WSAR NEWS Archives for 2017-11

FR Public Library Book Sale

Save Big on Books at the Library!


The Friends of the Fall River Public Library Bookstore invite you to their Holiday Book Sale, December 4th through 9th, at the Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street. The Friends Bookstore will be open on Monday, December 4th, for a special preview day for Friends of the Library members only. (Anyone interested in joining the Friends of the Library can sign up during the sale; annual membership fees are only $10.)


The Holiday Book Sale will continue throughout the first week of December, with special bargains and discounts available on gently used hardcovers, paperbacks, cookbooks, holiday books, gift books, children’s books, audio books, music CDs, and movies. You can also pick up fun stocking stuffer items such as book bags, pens, and flashlights.


It’s a book lover’s dream—and best of all, every penny earned from the sale goes toward the Friends of the Library mission of supporting the Fall River Public Library and helping it serve the community.


For further information contact Liane Verville, Library Administrator, at 508-324-2700, ext. 112, or visit the Library’s website at

The Piers Have New Owners



Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced an operations and management agreement transferring management of the Fall River and New Bedford State Piers from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to MassDevelopment. Under the agreement, DCR will retain ownership of the piers and MassDevelopment will oversee daily operations, implement improvements, and develop a five-year capital plan for the piers. 


“The Commonwealth’s state piers are economic hubs, supporting local jobs and maritime industries like commercial fishing, shipping, and tourism,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This new management approach for Fall River and New Bedford’s piers maximizes both MassDevelopment’s real estate expertise and DCR’s knowledge of the state’s natural and recreational resources, helping these vital sites reach their full potential.”

“This long-term strategy for the Fall River and New Bedford State Piers places the Commonwealth in a better position to invest in their future,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, chair of the Seaport Economic Council. “These piers are critical assets to the state’s maritime economy, and the Baker-Polito Administration is proud to take this step toward securing a sustainable plan for stewardship of the piers.”


“The New Bedford and Fall River State Piers serve as important economic engines that directly benefit the local communities, the Southeastern region, and the entire Commonwealth,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “With the recent investments made and the finalization of a new management plan, the Baker-Polito Administration continues to ensure these piers remain viable now and well into the future.”


The Baker-Polito Administration announced it had selected MassDevelopment to manage the Fall River and New Bedford State Piers in April 2017 after extensive study and local outreach, including an August 2016 report from the Commonwealth’s Seaport Economic Council that evaluated the operations of all four state piers. That report, by Karl F. Seidman Consulting Services and Urban Focus LLC, recommended that the Commonwealth strengthen governance at the piers, overhaul lease management, and improve asset management strategies.


The Baker-Polito Administration has been addressing critical early action items that surfaced during the comprehensive state piers review process. Earlier this month, New Bedford hosted a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of a $3.5 million refrigeration installation, a project financed by the administration. In July 2016, the administration announced $1.1 million in capital funding to address critical deferred maintenance needs at Gloucester’s Jodrey State Pier.


MassDevelopment currently manages Jodrey State Pier in Gloucester, on behalf of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. DCR will retain ownership of all four state piers, and will continue to manage the state pier in Plymouth, which has predominantly recreational use.


“Since its inception, MassDevelopment has helped transform state properties into economic engines in communities across the Commonwealth, and we look forward to continuing that work at the Fall River and New Bedford State Piers,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “We remain grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration and our partners in the South Coast region for their vision and guidance on this important undertaking.” 


MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.



Warren Wants an Investigation

Warren Calls for Investigation into Treasury's Economic Analysis of GOP Tax Plan

As Senate Prepares to Vote, Treasury Fails to Produce Any Formal Analysis Supporting Mnuchin's Claim that Tax Plan Will Pay for Itself

Text of the letter available here (PDF)

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today called for an investigation into the Department of Treasury's alleged economic analysis of the Republican tax plan.

Senator Warren cited economic experts who contradict Secretary Steven Mnuchin's claims that the tax plan will "not only ... pay for itself, but it will pay down debt."


She also expressed concern that on the eve of the Senate's vote to support the plan, the Treasury Department has yet to produce any support for Secretary Mnuchin's statements, despite his previous promise that the Department would release an analysis of the tax plan.  According to recent reports, Secretary Mnuchin has claimed that over 100 people are "working around the clock on running scenarios for us" to show that the corporate tax cuts will pay for themselves.


"Either the Treasury Department has used extensive taxpayer funds to conduct economic analyses that it refuses to release because those analyses would contradict the Treasury Secretary's claims, or Secretary Mnuchin has grossly misled the public about the extent of the Treasury Department's analysis.  I am deeply concerned about either possibility," wrote Senator Warren to the Treasury Department's Inspector General.

Senator Warren requested that the Inspector General conduct a review of the Treasury Department's use of taxpayer dollars to conduct economic analysis of the tax plan, including whether there was any political interference in the Department's analyses, and why they were not publicly released.

Stanley Street Station Has Mold Issues

Fall River Fire Chief John Lynch and the President of the IAFF Local representing Fall River Firefighters, Jason Burns, have confirmed to WSAR that the Stanley Street Fire Station will be closed beginning Friday, likely reopening Monday, to deal with mold remediation in the basement of the building. 

The Union Local and the Chief met in the last several days to develop a strategy as to where equipment would be placed while the work to remove mold in the basement of the building was ongoing. 


Burns tells WSAR that its hoped that funds will be included in the FY 2019 Municipal Budget to repair various fire station locations. 

Patriots Missing at Practice

ESPN is reporting that Quarterback Tom Brady and Tight End Rob Gronkowski were missing at Wednesday Practice, as the Patriots worked out in the rain in Foxboro on Thanksgiving Eve. 


The Patriots are 16 point home favorites at Gillette Stadium Sunday, with coverage on WSAR starting Sunday Morning at 10am with the kickoff at 1. 

Its possible the Patriots simply wanted to hold out offensive and defensive starters given the wet conditions with a heavy band of rain throughout New England on Wednesday. 

Its Green Friday

BOSTON –  The Baker-Polito Administration has declared Friday, November 24, 2017 as “Green Friday” to encourage people across the Commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs. 


To celebrate “Green Friday,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux will participate in a Christmas tree cutting ceremony at Riverwind Tree Farm in Lancaster, which grows both native and exotic fir tree varieties.


“After Massachusetts residents enjoy their Thanksgiving and begin preparing for the winter holiday season, we encourage everyone to support the hundreds of family-operated Christmas tree farms and nurseries that contribute to our economy every year,” said Governor Charlie Baker. 

FR Craft Fair

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


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


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


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


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


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


Fall River Armed Robbery

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

MA Gasoline Heading Into Thanksgiving



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



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

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


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


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


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

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.53 ($2.37-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded                  

$2.75 ($2.55-$2.99)                            Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.82 ($2.75-$2.99)                            Premium Unleaded                


$2.70 ($2.45-$2.94)                            Diesel              

Thanksgiving Travel according to Triple A

Nearly 51 Million Americans to Travel This Thanksgiving,

Highest Volume in a Dozen Years

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


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

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

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

By the Numbers: 2017 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

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

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

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

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

Worst Time to Travel

Metro Area

Worst Day

for Travel

Worst Time

for Travel

Delay Multiplier

Chicago, IL


5:00 - 6:00 PM


San Francisco, CA


4:00 - 5:45 PM


Los Angeles, CA


3:15 - 6:00 PM


Boston, MA


5:15 - 7:15 PM


New York, NY


5:30 - 6:30 PM


Washington, DC


4:45 - 6:00 PM


Seattle, WA


3:45 - 5:30 PM


Atlanta, GA


3:00 - 5:15 PM


Houston, TX


5:45 - 7:00 PM


Detroit, MI


3:00 - 5:30 PM



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

Top Traffic Hotspot in America’s Most Congested Cities





Los Angeles, CA

I-5 S at Valley View Ave


New York, NY

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


San Francisco, CA

I-80 E at Pinole Valley Rd


Atlanta, GA

I-75 N at Chastain Rd


Miami, FL

I-95 N at Congress Ave


Washington, DC

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


Dallas, TX

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


Boston, MA

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


Chicago, IL

I-90 W at I-190


Seattle, WA

I-405 S at WA-167


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

Worst Travel Times to America’s Busiest Airports

Metro Area

Airport Route

Worst Time

for Travel

Travel Time

at Peak

New York, NY

Downtown to JFK via Long Island Expressway East

5:30 - 7:30 PM

1 hr 54 min

Chicago, IL

Downtown to ORD via Kennedy Expressway West

4:30 - 5:30 PM

1 hr 14 min

Denver, CO

Downtown to DIA via I-70 E and Pena Blvd

4:30 - 6:30 PM

52 min

Los Angeles, CA

Downtown to LAX via I-110 S

4:30 - 6:30 PM

46 min

Dallas, TX

Downtown to DFW via TX-183 W

8:00 - 9:00 AM

46 min

Las Vegas, NV

Downtown to LAS via I-15 S

8:00 - 9:00 AM

45 min

San Francisco, CA

Downtown to SFO via US-101 S

5:00 - 7:00 PM

29 min

Seattle, WA

Downtown to SEA via I-5 S

MA Unemployment October

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


October 2017 Employment Overview

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Labor Force Overview

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


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



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


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


Detailed labor market information is available at



The Macy Decision

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


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

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

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

Warren Statement

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

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

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

Rhode Island ID's State Police

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

The Trooper whose cruiser was stolen is identified as:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Memorial Bridge This Weekend

Media Advisory: Fall River and Somerset


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



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


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


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


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


Traveling North on North Davol Street:


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


Traveling North on Route 79:


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


Traveling South on South Davol Street:


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


Traveling South on Route 79 South:


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



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


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



Update on Sunday Night Shooting

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney


Press Release

November 13, 2017



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


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


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



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


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


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


Gasoline This Week

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

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

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

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

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.53 ($2.37-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded                  

$2.75 ($2.42-$2.99)                            Midgrade Unleaded               

$2.91 ($2.50-$3.25)                            Premium Unleaded                

$2.70 ($2.45-$2.94)                            Diesel                                     

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


Fall River PD Activity

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


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


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


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



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




SouthCoast Lung Screening

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


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


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


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


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


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


·         Age 55 to 77

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

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

·         No personal history of previous lung cancer


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



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

Gasoline This Week in MA

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


The Final Hours of Election Day

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


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

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

Baker On Drug Addiction Commission Final Report

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

The Ecumenical Service Monday



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





The New Fall River Website

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