Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

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High tech street sweeper arrives in Westport: street striping next

High tech street sweeper arrives in Westport: street striping next

For its Westport debut, the town’s brand new Elgin Broom Bear 4 — as good as it gets with street sweepers — set a course south from the Highway Department toward the harbor. “Wow — amazing,” said Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves. “We doubled our footage — more than doubled it,” he said. When it wasn’t

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Tiverton Lions to host Platt golf tourney

The Tiverton Lions Club is looking for players and tee sponsors for its 16th annual Everett J Platt Charity Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, Sept. 20. Welcome are both players or tee sponsors to help support the charitable work the Tiverton Lions Club does. This includes scholarships, Little League, Library, clothing and food for

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Mary C. Haggerty, 89, Westport

Mary C. (Leary) Haggerty, 89, of Westport, passed away on Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014, at her home in Westport. She was the wife of John T. Haggerty Sr. to whom she was married for 68 years. Mary was born in Fall River the daughter of the late James and Bertha (Forgette) Leary. For many years, Mrs.

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Paving set at Westport’s East Beach, Lakeshore

Weather permitting, a long awaited coating of blacktop will be applied next week to two of Westport’s bumpiest roads. Narragansett Improvement Co. will begin work at East Beach Road and at Lakeshore Road most likely on Tuesday, Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves said Monday. They’ll likely begin the work on Tuesday. Crews were out grading East


EEE virus found in north Westport mosquito

Add Westport to the growing list of southeaster Massachusetts towns where tests have revealed the presence of mosquito-borne viruses. Testing at a north Westport location has fond a positive mosquito result for the eastern equine encephalitis virus, the Westport Board of Health announced Wednsday. The mosquito species found is Culiseta melanoma which feeds almost exclusively

Seen from the Knubble, town vehicles prepare the Beach Avenue for gravel last week.

Gravel work reignites Beach Avenue debate

The plan to pave Beach Avenue was nixed by a 3-2 Board of Selectmen vote but controversy continues along the oceanfront road. Some residents said they became upset last week when it became apparent that roadwork was being done clear out to the Knubble, about 700 feet beyond where they had thought it was to

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Kayak the Westport River’s lower East Branch

The Trustees of Reservations and the Westport Land Conservation Trust (WLCT) are offering a guided kayak trip on the Westport River on Saturday, Aug. 16 between 9 a.m. and noon. From Hix Bridge to East Beach, the trip will explore the lower East Branch including a stop at The Let Conservation Area and a water

Harold Isaksen of Westport gently picks a young osprey from it's nest for tagging. Photos by Rich Dionne

Osprey baby boom on the Westport River

By Bruce Burdett The Westport osprey nursery is a bustling place as near-record numbers of youngsters fill nests along both branches of the river. “We are seeing pretty amazing numbers said Gina Purtell of Mass Audubon’s Allens Pond headquarters. The number of eggs (231) was way up this year, the number of chicks (159) from

Joe Wood and son Tommy on the awards podium at a recent bass tournament.

Westport bass angler to cast for sport’s biggest purse

Westport pro bass fishermen Joe Wood will appear on his sport’s foremost stage next week when he competes in the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart. He is among 45 anglers selected to the tournament held August 14-17 on Lake Murray near Columbia, SC. The Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) championship features the sport’s top payday