The Pasta House and Cask & Pig Announce Temporary Closure Until April 7th.

Earlier today The Pasta House, located in Fairhaven and Cask & Pig, in Dartmouth posted the following message on their social media:

I want to start by thanking the community for all the support over the past 9 days as we transformed our restaurant into a take-out only operation. We had to lay-off half our staff and the other half worked very hard with the huge demand in take-out orders. We stayed open during this pandemic for one reason, to serve our community! And too also give away some toilet paper, 😄. But after much thought and deliberation we’ve decided it’s time to get our staff home and safe so we can continue to stay healthy during this crucial time.

The first discovered case of Covid-19 in Bristol county was this past weekend so we need to all be very careful in preventing the spread of this virus. Our county was one of the last in the state to be affected but now it’s our job to stop the spread! I hope everyone is taking this as serious as we are and please stay safe!

Our plan is to re-open on April 7th for full service. If Governor Baker extends the restaurant closure mandate we still plan on opening for take-out only.

Thank you,
Cask & Pig Management

Thank you,
Pasta House Management

We can’t wait for them to reopen as well! Stay safe and thank you for serving the community during this difficult time.




Wareham Police search and rescue respond to missing patient at Tremont Nursing Home

On Saturday, March 21, at about 1:25 a.m., the Wareham Police responded to Tremont Nursing Home for an alarm activation and a missing patient.

Several Wareham police officers began searching the area, along with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, Massachusetts State Police, and the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, Search and Rescue Team as well as members of the Wareham Department of Natural Resources.

Later in the morning, the patient was spotted by the MSP Air Wing Helicopter lying down in vegetation nearby. The patient was transported to the hospital for an examination.




New Bedford’s “The Baker” to close its doors until further notice

From their Facebook: “I’d like to start by expressing my gratitude for the outpouring of support that I, along with many other business owners have received in the past week.

A very sincere thank you to our customers for picking up take-out, placing special orders, purchasing gift cards, and for all the social media love and sharing.

Thank you to my staff for your understanding, your hard work to adjust things very quickly and your support during this time.

Thank you to our neighboring downtown businesses for your sense of community, sharing of ideas, and support.

I have decided to temporarily close The Baker until further notice. This pandemic response and health crisis is a numbers game. The more we gather, the greater the spread, the higher the curve.

I am confident as long as The Baker is open, our incredible customers will continue to support us but we have to ask, does that help lessen the curve? Does it put my staff or customers at risk? As a father to Olivia (age 2) and Emma (6 months) and a partner to a healthcare professional who’s on the front lines, I’m worried and scared.

We are in an industry that often ignores mental health issues and that “push” through mentality is not right for us at this time. Despite our best efforts for increased sanitation and social distancing, the best decision for us right now is to temporarily close.

Re-opening and re-hiring staff is my top priority. I am planning for the long-game and making decisions in order to make sure The Baker is here once this settles. If this has taught me anything, it is that I am nothing without my team and the food business is truly a team industry.

We face an uphill battle when we return. I am grateful that so many of you gave us your business this week allowing us to move through inventory and provide 1 more week of pay for some staff members. If you wish to help, try and support us when we are operational again or consider purchasing a gift card to use in the future. Please continue to support those bakeries, cafes, and restaurants that remain open. Let’s take care of our community.”




Buttonwood Park Zoo welcomes 3rd Bolivian Gray Titi Baby

It’s official- the first baby born at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in 2020 is a Bolivian gray titi monkey! Born January 12, 2020, this is the third birth for 11 year-old mom, Madeira and 5 year-old father, Crumpet.

This Bolivian gray titi monkey family has been growing since 2017, with the initial birth of son Biscuit, who is now 2 and ½ years old. In December of 2018, daughter Mila was born, evening out the family dynamics. For the first several months, the new baby will mostly remain on the back of its parents or siblings – Zoo staff will be able to determine gender once is spends more time off its family.

There are less than 55 Bolivian gray titi monkeys at 18 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions in North America. These tree dwelling monkeys weigh around two to three pounds as adults, have a lifespan of 20-25 years and are active during the day. Members of the group exhibit social bonding by sitting side by side and twining their tails. There is a strong bond between adult mating pairs; they stay close and carry out activities together, including infant care. The new baby will spend approximately 80% of the time on the back of dad, Crumpet.

In the wild, this species is found in the tropical forests throughout central Bolivia and into Rondônia in eastern Brazil. Although their population in the wild is decreasing and agricultural activities have resulted in considerable habitat loss, Bolivian gray titi monkeys are reasonably tolerant of habitat disturbance and are adaptable to a variety of environments throughout its relatively wide range.

Crumpet, Madeira, Biscuit, Mila and the new baby reside in the Zoo’s innovative Rainforest, Rivers & Reefs exhibit. Opened in July 2017, Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs focuses on the conservation of endangered and threatened Neotropical forest species and the health of the world’s oceans while connecting guests with small, endangered primates from regions of South America and ocean dwelling species from around the world. Interpretive signage and on-site education inspires visitors to take small, tangible actions to reduce their impact on habitats and oceans, furthering the Zoo’s conservation mission to protect wildlife from extinction.

The Zoo is located at 425 Hawthorn Street in New Bedford and is open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, with the last admission at 3:15 pm throughout the winter. Ticket prices for non-New Bedford Residents are $10 for adults/$6 for children 3-12; Ticket prices for New Bedford Residents are $7.50 for adults/$4.50 for children 3-12. For more information about the Zoo’s programs, animals and exhibits, visit www.bpzoo.org.




UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson addresses concerns about the Coronavirus

“Dear campus community,

I am writing to provide important new guidance on the evolving nature of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation. There are reports of increasing cases in areas such as South Korea, Japan, and Italy. With these developments, we are closely evaluating university associated international travel to ensure we can best support our faculty, staff, and students.

There have been no cases of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) at UMass Dartmouth.

To ensure the continued safety of our community members who are studying, working, and traveling abroad, please see the additional measures below:

For students

· The International Student & Scholar Center is currently in contact with students abroad to ensure their wellbeing and to offer the assistance of the university. We are continuously monitoring the circumstances across the globe and in communication with our international partner organizations.

· Should the travel condition in the area where you are studying abroad reach the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Level 3 or U.S. State Department Level 4 travel advisory, we will require that you leave the area. The International Student & Scholar Center will immediately contact you to facilitate your safe departure and inform you about academic continuity plans.

For faculty and staff:

· As you know, we require all faculty and staff to upload your itineraries for all university-related travel into Terra Dotta. For guidance on this process, please visit the UMass Terra Dotta site. This system will automatically send you travel alerts and text messages.

· Any employee seeking to travel to a CDC Level 3 or U.S. State Department Level 3 or 4 country must receive written approval from the International Advisory Council’s Risk Management Committee by contacting Michael LaGrassa (mlagrassa@umassd.edu).

For residential students who would like to stay on campus over spring break

Residential students who would like to stay on campus over spring break must complete the online form for Housing and Residential Education by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th. Follow these instructions to do so:

1) Log in to the UMass Dartmouth portal.
2) Click on “Student Resources”.
3) Click on the Student Housing Information Portal (StarRez).
4) If necessary, click on the Student SSO Login toward the bottom of the page.
5) Click “Housing Processes”, then select “Spring Break Application”.
6) Fill out that application.
7) General Guidance about Upcoming Travel

We realize that many students, faculty, and staff may have plans to travel over the upcoming spring break period. As this situation is rapidly evolving, we recommend that all members of the community evaluate travel plans on a daily, rather than weekly basis. The CDC frequently asked questions page is updated regularly with information about travel.

General Health Precautions to take during flu season and with the Coronavirus

As a reminder, the risk of contracting this illness remains low in the United States, but to prevent the spread of many infections, please practice good hygiene, including:

• Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
• Staying home when you are sick;
• Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow;
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
• Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; and
• Getting a flu shot if you have not already done so.

Want to learn more about the Coronavirus?

Student Health Services and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will sponsor an informational session about the Coronavirus on Tuesday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Main Auditorium. Please join Drs. Marianne Sullivan, Nancy Street, and Monika Schuler for this timely and important session.

How should we plan for extended absences for faculty, staff, and students should our community be impacted?

Human Resources will be issuing guidance for faculty and staff concerning business continuity preparation and general absence management in the event a faculty or staff member or a family member becomes symptomatic. The Provost’s office will work with College Deans and Department Chairs to address concerns about associated student absences.

I want to reiterate that there have been no cases of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) at UMass Dartmouth.

For general questions or comments about COVID-19, please call Student Health Services at 508.999.8982. You can find all the latest information on our Health Advisory website, including frequently asked questions.

Any student who is feeling worried or concerned for family or friends abroad should contact Counseling Services at 508.999.8648. Faculty and staff are encouraged to call Human Resources at 508.999.8060.

Your safety, well-being, and ability to continue your studies, teaching, research, and other daily activities remain the highest priorities for the entire leadership of UMass Dartmouth.

With gratitude,
Robert E. Johnson PhD
Chancellor
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.”




Who Remembers … New Bedford’s Del’s Drive-In?

Here is another installment in our Who Remembers? series. You can browse previous articles by using the search bar on the right or by clicking here. These articles are strolls down memory lane. In some cases, the buildings, but new businesses have replaced them. In other instances, the buildings or even the properties have been razed. Instead of a building, it may be a TV show, personality, or commercial that no one longer exists. Either way, it can’t stop us from taking the Memory Lane stroll!

As always we would rather this be a discussion. No one knows this area better than those who grew up here! Please, leave constructive criticism, feedback, and corrections. We’d love to hear your anecdotes. Please share!

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Today a mention of payphones, cassette tapes or 8-tracks, the milkman, et al can bring up confusion or disbelief among the young generation, there are some memories that we will never forget and never get bored of reminiscing about.

One of the memories that is a favorite of those of us that grew up in the 1950s and into the 1970s in greater New Bedford was Del’s Drive-In owned and run by Adelard & Clara (Choquette) Millette, known to everyone as Uncle Del and later owned and operated by brothers Norman and Raymond Choquette.

Del’s was a go-to spot for families as an inexpensive way to feed everyone, as well as a place a large number of locals had their first job at. Located on Acushnet Avenue where the touchless Rubber Duck Car Wash is now, the orange building featured carhops, the best frostiest Root Beer (served in ice mugs), root beer floats, skinned hot dogs and best-fried clams around.

Other favorite items on the menu were the “Swampwater” drink which was a mixture of root beer and orange, onion rings, and cheeseburgers. During Lent, families would head to Del’s to pick up fish and chips – surely no kid ever complained about getting their fish then!

Del’s also had locations in Fairhaven and Dartmouth across the road from Lincoln Park and many people have specific memories of the carhops (one girl had a gold front tooth and stood out), making 90 cents/hour in their first job, and of course, the miniature, shot-glass-sized A&W mug.

The popular thing to do after your family ate there was to head on over to the nearby Frates Dairy & Ice Cream later for a sugar cone of maple walnut ice cream or a banana split.

Do you have memories of visiting Del’s or working there? How about interacting with the family? Leave a comment or share your pictures!




Dartmouth’s “Big Value Outlet Plaza” sold

Shrewsbury commercial real estate developer Donat Aubuchon has purchased Dartmouth’s “Big Value Outlet Plaza” from Dartmouth Select Board member David Tatelbaum for $7.5 million.

The new owner plans to modernize the property with a new facade and keep the anchor store which has been around since 1990, but whose structure goes back to 1962. In addition, he wants to add a drive-through area to benefit a potential retailer that is interested in the location.

For those who frequent the plaza regularly, don’t be alarmed: the current tenants will remain.

Renovations are expected to begin on the site this fall after approval has been received by Dartmouth’s Planning Board.




Applications for City of New Bedford’s youth program, summer jobs available

The New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches has applications for its 2020 Kennedy Summer Day program for children, as well as for summer jobs, now available.

Applications now available for 2020 Kennedy Summer Day Program
Applications are available for parents to register their children to participate in the Kennedy Summer Day Program. This summer program is an opportunity for children to engage in a variety of sports, games, crafts, environmental education, and outdoor fun while making new friends. Activities include beach and swim time, special visitor programs from the Art Mobile, Buzzards Bay Coalition, and many more.

The Kennedy Summer Day Program operates out of beautiful Fort Taber Park and includes breakfast, lunch and transportation. The program is open to children who are eligible for kindergarten in September of 2020 through the age of 14.

For New Bedford residents, each two-week session is $240. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. If space allows, non-residents may register for $275 per session. This summer, the program will also offering a one-week option for $150 for residents and $175 for non-residents.

Available Sessions: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily

• Session 1 July 6 —July 17
• Session 2 July 20—July 31
• Session 3 August 3—August 14
• Session 4 August 17—August 21 (one week only)

Space is limited, so parents are encouraged to complete and submit an application as soon as possible. Registration packets are available at the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches located at 181 Hillman St. in Building 3, at the Andrea McCoy Recreation Center located at 181 Hillman St and at www.newbedford-ma.gov/parks-recreation-beaches, or contact the office by phone at 508-961-3015.

Now accepting applications for more than 70 summer jobs
Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches has applications for seasonal summer jobs available. The department offers positions for New Bedford residents for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer working in a variety of programs. Many positions are entry level for youth ages 16 to 24 while others require professional experience.

There are more than 70 positions being offered for this summer for city residents seeking a summer opportunity or job-related experience. Positions offered include: Kennedy Summer Day Program staff (experience preferred), Play in the Park, and Summer Food Program positions, Lifeguards (must have proper certifications), Site Supervisors, Van Drivers, Van Aides, Beach Parking staff and Park Ambassador. Applicants must be 16 years of age by the effective date of the program.

Applications are available at the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches at 181 Hillman St. Building 3 or under job opportunities at www.newbedford-ma.gov.

All applications must be returned to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches at 181 Hillman St. Building 3, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Applications will be accepted until March 27, 2020. Applicants must attend a mandatory training before the start of employment.

For more information interested applicants may contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches at 508-961-3015 or stop by the office at 181 Hillman St., Building 3.




Massachusetts State Officials Remind Public of the Dangers of Walking on Ice Covered Water Bodies

With recent warmer temperatures across much of Massachusetts, state officials are warning the public of the dangers associated with walking on ice over bodies of water, including lakes, ponds, reservoirs, streams, and rivers.

Public safety and recreation officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), and the Department of Fire Services (DFS) remind residents and visitors to be conscious of the risks associated with walking on ice, particularly after warm weather, and ask that the public refrain from doing so.

The winter season offers unique outdoor recreational opportunities for the public to enjoy, including ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling; unfortunately, year after year state and local officials receive and respond to reports of individuals falling through thin ice. In a short period of time, an individual who falls into icy waters can experience hypothermia like symptoms, which can become fatal if not treated immediately. Hypothermia symptoms include shivering, dizziness, hunger, nausea, accelerated breathing, difficulty speaking, lack of coordination, fatigue, and an increase in heart rate.

Ice safety tips the public should follow when near bodies of water during the winter months include:

• Parents should supervise their children;
• Never go onto ice alone;
• Always keep your pets on a leash, and do not let them out off-leash near bodies of water that are covered by ice;
• Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it from freezing. It can also hide cracks as well as other weak spots;
• Ice formed overflowing water (including springs under the surface) is generally weaker than ice over still water;
• Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be a foot thick in one spot or an inch thick in another;
• If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw something to them (a rope, tree branch, even jumper cables from a car, etc.). If this does not work, go or phone for help. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately;
• If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from, and place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once the ice is solid enough to hold you, and you can pull yourself out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand; lying down spreads your weight across a wider area, lessening your weight on any one spot) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back the way you came, keeping your weight distributed, until you return to solid ice or ground; and,
• As the season progresses, plan accordingly and use caution, as the conditions of older ice greatly varies and is subject to rapid changes.

For further information regarding ice and winter safety tips, please visit the DFS and the MassWildlife websites. The Massachusetts State Police reminds individuals to call 911 in the event of an emergency, such as an individual falling through thin ice. Additionally, several state parks and facilities provide outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the winter season, some of which have DCR rangers and/or staff facilitating many programs. Please visit the DCR’s website for details.




OPINION: Landlord shows other side of renting issues after nightmare tenants wreck apartment

Do you balk at how the idea of coming up with first, last and security – many thousands of dollars – to move into a new apartment? Many area residents complain about how difficult it is to find a good landlord and question the high amount of money they ask to move in. One landlord wanted to show why. The following opinion was shared by a landlord in one of our groups:

“People wonder why rents and security deposits are high, or why property managers and landlords require such detailed background and reference checks, well folks this is a prime example of those reasons.

I rented this apartment to a family for a short term 6-month lease, they passed the job and reference checks, I got the initial month’s rent and security deposit and then the nightmare began.

By the time I got them out they had caused upwards of 10k in damages, between that and the back rent owed we’re out 15k in 6-month’s time.

They left animals locked in bedrooms urinating for days on end to the point where urine was leaking through the ceiling of the business below them.

Every room has either animal or human poop smeared on floors shelf’s inside cupboards and walls!

Every single wall has been colored on from children running rampant, the amount of flies/fruit flies in this apartment would rival any transfer station, and the smell is so bad I don’t know if we will ever be able to get rid of it!

I would normally never post something like this, but I just want to make people aware of what landlords go through when they try and provide a nice home for people to live in. Most of the time our tenants are great! But it’s these few disgusting people who ruin it for everyone else!” -Jerry Ciro Ucci.

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