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Monday, October 24 – Alert! Early Voting started this morning in
Westport and other local Massachusetts communities.
Westport’s Town Clerk, Marlene Samson announced
several weeks ago that Early Voting
is now available for the first time to all Westport registered voters who
wish to cast their ballot for the November 8th Presidential Election.
Early voting began Monday morning, October 24th at 8:30
a.m. and will run through Friday, November 4th.
Early Voting will be held during
regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 at Westport Town Hall, 816
Main Road. Registered voters with
questions can contact the Town Clerks office at 508.636.1000.
Vote early, vote often? No says Town Clerk, Marlene Samson -
once a voter has cast an early voting ballot they can no longer vote on
Absentee Voting is still available for registered voters who will be absent from the town on
Election Day, have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls,
or has a religious belief preventing the same. Anyone wishing to vote by absentee ballot
must file a written request with
the Town Clerk's Office by 12:00 Noon on Monday, November 7th.
Listen up Westport voters: In order to qualify to vote in this
year’s presidential election, you would have had to register or make any
necessary changes to your voter registration by 8:00 p.m., Wednesday,
To check to see if you are registered
to vote or to find information on how to register, you may visit the
Secretary of the Commonwealths website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele .
Sunday, October 23 – Breaking News 9:30 a.m. Crash and run on Route 6/Sanford Road
intersection. A silver/gray eastbound Hyundai crossover mowed down a traffic
signal light fixture and assorted median strip signs at the State Road intersection,
and then disappeared.
Bystanders at first thought it was a rollover, with extensive
debris all over the highway.
But the heavily damaged Hyundai apparently limped eastbound on
State Road, causing police to search for what witnesses described as a
The Hyundai was eventually found in front of SOS Self Storage, about 1000 yards east of the accident scene,
where it appeared the vehicle could travel no further.
Initial reports didn’t indicate any injuries, and Westport police
First responders included several Westport police cruisers, ambulance
and fire apparatus.
More when additional information is available.
Saturday, October 22 – Westport police
detective gives update on Route 177 animal abuse case. Police Detective
Jeff Majewski held a press conference Saturday
afternoon to give news services an update on the status and provide details
of Westport’s largest alleged animal abuse case ever.
Majewski acknowledged the
conditions of the tenant farms haven’t changed, and in fact one tenant has returned
a cow to his leased land, and plans on returning more.
After receiving reports from a nearby worker a few weeks back,
the town’s only remaining Municipal Animal Inspector, Fred Ponte, and a
police officer went to the property and found a calf on one lot. Majewski said that lot’s tenant farmer told the officer
that he intended to bring more animals back.
And there is nothing
police can do about it.
Police reported there are hundreds of
rats running around the property, and the Board of Health is aware of that,
and many of the rats are inside the ramshackle, shabby shelters.”
According to Majewski, there are 75 illicit and insecure buildings
on the property. He said the town sent the property owner a letter ordering
him to tear them down, but he has yet to comply.
Because there is
no court or restraining order preventing the tenant farmers from having
animals on the 177 property, police can’t step in, according to Majewski.
“There is nothing
preventing the tenant farmers from bringing the animals back as far as the
police are concerned, Majewski said.
The Board of
Health and the Building Department are the only town departments enforcing these
types of violations.
“And there are violations,” Majewski said.
statement was refuted by the Westport Board of Health which said the board
has no jurisdiction over animals at the farm, and only an agency that can enforce
legal action against the property owner, Richard Medeiros, could prevent
animals at the site.
Over 1000 animals had to be moved from
the Route 177 site and relocated to a sanctuary on Pine Hill Road (pictured
have been started by Westport police and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s
office in connection with the recent animal removal, Majewski
said, but no one has been charged at this time.
It was originally
stated that no charges would be brought against the land owner.
reintroduction of animals to the tenant farms is an issue for zoning, according
to Town Administrator, Timothy King.
King said the
Board of Selectmen has no authority to restrict animals from the farm.
Westport town counsel is in communications with the property owner’s lawyers
to work out a plan to never let this tenant farm debacle ever happen again.
King said property
owner Richard Medeiros and his attorney met with town officials earlier
this week to discuss the disposition of the unlawful buildings on the property;
what buildings would have to be removed, which ones can stay and under what
conditions those buildings would be allowed to remain on 70-acre site.
King added that he
expected the Board of Health would have followed up by now on the reported rat
infestation at the Medeiros farm site.
Saturday, October 22 – Hunters take notice!
Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) requests
that all hunters planning to hunt on WLCT lands
notify WLCT in advance. Additionally, WLCT requests that any game taken from WLCT lands be reported to WLCT.
“Hunting is welcome on over 450 acres of public, conserved
land in Westport,” said Brendan Buckless,
outreach and stewardship coordinator for WLCT.
“By documenting the number of games species taken from these lands, we hope
to improve our management strategies for these areas.”
Locations open to hunting are as follows: Headwaters
Conservation Area (187 Blossom Road), Herb Hadfield Conservation Area (364
Adamsville Road), and Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area (1520 Main Road). To
notify WLCT of your intent to hunt any of these
three locations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the WLCT office directly at
Thursday, October 20 – ‘Discover Buzzards
Bay’ initiative promises walks, cycling, paddling, and
more. The former Acushnet
Sawmill was the site Thursday of an announcement by the Buzzards Bay
Coalition and Southcoast Health of a joint
project called Discover Buzzards Bay to promote active outdoor recreation.
includes a series of organized walks and an online portal with information about places to
walk, cycle, paddle, and more.
walks, dubbed Sunday Strolls, will be led by a medical professional from Southcoast Health and a Buzzards Bay Coalition outdoor
educator. The first one is Friday, December 4th at William Minot Forest in
Wareham, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
portal, www.savebuzzardsbay.org/discover, lists more than
100 public parks, trails, beaches, and boat launches from Fall River to
Wareham and beyond.
Wednesday, October 19 – Three Westport drivers escaped
with no injuries from a
pair of horrific accidents yesterday that tied up two major Westport
thoroughfares for several hours.
At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday a large Ford F650
dump truck carrying a load of heavy, scrap iron I-beams went out of control
on the sharply curved entrance ramp to I-195 west from Route 88, flipped
over and slid down the road on its side, completely blocking the entrance
ramp for three hours.
And around 3:30 p.m. a black Chevrolet Suburban heading east
in the 600 block of Old County Road completely ran over the frontend of a
mid-sized Mitsubishi Gallant when the westbound Gallant turned directly
into the larger vehicle’s path.
That accident took over an hour to cleanup.
All three drivers, a 19-year Westport man driving the Ford,
and two young women involved with the Old County Road crash didn’t have a
scratch. More with photos....
Wednesday, October 19 – The wheels on the trolley track
go round and round... no more!
By Robert Barboza
Special Correspondent to
Photos | Robert Barboza
Once upon a time, thousands of area
residents would climb aboard the electric trolley cars running from Fall
River and New Bedford each weekend and take leisurely rides out to the
countryside to visit the region’s premier recreational attraction, Lincoln
Few local residents remember such
trolley car excursions, as the last run to Lincoln Park took place more
than 70 years ago, when the growing popularity of private
cars and public bus lines put the trolley lines out of business. All that
remain of that once-popular mode of transportation is the grassy median
strip in the center of double-barreled State Road, where the rails that
used to guide the trolleys beneath the overhead electric lines were once
Dartmouth historian Paul Levasseur (right) recently revived those
almost-forgotten memories of the heyday of local trolley lines with a
screening of his 2011 documentary, Trolley Cars of Dartmouth. More...
Tuesday, October 18 - Urgent Message 8:00 a.m. - Shellfishing in Westport waters is closed until
No sooner did Westport open its scallop season on Saturday,
October 15th then the state shut it down!
All waters from Rhode Island Sound to Buzzards Bay to
Nantucket Sound, including both branches of the Westport River are closed
to all shellfishing until further notice.
A toxic Phytoplankton
Bloom has been found. For further information, please contact the
Marine Services Director Christopher Leonard at 508.636.1105 or the
Shellfish Hotline at 508.636.1104.
Also, all relay activity has been suspended.
regulators say several fishing areas in the southern coast and Buzzards Bay
areas are no longer open to shellfishing due to a
potentially toxic bloom of phytoplankton.
Division of Marine Fisheries says it has determined that the areas are
unsafe for digging, harvesting or collecting shellfish. The closure took
effect at sunrise last Saturday.
the phytoplankton bloom can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning in humans.
Symptoms of ASP can include short- and long-term memory loss, along with
other serious health effects.
Monday, October 17 – The British are
coming! Restoration work began today on the circa 1813 powder house
that now sits on the northwestern edge of the Head Public Landing.
First built to store ammunition in response to the War of 1812
(the powder house according to town legend never actually stored gunpowder,
just bullets!), the simple, wood framed magazine was originally located on
the southeastern backside of the landing, isolated from other structures.
It was relocated during the middle 1800s when the
state designated the area a public town landing, requiring most buildings
located there to be removed.
specialist, Nathaniel Allen gently pries off the entrance door’s wooden
casing. The work is being supported through CPA funding and local
Monday, October 17 – Selectmen meet
tonight at Westport Town Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.
here to read Selectmen’s agenda and Town Administrator’s report. PDF
Saturday, October 15 – Westport - Breaking news 8:00 p.m. A pickup
truck avoiding a deer crashed through a roadside stonewall on Old Pine Hill
Minor injuries sent one passenger to a local hospital.
The 4x4 crew cab pickup truck with
two occupants was traveling northbound in the 100 block of Old Pine Hill
Road around 8:00 p.m. when a deer jumped in front of the vehicle, causing
the driver to veer left, crash through a big stonewall, narrowly missing a
large tree, heavily damaging the frontend.
Fire apparatus and rescue vehicles responded along with several
It took first responders over 90 minutes to clear the accident
More with video later when details emerge.
Saturday, October 15 – Off to Monaco! Team
Coastal USA is making historic firsts in American Coastal Rowing.
The boats are staying home, but Westport rowing partners Ben
Booth and Jim Dietz Jr. are off on Sunday to compete in the 2016 World
Coastal Rowing Championships later this month in a country well known for
its Formula 1 Grand Prix racing.
Ben’s been making a lot of waves in local rowing fitness and
school boat-building projects, and now he and Jim are taking Westport's
Dharma Voyage international!
Inset: Ben Booth
(left) and James Dietz Jr. leave Sunday to compete in the 2016 World Coastal
Rowing Championships in Monaco.
In 2015, Ben Booth became the first American rower to
represent the USA in the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Lima,
Peru. This year he has joined forces
with rowing powerhouse, James Dietz, to create the first ever US team boat.
Their combined talents make for a strong bid for a historic podium finish.
Ben Booth and James Dietz are Team Coastal USA, breaking ground on a new
direction for US rowers!
Good luck Ben and Jim!
Above: Ben and Jim putting
their backs into rowing preparation off Gooseberry Island for the 2016
In 2015, Ben
Booth became the first American rower to represent the USA in the World
Coastal Rowing Championships. This year he has joined forces with rowing
powerhouse, James Dietz Jr., to create the first ever US team boat. Their
combined talents make for a strong bid for a historic podium finish. Ben
Booth and James Dietz are Team Coastal USA, breaking ground on a new
direction for US rowers!
Welcome to the
Wild Side of Rowing.
Coastal rowing is
the extreme version of rowing. It's a big wave chasing, rugged sport that
pushes skills, equipment, and courage to the limit. It is surfing gnarly
offshore breakers or mixing it up in reef rouble
and tide rips. It is epic feats of strength pulling through heavy beach
breaks, and a race format that encourages eruptions of chaos.
has been likened to the early days of rebel snowboard riding, mountain bike
adventurers, and X-Games aficionados. It's a maverick sport with a healthy
dose of beach-side surf culture mixed in with the intensity and
single-pointed focus of elite athletics. Coastal rowing athletes need all
the strength and fitness of flatwater rowing, with the additional skills of
navigating waves, currents, and the challenging twists and turns of the
aggressively raced courses.
Last year, Ben
tackled the giant rollers of the Pacific Ocean in the World Championships
in Lima, Peru. This year, team Booth-Dietz will travel to Monaco to
represent our country amongst the fastest coastal rowers in the
Good luck Ben and Jim!
Saturday, October 15 – Presidential election
“hacked” roadway sign shenanigans promote Trump, call for Clinton’s
Several electronic signs along major roadways in New Bedford
and Dartmouth were hacked Wednesday night with a kiss for Donald Trump and
a jab for Hillary Clinton.
Among the messages on these electronic boards, which are owned
by private contractors, and not the state, were: "Hillary 4
Prison" and "Trump 4 President," according to state and
Dartmouth police, who both received calls about the hacking.
"I can confirm that several signs were hacked,"
Jacquelyn Goddard, director of communications for the state Department of
Transportation, said Thursday afternoon. More...
Friday, October 14 – Westport should stop
serving after three! Selectmen had no answers when recently questioned
why the town had six full liquor/beer/wine retail licenses when the town’s
federal census population only warranted three.
Maybe the town’s seasonal population allowed additional
licenses, Selectmen theorized.
The issue came to light when the owner of Country Liquors on
Sanford Road objected to the transfer of a full liquor license to Supreme
Gas on 174 State Road who previously requested a transfer to the gas and
variety store combo from the former owner.
Country Liquors correctly claimed the town should only be
allocated three according to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control
So why does Westport have six?
The truth of the matter is a little less clear.
here to learn why Westport legally has six!
Thursday, October 13 – Breaking news 9:35 p.m.... updated
Friday, October 14 3:00 p.m.
Vehicle rollover with
five occupants on Sodom Road, Westport. Police responded to a vehicle
rollover where five occupants were left trapped and hanging upside down on
Sodom Road between Narrow Avenue and Charlotte White Road Thursday night
around 9:35 p.m.
Police said the female driver over corrected her car after
trying to take a sharp turn too quickly and lost control.
of ABC6 News and Westport Police.
The three back seat passengers managed to escape the vehicle
through the rear window.
The driver and the front seat passenger were injured. Initial
reports indicated one of them may have a concussion and the other was
The man in the front seat was transported to St. Anne’s
Hospital in Fall River.
The driver refused medical treatment, even though it was
suggested she go to the
hospital as a precaution.
Wednesday, October 12 –
Old Harbor Habitat improvement project scheduled to begin this Month.
The Westport Land Conservation Trust
asks that hikers please be advised that this forest management activity is
taking place, and to be aware of the on-gong cutting and maintenance being
performed at the Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge.
Forests in Westport have had trouble
with invasive insects like Gypsy Moth and Winter Moth in recent years.
New forestry activity including
selective cutting will begin at the Old Harbor Wildlife Refuge which will
be done to improve the health of the forest. More...
Wednesday, October 12 – New Mystery Photo
solved! It took four days, with
very few responders, and almost none even coming close to a correct answer.
But one did – Westport’s Bob McMillan who accurately guessed on Monday,
October 10th at 4:11 p.m. “Aerial.......
here to see what Bob guessed!!
Wednesday, October 12 – BOSTON – Westport State Rep. Paul Schmid recognized. The
Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) is
pleased to recognize State Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport),
Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and
Agriculture, who achieved a perfect score of 100 in the organization’s 2015-2016
Legislative Scorecard on the environment. It
rates true legislative action, not merely votes. More...
Sunday, October 9 – Scallop Season starts
at sunrise Saturday,
October 15th. Westport Marine Services Director, Chris Leonard announced
the 2016 Scallop Season will officially start
at sunrise on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Licenses/Permits are
available in the Town Clerk's Office.
Please note that scallop
season licenses/permits are different than shellfish licenses/permits.
Permits: $150.00 - Issued to Westport residents only. Must have a current Mass. State
Family Permits: $25.00 - Issued to Westport residents and non- resident
property owners. Same rules apply as for Shellfish
Citizens: $10.00 to Westport residents and non-resident property owners
age 65 and older. Please provide photo ID.
Permits: $125.00 - Issued to Massachusetts residents not living in
October 8 – Cape
Wind peters out. In what might be the most definitive sign
that Cape Wind officials have given up on the long-running and seemingly
unattainable dream of building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the company
has moved to dismiss its appeal seeking to extend state permits to connect
the project to the electric grid. More...
Friday, October 7 - Braga Bridge
unchained. For all you Westport drivers heading out towards Providence
on I-195 - go west y‘all, go west!
79/Braga Bridge mega project will bring many benefits to Fall River but
none may be as noticeable as restoring all three lanes on the Braga
Bridge,” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues. “I look forward to the
restoration of lanes on the westbound side.”
“Hats off to MassDOT for managing the rebuild of the Braga Bridge
and the Route 79 Interchange,” echoed State Representative Paul Schmid. “Both of these projects will
change the face of Fall River for generations.”
And in more good
news, MassDOT said the westbound lanes are set to
wholly open late next week.
Call us cynics,
but after 15 years of restoration we’ll just wait and see.
Thursday, October 6 – Dartmouth wins fight against capping Cecil Smith
Landfill as court upholds denial of wetlands permit.
Conservation Commission has won a years-long, legal battle with Boston
Environmental Corporation over the proposed capping of the Cecil Smith
Landfill with semi-contaminated street sweepings from Boston.
This decision favorably impacts the
health of the Westport River’s East Branch!
Court Judge Raymond P. Veary Jr. on Tuesday
upheld the commission’s denial of a permit to the Brockton-based company
under the town wetlands bylaw.
“It was a very
successful outcome for the town of Dartmouth town counsel and the
Conservation Commission,” said Town Administrator David Cressman.
Tuesday, October 4 – Alert! The
Westport Board of Selectmen at last night’s meeting voted to cancel the
Special Town Meeting (STM) scheduled for Tuesday,
November 29, 2016.
No one specific reason was given, but it is rumored that the
inclusion of two recent petitioner articles on the warrant may have been
part of the motive.
Also, the warrant article empowering town meeting to create a DPW department has received a chilly reception by the
Finance Committee and outright rejection by Highway Department employees.
According to the Town Clerk, selectmen can cancel a STM up until the warrant is finalized and posted to the
here to read more about the official BOS reason for cancelling the STM.
Monday, October 3 – Duck derby winner
goes to Gaul! Lee Tripp adopted
“Leah,” an adorable and capable yellow rubber racer along with 17 other
ducks for the 2016 Allens Pond Duck Derby, and
boy did Leah do well – taking first place and presenting her owner with the
monumental task of deciding where to travel with her Grand Prize of two
round trip tickets, two nights of lodging and a free dinner to look forward
to…anywhere in the world.
is taking her Duck Derby Champion “Leah” to Dinner in Alsace, France with
maybe dinner in Switzerland!
event in its 13th year, it’s always interesting to find out where the
winner decides to travel; and this is the second trip to France.
Previous destinations also include India, Aruba, Zambia, New Zealand,
Tanzania, China, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii and Ecuador.
Monday, October 3 – Birdies and eagles
and hole-outs, oh my! In a record-setting, final day epic match between
the United States’ Phil Michelson and Europe’s Sergio Garcia (19 birdies
between them!) the pair fought to a draw.
“I would have liked the W,” Michelson said, “but this is an
experience and memory forever. It was the right way for the match to end.”
Nonetheless, the Americans ran away with the overall win in
the 41st playing of the vaunted Ryder Cup.
Above: U.S. player
Ryan Moore is surrounded by teammates after his Ryder Cup clincher win.
And in a denouement to the mastery of U.S. Captain Davis Love III, his last-minute
captain’s pick, Ryan Moore, put the Americans over the top with a Ryder Cup
clincher singles-match win on the 18th hole over Europe’s Lee Westwood.
In the minds of many Americans was what happened just four
years ago at Medinah. With Love at the helm, the Americans squandered a 10-6
lead on the final day, only adding to the Americans’ woes in this event
Add it all up, and it was the Americans’ largest margin of
victory since 1981.
“The American Ryder Cup team deserved to win this Ryder Cup,”
Europe’s Captain Darren Clarke said.
A record-setting crowd of over 50,000 spectators watched the
battle at Hazeltine.
more from the Golf Channel. Check
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Friday, September 30 – Passionate
and dedicated artificers keep the old ways alive. Once an essential activity in earlier times, today’s artisans
and crafters keep the old ways alive, not for everyday living necessities,
but for the love of the handwork.
Woodworking, rug braiding, knitting, blacksmithing, working with
stone, millinery, and textile making of all types were skills early
settlers employed to produce the goods necessary for life.
Above: Dressed in 1850’s ladieswear, Ruth Bly
(left) knits a scarf with traditional knitting needles while Judy Roderigues does the same by ‘finger crocheting.’
And like most who don’t know how to crochet or embroider, or
appreciate the art of felting, knitting, quilting, rug making, sewing,
spinning, weaving, lacework, and needlework - never mind making paper or
forging a set of door hinges - we all like to marvel at the skill, time and
patience of those who do.
But how long can this aging cadre of crafters keep these
skills alive for future generations.
In an age where computers, iPhones, PlayStations and
wide-screen, HD TVs captivate today’s youth, no time is being dedicated to
learning the old ways from grandma and grandpa.
Above: Joyce Winship (left) and Suzanne Alden hand braid rugs using
strips torn from wool cloth to form intricate colored patterns.
Photos | EverythingWestport.com
But the Westport Historical Society has made it their mission
to preserve artifacts and documents for future generations, and to conduct
educational programs like their Artisan Fair for folks to enjoy and to
carry forward the knowledge from earlier times.
Each year their awe-inspiring Artisan Fair attracts hundreds
to learn more about these cottage industries and about guilds of
craftspeople who promote them.
Friday, September 30 – Off to a good start; a complete USA sweep of the first four
matches. In today’s opening day of the 41st playing of the Ryder Cup at
the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, the Americans for
the first time since 1975 took all four alternate stroke matches.
Four ball matches begin this
Friday, September 30 – Police have identified the three persons who lost their lives in
the tragic I-195 Wednesday morning crash.
resident, John Oliveria was the livery driver who
was transporting two passengers to Fall River.
State Police are
investigating whether a medical condition may have triggered Oliveria to lose control of the 2008 Subaru Outback
The other two victims are
Josephine Mazzocca, 55, of New Bedford, a
passenger in the livery van, and Karonlyne Camile Lima, 23, of New Bedford, a passenger in the BMW
Thursday, September 29 - 8:00 a.m. updated Massachusetts State Police provide more details of
early Tuesday morning crash that took three lives. Among the three fatalities in
the fiery crash was a 23-year-old New Bedford woman who was traveling east
in a 2007 BMW 328i, police said.
Two other occupants of the
struck vehicle, a 25-year-old Fall River man and a male child, were
injured. The man was taken to Rhode
Island Hospital and the child was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
The multi-vehicle crash on
I-195 in Westport also sent five others to area hospitals, state police
said, and involved several other vehicles.
Victims’ details as well as
the company that owns the 2008 Subaru Outback livery vehicle were not
released, pending family notifications.
A third occupant of the
livery vehicle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.
State Police said the livery
driver of the Subaru, a 27-year-old Vermont man, received minor injuries
and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Two other eastbound vehicles
also suffered minor damage from impacts after the initial crash, State
Police said. A 2001 Audi A4 operated by a
34-year-old Fall River man was struck by the livery vehicle. He was taken
to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries, State Police said.
A Chevrolet Suburban operated
by a 73-year-old Fall River man also was damaged, when it collided with one
of the vehicles.
Wednesday, September 28 9:40 a.m. – Early morning fiery
crash takes three lives in Westport.
Just after 8:00 a.m. this morning, State Police responded to a
multi-vehicle crash on Route 195 between exits 10 and 11.
Preliminary investigation shows a livery vehicle crossed the median
strip and hit a car travelling eastbound in the left travel lane head-on.
Three people were killed.
According to police, two people inside the livery vehicle were
killed and one person in the other involved car was killed.
responders near the sheet-covered body of one of the victims.
No further information on the victims is being released at
The eastbound side of Route 195 is closed and the left lane of
the westbound side is closed due to the investigation.
Photos | EverythingWestport.com
Eastbound commuter traffic was rerouted southbound on Route
88, then snaking eastbound on both Route 177 and Route 6, snarling Westport
morning commuters on all major town thoroughfares.
The crash remains under investigation by Troop D of
the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police
Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and State Police Crime Scene
Services Section. Troopers are being assisted by Westport Fire and EMS and MassDOT
Wednesday, September 28 – Dartmouth Select
Board unanimously approved a medical marijuana dispensary to be located
at 508 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth.
The business is slated to open next spring.
The town inked the deal with the William Noyes Webster Foundation.
The Foundation’s next step is to seek a special permit from
The Foundation has a provisional certificate of registration
from the Department pf Public health for a dispensary scheduled to open
next spring in Dennis, and a growing facility under construction in
The group is still negotiating a dispensary in Cambridge.
Jane Heatley, Foundation President,
says the location is a great fit, “Especially with Saint Anne’s
Hospital/Hawthorn Oncology Regional Cancer Center right down the road.”
Westport has resisted efforts by several companies to locate a
growing/dispensary facility along Route 6.
Tuesday, September 27 – Photo of the Week.
Westport Highway Department employees, Finance Committee members and town
residents sat in judgement at a September 26th public hearing on the
proposed creation of a Department of Public Works.
Selectmen received very little support for moving their
proposed warrant article to a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, November
The article proposes a complete management overhaul of the
town’s highway department, transfer station, cemetery department, and
building custodians, combining them into a single Department of Public
Works headed up by a Public Works Director, a new position.
Monday, September 26 – “The King” is dead;
long live the king. Coming to grips this morning with the loss of a
golfing legend, Arnie’s army and the golfing world is in mourning as the most beloved figure in
the golfing universe passed away yesterday.
He was 87.
Palmer was warm, generous and always ready with an autograph
for his legion of fans.
He’ll always be remembered for his quirky swing, a bigger than
life persona, and a Who’s Who list of golfing victories that includes seven
majors (four Masters wins from 1958 to 1964 and two British Open titles.)
Palmer played the U.S. Open 32 times, the first time in 1953
and the last time in 1994. Both his first and last appearances happened in
years the tournament was played at Oakmont Country Club in Palmer's native
Palmer won the U.S. Open once and finished second four times.
Monday, September 26 – The Day the world almost
ended! On this day in September 26, 1983, just three weeks after the
Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Soviet military
officer Stanislav Petrov was the duty officer at the command center
for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the
system reported that a missile, followed by another one and then up to five
more, were being launched from the United States.
Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm, and his decision is
credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on
the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in
large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite
warning system had indeed malfunctioned.
debate tonight. As we approach what pundits are saying will be the most
viewed, most important presidential debate ever, let’s not forget how close
we came to ultimate destruction because of failed technology, and how the
right person was on watch at the right time making the right decision.
Sunday, September 25 – Have hot top, will
pave! The Westport Highway Department has a full slate of road
improvement projects for the remainder of 2016.
17 roadways from Adamsville Road to Velvet Avenue are
scheduled for pacing improvements.
here to see if you live on one of them.
25,600 feet or almost 5 miles of Westport roadways will
receive reclaiming and HMA paving, or overlay
starting around Tuesday, September 20th.
All work has to be completed by Saturday, December 3rd.
Above: Is this a
scene coming to your neighborhood soon?
Saturday, September 24 – Westport School Super
gets boost in pay. Despite objections from two School Committee
members, the board voted to approve a $10,000 raise for Superintendent Ann
The raise in yearly pay brings the popular superintendent to
$132,000, but eliminates the travel stipend.
Superintendent for three years, Ms. Dargon
was previously the district’s assistant superintendent.
Voting against the increase were board members Margo DesJardins (should have been discussed first in
executive session) and Carolina Africano who felt
Ms. Dargon “needed improvements.”
Ms. Dargon has been instrumental in
promoting a new school building to replace the PCB-plagued Middle School.
Friday, September 23 – WLCT seeks proposals for portion of
former St. Vincent De Paul Camp.
Property tours for prospective applicants will be provided on October
5, 12, 20, and 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Deadline for submission is Saturday, December 31, 2016
The Westport Land Conservation Trust
(WLCT) is requesting proposals from prospective
buyers who are interested in purchasing or leasing all or part of a 12±
acre portion of the Saint Vincent de Paul Camp property, located at 573
Adamsville Road in Westport.
The property is currently improved
with various institutional and residential structures, the majority of
which were renovated and expanded in 1995 for educational use. The property
has been inactive since 2005.
with map and photos.
Thursday, September 22 – The envelope please!
After studying a mind-numbing myriad of school building and grade
configurations for months, and throwing in two locus choices to boot,
Westport’s School Building Committee (SBC) voted unanimously last night to
select a price-sensitive option out of 16 offered by the architectural firm of Jonathan Levi, and will send their proposal to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for their approval.
The School Committee followed by the Selectmen quickly and
unanimously voted to accept the SBC’s recommendation.
Proposal “F.1”, the Old County Road site for a combined
Junior/Senior High School will now be sent to the MSBA
for their review and eventual partial funding approval.
here to view all 18 alternatives from Jonathan Levi. PDF
(Large file, please be patient – zoom in for all the detail.)
Now the wait begins.
More later today...
Thursday, September 22 – Nude bathing at
Horseneck Beach? Police have
arrested a man after he allegedly approached a woman and child on the beach
while fully naked, according to news reports.
Paul Carmichael, 55 of Stoughton, approached a woman and her 10-year-old son
on Horseneck State Beach in Westport.
Police say the
man walked toward the woman and child as an off-duty Massachusetts State
Trooper saw the man, yelled at him, and then confronted him.
The man would not
tell the officer his name.
The trooper then
followed the man to his vehicle, but the man got into his car, a 2001
Chevrolet pickup truck, and drove away.
stopped the man on Rt. 88 and arrested him. He has been charged with felony
open and gross lewdness, according to Westport Det. Jeff Majewski.
The man admitted
to doing similar acts on the beach in the past.
Wednesday, September 21 – If you’re thinking about a binge this weekend, you’d better think
twice. Massachusetts State Police will operate a drunken driving
checkpoint Friday night into Saturday somewhere in Bristol County, said
Col. Richard D. McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.
The department said the
purpose of the checkpoint is to educate drivers and raise public awareness
about drunken driving, The checkpoint will be operated during varied hours,
the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary and safety will be assured.
Hey, hit the ‘packie’ and then head home.
Wednesday, September 21 – Zoning board to vote Thursday on Westport Watershed Alliance plan –
maybe! After countless
continuances and after reviewing some technical issues and possible
conditions, the Zoning Board of Appeals is looking to take a final vote
this Thursday on the Westport River Watershed Alliance's plan to convert an
historic building into the group's headquarters. More...
Wednesday, September 21 – Time for WSBC to move forward with a
school building plan to replace the PCB-plagued Middle School.
Westport’s School Building Committee after avoiding a vote last week on new
school building alternatives will meet this Wednesday on a school site and
That vote will be accompanied
by a joint Selectmen and School Committee meeting in which a final
configuration and location will most likely be selected and sent to the
Massachusetts School Building Authority for direction and ultimate funding
recent EverythingWestport.com article on what the joint meeting is
Above: One of two
proposed plans by school consultants – a combined grade 5 through 12 school
building located at the site of the abandoned Middle School on Old County
Tuesday, September 20 – Westport Selectmen honor First Responders with citation.
“First Responders, ranging
from 911 Dispatches, Police Officers, Firefighters, Emergency Medical
Technicians and Search & Rescue Personnel, are highly trained and
specialized workers who are a vital part of our community,” read Selectman
Chairman R. Michael Sullivan.
“They are our first and best
defense against all forms of danger and emergency, a defense, which they
stand ready to offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.”
“Therefore, on behalf of the
Residents of the Town of Westport, MA and the Westport Board of Selectmen,
we Recognize and Thank-You [sic] for all that you do and all that you are
willing to sacrifice,” Sullivan read.
Above, front row from the
left: Police Chief Keith A. Pelletier, Fire Chief Brian R.
Legendre, Police Officer Lt. John J. Bell, Selectwoman Shana M. Shufelt, Selectman Steven J. Ouellette, Selectman and
Chairman R, Michael Sullivan, Selectman Antone C.
Vieira Jr., and Selectman and Vice-Chairman Craig J. Dutra.
Tuesday, September 20 - The Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA)
has been named one of 18 Commonwealth Corps Host Site Partners for the
Administered by the
Massachusetts Service Alliance, the Commonwealth Corps engages
Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to
strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase
position is still available with WRWA,
applications are encouraged
and can be
submitted to email@example.com.
program has a dual focus: one on members’ impact in their organization
and communities, and the other on members’ own growth and development.
alliance is hosting one Commonwealth Corps member to help strengthen and
expand its Watershed Education Program, which teaches more than 2,000 local
students in grades K-12 each year about the importance of keeping the
Westport River clean, and the healthy inter-relationship of local waters,
soil, plants, animals and people. It also works with high school volunteers
and encourages family involvement in outreach programs. More...
Monday, September 19 – Local public and organization officials plead for quick action on
South Coast Rail route. But some route cost projections have leaped from
$2.2 billion to about $3.4 billion, threatening to slow the project. More...
Monday, September 19 - WAHTF
seeks applicants for Chapter 40B Subsidized
The state requires the town
to reach 10% affordable housing, currently at 3.5%.
Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund is seeking applications for grant
funding from qualified project proponents to create new affordable housing
in the Town of Westport through the Seed Housing Funding Program (SEED).
Funding will be granted per affordable housing unit created.
“There is a
demonstrated need for affordable housing in Westport.” - Westport
Affordable Housing Trust
total of $200,000 has been earmarked to fund this program, part of the
trust’s ongoing initiatives to support the creation of new affordable
housing for Westport residents with the aid of Community Preservation Act
affordable housing units to be created with SEED funding must be eligible
for inclusion on the Department of Housing and Community Development Chapter
40B Subsidized Housing Inventory. The town's
current SHI is about 3.5 percent, which means a shortage of 417 affordable
housing units to meet the state's Chapter 40B 10
percent goal. More...
Saturday, September 17 – The die may be cast; it just needs to be pulled from the mold! The Rise of the Phoenix?
By Robert Barboza
Special Correspondent to
The Middle School may be the
best location, but SBC members held off a final vote.
The Westport School Building
Committee (SBC) did not take a vote on a final ‘preferred option’ for a new
school facility at their Wednesday, September 14th meeting as planned,
instead spending much of the evening listening to input from parents and
residents about plans for re-building a new middle school.
There was also considerable
discussion on whether plans for the Old County Road campus should include
provisions for a new high school as well, and how town residents might
respond to a request for a combined junior/senior high school with a price
tag of $100 million or more. More...
Saturday, September 17 - AG sues Westport used car dealer, claims unfair, deceptive
practices - office said it has received about 113
complaints. A used car dealership — which last
year was the center of a firestorm when a video of an employee bullying a pizza
delivery man went viral — is being sued by the state Attorney General's
office for deceptive and misleading business practices after more than 100
complaints, court records show.
F&R Auto Sales Inc., 1052 State
Road, and its owner, Francis R. Correiro, are
named as defendants in a civil suit filed September 13th in Bristol County
Superior Court by Attorney General Maura Healey's office for violations of
the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, according to court documents. More...
Friday, September 16 - Jonathan Paull Gertler and band perform at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport on Sunday, September 11th at
a concert hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
free evening of music also featured original music inspired by the Westport
Rivers and Buzzards Bay.
Buzzards Bay Coalition works in Westport to protect clean water and
preserve natural areas.
compelling music draws from folk, rock, and jazz traditions, fueled by a
finger style guitar and aided by a cast of outstanding musicians on
guitars, keyboards, percussion, sax, and harmonies
| Chessin Gertler
Friday, September 16 - Junior/senior high school Principal Cheryl Tutalo
will have Team Ryan on her side this year.
In late summer, the school
district hired as a new assistant principal Ryan Augusta, formerly of
Newton schools, and this month hired Ryan Andrade to fill the other
assistant principal slot. Andrade served as a dean of students for Fall
River’s Henry Lord Community School.
Wednesday, September 14 – Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Westport ZBA
addresses final decision on WRWA hearing. The
Westport River Watershed Alliance has been meeting with the Zoning Board of
Appeals since February in hopes of getting special permits to turn an
historic Old County Road building into the WRWA
hearing on the matter took place again a few weeks ago and will continue on
Wednesday, September 14th.
earlier this month discussed the proposed additions the WRWA
would like to make to the building but has not held a hearing on the
building’s status as a structure within an aquifer protection area. The
September 14th hearing will address the latter and board members have said
a decision on all permits might be made after the aquifer angle is
Tuesday, September 13 – Noquochoke Village Awarded State
Funding For Housing Development.
Let the diggin’
Members of the Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund traveled to Boston to
join the Baker-Polito Administration for an
announcement that the Noquochoke Village project in Westport will be
awarded state funding and tax credits to aid in the construction of new,
affordable housing units.
Shown above (L-R): State Representative Paul
Schmid (D-Westport) and Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development
Chrystal Kornegay join board members Warren Messier,
Chair Liz Collins, and Vice-Chair Craig Dutra. Submitted
Village will consist of fifty quality,
mixed-income apartments in townhouse style buildings as well as a community
Tuesday, September 13 – Tiverton casino advances while Taunton bid stalls. In Everett
and Springfield, resort casinos are beginning to take shape, testaments in
concrete and steel to the state’s extended effort to build a billion-dollar
industry from scratch.
Both projects have faced
setbacks and delays, but are on track to open in two or three years, a
breakthrough that will create thousands of jobs and pour millions into the
Above: Tiverton casino advances in RI State Legislature.
Westport will be directly impacted by both these projects. More...
But in Taunton, where a
luxury casino was meant as a cornerstone for the state’s casino era,
progress has ground to a halt. With the Mashpee Wampanoag’s plans for a $1
billion tribal casino tied up in court after prevailing over a rival bid in
Brockton, hopes have dimmed that a third full-scale casino in Massachusetts
will open any time soon, disappointing a region whose economy badly needs a
shot in the arm. More...
Sunday, September 11 – If you love fruit cobblers, Acushnet is the place to be, especially
this weekend! The town’s perennial Apple-Peach Festival wraps up today,
so get in the car and head on over.
Gerrie Reed, who has been
volunteering for years in the kitchen, estimated that by about 2:00
p.m. on Saturday 30 pans of cobbler had been made, all of which was going
out the door. She estimated that 15 servings can come out of one pan, maybe
a little less if the corners get broken.
Click on image to view video of Acushnet’s
Outside, the apple, peach or
combination cobbler was getting $5 a serving from a never-ending line of
people, for $75 per pan. At that price, the goal is to make sure the
cobbler stand never runs out.
The festival parade steps off
at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning at Pope Park. It will be motorized because it
is a 4-mile trek to the festival grounds, which will be open Sunday from
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 9 – Wayward
cell phone leads to the arrest of 23-year-old suspected arsonist. A Westport man was arrested Wednesday, August 31st after a
six-week arson investigation by Westport police.
Massachusetts State Police helped obtain information from the
phone, and a court subpoena helped investigators to find additional
information leading back to Samuel Harwood of 126 Reed Road, according to
Westport detective Jeff Majewski.
Lead Westport investigator Rob Robello
said Harwood set fire to a commercial logging truck in the area of 642 Old
County Road on Saturday, July 11th.
“The logging truck was completely destroyed, as it had burned down
to its chassis,” police said, noting that it was valued at approximately $
“The loss of this truck had a significant impact on a
family-owned operation,” Majewski said.
Fast response from the Westport Fire Department helped
extinguish the blaze, which had already ignited nearby trees and brush,
before it spread to surrounding woods.
Harwood was arrested and charged with willful and malicious
burning of a vehicle and attempted arson of a second vehicle. He was
arraigned at the Fall River Justice Center and held without bail.
No cause was given for Harwood’s actions.
Harwood also had a probation warrant for his arrest for
violation of probation More...
Friday, September 9 – Republican primary update. East Falmouth’s Mark Alliegro defeated Thomas
O’Malley Jr. of Marshfield in yesterday’s Republican primary for the 9th
Congressional District. He will now face incumbent U.S. Rep. William
Keating, D-MA, in November (pictured below.)
Keating was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Westport is part of the 9th Congressional District.
Alliegro, a scientist and an educator, beat his opponent by a 2 to 1
margin, easily carrying him to a landslide victory in a low-turnout
Friday, September 9 – Paltry poll numbers reflect voter apathy. In a dismal turnout, only 438 Westport voters trudged to the
polls to cast a vote in the 2016 State Primary elections.
That’s just 3.79% of the coastal town’s electorate of 11,558.
Precinct 5 (Westport High School) had the lowest turnout with just
2.85% turnout; Precinct 1 (American Legion Hall) had the highest with just
candidates in both the primary and the general elections from the left:
Sheriff Tom Hodgson (R-Bristol County), State Rep Paul Schmid (D-Westport),
and State Sen Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport).
The Republican ballot had only one contested race –
Representative in Congress, 9th District.
The Democratic ballot had just one contested race – County
Westport Democrats leaned towards the incumbent, John R.
Mitchell for County Commissioner - 189 to 178; Republicans favored Mark C. Alliegro, a scientist and an educator, for
Representative in Congress, 106 to 58.
State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues was high vote getter with
249, followed closely by State Representative Paul A. Schmid III with 243;
both were unopposed.
Friday, September 9 - Building committee inclined
to give nod to middle school property for new school site.
By Robert Barboza
Special Correspondent to EverythingWestport.com
The Westport School Building
Committee seems to be focusing on a preferred option of using the Westport
Middle School site as the likely location for a new school building.
The School Building Committee (SBC)
has scheduled a Wednesday, September 14th meeting to choose between the
final “best option” scenarios for a new school, and hopes to finalize a
plan for submission to the Mass. School Building Authority reimbursement
program at a Wednesday, September 21st joint meeting with selectmen and the
Westport School Committee. More...
Thursday, September 8 – Westport board
rebuffs Bull... again.
A request received by the Board of Selectmen from Jeff Bull to
be appointed to the Commission on Disability (COD) at Tuesday’s Selectmen’s
meeting was soundly rejected by the majority of board.
Bull is an elected member to the town’s Landing Commission.
Above: Bull (far
left) and Sullivan (second from right) squared off over Bull’s appointment
to the Commission on Disability at Tuesday’s Selectmen’s meeting.
“I’m reticent to appoint someone, who has so vigorously
opposed what the Board of Selectmen wanted to accomplish last year [sic].
I need to put people on these committees who are going to work
with the Board of Selectmen to try to make what the Board of Selectman has
chosen to do.”
The two have clashed over Beach Avenue in the past, costing Bull
his position on the Beach Committee when Sullivan recommended that he not
be appointed for a third term.
Bull has advocated for easier and unencumbered access to the
east end of Beach Avenue for seniors and persons with disabilities and
“I actually sought out Jeff,” COD Chairman Stanley Cornwell
told the board. “I want us to take a new direction, a new spirit, a new
attitude of cooperation.
“There are things with Jeff and his background that can bring
to us that we don’t even begin to imagine, and I need him. I need him on
our commission,” Cornwall said. “It’s tough to get people to volunteer for
anything. He (Jeff) would be a big asset.”
“I think we have to be accountable
as elected officials to put public service
above political service, and I think what we are talking about
tonight is political service,” Selectman Antone
Vieira said pushing for a second on his motion to appoint Bull.
“Everything we do is political, Tony,” Sullivan responded.
The commission is short several members, with the February
22nd passing of Michael K. Ouimet, John Pelletier
leaving the board, and former chairwoman Elaine Ostroff,
a driving force behind the commission, moving out of town.
At issue is a plan proposing to abandon the eastern portion of
the troubled town road and prohibit vehicular access to the Knubble that is
being shepherded by Sullivan, supporting harbor area residents’ desire to
permanently close the 1800s era seashore road.
Bull is seen by former beach committee members, including
Chairman Tim St. Michel, as a tireless, hardworking advocate promoting
beach access to all, an opinion echoed by Sullivan during the meeting.
It would seem that high level of advocacy would be needed by a
disabilities commission, but apparently not without the pitfalls of
Despite a compelling plea by Cornwell to appoint the
well-qualified Bull to the commission, Vieira’s motion to appoint Bull did
not receive a second.
Bull was invited back at a later time to take a second pass at
the appointment, when absent BOS member Craig Dutra would be in attendance.
An intermediate effort to move forward with abandoning Beach
Avenue was soundly rejected by voters at last year’s December Special Town
Meeting where a record 417 voters came out mostly to protest the article,
prompting Town Clerk Marlene Samson to say it was one of the largest
turnouts she can remember for a Special Town Meeting.
Tuesday, September 6 – Westport Selectmen
meet tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall.
here to review agenda and Town Administrator’s report. PDF
Tuesday, September 6 – Goodbye Hermine - don’t forget to close the door behind you! A weakening but still lingering Hermine
off the northeast coast may produce wave action and a few showers today as
it heads off into obscurity as our first major storm of this year’s
Westport was spared any damage, and shorelines are intact. Not
much rain accumulation.
Pretty much of a washout as tropical storms go. Not that we’re
Tuesday, September 6 – Scientists work to solve Westport River’s eroding salt marsh mystery.
A few years ago, Jack Reynolds noticed that salt
marshes on the Westport Rivers were collapsing. “Big chunks of the marshes
were falling in,” he remembered.
Above: Large chunks of
grass and mud are falling into the water on some salt marshes on the
Westport River. Photo | Chris Neill
Reynolds used to fish on the Westport River back in
the 1970s each spring, when young striped bass
move into the estuary to feed among the river’s rich salt
marshes. He would use the marshes as markers to remember the best spots to
troll for bass.
“I noticed the
marshes were not the same as they were back then,” Reynolds said. “I
thought, ‘There’s something going on here that’s just not right.’”
Tuesday, September 6 – Today’s Hermine NWS
Tropical Storm Warning In Effect. Small craft advisory.
Tuesday - NE winds 25 to 30 KT. Seas around 9 FT. Patchy fog this
morning. A chance of showers. Visibility 1 to 3 nautical miles.
night – Tropical storm conditions expected. E winds 20 to 25 KT with gusts up to 30 KT. Seas around 7 FT. Patchy
fog. A chance of showers. Visibility 1 to 3 nautical miles.
- Tropical storm conditions possible. NE winds 15 to 20 KT.
Seas around 6 FT. Patchy fog in the morning.
night - E winds 10 to 15 KT... becoming NE
5 to 10 KT after midnight. Seas 5 to 6 FT.
Thursday - NW winds 5 to 10 KT. Seas 4 to 5 FT.
Click on image
Sunday, September 4 – Is farmland APR
protection on a deathwatch? Like many other once-rural communities that
have been steadily paved over to make way for houses, a former farming town
was trying to preserve its dwindling agricultural heritage when it
permanently protected a 9-acre fruit orchard two decades ago.
Westford did so by spending more than a half-million dollars
on so-called agricultural preservation restrictions, which declared that
the land “shall remain in active agricultural use . . . in perpetuity.”
open space advocates take heed.
on the endangered list?
But the definitions of “agricultural” and “perpetuity” are now
up for debate in Westford, alarming open-space advocates across the state
who see the possibility of a barn-door-sized breach in Massachusetts’
first-in-the-nation farmland conservation program. More...
Sunday, September 4 - About 500 people
attended Clams For Kids' annual clambake in Westport on Saturday to help a
21-month-old boy in his battle against cancer.
The event held at the Holy Ghost Club on Sodom Road in
Westport was to support Jacob Thiboutot, who
suffers from Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer, a form of the disease that
starts in young nerve cells and spreads to distant lymph nodes like bone,
liver, skin, bone marrow and other organs.
The Saturday fundraiser took in almost $10,000.
The child's grandmother, Kathleen Brito of Dartmouth, was
overwhelmed and thrilled by the support. "This is just amazing,
incredible," she said in an interview Saturday. More...
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