A variety of West Island events captured by our HD cameras
Matt Brasells﻿ of Fairhaven stopped by Taylor Sea Foods on Long Island across from Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven, MA and looked over dozens of brand new oyster growers manufactured by Ketcham Traps of New Bedford. Each unit is hand made and designed to take a pounding in the open water and can be seen off West Island. Matt proudly stated: "Made In The USA." Matt is my nephew and is also a fan of The West Island Weather Station .http://www.westislandweather.com/
The Fairhaven Improvement Association held it's annual ($42.00 a plate) Lobster Bake at The West Island Improvement Association hall on Sunday July 21, 2013. Unlike the unfortunate weather cancellation of The Homecoming Fair almost a month prior, an isolated shower gave way to sunny skies. The West Island Improvement Association will hold a similar bake on August 18. Photos by MLBaron - Special to The Advocate
Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station.
The "BLUE MOON" , a cabin cruiser that ran aground after losing its mooring during a nor'easter on Friday morning October 2, 2015. The vessel was pulled back into the water by Robert "Hoppy" Hobson and his lobster boat. The pleasure boat was freed up about 11AM at high tide from the south end of Long Island at Hoppy's Landing. Captain Sakwa, an experienced oarsman rowed a line to the grounded boat. The Fairhaven Harbormaster Tim Cox and Assistant Harbormaster Richard Dube assisted. Enter HD for best quality. MLBaron SkyWarn HD Video
A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY today, met for perfect conditions for Bill, of Lakeville. He's been kite surfing for over 10 years and enjoys certain spots around the coast with the right wind direction. "I do it for the exercise" Bill said. He uses caution to the rocky shoreline and obstacles below the surface. His greatest concern, though, is when the wind gets to strong, he has to hover in place. Northwesterly winds at 25MPH offered a nice breeze for surfing close to shore along the north side of the Causeway to West Island, this Veteran's Day, November 11, 2016 about 130PM. The temperature was quite mild for this time of year at 60 degrees for a high at this location. The wind chill could drop later tonight into the 20's when a brief cold spell enters for the weekend. Small Craft Advisories for Buzzards Bay will expire Saturday morning at 7AM. *ML's Note: Bill has New Bedford ties as a fisherman. His Dad owned a couple of boats. He worked on board as a technician.
A vintage West Island cottage built-in 1955 was demolished August 19, 2019 to make way for a new home at the corner of Bluepoint Rd and Dogwood St. The cottage was one of the "originals" that gave the island its unique charm and identity. There's still a few remaining scattered about, some (but not all) now surrounded by silly "McMansions". A sign of the times. More changes to the neighborhood with Bluepoint Rd getting blacktopped anytime now. The 70-year-old dirt road has been marked off with stakes. *ML's Note: You could rent a West Island summer cottage like this for $10.00 per month, the year it was built in 1955.
The West Island Improvement Association held it's very popular Chinese Auction on Saturday, August 15, 2009. As always a full house for this popular fund raising event. Proceeds go towards support of the association and it's building and upkeep.
Father and Son spend Father's Day at the West Island causeway. Other family members from New Bedford joined in the traditional Father's Day fishing trip to the causeway which has become an annual event for them. Today's forecast: Sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph...Becoming northwest with gusts up to 20 mph. TONIGHT Mostly clear. Cooler with lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph in the evening...Becoming light and variable.
This golf cart rode across the West Island causeway back and forth from the marina to a waterfront house on the island. This rig was cruising at 30 MPH full of "adult" passengers feeling like kids again, breaking some rules in an unregistered rig., having a good time. Apparently the long walk over the causeway was just too much for this bunch. The "snow-birds" have arrived indeed
The West Island Improvement Association kicks off their first Sunday Breakfast for the 2009 Summer Season. This popular breakfast event attracts both islanders and those from the mainland for a tasty and yes, legendary buffet style breakfast. Proceeds benefit the association.
Marine One, The President's helicopter was buzzing around Buzzards Bay and West Island, Fairhaven, MA today. Unknown who was on board. It's altitude was approximately 500 feet headed on course 060 towards the Cape Cod Canal. President Obama is planning a vacation at Martha's Vineyard nearby.