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Westport drops police officer residency requirement

Police officers who hope to or already work in Westport no longer have to live in town, under the terms of a new three-year contract recently approved by the select board and signed off on by the …
Westport police arrest two on warrants
Monday, July 15 A caller from Route 88 filed an animal complaint just after 10 a.m. A resident reported wires down on George … Read More
CCRI launches initial table games dealer training course
The Community College of Rhode Island, as part of its partnership with Bally’s Corporation, is launching its first course specific … Read More
Westport Food pantry reaches out to school families
Volunteers at the Westport Food Pantry serve close to 200 families, but want to extend their reach and will distribute food to … Read More
Survey: Westport wants short-term rentals, believes they're 'positive'
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 … Read More
Board: It's time to get moving on old Westport High School
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 … Read More
Westport 'Agri-Tourism' farmer reflects on a life along the East Branch
Raised on Maryland's eastern shore, Virginia Merlier has lived on farms for much of her life and has been raising heritage breed sheep … 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
Michael McArdle Our beloved brother, Michael, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving siblings on Monday, July 22, 2024. Michael charmed many with his "Devil may care" attitude, his Irish whit and his loyal
Timothy Pendergast Timothy Shaw Pendergast woke early on July 9, 2024, struggling to breathe. His wife, Paula, called 911, but by the time they arrived, he was fading and soon he stopped breathing and the EMTs could not
Catherine Martin Katie Martin|Our beloved Catherine "Katie" Ruth Martin,48, passed away peacefully on May 24, at home with her friends and family by her side after a long illness. Katie was born on November 21, 1
Sports
New MetLinks officially opens for play on June 27 EAST PROVIDENCE — MetLinks, the nine-hole re-envisioned former front side of the defunct Metacomet Country Club, will officially open to the public on Thursday, June 27. The first tee time …
Baseball, tennis teams make playoffs, softball awaits fate The Westport baseball and softball teams finished up their regular seasons and now wait for to learn their tournament fates.  The baseball team beat South Shore 3-2 on Friday and …
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 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.
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 …
Opinion
Letter: Wind power foes should ponder where energy comes from

To the editor: As I drive around some of the high-rent areas of the island, I see huge single-family homes, with perfectly kept lawns and hedges. It would be reasonable to assume that their …

Letter: Alarmist on offshore wind? No, just very wary

Big thanks to the Westport Shorelines for hosting the critically important conversation regarding Offshore Wind, starting with the July 9 report, " Westport looks to organize as offshore wind …

Letter: More alarmist nonsense from the ‘Green Oceans Gang’

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 …

Letter: Mystic Aquarium skipped a key step in whale study

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 …

Letter: Memories of the childhood, and Westport Little League

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 …

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