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Let’s accept there are two types of Christmas

Let’s accept there are two types of Christmas

The annual back and forth about ritual Christmas celebratory customs and their attendant symbols has become an event all its own, sometimes involving more the matter of what is permitted and who gets to decide than the holiday itself, provoking much unneeded argument, flexing of constitutional muscles, and hurt feelings. To simplify the matter, consider

Westport's Dan Liles moves against Tiverton defenders. (Tim Marshall photo)

Westport rallies to beat Tiverton

Chad Willard scored more than half of his team’s points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Westport won a hard-fought, full-contact home game against neighbor Tiverton Saturday. Willard led all scorers with 33 points as the Wildcats rallied late in the game to take the 63-57 win. Tiverton led by three early (51-48) in the


House of the Week: Waterfront on Nanaquacket Pond

With 1.7 acres to roam and views of Nanaquaket Pond, you might think you’re strolling through a town park rather than your own backyard. The home at 514 Nanaquaket Road in Tiverton has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms within more than 1,700 square feet of living space. The gleaming white kitchen opens to a dining

Lauren Roderigues adjusts a helmet to fit a young Wareham cyclist.

WHS senior brings helmets to young cyclists

Bike riding will be less risky for a dozen Wareham youngsters thanks to a bicycle helmet campaign organized by Westport High School senior Lauren Roderigues. Ms. Roderigues, whose volunteer efforts with the YMCA led to a job as a youth wellness champion for the SouthCoast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative, organized a bike safety day

Theresa Hadad-Rock displays the card she and her sister Claudette have been sending back and forth to each other for more than half a century. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth, Westport sisters exchange same card for 53 years

PORTSMOUTH — For Christmas in 1961, Theresa Hadad of Portsmouth sent her sister Claudette Bisson’s family a card that read: “From our house to yours/Because folks like you/are a pleasure to know/there’s a holiday wish/and a great big hello/Merry Christmas!” One year later, Theresa received a familiar-looking card in the mail from Claudette, who lives

Raymond Lucien Hetu, 72, Westport

Raymond Lucien Hetu, 72, of Westport, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at home with his loving family by his side. Raymond was the husband of Paulette (Charron) Hetu. He was born and grew up in Fall River, son of the late Armand and Clara (Deslauriers) Hetu. He graduated from Providence College with a

Bryant University student AJ Levine takes a selfie with Bobbert, one of eight alpacas at West Place Animal Rescue. Richard W. Dionne photos

Home for cast-offs: West Place Animal Rescue shelters hard-luck menagerie

By Bruce Burdett TIVERTON — Knock-kneed Peepers the turkey hobbles about on deformed toes. Bobbert the alpaca was cast off when he grew too big for the petting zoo business. Cleveland the sheep was days from being born when his mother was rescued from a planned cult sacrifice. Baby the swan’s leg was severed by fishing

22 Cedar Ave., Barrington

Off the Market: Homes sold around East Bay

The following properties have changed hands across the East Bay recently: Barrington 7 Riverside Drive — $880,000 39 Richmond Ave. — $269,900 483 Maple Ave. — $257,000 22 Cedar Ave. — $1,100,000 East Providence 259 Dover Ave. — $21,500 11 Benedict St. — $147,500 85 Middle St. — $149,862 39 Richfield Ave. — $258,000 104