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Tuesday, January 23 - Westport Special Town Meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. will vote on new school building.

WESTPORT - Westport registered voters this Tuesday night will be asked to address five articles in the town warrant before the citizen legislature that is called town meeting.

Article 1. The big dog in the room is the proposed $97.5 million new Jr/Sr High School building to be built on the site of PCB-plagued Middle School that will house grades 5 -12 in a state-of-the-art facility designed by Jonathan Levi Architects.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) gas agreed to reimburse almost 38% of the estimated $97.5 million in construction costs.

This article requires a 2/3 vote of meeting members.

Article 2. This article proposes to amend town bylaws to establish a revolving fund for the Electrical, Plumbing and Gas Inspectors to collect fees and fines for building department permits.

Article 3. Voters will be asked to approve the use of previously approved $350,000 in CPC funds to acquire a conservation restriction and interest in protecting the St. Vincent DePaul Camp land on Adamsville Road. All maintenance and use of the land will be in the hands of the Westport Land Conservation Trust.

Article 4. The Selectmen are asking voters to allow the board to take custody of land on the East side of Sanford Road for general municipal purposes and for possible leasing; under this article the Selectmen will be allowed to lease the land for up to 20 years.

Article 5. Acceptance of the article will allow selectmen to petition the state legislature to grant a non-transferrable, special wine and malt beverage license to R & C Market located at 151 State Road.

The town is only permitted to grant licenses up to the maximum as determined by the state, and a request for a license above that number has to receive special legislature approval from Boston. 

Attend this Town Meeting! This is the chance, and duty, of every registered voter to get up and express their opinion on town matters.

The Special Town Meeting will be at the Westport Jr/Sr High School in the auditorium, and will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Click here to review the five-article Special Town Meeting Warrant.

 

 

Sunday, January 21 – WESTPORT - Our property of the Week is this magnificent WATERFRONT lot on Westport River's East Branch. Tucked away off the beaten path, this Great Neck Road lot not only boasts riverfront but borders a delightful perennial stream!

27,200 sf lot is ready to go w/septic system installed & well on site. From your perch enjoy river views, southwesterly breezes, and glorious sunsets! Don't Wait!

Contact Suzanne Alden at 508.636.0600 or Suzanne@aldenhill.com.

Click here for more information and photos.

 

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Above: 3.5 MW energy-producing Solar Farm built on cleared farmland off Old County Road in late 2016.

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Sunday, January 21 Neighbors voice concern over proposed Westport solar farm.

WESTPORT - Solar farms have always been considered a benefit to the environment, but that notion is being challenged by one neighborhood within a scenic area of town.

A group of Horseneck Road neighbors are protesting a proposed 4-megawatt system on 12 acres on Horseneck Road claiming it would lead to widespread flooding and endanger fish habitat in nearby streams.

Neighbor Elizabeth Meyers also claimed the proposed solar farm would increase global warming and negatively affect climate change, an unusual position to take when environmentalists are advocating power from the sun as an effective way to decrease the world’s carbon footprint.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is now involved, after the Conservation Commission in December were deadlocked over approving applicant Paul and Viola Gay’s project.

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Sunday, January 21 Westport Land Conservation Trust and The Trustees Partner to Host the Annual Super Bowl Walk.

WESTPORT - On Super Bowl Sunday starting at 11:00 am, the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) and The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) will be hosting their annual Super Bowl Walk, a hike that extends from the Slocum’s River in Dartmouth to the Westport River in Westport.

 

No Overflow Parking will be allowed this year. Those interested in participating in the walk must register in advance. Please register online at www.westportlandtrust.org. A firm limit of 150 hikers has been set for this program.

 

Conservation efforts in the area make it possible to do this 6+ mile hike. Here’s your chance to experience sections of trail not normally open to the public - and get a little fresh air before the watching the Super Bowl!

And for a special treat, the Westport Rivers Winery will be opening its doors to greet hikers at the end of the walk with discounted wine and beer by the glass only for $5 and 20% off all take home wine for hikers, whether it is one bottle or many.

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Saturday, January 20 - Westport school leaders seek 2.8 percent Image result for School Business Manager Michelle Rapozabudget increase

WESTPORT - School Business Manager Michelle Rapoza earlier this month   unveiled a modest fiscal 2019 budget that represents a 2.8 percent increase over this current fiscal year.

School principals will attend the Jan. 24 School Committee meeting to review and answer questions about the budget, with the rise mostly attributed to contractual salary increases.

Last year, the district pitched a 3.3 percent increase, and this year it cut back on its proposed increase, which would add $491,000 to this current budget.

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Friday, January 19 Mass Audubon reports on Piping Plover progress at local Westport beaches.

And things aren’t going well in piping plover land.

WESTPORT - Mass Audubon was contracted as beach monitors last year by town officials as part of an oversight provision required by a Beach Management Program developed by the town’s Conservation Commission in cooperation with Mass Wildlife Natural Heritage.

The two beaches monitored include Cherry & Webb Beach and Beach Avenue.

Audubon staff assessed plover nesting habitat and installed symbolic fencing around potential nesting areas. They recently issued their 2017 report, and is doesn’t bode well for the plover.

The order-of-conditions set forth in the management plan allows the Highway Department to maintain and grade Beach Avenue with certain restrictions designed to protect endangered species including the plover and an identified moth species.

 

Inset: A wooden guard rail system was installed last December that protects fragile dunes along Beach Avenue from vehicular intrusion.

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In their report Mass Audubon staff identified four pairs of Piping Plovers along the shore of Buzzards Bay between Acoaxet Road and Bridge Street in Westport.

Two pair were located on town-owned Cherry & Webb property and two pair further east on private property.

One pair lost their nest to predators, probably American Crow as their tracks were seen near the broken eggs.

The other pair settled on the west end by Boaters Beach, but their nest was never found.

The report also stated that storms ravaged the west end of Cherry & Webb and over-washed Beach Avenue at the beginning of the season; by the season’s end much of the west end nesting habitat was wiped clean.

 

Surprisingly, monitors observed unleashed dogs walking inside the fenced area. Unsupervised dogs can be a source of stress and distraction making it more difficult for adult plovers to defend their young from predators.

 

Audubon staff discussed with the Westport Land Conservation Trust a need in 2018 for better signage for the dunes and other coastal resources under their control including the Piper Plover habitat along Beach Avenue. They also recommended rules about dogs and new signs for the beaches. Unleashed dogs are prohibited by town bylaws, and have restricted hours during summer months.

 

Thursday, January 18 - Alleged ‘inside job’ leads to charges against Fall River man after large quantity of medical marijuana stolen in R.I.

WARWICK, R.I. — A large quantity of medical marijuana was recently stolen from one of the state’s licensed marijuana growers.

It is the first instance of such a theft since the state began licensing cultivators last year.

 

Recent warnings from Police Chief Keith Pelletier over security of all that cash and weed on Route 6 hang like a specter on the horizon of what the future could hold for Westport.

 

Police will not disclose exactly how much marijuana was taken from the Medici Products and Solutions cultivation center in Warwick because only a portion of what was taken has been recovered.

Steven Gomes, a 25-year-old heating and air conditioning contractor from Fall River, was arrested... read more >>

Now, as Westport officials consider bylaw options and prepare for a community meeting next Thursday, January 25th to discuss medical marijuana’s future in the town, warnings from Police Chief Keith Pelletier over security of all that cash and weed on Route 6 hang like a specter on the horizon of what the future could hold.

Public hearing on marijuana in Westport planned for January 25th.

The Planning Board is putting three options on the table concerning how recreational marijuana should be handled in town.

Town Planner James Hartnett stated that at the upcoming hearing three options will be presented — extend the moratorium on recreational marijuana from this upcoming June to December, prohibit these establishments from entering Westport or regulate them.

State regulations allow for a maximum of two establishments or 20 percent of the total full liquor licenses in town.

Selectmen are mixed over medical marijuana shops in Westport, but recently voted 4-1 to grant letters on non-opposition to two startup groups wanting to place facilities on State Road.

The state is the only licensing authority for medical marijuana businesses, but the town can still reject an applicant after the state has granted a license because the license is subject to town approval.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, January 17 – Breached buoy beached after breaking free from harbor bottom.

WESTPORT - A Westport River harbor entrance channel marker that broke free from its mooring five days ago washed up yesterday morning on Horseneck Beach near Bridge Street.

So who do you call to reclaim a massive buoy from the beach?

Why, the Highway Department of course, the go-to people who take care of town problems that nobody else wants to or can’t handle.

Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves and his crew used the department’s frontend loader to rescue and lug the rowdy buoy to the state boat ramp where it was loaded onto a waiting United States Coast Guard transport truck.

Only the Coast Guard can place or relocate navigational aids, and are expected to restore the buoy to its original location.

Westport harbormaster Chris Leonard said the marker was probably battered by the recent strong winter storms and ice floes coming down the Westport River, breaking it free from its mooring chain.

 

Wednesday, January 17 - Guest opinion - A new Westport middle-high school makes business sense.

WESTPORT - In business, it makes fiscal sense to anticipate issues ahead and plan ahead for big expenditure items. If you can get free money to help address those issues, so much the better.

This is one of many reasons that I urge fellow Westport residents to vote Yes for new middle-high school proposed by the School Building Committee, the School Committee, and the Board of Selectmen. We as a town have an opportunity to receive more than $38 million from the state to invest in our town and our future, and it would be bad business to turn down this opportunity.

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Monday, January 15 – Dueling letters highlight divergent opinions on new Jr/Sr High School Building. 

Voters get their say January 23rd at Special Town Meeting.

WESTPORT – Town residents on both sides of the issue are writing to express their concerns and opinions on Westport’s newest public project, a new Jr/Sr High School grades 5-12 to replace the shuttered PCB-laced Middle School and the aging High School.

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has committed to funding almost 38% of the $97.5 million complex on Old County Road.

Just as important is the fact the MSBA will fund half the cost of the Middle School demolition.

When thinking about the proposal before us as Westport citizens to construct a new $100 million school, I am struck by the fact that the students---the “customers”, supported by their parents---- are leaving our Westport public school system, especially as they enter their high school years,  wrote on resident....  read more >>

Another resident wrote:  “As I listen to the discussion regarding the building of a new junior/senior high school here in town, I rarely hear much about what this will mean for the children of Westport and how it will transform their education.  While I completely understand why most of the conversation revolves around finances, please allow me to illustrate what a new facility will provide for the students of Westport.” Read more >>

Still a third letter said:   “Westport is a town of diverse views and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers worked to evaluate what needs to be done. Explosive, negative flyers and letters have regularly come from outside of the mainstream to mailboxes town-wide, stating NOT NOW, and ending with NOT in our town. Sadly this have become standard strategy from opponents for each and every town vote, a narrow one size fits all form of communication. Read more >>

And a fourth letter said:  “As senior citizens in Westport, we want to be part of the educational solution and support the hard work of the Westport School Building Committee.  Westport has for too long turned its back on parents when it comes time to vote to fund education.

A fifth letter asks the question:  What Demographics Compel Us to Construct a New $100 Million School?”  Read more >>

 

Monday, January 15 – One in, one out in this year’s Selectmen’s races.

WESTPORT - Possible candidates for this year’s April annual town elections are slim at best, and up until now not many have shown much interest in competing for the 15 open slots recently posted by the Town Clerk, Marlene Samson.

But all that could change in a wink of the eye.

Current Selectman R. Michael Sullivan will not run for re-election citing that it has “been an honor, privilege and a pleasure to work for the citizens of Westport over these past 10 years.” 

Inset: Sullivan ends 10 years serving the select board, stepping down this April.

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“Serving the town has been one of the most personally fulfilling things I have done. To run for a third term, I would have to feel as though I am making a difference that someone else could not. That simply isn't the case as we are a town of 15,000 people and there are a great many highly qualified people who could do an excellent job.”

 

“I am choosing to take a break, encourage new and fresh faces to get involved and at the same time I intend to pay more attention to my personal and professional obligations.” – R. Michael Sullivan

 

Selectman Craig Dutra, on the other hand is also up for re-election, and was on the fence but decided to run for a fourth term saying he is “working with a great group of selectmen and they are making progress, which is one reason why I’ve decided to run for re-election.”

Dutra, an avid supporter of affordable housing is looking forward to the completion of the long-delayed Noquochoke Village affordable apartment complex project on Route 177 which had been stalled for many years and has just starting construction at the end of 2017.

Dutra is a supporter of the proposed new Jr/Sr High School building, but his wife, Carolina Africano has not yet decided to run for another term on the School Committee, as have many others in the 15 open slots up for election this year.

As of last Friday, only six sets of nomination papers have been pulled: Craig Dutra for Selectmen, Philip Weinberg for Board of Health (running for his first full term after serving a one-year stint last year,) Antonio Viveiros taking a shot for another term on the School Committee, William J. Allen running the first time for a two-year unexpired term as Constable, Paul Cabral as a Library Trustee, and Mark A. DeRego hoping for a second term on the Planning Board.

There are no contested races as of Monday, January 15th.

Prospective candidates have until Thursday, February 15th by 4:00 p.m. to obtain nomination papers from the Board of Registrars.

 

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Monday, January 15 - Vegans march outside proposed Westport slaughterhouse.

WESTPORT - A slaughterhouse is a slaughterhouse, Dominique Ruszala said. It cannot be made humane.

Those who believe a humane slaughterhouse is possible are deluding themselves, she added.

To drive home that point, Ruszala, a vegan and member of Boston Animal Save, has led a protest every Sunday since November at the entrance to the meat processing facility being built by The Livestock Institute on State Road.

Read more >>

 

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Saturday, January 13 – BREAKING NEWS - Route 177 head-on crash sends one to hospital.

WESTPORT – On-scene initial reports indicate that just after 11:00 a.m. a woman traveling east on Route 177 turned through the westbound lane into the Mobil station across from Old County Road, cutting off a late model Nissan Murano Platinum SUV travelling west, forcing the Nissan to swerve into the eastbound lane hitting head-on an older Accura 3.5RL 4-door sedan, sending its male driver to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The Westport couple in the Nissan appeared to be unhurt.

First responders included the fire department’s ladder truck to handle liquids on the highway, and an ambulance rescue vehicle along with several police cruisers.

The accident is under investigation.

Traffic was backed up in both lanes as wreckers were called in to remove the two damaged vehicles.

 

Saturday, January 13 - Help this Westport science project take flight.

WESTPORT - As the snow remains piled on the corners, and heaped along the edges of Main Road in Westport, it is a good time to think about butterflies.

Truth is, butterflies are probably pretty far from your thoughts as you struggle to work or school, as you pick up the kids, and dodge around the huge piles of snow in the supermarket parking lot.

One fact: One billion butterflies used to migrate from the United States to Mexico every year, but it’s down to 350 million now.

Migratory butterfly populations have been declining over the past 20 years but environmental designer, artist and town resident Joseph Ingoldsby is doing everything in his power to reverse that trend.

Read more >>

 

Thursday, January 11 Westport vultures de-iced!

WESTPORT - Five ice-caked turkey vultures were rescued from backyards on Fisher Road in Westport on Friday as arctic air moved in after the snowstorm the day before.

A woman found about a dozen vultures huddled under her bushes on Thursday, according to Zak Mertz, executive director of the Cape Wildlife Center. She shepherded some of them into a shed or barn for the night, he said.

The next morning, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife marshaled a team to make the rescue.

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Wednesday, January 10 – They say yes, but banks say no.

WESTPORT - After Selectmen Monday night reluctantly agreed 4-1 (Steve Ouellette voted no) to grant letters of non-opposition to two medical marijuana startup wannabees, a sudden chill has descended over the fledgling pot business in Massachusetts when after threats of a federal crackdown prompted a key payment processing company to pull out of the Massachusetts cannabis market. (See story below.)

The Boston Globe also reported that banks from Colorado, where recreational dispensaries have been selling the drug for four years, were poised to expand into Massachusetts but are now reconsidering.

The now cash-only pot purveyors may face increased security risks with all that cash in the tills that could tempt “hit and run” robberies that Police Chief Pelletier recently warned about in a letter to Selectmen.

 

Wednesday, January 10 – Westport resident wins million dollar lottery ticket.

WESTPORT – The Perry Family Revocable Trust of 2017, of Westport, has winner claimed the twenty-fourth $1 million prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “200X” $30 instant game.

The trust, represented by trustee Mark Deshaies, chose the cash option on this prize and received a one-time payment of $650,000 less tax withholdings.

The winning ticket was purchased at Hartwell Quick Stop, 350 Rodman Street in Fall River. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for its sale.

There are three $15 million prizes and fifty-four additional $1 million instant prizes remaining in the “200X” game, which went on sale Tuesday, April 25, 2017. There are also three Second Chance Drawings remaining in the game, each featuring a $1 million top prize.

 

Wednesday, January 10  Marijuana shops in Mass. go cash-only with fear of federal crackdown

BOSTON - A majority of the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries were forced to stop accepting debit cards from patients Tuesday, after threats of a federal crackdown prompted a key payment processing company to pull out of the Massachusetts cannabis market.

The disruption is exactly what marijuana patients, activists, and businesses feared after a recent tightening in US marijuana policy ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions: that the mere specter of prosecutions could subvert the state-regulated cannabis industry, whether or not federal agents actually start arresting operators of licensed dispensaries.

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Above: Westport firefighters and police respond to a smoke alarm

at the Edgewater Apartment complex on 87 Sanford Road Sunday afternoon.

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Monday, January 8 Deep freeze, then thaw – hey it’s new England!

WESTPORT – Bitter cold and Grayson’s bomb cyclone blizzard hampered firefighters and hamstrung highway department plows over the weekend.

Don't like this weather? Just wait a few minutes and it'll change.

And on cue warming temperatures will bring low 50s this weekend.

One casualty of the bitter cold, unfortunately, was Westport roadways where freezing rain and rapidly accumulating snowfall harassed highway department workers trying to clear 160 miles of roadways in a land-rich town of over 64 square miles. 

Burst pipes in a vacant Whistler Point Road residence during the storm triggered firefighters to respond, with one apparatus ending up sideways on Hixbridge Road.

But Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves’ road warriors are out there today scrapping and cleaning up the mess.

Watch for local roadway flooding as the warming temperatures melt the snowpack, and iced drains may impede runoff.

High plains drifting. Tropical storm-like wind blew up enormous snow drifts onto Adamsville Road from the northern cornfields on Sodom Road making the Westport-Little Compton corridor almost impassable during the blizzard.

 

Monday, January 8 - Interactive garden connects Westport students to butterflies.

WESTPORT – Migratory butterfly populations have been declining over the past 20 years but environmental designer, artist and town resident Joseph Ingoldsby is doing everything in his power to reverse that trend.

Inset: Photo | Jeff Wagner Herald News

Ingoldsby believes that educating today’s youngsters could make a difference. That said, Ingoldsby has likely won himself an ally in the fight — the Westport Community Schools and its youngest students at the Macomber Primary School.

Ingoldsby and the school staff are looking to raise $35,000 in their quest

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Sunday, January 7 BREAKING NEWS 3:20 p.m. – Vehicle skids, loses control, hits intersection island and rolls over sending driver to the hospital.

WESTPORT – A late model, black, four-door sedan traveling north on Sodom road near Route 177, skidded on the slippery surface, lost control and ran up onto the intersection’s island and snowbank, flipping over onto American Legion Highway.

Westport police responded along with the fire department’s Emergency 1 ambulance.

The single occupant, a young adult male, was able to extricate himself from the vehicle, and after an assessment from first responders was transported to the hospital.

No more information is available at this time.

 

Sunday, January 7 Letter to the editor: Chair of Westport School Building Committee responds to “what is the rush” to build a new school.

WESTPORT - Bill Reed, in his recent letter to the editor, asks several important questions about whether the Town of Westport is rushing into a decision on whether to build a $100 Million new middle high school.  He asks whether we have explored all of the facts, whether there has been transparency, and whether alternatives have been considered in reaching a decision that is in the best financial interests of Westport. 

As Chair of the Westport School Building Committee (WSBC) I thank Mr. Reed for his letter and appreciate the opportunity to address these issues. 

We will be holding forums at the Council on Aging on Wednesday, January 17th at noon, and at Westport Business to Business on Thursday, January 18th at Whites of Westport at 7:30 a.m.

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Sunday January 7 6:00 a.m. Westport in deep freeze -3 degrees! Although battered by winter storm Grayson, Westport was spared the massive coastal flooding experienced by our northern neighbors.

Nor’easter winds that flooded Scituate suppressed a potentially dangerous storm surge in Westport, although local road flooding from the rain turned slush harassed drivers who ventured out in the bomb cyclone.

Thursday morning’s high tide however did spill over the mud dock at Westport Point, but there was never any threat of an overwash at East Beach Road or Beach Avenue.

Click here to watch video of ‘Bomb Cyclone Grayson whacks Westport.’

 

Harbormaster Chris Leonard reported that the only major issue was a state mandate on Thursday to close shellfish activities on the waterways.

Leonard said the State’s Division of Marine Fisheries will reopen for shellfishing at sunrise on Monday morning.

Severely cold temperatures are making on-going snow and ice removal operations from local roads difficult at best; a situation motorist will have to deal with until the arrival of warmer temperatures later this week. 

Very few power failures reported, and even fewer trees downed due to heavy snow and wind.

Police responded to many calls reporting vehicle crashes, and unwary folks skidding off into snowbanks requiring assistance.

 

 

Above: Grayson storm scenes Thursday, January 4th.

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Saturday, January 6 – Letter to the Editor:  Westport resident questions rush decision to vote on new school.

WESTPORT -  For weighty decisions we must make in life, it has been my experience that if we can take time to understand the facts, engage in considered reflection and transparent discussion, and perhaps most importantly, help each other to ask the right questions, then we will arrive most often at the best answer.

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Karaoke every Friday night at FW Post 8502!

Every Friday evening is Karaoke night at VFW Post 8502 in Westport, featuring Lisa G from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There is no admission and we are open to the public. Please stop by the Post at 843 State Road in Westport and check them out.

 

Nomination Papers for April 10th Annual Town Election available thru Thursday, February 15th.

Deadline for filing nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Nomination Papers for the April 10, 2018 Annual Town Election will be available on January 4, 2018 for the following offices:

For Three Years - Two Selectmen, One Assessor, One Board of Health, Two School Committee, One Fish Commissioner, Two Trustees of Free Public Library, One Landing Commissioner, and One Commissioner of Trust Funds.

For Five Years - One Planning Board.

Two Year Unexpired Term - One Constable.

One Year Unexpired Term - One Planning Board and One Fish Commissioner.

Deadline for obtaining nomination papers is Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and the deadline for filing nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Thursday. Tea Time at Partners!

 

The Westport River Gardeners will resume their meetings beginning Saturday, February 3rd.

 The meeting will be at the Macomber House 930 Main Road in Westport at 8:30 am. Up for discussion is their annual Garden Fair on which they will be taking a vote.

There will be a small brunch to welcome everyone back.

New Members are always welcome. They have a special garden tour this year and are looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Dues are $35 for the year.

 

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Cukie’ Macomber and “Growing Up in a Village” or “How to Keep Your Children Out of Jail” on Sunday, February 4th.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Dartmouth Historical & Arts Society (DHAS) will kick off its new year with a program suitable for people of all ages.  The Dean of South Coast story tellers, Carlton ‘Cukie’ Macomber, an active and energetic nonagenarian will talk about his childhood in a small Westport village.  Treat yourself to a belated Christmas gift; come and join in hearing tales of long ago told by a master.  Cukie’ entertains and informs and always brings a surprise or two which he delivers with a twinkle in his eye!  He has suggested a sub-title for his talk which stimulates the imagination and makes us anxious to hear more.

The full title and subtitle:  Growing Up in a Village or How to Keep Your Children Out of Jail.  Come and join us for this lively and entertaining lecture which begins our new season.  As usual, light refreshments will be served and the Society suggests a $5.00 donation to help support its programs.

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Email: info@dartmouthhas.org

 

Tea Cup Wreath Workshop at Partners Village Store from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4th.

$65 per person. Space is limited. Call 508.636.2572 to make a reservation.

 

 

WFA Annual meeting and Oyster Stew Supper on Saturday, February 13th.

On the second Tuesday in February, members and friends of the Westport Fishermen’s Association are invited to gather for their traditional oyster stew supper and annual meeting to review their accomplishments of 2017 and preview our plans for the WFA’s 35th year.

The Oyster Stew Supper and Annual Meeting will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport.  The delicious oyster stew supper includes cornbread and assorted beverages. Coffee and tea will accompany dessert of fresh baked apple pie topped with tasty Adamsville cheddar cheese.

The evening’s featured program will include a panel discussion on the excess nitrogen problem in the Westport River, with information on what you can do to help. The presentation, which will begin around 7:30 p.m. after a short WFA business meeting, is free and open to the public.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and stew will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations for the supper are $15 each and can be made online or by check mailed to WFA, PO Box 83, Westport Pt, MA 02791. Deadline for reservation is February 8, 2018.

 

Transfer Station Observance Closings through February 2017.

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Closed All Day; Monday, February 19, 2018.

 Always closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

Save The Date: Men-Can-Cook II. Calling All Chefs on Sunday, March 11th!

Are you someone who enjoys cooking? Please join our table of chefs with your favorite homemade meal and compete for a trophy in this year's Men-Can-Cook fundraiser, sponsored by Sen. Mike Rodrigues, Alan Silvia, and Daniel M Rego.

All proceeds will benefit the Fall River Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall. The event will take place on Sunday, March 11th, 3:00 p.m. at The Liberal Club, Fall River. Please contact Kelly Andrade in Sen. Rodrigues’ district office at 508.646.0650 or email Kelly.Andrade@masenate.gov  for more information. Let's Eat!

 

Look Here! Country Travelers announces their 2018 Schedule.

In addition to monthly bus trips to Foxwood’s (beginning Wednesday, January 31st) the following is planned:

Azores - Aug 3-10, 2018.

Ireland – Spring or Fall 2019 Informational meeting 2 p.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018 Village Way Apartments Community Room, 100 Village Way, Westport. Kevin O'Hara (www.thedonkeyman.com) tour guide will be available for questions.

Click here to review all Country Travelers 2018 events.

 

 

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Friday, January 5 – BREAKING NEWS 8:00 p.m. – Smoke pouring from a Davis Road house sends one person to the hospital.

WESTPORT – A multiple alarm smoke/fire at 102 Davis Road just after 7:15 p.m. on the coldest night of the new year sends one of the building’s occupants to the hospital, overcome with smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were alerted that property owner Leonard Cabral was still in the house at the time of their arrival; they entered the smoke-filled hoar and were able to remove Cabral to safety.

Westport with the assistance of the Fall River Fire Department responded with several fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.

The Westport Highway Department was called out with a frontend loader and several employees, already exhausted fighting snow and ice for the last 36 hours, to clear out the adjacent fire hydrants and open up the narrow roadway.

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While the fire was contained to the lower level of the house, smoke and damage to the heating system left the home inhabitable, according to Fire Chief Brian Legendre.

The Cabral’s were relocated to the home of a family member.

“I credit the quick action by firefighters Robert Greene and Captain Bruce Martin with averting what could have been a tragic situation,” Chief Legendre said. “Given the many challenges and difficult situation firefighters faced, we were fortunate no one was seriously hurt tonight.”

Firefighters were hampered by frozen hydrants, snow and frigid temperatures.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Westport Fire Investigation Unit.

 

The Big Chill!

Above: Head of Westport, flooded and frozen on Thursday afternoon.

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Friday, January 5 Wind-whipped Westporters can add a new term to their vocabulary – “bombogenesis.”

WESTPORT – In scenes reminiscent of the 2004 movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” the southcoast survived a blizzard of epic proportions.

A “bomb cyclone” or "weather bombs" are wicked winter storms that can rival the strength of hurricanes and are so called because of the process that creates them: bombogenesis. It's a meteorology term that refers to a storm (generally a non-tropical one) that intensifies very rapidly, sometimes referred to as explosive, hence the term bomb cyclone.

This storm named Grayson walloped Westport with 65-75 knot winds, blinding blizzard conditions, and heavy, wet snow that challenged the backs of all those who tried to shovel it from their sidewalks and snow-drifted driveways.

And now bitter cold as temperatures will drop to 2 degrees tonight and hit a low of -7 Saturday night.

 

The real heroes of winter storm Grayson were the workers of the Westport Highway Department who plowed tirelessly all day Thursday into the late night hours clearing roads for police, fire and medical emergency vehicles; one for fire apparatus responding to a distant house fire alarm on Whistler Point Road.

 

Highway Department employees removed a fallen tree that blocked Division Road, and cleared abandoned or snowbound cars that blocked roadways.

All this while dealing with broken highway department trucks, broken plows, and emergency calls.

Most of us were safe at home waiting for the blizzard that blasted Westport to clear.

Countless requests were made by police and residents alike to clear roads that the plows had cleared just a few hours before.

Hats off to fire personnel, police, and especially Westport Highway Department for keeping us safe.

More later today with photos and video.

 

Monday, January 1 One man boldly goes where others fear to tread... water!

WESTPORT – 19th annual Back Eddy Polar Bear Plunge cancelled when extreme weather conditions forced manager Sal Liotta at the last minute to cancel the restaurant’s popular Polar Bear Plunge.

“With -12 degree wind chill and 36 degree water our attorney advised me to cancel the plunge,” Liotta said.

“The water temperature dropped 11 degrees in the last two days,” Liotta said.

“But anyone showing up with a reservation and swim clothing will still get the free brunch.”

“But no one is jumping today!”

Well, almost no one. 30-year-old Chris Arsenault of Westport came to jump, and by gum he was going to jump.

“I’m headed over to the state pier (boat ramp,)” Chris said. “It’s tradition and I haven’t broken it yet!”

“See ya later 2017!”

Click here to see what happened.

140 reservations were made by jumpers, an additional 100 reservations for guests who paid for the privilege of enjoying a Polar Bear Plunge without the ice water dunk.

140 reservations of would-be jumpers is a lot of free brunches for the seaside restaurant to serve, with people coming from as far as Boston and Providence to prove their mettle.

Hey, a free brunch at the Eddy is not to be ignored.

 

Saturday, December 30 Selectmen brought to task over 2017 incomplete farm animal census.

WESTPORT - Animal advocate Kathy Saylor-Feininger  (pictured left) questioned Selectmen Wednesday night as to why the barn books (state animal inspections books) were not yet completed.

“The farm animal census is usually conducted in the late fall,” Town Administrator Tim King responded. “We are late and for that we apologize. We have about 166 sites to inspect and we’re about halfway done.”

Feininger was told that some confusion among the newly appointed municipal animal inspectors and the town’s fulltime Animal Control Officer having requested a small stipend to participate and pump up the pace of the inspections were responsible for the delay.   

The Animal Control Officer and the Assistant Animal Control Officers are also state-appointed municipal animal inspectors who report to the state.

Select Board chairman Steve Ouellette assured Feininger the census would be completed and also apologized for the delay.

Feininger pointed out that by wintertime many of the animals would be gone from the farms (slaughtered for market, or sold) and the census wouldn’t accurately reflect the health and care of the animal populations normally on the farms during the rest of year.

King said the Select Board was going to review the job descriptions of the animal control officers to insure that future animal counts would be done in an “expeditious way.”

He also told Feininger that “work on the census will be completed shortly.” 

The scandalous American Legion Highway tenant farm is closed, and was not involved in this year’s census.

The state controls animal inspections.

Click here to learn more about animal inspector’s responsibilities.

The health and safety of the Commonwealth’s domestic animals are the Division of Animal Health’s primary responsibility. Through inspections, licensing, awareness and education the Division helps to ensure the general welfare of companion and food-producing animals across the state.

When problematic situations develop, Animal Health staff work with the Department of Public Health, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the MSPCA, local veterinarians, local health departments, municipal animal inspectors and animal control officers to respond.

“Municipal animal inspectors are responsible for getting good census of the domestic animal population of the town, be sure that all of the animals appear to be in good health and free from disease, and observe animal housing and ensure ample food and water are supplied.

The inspectors are also the first line of defense with rabid animals and rabies control in the domestic animal population.” – MDAR

 

Above: Farms could be forced to sell for a less than market value under the current APR program, according to Sen. Rodrigues.

Westport aerial photo | EverythingWestport.com

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Friday, December 29 – APR program must be updated to protect farmers, according to Westport Senator Michael Rodrigues. A 40-year-old state program designed to preserve agricultural land is under review amid complaints from farmers about how it is run.

The criticism focuses on the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture’s intervening in the sale of farm properties. Some farmers have bristled when the department, using its right of first refusal, has rejected buyers.

“It’s 40 years later. Agriculture has changed a lot, and the program has not changed with it. – Senator Michael Rodrigues

The 1977 Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program was a first-in-the nation attempt to protect farmland from commercial and residential development. The program uses taxpayer money to purchase the development rights to farmers’ land. Owners get money in exchange for giving up the option of selling the properties for non-agriculture uses.

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Above: Planning Board Chairman Jim Whitten points out the 200 foot buffer zones on Westport waterways will do little to reduce nitrogen flow to the rivers as “all nitrogen in the town ends up in the Westport River.”

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Friday, December 29 With order to reduce nitrogen levels in Westport River, town officials consider options.

WESTPORT — The town is under state order to reduce the nitrogen levels of the Westport River by 71 percent, but selectmen on Wednesday agreed that a bylaw regulating septic systems might not be the best move right now.

Selectmen directed the WRWC to continue to hold public forums and discuss the issue toward a reduction in nitrogen to the river and other wetlands.

 

The Planning Board had voted unanimously to reject the WRMC recommendations as not going far enough.

 

Water Resources Management Committee members Maury May and Phillip Weinberg met with selectmen on Wednesday and discussed some of the WRMC ideas, including possible health board regulations or a bylaw change that would regulate septic systems.

May and Weinberg mentioned that 50 tons of nitrogen goes into the Westport River...

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Upcoming holidays and observances:

January 2018 Monthly Observances

Adopt A Rescued Bird Month

Bath Safety Month

Be Kind to Food Servers Month

Birth Defects Month

Black Diamond Month

Book Blitz Month

California Dried Plum Digestive Month

Carnival Season

Celebration of Life Month

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Daily Holidays and Observances for

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Measure Your Feet Day

National Handwriting Day

National Pie Day

Rhubarb Pie Day

Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day

Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day

 

Click here to check out all the daily, weekly and monthly 2016 holidays, notable events and celebrations, both official and unofficial. Great fun!

 

Today’s Significant Events in History

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

971 War elephant corps of the Southern Han defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops; Southern Han state forced to submit to the Song Dynasty. 1st regular war elephant corps in Chinese army

1368 In a coronation ceremony, Zhu Yuanzhang ascends to the throne of China as the Hongwu Emperor, initiating Ming Dynasty rule over China that would last for three centuries.

1556 Shaanxi Earthquake - deadliest ever recorded kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China

1950 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel

1973 US President Richard Nixon announces an accord has been reached to end Vietnam War

1978 Sweden becomes the first nation in the world to ban aerosol sprays, believed to be damaging to earth's ozone layer.

 

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Westport Historical Society

 

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Click here to take a virtual tour of their on-going exhibit at the Bell School, 41 Drift Road.

 

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Happening Today in and around Westport!

Today’s events listed below you don’t want to miss! Scroll down to view them all.

 

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Town Meetings Today!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 

School Building Committee Meeting At Westport Jr/Sr High School Cafeteria 6:15pm

Finance Committee Meeting At WJSHS Auditorium 6:30pm

Board Of Selectmen Meeting At Westport High School 6:30pm

Special Town Meeting at the Jr/Sr High School Auditorium7:00 p.m.

 

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Tuesday, January 23 - Want to be part of land protection in Westport? Join the Westport Land Conservation Trust and volunteer with Trail Team Tuesday! They will then carpool to each week’s project site. Projects will vary depending on the week but may include woodworking, trail trimming, boundary marking as well as other tasks depending on the groups skill set. They will finish up around lunchtime.  Wear sturdy footwear and clothing for working outside.  They hope to build a team that will be both rewarding to work with as well as accomplish important tasks to enhance the safety and experience of visitors.

Call for weekly schedule and postponements.

For more information or to join the team, contact: Brendan P. Buckless, Outreach and Stewardship Coordinator; Westport Land Conservation Trust at 508.636.9228 or email:  Brendan@WestportLandTrust.org

 

Tuesday, January 23 – Kripalu Yoga at the Grange with Karen Moore Holiday For July and August classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Classes are also available from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Pay by the month - $30 minimum; any additional classes are $15. Classes must be attended within the month. Drop ins are welcome at $18 per class.

For more information call 774.644.9977 or visit:  www.sanctuarysadhana.com

 

Tuesday, January 23 - Zumba Pilates Bootcamp at Sandywoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, RI 02878 (Yellow Building). Every Tuesday from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.  
Also Every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Yellow Building.  

Fee: $7.00 per class and $30.00 for 5 classes.

Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30 a.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.

 

Walking-Hiking Group at the Westport Senior Center.

Every Tuesday starting 8:45 a.m. they leave from the Westport COA. Are you interested in walking/hiking with others who love the outdoors? Have you wanted to walk some of the wonderful trails in our area but have some reservations about heading out alone?

Join the group. All ages welcome. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

Note: Strolling Group every Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

 

Seniors can get help with health insurance, supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage plans and other medical or food assistance programs.

Every Tuesday, free and open to all. 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

You must call the center to make an appointment with Janet Holmes, who is there every Tuesday morning. 401.625.6790.

Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton.

 

Weight Watchers Meeting from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. $42.95 for a monthly pass. www.weightwatchers.com.

 

Tuesday, January 23 - Westport Library Needleworkers meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Westport Public Library. Bring your needlework, quilting projects to work on along with your bag lunch.  408 Old County Road, Westport. 

Call 508.636.1100 for any questions or more information.

 

Senior functional fitness (Jazzy Yoga) by Debbie Gagnon at the Little Compton Community Center on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The fee is $2.00 for members and $5 for non-members; all seniors are welcome. 

Functional Fitness that includes a low-impact, interval-aerobic movement with dance elements, combined with Pilates and Toning with weights, focusing on the Core Muscle groups and cardiovascular system. Safe and effective. 

For more information please call 401.635.2400 or visit their website.

 

The Dragon-Flowers Mahjong Group meets every Tuesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Game Room at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Experienced American-Mahjong players are welcome to join any Tuesday. For more information, call or click Gretchen at 401.359.0113, email to gretchenjane@cox.net.

They also give lessons for anyone interested in learning this fascinating game of tiles. The next class, which meets once a week for four weeks, will be announced soon. Contact Pat or Gretchen for details. Reservations for class are required.

 

Tuesday, January 23 - Ballroom Dancing at the Liberal Club, 20 Star Street, Fall River from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. Singles welcome. Call 508.994.7240 for more information.

 

Tuesday, January 23 - Knitting and Crocheting at the Westport COA. 1:00 p.m. If you're new to knitting or crocheting, it's a great way to pick up new tricks and always have someone at the ready to help you through the difficult parts of patterns or explain a new-to-you technique.

Inset: from the left - Mary Ellen Moore of Dartmouth, Jane Bernado and Paula Gagnon of Westport, and Nancy Cronin of New Bedford are part of a group of women numbering from 8 to 15 each week who meet at the COA.

For knitters and crocheters of all skill levels committing to a group is a way of making time for it that hopefully you will stick with.

The class is led by Gertrude Vigeant.

Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road, Westport. Call 508.636.1026 for more information.

 

Tuesday, January 23 Westport food pantry is open on every Tuesday. The Food for Friends food pantry is at the former Westport Middle School, around the back from the tennis courts. It serves Westport residents 18 and older and is open on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

All donations are welcome.

Drop off donations in the box labeled “food pantry” just outside the door. To volunteer to help, call 774.201.0566 or email Pastor John at Romans8five@aol.com. 

They appreciate the donations. The top 10 things they need are; canned fruits and veggies, pasta and pasta sauce, hearty soups, snacks, canned tuna or chicken, rice and cereal.

Monetary donations also are welcome: every $1 donated purchases $10 worth of food at the grocery store because they are a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Checks to support the pantry should be made out to ‘The Lighthouse Assembly of God’ with ‘Food Pantry’ noted at the bottom. Volunteers, both individuals and groups, are always needed. If interested, call 774.201.0566 or email Pastor John at Romans8five@aol.com. 

 

Tuesday, January 23 - Zumba classes at Countryview Estates! Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Countryview Estates, 213 Hurst Lane, Tiverton. Admission is $5.00, all are welcome.

Latin Dance Fitness!

Ditch the workout, and join the party! No previous experience necessary. Easy to follow Latin dance steps provide a fun and fat burning cardio workout.

For information please call or click Fatima at 401.378.3872, or email: DAMITAF@aol.com.

 

Country Line and Couples Dance Lessons with JoAnn and Andy. Beginner and intermediate dancers. Tuesdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Poirier Post, 281 Appleton Street, New Bedford. Thursdays 6:30 to 9 p.m., VFW Silvia Post, 134 Shore Drive, Tiverton RI. $7 per class. For more information call: (774) 202-5543 and ask for JoAnn.

 

Tuesday, January 23 - St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to open its doors to those struggling with addiction, in recovery at 7:00 p.m.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 351 Elm Street, Dartmouth will offer a special Service of Hope and Healing for anyone struggling with addiction, those in recovery as well as their family, friends and supporters beginning

In light of the opioid epidemic on the South Coast, this service of hope and healing is open to anyone in the local community who is struggling with any type of addiction.  It is open to folks of any denomination or no denomination.  Their purpose in hosting this evening is to help people know that they are not alone, in the midst of what might seem like a very isolating experience.  All are welcome to attend this service no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. 

This service is offered by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing.

For more information, please call 508.997.0903.

 

Tuesday, January 23 Westport Special Town Meeting at 7:00 pm. This is the chance for every registered voter to get up and express their opinion on town matters.

The Special Town Meeting will be at the Westport Jr/Sr High School in the auditorium.

Click here to review the five-article Special Town Meeting Warrant.

 

Tuesday, January 23 - Open Mic Night with Gary Fish at Sandywoods Farm, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton RI 02878.

Every Tuesday from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. BYOF, BYOB coffee served.

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Sandywoods Center for the Arts. For more information contact Sam at sandywoodsmusic@gmail.com.

Contact Gary Fish for more information at 401.632.7484 or email: fishtunes@cox.net

 

Stump Trivia! 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. every Tuesday at Wally's Tap House, 13 Crandall Road, Tiverton.

The event is free and open to the public over 21.

Come play Stump Trivia at Wally's Tap House on Monday nights! Bring some friends and grab some food and a drink! If you've played Stump Trivia, you know just how awesome our game structure is and there are prizes for the top two teams of the night.

Game starts around 8 p.m., so get there a little early to get a good seat!

For more information please call 401.624.1212, or visit their website.

 

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 Rd, Little Compton.
$10.00 per person and teens to seniors all are welcome.

Get fit and feel great! Questions? Call or click Mary at 401.418.3905 or email: maryderby@­aol.­com.

 

Find out more about the above and other local area events coming up this week. Click here for our all of this week’s event listings!

 

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Do you heat your home with fuel oil?

Then you’ll want to review new safety standards for protecting against costly oil leaks that could be very expensive to remediate.

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.

 

Protect yourself and your family from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning in your home.

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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... you need to defend yourself against deer ticks and Lyme Disease.   Click here to get them now!

 

   Coyote

10 tips for living with coyotes in Westport. Click here to learn how.  PDF

 

 

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Westport Historical Society presents an exhibition – Room to Learn: Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouses. Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: t10.jpgExhibition started June 9th and is ongoing: Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bell School, 25 Drift Road, Westport.

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – December, 2017

 

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View the Evergreen’s September schedule and get the hourly timetable of COA weekly events.

 

Westport Council of Aging has a video!

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Jun 25th 2008 Wednesday - First Time Ever House Tour at Westport Point. The Friends of the Westport Council on Aging sponsored this House Tour in the Historic District at Westport Point.

There were more than just a few rooms with a view for the over 300 visitors who toured Westport Point homes on the first ever Point House Tour sponsored by the Friends of the Council of Aging.

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Baker’s Beach and Westport Point.

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Westport’s Central Village featuring Partners Village Store and Kitchen, Alden Hill Real Estate, and Town Hall Annex.

 

 

Snow Owl at Gooseberry Causeway courtesy of Rick Barrette Photography.

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Updated as of Monday, January 22, 2018

  

 

The Westport Land Trust’s event schedule for 2017 is available.

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January 2018.

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The Friends of the Westport Library (FOWL) quarterly newsletter for Winter 2018 is now available.

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The Westport River Watershed Alliance’s monthly electronic newsletter RIVER NEWS is now available.

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The November 2017 e-Newsletter now on-line.

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The Westport Historical Society Summer 2017 The Harbinger newsletter now available on-line.  

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The Westport Council on Aging’s monthly newsletter EVERGREEN is now available.

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The December 2017 issue is now on-line. PDF

 

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Click here to read October 2017 issue of Allens Pond Sanctuary’s “The Perch.”

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Click here to read May 2017 Audubon Society’s e-Newsletter. 

 

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The Westport Fishermen’s Association Winter 2017/2018 Newsletter is now on-line. Click here to view it now. PDF

 

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View current weather conditions at Horseneck Point Life Saving Station!

 

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