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It’s been four years since they were able to honor their sports heroes. But members of the Westport Athletic Hall of Fame made up for time lost due to Covid Sunday evening, when they inducted … more
Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH).   This month we are talking about PFAS, known as “forever”’ chemicals, their health … more
pic: route 6 Following its failure at the polls, the town board that developed the Route 6 project is planning the next step for the project.   Head     … more
“Fisheries Economics of the U.S.,” released by NOAA Fisheries, shows recreational fishing in 2022 (the most recent data available) had a dramatic increase compared to 2021. In an advisory … more
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as way to honor the planet and bring environmental concerns to the forefront of conversations and consciousness. It is a day aimed at awareness, but the intent … more
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
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