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Seagulls silhouetted on East Beach Road celebrate the departure of the snow!
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Local news you may be interested in. Updated: Friday, March 27, 2015
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New galleries and art venues added for 2015. Updated Friday, March 27, 2015
01/28/2015 Click here to view video of blockbuster blizzard Juno’s visit to Westport!
01/15/2015 Click here to view Wicked cold Westport images photographed on a bone-chilling, sub-zero (-24 wind chill) early morning walk-about on January 8th. Enjoy the magical moment of frozen waterscapes that look more like Antarctic tundra and ice flows than coastal Westport.
02/28/2015 – ALERT! Missing girl suspected of being in Westport. Renae Raposo is asking the people of Tiverton, Westport and Little Compton if they’ve seen her daughter, Amanda (pictured right.)
Amanda is 16-years-old, 5-foot-7, with brown hair and blue eyes.
“If anybody sees Amanda please, please, please call the Westport or Tiverton police department immediately!”
Amanda was last seen at Westport High School on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Contact Tiverton police at 401-625-6722 or Westport Police at 508.636.1122.
02/28/2015 – Applications mailed to local High Schools.
The Westport Lions Club is offering two scholarships this year. The Ernest and Prudence Chadwick Memorial Scholarship of $6,000.00 and the Harold S. Wood Scholarship of $3,200.00.
Scholarships are paid to the students, who must be residents of Westport, in four consecutive yearly installments.
All Westport Seniors are eligible, regardless of which High School they attend.
Applications are now at schools and must be returned by mail directly to: Westport Lions, 875 State Road, Unit 11-120, Westport, MA 02790, postmarked by Monday, April 20, 2015.
Should you have any questions contact your guidance department. If necessary, you may contact President Mike Sullivan at 508.636.8642.
02/28/2015 – Westport police officers will face off in a wing-eating contest in March to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County.
The annual chicken wing-eating contest that pits local police and firefighters against each other for a good cause returns to White’s of Westport on Thursday, March 26th, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Fire Chief Brian Legendre better have an ambulance at the ready!
Westport and Dartmouth police officers are among those scheduled to square off for full bellies and bragging rights.
A raffle and live entertainment will be included.
Bring some wet wipes with you; things could get messy. Donuts for dessert?
White’s of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport. 508.675.7185.
02/27/2015 – Appointed vs. elected – what’s going on with the Westport town Treasurer’s position? Voters will face a ballot question this April to change the elected position of Treasurer to an appointed one.
Voters approved a similar ballot question a while back to appoint the Highway Surveyor.
Once again, voters are being asked the same question vis-à-vis the town Treasurer.
The fly in the ointment with the Treasurer’s job, however, is that on the same ballot a candidate is running for the two-year unexpired term that was vacated with the retirement last year of then Treasurer George Foster.
If the ballot question is rejected by town voters, then the elected Treasurer will immediately assume the position.
But what happens if the ballot question is approved, and the position becomes appointed.
The question is a bit more complicated than you might think.
Click here to find out what’s what with the town Treasurer’s job.
02/27/2015 9:00 a.m. – Breaking news. Hit and run on upper Drift Road takes out utility pole, detouring early morning motorists.
Two police cruisers were dispatched from Dartmouth to assist Westport police who were unable to respond to the call.
Sometime between 5 and 6 a.m. this morning an unidentified vehicle went off the road, crashed through a snowbank and took out a utility pole, cleanly snapping it off at the base and driving it deep into the wooded area near Lyons Brook.
The vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived, and there were no reported injuries.
Crews worked all morning to replace the damaged pole.
Electric service was briefly knocked out around 8:30a.m.
Anyone with information involving the accident is requested to contact Westport police at 508.636.1122.
02/27/2015 – March issue of Evergreen now available on-line. The Westport Council on Aging has released the March issue of their newsletter – Evergreen. Click here to read it now.
Click here to review other Westport organizations’ newsletters.
02/26/2015 – Westport’s Veterans’ Services Agent is stepping down to pursue other interests. Jerry LeBoeuf has been on the job for only a few years, but the energetic ex-marine leaves the office better than he found it, and that’s saying something as long-serving, former veterans’ agent Ron Costa left very large shoes to fill.
LeBoeuf will be missed.
Above: VSO Jerry LeBoeuf visiting with veterans at the Westport Council on Aging. Photo/EverythingWestport.com
Selectmen have appointed a search committee to recruit a replacement, but in the meantime Selectman Richard Spirlet suggested a temporary assignment to fill the vacancy to provide uninterrupted services to Westport’s veterans.
He could hardly have found a better candidate.
“I would like to recommend Donat J. “Dan” Le Blanc as an interim services’ agent,” Spirlet told Selectmen Monday night.
The recommendation was unanimously approved.
An ex-marine, Freetown resident Le Blanc is a highly decorated veteran more...
02/25/2015 – Westport April election update. Five select board candidates are in, one is out.
Former Highway Surveyor Harold “Jack” Sisson, one of six who pulled nomination papers for the two select board seats up for grabs, did not return them to the Registrars’ office by yesterday’s 5:00 p.m. deadline.
Inset: R. Michael Sullivan was the first select board candidate to declare his candidacy.
Incumbent Selectmen Craig Dutra, 65 Union Ave., and R. Michael Sullivan, 149 Cherry & Webb Lane are joined by challengers Pam Costa, 1185 American Legion Highway; William Harkins, 660 Gifford Road; and Maurice May, 1878 Main Road.
Click here to see what other surprises are in store for Westport voters this April.
02/23/2015 – Holed up in the Hampton. Jeifrey Dejesus of Central Falls, RI was having a clean, comfortable stay at the Westport Hampton Inn until police kicked his door in.
Acting on a tip, the Westport Police Detective Division along with members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Squad finally caught up with Dejesus this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.
It appears the 20-year-old man was wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon.
The fugitive from Rhode Island had been staying at the Westport hotel for several days.
Mr. Dejesus was taken into custody without incident as a fugitive from justice. He was booked at the Westport Police Station and transported to the Fall River Justice Center for his arraignment.
The Fugitive Squad is comprised of officers from various agencies including the New Bedford Police and Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts Parole Department.
Police had received a tip earlier Monday morning on Dejesus’s whereabouts.
02/23/2015 – “50 Shades of Green!” Walking the aisles of this year’s RI Flower and Garden Show during the most bitter of winters was a welcome escape for thousands over the weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” - Walt Whitman
Above: Francis Slade applies the finishing face-painting touches to this young lady at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show.
The 2015 Flower Show exceeded expectations as visitors escaped the grip of a bitter winter and flocked to the RI Convention Center.
Touch our exhibits, please! The theme ‘Garden Adventures’ delivered plenty of excitement and fun for the whole family. Children loved digging deep in the soil and discovering where their food comes from. Many displays were interactive and encouraged children and adults alike to please touch.
23 unique featured gardens and vignettes included a life-sized fairy house, a tunnel garden, and a tree house.
Visitors strolled through the breathtaking garden displays, immersed in spring foliage, leaving snow and ice far, far behind.
Video to be released today!
02/21/2015 8:00 a.m. – Good morning frozen Westport. 4 degrees below zero! Reports indicate Westport went to -9 early this morning!
32 degrees by 5:00 p.m., 37 degrees by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.
02/20/2015 – Brutal cold, snow, freezing rain, then rain – all this weekend! Extreme artic cold returns Monday.
When will it ever end?
3 degrees tonight.
But what the hey, if you don’t like New England weather wait a day or two; temperatures will rise to 37 degrees on Sunday.
Still, into each life some rain must fall, and we’ll get that Sunday in spades.
Westport will have to deal with freezing rain turning to rain on Sunday; watch out for potential flooding due to blocked storm drains.
Then, just when you think it’s safe to go back outside, temperatures will plunge to a low of -2 degrees Monday night, promising icy roads and frozen snow crust.
Finish your shoveling tomorrow, and help the over-worked Highway Department by clearing storm drains on your street.
02/20/2015 – The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is excited to announce plans to create an upland grassland within the Herb Hadfield Conservation Area. Upland grassland, also known as upland meadow, is an increasingly rare habitat-type in the northeast more...
02/20/2015 – Westport kids invited to play in the Tiverton Little League. Tiverton Little League signups are underway, and some of the teams are open to Little Compton and Westport players.
The Tiverton Juniors division, coming off a conference championship in its first year in existence, is open to players age 13-15 from the towns of Tiverton, Little Compton, and Westport.
If interested, Westport players can register by going to the Tiverton Little League website at www.tivertonlittleleague.org. Don’t wait, opening day is April 11th.
02/19/2015 – Strange but beautifully abstract. There’s a silver lining behind the harsh winter storms that ravaged Westport over the last two weeks. The frigid temperatures and gale force winds sculpted strangely-beautiful abstract imagery out of immense snow drifts, and created magical stalactite formations that look like they were computer-generated.
More photos to come with video!
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Friday, March 27
Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.
An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.
Quilt ladies invite all to Friday meetings at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton from 10 a.m. to noon. A weekly hand quilting group. Pro or novice welcome. Come one time or every meeting! Bring your own project. For more information call Lynn Sluiter at (401) 635-8941, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T’ai Chi is the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health. The fee is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Nikolas Ukleja. Please call 508.636.1026 for further information.
Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere.
$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over. $6 suggested donation under age 50.
Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email:
Ocean State Bridge Club meets each Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Call or click if you need a partner: (401) 862-2131 or Director@OceanStateBridgeClub.com Cost is $6. A free lunch is served once a month by Sakonnet Bay Manor. www.oceanstatebridgeclub.com.
The weekly Bingo at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. 1:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please call For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.
The Tiverton Public Library offers a weekly computer drop-in session that offers assistance with beginner computer Skills and Windows; the internet, on-line resources and social networking; Microsoft Office programs; downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library; on-line job searching; and any other topics you may have a question about. All ages and skill levels welcome.
2 - 3 p.m. on Fridays. No cost.
Essex Public Library, reference room, 238 Highland Avenue, Tiverton.
For more information please call (401) 625-6796.
Friday, March 27 - Westport River Vineyards is hosting “Wines by the Class” in their Wine Bar. These casual seminars will begin at 6 p.m. and last an hour or two and will highlight a wine, wine making or vineyard related topic and will always include an informative wine tasting.
Their amazing staff led by aficionados Corey Nuffer and Elizabeth Koczera will be your “guides” for these evenings. They will also have some additional surprises for attendees. These seminars are only $10 for wine club members and $20 for non-members.
Here are all the details:
There is no charge to swing by the Wine Bar during the Friday seminars and enjoy a drink with friends. You might even learn something. However, if you want to participate in the class (and taste wine and receive any seminar discounts on wine) it is $10 for wine club members and $20 for everyone else.
All you have to do is call 508.636.3423 extension 2 during business hours and they will get you on the list. Just let the staff know when you would like to attend. Once you have signed up there are no cancellations so please make sure you are able to attend. If you have any questions please email: email@example.com. Saturdays are free to everyone.
Friday, March 27th – Seminar: “The Dosage Trials with Paull Goodchild”
Our newest vintage of Brut RJR (2007) is being riddled and disgorged, the final steps of the Champagne Method. This is the last chance the winemaker has to influence a bubbly by way of the dosage-a sugar and wine solution. In order to determine the proper amount of dosage, we hold trials where we taste the wine in a range of sweetness. Join us for just such an interactive appraisal of this pending vintage. Truly a special seminar! Seating limited to 25 people.
Saturday, March 28th – Wine Trivia Night!
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Karaoke every Friday night with Mariozations Studio from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton.
Bluegrass Jam at the VFW on Fridays at the Dartmouth VFW, Cross Road (behind Wal-Mart) from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The open jam, with bluegrass rules, is for adults only and is held every Friday.
Friday, March 27 - Chuck Williams & Mike Laureanno at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43
Muse Way, Tiverton.
Karaoke featuring country music - VFW Post 5329, 134 Shove St., Tiverton, hosts karaoke every Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Featuring, Del Rios, playing a variety of American and Portuguese music. Donation $6. Call (401) 624-2697 for more information.
Friday, March 27 - Rehoboth Contra Dance at the Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth starts at 8:00 p.m. All dances will be taught by caller Lucia Watson.
Music will be performed by French Toast, with Michelle Kaminsky, Racheal Panitch, Jim Joseph and Alan Bradbury. Beginners are welcome; partners are not necessary.
Cost is $9, $8 for students. For more information please call 508.252.6375 or visit their website.
Karaoke Night every Friday night from 8:00 to 12:00 a.m. at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom St, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all. Weekly karaoke night with Rick and Joan.
The VFW offers karaoke on Friday nights from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the newly renovated lounge.
Join in on the fun. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. VFW Post 8502, 843 State Road (Route 6) in Westport. Call 508.678.9888 for more information.
Friday, March 27 - Pro Karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m.
20 Star Street, Fall River. No admission charge.
LePage’s Seafood hosts Karaoke every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. at 439 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information please call 508.677.2180.
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