Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

Some of the Mount Hope Bay Model Yacht Club fleet in action off the Tiverton shore.

Search is on for wayward racing sailboat

Search is on for wayward racing sailboat

The racing season came to an abrupt end for Richard Priestley when his Soling sloop went out past the first mark off Tiverton and kept on going last Thursday afternoon. “The last we saw it it was headed toward Common Fence Point in Portsmouth,” Mr. Priestley said. Not the 27-foot former Olympic class Soling, this


Richard A. DeBlois, 59, Tiverton

Richard A. DeBlois, 59, of Durfee Road, Tiverton, husband of Catherine “Cathy” (Cox) DeBlois, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. A former employee of Ferrellgas, he was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed family vacations, sailing and woodworking. He was the father of Amy (Ferreira) Paull (husband David) and Brian Ferreira, all of Tiverton; the

Before heading back to school and other pursuits, members of the Trustees of Reservations Summer Youth Corps stand alongside (and are dwarfed by) some of the gigantic sunflowers at Westport Town Farm. Farm Manager Steve Connors tried a variety called Pike's Peak this year and the plants lived up to the name. Their seeds also provided a feast for birds

Late season brings bright colors to Farmers’ Market

The weather has been gorgeous for 13 of the 13 weeks of this season’s Westport Farmers’ Market, just as the bounty of local fruits and vegetables has been throughout the summer.  This coming weekend marks the last official weekend of the summer, and the colors of the market are changing along with the foliage. Acorn

Westport teachers carry signs outside a recent school committee meeting.

Committee: Teacher salary proposal too costly

The School Committee rejected a tentative contract agreement with Westport teachers recently because it concluded that the deal “was not financially viable.” That is among the points in a statement released Monday by the committee in response to accusations by the teachers union last week that the schools had “reneged” on a pact, a move


Coast Guard responds to jellies slick

From the Coast Guard came this news bulletin late Friday … Coast Guard pollution responders, and the Fairhaven harbormaster responded to a report of a large oil sheen in Buzzards Bay Friday morning. At 2 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was notified by a local, experienced mariner of a possible pollution sheen in Buzzard’s Bay.

John Walter Tosior, 90, Tiverton

John Walter Tosior, 90, of Tiverton, passed away on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  He was the husband of Ruth Ann (Lynn) Tosior. Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late Wojciech Tosior and Anelia (Szeliga) Tosior. He had formerly worked as a packer at the Berkshire Hathaway Mills.  He was a member

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Brothers, one from Tiverton, plead in plot to fly pot to RI

Two brothers, one from Tiverton, the other from Utah, have pleaded guilty to trying to fly 239 pounds of marijuana to Rhode Island in a small plane. Benjamin J. Daniels, 37, of West Bountiful, Utah, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence Monday to participating in a conspiracy to fly marijuana to Rhode Island

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Cheryl Ann Melnyk, Little Compton

Cheryl Ann (Chamberlain) Melnyk, of Little Compton, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of the late Fred M. Melnyk of Little Compton. Born in Newport, she was a graduate of Rogers High School.  She was married to her husband for 25 years; Fred was the previous owner of

Walkers follow the scenic shoreline route at a previous Walk for Westport.

Walk for Westport on Sunday, Sept. 28

Step into autumn with a scenic stroll through Westport Harbor and help two good causes every step of the way at the Fourth Annual Walk for Westport on Sunday, Sept. 28. The Walk begins on Howland Road and winds its way to the Elephant Rock Beach Club, a 3.5-mile trek. The event is a joint

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