Southern New England Brotherhood Ride kicks off 6-day, 500-mile bicycle ride on Friday

On Friday, August 23rd through Wednesday, August 27th the Southern New England Brotherhood Ride will be departing on a 6-day 500-mile bicycle ride through over 50 communities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to honor 20 first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice to the communities in which they served and protected.

This year’s ride will begin in Hyannis, Massachusetts and will travel through several Cape Cod communities before heading north through Marshfield up to Weymouth, Everett, Boston and out to Worcester. From Worcester, they will continue through Western MA and down into Rhode Island and Connecticut before returning back into RI and ending on the 6th day in Newport, RI. They will travel through more than 50 different communities over the course of the 6 days and the ride will encompass over 15,000 feet of elevation.

The Brotherhood Ride takes place 1 year after the death of a first responder in MA, RI or CT to show the communities where they served, their department and their family that their acts of bravery will never be forgotten.

SNEBHR is a nonprofit organization established in 2018 as a chapter of the Brotherhood Ride of Florida. They are a team of active and retired firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians who ride bicycles to honor the memories of, fallen first responders who suffered a line of duty death from the previous year. The SNEBR is entirely made up of volunteers. No one collects a paycheck or compensation for their time. Everyone who participates does so on either their own personal time or vacation time. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Other than the cost of the ride itself, all of the proceeds and monies raised, from fundraising and donations will go directly back to the families of the fallen.

It is not a race, it is not a competition, we do not ride for us, we ride to remember our fallen
heroes, our brothers and sisters, we ride in their memory and to let their families know that we
truly will “never forget” they paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“So stand down my brother, you have completed your shift. Let our legs carry your memory and remind all who will listen that you gave your life to save a total stranger,” said Jeff Morse Founder Brotherhood Ride Florida

Here are the honorees who we are riding in honor of this year.

You can also or visit our website at or our Facebook page at for more information about our organization, our mission and our ride. Email us at

St. Anne’s Credit Union Awards Deacon Bernard G. Theroux Scholarship

St. Anne’s Credit Union remains committed to the future of the youth in the local SouthCoast community and for over 25 years has awarded more than $300,000 to local students through the St. Anne’s scholarship program. Recently, as a demonstration of this commitment, St. Anne’s Credit Union awarded the eighth annual Deacon Bernard G. Theroux Scholarship to a deserving student at St. Stanislaus School in Fall River. This year’s recipient is seventh-grader, Sophie DeOliveira.

This $500 scholarship is named in honor of Deacon Bernard G. Theroux, a recently departed Honorary Director of the Credit Union’s Board of Directors who devoted over 60 years of service to the Credit Union and its members and whose philanthropic spirit will continue to live on through this honorable scholarship.

Pictured left to right: Sophie’s mother; Simone Garant, St. Anne’s Credit Union Board Member and Treasurer; Sophie DeOliveira (scholarship recipient); and Eileen Danahey, St. Anne’s Credit Union President & CEO.

New Bedford blood drive set for July 27

A blood drive will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 10 am – 3pm at Empire Ford of New Bedford at 395 Mt. Pleasant Street.

Help Empire Ford of New Bedford meet the needs of the seriously ill and injured. Every day in the U.S. roughly 41,000 blood donations are needed. Every donation will help save 3 lives! Blood products are essential for the treatment of accident victims, surgical and sickle cell disease patients, those receiving cancer treatments, premature babies and others. Every day in the US roughly 41,000 donations are needed. That means nearly every two seconds someone needs blood.

Please PRE-REGISTER Today:
1. Call Empire Ford at 508-996-5611, ext. 6118
2. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
3. Go to
4. Download the Blood Donor app

The event will be held at Empire Ford of New Bedford, located at 395 Mt. Pleasant St., New Bedford. For more information, visit our website: or visit our Facebook Event at:

VIDEO: Run to End Addiction at Bridgewater State University

Here’s a look at some highlights from the Run to End Addiction at Bridgewater State University in June. It was hosted by Teen Challenge Massachusetts

Massachusetts Credit Unions Unite in Support of “A Bed for Every Child”; Surpasses $2 Million Milestone for Charitable Partner

Ronald McLean, President/CEO of the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc. (CCUA), on behalf of Massachusetts Credit Unions, along with members of the Massachusetts Credit Unions Social Responsibility Committee presented a check to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Coalition) in the amount of $202,725 at the 3rd Annual Stephen D. Jones Credit Union Charity Golf Tournament in support of “A Bed for Every Child” campaign.

“The idea of so many children throughout Massachusetts not having their own bed is undreamed-of,” said McLean. “Massachusetts Credit Unions have banded together to ensure every child has a place to dream. We believe in the good work that the Coalition accomplishes and are happy to do our part in helping children get a good night’s sleep to prepare them for a better future.”

Massachusetts Credit Unions have supported the Coalition for more than two decades surpassing more than $2 million in donations and providing blankets, toys and books to help families in need. In 2018, Massachusetts Credit Unions raised $202,725 through efforts including the Stephen D. Jones Charity Golf Tournament and a variety of credit union-driven initiatives. The need for “A Bed for Every Child” reaches all cities and towns in Massachusetts; no city or town is sheltered. Paul Marotta, chair of Massachusetts Credit Unions Social Responsibility Committee, shares his overwhelming gratitude for the collaborative efforts of credit unions demonstrating the credit union founding principle of people helping people for such an important cause.

A Bed for Every Child began when a concerned inner city, public school teacher reached out to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. At the time, the teacher was seeing an increase in the number of students who did not have a bed of their own. As a result, these students were coming to school tired and not ready to learn. According to Robyn Frost, Executive Director, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, “There is no one face to a child receiving a bed, but they do have one thing in common, and that is, they are growing up in poverty in Massachusetts.” Frost shares, “The ability for A Bed for Every Child to keep up with the demand continues to outpace the Coalition’s capacity. We are extremely fortunate to have the Massachusetts Credit Unions as our partner.”

To learn more about Massachusetts Credit Unions visit To learn more about A Bed for Every Child, visit

Several members of the MA CUs Social Responsibility Committee along with CCUA President/CEO presented 2018 donation to Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless initiative “A Bed for Every Child.” Pictured Left to right are: Charlene Bauer, Metro Credit Union; Ronald McLean, CCUA; Rui Domingos, Naveo Credit Union; Mark Cochran, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union on behalf of the Stephen Jones Family; Kevin Zipps, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union; Tina Baptista, MA Coalition for the Homeless; Paul Marotta, Hanscom Federal Credit Union; David Plantier, MassMutual Federal Credit Union; and Peter Panaggio, St. Anne’s Credit Union of Fall River, Mass. Missing members of the committee include: Sarita Ledani, RTN Federal Credit Union; Robert Lockett, Workers’ Credit Union; Melissa Morin, Credit Union of the Berkshires; Jon Reske, UMassFive College Federal Credit Union.


About Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
The mission of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is to eradicate homelessness from the commonwealth of Massachusetts. It aims to meet this mission through advocacy, developing and maintaining membership and support, public education, and creation of programs and initiatives to empower all people in Massachusetts to have a place to call home. Learn more at

About the Cooperative Credit Union Association
The Cooperative Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for nearly 200-member credit unions located primarily throughout Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CCUA members hold combined assets in excess of $45 billion and serve a collective membership base of more than 2.3 million consumers. It’s on behalf of these member credit unions that CCUA advocates before Congress and state legislatures, regulatory bodies and the general public through its Better Values—Better Banking consumer awareness campaign.

In addition to advocacy, CCUA also engages its members with an array of industry resources, from compliance assets and marketing support to vetted products and service providers; an array of educational workshops and conferences; and a variety of communication channels that include a daily e-newsletter, live and recorded video programs, and a quarterly magazine focused on CCUA’s advocacy initiatives. For more information, visit

St. Anne’s Donates $50,000 to Bristol Community College’s Health and Science Building

St. Anne’s Credit Union continues their commitment to the SouthCoast community with a $50,000 total pledge to the College’s John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building, where a clinical conference room is named in honor of the Credit Union’s support.

“St. Anne’s Credit Union is a proud supporter of Bristol Community College, as the college provides students a quality health and life science education with sustainable operations. St. Anne’s is honored to support initiatives that align with our own philanthropic objectives of providing education and financial stability to people in the SouthCoast community and we admire their work and diligent efforts to improve the community around us,” said Michelle Marcos, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at St. Anne’s Credit Union. “We are proud of our partnership with the college, as 10% of our staff are graduates of Bristol. We continue to add more graduates to our team by participating in Bristol’s job fairs and supporting their convenient and flexible fast track degree program.”

St. Anne’s Credit Union is very active in the communities in which it serves and is proud to partner with local organizations to create a positive impact. Founded on the philosophy of “People Helping People”, our institution has maintained its original commitment, keeping the compassion we have for our community at the very heart of St. Anne’s. We’re a local financial institution focused on giving back, reinforcing our motto “We’re Making a Difference” every single day. To learn more about how St. Anne’s gives back to the community, visit:

St. Luke’s Auxiliary awards $5000 in scholarships to local graduating high school seniors

Southcoast Health announced today that the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary awarded five $1,000 scholarships to area high school seniors entering college in the fall to pursue careers in healthcare.

• Sandra Allen, the auxiliary scholarship chair, presented the awards to:

• Samantha Landry, a graduate from Bishop Stang High School, who will enter the nursing program at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

• Courtney Carreiro. a graduate of Greater New Bedford Regional High School, who will enter the nursing program at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

• Erin Tetrault, a graduate from Dartmouth High School, who will attend Lipscomb University in Nashville, T.N., to study Psychology and Behavioral Therapy.

• Isabella Freitas, a graduate from Dartmouth High School, who will enter the Pre-Dental program the University of New England in Biddeford M.E.

• Sharon Jacob, who graduated from Greater New Bedford Regional High School, who will attend Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I. entering the fast track Physician’s Assistant Program.

“Our applicants were all outstanding, multi-talented students and the selection process was very challenging,” said Allen. “We chose the best of the best!”.

The St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to render services to St. Luke’s Hospital, its tax-exempt subsidiaries, and its patients and to assist in promoting health and welfare of the community. Members serve as ambassadors to the community on behalf of the hospital. St. Luke’s Hospital is located in New Bedford and is part of the Southcoast Health hospital system. For more information or to join, please call Anne Porter at 508-982-3130.


About Southcoast Health
Southcoast Health is a not-for-profit, charitable organization and the largest provider of primary and specialty care in the region, serving communities in Rhode Island and across Southeastern Massachusetts. Southcoast Health was named to Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2019 inaugural list.

Out of the 2,743 considered hospitals in the US, only 250 earned this recognition. Southcoast Hospitals Group ranked 162. With a network of more than 600 physicians, hospitalists and mid-level practitioners, Southcoast Health is comprised of three acute care hospitals — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, and Tobey Hospital in Wareham, and also provides behavioral health services in partnership with Acadia at Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth.

Southcoast Health’s seven Urgent Care Centers, two Centers for Cancer Care, visiting nurse association and numerous additional ambulatory facilities offer convenience and access to services for more than 724,000 residents in 33 communities covering over 900 square miles in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With more than 7,500 employees, Southcoast Health is the largest employer in Southeastern Mass., and the 18th largest employer in the Commonwealth according to the Boston Business Journal. Southcoast Health is proud of our mission of providing high-quality affordable healthcare to our patients and proud of our tradition of eliminating the barriers that prevent access to care. More information is available online at

Connect to Southcoast Health through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Southcoast® is a registered trademark of Southcoast Health System.

Friends of Hazelwood Park accepting donations for bowling greens

The Friends of Hazelwood Park, partnering with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches, are excited to announce that an anonymous donor interested in the renovation of the park’s bowling greens will match up to $50,000 received in donations with a 2:1 match – for a total of $150,000 – to restore the greens.

Many city residents remember the traditional bowling on the lawns at Hazelwood Park. According to Bowls USA, modern lawn bowling is a family-friendly activity suitable to people of all ages and abilities. In New Bedford, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) has taught lawn bowling and croquet to participants on the greens for the past 15 years. This summer, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches and the Friends of Hazelwood Park, together with Bowls USA and the Marion Croquet Club, will be offering free family clinics on the greens.

Donations to renovate the greens received by December 31, 2019 will be matched in a 2:1 match up to the $50,000 by the anonymous donor. Those interested in donating should make checks out to the City of New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches, noting the Hazelwood Bowling Greens Fund for the donation.

The intent of the donor is to encourage as many individuals as possible to become involved with the upgrade, development and use of the bowling pitches and croquet greens. The fund will be administered by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches through the Park Board. Disbursement will be limited to expenses to restore and maintain the bowling pitches at Hazelwood Park. Gift receipts to each donor will be issued by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches as required under IRS code and applicable regulations.

Upcoming events:

A Bowling & Croquet Clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the Hazelwood bowling greens. Instruction will be provided by the New York Lawn Bowling Club, Essex Lawn Bowling Club and the Marion Mallett Club. Participants will be from Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Community Boating Center, Council on Aging, and Veterans Transition House. The public is welcome to participate.

The Friends of Hazelwood Park are hosting a New Bedford Sunset Cruise fundraiser on Thursday, July 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to benefit the bowling green renovations. Funds raised will qualify for the anonymous donor’s match challenge. For more information, contact Parks, Recreation & Beaches at 508-961-3015.

Parks, Recreation & Beaches will be hosting free lawn bowling clinics at Hazelwood Park on Mondays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the months of July and August.

For more information on any of these programs contact the Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches at 508-961-3015 or at

For more information on the clinics visit, For more information on making a donation to the renovation of the bowling greens, contact the Parks, Recreation & Beaches office at 508-961-3015.

Wareham Police Department pack “Bags Of Hope” to distribute to area’s hospitalized children

Recently members of the Wareham Police Association gathered at the station to pack “Bags of Hope” for the Happy Hope Foundation.

The bags are given to children who are hospitalized and consist of crayons, cards, bubbles, masks, and toys, in an effort to make the child’s stay more pleasant during a difficult time. Scotlyn Larue, a nurse at Wareham Pediatrics, along with Deb Gonsalves, nursing manager at Tobey Hospital, are coordinating the delivery of the bags to children in need.

Juvenile Detective Karl Baptiste, along with Scotlyn’s husband Officer Calib Larue spearheaded the project for the Police Association.

Acushnet Police Department to hand out “Positive Citations” to area youth

“Will you be cited? Back by popular demand:

The Acushnet Police Department is proud to continue our partnership with the Acushnet Creamery!! The Acushnet Creamery has ONCE AGAIN graciously donated “Positive Citations” which will be handed out by members of the APD to youngsters spotted “doing the right thing”!

The “Citation” is good for one “Kiddie” cone ice cream at all three of the Acushnet Creamery locations!! A big thank you to our friends at the Acushnet Creamery!! We can’t wait to hand them out! See you out there!!!!!!!” – Acushnet Police Department

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