Friday, August 28, 2015
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Updated Saturday, June 27, 2015
08/27/2015 – Mid
70’s, low humidity, sunny skies over the next few days - oh what a relief it is! Pleasant
weather for the next few days after a month of miserable heat and
Today will be a true winner of a day, especially
during the dog days of August. High pressure is settling in, bringing with
it comfortable breezes, drier air and cooler temperatures.
08/27/2015 – EZ-Pass email phishing
scam. If Rhode
Island can’t collect a toll on the Sakonnet Bridge, is this scam another
attempt at collecting a toll? LOL!
The Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike
Authority is warning EZ-Pass customers of an email phishing scam that
demands recipients pay up on past due accounts.
The scam is affecting 28 million people
across the planet, according to a RIBTA news release.
“The fraudulent email contains language
indicating that the email recipient has not paid his/her bill and that an
outstanding invoice is attached. All RITBA electronic correspondence has an
email ending with “@ritba.org;” if you receive an email regarding E-ZPass please check the email address before opening,”
the alert stated.
customers or residents are advised to not open this email and delete it
immediately. For more information you may contact RI E-ZPass
at 877.743.9727 or visit the E-ZPass Interagency
08/27/2015 – Selectmen
cite retiring Westport harbormaster; appoint Chris Leonard as Acting
Mentioning his 28 years of outstanding
contributions to overseeing Westport waterways and harbor, Selectmen Monday
night presented a citation to retiring Harbormaster Richie Earle.
Selectmen Antone Vieira congratulates Earle and
(right) Chris Leonard. Photos | EverthingWestport.com
Earle’s wife, Chris was in attendance.
Earle was then appointed Assistant
Harbormaster so he won’t be going anywhere soon.
Congratulations Ritchie, and thanks for a
job well done.
Earle heads out Wednesday to pump out a boat.
08/27/2015 – Westport
farmer headed to court over broken wind turbines. For the last five years, three wind
turbines have dotted the picturesque Noquochoke Orchards landscape on Drift
Road — and now the turbine trio will be the center of an upcoming Fall
River District court case.
The turbines have cost George Smith IV
and his grandfather George Smith II more than they have produced; the
younger Smith and his aunt Doris Mills will be taking the turbine owner,
Rob Rollins of Aerostar, to small claims court on October 15th. More...
08/27/2015 – Updated today. Headless,
limbless body found floating by fishermen near the entrance of Westport
More reminiscent of a mobster movie than
real life, the commercial fishing crew of the vessel TNT recovered on
Wednesday, August 19th a large, floating object off Horseneck Point, just
south of the Westport Harbor entrance, that was wrapped in plastic and
bound by duct tape.
The crew hauled up the heavy, wrapped
bundle, opened it and was shocked to find a naked, partially limbless and
Paull said the plastic could have been a
They instantly put the corpse back into
the ocean and called the Coast Guard.
Photo | Jonathon Paull exclusive to
Local and state police, and the Cape Cod Medical Examiner prepare to
transport the recovered body that was brought in on the Westport
Assistant Harbormasters Jonathon Paull
and Chris Leonard were immediately notified of the find by the Coast Guard,
and headed out in the Harbormaster’s boat.
Once they arrived the fishermen left to
resume fishing. Paull and Leonard stayed with the body
Harbormaster Richie Earle notified the
local police who called in the state police and the medical examiner’s
“We had to wait almost two hours before
they all arrived at the Harbormaster’s shack,” Earle said. “In the meantime
I went out and picked up a webbed aluminum litter and a tarp to cover the
Earle took the assembled officials out on
the other Harbormaster’s boat.
“We must have looked like a clown boat,
they were so many of us on it,” Earle said.
When they arrived on the scene they found
the bloated corpse of a man with no head and almost entirely limbless
floating in the water.
Richie Earle is no stranger in recovering body’s, having been involved in
the retrieval of five or six drowning victims over his tenure as Westport’s
Harbormaster. Photo | EverythingWestport.com
“There was a terrible smell,” Earle said.
Earle said that the body was partially
dismembered and appeared to have been in the water for some time, perhaps a
couple of weeks. The body is that of a man.
The situation is under investigation by
the police and no further information is available.
Authorities are trying to determine the
cause of death and the identity of the deceased.
“It’s a heck of a way to start my
retirement,” said Earle.
It was reported but not confirmed that
severed hands wrapped in plastic and duct tape were found on a beach in
A police helicopter was spotted in the
skies running search patterns.
More complete information this evening on
unemployment figures show Westport’s unemployment rate has ticked up to 6
percent from 5.7 percent, according to numbers just released
today by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce
But compared to rates as high as 11
percent just a year ago, the numbers are much improved. However, the uptick
from June to July can be disconcerting in the summer months when temporary
jobs put downward pressure on unemployment figures.
New Bedford had a higher rate of
unemployment than Fall River (8.2 percent) at 8.5 percent; both cities had
slight increases in unemployment.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate was
4.7% in July, 2015.
Mats matter for mobility! “Beaches are unconsolidated sand; because
of that it makes it difficult to navigate for anyone with mobility issues,” said WLCT
Executive Director Ryan Mann as he and Commission on Disability Chairwoman,
Elaine Ostroff oversaw the final installation
last month of four sections of “access mats” on Westport Land Conservation
Trust beachfront next to the Knubble.
While the eastmost
one-third of Beach Avenue is under discussion for possible dune restoration
which would limit vehicular traffic, Mann and Ostroff
moved quickly to dramatically enhance handicap access to the prettiest
seashore in Westport.
The durability and portability of access
mats make them the perfect solution for providing accessible beach
pathways. Utilizing the benefits of a polyester weave ensures that rigidity
and strength are preserved over soft sand surfaces, while the polyester
material is able to contour to undulating surfaces.
While the proposed Beach Avenue dunes
restoration project still has many hurdles to overcome, beach goers with
mobility issues are now enjoying the white pristine sands of Knubble Beach. More...
holds ribbon cutting, dedicates new wing.
Scores of members, guests and the just
plain curious came out late yesterday afternoon to help celebrate the
dedication of the Westport Art Group’s new wing and to officially open the
2015 annual Community Summer Show and Sale.
Their new digs are impressive.
WAG president Mary Benefiel thanked the
Building Committee and board members for a job well done.
Renovations to the kitchen and all-person
accessible bathrooms will begin after Labor Day. This schedule allows WAG
to offer programs and events throughout the summer.
Click here for more photos!
“This project has been a labor of love
with members pitching in to make it all happen. We’re grateful for the
support and encouragement from the community,” Benefiel said.
Benefiel praised the building committee
members: Paul Vien - Chairman, Mary Benefiel,
Heide Hallemeier, Bruce Hubbard and Peter Lenrow.
Benefiel recognized Damon F. May of May
Architects, Joe Yates of Construction & Restorations Services, and
SITEC, Inc’s Sean Leach.
Committee and Town Clerk’s office to Westport Select Board: “Crack down on
beach pass scofflaws!”
Outdated license and registration
addresses, modified business office lease agreements to prove residency,
‘tenancy at will’ renters, and elaborate excuses that rival “the dog ate my
homework” are all situations the Town Clerk and her assistant have faced at
one time or another when issuing passes this year for entry into town
And they want it stopped.
Things finally came to a head in July
when extremely hot weather combined with a holiday weekend, price increases
for Horseneck Beach parking permits, and 3200 town-issued beach passes to
the best seashore on the southcoast all added up
to a prescription for disaster for resident beach goers trying to park
But are deceptively obtained beach passes
and/or no beach pass the real problem for a chronic parking shortage at
Cherry and Webb Beach? More...
– Updates from the Hill! This week Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport) traveled to
Wilmington, Delaware to participate in a
national panel to discuss agriculture, forestry, and fishing in the
Northeast region of the United States of America. The panel was
organized by the Council of State Governments and the Eastern Legislative
Conference. Other activities during the week included a presentation
on fishing and aquaculture and a tour of the University of Delaware, where
electric vehicles with the capability to serve as power sources to the grid
were viewed. As House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and a farmer, topics of
discussion reflected issues Representative Schmid sees daily both in his
personal life and through his work on the Committee.
Representative Schmid’s office at 617.722.2210
with any questions.
The Office of Representative Schmid will be
submitting a weekly piece, titled “Updates from the Hill” in order to
summarize the highlights and happenings on Beacon Hill.
tickets, will not travel! It was supposed to be Kristine Mello and
Jeffrey Ferreira's dream destination wedding to the Iberostar
Paraiso Maya in Mexico with 45 of their family
members and closest friends.
The 47 of them paid a total of $70,000 to
$75,000 about three months ago to Terry's Travel, 6A Hathaway Road,
Dartmouth for their flights and rooms at the resort located on the beach
between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Ferreira said.
Now they're finding out that neither
their rooms nor their flights have been paid for, he said.
Update: Attorney General Maura Healey’s
office has agreed to head the investigation into Terry’s Travel. More...
alive, stayin’ alive! Faced with a high cost of doing business
and little control over the price of their milk, many Massachusetts dairy
farmers have struggled in recent years.
never lost money, but we’ve never made money either.” Barbara
Hanley, Shy Brothers Farm
“Historically, being a dairy farmer is a
real roller coaster,” said Alan Everett, a Williamsburg dairy farmer who
sits on the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s board of directors.
“Prices are not stable. Some years it’s catastrophic; some years it’s
profitable. It’s certainly something you wouldn’t get into if you didn’t
love it, because it’s not easy to get rich milking cows.”
Paul Farias and wife Sandi Porter
(pictured right) have both.
Porter owns Lyons Brook Farm at 76 Drift
Road in Westport. Her family-owned business has been selling raw goats’
milk to the public for more than 10 years.
Click here to read about Lyons Brook Farm.
“There is basically no profit,"
Farias said. "It is something we enjoy doing and (Sandi) loves the
animals. At the end of the day, if you break even you did well."
Their farm has 24 adult goats and 12 baby
Shared-use kitchen gives startups a leg up. “The old kitchen that was here was in
pretty rough shape,” said Sam Manley, president of the Dartmouth Grange. “The
back had rotted off of it. But then a tree fell and put a hole in the roof,
and it exposed how bad things were.”
At first, Grange members thought of just
patching the roof, but during a public meeting in 2002, an ambitious goal
was presented to the public that would transform the space into a
shared-use kitchen open to the community.
11:18 a.m. – “We give up!” Stop already with the Mystery Photo
entries; we’ve been bombed with correct answers.
A correct location was emailed exactly
three minutes after the photo was posted!
Jim Walsh was the first to correctly
identify at 11:18 a.m. the location as “Mystery photo are two of the
windmills at Noquochoke Orchards - Drift Rd.”
For his ever-so-speedy answer, Jim will
enjoy the fantastic fare at Ten Cousins, and the rest of you (and there
were many!) will just have to wait for the next mystery photo that we
promise to post in the next few days.
And it won’t be an easy one!
Thanks everybody for visiting
a.m. – Our Photo of the Week (also our
Mystery Photo!) is also our latest Clouds
over Westport photo; a
dramatic view of clouds and wind turbines. To see more Photos of the Week, Click
golfer Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship, professional golf’s fourth and final
Major of the year, with a record-setting performance of 20
under par, a feat never before done in the playing of this tournament or
any of the three other majors.
With his second place finish and Rory
McIlroy finishing 17th, Jordan Spieth became the world’s number one ranked
In an emotional statement in front of
family, friends and onlookers, Day said, "It's a fantastic record to
hold. There's been such amazing golfers,
especially throughout the history of golf, our sport, and to have that
record just goes to show the work I've put in is paying off."
Click here to read more about Day’s victory and
other news in our Golf Section.
– WAHTF plans to reinstate Housing
Affordable Housing Trust Fund is working with the Town Administrator, the
Building Department, and the Accounting Department to seek approval from
the Department of Housing and Community Development to reinstate the town's
former Housing Rehabilitation Program. The reinstatement of the program is
among the Trust's strategies to maintain and increase the town's SHI
numbers to meet the state mandate that 10 percent of every community's
housing inventory should be affordable.
What does all
this mean? Click
here to find out how this may
– TTOR Youth Conservation Corps Offers
out-of-work teens a Rare Opportunity for Work and Learning.
teenagers who are lucky enough to find a summer job might end up flipping
burgers or standing in front of a cash register all day, but for those in
The Trustees Youth Conservation Corps, summer is spent exploring the
outdoors and working to improve local green spaces for public use and
Learn how TTOR is
serving the area’s youth.
08/10/2015 – Folk Festival returns to Providence. The 2nd annual Providence Folk Festival is a
free music festival featuring some of the finest folk, acoustic and
singer-songwriter acts in the RI area on two stages of music.
The Providence Folk Festival will
take place on Sunday, August 30th from noon until 6 p.m. at Roger Williams
National Memorial, 282 North Main Street in Downtown Providence. More...
08/10/2015 – WRWA welcomes Jennifer Lynch.
is the second
employee to join the WRWA from a land conservation group; former TTOR
employee Steve Connors
joined the watershed protection group last April as Community Engagement
Westport River Watershed Alliance is pleased to announce that Jennifer
Lynch has joined the organization as Development and Finance Administrator.
Jennifer is well known in Westport for her fourteen years of devoted work
with the Westport Land Conservation Trust.
08/08/2015 – Dartmouth music series aimed at toe-tappin' families. Live music — real music, not
just kiddie songs — is something all kids should be raised with.
And that’s one of the goals
behind the new Paskamansett Concert Series in Dartmouth.
The once-a-month BYOP (Bring
Your Own Picnics) series aims to offer live music — chiefly local and
national names in Americana, folk, roots, Celtic, blues and bluegrass — at
the Dartmouth Grange Patrons Hall, an intimate venue with no bad seat in
(pictured right) and Michael Laureanno are
performing this Saturday, August 8th.
08/07/2015 – Quote of the day: "I'm the only one to separate Siamese twins, the
only one to operate on babies while they're still in their mother's womb.
The only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think if you
go to Washington that someone had beat me to it." – Candidate and neurosurgeon
Ben Carson at last night’s Republican presidential debate.
Over 24 million viewers
watched the first republican primary debate, the most viewers of any
political debate of its kind, ever!
08/07/2015 – Representative Paul
A. Schmid (D-Westport) sponsored
a day at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday for Westport vets.
Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the sales tax
holiday on Thursday, set for August 15-16. The state’s 6.25% sales tax
will be suspended for most purchases that weekend.
Rep. Schmid (D-Westport) also had the unique
opportunity to meet with Tsutomu Himeno, Japanese
Consul General, this week in Boston, promoting the Fall River and New
Bedford region to Japanese manufacturers. More...
The Office of
Representative Schmid will be submitting a weekly piece, titled “Updates
from the Hill” in order to summarize the highlights and happenings on
08/06/2015 – Fall River’s Battleship Cove celebrates
its 50th! An important page in Fall
River’s colorful history was written on June 12, 1965 when the mammoth
battleship USS Massachusetts was welcomed to the city’s waterfront by a
flotilla of pleasure boats and more than a half-million enthusiastic
well-wishers who line the shores of Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River.
here for a schedule of events.
08/04/2015 – Westport Planning Board tackles parking
bottleneck at the Head. The planned arrival of the
WRWA’s new headquarters to an area already hectic with burgeoning retail
businesses has area residents and public safety officials concerned about
troubling traffic and parking trends at one of Westport’s historic 1800’s business districts.
They didn’t have these
problems back then when Shorrocks (general hardgoods store), a harness maker and other mom and pop
businesses populated the Head of Westport.
Horse droppings were more of
Now move ahead to 2015 where
automobiles whiz across the bridge at speeds in excess of 40 mph, make
U-turns and park wherever, all the while pedestrians crossing Old Country
It’s a prescription for
Now throw in a property line
dispute with the town landing’s eastern neighbor and you come up with a
situation only a lawyer could love.
The Westport Planning Board with
the help of the Landing Commission, Westport River Watershed Alliance, and
town safety officials is attempting to address all this with a new Site
Design, Site Circulation, Parking and Access plan.
08/04/2015 – The Shattuck presents Bill and Ben
"Father and son -
gifted artists both, united beyond their relationship in their roles as
master storytellers through the media of drawings, prints, and in Ben's
case, the written word, as well." - Rosanne
Somerson, President, Rhode Island School of Design; Professor of Furniture
Design/Studio furniture maker
(b. 1984) is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Architecture,
Art, and Planning, and of University of Iowa's Iowa Writers'
Workshop. He lived and studied with painter Odd Nerdrum
in southern Norway.
Click here to
view more of their work and biographies.
Bill Shattuck is
self-taught in drawing and painting and has developed an appreciation for
narrative through the power of the visual image. Much of his work
references the pastoral surrounding of his Dartmouth, Massachusetts
08/04/2015 – State Representative Paul
Schmid talks about honeybee colony collapse and August 15-16 sales tax
He also reports the
Massachusetts legislature unanimously voted to override Governor Baker’s
veto of full day kindergarten expansion grants.
The Office of
Representative Paul A. Schmid will be submitting a weekly piece, titled
“Updates from the Hill” in order to summarize the highlights and happenings
on Beacon Hill. Our goal is to bring the Legislature to Bristol
County and keep residents informed of events, key votes, and legislation
that may be of interest. Please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie
McCarthy if you have any questions.
08/03/2015 – Oyster farms sprout in Westport. Selectmen last
week approved the creation of four new oyster farms in Westport, two of
which will be the largest aquaculture new ventures in town.
It seems that
Westport’s agricultural heritage is now taking seed in a different venue,
the water world of Westport’s rivers and bay.
requests from Kerian and Kristin Fennelly, 117 Cross Road, Westport
for private shellfish grant/aquaculture licenses on two 25-acre oyster
farms in the southeast corner off Gooseberry Island were unanimously
approved 3-0; Selectmen Tony Vieira and Steve Ouellette were absent.
The project was
moved forward by Westport Shellfish Warden Gary Sherman, and reviewed by
The Army Corp of Engineers, Mass DEP, and the Division of Marine Fisheries
and the Massachusetts Protected Species Program.
Shellfish Advisory Committee also approved of the project.
Fennelly’s company, Bay
Breeze, Inc. plans two 25-acre oyster farms, one licensed to Fennelly and one to his wife, Kristen.
The state agencies
limit the size of a single oyster farm to 25 acres.
“Now I have to
go out and buy and retrofit a lobster boat,” Fennelly
requests from Christopher M. Jusseaume, 1384
Drift Road, for a private shellfish grant/aquaculture license on a one-acre
site located in the west branch of the Westport River (Site #4) for oysters, and an application request from
his father, Michel A. Jusseaume, 33 Fallon Drive
for another one-acre site located in the west branch of the Westport River
(Site #3) were also approved.
08/03/2015 – Warren M. Messier recognized by
Westport Selectmen for outstanding service to the community. Chairman Craig
Dutra and the Select Board recognized Messier’s service to the town on several
committees, saying “this is not to wish you well and go off, just to wish
you well in a new chapter of your service to the town of Westport.”
Messier has been
an example of dedication and service to the Town of Westport, Dutra said.
He has served on the Planning Board for 22 years, the Finance Committee [for]
18 years, and the Community Preservation Committee [for] 13 years, Dutra
said. He also served on the Public Safety Fire Station Building Committee,
Westport River Dredging Committee, Westport Affordable Housing Trust and
Housing Partnership Committee just to name a few, Dutra said.
Messier has also
served as an adviser to many town projects such as the American Legion
Hall, Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Council on Aging, and others.
07/31/2015 – Once in a blue moon! Last night Westport got a glimpse of a rare, but not
quite blue “blue moon.” Clear skies enabled viewers to gawk at the second
full (and big!) moon for July, known as a blue moon.
A blue moon, at least
according to the modern definition of the term, has nothing to do with
color. It simply means a second full moon in the same calendar month.
As NASA explains: "Most
blue moons appear pale gray and white, just like the moon you've seen on
any other night."
“And that doesn't happen very
often (the last time was in August 2012, and the next time will be January
2018), so "once in a blue moon" is a phrase still worthy of a
07/30/2015 – Letter to the
editor: Westport resident takes exception to dogs
on town beaches from mid-April to mid-September.
“How to change the culture of
dogs on the beach? Other towns and other beaches offer an example. The
state beach has employees checking in every car and “No dog” signs abound.
Other local beaches post patrol cars at their beach parking lots at times
when those who break the rules are likely to use the parking lot and beach.
Police ticket those who break the law.” M A Beck more...
07/30/2015 – The Waterfront Historic Area League of
New Bedford (WHALE) awarded the Sarah Delano Preservation Award to the
Westport Historical Society at its 52nd annual meeting.
The honor, named for the late
WHALE president who served from 1966 - 1982, was given for the Society’s
restoration and interpretation of the circa 1713 Cadman-White-Handy House
on Hix Bridge Road.
“The Handy House is the
largest artifact in the collection of the Westport Historical Society. It
has been left mostly unfurnished so that visitors can view the walls,
floors, windows, doors, hinges, moldings, plaster, and other parts of its
structure,” said WHALE president Wendy Nicholas as she presented the award.
“Inside a visitor can
discover the secrets of this 300-year-old house which includes an 18th
century house buried within an 1800 house, buried within a Federal style
1830s structure,” she said.
Preservation Act funds available in Westport, the Westport Historical
Society completed the careful exterior and interior restoration of the
Handy House creating an innovative way to explore Westport’s past and to
engage the community.”
Inset: Executive Director Jenny O’Neill and Tony Connors, president
of the Westport Historical Society accepted the honor at the WHALE’s 52nd
annual meeting held at the Wamsutta Club.
At the Thursday, May 28th meeting
architect and historic preservationist, Chip Gillespie, who also served as WHALE’s
president for many years, was posthumously honored with the George Perkins
Award, awarded to an individual or organization whose contributions have
made a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater New Bedford.
George C. Perkins is one of the founders of WHALE and served as the first
Other Westport individuals
and organizations honored over the past 10 years: Stephen Fletcher and
Michael Walden, for the "Stone House"; The Trustees of
Reservations, for the Westport Town Farm; Westport Fishermen's Association,
for c.1888 Westport Lifesaving Station; and Calvin Hopkinson, Wolf Pit
School (Little School), Westport.
07/29/2015 – Black Duck, Hurricane of 38 and some very
colorful local characters! The Westport
Historical Society continued its ongoing history lecture series on July
23rd at the Westport Grange with “Some True Stories” presented by Davison
Paull and Claude Ledoux… and some tall tales too
– all part of the oral histories collected by the two local historians over
the past 30 years. More...
07/28/2015 – Westport Soccer is celebrating 25 years, and they would love to have
you join them for their “official” Flag Raising and Ribbon Cutting ceremony
at Russell Davis Fields, 914 Sanford Road, Westport on Saturday, August
29th at 11:00 a.m.
Contact Peter Brown at
508.400.0127 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend or
need additional information.
07/28/2015 – Boston’s bid for 2024 Summer Olympics -
crash and burn! Deep skepticism here about
whether taxpayers would be stuck footing the bill for the Olympics has
doomed Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Games and raised questions
about whether any other major American city might be willing to take on the
07/27/2015 – New Boy Scout Troop in Westport. Newly formed Boy Scout Troop 3 out of St. John the Baptist Church has
been added to our List of Clubs and Organizations.
Shawn Morley, Mike Hall and Jodi Sullivan can be reached by emailing email@example.com or
by visiting their facebook page.
3 recently hosted the dunk tank at the Westport Fair.
07/25/2015 – A memorial service for Dr. J.K. Stewart Kirkaldy, in the manner of Friends was
held on Saturday at the Westport Friends Meetinghouse, 938 Main Road. Dr. Kirkaldy practiced medicine in Westport for 45 years,
and was a respected former Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
passed away on Tuesday, May 19th.
Kirkaldy was named Westport’s Man of
the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 1961 and received the same honor by
the Standard Times in 1965.
Above: Dr. Kirkaldy (right) at
the 2014 Annual Westport Friends Book Fair with Greg Marsello,
Book Fair Steering Committee Clerk.
07/24/2015 – And then there was one. Developer pulls
the plug on New Bedford waterfront casino project. You may remember a while back
that the Somerset
developer withdrew from the three-way
competition for the southcoast casino license,
now leaving Brockton with the only remaining viable casino bid by Mass
Gaming and Entertainment for a new casino at the Brockton Fairgrounds. They
have the winning ticket; will the city claim it?
New Bedford Mayor Mitchell
said “KG Urban’s decision to abandon the project is an extreme
disappointment and a great shock given that it’s CEO Barry Gosin had led everyone to believe he would have the
necessary funds to build the project. We have been united as a community and
have done everything possible to support the KG casino proposal based on
Mr. Gosin’s commitment to fully fund the project,
so city residents and its leadership are all understandably upset by Mr. Gosin’s decision.”
Mayor Mitchell has received a
double whammy; the first being the collapse of the Cape Wind project when
the two utilities companies involved decided to let their purchase
contracts expire due to delays by the wind farm developer, choosing not to
renew their commitments citing high costs of production. That all but shuts
the door on the Mayor’s hopes for a wind turbine assembly and shipping
terminal on the waterfront.
New Bedford had approved KG
Urban’s proposal to construct a $650 million casino resort that would have
a glass walled casino complex and give visitors a stunning view of the New
Based on survey results more
than 70% of New Bedford locals were in favor of the casino as it was
supposed to generate employment opportunities and bring in around $12
million in gaming tax revenue for the city.
Gosin also said the possibility of
competition from a nearby Indian casino which would pay no taxes or other
compensation to the Commonwealth, helped kill the deal."
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe
has plans for a casino in Taunton, but that project has become ensnared in
the federal government bureaucracy.
The Brockton developer was
quick to respond to the news saying the establishment of a resort casino
will also be an anchor in the economic revitalization of Brockton, which is
one of several minority/majority cities in the Commonwealth. More...
07/24/2015 – Cable, telecommunications and satellite
media companies continue to shake up the industry with the recent acquisition
of DirecTV by AT&T.
AT&T claims in a press
release they’ll deliver premier video entertainment, high-quality mobile
and Internet services, and an even better customer experience.
here to learn about AT&T’s
future plans with DirecTV.
Could this be good news for
Westport’s less than happy Charter cable subscribers?
Westport was to convert to
Comcast, but that deal fell apart a few months back.
DirecTV now claims their
flexible packages of video, mobile and Internet services, will allow you to
enjoy video entertainment and digital content from virtually anywhere. Watch
for more announcements in the coming weeks and months.
The government spent decades
breaking up AT&T into seven baby Bells; are we headed for a monopoly on
video entertainment, high-quality mobile and Internet service? Stay tuned.
07/24/2015 – Dangerous Westport intersection takes a
turn for the better.
“It was a long time in
coming,” Westport Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves
said. “It is Westport’s most dangerous intersection, just as bad as the
Route 177/Route 6 intersection at Lincoln Park.”
Before reconstructing intersect | Courtesy Google Maps
One man lost his life there
in the 1950s, and last year a large container truck loaded with grape
crushing’s destined for a Westport farm lost its brakes on the sharp curve,
tipped over and slid off the road.
All that changed this week as
local paving companies with help from the Highway Department rerouted the
three intersection points on Sodom Road with Narrows Avenue into one “T”
intersection with stop sign.
Westport Police recommend changes.
“I would recommend that the
intersection be designed so that Narrow Avenue intersects (with) Sodom Road
at one location as opposed to three,” Lt. John Bell told Selectmen last February 13, 2014.
After reconstruction with one “T” intersection.
Narrow Avenue has three
separate intersections with Sodom Road, right in the middle of an S-curve,
creating a public safety issue, according to Westport police.
The department’s safety
officer recommended that Narrow Avenue be wide enough at the intersection
so that “there is a left turn lane onto Sodom Road and a right turn for
vehicles turning right onto Sodom Road.”
Lt. Bell also recommended
that the lane for vehicular traffic turning west onto Narrow Avenue should
be adjacent to those lanes making the road wide enough for farm vehicles to
Selectmen voted unanimously
February 13, 2014 to move forward with Lt. Bell’s recommendations.
The recent availability of
increased State Chapter 90 highway assistance money allowed Gonsalves to move quickly this month to get the job
07/23/2015 – Longtime Westport Harbormaster Richie
Earle has announced his retirement. “I took on the Westport Harbormaster’s
job for just one year,” Earle said.
28 years later Earle is still
on the job, but not for long. “Time just flew by. The voting public has
been great and I will miss it.”
Boaters and fishermen at all
levels will miss Earle who has been a faithful guardian and watchdog over
Westport’s waterways and harbor.
But it takes a lot to get an
old seadog off the briny deep; Earle hopes to be appointed as an assistant
Above: Westport Harbormaster Richie Earle briefing regional
news reporters on the tragic duck hunting accident on January 7, 2014.
07/23/2015 – And speaking of assistant Harbormasters, a retired Westport police
officer has been recently appointed as a Dartmouth Assistant Harbormaster.
Retired Deputy Chief John Gifford has
spent the last two years living on their boat, a 42 foot Grand Banks
trawler, docked in Bourne.
Gifford’s wife, Bonny has
accepted a job as Superintendent of Dartmouth Public Schools, and the
Westport residents will return to their Westport home on Horseneck Road.
The Gifford’s boat, a
retirement gift of five years ago, is now docked in Padanaram Harbor.
07/23/2015 – Host your colors, lower your
sails, and heave to! Avast, mateys,
Spindle Rock Club is please
to sponsor the summer youth sail training programs on Cockeast Pond
and the Westport River.
Program activities are
designed to satisfy a wide range of skills and interests, from a basic
introduction to sailing on the pond, to racing instruction and an
introduction to competitive sailing for more experienced sailors. They use Vanguard 420s and Sunfish on the river and Hunter Xcites on the pond. Following an initial swimming test and
skill evaluation, they place participants in the most appropriate program
Click here to learn how you can
They have some excellent
racing instructors at Spindle Rock Club this year and will be attending
several NBYA regattas.
All Spindle Rock Club sailing instructors are certified US Sailing
The programs began in late
June and end on August 12. Classes are available from 2 up to 8 weeks.
Details on where and when to report, as well as scheduled times for
lessons, are included in the 2015
Sail Training Application and Information packet or on bulletin boards
at Spindle Rock Club and Elephant Rock Beach Club.
07/20/2015 – Tiverton Council rejects proposed one
million square foot mall in a late night vote. The Tiverton Town Council
voted 5-2 to reject proposed amendments to the town's Comprehensive Plan
that would have allowed the Carpionato Group to
move forward with its plan to build a mega-mall on woodlands in Tiverton.
The battle lines are now
$100M Tiverton Glen project dealt blow! More...
The controversial development would include a 100-room hotel,
convention center, luxury apartments and two big-box retail stores in the
middle of rural Tiverton, where not even a Starbucks can be found.
A previous Town Council meeting to discuss the proposed
1-million-square foot commercial development called Tiverton Glen drew more
than 500 people. Tensions ran high and fiery opinions were voiced.
Providence Journal / Kris Craig
07/19/2015 – Open Studio Tour 2015 continues today! The Westport
Art Group showcased their new wing during this weekend’s SouthCoast Artist Tour, and what a wing it is!
The almost $200,000 substantial
addition broadens the Group’s abilities to host shows and seminars and
large group classes. There
will be a grand opening in August in conjunction with the opening of the
Summer Community Show.
And Westport’s talented
master potter, Wayne Fuerst, presented functional
clay pottery demonstrations underlined by his inimitable talent that brings
beauty to functionality.
Westport is the artisan
enclave of the SouthCoast, and you only have to
take the tour to appreciate the depth of Westport’s artistic community.
For instance, Sharlie Sudduth, Paul Vien,
Peter Lenrow, Jill Moran, Christina Glaser, Liz
Waring, Sarah Brown, and Peggy Call-Conley will all be exhibiting in the
WAG’ new wing. Drop in and check out their new digs.
The wing, a substantial
addition to the south side of the current building, was chosen for with the
north light in mind as “artists understand the benefits of painting with
north light,” WAG President Mary Benefiel said.
1740 Main Road, Westport Point. www.westportartgroup.org.
Range Wars return to Westport!
07/18/2015 – Range Wars II in Westport! If you’re wondering about
the logjam of vehicles parked today along Drift Road near the Arruda family farm on upper Drift Road, than you’re obviously not part of the fitness scene.
No, it wasn’t a big family
get together, graduation party or even dairy farmers gathering at an annual
It is Dartmouth Crossfit’s Range Wars II
invitational where 4-person teams from all over New England and New York
came to together to compete for huge cash and sponsor prizes.
CrossFit is a
strength and conditioning program designed to help individuals gain a broad and general fitness. Crossfit Programming concentrates on constantly varied,
functional movements, performed at high intensity to achieve overall
physical fitness, so people are prepared for any physical challenge.
Inset: these two 30-something team members from North
Attleboro proved to be fearsome competitors.
Not familiar with Sleds and Eggs, The Cow Tipper Chipper, The
Tractor Pull, or Finest Hour
Sandbag Burden Obstacle Relay?
Click here to learn more.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today at the Arruda
Family Farm, Drift Road, Westport. The public is invited to stop in at this
free event to witness fitness perfection.
07/18/2015 – Kayaking and Noshing at Tiverton’s Fogland Beach. You can now rent kayaks and
order from a local food truck on the weekends at the Tiverton beach that's
popular with nature lovers. More...
07/17/2015 – Environmental Initiatives
Showcased In State Budget.
lawmakers enacted a $38.1 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16)
this week that prioritizes environmental initiatives, including funding for
local agricultural programs and natural resource preservation.
“Westport gets a
boost in Horseneck beach funding, programs that promote availability of
healthy, locally grown food in schools and other institutions.”
State Representative, Paul Schmid
Chairs of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
Senator Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer) and Representative Paul A. Schmid
(D-Westport) advocated for increased funding for environmental agencies and
programs throughout the budget process this session. More...
07/15/2015 – Westport’s
Annual Quaker book sale offer books actually made of paper, unbeatable
deals. It’s an average-looking crowd, though there may be a larger
number of beards, fedoras and T-shirts featuring the face of an author.
Inset: waiting for the ropes to drop at the opening of the
54th Quaker book sale.
It’s Saturday. The Westport
Friends Book Fair. Bright sunlight and “Tender is The Night.”
There are about 25,000 books
laid out on tables under two
History. Cookbooks. Religion.
Travel. Fiction. Literature (which is the better sort of fiction),
sociology, all of humankind’s fascinations.
No one is reading books these
days, they say but there are plenty of people here, people staggering out
of the tents with an arm load of books and a kid walks past me wearing a
T-shirt with a line drawing of
American poet Charles
Bukowski in the front. More...
The 54th Annual Quaker Book Fair officially opened at 11:00
a.m. on Saturday the 11th, and it continues all week long, "dawn to
dusk," through Sunday, July 19th. Payment on the honor system.
07/15/2015 – From veggies to meat, Westport Farmers
Market keeps it local. From organic veggies and
herbs to wine, local food fans will find many items to check off their
weekly shopping lists at the Westport Farmers Market.
Inset: At the Westport
Farmer’s Market, Shirley Robbins sets out a variety of produce grown at
Paradise Hill Farm.
Jack Foley|Herald News
Elizabeth Hubert, farmer’s
market manager, said each week more and more local produce is coming into
season, adding to the selection of lettuces, kale, rabe,
chard and herbs that have been available over the past few weeks. “We’re
starting to see summer squash, and next week will bring eggplant,” she
By the end of the month,
Hubert said, the two main produce sellers at the market, Paradise Hill Farm
and Skinny Dip Farm, will have a full array of summer produce to offer
shoppers, she said. More...
07/14/2015 – Spectacular creations on
display at 5th annual Horseneck Beach Sand Sculpture Festival.
Among the throngs of beachgoers
soaking up the sun on a splendid day at Horseneck Beach on Saturday were
castles, a giant sea turtle and a shark taking a bite of an apple — these
were just some of the nearly 20 sandy works of art created at the fifth
annual Family Sand Sculpture Festival.
Herald News Photo | Jo C. Goode
Inset: Angelica Maldonado and her friend Catarina
Bettencourt claim their prize at the fifth annual Family Sand Sculpture
Friends Catarina Bettencourt
and Angelica Maldonado of Fitchburg hatched their idea of a hippopotamus
and an alligator sand sculptures, which earned them first place in the Sand
Flea Division for 12-year-olds and younger.
“I did this last year and it
was really fun, so I brought Angelica with me this year,” said Catarina.
Click here to read 2015 article - Sand Sculpture Festival draws families to Horseneck.
07/13/2015 – Westport’s Agricultural Commission, after
rejecting an earlier proposal, has decided to move forward with a study of
the Angeline Brook watershed. The commission voted
unanimously in favor of a $188,000 grant study
through the EPA to complete a nitrogen study of 618 acres and 13 farm
Westport High School students test the waters at
The Westport River Watershed
Alliance (WRWA) under the direction of
Advocacy Director Betsey White along with the Coastal Systems Program at the School for Marine
Science and Technology (UMass Dartmouth)
within the Angeline Brook watershed area.
members rejected a second study because of a previous study’s inaccurate
data, and they worried a second study would do the same and implicate town
Commissioner Jay Tripp
confirmed the commission unanimously reversed its decision after learning
that the commission and farmers in general would be able to provide more
input than previously expected.
Rainfall has been light this summer, which means less runoff and
cleaner water, a factor that could produce a favorable outcome for farmers.
07/12/2015 - Christian
Raslowsky of Weehawken, NJ wins
Westport Fair’s inaugural Run for the Fair 5K & Kids Fun Run.
student, currently living in Manhattan, sprinted all out for the last leg
in a blazing finish of 15:47, a full 7 minutes 16 seconds ahead of Adam
Charest (23:00) of Westport and 8 minutes 4 seconds ahead of Westport’s
Keith MacDonald who clocked in at 23:48.
Heidi Charest (Westport) was first female finisher
and fourth overall at 26:08.
45 contestants came out to beat the heat and humidity
in support of the Westport Fair’s scholarship fund.
The Westport Fair begins Wednesday, July 15th.
There were close to 80 participants including kids in
the Fun Run.
The just over three-mile loop went south out of the
fairgrounds down Pine Hill Road, and turned back at the junction of Pine
Hill and Old Pine Hill Roads.
Electronic “bib chip” timing by provided by Doug
Kingman of RaceWire.
Click here for complete race results.
07/12/2015 - Alicia Hamblett and her traveling trunk show of
designer table linens and Turkish towels graced the porches of Partners
Village Store on Saturday. These fabulous woven pieces that function as
table linens, picnic and bed blankets, scarves, sarongs, and more were a
said her curated collection of “multi-useful & multi-giftful lush linens and accessories make posh bridal
party, graduation, hostess or holiday gifts.” www.aliciastable.com.
See her on facebook.
07/12/2015 - Got Milk? Looking for land to lease,
Cathy Bardsley and Tom Sherman found their dream
farm on Craigslist.
“I kind of just decided to
follow my heart,” Bardsley said, of the decision
to quit her day job bookkeeping and move from Charlestown, where the couple
had begun a “hobby farm” raising goats, to Little Compton where they’ve
secured a storied plot and made a go at farming in earnest. With an
emphasis on Nigerian dwarf goats and heritage breed livestock, Silk Tree
Farm can be found at many local farmers markets selling handcrafted goat milk
soaps and shampoos and soy wax candles. More...
07/12/2015 10:00 a.m. - 20-year-old Trevor Crawley takes 35th running of the Little Compton
4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race.
Women challenged the men for top
Crawley’s time of 24:16, well
shy of any record, was never challenged on a day of heat and humidity that
slowed runners down and challenged the best conditioned of the entrants.
Organizers didn’t have to
payout the bonus prize purse of $500 that would have been given to the man
or women setting a new course record.
“Making that turn onto West
Main Road was a killer,” Westport Board of Health member Shawn leach said.
“The trees were gone and we were in the full sunshine; it was hot!”
from Somerville was second at 24:31 with Fairhaven resident Taylor Days
Merrill trailing third at 25:22.
The next two runners,
23-year-old Laurie Nagel (26:21) and Katie DiCamillo
(26:46) both of Providence, finished 4th and 5th overall and were the top
two females. The third top female and 10th overall was Lincoln RI resident
Elizabeth Brennan (30:18.)
later with results, photos and
The first Little Compton
runner to finish was Samuel Booth at 31:00, finishing 14th overall. Myles
Webster finished first from the neighboring town of Westport, clocking in
at 32:45, 29th overall.
completed the course and logged finishing times.
Click here for complete race results.
07/11/2015 – 35th Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race kicks off Saturday,
July 11th at 9:00 a.m.
Tradition." Cash prizes for top three men and women ($300, $200, and $100.)
Top three in each category get stuff too!!
the top 500 entries.
Starting line-up from last year’s Scenic Road race.
New for this year - MYLAPS
B-tag Timing; you may remember that last year’s new race-timing company had
difficulties and lost all results.
Their 4.8 scenic loop course
is flat and fast, and great weather is predicted for Saturday.
Three water stations on the course.
Escorted by LC's finest. Medical assistance by LC rescue. Officially
sanctioned and blessed by USATF. Please be reminded that according to USATF
rules, strollers, baby joggers, dogs are not allowed in the race.
Refreshments for all runners. A summer
country fair atmosphere which includes: 40 plus vendors, book sale, food
court, music, kid’s games, white elephant, dog show and raffles. Come for
the race - stay for the day.
07/09/2015 – Westport tress under attack
by gypsy moth and winter moth caterpillars.
extensive on oak, birch, maple, ornamental trees, and some evergreens.
Home owners have to watch out for other pests in their
lawns and gardens.
if we don’t have enough to worry about with our economy, jobs, housing and
budget woes; now millions of caterpillars have invaded Westport,
defoliating thousands of trees and threatening worse conditions next year.
Left, winter moth. Right,
many people, the biggest concern now in the landscape is the gypsy moth,
with many oaks stripped bare of leaves. Many are just now realizing that
their trees have been under further attack from gypsy moth caterpillars,
after being damaged earlier by winter moth caterpillars. More...
07/09/2015 – Westport Selectmen advance Noquochoke Village development with last
week’s vote to transfer five acres of land to Westport’s Affordable Housing
Trust. The debated affordable
housing apartment complex has drawn mixed reviews from proponents and
Now the Westport Affordable
Housing Trust Fund is pleased to report continuing progress on the development of Noquochoke Village,
50 affordable apartments in seven townhouse style buildings with
a community center on the front portion of the site to be built on a parcel
of town-owned land off American Legion Highway.
transferring control of the five acres of land known as the Perry Farm, and
23 acres of land abutting the Noquochoke River known as the Quinn property
to the Trust as authorized by a 2015 annual town meeting vote are scheduled
to be finalized by the Board of Selectmen at their July 13th meeting. More...
Above: Westport Housing Specialist Leonardi Aray points
out the Quinn and
Perry properties that will now be fully transferred under the control of
the Affordable Housing Trust.
07/09/2015 – The 2015 South Coast Artists Tour hits Westport Saturday and
Sunday, July 18th and 19th. The 12th annual South Coast Artists Studio
Tours, scheduled for July 18-19 and August 15-16, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00
p.m. is considered one of the finest events in New England. The Tour
features over 70 diverse artists working in the coastal communities
of Dartmouth and Westport, MA, and Tiverton and Little Compton, RI, less
than an hour from Boston.
The public is invited to
several artists’ demonstrations throughout the tour.
This year's theme is "Studio Surf" whereby
artists are challenged to surf through their imagination and employ a
fresh, new approach to their work. Expect artists to be exhibiting original
ideas not encountered before, challenging everyone's perception of art.
The South Coast is a
free-spirited region that has been inspiring artists for over 100 years.
The tour is free and designed
for the whole family, especially children.
Click here for a
tour map. PDF Get their
Visit their website for all the details and
07/08/2015 – Westport Senator
Michael Rodrigues releases June 2015 video newsletter to keep his
constituency easily informed of current Beacon Hill activity.
Click here to view video and stay informed of what’s happening in our
07/08/2015 – Massachusetts House, Senate Pass Comprehensive FY16 Budget.
The $38.1 billion state budget includes public safety
staffing grant funding for Fall River and RGGI stabilization funds for
Somerset; Westport not mentioned.
The Massachusetts Legislature
today enacted a $38.1 billion state budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY16). The
spending plan makes important investments to rebuild the Commonwealth’s
essential services and programs, including local aid, education, economic
development, public safety, and health and human services, and supports the
ongoing recovery of the local economy.
Editor’s note: The budget has no mention of any significant funding
for Westport, and the press release is absent of any language vis-à-vis the
SouthCoast Rail Project; and makes no mention of
funding from Massachusetts new casino(s).
This year’s budget
incorporates neither major budget cuts nor major increases. Both branches
approved the Governor’s proposal to enact an early retirement plan that
will reduce the state workforce by about 4,000 people.
news for local communities, the FY16 Budget reflects the
commitment to local aid for cities and towns, increasing unrestricted local
aid by $34 million and local education aid by $111.2 million, although it’s
unclear how much of this increase will trickle down to Westport.
The budget now goes to the
Governor for his approval. More...
07/08/2015 – Big crowd, fiery debate on big development proposal in Tiverton. A
Town Council meeting to discuss the proposed 1-million-square foot
commercial development called Tiverton Glen drew more than 500 people
Tuesday night. Tensions ran high and fiery opinions were voiced.
The controversial development
would include a 100-room hotel, convention center, luxury apartments and
two big-box retail stores in the middle of rural Tiverton, where not even a
Starbucks can be found.
But Tiverton taxpayers could
sure use the additional taxes! More...
Providence Journal / Kris Craig
Click here to view video - Don’t
07/07/2015 – FOWL newsletter now available on-line. Friends of the Westport
Library have released their quarterly newsletter for July – September,
2015. Click here to read the newsletter.
Click here for all town organizations’ newsletters.
07/05/2015 – Westport’s Devin Laubi Foundation
receives $10,000 award. Each year the New England Patriots Charitable
Foundation donates $200,000 in the names of 2015 Myra Kraft Community MVP
26 New Englanders were recently
honored at Gillette Stadium; Westport’s Robin Burns-Laubi won second prize
of $10,000 for the Devin Laubi Foundation more.....
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft and Patriots
and Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett
congratulate Robin Burns-Laubi from the Devin Laubi Foundation for being selected as a 2015 Myra
Kraft Community MVP Award second prize winner.
07/05/2015 – “There are only two things certain in life - death and taxes!” – Benjamin Franklin. Westport’s preliminary 1st and 2nd
quarter bills for Fiscal '16 were mailed on June 30, 2016. New property owners may contact the Tax
Office at 508.636.1010 for a copy if they did not receive one. Office hours are Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and the first Monday of each month from 8:30 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m.
The 1st quarter is due on or before
8/3/15 and the 2nd quarter is due
on or before 11/2/15. Any payment
made after the due date is subject to 14% per annum interest.
There is no grace period. Payment
may be made in person at the office, by mail, or at www.westport-ma.com using e-bill for a 35 cent
per transaction fee using your check or savings account.
Please note credit cards are
only accepted online, and do involve paying a fee of 2 to 4% of the total
of the amount being paid. To pay
using ebill, after entering website, please
scroll down and select the online bill pay box for real estate and personal
property, etc. and follow instructions provided. Any problems, you can call 508.460.6000,
ext. 601.; help is available.
07/05/2015 – Westport's agricultural past is making a comeback. Jeffrey
Bettencourt rose from a stoop, putting both hands on his lower back to help
himself upright. He was smiling. He had 20,000 pepper plants in the ground
- 20 rows, each 100 feet long. They were choked with weeds.
“This is what it is supposed
to be like, over there,” Bettencourt said, pointing to the three rows he
had already cleared that morning. He ran a tiller between the rows and
cleared between the plants by hand.
Bill Braun and Deanna Levanti
of Ivy Silo farm, in front of their farm stand in Westport. photo/Wicked
07/03/2015 – Westport Town Hall Annex gets a new sign. Our Photo of the Week
captures Former Westport Selectman and longtime local insuranceman,
Jim Coyne at it again, fixing up Westport one sign at a time.
Click here for more on this and other Photos of the Week.
You may remember a year or so
ago Jim organized a fundraising drive to rebuild the Town Hall Sign.
Jim recently tapped signmaker John Fielding, Signature Signs’ Dana Costa,
and reached out for donations to completely replace the Annex’s sign,
including a listing of town offices within that Historic Milton E. Earle building.
The sign was completed and
installed on June 9th of this year.
Well done, Jim, well done.
From the left: Signature Signs’ Dana Costa, sponsor and donor Jon
Alden, signmaker John Fielding, and Jim Coyne and
07/01/2015 – What’s in a name change? Westport Selectmen were asked Monday
night to grant a business name change on a Class II License from Francis Correiro d/b/a F&R Auto Sales, Inc., 1052 State
Road to King’s Auto Sales, Inc.
You may remember that F&R
Auto ran into a little bit of trouble when the dealership’s internal video
surveillance system captured their employees’ abusive treatment over a
pizza delivery guy’s seven dollar tip.
The video went viral over the
internet and captured the attention of the national and international
The video cast a long,
troubling shadow over the used car lot but earned a pile of money for the
pizza delivery guy ($31,705.)
The Selectmen may wish to
remember a rose by any other name is still a rose and smells a sweet.
Selectmen deferred a vote on
the name change until they can get a report from Police Chief Pelletier on
any ongoing criminal action against F&R Auto Sales.
A few weeks back, Selectmen were also asked
for a name change on an American Legion Highway restaurant and bar to Joe’s
Café & Lounge. The business also asked for an extension of their
business hours to 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
They also requested serving
alcohol on an outside deck until 9:00 p.m.
The name change was granted,
the serving of alcohol on the outdoor deck granted, but the extension of
the hours was denied, with Selectmen noting past difficulties with outside
noise and neighbors’ complaints.
06/30/2015 – Boo Thayer Gemes brought her line of boo gemes to Partners. There is
always something fascinating going on at Partners Village Store, and last
Saturday was no different.
Bronxville, New York-based clothes designer, Boo Thayer Gemes presented a trunk show featuring boo gemes, a distinctive
lifestyle brand that is dedicated to today's modern woman. www.boogemes.com
The collection embodies the
personal style and spirit of its founder, Boo Thayer Gemes.
Perceiving a void in the market for fun, stylish and affordable separates,
Boo has created a collection that appeals to women of all ages.
clothes for real people; clothes that I want to own and wear. Like many
people, there are days you want to dress up and there are other days you
don't get out of your jeans!” - Boo Thayer Gemes.
by the number of people who showed up, this line appeals to the active
style of Westport women. Thanks Boo for bringing it to our little farm
Partners Village Store and Kitchen, 865 Main Road, Westport. www.partnersvillagestore.com
06/29/2015 – Selectmen meet tonight at Town Hall
starting at 6:00 p.m. Click
here to review their agenda and
read the Town Administrator’s report.
Of particular note is
Westport’s longtime Harbormaster, Richie Earle will announce his
forthcoming retirement. Westport Harbor’s most visible presence on the
water bringing reassurance to all boaters will be missed. More on this
breaking news later.
Above: Westport Harbormaster Richie Earle briefing regional
news reporters on the tragic duck hunting accident on January 7, 2014.
06/29/2015 – Mystery Photo Solved! Congratulations to
Westport’s Gerry Santos who was the first
to correctly guess on Monday, June 29th at 8:55 a.m. our latest mystery
photo’s location as “Noquochoke Orchards Drift
Jerry is rewarded for his
powers of observation with a $25 gift certificate to the Back Eddy Restaurant,
Westport’s fine dining seafood restaurant overlooking the Westport Harbor!
We had many readers correctly
guess the location, so apparently the excavator is old but not forgotten!
Be on the lookout for our
next mystery photo; it’ll be right around the corner!
06/28/2015 – Put out to pasture. Our newly posted mystery
photo shows an aging excavator sitting unused in a Westport farm field. Be
the first to guess its exact location and win a $25 gift certificate to the
Back Eddy Restaurant.
here to take your best shot at being
the first to guess the exact location. New Mystery Photo posted on
Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
06/27/2015 – In South Dartmouth, where life slows
down. Moving back to New England
last May, we arrived at the airport with suitcases stuffed with swimsuits
and two temporary places to live while we looked for a lease. We’d spend
the first half of summer in South Dartmouth and the second half in
Nantucket, thanks to VRBO and a generous friend. More...
06/27/2015 - Need another Sunset Music series to keep
you busy thus summer? Try the Downtown Sundown Series in Providence. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket and, well you know the drill by now.
Next week, Saturday, July 11th it’s Dan Lilley with Scatman & Amy Bedard, Allysen Callery, and Ryan Lee Crosby.
282 North Main Street, Providence.
Visit their facebook page.
Click here for a complete list of their events.
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Sit on the lawn at the
beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial and enjoy some of the best
songwriters RI and Southern New England have to offer; performances of
Shakespeare and more. There is limited parking accessible at the park. Lots
of street parking and pay lots available. All ages are welcome. The event is free.
282 North Main Street,
Visit their facebook page.
06/27/2015 – And we’re not done yet with summer
concert series! The Little Compton Community Center is offering “hump day” free
concerts starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Little Compton Community Center, 34
Commons, Little Compton.
Come enjoy great music and
savor the flavors of summer al fresco.
Each Wednesday through July
29th they will feature a different band and dinner menu. Admission is free.
Becky Chase Band
Dinner, soft drinks, wine and
beer will be available for purchase.
This week was the Becky Chase
Band with chowder and crab cakes,
Wednesday, July 1st is A Bluegrass Invitation
Band with BBQ chicken.
July 8th will be The Little Compton
Band with grilled shrimp. July 15th
it’s Gary Farias with build-a-burger and salad. July 22nd presents Louie Leeman and
Cheap Sneakers with paella.
And wrapping things up on July 29th is Abbey Rhode with
sausage and peppers.
06/26/2015 – Donations Needed for "1,000
Books Before First Grade" Program. Created
by the Westport Education
the "1,000 Books Before First
Grade" program will begin this Fall in the Westport Community
Schools to help promote early reading. Children
in Pre-K and Kindergarten will be sent home each week with books to read
with their caregivers. Families can chart their progress and children will
earn incentives toward reaching the goal of reading one thousand books
before entering First Grade.
Partners Village Store is
currently collecting donations of "gently used" books appropriate
for children aged 3 to 6 to be used in this invaluable reading
your donations off at Partners during store hours of 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
to help support "1000 Books Before First Grade."
Thursday, August 20th, join Partners’ own "Miss Joan" for a very
special story hour to help launch the program.
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