Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

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Phone scammers issue death threats

Phone scammers issue death threats

Pay up or a family member could die. These and other alarming phone calls have been made to Westport residents in the past week, Westport Police said. It’s all a scam, says Westport detective Antonio Cestodio, but one that has proven especially upsetting to some recipients. “Within the last week, Westport Police have received several

Lillian F. Sekonda, 92, Westport

Lillian F. Sekonda, 92, of Westport, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at Charlton Memorial Hospital.  Born in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Kaspryzyk) Sekonda. Prior to retirement, she worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Welfare and Social Services.  Ms. Sekonda was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church

Maria Ilda DaSilva, 68, Westport

Maria Ilda (Resendes DeMelo) DaSilva, 68, of Westport, died on Monday, March 9, 2015. She was the wife of the late Joao P. DaSilva. Born in Sao Miguel, Azores, she was the daughter of the late Maria Ilda (Resendes) and Antonio DeMelo. She had formerly worked as a floor lady at Chace Curtains and was

Partners Village Store at 685 Main Road, Westport.

Partners Village Store changes hands

Partners Village Store is under the new ownership of Westport resident Lydia Sweetser Gollner.  The popular retail business and café will remain at its current location at 865 Main Road in Westport. “Since 1979, Partners Village Store has been under the caring and capable management of Nancy Crosby and Jan Hall serving Westport and the

Antone DeMello Jr., 80, Little Compton

Antone DeMello Jr., known as “Tony,” of Little Compton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Rhode Island Hospital after a long illness. He was 80 years old and had resided at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol for the past three years. Tony is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sheila (Lewis)

Dean Warren Melcher, 57, Tiverton

Dean Warren Melcher, 57, of Tiverton, passed away at home on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. He was the husband of Nancy Annette Melcher. Born in Newport, he was a son of the late George S. Melcher and the late Eleanor Melcher. He attended Tiverton High School. Dean was inducted into the Army at age 17

Diana H. Fezette, 83, Tiverton

Diana H. (Lopoulos) Fezette, 83, of Tiverton, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Grand Islander Health Care Center in Middletown.  She was the wife of the late William H. Fezette. She was the daughter of the late William and Abagail (Carrolan) Lopoulos.  She was also preceded in death by her sister, Marie

Wendy Taylor Humphrey greets Grant, one of the resident swans at West Place Animal Sanctuary.. The sanctuary received $8,000 from the RI Foundation.

RI Foundation boosts groups in Tiverton, Portsmouth, Little Compton

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $43,000 to Sakonnet area organizations in what has been a record-breaking year of grant-making. Statewide, the Foundation awarded $34.8 million in grants, the most in its 98-year history. • Placing Paws of Tiverton was awarded $4,000 to continue providing pet adoption and spaying or neutering of stray