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Adamsville Pond on ice.

Coming off a balmy week in the high 50s, Westport weather took a turn for the worse over the weekend with single digit nighttime temperatures, putting local ponds into a deep freeze, including Adamsville Pond.

But not to worry - look for temperatures back into the mid 50s by Wednesday!

 

Photo | EverythingWestport.com – March 5, 2017 © 2017

 

 

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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 2017.

 

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New! 01/23/2017 Click here to watch video of Westport Detective Sgt. Antonio Cestodio explaining the process of animal neglect/abuse complaints and prosecution. This video should be viewed by all concerned about the well-being of farm animals.

 

New! 01/16/2017 Click here to watch video of winter storm Helena walloping Westport with foot of snow.

 

12/23/2016 Click here to watch video of winter storm creating Havoc on East Beach Road.

 

12/13/2016 Click here to watch short video of the Head Landing Powder House Restoration

 

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Wednesday, March 29 MassDOT announced Monday that the Hix Bridge repair is on the emergency list and the contract has been awarded to repair the defective columns. After more than two years of back and forth with the Westport select board, MassDOT has finally taken responsibility for the surface deterioration that has accelerated on 10 of the 30 concrete/steel-reinforced columns which support Hix Bridge, and has agreed to repair them at their cost.

Inset: Bridge support column which clearly shows grout deterioration.

Click on image to enlarge.

MassDOT said lane closures were possible during repair, but the bridge would not be closed to traffic.

The bridge was rebuilt in 2005 under state supervision.

As recently as September, 2015 MassDOT had conducted a dive inspection, and reported they had no concerns about the bridge’s safety, and “at this stage they (bridge columns) were not at the point where they need be to be repaired.”

Click here to read their September 2015 report. PDF

They did, however, cite that the fiberglass jackets installed on some columns were “disintegrating or missing” and the exposed grout was “crumbly with laitance,” a condition observed by the Westport Harbor Master and anyone else who cared to venture under the bridge for a look-see.

https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/US6773206B2/US06773206-20040810-D00001.pngAt last year’s November 14th Selectmen’s meeting MassDOT District 5 Bridge Engineer, Shane Sousa and Yihui Peter Wu, PhD, a CDR|Maguire consultant, admitted culpability for the faulty construction specifications given the contractors that eventually led to surface deterioration on some columns.

The state and the town both agreed that Westport owns the bridge, and that the maintenance to the columns would be a one-time repair by the state.

Sousa told Selectmen the patch-up would consist of steel jacket “clamshells” (example of clamshell jacket pictured right} installed around the defective columns, and the space between the jacket and column would be pumped free of water and then filled with an epoxy grout.

“The steel jackets would have a life of 50 years,” Sousa told selectmen.

However, it appears the town is on the hook for any future repairs.

"On behalf of MassDOT, I would like to inform you that we have recently awarded the Hixbridge Road Bridge Substructure repair work to our 'Scheduled and Emergency Repair' Contractor, SPS New England, Inc." - MassDOT engineer Shane Souza to Westport selectmen.

 

Wednesday, March 29 – This Wednesday marks first-ever National Vietnam War Veterans Day thanks to bill by Indiana Sen. Donnelly.   Today marks a monumental day in U.S. history.

Exactly 44 years ago on March 29, 1973, the last remaining American troops withdrew from Vietnam, and President Nixon declared “the day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.”

Many veterans were treated poorly upon returning home because the war was unpopular, and they blamed the tragic situation in Vietnam on the troops. More...

 

Tuesday, March 28 3:35 p.m. – Breaking news... Two-car collision sends two to local hospital. An accident at the junction of Forge Road and State Road in Westport (Route 6) sent the driver and passenger of a 1996 Toyota 4-door sedan to Charlton Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to on-site witnesses, the Toyota was rear-ended by a white, late-model Lexus crossover traveling east on Route 6; the Toyota was traveling north on Forge Road, turning east onto Route 6 when struck by the Lexus.

A school bus traveling east on Route 6 had stopped, allowing the Toyota to enter Route 6. According to the reports the Lexus went around the school bus, striking the Toyota as it turned onto the two-lane state highway.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

One fire apparatus and two emergency ambulances were dispatched to the scene. The Lexus driver, a man, didn’t require transport.

The Toyota returned home under its own power; the Lexus was towed.

The accident is under investigation.

 

Tuesday, March 28 - Letter to the Editor.  Former Chair, Board of Selectmen and former Chair, Finance Committee gives nod to Richard Spirlet for Westport Selectman.

“Richard Spirlet has the experience and knowledge that will be needed to ensure the economic, social, and financial stability for our town. He respects special interests but his decisions as former Selectmen were always made in the best interest of the town.

Unlike other candidates running for Selectmen he is not influenced or financially supported by any special interest group.”

More...

 

Tuesday, March 28 – Westport VFW announces scholarship awards. VFW Logo (7)Don Davidson, Post Quartermaster of WAR Ouelette Post 8502 in Westport is proud to announce this year’s $1,000 Scholarship recipients, selected by the Scholarship Committee after reviewing applications:

1.     Reagan Tripp, granddaughter of member Bill Tripp

2.     Kimberly Huyler, granddaughter of member Horace Huyler

3.     Brian Walter, grandson of member Joe Aquila

4.     Luke Cavallaro, grandson of member Donald Ouellette

Congratulations to our recipients!

 

Tuesday, March 28 – Wanted... help in harvesting stones this Earth Day. Ever since man stopped foraging and settled into permanent communities, farmers have worked the fields to grow food – for themselves, others, and for their animals. 

And as the plough gets drawn through the ground, stones pop up.

This is where you come in, our farm neighbor and hopefully helper.  Dartmouth Grange is putting out a call for volunteers to pick stones to help a farmer the morning of Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

“We named this farm Stoney Meadows Farm because the land is riddled with stones” explains Jim Munger, owner and operator.

Jim, a South Dartmouth farmer, cut a 3-acre field with a plough to prepare for planting this spring and upturned an abundance of stones.

“I have a front-end loader” offers Jim, “so people don’t have to walk back and forth to carry the rocks away.  It’ll be easy” he adds with a quiet chuckle.

Jim is 82 years old and is still active in farming.  He is soft spoken, science literate, and has the heart of a teacher.

“Stones are obstacles for new plant life”, Jim states, “So, it’s best to remove them after they get uplifted.  You think you’ve got them all cleared and next spring you’ve got a few more”.

So, strap on your back support belt, get on those work gloves and give a farmer a hand on Earth Day.

If you’re not sure picking stones is your thing, but still want to help?  No worries; Jim has other jobs lined up. That Jim!

Light refreshments provided by Farm & Coast Market and Shy Brothers Farm.  Bring along a bucket to transport a token thank you of some home grown compost!

Rain date is Saturday, April 23rd.

Stoney Meadows Farm, 908 Division Road, Dartmouth.

Can’t pick stones but want to volunteer for other fun jobs? Visit the Grange’s website to register as a volunteer.

 

Monday, March 27 – Westport Housing Production Plan public forum cancelled.  Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Westport Housing Assistance Office regrets to inform you that the public forum on the Housing Production Plan scheduled for Wednesday, March 29th has been cancelled and will need to be rescheduled.

They will let you know of the new date when it is scheduled.

They are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation.

 

Sunday, March 26 Eyes on owl! A Westport youngster gets up close and personal with a rescue owl as they eye each other during yesterday’s Eyes on Owls third annual presentation with Marcia and Mark Wilson hosted by the Westport Land Conservation Trust.

How often do you get to see an owl up close? This popular program gave the audience a chance to see a variety of nature’s fiercest winged predators while Mark and Marcia shared the field marks, signs and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them.    

So whoooo’s up late at night in your neighborhood?

 

Saturday, March 25  Of all the wonders within the walls of Amazon — and there are many, general manager Andrew Sweatman said — the  most amazing to him are two small machines at the center of the building.

Every package goes past them, whisking along on a conveyor belt. The packages go first past a scanner that reads a bar code containing the customer's name and address. The next machine, 10 feet away, prints and applies an address label.

But that's not all.

Amazon is now the world’s largest retailer.

Inset: “The Amazon fulfillment center employs over 1,500 people in our area. It was great to see our elected officials united to expand economic opportunity in the SouthCoast. We will continue to work together to bring innovative companies such as Amazon to our community.” - Senator Michael Rodrigues. Photo | FaceBook

 

Friday, March 24 Former selectman and contractor Brian Valcourt announces his candidacy for Selectman.

My name is Brian Valcourt, and I am running for a seat on the Westport Board of Selectmen. 

Many of you may know me from my previous BOS tenure (2008-2011), and others from growing up in town with me. Others, still, may have never met me, so allow me to introduce myself.

I am a self-employed general contractor and have been in business since 2000. I am a graduate of WHS and UMD. 

More...

 

Friday, March 24 Westport - Samson Farm switches from spading spuds to harvesting sunbeams. A pair of new solar energy farms being proposed in the north end of town could add more than 13 megawatts of electric power to the local grid.

Above: Ribbon cutting last November at the the Cuff Slocum Community Solar Farm off Old County Road where a 3.4-megawatt array was constructed.  Photo | EverthingWestport.com

Recent public hearings were held on Bluewave Capital's two planned projects in North Westport — a proposed 7-megawatt solar array on a 21.5-acre parcel on Blossom Road owned by the Sampson family, and a second 6.5-megawatt solar array on two parcels of agricultural land on the east side of nearby Adirondack Lane, also owned by the family.

 

 

Thursday, March 23 JLA pushes hard to win school building bid.

Jr/Sr High School Building Committee, comparing two very different school building designs, now needs to select one to move forward.

Local architectural firm reduces cost in effort to win bid.

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

Having reviewed presentations from two architectural firms at their Wednesday, March 22nd meeting, the Westport School Building Committee must now decide between sticking with the custom-designed plans for a combined middle/high school developed over the past year, or going with a new “model school” design that could save the town several million dollars.

Owner’s Project Manager Dan Tavares gave the building committee a spreadsheet comparing the potential costs of the two plans after the presentations were done, indicating that a switch to the model school design could lower project costs by $4 to $6 million dollars, but at the loss of building functionality.

 

 

Above: JLA proposed building for a new Westport Jr/Sr High School.

 

Wednesday, March 22 Calendar Photo Contest Time at the Westport River Watershed Alliance.  WRWA announces their traditional photo contest for the 2018 calendar. 

Inset:  October photo of Forge

Pond by Barry French from

the 2017 WRWA calendar.

They are looking for landscape and nature photos that show the unique beauty and diversity of the Westport River watershed in all four seasons (i.e. the river, streams, wildlife, plants, etc.); limit 5 photos per person.

To submit an image, email photos to Steve at outreach@wrwa.com.

Certain image criteria must be met for the image to be used:

  

1.     Pictures should be submitted as JPGs.

2.     Image size should be no smaller than 10 x 8 inches (pixel dimension 3000 x 2400).

3.     Image resolution should be 300 dpi or greater, file size 1 MB or greater.

4.     Deadline for image submission is Monday, May 1st.

5.     Each image should be given a title, with image title matching file name.

6.     Artist name should be included for calendar credits.

 

Questions about criteria and image submissions can be emailed to Steve Connors. By sending in your pictures you are allowing WRWA to use your pictures to inspire the appreciation and celebration of the watershed’s natural resources. Independent judges will select the 13 best photos (one for the cover!)  Send them your best photos!

 

Wednesday, March 22 Westport Tax Collector offers optional paperless billing for excise taxes; new fees for on-line payment.

Motor Vehicle Excise bills were recently mailed and have a due date of Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Taxpayers may now make payments at the office, by mail or online. There was a green notice enclosed with the new bills advising they have changed their online bill payment vendor to City Hall Systems for tax payments.

Click here for all the information.

 

 

Tuesday, March 21 Westport F.C.O.A. cited for commitment to seniors, senior center.

Selectmen Monday night presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Friends of Council on Aging members Susan Reed and Elizabeth Brinkerhoff for outstanding service to Westport seniors.

“Over the years the friends have raised money that helps sustain COA programs and provide much needed equipment and help with various special needs of the Council on Aging,” read Selectman Craig Dutra from the Certificate.

The Council on Aging was founded in the early 1980s by the late Evelyn Clark and her husband.

The FCOA is the fund raising arm of the COA, and recently helped raise $45,000 to match town-appropriated funds which will allow the COA to complete the expansion of the senior center’s parking lot.

From the left: Selectman Antone Vieira, COA Director Beverly Bisch, FCOA member Elizabeth Brinkerhoff, Selectman Steven Ouellette, Selectman Vice Chair Craig Dutra, FCOA member Susan Reed, and Selectwoman Shan Shufelt.  Photo | EverythingWestport.com

 

Tuesday, March 21 Westport tax hike under consideration to eliminate school athletic fees in Westport.

The School Committee is mulling over a fiscal 2018 budget either 3.3 percent or 3.6 percent over this current fiscal year.

If officials agree to the latter, it would mean adding an additional $75,000 to the budget to eliminate charging athletic fees at the high school, according to Superintendent Ann Marie Dargon.

Initially, Dargon proposed a $17.7 million budget for FY18.

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Monday, March 20 Westport first responders to the rescue. The Westport fire Department dispatched two fire apparatus yesterday evening to an Aberdeen Road residence for a call reporting smoke and possible fire.

Arriving firefighters entered the home and found a wood fire in the fireplace, but the flue wasn’t open.

Firefighters removed the burning logs and threw them outside, and opened up the skylights and second floor windows to vent the smoke.

It appeared the flue was stuck shut.

All home owners should replace smoke detector and CO2 detectors’ batteries once a year.

 

Sunday, March 19 Assessing the Assessors?  Some officials in Westport would agree that the Board of Assessors could use a full-time assessor.

Selectman Antone Vieira Jr., however, feels it is an imperative move.

Vieira has stressed that failure to hire one could lead to litigation from within the town or from the state. Vieira has said that the state Division of Local Services, a branch of the Department of Revenue, made that point clear.

Above: Westport Assessors Steven Medeiros (far left) and Robert Grillo (back to the camera), meet with Selectmen on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Assessor Steven Medeiros called the claim "out of kilter," as both he and fellow Assessor Robert Grillo claimed assessors have complied with the April 2016 directives from the state division.

But some property owners in town would disagree.

 

 

Saturday, March 18 Early morning fire destroys historic Westport house. At 1:38 a.m. Saturday morning, the Westport Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire in a one family, one story wood frame antique cape with later addition, located at 286 Old Harbor Road.  

When the first apparatus arrived they found heavy fire coming from multiple levels and smoke throughout the building.

The fire was discovered by the tenant when he arrived home shortly before reporting the fire. He received a minor injury while trying to recover items from the house; he was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance to Charlton Memorial Hospital and was released.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in under an hour but the building which was built circa 1740 suffered heavy fire and smoke damage.  The lack of hydrants in the area and the cold weather made fighting this fire challenging.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Mutual aid came from Little Compton and Tiverton Fire Departments which assisted by shuttling water to the scene from approximately a mile and a half away, while Fall River Fire Department assisted by responding to a medical call in Town.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist the occupant in obtaining temporary shelter.

Photo courtesy Westport Fire Department

The owner of the building as listed in the Assessors’ records show that the house is owned by Michael and Jennifer Coye of New York, and is valued at $489,300.At this time no determination as to the origin and cause of the fire has been made and the fire remains under investigation.

 

Saturday, March 18 - Westport Affordable Housing Trust schedules Housing Production Plan public input forums.

The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund has contracted with a consultant to prepare an update to the town’s Housing Production Plan, set to expire at the end of July.

The town has selected the planning firm of JM Goldson community preservation + planning to prepare the plan under the oversight of the Affordable Housing Trust.

Having a current Housing Production Plan is important to enable the town to    reach ‘safe harbor’ and have more control over potentially unfriendly Chapter 40B housing proposals.

The new Housing Production Plan must be approved by both the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen before the end of June.

Make your voice heard - public meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29th and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27th, both at the Alice Macomber Primary School, 154 Gifford Road, Westport.

More...

 

Friday, March 17 Drift Road resident and former director of MassDEP's Southeast Regional Office, Philip Weinberg throws hat in ring for health board.

Phil Weinberg, an experienced environmental manager, announces his candidacy for the vacant one-year seat on the Westport Board of Health, vowing to bring knowledge, experience and professionalism to the important role of safeguarding the town’s public health and environment.

More...

 

Friday, March 17 Diman Superintendent makes pitch to Governor Baker for vocational school support. While Westport is pursuing state funding for a new Jr/Sr High School, area vocational school superintendents met with Governor Baker at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech to ask why in the last round of funding for school improvement projects around the state, no vocational school won grants for renovations through the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

The superintendents backed up their request with figures showing there is a national shortage of trained technical employees.

 

 

Thursday, March 16 Animal Action Committee meets with Dartmouth health officials. Committee debates whether new regulations, if any, would be required.

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

The Westport Animal Action Committee invited Dartmouth Public Health Director Chris Michaud and Dartmouth Animal Control Officer Sandy Gosselin to their Monday, March 13th meeting to discuss how that neighboring town handles its domestic animal registration and permitting regulations. The committee, charged with drafting recommendations for tighter supervision of sites where livestock and other animals are being kept, seemed a bit surprised to find that Dartmouth recently loosened its regulations covering those areas.

The revised permit rules are “a relaxation of our previous regulations,” Michaud reported. “People thought that they were too restrictive” in many cases, so some operations, like small scale piggeries, were “de-regulated,” he indicated.

 

 

Above: Dartmouth Animal Control Officer, Sandy Gosselin (foreground) explains her department has not had success with bringing criminal charges against individuals accused of animal abuse and neglect. A dozen or so cases have been dismissed for lack of evidence.

 

Wednesday, March 15 Westport Cares’ smoke detectors and Westport first responders nip a potential tragedy in the bud. When the fire started and the smoke detector began to wail, the woman on Tickle Road had two reasons to thank the fire department.

She could thank them for the warning as well as the help.

A woman in her 70s called the fire department just after midnight Monday when smoke detectors alerted her to a fire that had broken out in a gas space heater at her home.

 

 

 

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Today. Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Timothy Powers Wilson,  Elena Bria, and  Isabel Mattia in exhibition beginning Wednesday, March 29th.

Click Here To Preview The Show.

The exhibition opens Wednesday, March 29th and will run through Sunday, April 23rd.

Artists' Reception: Saturday, April 1st, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. All receptions are free and open to the public.

Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport.

508.636.4177

 

Today. The Westport Democratic Town Committee will be holding a Caucus on Wednesday, March 29th.

 6:30 p.m. at the Briggs Road Fire Station. Purpose of the Caucus is to choose local delegates for the State Convention that will be held in June.

Click here to read more.

 

Tomorrow! Comedy Night at Rachel’s Lakeside to support Westport athletics on Friday, March 31st.

A Comedy Night to support Westport athletics opens at 7:00 p.m. at Rachel’s Lakeside, 950 State Road, Dartmouth.

The Westport Athletic Boosters are bringing back the hilarious comedian Michael Petit from Comedy Central.

Enjoy pre-show hors d’oeuvres and pastries. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with entertainment at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 each – tables of 10 are available. Tickets are available at basketball concessions or email Heidi Lecomte at hlecomte1@hotmail.com.

 

Today. A Night of Comedy on Friday, March 31st.

 

Starting. The Friends of the Westport Library will begin accepting book, CD and DVD donations beginning Saturday, April 1st.

Support the Summer Paperback Book sale and the huge Annual Book sale in September. Please donate books in good condition only, and no textbooks, law books, medical books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS or cassette tapes.  A donation box will be in the library lobby, 408 Old County Road, Westport.

Beginning this year, there will be pre-signed Donation Receipts available to be completed by book donors to report their donations to the IRS. Library hours:  Mon. and Thurs noon to 8:30, Tues, Wed, and Fri 10 to 5:00, Sat. 9-4.  Closed Saturdays in July and August. Please spread the word to your friends, family and associates; your help will make their book sales a big success!

 

Country Travelers announces their 2017 Schedule.

April 5th – 7th: Turning Stone Resort Casino/Bingo, Verona, NY. 3 days/2 nights.

 Day 1: $40 coin play or $30 Bingo dollars & $10 Bingo match, and $15 food coupon.

 Day 2: $40 coin play or $30 Bingo dollars & $10 Bingo match, and breakfast buffet.

Day 3: $25 coin play or $20 Bingo dollars & breakfast buffet (all bonuses subject to change.)

2nd day an excursion within area with lunch on your own for anyone interested.

$279 pp double; $379 single; $254 triple – full payment due no later than March 1, 2017.

Click here to view all their scheduled 2017 events.

 

Lees Diaper Derby 2017 at Lees Market on Saturday, April 8th.

Click on image for all the details.

 

Westport Woman’s Club offers scholarships for seniors. Applications no later than Thursday, April 30th.

The Westport Woman’s Club is offering scholarships for area graduating high school seniors. The application can be downloaded at the Woman’s Club website.

The completed application must be returned no later than April 30, 2017, to: Westport Woman’s Club, c/o Susan Spirlet, 7 Shannon Drive, Westport, MA, 02790.

 

WFA to hold 13th annual Run for the Water on Saturday, May 6th.

New 10k course length; 5K family fun run returns!

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is hosting their 13th Annual Run for the Water at the DCR Horseneck Beach Reservation. They are featuring a new 10K course length this year, with cash awards and medals for top male and female finishers. The 5K Family Fun Run/Walk returns, with fun prizes for top individuals, families and teams.  Free t-shirt for all pre-registered entrants. Post-race feast too!  

Click here to watch video of WFA 9th annual Run For The Water!

Click here to go to Future Events for all the details

 

WHS offering Betty F. Slade Scholarship.

The Westport Historical Society is offering one $500 scholarship to a graduating Westport high school senior.  This award was established in honor of Betty F. Slade whose research and preservation activities have greatly benefited the town of Westport. The scholarship is offered as a one-time award only.

The applicant must live in Westport. Applications must be received by April 1st.

Download application here.

A committee of three Westport Historical Society members shall be appointed annually to review applications.

Click here for all the details.

 

WRWA offers $1000 scholarship. Applications due Saturday, April 1st.

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors in the Westport River watershed: Fall River, Dartmouth, Freetown, Westport, Little Compton, and Tiverton.  The award was made possible by the generosity of the late Margot C. Boote, and by Bill Heath in memory of his parents Ruth and Bill Heath. Follow this link for application information:

Merit Application.

 

Forever Paws Animal Shelter announces their annual Spring Fling and Wellness Fair on   Sunday, April 9th.

From 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at The Fall River Country Club, 4232 North Main Street, Fall River.

This fundraising event will feature: Reiki, Reflexology, Massage Therapy, Astrology, Angel, Earth Stone and Tarot Card Readings an Animal Spirit Communicator and more. There will be a raffle and our ever popular bake sale. There will be something for everyone. Come on out and help us celebrate the beginning of Spring. All donations will benefit the animals at the shelter.

General Admission is $2.00 and the doors will open at 11:30 am. For further information please call 508.678.0804.

 

This year the Westport Lions Club is offering three scholarships. Applications due by April 21st.

The Prudence & Ernest Chadwick Scholarship is for $2,000 a year for four years, the Harold S. Wood Scholarship is for $1,000 a year for four years, and for this year only a $1000 award given in the memory of Russell Workman by his family is also available.

Students must be a Westport resident and a high school senior. Scholarship winners are selected by need and merit.

The merit award applications are available at the guidance departments of Westport High School, Diman Vocational, Bishop Connolly, Bishop Stang, and Bristol County Agricultural High School.

Applications can also be obtained by emailing CMSULLIVAN@charter.net or writing to Westport Lions Club, 875 State Road, Suite 11-120, Westport, MA 02790, Att: Scholarships.

All applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 21st.

Any interested Westport senior should contact their school Guidance Department.

 

6th Annual Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival on Saturday, June 17th. Westport, MA; location to be announced.

Taste fifty-six wines alongside local cheese, chocolate, honey and artisan bread from Southeastern New England. All wines are produced by the members of the Coastal Wineries of Southeastern New England.

Small sessions and personal conversations with winery owners and winemakers make this a unique experience.

Tickets on Sale March 1st! The wait is over; tickets are now on sale.

 

WFA to develop summer exhibit on local shipwrecks.

The Westport Fishermen’s Association is researching and developing an exhibit on the history of shipwrecks of the Westport coast for display this upcoming summer.

Photo | EverythingWestport.com

Above: “Fishermans Dream” hung up on Half Mile Rock June 31, 2005.

There are plenty of stories to tell, from the “Polly,” built in Westport in 1790 and wrecked the very same year on Gooseberry Island, to the “Angela” cement barge hat foundered on Old Cock Rock in 1971.

If you have any relevant information, photos, or artifacts from local shipwrecks, or if you are interested in volunteering with this project, please contact wfa@westportriver.org or call 774.264.9200.

 

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Tuesday, March 14 - School Building Committee debates merit of state’s model school after on-site visit.

 

Editor’s Note: Westport school officials and school building committee members caravanned out to Longmeadow, MA on Monday, March 6th in a two hour-plus trek to view for themselves the potential adaptability of a MSBA model school.

The School Building Committee will meet again tomorrow night at the Westport Jr/Sr High School Media Center at 6:00 p.m.

 

By Robert Barboza 

Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com

 

WESTPORT – A recent tour of Longmeadow High School, a model school suggested by the Westport Jr/Sr High School Building Committee as a possible template for the construction of new school buildings by other communities, has prompted the Committee to consider that option for a proposed junior/senior high school on Old County Road.

A group of 17 building committee members and school department representatives made the trip to Longmeadow to check out the four year-old school facility on Monday, March 6th.

At a meeting two days later, a number of tour participants gave the school high marks, and urged that the Westport committee further study that possible lower-priced alternative to a locally-developed, custom concept plan for a new school.

 

 

Tuesday, March 14 4:00 p.m. update Stella takes its toll, not in snow but in heavy rain that flooded roadways, and high winds that brought down branches and trees.

A large tree fell at 15 Cornell Road, bringing down power lines with sizzling wires sparking small ground fires, keeping highway department workers at bay and causing police to block off the road for several hours until Eversource electric utility arrived on scene to divert power.

Strong west winds whipped Buzzards Bay into a frenzy but spared Westport beaches and East Beach Avenue from coastal erosion.

And Stella’s snow took a holiday and for that we can be thankful.

Rain should taper off by 7:00 p.m. tonight.

More coming with photos.

 

Tuesday, March 14 9:30 a.m. Winter storm Stella not so stellar in Westport as the late-season nor’easter is moving to the north, sparing Westport its fury and heavy snow. Forecasts now show accumulations for the south coastal areas totaling three inches.

Rain from noon on.

Sorry Boston, this one’s for you!

Coastal storm warning in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening.

Strong wind gusts to 60 mph will shake up some trees and fell branches. Power outages are a possibility.

The rapidly intensifying nor’easter will pass over southeast Massachusetts this evening. This is a dangerous storm for mariners, bringing storm force wind gusts and seas exceeding 20 feet.  Mariners are urged to return to port by this evening.

Tuesday: E winds 30 to 35 kt increasing to 30 to 35 kt this afternoon with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 9 to 12 ft. Snow then rain. Vsby 1 NM or less...increasing to 1 to 3 NM this afternoon.

Tuesday night: NW winds 25 to 30 Kt... diminishing to 20 to 25 Kt after midnight. Gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 11 to 16 ft. Rain likely. A chance of light freezing spray. Rain likely, a chance of snow and freezing rain. Vsby 1 to 3 NM.

 

Monday, March 13 - "If it's not broken, why try to change it?" -Superintendent Ann Marie Dargon. The state Department of Elementary & Secondary Education last week unveiled favorable statistics about Westport High School’s drop-out rate—a 93 percent graduation rate and a dropout rate that has plunged from 10 percent in 2012 to 1.4 percent in 2016.

Superintendent Dargon shared these numbers at a recent School Committee meeting, garnering applause when she used the statistics in support of maintaining block scheduling at the high school.

 

 

Monday, March 13 - Young farmers plant their roots in Westport’s farming community. On a warm March day, James McCarthy and Mia Smith walk through their farm, itching to get to work.

The 60-degree weather is tantalizing, but they know it's a mirage with a cold front steadily approaching.

"You have to be careful, you don't want to plant things too early or too late." McCarthy said. "It's a tough to gamble on things like that."

The young farming tandem knows what it means to gamble. In December of 2015 they moved from their West Pawlet, Vermont home to lease a nearly six-acre piece of land off Sanford Road in North Westport and start their own farming business.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 12 - Westport River salt marsh endangered by crabs, says Brown University researcher.

Blue crabs, not nitrogen pose threat to Westport River salt marshes, according to professor Mark Bertness from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University.

“We ruled out nitrogen early on in our investigation,” Bertness told a large crowd gathered in the Manton Room to hear the professor share his findings from research conducted in Argentina, south Georgia, and most recently Cape Cod.

Above: Professor Mark Bertness from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University gave a talk on marsh die-off to a capacity crowd at the Westport Public Library.

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Bertness shared his findings for salt marsh degradation, and discussed how impending sea level rise will complicate the marshes’ future.  His research has focused on salt marshes, particularly from Cape Cod to Long Island Sound.

The volunteer research group identified through numerous scientific experimentation that herbivores were the culprit; excessive snail populations on Sapelo Island, Georgia, and the proliferation of burrowing blue crabs on Cape Cod. 

Bertness and his assistants determined a correlation between the depletion of predator species such as herons, egrets and striped bass, and the excess numbers of purple marsh crabs, which feed on the roots of the grasses that hold the marsh together.

The talk, sponsored by the Westport River Watershed Alliance, was to raise community awareness of our slowly degraded salt marshes, a concern also shared by the Westport Fisherman’s Association.

Noted Westport researcher, Joseph Emmanuel Ingoldsby found in an examination of Wellfleet marsh loss that climate change also affects species composition. “There is scientific documentation that the southern Sesarma crab (purple marsh crab) has established a beachhead at Wellfleet Bay,

Massachusetts, where the crab is eating the low marsh Spartina alterniflora to bare mud, slowly stunting and killing the marsh grasses.”

Ingoldsby theorized that that warming Atlantic water has allowed the increased migration of more purple marsh crabs from the mid-Atlantic coastline to Cape Cod marshes.

So how do we deal with marsh crabs?

No practical solutions were offered by Professor Bertness.

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Upcoming holidays and observances:

March 2017 Monthly Observances

Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Alport Syndrome Awareness Month

 American Red Cross Month or Red Cross Month 

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Child Life Month

Colic Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Credit Education Month

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month

Deaf History Month

Employee Spirit Month

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Daily Observances for

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Knights of Columbus Founders Day

Manatee Appreciation Day

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Smoke and Mirrors Day

Vietnam Veterans Day or Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans 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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1549 The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.

1795 Ludwig van Beethoven (24) has his debut performance as pianist in Vienna

1901 Edmund Barton is elected Prime Minister in Australia's first parliamentary election

1912 Capt Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary "the end cannot be far"

1961 After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria

1974 Chinese farmers discover the Terracotta Army near Xi'an, 8,000 clay warrior statues buried to guard tomb of China's 1st emperor Qin Shi Huang

1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10006.78 - above the 10,000 mark for the first time ever.

 

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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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Happening Today in and around Westport!

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Westport Town Meetings Today!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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St. Vincent Property Working Group Meeting 4:00pm at Town Hall Annex

Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund at Town Hall 5:30pm

Westport Cultural Council Meeting At Town Hall Annex 6:15pm

Zoning Board Of Appeals Meeting At Town Hall 2nd Floor Mtg Room 7:00pm

 

 

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Wednesday, March 29

Wednesday, March 29 - Zumba with Fatima at Sandywoods Center for the Arts building, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. Starts at 8:30 a.m. 401.378.3872

 

Wednesday, March 29 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 p.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.

** Attention all Aerobics and Stretch and Tone participants **

As of July 1, 2015 the cost for classes will be $35.00/month for Aerobics and $25.00/ month for Stretch and Tone. Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.

 

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Watercolor painting at the COA. 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Watercolor Workshop is a group for those interested in learning and sharing more about the joy of watercolor painting. The membership consists of artists just beginning their journey with watercolor to experienced artists who willingly offer encouragement and motivation to one another. Class size is limited. Please call 508.636.1026 for more information.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - WAG Printmaking Lab on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting January 11th and 18th. February 8th, 15th, 22nd. March is every Wednesday.

If you are a printmaker and would like to use our wonderful printing press for independent work, the studio is available to you on Wednesdays, $10 a day. Bring your own inks and paper. Please use soy-based, water washable inks known by their brand name of Akua Inks.  These inks are kind to the environment, and are easily cleaned up with water, not solvents. Plexiglas plates are supplied along with brayers, rollers and other printmaking essentials. Lab Monitor is Mary Benefiel.

Please contact info@westportartgroup.com for information.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - Awaken the Artist Within! Join the Council On Aging for Art Classes on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Hosted by Robert Abele. Robert is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. His paintings have appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post and the New York times.

This class is designed as a workshop where all mediums are welcome. Watercolor, oil and colored pencil are just a few of the mediums used by students. Each student is given personal instruction and guidance based on the subject they are working on. Classes are $40.00 per month or $15.00 for a single class. Come in and release the Artist within You.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.2026 for more information.

 

Kripalu Yoga with Karen Moore Holliday at the Little Compton Wellness Center from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; no class on February 24th.

$10 per class.

Need more information? Call 774.644.9977 or visit: www.sanctuarysadhana.com

www.littlecomptonwellnesscenter.org

115 East Main Road, Little Compton.

 

Yoga classes offered by Experienced Tiverton Instructor on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Gentle Yoga Wednesday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Summer at RIVERS OF LIGHT Tiverton Studio, 410 Neck Road, Little Compton.  Fall and Winter at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $18.00 per class with a discounted 8 class series.  Single class $20.

Experience well-being, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Laugh and relax. Breathe deeply.  Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing.

   

Vinyasa Flow Yoga 9:30-11:00 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.  Also 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Fall and Winter.  Yin Yoga available in winter.  All classes at RIVERS OF LIGHT Studio, $18 per class with a 10-week discounted series. Single class $20.  
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, movement.  Listen to your body.  Move at your own pace. Open your heart and life, increasing inner and outer ease, strength and flexibility.  Enjoy your practice and increasing vitality. All are welcome. 

Please call 401.816.0024 before attending.  Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.
For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit website: csickul@cox.net

 

Ageless Gentle Yoga every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, $17.00 per person.

Experience wellbeing, increased vitality, range of motion and circulation. Release physical and mental stressors, increase self-esteem, manage weight, balance mood and emotions while increasing strength/flexibility, breath and focus. In this supportive practice for body, mind and spirit, personal attention is given. Sequences both seated and standing match needs and abilities. Begin anytime. Everybody is welcome. Sessions ongoing. Discount available for session.

Call 401.816.0024, Caryl Sickul, MA, DMT, Experienced Instructor, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant in Private Practice for Decades. Private Sessions, Gift Certificates and Celebrations by appointment.

Vinyasa yoga classes, available at Rivers Of Light Studio, Tiverton.

For more information email: csickul@­cox.­net or visit her website.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - “Go Figure.” Figure drawing with live models at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. This Figure Workshop meets every Wednesday morning from 9:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in the main building. 

Draw, paint or sculpt working from live models.  Bring your own materials and a drawing board or an easel if you usually work with one.  Seating provided.  No instruction.  Cost $15/session; 410/session if paid by the month.  For more information please call Carolyn Winter at 401.316.8272.

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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.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - Lap-Sit at the Westport Public Library begins on Wednesday, January 25th from 10:00-10:45 a.m. for those under age 3 and their caregiver.

The program will consist of several stories, songs, fingerplays, puppets and rhythm instruments followed by a take-home craft for Story Hour children, and free play to conclude each program. Registration is necessary. Please drop by the library, or call 508.636.1100 to sign up.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - Bernadette Girard will be offering "a BOX MANIA class" at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton at 10:15 a.m. in the Yellow Building. For more information call: 401.497-7215. Drop ins are $10, or 6 week pass $48.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - 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.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - Adaptive Exercise Program every Monday from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton with Jen Meyer.
$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:

office@littlecomptonwellnesscenter.org.

 

Poetry Writing at the Westport COA. 1:30 p.m. Members bring a new poem they have written to the weekly Wednesday meeting and constructively critique one another's work. Class size is limited. Please call for information. Convener is Barbara Wickes.

 

Calling all players for Party Bridge. Intermediate bridge players are invited to play Party Bridge every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. at Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.

Many of the regular players have headed south for the winter, so new players are invited to join. For more information please call 508.636.2603.

 

Weight Watchers Meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. $42.95 for a monthly pass. www.weightwatchers.com.

 

Poetry Night at the Brownell Library. 6:00 p.m. Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Book Club Poetry Night - Come share a favorite poem or enjoy a poem. The event is free and open to everyone.

 

Karaoke every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Atlantic Sports Pub, 70 Shove Street, Tiverton. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, March 29 - Hey smarty pants, show White's of Westport what you've got! Do you dominate Trivial Pursuit? Are you the first person to shout out the answer on Jeopardy? Then you'll love their weekly Team? Trivia game.

Join White's of Westport in the Galley Grille on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. to test your knowledge and enjoy some great food and drinks.
Bring your friends and make sure you think of a clever team name. But watch out, the competition is fierce.

66 State Road, (Route 6) Westport.

Also don't miss 20 cent wings, half priced appetizers (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.), great beers on tap, plus a chance to win a $20 gift card to use on your next visit to the Galley Grille or Bittersweet Farm.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Protect yourself and your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

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.....

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   Coyote

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

 

 

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – April, 2017

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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The Westport Land Trust’s event schedule for 2016 is available.

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Summer 2016 issue now out.

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The Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) quarterly newsletter for Winter 2017 is now available.

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The Westport River Watershed Alliance’s monthly electronic newsletter RIVER NEWS is now available.

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The March 2017 e-Newsletter now on-line.

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The Westport Historical Society Winter 2017 The Harbinger newsletter now available on-line.  

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Click here to read February 2017 Audubon Society’s e-Newsletter. 

1280 Horseneck Rd.
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