Monthly Archives: August 2012

As the skies clear, youngsters get a good seat atop a hay bail at the Watershed Alliance gala.

Westport Watershed Summer Gala — a most memorable evening

Westport Watershed Summer Gala — a most memorable evening

To the editor: Sassafras Point was the lovely setting for the Westport River Watershed Alliance’s Summer Gala on Saturday, Aug. 11.  This event happens with teams of committed volunteers and dedicated staff.  Our success comes from members’ and guests’ attendance and participation in our event. The silent auction and raffle is enhanced by generous contributions from local businesses

Both the Sakonnet River Bridge (center) and Escape Bridge (upper left) can be seen in this aerial photo provided by the RI DOT.

DOT: Sakonnet, Escape bridges to open mid-September

SAKONNET AREA — The latest prediction from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) is that both the Sakonnet River Bridge (northbound) and the Escape Bridge should open in mid-September. DOT spokesman Charles St. Martin said Friday that Sakonnet River Bridge progress had been slowed a bit during August by frequent thunderstorms. Waterproofing work required for

Charlotte and her mother Betsy Akin at their Island Park home a few weeks before Charlotte left to spend a year attending school in France.

Exchanging Portsmouth High School for a year in the South of France

PORTSMOUTH — As of Tuesday, Aug. 28, Charlotte Akin is living the teenager’s dream — a year in the Vermont-like mountains of the South of France, with palm trees and the Mediterranean a half-hour’s drive away. The Portsmouth High School student is spending her junior year as an exchange student in the Lycée de la


Nancy A. Harrop, 74, New Bedford

Nancy A. (Harmon) Harrop, 74, of New Bedford, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was the wife of Robert A. Harrop. The daughter of the late Walter L. and Hannah Y. (Manchester) Harmon, Mrs. Harrop was born and raised in Little Compton before to moving to New Bedford.

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Westport road to temporarily close for bridge repairs

WESTPORT — Work to fix damage done by the spring floods of 2010 requires closing a stretch of Drift Road between Route 88 and Hixbidge Road in Westport starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The project involves repairs to the bridge and culvert at the Sam Tripp Brook crossing. The at stone bridge, built in the 1800s, sustained serious structural damage during the record rains of March, 2010. Work is expected to take four to five weeks to complete.

Rhode Island’s financial mismanagement continues

To the editor: In reference to your editorial of August 30, the fact that our governor would not listen to the people and answer their questions, he rather passed the buck onto a department head.  That sends a message of the poor leadership qualities he has! The same excuse of there is no money to

Barbara Godek, Warren

Barbara Godek, of Almy Avenue, Warren, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Born in Bristol, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Emma May (Metcalf) Ferrara, she was the beloved wife of the late Edward F. Godek Sr. Mrs. Godek worked for R & J Manufacturing before retiring in