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Text to 9-1-1 in MA Now Active


TEXT TO 911 NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH


Public Safety Officials Urge Those in Need of Emergency Services to “Call if you can, text if you can’t”


BOSTON – January 16, 2019 – The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available throughout the Commonwealth.

 

All Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 911 system.

 

The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since 2015.  


Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to place a voice call. 

 

“This is a significant improvement to our 911 system that will save lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in need.” 

 

To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 911 in the “To” field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field.

 

It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.  

 


“Having the ability to contact a 911 call center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak, Executive Director of the State 911 Department. “Text to 911 also provides direct access to 911 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”

 

It is important to note that the 911 call center may not always have your exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a Text to 911 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.  

 

The State 911 Department encourages citizens to Text to 911 only when a voice call is not possible.  

Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”

 

 

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R-I Wagering App Legislation Introduced


President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio will submit legislation in the Senate this afternoon to allow mobile sports wagering through the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.

 

“The new in-person sportsbook that opened in November has been very popular, with lines stretching out the doors,” said President Ruggerio. “It is an entertainment option that many Rhode Islanders enjoy, and visitors from outside the state are also flocking to our gaming facilities to place their wagers on sporting events.

 

Expanding to mobile gaming would provide a convenient option for those wishing to enjoy this form of entertainment, and open up the economic benefits beyond the walls of Twin River. I can envision a group of friends from out-of-state spending an evening out in a local establishment where they can both watch the game and place a wager.”

 

The legislation would enable the creation of an app consumers could use to access the sports gaming offerings at Twin River from anyplace within the parameters of the state of Rhode Island.

 

Consumers must initially set up their accounts in person at Twin River, and thereafter could place a wager from anywhere in the state.

 

They must be physically in the state of Rhode Island in order to wager. The system would utilize technology to determine the location of any person placing a wager, and would not accept wagers from outside of the state’s boundaries.

 

Similar to other states, such as New Jersey, wagering is received upon a server-based gaming system located on the premises of the casinos, and therefore deemed to be placed and accepted at the casino. 

 

The State of Rhode Island would continue to receive 51 percent of all winnings from sports wagering, among the highest rates in the country.

 

“Revenue from sports gaming supports critical state services, like road and bridge repairs, education and human services. This revenue offsets reliance on taxes for state needs,” said President Ruggerio. “It is estimated that 97 percent of sports betting takes place illegally. This is an opportunity to give Rhode Islanders and visitors a legal avenue to participate in an activity they enjoy, while providing a very tangible benefit to our state.”

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Connors Charged With Manslaughter


Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, III announced that Adam James Conners, 29, of Fall River is now officially being charged with Manslaughter in connection to the Saturday night homicide of 39-year-old Joseph Reading.

 

The defendant, who was already arraigned Monday afternoon on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury, is due back in Fall River District Court on Friday for a dangerousness hearing.

 

 It is likely he will be arraigned on the new Manslaughter charge during that upcoming court appearance.  

 

Mr. Conners and his co-defendant Mark Costa, 26, of Fall River, were both ordered held without bail pending the results of dangerousness hearings on Friday.  

 

Mr. Costa is charged only with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon--causing substantial injury.


On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at approximately 11:35 pm Fall River Police responded to the area of Church and Hall Street for a motor vehicle accident.  

 

When officers arrived they located the victim, Joseph Reading, in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle bleeding and unresponsive.  

 

Mr. Reading was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

 

Police investigation revealed that the victim had attended a gathering at 160 Hall Street in Fall River where he was involved in an altercation and was injured.  
 
 The investigation is ongoing by the Massachusetts State Police Unit assigned to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the Fall River Police Department.  Assistant District Attorney Patrick Driscoll is prosecuting the cases.
 
 

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Issues With Aircraft During Shutdown


Boston, MA –  As the partial government shutdown moves into its fourth week, aviation safety specialists across New England and the country are speaking out to warn passengers that skeleton inspection staffing is lowering safety standards at airports throughout the country.
 
While a handful of inspectors were mandated back to work today under “emergency” conditions, many remain sidelined by the shutdown, meaning more flights across the region are taking off without independent oversight by qualified aviation safety specialists at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
 
Now, those inspectors are speaking out, saying skeleton crews are not enough to keep the skies as safe as possible for area passengers. While airline companies may conduct their own checks, the FAA safety inspectors charged with double-checking the work of those airlines and ensuring companies play by the rules have been sidelined since December 22. It’s a major concern for all travelers, say the workers who conduct the inspections.
 
“The government shutdown has put a tremendous strain on the workers, but more so I believe it has put a strain on the aviation industry and its safety,” said Stephen K. Brown in a statement released today on behalf of employees belonging to the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) union. Brown, a resident of Belmont, NH, works at the FAA’s Boston Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) where he serves as an Aviation Safety Inspector, Safety Program Manager and National Resource Inspector. Brown’s statement continued:
 
“With the government shutdown and the furlough of Aviation Safety Inspectors across the nation, this line of defense on regulatory and safety oversight has just disintegrated. Aviation Inspectors, like myself, have been forced to cease inspections on the airworthiness and operations of many commercial entities, from the large major air carriers down to the local commercial flight school. The nation and the public are now in a position where the is little to no oversight on all these commercial operations, yet they are allowed to operate. Unscrupulous or naive operators and operations can be conducted within our system without any regulatory oversight, inspections or investigations. While some inspectors are being recalled, we are all essential to the safety of the National Airspace System and should all be on the job for the American flying public.
 
Historically, inspectors like Brown had been classified as excepted employees and would have been required to work. However, that was changed in 2013 with the nation’s second longest shutdown. On Monday, some of Brown’s colleagues were called back to work on an “emergency” basis, but it’s unclear how long that will last for – and when the services will return to being fully staffed.
 
PASS National President Mike Perrone spoke at a federal employee rally on Capitol Hill last week and said:

“We stand with those in the labor and aviation communities to let Congress and the White House know that this government shutdown hurts the employees we proudly represent and impacts the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct important safety-related functions. Essential aviation professionals have been forced to the sidelines and their important work is not getting done. Without a fully functioning FAA, a layer of safety is missing. Let me say that again: Without a fully functioning FAA, a layer of safety is missing.”

Additional updates from the PASS union and President Perrone are available online at https://www.passnational.org.
 
 
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Fall River Driver Allegedly Hits Two Girls


On Monday, January 14th, 2019, at approximately 6:45 am, Officers Nicholas Hoar and Tyler Paquette of Fall River Police Departments Uniform Division were called to the intersection of County Street and Eastern Avenue in response to a call that 2 children had been hit by a car while on their way to school. 

 

Witnesses stated a car ignored the crossing guard (who was holding a stop sign, wearing his reflective vest and blowing his whistle) failed to stop and struck two children who were crossing northbound Eastern Avenue at County Street within the crosswalk. 

 

When the vehicle finally stopped, one child was pinned under the front bumper with a broken femur. The other child had her foot run over while trying to pull her friend to safety.


As a result, a 13-year-old female was transported to a Rhode Island hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries, while the other child, a female age 12, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

 

The operator, Jose A. Montalvo age 45 of 1863 Pleasant Street Fall River, will be summoned to 2nd District Court on charges of :
• Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle • Failure to Stop for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk • Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign
 

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The Countdown to March 12


With the countdown to a potential Recall Election on March 12 in Fall River continuing, Former Fall River Mayor and the only recalled Mayor in the city's recent history, Will Flanagan, telling WSAR via a Monday Morning Text that he would not run for a partial fourth term in the 2019 recall. 

Former City Council Member Dan Rego and current City Council Member Joe Camara indicated to WSAR they would secure nomination documents on Friday, hours before the start of the weekend. 

The final day to take out nomination packets is Thursday at 5pm EST. 

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Gasoline Prices This Week


Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down five more cents this week, according to AAA Northeast. 


AAA’s January 14 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.44 per gallon.

 

The Massachusetts price is twenty cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.24.

 

A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was seven cents higher at $2.51.  


“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.


The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 86 cents, from a low of $2.19 to a high of $3.05. 

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Talbot Kids Hit


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FR Stabbing Suspect


Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, III announced that Adam James Conners, 29, of Fall River has turned himself in to authorities at the Fall River Justice Center and will be arraigned today on charges connected to the Saturday night homicide of 39-year-old Joseph Reading.


The defendant is currently charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury.  He will be arraigned in Fall River District Court sometime this afternoon.


On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at approximately 11:35 pm Fall River Police responded to the area of Church and Hall Street for a motor vehicle accident.  

 

When officers arrived they located the victim, Joseph Reading, in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle bleeding and unresponsive.  

 

Mr. Reading was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

 

Police investigation revealed that the victim had attended a gathering at 160 Hall Street in Fall River where he was involved in an altercation and was injured.   
 

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Rego Makes 7


Former two term Fall River City Council Member Dan Rego has secured nomination papers to perhaps become one of 7 potential contenders on the March 12 2019 Recall Ballot aimed at Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II who is one of the contenders for the Sixth Floor Mayor's Office. 

The final day to secure nomination papers is Thursday January 17, while completed papers must be returned by January 22 to begin the process of certifying some 300 signatures for each contender. 

 

 

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Fonseca Student Dies


Media Statement from Superintendent Malone
Fall River Public Schools
January 11, 2019


It is with deep regret that we inform you that one of our Fonseca students tragically passed last evening.

 

At this time, details have not been fully released. We are deeply saddened by this loss.


Fall River Public Schools will be offering support staff to help students, families, and school personnel during this very difficult time.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Fonseca Elementary School directly with any assistance you may need.

 

Grief counseling will be available this afternoon, Friday, January 11, 2019, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and tomorrow, Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Fonseca Elementary School, 160 Wall Street, Fall River, MA.

 


We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and ask you to keep the child’s family, friends, and Fonseca community in your thoughts as we all continue to deal with this very difficult situation.
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Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D., Superintendent

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New Jersey Developers Suing Fall River


The original New Jersey Based winners of the first auction in June 2017 for the King Phillip Mill Property on Fall River's South Side are planning to sue the City of Fall River for a little over $62.5 million in a suit filed last week in Suburban New Jersey. 

 

A group of investors who named their organization the Fall River Area Revitalization Corporation, or FRAR, recruiting Boston Based Developer Richard DeRosas as an officer of the company to present to original plans for the site and execute the winning bid. 

                  

The city of Fall River, including its Mayor and City Administrator, are being accused of alleged fraud, conspiracy, unjust enrichment and interference on behalf of the City of Fall River. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northeast Alternatives Waits


As the Cannabis Control Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the staff at North East Alternatives in Fall River prepare for a final inspection that could lead to the start of legal marijuana sales in Fall River, Fall River City Council President Cliff Ponte tells WSAR that the city is looking to see what sort of revenue numbers will be produced as future fiscal year budgets will include revenue from as many as 5 potential locations. 

 

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has indicated it will be issuing several retail licenses every month during 2019. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall River Stabbing Suspect Wanted


 

On Saturday January 5, 2019 at approximately 11:30PM, Fall River Police responded to Ship’s Cove Apartments located at 130 Canal Street for a report of a stabbing.

 

Officers located a 37 year old male victim who was critically injured.

 

The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and is currently in serious condition.


Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras of the Major Crimes Division began an investigated assisted by troopers from the Bristol County State Police Detective Unit.

 

Patrick Theriault has been identified as the suspect in the stabbing and an active arrest warrant exists for him for the following charges:


• Armed Assault with intent to Murder
• Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon causing Substantial Injury


Fall River Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating THERIAULT.

 

Anyone with information regarding THERIAULT is asked to contact Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras at 508-324-2796 or anonymous tips are accepted using the TIP line by calling 508-672-TIPS (8477).
 

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Missing Fall River Girl



                                                           

     The Fall River Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a missing juvenile female Raquel Tavares age 15.

   Raquel left school on Friday January 4, 2019 and never returned home.  

 

She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a pink and black jacket.  

 

It is believed that she ran from home in order to avoid having to move to Portugal.

 

 She may be staying with an unknown Paternal Uncle somewhere in New Bedford.  She may have changed clothing.  She also has a boyfriend identified as Nelson Soares of Fall River.  

 

Raquel is not considered endangered at this time.

 

English is a second Language for Raquel, Portuguese is her primary language.

 

Anyone with information regarding the possible location of Raquel or identity of the Uncle can contact the Fall River Major Crimes Division Detective Sarah Reis at 508-324-2796 or call anonymously on the TIPS line at 508-672-8477.
                      
 

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Holly's In


In a post on her Facebook Page Wednesday Morning, current Somerset Selectman Holly Mac Namara indicated she has pulled nomination papers to run for re election to a second term on the three member Somerset Board of Selectmen. 

 

Mac Namara has told WSAR that while she has ''heard rumblings'' that she might face opposition.

 

After several Somerset Election Cycles where members were defeated running for re election, David Burebe and Steve Moniz were re elected without opposition in their respective re election campaigns. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

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Recall Date Set


The Fall River City Council has set the date for a potential Recall Election aimed at Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II, with Tuesday March 12 being the designated date, pending any court challenges or other developments that could delay or cancel the event. 

Correia has been dealing with a 13 Count Federal Indicatment since October 2018, which include 9 counts of alleged Wire Fraud and 4 of allegedly filing false tax returns, in connection with a smart phone app firm called SnoOwl, which Correia helped develop while a student at Providence College. 

Under the current schedule, Correia and other potential contenders, which will include Community Activist Erica Scott Pacheco and former Fall River School Committee Member Kyle Riley, can secure nominating papers beginning Friday Morning.

Correia will also be required by the Fall River Charter to deliver a State of The City address in March. 

Correia will be in court for an Interim Status Conference on February 13 at 2pm in the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. 

 

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Second Apartment Fire Fatal


The 75-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car that crashed into a Fall River apartment building yesterday has died.

 

Linda Leahey, 75, of Fall River died at Rhode Island Hospital. 

 

Ms. Leahey was a passenger in a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix being driven by Judith Mauretti shortly before 9:40 a.m. yesterday when it crashed into Building 15 at the Four Winds Apartments on North Main Street in Fall River.  

 

Mrs. Mauretti was declared deceased at the scene of the crash.  

 

Mrs. Leahey, however, survived the crash and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she eventually succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and resulting fire.

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The 9-1-1 Issues


Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Situational Awareness Statement
December 28, 2018 1:45 PM
 
Subject: Cellular and Landline 911 Continue to Experience Technical Difficulties and Sporadic Outages
 
Situation:
Due to an ongoing nationwide issue affecting some household landline and wireless cellular carriers in Massachusetts, 9-1-1 calls made from either a landline telephone or cellular telephone may not go through.

 

The initial release of information regarding this issue this morning stated that the problem was confined to cellular 911 calls. However, updated information suggests that there may be a landline impact as well.

 

Callers may hear a fast busy signal, hear a recording saying “All circuits are busy” or something similar, or may get connected to a different emergency call center than they were expecting.

 

 

In Case of Emergency: 
In an emergency, callers should always try to dial 9-1-1.  If the call will not go through because of this outage, you should make a second call to the 10-digit emergency number of your local police/fire department. These numbers are available on the Internet and available through Directory Assistance. Remember, it is important for callers to give their exact location to the dispatcher as it may not automatically display for the dispatcher. 

 

 

If you cannot locate your city or town’s 10-digit emergency number, please contact the State 9-1-1 Department at 508-872-2508 and tell the dispatcher the exact location of the emergency, including city or town, and they can transfer the call to the correct department.

 

 

Additional updates will be provided as we learn more about the status of the carrier outages nationwide that are affecting 9-1-1 service in Massachusetts.

 

Additionally, Text-To-911 service is available in Massachusetts. Remember, “Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t.” It is important that you send the dispatcher the EXACT location, including CITY or TOWN, of your emergency so the proper help is sent.

 

Stay Informed:
Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit:http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

 

 

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times:

 

 

http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html
Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service Boston/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org
 

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Dartmouth Murder Arrest


A suspect wanted in connection with the Saturday night homicide of 37-year-old Joseph Tavares was arrested this evening and will be arraigned in New Bedford District Court tomorrow morning.

 

Robert A. Rose, Jr., 48, of New Bedford, was charged this evening with murder and misleading police. The arrest occurred at the Dartmouth Police Station after a follow up interview with the defendant.

 

At around 10:34 p.m. on December 22, Dartmouth Police received a 911 call from the night manager at the Regency Hotel on Faunce Corner Road.

 

 The night manager reported to police that a man was bleeding heavily inside a car in the hotel's rear parking lot.

 

When first responders arrived minutes later, they found the victim, 37-year-old Joseph Tavares of Fall River, sitting unresponsive in the driver's seat of the vehicle.  

 

Mr. Tavares was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, where he was pronounced dead at 11:07 pm.

 

The night manager at the hotel told police he was alerted to the vehicle after a hotel guest said they heard loud thuds and breaking glass coming from the rear parking lot.  
 

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UMass Dartmouth SMAST East Building Earns LEED Silver Status


UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology announced that its SMAST East building in New Bedford has been awarded LEED® Silver. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes, and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

 

"Achieving this LEED Silver certification is the culmination of the hard efforts of a terrific design and construction team working in collaboration with the University, UMass Building Authority and Mass Department of Capital Asset Management, said Steven E. Lohrenz, Dean of SMAST. “The project has provided much-needed facilities for advancing education and research about our oceans, and doing it in an environmentally-responsible manner."

 

SMAST East opened fall of 2017, tripling its presence in New Bedford with the $55 million, 64,000-square-feet building. Designed by Ellenzweig, the destination space for marine science includes flexible wet and dry labs, a state-of-the-art computational facility, classroom space, break rooms, high-bay storage for equipment, conferencing space, and a temperature-controlled seawater lab. The seawater lab offers various water conditions to address current and future research initiatives requiring a range of water temperatures and degrees of filtration. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries collaborated with SMAST on the space, which comprises marine scientists, students, and staff.

SMAST East achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

 

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. More than 92,000 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 19.3 billion total commercial square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 167 countries and territories.

 

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president, and CEO, USGBC. Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, SMAST East demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of Silver.

 

This satisfaction also meets the intentions of UMass Dartmouth's Climate Action Plan.

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Swansea Mall Solution?


                    SWANSEA SELECTMAN UNVEILS INNOVATIVE SOLUTION TO BLIGHTED SWANSEA MALL

 


Senior member of the Board of Selectmen, Attorney Christopher Carreiro, will make a comprehensive presentation to Swansea Officials and the Board of Selectmen on January 2, 2019 at 6:30PM at the Swansea School Administration Building, to propose taking the blighted Swansea Mall by eminent domain.

 

Carreiro said "Wal-Mart's restrictions imposed on the Swansea Mall in 2012 are oppressive, contrary to public policy, and have made comprehensive redevelopment of the Swansea Mall impossible. These restrictions must be extinguished by eminent domain so that the highest and best use of the Swansea Mall can be realized."

 

Carreiro's proposal was developed over the past 18 months and will explain that the Town of Swansea, acting through a proposed Redevelopment Authority, would not expend its own funds to purchase the Mall, instead it would utilize its eminent domain powers to act as an intermediary, and bring the buyer and seller together, for the purpose of releasing all restrictions on the land, to effectuate redevelopment.

 

Carreiro stated "The Town of Swansea has lost, in the aggregate, over $6.5 million dollars in tax revenue from the declining Swansea Mall since 2004, and government intervention is now absolutely necessary to promote economic development and revitalize Swansea Mall Drive and the Route 6 corridor."

 

Carreiro's presentation will include details of the economic conditions and events leading to the deterioration of the Swansea Mall, as well as the required governmental action necessary to commence government intervention.

 

Carreiro has also identified two additional vacant parcels of land, located along Route 6, for an eminent domain taking, which Carreiro has deemed ripe for redevelopment.

 

The presentation will also discuss the possibility of incorporating Swansea Town Hall and other municipal departmental offices into a redevelopment plan for the Swansea Mall property.


 

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MassDOT New Years 2019


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public to plan ahead for the New Year’s holiday, to drive sober and to take note of holiday schedules for the MBTA, use of the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy, and for visiting Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service center locations.
  
MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth and will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction between 5 a.m., Friday, December 28, and the start of business on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, per MassDOT’s long-standing policy of not scheduling work during high volume travel periods. 
 
The I-93 HOV lane between Boston-Quincy will operate on an adjusted schedule through Tuesday, January 1. Today, Thursday, December 27, the HOV lane will open one hour early, at 2 p.m., and remain open until 8 p.m. On Friday, December 28, the HOV lane will operate in the morning on a regular weekday schedule, between the hours of 5 a.m., and 10 a.m., and Friday afternoon, the HOV lane will open two hours early at 1 p.m., and remain open until 8 p.m. On Monday, December 31, the HOV lane will be closed. The HOV lane will resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 1. 
 
The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will also operate on an adjusted schedule through January 2, 2019. On Thursday, December 27, the swing lane will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Friday, December 28, the swing lane will open at 1 p.m. and remain open until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2. The swing lane will then resume normal operations.

The MBTA has also announced the following schedule information:

•    All MBTA services will be free after 8 p.m., Monday, December 31, until the end of service.

•    All subway lines will operate a weekend schedule on Monday, December 31, with trains then operating at rush-hour levels of service from 3 p.m., until approximately 2 a.m. On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, all subway lines will operate on a Sunday schedule.

•    On Monday, December 31, the Commuter Rail will operate a weekday schedule and provide late-night service. Trains will make all stops enroute to their destinations and customers must arrive prior to the departure times. Bicycles are also prohibited on all inbound Commuter Rail trains between 10 a.m., and 6 p.m., and all outbound trains from 4 p.m., through the end of service on New Year’s Eve. The Commuter Rail will operate on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. 

•    Buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday, December 31, and will operate on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

•    Ferry service will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday, December 31. There will be no ferry service on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

•    The RIDE will operate on a weekday schedule on Monday, December 31. On Tuesday, January 1, The RIDE will operate on a Sunday schedule.

•    More information can be found by viewing the full MBTA holiday schedule.
  
RMV customer service locations will be closed on the state holiday of Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The Registry reminds motorists to “Skip the Line, Go Online” and visit www.mass.gov/RMV to begin or complete many license and registration transactions.  In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV transactions at AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts. 
 
Free coffee will be served at more than a dozen service plazas along state highways from 10 p.m., Monday, December 31, through 5 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2019. These locations include service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

At Boston Logan Airport, travelers should monitor www.massport.com for updated airline and airport information and Transportation Security Administration carry-on luggage regulations.  The Massport website allows travelers to check flight status, parking conditions and public transportation options from smartphones or tablets. Massport also encourages travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport for the most updated flight status and travel information.
 
Members of the public are encouraged to consider traveling to destinations this holiday season by using public transportation.  If driving, individuals are urged to plan ahead, allow extra time for travel, and take advantage of the many communication tools now available to help trips go smoothly.
 
For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:
 
•    Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
•    Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
•    Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
•    Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.
 
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday.
 

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Correia Sets Up a Potential Recall


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II told his supporters via Social Media Platfroms on Wednesday that they were in ''campaign mode'', as the two term Mayor refused to resign, setting up a potential recall election that will likely happen in Mid March.

 

In a letter that was transmitted via Twitter and Facebook, Correia touted his desire to end the Pay As You Throw Program, which the nine member City Council decided to retain in the current 2019 Fiscal Year Municipal Budget. 

Correia all but challenged citizens to engage in a recall effort days after his federal indictment was unsealed, in which was he charged with nine allegations of wire fraud and four of filing false income tax returns. 

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Dartmouth Homicide


Massachusetts State Police assigned to this office, Homicide Unit prosecutors and Dartmouth Police are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred Saturday night in Dartmouth.

 

At around 10:34 p.m., Dartmouth Police received a 911 call from the night manager at the Regency Hotel on Faunce Corner Road.  

 

The night manager reported to police that a man was bleeding heavily inside a car in the hotel's rear parking lot.

 

When first responders arrived minutes later, they found the victim, 37-year-old Joseph Tavares of Fall River, sitting unresponsive in the driver's seat of the vehicle.  

 

Mr. Tavares was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, where he was pronounced dead at 11:07 pm.

 

The night manager at the hotel told police he was alerted to the vehicle after a hotel guest said they heard loud thuds and breaking glass coming from the rear parking lot.

 

The investigation is being coordinated by Chief of the office's homicide unit,  

Assistant District Attorney Dennis Collins.

 

 



 

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