the most sonically immediate and impactful album of Egge’s decade and a half of releases.

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Seeing Ana perform live for the first time, you are immediately struck by the combination of this uncompromising fearlessness, her confidence in her place on stage and the earthy wit and kindness that is the lens she uses to see the world.  Not to mention the crystal clear and uniquely affecting voice that is her vehicle.  Living in Brooklyn, NY for the last 10 years, Ana continues to write and play live without losing the Western outlook that formed her. www.anaegge.com

 

Weekly dances at the Holy Ghost Club, 171 Sodom Road, Westport. Cost is $6. Saturdays, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Live bands, door prizes, 50/50 raffle. Each week except the last week of the month; this is reserved for special functions. For more information call 508.636.3661.

 

Live music Saturday nights at the Westport VFW. 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the newly renovated lounge.

Join in on the fun. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. VFW Post 8502, 843 State Road (Route 6) in Westport. Call 508.678.9888 for more information.

"Draft specials!" No cover charge.

The VFW also offers karaoke on Friday nights from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

 

Karaoke every Saturday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Benjamin's Sports Pub, 4 Stafford Road, Tiverton, RI.

No admission fee.

 

Find out more about the above and other local area events coming up this week. Click here for our all of this week’s event listings!

 

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Do you heat your home with fuel oil? Then you’ll want to review new safety standards for protecting against costly oil leaks that could be very expensive to remediate.

Click here  PDF to see how to protect your oil tank’s fuel line as required by law. The Massachusetts Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law requires you to upgrade your home heating system equipment to prevent leaks from tanks and pipes that connect to your furnace. By making a relatively small expenditure now, you can prevent a much greater expense in the future.

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito findings in Westport and a widening swath through Southeastern Massachusetts.  Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.

 

A defective or non-functioning smoke alarm almost cost a young Westport woman her life in a recent July 4th Drift Road fire. The house burnt to the ground but the woman was saved by an alert Fire Chief. Protect yourself, your family and pets with proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Is your property safe? Click here to get all the details and state requirements for all age homes. Do it now.  PDF Large file, Please be patient.

 

16 tips you need to defend yourself against deer ticks and Lyme Disease.   Click here to get them now!

 

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

 

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Westport Historical Society presents an exhibition – Room to Learn: Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouses. Exhibition started Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: t10.jpgJune 9th and is ongoing: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bell School, 25 Drift Road, Westport.

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – March, 2015

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

 

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

 

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February 14, 2013 - The Westport Council on Aging is expanding the hours of its food pantry operation to include Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Food for Friends Food Pantry is for needy Westport residents 18 years of age and over. Proof of residency required.

Each client who signs up for the Food for Friends program is assisted personally and confidentially, meeting with the outreach department to assess individual needs.

 

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Jun 25th 2008 Wednesday - First Time Ever House Tour at Westport Point. The Friends of the Westport Council on Aging sponsored this House Tour in the Historic District at Westport Point.

There were more than just a few rooms with a view for the over 300 visitors who toured Westport Point homes on the first ever Point House Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Council of Aging.

 

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Baker’s Beach and Westport Point.

 

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Westport’s Central Village featuring Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Alden Hill Real Estate, and Town Hall Annex.

 

 

 

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