Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

Marlene Pelletier, 79, Westport

Marlene (Ferreira) Pelletier, 79, of Westport, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was the wife of Albert J. Pelletier. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Deolinda (Pereira) Ferreira.  She was a communicant of

In Westport, storm preparation always involves patching together decades old plow blades. (Richard W. Dionne Jr. photo)

Westport plows prep for battle

Before the first flakes had fallen, Westport Highway Surveyor said he is optimistic as possible about the battle to come. Except for one plow that gave up the ghost a few weeks ago, “Everything is working and all patched together.” Blades, some of them many decades old, have been welded and sharpened and “are as

And the winners are … Westport Cultural Council hands out grants

Young musicians and artists, museums, field trips and the library are among the winners as the Westport Cultural Council (WCC) hands out its 2014-2015 grant awards for individuals and organizations. The Cultural Council received over $10,000 in grant requests this year with just $4,000 in funds to distribute. During fall meetings WCC members established priorities

Alayna Gallant presents the first box of cookies to Rosemary Bowers.

For her Wish Come True, a cookie thank you

Girl Scout Cookies have arrived and the Tiverton/Little Compton/Westport Girl Scouts delivered the first ceremonial box recently to Tiverton resident and A Wish Come True founder Rosemary Bowers. Each year the Girl Scouts launch cookie season with their Cookie Share, through which troops collect donated boxes of cookies to donate to the charitable group of

Sarah A. Casper Phillips, 88, Portsmouth, and Tiverton

Sarah A. (Leach) Casper Phillips, 88, formerly of Fall River, Portsmouth, and Tiverton, wife of the late Ernest Casper and Charles Phillips, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. A graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1943, and former seamstress, she was an active member of the former St. John Episcopal Church, having served on

Senator Michael Rodrigues

Senator Rodrigues to lead Joint Committee on Revenue

State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport) was reappointed yesterday to serve as Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Revenue by newly elected Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). With new leadership in the Senate and the Governor’s office, the 2015-2016 legislative session is expected to bring a number of new tax reform proposals that will

Westport Town Hall

Education is focus of next Westport Master Plan session

Westport residents are invited to offer their input on the goals for the Education chapter of the Master Plan Update on Saturday Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Westport Free Public Library, 408 Old County Road. The fourth of the public input sessions, Workshop 4 will address goals and objectives for education

The Rev. J. Daniel Burke, 83, Little Compton

The Rev. J. Daniel Burke, 83, died at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol where he had been a resident for nearly a year. Born in Mineola, NY, Dan graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and received a bachelor’s of divinity from the Episcopal Theological School. He was assistant rector at St. Andrew’s Church, Ann

Stephen B. Gray, 63, formerly of Tiverton

Stephen B. Gray, 63, of Lyndonville, Vermont, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at his home with his family by his side. He was born February 9, 1951, in Fall River, the son of Edgar and Shirley (Borden) Gray. He graduated from Tiverton High School in 1969. Steve had worked for more than 30 years