WSAR NEWS

Charlie Baker Introduces VaxMillions

According to the digital edition of the Boston Herald, Governor Charlie Baker announced Tuesday fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents will soon have the opportunity to win $1 million cash prize or $300,000 college scholarship through a “vaxmillions” giveaway.

 

Starting July 1, fully vaccinated residents who are 18 or older can enter the giveaway to win one of five $1 million cash prizes while residents from ages 12-17 can enter to win one of five $300,000 college scholarships. There will be weekly drawings that will continue through August 27. 

 

The Administration announced that by submitting an entry, participants agree to allow the Department of Public Health to access vaccination records to verify full vaccination and participants may also be asked to provide their vaccination card. Those who are not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all will not be allowed to enter the giveaway.

Amazon Aids New Bedford

According to the digital edition of the Fall River Herald News, online retail giant Amazon has announced it will partner with the Greater Boston Food Bank to help distribute food to New Bedford.

 

Once a week, Amazon will donate the use of one of their tractor trailers to transport goods to a New Bedford location. Amazon has committed to moving one million pounds of food to the city during this partnership. 

 

The New Bedford Food Bank location distributes more than 309,000 meals per month.

New Gas Mains in Fall River

Liberty Utilities new gas main installation in Fall River is expected to spread city wide. According to the digital edition of Fall River Herald News, Ferreira Construction Company of New Jersey, contracted by New England Natural Gas Company, is installing the polyethylene gas mains in Fall River.

 

A company spokesperson stated that the work schedule began in April with plans to end in December with the gas mains to stretch underneath 140 Fall River Streets. Senior Manager of Government Affairs for the natural gas company, James Carey, said by the end of 2020 Liberty Utilities had replaced 48 miles of leak-prone mains throughout the city with plans to complete a citywide project by 2027.

A Paid Juneteenth Holiday

According to the CBS 12 in Providence, Providence is looking to give their city workers a paid day off for Juneteenth, a holiday honoring the end of slavery, but there is pushback beng received from some of their city council member.

 

Juneteenth, the shortened name for June 19th, is the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to ensure slaves were freed.

 

The council finance committee on Tuesday discussed adding Juneteenth to the list of paid holidays for Providence city employees, including police, fire, communications, and union workers. Community members have been calling for the city to make June 19th a holiday for more than a year following the events of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. Many companies have already offered the day to the list of the paid holidays for workers, but some committee members took issue with the cost associated with adding another paid holiday. 

 

“It’s an outright request to inflate our budget,” Jo-Ann Ryan, chairwoman of the council finance committee, said. City Treasurer, Jim Lombardi also stated that the issue lies with the cost of workers not coming in. Lombardi and Ryan estimated adding another paid holiday would cost approximately $460,000 with a possibility for the cost to increase.

 

There is no clear indication if the holiday will be worked out for June 19th of this year, which takes place next Saturday. If it is to pass before next Saturday, the paid holiday would be conducted on Friday the 18th.

Fall River Secures Millions

With the city of Fall River securing millions of dollars from The American Rescue Act to use over the next two fiscal years for various items, Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan tells WSAR that a panel of department heads and other Government Center Administrators are spending part of their summer deciding how to best use the millions.

 

Mayor Paul Coogan also stated to WSAR that the panel will help various entities decide how best to use the millions that came at the later stages of the pandemic. When discussing the lost revenue from the pandemic, Mayor Coogan proclaimed they need to use the money wisely. Coogan explained that he hopes to pull back money used to pay the bills and not to dig into the money used for the city budget.

 

Mayors and city administrators throughout the commonwealth have been waiting for instructions from Washington as to how they could use the federal dollars that were shipped to cities and towns this spring.

Keeping the Youth Active

Following the events that occurred during last month's shooting of Corky Row, various stakeholders in Fall River have been discussing how to improve the situation in various neighborhoods and to give young people activities to do this summer.

 

Minority Outreach Coordinator for Fall River Housing Authority as well as CDA, Bobby Bailey, stated that involving the school department and parents is critical, referring to the youth of Fall River as “our future” and that education is the reflection of the city of Fall River.

 

Bailey told WSAR that young people need structure this summer and that the city needs to work within itself as well as with each other. Discussions about programs involving arts and sports have been placed thus far.

Gasoline Prices in MA

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Massachusetts has increased one cent from last week, at an average of $2.93/gallon, nine cents higher than a month ago, but 12 cents below the current national average.

 

AAA Northeast Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, Mary Maguire, says AAA has been watching a steady rise in demand for gasoline, with prices at the pump to likely adjust though June. Maguire also says there could be price decreases early in the month as the school year comes to a close with the possibility that the prices of gasoline could increase as summer travel increases.

Two Men Arrested in Fall River

Two men have been arrested and charged with suspected illegal narcotics and possession of an illegal firearm Friday afternoon.

 

Fall River Police Department Vice and Intelligence Unit executed a search warrant at a residence home on Buffington Street in Fall River based on a drug investigation. Detectives recovered a semi-automatic pistol belonging to 27-year-old David Verdieu who was confirmed to not have a Massachusetts firearm license to carry. FRPD Detectives also found suspected illegal narcotics belong to 37-year-old Kirk Howe. The suspected drugs included crack cocaine, fentanyl, clonazepam, alprazolam, and gabapentin.

 

Verdieu had 3 charges placed on him including possession of a firearm without a FID Card. Howe has 6 charges including possession of Class A through Class E drugs.

Fixing A Seekonk Corridor

MassDOT Advisory: Seekonk
 
Daytime and Overnight Corridor Improvements and Resurfacing Operations on Section of Route 44 (Taunton Avenue)
 
Daytime work will begin on Monday, June 7, and will take place daily, from Monday through Friday, during daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Overnight work paving operations will begin in July, and will take place nightly, from Sunday through Thursday, during overnight hours from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning
 
All work is anticipated to continue through June 2022
 
 
SEEKONK - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be conducting corridor improvements and resurfacing operations on a section of Route 44 (Taunton Avenue), from Peck Street to the Rehoboth town line, in Seekonk.  

 

The work will begin on Monday, June 7, 2021, and is scheduled to continue through June 2022. The majority of the work will be corridor improvement operations which will take place daily, from Monday through Friday, during daytime hours from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

 In July, milling and paving work will take place nightly, from Sunday through Thursday, during overnight hours from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
 
The work primarily consists of construction of sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, new granite curb, drainage improvements, installation of new signs, berm replacement, milling and paving, and pavement markings.
 
Standard temporary traffic control measures will consist of lane restrictions, alternating one-way traffic, and approved detours, as needed.  Construction signs, message boards, arrow boards, drums and police details will be utilized.
 
 

Decision Day for The Celtics

The digital edition of the Boston Globe is reporting that ESPN and The Athletic are confirming that Brad Stevens will be the new Director of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics, while Danny Ainge will leave the organization, where he has been part of the front office since 2003. 

 

With Stevens moving up in scope, the Celtics will be in search of a new head coach. 

Could Danny Leave?

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is seriously considering his future with the franchise and could make a decision to step down, sources tell ESPN.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Senior NBA Insider5m ago

Make a MassDOT Appointment

MassDOT Registry Announces Appointments for In-person Transactio

ns are Continuing
Face coverings are still required at RMV locations if unvaccinated
Wednesday senior citizen hours will continue along with suspension hearings by phone, learner’s permit tests online, use of state vehicles for road tests and everyone in the road test vehicle must wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is announcing that many of the new initiatives that were put in place to provide additional flexibility for its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue as COVID-19 restrictions lifted on Saturday, May 29.
 
RMV customers will continue to be served by appointments only at open Service Centers, and customers who are unvaccinated will be required to wear a face covering for transactions.  In addition, the RMV will continue with including dedicated hours on Wednesdays to serve senior citizens at some locations, holding suspension hearings by phone, allowing learner’s permit tests online, and using state vehicles for anyone taking road tests. (Everyone in a vehicle for a road test must wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status.)
 
Last week, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order terminating the Commonwealth’s State of Emergency effective June 15, 2021. The Order also rescinded most COVID-19 restrictions, including limitations placed on businesses, as of May 29 as Massachusetts neared the goal of vaccinating four million residents. Several days ago, the Commonwealth passed the 3.6 million mark for fully vaccinated residents. 
 
The Registry’s partner for many transactions, AAA, will also continue with the system of serving AAA members who make appointments.
 
Initiatives Remaining in Place as of today, June 1:
 
•    Appointments for in-person transactions at open customer service locations will continue, and customers must wear a face covering for an in-person transaction if unvaccinated.
•    Senior hours for customers 65 years of age and older on Wednesdays at specific locations will continue. 
•    Road tests will still be offered using state vehicles only. Road test sponsors will be required to be in the road test vehicle beginning on Tuesday, June 15. Everyone in a road test vehicle must wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status.
•    Registration Drop Off Centers for drop off and pick up service for vehicle transactions will continue. 
•    Online learner’s permit exams will continue and customers must still make an in-person appointment for the application process.
•    Suspension hearings by telephone will continue.
 
Executive Orders Rescinded:
 
•    The period of time to transfer a vehicle registration will once again be 7 calendar days from the date a person disposes of a vehicle to register the new one. (During the pandemic, a longer grace period was given of 21 days. As of May 29, the 7-day calendar timeline went into effect which was pre-pandemic policy.)
•    As of May 29, in-vehicle observation hours for Junior Operators reverted back to Driving Schools for applicants who obtained a learner’s permit on or after 5/29/2021 requiring junior operators to complete 6 hours observing another student driver, and 40 supervised driving hours with a parent or guardian.  (This was the rule pre-pandemic.)

For more information on transactions and additional details on customer locations, please visit www.mass.gov/rmv or https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information. 
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Malone's Final Day in FRPS is 11-1

Matthew Malone, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Fall River Public Schools 
T0: School Committee 
Fall River Public Schools 
Notice of Resignation Effective November 1, 2021


As you know, the Fall River Public Schools is an amazing organization filled with all-star educators who serve the children of the City of Fall River with skill, professionalism, and love.

 

It is an honor to lead the school system and a privilege to work with the incredible employees, families, community partners, and students in our city. 


Over the past five years, our school system has made tremendous progress to support classroom instruction by focusing on the people, places, and practices at the center of our strategic improvement plan. Driven by our core values, our school system has certainly addressed many challenges over the past five years but as we end the 2020-2021 school year, we are poised to continue in exceeding performance expectations, closing student achievement/ opportunity gaps, and building a service delivery model nonpareil in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

 


As we emerge from the Covid19 Pandemic, reopen fully for in-person learning, successfully complete our collective bargaining agreements, recruit and staff our schools for success, invest in increased capacity for engagement, support academic and social/emotional learning needs, and open a brand new Durfee High School, I can confidently attest that we are set up for future success. We have made tremendous progress since I began my tenure in 2016 and we have successfully moved the school district forward, together. 

 


As we have accomplished so much, I have made the personal and professional decision that it would be best for the district, as a whole, that I pass the baton of leadership for a transition, providing the school committee with ample time and opportunity to hire a new Superintendent of Schools.

 

As such, I am announcing my resignation as the Superintendent of Schools, effective November 1, 2021. This coordinated exit timeline will allow us to complete the current important work I was hired to accomplish and allow the School Committee with the professionally appropriate notice for succession and transition planning.

 

As you know me, you know I will continue to work as hard as I have since my first day up until my last day. My commitment to the City of Fall River and the students whom we serve is and always will be, indomitable. I have enjoyed Fall River immensely and will forever treasure the people I was able to work with and the students whom I was able to serve. 
Cordially, 
 
Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D. 

The EPA and Brayton Point

 Under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Patriot Stevedoring & Logistics, the port operator at Brayton Point in Somerset, Mass. has changed its system for loading scrap metal in order to avoid illegally discharging scrap metal into Mt. Hope Bay,

 

in violation of the Clean Water Act. Patriot Stevedoring & Logistics also agreed to pay a $27,000 penalty to settle the alleged violations by EPA's New England office that it discharged without a permit between Feb. 25 and Oct. 30 of 2020.

 

"Thanks to this settlement, this company is changing their procedures to eliminate scrap metal being deposited into Mt. Hope Bay. EPA is pleased that this will result in a cleaner and healthier bay environment," said EPA New England Acting Regional Administrator Deb Szaro. "This action demonstrates that EPA takes the concerns of local citizens about noncompliance with environmental laws very seriously."

 

EPA alleged that the company discharged scrap metal into Mt. Hope Bay while the material was being loaded onto ships. Although Patriot Stevedoring is authorized to discharge stormwater under an EPA permit, it is not permitted to discharge scrap metal.

 

Patriot Stevedoring changed its metal stevedoring process in September 2020 to load scrap metal onto a dumpster-like carrier that is hoisted directly into the ship's cargo bay for unloading. This avoids metal being dropped into the water during loading.

 

The company agreed to phase out the use of the mechanical claws it had used before. Patriot Stevedoring leases the port at 1 Brayton Point Road, the location of a coal power plant that is no longer operating.

 

This port area discharges stormwater from one outfall into the bay. Eastern Metal Recycling is a deliverer of up to 50 truckloads of shredded scrap metal to the port daily and after about a month, enough is stockpiled to call in a ship to pick it up.

 

EPA received multiple complaints about scrap metal being discharged into the water during loading and transport. The case stems from an EPA inspection, as well as from photos and video sent by members of the public showing Patriot Stevedoring dropping metal from a crane's claw when loading metal material onto the ship.

Drug Trafficking in Massachusetts

According to the United States Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts, Nine men have been charged in connection with a trafficking conspiracy involving kilograms of cocaine sent via the U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico to Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

BOSTON – Nine men were charged in connection with a wide-ranging drug trafficking conspiracy that involved dozens of parcels suspected of containing kilograms of cocaine sent from Puerto Rico to various addresses throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Investigators intercepted eight parcels and seized more than 16 kilograms of cocaine from the mail.

 

“We allege that the defendants received parcels sent via U.S. Mail from Puerto Rico containing kilograms of cocaine -- which we allege they then sold here in our communities. That’s illegal and dangerous, of course, and it is an affront to the hard-working public servants in the U.S. Postal Service,” said Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell. “The trafficking conspiracy was detected and dismantled thanks to effective investigative work by the people who protect our mail system and by local and state law enforcement. Those investigators remain on the lookout, and the public should know that people who misuse and abuse public services for criminal schemes can expect to face justice.” 

 

“Today’s arrests are an example of our commitment and dedication to protect those we serve and to keep our communities safe from illegal drugs and those who seek to harm the public through their continued efforts to break the law,” said Joshua W. McCallister, Acting Inspector in Charge of the U.S.. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division. “These defendants allegedly used the mail to transport narcotics from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, introducing narcotics into the communities in which we all serve. This conduct will never be tolerated. Winning the battle against illicit drugs is a top priority for the Postal Service and the Inspection Service. Our objectives are to rid the mail of illicit drug trafficking and the associated violence, preserve the integrity of the mail, and, most importantly, provide a safe environment for postal employees and Postal Service customers — the American public.”

 

As alleged in the charging documents, since February 2020, law enforcement has been investigating a drug trafficking organization operated by Patrick Joseph. Based on a wiretap investigation, it is alleged that Joseph coordinated the transportation of 10-20 kilograms of cocaine at a time from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, and eventually to Massachusetts and Rhode Island via the U.S. Mail. During this investigation, the cocaine seized by investigators was found concealed in two-kilogram quantities inside air fryers and locking cash boxes before being sent through the mail.

 

Today, investigators seized various firearms, 21 kilograms of cocaine and over $100,000 cash.

The following defendants were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base:

  • Patrick Joseph, 39, of Stoughton, Mass.;

  • Donald Cue, 36, of Randolph, Mass.;

  • Night Menard, 36, of Randolph, Mass.;

  • Christian Junior Alvarado-Deleon, 20, of Randolph, Mass.;

  • Oscar Nieves-Sosa, 20, a Dominican national residing in Hyde Park, Mass.;

  • Stiven Berrio Osorio, 21, a Colombian national residing in Chelsea, Mass.;

  • Robert Monteiro, 37, of Brockton, Mass.;

  • Patrick Snow, 43, of Harwich, Mass.; and

  • Felix Baez-Munoz, 31, of Methuen, Mass., who remains a fugitive at this time.

 

“The multiple kilos of cocaine intercepted through the combined work of these partner agencies would have, had they reached the streets, fueled despair and violence,” said Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason. “The message to traffickers should be clear: the postal mail is not a safe route for you to distribute your poison and we will be as vigilant in interdicting that method of transport as we are with all other methods.”

“The Boston Police Department continues to work in partnership with our federal partners to prevent and reduce violence in our communities,” said Superintendent in Chief Gregory Long. “Today's arrests and seizure of firearms and drugs is a testament to the strong working relationships that ultimately resulted in removing dangerous firearms and drugs off the street.

 

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Mendell, USPIS Acting Inspector McCallister, MSP Colonel Mason and Superintendent in Chief Long made the announcement today. The Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division and Homeland Security Investigations in Boston provided valuable assistance with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip C. Cheng and James E. Arnold of Mendell’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit are prosecuting the case.

 

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. 

 

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Fall River Man Dies in Car Crash

A Fall River man has been killed in a single car crash Wednesday night in Tiverton. 

 

According to the digital edition of the Newport Daily News, 35-year-old Jonathan Gosselin was speeding before hitting a sign at the intersection of Bulgarmarsh and Main Road around 8:40 PM.

 

Police found Gosselin’s car crashed into a tree 1.6 miles from the initial contact scene. The accident remains under investigation by Tiverton Police Detectives and investigators.

Fall River Homicide Arrest

Charges against an 18-year-old Fall River man already in custody in connection to last Tuesday's double-homicide were upgraded to murder this morning, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

 

A new criminal complaint charging Jeremy Holmes with two counts of murder and one count of assault and battery by means of a firearm was filed in Fall River District Court late this morning.  

 

The defendant is also still charged with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm, and unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm.

 

A previously scheduled 2 pm dangerousness hearing today has now been cancelled and the defendant will instead be briefly arraigned on the new charges this afternoon in Fall River District Court.

 

 Due to court-imposed Covid-19 restrictions, limited seating will be available in the courtroom.  

 

A district court judge this morning has already ordered reports on the facts of the ongoing investigation into the totality of the incident outside Griffin Park to be impounded.

 

Jeremy Holmes was taken into custody without incident last Friday night around 8:15 at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Burlington.  Mr. Holmes was arrested by members of District Attorney Quinn's State Police Detective Unit, Fall River Police, the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitives Apprehension Section and Burlington Police. 


Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, Homicide Unit prosecutors and Fall River Police, continue to actively investigate the incident.

 

Fall River Police received 911 calls around 4:22 pm last Tuesday to report shots fired in the vicinity of Griffin Park.  When first responders arrived on scene, they located two victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

 

 The two victims, Jovaughn Antonio Mills, 29, of Fall River and Miguel Sanjurjo, 14, of Fall River, were rushed to Saint Anne's Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital respectively.  Both victims were declared deceased by emergency room physicians.

 

 

The third male shooting victim, 19, of Fall River, was transported to Saint Anne's Hospital via a private vehicle.  This victim was then transported to Rhode Island Hospital for further treatment. and is expected to recover.

 

A second defendant connected to the incident, Dana Mazyck, 21, of Fall River, was apprehended on May 25 in Fall River by members of District Attorney Quinn's Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit and Fall River Police detectives.  He is charged with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building. 

 

Mr. Mazyck briefly appeared in Fall River District Court Tuesday and was ordered held in jail pending the results of a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled to occur next Wednesday. 

 

"I want to thank investigators and prosecutors from Fall River Police and from our office for their tireless effort in investigating these very violent and tragic deaths.  

 

Their hard work has now led to murder charges against this defendant and firearm charges against a second defendant. The facts of this case are very disturbing and tragic, especially since it involves very young individuals," District Attorney Quinn said.  "It is particularly concerning that residents of the Corky Row section of Fall River cannot feel secure in their own neighborhood at 4:00 in the afternoon, and were subjected to multiple rounds of gunfire that took two lives and injured a third person. Given the time of day and the number of people in the park, it is very fortunate that more people were not killed or injured. The investigation is ongoing."

North Attleboro Homicide

North Attleboro Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the district attorney's office and Homicide Unit prosecutors are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred this afternoon on High Street.

 

North Attleboro Police responded to 64 High Street this afternoon around 4:01 pm for a reported shooting incident.  When first responders arrived at the apartment building, they located the male victim inside his apartment suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

 

 The victim, a 38-year-old North Attleboro man, was rushed to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Honeywell Laying Off 470 Employees

First reported in the digital edition of CBS 12 in Providence, Honeywell International is planning to lay off hundreds of employees at a Smithfield, Rhode Island facility.

 

The facility that produced the infamous N95 face mask , is cutting approximately 470 jobs. Employees were notified today and are being urged to look for other jobs.

 

Honeywell Spokesperson, Eric Krantz Indicated that the company is shifting to a more efficient way of manufacturing with automated production lines.

City Council Comments on the Shooting

The nine Fall River City Council members commented on last week’s shooting in the Corky Row Neighborhood as well as other shooting incidents that have occurred so far in 2021.

 

City Council member, Trott Lee said “come and talk to me about it” when discussing if anyone had a question about him caring for the city and the recent shooting.

 

Council member, Michelle Dionne also expressed her surprise at the number of shootings that have occurred in Fall River compared to a year ago. Dionne said that even though it is good there haven't been as many deaths this year, she still explained her concern that the 20 shootings of this year so far have matched that of 2020’s total. 

 

City Council President, Cliff Ponte stated that the committee is committed to answer any public safety issues and discuss how to help.

The Celtics Are Running Out of Luck

The Boston Celtics collected their second loss of the series against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, 130-108. Marcus Smart led the Celtics in scoring with 19 while Kevin Durant and Joe Harris of the Nets scored over 25 points each. The Celtics resume their playoff series for Game 3 with Brooklyn on Friday, May 28, at the TD Garden in Boston.

Bricks Fall and Injures Two

A South Main Steet building saw as bricks rained down the side Tuesday morning, hitting two pedestrians.

 

A spokesperson for the Fall River Police Department has confirmed to WSAR that the pair of pedestrians were hit by the falling bricks just before noon and suffered what was described as non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Work on the roof of the building caused some of the bricks to come loose and fall off the facade of the building located in the 200 block of South Main Street of downtown Fall River. The two unidentified victims were taken to Rhode Island Hospital. The FRPD confirmed that a 25-year-old man is in stable condition while the 34-year-old is in critical condition but has been stabilized.

Governor Baker Teams Up with Dunkin'

Governor Baker is teaming up with Dunkin' and Boston Museum of Science to increase accessibility to COVID-19 vaccines.

 

BOSTON - The Baker-Polito Administration, in collaboration with the Museum of Science Boston and Dunkin’ today announced initiatives to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts continues to be a national leader in vaccination rates with over 77% of adults having received at least one dose, and the Administration is supporting additional opportunities to drive vaccine uptake.

 

The Museum of Science Boston and CIC Health will host a vaccination clinic for all individuals 12 and older who live, work or study in Massachusetts on Friday, May 28, from 11AM– 6PM and Saturday, May 29, from 11AM – 4PM.

 

Visitors receiving a vaccine will be provided free parking and two free tickets to the museum, which can be used for a future date. Live demonstrations from Museum educators, raffles and other giveaways will be offered to those who come to receive their vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine will be administered at this clinic, and another clinic will be held on June 18 & 19 to facilitate second doses.

 

Vaccine administration will be held in the Atrium outside the Charles Hayden Planetarium and Mugar Omni Theater. Advanced registration for an appointment is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcomed. 

 

In collaboration with the Commonwealth, Dunkin’ and CIC Health, Dunkin’ Days at the Hynes, a two-day initiative to boost vaccination of all eligible residents in the Commonwealth, will be held on Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28 from 11AM to 3PM, and will offer newly vaccinated individuals a free Dunkin’ Iced Coffee. All individuals 12 years of age and older who live, work or study in Massachusetts are eligible to receive the vaccine. There is no pre-registration required, and walk-ups are strongly encouraged.

 

Along with free Dunkin’ Iced Coffee, there will be appearances by Dunkin’ mascots Icy Joe and Sprinkles, photo ops and prizes.

 

The Hynes Convention Center located at 900 Boylston Street in Boston accepts walk-ins for vaccination as well as those with previously scheduled appointments.

Auchencloss on Transportation

Auchincloss Leads 17 Members Urging DeFazio to Fund Innovative, On-Demand Public Transit


“We urge you to invest in accessible, on-demand public transit to advance equity, increase
economic and social mobility, and help combat the climate crisis.”
  
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Jake Auchincloss (D, MA-04), a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, is leading a letter of 17 colleagues to Chairman DeFazio urging him to include funding for on-demand public transit (also referred to as “microtransit”) in the House’s transportation bill. 
 
“To make public transportation more accessible for all, the need for more transit options is clear,” said Rep. Auchincloss, “increased access to jobs and economic opportunities, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a new mobility option for those with disabilities and the elderly, and a public transportation service that is adaptable and resilient in a time of crisis.”


Representatives Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jim Cooper (D-TN), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Kaiali’i Kahele (D-HI), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), Doris Matsui (D-CA),  A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), James P. McGovern (D-MA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), and Dina Titus (D-NV) also signed onto the letter. 

See the full letter attached and below.
________________________________________
May 24, 2021
 
The Honorable Peter DeFazio
Chairman
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
 
Dear Chairman DeFazio: 
Thank you for your leadership on developing a transportation bill that will help our nation address deep economic mobility challenges, the climate change crisis, and disparities in racial equity. We are particularly excited about the prospect of dramatically expanding and improving access and mobility. We believe that an important part of this effort is the deployment of on-demand public transit (also referred to as “microtransit”) by transit agencies and cities. 


Today, more and more transit agencies and municipal governments across the country are looking at using on-demand public transit to provide critical connections to preexisting transit hubs and to fill so-called “transit desert” gaps, often in historically underserved areas.

 

The benefits of these demonstrations are clear: increased access to jobs and economic opportunities, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, a new mobility option for those with disabilities and the elderly, and a public transportation service that is adaptable and resilient in a time of crisis. 


Unfortunately, it is often difficult or impossible for many looking to address issues of access and mobility to directly access federal funding. We believe Committee should address this in the reauthorization of the FAST Act by including language which to invest in transit innovations. At the same time, supporting new forms of public transportation should never come at the expense of important labor and accessibility protections. With this in mind, we request a program that: 


•    Creates a significant and dedicated funding program within FTA that provides transit agencies and municipal governments support for transit innovations such as microtransit, on-demand paratransit, and integrated mobility services. 


•    Supports desired policy outcomes by directing funding to new or expanded services that advance equity, economic mobility, and environmental goals. 


•    Protects and supports labor by meeting or exceeding the standard set out by President Biden recently in his American Jobs Act plan that Congress should “require transportation investments to meet existing transit labor protections.” We agree with this standard and stand ready to work on any additional measures to ensure there are strong labor protections. 


•    Goes beyond demonstrations and creates a pathway to sustainable funding by allowing for multi-year grants and access to formula funding for projects that prove successful. 


•    Increases accessibility by requiring that any service funded under this program be accessible to everyone, with ADA-compliant vehicles in the fleet, the ability to call for a ride for those who do not use smartphones, and payment options for those without credit cards. 


•    Ensures all communities can compete by allowing any transit agency, state, or local government to apply, by requiring that at least 20% of funds go to rural areas, and by providing an 80% federal match. 


•    Provides important data to the public sector by requiring regular and robust data sharing for any public/private partnership. We urge you to invest in accessible, on-demand public transit to advance equity, increase economic and social mobility, and help combat the climate crisis. 


Sincerely, 
Jake Auchincloss 
Member of Congress 

 
To learn more about Congressman Jake Auchincloss visit https://auchincloss.house.gov or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.   

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A Second Arrest Made in Fall River

A second suspect has been arrested earlier today in connection to the double-homicide at Corky Row in Fall River.

 

The 21-year-old man was identified by Fall River and Massachusetts State Police as Dana Mazyck, is being charged with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a building. The defendant appeared briefly in Fall River District Court and was ordered for Mazyck to be held in jail, pending the result of a dangerousness hearing scheduled for next Wednesday, June 2. 

 

The investigation continues into the murder of 14-year-old Miguel Sanjurjo and Jovaughn Antonio Mills, 29 as well as an unidentified 19-year-old Fall River man, who was shot in the leg and is expected to recover.

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