Spinner Publications to release new book “Under Sun, Stars and Sails ~ A Whaling Family’s Life at Sea”

Spinner Publications is excited to let you know about a new book that will be released at the end of June entitled “Under Sun, Stars and Sails ~ A Whaling Family’s Life at Sea” written by Marsha Hall Brown, a descendant of a Nantucket whaling master.

Captain Joseph Marshall had been at sea since he was seventeen; Malvina was the well-educated daughter of a noted whaling master; and Helen, a precocious child, was destined to become a world traveler. While all three are familiar figures in the literature of Nantucket and New England whaling, nowhere do they appear together as a family sharing long sea voyages.

Under Sun, Stars and Sails offers a richly laden narrative gleaned from archived letters, unpublished memoirs, and ships records that also contextualizes their challenges in the unique era of American history between 1851 and 1861. This intimate account lends an uncommon truth to the story of Joseph and Malvina Marshall, a ship’s captain and his wife who became partners in the whaling industry while devoting themselves to each other and creating a distinctive family life with their young daughter, Helen, as they visited distant seaports and sailed the world’s wide oceans in search of whales.

Sail with the Marshall’s and their crew aboard the Sea Queen and Aurora as they plow through the Atlantic to the Azores Islands. Hunt whales off the coast of Brazil and the Falkland Islands. Navigate the treacherous waters off Cape Horn as you cross into the Pacific. Visit well-known ports-of-call—Valparaiso, Tumbes, Callao, and the Galapagos Islands, making rendezvous at Panama City. Replenish at Tahiti, Hawaii and the Marquesas before making the long journey home.

Author, Marsha Hall Brown is a descendant of Nantucket whaling masters and the island’s founding families. For many years she has been a donor and volunteer for acquisitions at New England libraries and museums. She is a retired professor of communication and Rhetorical Studies with degrees from California State Universities Hayward and Fullerton. A longtime summer resident of Nantucket, she lives with her husband in Murrieta, California where she also writes on topics related to women’s studies and pure-bred dogs.




Wareham Police investigation of suspected illegal drug activity leads to arrest of three

After receiving multiple citizen complaints Wareham Police Detectives began an investigation of suspected illegal drug activity at 67 Jefferson Shores Road. Detectives gathered information and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

On Monday, June 24, at about 11:00 a.m. while detectives were conducting surveillance they observed three people leave the home in a vehicle which the detectives boxed in by the entrance to Jefferson Shores Road. Detectives announced that they were serving a search warrant and the three were placed in custody. Located in the vehicle were several baggies of suspected heroin and a white powder consistent with cocaine. In addition, the detectives located a large amount of cash and a cell phone.

After the suspects were arrested, detectives and patrol officers conducted a raid at the residence and collected more evidence of illegal drug activity, including two digital scales. During the course of the investigation it was determined that people who wanted to purchase narcotics would park at another location and walk along the beach to access the home.

Acting Chief John Walcek said, “While people thought they were not being noticed attempting to buy illegal drugs, our detectives were making careful and covert observations to obtain a search warrant and put an end to the suspected illegal activity.”

The following were arrested and charged;

• John Lyons, 43, of 67 Jefferson Shores Road, charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

• Latoya Johnson, 34, of 67 Jefferson Shores Road, charged with possession of a Class “A” drug with intent to distribute and possession of a Class “B” drug with intent to distribute.

• Shauna Ramos, 38, of 67 Jefferson Shores Road, charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and operating after suspension of driver’s license.




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Massachusetts State Troopers arrest three for trafficking narcotics

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning Trooper Brandon Andrews was traveling on Route 91 Northbound in Whately, exiting at the Exit 24 off ramp, when he observed a Subaru Legacy fail to yield at the bottom of the ramp. He activated his cruiser’s blue lights and stopped the vehicle.

Upon the vehicle stopping Trooper Andrews approached the driver’s side window and identified the operator as AMANDA WILKINS, 32, of Poultny, Vt. After some conversation Trooper Andrews returned to his cruiser with WILKINS’ license and registration. While he was conducting inquiries of her information he observed the rear seat passenger, identified as ASHELY OLSZOWY, 28, of Troy, N.Y., moving around strangely, crouching down out of view of Trooper Andrews. OLSZOWY then switched positions from behind the driver’s seat to behind the front passenger’s seat.

Trooper Andrews was in fear that OLSZOWY may have been reaching for a weapon and as such he immediately approached the vehicle again to remove her from the rear seat. While OLSZOWY exited the vehicle Trooper Andrews noticed several small wax bags containing a brown substance believed to be heroin fall out of her pockets. He secured her in the rear of his cruiser and requested assistance. Trooper Edward Bullock arrived a short time later and they removed WILKINS along with the front seat passenger, identified as THOMAS MAYER, 32, of Bennington, V.t.

Upon all occupants exiting the vehicle Trooper Andrews searched the area he observed OLSZOWY reaching around. He located a brown bag containing additional small wax bags with a substance believed to be heroin inside. Trooper Andrews also located two plastic baggies each containing a large amount of a substance believed to be crack cocaine. Both bags together contained approximately 24 grams of crack cocaine. There were a total of 197 wax bags located, each with a varying amount of heroin inside.

All three occupants were then placed under arrest and transported to the Northampton Barracks for booking. WILKINS and MAYER each had a bail amount of $10,000 set while OLSZOWY had a bail amount of $1,500 set. They were transported to Hampshire County Jail where they were held until their arraignment today at Greenfield District Court on the following charges:

AMANDA WILKINS:

    Trafficking in Cocaine;
    Possession of Class A Drug with Intent to Distribute;
    Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws; and
    Failure to Yield.

THOMAS MAYER:

    Trafficking in Cocaine;
    Possession of Class A Drug with Intent to Distribute; and
    Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.

ASHLEY OLSZOWY

    Trafficking in Cocaine;
    Possession of Class A Drug with Intent to Distribute;
    Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws; and
    Failure to Wear Seat Belt.



Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned in New Bedford, Thursday, June 27

The New Bedford Health Department, working closely with the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is again this year conducting an annual monitoring program to track the potential threat from EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes. Under the program, mosquito traps are put in place to collect pools of mosquitoes and mosquito populations are monitored throughout the summer months.

As part of the mosquito tracking program, the New Bedford Health Department will request that the BCMCP target key areas of the New Bedford for spraying, including public parks and locations that host large public events.

As such, the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes early on the morning of Thursday, June 27, 2019. This round of spraying will target areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Common Park, Ashley Park, the Poor Farm area, Custom House Square and the downtown area. Spraying will take place between 2:00 am and sunrise on Thursday morning, weather permitting. Residents in the vicinity of the targeted areas may wish to close their windows this evening prior to the spraying.

The precautionary measures that are advised for EEE and WNV include the following:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – While mosquitoes are out at all hours of the day, their peak biting times are from dusk to dawn. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing, especially if you work or spend a lot of time outdoors.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water – Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens – Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all windows and doors.




Altitude H2O plans to make a splash in New Bedford

In partnership with the New Bedford Parks, Recreation & Beaches, Altitude Trampoline Park will be launching Altitude H2O, the largest floating aqua park obstacle course in Massachusetts, for its first summer.

To celebrate, Altitude H2O plans to host a grand opening in early July at East Beach at 918 E Rodney French Blvd. The exact date will be announced in the coming weeks. Until then, the park is still in the setup phase and is not yet open for business.

The 30,000 square-foot Altitude H2O New Bedford will be a one-of-a kind, inflatable playground on the water featuring obstacles including monkey bars, slides, trampolines and balance beams. To ensure the safety of the guests, the water park enlists certified lifeguards to watch the course and all participants must wear an aqua park-issued life jacket and must sign a waiver as well as attend a 15-minute safety orientation. Once it opens in July, Altitude H2O will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Specializing in birthday parties, and discovering new ways to keep customer active, Altitude H2O has an option for guests of all ages and can accommodate groups of any size. Session rates range from $15 to $30 for single and double sessions, and all guests must have a waiver signed before entering the park. To purchase sessions, sign a waiver, or book a birthday party at the Altitude H20 New Bedford location, please visit https://altitudeh20.com/.

Altitude Trampoline Park
Founded in 2012, Altitude is the fastest growing trampoline park company in the world. With parks opening on three separate continents and cities around the globe, ATP has become the industry leader in both experience for the visitor and potential park owners. Altitude Trampoline Parks are the world’s premier trampoline facilities that offer fun and exercise for people of all ages. With brand new facilities and custom-designed parks, you’ll find it hard to find an experience anywhere like one that Altitude brings. With facilities including over 30,000 square feet of indoor jumping space, we can accommodate all ages and group sizes and offer activities that range from regular jumping to dodgeball, fitness classes to competitive jumping, and parties for birthdays, group events, or just about any other type of event you can think of.




Massachusetts State Police arrest driver of the truck involved in fatal NH crash that claimed the lives of seven motorcyclists

The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, in assistance to New Hampshire State Police, at approximately 8 a.m. this morning arrested VOLODYMYR ZHUKOVSKY, 23, at his residence at 90 Newbridge Street, West Springfield.

ZHUKOVSKY was the driver of the truck involved in the fatal accident on Friday, June 21, 2019 in Randolph, New Hampshire that killed seven motorcyclists. MSP Troopers apprehended him on a charge as a fugitive from justice, which stems from a NH arrest warrant issued earlier today charging him with seven counts of negligent homicide.

MSP VFAS Troopers also located in the defendant’s residence wax packets containing a residue suspected of being heroin. The residue will be tested at the MSP lab and if positive for an illegal narcotic, ZHUKOVSKY will be charged additionally with that. At this time he is charged only as a fugitive from justice. ZHUKOVSKY is expected to be arraigned on the fugitive from justice charge this afternoon in Springfield District Court.

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Summary of Preliminary Investigation Into North Attleboro Homicide

The following is a summary of the preliminary investigation into the Saturday evening homicide in North Attleboro and subsequent search for the suspect in Rhode Island:

North Attleboro Police were dispatched to the area of the Fashion Crossing Plaza on Route 1 for a report of shots fired on Saturday at approximately 6:17pm. When police arrived on scene, they found the victim, Brandi Berg, 37, of Riverside, RI, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased at 7:02 p.m.

An off-duty state trooper and an off-duty Bridgewater Police officer were in the area at the time of the shooting and were able to follow the suspect’s vehicle for a short period of time as he fled the area. The off-duty law enforcement officers were able to relay to responding officers that the suspect was driving a blue Subaru and also provided the license plate information. A subsequent check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle was registered to the suspect, Steven Fregeolle, 32, of Johnston, RI.

Witnesses on scene stated that the suspect approached the victim’s vehicle while aiming a handgun, and fired multiple shots through the windshield of the victim’s SUV. Further investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim had previously worked together at a car dealership in Warwick, RI. The suspect and the victim also, according to her current boyfriend, had previously been in a relationship. Just prior to the shooting, the victim had texted her current boyfriend stating that the suspect was in the parking lot and had confronted her about her seeing someone else. The suspect had recently been messaging the victim frequently and was displaying obsessive behavior towards her. He had allegedly been contacting her friends and family to learn her whereabouts and sent several desperate text messages to the victim.The following is a summary of the preliminary investigation into the Saturday evening homicide in North Attleboro and subsequent search for the suspect in Rhode Island:

North Attleboro Police were dispatched to the area of the Fashion Crossing Plaza on Route 1 for a report of shots fired on Saturday at approximately 6:17pm. When police arrived on scene, they found the victim, Brandi Berg, 37, of Riverside, RI, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased at 7:02 p.m.

An off-duty state trooper and an off-duty Bridgewater Police officer were in the area at the time of the shooting and were able to follow the suspect’s vehicle for a short period of time as he fled the area. The off-duty law enforcement officers were able to relay to responding officers that the suspect was driving a blue Subaru and also provided the license plate information. A subsequent check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle was registered to the suspect, Steven Fregeolle, 32, of Johnston, RI.

Witnesses on scene stated that the suspect approached the victim’s vehicle while aiming a handgun, and fired multiple shots through the windshield of the victim’s SUV. Further investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim had previously worked together at a car dealership in Warwick, RI. The suspect and the victim also, according to her current boyfriend, had previously been in a relationship. Just prior to the shooting, the victim had texted her current boyfriend stating that the suspect was in the parking lot and had confronted her about her seeing someone else. The suspect had recently been messaging the victim frequently and was displaying obsessive behavior towards her. He had allegedly been contacting her friends and family to learn her whereabouts and sent several desperate text messages to the victim.

A warrant for the suspect’s arrest, charging him with murder, was issued at around 4 am on Sunday morning. At approximately noon on Sunday, police in Charlestown, RI located the suspect’s vehicle, abandoned in a parking lot of the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve, an 842 acre wooded wildlife sanctuary. Police located the keys to the vehicle, the suspect’s cell phone, identification and credit cards inside the vehicle.

For the next several hours, law enforcement from the region searched the nature preserve and at 6:30 p.m. a team comprised of a Narragansett Police K9 officer and his K9, a Charlestown Police officer and a member of the Rhode Island State Police located the deceased body of the suspect in the woods. A black handgun was found right next to his body. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, although an autopsy in Rhode Island is pending. Any further information regarding his death must come from authorities in Rhode Island. An autopsy for Ms. Berg is also pending at this time,

A warrant for the suspect’s arrest, charging him with murder, was issued at around 4 am on Sunday morning. At approximately noon on Sunday, police in Charlestown, RI located the suspect’s vehicle, abandoned in a parking lot of the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve, an 842 acre wooded wildlife sanctuary. Police located the keys to the vehicle, the suspect’s cell phone, identification and credit cards inside the vehicle.

For the next several hours, law enforcement from the region searched the nature preserve and at 6:30 p.m. a team comprised of a Narragansett Police K9 officer and his K9, a Charlestown Police officer and a member of the Rhode Island State Police located the deceased body of the suspect in the woods. A black handgun was found right next to his body. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, although an autopsy in Rhode Island is pending. Any further information regarding his death must come from authorities in Rhode Island. An autopsy for Ms. Berg is also pending at this time,




Buttonwood Park Zoo Celebrates 125 Years with Zoobilation!

The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Zoo on Saturday, July 6, with “Zoobilation” – a celebration for the whole family.

“The 125th Anniversary of the Buttonwood Park Zoo deserves to be celebrated,” says Buttonwood Park Zoological Society Board Member and Chair of the 125th Anniversary Committee, Adrienne Beauregard-Rheaume, Esq. “The Zoo has been an integral part of the South Coast community and Zoobilation will be a celebration of the Zoo as a wonderful experience for kids and grownups alike.”

Zoobilation is the pinnacle event of the Zoo’s anniversary and will deliver excitement for the entire family. Event-goers will be treated to unlimited amusement rides, encounters with zoo animals, face painting, live music, and a complimentary ice cream sundae bar. Mad Science of Southern MA & RI will be entertaining and educating while a stilt walker and juggler amaze.

Moby Dick Brewing will be onsite with a specially brewed SMASH Ale, aptly named “Zoobilation” in honor of the 125th anniversary celebration. Westport Rivers Winery and Brother’s Artisanal will also be offering their products for sale.

The event isn’t just about celebrating, but also about remembering. To commemorate the 125 year history of the Zoo, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society will be collecting photos and memories to display at the event and to place in a time capsule until the 150th anniversary celebration. Memories and photos can be brought day of or emailed in advance to 1894@bpzoo.org.

“It is my hope that Zoobilation will bring friends and families together to enjoy the Zoo and all it has to offer at a celebration designed for children and adults” said Beauregard-Rheaume.

Zoobilation is sponsored by Hawthorn Medical Associates and the Law Offices of Beauregard Burke and Franco.

Zoobilation will be held at the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm. Tickets for members $11 for adults and $7 for children; Non-members tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children. Children under 2 are free.




Two separate motorcycle fatalities this weekend on the SouthCoast

Massachusetts State Police Troopers from the District Attorney’s office responded to two separate motorcycle crashes in the SouthCoast this weekend that resulted in fatalities.

The first incident occurred On Route 18 near the intersection with Walnut Street in New Bedford on Saturday evening around 7 pm. When police and rescue personnel arrived on scene, they located the victim, Andrew Mindyas, 63, of Westport, and rushed him to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was travelling at a high rate of speed through the intersection when he struck the curb, entered the center median and struck a large cobblestone planter. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

The second fatal crash occurred on Sunday around 6:35 a.m. at the intersection of Route 177 and Tickle Road in Westport. When Westport Police and rescue personnel arrived on scene, they located the victim, Cornelis Blom, 67, of Somerset, off the roadway in a wooded area. He was determined to be deceased on scene by paramedics.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, who was operating a Ducati motorcycle in the westbound lane of travel on Route 177 struck the side of a Ford Ranger as the Ranger turned onto Route 177 from Tickle Road. The operator of the Ford Ranger, a 48-year-old Westport man, remained at the scene of the crash and was cooperative with investigators. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to have any role in the collision. Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction analysis is ongoing. No charges have been filed at this time.

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