WSAR NEWS Archives for 2022-02

Auchencloss on Twitter regarding Ukraine

If the outcome of upcoming talks between Ukraine and Russia are not conducive to a sovereign, secure, and democratic Ukraine, then the United States and its allies must impose energy sanctions on the Russian Federation.

Russian coal should be banned immediately; while oil and gas should be phased out in consultation with OPEC and European allies, respectively.
Rep. Jake Auchincloss
These energy sanctions will rock the foundation of Vladimir Putin’s regime; they will accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy; and they will demonstrate the free world’s commitment to the Ukrainian cause.

Brockton Murder Investigation


BROCKTON – A Brockton 15 year-old has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge for his role in connection with the fatal shooting of a city man, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced.

Jeremy Depina, 15, of Brockton, pleaded not guilty to one count of Murder today in Brockton District Court. He was held without bail. 

Since February 10th when the fatal shooting of Fabio Andrade-Monteiro, 22, occurred, Massachusetts State Police troopers assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and Brockton Police have been actively investigating. Last Friday, State Police sought and obtained an arrest warrant for Depina, and he was located in Taunton and placed under arrest. 

Depina’s arrest is the second arrest of a teen in connection with Andrade-Monteiro’s murder. Last week, Tashawn Brown, 17, of Brockton, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder for the fatal shooting. Brown was held without bail and is next scheduled to appear in court on March 17. 

    Depina is next scheduled to appear in court on March 17. 

New Bristol Webinars

Bristol Community College continues free Back to Work skills development webinars  
Bristol Community College is offering free webinars focused on professional and technical skill development for job seekers, educators, employers and employees. These short webinars will increase proficiency in current work and learning environments as well as provide individuals with critical workforce skills.   

Beginning March 7 to April 25, 2022, Bristol will offer these skills-driven, virtual courses that focus on three areas:
•    Career Exploration & Personal Branding focusing on building skills such as resume and cover letter development, interviewing skills and social media branding. 
•    Upskilling Sessions focusing on workplace technical skills such as proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office 365 and professional writing skills.
•    Professional and Organizational Training?focusing on career and professional development such as developing leadership and management approach, conflict resolution and cultural competency in the workplace.   

To register or to view a complete listing of the courses focus and topics, please visit This program is supported by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

For more information, please email, or call 774.357.2154.  
Business Solutions & Partnerships at Bristol Community College provides access to affordable, high-quality programs that serve the community’s needs for professional development and credentialing leading to opportunities in a wide range of career options. Business Solutions & Partnerships offer access to upskilling, credentialing and professional development programs that are aligned with workforce opportunities as well as skills and competencies in an ever-changing economy and workplace. 

A Policy Ending in New Bedford

–Due to a precipitous decline in the number of COVID cases locally, the City of New Bedford is suspending its COVID vaccination/testing policy for municipal employees.

Earlier today, Mayor Jon Mitchell directed the City’s Personnel Office to cease implementation and enforcement of the City’s COVID vaccination/testing policy across city government, effective immediately. Employees who had chosen to comply with the policy by producing a negative COVID test on a weekly basis will no longer be required to do so, and new employees will not be required to submit proof of vaccination going forward.

COVID cases in New Bedford have fallen dramatically over the past several weeks. The City hit its peak of daily cases on January 7, when 562 cases were reported over the previous day. As of Monday, February 28, the City is seeing an average of 23 cases per day over the past week—a 96% decline in cases from the January peak.

The City of New Bedford’s employee vaccination/testing policy was first announced in August 2021, negotiated with employee unions in the fall, and implemented on November 15 for most of the City’s approximately 1,100 non-school employees. The primary goal of the policy was to protect residents and staff, as well as set an example for public and private employers in Greater New Bedford. 825 City employees subject to the policy were recorded as fully vaccinated—a rate of 74 percent, compared to New Bedford’s general population vaccination rate of about 57 percent.

More than 200 employees chose to comply through weekly testing.  In many instances, the weekly tests revealed COVID infections that would have otherwise gone undiagnosed. As a result, COVID-positive employees were prevented from coming into work and likely infecting colleagues or residents with whom they would have interacted.

No City employees were terminated or issued disciplinary suspensions for non-compliance with the policy.  In some instances, employees who failed to supply timely testing results were denied entry to the workplace until test results were submitted. In these cases, employees had their accrued personal or vacation time reduced accordingly.

The City will continue to honor the employee benefits negotiated in agreements with the Police, Fire, AFSCME unions during 2021. The City reserves the right to reinstitute the vaccination and testing policy should a new COVID-related public health threat emerge in the future.

The New Bedford Health Department will also continue to focus on other aspects of the pandemic response, including the promotion of vaccinations and boosters which continue to be highly effective at preventing severe COVID outcomes. The Health Department will also continue to monitor transmission risk and the emergence of new variants that could require additional safeguards.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers in MA

According to the Boston Globe, Massachusetts on Friday reported over 1,300 new confirmed Coronavirus cases and said that vaccinations have passed 10,000, including booster shots. The Department of Public Health also reported a total of 29 new confirmed deaths. The Commonwealth also reported that 483 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 with a seven-day percent positivity at 2.13%.


Mask Mandates Lifting in MA Schools

Some students in Massachusetts will be headed to school today without their masks for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CBS 12 in Providence, the statewide mask requirement for K-12 schools in Massachusetts has been officially lifted. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education formally made the announcement earlier this month. While masks are optional at the statewide level, DESE said school districts can still establish a local requirement.


More than a dozen school districts in southeastern Massachusetts are adopting the state guidance and making masks optional including Attleboro, Dartmouth, and New Bedford. The Fall River school committee has voted to keep masks in place through March 14.


In Rhode Island, masks will be required through March 4 and after that, it's up to schools to decide how to move forward.


A New CBA?

A Tweet Sunday Night from Jon Hayman of the MLB Network:


''There seems to be a chance for a deal tomorrow on deadline day, which is positive. But it remains only a chance. Most on the players side sounded more cautious in their assessment of today’s talks. Lots of issues still to resolve.''


And from This Morning:

'MLB/players union deadline-day meeting is scheduled to begin in a few minutes. While the deadline is still said to be in place, if there’s more progress today they would keep negotiating. While things nearly came apart at one point Saturday, there’s some hope for a deal now.''

RIDOT Sets Up Against the Snow

According to CBS 12 in Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation said it will have up to 500 state-owned and vendor plow trucks available to treat and clear roads and highways throughout today's storm. Traffic volumes are expected to be lighter because it is school vacation week as several cities and towns announced parking bans. One RIDOT official said the state also has a plan in place to remove disabled tractor-trailer trucks if they get stuck in the snow.

A Drive for "Superhero Alex"

According to CBS 12 in Providence, a bone marrow drive is being held March 12 from 9 A.M. to noon to help a Somerset teenager battling Leukemia. Alex Rogers, 16, who is better known as "Superhero Alex," has Leukemia. Alex is also living with Down Syndrome and recently beat COVID-19. He spent the holidays in the hospital and will likely be heading back there soon for a bone marrow transplant.


To potentially find Alex a match, the Somerset Fire Department is hosting the drive. Chief Jamison Barrows said a team of off-duty staff members will be welcoming guests.

Bruins Win In Seattle

The game write up from the Bruins Website:

SEATTLE -- Jake DeBrusk scored his second goal 33 seconds into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday.

DeBrusk skated down the left wing before shooting through the right arm of Philipp Grubauer from a sharp angle. He has scored four goals in his past three games after scoring seven in his first 43 this season.

Brad Marchand returned from his six-game suspension for Boston (30-17-4), which has won three straight after losing four of its previous five (1-3-1). Linus Ullmark made 25 saves.

Mark Giordano and Jordan Eberle scored for Seattle (16-33-5), which has lost six in a row (0-5-1). Grubauer made 36 saves.

Giordano gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead at 3:29 of the first period, taking advantage of a bad line change by the Bruins and scoring shorthanded from the slot.

DeBrusk tied it 1-1 at 17:33. Erik Haula had the puck deflected over the net by Carson Soucy, and after Jeremy Lauzon couldn't bat it away, DeBrusk jammed it in from the crease before Grubauer could locate it.

The Kraken were assessed four penalties, including one double minor, in the first period and were outshot 17-8.

David Pastrnak put the Bruins ahead 2-1 at 6:47 of the second period with a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Charlie McAvoy in the left circle.

Eberle tied it 2-2 at 13:19 when he kept the puck himself on a 3-on-1 and scored with a backhand from the edge of the crease.

Another Winter Storm

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Winter Storm Preparations, Directs Non-Emergency State Employees to Telework Tomorrow

BOSTON – Due to the upcoming winter storm, the Baker-Polito Administration has directed all non-emergency state employees working in Executive Branch agencies to telework, when possible, on Friday, February 25. The administration is urging residents to stay off roadways, especially during the morning commute, and to use public transportation when possible. Drivers who must travel should expect delays, reduce speed and use caution. Snow will develop during the pre-dawn hours, and will be heavy at times throughout the morning commute and will gradually transition to a wintry mix in parts of the state.
Current forecasts predict parts of Massachusetts could see up to 12 inches, with the highest amounts falling north of the Mass Pike, and a mix of snow, sleet, or rain in south/southeast Massachusetts. The storm is predicted to also bring icy conditions on any untreated surfaces by late Friday night. 
“Friday’s winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow to most of Massachusetts, with high snowfall rates especially during morning commute,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “If you don’t have to travel tomorrow, we urge you to consider staying home, and if you do need to travel, please use caution throughout the day.”
MassDOT will have approximately 3,900 pieces of state and vendor equipment available for snow and ice operations which includes over 1,400 plow and spreader combos, 2,100 plows, and 460 front-end loaders. Crews will be conducting snow and ice operations throughout the night on Thursday. To ensure the safety of travelers, MassDOT may implement speed limit restrictions on some highways. Additionally, all active breakdown lane use on highways will be suspended during the storm.
The MBTA and Keolis will closely monitor forecasts and changing conditions to help inform decisions about scheduled service and transit operations, and all those using the transit system are encouraged to check or @mbta on Twitter for service updates. The MBTA will suspend the use of trolleys on the Mattapan Line on Friday and buses will provide service during the suspension. All subway and commuter rail lines are expected to operate on a regular weekday schedule.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) plans to institute parking bans along agency-managed parkways consistent with local municipal bans. All agency-operated recreational facilities are expected to operate normal business hours on Friday, February 25. 
The administration remains in close contact with utility companies as it monitors the storm. Utility companies have secured additional crews, have pre-staged crews in areas that are expected to have significant impacts and will respond to outages as they occur.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is monitoring the storm and is prepared to activate the State’s Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) if necessary. The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with MEMA, National Weather Service, MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications. Please visit to learn what you should do before, during and after a winter storm.

The Baseball Talks Continue...

From the Twitter Account for ESPN's Jeff Passan 

''Meetings are done. Progress was minimal. There are four days left for MLB and the MLBPA to get a new labor deal or regular-season games are going to be canceled. They've had four days to move and there's been next to nothing -- just incremental. And that's that.''

MassDOT Closes Bridge

Detours will be in place for more than a year as Massachusetts Department of Transportation crews work to replace the Reed Street Bridge in Rehoboth. According to CBS 12 in Providence, the bridge will remain closed for the entire project, which is expected to be completed by June 2023. In addition to replacing the bridge, MassDOT said they plan to work on the roadway leading up to the bridge and install new guardrails and a riprap protection system, which helps prevent erosion.

Russia Invades Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced early Thursday local time that military operations had begun in Ukraine, kicking off a long-feared attack on their European neighbor.

Earlier Wednesday, Ukraine had taken steps to brace for a possible Russian invasion, declaring a nationwide state of emergency and calling up 36,000 military reservists.

U.S. President Joe Biden said a day earlier that the world is witnessing "the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine" as he announced new economic sanctions on Russia, after weeks of escalating tensions in the region.

Biden's remarks followed a fiery address from Putin to the Russian public on Monday evening, when the leader announced he was recognizing the independence of two Russia-backed separatist areas in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region -- the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk -- which prompted a set of sanctions from Western countries, including Germany halting approval of a major gas pipeline from Russia.

While the United States says some 190,000 Russian troops and pro-Russian separatist forces are estimated to be massed near Ukraine's borders, Russia has blamed Ukraine for stoking the crisis and reiterated its demands that Ukraine pledges to never join NATO.

Andrade Trial Called Off

In a pair of announcements issued from the Moakley Federal Court House Wednesday, the trial set to begin with jury selection for the former Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff for convicted former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia on March 7 was cancelled. 

Instead, what is listed as a Plea and Sentence hearing for Gen Andrade will happen in Courtroom One of the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston's Seaport District beginning at 11am. 

A plea deal has been worked out between Federal Prosecutors and Andrade's Defense team that would have Andrade plead guilty to making false statements to Federal Investigators. 

The other charges have been dropped by prosecutors. 

NOTICE OF HEARING - Plea and Sentence as to Genoveva Andrade is SCHEDULED for 3/7/2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 1 (In person with remote access provided) before Judge Douglas P. Woodlock. (Beatty, Barbara) (Entered: 02/23/2022)
02/23/2022    395     Notice Canceling Criminal Jury Trial as to Genoveva Andrade. (Beatty, Barbara) (Entered: 02/23/2022)

ESPN's Jeff Passan on The MLB Talks

''MLB made it clear today: No deal Feb. 28, regular-season games are canceled.  And if one thing is going to prevent a deal, the CBT is it. Owners are saying they can’t go much above $214M. The union hasn’t made a CBT proposal since the lockout began. It’s a staring contest''

''Maybe this week, maybe later, one side will blink. When it does, a deal will happen, free agency will flourish, trades will commence, bats will crack, mitts will pop, opening day will arrive. I just don't know when that will be. All that's at stake is the sport's future.''

MA COVID-19 Treatments for High Risk Individuals

Department of Public Health Reminds Residents of Availability of COVID-19 Treatments for Positive Higher-Risk Individuals

BOSTON (February 23, 2022) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today reminded residents that free treatment options are available that can be used to prevent severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. Several treatments, including monoclonal antibody infusions and oral therapeutics, are widely available across the Commonwealth. 

Treatment is available for people who are at increased risk of severe disease, test positive for COVID-19 and have any symptoms, even mild ones (such as runny nose or cough).

Residents who think they may be eligible and have questions on if treatment is right for them should contact their medical provider or call the COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line operated by Gothams. The Gothams call line is a free resource that can help refer individuals to sites for monoclonal antibody treatments. 

These treatment options have been authorized by the FDA for the treatment of COVID-19 in individuals ages 12 and over who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness. 

There are five treatment options in Massachusetts:

Oral Therapeutics (Pills) 
•    Paxlovid (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)
•    Molnupiravir (must be taken within 5 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)

Oral therapeutic treatments require a prescription from a healthcare provider. 

Monoclonal Antibody Intravenous (IV) and Antiviral Infusion 
•    Sotrovimab (must be administered within 10 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)
•    Remdesivir (must be given within 7 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)
•    Bebtelovimab (must be administered within 7 days of your first COVID-19 symptom)

Referrals for monoclonal antibody treatment can be provided by the Gothams call center by calling (508) 213-1380, Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., or by an individual’s healthcare provider.

“These therapeutics, including COVID pills and infusions, are potentially lifesaving but for eligible individuals, they need to be administered quickly to be effective,” said Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke. “They can help keep you from getting very sick and out of the hospital. If you test positive for COVID-19 and have any kind of risk factor such as diabetes or high blood pressure or asthma – we encourage you to call your provider or the Gothams phone number immediately to see if the treatment could be right for you. Do not wait to see if your symptoms worsen.”

“Importantly, the new guidance on use of these therapeutics and their increased availability enables essentially all patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing even mild symptoms, and are at an increased risk of severe illness to access proven treatments that can prevent severe disease and save lives,” said Massachusetts Medical Society President Dr. Carole Allen. “Don’t wait. Even if symptoms are mild, please consider these safe and effective treatments to prevent the disease from progressing to a point that may require hospitalization.”

“We are fortunate that there is now an ample supply of therapeutic treatments available widely across the Commonwealth,” said Patricia Noga, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association. “Our healthcare community views these therapeutics as a part of routine COVID care and hospitals are strongly encouraging clinicians to utilize them to the greatest extent possible. MHA and our members are committed to expanding access to these treatments as we navigate our way out of this latest surge.”

Treatments are free and widely available across the Commonwealth. Residents who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 can view treatment locations by visiting the COVID-19 Therapeutic Locator. There are seven state-sponsored locations managed by Gothams in Pittsfield, Holyoke, Athol, Plymouth, Everett, Lowell, and Fall River, in addition to select pharmacies and healthcare settings. 

To receive treatment, residents should: 

1.    Contact your doctor. They can help identify the best treatment for you, OR
2.    Call the Gothams COVID-19 Self-Referral Treatment Line, Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at (508) 213-1380 to speak to a representative who can help individuals access treatment. 

There is capacity within the Commonwealth and those in need are often able to receive same-day appointments.  

Visit to learn more about the options available to you.

The best protection against severe illness or hospitalization from COVID-19 is vaccination and getting a booster dose. Visit to learn more. 

Rep. Auchencloss on Transportation

Auchincloss Leads Letter to Buttigieg Calling for Focus on On-Demand Transit 
 “The Department can support transit innovations, including on-demand transit, that will better connect our constituents to jobs, goods, and services while advancing policy goals shared by Congress and the Administration”
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressman Jake Auchincloss (D, MA-04) led 14 other members of Congress in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Senior Advisor to the President And Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu to encourage flexibility for the inclusion of on-demand transit and investments in more reliable, convenient, and sustainable public transportation as the Bipartisan Infrastructure law is implemented.

 In the letter the members stated, “By taking these four key steps, the Department can support transit innovations, including on-demand transit, that will better connect our constituents to jobs, goods, and services while advancing policy goals shared by Congress and the Administration.

 We believe all of these points are consistent with the Department’s Innovation Principles and the Biden Administration's broader priorities. We look forward to working with you on these critical actions that will improve access to affordable transit for all.” 

New SNAP Choices

Price Rite Marketplace Joins Massachusetts’ EBT SNAP Online Purchasing Program
Massachusetts residents can now use EBT SNAP benefits to buy food online from Price Rite via Instacart

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) SNAP benefits to buy groceries online from participating Price Rite Marketplace stores via Instacart and Price Rite's own online storefront, powered by Instacart.

Price Rite is the ninth SNAP online retailer in the Commonwealth, joining BJ’s, Daily Table, Stop & Shop, Walmart and Amazon, as well as ALDI, Hannaford, Price Chopper and Stop & Shop via Instacart. Across all eligible retailers, residents have spent over $133 million in SNAP benefits to-date buying groceries online. For more information on the Massachusetts program, visit

Markey on Ukraine

Senator Markey Statement on Russian Aggressions Against Ukraine 
Boston (February 23, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s formal recognition of two separatist republics, Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine, and President Joe Biden’s announcement of initial sanctions against Russia for this incursion. 
“My heart is with the people of Ukraine as they endure a savage and illegal violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. No country is allowed to draw new borders and use that as a pretext for an invasion. This is an unjustified incursion by Russia spurred by adventurism on the part of Putin, and the United States and our European allies have responded with unity and resolve to stand firm against his transgressions.  
“President Biden has wisely started implementing sanctions – our best non-military option – to impose consequences on the Kremlin, Russia’s defense sector, and Putin’s petro-oligarch cronies for this blatant violation of international law. U.S. allies have also stepped up to the plate with tough, targeted sanctions of their own.  If Russia’s incursion continues, more sanctions will follow.  While we must continue to provide unwavering support for Ukraine and our NATO allies in Europe, at the same time, President Biden is right to continue seeking a diplomatic resolution, despite the fact that time and again Putin has rejected compromise proposed by the Biden administration, NATO, and Ukraine. 
“This is yet another example of the importance of eliminating U.S. and European reliance on Russian dirty energy as quickly as possible– Putin and his cronies continue to fill their pockets with dirty oil and gas money at the expense of Ukraine and European energy independence. Our global fossil fuel addiction is a catalyst for conflict, but a clean energy Green New Deal would be a pathway for peace. The United States must lead our European allies in the clean energy revolution to protect us all—from Russia and from the existential threat of climate change caused by dirty fossil fuels.” 

MA Small Business Grant Program

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of a new $75 million grant program to support Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The new program is part of the plan to spend $4 billion in American Rescue Plan funding that was signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker in December 2021 <>. The new program is modeled after Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation’s (MGCC) successful COVID-19 small business relief program. Under that effort, which became the biggest state-sponsored business relief program in the nation, MGCC oversaw the distribution of approximately $705 million to over 15,000 small businesses across Massachusetts. 

The $75 million will be focused on small businesses that employ between two and 50 people, with $25 million directed toward businesses that did not qualify for previous MGCC grants because of a lack of revenue loss in 2020; and $50 million directed to businesses that reach underserved markets and historically underrepresented groups, or are minority-, women-, or veteran-owned businesses, or are owned by individuals with disabilities or who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 
Under both categories, grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000, and will be capped at the lesser of $75,000 or three months of operating expenses. Grant funding can be used for employee and benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, and interest on debt.

In addition to prioritizing applications from businesses that did not qualify for prior aid and businesses owned by individuals from historically underserved populations or operate in underserved markets, eligible businesses must currently be in operation and based in Massachusetts. Applicants must also demonstrate that business revenues for 2020 were between $40,000 and $2.5 million. 

Andrade C Plea Part II

The former Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is again asking Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock to accept a plea deal with Federal Prosecutors that allows her to avoid any prison time. 


Gen Andrade has decided to plead guilty to a single count of making false statements to federal investigators, while Federal Prosecutors have decided to drop charges of Extortion Conspiracy, Extortion and Aiding and Abetting, and Bribery. 


Andrade's defense team is asking for a sentence of time served, 12 months of supervised release, and a fine of $10,000. 


The two sides tried a similar C Plea deal in December 2020, only to have Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock reject the agreement. 


Andrade has a trial date of March 7 still on the Federal Docket. 



The Correia Defense Team Gets a March 30 Deadline

The Boston-based defense team for former convicted Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II has until March 30 to submit the required legal documents supporting the appeals process for their client to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.


Fixx and Marx LLC had deadlines of December 27 and February 28 prior to what is likely the third and final extension it will recieve. 


Correia is also waiting on a decision from the federal courts as to whether or not he will remain out of prison while his appeals process continues. 


Currently, Correia is set to self-surrender to FCI-Berlin in New Hampshire  on March 4 to begin serving a six year sentence. 

The Two Sides Continue To Meet

MLB Network's Jon Heyman tweeted Tuesday night that the MLBPA and the owners of MLB Franchises continue to meet this week, and will likely meet through February 28. 


While a Universial D-H has been agreed to, the two sides remain far apart on core economic issues, which is already delaying Spring Training in Florida and Arizona, and the opening day on March 31. 

CLT on MA Tax Proposals

CLT Testimony (H.4361)
Testimony for the Joint Committee on Revenue on H.4361
February 22, 2022
Citizens for Limited Taxation Supports Gov. Baker’s Tax Relief

To:  Members of the Joint Committee on Revenue
February 22, 2022

Gov. Baker’s proposal for tax relief (H.4361) is long overdue.  With the record billions of surplus revenue dollars pouring into the state treasury over the past two years, the most important question is:  If not now, when?
On announcing his proposal, Gov. Baker noted:  "The cost of just about everything is going up, and these tax breaks would help offset some of those costs for families."  Although inflation – “the cruelest tax of all,” now historically high and growing by the day – has affected everyone, there has always been inflation that has reduced the value of tax policies for taxpayers as time passes.  The time has arrived to revisit and update lagging tax policies.

For example, the renter’s deduction – a feature of our Proposition 2½ since voters adopted it forty-two years ago – was introduced in CLT’s law to benefit renters in the sharing of property tax limitation for landlords.  Increasing the deduction for rent payments from $3,000 to $5,000 – especially considering the long, steady and rising cost of housing – is overdue, and the governor’s proposal is modest.  Going forward, this deduction should be indexed to the Consumer Price Index, median family income, or some objective standard, to prevent it from falling behind in the future.

The same can be said for the most onerous estate tax in the nation, long outdated and much in need of adjustment just to catch up with past value lost.  The senior circuit breaker property tax credit and the governor’s other targeted tax relief proposals are all in need of adjustment as well.  Going forward, they too should be indexed to the Consumer Price Index, median family income, or some objective standard.
The Legislature has recognized the advantage of indexing for inflation and has adopted this mechanism for automatic legislative salary and stipend adjustments.  Indexing has worked for legislators and can work as well for taxpayers.

CLT and its members hope this committee will endorse the governor’s tax relief proposals, H.4361, and the Legislature adopts them.  There isn’t a better time for this.

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Shock Tubing on MA Beaches

USACE releases contact information should public find yellow plastic tubing on Cape Cod 

CONCORD, Mass. (February 22, 2022) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District announced today contact information if members of the public find yellow plastic tubing on Massachusetts beaches, particularly Cape Cod shore areas. 

The yellow tubing is called shock tubing and was used by a USACE contractor during blasting work for the $300 million Boston Harbor dredging project.

This shock-tubing is used during rock blasting solely for transmission of an explosive charge, is inert, and contains no explosive materials. Though the contractor was attentive to clean-ups of this tubing after each blast, the deep channel conditions, and frequent flow of vessel traffic in and out of the harbor, unfortunately made it impossible to account for all the used shock tubing. USACE has been in communication with the contractor who is assisting in clean-up efforts.

The shock tube is made from low?density polyethylene and is considered safe for humans to touch, but small pieces can create health problems for birds or other animals if ingested.

The New England District is grateful to the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Debris & Plastic Program for bringing to our attention the presence of shock tubing on regional beaches as the health and cleanliness of the marine environment and beaches is of great importance.

Should anyone find yellow plastic tubing which could possibly be shock tubing, please note the location and contact our USACE point of contact, Todd Randall, at (978) 318-8518 or send an email to  

Gasoline This Week

Westwood, MA, February 21, 2022 — Massachusetts’s average gas price is up 5 cents from last week ($3.49), averaging $3.54 per gallon. Today’s price is 18 cents higher than a month ago ($3.36), and 98 cents higher than February 21, 2021 ($2.56). Massachusetts’s average gas price 1 cent higher than the national average.

“Continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, plus increased demand as more drivers take to the roads, are combining to keep oil prices high, which translates into pain at the pump,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public/Government Affairs. 

AAA Northeast’s February 21 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 5 cents higher than last week ($3.48), averaging $3.53 a gallon. Today’s national average price is 21 cents higher a month ago ($3.32), and 90 cents higher than this day last year ($2.63).

MA Addresses Meeting Law Complaints

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said her office received a record number of open meeting law complaints during 2021. According to NBC 10, the Democrat said over 400 complaints were filed with her office about possible violations of the law, meant to help the public gain access into the workings of government. The office also issued a record 202 determination letters, and resolved a total of 350 complaints.


The most frequently occurring violations in 2021 were insufficiently specific meeting notices; failure to release meeting minutes, meetings not accessible to the public; and deliberations outside of a posted meeting.

Lakeville Accident Leaves Car Flipped

According to NBC 10, the Lakeville Fire Department responded to a serious crash Sunday morning the crash occurred at about 1 A.M. on Main Street. Images officials posted on social media show what appears to be tracks leading up to where a white car landed in front of a trailer. The department said one person was transported to Rhode Island hospital with serious injuries. The scene remains under investigation.

NB Man Arrested on Fentanyl

According to CBS 12 in Providence, a New Bedford man suspected of dealing drugs was arrested following a search of his home. Eric Silvia, 30, was charged with trafficking fentanyl subsequent to a previous conviction and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.


Detectives executed a search warrant at a Worcester Street address and found that Silvia was in possession of over 130 grams of fentanyl, 157 grams of marijuana, as well as digital scales and cash.

CA Bridge Jumper Faces Federal Counts

A Califorinia man arrested after he jumped off the Washington Bridge and into the Providence River while trying to flee from East Providence Police earlier this week has made an initial appearance before a Federal Magistrate Judge on a charge of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, according to U-S Attorneys in Providence. 


The East Providence Police SIU found that firearms were being advertised for sale on Facebook, which lead to surveillance of a residence there, where Jospeh Darosa placed a suitcase in the trunk of a vehicle that was found to have 14 handguns inside. 


The Driver was working for Lyft and had no knowledge of what was happening. 


28-year-old Joseph Darosa was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on 195 for a tinted window violation. 


Darosa survived a jump off the Washington Bridge into the Providence River; he was located about an hour later .


Darosa has a conviction in California for distribution of meth and was sentenced to 60 months behind bars in May 2016. 


He was serving a term of federal supervised release.  





This Week in The R-I General Assembly

This week at the 
General Assembly

STATE HOUSE — Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. 

?    Bill to reapportion House, Senate, congressional districts signed into law
The General Assembly approved and the governor has signed legislation to reapportion House, Senate and congressional districts. The redistricting legislation (2022-H 7323Aaa, 2022-S 2162Aaa) was introduced by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) and Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland), who chaired a special legislative commission to propose new district maps.

?    House OKs Rep. Corvese bill to allow those filing for bankruptcy to keep $500
The House approved legislation (2022-H 6623) sponsored by Rep. Arthur Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence) to allow those who file for bankruptcy to keep $500 of their personal savings. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, is intended to provide protection for individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties.

?    Bill would shift away from wasteful packaging
House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chairman David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick, Cranston) has introduced legislation (2022-H 7279) to establish “extended producer responsibility” for packaging to push product manufacturers to reduce wasteful, non-recyclable packaging on products sold in Rhode Island, and assess them fees for the amount disposed of here. Sen. Bridget Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, Narragansett, South Kingstown) is sponsoring the bill in the Senate (2022-S 2296).

?    Bill would require RI’s electricity to be 100% renewable by 2030
Building on last year’s enactment of the historic Act on Climate, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) has reintroduced legislation (2022-S 2274) to formalize and accelerate Rhode Island’s commitment to a renewable energy future. The bill, which has also been introduced in the House (2022-H 7277) by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown), would require that 100 percent of electricity sold in Rhode Island be generated from renewable sources by 2030. 

?    Sen. Goodwin, Rep. Slater submit pension bond bill for Providence
Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), House Deputy Majority Leader Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, City Council President John Igliozzi and other partners announced the introduction of legislation (2022-S 2321, 2022-H 7499) authorizing the City of Providence to issue a 25-year, fixed-rate, pension obligation bond for up to $515 million. Without corrective action, the city’s large and growing unfunded pension liability threatens the security of retirees and employees, pushes the city closer to fiscal instability and imperils city services.

?    McNamara bill would cease practice of ending speech pathology at 9 years old
The House Committee on Education heard testimony on legislation (2022-H 7273) introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) that would include speech pathology under the umbrella of special education and cease the practice of ending speech pathology solely because the child has attained 9 years of age.

?    Phillips bill would lower interest penalties for businesses with delinquent taxes
Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51) has introduced legislation that would ease the penalties for those businesses that are behind on their tax payments. The bill (2022-H 6658) would change the rate of interest for underpayments of tax to prime rate plus six percent. It would also limit the assessment of interest to four calendar years prior to the date on which notice of the delinquent payment is sent. Similar legislation (2022-S 2263) has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland).

?    Vella-Wilkinson bill offers deduction for certain National Guard assignments
Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) has introduced legislation that would offer deductions for taxpayers serving in the National Guard for health-related assignments. The bill (2022-H 7382) would provide for an income tax deduction for a taxpayer serving in the National Guard at an amount up to 50 percent of the taxpayer’s income earned for medically related service during a pandemic.

?    Sen. Lawson introduces bill to use ARPA funds to address hunger crisis
Sen. Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) has introduced legislation (2022-S 2310) that proposes allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to receive a minimum 50 cent credit for each dollar spent on fruits and vegetables in retail settings. The program would be paid for using federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and would be administered by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. Similar legislation (2022-H 7490) has been introduced in the House by Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket).

?    Black and Latino Caucus holds Black History Month celebration 
The Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus held its annual Black History Month celebration in the State Library of the State House. The caucus honored the National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as the Divine 9, which are nine historically Black fraternities and sororities that came together in the 1930s at Howard University to foster brotherhood and sisterhood in the pursuit of bringing about social change. Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket), chairwoman of the caucus, presided over the event.

The Saga of The Jones Jersey

The following first appeared on the Patriots Official Website 

Mac Jones earned the support of Patriots Nation this season and it reflected in his jersey sales.

The NFLPA recently released its Top 50 Player Sales list, and the New England quarterback cracked the top five for jersey sales among his peers.

The report considers sales of all officially licensed NFL player merchandise between March 1 and November 30, 2021, not yet accounting for the final six weeks of the Patriots' season. The year-end list will be released in April.

In the mean time, Jones ranks among some notable players.

Super Bowl champion quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes own the top two spots, respectively, while Dak Prescott and division rival Josh Allen round out the top four.

Jones beat out Justin Fields, the only other rookie in the Top 10, as well as CeeDee Lamb, George Kittle, Lamar Jackson and Joe Burrow.

Jones entered the season with the second-most sold jersey, trailing just Allen on the list before playing in a regular season game, according to Fanatics.

Patriots fans can continue buying-in on Mac Jones, literally and figuratively, by purchasing his merchandise at the ProShop at Gillette Stadium or online at

MA Hate Crimes Report Issued

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Annual Hates Crimes Report, Provides Update on Efforts to Combat Hate and Discrimination
Administration Endorses Updated Definition of Antisemitism, Urges Continued Vigilance
BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today released the 2020 Massachusetts Hate Crimes Report.  The report is compiled from data submitted by law enforcement agencies across Massachusetts and supports a better understanding of the evolving nature of hate crimes in the Commonwealth. The Administration also provided an update on its efforts to combat hate crimes in Massachusetts, building on Governor Charlie Baker’s re-establishment of the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes in 2017. As part of that continued work, the Administration today endorsed an updated definition of antisemitism that was first adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). By endorsing this definition, the Administration is re-affirming its commitment to combatting antisemitism and all forms of hate, wherever it is found.
Click here to read the Governor’s proclamation endorsing the IHRA’s updated definition of antisemitism.
“There is no place for hate or discrimination in Massachusetts, and our Administration is proud to work with community and faith leaders, law enforcement and others to combat hate crimes and ensure the Commonwealth remains a welcoming community to everyone,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Building on our ongoing work through the Task Force on Hate Crimes, we are proud today to endorse this updated definition of antisemitism to make clear that as the forms of hate and intolerance evolve, so will our efforts to respond.”
“Combatting hate crimes requires constant vigilance, and we have worked with the Task Force on Hate Crimes to better equip our law enforcement officers, schools and houses of worship to confront these threats,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We will continue to work with all these partners to keep our communities safe and welcoming for everyone.”
The Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes is made up of a wide range of members with expertise in community advocacy, law enforcement, health care, law, government, and education, and represent diversity in gender, race, industry, region, age and education. The Task Force has guided the Administration’s work to combat hate crimes in a number of ways:
•    Helping Law Enforcement Combat Hate Crimes: In 2018, the Task Force made recommendations to Massachusetts law enforcement agencies. As a result of those recommendations, the Administration urged local law enforcement to appoint a Civil Rights Officer and at this time every municipal police department in Massachusetts has a designated CRO, with State Police providing that service for some smaller, rural departments.
•    Supporting Schools’ Response to Hate Crimes: In 2021, the Task Force released a School Resource Guide outlining best practices to assist elementary and secondary schools in developing a comprehensive hate crime policy to  prevent, report, and raise awareness of bias-driven crimes.
•    Protecting Houses of Worship: The Administration recognizes the evolving nature of hate crime threats to houses of worship. To support physical security infrastructure enhancements at these institutions, the Administration in 2018 established the Commonwealth Nonprofit Security Grant. Since then, the program has awarded $3.9 million in grants.
In 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation that will ultimately transition the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes into a new statutory Hate Crimes Task Force under Section 221 of Chapter 6 of the General Laws.
About the 2020 Hate Crimes Report: 
To compile the report, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) received a total of 385 reports of incidents of hate crime, up from 376 in 2019, from a total of 95 agencies. In addition, 271 agencies submitted “zero reports,” indicating that they had experienced no bias-motivated incidents. Together, these agencies covered approximately 95% of the population of Massachusetts. The remaining number of “non-reporting” agencies decreased to 38, which is a 45.7% decrease in the last 5 years.   
After receipt and state data quality checks, EOPSS submitted all Massachusetts hate crime data to the FBI for further analysis, verification, and inclusion in its annual Hate Crime Statistics publication.  As in past years, 2020 hate crime data was collected utilizing two methods – the more detailed National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) and the older Uniform Crime Report (UCR) system. It is important to note that several of the categories displayed in this report may only be available from the NIBRS–reporting agencies, as NIBRS captures many data elements that UCR does not capture. In 2020, 383 incidents were submitted via NIBRS from 93 agencies, while 2 were submitted via UCR.
Past reports are available online here.

An MLB Postponement

The Boston Globe, ESPN and Fox Sports are all reporting that Major League Baseball has called off Spring Training games till at least March 5, amid a lockout and negotiations on a new CBA. 


The next round of negotiating sessions are set to continue on Monday, after a 15 minute session between the MLBPA and the Owners earlier this week. 

A New Superintendent for Dighton-Rehoboth

According to ABC 6, Attleboro High School Principal Bill Runey has been voted as the new Superintendent of the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District for the 2022-2023 year. This decision was made by parents, town officials, community members, and school personnel from the Dighton-Rehoboth community. Runey has served as the Principal of Attleboro High School for the past 10 years and also served as the Principal of Bishop Feehan High School.


Runey will assume his duties as of July 1, 2022 as his pending contract is still being negotiated.

NBPD Arrest Local Gunman

According to CBS 12 in Providence, police have arrested a New Bedford man Wednesday night while responding to reports of gunfire in the city. The incident occurred around 6 P.M., when two detectives heard gunshots a few blocks away from their location. Police said when they arrived on scene both detectives saw the suspect, identified by police as Marcus Hubbard, running through someone's driveway.


Hubbard, 21, was quickly taken into custody. No one was injured in the incident, though a car parked nearby was damaged. Hubbard has been charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, receiving stolen property, damage to property, and trespassing.

Freetown Embezzlement Vehicles

A Freetown official accused of stealing and selling town-owned vehicles was acquitted prosecutors said Wednesday. Charles Macomber, the town highway surveyor, was charged with larceny and embezzlement in 2019. Police said he sold two town-owned Humvees without the authority to do so. The town bought the surplus military Humvees for spare parts.

South Shore Plaza Shooter Pleading Not Guilty

Julius Hammond-Desir pleaded not guilty to murder and firearms charges in Quincy District Court Wednesday afternoon who he is being held without bail. According to the Boston Herald, the man accused of shooting and killing another man at the South Shore Plaza mall in Braintree was arrested in Dorchester this morning after three and a half weeks in hiding, authorities say. 


His arraignment is expected to happen some time today in Quincy District Court. Authorities said they suspected 19 year old Julius Hammond-Desir, of Maynard, for the January 22 shooting in the mall and named him on the 28th as they sought the public's help in locating him. Hammond-Desir is accused of shooting and killing 26 year old Dijoun Beasley, of Dorchester, around 3 P.M. that afternoon.

Some Bad Dog Treats in MA

Massachusetts Cases of Salmonella Linked to Dog Treats

Consumers advised to dispose of “Dog Gone Dog Treats” to prevent illness

BOSTON (February 16, 2022) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising consumers who have any Dog Gone Dog Treats to dispose of them. There have been three cases of salmonellosis (infection with the Salmonella bacteria) linked to individuals handling these dog treats. The cases include two adults in their 70s and a child; all are residents of Essex County. One open bag from a customer and several unopened bags purchased last week all tested positive for Salmonella at the State Public Health Laboratory. 

Dog Gone Dog Treats are made in Georgetown, include “chicken chips” and beef liver and sweet potato chips, and are sold at Essex County Co-Op in Topsfield, New England Dog Biscuit Company in Salem, Gimme Chews & Moore in Haverhill, and Animal Krackers in Gloucester. These treats are dehydrated and are not fully cooked.

All stores have been ordered to remove any existing product from their shelves and no additional product is currently being made. People get Salmonella if they eat or handle food that has been contaminated with the bacteria and the food has not been properly handled, prepared, or cooked. Salmonella is common in uncooked food products from animals, such as eggs, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. People who get the germs on their hands can infect themselves by eating, smoking, or touching their mouths. They can also spread the germs to anyone or anything they touch, including food. 

Most people with an infection will have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps that can last up to a week; severe disease is possible but uncommon. Although treatment is not always necessary, people who have weakened immune systems, very young children, adults over 65, and those experiencing severe symptoms should talk to their healthcare providers about treatment. Individuals should consult with their healthcare provider if they have symptoms after contact with the dog treats or an animal that has eaten the dog treats.  

Dogs that become ill from Salmonella infection may experience diarrhea that can contain blood or mucus, may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit. It is also possible for dogs to have Salmonella infection and not appear sick. Those concerned that their dogs may have become ill after eating the treats should consult their veterinarians.  

The best way to prevent Salmonella infection from pet food or treats is to: 

•    Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water right after handling pet food or treats or having contact with animal feces (stool), especially before preparing, serving, or eating foods or drinks, or before preparing baby bottles.
•    Store pet food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared, and away from young children.
•    Children under 5 should not touch or eat pet food or treats. 
•    Clean and disinfect surfaces that the pet treats may have touched. Salmonella can survive several weeks in dry environments.
•    Don’t let your dog lick your mouth and face after eating. If you do, wash your hands and any other parts of your body they may have licked with soap and water.
•    The CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets as they have been found to contain germs, including Salmonella, that can make pets and humans sick.


MassDOT in Berkley

MassDOT Advisory:  Berkley 
Overnight Sign Installation Operations on Bryant Street Bridge over Route 24

Work will take place from 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, through 4 a.m. on Friday, February 18
BERKLEY - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be conducting sign installation operations on the Bryant Street Bridge located over Route 24 in Berkley. The work will take place from 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, through 4:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18.

Standard temporary traffic control operations will be utilized including the use of police detail officers for various lane and shoulder closures on Route 24 northbound and southbound. A minimum of one open travel lane will be maintained at all times. 

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 

Celtics/Pistons Tonight on WSAR 95.9 and 1480

This from the Celtics Website:


Playing their final game before the NBA All-Star break, the Boston Celtics will look to continue an unbeaten February when they host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.


Boston's NBA-leading win streak reached nine games with a 135-87 road win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. The Celtics, who are 7-0 in February, haven't lost since Jan. 28 in Atlanta.


Jaylen Brown scored 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting to pace the Celtics against the Sixers. Boston built an 11-2 lead in less than three minutes, led by 27 at halftime and was up by 51 with 3:04 left. Brown hit five of his seven 3-point attempts, helping Boston set a single-game franchise record with 25 made triples.

N-B Mask Mandate To Be Lifted on Friday

City to Lift Mask Policy in Municipal Buildings

New Bedford, Massachusetts – With the recent precipitous drop in COVID-19 transmission in New Bedford, Mayor Jon Mitchell has decided to lift the policy requiring the use of masks in the public areas of municipal buildings, such as City Hall and public libraries. The mask policy will be lifted as of 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Mayor Mitchell is grateful to everyone who has observed the mask requirement since its establishment by executive order in August 2021. 

COVID-19 cases in New Bedford have fallen dramatically over the past five weeks. The City hit its peak of daily cases on Jan. 7, when 562 cases were reported over the previous 24-hour period. On Tuesday, Feb. 15, just 17 cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, a 97-percent drop from the peak.

The New Bedford Health Department is continuing with other pandemic response efforts, including the promotion of COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, which have proven extremely effective at preventing severe COVID outcomes. The Health Department also is continuing to monitor transmission risk and the emergence of new variants that could require additional safeguards. 

Patriots New Front Office Hire

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that Matt Groh has been named director of player personnel.

Groh, who is entering his 12th season with New England, spent last season as college scouting director. He originally joined the organization in 2011 as a scouting assistant and served in that role for two seasons, before spending six seasons as an area scout and two seasons as a national scout.

A native of Hingham, Mass., Groh played quarterback at Princeton University, where he graduated in 2003. He later earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 2008.

COVID-19 Vaccination Blockage

According to NBC 10, a judge has blocked Boston from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate on certain classes of firefighters and police officers. The Massachusetts Appeals Court judge says Mayor Michelle Wu's mandate can't be enforced on members of the city firefighters union and two police officers unions until their ongoing legal fight that says all city workers must be vaccinated or face termination must be resolved.


The appeals court last month issued a temporary stay on the mandate for the three municipal labor unions after they appealed a lower court ruling. Wu's administration said it's "disappointed" by the ruling and is carefully reviewing it.

Fight at Logan Airport

According to NBC 10, an American Airlines employee has allegedly stabbed a coworker with a multi-use tool during a fight inside Boston's Logan Airport. The Boston Globe reported the altercation broke out at around 1:30 A.M. yesterday. The alleged attacker was caught by state troopers inside the terminal with a Leatherman tool. 


A state police said the 34-year-old man from Leominster has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The employee who was stabbed is a 38-year-old man from Lynn. He was released from the hospital later Tuesday.

Bruins Roster Moves

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 11, that the team has recalled defenseman Jack Ahcan and assigned defenseman Tyler Lewington to Providence. 

Ahcan, 24, has five goals and 14 assists for 19 points in 31 AHL games with Providence this season. The 5-foot-8, 178-pound defenseman has skated in five career NHL games with Boston. 

Lewington, 27, has posted one goal and three assists for four points with a plus-six rating in 26 AHL games with Providence this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman has appeared in 12 career NHL games with Boston, Nashville and Washington, totaling one goal and two assists for three points. 

A New Patriots DocuSeries

Apple TV+ orders New England Patriots event docuseries "The Dynasty" 
Feb 15, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Apple announced today it has ordered "The Dynasty," a new documentary event series about the New England Patriots, from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Documentaries, in association with NFL Films, to join its unscripted slate.

The 10-part docuseries is based on the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestselling book by author Jeff Benedict. With unprecedented access to the New England Patriots, Benedict spent two years inside the organization, and chronicled the rise and historic 20-year run of the Patriots during the Brady-Belichick-Kraft era. The documentary series, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Matthew Hamachek ("TIGER"), will go deeper, drawing on thousands of hours of never-before-seen video footage and audio files from the Patriots organization's archive. The filmmakers have also been given access to the organization during the 2021 season and are conducting hundreds of interviews with past and present Patriots players, coaches and executives, along with league officials and the arch rivals of the most dominant sports dynasty of the 21st century.

The documentary series, which is produced by Imagine Documentaries in association with NFL Films, is executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes and Jenna Millman ("The First Wave"), along with Hamachek and Benedict. Miranda Johnson ("60 Days") serves as the co-executive producer.

The new series joins a growing lineup of anticipated unscripted sports docuseries on Apple TV+, including the soon-to-premiere Magic Johnson event series, "They Call Me Magic"; a new docuseries about basketball sensation Makur Maker; "Greatness Code," a short-form unscripted series directed by Gotham Chopra and co-produced by Uninterrupted and Religion of Sports that spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world; and, a docuseries around the World Surf League.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with more than 200 wins and 900 award nominations and counting.


New Mask Advisory in MA

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Releases Updated Face Covering Advisory

BOSTON (February 15, 2022) - Today, the Department of Public Health (DPH) released updated guidance regarding the use of face coverings and masks by individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Recognizing that Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccine acceptance, and in light of recent improvements in COVID-19 indicators, DPH now advises that a fully vaccinated person should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system and is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering or mask when indoors with others to help prevent spreading COVID-19.

Individuals who have tested positive or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must follow the isolation and quarantine guidance which includes wearing a mask in public for 5 more days after leaving isolation or quarantine on Day 5, regardless of vaccination status.

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including on public transportation and in health care facilities.  Please see for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021.

The full advisory can be found here.

A National Guard Tax Proposal in Rhode Island

Rep. Vella-Wilkinson bill would offer tax deduction for health-related National Guard assignments
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) has introduced legislation that would offer deductions for taxpayers serving in the National Guard for health-related assignments.

The bill (2022-H 7382) would provide for an income tax deduction for a taxpayer serving in the National Guard at an amount up to 50 percent of the taxpayer’s income earned for medically related service during a pandemic

“The Governor has the ability to activate our National Guard as a response to natural disaster or to keep order during civil unrest,” said Representative Vella-Wilkinson. “However, I firmly believe that activating the Guard to bolster the shortage of healthcare workers during a pandemic is well outside the scope of their mission and puts them and their immediate family at risk to exposure. Approving this tax exemption is tantamount to providing hazard pay.” 

As COVID-19 infections surge, more than 15,600 National Guard members throughout the country are supporting state and local officials dealing with the pandemic. Of those responding, more than 6,000 Guard members are providing direct support to hospitals, care centers and other medical facilities. 
“From the beginning of the pandemic, National Guard men and women in each of the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have been on the front lines,” said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau. “We continue to work closely with the states to ensure our Soldiers and Airmen are meeting their needs.”

The legislation, which is cosponsored by Representatives Thomas E. Noret (D-Dist. 25, Coventry, West Warwick), Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown), Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly), Julie Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) and Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence), has been referred to the House Finance Committee.

UMass Dartmouth Professor with new work on The Underground Railroad

UMass Dartmouth professor featured in upcoming Library of Congress Black History Month tribute

History Professor Timothy Walker will appear on a panel to discuss his research on the maritime aspects of the Underground Railroad

Professor Timothy Walker, Ph.D. (History), will lead a panel titled, “The Maritime Underground Railroad” to be broadcasted Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. as part of a Black History Month tribute sponsored by the Library of Congress. The panel will discuss how enslaved people achieved their freedom by sea and what the waterborne journey looked like for many African Americans.

"Long distance, overland escapes from the deep south were virtually impossible, and nearly all documented successful escapes from the far coastal south were achieved by water,” said Walker. “Seaborne escapes were faster, safer, and less logistically complicated than attempting to run away from enslavement by land.”

Walker, who edited, “Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2021), will be joined by two of the book’s nine contributors: Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, a lecturer in the Department of American Studies for the University of Maryland College Park, and Cassandra Newby-Alexander, dean at the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University. Sailing to Freedom documents hundreds of seaborne flights from enslavement, including Mary Millburn’s successful 1858 escape of Norfolk, Virginia, to Philadelphia aboard an express steamship.

“This book aims to change the way people think about the Underground Railroad; to shift the dominant narrative to include the profoundly important maritime side of the story,” said Walker.

This event is moderated by former Kluge Center Director John Haskell, and will premiere live on the Library of Congress’ YouTube channel, where it will also be available for viewing afterward. 

Walker is also guest-curating an exhibition on the same topic at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, which will open May 19, and run through November of this year.

McNamara Alleges Assault

A Somerset woman has been formally arraigned on a single count of a misdemeanor assault for allegedly trying to open the driver's side door of an occupied vehicle. The Jeep was piloted by former Somerset Selectman Holly McNamara who was blocked from leaving a Somerset residence.


In the incident that occurred in August of 2021, McNamara claims she was at the home of a friend trying to pick up mail while the owner of the Somerset home was in Maine when she was stopped and approached. Elizabeth Elmasian, 58, and McNamara squared off in a 13 minute digital video that the former selectman recorded on her cell phone. In the video recording, Elmasian is heard hurling numerous insults and obscenities. A 911 dispatcher told McNamara to just ignore Elmasian, lock her car and not to let her in.


Elsmasian is a Providence based Attorney and is part of Somerset's "Save Our Bay", which has been at the center of the ongoing controversy regarding the former Brayton Point property in the town.

Fall River Face Mask Policy for Public Schools

The Fall River Public School District will require masks be worn in the 17 school buildings in the district until March 14, as members of the committee had reservations about following Commonwealth Guidelines that allow for a mask mandate to be lifted on the final day of February, after a unanimous vote last night during the committee's monthly session at Kuss Middle School.


Committee members had concerns over another spike over a winter break that ends on the final day of February, in terms of spikes of Covid-19 that had been in district numbers after Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021.


Face coverings will still have to be worn on school buses as part of an ongoing federal mandate. . 



Pontes loses an Interim Label

Fall River now has a permanent Public School Superintendent, as the seven member School Committee voted last night during the February session at Kuss Middle School unanamiously to remove the Interim label from the job title of now Superintendent Maria Pontes. 


Pontes was the choice of the school committee after former Superintendent Dr. Matthew Malone resigned in the fourth quarter of 2021, after being accused in a report of bullying employees of the district. 


Pontes is a former classroom teacher who served as principal in several buildings before being named an assistant superintendent. 

The Rhode Island Super Numbers

Administrators with the Rhode Island Lottery indicate it will be the final day of the month before the final numbers are tabulated regarding tickets written for the Super Bowl, but did confirm that some 4,000 tickets that were written on the coin toss-heads--and that 3700 were written on the first player to score a touchdown, which turned out to be the Rams' Odell Beckham Jr., according to CBS 12 in Providence. 


Some 95-thousand tickets were written in Rhode Island in the days leading up to the game, as the Cincinnati covered a 4 point spread while the under was proper wager in terms of the number of points scored by the two teams. 

Large Rehoboth Fire Burns Commercial Building

Crews in Rehoboth are investigating a fire that destroyed a commercial building housing several businesses on Saturday, according to CBS 12 in Providence. Chief Frank Barres of the Rehoboth Fire Department said crews were called to the fire on Park Street around 3 A.M. When fire crews arrived on scene, heavy fire could be seen coming from the building. After several hours, the fire department deemed the building a total loss.


Fire officials say the building was unoccupied at the time, and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Rehoboth Fire and Police Departments along with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal's office.

Man Arrested on Exposure in Dartmouth

According to CBS 12 in Providence, police arrested a man after they say he allegedly exposed himself several times to employees at a store in the Dartmouth Mall. Last Wednesday, police were called to the H&M, located inside the mall, for allegedly exposing himself while in the fitting room area several times since January. Police found the suspect, later identified as 34 year old Jeremiah Moran of New Bedford and arrested him on charges of open and gross lewdness.

More Clinics in New Bedford

Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Sites 
New Bedford, Massachusetts – Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—is scheduled for its regular dates next week, Sunday through Thursday. 


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.  


For walk-up testing, Seven Hills Behavioral Health offers free services at former Fire Station 11 in the South End on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and at PAACA on Coggeshall St. on Wednesday.

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, Feb. 13: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 14: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-    Sevem Hills at former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 15: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-    Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16:
-    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, Feb. 17:
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
-    Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18:
-    Seven Hills at former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 20: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gov. McKee Approved More Pandemic Power

According to NBC 10, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee is a step closer to keeping his emergency pandemic executive powers. The Rhode Island Senate passed a resolution 30-8 to extend his powers through March 31. The House of Representatives voted 50-17 to pass a matching version of the same measure. Supporters said the powers are necessary to protect public health, while opponents said they are an overreach. McKee announced this week that the statewide indoor mask mandate will be lifted and that statewide school mask mandate will likely be lifted March 4.

The Latest Woodlock Ruling on Correia

Judge Douglas P. Woodlock: ELECTRONIC ORDER re 388 Motion to Stay Surrender as to Jasiel F. Correia II (1) - GRANTING in part (for a further period no later than noon Friday, March 4, 2022, related to Defendants deferred filing of his February 28, 2022 opening brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, as to which that court has already warned that it is disinclined to grant a request for further enlargement... ) and DENYING in part (as to the suggestion that this courts disposition of the pending motion 328 for judgment of acquittal or new trial be formulated to be stayed indefinitely as was ordered in Abdelaziz matter).



The parties must be prepared to pursue further action promptly regarding a stay of the disposition of the currently pending stay motion 328 adversely affecting that party. Cf. 1st Cir. Local Rule 9 (governing procedures for prompt resolution of release motions for recalcitrant witnesses). (Beatty, Barbara) (Entered: 02/11/2022)

Another Countdown for Correia

Pending a decision from the Federal Courts regarding his requests for a stay on his reporting date,  Convicted Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II will report to FCI-Berlin in New Hampshire on Monday for the start of a six-year prison term after a conviction in the Spring of 2021. 


Correia's Boston Based Defense Team have asked for a stay that would allow Correia to avoid Federal Prison while decisions on his appeal for a new trial have yet to be made. 


Federal Prosecutors in Boston, indcluding Massacusetts District Attorney Rachel Rollins indicated Correia's defense team has not made its case to keep their client from starting to serve his sentence. 



The NHL Suspends Marchand

Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for six games, without pay, for roughing and high-sticking Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry during NHL Game No. 523 in Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 8, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.


The incidents occurred at 19:35 of the third period. Marchand was assessed a minor penalty for roughing as well as a match penalty.


Marchand is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $448,170.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Celtics Deadline Trades

This information originally appeared in the Digital Edition of The Boston Globe:

According to multiple league sources, the Celtics traded guards Josh Richardson, Dennis Schröder, and P.J. Dozier, forwards Romeo Langford and Bol Bol, centers Bruno Fernando and Enes Freedom, and their protected 2022 first-round pick, and they acquired Spurs guard Derrick White and Rockets center Daniel Theis, a former Celtic.

These moves also pushed the Celtics about $2.5 million below the luxury-tax threshold, and they will likely make an effort to stay there as they fill out the roster.

The deals left five open spots, so more moves will follow soon. According to a league source, the Celtics will likely fill some gaps by signing free agents to 10-day deals in the short term, then explore the buyout market as players become available in the coming weeks. In the end, though, those transactions generally will just fill space.

UNAP Healthcare System Merger

According to ABC 6, a final public comments meeting will be held today on the merger of two healthcare systems, following a statement from the President of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals announcing their support.


UNAP is a union representing approximately 2,500 employees working in lifespan systems and 1,500 working in the Care New England systems

representatives from the union plan to testify in favor of the Lifespan and Care New England Hospital merger at the public comment session.

Seekonk Aided Grant in Opioid Epidemic

According to NBC 10 in Providence, Seekonk has received a large grant to help fight the war on opioids. Seekonk Police Chief Dean Isabella is working hard to fight the opioids epidemic saying, "I think the opioid epidemic here in Seekonk is as serious as it is elsewhere in the state and in the country." The Police Chief has had years of experience in Providence and knows all too well how deadly these drugs are, and so he embraces new ways to bring more resources to the problem in Seekonk.


The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the department nearly $800,000 to develop regional outreach to support those battling addiction. It is all part of a collaborative that also includes local towns such as Dighton, Rehoboth, Somerset and Swansea.

No More Masks in K-12

The Baker Administration announced this morning that Massachusetts would be the latest in a line of states to lift a mandate on face coverings in K-through-12 school buildings.


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says testing numbers and other measures make it clear that the mandate on face coverings in school buildings can be lifted. 


Individual distircts can still mandates at the direction of their local superintendents or school committees. 



Attleboro Mayor Heroux Endorsed For Sheriff

According to ABC 6, the Bristol County for Correctional Justice has announced their endorsement of Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux, who is currently running to be Sheriff. BCCJ is a volunteer advocacy group that seeks to improve the treatment of prisoners by highlighting the current conditions of those in jail. The President of BCCJ, Marlene Pollock, spoke on the mayor's candidacy saying, "Mayor Heroux is an obvious choice of candidate for us for several reasons: he has previous experience in incarceration systems; he has a proven ability to win and; most importantly - he agrees with our views on the rehabilitation and humane treatment of those held in our jails. 


Heroux has a Masters in Criminology, and has previous experience working in corrections in both Philadelphia and Massachusetts. The three-term mayor had formerly served three-terms as a state representative for the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Gov. Baker Announcement on COVID-19

Governor Charlie Baker is expected to make a COVID-19 announcement today related to schools. According to CBS 12 in Providence, the announcement comes as COVID-19 numbers fall in the region and numerous states around the country have dropped mask mandates in schools. Joining Gov. Baker will be Secretary of Education James Peyser and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffery Riley.


The briefing is scheduled for 10:30 A.M.

Tuukka: The End?

This From The Athletic. com


The Bruins are not expecting Tuukka Rask to continue his comeback, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Rask last played on Jan. 24 against Anaheim, when he allowed five goals on 27 shots. He reported discomfort related to his hip surgery following the game. He is currently on injured reserve.

Rask is discussing his future with his family, according to both sources. He may finalize his retirement decision in the next few days.

“I give him all the credit in the world,” said one of the sources. “He did everything right. He just didn’t feel as good as he thought he would.”

Rask started his on-ice recovery in November. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract on Jan. 11. He made his season debut two days later, stopping 25 of 27 shots in a 3-2 win over Philadelphia. After the win, Rask did not have a single complaint about his physical condition.

But the 34-year-old Rask, according to one of the sources, did not feel as good as he expected as the action ramped up. He allowed five goals on 12 shots in his next start against Carolina. He was pulled after the first period.

Rask rebounded against Winnipeg on Jan. 22, stopping 22 shots in a 3-2 win.

The Bruins were encouraged by Rask’s play against the Jets. He drew the following start against the Ducks but fought the puck the entire game.

Rask backed up Linus Ullmark two days later against Colorado. It was the last time he was in uniform. He did not dress against Arizona, Dallas or Seattle prior to the All-Star break. The Bruins hoped Rask would feel better after six days of rest. But on Monday, coach Bruce Cassidy declared Rask would not practice this week.

Joe Judge Returns

This from the Patriots Website:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that Joe Judge has been hired as offensive assistant. Judge spent eight seasons with the Patriots from 2012 through the 2019 season and was a part of three Super Bowl championships with the team.

Judge originally joined New England as an assistant special teams coach in 2012 and was promoted to special teams coach in 2015. He spent his final season in New England in 2019 as special teams coordinator/wide receivers, before leaving to become the head coach of the New York Giants for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Judge originally came to New England after a three-year stint at the University of Alabama as a football analyst and special teams assistant under Nick Saban. While on the Alabama staff, Judge was a member of two national championship teams in 2009 and 2011. Prior to Alabama, Judge spent one season at Birmingham-Southern where he served as special teams/linebackers coach in 2008.

Judge began his coaching career at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant under Sylvester Croom from 2005 through the 2007 season.

Judge played for Mississippi State from 2000 through 2004, earning three varsity letter

An MA Payment Plan

 Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plan to Begin Distributing Payments to Low-Income Workers
$500 payments will be delivered to 500,000 people in March


BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced plans to begin distribution of $500 payments to 500,000 low-income workers as part of the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay program.


These payments represent the first round of funds to be distributed as part of the $460 million program, which was enacted in December when Governor Baker signed a $4 billion spending plan for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.


These payments, worth $250 million, will be mailed to 500,000 people by the end of March. 
“I was pleased to sign the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay program into law in December, and our Administration has worked quickly to design the parameters for the program with plans to efficiently begin distribution of these payments by the end of March,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This program will support those workers who served our communities, especially early in the pandemic.”

“This first round of payments to low-income workers will provide meaningful support for individuals who continued to work despite the global pandemic,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased that our Administration has been able to quickly design this program to get funds out the door to those workers who the program is intended to support.” 

Click here to learn more about the program: 

The law provided for the Administration to design the program and develop eligibility parameters that will ensure this critical support is provided quickly to deserving workers across the Commonwealth. Based on filed 2020 Massachusetts tax returns, individuals will be eligible for payments if their income from employment was at least $12,750 and their total income put them below 300% of the federal poverty level. 

The lower bound of this range equates to working 20 hours a week for 50 weeks at minimum wage as of 2020 ($12.75). The federal poverty level is set by the federal government and increases with household or family size. For example, the maximum total income for a single filer with no dependents will be $38,280; a resident who files with a spouse and two dependents, or with no spouse and three dependents, could be eligible with a household income up to $78,600.


Married filers can each be eligible, provided each independently qualifies. Based on these parameters, the below chart indicates eligibility for these payments by household size:
Household / Family Size    2020 Total Income @ 300% of FPL
1    $38,280
2    $51,720
3    $65,160
4    $78,600
5    $92,040
6    $105,480
7    $118,920
8    $132,360

Individuals who received unemployment compensation in 2020 will not be eligible for the first round of payments, nor will Commonwealth executive branch employees who received or will receive a one-time payment from the state as their employer. 
The legislation creating the Premium Pay program included $500 million for low-income essential workers; this $460 million program comprises the majority of those funds, and $40 million was allocated to fund previous agreements with state employee unions. Additional information on plans to disburse subsequent rounds of funds after March will be released in the future.  


Charter School Proponents Pull The Plug

Mayor Jon Mitchell Statement Following Withdrawal of Innovators Charter School Proposal 

New Bedford, Massachusetts –- Mayor Jon Mitchell released the following statement after today’s withdrawal of the Innovators Charter School proposal from state consideration.

“We’re pleased that the Innovators Charter School withdrew its application, as we believed that the diversion of funds from our school district would have undermined the district’s progress.  I wish to thank Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan, state and municipal leaders, educators, parents, and community members for making their voices heard in the process.  We remain committed to improving educational opportunity for all children in the region, and we believe that can best be accomplished when we work together.”  

Might Tom Return? and the Digital Edition of The New York Post are reporting that former Patriots and Bucs QB Tom Brady told Jim Grey on their ''Let's Go'' Podcast ''you never say never'' when the subject of a return to the NFL is concerned.


Brady also said for now he was comfortable with his decision to retire, which he made official last week. 

Brady has a number of business ventures that he will likely turn his attention to, while allowing his Super Model Wife to continue her career. 




Latest COVID-19 Numbers in MA

According to the Boston Globe and the Department of Health, Massachusetts reported on Monday over 6,700 new COVID-19 cases and passed 23,000 vaccination and booster shots. 


The DPH also said 56 new confirmed deaths were reported on Friday. The state also said that just under 1,500 patients were hospitalized from the virus with a seven-day percent at 4.78%.


Fatal Crash on I-195 in Dartmouth

Massachusetts State Police are Investigating a deadly single-car crash that occurred on I-195 late last night. According to CBS 12 in Providence, troopers responding to the westbound lane between Faunce Corner Road and Reed Road around 10 P.M. found the vehicle off the side of the highway.


One passenger, the driver identified as 63 year old Eleanor Estrella of New Bedford, was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries

The driver, a 25-year-old New Bedford woman, suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently in critical condition. The other passenger, a 17-year-old New Bedford girl, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Attleboro Business Fire

According to CBS 12 in Providence, officials are working to determine what caused a fire at an Attleboro business overnight. Firefighters responding to Sensata Technologies on Pleasant Street around midnight saw smoke coming from the third floor of the building. Attleboro deputy Fire Chief Dennis Perkins says there was an electrical machine fire on the third floor, but the sprinklers were äble to contain the fire that resulted in damages estimated between $75,000 to $100,000.


No injuries were reported at the scene.

The Super Bowl One Week Out

As the Bengals and Rams prepare for the Super Bowl next Sunday at SoFi Stadium, The Rams remain a 4 and a half point favorite after opening as a three and a half point favorite following the Conference Championship Games. 


The Over Under sits at 48.5 after opening at 50. 



More Clinics in New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing at New Bedford Regional Airport—part of the state’s Stop the Spread program—is scheduled for its regular dates next week, Sunday through Thursday. 
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.  
For walk-up testing, Seven Hills Behavioral Health offers free services at former Fire Station 11 in the South End on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and at PAACA on Coggeshall St. on Wednesday.
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, Feb. 6: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 7: 
-    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, Feb. 8: 
-    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, Feb. 9:
-    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, Feb. 10:
-    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, Feb. 11:
-    Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13: 
-    Project Beacon at New Bedford Regional Airport (1569 Airport Road) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Changes in New Bedford

Eric Jaikes Appointed City Solicitor

Longtime Assistant Solicitor Will Take Over for Mikaela McDermott, Who Steps Down After Exemplary Service 


New Bedford, Massachusetts –- Assistant City Solicitor Eric Jaikes will take the leadership role in the City’s legal office effective Sunday, Feb. 6, when City Solicitor Mikaela McDermott steps down after more than a decade of exemplary service. 


Jaikes has practiced municipal law for the City as Assistant City Solicitor since May 2001, serving former mayors Fred Kalisz, Jr., and Scott Lang, in addition to Mayor Jon Mitchell. 


"It has been my pleasure to provide legal advice and representation to three different administrations as an Assistant City Solicitor,” Jaikes said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve New Bedford in my new role." 


Jaikes’ tenure has included work on the recent successful litigation against waste hauler ABC Disposal, operation of New Bedford Regional Airport, and dredging projects in the Port of New Bedford. He’s been a fixture on boards and committees for the airport and several other City entities. 


“Eric has played a major role on the City’s legal team for a long time. His breadth of knowledge and legal skills will make him ready to go on day one,” Mayor Mitchell said.


McDermott began her City service in 2010, under former Mayor Scott Lang. She then worked as an Assistant Chief of Staff under Mayor Mitchell, who named her City Solicitor in January 2014. A graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law, McDermott practiced at major law firms in Washington, D.C., and New York City before coming to New Bedford to be closer to family. 


The many significant matters she oversaw included the $8.5 million settlement in 2015—the largest settlement in the City’s history—from AVX Corp. and Cornell-Dubilier Electronics, after litigation involving chemical contamination at the Parker Street Waste Site, which included Keith Middle School and New Bedford High School. 


She also oversaw the ABC Disposal litigation and a variety of novel legal issues emerging from the 2019 ransomware attack and the current COVID-19 pandemic. 


"I am extraordinarily grateful to Mayor Mitchell for the opportunity to have served New Bedford as City Solicitor for the past eight years, and to Mayor Lang for first hiring me,” McDermott said. “I am also deeply thankful to my colleagues in the City Solicitor's Office and throughout the City, who work tirelessly for the people of New Bedford. I know that Eric Jaikes will make an outstanding city solicitor, and I am committed to helping him in any way I can during this transition."


“The City has been most fortunate to have had Mikaela McDermott as its chief legal counsel,” Mayor Mitchell said. “Her capacity for exacting analysis, unwavering professionalism, work ethic and commitment to service enabled our City to solve the thorniest of legal challenges. She saved taxpayers countless expense, and elevated the administration’s ability to deliver for New Bedford residents.”

A Winter Weekend in Fall River

Cold Weather Advisory: Shelters Open and Warming Center
Available 2/5/22 and 2/6/22

(FALL RIVER, MA- February 4th, 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.

On Saturday, February 4th from 7:30am-4pm a drop-in warming shelter will be available
at the City’s regular location, the Christ the Rock Assembly of God Church at 414 Rock St.
However, due to staffing issues, Sunday’s warming center will be located at the First Step Inn at
134 Durfee St from 8am-4pm.

Belichik Pays Tribute to Tom Brady

"I am privileged to have drafted and coached Tom Brady, the ultimate competitor and winner.


Tom's humble beginning in professional football ultimately ended with him becoming the best player in NFL history.


Tom consistently performed at the highest level against competition that always made him the number one player to stop.


His pursuit of excellence was inspirational. Tom was professional on and off the field, and carried himself with class, integrity, and kindness. I thank Tom for his relentless pursuit of excellence and positive impact on me and the New England Patriots for 20 years."

- Bill Belichick

South Coast Town Closures

Numerous towns and cities have announced closures due to inclimate weather coming to the South Coast. Somerset's town hall has closed as of noon today. Seekonk's town hall, human services, and animal control announced they will be closed today as well. Seekonk's DPW indicated that roads can't be pre-treated because of the rain which has fallen since early this morning. In a recent announcement, the town stated "We encourage all residents to avoid travel when possible today as a flash freeze is anticipated which may cause treacherous road conditions. Public works is monitoring the event and will begin sanding operations as soon as weather allows." In Rehoboth, city employees were working remotely after offices there were closed.

MA NOW Secures A Grant for Fall River

Menstrual Product Program Launches in Fall River Schools, Shelters and Community Centers


Leading feminist organization Mass NOW awarded $150,000 Community Empowerment and
Reinvestment Grant with partner nonprofits United Neighbors of Fall River and Love Your Menses


Fall River, MA (February 3, 2022) — Leaders from the Massachusetts chapter of the National
Organization for Women (Mass NOW) take a big step towards ending period poverty with the
announcement of a $150,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic
Development Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant Program to launch a Menstrual
Product Distribution Program in the city of Fall River.


Menstrual products will be provided for free in
bathrooms at all middle and high schools, and a number of shelters and community centers in Fall


This program is a partnership between Mass NOW, the Fall River Mayor’s Office, United
Neighbors of Fall River and the Coalition Against Period Poverty (CAPP), a coalition composed of 30+
agencies working since 2019 to address period poverty throughout Fall River.


Boston based nonprofit
Love Your Menses will expand their Menstrual Health Workshop program to hire and train local
educators to facilitate workshops in both schools and community centers .

“By providing access to free, quality menstrual products to public school students, unhoused and low
income people who menstruate, we are taking on issues of public health, economic inequality,
educational equity, and gender equity all at once. We’re grateful for this opportunity to interrupt cycles
of shame and stigma surrounding menstruation, and meet the need of menstruators living in poverty,”

says Mass NOW Executive Director, Sasha Goodfriend. “No one should have to choose between
food, shelter or menstrual products. Period.”

“As a former educator, I know the tremendous impact this grant will have on improving the health,
wellbeing and educational outcomes of our students,” said Mayor Paul Coogan. “This program couldn't
come at a better time, as the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being felt by students
and residents in Fall River. I thank Mass NOW and our local partners on the Coalition Against Period
Poverty for their work on this grant, along with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic
Development for their repeated investment in Fall River.”

Fall River Public School Interim Superintendent Maria Pontes, "We are excited as a district to support
our students in accessing free menstrual products. Our mission to combat inadequate access to these
products will remove barriers for our students who have missed classes or school due to period

Fall River Public Schools follows the lead of Cambridge Public Schools, Somerville Public Schools,
Brookline Public Schools, and Boston Public Schools. In 2021 Rhode Island became the 11th state to
pass legislation to ensure free access to menstrual products in schools.


Five states have passed
legislation to provide free menstrual products in prisons and this past August, Illinois passed legislation
to provide free menstrual products in shelters.

The MA Menstrual Equity Coalition includes over 70 endorsing organizations and
has been fighting since 2019 to pass the I AM bill (S.1445/H.2354), a bill co-written
by Mass NOW and lead sponsors Representative Jay Livingstone, Representative
Christine Barber & Senator Pat Jehlen, would require all Massachusetts public schools, prisons, and
shelters to provide free, easily accessible menstrual products. The bill also contains language to ensure
the products are truly accessible without stigmatizing the individual seeking them. In December 2021
the bill was reported favorably out of the Joint Public Health Committee and has now moved to the
Senate Ways and Means Committee.

The Latest COVID-19 Numbers

According to the latest COVID-19 numbers released by the Department of Health in the Commonwealth, Massachusetts case increase continues but the pace of it has been reducing. The commonwealth currently has reached just under 1.5 million cases with less than 22,000 deaths.


The state has officially administered over 13.6 million doses of the COVID vaccine and almost 2.7 million boosters

According to the Boston Globe, the current total of fully vaccinated citizens in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed 5.2 million, roughly 75% of the state’s population.

Family Dollar in MA Being Fined

According to NBC 10 in Providence, Family Dollar is being fined $1.5 million in penalties for violating Massachusetts labor laws. Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday there were more than 3,900 meal break violations. The Attorney General's Office said the company failed to provide employees who worked more than six hours in one day at least 30 minutes for a meal break. Healey said 620 employees across 100 locations throughout the state were affected.

Fall River Natural Gas Issue

On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at approximately 8:10pm, Fall River Police Communications received
phone calls stating that an explosion had been heard in the area of Borden and Fourth Streets.


responded to the area along with members of the Fall River Fire Department and found that at least 2
manhole covers had been dislodged.


The smell of natural gas was also detected in the area.

The report from a 911 caller stated that an explosion caused the manhole covers to blow off.

Representatives from Liberty Utilities are on scene and evaluating the situation. At this time the fire
department does not believe there is a risk to the public and are clearing the scene. Liberty Utilities are still on scene investigating the situation.

No injuries or property damage were reported. 

NB Police Make Drug-Related Arrest

Detectives in New Bedford took a wanted man into custody on Friday as police said it wasn't his first arrest on drug-related charges. According to CBS 12 in Providence, 48 year old Julio Pires of Brockton was arrested on an active warrant after police saw him in the area of Pope and North Oak Streets.


Pires was found to be in possession of four plastic bags containing more than 135 grams of fentanyl pills, along with $865 in cash. Police said Pires has an extensive criminal history, including prior drug convictions.

JCII New Reporting Date

Unless Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock decides to allow Convicted Former Fall RIver Mayor Jasiel Correia II out of prison during the duration of his appeal for his 2021 conviction, Correia's date for self-surrender is set now for Monday February 14. 


An amendment issued Tuesday indicated that FCI Berlin could not take in those in self surrender mode on a weekend. 


Judge Douglas P. Woodlock: AMENDMENT TO PROCEDURAL ORDER 386 ENTERED ON 1/27/2022 The Bureau of Prisons having notified the Court that they cannot accommodate a self-surrender on a weekend, defendant Jasiel Correia II, shall report to the facility designated for his confinement up to and including February 14, 2022. (Beatty, Barbara) (Entered: 01/31/2022)

Tom Brady Instagram Statement

I have always believed the sport of football is an “all-in” proposition — if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years. There are no shortcuts to success on the field or in life.

This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention.

I’ve done a lot of reflecting the past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it’s best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes.

To my Bucs teammates the past two years, I love you guys, and I have loved going to battle with you. You have dug so deep to challenge yourself, and it inspired me to wake up every day and give you my best. I am always here for you guys and want to see you continue to push yourselves to be your best. I couldn’t be happier with what we accomplished together.

To all the Bucs fans, thank you. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived here, but your support and embrace have enriched my life and that of my family. I have been honored to play for such a passionate and fun fan base. What a Krewe!!!

To the city of Tampa and the entire Tampa-St. Petersburg region, thank you. It has been wonderful to be a resident of such a fun place to live. I want to be invited to our next boat parade!

To the Glazer family, thank you for taking a chance on me and supporting me. I know I was demanding at times, but you provided everything we needed to win, and your ownership was everything a player could ask for.

To Jason Licht, thank you for your daily support and friendship — I will never forget it. I had never been through free agency, and I had some trepidation about how we could achieve success. Your leadership gave me confidence, and I will always be grateful.

To my head coach Bruce Arians, thanks for putting up with me! Your firm leadership and guidance were ideal. There is no way we could have had success without your experience, intuition, and wisdom. I am very grateful.

To all the Bucs coaches, my sincere thanks for all the hard work, dedication, and discipline that goes into creating a winning team. I have learned so much from all of you and will value the relationships we have.

To every single Bucs staffer and employee, thank you. Each of you is critically important, and I was greeted with a smile every day. That means so much to me. Your work is made up of long hours and hard tasks, but please know I see each and every one of you. Thank you so much.

To Alex Guerrero, thank you. I could never have made every Sunday without you; it’s that simple. Your dedication to your craft and our friendship and brotherhood are immeasurable. We have an unbreakable bond, and I love you.

To Don Yee and Steve Dubin, thank you. You’ve been with me every step of the way since I left the University of Michigan and before I entered the league. What a journey it’s been, and I couldn’t do it without you.

To my parents and entire family (and extended family of countless friends), I love you and thank you for your never-ending support and love. I could never have imagined the time and energy you have given for me the past 30 years in football. I can never repay you. And I just know I love you so much.

And lastly to my wife, Giselle, and my children Jack, Benny and VIV. You are my inspiration. Our family is my greatest achievement. I always came off the field and home to the most loving and supportive wife who has done EVERYTHING for our family to allow me to focus on my career. Her seflessness allowed me to reach new heights professionally, and I am beyond words what you mean to me and our gamily. Te amo amor da minha vida ♥

My playing career has been such a thrilling ride, and far beyond my imagination, and full of ups and downs. When you’re in it every day, you really don’t think about any kind of ending. As I sit here now, however, I think of all the great players and coaches I was privileged to play with and against — the competition was fierce and deep, JUST HOW WE LIKE IT. But the friendships and relationships are just as fierce and deep. I will remember and cherish these memories and re-visit them often. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.

The future is exciting. I’m fortunate to have cofounded incredible companies like @bradybrand @tb12sports that I am excited about to continue to help build and grow, but exactly what my days will look like will be a work-in-progress. As I said earlier, I am going to take it day by day. I know for sure I want to spend a lot of time giving to others and trying to enrich other people’s loves, just as so many have done for me.

With much love, appreciation, and gratitude,


After Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement saluting Brady on his retirement, Brady acknowledged Patriots fans when he retweeted Kraft’s post, writing “Thank You Patriots Nation♥ I’m beyond grateful. Love you all.”

Robert Kraft Statement on Brady Retirement

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued the following statement on Tom Brady's retirement.

"Words cannot describe the feelings I have for Tom Brady, nor adequately express the gratitude my family, the New England Patriots and our fans have for Tom for all he did during his career.


A generation of football fans have grown up knowing only an NFL in which Tom Brady dominated. He retires with nearly every NFL career passing record, yet the only one that ever mattered to him was the team's win-loss record.


In his 20 years as a starter his teams qualified for the playoffs 19 times. He led his teams to 10 Super Bowls, winning an NFL-record seven championships. In a team sport like football, it is rare to see an individual have such a dominant impact on a team's success.


You didn't have to be a Patriots fan to respect and appreciate his competitiveness, determination and will to win that fueled his success. As a fan of football, it was a privilege to watch. As a Patriots fan, it was a dream come true.


"I have the greatest respect for Tom personally and always will. His humility, coupled with his drive and ambition, truly made him special. I will always feel a close bond to him and will always consider him an extension of my immediate family."

- Robert Kraft

Driver Dies in I-495 Crash

A Missouri man in Massachusetts died yesterday from injuries suffered in a crash on I-495. According to Massachusetts State Police, troopers found a tractor-trailer about 150 feet into the woods off the highway in Mansfield just after 3:30 A.M. According to CBS 12 in Providence , 55 year old Peter Fennell was pulled out by state troopers from the vehicle and performed CPR until EMS arrived, but they were unable to save him.


The preliminary investigation showed Fennell was heading northbound when his tractor-trailer crossed the median and all three southbound lanes before crashing. No other vehicles were involved. Police said they’re now investigating what caused Fennell to lose control of the tractor-trailer.

Somerset's "Superhero Alex" Robbed

According to NBC 10, hundreds of dollars in money and gift cards were allegedly stolen from the family of a 16-year-old Somerset boy battling Leukemia. Alex Rodgers, also known as "Superhero Alex," has been in and out of the hospital since April 2021. Supporters of Alex have sent money and gifts to support the family while he goes through cancer treatment, but all that was stolen.


About $200 in cash and nearly $500 in gift cards were stolen from Alex's mothers parked car that was in their driveway in Somerset. Police have been contacted about the recent incident of theft.