WSAR NEWS Archives for 2023-06

Summer on the City Pier: Picnic Performances

(FALL RIVER, MA- June 28, 2023)- To celebrate the recent opening of the Senator Thomas Norton City Pier, the City of Fall River and the Fall River Redevelopment Authority have partnered with Viva Fall River and the Narrows Center for the Arts to present a series of summer events at the Davol Street location.  

The Picnic Performances event series begins on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. and will take place on the following Thursdays: July 24, August 10, & August 24 (weather permitting).


Picnic Performances are free and open to the public and consist of a themed- night filled with family-friendly activities, live music, food trucks, raffles, and more.


 Parking will be available along Davol St. for this event as well as the nearby Heritage State Parking Lot.

Thursday, July 13th - Kite Night
Live performance from Molly O’Leary & John Fernandes; free kites for attendees (while supplies last), a kite demonstration, a selection of food trucks, free arts & crafts, community activities, and an event raffle to win family admission packages to the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River.

Thursday July 27th – Fall River City Pride Night 
Live performance from the Louie Leeman Band; free summer-themed swag from the City of Fall River, special appearance by Miss Fall River and Miss Fall River Teen, a selection of food trucks, free arts & crafts, community activities, and an event raffle to win an admission package to Battleship Cove. 

Thursday, August 10th – Aloha Fall River! Hawaiian Luau
Live performance by Roots Run Wild, themed games and activities, a selection of food trucks, free arts & crafts, and an event raffle to win a membership and art supplies from the Greater Fall River Art Association. 

Thursday, August 24th - Summertime Fun & Games 
Live performance by 6L Camino, outdoor games such as giant connect four, corn hole, giant Jenga, etc., a selection of food trucks, free arts & crafts, community activities, giveaways, and an event raffle to win a 3-month family YMCA membership and goodies. 

Please see the schedule below for the Picnic Performance dates: 

•    Thursday, July 13th (6-8 p.m.)

•    Thursday, July 27th (6-8 p.m.)

•    Thursday, August 10th (6-8 p.m.)

•    Thursday, August 24th (6-8 p.m.)

Please find further information and live updates at this event link from the Viva Fall River Facebook page: Picnic Performances Event Page. For any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Olivia Peixoto,, Specials Projects & Media Coordinator for the City of Fall River or Patti Rego, Executive Director of Viva Fall River at 

Summer on the City Pier: Mantra Mondays

(FALL RIVER, MA- June 28, 2023)- To celebrate the recent opening of the Senator Thomas Norton City Pier, the City of Fall River and the Fall River Redevelopment Authority have partnered with Viva Fall River and the Narrows Center for the Arts to present a series of summer events at the Davol Street location.  

The Mantra Mondays event series begins on Monday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. and will take place each following Monday through the end of August (weather permitting). Mantra Mondays consists of free yoga class on the pier for the public led by a local yoga studio instructor. The four local yoga studios are Divine Yoga, Fall River YMCA, Sanctuary Yoga, and Troy City Yoga.

Anyone is welcome to participate in Mantra Mondays at no charge. Attendees should bring their own mat and come equipped with water and a towel. Though no tickets or sign up is required, attendees are asked to please RSVP using this link: Mantra Monday RSVP. Parking will be available along Davol St. for this event as well as the nearby Heritage State parking lot.

Please see the schedule below and the yoga studio in attendance for Mantra Monday dates: 

•    Monday, July 10th (Divine Yoga)

•    Monday, July 17th (Divine Yoga)

•    Monday, July 24th  (Troy City Yoga)

•    Monday, July 31st (Troy City Yoga)

•    Monday August 7th  (Fall River YMCA)

•    Monday, August 14th (Sanctuary Yoga)

•    Monday. August 21st (Fall River YMCA)

•    Monday, August 28th (Sanctuary Yoga)


Please find further information and live updates at this event link from the Viva Fall River Facebook page: Mantra Mondays Event Page. For any further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Olivia Peixoto,, Specials Projects & Media Coordinator for the City of Fall River or Patti Rego, Executive Director of Viva Fall River at 

Bruins 2023-24 Schedule Released

BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, June 27, the schedule for the Boston Bruins 2023-24 regular season, presented by Ticketmaster. The full Bruins schedule for the Centennial year can be found below. Regional and national broadcast information will be released at a later date.


To commemorate reaching their 100-year milestone, the Bruins will host a special pregame ceremony on Opening Night (October 11), kicking off a season-long celebration of the club's Centennial year. Additionally, five "Era Nights" will take place throughout the season as a way to honor the rich, 100-year history of the Boston Bruins. Each Era Night will celebrate various players and teams from iconic eras in Bruins history, and will include a pregame ceremony, guest appearances, special promotions and more.


The Era Nights will begin on October 28 against the Detroit Red Wings, honoring "The Early Years" from 1924-1959. On November 18, the Bruins will celebrate the 1960-1976 "Big Bad Bruins" when hosting the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.


The 1977-1985 "Lunch Pail A.C." Era Night will be on December 16 against the New York Rangers, and the 1986-2000 "New Blood, New Beginnings" Era Night will take place on January 20 against Montreal. Era Nights will conclude on March 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, when the "Return of a Champion" era (2001-present) is celebrated.


Other key dates include the Toronto Maple Leafs' first visit to Boston (11/2). The Black and Gold's longest homestand of the season will take place in February, when they host the Calgary Flames (2/6), Vancouver Canucks (2/8), Washington Capitals (2/10), Tampa Bay Lightning (2/13), Seattle Kraken (2/15), Los Angeles Kings (2/17) and Dallas Stars (2/19). The Bruins will conclude the regular season at TD Garden against the Ottawa Senators (4/16).


The 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend will take place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario from February 2-3.


The Boston Bruins also announced today that Individual Game Tickets for the 2023-24 season will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can learn more and purchase tickets by visiting The full regular season schedule can be found below.




Prior to the public on-sale on Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m. ET, Bruins Season Ticket Holders, Game Plan Holders and Season Ticket Waiting List Members will receive special presale access. Fans who would like to get first access to tickets are encouraged to sign up for the Boston Bruins Newsletter at Tickets for all home games will go on sale to the general public at 2 p.m. ET.

For games played at TD Garden, tickets will range from $50.00 - $599.00. In addition to seat location, ticket prices will vary depending on opponent and date of game. Please note that ticket prices are subject to change and there is an eight-ticket limit per game.  

Although full-season ticket packages are sold out, Bruins fans can join the Season Ticket Waiting List to score priority access for when full-season ticket packages become available. To join the Season Ticket Waiting List, fans can go to Additionally, a limited number of memberships are available in the Boston Garden Society at the TD Garden. Fans interested in the Boston Garden Society can contact

Hospitality packages for groups as small as 18 and as large as 230 people, which includes Bruins game tickets, parking, food and beverage will also be available beginning Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m. For more information or to purchase, please email

The Boston Bruins use only mobile ticketing, which requires fans to use their mobile device to enter the TD Garden. Mobile tickets can be accessed via the TD Garden or Boston Bruins mobile app. For more information, fans can visit

MassDOT Advises Travelers to Plan Ahead for Busy Fourth of July Holiday Travel

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising travelers to plan ahead and expect increased volumes of traffic for the Fourth of July holiday period.


 If traveling, MassDOT recommends utilizing “real time” travel tools, checking holiday schedules for public transportation, and planning trip departure times and routes based on available information.   
“With the upcoming holiday, we are anticipating increased levels of traffic congestion, and we’re encouraging travelers to plan ahead and make use of our travel resources,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “The Fourth of July holiday is always a time where we see increased travel around the state, so we ask all roadway users to be courteous, obey the rules of the road, and take it slow so everyone can enjoy the holiday safely.” 
All Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices are closed on Tuesday July 4, including Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) customer service locations. More than forty RMV transactions can be done online:  In addition, any resident who is a member of AAA can also make appointments at AAA locations for some Registry transactions. 

The Sumner Tunnel will be open this weekend and then fully closed for a rehabilitation project from Wednesday, July 5 through Thursday, August 31. Travelers are encouraged to use the many discounted and free transit services being made available as of July 5 due to the Sumner Tunnel closure.  This information can be found on the project website at
 In addition, the MBTA has released the following information:

•    On Tuesday, July 4, fares will be free after 9:30 p.m. for subway, bus, and commuter rail.

•    All subway services will operate on a modified Saturday schedule until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. After 3 p.m., the subway will run on a weekday schedule. 

•    All bus, Silver Line, and The RIDE services will operate on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday, July 4. 

•    The MBTA Commuter Rail will operate on a weekend schedule on July 4. Passengers should also note that all last trains at North Station and South Station will be held for 30 minutes after the close of the fireworks. Passengers will also be able to board trains at Back Bay Station. 

More Braga Bridge Accidents

Massachusetts State Police have confirmed a trio of accidents on the Braga Bridge in Fall River and Somerset that happend during the 6am hour this morning. 


The first accident on I-1-95 East Bound involved three vehicles, closed three lanes, and sent a pair of people to local hosptials with what were described as serious injuries. 


A second accident on the Somerset Side of the Braga Bridge involved a Van Rollover, as reported by listenders to WSAR. 


A third accident happened on the Fall River to Somerset lanes as residual traffic was moving after the first accident was cleared. 





Braga Bridge Accident

Massachusetts State Police in Dartmouth are confirming that at least two people have suffered serious injuries in an early-morning accident on the Braga Bridge in Fall RIver. 


Three lanes that connect Fall River to Somerset are currently blocked with one lane getting by. 

Several ambulances and rescue vehicles are on the scene this morning. 


You can see the accident scene on on the Carl's Collision Center Braga Bridge Cam in the Upper RIght Hand Corner of the website. 

_Massachusetts Gas Prices the Same as Last Week

Westwood, MA, June 26, 2023 — The average gas price in Massachusetts is the same as last week, averaging $3.54 per gallon. Today’s price is 3 cents higher than a month ago ($3.51), and $1.39 lower than June 26, 2022 ($4.93). Massachusetts’ average gas price is 3 cents lower than the national average. 
“The price of a barrel of crude oil has been in the 70s most days this year but is now hovering right at 70 dollars or even dipping into the high 60s,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast’s Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “This means the price at the pump is significantly lower than a year ago and is one reason AAA is projecting a record-breaking year for Fourth of July travel.” 
AAA Northeast’s June 26 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be the same as last week ($3.57), averaging $3.57 a gallon. Today’s national average price is the same as a month ago ($3.57), and is $1.33 cents lower than this day last year ($4.90). 

New England Gasoline Prices According to Gas

Average gasoline prices in Massachusetts have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.51/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 2,830 stations in Massachusetts.


Prices in Massachusetts are 3.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 138.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 0.2 cents in the last week and stands at $3.84 per gallon.


According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Massachusetts was priced at $3.07/g yesterday while the most expensive was $4.49/g, a difference of $1.42/g. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.07/g while the highest was $4.49/g, a difference of $1.42/g.


The national average price of gasoline is unchanged  in the last week, averaging $3.54/g today. The national average is down 1.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 134.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.


Historical gasoline prices in Massachusetts and the national average going back ten years:
June 26, 2022: $4.89/g (U.S. Average: $4.88/g) June 26, 2021: $2.97/g (U.S. Average: $3.09/g) June 26, 2020: $2.07/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g) June 26, 2019: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.69/g) June 26, 2018: $2.90/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g) June 26, 2017: $2.27/g (U.S. Average: $2.25/g) June 26, 2016: $2.30/g (U.S. Average: $2.31/g) June 26, 2015: $2.78/g (U.S. Average: $2.78/g) June 26, 2014: $3.72/g (U.S. Average: $3.68/g) June 26, 2013: $3.53/g (U.S. Average: $3.54/g)


Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

Rhode Island- $3.49/g, down 1.8 cents per gallon from last week's $3.50/g.

Worcester- $3.49/g, up 1.2 cents per gallon from last week's $3.48/g.

Providence- $3.52/g, up 1.7 cents per gallon from last week's $3.50/g. 


"It's been another generally sideways week for the national average, which has remained stuck in the $3.50-$3.60 per gallon range since late April with fundamentals generally holding pretty stable, even though oil prices have bounced around between $65-$80 in the same timeframe," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "While some states saw big increases from last week, I expect those states to see a calmer week ahead. Other states saw prices fall, and some like Arizona fell significantly as some of the kinks in supply have improved there over the last few weeks. Ultimately, we could see the national average nudge a bit lower in the week ahead, should oil prices fail to rally. But, with developments including the Wagner group destabilizing and testing Russia, there can always be last minute shifts that impact prices, which we continue to watch for and hope the market remains calm."


GasBuddy is the authoritative voice for gas prices and the only source for station-level data. GasBuddy's survey updates 288 times every day from the most diverse list of sources covering nearly 150,000 stations nationwide, the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the country. GasBuddy data is accessible at

Paving and Milling in Fall River This Week

Milling and paving work continues this week. Please see the following Century Paving schedule below. .

Milling the following streets on Monday:



Stevens St    Denver St    #407 Stevens St

Brayton Ave    Jefferson St    Stevens St

Baird street    Stevens St    End

Aberdeen street    Brayton Ave    Glasgow St


Milling the following streets on Tuesday:



Oman St    Jefferson St    #252 Oman St

Cambridge St    Jefferson St    Westminster St

Lebanon St    Quarry St    Quequechan St

Quequechan St    Pleasant St    Alden St

Paving days will be decided at the beginning of the week

Fall River Weapons Arrest

On Thursday, June 22, 2023 members of the Vice, Intelligence, and Gang Unit were patrolling in the Corky Row neighborhood. As they were doing so, their attention was drawn to a group of individuals who appeared aware of their presence and were keeping an eye on them.


Shortly thereafter, these individuals left in a black sedan. As the vehicle made its way through the Corky Row neighborhood detectives began to follow. At the intersection of South Main Street and South Street a male, known to officers as Jovani Christopher, exited the vehicle and began sprinting North on South Main Street.


As he fled, officers activated their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to catch up to him. As officers narrowed the distance Christopher was gripping his waistband as he ran. While running, Christopher ducked behind a parked vehicle out of view of the officers.


Officers then exited their vehicle, and identified themselves which caused him to run South on South Main Street away from the officers. Christopher would later be apprehended while hiding behind a vehicle on the 500 block of South Main St.


Following his apprehension, a search of the path he traveled was conducted. During this search, officers located a small baggie containing a white powdery substance suspected to be fentanyl in the area where he was apprehended. In addition, a loaded black polymer 80 firearm was located underneath the parked vehicle he had been crouching behind initially.


19-year-old Jovani Christopher is charged with carrying firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and possession of a class A drug.

Paul F. Gauvin
Chief of Police

The Fall River List of Contenders for Office in 2023 So Far

Please see the list of candidates who have officially filed for election this year. As a reminder the deadline to submit Nomination Papers for certification is on Wednesday, June 28th at 5:00 P.M. The deadline to request is Monday, June 26th at 5:00 P.M. Per my Press Release of June 20th, the Third Street entrance will remain open until 5:00 P.M. on both days.  



Mayor Coogan
Michael J. Vandal


City Council

Paul B. Hart 
Joseph Salvador
Bob Pearson
Paulo Amaral
Councilor Pereira
Councilor Raposo


School Committee

Charles M. Chase, Jr.
Rene Georgia Brown
Shelli-Ann Pereira



For A September Preliminary to happen, there must be at least 3 contenders for Mayor, 19 for City Council and 13 for School Committee .


The final ballot composition will be known in late July. 

Fall River Man Convicted of a Series of Bank Robberies

Defendant apprehended while attempting to rob a fifth bank

BOSTON – A Fall River man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to robbing four separate banks in Massachusetts within a five-day period and attempting to rob a fifth bank. 


William Sequeira, 60, pleaded guilty to four counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for Sept. 12, 2023. Sequeira was charged by criminal complaint in November 2022 and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2022. 


Between Sept. 26, 2022 and Sept. 30, 2022, Sequeira robbed four separate banks in the Fall River and Boston areas. Specifically, Sequeira robbed: a Citizens Bank branch in Fall River on Sept. 26, 2022; a Santander Bank branch in Boston on Sept. 27, 2022; a M&T Bank branch in Boston on Sept. 28, 2022; and a TD Bank branch in Boston on Sept. 30, 2022. During the Santander Bank robbery on Sept. 27, 2022, Sequeira ran up to a teller and stated, “give me a $100 bill or I’ll put a bullet in your head.”


Sequeira did not present a firearm. During the M&T Bank robbery on Sept. 28, 2022, Sequeira approached a teller and stated, “I'm going to put a gun to your head if you don't give me the $100 bills.” During the TD Bank robbery on Sept. 30, 2022 in Boston, Sequeira approached a teller and stated, “give me all the $100s in the drawer,” and “give me all the money before I blow your brains out,” before fleeing on foot with money from the teller.


On Oct. 5, 2022, law enforcement surveilling the Back Bay area in an effort to locate Sequeira, spotted him entering a Citizens Bank branch on Boylston Street in Boston. There, Sequeira approached the teller, said “Give me hundreds,” and then threatened to shoot the teller if they did not move fast enough. Sequeira was immediately apprehended.


The charges of bank robbery each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of attempted bank robbery provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.


Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Christopher DiMenna, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Fall River Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke A. Goldworm of Levy’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Congressman Auchincloss Tweets on The Russian Uprising

t’s unclear how the Wagner uprising ends, or even how the West should want it to end.

But here’s what *is* clear: Russia is divided & demoralized. Ukraine is united and on the attack. 

Putin’s best (only?) hope is that the GOP chooses Trump over Ukraine.

Red Sox Make A Series of Roster Moves

BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves:

Recalled infielder Bobby Dalbec and left-handed pitcher Chris Murphy from Triple-A Worcester.


Placed infielder/outfielder Pablo Reyes on the 10-Day Injured List due to an abdominal strain.


Optioned left-handed pitcher Brandon Walter and right-handed pitcher Tayler Scott to Worcester following yesterday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.


Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.


Dalbec, 27, has played in eight games for Boston this season, going 2-for-11 with two walks while making one start at first base, one at third base, and one at shortstop. In 54 games for Worcester, the right-handed hitter has batted .296 (58-for-196) while ranking among International League leaders in home runs (T-2nd, 18), slugging percentage (4th, .638), and OPS (4th, 1.052). With the WooSox this season, he has made 20 starts at third base, 16 at first base, six at shortstop, seven in right field, and four as the designated hitter. Selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, Dalbec owns a .232 batting average (191-for-825) with 45 home runs in 281 career games with Boston (2020-23).


Murphy, 25, has tossed 6.0 scoreless innings over his first two career Major League games, making relief appearances on June 7 at Cleveland (3.1 IP) and in Game One of the June 18 doubleheader against the New York Yankees (2.2 IP). With Worcester this season, the left-hander has posted a 7.01 ERA (34 ER/43.2 IP) in 12 games (nine starts). Selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego, the California native is ranked the Red Sox’ No. 14 prospect by both Baseball America and


Reyes, 29, has batted .303 (20-for-66) in 27 games for the Red Sox since he was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in a minor league trade on May 12. The right-handed hitter has made 12 starts at shortstop and six at second base. Originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in May 2012, the Dominican Republic native has hit .250 (90-for-360) in 175 career games with Pittsburgh (2018-19), the Milwaukee Brewers (2021-22), and Boston (2023).


Walter, 26, made his Major League debut yesterday against the Twins, allowing three runs over 6.2 innings of relief. Ranked among the Red Sox’ top 10 prospects by (No. 7) and Baseball America (No. 8), the left-hander owns a 6.28 ERA (43 ER/61.2 IP) in 13 games (12 starts) for Worcester this season and has posted a 3.90 ERA (105 ER/242.0 IP) with 11.53 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (310 strikeouts) in 62 career minor league outings (37 starts).


Scott, 31, was acquired yesterday from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. The right-hander has pitched in six games for the Dodgers this season, while also posting a 1.37 ERA (3 ER/19.2 IP) with 25 strikeouts in 19 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the Johannesburg native has posted a 10.75 ERA (41 ER/34.1 IP) in 27 career Major League games (two starts) with the Seattle Mariners (2019), Baltimore Orioles (2019), San Diego Padres (2022), and Dodgers (2023).

The FBI Makes a January 6 Arrest in NH

#BREAKING: The #FBI has arrested Cindy Young, of Bristol, NH, today for her alleged actions during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on 1/6/21, bringing the total number of people we've arrested from our area of responsibility to 26.
6/23/23, 12:30 PM

New law will phase out mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs

STATE HOUSE – A new law sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Rep. Arthur Handy will phase out the sale of fluorescent lightbulbs.

Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which is released when they are broken or when they are disposed of in landfills. While they were introduced as an energy-efficient step up from incandescent light bulbs, LEDs are significantly more efficient, much longer lasting, widely available, cost less to own and operate and do not contain mercury.

The bill passed the General Assembly June 15 and was signed by Gov. Dan McKee June 22.
“Compact fluorescents are kind of the cassette tape or 8-track of light bulbs, except they are worse than just outdated – they come with a side of dangerous mercury,” said Representative Handy (D-Dist. 18, Cranston). “They can’t hold a candle to the efficiency of the LEDs that are available now. There’s no reason to subject ourselves and the environment to the risks of bulbs that contain mercury when such better alternatives are so easily available.” 

Said President Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), “Just as we phased out thermostats that contain mercury years ago, the time has come to do away with lightbulbs that have mercury in them. There’s just no need to tolerate the environmental and health risks that these products present. Getting these bulbs off store shelves is a step toward a safer environment.”

Under the legislation (2023-H 5550A, 2023-S 1119), after Jan. 1, 2024, it will be illegal to sell most compact fluorescent lightbulbs in Rhode Island. A year later, the sale of pin-based and linear fluorescent bulbs will become illegal. The law contains exceptions for many technical and specialty applications. It would not require anyone to dispose of or stop using any bulbs they already possess.
According to the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, by 2030, Rhode Island households and businesses would save $20 million annually on their utility bills from transitioning from common fluorescent bulbs to LEDs. By 2050, this would amount to $260 million in savings cumulatively.

Under the law, by 2050, Rhode Island could avoid the release of 136,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, the equivalent of 30,264 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year. It could also avoid 35 pounds of mercury waste, enough to contaminate approximately 1.75 billion gallons of water. 

Recycling rates for fluorescent bulbs are low, resulting in most being discarded in landfills, and eventually leaching mercury into the environment. Once it reaches water bodies, it bioaccumulates in marine animals. Mercury contamination in seafood is the leading cause of human mercury exposure. 

A Civil War Unfolds in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed Saturday on an "attempted armed rebellion," the Kremlin said, after the leader of the mercenary Wagner Group claimed control of military facilities in Rostov-on-Don, a key Russian city near the Ukrainian border.

Forces loyal to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary leader, were traveling north toward Moscow in the "most significant challenge to the Russian state in recent times," the U.K. Ministry of Defense said on Saturday.

The Coast Guard Is Confirming that the Submersible lost on Sunday Likely Imploded

All passengers are believed to be lost after a desperate dayslong search for a submersible carrying five people vanished while on a tour of the Titanic wreckage off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.


The 21-foot deep-sea vessel, operated by OceanGate Expeditions, lost contact about an hour and 45 minutes after submerging on Sunday morning with a 96-hour oxygen supply. That amount of breathable air was forecast to run out on Thursday morning, according to the United States Coast Guard, which is coordinating the multinational search and rescue efforts.

Gillette Stadium and Anheuser-Busch Announce New Field-Level Premium Space Bud Light sponsors newest field-level game day activation and hospitality space in the NFL and MLS.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kraft Sports + Entertainment and Anheuser-Busch today introduced a new ticketed premium space at Gillette Stadium. A long-standing sponsor of Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots and New England Revolution,


Anheuser-Busch has been a leader in fan engagement and celebratory moments for 21+ New England sports fans for decades. With today's announcement, Anheuser-Busch continues to provide Patriots and Revolution 21+ fans with the most unique experiences and connectivity to their favorite teams.


Kraft Sports + Entertainment and Anheuser-Busch collaborated to identify and build a celebratory indoor/outdoor hospitality space at Gillette Stadium.


Opening in September 2023, Celebration Beer Hall will provide a unique field-level game day experience. Fans inside Celebration Beer Hall will have unprecedented access to watch Patriots and Revolution players as they walk from their locker room through the tunnel before accessing the game field.


Celebration Beer Hall will reside in the northeast corner of the field and guests will cheer on their favorite team from the private 2,000 square-foot outdoor patio or inside the 4,000 square-foot Beer Hall. Fans will be able to spend their entire game day at Celebration Beer Hall and are encouraged to "celly-brate" together before, during and after games.


The 375 square-foot oval bar in the center of the room is sure to become a favorite gathering space when honoring gameday traditions. On non-event days, Celebration Beer Hall will be available to host social events for 200-300 guests.


"Bud Light, a truly iconic experiential brand, has been a long-standing and valued sponsor of ours," said Murray Kohl, vice president of sales, New England Patriots. "Their vision for Celebration Beer Hall was evident from the beginning and we know they are perfectly positioned to create the quintessential 'want-to-be' gathering place on gameday and non-gamedays alike."


"We are thrilled to expand our sponsorship with the Patriots, Revolution and Gillette Stadium to create an immersive and experiential gameday Bud Light hospitality location that makes it even easier to enjoy the game," said Anheuser-Busch. "Celebration Beer Hall, with its unique view of the players pre-game walk-out and the proximity to the field of play, makes this space unlike any Bud Light activation space in the NFL and MLS."


Memberships to Celebration Beer Hall can be purchased for Patriots games on a season long basis, and on an individual game basis for Revolution matches and select Gillette Stadium special events. Memberships will feature all-inclusive food, Anheuser Busch products, preferred parking, giveaways and special guest appearances.

Construction on Celebration Beer Hall is scheduled for completion, along with the previously announced Gillette Stadium north side project, prior to the start of the 2023 NFL regular season.


About Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium, home to the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, is undergoing its most dramatic stadium improvements since opening in 2002. In addition to the Bud Light Celebration Beer Hall, the north side expansion project also features the largest outdoor stadium high-definition video board in the country - measuring 22,000 square feet, the 50,000 sq ft G-P Atrium, an entirely reimagined fan plaza leading into the stadium, a 21-story lighthouse with a 360-degree observation deck at the top, connectivity on all levels of the stadium, and enhanced fan amenities.


About Anheuser-Busch

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Freetown, New Bedford, Marion, Carver, Wareham, Foxborough Overnight Hour Work Sunday night, June 25, through Friday morning, June 30

FREETOWN/NEW BEDFORD/MARION/CARVER/WAREHAM/FOXBOROUGH - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing crews will be performing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) camera pole installations at locations in Freetown, New Bedford, Marion, Carver, Wareham, and Foxborough next week.  

Pole installations will be done in overnight hours, beginning Sunday night, June 25, at 10 p.m. and finishing the next day by 5:30 a.m.


The overnight hour work continues Monday, June 26, Tuesday, June 27, Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29 beginning each night at 10 p.m. and concluding the next day by 5:30 a.m. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, June 30, by 5:30 a.m.

Drivers will be guided by signs at work zones and Massachusetts State Police will be utilized for controlled rolling roadblocks. Road closures will last no longer than 15 minutes.  

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

ITS pole installations will take place at the following locations and dates: 
•    Sunday, June 25th 
o    Freetown, Route 140 southbound
o    New Bedford, Route 140 southbound

•    Monday, June 26th 
o    New Bedford, Braley Road
o    Marion, Route 195 westbound 

•    Tuesday, June 27th, 
o    Marion, Route 195 eastbound
o    Wareham, Route 25 westbound
•    Wednesday, June 28th, 
o    Wareham, I-495 northbound
o    Carver, Route 58

•    Thursday, June 29th, 
o    Foxborough, Route 140

All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency.
For information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:? 

•    Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.  

•    Visit , a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory

information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.  

•    Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions. 
•    Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road. 

Auchincloss Calls on India to Reassess Importation of Russian Oil

“As the ties between the United States and India continue to strengthen, we encourage the government of India to reassess its importation of Russian oil, to better align its energy policy with the values and interests at stake in Ukraine.” 


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s joint address to Congress, Congressman Jake Auchincloss (D, MA-04) and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R, IA-02), members of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, sent a bipartisan letter to the Honorable Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the Ambassador of India to the United States, to encourage India to reassess its importation of Russian oil.


In the letter the members stated, “We are distressed to see that arrivals of Russian oil shipments to India are assessed to have reached a record high of 8.6 million tons (62.8 million barrels) in May. Indian payments for Russian oil are helping to fund the Kremlin’s barbaric, unprovoked, and internationally condemned war in Ukraine.


“As the ties between the United States and India continue to strengthen, we encourage the government of India to reassess its importation of Russian oil, to better align its energy policy with the values and interests at stake in Ukraine.” 

Massachusetts opioid-related overdose deaths rose 2.5 percent in 2022

Black residents accounted for the largest increase in opioid overdose death rates

BOSTON (June 22, 2023) - Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts increased by 2.5 percent in 2022 compared to 2021, with rates among Black, non-Hispanic residents making up the largest increase, according to preliminary data <> released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).  
There were 2,357 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in 2022, surpassing the previous peak in 2021 by an estimated 57 deaths. Preliminary data also show there were 522 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in the first three months of 2023, a 7.7 percent decrease (an estimated 44 fewer deaths) from the same time period in 2022. 
Among non-Hispanic Black residents, the opioid-related overdose death rate increased by 42 percent, from 36.4 to 51.7 deaths per 100,000 residents from 2021 to 2022. When broken down by sex, the data show that non-Hispanic Black men had the highest opioid-related overdose death rate increase among males in all race/ethnicity groups, from 56.4 to 79.6 per 100,000 (a 41 percent increase). The rate for non-Hispanic Black women increased by 47 percent, from 17.4 to 25.5 per 100,000. 
The Healey-Driscoll Administration’s opioid prevention efforts are focused on providing communities with the resources needed to support a wide range of substance use programs, including those centered on behavioral health and homelessness. The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) budget proposes investments of more than $600 million for substance addiction prevention and treatment programs, including critical funding for expanding outpatient services, increasing access to crisis stabilization services in communities and emergency departments, and strengthening the continuum of care in inpatient settings. 

Healey-Driscoll Administration Announces LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resource Hubs

New online resource pages highlight local and national services for the LGBTQ+ community
BOSTON – As part of an ongoing effort to increase access to mental health services for LGBTQ+ individuals and families, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced the creation of two online hubs for LGBTQ+ mental and behavioral health resources. The online hubs include a variety of specialized services and supports for LGBTQ+ individuals and LGBTQ+ youth, including therapeutic support, substance use treatment, community-based resources, and more. 
Through these resource hubs, Massachusetts residents will be able to find local groups and providers who offer LGBTQ-specific and LGBTQ-sensitive care, as well as online and in-person support groups, LGBTQ-specific activities and opportunities, information on national LGBTQ+ supports and connection to Massachusetts’ strong network of mental health care. Anyone can visit and to explore these resources.
“We want LGBTQ+ children, adults, and families to know they are loved, safe, and celebrated in Massachusetts,” said Governor Maura Healey. “As other states move to restrict support and resources for LGBTQ+ residents, we are protecting and expanding them. In Massachusetts, we know that love is love and we will continue to lead the country in the protection and promotion of LGBTQ+ care.”

RI Man Facing Drug Charges in New Bedford

A Johnston man was arrested last week for reportedly selling drugs out of his car in New Bedford. According to CBS 12 in Providence, Investigators received a tip last Thursday that someone was selling fentanyl out of a car with a Rhode Island license plate where officers spotted the vehicle a short time later and pulled it over near the intersection of County and Union streets. While searching, officers found nearly 50 grams of fentanyl, as well as a cutting agent often used for street sales.


The driver, 29-year-old Elison Luis Marinez Jean, was taken into custody and charged with trafficking fentanyl in excess of 36 grams.

MA Bill on Plastic

According to NBC 10 in Providence, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill this session that would ban single-use plastic. So far, over 150 Massachusetts cities and towns have taken a stand against plastic bags. Lawmakers hope to take the state's environmental regulations a step further and mandate a plastic bag ban in all 351 cities and towns. They also want to see single-use plastic make its way out of the Commonwealth for good by doing away with plastic take out containers and small disposable water bottles. 


New Bedford is one of the communities bearing major concerns of the single-use plastic epidemic. Experts say they're having trouble keeping up with the problem. A full vote on the bill is scheduled for the fall.

Murder Suspect Caught in Raynham

Massachusetts State Police have arrested a murder suspect yesterday afternoon in Raynham. The 24 year old David Lynch was wanted for the shooting death of 26-year-old John Abreu DePina Jr. in Brockton last year as state police stated they had added Lynch to their “Most Wanted” list back in March. Troopers spotted Lynch behind the wheel of a car in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn in Middleboro when Lynch rammed two cruisers and sped off down Route 44 when he saw he was located. The troopers say they briefly chased Lynch before losing sight of his vehicle. Lynch then hit another car at the intersection when he and his passenger got out and ran off after the crash before being taken into custody. The driver of the second vehicle was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.


Lynch and his passenger were also taken to the hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening Lynch will eventually be charged with murder and armed assault in a dwelling, along with a litany of drug and gun offenses. He and his unidentified passenger will also be charged in connection with the chase and crash.

Car Fire in Swansea

Massachusetts State Police were on the scene of an early morning car fire yesterday. According to CBS 12 in Providence, the incident occurred on Interstate 195 West around 4 a.m. in Swansea. State police stated that the vehicle may have been involved in a crash prior to it catching fire, no one was in or around the car by the time troopers got to the scene as the incident is still under investigation.

Taunton Mayor's Daughter Missing

According to CBS 12 in Providence, Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell’s daughter has been reported missing. Riley O’Connell, went missing early Wednesday morning in Hilliard, Ohio. The 18 year old was a patient at Evoke Wellness Ohio, where mayor O-CONNELL said she “…has been receiving therapy for over a month…"


O’Connell said her re-election kickoff has been postponed to a later date.


Taunton Man Arrest with Murder

A Taunton man has been arrested Monday in connection with a deadly stabbing in Falmouth over the weekend. According to CBS 12 in Providence, 22 year old Adrian Black, has been charged with murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after being accused of stabbing 19-year-old Milteer Hendrix to death Saturday afternoon at the Gosnold Grove Apartments. Hendrix was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Sunday morning.


Black was scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Falmouth District Court.

Arrest Made in New Bedford Following May Shooting

According to CBS 12 in Providence, New Bedford police have made an arrest Friday in connection with a shooting that occurred on Reynolds St. in late May. Police arrested 21-year-old Ivanildo Mendes Alves of Reynolds St. on Friday where Alves fired gunshots from his porch at someone walking on the sidewalk on May 23rd. Reports stated that the victim was not injured.


Alves has been charged with assault with intent to murder as well as possessing, carrying, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building while in possession of ammunition.

Work On The Sumner Tunnel in Boston Starts Now

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced a comprehensive mitigation plan to address travel impacts and provide cost effective alternative transportation options for residents and visitors ahead of the scheduled closure of the Sumner Tunnel from Wednesday, July 5, through Thursday, August 31, 2023. The tunnel will be fully closed for approximately two months to facilitate work on the Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project. 


The Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project will offer a variety of mitigation options for individuals coming from all travel points, including free trips on the MBTA Blue Line for the during the tunnel’s closure; free and reduced cost water ferry options; reduced Commuter Rail fares for riders; reduced parking costs at MBTA and Commuter Rail parking lots and garages; discounted tolls for residents; and additional options for travelers to and from Logan Airport. 


In addition to providing the East Boston Ferry as a free transit option, the MBTA has added a new ferry service between Lynn and Central Wharf in Boston to provide an additional transit option during the Sumner Tunnel closure. 


These are preliminary measures and MassDOT and the MBTA will continue to consider additional mitigation options as well as new and innovative approaches to modes of transportation.


“We know the closure of the Sumner Tunnel will be a daily impact to those living, working, and traveling in this region,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Gina Fiandaca. “The Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project is a crucial investment in transportation infrastructure in the Commonwealth, and we are working hard to provide as many mitigation measures as possible to those impacted. I want to thank our partners for their efforts in creating mitigation options while this work is ongoing, and our residents and travelers for their willingness to explore alternative travel options over the next two months.”


“Since launching the Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project last year, we have been working closely with our partners to identify any and all mitigation measures we can put in place,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “Our message to residents and those traveling is when moving through this area, if possible, leave your car at home and explore the MBTA’s transit options, including the Blue Line, Commuter Rail, and ferry service options available to you.”


“I’m pleased that together with MassDOT, the MBTA is able to offer free Blue Line service to those impacted by the Sumner Tunnel closure this summer,” said MBTA General Manager Phillip Eng. “The MBTA has been working hard to reduce travel times on the Blue Line in anticipation of this project. We have the capacity needed on the Blue Line to serve our existing and new customers on this line, and I encourage those who can to take advantage of this free service in July and August.” 


Additional details on mitigation options are below: 


MBTA Blue Line and Parking
•    The entire Blue Line in both directions will be free to riders. Gates will be open at all Blue Line stations from Wonderland to Bowdoin.
•    An additional train will be added to the Blue Line in the midday period to help support more riders riding the line. 
•    All MBTA parking lots and garages on the Blue Line will be reduced to $2/day. Additional free parking is available near Wood Island Station.
•    Visit for additional information.


Discounted Tolls
•    Discounted tolls will be provided for the Tobin Bridge and Ted Williams Tunnel for those registered in the Resident Discount Program.
•    Real Time Traffic monitoring will be available at 13 local intersections.


East Boston Ferry
•    The East Boston ferry will be free during the tunnel’s closure. 
•    The East Boston ferry service project operates between East Boston at Lewis Mall and the downtown Boston area at Long Wharf. East Boston ferry service schedules are available online with all ferry service schedules available at 



Commuter Rail and Parking
•    Zone 1A ($2.40) fares from Salem and Swampscott Commuter Rail. Parking at Salem and Swampscott is just $2 per day.
•    Free parking at lots north of Salem, including Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton/Wenham, Newburyport, North Beverly, Monserrat, Rowley, and West Gloucester.
•    Blue Line benefits also apply. Travelers are encouraged to utilize the Wonderland Station parking lot if coming from the North Shore.


Lynn Ferry
•    The Lynn Ferry will operate between the Blossom St. dock in Lynn to Central Wharf in Boston (near Aquarium).
•    Free parking at the City of Lynn-owned lot will be available near the Blossom St. dock. Bicycles are allowed on the ferry.
•    Riders may use a Zone 1A fare ($2.40).
•    The Lynn Ferry will operate five days/week on weekdays only, with 10 trips per day. Schedules are being finalized and will be released as soon as they’re available. 



Logan Express 
•    There will be a 25% discount when you buy tickets online, and children under 17 ride free.
•    Adding additional parking capacity at Braintree Logan Express.
•    MBTA Silver Line (SL1 & SL3) buses can use the I-90 EB Emergency Ramp.
•    “Skip the Security Line” at Logan will be available for all water transportation users (must show ticket).
•    Added stop at Logan Airport by the Winthrop Ferry.


MassDOT also has a working partnership with public safety agencies and Boston EMS to support public safety during the Sumner Tunnel closure. There will be two dedicated ambulances for East Boston, two rotating ambulances to support the day shift, two rotating ambulances to support the evening shift, and one rotating ambulance to support the overnight shift.


As part of the public outreach process, over the last five years MassDOT has engaged with a wide range of community stakeholders, large employers, advocates, trade organizations, and community groups. A hands-on approach has been undertaken to inform as many people as possible about the Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project – including pop-up information sessions at various little league fields, community events, food pantries, and neighborhood associations. For a list of upcoming public information events this month, click here. 


Built in the 1930s, the Sumner Tunnel is the first traffic tunnel in Massachusetts and one of the oldest in the nation. The Sumner Tunnel is one of four ways into the City of Boston and processes over 39,000 vehicles per day and is the main connection for East Boston, Logan Airport, and a main entry point for the North Shore.


The Sumner Tunnel Restoration Project is a $160 million investment in the Commonwealth’s infrastructure. The project’s scope includes removing and replacing the tunnel ceiling and repairing the overhead arch; demolishing and replacing the tunnel deck and roadway surface; repairing tunnel walls and installing fireproof panels; installing new LED lights inside the tunnel; upgrading CCTV and fire alarm systems; installing new utility conduits and cables under the bridge deck; and focusing on environmental resiliency with new equipment that will reduce air pollution and improve storm readiness. 


This period between July 5 and Labor Day historically has the lowest traffic volumes of the year and is outside of the school year making it much more manageable for traffic management.  A second full closure of the Sumner Tunnel will then occur in the summer of 2024, for approximately two months during a similar period between July and August.  

For additional details on the Sumner Tunnel, please visit and sign up for email updates at MassDOT. 



Extension of the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Trail

(FALL RIVER, MA- JUNE 9, 2023)- The City of Fall River’s Department of Engineering and Planning recently completed an extension of the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Trail. This extension aided in bringing the path from Fall River’s eastern border to Westport. This project enables future connectivity to a possible shared use path in Westport and beyond. 


This project included construction of a 10-foot wide shared use path, approximately 550-feet in length, along an abandoned railroad right-of-way adjacent to the scenic South Watuppa Pond. The shared use path expands opportunities for walkers, runners, hikers, bicyclists, paddles, and rowers. 


The extension of the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Trail was a collaborative effort and made possible through funding from MassTrails, administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as the Community Preservation Committee. The City also worked with VHB who provided design and engineering services for the project. The extension was built by local construction company, LAL Construction Co.


For any further questions regarding the extension of the Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Trail Project, please contact Christopher Parayno from the Department of Engineering and Planning at 508-324-2561. 

Liberty Utilities Milling And Paving

Milling and paving work continues next week. Please see the following Century Paving schedule below. If you have any questions, please contact John Teixeira, Liberty Supervisor, Construction & Maintenance at (774) 704-6017 with any questions.


Monday 6/12: Milling the following streets:

Grattan Street    Renaud Street    Stafford Road

Tucker Street    RI Avenue    Stafford Road

America Street    Clay Street    Stafford Road

Clay Street    America Street    Tower Street

Lisbon Street    RI Avenue    Clay Street


Tuesday 6/13: Milling the following streets:


Tucker Street    RI Avenue    Dead End

Eclipse Street    Meeson Street    Tower Street

Meeson Street    Laurel Street    Dead End

Tower Street    RI Avenue    Dead End

Liberty Continues Work This Week In Fall River

Ferreira Corporation is working at the following locations next week.

#    Location    Type of Work    Notes

1    Crescent St. at Harvard St.    Main Installation    

2    Davol St    Main Relocate    Route 79 Project. 

3    Columbia St from S. Main St. to Milliken Blvd    Main Installation    

4    Eighth St. between Bedford & Pleasant Streets    Main Installation    

House approves 2024 state budget bill

STATE HOUSE – The House of Representatives voted 68-4 today to approve a $14 billion budget for the 2024 fiscal year that commits funding toward addressing the housing crisis, supports business development and makes education funding more equitable while limiting the use of one-time revenue to one-time expenditures.

The budget bill (2023-H 5200Aaa) now goes to the Senate, whose Finance Committee is expected to consider it Tuesday at 3 p.m.

“Our goal with this budget is to support Rhode Islanders’ needs while responsibly preparing for our future. Our top priority, of course, is addressing our housing crisis, and we have worked hard, in collaboration with Governor McKee and our colleagues in the Senate, to identify the most effective ways we can direct the funding we have toward solutions that will help create more affordable


housing access. This budget also strengthens our efforts to provide educational opportunities in K-12 and higher education and supports businesses, working Rhode Islanders, retirees and those struggling to meet their families’ basic needs,” said House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick). “At the same time, we are being realistic. Given the end of the federal funding related to the pandemic, we need to plan not only for next year, but for the following years, when we are not going to have the level of revenue we’ve been fortunate enough to have for the past few years. We are spending our remaining federal COVID funding and our available revenue on one-time investments rather than creating long-term commitments that we can’t sustain. This budget is responsible, and I especially want to thank the House Finance Committee, led by Chairman Marvin Abney, for their hard work studying every element of it to get us where we are today.”

Said Chairman Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown), “This budget was carefully crafted so that our residents, particularly our most vulnerable, retain the supports and assistance that they and their families need, so that our businesses have the ability and opportunity to grow, and so that Rhode Island is situated to withstand a very possible financial downtown that will affect both our state and national economies.  Responsible, compassionate and thoughtful decisions were made to create a budget that will benefit all Rhode Islanders and this budget positions the state to be as competitive as possible into the future.”

For housing, a top priority of Speaker Shekarchi, the House added an additional $31 million to support housing development. That includes $21 million from State Fiscal Recovery funds for a new program that allows the Secretary of Housing to target projects, including $4 million for transit-oriented development and $4.3 million to be transferred to the Infrastructure Bank to support infrastructure necessary for housing development, such as road and utility connections.

The House also approved, subject to an annual $30 million cap, a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The LIHTC program would provide a tax incentive for developers to expand subsidized housing options for low-income households. States that make LIHTC investments have been able to leverage additional federal resources and successfully close financing gaps needed to finalize development and start construction on new housing. The new program will award tax benefits to developers through a competitive process.

The House approved $45 million from State Fiscal Recovery funds to increase facility capacity for individuals experiencing homelessness, three times the current level. Along with the increased funding is a change that allows the money to be used for homelessness prevention and stabilization programs.
In addition, the House fully funded Housing Secretary Stefan Pryor’s request for 21 FTEs for the State Housing Department. 

The House did not include a proposal submitted in the governor’s housing amendments authorizing eminent domain powers for the Department of Housing.

An amendment the House approved today added $7 million for early childhood programs from unspent federal funds. This includes $3 million to preserve for Head Start and Early Head start seats and $4 million for a pilot program to expand eligibility for child care, at no cost, to certain child care workers.

Also included is $35.6 million to suspend collection of the gross receipts tax on electricity and natural gas billed to consumers next winter; $18.3 million would benefit residential customers, and $17.3 million would provide relief to commercial customers.  

The budget includes a $45 million investment into the life sciences sector. Funds would be used for the development of much-needed wet lab incubator spaces and support grants, loans, business development and incubation services to grow this sector. The budget also creates a new quasi-public entity to coordinate life science initiatives, which was a proposal introduced in separate legislation (2023-H 6426) by Speaker Shekarchi.

To help working Rhode Islanders, the budget increases the earned income tax credit from the current 15% to 16% of the federal credit. The bill extends for another year rebates for the 4% gross receipts tax on electric bills and the 3% gross receipts tax on natural gas bills, for a total of $35 million in relief.
To support business, especially small business, the budget includes a $50,000 exemption for all businesses subject to the tangible tax, as proposed in legislation by Sen. Melissa Murray (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield) and Brandon T. Voas (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls). The exemption completely wipes out the tangible tax — viewed as an administrative burden for small businesses and for the municipalities that collect it— for 75% of Rhode Island businesses. The state will reimburse municipalities for the lost revenue.

The budget does not include the governor’s proposal to reduce the sales tax and corporate minimum tax or pause a scheduled 3-cent increase in the gas tax.

The bill increases funding for the Rhode Island Food Bank to help address food insecurity by $3 million.

Currently, retired public employees in the state’s pension system receive Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) every four years. The budget does not change the amount retirees receive, but changes the distribution schedule so retirees receive smaller adjustments annually. To improve the health of the pension fund, the House added a new requirement that half of all general revenues received in excess of the adopted revenue estimates in the completed fiscal year be transferred to the Employees Retirement System. In addition, the budget requests the Rhode Island General Treasurer conduct a comprehensive review of the impact of the 2011 pension overhaul and different proposals to reform the system.

In response to the struggles of school districts, the budget reforms the school funding formula by modifying poverty measures, increasing funding for multi-language learners and phasing in funding decreases due to declining enrollment. The budget allocates $20 million above the governor’s request, with $5 million going to multi-language learners and $15 million going to special education.
The bill allocates $4 million to the governor’s Learn 365 RI program for after school learning. 
In higher education, the bill includes the creation of the Hope Scholarship, a pilot program proposed by Senate Majority Leader Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) and House Education Committee Chairman Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), to cover cost of two years of tuition and mandatory fees for eligible students during their junior and senior years at Rhode Island College. The proposal is intended to increase educational opportunities and success for students and to improve workforce development.

The budget also funds the proposed Institute for Cybersecurity & Emerging Technologies at RIC to be led by former Congressman James Langevin. The Institute will position Rhode Island to lead the region in developing highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals through certificate, bachelor, and master’s level courses and programming while attracting leading researchers and education professionals to develop practical and policy approaches to current cybersecurity challenges.
The state’s struggling hospitals will receive a $14 million injection of funds, $5 million of which will come from general revenue and $9 million of which will come from federal funds.
The bill includes $20 million from State Fiscal Recovery funds for a matching grant program that will help cities and towns fund local road, bridge and sidewalk repairs.

It also includes an additional $750,000 for total funding of $1.8 million from State Fiscal Recovery funds for the Turnpike and Bridge Authority to conduct a study to identify and evaluate the options to prevent and address the risk of suicide on all four of the main bridges under its purview. The study is underway and is anticipated to be complete in spring 2024.

The budget will provide 15 additional employees for the Attorney General’s staff, including fully funding a new cold case unit, paid for by settlement funds.

And in anticipation of slowing economic growth in future years, the budget allocates an additional $55 million to a supplemental rainy day fund, and requires that half of all general revenues received in excess of the adopted revenue estimates in the completed fiscal year be transferred to it.
The budget reflects the May revenue estimate that was $61.2 million lower than projected last November.

Red Sox announce roster moves

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox today announced the following roster moves:


Reinstated outfielder Adam Duvall from the 60-Day Injured List.


Selected left-handed pitcher Joe Jacques to the active Major League roster from Triple-A Worcester. He will wear number 78.


Transferred left-handed pitcher Chris Sale to the 60-Day Injured List.


Optioned infielder Enmanuel Valdez to Worcester following last night’s game against the Cleveland Guardians.


Designated left-handed pitcher Matt Dermody for assignment.


Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.


Duvall, 34, was placed on the Injured List on April 10 due to a left distal radius fracture (wrist). In seven rehab games for Worcester, he went 5-for-24 (.208) with a double, two home runs, three RBI, and five walks. The right-handed hitter made his Red Sox debut this season and started in center field in eight of the club’s first nine games, batting .455 (15-for-33) with five doubles, one triple, four home runs, 11 runs scored, and 14 RBI. He was signed by Boston as a free agent on January 24, 2023.


Jacques, 28, has posted a 3.58 ERA (11 ER/27.2 IP) in 23 games (one start) for Worcester. The left-hander was selected by the Red Sox in the Triple-A phase of the 2022 Rule 5 Draft from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 33rd round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of Manhattan College, the New Jersey native owns a 3.69 ERA (86 ER/209.2 IP) in 146 career minor league appearances (four starts).


Sale, 34, was placed on the 15-Day Injured List on June 2 with left shoulder inflammation. The left-hander is 5-2 with a 4.58 ERA (30 ER/59.0 IP) in 11 starts for the Red Sox this season, including 4-0 with a 2.24 ERA (9 ER/36.0 IP) in his last six. Acquired by Boston from the Chicago White Sox on December 6, 2016, Sale is 119-77 with a 3.08 ERA (370 ER/1,737.0 IP) in 334 career games (254 starts) with the White Sox (2010-16) and Red Sox (2017-23).


Valdez, 24, has played in 33 games for the Red Sox this season, making 30 starts at second base and batting .234 (22-for-101) with four doubles, four home runs, and 11 RBI. The left-handed hitter has also played in 14 games for Worcester this season, going 9-for-49 (.184) with seven RBI. Valdez was acquired by Boston from the Houston Astros on August 1, 2022.


Dermody, 32, started last night’s game against Cleveland and allowed three runs over 4.0 innings. He has also posted a 4.50 ERA (22 ER/44.0 IP) in nine games (eight starts) for Worcester this season. The Iowa native was signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent on January 25, and has posted a 5.74 ERA (20 ER/31.1 IP) in 31 career Major League outings (one start).

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Route 24 Updates

According to CBS 12 in Providence, the right travel lane of Route 24 North will be temporarily closed so the Massachusetts Department of Transportation can knock down a bridge. The work is scheduled to take place between 5 P-M today and 9 a-m. Saturday, with the lane closure happening around 9 p-m. between Exit 16 and the Hart Street overpass in Taunton. Crews will be demolishing the bridge located just north of the Route 140 on-ramp, drivers are warned to expect delays and urged to use caution and reduce their speed through the work zone.

Mosquito Spraying in New Bedford

According to CBS 12 in Providence, the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will begin targeted ground sprayings in New Bedford next week. The sprayings will take place every Thursday starting June 15 between 2 a.m. and sunrise. In the event of rain the sprayings will take place Friday mornings. Each spraying will target public parks and locations that host large public events, and will include locations such as Buttonwood Park, and Fort Taber along with Custom House Square areas, and the downtown area. Residents near targeted areas may wish to close their windows in the evenings prior to sprayings. 


The sprayings are part of a partnership between the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the New Bedford Health Department to monitor the potential threat from mosquitoes that could be carrying the West Nile virus or other diseases


Smoke from fires in Canada is having a variety of impacts on our region, but what about those who are on the road? Here are some tips from AAA Northeast: 

•    Drive with your windows closed. 
•    Use the “recirculation” button in your car to prevent bad air coming in from the outside. 
•    Treat visibility the same way you would in any bad weather – slow down and increase your following distance. 
•    Monitor traffic advisories, especially if you plan on driving over large bridges. 

Those traveling by air should also be aware of impacts from the smoke. Plan a flight early in the day when possible and check with your airline or download your airline app or work with your AAA Travel advisor to be made aware of any sudden delays or cancellations. 

Statement on the Philadelphia Email in Rhode Island

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Enrique Sanchez (D-Dist. 9, Providence) has provided the following statement on the release of an email sent to the McKee administration alleging casual racism and sexism from a top administration official during a business trip to Philadelphia:

“I constantly hear it from our neighborhood small businesses in Providence. Many businesses run and staffed by people of color experience racially insensitive comments, and they don’t like it. Many women who work in businesses across our state report receiving comments from men that are not appropriate in a workplace context.


Some businesses feel like they have to give free favors to powerful state officials, and they don’t like it. The allegations about how the McKee administration treated Scout, the state vendor for the Cranston Street Armory project, are exactly what is wrong with the broken culture of business and politics in our state.

Racially insensitive remarks are wrong. Harassing comments and sexual insinuations are wrong. So is extorting sneakers, beer, vegan cheese and a special opening of a fancy restaurant. On behalf of the state, I apologize to Scout for the awful way State of Rhode Island officials allegedly treated them.

So many businesses feel that they just have to go along with it. State officials are too powerful. I commend Scout for reporting this behavior. However, it is alarming that after this inexcusable behavior was reported, the McKee administration declined to include a funding request for the Cranston Street Armory project in his budget.


At a minimum, it is a serious appearance of impropriety. No one should face retaliation for standing up to harassment from powerful state officials. We need to make abundantly clear that the State of Rhode Island will not blow up a project because the contractor dared, even privately, to report extortion, racism and sexual harassment. Restoring the expected funding, of course, is the first step, but we also need a clear public apology and meaningful reforms.”

Shots Fired in New Bedford

New Bedford police responded to a report of gunshots at a bar on Acushnet Avenue Sunday night. According to CBS 12 in Providence, a call came in around 7 p.m. from the Whiskey Lounge where officers stated it was a “shooting scene,” but nothing was specified what officers found. A man showed up at St. Luke’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as The incident remains under investigation, but reports said the man’s injuries appeared to be the result of an “accidental discharge.”

A New K9 in Town

According to CBS 12 in Providence, there is a new narcotics-detection K-9 locally. Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux announced Friday that Officer Joshua Wunschel and K-9 Joni graduated from the detection academy. Joni, a 21-month-old German Shorthaired Pointer, is trained and certified to detect meth, crack, heroin and cocaine and has also been trained to locate missing or distressed individuals. Wunschel worked as a correctional officer in Dartmouth and New Bedford for nearly 11 years prior to joining the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office as part of the  K-9 Unit that ultimately teamed him up with Joni.


"The Enable Inc Supported Living Program is seeking Direct Support Professionals, Community Integrated Specialists, and MassHealth PCAs to work with a female living in Fall River, MA. This consumer is in need of assistance with activities of daily living which includes, but is not limited to; showering, dressing/undressing, and toileting. Assistance transferring to/ from bed, assistance with breakfast, some light housekeeping, and community support is also needed.


We are looking to hire for the following shifts:


1. Saturday 8am-11:30am and Sunday 8am-11:30am. These ate both personal care shifts paid by the MassHealth PCA program at an hourly rate of $18 per hour

2. Saturday 1pm-6pm. This is a Community Integrated Specialist position paid By Enable Inc at the rate of $17.22 an hour, intended for community outings.

3. Per diem overnight hours of 8pm-4am that is paid by Enable Inc at the hourly rate of $16.40 per hour and 4am-6am that is paid by the MassHealth PCA program at $18 per hour


Please contact Connie at 781-821-1386 ext 505 for further information, requirements, and Covid-19 vaccination requirements."

Fall River Introduces Pickleball/Tennis Court Complex

This Friday, June 2nd, the city of Fall River at 10 a.m officially opened their Pickleball and Tennis Court complex at Kennedy Park. Leading the opening Press Conference was Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan who defined the increased popularity of the sport that has taken the nation by storm.



The mayor stated the next state-of-the-art courts will be arriving at the city's Britland Park. Alongside Mayor Coogan was Mike Dionne of the Community Development  Agency, Nancy Smith, as well as members from Fall River’s Parks Board.



The facility includes 4 pickleball courts with a goal to stretch to a total of 8 courts.

Sale Exits

Red Sox Starter Chris Sale exited in the 4th inning during a start versus the Reds Thursday Night in Fenway Park with what the Digital Edition of The Boston Globe is reporting is a sore Left Shoulder. 


Sale had impressed in starts during the first two months of the season after being injured for much of 2022. 

Statement from Chief Paul F. Gauvin, regarding the conviction of former Fall River Police Officer Michael Pessoa:

“It’s certainly a sad day in the department’s history. But I think it’s important to note that the Fall River Police Department investigated this matter internally, leading to his termination.


We investigated this matter criminally and assisted through all phases of the prosecution. Despite the fact that the prosecution has ended, we need to move forward and continue the all-important work of regaining the trust and confidence of this community and restoring the pride, dignity, and honor of the Fall River Police Department.

I have no doubt, with the help of all our officers who come to work every day and make a difference in our city, that we will meet this challenge.”

Chief Paul F. Gauvin

Brad Assesses The Celtics Season

This content first appeared on the Celtics Official Website 

Taylor Snow?@taylorcsnow
Sr. Writer
June 1, 20235:41 PM EDT

BOSTON – Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens held his end-of-season press conference Thursday afternoon, and there was plenty to talk about following another deep playoff run.

Stevens touched on a variety of subjects throughout the 27-minute media session, including his assessment of Joe Mazzulla and the coaching staff, a general evaluation of the team's successes and shortcomings, and a look ahead toward the organization's future.

Here is a breakdown of some of the noteworthy topics from the discussion:

Evaluating the Season
For the most part, Stevens seemed satisfied with how the 2022-23 season unfolded. The team got off to a blazing, 21-5 start despite going through the adversity of a last-minute coaching change. And it played some inspiring playoff basketball despite an earlier exit than they had hoped for.

Stevens highlighted how the Celtics finished second in the league in both offensive and defensive rating, but also noted that there was some slippage on both ends of the court that proved to be critical during their Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Miami Heat.

The biggest takeaway was the grit that the team displayed, battling back from a 3-2 deficit in the second round to beat the Philadelphia 76ers, and then fighting to stay alive for a full seven-game ECF series with Miami after losing the first three contests.

“We have an incredibly resilient group,” Stevens said. “They're tough, with their backs against the wall they are amazing. At the same time, we came up short.”

Although the team was outstanding with its back against the wall, there were lapses during less-urgent situations, such as not capitalizing on opportunities to close out Games 1 and 4 against Philadelphia, as well as Games 1 and 2 against Miami.

“It's about putting that full 48 together, and that's shared results,” said Stevens. “That's on all of us. It's not just coaches, it's not just players; I look at how can I help everybody do that better, so we all play a role in that and we all have to play better for 48 minutes if we want to win, and every game is worth one in the playoffs. We saw what we were like with our backs against the wall. With the exception of Game 7 (against Miami), we were pretty good.”

Ultimately, the Heat played an outstanding series and deserved their NBA Finals berth. But that shouldn’t take away from the strong season that Boston put forth and the resiliency it displayed throughout.

Assessing Mazzulla’s First Year
Speaking of resiliency, Joe Mazzulla displayed his throughout the season after battling through one of the more unorthodox experiences for a first-year NBA head coach in recent memory.

Despite being elevated into the interim head-coaching position less than a week before the start of training camp and despite having a depleted staff from the previous year, Mazzulla still managed to guide the team to 57 regular-season wins (the second-most by a rookie Celtics coach after Bill Russell’s 60 in 1966-67) and 11 more in the playoffs.

Midway through the season, he deservedly had the interim tag removed and went on to be one of three finalists for Coach of the Year while being the youngest head coach in the league.

Stevens, who initially brought Mazzulla on board in 2019 as one of his assistants, called the 34-year-old a “terrific leader,” and one that will only get better.

“When you consider the position he was thrust into and the overall accomplishments of the group, I thought he did a really good job,” said Stevens. “When you look at it in the big picture and having a team that was second in offense, second in defense, won 57 games and (had) a chance to go to the NBA Finals on your home court, there’s a lot of direction and organization that goes into that.”

Stevens marvels at the fact that Mazzulla was able to organize so quickly, a feat that Stevens says he could’ve never done during his days as a head coach.

“I always needed a whole summer of planning,” he said. “A whole summer of thinking and organizing thoughts and being able to catch yourself ready to emphasize what you want to emphasize on a daily basis.”

And now that Mazzulla will have a full summer to prepare for next season, “There's no question that will be a huge benefit,” said Stevens. “To do what they did in five days and get ready for the season and to start the season the way we did was a little bit more remarkable than people outside the building would have thought.”

Bolstering the Staff
Another benefit that Mazzulla will have this summer is the opportunity to add more voices around him on the sideline, which Stevens says will be one of the primary objectives of the offseason.

Boston’s coaching staff was left depleted after the pre-season losses of head coach Ime Udoka and lead assistant Will Hardy, as well as the midseason departure of Damon Stoudamire. Yet, under the circumstances, the group of remaining assistants did a stellar job.

“I think that’s one thing that kind of gets lost in the shuffle,” Stevens said of having a smaller staff. “But the staff we had was good. And we did try (to add coaches). Losing Damon in March, we again tried. But those timings are tough for people to up and move or up and join a new team that they don’t know anything about or don’t know. But that was just to be supplemental because we believed in the people that were here.”

Stevens said the team plans to make at least one coaching addition this summer – “Somebody that has a lot of NBA experience, for sure.”

Keeping the Core Intact
Aside from some potential coaching additions and small roster tweaks, the Celtics don’t appear to have any plans of making major moves this summer. They have no intention of breaking apart their core anytime soon, and they shouldn’t.

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart have been together for six full seasons now, Robert Williams has been here for five, Al Horford for five of the last seven, and those guys have experienced nothing but success together.

With five trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in the last seven years, all it should take is a little bit of fine-tuning to get that group over the top.

“At the end of the day, we love our foundation, we love our core and that’s really our focus and priority,” said Stevens.

The only big core-related decision the front office has looming is a potential extension for Brown later this year.

Although Stevens is not allowed to talk about contract details at this time, “I can say, without a doubt, we want Jaylen to be here. He’s a big part of us and we believe in him and I'm thankful for him. I've said this earlier: I'm really thankful for when those guys have success, they come back to work. And when they get beat, they own it, and they come back to work. So I know that that’s what they're about. And that's hard to find … Those qualities aren’t for everybody. So Jaylen had a great year, an All-NBA year, and he's a big part of us moving forward in our eyes.”

New Cardboard Recycling Cart Pilot Program

(FALL RIVER, MA- JUNE 1, 2023)-  The City of Fall River Department of Community Maintenance is launching a pilot program that will test the effectiveness of new cardboard recycling carts. The new recycling carts are blue with brown lids to indicate that only cardboard should be placed inside.


The new recycling carts with brown lids are for cardboard only, and other recycling items should continue to be placed in the blue recycling bins that have black lids. 

It is important to note that this is a pilot program so not all residents of Fall River will initially receive the new cardboard recycling cart. Beginning on May 30th, 2023, the pilot program will begin with 400 of the new cardboard carts being distributed. Out of the 400 carts, 200 units will be administered to properties in the South along Stafford Rd. in the Spencer Dickinson’s area and 200 units will be administered to properties in the North along Meridian St. in the Columbus Drive area. Each resident that receives a cardboard recycling cart, will also receive an informational packet with detailed instructions and resources. 

There is a new recycling schedule for residents that receive the new cardboard carts. On “A” weeks, residents who receive the new cardboard cart are to put only the new cart with a brown lid out for pick up. On “B” weeks, they are to put out only their regular recycling bins with blue lids. The first “A” week will begin on Monday, June 5th, 2023. The regular recycling cart and the new cardboard cart should not be placed out together for pick up. If a resident has overflow of recycling, they can drop it off at the DPW yard on 10 Lewiston St... 
This pilot program will run until December of 2023 and its progress will be continuously monitored which will determine if more units of the carts will be administered as the program continues. If you have any further questions please contact us at 508-324-2585 or 508-324-3584 at the DCM office.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Kicks Off June 1 The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency invites residents to prioritize personal preparedness and explore digital planning resources

FRAMINGHAM – In conjunction with the beginning of Atlantic Hurricane Season today, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced a series of online resources for the Commonwealth’s residents to deepen their awareness of and prepare for the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes. Residents are encouraged to go online, make a plan, and stay informed about storms that may emerge this season.  


“With severe weather events occurring more frequently due to our changing climate, it’s more important than ever that Massachusetts is prepared to respond before, during and after emergency weather situations like hurricanes,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Our administration has a host of helpful resources available, and we encourage everyone to go online, make a plan and stay informed about potential storms to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”


“History shows that regardless of where you are in Massachusetts – on the coast or inland – a tropical storm or hurricane can have significant impacts on your area,” said MEMA Acting Director Dawn Brantley. “Ensuring Massachusetts communities are prepared for hurricane season requires immense collaboration among emergency management partners at the state and local levels, as well as participation from all residents to prioritize personal preparedness.”


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seasonal outlook predicts near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year, but it only takes one storm to cause significant impacts.

MassDOT Advisory: Taunton Overnight Bridge Demolition Operations on Route 24 Northbound over the Railroad

Work will occur from 7 p.m. on Friday, June 2, to 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 3

Right travel lane on Route 24 northbound between exit 16 and Hart Street overpass will be temporarily closed

TAUNTON - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be conducting overnight demolition operations on the Route 24 northbound bridge located over the railroad just north of the on-ramp from Route 140 northbound in Taunton. The work will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and is expected to be completed by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3.  


The work will require the temporary closure of the right lane travel on Route 24 northbound between exit 16 and the Hart Street overpass. 


The demolition of the bridge could cause elevated noise levels in the surrounding area. 

Senate approves ban on foam takeout containers, plastic stirrers

STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller to ban restaurants from using polystyrene foam for food packaging or preparation, or from providing plastic stirrers to customers.

The legislation (2023-S 0014A) now moves to the House of Representatives, where House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chairman David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick, Cranston) is sponsoring companion legislation (2023-H 5090).

“Foam is one of the worst offenders when it comes to single-use food packaging. It is generally not recycled, and its light weight allows it to easily blow away when it becomes litter, harming our land and marine environments. Even though it is not biodegradable, it easily breaks apart into tiny pieces, and it can hurt or kill animals who mistake small, floating bits of it as food.



Fortunately, today there are so many significantly better alternatives to foam. As the Ocean State, Rhode Island absolutely should be among the growing number of states and cities that are saying no to foam,” said Senator Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence). 

The legislation would ban food service establishments from processing, preparing, selling or providing food or beverages in disposable food containers made in whole or in part of polystyrene foam, or from providing beverage stirrers made from plastic. 

The bill would take effect Jan. 1, 2025, and would apply to only to restaurants and similar food service establishments, not agricultural fairs, farmers markets, hospitals, nursing homes, “Meals on Wheels”-type programs or charitable organizations that are providing food for free. It does not apply to packaging on prepackaged food items that a restaurant purchases at wholesale, nor to foam coolers or ice chests that are used for processing or shipping food.

Polystyrene foam has long been used for packaging because it is cheap to produce, lightweight to ship and effective at retaining both heat and cold. However, it is not often cost-effective to recycle, and endangers animals when it becomes litter.

“Pulling foam off the table will result in the industry replacing it with less-harmful alternatives, including those that are recyclable,” said Senator Miller, who is a restaurant owner. “With Rhode Island’s Central Landfill scheduled to reach its capacity by 2040, reducing disposable waste must be a priority for our state.”

If the legislation is enacted, Rhode Island would join Maine, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, Washington and Washington D.C. among jurisdictions that have passed laws banning foam food service containers. 

The legislation is cosponsored in the Senate by Sen. Bridget Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown), Sen. Meghan E. Kallman (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, Providence), Sen. Victoria Gu (D-Dist. 38, Charlestown, Westerly, South Kingstown), Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown, New Shoreham) and Sen. Pamela J. Lauria (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence).

The Senate today also approved a separate measure sponsored by Senator Miller, a resolution (2023-S 0015A) requesting that the state Department of Administration undertake a review and analysis of state purchasing practices that support reducing carbon emissions and refuse by state agencies. The resolution asks that the state consider transitioning its vehicle fleet to alternative fueled models; using energy-efficient technologies at state properties to reduce energy consumption and emissions; phasing out disposable plastic water bottles by providing access to potable water and bottle filling stations; replacing plasticware with biodegradable cutlery, straws, drinkware and napkins at state facilities with dining accommodations; and providing composting for waste.

Thousands of Patients Concerned as a Local Medical Facility Has Decided to Shut Down

According to CBS 12 in Providence, thousands of patients are looking for answers after learning Compass Medical has decided to shut down all six of its Massachusetts locations. Compass Medical has locations in Braintree, Easton, East Bridgewater, Middleboro, Quincy and Taunton, which are all now closed, sending patients scrambling to find healthcare. Patients are now being directed to the nearest emergency room or urgent care for medical attention, but some are worried. 


It’s unclear what prompted the closure but in October, Compass Medical was ordered to pay over $16 million, with interest closer to $25 million owed to Steward Medical after being found guilty of fraud. The attorney representing Steward in that case said that remains unpaid as the company has not indicated whether that is a contributing factor to the sudden shutdown.

A Wanted New Bedford Felon Apprehended in the City's South End

According to CBS 12 in Providence, police have arrested a New Bedford man accused of breaking into numerous businesses in the city over the past month. The 23 year old Dominick Ferreira was apprehended Tuesday after officers spotted him roaming around the city’s South End. Police had been searching for Ferreira after he reportedly broke into CBG Automotive the day prior. Ferreira was caught red-handed earlier this month attempting to steal from a Honey Dew Donuts when he tripped an alarm while climbing through the drive-thru window. Investigators later linked Ferreira to three other break-ins. 


Ferreira is facing numerous charges, including breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime to commit a felony, destruction of property and larceny while also being charged with unarmed robbery and assault and battery in connection with the break-in at CBG Automotive.