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02/12/2016 – Extreme cold incoming. Valentine's Day arctic air outbreak to bring seriously
frigid conditions, well below zero with wind chill, to Westport. But 10-day
forecast then calls for temperatures up to 49 degrees. Are the single digit
temperatures on Sunday winter’s last gasp? Maybe, maybe...
02/12/2016 – First PCBs, now manganese? A $20,000 water filtration system
fails to remove the contaminant manganese in Westport primary school. School
authorities are using bottled water for all purposes, including cooking, at
the Macomber Primary School after a contaminant
was discovered during testing.
Michael Duarte, the
district’s maintenance director, informed the School Committee at its last
meeting that the school’s filtration system has not stripped the water line
of the contaminant manganese. He said the problem arose only a few weeks
02/12/2016 – Are higher natural
gas prices in Westport’s future? Local home owners who heat by natural gas could be adversely affected
by the U.S Department of Energy’s recently permitting gas exports out of
New England to Canada, and then Europe.
Permission for natural gas exports alarms
opponents of LNG expansion in Acushnet. More.
Gas supplier Eversource (in the Access Northeast project) plans for hefty
storage tanks in Acushnet was being viewed by locals as the utility increasing
gas supplies, thereby stabilizing line pressure which has been a problem in
Westport. But the plan may bring an unwelcome friend, - higher gas prices. More...
Above: rendering of two huge, gas storage tanks in
02/12/2016 – Photo of the Week. These three lovely ladies are enjoying
English Tea, a savory or two and good company at yesterday’s St.
Valentine's Day Tea at Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Westport’s
popular social spot. Be My Valentine?
02/11/2016 – No cost, no hassle,
no problem! Got shattered trees and busted
tree limbs on your property? No problem says John Colletti, Board of
Health Chairman at last night’s Selectmen’s meeting. Bring ‘em on down to the Transfer Station/Recycling Center
where for the next 30 days they are taking them in at no cost and no hassle
Brush and branches are not
usually accepted by the Recycling Center, but the Board of Health is making
an exception due to snowstorm ‘Lexi’s’ damaging wet snow triggering massive
tree carnage throughout the town.
Above: This branch across Main Road at The Point is an
example of the scores of damaged trees triggered at the height of snowstorm
02/11/2016 – Wastewater bylaw
waiver struck down by state’s highest court. A recent court ruling
against a Stow, MA affordable housing development may have big consequences
for future Westport affordable housing and non-profit development in a town
with no town water... more.
rematch of David and Goliath with speaker Cukie Macomber. A tale of arrogance and high seas duplicity.
“Westport nonagenarian and
raconteur, Carleton “Cukie” Macomber
took his audience back to a major 1971 confrontation between a local
Westport lobstering company and the great Soviet
Union, a tale based on his personal experience. One of Westport’s great
Above: 1971 press photo of a passing
Russian trawler entangling itself in the Wily Fox’s lobster gear, and
laughing, waving and yelling “Good fishing!.” However, Westport got the
02/09/2016 – Snowstorm
‘Mars’ swings and misses.
Westport gets 3 to 4 inches; predictions were as high as 8-12.
department’s upgraded trucks, plows, sanders make quick work of clearing
nor’easters are getting a little tiring, don’t ya
very well prepared,” road crew chief Chris Gonsalves
said. “Our three new trucks and plows put us in great shape to take on
these big storms.”
to mention “sandzilla,” the innovative, monstrous
homemade sander that makes short work of icy
town’s highway department has also done a yeoman’s job of keeping the
remaining, older plows repaired and re-edged, and ready for use.
Above: an upgraded fleet of new equipment
makes short work of clearing Westport roads.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
Above: Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves and the department’s new clerk/dispatcher, Apryl Oliveira showing off their new truck just
purchased with state aid funding. Apryl replaced
the retiring Sue Maynard in January of this year.
Photo | EverythingWestport.com
02/08/2016 - WAHTF announces qualified applicant for HOPP grant.
The Westport Affordable Housing
Trust Fund (WAHTF) has announced the qualification of an applicant for a
second round of first-time homebuyer grants through its Housing
Opportunity Purchase Program (HOPP).
The program makes grants of up to
$125,000 available to income and asset qualified households for the purpose
of “buying down” the selling price of existing market rate housing in
02/08/2016 9:00 a.m.
– ‘Mars’ on the horizon! Winter
storm warning in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening!
Mars I forecast to dump 3-6 inches today through this evening. Westport Town
Offices to close at noon; many departments may close earlier; call before
visiting them. All schools, Council on Aging, and the Free Public Library
are closed. Transfer station/recycling center is now closed.
accident already reported - a car slid into a telephone pole in front of
the police station on Main Road around 9:05 a.m.
though there isn’t much accumulation as of 9:00 a.m., the roads are slick
and traveling conditions are treacherous for the unwary driver.
to 5 inches accumulation today; less than an inch tonight. N winds 23 mph.
NE winds 25 to 30 KT, becoming N 20 to 25 KT this afternoon. Gusts up to 50
KT. Seas 4 to 7 FT. Snow. Visibility 1 nautical mile or less.
02/07/2016 – WHS’s latest lecture offered real look at slavery in Westport through
the centuries. Marjory O’Toole
said the Westport boy was arrested soon after Howard’s robbery and murder,
and confessed to helping a white boy dispose of the body after the other
had done the crime. Police said Cuffe later
admitted to committing the murder himself, and he was speedily convicted of
the crime in a New Bedford courthouse at a trial deemed as much “a
spectacle” as the famed Lizzy Borden case.
did he really commit the murder; or was he framed by racist police?
Compton’s Marjory O’Toole took her audience last Thursday on a fascinating if
not disturbing tour of slavery in Westport and Little Compton.
Westport Historical Society's Winter History Forum continues with this
informal historic discussion on slavery in Westport and Little
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Click here to
read about the intensive historic research effort by O’Toole leading up to
this thought-provoking lecture.
02/06/2016 – Downed
lines canceled some Westport school buses; parents had to pick up some
students. Some students had to be picked up by their parents Friday
afternoon after five Westport Community School buses were cancelled due to
fallen power lines on their routes.
“We did have some downed wires in town and some students were
kept at our extended day program until parents could pick them up,” said
Superintendent of Schools Ann Marie Dargon in an
02/05/2016 – ‘Lexi’ not a
blockbuster storm, but not too shabby either.
Wet, weighty snow in Westport slowed traffic, downed a buckboard full of
large tree branches, triggering power outages and creating extremely
dangerous conditions for motorists and children returning home from school.
branches overburdened with wet snow fell on roads, utility lines and homes,
causing damage and leaving scores of homes and businesses without
conditions to come tonight?
night’s rain coupled with Friday’s harsh snowstorm also promises flooding
to come in low-lying areas as warming temperatures on Saturday and Sunday
encourage rapid snow melt.
Warning: heavy snow will continue to bring
down branches and large tree limbs over the next day or so. If you’re out
in the yard working, beware falling ice and tree branches!
Beauty and the
Above: This huge tree limb fell on Gifford
Road utility lines, causing a massive power outage when utility companies
shut off the power to allow for the safe removal of the limb. Police cars
cordoned off the area for hours. Photos|
there was a little beauty in this beastly snow storm named Lexi.
Above: The wind-driven snow painted a
Currier and Ives portrait of the Santos farm on Main Road.
a weird winter, that which has befallen Westport.
02/03/2016 – The Westport
River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) will appear before the Zoning Board of
Appeals this evening
to request a “finding under Westport Zoning
Bylaw Section 4.1.3 (Alteration) that permitting the proposed addition to
the structure “such alteration shall not be substantially more detrimental
than the existing non-conforming use to the neighborhood.”
building in question was previously a storage facility located at the Head
of Westport, and sold recently sold to the WRWA with the purpose of turning
it into their new headquarters.
a large coalition of Head neighbors are concerned over increased traffic,
parking congestion and safety issues that could challenge the granting of a
variance to allow the environmental group to move forward.
Above: Gaye Gillespie of the WRWA studies
landscaping drawings proposed for the Head Landing by a Drift Road abutter
at the January 4t meeting.
neighborhood caucus was called on January 4th at the Westport Public
Library by concerned Head residents that was also
attended by members of the Westport Landing Commission and WRWA executive
abutters to the Head Landing talked about the long-term impact to the
historic area which for more than a century was the industrial hub of 1800s
21st century has brought new commercial and recreational activities to the
Head, and all the traffic that came with it, that was unforeseen by the
town fathers when they created the Head Landing in 1848 under a state
public is invited to attend tonight’s ZBA meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m.
on the second floor of the Town Hall in the Selectmen’s meeting room.
02/03/2016 – No water, no
The Westport flooding problem at the Route 88 southbound ramp from Route 6
East appears to be improving, according to the state Department of
there are no plans to raise the elevation of the stretch — a prospect that
has drawn some environmental concerns.
DOT spokeswoman Amanda Skahan said work began in
December and monitoring after a recent rainstorm showed a decline in some
of the water buildup that has drawn safety concerns from selectmen and
members of the Water Resources Committee. More...
02/02/2016 – Groundhog Day. Pennsylvania's
Punxsutawney Phil 'predicts' early spring!
has reported that the handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog,
said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn today, meaning he
"predicted" an early spring.
this current warm weather more than a trend? Per chance this winter has
come to an end? There is no shadow to be cast, an early Spring is my
forecast!," read Jeff Lundy, vice president
of the Inner Circle of The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.
1887 Phil has forecast a long winter 102 times, and an early spring 17
since 1988, the groundhog was "right" only 13 times and
"wrong" 15 times. In other words, a coin toss might be more
it’s hard to find much affection for a hard, cold coin, when you can
instead adore a lovable, furry, cute little groundhog that’s predicting an
was named after King Phillip, prior to that he was called Br’er Groundhog! More...
02/02/2016 – Westport Selectmen and
the school board have agreed on a memorandum of understanding for
the middle school building which was transferred to the town in December.
town will assume costs and responsibilities of the building, grounds,
maintenance and custodial work of the interior, heating and energy costs,
ongoing toxic testing of the building, which last September closed down to
educational purposes due to the presence of the carcinogen PCB.
school district will pay a staff member $1,000 per month to remotely monitor
the HVAC system within the building, including a daily walk-through to
ensure that there are no building issues. More...
02/01/2016 – New
Westport slaughterhouse, meat market could open in the fall. Farmers will begin cutting trees and tearing up brush on a
parcel on Route 6 that should be a slaughterhouse and meat market by the
end of the year.
lack of a local facility cuts into farm profits and requires farmers to reserve
time in the facility a year in advance, reducing their flexibility.
Rep. Paul Schmid, cattle farmer
Above: the location of
the proposed new Westport slaughterhouse on Route 6, State Road, next to and directly to the east of the new
Mid-City Steel building. Westport was home to six slaughterhouses in early
1940s, with the current location of Mid-City Scrap once being a meat
packing plant. Photo | EverythingWestport.com
The Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association, or
SEMALA, completed its purchase of a 10-acre parcel of land next to Mid-City
“Our objective now is to do winter work, land-clearing mostly,
so that when spring comes we can get started without delay,” said Andy Burnes, a Dartmouth farmer who is president of SEMALA. More...
01/31/2016 – Nor’easter Jonas put a damper on the recent WLCT ‘Meet Your Local
Farmer’ event. But
in spite of adverse weather conditions, over forty community members
gathered last Saturday afternoon at the Westport Grange to meet local
farmers at the Westport Land Conservation Trust's (WLCT) third annual Meet
Your Local Farmer event.
farms included: Silk Tree Farm, Hana's Honey, Skinny Dip Farm, Ivory Silo
Farm, Peets Farm, Cluck and Trowel, Buzzards Bay
Brewing, and Healthy Futures Farm.
Inset: Hannah Wolbach
Dip Farm talks up her farm with an
to weather conditions, WLCT's ‘Leasing Land to Local Farmers’ forum has
been rescheduled to February 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the Westport Town Farm.
During the forum, plans for a small scale farm lease to help WLCT reclaim
10 acres of former agricultural land at the Headwaters Conservation Area
will be discussed.
Livestock grazing on conservation
lands may be off to a shaky start. Abutters
concerns are paramount says WLCT Director Ryann Mann.
did hold an impromptu meeting for community members who arrived to attend
the forum last Saturday. During this meeting, Mr. Mann met with abutters to
the Headwaters Conservation Area and mentioned that WLCT has withdrawn
plans for a user agreement which would have brought 8 to 12 heritage breed
pigs to graze at the site of the upland meadow restoration on the Herb
Hadfield Conservation Area this summer.
Above: North Dartmouth’s Peets
Farm owner, Scott Peet states his case to
abutters for chickens and sheep on the Headwaters Conservation Land off
Blossom Street in North Westport. However, a piggery is out of the
question, Mann said. WLCT Executive Director Ryann Mann looks on.
Westport Fire Department back to full strength.
For the first time in nearly two years, the Fire Department will have a
full roster of 23 firefighters.
firefighters Michael Texeira and Robert Greene
have become full-time firefighters for the town, according to Deputy Fire
Chief Allen Manley Jr.
Texeira has served as a Westport call firefighter for six years. His
father Stephen also was on the department. A 2003 graduate of Westport High
School, Texeira is a lifelong town resident. More...
Sacha Sullivan seeks Landing Commission seat. Head of
Westport resident, Alexandra “Sacha” Sullivan has announced her candidacy
for the one, three-year seat up for grabs on the Westport Landing
wants to represent the issues facing river access/
landings, history, architecture and community involvement for these vital
areas, Sullivan is seeking to offer insight to the board through a
different set of eyes.
“My parents bought
a farmhouse in Westport over sixty years ago, Sullivan said in her
candidate’s statement. “All our summers were spent here when I was a child.
Westport is dear to me and holds many family memories.”
Quentin, and I bought a house at the Head in 2001. It took two years for us
to bring the house back from a near death. We finally moved into our house
in 2003 and have lived here full time since.”
much has changed since her childhood in Westport but so has the past 13
years living at the Head. Some for the better and some not.
parking at the Head Landing, and other Westport Landings, has become a
safety and environmental balance that needs oversight and careful
As a Head
resident she believes she can contribute to these issues by applying local
knowledge and a concern for the safety of Head of Westport visitors.
The Town of
Westport is unique and many are concerned about its growth plans for the
future. “I want to represent those concerns on the Landing Commission.
Please consider voting for me, Sacha Sullivan, for Landing Commissioner.” More...
Is Lucy Tabit the new Josephine Fernandez of the
Josephine and Gilbert Fernandez began to focus the world’s attention to the
dangers of the pesticide DDT that threatened the very existence of the
Osprey in the Westport watershed.
eventually banned in the United States in 1973 - decades after its effects
on birdlife were beginning to emerge but were sidestepped by agri-business,
pesticide manufacturers, and government agencies.
Tabit, a Westport
beekeeper, is on a mission to raise awareness and to save local honeybee
colonies from what she strongly suspects are the effects of Neonicotinoids,
a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine.
In the 1980s
Shell and in the 1990s Bayer started work on their development. Compared to
organophosphate and carbamate insecticides, neonicotinoids cause less
toxicity in birds and mammals than insects.
suspicion falls on neonicotinoids as a major cause of collapsing honeybee
colonies across the nation. Click here
to see why.
Above: Lucy Tabit takes her audience through the history
and significance of honeybees in ancient cultures.
mystery that honeybees are a major source of pollination for large southcoast crops like apples and cranberries, prompting
State Representative Paul Schmid to remark that “we rely on pollinators for
one out of every three mouthfuls we eat.”
In late July,
2015 Rep. Schmid, as Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Environment,
Natural Resources and Agriculture, chaired a hearing into the phenomenon of
honey bee colony collapse disorder, leading him to say, “This is a very
thorny subject. Cranberries are the largest agricultural crop in
Massachusetts and without bees you don’t get cranberries,” he said.
But Ms. Tabit
observed that local beekeepers were excluded from participating at the hearing, and that greater regulations were imposed on
Spotlight on honeybees as pollinators.
In the late
1990s neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over their
Their use was
linked in a range of studies to adverse ecological effects, including
honey-bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) and loss of birds due to a
reduction in insect populations. In 2013, the European Union and a few non
EU countries restricted the use of certain neonicotinoids.
Fernandez before her, Westport beekeeper Tabit is on a mission to shine a
spotlight on the declining bee colonies in Westport; but her pleas to
reduce or change the use of neonicotinoids for the most part are falling on
deaf ears, emphasized by the federal government’s reluctance to take on the
issue, deferring instead the issue to the state level.
last night to a crowd of 35 people at the Westport Public Library about the
history and evolution of beekeeping and the importance of pollination to
the world’s crops.
year, Massachusetts beekeepers lost more than of 46 percent of their hives,
on average. This is higher than the 2014-2015 national average, which was
the second highest loss recorded to date,” Tabit told her audience.
Are state regulatory bodies excluding beekeepers? Regulations
and policies to protect the health of the honeybee population in the state
have not been evaluated in decades, according to the Farm Bureau
Bureau Federation is pushing a bill (H 731), filed by Rep. Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville) that would create an advisory
committee of beekeepers, scientists, and farmers to evaluate state efforts
around protecting honey bees and to suggest changes and updates.
Tabit told her
audience that as of today no beekeepers have been asked for their input.
later with photos. http://wwlp.com/2015/03/31/farmers-push-legislative-priorities-on-beacon-hill/
admits what has been killing bees for decades.
In a report released this
week, the federal government has finally admitted neonicotinoids are to
blame for the catastrophic bee deaths that have occurred over the last
several years. The findings are part of the first scientific risk
assessment to be done on the controversial insecticides and their effect on
Above: Honeybee kills like the one pictured above have been
experienced by Westport beekeeper, Lucy Tabit for the last several years.
confirms what environmentalists and beekeepers have implored for years:
neonicotinoids weaken, disorient and kill honeybees. The analysis
emphatically highlights imidacloprid as particularly harmful.
Hawthorn Country club closed, again! The
financially troubled nine-hole Dartmouth golf course known for its
“mountain goat” layout and rock hard greens may finally meet the fate of
hundreds of golf course across the country - plowed under for home
It’s no secret
that Hawthorn has struggled through its 50 year history, better known for
its banquet facilities than golf, and being forced in the past to sell off
nine holes of the 18-hole layout.
More courses, fewer golfers.
Golf course development
has steadily increased over the last few decades. However, the number of
active golfers has remained stubbornly the same. And a troubled economy has
reduced membership and play at all courses in the area.
times in its history, Hawthorne was last purchased by Kevin Santos for $2.5
million at a bank auction in December 2011, caused by the death of the
former owner and the lack of funds to continue operation.
Course and New Bedford’s municipality-run Whaling City Golf Course are now the only two remaining
courses left in the Fall River/New Bedford corridor that are open to the
more area golf news in our Golf
M. Shufelt throws her hat into the ring, joining
the race for Westport Selectman.
five-year veteran of the Westport Finance Committee cites her desire to
encourage civility to the sometimes contentious board.
Westport resident Shana M. Shufelt
has announced her intention to run for Westport selectman. Her first run for
an elected position, Shufelt went for the top
job, citing her corporate management experience and deep involvement in the
town’s financial structure. More...
01/29/2016 – State Rep Paul Schmid hosts briefing on green budget initiatives. The FY17 budget season kicked off today with the
release of Governor Charlie Baker’s recommendations. The FY17 budget will go in effect on July
State Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport)
and Senator Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer), co-chairs of the Joint Committee on
the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture joined together with
the Environmental League of Massachusetts and various environmental
advocates at the State House to promote a “green budget” initiative for the
Fiscal Year 2017 budget cycle.
“Throughout the South Coast and the entirety of
Massachusetts, we are blessed with beautiful beaches, parks, and forests
that make our landscape unique and distinct from other parts of the
country,” said Schmid. “Without
adequate funding, our land cannot be maintained and managed the way it
requires. Our environmental state
agencies do the work that allows us to stand out as a leader in
environmental conservation.” More...
01/27/2016 – Newport Buzz reports that “Rhode Island ranked worst state to
retire in the United States.”
Visit WalletHub to
see the full survey.
let’s tally it up. In the last few months: Providence was ranked 5th worst
place to find a job for 2016; Rhode Island was ranked 4th worst run state
in the country and 9th worst state for entrepreneurs.
real estate taxes, sales taxes, and retirement home prices in Westport are
very affordable. Just sayin’!
01/27/2016 – New
editions! Local non-profit organizations’
newsletters now on-line. Click here to read
just released newsletters from WRWA, WHS, Westport Public Library, Council
on Aging and others.
01/25/2016 - The welding wizardry of Quentin Lord! Sorry HASBRO, but this is not the TransformerTM
rescue bot, Optimus Prime.
Truth is this is a monster truck sander
built by Highway Department employee and welding wizard Quentin Lord.
The six-bucket sander is comprised of a
10-wheeler army surplus tractor obtained from the Westport Police
Department, two normal size sander bodies welded together coupled with a height
extension of an additional foot and a half that increases sand capacity
from a normal 2 buckets of sand from a frontend loader to a whopping six
“We can keep this sander on the road
three times longer, requiring fewer trips back to the sand barn,” Lord
“We added a plow mount to the truck that
gives us another heavy duty snowplow to help out in big snow storms, like
the one coming on Saturday (Jonas,)” Lord said.
Highway Department employee Quentin Lord points to the “surgical scar” from
welding two sander bodies together to create a “super sander!”
01/24/2016 9:30 a.m. –
Nor’easter Jonas was bigger than the
blizzard of ’96, say the weathermen.
Westport escapes storm’s fury.
buried New York, Baltimore and DC areas with a record up to three feet of
snow; this phenomenon is a first.
the town known for its river and stunning seacoast escaped the full fury of
the record-breaking monster blizzard when Jonas slipped a little south of
route 88 corridor received accumulations of 4 – 6 inches with lots of
drifting. No storm surge to speak of and no coastal flooding reported so
grab a cup of coffee, then head out the door with shovel in hand to cleanup
what could have been 18 inches but turned out to be only a third of that
gets vertical on West Beach Road, Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
Jonas slams Westport!
winds, treacherous conditions.
01/23/2016 6:00 p.m. –
Westport hunkers down to wait out
dangerous winter storm. Nor’easter Jonas barreled into Westport with brutal winds, and
blizzard conditions with rapid snow accumulations that will continue until
midnight or 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
shut down around 4:30 p.m. today with all town offices, public facilities,
retail stores, commercial institutions, restaurants and nighttime
happenings grinding to a halt.
storm warning until 7:00 a.m. Sunday.
National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning and coastal flood
watch until 1:00 a.m., and a wind advisory until 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
snow will continue to midnight, possibly 1:00 a.m. Sunday. Snow
accumulation may top out at 6 – 14 inches. Temperatures with a high of 34
today and Sunday with a low tonight of 24 degrees.
Above: NOAA forecast for snow accumulation
through Saturday 1:00 p.m.
the coast there is a storm warning in effect through late tonight; NE winds
to reach 25 to 30 knots with gusts up to 45 knots.
in Buzzards Bay will build 3 to 5 feet Saturday afternoon, diminishing to
around 2 feet Sunday night. Shifting N winds 20 to 25 knots on Sunday will
weaken to 5 to 10 knots by Sunday night.
large full-moon tide will coincide with strong winds, snowfall, and a
moderate 2-5 foot storm surge this weekend, leading to the possibility of
coastal flooding across the southcoast.
of wind direction, little damage is expected to East Beach Road and only
minor beach erosion, if any, to local coastal shorelines.
much remains to be seen as nor’easters are unpredictable.
Above: Westport Town Hall at 4:30 p.m. at
the height of nor’easter Jonas. photo
01/22/2016 – Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery entered a new
chapter a few years ago when
they changed their marketing strategy from low-margin distributers to a
more profitable philosophy of selling their award-wining wines through
their own company store, farmers’ markets and sponsoring special events
like their wildly successful Sunset Music Series that has been emulated by
Now, after 30
years of continuous operation, the company’s very existence is threatened
by an irate abutter who is suing both the company and the Town of Westport.
Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery will celebrate
its 30th year this summer.
farm, with 88 acres, has grown to 400 total acres with 80 acres planted in
grape vines — about 80,000 vines in all. The farm grows 200 tons of grapes
a year, producing 7,000 cases of wine and selling 6,000 to 7,000 gallons of
grape juice to other wine makers. More...
20th annual marathon reading of Moby Dick draws great
crowd, special guest speaker. “Call me Ishmael,” the famous opening line in Herman Melville’s
literary masterpiece Moby Dick
kicked off the marathon that, according to the museum’s Director of
Education and Science, Robert Rocha, is the world’s best known ‘readathon.’
Having sat through two of them this writer couldn’t agree more.
It is a nonstop reading commemorating the anniversary of the departure
of the ship "Acushnet" from the whaling port of New Bedford with
21-year-old Herman Melville aboard.
Nate Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea - a
nonfiction book (and now a movie starring Chris Hemsworth)
about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820 that inspired
the novel Moby-Dick was the special guest speaker who uttered the
celebrated first three words on Saturday noon, January 9th, kicking off the
25-hour Moby-Dick reading marathon.
Above: Anthony and Holly from Newton share
an iPod for the reading. Attendees read along from dog-eared paperbacks,
hardbound copies, iPads, iPods, tablets of all
manner and size and laptops.
than 30 participants stayed the entire 25 hours, earning recognition and
awards for doing so.
started with just "a couple of die-hards and some grog,"
according to museum president and CEO James Russell, has grown into a
four-day event that culminates in a cover-to-cover, 25-hour reading of the
book aloud by about 150 volunteers. Hundreds attended the live event, and
over 6600 more watched a live stream from 25 countries.
were 180 back-up readers in case someone dropped out.
event has become so popular that this year's reading spots were snapped up
within an hour of the announcement.
for this year was a four-hour reading of a Portuguese adaptation of
"Moby-Dick," and a two-hour children's version, read by kids ages
8 to 12.
the vicious rain and windstorm that lashed and tormented the museum’s
windows Sunday morning provided a melodramatic backdrop to the sinking of
the doomed whaler Pequod.
Above: hundreds attended the 20th annual
live reading of Moby Dick.
3000 beekeepers submit framework for Mass official
Pollinator Protection Plan. Joining the voices raising awareness of
declining pollinators is Deborah Weaver, Executive director,
Westport River Watershed Alliance in this Letter to the Editor.
beekeepers lost over 46 percent of
their hives, which
is too high to be sustainable.”
“The Westport River Watershed Alliance
urges Massachusetts legislators to lead our nation in protecting our food
supply, agricultural economy and environment by adopting the Eight County
President’s Beekeeper’s Pollinator Protection Plan Framework created and
supported by more than 3,000 Massachusetts beekeepers and support and pass
H.655 – An Act protecting Massachusetts pollinators,” Weaver writes. More...
Weed in Westport is more than just a pipe dream! In
as many weeks, two newly-formed enterprises have petitioned Westport
Selectmen for “Letters of Non-Opposition” to locating Medical Marijuana
cultivation and dispensary facilities within the Route 6/Route 177
business-zoned corridor. Why now, why so many, and why Westport?
betting on the come. More...
answer lies with the strong possibility that a state-wide ballot question
this November to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana in
Massachusetts may pass and the bay state would join five other states that
allow and control the sale of recreational marijuana.
this could spell trouble for Bristol County that was designated two weeks
ago as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,
enabling the troubled area to receive additional funding to combat opioid
Massachusetts senate committee tours
State Senator Michael Rodrigues was part of a recent seven-member Special
Committee on Marijuana on a four-day, fact-finding trip to the Centennial
State where they met with government officials, toured growing farms, and
visited retail shops to study the state's experience with legalization.
they learned was sobering.
potent edible forms of marijuana make up nearly half the legalized market
in Colorado and have had dangerous consequences for adults and children,”
according to Sen. Jason Lewis who led the junket that returned last week
from the research trip.
marijuana would create many challenges in Massachusetts.” More...
Michael Rodrigues posted this photo on Twitter from a store in Colorado
selling marijuana during a trip taken by a Senate committee exploring the
potential legalization of recreation marijuana.
Westport men cited.
Casting caution to the wind, two men who ignored basic boating safety
rules, including not wearing personal floatation devices (PFDs), came
inches from drowning in a frigid, choppy Westport harbor.
Monday, January 11th Selectmen recognized the heroic efforts of three
Westport men who saved them from certain death.
second floor meeting room was full of friends and family who came to
witness Selectmen’s recognition of three Westport heroes who saved the
lives of two careless boaters who almost lost their lives in a freak
boating accident in Westport Harbor. Click here to
read article below.
Harbormaster Jonathon Paull, former selectman John A. Taylor, Jr. and
fisherman Michael R. Emond were presented
citations by the Westport Selectmen for bravery and quick action in saving
the lives of two men on Saturday, December 6th.
from the left: Selectmen Steve Ouellette and Craig
Dutra, fisherman Michael R. Emond, former
selectman John A. Taylor, Jr., Assistant Harbormaster Jonathan Paull, and
Selectmen Richard Spirlet and Tony Vieira. Photos
No parking please! Requests
by abutters for parking restrictions on Russell and Oakland Streets were
granted by Selectmen last week after recommendations for such were made by
the town’s safety departments.
feared that used car lot expansion plans for Carvalho's
Bargain Motors on State Road (Route 6) would promote customer parking on
the two narrow side streets that would hinder abutter access to their
properties, and would make more precarious the already dangerous angular
turn onto Russell Street from Sate Road that causes cars navigating the
turn to dramatically slow down before turning.
Carvalho's Bargain Motors appeared before Selectmen last December 14th
requesting addition parking spaces for used cars after they acquired a
vacant lot on the corner of Russell Street and State Road.
Above: Complaints from abutters led to
parking bans on Russell and Oakland Streets. This man was concerned his
large motor home couldn’t navigate Russell Street if side-street parking
was permitted next to the expanded used sales car lot.
the Town Administrator’s report last
week included a long overdue letter from MassDOT regarding
a meeting with Westport authorities over repairs to Hix
letter simply stated that the State would take responsibility for repair of
the deteriorating support columns, but gave no details on what the repairs
would be or even when said repair would begin. OK........
Tell it to the Zoning Board of
Appeals, Selectmen told Rob Camara at
last week’s Selectmen’s meeting when the new owner of Joel’s Garage
requested a Class II license to sell up to 10 used cars at the Adamsville
Road service garage now known as Rob’s Auto Care.
Board Chairman, Jim Whitin strongly objected to
the request saying it was a non-conforming use of the property as the
business never had a Class II license, and the garage is in a residential
zone as defined by Westport’s 1977 revised zoning rules.
garage was originally built in 1970.
Camara had voluntarily revised his existing parking down to 62
vehicles from 75 to help his cause, and has cleaned up the property with
the used cars to be parked up front and all vehicles for repair would be
parked at the rear of the property.
service station also will no longer sell gasoline, only providing diesel
fuel to the general public.
Above: Rob Camara
at his new location on 500 Adamsville Road, Westport.
photo | EverythingWestport.com
Camara previously ran Rob’s Auto Care for the past six years in
Little Compton, but moved to the larger Adamsville Road facility this year,
outgrown our current location and Joal’s is a
much larger facility with more garage space and specifically more parking.”
listening to Camara’s request Selectmen referred
him to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Story will be updated later.
01/19/2016 – Westport beekeeper expresses alarm, urges action.
Letter to the
During the holiday season we
celebrate harvest gifts from nature, from pumpkins to apples to
cranberries. There are growing signs of trouble that the winged workers who
not only pollinate our food supply but are essential to our ecosystems, are
Bees are responsible for one out of
three bites of food we eat and without bees, we would lose some of our most
delicious and nutritious foods.
This past year, Massachusetts
beekeepers lost more than of 46 percent of their hives, on average. This is
higher than the 2014-2015 national average, which was the second highest
loss recorded to date. Bees are modern day canaries in the coal mine,
warning us that the way we produce our food is unhealthy and unsustainable.
Above: Toxic pesticides killing honey bees.
01/19/2016 – The
way we were; remembering East Beach. Long before East Beach Road was wiped out by severe winter
storms, long before hurricane after hurricane assaulted the venerable yet
vulnerable Westport town beach, the area was a bustling seaside colony of
summer cottages, hotels, a dance hall, bowling alley, skating rink, post
office and, yes, even a Catholic church.
But all were swept away by the Hurricane of ’38. Today only
the ubiquitous cobblestones remain. More...
Above: East Beach
circa 1900. Photo | Westport Historical Society.
01/19/2016 – A
slaughterhouse is planned for Westport. The Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association (SEMALA) announcing it has purchased a 10-acre parcel on Route 6,
near the intersection with Route 88.
The group hopes to construct a "state-of-the-art"
9,500 square-foot livestock processing facility beginning this spring, said
SEMALA President Andrew Burnes, in a Friday
announcement. He added that the group is trying to secure all the necessary
finances for construction in the next 60 to 90 days. More...
Related - SEMALA hosts information session at The Shattuck on local
slaughterhouse plan. Read
Above, left to right: Andy Burnes, President of SEMALA, Dedee
Shattuck of Dedee Shattuck Gallery, and Bob
Russell of Westport Rivers Winery.
01/19/2016 – Westport firefighters respond to Mid City Steel accident. An injured worker was
taken to the hospital after an accident at Mid City
Scrap Iron & Salvage Co. on Monday afternoon, officials said.
At 1:50 p.m., a ladder truck armed with extrication tools and
an ambulance responded to an accident about a man trapped in some machinery
at the scrap metal processing plant at 548 State Road, reported SouthCoasttoday.
When firefighters arrived, they found the man lying on the
floor. He was put on a backboard and taken to Rhode Island Hospital, fire
A company official said they were trying to figure out how the
accident happened. He did not have an update on the victim's condition as
01/17/2016 – New
debit card scam hits unwary shoppers at large
volume retail stores. Sgt. J.R. Simmons (NBPD Ret.),
Harbormaster for the Town of Mattapoisett recently sent out an email
warning shoppers to pay attention to their debit card transactions. “Check
your receipts before leaving any cashier's station; do not wait until you
A scam that can be done at any
retail or wholesale location when using a debit card has affected local
shoppers and can affect you as well if you are not vigilant.
“It happened to me at a Wal-Mart
Supercenter a month ago. I bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, and I
glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a
cash-back of $40. I told her I didn't request a cash back and to delete it.
She said I'd have to take the $40 because she couldn't delete it. I told
her to call a supervisor.”
01/17/2016 – Housing Trust
calls for support of affordable apartments being planned at Noquochoke
Village on Route 177. The Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund would like to publicly
express its support for the special permit application submitted by The
Community Builders, Inc. to the Planning Board for the proposed Noquochoke
Village housing development. The non-profit company has been working with
the Town, the community and the Trust for the past four years to plan for
the construction of 50 units of new, mixed-income family housing in
Westport on town-owned land off American Legion Highway.
A February 9th public hearing has been
scheduled by the Planning Board to review the updated plans submitted by TCB.
The proposed apartment units will be affordable for individuals and families
across a wide range of income levels, and will address the state's
longstanding priorities for creating permanent affordable housing
opportunities in every community in the Commonwealth.
01/16/2016 – All
in a day’s work.
Our first Weekly News Photo of 2016! Getting the job done!
80-something Claude Ledoux prepares his winter
firewood with his trusty Stihl chainsaw and a determination honed through
many hard years of working the land as a wood famer and conservationist.
The Westport resident, engineer, avid historian, former Westport selectman,
author, radio show host, Marine and veteran of the Korean Conflict knows
the value of getting the job done and done right!
here to view this photo and previous Photos of the Week!
01/15/2016 – Robert Gallagher
wins LC Scenic Winter Road Race; 39-year-old Chris Jusseaume
top Westport finisher. Robert Gallagher, 27, of East Providence won the Little
Compton’s Scenic Winter Road Race at a time of 28:06, far off the record
but 32 seconds ahead of North Kingston’s Michael Tammaro,
and a minute 29 seconds ahead of third place Camereron
Ingram of Norfolk Virginia.
The USATF sanctioned 4.8 mile road race was “chip timed” by RaceWire.
Top female and ninth overall at 31:33 was 30-year-old Anna Tomasulo from Providence in a photo finish with Theo
Marek, 29, of Providence.
Inset: Little Compton
native, now of Providence took top honors in the recently restore LC Scenic
Winter Road Race.
Top Little Compton finisher at sixth place was Ezra Leary, 15,
126 competitors finished the race including the oldest registered
runner, Little Compton’s 74-years-young Harry Switzer at 1:12:48.
Temperatures in the 40s on a dry course under gray skies was
certainly welcome weather for the return of this annual event brought back by popular demand, that benefits the Little Compton
Education Foundation (LCEF) and the students of Wilbur McMahon School.
After the event all were invited to join LCEF back in the
Wilbur Gym for a food and awards ceremony. T-shirts were given to all registrants.
Medals and Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women.
Additional prizes were given to the top two runners in the following
Junior (19 and under); Open (20-39); Master (40-49); Senior
(50-59); Veteran (60-69); and Heroes (69-100).
Geoff Smith, two-time Boston Marathon winner, was at the race
to promote the Tour de Patrick running series and handed out the medals to
Above: Top female
finisher Anna Tomasulo and Theo Marek, both of
Providence, finished at 31:33.
Above, left: Top Westport finisher
Chris Jusseaume. Right: Top Little Compton finisher Ezra Leary. Photos | RaceWire
01/14/2016 - Westport Cultural Council is
pleased to announce its 2015-2016
Grant Awards for individuals and organizations.
After reviewing many deserving applications for the fall grant
cycle, the Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce its
2015-2016 Grant Awards for individuals and organizations.
The WCC received over $12,000 in Local Cultural Council grant
requests with just over $5,000 in funds to distribute. This year WCC
received new applications for school programs and field trips offering
interesting and fun learning experiences, as well as annual events enjoyed
by residents of Westport and surrounding communities.
Congratulations to all 2015-16 WCC Grant Awardees: Madeline Brager for The Art
Drive; Westport River Watershed Alliance for Buoy the Winter Blues; Dharma
Voyage for Spirit of Westport; South Coast Artists, Inc. for their 2016
Open Studio Tours; The Arc of Greater Fall River; Westport Free Public
Library; New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks! Teen Artists Internships; Diane
Pereira for a school trip to the Zeiterion
theater; Jane Dufault for a field trip to the New
Bedford Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concert; New Bedford Festival
Theater, Inc.; Westport Land Conservation Trust; and Westport Historical
01/14/2016 - WESTPORT -
Incumbent Richard Spirlet announced Monday
that he will seek reelection to the Westport Board of Selectmen.
The two-term selectman believes he can continue to make a positive impact and be the
voice of the people.
Mr. Spirlet said. “I will strive to bring transparency,
accountability and common sense to town government.”
He listed three key points and issues: (1) Westport is facing
many challenges and I will approach each issue by asking, “what is best for
Westport?” (2) Citizens of Westport cannot be the bailout for poor
management, thus making fiscal responsibility a priority. And (3) he said
he will work to “preserve and maintain Westport’s character, beauty and
heritage through local control.”
Mr. Spirlet has lived in Westport with his wife Lois for more
than 28 years, raising three children - Susan,
Troy and Tara - “who have grown both ‘roots and wings’ in our community.”
01/14/2016 – Westport police identify last Thursday’s crash
victim as 18-year-old Stephen D. Marote. Marote,
a life-long Westport resident, lost control of his gray Mercedes, striking
a large tree near 275 Reed Road.
Police believe excessive
speeding may be a factor in the fatal accident.
The 2015 Westport High School
graduate was attending college in Florida. Marote’s
funeral is set for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14th at Our Lady of Grace
Church, Sanford Road, Westport.
01/12/2016 – Southcoast
Men and Women of the Year! Generations bond in Walk for Westport; effort raises money for town's young and
old. The Walk for Westport, which this year marked its fifth
anniversary, raises money for both the town's children and its senior
This past October, the 5th Annual
Walk for Westport, held in original founder Rosemary Lenrow’s
honor, raised $17,000. In five years, it’s raised more than $70,000,
according to Walk for Westport Committee members.
here to read full article.
01/12/2016 – Tiverton resort
casino is a long way off in Massachusetts, according to gambling researcher
and expert Clyde W. Barrow. The general manager of Pyramid Associates, LLC, a Westport
company on 151 State Road, predicts the odds are 4-1 against Tiverton
getting a casino.
Barrow, a project manager for the Northeastern Casino Gaming
Research project, says a Newport casino’s plan to open a resort gaming
house in Tiverton is a great location to compete with Massachusetts
gamblers, but Tiverton voters “have a history of saying no to the Rhode
Island company’s plans.”
Barrow, speaking with WBZ-TV, gives better odds that casino development in Everett,
Brockton, Taunton, and Martha’s Vineyard might get built.
But I wouldn’t gamble on it!
01/12/2016 – Westport
Selectmen wrap up Monday night’s meeting in time for dinner, quickly dispatching several agenda
items, while deferring potentially lengthy discussion on the FY
2017 municipal budget to another night.
Selectmen sent Robert Camara, Jr,
off to the Zoning Board of Appeals to seek a variance for a Class II
license to sell used cars at the former Joel’s Garage location. The board
also approved a formal POW/MIA table to be located on the second floor of
Town Hall; announced parking bans on Russell and Oakland Streets to protect
abutter’s property access from encroachment by potential car buyers of the
expanding Carvalho’s Bargain Motors used car lot;
made several appointments to town boards; accepted donations to the Council
on Aging; and granted a Class II license to S&K Auto Sales after the
property owner/landlord agreed to pay back taxes.
But the meeting room was full of spectators who came to
witness Selectmen’s recognition of three Westport heroes who saved the
lives of two careless boaters who almost lost their lives in a boating
accident in Westport Harbor. Click
here to read article below.
Assistant Harbormaster Jonathon Paull, John A. Taylor, Jr. and
fisherman Michael R. Emond were presented
citations by the select board for bravery and quick action in saving the
lives of two men on Saturday, December 6th.
01/10/2016 – Mass
Audubon Allens Pond Sanctuary announces 2016
coastal waterbird positions and internships. The nature protection group has
posted their 2016 coastal waterbird and summer
internships including wildlife, marketing and special events, and land and
trails online. Click
here for all the information.
01/10/2016 – The
Westport Land Conservation Trust said “Take a hike!” and over 150 people
showed up at Sylvan’s Nursery to do just that.
Executive Director Ryan Mann thanked the horde of walkers who
came out on a winter day for a chance to stroll on protected and private
land, commune with nature, and to share spectacular views of The Let rarely
seen by Westport residents.
The Let Conservation Area is truly a hidden gem. This 62-acre
parcel stretches between the Westport River and Horseneck Road and is only
accessible to the public at the water’s edge.
A running stream of commentary from Ryan provided a wealth of
information about not only The Let but also the area’s ecology and diverse
These WLCT walks are a jewel in the crown of Westport life;
with over 4000 acres under protection, they’re guaranteed to last a
More with photos later.
01/9/2016 – Cooling off and heating up! The new year is barely out of diapers, and frozen polar bear
and penguin plungers thawed out, when bang - things really start to heat
Westport’s annual April 12th Town elections have been set into
motion with the announcement by Town Clerk Marlene Sampson that
election nomination papers for the following offices are now available for
pickup: (1) Selectman, (1) Assessor, (1) Board of Health, (2) School
Committee, (1) Fish Commissioner, (2) Trustees of Free Public Library, (1)
Landing Commissioner, (1 Commissioner of Trust Funds, (1) Housing
Authority, and (1) Planning Board.
here for all the details. Call the Town Clerk’s office at
508.636.1000 with any questions or for more information on how to obtain
and fill out nomination papers.
Click here to find your
voting precinct by your address:
Precinct A - American Legion Hall, 489 Sanford Road
Precinct B - Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road
Precinct C - Alice Macomber School, 154 Gifford Road
Precinct D - Briggs Road Fire Station, 85 Briggs Road
Precinct E - Westport High School, 19 Main Road
Deadline for obtaining nomination papers is Thursday, February
18th at 4:00 p.m.; deadline for filing completed nomination papers with the
Board of Registrars with signatures is Tuesday, February 23rd by 5:00 p.m.
All candidates should be aware that nomination papers should
be filed early to avoid disqualification because of invalid or insufficient
01/08/2016 – Westport
man wins $1 million in Massachusetts Lottery. Westport resident Tiberio Silva
bought a $20 Massachusetts lottery ticket that netted him $1 million,
making him the twenty-fourth $1 million prize winner in the Massachusetts
State Lottery’s “Platinum Millions.”
courtesy Mass Lottery Commission
Mr. Silva chose the cash option on his winnings and received a
one-time payment of $650,000 (before taxes.) He plans on using his winnings to buy a
house and purchase a new car for his wife. The other option was to take 20
annual payments of $50,000 (before taxes.)
Silva’s winning ticket was purchased at Gridiron Sports Bar,
2416 GAR Highway in Swansea, and the bar will receive a $10,000 bonus for
There are two $10 million prizes and 11 additional $1 million
prizes remaining in the $20 “Platinum Millions” instant game.
You can’t win if you don’t play!
01/05/2016 – Westport
Senator Rodrigues wants you! Here is your chance to get involved with state government.
Team Rodrigues recently had a job opportunity become available! They are
seeking highly-motivated applicants to fill the Communications Director position in his State House office.
This person will focus on media relations, communications strategy, and
constituent services. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong oral
and written communications skills, the ability to work well under pressure,
and the capacity to manage a complex and ever-evolving issue portfolio.
They are looking for someone who has a Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in
Communications, Political Science, or related subject), exceptional
interpersonal skills, and interest in public policy and the legislative
process. Must work out of the Boston office.
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing
sample to Chief of Staff, Karen Almeida at Karen.Almeida@masenate.gov.
01/01/2016 12:30 p.m. – Kyle Ventura of East Providence wins EverythingWestport’s
“Best Imitation of a Polar Bear” in the 2016 Back Eddy Polar Bear Plunge.
The harbor side restaurant
was on target as of 12:45 p.m. to beat the 2012 record of 318 with an
expected 350 jumpers braving the 50 degree water temperature and 34 degree
air temperature, all under partly sunny skies.
The plunge ends at 2:00 p.m.
Above and below: Shock and awe at the Back Eddy Polar Bear Plunge!
More past headline news continues below.
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see all events
in and around Westport, MA.
to offer a course on Natural Beekeeping Practices at their Fall River
campus starting Monday, February 29th (that’s right; it’s a leap year!)
Hey you wannabe
Honeybees provide the pollination of almost half of the food we eat, so
Bristol Community College is offering aspiring beekeepers open enrollment
to its spring Natural Beekeeping course (OFP 122). More under our future events
Westport Council on Aging
to offer tax preparation help beginning Thursday, February 4th.
help is available by appointment at the Westport Council on Aging. Call
508.636.1026 for an appointment.
Volunteers are available on
4th and 11th at 3:00 p.m.; February 18th and 25th from 1:00 -3:00 p.m.;
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; and April 4th
and 11th between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Held over to the end of
Free Public Library features local photographer Steve Connors in the Manton
Room during the month of January.
The photos, taken in Westport and others from the southcoast area, are mostly landscapes, seascapes and
nature shots. Mr. Connors became interested in photography when he was 10,
and has had a camera in his hands ever since.
He spent the summers of his youth in a cottage on the
Connors worked for six years with The Trustees of
Reservations at the Westport Farm, and now works as an Engagement Manager
with the Westport River Watershed Alliance.
Connors lives on an historic Westport farm built in
the early 1850s.
Mr. Connors studied at Boston College. He is
continually fascinated by the natural world. His work can be seen at his website.
9th annual Bristol Community
High School Class of 1966 is planning a 50th class reunion on Saturday,
all you 60-something Westport High graduates, listen up! Westport High School Class of 1966 is
planning a 50th class reunion. It
will be an informal barbeque/picnic on Saturday afternoon.
should contact Doris Sasseville Carvalho at 508.677.1823, at email her at email@example.com;
or email Ken Borden at KenB205@comcast.net for more
Westport Council on Aging’s super Soup and Sandwich luncheon
Starting at 11:30 a.m.
Brando Woods of New Bedford will be supplying
the Soup and the Sandwiches
Call 508.636.1026 and make your reservations
today – bargain priced lunch of sandwiches and soup for just $4 per person.
Available to the first 60 guests who make reservations. Westport Senior
Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport.
Westport Woman’s Club to Learn About
Fraud/Scams on Wednesday,
The Westport Woman’s Club
invites members and their guests to a meeting to be held at 7:00 p.m. at
the Macomber Community House, 930 Main Road,
Guest speakers will be
Detective-Sergeant Antonio Cestodio and Detective
Robert Rebello who will talk about “Detection and
Prevention of Frauds/Scams”. We continue to hear and read about
frauds/scams in the news, and this educational program will help us to be
more prepared to deal with these issues.
Hostesses for the evening will
be Judy Brodsky, Heather Haines, and Judy Menard.
Free program on combating and managing the
devastating winter moth in Southeastern Mass on Wednesday,
From 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District (ERICD) will host a free
public workshop at the Yellow Building at Sandywoods, 73 Muse Way, Tiverton
regarding winter moth, featuring speaker Heather Faubert
from URI Cooperative Extension.
Contact ERICD District Manager
Sara Churgin with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
at the Point with Adaskin String Trio and pianist
Sally Pinkas on Sunday, February 21st.
Concerts at the Point welcomes back the Adaskin String Trio and pianist Sally Pinkas beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Adaskin String Trio is a great favorite of audiences,
due to their capacity, as noted in the Boston Globe, to
"direct the listener to the heart of the matter." The Trio
will perform Beethoven String Trio in D Major, Op. 9, No. 2.; a contemporary work by Michael White titled A Sephardic
Life (drawing on the traditions of medieval Jewish Spain) and Gideon Klein
String Trio ( written near the end of World War II in Europe).
Together with Ms. Pinkas, they will present
Camille Saint-Saens' Quatuor Op.
Concerts take place at 1912 Main Road, Westport
Point, Ma. Tickets $25, Students $10. Doors open 2:15pm, open
seating. Tickets may be reserved by sending email to email@example.com
or calling 508.636.0698;
reserved tickets may be picked up and paid for at the door on the day of
the concert. Tickets may also be ordered from the website www.concertsatthepoint.org
and paid for via PayPal."
Click here to view Sunday’s program. PDF
Wild Winter Lecture Series
at the Westport Library: Wings of Westport on Monday, February 8th.
at 6:30 p.m. at the Westport Free Public Library located at 408 Old County
Photo | Snowy Owl at Gooseberry causeway by Rick Barrette
WLCT and the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) for the final in a
series of three talks on fascinating topics presented by the experts
a journey across North America with migratory birds of Westport. Lauren
Miller-Donnelly, President of the Paskamansett Bird Club, will highlight
several species that call Westport home for some portion of their lives.
From the Osprey that fish in our rivers to the ruby throated hummingbirds
that sip our flowers in the summer to the wintering species like the Snowy
Owl, Lauren will discuss why these birds visit us and where they go and
what they do when they leave.
On-going. The annual Molly Little
Art Film Series each Tuesday until February 23rd.
One hour lecture
and film begins at 11:00 a.m. at Southworth Library, 732 Dartmouth
Street, Dartmouth bringing area residents the opportunity to appreciate
series has long been one of their most popular programs. All the details
Events This Week.
Partners to feature Westport writer Dawn Tripp on February
To kick off the 2016 season of the Partners
Village Store Writer’s Series, they are thrilled to welcome Westport
author Dawn Tripp for an evening of wine and conversation to celebrate the
release of her forthcoming novel, Georgia, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
This event will be a dynamic, open and
interactive discussion with Tripp about Georgia specifically, as
well as the writing process, the work of creating a story, and
Books will be available for signing at the
conclusion of the talk. Please call Partners for a reservation at 508.636.2572.
Dawn Tripp’s Georgia is a boldly imagined
novel based on the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe and her passionate
relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
annual WRWA Buoy the Winter Blues at the Dedee
Shattuck Gallery starts Saturday, February 27th.
auction of artists’ original buoys; 58 artists, one location, eight days!
Above: two belles and a
beautiful mermaid – Dedee Shattuck (left),
Meredith Cornell’s “Flotsam and Then Some” seaweed-haired mermaid lobster
buoy sculpture, and WRWA’s Gay Gillespie.
Show runs from Saturday, February 27th
through Saturday, March 5th.
The silent auction will take place on
Saturday, March 5th from 1 to 5 p.m., with the reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
Music by The John Stein Trio.
“Brushes and Brews” art class available.
Click here to preview the art works. Check our Future
Events for all the details. Visit their website.
to view flyer and show
classes to start at Westport Art Group on Thursday, March 3rd.
Westport Art Group is happy to announce that
artist/teacher Peggy Call-Conley will again be running a weekly Beginners Watercolor Class
beginning on Thursday, March 3rd. The session is open to the public and
will run for seven weeks.
All the details in our Future
painting by Westport Art Group instructor Peggy Call-Conley.
vaccine still available for Westport residents.
the Board of Health nurse’s office at the Town Hall Annex, 856 Main Road on
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Call 508.636.1030 for additional
information. The cost of the vaccine is covered by health insurance, and
the reimbursements are used to purchase vaccine and supplies.
Glass Bottom Boat at the Dartmouth Grange on Saturday, March 12th.
at the Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth. 7:30 p.m., doors open
7:00 pm. For more information call 401.241.3793 or email
$15 general admission ($12 for kids under 18, seniors 60 and over, and
college students); $35 family admission.
Glass Bottom Boat is Kelly Cleveland, Becca Fayan
Guilfoyle, and Ken Taylor. Don't miss this wonderful evening of fine
acoustic instrumentals, tragic tuneful tales, beautiful vocal harmonies,
well-chosen covers and originals.
2016 South Coast Artists is proud to offer another session in
their ongoing educational lecture series: Social Media for Visual
Artists with Lisa Kalner Williams on
Thursday, March 17th.
Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners’ Lane, Westport.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; presentation: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
includes Q & A.
“Most artists just want to
work on art, not marketing their art. Figuring out which social channel(s)
to use – and how to use them well – can be overwhelming.” -
Lisa Kalner Williams
Lisa explains the advantages of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
and Pinterest (and others) and if it’s a fit, how to maximize each channel
to drive web traffic, sales, and foot traffic to events (exhibits, art
festivals, fairs, etc.) Lisa is a contributing
writer to The Social Media Monthly.
Visit http://sierratierra.com/ for more
Free to SCA Members and $20 for
non-members. Space is limited, please register here.
South Coast Artists, Inc. with special thanks to Dedee
Shattuck Gallery for their generous sponsorship.
E. Ellis grant period begins now! Mailed applications should
be postmarked by March 18, 2016 and sent to the Westport Cultural Council.
The Westport Cultural Council is pleased to announce the
opening of the Helen E. Ellis Trust grant application period.
Application forms are available online beginning
February 1, 2016 at Grant application forms are also available at the
Westport Free Public Library and the Westport Town Clerk’s Office.
Completed applications are due March 18, 2016.
our Future Events section for all the details.
SkillsUSA Cake Competition on Saturday, April
Calling all cake decorators! No matter
what your age or your level of experience, enter the 9th annual Bristol
Community College SkillsUSA Cake
Competition! This year’s theme is Cake Craft!
our Future Events
listings for all details and entry form links.
View video from 2013 Cake
Westport’s Devin Laubi
Spring Fling Fundraiser on Friday, April 15th.
on Flyer to enlarge.
Bay Swim 2016 on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
clean water at the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 23rd annual Buzzards Bay Swim.
Join more than 300 others who make a difference to protect clean water in
Buzzards Bay. You can swim, volunteer, or cheer on swimmers as they cross
outer New Bedford Harbor.
the Swim, swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New
Bedford Harbor. The course is a rare chance to swim point to point across a
closed shipping channel, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and
ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven. The Swim is a
safe, fully supported event complete with medical personnel and an
on-the-water safety squad arranged with the assistance of the U.S. Coast