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Once a lengthy document that contained a dizzying array of rules, steps, fees, inspections and prohibitions, an updated version of the town’s proposed Bed and Breakfast and Short Term Rental … more
Monday, Nov. 20 A caller from Forge Road reported suspicious activity just before 3:30 p.m. A caller reported a motor vehicle violation on State Road at 4:28 p.m. Police deemed it … more
The owners of a $3.6 million home at Westport Point have been ordered before the historical commission Monday evening to explain how they will correct what the commission’s chairman and … more
While skyrocketing land prices threaten open farmland across the South Coast, the Westport Land Conservation Trust recently received a valuable and generous gift — a donated conservation … more
There are more personnel changes coming at the Westport Police Department, following the selection last week of Detective Sgt. Christopher Dunn as the department’s next chief. Several days … more
Friday was a big day for two Westport officers who just weeks earlier saved a man’s life while responding to a call. At noon Friday, Nov. 17, officers Michael Chicca and Jarrod Levesque … more
They’re still the best views anywhere, but it will cost a bit more to park at town beaches starting next season. The Board of Selectmen Monday evening approved a beach commission request … more
Coffers are overflowing at the Westport Food Bank, after police dropped off hundreds of pounds of donated food Thursday morning (above, Sgt. Robert Rebello and Detective Michelle Donovan load up an … more
The state champion Westport Wildcats — doesn’t that sound good! — received a hero’s welcome Saturday night when they returned home after knocking off Douglas on the road to … more
Marcos Dutra Africano and Tommy Bernard scored as the gritty Westport soccer team shut out Boston International 2-0 in the Division 5 state semifinal game at Scituate High School on Tuesday night. … more
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