WSAR NEWS Archives for 2022-01

Patriots Need an O-C

With now-former Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels accepting the head coach slot with the Las Vegas Raiders, while Patriots Director of Player Personnel Dave Ziegler will become the G-M, the Patriots will likely wait until after the Super Bowl to inteview for both slots. 


McDaniels is getting his second shot as an NFL Head Coach after two years in Denver, and an aborted acceptance of the same job in Indianapolis. 


McDaniels had come to an agreeement with the Patriots that he would be the head coach once Bill Bellichick retired, but the Hoodie has indicated he has no plans of retiring and will likely chase the NFL wins record currently held by Baltimore and Miami head coach Don Shula. 

Fall River School Committee Postponement

A Special Meeting of the Fall River School Committee that will involve the head of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees conducting an orientation to the role of School Committee Members and Superintendents is postponed until later this winter when the weather improves. 


The Fall River School Commiteee has an interim Superintendent and three new members of a committee of seven. 


Sagamore Bridge Work Continues

Sagamore Bridge repair work:

Maintenance work will be performed on the Sagamore Bridge on Feb. 2, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the scheduled work hours, travel lanes on the Sagamore Bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction.

No wide loads will be permitted to cross the bridge while the lane restrictions are in place.

Work schedule is weather permitting.

Is Tom Returning?

The is reporting that Tom Brady has made it clear that he has made no decision regarding whether or not he will return for the 2022 football season, when he would be 45 at the start of training 



ESPN reported over the weekend that sources close to the former Patriots Quarterback had decided to retire after 22 NFL seasons. 

Helping Eateries in R-I

 Sen. Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) has introduced legislation to assist and strengthen the state’s hospitality industry, which has borne the brunt of economic loss during the COVID pandemic.

The first bill (2022-S 2134) would allow restaurants to continue approved outdoor dining during the pandemic. It would extend a moratorium on the enforcement of any municipal ordinance or zoning requirement that would penalize owners of food service establishments and bars for any modifications or alternations to their premises in response to an emergency declaration by the governor or local municipal officials. 

“This bill is essential to our restaurants and bars who are still struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic,” said Senator DiMario. “The legislation will also allow these establishments to apply to make these successful and popular changes permanent, such as the outdoor dining areas and takeout windows. Municipalities have given the feedback that they have not had enough time to get temporary zoning changes through their appropriate channels to make them permanent and that this extension is welcome.” 

The moratorium would be effective until April 1, 2023. 

The second bill (2022-S 2139) would allow happy hour drink specials served in conjunction with food prepared on the premises sufficient to constitute breakfast, lunch or dinner, excluding snacks.
“These bills are about helping small businesses in our hospitality industry have more flexibility and tools to use to help sustain them through the pandemic and beyond, and also to help employees to increase their take-home pay with increased options to bring in customers,” said Senator DiMario. “In addition, it allows people to have more options to connect and gather as we continue to navigate the pandemic conditions."  

Parking Ban Lifted in Fall River

The City of Fall River is set to lift its parking ban tonight at 6 pm; snow plows continued to dig the city out of the remains of a 22 inch snow storm over the weekend. 

New Bedford Man Convicted of a Violent Assault

A 28-year-old New Bedford man who followed an elderly woman home from the bank to violently assault and rob her was sentenced to serve four to seven years in state prison last Friday, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Ejay Pierce pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a person over the age of 60--causing serious bodily injury.

On December 21, 2020, the victim entered the New Bedford Credit Union on Purchase Street to make a $1,000 withdrawal from her account. The defendant, who had entered the bank a few moments after the victim approached the teller, watched as the teller counted out the $1,000 in cash for the victim.  At that point the defendant abruptly left the bank and was later seen on surveillance video quickly entering his vehicle.

Surveillance video also showed the defendant pull his vehicle to the side of Purchase Street to allow the victim to pass him.  The defendant then followed the victim to her New Bedford home, where he violently attacked her just outside her front door and robbed her of her purse.

During the assault, the 72-year-old female victim suffered a dislocated shoulder, torn rotator cuff, fractured collar bone and sever damage to her teeth.  As a result of the injuries, the victim had to undergo multiple surgeries, was forced to resign from her part time job at a local school and is required to undergo physical therapy on a regular basis.

In addition to the state prison sentence, Judge Raffi Yessayan also placed the defendant on an additional five years of supervised probation, which will include paying full restitution to the victim for the money stolen and mental health treatment. 

Wrong Way Driver Dies on Interstate

According to CBS 12 in Providence, one person was killed and three others were injured when an SUV driving the wrong way on a Boston highway early Saturday morning striking three other vehicles. Early investigations indicate that the SUV was heading south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 at about 2:30 A.M. when it struck two northbound vehicles, causing non-life threatening injuries to those drivers. 


The wrong-way SUV came to rest on the roadway, and the adult male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three drivers were taken to Boston Medical center. No names were released as the crash remains under investigation.

Fall River House Fire

Flames ripped through a fall River home Saturday afternoon, forcing the 11 people that lived there out into near-blizzard conditions. According to the mayor's office, the Irving Street home has since been deemed a total loss, with 80% of the building having collapsed  Seven adults and four children were displaced, but were provided emergency housing for the night.


Firefighters struggled to access the home due to the near-blizzard conditions but Mayor Paul Coogan said they did great in the limiting conditions. The building sustained “catastrophic damage,” as the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

MA Gov. Baker in D.C.

Today in Washington, D.C, Governor Charlie Baker was at the National Governors Association meeting between governors, President Joe Biden and other federal officials with the gathering beginning at 10 A.M. at the White House


The Governor will then meet with Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Michael Connor at the nations Pentagon, starting at 2 P.M.

The Storm Thus Far

The WSAR Storm Center is Live right now with Hec and Sue on 95.9, 1480, and WSARs Facebook Live..


While the National Grid Outage Map is quiet locally, there are scattered Eversource outages in New Bedford and Dartmouth; the Weather Channel is estimated that some 47,000 Rhode Island Consumers are without Power, and well over 80,000 are in the dark in Massachusetts. 

Governor Baker Says Stay Home

Governor Baker Urges All Residents to Avoid Travel Throughout Winter Storm 
BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today is urging the people of the Commonwealth to avoid non-essential travel and prepare for the upcoming winter storm, which is expected to severely impact much of Massachusetts and bring blizzard conditions. Current forecasts predict eastern Massachusetts may receive 18 to 24 inches of snow, with as much as 30 inches possible in certain areas of the South Shore, with over 12 inches in central parts of the state and lesser amounts in western Massachusetts.
Beginning Friday night, and continuing throughout the day Saturday, the storm has the potential for strong winds, heavy snow and limited visibility, as well as flooding in some areas. Forecasts also predict high snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour with strong wind gusts, creating white out conditions and poor visibility on roadways and making it hazardous for travel.
Due to the forecast, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is implementing a tractor trailer travel ban on the state’s interstate highways from Saturday between 6:00 a.m. through midnight for tractor trailer trucks, tandems and special permit haulers. MassDOT urges all of these large truck drivers to plan accordingly and to stay off the roads to allow MassDOT crews to work.
The Massachusetts National Guard has equipment and personnel standing by to assist the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and local authorities with high water and stranded driver rescues if needed.

Storm Prep In Seekonk

Winter Storm Information (1/29/2022)

The Department of Public works has issued a parking ban effective from 1:00 AM Saturday, January 29, 2022 until further notice. 
The Seekonk Senior Center has been prepared in anticipation of the storm and will be utilized as a warming shelter. At this time our Emergency Managment Director anticipates opening the warming center on Sunday morning. A notification will be sent out via the Town's CodeRED messaging system once the warming center has been opened.

If you are in need of the warming center, please call 508-336-8123 Option 0. 
Subscribe to Town Alerts to receive updates to this page
Assist Department of Public Works and Plow Vendors
Please stay off the road so crews are able to safely clear roadways
Please remove all personal lose items from the street in front of your property (i.e. portable basketball hoops, garbage cans)
We anticipate this will be a multi-day response with crews working Saturday through Monday and ask for patience as crews work to clear roadways for emergency vehicles and travel.
Assist First Responders
Clear snow 3-5 feet away from fire hydrants
If you have an emergency, Dial 911
Do not call dispatch for power outages or expected restoration times
To report or check an outage please follow this link National Grid Report or Check an Outage or call 1-800-465-1212
Useful Links
National Weather Service 

Register to receive CodeRED reverse 911 Alerts for Seekonk

MEMA - Winter Storm Safety Tips

Links to Social Media Accounts
Seekonk Town Hall - Facebook
Seekonk Police - Facebook

Seekonk Firefighters Local 1931 - Facebook
Seekonk Public Safety Communications - Facebook

Seekonk Human Services - Facebook
Seekonk Library - Facebook

Seekonk Veterans Services - Facebook
National Weather Service Boston - Facebook

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency - Facebook
Massachusetts State Police - Facebook

Before the Storm
Keep your vehicle's gas tank full
Keep warm clothing on hand for each member of the household
Check your emergency kit (include medications and medical supplies)
Be sure you have ample heating fuel (never run a generator in an enclosed space)
During the Storm
Stay off the roads and stay indoors
Stay away from all down power lines and report them to National Grid or notify Dispatch at 508-336-8123 Option 0
Wear warm clothes (layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than bulky items
Bring your companion animals inside, move other animals to sheltered areas with a supply of non-frozen water
Check on relatives neighbors, and friends (especially if they live alone)
If you must drive during winter weather conditions:
Make sure all fluid levels are full
Ensure that the lights, heater, and windshield wipers are working properly
Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate
If you must leave the house, do not leave without the following:
Fully charged cell phone
Car charger
Emergency kit
Additional layers of clothing
Non-perishable food items
If your car gets stuck during a storm:
Stay in the vehicle
Call emergency services to notify them of your location

Fall River Snow Emergency

City of Fall River – Mayor Paul Coogan Declares State of
Emergency in Fall River

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 28, 2022)- Mayor Paul E. Coogan has issued a state of
emergency from 1:00am on Saturday, January 29th until 1:00am on Sunday, January 30th
ordering all non-essential businesses to close and all non-essential vehicles to remain off
roadways during this time period. 

These actions are crucial to the safety of Fall River’s plow
operations and emergency personnel.

 Residents should make necessary preparations to shelter in
place for the day of Saturday, January 29th
? A parking ban will be in effect from 6:00pm on 1/28/22 until further notice. Parking is
only allowed on the north side of city streets that run east and west and on the west side
of streets that run north and south. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any
street that is divided by a traffic median. Parking against a median is prohibited. Parking
is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles.
Vehicles in violation of the parking ban will be towed.

? Parking is available at the following locations until the ban is no longer in effect:

o Flint Municipal Parking Lot on Cash Street
o Municipal Parking Lot on Columbia Street
Talbot and Morton Middle Schools 

? Residents are reminded of the following:

o Saving parking spots by placing furniture or household objects in the street is
prohibited by law. Placing objects in the street to reserve a parking spot is
punishable by fine.

o Utilize driveways and consider sharing off-street parking with neighbors.
o It is the responsibility of each homeowner to clear sidewalks of snow. Failure to
do so is punishable by fine.

? Do not throw snow into the street.

? If there is a fire hydrant located near your property, please ensure that it is
cleared so that emergency services can access the hydrant if needed.

Please also ensure that catch basins are free of snow.

? If you are willing to volunteer to clear sidewalks for sick, disabled or
elderly residents, please contact the Mayor’s office at 508-324-2600.

? On Friday, January 28th, City services will be open per usual hours of operation.
? On Saturday, January 29th, the Fall River Public Library will be closed. The DPW
complex on Lewiston St will also be closed on January 29th
Phone Numbers & Contact Information:
? Please call the following numbers with questions or concerns:

o MAYOR’S OFFICE: 508-324-2600 or 508-324-2601 or 508-324-2602

o TRAFFIC DEPT: 508-324-2579 or 508-207-2584 or 508-324-2000

o DPW: 508-324-2760 or 508-324-2761

? For members of our homeless population in need of shelter, please reach out to the First
Step Inn at 134 Durfee St or call 508-679-8001.

? A drop-in warming shelter will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm at
Christ the Rock Assembly of God Church (414 Rock St).lbot Middle School on Melrose Street.

Snow Prep In New Bedford

New Bedford Prepares for Blizzard

•    Emergency parking ban effective at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28
•    Significant power outages expected, travel very difficult Saturday
•    COVID-19 vaccine clinics canceled Saturday, Sunday

New Bedford, Massachusetts – City officials are preparing for a potentially weekend-long storm response, with heavy snow and gusting winds forecast in the area from late Friday through Saturday night. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the region, including New Bedford, in effect from 12 a.m. Saturday to 12 a.m. Sunday.  The NWS is forecasting 17 to 22 inches of snow in the area, with winds of up to 60 mph. Storm conditions are expected to make travel very difficult Saturday—the NWS recommends emergency travel only—and through the weekend. 

Mayor Declares a State of Emergency to Facilitate Response Resources
Mayor Jon Mitchell has declared a State of Emergency for the city, effective at midnight tonight, to facilitate the city’s response to the storm. 

Significant Power Outages Expected 
Eversource is preparing for significant storm damage and power outages in the region. Please avoid downed power lines and have emergency storm supplies on hand. Power outages can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps. Please store bottled drinking water and canned food in the event of an extended outage.
Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28

New Bedford’s citywide snow emergency parking ban takes effect at 8 p.m. tonight.  

The parking ban will be strictly enforced and will remain in effect until further notice. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways, and enable public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely. 

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the north side of all streets going east and west. Parking also is permitted on the east side of all streets going north and south. The permitted side of the street is typically the side opposite of the fire hydrants. 

Please note that on streets that normally allow parking on one side of the street only, residents are to obey the signs as usual. Vehicles should never be parked within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant or twenty (20) feet from a corner as required by law, regardless of whether a snow ban is in effect. 

Double-sided Parking Ban Areas 

To increase public safety during storm events, the areas designated for a double-sided parking ban include sections of numerous streets (listed below), in addition to the Downtown and Acushnet Avenue Business Districts, where double-sided bans have been implemented in years past. The street sections were selected because they are major routes for ambulances, school buses, and SRTA buses, and have a history of large vehicles being unable to successfully navigate due to the narrowness of the street. 

During a snow emergency parking ban, therefore, no parking is permitted on either side of the street in the following areas: 

• Wood St (Acushnet Ave to Belleville Ave) 
• Acushnet Ave (Tarkiln Hill Rd to Coggeshall St) 
• Nash Rd (Acushnet Ave to Belleville Ave) 
• Ashley Blvd (Nash Rd to Coggeshall St) 
• County St (Purchase St to Cove Rd) 
• Cottage St (Durfee St to Union St) 
• Mill St (Kempton St to Pleasant St) 
• Kempton St (Brownell Ave to Pleasant St) 
• The Downtown Business District (County St to JFK Blvd, Kempton St to Walnut St) 
• Dartmouth St (Allen St to Matthew St) 
• Rivet St (Dartmouth St to JFK Blvd) 

Violations of the snow emergency parking ban will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket, and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle. 

Preferred Off-Street Parking Areas 

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for residents in need of off-street parking during the emergency snow parking ban:
•    Victory Park – Brock Avenue 
•    Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue 
•    Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court 
•    Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field 
•    Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side 
•    Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue 
•    Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street 
•    Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side) 
•    Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue 
•    Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments 
•    Former AVX site on Belleville Avenue at Hadley Street 
•    Former Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue 
•    Elm Street Garage 
•    Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street 
•    New Bedford High School – 230 Hathaway Boulevard 
•    Keith Middle School – 225 Hathaway Boulevard 
•    Normandin Middle School – 81 Felton Street 
•    Roosevelt Middle School – 119 Fredrick Street 
•    Charles S Ashley Elementary School – 122 Rochambeau Street 
•    Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elementary School – 212 Nemasket Street 
•    Elwyn G Campbell Elementary School – 145 Essex Street 
•    Sgt Wm H Carney Academy Elementary School – 247 Elm Street 
•    Lot at intersection of Elm and Cottage (Southeast Corner) 
•    James B Congdon Elementary School – 50 Hemlock Street 
•    John B DeValles Elementary School – 120 Katherine Street 
•    Alfred J Gomes Elementary School – 286 South Second Street 
•    Ellen R Hathaway Elementary School – 256 Court Street 
•    Hayden/McFadden Elementary School – 361 Cedar Grove Street 
•    Horatio A Kempton Elementary School – 135 Shawmut Avenue 
•    Abraham Lincoln Elementary School – 445 Ashley Boulevard 
•    Carlos Pacheco Elementary School – 261 Mt. Pleasant Street 
•    John Avery Parker Elementary School – 705 County Street 
•    Casmir Pulaski Elementary School – 1097 Braley Road 
•    Thomas R Rodman Elementary School – 497 Mill Street 
•    William H Taylor Elementary School – 620 Brock Avenue 
•    SEA LAB/John Hannigan Elementary School – 91 Portland Street 
•    Jireh Swift Elementary School – 2203 Acushnet Avenue 
•    Betsey B Winslow Elementary School – 561 Allen Street 
Libraries, City Recreation Programs, Buttonwood Park Zoo Closed Saturday, Jan. 29
City Hall, city offices and recreation programs, public libraries, and Buttonwood Park Zoo will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 29, due to the storm. Senior centers are closed due to the pandemic.

New Bedford Regional Airport Closed Saturday, Through Sunday Morning
New Bedford Regional Airport will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 29, and potentially reopen on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 30, as conditions permit. Passengers should contact their air carriers directly to confirm their flight status because widespread cancellations are expected. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Canceled on Saturday, Sunday 
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center at 181 Hillman St. has been canceled for Saturday.

The clinic at the Workers Community Center / Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, 1534 Acushnet Ave., has been canceled for Sunday, Jan. 30. The clinic will take place the following Sunday, Feb. 6. 

Hurricane Barrier to Remain Open
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hurricane barrier will remain open during the storm. It may be manned at Saturday evening’s high tide but a planned closure -- due to forecasted wind direction, tide height and surge – is not expected at this time.

SRTA Buses, Transit Services Not Operating Saturday or Sunday 
Buses and transit services provided by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority will not be operating Saturday, due to the storm. SRTA’s temporary suspension of demand response services on Sundays already was scheduled to begin this weekend, due to staffing shortages. 

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Residents and Business Owners
Residents and business owners are advised to review the Winter Weather Tips available on the City website and to take proactive steps to prepare for the major winter storm.

Important Emergency Contact Numbers
•    To report a downed power line, medical, fire or other emergencies please dial 911.
•    Eversource is prepared to address and damage and outages resulting from the storm and encourages customers whose electric service is affected to call 1-800-592-2000. 
•    Eversource strongly urges people to stay away from all down wires and to report them immediately.
•    To report snow removal issues on city streets, residents may contact the Department of Public Infrastructure at (508) 991-6150
•    New Bedford Police Department may also be reached on its Non-emergency line at (508) 991-6350
•    Please visit the City’s website at for more information and updates from the City of New Bedford regarding the snowstorm.


Seekonk Hit And Run Search

According to NBC 10 in Providence,  police in Seekonk are still searching for a person and vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run that occurred earlier this month. Police said the incident happened on January 6 in the parking lot of the Boneyard Barbecue restaurant and bar. 


Released photo shows a blonde female with glasses who appeared to be driving a silver SUV. Seekonk Police are asking anyone with information to call the Seekonk Police Department.

Man Charged for Breaking And Entering in Rehoboth

According to CBS 12 in Providence, a Rhode Island man was arrested Thursday  in connection with a breaking and entering investigation in Rehoboth. Police said 36 year old Ryan Bouffard of Johnston broke into the former Anawan Elementary School and took several photos of the inside of the building. Bouffard later posted those photos to a social media account using a self-created name.


Police have charged Bouffard with vandalism and breaking and entering and is scheduled to be arraigned in Taunton district court today. Bouffard's motive for obtaining those photos remains unclear at this time.

Raiders Interviewing Patriots O--C

Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels will interivew with the Las Vegas Raiders for their head coaching position this weekend, according to the NFL Network. 


McDaniels was the head coach in Denver for a brief period before returning to New England; he also accpeted the job in Indianapolis before deciding to remain a Patriot a few years ago. 


Patriots Director of Player Personnel Dave Zeigler has completed an interview for the Raiders open GM position. 


A South Shore Plaza Arrest

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney's office, an Attleboro woman has been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting inside a Braintree mall over the weekend. The 27 year old Samantha Schwartz, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Quincy, however, District Attorney Morrissey confirmed she is not the one who shot the gun. CBS 12 in Providence stated, the incident occurred at the South Shore Plaza when 26-year-old Dijoun Beasley was shot and killed while shopping Saturday afternoon. Schwartz has been charged with accessory to murder, after the fact as is scheduled to be arraigned friday


The investigation into the incident remains ongoing, and the search for the mall shooter continues. Anyone who has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Braintree Police Department or the Massachusetts State Police.

JCII Stays Out till Mid February

Convicted former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will remain an employee of his in law's upscale Fall River Steakhouse through at least February 13, after Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock decided that issues with COVID-19 at FCI Berlin were too risky to send Correia there. 


Correia was to have self-surrendered in New Hampshire on Friday before Woodlock's decision was announced before the noon hour Thursday. 


Prior to Woodlock's decision, the Federal Probation Department had asked Woodlock to approve the removal of a GPS device that was outfitted for the former Mayor in 2021 prior to his trip to New Hampshire that is now on pause. 


(this photo is from the Fall River Herald News Archives)

Julian Edelman Signs with Wynn

WynnBET Adds Julian Edelman to Talent Roster

Three-time Super Bowl champion wagered $50,000 on New England & Tampa Bay to win their respective pro football conferences on WynnBET

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 27, 2022) –  WynnBET, the premier online sports betting and casino app from the global leader in luxury hospitality, Wynn Resorts, announced on Thursday that three-time Super Bowl champion Julian Edelman has been named a brand ambassador. 

Link to Edelman’s announcement video here:

Edelman, who recently wagered $50,000 each on New England and Tampa Bay to win their respective pro football conferences on WynnBET’s online sportsbook, made waves in the sports media and betting community during the last two weeks. His organic and creative content around his bets garnered more than 40 million impressions across his Twitter and Instagram channels in addition to significant pickup in tradional media. 

As part of the agreement, WynnBET will also partner with Edelman and his production company, Coast Productions, on an original podcast (more details to be announced at a later date.) Additionally, Edelman and his creative agency, Superdigital, will create more original social media content in collaboration with WynnBET. Production will include WynnBET odds and offers, while the agreement will also include appearances from the WynnBET Sports Bar at Encore Boston Harbor with Edelman making Wynn Resorts his exclusive gaming destination.

Fall River Snow Prep

City of Fall River – Winter Storm Preparation Updated 1/27

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 27, 2022)- Due to the snow storm set to impact Fall River from
the night of Friday, January 28th into Saturday, January 29th
, Mayor Paul E. Coogan would like
to provide residents with these important reminders and updates.

? A parking ban will be in effect from 6:00pm on 1/28/22 until further notice.


Parking is
only allowed on the north side of city streets that run east and west and on the west side
of streets that run north and south. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any
street that is divided by a traffic median. Parking against a median is prohibited. Parking
is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles.
Vehicles in violation of the parking ban will be towed.

? Parking is available at the following locations until the ban is no longer in effect:
o Flint Municipal Parking Lot on Cash Street
o Municipal Parking Lot on Columbia Street
o Talbot Middle School on Melrose Street
o Morton Middle School Parking Lot on Hood Street
? Residents are reminded of the following:

o Saving parking spots by placing furniture or household objects in the street is
prohibited by law. Placing objects in the street to reserve a parking spot is
punishable by fine.

o Utilize driveways and consider sharing off-street parking with neighbors.
o It is the responsibility of each homeowner to clear sidewalks of snow. Failure to
do so is punishable by fine.

? Do not throw snow into the street.

? If there is a fire hydrant located near your property, please ensure that it is
cleared so that emergency services can access the hydrant if needed.
Please also ensure that catch basins are free of snow.

? If you are willing to volunteer to clear sidewalks for sick, disabled or
elderly residents, please contact the Mayor’s office at 508-324-2600.

? On Friday, January 28th, City services will be open per usual hours of operation.
? On Saturday, January 29th, the Fall River Public Library will be closed.

Phone Numbers & Contact Information:

? Please call the following numbers with questions or concerns:

o MAYOR’S OFFICE: 508-324-2600 or 508-324-2601 or 508-324-2602

o TRAFFIC DEPT: 508-324-2579 or 508-207-2584 or 508-324-2000

o DPW: 508-324-2760

Step Inn at 134 Durfee St or call 508-679-8001.
? A drop-in warming shelter will be available on Saturday and Sunday from

DOC Body Cams

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Announces Pilot Program for the Use of Body-Worn Cameras by Correctional Officers at the Massachusetts Department of Correction

New Initiative Aims to Increase Overall Safety and Advance Transparency and Accountability 


BOSTON - Today, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC), announced a pilot program to outfit correctional officers with Body-Worn Cameras (BWC).


The DOC’s first-time use of officer-worn body cameras will launch at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center (SBCC), a maximum-security facility. EOPSS and the DOC began exploring the use of BWCs several months ago as part of continued efforts to enhance operational systems, improve safety for inmates and correctional officers, and advance transparency and accountability. 

“Implementing this BWC pilot program reinforces our commitment to advancing the safety of correctional officers and those entrusted to their care. The program affords us the opportunity to explore how this technology can improve operational efficiency and enhance the value of transparency in our institutions,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy.  

The pilot program’s objectives are three-fold: 
•    Enhance communication and collaboration among DOC staff.
•    Support improved interactions between staff and inmates.
•    Strengthen transparency and accountability.

The initial deployment of BWCs is anticipated to begin in Summer 2022 at SBCC. Once deployed, they will augment the facility’s comprehensive network of existing stationary cameras. 

“The Department supports implementation of the BWC pilot program to study how this advanced technology can serve an important role in correctional operations. This innovative tool has a proven track record of improving safety, providing valuable documentation for evidentiary purposes, resolving officer-involved incidents, and offering a useful training tool for the Department and its officers,” said DOC Commissioner Carol Mici. 

The Baker-Polito Administration will invest $1 million in a two-phase pilot program, with funding included in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal. The pilot’s first phase will concentrate on technology needs, including an overall assessment of the body-camera style most conducive to the environment and an analysis of the technology needed by a DOC facility to effectively administer the program. 

The pilot’s second phase will focus on operational implementation. A research team will evaluate the initial roll-out of the two-phased pilot program over several months. Information related to evidence collection, records retention, storage requirements and other operational matters will be assessed for best practices. Researchers will also evaluate internal data and key metrics to determine the program’s effectiveness and facilitate evidence-based policy decisions regarding programmatic next steps. 

Election Moved in Rehoboth


POSTED ON: JANUARY 27, 2022 - 2:04PM

No Election 1-29-22

JUST A REMINDER, The Bristol-Plymouth School Committee voted on December 21, 2021 to move the January 29, 2022 B-P District-Wide Ballot Vote to Saturday, March 5, 2022.


 The polling hours are from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Six hours) at the Francis Farm Community Center - Museum Building - 27 Francis Farm Road, Rehoboth.  We are so thankful we did not have to hold the B-P Ballot Vote on Saturday, 1-29-2022 in the middle of a Nor’easter Snow Storm!  


Everything happens for a reason.  Please stay safe everyone.

Inmate Voting in MA

On Thursday, the House of Representatives adopted  an amendment backed by a statewide coalition (Democracy Behind Bars) to strengthen jail-based voting provisions of the VOTES Act (H. 4359).


Advocates say that jail-based disenfranchisement is a systemic problem requiring a comprehensive solution. The Jail Based Voting Amendment #13 filed by Representatives Liz Miranda and Chynah Tyler will do just that. Amendment language here:  and a summary here:
“Our Commonwealth’s responsibility to uphold the civil liberties and very basic human rights of incarcerated constituents cannot be fulfilled without a strong mechanism for accountability and public oversight,” says Representative Liz Miranda. “Jail-based disenfranchisement has further silenced the voices of those behind the wall who are experiencing inhuman conditions. In a time when our leaders have failed to respond, Democracy and the sacred right of voting has never been more important to incarcerated people and their loved ones in my community.“ 


“Access for incarcerated individuals to have the ability to vote is fundamental to our society,” said Representative Chynah Tyler. “Amendment #13 will preserve their eligibility to vote. Incarcerated individuals are still members of our society and they will be heard.”


In October, the Senate adopted a jail-based voting amendment filed by Senator Adam Hinds before passing the VOTES Act. The version of the bill released by the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday removed the language of that Senate amendment. By adopting Amendment #13, however, the House is slated to pass language even more comprehensive than that passed in the Senate.


Says Austin Frizzell, organizer with the MassPOWER Campaign: “We need clear and transparent requirements on the department of corrections and houses of corrections who consistently fail to respect the legal rights of incarcerated people to vote. We need basic reporting requirements: as things stand, there is no way to hold sheriffs and DOC accountable for jail-based voter suppression because the public has no access to data on participation – it isn’t tracked. We need to understand how many people can and do vote behind the wall, especially after legislation aimed at strengthening participation is passed.”
Advocates in the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition are thrilled that access to voting behind the wall is being increasingly centered as a democracy, racial justice, and criminal legal priority. And they say this moment is historic: for the first time in Massachusetts history, an elections bill will include provisions aimed at reducing barriers to casting a counted ballot for incarcerated eligible voters.  


“We are deeply grateful for House leadership’s commitment to protecting access to a counted ballot for those behind the wall in Massachusetts,” says Kristina Mensik, Democracy Behind Bars Coalition co-chair. “The House is posed to end jail-based voter suppression, period.” 


Earlier this year, Representative Liz Miranda  filed H. 836, An Act to Protect the Voting Rights of Eligible Incarcerated People, along with Senator Adam Hinds and Representative Chynah Tyler. This bill, and the similar language in Amendment #13 is championed by directly-impacted organizers in the Democracy Behind Bars Coalition. The coalition drafted the bill in partnership with the African American Coalition Committee in MCI-Norfolk. 
“Currently, those few eligible incarcerated voters who are able to access a ballot application find their application unduly rejected,” said Mensik. “It’s critical that elections officials are provided information on eligibility, and processing ballot applications. What’s more, we include provisions to help ensure that no eligible voter behind the wall is disenfranchised because they were unhoused before being incarcerated.”

NBPD Ransomware Attack

Statement on New Bedford Police Department Ransomware Attack

New Bedford, Massachusetts – In the early morning of Thursday, January 27, 2022, the New Bedford Police Department was the target of a ransomware attack which was limited to a number of individual work stations and servers used by the Police Department. No other City departments were impacted. The Police Department’s 911 emergency response system continued to receive and respond to calls from the public. As a precaution, the Police Department’s non-emergency office phone network was placed out of service for a brief period and later reactivated.  
The City has initiated its cybersecurity response plan and has notified federal law enforcement authorities. The City’s cybersecurity consultants believe no data was exfiltrated or accessed during the attack, and restoration using backup data is already underway. No ransom demand was received and no ransom negotiations were considered, as restoration measures are expected to sufficiently address the impact of the attack. The City maintains insurance coverage to cover the cost of responses to cyberattacks.
In July 2019 the City’s MIS Department disrupted a ransomware attack using the RYUK virus. RYUK was implicated in attacks on government, education, and private sector networks across the world. The RYUK virus was not used in the current attack.  A forensic investigation to determine the origin of the current attack is underway.
The City’s cybersecurity consultants attribute the timely identification and isolation of the current attack to the robust investments in cyber defenses made by the City over the past several years. The City will continue to invest in hardware, software, and training to harden its defenses to keep pace with a constantly evolving threat environment.  

Current plans for security enhancements will be adjusted if necessary, depending on the findings of the forensic investigation. Today’s developments are a reminder that ransomware attacks are pervasive across organizations of every type, and proactive investments in cybersecurity can significantly reduce impacts in the event of an attack. 

R-I Abortion Arguments

The R.I. Supreme Court is hearing oral argument tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, in a case challenging the state’s Reproductive Privacy Act, the 2019 statute that codified the principles of Roe v.Wade into state law. The law was promoted for years by pro-choice advocacy groups as a necessary safeguard against the now-confirmed fear that the federal courts might allow states to eviscerate the constitutional right to an abortion guaranteed by Roe.
The lawsuit was filed by a group of anti-choice opponents even before the bill was signed into law. Last year, a Superior Court judge rejected the group’s constitutional challenge to the statute. The ACLU of RI has filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of the law’s constitutionality. The office of the Attorney General will be arguing in Court in support of the law.

Oral argument in the case is scheduled to begin around 10:40 AM. A live audio stream of the argument should be available from this web page. More information about the suit and the ACLU’s involvement can be found here.
WHEN: Thursday, January 27, 2022. Oral argument in the case is scheduled to begin around 10:40 AM.

A live audio stream of the argument should be available from this web page.

F-R Housing Director Set To Retire


Quinn Testimony on Commutation

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III today testified before the Governor’s Council  in support of Gov. Baker’s decision to commute the sentence of Thomas Koonce, who was convicted in 1992 of the first degree murder of 24-year-old Mark Santos in New Bedford.

The potential commutation would reduce Mr. Koonce’s conviction from first degree murder to second degree murder, making him parole eligible. 

District Attorney Quinn’s testimony was as follows:

On July 20, 1987, Thomas Koonce, age 20, unlawfully took the life of Mark Santos, while on leave from the Marine Corp.

The victim, Mark Santos was 24 years old and had his whole life ahead of him.  He was loved by his family and friends and had great potential.

Today, almost 35 years later they are still grieving the loss of their loved one. That grief will go on for the rest of their lives.  There is no consolation for their loss other than their memories of Mark.  As Councilor Kennedy stated, we should not lose sight of this great loss for the family.  My heartfelt sympathy and prayers continue to be with the Santos family.  They are a remarkable family with extraordinary perseverance. 

Understandably, they are opposed to the commutation.  The opportunity for Mr. Koonce to be paroled is very painful for them. My sympathy and prayers continue to be with the Santos family.

As you know from the record, Mr. Koonce’s first trial ended in a hung jury.  He was convicted of 1st degree murder after a second trial in June 1992.

The prosecutor in that case was John Moses, a former colleague of mine when I was a young prosecutor.

In 2010 Mr. Koonce filed his first commutation petition.

Mr. Moses testified at the 2010 hearing in support of the petition.  He said that he was troubled by the 1st degree conviction.  In his closing argument in 1992 he only argued that the jury should convict Mr. Koonce of 2nd degree murder.  He expressed concern over the 1st degree conviction based on the facts and circumstances of the case. Mr. Moses was both a public defender and a prosecutor during his career and a respected attorney.  He passed away in May 2015.

Despite the denial of his 2010 petition, Mr. Koonce continued to engage in very meaningful rehabilitative efforts. He obtained his degree from Boston University.

He became a leader in restorative justice in the institution.

He also has been a mentor for many inmates during his incarceration.

Of significance, is that his rehabilitative efforts were done while he believed he was going to spend the rest of his life in prison.

In 2014 he filed a second petition for commutation.

Based on the record, he has made a very compelling case for commutation.

As part of his rehabilitative efforts he wrote a letter of apology to the family taking responsibility for the killing of Mark Santos.

He appears to understand more clearly than he did in 2010 the gravity of his actions and the irreparable harm he has caused the family of Mark Santos.

Based on all the facts and circumstances of this case, the defendant’s petition to commute the sentence to 2nd degree murder is a just result.

Commuting his sentence does not minimize his actions, but acknowledges the extraordinary efforts he made to reform his life.

For him to serve the rest of his life in prison without any opportunity for parole would not be fair or just under all of the circumstances of this case.

The commutation before you appropriately preserves the murder conviction.  It only reduces the murder conviction from 1st degree to 2nd degree murder.  Mr. Koonce has served approximately 30 years in prison.  Commutation would make his sentence 30 years to life with the possibility of parole.

The Governor did the right thing in commuting the sentence to 2nd degree murder.  It is a just and appropriate result.  I would ask you to vote in support of the commutation.


Fall River Storm Prep and Information

City of Fall River – Winter Storm Preparation

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 26, 2022)- Due to the snow storm set to impact Fall River from
the night of Friday, January 28th into Saturday, January 29th

, Mayor Paul E. Coogan would like
to provide residents with these important reminders and updates.

? A parking ban will be in effect from 6:00pm on 1/28/22 until further notice. 

Parking is
only allowed on the north side of city streets that run east and west and on the west side
of streets that run north and south. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any
street that is divided by a traffic median. Parking against a median is prohibited.

is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles.
Vehicles in violation of the parking ban will be towed.

? Parking is available at the following locations until the ban is no longer in effect:
o Flint Municipal Parking Lot on Cash Street
o Municipal Parking Lot on Columbia Street
o Talbot Middle School on Melrose Street
o Morton Middle School Parking Lot on Hood Street
? Residents are reminded of the following:

? Residents are reminded of the following:

o Saving parking spots by placing furniture or household objects in the street is
prohibited by law. 

Placing objects in the street to reserve a parking spot is
punishable by fine.

o Utilize driveways and consider sharing off-street parking with neighbors.
o It is the responsibility of each homeowner to clear sidewalks of snow. Failure to
do so is punishable by fine.

? Do not throw snow into the street.

? If there is a fire hydrant located near your property, please ensure that it is
cleared so that emergency services can access the hydrant if needed.

? If you are willing to volunteer to clear sidewalks for sick, disabled or
elderly residents, please contact the Mayor’s office at 508-324-2600.


? Closures will be announced at a later date.


The State of The Commonwealth Address

Governor Baker Delivers 2022 State of the Commonwealth Address
BOSTON — Tonight, Governor Charlie Baker delivered his State of the Commonwealth address from the Hynes Convention Center. Remarks as prepared for delivery:
Madame President. Mr. Speaker. Leaders Tarr & Jones. Members of the House and Senate. Members of Congress. Fellow Constitutional Officers. Members of the Governor's Council.
Chief Justice Budd and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and our Administration. 
Mayor Wu. Secretary Walsh. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests.
Thanks so much for being with us as I deliver my eighth and final State of the Commonwealth Address.
To Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito - you are one of the finest public servants and finest people I have ever had the opportunity to work with.
Your work with local governments has forever changed the way people in public life think about the responsibilities of the Lieutenant Governor.
There’s a reason a lot of people are running to serve as the next Lieutenant Governor. They’ve seen the way she’s done the job, and they believe that they can follow in her very large footsteps. They can try, but they’ll be wrong. She broke the mold and the new one belongs to her.
To Lauren Baker, my wife of 34 years, and the vision behind the now spectacular Wonderfund. You are simply my everything. 
You gave me a chance to run and serve these past seven years. And you and your team of 4 made the Wonderfund the one place foster families, social workers and kids can go where the answer is always YES.
To prepare for this, I did something I’m sure no one else has done. I went back and read all seven of my previous State of the Commonwealth speeches. They were…brilliant.
They were all different, given the times and the work to be done. 
But they were positive and optimistic. They touted the special qualities of our people, our communities, and our institutions. They marveled at our success as a Commonwealth. They spoke about our challenges and our setbacks.
But mostly, they focused on our opportunities to be better, to do better, together.
Each one asked us to find the courage to compromise. To engage. To seek what John F. Kennedy once called, “The Right Answer --- Not the Republican answer or the Democratic answer.”
And for the most part, we’ve done just that.
Led by the Lt. Governor, we brought last mile broadband service to the people of 53 Western Mass communities.
We brought care and compassion to Bridgewater State Hospital after decades of national embarrassment.
We created the first Section 35 treatment beds for women in state history and became a national leader in the fight against opioid addiction.
We eliminated the widespread use of hotels and motels to shelter homeless families.
We fixed a very broken Health Connector and made it a national model.
We made deep water offshore wind a booming, affordable reality in America.
We created the first municipal vulnerability planning program in the country and over 95 percent of our communities have participated.
We modernized local government by updating 50 years’ worth of mostly useless statutory busywork. There were so many happy local officials with us when we signed that bill into law.
We enacted long overdue changes to our exclusionary zoning laws to unleash much needed housing production.
We rescued a bankrupt, unaccountable public transportation system. Created an oversight board and invested over $6 billion to modernize its operations and infrastructure.
We delivered the Green Line Extension into Somerville, and finally, after 30 years of broken promises, we funded and began building commuter rail service between Fall River and New Bedford, and Boston, which will begin operations in 2023.
We increased public school spending by $1.6 billion, and fully funded the game changing Student Opportunity Act.
We invested over $100 million in modernizing equipment at our vocational and technical programs, bringing opportunities to thousands of students and young adults.
We dramatically expanded STEM programming, and we helped thousands of high school students from Gateway Cities earn college credits free through our Early College programs.
We enacted criminal justice reform legislation that emphasized rehabilitation, treatment and reintegration and we enacted a forward looking, comprehensive and balanced police reform law.
In 2015, we inherited a billion-dollar budget deficit and a depleted Rainy Day Fund. 
Over the next seven years, we never spent more than we took in. Increased local aid to schools and communities. Cut taxes for working families. Invested hundreds of millions of dollars alongside billions of dollars of private sector investments in housing, downtown development, waterfront and port operations, and job-creating business expansions.
And that Rainy Day Fund grew from $1 billion to $5 billion among the largest fiscal safety nets in the country.
As we rolled into calendar year 2020, we had the highest number of people working in state history, wage gains at every level of the economy, and hundreds of thousands of new jobs. It felt like the world belonged to us.
And then came COVID.
We all know the past 22 months have been tough. We’ve all suffered some degree of loss, disruption, confusion, anger and isolation.
But the people of Massachusetts did what they always do. They collaborated, created, reimagined, and made the unbearable bearable.
On so many issues, Massachusetts led the way.
We had the largest small business grant program in the country.
Constructed with the state legislature, this program funneled $700 million to over 15,000 small businesses. The vast majority were owner-operated. Half were owned by women and almost half were owned by people of color.
Our eviction diversion program, which began before the feds stepped in, has pumped almost $500 million into rental and mortgage assistance programs, making it one of the largest in the country. Eviction hearings are down dramatically and so is demand for emergency shelter and temporary housing.
Our food insecurity programs served millions of residents across the Commonwealth and brought together partners and providers, ranging from foundations to farmers’ markets to food banks. The knowledge gained has created new, permanent investments and better approaches to supplying and distributing food to those who need it.
To stop the spread of COVID, we worked with local labs and dozens of community partners to create one of the most expansive free COVID testing programs in the country.
To keep kids and adults safe and in school, we partnered with colleges and universities, K-12 schools and child-care providers to create a first in the nation COVID testing program.
We invented Shared Streets to help cities and towns transform their downtowns into beehives of outdoor activities. Dining. Shopping. Street theater. Farmer’s markets. Walking. Biking. Pop Up Stores. You name it.
And the people of Massachusetts got vaccinated. 
Over 80% of our eligible population is fully vaccinated, and those over the age of 65 approach 100 percent. 5.2 million people are fully vaccinated, and about half of them have already received a booster shot. We are a national leader.
Throughout this pandemic, there’s been no shortage of things we just don’t know, and it’s easy to get lost in that.
But we should also remember what we do know. Vaccines and all the other resources we have now work. The chance of suffering serious illness if someone is vaccinated is very, very small.
Special shout out to the vaccinators from across the Commonwealth who stepped up to support their fellow residents.
Thousands of people got this done and made it possible for Massachusetts to be a national leader in this critical effort. It’s the most reliable and fastest path toward normal.
I asked former East Boston Neighborhood Health Center CEO Manny Lopes and Gladys Vega, Executive Director of La Collaborativa in Chelsea, to join us tonight. 
Their partnership, and the trust they’ve earned over many years in Chelsea, Revere and Everett, made a major difference there. Vaccination rates in all three communities, despite some early challenges, now come close to or exceed our statewide averages. 
We’re so grateful for all the work your teams have done to keep people safe. Thank you.
There’s an old expression about what you learn about people when they are truly tested.
Well – for the past two years, the people, institutions and communities of this Commonwealth have most definitely been tested. Time and time again you have adjusted, and you have responded.
Together, we set the course for a comeback– and it’s working.
Our unemployment rate is below 4% for the first time since March of 2020, and we’ve gained back over half a million jobs.
And because of all you’ve done, and all we’ve done together, I can stand here tonight and say the State of our Commonwealth remains strong.
As we enter the new year, there are many important opportunities to build on the collaborative work we’ve done over the past seven.
Two of those opportunities are closing loopholes that threaten public safety.
The first loophole allows those charged with violent crimes, who may also have lengthy criminal records, to walk free before trial. 
And the second leaves residents, many of them women, with little recourse when an ex-partner attempts to violate them and destroy their lives. 
We've filed bills to deal with these issues three times, to no avail. The time to do something about this is long past.
The Lieutenant Governor and I recently listened to several women tell us their survival stories. It was one of the most difficult conversations we’ve ever been part of.
One after another, these women described, in graphic detail, how they survived multiple physical and psychological assaults, and how these loopholes actually protected the men who were terrorizing them.
It was awful.
Current law is clearly not working. These women were bothered, battered, bruised and beaten time and time again by their abusers, and nothing changed. We felt their desperation. 
It would be impossible to listen to their stories and walk away believing the Commonwealth is serious about protecting these women.
Another woman came forward to detail how an ex-partner, unbeknownst to her, had taken dozens of lewd pictures of her and posted them on the internet. 
And if it couldn’t get any more awful, she then saw the note from him on the website: “video coming soon.” 
A lifetime of relationships, a small business she owned, a basic sense of privacy we all take for granted, were shattered by one man’s despicable actions. 
Massachusetts is one of only two states that doesn’t treat this as a crime. 48 other states treat this as a crime. Because it is a crime.
These women had the courage to come forward and publicly tell their stories. They deserve to be heard. And they and the women they speak for deserve a vote on these two pieces of legislation.
As we come out of the pandemic, we know we have a mental health crisis. 
Like many things, it was there before Covid arrived. But the anxiety, disruption and the isolation that came with Covid has made it worse and more visible.
Before the pandemic, we filed a health care reform bill that would improve access to mental health services. 
Some pieces of it, like telehealth, became important parts of our effort to expand access to care during the pandemic. Since that time, the legislature has written telehealth into state law. But many other parts of that 2019 proposal have not been addressed.
The message remains the same: the healthcare system doesn’t value behavioral health services, primary care and geriatric services. As a result, there are enormous staff and clinician shortages in exactly the areas of care that we need most.
We know the legislature cares deeply about this issue, and we look forward to working with you to finish this work during this legislative session.
We also appreciated the chance to testify recently before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy on our fourth climate proposal. This one builds on our very successful offshore wind agenda and includes the creation of a $750 million Clean Energy Innovation Fund.
There are big ideas looking for a chance to test themselves in our academic institutions and our cutting-edge research organizations. This fund can create the ground-breaking solutions we need to get to net zero.
We’re also working to put the ARPA funds appropriated by the legislature and signed into law about 6 weeks ago to work across the Commonwealth. 
Housing. Health care. Skills training. Cultural investments. Small business support. Water and sewer improvements. Port development and a host of other investments, all to help us adjust to the changing nature of life and work in a post-pandemic Commonwealth. We know there is much to do, and we need to move quickly.
In addition, we’ll soon file a transportation bond bill to ensure we get the full benefit of the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 
As you know, accessing these federal dollars requires state government to authorize the funds that will pay for our share of federally approved projects.
Smart, disciplined fiscal management has made it possible for us to maximize federal participation in dozens of projects. There’s a long list of opportunities here, but a big piece of these funds will be awarded through a competitive process. 
We need to move quickly to secure these dollars.
Fiscal discipline also makes it possible for us to make strategic decisions about tax fairness and our competitive position. 
The pandemic has proven that we now live in a new world where people have more flexibility about where they live and work.
To encourage our citizens to continue to call Massachusetts home and to help those struggling to make ends meet because of rising inflation, we’ll file several tax breaks in our budget proposal later this week.
First, let’s support parents. 
The past two years have been very difficult ones for families. Our budget doubles the tax break for children and dependents, because every Massachusetts family deserves a break. 
We’ll also ask lawmakers to eliminate income taxes for the lowest paid 230,000 taxpayers here in the Commonwealth. Instead of paying income taxes, these people should be able to use their earnings to pay for necessities, like food, housing and transportation.
Rents are also rising while wages remain relatively flat. It’s time to give renters a bigger tax break on their monthly payments.
It’s also been a tough two years for seniors. We’ll ask the legislature to give them a break on their property taxes and make our estate tax more competitive with the rest of the country.
We’ve asked the people of Massachusetts to do a lot these past few years. 
It's time for us to invest in Massachusetts families. To give them back some of the tax revenue they created through their hard work.
Before I close out my remarks tonight, I want to thank a few more people.
It’s been a very long two years for everyone, but it’s been an especially difficult period for anyone who has to “go to work.” 
Many people have been able to work from home and continue to get the job done. 
But our friends and neighbors in health care, senior care, education, retail, hospitality, emergency response, public works, public safety, restaurant, food service, grocery, transportation, and a huge number of other fields had to show up. And they did every single day.
Their work and commitment, their patience and their grace, throughout all this has been extraordinary. Can we give all those folks the round of applause they so richly deserve?
Thank you.
As most people know, we’ve been calling on the National Guard since our first month in office. Whether it was Snowmaggedon, bomb cyclones, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, natural gas explosions or forest fires, the Guard has been an amazing partner.
But they became a godsend during the COVID pandemic. They did it all. 
Transporting medical gear. Testing residents and staff at long term care and other congregate care facilities. Vaccinating people at locations big and small, including here at the Hynes, where I got vaccinated. Driving school buses so kids could return to in person learning. Filling in for absent workers across almost every kind of health care institution. Helping us right the ship at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. And protecting our nation’s capital in the aftermath of January 6th.
All that, and they continue to deploy to hot spots all over the globe.
General Gary Keefe, on behalf of the people of Massachusetts, I want to thank you, your team, and all members of the Guard for your service. You make us so much better than we would be without you.
Earlier tonight, several members of our Gold Star Family community led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
We’ve gotten to know these families quite well over the past seven years. You represent yourselves and the cause you stand for with grace and dignity and you honor us with your presence here tonight.
Five months ago, we were horrified when we heard the news that a suicide bomber had attacked a checkpoint outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over 200 Afghan civilians were killed in the explosions, along with 13 members of the U.S. military.
One of those lost that day was Massachusetts’ own Marine Corps Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo.
She volunteered for that mission. She was there because she wanted to be there to evacuate women and children from the increasingly dangerous streets of Kabul. And she paid for it with her life.
Lieutenant Governor Polito and I spent time with her family when she returned home. They are kind and decent people. Proud to be from Lawrence, proud of Johanny, and heartbroken that she's gone.
I'd ask for a moment of silence tonight to honor those we’ve lost and the Gold Star Families they’ve left behind. They are the very best among us.
Thank you.
Let me close with this.
In the fall of 2018, we were rocked by a natural gas explosion that shut down Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. 
18 year-old Leonel Rondon tragically died that day, and many others were severely injured. Everything in most of Andover, Lawrence and North Andover ground to a halt.
Many members of our team practically lived in makeshift command centers alongside hundreds of emergency response and construction personnel for several months as we worked feverishly to repair the damage. 
It was an avalanche of issues, problems and decisions that didn’t stop for weeks, but we worked through it.
To this day, I think a big part of our success was due to the relationships we already had with most of the key leaders who were involved. 
The Lieutenant Governor and I knew the local officials and the state legislators. We knew the utility companies. We knew the contractors. And they all knew us.
We trusted each other. And that trust made much of what we got done over the next three months possible.
There’s no collaboration without trust. 
If we’ve tried to do anything over the past seven years, we’ve tried to build trust. Others can debate whether we’ve succeeded or not. I believe we have. And I believe it shows in the work we’ve done during good times and difficult ones over the past seven years.
Today, it’s clearly more difficult to build trust, to collaborate in public life than it once was.
The explosion of social media, the arrival of hundreds of news channels and information distribution platforms. And the ongoing churn of information have made it almost impossible for anyone in public life who wants to collaborate to build trust.
Facts are often fungible and curated. Missteps play out in real time and can go viral in the most bizarre and unusual ways. Context is non-existent. And in many cases, history and current events get twisted to support whatever point of view someone is advocating for.
But the answer to the swirl and chaos of modern life is not more of the same poisonous brew.
The answer is to stand up and accept the responsibility that comes with the work. To understand that trust is earned and collaboration is how difficult things get done.
Many of the projects we’ve worked on with our colleagues in local government would never have happened without trust. Many of the most important pieces of legislation we’ve enacted over the past seven years would not have happened without trust.
Trust is where possibility in public life comes from.
If you can’t tell someone you work with, partner with, or collaborate with, what you really think it’s very hard to do small things. Much less big ones.
Here in Massachusetts, we’ve done big things and small ones.
At a time when so much of our public dialogue is designed to destroy trust, to manipulate facts, and to pull people apart. We’ve partnered with one another, and shared success and blame along the way.
We should continue to focus on building and maintaining positive, collaborative relationships. Because they work for the people we serve and it’s what most voters expect from us.
They want us to work hard and collaborate the same way they do. To listen to them as if they were our neighbors, because they are. To appreciate their life stories the same way we expect them to appreciate ours.
They want us to knock off the noise and focus on building better, stronger communities from one end of the Bay State to the other.
Me too.
And honestly, when I think about what I’ll miss most come this time next year, it will be that opportunity to continue to partner with so many of the great people in this room.  And with the great people across this amazing state. Who want nothing more than to leave it better than they found it for those who come after them.
But before that time comes, we have a responsibility do just that for the next twelve months.
Let’s get to work.
God Bless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
And God Bless the United States of America.

MassDOT Work in Fall River

MassDOT Advisory: Fall River
Guardrail Repair Operations on Ramp from Broadway (Route 138) and Milliken Boulevard to I-195 Eastbound
Work will occur on Wednesday, January 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A temporary detour will be in place
FALL RIVER - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be conducting daytime guardrail repair operations on the ramp from Broadway (Route 138) and Milliken Boulevard to I-195 eastbound in Fall River.  The work is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, January 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A temporary detour will be in place during the guardrail operations as follows:
•    Traffic from Broadway southbound (Route 138) will continue on Broadway and take a left onto Columbia Street at the light. Columbia Street will turn to Rodman Street and traffic will continue straight to the intersection with Plymouth Avenue (Route 81).  Take a left at the traffic signal onto Plymouth Avenue and then take the first right to the on-ramp to I-195 eastbound.
•    Traffic from Milliken Boulevard southbound will be directed to take a left turn onto Columbia Street and follow the same directions as listed above. 

Former NBFD Chief fired in New Bedford

Mayor Mitchell Takes Action Against 
Former Acting Fire Chief Coderre

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Earlier today, Mayor Jon Mitchell terminated the City’s former Acting Fire Chief Paul Coderre, Jr., for dishonesty and untruthfulness in connection with alleged work-related injuries.

While serving as Acting Fire Chief, Coderre claimed to have sustained several work-related injuries during 2019, which resulted in his being placed on injury leave in August 2020.  Since then, Coderre remained out of work receiving full pay, pursuant to state law.

In the fall of 2021, the City ordered Coderre to undergo an independent medical examination in order to determine his continued eligibility for injured-on-duty benefits.  The independent medical examination followed an investigation initiated by the City’s Personnel Office in the summer of 2021.  The Personnel Office investigation yielded video surveillance evidence of Coderre performing activities inconsistent with his alleged injuries, including his unloading, without assistance, a 176-pound barbeque smoker grill from the bed of his personal pickup truck.

Click here to view video surveillance evidence.

The independent medical examiner initially accepted Coderre’s account of the limitations caused by his alleged injuries.  However, when later presented with the video evidence captured on multiple days in June and August 2021, the examiner reassessed Coderre’s assertions and the applicable medical record, subsequently concluding that Coderre had been “untruthful” and “putting on an act.”

Earlier this month, Mayor Mitchell appointed a Hearing Officer to determine whether there was just cause to discipline Coderre under Massachusetts Civil Service law.  The Hearing Officer, Gerard Hayes, a retired municipal human resources professional, held a hearing on January 13, 2022, which Coderre and his attorney declined to attend.  Hayes subsequently issued a report which found:

“Coderre’s actions reflect discredit, not credit, on the Fire Department and likely will adversely impact good order inside the department.  He engaged in an activity that is detrimental to the Fire Department.  He engaged in conflict of interest to use his position for personal gain.  He abused the department injury leave policy.”

Hayes also noted, “It is probable that these actions were known within the typically tight knit firefighter community with adverse impact on member morale and discipline.  It would not be a surprise if they lead to very serious disrespect for superior officers by some and attempts at similar dishonest behavior such as exhibited by Deputy Chief Coderre by others.”

Mayor Mitchell strongly condemned Coderre’s actions, “The former Acting Chief failed to adhere to the policies and procedures of his own Department, in doing so he betrayed the trust of the firefighters that served under his command, and he took advantage of city taxpayers who paid his injured-on-duty benefits.”

Mitchell added, “New Bedford residents expect and deserve a Fire Department whose every member adheres to the highest professional standards, regardless of rank.”

This past December Coderre applied for an accidental disability pension from the New Bedford Retirement Board.  In response to Coderre’s request for a disability retirement the City has submitted information to the Retirement Board concerning the independent medical examiner’s conclusions.  Coderre has also applied for a superannuation retirement, but remained an active employee at the time of termination.

Coderre received $208,574 in injured-on-duty benefits while he was on injury leave during the 16-month period from August 2020 through the end of 2021.  In addition, Coderre benefitted from laws which exempted him from paying any state or federal income taxes while on injury leave.  Coderre’s annualized salary as Acting Fire Chief was approximately $150,000.

Coderre served as the City’s Deputy Fire Chief from 2011 to 2018.  He was appointed to Acting Fire Chief in December 2018 upon the retirement of the previous fire chief.  Coderre was recently returned to Deputy Chief status upon the permanent appointment of current Fire Chief Scott Kruger earlier this month.  In New Bedford, both the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief are Massachusetts Civil Service positions; appointments to the two positions are based on candidates’ performance on written examinations.


David Ortiz in the Baseball HOF

Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz has been selected by the members of the BBWAA as the only member of the 2022 class that will be enshrined in August, along with several members selected by a Veterans Committee. 

Ortiz is a first ballot Hall of Fame Member securing 77.9% of the vote. 


Roger Clemens secured 63 percent of the vote in his final year on the Writers' Ballot

More Vax Clinics in New Bedford

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites Resume Regular Schedules After Winter Storms, Holiday
New Bedford, Massachusetts – COVID-19 testing clinics at New Bedford Regional Airport, former Fire Station 11 in the South End and PAACA on Coggeshall Street will resume their regular schedules this week, after recent shifts in dates and hours due to winter weather and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 
Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—will continue its Wednesday hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., recently added to allow for more appointments. 
Appointments for free COVID-19 tests can be made at Airport officials ask that people reach the site via the airport’s side entrance on Downey Street. 
Contact Project Beacon by email at; or by calling 617-741-7310.  
The testing clinic provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health at former Fire Station 11 in the South End is walk-up, with no appointment necessary. 
For rapid tests, the federal government is offering free at-home test kits online, at Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-?19 tests. If you test positive with a rapid test, isolate for at least five days and notify close contacts. State guidance on isolation and quarantining can be found here.
If you test negative, re-testing a day or more later is advised, particularly if you have symptoms or a known exposure to the virus. 
Testing sites in New Bedford and surrounding towns can be found on the state’s Stop the Spread website,
Upcoming testing locations in New Bedford include: 
Sunday, Jan. 23: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 24: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 26:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-    Seven Hills at PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 27:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 21:
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Republican Response in R-I

Representatives Quattrocchi and Roberts Issue Statements on URI’s Action to Revoke General Flynn’s Honorary Degree


State House, Providence – House Republican Representatives Robert Quattrocchi and Sherry Roberts issue the following statements regarding the revocation of the University of Rhode Island Honorary Degree to Rhode Island native, General Michael Flynn:

Representative Quattrocchi:
“I find the “cancel culture” crusade on the campus of the University of Rhode Island, led by President Marc Parlange, to be absolutely disgusting and disgraceful.


Rhode Island’s great patriot and war hero, General Michael Flynn, served our country with honor. The recommendation by URI to discredit General Flynn solely based on political discourse, lacks the fundamental intellectual capacity and inclusivity for a modern institution of higher learning and must be overturned immediately.


Rhode Island was founded on the principles of independent thinking.  It is a shame that URI has forgotten our core values.  Perhaps the proposition that should be up for consideration is to revoke the contract of the new president. Our students deserve better.”


Representative Sherry Roberts:

“URI President Parlange states in his letter that, “As a civic institution, URI has the privilege and responsibility to sustain and preserve American democracy by ensuring and modeling good citizenship,” and that “revoking these honorary degrees reinforces our values and allows us to lead with truth and integrity.”


“First, the purpose of the University is to educate students. It is not to play politics, nor to act as judge and jury of General Flynn by stripping him of his accomplishments, which were rightfully earned, simply because Parlange doesn't agree with Flynn on the political issues of the day.


What example does this set for students who attend URI if they don't have confidence that the University won't strip them of their rightful accomplishments in the future?  For Parlange to state that his decisions "are based on the preservation of American democracy and modeling good decisions", when in fact Parlange's attempt at playing politics is in direct violation of the very values he claims he wants to preserve.


To treat the decorated General Flynn, who has so honorably served his country, with such contempt under the guise of democracy is not only the direct opposite of "modeling good behavior," but it is reprehensibly the direct opposite of truth, integrity and democracy.”

JCII Wants to Delay His Reporting Date

In a set of documents issued late Friday, convicted former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II is asking to have his January 28 reporting date to a New Hampshire Federal Prison paused. 


Correia is asking that his surrender date be reset until 14 days after the close of evidience in the trial of former Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff Gen Andrade, or for 45 days, in light of the mnicron varient of Covid-19 which Correia's defense tema says responsible for hundreds of infections in New Hampshire. 


Correia's Defense Attorneys argue that 25% of the current prison population has Covid-19. 

His Defense Team says Correia will continue to work at upscale Steak House in Downtown Fall River owned by his in laws. 

Correia married Jennifer Fernandez in 2021. 


In a response from Federal Prosecutors in Boston, U-S Attorney Rachel Rollins writes that Correia spent SnoOwl Investors money on ''a luxury car, luxury hotels and sex toys''.


Rollins describes Correia as ''just another corrupt politician finally convicted of selling his office'', who is ''hale and hearty enough'' to start his prison sentence. 


MA Unemployment for December

The state’s December total unemployment rate dropped by 1.3 percentage points at 3.9 percent from the revised November estimate of 5.2 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts gained 20,100 jobs in December. This follows last month’s revised gain of 14,200 jobs. The largest over the month private sector job gains were in Leisure and Hospitality, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, and Educational and Health Services. Since the employment trough in April 2020, Massachusetts has gained 537,000 jobs. 
From December 2020 to December 2021, BLS estimates Massachusetts gained 222,200 jobs.  The largest over the year gains occurred in Leisure and Hospitality; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; and Education and Health Services. 
The December unemployment rate of 3.9 percent was the same as the national rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

Will The Raiders Hire Josh McDainels?

Pro Football Talk and NBC Sports are reporting that

Two weeks after the coaching carousel began to spin, none of the eight teams looking for head coaches have requested permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. That could soon be changing.

Per multiple sources, the Raiders are believed to be preparing to make a run at McDaniels, as the replacement for Jon Gruden and interim coach Rich Bisaccia.

The interest in Patriots executive Dave Ziegler for the G.M. position is strong circumstantial evidence to support the chatter that’s currently making the rounds, and that we’ve picked up from multiple sources who have their ears attached to the broader grapevine.

It’s believed that McDaniels would want full control over the football operation. That could complicate the effort to hire Ziegler, unless there’s a disconnect between Ziegler’s authority on paper and his practical power when the time comes to make decisions.


If the Raiders hire McDaniels, he’d return to the AFC West, where he coached the Broncos from 2009 and into 2010.


The Patriots are surprised McDaniels hasn’t drawn any interest in the current cycle, especially after his work in 2021 with rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Some wonder whether teams remain skittish after McDaniels verbally accepted the head-coaching job with the Colts four years ago, before backing out. (If so, those teams owe it to themselves to pursue the whole story as to what actually transpired.)


When McDaniels took the Denver job 13 years ago, his first order of business was to unload quarterback Jay Cutler. It will be very interesting to see what McDaniels does with incumbent quarterbacks Derek Carr, if McDaniels ends up becoming the next coach of the Raiders.


Chapter 90 Dollars in The MA

Baker-Polito Administration to File for $200 Million in Chapter 90 Local Transportation Funding, Highlights Fiscal Year 2023 Local Aid Proposal


BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced plans to file legislation next week seeking $200 million in Chapter 90 funding to help all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts improve transportation infrastructure and address needs within their local communities.


Governor Charlie Baker made the announcement at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Meeting today.

This funding request complements the $31.5 million increase in unrestricted local aid that will be included in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget proposal, as announced by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito at the MMA meeting this past week.


Keeping a commitment made by the Governor and Lt. Governor in 2014, the Administration’s budget proposals over the course of their time in office have increased local aid consistent with tax revenue growth. The Administration’s full FY23 budget proposal will be released in the coming days.

An Expansion of a Fall River Housing Grant Program



Grant Program Offers $100,000 Loans to Convert Abandoned Properties into Affordable Residential Units 
BOSTON – As part of ongoing efforts to address the state’s housing crisis, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced the expansion of her office’s Abandoned Housing Initiative Receivership Fund (AHIR) grant program to facilitate and incentivize the conversion of blighted properties into affordable housing units across Massachusetts through receivership. 
Under the expansion, providing a total of $1.5 million in grant funds, AHIR grantees will be able to offer loans up to $100,000 per property to court-appointed receivers if the abandoned property they are repairing is intended to produce an affordable residential unit. The AG’s Office defines an “affordable residential unit” as one with a long-term deed restriction that would require the owner to meet the Income Eligible Household requirements as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. 
“Our lack of affordable housing has reached a crisis point and has only been made worse by the pandemic,” AG Healey said. “By expanding this already successful grant program, our office will be able to help provide families with more opportunities for safe and affordable housing.” 
“Since May of 1999, Chelsea Restoration Corporation has been working with the dedication of the Attorney General’s Office to upgrade deplorable abandoned housing into safe homes for Chelsea families,” said Chelsea Restoration Corporation’s Executive Director, Helen Zucco. “With housing court approval, we have been able to repair all of the code violations, update housing taxes and eliminate water liens with the assistance of the funding from the Attorney General’s Office.” 
“The expansion of this grant will help amplify our work in securing affordable residential units for families through the restoration of abandoned homes in our communities.” said Fall River Community Development Agency’s Executive Director, Mike Dion. “We look forward to our continued partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and will work together to address the affordable housing crisis in Massachusetts.” 
Launched in 2013, the AHIR grant program has played a critical role in assisting local communities in mitigating the impacts of the foreclosure crisis. The program utilizes funds from the 2012 National Mortgage Fraud Settlement involving unlawful foreclosures to provide financial assistance to receivership projects on abandoned residential properties in Massachusetts. From 2013 to 2017, the AHIR program helped fund $78 million in property rehabilitation efforts, including repairing 88 blighted properties and bringing 181 housing units back into use. The second phase of the program, launched in 2019, provided more than $850,000 in loans to receivers across nine separate projects, altogether rehabilitating approximately 17 housing units. 
For the newest phase of the program, receivers who work to create affordable housing units can now borrow up to $100,000 with loan forgiveness of up to 30 percent. Receivers who do not create affordable housing units will continue to be able to borrow up to $75,000 and have up to 20 percent of their loans forgiven. 
Funds for receivership projects are being distributed for use through two grantees - the Chelsea Restoration Corp. (CRC) and the Fall River Community Development Agency.  
For additional information on the AHIR grant, interested applicants can contact the Chelsea Restoration Corp. at (617) 889-2277, Fall River Community Development Agency at (508) 679-0131, or AG Healey’s Neighborhood Renewal Division at Grants are being funded on a rolling basis through March 2023. 

NBFD Grant

Fire Department Awarded $50,000 State Grant for Water Rescue Suits, Equipment 


New Bedford, Massachusetts – The New Bedford Fire Department has received a state grant of nearly $50,000 that will fund new water rescue suits and related equipment, Chief Scott Kruger said today.


The grant award will allow the Fire Department to buy new structural firefighting gear, 10 new ice and water rescue suits, and water rescue rope, and to upgrade portable radio equipment.


The ice and water rescue suits and floatable rope will be carried not only on the department’s fire and rescue boats, but also on its engine companies, ensuring firefighters can respond to ice or water rescues in any area of New Bedford. 


The Fire Department received $49,995 through the state’s FY22 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant, awarded through a competitive grant process. Acting District Chief Scott Gomes wrote the grant application, and State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey recently announced the awards. 


“The New Bedford Fire Department is pleased to have received the maximum grant award allowed for a city the size of New Bedford,” Chief Kruger said. “The funding to replace the department’s ice and water rescue suits and equipment will allow the department to provide high-quality responses to water marine emergencies, whether they occur on the open water, in the harbor, or in one of the ponds located throughout the City. Structural firefighting gear and self-contained breathing apparatus are key pieces of equipment that allow our firefighters to safely operate at fire responses, and protect lives and property. These funds additionally will allow upgrades to portable radios that our teams rely on every day.”

The Fire Department responds to an average of six water rescue emergencies per year. Fire crews responded in late October 2021, for example, when a heavy storm damaged a dock at a marina on Pope’s Island and a man experienced a medical emergency on a vessel moored there. A Fire Department deputy and a police officer from the New Bedford Police Marine Unit secured the dock, then helped the man off of his vessel and into medical care.  


The DEM With A New Website


PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is announcing a new website that will serve as a one-stop-shop where Rhode Islanders who fish, hunt, and boat may obtain all the licenses, permits, and tags they need to participate in these activities. The single, unified hub — called Rhode Island Outdoors (RIO) — will modernize and simplify all outdoors licensing and permitting services that DEM administers. It will launch in mid-February.


RIO will be user-friendly. RIO is being developed by NIC Rhode Island, which has been providing e-government solutions for the State of Rhode Island for 20 years and has been a DEM partner since 2002.


Users will be able to renew their licenses, permits, and tags for hunting, trapping, freshwater fishing, and saltwater fishing when RIO goes live next month. Thereafter, the website will add functionality for segments including recreational boating registration, commercial fishing licensing, ATV/snowmobile registration, and hunter safety program modules.


“Rhode Island Outdoors, or RIO, is a very big step forward to improving our customers’ user experience by providing all outdoor licensing and permitting options in a simple ‘one-stop shopping’ system,” said DEM Acting Director Terry Gray. “Modernizing Rhode Island’s government services is a priority of Governor McKee’s RI2030 plan and DEM has several major initiatives underway to improve services across the department. RIO will make license renewals speedier, more streamlined, and more hassle-free. It will allow hunters, anglers, and boaters to spend more time outside and on the water, which is where they want to be.”


“Among my first projects at NIC was working with the RIDEM to offer online freshwater fishing licenses back in 2004,” said NIC RI General Manager Tom Viall. “I am thrilled now to be part of the new RIO system. It is truly a testament to DEM’s commitment to embrace our newest technology to continually grow and improve the services they offer to customers.”

The new system will provide an easy, user-friendly interface for all DEM outdoors customers, allowing for optional automatic license renewals and aiding in the removal of duplicate accounts to ensure licenses are always up to date. It also will incorporate more immediate transaction recoveries for all authorized sales agents. Customers can purchase hunting and fishing products directly from the website or in person at more than 35 bait and gun shops and sporting goods stores across Rhode Island. In 2021, DEM issued nearly 8,000 hunting licenses, more than 25,000 freshwater fishing licenses, and almost 50,000 saltwater fishing licenses. To make the change to RIO as seamless as possible, data from the current system will be imported to RIO including customer profiles, purchase history, and hunter certification information. 

One change that customers will experience the first time they use RIO is the new system will require a Social Security Number (SSN). This new feature is designed to ensure that each customer has a unique and secure account. Once the SSN has been associated with a customer, they will not be required to reenter the SSN.  While customers can use their SSN to access the system, they also can use a traditional username and password, their customer ID number, or driver’s license number. SSNs will be encrypted and securely stored. Support and training will be provided to sales agents and DEM staff to ensure a smooth transition to the new system.

NIC, as part of Tyler Technologies, is the outdoor licensing vendor for 11 states including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. NIC Rhode Island’s partnership with DEM goes back to 2002 when it developed the state’s first service allowing users to buy their fishing licenses online. In 2017, the company helped DEM launch a portal that combined saltwater and freshwater fishing and added hunting licenses to completely replace paper licensing with a 100% online system.

DEM works to protect and enhance wildlife habitat in Rhode Island forests and management areas to ensure healthier, more diverse, and abundant wildlife populations. Hunting has a long tradition in Rhode Island, supporting family customs, connecting people with nature, and attracting tourism to the state. Hunters help provide funding for wildlife conservation through their purchase of firearms and ammunition through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program (WSFR) and generate more matching federal funds ($3 federal match for every $1 state contributed) through the purchase of their state hunting licenses and permits.

DEM will post in-depth information about RIO at this web address soon:

For more information about DEM divisions and programs and timely updates, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM). Follow DEM’s Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) on Facebook and Instagram (@ri.fishandwildlife) to stay up to date on news, events, and volunteer opportunities. You may also subscribe to DFW’s monthly newsletter by clicking here.

Perhaps a New Diman

The first steps in the process to obtain local financing for a new Diman Regional Vocational and Technical High School were taken last night in Somerset, as the three-member Board of Selectmen listened to Diman Superintendent Dr. Elvio Ferreira make the case for a new building to be financed  with more than 145 million in M-S-B-A dollars, with the rest of the $293 million dollar price tag to be paid for by those in Fall River, Westport, Somerset and Swansea. 


Fall RIver would pay 76 percent of the local share, with Somerset paying 9%, Swansea 8% and Westport 5%, which is also the current percentages of students coming from each community. 


Ferreria indicated the current wiaiting list for a slot at Diman is well over 300 students. 


Town Meeting in Somerset, Westport and Swansea will likely make the decision this Spring, while Fall River voters would go to the traditional ballot question. 

Fall River has a New City Administrator

The City of Fall River has a new City Administrator after a 9-0 council vote completed the hiring and confirmation process Tuesday Night.

Attorney Seth Thomas Aitken is the first permanent hire in the position since Cathy Ann Viveiros left during the waning days of the Correia/Ponte Administrations. 

Fall River's Water Gets A Quarterly Exam

The Fall River City Council has agreed that the Health and Environmental Affairs Sub Committee will have a quarterly look at Fall River's Water Supply and its Filtration System. 


A resolution sponsered by Council Member Trott Lee started a discussion last night during Council's first regular meeting of 2022.


Concern started durng the fourth quarter of 2021 when those in older Fall River Buildings were given an advisory regarding lead pipes; getting rid of the lead that might be in the water takes about 15 seconds when you let the water run. 



MA Gasoline This Week

Massachusetts’s average gas price is 1 cent lower than last week ($3.37), averaging $3.36 per gallon. Today’s price is 3 cents lower than a month ago ($3.39), and $1.02 higher than January 17, 2021 ($2.34). Massachusetts’s average gas price is 5 cents higher than the national average. 


“Prices remain high compared to a year ago, but the relative stability in recent weeks is some measure of good news for motorists,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public/Government Affairs. 


AAA Northeast’s January 17 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 1 cent higher than last week ($3.30), averaging $3.31 a gallon. Today’s national average price is the same as a month ago, and 93 cents higher than this day last year ($2.38).

Winter Storm Tonight

MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory
Overnight snow, freezing rain, and heavy winds anticipated across statewide regions 
Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and delay trips if possible
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising travelers that a strong fast-moving winter storm system is scheduled take place overnight tonight and will include snow accumulations in various statewide regions, freezing rain, sleet and heavy winds which may reduce visibility and impact travel.  Members of the public are encouraged to travel only if necessary and delay previously scheduled trips if possible. MassDOT crews will be chemically treating and salting roadways but rain, freezing rain and snow in various statewide regions may result in slippery conditions which will impact roadway conditions.  
The current forecast calls for precipitation to begin as snow for most areas and then change to rain later tonight through Monday morning across the eastern areas of the state.  At this time, more significant snow accumulation is forecasted to occur across higher elevations in Western and Central Massachusetts.  In addition, a strong onshore flow may increase the risk for widespread coastal flooding Monday morning, especially around the time of high tide. 
Drivers who must make trips should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 
For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:
•    Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
•    Visit, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
•    Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
•    Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

New MA Hospital Rules

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Additional Measures to Protect Acute Care Hospital Capacity

BOSTON (January 14, 2022) — Today, in response to continuing staffing shortages across the healthcare industry, the Baker-Polito Administration announced several measures intended to ensure acute hospitals can serve those in need of acute care. The Commonwealth’s healthcare system has been facing a critical staffing shortage which has contributed to the loss of approximately 700 medical/surgical and ICU hospital beds since the beginning of 2021. Hospitals are also seeing many more patients than usual, the majority due to non-COVID-19-related reasons.

To assist hospitals amid the staff shortage, the Department of Public Health (DPH) issued orders to:  

•    Curtail unnecessary Emergency Department visits for non-emergency services 
•    Allow qualified physician assistants to practice independently
•    Provide greater staffing flexibility for dialysis units 
•    Allow foreign-trained physicians to qualify for licensure more easily

"Our healthcare system continues to experience significant workforce and capacity constraints due to longer than average hospital stays, separate and apart from the challenges brought on by COVID,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Working closely with our hospital leaders, these additional actions by DPH will allow for flexibility to preserve our hospital capacity in the coming weeks.”

DPH has previously updated public health orders and issued advisories to hospitals and other healthcare facilities to alleviate staffing shortages and enhance the capacity of the health care system. These new actions include:

Advisory Curtailing Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits

Emergency Departments across the Commonwealth, like all other healthcare systems, are experiencing significant staff shortages and long wait times for care. In order to ensure critical resources are available for those who are having a medical emergency, individuals should not seek ED care for routine healthcare needs, COVID-19 testing or COVID-19 vaccination. For non-urgent, routine healthcare needs, individuals should contact their primary care providers. 

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants (PA) may practice independently without physician supervision, provided they are employed within a provider setting where PAs work together with physicians to provide patient care and the PA is qualified and practicing within their scope of practice, experience, and training. 


Moonlighting for resident flexibility


Resident physicians can engage in “internal moonlighting,” which will allow flexibility to provide patient care outside of their specialized training program so that they may be redeployed to parts of the health care system with the highest staffing demands.


Credentialing: interfacility staff transfer flexibilities


Requires DPH-licensed facilities to expedite credentialing and to facilitate staff transfers across and between hospitals and provider systems to best meet patient care and capacity needs.


Out-of-hospital dialysis center staffing flexibilities


Enables out-of-hospital dialysis providers, including hospitals with outpatient dialysis centers, to relax staffing requirement levels while maintaining safe patient care by following DPH guidance that otherwise ensures that sufficient direct care staff, who are trained in dialysis care, will be available to meet the needs of patients undergoing dialysis.


Foreign-trained physician order

Enables an expedited licensure of foreign-trained physicians by allowing those with at least 2 years of post-graduate training, but who do not have a Massachusetts limited license, to qualify for licensure.  

These actions align with or expand upon emergency public health orders issued since March 2020 to preserve the healthcare system while still providing quality care.
Residents can help these efforts by getting a vaccine and booster, which remains the best way to protect against serious illness or hospitalization from COVID-19.

These actions are in addition to the deployment of additional Massachusetts National Guard staff posted at acute care hospitals. All updated orders can be viewed here. 

The MA Budget Starting Point for FY 2023

Heffernan, Rodrigues, Michlewitz, Announce Consensus Revenue Forecast of $36.915 Billion for Fiscal Year 2023


Projected state tax revenue growth set at 2.7%

BOSTON — Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues, and House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz today announced a consensus revenue forecast for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) of $36.915 billion, representing 2.7% growth in state tax revenue over adjusted Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) projected revenue of $35.948 billion.


The adjusted FY22 revenue collections estimate incorporates a $1.548 billion upgrade of projected state tax revenues announced by Secretary Heffernan today, which is based upon current year-to-date revenues and economic data. 


The consensus revenue forecast is the basis on which the Baker-Polito Administration, the House, and the Senate will build their respective FY23 budget recommendations.


Pursuant to Section 5B of Chapter 29 of the General Laws, the three officials above convene every year to establish a joint revenue forecast by January 15th. In addition to conferring with each other, the Secretary and Chairs held a public hearing on December 21, 2021 to receive testimony from the Department of Revenue, the State Treasurer’s Office, and independent, local economists from area foundations and universities on tax revenue.


“The Fiscal Year 2023 consensus revenue forecast aligns with expert testimony delivered in December and acknowledges improved revenue trends in the current fiscal year,” said Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan. “We thank our colleagues in the House and Senate Ways and Means Offices for their continued partnership as we begin to develop a budget that will maintain fiscal discipline while providing necessary funding to protect essential government services and support key priorities throughout the Commonwealth.”


“The consensus revenue agreement for Fiscal Year 2023 reflects our continued commitment to prioritizing the long-term fiscal health of our Commonwealth as we continue down the road of recovery from this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport). “Thanks to a steady trend of strong tax revenue growth to date, a robust and health rainy day fund, the availability of over $2 billion in American Rescue Plan State Fiscal Recovery funds and continued collaboration with our partners in the Administration and the House, we are well positioned to continue building an equitable recovery. To that end, this agreement lays down the foundation for an impactful Fiscal Year 2023 budget that values the needs of our communities and our most vulnerable populations hardest hit by the pandemic, while ensuring our state remains in sound fiscal health.” 

“After some tumultuous budget cycles over the last several years, this consensus revenue agreement for Fiscal Year 2023 is a reasonable and appropriate forecast that will allow the Commonwealth to continue to provide the services our constituents deserve, while at the same time preserving our fiscal health. Despite the pandemic, our revenue intake continues to be better than anticipated, proving the continued resiliency of the Commonwealth’s economy,” said House Committee on Ways and Means Chair Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston). “I want to thank Chair Rodrigues and Secretary Heffernan for their continued partnership in these challenging times.” 


Additional details:
•    Of the forecasted $36.915 billion in FY23 state tax revenues, an estimated $2.277 billion is projected to be capital gains tax revenue, of which, per statute, $873 million will be transferred to the Stabilization Fund and other long term liability funds for pension and retiree health insurance costs
•    The agreement also includes the following statutorily required off-budget transfers that are mandated by current law: 
•    $3.744 billion transferred to the pension fund, a $329 million increase over the FY22 contribution, which keeps the Commonwealth on schedule to fully fund its pension liability by 2036
•    $1.325 billion for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
•    $1.165 billion for the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
•    $25 million for the Workforce Training Fund

After $7.132 billion in off-budget transfers, the Secretary and Committee Chairs agree that $29.783 billion will be the maximum amount of tax revenue available for the budget in FY23, absent statutory changes.

M.G.L. Chapter 29 Section 7H ½ requires the Secretary and the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means to jointly develop a potential gross state product (PGSP) growth benchmark for the ensuing calendar year. The PGSP growth benchmark is used by the Health Policy Commission to establish the Commonwealth’s health care cost growth benchmark. The three bodies have reached an agreement that the PGSP figure for calendar year 2022 will remain 3.6%. PGSP is a measure of the “full employment” output of the Commonwealth’s economy and reflects long-term trends in the economy rather than fluctuations due to the business cycle and, as a result, is meant to be fairly stable from year to year.

Instructions for a Cold Fall River Weekend

In response to the upcoming cold weather, the First
Step Inn and the Timao Center, Fall River’s overflow homeless shelter, are prepared to
accommodate anyone in need of shelter. Those seeking services should contact the First Step Inn
by calling 508-679-8001 or 508-974-9972. The First Step Inn is located at 134 Durfee Street,
Fall River, MA 02720.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, individuals will receive a Covid-19 test before being
admitted to the shelter. Street outreach workers from the City of Fall River and Steppingstone
Inc have been and will continue to patrol the city to ensure that anyone in need of shelter has


On Saturday, January 15
th, the Timao Center, located at 371 Bay St in Fall River, will
also host a warming center from 7:30am – 3:30pm for anyone in need of temporary warming.
Residents may drop in without calling

Accident Details in Seekonk

Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, along with Seekonk Police, are investigating a fatal crash, which occurred early this morning in Seekonk.

At around 4 a.m today, Seekonk Police responded to the area of 372 Central Avenue for a reported two-car collision.  When first responders arrived on scene they located a male victim seated in the driver's seat of a a Nissan Altima.  This individual, later identified as Shawn Nguon, 25, of Attleboro, was declared deceased at the scene of the crash.

The 16-year-old male driver of the second vehicle, a Honda Accord, was transported to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The investigation into the crash remains active and ongoing at this time.

MA Community Colleges Want A Pause

Union Calling for Remote Period at Community Colleges

On Jan. 12, the Massachusetts Community College Council, which represents the faculty and professional staff at the state’s 15 community colleges, sent the letter below to the presidents of each college. The MCCC is advocating for the use of remote learning for the first two weeks of the spring semester. This will allow faculty to set up effective learning conditions and continuity of instruction plans amid predicable disruptions caused by high rates of absences, as well as allow them to maintain public health and safety amid the current surge of COVID-19 driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant. 

Dear Presidents of Massachusetts Community Colleges,

Given the extremely high transmissibility of the omicron variant among both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, even when wearing face coverings, we the local and chapter leadership of the MCCC are requesting that the 15 community colleges begin face-to-face classes for the 2022 spring semester in a remote modality for the first two weeks of the semester, with the exception of programs that must be delivered on campus such as culinary, nursing or other health-related programs and workforce. We further request that, during the same period, the college retain minimal staffing levels for student-facing offices, and unit professional staff be permitted to telework.


While we recognize the value of on-ground face-to-face learning for many of our students as well as that an on-ground presence of employees contributes to the vitality of a campus, the potentially high levels of COVID-caused absences among students, support staff, and faculty due to the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is likely to cause such disruption during the first several weeks of classes that learning may not occur at all. The first two weeks of class are the most important for student success. The current positive rate in Massachusetts is 23%, a percentage likely to be much higher since it does not include those who have tested positive with at-home tests or those who are positive for COVID but do not have access to tests. If a quarter of the instructors and students are absent in the first two weeks of the semester due to COVID, critical material cannot be adequately covered. Additionally, those who are COVID-positive with no symptoms attending class or who only have a mild case of COVID, but think they are okay enough to attend class, will further cause COVID to spread, exacerbating an already bad situation. Critical mass for the class to achieve the necessary continuity of instruction for student success might never be achieved or achieved too late in the semester for many students.


If all on-ground face-to-faces classes were to begin remotely, continuity of instruction can be achieved in the first two weeks. Those who are COVID-positive with no symptoms or who only have mild illness can attend class without spreading the virus. It will give the on-ground classes a chance to stem the upward surge of the virus and help ensure that our students can have a successful semester. It will also help ensure that students, faculty, and staff are able to engage in necessary self-care should they contract COVID-19, which at this point is more likely than not because of the high transmissibility of the omicron variant.

We recognize the extraordinary, unprecedented nature of our request. But it is in response to the unprecedented nature of this unpredictable deadly global pandemic that is COVID-19. We ask that you work with your college’s MCCC chapter leadership to move face-to-face classes and unit on-ground work, where practicable, to a remote/telework modality for at least the first two weeks after the semester starts, and where essential student-facing offices require on-ground personnel, priority be given to those professional staff who prefer to be on ground.

We thank you for your time and attention to this urgent matter.

FRPD Arrest in December Shooting

The Fall River Police Department has made an arrest in connection to the shooting which took place back on December 27, 2021, which occurred on Eddy St. in the city of Fall River. Detective Moses Pereira of the Major Crimes Division who was the lead Detective for this incident, was able to identify the male suspect as Jeffrey Nunez (08/20/85) out of New Bedford, Ma.

    With the assistance of Massachusetts State Police Violent Apprehension Section and Detectives from the New Bedford Police Department, Nunez was taken into custody in the city of New Bedford without incident on Wednesday January 12, 2022.
    Detective Moses Pereira was granted search warrants for Nunez’s apartment and also for his vehicle. Inside the apartment, Detectives seized a 45 caliber handgun along with ammunition.
 Nunez is being charged with the following offenses;

1.    Attempt to commit A&B by discharging a firearm.
2.    Discharge a firearm within 500 FT of a building.
3.    Two (2) counts of vandalize property.

On FRPD Officer Termination

Interim Police Chief Paul Gauvin announces;

Officer Michael Pessoa has been terminated as a member of the Fall River Police Department, effective today, January 12, 2022.


My decision to terminate him was based on the findings of a hearing officer designated by the City to determine whether Mr. Pessoa had engaged in serious misconduct in violation of Fall River Police Department Rules and Regulations.


The hearing officer found substantial evidence that Mr. Pessoa had engaged in egregious violations of Police Department Rules and Regulations and that termination was warranted.


These findings and my decision to terminate Mr. Pessoa have no bearing on the pending criminal allegations against him, which will be adjudicated through the criminal justice system.

The courts have determined that police officers voluntarily undertake to adhere to a higher standard of conduct; that officers must comport themselves in accordance with the laws that they are sworn to enforce and behave in a manner that brings honor and respect for rather than public distrust of law enforcement personnel. In this case, Mr. Pessoa did not adhere to that standard of conduct, and that is the basis for his termination.

MLK Day At UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth to celebrate 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast


The January 28 virtual event will feature inspiring remarks, musical performances, and a keynote address from best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson


On Friday, January 28, 2022, from 9 – 11:00 a.m., UMass Dartmouth will host the 20th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast via Zoom. The theme of this year's event, "Dr. King for the 21st Century". 


The event is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.


To illustrate this year's theme, the keynote address will be given by public intellectual and best-selling author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Dr. Dyson is the Centennial Chair at Vanderbilt University and serves as University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School. He is also a New York Times contributing opinion writer and a contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN's The Undefeated website.


Dr. Dyson, who came from humble roots in Detroit, has authored twenty-one books and become a prominent leader and national media fixture. He has won an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards. Ebony cited him as one of the 100 most influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.


Dyson's pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. His 1994 book Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century and was also named a "Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times. According to book industry bible Publisher's Weekly, Dyson's 2001 book, Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, helped make books on hip hop commercially viable.


The event will also feature remarks from Chancellor Mark A. Fuller and musical performances by Candida Rose and UMass Dartmouth's D'SWORD Gospel Choir.

New Bedford COVID19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing on Monday Holiday: Airport Open, South End Fire Station Closed

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport will be open during Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, but the walk-up clinic provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health at former Fire Station 11 in the South End will be closed for the holiday. 

Project Beacon’s COVID-19 testing at the airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Project Beacon is shifting its hours, though, on Sunday, Jan. 16, when it will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Project Beacon is notifying people with Sunday appointments about the change. Anyone with questions can contact Project Beacon by email at; or by calling 617-741-7310.  

Other testing sites in New Bedford and surrounding towns can be found on the state’s Stop the Spread website,

Upcoming testing locations in New Bedford include: 

Friday, Jan. 14: 
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 16: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 17: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

Tuesday, Jan. 18: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-    Seven Hills at PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 20:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 21:
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In New Bedford A Mix

Nation’s Leading Fishing Port Reacts To Federal Announcement of Offshore Wind Leasing In New York Waters

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the center of the East Coast commercial fishing industry, is offering mixed reaction to the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management’s (BOEM) announcement Wednesday that the agency will conduct a wind energy lease auction for six areas totaling 480,000 acres of the New York Bight in February.


The New Bedford fishing fleet--the nation’s top-grossing fleet--relies heavily on the fishing grounds of the New York Bight for its success.  Given the importance of the Bight, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and the New Bedford Port Authority (NBPA) have been actively engaged with BOEM regarding the development of the Bight for offshore wind energy projects.


In an April 2021 letter to BOEM Director Amanda Lefton, Mayor Mitchell, as Chairman of the Port Authority, recommended changes in the configuration of the proposed Bight lease areas to help reduce the impact on the Atlantic sea scallop industry and other fish species principally landed in New Bedford.


Specifically, the Mayor called for the southeastern boundary of the Bight’s Hudson South lease area to be shifted 5 miles to the west.  The Mayor’s letter was followed in August 2021 by a second letter further explaining the need for a boundary adjustment.  [letters attached]


With its announcement yesterday, BOEM responded to the New Bedford requests, agreeing to shift the boundary in question 2.5 miles to the west, as well as reducing the size of another Bight lease area, the so-called “Central Bight” area.


Mayor Mitchell commented on yesterday’s developments, “The overarching lesson from yesterday’s announcement is the importance of staying engaged and offering pragmatic solutions that are responsive to the concerns of both wind proponents and fishing interests.  I appreciate the willingness of Director Lefton and the BOEM team to listen and adjust their approach based on the strength of the case we have made to them.”


Mitchell added, “This is by no means to say that the Port’s concerns with BOEM’s approach to offshore wind development in the Bight are all addressed.  We will continue to call on BOEM to use the wind project permitting process to minimize the economic impact on commercial fishing, and, equally important, to ensure fishermen are compensated for any economic damages caused by wind project development.”


“I can’t emphasize enough how important the fishing industry is to our nation’s food security and how economically important the industry is to state economies of New England.  The federal government should pursue a policy agenda that simultaneously takes into account the economic consequences to fishermen and the economic opportunities from offshore wind energy development.  It’s not an “either/or” proposition.  Federal regulators at BOEM and other agencies must consider both in all their decision-making,” said Mitchell.


For its part, New Bedford is uniquely positioned on issues of both economic impact and economic benefit.  The Port is the largest and most profitable seafood port on the East Coast and also has the distinction of being home to the nation’s only purpose-built offshore wind staging facility, the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.  The nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind, will begin staging from the Commerce Terminal in 2023.


Advocating for an effective mitigation strategy is part of the Port’s commitment to ensuring that offshore wind advances in ways that safeguard the viability of our commercial fishing industry.  Of particular concern to the Port is BOEM’s mitigation approach, which remains limited to consideration of environmental impacts.  The Port’s position is that wind project mitigation plans need to consider economic impacts, given the size of the fishing industry:  Thirty percent of the nation’s $5.5 billion seafood industry is landed in the Northeast, with seafood landings in the Port of New Bedford itself worth $450 million annually. In New Bedford, the scallop fishery alone is responsible for $300 million in annual landings.

A 2019 economic impact study of the Port of New Bedford conducted by Martin Associates and Foth-CLE Engineering Group determined that the regional seafood industry’s economic contribution comprises 39,000 jobs, $11 billion in local economic impact, $162 million in direct state taxes and $391 million in direct federal taxes.

Mitigation efforts also need to acknowledge that economic disruptions to commercial fisheries from wind farms will be felt across multiple states, not just those whose waters will host wind projects.  While wind projects may be built off the coast of New York and New Jersey, their impacts will not be limited to those states.  Large volumes of sea scallops caught off the coast of New York and New Jersey are landed daily in New Bedford, and fishermen who live in New England regularly fish in federal waters off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. Commercial fishing is an interconnected, region-wide industry, and needs a mitigation plan that is similarly broad in its scope.

The Port has therefore advocated for BOEM to take a proactive approach to its fisheries mitigation efforts by establishing definitive minimum standards for the mitigation process and requiring developers to use specific measures and methodologies to mitigate the impacts of offshore wind projects.


Baker-Polito Greenhouse Commission

The Baker-Polito Administration announced Wednesday that the members of Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation commission on clean heat were sworn in, helping to advance the commonwealth's ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector. The commission held its first meeting Wednesday and over the next year they will advise the administration as it works to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.


Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary (EEA) Kathleen Theoharides has appointed EEA Undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions, Judy Chang, to serve as her designee and chair of the commission.

FRSC Names Paul Hart New Vice Chair

By a margin of 6-1, with Kevin Augiar voting no, Fall River School Committee Veteran Paul Hart was named Vice Chair of the Fall River Public School Committee. 


Hart replaces long time vice chair Mark Costa, who did not run for re election in the most recent municipal election cycle. 


Hart will run School Committee meetings when School Committee Chair and Mayor Paul Coogan is absent or recuses himself. 

New Bedford COVID-19 Testing This Week

State Cancels COVID-19 Testing on Tuesday, Jan. 11, Due to Frigid Forecast

Project Beacon Adds Wednesday Hours at New Bedford Regional Airport

New Bedford, Massachusetts – State health officials have canceled state-supported COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to prevent people from waiting outside in lines during the very cold temperatures expected in the region. 

That means no testing will be offered Tuesday through the appointment-based Project Beacon site at New Bedford Regional Airport, or at the walk-up clinic provided by Seven Hills Behavioral Health at former Fire Station 11 in the South End. 

Project Beacon’s COVID-19 testing at the airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—will add a day of testing on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the Wednesday appointments likely will be filled by rescheduling from Tuesday’s cancellations. 

Project Beacon is notifying people with Tuesday appointments and advising how to reschedule. Anyone with questions should contact Project Beacon directly via their website,; via email at; or by calling 617-741-7310.  

Seven Hills will resume testing Wednesday at PAACA, 360 Coggeshall St. 

Testing at former Fire Station 11, 754 Brock Ave., will resume Thursday. 

Other testing sites in New Bedford and surrounding towns can be found on the state’s Stop the Spread website,

Updated testing locations in New Bedford this week include: 

Wednesday, Jan. 12:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-    Seven Hills at PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 13:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 14: 
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 16: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MA Digital Vax Card

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Tool for Residents to Access COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card
“My Vax Records” Provides New Option to Access Vaccine History and QR Code to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination
BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a tool that gives residents a new way to access their COVID-19 digital vaccine card and vaccination history. 


The new tool, called My Vax Records, allows people who received their vaccination in Massachusetts to access their own vaccination history and generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card, which would contain similar vaccination information to a paper CDC card. 


The COVID-19 digital vaccine cards produced by the system utilize the SMART Health Card platform and generate a QR code that can be used to verify vaccination.


 The Administration is not requiring residents to show proof of vaccination to enter any venue, but this tool will help residents who would like to access and produce a digital copy of their record.


Access the new tool at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov. 

How It Works: The new tool is easy to use: a person enters their name, date of birth, and mobile phone number or email associated with their vaccine record. After creating a 4-digit PIN, the user receives a link to their vaccine record that will open upon re-entry of the PIN.


The electronic record shows the same information as a paper CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer.


It also includes a QR code that makes these same details readable by a QR scanner, including smartphone apps. Once the SMART Health Card is received, users are able to save the QR code to their phone, such as the Apple Wallet, screenshot the information and save it to their phone’s photos, or print out a copy for a paper record. The system follows national standards for security and privacy. 


This system provides an optional way that residents can access their vaccination information and a COVID-19 digital vaccine card. This will provide residents with another tool to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, should it be requested by businesses, local governments, or other entities.


The system leverages the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), the official database used by health care providers across the state to record vaccination information.

The system relies on hundreds of providers inputting demographic and health information. Some users may not be able to immediately find their record, or may find an incomplete record.


Residents whose record cannot be found or is incomplete can either contact their health care provider or contact the MIIS team to update their records. Learn more about the tool and view frequently-asked-questions at


Massachusetts has worked with VCI,™ a voluntary coalition of public and private organizations which developed the open-source SMART Health Card Framework in use by other states. The VCI coalition is dedicated to improving privacy and security of patient information, making medical records portable and reducing healthcare fraud.


My Vax Records is just one way residents can obtain their COVID vaccination record. Pharmacies that administered the COVID vaccine and many health care providers also are making SMART Health Cards available, or are providing additional options. Learn more.


Bristol Postpones a Vax Event

POSTPONED: Bristol Community College - January 12 COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Clinic 

Bristol Community College’s COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Bristol Fall River Campus, hosted by Stop & Stop Pharmacy has been postponed until a date to be announced.  


In the meantime, please check local pharmacies, the resources below or with your primary care physician.  
Where Else Can I Get Vaccinated? 

Rhode Island  

COVID-19 Vaccination Resources 
•    Covid-19 Resources  

For more information, please contact Bristol Community College Health Services, by email at or visit

Bristol County D-A Statement on new U-S Attorney

The following is a statement from Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III in his capacity as the President of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association:


"I would like to congratulate Rachael Rollins for being sworn in as the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.  I wish her the best in her new position.  I would also like to congratulate Kevin R. Hayden for his appointment as the new District Attorney of Suffolk County. I look forward to working with him in the future."

F-R Homeless

Fall River Shelters Prepared for Cold Weather

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 10th, 2022)- In response to the upcoming cold weather, the First
Step Inn and the Timao Center, Fall River’s overflow homeless shelter, are prepared to
accommodate anyone in need of shelter.


Those seeking services should contact the First Step Inn
by calling 508-679-8001 or 508-974-9972. The First Step Inn is located at 134 Durfee Street,
Fall River, MA 02720.

Fall River’s shelters are prepared to accommodate more individuals. Due to Covid-19
restrictions, individuals will receive a Covid-19 test before being admitted to the shelter.


outreach workers from the City of Fall River and Steppingstone Inc have been and will continue
to patrol the city to ensure that anyone in need of shelter has access

Wrong Way Driver Dies on Route 24

According to NBC 10 in providence, Massachusetts State Police say a wrong-way driver died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 24 early Sunday morning in Berkley. Police say an SUV was traveling north on the south side of the highway and struck a southbound tractor-trailer around 1:30 A.M. near Exit 13. The driver of the SUV, 40 year old Sara Paulo, of Somerset, was pronounced dead on scene.


The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 35-year-old man from Santa Ana, California, was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The exact cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by Massachusetts State Police.

Covid Testing at FRFD HQ in F-R

Fall River Fire Department to Resume COVID-19 Testing

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 10th, 2022)- Due to the increased demand for COVID-19
testing in the City of Fall River, Mayor Paul Coogan and the Fall River Fire Department have
announced that free COVID-19 testing will resume at the Fire Department Headquarters, located
at 140 Commerce Drive in Fall River.


Testing will take place from 8:30am-1:30pm every
Tuesday and Thursday, beginning tomorrow, January 11th, 2022.

Testing will be available to City residents only. Proof of residency, such as ID or a piece
of mail, will be required.


Tests will be available on a first come, first serve basis with 300 Rapid
RNA (PCR) tests being offered per day. Results can be expected within 24-48 hours.
A hotline has been established at the Fire Department for all questions regarding COVID19 testing: 774-644-0703

MA Gasoline This Week

 Massachusetts’s average gas price is 1 cent lower than last week ($3.38), averaging $3.37 per gallon. Today’s price is 3 cents lower than a month ago ($3.40), and $1.10 higher than January 10, 2021 ($2.27). Massachusetts’s average gas price is 7 cents higher than the national average. 


“According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks rose by 10.1 million barrels last week. On the other hand, gasoline demand decreased from 9.72 million barrels per day to 8.17. Typically, pump prices decline due to lower gas demand and a rise in total stocks, but continued growth in the price of crude oil has helped keep pump prices from falling any significant amount,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public/Government Affairs. 


AAA Northeast’s January 10 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 2 cents higher than last week ($3.28), averaging $3.30 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 3 cents lower than a month ago ($3.33), and 99 cents higher than this day last year ($2.31).

Patriots and Bills Saturday Night

The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook has The New England Patriots listed as a 4 and half point road underdog in Buffalo Saturday Night, with an over/under of 43 and a half. 


Coverage will begin on the Patriots Radio Network on WSAR at 5pm, preceeded by Fox Sports Radio, with an 8:15 kick from Buffalo's High Mark Stadium, with a 8:15 kickoff. 


The winner will advance to next weekend's Divisional Round in the AFC Super Bowl Tournament. 

Patriots on Sunday

The New England Patriots deal with Miami in Hard Rock Stadium Sunday, with coverage on the Patriots Radio Network at 1:30pm Sunday, with a 4:25 kickoff. 


The Patriots are 6.5 road favorites after losing in week 1 to the Dolphins at Gillette by a score of 17-16. 

The O/U is 40. 


The Patriots are currently the number five seed in the AFC Super Bowl Tournament, with the possibility of moving up or down depending on the results of games this weekend.



Vax Schedules in New Bedford

New Saturday Vaccination Hours Start at McCoy Rec Center  
New Bedford, Massachusetts – The Andrea McCoy Recreation Center on Hillman Street holds its first Saturday vaccination clinic of 2022 tomorrow, Jan. 8, with new hours.


Seven Hills Behavioral Health will offer COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, including pediatric vaccines, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the recreation center, a change from the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday hours offered there last month. The later start enables more recreational programming at the center earlier in the morning. 


Free, walk-up COVID-19 clinics in New Bedford offer CDC-approved booster shots, in addition to first- and second-dose vaccines and, at most locations, pediatric vaccines. Please bring your vaccination card when getting a booster. 


Visit for updated schedules of local COVID-19 vaccination and testing locations. Upcoming vaccine locations in New Bedford include:


Saturday, Jan. 8:
-    Andrea McCoy Recreation Center (181 Hillman St.) – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, boosters, pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old

Monday, Jan. 10:
-    Andrea McCoy Recreation Center (181 Hillman St.) – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, boosters, pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old

Friday, Jan. 14:
-    PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, boosters, w/ pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old 

Saturday, Jan. 15:
-    Andrea McCoy Recreation Center (181 Hillman St.) – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, boosters, pediatric vaccines for children 5 – 11 years old

-    St. Gabriel Parish (343 Tarkiln Hill Road) – 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Pfizer vaccines, including pediatric and booster doses, and Moderna vaccines  


Reminder on the importance of vaccinations, especially during winter months: Vaccination levels in the region remain low, and daily case rates remain high. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not only about protecting yourself – it’s also about protecting your family, friends, and community. Vaccination is critically important during the winter months, when indoor gatherings can lead to super-spreader events, clusters, hospitalizations, and severe illness among people who are unvaccinated. 


Boosters critical after vaccinations: 
As of Jan. 6, more than 54 percent of New Bedford residents were fully vaccinated, but only about 15 percent of residents had received a booster shot. Boosters are critically important for eligible people – those who completed their vaccinations two months ago, for Johnson & Johnson; five months ago, for Pfizer; and six months ago, for Moderna – as immunity from vaccines can wane. Booster shots can reduce risks of hospitalization and severe illness, and are particularly important given the emerging omicron variant, which may be more likely to evade immune responses. 


Pfizer boosters now approved for youth 12 years and older 
The CDC, FDA, and Massachusetts public health officials all have given approval for the use of Pfizer boosters by vaccinated, eligible youth 12 years and older. Pfizer boosters are offered at all local clinics listed above.  

Fall River Parking Ban Ending

Fall River Parking Ban Lifted at 5pm

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 7th, 2022)- The parking ban put into place on Thursday, January
6th, 2022 will be lifted at 5pm on Friday, January 7th

FRACC Has A New Director

The Fall River Arts & Culture Coalition Announces New Executive Director

(FALL RIVER, MA – January 5, 2022) – The Fall River Arts & Culture Coalition (FRACC) starts the new year with a new face at the helm, hiring Ashley Occhino to be the group’s Executive Director. The position is a new one for FRACC, which was formed in 2019 and is a collaborative, member-based organization dedicated to advancing arts and culture in Fall River. Occhino was most recently the Executive Director of the New Bedford Art Museum and will officially assume her duties in Fall River on January 18th. She will be based at the Fall River office of One SouthCoast Chamber, which acts as the fiscal agent for the Coalition.


"It is my pleasure to welcome Ashley Occhino to the Fall River Arts and Culture Coalition's team,” said Kathy Castro, Co-Chair of FRAAC. “The City stands poised for an Arts Renaissance, and I can think of no one better to lead this movement than Ashley. The experience and knowledge she brings will take us to new levels of growth in serving our arts organizations and independent artists. Working together, there is so much we can accomplish.”


In early November 2021, FRACC held a launch event for the City’s first Arts & Culture Plan, commissioned by the group in late 2020 and completed in 2021 by the hired consultancy, CivicMoxie, a planning, urban design, and placemaking group located in Brookline, MA. As Executive Director, Occhino will be tasked with shepherding the implementation of the multi-year plan and will be pivotal in FRACC toward its goal of fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable creative economy in the city. 


“I am energized by the opportunity to lead the Fall River Arts and Culture Coalition, especially at this pivotal juncture when there is so much work to be done,” said Occhino. “I’ve spent 15 years working steadily to advance the missions of the organizations I was lucky enough to be a part of during crucial moments in each of their histories. I view the role of Executive Director as a privilege. It is the chance to play a supportive role in empowering and championing the work of other arts leaders and creatives as they strive to overcome challenges, embrace opportunities, and fulfill shared visions for the betterment of their community and the ongoing transformative power of the arts.”


FRACC’s membership is comprised of nearly 100 committed individuals, including artists, craftspeople, and creatives, as well as representatives from a wide variety of organizations and civic groups who recognize and believe in the power of arts and culture to bolster local economies and spur revitalization. There is no fee to join and monthly meetings, which are open to all, are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5pm at rotating member locations. To attend or join the group, please email

FRPD Readies for Accreditation

Interim Chief Paul Gauvin is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on February 1, 2022 to begin examining various aspects of the Fall River Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities. 

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 70% of the optional standards. 

Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant J.T. Hoar at 508-676-8511 x212

Fall River Winter Storm Prep Information

City of Fall River – Winter Storm Preparation

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 6, 2022)- Due to the snow storm set to impact Fall River from
the night of Thursday, January 6th into Friday, January 7th
, Mayor Paul E. Coogan would like to
provide residents with these important reminders and updates.

? A parking ban is in effect from 8:00pm on 1/6/22 until further notice


. Parking is only
allowed on the north side of city streets that run east and west and on the west side of
streets that run north and south. Parking is allowed, unless posted, on both sides of any
street that is divided by a traffic median. Parking against a median is prohibited


is not allowed within 20 feet of a corner to allow access for snow removing vehicles. o
? Parking is available at the following locations until the ban is no longer in effect:

o Flint Municipal Parking Lot on Cash Street
o Municipal Parking Lot on Columbia Street
o Talbot Middle School on Melrose Street
o Morton Middle School Parking Lot on Hood Street

? Residents are reminded of the following:
o Saving parking spots by placing furniture or household objects in the street is
prohibited by law. Placing objects in the street to reserve a parking spot is
punishable by fine. 


o Utilize driveways and consider sharing off-street parking with neighbors.
o It is the responsibility of each homeowner to clear sidewalks of snow. Failure to
do so is punishable by fine.

? Do not throw snow into the street.
? If there is a fire hydrant located near your property, please ensure that it is
cleared so that emergency services can access the hydrant if needed.
? If you are willing to volunteer to clear sidewalks for sick, disabled or
elderly residents, please contact the Mayor’s office at 508-324-2600.


? City Facilities:

o Government Center will be closed on Friday, January 7th .
o The DPW facility at Lewiston Street will be closed Friday, January 7th .
o Main Library and all branches will be closed Friday, January 7th .
? Trash Disposal:
o At this time, EZ-Disposal will be collecting trash as usual on Friday, January 7
Phone Numbers & Contact Information:
? Please call the following numbers with questions or concerns:
o MAYOR’S OFFICE: 508-324-2600 or 508-324-2000
o TRAFFIC DEPT: 508-324-2577 or 508-207-2584
o DPW: 508-324-2760
? For members of our homeless population in need of shelter, please reach out to the First
Step Inn at 134 Durfee St or call 508-679-8001

More on Fall River A-R-P-A Dollars

City of Fall River Announces Second Round of ARPA Allocations


(FALL RIVER, MA- January 5th, 2022)- Mayor Paul Coogan and the ARPA Advisory
Panel are pleased to announce the second round of allocations from the City of Fall River’s
American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. A vote of the advisory panel on December 16th
2021 approved funding for these proposals. Allocations range from small business recovery, to
public safety investments and major planning projects.

? Small Business Grant Assistance Program - Jobs for Fall River, Inc.
o Allocation: $3,260,000
o Purpose: The Small Business Grant Assistance Program will provide
businesses that are negatively impacted by the pandemic with grant
assistance. Businesses currently operating with 5 employees or less
would receive $2,500 and businesses with 6 to 10 employees would
receive $5,000. Additional information about the program and
application process will be released at a later date.



? Med Cat Ambulance Purchase – Fall River Emergency Medical Services
o Allocation: $298,900
o Purpose: This vehicle will enable Fall River Police and EMS departments to work
together during situations of high risk and extreme weather situations

? Computers & Printers for FRPD Cruisers – Fall River IT Department
o Allocation: $220,000
o Purpose: The purchase and installation of 53 new cruiser computers and
6 new cruiser printers to aid in the prevention of crime throughout the

? Crime Prevention Training and Equipment – Fall River Police Department
o Allocation: $562,000
o Purpose: Purchase of new equipment including a modernization of the
current radio system, acquisition of 20 active shooter kits and 5 new
police cruisers. Trainings will include Evidence Management and Audit
Training, De-Escalation Training, Interview and Interrogation School,
Implicit Bias Training and Police Reform Training.



? Phase Four of the Quequechan Rail Trail Project – Fall River Planning
o Allocation: $4,000,000
o Purpose: Phase Four of the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan Rail Trail Project
will carry out plans developed in 2015 to expand the trail. This project
will link Britland Park to Travassos Park and the rest of the trail
system. It will also connect recently developed renovated mills to the
trail system and the edge of the downtown core, providing a significant
amenity for residents and a boost to local development. The expansion
will align with the goals of the new Flint Neighborhood Urban Renewal

? Jerry Lawton Plaza Rehabilitation Project – Fall River Planning Department
o Allocation: $300,000
o Purpose: Renovation of the Jerry Lawton Plaza, a deteriorated public
open space at the southwest corner of South Main Street and Anawan
Street. In addition to necessary improvements to the plaza’s lighting,
landscaping and surface (bringing it into ADA compliance), the project
will include the creation of water/electrical access in support of a “flex
space” for pop-up retail, arts events and outdoor dining.

Town Hall Closed in Seekonk

Municipal Buildings Closure

Due to COVID related staffing shortages, all municipal buildings will be closed to the public for the month of January.


Those needing to do business with town offices should contact the appropriate office by phone or email


. For high priority and emergency business with the Town, in-person visits will be accommodated via appointments.

The department contact information is available on the Town’s website For those concerned about tax payments or dropping off documents, a drop box is located at the front door to Town Hall.

Work On The Bourne Bridge

Bourne Bridge repair work:

Maintenance work will be performed on the Bourne Bridge on Jan. 6, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the scheduled work hours, travel lanes on the Bourne Bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction.

No wide loads will be permitted to cross the bridge while the lane restrictions are in place.

Work schedule is weather permitting.

JCII Gets Another Date To Report

This is the complete text of the order issued by Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock regarding the reporting date for Convicted Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II:


Judge Douglas P. Woodlock: ORDER - A review of the resurgence of Covid-19 infections and their impact both on court operations and on the operations of the Bureau of Prisons persuades me that it would be improvident to place further strain on the operations of the criminal justice system generally to require self-reporting by criminal defendants - who are otherwise fully compliant with their existing conditions of release pending appeal - to places of confinement designated by the Bureau of Prisons any earlier than Friday January 28, 2022. 


Accordingly, the defendants report date to the facility designated for his confinement is hereby continued up to and including Friday January 28, 2022 while the defendants Motion 328 for continued release on conditions pending appeal remains pending before this court. (Beatty, Barbara) (Entered: 01/05/2022)

SouthCoast has 2022 Babies

Parents Jennifer and Daniel Cote also of Swansea, Massachusetts, welcomed son Oliver at 5:04 am on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Charlton Memorial Hospital. Oliver was born weighing eight pounds and three ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Oliver is the couple’s first child. “We are so thankful to the staff at Charlton Memorial for taking care of us,” added the Cotes.

To celebrate this special milestone, each family received a $100 gift certificate to the hospital gift shop, a plush stuffed animal and a baby blanket donated by the Southcoast Health Ambassadors.  
Southcoast Health offers maternity services at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. Southcoast Health also recently earned recognition as a high performing hospital in maternity care by the U.S. News and World report. For more information, please visit

Fall River Bill Pay

Residents Encouraged to Pay City Bills Remotely

(FALL RIVER, MA- January 4th, 2022)- As Fall River navigates the recent rise in COVID-19
cases, the Fall River Collector’s Office would like to remind residents of the many options
available for paying City bills. Residents are encouraged to use these convenient remote options
to reduce lines and close contact within City Hall.

City bills may be paid at any of the 5 Baycoast Bank locations in Fall River, including
using their drive-through lanes. As always, bills are payable online (, by
phone (855-801-0769), by mail (City of Fall River, PO Box 4141, Woburn, MA 01888), or by
using the City Hall drop box. These options will remain available to residents during the
upcoming excise tax season.

Those who choose to pay in-person at City Hall are encouraged to pay by check or
money order, if possible, so that customers can be served quickly. With questions or concerns,
please call the Collector’s Office at 508-324-2240 or the Mayor’s Office at 508-324-260

Bristol Professor has the Order of the British Empire

Queen Elizabeth II awards Order of the British Empire to Dr. Alan Lowdon, Director of Strategic Development, NOWI, Bristol Community College 


Dr. Alan Lowdon, Director of Strategic Development, National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI), Bristol Community College and Professor in Practice, Durham University Energy Institute, U.K., was recently awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on January 1, 2022. Dr. Lowdon’s candidature of this important honor was proposed by the U.K. Consulate in Cambridge, Mass., and highlights Alan’s innovations and dedicated service to U.K. - U.S. Offshore Wind Collaboration. 

As Director of Strategic Development for the National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI), Alan supports the state-of-the-art training institute focused on workforce development initiatives that are demonstrably relevant to career pathways and that accelerate the development of a national offshore wind industry in the United States. 


Dr. Lowdon comes to Bristol with more than 20 years of experience in the offshore wind industry.


Alan was instrumental in the Green Port Hull initiative in the United Kingdom, where he served as Research, Development and Innovation Director, helping to establish the Project Aura offshore wind initiative. Alan was formerly Director of Technology & Innovation at the U.K. New and Renewable Energy Center (NaREC), where he oversaw partnership development with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC).


Over the last 10 years, Alan has also convened significant U.K.- U.S. academic engagement in offshore wind. In addition, he has worked for several progressive international organizations, such as NEI/Rolls Royce, British Gas, Suez Lyonnaise, Shell, ITI Energy, Mott MacDonald, Technology Strategy Board and Jacobs. 


Bristol’s NOWI will provide the offshore wind industry with required training, certifications and customized programs including Global Wind Organisation (GWO) Basic Safety and Technical Training, customized training for the industry, professional development, Virtual Training and a soon-to-be developed Innovation & Entrepreneurship program. 


For more information about Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI), please visit

Christmas Trees Post Christmas in Fall River

Mayor Paul E. Coogan’s office, together with the
Department of Community Maintenance, would like to remind residents that trees can be
disposed of by placing them beside trash carts this week (the week of 1/3) or next week (the
week of 1/10) during regular trash pick-ups.


Trees must be free of all coverings and decorations,
such as lights, ornaments or garland.

Residents can also dispose of their trees free of charge by bringing them to the DPW
yard, located at 10 Lewiston St, during normal hours of operation.

With questions or concerns, please reach out to the Department of Community
maintenance at 508- 324-2568

Patriots in The AFC Playoffs

After one season without a post season slot, the New England Patriots secured a slot in the AFC Super Bowl Tournament for the 2022 Post Season, with a chance to secure the AFC East title depending on what happens next Sunday, as the Patriots will be in Hard Rock Stadium in Suburban Miami versus the Dolphins, who were eliminated from post season contention on Sunday. 


As of the now, the Patriots are the Sixth Seed out of seven teams that will qualify.