Wareham Police Officer injured en route to dirt bike accident involving juvenile

“(Wareham, MA) – On June 15, 2024, at approximately 12:37 pm, the Wareham Patrol Division along with Wareham EMS and Onset Fire Department responded to a dirt bike crash involving a juvenile at a motocross track located at 131 Atwood Farm Way, East Wareham, MA.

The crash is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. For additional information regarding this incident contact Beth Stone with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office at (508) 584-8120.

One of our officers was involved in a motor vehicle crash while responding to the high priority incident. The officer was
transported to Tobey Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”-Wareham Police Department.




South Coast Rail Start Delayed Until Spring 2025

By Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

The long-awaited MBTA commuter rail expansion to the South Coast will not open to passengers until next spring, nearly 18 months after the original opening date attached to the project.

After sharing the latest outlook with community members Thursday night, T officials announced Friday that they now expect service to begin in spring 2025, a delay they said would allow “more resources and attention to make South Coast Rail reliable on the first day of service and beyond.”

The New Bedford Light reported that MBTA General Manager Phil told attendees at a Thursday meeting that he realized in the spring the timeline for South Coast Rail had been “slipping.” Eng earlier this year named Karen Antion as the new project manager, and MBTA officials said that move was “needed to ensure the success and safety of the project.”

It’s the latest delay for a project that has been postponed several times. In December 2022, while celebrating a project milestone, then-MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said passengers could expect to begin riding the new rails by the end of 2023. By the fall of 2023, officials changed the timeline to summer 2024, and this spring, the T’s leadership suggested that goal might no longer be possible.

Debate about expanding commuter rail service to the South Coast stretches back decades.

Once complete, the $1.1 billion project’s first phase will offer commuter rail service linking Boston to New Bedford, Fall River and other nearby communities. State officials say Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford are the only major cities within 50 miles of Boston that lack commuter rail access to the state’s capital.

T officials said four of the extension’s stations — Fall River, Freetown, Middleborough and Church Street — are complete, and two more in Ned Bedford and East Taunton will be finished this summer.

Test trains will begin running Monday at speeds of up to 79 miles per hour, and Eng urged locals to be careful near tracks. Between August and January, the T will also test anti-collision technology on the system.

The agency also announced a fare structure for the extension. All South Coast Rail stations will be in Zone 8, so passengers will owe $12.25 for a one-way ticket or $388 for a monthly pass.

Officials said the distance between Boston and the new stations suggests they should be placed in either Zone 8 or Zone 9.




Disabled woman frustrated by New Bedford Housing Authority’s refusal to put up handicap ramp

“Can anyone out there help us? ♿ New Bedford Housing Authority won’t put up a ramp for those of us who have a disability and struggle with walking and have difficulty with stairs.

We are seeking help to get a ramp put in so we can have easier access to the upper street sidewalk from the lower sidewalk which leads to our homes, which requires using stairways. You can Google Parkdale Projects on the Rockdale Avenue side to see the steep stairs we are forced to maneuver. There is no other access to the lower sidewalk and our homes except these steep stairs.

There is plenty of room for a ramp. The New Bedford city council gave their approval for a ramp but Joe Beauregard, head of housing told Joseph Lopes, ward counselor, that it’s “not feasible”. How can it not be feasible to give those with disabilities a ramp versus dangerous stairs?

WE NEED YOUR HELP🙏 WE NEED A RAMP WHERE WE LIVE.😢

I’m searching for advocates as I am not sure where to turn for help at this point. I have reached out to MOD and other sites hoping to find someone who can help. I’m waiting for a response from anyone who’s willing to try to help us. I have also reached out to channels 10, 6 and 12 in hopes of finding an advocate in this matter of helping those with disabilities.”–Lillian Connor.


This is a photo taken from my porch. Lillian Connor photo.


This is the backdoor stairs which is not the issue. We just avoid them and don’t have an issue with them. Lillian Connor photo.


This is the hill that leads to Summit Street, in back of our unit. Lillian Connor photo.




Massachusetts to turn into open oven with 3-day heat wave of extreme, dangerous heat, humidity

“DANGEROUS HEAT AND HUMIDITY:

After a beautiful weekend, dangerous heat and humidity begins to overspread parts of the region Tue and peaks in the Wed through Friday time frame.

Outside of any relief on the immediate coast from sea breezes…expect heat indices between 95 and 105 degrees.”-US National Weather Service Boston MA.


TUESDAY. US National Weather Service Boston MA photo.


WEDNESDAY. US National Weather Service Boston MA photo.


TURSDAY. US National Weather Service Boston MA photo.




New Bedford firefighter Anthony Poente selected as 2024 recipient of the New Bedford Way Award

“In recognition of his work, Fire & Life Safety Educator Firefighter Anthony Poente was selected as a 2024 recipient of the New Bedford Way Award!!

Firefighter Anthony is well known throughout the community, he is an outstanding example of someone who demonstrates their commitment to public safety through prevention and education initiatives. He has charisma, jokes, and finds innovative ways to teach for all ages.

Firefighter Anthony has fostered positive relationships with schools, businesses, community groups, public service organizations, and churches, to ensure they have access to public fire & life safety education.

Well deserved, congratulations!!”-New Bedford Fire Department.


New Bedford Fire Department photo.




New Bedford graduates receive $500 awards from firefighters in honor of Kristian Rose

“Each year, Local 841 member Bryce Fortes awards two graduating high school students a scholarship in honor of his cousin Kristian Rose, who tragically passed away in an auto accident in 2011.

This year, the Local matched Bryce’s contribution, allowing for a $500 award to each student.

Pictured are this year’s recipients, Alexia Thompson from New Bedford High School and Dania Alvarado Argueta from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Congratulations and best wishes!”-IAFF Local 841 New Bedford Firefighters.


IAFF Local 841 New Bedford Firefighters photo.


IAFF Local 841 New Bedford Firefighters photo.




Massachusetts police raise funds for 6-year-old battling brain tumor since he was 9 months old

“This past Sunday, June 9, was the 8th Annual Manheim New England Touch-a-Truck event.

Proceeds from raffles held at the event went towards Jaxon’s Journey with a Rare Brain Tumor and Butterflies Raising Hope Fundraisers.

Jaxon is a 6-year-old who has been battling Hypothalamic Hamartoma since he was 9 months old. Children braved the rainy conditions to look at and play on vehicles of all types. The event hosted construction trucks, military equpiment, police, fire and EMS vehicles.”-Massachusetts State Police.

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New Bedford hands out awards to City employees for service, those “who went above and beyond”

“We held the City’s annual Longevity Service Award Ceremony on Friday at Buttonwood Park Zoo.

City employees were presented with pins for reaching various years of service, and employees who went above and beyond were honored with New Bedford Way awards.

Here are a couple of pictures from the event today, Check back next week for more from the ceremony, including the New Bedford Way award winners.”-City of New Bedford.

All photos by the City of New Bedford:




New Bedford park’s basketball court dedicated to one of the greatest basketball players in NBHS history

“NEW BEDFORD – Tom Barao grew up on Borden Street, and on most days, headed to Ashley Park to play basketball.

All those days dribbling, shooting, and playing pick-up games paid off as Barao went on to become one of the best basketball players in New Bedford High School history.

The basketball court at Ashley Park was dedicated to Barao on Friday morning as Mayor Jon Mitchell joined family and friends to officially name it the Thomas W. Barao Memorial Basketball Court.

“Tom Barao was a basketball legend in Greater New Bedford, and universally admired on and off the court,” Mayor Mitchell said. “He spent countless hours honing his craft at Ashley Park. That same court fittingly will forever honor his name.”


City of New Bedford photo.

Barao, a 6-foot-3 lefty, scored a then-record 1,544 points in his three varsity seasons from 1965-1968, leading New Bedford High School to back-to-back Greater Boston League Championships in his junior and senior years while being named league MVP both seasons. He went on to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Rhode Island before embarking in a career with executive searching firms, including starting his own firm in the 1990s.

After years of coaching his children’s basketball, baseball, and soccer teams, Barao passed away on March 30, 2017.

“Many people in the City and beyond have reached out to me to explain the importance of recognizing Tom Barao at the Ashley Park basketball courts,” City Director of Parks, Recreation and Beaches Mary Rapoza said. “We were pleased to work with Tom’s friends, family, and many admirers to put this memorial in place.”

Plans are being discussed to resurface the court over the next few years, the latest in a line of recent investments in the Goulart Square neighborhood. Earlier this week, Mayor Mitchell cut the ribbon to officially mark the completion of the year-long, $1.7 million renovation of the park with new green space, pathways, lighting, and benches. NorthStar Learning Center is opening a new early education facility nearby with construction visible from Rivet Street, and a new elementary school will be built in the next few years to replace the Congdon and DeValles schools.”-City of New Bedford.




New Bedford Police, Fire, Animal Control give Community Connections tour of public safety building

“The City of New Bedford Police Department along with the New Bedford Fire Department, and New Bedford Police Animal Control spent the late morning yesterday with consumers from Community Connections Inc. showing them around the South-End Public Safety Building!

Participants had the incredible opportunity to hang out with Community Police Ofc. Sequeira, meet and hold some adorable animals, explore police cruisers and fire trucks up close, and even got to play around with the fire department’s equipment🚔🚒🔥

We’d also like to give a heartfelt thank you to the amazing individuals from Community Connections Inc. for the lunch they prepared. Events like these remind us of the power of connection and the importance of community engagement.

Thank you to everyone who participated!”-City of New Bedford Police Department.

All photos by the City of New Bedford Police Department: