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First annual Walk for Westport was on Saturday, September 17, 2011, and raised $10,000 for the Westport Council on Aging and the Westport Education Foundation.  The fourth Walk for Westport is on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

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Local news you may be interested in.  Updated: Monday, September 22, 2014

Photos/EverythingWestport.com except as noted.

 

 

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

New galleries and art venues added for 2014.

 

 

 

 

New video 09/05/2014 View video of Beach Avenue, Knubble Beach and Westport Harbor to see why so many are claiming first dibs on the prettiest beachfront in Westport.

 

New video 09/01/2014 View video of the tenth Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market with the Spindle Rock River Rats!

 

08/17/2014 View video of the 11th Allens Pond Sanctuary’s Duck Derby.

 

08/12/2014 View video of the Inaugural 2014 5K Mud Run Samurai Sprint at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery.

 

08/11/2014 Check out the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s annual Summer Gala.

 

 

 

 

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09/22/2014 – Westport ROMEOs will host Westport Town Administrator, Timothy King this Thursday.

There will be a noontime luncheon this Thursday, September 25th at White’s of Westport in the Presidents Room.

The Westport ROMEOs will host Tim King, Westport's recently appointed, fulltime Town Administrator. King has ably stepped into the very large shoes of former Administrator, Jack Healey and Business Manager Steve Lombard.

King, from Harwich Port, has 37 years of municipal experience, three of those in Wellfleet, Massachusetts and 12 more as the manager of Ellsworth, Maine which has a year-round population of 7,000 that swells in the summer. His experience includes being town administrator in Auburn, town manager in a Rhode Island town and in two towns in Maine.

King, addressing the board, said he is looking forward to working in "one of the most beautiful places in New England.” King’s observation of Westport prompted BOS Chairman Antone Vieira to quip that “lobstering seemed to be the common denominator in the communities in which King has worked.”

King will speak about the many challenges facing Westport including the school district’s salary negotiations, Beach Avenue, and what the town’s possible plans may be for the town's school buildings.

For more information, please call Greg Jonsson at (508) 971-4177, or email him at jonsson07@aol.com.

 

09/22/2014 – Row, row, row your boat - this week’s Photo of the Week. Head of Westport resident and boat builder, Ben Booth encourages rowers to put their back into it as his 32’ Cornish Pilot Gig heads south down the East Branch of the Westport River, completing a circuit run that started at Hix Bridge.

Booth, an accomplished racer, won the Blackburn Challenge, a 20+ mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann.

Booth’s Pilot Gig, “Daharma Voyage,” will compete in this week’s Slocum Challenge Regatta on Saturday.

 

09/22/2014 – Today is National Walk ‘n Roll Dog Day. So what exactly is Walk ‘n Roll Dog Day?

Founded in August 2012 by award winning author and advocate for dogs with Intervertabral Disc Disease (IVDD) and dogs in wheelchairs, Barbara Techel created this day in memory of her beloved Dachshund, Frankie, now nationally and internationally known as the ‘Walk ‘N Roll Dog’, and in honor of all wheelchair dogs around the world.

Click here to see what other national observances are happening today.

 

09/22/2014 – Fall arrives Monday night with the autumnal equinox - the astronomical start to the fall season.

The moment of fall’s arrival is heralded with the autumnal equinox at 10:29 p.m. when summer passes the baton to fall.

At that instant, Earth will be rotating upright on its axis, giving the northern and southern hemispheres equal sunlight and making the length of day and night roughly equal. Goodbye to the smell of sunscreen and hello to hot apple cider and pumpkin pie.

 

09/20/2014 – Letter to the editor: The other side to the Beach Avenue kerfuffle.  Westport resident and President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Spinal Cord Society, Martin Costa spoke out by thanking all parties involved in making Beach Avenue accessible to Westport residents.

“I am spinal cord injured and use a wheelchair as well as short leg braces and a cane to ambulate, but since my accident in 1985, I have never visited Westport beaches because of the poor accessibility conditions,” the campground owner and former DJ said.

“The hard work of several committees including the Beach Committee, Disabilities Committee, and especially Selectman Vieira who never gave up the fight, does not go unnoticed by me and many others who have been deprived of the pleasure that many Westporters take for granted... a day at our beautiful beaches.”

Above and below: handicap access to Knubble Beach on Beach Avenue.

 

09/19/2014 – On this day in history in 1692, Giles Corey of Salem Massachusetts was pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him.

Stones were piled up on a plank laid over the prostrate Giles.

The stubborn farmer knew his life would be spared if he confessed, but his farm would be forfeited to the town.

Not wishing his family to be left penniless, the unfortunate Giles would only answer “more stones” when asked if he wished to confess while slowly being crushed.

He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.

Read more of This Day in History.

 

09/19/2014 – Karaoke anyone? Friday night is where it’s at – check out these locations:

The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton;

Bluegrass Jam at the Dartmouth VFW; karaoke featuring country music at VFW Post 5329, 134 Shove Street, Tiverton; karaoke night at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom Street, Tiverton; the VFW Post 8502, 843 State Road (Route 6) in Westport offers karaoke on Friday nights in the newly renovated lounge; pro karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club, 20 Star Street, Fall River; and LePage’s Seafood hosts karaoke every Friday night at 439 Martine Street, Fall River.

Get all the details in our Friday’s event listings for Happening Today In and Around Westport.

 

09/18/2014 – Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund committee announces new Housing Funding Program.

The town's current Subsidized Housing Inventory is 3.5%, which means a shortage of 417 affordable housing units to meet the state's Chapter 40B 10% goal.

The Trust has announced the availability of a funding program to support the creation of affordable housing in the Town of Westport.  The Seed Housing Funding Program (SEED) seeks applications for funds from qualified project proponents to create multiple new affordable housing units in Westport, Massachusetts. Funding will be granted per affordable housing unit created. 

 

“Only proposals that contain at least 30% affordable dwelling units in the total project will be considered for funding.” - Westport Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee

 

Click here to learn more about obtaining funds and/or grants to develop affordable housing in Westport.

 

09/18/2014 – Charlton Memorial Hospital Retirees Association to host membership meeting Friday, September 26th.

The Retired Employees of Charlton Memorial Hospital, a part of Southcoast Health, will host its annual membership meeting on Friday, September 26, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Mooney Assembly Room at Charlton Memorial Hospital, 363 Highland Avenue in Fall River. All Charlton Memorial Hospital retirees are welcome to attend.

 

09/18/2014 – Westport State Senator Michael Rodrigues feted once again with legislative recognition. Last Friday, Senator Rodrigues was honored by the Massachusetts Correctional Officers with legislative recognition for his work on Beacon Hill in support of these hard-working men and women. Senator Rodrigues thanked the MCOFU “and all of our correctional officers for your tireless work!”

Christopher Murphy, a member of MCOFU, said “the Executive Board and Legislative Representative Chuck Dywer did an outstanding job by picking you!”

Congratulations Mike!

 

09/15/2014 – 1938 hurricane walk teaches importance of conservation. "Wednesday, September 21, 1938 began clear and calm, but by mid-morning the weather had changed; the sky darkened, and the wind began to blow," Westport Land Conservation Trust Executive Director Ryan Mann told a group of over 100 listeners at a recent '38 Hurricane walk around Westport Harbor.

Photo/Jason Protami – Dartmouth/Westport Chronicle

"Three houses stood where we are now, and by nightfall they were gone," he continued, gesturing towards the ocean from atop a big rock alongside Beach Avenue in Acoaxet. The shoreline then was almost 100 feet farther out than it is today, he told the crowd.  More...

 

09/15/2014 – The Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) is seeking volunteers for their Sunday, September 21st Norfolk Hunt Club Hunter Pace.

Rain date: Sunday, September 28th.

Click Here to learn more details about this annual Westport event.

Over 200 riders and horses need to be parked, checked in, and started. 

They need folks to be checkers at checkpoints and crossers at street crossings. 

And finally to wave them into the finish line!

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Any time you may have between 8 a.m. and 3p.m. to help would be appreciated!

Please email: Ashley if you're interested.

 

09/12/2014 – Boring entrepreneurs need not apply!

Eight aspiring entrepreneurs trying to pry money from the cold, calculating hands of three “angel” investor groups, fought for funds for their businesses last night at SNEEF’s Piranha Pond Pitch Party.

Emulating the popular television reality show, Shark Tank, selected area entrepreneurs presented startup plans for their business babies at the annual Piranha Pond Pitch Party, sponsored by the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF).

There were big winners, a few maybes, but some left empty-handed. More later.

Above: All-in! David Vogel of Beacon Angels and Mass Medical Angels (center), Mitch Sanders Angel Investor (2nd from left) and Jennifer Schwall of Cherrystone Angels had good feelings for Randy Nason’s (2nd from right) Black Infusions, naturally infused, hand–crafted cordials made from black figs and black apricots. The liqueurs have no artificial flavors, no added flavors, and no coloring and are gluten free. The Boston-area startup got a big thumbs up from the panel of venture capitalists.

 

09/12/2014 – Nitwits at the Knubble. As if the controversy over opening Westport Harbor’s Beach Avenue wasn’t enough for area residents, sometime around September 2nd vandals spray-painted graffiti onto a rock outcropping on WLCT conservation beachfront at the popular visitor gathering point known as the Knubble.

Beach pass and handicap parking restrictions have been largely ignored, prompting Selectmen to seek volunteer parking monitors for issuing tickets to violators, a proposal that does not have the support of at least one Selectman and the Police Chief.

Should the town charge the elected Constables to enforce town beach parking restrictions? Maybe so, maybe so.

 

09/12/2014 – Westport Police, raiding a Westport home in search of stolen art from a local restaurant, wound up finding drugs, guns, and a large amount of rifle ammunition.

Seizing on a tip, Westport police vehicles converged on an Old County Road residence in search of stolen Sailor’s Valentines, but wound up instead discovering a large cache of guns, ammo, marijuana and Oxycodone pills.

A tip from two suspects arrested in that break-in led police to a house owned by Dwayne and Stephanie Hart.

The art collection, created by local artist Barbara Chadwick, is valued at over $15,000.

The Harts were arrested Tuesday after police executed a search warrant at their Old County Road home, located across the street from Westport Public Library and in a school zone.

More....

 

09/11/2014 – At 8:45 a.m. exactly 13 years ago the first of two airplanes struck the World Trade Center, forever changing the sense of peace and security Americans had enjoyed living in America.

With the toll of a bell, the US became silent for a moment in remembrance of nearly 3,000 who were killed in the attack. As we remember the thousands who died that day, lest we forget, pray our leaders will stay vigilant and show leadership in protecting the greatest democracy the world has ever seen.

God bless America.

Photograph by Spencer Platt, Getty Images

 

It’s Coakley against Baker for Governor!

09/09/2014 – Westport voters select Democrat Martha Coakley to run against Republican challenger Charles D. Baker for Governor.

In a typical mid-term election only 14.12 percent of Westport’s 11,494 registered voters cast ballots.

Following state polling trends, Westport Democrat ballots cast show 521 votes for Martha Coakley (Massachusetts Attorney General,) 446 for Steven Grossman, and 176 for Donald M. Berwick.

Republican voters chose Charles D. Baker (former CEO for Harvard Pilgrim Health,) over Mark R. Fisher, 222 to 202.

Both primaries for governor mirrored statewide results.

Above: 9:05 p.m. Westport police officer Jeffrey Belyea delivers a precinct’s results to Town Clerk Marlene Samson for tabulation and transmission to the State Board of Elections.

Westport Town Clerk Marlene Samson, after reviewing early morning ballots cast (27 by 9:00 a.m. at the Town Hall Annex) predicted an anemic 8 percent turnout; but a late surge in the early evening boosted the numbers to a little over 14 percent.

In other election results Republican voters choose Mark C. Alliegro for Representative in Congress to challenge uncontested Democratic incumbent William R. Keating.

And Democrat Deborah B. Goldberg got the nod by a substantial margin to run against Republican candidate for Treasurer, Michael J. Heffernan.

Several races were uncontested, and many Republican primary contests had no candidate at all.

Precinct 2 (Town Hall Annex) had the best turnout at 15.82 percent, and Precinct 4 (Briggs Road Fire Station) least with 12.86 percent.

Comedienne Joan Rivers funeral had a better turnout than the showing by Westport voters.

Westport’s State Senator Michael Rodrigues and State Representative Paul Schmid were unopposed; so were our Representative in Congress Bill Keating, District Attorney Sam Sutter, and Bristol County’s Register of Probate and County Treasurer.

Insert: Westport’s State Representative, Paul Schmid casts an early morning ballot at the Town Hall Annex.

Oscar Ameringer, the German-American Socialist editor, author, and organizer from the late 1890s said, “Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.”

But Alan Keyes said, “The act of voting is one opportunity for us to remember that our whole way of life is predicated on the capacity of ordinary people to judge carefully and well.”

Westport election results will be reported in detail tomorrow, Wednesday, September 10th.

Click here to view sample party ballots.

 

Above: And when we got there, the polling places they were bare. Pundits predicted low voter turnout in this year’s state primary.

 

09/07/2014 - 2014 Duck Derby winners are off to Hawaii with their prize quacker, Linny Cakes!

View video of the 11th Allens Pond Sanctuary’s 2014 Duck Derby.

Click here for more photos and a list of all winners!

Linda Crossley, who hails from Fall River, was on a trip with her girlfriends in Atlantic City earlier this year when one mentioned the Allens Pond Duck Derby and its fantastic grand prize of dinner for two, anywhere in the world with 2 nights’ lodging and round-trip airfare...and she thought “wow – that’s nice.”

Fast forward to a summer lunch at the Bayside, where Malcolm Johnston and Michaela Kerxhalli-Kleinfield were selling duck entries for the Derby and Linda adopted two – one for her and her husband, Richard and one for her daughter.  She said she’s never won anything and thought that a gift certificate to Peckham’s Greenhouse would be nice.

Well, didn’t she get the surprise of her life when Sanctuary Director Gina Purtell phoned to tell her she won first place!

More with photos...  

 

09/07/2014 - Westport Fishermen’s Association prepares for their annual WFA Clambake. The conservation and protection group seeks volunteers, early ticket reservations by September 10th.

The 31st annual Westport Fishermen’s Clambake and Raffle is on Sunday, September 14 at the Sportsmen’s Club, John Dyer Road, Little Compton RI. 

Tickets are now available!  You won’t want to miss this bake prepared in the authentic way. They will be serving creamy hot clam chowder at 12 noon followed by a traditional seaweed and rock Bake at 2 p.m.

The generous bake is complete with assorted vegetables, meats, and fish brown bread and stuffing. There will be a cash bar serving wine, cold Beer, soda and water. Plan to participate in their raffle and have a chance to win wonderful local gift certificates, hand crafted items, and of course this year’s grand prize a beautifully handcrafted wooden “Kaholo” Stand Up Paddle Board.

Inset:  this year’s grand prize a beautifully handcrafted wooden “Kaholo” Stand Up Paddle Board.

Please purchase your tickets in advance so that the orders are received by September 10, 2014 to assure enough clams and lobsters for everyone. Click here for all the details and photos.

 

09/06/2014 - The Westport Republican Town Committee endorses candidates in the September 9th Republican Primary:

Candidate Mark Alliegro in the race for U.S. House 9th Congressional District, www.markalliegroforcongress.org and Mark Fisher for Governor, www.markfisher2014.com. 

The WRTC is having "Get Out The Vote" literature drop on Saturday, September 6th and Sunday,September 7th.  Any registered Westport Republican is invited to join us and meet other Republicans in an effort to make MA a RED STATE once again.  Please contact Mary Lou at mldax@aol.com .

Anyone wanting yard signs for these candidates. Please contact Mary Lou as well.

 

Michael Rodrigues's photo.09/06/2014 – Westport’s State Senator, Michael Rodrigues endorses candidates in the democratic primary.  Steve Grossman for Governor and Barry Feingold for State Treasurer.

 

09/04/2014 – Slow growth better than no growth? It was mostly good news heard by the Westport Economic Development Task Force at their August 28th meeting... yet another solar power producer is looking at land in town to site a two megawatt solar farm, and a meat processing plant is being proposed for another piece of property in the north end of town.

“We need to examine what we’re doing here, and see if it’s productive. I say it is not.” – member Jack Baughan

 

With the lure of low property taxes and plenty of commercial and industrial sites available all around Westport, business owners are regularly coming to town to look at opportunities for doing business here, Economic Development Coordinator Michael P. Sullivan told the board.

But the very slow growth of new commercial ventures has some members seeking a new direction. More...

 

09/03/2014 – (Westport) Drift Road fender-bender sends one to hospital. Two vehicles collided just after 9:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening at the intersection of Drift Road and Sisson Farm Lane, sending the driver of a green passenger van to the hospital.

According to those on the scene, a northbound, late model grey sedan was turning left onto Sisson Farm Lane when a passenger van, traveling in the same direction on Drift Road attempted to pass the sedan, struck it and, bouncing off to the left, took down a row of mailboxes before ending up in a wooded area on the west side of Drift Road.

The driver of the van was transported to the hospital by a Westport Fire Department ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to observers the van was totaled.

 

09/01/2014 – "Concerts at the Point” will launch its 18th season this fall, with the return of the Muir String Quartet on Sunday, September 21st.  

Now in their 36th season, the Muir has long been acknowledged as one of the world's most powerful and insightful ensembles.  They will present Wolf - Italian Serenade in G; Janacek - Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters;" and Dvorak Quartet in C Major, Op. 61.

Concerts are held on Sundays at 3 p.m. at the Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Road, Westport Point, MA. The church has wonderful acoustics and is a great venue for both performers and listeners.  Open seating, doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Tickets $25, $10 for students. To send in ticket order, consult www.concertsatthepoint.org to print out an order form to send in with your check; tickets will be forwarded by return mail.  Call 508.636.0698 to reserve tickets, which may be picked up and paid for at the door on the day of the concert.  We take cash or personal checks only at the door. "

 

09/01/2014 – The Galley Grille at White's of Westport has reopened after extensive renovations closed the popular State Road eatery since July 7th.

The renovated restaurant brings a new and improved dining experience.

They are open daily for lunch and dinner, but unfortunately they are closed this Labor day.

All weekly specials, Wednesday trivia night, and Prime Rib nights were available during the renovations.
Follow them on
Facebook or visit www.galleygrille.com.

 

09/01/2014 – Health Urgent Care Center to open in Wareham on September 2nd. New center offers walk-in visits for the public 7 days a week without an appointment.

Southcoast Health Urgent Care provides patients with convenient, quick treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, on their schedule, without waiting for an appointment.

Below: A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new

Southcoast Health Urgent Care Center in Wareham.

"The Southcoast Urgent Care Center at Wareham Crossing will provide Wareham and the surrounding communities with a new, convenient way to access the high quality care that we at Southcoast are proud to deliver," said Keith A. Hovan, President and CEO of Southcoast Health. "With an expanding roster of skilled physicians and other medical professionals, under the fine direction of Dr. Pamela L. Spatz,

"From our experience in Fairhaven, where last August we cut the ribbon on Southcoast’s first Urgent Care Center, we know there is a need for immediate, high-quality care when patients have not-quite-an-emergency, and a primary care doctor is not available," said Pamela L. Spatz, MD, Medical Director, Southcoast Health Urgent Care.

 

08/30/2014 – The humane side of the Beach Avenue controversy has largely been overlooked, according to Westport’s Commission on Disability.

The bickering over Beach Avenue pushes to the side the real opportunity Westport has in giving the town’s seniors and persons with handicaps access to coastal area most would consider to be the jewel in the crown of Westport beaches.

John Pelletier, a Tickle Road resident, and George Norton, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran amputee and Director of the New England Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America, visited the Knubble Friday to witness the installation of the new handicapped parking signage installed by the town’s Highway Department.

The handicapped parking spaces now give persons with disabilities easy access to the prettiest beachfront spot on the SouthCoast.

“We’ll be down here a lot,” said Pelletier who was accompanied by wife Mary.

Pelletier, a Commission on Disability member, was injured in a hunting accident 10 years ago.

Above, from the left: John Pelletier, Mary Pelletier, George Norton, and Jeff Bull of Westport’s Beach Committee. Bull demonstrated the principle of using Mobi-Mats (simulated with plasticor corrugated board) that will easily allow wheelchair access to the Knubble’s beach area.

The State’s Department of Environmental Protection issued a “cease and desist order” last week against any further maintenance to Beach Avenue - work the Highway Department was doing to improve the stability of the handicapped parking spaces at the Knubble.

More with photos...

 

 Constellation No.1 (up)  Emi Ozawa, 2010  Birch Plywood, Acrylic Paint, Brass  31”H x 20”W x 3”D 08/27/2014 – The Shattuck opens Artwork by Richard Whitten and Emi Ozawa. Whitten paints illusions of space so effectively they appear as though they are alternate realities.

Emi Ozawa’s impeccably constructed painted wood works (right) are beautiful and curiously playful.

Read more with photos.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, August 27th and closes on Sunday, September 28th, with the artists’ reception on Saturday, September 6th from 5-7 p.m.

 

08/27/2014 – Photo of the Week. Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves and department employee Tony Medeiros screed the finishing touches on the poured concrete platform that will support the polished granite stone and monument makers for the 9-11 steel memorial at the Hixsbridge Fire Station.

Donations are paying the cost of WTC memorial.

Click here to read about the arrival of the steel I-beam relic.

View this hi-res photo and others in our Photo of the Week album.

 

08/27/2014 – Breaking rock at the town yard. Haunting memories of 1800’s chain gangs come to mind as Westport’s Highway Department starts breaking down a mountain of stone rubble, road sweepings and construction debris that has built up over the years at the town yard.

And not a single shovel, pickaxe, sledgehammer or wheelbarrow is being used.

And inmates are out of the question!

A.J. Potter’s mobile crushing division has been called in to attack the mountain with earth movers, rock crushers and conveyor systems, and break down 1000 cubic yards of debris into loom, pea stone and gravel, suitable for future road construction and repair, stormwater runoff, and other landscaping projects.

“We’re saving thousands of dollars by not having to buy this material,” Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves said. “And we need to recycle this rubble for the space it takes up.” 

 

08/26/2014 –Westport Selectmen recognize Richard Lafrance and the Hampton Inn’s 25th anniversary.

The town’s largest employer, Lafrance Hospital Group has “contributed millions in payroll taxes, meals and hospitality taxes, as well as benevolent and charitable support that have greatly benefitted Westport and its residents,” select board Chairman Antone Vieira said during the presentation. Story will be updated later.

Above: from the left, Selectmen Steven Ouellette, Vice Chairman Richard Spirlet, Richard Lafrance, Chairman Antone Vieira, and R. Michael Sullivan. Town Administrator Tim King (right) looks on.

 

08/25/2014 – Happy 25th Hampton! On Monday, August 18th Lafrance Hospitality Company and Hampton Inn Fall River/Westport celebrated the hotel's 25th anniversary with food, fun, and friends. Past and current employees were honored for their dedication to the success of the hotel, including a General Manager and two housekeepers who have been with the hotel since day 1.

It's estimated that the two housekeepers have changed nearly 170,000 beds each during their tenure with the company!

CEO Richard Lafrance thanked everyone who stopped by to celebrate with them.

Select board Chairman, Tony Vieira and Vice Chairman Richard Spirlet were on hand to congratulate Richard and his family’s milestone, and will recognize Lafrance at tonight’s Selectmen’s meeting.

Click here to view 18 photos.

 

08/25/2014 – Baseball hats off to Westport’s 1964 Little League state champions! And speaking of anniversary’s and citations, Selectmen at their last meeting feted several members of the town’s 1964 Little league tournament team on their winning season’s 50th anniversary.

Above: select board chair Tony Vieira reminisces with Tom Hancock (far left) and members of the 1964 state tournament team.

Half a century ago, 15 all-stars from Westport’s inaugural, official Little League season took on all comers to win the state championship.

Westport resident Tom Hancock, choking up at times, relived the memories of that Cinderella season. More with photos. 

 

08/24/2014 – The Westport Farmer’s Market will continue for six more weeks!

But the all-volunteer Youth Corps crew’s tenure is done.

They will be missed.

“Sad to say that the summer season is flying by, and is ending for the Youth Corps team. Some of the crew are heading off to college next week, and others will be returning to high school,” Farm Manager Steve Connors said.

 

View video of the tenth Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market with the Spindle Rock River Rats!

View video of a day in July, 2014 at the Westport Town Farm Farmer’s Market with Alpaca shearing demonstration and Dan the Pickle Man!

 

“The volunteers may be gone but don’t forget the Farmers Market; every week there is something new and different. And all the summer fruits and vegetables are abundant now,” Connors said.

“It has been a great season and we’ll miss the daily routine of work in the gardens at Town Farm and Cornell.  A few of the locals will be returning occasionally to help out at our events and the remaining Farmers Markets,” Connors said.

Above: Youth Corp members have been a huge help at the Westport Town Farm’s farmer’s market, directing traffic, working in the gardens, and tending and harvesting the vegetables with deliveries to the Westport Food Pantry. Submitted photo.

Above: Scott Peets of Dartmouth is new to the Farmers Market providing farm fresh eggs. “One day it hit me, I wanted to start a farm. Here we are on our journey to providing quality nutrient dense food in a sustainable manner to our local community,” Peets said. photo/EverythingWestport.com

Farmers Market at the Town Farm – every Saturday from, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 830 Drift Road, Westport. Call 508.636.4693 x103 for more information and events schedule.

 

08/24/2014 – SouthCoast Arts and Cultural Community to get boost from State Grants.

Westport Cultural Council will pocket a ‘local cultural council program allocation’ of $4,300; Westport River Watershed Alliance recipient of a $5,800 ‘direct grant.’

The SouthCoast legislative delegation announced today that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling $97,530 to cultural organizations and local cultural councils in Fall River, Freetown, Lakeville, Rochester, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport.

"The MCC does a great job promoting arts and culture throughout Massachusetts and the SouthCoast. The arts are an integral part of the overall economy as well as the quality of life for our residents. I'm happy to support and thanks to the MCC," Westport State Representative Paul Schmid said when announcing the grants. More.

 

08/23/2014 – Reward of up to $5000 offered for return of stolen Westport art. A thief broke into a Westport restaurant on Friday, August 15th, and made off with eleven art pieces valued at more than $15,000.

Westport police announced the theft Monday.

The artwork, sailors’ valentines created by local artisan Barbara Chadwick, was on display on the walls of Marguerite’s Restaurant at 778 Main Road in Westport.

Apparently the thief or thieves weren’t hungry as they took nothing else.

Police are seeking any information possible about the crime or the location of the stolen art collection.

Local artisan, Barbara Chadwick, has been creating the valentines for years, and has appeared in many art exhibition and sales events in the local area.

Above: Local artisan Barbara Chadwick during a SouthCoast Artists Tour demonstrating how to create a sailors’ valentine.  Chadwick said she had hoped it was a joke when Marguerites' owner called to tell her of the theft.

Sailors' valentines were made in Barbados between 1830 and 1880 by the natives and sold to English and American sailors. This was a port of call for the ships coming home. The sailors bought these souvenirs as tokens of love to their wives or girlfriends.

Her collection was being displayed at the restaurant and was the subject of a recent article in a New Bedford paper.

The Chadwick family has offered a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).

Westport Detective Ryan Nickelson said he believes the thieves are hoping to sell the artwork, passing the valentines off as antiques.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Westport Police at 508.636.1122 or Detective Ryan Nickelson at 774.264.5174 who is leading the investigation.

The 84-year-old Chadwick said she started making the valentines as a hobby.

“Each piece takes more than 100 hours to create,” she said.

"We are hoping that if we get the information out there, dealers will know what they are looking at and will give us the information we need to get them back to their owner," Detective Nickelson said.

 

08/23/2014 – Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus... at least that’s what we’ve been told most of our lives.

But do you know the top ten things that make men and women more confident?

This surprising survey revealed some things we already knew, and definitely some things we didn’t!

For example, the number one confidence builder for men was, get this, a sunny day (for women this was number two!)

And for women...a great new haircut; for men number 2 was a fresh shave.

Number 10 on the list for men (for women this was 12) was... asking someone on a date, and getting an immediate and enthusiastic “yes”.

A sunny day over a hot date?

Well, that’s what the survey said. Click here for all ten.

 

08/22/2014 Westport Board of Health issues EEE Virus warning.

Testing in Westport by the Massachusetts Arbovirus Surveillance program has found a positive mosquito result for the EEE Virus.

Testing in Westport by the Massachusetts Arbovirus Surveillance program has found a positive mosquito result for the EEE Virus. The mosquito species found is Culiseta melanura which feeds almost exclusively on birds. 

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) recommend that you take steps this mosquito season to protect your animals and yourself from West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Read more....

 

08/22/2014 Westport Harbor gets a striping! Harbor residents woke up this morning to the welcome sight of painted lines clearly marking the center and sides of most of the roads in the Harbor area.

It was a long time in the coming.

Hi-Way Safety Systems out of Rockland, MA did a professional job of laying down road travel lanes and fog lines last night between 8:00 p.m. and midnight.

Above: Atlantic Avenue looking east at the Elephant Rock Beach Club is clearly marker, allowing nighttime motorists better visibility of the roadway on those misty, foggy nights so prevalent at the Harbor.

“We previously used our frontend loader to remove the sand from the sides of Atlantic Avenue,” said Highway Surveyor, Chris Gonsalves. “Our new street sweeper then quickly cleaned off the pavement, clearing the way for Hi-Way Safety to paint the lines on Atlantic as well as Old Harbor Road, River Road, Acoaxet and Howland Roads and some side streets like Prospect Avenue and Cross Road,” Gonsalves said.

“The residents had been requesting this for some time, but we had to wait for the new sweeper and money from the WRRP to move forward with the striping.”

The 2014 Pothole and Winter Rapid Recovery Program helped support and accelerate the repair of potholes and other damage caused by the severe winter weather.

The roads were painted with a water-based latex paint, a product that should last “three to five years, depending on the asphalt surfaces,” Gonsalves said.

 

08/21/2014 It is National Senior Citizen’s Day. So, hug a senior today!

It shouldn’t be hard to find one.

30% of Westport’s population is aged 55 or older.

Westport seniors have raised their children, supported our schools and paid their taxes.

And many seniors are the heart of the town’s volunteerism efforts.

The Westport Council on Aging celebrated seniors at their annual Magnolia Night on Tuesday, August 12th. See photos.

Above: Westport seniors enjoyed fast food and even faster cars at the annual Magnolia Day family picnic event at the Westport Council on Aging, 75 Reed Road. The event features the Cajun band ‘Magnolia.’

Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14th as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988 Ronald Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day.

This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

 

Top: Magnolia Night had more classic cars in attendance than any other previous year.  Bottom: guests kicked up their heels to the searing tunes of the Cajun band “Magnolia.”

 

08/19/2014 Westport takes hit in unemployment numbers, according to the figures released today by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Westport's rate moved from 6.6 percent in June to 7.2 percent in July.

But we are not alone.

According to the press release, Fall River's unemployment increased from 9.3 percent in June to 10.1 percent in July; Freetown's rate went from 5.8 percent in June to 6.8 percent; Somerset's rate increased from 6.3 percent to 7.7 percent; and Swansea's rate went from 6.8 percent to 7.6 percent.

Other cities in the region did just as poorly with New Bedford coming in at 10.5 percent in July following a 10 percent rate in June, and Taunton’s rate moved to 7 percent after posting a 6.3 percent rate in June.

 

08/17/2014 It doesn’t take a special day to appreciate a Veteran. But it sure goes a long when you do.

VFW Post # 8502, 843 State Road was the site of a family day event Saturday to thank all Veterans for their service, celebrate with them a family day of fun and comradery, and to remind them they are not forgotten.

“The non-stop entertainment was unbelievably talented, the food was delicious, and all the volunteers in booths, parking lot and elsewhere were extremely hard working and helpful to guests,” Captain Daryl Gonyon, USAF Ret. Vietnam veteran said.

More with photos...

 

08/16/2014 Linda Crossley’s duck, Linny Cakes, takes the 11th Running of the Ducks at South Dartmouth’s Barney’s Joy.

Allens Pond Sanctuary really should give a consolation prize for the most curious name these duck handlers give their entrants!

The Fall River resident now has two difficult decisions to make; where in the world she will have dinner for two, and more importantly, who with!

The Grand Prize winner won dinner for two, anywhere in the world, including transportation and two-nights lodging when her duck, Linny Cakes, stayed the course, holding back a field of 5778 bright yellow rubber ducks to take top honors.

Above: The quirky quackers break from the gate in the 11th running of Allens Pond Duck Derby.

At exactly 10:36 a.m. duck number 4897 now known to be Linny Cakes, crossed the finish line well ahead of the flock.

Duck Number 4897 was never challenged in the 1.1 furlong race at Barney’s Joy.

A strong west wind and incoming tide propelled the competitors to record times, with nary a duck missing the capture booms at the race’s end.

“We’re 30 ducks shy of a record,” bubbled Gina Purtell, Allens Pond Sanctuary Director. “It was great day for our Duck Derby, and I’m so excited!”

As well she should be as the decade-old fundraiser brings in thousands of dollars each year to assist the conservation and protection efforts of this local Audubon sanctuary.

And it was great weather for ducks, what with clear skies and balmy temperatures. Race conditions were perfect.

View video of the 11th Allens Pond Sanctuary’s 2014 Duck Derby.

 

Above: Dashing Ducky Linny Cakes is plucked from the fray at the finish line, winning Fall River resident, Linda Crossley, a Dinner for two anywhere in the world.

Click here for more photos and a list of all winners!

 

East Beach Road paved!

08/15/2014 Remember this? Thursday, September 1, 2011.

Sub-tropical storm Sandy further destroyed East Beach Road, taking an additional 400 feet of paved surface, forcing town and state officials to finally discuss programs needed to protect the federally-assisted evacuation route against further destruction.

Finally we now have this – but how long will it last?

Finally, after almost three years from the day tropical storm Sandy destroyed it, 290 degree asphalt mix was laid down yesterday on East Beach Road by crews from Rhode Island’s Narragansett Improvement Corporation. The long overdue shoreline road repair was thwarted by political indecision, a bureaucratic DEP, and a failed application of reconstituted asphalt and cobble that left the troubled road impassable last winter. More later.

 

08/14/2014 And trucks are rolling, finally, on Beach Avenue. Politics gave way to practicality Thursday when the controversial beachfront way was resurfaced with road-base gravel along a 24 foot swath from Acoaxet Road to the intersection of Town Way.

The price paid was for easy access to Westport’s prized and most pristine town-owned beach for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Riverview Drive gets its mojo back.

“We just sucked it up,” said one resident when asked about her road finally being paved. “I’m just very happy it’s finished,” a sentiment echoed by another Riverview Drive resident out for a walk.

“I’m really happy. It was frustrating, and the politics were frustrating. But Dick Spirlet and Tony Vieira (selectmen) were very nice in getting this job done, as was Chris (Gonsalves – Highway Surveyor.)

More later.

 

08/13/2014 East Beach Road under attack once again! Less than a day away from asphalt paving, East Beach Road was assaulted by high winds and heavy surf from a strong storm surge driven by 30+ knot south winds.

The road less traveled (lately) just can’t seem to catch a break.

Highway Department employees and anxious seasonal residents who own campers on the embattled road kept a watchful eye as pounding waves from 4 to 5’ seas in Buzzards Bay threatened to break through the fragile shore road during the morning’s high tide.

Above: Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves takes photos of the storm surge this morning at East Beach. Most officials agree we’re one bad storm away from another washout on the embattled shore road.

A crew from Rhode Island’s Narragansett Improvement Corporation had wrapped up the scraping and road base preparation last Friday, and planned to start paving on Tuesday.

Many southside, seasonal residents are living on the edge where the next bad storm may wipe out the rest of their remaining shoreline lots.

Is it time for the sometimes backwards, always bureaucratic Department of Environmental Protection to change its idealistic approach to seashore conservation in favor of public safety, and allow the installation of an armored revetment to protect the emergency evacuation route road?

Many town officials, East Beach residents and businesses certain think so. 

More with photos and video...

 

08/13/2014 WRWA is recipient of $7,284 donation from GTCC which spells GREAT! The Greater Tiverton Community Chorus celebrated a most successful spring season with their Water Music Concerts, a benefit series performed to support the Westport River Watershed Alliance and The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island in their work for water conservation in southern New England. The chorus performed three April concerts in Tiverton, Portsmouth and Westport.

Above: On Saturday, July 26th, outgoing chorus president Buzz Brownlee presented checks splitting $14,566.95 to John Berg, Sakonnet Landscape Manager, The Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island; Curt Freese, interim executive, Westport River Watershed Alliance; and Tom Schmitt, president of WRWA. More...

 

08/11/2014 Super sunset upstages supermoon spectacle.

A large crowd gathered at Gooseberry Island last evening and there wasn’t a parking spot to be found as scores of spectators awaited the stage-east appearance of this summer’s second of three “supermoons.” But a spectacular western sunset stole the show.

The supermoon’s debut was hampered by a low-lying, foggy horizon, and the dramatic size of the moon when seen rising from the sea was obscured by the mist.

Still, a spectacularly large, bright moon levitating above the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay isn’t to be sneered at.

Of this summer’s trio of supermoons, the one rising this month is the brightest, according to the Washington Post.

The Perseid Meteor Shower will also be starring in the heavens and will peak between August 11th and 13th.

“The Perseid meteor shower is known as one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing fast and bright meteors that frequently leave trains, but in August, a nearly full moon will upstage the show,” NASA says.

However, a spectacular sunset beat the meteor shower to it.

Supermoons appear to be about 14 percent bigger and around 30 percent brighter than normal because they are closer to the earth (perigee.) And because this August 10th supermoon will be the closest to the Earth, it was expected to be the brightest of the summer’s trilogy.

Earth’s lunar satellite is about 221,765 miles from the earth at perigee (supermoon), with an average annual distance of about 238,857 miles.

 

 

Click here for photos and video of the ‘Drama at Gooseberry Island’. All the actors came in on cue that night in March 19th of 2011 to produce a stunning perigee moon: magnificent sunset, clear skies, full moon, and the closest the Earth's largest satellite has been to our world since March of 1993.

 

 

08/10/2014 Going once, going twice... how about going for the umpteenth time as the Westport River Watershed Alliance took advantage of a pristine harbor property to host their perennial Beyond the Sea Summer Gala Fundraiser.

Above: New this year. Honorary auctioneer Stephen Fletcher took to the gavel and sacheted guests through several high-priced items all for the benefit of the proactive water conservation and preservation group.

 

Check out the YouTube video of Westport River Watershed Alliance’s annual Summer Gala 2014.

 

Beautifully situated at Westport Point on Windward lane, this year’s Gala was extraordinary. Wilhelmina’s Catering served up an array of delicious hors d’ouevres, including artisanal cheeses from Formaggio Kitchen, Back Eddy smoked salmon, Wicked Kickin’ Cheesecakes, and Ten Cousin’s chowder. Guests enjoyed popular local wine and beverages to the popular local acoustic musicians Toph and Tom.

And to this fabulous extravaganza was added a most profitable surprise – a live auction!

Click here for more information and check out the auction items.

Click here to see the new photos of the 2014 WRWA Summer Gala fundraiser.

 

08/08/2014 Two fires in two days test local firefighters. Thanks to alert homeowners, fire detection devices, and quick response from the Westport Fire Department, two local homes, one historic, were saved from rack and ruin when firefighters entered the structures and quickly confined and extinguished the blazes.

Although they suffered moderate smoke damage throughout, the houses themselves were saved. Read more...

Read additional story below.

 

08/08/2014 Right Whale, Roseate Tern and the Leaping Brook Trout come to the assistant of the WRWA to the tune of $15,000.

You’ve probably seen these specialty plates before; a whale tail http://blog.mass.gov/wp-content/uploads/legacy-images/environment/6a010536ab4b39970b0168e5063446970c-pi.jpgprotruding from the water, a leaping brook trout.

But the plates are more than just a soothing seascape; they’re for a good cause.

Proceeds from the special plate fees (of just $40 every two years) go toward the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET).

These plates have generated over $18 million since they were first issued 20 years ago.

And recently, the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) received a financial boost of a $15,000 grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (the Trust). This grant will enable WRWA to identify sources of pollution relative to the applicable water quality standards for fecal coliform (FC) in the West Branch of the Westport River. Read more...

 

08/05/2014 Mayhem on Main Street. Fire department vehicles from Westport and Little Compton responded quickly to a 911 call a little before noon today that reported an explosion in the basement of a home at 1950 Main Road, Westport Point.

The home owner, while working outside in the yard, reported hearing the bang and phoned in the emergency call.

The alert home owner and quick fire department response saved an historic structure from rack and ruin.

The eruption and resulting fire were the result of an electrical failure in the home’s main electrical panel, according to the contractor called in to access and repair the failed service.

The fire, contained in the basement, was quickly extinguished.

“I was lucky to be at home at the time,” said the owner. “I can’t go back into the house just yet, so I’m staying with some neighbors.”

The fire apparatus clogged the narrow street for a couple of hours, frustrating lower Main Road residents trying to return home.

1950 Main Road is the historic Captain Edward G. Sowle house, circa 1835, in Westport Point’s historic district.

 

08/05/2014 Work is progressing on the construction of the Westport Fire Department’s 9-11 steel I-beam memorial.

The Highway Department is putting in a commendable effort in setting up the World Trade Center steel first obtained by the fire department in March of 2011.

Donations are paying the cost of WTC memorial.

Click here to read about the arrival of the steel I-beam relic.

Highway Department worker, Tony Medeiros (pictured below) is making the final measurements before concrete is poured in preparation for the installation of a granite slab “pentagon-”shaped platform which will support four memorial plaques and cross-lighting for the twisted, steel I-beam.

The department plans to use the beam in front of the town's new fire station as a memorial to honor the more than 300 firefighters that were killed on one of America's darkest days - September 11, 2001.

 

08/05/2014 State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D – Westport) touts a new legislative initiative - the Social Media Privacy Act.

"With rapid technological advances and the growth of social media, we in the legislature work to enact laws that make sense for the times we live in,” Senator Rodrigues said.

“As such, I'm proud to announce that on Friday, July 15th the Senate http://www.tradesecretslaw.com/files/2014/06/shutterstock_76732882-300x300.jpg unanimously passed the Social Media Privacy Act, prohibiting employers and school officials for asking for someone's social media passwords as a condition of employment or enrollment. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for their approval," Senator Rodrigues said.

An Act Relative to Social Media Privacy Protection (S.2118), that would prohibit employers from requiring employees or applicants to hand over their social media log-in information, or requiring employees to accept invitations to connect on social media was added as an amendment to the Massachusetts Senate’s proposed budget, but it did not make it into the final budget that the House and Senate passed. 

The bill may, however, did pass this legislative session according to the bill’s lead sponsor, Senator Cynthia S. Creem, whose office worked to advance the bill before the session closes on July 31st.

At least a dozen other states have passed similar social media legislation.

 

08/04/2014 “Tell me what you know about this item.” Taking a page from the famously successful PBS Antiques Roadshow, the Westport Historical Society put on a roadshow of its own at The Shattuck last Thursday.

It was part adventure, part history lesson, part treasure hunt, and all fun!

The Society’s Antiques Show ‘n’ Tell packed the Gallery’s exhibition space with folks hoping to discover that their heirloom or flea market find would be the next great historical discovery unveiled by Skinner Inc. Americana expert, Stephen Fletcher.

The ever animated Mr. Fletcher proved to be part expert, part humorist, and all entertainer as he sorted through a multitude of objects and artifacts, and separated the wheat from the chaff, attempting to solve the mystery behind their origin and value.

Against a backdrop of abstract oils by exhibiting artists Bryan McFarlane and Jamie Young, Fletcher with the surprisingly skilled assistance of WHS volunteer Kathleen McAreavey, guided the audience through the interesting items brought by an inquisitive and hopeful audience.

View hi-resolution photo album!  Need Adobe Flash? Click here.

Not all items were identified, but all produced interest and opinions by the Antiques Show ‘n’ Tell audience.

Tonight, more photos and great video.

 

08/04/2014 Summertime fun on the deck launches Senator Michael Rodrigues reelection campaign. Enjoy an evening at McGoverns on the Water, 310 Shore Road, Fall River on Thursday, August 7th from 6 to 8 p.m.

Appetizers, dinner and dessert for a suggested donation of $75.00. Please RSVP to Thelma Sullivan at 508.679.1123, or send a donation to Thelma c/o 60 Davis Road, PO Box 1486, Westport, MA.

Please make checks payable to The Committee to Elect Michael Rodrigues.

 

08/03/2014 This day in 1492 Columbus set sail on the ocean blue – and went on to discover the new world. Everybody knows this children’s ditty; but what you may not know, especially the young ones, was that he was looking for a shorter passage to the far east.

Here’s the rest of the story:

Did you know that in 1507, Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the new continent America after the feminine Latin version of Amerigo Vespucci's first name; and even that is disputed by some who claim our continent was in memory of Richard Amerike, a wealthy English merchant who lived in the 15th Century.

Further, the new land’s inhabitants at that time were incorrectly labeled “Indians.”

What we do know is that today’s America is the sole super power in the world, yet we can’t positively identify the lineage of our country’s name!

Oh, by the way, don’t feel too bad for ol’ Christopher; Colombia is named after Christopher Columbus, even though he never set foot on Colombian soil. It was Alonso de Ojeda, one of Columbus' companions on his second voyage, who was the first European to set foot on the land in 1499.

Click here for other interesting events that Happened on

This Day in History.

 

08/03/2014 St. John the Baptist Parish Fair continues today, Sunday, August 3rd from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 945 Main Road, Westport.

There’s still time to buy raffle tickets for this year’s quilt known as “Sadie’s Choice”, a masterful work of design applique made by the church quilters’ group headed up by Louise Buckley.

Inset right: quilter Joan Brenckle of Westport shows off this year’s handmade, hand-stitched raffle quilt. Spring for a book of raffle tickets and support the church’s programs. 

There is still time tomorrow to get involved in the New England (country) auction. Get there early for the Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. until noon in the church hall. Raffle drawings will be held at noon.

Inset left: tickets are still plentiful for the New England (country) auction. So come on down to the church hall Sunday and make these volunteers even happier with your participation in this annual event that supports many church activities.

 

08/02/2014 Suspected revenge killing takes the life of Westport policeman’s German Shepard.

Five-year-old Siren, who was training to be a search and rescue dog in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, died in April. The dog’s handler, Westport Police Det. Jeff Majewski, said that autopsy results released last week showed rat poison in the dog’s liver.

 

“A $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to criminal charges against this timid soul.” – Jeff Majewski

 

Majewski suspects the dog was intentionally poisoned, as someone could have tossed the rat poison over the backyard fence at this Westport home. Majewski is a 25-year member of the Westport Police Department.

“Siren was a family member, a trusted companion, a guardian and a friend,” Majewski wrote in a Letter to the Editor. “This was a cowardly act.”

“One day that dog might have found a missing child or helped to locate an elderly person who wandered off from home.”

Majewski is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the incident. The Westport Police Department can be reached at 508.636.1122.

Read more...

 

08/01/2014 The Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital recently announced $5,000 in scholarship awards for individuals who are pursuing a career in healthcare.

The Auxiliary presented five $1,000 scholarship awards to area high school seniors during its annual Scholarship Luncheon held on June 4th at the Fall River Country Club. The Scholarships were presented by Auxiliary President Louise McCarthy.

“The committee and I were delighted to meet and spend some time with the scholarship recipients at our annual luncheon,” said Marion Greer, Scholarship Chair for the Auxiliary of Charlton Memorial Hospital. “They are an exceptional group of students with a great future ahead of them.”

The 2014 Westport Scholarship winners are:

Amalia K. Davis, a graduate of Westport High School, will attend the University of New Hampshire to pursue a career in Neuroscience.

Jessica Nunes, a graduate of Westport High School, will attend Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Read more...

 

08/01/2014 State Legislature passed Substance Abuse Recovery Bill.

The Legislature on Thursday approved the compromise Substance Substance Abuse press release May 8 2014Abuse Recovery Bill, increasing opportunities for long-term substance abuse recovery in the Commonwealth by supporting a continuum a care and removing barriers that stand in the way of effective treatment, Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) announced.

 “With addiction levels at the highest in history, Massachusetts is in the midst of a drug epidemic. Addiction can truly be a matter of life and death, making the passage of this bill all the more historic and meaningful,” said Senator Rodrigues. “Despite the tireless efforts of organizations like Stanley Street Treatment and Resources [SSTAR], the SouthCoast has been hit particularly hard by the addiction epidemic. This legislation will complement the work of these organizations and take powerful steps toward prevention and treatment of substance abuse.”

"Substance abuse is not just an inner city problem. It is happening in our suburbs and it is happening in our rural areas. This bill takes a giant step forward in treatment of this universal scourge," said Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport).

Read more...

 

 

 

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Vinyasa Yoga classes offered by Tiverton woman on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Vinyasa Yoga classes, private sessions, special celebrations (e.g. weddings, birthdays, etc.) offered by Caryl Sickul, MA, MMT, and movement specialist, experienced yoga instructor at Rivers Of Light Studio near Tiverton Four Corner’s at 410 Neck Road.

Unite body, mind and spirit in a supportive community at a lovely serene space conducive to movement, meditation and relaxation.  Flow, connecting breath to a wide range of asanas.

All are welcome.  Listen to your body.

Move at your own pace with variations.

Open your heart and life Increasing inner and outer ease, strength and flexibility.  Enjoy your practice and increasing vitality.

Thursday 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30-8 p.m.; Saturday 9:30-11 a.m.

Single class $17.  8 week sessions discounted.

Please call 401.816.0024 before attending, and for more information.   www.csickul.com

 

Westport will hold flu vaccine clinics this September and October.

The Westport town nurse will hold flu clinics for town residents 9 years or older in September and October by appointment only. The cost of the vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B and HNOs. The vaccine is available for those without insurance, however. Call 508.636.1030 for an appointment.

 

Country Travelers announces their remaining 2014 Schedule; next trip planned for September 25th.

Click here for all the information including times. For reservations, complete menus or any other concerns please phone Veronica Beaulieu at 508.636.4889.

September 25th – Enjoy a day in Plymouth.  They’ll visit the “Forefathers Monument” and then to Isaac’s Restaurant for a delicious luncheon of Seafood Medley or Prime Rib.  $50 per person. Reservations no later than September 15th.

 

Fort Phoenix to host Revolutionary War encampment on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th.

In September 1778, during the Revolutionary War, about 4,000 British soldiers who were landed from 36 transport ships attacked the four villages situated on the Acushnet River. During the raid houses, ships and business places in New Bedford, Acushnet and Fairhaven were ransacked and burned. The fort at Nolscot Point in Fairhaven, now called Fort Phoenix, was destroyed by British troops. It took years for the local waterfront industries to recover from the raid. More...

 

Economic Development, Housing, and Traffic and Circulation Priority Setting at upcoming Workshop on Saturday, September 27th.

Westport residents are invited to help set priorities for the Master Plan Update on Saturday September 27, 9AM to 12:30 PM at the Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road, Westport.

The second of four public input sessions, Workshop 2 will address goals and objectives for Economic Development; Housing; and Traffic and Circulation. Refreshments will be provided.

Draft goals and objectives for these three chapters have been updated from the 2004 Master Plan and can be reviewed on the Planning Board website.

The summary of Workshop 1 that addressed Natural Resources, Open Space and Recreation, and Water, Wastewater and Stormwater can also be reviewed at the Planning Board website.

There will be two more priority setting workshops later this fall. Workshop 3 tentatively scheduled for October 25th will include Historic & Cultural Resources; Capital Facilities & Human Resources; and Land Use. Workshop 4 tentatively scheduled for November 15th will focus on Education; this is the first time that education will be addressed in the master plan.

The Planning Board has contracted with Consultants Horsley Witten as expert facilitators to assist the groups with the priority setting process. Horsley Witten has assisted towns throughout the Commonwealth to create and or update Master plans; they are well known for their public engagement process.  To RSVP or ask questions, please contact James Hartnett, Town Planner at 508.636.1037 or email planning@westport-ma.gov.

 

Join the 4th annual Walk for Westport at noon, in beautiful Westport Harbor on Sunday, September 28th.

Register/Sponsor online nowCircle_logo-to-color-1color-final-2x2. This 3.5 mile walking route begins at the corner of Howland Road and ends at Elephant Rock Beach Club located on Atlantic Avenue. Parking only at Howland Beach Club & CK Beach Club.

A Family Fun Event will follow the walk including:  children’s games, magician, face & pumpkin painting, crafts, beach fun, refreshments, live music by Magnolia and a 50-50 drawing with fabulous prizes! A community walk-a-thon sponsored by the Westport Education Foundation and the Friends of the Westport Council on Aging to benefit the youth and seniors of Westport.

Click here for all the details and to register.

$10 per Individual/single; $20 per Family (household); and $50 per Team (ex. First Grade Teachers, School Committee).

Register before 9/24 and save $5!

Click here to print their fantastic flyer with all the details!

Click here to read about and view photos of 1st annual Walk for Westport with video!

Their first Walk for Westport raised $10,000!

 

2 Wheels for Meals, 1st Annual Bike Run and Craft Fair at the Holy Ghost Grounds on Saturday, October 4th.

Pace Food Bank fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Bike registration 9 to 11 a.m. Fee is $10 per motorcycle plus unwrapped toy. Lunch included. Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music.

Lunch plate available for $3 per person; assorted raffles and silent auction. Free raffle tickets with each new, unwrapped toy or dry, non-perishable food items up-to-date expiration code.

Children’s game area, face painting, pony rides by Pony Express from 2 to 4 p.m.

Interested crafters please email: madden712@comcast.net or dmfast@hotmail.com. For tickets please call 508.558.7004 or 508.996.2919.

 

Your Healthy Home Expo at White’s of Westport from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th.

Learn about Healthy Choices For Your Home - Learn health tips from industry experts.  Support your local community. Bring the whole family for fun and education. Seminars, Demonstrations and one-on-one training.

Visit Over 40 Health Conscious Exhibitors - Experience firsthand the latest technologies used to promote a healthy home. Over 40 local business and artisans will demonstrate how they can contribute to your healthy home.

 

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to get out and celebrate fall with Family Farm Festivals on Saturday, October 18th.

 Featuring animals, local food, music, and more.

What is fall without a classic farm festival? The Trustees of Reservations, owner of the most individual farm properties and Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs) of any entity in Massachusetts, have several fun farm events planned at multiple locations around the South Coast and Greater Boston area this fall. Events range from live music, kids’ activities, and picnics to volunteer opportunities, all designed to get everyone out and connecting with each other while also supporting our local farms and communities. Come out, meet our farmers and animals and join them!

South Coast Harvest Festival from noon – 4 p.m.

Westport Town Farm, 830 Main Road, Westport.

Trustees of Reservations Members & Nonmembers: Adult $5; Child (age 5 & under) free.

For more information: 508.636.4693 x103. 

 

 

07/30/2014 – State Senator Michael Rodrigues will be hosting his bi-annual Business Breakfast on Tuesday, August 5th.

He is inviting business leaders to another engaging conversation about the business climate in our state and our region, and the specific concerns of SouthCoast employers.

I hope to have a robust discussion with a diverse group of business leaders representing many different industries. As such, please check your calendars and let me know if you are able to make it,” said Senator Rodrigues.

The breakfast meeting will be from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the historic Wardroom Annex, aboard the Battleship Massachusetts, Battleship Cove, 5 Water Street, Fall River.

All local business leaders are invited to call and make a reservation for this enlightening business forum.

A light breakfast will be served, and they have arranged for a private tour of the battleship to begin at 10:00 a.m. for those of you who are interested.

To offer accurate attendance estimates to their generous hosts at Battleship Cove, please RSVP by Thursday, July 31st to Senator Rodrigues Communications Director, Tara Conklin. You can reach Tara at 617.722.1114, or by email at tara.conklin@masenate.gov.

 

 

 

07/29/2014 – This August the Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Jamie Young and Bryan McFarlane in exhibition from Wednesday, July 30th through Sunday, August 24th.

Artists' Reception is Saturday, August 16th from 5-7 p.m.

Dedee Shattuck Gallery is pleased to present Jamie Young and Bryan McFarlane. This exhibit pairs two established oil painters who explore the identity of place.

Jamie Young lives and works in Ashfield, Massachusetts, a Berkshire community known for incubating talented artists.

Bryan McFarlane is a Boston painter and a professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Read more...

 

07/29/2014 – South Coast Youth Conservation Corps Provides Rare Opportunity for Teens.

If you’re outside on the South Coast this summer, walking a trail, picnicking in the park or buying veggies at a local farmer’s market, you just might bump into a group of young people wearing matching green T-shirts and khaki hats. Although a pack of teenagers might arouse suspicion under some circumstances, these teens aren’t getting into trouble, on the contrary, they’re members of the South Coast Youth Conservation Corps.

Youth are planting trees, growing organic produce and clearing hiking trails this summer for the benefit of their community. Read more...

 

07/28/2014 – For the third year, BayCoast Bank has contributed to the Westport River Watershed Alliance to support the organization's summer internship program.

Above: James Goodman & Brendan Cormier.

The WRWA hires students from local colleges to assist with its education and monitoring programs.  BayCoast Bank's investment allows for the WRWA to bring two interns aboard for the summer: James Goodman & Brenden Cormier. Read more...

 

07/28/2014 – State leader in solar, Dartmouth opens new six-megawatt solar project.

Westport lost years in the solar commitment, focusing instead on a failed, multi-megawatt wind turbine that would have been located in Central Village, a concept soundly rejected by the town’s people.

Spartanburg-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. recently announced the completion of a 6-megawatt solar energy facility in Dartmouth, Mass.

The private investment company said the Fischer Road Solar Facility is the second-largest such project in Massachusetts. Pacolet Milliken is a joint owner in the project with New York-based Syncarpha Capital.

It encompasses 20,000 solar panels on a parcel that contains cranberry bogs and a composting center. Ameresco Inc., a renewable energy company, constructed the facility in less than six months and will oversee its operations.

"Our energy division at Pacolet Milliken has two goals," Rick Webel, president of Pacolet Milliken, said in a statement. "To work with best-in-class partners and to invest in high-quality, long-term renewable energy generation, and we have found both in this solar energy facility."

During its first year of operation, the facility is expected to generate enough energy to offset the annual electricity requirements of 820 typical U.S. homes. The town of Carver and Silver Lake School District will purchase the energy at favorable rates over the next 20 years, the company said. More.

 

07/28/2014 – Southcoast Health Van to visit Westport Council on Aging on Wednesday, October 8th. State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) has partnered with the Southcoast Hospitals Group to schedule Health Van visits throughout the summer at local Councils on Aging. The Southcoast Health Van Program provides free education and screening to the community, including cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, and cancer screenings, education of stroke prevention, as well as nutritional information and education. These visits to Councils of Aging will increase accessibility to these services among families, young people and the senior citizens of the SouthCoast. 

 

Senator Michael Rodrigues has partnered with Southcoast Hospitals Group to increase access to health services for seniors.

 

“I’m pleased to work with the Southcoast Hospitals Group to provide our seniors with increased access to these essential health services,” said Senator Michael Rodrigues. “Addressing the health care needs of the elderly in our communities is so important in ensuring the very highest quality of life for our senior citizens, and this program fills a void for a population that is often medically-underserved.” 

The schedule for the Southcoast Health Van visits is below:

Monday, July 21st, Swansea COA - 260 Ocean Grove Avenue;

Monday, July 28th, Somerset COA - 1458 County Street;

Tuesday, August 5th, Freetown COA - 227 Chase Road, East Freetown;

Friday, August 15th, Rochester COA - 67 Dexter Lane;

Wednesday, October 8th, Westport COA - 75 Reed Road.

An additional visit in Fall River is pending.

All sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

07/25/2014 – Westport Waterfire! For those of you not familiar with Providence's signature event, WaterFire, last night was your chance to get up close and personal at The Shattuck with the award-winning fire sculpture installation on the three rivers in downtown Providence.

Created by local artist Barnaby Evans, WaterFire has become a must-see for visitors throughout the Southcoast. 

Barnaby was The Shattuck’s guest speaker Thursday night, and brought along some Waterfire braziers for a ‘show and tell.’

There was a talk about Waterfire by Barnaby, a short performance by the Festival Ballet, and a lighting of the braziers!

There were no romantic boat rides, but there was plenty of Luminaria to create a romantic and unforgettable memory.

Wow, who whudda thought Westport would be so multicultural!

 

07/24/2014 – A new Broom Bear sweeps clean, says Chris Gonsalves as Westport’s Highway Surveyor took delivery this week of an Elgin Broom Bear 4 to replace the town’s aged and worn-out street sweeper.

Above: Highway Department Rick Anctil checks out the town’s new street sweeper.

Selectmen authorized the Broom Bear’s purchase last November from the Atrui Brothers of East Providence to the tune of $223,000.

“We used Chapter 90 money (state aid) so there was no cost to the town,” Gonsalves said. “And we have plenty of Chapter 90 money available to us.’

 

“Our old street sweeper (pictured left) was designed for urban environments where there are many twists and turns and short runs on city streets, whereas Westport has long, rural roads, 156 miles to be exact, that require long distance runs where a truck is more durable and can handle the travel,” Gonsalves said.

“The sweeper can operate up to 60 miles per hour,” said Rick Anctil, a Highway Department employee and its de facto mechanic. “And a side-boom unload mechanism allows the sweeper to empty its hopper directly into a dump truck, and not have to return to the yard to unload road sweepings.”

The Bear’s first assignment? Sweep the washed out sand at the bottom of Riverview Drive in preparation for the repaving of that troubled road.

Sandy roads can adversely affect motorcyclists and bicyclists, and streets need to be swept clean before line striping can be put down, a safety requirement on Westport’s dark roads, especially on rainy and foggy nights.

 

07/20/2014 – Westport prepares for Comcast cable. For all you Westporters, and there are many, who have griped about Charter Cable’s monolithic indifference to customer service, program selection and timely repair, not to mention the unavailability of basic cable services in some areas of town, your time may have come.

Or has it.

Comcast and Charter Communications have reached a deal in which Comcast and Time Warner Cable will shed 3.9 million of their current customers in an attempt to ease concerns over their proposed merger.

The sale on April 28th of this year to Charter Communications of some of those customers would leave the combined Comcast and Time Warner Cable with just less than 30% of households that subscribe to cable or satellite TV.

And it leaves Westport with Comcast.

Westport Selectmen have been negotiating a deal with the new provider.

“Westport cable customers will initially have the same rate structure as that which is called for in the recent 10-year agreement the town had negotiated with Charter,” said Antone Vieira, select board Chairman.

“The infrastructure (town-wide wiring, household hookup, cable boxes, etc.) will remain the same.”

Internet performance to end users will probably remain unchanged for those Westport subscribers who use it.

Programming selections remain to be seen, but Comcast has generally received good marks in this area. How they’ll be packaged has yet to be announced.

In the April 2014 deal, Charter will buy 1.4 million Time Warner Cable customers directly for $7.3 billion in cash.

In addition, 2.5 million current Comcast customers will be spun off into a new cable company that will be controlled by Charter.

Finally, Charter will swap 1.6 million of its customers to Comcast in return for 1.6 million current Time Warner Cable subscribers. The rationale for the swap is that it would cluster Charter and Comcast subscribers geographically following the merger.

And that is why Westport is getting Comcast.

Is this a good deal for Westport?

At least one consumer advocacy group critical of the merger said that the agreement does nothing to reduce its concern.

"Transforming three giant companies into two behemoths gives no comfort to content providers or consumers," said Matt Wood, policy director of Free Press.

Westport cable subscribers are a flea on the back of the Comcast elephant, and that should bring little wiggle room when town leaders are negotiating with Comcast in the future.

 

07/19/2014 – Westport’s “Tough Samurai Mudders started as a team, worked through the devilish obstacles as a team, and sprinted to the finish as a team.

Who’s better than the Westport Fire Department’s mud brigade as they took on the Vineyard’s inaugural Samurai Sprint 5K Mud Run without fear or trepidation of completing it.

These tough guys and gals took a beating but left no one behind!

Members of the Westport and Fall River Fire Departments competed in the Samurai 5K Sprint Mud Run as a team wearing red shirts in recognition of firefighter/paramedic Steve Lopes who was seriously injured fighting a chimney fire on American Legion Highway.

And how about our School Committee member, Melissa Pacheco (pictured below) who schooled the men in the fine art of crossing the “Missing Bridge” rope obstacle!

More photos with video later.

 

 

 

07/16/2014 – Let the paving begin! With little fanfare, Westport Selectmen signed a contract Monday night with Narragansett Improvement Company to initiate the long overdue paving of East Beach Road, Riverview Drive, and the re-grading and road-base preparation of the disputed Beach Avenue.

However, it was a Herculean odyssey of epic proportions to get to this point.

Selectmen voted unanimously in the past to pave Beach Avenue, but more recently voted twice, 3-2, to rescind those earlier votes and to review a plan championed by Selectman R. Michael Sullivan to consider leaving the road a compacted, gravel base.

This change in direction caused a rebidding process for the three troubled town roads, exposing the town to possible litigation after an accepted bid was cast aside, and irritating residents and abutters of Riverview Drive and East Beach Road for the unnecessary delays and hardships imposed navigating the washed out and barely passable thoroughfares.

Paving will begin sometime between July 16th and August 1st, according to Selectmen.

 

07/15/2014 – A sure sign of this summer’s first daytime scorcher is a long line at Handy Hill Creamery. This throng descended Saturday on the venerable Westport ice cream stand to beat the day’s heat and humidity with, what else, an ice cream cone!

 

07/15/2014 – License and registration please! This Westport police cruiser was involved in a fender bender Saturday on Old County Road. It was reported that the cruiser was travelling west with its lights on when a collision occurred between the older police cruiser and an automobile turning into its driveway just past the Westport Middle School.

They were no reported injuries, and the accident is under investigation.

 

07/13/2014 – It’s probation for Sisson! In behavior that led to the changing of an elected position to that of appointed, Westport’s former embattled highway surveyor, after a lengthy trial process, was sentenced to probation on Friday.

Westport Highway Department Surveyor Harold “Jack” Sisson was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, 40 hours of community service and a no-trespass order at the town’s highway department facility.

Prosecutors wanted more.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Callihane argued for a stiffer sentence of two years with six months to serve, two years’ probation, a no-trespass order and 100 hours of community service.

Inset: Former Highway Surveyor Jack Sisson defending himself at Town Meeting while recently appointed Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves listens.

The case, which dragged on for almost two years, brings to a close a sordid story of an elected official that, according to Assistant prosecutor Callihane, “chose to ignore protocol and run his deportment as a fiefdom … (and) engage in back room deals … under the cover of darkness.”

A district court jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday. They accepted the argument by prosecuting Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane that Sisson gave a town tractor to a town mechanic for free and that he tried to hide the transaction by involving an equipment supply company.

“Mr. Sisson accepts the verdict of the jury,” Sisson’s attorney, Emile Morad Jr. said.

“The transfer that took place, obviously, didn’t follow procedure. But it was done for the benefit of the department. Mr. Sisson never tried to hide what he was doing. He went to the police department and told them about it when asked.”

Sisson’s punishment had already started, Morad added.

“He lost his job,” Morad said. “He is unemployed. His pension is held up and might become an issue.”

The conspiracy charges against Sisson and Kennedy are both pending in district court. Sisson’s lawyer set a September 3rd date for a status conference on the case.

“It’s just politics, that is all it is,” Sisson said after the sentencing hearing.

“He took an oath of office, and it was his responsibility to uphold it,” said Westport select board Chairman, Antone Vieira.

“I liked Jack, but we did what we had to do. The Police Department and prosecution did a good job in handling the case,” Vieira said. 

Former Town Administrator, Jack Healey had worked diligently with Sisson to correct the inappropriate behavior, but it was clearly a process that Sisson would take no part in.

Sisson was well-liked in Westport, which probably contributed to his demise.

It’s now clear that the “old boy” way of doing business in Westport should not continue into the 21st century.

More from the Herald News.

Read more from a Westport Shorelines article.

 

07/13/2014 – Cooler week coming up in Westport this week? The polar vortex, that weather phenomenon that frequently made the rounds last winter, maybe at it again.

Some forecasters say the polar vortex, the meteorological condition that brought us frigid blasts of arctic air throughout last January and February, may just be redeeming itself with pleasant summer weather next week.

Because of a cool air blast from the Gulf of Alaska, temperatures along the East Coast will dip 10 to 15 degrees below normal starting Tuesday and continuing throughout next week.

OK you gardeners and golfers, what’s your excuse now?

 

07/13/2014 – The calm before the storm! This was the scene seconds before the opening Saturday morning of the 53rd annual Westport Quaker Meeting Used Book Fair at Westport’s Community Meeting House.

The rushing of the bulls at Pamplona could hardly be more exciting than this annual event.

So many titles, so little time, so many people.

More with photos later. Watch for the amazing time-lapsed video!

 

07/13/2014 – It was a glorious morning for a run. Taking advantage of the perfect weather, 23-year-old Andrew Springer of Westerly, RI won the 34th running of Little Compton 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race, besting the previous record by almost four seconds.

Ideal running conditions and heavy competition from last year’s two top runners propelled Springer to a record setting 22:34.43, beating the previous record of 22.38 set by Dylan Wykes in 2007.

Springer, a three-time track All-American at Georgetown, came to race; so did last year’s two top finishers Amos Sang and Glarius Rop.

Sang and Rop repeated last year’s performance, however, with paces slightly off those of 2013.

Above: set against the backdrop of the historic Brownell House, the field of over 500 runners anticipates the crack of the starter’s pistol to begin the 34th running of the LC 4.8 Mile Scenic Road Race.

But the rest of the field of over 500 runners was surprisingly quiet, with an astonishingly large gap of almost seven minutes until fourth place finisher and overall women’s champion, Erin Murphy of North Easton came in at 29.07.22.

Claudia Camargo holds the women’s record of 25:30 set in 2007.

54-year-old Lydia Sweetser was Westport’s top finisher at 34:02.72, Jim Hartnett was second at 35:07.30, followed by Roswell Underwood at 36:52.43.

Tom Hunnewell was Westport’s fourth place finisher with veteran runner Sean leach capturing fifth.       

Click here for all the race results.

 

But on the plus side, hundreds came out on this beautiful July day to browse and to enjoy the perennial church fair in its 54th year.

More later with photos and video.

 

07/12/2014 – Westport Public Library announces summer hours. Summer hours at the Westport Library are as follows: Monday and Thursday from noon to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is closed on Saturday until Saturday, September 6th.

 

07/11/2014 – Acoaxet Chapel announces special summer activities for July. Click here to see what they are, and learn more about Acoaxet Chapel and other local area churches.

 

07/10/2014 – The Westport Senior Center’s July newsletter, Evergreen, is now on-line. Click here to read the July/August 2014 issue. View the Evergreen’s August schedule.

Click here to view all town organization’s newsletters.

 

07/08/2014 –The Galley Grille at White's of Westport, 66 State Road announces that starting July 7th they will be renovating the restaurant to bring you a new and improved dining experience.

Say "good-bye" to The Galley Grille as you know it because they’re planning some big changes.

The restaurant and bar will still be open, just temporarily relocated to the Colonial and Priscilla rooms.

Re-opening is scheduled for mid-August - stay tuned.

All weekly specials, Wednesday trivia night, and Prime Rib nights will be available during the renovations.
Follow them on
Facebook and Instagram to track the renovation progress. www.galleygrille.com

 

07/07/2014 – Arthur brings downpours, does some damage to Westport, drowns out the annual 4th of July parade, and manages in the process to rub salt into the wounds of East Beach Road and Riverview Drive residents who are angered over repair delays on their streets.

Town Administrator, Tim King who started his new job Monday jumping in with both feet, experienced firsthand the divisive waters of Westport politics when a group Riverview Drive residents expressed their anger over paving delays.

King was touring the troubled roads Monday morning with select board Vice Chairman, Richard Spirlet.

Recently appointed Highway Surveyor, Chris Gonsalves reported severe washout and large roadside ruts on the temporarily resurfaced Riverview Drive, and major “pitting” (small potholes) on East Beach Road.

“We sent crews (this morning) out with the equipment to scape and smooth out Riverview Drive and East Beach Road. It won’t be perfect,” Gonsalves said, “but it will sustain the road base until we put asphalt on them.”

Above: Riverview Drive residents gathered with King (left) and Spirlet, and expressed their anger over the handful of town residents who have held up the paving of their troubled road.

East Beach Avenue experienced flooding and shallow depressions where the heavy rains washed out the sand, leaving rubble and cobble behind.

The road is still passable.

Reported rainfall of six inches fell in the northern part of town.

Heavy stormwater runoff damaged a few driveways; one in particular was on Drift Road.

We’re taking care of those probably on Tuesday, Gonsalves said.

Some tire-puncturing potholes opened up on Route 88 near Horseneck Beach that are bound to become the bane of unwary drives not paying attention.

Parades and fireworks were canceled or postponed Friday in several communities including New Bedford and Edgartown; however Westport’s annual July 4th parade went off on schedule to a sunny sky, but experienced downpours 20 minutes into the parade route forcing a dash for the High School.

Rain or shine had said parade organizer, Dave Palmer, and it appears they got both.

More with photos later.

 

07/05/2014 – Is Fall River Mayer Will Flannigan dumping Foxwoods, or is Foxwoods pulling out of fall River?

Flanagan had originally signed an exclusivity agreement with Foxwoods, but now that they will not be filing an application with the gaming commission, that pact was terminated.

Other casino companies have expressed interest in developing in the city and discussions with different gaming interests have proceeded, Fiola said.

A Foxwoods’ spokeswoman denied media reports that the company had lost interest in Fall River but would not confirm discussions with leaders in New Bedford to develop a project in that city.

Flanagan said he would still be willing to work with Foxwoods. More.

 

07/04/2014 – Hurricane Arthur is on the way; the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Will the Westport July 4th parade be spared the wind and rain?

As of 9:00 a.m. this morning Arthur was downgraded to a Category 1 storm.

One point of concern will be Cape Cod and the Islands, and the Eastern seaboard.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the area.

But if there is a silver lining, it’s that the July 4th parade should be spared the wind and rain as the storm is expected to hit Westport a little before 2:00 p.m.

Parade organizer Dave Palmer has previously announced the parade will go on, rain or shine!

Happy Independence Day Westport!

 

07/04/2014 – Spirit of Christ Church announces new summer worship times for 2014. Beginning Sunday, July 6, 2014 and continuing through August 31, Spirit of Christ Church will gather at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday for worship and fellowship. Friends, neighbors and visitors are invited to join us at the Westport Council on Aging at 75 Reed Road.

The building is air-conditioned (a blessing on warm summer days), and a warm welcome awaits you. Refreshments are available after the time of worship.
Our worship features a blend of contemporary and traditional features and biblical preaching.

Attendees tend to dress casually, and as a friend expressed it, 'you can wear almost anything that won't get you arrested in public.'

Click here to read more Church News.

 

07/01/2014 – Select Board sound bites. Selectmen on unanimous votes appointed last night several town board, committee and commission members, and one reserve police officer.

More later.

But not so unanimous or altruistic is the deepening dissension among selectmen and among town residents on what should be done with Beach Avenue.

Acoaxet (Westport’s harbor section of the town) has always had a troubled past with Westport’s town governance, attempting twice in the 1920s to separate (secede) from the rest of the town and to form a new town called Acoaxet.

But never in this history of discontent has a small stretch of public road been at the heart of such a troubling controversy until now.

At stake is the right of the general public, especially disabled and senior residents, to easily access a small town beach, and for fishermen to cast their lines from the picturesque outcropping of rocks fondly known as The Knubble, versus the desire of coastal Acoaxet residents to protect a stretch of beach they perceive as their own.

More later.

In a more pleasant proceeding, Selectmen presented a Citation to Clayton M. Harrison, Board of Appeals member, for his long-term service (47 years) to the town.

This record-setting service started out as a one-year-only term to help out the town. More later.

 

07/01/2014 – Westport teachers respectfully protest via a picket line for a fair contract. Selectmen and meeting audience members were met last night by picketing from Westport teachers demanding fair compensation considerations. The failure of the electorate to pass a school district $800,000 plus Proposition 2 ½ override is starting to have its financial effects.

 

 

 

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September 2014 Monthly Observances

 

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month

 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month

 Atrial Fibrillation Month

Baby Safety Month

Backpack Safety America Month

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 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Cholesterol Education Month

College Savings Month

 Eat Chicken Month

Gynecology Cancer Awareness Month

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Daily Observances for

Monday, September 22, 2014

American Business Women's Day

Autumnal Equinox (Autumn)

Car Free Day

Chainmail Day

Dear Diary Day

Elephant  Appreciation Day

Family Day

Family Day - Be Involved. Stay Involved

Hobbit Day

Ice Cream Cone Day

International Day of Radiant Peace

Mabon

National Centenarian's Day

National Walk n' Roll Dog Day

National White Chocolate Day

 

Click here to check out all the daily, weekly and monthly 2014 holidays and celebrations, both official and unofficial. Great fun!

 

This Day in History

Monday, September 22, 2014

1656   The General Provincial Court in session at Patuxent, Maryland, impanels the first all-woman jury in the Colonies to hear evidence against Judith Catchpole, who is accused of murdering her child. The jury acquits her after hearing her defense of never having been pregnant.

1711   The Tuscarora Indian War begins with a massacre of settlers in North Carolina, following white encroachment that included the enslaving of Indian children.

1776   American Captain Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by the British in New York City; his last words are reputed to have been, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."

1789   Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov drive the Turkish army under Yusuf Pasha from the Rymnik River, upsetting the Turkish invasion of Russia.

1862   President Lincoln issues a proclamation calling for all slaves within the rebel states to be freed on January 1, a political move that helps keep the British from intervening on the side of the South.

1864   Union General Philip Sheridan defeats Confederate General Jubal Early's troops at the Battle of Fisher's Hill in Virginia.

1869   The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, arrive in San Francisco after a rollicking, barnstorming tour of the West.

1893   Bicycle makers Charles and Frank Duryea show off the first American automobile produced for sale to the public by taking it on a maiden run through the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts.

1906   Race riots in Atlanta, Georgia leave 21 people dead.  

                  

More Today in History.

 

 

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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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Monday, September 22

v  Monday, September 22 - Kundalini Yoga... with Brenda Florez starts at 7:30 a.m. Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 East Main Road, Little Compton. For more information call 401.592.0400.

Kundalini” Yoga is a 5000 year old system of yogic exercises and meditation designed to give you a “hand’s on” experience of your highest consciousness.

3 basic components to Kundalini Yoga:

Physical postures (kriyas) that strengthen the nervous system & balance the glandular system;

Breathing techniques (pranayama) help process emotions & feelings, reduce stress & develop concentration; and 

Mantra or sound (Naad Yoga) & meditation work to direct & discipline the mind.

Every Monday from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. $5.00 a class.

 

v  Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout.  All are welcome. Cost is $2.50 per class. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.

Session I aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Session II aerobics on Tuesday.

For more information please call 508.636.1026.

 

v  Monday, September 22 - Monthly Garden Walks with the Superintendent at the Allen C. Haskell Park.

Beginning Monday April 7th at 9 a.m. The Trustees of Reservations have sponsored a guided walk at the Allen C. Haskell Park at 787 Shawmut Avenue in New Bedford, MA.  This is a reoccurring event which meets on the first Monday of every month. Kristin DeSouza, superintendent of the park, will lead the walk through the 6-acre property. 

This is one for early birds so please feel free to bring a coffee on the walk.

The walk is free for Trustees members and for nonmembers.  They will begin at the Parking Lot along Loftus Street.  Click here to register and for directions please email kheard@ttor.org, or call 774.992.7796.

 

v  Quilting class at the Tiverton Senior Center. 9:00 a.m. every Monday. 207 Canonicus St, Tiverton. Free and open to all.  Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week.

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

 

v  Zumba every Monday with Rita Andrate at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.

Fee is $5, and everyone is welcome.

9:00 - 10 a.m.

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For more information call or click Sally at 401.635.2400 or email: sally­huntington@­lccenter.­com.

 

v  Osteoporosis exercise at the Westport Senior Center.

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

v  Weekly adult knitting group at the Brownell Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton. Weekly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. All levels welcome, and open to all.

Visit their website:  http://www.brownell-libraryri.org

 

v  Quilting each week at Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. They are offering a weekly knitting and quilting class each Monday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Learn to quilt with others at the senior center each week. For more information please call for more information please call 401.625.6790 or visit their website.

 

v  The Sakonnet Club is a senior social group that meets every Monday at 1 p.m. in the Tiverton Senior Center's Dining Room. Immediately following their meeting refreshments are served and Bingo is played. New members are always welcome. 1:00 p.m. at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. 

For more information please call 401.625.6790.

 

v  Adaptive Exercise Program every Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Little Compton Wellness Center, 115 E Main Road, Little Compton.
$5.00 per class, or $45 for a 10 card class. This event is for everyone, including seniors.

Jen Meyer, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor provides an individualized adaptive exercise program to get you moving again. The program focuses on gentle strength training, balance & flexibility. Each individual will work within their comfort level, as this program is adapted to your own individual needs.

For more information call or click 401.592.0400 or email: sherinbo@gmail.com.

 

v  Bingo every Monday. 4:00 p.m. at the Fr. Boehr Council 4753, Knights of Columbus at 25 Fish Road, Tiverton. All are welcome. The kitchen opens at 4 p.m. and the first game begins at 6:45 p.m.

 

v  Monday, September 22 - Free meditation group on Mondays starts August 4th.

A weekly meditation group will meet Mondays, August 4th to August 25th from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Macomber Community House, 930 Main Road, Westport.

The group will be led by an experienced practitioner.  No previous experience is necessary. It is free and open to all.

 

v  Monday night tai chi classes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Sandywoods Farm Arts and Agricultural Community, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton.  $7 per class. Taught by Steve Mello from Little Compton Tai Chi.

Steve practices Yeung Family Tai Chi Chuan. The gentle movements of tai chi reduce stress and offer many other health benefits to all - old and young, men and women, the very weak and the very strong. Tai Chi Chuan is based on the idea that mind, body, and emotion are inseparable.

Wear loose-fitting clothing and flat-soled shoes.

For more information please call 401.241.7349 or email russsmith1956@gmail.com.

 

v  Monday, September 22 - Computer 101 at the Westport Library.

Do you need a helpful hand using the computer? 

Visit the Westport Library, 408 Old County Road on Monday evenings beginning February 3rd between 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. for assistance using the computer.

Whether searching the internet, using Microsoft word programs or becoming comfortable using a "mouse"...these are just a few questions that you may ask our computer volunteer.

Please call the library at 508.636.1100 with any questions and to register for Monday, February 3rd.

Computers are available at the library or bring your laptop along.

Become more comfortable using a computer and join us at the library.

Registration is necessary.

 

v  New Bedford Chess Club meets class-reunion.jpg - 35430 Bytesevery Monday from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Market Basket Food Court, 122 Sawyer Street, New Bedford. Please bring your chess set and chess clock, if you have one. The event is informal, free and open to all. Free lessons available.
(Not affiliated with Market Basket.)

 

v  Al-Anon Meeting from every Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Amicable Congregational Church, 3736 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI. Get Directions.
The meeting is free and open to all.

Al-Anon There is Hope one hour meeting.

For more information please call or click 401.855.6009 or email: lin2169@­cox.­net.

 

v  ExTension Exercise Class every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:45 to 9:45 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, 4 S of Commons Road, Little Compton.
$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.

 

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) positive mosquito findings in Westport and a widening swath through Southeastern Massachusetts.  Click here for more information and learn how to protect yourself from EEE.

 

A defective or non-functioning smoke alarm almost cost a young Westport woman her life in a recent July 4th Drift Road fire. The house burnt to the ground but the woman was saved by an alert Fire Chief. Protect yourself, your family and pets with proper smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Is your property safe? Click here to get all the details and state requirements for all age homes. Do it now.  PDF Large file, Please be patient.

 

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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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