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EBay at the FR Public Library


                                               Learn to Use eBay at the Library! 



Thinking about searching eBay for bargain gifts? Or maybe you have items you no longer need and want to sell? Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street, will offer a free workshop, Getting Started with eBay, on Tuesday, December 18 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, December 20 at 6 p.m. 

This online selling platform can be a great resource for both buyers and sellers, where you can find everything from collectible toys to car parts to computers.


Rather than scouring flea markets and secondhand stores for collectables, buyers can search online to quickly find exactly what they need, and compare prices from different sellers. Sellers can find a home for products they no longer need that may be sitting at home unused. Instead of the work and mess of hosting a yard sale, eBay lets sellers reach hundreds of shoppers with one listing. 


In this class, we'll go over the basics of how to get started using eBay, from how to set up an account and link your banking information to search strategies, uploading photos, understanding commissions and payments, the difference between bidding and "buy it now" listings, and how to be a savvy buyer. Issues of safety and online security will also be discussed. 

This class is offered at two different times. Choose an afternoon or evening class—whichever works for you. You can bring your own computer if you'd like, or use a library computer, or just watch the presentation. If you want to set up your own eBay account during the class, you should have a current email address and a PayPal account. 
If you would like one-on-one help after the class, you can make an appointment to get personalized tech help. 
For more information or to register for the class, call the library at 508-324-2700, ext. 2, or email Rob at 


Check Your Lights

                            Deteriorated Headlights Produce 80 Percent Less Light Than When New


New research from AAA reveals that clouded or yellowed headlights generate only 20 percent of the amount of light that new headlights do, leading to dangerous nighttime driving conditions.


This decrease is caused by sunlight damage to protective plastic coatings, resulting in discoloration that considerably diminishes the headlight’s ability to provide adequate light on dark roadways.


With 50 percent of crashes occurring at night, AAA urges drivers to check their headlights for signs of deterioration and invest in new headlights or, at a minimum, a low-cost service to boost the safety of driving after dark.

“Walk through any parking lot and it is evident that deteriorated headlights are a problem for most vehicle owners,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Headlights on the road in the U.S., even when new, don’t produce a sufficient amount of lighting, so any reduction in performance is a real safety issue.” 


AAA examined the impact deterioration can have on the amount of light produced by conducting research using an accredited laboratory to test headlights from two popular sedans, approximately 11 years in age.


Results from the degraded headlights were measured against new headlights to quantify the amount of light produced for each. 


Research revealed that deteriorated headlights, when used on low beam, provided just 22 percent of the amount of light a new headlight does when operating at full capacity.


AAA also examined the effects that replacing or restoring a headlight can have on improving the amount of light produced.


Replacing headlights with original equipment manufacturer parts is the most effective method to restore light output back to 100 percent.

Aftermarket parts also performed well, restoring light output between 83 and 90 percent, however these did fail to meet certain requirements for light intensity and were found to be more likely to produce glare for oncoming traffic.


Restoring headlights, while the most cost-effective option, offered less of an improvement in light output than replacement. 

Compounding the problem of driving with deteriorated headlights is the fact that U.S. headlights have significant shortcomings.


Previous AAA research found that halogen headlights fail to safely illuminate unlit roadways at speeds as low as 40 mph, with high beam settings offering only marginal improvements.


Even the most advanced headlights tested illuminated just 40 percent of the sight distances that the full light of day provides. By not maintaining headlights, drivers are unknowingly operating in dangerously dim conditions.

“Driving at night with headlights that produce only 20 percent of the light they did when new, which is already subpar, is a risk drivers shouldn’t take,” continued Ms. Maguire. “Especially when there are convenient and inexpensive solutions that can dramatically improve lighting performance.”

Most headlights are made of plastic and exposure to sunlight breaks down the plastic coating, causing discoloration that obscures the amount of light produced.


Depending on where and how the vehicle is used, headlights can begin showing signs of deterioration as early as three years to five years.

Unlike batteries or tires, most drivers are not in the habit of routinely inspecting their headlights. AAA suggests drivers check their headlights for changes in appearance such as yellowing or clouding and if the bulb is difficult to see, it is time to have the lenses replaced or restored as soon as possible.


AAA recommends replacement since this method offers the most improvement in the amount of light produced. Both replacement and restoration services are provided by many repair shops including many AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities. 


The Signature Certification Process

The process of certifying signatures of registered Fall River voters in order to determine if a Recall aimed at Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II could take place in 2019 could be completed in a matter of days. 


Fall River Board of Election Commissioners Chair Kelly Souza Young tells WSAR the process is ongoing as of this week, but could wrap up relatively soon. 


If the magic number of 2,510 is achieved, that would trigger a notice to the Fall River City Clerk, who would notify the 9-member City Council, while a notification would then go out to Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II, giving him a five day window to decide to resign or to run for Mayor, essentially for the third time. 

Council would have a 65-day window to decide when to set the date for a Recall Election that could happen, barring any legal challenges, in the first or second quarter of 2019. 




Fall River Public Library Needs Bottles

Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street, is looking for donations of gallon water bottles to use in building a life-size igloo for our children’s room! 


Clean, empty gallon jugs can be dropped off at the children’s room any time from now through mid-January, 2019. Our children’s staff will construct an indoor igloo made entirely out of repurposed water bottles. 


For sanitary reasons, we can only accept donations of water bottles, not those that previously contained milk or juice. 

For questions about our winter project, call David Mello, Supervisor of Children’s Services, at 508-324-2700, ext. 4, or email 


B-C-C and UMass Join Forces

              Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth launch the Plus Program: Bristol + UMassD, creating a                                          streamlined path to a bachelor’s degree for local students 



Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), launching the Plus Program: Bristol + UMassD.


This program will provide students with access to high quality and affordable associate and bachelor’s degree opportunities in the Commonwealth.


The program will begin enrolling students in September 2019.

UMass Dartmouth will award merit scholarships of at least $2,500 a year to Bristol students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and who enroll as full-time, day students at UMass Dartmouth.


This program is also open to Bristol students with less than 30 credits, as well as any students who are participating in the UMassD/Bristol articulation agreements or the MassTransfer A2B programs. 

Students who completed their AS/AA degree from Bristol will enter UMass Dartmouth as juniors. The Plus Program: Bristol + UMassD provides collaborative on-site academic advising and access to a variety of UMass Dartmouth experiences while pursuing a Bristol Community College associate degree. 

“Students in our region deserve to have seamless access to a high-quality and affordable education,” said Bristol Community College President Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D. “The Bristol + UMassD program provides a bridge between institutions that is collaborative and combines the specialized resources of both institutions, creating a rich college experience, while also streamlining the transition to a bachelor's degree.” 

“This innovative collaboration advances our goal to increase educational attainment across the region,” sad UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. “Together, Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth are equipping students with the adaptable skillset and agile mindset required to succeed in a rapidly evolving economy.” 

In addition to guaranteed admission to UMass Dartmouth and no application costs, Bristol students will also benefit from a number of additional offerings including:

•    UMass Dartmouth’s career development staff will offer workshops at Bristol so that students can plan their career path from their first year at Bristol through their UMass Dartmouth graduation.
•    Bristol students will receive priority registration in UMass Dartmouth courses for their entering semester.
•    Students will have access to the library, fitness center, bookstore, and dining halls at both campuses. 
•    Students will receive Bristol and UMass Dartmouth ID cards that provide access to sporting events, musical and theatre productions, speaker programs, and other events at both campuses. 

Bristol students who sign up for and meet the guidelines of the Commonwealth Commitment program will attend UMass Dartmouth at frozen tuition and fees throughout their remaining two years of study, a 10% rebate on tuition and fees per semester, as well as the MassTransfer tuition credit.


Students would realize an approximate 40 percent savings if they attended UMass Dartmouth through the Commonwealth Commitment.


The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Commonwealth Commitment is an agreement between the state’s 15 community colleges and four-year institutions that freezes tuition and fees upon program entry while offering other rebates.

For more information about the Plus Program: Bristol + UMassD visit or contact the Bristol Community College Office of Transfer Affairs at 774.357.2234 or email 


Triple A Gasoline This Week

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

AAA’s December 10 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.62 per gallon.


The Massachusetts price is twenty cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.42.


A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 13 cents lower at $2.49.  

“With many motorists planning holiday road trips, the drop in pump prices couldn’t come at a better time,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “In every state, gas prices have dropped by double digits month over month, and AAA expects the national gas prices average to dip as low as $2.40 by year’s end due to cheaper crude oil prices.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 70 cents, from a low of $2.39 to a high of $3.09. 


Fall River Former Coach Convicted

Brandon Rivera, a 37 year old Fall River youth basketball coach, plead guilty and was sentenced in the Fall River Superior Court on November 6, 2108, for molesting one of his 15 year old players, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced. 

On May 7, 2018, the mother of the 15 year old minor victim reported to police that the defendant, an old family friend and her daughter’s travel basketball coach, had been at her family home and took her daughter’s cell phone.  


The victim indicated to police that the defendant took her cell phone because he was upset that she was communicating with a boy her own age that he determined was bad for her.  


The victim stated that the defendant forcefully took her phone from her on May 4, 2018, grabbing her breast which caused bruising. Through further investigation the victim disclosed that the defendant had engaged in sexual encounters with her on 3 or 4 occasion at his home starting in October of 2017 and ending in May 2018.


 The defendant had sex with the victim and one time ejaculated on her stomach.


 The defendant also solicited naked photos of the victim.  A nude photo of the victim was located on the defendant’s phone by police.  Police also located school emails where the defendant discussed with the victim how she could minimize and deny the events that transpired between the two.  


The defendant’s phone contained text messages with the victim that confirmed their intimate relationship, the controlling nature of the relationship by the defendant and the bruising the child sustained from the May 2018 incident.


 Defendant was indicted and charged with Aggravated Rape, Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14, Assault and Battery and Possession of Child Pornography.  

At sentencing, Judge Mark Hallal imposed an agreed upon State Prison sentence of 5 to 7 years for a Statutory Rape and 8 years of probation to follow on charges of; Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14, Assault and Battery and Possession of Child Pornography.  The Commonwealth was represented by Assistant District Attorney Lesly Leahy.


 Conditions of probation prevent the defendant from having any unsupervised contact with children; with limited exceptions for any biological children with notice and agreement by the other parent.


 The defendant must register with the Sex Offender Registry Board, attend sex offender treatment as ordered by the court and wear a GPS tracking device. The defendant cannot loiter or reside within 300 feet of any school, k-12, daycare, playground, public pool, arcade, theme park, skating rink, toy store or any other location where children under 18 may be readily observed to congregate.  


The defendant must seek prior approval if he has a legitimate reason to visit such a location.  


The defendant must successfully enter and complete a Batterers Program.  The defendant cannot coach children in any manner.

“This defendant took advantage of his position as a coach and family friend to sexually molest the victim.” District Attorney Quinn said. “The sentence holds the defendant accountable for this significant breach of trust but the victim will have to carry this with her for the rest of her life.”  


Providence Cocaine Trafficker

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence man today admitted to trafficking cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island, and to shipping packages containing cash to Puerto Rico.


 Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Eliot Figueroa-Rosario, 44, pled guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Boston Division Joseph W. Cronin, and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.


According to court documents, for more than a year, United States Postal Inspection Service inspectors conducted an investigation into Figueroa-Rosario’s drug trafficking activities and his involvement in a series of packages shipped to and from Puerto Rico. 


In May 2017 and May 2018, Figueroa-Rosario was captured on video surveillance shipping parcels to Puerto Rico from the U.S. Postal Service Providence Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). A court-authorized search of the packages found them to contain $16,000 and $26,000 respectively. The cash was seized by law enforcement.


On June 15, 2018, a Priority Mail package mailed three days earlier from Puerto Rico and addressed to Figueroa-Rosario’s Providence residence was intercepted from the mail stream at the P&DC. The package was examined by a Rhode Island State Police K-9, which detected the presence of a narcotic odor. A federal court-authorized inspection of the contents of the package revealed 1160 grams of cocaine.


Several days later a Postal Service Inspection undercover agent delivered the package to Figueroa-Rosario’s residence. Figueroa-Rosario accepted the package and was arrested.


A court-authorized search of the residence by U.S. Postal Inspectors and members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force resulted in the seizure of, among other items, evidence of packages shipped from Puerto Rico to Figueroa-Rosario’s residence and $6,500 in cash found hidden in a floor vent.


Figueroa-Rosario is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15, 2019.


Attempted possession with attempt to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine is punishable by statutory penalties of 5-40 years of imprisonment; a term of supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life; and a fine of $5,000,000.


Patriots Friday Practice and Injury Report

Tom Brady and Rob Grownkowski were removed from the Patriots Injury Report earlier this week after a walk through Friday practice in Foxboro prior to the Patriots leaving T-F Green Airport in their specially designed aircraft to meet the Dolphins Sunday in Hard Rock Stadium. 

Kick at 1 on WSAR...pregame coverage on the Patriots Radio Network at 10am Sunday Morning. 


Patriots are 7.5 point road favorites...




Kennedy on Medicare for All

Republished from ''The Hill''.com




Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) says he “would hope” to be able to support a revised "Medicare for all" bill next year, but said he has concerns with the current version of the bill.


Adding Kennedy as a co-sponsor of the Medicare for all bill would be a major boost in momentum for the effort, bringing on board a rising Democratic star whose legendary family has long been a leader in the push for universal health care.

Kennedy has come under pressure from progressive activists to support the current version of the Medicare for all bill, known as H.R. 676. But Kennedy told The Hill that his concerns with the way the current bill is written prevent him from signing on.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is working on a revised version of the bill to introduce in the new session of Congress in January.

“I would hope I would be able to support that,” Kennedy said of the revised measure.

He says his concerns about the current bill include that it includes restrictions on abortion funding and could negatively affect investor-owned hospitals, which include Catholic hospitals in Massachusetts.

More broadly, he says the bill needs more vetting and detail, including spelling out how it would be paid for, and how its system of payment to doctors and hospitals would work.

The comments are a note of caution to progressives, who are energized at the prospect of voting on a Medicare for all bill now that Democrats have won back the House.

Kennedy said he “absolutely” supports the idea of single-payer health insurance, which has the government provide health insurance for everyone.

But he pointed to Republicans’ failure to repeal ObamaCare last year as a warning.

“I think that we have also seen over the course of the past two years that the details around health care actually matter,” Kennedy said.

“What I think needs to happen, which our Republican colleagues certainly did not do, to their detriment, is to actually come up with and put an awful lot of thought into what a strong single-payer bill would look like, and some of the alternatives, and actually flesh them out to get vetted,” he added.

Republicans have attacked the need for tax increases to pay for the trillions of dollars in costs of a Medicare for all, single-payer system.

“I think everybody's clear that taxes are going to have to go up in order to finance this,” Kennedy said, adding that the details of who gets taxed more matter. “How does that impact lower income families? How does it impact middle class families?” he said.

House Democrats are divided between progressives pushing for a vote on Medicare for all and more centrist members who want to take smaller, more measured steps to strengthen the Affordable Care Act.

Kennedy said he thinks “both” of those steps need to happen.

“There's no doubt that our country needs to continue this progress towards making sure that everybody gets access to health care that you need, when you need it, at a price you can afford,” he said. “That has been something that's one of the big driving motivators for me in my work here, it's been something that obviously members of my family have been working on for a very long time.”



Cape Cod Federal Case

                              Cape Cod Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud
             Defendant involved in fraudulent lottery scheme defrauding victims of thousands of dollars


BOSTON – A Cape Cod woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to her role in a fraudulent lottery scheme.

Ashley Barrett, 26, of Hyannis, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.


U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26, 2019. On March 29, 2018, Barrett was arrested and was released from custody on conditions.


Between September 2013 and January 2016, Barrett and others devised a scheme to defraud elderly victims across the country by falsely representing to them that they had won millions of dollars in a lottery, and that, in order to receive their winnings, they had to pay a fee. The victims were directed to make payments to specific addresses. In July 2015, one victim mailed Barrett a check for $2,500, which Barrett deposited into one of her bank accounts.


The charging statute for mail fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


Fall River Break In Arrest

The Fall River Police Department issued a “Community Alert” earlier this week as a result of a series of breaking and entering crimes that had occurred specifically to equipment trailers and utility body trucks.


As a result of this alert, numerous tips were sent to the Major Crimes Division and an investigation lead by Detective Luis Vertentes and Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras was conducted.

Through video surveillance footage collected from scenes of the crimes and also from anonymous tips, a person of interest was developed and identified as Brandon Arruda (Age: 28).


It also was discovered by review of video surveillance that that suspect was wearing what appeared to be a GPS tracking anklet very similar to the ones issued while individuals are on probation.


It was also discovered that ARRUDA was in fact on probation and had been issued a GPS anklet. Further investigation with the assistance of Fall River District Court Probation Officer Mark Costa, Detectives learned that based on ARRUDA’s GPS history that he had been present at the majority of the reported break-ins.


Based on this information, an arrest warrant was sought and issued for ARRUDA. Detectives then were able to locate ARRUDA with aid of Probation. He was taken into custody without incident shortly after midnight this morning. ARRUDA faces numerous charges to include:

• LARCENY OVER $1,200 (2 Counts)

Without the assistance of the community this small crime spree would not have come to such a quick resolution. Also the vigilance of the Detectives who were assigned to this case worked around clock to bring this individual to justice.


The Fall River Police would like to thank all those that helped in identifying this suspect. ARRUDA will be arraigned in Fall River District Court on Monday, December 3, 2018 for the charges listed above.


Rehoboth Chase and Accident

On Sunday 12/01/2018 at approximately 21:05 hrs. Officer Gil Lima observed a vehicle travelling west bound on Winthrop St. (Rt.44) at a high rate of speed.


 He attempted to stop that vehicle at which time the suspect accelerated and began to pass several cars in an attempt to allude Officer Lima.  


He was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle in the area of Williams St.


The suspect then reversed direction before continuing northbound on Williams St. Upon reaching the intersection at Anawan St. the vehicle lost control and struck a tree directly in front of the Police and Fire headquarters.


The suspect then continued South on Anawan St. before turning back west bound on Winthrop St..


The suspect continued to operate in an unsafe manner travelling at extremely high rates of speed and passing vehicles in an unsafe manner. Officer Lima lost sight of the vehicle and the Seekonk Police were advised of the vehicle description.


A short time later Officer Lima and Seekonk Officers found that the suspect vehicle had again crashed, this time just over the Seekonk line on Rt.44. The large SUV had crossed into the eastbound lane, struck the guardrail, continued for a short distance before striking a tree.


The suspect had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Seekonk Fire Department and was later transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
The suspect was identified Jonathan Cruz 33 years old of Rehoboth. Cruz will be summonsed in on the following charges:
Failure to Stop for Police, Operating to Endanger, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Speeding, Failure to Yield, Marked Lanes Violations


U-S Attorney Warning on Opioids

                               U.S. Attorney Issues Warning to Opioid Prescribers

BOSTON – As part of a comprehensive response to the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts has warned a number of medical professionals that their opioid prescribing practices have been identified as a source of concern.


In a letter sent this week, United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling informed a number of prescribers that a data review identified them as having prescribed opioids to a patient within 60 days of that patient’s death or to a patient who subsequently died from an opioid overdose. The letter reminds physicians that although prescriptions may be medically appropriate, the law prohibits prescribing opioids without a legitimate medical purpose, substantially in excess of the needs of the patient, or outside the usual course of professional practice.


“The opioid crisis is killing tens of thousands of people a year, including thousands in Massachusetts,” said U.S. Attorney Lelling. “One source of opioids – used for both legitimate and illegitimate purposes – is medical professionals, who have an obligation always to act in patients’ best interests.  


In the midst of an opioid epidemic, that obligation is more important than ever before. Through this effort, we’re trying to educate prescribers who may be improperly dispensing these drugs, stem the flow of opioids to the public and, ultimately, save lives and reduce opioid addiction rates.”


In 2017, approximately 2,000 Commonwealth residents died of opioid-related overdoses and, in the first six months of this year, there were 657 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts.


While the amount of opioids prescribed and sold in the U.S. has quadrupled since 1999, the overall amount of pain reported by Americans during this period has not changed; the opioid epidemic was caused, in part, by the widespread over-prescription of opioid-based medications.


The Department of Justice is committed to reducing the numbers of opioid deaths and new addictions by monitoring prescription practices.


Through this effort and others, the Department aims to reduce the impact of this crisis in our communities by notifying prescribers that their patients have died either as a result of or close in time to receiving an opioid prescription.


By doing so, we reduce the risk of unused prescriptions being diverted for non-medical use by those whom the prescription was never intended.


At this point, the Department has made no determination that the prescribers receiving these letters have violated the law; the goal is to induce these medical professionals to take stock of their prescribing practices and make any necessary adjustment


Dr. Malone on the death of a former Durfee Student in Afghanistan

“The Scholarship City”
417 Rock Street, Fall River, MA 02720
Message of Condolence
Thursday, November 29, 2018

With sadness in our hearts, we regret to inform you that Sgt. 1st Class Eric M. Emond, 39, was killed in action during combat operations in Ghanzi, Afghanistan.


A son of Fall River, Sgt. Emond was a student in the Fall River Public Schools, attending Osborn Elementary School, Healy Elementary School, Henry Lord Middle School, and Durfee High School.


Sgt. Emond had a strong track record of academic success throughout his tenure in the Fall River Public Schools and was a member of the Durfee High School Wrestling Team.


At the conclusion of tenth grade, Sgt. Emond moved to Arkansas to continue his high school education in the summer of 1996.

Sgt. Emond was a founding member of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, a Veterans’ service organization, whose mission is to support Gold Star families and the veterans’ community of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Sgt. Emond has a lengthy and honorable military service record, first as a United States Marine and then as a member of the United States Army Special Forces. Sgt. Emond was highly decorated for heroic actions under fire during his multiple combat deployments.

On a personal note, I know Eric Emond from his work in the veterans’ community and I am proud to call him my friend. Eric’s life and commitment to service exemplifies both the Motto of the United States Marine Corps – Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), as well as the Motto of United States Army Special Forces – De Oppresso Liber (To Free the Oppressed).


He leaves behind his beloved wife Allie, their three children, his sister, Laura and extended family, as well as the many veterans, service members, and friends who love, respect, and admire him. Eric Emond - a warrior - a gentleman - one of the very best our nation has called on to serve in the defense of our core values.

Matthew, H. Malone, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D.,


Dunkin Perks Message

Dunkin Brands Inc. ("Dunkin’") is writing to provide you with information regarding a recent
incident involving your DD Perks account.


Although Dunkin’ did not experience a data security
breach involving its internal systems, we’ve been informed that third-parties obtained usernames
and passwords through other companies’ security breaches and used this information to log into
some Dunkin’ DD Perks accounts.


One of these may have been your account and we want you
to know what happened, as well as the steps we are taking to protect your personal information.

What Happened?

On October 31, 2018, we learned from one of our security vendors that a third-party may have
attempted to log in to your DD Perks account. We believe that these third-parties obtained
usernames and passwords from security breaches of other companies.


These individuals then used
the usernames and passwords to try to break in to various online accounts across the Internet. Our
security vendor was successful in stopping most of these attempts, but it is possible that these
third-parties may have succeeded in logging in to your DD Perks account if you used your DD
Perks username and password for accounts unrelated to Dunkin’.

What Information Was Involved?

The information involved depends on what you had in your DD Perks account.
Information these third-parties may have been able to access includes:
- Your first and last names,
- Email address (username), and
- Your 16-digit DD Perks account number and your DD Perks QR code

What We Are Doing

We immediately launched an internal investigation and have been working with our security
vendor to remediate this event and to help prevent this kind of event from occurring in the future.

As you know already, we forced a password reset that required all of the potentially impacted DD
Perks account holders to log out and log back in to their account using a new password.


We also
have taken steps to replace any DD Perks stored value cards with a new account number, but
retaining the same value that was previously present on those cards.


We also reported the incident
to law enforcement and are cooperating with law enforcement to help identify and apprehend
those third-parties responsible for this incident.

What You Can Do

As always, we strongly recommend that our guests create unique passwords for their DD Perks
accounts, and do not reuse passwords used for their other unrelated online accounts. In addition,
attached please find "Information about Identity Theft Protection." It includes steps you can take to help
protect yourself against identity theft.

For More Information

If you have questions or concerns, please refer to or call Consumer Care at 800-
447-0013 during the following hours: Monday —Friday between 7AM and 7PM EST


Fall River's 1.72 Tax Levy

The Fall River City Council approved a local tax levy percentage of 1.72during their final session in November.


While Fall River waits for word on digital billboards and for licenses for at least 5 cannabis dispensaries to provide necessary revenue at some point, City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros tells WSAR News the current administration is trying to reduce expenses, while also trying to eliminate the pay-as-you-throw initiative which council refused to do last Spring.


Discussions on the program will continue this Winter in an Ordnance and Legislation committee. 


What City Council Did At The Last Meeting - Tuesday November 27

The Fall River City Council approved a quarter million dollar loan order for the Resiliency Prep Academy and a Westall feasibility study, while a request that parking facilities controlled by the Fall River Re-Development be transferred back to the city is being sent to council's committee on real estate .


A requested appointment from the 6th floor of John Garcia to the city's planning board was defeated 5-4 and then given leave to withdraw. The planned appointment of Ryan Lyons to the election commission was withdrawn, while Daniel Reitzas was appointed to the Board of Police by a vote of 7-2. The Reverend Jay Mello was placed on the Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee by a 6-3 vote. 


A request from Steve Camara regarding the Pay-As-You-Throw program and its possible demise will go to ordinances and legislation at some point in December. 


The Millstone T-I-F

The Fall River City Council approved a tax increment financing plan for Millstone Medical Outsourcing LLC. The state agency that oversees T-I-F's will now take up the matter on December 13th. Fall River City Council Member Joe Camara spoke in favor of approving the T-I-F during Tuesday night's council meeting in government center. 


The Fall River Re-Development Authority will realize nearly half a million dollars after a sale of 15 acres of land in the Commerce Park. The deal is the final one negotiated between the R.D.A with assistance of the Bristol County Economic Development Consultants, whose contract with the city was terminated earlier this month. 


The provisions of the T-I-F agreement will begin in 2021. 


Fall River Water Main Break Aftermath

The water main break that occurred on Friday, 11/23/18, caused extensive damage to the
asphalt and sub-base of the downstream streets.

Therefore, the block of Ray Street from Spruce to Hemlock shall remain closed until
further notice.


The west side of Ray Street from Hemlock to Florence Street shall be
posted as “No Parking” to allow passage of vehicles.


The intersection of Ray and
Hemlock Street is reduced to one lane and should be avoided if possible.

The Department of Community Utilities is working with the Engineering Department to
expedite re-paving of the effected streets. It is anticipated that re-paving work will occur
in the coming week.

Please avoid this area if possible.
We appreciate your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.


Missing Fall River Teen

On Sunday November 25, 2018 at approximately 11:00AM, Jose Martinez age 14 was last seen walking in the area of Herman Street, Fall River.


Jose was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.


If anyone is aware of Mr. Martinez's location please contact the Fall River Police Department at 508-676-8511 or Detective Derek Beaulieu of the Major Crimes Division at 508-324-2796 ext. 256.



Somerset Fatal Accident

One person is dead and a second treated for minor injuries after a two vehicle accident at Interstate 1-95 in Somerset East Bound near Exit 4 this afternoon around 12:45 this afternoon. 


Massachusetts State Police and their Accident Reconstruction Crew have closed down the right and center lanes in that area, likely for the remainder of the afternoon. 








UMass Dartmouth To Break Ground On New HousingDining Facility

UMass Dartmouth is set to break ground on a $134 million student housing and dining facility on Friday, November 20th at 2:00 p.m at the main campus location in Lot 7. Speakers will include Chancellor Robert Johnson and the university's president Marty Meehan as well as student leaders and project managers. The new housing replaces 4 residence halls that opened back in 1976. The project is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020.


Cress Brook Drainage Project - Nov. 26 - Dec. 21

Starting on Monday, November 26th work on the Cress Brook Drainage Project will continue on North Eastern Avenue.


Construction will be occurring in the New Boston Road intersection and the south bound travel lanes between North Boston Road and David Street closing this section down when required.


Local residents will have access to their properties during these times.


The work is expected to be done by December 21, 2018 pending weather concerns or complications that come with the nature of underground construction. 


Fall River's Christmas Tree

Fall River's Christmas Tree for the 2018 holiday season will be delivered to City Hall on Monday, November 26th by the Department of Community Maintenance in conjunction with the Buildings and Grounds Department.


This year's tree was donated by Fall River resident Alan Baldwin of North Eastern Avenue.


The tree lighting is schedule for the following Monday on December 3rd at 5:00 p.m in City Hall. 


Organization of the Month

BKs Beacon Tavern






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