WSAR NEWS Archives for 2019-12

A Letter To New Bedford Mayor Requesting The Dismissal Of Police Captain Joseph Cordeiro

The President of the Union Local representing New Bedford Police is asking New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell to remove the current Police Chief.


A majority of officers have indicated they would take another position in a neighboring department if it was offered to them. It has been made clear rank and file officers have lost confidence Captain Joseph Cordeiro. 


WSAR News has obtained a copy of the letter authored by President of the New Bedford Police Union Hank Turgeon, asking the city’s mayor to review department policies and replace officers who have already left.


The letter also made a point on the recent raids related to the Latin Kings Gang, which claimed the F.B.I had to step in when the N.B.P.D could not do, in the end, what it needed due to a lack of manpower and resources. 


In the closing paragraph, it wrapped up the letter by saying, “It is perfectly clear to the members of the New Bedford Police Union that Chief Joseph Cordeiro’s incompetence, inefficiency (as well as his selfish actions as demonstrated by his international and domestic travel and new vehicles paid for with both local and federal taxpayer’s funds), his lack of priorities in Officer’s safety should all, without a doubt, give you just cause to remove Chief Joseph Cordeiro.”

JKIII on Impeachment

Massachusetts Fourth District Congressman Joseph Kennedy III tells CNN over the weekend on ''State Of The Union''  that delays in the trial of President Trump in the Senate are not a significant issue, and that Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to help create a fair and informative process in calling for witnesses and documents to be part of the case against the President. 


Kennedy indicated over the weekend that the entire process as outlined in the Constitution needed to move forward. 


Kennedy is in the midst of a Senate Preliminary Campaign versus incumbent Ed Markey. 

Patriots in The AFC WildCard Round

The New England Patriots will meet the Tennessee Titans with an 8:15 pm EST kickoff Saturday Night, as the Patriots are five and a half point home favorites, with an Over/Under of 38. 


WSAR will have Patriots Network Coverage starting at 5pm Saturday Night on 95.9 FM and 1480.


The Patriots have never advanced to the Super Bowl as a Wild Card Entry in the Brady/Bellichick era. 


The Patriots failed to cover a -16 spread and could not beat Miami, slipping to the #3 seed in the AFC Post Season.

A Letter To Amazon

Both Massachusetts Senators and MA Fourth District Congressman Joseph Kennedy III are asking questions of Amazon about new numbers that indicate that the rate of serious injury at a Fall River Amazon Fulfillment Center are nearly three times higher than industry averages, while looking for information on  how the company is insuring the safety of its employees. 


A letter to Amazon C-E-O Jeff Bezos was released before Christmas. 


As first reported in the digital edition of the Fall River Herald News, The Center For Investigative Reporting analyzed numbers from OSHA regarding Amazon Fulfillment Centers across the United States. 


The rate of serious injury at Amazon Facilities was more than double the industry average, while the rate at the Fall River Location is nearly 3 times the national average. 


The letter also cites Amazon's plans to open distribution centers in Holyoke, North Andover and Quincy. 


Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and Congressman Kennedy, are asking for answers by the 6th Day of January. 










F-R Christmas Eve Murder

A 23-year-old Fall River Man has been arraigned and held without bail after he was taken into custody on Christmas Eve for the murder of a 39-year old Fall River man, who was stabbed to death allegedly after the two men had an argument over a woman, according to Bristol County Prosecutors and first reported by CBS 12 in Providence. 


Fall River Homicide Detectives were informed of a deceased male in a wooded area behind the Gold Medal Bakery on Bay Street in Fall River around 5:30 Tuesday Night. 


Police found the body of the victim, 39-year old Gary Werra of Fall River. 


Investigating FRPD Officers canvassed the area and interviewed witnesses, which lead to the arrest of 23 year old Jose Amador. 


Amador will be back in court in late January.










The Cold Is Coming: Tips From AAA Northeast



            Overnight temperatures will be dipping into the mid-teens the next three nights, and while most cars should be able to start, the chill in the air is a reminder to motorists to make sure their vehicles are ready when below freezing temperatures arrive for the winter, says AAA Northeast.


            “Preventive maintenance is essential for safe driving and greatly decreases the chances of being stranded in the cold,” said John Paul, the AAA Northeast Car Doctor.


            Start with the battery and charging system. Have them tested if the vehicle’s battery is more than three years old. Your vehicle will need a fully charged battery to start up during a cold snap. Even a good battery can lose up to 50 percent of its capacity when the temperatures drop to zero. At 32 degrees it can take up to 35 percent more power to start a cold engine. If your vehicle started with a jump start you have only fixed the symptom but not the problem. A well-maintained vehicle should start in nearly any weather condition.


            Don’t forget engine oil and coolant. The proper weight and grade of engine oil will help with cold weather starting. And as a general rule, engine coolant should protect an engine to minus 30 degrees to prevent engine damage.


Fiscal Year 2019 Books Officially Closed

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has closed out the books for Fiscal Year 2019.


Money ended up going to the M.B.T.A as well as to the Commonwealth's rainy day fund. 


Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator and Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee Mike Rodrigues told WSAE that this past fiscal year saw a significant surplus. 


“F-Y 19 was a great year,” he said. “We cloed the year with over a billion dollars in surplus.”


“We closed the books and deposited about six hundred million dollars into the state’s rainy day account,” Rodrigues said. “We paid off all of our bills.:


Rodrigues told WSAR that work on Fiscal Year 2021 is already underway.


“We finally put F-Y 19 to bed and we’re almost halfway through F-Y 20,” he said. “That started on July 1st. And last week we already began putting the budget together for the next fiscal year.”


The Governor will submit his budget proposal next month, followed later in the Spring by proposals from both the Massachusetts House and Senate.

Fall River Licensing Board Proposes Future Late Payment Fines

At their most recent session, the Fall River Licensing Board approved a series of applications that were submitted late for approval.


Also, a warning with new regulations was suggested at the meeting which could tack on additional dollars for a number of small businesses.


If approved by all the major channels, the new regulations would go into effect next year, according to the Licensing Board Chairman John Saulino.


"The penalty could not be assessed this year because it has to be voted on by the board and go to the city council for approval and become part of the ordinances for the city,” he said.


Letters are sent to area businesses in October for the following year’s license renewal.


Saulino told those gathered in their most recent session if businesses did not have their paperwork on time in the future they could be subject to forced closure on the first day of the year as well as pay a proposed fine. 


“I suggest that we do adopt the policy that when the letters go out next year it will say if it is not filed by whenever the date may be,” he said. “Any filing after that date will carry a penalty. After that point, you will not be able to file until January which means on January 1st, your business is closed until we have another meeting."


The chair of the board was sure to end the meeting reminding small business owners in attendance to be sure their paperwork gets in on time. 


"Please keep in mind that next year it will not be pretty if have to start paying 250 bucks in additional to the renewal,” he said. “Some of these licenses are 50 dollars to renew. It would be a shame to have to pay 250 because you didn't file on time."


The introduction of a fine still has to be approved by the city council. The legislation and ordinance committee will likely address the issue next month.

The Shipping Dates

If you still have some Christmas shopping left to do this year, you’ll want to know these key shipping deadlines from Amazon, FedEx, USPS and UPS to ensure your gifts arrive on time. Some dates are as early as December 13, 2019 for a delivery by Christmas. The following holiday shipping dates are for United States delivery by December 25, 2019.


Dates noted are not guarantees but recommendations unless noted by the shipper.

More dates details and descriptions on holiday shipping deadlines for Amazon, FedEx, USPS, and UPS can be found here: Feel free to use the graphic on the site as well. 

Amazon key holiday shipping dates:
•    Dec. 14 - Free shipping by Amazon for non-Prime members on qualifying orders of $25 or more. 
•    Dec. 18 - Standard shipping for non-Prime members. Items ship in 3-5 business days.
•    Dec. 22 - Free shipping on tens of millions of items for Prime members. No minimum purchase.
•    Dec. 23 - Free one-day delivery on over ten million items. No minimum purchase.
•    Dec. 24 - Free same-day delivery on qualifying orders of $35 or more. 


FedEx key holiday shipping dates:
•    Dec. 13 - FedEx Home Delivery® and FedEx Ground® to Alaska and Hawaii.
•    Dec. 16 - FedEx Home Delivery® in the contiguous U.S. and last day to ship via FedEx Ground® 
•    Dec. 20 - FedEx 2Day® A.M. and FedEx 2Day®.
•    Dec. 23 - FedEx First Overnight®, FedEx Priority Overnight®, FedEx Standard Overnight and FedEx 1Day® Freight.
•    Dec. 25 - FedEx SameDay® City Direct, FedEx SameDay® City Priority and FedEx SameDay®.


UPS key holiday shipping dates:
•    Dec. 13 - Some UPS® Ground packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
•    Dec. 19 - UPS 3 Day Select® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
•    Dec. 20 - UPS 2nd Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, Dec. 24. 
•    Dec. 23 - UPS Next Day Air® packages scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, December 24 with a UPS On-Call, or scheduled, Pickup, or by visiting a The UPS Store location or a UPS Authorized Service Location.


USPS key holiday shipping dates:
•    Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground® (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). 
•    Dec. 18 - First-Class Mail® Service to Alaska.
•    Dec. 19 - Priority Mail® Service to Alaska and Hawaii and last day for First-Class Mail® Service to Hawaii.
•    Dec. 20 - First-Class Mail® Service (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).
•    Dec. 21 - Priority Mail® Service for U.S (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and Priority Mail Express® Service to Alaska and Hawaii. 
•    Dec. 23 - Last day for Priority Mail Express® Service (excluding Alaska and Hawaii)

Triple A Travel Numbers

AAA Says 115.6 Million Travelers will Break Holiday Records


Highest Massachusetts Numbers in Almost 20 years


More Americans than ever on record – 115.6 million – will travel this holiday season, from Sunday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. That is the most in nearly 20 years since AAA began tracking in 2000, and represents an increase of 3.9% over last year, or 4.3 million more people packing up their sleighs for a holiday getaway.


More than 104 million of those holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects delays to be the worst on Thursday, Dec. 26, with afternoon delays reaching nearly double congestion-free drive times in major U.S. cities.


Massachusetts will also see the highest numbers in almost 20 years, with over 2.5 million residents planning to travel, 2.2 million of them by car. 


“Holiday cheer is at an all-time high this year, with unemployment at historically low levels, and noted improvements in both disposable income and household net worth,” said Mary Maguire, Director, Public and Legislative Affairs, AAA Northeast. “Travelers should be getting used to crowded highways and airports, as this marks the eighth straight year of new record-high travel volumes for the year-end holidays.”



More Americans than ever on record will drive this holiday season

•    Automobiles: 104.8 million Americans, the most on record, will drive to their holiday destinations. That means 3.9 million more people are expected on the roads compared with last year, for an increase of 3.9%.

•    Planes: With 4.9% growth, air travel will see the biggest increase in travel volume during the year-end holidays, with 6.97 million Americans expected to fly – the most since 2003.

•    Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel by these other modes will reach 3.81 million, 3% more than last year.

Rushing home for the holidays

For the 104.8 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts only marginal delays throughout the holiday week. Nationally, drivers could experience double the travel times on Thursday and Friday afternoon, although New York City and Washington, D.C. could see triple the delays. 


“With kids out of school and many Americans taking extended time off for the holidays, drivers will experience only incremental delays throughout the week. Although congestion will be lighter than normal, knowing when and where major delays will likely happen will help save time and reduce stress this holiday season,” says Trevor Reed, a transportation analyst at INRIX.



City    Worst Day to Travel    Peak congestion period     Delay Multiplier
Atlanta    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:30 - 6:30 PM    1.3x
Boston    Friday, Dec. 27    4:00 - 6:00 PM    1.5x
Chicago    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:45 - 6:45 PM    1.3x
Detroit    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:30 - 6:30 PM    1.4x
Houston    Friday, Dec. 27    4:30 - 6:30 PM    1.8x
Los Angeles    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:25 - 6:25 PM    1.6x
New York    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:15 - 6:15 PM    2.7x
San Francisco    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:00 - 6:00 PM    2.0x
Seattle    Friday, Dec. 27    4:15 - 6:15 PM    1.2x
Washington, D.C.    Thursday, Dec. 26    4:00 - 6:00 PM    3.0x
Source: INRIX



The holidays can be a stressful time; AAA encourages drivers to maintain a cool head, and focus on reaching their destination safely. AAA offers these tips to help prevent road rage:

•    Do Not Offend: Never cause another driver to change their speed or direction. That means not forcing another driver to use their brakes, or turn the steering wheel in response to something you have done.
•    Be Tolerant and Forgiving: The other driver may just be having a really bad day. Assume that it is not personal.
•    Do Not Respond: Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle and contact 9-1-1 if needed.

AAA to rescue more than 853,000 at the roadside
More than 853,000 motorists will call AAA for assistance at the roadside this holiday season. Dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble


. AAA recommends motorists take their vehicles to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out on a road trip. And remember to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles at the roadside. It’s the law in all 50 states.


Prepare for busy airports Dec. 21-23, steep flight prices Dec. 26

A recent analysis of AAA’s flight booking data revealed that most travelers depart two to four days prior to the Christmas holiday, Dec. 21-23, with the 22nd being the single busiest air travel day of the holiday week. These travelers, on average, pay ticket prices between $593 and $639. Christmas Eve is the best day to travel, with the lowest average price per ticket ($527) and the fewest crowds of the holiday week. Many travelers opt to fly after the Christmas holiday leading up to New Year’s, and they pay a premium to do so. Dec. 26 has the highest average ticket price of the week at $692.


Theme parks, warm-weather destinations & NYC top holiday getaways
Theme parks in Orlando and southern California, other warm-weather locales, and the iconic holiday destination New York City top the list of 10 most popular destinations in the U.S. for the year-end holidays, based on advance AAA Travel bookings:

1.    Orlando, FL
2.    Anaheim, CA
3.    Honolulu, HI
4.    Kahului, Maui, HI 
5.    Las Vegas, NV
6.    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
7.    New York, NY
8.    Miami, FL
9.    Tampa, FL
10.    Phoenix, AZ

Many travelers are also seeking warm weather and sandy beaches in Mexico and the Caribbean this holiday season. Cancun, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Los Cabos, Mexico; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, are AAA’s top five international destinations for the year-end holidays. 


AAA’s travel experts remind travelers that it’s not too late to begin planning a holiday getaway. Visit for travel planning resources to book your trip today.

The Latin Kings Takedown

Over 60 Members of Latin Kings Charged

Members of the East Coast and Massachusetts leadership arrested

BOSTON – The East Coast and Massachusetts leadership of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation (Latin Kings), including more than 60 members and associates, face federal charges. 


This morning, over 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested dozens of Latin Kings members and associates and executed 31 search warrants at 24 locations. 


According to court documents, the Eastern Region of the Latin Kings encompasses local chapters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and various other states along the eastern seaboard from Maryland to Florida. There are 11 active Latin Kings Chapters operating in Massachusetts: D5K (Boston), Morton Street Bricks (Boston), New Bedford, Springfield, Lynn/Salem, Chelsea, Lowell, Lawrence, Worcester, Fitchburg and within the Department of Corrections.


Criminal activity in the Eastern Region is led by Michael Cecchetelli, a/k/a “King Merlin, 40, of Springfield, who holds the title of Supreme East Coast Regional Overseer. Cecchetelli is alleged to be the conduit between each of the Eastern Region states and the Latin Kings national leadership in Chicago. He developed a leadership approach to the gang which has become a model for other Latin Kings regions of the country. 


The Latin Kings adhere to a national manifesto, employ an internal judiciary, and use a sophisticated system of communication to maintain the hierarchy of the criminal organization. As alleged in court documents, the gang uses drug distribution to generate revenue, and is motivated by a desire to further its influence and to protect its turf from rival gangs. This has fostered a culture of institutional violence and secrecy.


During the four-year investigation, law enforcement developed evidence that the Latin Kings trafficked drugs, conspired to murder more than 10 victims, and committed violent crimes including numerous incidents of robbery, shootings, stabbings and witness intimidation.


The RICO conspiracy charge provides a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Depending on the drug quantity, the drug trafficking conspiracy and distribution charges provide for a sentence of up to 20 years, 40 years, or life, a minimum of three, four or five years of supervised release and fines of $1 million, $5 million and $10 million. The charge of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition

provides a sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.


Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was also provided by the FBI North Shore Gang Task Force, Bristol County and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Offices.


Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Cannon and Philip Mallard of Lelling’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit are prosecuting the cases.


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





            The following defendants have been charged:






Michael Cecchetelli, King Merlin


East Coast Team,

East Coast Overseer 


Esther Ortiz, Queen India

Meriden, CT

East Coast Team,

East Coast Crown Council Chairwoman


Hector Manuel Vega, King Demon

Britian, CT

East Coast Team,

Crown Council Member, CT


Jorge Rodriguez, King G

State Team, Cacique

Enforcer (Former)


Michael Marrero, King Clumsy

State Team, Enforcer

Regional Officer (Former)


Francisco Lopez, King Cisco

Chelsea, Mass.

State Team, Treasurer/Secretary


Gregory Peguero-Colon, King Trece

Springfield, Mass.

State Team,

Crown Council Chairman


Juan Liberato, King Prodigy

Haverhill, Mass.

State Team, Inca (Former)


Angel Roldan, King Big-A and Nelty

Lowell, Mass.

State Team, Cacique (Former)

Enforcer (Former)


Frutuoso Barros, King Fruity

DOC, Supreme Regional Officer


Sandra Correa, Queen Dream

Peabody, Mass.

DOC, Secretary (Former)


Shaun Harrison Rev

DOC, Member


Vincent Dzierwinski, King Vice

DOC, Member


Wilson Peguero, King Dubb

Dorchester, Mass.

D5K, Inca


Alexis Peguero, King Lexi/Looney

Dorchester, Mass.

D5K, Cacique


Matthew Palacios, King Nene

D5K, Enforcer


Steven Familia-Valdez, King Haze

Mattapan, Mass.

D5K, Member


Dante Lara, King Nasty

Providence, RI

D5K, Member


Robert Lara,  King Rizz

Chelsea, Mass.

D5K, Member


Angel Abymael Ortiz, King Abby

Randolph, Mass.

D5K, Member


Angel Rodriguez, King Ace

Dorchester, Mass.

D5K, Member

Crown Council Chairman for Boston


Alexis Velasquez, King Booboo

Dorchester, Mass.

MSB, Inca


Angel Calderon, King Bam


(Former) State Team Head of Security


Oscar Pena, King O-Block

D5K, Member


Jose Rodriguez, King Stutter

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Inca


Orlando Santiago-Torres, King Landi

New Bedford, Cacique


Robert Avitabile a/k/a Bobby

New Bedford, Associate


Taliyah Barboza, Queen Taliyah

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Josue Carrasquillo, King Playboy

Springfield, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Michael Cotto, King Gordo

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, (Former) Regional Officer


Juan Figueroa, King Pun

Dorchester, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Issac Felix-Rivera, King Izzy

New Bedford, Member


Kevin Guadalupe, King Milly

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Shelton Johnson, King Shells

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Tyson Jorge, King Music

New Bedford, Member


Emanuel Lopez-Velez, King Manny

New Bedford, Probationary Member


Luis Mendez, King Primo

New Bedford, Member, Incarcerated


Raekwan Paris, King D-Bo

New Bedford, Member


Jayco Reyes-Smith, King Javy

Former New Bedford Member, now in North Carolina


Luis Santiago, King Tiny

New Bedford, Member, Incarcerated


Roberto Vargas, King Royalty

New Bedford, Member


Jose Vasquez, King Fearless

New Bedford, Member


Natanel Velazquez, King Nael

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Israel Rodriguez, King Imperial

Lynn, Mass.

North Shore, Inca


Alfred Nieves, King Alfy

Lowell, Mass.

Lowell, Inca


Marlon Rivera, King Pluto

Fitchburg, Member

D5K, Founder


Ines Lugo, Queen China

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Secretary


Jeremia Medina, King Sweepy

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Enforcer


Bienvenido Nunez, King Apache

Enfield, CT

State Team, Inca


Tanairy Ruiz, Queen Tanairy

New Bedford, Mass.

New Bedford, Member


Xavier Valentin-Soto, King X

New Bedford, Member

(Former) Cascique, Incarcerated


Joel Francisco, King Casper

Rhode Island, Member


Eric Thomas, King E

Rhode Island, Inca



Alvin Mojica, King Humble

Worcester, Inca


Sophia Velasquez, Queen Sophia

Fitchburg, Member



Dairon Rivera, King Mafia

Fitchburg, Member


Hector Adorno, King Gordo

Springfield, Member


Jesus Diaz, King Kiko

N. Shore, Member


Henry Caribe, King 40cal

N. Shore, Member


Jonathan Cassiano, King Legend

Springfield, Member


Antoine Goodson

Associate, gun supplier to gang


Derek Southworth

Associate, gun supplier to gang

JCII Trial in 2020?

If the Federal Magistrate Judge in the case of soon-to-be-former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II, and his former Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff Gen Andrade signs off on the idea, the two could have opening arguments in their respective trials on June 1 2020, nearly two years after Correia was first arrested and charged with Tax and Wire Fraud in 2018. 


Defense Attorneys for each defendant and federal attorneys have been trying to hammer out a suitable trial date after some 74,000 pages of documents were part of a super seeding indictment that was filed in September 2019

(the photo for this story was first published by the Fall River Herald News). 

35th Annual Children's Holiday Parade In Fall River On Saturday

The 35th Annual Fall River Children’s Holiday Parade Committee and Greater Fall River RE-Creation are pleased to invite the public to kick-off the holidays in Fall River on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m.


Parade Route:  Kennedy Park down South Main Street ending at the corner of Central and Bedford Streets. Marchers will check-in at the parade tent at the corner of Bradford Ave and South Main Street no later than 11:30 a.m.  Floats and large vehicles will check-in no later than 10 a.m. at the corner of Bradford Avenue and Broadway. 



·             One of the largest Children’s Holiday Parade in New England 

·             A number of High School Bands throughout New England, Bagpipe Bands, Drum and Bugle Corps, Brass Bands, including the Saints Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps from New York, the Hallamore Clydesdale Horses. Cranberry Knoll Arabian Horses, 4 Giant Parade Balloons, Local Fire and Police Departments, 30 Beautifully Decorated Floats and Large Vehicles, 42 Marching Units, 49 Vehicles, 13 Bands and many costume characters 

·             Veterans special recognition on this 75th Anniversary of D-Day 

·             Santa arrives at 12:45 p.m. and will head up South Main Street towards Kennedy Park

Sec Zetta Bringing New Jobs To Fall River

At one of the final Fall River City Council sessions of the calendar year the eight-member group approved a tax increment financing agreement for a Rhode Island software firm that is looking to leave their current home base in Newport and relocate to Fall River.


The final agreement comes with an amendment for a local hiring preference tacked on. 


"We believe relocating to Fall River is the right move for us."


Jason Hobart, as the firm’s Senior Vice President, said this to the city council during his case of why Fall River is right for Sec Zetta.


"Our software, applications and everything that we do helps organizations - large, small, private or public - address the challenges associated with data breaches,” Hobart said. “We help them avoid data breaches and control the information that they're sharing with their non-employees and contractors.” 


The Senior Vice President state a list of credible contractors.


“We have customers that include Synchrony Bank, the Mayo Clinic, BBVA, Blue Cross of Idaho, Harvard-Pilgrim in Tiffany among many others,” Hobart said. “Of course, we're in the process of continuing to sell to and finalize several more large contracts as we go into this year."


The firm, Sec Zetta, was formed back in 2006. It is using $10 million of investment capital to grow its company. 


"We'll be moving 23 jobs to Fall River over the next 5 years and create 70 new jobs totaling to 93,” Hobart said. “A big piece of what we do, based on the specialized skills of the people we hire, we're excited to have an average starting salary of 60,000 dollars. Of course, that goes up based on experience and specialized skills."


City Councilor Stephen Long covered the numbers over the 5-year T.I.F.


"Over the course of five years, we're talking about 195,000 dollars in the first year, 310,000 in the second, 330,000 in the third, 335,000 in the fourth as well as in the fifth,” he said. “The percentages go 100 percent, 90 percent, 80 percent, 70 percent and 60 percent.” 


Long continued, “This being personal property and mostly high-tech electronics, the value on the personal property would come in on the first year as you bring it in but that would depreciate significantly in successive years."


Acting Fall River Mayor Cliff Ponte expressed his reservations about the T.I.F agreement being based on personal property taxes instead of more traditional real estate business.

Gasoline This Week

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the Commonwealth this week is up by two cents according to Triple A North east. 


The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Massachusetts is at $2.51, seven below the national average of 2.58.


The Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for Triple A Northeast, Mary Maguire, says prices locally are lower than one year ago.


The range in prices in the latest Triple A Northeast Survey are at 83 cents, from a low of $2.26 to a high of $3.09 












Parking Ban in Fall River Tonight

Fall River Acting Mayor Cliff Ponte has instituted a parking ban for the City of Fall River beginning tonight at 6pm EST and lasting TFN. 


Another round of snow and rain will last into Tuesday, with the potential of anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow. 

Fall River R.D.A Approves New Gas Station, Travel Center And Potential Restaurant

A new retail space with a gas station and potential restaurant located on the North Side of Fall River has been approved for eventual construction by the redevelopment authority. 


The new site which would include a travel center would be located on Innovation Way near the Fall River Industrial Park and the Life Sciences Component.


During the most recent session of the authority, the chair Kara O’Connell said the parties involved have already agreed on the basic framework.


"The board did authorize me to sit down with ll parties and attorneys regarding the purchase of the property on Innovation Way by Robert London,” she said. “We sat down for a few hours. Everybody hashed it out. The meeting went great. We had to make some changes and as you all know when they submitted their initial plans we did approve it."


Since this phase has been reached, O’Connell said future development is now a possibility.


"Now that they have actually submitted and there is more green, open space and there a lesser footprint for future development of a restaurant down the road on that property,” she claimed. “I would like to make a motion that we accept their change and final footprint of what they're going to build there for the retail space and gas station."


Future negotiations on a potential restaurant in the area could also happen.


"They're going to go ahead with a restaurant,” O’Connell said. “It will have to come back in front of us for us to approve that use. That wording is in there."


With the turnover recently, Fall River’s R.D.A is looking for a pair of members as Joseph Oliveira has resigned and Michelle Dionne is headed to one of the nine Fall River city council seats in the next term.