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Bright green algae clogs the herring run at Cockeast Pond.

Study targets the sliming of Cockeast Pond — Seeks answers to algae woes

Study targets the sliming of Cockeast Pond — Seeks answers to algae woes

Large ‘rafts’ of algae floated atop Cockeast Pond last summer and clogged the herring run that connects the pond to the Westport River and the sea. Now the Westport River Watershed Alliance (WRWA) is teaming up with University of Massachusetts Dartmouth researchers in hopes of learning the scope of the problem and its causes. The


License plate proceeds help spay/neuter efforts

Proceeds from the state’s “I’m Animal Friendly” license plate program will help fund Westport’s low-cost spay and neuter program for pets. “This is an excellent way to help reduce the number of homeless pets,” said town Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert. The “I’m Animal Friendly license plates generate revenue by charging an extra fee to

Editorial: Prescription for trouble

The details of a home invasion in a quiet Westport neighborhood last week suggest a state medical marijuana system run amok. Voters approved medical marijuana sales in 2012 and, going on three years later, there is still no network of dispensaries and apparently far too little control over growers, sellers, customers and prescribers. There are,

Marjorie A. Holden, 89, of Westport

Marjorie A. (Brightman) Holden, 89, of Westport, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at St. Anne’s Hospital. She was the wife of the late William A. Holden. Born in Fall River, daughter of the late Henry W. and Vivian A. (Borden) Brightman, she was a lifelong resident of Westport. She

Jarrod Browne

Police credit witness, snow for foiling house break

An alert neighbor and shoe prints through the snow helped Westport Police solve a break-in and recover a stolen laptop computer. On Monday, March 16, a neighbor called police to report that he had just seen a man run from an apartment in the area of 257 Briggs Road carrying a laptop computer. The suspect

Mary Lillie Perry, Westport

Mary Lillie (Pontes) Perry of Westport passed away Monday, March 16, 2015, at Charlton Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of 65 years to the late Seraphine C. Perry. Lillie was born in Fall River on October 27, 1919, and was daughter of the late Francisco and Theresa (Alfonso) Pontes of Westport. Lillie worked as

Robert L. Smith, 85, Westport

Robert L. Smith, 85, of Westport, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, March 16, 2015.  Born in Fall River, son of the late John A. and Annie M. (Tripp) Smith, he was a lifelong resident of Westport. He graduated from Westport High School in 1947, attended Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass., and received

Earleen Gwozdz, 93, Westport

Earleen (Morrissette) Gwozdz, 93, of Westport, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2015m at home with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Chester Gwozdz. Born in New Bedford, daughter of the late Ernest and May (Maule) Morrissette and step-daughter of the late Germaine Morrissette, she was a longtime