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Talent in a tutu: Mr. Westport shows his graceful side

By   /  April 19, 2014  /  News, Schools  /  No Comments

Julia Valeri (left) and Rebecca Amaral Peterson (background) assist Mr. Westport contestant and eventual winner Fletcher Ferreira as he demonstrates his ballet talents.

His classmates know him as an outdoorsy sort of guy, one most at home in work gloves and mud shoes — the better to help out at the family landscaping business or volunteer at Westport High School’s Memorial Garden. Which is why the audience was startled to see Fletcher Ferreira step onto the high school […]

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‘Like My Mother Always Said’

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Things to Do  /  No Comments

Erin McHugh, author of The L Life. Photograph by Jennifer May, 2010

During an afternoon of coffee and conversation, a friend of Erin McHugh’s pointed out that she frequently invoked quotations and memories from her mother. Then Erin started noticing how many other people did the same. So McHugh compiled a collection of the wonderful and laugh-worthy words that our moms tell us in their attempts to […]

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Letter: For sake of river’s health, set nitrogen limits

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  No Comments

To the editor: To Christine Duerring, Watershed Planning: The Westport River Watershed Alliance respectfully requests that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, per the mandate set by the EPA under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act, approve the TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) for the impaired waters of the Westport River as soon as […]

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Firefighters, COA work to help keep seniors safe

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

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The Westport Fire Department is teaming up with the Westport Council on Aging to create a new program designed to help to keep closer track of the town’s older adults and others who may be at risk in their homes. Fire Chief Brian Legendre announced that the Westport Cares Program will offer services intended to […]

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Bloodied burglar carried on, police say

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  News, Police & Crime  /  No Comments

Robert Frazier

His hand cut badly during one break-in, a bleeding Fall River man persevered and attempted to break into a second Westport location, police say, before officers finally caught up to him That bloody trail was the man’s undoing, said Westport Detective Jeffrey Majewski. Westport Police were called to Route 6 Gas located at 162 State […]

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Police: Man scrapped neighbors’ cars for cash

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  News, Police & Crime  /  No Comments

Nathan J. Moniz

 WESTPORT — A Westport man faces  larceny charges after police say he sold his neighbors’ cars to a Tiverton scrapyard for cash. On Monday, April 14, Westport police arrested Nathan J. Moniz, 28, of 30 Crane Ave., Westport, on charges stemming from an investigation into the disappearance of three vehicles not far from his house. On […]

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Frank Silvia Sr., 91, Westport

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Obituaries  /  No Comments

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Frank Silvia Sr., 91, of Westport, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at The Highlander in Fall River. He was the husband of Mariana (Pavao) Silvia. Born in Fall River, son of the late August and Josephine (Oliveira) Silvia, he had resided in Westport for most of his life. A veteran of World War […]

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Westport deserves better than the same old ‘no’

By   /  April 12, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor  /  1 Comment

To the editor: To the voters in Westport who vote no — I live in the northernmost tip of Westport, on the most beautiful road I have ever lived on. I’m a newbie here, but I grew up in North Dartmouth.  My kids go to school here, and will through high school because my mom […]

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Westport: Vieira to lead Selectmen; Duarte takes school chair

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Michelle Duarte

A day after town-wide elections, both the Board of Selectmen and School Committee took votes on their leadership posts Wednesday. The action produced no changes for the Board of Selectmen. Antone Vieira Jr. was reelected chairman, while Richard Spirlet remains vice chairman. On the School Committee, Michelle Duarte was elected chairman, while Melissa Pacheco was […]

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Town seeks $1M to assist fallen firefighter Lopes during long recovery

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Westport firefighter Steven Lopes (aka the Portuguese Fireman) at the fire station last year.

On the week that his town took the first steps to support his recovery and rehabilitation with a million dollar medical fund, Westport firefighter Steve Lopes continues to make slow but steady progress at a Braintree, Mass., rehabilitation facility. “Every day is a little better for Steve than the day before,” said Deputy Chief Allen […]

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