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Local news you may be interested in.  Updated: Friday, March 27, 2015

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Visit our newly updated Theater and Arts Section, and plan your winter event schedule!

New galleries and art venues added for 2015.  Updated Friday, March 27, 2015

 

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01/28/2015 Click here to view video of blockbuster blizzard Juno’s visit to Westport!

 

01/15/2015 Click here to view Wicked cold Westport images photographed on a bone-chilling, sub-zero (-24 wind chill) early morning walk-about on January 8th.  Enjoy the magical moment of frozen waterscapes that look more like Antarctic tundra and ice flows than coastal Westport.

 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

 

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Updated Friday, March 27, 2015

 

03/27/2015 – Businesswoman and former Westport Selectman, Marjorie A. (Brightman) Holden, 89, of Westport, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at St. Anne’s Hospital. She was the wife of the late William A. Holden. More...

 

Lifelong Westport resident and farmer Robert L. Smith, 85, of Westport, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Mr. Smith was a self-employed family owner of Long Acres Farm, Westport, Ma until 1983, now the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery.

More...

 

Active member of St. John the Baptist Church, Mary Lillie (Pontes) Perry, of Westport, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife, of 65 years, to the late Seraphine C. Perry. More...

 

03/27/2015 – Biting off more than they could chew. Westport Police Sgt. Johnny P. Couto, under the watchful eye of referee Stacy Gallagher, jams chicken wings into his mouth last night as the leadoff man on a four-person police department team that took on Acushnet’s wing-kings.

The out-of-towners took the day, but not without a lively fight from Westport’s finest.

It was all fun and for the benefit of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County.

The annual buffalo chicken wing-eating contest that pits local police and firefighters against each other for a good cause returned to White’s of Westport for the biggest wing-eating smack down east of the Narrows!

14 teams competed for trophy’s and gagging rights!

Above: Sgt. Johnny Couto jams in the last of his five wings with referee Stacy Gallagher of the Cape Code Advocacy Group insuring every last scrap was picked off, eaten and swallowed. Team member Rob Rebello waits his turn.

 

03/27/2015 – Did you miss the lively candidates’ forum at the High School last night?  Public Access Coordinator Valerie Bain recorded the candidates’ opening statements and their answers to several selected questions offered up by committee and the audience; their performance will be aired publically on Town Channel 190. 

For more information call or email Valerie Bain, Public Access Coordinator at 508.636.1038, or email: cable@westport-ma.gov.

Inset: unopposed candidate for Landing Commissioner, Jefferson “Jeff” Bull of 149 Horseneck Road made an impassioned statement about preserving Westport’s town landings which he feels are being lost to the public due to lack of use, shoreline buildup and abutter take-over. Click here for a list of Westport town landings.

More information to come.

 

03/26/2015 – For his longstanding service to the town, Warren Messier has been named The Standard Times 2014 Westport Man of the Year.

Photo/PETER PEREIRA/THE STANDARD-TIMES

Messier says he has always lived by the words his father taught him: “The greatest satisfaction that one can have in life is to be able to give and help others."

“That’s just been a way of life with us,” Messier said. More...

 

03/26/2015 – New Bedford is all-in as it vies for the state's final gambling license. A landmark decision in New Bedford City Hall and the dramatic clearing of a high hurdle in Boston took a giant leap forward last Thursday for the $650 million casino and hotel project proposed for the Whaling City’s waterfront.

Mayor Jon Mitchell and the developer of Foxwoods casino proposing a $650 million waterfront casino announced a deal Thursday, March 19th prompting state regulators to grant the company until May 4th to secure financial commitments and other requirements for the first phase of the license competition. The deadline also applies to a competing proposal in the town of Somerset.

The plan, which now appears slated for a citywide vote in late May or early June will face stiff completion from proposals in Brocton and Somerset.

"I thought this (deal) was dead as a doornail," Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said of the New Bedford proposal. "The fact that it happened is a huge change."

The agreement between New Bedford and the New York City-based KG Urban Enterprises calls for a $4.5 million upfront payment to the city, followed by $12.5 million in annual payments once it opens its doors.

Click here to read full AP article.

Stay tuned for more information.

 

03/25/2015 – Meet the candidates tomorrow night at the Westport High School.  Westport residents are invited to Candidates Night at the High School Auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Karen Powell will be the moderator.

The audience will have the opportunity to hear from the candidates, as well as be informed about the six ballot questions. In addition, there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates from the 4 contested races, and to those speaking on behalf of the ballot questions.

More under Bulletin Board.

Click here to review the six ballot questions.

 

03/24/2015 – Westport Council on Aging gets a new Director. Selectmen at last night’s meeting voted unanimously to appoint Beverly Bisch of Fall River as the Westport Senior Center’s new Director.

It was a difficult pursuit, but the search committee could hardly have found a better candidate.

Above: New COA Director Beverly Bisch is surrounded by the Westport COA Board of Directors.

The committee struggled for many months, interviewing scores of candidates, but eventually settled on a very experienced applicant for the Selectmen’s consideration.

Hats off to the COA’s Board of Directors Chairwoman, Marcia Liggin, who jumped in as interim director during the extended quest for a new director.

 

03/24/2015 – Letter to the Editor. Pamela Costa announces her run for Westport Selectman.  

I am running for the Board of Selectmen because I can bring a new perspective and new ideas to our town government.

We need to budget more responsibly and live within our means. We also need to save for our town employees’ future retirement and unexpected expenses. I believe, with some restructuring, we can improve our internal processes and maximize town employee  more...

 

Author Penny Piva03/23/2015 – Westport young adult author, Penny Piva strives to make people laugh. Children’s author, Penny Piva, from Westport, has been writing “since forever and ever.”

“In third grade, at the Westport Head School, I wrote about ‘The Cat Who Ate French Fries,’” Piva said, and she hasn’t stopped since.

More.

 

03/23/2015 – Visitors to yesterday’s presentation of "Civil War 3D Photographs and Poetry" at Sandywoods Center for the Arts presented by John Wojtowicz and Laurie Robertson-Lorant were treated to an unusual viewing of Civil War photographs… in 3D!

There were over 10,000 documentary photographs taken during the Civil War; more than 70% of those photographs were stereographs, the 1800s equivalent of 3D pictures.

Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady pioneered stereograms (3D pictures) taken with a special stereoscopic camera, which has two lenses.  

During the presentation the haunting words of poets Melville, Whitman, Harper, Gibbons and others disturbingly amplified the harrowing images of the death and destruction in America’s “great rebellion.”

Civil War photographers like Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan found enthusiastic audiences for their images as America's interests were piqued by the shockingly realistic medium. For the first time in history, citizens on the home front could view the actual carnage of faraway battlefields.

Civil War photographs stripped away much of the Victorian-era romance around warfare more…

 

Top photo:  John Wojtowicz, adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College, operated the stereoscopic projector and recited poems keyed to individual photographs. Bottom photo: the four co-conspirators convicted of President Lincoln’s assassination are hanged.

 

03/23/2015 – Southcoast® Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, is offering a free, five-week bereavement workshop for children between the ages of 6 and 13 grieving the death of a loved one.

The workshop will be held on five consecutive Mondays beginning March 23rd from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Public Library.

Click here for all the details and to register.

 

03/20/2015 – The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at their last meeting to merge public, government and school cable channels for one year.

The one-year merger pilot, will be re-examined after the first year, and will need Town Meeting approval in May before it can take root.

School and town authorities mentioned that the town has the money for the merger, which will benefit both the school system and the town.

Public access years ago had been limited and spotty at best, and this new plan will hopefully continue and improve the equity of public program selection.

Cable Access Coordinator Valerie Bain (pictured above at the microphone) initially had concerns about the merger.

Selectman Steven Ouellette said the town Cable Access Coordinator will still direct the town government section, but would be able to use students to run cameras and film meetings. Ouellette said there will still be three channels. More...

 

03/20/2015 – Westport Harbor church announces their Easter schedule. Acoaxet Chapel, 36 Howland Road, Westport Harbor announces their Easter celebrations times and dates. Click here to visit our Church Announcements section for all the up-to-date information.

 

03/20/2015 Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox today, although it hardly feels like it in Westport where winter is making an unwelcome comeback.

At 6:45 p.m. EDT on March 20th, the sun appears directly overhead at Earth’s equator, marking the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

This year, the spring equinox has the unusual distinction of coinciding with both a ‘supermoon’ and a total solar eclipse. According to those who track such things, there hasn’t been a solar eclipse on either the March or September equinox since 1662!

Unfortunately Westport wasn’t privy to either phenomenon.

First Day of Spring

Above: This oil painting entitled ‘First Day of Spring’ by WR Jones depicts Westport’s first day of spring just about right! 

 

03/20/2015 Westporters take notice; RI moving to ban hand-held phones while driving. RI Senate passes a bill that bars the use of hand-held cell phone behind the wheel. If the House follows suit and approves a similar bill, drivers could face fines up to $100 by 2017 for using a non-hands-free phone.

The state’s argument is that everyone agrees that texting while driving is about as safe as driving drunk, many don’t realize that talking on a cell phone while holding the phone to your head can be just as distracting. More...

 

03/19/2015 Story updated 03/20/2015. Winter is not leaving without a fight. Dissing the first day of spring and the vernal equinox, old man winter is bloodying Westport’s nose with intermittent snow on Friday throughout the evening and Saturday morning followed by rain.

Accumulation forecast at less than an inch.

That old man just isn’t going to go down quietly.

With record amounts of snow and a busted snow and ice budget approaching half million dollars that the town doesn’t have, spring may be springing but winter isn’t throwing the towel in just yet.

An 80 percent chance of light snow on Friday afternoon and evening will give way to lingering snow showers overnight with a low of 29 degrees.

Saturday may experience rain/snow showers (40 percent.)

Yah, whatever!

 

03/18/2015 Photos of the Week. The River Road herring run was a place of refuge this winter for hordes of swans, ducks, geese and a few pintails seeking protection from the wind and the cold, and finding an occasional meal provided by man.

 

Some town residents sympathized with the waterfowls’ plight and, despite Massachusetts wildlife officials’ guidelines to the contrary, fed them anyway.

Westport’s Bob Wood, Al Lees, and Atlantic Frontier Ducks Unlimited plus others contributed money, corn and time to help the starving birds survive the brutal winter.

For some it was too late

The frozen landscape with a heavy snow cover prevented the birds from reaching their winter food supplies, and casualties littered the iced over inlets and nearby roadways.

 

03/17/2015 The legality of medical marijuana and the absence of licensed dispensaries in this area are presenting law enforcement with some unintended consequences, said Detective Jeff Majewski after several arrests were made in connection with the theft of medical marijuana during a Westport home invasion.

On Wednesday, March 11th, a Pratt Street resident was robbed at gunpoint by three men who allegedly stole one pound of medical-grade marijuana. All three were eventually arrested, along with a female charged with driving the getaway car.

Click here to read full article.

 

03/16/2015 Westport police: Attackers pistol-whipped man, stole his medical marijuana more...

Westport’s Board of Health moved recently to ban the use, sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and related cannabimimetics throughout the town while Rhode Island lawmakers are moving to legalize marijuana for recreational use throughout their state. more...

 

03/16/2015 Hard work never killed anyone. As a young boy growing up working on Westport farms, Claude Ledoux learned the value of hard labor, and a farming family’s reliance on the sustenance the land provided.

That lesson would guide him throughout his life.

As marine, farmer, engineer, civic leader, historian and a longtime Westport resident, .

Ledoux shared his journey, and his knowledge of agriculture, with an audience who came to hear him talk about farming in the 1940s and ‘50s in Westport.

The transplanted French Canadian

 

03/17/2015 – No completed town census form, no ballot for you on April 14th town election day! The Westport Board of Registrars is reminding all those who have not returned their completed census forms to do so immediately. Registered voters who do not respond to the yearly census will be placed on the inactive voting list.

Anyone who has not received a census form, especially new homeowners, should call the Registrars’ office at 508.636.1001 and request a form. The Town Clerk, also a Registrar, can help you if the Registrars’ office is closed.

The Registrars’ office is at Town Hall, Main Road, Westport; hours are 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

 

03/16/2015 The Westport Fire Department put out a fire in a residential structure late last Friday night.  
Around 11 p.m. on March 13th, fire officials received a call about a fire on 506 River Road, Westport.
Spokesperson Captain Silvia said when the fire department arrived there was smoke pushing from the windows of one room in the backside of a single-family house.
The female occupant made it outside safely while firefighters put out the fire.
The waterside house sustained smoke damage while the room was moderately damaged by the fire.
No injuries were suffered and the case remains under investigation.

 

03/15/2015 Letter to the Editor. Mr. May commits to a unique combination of experiences that can make a positive difference in the way our Town is managed.

Dear Voters of Westport,

I, Maurice May, am running for the Westport Board of Selectmen on April 14th because I believe I have a unique combination of experiences that can make a positive difference in the way our Town is managed.  My primary concerns are twofold – protecting the heritage of our Town and while managing our finances to secure our future more....

  

03/13/2015 – Banned in Westport! Westport’s Board of Health has just this month approved a ban on the use, sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and related cannabimimetics throughout the town, while Rhode Island lawmakers are moving to legalize marijuana for recreational use throughout their state.

Synthetic marijuana, a drug that has been linked to a series of recent overdoses as it remained on store shelves despite federal attempts to ban it more....

 

03/13/2015 – Buoys and girls at the Brewery. This year’s event buoyed organizers hopes for a repeat performance of last year’s successful, inaugural show and sale. The Westport River Watershed Alliance held its second fundraiser featuring artistically decorated and sculpted lobster pot buoys.

 

The event evolved from a wish to host a fun winter event that might raise some money in the process, according to event organizer Gay Gillespie.

Following up last year’s very successful inaugural event, Gillespie, a former Director of the WRWA, was concerned that all the good ideas would be used up.

She needn’t have worried.

“The artists outdid themselves this year,” Gillespie said. “We raised $9000 dollars, with the top buoy "Celebrate Westport" by Don Cadoret (pictured right) fetching $550!”

The next two were $500 each; "Sphinx" by Nancy Shand and "Four Seasons at the Head" by Kristie Furrow.

Visitors sampled beer while sampling spectacular buoy artistry at the tables set up in the fermenting room of Buzzards Bay Brewing, 98 Old Horseneck read more with photos...

 

03/13/2015 – Well, it’s Friday the 13th. Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia? If so, you’re not alone. According to those who study such things, fear of Friday the 13th affects between 17 and 21 million Americans. But how did this tongue twister of a superstition originate, and does Friday the 13th really deserve its bad rap?

You may be surprised at the complexity and historical longevity of the answer, which starts with the beginning of man’s creation. More.

 

03/12/2015 – Changing of the Guard. Westport’s iconic landmark and purveyor of all things elegant and tasty will have a new owner.

Partners Village Store and Kitchen has been sold.

 

Above: Handing over the keys from the left: Jan Hall, Lydia Sweetser Gollner, and Nancy Crosby. photo/EverythingWestport

 

Long the town’s social hot spot, the popular retail business and café was nurtured under the loving and very capable care of Nancy Crosby and Jan Hall for over 35 years.

They will be missed by the many of us who know them.

But the silver lining here is they couldn’t have sold the whole kit and caboodle to a better person.

On Monday, March 16th the keys will be handed over to Westport resident Lydia Sweetser Gollner.

 

“I am thrilled and honored to continue the legacy of Partners into the future. Nancy and Jan’s accomplishments and service to the community are what I look forward to expanding upon.” -  Lydia Sweetser Gollner

 

Partners had its beginnings in 1979 as a 300 square foot appendage to the wholesale wine and beer making supply business of Crosby and Baker. Located at the intersection of Hix Bridge and Main Roads more...

 

03/12/2015 – Now is the time to make your creative ideas happen. The Westport Cultural Council invites all members of the community to put their creative ideas on paper and apply for funding this spring from the Helen E. Ellis Fund, administered by the Westport Cultural Council. 

However, the deadline for applications is Monday, March 16th by mail or by dropping off your completed application at the Westport Town Hall.  You can find applications online at: www.westportculturalcouncil.org or at the Westport Public Library. 

Your ideas and interests are important to them. For more information, email: info@westportculturalcouncil.org. 

 

03/12/2015 – Click here to read the Westport Historical Society’s March e-Newsletter. Click here to review all Westport organizations newsletters.

 

03/11/2015 – Westport Selectmen advise that anyone interested in filling the open Cemetery Laborer position should get their application in by the deadline of Wednesday, March 11th.

 

03/11/2015 – Westport selectmen introduce and welcome newly appointed interim Veterans Service Agent Donat “Dan” LeBlanc at Monday night’s select board meeting.

 

Veterans’ Service Agent applications for the permanent position were due by Friday, March 6th.

 

LeBlanc, a Purple Heart recipient who lost an arm during the Vietnam War served as a veteran’s hospital administrator for nearly 30 years.

After graduating from New Bedford High School in 1964, Dan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1965, where he trained as a helicopter mechanic and machine gunner.

Inset: Selectman Steven Ouellette welcomes LeBlanc as the town’s interim VSO.

He served in Vietnam from April to October of 1966. He received two meritorious combat promotions, and was awarded the Expert Riflemen’s badge, Combat Aircrewman Wings with 3 strikes, 3 Air Medals, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon more...

“We are honored and very happy to have Dan as our interim VSO,” select board vice-chairman Richard Spirlet said.

 

03/11/2015 – Graduating high school seniors from Westport can apply for scholarships available through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).

Except where noted, the scholarships must be applied for online at www.cfsema.org/scholarships. The application deadline is Thursday, April 30th, unless otherwise noted.

The Luther B. Bowman Scholarship is available to Westport High School graduating seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college, business school, trade school, secretarial school or a technical school more...

 

03/11/2015 – 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20th. New Bedford Harbor may be icy and covered with snow, but the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20th is enlisting swimmers right now.

And, swimmers who sign up through April 1st at their website can register for free.

The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile, open-water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.

The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Some swimmers form teams with their friends, families and fellow swim team members.

More than 300 swimmers are expected to participate in this year’s Swim, hailing from communities across southeastern New England and around the United States. More.

 

03/08/2015 – A little off the top, please!  Westport Highway Department workers spent their sunny Saturday shoveling snow off the Police Department building’s flat roof, which has been a persistent source of water leakage.

 

“When water’s leakin’ in from the top of your roof.....  Who do you call?  Snowbusters!

 

Efforts have been made to identify and correct the problem, but for now they’re living with the problematic roof while they research what the long-term solution will be to the leaky, moldy building.

Next Wednesday, March 18th Police Chief Pelletier and Town Administrator Tim King will meet with John McMillan from Reinhardt Associates to discuss the scope of services for the Police Station Needs Study.

Sounds like the timing might be just about right for that conversation.

 

 

 

03/07/2015 – Obstinate and boringly bad behavior leads to charges against Westport used car lot.

Westport Police on Friday charged two representatives, one of whom was the owner, of a 1052 State Road business after receiving 26 complaints from unhappy customers over the past 12 months.

Detective Sgt. Antonio J. Cestodio said the Westport Board of Selectmen has received "several dozen complaints" against the dealership "over the years," including one that resulted in a 30-day suspension of its license. All the complaints have been civil in nature.

"We have many dealerships in Westport and we do not receive this volume of complaints," Cestodio said.

Police have charged the owner and an employee of F & R Auto, 1052 State Road for harassing a customer who complained when the car she bought failed to pass a safety inspection.

The owner, Francis R. Correiro, 49, of Mindy Lane, Assonet, and an employee, Mark Dambrosca, 47, of Myrtle Street, New Bedford, are charged with threats to do bodily harm and intimidation of a witness, according to Cestodio.

 

Correiro and Dambrosca allegedly verbally chastised her, used profanities and threatened to punch her in the face if she showed up in person, and made a sexual comment to her.”  - Detective Sgt. Antonio J. Cestodio

 

Among the many complaints made over the last 14 months involve "allegations of store employees forging car documents, numerous calls of angry customers, employees refusing to fix alleged broken vehicles, arguments between employees, irate former employees, arguments between employees taking place in front of customers, employees allegedly harassing a father and his kids over a car being returned, customers afraid to return after being allegedly harassed by employees and employees threatening customers" Cestodio said.

Westport Detectives are asking that anyone who has had similar, possibly criminal-based complaints to contact them at 508.636.1122.  Any civil based issues can be handled by contacting the consumer protection division at the Attorney General’s Office at 617.727.8400.

Lots of dough for pizza delivery guy!

A North Dartmouth pizza delivery man shown in an on-line, pirated surveillance video being bullied by workers at a State Road car dealership over a measly $7 tip has received his just reward more...

 

03/05/2015 – 8:00 p.m. Thufferin thuccotash, Thor thwacks Westport with 10+ inches of snow!

This is just ducky.

Ehh, what’s up doc with the weather?

In a surprise snowfall that fooled even the best of forecasters, the coastal villages of southern New England got whacked with 9 to 10 inches and more of fluffy white snow.

When is all this nonsense going to end?

That’s what we get for trustin’ a cwazy weatherman!

Town roads are mostly cleared, but be wary of slippery conditions. Single digit temperatures tonight promise lots of icy conditions – clear your walks and driveways immediately to avoid the freezing tomorrow of the slush from yesterday’s melting snow.

Have lots of sand and salt on hand.

Th-Th-Th-That’s all folks!

 

03/05/2015 – We’re in the final throes of long-lasting winter storm Thor, but the snowstorm named after the Norse god is not giving up without a fight.

Accumulations today may reach 6 to 7 inches on the south coast before Thor finally peters out sometime between 6 and 8 p.m.

Still, plunging temperatures tonight to a low of 8 degrees promise lots of icy conditions on roads and walkways tomorrow.

Clear your walks and driveways to avoid the freezing of the slush from yesterday’s snowfall and melting snow.

Have lots of sand and salt on hand.

On the bright side, full sun tomorrow with mostly sunny weather projected for the next 10 days with warming temperatures into the 40s.

Just how long is six more weeks of winter anyway?

Above: Winter whiteout at the Town Farm. A picturesque photo taken this morning during Thor’s heavy snowfall may help us look on the bright side of an otherwise very dreary winter.

 

03/04/2015 – Photo of the Week. Man may work from sun to sun, but the Highway Department’s work is never done!

The budget-busting winter ($340,000 and counting) has pushed the Westport Highway Department’s manpower and aging equipment to the limit, but somehow they keep on going despite the best efforts of Ol’ Man Winter and plowing equipment breakdowns.

Our photo of the week shows massive drifting on Adamsville Road being cleared by the town’s frontend loader as the sun sets on winter storm Neptune.

Click here to view this and other photos of the week.

Unfortunately, current storm Thor whipped up a lot of slush this morning which will undoubtable end up as ice tomorrow night with a Thursday nighttime low of 9 degrees expected.

Break out the sand and salt.

Old man winter came in with a blast.

Oh, how I wish he or she

Were a thing of the past!

Every time I go to open my door -

 Snow, sleet, wind, rush in

 And they are predicting more!

Nancy Hoback © 2003

But Thor is done yet.

Expect overnight rain/snow with more snow into Thursday morning – with a 50 percent chance of 2 to 6 inches total accumulation.

 

03/02/2015 - Southcoast rail lumbers forward despite elephant in the room. After listening to updates on environmental and public outreach efforts for the state’s $2.3 billion South Coast Rail project last Wednesday in downtown New Bedford, Kyla Bennett, a longtime opponent of the proposed line, raised her hand and asked about “the elephant in the room.”

The elephant to which Easton resident Bennett was referring has been lumbering around a lot lately in SouthCoast transit discussions, amid the turmoil besieging Boston’s MBTA system after brutal more...

 

03/01/2015 2:15 p.m. – Breaking news! 3-alarm blaze consumes Westport building, automobile(s), contents. A noontime fire today swept through a large structure used for servicing vehicles and storage.

“The building was a huge fireball when we arrived,” said one Westport fireman.

Water tanker units from Little Compton and Tiverton assisted Westport in suppressing the structure fire at the far end of Maya Way, off Charlotte White Road.

The building was entirely destroyed.

Thick, acrid smoke, snow banks and icy conditions hampered the firefighters’ efforts to tamp down hot spots and sort through the debris.

There were no persons in the building, and no injuries were reported.

The fire is under investigation. Click here for more pictures.

 

 

03/01/2015 – Storm warning! Well, March appears to be coming in like a lion; hopefully it will leave as a lamb!

Winter storm Sparta is forecast to dump 3-5 inches of snow tonight on Westport.

And a slight chance it may be more.

Hey, our snow pack needed to be refreshed, right?

Looks like there’s no hope avoiding this one. Sparta’s coming right at us.

Take heart, in the never ending parade of winter storms, another one brewing in the west named Thor is on its way to the Northeast and should hammer us Wednesday. But the storm named after the popular Norse god will be met by 43 degree temperatures and should turn to rain.

 

 

 

 

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Bulletin Board

 

Click here to see all events happening today in and around Westport.

 

Tomorrow! Popular SkillsUSA Cake Show returns to Bristol Community College this Saturday, March 28th.

The family event brings competition and inspiration to novice and professional pastry chefs alike.

The perennial fundraiser includes competitors throughout the

BCC has half-dozen national champions to its credit.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the BCC College Commonwealth Center.

Click here to read about a previous cake show with photos and video.

  

Tomorrow! Back by popular demand: "Eyes on Owls," a Live Owl Show on Saturday, March 28th.

Plenty of space – make your reservation now!

At the Westport Middle School, Old 400 County Road, Westport.

Westport Land Conservation Trust special event.

Who's watching you? Find out when Eyes On Owls presents a live owl program in conjunction with the Westport Land Conservation Trust.  All who attend are in for some fun with educational close-up views of these secretive birds of prey. Naturalist Marcia Wilson will present "Who's Watching You? Owls of the World."

This year, they've added a third live show! Showtimes are available at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. (Program not recommended for children under 5.)

Click here for details or to purchase tickets.

 

Tomorrow! The Westport Lions are hosting a rotisserie chicken dinner on Saturday, March 28th.

American Legion Hall, 489 Sanford Road, Westport from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Eat in or to go. Meal price is $12.00 for 1/2 rotisserie chicken with all the fixings, coffee, tea, and soda.

Proceeds benefit community projects. For information or tickets please call 508-636-1232 or 508-636-8642, or contact any Westport Lions Member.

 

Walk for health with new Tiverton Walking Club starting Thursday, April 23rd.

Coastal Nutrition, a Tiverton social club and health food restaurant, 1723 Stafford Road has started a walking club to get more people active in the Tiverton and Little Compton community.

'Don't let the snow fool you! Nice weather is just around the corner! Coastal Nutrition will be having a WALKING CLUB on Thursday, starting April 23rd 4:30-5:30. Followed by our Weight Loss Challenge 6-7pm!!  

Everyone is welcome‼️'The club will be held every Thursday beginning April 23rd; stop by between 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The walking club is open to all ages, including toddlers who recently took their first steps, and seniors who use a cane, and everyone in between.

There will also be a weight loss challenge held on Thursday, April 23.

Visit them on facebook.

 

Westport Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Bills mailed on Friday, March 6th, and are due by Monday, April 6th. 

The Town of Westport issued the first commitment of motor vehicle excise tax bills on March 16, 2015.  Bills are due on or before April 6, 2015.  Payments received after the due date will be subject to a $30 demand and a 12% per diem interest charge. 

Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and the 1st Monday of the month until 6 p.m.  more...

 

Westport Woman’s Club is offering scholarships. Deadline to return is Thursday, April 30th.

Annual scholarships are being offered by the Westport Woman’s Club to area high school seniors. Applications can be obtained by downloading them at the Westport Woman’s Club website: www.westportwomansclub.com.  The Woman’s Club application must be returned no later than April 30, 2015, to: Westport Woman’s Club, c/o Susan Spirlet, 7 Shannon Drive, Westport, MA, 02790.

 

The Shattuck is excited to announce their 2015 season opening exhibition - Slow Breath: Recent Works by Chris Gustin opening Wednesday, March 25th.

Exhibition from March 25th - April 26th.

Artist's Reception: Saturday, March 28th; Artist's Talk: Saturday, April 18th. More...

 

Mark your calendars for the Little Compton Education Foundation “Spring Fling” Road Race and Walk on Saturday April 4th.

Signup has begun for the Little Compton Education Foundation’s 2015 “Spring Fling” Scenic Road Race, formally the LCEF Winter Road Race.

Click here to print your application form. Online registration will be available soon by visiting their website. The 4.8 mile road race/Walk will start promptly at 10 a.m.

Visit our Event Listings for all the details.

 

Westport at the Whaling Museum on Saturday, April 11th.

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library, 791 Purchase Street, New Bedford starting at 10:00 a.m.

Join senior maritime historian, Michael Dyer for a unique show and tell highlighting some of the Westport-related items in the collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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This program will present all kinds of objects, many of which have not been displayed or viewed before! For more details and contact information please check our Future Events.

 

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care to hold free head and neck cancer screenings on Tuesday, April 14th.

Southcoast® Centers for Cancer Care oncologists and Southcoast Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons have teamed up to offer free head and neck cancer screenings on the Southcoast Wellness Van on Tuesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 114 McArthur Boulevard in New Bedford.

 “Head and neck cancers can be very aggressive; however, they are very treatable when caught at an early stage.” Dr. Patrick Gagnon, a radiation oncologist at Southcoast Health. More...

 

Preserving and Documenting Westport's Cemeteries presented by Betty Slade on Thursday May 21st.

Westport Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport. Starts at 7:00 p.m.

In a response to threats of destruction to historic private cemeteries and burial grounds, a privately formed Cemetery Identification Group (CIG) began a multi-year project to register and document all historic cemeteries in Westport at the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

For more details and contact information please check our Future Events.

 

Country Travelers announces their complete 2015 Schedule.

April 21, 2015 – Neil Sedaka at Mohegan Sun Casino – Reservations and payment for the show must be made no later than February 20th.  You do not have to attend show if you just wish to visit Mohegan. Cost is $20, $89 if attending show.

Click here for this year’s schedule.

 

Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery announces that its Sunset Music Series will begin Friday, June 19th.

They have an amazing and diverse line-up of local talent this season.

A change for 2015 is the venue will require for the first time that all tickets will be sold in advance in their retail store prior to the event or by visiting www.westportrivers.com.

This season features a special opening night performance by the extremely talented Rebecca Correia. Rebecca co-wrote a song with Keb Mo on his Grammy nominated album and has performed all over the USA more...

 

02/28/2015 – ALERT! Missing girl suspected of being in Westport. Renae Raposo is asking the people of Tiverton, Westport and Little Compton if they’ve seen her daughter, Amanda (pictured right.)

Amanda is 16-years-old, 5-foot-7, with brown hair and blue eyes.

“If anybody sees Amanda please, please, please call the Westport or Tiverton police department immediately!”

Amanda was last seen at Westport High School on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Contact Tiverton police at 401-625-6722 or Westport Police at 508.636.1122.

 

02/28/2015 – Applications mailed to local High Schools.

The Westport Lions Club is offering two scholarships this year. The Ernest and Prudence Chadwick Memorial Scholarship of $6,000.00 and the Harold S. Wood Scholarship of $3,200.00. 

Scholarships are paid to the students, who must be residents of Westport, in four consecutive yearly installments.

All Westport Seniors are eligible, regardless of which High School they attend.

Applications are now at schools and must be returned by mail directly to: Westport Lions, 875 State Road, Unit 11-120, Westport, MA 02790, postmarked by Monday, April 20, 2015.

Should you have any questions contact your guidance department. If necessary, you may contact President Mike Sullivan at 508.636.8642.

 

02/28/2015 – Westport police officers will face off in a wing-eating contest in March to support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County.

The annual chicken wing-eating contest that pits local police and firefighters against each other for a good cause returns to White’s of Westport on Thursday, March 26th, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Fire Chief Brian Legendre better have an ambulance at the ready!

Westport and Dartmouth police officers are among those scheduled to square off for full bellies and bragging rights.

A raffle and live entertainment will be included.

Bring some wet wipes with you; things could get messy. Donuts for dessert?

White’s of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport. 508.675.7185.

 

02/27/2015Appointed vs. elected – what’s going on with the Westport town Treasurer’s position? Voters will face a ballot question this April to change the elected position of Treasurer to an appointed one.

Voters approved a similar ballot question a while back to appoint the Highway Surveyor.

Once again, voters are being asked the same question vis-à-vis the town Treasurer.

The fly in the ointment with the Treasurer’s job, however, is that on the same ballot a candidate is running for the two-year unexpired term that was vacated with the retirement last year of then Treasurer George Foster.

If the ballot question is rejected by town voters, then the elected Treasurer will immediately assume the position.

 

 

A non-binding 2014 ballot Question 4, appointing rather than electing the town’s Treasurer, was soundly defeated by the Westport electorate 2137 to 1145.

 

 

But what happens if the ballot question is approved, and the position becomes appointed.

The question is a bit more complicated than you might think.

Click here to find out what’s what with the town Treasurer’s job.

 

02/27/2015 9:00 a.m. Breaking news. Hit and run on upper Drift Road takes out utility pole, detouring early morning motorists.

Two police cruisers were dispatched from Dartmouth to assist Westport police who were unable to respond to the call.

Sometime between 5 and 6 a.m. this morning an unidentified vehicle went off the road, crashed through a snowbank and took out a utility pole, cleanly snapping it off at the base and driving it deep into the wooded area near Lyons Brook.

The vehicle was not at the scene when police arrived, and there were no reported injuries.

Crews worked all morning to replace the damaged pole.

Electric service was briefly knocked out around 8:30a.m.

Anyone with information involving the accident is requested to contact Westport police at 508.636.1122.

  

 

02/27/2015 – March issue of Evergreen now available on-line. The Westport Council on Aging has released the March issue of their newsletter – Evergreen. Click here to read it now.

Click here to review other Westport organizations’ newsletters.

 

02/26/2015 – Westport’s Veterans’ Services Agent is stepping down to pursue other interests. Jerry LeBoeuf has been on the job for only a few years, but the energetic ex-marine leaves the office better than he found it, and that’s saying something as long-serving, former veterans’ agent Ron Costa left very large shoes to fill.

LeBoeuf will be missed.

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Above: VSO Jerry LeBoeuf visiting with veterans at the Westport Council on Aging. Photo/EverythingWestport.com

Selectmen have appointed a search committee to recruit a replacement, but in the meantime Selectman Richard Spirlet suggested a temporary assignment to fill the vacancy to provide uninterrupted services to Westport’s veterans.

He could hardly have found a better candidate.

“I would like to recommend Donat J. “Dan” Le Blanc as an interim services’ agent,” Spirlet told Selectmen Monday night.

The recommendation was unanimously approved.

An ex-marine, Freetown resident Le Blanc is a highly decorated veteran more...

 

02/25/2015 – Westport April election update. Five select board candidates are in, one is out. 

Former Highway Surveyor Harold “Jack” Sisson, one of six who pulled nomination papers for the two select board seats up for grabs, did not return them to the Registrars’ office by yesterday’s 5:00 p.m. deadline.

Inset: R. Michael Sullivan was the first select board candidate to declare his candidacy.

Incumbent Selectmen Craig Dutra, 65 Union Ave., and R. Michael Sullivan, 149 Cherry & Webb Lane are joined by challengers Pam Costa, 1185 American Legion Highway; William Harkins, 660 Gifford Road; and Maurice May, 1878 Main Road.

Click here to see what other surprises are in store for Westport voters this April.

 

02/23/2015 – Holed up in the Hampton. Jeifrey Dejesus of Central Falls, RI was having a clean, comfortable stay at the Westport Hampton Inn until police kicked his door in.

Acting on a tip, the Westport Police Detective Division along with members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Squad finally caught up with Dejesus this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

It appears the 20-year-old man was wanted for assault with a dangerous weapon.

The fugitive from Rhode Island had been staying at the Westport hotel for several days.

Mr. Dejesus was taken into custody without incident as a fugitive from justice.  He was booked at the Westport Police Station and transported to the Fall River Justice Center for his arraignment.

The Fugitive Squad is comprised of officers from various agencies including the New Bedford Police and Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts Parole Department. 

Police had received a tip earlier Monday morning on Dejesus’s whereabouts.

 

02/23/2015“50 Shades of Green!” Walking the aisles of this year’s RI Flower and Garden Show during the most bitter of winters was a welcome escape for thousands over the weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

 

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” - Walt Whitman

 

Above: Francis Slade applies the finishing face-painting touches to this young lady at the Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show.

 

The 2015 Flower Show exceeded expectations as visitors escaped the grip of a bitter winter and flocked to the RI Convention Center.

Touch our exhibits, please! The theme ‘Garden Adventures’ delivered plenty of excitement and fun for the whole family. Children loved digging deep in the soil and discovering where their food comes from. Many displays were interactive and encouraged children and adults alike to please touch.

23 unique featured gardens and vignettes included a life-sized fairy house, a tunnel garden, and a tree house.

Visitors strolled through the breathtaking garden displays, immersed in spring foliage, leaving snow and ice far, far behind.

Video to be released today!

 

 

 

02/21/2015 8:00 a.m. – Good morning frozen Westport. 4 degrees below zero! Reports indicate Westport went to -9 early this morning!

32 degrees by 5:00 p.m., 37 degrees by 2:00 p.m. tomorrow.

 

02/20/2015 – Brutal cold, snow, freezing rain, then rain – all this weekend! Extreme artic cold returns Monday.

When will it ever end?

3 degrees tonight.

But what the hey, if you don’t like New England weather wait a day or two; temperatures will rise to 37 degrees on Sunday.

Still, into each life some rain must fall, and we’ll get that Sunday in spades.

 

Westport will have to deal with freezing rain turning to rain on Sunday; watch out for potential flooding due to blocked storm drains.

Then, just when you think it’s safe to go back outside, temperatures will plunge to a low of -2 degrees Monday night, promising icy roads and frozen snow crust.

Finish your shoveling tomorrow, and help the over-worked Highway Department by clearing storm drains on your street.

 

02/20/2015 – The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is excited to announce plans to create an upland grassland within the Herb Hadfield Conservation Area.  Upland grassland, also known as upland meadow, is an increasingly rare habitat-type in the northeast more...

 

02/20/2015 – Westport kids invited to play in the Tiverton Little League.  Tiverton Little League signups are underway, and some of the teams are open to Little Compton and Westport players.

The Tiverton Juniors division, coming off a conference championship in its first year in existence, is open to players age 13-15 from the towns of Tiverton, Little Compton, and Westport.

If interested, Westport players can register by going to the Tiverton Little League website at www.tivertonlittleleague.org. Don’t wait, opening day is April 11th.

 

02/19/2015 – Strange but beautifully abstract. There’s a silver lining behind the harsh winter storms that ravaged Westport over the last two weeks. The frigid temperatures and gale force winds sculpted strangely-beautiful abstract imagery out of immense snow drifts, and created magical stalactite formations that look like they were computer-generated.

    

More photos to come with video!

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming holidays and observances:

 

March 2015 Monthly Observances

 

Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Alport Syndrome Awareness Month

American Red Cross Month or Red Cross Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Child Life Month

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Credit Education Month

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month

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Daily Observances for

Friday, March 27, 2015

Celebrate Exchange Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

Viagra Day

 

Click here to check out all the daily, weekly and monthly 2015 holidays, notable events and celebrations, both official and unofficial. Great fun!

 

Today’s Significant Events in History

Friday, March 27, 2015

1625 - Charles I, King Of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascends English throne
1914 - 1st successful blood transfusion (in Brussels)
1958 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party
1966 - Anti Vietnam war demonstrations in US, Europe & Australia

 

View more Historical Events on this Day in History

 

 

 

Click here to view all scheduled Westport town board and committee meetings this week.

 

Click here to view all Theater and Arts events this week in and around Westport.

 

 

Westport Historical Society presents an exhibition – Room to Learn: Westport’s One-Room Schoolhouses. Exhibition started 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.jpgJune 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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Happening Today in and around Westport!

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

 

Click here to see all events this week.

 

Click here to see future events after this week.

 

Friday, March 27

Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

An exercise for people with or at risk for Osteopenia/ Osteoporosis. Participants will learn about osteoporosis and everyday activities that will improve their day to day lives. A physician form filled out by the doctor that states this would be beneficial is required. There are openings in the Monday, Wednesday & Friday sessions. For more information contact the Westport Council on Aging at 508.636.1026. The instructor is Florence Wypych.

 

Quilt ladies invite all to Friday meetings at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton from 10 a.m. to noon. A weekly hand quilting group. Pro or novice welcome. Come one time or every meeting! Bring your own project. For more information call Lynn Sluiter at (401) 635-8941, or email her at lsluiter@cox.net.

 

T’AI CHI classes every Friday at the Westport Senior Center. Advanced 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; intermediate 12:30 -1:30 p.m.; and basic 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

T’ai Chi is the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health. The fee is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Nikolas Ukleja. Please call 508.636.1026 for further information.

 

Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere. 

$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over.  $6 suggested donation under age 50.

Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email: 

sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

Ocean State Bridge Club meets each Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Call or click if you need a partner: (401) 862-2131 or Director@OceanStateBridgeClub.com  Cost is $6. A free lunch is served once a month by Sakonnet Bay Manor.  www.oceanstatebridgeclub.com. 

 

The weekly Bingo at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton.  1:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please call For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.

 

The Tiverton Public Library offers a weekly computer drop-in session that offers assistance with beginner computer Skills and Windows; the internet, on-line resources and social networking; Microsoft Office programs; downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library; on-line job searching; and any other topics you may have a question about. All ages and skill levels welcome.

2 - 3 p.m. on Fridays. No cost.

Essex Public Library, reference room, 238 Highland Avenue, Tiverton.

For more information please call (401) 625-6796.

 

Friday, March 27 - Westport River Vineyards is hosting “Wines by the Class” in their Wine Bar. These casual seminars will begin at 6 p.m. and last an hour or two and will highlight a wine, wine making or vineyard related topic and will always include an informative wine tasting.

Their amazing staff led by aficionados Corey Nuffer and Elizabeth Koczera will be your “guides” for these evenings. They will also have some additional surprises for attendees. These seminars are only $10 for wine club members and $20 for non-members.

Here are all the details:

There is no charge to swing by the Wine Bar during the Friday seminars and enjoy a drink with friends. You might even learn something. However, if you want to participate in the class (and taste wine and receive any seminar discounts on wine) it is $10 for wine club members and $20 for everyone else.

All you have to do is call 508.636.3423 extension 2 during business hours and they will get you on the list. Just let the staff know when you would like to attend. Once you have signed up there are no cancellations so please make sure you are able to attend. If you have any questions please email: vip@westportrivers.com. Saturdays are free to everyone.

Friday, March 27thSeminar: “The Dosage Trials with Paull Goodchild”

Our newest vintage of Brut RJR (2007) is being riddled and disgorged, the final steps of the Champagne Method. This is the last chance the winemaker has to influence a bubbly by way of the dosage-a sugar and wine solution. In order to determine the proper amount of dosage, we hold trials where we taste the wine in a range of sweetness. Join us for just such an interactive appraisal of this pending vintage. Truly a special seminar! Seating limited to 25 people.

Saturday, March 28thWine Trivia Night!
While there will be bonus questions involving film, music and some of the other usual suspects, this trivia night will be all about wine. From general knowledge all the way to Westport Rivers-specific. Remember: no using your cell phone to Google answers! Winner gets a free bottle of wine from manager Alan Stewart’s own person collection. Second and Third place winners also receive something special.

Click here for all the details for this and future events.

 

Karaoke every Friday night with Mariozations Studio from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton.

Computer karaoke or BYO CD. Free admission; 50/50 raffle hosted by Jesse Bertholde. For more information please call 401.297.6604.

 

Bluegrass Jam at the VFW on Fridays at the Dartmouth VFW, Cross Road (behind Wal-Mart) from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The open jam, with bluegrass rules, is for adults only and is held every Friday.

 

Friday, March 27 - Chuck Williams & Mike Laureanno at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton.
7 pm, doors open 6:30 pm. BYOB & BYOF (food.)
$10 advance, $12 at the door.
Reserve advance tickets by calling 401-241-7349. Leave message with your name and number of tickets desired. You'll pay the advance price at the door.
401.241.7349   www.sandywoodsmusic.com
Singer-songwriter Chuck Williams is a frequent Sandywoods performer and an audience favorite. In addition to performing throughout New England, Chuck is president of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. There seems to be a proud tradition of speaking truth to power in many of his songs, with lyrical content that stays with you long after the song is over. Chuck has had the pleasure of opening for national touring acts such as Jimmy Le Fave, Steve Forbert, Cheryl Wheeler, Rod McDonald, Pegi Young and the Survivors, Kelly Joe Phelps, Beau Coup Bleu, and many others.
Mike Laureanno represents old-school songwriting at its very best - poignant themes and heartfelt imagery that allow the listener to experience a slice of Americana through the eyes of the quintessential everyman. He is a 2014 NERFA Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase artist and the winner of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) Songwriting Contest. His tunes have been known to pass the whistle test with direct honesty. Mike is also a veteran sideman and played bass behind legendary New York City Fast Folk founder Jack Hardy.

 

Karaoke featuring country music - VFW Post 5329, 134 Shove St., Tiverton, hosts karaoke every Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Featuring, Del Rios, playing a variety of American and Portuguese music. Donation $6. Call (401) 624-2697 for more information.

 

Friday, March 27 - Rehoboth Contra Dance at the Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth starts at 8:00 p.m. All dances will be taught by caller Lucia Watson.

Music will be performed by French Toast, with Michelle Kaminsky, Racheal Panitch, Jim Joseph and Alan Bradbury. Beginners are welcome; partners are not necessary.

Cost is $9, $8 for students. For more information please call 508.252.6375 or visit their website.

 

Karaoke Night every Friday night from 8:00 to 12:00 a.m. at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom St, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all. Weekly karaoke night with Rick and Joan.

 

The VFW offers karaoke on Friday nights from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the newly renovated lounge.

Join in on the fun. All are welcome and there is no cover charge. VFW Post 8502, 843 State Road (Route 6) in Westport. Call 508.678.9888 for more information.

"Draft specials!" No cover charge.

 

Friday, March 27 - Pro Karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m.

20 Star Street, Fall River. No admission charge.

 

LePage’s Seafood hosts Karaoke every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. at 439 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information please call 508.677.2180.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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Westport Council on Aging

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COA Evergreen Newsletter – March, 2015

Read latest newsletter now.

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

 

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February 14, 2013 - The Westport Council on Aging is expanding the hours of its food pantry operation to include Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Food for Friends Food Pantry is for needy Westport residents 18 years of age and over. Proof of residency required.

Each client who signs up for the Food for Friends program is assisted personally and confidentially, meeting with the outreach department to assess individual needs.

 

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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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