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Festive, fall pumpkins and gourds at the Orr Farm, Adamsville Road in Westport.
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Local news you may be interested in. Updated: Monday, October 20, 2014
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New video 09/05/2014 View video of Beach Avenue, Knubble Beach and Westport Harbor to see why so many are claiming first dibs on the prettiest beachfront in Westport.
New video 09/01/2014 View video of the tenth Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market with the Spindle Rock River Rats!
08/17/2014 View video of the 11th Allens Pond Sanctuary’s Duck Derby.
08/12/2014 View video of the Inaugural 2014 5K Mud Run Samurai Sprint at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery.
08/11/2014 Check out the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s annual Summer Gala.
07/30/2014 – State Senator Michael Rodrigues will be hosting his bi-annual Business Breakfast on Tuesday, August 5th.
He is inviting business leaders to another engaging conversation about the business climate in our state and our region, and the specific concerns of SouthCoast employers.
“I hope to have a robust discussion with a diverse group of business leaders representing many different industries. As such, please check your calendars and let me know if you are able to make it,” said Senator Rodrigues.
The breakfast meeting will be from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the historic Wardroom Annex, aboard the Battleship Massachusetts, Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River.
All local business leaders are invited to call and make a reservation for this enlightening business forum.
A light breakfast will be served, and they have arranged for a private tour of the battleship to begin at 10:00 a.m. for those of you who are interested.
To offer accurate attendance estimates to their generous hosts at Battleship Cove, please RSVP by Thursday, July 31st to Senator Rodrigues Communications Director, Tara Conklin. You can reach Tara at 617.722.1114, or by email at email@example.com.
07/29/2014 – This August the Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Jamie Young and Bryan McFarlane in exhibition from Wednesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 24th.
Artists' Reception is Saturday, August 16th from 5-7 p.m.
Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Jamie Young and Bryan McFarlane. This exhibit pairs two established oil painters who explore the identity of place.
Jamie Young lives and works in Ashfield, Massachusetts, a Berkshire community known for incubating talented artists.
Bryan McFarlane is a Boston painter and a professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Read more...
07/29/2014 – South Coast Youth Conservation Corps Provides Rare Opportunity for Teens.
If you’re outside on the South Coast this summer, walking a trail, picnicking in the park or buying veggies at a local farmer’s market, you just might bump into a group of young people wearing matching green T-shirts and khaki hats. Although a pack of teenagers might arouse suspicion under some circumstances, these teens aren’t getting into trouble, on the contrary, they’re members of the South Coast Youth Conservation Corps.
Youth are planting trees, growing organic produce and clearing hiking trails this summer for the benefit of their community. Read more...
07/28/2014 – For the third year, BayCoast Bank has contributed to the Westport River Watershed Alliance to support the organization's summer internship program.
Above: James Goodman & Brendan Cormier.
The WRWA hires students from local colleges to assist with its education and monitoring programs. BayCoast Bank's investment allows for the WRWA to bring two interns aboard for the summer: James Goodman & Brenden Cormier. Read more...
07/28/2014 – State leader in solar, Dartmouth opens new six-megawatt solar project.
Westport lost years in the solar commitment, focusing instead on a failed, multi-megawatt wind turbine that would have been located in Central Village, a concept soundly rejected by the town’s people.
Spartanburg-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. recently announced the completion of a 6-megawatt solar energy facility in Dartmouth, Mass.
The private investment company said the Fischer Road Solar Facility is the second-largest such project in Massachusetts. Pacolet Milliken is a joint owner in the project with New York-based Syncarpha Capital.
It encompasses 20,000 solar panels on a parcel that contains cranberry bogs and a composting center. Ameresco Inc., a renewable energy company, constructed the facility in less than six months and will oversee its operations.
"Our energy division at Pacolet Milliken has two goals," Rick Webel, president of Pacolet Milliken, said in a statement. "To work with best-in-class partners and to invest in high-quality, long-term renewable energy generation, and we have found both in this solar energy facility."
During its first year of operation, the facility is expected to generate enough energy to offset the annual electricity requirements of 820 typical U.S. homes. The town of Carver and Silver Lake School District will purchase the energy at favorable rates over the next 20 years, the company said. More.
07/28/2014 – Southcoast Health Van to visit Westport Council on Aging on Wednesday, October 8th. State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) has partnered with the Southcoast Hospitals Group to schedule Health Van visits throughout the summer at local Councils on Aging. The Southcoast Health Van Program provides free education and screening to the community, including cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, and cancer screenings, education of stroke prevention, as well as nutritional information and education. These visits to Councils of Aging will increase accessibility to these services among families, young people and the senior citizens of the SouthCoast.
Senator Michael Rodrigues has partnered with Southcoast Hospitals Group to increase access to health services for seniors.
“I’m pleased to work with the Southcoast Hospitals Group to provide our seniors with increased access to these essential health services,” said Senator Michael Rodrigues. “Addressing the health care needs of the elderly in our communities is so important in ensuring the very highest quality of life for our senior citizens, and this program fills a void for a population that is often medically-underserved.”
The schedule for the Southcoast Health Van visits is below:
Monday, July 21st, Swansea COA - 260 Ocean Grove Avenue;
Monday, July 28th, Somerset COA - 1458 County Street;
Tuesday, August 5th, Freetown COA - 227 Chase Road, East Freetown;
Friday, August 15th, Rochester COA - 67 Dexter Lane;
Wednesday, October 8th, Westport COA - 75 Reed Road.
An additional visit in Fall River is pending.
All sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
07/25/2014 – Westport Waterfire! For those of you not familiar with Providence's signature event, WaterFire, last night was your chance to get up close and personal at The Shattuck with the award-winning fire sculpture installation on the three rivers in downtown Providence.
Created by local artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire has become a must-see for visitors throughout the Southcoast.
Barnaby was The Shattuck’s guest speaker Thursday night, and brought along some Waterfire braziers for a ‘show and tell.’
There was a talk about Waterfire by Barnaby, a short performance by the Festival Ballet, and a lighting of the braziers!
There were no romantic boat rides, but there was plenty of Luminaria to create a romantic and unforgettable memory.
Wow, who whudda thought Westport would be so multicultural!
07/24/2014 – A new Broom Bear sweeps clean, says Chris Gonsalves as Westport’s Highway Surveyor took delivery this week of an Elgin Broom Bear 4 to replace the town’s aged and worn-out street sweeper.
Above: Highway Department Rick Anctil checks out the town’s new street sweeper.
Selectmen authorized the Broom Bear’s purchase last November from the Atrui Brothers of East Providence to the tune of $223,000.
“We used Chapter 90 money (state aid) so there was no cost to the town,” Gonsalves said. “And we have plenty of Chapter 90 money available to us.’
“Our old street sweeper (pictured left) was designed for urban environments where there are many twists and turns and short runs on city streets, whereas Westport has long, rural roads, 156 miles to be exact, that require long distance runs where a truck is more durable and can handle the travel,” Gonsalves said.
“The sweeper can operate up to 60 miles per hour,” said Rick Anctil, a Highway Department employee and its de facto mechanic. “And a side-boom unload mechanism allows the sweeper to empty its hopper directly into a dump truck, and not have to return to the yard to unload road sweepings.”
The Bear’s first assignment? Sweep the washed out sand at the bottom of Riverview Drive in preparation for the repaving of that troubled road.
Sandy roads can adversely affect motorcyclists and bicyclists, and streets need to be swept clean before line striping can be put down, a safety requirement on Westport’s dark roads, especially on rainy and foggy nights.
07/20/2014 – Westport prepares for Comcast cable. For all you Westporters, and there are many, who have griped about Charter Cable’s monolithic indifference to customer service, program selection and timely repair, not to mention the unavailability of basic cable services in some areas of town, your time may have come.
Or has it.
Comcast and Charter Communications have reached a deal in which Comcast and Time Warner Cable will shed 3.9 million of their current customers in an attempt to ease concerns over their proposed merger.
The sale on April 28th of this year to Charter Communications of some of those customers would leave the combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable with just less than 30% of households that subscribe to cable or satellite TV.
And it leaves Westport with Comcast.
Westport Selectmen have been negotiating a deal with the new provider.
“Westport cable customers will initially have the same rate structure as that which is called for in the recent 10-year agreement the town had negotiated with Charter,” said Antone Vieira, select board Chairman.
“The infrastructure (town-wide wiring, household hookup, cable boxes, etc.) will remain the same.”
Internet performance to end users will probably remain unchanged for those Westport subscribers who use it.
Programming selections remain to be seen, but Comcast has generally received good marks in this area. How they’ll be packaged has yet to be announced.
In the April 2014 deal, Charter will buy 1.4 million Time Warner Cable customers directly for $7.3 billion in cash.
In addition, 2.5 million current Comcast customers will be spun off into a new cable company that will be controlled by Charter.
Finally, Charter will swap 1.6 million of its customers to Comcast in return for 1.6 million current Time Warner Cable subscribers. The rationale for the swap is that it would cluster Charter and Comcast subscribers geographically following the merger.
And that is why Westport is getting Comcast.
Is this a good deal for Westport?
At least one consumer advocacy group critical of the merger said that the agreement does nothing to reduce its concern.
"Transforming three giant companies into two behemoths gives no comfort to content providers or consumers," said Matt Wood, policy director of Free Press.
Westport cable subscribers are a flea on the back of the Comcast elephant, and that should bring little wiggle room when town leaders are negotiating with Comcast in the future.
07/19/2014 – Westport’s “Tough Samurai Mudders” started as a team, worked through the devilish obstacles as a team, and sprinted to the finish as a team.
Who’s better than the Westport Fire Department’s mud brigade as they took on the Vineyard’s inaugural Samurai Sprint 5K Mud Run without fear or trepidation of completing it.
These tough guys and gals took a beating but left no one behind!
Members of the Westport and Fall River Fire Departments competed in the Samurai 5K Sprint Mud Run as a team wearing red shirts in recognition of firefighter/paramedic Steve Lopes who was seriously injured fighting a chimney fire on American Legion Highway.
And how about our School Committee member, Melissa Pacheco (pictured below) who schooled the men in the fine art of crossing the “Missing Bridge” rope obstacle!
More photos with video later.
07/16/2014 – Let the paving begin! With little fanfare, Westport Selectmen signed a contract Monday night with Narragansett Improvement Company to initiate the long overdue paving of East Beach Road, Riverview Drive, and the re-grading and road-base preparation of the disputed Beach Avenue.
However, it was a Herculean odyssey of epic proportions to get to this point.
Selectmen voted unanimously in the past to pave Beach Avenue, but more recently voted twice, 3-2, to rescind those earlier votes and to review a plan championed by Selectman R. Michael Sullivan to consider leaving the road a compacted, gravel base.
This change in direction caused a rebidding process for the three troubled town roads, exposing the town to possible litigation after an accepted bid was cast aside, and irritating residents and abutters of Riverview Drive and East Beach Road for the unnecessary delays and hardships imposed navigating the washed out and barely passable thoroughfares.
Paving will begin sometime between July 16th and August 1st, according to Selectmen.
07/15/2014 – A sure sign of this summer’s first daytime scorcher is a long line at Handy Hill Creamery. This throng descended Saturday on the venerable Westport ice cream stand to beat the day’s heat and humidity with, what else, an ice cream cone!
07/15/2014 – License and registration please! This Westport police cruiser was involved in a fender bender Saturday on Old County Road. It was reported that the cruiser was travelling west with its lights on when a collision occurred between the older police cruiser and an automobile turning into its driveway just past the Westport Middle School.
They were no reported injuries, and the accident is under investigation.
07/13/2014 – It’s probation for Sisson! In behavior that led to the changing of an elected position to that of appointed, Westport’s former embattled highway surveyor, after a lengthy trial process, was sentenced to probation on Friday.
Westport Highway Department Surveyor Harold “Jack” Sisson was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, 40 hours of community service and a no-trespass order at the town’s highway department facility.
Prosecutors wanted more.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Callihane argued for a stiffer sentence of two years with six months to serve, two years’ probation, a no-trespass order and 100 hours of community service.
Inset: Former Highway Surveyor Jack Sisson defending himself at Town Meeting while recently appointed Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves listens.
The case, which dragged on for almost two years, brings to a close a sordid story of an elected official that, according to Assistant prosecutor Callihane, “chose to ignore protocol and run his deportment as a fiefdom … (and) engage in back room deals … under the cover of darkness.”
A district court jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday. They accepted the argument by prosecuting Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane that Sisson gave a town tractor to a town mechanic for free and that he tried to hide the transaction by involving an equipment supply company.
“Mr. Sisson accepts the verdict of the jury,” Sisson’s attorney, Emile Morad Jr. said.
“The transfer that took place, obviously, didn’t follow procedure. But it was done for the benefit of the department. Mr. Sisson never tried to hide what he was doing. He went to the police department and told them about it when asked.”
Sisson’s punishment had already started, Morad added.
“He lost his job,” Morad said. “He is unemployed. His pension is held up and might become an issue.”
The conspiracy charges against Sisson and Kennedy are both pending in district court. Sisson’s lawyer set a September 3rd date for a status conference on the case.
“It’s just politics, that is all it is,” Sisson said after the sentencing hearing.
“He took an oath of office, and it was his responsibility to uphold it,” said Westport select board Chairman, Antone Vieira.
“I liked Jack, but we did what we had to do. The Police Department and prosecution did a good job in handling the case,” Vieira said.
Former Town Administrator, Jack Healey had worked diligently with Sisson to correct the inappropriate behavior, but it was clearly a process that Sisson would take no part in.
Sisson was well-liked in Westport, which probably contributed to his demise.
It’s now clear that the “old boy” way of doing business in Westport should not continue into the 21st century.
More from the Herald News.
Read more from a Westport Shorelines article.
07/13/2014 – Cooler week coming up in Westport this week? The polar vortex, that weather phenomenon that frequently made the rounds last winter, maybe at it again.
Some forecasters say the polar vortex, the meteorological condition that brought us frigid blasts of arctic air throughout last January and February, may just be redeeming itself with pleasant summer weather next week.
Because of a cool air blast from the Gulf of Alaska, temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15 degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next week.
OK you gardeners and golfers, what’s your excuse now?
07/13/2014 – The calm before the storm! This was the scene seconds before the opening Saturday morning of the 53rd annual Westport Quaker Meeting Used Book Fair at Westport’s Community Meeting House.
The rushing of the bulls at Pamplona could hardly be more exciting than this annual event.
So many titles, so little time, so many people.
More with photos later. Watch for the amazing time-lapsed video!
07/13/2014 – It was a glorious morning for a run. Taking advantage of the perfect weather, 23-year-old Andrew Springer of Westerly, RI won the 34th running of Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race, besting the previous record by almost four seconds.
Ideal running conditions and heavy competition from last year’s two top runners propelled Springer to a record setting 22:34.43, beating the previous record of 22.38 set by Dylan Wykes in 2007.
Springer, a three-time track All-American at Georgetown, came to race; so did last year’s two top finishers Amos Sang and Glarius Rop.
Sang and Rop repeated last year’s performance, however, with paces slightly off those of 2013.
Above: set against the backdrop of the historic Brownell House, the field of over 500 runners anticipates the crack of the starter’s pistol to begin the 34th running of the LC 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race.
But the rest of the field of over 500 runners was surprisingly quiet, with an astonishingly large gap of almost seven minutes until fourth place finisher and overall women’s champion, Erin Murphy of North Easton came in at 29.07.22.
Claudia Camargo holds the women’s record of 25:30 set in 2007.
54-year-old Lydia Sweetser was Westport’s top finisher at 34:02.72, Jim Hartnett was second at 35:07.30, followed by Roswell Underwood at 36:52.43.
Tom Hunnewell was Westport’s fourth place finisher with veteran runner Sean leach capturing fifth.
Click here for all the race results.
But on the plus side, hundreds came out on this beautiful July day to browse and to enjoy the perennial church fair in its 54th year.
More later with photos and video.
07/12/2014 – Westport Public Library announces summer hours. Summer hours at the Westport Library are as follows: Monday and Thursday from noon to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library is closed on Saturday until Saturday, September 6th.
Click here to view all town organization’s newsletters.
07/08/2014 –The Galley Grille at White's of Westport, 66 State Road announces that starting July 7th they will be renovating the restaurant to bring you a new and improved dining experience.
Say "good-bye" to The Galley Grille as you know it because they’re planning some big changes.
The restaurant and bar will still be open, just temporarily relocated to the Colonial and Priscilla rooms.
Re-opening is scheduled for mid-August - stay tuned.
specials, Wednesday trivia night, and Prime Rib nights will be available
during the renovations.
07/07/2014 – Arthur brings downpours, does some damage to Westport, drowns out the annual 4th of July parade, and manages in the process to rub salt into the wounds of East Beach Road and Riverview Drive residents who are angered over repair delays on their streets.
Town Administrator, Tim King who started his new job Monday jumping in with both feet, experienced firsthand the divisive waters of Westport politics when a group Riverview Drive residents expressed their anger over paving delays.
King was touring the troubled roads Monday morning with select board Vice Chairman, Richard Spirlet.
Recently appointed Highway Surveyor, Chris Gonsalves reported severe washout and large roadside ruts on the temporarily resurfaced Riverview Drive, and major “pitting” (small potholes) on East Beach Road.
“We sent crews (this morning) out with the equipment to scape and smooth out Riverview Drive and East Beach Road. It won’t be perfect,” Gonsalves said, “but it will sustain the road base until we put asphalt on them.”
Above: Riverview Drive residents gathered with King (left) and Spirlet, and expressed their anger over the handful of town residents who have held up the paving of their troubled road.
East Beach Avenue experienced flooding and shallow depressions where the heavy rains washed out the sand, leaving rubble and cobble behind.
The road is still passable.
Reported rainfall of six inches fell in the northern part of town.
Heavy stormwater runoff damaged a few driveways; one in particular was on Drift Road.
We’re taking care of those probably on Tuesday, Gonsalves said.
Some tire-puncturing potholes opened up on Route 88 near Horseneck Beach that are bound to become the bane of unwary drives not paying attention.
Parades and fireworks were canceled or postponed Friday in several communities including New Bedford and Edgartown; however Westport’s annual July 4th parade went off on schedule to a sunny sky, but experienced downpours 20 minutes into the parade route forcing a dash for the High School.
Rain or shine had said parade organizer, Dave Palmer, and it appears they got both.
More with photos later.
07/05/2014 – Is Fall River Mayer Will Flannigan dumping Foxwoods, or is Foxwoods pulling out of fall River?
Flanagan had originally signed an exclusivity agreement with Foxwoods, but now that they will not be filing an application with the gaming commission, that pact was terminated.
Other casino companies have expressed interest in developing in the city and discussions with different gaming interests have proceeded, Fiola said.
A Foxwoods’ spokeswoman denied media reports that the company had lost interest in Fall River but would not confirm discussions with leaders in New Bedford to develop a project in that city.
Flanagan said he would still be willing to work with Foxwoods. More.
07/04/2014 – Hurricane Arthur is on the way; the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Will the Westport July 4th parade be spared the wind and rain?
As of 9:00 a.m. this morning Arthur was downgraded to a Category 1 storm.
One point of concern will be Cape Cod and the Islands, and the Eastern seaboard.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the area.
But if there is a silver lining, it’s that the July 4th parade should be spared the wind and rain as the storm is expected to hit Westport a little before 2:00 p.m.
Parade organizer Dave Palmer has previously announced the parade will go on, rain or shine!
Happy Independence Day Westport!
07/04/2014 – Spirit of Christ Church announces new summer worship times for 2014. Beginning Sunday, July 6, 2014 and continuing through August 31, Spirit of Christ Church will gather at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for worship and fellowship. Friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to join us at the Westport Council on Aging at 75 Reed Road.
The building is air-conditioned (a blessing on warm
summer days), and a warm welcome awaits you. Refreshments are available after
the time of worship.
Attendees tend to dress casually, and as a friend expressed it, 'you can wear almost anything that won't get you arrested in public.'
Click here to read more Church News.
07/01/2014 – Select Board sound bites. Selectmen on unanimous votes appointed last night several town board, committee and commission members, and one reserve police officer.
But not so unanimous or altruistic is the deepening dissension among selectmen and among town residents on what should be done with Beach Avenue.
Acoaxet (Westport’s harbor section of the town) has always had a troubled past with Westport’s town governance, attempting twice in the 1920s to separate (secede) from the rest of the town and to form a new town called Acoaxet.
But never in this history of discontent has a small stretch of public road been at the heart of such a troubling controversy until now.
At stake is the right of the general public, especially disabled and senior residents, to easily access a small town beach, and for fishermen to cast their lines from the picturesque outcropping of rocks fondly known as The Knubble, versus the desire of coastal Acoaxet residents to protect a stretch of beach they perceive as their own.
In a more pleasant proceeding, Selectmen presented a Citation to Clayton M. Harrison, Board of Appeals member, for his long-term service (47 years) to the town.
This record-setting service started out as a one-year-only term to help out the town. More later.
07/01/2014 – Westport teachers respectfully protest via a picket line for a fair contract. Selectmen and meeting audience members were met last night by picketing from Westport teachers demanding fair compensation considerations. The failure of the electorate to pass a school district $800,000 plus Proposition 2 ½ override is starting to have its financial effects.
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Monday, October 21
v Monday, October 21 - Kundalini Yoga... with Brenda Florez starts at 7:30 a.m. Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton. For more information call 401.592.0400.
“Kundalini” Yoga is a 5000 year old system of yogic exercises and meditation designed to give you a “hand’s on” experience of your highest consciousness.
3 basic components to Kundalini Yoga:
Physical postures (kriyas) that strengthen the nervous system & balance the glandular system;
Breathing techniques (pranayama) help process emotions & feelings, reduce stress & develop concentration; and
Mantra or sound (Naad Yoga) & meditation work to direct & discipline the mind.
Every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. $5.00 a class.
v Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout. All are welcome. Cost is $2.50 per class. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.
Session I aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Session II aerobics on Tuesday.
For more information please call 508.636.1026.
v Monday, October 21 - Monthly Garden Walks with the Superintendent at the Allen C. Haskell Park.
Beginning Monday April 7th at 9 a.m. The Trustees of Reservations have sponsored a guided walk at the Allen C. Haskell Park at 787 Shawmut Avenue in New Bedford, MA. This is a reoccurring event which meets on the first Monday of every month. Kristin DeSouza, superintendent of the park, will lead the walk through the 6-acre property.
This is one for early birds so please feel free to bring a coffee on the walk.
The walk is free for Trustees members and for nonmembers. They will begin at the Parking Lot along Loftus Street. Click here to register and for directions please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 774.992.7796.
v Quilting class at the Tiverton Senior Center. 9:00 a.m. every Monday. 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton. Free and open to all. Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week.
For more information please call or click 401.625.6790 or visit their website.
v Zumba every Monday with Rita Andrate at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
Fee is $5, and everyone is welcome.
9:00 - 10 a.m.
For more information call or click Sally at 401.635.2400 or email: email@example.com.
v 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.
v Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 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:
v 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.
v Weekly adult knitting group at the Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Weekly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. All levels welcome, and open to all.
Visit their website: http://www.brownell-libraryri.org.
v Quilting each week at Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. They are offering weekly knitting and quilting classes each Monday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week. For more information please call for more information please call 401.625.6790 or visit their website.
v The Sakonnet Club is a senior social group that meets every Monday at 1 p.m. in the Tiverton Senior Center's Dining Room. Immediately following their meeting refreshments are served and Bingo is played. New members are always welcome. 1:00 p.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton.
For more information please call 401.625.6790.
v Adaptive Exercise
Program every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Little Compton
Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton.
Jen Meyer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor provides an individualized adaptive exercise program to get you moving again. The program focuses on gentle strength training, balance & flexibility. Each individual will work within their comfort level, as this program is adapted to your own individual needs.
For more information call or click 401.592.0400 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
v Bingo every Monday. 4:00 p.m. at the Fr. Boehr Council 4753, Knights of Columbus at 25 Fish Road, Tiverton. All are welcome. The kitchen opens at 4 p.m. and the first game begins at 6:45 p.m.
v Monday, October 21 - Free meditation group on Mondays starts August 4th.
A weekly meditation group will meet Mondays, August 4th to August 25th from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Macomber Community House, 930 Main Road, Westport.
The group will be led by an experienced practitioner. No previous experience is necessary. It is free and open to all.
v Monday night tai chi classes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandywoods Farm Arts and Agricultural Community, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. $7 per class. Taught by Steve Mello from Little Compton Tai Chi.
Steve practices Yeung Family Tai Chi Chuan. The gentle movements of tai chi reduce stress and offer many other health benefits to all - old and young, men and women, the very weak and the very strong. Tai Chi Chuan is based on the idea that mind, body, and emotion are inseparable.
Wear loose-fitting clothing and flat-soled shoes.
For more information please call 401.241.7349 or email email@example.com.
v Smart Investing Program at the Tiverton Library starts at 6:30 p.m. Essex Library, 238 Highland Road, Tiverton.
As an investor you’re entitled to basic rights and protections, and there are many places you can go for help. You can also take steps to protect yourself from fraud and scams that may be directed at you.
This talk can provide you with the best tools to make smart decisions.
The event is free and open to all. Reservations required; please call 401.625.6796.
v Monday, October 21 - Computer 101 at the Westport Library.
Do you need a helpful hand using the computer?
Visit the Westport Library, 408 Old County Road on Monday evenings beginning February 3rd between 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. for assistance using the computer.
Whether searching the internet, using Microsoft word programs or becoming comfortable using a "mouse"...these are just a few questions that you may ask our computer volunteer.
Please call the library at 508.636.1100 with any questions and to register for Monday, February 3rd.
Computers are available at the library or bring your laptop along.
Become more comfortable using a computer and join us at the library.
Registration is necessary.
v New Bedford Chess Club meets every Monday from 7
- 9 p.m. at the Market Basket Food
Court, 122 Sawyer Street, New Bedford. Please bring your chess set and
chess clock, if you have one. The event is informal, free and open to all.
Free lessons available.
v Al-Anon Meeting from every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Amicable Congregational Church,
3736 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. Get Directions.
Al-Anon There is Hope one hour meeting.
For more information please call or click 401.855.6009 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
v ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45
p.m. at the United Congregational
Church, 4 S of Commons Road, Little Compton.
Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: email@example.com.
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Click here PDF to see how to protect your oil tank’s fuel line as required by law. The Massachusetts Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law requires you to upgrade your home heating system equipment to prevent leaks from tanks and pipes that connect to your furnace. By making a relatively small expenditure now, you can prevent a much greater expense in the future.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito findings in Westport and a widening swath through Southeastern Massachusetts. Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.
A defective or non-functioning smoke alarm almost cost a young Westport woman her life in a recent July 4th Drift Road fire. The house burnt to the ground but the woman was saved by an alert Fire Chief. Protect yourself, your family and pets with proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Is your property safe? Click here to get all the details and state requirements for all age homes. Do it now. PDF Large file, Please be patient.
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