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Wednesday, November 23 – And speaking of bridge inspections, after two years of back and forth with the Westport select board, MassDOT has finally taken responsibility for the surface deterioration that has accelerated on 10 of the 30 concrete/steel-reinforced columns which support Hix Bridge, and has agreed to repair them at their cost.
Inset: Bridge support column which clearly shows grout deterioration.
MassDOT said lane closures were possible during repair, but the bridge would not be closed to traffic.
The bridge was rebuilt in 2005 under state supervision.
As recently as September, 2015 MassDOT had conducted a dive inspection, and reported they had no concerns about the bridge’s safety, and “at this stage they (bridge columns) were not at the point where they need be to be repaired.”
They did, however, cite that the fiberglass jackets installed on some columns were “disintegrating or missing” and the exposed grout was “crumbly with laitance,” a condition observed by the Westport Harbor Master and anyone else who cared to venture under the bridge for a look-see.
At a recent November 14th Selectmen’s meeting MassDOT District 5 Bridge Engineer, Shane Sousa and Yihui Peter Wu, PhD, a CDR|Maguire consultant, admitted culpability for the faulty construction specifications given the contractors that eventually led to surface deterioration on some columns.
The state and the town both agreed that Westport owns the bridge, and that the maintenance to the columns would be a one-time repair by the state.
Sousa told Selectmen the patch-up would consist of steel jacket “clamshells” (example of clamshell jacket pictured right} installed around the defective columns, and the space between the jacket and column would be pumped free of water and then filled with an epoxy grout.
“The steel jackets would have a life of 50 years,” Sousa told selectmen.
However, it appears the town is on the hook for any future repairs.
Monday, November 21 – Charlotte White Road gets shielded from stubborn stormwater runoff. Long a contentious area of excessive runoff that has eroded the roadsides west of Main Road along with other problems experienced on the timeworn country road - Westport has finally taken action.
The Highway Department has moved forward to install storm drains which should reduce roadside erosion, eliminate flooding of the northeast corner of the Main Road intersection during heavy rain, and reduce icy buildup in winter.
“Rochester Bituminous has been contracted to install the dozen or so 1600 gallon retention basins,” Highway Surveyor Chris Gonzales said.
Above: A backhoe dumps crushed stone around the drainage basin to encourage water absorption into the surrounding ground. Filtration mesh protects the basin and crushed stone from suspended solids leeching into the basins.
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“Each drainage basin area will be protected from encroaching dirt and mud by a filtration mesh, and will further be encased with crushed stone to encourage absorption into the ground,” Gonsalves said.
“Tibbets Engineering designed the drainage system to Mass Highway standards (MassDOT), and we get frequent status reports and meet with the (Tibbets) engineers in an oversight capacity,” Gonsalves said.
Motorists should be aware of congested conditions during construction, but can look forward to smoother, drier and friendlier road in the future.
The Westport Highway Department has a full slate of road improvement projects for the remainder of 2016.
17 roadways from Adamsville Road to Velvet Avenue, which includes Charlotte White Road, are scheduled for paving improvements.
Click here to see if you live on one of them.
Saturday, November 19 – Local conservation group to create wildlife sanctuary in Westport. The Richmond Pond Wildlife Sanctuary will help conserve habitat for the globally threatened Piping Plover, protect water quality, and preserve the scenic coastline of Westport forever, said the Westport-based conservation group.
Above: Richmond Pond Photo | EverythingWestport.com
On Thursday, November 10th the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) finalized its purchase of the Catholic Diocese of Fall River’s property off of Brayton Point Road, and plans to create the Richmond Pond Wildlife Sanctuary... more.
Friday, November 18 – Bridging the generation gap at the Westport Senior Center. They put puzzles together; they played bingo and did other fun activities.
In the end, a wide generational gap was bridged between Westport Junior/Senior High School students and seniors at the town's Council on Aging Senior Center.
"I have always liked helping those that needed help, or just needed someone to be there for them. So when I went to the senior center I had the idea that I would be helping people. Boy was I wrong — these people aren't needy, they are full of life, energy and spirit to keep going no matter what their condition may be." - Sam Vaughn
Students within the school's Advocats program visited the Senior Center throughout the month of October and learned invaluable lessons along the way. More.
Thursday, November 17 – Westport solar farm dedicated to the former ancestral Westport land owner and father of one of Westport’s most prominent citizens.
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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at the new Old County Road solar farm complex, where its owners formally dedicated the massive, passive 3.5 MW energy-producing facility to Cuff Slocum in honor of the 1700s Nantucket farmer who long ago purchased the land upon which the solar farm now sits.
Cuff, a freed slave, started his family of 10 on a property purchased with a handful (650) of Spanish-milled silver dollars, and now populated with 10,790 high-tech, ground-mounted solar panels.
More to come with video and photos.
Thursday, November 17 – All tenant farm animals are relocated, Westport police said. All of the more than 1,000 malnourished or neglected animals removed from an unsanitary Westport tenant farm have either been adopted or placed with rescue groups for adoption, and now law enforcement is focused on completing its criminal probe, authorities said.
Above: this Pine Hill Road rescue site is now vacant and being shut down, according to authorities.
Kelly Krause, spokeswoman for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said Wednesday that all the birds, pigeons, ducks, chickens, roosters, sheep, goats, cows, horses and rabbits have been moved from the ASPCA's emergency shelter on Pine Hill Road and placed in rescue facilities as far away as Colorado. More...
In other news, a temporary injunction recently granted to the Town of Westport now prohibits the return of any animals to the notorious American Legion Highway property, and forces the farm’s owner to rid his land of all invading rats under threat of a steep monetary penalty, and to tear down or rebuild up to 75 structures.
No animals can be returned until the property is cleaned up, the investigation is completed, and any or all charges, if any, are filed against the individual(s) responsible.
Stay tuned folks; this story is far from over.
Wednesday, November 16 – Westport Selectmen honor veteran, past post commander, veteran’s advocate, and local variety store owner, Lino Rego.
With a tear in his eye, Westport resident Lino Rego, accompanied by wife Janet, accepted citations from the Board of Selectmen, State Representative Paul Schmid’s office, and State Senator Michael Rodrigues for over several decades of selfless service to his country, to his fellow veterans and to his town.
Above: Mr. Rego (center) with wife Janet (to his right) accepts three citations at Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting. Select Board Chair R. Michael Sullivan (just right of Mr. Rego) read the citation to the viewing and attending Westport audience.
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“It was always service above self for Lino,” the citation read, “as with his effort, and to his credit, of getting our community to recognize Leo St. Onge, who was a World War II veteran, hero, and Westport’s most Militarily Recognized Solder of that era.”
We salute you Lino, and may you have many decades of happiness in your new retirement home in Florida.
Wednesday, November 16 – WESTPORT – Westport students separated in new school building? The School Committee last week voted for the proposed new school building to exist as a co-located structure and not a co-mingled 5 through 12 building.
The decision will segregate younger middle school students from the high school students, if the town and the state approve plans for the new building. More...
Tuesday, November 15 – Breaking news 11:54 a.m. WESTPORT - In a surprise and shockingly sad announcement made today, WLCT Executive Director Ryann Mann has resigned, effective immediately.
The hard working and energetic Director will be missed by his many supporters.
Mann was the face of the WLCT for the last three years.
Mann decided to resign immediately as the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) Executive Director to concentrate more time on his family. The 120-mile daily commute, along with all of the responsibilities his position requires, is more than he can commit to as the father of a young son. Ryan hopes to see many of the projects that WLCT currently has underway come to reality, including the plan to acquire the Saint Vincent de Paul Camp Property on Adamsville Rd., and will miss Westport. WLCT wishes Ryan success in his next position and thanks him for his three years of service.
The WLCT will now move forward to hire an interim Executive Director for a 9-12-month period, as the organization manages its current projects and assesses it’s staffing needs for the future.
Any questions regarding WLCT current or future projects should be directed to Peter Woodhouse at 508.636.9228 ext. 5006.
Sunday, November 13 - Breaking news! 1:20 p.m. Two-car accident on State Road sends one to hospital. At approximately 1:00 p.m. two 4-door passenger cars collided at the intersection of State Road and Washington Street as a late model Nissan attempted to cross the median strip and turn left (west) crashing into a westbound Toyota on State Road.
Multiple police vehicles responded immediately along with a WFD ambulance.
Police are investigating.
All the front and side air bags deployed in the Toyota.
The force of the collision drove the Nissan into a telephone pole, heavily damaging the vehicle’s frontend.
The accident scene was quickly cleared of the cars and debris.
More as information becomes available.
Sunday, November 13 - Abused Westport animals 'fat and happy' at Tiverton farm.
More than a dozen animals are living the good life these days at West Place Animal Sanctuary.
A pair of alpine goats, Maggie and Sadie, were eager to greet their visitors, raising their heads over the fence and all too happy to have a sniff of a human hand or face.
“Happy” is the operative word here.
They are just two of more than a dozen animals living the good life these days at West Place Animal Sanctuary on Main Road after being rescued from deplorable conditions at the tenant farm in Westport in July. More.
Sunday, November 13 - Westport historical figure’s homestead revealed after lost for hundreds of years. Paul Cuffe, a freed slave, became one of Westport’s most prominent citizens in the late 1700s.
But nobody could quite figure out where he lived and built his whaling ships.
EveythingWestport’s special correspondent, Robert Barboza reports on the compelling story presented by Westport historians David Cole, Betty Slade and Richard Gifford at a special November 4th Westport Historical Society presentation. Read story now.
Above: Susan Waters, a Wampanoag born and raised in Dartmouth learns more about early Cuffe-Wampanoag relationships in Westport.
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Saturday, November 12 – Never forget our fallen heroes. Westport veterans, town officials and residents came out yesterday to Beech Grove Cemetery under bright skies and brisk wind to honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Services.
Click here to watch video of Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Beech Grove Cemetery.
The ceremony was opened by Lino Rego, past Post Commander of American Legion Post 145, who announced that this was his last ceremony as he is relocating out of state.
He will be missed.
Rego (pictured above) will be honored with a citation at this Monday night’s Selectmen’s meeting at Town Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.
PTSD affects families as well as veterans.
Guest speaker, former Selectmen Richard Spirlet spoke of the terrible symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to returning veterans and, just as importantly, their families.
Special mention at the end of ceremony was made for one of Westport's residents lost in the last year, Luke Carreiro. A 2008 Westport High School graduate, Carreiro who served in Iraq for the Army died in North Carolina. Members of his family, including his mother, Marie, sister, Sydney, and father, Fernando, laid wreaths a wreath in his remembrance and honor.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #207 Color Guard did military honors at the Veterans section of Beech Grove Cemetery.
Veterans Service Officer Bradford Fish thanked all in attendance for coming out to support our veterans and the town in remembering the nations' fallen heroes.
All five selectmen and the town administrator were in attendance.
Friday, November 11 – Local eateries providing free meals for veterans on Veteran’s Day. As a way to thank local veterans and military service members, area restaurants are providing them with free meals or memberships on Veterans Day. Click here to see which establishments are honoring our veterans.
Friday, November 11 – Tiverton voters go all-in for casino!
Twin River Management Group easily won approval from the state of Rhode Island for a new casino in Tiverton, and then doubled up Tuesday by winning Tiverton voter support to build it.
The local vote on the question was 4,305 for the casino, 3,939 against.
State law requires the measure to pass first statewide and then locally.
With the passage of Question 1 on the RI state ballot and Question 8 on the Tiverton ballot, Twin River cashes in with its plans.
Twin River plans to build a 45 acre, $75 million casino complex right over the Westport border at the junction of William S. Canning Boulevard and Stafford Road.
Ante up Westport, ante up!
Friday, November 11 – Deer Crossing! In the second time in almost as many days, a motorcyclist from Florida was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford, after a deer crashed into his bike on Hathaway Road, New Bedford Thursday, police said.
Police said the 53-year-old man, who was operating a 2008 Harley Davidson, was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
At about 5:30 p.m. police responded to the area of 128 Hathaway Road, where the collision occurred. While the street is heavily traveled, the section where the accident happened is near some fields and not far from the New Bedford Country Club.
Thursday, November 10 – Westport honeybees may get a second chance of survival as Massachusetts legislators move to reduce neonicotinoid pesticides.
Following a settlement between Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's environmental unit and Bayer CropScience, legislators are renewing their push for legislation to limit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides found in many lawn and garden products.
Westport beekeeper Lucy Tabit said, “It’s a good start, but we have long way to go. Contact your legislators and get this bill on the statehouse floor for a vote! ”
The AG's action highlighted the mounting evidence that this type of pesticide is contributing to an alarming global decline in bee populations.
"This settlement is yet another indicator of the growing consensus that these pesticides pose a threat to pollinators... more.
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Friday, December 9
Friday, December 9 - Aerobics at the Westport Senior Center from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. Join aerobics instructor Wendy Sperduti-Ray for a fun fitness workout. All are welcome. Call ahead to be sure the class isn’t full.
Aerobics on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information please call 508.636.1026.
** Attention all Aerobics and Stretch and Tone participants **
As of July 1, 2015 the cost for classes will be $35.00/month for Aerobics and $25.00/ month for Stretch and Tone. Call 508.636.1026 for all the details.
Friday, December 9 - 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.
Call 508.636.1028 for all the details.
Westport Senior Center, 75 Reed Road Westport.
Quilt ladies invite all to Friday meetings at Holy Trinity Church, 1956 Main Road, Tiverton from 10 a.m. to noon. A weekly hand quilting group. Pro or novice welcome. Come one time or every meeting! Bring your own project. For more information call Lynn Sluiter at (401) 635-8941, or email her at email@example.com.
Friday, December 9 - The Westport Library book discussion group meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room at the Westport Free Public Library. There will be a different book to be discussed each month. New members are always welcome and encouraged to join.
This month’s books discussion will be The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. For more information email Denise Micale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Westport Library, call or click 508.636.1100, or visit the library’s website.
Friday, December 9 – Tiverton Library Book Club meets the second Friday of each month at Tiverton Public Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue, Tiverton.
The event is free and open to the public.
No registration is needed to participate. The book discussions at Essex are informal and include book reviews, additional information on topics related to the book selection and biographical information about the author and discussion related to the book. New members welcome!
Click here to see the book selection for the next meeting!
The Friday Morning group meets monthly at 10:30 a.m. at the Essex Public Library reference room. If you have any questions please contact Marian Kendricks 401.625.6796 ext. 10. Refreshments are served at the meetings. For more information about their reading groups go to the website.
T’ai Chi is the Chinese system of slow meditative physical exercise designed for relaxation and balance and health. The fee is $5.00 per session or $25.00 for 6 weeks. The instructor is Nikolas Ukleja. Please call 508.636.1026 for further information.
Senior Community Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton.
Join them for lunch as they enjoy our local catering. Some of the finest cooks in Little Compton are volunteering their time to prepare delicious meals for our seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Don’t miss this opportunity to share good food with good friends in a friendly community atmosphere.
$3 suggested donation for the disabled and seniors age 50 and over. $6 suggested donation under age 50.
Please call to reserve at least 48 hours in advance. 401-635-2400. For more information call or click 401.635.2400 or email:
Ocean State Bridge Club meets each Monday and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Sakonnet Bay Manor, 1215 Main Road, Tiverton. Call or click if you need a partner: (401) 862-2131 or Director@OceanStateBridgeClub.com Cost is $6. A free lunch is served once a month by Sakonnet Bay Manor. www.oceanstatebridgeclub.com.
The weekly Bingo at the Tiverton Senior Center, 207 Canonicus Street, Tiverton. 1:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information please call For more information please call 401.625.6790, or visit their website.
The Tiverton Public Library offers a weekly computer drop-in session that offers assistance with beginner computer Skills and Windows; the internet, on-line resources and social networking; Microsoft Office programs; downloading ebooks and audiobooks from the library; on-line job searching; and any other topics you may have a question about. All ages and skill levels welcome.
2 - 3 p.m. on Fridays. No cost.
Essex Public Library, reference room, 238 Highland Avenue, Tiverton.
For more information please call (401) 625-6796.
Friday, December 9 - Neal McCarthy and Friends Friday at Buzzards Bay Brewing, 98 Horseneck Road, Westport from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Weekly on the same day until December 31, 2016.
Join the fantastic Neal McCarthy (and guests) for his weekly gig at our Tap Room and Brewers Garden. Our Food Truck friends will be on hand for all kinds of deliciousness. Gourmet grilled cheese, Texan style BBQ and more! Menu changes weekly. 508.636.2288
Friday, December 9 - Country Line Dance Lessons at St. John’s Athletic Club, 1365 Rodman Street, Fall River. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $10 per person. Call 774.202.5543 for more information. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit their website For all the details.
Friday, December 9 - Karaoke every Friday night with Mariozations Studio from 6:30 to 11 p.m. The Knights of Columbus, 28 Fish Road, Tiverton.
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Friday, December 9 - Rehoboth Contra Dance. From at 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Contra dance steps include a variety of international and couple dances, such as polkas and waltzes. All dances taught by caller.
Riptide (Glen Loper, Owen Marshall, Alden Robinson). Caller, Will Mentor. Beginners' session at 7:30 .p.m.
Dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of most months with a few dances on the 5th Friday of a month. Beginners of all ages, singles, couples, and families are welcome to attend. Partners not necessary. Dances begin at 8:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m. General admission: $9.00; $8 for students; $5 for under-16s; $20 for families with children under 16; $5 for latecomers. Home-made tasty treats for the break are always appreciated.
The dances are at Goff Hall (home of Rehoboth's Blanding Library and the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society), 124 Bay State Road in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. Call Shawn at 508.252.6375 or e-mail her at email@example.com for more information or check the
Friends of the Rehoboth Contra Dance on Facebook.
Karaoke Night every Friday night from 8:00 to 12:00 a.m. at Bayview Holy Ghost Citizens Club, 66 Bottom St, Tiverton. The event is free and open to all. Weekly karaoke night with Rick and Joan.
Friday, December 9 - Pro Karaoke by Rick & Joan every Friday at the Liberal Club from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
20 Star Street, Fall River. No admission charge.
LePage’s Seafood hosts Karaoke every Friday night at 9:00 p.m. at 439 Martine Street, Fall River. For more information please call 508.677.2180.
Friday, December 9 - Art Workshop with Lynne de Beer at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton. In the Blue Building. 10:30 - 1:00 p.m. Call 401-524-6504 for more information.
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