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A majority of residents want Short Term Rentals (STRs) to be legal and regulated in Westport, but do not want the town to establish a minimum length of stay. They believe they have a positive impact … more
This book is a first-hand account of the multiple challenges and difficulties faced by those who choose to serve in the military. Based on … more
“Horseshoe crabs have been around for 350 to 450 million years, long before the dinosaurs. And they have been so successful that they have remained largely unchanged for millennia,” said … more
Another letter in Shorelines that describes the supposed threats from running deeply buried transmission lines through the uninhabited roadsides of Route 88 is truly Trumpian in its distortion and … more
If Westport is ever to do anything with its former high school on Main Road, the town needs to come up with a clear strategic plan for the property, laying out how the building would be renovated for … more
The Mystic Aquarium marine rescue team arrived at Little Compton's Briggs Beach on July 10th when the young female minke was still alive . After her death, the team carved out a few inches here and … more
In going through a 1974 baseball scrapbook belonging to my late father, Gary Jennings Sr., I came across these newspaper clippings and realized they were from 50 years ago! I remember spending lots … more
Raised on Maryland's eastern shore, Virginia Merlier has lived on farms for much of her life and has been raising heritage breed sheep on her Stonehaven Farm in Westport since 1995.  … more
To the editor: If we continue to be the leading nation of the world, then certainly our politicians are the most powerful people in civil discourse.   Then how is it one party kowtows … more
PROVIDENCE — There's more than a hint of irony in the updated traffic figures for the Washington Bridge provided by state officials last week after they were forced to make dramatic alterations … more
Westport police are trying to locate a local girl reported missing early Thursday morning. Lilyana Gorman, 14, was last seen leaving her home in the Conserve Avenue area just after 4 a.m. She … more
A truck and SUV were destroyed and a home damaged in an early morning fire on Forge Road Sunday. Firefighters were called to the scene at approximately 5:40 a.m. by a neighbor, who also alerted the … more
Monday, July 1 A noise complaint came in from Washington Street at 12:16 a.m. Police tried but were unable to serve a warrant on American Legion Highway just after 6:30 a.m. A Pine … more
PROVIDENCE — It's likely the general public will not get all of the information it would expect and want to know about the Washington Bridge debacle any time soon. At least that's how the … more
It would be years before its impacts would be felt in Westport, if ever. But with so much on the line environmentally and economically, the Westport Select Board is considering forming an advisory … more
PROVIDENCE — The stresses and strains associated with such a significant and scrutinized project are what state officials believe to be the reasons why no company formally bid to rebuild the … more
To the editor: Nikki Haley has called Trump, among other things, “unhinged,” but has said she will support him because Biden has been a “catastrophe.” Friday, it was … more
‘The Forgotten Girls: A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America’ By Monica Potts T his is the tale of two young girls – best friends Monica and Darci – … more
F ishing memories last a lifetime. And, the good news, you do not need a lot of money to start creating them for you, family members and friends. Fishing connects you with the environment, it is a … more
Just a few choices for your porch, deck, beach or boat reading this summer. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough (2015). As with all of his books, McCullough exhaustively … more
A controversial plan to open a live-in for-profit educational facility for teens on the Westport/Little Compton town line appears all but dead this week, after the developer notified Westport officials just before the July … more
While the greed of unknown thieves cost her $1,500 worth of herbs and a little faith in humanity, the kindness of strangers has renewed the faith of an Adamsville herb farmer who had more than 300 … more
Westport has won a state grant to help further a small part of the South Coast Bikeway, a planned 50-mile system of bike paths, lanes and multi-use paths that when built out will run from Rhode … more
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