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A Message From The Fall River Board of Health & Health and Human Services Regarding Halloween

 

The Fall River Board of Health and Department of Health and Human Services would

like to share information on how  residents can safely take part in Halloween. 

 

The following suggestions aim to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Many

common traditions, such as trick-or-treating are considered high-risk for spreading

COVID-19. 

 

“We strongly encourage residents to focus on limiting activities to those you

live with, participating in virtual events and contests, and focusing on decorating your

home, apartment, or living space. These types of activities will help to keep our

community, including our children safe this season.”

 

Any Halloween activity must comply with state standards, including gathering size

limits, mask requirements, and any applicable sector-specific workplace safety standards.

 

We recommend the following low-risk Halloween activities:

 

  • Online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving)

  • Dressing up homes, apartments or windows with Halloween themed decorations.

  • Having a scavenger hunt “trick-or-treat” with your household members in or around your home as an alternative for house-to-house style trick or treating

  • Visiting an outdoor pumpkin patch, while wearing a mask and maintaining distance

  • Car parades or contests where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive by “judges” that are appropriately physically distanced

 

We recommend avoiding participation in the following high-risk activities:

 

  • Door to door trick or treating

  • “Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door for treats

  • Indoor Parties

  • Haunted Houses

  • Using alcohol or drugs that may impair judgement and increase risky behaviors

 

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween, it is important to keep the

following in mind:

 

  • Maintain appropriate social distance (6ft or more) from anyone not included in your household. 

  • Wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread when outside your home and around others that are not part of your household

  • A Halloween mask does not replace a face covering, if a Halloween mask is worn, a cloth face covering must also be worn.

  • Avoid confined spaces - Actively stay away from indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6ft between you and others

  • Wash or sanitize your hands often

  • Clean frequently touched items regularly

  • If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, away from others, and do not participate in any Halloween celebrations.

  • If you have recently returned to Massachusetts from a state included in the Governor’s Travel Orders and are in quarantine and/or awaiting test results you must follow orders and exclude yourself from participation in any Halloween events.

 

Consider alternative methods to interacting and/or distributing treats:

 

  • “No contact” trick-or-treating, where treats are placed outside and trick-or-treaters can “grab and go”

  • Use a platter or cookie sheet instead of a bowl and space candy out

 

Brayton Point On Somerset Select Board Agenda

SOMERSET SELECT BOARD CHAIRMAN MCNAMARA MOVES FOR CEASE AND DESIST FOR BRAYTON POINT LLC.  LAWLESS AND MONIZ FAIL TO SECOND

 

 

At yesterday’s Somerset Board Of Selectmen’s meeting, once again the topic of Brayton Point LLC raised animated discussion among Selectmen McNamara, Moniz, and Lawless.

 

After a lengthy explanation of her position, and fueled by yesterday’s revelation that the children of Brayton Point were suffering unexplained health complaints such as coughing up blood, McNamara stated, “I’ve come to this conclusion recently; maybe within the last two weeks. And now, we simply can’t wait any longer.  I’m proposing that we learn from last summer.”  She then made the following motion: “I make a motion to issue a Cease and Desist on Brayton Point LLC until the Zoning Board Of Appeals hearings are complete.”  Rather than a second from her colleagues, the motion was met with silence until Moniz asked if the matter could be discussed.

 

The first to speak was Lawless, stating;  “The reason we didn’t get one (a Cease and Desist) is because we didn’t have the results.  You’ve got to have results because the Cease and Desist will not hold up. So until we receive the results from Sage, and until we get this noise thing taken care of, I’m not going to pull a Cease and Desist. And that’s what we’re going to talk about tomorrow night.” He went on to say, “We’re almost there.  We’re getting there.”  McNamara responded, “This is how I’ve felt this whole past year” and went on to raise the questions, “What could possibly change in the next twenty-four hours?  What if the Sage results are inconclusive?”

 

Both Lawless and Moniz maintained their position to hold the motion until Thursday night’s Board Of Health meeting, alluding to the fact that there is more evidence to be brought forth, and citing the potential for a lawsuit.

 

After further discussion, McNamara stated, “I’m willing to take the risk.  I’m not willing to wait any longer.”

 

At approximately one hour into the discussion, Town Administrator Richard Brown raised the point that a vote on such a motion is not on the agenda, and therefore should not be taken at that juncture. 

 

The Somerset Board Of Health will meet tonight, Thursday, October 15th, at 6:00pm, at the Somerset Public Library.  The following items are on that agenda:  Concerns for students of Brayton Point, noise and dust complaints at Brayton Point, and a discussion of the Fuss & O’Neill letter regarding noise evaluation failure.

 

Six New Bedford Restaurants Fined for Violations of COVID-19 Orders to Protect Residents

The New Bedford Health Department has issued fines to six New Bedford-based restaurants and bars for failure to comply with the City’s COVID-19 regulations and protections for residents.

 

Fines were issued in the following amounts:

 

 

 

 

  • Hong Kong Restaurant: Fined $300
  • Mike B’s Restaurant: Fined $100
  • Taqueria La Raza: Fined $100
  • Whiskey Lounge: Fined $300
  • The Bar: Fined $300
  • Casa Benfica: Fined $100

Hong Kong Restaurant, Whiskey Lounge and The Bar were cited for serving alcoholic beverages without food, and for failure for employees to wear masks. 

 

Mikey B’s and Taqueria La Raza were cited for failure of employees to wear masks. 

  

Casa Benfica was cited for serving alcoholic beverages without food.

 

Violation orders were issued on October 14 after inspections by the New Bedford Police Department and the New Bedford Health Department. 

 

Earlier this year, Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Board of Health announced emergency orders to keep employees safe at their place of work, and to outline reporting requirements of COVID-19 in the workplace. The orders include strong measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

 

Businesses will be subject to fines for failure to comply with the City’s orders, including failure to protect employees and failure to notify the Health Department of an outbreaks. The orders can be found on New Bedford’s COVID-19 webpage: https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/coronavirus/.

New Bedford Announces Early Voting Schedule for 2020 General Election

 

The New Bedford Election Commission announced that Early Voting for the 2020 general election will be held for two weeks at the New Bedford Main Library, from Saturday, October 17 through Friday, October 30. 

 

Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot in person prior to Election Day, November 3, may do so at the Main Library during the following hours:

 

  • Saturday, October 17:            8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 18:               8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 19:              8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 20:             8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 21:        8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22:            8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23:                 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24:            8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 25:               8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26:              8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27:             8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, October 28:        8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 29:            8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Friday, October 30:                 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

As usual, on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, polls will be open in the City of New Bedford from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional safety requirements including the use of masks/face coverings and the observance of social distancing will be in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Any New Bedford resident who is uncertain about their voting status, designated polling location, or who has changed their address since the last election, or any other question should contact the Election Commission office at 508-979-1420.

Mayor Coogan Establishes Launch Pad Veterans' Job Training Program

The Coogan Administration announced earlier this morning the creation of the Launch Pad Veterans Job Training Program in Fall River. 

 

The city has dedicated $100,000 through CARES Acts funding and the Veteran Department to create a new service for the Veterans Association of Bristol County.

 

The program will support 50 low-income veterans from Fall River impacted by the COVID-19 virus. They will be provided with job training, including, but not limited to, skills assessments, resume building interview instruction and one-on-one coaching/career counseling. 

 

Participants will also be connected with a Masshire Vterean Representative and local job opportunities. 

 

“Our veterans have been hit hard during the pandemic, like so many others,” said Mayor Paul Coogan. “I am humbled by the opportunity to provide this new service through the Veterans Association of Bristol County.”

 

“I have no doubt that the VABC is more than qualified to provide these life changing services to our valued servicemen and women, and I am eager to see the program’s outcomes,” he continued.

Level 3 Critical Drought Designated in Southeast Region of Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Secretary for Energy and Environmental Affairs declared a level three critical drought in the Southeast region of Massachusetts after 5 months of below normal rainfall. 

 

The remaining six regions remain at a level two significant drought, which is unchanged from September’s declaration. 

 

At a level three critical drought designation, as outlined in the state’s drought management plan, many sectors will face critical strain. 

 

It is possible that mandatory conservation measures will need to augment voluntary measures.

Patriots on Zoom

The New England Patriots are still waiting for word from the National Football League as to the status of their contest with Denver this Sunday, 

 

Las Vegas Oddsmakers have left the game off the board this week, as no line or props have established. 

 

Bill Belichick has indicated the Patriots have met through virtual means but have done no on field practicing as the Foxboro facility has been off limits since three members of the roster have been stricken with Covid 19. 

 

 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group

The Baker-Polito Administration announced on Wednesday the implementation of a COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to advance its efforts to prepare to distribute a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available.

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group will advise the Administration, including the DPH and the COVID-19 Command Center, on communication, distribution, and equity issues relating to a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The team who will work with DPH Medical Director Dr. Larry Madoff and DPH Assistant Commissioner Kevin Cranston will be comprised of medical professionals, public health experts, elected officials, community leaders and infectious disease specialists including;

 

  • Dr. Paul Biddinger, Chair - Mass General Brigham

 

  • Dr. Barry Bloom - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

  • Dr. Vincent Chiang - Boston Children’s Hospital

 

  • Michael Curry, Esq. - Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

 

  • Dr. Robert Finberg - University of Massachusetts Medical School

 

  • State Senator Cindy Friedman - Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

 

  • Dr. Marc Lipsitch - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

  • State Representative Ronald Mariano – House Majority Leader

 

  • Wanda McClain - Brigham and Women’s Hospital

 

  • Dr. Asif Merchant - Mass Medical Society

 

  • Mayor Daniel Rivera - City of Lawrence

 

  • Dr. John Rocchio - CVS Health

 

  • Dr. David Twitchell - Boston Medical Center

 

  • Rev. Liz Walker - Roxbury Presbyterian Church

 

  • Phoebe Walker - Franklin Regional Council of Governments

 

  • Dr. Simone Wildes - South Shore Hospital

 

  • Dr. Sharon Wright - Beth Israel Lahey Health

 

The Commonwealth has actively been working on preparedness and planning for a COVID-19 vaccine since early August. This work builds on and enhances the state’s experience in distributing approximately 3 million vaccine doses each year. 

 

The group will help inform the planning and preparedness work already underway and further strengthen efforts to successfully and equitably allocate, distribute and administer a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Over the past decade, the Commonwealth has invested in the state-of-the-art Massachusetts Immunization Information System, which serves as the state’s vaccine registry, ordering system and inventory mechanism. 

 

More than 3,000 provider sites currently report their data to this system, and DPH is actively onboarding an additional 1,000 clinical sites to further enhance the distribution and tracking of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Department of Public Utilities Approves Settlement Related to Columbia Gas's Role in Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

The Department of Public Utilities issued an Order approving a settlement agreement under which Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will pay $56 million for its role in the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, leave the state of Massachusetts and transfer its assets to Eversource Energy.  

 

These funds will provide debt relief to thousands of low-income gas customers and fund clean energy and energy efficiency measures in older homes and buildings in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover.

 

“Our approval of this settlement ensures that Columbia Gas is held accountable for the tragic gas incident in the Merrimack Valley, and provides needed support to the impacted communities and low-income residents,” said DPU Chairman Matthew Nelson. 

 

“With today’s Order, the Department of Public Utilities remains committed to vigorous oversight of utilities and the safety of the Commonwealth’s natural gas system,” he continued. 

 

The settlement agreement was reached by Columbia Gas, its parent company NiSource, Eversource Energy, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Attorney General’s Office, and the Low-Income Weatherization and Fuel Assistance Program Network. 

 

The agreement resolves DPU’s investigation into the company’s pipeline safety compliance and emergency response related to the September 2018 explosions.

 

After receiving the proposed settlement, the DPU solicited written comments on the filings and then held two separate public hearings to take oral comments. 

 

After reviewing the comments and discovery responses, the DPU found that the settlement provides net benefits to customers, is a just and reasonable result, and is in the public interest.

 

The asset transfer is expected to occur by November 1, at which time Eversource will be required to implement a comprehensive safety and reliability program and address any remedial actions remaining from Columbia’s pipeline safety violations from the explosion. 

 

Eversource is also required to develop a clean energy analysis to ensure that its business strategies are consistent with the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements.

 

The $56 million in settlement funds will enable the creation of an Energy Relief Fund that will help approximately 26,000 low-income customers across Columbia Gas’ service territories by erasing about $15 million in accumulated debt on their gas bills. 

 

The remaining funds will be directed to a Merrimack Valley Renewal Fund, which will provide clean energy programs and grants for residents, businesses, and municipalities in the Merrimack Valley.

MassDOT Announces Over $1 Million in Final Grant Round of Shared Streets & Spaces Program

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced an award of almost $1.2 million in the final round of funding from the Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces program. 

 

The program, which was launched on June 10, provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design, and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce. 

 

With the award of this final round of funding, the program will have given out a total of $10.2 million to fund 124 projects in 103 municipalities across the Commonwealth, of which 60% are Environmental Justice communities.

 

The Town of Somerset was awarded $12,100 to support dedicated bike lanes along Brayton Avenue and Read Street to promote outdoor activity and provide additional transportation options. 

 

“Many communities have demonstrated their creativity to create safe spaces for outdoor dining, safe connections to businesses and workplaces and expanded space for all transit options—from buses to bikes through the Shared Streets and Spaces grant program,” said Governor Baker. 

 

“We are pleased that these grants can provide safe and responsible improvements while helping to stimulate our businesses and help people feel more comfortable moving about safely,” he continued. 

 

This new round will provide $1.18 million to projects in 17 municipalities, of which 65% are Environmental Justice communities.

 

“Now more than ever, it’s important to continue to support small businesses and restaurants which make up the fabric of our communities by shopping and dining locally,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “We will continue to work with our partners at the local level and support the needs of all 351 of Massachusetts cities and towns.”

 

304 applications were submitted by 279 municipalities, for a total of $34 million requested. 

 

“The Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets and Spaces Emergency Grant Program has held an overwhelming response from cities and towns,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.

 

“This program has really stretched our thinking about how all of us can work together to make our streets, sidewalks, and parking areas serve as many diverse purposes as possible for as many different kinds of needs as possible.”

Bristol Community College ranked 4th out of the 10 Best Nursing Schools in Massachusetts offering ADN Programs

Bristol Community College announced that the college’s nursing program has recently been ranked 4th out of the 10 Best Nursing Schools in Massachusetts offering an associate degree in nursing, for 2020 by Nursing Process. 

 

The ranking highlighted the nursing program’s options for Bristol students to further their education with transfer agreements to major colleges and universities across the state.

 

Based on its ranking methodology, Nursing Process closely evaluated 60 Nursing schools across Massachusetts, to come up with its list of the best schools for an associate degree program in nursing. 

 

Schools were ranked by indicators identified as important in defining a nursing student's preparedness for success, including academic quality, NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates, affordability and the nursing school's reputation.


Nursing Process provides access to nursing education and career information based on state data and aims to assist students aspiring to pursue healthcare careers.

Greater Fall River Re-Creation and City of Fall River Hosting Free Halloween Drive-in Event

In lieu of their annual Halloween party, Greater Fall River Re-Creation is teaming up with Mayor Paul Coogan and the City of Fall River to put on a Halloween themed Drive-in movie at Durfee High School.

 

On Friday, October 30th, Mayor Coogan and Re-Creation invite residents to come and enjoy a Drive-in screening of Halloween favorite “Hocus Pocus”. 

 

Along with the movie, the Re-Creation team is decorating the lot and will be passing out candy to children. 

 

Guests are encouraged to come in costume and Re-Creation will be holding a costume contest for kids aged 3-13. Winners will be announced the following Monday, November 2nd.

 

There will be two showings of the movie on October 30th. They are as follows:

 

Show 1: Gates open at 5pm; Show starts at 6pm

 

Show 2: Gates open at 7:45pm; Show starts at 8:30pm

 

Unlike the other Drive-in movies hosted at Durfee this summer, this event will require a

ticket. Tickets are free and can be obtained in one of the following ways:

 

“We know that Fall River’s families have had a strange year, and that this will not be a normal

Halloween,” remarked Mayor Paul Coogan. “That is why we are so excited to work together

with Re-Creation to give families a safe, free night of Halloween festivity.”

The Virus Weekend in MA

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts confirmed an additional 1,979 cases of the Corona Virus over the weekend, in a period starting Friday afternoon and continuing through Sunday. 

 

The total of active cases of the Covid 19 virus now stands at 132,440. 

 

30 new deaths over the weekend in Massachusetts have brought the total up to 9.295.

 

Over 4.3 million tests have been administered through the virus, while 2.3 million individuals have been tested in the Commonwealth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     30 DEATHS IN THE STATE OVER THOSE THREE DAYS BROUGHT THE DEATH TOLL TO 9,295. 
        OVER 4.3 MILLION TESTS HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED IN TOTAL TO OVER 2.3 MILLION INDIVIDUALS. 
 

Patriots in Kansas City

The New England Patriots will meet the Chiefs in Kansas City tonight, with coverage on 1480 and 95.9 starting at 6 with the pregame from the Patriots Radio Network. 

 

The Patriots will be without Quarterback Cam Newton, who tested positive for Covid19 last week, delaying the game from Sunday Afternoon to a Monday Night Slot created by the NFL. 

 

The Chiefs opened as a 6.5 point favorite, which moved to 7, which has now increased to 11. 

Trump at Walter Reed

President Trump is set to spend the next several days at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, after announcing via Twitter early Friday Morning that he and the First Lady had contracted the Covid 19 virus. 

ABC News is reporting that Trump is being treated with experimental drugs for the Virus; the White House said it was sending the President to Walter Reed in an abundance of caution. 

 

 

Vermont Man Who Robbed Mansfield Bank Sentenced to Prison

A 51-year-old Vermont man who three years ago robbed a Mansfield banking institution was sentenced to serve nine years in state prison yesterday, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced. 

 

Alfred Craven Jr. pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to an indictment charging him with unarmed robbery.

 

On September 18, 2017, the defendant robbed the North Easton Savings Bank in bank Mansfield. After approaching a bank teller, he uttered "don't do anything quick." The defendant then handed the teller a note, which read, "this is a robbery. Fill the bag."

 

The defendant then fled with more than $1,000 in cash.

 

Mansfield Police published a surveillance photograph of the suspect on its Facebook page and received multiple calls identifying the defendant. 

 

At the time of the robbery, the defendant was wanted in Vermont for an extremely violent assault that had left the victim comatose.  The defendant was eventually tracked down and apprehended in Vermont.

 

The nine year state prison term imposed by Judge Renee Dupuis will run concurrently with a 15 year to life prison sentence the defendant received in Vermont for the near-fatal assault.

 

?The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William Flynn.

 

"The defendant is a career criminal who is serving a potential life sentence for a violent assault in the state of Vermont.  His date of parole eligibility is 2032. He is a significant danger to the community and needs to be kept off the street for as long as possible," District Attorney Quinn said.

Fall River Friday AM Fire

Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch confirmed to area media via text message this morning that a fire apparently broke out in a computer location of the former Lightolier location on Airport Road on Fall River's North Side. 

 

The fire started just before 8:45am this morning.

 

It took fire fighters a few minutes to locate the fire in a computer room and put out the blaze, which produced some smoke that was cleared out of the building. 

 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

The President and The Virus

ABC is reporting that Vice President Pence and his wife do not have the Corona Virus, while President Trump and the First Lady are in seclusion in the White House after each tested positive for the Covid 19 virus.

President Trump made the deceleration in a tweet just after 1am EST this morning. 

 

Senior Advisor to the President, Hope Hicks, was reported to have the virus on Thursday; she flew with the President to Cleveland for this week's debate. 

 

 

UMass Dartmouth Joins National Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

UMass Dartmouth announced a partnership with the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative and has committed to purchase 2 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2021.

 

The University will join nearly a dozen universities and colleges and 225 fleets around the country pledging to purchase almost 3,800 EVs. 

 

The entirety of the electric vehicle fleet commitments made through the Collaborative will save nearly 28 million tons of CO2 emissions annually, avoid 1.7 million gallons of gas per year, and represent a total of $123.5 million investment in EVs.

 

“UMass Dartmouth is excited to be a part of the EV Purchasing Collaborative,” said William Mitchell, Jr., Assistant Director of Campus Services at UMass Dartmouth. “Our university is committed to our sustainability goals and EVs are an important part of the future.” 

 

“We encourage fellow schools to join us on the path to electrification,” he hoped.

 

In committing to purchase electric vehicles as a part of the Collaborative, public agencies, colleges, and universities gain access to competitively solicited EVs and charging infrastructure, as well as innovative leasing options that allow fleets to reduce costs by accessing tax credits. 

 

The Collaborative also provides support with technical analysis and best practices for fleet electrification as fleets consider switching to electric.

 

“Universities and colleges help develop the future leaders of tomorrow,” said Ben Prochazka, National Director of the Electrification Coalition. 

 

“They are always at the forefront of creating ambitious climate and sustainability goals,” he said. “It only makes sense that they become a part of the Collaborative and the transportation electrification future.”

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition to Step II of Phase III for Lower Risk Communities Effective October 5th

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Monday, October 5th, lower risk communities will be permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. 

 

All other communities will remain in Phase III, Step I. Governor Charlie Baker also issued a revised gatherings order. Industry specific guidance and protocols for a range of Phase I, II, and III businesses will also be updated.

 

On May 18, the Baker-Polito Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on sustained improvements in public health data.

 

Last month, the Administration began releasing data on the average daily COVID cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns.

 

Last month, the Administration began releasing data on the average daily COVID cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns.

 

Lower risk communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been a “red” community in any of the last three weekly Department of Public Health (DPH) weekly reports.

 

A limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions. Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people while outdoor performance venue capacity will increase to 50% with a max of 250 people.

 

For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step II activities like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag will also be permitted to open and capacity will increase to 50%.

 

Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores. Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.

 

The limit for indoor gatherings remains at a maximum of 25 people for all communities. Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities.

 

Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step I communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower risk, Step II communities.

Southern Airways extends service in New Bedford

Southern Airways Express has announced that it will be expanding daily flights on a year-round schedule as well as base its New England fleet at the New Bedford Regional Airport.

 

Basing includes aircraft maintenance, fueling, storage, crew basing, and additional jobs based at the airport. This move comes after a successful launch in August, in which New Bedford passenger numbers exceeded all expectations.

 

Southern will continue daily flights past the initial October 12 agreement with plans for future expansion.

 

"Southern Airways launched new service between New Bedford and Nantucket on August 26, 2020,” said Southern Airways Express Chief Commercial Officer Mark Cestari. “The initial market response to the service from the southeastern Massachusetts community has exceeded our expectations.”

 

“In line with that, we have decided to extend our service through this winter. We are hopeful that this will allow us to further expand here in the future,” he continued

 

New Bedford Airport Management has seen an increase in private and commuter flights considering the global pandemic. The airline launched in the New England market this year, and New Bedford specifically in late August.

 

“Southern Airways Express is a welcomed addition to our growing airport,” said Scot Servis, director of the New Bedford Regional Airport. “We encourage the public to take advantage of the commercial service options that the New Bedford Regional Airport has to offer.”

 

“We look forward to growing and expanding service options at the airport over the coming years,” he continued.

 

Southern’s new schedule, effective October 14, provides for an early morning departure from New Bedford to Nantucket and a late afternoon return.

 

This schedule will run Monday through Friday with t Tickets and E-Coupon Books available at iFlySouthern.com.

Patriots and Kansas City Opening Line

Coming off a convincing road win in Baltimore on Monday Night Football, the Kansas City Chiefs have been installed as as a 7 point home favorite over the New England Patriots this coming Sunday. 

You'll hear the game with coverage starting at 1:30pm Sunday with a 4:25pm kickoff on WSAR at 1480 and 95.9 FM. 

The Mail in Balloting Questions Continue

As thousands of mail in ballots are being delivered and processed throughout the Commonwealth this fall, with early in person balloting set for mid October Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator Mike Rodriques tells WSAR that he has unwavering confidence in how mail in balloting worked in September for the Massacusetts Primary, and will again in November in terms of the General Election.  

 

President Trump took a shot at Massachusetts Governor Baker on Twitter Friday Morning for defending Mail in Balloting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somerset Middle School Mold

There remains concern in Somerset tonight regarding the condition of the interior of the Somerset Middle School, as the Somerset K-8 School Committee heard a presentation and then followed up with a nearly two hour discussion via Zoom on problems with mold in the building, especially in the building's locker room. 

 

While noting that 2019 air quality tests showed no reasons for immediate concern, there were suggestions that using air conditioners and dehumidifiers would help the situation, as the district seeks state dollars for a new middle school.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Agricultural Officials Urge Residents to Report Signs of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources announced that it has identified two dead specimens of the spotted lanternfly in Massachusetts communities, and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest.

 

The specimens were recovered in the towns of Milford and Norwood, and were brought into Massachusetts on materials shipped from Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine.

 

Residents who received goods or materials, such as plants, landscaping materials, or outdoor furniture, from a state with a known spotted lanternly infestation such as Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia are being urged to carefully check the materials, including any packaging, for signs of spotted lanternfly.

 

“These most recent finds call attention to the fact that there are many ways that spotted lanternfly can travel here from other states,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. 

 

“Early detection plays an important role in the protection of our state’s economic and ecological resources from invasive species, and we ask anyone who may have received shipments of wood, ornamental plants, or any other materials from Pennsylvania or other Northeastern states to help protect the natural resources and agricultural industries of Massachusetts by checking for and reporting any signs of spotted lanternfly.”

 

Because no live lanternflies have yet been found in Massachusetts, there is currently no evidence that SLF has become established in the Commonwealth. As a precaution, surveys are planned in the areas where the insects were found, to confirm that no live populations are present.

 

If any indication of SLF is found, residents should take a photo or collect the specimen, and report any potential sightings of the pest using MDAR’s online reporting form. 

 

Residents should look for large, gray insects, about one inch long, with black spots and red underwings, or inch-long, rectangular yellowish-brown egg masses covered with a gray waxy coating. Egg masses may be found on any flat surface.

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