Author Archives: Bruce Burdett

A change of course for Charlie Enright and crew!? New England snubbed?— Photo by Rick Tomlinson/ Volvo Ocean Race

To Newport’s dismay, Volvo Ocean Race changes US stopover

To Newport’s dismay, Volvo Ocean Race changes US stopover

Alicante, Spain (APRIL 1, 2015) – The Sailing Scuttlebutt website reports this alarming news today, April 1 … Due to this past extreme record setting winter in Newport, R.I., the Volvo Ocean Race organizers will be re-routing Leg 6 of the race to now finish in Annapolis, MD. This determination was finalized when experts confirmed

Ruth Wordell, 85, Little Compton

Ruth (Dwelly) Wordell, 85, of Little Compton, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Sakonnet Bay Manor after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Robert D. Wordell. Born in Fall River on October 23, 1929, daughter of the late Charles C. and Doris (Wilbur) Dwelly, she lived in Westport Harbor

Awaiting their start at the ground floor of the Omni Hotel are Westport firefighter team members, from left, Keith Nickelson, Chris Caswell, Bob Porawski Jr., Anthony Ward, Dan Ledoux and Bob Porawski Sr.

Staircase sprinters conquer Omni summit

Led by an especially “spry” Keith Nickleson, Westport’s high-rise firefighter sprint team made short work of the Providence Omni Hotel’s 24 floors (two stair flights per story) Saturday. Team Captain Robert Porawski Sr. said the “Fight for Air Stair Climb” is all about raising money for a good cause (the American Lung Association) and strengthening

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Leg 5 Cape Horn

Rounding the Horn

Team Alvimedica , skippered by Bristol’s Charlie Enright, rounded Cape Horn Monday at the front of the shrinking Volvo Ocean Race fleet. The passage past sailing’s most respected landmark was a fast one with boats speeds in the mid-twenties. The night before, another of the entries, the Chinese Dongfeng Race Team boat, lost the top

Annabella J. Pike, 78, Westport

Annabella J. “Ann” (Manchester) Pike, 78, of Westport, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Harold F. Pike. Born in Woonsocket, RI, daughter of the late James C. and Gabriella (Morriseau) Manchester, she was a longtime resident of Westport and a 1955 graduate of Westport High

Irene Carvalho, 91, Westport

Irene (Perreira) Carvalho, 91, of Westport, died Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence.  She was the wife of the late Antone Carvalho. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Virginia (Souza) Perreira.  Mrs. Carvalho was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, Westport

John P. Sullivan, 89, Tiverton

John P. Sullivan, 89, of Tiverton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Claire (Loftus) Sullivan. Born in Fall River, he was a son of the late Edward A. and Florence (McGee) Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS

Wendy Taylor Humphrey holds a Canada goose that was rescued in Westport. It is one of many that her sanctuary is nursing back to health after a tough winter. Richard W. Dionne Jr. photo

Recovery room: Winter’s winged victims flood animal sanctuary

A brutal winter has brought a population explosion to Tiverton’s West Place Animal Sanctuary. Owner Wendy Taylor Humphrey said the victims began arriving over seven weeks ago — geese, swans and ducks in very bad shape. “Snowplow drivers, lots of people (even duck hunters) started bringing them in” after finding them on roadsides and in

Eileen M. Silva, 84, Adamsville

Eileen M. (Costa) Silva, 84, of Adamsville, died peacefully on Wednesday March 18, 2015, at her son’s home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Alfred “Big Fred”€ Silva. Born in Westport, she was the daughter of the late Antone C. Rosinha and Margaret (Charette) Rosinha Thatcher. Prior to her