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After more than a year looking for solutions to Westport and Dartmouth’s deer overpopulation problem, one of the founders of a group formed to address the issue said this week that while there … more
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 home game on Tuesday afternoon. Westport improved their overall record to 6-8 with a power ranking of 33 in Division 5, as they fight for a playoff spot with four games left to play in the regular season. more
The Westport Board of Health will sponsor “The Impact of Opioid Addiction on Individuals, Families, and Communities: A Public Health Crisis,” next Wednesday, May 22, in the middle high … more
Monday, May 6 A caller from Beeden Road reported larceny, forgery or fraud at 12:56 p.m. A State Road resident complained of harassment at 4:47 p.m. A 911 caller reported a disturbance … more
Barry, Westport’s newest member of the police force, isn’t your typical officer. He’s never clothed apart from a harness and sometimes, a little police cap. He doesn’t … more
Owners of Short Term Rentals (STRs) could face cease and desist letters from the town following last week’s rejection of a warrant article that would have made them legal in Westport. The … more
Two initiatives that would have had wide-reaching ramifications in Westport were defeated by voters at last Tuesday’s Financial Town Meeting. Meanwhile, residents agreed to give a new source of … more
A healing sanctuary during a time of great trouble in the world. A place where inspiration lies in massive majestic vistas and small encounters. And a place of mystery at the edge of the ocean. … more
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 … more
With grants and donations in hand, members of the Westport Recreation Department will soon install a modern, nautical-themed playground to replace the aging structure near the Town Hall Annex built … more
A Westport man was ordered held without bail after police said he broke into a Reed Road home and assaulted a woman early Sunday morning. Tyson C. Cleaves, 48, of 123 Reed Road, faces charges of … more
Westport come up with a draft interim policy designed to help East Beach property owners as much as possible, while still maintaining the integrity of East Beach Road, when damaging storms hit the … more
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 … more
A friendly rivalry that has been brewing for months ended at lunchtime Saturday when judges who sipped, slurped (and god forbid, salted) several iterations of Portuguese Soup handed a trophy, and … more
Following is an overview of Westport Police activity from April 29 to May 5. Monday, April 29 Animal complaints came in from Gabriella Drive at 8:47 p.m. Rene Valois, 75, of 1024 … more
PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly backed bills sponsored by two high-ranking East Providence legislators seeking to hold the Rhode Island Department of Transportation accountable going forward … more
Residents will have a few decisions to make when they meet to decide Westport's business for the year at next week's Town Meeting, set for Tuesday, May 7, at the high school. Apart from a … more
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 … more
Scarred and  scoured by one of the toughest winters in recent memory, East Beach welcomed its latest yearly migration of summer residents Friday, when the town began allowing lot owners to move … more
Monday, April 15 A 911 caller from John Reed Road lodged an animal complaint at 3:10 p.m. A 911 caller reported a disturbance on State Road at 4:13 p.m. Police pulled over seven … more
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
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
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
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