Boston Police Department honor the fallen at annual memorial mass

“Honoring the Fallen: Annual Police Memorial Mass Held at Mount Hope Cemetery:

Honoring the Fallen took place on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Members of the Boston Police Department and Boston Police Relief Association gathered with friends and family at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan for a Memorial Mass in remembrance of Boston Police Department officers, both active duty and retired, who passed away during this past year.

To all who dedicated their lives to protecting and serving our city, we offer our everlasting and eternal gratitude.” -Boston Police Department.

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New Bedford Fire Department to host annual “Fire Fighter Memorial Sunday”

“Our annual ‘Fire Fighter Memorial Sunday’ is taking place on June 12th. Each year, the New Bedford Fire Department holds this ceremony to honor our members who have passed.

Please join us at 8:30 AM at the Firefighter’s Memorial located on the corner of Rockdale Avenue and Lake Street, New Bedford.”-New Bedford Fire Department.

Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation awards $149,300 to 17 Southcoast non-profits

“Bristol County Savings Bank’s Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF) marked its 25th Anniversary celebration with the awarding of grants totaling $149,300 to 17 non-profits in the SouthCoast Massachusetts area.

All total, the Bank presented $365,800 in grants to 41 organizations in the New Bedford-Dartmouth/Fall River region, as well as the Taunton/Attleboro and Northern Southcoast regions.

The organizations in the Southcoast that received grants from the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation are as follows:

• Alma Del Mar Foundation ($9,500)
• Atlantis Education Foundation, Inc. ($10,000)
• Dennison Memorial Community Center ($10,000)
• E for All ($5,000); Fall River Deaconess Home ($5,000)
• Healthfirst Family Care Center ($25,000)
• Lloyd Center for the Environment ($5,000)
• Lynch Leadership Academy ($15,000)
• Mastery School of Independent Learning ($2,800)
• New Bedford Art Museum ($5,000)
• New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program ($10,000)
• Steppingstone, Inc. ($5,000)
• The Salvation Army-Fall River Corps ($5,000)
• The Salvation Army-New Bedford Corps ($5,000)
• The S.E.A.L. Foundation ($12,000)
• Thomas Chew Memorial Boys Club, Inc. ($10,000)
• YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts ($10,000)

“We couldn’t think of a better want to celebrate the Foundation’s 25th anniversary year than to present grants to non-profits who are making a difference in the SouthCoast and the other communities we serve,” said Patrick Murray, President and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank and President of the Foundation. Murray added that since the Foundation was formed, more than $26 million has been committed to hundreds of different non-profit organizations. In 2021, the Foundation awarded $2.3 million to various 501(c)(3) organizations.

Bristol County Savings Bank is an active supporter in the communities in which it serves. The Foundation’s purpose is to fund needs that contribute to the economic and the social well-being of the people and institutions located in the greater Taunton/Attleboro region, the greater New Bedford/Dartmouth region, the Greater Fall River region, and the Southcoast region, with particular emphasis in the areas of education and literacy, economic development and housing for the low- to moderate-income population. In 2020, the Foundation added an additional area of focus supporting organizations that are on the frontlines of the pandemic or experiencing hardship as a result.”

New Bedford Police Resource Officer discuss bullying at Alma del Mar

“School Resource officer LeeAnne Fisher took some time yesterday with the great 4th grade kids and staff at Alma del Mar to discuss safety, bullying, and being kind.

Great to see you all!” -City of New Bedford Police Department.

City of New Bedford Police Department photo.

City of New Bedford Police Department photo.

City of New Bedford Police Department photo.

Massachusetts State Police, family of Trooper Tamar Bucci, lead Fenway Park pre-game ceremonies

“On May 31, The Massachusetts State Police was honored to accept an invitation from the Boston Red Sox to participate in the pregame ceremonies at historic Fenway Park.

On a beautiful spring evening, the Massachusetts State Police Honor Guard joined the Bucci family for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at the most beloved ballpark in America. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Trooper Bucci’s nephew, Landon Holmes.

Landon delivered a frozen rope of a tailing fastball that would have brought down the league’s best hitters swinging. The pitch garnered cheers from the thousands in attendance as Trooper Bucci’s family looked on from behind the mound.

After the first pitch, The MSP Honor Guard carried the colors of our Commonwealth, the nation, and the Massachusetts State Police display during the Star-Spangled Banner. A special thank you to the Boston Red Sox for including the MSP family in such a special event kicking off a wonderful evening of baseball.” -Massachusetts State Police.

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Massachusetts Police: ‘Follow an “If you care, leave it there.” policy when finding baby animals’

“This sweet fawn was found waiting for her mother – who sadly never returned for her. She is just one day old.

While based on the circumstances surrounding this particular fawn, she was truly orphaned, however, this case serves as a good opportunity to remind folks that more often than not, young wildlife should remain where it is found. Wildlife officials say, “If you care, leave it there”.

Well-meaning people often unknowingly separate babies from their mothers, and/or put a young animal’s health in danger when intervening in a wild animal’s natural process of being reared and growing up.

Dedham Police Department photo.

For these reasons, wildlife officials are adamant that humans should stay clear of young wildlife (actually all wildlife in general).

Of course, in cases of true abandonment or orphaned situations such as it was for this little fawn, calls to Animal Control is the recommended course of action, so that he/she may make the appropriate decision, in the best interest of the animal.

Wildlife officials also stress the importance of never feeding wildlife, as it can lead to irreversible harm. Young wildlife cared for by humans often end up attached to those humans with little fear. This can lead to animals wandering into populated areas, an increased risk of encounters with domestic pets, and being hit by cars. Feeding animals may also make them less conscientious of predators which can cost them their lives.

This little orphaned fawn is now in the hands of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, after Animal Control personally handed her off to one of the organization’s top Deer Biologists.

The Biologist states that the fawn will head straight into a rehabilitation center this afternoon, and that while she may not ultimately make her way back here to Dedham to live, her chances of a healthy and natural life, are ‘excellent’!” -Dedham Police Department.

Dartmouth Police increase presence at Dartmouth schools in light of Uvalde, Texas tragedy

“Dear Community Members,

In response to the recent tragic event in Uvalde, Texas, the members of the Dartmouth Police Department, along with our School Resource Officers, have decided to increase the presence of police at the various Dartmouth schools for the remainder of the school year.

Though no local threats have been received, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution for both the physical and mental well-being of the students, parents, and staff alike.

Whereas school security falls under the purview of the school department, we have always worked closely with them to ensure the safety of our children. We strongly encourage you to stay involved by sharing your opinions and ideas not only with them, but also with us, on how we can collectively build upon our exemplary safety record.

It goes without saying, that the safety of Dartmouth’s children is our top priority!

Warm Regards,
Brian P. Levesque
Chief of Police.”

City of New Bedford awarded $72.7 million in federal funding to complete cleanup of harbor

On a day nearly 40 years in the making, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe, U.S. EPA – New England Region, Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Representative Bill Keating, and local officials on the waterfront today to announce $72.7 million in federal funding to complete the cleanup of New Bedford Harbor.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Deputy Administrator, Janet McCabe was joined today near the banks of New Bedford Harbor by federal, state and local officials to announce that EPA’s decades-long work to address PCB contamination in New Bedford Harbor sediments is now on track to be completed in about three years thanks to a major commitment from the Biden Administration to allocate $72.7 Million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

EPA photo.

Also today, EPA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced a settlement with Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc., a South Carolina-based capacitator company with a facility in New Bedford, which will provide an additional $3.6 million for the completion of shoreline remediation of the harbor and $400,000 to the Commonwealth toward the costs of operating and maintaining the Superfund remedy.

“I am thrilled to announce that thanks to vital funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the steadfast commitment of our enforcement attorneys, state counterparts, and community partners, EPA now has the resources to complete the job of addressing hazardous pollution that has contaminated New Bedford Harbor for decades,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe. “EPA and the Biden-Harris Administration have prioritized protecting public health and addressing environmental impacts in communities who have historically been left out of the conversation and overburdened by dangerous pollution. I am proud of this collaborative effort and the progress that we have made.”

The New Bedford Harbor site is one of thousands of contaminated sites nationally that have been given Superfund status due to the nature and extent of hazardous wastes at the site, and the cost and logistics associated with cleaning them. Superfund sites can include former manufacturing facilities, industrial locations, processing plants, landfills and mining sites. The $72.7 million allocation for the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site is part of a $1 billion “first wave” of funding from $3.5 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help cleanup polluted Superfund sites in communities across the country.

The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is making a huge difference in EPA’s efforts to protect human health and the environment. Thanks to funding authorized in BIL, over the next five years EPA will be putting $60 billion into improving the health, equity, and resilience of communities in every corner of the country. Areas that BIL will make a dramatic difference include improving drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure, removing lead services lines, and protecting communities from emerging contaminants like PFAS. BIL will invest a historic $5.4 billion to clean up legacy pollution at Superfund and brownfields sites, helping to restore the economic vitality of communities. Finally, BIL is helping U.S. communities to make a $5 billion investment in electric and low-emission school buses and healthier air for children.

EPA has made significant progress removing and addressing PCB contamination in New Bedford Harbor since 2012, when the U.S. Government and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a $366 Million settlement with AVX Corporation. However, by 2022 those funds were mostly depleted with work remaining to complete shoreline remediation efforts. The total cost for the harbor PCB cleanup, including agency indirect costs, is approximately $1 billion. Approximately half of that amount has been funded by the federal and State governments’ cost recovery efforts.

“Nearly 40 years ago EPA began a generational, transformational cleanup commitment to remove and address PCB pollution in New Bedford Harbor and surrounding areas. Because of the funding announced today, we can now foresee the end of this lengthy chapter of cleanup work. We can also clearly see the future for New Bedford as a vital coastal community coming into focus, maintaining its vibrant fishing industry while also pivoting to servicing the offshore clean energy economy of the 21st Century and growing much needed jobs in the community. This is a fantastic outcome for a community that has shouldered a disproportionate burden of pollution,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash.

“Thanks to historic levels of funding passed by Congress, the Biden administration is providing the resources that New Bedford needs to get toxic pollution out of its harbor once and for all,” said Senator Edward J. Markey, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. “Communities like New Bedford have had to live alongside corporate pollution for too long, and I applaud the EPA for investing in efforts to address this injustice. We have a clear roadmap to a healthy future: clean up existing pollution, get polluters to pay for it, and prevent new pollution from being released into our neighborhoods.”

“This historic federal funding to complete the cleanup of the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site is wonderful news and a testament to the decades long partnership among all levels of government and the community,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “For far too long, New Bedford has faced the burden of pollution and its detrimental consequences on public health and the environment. Now, we are a significant step closer to righting these wrongs, and I’ll keep fighting to secure investments like this that tackle environmental justice and spur economic opportunity.”

“The cleanup of New Bedford Harbor has been a great success and this funding from the Infrastructure Bill will take the cleanup into its final stages,” said Congressman Bill Keating. “The EPA has done a tremendous job at this site. While it’s been a long road, the end is in sight and our community will be the better for it.”

“For decades, the PCB contamination of New Bedford Harbor has been an environmental blight on our region and a barrier to investment in the Port of New Bedford. The acceleration of the cleanup will pave the way for more maritime investment and jobs in the Port, and open up recreational opportunities for our residents, especially in the Near North End. We are grateful for the Biden Administration’s commitment to get this project over the goal line, which will improve the City’s quality of life for generations to come,” said City of New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell.

“Fairhaven has been impacted by the superfund cleanup efforts and we are very grateful to the Biden-Harris Administration, the EPA, the Baker-Polito Administration and the delegation that made this tremendous award possible. This news will be very well received by tens of thousands who live in proximity to the site, use the waters for recreation and depend on the harbor for their livelihood,” said Bob Espindola, Town of Fairhaven Select Board Member.

“The extensive cleanup has transformed New Bedford Harbor into a place that supports recreational activities, a vibrant fishing industry and companies that will support the future of offshore wind development in the Commonwealth,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The millions of dollars allocated through the Superfund program and related settlements have allowed federal, state and local governments to protect the natural resources within the harbor and enhancing economic development opportunities.”

EPA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced today a settlement with Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Inc., which has agreed to pay a total of $4 million which will help fund the cleanup of PCB contamination at the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site. The U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of EPA lodged this and a related settlement agreement in U.S. Federal District Courts. Of the $4 million of settlement funds designated for New Bedford Harbor, $400,000 will go to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the operation and maintenance of the Harbor Superfund remedy. The remaining $3.6 million will be applied to the remaining shoreline cleanup work being conducted with the aid of BIL funding announced today. The settlements are subject to a 60-day public comment period.

The settlement with Cornell Dubilier Electronics underscores efforts by EPA and Commonwealth of Massachusetts enforcement attorneys over time to establish liability for legacy pollution resulting in sites across the country requiring complex and costly cleanup efforts. EPA’s and the Commonwealth’s adherence to the “polluter pays” principle has resulted in about $500 million from settlements that have contributed to the New Bedford Harbor cleanup since it began in 1983. These efforts from EPA and Commonwealth legal staff ensure that taxpayers are not burdened with the entire cost of cleaning up industrial pollution.

The 18,000-acre New Bedford site, added to the National Priorities List (NPL) in 1983, is an urban tidal estuary with sediments which were highly contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals until EPA remediated the Harbor. At least two manufacturers in the area used PCBs while producing electric devices from the 1940s to the late 1970s. These facilities discharged industrial wastes containing PCBs directly into the harbor and indirectly through the city sewer system. This stopped when the manufacture of PCBs was banned by EPA in the late 1970s. As a result, the harbor was contaminated with PCBs in varying degrees for at least 6 miles from the upper Acushnet River into Buzzards Bay.

In 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, known as Superfund, was passed. The important law gave EPA the authority and funds to hold polluters accountable for cleaning up the most contaminated sites across the country. When no viable responsible party is found or cannot afford the cleanup, funds appropriated by Congress are used. A tax on chemical and petroleum industries provided funds to the Superfund Trust fund for Superfund cleanups up until 1995. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law reinstates the chemical excise taxes and invests an additional $3.5 billion in environmental remediation at Superfund sites, making it one of the largest investments in American history to address the legacy pollution that harms human health and the environment of communities and neighborhoods.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment that will create millions of jobs modernizing our infrastructure, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put us on a path to win the economic competition for the 21st century.”-EPA.

Massachusetts Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife on National Safe Boating Week : “Life jackets save lives!”

Wearing a properly fitted personal flotation device could save your life.

Life jackets save lives! It’s National Safe Boating Week and the perfect time to remind boaters and anglers to wear life jackets. Warmer days of spring can often mask water temperatures that are still dangerously cold. Learn how to find the right life jacket for you.

With nearly 1,500 miles of coastline, four major river systems, and hundreds of lakes and ponds, Massachusetts offers great opportunities to get out on the water. As warmer weather arrives, and to recognize National Safe Boating Week (May 21–27), the Massachusetts Environmental Police and MassWildlife remind boaters and anglers to put safety first by wearing life jackets.

Massachusetts Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife photo.

Warmer days of spring can often mask water temperatures that are still dangerously cold. If you capsize or fall overboard, you can develop hypothermia within minutes. Hypothermia, the lowering of your internal body temperature, can make it difficult for you to swim, paddle, or stay afloat. A sudden, unexpected fall into cold water can also cause you to involuntarily gasp and ingest water, which can lead to death by drowning. Your life jacket may not prevent hypothermia, but it will help you stay afloat, and it can save your life. Boating fatality victims were often not wearing life jackets.

Click here to learn about life jackets, including how to choose the right type, how to get a proper fit, and more.

Safety advocates recommend all boaters and passengers have a life jacket and wear it at all times while boating.

In Massachusetts, life jackets must be worn by:

• Canoeists and kayakers from September 15 to May 15
• Youth under 12 years old
• Personal watercraft users
• Water skiers
• Stand-up paddleboard users

Massachusetts State Police trooper rescues pit bull chained on beach and about to drown

“Last summer, Trooper Carlo Mastromattei, who is assigned to our Revere Barracks, rescued a pit bull who had been chained up and abandoned on Short Beach in the city’s Beachmont neighborhood after good people called to report that act of cruelty.

The dog was left tied up in a part of the beach that is submerged during high tide. After freeing the dog and getting him to a local kennel to be checked out and kept safe, Trooper Mastromattei and fellow Troopers from State Police-Revere and Revere Police Officers began an investigation into who abandoned the dog on that beach and left him to face an eventual incoming tide. Their hard work paid off a few days later when Trooper Mastromattei was able to charge the dog’s former owner with animal cruelty. The man told MSP he didn’t want to keep the dog anymore.

Massachusetts State Police photo.

After being victimized in that despicable crime, thanks to the people who cared about him, life began to get brighter for this beautiful animal. From the local kennel he went to Sweet Paws Rescue, and that’s where Bobby Shannon found him. They won each other’s hearts, and the dog had his forever home, and a new name — Horus, after the Egyptian god of the sky who was said to hold the sun in his right eye and the moon in his left.

“He had a rough start to his life but is doing amazing now,” Bobby said. “He is very smart, doing well with his training, and loves hikes.”

Just looking at Horus — and those bright eyes that hold not only the sun and moon, but also, at long last, the secure knowledge that a future of love and happiness awaits — and we can see that he has a great home and family now. Thank you, Bobby, for giving this very good boy a great life.

We found Horus on his worst day. Now all his best days are ahead.” -Massachusetts State Police.

Massachusetts State Police photo.

Massachusetts State Police photo.

Massachusetts State Police photo.

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