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Local news you may be interested in. Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Photos/EverythingWestport.com except as noted.
New! 12/04/2013 Click here to view an old fashioned holiday tree lighting at the Westport Town Farm Town.
New! 12/01/2013 Click here to take a virtual tour of the Shattuck’s new exhibition - “Small Works.”
New! 11/23/2013 Click here to view Westport’s Voice 2013 competition – part 1 of 3.
New! 11/25/2013 Click here to view Westport’s Voice 2013 competition – part 2 of 3.
11/18/2013 Click here to view Veterans Day 2013 at Beech Grove Cemetery – part 1 of 3.
11/18/2013 Click here to view Veterans Day 2013 at Beech Grove Cemetery – part 2 of 3.
11/18/2013 Click here to view Veterans Day 2013 including photos at Beech Grove Cemetery – part 3 of 3.
11/12/2013 - Click here to see the 1st annual Westport firefighters Strum and Drum Fundraiser.
10/30/2013 – Pick your pumpkin, pays your taxes! Westport Town Hall employees thought it would be a great diversion for those residents waiting to the last minute to pay their property taxes (due November 1st) to mark time in line by voting for the most original pumpkin decoration from a chorus of eight on display next to the Tax Collector’s office.
Pumpkins decorated by Town Hall employees.
So, get out and vote; and while you’re their pay your taxes!!
10/30/2013 – Westport’s Senator Michael Rodrigues feted by MCCC. On Wednesday, October 24th, Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) received the Massachusetts Community College Council Legislative Award at the organization’s annual fall conference.
“I have long been a supporter of our state's community colleges, and I recognize the many ways in which these institutions and their students are driving innovation and creating opportunities within Massachusetts,” Senator Rodrigues said in thanking MCCC.
Pictured with Senator Rodrigues (center) from the left are legislators Mike Moore, Tom Sannicandro and Donnie McGee of Bridgewater State College. The gentleman on the right is unidentified.
10/29/2013 – Wetland restoration nearing completion at Bower Avenue. In an ill-advised and unauthorized effort to correct a storm water runoff problem on a Bower Avenue property due to a blocked road culvert, Westport’s former Highway Surveyor had cut a deep trench around the northwest edge of an established wetland, then filled the wetland, an action that put the embattled Highway Surveyor on a collision course with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.
Bower Avenue is off Route 6.
The town is now under order by the DEM to repair the damage.
“Chris Gonsalves (acting Highway Surveyor), and his crew are doing a great job,” Town Administrator Jack Healey reported at last night’s Selectmen’s meeting.
Above: acting Highway Surveyor, Chris Gonsalves, points to the original, restored ephemeral stream.
The wetland restoration project is being performed under the watchful eyes of the property owner’s attorney, Westport’s Conservation Agent - Tara Martin, and the Town Administrator.
Due to lack of adequate storm water flow because of the blocked culvert, property on Bower Avenue in particular had been severely impacted by heavy storm waters entering and flooding the property, including the house.
Story to be updated later.
10/29/2013 – Select Board sound bites. Westport Selectmen unanimously appointed Westport Library volunteer Joshua Brum as the new Assistant Registrar, replacing Dottie Sylvia who is retiring at the end of December.
Also at last night’s meeting, Selectmen appointed Westport art teacher Carolyn Duby to the Westport Cultural Council, and voted to allow Library Director, Susan Branco, to post an upcoming principal clerk position.
10/29/2013 – Happy birthday Internet! No, Al Gore did not invent the internet. But the first connection on what would become the Internet was made this day, 44 years ago, when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. This was the beginning of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network,) the forerunner to the Internet developed by the Department of Defense, MILNET.
In the middle 1800s it took three months for a letter to cross the Atlantic to America.
Today, billions of users send trillions of messages around the world per day with images, most frivolous, and all are delivered in a few seconds.
The Internet forever changed the world of business and finance, education, media distribution, to name just a few.
The largest businesses today depend on the Internet for their survival.
Yet the United States Postal Service, losing billions of dollars per year, charges about 50 cents per letter that can take up to a week to deliver.
10/27/2013 – One way to explain where babies come from. The local 21 Friends annual Pancake Breakfast and Trunk or Treat fundraiser was held at Marguerite’s Restaurant this past Sunday, and had a great turnout with almost 20 automobiles decorating their trunks in support of the Down syndrome support group for families, friends and supporters of individuals who have Down syndrome.
Above: The Ross family has one way to explain to your children where babies come from; caught with a piece of cheese! Photo/EverythingWestport.com
For more information about 21 Friends please contact Kim Legendre at
Click here to see who won “best trunk” and more fun, funky and spooky photos.
10/27/2013 – Point house takes a turn for the better! Aquidneck Building Movers & Riggers was tapped to handle the tricky maneuver of lifting, moving, and turning a Point house 90 degrees before lowering the 1918 structure onto its new foundation.
The family-owned business, going back 3 generations, has over 40 years of experience in relocating hundreds of buildings, both new and historic.
The moving company’s roots date back to almost 300 years in Jamestown, and many of those early techniques are still used today, including the pivot point hardware used in the rotation of the building.
Property owner Rick Smith (pictured below) decided to reorient his restored home closer to Main Road, with the entrance facing west, similar to most of the other lower, eastern Main Road houses at Westport Point.
The relocation will allow Smith to add a new bedroom on the first floor for more convenient living.
“The concrete foundation and basement will be seven feet high and adds much more stability over the rubble foundation and crawl space that used to support the house,” Smith said.
The move certainly has become a topic of conversation among Point property owners who watch the daily relocation progress with interest.
“The Westport Historical Commission was very supportive,” Smith said.
10/25/2013 – Senator Michael Rodrigues receives appointment to Plant Revitalization Task Force.
Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) was appointed last week to serve on the state’s Plant Revitalization Task Force, a committee charged with developing a plan, adopting rules and regulations, and recommending legislative action to ensure the full deconstruction, remediation, and redevelopment or repowering of certain power plants across the Commonwealth.
“With the recent and sudden announcement that Brayton Point Power Plant plans to close in 2017, this appointment to the Plant Revitalization Task Force could not have come at a more critical juncture,” said Senator Rodrigues. “I am eager to serve and committed to ensuring the needs of the community of Somerset and the employees of Brayton Point are addressed as we work together in planning the future of coal-fired power plants and the communities that host them.”
Senator Rodrigues and the state legislature will now have to deal with the fallout of closing the Brayton Point Power Plant and the loss of local tax revenue and hundreds of job. More.
10/25/2013 – Southcoast Health System announced today that it has launched a new Structural Heart Program led by renowned cardiologist Adam J. Saltzman, MD. The Southcoast Structural Heart Program is the only program of its kind in the region and one of only a handful of dedicated structural heart programs in all of New England.
“Our Structural Heart Program offers minimally invasive therapies rather than open surgical interventions,” said Adam J. Saltzman, MD, cardiologist and Medical Director of the Structural Heart Program at Southcoast. “Our team will be able to evaluate patients collectively and decide the best option for each individual. The new program brings together specialists with different expertise to help in the assessment of patients. We will discuss each patient in depth to develop the best care plan available.”
Structural heart disease encompasses patients with valvular disease, congenital heart disease, connective tissue disease, and complex coronary disease, among other conditions. It is the management of heart disease that may not involve coronary arteries or the electrical system of the heart. These patients, who in the past have needed to travel outside the region, will now be able to be evaluated and treated at Charlton Memorial Hospital by a multidisciplinary cardiac team that includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and support staff who work together with referring physicians to develop a specialized treatment plan for each patient.
10/22/2013 – Victory and competition will have no place for Mary Lee Pompei and Diana Bombadier, the first ever mother and daughter contestants to be in the Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant.
“Mom’s one dream is to have us do this together,” Bombadier said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
It won’t be the first time performing on stage for mother and daughter.
The 35th annual Ms. Senior Sweetheart Pageant will be held this Sunday in the auditorium at B.M.C. Durfee High School. There will be about 12 pageant contestants, all ages of 58 and older.
A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door, which will be open at 12:30 p.m. The pageant will start at 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will be for sale from the Lions Club.
10/20/2013 – Clean It, Don’t Cap It! The Southcoast Alliance for a Cleaner Tomorrow (ScACT) invites all southcoast residents to join with them in Boston on Tuesday, October 29th for a march to DEP headquarters to publicly protest the proposed capping of the Cecil Smith landfill in Dartmouth.
The demonstration will be a final act of regional public opposition to the ill-conceived solution to cap the toxic landfill with tainted soil, a strategy being considered by the state DEP, which is currently rendering their decision on the plan.
The event will include a brief walk down Winter Street to meet with Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell and statewide media.
Bus transportation to Boston is being provided free by anonymous local donors supporting Dartmouth’s call for environmental justice from the DEP.
Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Bus departure is planned for 9:00 a.m. with a return to Dartmouth at 3:30 p.m.
For more information or to reserve a bus seat, call 508.995.0805 or email the alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/20/2013 – New mystery photo solved! Main Road resident Chuck Goldberg was Johnny-on-the-spot with his quick identification of Just Beer Brewery on 98 Horseneck Road in Westport.
Interestingly, the historic 1807 Smith Farm farmhouse, “preserved through poverty” was the movie set for a scene in the Indie film, “Frank the Bastard,” that was produced in Westport just two years ago this month.
Tripp and Dora Milliken obtained the building for relocation to their Main Road property last May. “It will be my new (art) studio,” Dora said.
The Westport farmhouse was taken apart plank by plank, beam by beam, and brick by brick, and relocated to the Milliken’s property for a complete restoration.
By being the first to correctly identify the original location, Chuck wins a $25 gift Certificate to Ten Cousins Brick Oven Pizzeria, the most recent sponsor of our Mystery Photo contest. Congratulations Chuck!
More later on the restoration with photos.
10/19/2013 – The Westport Board of Registrar of Voters announce the following registration session for residents not yet registered to vote, so that they may qualify to vote in the Special Town Meeting to be held on November 5, 2013.
The registration session is Monday, October 28th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Town Hall, 816 Main Road, Westport. Please use the front entrance.
This is also the last day to change party enrollment. Please use the Town Hall's front entrance.
Residents may also register daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Town Hall or by mail-in.
10/19/2013 – The Westport Citizens Betterment Committee announces that grant applications are available at the Board of Selectmen’s Office, Town Hall, 816 Main Road, Westport, for awards of up to $1,000 that would benefit Westport residents.
The committee is now accepting applications from the general public and town departments to fund projects that would most benefit the citizens of the Town of Westport.
The money comes from interest earned through the Ronald Desrosiers Memorial Fund.
Applications can be returned to the Selectmen’s office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or mailed to Charlene Wood c/o Town Hall, 816 Main Road, Westport 02790.
Any questions, please contact Mrs. Wood at 508.636.2075.
Deadline for submission of applications to the Selectmen’s Office is Thursday, October 31st by 4 p.m.
Superintendent Dr. Carlos Colley is on a paid personal leave of absence for the rest of the school year for reasons that are currently unknown.
The school committee
“acknowledged” Assistant Superintendent Ann Dargon as the interim superintendent.
School committee members Carolina Africano and Michelle Duarte were both concerned about how Dargon would be able to do both the superintendent and assistant superintendent jobs.
“You just don’t have enough hours in the day, even if you’re Superwoman,” Duarte said. Photo/EverythingWestport.com
10/18/2013 – South Coast Rail project managers host open house in Fall River. It was hosted by Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials, along with representatives from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and other groups working on the project. It was held Thursday night at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center on 151 Martine Street.
There were an estimated 40 to 45 people in attendance including local legislative leaders state Reps. Carole Fiola and Paul Schmid, according to the fall River Herald.
The preferred route, recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers, is an electric line that connects to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Stoughton line and continues through Taunton, Fall River and towns in between until finally ending at a station at Whale’s Tooth in New Bedford.
Engineers said the project would have little environmental impact.
10/18/2013 – The historic Westport Life Saving Station at the entrance to Gooseberry Island was rescued from demolition a few years back by its owner who inadvertently discovered its historical significance during a renovation of the property.
Today it represents an integral part of Westport’s past as an old seafaring and whaling community.
Left: this classic skiff seems to be sailing in a sea of grass at the Horseneck Point Life Saving Station.
Now, thanks to the efforts of the Westport Fishermen’s Association, the Life Saving Station is a cherished centerpiece of the Horseneck Point Life Saving Station and Visitors Center, which hosts many of the WFA activities throughout the year.
So it’s no surprise that the 4th annual Classic Wooden Boat Exhibit will draw hundreds of people to 241 East Beach Road, all to view homebuilt classics and boats of historical significance that will be on display.
And again this year - miscellaneous marine equipment and antique lures will be for sale.
Click here to view the photo album of the 2012 Westport Fishermen's Association's Classic Wooden Boat Exhibit.
10/15/2013 – EverythingWestport photos will be featured on a Westport specific page in The Bay Magazine's Holiday Guide, which will promote shopping the Westport area during the holiday season.
Click here to see the Westport shopping guide featuring Central Village retailers. Thanks Bay Magazine for choosing our Kodak moments!
10/13/2013 – Executive
Travel, a New York-based American Express
business travel magazine, has named Little
Compton as one of America's "Best Small Towns," according to The Huffington Post.
Is Westport next?
10/13/2013 – Do bad things really come in threes? A bizarre trio of roadway accidents kept Westport safety departments scrambling Saturday morning, certainly an anomalous start to the Columbus Day weekend.
A 16-foot Budget moving truck ended upside down in the median strip of Route 195; and a large truck hauling a huge roll off dumpster full of old fruit flipped on its side on Sodom Road near Narrow Avenue, and skidded off the road, crashing through trees and ending up in a ditch, keeping DEP, a state police investigator, Westport police and fire personnel, and a “Big Wheel” heavy recovery and HazMat team busy all day preventing a fuel oil contamination.
And just to top things off, a load of cranberry pressings bound for a Westport farm were accidently dumped onto Route 88 at the intersection of Old County Road leaving a swath of slippery skins worse than black ice, a potentially treacherous start to unwary Saturday morning holiday travelers.
More with exclusive, dramatic photos.
10/12/2013 – The RIBTA gift that keeps on giving.
Drivers traveling over the new Sakonnet River Bridge without an E-ZPass transponder might find a gift in their mailbox soon - a bill.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted Wednesday to create a new policy to collect its 10-cent toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge, reports WJAR-TV .
The new policy will apply only to those who travel over the bridge more than 25 times, according to WJAR-TV.
RITBA previously stated they would rely on the "honor system" to collect the 10-cent toll.
Prior to the toll, many residents stated they would remove their E-ZPass transponder from their vehicles if the toll went into effect; and in fact many did, reports RIBTA.
RIBTA’s gift of a 10 cent toll even spawned an act of arson on the bridge’s automated toll collection equipment. More.
10/12/2013 – Work on the Westport Town Hall Annex’s handicap ramp, front stairs and railings is moving quickly towards completion as Larry Falco of R. Falco Iron Works out of Providence welds the final tubular railing pieces together Saturday afternoon in the final phase of reconstruction. Selectmen approved Falco’s agreement for the railings’ fabrication and installation at their September 30th meeting.
Above: sparks fly as Larry Falco makes final welds to the stairs’ tubular handrail.
Restoration of the front stairs, railings and decking took place over the last three weeks.
Inmates from the Dartmouth House of Correction performed excellent work on the rebuilding of the front stairs and the concrete block support columns.
Town officials have apologized for any inconvenience, but now we have a much safer and newer entrance. Should you have any questions, please call 508.491.6673. More with photos.
10/10/2013 – What’s up with the Adamsville Pond dam? Well, according to the on-site contractor, a minor repair turned into a complete rebuild when it was discovered that the main support braces were bowed out and rotting, causing the facing boards to crack and split under the water pressure.
The dam was reconditioned in August, 2007 when Acoaxet summer resident Ralph Guild dredged the pond and restored it to two thirds of its original size.
“We are using over 5000 board feet of white oak lumber in this restoration,” Dave Smith said. “Some of the old wood we replaced in the structure had to be over 100 years old.”
Water from the pond was used to power Gray’s Grist Mill, Rhode Island’s oldest continuously-operating mill.
10/09/2013 – Bad timing! Does anybody else think it’s ironic that Boston’s school bus drivers are on strike on National Walk to School Day?
Boston school bus drivers went on strike Tuesday morning — with no advance warning to families — leaving thousands of children stranded at home or at bus stops as the city grappled with its first such strike in more than two decades, reported the Boston Globe.
Rumor has it they will return this morning.
Photo/Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe.
10/08/2013 – Route 177 head-on collision hospitalizes two, one with serious injuries. An east-bound Toyota compact reportedly crossed the line on American Legion Highway and hit a GMC pickup truck head on, crashing both vehicles into the guard rail Monday afternoon in an accident that was fortunate not to have any loss of life.
The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. near Bread and Cheese Brook in Westport.
Westport Fire Department personal responded with ambulances and a pumper.
Firefighters spread fire retardant and absorbent material on gasoline spilled from the accident, which is under investigation.
More with photos. Photos/EverythingWestport.com
10/08/2013 – Believe it or not! Gobble tov! This year's early Hanukkah on Thanksgiving Day is a rare event of Talmudic proportions.
The last time it happened was 1888, and the next time will be 79,043 years from now, by one calculation.
The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving on the same day may not be truly of cosmic proportions, but it is a day when Jews and the rest of America are celebrating on the same day, an opportunity for us to really celebrate the Jewish American experience, and to give thanks in America for the religious freedom we enjoy here, and for making the Jewish American experience possible. Reported by the AP. AP Photo/ ModernTribe.com.
10/05/2013 – Featured speakers highlight Westport Woman’s Club meetings. Members and guests are invited to the club’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., at the Macomber Community House, 930 Main Road, Westport. Their guest speaker will be Beth Luey, who will talk on “The Wives of John and John Quincy Adams”.
Ms. Luey is an author of several books, past member of the History Department at Arizona State University, and now resides in Fairhaven.
Visitors may become a member at the meeting by paying their annual dues ($12). Information would be available at the meeting, or you can call Wynne Tripp at 508.636.4226.
Inset: Pictured above are Seth Mendell, docent at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Westport Woman’s Club co-President Lois Spirlet, at their September meeting, where early whaling was the topic.
Above: highway department employee Paul Lourenco grades the coarse gravel laid down to improve the road’s base for the winter.
10/03/2013 – Beach Avenue open! Despite Harbor resident resistance, ConCom enforcement orders, and multiple environmental reviews and delays, Beach Avenue finally opened to vehicular traffic Thursday morning.
Daytime restrictions and Westport beach passes will be required for parallel parking.
“I have been instructed to put the asphalt paving out to bid for the approved stretch of Beach Avenue,” said acting Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves. “Were looking at early spring to start the work.”
Walking and water runoff is better managed by removing the sidewalk, Gonsalves said.
Inset: Evan Almeida puts up the last parking sign before Beach Avenue was officially opened Thursday morning.
The locked gate originally installed at the road’s entrance was relocated just east of the private road Towne Avenue. From there it’s just a short walk to the Knubble.
Click here to see the opening of Westport’s Beach Avenue.
10/02/2013 – What happened to the cable access channels? As all Westport TV cable users know by now is that Charter Communications has gone all digital as of 09-17-13. What they may not know is the cable access channels have changed as well!
The cable access channels are now as follows: channel 15 is now channel 190 – government; channel 16 is now channel 191 – schools; and channel 17 is now channel 192 - public access.
Also, the Charter trailer located at the Hampton Inn is available for anyone who has not yet obtained their new HD receivers, without which you will not be able to view your television. The trailer is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Anyone experiencing any problems please report them to the selectmen's office at 508.636.1003.
10/02/2013 – Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery is stacking up the gold! As we all prepare for an exciting Red Sox post season, Westport Rivers brings home an unprecedented 4 Gold Medals and one Best Buy from the World Wine Championships, announced winemaker Bill Russell.
For more information about these or other Westport Rivers wines call or click Bill at 774.201.9297; email@example.com.
Gold Medal & Best Buy 2012 Pinot Noir Rosé review
Gold Medal 2012 Grüner Veltliner review
Gold Medal 2012 Riesling review
Gold Medal NV "Farmer's Fizz" review
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Thursday, December 12
v TOPS meeting in Tiverton. Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets on Thursdays, 10 a.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street. All are welcome.
v Yoga Classes at Amicable Church every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Road, Tiverton.
These classes will use yoga poses, yogic breath practice and yogic relaxation to enable participants to experience all the MBS benefits of a complete yoga practice.
Yoga classes will be facilitated by Judy Megura BSR, KYT, CYT, a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor with over 15 years’ experience teaching Kripalu yoga to groups ranging from children to adult cancer survivors and cardiac patients.
Materials needed: Wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow and sense of humor! (Avoid large meals before class.)
Cost: $66 for all 6 classes or $12 per class for drop-ins. (If you cannot afford to pay this amount, please contact the instructor.)
Registration: Participants are encouraged to register in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Toddler Storytime every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Tiverton Essex Public Library, 238 Highland Road, Tiverton.
The event is free.
Toddler Storytime for children ages 18 months to 36 months. This lapsit program includes stories, rhymes, music and more.
For more information please call 401.625.6796 ext. 14.
v Thursday, December 12 - ROMEOs will host their noontime luncheon at White’s of Westport.
The ROMEOs, Retired Older Men Eating Out, has been an active social group sharing lunch every Thursday for the last 23 years at various local restaurants, Whites of Westport being the latest. All are welcome. You pay for your own lunch, but you have the pleasure of the most interesting company our area offers. There are no age limits. Come and experience what the ROMEOs are all about. No reservations necessary.
For more information, please call Greg Jonsson at 508.971.4177, or email him at email@example.com.
v Thursday, December 12 - Quilting at the COA. 1:00 p.m.
Preserve the art of quilting by gathering together to share quilting ideas and techniques. They create group quilts and assist and assist one another with personal quilts and share ideas. Inset: the class is led by Valerie Schofield. Shown with Valerie (left) is Mrs. Charbonneau (center), and Fran Theriault who is working on her Grandmother's Garden quilt.
Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.
v Quilting each week at Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. They are offering weekly knitting and quilting class each Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week. For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.
v Thursday, December 12 - Holiday Open House and Antique Postcard Sale at Little Compton Historical Society at the Wilbor House Museum from 1 to 7 p.m.
Antique Postcard Sale - Over 200 antique postcards of Little Compton buildings and scenes will be offered for sale during the event. Many of the postcards were taken by well-known local photographer O.E. Dubois approximately 100-years ago. The postcards are perfect gifts for anyone who loves Little Compton, most especially for homeowners who may see their historic homes pictured on the cards. All of the proceeds from the postcard sales will benefit the Historical Society. Members of the Historical Society are invited to a special Members-Only Preview Hour from Noon until 1PM.
Jingle Bell Sleigh Rides - From 3 to 6 p.m. Little Compton Carriages will offer jingle bell horse and carriage rides around the Historical Society property at $5 per person.
Inset: Little Compton Carriages will offer brief jingle bell tours around the grounds from 3 to 6 p.m.
Local Vendors - Local vendors including authors and craftspeople will be selling their products in the Exhibit Barn throughout the event. To date, vendors will offer children’s books, hand-made fabric crafts, silver jewelry, Christmas ornaments and crafts, and holiday greens.
Book Signings - Local authors will be on hand to sign books during the event. Janet Lisle will personalize copies of The History of Little Compton: First Light Sakonnet and A Home By the Sea from 1 to 2:30 PM and from 4:30 to 6 PM. Ms. Lisle wrote both books to benefit the Historical Society and they are illustrated by over 50 local artists.
Photographer and author Piper Hawes will also be on hand to sell and personalize the four photo books she has created to benefit local non-profit organizations including L is for Little Compton which benefits the Historical Society, Little Compton Counts, Do You See What I See and her latest book From Field to Sea, Sakonnet Animals from A to Z.
All of the Historical Society’s publications will be on sale during the event and members will receive twice their usual discount on the organizations five most recent books.
Creche Display - A beautiful Christmas Creche created by local artist Sydney Burleigh will be on display in the reception room throughout the open house and the Christmas Season. Only a small number of these Burleigh nativities are known to exist.
LCHS will also display a traditional Azorean nativity scene, known as a Presepio, displaying clay figures, some of which were collected during the Historical Society’s trip to the Azores in 2007.
Wilbor House Lantern Tour - At 5 p.m. Docent Marie Jenkins will lead a lantern tour of the Wilbor House Museum. The low evening light provides a fascinating look into the challenges the Wilbors faced as winter approached. The tour is free to LCHS members and $5 to non-members. Please dress warmly. The Wilbor House is unheated.
Wassail - Light refreshments including Wassail and ginger cookies will be available throughout the open house. Donations welcome.
Special Member’s Offerings - Both members and non-members are invited to attend the Open House but members of the Little Compton Historical Society will receive special benefits though out the day including a Member’s Only Shopping Hour from Noon to 1 p.m., free admission and advanced reservation privileges for the Wilbor House Lantern Tour, and double Member’s Discounts on any of our five most recent books purchased that day. Memberships may be purchased at any time at the Wilbor House Museum; they start at $20 for an individual and $30 for a family.
v Bingo afternoon at the COA. 1:00 p.m. Call 508.636.1026 for any questions or more information. Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.
v Sisters of the Wool host a free knitting night on Thursdays. They also host a knitting charity on Sundays where they knit helmet liners to support the troops as well as chemo caps for cancer patients.
6 - 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 1 - 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Free beginner lessons are offered daily.
Sisters of the Wool, 770 main Road, Westport. For more information please call 774.264.9665.
v Thursday, December 12 - Holiday Open House from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s office, 1151 Main Road, Westport.
Please join the Westport River Watershed Alliance Board of Directors and Staff for a volunteer thank you party and holiday open house. Stop by for some holiday cheer and to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. WRWA wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season.
If you are thinking of stopping by, let us know by clicking the link to email and RSVP. Thanks!
v Thursday, December 12 - Mindfulness & Meditation for Well-Being. Ongoing classes with three trained and skilled teachers - Karen Moore Holliday, Angela Denham, and Brenda Florez.
Little Compton Wellness Center 115 East Main Road, Little Compton,
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Sliding scale “$5 to whatever” as your
heart and pocket allow.
Create more space for yourself from the inside out!!
Classes on 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19. No Classes on 12/26 and 1/2/2014.
v Thursday, December 12 - SNEEF's holiday networking event features Larry Blumsack, bestselling author of 'Face-to-Face is the Ultimate Social Media,' and founder of Zoka Institute. He is a leading expert in unique in-person, face-to-face communication, presentation and public speaking skills for CEOs, fast-track future leaders, entrepreneurs, sales professionals and others.
He can claim 45 successful years of showing others how they can “do what they do best- better!” He is a leading expert in unique in-person, face-to-face communication, presentation and public speaking skills for CEOs, fast-track future leaders, entrepreneurs, speakers, scientific, technical and medical presenters and business development/sales professionals.
Multi-talented, he combines his experiences of 45 years as a serial entrepreneur and a sales marketing consultant in parallel with his simultaneous careers as a radio and television commentator, syndicated columnist, stage and TV actor and director, voice-over artist, and visual artist. Larry is a former professor and one of the founding members of the Theater Department at Northeastern University. Face-to-Face communication is in his DNA.
Admission is $25, which includes pizza and salad, or join SNEEF for $75 and attend the forums free. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center, 151 Martine Street, Fall River. Register at www.sneef.org.
v Country Line and Couples Dance Lessons with JoAnn and Andy. Beginner and intermediate dancers. Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Poirier Post, 281 Appleton Street, New Bedford. Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Silvia Post, 134 Shore Drive, Tiverton RI. $7 per class. For more information call: 774.202.5543 and ask for JoAnn.
v Zumba Fitness at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Also meets on Sundays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Put more wiggle in your week!
$5 per class; proceeds to benefit McAuley Ministries.
No dance experience necessary. Ages 12 and up welcome (16 and under with an adult.)
Zumba is the dance fitness revolution that fuses Latin and other world rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves to create a calorie-burning, body-energizing workout that you will love!
Visit their website.
v Thursday, December 12 - Family Movie Nights at the Little Compton Community Center start at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy big screen movies in their upstairs theatre. Kids of all ages may attend with their families. Optional child care provided for kids’ ages 5 to 10. Ages 11 and up may attend by themselves. Children may bring blankets and pillows, and costumes or PJs are always welcome.
Cost: $6 members, $8 non-members: includes two slices of pizza, soda or juice, popcorn and movie. Child care is an additional $4 per child. Family Pricing: $25 member families, $30 non-member families.
Reservations required by 5 p.m. on the day of the show.
Just a Movie: It is possible to attend just the movies which begin at 7 p.m. $3 members, $5 non-members.
All movies subject to change.
v Thursday, December 12 - Please join The Shattuck for an exciting night of Americana Music beginning at 7 p.m.
About the musicians:
Tony Furtado is an Americana/Roots musician based in Portland, OR. Recently he has released a 16th album after recording and touring internationally throughout his career. Tony has collaborated and toured with Alison Krauss, Greg Allman, Jim Lauderdale, Jules Shear, Derek Trucks, Jerry Douglas, Buckethead, Sonny Landreth, and Kelly Joe Phelps. His last studio album "Golden" reached #19 on the top 100 albums of 2011 from the Roots Music Report (RMR).
Luke Price, a multi-instrumentalist, combines sound and rhythm by melding traditional and modern techniques.
Showcasing his technical abilities, he pushes boundaries as a musician and is empowered by his creations. A graduate of Berklee College of Music he has toured with artists throughout the country, while also establishing his Old Soul Pop band, "Dean!" Currently he teaches as an Associate
Professor at Lewis & Clark College, as well as privately. Artist's Website.
Putnam Murdock, originally from Dover, Massachusetts, grew up on folk, country, and bluegrass. First beginning as a musician in the rock and roll band "Chief Broom," he had the opportunity of preforming in front of sold out venues throughout the western U.S. In 2002 he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a song writing degree. Currently he is recording music for several upcoming Ken Burns documentaries as well as on tour for his recent release "Brand New Window". Artist's Website.
Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane (off 865 Main Road,) Westport.
508.636.4177; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
v LIVE INSANITY Fitness Classes every Thursday at Sandywoods, the yellow building, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton. 7:00 p.m.
Weekly "INSANITY" fitness classes will be taught at Sandywoods by beachbody coaches Kelly Germain & Jen Potocki. The emphasis will be on strenuous stamina training and "max interval training," a method of exercising in which one works out strenuously for 3-4 minutes and then rests or "cools down" for approximately 30 seconds before starting the whole process over again.
$6, 30-minute class. All fitness levels welcome. Kelly & Jen will be teaching both modified and high intensity moves.
v Thursday, December 12 - Karaoke every Thursday at the Liberal Club, 20 Star Street, Fall River from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Join Pro Karaoke by Rick and Joan. No admission charge and all are welcome.
v ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45
p.m. at the United Congregational
Church, 4 S of Commons Rd, Little Compton.
Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: email@example.com.
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