July 27, 2017
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Sunday, July 23 – Beach Brouhaha!
Wednesday, July 26 - The souls of hundreds of abused farm
animals were mirrored in the trees at town hall as the first anniversary of
the tenant farm animal abuse crisis was remembered in a ceremony conducted by
Kathy Feininger, founder of the group Stop The Insanity Westport.
Thursday, July 27 – Photo of the Week – George Brown,
a Westport masonry contractor got the call to repair the crumbling front steps
of Westport’s circa 1938 Town Hall.
The steps have been cordoned off for some time now as
being dangerous to town hall visitors. A tip of the hat to George Brown!
from the left: Local Seaport
Council representative Sam Mundel, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and select
board chair Steve Ouellette.
Thursday, July 27 - Polito hails
the Head! Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn
Polito accompanied by Sam Mundel,
Bristol County representative for the Seaport Economic Council visited the
Head of Westport to meet and celebrate with members of Westport’s Landing
Commission, Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and WRWA
officials to review and spotlight the $250,00 Seaport grant that will be used
to rehabilitate the Head Landing.
Westport State Representative Paul Schmid was in attendance.
Lt. Gov. Polito chairs the Economic
At a ceremony held on the landing yesterday afternoon,
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
and Representative Paul Schmid joined Westport officials to announce and recognize
the Council’s generous grant that will help revitalize the area in preparation
for the future home of the Westport River Watershed Alliance.
Some of the cash is earmarked for rebuilding close to
900 feet of the East Branch’s retaining wall that has slowly deteriorated
over the years long after its usefulness to Westport’s shipbuilding
The unstable wall presents a danger to children and
adults alike who walk along its edge.
Above: Polito was
recognized for her support of the project with a portrait of the head landing
photographed by Westport artisan Karen Raus. Joining
the two is Planning Board member Bill Raus.
Below: Officials gather for a group photo.
“Thank you. I’m really honored to be here in the town
of Westport, and to see this beautiful treasure that you have. You are
stewards of this special spot,” Polito told the
“When our administration came into office we
repurposed the Seaport Council, and refocused it. Our primary objective is
to serve the 78 coastal communities of our commonwealth, and to be able to leverage
the coastal infrastructure for economic activity, for recreation, and
preservation of the environment, and addressing coastal issues,” Polito said.
“Here we have once used as ship building industry, as
a way to connect a vibrant industry to the ocean. It was very of the day,
this was a very progressive design and unique way of doing that.
And now today you are bringing it to a modern day use
to serve the needs and wants of people in the community.”
Wednesday, July 26 – 10:15
p.m. Car versus fence. A Ford
Focus travelling west around 80 Adamsville Road left the asphalt surface and
ended up on top of a concrete post and wooden highway barrier, destroying the
curbside railing. The vehicle was heavily damaged but no one requested transport
to the hospital. The scene was rapidly cleared and the Highway Department was
called out to sweep crash debris off the roadway.
Tuesday, July 25 – Mystery Photo solved, well sort of... Larry Hookey at 4:03 p.m. on Monday, July 17th guessed “It is the installation of granite block
on the causeway to gooseberry naming it someone named (sic) Petty” and
is the winner of a gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant, Westport’s
mainstay in harborside fine dining.
But our recently solved Mystery Photo has a bittersweet
story behind the event depicted in the photo.
On December 24, 1931 Thomas E. Pettey,
a Westport highway department employee was working on a town landing to the
fledgling causeway that now links Gooseberry Island to the Westport
crushed to death in a tragic accident involving a truckload of boulders.
Fred Wilson was working with Pettey
at the time.
According to town records, Pettey
is the only Westport town employee to have met their death on the job.
Westport resident and Pettey
grandson, Tom Hancock enlisted the help of then State Representative Mike
Rodrigues to dedicate the causeway to his grandfather. With Rodrigues help Governor
Argeo Paul Cellucci
signed the necessary legislation and on Sunday, December
9, 2000 the causeway was dedicated as the Thomas E. Pettey
Hancock’s mother (Pettey’s
daughter) and his sister were at the dedication; his mother passed away the
A 4x6 foot sign was erected
on the mainland side of the causeway to commemorate the event.
“The sign was stolen two months later,“ Hancock said. “So we erected another one, and that one
too was later destroyed.”
Recently, Hancock took the initiative, and with the
help of the Highway Department and Billy Albanese of Albanese
Monuments, an inscribed granite memorial stone was permanently installed
on Wednesday, May 17th of this year at the mainland entrance to the
The granite, with the approval of the town, was
donated by the highway department with Hancock picking up the expense of
the installation, helped by a partial donation by Albanese.
Tuesday, July 25 - WESTPORT — A year later, ‘goats are being goats.’ Barbara Pontolilo, of Stop the Insanity Westport, fondly
remembers some delightful words used by a veterinarian months after the
landmark animal abuse case of last year — “goats are being goats.”
At Monday’s Day of
Remembrance, Pontolilo shared a story of how some
of the goats rescued from the squalid tenant farm site were playing with
each other and “being goats” for the first time in a long time after the
American Legion Highway tenant farm site was discovered last July.
The weather on
Monday was chilly and raw for late July, but spirits ran
high . . . More.
Tuesday, July 25 - LITTLE
COMPTON – Spite Tower Social at the Samuel Church Estate,
Adamsville his Thursday. The Samuel Church Mansion, built in 1815,
is one of the grandest historic buildings in Adamsville, and its “Spite Tower”
is one of the most intriguing. For months passersby have watched the
property’s new owners, Adam and Kristen Silveira,
convert the aging private home into a vacation rental property that honors
the house’s history while offering twentieth-century visitors all the comforts
The Silveiras are inviting
community members to see the fruits of their labors at an upcoming “Spite
Tower Social” scheduled for Thursday, July 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will
benefit the Little Compton Historical Society.
Guests will be able to tour the mansion and the Spite
Tower and will enjoy a picnic supper and drinks on the lawn. Tickets are
$30 and may be purchased by calling the Historical Society at 401.635.4035
or by visiting their website, www.littlecompton.org.
Merchant Samuel Church began building his mansion in
1815. When a hurricane damaged the unfinished house, Samuel visited the property
and was killed when a falling beam struck his head. His brother Ebenezer
arrived to complete construction on the house and take over the
proprietorship of Samuel’s successful general store that was later operated
by the Manchester family.
In the early 1900s, the
Hathaway family owned the house and added its water tower so that they
could enjoy indoor plumbing. The tower soon became known as the “Spite
Tower” when neighbors gossiped about it ruining the view between the
Manchester family home and their general store. In reality, well towers need
to be placed over wells, so the Hathaways had
very little choice in its location.
As the property’s current owners, the Silveiras have breathed new life into the buildings and
have ensured their preservation for future generations. The house is
available to rent for family or corporate gatherings via Sakonnet Farm
Stays and has already hosted a number of weddings and rehearsal dinners.
Tickets to the Spite Tower Social are limited and
those interested in attending are encouraged to contact the LC Historical
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Monday, July 24 – WESTPORT
- Residents question actions at
Westport Stone & Sand. The Head of Westport Neighborhood Association is
taking aim at the Conservation Commission for granting a 30-day permit to
Westport Stone & Sand Corp. on Old County Road.
Commission is seeking answers from town counsel and other town authorities
on whether the “grandfathered” status of the company still holds up. Also,
with reports that the operation has not been active for at least four
years, conservation authorities are trying to determine if the site could
be considered legally abandoned.
July 22 – Westport schools
athletic fees decreasing, but lower grade lunches will cost more. Arguments
ensue over cheerleading fees. Last month, School Committee members and Business
Manager Michelle Rapoza unveiled a series of fee
and transportation price cuts and promised to vote on them this month.
At the July 10
meeting, the committee stayed true to that promise and even went a step
further — reducing cheerleading fees from $175 to $100. Rapoza
and Superintendent Ann Marie Dargon had
previously proposed reducing it to $150. More…
Saturday, July 22 - WFD Engine #1
and #3 from the Hixbridge Road firehouse responded at 10:30 a.m. to a reported in-building fire at
Westport Lobster, Main Road.
The incident was quickly taken care of
and the scene cleared at 10.53 p.m.
It’s nice to have firefighters only a quarter
mile away; however, Westport Lobster is located next to the former Central Village
firehouse that is now occupied by a real estate and a construction company!
Photo | EverrythingWestport.com
Friday, July 21 - Head of Westport former shipbuilding stoneworks to get a makeover.
than expected costs may delay over half of the planned repairs.
By Jeffrey D.
Special Correspondent to
Some would agree that the retaining stone walls that buttress the Westport
River banks by Drift and Old County roads resemble something out of a
Robert Frost poem.
area known as the Head of Westport was formerly the town’s commercial
center in the 1700 and 1800’s and is best known
for its shipbuilding activities that produced large whaling vessels that
traveled the world’s waters seeking wealth and fortune from the sale of
stone walls, called gravity walls, and their New England charm will receive
a makeover starting this year -- but a complete rehabilitation of the stone
walls is still in the planning stages, according to Landing Commissioner
Newton Millham. Meanwhile, a state grant is on
its way toward a total rehab of the Head landing area. More....
Thursday, July 20 – Westport - BREAKING NEWS A two-vehicle collision sends three to local hospitals with
Around 2:20 p.m. a score of Westport
responders were called to the 200 block of East Beach Road with the report
of a collision between a compact car and UPS delivery truck.
The car was crushed almost beyond
recognition and the UPS truck’s left frontend sustained major damage.
It was reported that the male UPS driver
was in and out of consciousness as an on-site witness tried to unbuckle his
seatbelt and remove him from the vehicle.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
The car, a 2008 grayish-blue, 4-door
Chevrolet Cobalt Lt was travelling east with a male driver and one female
occupant just before the intersection of John Reed Road at the time of the
accident; the UPS truck was headed west.
Investigators are trying to piece the
crash events together with the help of many witnesses at the accident site.
Dartmouth medical was called to assist
the Westport Fire Department, but Tiverton responded to assist with
transporting one of the collision victims.
Responders had to cut down a tree to
allow them to remove the female passenger from the demolished Cobalt LT
Heavy traffic off West Beach Road and
Gooseberry Island was backed up for over 90 minutes before police allowed
them to move through the accident area. The area was closed off to incoming
traffic for almost four hours until the accident area was cleared at 6:20
Three wreckers were called to remove the
Dramatic video and photos will posted tomorrow.
Thursday, July 20 – And speaking of accidents, a
5:05 p.m. four-vehicle crash Sunday produced minor damage and even less
injuries, but northbound Route 88 traffic paid the price.
The usual 15-minute trip home from Cherry
& Webb and Horseneck Beaches, and Gooseberry Island turned into a
nightmare as traffic backed up for three miles due to the northbound Route
88 crash south of Briggs Road, according to WFD
Lt. Dan Baldwin.
The recent hot and humid weather has been
driving visitors and residents to the beaches; the traffic jam drove them
Wednesday, July 19 - Pot
politics: The Massachusetts legislature's overhaul of the
voter-passed pot legalization law started advancing
to the governor's office today.
This afternoon, both the
House and Senate are expected to accept a compromise measure hashed
out by both chambers. A final Senate vote before the bill goes to the
governor is scheduled for Thursday.
According to the Boston Globe, it would
raise the total tax on retail pot purchases to a maximum of 20 percent, up
from a maximum of 12 percent that was spelled out in the ballot law.
And it would change how cities and towns
can ban or severely restrict local recreational marijuana facilities, such
as pot shops and farms. More.
Tuesday, July 18 – Barrington RI officials whittling
down middle school price tag – look to “value engineering” to reduce costs.
Middle School still set to open in September 2019.
As Westport’s School Building Committee
puts the finishing touches on a Jr/Sr High School
building estimated to cost $95.8 million, there may be a lesson to be
learned on the process Barrington officials are working through to reduce
their new school’s cost.
The age-old budget battle between
functionality versus affordability will challenge Westport’s school
building designers and project managers to keep a sharp eye on project
bidding costs as they work to a number Westport taxpayers may be willing to
Read about what
Barrington is doing.
Monday, July 17 - New Mystery Photo released today at 1:05
p.m. Be the first to guess exactly
what is going on in the photo and win a $25 gift certificate to Westport’s Back Eddy Restaurant, the area’s
finest seaside, seafood, fine dining hot spot in Westport Harbor!
and take you best shot on solving our latest Mystery Photo!
Monday, July 17 – PROVIDENCE
- BREAKING NEWS DEM, RIDOH
report first findings in Tiverton of EEE in
Public reminded to guard against mosquito
The Rhode Island Department of
Environmental Management (DEM) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced Friday, July 14th that mosquito
samples collected in Tiverton, Pawtucket and Westerly on June 26th have
tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE.)
are the first findings of EEE in
Island this year. All the positive mosquito pools are species that bite
birds and mammals (including humans.)
There are no confirmed human cases of EEE in Rhode Island. However, because summer and fall
are peak seasons for mosquito-borne disease transmission to people, Rhode
Islanders should be aware of the symptoms of EEE. Severe
cases of EEE (involving encephalitis, an
inflammation of the brain) begin with the sudden onset of headache, high
fever, chills, and vomiting. If you think you or a family member may have EEE, it is important to consult your healthcare
provider for proper diagnosis.
In addition to EEE,
Rhode Island tests mosquitos for West Nile Virus (WNV).
To date, there have been no confirmed local findings of WNV
in a mosquito sample. There are no confirmed human cases of WNV in Rhode Island.
Sunday, July 16 - Westport – Landing Commission endorses contract
for Head Landing retaining wall repair.
With the sole bid for repairs to the
stone walls lining the east branch of the Westport River at the Head of
Westport coming in much higher than expected, the Westport Landing
Commission voted unanimously last week to undertake the project in phases.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Russells Mills Contracting of Dartmouth
was the successful bidder for the proposed work, which would stabilize and
level off roughly 990 feet of stone work on both sides of the river, just
south of the Head bridge. The firm quoted a price of $185 per lineal foot,
for a total of $183,335 for the prescribed repairs... more.
Saturday, July 15 – WESTPORT — Westport State legislators move
proposed WRWA River Center forward. The
proposed River Center building has received help from the state Legislature
toward some self-sufficient wastewater initiatives.
State Sen. Michael
Rodrigues confirmed that he and state Rep. Paul Schmid are working with the
Westport River Watershed Alliance on their proposal to turn a former garage
on Old County Road into an educational center and office headquarters for
The WRWA bought the building more than two years ago and
has slowly worked.... more.
Thursday, July 13 – Architect fleshes out new Jr/Sr High School design. Esthetics versus functionality
challenge building committee members.
By Robert Barboza
Special Correspondent to
The Westport School Building Committee
continues to refine floor plans for a new co-located junior and senior high
school on the site of the closed Westport Middle School, getting the latest
updates on recent changes in the design on June 28 from owner’s project
manager Dan Tavares and architect Jonathan Levi.
Tavares said that both a finalized site
plan and completed floor plans should be completed by August 4th, when the
design team begins preparing firm cost estimates for the project.
It will be a challenge for
School Building Committee members to manage JLA
“esthetics versus functionality” paradigm as they flesh out final plans for
the co-located school building on Old County Road.
The building committee is scheduled to
present finalized plans and cost estimates to the Board of Selectmen and
Westport School Committee at a joint meeting set for September 6, according
to Building Committee Co-chair Dianne Baron. More with complete
photo set of school design.
Thursday, July 13 - WESTPORT – Housing Opportunity Purchase Program
application deadline set for December 19, 2017.
The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund
is accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis for another
round of grant funding through the Housing Opportunity Purchase Program (HOPP). The deadline for filing HOPP
applications will be 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. More...
Thursday, July 13 - Westports of
the world unite, in Ireland! The
Irish town of Westport has sent out an
invitation to all 26 towns named Westport to gather September 14-17th, 2017
in their lovely 250 year old town for a new Westports of the World Conference.
Learn more about the details and
registration and watch a new Creative
Conversation as Irene Buck, member of the Westport Cultural
Council, talks with Maury May about details for this year's Conference
sitting alongside the East Branch of the Westport River.
1989 was the year our Westport, MA hosted
a very festive Conference. The video opens showing the sign along Route. 88
that reminds us each time we pass by, we are a Westport of the World.
Westport point resident May has made
plans to attend and will be joined by other MA Westporters as well as
attendees from Newfoundland, New Zealand and Ireland and some of the 21
Westport towns in the U.S.A.
The Conference offers typical Irish
hospitality and tours of the area plus a unique chance to talk, eat and
visit Irish pubs as you get acquainted with other attendees.
For more information on the Westports of the World Conference 2017 and
registration please contact Maury May at 508.636.9930.
Wednesday, July 12 – Photo of the week – “Perfect day for
perfectly cut hay!” Haying
on Smith Farms hill, AKA “potato hill” or “Toboggan hill.”
Wet spring and sunny, hot days at time of
cutting produces excellent hay without the threat of mold which can harm
Click here for viewing more Photos of the Week.
Panoramic image of cutting hay at Smith Farm hill. Click on image to
enlarge. Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Wednesday, July 12 – Letter to the editor: As a charter member of the Westport Fishermen’s
Association, I have always been proud of our accomplishments. The
latest is our wreck display. Project coordinator Tanja Ryder did most
of it. Tanja is super at building programs.
Seeing the picture
of the Navy cruiser “Yankee” sitting on Chickens Reef off Westport
made me think someone might like to know how she got there. More...
Tuesday, July 11 – Westport Town Nurse calls it quits
after almost 22 years of providing nursing services to Westport citizenry.
Kathleen Burns, R.N. will be missed.
The affable Burns with a quick smile and
disarming demeanor made anybody getting a flu-shot a little more at ease.
“I’ve been told I give a good needle,”
Burns said laughing.
Burns retires On Friday, July 21st. If
you haven’t done so already, then do it now and stop by the Town Hall Annex
and wish Kathleen success in retirement.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Tuesday, July 11 – Lemos appointed
full-time COA Outreach Coordinator. Selectmen unanimously approved Monday
night the appointment of part-time outreach worker Andrea Lemos as full-time Outreach Coordinator, a position
vital to increasing awareness in Westport’s burgeoning senior population of
the vital services and programs available at the Westport Senior Center.
Andrea Lemos is congratulated by Selectman Craig
Dutra on her appointment as a fulltime Outreach Coordinator.
Tuesday, July 11 – Westport
man arrested two days after evading police chase in a wooded area near his
Derek Pereira was arrested Sunday at approximately 2:15 p.m. when police
encountered him in his 21 Cleveland Street driveway.
Police had attempted to stop Pereira on Friday, July 7th around 7:20 p.m.
when they observed Pereira driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which he
abandoned a short distance away after he fled from a detective in an
unmarked police vehicle. Pereira was seen running from the vehicle across
State Road onto Pine Tree Avenue, when a neighbor called police to say he
had ran into the woods.
Last year Pereira was involved in a State Road high-speed pursuit
by Westport police when he crashed his motorcycle into a Westport police
cruiser positioned on State Road near the Route 177 intersection.
Because of danger to the public police had broken off the chase.
Pereira subsequently sued the Westport police in a federal civil
rights lawsuit to recover over $100,000 in hospital charges to treat his
injuries. In that August 22, 2016 crash it was reported that the motorcycle
Pereira was riding was not registered or insured, and his license had been
believed he was headed to his residence through the wooded area, and with
the help of a neighbor who recognized Pereira and Bristol County Sheriff’s
Department K9 unit which searched the area for
two hours, police were able to make the arrest on
arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s
license, operating a motor vehicle so as to endanger, failure to stop for
police, operating an uninsured vehicle, attaching plates, unregistered
vehicle, speeding, possession of stolen property motor vehicle registration
plates (felony, subsequent offense), possession of a forged/altered RMV inspection sticker, possession of stolen property
(subsequent offense) registry document (inspection sticker), and use of a
motor vehicle in the commission of a felony.
July 10 – Open
Studio Tour this weekend! Click here to view
and print the brochure. PDF
July 9 – WESTPORT —
Saturday’s Westport Fair-sponsored 5K lends helping hand to
college-bound students. Jim Potter knows that a little financial help can go
a long way when you’re a college student facing tuition, room and board
coasts, books to buy and other fees.
Photo | David W. Oliveira
He remembers getting a helping hand in the form of a
Westport Fair scholarship recipient.
That led him and his wife, Jen, to organize a race to
help raise money for the scholarship fund and ultimately, help more
students like Jim. More...
July 8 –
Providence’s Kevin Cooper takes 37th running of the Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race.
The 27 year-old Cooper ran a respectable 24:36 on a humid,
cool, cloudy morning.
The record for the Scenic Road Race was set in 2014 by
23-year-old Andrew Springer of Westerly, RI who won the 34th running of the
Scenic Road Race with a record time of 22:34.43.
Matt Hillard from Boston took second
with a time of 24:58.
Rounding out the top three finishers was Kevin Greene of
Weston, MA with 25:37.
Below: Kevin Cooper (left) and Biliana Mihaybra; first place
male and female finishers.
Surprising for a race venue that produces top female
finishers, the first female to cross this year’s finish line was 18th place
Biliana Mihaybra at
Oldest runner at 80 years young was Harry Carter from
Blackstone, MA; youngest runner to finish was Mae Barnard at age 6.
First Westport finisher was 43-year-old Scott Costa with a
time of 32.01 that took 32nd place.
353 contestants finished the race.
here for complete race results from CoolRunning.
Cash prizes were awarded to the top three men and women ($300,
$200, and $100.)
T-shirts went to the top 500 entries.
Above: Starting line-up for the
37th Scenic Road Race.
Photos | EverythingWestport.com
July 5 – WESTPORT - Perfect day
for a parade. On an absolutely stunning July 4th Day, local organizers
put on an absolutely stunning parade.
was missing were the fireworks – they would come much later that night.
now parade watchers of all ages grabbed their lawn chairs, kids, coolers,
and patriotic colors and looked for a shady roadside spot to watch the
annual Westport July 4th parade.
folks came early, some in place a full two hours before the scheduled
parade start of 10:00 a.m.
here to watch video. iPhone users be patient – large video!
- Westport Land Conservation Trust welcomes Ross
Moran as its next Executive Director. The Board of Directors of the Westport
Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is pleased to announce Ross Moran as the
organization’s next executive director.
selection was made after an extensive regional search.
thrilled to welcome Ross into this role,” says Trip Millikin,
Board President. “We have found a leader with the vision to build upon WLCT’s past and lead the organization as we pursue our
goal to protect the next 1,000 acres in Westport. Ross has the commitment
to our mission and the capacity to guide us forward strategically.”
Moran is currently the General Manager of Southeast Gardens & Southcoast at The Trustees of Reservations (the
Trustees), a Massachusetts land conservation organization. He oversees all
aspects of operations, public engagement and stewardship of 19 properties
owned by the Trustees, including Haskell Public Gardens in New
Bedford. Prior to this position, he served as Assistant Director of
Parks, Recreation and Beaches for the City of New Bedford.
am honored to join WLCT’s team as Executive Director
in service of the mission to protect the unique character of this historic
community,” says Moran. “The Land Trust’s 45-year track record of
conserving Westport’s special places and significant forest, scenic and
agricultural resources is tremendous. I look forward to working with the
community to build on these accomplishments far in to the future."
Trust currently has four major land protection projects to protect over 230
acres across Westport, as well as a full schedule of public programs this
Moran joins the Land Trust at an exciting time and will hit the ground
running on Monday, July 31st. He lives in New Bedford with his wife and
July 4 – WESTPORT
— Derby winner works the ducky table
at the Bayside. Donna Amaral doesn’t have any
qualm about asking
Restaurant patrons to buy a box of quackers
to support the Allens Pond Sanctuary’s annual duck derby, a major source of
funding for the non-profit environmental organization dedicated to
The Westport nurse was herself a 2008
winner of a trip for two anywhere in the world - she chose Tanzania in a
combined humanitarian mission and luxury safari that allowed the Westport
woman to help others while having fun.
“I am an
example that proves you can win that trip, Amaral
told the folks who were listening to her sales pitch. “Someone here today
Above: Amaral’s winning duck is
pulled from the gate by an Allen’s Pond “duck handler” in 2008.
ducks now for the 14th Annual Allens Pond Duck
been working their tail feathers off at the field station in preparation
for this fabulous fundraising event. They're hoping that your ducks are
getting entered in the race, ready to potentially be the one that races
across the finish line first!The winning duck
secures the Grand Prize for you and a companion: dinner for two anywhere
in the world, with round-trip airfare and two nights'
that prize, perhaps you'll be the recipient of one of the other fabulous 40+
prizes we have this year!
Grand Prize winners have had life-changing adventures in places like Ecuador,
Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, China, France, Aruba, India,
Zambia, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania. Of course, they also
enjoyed some delicious local meals too.
Adopt your ducks now!
July 4 – WESTPORT
— Fiscal transparency latest
question raised in Westport tenant farm case. The tenant
farm animal abuse case from last July raised the ire of many residents,
officials and animal lovers.
last week, another source, the Finance Committee, raised concerns, but for
a different reason — financial transparency.
committee has discussed at length a request to transfer $50,000, including
$40,000 from an employee benefits account, to cover costs temporarily for
overtime incurred by the police and highway departments.
July 3 – WESTPORT – Town to pursue grant funds for
St. Vincent de Paul property purchase. The town’s Land Conservation Trust got the green
light from selectmen to pursue a state grant and to release open space
funds toward the purchase of former St. Vincent de Paul land on Adamsville
But Selectman R. Michael Sullivan echoed the
sentiment from a state grant authority: Develop more concrete plans for the
approximate 22 acres of land that will be used toward recreation and a
WLCT Land Specialist Steve Sloan met with selectmen
on Monday and also met with the Finance Committee the previous week. More...
July 2 – Deer
versus car. A Mattapoisett couple got an unexpected shock while
traveling south on Route 88 towards Horseneck Beach when a deer jumped in
front of their car.
braking for the intersection (at Drift Road) when the deer just came out of
the brush right in front of us,” said the female occupant.
Hyundai crossover needed to be towed from the scene; the deer survived and
ran away to live for another day. Deer 1 – car 0.
July 1 – WESTPORT — Self-inflicted gunshot sends Westport man
to hospital. A State Road
resident was transported to Rhode Island Hospital late Friday night with a
gunshot wound that was apparently self-inflicted, according to Westport
Police Detective Jeff Majewski.
According to Majewski, multiple 911 calls were
received at 11:07 p.m. reporting the shooting.
The man in his 30’s was
transported directly to Rhode Island Hospital with a head wound.
“It appears to be self-inflicted,” Majewski said.
Police were called to an apartment at 726 State Road
where the injured man was a resident.
“There were other people at the address at the time,”
Majewski said. “They were cooperative with the police.”
The Westport Police, the State Police, the District
Attorney’s office and the State Police Crime Scene Service assisted in the
There were no other injuries reported and no charges
July 1 –
Wildlife in Westport! Our Photo of the Week and first for July is an
Osprey keeping a watchful eye on a doe and her fawn keeping a watchful eye
on the photographer on the upper West Branch of the Westport River.
image to enlarge.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
June 30 –
Selectmen appoint reserve police officers. Westport
Selectmen at their last meeting approved Police Chief Keith Pelletier’s
request to appoint Scott Raudonaitis and Ryan
Boyd as reserve police officers.
to these two fine young men.
Selectmen unanimously reappointed Nicholas B. Frustaci
as a fulltime police officer.
appointed reserve police officers Ryan Boyd and Scott Raudonaitis
flank select board chair Steve Ouellette (center.) Lt. John Bell (left) presented the pair
to the Board of Selectmen. Selectman Craig Dutra was absent. Photo |
June 29 – WESTPORT
– BREAKING NEWS 12:30 p.m.
Updated. Car shears off utility
pole, takes out stone wall, ends upside down.
A grey, late
model four-door sedan travelling north on Horseneck Road lost control, took
out an utility pole, and ended upside down on the stone wall in front of
Buzzards Bay brewing.
It was a
single car accident.
68-year-old female driver was pulled from the wreck by a passing good
Samaritan motorist, and later was transported to the hospital by Westport
reported the woman was an Attleboro resident who owned the vehicle, a Dodge
woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital to be
reported that the woman may have been distracted by a cell phone, and odd
coincidence considering on this day the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill
banning the use of handheld cell phones in a car. Note: The bill passed the Senate on a voice
vote. It must still be passed by the House and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker
for it to become law.
car’s frontend was demolished as was the hood, roof and trunk.
vehicle’s remains were hoisted up on a flatbed wrecker, upside down, with
additional pieces scattered all over the stone wall.
Road from Hixbridge Road and just south of the Brewery were closed for
several hours while Eversource put up a new pole
and the car was removed from atop the stonewall and hauled away.
hasn’t been a good month for Westport utility poles as several were taken
out by accidents.
stone wall was heavily damaged with stones strewed across Horseneck Road.
car’s make and model were almost unrecognizable.
June 29 –
Westport selectmen give cold shoulder to proposed town sewer line running
along western end of Route 6. Westport
conservation and river protection advocates have tried for a long time to
get Westport citizenry behind town sewer along State Road, tied into a line
the city of Fall River provided to White’s Restaurant a few years back.
Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting the Water Resource Management Committee
(WRMC) and the Town Planner proposed the
installation of a short run of town sewer pipe from White’s up to the
Sanford Road area at no cost to the town’s taxpayers.
think it was a no brainer, right?
May of the WRMC said the line would help commercial
development in the town’s science and technology district, and help reduce
some of the nitrogen affecting the Westport watershed as now required by
the state’s recently released TMDL implementation report. PDF
planner Jim Hartnett were asking for Selectmen’s support in submitting a
grant application to the MassWorks Infrastructure
Program for the installation costs of the sewer line, a “small baby step,”
May said in sewering State Road.
grant money would completely pay the cost of the installation of the line
and the upgrading of the pumping station at White’s.
Selectmen balked at the timing of the request, considering it
lack of political will, zoning impact considerations and a cautious
approach to a fleshing out a long term sewering
plan were the reasons the selectmen decided not to support the grant
application at this time.
The MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant is
offered yearly to towns and cities.
– 7:45 p.m. UPDATED STORY Fontaine
Bridge jumper’s body pulled from Westport River. Westport police said that searchers have
recovered the body of a 58-year-old Westport woman
from the East Branch of the Westport River located approximately half mile northeast of her footwear
found on the Fontaine Bridge.
The deceased is the person who was
thought to have jumped off the Route 88 Fontaine Bridge in the early
morning hours of Wednesday, June 28th (see story below.)
Westport police Detective Jeff Majewski said
more than 50 personnel across multiple organizations were involved in the
search for the woman’s body.
Fire Department, Westport Harbor Master’s Office, US Coast Guard,
Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Airwing
helicopter, Southeastern MA Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC)
Dive Team as well as the Search and Rescue (SAR) Team along with a SEMLEC Mobile Command Post.
Master had deployed three vessels, the USCG
deployed a helicopter and a 29 footT vessel, SEMLEC Dive Team deployed two vessels along with
underwater divers and boat operators, and Search And Rescue sent numerous
ground personnel along with All Terrain Vehicles which supplemented
Westport Police Rough Terrain Vehicles. MSP utilized a helicopter
during the search.
Police directed ground resources to search the shoreline and dock areas
along Cherry Webb Lane, as well as Cherry Webb Beach past Horseneck State
Beach toward Gooseberry Island. SEMLEC also utilized a civilian drone in some difficult
shore terrain areas.
2:40 a.m., Westport Police Sergeant Gary Cambra
came across a running, unoccupied vehicle with its hazard lights on along
Route 88 at Cherry Webb Lane near the Normand Edward Fontaine Bridge,
Westport Detective Jeff Majewski said.
State and local authorities closed the state boat ramp off Cherry &
Webb Lane from 4:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as search and rescue crews mobilized
for the search of the suspected jumper from the Route 88 Bridge (pictured
in the background.)
said that the woman’s clothes and jewelry were found near or in the
vehicle, and both doors were open.
Jeff Majewski requested a K-9 unit from Dartmouth police, which was able to
lead police toward the center of the bridge where they found clothing.
3:45 a.m., Westport Harbormaster Chris Leonard said marine services were
the first to respond on the water, sending three boats to search the area. Majewski
said at that time Westport police also notified the Coast Guard, which sent
out a helicopter and a 29-foot search vessel. Additionally, he said dive
teams equipped with boat operators and search and rescue teams with rescue
ATVs and ground personnel were called in from the Southeastern
Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
88 state boat ramp was closed from 4:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Majewski said. MA Highway placed a message board on Route
88 near Route 195 which alerted motorists to the boat ramp closure.
director of marine services, Gary Tripp ran a rescue boat; his brother
Glenn, assistant harbormaster and shellfish deputy, spotted the body around
noon near the east branch of the Westport River, Majewski said. Westport
officer David Simcoe assisted.
said the family of the woman had last seen her around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday
when she left in the vehicle, later identified as the unoccupied running
vehicle on the Fontaine Bridge. Authorities did not release her name.
said police contacted medical examiners to confirm the cause of death and
the investigation is being turned over to state police assigned to the
Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
was not immediately labeled as suicide as an investigation will determine
cause of death.
officials have not released many details while the investigation is
rescue teams from several surrounding towns joined with state police, coast
guard, the Bristol County Sherriff’s office, and the Westport
Harbormaster’s office in the search effort.
Wednesday, June 28 – WESTPORT
– 12:00 noon BREAKING NEWS The
search continues in Westport Harbor for a possible jumper off the Route 88
found running without an operator at approximately 2:40 a.m. this morning
triggered a massive hunt for a potential drowning victim.
search and rescue crews from towns as far away as Hanson, the Bristol
County Sherriff’s office, the state and the Coast Guard have been called in
to assist the Westport Harbormaster in his search for an individual still
alive or a drowning victim.
State Police and Coast Guard helicopters
were also searching the Westport Harbor as well as Coast Guard vessels and
the harbormaster’s boats.
police determined the owner of the vehicle and contacted family members who
are waiting at the state dock while the search continues.
out on the river at 3:45 a.m. this morning to start searching,”
Harbormaster Chris Leonard said. “The individual could be clinging to a
boat, buoy, or a dock and we needed to get ahead of possible hypothermia.”
dispatched himself and two other Harbormaster boats.
area was complicated by ebb and flow tidal changes during the time the
vehicle was found to a full response from area search and rescue teams.
could be upriver in the marshes or on an island, or as far as outside the
harbor around Horseneck Point, Leonard said
found in the car lead police to believe it may be a possible suicide
of Dartmouth, Swansea, Seekonk, Hanson and others responded.
Wednesday, June 28 – Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL)
has released their summer issue of @
the Library. Click here to read it now online. PDF
here to review all other Westport organization’s newsletters.
Wednesday, June 28 – WESTPORT
- Our Lady of Grace Church Fair a big
hit with lots of fun for young and not-so-young alike.
The “splash seat” was a riot with pie throwing and a subsequent hose
wash-down for the brave participants.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Tuesday, June 27 - Westport to get a new Jr/Sr High School chief? Pending successful contract negotiations, the junior/senior high school
will have a new chief by July 1st.
The School District announced that it has selected Falmouth High School
Assistant Principal James Demers as the new junior/senior
high school principal.
Demers has been selected to replace longtime principal Cheryl Tutalo,
who has recently retired after leading the high school for a decade.
According to his on-line resume, Demers has worked as the Falmouth
assistant principal since 2003. Before that, he had served as a math
teacher and department head at Middleboro High School.
Tuesday, June 27 - Robert Brum of Westport held on assault
and kidnapping charges. A Westport man was arrested by New Bedford
police on abduction charges early Sunday morning after beating a woman and
attempting to take her in his vehicle against her will, police said.
Bedford Police reported they received a 2:47 a.m. that a woman was being
assaulted at Petro Mart, 171 Coggeshall Street.
told police that Robert Brum, 53, of 1148 American Legion Highway, Apt. 10,
Westport, punched and dragged by the hair a 40-year-old New Bedford woman.
told police that Brum attempted to drive off with her in the vehicle, but
that she pulled the keys from the ignition and ran off.
said the woman was bleeding from her elbows, face and knees, and complained
of a head injury.
treated at the scene by medics.
subsequently charged with kidnapping, assault and battery, and possession
of cocaine, a later offense. A small amount of cocaine was found on him
when he was arrested, police said.
Saturday, June 24 – Westport’s Farmer’s Market continues
this morning starting at 8:00 a.m. Visit 16 farmers and craftspeople in
their booths in the front parking lot of the Town Hall Annex.
for more photos.
Skinny Dip Farm’s Hanna Wolbach and daughter
Liana share some mother/daughter time at their stand at Saturday’s first
Farmer’s Market at the Town Hall Annex.
New to the
farmer’s market scene, Wolf Pizza which made pies on-site in a homemade
oven, cooked up some exotic pies including a breakfast pizza...
... and Hidden Gardens brought some
outstanding color to the show with their
beautiful flower bouquets.
Photos | EverythingWestport.com
vendors reported they sold out early on many of their items and plan to
return this week with more stock.
vendors brought plenty of peas, carrots, lettuce and other early crops.
Farmer’s Market hits the ground running. Placing the inaugural Economic
Development Task Forces-sponsored farmer’s market in the Westport Town Hall
Annex’s front parking lot may have proved a boon that sponsors weren’t
expected – more traffic from passing motorists gawking at the tents and
activity going on an a normally empty lot on the weekends.
Saturday, June 24 – Osprey experience scheduled for today
has been cancelled! Mass Audubon's Allens
Pond Wildlife sanctuary had invited the public to an immersive field school
experience at our sanctuary. This all day session would have focused on the
vibrant population of migratory osprey, and factors that influence their
success. Participants will get up-close and personal with some of the
nesting platforms and be able to check for nest activity and chicks.
program was cancelled due to lack of participation.
Friday, June 23 - Photo of the Week. Westport Woman's Club Anniversary
Celebration. The Westport Woman's Club held their annual year-end
banquet at Bittersweet Farm last night to celebrate their 70th Anniversary.
to these ladies for their unique fundraising abilities that help send many
Westport students to college, and their useful and enlightening monthly
meetings that made the club so special.
all the past club presidents were their except for one (pictured below.)
guys have 70 more!
A banquet table full of past club presidents. Starting at top left and
going left to right: Judy Menard (current president), Mary McCarthy, Carol
Michael, Cathy Perry, and Elsie Buess.
Bottom row, left to right: Marcia Liggin, Lois
Spirlet, Sandra Thurston, and Sue Smith. Missing from the picture is Wilma
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Click on photo to enlarge.
Friday, June 23 - Liz Collins - Unsung Heroine of 2017. The
Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women has announced that Liz Collins
of Westport was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the
Status of Women’s 2017 class of Unsung Heroines.
Representative Paul Schmid recommended Ms. Collins for this recognition
because of her history as a volunteer in many facets of life in town. Ms. Collins was honored with the other
Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to her community in a
ceremony on Wednesday, June 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Great Hall
at the State House in Boston. More.
Friday, June 23 – BOSTON -
BREAKING NEWS – Marijuana debate
now shifts to conference committee after Mass. senate passes marijuana
bill. The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday making
targeted adjustments to the voter-mandated marijuana legalization law – but
differing starkly from a more extensive replacement measure approved by the
House just a day earlier.
voted 30-5 in favor of their version, which now heads to a time-pressured
conference committee with the House. Legislative leaders have vowed to send
a bill to Governor Charlie Baker by next Friday to allow retail shops to
open by July 2018.
House, which mandates a 28 percent total tax rate on marijuana, the Senate
would preserve the 12 percent maximum levy voters chose when they voted for
the law last November.
the full story, visit: www.BostonGlobe.com.
Thursday, June 22 – BOSTON -
Mass. House votes to make major
changes to pot law. The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed
an expansive rewrite of the voter-approved marijuana legalization law
Wednesday night — a bill that would alter major aspects of the referendum
backed by 1.8 million voters just seven months ago.
126-to-28 vote sets up a showdown with the Senate, which is expected
Thursday to greenlight a much more modest adjustment of the recreational
bill would sharply raise total pot taxes to a mandatory 28 percent, from a
maximum of 12 percent in the ballot question. It would also give municipal
officials (towns and cities), instead of local voters, the power to ban
cannabis shops and farms from their communities.
Thursday, June 22 – WESTPORT
– BREAKING NEWS 8:40 a.m. Disabled
skiff rescued by Westport Harbormaster. The 14-foot Angel Bell out of
Westport was disabled just outside the harbor entrance, and slowly drifting
towards the Knubble and its rocky ledge.
captain was waving his arms and yelling, and blowing his airhorn at boats further out on the water with little
results. Finally he used his boat’s VHF radio to call in a mayday.
didn’t know was someone called in a 911 and police had notified the
Harbormaster and Fire Department.
Chris Leonard was out on the river taking water samples with the state, so
Assistant Harbor Master Jonathan Paull responded to the call and headed out
in the Harbormaster’s boat to provide assistance.
found the Angel Bell just off the Knubble, attached a line, and towed the boat
back to the state dock.
skiff’s captain reported that his engine quit as he was headed around the
Knubble for a morning of fishing.
after the Summer Solstice our activity for water rescues picks up,” Leonard
Harbormaster recently made a spate of kayak recues off Gooseberry Island.
call will alert the coast guard, state police, local police and fire, and
the Harbormaster’s office.
should be aware that a mayday alerts rapid response from a lot of state and
local resources, and should only be used in life-threatening situations,”
advised using a VHF radio to call the Harbormaster using channel 9 or 16 in
case of a local emergency.
Assistant Harbormaster Jonathan Paull tows in the disabled Angel Bell. Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Wednesday, June 21 – This
development drive is definitely-out-of-bounds! If you want to hear how The
Whale’s golf course members
feel about losing half of their golf course, click
Wednesday, June 21 – Westport
Health Board member presents his thoughts on tightening piggery regulations
to the Animal Action Committee.
At last week’s Health Board meeting,
members voted unanimously to approve a 50-pig permit for expanding a Route
177 piggery which previously had a four-pig permit.
In a separate action at that meeting, a
Division Road piggery owner decided to shut down his operation of 300 pigs
because it was “unrealistic and too costly to meet state guidelines” when
neighbors complained about smell and loose pigs.
And yet another piggery on Route 177 was
found to have pigs but no permit; and a Sodom Road piggery permitted for
four pigs was found to have between 50 and 100 pigs.
But who’s counting.
New Health Board member Phil Weinberg
(pictured right) brought up the issue of addressing regulations but board
members Bill Harkins and Maury May deferred the discussion to a later date.
Weinberg took the initiative and bounced
his ideas off the Animal Action Committee at their scheduled Monday
Laura Sapienza-Grabski, President, Mass
Association of Agricultural Commissions, discusses AgCom
best practices, and her endorsement of HB441.
Sapienza-Grabskiwas was an invited guest to
discuss AgCom Best practices.
At Monday night’s Animal Action Committee
(AAC) meeting, a discussion of whether the AAC wanted to reconsider their previous endorsement of
Massachusetts House Bill HB441 which forms a Livestock Care and
Standards Board brought a firestorm of opposition over the AAC’s endorsement, which member-at-large Chris
Riley (pictured right) said the deck was being stacked against advocacy
groups as they only had two seats on the proposed 13-member board.
Riley said that if a proposed action by
the Standards Board was objected to by both the representative of the
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the
representative of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the board could still
move forward with actions considered objectionable by the two advocacy
River Road resident Constance Gee also
took exception to Laura Sapienza-Grabski,
President, Mass Association of Agricultural
Commissions, endorsing HB441.
was an invited guest to discuss AgCom best practices.
Click here to read the Charter and Bylaws of the
Mass Association of Agricultural Commissions.
Also, the AAC
on a vote of 4-2 rescinded their endorsement of HB441,
deciding instead to take no position on the proposed legislation.
Finally, the AAC
after some discussion decided to take a vote at continuing the ad hoc
committee for another six months as their charter was only to June 30,
2017. There had been some consideration for not extending the work of the AAC, but the at-large members were adamant it continue.
Monday, June 19 – Columbus
ships in Newport this week. The Nina and Pinta,
exact replicas of the ships Columbus sailed to the new world appear as
ghostly images on the wharf in front of foggy Fort Adams, Newport.
The docents/crew accompanying the ships tell a great tale of sailing these ships in the Atlantic
ocean to their different ports of call throughout the summer.
Nina and Pinta will be in Newport for the rest of
the week. Don’t miss seeing these two caravels of times gone by.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Monday, June 19 - WESTPORT — 3:10 p.m. High winds bring down tree on Drift Road. Heavy foliage and
strong winds overpowered a tree knocking it down across Drift Road
completely blocking the roadway.
The falling tree
narrowly missed a neighbor pulling into his driveway at 319 Drift Road.
Traffic was blocked
for about 45 minutes until the Highway Department could remove the tree.
Click on image to enlarge. Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Monday, June 19 - WESTPORT — Westport
Council on Aging a thriving resource for growing senior population.
Beverly Bisch can’t wait to get to work every
morning. As the director of the Westport Council on Aging, Bisch oversees more than 20 full- and part-time staff
and an active corps of volunteers who offer programs and classes that
educate, inspire and encourage seniors to live longer and stronger, and to
have fun on the journey. Three days into my new job as the new director, I
knew that this would be the best job I’d ever have,” says Bisch, who became director two years ago.
- As one Westport piggery is
shutting down, another is expanding from 4 up to 50 pigs.
Board of Health members voted 3-0 to grant Westport
resident Timothy Barreira an expanded license for
up to 50 pigs at 560 American Legion Highway.
“I’ve had pigs at that location for 10 years,” Barreira told BOH members
last week. “But my permit for only four pigs is hard to manage (a sow can
have her first litter when she is about one year old, and usually gives
birth to around 8 to 12 pigs at a time.)
A piggery is only allowed to keep piglets for up to
12 weeks if they exceed the permit.
Barreira noted he has improved
enclosures and the feeding stations, an issue that caused another piggery
to give up their pigs.
One board member brought up possible changes to the
piggery regulations, but Vice Chairman Maurice May deferred discussion on
equine and piggery regulations to a future date, and Chairman Bill Harkins
Monday, June 19 – Animal advocate group
plans “Day of Reflection” at Westport Town Hall. Selectmen at last week’s
meeting voted to designate a one-year anniversary date of Saturday, July
24th as an official remembrance day of the northeast’s largest animal abuse
and neglect case ever reported.
founder, Kathy Feininger appeared before selectmen and requested permission
to hang 140 strings of 10 decorated mirrors each, on the pine trees in
front of Town Hall.
Above: Town Administrator Tim King holds
up a string of reflection mirrors to be hung from the trees outside of Town
Hall. Click on image to enlarge.
The reflection ceremony will be held
on Monday, July 24, from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. outside Town Hall, right before
meetings of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health.
“Our intent is to send a clear
message to both boards that Westporters have not forgotten the suffering of
these animals and remain concerned about animal welfare in our town. The
Remembrance Ceremony will feature remarks from workers who rescued the animals
from the Medeiros property and cared for them at the rehabilitation
facility, a Select Board representative, and a representative for Stop the
Insanity Westport!,” Feininger said.
“Please join us to show our elected officials that our community will not
tolerate animal abuse.
Recently, 27 individuals were
indicted on 151 counts in a tenant farm scandle that rocked the “right to
farm” town of Westport and reverberated throughout New England’s animal
support and advocate commmunity.
Selectmen agreed to a host a
“reflection” ceremony from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. outside of Town Hall, “as we
reflect back on what has happened in Westport during the past year,”
Feininger told selectmen.
“We mourn the loss of those animals
who did not make it and celebrate those who were rehabilitated and
re-homed,” Feininger said.
There will be brief speeches by
members of Feininger’s group, with a possible appearance rom the American
Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals and Boston Animal Rescue
Also expected to speak is
Shana Shufelt who heads up the town’s Animal Action Committee.
Animal Action Committee will meet, maybe for the last time tonight at
Westport Town Hall at 6:00 p.m.
The 140 strings of 10 mirrows each
repesent the 1400 animals evacuated last year from the 71-acre American
Legion Higway tenant farm, according to Kathy Feininger, a leader of the
group Stop the Insanity Westport!.
The tenants and Medeiros appeared in
Bristol County Superior Court the end of May and pled not guilty to animal
Monday, June 19 – WESTPORT - Court
documents detail level of allegations against Westport tenant farm owner.
In their “Commonwealth’s Statement of the Case,” state prosecutors
outline a different picture than the one presented by the elderly Medeiros’
attorney at his arraignment last month in Superior Court.
Prosecutors allege that Richard Medeiros was actively
involved in the day-to-day operations of his 70-acre tenant farm in
Westport, and that he had first-hand knowledge of the deplorable conditions
that thousands of animals were living in on the farm’s lots.
– BREAKING NEWS – WESTPORT – Out-of-control truck shears utility pole, knocks out power on upper
Pine Hill Road. Around 6:15 p.m. this evening a black, older GMC pickup
truck traveling south on Old Pine Hill Road in the upper 300 block veered
off to the left, crossed the road, sheared a utility pole in two, and
crashed into a stonewall, demolishing the truck’s frontend.
was lost to the area, and some live electrical wires hanging dangerously
low over the road forced Westport police officers to shut down that section
of road for a couple of hours while utility crews were called to repair the
reported the male driver had nothing more than a bump on his head and
refused transport to the hospital.
came out of their houses when they heard the crash, and were asked by
officers to remain away from the accident scene due to the live wires over
reason for the accident is unknown at this time, and it wasn’t clear if the
truck had any passengers at the time of the crash.
Click on image to enlarge.
Above: Police closed this section of Pine Hill Road
immediately after the accident. Photo |
Woman's Club announces 2017 scholarship recipients. The Westport
Woman's Club would like to announce the names of the recipients of their
following Westport High School
students were awarded scholarships: Connor Brown, Hailey
Charest, Philip Cordeiro, and Alicia
Reitano. Patrick Lescarbeau
was the recipient of the Doris Sanford scholarship.
Above: The May 13, 2017 Women’s Club Rock-A-Thon was a
major source of the donations sponsoring the scholarships.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
receiving scholarships were Maggie Lafrance, Bishop Stang
High School, and Tania Melo, Diman Regional
Vocational Technical High School. The Club wishes to thank Lees Market, Kozy Nook Restaurant, and Partner's
Store for allowing them to use their facilities to raise money for the scholarship
– WESTPORT - When
it’s open for brunch and lunch, Jeff’s menu includes a selection
of standard diner fare.
Photo | Dan Medeiros Herald News
diners but I don’t hit them up very frequently — too many diners play that
“just the basics” attitude to the hilt with menus that only offer simple
eggs, bacon and pancakes in some combination or other, which is great if you
want to establish your down-homey bona fides, but that doesn’t hook me
enough to get me in the door. I know how to fry eggs and bacon myself.
Friday, June 16 – Our Photo of the Week is the
commencement of site preparation for the construction of Westport’s new
the image to enlarge the panoramic view of the future home of Westport’s
new police station. Photo |
location is on the northwestern corner of the intersection of Hixbridge
Road and Route 88, just to the east of Westport firehouse #1.
voters recently approved the funding for the $10 million plus public safety
Friday, June 16 -
Notorious shipwrecks off Westport! A new exhibit in the Westport Life
Saving Station at Horseneck Point, Westport.
Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station this summer to view their latest exhibit
- Notorious Shipwrecks off
The opening reception is on Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 p.m.
entrance to Buzzards Bay is littered with shipwrecks, though it is
impossible be certain of how many ships have been lost in this area of
shoals and reefs, dense fog, and strong tides.
Above: The trawler, “Fishermans
Dream” aground on Half Mile Rock on July 31, 2005, the latest victim of
Buzzards Bay’s treacherous waters.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
most vessels went aground on Hen and Chickens Reef at the southern end of
Gooseberry Island. Nowadays there are fewer wrecks due to improvements in
navigation, but these waters still hold many stories.
and the stories about the fate of three large ships, all over 300 feet
long, that went aground nearby – the USS Yankee (1908) pictured below, the HMCS St. Francis (1945) and the Angela (1971) – are on
Exhibit hours are
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. from Saturday, June
24th through Sunday, September 3rd. Free admission; donations are always
welcome. The exhibit is supported in part by the Chip Gillespie Memorial
Fund and by a grant from the Westport Cultural Council.
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WHS Historic House Tour
on Sunday, August 6th.
Westport Historical Society is hosting a self-guided tour from 11:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. of seven spectacular private homes located throughout
$40 each and are limited. Your donation is 100% tax deductible.
proceeds will benefit the Westport Historical Society.
tickets at the Westport Farmers
Market this Saturday, July 29th or if any tickets remain on the day of
the House Tour at Partners Village
Store, 865 Main Road, Westport.
This Weekend! The 16th annual Cultural Survival
Bazaar on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th.
EverythingWestport Cultural Survival Bazaar 2016 VIDEO.
Four Corners Art Center,
3852 Main Road, Tiverton from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This family event is
open to all and there is no admission fee.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
A Festival of Indigenous Art, Music, &
Cultures from Around the World.
They feature guest artisans, handmade
products benefiting the
livelihoods of artisans, projects in their communities, and fair trade.
Shop unique art, jewelry, clothing, rafts,
decor, tribal rugs, & much more.
Click here to view
EverythingWestport.com photo album of a previous Tiverton Cultural Survival
music performances, presentations, Native American storytelling,
educational displays, craft-making demonstrations, & ethnic cuisine. Proceeds
support Native artisans, fair trade, and Cultural Survival's non-profit
For dates, locations, special features and performance schedules
visit their website.
Runs to August 4th! Don’t Miss Out! Westport
Library’s Annual Summer Paperback Sale starts on Monday, July 24th.
Their summer Paperback sale of adult
fiction will be held from Monday, July 24th to Monday, August 4th.
Don’t miss this sale of more than 3200
paperback books. A great opportunity to find a few paperbacks to read
for the remaining summer days at the beach or on the back porch. The
sale includes the larger soft-covers, a format in which many new authors
and literary fiction are now published, as well as the familiar “pocket”
sized books. Potboiler or prize-winner, it will be there. All
books $1.00 to $2.00.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Westport
Library, Hours Mon and Thurs Noon – 8:30; Tues, Wed, Fri, 10 –
5. 408 Old County Road, Westport.
Call the library for questions or more
information at 508.636.1100.
Runs All Week. Camp Invention coming to the Westport
Elementary School July 24th – 28th!
Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp
Invention! An exciting, weeklong summer adventure awaits
with activities that explore connections between science, technology,
engineering, and innovation while sharpening their 21st century STEM
skills. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, it allows children in
kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving,
creative thinking, invention, and teamwork.
Children work together to transform the
terrain and ecosystem of a distant exoplanet. They take risks as budding
business owners, blast rockets, air cannons, and rubber chickens, and wire
a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local, certified
educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s
confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Visit their website or call 800.968.4332 for information.
Saturday! Clam Bake at the Point church on
Saturday, July 29th.
The Westport Point United Methodist
Church, 1912 Main Road in Westport Point will hold their 36th Annual Clam
Bake beginning at noon. The menu includes New England clams, sausage,
hot dog, potato, corn, sweet potato, stuffing, and brown bread. The cost is
$40 or $50 to add lobster. Chowder and drinks will be served at noon and
the bake begins at 1:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Partners Village
Store or by leaving a message at the church office at 508.636.2036 or email
Clam Bake is held rain or shine.
Sunday. Annual Farm to Tapas
dinner is on Sunday, July 30th
SEMAP and The Livestock Institute of Southern New
England will host its third annual Farm to Tapas dinner on Sunday, July 30,
from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the historic home & farm of Joseph Keith III
775 Horseneck Road, Westport.
evening of local food and drink.
Click here to view fabulous auction
items. They’ve invited over a dozen local restaurants and caterers (all sourcing local ingredients, of course) to
prepare their own tapas station. Guests will be able to sample from each
station. Open bar. Lots of food. Tickets are $95; $35 farmers. You must currently
be farming (as your main income source) to be eligible for this ticket
price. Limit four tickets per farm. Contact Kendra at:
email@example.com with any
questions. Tickets are limited.
An Afternoon for
the Birds on Sunday, July 30th.
From 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. Gray's Daily Grind will be having An Afternoon For The Birds! Join them for a book signing with Cheryl Aguiar!
The Kids! Kids will be making their own Bird Masks. Get a copy of the Bird
Cheryl Aguiar will appear in a book signing at Gray’s Daily
Grind, 638 Adamsville Road, Adamsville.
Great Horned Owlets Rescue: Where There's a Will, There's a
Way.... A true story of
trust, love, respect and the gift of gratitude. The journey of two adorable
owlets and their strong willed,
You will have an opportunity to meet Cheryl. See many of her
beautiful owlet pictures and talk to her about her about her unprecedented
look into the life of these wild birds.
Real Estate Taxes Due by Tuesday, August
Tax Collector would like you to known that First & Second Quarter
preliminary real estate & personal property tax bills for Fiscal 2018
were mailed on June 30, 2017. The
1st quarter is due on or before August 1, 2017 and the 2nd quarter on or
before November 1, 2017. No Reminder Will Be Sent. Payments received after the due dates are
subject to 14% per annum interest.
There is no grace
period. Any taxpayer that should
have received a bill and did not is urged to contact the Collector's Office
immediately as they are still liable – 508.636.1010 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the 1st Monday of the month - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00
Payments made on-line.
Payments made be
made online at www.westport-ma.com
using your checking or savings account for a transaction fee of 50 cents
per cart. Credit cards only are
accepted on-line for a percentage of the total amount due. To pay online, once into the website,
scroll down to Pay Taxes Online and select it. Once into the site, you will see
instructions to sign up or pay one time.
There is a help button if help is needed.
payments using your own bank bill pay service, it is imperative that you
include a bill # or location of the property you are paying. Failure to do so may result in the check
being mailed back to you for clarification.
Please allow 7 days for your bank to process a check.
WHS Westport Summer Passport program is back for 2017.
The Westport Summer Passport
2017 is a self-guided adventure that will take you to six of the most
beautiful and interesting natural and historic spots in our town. You will
Brookside Conservation Area, 1013 American Legion Highway
Forge Pond Conservation Area, 214 Forge Road
Handy House, 202 Hix
Horseneck Lifesaving Station, 241 East Beach Road
Mill Pond Conservation Area, 62 Reed Road
Noquochoke Conservation Area, 421 Pine Hill Road
the passport, you must follow the provided clues to find hidden boxes at
each site and collect six unique stamps in your passport. When you have six
stamps, you are eligible to enter a drawing for a special prize.
your passport HERE!
The Westport Farmer’s Market continues
summer season at its new location.
It will be
held at the Town Hall Annex at 856 Main Road in Central Village, Main Road
in Westport from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Westport Summer Market will be set up in the south parking area of the Town
Annex, with parking for patrons on the front, north and back lots. The area
is more than 8,000 square feet and should provide ample space for the many
farmers, craftspeople and other vendors who will participate.
will run for 16 weeks, from Saturday, July 1 through September 30,
here for photos.
Last day! Exhibits open at the Westport Public Library during July in
the Manton Community Room.
From Thursday, July 6th to the 27th. On exhibit is “Plant, Animal, Mineral,” a
series of mixed media drawings portraying abstracted and reinterpreted
natural forms, by artist Ellen Nanni-Vargas. An
elementary art teacher in Providence, she grew up in Little Compton and
still spends much of her time in the area.
exhibit in the Helen E. Ellis Case
from Monday, July 3rd to Friday, July 28th, Ed Micale
of Westport shares “Fly Me to the Moon,” a collection of rockets and more
to celebrate space travel throughout the years.
flyer to enlarge.
Westport Historical Society opens
the Handy House for the Season on Saturday July 8th.
Throughout the summer Handy House
will open every Saturday of each month July - October from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Westport Historical Society presents an exhibition – Headwaters to Harbor: Westport's
Heritage of Water in exhibition at the Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road, Westport.
Winding Down! Dedee Shattuck Gallery presents new works from the artists of
their inaugural exhibition in Anniversary Show that opened Wednesday, June
celebrate Dedee Shattuck Gallery’s seven successful years with the
thirty-two artists who have been here from the beginning. The
exhibition will run through Sunday, July 30th.
Join them for their Anniversary Show
Opening Reception on Saturday, July 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA.
on FaceBook. Visit their website
for more information on
Community cooking classes at Dartmouth
The Dartmouth Grange will offer community cooking
classes at its shared-use kitchen at 1133 Fisher Road. There will be a
variety of ongoing cooking classes, farm tour cooking classes, and
kitchen-related lectures, taught by local chefs and experienced, artisan
Classes will be announced online at www.dartmouthgrange.org. For
more information, or to be added to the cooking class e-mail list, email
Beth Gallo, kitchen manager, at email@example.com, or call 508.636.1900.
Westport Taxpayers Association gearing
up – needs new board members.
Westport Taxpayers Association
(WTA) is looking to add to its Board of
and staff and invites anyone interested to contact Greg Jonsson,
director, treasurer and secretary at 774.309.3014 and leave a message with
WLCT touts summer walks and events for
Next event up is Wildlife
Photography for Beginners at Hadfield Conservation Area on Wednesday, August 2nd.
sharp! Use your camera - any camera - to bring nature home with you while
leaving it all there untouched!
Nature photographer Greg Stone will be your guide and photography
coach as you roam about selected WLCT properties during the “golden hour”
when lighting is at its best and wildlife is most active.
land Conservation Trust introduces their summer schedule of walks and
events - all walks are free and
open to the public. Wear comfortable sturdy shoes and be prepared for
moderate walking on uneven terrain.
Click here to view brochure on all upcoming summer 2017 walks and
Community cooking classes in Dartmouth.
Visit their website for schedules.
Dartmouth Grange will offer community cooking classes at its shared-use
kitchen at 1133 Fisher Road. There will be a variety of ongoing cooking
classes, farm tour cooking classes, and kitchen-related lectures, taught by
local chefs and experienced, artisan food producers. Classes will be
announced online at www.dartmouthgrange.org.
information, or to be added to the cooking class e-mail list, contact Beth
Gallo, kitchen manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
“To Kill a Mockingbird” performance to be
held at the Westport Free Public Library on Thursday, August 3rd.
3:00 p.m. A live theatre performance of Harper Lee’s classic Pulitzer Prize
winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented by Living
Literature at the Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road,
minute play uses three performers, scripts in hands, who bring the classic
story of Lee’s 1936 Macomb County to life, exploring the themes of racial
injustice and the destruction of innocence. Following the presentation, the
performers will take questions on the material and the process of
dramatizing non-dramatic material.
Cheryl Wheeler Live in concert at
the Town Farm! Save the Date on Saturday, August 5th.
Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust
for Cheryl Wheeler live in
concert at their annual Town Farm Summer Concert. Bring a picnic chair or
blanket, your friends and family as we kick off the show at 5:30 p.m. The
Town Farm Concert is great affordable family fun. Admission is $20 per
person; kids 12 and under are free. No advance
ticket sales. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, August 6th.
for more information! We hope to see you there!
It has always
seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter
relishing watching the two tussle for control of
the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most
alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her
evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier
and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast
between poet and comic.
The Town Farm is managed by the
Trustees. They thank both their individual and business sponsors:
Partners Village Store, Country Woolens, Adamsville Wine and Spirits, Mass
Cultural Council, Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust, and the Westport
This program is supported by the Westport
Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust
administered by Bank of America.
Westport Historical Society Historic
House Tour 2007 on Sunday, August 6th!!
Westport Historical Society house tour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. A self-guided tour of seven spectacular private homes located
throughout Westport. The Westport Historical Society’s inaugural House Tour
includes seven historic homes in the idyllic SouthCoast
town of Westport.
More in our
Stayin’ Alive with Bee Gees Gold at Shining Tides on Friday, August
Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital, the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary
and the Tobey Hospital Guild are hosting a charity event at Shining Tides,
38 Reservation Road, in Mattapoisett. The event will be held under a tent
and feature Bee Gees Gold, a Las Vegas tribute band of the Bee Gees. Get
all the details in our Future Events
Advisory To Westport Motorists – Upcoming Road Races In
Road Races and
Bike Run to look out for this summer!
September 16th – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Bicycle Rides at 9:00 a.m.
September 23rd– Westport Half Marathon at 8:00 a.m.
here for all the
details and road courses.
Little Compton Garden
Club to host 2-day Flower Show in September.
in this event will be members of Zone I garden clubs from Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and regional and
national officers of GCA.
Compton Garden Club will host “Where
Stone Walls Meet the Sea” a Garden Club of America (GCA)
Zone I Flower Show at the Little Compton Community Center on Tuesday,
September 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 20th
from 9:00. A.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 34 Commons, Little Compton, Rhode Island.
will be free and open to the public.
here for all the details.
that you and yours are well and are enjoying the summer.
Special Wine & Cheese event at the
Vineyard on Wednesday, July 26th
Above: Adam Centamore
They have a
very special event happening at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery. Adam Centamore (the cheese guru!) is back and will join
their stellar wine educator, Corey Nuffer for an
evening of amazing cheese and wine pairings. The fun begins at 6:00 p.m.
Considered one of the east coast's foremost experts on wine and cheese
pairing, Adam's class will change how you approach cheese and wine. From
their vintage Champagne Methods -including Julia Child's favorite, their
Brut Cuvée "RJR" - to their still wines
and even fortified wines, Adam will change how you approach what can be
intimidating. Adam is also hilarious, and as a pedagogical device, this
makes the learning not only delicious but highly entertaining.
To order tickets click here.
Yoga Firefly Festival in Portsmouth, RI on Sunday, September
information in our Future
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