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Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Lt. Dan Ledoux announced that the annual July 4th parade will begin at 10:00 a.m.
In conjunction with the Westport Police Department, a schedule for road closures during the July 4th parade has been developed. These closures are subject to change depending on conditions arising during the day. Please allow ample time to arrive before closures take effect. It is also recommended that you bring something to drink to keep hydrated and an umbrella for protection from the sun.
The parade will start at 10:00 a.m.
Except for parade vehicles, floats, and marching groups, at approximately 9:00 a.m. traffic will be stopped from traveling North on Main Road in the area of Perry’s Bakery and West on Hixbridge Road from Route 88 Intersection and South on Main Road from Adamsville Road.
All Traffic will be stopped from traveling South on Main Road from the area of the Town Hall and onto Main Road from Adamsville Road at approximately 9:30 a.m..
All Traffic will be stopped from traveling South on Main Road from Charlotte White Road intersection at approximately 9:30 a.m.
Further closures to traffic will occur on Charlotte White Road from the Route 88 intersection and Main Road south.
No traffic will travel South on Sodom Road from Ridgeline Drive intersection when the parade approaches Sodom Road about approximately 11:00 a.m..
It is planned for the parade to end at the Holy Ghost Grounds on Sodom Road between 12:00 Noon and 1:00 PM. Please plan for these road closures in your travel plans to help maintain a safe and enjoyable July 4th Parade for everyone in our community.
If you have any questions please call Lt. Ledoux at 774.264.5191.
New regulations for parade participants insure a safe and happy parade for all.
Also, new regulations to insure a safe and courteous parade include among others: Children must be accompanied by adult supervision at all times; no political messages; no water balloons or spraying of substances into crowd (violators may be prosecuted); and maximum speed of the parade is 10 mph.
"We want everyone to have a good time," Ledoux said.
· No one will be allowed to throw candy or giveaways to the crowd from a vehicle. Only walkers will be allowed to hand candy and giveaways to onlookers.
· All motor vehicles must have a certified fire extinguisher.
· No open flames on float.
· A fire extinguisher is required for all floats and vehicles.
· No float is to be higher than 11 feet.
· All drivers are responsible for the operation and safety of their vehicle and must have responsible spotters to ensure vehicle is clear on all sides at all times.
· No one is allowed to load or unload from float/vehicle once parade starts.
· Children must be accompanied by adult supervision at all times.
· No political messages.
· Walkers must be able to keep up with the parade progress. No stopping.
· No blocking the road at the end of the parade, pull off road in de-staging area.
· A safe distance is required between floats/groups.
· No water balloons or spraying of substances into crowd, violators may be prosecuted.
· Air horns and sirens are to be kept at a reasonable level of operation.
· Parade participants are to provide detailed description of their activity, float, etc. prior to participation in the parade.
· Max speed is 10 mph during the parade.
· Bring plenty to water or drinks to avoid over heating/dehydration, sunscreen and snacks.
· Parade organizers are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Flashbacks to July 4th parade - 2011!
Above, from the left: 1. Steel from the World Trade Center on display courtesy the Westport Fire Department; 2. Snoopy and his copilot on a John Deere pursuing the Red Baron; 3. Westport's most decorated WWII veteran rides on a WWII era jeep.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
BayCoast Bank, formerly Citizens-Union Savings Bank, this week officially celebrated the opening of its latest branch, at 787 Main Road, Westport, with a ribbon-cutting attended by bank officials, as well as representatives of the Town of Westport Board of Selectmen and the Massachusetts legislature.
The brand new branch was built by BayCoast Bank and is located in the Central Village area of Westport. BayCoast Bank Executive Vice President Carl Taber, in welcoming the guests at the ribbon cutting, talked about how delighted everyone is to have a location in Westport and how much the bank looks forward to being a part of the community.
State Representative Paul Schmid addressed the group, saying how pleased everyone is to have BayCoast Bank as a Westport neighbor. His sentiments were echoed by Karen Almeida from the office of State Senator Michael Rodrigues, who presented a citation from the Massachusetts Senate congratulating the bank on its new location. Other local officials included Selectman Chairman Richard Spirlet and Selectman Antone Vieira.
Nicholas Christ, President and CEO of BayCoast Bank, said, “We look forward to a long and great relationship with the Town of Westport and its residents. And we are very grateful for the wonderful reception that we have received from our new neighbors and friends.”
Photo caption: Left to right: Shown at the Westport ribbon-cutting are State Representative Paul Schmid; Richard Spirlet, Chairman-Board of Selectman, Westport; Karen Almeida, Representing State Senator Michael Rodrigues; Abraham Ehrenhaus, Chairman of the Board, BayCoast Bank; Nicholas Christ, President and CEO, BayCoast Bank; Gina Palmer, Branch Manager, Bay Coast Bank; Ann Ramos-Desrosiers, SVP & Chief Community Banking Officer, BayCoast Bank; and Carl Taber, EVP & Chief Lending Officer, BayCoast Bank.
BayCoast Bank Westport Branch
Phone number: 508.636.2044
About BayCoast Bank
BayCoast Bank, formerly Citizens-Union Savings Bank, is a mutually-owned savings bank which was chartered in 1851.Currently, the Bank serves southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with locations in Fall River, New Bedford, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, North Dighton, Fairhaven, Westport, and Tiverton, RI. BayCoast Bank offers a wide range of financial services including investment management, trust services, and insurance and brokerage services to consumers and businesses. Its affiliates include BayCoast Financial Services, offering stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities and college savings plans; and Partners Insurance Group, LLC, an independent agency representing several insurance companies that provide automobile, home, life and business coverage. Nicholas Christ is the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Main headquarters are at 30 Bedford St, Fall River, MA 02721. For additional information on the Bank or its services, please visit www.BayCoastBank.com or call 508.678.7641.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
A group of volunteers and corporate donors led by former Selectman James Coyne paid for the reconditioning of the old, worn-out guidepost to Westport's seat of government.
"The old one was a disgrace," Coyne said.
The freshened sign was reinstalled Sunday morning, "just in time for Westport's 225th birthday party," he said.
Above: from the left - Jim Coyne, Nick Fernandes, Roger Chandanais and John Fielding installed the new sign Sunday morning.
John Fielding of Fielding Signs in Westport did the yeoman's work, grinding down the original mahogany board, and re-"reliefing" and painting the distinctive marquee a shiny burgundy color.
The old mahogany board's surface was deteriorating, Fielding said. "I had to bring the surface down quite a bit, and then recut the reliefs and lettering. It was all done by hand."
The new Town Hall was built in 1939; the old Town Hall is just further south down the road and now occupied by the St. John the Baptist Religious Education Center, across from the Grange.
And, by the way, the historic Westport Town Hall never looked so good thanks to the efforts of that green-thumbed group - Westport River Gardeners.
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