Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

Michael P. Kitchen, 54, Westport

Michael P. Kitchen, 54, of Westport, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Thomas E. and Virginia A. (Messier) Kitchen. Mr. Kitchen was born in Fall River and had resided in Westport for most of his life. He was a commercial fisherman out

Senior co-captain Brittany Arruda in action last season.

Veteran talent to lead Wildcats girls basketball

His team lost key talent at the end of last season but that hasn’t deterred Coach Glenn Lincoln from handing his Westport girls basketball team some lofty goals going in. “Our goals for the season are to win the league championship, make it to the states, win the South Sectional and finally the states,” the

Jeremy Motyka at his trial in 2001. (Richard W. Dionne Jr. photo)

Motyka fails in latest bid for freedom

With even his own attorney again seeing no merit in his plea for relief from a life sentence for murdering a Little Compton woman, Jeremy Motyka was sent back to prison Wednesday. Mr. Motyka is serving a life sentence without chance of parole for the 1999 Memorial Day weekend killing of 66-year-old Angela Spence-Shaw in

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Early light hike at Cherry and Webb

Join Executive Director Ryan Mann and the Westport Land Conservation Trust for the second annual winter walk at Cherry and Webb Beach on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 7 to 10 a.m. Learn about the flora and fauna that call this unforgiving yet beautiful dunes environment home. This walk is free and open to the public.


Leanne Gablinske

Leanne (Pocharski) Gablinske,  47, of Portsmouth, died after a short illness on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, surrounded by her friends and loving family at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. Born in Salem, Mass., Leanne was the daughter of the late Marvin and Alicia (Piasecki) Pocharski. Her family later moved to Maine, where she attended

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Arthur Waddicor, 92, Tiverton

Arthur Waddicor, 92, of Tiverton, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol. He was the husband of 67 years to Claudia (Dumaine) Waddicor. Arthur was born in Fall River, the son of the late William and Cora (Hilton) Waddicor. He graduated from Diman Vocational School. Mr. Waddicor


Robert E. “Bob” Fleming Jr., 53, Little Compton

Robert E. “Bob” Fleming Jr., 53, of Little Compton, a union pile driver for many years, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.  He was the former husband of Gina M. (Santos) Fleming of Newport. Born in Fall River, a son of Mabel L. (De Costa) Fleming of Little Compton,

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A. Joan Manchester, 79, Westport

A. Joan (Raposa) Manchester, 79, of Westport, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at Tufts Medical Center with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Kenneth L. Manchester. Born in Westport, daughter of the late George C. and Agnes E. (Whittle) Raposa, she was a lifelong resident of