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Local news you may be interested in.  Updated: Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Visit our newly updated Theater and Arts Section, and plan your winter event schedule!

New galleries and art venues added for 2015.  Updated February 26, 2015

 

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01/28/2015 Click here to view video of blockbuster blizzard Juno’s visit to Westport!

 

01/15/2015 Click here to view Wicked cold Westport images photographed on a bone-chilling, sub-zero (-24 wind chill) early morning walk-about on January 8th.  Enjoy the magical moment of frozen waterscapes that look more like Antarctic tundra and ice flows than coastal Westport.

 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

 

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

 

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Updated February 26, 2015

 

03/06/2015 – 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!

 

03/06/2015 – 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 the heavy snowfall from Thor 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.

 

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.

 

02/28/2015 – Westport police officers will face off in a wing-eating contest in March to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County.

The annual chicken wing-eating contest that pits local police and firefighters against each other for a good cause returns to White’s of Westport on Thursday, March 26th, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Fire Chief Brian Legendre better have an ambulance at the ready!

Westport and Dartmouth police officers are among those scheduled to square off for full bellies and bragging rights.

A raffle and live entertainment will be included.

Bring some wet wipes with you; things could get messy. Donuts for dessert?

White’s of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport. 508.675.7185.

 

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!

 

02/19/2015 – Icing on the cake. Westport picked up a few inches of feathery snow early this morning, then sunshine will prevail as the day progresses and will continue throughout Friday.

Winter will not release its glacial grip, however, as single digit overnight temperatures return with 2 and 6 degrees respectively on Thursday and Friday.

 

02/19/2015 Friday the 13th unlucky for two Westport residents. A woman returned to her 60 Cross Road home at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday the 13th to find a Jeep backed in to her driveway with the engine running and a woman at the wheel.

The Jeep driver said she was looking for her friend and might be at the wrong house.  But at that moment the house alarm went off, the Jeep Wrangler sped off and a hooded man ran from behind the house and chased after the Jeep more....

 

02/19/2015 Don’t try this at home!  Portsmouth Police say a man’s frustration with the recent onslaught of snowfall boiled over Saturday night when he attacked a town snowplow with a shovel.

David McAllister, 57, of 95 Holman St., was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and vandalism with malicious injury to property following the incident, which took place in front of his home sometime before 7:30 p.m.

That’s when police responded to the residence after getting a report of a disorderly male. A Department of Public Works (DPW) snowplow driver had made a call over the town-wide radio that a male, later identified as Mr. McAllister, was striking his plow with a shovel and yelling profanities

more...

 

02/18/2015 – A crushing engagement at Dollar General. Take heed all you concerned auto owners who park your cars far away from others to avoid door dings...  the long reach of the crane can get you.

In the bizarre accident pictured below, a commercial sign company crane, extended to its maximum, tipped over this morning (only the good Lord knows how) and crushed the only car within its reach in the parking lot of the Tiverton Main Road retailer, Dollar General.

Tiverton police reported no injuries. There were no further details.

Can you imagine? Repairing parking lot lights ended up in this freak accident?

Tow trucks responded and quickly removed the vehicles. Wow! Now where do we park?

Photo courtesy of the Tiverton Police Department.

 

02/18/2015 – WRWA gets gargantuan grant for Head Garage restoration. The Westport River Watershed Alliance is excited to announce they have received a $450,000 Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund Grant for their new headquarters - The Science And Education Center at the former Head Garage, Head of Westport.

The WRWA’s project goal is to restore and adapt the Head of Westport structure as an environmental showcase for science and education, as well as WRWA offices. 

“This is a great day for the entire WRWA family,” said WRWA executive director Deborah Weaver more...

 

02/18/2015 – Adding insult to injury, winter storm Octavia dumps 4 inches of fluffy snow on Westport.

We’re lucky that’s all we got - the Highway Department is still cleaning up Neptune’s mess.

Bone chillin’ cold will ease up a bit today but returns with nighttime lows of 3 and 6 degrees respectively on Thursday and Friday.

Octavia swept off to the east, sparing Westport any serious snow accumulation.

Inset: Head of Westport early Tuesday morning. 3 to 4 inches of snow from fast-moving Octavia blanketed the frozen river.

38 degree temperatures and rain on Sunday promise to add confusion to the mix with potential flooding due to blocked storm drains.

Then, just when you think it’s safe to go back outside, nighttime temperatures will plunge back into the teens promising icy roads and frozen snow crust.

Finish your shoveling over the next few days!

 

Above: Westport Highway Department employees work late into Sunday evening clearing the heavy drifting on Adamsville Road. Other major roads like Horseneck Road, Hixsbridge Road, Atlantic Avenue, River Road, Howland Road, Main Road and Old Bedford Road took a beating.

Neptune took a hefty toll on the town’s plowing equipment.  

 

Westport gets whacked by winter storm Neptune. Is Octavia going to be a repeat performer?

Westport gets heavier accumulations than predicted - reports indicate over a foot of light, fluffy snow. Substantial drifting driven by high winds hampers Highway Department efforts to clear secondary roads.

Artic air plunging into the area.

Snow will end at noon Sunday, but high winds will bring bitterly-low wind chill factors.

 

Below: drifting on Drift Road.

 

Below: pictures from an early morning Sunday ride in a Westport town snow plow.

 

 

 

02/15/2015 5:20 p.m. – Take a ride on the wild side. EverythingWestport joined Highway Department employee, Scott Boyd in a Mack truck snowplow early Sunday morning to experience firsthand the demanding business of clearing Westport’s roadways.

“At the end of a shift (like this) my neck is tight and hurts from the strain,” Boyd said.

Imaginable equipment breakdowns, trying to detect the roads’ edges in whiteout conditions, avoiding town residents in the road clearing their walkways and driveways, avoiding vehicles parked on the roadside, and all the while avoiding the glares from people when the plow pushes snow back into their recently cleared areas.

And don’t forget about the mailboxes.

“It’s not the plow that knocks them over,” Boyd said. “It’s the snow.”

“We try to drive slow enough (15 to 20 mph) to limit knocking them down.”

It’s all in a day’s work when storms of Neptune’s caliber hit town.

“The roads were all clear last night, down to the bare surface,” Boyd said. “Now were starting all over again.” 

Look for more pictures and video today of a ride on the wild side with the Highway Department clearing the roads. 

 

02/15/2015 - The Westport Historical Society sent out their February 2015 E-Newsletter. Click here to read it now.

 

02/14/2015 5:20 p.m. – Snow accumulation from winter storm Neptune again revised upwards; expect 4 to 8 inches by Sunday afternoon.

Blizzard conditions Sunday with thunder snow.

Forecasts now say there is a 100 percent chance that 4-8 inches of snow will hit Westport this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Yesterday’s bright sunshine is truly the calm before the storm as the blustery blizzard Neptune slams Westport this weekend.

Forecasters have time and time and time again changed their weather predictions for this weekend as the surging Neptune continues to oscillate over Westport’s coastline.

Blizzard-like conditions will now bring 4-8 inches of snow and of course more frigid air from the weak Alberta Clipper.

Inset: a mountain of snow is piled to the heavens by highway department employees at the intersection of Drift and Charlotte White Roads.

Boston will get smacked, again!

Take heart – some parts of northern Boston may get up to two feet of snow!

This month is already the snowiest February on record in Boston and the latest storm may make this month the snowiest month ever on record in Boston, and they’re only halfway through the month!

Turning to Westport, weather forecasters said another storm could arrive on Wednesday; possible accumulation 1-3 inches.

Frigid Westport!

Regrettably, Neptune will bring with it another wave of extremely cold weather; Saturday’s low nighttime temperature of 23 degrees is balmy compared to a Sunday night low of -2 degrees, followed by Monday’s nighttime low of 2 degrees.

Want a preview?

Click here to view Wicked cold Westport images photographed on a bone-chilling, sub-zero (-24 wind chill) early morning walk-about on January 8th.

Extreme wind-chill factors way below zero as NW winds of 25 to 30 knots with gusts up to 55 knots on Sunday, continuing late into the evening.

This is not good news for the Westport Highway Department, but they are ready, said the town’s Highway Surveyor.

“All our trucks are repaired, we got recent deliveries of salt and sand, and the guys are all rested,” Chris Gonsalves said.

After three straight weeks of significant storms including a blizzard that crippled the area for nearly three days, the Highway Department needs a break from the weather.

Unfortunately they won’t get it this weekend.

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Gonsalves’ road crews will have to contend with narrower roads and high snow embankments.

“We recently contracted two large frontend loaders to widen roads as much as possible,” Gonsalves said. “One in the northern part of town and one in the south. We have done as much as we could to prepare for future events.”

Gonsalves advises all town residents to avoid parking on the roads, remove vulnerable mailboxes and signs, and limit travel during the height of the storm.

For coastal residents and mariners:

Storm warning in effect from late tonight through late Sunday night. Heavy freezing spray warning in effect from Sunday morning through Monday morning.

Saturday: S winds 5-10 knots with gusts to 20 knots, becoming SE winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to 30 knots.

Sunday: watch out for extreme wind-chill factors way below zero as NW winds of 30 to 35 knots with gusts up to 60 knots into the late evening couple with a nighttime temperature of -2 degrees. Heavy freezing spray. At night NW winds 25-30 knots diminishing to 20 to 25 knots with gusts up to 50 knots after midnight.

 

02/11/2015 – If there’s one thing certain about Westport’s FY’16 budget, it’s uncertainty.

 

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” ― Albert Einstein

 

Uncertainty about forthcoming state financial assistance, uncertainty about local receipts, uncertainty about the expensive cleanup or demolition of the Westport Middle School, uncertainty about avoiding layoffs, uncertainty about possible salary and benefit increase with union employees, and most importantly, the uncertainty of how raiding the town’s Free Cash Account to support the town’s operating expenses (planned under a vexing structural budget deficit) isn’t a ticking time bomb for future taxpayers.

The Finance Committee met last night with Selectmen (Steve Ouellette absent) at Town Hall to wrangle over the “balanced budget” presented by the town leaders.

“We all know the figures are estimated,” said longtime Finance Committee member, Hugh Morton. “We’ll have to adapt as things change.”

$34,214,421.00 is the number.

“We appear to have a balanced budget... for now,” said Finance Committee Chairman Charles “Buzzy” Baron.

“We have to prioritize the use of one-time funds,” said Select Board Chair Antone “Tony” Vieira. “Some budget item requests aren’t an option with available free cash.”

“Some of the revenue increase projections are aggressive,” said Vieira, “but we feel as a board the risks are worth it – however, we still aren’t out of the woods yet. There’s still a lot of moving parts here.”  More...

 

02/10/2015 – Westport Selectmen vote to move a balanced FY’16 budget to the Finance Committee. On a vote of 4-0 (Steve Ouellette absent) Selectmen last night approved a cobbled-together budget and will submit it this evening to the town’s Finance Committee.

 

A 5:30 p.m. scheduled Selectmen’s meeting this evening cancelled – not needed to finalize budget. They will meet tonight with the Finance Committee at 8:00 p.m.

 

Big winners: no layoffs and most unfilled employee positions will be filled in the proposed budget; School District picks up an extra $500,000 in general expenses and an extra $500,000 for special education.

Big losers: the town’s certified “free cash account” gets hit for $1.5 million, leaving only $200,000 in reserves to handle burgeoning snow and ice account, and possible negotiated town unions’ salary and benefit increases; some operating budget line items reduced by $68,000; and no funding for department restructuring positions (e.g. finance director.)

The budget assumes an aggressive 4.5% increase in revenue, a number that could create an issue with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, but “they will probably go along with it,” according to Select Board Chair, Antone Vieira.

The structural budget deficit continues.

State aid reimbursement will not be cut this year, according to Governor Baker, but next year there are no guarantees, Vieira said.

Selectmen are hoping an improved economy will increase town revenues in auto excise taxes, and meal and hospitality taxes.

Above: Town accountant Theresa (Terry) Provencal (right) supplied facts and figures to the budget balancing process last night. “My biggest concern is over estimating revenues,” Provencal told Selectmen. “We’re staying with aggressive receipts,” Selectman Vieira responded.

 

02/10/2015 – Is unasked for advice veiled criticism? There is a new ad hoc group in town looking to help officials with the town’s finances. ‘Westport’s Financial Future’ met with selectmen on Monday and presented the board with both positive and negative feedback about the town’s current and projected financial situation. Town resident Richard Brewer said concerned residents started the group to objectively analyze historical financial information, project trends through 2026 and give advice to town leaders. More...

 

02/10/2015 – Today is Plimsoll Day. Now for the uninitiated, Samuel Plimsoll, a member of the English Parliament and a social reformer, championed sailors’ safety while traveling the world’s waterways in crammed ships.

Unscrupulous ships’ owners heavily insured overloaded cargo ships, endangering crews to pursue profits.

Plimsoll was instrumental in the amendment of Britain’s Merchant Shipping Act, which came about in response to the then national problem of dangerously overloaded ships.

His bill, named the Unseaworthy Ships Bill, was passed in 1876, and required that a mark be present on a ship’s hull to indicate the waterline at which maximum cargo capacity was reached for the vessel. In 1894 the law was strengthened to enforce the accurate representation of the Plimsoll Mark and enforced its use.

Today, the Plimsoll Mark is universally recognized and is actually represented by several lines – each one indicating the safe waterline in relation to both cargo type and water type (salinity, temperature, ocean region, and season). More (if you’re interested!)

 

02/10/2015 – Snow and ice! It was the last thing snow-weary Westport wanted to hear: more snow is on the way.

Winter Storm Marcus is rapidly becoming a memory, but the slow, plodding storm that hung around New England for a couple of days hit many of the same areas that were left with feet of snow from a couple of storms that shut down the area over the last few weeks.

Winter started slowly in Westport, but a relentless pattern has taken its toll on school and business closures, as well as road crews and transportation officials.

Even high profile court cases were postponed.

Does the Highway Department ever get a snow day off?

And we were the lucky ones, only getting about 3 to 5 inches of additional snow.

Pity the Boston area.

Marcus may be going, but he’s leaving a calling card of ice and snow pack that be around for some time to come.

And some of the coldest air of the season will arrive behind Marcus.

Has anybody been able to find any snow melt?

Flurries are in the weekly forecast, but we might see the sun on Friday.

 

02/08/2015 – Com’on Westport, speak out! State Senator and Westport resident Michael Rodrigues invites all Westporters to the March 11th session of Commonwealth Conversations, an attempt by Massachusetts legislators to reach out and seek residents’ viewpoints on how state government can serve us better.

Join Sen. Rodrigues at 6:30 p.m. at Bridgewater State University – more details coming.

 

Learn more about Commonwealth Conversations, a series of grassroots forums that your state senators are holding to hear from you!” - Sen. Rodrigues

 

“Please join the tour and have your voice heard at the town hall meeting that is open to the public,” Sen. Rodrigues said.

Not able to make it to your local Town Hall Forum?

“Tweet @MA_Senate during the forum or use the hashtag #MAconvos, and they'll ask me to address the questions you tweet,” Sen. Rodrigues said. “We'll be following up after the tour to upload videos of each town hall, so stay tuned to hear it if your question was answered,” Sen. Rodrigues said.

Click on above image to get all the information that is available now and that will be released shortly. View the video found at this site.

 

02/06/2015 – Loonnngggg live the queen! Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne this day in 1952, making her the second longest reigning monarch in Great Britain’s history.

Since September 24, 1896, Queen Victoria has had the longest reign of any king or queen in the various kingdoms of the British Isles. If Elizabeth II is still reigning as of September 10, 2015, she will surpass her great-great-grandmother, Victoria.

63 years and going strong. Long live the queen!

       

 

02/05/2015 – Westport Selectmen sparred last week over a version of a balanced budget that will have to pass muster with the Finance Committee and, more importantly, be able to pass at this year’s annual Town Meeting.

They might as well clean the Augean stables.

The colossal task of balancing FY’16’s budget while avoiding layoffs and leaving enough Free Cash for emergencies (like our blown Ice and Snow account) would test the strength and agility of Hercules himself.

Yet at their last meeting Selectmen voted to accept Version B of the proposed Fiscal 2016 budget, pieced together with baling wire and glue by Town Administrator Tim King that just might do the trick. More later.

 

02/05/2015 – Sisson hearing postponed to Tuesday, March 10th. Former Highway Surveyor Jack Sisson’s hearing was scheduled today in an attempt to obtain a new trial to reverse his conviction.

Sisson’s original hearing date was Monday, January 12th, but was postponed to Thursday, February 5th by Judge Julieann Hernon because Mr. Sisson’s attorney, Francis O’Boy was in trial on another case, according to a spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s office.

The hearing today was postponed because the presiding Judge, Julieann Hernon, was not in the building.

Mr. Sisson is asking that his felony conviction for larceny over $250 be overturned. According to court documents, he is arguing that there was insufficient evidence for conviction at his original trial and that Westport police testimony was not consistent with some of the evidence presented during that trial.

A jury convicted Mr. Sisson on Thursday, July 10, 2014 of that felony larceny count, the taking a town-owned Cub Cadet mower.

Judge Hernon sentenced Mr. Sisson to two years of probation, 40 hours of community service and a no-trespass order at the town highway yard.

The request for a new trial appears to be a related issue of Mr. Sisson’s pension.

 

02/05/2015 – Speaking of former Highway Surveyor Harold “Jack” Sisson, he is now one of six contestants who have pulled papers to run for two Select Board seats currently held by Craig Dutra, 65 Union Ave. and R. Michael Sullivan, 149 Cherry & Webb Lane - both have taken out papers to run for re-election.

Also joining the fray are Pam Costa, 1185 American Legion Highway; Bill Harkins, 660 Gifford Road; and Maurice May, 1878 Main Road.

Jack Sisson lives at 27 East Briggs Road.

This race promises to be a real brouhaha, and will be one of the more interesting public elections if all candidates are on the ballot. 

None of the Select Board candidates have returned their nomination papers as of this morning, according to Town Clerk Marlene Samson.

They have until Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. for filing nomination papers with the Board of Registrars.

The deadline for obtaining nomination papers is Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 4 p.m.

 

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Congratulations New England Patriots! Last second heroics bring home Patriots’ fourth Super Bowl Victory.  Brady wins his third Super Bowl MVP award. Undrafted, free agent rookie Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson's pass and complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.

The 37-year-old Brady joined Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls, and he became a three-time Super Bowl MVP while breaking a Super Bowl record with 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. More with video.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - Patriots’ cheerleaders lead the Boston homecoming parade this morning in a Duckboat. Click here for more pictures. Photo/10Wavy.com

 

02/05/2015 – LC, the place to be in Rhode Island! Real estate site Movoto released a study showing Little Compton the safest place to live in Rhode Island.

The report described Little Compton as “everything that you’d expect from a charming community in the northeast.”

 

“The town of Westport is delighted to have such a nice neighbor!” – EverythingWestport.com

 

Movoto determined the 10 Safest Places in Rhode Island in 2015 by comparing each town’s rate of murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes based on the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report.

The towns were then ranked based on their score, and the town with the lowest score was deemed the safest place in Rhode Island.

The town with the lowest score, Little Compton, had zero violent crimes and a total of 26 crimes for the entirety of 2013, the report states.

The Town jumped up two spots from last year to take the number one spot in the 2015 rankings.

Right behind Little Compton in the 2015 rankings were Glocester and Scituate, the second and third safest places in the state, respectively.

Check out the full list here.

 

02/03/2015 – February 7th Workshop #4 on Education for Westport's Master Plan Update this Saturday. All Westport residents are invited to offer their input on the goals for the Education chapter of the Master Plan Update on Saturday February 7th, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Westport Free Public Library on 408 Old County Road, Westport.

Inset: the troubled Westport Middle School is at the center of the school district’s financial pinch in improving educational facilities in Westport’s farming/agricultural/fishing community.

 

The fourth of the public input sessions, Workshop 4 will address goals and objectives for education in Westport. This is the first time that education will be addressed in the master plan.

The six goals include: Goal 1 - Prepare all Westport Community School students for college, technical job readiness, and career success); Goal 2 – Communicate more...

 

02/03/2015 – The Westport Cultural Council has announced its 2014-2015 grant awards for individuals and organizations.

The Westport Cultural Council received more than $10,000 in grant requests with $4,000 in funds to distribute. During fall meetings members established priorities to best promote access and support for the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in the community.

Awards went to: Westport Historical Society; New Bedford Whaling Museum; more...

 

02/02/2015 –

Groundhog Day!

Click here to learn more about the origins of Groundhog Day.

 

 

Report from Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, PA.

Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, prognosticator of all prognosticators, was awakened from his borrow at 7:28 a.m. EST by his handlers, John Griffiths and Ron Ploucha and by the cheers of his thousands of steadfast and faithful followers.....

 

“Forecasts abound on the Internet,

But I, Punxsutawney Phil, am still your best bet,

Yes, A Shadow I see, you can start to twitter,

Hash Tag: Six More Weeks of Winter!”

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Click here to view 2015 video.

 

02/01/2015 – Cut and Plow! The Highway Department works overtime Friday evening to cut snow banks down to size, and widen Westport roadways in preparation for a major storm expected this Monday.

The National Weather Service is also cutting back, predicting 1-3 inches late tonight and early Monday morning, and then 1-3 inches of wintry mix on Monday. Earlier forecasts called for 5-8 inches of wintry mix.

More snow showers are expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Above: Crews take the heavy equipment out to Pine Hill Road to push back Juno’s heavy snowfall, increasing visibility on dangerous intersections.

 

02/01/2015 – Update: Well it pretty obvious we're going to get some more significant snow tomorrow,” State Senator Michael Rodrigues said on Sunday. “So we are once again postponing my fundraiser. We will now hold it on Monday, February 16, 6-8 p.m. at Bittersweet Farms. Tickets are still available; thank you for your support and GO PATS!”

 

 

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

 

Now going on! 65th Annual RI Home Show starts

Thursday, March 5th through Sunday, March 8th.

Walk through three beautiful landscapes, tour two amazing home showcases, and explore the 2nd annual Energy Expo.

Over 100 exhibitors!

Rhode Island Convention Center.

Click here for all the details including times.

 

Tomorrow! Please join “Casino Night” For A Wish Come True on Friday, March 6th!

Come and relive the old world charm of the Newport casino era and help a local charity grant wishes!

The Canfield House in Newport was, back in the day, the original casino in Newport.

Come and relive the old world charm of this casino era and help a local charity grant wishes!

Just how lucky are you? The final preparations are being made by Maggie Wiggins, owner Canfield House and Rosemary Bowers, Founder of A Wish Come True, Inc. for a "Casino Night" to be held at the Canfield House, 5 Memorial Blvd. Newport.

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Saturday! Guinness World Record attempt at Sandywoods Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 7th!
 Get fit and help set a Guinness World Record at the same time. 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Part of World Workout Day happening all around the planet. Help set a Guinness World Record for the most participants doing a group workout in 24 hours!

Meet up at Coastal Nutrition, 1723 Stafford Road next to Dunkin' Donuts at 8:30 a.m. for some free energizing tea and a short group walk to Sandywoods, or head straight to Sandywoods, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton for the 9 a.m. start of the group workout. Recovery party back at Coastal Nutrition at 10 a.m. Free recovery shakes, free body analysis, free wellness profile!
Get active, have fun, make history!
www.worldrecordworkout.com

 

Saturday! Westport’s John McCormick to be featured in RJD Garden Symposium on Saturday, March 7th.

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Defining and Enhancing Your Personal Landscape.

Gardening in the Zone with John McCormack.

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The venue for the RJD Garden Symposium has moved from the Rotch Jones Duff House to across the street at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford.

Formal, casual, low-maintenance, sustainable, tried and true vs. cutting edge – garden style choices and decision making can be over-whelming! Join them to learn how three veteran gardeners incorporate elements of style and design preferences to create a satisfying personal landscape. More...

 

Saturday! Buoys @ the Brewery on Saturday, March 7th.

Mark your calendar today! You won’t want to miss “Buoys at the Brewery” on Saturday, March 7th at Buzzards Bay Brewing, 98 Horseneck Road. Over 50 area artists have decorated buoys in different mediums and will be silent auctioned at the event. The brewery opens at 11 a.m. WRWA is having a reception at 4:30 p.m. with the auction closing at 6:30 pm.

Click here to preview some of the buoys.

If you are unable to attend the show and would like to place a bid, you can leave your bid with Gay at g.gillespie@wrwa.com or leave a message at 508.636.3016.

This event is a wonderful opportunity to see friends and beat the winter doldrums.

 

Saturday! 2015 Little Compton Great Community Cook-Off on Saturday, March 7th.

Put up or shut up! Think you make a excellent chowder or chili? Put them to the test at the third annual 2015 Little Compton Great Community Cook-Off. All amateur chefs who think they may have a winning recipe, or beginners who are looking to have some fun, are invited to participate in this year’s Cook-Off that will once more be held at Crowthers. More information under Event Listings.

Last year’s winner, Little Compton’s Roger Guillemette was a trifecta winner at the 2014 Great Community Cook-Off.

The LCCC board member and 5-time Cook-Off entrant served up a delicious Louisiana Seafood Chowder that won Tasters Choice, Crowthers Choice, and Chowder category awards.

Click here to view 2014 video.

 

Sunday! Partners Village Store kicks-off their 2015 'Writer's Series' with Holly LeCraw, author of The Half Brother on Sunday, March 8th.

From 3:30-5:00 p.m. Partners Village Store will commence a new season of its popular "Writer's Series."  The series features a dynamic, open and interactive discussion with authors about the writing process, the work of creating a story, and their publishing experience.

Holly LeCraw, author of The Swimming Pool, will kick-off the 2015 season with a discussion of her latest novel, The Half Brother.  Dawn Tripp, Westport's own "Writer-in-Residence" and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, will host the discussion which will be followed by a book signing.

 

Westport’s Claude Ledoux to speak at Dartmouth’s Russells Mills Schoolhouse on Sunday, March 15th.

Claude Ledoux, Westport farmer, historian, author and public servant, will present the first of a series of lectures on ethnic farming on the SouthCoast at Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society's Russells Mills Schoolhouse, 1205 Russells Mills Road.

The ex-marine will share a lifetime of adventurous living on the SouthCoast.

The lecture is set for 7 p.m. more...

 

The Westport Council on Aging invites you to meet with the candidates on Wednesday, March 18th.

Soup and Sandwich Lunch at 11:30 a.m. - Irish Bacon and Cabbage Soup & Corned beef on Rye Sandwich!

Join them for lunch and meet the candidates running in the Westport town election on April 14, 2015.

Westport residents will be voting for

two Selectmen, one Assessor, one Board Of Health, two School Committee, one fish Commissioner, two Trustees of Free Public

Library, two Landing Commissioners, one Commissioner of Trust, one Housing Authority, one Planning Board, and Town Treasurer.

Available candidates will be at the Council on Aging between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer your questions.

Please call 508.636.1026 to reserve your seat for lunch.

 

The Westport Woman’s Club will host Westport insurance guru Jim Coyne on Wednesday, March 18th.

7:00 p.m. at the Macomber Community House, 930 Main Road, Westport. Guest speaker for the evening will be former Westport Selectman, Jim Coyne who will be doing an interactive presentation dealing with an insurance investigation.

The club invites all members and their guests to attend this interesting meeting! Jim will cover the How’s, What, When, and where. Hostesses for the evening will be Nancy Briand, Marge Sheahan, and Lois Spirlet.

 

Annual Woodcock Walk scheduled for Monday, March 23rd.

Woodcock males are known to be harbinger of spring, often dancing when snow still covers the ground.

Above: photo by Norm Buck

The Paskamansett Bird Club will hold their annual Woodcock Walk on Monday, March 23rd at the Dartmouth YMCA. Call walk Leader Mike Boucher at 508.990.3910 for time.

 

Country Travelers announces their complete 2015 Schedule.

April 21, 2015 – Neil Sedaka at Mohegan Sun Casino – Reservations and payment for the show must be made no later than February 20th.  You do not have to attend show if you just wish to visit Mohegan. Cost is $20, $89 if attending show.

Click here for this year’s schedule.

 

 

 

01/30/2015 – Obituary - Marlene Pelletier. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Church. It is with great sympathy http://currentobituary.com/images/150943.jpgwe note the passing of Marlene (Ferreira) Pelletier, 79, of Westport who passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, January 24, 2015 after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was the wife of Albert J. Pelletier.

Mrs. Pelletier was the mother of Westport Police Chief Keith Pelletier.

Prayer service to which relatives and friends are invited will be Sunday, February 1st at the Potter Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m.; visitation will be from 1 – 2:30 p.m. prior to the service.

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01/30/2015 – Enough already! For those of you Westporters weary of all the snow, not to worry. Less than one inch of the white stuff is expected today through Sunday.

But watch out for Monday!

The National Weather Service says up to eight more inches are on the way with subzero temperatures Monday night.

 

Snow, snow go away

Warmer weather please come stay

This weather is getting old

So tired of being cold

Brrr, brrr, is all I can say

Until I thaw out some day   Author anonymous

 

01/30/2015 – Winter storm Juno wrap-up. God bless the Highway Department.

No one thinks about them until they’re needed.

And needed they were.

Beginning Monday evening through the next morning and afternoon nine department employees, 12 contractors, four seasonal employees and Ron Potter’s two massive frontend loaders hit the streets and stayed there for the next 24 hours.

And the roads, they were cleared.

But at what a cost.

Mack attack. Equipment and snow and ice budget busted!

“We had one of our large Freightliners (truck) break its leaf springs and had it towed to Henry’s Diesel,” said Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves.

“Another Mack truck broke two tire rims under the weight of the sand and salt and pushing heavy snow. Another truck lost its braking system, one of our pickups lost its power steering, and our six-wheeler lost all its lights due to an electrical problem.”

And to top things off, one of the town’s frontend loaders lost a bucket hydraulic piston, putting it out of commission.

Heavy drifting on Blossom Road, Atlantic Avenue, Tickle Road, Division Road, Horseneck Road, River Road, and Adamsville Road to name a few kept the frontend loaders busy throughout the whole town.

“We had everything we could scrape together out there clearing snow,” Gonsalves said.

“We even put the 1986 Mack truck with the broken frame back into service. We drove it real slow and were able to get it through the night,” Gonsalves said.

Oh did we forget to mention the backhoes that were clearing out the schools?

“Our schools were open when many area schools were still closed,” Gonslaves noted.

“Now all the guys in the shop are busting their humps fixing equipment in preparation for Monday’s expected storm (five to eight inches of snow,)” Gonsalves said.

Maybe they’ll find a little time to sleep between repairs.

God bless the Highway Department.

 

01/29/2015 – Westport is back to work!  Town offices, Council on Aging, Free Public Library and schools are open; school activities and scheduled town meetings are back to normal.

Board of Selectmen meets tonight starting at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall; their agenda is the same as the cancelled Monday night meeting.

Click here to view their agenda; click here to review Town Administrator’s report.

The Highway Department, recovering from their two-day, herculean ordeal fighting Juno’s drifting is continuing their cleanup of secondary roads, and widening the main thoroughfares.

 

01/28/2015 11:30 a.m. – Prepared for the worst, hoped for the best.  Nor’easter blizzard Juno was all that is was cracked up to be, and now it’s time for Westport to dig out from under the fifth worst snow storm ever to hit this seaside agricultural community.

 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker lifted the travel ban midnight yesterday as the Blizzard of 2015 made its way out of Massachusetts.

 

Town offices, Council on Aging, Free Public Library and all schools closed. After school activities and scheduled town meetings cancelled again today to give town workers a chance to clean up the mess that Juno made.

Lees Market is open, Partners still closed but smaller retailers are open as normal.

The Country Store at the Head Landing was the first to open for business this morning, and the people they did come out for their morning coffee.

Thanks to a valiant effort by the Highway Department all roadways are open and passable, with only Atlantic Avenue (pictured below) still closed as of 1:00 p.m. while town workers fight their way through the massive snow drifts on that seaside road.

The Alberta Clipper turned nor’easter dumped up to two feet of snow, and near hurricane wind gusts did a prodigious job of drifting that snow exactly where it made for the most difficult shoveling and removal.

Town officials warned there is still a lot of snow to be cleared from roads and sidewalks and it will be a long cleanup.

Another smaller storm could hit Massachusetts on Thursday and Friday that could drop another six inches.

Great, just great!

Click here to view video of Wintery White Westport – blizzard Juno takes Westport by storm!

 

Click here for video of thunder snow blizzard Nemo that hit Westport February 8th and 9th, 2013 causing massive, wide spread tree destruction with heavy, wet snow and hurricane force winds.

Westport’s saving grace with Juno was the snowfall was light and dry, avoiding tree destruction and massive power failures throughout the town.

We should count our blessings!

 

01/27/2015 11:30 a.m. – Snowbound in Westport! Partners closed, Lees closed, Head Store closed; heck all the streets and stores are closed (driving ban in effect) leaving Westporter’s to huddle in their homes, hopefully with power, and wait out the big, bad, blockbuster blizzard Juno.

Forecast as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In fact everything but emergency services is closed – thank the good lord for cable and Direct TV and the Highway Department!

Predictions as of 11:00 a.m. for snow accumulation are now exceeding two feet of snow with the temperature hovering around 19 degrees, wind chill near zero, and the breeze is howling like a banshee.

A wind gust of 78 mph was reported on Nantucket, and a 72 mph gust was reported in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard.

According to forecasters the blizzard should peel away by 9:00 p.m. tonight.

Snow drifting is horrendous, with coastal Westport seeing wind gusts up to 50 mph.

Rumor has it that Potato Hill is devoid of sledders – is that true?

Snowbound in Westport. Drift Road, Westport at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Home alone in Westport.

Cheer up, the sun will come out tomorrow – the weather forecasters said so.

 

01/26/2015 7:00 p.m. – Some photos before the big midnight blast from blizzard Juno.

 

Above, left: Looking south down deserted Main Road to the town docks – not a car in sight! Right: Westport fire station #1 lit up and manned with extra safety personnel.

 

Alert! National Weather Service issues extreme blizzard warnings for southern New England.

Hurricane force wind warning in effect from 7 p.m. EST this evening through Tuesday night.

Westport schools, all town offices, senior center, library closed on Tuesday; all town meetings cancelled including Selectmen’s meeting. Driving ban in effect as of midnight.

Call 911 in case of emergencies.

 

Click here to read about the Blizzard of ‘78!

 

Click here to view video of today’s Westport Selectmen’s state of emergency declaration in emergency session, what it means, and what safety precautions and procedures Selectmen and Emergency Management recommend for the town’s residents.

   Call hotline 774.264.5155 for hourly updates.

 

01/26/2015 1:00 p.m. – Breaking news! Westport Selectmen declare a town state of emergency in a 1:00 p.m. emergency session. Citing major safety concerns and a potentially expensive cleanup, the declaration may offer the town state emergency and FEMA reimbursement funds, an option that’s mighty attractive to town officials in light of its current fiscal concerns.

Above: Select board chair Antoine Vieira (far right) consults with Westport Emergency Management member Brian Beaulieu (far left) and Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves (second from left) before offering a motion for a state of emergency declaration. Select board vice chair Richard Spirlet listens. The motion passed unanimously 3-0; Selectmen Ouellette and Sullivan were unavailable for the emergency session.

 

Governor Baker has signed an Executive Order allowing for the enforcement of a statewide travel ban effective tonight at midnight.

Massachusetts State of Emergency Alert

Governor Baker also has signed a Declaration of Emergency for Massachusetts ensuring state resources are available and coordinated for storm preparation and to enable swift response among the state, cities and towns. The state of emergency declaration will allow expedited use of state resources, the ability to request and receive mutual aid assistance from other states or the federal government if needed, the immediate procurement and deployment of goods and services necessary for response and other actions as considered necessary by the Governor.

Additionally, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency and has ordered a travel ban to go into effect at midnight in advance of an historic storm that could knock out power and require digging out for days.

 

01/26/2015 – Westport braces for blockbuster blizzard! Winter storm Juno will intensify, say forecasters. “It promises to be a significant event.”

Forecast calls for up 2 feet of snow with wind gusts of up to 75 mph that will produce substantial subzero wind chill.

Coastal Westport may get hit with hurricane force gusts and high seas.

Heavy snowfall accumulation between 9 p.m. tonight through 12 noon Tuesday.

Winter Storm Juno: Tracking Hour By Hour

Could this be a repeat of the Blizzard of ’78?

Selectmen’s meeting cancelled tonight; rescheduled for Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

NWS issued blizzard warnings today for a major northeast snowstorm Monday and Tuesday.

Parts of eastern and southern New England, including Boston, Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine, have the potential to see up to 2 feet of snow.

Locally, almost 2 feet of snow is possible from this blockbuster storm, particularly in the northern parts of Westport. The snow will be accompanied by extreme blizzard conditions.

Snowfall rates of more than 2 to 4 inches per hour are possible during the peak of the storm Monday night into Tuesday.

Westporter’s should be prepared for power losses, coastal flooding and property damage due to the high winds.

Will East Beach Road get wiped out...again?

 

 

Westport Highway Surveyor says his department prepared for Juno; issues warning to town residents. More with photos.

Sand/salt mix available to town residents at the town barn (Highway Department) in Central Village. Please, just one bucket per resident.

 

 

 

For Buzzards Bay coastal area:  hurricane force wind warning in effect from 7 p.m. this evening through Tuesday evening.

On Monday expect NE winds 10 to 15 kt... increasing to 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet.

Monday night: NE winds 25 to 25 kt... increasing to 25 to 30 kt after midnight with gusts up to 55 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. with light freezing spray.

On Tuesday expect N winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 4 to 7 feet with light freezing spray.

Tuesday night: N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt... becoming NW 20 to 25 kt after midnight with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. with light freezing spray.

In Rhode Island Sound, during the peak of the storm expect seas 7 to 10 feet.

 

01/26/2015 – Westport town office closures announced at 9:00 a.m. this morning. The Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Council on Aging and Free Public Library will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th due to winter storm Juno.

Please check to see if these offices will be re-opened on Wednesday as there is a possibility for closure on that day as well. 

Best numbers to call to see if offices are open:  508.636.1003 or 508.636.1004 (Selectmen's office.)

 

01/25/2015 – Take a bite of this apple! Today is Macintosh Computer Day. On January 22, 1984 during a Super Bowl and the Macintosh got introduced. Steve Jobs then presented it to the world on January 24, 1984 and it went on sale to the public the next day on January 25, 1984.  There was a big 30th Anniversary event on January 25, 2014; Apple considers January 25th the anniversary day for celebration.

Apple, propelled by its iPhone appliances, is poised to become the first trillion dollar company, easily having surpassed Microsoft in number of devices in the hands of consumers.

In 2012 Apple became the biggest company in U.S. history when its stock reached $623 billion! 

 

01/25/2015 – Blockbuster blizzard on its way to Westport. A significant snowfall, which has been a rare occurrence so far this winter, was in the works for this weekend.

But once again Westport was spared the ravages of a severe January snowfall as warm Buzzard’s Bay waters kept the air temperature above freezing during Saturday with the coastal towns barely getting any accumulation at all. Our neighbors to the north weren’t so lucky.

However, fear this Monday night and Winter Storm Juno! NWS issued blizzard warnings today for a major northeast snowstorm Monday and Tuesday.

Parts of eastern and southern New England, including Boston, Providence, Rhode Island and Portland, Maine, have the potential to see up to 2 feet of snow.

Locally, almost a foot of snow is possible from this blockbuster storm, particularly in the northern parts of Westport. The snow will be accompanied by blizzard or near-blizzard conditions.

Snowfall rates of more than 2 inches per hour are possible during the peak of the storm Monday night into Tuesday.

 

01/24/2015The Art of the Dialog series debuted the second week in January at the Shattuck with Tom Peters, “the Red Bull of management thinkers.” 

The popular 70-something corporate motivational speaker brought his message of ‘Joy in the Workplace’ to an overflow crowd at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery.

Peters hasn’t lost his enchanted business vision, first introduced in the 1982 book release co-authored with Bob Waterman titled “In Search of Excellence,” ranked by National Public Radio as one of the "Top Three Business Books of the Century.”

Below: With his message of ‘Joy in the Workplace’ emblazoned on his forehead, Tom Peters both inspired and challenged his audience to embrace changing conditions in the workplace, and to recognize the impact that technology and automation will have on future employment opportunities.

This Saturday, January 24th will find a talk of a different sort - “Plato's Search for the One Needful Thing” with speaker David Prentiss. 

If you want to know what that “one needful thing” is, you’ll just have to attend the event.

Talk starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Deedee Shattuck Gallery, 865 Main Road, Westport.

 

01/21/2015Sen. Rodrigues gets the nod, again! Westport’s State Senator, Michael Rodrigues announced that he has been reappointed to serve as the Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Revenue by newly-elected Senate President Stan Rosenberg.

“I am honored that the Senate President put his trust in me, and I am excited to get started on innovative tax policies to best address the challenges before the Commonwealth. Let's get to work,” Sen. Rodrigues said on FaceBook.

Michael J. RodriguesThe Joint Committee on Revenue considers all matters concerning Federal financial assistance, state fees, the raising of revenue for the Commonwealth by means of taxation, certain matters relating to the local property tax and such other matters as may be referred.

Besides the Joint Committee on Revenue, Sen. Rodrigues also serves as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service, and on the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, Joint Committee on Financial Services, Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses.

 

01/21/2015This lovely and very lithe group of senior center participants posed for a recent group Christmas party photo with the Westport COA’s Aerobics, and Stretch and Tone Class instructor, Wendy Sperduti-Ray (front row, second from the left) at the Venus de Milo Restaurant. These women are a testament that keeping limber and fit is the key to long life, health and happiness.

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01/21/2015Winds of change wreak havoc on Cape Wind. Simple economics may have dealt a fatal blow to the Nantucket Wind Farm first imagined by founder Jim Gordon 40 years ago when the entrepreneur founded Energy Management Inc. just days after his BU graduation.

That dream now lays in shambles as deals with NStar and National Grid to buy up to o 75% of the generated power have fallen apart when both companies having recently terminated their power purchase agreements with the proposed offshore wind farm.

Unfortunately for Cape Wind, they has missed critical milestones and has given the twin utility sisters an opportunity to bail out on an expensive energy production pact in the face of low natural gas prices and oil below $50 a barrel.

And Westport homeowners, business and town facilities may be the better for it.

Opponents of the project have long argued that former Governor Deval Patrick cajoled the companies to sign contracts with Cape Wind.

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01/19/2015“Sea Smoke” on Buzzard’s Bay! So, just how cold was it on Thursday, January 8th? Harsh enough to create “sea smoke” over Buzzard’s Bay and Rhode Island Sound.

Commercial fishermen returning to port witnessed it and said it’s the first time in a while they’ve seen it.

EverythingWestport saw it early Thursday morning and videotaped the phenomenon described as sea smoke, frost smoke, or steam fog.

Above: Buzzard’s Bay with Cuttyhunk in the background.

No matter its moniker, it’s fog which is formed when very cold air moves over warmer water.

Because this type of vapor requires very low air temperatures, it is uncommon in temperate climates, but very common in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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01/18/2015Lots of dough for pizza guy! A North Dartmouth pizza delivery man shown in an on-line, pirated surveillance video being harassed by workers at a State Road car dealership over a measly $7 tip has received his just reward.

A GoFundMe page for Jarrid Tansey has raised $31,705. The money was contributed by almost 3000 people over three days.

The fund is now shut down at Jarrid’s request.  I am so excited about my opportunities, thanks to you. This gives me and my family a lot to look forward to,” Tansey said.

Tansey, who works at Pizza Palace in North Dartmouth, was maliciously berated by workers at a Westport car dealership last Saturday. A video of the exchange went viral. Read the original article below.

 

01/16/2015 Mystery Photo solved! Our last mystery photo of 2014 was solved by Geri Fortier who correctly guessed “Lobster pots at the Point (docks)” on Wednesday, December 31st at 10:39 a.m.

Geri wins a $25 gift certificate to White’s of Westport/Bittersweet Farm, always good dining at great prices!

The mystery photo was first posted on Tuesday, December 30th at 10:15 a.m.

Be on the lookout for our first mystery photo of the new year and be ready to take your best shot at solving it!

Click here to check out more about this and other past Mystery Photos and their winners.

 

01/16/2015Accomplished artist, writer, Ludmila Svetlana Alexeieff Rockwell of Westport dies.

Ms. Rockwell was a former vice principal of the New England School of Art.

Ludmila Svetlana Alexeieff Rockwell, 91, of Westport, MA, passed away at home on January 15, 2015, succumbing to Congestive Heart Failure. She was surrounded by her four children.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lazicki’s Bird House and Rescue, 2141 W. Shore Rd, Warwick, RI 02886.

Please join the family in a memorial service at the Friends Meeting House in Westport on Saturday the 24th at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments and the sharing of many life stories after the Quaker ceremony in the Main Meeting house.

As is the Quaker tradition, there will be the opportunity, if so moved, to share personal impressions, poetry, and memories of Svetlana no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

We all want to know more about the heart and soul of this remarkable and generous person.

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01/16/2015Feel the wrath of the internet! In another incident involving a pizza delivery driver, caustic on-line reviews berate a local Westport car dealership when their security camera video of the incident went viral over the internet.

A video-taped argument between a Massachusetts pizza delivery driver and a car dealership over $7 has incurred the Internet’s wrath.

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The Westport dealership was flooded with negative reviews on Yelp, YouTube, Reddit, the Daily Mail, and Jezebel, among other sites according to Boston.com after the video showed workers shaming the Pizza Palace delivery guy over a $7 tip and making him give the change back.

On Thursday, the dealership’s sales manager, released a statement apologizing for the workers’ behaviors, according to Fun107.com.

A worker in the video was fired and the owner plans to offer a cash donation to the delivery man, the sales manager said.

“We have your back bro,” said the U.K’s Daily Mail.

The video was first released on LiveLeak.

 

01/15/2015Westport mourns the passing of Christopher “Chip” Gillespie of Westport Point.

A celebration of Chip’s life will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, 2:00 p.m., at the Westport Point United Methodist Church at 1912 Main Road.

Christopher “Chip” Gillespie of Westport Point, Massachusetts, died January 8, 2015, after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was 72.

The Vietnam veteran and longtime architect was devoted to Westport.

Born on September 23, 1942, in Exeter, New Hampshire, to Janet Lansing Wicks and William Ernest Gillespie, he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Princeton University. More...

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

National Absinthe Day

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Today’s Significant Events in History

Thursday, March 5, 2015

363 - Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death.
1046 - Persian scholar Naser Khosrow begins the seven-year Middle Eastern journey which he will later describe in his book Safarnama.
1496 - English King Henry VII hands John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands
1770 - Boston Massacre (or the Incident on King Street). British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings.
1946 - Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech (Fulton Missouri) popularizes the term and draws attention to division of Europe.

 

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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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Thursday, March 5

v  Thursday, March 5 - 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

 

v  TOPS meeting in Tiverton. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets on Thursdays, 10 a.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street. All are welcome.

 

v  Yoga Classes at Amicable Church every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Road, Tiverton.

These classes will use yoga poses, yogic breath practice and yogic relaxation to enable participants to experience all the MBS benefits of a complete yoga practice.

Yoga classes will be facilitated by Judy Megura BSR, KYT, CYT, a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor with over 15 years’ experience teaching Kripalu yoga to groups ranging from children to adult cancer survivors and cardiac patients.

Materials needed: Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow and sense of humor! (Avoid large meals before class.)

Cost: $66 for all 6 classes or $12 per class for drop-ins. (If you cannot afford to pay this amount, please contact the instructor.)

Registration: Participants are encouraged to register in advance by emailing judymegu@aol.com.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Partners Village Store’s weekly children's reading and activity hour, geared for pre-school children, will resume on Thursday, January 8th at 10:30 am. For the complete 2015 schedule visit www.partnersvillagestore.com/events or call them at 508.636.2572.

Come join the fun every Thursday as they read stories, enjoy snacks and a craft activity. This is a free event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information call 508.636.2572 or visit: www.partnersvillagestore.com/events.

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

 

v  Toddler Storytime every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Tiverton Essex Public Library, 238 Highland Road, Tiverton.

The event is free.

Toddler Storytime for children ages 18 months to 36 months. This lapsit program includes stories, rhymes, music and more.

For more information please call 401.625.6796 ext. 14.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Quilting at the COA. 1:00 p.m.

Preserve the art of quilting by gathering together to share quilting ideas and techniques. They create group quilts and assist and assist one another with personal quilts and share ideas. Inset: the class is led by Valerie Schofield. Shown with Valerie (left) are Mrs. Charbonneau (center) and Fran Theriault who is working on her Grandmother's Garden quilt.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

 

v  Bingo afternoon at the COA. 1:00 p.m. Call 508.636.1026 for any questions or more information. Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Ballroom Dancing at the VFW Hall, 134 Shove Street, Tiverton, every Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m., and every Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.. Live music by the Aristocrats. Singles welcome. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Call 508.995.7585.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - The Westport Food Pantry has relocated and is open every Thursday. 

After extensive searching and planning—and a generous offer—the Westport Food Pantry is now located at the Lighthouse Assembly of God, 522 American Legion Highway (Route 177, near the intersection of Sanford Road).

The pantry hours will now be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday nights.

There will be no other changes for current pantry clients. Town residents aged 18 and over will still be able to come for food every other week. If you believe you may be eligible for the pantry and have not yet signed up, stop by the church during pantry hours for assistance.

“The Westport Food For Friends Food Pantry had to relocate due to space issues at the WCOA. We are very happy about the move and hope we can help more people who may be in need.” - Heather Wilson, Manager

Food and other donations can still be dropped off at Lees Market, Grum’s Restaurant, the Westport Library, and the bin located outside the church door.

They appreciate the donations. The top 10 things they need are; canned fruits and veggies, pasta and pasta sauce, hearty soups, snacks, canned tuna or chicken, rice and cereal.

The drop-off location is a box designated “food pantry” just outside the door.

Monetary donations also are welcome: every $1 donated purchases $10 worth of food at the grocery store because they are a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Checks to support the pantry should be made out to ‘The Lighthouse Assembly of God’ with ‘Food Pantry’ noted at the bottom. Volunteers, both individuals and groups, are always needed. If interested, please email: wstpantryvolunteer@gmail.com. For any questions about the pantry, call the church main number at 508.636.4470.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Mindfulness & Meditation for Well-Being. Ongoing classes every Thursday with three trained and skilled teachers - Karen Moore Holliday, Angela Denham, and Brenda Florez.

Little Compton Wellness Center 115 East Main Road, Little Compton,

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sliding scale “$5 to whatever” as your heart and pocket allow.
A weekly one-hour class to nurture and deepen your own journey with meditation... as a beginner or an experienced practitioner Karen, Angela and Brenda will alternate weeks of teaching and practicing the skills of mindfulness & meditation. Instruction and practice each week, with an opportunity for questions and feedback about your practice.

Create more space for yourself from the inside out!!

Please contact Sheri Massa for more information at:

sherinbo@gmail.com.

 

v  Sisters of the Wool host a free knitting night on Thursdays. They also host a knitting charity on Sundays where they knit helmet liners to support the troops as well as chemo caps for cancer patients.

6 - 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 1 - 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Free beginner lessons are offered daily.

Sisters of the Wool, 770 main Road, Westport. For more information please call 774.264.9665.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - New Lyme Support Group starts in Rehoboth. The Bristol County, MA Lyme Support Group will meet tonight from 6–8 p.m. at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth. They meet once a month.

This Group provides support and networking opportunities to individuals affected directly and indirectly by Lyme and associated tick borne diseases. The Group strives to encourage awareness and prevention of Lyme and associated tick borne diseases through education and community involvement where appropriate.

Their first monthly meeting was held on Thursday, October 9th. This meeting is free and open to all.

Please join them for one of their upcoming support group meetings from 6-8 p.m. on: 11/13/14, 12/11/14, 1/8/15, 2/12/15, 3/5/15, 4/2/15, 5/14/15, 6/11/15, 7/9/15, and 8/13/15. Meeting dates subject to change based on Goff Memorial Hall’s scheduling needs.

For more information you can visit the Bristol County, MA Lyme Support Group on Facebook, email Annie LaBrie at BCMLDSG@yahoo.com, or visit their website.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Asperger’s Parent Group meets every first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton.

Parents of children with Asperger's meeting the first Thursday of the month to share experiences, resources, support and to celebrate the uniqueness of our children.

Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

For more information or those interested in attending please call or click 401.248.8215 or RSVP to fengshuitay@gmail.com.

 

v  Country Line and Couples Dance Lessons with JoAnn and Andy. Beginner and intermediate dancers. Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Poirier Post, 281 Appleton Street, New Bedford. Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Silvia Post, 134 Shore Drive, Tiverton RI. $7 per class. For more information call: 774.202.5543 and ask for JoAnn.

 

v  Zumba Fitness at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Also meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Put more wiggle in your week!

$5 per class; proceeds to benefit McAuley Ministries.

No dance experience necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome (16 and under with an adult.)

Zumba is the dance fitness revolution that fuses Latin and other world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energizing workout that you will love!

Visit their website.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Insanity Workout Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton.

Tell Your neighbors about this amazing 30 minute workout that will leave you feeling fantastic!!  Only $6.00 for one class or get a punch card of 8 classes for $40.00.  All Fitness Levels Welcome.

Feel Free to send her a friend request on Facebook to Kelly McCauley Germain.

 

v  Thursday, March 5 - Karaoke every Thursday at the Liberal Club, 20 Star Street, Fall River from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Join Pro Karaoke by Rick and Joan. No admission charge and all are welcome.

 

v  Karaoke every Wednesday and Thursday night at Oriental Pearl, 576 State Road, Westport from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

For more information please call 508.675.1501 or 401.435.6565.

 

v  ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 4 S of Commons Rd, Little Compton.
$10.00 per person and teens to seniors all are welcome.

Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: maryderby@­aol.­com.

 

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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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COA Evergreen Newsletter – March, 2015

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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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The Westport Fishermen’s Association Fall 2014 Newsletter is now on-line. Click here to view it now. PDF

 

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Westport Business to Business has released their February e-News. Click here to read it now.

 

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Click here to read the President’s Message for February 2015.

 

 

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Photo Essays of Westport

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