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FR Craft Fair

Thirty five craftsmen from Fall River will be among the two hundred crafters who will participate in the Forty First Annual Christmas Crafts Fair at Durfee High School in Fall River on December 2 and 3.


            Sponsored by the Fall River Scholarship Foundation the Fair is open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. There is free admission and parking adjacent to the field house which is handicap accessible.


            James Rogers, founder and chairman, noted that the Fair has become a traditional holiday event which continues to maintain its original purpose of providing a showcase setting where area craftsmen may display and sell their work.


            The Christmas Craft Fair has grown into the largest  event of its kind in southern New England. The two day event attracts more than 10,000 people from throughout the area.


            There will be over 200 craftsmen from throughout New England showing their work. More than twenty categories of crafts including ceramics, pottery, painting, photography and floral design will be featured. All items on display are handmade.


            Proceeds from the Fair will go to the Fall River Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to deserving Fall River students in their pursuit of a higher education.



Fall River Armed Robbery

 Armed Robbery Pleasant at Harrison Streets
On Friday November 17th 2017 at approximately 10:30 am Fall River Police Department Officer John Aquiar spoke with a 24 year old female who stated she had been robbed on Pleasant Street. The female victim stated she was walking on Pleasant Street toward the SRTA Terminal on Fourth Street. As she was about to cross Harrison Street she felt someone grab her left elbow and a sharp object protruding in her lower back. She heard a male voice with a Hispanic accent tell her to give him all the money or she’ll be stabbed. The victim turned slightly toward the male and observed 
· Male approximately 40 years old
· 5’8” to 5’10” in height
· Medium build- skinny but not fat
· Salt and pepper hair
· Wearing a checkered shirt
· Gray sweatpants
The victim stated she opened her purse; the male reached in, took her cash and swatted her purse to the ground before he took off running on Quequechan Street.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can contact Fall River Police Officer John Aquiar at 508-324-2802 or call anonymously on the TIPS line at 508-672-8477


MA Gasoline Heading Into Thanksgiving



Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are unchanged this week, according to AAA Northeast.



AAA’s November 20 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.53 per gallon.

The Massachusetts price is one cent below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.54.  A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 45 cents lower at $2.08.


"As gas prices stabilize, this spells good news for Thanksgiving travelers. This year as in years past the majority of travelers will take to the roads—with nearly 9 of every 10 going by car," said John Paul Senior Manager of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast.


The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 42 cents, from a low of $2.37 to a high of $2.79. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.


            Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.53 ($2.37-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded                  

$2.75 ($2.55-$2.99)                            Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.82 ($2.75-$2.99)                            Premium Unleaded                


$2.70 ($2.45-$2.94)                            Diesel              


Thanksgiving Travel according to Triple A

Nearly 51 Million Americans to Travel This Thanksgiving,

Highest Volume in a Dozen Years

Travel times could be more than three times longer over the holiday week


AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The 2017 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005 with 1.6 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season.”

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday to Sunday, November 22-26.

By the Numbers: 2017 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

  • Road trip ready: 89 percent of all travelers – 45.5 million – are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over last year.
  • Cheaper airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.
  • Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at five percent, with 3.95 million travelers.
  • Alternate travel: Travel by trains and other modes (including buses and cruises) is expected to increase 1.1 percent to 1.48 million travelers.
  • Locally busy: More than 1.1 million Massachusetts residents are among those traveling, over 975,000 of them by car.

Travelers Beware and Advised: Traffic Hotspots and Best and Worst Times to Hit the Road

Based on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion during the early evening – as early as Tuesday of Thanksgiving week - as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest holidays for road trips, and this year we could see record-level travel delays,” says Bob Pishue, transportation analyst at INRIX. “Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.”

Worst Time to Travel

Metro Area

Worst Day

for Travel

Worst Time

for Travel

Delay Multiplier

Chicago, IL


5:00 - 6:00 PM


San Francisco, CA


4:00 - 5:45 PM


Los Angeles, CA


3:15 - 6:00 PM


Boston, MA


5:15 - 7:15 PM


New York, NY


5:30 - 6:30 PM


Washington, DC


4:45 - 6:00 PM


Seattle, WA


3:45 - 5:30 PM


Atlanta, GA


3:00 - 5:15 PM


Houston, TX


5:45 - 7:00 PM


Detroit, MI


3:00 - 5:30 PM



The worst traffic hotspot during Thanksgiving week in each of the 10 most congested cities in the U.S. are:

Top Traffic Hotspot in America’s Most Congested Cities





Los Angeles, CA

I-5 S at Valley View Ave


New York, NY

I-495 E at NY-106/NY-107


San Francisco, CA

I-80 E at Pinole Valley Rd


Atlanta, GA

I-75 N at Chastain Rd


Miami, FL

I-95 N at Congress Ave


Washington, DC

I-95 S at US-17/US-1


Dallas, TX

US-75 S at I-45/I-3


Boston, MA

I-90 W at I-84/US-20


Chicago, IL

I-90 W at I-190


Seattle, WA

I-405 S at WA-167


Across the country, travelers that take to the sky must account for long security lines, but also increased drive times to the airport. AAA and INRIX expect delays getting to the nation’s busiest airports could be as long as an hour.

Worst Travel Times to America’s Busiest Airports

Metro Area

Airport Route

Worst Time

for Travel

Travel Time

at Peak

New York, NY

Downtown to JFK via Long Island Expressway East

5:30 - 7:30 PM

1 hr 54 min

Chicago, IL

Downtown to ORD via Kennedy Expressway West

4:30 - 5:30 PM

1 hr 14 min

Denver, CO

Downtown to DIA via I-70 E and Pena Blvd

4:30 - 6:30 PM

52 min

Los Angeles, CA

Downtown to LAX via I-110 S

4:30 - 6:30 PM

46 min

Dallas, TX

Downtown to DFW via TX-183 W

8:00 - 9:00 AM

46 min

Las Vegas, NV

Downtown to LAS via I-15 S

8:00 - 9:00 AM

45 min

San Francisco, CA

Downtown to SFO via US-101 S

5:00 - 7:00 PM

29 min

Seattle, WA

Downtown to SEA via I-5 S


MA Unemployment October

Massachusetts Adds 4,800 Jobs in October - Unemployment Rate at 3.7 Percent?


BOSTON, MA – The state’s total unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in October, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts added 4,800 jobs in October. Over the month, the private sector added 4,100 jobs as gains occurred in Leisure and Hospitality; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Other Services; Financial Activities; Manufacturing; Construction; and Information. The September estimate was revised to a gain of 10,300 jobs.


From October 2016 to October 2017, BLS estimates Massachusetts has added 69,000 jobs. 


The October unemployment rate was four-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


“The low unemployment rate and job gains are indicators of the ongoing strength of the economy in Massachusetts. But not all communities and regions are feeling the benefits of this economy equally. Our workforce development programs continue to prioritize closing skills gaps and connecting all citizens of the Commonwealth to prosperous career pathways,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.


The labor force decreased by 13,400 from 3,669,500 in September, as 5,600 fewer residents were employed and 7,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.


Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased five-tenths of a percentage point from 3.2 percent in October 2016. There were 19,600 more unemployed residents over the year compared to October 2016.


The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 65.5 percent over the month. The labor force participation rate over the year has increased by 0.8 percentage point compared to October 2016. 


The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Other Services; Construction; Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Financial Activities; and Education and Health Services.


October 2017 Employment Overview

Leisure and Hospitality added 5,400 jobs (+1.5%) over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality gained 5,700 (+1.6%) jobs.


Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 4,800 (+0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 20,500 (+3.7%) jobs.


Other Services added 1,500 (+1.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 6,900 (+5.0%) jobs.


Financial Activities gained 600 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 5,500 (+2.5%) jobs.


Manufacturing added 500 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing added 1,000 (+0.4%) jobs.


Construction gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 6,900 (+4.7%) jobs.


Information added 200 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information lost 200 (-0.2%) jobs.


Education and Health Services lost 7,900 (-1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 16,800 (+2.1%) jobs. 


Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 1,200 (-0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 5,400 (+0.9%) jobs.


Government added 700 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 400 (+0.1%) jobs.


Labor Force Overview

The October estimates show 3,521,300 Massachusetts residents were employed and 134,800 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,656,100. The unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.7 percent over the month. The October labor force decreased by 13,400 from 3,669,500 in September, as 5,600 fewer residents were employed and 7,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, was 65.5 percent. The labor force was up 70,700 from the 3,585,400 October 2016 estimate, with 51,200 more residents employed and 19,600 more residents unemployed.


The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.



The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.


Local area unemployment statistics for October 2017 will be released on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The preliminary November 2017 and revised October 2017 unemployment rate, labor force and job estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, December 21, 2017. See the 2017 Revised Media Advisory annual schedule  for a complete list of release dates.


Detailed labor market information is available at




The Macy Decision

Fall River Corporation Counsel Joseph Macy has ruled that Fall River Firefighter Josuha Hetzler can serve at least one term on the Fall River School Committee, after questions were raised following the passage of package of revisions to the Fall River City Charter by voters last week. 


Unless a successful court challenge is mounted before January 2, 2018, Hetlzer can serve at least one term in office as one of 6 School Committee Members after being elected earlier this month. 

Macy has also ruled that the provisions of Section 4-3 of the current Fall River Charter will then go into effect during the 2019 municipal election cycle that forbid Fall River City Employees from running for public office. 

An interview with Macy on the issues involved and  how he arrived at the ruling is available in the Audio on Demand portion on the Thursday Edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom''.


Warren Statement

Statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Banking Committee Deal to Deregulate Big Banks

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) issued the following statement today, in response to the announcement of an agreement among members of the Senate Banking Committee, including Democrats, to loosen regulations on the financial industry:

"Instead of providing any real help to consumers hurt by the Equifax breach or the Wells Fargo fake accounts scam, this bill weakens consumer protections, helps out the country's biggest banks and encourages them to swallow up even more community banks.  This bill shows once again how Washington values short-term profits for big banks ahead of the interests of consumers or the safety of the financial system


Rhode Island ID's State Police

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, today announced that the agency is in the process of completing its investigation into two events that occurred last Thursday, November 9, 2017: the theft of a State Police cruiser as well as an officer-involved shooting. As a result, Colonel Assumpico is releasing the name of the Trooper whose cruiser was stolen, as well as those of the four Troopers involved in the shooting.

The Trooper whose cruiser was stolen is identified as:

Trooper Michael J. Doherty
12-year veteran
Assigned to the Uniform Bureau

The four troopers who fired their weapons in the officer-involved shooting are identified as:

Detective Lieutenant Cynthia Trahan
20-year veteran
Assigned to the Detective Bureau

Corporal Scott R. Carlsten
20-year veteran
Assigned to the Uniform Bureau

Detective Corporal Herbert D. Tilson
12-year veteran
Assigned to the Detective Bureau

Trooper Garrett S. Hassett
6-year veteran
Assigned to the Uniform Bureau

The investigation showed that the four Troopers fired a total of 23 shots during the incident. The four Troopers remain on administrative leave.

Colonel Assumpico stressed that the investigation into both incidents is continuing. When completed, the Rhode Island State Police will turn over the results of the investigation to the Office of the Attorney General as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Colonel also noted that, as part of the investigation, the Rhode Island State Police is reviewing its internal policies and protocols with regards to both incidents. She noted that the agency recently underwent an intensive review of all policies and procedures by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) as part of a "gold-standard assessment," in which the agency received the highest level of accreditation. However, she said, the agency routinely reviews its policies and protocols after any incident such as those that occurred last week.

In addition, Colonel Assumpico has taken the immediate step of ordering that partitions be installed between the front and back seats of all marked Rhode Island State Police cruisers as soon as possible to provide further protection for all Troopers and the general public.


Veterans Memorial Bridge This Weekend

Media Advisory: Fall River and Somerset


Veteran’s Memorial Bridge Westbound Detour Scheduled for Saturday, November 18 



FALL RIVERThe Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced today that the Route 6 westbound roadway on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge (over the Taunton River) between Fall River and Somerset will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, November 18, 2017. 


The closure will begin at 5:00 AM and last until approximately 11:00 AM.  The closure is necessary to replace the damaged traffic barrier gate.  


A detour, with full signage, will be in place to aid vehicles in traveling from Fall River into Somerset via I-195 and the Braga Bridge.  Traffic traveling on Route 6 eastbound will not be affected.


The temporary detour will be in place for all motor vehicle traffic as follows:


Traveling North on North Davol Street:


  • Travel north on North Davol Street to Route 79/138 South (Tiverton RI)
  • Continue south on Route 79/138 South (Tiverton RI)
  • Follow Route 6 Detour signage to I-195 Westbound, traveling over the Braga Bridge
  • Take Exit 4B – Route 103 East/ Somerset
  • Take a right at the end of the ramp onto Wilbur Avenue
  • Follow Wilbur Avenue (Route 103) to Brayton Avenue
  • Follow Brayton Avenue to Route 6


Traveling North on Route 79:


  • Travel north on Route 79 North
  • Bear right to Route 6 East/North Davol Street
  • Travel north on North Davol Street to Route 79/138 South (Tiverton RI)
  • Continue south on Route 79/138 South (Tiverton RI)
  • Follow Route 6 detour signage to I-195 Westbound, traveling over the Braga Bridge
  • Take Exit 4B – Route 103 East/ Somerset
  • Take a right at the end of the ramp onto Wilbur Avenue
  • Follow Wilbur Avenue (Route 103) to Brayton Avenue
  • Follow Brayton Avenue to Route 6


Traveling South on South Davol Street:


  • Travel south on South Davol Street
  • Follow Route 6 detour signage to I-195 Westbound, traveling over the Braga Bridge
  • Take Exit 4B – Route 103 East/ Somerset
  • Take a right at the end of the ramp onto Wilbur Avenue
  • Follow Wilbur Avenue (Route 103) to Brayton Avenue
  • Follow Brayton Avenue to Route 6


Traveling South on Route 79 South:


  • Travel south on Route 79
  • Follow Route 6 Detour signage to I-195 Westbound, traveling over the Braga Bridge
  • Take Exit 4B – Route 103 East/ Somerset
  • Take a right at the end of the ramp onto Wilbur Avenue
  • Follow Wilbur Avenue (Route 103) to Brayton Avenue
  • Follow Brayton Avenue to Route 6



MassDOT advises motorists to seek alternate routes between Fall River and Somerset during these times.


The schedule for this work is weather and emergency dependent and subject to change without notice.




Update on Sunday Night Shooting

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney


Press Release

November 13, 2017



Last night at approximately 11:37 PM, the Fall River Police Department received a 911 call reporting possible gun shots in the area of Airport Road and Riggenbach Road in Fall River.


Police responded to this location, and upon approach, observed a number of vehicles leaving the area.


The first responding officer attempted to stop a vehicle from leaving the scene. During this encounter, the police officer fired shots into the vehicle, striking the operator.



The operator (later identified as Larry Ruiz-Barreto, 19, of New Bedford) was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.


The matter is currently under investigation by Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. 


Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation into all facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting, we will be unable to comment further on this case until the investigation has been completed. At that time, our office will publicly release a full report on the matter.



Gasoline This Week

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up six cents this week, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA’s November 13 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.53 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is three cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.56. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 41 cents lower at $2.12.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 42 cents, from a low of $2.37 to a high of $2.79. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.53 ($2.37-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded                  

$2.75 ($2.42-$2.99)                            Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.91 ($2.50-$3.25)                            Premium Unleaded                

$2.70 ($2.45-$2.94)                            Diesel                                     

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.



Fall River PD Activity

On Sunday November 12th, 2017 at approximately 11:45pm there was an ‘Officer Involved Shooting’ at the intersection of Riggenbach and Airport Road in the City of Fall River


Officers of the Fall River Police Department responded to a disturbance call at the intersection of Riggenbach and Airport Road. The complainant reported that there was a “car smoking” and they heard “2 loud bangs sounded like gunshots”. The complainant also reported they were unsure if people are fighting or if it was a crash. Further information was given describing “several cars in the area” and a “green hatchback with stickers all over it smoking”.  Shortly after arrival, Officers reported shots fired at which time multiple units responded and secured the scene.


 At this time the incident is still under investigation by the Bristol County District Attorneys’ Office, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorneys’ Office, State Police Crime Scene Unit, Fall River Police Department Major Crimes Division and the Fall River Police Crime Scene Unit. A concurrent investigation is being performed by the Office of Professional Standards.


At Charlton Memorial Hospital, five people were arrested after a disturbance related to this incident. They are to be arraigned in Second District Court today.



All further information will be provided by the Bristol County District Attorney.





SouthCoast Lung Screening

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast Health announced today that it has discovered seven individuals with lung cancer through the Southcoast Lung Screening Program which launched in March of 2016.


Of those seven cases, six were caught in the early stages and have been treated with good results. To date, more than 250 patients are currently being monitored in the Lung Screening Program. The age of those in the program has been as young as 55 and as old as 73.


In addition to cancer, the screenings have found other abnormalities that have required further testing, including thyroid nodules, thoracic aortic aneurysms, emphysema and liver nodules.


The Southcoast Lung Screening Program offers low-dose CT scans to people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. The goal of the program is to find signs of lung cancer before symptoms appear.


According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Yet, of the four most common cancers — lung, prostate, breast and colon — it is the only without a widely adopted preventive screening test.


To qualify for Southcoast Health’s Lung Screening Program, a patient must meet the following criteria:


·         Age 55 to 77

·         Smoking history of greater than 30 pack years (number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years smoked)

·         If ex-smoker, quit within the last 15 years

·         No personal history of previous lung cancer


In addition to Medicare and Medicaid, this screening is covered by most insurances. Prospective patients should call the program or insurance company to confirm coverage.



For more information, contact the Lung Screening Program by calling 855-259-LUNG(5864) or visit


Gasoline This Week in MA

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline is up two cents this week according to Triple A Northeast. 
Triple A's latest survey finds self-serve regular gasoline at an average of $2.47, six cents below the current National Average. 
Mary Maguire is the Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for Triple A Northeast; she says ''high demand and falling supply levels are keeping prices from dropping quickly following the post hurricane spikes''.
Maguire says Crude Oil Prices are at 2017 highs, and that has a short term impact. 
The range in prices in the latest Triple A Survey is 35 cents from a low of $2.29 to a high of $2.64.



The Final Hours of Election Day

Fall River Voters have a decision to make on Tuesday, Election Day, but unless an after-work surge hits the polls before 8pm tonight, turnout may be almost half of what it was two years ago, according to the Digital Edition of The Fall River Herald News. 


Some 18% of registered voters have cast ballots thus far this afternoon, compared to a 35% turnout in 2015. 

Two ballot questions--a package of charter revisions, and a $123 million bond order for work on water, sewer, and CSO issues are to be decided, along with the Mayor's Sweepstakes, 9 City Council and 6 School Committee slots. 


Baker On Drug Addiction Commission Final Report

Governor Baker Issues Statement on the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Final Report
BOSTON— Today, Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement on the White House’s release of the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis unanimously approved final report:
“Over the past several months, this bipartisan commission has worked diligently to produce a strong set of recommendations to the White House and Congress on ways to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic at the federal level.
I am pleased that several recommendations originated from effective state policies in the Commonwealth, such as revamping the Prescription Monitoring Program to reduce opioid prescriptions and developing core competencies for medical students on pain management and addiction prevention, that now have the opportunity to be implemented nationwide. 
“This report contains an extensive list of recommendations, including federal funding increases, prevention education for schools, increased access to treatment and stricter drug enforcement policies, that can start making a difference in every state if acted upon by the White House and Congress.
The opioid and heroin epidemic knows no boundaries and is tragically claiming the lives of our loved ones every day, and our administration urges Washington to act quickly on our bipartisan recommendations, many of which have already yielded positive results at the state level, to break the cycle of addiction.
I’d like to thank Governor Chris Christie for serving as chairman to this important commission and the White House for making the opioid epidemic a top priority for the Administration, as this public health crisis deserves attention at all levels of government to make a difference in our communities.” 
The bipartisan commission is chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and consists of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Professor Bertha Madras, Ph.D.


The Ecumenical Service Monday



FALL RIVER — A special ecumenical worship service to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. All are invited to attend. The cathedral is located at 327 Second Street.


The Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fall River, will preside at the service and Reverend James Hazelwood, Bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will preach.


A committee of representatives of Catholic, Lutheran and other Christian denominations is planning the worship service. Father Edward J. Healey, who is Ecumenical Officer for the Fall River Diocese and its representative on the committee, pointed out that the prayer service will at the same time both mark history and make history.


“As we mark this significant anniversary of this pivotal moment in the history of Western Christianity, we will also be making history as this 5th centenary observance is taking place in the context of 50 years of ecumenical dialogue and cooperation,” he said.


“Protestants and Catholics can now gather in prayer together not only to remember the origins of their divisions but most especially to celebrate their ongoing progress along the path toward greater unity over the past five decades.”


An invitation has been extended to clergy from Catholic and Protestant faith communities to participate in the ecumenical service along with members of their congregations and members of their music ministries, who will join together to form one unified choir to lead music for the service.


Reverend Hazelwood became Bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2012; Bishop da Cunha has led the Fall River Diocese since 2014.


On behalf of the planning committee, Father Healey encourages all to join Christians from throughout southeastern Massachusetts, both Protestant and Catholic, for the service, which he prays “will not only be historic but also healing.”


The beginning of the Reformation is generally dated from the publication of certain theses by Martin Luther in Germany on October 31, 1517.






The New Fall River Website

The City of Fall River's new Municipal Website is live this week, with nearly 80% of its functionality complete, as Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II explained Thursday Morning with the official rollout of the new web page. 
A new app connected to the new website will be available for Apple and Android phones soon.  
Google Analytics will help push information forward as users indicate what they want to find on the website. 
The event in Government Center is available on WSAR's Facebook Page. 


Keating on Iran Nuke Deal

Below is a statement from Congressman Bill Keating, Ranking Member of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee, on President Trump’s threat to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) addressing Iran’s nuclear capabilities.  The President is expected to speak on the issue this afternoon.


“The President’s expected actions are opening the door to probably the greatest threat to U.S. and global nuclear safety in my time in Congress.


“The JCPOA has halted the Iranian effort to obtain nuclear weapons, a capability they were a mere two months away from at the time of the deal.  President Trump may plan on only sending a political message to supporters.  But his decision not to certify will have both immediate and lasting consequences and directly pose a danger to our security.


“Failure to certify creates a roadblock to China’s intervention to halt North Korea’s nuclearization and it splits the coalition we created with our strongest allies in the West.  It also creates a dangerous 60-day period where a single malign incident in the Middle East – whether by happenstance or orchestration – can provoke some in Congress to totally unravel the entire deal.


“Perhaps the most long-term consequence will be to call into question any other negotiation we have around the world. Turning our back on the JCPOA signals to other countries that they cannot place their confidence in current and future American deals. 


“In the 1996 Iran Sanctions Act, America tried to address the threats posed by Iran unilaterally and it didn’t work. The success of the JCPOA negotiations was the result of collaborating with our international partners to apply the necessary pressure on Iran to bring them to the negotiating table.  Now, we may find ourselves isolated with a nuclear Iran. This action will take us not back to the place where we were before the deal, but somewhere far worse.”




Gronk Ready for Jets Sunday

Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski told reporters in Foxbourough that he will play Sunday after sitting out with a thigh injury last Thursday versus Tampa Bay 




The New England Patriots (3-2) and the New York Jets (3-2) announce the following player injuries and practice participation.



CB Eric Rowe - Groin (DNP)

No Players Listed


RB Rex Burkhead - Ribs (LP)Read


No Players Listed

No Players Listed

DL Muhammad Wilkerson - Shoulder/Toe (DNP)
RB Bilal Powell - Calf (DNP)


Governor Baker in Las Vegas

Governor Baker Pays Respect to Victims of Las Vegas Tragedy


LAS VEGAS – Governor Charlie Baker today visited the Las Vegas Tragedy Memorial site with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to pay his respects to the 58 victims who tragically lost their lives in last week’s mass shooting, including Tewksbury resident Rhonda LeRocque.


“The horrific and utterly senseless tragedy that occurred here two weeks ago shocked Massachusetts and our country,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “It is an honor to be here with Governor Sandoval to pay our respects on behalf of the Commonwealth for the innocent lives lost, including our own Rhonda LeRocque of Tewksbury. We appreciate the incredible work of first responders and medical professionals who saved many lives that night, and our state stands ready to support Las Vegas by any means possible during this difficult time.”



Governor Baker is in Nevada today for a speaking engagement on the Gubernatorial Panel at the National Clean Energy Summit called “States Leading the Charge.”


King Phillip Mill Will Still Stand

According to the Digital Edition of The Fall River Herald News, the feuding financers and a Boston based developer that had hoped to transform Building 2 of the King Phillip Mill Complex into 90 two and three bedroom apartments, after acquiring the property in an auction this summer, will not be getting additional time to cut a deal. 


The King Phillip Mill Complex has been standing empty for several years. 

Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros indicated to the City Council duing a Finance Committee Session this week that the City was prepared for whatever transpired on final day of October, while Council President Shawn Cadime was left wondering who in fact the city was dealing with. 


Video of the discussion is available on WSAR's Facebook page. 




R-I A-G on LGBTQ Issues

Attorney General Kilmartin Files Brief to Protect LGBTQ Workers from Discrimination


Kilmartin Argues That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII


Amicus Brief Filed in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital Seeks Uniform Application of Title VII


Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin joined an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by 18 Attorneys General, arguing that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.


The Attorneys General argue that their States have strong interests in protecting their citizens against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The lack of nationwide recognition that Title VII bars such discrimination blocks the full protection of LGBTQ workers – particularly given divisions between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (which takes the position that Title VII protects workers from sexual orientation) and the federal Department of Justice (which has taken the opposite position).


The brief was filed late yesterday, on National Coming Out Day.


“While Rhode Island is a leading state in offering protections to the LGBTQ community, there are still other states that have laws that discriminate against these individuals.  It is important that we stand up for what is right and stand with those who are discriminated against based on their sexual orientation,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.


Click here to read the amicus brief, which was filed by the Attorneys General of NY, CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, MN, NM, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, and DC.


“Employment discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers not only deprives them of important economic opportunities—it also stigmatizes their most intimate relationships and thus ‘diminish[es] their person-hood,’” the Attorneys General write.


Even in States like Rhode Island that have laws barring sexual-orientation discrimination in the workplace, “Title VII plays a crucial complementary role by covering individuals not subject to the State’s laws—for instance, federal employees or residents who work in another State—and by making available both the federal courts and a federal enforcer, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), to police invidious discrimination based on sexual orientation.”


The case, Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, involves Jameka Evans, a security guard at a Savannah hospital who was harassed at work and forced out of her job because she is a lesbian. Evans’ petition seeks a nationwide ruling that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title VII.






The CEA Group That Brought You The South Coast Market Place

As part of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo this week at White's of Westport, one of the principals of the Cambridge Based Developers that have helped to create the South Coast Market Place says that as he researched Fall River and its surrounding suburbs, he was surprised at what he found. 
Steve Choen is one of the Managing General Partners at the CEA Group; he told a gathering at the Business Expo that Fall River residents wanted to go somewhere and feel a sense of pride in what they were seeing. 
Choen says the opening of Market Basket this month became something of a celebration as a result. 


Senator Warren Statement on the Opioid Situation

Warren, Murkowski Urge Trump to Officially Declare Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency and Take Action to Help States Combat Crisis

In Bipartisan Letter, Senators Highlight Actions in Massachusetts, Alaska, Echo Trump Commission Recommendations

Text of the letter (PDF)

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express concern that he has not declared the nation's opioid epidemic a national emergency or taken meaningful actions, like those of Massachusetts and Alaska after declaring their own state-level emergencies, to address the crisis. The senators encouraged the President to heed the recommendation of the President's own Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that the President "declare a national emergency under either the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act."

The senators praised the President's stated commitment to addressing opioid addiction, but expressed, "we are extremely concerned that 63 days after your statement, you have yet to take the necessary steps to declare a national emergency on opioids, nor have you made any proposals to significantly increase funding to combat the epidemic. Emergency declarations can help combat epidemics by freeing up funds, promoting innovative programs, and making treatments more accessible to vulnerable populations."

The senators also highlighted steps that Massachusetts and Alaskan officials took after declaring their own states of emergency, including, "Alaska's swift steps to expand access to naloxone and Massachusetts' efforts to enhance our prescription drug monitoring program." They called on the President to use the states' actions as a model to combat the crisis nationwide, and follow through on implementing recommendations from his opioid commission.

"Massachusetts and Alaska have been on the forefront of the opioid crisis that is sweeping our nation, and we are proud to represent states that have tackled the epidemic head on," the senators continued. "We hope that you will back up your verbal commitment to fighting the 'serious problem' of opioid addiction with action."


John We Hardly Knew Ye

The Boston Red Sox are in the market for a new manager, according to ESPN, and various Boston media sources, as John Farrell was released from his duties earlier this morning. 

Director of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the call and the ballclub issued a release just after 9:30am EDT this morning. 

Its thought in many baseabll circles that former Red Sox Captain Jason Variteck and former Red Sox and current Houston Astros Bench Coach Alex Cora will each recieve an interview. 

Farrell is the first Red Sox Manager to win back to back AL East titles since divisional play was introduced in 1969; in his five years, the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, and had last place finishes in 2014 and 2015. 




New Durfee Forum

A School Building Committee that is working on the design of a proposed new BMC Durfee High School will host its 3rd Public Forum this coming Thursday; the 90 minute event starts at 6:30pm in the school's auditorium. 
Administrators for the Fall River Public School Department, the Architectural Firm A-1 Three and Project Manager Left Field will discuss costs and update the schedule for the proposed new High School. 
Proposed schematics and designs for the building, which were part of a report for the Fall River School Committee earlier this fall, will be discussed and displayed. 
The presentation will include drawings of the interior and exterior and explain how the design will incorporate school culture and the current curriculum. 



New Bedford Double Homicide

Homicide detectives in New Bedford are investigating a double homicide after a shooting incident that happened in the overnight hours of Tuesday. 
New Bedford Police were alerted through a 911 call around 1:30am Tuesday Morning that shots had been fired at a car in the 200 block of Central Avenue in New Bedford; the caller told a dispatcher that popping sounds were heard prior to an auto accident that resulted in the vehicle that was fired on to wind up next to a parked vehicle. 
27-year-old Stephen Bodden, with addresses in Taunton and New Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a 28 year old New Bedford man died Tuesday Morning at Saint Luke's Hospital. 

A motive and suspects are still being sought. 


Gasoline This Week

Gasoline prices in the Commonwealth are down nearly five cents this week according to the latest survey from Triple A Northeast. 
The latest Triple A Northeast Survey finds a gallon of regular gasoline at an average of 2-55 a gallon, at six cents above the national average of $2.49. 
The range in prices in the latest Triple A survey is 55 cents, from a low of $2.39 to a high of $2.79.


The Easement Decision

Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II announced today that as a result of negotiations, which commenced several weeks ago, between the City of Fall River & Clover Leaf Mills LLC, the parties have agreed that Clover Leaf will cease & desist any and all work regarding their current easement as recorded in the Bristol County Registry of Deeds and approved by the City Council on Feb 21, 2017.


Both parties agree that they have been acting in good faith and that cessation of activity on the easement at this point is in the best interest of the community.  They have further agreed to continue meeting with all interested parties, including those interested in the Bike Path, to arrive at a mutually satisfactory, safe, and esthetic change in the design in the future including additional amenities.



Fall River City Council Tomorrow

The effort to perhaps rescind a Fall River City Council Decision regarding a request by Clover Leaf Mills, LLC for an easement at the Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail, put forth by Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II after an SRO session in Government Center last week will be taken up by the Fall River City Council tomorrow night. 


A ''Code Red'' Alert by proponents of the Bike Trail could result in a packed Council Chambers tomorrow. 

The easement is for water and sewer to a newly redeveloped Mill Complex. 

The regular Council Meeting will begin once a Committee on Finance session is concluded. 


Bill Makes A Statement

Statement from Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
"I have immense respect and admiration for our players, for how they conduct themselves professionally as New England Patriots and for how they represent themselves, their families and community as men. 


I have coached football for over four decades and one of the greatest things about being in this environment is the diversity of people, backgrounds, viewpoints and relationships we are fortunate to experience. 


As with any large group of people, there is a variety of perspectives and opinions on many topics.  Discussions occur between myself, individual players, groups and the entire team on an ongoing basis.  They concern the team and other issues surrounding the team. 


I am going to keep the specifics of those conversations private.  I will do what I feel is best for the team in my role as head coach and collectively, we will work together to find the best way to proceed."


The Locked Door Issue

A series of locked Government Center doors this past Tuesday resulted in the cancellation of a Special Fall River City Council Session Thursday that was to have acted on decisions made by a Charter Revision Committee, which had accepted changers in provisions to the Charter that will be voted on in an up or down vote on the November Fall River Ballot. 

An Open Meeting Complaint was filed on Thursday, and WSAR was informed by the Fall River City Clerk's Office that the session was being called off as a precaution. 

A ruling by the Secretary of State's Office is expected to be handed down in a matter of days. 


The doors were inadvertently locked by staff members from the inside of the building. 


Hernandez CTE

Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez had was his Defense Attorneys claim was an advanced case of CTE, after an examination of his brain following his suicide in his jail cell. 


As a result, the Hernandez Defense Team has filed a Federal suit versus the Patriots Franchise, and the NFL, on behalf of Hernandez's daughter. 

The CTE issues resulted in a billion dollar settlement being reached with a group of former players who maintain they were not aware of the risks that repeated concussions carried during their playing careers. 


The FRHA No Smoking Policy

              WSAR has learned that a smoke free policy will go in force on the first day of November for all units of public housing under the auspices of the FRHA in compliance with federal regulations. 
                 The policy was adopted by the FRHA executive board in august. 
                 Those living in the dwelling along with guests, visitors and employees will not be able to smoke cigars, cigarettes, pipes or marijuana in their housing units once the policy goes into effect. 
                  Interior common areas, including elevators, bathrooms, stairwells, lobbies, laundry rooms and other areas will also be smoke free. 
                  Smoking will also be prohibited outdoors within 25 feet of FRHA property so as to prohibit second hand smoke from entering buildings through open windows. 
                  A four strike policy will have two written notices of violation, a private conference as a third provision, with a fourth offense involving FRHA legal counsel. 
               A document that tenants are to sign by September 29 is part of a four page release obtained by WSAR 


Rhode Island DACA

Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that she and a coalition of individuals and organizations have secured more than $170,000 in commitments from donors to cover the $495 renewal fee for every DREAMer in Rhode Island who is eligible to apply for renewal of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by October 5, 2017, the final date by which all such applications must be received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

"A couple of weeks ago, when the Trump administration announced its plan to end the DACA program, we gathered in Central Falls and pledged to do everything in our power to stand up for Rhode Island's DREAMers," Raimondo said. "We're not going to allow $495 to stand in the way of our neighbors' dreams. Now is the time to fight for our values and take action against hatred and bigotry."

Through the generosity of several local and national funders, no Rhode Island DREAMer will need to pay the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their DACA status. The Rhode Island Foundation is coordinating contributions and making grants to community agencies that have stepped up to do this work.

"As the state's community foundation, our mission is to meet the needs of all Rhode Islanders; DREAMers are Rhode Islanders," said Neil D. Steinberg, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. "We are proud to work with our generous donors, the Governor, and local community agencies to provide the funding needed to offset the cost of DACA renewal fee payments for those who are eligible."

Created by President Obama in 2012, the DACA program grants temporary deportation relief and work authorization to eligible individuals who were brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants at a young age. On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration repealed the order establishing DACA and announced it will end the program in March. More than 1,200 DACA recipients live in Rhode Island and are directly impacted by the President's decision.

Governor Raimondo and a coalition of Rhode Island advocacy organizations also announced a joint effort to help DREAMers threatened by President Trump's repeal of DACA. The Rhode Island Center for Justice, the Immigration Clinic at the Roger Williams University School of Law, the Pro Bono Collaborative at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Progreso Latino, Dorcas International Institute and the Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO) will coordinate outreach and services including pro-bono legal representation and assistance filing DACA renewal applications.

"It is critically important to get the word out to Rhode Island Dreamers and other immigrants that help is available. We want immigrants to know they are not alone," said CASO chairwoman Marta V. Martinez.
Governor Raimondo also announced her appointment of staff in the Office of Constituent Affairs to serve as the administration's liaison to the network. The administration will also designate staff from other state agencies to serve as liaisons to DREAMers with questions about the impact of the end of the program and to direct DREAMers to resources and assistance.



Gasoline Prices This Week

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


             AAA’s September 18 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.65 per gallon.


              The Massachusetts price is three cents above the national average for regular unleaded of $2.62. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was fifty five cents lower at $2.10.


              “As Gulf Coast refineries come back on line and production picks up, we see prices at the pump leveling off and now dropping,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Historically, hurricane-related price spikes are dramatic but brief.”


                 The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 30 cents, from a low of $2.49 to a high of $2.79. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.


Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.65 ($2.49-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded                  

$2.87 ($2.72-$3.05)                            Midgrade Unleaded               

$3.02 ($2.82-$3.25)                            Premium Unleaded                

$2.66 ($2.49-$2.91)                            Diesel                                     

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.



Fall River Crime Seminar

          The Fall River Police Department will be holding a series of three crime prevention seminars on
September 19, 20, and 21, at 6:00pm in the community room at the Fall River Police Station,
located at 685 Pleasant Street Fall River, Ma.
            Detective Lawrence Ferreira and Detective John McDonald will be instructing business owners
in subjects concerning crime prevention through environmental design and employee safety.
             The seminar will focus on areas such as: Robbery Prevention, Employees and Robbery and what
to do if confronted by a robber. These seminars are being funded by a Department of Justice
               All business owners and the general public are welcome to attend any of these trainings.
If you are looking for more information you may contact FRPD Business Liaison Officer Lt.
Paul Gauvin or Sgt. Tom Mauretti 508-676-8511 xt. 253


An Undisclosed Hammer For The Red Sox

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today:

"Several weeks ago, the New York Yankees filed a complaint with the Commissioner's Office alleging that the Boston Red Sox violated certain Major League Baseball Regulations by using electronic equipment to aid in the deciphering of signs being given by the Yankees' catcher. The Commissioner's Office has conducted a thorough investigation of the allegation. Today, I am prepared to disclose the results of that investigation.

"At the outset, it is important to understand that the attempt to decode signs being used by an opposing catcher is not a violation of any Major League Baseball Rule or Regulation. Major League Baseball Regulations do, however, prohibit the use of electronic equipment during games and state that no such equipment 'may be used for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information designed to give a Club an advantage.' Despite this clear Regulation, the prevalence of technology, especially the technology used in the replay process, has made it increasingly difficult to monitor appropriate and inappropriate uses of electronic equipment. Based on the investigation by my office, I have nonetheless concluded that during the 2017 season the Boston Red Sox violated the Regulation quoted above by sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout.

"In assessing the significance of this violation, the investigation established three relevant points. First, the violation in question occurred without the knowledge of ownership or front office personnel. Second, when the Red Sox learned of the Yankees' complaint, they immediately halted the conduct in question and then cooperated completely in my investigation. I have received absolute assurances from the Red Sox that there will be no future violations of this type. Third, our investigation revealed that Clubs have employed various strategies to decode signs that do not violate our rules. The Red Sox' strategy violated our rules because of the use of an electronic device.

"Taking all of these factors as well as past precedent into account, I have decided to fine the Red Sox an undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida. Moreover, all 30 Clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.

"In the wake of the Yankees' complaint to the Commissioner's Office, the Red Sox brought forward allegations that the Yankees had made improper use of the YES Network in an effort to decipher the Red Sox signs. The Commissioner's Office also investigated this allegation and the Yankees fully cooperated with the investigation. During that investigation, we found insufficient evidence to support the allegation that the Yankees had made inappropriate use of the YES Network to gain a competitive advantage.

"In the course of our investigation, however, we learned that during an earlier championship season (prior to 2017) the Yankees had violated a rule governing the use of the dugout phone. No Club complained about the conduct in question at the time and, without prompting from another Club or my Office, the Yankees halted the conduct in question. Moreover, the substance of the communications that took place on the dugout phone was not a violation of any Rule or Regulation in and of itself. Rather, the violation occurred because the dugout phone technically cannot be used for such a communication.

"Based on the foregoing, I have decided to fine the Yankees a lesser undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida."



The Rhode Island Jobs Report

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today regarding the August Jobs Report:
"Rhode Island's job count remains at an all-time high, and our construction industry is helping to lead the way. Since the start of 2015, we've added nearly 5,000 construction jobs and nearly 17,000 jobs total. There are visible signs of this job growth with road projects being completed and cranes hanging over our Capitol City.
"However, with recent news that Benny's will close later this year and Alexion will shut down its Rhode Island operation next summer, we need to continue our efforts to ensure that every Rhode Islander has the skills they need to compete in the changing economy. There is a lot of encouraging news in this jobs report, but also clear signals that we have to keep working to strengthen the middle class."
The top five months for Rhode Island's job count, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are:
  • August 2017 - 499,700 jobs
  • July 2017 - 499,700 jobs
  • May 2017 - 496,600 jobs
  • June 2017 - 496,100 jobs
  • December 2006 - 495,700 jobs  



Fall River 7-11 Robbery



On Saturday September 9, 2017 at approximately 1:00am, Fall River Police Officers responded

to a robbery at 7-Eleven located at 1040 North Main Street.
This male is wanted in connection
to the robbery.
He is described as a white male, light skinned, 30-40 years old with dark hair.
The male was approximately 5’7” – 5’8”, medium build wearing a grey long-sleeved pull over
and jeans.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect should contact Major Crimes
Detective Felicia Melo @ 508-324-2796 or the Anonymous Tip Line 508-672-TIPS (8477)


Fall River Hit and Run

On Friday, September 8, 2017 Uniform Division Officer Bruce Oliveira responded to a hit & run
accident at Eastern Ave and Pleasant Street.
A 20 year old female was struck by a vehicle while
walking on Eastern Avenue.
The victim described the suspect vehicle as an older silver Dodge
pickup truck that fled the scene.
The victim also described the vehicle operator to Officer
Oliveira as a white male, between 40-50 years old with gray hair, a goatee beard and wore
glasses. She continued that the male was wearing a baseball cap with a dark colored button-up
flannel shirt.
The victim stated that two witnesses who observed the accident told the victim that they would
attempt to locate and follow the suspect pick-up truck to obtain a license plate number. Those
witnesses have not yet come forward.
At this time, the matter is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case
should contact the Fall River Police Department Uniform Division, 508-676-8511.


Gasoline This Week

According to Triple A Northeast, Gasoline Prices in the Commonwealth are unchanged, as a number of Gulf Coast Oil Refineries are either idle, operating at reduced capacity, or in the process of going back on line.


Self Serve Regular Gasoline is the Commonwealth is selling for an average of $2.70 a gallon is three cents above the current national average.


The director of Public and Legislative Affairs for Triple A Northeast, Mary Maguire, says prices should start to trend downward as the production of gasoline returns to normal. 






The Pawtucket Hearings Begin

The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee meets Thursday to begin a review of proposed legislation that would provide public tax dollars for a proposed $83 million ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox. 
The proposal would have the ownership kick in around $45 million, the city of Pawtucket $15 million and the State of Rhode Island the remainder for a ballpark and entertainment complex in Downtown Pawtucket. 

The International League's Triple A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has drawn interest from Worcester, while Somerset and Swansea Selectmen have offered ideas regarding land. 

The first session in the Rhode State House in Providence will happen Thursday at 6pm with a video stream on The Rhode Island's General Assembly Website. 



An Election Night Reminder

Standard Pharmacy will bring you coverage tonight on various social media platforms while also providing you on air coverage in between innings of the Red Sox/As game tonight on WSAR. 

Local Defense Attorney and Former Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan will be the centerpiece of our coverage at Fall River Government Center, as WSAR will utilize Facebook Live on WSAR's Facebook page. 

We'll also provide other updates on Facebook and other Social Media Platforms, including


Ric will provide complete coverage of the results tomorrow morning and on the Wednesday Edition of The WSAR Newsroom. 





Massachusetts Fourth District House Member Joseph Kennedy III took to the House Floor in Washington Thursday Morning, in an address available on his Twitter page, to attack the Trump Administration's decision this week to phase out the DACA program over the next six months, which also impacts students at New Bedford and BMC Durfee High School.

Kennedy said the House and Senate have an easy choice to make, as he shared stories of socially active children and young people, some of who gave their lives during the Civil Rights Movement as one example.  


The Patriots Begin

A redesigned display of the now five Super Bowl Championship Banners greeted the 65,000 ticket holders at Gillette Stadium Thursday, as the Patriots prepared to open with Kansas City, as an 8.5 point home favorite. 

ESPN posted pictures, available on WSAR's Facebook Page, of Pregame preparations that ended with the display of the new Super Bowl LI Banner at 8:15 EDT. 


The Jasiel Chronicles

Following the issuance of a story on the Fall River Herald News' digital edition on Wednesday, and the Thursday Print Edition, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II indicated to WSAR on the Thursday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'' that he would meet with editors and administrators of the newspaper after he said a story that alleged he admitted that he was aware of investigations by the FBI, HUD, and a continuing Grand Jury that could be looking into issues with SnoOwl, a product of a digital firm that Correia started when he was 19.


Correia tells WSAR that while he considered the initial story ''fair'', he had issues with the headline that appeared in the Print and Digital editions. 


Correia says rumors of investigations are products of his political opponents. 


The full interview is available in the Audio on Demand portion of


Patriots Trade

The New England Patriots have traded CB Justin Coleman to Seattle for what is being termed by ESPN as a late round NFL Draft Choice. 

The Seahawks signed Coleman to their 2015 traffic squad, after Coleman was cut by the Patriots; the Patriots then signed Coleman to their 53-man-roster, off Seattle's Practice Squad, in September 2015. 

Coleman played in 20 regular season NFL games over the past two seasons. 






New Criminal Reform Package

Under current Massachusetts General Law, solicitation for murder is classified as a misdemeanor, while in Maine and New Hampshire, it could land you in jail for 20 years. 
Increasing the penalty for that offense is part of a reform package sent to Beacon Hill by the Baker Administration as the Great and General Court prepares to go back into formal session following the Labor Day Weekend. 
Somerset-Based Attorney and WSAR Legal Analyst Steve Sabre tells WSAR that the Administration likely felt it was time for an upgrade in penalties for planning to murder someone. 


The Harvey Collection Effort

The Fall River Diocese will be asking parishioners next weekend to contribute to Catholic Charities as they continue to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Oklahoma.

The collections on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, will be forwarded to Catholic Charities to assist churches in Texas and Louisiana, and the members of those churches.


You can also send contributions to the Fall River Diocese and mark ''Hurricane Harvey Relief'' in the Check Memo Line.  






The New Tiverton Casino

The Digital Edition of the Providence Journal is reporting that a proposed casino, hotel, and parking garage that was approved by Rhode Island and Tiverton Voters last fall, and to be developed by Twin River Tiverton LLC was approved by a Tiverton Planning Board by a 6-1 vote. 
The location of the new casino, proposed to open at some point in 2018, is a  little more than a football field from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island State Lines,; it will be located between Routes 24 and 81 on nearly 50 acres of  land. 

The casino will be over 77-thousand square feet with more than 30 live table games and up to one thousand video slot and video poker machines; an 84 room hotel and a two level parking garage, along with surface parking, will make up the complex. 


When Lawmakers Return

Under current Massachusetts General Law, solicitation for murder is classified as a misdemeanor, while in Maine and New Hampshire, it can land you in jail for up to 20 years if you're convicted. 
Increasing the penalty for that offense is part of a reform package sent to Beacon Hill by The Baker Administration as the Great and General Court prepares to go back into formal session following the Labor Day Weekend. 
Somerset-based Attorney and WSAR Legal Analyst Steve Sabre tells WSAR that the Administration likely felt it was time for an upgrade in penalties for planning to murder someone or hiring someone to do it for you. 


New MA Addiction Website

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced the launch of a new Commonwealth-Wide Public Information Campaign to raise awareness among parents as to what they can do to protect middle and high school aged kids from Prescription Drug Misuse and Addiction. 


A new website, Mass.Gov/stopaddiction has been created to provide more information regarding opioid misuse. 












Another Fall River Shooting

Fall River Police are confirming a late night Wednesday Shooting in the 300 block of County Street in which 10 shell casings were recovered around 11:15pm.
Officers found no immediate damage to property or persons as a result of the gunfire. 
The FRPD Major Crime Division has indicated that so far there are no links to incidents over the past weekend in Fall River. 
The Acting FRPD Chief of Police says that drug activity is the likely cause of the uptick in shooting incidents which so far have caused damage to buildings and vehicles. 


The Braga Bridge Gets Inspected

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is preparing for an inspection of the Braga Bridge staring next week and running through a portion of September. 


The inspection will involve temporary lane closures between exit 4 in Somerset and exit 5 in Fall River starting on Monday August 28 and continuing for nearly a month. 


The bridge inspection is required through the federally mandated National Bridge Inspection Standards. 


Two lanes of traffic will be open during the daytime and a single lane overnight. 






FRPD On Banking Scam

The Fall River Police Department is warning you of a recent scam that is targeting banking customers using the Snapchat app. 
Targets of the scam are offered money in exchange for opening a new bank account. 
Consumers are then asked to provide their new A-T-M and PIN numbers, which are then used to deposit bogus checks and access money from the account. 
The scammers could then put your credit score and other information at risk. 
The FRPD and Bank Administrators are reminding you not to provide personal banking information to anyone. 


Fall River School Committee Today

The Fall River School Committee will meet this afternoon at 4pm to set goals for the upcoming school year in the Kuss Middle School Library, as a 90 minute retreat before the regular meeting is on the docket. 
A nine item agenda will be covered starting at 5:30pm in the Kuss Middle School auditorium. 

Amendments to a proposed attendance policy will be voted on in the first item on the agenda, while a discussion on school resource officers will continue. 
Final Budget Transfers are also set to be approved as well as an end of the year budget report. 


Guy Goes The Wrong Way

An 87 year old Swansea man was stopped by Massachusetts State Police after he triggered a multi vehicle accident Sunday Afternoon around 3:30pm, after he drove the wrong way in the east bound lanes in Mattapoisett, as State Police took to Twitter to warn drivers of what was coming, according to CBS 12 in Providence. 


State Police tracked the driver through New Bedford, after what they described as a multi vehicle accident that injured one New Bedford woman when she had to sweve out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, hitting a tree. 


The 87 year old Swansea Man was finally stopped in Fairhaven near the New Bedford line. 








Gasoline Prices This Week

Triple A Northeast is reporting this week that the price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the Commonwealth is down this week by a single cent, at the lowest price point for this point of the calendar since 2005. 


The average of a gallon of regular self serve unleaded gasoline is $2.20 in the Commonwealth, six cents below the current national average. 


Gasoline prices have dropped nationally for 24 consecutive days. 


The range in prices in the latest Triple A survey is 40 cents, from a low of 2.01 to a high of 2.41. 









The Jumper Located

The Fall River Fire Department has confirmed to WSAR that a Marine Unit has located the body of the person who jumped from the Braga Bridge last week. 
In a text to WSAR and various media outlets, Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch indicated the body was located around 11:15 Monday Morning, in the same area occupied by the U-S-S Battleship ''Massachusetts'' in the Taunton River on the Fall River Waterfront. 
The Bristol County D-As office has not released the I-D of the person who parked his car on the bridge last week, and then climbed over safety barriers. 


The Budget Hearings Round Four

The Fall River City Council, with an eye on the calendar this week, will be in Council Chambers tonight on the Second Floor of Government Center, with decisions left to be made regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, with questions remaining on water and sewer line items, as well as Police and Fire. 

Its likely that motions will be made later tonight to begin to reduce certain line items, as doubts have been raised among the nine members as to the revenue projections upon which this budget is based. 


Fall River City Council Tomorrow

The Fall River City Council meets at 6pm Tuesday in their Second Floor Council Chambers in Government Center to discuss Third Quarter Budget Numbers, as the 2017 Fiscal Year is weeks away from ending. 


Council will also deal with a pair of Correia Administration Vetoes, including one concerning Council wishing to have its own attorney for legal opinions when the need arises, even though no mechanism has been determined for when the $20,000 sum would be tapped. 


Six Resolutions, including one that would redirect Streetscape funds for other purposes, will also be debated. 


The Bridge Rededicated

A Friday Ceremony at Battleship Cove paid tribute to veterans, MassDOT and the crews and contractors who finished the Route 79 and Braga Bridge Project months ahead of schedule and under budget. 


The $227 million dollar endeavor was part of a Patrick Administration effort to rehab and modernize various bridges in the Commonwealth; the Braga Bridge and Route 79 project was one of the five largest efforts, as the Braga Bridge is a little over a mile long. 


Video and pictures from the event are available now at WSAR's Facebook page. 


Red Sox Time Change Saturday

Saturday's game between the Rays and the Red Sox has been changed to 1:05 p.m. ET because of expected lengthy periods of rain in the Boston area from Saturday evening into Sunday, with temperatures in the 40s.

The two clubs consulted with Major League Baseball, and the three parties agreed that moving the game from its originally scheduled 7:10 p.m. ET start time would offer the best chance to get the contest in that day.

The starting pitchers for the game will remain the same, with Boston's Chris Sale slated to face Tampa Bay's Blake Snell

Those who purchased tickets to the originally scheduled game will be able to use the same tickets for the afternoon contest.



The Streetscape Meetings

          Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II announces a series of public meetings at Government Center to discuss the first phase of his Streetscapes Plan. Details of the plans for specific streets will be shared and the public is invited to review and comment on plans for Purchase, Bank and East Main Street as well as the Columbia Square plan for the intersection of Columbia and South Main Streets.


The meeting schedule is as follows:


East Main Street: Wednesday, May 10

Purchase & Bank Street:  Wednesday, May 17

Columbia Square: Wednesday, May 24


All meetings will be held in the Atrium at 6:00 pm.



For more information, call Bill Kenny, Director of Planning at 508-324-2561


MassDOT and Chapter 90

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today signed An Act Financing Improvements to Municipal Roads and Bridges (H. 2783), authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds for municipalities across the Commonwealth this construction season. Chapter 90 transportation funding supports reimbursing municipalities for road-related construction projects and comes from general obligation bond issuances. Also included in the bill is $60 million to fund the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ software platform, known as ATLAS, and $30 million to reauthorize the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP). 


“Local transportation funding for cities and towns across Massachusetts has been a priority for our administration since the first day we took office,” said Governor Baker. “State support to repair local roads and improve safety is critical for the people, businesses, and first responders of Massachusetts. We are also pleased this legislation includes funding to continue the state’s mobility assistance program for the disabled and elderly, as well as overhaul the Registry’s software system to improve operations and customer service.” 


“Across the Commonwealth, local officials count on this support for important transportation improvements in their cities and towns,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “We are pleased to provide $200 million in funding again this year and thank the legislature for their collaboration to authorize these funds in time for this upcoming construction season.”


In total, since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has released $700 million in Chapter 90 infrastructure funds.


Chapter 90 reimburses cities and towns for costs incurred for eligible transportation projects. Cities and towns must submit receipts to the MassDOT Highway Division district in which they are located which verifies that the expenditures qualify for reimbursement under Chapter 90. The Highway Districts in turn submit these receipts to the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Department which facilitates the reimbursements to cities and towns.


Chapter 90 funds must be allocated to roadway projects, such as resurfacing and related work like preliminary engineering including State Aid/Consultant Design Agreements, right-of-way acquisition, shoulders, side road approaches, landscaping and tree planting, roadside drainage, structures (including bridges), sidewalks, traffic control and service facilities, street lighting (excluding operating costs), and for such other purposes as the MassDOT may specifically authorize.


“I am pleased that the administration is once again able to provide this important funding to our cities and towns,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore. “Chapter 90 funding is just one of the many ways that the Baker-Polito administration supports our communities through both our capital and operating budgets.”


“This funding underscores our administration’s commitment to work in close collaboration with municipal partners and support their economic development and infrastructure priorities,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We can continue to improve the quality of life in our communities and use transportation infrastructure as a tool to achieve economic goals if we continue to provide capital dollars to cities and towns and allow municipal officials to be empowered to improve their own infrastructure.”


The ATLAS software program will replace the increasingly outdated system known as ALARS and enable the issuance of Real ID compliant credentials, allow more online transactions for individual customers as well as business customers and government partners, and improve service delivery overall.  


The funding provided for MAP in this legislation will be used mainly to help Councils on Aging, Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs), and other providers purchase lift-equipped vans that will be used to transport elderly and disabled customers. MassDOT is able to combine MAP funding with federal support each year to fund 80% of the purchase price for 140 vans awarded to community and regional organizations across the Commonwealth. MAP dollars are also dedicated on an annual basis for MassDOT to provide technical assistance to RTAs and other grantees.


More information about the Chapter 90 Program is available by clicking here.

A list of Chapter 90 funding by municipality is available by clicking here.


Bristol County Chamber Issues a Position on

Voice of Business Since 1911
200 Pocasset Street, Fall River, MA 02721 • 
Proposed “Fair Share Assessment” on Businesses
In January, Gov. Charlie Baker filed his $40.5 billion FY18 state budget proposal. Included in
the proposal is a return of the former “Fair Share Assessment” on employers that was part of the
old MA Health Care reform law. However, unlike the old $295 per employee assessment, the
new version is nothing less than a money grab from small businesses.
As background, the original “Fair Share” regulation was established in 2006. This assessment
was never intended to be a revenue generator as it only raised about $7.5 million. Not much
revenue was needed in 2006, because “Romney Care” was federally subsidized.
The new proposal is completely different.
Its purpose is to fill a hole in the state budget by placing a far
greater tax burden on small and mid-sized businesses. There is nothing “fair” about it.
The proposed assessment is clearly intended to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes
from unsuspecting Massachusetts employers who are doing the right thing by offering insurance
plans to their employees.
No employer can legally force or coerce 80% or more of their
employees to use a health insurance plan offered by the company. Any employer who acted in
such a manner would be either prosecuted or sued. That is why the Assessment acts as a tax.
The original plan would have levied a $2,000 per employee assessment on employers who do not
contribute $4,950 per full-time employee (FTE) annually, or have an 80% uptake rate for all
FTEs. The House of Representative has since put forward their FY2018 Budget with “Fair Share
Assessment” language included.
In order to avoid the stigma of $2,000 per employee, they left it
to an agency to determine how much and how exactly the Assessment will be triggered.
Now the Senate is working on their version of the FY2018 Budget. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is
already on record stating that some kind of “Assessment on businesses” has to be done to pay for
the growing funding gap in MassHealth.
The new assessment is said to be needed in order to close a $600 million budget gap in the
state’s MassHealth Medicaid program. Small businesses, a majority of whom offer health
insurance plans, did not create the existing fiscal dilemma where 30% of state residents are
enrolled in MassHealth.
It is also worth noting that health care makes up more than 40% of
Massachusetts’ proposed $40.3 billion budget.
Legislators should first address the exceptionally
high cost of health care before inventing new ways to take money from businesses.
Please keep in mind that this Legislative Session also includes bills that if enacted would
mandate Employer Paid Family Leave, Strict Scheduling, a $15 Minimum Wage, the
Millionaire’s Tax (another tax on businesses) and further increase energy costs. All of these antibusiness
bills are supported by many legislators and are being seriously considered all at once.
It is why employers across the state are absolutely stunned to find out that the Assessment is
practically a done deal. It is hoped that this is not true.
In the days ahead it is hoped that State Legislators contemplate the impacts of the Assessment to
businesses. They should also balance the totality of the impacts when considering additional anti
business laws such as Employer Paid Family Leave, Strict Scheduling, and a $15 Minimum
Wage. Hopefully they can conclude that this is too much for Massachusetts businesses to absorb
at once.
Robert A. Mellion, Esq.
President & CEO


Taunton Issues Friday

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division District 5 will temporarily close a section of Route 140 (County Street) in Taunton for three nights beginning at 9:00 p.m., on Friday, May 5, 2017. 

Route 140 (County Street), between the Route 24 interchange and Mozzone Boulevard, will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night on May 5, May 6 and May 7, to allow for the reconstruction of the railroad tracks. 

The section of Route 140 (County Street) impacted by construction activities is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 5:00 a.m., on May 6, May 7 and May 8. 

A temporary detour will be in place each night for all motor vehicle traffic as follows:

For traffic traveling northbound on Route 140:

  • Take Exit 11 to Stevens Street
  • Turn right and head north on Stevens Street
  • Turn left and head west on Middleboro Avenue/ Hart Street
  • Back onto Route 140 (County Street).

For traffic traveling southbound on Route 140:

  • Turn left and head east on Hart Street / Middleboro Avenue
  • Turn right and head south on Stevens Street
  • At the first set of traffic signals take a left onto Route 140 northbound
  • Or continue to the second set of traffic signals and take a left onto Route 140 southbound.

For traffic traveling northbound on Route 24:

  • Take Exit 12A onto Route 140 southbound
  • Take Exit 11A and head north on Stevens Street
  • Turn left and head west on Middleboro Avenue / Hart Street
  • Back onto Route 140 (County Street).

For traffic traveling southbound on Route 24:

  • Take Exit 12 to Route 140 (County Street)
  • Turn right onto Route 140 southbound
  • Take Exit 11A and head north on Stevens Street
  • Turn left and head west on Middleboro Avenue / Hart Street
  • Back onto Route 140 (County Street).

For traffic traveling northbound County Street:

  • Continue north to Stevens Street
  • Turn left and head west on Middleboro Avenue / Hart Street
  • Back onto Route 140 (County Street).

For traffic traveling from the Silver City Galleria Mall:

  • Turn left and head north on Stevens Street
  • Turn left and head west on Middleboro Avenue / Hart Street
  • Back onto Route 140 (County Street).

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted should any sort of emergency situation occur.






Rhode Island Governor on Wind

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Raimondo issued the following statement in response to news that the Block Island Power Company this morning transferred the island's electrical system from diesel generators to energy generated from offshore wind turbines. 

"Rhode Island has always led by example. We started America's industrial revolution and built the first textile mill in the country. Now, as Block Island transitions to wind power, we're leading again in the renewable revolution. I'm proud to be Governor of the only state with steel in the water and blades spinning over the ocean. Because of our leadership and innovation in the renewable energy sector, we are putting Rhode Islanders back to work and Rhode Island back in the game."


MA Gas Prices This Week

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts remain the same this week according to AAA Northeast. 

AAA’s May 1 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.32 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is seven cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.39. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 15 cents lower at $2.17.

            The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 30 cents, from a low of $2.19 to a high of $2.49. 


More Hints More Allegations

The ongoing War of Words between the Fall River City Council President and the City's Mayor continues on the Monday Edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'', as Cadime tells WSAR that he has been in contact with the FBI since February 2016, while Correia maintains that Cadime remains under investigation for his role in the installation of windows in the Sixth Floor of Government Center in the Summer of 2013; the ''Windowghazi'' work was done with the required paperwork, and according to Correia, is still under investigation by the Commonwealth's Inspector General. 


Correia repeated a call he made in a text Friday to WSAR for the Mayor to leave office; Correia tells WSAR that calls for him to resign are politically motivated, and that the Council President has an ongoing vendetta against him. 


The House Budget FY 2018 MA

Fall River State Representatives Carole Fiola, Paul Schmid and Alan Silvia joined their colleagues from the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week in passing a $40.4 billion FY18 budget which represents a commitment to fiscal responsibility. The spending bill protects vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), local aid, substance addiction initiatives, homelessness programs, and funding to help individuals with developmental disabilities.


The FY18 budget makes unprecedented investments to improve Massachusetts’ early education and care system, with a focus on supporting the EEC workforce and providing access to high-quality learning opportunities to ensure children are better prepared for academic success. Fall River was apportioned $112,435,190 for Chapter 70 education funding along with $1,859,851.86 for Chapter 90 transportation funding for capital improvement projects for highway construction, preservation and improvement projects that create or extend the life of capital facilities.


“I am proud to have voted with my colleagues for an increase in Chapter 70 funds, this being one of the largest increases in the past several years and once again will provide significant funding for schools and students,” said State Representative Carole Fiola. “As the lead sponsor to increase funding for Family Planning for the Commonwealth, $5,751,509 will be allotted for comprehensive family planning services, including HIV counseling and testing, community-based health education and outreach services provided by agencies certified as comprehensive family planning agencies.


The local amendments I sponsored will allocate $50,000 to be used for a public safety opioid overdose follow-up program in the city of Fall River, $50,000 to be expended for the restoration of the Fall River Veterans Center, and $50,000 for AHA! Art, History & Architecture in the city of Fall River to establish and enhance outreach and educational programs to benefit financially disadvantaged children in the greater Fall River area. To have the support of the House leadership on these projects is significant and I want to thank them and all my colleagues.”


“Crafting a balanced budget certainly has its challenges and I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to create a budget plan that prioritizes our communities with increases in local aid and education funding,” said Representative Paul Schmid. “Our budget reflects that investing in our public safety and environment remain to a priority in the eyes of the Legislature.  I was proud to sponsor an amendment that will allocate $37M to help care for our state parks and recreation, including our favorite properties right here in Fall River and Westport.   I thank my colleagues in the Fall River and South Coast delegation for their coordination and commitment to working together to put Fall River first and ensure the City’s priorities are well represented.”


Representative Alan Silvia filed Amendment #309 to H3600 Veterans Educational Service Center and Bristol Community College requested $100,000 to be made available for the operation of the Veteran Educational Service Center located at BCC.We were able to secure, increased local aid and Chapter 70 monies, “said State Representative Alan Silvia.” Also as part of these amendments $100,000 was secured for the BCC. The Veterans Educational Center will assist veterans in navigating the process of beginning school, while providing enormous educational and campus benefits.  This will be a place where veterans can speak to other veterans. I would like to thank the Fall River delegation and those who cosponsored and supported this important amendment. Because of our collective hard work, veterans will be able to come home to a community that supports them in their return from service and advances their educational goals.


The budget will now go to the Senate for its consideration.



Calls to Resign

In a text to WSAR, Fall River City Council President Shawn Cadime has become the first of the nine council members to call for the resignation of first term Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II.

Correia is under fire after FROED's Executive Board alleged that Correia was under investigation by HUD and the FBI for dealings in the creation of the SnoOwl Smart Phone application in a firm that Correia was the CEO of before he ran for Mayor, and for dealing with a pair of Rhode Island PR Firms in the creation of a branding campaign that was introduced in the first quarter of 2017.


Correia says the allegations that he is being investigated are unfounded; Correia has indicated that he thinks that FROED Executive Director Ken Fiola is under investigation. 

There has been no confirmation from anyone that any investigations are ongoing. 


Hints and Allegations

In a five page statement issued Thursday morning during a FROED Board Meeting, FROED Chairman Frank Marciano alleged that Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II and his Administration were under investigation by HUD and the FBI over issues involving SnoOwl, a Smart Phone app that was created by a company that Correia was involved in before he became Mayor and for the use of funds in the creation of a city branding campaign earlier this winter. 

Correia then answered the allegations on the Thursday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'', calling FROED Executive Director Ken Fiola ''a bully'' and ''an intimidator'', saying he was a ''crybaby'' because portions of FROED's funding were being reallocated as part of a plan to create an Economic Development and Tourism Office.


A compromise plan, in a letter dated April 6, 2017, was distributed at the FROED Session, and outlines how some $300,000 will be distributed. 


That plan will be discussed by the City's Redevelopment Authority on May 2nd. 





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