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9/11 Ceremony 15th Anniversary Sunday, September 11th.  The Westport Department of Veterans’ Services conducted a 9/11 15th Anniversary Ceremony at the Hix Bridge Fire Station, Westport.  The Ceremony was to honor the civilian men and women who died during these attacks.  The brave men and women in uniform that gave their lives on this day, and for the last 15 years - Fire Fighters, Police, EMT’s and our Military were honored for their sacrifice.

 

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Visit our regularly updated Theater and Arts Section, and plan your early summer event schedule!

New galleries and art venues added for 2015. New Boston area concerts and theater venue added January, 2016!

 

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New! 07/31/2016 Click here to watch video of Cultural Survival Bazaar 2016.

 

06/23/2016 Click here to watch video of WRG May, 2016 Annual Plant Sale.

 

06/23/2016 Click here to watch video of School Feasibility presentation to Selectmen.

 

05/27/2016 Click here to view video of dedication of POW and MIA tabletop memorial at Westport Town Hall.

 

     

 

 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

 

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Updated Saturday, June 27, 2015

 

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Monday, September 26 “The King” is dead; long live the king. Coming to grips this morning with the loss of a golfing legend, Arnie’s army and the golfing world is in mourning as the most beloved figure in the golfing universe passed away yesterday.

He was 87.

Palmer was warm, generous and always ready with an autograph for his legion of fans.

He’ll always be remembered for his quirky swing, a bigger than life persona, and a Who’s Who list of golfing victories that includes seven majors (four Masters wins from 1958 to 1964 and two British Open titles.)

Palmer played the U.S. Open 32 times, the first time in 1953 and the last time in 1994. Both his first and last appearances happened in years the tournament was played at Oakmont Country Club in Palmer's native Pennsylvania.

Palmer won the U.S. Open once and finished second four times.

More...

 

Monday, September 26 The Day the world almost ended! On this day in September 26, 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile, followed by another one and then up to five more, were being launched from the United States.

Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm, and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.

Presidential debate tonight. As we approach what pundits are saying will be the most viewed, most important presidential debate ever, let’s not forget how close we came to ultimate destruction because of failed technology, and how the right person was on watch at the right time making the right decision.

 

Sunday, September 25Have hot top, will pave! The Westport Highway Department has a full slate of road improvement projects for the remainder of 2016.

17 roadways from Adamsville Road to Velvet Avenue are scheduled for pacing improvements.

Click here to see if you live on one of them.

25,600 feet or almost 5 miles of Westport roadways will receive reclaiming and HMA paving, or overlay starting around Tuesday, September 20th.

All work has to be completed by Saturday, December 3rd.

Above: Is this a scene coming to your neighborhood soon?

 

Saturday, September 24 Westport School Super gets boost in pay. Despite objections from two School Committee members, the board voted to approve a $10,000 raise for Superintendent Ann Marie Dargon.

The raise in yearly pay brings the popular superintendent to $132,000, but eliminates the travel stipend.

Superintendent for three years, Ms. Dargon was previously the district’s assistant superintendent.

Voting against the increase were board members Margo DesJardins (should have been discussed first in executive session) and Carolina Africano who felt Ms. Dargon “needed improvements.”

Ms. Dargon has been instrumental in promoting a new school building to replace the PCB-plagued Middle School.

 

Friday, September 23 WLCT seeks proposals for portion of former St. Vincent De Paul Camp. 

Property tours for prospective applicants will be provided on October 5, 12, 20, and 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Deadline for submission is Saturday, December 31, 2016  

The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is requesting proposals from prospective buyers who are interested in purchasing or leasing all or part of a 12± acre portion of the Saint Vincent de Paul Camp property, located at 573 Adamsville Road in Westport.

The property is currently improved with various institutional and residential structures, the majority of which were renovated and expanded in 1995 for educational use. The property has been inactive since 2005.

More with map and photos.

 

Thursday, September 22 The envelope please! After studying a mind-numbing myriad of school building and grade configurations for months, and throwing in two locus choices to boot, Westport’s School Building Committee (SBC) voted unanimously last night to select a price-sensitive option out of 16 offered by the architectural firm of Jonathan Levi, and will send their proposal to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their approval.

The School Committee followed by the Selectmen quickly and unanimously voted to accept the SBC’s recommendation.

Proposal “F.1”, the Old County Road site for a combined Junior/Senior High School will now be sent to the MSBA for their review and eventual partial funding approval.

Click here to view all 18 alternatives from Jonathan Levi. PDF

(Large file, please be patient – zoom in for all the detail.)

Now the wait begins.

More later today...

 

Thursday, September 22 Nude bathing at Horseneck Beach? Police have arrested a man after he allegedly approached a woman and child on the beach while fully naked, according to news reports.

Authorities say Paul Carmichael, 55 of Stoughton, approached a woman and her 10-year-old son on Horseneck State Beach in Westport.

Police say the man walked toward the woman and child as an off-duty Massachusetts State Trooper saw the man, yelled at him, and then confronted him.

The man would not tell the officer his name.

The trooper then followed the man to his vehicle, but the man got into his car, a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck, and drove away.

Westport Police stopped the man on Rt. 88 and arrested him. He has been charged with felony open and gross lewdness, according to Westport Det. Jeff Majewski.

The man admitted to doing similar acts on the beach in the past.

 

Wednesday, September 21 If you’re thinking about a binge this weekend, you’d better think twice. Massachusetts State Police will operate a drunken driving checkpoint Friday night into Saturday somewhere in Bristol County, said Col. Richard D. McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.

The department said the purpose of the checkpoint is to educate drivers and raise public awareness about drunken driving, The checkpoint will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary and safety will be assured.

Hey, hit the ‘packie’ and then head home.

 

Wednesday, September 21 Zoning board to vote Thursday on Westport Watershed Alliance plan – maybe!  After countless continuances and after reviewing some technical issues and possible conditions, the Zoning Board of Appeals is looking to take a final vote this Thursday on the Westport River Watershed Alliance's plan to convert an historic building into the group's headquarters. More...

 

Wednesday, September 21 Time for WSBC to move forward with a school building plan to replace the PCB-plagued Middle School. Westport’s School Building Committee after avoiding a vote last week on new school building alternatives will meet this Wednesday on a school site and grade structure.

That vote will be accompanied by a joint Selectmen and School Committee meeting in which a final configuration and location will most likely be selected and sent to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for direction and ultimate funding acceptance.

Read recent EverythingWestport.com article on what the joint meeting is facing.

Above:  One of two proposed plans by school consultants – a combined grade 5 through 12 school building located at the site of the abandoned Middle School on Old County Road.

 

Tuesday, September 20 Westport Selectmen honor First Responders with citation.

“First Responders, ranging from 911 Dispatches, Police Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians and Search & Rescue Personnel, are highly trained and specialized workers who are a vital part of our community,” read Selectman Chairman R. Michael Sullivan.

“They are our first and best defense against all forms of danger and emergency, a defense, which they stand ready to offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”

“Therefore, on behalf of the Residents of the Town of Westport, MA and the Westport Board of Selectmen, we Recognize and Thank-You [sic] for all that you do and all that you are willing to sacrifice,” Sullivan read.

Above, front row from the left: Police Chief Keith A. Pelletier, Fire Chief Brian R. Legendre, Police Officer Lt. John J. Bell, Selectwoman Shana M. Schufelt, Selectman Steven J. Ouellette, Selectman and Chairman R, Michael Sullivan, Selectman Antone C. Vieira Jr., and Selectman and Vice-Chairman Craig J. Dutra.

 

Tuesday, September 20 - The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) has been named one of 18 Commonwealth Corps Host Site Partners for the second year.

Administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the Commonwealth Corps engages Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism.

 

One service position is still available with WRWA,

so immediate applications are encouraged

and can be submitted to wep@wrwa.com.

 

The program has a dual focus: one on members’ impact in their organization and communities, and the other on members’ own growth and development.

The alliance is hosting one Commonwealth Corps member to help strengthen and expand its Watershed Education Program, which teaches more than 2,000 local students in grades K-12 each year about the importance of keeping the Westport River clean, and the healthy inter-relationship of local waters, soil, plants, animals and people. It also works with high school volunteers and encourages family involvement in outreach programs.  More...

 

Monday, September 19 Local public and organization officials plead for quick action on South Coast Rail route. But some route cost projections have leaped from $2.2 billion to about $3.4 billion, threatening to slow the project. More...

 

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Monday, September 19 - WAHTF seeks applicants for Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing.

The state requires the town to reach 10% affordable housing, currently at 3.5%.

The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund is seeking applications for grant funding from qualified project proponents to create new affordable housing in the Town of Westport through the Seed Housing Funding Program (SEED). Funding will be granted per affordable housing unit created.

 

“There is a demonstrated need for affordable housing in Westport.” - Westport Affordable Housing Trust

 

A total of $200,000 has been earmarked to fund this program, part of the trust’s ongoing initiatives to support the creation of new affordable housing for Westport residents with the aid of Community Preservation Act housing funding.

The affordable housing units to be created with SEED funding must be eligible for inclusion on the Department of Housing and Community Development Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory. The town's current SHI is about 3.5 percent, which means a shortage of 417 affordable housing units to meet the state's Chapter 40B 10 percent goal. More...

 

Saturday, September 17 The die may be cast; it just needs to be pulled from the mold!  The Rise of the Phoenix?

The Middle School may be the best location, but SBC members held off a final vote. 

The Westport School Building Committee (SBC) did not take a vote on a final ‘preferred option’ for a new school facility at their Wednesday, September 14th meeting as planned, instead spending much of the evening listening to input from parents and residents about plans for re-building a new middle school. 

There was also considerable discussion on whether plans for the Old County Road campus should include provisions for a new high school as well, and how town residents might respond to a request for a combined junior/senior high school with a price tag of $100 million or more. More...  

 

Saturday, September 17 - AG sues Westport used car dealer, claims unfair, deceptive practices - office said it has received about 113 complaints.  A used car dealership — which last year was the center of a firestorm when a video of an employee bullying a pizza delivery man went viral — is being sued by the state Attorney General's office for deceptive and misleading business practices after more than 100 complaints, court records show.

F&R Auto Sales Inc., 1052 State Road, and its owner, Francis R. Correiro, are named as defendants in a civil suit filed September 13th in Bristol County Superior Court by Attorney General Maura Healey's office for violations of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, according to court documents. More...

 

Friday, September 16 - Jonathan Paull Gertler and band perform at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport on Sunday, September 11th at a concert hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

This free evening of music also featured original music inspired by the Westport Rivers and Buzzards Bay.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition works in Westport to protect clean water and preserve natural areas.

Gertler’s compelling music draws from folk, rock, and jazz traditions, fueled by a finger style guitar and aided by a cast of outstanding musicians on guitars, keyboards, percussion, sax, and harmonies

Photo | Chessin Gertler

 

Friday, September 16 - Junior/senior high school Principal Cheryl Tutalo will have Team Ryan on her side this year.

In late summer, the school district hired as a new assistant principal Ryan Augusta, formerly of Newton schools, and this month hired Ryan Andrade to fill the other assistant principal slot. Andrade served as a dean of students for Fall River’s Henry Lord Community School.

More...

 

Wednesday, September 14 Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Westport ZBA addresses final decision on WRWA hearing. The Westport River Watershed Alliance has been meeting with the Zoning Board of Appeals since February in hopes of getting special permits to turn an historic Old County Road building into the WRWA headquarters.

A WRWA hearing on the matter took place again a few weeks ago and will continue on Wednesday, September 14th.

The ZBA earlier this month discussed the proposed additions the WRWA would like to make to the building but has not held a hearing on the building’s status as a structure within an aquifer protection area. The September 14th hearing will address the latter and board members have said a decision on all permits might be made after the aquifer angle is addressed. More...

 

Tuesday, September 13 Noquochoke Village Awarded State Funding For Housing Development.

Let the diggin’ begin! Members of the Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund traveled to Boston to join the Baker-Polito Administration for an announcement that the Noquochoke Village project in Westport will be awarded state funding and tax credits to aid in the construction of new, affordable housing units.

Noquochoke Vilage

Shown above (L-R): State Representative Paul Schmid (D-Westport) and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay join board members Warren Messier, Chair Liz Collins, and Vice-Chair Craig Dutra. Submitted Photo

Noquochoke Village will consist of fifty quality, mixed-income apartments in townhouse style buildings as well as a community center. More. 

 

Tuesday, September 13 Tiverton casino advances while Taunton bid stalls. In Everett and Springfield, resort casinos are beginning to take shape, testaments in concrete and steel to the state’s extended effort to build a billion-dollar industry from scratch.

Both projects have faced setbacks and delays, but are on track to open in two or three years, a breakthrough that will create thousands of jobs and pour millions into the state’s coffers.

Above: Tiverton casino advances in RI State Legislature. Westport will be directly impacted by both these projects. More...

 

But in Taunton, where a luxury casino was meant as a cornerstone for the state’s casino era, progress has ground to a halt. With the Mashpee Wampanoag’s plans for a $1 billion tribal casino tied up in court after prevailing over a rival bid in Brockton, hopes have dimmed that a third full-scale casino in Massachusetts will open any time soon, disappointing a region whose economy badly needs a shot in the arm. More...

 

Sunday, September 11 If you love fruit cobblers, Acushnet is the place to be, especially this weekend! The town’s perennial Apple-Peach Festival wraps up today, so get in the car and head on over. 

Gerrie Reed, who has been volunteering for years in the kitchen, ACUSHNET APPLE/PEACH PARADE 2013estimated that by about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 30 pans of cobbler had been made, all of which was going out the door. She estimated that 15 servings can come out of one pan, maybe a little less if the corners get broken.

Click on image to view video of Acushnet’s Peach-Cobbler parade.

Outside, the apple, peach or combination cobbler was getting $5 a serving from a never-ending line of people, for $75 per pan. At that price, the goal is to make sure the cobbler stand never runs out.

The festival parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning at Pope Park. It will be motorized because it is a 4-mile trek to the festival grounds, which will be open Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

More...

 

Friday, September 9 Wayward cell phone leads to the arrest of 23-year-old suspected arsonist. A Westport man was arrested Wednesday, August 31st after a six-week arson investigation by Westport police.

Massachusetts State Police helped obtain information from the phone, and a court subpoena helped investigators to find additional information leading back to Samuel Harwood of 126 Reed Road, according to Westport detective Jeff Majewski.

Lead Westport investigator Rob Robello said Harwood set fire to a commercial logging truck in the area of 642 Old County Road on Saturday, July 11th.

“The logging truck was completely destroyed, as it had burned down to its chassis,” police said, noting that it was valued at approximately $ 50,000.

“The loss of this truck had a significant impact on a family-owned operation,” Majewski said.

Fast response from the Westport Fire Department helped extinguish the blaze, which had already ignited nearby trees and brush, before it spread to surrounding woods.

Harwood was arrested and charged with willful and malicious burning of a vehicle and attempted arson of a second vehicle. He was arraigned at the Fall River Justice Center and held without bail.

No cause was given for Harwood’s actions.

Harwood also had a probation warrant for his arrest for violation of probation More...

 

Friday, September 9 Republican primary update. East https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M8fdb59661dac8b7b47ce9548fffe0ac8o1&w=217&h=217&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0Falmouth’s Mark Alliegro defeated Thomas O’Malley Jr. of Marshfield in yesterday’s Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District. He will now face incumbent U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-MA, in November (pictured below.)

Keating was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Westport is part of the 9th Congressional District.

Alliegro, a scientist and an educator, beat his opponent by a 2 to 1 margin, easily carrying him to a landslide victory in a low-turnout primary.

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Friday, September 9 – Paltry poll numbers reflect voter apathy. In a dismal turnout, only 438 Westport voters trudged to the polls to cast a vote in the 2016 State Primary elections.

That’s just 3.79% of the coastal town’s electorate of 11,558.

Precinct 5 (Westport High School) had the lowest turnout with just 2.85% turnout; Precinct 1 (American Legion Hall) had the highest with just 4.55%.

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Above: Unopposed candidates in both the primary and the general elections from the left: Sheriff Tom Hodgson (R-Bristol County), State Rep Paul Schmid (D-Westport), and State Sen Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport).

The Republican ballot had only one contested race – Representative in Congress, 9th District.

The Democratic ballot had just one contested race – County Commissioner.

Westport Democrats leaned towards the incumbent, John R. Mitchell for County Commissioner - 189 to 178; Republicans favored Mark C. Alliegro, a scientist and an educator, for Representative in Congress, 106 to 58.

State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues was high vote getter with 249, followed closely by State Representative Paul A. Schmid III with 243; both were unopposed.

 

Friday, September 9 - Building committee inclined to give nod to middle school property for new school site.

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

The Westport School Building Committee seems to be focusing on a preferred option of using the Westport Middle School site as the likely location for a new school building. 

The School Building Committee (SBC) has scheduled a Wednesday, September 14th meeting to choose between the final “best option” scenarios for a new school, and hopes to finalize a plan for submission to the Mass. School Building Authority reimbursement program at a Wednesday, September 21st joint meeting with selectmen and the Westport School Committee. More...

 

Thursday, September 8 Westport board rebuffs Bull... again.

A request received by the Board of Selectmen from Jeff Bull to be appointed to the Commission on Disability (COD) at Tuesday’s Selectmen’s meeting was soundly rejected by the majority of board.

Bull is an elected member to the town’s Landing Commission.

Above: Bull (far left) and Sullivan (second from right) squared off over Bull’s appointment to the Commission on Disability at Tuesday’s Selectmen’s meeting.

“I’m reticent to appoint someone, who has so vigorously opposed what the Board of Selectmen wanted to accomplish last year [sic].

I need to put people on these committees who are going to work with the Board of Selectmen to try to make what the Board of Selectman has chosen to do.”

The two have clashed over Beach Avenue in the past, costing Bull his position on the Beach Committee when Sullivan recommended that he not be appointed for a third term.

Bull has advocated for easier and unencumbered access to the east end of Beach Avenue for seniors and persons with disabilities and impairments.

“I actually sought out Jeff,” COD Chairman Stanley Cornwell told the board. “I want us to take a new direction, a new spirit, a new attitude of cooperation.

“There are things with Jeff and his background that can bring to us that we don’t even begin to imagine, and I need him. I need him on our commission,” Cornwall said. “It’s tough to get people to volunteer for anything. He (Jeff) would be a big asset.”

 

“I think we have to be accountable

as elected officials to put public service

above political service, and I think what we are talking about tonight is political service,” Selectman Antone Vieira said pushing for a second on his motion to appoint Bull.

 

“Everything we do is political, Tony,” Sullivan responded.

The commission is short several members, with the February 22nd passing of Michael K. Ouimet, John Pelletier leaving the board, and former chairwoman Elaine Ostroff, a driving force behind the commission, moving out of town.

At issue is a plan proposing to abandon the eastern portion of the troubled town road and prohibit vehicular access to the Knubble that is being shepherded by Sullivan, supporting harbor area residents’ desire to permanently close the 1800s era seashore road.

Bull is seen by former beach committee members, including Chairman Tim St. Michel, as a tireless, hardworking advocate promoting beach access to all, an opinion echoed by Sullivan during the meeting.

It would seem that high level of advocacy would be needed by a disabilities commission, but apparently not without the pitfalls of Westport’s politics.

Despite a compelling plea by Cornwell to appoint the well-qualified Bull to the commission, Vieira’s motion to appoint Bull did not receive a second.

Bull was invited back at a later time to take a second pass at the appointment, when absent BOS member Craig Dutra would be in attendance.

An intermediate effort to move forward with abandoning Beach Avenue was soundly rejected by voters at last year’s December Special Town Meeting where a record 417 voters came out mostly to protest the article, prompting Town Clerk Marlene Samson to say it was one of the largest turnouts she can remember for a Special Town Meeting.

 

Tuesday, September 6 Westport Selectmen meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Click here to review agenda and Town Administrator’s report. PDF

 

Tuesday, September 6 Goodbye Hermine - don’t forget to close the door behind you!  A weakening but still lingering Hermine off the northeast coast may produce wave action and a few showers today as it heads off into obscurity as our first major storm of this year’s hurricane season.

Westport was spared any damage, and shorelines are intact. Not much rain accumulation.

Pretty much of a washout as tropical storms go. Not that we’re complaining.

 

Tuesday, September 6 Scientists work to solve Westport River’s eroding salt marsh mystery.

A few years ago, Jack Reynolds noticed that salt marshes on the Westport Rivers were collapsing. “Big chunks of the marshes were falling in,” he remembered.

 Above: Large chunks of grass and mud are falling into the water on some salt marshes on the Westport River.  Photo | Chris Neill

Reynolds used to fish on the Westport River back in the 1970s each spring, when young striped bass move into the estuary to feed among the river’s rich salt marshes. He would use the marshes as markers to remember the best spots to troll for bass.

“I noticed the marshes were not the same as they were back then,” Reynolds said. “I thought, ‘There’s something going on here that’s just not right.’”

More...

 

Tuesday, September 6 Today’s Hermine NWS Forecast.

Tropical Storm Warning In Effect. Small craft advisory.

 

Tuesday - NE winds 25 to 30 KT. Seas around 9 FT. Patchy fog this morning. A chance of showers.  Visibility 1 to 3 nautical miles.

 

Tuesday night – Tropical storm conditions expected. E winds 20 to 25 KT with gusts up to 30 KT. Seas around 7 FT. Patchy fog. A chance of showers.  Visibility 1 to 3 nautical miles.

 

Wednesday - Tropical storm conditions possible. NE winds 15 to 20 KT. Seas around 6 FT. Patchy fog in the morning.

 

Wednesday night - E winds 10 to 15 KT... becoming NE 5 to 10 KT after midnight. Seas 5 to 6 FT.

 

Thursday - NW winds 5 to 10 KT. Seas 4 to 5 FT.

 

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Sunday, September 4 Is farmland APR protection on a deathwatch? Like many other once-rural communities that have been steadily paved over to make way for houses, a former farming town was trying to preserve its dwindling agricultural heritage when it permanently protected a 9-acre fruit orchard two decades ago.

Westford did so by spending more than a half-million dollars on so-called agricultural preservation restrictions, which declared that the land “shall remain in active agricultural use . . . in perpetuity.”

 

Westport open space advocates take heed.

Is APR on the endangered list?

 

But the definitions of “agricultural” and “perpetuity” are now up for debate in Westford, alarming open-space advocates across the state who see the possibility of a barn-door-sized breach in Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation farmland conservation program. More...

 

Sunday, September 4 - About 500 people attended Clams For Kids' annual clambake in Westport on Saturday to help a 21-month-old boy in his battle against cancer.

The event held at the Holy Ghost Club on Sodom Road in Westport was to support Jacob Thiboutot, who suffers from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer, a form of the disease that starts in young nerve cells and spreads to distant lymph nodes like bone, liver, skin, bone marrow and other organs.

The Saturday fundraiser took in almost $10,000.

The child's grandmother, Kathleen Brito of Dartmouth, was overwhelmed and thrilled by the support. "This is just amazing, incredible," she said in an interview Saturday. More...

 

 

 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 26th.

The public hearing will address a Special Town Meeting warrant article to establish a Department of Public Works (DPW.)
Hearing starts at 6:00 p.m. at Westport Town Hall, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, 816 Main Road, Westport.

Call 508.636.1003 with any questions or more information.
IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Today. Scholarship Clamboil fund raiser at LePages Seafood & Grill on Monday, September 26th.

439 Martine St, Fall River. The American Legion, James Morris Post #145, Westport will be holding a clamboil from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $25.00 and you can call for tickets at 774.264.0882. Help them help our local community by joining them this
evening.

 

Wednesday. The Country Travelers offers monthly trip to Foxwoods Casino On Wednesday, September 28th.

Monthly trips are on the last Wednesday of each month.

The pickups are at St. John the Baptist Church parking lot, 945 Main Road, or Our Lady of Grace Church parking lot, 569 Sanford Road, both in Westport.  $20 per person includes driver gratuity and a bonus package from Foxwoods upon arrival.  Call for availability… reservations a must.

For reservations or questions call Veronica Beaulieu at 508.636.4889.

 

Wednesday. Field Investigation and Response (FIR) Team Appreciation FUNdraiser on Wednesday, September 28th.

4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Buzzards Bay Brewery, 98 Horseneck Road, Westport. Featuring Neal McCarthy Music - Weatherlow Farm - Cluck & Trowel.

To thank the ASPCA for their hard work and to raise funds to off-set the tremendous expense of this rescue operation the public is invited to this family-friendly event featuring live music, a 50/50 raffle, outdoor games, a local farmers market and more information about the ASPCA’s work. There will be food and beverages available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the ASPCA’s work specifically with the Westport Animals.

No outside alcohol is allowed.

 

Westport Woman’s Club Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients.

The Westport Woman’s Club would like to announce the names of the 2016

Scholarship recipients. The following Westport High School students were awarded scholarships: Kely Smith, Reaghan Tripp, Riley Welch, and Emma Young.

Also receiving scholarships were: Andrew Manchester, Diman Regional

Vocational Technical High School, and Lily Powers from Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School.

The Club wishes to thank Lees market, Partner’s Village Store, and Kozy Nook

Restaurant for allowing us to use their facilities to raise money for the scholarship program.

 

Saturday. ‘Wooden Ships Tribute’ at White's of Westport on Saturday, October 1st.

 66 State Road, Westport. 508.675.7185.

 

Sunday. Devin Laubi 13th Annual Bike Ride on Sunday, October 2nd.

 

Turnip Festival at Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport on Saturday, October 8th.

 

The Westport Lions Club 12th Annual Arts &Crafts Show will be held Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th.

    

From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Westport High School, 19 Main Road, Westport. Free admission and parking. Vendor items will include a variety of wooden items, jewelry, pottery, glass decorations, candles, knitted & woven pieces, wreaths and holiday décor, etc.  Door prize, raffle table and food for sale also on hand. Proceeds benefit community projects and eye research.

 

WFA Classic Wooden Boat Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th & 16th.

The exhibit will be featuring an array of beautiful and classic hand built boats in and around the Horseneck Point Life Saving Station. On Saturday from Noon to 2:00 p.m. there will be pilot gig rowing demonstrations (weather permitting). 

Also, “The Spirit of Westport”, the boat recently built by the Westport Junior High School 8th grade class under the guidance of Dharma Voyage volunteers, will also be on display. They are looking for classic wooden boats and boat models to display and compete for the “Best in Show” award. If you have a boat (trailer-able) you would like to enter into the show, please email

Tanja Ryden or call 774.264.9200 to reserve your spot. Entry is free, but space is limited. Overnight security is provided. The boat show is open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

Click here to view photo album of the 2013 Westport Fishermen's Association's Classic Wooden Boat Exhibit.

 

The Westport Land Conservation Trust has partnered with Pride of Bristol Bay on Saturday, October 22nd.

WLCT and a sustainable fisheries co-op in Alaska, to bring Westport and the entire Southcoast, wildly flavorful sockeye salmon this season.

Pride of Bristol Bay provides the very finest Bristol Bay sockeye salmon while recognizing the common goal of eating responsibly and understanding what sustainable and traceable truly means.

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Join them as they host their first time ever Westport Town Farm sockeye salmon cookout and pick up your share of America's most flavorful and affordable salmon.

Reserve your share today for pick-up on October 22nd! The ordering deadline is October 8th. For more info, or to reserve your share today, visit: www.PrideofBristolBay.com

Click here to view their flyer!

 

 

 

Saturday, September 3Westport Board of Health fired, Selectmen hired to nominate animal inspectors. Calling the Board of Health unqualified for the responsibility, the state Department of Agricultural Resources has requested that selectmen https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M939d9f5af3a421b23f31e574c3d3e01co1&w=264&h=264&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0instead nominate the town’s animal inspectors.

“Based on recent events, I do not find the Westport Board of Health to be qualified to nominate animal inspectors,’’ state Department of Agricultural Resources commissioner John Lebeaux wrote in a letter to selectmen dated Wednesday, August. 24th.

Inset: Commissioner Lebeaux.

But Lebeaux failed to specify what the qualifications are. He also failed to understand that no one in town wants the job.  More...

 

Friday, September 2 WLCT says Richmond Pond Wildlife Sanctuary purchase imminent.

“We are inching closer to the December 1st deadline to close on this amazing 19 acre site,” says WLCT Director Ryan Mann.

Protection of this land is critical to protect the fragile ecological balance of the Richmond Pond area.  

With the announcement last month of a $150,000 match gift, they have seen a great swell of support.  Every dollar raised for this project until November 15th (including pledges) will be matched dollar for dollar!

Above: Richmond Pond overlooking Rhode Island Sound.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Only $125,000 is left to reach their goal of $510,000 and save this irreplaceable landscape forever.  Please contact their office if you are interested in learning more about this project or to learn about ways to give.

Westport Land Conservation Trust | 508.636.9228 | Email | Website

 

Friday, September 2 ASPCA could spend up to $2M on Westport animal abuse investigation, officials say. Organization helps with investigative, animal care costs.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has earmarked up to $2 million to offset the cost of investigating cruelty at a Westport tenant farm and caring for the surviving animals, police and town officials said. More...

"Based on their initial assessment, that amount may be necessary for shelter care, transport issues and personnel,'' said Westport Police Detective Jeff Majewski.

 

Tuesday, August 30 Drivers take a turn for the worst. Westport police were once again called to State Road near the Dartmouth line early this morning where a former UMass Dartmouth student was seriously injured when his vehicle failed to negotiate a turn on State Road and struck a large granite post.

27-year-old Taylor Green of Aurora, IL is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

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The former student in the fine arts program at UMass Dartmouth was driving east on Route 6 in the area of 1203 State Road near the Dartmouth line and the Prestige Auto Mart Inc., according to Westport Detective Jeff Majewski in a press release.

This is the same area where Westport resident Derek Pereira, 30, of 21 Cleveland Street was nearly killed when he crashed his motorcycle in a police pursuit just a week ago.

Green's vehicle, a 2006 Nissan Altima, was traveling east on State Road when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, Majewski said.

The car crossed the center median and became partially airborne.

The crash happened about 12:50 a.m. According to Majewski, “The Altima continued on the wrong side of the road, crossed both westbound lanes where the center of the car struck a large granite post next to a telephone pole with. Thankfully no one else was traveling west in that area at that time of night or the car would have hit them head-on."

Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

"It is believed the vehicle was traveling at a speed in excess of 75 mph and did not brake prior to the crash," Majewski said. “The speed limit in that area is 35 mph. The car's speed will be determined when the state police crash report is completed,” he said.

According to police, the crash damage was extensive: The engine was forced back into the driver's compartment, the car battery was thrown about 100 feet from where the vehicle came to rest, and an easel in the driver's compartment crashed through the windshield.

A nearby resident reported the crash to the Dartmouth police. Dartmouth and Westport police responded, along with Dartmouth Stat Ambulance Service and the Westport Fire Department.

Called to the scene was also an accident reconstruction team from the state police and detectives from the Bristol County District Attorney's office.

 

Sunday, August 28 WLCT announces two major land conservation projects. The Westport land Conservation Trust recently announced two major land conservation projects that when completed will protect over 100 additional acres of scenic and sensitive land that could otherwise be developed, changing the character of the area forever. 

Richmond Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

Fundraising is well underway to permanently protect 19 acres of ocean front property along Richmond Pond.  This project, which must close by December 1st, is critical to protect the fragile ecological balance of the Richmond Pond area.  Currently, $195,000 has been pledged or donated towards the projected total; an anonymous donor has pledged to match dollar for dollar any donation to this project up to $150,000, according to Ryan Mann, WLCT Director.  

Contact the WLCT office if you are interested in learning more about this project or to learn about ways to donate.

Panoramic of Diocese of Fall River Camp on Adamsville Road

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St. Vincent Depaul Camp on Adamsville Road. The WLCT has recently entered into an exclusive agreement with the Diocese of Fall River to acquire the former St. Vincent Depaul Camp on Adamsville Road. This is a very exciting and ambitious project that we are now actively fundraising for. They will be announcing their plans next year for the reuse of the developed area of the camp as well as their fundraising progress. 

Contact Ryan Mann, WLCT's Executive Director if you have any questions or to discuss ways to give to this project.

Westport Land Conservation Trust | 508.636.9228 | Email | Website

 

Saturday, August 25 - High-speed motorcycle crash into Westport cruiser under investigation. A Kawasaki motorcycle slammed into a stationary police cruiser on Route 6 early Monday morning, resulting in multiple charges after the rider... more.

 

Friday, August 26 4:30 p.m. Breaking News. Westport Police released some details of the of the charges being placed against  Derek Pereira involving an early Monday morning altercation between Pereira’s motorcycle and a police cruiser in a high-speed chase on Route 6 near the Route 177 intersection.

“To say it was (handled) poor or good, is still being determined,” Detective Jeff Majewski said. “We’re waiting for all the facts to come back and for the independent investigators to come back with it.”

Meanwhile, Rhode Island Hospital released information Thursday that Pereira remains in serious condition.

Family members said he suffered broken ribs, a fractured leg, and two collapsed lungs, among other injuries.

Charges include driving to endanger, driving with a suspended license, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Pereira’s motorcycle had attached Rhode Island registration plates.

A security camera video was obtained from a local Route 6 business which recorded the collision, and shows a second officer positioning his car across the roadway at the intersection of Forge Road and Route 6.

The motorcycle was headed east at a reported 120 mph and never would have made the turn at the Route 6/177 interchange, according to police.

Early reports indicate Pereira had a criminal record with jail time and was known to local police.

 

Friday, August 26 Cloak of secrecy on weekend Westport crash to be lifted today. Westport police are expected to issue a press release today on an accident with a police cruiser that happened early Monday morning, and what a WSAR-Channel 10 report described as  a serious motorcycle accident.  Police are not providing any details other than that they expect to issue a press release Friday, August 26th, involving an accident with a police cruiser that happened Monday and what a WJAR-Channel 10 report described as a serious motorcycle accident.

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The family of a Westport man is questioning the tactics of local police following a high-speed motorcycle chase, according to la local news station. NBC News 10 reported that family members of 30-year-old Derek Pereira said he suffered broken ribs, a fractured leg, and two collapsed lungs, among other injuries.

The town’s public information officer, Detective Jeff Majewski, is quoted in reports as saying the motorcyclist was driving at a very high rate of speed and putting the public at risk.

Police said the incident happened just after 2:00 a.m. Monday when officers tried to pull over the driver, who has been identified by family members as 30-year-old Derek Pereira.

According to authorities, a pursuit ensued after they attempted to pull over the motorcycle for speeding on Route 6 eastbound. Officials claim radar clocked the driver traveling 76 mph in a 50 mph zone.

The motorcycle accelerated and pulled away from the trailing officer, authorities said.

“He estimated the speed of the motorcycle to be 120 miles per hour,” Detective Jeff Majewski said. “Anyone going that fast is clearly putting the public at risk.” More...

 

Friday, August 26 - Neighborhood residents school newly-formed “Traffic and Parking Committee” on parking, speeding, congestion issues at the historic Head of Westport.

Dangerous traffic conditions and safety concerns top the list of complaints from area residents.

A long-simmering concern about safety at the Head has come to a boil with the impending occupation and expansion of the old Head Garage by the Westport River Watershed Alliance.

The venerable watershed advocacy group purchased the building three years ago and is now moving forward with renovation, and plans to occupy the former storage facility once permission is obtained from the Zoning Board of Appeals and other town boards.

Despite the best efforts of local law enforcement, excessive speeding is still an ongoing problem.

“I had a mirror ripped off my car,” said one neighbor; another neighbor told of a “hit and run” accident involving her parked automobile.

A third woman described how she used to roller-skate on the Old County Road bridge crossing the East Branch where whaling ships were once built on the public landing.

Has the Head neighborhood become a victim of the public landing’s commercial success? More tonight.

 

 

Thursday, August 25 - Stroke, Stroke, Stroke. Rowing on the East Branch. Organizer Ben Booth invites you to join in their Cornish Pilot Gig, the Voyager, or their Australian surf boat for rows in the Westport River and along the stunning Massachusetts South Coast. They have a range of rowing options, from relaxing social rows all the way to intense race team training and coastal excursions.

Don’t these oarspersons look like they’re having fun?  More...

 

Thursday, August 25 - Goodbye Grums, and thanks for the memories. The popular Charlotte White Road family restaurant has closed its doors a week ago Tuesday due to an uncertain future after their leased building was put up or sale by the former owner of Virginia’s Restaurant at the same location.

They will be missed by many who came for the food and comradery shared by all patrons.

Above: Three generations of Kim’s family say farewell to their loyal customers.  Photo | EverythingWestport.com

The restaurant was named after a nickname given to the family’s grandmother by grandchildren who couldn’t say Gram.

Loyal customers sadly signed a farewell plaque for the three generations who worked the popular Westport eatery.

Kim and the staff at Grum's will miss their customers, and promise to keep everyone informed as to their whereabouts and new occupations or vocations as they happen.

Visit them on FaceBook and leave a farewell message.

 

Tuesday, August 23 Animals buried at Westport farm likely died of starvation. Buried remains being studied from farm abuse case.

At least some of the animals found buried on the Westport farm under investigation for animal cruelty likely died of starvation, according to preliminary necropsy results, Westport Police Det. Jeff Majewski said.

The remains of about 70 animals were discovered by forensic scientists, including at least one scientist with a national reputation for such work.

Dr. Jason Byrd, associate director for Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, helped identify victims after the World Trade Center bombing in 2001 and the Pulse nightclub shootings in June. More...

 

Monday, August 22 Livingston Taylor packs ‘em in at WLCT Town Farm Concert.

Echoes of Taylor at the Town Farm.

Livingston Taylor attracted an audience of over 400 concert-goers to the Westport Town Farm last Saturday evening, and the 60-something stage performer wowed them with a mix of his biggest hits.

I Will Be in Love with You, I'll Come Running, Carolina Day, and Over the Rainbow; Taylor tacitly performed many of the songs from Echoes, a collection of hits from his first three albums.

Certainly worth the $20 ticket to sit on the old Poor Farm lawn overlooking the Westport River and listening to a living legend.

The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) and Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) co-hosted the annual event aimed at connecting the Westport community to the land through beautiful and meaningful music.

The concert was funded in part by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council, and over a dozen WLCT volunteers helped to make the event run smoothly.

WLCT Executive Director, Ryan Mann, said of the event: “It’s a pleasure to bring great acts like Livingston Taylor to Westport to provide these experiences for the community. We are incredibly pleased with the turn-out and that so many in our community are willing to come together to celebrate the land.”

 

 

Monday, August 22 2:00 p.m. ALERT! Organizers call for Monday evening vigil for abused tenant farm animals.

A group of local residents are organizing a vigil for the animals that died or were euthanized on the Westport tenant farms, 465 American Legion Highway in Westport.

Hundreds of animals were discovered last month living in deplorable conditions on the 70-acre “farm of horrors” as it is becoming known.

The group invites anyone who would like to give a prayer, reading or speak briefly on behalf of the animals — to send a message to them on Facebook.

The vigil will be held Monday night just at the start of the Westport Board of Health meeting at the Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.

The vigil is being hosted by Protest Westport Tenant Farm.

A massive open air animal hospital and sanctuary on Pine Hill Road (pictured below) in Westport continues to seek supplies to help hundreds of animals recover from abuse and neglect suffered at the hands of some tenant farm owners.

 

Monday, August 22 - Westport Selectmen meet tonight at Town Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Click here to review agenda and Town Administrator’s report.

 

Monday, August 22 - Westport considering combining departments into new DPW.  A new department of public works could become a reality in town by the fall Town Meeting.

The topic has been discussed by the Finance Committee and two selectmen confirmed that a merger could take place sooner rather than later. Such a move could combine the cemetery and highway departments, with the transfer station or look to combine other similar entities. Selectmen Vice Chairman Craig Dutra said the list has varied but those three entities have so far achieved the most consistent consensus.

Selectmen Chairman R. Michael Sullivan said he is unsure when such a merger could take place; but if plans are embraced, officials could pull it off by the fall Town Meeting later this year. More...

 

Monday, August 22 - Westport Recreation Commission and Finance Committee talk about revamping Rec Department.  Recreation Commission Chairwoman Renee Dufour met with the Finance Committee last week to request a reserve fund transfer of $4,800 to repair a damaged slide at the popular town playground. The slide last month was found damaged with a hole and officials said the most-likely cause was from someone jumping on it.

The Finance Committee eventually approved the transfer but asked many questions along the way. Among them: Why is there no Recreation Commission budget outside its revolving account?

More...

 

 

 

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Upcoming holidays and observances:

 

September 2016 Monthly Observances

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month

All American Breakfast Month

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month

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Backpack Safety America Month

Be Kind To Editors & Writers Month

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Bourbon Heritage Month

Children’s' Good Manners Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Daily Observances for

Monday, September 26, 2016

Family Day

Johnny Appleseed Day

Love Note Day

 National Dumpling Day

National Pancake Day

National Teach Ag Day

National Voter Registration Day

Shamu the Whale Day

World Contraception Day

 

Click here to check out all the daily, weekly and monthly 2016 holidays, notable events and celebrations, both official and unofficial. Great fun!

 

Today’s Significant Events in History

Monday, September 26, 2016

1580 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind

1687 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon

1687 The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.

1815 Russia, Prussia & Austria sign the Holy Alliance

1983 Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov averts a worldwide nuclear war by judging supposed missile attack from the US an error

 

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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 on Saturday June 11, 2016

Throughout the summer Handy House will open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month June - October from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

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

 

Contact The Westport Historical Society at 508.636.6011 and ask for Jenny. Email: westporthistory@westporthistory.net. Visit their website.

 

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Click here to take a virtual tour of their on-going exhibit.

 

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Click here to read their June, 2016 E-Newsletter.

 

 

 

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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Monday September 26

Monday, September 26 - Kundalini Yoga... with Brenda Florez starts at 7:30 a.m. Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton. For more information call 401.592.0400.

“Kundalini” Yoga is a 5000 year old system of yogic exercises and meditation designed to give you a “hand’s on” experience of your highest consciousness.

3 basic components to Kundalini Yoga:

Physical postures (kriyas) that strengthen the nervous system & balance the glandular system;

Breathing techniques (pranayama) help process emotions & feelings, reduce stress & develop concentration; and 

Mantra or sound (Naad Yoga) & meditation work to direct & discipline the mind.

Every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. $10.00 a class.

 

Monday, September 26 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information please call 508.636.1026.

 

Monday, September 26 - Revival Thrift Store has new items for bargain shoppers each day. Revival Thrift Store, 500 American Legion Highway (Route 177) is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. New items are added every day.

 

Monday, September 26- Monday Drawing Classes offered every week by Westport Art Group.

Drop into the Westport Art Group's Monday morning Drawing Class held every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All skill levels are welcome and the first class is free!

With instructor Robert Abele, you'll focus on basic drawing elements of line, texture, shading, and composition. Learn a variety of techniques while exploring different media including leads, kneaded erasers, conté crayons, and colored pencils. Please see www.WestportArtGroup.com  or email info@westportartgroup.com for location and details.

 

Quilting class at the Tiverton Senior Center. 9:00 a.m. every Monday. 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton. Free and open to all.  Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week.

For more information please call or click 401.625.6790 or visit their website.

 

Zumba every Monday with Rita Andrade at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Fee is $5, and everyone is welcome.

9:00 - 10 a.m.

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For more information call or click Sally at 401.635.2400 or email: sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Kundalini Yoga at Sandywoods! Taught by Yogi Bhajan, class is offered at Sandywoods, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton (yellow building).

Monday's from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Fee is $10.00 per class. Drop-ins are welcome.
For more information contact Sam at
sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com.

 

Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center.

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere. 

$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over.  $6 suggested donation under age 50.

Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email: 

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Ocean State Bridge Club meets each Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Call or click if you need a partner: (401) 862-2131 or Director@OceanStateBridgeClub.com  Cost is $6. A free lunch is served once a month by Sakonnet Bay Manor.  www.oceanstatebridgeclub.com.

 

Weekly adult knitting group at the Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Weekly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. All levels welcome, and open to all.

Visit their website:  http://www.brownell-libraryri.org.

 

Quilting each week at Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. They are offering weekly knitting and quilting classes each Monday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m.  Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week. For more information please call for more information please call 401.625.6790 or visit their website.

 

The Sakonnet Club is a senior social group that meets every Monday at 1:00 p.m. in the Tiverton Senior Center's Dining Room. Immediately following their meeting refreshments are served and Bingo is played. New members are always welcome. 1:00 p.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. 

For more information please call 401.625.6790.

 

Adaptive Exercise Program every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton.
$5.00 per class, or $45 for a 10 card class. This event is for everyone, including seniors.

Jen Meyer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor provides an individualized adaptive exercise program to get you moving again. The program focuses on gentle strength training, balance & flexibility. Each individual will work within their comfort level, as this program is adapted to your own individual needs.

For more information call or click 401.592.0400 or email: sherinbo@gmail.com.

 

Monday, September 26 - Scholarship Clamboil fund raiser at LePages Seafood & Grill, 439 Martine St, Fall River.

The American Legion, James Morris Post #145, Westport will be holding a clamboil from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $25.00 and you can call for tickets at 774.264.0882. Help them help our local community by joining them this evening.

 

Monday, September 26 - Women's AA Meetings in the Blue Building every week at Sandywoods Farm, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878

Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Attendance is free. Contact them for which night. Email: sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com

Monday, September 26 - Yoga at the Grange with Karen Holiday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Pay by the month - $30 minimum; any additional classes are $15. Classes must be attended within the month. Drop ins are welcome at $18 per class.

Classes also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  For more information call 774.644.9977 or visit: www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Monday, September 26 - Zumba with Serena at Sandywoods Center for the Arts building, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. $7 per person. Every Monday. More info at 508.725.1897.

 

Monday, September 26 - Country Line Dance Lessons at St. John’s Athletic Club, 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $10 per person. Call 774.202.5543 for more information. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit their website For all the details.

Click here for their calendar of all their dances and venues.

 

New Bedford Chess Club meets class-reunion.jpg - 35430 Bytesevery Monday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Market Basket Food Court, 122 Sawyer Street, New Bedford. Please bring your chess set and chess clock, if you have one. The event is informal, free and open to all. Free lessons available.
(Not affiliated with Market Basket.)

 

Al-Anon Meeting from every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. Get Directions.
The meeting is free and open to all.

Al-Anon There is Hope one hour meeting.

For more information please call or click 401.855.6009 or email: lin2169@­cox.­net.

 

Monday, September 26 - “Mashup Mondays” beginner Salsa and West Coast Swing at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 cash only. Newcomers always welcome and no partners needed. 43 Muse Way, Tiverton

 

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 Road, 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. 

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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!

 

   Coyote

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

 

 

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – July/August, 2016

 

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

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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.

 

 

Snow Owl at Gooseberry Causeway courtesy of Rick Barrette Photography.

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The Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) quarterly newsletter for Summer/Fall 2016 is now available.

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Click here to read August 2016 Audubon Society’s e-Newsletter. 

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