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Westport girls tennis loses hard fought match to Diman, 4-1

The Westport girls tennis team lost to Diman 4-1 in a hard fought home match on Wednesday afternoon. Three matches went three sets and three forced tie breakers. The Wildcats’ loss, their first …
Two face multiple gun and drug charges following Tiverton car stop
Two Massachusetts residents are being held without bail after officers found a large quantity of suspected fentanyl and crack cocaine, … Read More
Westport voters up allowed size of accessory apartments
Westport will ease size restrictions on in-law apartments, following a vote last week that zoning board members hope will make it … Read More
Westport toughens cell tower requirements
Telecommunications construction companies must now seriously consider alternative sites when they propose building cellular telephone … Read More
Westport voters reject 'overly restrictive' sign by-law amendments
Voters at Tuesday's Town Meeting soundly rejected a proposed change to Westport's sign by-laws that many feared could restrict their … Read More
James, Wildcats nine crush Holbrook 14-4
Clean up hitter Connor James bashed four hits, drove in four runs and scored four runs to lead the Westport baseball team as they … Read More
Singles players sweep as tennis team beats Bishop Connolly
The Wildcats singles players swept their matches as the Westport girls tennis team beat up Bishop Connolly 4-1 during a home match on … Read More
Offshore wind farm proposes cable connection through Sakonnet River, Mt. Hope Bay
The project developer contends it will generate enough clean energy to power 800,000 homes, and will plug into the grid that serves … Read More
Westport passes on override, OKs Diman and other projects at Town Meeting
Voters at Tuesday night's anual Town Meeting breezed through what could have been a contentious agenda in less than four hours, … Read More
Veteran Westport cop calls it a career
Lt. Thomas Plourde, a member of the Westport Police Department for more than three decades, is nearly ready to turn in his badge. The … Read More
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Obituaries
John Farnworth John Paul Farnworth, 87, of Tiverton, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022. He was the husband of Judith "Judie" (Hipson) Farnworth. They shared 63 years of marriage. Prior to his retirement, John was emp
Harriett Gallucci Harriett Gallucci, 85, of Warren, RI, passed away, Saturday, May 14, 2022, at home. She was the wife of Louis Gallucci. Born in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of the late Charles and H
Elizabeth Goggin Goggin, Elizabeth "Betty", 74, of Terrace Drive, Barrington, passed peacefully and surrounded by family on May 9, 2022. She leaves her sister, Virginia McGinn (Peter) of Warwick, her brother Thomas Go
Stephen Patten Stephen W. Patten, 61, died peacefully on May 9, 2022, in Westport, MA, from brain cancer (glioblastoma), surrounded by family members. Steve was the son and firstborn of Clyde G. Patten (deceased)
Richard Huling Mr. Richard A. "Rich" Huling 89 of Keystone Heights passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, May 10, 2022. He was born June 5, 1932, in Providence, Rhode Island to George and Bernice (Dickerson)...
Sports
Softball team struggles in lost to Diman With six starters on a school trip to Greece, the Westport girls softball team took one on the chin as they lost to Diman 36-1 at home on Wednesday morning. The Wildcats fall to 1-2 in the Mayflower …
Westport nine clobber Bishop Connolly 11-1 The Westport baseball team clobbered Bishop Connolly 11-1 in their home opener on Tuesday afternoon. It was the Wildcats first win of the season as they improved their record to 1-2 after two road …
Baseball preview: “Live arms,” a strength for Wildcats The Westport and Tiverton baseball teams met for their first ever scrimmage game behind the former Westport High School on a cold and raw Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers won the game 5-1. Westport …
Who will step up next season for Westport girls hoops The 14-8 girls Westport girls basketball team will be left with some big shoes to fill next season. Senior forward Lily Pichette who led the Wildcats in scoring with 249 points and rebounding with …
Opinion
Letter: Patience! Spring, and life, is returning

To the editor: It was such a long wet winter that the fields couldn’t be mowed until a few weeks ago. This did not please my beautiful pheasant and he fled next door where there was a nice …

Will Newman's letters say nothing of substance

To the editor: Why does Westport Shorelines continue to publish the lengthy and sometimes incomprehensible rants from Will Newman? His May 5 opinion piece is just another example. He uses lots of …

Letter: Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson has to go

To the editor: Sheriffs should be held to the same law conforming, financially transparent and oath abiding standards as all other elected officials in Massachusetts. Because the tenure of …

Letter: America, imploding from within

To the editor: Ka-Boom!  Could our democratic society implode from internal causes?  Tragically, this is becoming thinkable and even likely.  Many Americans seem clueless or …

Letter: Pay attention to the real threats to our liberty

To the editor: Liberty, in common usage, means “freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.” Thankfully, because of our constitution, we have a system of laws to protect …

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.