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A Facebook page criticized by members of a town board for allegedly spreading misinformation, and using Westport’s official crest as its profile photo without permission, has changed that photo … more
Officials with an offshore wind concern who hope to develop a large wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard do not plan to run their supply lines through Westport, at least for now. … more
A third lane of travel westbound on the east portion of the Washington Bridge will be available to drivers as of Saturday, April 20. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation made the … more
A Barrington man is an instant millionaire after winning a cool $4 million on a scratch ticket his father bought for him at a Westport deli late last month. Steven Richard was given the winning … more
A New Bedford woman was killed Monday night after she was struck by a car in Westport. State police and Westport fire crews were called to Route 195, just before the mile 16 marker, at about … more
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management filed new regulations for the 2024 fishing season last week. Anglers should take note that we have a striped bass filet law in place now that … more
Sunday, April 7 A 911 caller reported a disturbance on American Legion Highway just before 10:30 a.m. Animal complaints came in from Cherry and Webb Lane at 11:06 a.m. A caller from … more
Thanks very much for your column on the status of Atlantic herring in the March 28, 2024, East Providence Post. As you probably know, the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the Atlantic herring … more
What is delirium? Delirium is described as a “neurocognitive disorder,” which means that an individual who develops a delirium has increasing difficulty focusing their attention, becomes … more
Article sounds like it was written by a man suing the town     Editor's note: The Shorelines article referred to in this letter was published last week and was a summation of … more
Four Westport Point residents have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought against the Westport Historical Commission by a neighbor who contends the town treated him unfairly and failed to … more
Members of the Infrastructure Oversight Committee were expected to meet Wednesday to figure out their next move after voters last Tuesday rejected a proposed $35 million debt exclusion that would … more
Financial and quality control issues that forced the temporary closure of a crucial Westport slaughterhouse have apparently been resolved, and Meatworks is expected to re-open next Monday, April 15. … more
Monday, April 1 Animal complaints came in from American Legion Highway, at Tickle Road, at 8:21 a.m., and from Sanford Road at 1:10 p.m. Police served a restraining order on Jason Drive at … more
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A rite of spring as much as any other, Opening Day of the 2024 trout season is set for Saturday, April 13, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has stocked more than 100 … more
Voters on Tuesday soundly defeated the town’s proposed $35 million water and sewer project, voting nearly two to one to reject the $35 million debt exclusion in advance of next month’s … more
A Westport Point homeowner accused of building a large pool retaining wall structure without the proper town approvals has filed suit against the Westport Historical Commission, claiming board … more
A Newport County Superior Court judge last week ruled against the local citizens group Green Oceans, which had sued to prevent Revolution Wind from going forward with plans to install 65 turbines … more
Westport school administrators hope a new fund up for a vote at Town Meeting next month will help insulate them from the rising cost of educating and busing special education students. Last … more
Opening Day of the freshwater fishing season in Rhode Island begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has stocked more than 60,000 brook, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: “We’re leaving no stone unturned as far as accountability,” Gov. Dan McKee said last Friday, as he unveiled Max Wistow and Jonathan Savage as the lawyers who will … more
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will shift the location of the crossover from the westbound side of Interstate 195 to the eastbound side and eventually over the Washington Bridge as … more
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