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Tiverton Garage Fire

According to NBC 10 in Providence, A fire broke out in a garage at a Tiverton residence last night. Little Compton Fire Department responded to the report around 7:30 p.m. where they were able to stop the fire from extending into the home. The owners were home, and there were no injuries reported.

 

Little Compton Fire Chief Richard Petrin said mutual aid tankers from Westport and Dartmouth assisted the crews as the house is in an area without fire hydrants.

USCG Suspend Search in NB

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing fisherman who went overboard on Friday morning. According to CBS 12 in Providence, via a post on social media, the USCG said they have suspended the search for the fisherman pending further developments. Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, crew members of the commercial fishing vessel Susan Rose noticed one person wasn’t on board. The boat arrived in New Bedford around 8 a.m. with a Coast Guard vessel following behind. 

 

The Coast Guard said the search, which covered just over 1,000 square nautical miles, consisted of two helicopters from Air Station Cape Cod, and six patrol boats.

Patriots present Providence Community Health Centers with $20K grant to benefit breast cancer screenings Celebrating National Cancer Survivor Month, the New England Patriots Foundation and American Cancer Society joined together to honor the Providence Co

Alexandra Francisco
Patriots.com writer

Early detection is the best protection when it comes to cancer and most other health issues. That's easier said than done for those with little to no access to medical care.

Providence Community Health Centers serve to offer that equity and will now have help from the New England Patriots, NFL and American Cancer Society in doing so.

In celebration of National Cancer Survivor Month and through the NFL Crucial Catch's "Intercept Cancer" campaign, Rhode Island's largest network of health centers, received a $20,000 NFL Change Grant to benefit breast cancer screenings and detection efforts.

"On behalf of the Kraft Family and the New England Patriots, I want to thank Providence Community Health Center for inviting us to this new, state-of-the-art facility," Andre Tippet, the Patriots executive director of community affairs, said at a check presentation ceremony Thursday.

"What a wonderful, wonderful spot. The work that you guys are doing is going to be tremendous and really impact the community in this area."

To speak to the importance of this initiative was Rachel DeBonis, a PCHC nurse who also became a patient after her own breast cancer diagnosis. While writing her capstone project to finish her degree, DeBonis focused her thesis on continued health screenings, which inspired her to schedule an imperative mammogram.


Not everyone has that foresight.

"We believe that everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer," Louise Santosuosso of the American Cancer Society said.

"The Crucial Catch program is an integral part of the American Cancer Society's national "Get Screened" campaign to encourage people to get screened for cancer. Particularly, in those communities that are high-risk and experience barriers to care."

PCHP understands these gatekeepers can often time be as simple as a language barrier or lack of transportation, so it offers solutions to overcome that.

As noted by Dr. Andrew Saal, vice president and chief medical officer, the goal of their nine facilities is to keep people out of the costly and congested emergency rooms, which unfortunately become the easiest way to get attention after going so long without seeing a primary care physician.

PCHP hopes to give everyone access to care, whenever they need it. Especially when time is of the essence as it is with something like cancer.


"PCHC says 'yes' to over 60,000 patients a year," said Dr. Nadine Hewamudalidge, who serves as medical director.

"All of these patients are from unique backgrounds, histories and cultures. From all walks of life, from all social and political climates, they come looking for us to help them navigate the most precious gift we all have: our health."

 

Red Sox recall right-handed pitcher Kutter Crawford from Triple-A Worcester Boston Options Right-Handed Pitcher Connor Seabold to Worcester

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today recalled right-handed pitcher Kutter Crawford from Triple-A Worcester. To make room for Crawford on the active Major League roster, Boston optioned right-handed pitcher Connor Seabold to Worcester following yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.

Crawford, 26, is ranked by MLB.com as the Red Sox’ No. 24 prospect. In 10 appearances (two starts) for Boston this season, the right-hander is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA (14 ER/19.2 IP). He has also pitched in six games (four starts) with Worcester, going 1-0 with a 5.18 ERA (14 ER/24.1 IP).

Seabold, 26, started yesterday’s game against the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits in 4.0 innings. Ranked by MLB.com as Boston’s No. 14 prospect, the right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA (12 ER/51.2 IP) in 11 starts for Worcester this season.

Boston Bruins expected to bring on Jim Montgomery as new head coach, sources say

This first appeared on ESPN.com


The Boston Bruins are set to name Jim Montgomery as their new head coach, sources told ESPN on Thursday, confirming multiple reports.

The appointment is expected to be made official Friday, the same day Montgomery's contract as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues expires.

The 53-year-old Montgomery replaces Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the Bruins on June 7 after six seasons behind the bench. Cassidy has since been named head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights.


The Boston gig will be Montgomery's second NHL head-coaching job. He was hired by Dallas in May 2018 and immediately took the Stars back to the playoffs for the first time in three years. But Montgomery's tenure in Dallas didn't last long.

On Dec. 10, 2019, he was fired by the Stars for "unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League." General manager Jim Nill said there was a "material act of unprofessionalism" that led to Montgomery's firing, without elaborating further.

On Jan. 3, 2020, Montgomery announced that he was checking into rehab for alcohol abuse.


In September 2020, the Blues hired Montgomery to serve as an assistant under head coach Craig Berube. Montgomery was primarily involved in special teams, helping St. Louis to rank second overall (25.5%) on the power play and 10th (81.3%) on the penalty kill the past two seasons.

Montgomery was a player himself, appearing in 122 NHL games from 1993 to 2003 between the Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Stars. He recorded nine goals and 34 points.

After hanging up his skates, Montgomery made several successful coaching stops prior to rejoining the NHL ranks.

He was head coach of the United States Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints from 2010 to '13, guiding the club to league championships in 2010-11 and 2012-13.

In 2013, Montgomery was named head coach at the University of Denver and led the Pioneers to a national championship in 2017. Montgomery was also voted the national coach of the year for the 2016-17 season.

Boston is coming off its sixth consecutive playoff appearance, which ended in a first-round loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Montgomery will be the 29th coach in the Original Six's franchise history.


 

Leader of Violent Fentanyl Pill Trafficking Organization and His Mother Sentenced to Years in Jail

Self-admitted Crip gang member who manufactured and distributed over 360,000 fentanyl pills boasted on social media about violent shootings, machine guns and pill presses


BOSTON – The leader of a North Shore-based drug trafficking organization (DTO) and his mother have been sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy that manufactured and flooded the streets of Massachusetts with hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl made on high-volume pill press machines.

 

Vincent Caruso, 27, a/k/a “Fatz,” of Lynn, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 250 months (more than 20 years) in prison and five years of supervised release.

 

On March 15, 2022, Vincent Caruso pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances; one count of conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act robbery); and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

 

Yesterday, Vincent Caruso’s mother, Laurie Caruso, 52, also of Lynn, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton to nine years in prison and four years of supervised release. On Feb. 28, 2022, Laurie Caruso pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and other controlled substances.

 

“This family business has been shut down for good. Vincent Caruso was a prolific and violent drug trafficker who flooded North Shore communities with hundreds of thousands of deadly counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl. Caruso and his associates orchestrated numerous shootings and armed robberies using an arsenal of firearms – including machine guns – and then took to social media to brag about their incredibly destructive criminal conduct.  

 

That this all took place while he was on pretrial release is even more appalling. Caruso, along with his mother and co-conspirator Laurie Caruso, pumped poison and violence into our communities and you won’t be hearing from them on Instagram for a long long time,” said First Assistant United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy. “Thanks to the exceptional, coordinated efforts of our law enforcement partners, this career criminal will now spend over 20 years behind bars – out of our communities and off of social media. This office will continue its relentless pursuit of individuals who threaten public safety for the sake of profit.''

 

 

“Vincent Caruso, a self-admitted Crip gang member, and his mother, Laurie Caruso ran a major drug trafficking organization that, for years, brought nothing but poison, mayhem, and violence to the North Shore of Massachusetts, and beyond. They peddled hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, capitalizing on those struggling with addiction, while raking in an obscene amount of money,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “The severity of these sentences reflects the seriousness of their criminal conduct, and the tireless efforts of our North Shore Gang Task Force to make our communities safer for everyone.”

 

 

“ATF will continue to work in conjunction with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to identify organized violent criminals in our joint effort to protect the public,” said James M. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Division. “The sentencing of a self-admitted gang member of the Crips in federal court for possession of a machine gun and dangerous drugs should send a loud and clear message to anyone who chooses to engage in this type of criminal activity; it cannot and will not be tolerated and you will be held accountable.”

 

The Carusos were arrested and charged by complaint on June 30, 2021 along with co-conspirators Ernest Johnson and Nicole Benton as part of an investigation that began in 2020 in response to an increased number of shootings in communities north of Boston by street gangs whose violence was fueled by drug distribution. Vincent Caruso was later indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 19, 2022. Benton has pleaded guilty to her role in the DTO and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 8, 2022. Ernest Johnson has also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 13, 2022.

 

Vincent Caruso, a self-admitted Crip gang member, operated a large and sophisticated DTO with multiple subordinates that sold counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl to street gangs for further distribution on the North Shore. Laurie Caruso served as her son’s right-hand in the operations and was the primary distributor for his well-armed DTO.

 

 The investigation identified Vincent Caruso’s DTO as a common supply source of counterfeit pressed fentanyl pills and other controlled substances for several street gangs responsible for the uptick in violence.

 

Vincent Caruso’s DTO distributed approximately 36 kilograms of fentanyl, largely in the form of pressed fentanyl pills – equating to a total of over 360,000 fentanyl pills – of which, a significant portion was manufactured directly by Vincent Caruso’s DTO itself using multiple pill presses capable of generating thousands of pills per hour.

 

In order to move these quantities, Laurie Caruso personally distributed fentanyl pills for the DTO at all hours of the day and retrieved cash owed by drug customers. A single counterfeit fentanyl pill retails at between $10-$20, thereby generating millions of dollars in proceeds for the DTO. In an effort to conceal the DTO’s operations, Vincent and Laurie Caruso conspired to launder their illegal proceeds by conducting cash transactions through sports bets at a New Hampshire casino.

 

In furtherance of his drug trafficking activities, Vincent Caruso possessed and used firearms and orchestrated multiple violent offenses, including two armed robberies and a shooting involving a machinegun. 

 

The first armed robbery took place on March 5, 2020, while Vincent Caruso on pretrial release for state fentanyl and firearm charges. He orchestrated an armed robbery and home invasion in which two individuals armed with a firearm and zip ties robbed the occupants of an apartment of approximately $18,000 and jewelry. Vincent Caruso dropped off the robbers, waited at a nearby coffee shop and returned to pick them up after the robbery.

 

In May 2021 a second armed robbery took place also while Vincent Caruso on pretrial release for state fentanyl and firearm charges. For this incident, Vincent Caruso enlisted associates to rob an individual. Surveillance video shows assailants run up to the victim, including one assailant who was armed with an AR-15 style rifle. The victim escaped and ran off. Police responded and chased the assailant, who threw the AR-15 style rifle in a dumpster. The assailant ran into the highway and escaped police.

 

A third violent incident took place shortly after midnight on June 29, 2021, in Lynn. For this incident, Vincent Caruso provided a fully automatic handgun to an associate. The associate then used a fully automatic handgun to fire dozens of rounds at a number of victims who were gathered on a porch.  Bullets hit residences, vehicles and three individuals who were hit by the gunfire and survived. This incident was captured on surveillance video.

 

In addition, while on state pretrial release Vincent Caruso sent dozens of photos and videos via social media that depicted him in possession of firearms and machine guns, large quantities of fentanyl that would be distributed by his organization, large amounts of cash and high-end jewelry.

Over 1.5 kilograms of pressed fentanyl pills, over 12 firearms, multiple luxury brand watches, chains, four medallions, two custom ATVs, a dirt bike and over $177,000 in cash were recovered through various search warrants executed in this and related investigations.

Celtics acquiring Malcolm Brogdon from the Pacers

This information first published on bostonglobe.com

The Pacers are trading guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Celtics, according to ESPN. 

The Celtics are sending Daniel Theis, Aaron Nesmith, Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts, Juwan Morgan and a 2023 first-round pick to Indiana.

Bank Robber Suspect Caught

On Thursday, June 30, 2022, Detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Division were continuing their
investigation into two city bank robberies which had occurred earlier this week. Detectives developed
information leading them to believe the suspect from the robbery at St. Anne’s Credit Union, which occurred
on June 28, and the suspect from the robbery at Rockland Trust, which occurred on June 29, were the same
person.

 


Detectives were able to learn that their suspect may be at the Capri Motel, 741 Sate Rd., Dartmouth.
Detectives responded to the hotel and were able to locate Kalvin Boule (29 years of age) who after a brief
investigation was ultimately placed under arrest with the assistance of Dartmouth Police.
Fall River Police Detective Cheyenne Fortin was granted a search warrant for a room identified as belonging
to Boule at the Capri Motel. Dartmouth Police assisted in the execution of the search warrant which
uncovered evidence linking Boule to the bank robberies. Also found in Boule’s possession was an amount
of heroin and crack cocaine.

 


Kalvin Boule will be charged with two counts of unarmed robbery, possession of a Class A drug, and
possession of a Class B drug.

Massachusetts Approved to Provide P-EBT for Families through Summer 2022 $200 million to support food security for more than 500,000 children

BOSTON – Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts has received federal approval to continue providing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) food benefits to households through summer 2022. P-EBT is a child nutrition program created during the public health emergency to promote increased food security for students and children who missed school or could not attend childcare due to COVID-19.

 

Summer P-EBT benefits are estimated to provide continued food assistance for the families of approximately 400,000 school-age children, as well as 109,000 children under age six in households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This additional support will bring $200 million of federal funds into the Commonwealth.

 

“Households with children have historically experienced higher food insecurity in the summer when kids are home from school.” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Expanding P-EBT through August and continuing SNAP Emergency Allotments and increased WIC fruit and vegetable vouchers, in addition to our expansive Summer Eats meals sites, represents the Administration’s ongoing commitment to combating childhood hunger across the Commonwealth.” 

 

“Over the past two plus years, P-EBT has been a critical tool in providing children and families with the financial power to buy food that meets their households’ cultural and nutritional needs. It also continues to play an important role as an economic stabilizer, providing an influx of federal dollars into the state’s economy, supporting our grocery stores, corner stores, local farms, and other food retailers.” said Department of Transitional Assistance Acting Commissioner Mary Sheehan. “DTA is pleased to provide these critical benefits again this summer in collaboration with DESE and local school districts.” 

 

“We want students to continue to have access to healthy meals over the summer, so we’re pleased to see this additional support for children while school is out,” Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley said. “We hope families will also take advantage of Summer Eats, the summer meal program for young people that’s available in many areas of the Commonwealth.” 

 

In Massachusetts, all eligible children will receive a total of $391 in P-EBT benefits in two equal payments of $195.50 this summer. K-12 students will start to receive P-EBT on July 3 and August 3. Families who receive SNAP and have a child under age six will start to receive P-EBT on July 25 and August 25.

 

K-12 students will be eligible for Summer P-EBT if they received P-EBT benefits in the past, meaning they are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals. Students newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during any point in school year 2021-2022 or during the summer, including through a School Year 2022-2023 meal household application, will also be eligible. 

 

Families will continue to receive P-EBT on the same card they have in the past. Households who lost their P-EBT card can request a replacement card. More information on P-EBT can be found at MAp-EBT.org. 

 

Summer P-EBT builds on other federal nutrition programs and resources available for families to buy food this summer, including:


•    Summer Eats: a program that provides free meals to all kids and teens at locations across Massachusetts during the summer months. No identification or registration required. Learn more and find a site near you at www.projectbread.org/summereats.


•    WIC: a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. Families are encouraged to check their eligibility and apply online at Mass.gov/WIC or call (800) 942-1007.


o    Increased fruit and vegetable benefits at WIC retail stores: the Massachusetts WIC food package continues to include expanded fruit and vegetable benefits: $24/month for children, $43/month for pregnant/postpartum participants and $47/month for breastfeeding participants.


o    Farmers’ Market Coupons: Similar to last summer, WIC farmers’ market coupons will remain at $30 per participant during the summer 2022 season for purchasing fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets and farm stands.  Participants can contact their local programs to learn when the coupons will be distributed.


•    SNAP Benefits: SNAP provides funds to buy food on an EBT card, similar to a debit card. Residents can check their SNAP eligibility and apply online at DTAConnect.com or on the DTA Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363. 


o    Emergency Allotments: Massachusetts continues to provide SNAP emergency allotment payments that bring SNAP households’ benefits up to at least the maximum amount for their household size. They provide a minimum of $95, including for those who already receive the maximum benefit amount. These special payments bring $90 million of federal funds into the state each month.


o    HIP: The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) puts money back on someone’s EBT card when they use SNAP to buy healthy, local fruits and vegetables from HIP farm vendors. Learn more at Mass.gov/HIP. Find a vendor at DTAFinder.com. 

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HAPPY FAWTH – IT'S GONNA BE A SCAWCHA! BUY YOUR PASSES ONLINE TODAY TO GET ONTO STATE BEACHES QUICKLY THIS WEEKEND

PROVIDENCE, RI – Although the forecast is predicting unsettled weather with thunderstorms likely this Fourth of July weekend, it’s going to be hot. And if Rhode Islanders are planning a day at state beaches, the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is urging them to buy their passes online today to avoid getting stuck in annoying traffic tie-ups at beach entrances this weekend.

 

Historically, Independence Day week is the peak of the beach season and depending on the weather, tens of thousands of residents and out-of-state visitors may flock to the eight state surf beaches.

 

“Our state beaches are such a special part of who we are as Rhode Islanders and I encourage beach lovers to visit their favorite sandy spot in Narragansett, South Kingstown, Charlestown, or Westerly this weekend,” said Governor Dan McKee. “At the same time, I ask all beachgoers to be careful, only to swim within the designated swimming areas, and obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Let’s make this a safe and fun Fourth of July!”

 

“I grew up two blocks away from Narragansett Bay in the Gaspee Plateau neighborhood of Warwick, so I’ve been a water guy and a beach guy my whole life but still can’t believe how lucky we are to have such an array of beautiful, accessible state beaches,” said DEM Director Terry Gray. “We welcome you to hit the beach this holiday weekend and create new, happy memories with your family and friends.”

 

Scarborough North, Scarborough South, Roger Wheeler, Salty Brine state beaches in Narragansett, East Matunuck State beach in South Kingstown, Charlestown Breachway and East Beach in Charlestown, and Westerly’s Misquamicut State Beach are open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM on weekdays and 8:30 AM to 6 PM on weekends and holidays, weather permitting. Other facilities open daily, weather permitting, including the beaches at Lincoln Woods State Park, Goddard Memorial State Park, Pulaski Park, and Fort Adams State Park.

 

Once purchased, season parking passes do not go into immediate effect. It takes up to 24 hours during the summer months for a buyer’s residency status to be verified to charge the correct fee and for the pass to be validated. DEM urges beachgoers to plan ahead and buy their passes earlier in the week if they’re going to the beach on the weekend. Individuals may purchase resident, non-resident, or senior season beach passes online, as well as daily flex passes, which allow for one-day parking. 

 

Prepaid customers may use the express lanes at beaches for speedier access. Purchasing season or daily flex passes online also will help DEM keep the express lanes open, as there have been past instances when the express lanes could not be used because too many people were paying for parking at the entry gates rather using pre-paid parking passes.

 

Express lanes are available at all state beaches except for Salty Brine, Charlestown Breachway, and East Beach, which are one-lane facilities.


DEM’s parking vendor employs license plate recognition (LPR) technology at the express lanes whereby a scan is taken of the rear license plates of prepaid customers confirming that the customer has paid to allow for quick entry. Please allow space for the car at the gate so the reader can scan the license plate. Driving bumper to bumper will cause the system to fault, requiring an attendant to manually enter the plate, and slow the flow of cars.

 

Season passes no longer require a physical pass to be placed on vehicle windshields as passes are now electronically connected to an individual’s license plate. DEM wants the public to know that they may see empty parking spots in the state lots, but this does not mean there is empty sand on the beach. This is related to waiting for enough cars to leave to ensure there is room for new vehicles, leaving a buffer so we don’t have cars roaming around the lot with nowhere to park. Controlling the inflow of cars is the only way DEM can prevent overcrowding in the beach.

 

DEM continues to accept applications for seasonal positions including qualified lifeguards for state beach facilities. Positions are still available at many locations throughout the state. All lifeguard positions require certification and special training in first aid, CPR, and senior lifesaving. Swimming accidents and drownings can occur when lifeguards are present. As always, DEM urges parents and guardians to watch their children while they’re swimming or near the water. Also, DEM urges beachgoers not to enter the water if they cannot swim.
 

Southcoast Health pledges to cut emissions to net-zero

FALL RIVER, NEW BEDFORD and WAREHAM, Mass. – Southcoast Health announced today that the not-for-profit community health system has joined the Biden Administration in a pledge to decarbonize the healthcare sector.

 

Signing this pledge, Southcoast has committed to meeting the climate goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.


Southcoast Health officials attended a White House virtual event on June 30, 2022 with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and leaders from companies and organizations representing hospitals and health centers, as well as pharmaceutical companies, medical device-makers, suppliers and group purchasing organizations.  


“We are proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Phil Oliveira, Vice President of Support Services at Southcoast Health. “Many of our programs are already working to enhance our facilities, making them resistant to climate change and supporting health equity and increased opportunities for underserved populations in our region. Signing this pledge reaffirms our commitment to the South Coast community and the patients we serve.” 


The U.S. healthcare sector accounts for approximately 8.5 percent of domestic climate-warming emissions and in September 2021, 200 medical journals named climate change the number one threat to global public health. Millions of people living in the United States already experience associated harm —with disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged and underserved communities — through more frequent and intense periods of extreme heat, wildfires, flooding, vector-borne diseases and other factors that worsen chronic health conditions.


Addressing this challenge, Southcoast Health has already started adapting more environmentally conscious materials in its operations. Most recently, the system’s Southcoast Cares Community Health and Wellness Program transitioned from a single diesel-powered Southcoast Wellness Van, to using two 2022 Kia Niro electric vehicles that will reduce the program’s carbon footprint while providing greater access to more patients and locations per day.


“Public health decisions have to be based on the realities of climate change, and we all need to do more to make that happen at the national level,” said ADM Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary for Health. “We’re seeing right now what extreme temperatures and more severe storms can do to human health, environmental quality and our physical infrastructure. It’s great to see so many different companies and organizations come together to decarbonize and become partners in protecting human health from climate change. Today’s announcement is just the beginning of a longer ongoing effort with partners from across the medical sector, which is exactly the kind of big response we need as a country.”


The Office of Climate Change and Health Equity (OCCHE), part of HHS under the Assistant Secretary for Health, developed the health sector climate pledge in conjunction with the White House to help focus industry response to climate change. In addition to reducing their carbon footprint, signatories also commit to producing detailed plans to build climate resilience for their facilities and the communities they serve. 
 

_New Bedford - Rt. 18 Southbound Closed Near Elm StreetRt. 18 southbound traffic detoured off at Purchase Street

NEW BEDFORD - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing Route 18 southbound is closed near Elm Street in New Bedford and traffic is being detoured off Route 18 southbound at Purchase Street. 

 A serious crash resulting in a fatality has occurred on Route 18 southbound at the intersection with Elm Street.  Route 18 southbound will be closed in this area until further notice.

Red Sox trade right-handed pitcher Silvino Bracho to Atlanta Braves

June 30, 2022

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today traded right-handed pitcher Silvino Bracho to the Atlanta Braves, in exchange for cash considerations.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.

Bracho, 29, was selected to the Major League roster on Tuesday, but he did not pitch for the Red Sox before being designated for assignment today.

 

The right-hander has posted a 3.16 ERA (11 ER/31.1 IP) and 10.34 strikeouts per nine innings (36 strikeouts) over 18 appearances (one start) for Triple-A Worcester this season. The Venezuelan native owns a 4.82 ERA (48 ER/89.2 IP) in 92 Major League appearances, all with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2015-20.

Taunton Man Arrested Outside Elementary School

According to CBS 12 in Providence,  a Taunton man is facing numerous charges after he was found sleeping inside his car with his genitals exposed in a Raynham elementary school parking lot earlier this week. Police said 40 year old Jeremy Davis,  was discovered passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle at Lillie B. Merrill Elementary School Wednesday morning. Officers who responded to the scene woke Davis up and searched his car, finding a glass pipe, two vials of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun inside the vehicle. While school wasn’t in session, police said there were children participating in a summer camp program near where Davis was parked.

 

Davis was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug violation near a school, indecent exposure, and two firearm charges

Coast Guard Northeast Crew Member Overboard in NB

According to CBS 12 in Providence, the U.S. Coast Guard Northeast is searching for a fisherman who went overboard this morning off the coast of Massachusetts. Around 1:30 AM, crew members of a commercial fishing vessel noticed one person wasn’t on board leading to a search now taking place in the track line between Nomans Island and New Bedford.

 

The commercial fishing vessel known as Susan Rose is a 77-foot vessel based out of Point Judith that normally has four crew members on board.

DEM STATEMENT REGARDING US SUPREME COURT'S WEST VIRGINIA V. EPA DECISION

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Director Terry Gray issued the following statement in reaction to the West Virginia v. EPA decision issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court:

 

“The U.S. government has the duty and moral obligation to cut climate pollution, but by siding with the coal industry and its allies and blocking the EPA from setting effective power plant emissions standards, the Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to the federal government’s authority and ability to cut this pollution.

 

The EPA is DEM’s strongest partner on a host of environmental protection laws and programs including clean air. The Clean Air Act is an extremely good investment, saving as many as 230,000 lives and delivering more than $30 in benefits for every $1 in cost.

 

There is little question that the court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA will harm Americans’ health. Power plants are this country’s No. 1 source of deadly air pollution, contributing to tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of illnesses every year. These health impacts disproportionately burden communities of color. Even when factors like region and income level are considered, communities of color breathe more air pollution than white people.

 

“Today’s damaging decision will have little impact on DEM’s ability to regulate power plant sources in Rhode Island. Even this, however, must be tempered by the fact that pollution from upwind states that continue to burn fossil fuels will travel in the atmosphere and ultimately arrive in Rhode Island, affecting our air quality.

 

 

Strong, forward-looking laws like the Act on Climate, the statutory commitment to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2033, and the significant investment in offshore wind power and the related infrastructure show Rhode Island’s commitments and leadership on the response to this global crisis. In partnership with Governor McKee, DEM and the entire Administration will continue to lead by example in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and making our state more resilient.” 

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 Administration Releases 2020 Emissions Benchmark Below 1990 Levels

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today released the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 (2025/2030 CECP), which provides a comprehensive and wide ranging approach to achieve a 33 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in 2025, a 50 percent reduction in 2030, and to maximize the Commonwealth’s ability to achieve Net Zero in 2050. The 2025/2030 CECP development was informed by the 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap that the Administration released in December 2020, along with updated analyses, and offers key strategies, policies, and actions that are outlined in the plan that will put the Commonwealth on a pathway to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions. The Administration also announced the Commonwealth achieved the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions limit of 25 percent below the 1990 level with estimated emissions of 31.4 percent below the 1990 level in 2020.
 
“The Clean Energy and Climate Plan is a comprehensive and balanced plan that will serve as a guide for Massachusetts as we work to achieve ambitious emissions goals and reach Net Zero in 2050 in an equitable and affordable manner,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We were pleased to work together with key stakeholders and members of the public to create this approach as we move towards decarbonizing the state’s energy system though these policies and strategies.”
 
“Communities across the state will benefit from the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 as we aim to reduce emissions and take meaningful action against climate change here in the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Massachusetts’ ambitious emissions goals presents us with a great opportunity to build a healthier, more resilient state that will directly benefit residents and businesses now and well into the future.”
 
The 2025/2030 CECP outlines the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ comprehensive plan to achieve aggressive emissions reduction. The plan is rooted in the understanding that climate change poses a unique and potentially irreversible threat, and it underscores the Commonwealth’s collective action plan for a 2050 future in which the heat in homes, power in vehicles, and the electric grid can all operate with a minimum reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, the plan highlights that natural and working lands need to be protected, better managed, and restored to enhance carbon sequestration. The plan also emphasizes the confidence that Massachusetts can lead in the clean energy transition, which will deliver more well-paying jobs, improved public health, reduced consumer costs, and provide better quality of life for all residents.
 
“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in taking climate action. While achieving our ambitious emissions goals and reaching Net Zero in 2050 will require hard work and collaboration across all sectors of the economy, we believe the Commonwealth is up to the challenge,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beth Card. “The Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2025 and 2030 establishes an unprecedented strategy that will improve key sectors, such as transportation and buildings, while ensuring an equitable transition with a focus on environmental justice areas that will guide us into a sustainable future.”
 
The plan highlights that Massachusetts will achieve its emissions limits and sublimits through two overarching approaches: (1) electrify non-electric energy uses; and (2) decarbonize the electricity system. In that regard, the plan aims to increase transportation and energy systems’ efficiency to reduce energy costs and the costs of transition. These principles must be pursued in parallel to successfully reach the Commonwealth’s emissions limits and sublimits. Furthermore, the 2025/2030 CECP has goals, strategies, and policies that will achieve emissions reductions in the following areas:
•    Transportation;
•    Buildings;
•    Electricity Supply;
•    Industrial Processes, Natural Gas Distribution, and other Non-Energy Sources of Emissions; and,
•    Natural and Working Lands.
 
A key element of the 2025/2030 CECP is an equitable and strategic transition towards Net Zero. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) worked with stakeholders across the Commonwealth on the plan to ensure an inclusive policy planning effort was undertaken. This included consulting with the Offices of Housing and Economic Development, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee, and the Commission on Clean Heat, hosting multiple public meetings and hearings, and reviewing over 1,200 public comments that were submitted since January 2021.
 
For more information regarding the 2025/2030 CECP, and the Commonwealth’s strong commitment to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, please visit EEA’s Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan f

Massachusetts Public Health Officials Confirm Eight New Monkeypox Cases

BOSTON (June 30, 2022) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced eight additional cases of monkeypox in adult males within the past week, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the Commonwealth to 21 since the first Massachusetts case was announced May 18. 


DPH provides public updates on monkeypox in Massachusetts on a weekly basis each Thursday. The eight cases announced today had their diagnoses between June 23 and June 29 after initial testing was completed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain. DPH is working with local health officials, the patients, and healthcare providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patients while they were infectious. All eight individuals are currently isolating to prevent spread to others.


Current data from CDC indicate that there have been 351 cases of monkeypox virus this year in US residents. Regularly updated case counts can be obtained on the CDC’s website: 2022 U.S. Map and Case Count. There have been no deaths in the US or globally related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully in 2-4 weeks. Although many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not. Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified to date. However, the risk is not limited to the LGBTQ community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.

 

While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. In many of the recent cases, the locations of the rash lesions suggest transmission during sexual contact. Examples where monkeypox can spread and where it does not:


•    Monkeypox can spread through:
o    Direct skin-to-skin contact with rash lesions. Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing while a person is infected.
o    Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone. Sharing towels or unwashed clothing.
o    Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox).
•    Monkeypox does not spread through:
o    Casual conversations. Walking by someone with monkeypox in a grocery store, for instance. Touching items like doorknobs.

 

Clinicians are asked to be alert to the possibility of monkeypox virus infection in individuals who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or may have only a few. Learn more about how to recognize monkeypox.
Actions for people to consider if they want to reduce their risk from monkeypox include:
•    Avoiding large gatherings like raves and dance parties where you may have lots of close body contact with others
•    Asking any partner, especially new partners whose health status and recent travel history you are not familiar with, if they have any symptoms of monkeypox
•    Staying informed by reading information available on the DPH and CDC websites.

As the CDC advises, if you believe you may have monkeypox, you should contact your health care provider. If you need to leave your home, wear a mask and cover your rash or lesions when around others. Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they may have touched.

Clinicians should consult with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 to determine if testing is indicated. Consultation is required before submitting specimens.
For more information about this virus, visit www.mass.gov/monkeypox and www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox. 


 

Fall River Chick fil A Opening Announced

According to CBS 12 in Providence, The fast-food chain Chick fil A  announced yesterday it is opening a brand new location in Fall River next month. The restaurant will be located on William S. Canning Boulevard in SouthCoast Marketplace, and will be the fourth Chick fil A restaurant to open in Southern New England.

 

The new location will officially open its doors on July 6.

Taunton Man Shot

According to CBS 12 in Providence, An investigation is underway after a 44 year old man was shot in Taunton last night. Officers responded to Mador Avenue just after 8 p.m. for reports of a shooting confirming that the victim was transported to an area hospital, but did not specify the severity of his injuries.

 

It’s unclear whether police have anyone in custody.

MA House of Representatives Approves an Abortion Protection Bill

According to CBS 12 in Providence, The Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved a bill that aims to protect abortion providers and people seeking abortions from actions taken by other states. The bill passed yesterday is part of a wider effort by officials to build a firewall to ensure abortion access in Massachusetts after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The House bill echoes an executive order signed last week by Republican Governor Charlie Baker barring state agencies from assisting another state’s investigation into those receiving or delivering reproductive health services that are legal in Massachusetts as it now goes to the Senate.

Brockton and MA State Police Drug Bust 30 Individuals

According to ABC 6, over 30 people were arrested in a massive drug bust in Brockton. Mass State and Brockton police introduced their Successful and Safe Opiate Suppression Initiative. According to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office The initiative is to make Brockton “a safer place as a result of these efforts,”. Officers went undercover after receiving complaints from residents in May.

 

Police said 16 residents were arrested on various drug charges, and 17 others were taken into custody for outstanding warrants.

 

Taunton Police Charge man in Armed Robbery

According to NBC 10 in Providence, the Taunton Police Department arrested a Taunton man on Friday in connection to an armed robbery at a gas station on June 22.

 

The 38-year-old Christopher Azevedo was arrested and charged with armed robbery while masked, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as malicious destruction of property. Azevedo allegedly robbed GeKo gas station on Weir Street in Taunton and fled on foot with the station's cash register. Azevedo was arraigned at Taunton District Court on Monday where Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn's office requested he be detained as a danger to the public.

RI Department of Health, Raw Elements and Partners Expand Touch-Free Mineral Sunscreen Dispensers to State Parks, Cities, Towns & Facilities Throughout the State Of Rhode Island,


 
: Providence, RI (June 2022) – The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and Raw Elements Mineral Sunscreen are expanding their skin cancer prevention efforts this summer by deploying more than 70 touch-free sunscreen dispensers throughout The Ocean State for summer 2022. 

Through The Partnership To Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, RIDOH has expanded its efforts to include a municipality program this summer that will provide 50 additional Raw Elements sunscreen dispensers to cities and towns within the state. Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Jamestown, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Charlestown, Coventry, Warren, and Westerly will be receiving the dispensers to install at their parks and beaches. 

 

“There are some scary statistics on the prevalence and consequences of skin cancer, but through this winning coalition of caring partners, I am proud to say that the State of Rhode Island will help save lives,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Offering complimentary sunscreen stations at our beautiful parks and beaches and Department of Corrections facilities is an important way we can help people of all ages protect themselves against skin cancer this summer.” 

 

Rhode Island continues to be a leader in skin cancer prevention efforts, sunscreen oversight, and environmental initiatives. US Senator Jack Reed co-authored The Sunscreen Innovation Act and has been a strong supporter of this prevention program. “I commend our community partners for making these free, touch-free sunscreen dispensers widely available to the public. This program is a smart public health service helping prevent skin cancer and reduce public health costs. Offering free sunscreen at parks and beaches helps people protect themselves and means more people can safely enjoy the great outdoors,” said Senator Reed. 

 

The program first launched in 2019 with a combined coalition of RIDOH, The Partnership To Reduce Cancer In Rhode Island, RI State Parks, Department of Environmental Management, South County Dermatology, and Raw Elements providing Mineral Sunscreen to State beaches and parks in the Ocean State with complimentary touch-free dispensers across 20 different sites.

 

All sunscreen dispenser stations throughout the state will feature signage with key information in English and Spanish and QR codes linked to additional information in Spanish. The sign's design maximizes education, usage, and best sun-safe practices. 

Trash Collection Next Week in Fall River

Trash Collection to Be Delayed One Day The Week of 7/4

The Department of Community Maintenance would like to inform the residents of Fall River that trash
collection will be delayed by one day the week of July 4th
.
With questions, contact EZ Disposal at 781-233-2211.

FCC Posting

On November 30, 2021, Bristol County  Broadcasting, LTD, licensee of WSAR, 1480 kHz, Fall River, MA filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for renewal of its broadcast station license.  Members of the public wishing to view the application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit publicfiles.fcc.gov, and search in WSAR's public file.

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