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Ouellette seeks to replace Schmid in Eighth District

Westport Select Board member Steven Ouellette has pulled nomination papers in his bid to take over the seat of Eighth District Representative Paul Schmid III, who announced last …
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Plan would give Westport schools $22 million
Westport Community Schools will receive slightly more than $22 million this coming year, if a budget plan sent off to the finance … Read More
Engineering review suggests complete rebuild or near reconstruction of Washington Bridge
WPRI Channel 12 was first to  report a draft review on the status of the westbound section of the Washington Bridge written by an … Read More
New bridge traffic pattern will split eastbound side into six lanes, three in each direction
The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to … Read More
Historic Westport farm comes back to life
Over the last five decades, vines and thickets real and metaphorical have all but claimed the old Wainer Farm on Drift Road, closing … Read More
Wildcats lose to Blue Hills 57-38 on senior night
The Westport basketball team celebrated senior night then fell to Blue Hills 57-38 on their final game of the season on Friday night. … Read More
$35M Route 6 project is in Westport voters' hands
They have the Board of Selectmen’s blessing. Now comes the work — selling a $35 million sewer and water project to voters … Read More
Obituaries
Joseph F. Stankiewicz, 73, Little Compton Joseph F. Stankiewicz, 73, of Little Compton, unexpectedly passed away at home on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. He was the husband of Susan (Fish) Stankiewicz. Mr. Stankiewicz was born in Fall River, …
John E. Bettencourt, Sr., 99, Dartmouth John Eugene Bettencourt, 99, of Dartmouth, passed away late on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy K. (Rose) Bettencourt. Born and raised in Dartmouth on the …
Lee Gardner, 88 Lee Gardner played his last chukka Oct. 22, 2022. He lived a full 88 years, leaving behind his wife, Polly, and four beautiful daughters. He was an animal lover, bird lover, a botanist, …
Nancy M. Dawson, Westport Nancy M. Dawson, 82, of Westport, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022. She was the loving wife of Alec B. Dawson, OBE, and mother of Bruce S Dawson, David A. …

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