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Short Term Rentals a "quagmire" for Westport, select board says

Two weeks after voters at Town Meeting rejected a warrant article that would have legalized and regulated Short Term Rentals (STRs) in Westport, members of the Select Board warned Monday night that …
Westport Special Olympians give it their all
For a few hours Monday, 15 Special Olympians from Westport got to leave everything behind and just focus on competing. Sophia … Read More
South Coast deer problem — 'We're not making a dent'
After more than a year looking for solutions to Westport and Dartmouth’s deer overpopulation problem, one of the founders of a group … Read More
Playoffs in reach as Wildcats wallop South Shore 15-3
Makayla Grace struck out 9 and Jayda Pequita homered and drove in 4 runs as the Wildcats walloped South Shore 15-3, in a non-league … Read More
Meet Officer Barry, Westport's new comfort dog
Barry, Westport’s newest member of the police force, isn’t your typical officer. He’s never clothed apart from a harness … Read More
Short Term Rentals still illegal — and Westport may enforce prohibition
Owners of Short Term Rentals (STRs) could face cease and desist letters from the town following last week’s rejection of a … Read More
Westport Town Meeting kills Route 6, short term rental plans
Two initiatives that would have had wide-reaching ramifications in Westport were defeated by voters at last Tuesday’s Financial … Read More
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Town Meeting demystified Wednesday evening

Confused about Westport’s Town Meeting? How it works, the process and procedure, and more? On Wednesday evening, Westport middle schoolers become the teachers. The eighth grade class will …

Kinnanes honored as world's shortest St. Paddy's Day parade nears

State Representative Michelle McGaw  (District 71, Tiverton, Little Compton and Portsmouth) had special guests when the House celebrated St. Patrick's Day Thursday: Organizers of the world's …

'World's shortest' parade is in just over a week — here's what's new

Adamsville turns green Sunday afternoon, March 17, when the village hosts its third annual “World’s Shortest St. Paddy’s Day parade.” Afterwards, there will be corned beef and cabbage …
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Obituaries
Frank Campo Frank Keith Campo, age 62, of Bristol, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Elizabeth A. (Zeitler) Campo for the last 38 incredible yea
Joseph Collins Joseph Wilfred Collins, 96, a resident of Westport, MA, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 of natural causes. He was born in Syracuse, NY, in 1928 to Wilfred and Theresa Collins, where he excel
George Donovan George A. Donovan, age 96, retired teacher, videographer, and lifelong resident of East Providence, died May 17, 2024. He was married for 50 years to the late Lois (Kent) Donovan. Born August 22, 1927
Sports
Tennis team continues to struggle, loses to Durfee 3-2 It’s been a tough start to the season for the Westport girls tennis team, who lost a close 3-2 match to Durfee on Monday for their seventh loss in a row. The team is currently 1-7. Their lone …
Finglas mows down Wareham 5-1, Baseball team wins 3 straight Westport junior Luke Finglas mowed down Wareham hitters in the Westport baseball team’s 5-1 victory in an away game on Thursday afternoon. The win was the Wildcats third straight as they …
Wildcats lose to Diman 9-4 Outfielder Bella Babb hit an inside the park home run in the third inning of their first game played on the new field behind the high school as Westport fell to Diman 9-4 in a non-league game on …
RIDEM stock ponds in anticipation of 2024 trout season 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 …
Opinion
Letter: Town needs to compel voters, lay out budgetary facts

I think that the Westport Select Board has a serious challenge before it. The board needs to publicly address the effect of the failure of the override last year. Both the board and the private …

Letter: Managing to save Atlantic herring is a tall order

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 …

Letter: Article sounds like it was written by a man suing the town

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 …

Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ on question one — don’t miss this chance

I want to be clear on what a “YES” vote on Question 1 means. A YES vote on Question 1 allows the town to construct the water and sewer trunkline down Route 6. A yes vote does not …

Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ on Question 1 next Tuesday

The single most important thing you may ever do to help the Westport River is to get out and vote YES on Question 1 on Tuesday, April 9. We cannot overstate how important your vote is for the future …

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