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New Bedford, Massachusetts – The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Southeastern Massachusetts including Bristol County and New Bedford, late tonight through Friday afternoon.  According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to change to snow after midnight tonight with heavy snow expected early Friday morning and through the Friday morning commute.  At this time, the forecast calls for a total snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches. 
 

Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban Effective Midnight Tonight, Thursday, February 4, 2016

 

In preparation for the approaching snowstorm, the City of New Bedford has announced a citywide snow emergency parking ban to take effect at midnight tonight, Thursday, February 4, 2016. The parking ban will be strictly enforced and will remain in effect for 48-hours thereafter, unless lifted or further extended by City officials. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to allow public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely. 

 

“Given the forecast and the timing of this snowstorm, we hope to be in a position to lift the parking ban during the day on Friday and minimize any disruption to local businesses and residents,” said Ronald Labelle, Commissioner of New Bedford Public Infrastructure. 

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the north side of all streets going east and west, and is permitted on the east side of all streets going north and south.  The permitted side of the street is typically the side opposite of the fire hydrants.

Please note that on streets which are normally posted for parking on one side of the street only, residents are to obey the signs as usual.

Vehicles should never be parked within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant or twenty (20) feet from a corner as required by law, regardless of whether a snow ban is in effect, or not.

Double-sided Parking Ban Areas

 

To increase public safety during storm events, as of January 2016, the areas designated for a double-sided parking ban have been expanded to include sections of five new streets (listed below), in addition to the Downtown and Acushnet Avenue Business Districts where a double-sided ban has been in place in years past.

 

The new street sections were selected because they are major routes for ambulances, school buses, and SRTA buses, and have a history of large vehicles being unable to successfully navigate due to the narrowness of the street.

 

During a snow emergency parking ban, no parking is therefore permitted on either side of the street in the following areas:

  • Downtown Business District: Downtown New Bedford between Walnut Street northerly to the Octopus and County Street easterly to JFK Boulevard
  • Acushnet Avenue Business District: Acushnet Avenue, Coggeshall Street to Tarkiln Hill Road
  • Ashley Boulevard (from Nash Road to Coggeshall Street)
  • County Street (from Union Street to Sawyer Street)
  • Kempton Street (from Rockdale Avenue to Pleasant Street)
  • Mill Street (from Rockdale Avenue to Pleasant Street)
  • Cottage Street (Union Street to Durfee Street)

Violations of the snow emergency parking ban will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

 

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

 

·       Victory Park - Brock Avenue

·       Hazelwood Park - Brock Avenue

·       Cove Street Parking Lot - Cove Street and Morton Court

·       Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field

·       Buttonwood Park Parking Area - Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side

·       Former St. Mary’s Home – Entrance on Mill Street

·       Coggeshall Street Parking Lot - Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue

·       Sawyer Street Parking Lot - Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street

·       Brooklawn Park Parking Area - Brooklawn Street (South Side)

·       Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue

·       Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments

·       Former AVX site on Belleville Avenue at Hadley Street

·       Former Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue

·       Elm Street Garage

·       Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

·       New Bedford High School - 230 Hathaway Boulevard

·       Keith Middle School - 225 Hathaway Boulevard

·       Normandin Middle School - 81 Felton Street

·       Roosevelt Middle School - 119 Fredrick Street

·       Charles S Ashley Elementary School  - 122 Rochambeau Street

·       Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elementary School - 212 Nemasket Street

·       Elwyn G Campbell Elementary School - 145 Essex Street

·       Sgt Wm H Carney Academy Elementary School - 247 Elm Street

·       Lot at intersection of Elm and Cottage (Southeast Corner)

·       James B Congdon Elementary School - 50 Hemlock Street

·       John B DeValles Elementary School - 120 Katherine Street

·       Alfred J Gomes Elementary School - 286 South Second Street

·       Ellen R Hathaway Elementary School - 256 Court Street

·       Hayden/McFadden Elementary School - 361 Cedar Grove Street

·       Horatio A Kempton Elementary School - 135 Shawmut Avenue

·       Abraham Lincoln Elementary School - 445 Ashley Boulevard

·       Carlos Pacheco Elementary School - 261 Mt. Pleasant Street

·       John Avery Parker Elementary School - 705 County Street

·       Casmir Pulaski Elementary School - 1097 Braley Road

·       Thomas R Rodman Elementary School - 497 Mill Street

·       William H Taylor Elementary School - 620 Brock Avenue

·       SEA LAB/John Hannigan Elementary School - 91 Portland Street

·       Jireh Swift Elementary School - 2203 Acushnet Avenue

·       Betsey B Winslow Elementary School - 561 Allen Street

 

Emergency Shelter to Open at PAACA for Residents in Need of Shelter

 

In light of the approaching storm, the City of New Bedford Emergency Management Department has requested the opening of the emergency overflow shelter at Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction, Inc.(PAACA)’s 360 Coggeshall Street facility tonight.  Intakes will begin at 6:30PM.

 

Sand Available to City Residents at Various Locations

 

The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at many locations throughout the city.  Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect the sand at any of the following locations:

 


·       Norfolk St & Acushnet Ave

·       N.E.C. Toby St & Acushnet Ave

·       N.E.C. Manila St & Acushnet Ave

·       Fire Station #5 –Acushnet Ave

·       N.E.C. Phillips Rd & Pine Hill Dr

·       Welby Rd, North Side, Between Two Buildings

·       N.E.C. Essex St & Phillips Rd, Campbell School

·       Saint Theresa’s Church – Acushnet Ave

·       S.E.C. Balls Corner, Mill Rd & Belleville Ave

·       Saint Mary’s School/Church –Illinois St

·       S.E.C. Tarkiln Hill Rd & Acushnet Ave

·       Police Station #3 - Ashley Blvd

·       Wood St x Edna St

·       Wilks Library –Acushnet Ave & Princeton St

·       S.W.C. Ashley Blvd & Princeton St

·       S.W.C. Belleville Rd & Hope St

·       Mount Pleasant St on Nash Rd Side (in place)

·       Fire Station –Davis St & Acushnet Ave

·       S.E.C. Deane St & Ashley Blvd

·       S.W.C. Bullard St & Acushnet Ave

·       Shawmut Ave & Hathaway Road, Between the Driveways

·       S.E.C. Acushnet Ave & Sawyer St

·       N.E.C. Sawyer St & Mount Pleasant St

·       S.W.C. Beetle St & North Front St

·       S.W.C. Beetle St & N. Front St

·       N.W.C. Coggeshall St & Ashley Blvd

·       S.W.C. Coggeshall St & Purchase St

·       10 Kilburn St

·       S.E.C. Purchase St & Logan St

·       Rockdale Ave & Granite St

·       Linden St & County St, South Side of Linden St

·       Fire Station #7 –Durfee St & Cottage St

·       Durfee St & Shawmut Ave

·       Red Cross, Rockdale Ave & Durfee St

·       N.E.C. Purchase St & Wamsutta Ave

·       Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Studley St & Summer St, On West Side

·       N.E.C. Merrimac St & County St

·       1554 Purchase St, Fire Repair

·       Pleasant St & Franklin St

·       Parker St & County St, East Side of County St

·       N.E.C. Parker St & Rockdale Ave

·       Pleasant St & Pearl St

·       S.W.C. Purchase St & Campbell St

·       Cottage St & Campbell St

·       S.E.C. Sycamore St & State St

·       County St & Sycamore St

·       1204 Pleasant St, Rear Lot of Fire Prevention

·       Maxfield St & Pleasant St

·       E.M.T.S. Chancery St, Inside Parking Area

·       S.E.C. Summer St & Hillman St

·       N.W.C. Ash St & Hillman St

·       Fire Station #2 –Pleasant St

·       N.W.C. County St & North St

·       H.D.C. Pope’s Island Marina

·       Third District Court, North Side of Kempton St

·       N.W.C. Liberty St & Kempton St

·       Pleasant St & Middle St

·       South Sixth St & Middle St

·       County St & Middle St

·       Elm St Garage, On Acushnet Ave

·       Buttonwood Library

·       Pier 3 –Visitors Center

·       S.E.C. South Water St & Hamilton St

·       William St & Acushnet Ave, Custom House Square

·       City Hall, Pleasant St Side

·       S.W.C. Centre St & Front St

·       N.E.C. Market St & Sixth St

·       N.W.C. Second St & Union St

·       S.W.C. Union St & Acushnet Ave

·       N.E.C. Purchase St & Union St

·       Eighth St and Union St

·       N.E.C. County St & Union St

·       N.W.C. Spring St & Pleasant St

·       Zeiterion Garage, Acushnet Ave Entrance

·       S.E.C. School St & Purchase St

·       S.E.C. School St & Sixth St

·       N.E.C. School St & County St

·       N.W.C. Walnut St & Acushnet Ave

·       Maple St & Atlantic St, at the Handicapped School

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Fall River Mayor and School Committee Chair Jasiel Correia II tells WSAR, on today's edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'', that cuts to the Fiscal Year 2017 School Department budget may be unavoidable due to a $7 million structural deficit, as while the goal of hitting Net School Spending could be in reach, a Level Services Budget may be unlikely. 

Currently the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covers around 80% of the Fall River School Department's Fiscal Year Budget, with the city funding the remaining 20%.

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This is a text of a release from the Sixth Floor of Government Center in Fall River regarding the second parking ban of the Winter Season. 

 

 

 

Fall River, MA - Mayor Jasiel F. Correia announces a citywide parking ban which will go into effect at 11:00 p.m. tonight, February 4, until further notice, due to the storm forecast to hit the area in the overnight hours. 

 

Mayor Correia stated, “We appreciate the cooperation of city residents during the last storm. We’ll need that same cooperation for this one to make sure that the snow removal goes as smoothly as possible.”

 

Motorists are reminded that when a parking ban is in effect, parking is allowed on the north side of all city streets that run east and west and that parking is allowed on the west side of all streets that run north and south. In most cases this means no parking on the fire hydrant side.

 

Motorists are asked to participate in the parking ban to allow emergency vehicles, including police, fire and medical, clear access to all streets while allowing better access for snow plows for cleaner and safer streets.

 

Parking is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any street that is divided by a traffic median but parking against the median is prohibited.

 

If any vehicle is in violation of the parking ban and must be towed to clear streets for plows or emergency vehicles, the owner must call the Police Department at 508-324-2801 for the location of the towed vehicle. All towing fees must be paid to the respective tow company prior to release of the stored vehicle.

 

Parking is available at the following locations until the ban is no longer in effect: Flint municipal parking lot on Cash Street and the municipal lot on Columbia Street/Hunter Street.

 

Resident are also reminded that reserving parking spaces on public streets is prohibited by law as is shoveling or blowing snow into a public street.  Property owners should make sidewalks passable to pedestrians by sundown on the day of a snowstorm.

 

Residents are advised to tune in to the local radio stations WSAR 1480 and WHTB 1400 for any updates related to the ban. Also stay tuned to cable channel 17, 18 FRED-FRGTV and the City website www.fallriverma.org as well as WLNE 6, WJAR 10 and WPRI 12 and heraldnews.com.

 

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While the prices of a barrel of Light Sweet Crude were up last week during international trading, the impact on gasoline prices were not impacted by sudden gains, which moved the price of a barrel of oil to the $35 mark. 
 
Those gains were wiped out Monday in trading, as oil closed at $31.28. 
 
Triple A Northeast find the price of a gallon of regular self serve unleaded gasoline at $1.81, three cents lower than a week ago, compared to a national average of a $1.80. 
 
Triple A Northeast is finding a price range of 46 cents, from a low of a $1.63 to a high of $2.09. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a letter on their website which was posted Monday Morning, the ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox have pledged that any planning for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox has been ''put on the back burner'', after a spring of discontent one year ago when new ownership, which included members of the Red Sox Major League Ownership Group, tried to secure financing for a new ballpark on the Providence Waterfront, which was ultimately rejected. 

The new ownership, represented in the letter by Red Sox Partner Larry Lucchino, says relationships between the Red Sox Triple A Franchise, the city of Pawtucket, and the state of Rhode Island are now,''open, candid and collaborative'' while admitting the franchise still has financial issues when compared to other International League Franchises that have new ballparks. 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Fall River City Council's Committee on Public Safety will meet for the first time in 2016 on Tuesday at 5:30 in Second Floor Council Chambers in Government Center. 

 

The Committee has a seven item agenda, including a discussion on Bristol County being designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking area. 

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State House News Services is reporting that Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator Mike Rodrigues is moving in to the a leadership role in the Senate on Beacon Hill, as he is now the Assistant Majority Whip, adding to his co-chairmanship of the Committee on Revenue. 

Rodrigues was the Bristol Eighth District State Rep from 1996 until 2010; he moved into the Massachusetts Senate after Former Senator Joan Menard retired in 2011. 




 

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The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved Bristol Community College's New Associate in Science in Life Sciences Program. 
 
The new academic program has two different concentrations, one of them in Biotechnology and Forensics D-N-A, with a second involving a Biology Concentration. 

BCC says new labor reports indicated that in Bristol County alone there are some 45 different STEM Occupations that require employees with at least an associates degree. 
 
 
 
 

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Fall River's Unemployment Rate for December moved up by nearly a full percentage point to an even 8%, as the number of those newly unemployed moved up by 335 people. 
 
New Bedford matched Fall River at an even 8%, while Taunton checked in at 5.7%, while Swansea and Somerset hovered either below or just above five percent. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WSAR Managing General Partner James Karam has contributed $50,000 to an endowment he created to encourage future leaders in the SouthCoast. 

 

The $5,000 rewards are renewable up to four years; the fund has a current endowment of some $600,000. 

 

Karam is the founder and owner of the First Bristol Corporation, which has made significant real estate investments during the last three decades. 

 

 

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Fall River and New Bedford have announced Parking Bans in advance of this weekend's Snow Event, as Fall River is asking motorists to move their vehicles before 12:01 AM EST Saturday Morning, and 12am in New Bedford. 

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Situation:  A winter storm developing over the Tennessee Valley today will track off the mid-Atlantic coast tonight and Saturday.  This winter storm will intensify rapidly once it heads off the coast south of Long Island.  There still remains some uncertainty with the exact storm track; a slight shift of 30-50 miles northward may mean higher snowfall totals, particularly in southeastern Massachusetts.  Anyone traveling in the next 24 to 36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans should winter weather develop.

 

Watches/Warnings:
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the south coast of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the islands from Saturday morning through Sunday morning.  Snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches possible.  A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hr period, or 8 or more inches in a 24 hr period.

 

A High Wind Watch has been issued for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.  The strongest winds will occur Saturday afternoon and evening. 

 

Winds: Southeast MA will experience the strongest winds; northeast winds of 30-40 mph with gusts to 50-60 mph. These winds are capable of downing trees and power lines as well as causing property damage.  In addition, the strong winds may result in considerable blowing snow in some areas of southeast MA resulting in very poor visibility.

 

Coastal Flooding: High astronomical tides will combine with strong onshore Northeast winds to yield a risk for minor to moderate coastal flooding along the Eastern Massachusetts coast.  The greatest risk of coastal flooding would occur from Scituate south through Cape Cod Bay, including the island of Nantucket.  The most vulnerable tide cycle appears to be the late Sunday morning to midday high tide.  Near shore roads and basements near shore may become flooded.

 

Snowfall:  Snow will begin Saturday afternoon and will overspread the region through Sunday morning. Heavy snow up to 6 inches along the south coast, Cape and Islands.  Heavy wet snow may combine with strong winds to result in scattered power outages.  Snowfall of 2-4 inches south of the Mass Pike and 1-2 inches north of the Mass Pike.  Snowfall for the Berkshire is expected to be a dusting to an inch.

 

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While pledging to work with the Massachusetts Great and General Court to keep taxes at current rates, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urged lawmakers to pass an Omnibus Opiod bill that has been altered by House leadership, while also asking for work to continue on reforming  the Department of Children and Family Services, and for a lift of a cap on the number of Charter Schools. 

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 WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS... SOUTH COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS. CITIES AND TOWNS IN THE WINTER STORM WATCH INCLUDE FALL RIVER... NEW BEDFORD... MATTAPOISETT... CHATHAM... FALMOUTH... PROVINCETOWN... VINEYARD HAVEN... NANTUCKET... NARRAGANSETT... WESTERLY... NEWPORT AND BLOCK ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES... HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS... POSSIBLE SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 7 INCHES.

* TIMING... SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS... SNOW COVERED ROADS. ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER DEVELOP.

* WINDS... NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES... AROUND 30.

* VISIBILITIES... ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ACCUMULATING SNOW OF 6 OR MORE INCHES IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD... OR 8 OR MORE INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER DEVELOP.

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SituationA storm system developing over the southeast states tonight through Friday is currently forecasted to track off the mid-Atlantic coast Friday night and Saturday.  The storm will intensify rapidly once it heads off the coast.  Strong winds and coastal flooding are likely across portions of Eastern Massachusetts.  There is a risk for heavy snow across the region, with the greatest threat over Southeast Massachusetts.  If the storm tracks closer to the coast, heavy snow would be possible farther North.  If the storm tracks farther offshore, the threat of heavy snow will diminish.  The exact track of the storm will dictate the intensity of the following storm impacts:

 

Winds: Northeast winds up to 50mph (low risk of 60mph), with the strongest winds Saturday night into Sunday morning over Cape Cod and the Islands.  Wind speeds of this magnitude may bring down tree limbs and result in isolated to scattered power outages.

 

Coastal Flooding: High Astronomical tides will combine with strong onshore Northeast winds to yield a risk for minor, to perhaps pockets of moderate coastal flooding along the Eastern Massachusetts coast.  Strongest winds appear to be focused over Cape Cod and the Islands.  The greatest risk of coastal flooding would occur from Boston southward into Plymouth County to the Upper Cape including the island of Nantucket.  The most vulnerable tide cycle appears to be the late Sunday morning to midday high tide

 

Heavy Snow Potential: Snow will overspread the region Saturday from southwest to northeast.  Snow may not reach northern Massachusetts until Saturday evening. The northern edge of the heavy snow shield will likely setup over or near southern New England.  Some areas could potentially receive significant snow (6+ inches), while other locations within a relatively short distance may receive very little snow.  This sharp snowfall gradient may shift north or south with later forecasts.  A shift in storm track as little as 50 miles could be the difference between heavy snow staying offshore versus over Southeast MA.  At this point, the greatest risk for heavy snow (6+ inches) is along the south coast of Massachusetts.

 

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ESPN.com is reporting that in the run up to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith said it's fair to label Tom Brady a crybaby because of the amount of time the Patriots quarterback spends looking for flags from officials when sacked.

 

 "That would be an accurate statement. I've never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady," Smith told reporters on Monday, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. "Every time he gets sacked he looks at the ref like, 'You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'"

Smith wasn't all negative about Brady. He praised the veteran's competitiveness and drive -- even if there are a few tears involved.

WSAR has both the AFC and NFC Championship Games Sunday afternoon with coverage underway at 2pm, followed by continuing coverage with Fox Sports Radio. 

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A House Committee heard testimony on a proposal to add a surtax to the incomes of Massachusetts Taxpayers who earn $1 million or more a year, as the Massachusetts House and Senate must still vote on the proposal, and Governor Baker must sign it, before it would be ultimately decided by Massachusetts Voters in 2017 at the earliest. 

 

If approved, the proceeds would be  used to fund public education and transportation projects. 

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The mayors of Fall River and New Bedford, among others, are in Washington for the National Conference of Mayors;Fall River Mayor Jasiel  Correia II tells WSAR that he was set to meet with Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on topics including the CSO Project, while Jon Mitchell in New Bedford will head a discussion on Green Energy this week.  

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A pair of $1 million dollar tickets were sold in the Commonwealth as part of the run up to the record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing last night, including one in East Bridgewater.

 

According to the ''Boston Globe'' and the Massachusetts Lottery, ticket sales for the latest Powerball drawing totaled nearly $33 million, with over $17 million sold on Wednesday, the day of the drawing. 

 

The Powerball Jackpot reverts to its $40 million starting point for Saturday. 

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Fall River City Council Member Ray Mitchell suggested earlier this week that the Fall River Municipal Financial Team, along with that of the School Department, along with other stakeholders, meet together to decide once and for all who is responsible for paying for various items. 
 
Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros tells WSAR that methodology is a hangup in the process, and that three items--insurance on various real estate, workers compensation and transportation--are at the crux of the problem. 
 
The initial construction of both municipal and school department budgets is underway for Fiscal Year 2017, with the process accelerating through the Spring. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II will announce what is being termed as a reorganization of Fall River Municipal Government, ''including the creation of a new city government department, and the elimination of positions'', at an event in the Fall River Room at Government Center starting at 3:30pm.

WSAR will have video from the event on WSAR's Facebook page this afternoon, and reports on 1480 WSAR during the 4 and 5pm hours, and on Friday Morning. 

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With inclement weather predicted for this evening, MassDOT urges drivers to travel with caution as MassDOT crews treat roadways through the evening commute and overnight.  As inclement weather is anticipated this evening, construction work previously planned along Greater Boston state roadways will be cancelled to allow for storm preparations. 

 

As MassDOT plows and spreaders treat the roadways, it is important to keep 200 feet behind our equipment as visibility can be reduced in the storm conditions.  It is important that drivers stay alert and remain patient to allow for extra time in getting to their destinations.

 

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The New Harbour Mall is beginning its transformation later this year into a new shopping area with anywhere from 25 to 30 tenants on Fall River's South Side, as FROED Executive Vice President Ken Fiola tells WSAR that a construction schedule is still being formalized. 

 

Besides the current KMart location, the rest of the mall has been closed. 

 

A possible tenant roster could be developed and announced in the first quarter of 2016. 

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The five new members of the Fall River City Council, including three members who are serving for the first time, will join four returning members tonight for the first meeting of 2016, with a request from the Correia Administration to create a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator that was announced earlier this week. 

 

Advertising on City Owned properties is being brought back to the discussion stage in one of three resolutions including one that seeks to create a Budget Prep, Revenue and Audit Committee. 

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Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II is set to appoint a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Michael Aguiar, who is the current prevention Services Director at STARR.

 

The official announcement happens Monday Morning in Government Center.

 

Correia says he wants Fall River to be a model in the fight against the scourge of drug abuse. 

 

 

 

 

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The 2016 Fall River City Council has been given their Committee Assignments this week in advance of their first session later this month. 

First term Council Member Cliff Ponte will be the chair for Ordinances and Legislation, a slot held by Jasiel Correia II until he secured the Mayor's Office in November. 

First term Council member Pam Laliberte Lebeau will direct the public safety committee. 
 
 
 

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The Rhode Island Senate is prepared to debate legislation in Providence that would make it a crime to leave a child under the age of 7 by themselves inside a motor vehicle.
Provisions include a $1,000 fine and license suspension of up to three years.
Under current Rhode Island statutes, leaving your kid unattended in your car is subject to a verbal warning.
The legislation was prompted in part by an incident at Wrentham Outlets Parking Lot when a woman left an 8 month old infant alone in a vehicle, while the  outside temperature was 22.  
 
 
 

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Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton are among the 40 locations in the Commonwealth that will be receiving anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 in order to purchase, carry and administer the opioid overdose reversal drug Naloxone by Police and Fire Departments; the grants are being administered by the Baker Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 
 
 
 
 
 

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