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Update on City of New Bedford services, parking ban

The City of New Bedford continues to conduct around-the-clock snow removal operations across the city in the wake of the 2015 Blizzard that spanned two days and dumped nearly two feet of snow.

Nearly all secondary roadways are now open after many were rendered “unplowable” due to high drifts caused by the near hurricane force winds of the 2015 Blizzard. Snow drifts as high as six feet have made the storm especially challenging for City crews.

Residents are being encouraged to report snow removal issues on city streets to the Department of Public Infrastructure (DPI) at (508) 991-6150. The City has also activated a second phone number at (508) 979-1520 to report snow issues. And, residents may report their snow removal issues directly to DPI by emailing Stormcentral@newbedford-ma.gov.

Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban Effective Until 6 P.M.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 The City of New Bedford has announced a citywide snow emergency parking ban has been extended and will remain in effect until 6 P.M. on Thursday. The parking ban will be strictly enforced. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to allow public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely.

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the side of the street that is opposite the fire hydrants. No vehicle should be parked on the same side of the street as a fire hydrant, except on streets that are regularly posted for parking on one side of the street only. In posted areas, residents are to obey the signs as usual.

The citywide parking ban will be double-sided in both the Acushnet Avenue Business District and the Downtown Business District. Downtown parking is available at no charge in the Elm Street and the Zeiterion Parking Garages.

Violations of this parking regulation will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

· Victory Park – Brock Avenue
· Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue
· Roosevelt Middle School – Brock Avenue and Dennis Street
· Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court
· Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field
· Congdon School – Thompson and Hemlock Street
· Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side
· Former St. Mary’s Home – Entrance on Mill Street
· Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue
· Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street
· Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)
· Normandin Middle School – Tarkiln Hill Road
· Jireh Swift School – Tarkiln Hill Road
· Campbell School – Phillips Road
· Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue
· Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments
· Alma del Mar Charter School (former Ottiwell School) – 26 Madeira Avenue
· Former AVX site on Bellville Avenue at Hadley Street
· Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue
· DeValles School – 120 Katherine Street
· Parker School – 705 County Street
· Elm Street Garage
· Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

New Bedford Public Schools Closed Tomorrow, Thursday, January 29, 2015
All New Bedford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday January 29, 2015. The Paul Rodrigues Administration Building offices, and offices only at New Bedford High School and the middle schools, will be open. Please monitor local media and the New Bedford Public Schools website www.newbedfordschools.org for updates.

New Bedford City Offices Delayed Opening Tomorrow, Thursday, January 29, 2015
City offices will open at 12 noon on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Residents with non-urgent matters are encouraged to consider postponing their business at City Hall, as the parking ban will remain in effect. Residents with urgent matters at City Hall are advised to park in the downtown parking garages (Elm Street Garage and Zeiterion Garage) which are open and free to the public. The Hillman Street lot will also be open to those doing business with city departments located at the Hillman Street Complex.

As a reminder, the City has extended the deadline for quarterly tax payments until Friday, February 6, 2015.

The New Bedford Public Library (all branches), all senior centers and the Buttonwood Park Zoo will remain closed on Thursday, January 29, 2015 and will reopen on Friday January 30, 2015.

New Bedford Regional Airport will be open tomorrow Thursday, January 29, 2015 for regular service. Passengers should contact their air carriers directly to confirm their flight status.

Two-Day Delay in Residential Trash Collection/City Suspends Enforcement of Trash Violations
As previously announced, ABC Disposal will operate trash collection this week on a two-day delay. If your trash is normally collected on Tuesday it will be collected on Thursday, if normally collected on Wednesday it should be set curbside on Friday, if normally collected on Thursday it will be collected on Saturday, if normally collected on Friday it should be set curbside on Sunday.

In addition, the City is temporarily suspending normal enforcement of trash violations through Sunday to provide flexibility for residents regarding trash set outs. The City recognizes it may be difficult for many persons, particularly the elderly, to use their carts this week. Residents are encouraged to use the carts if at all possible; however, residents may set out trash in a bag on their designated collection schedule if necessary.

City Extends Deadline for Payment of Quarterly Tax Bill
Property owners attempting to pay quarterly tax bills are being granted additional time to submit payments. Payments that were previously due on Monday, February 2, 2015 are now due by Friday, February 6, 2015.

Pilgrim United Church Remains Open for Residents in Need of Shelter
Pilgrim United Church (634 Purchase Street) will remain open unsheltered residents. The church is equipped with staff, food and cots.

SRTA to Provide Limited Service on Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority has announced that service will resume on select routes tomorrow Thursday, January 29, 2015. Riders should call (508) 999-5211 for information about the status of SRTA services. For more details, including the list of select routes, visit www.srtabus.com.

Sand Available to City Residents at Various Locations
The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at many locations throughout the city. Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect the sand at any of the following locations:

  • Norfolk St & Acushnet Ave
  • Toby St & Acushnet Ave
  • Manila St & Acushnet Ave
  • Fire Station #5 –Acushnet Ave
  • Phillips Rd & Pine Hill Dr
  • Welby Rd, North Side, Between Two Buildings
  • Essex St & Phillips Rd, Campbell School
  • Saint Theresa’s Church – Acushnet Ave
  • Balls Corner, Mill Rd & Belleville Ave
  • Saint Mary’s School/Church –Illinois St
  • Tarkiln Hill Rd & Acushnet Ave
  • Police Station #3 – Ashley Blvd
  • Wilks Library –Acushnet Ave & Princeton St
  • Ashley Blvd & Princeton St
  • Belleville Rd & Hope St
  • Mount Pleasant St on Nash Rd Side (in place)
  • Fire Station –Davis St & Acushnet Ave
  • Deane St & Ashley Blvd
  • Bullard St & Acushnet Ave
  • Shawmut Diner, Between the Driveways
  • Acushnet Ave & Sawyer St
  • Sawyer St & Mount Pleasant St
  • Beetle St & North Front St
  • Beetle St & N. Front St
  • Coggeshall St & Ashley Blvd
  • Coggeshall & Purchase St
  • 10 Kilburn St
  • Purchase St & Logan St
  • Rockdale Ave & Granit St
  • Linden St & County St, South Side of Linden St
  • Fire Station #7 –Durfee St & Cottage St
  • Durfee St & Shawmut Ave
  • Red Cross, Rockdale Ave & Durfee St
  • Purchase St & Wamsutta Ave
  • Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Studley St & Summer St, On West Side
  • Merrimac St & County St
  • 1554 Purchase St, Fire Repair
  • Pleasant St & Pope St
  • Parker St & County St, East Side of County St
  • Parker St & Rockdale Ave
  • Pleasant St & Pearl St
  • Purchase St & Campbell St
  • Cottage St & Campbell St
  • Sycamore St & State St
  • County St & Sycamore St
  • Pleasant St, Rear Lot of Fire Prevention
  • Maxfield St & Pleasant St
  • E.M.T.S. Chancery St, Inside Parking Area
  • S.E.C. Summer St & Hillman St
  • Ash St & Hillman St
  • Fire Station #2 –Pleasant St
  • County St & North St
  • Pope’s Island Marina
  • Third District Court, North Side of Kempton St
  • Liberty St & Kempton St
  • Pleasant St & Middle St
  • South Sixth St & Middle St
  • County St & Middle St
  • Elm St Garage, On Acushnet Ave
  • Buttonwood Library
  • Pier 3 –Visitors Center
  • South Water & Hamilton St
  • William St & Acushnet Ave, Custom House Square
  • City Hall, Pleasant St Side
  • Centre St & Front St
  • Market St & Sixth St
  • Second St & Union St
  • Union St & Acushnet Ave
  • Purchase St & Union St
  • Eighth St and Union St
  • County St & Union St
  • Spring St & Pleasant St
  • Zeiterion Garage, Acushnet Ave Entrance
  • School St & Purchase St
  • School St & Sixth St
  • School St & County St
  • Walnut St & Acushnet Ave
  • Maple St & Atlantic St
  • Maple St & Reed St
  • Madison St & County St
  • Fire Museum, Bedford St & Sixth St
  • Page St & Bedford St
  • Wing St & Acushnet Ave
  • Wing St & County St
  • Fair St & County St
  • Fire Station #6, Purchase St
  • Thompson St & Crapo St
  • County St & Rivet St
  • Bonney St & Rivet St
  • Bolton St & Rivet St
  • Delano St & South First St
  • Jouvette St & Bonney St
  • Howland Green Library, Driveway, Rodney French Blvd
  • Rockdale Ave & Dartmouth St
  • Fire Station #11, Brock Ave & Mott St
  • Willard St & West Rodney French Blvd
  • Clegg Field, Brock Ave
  • Brock Ave & Portland St
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant, Community Center
  • South Rodney French Blvd, Cable Access Building

Important Emergency Contact Numbers
· To report a downed power line, medical, fire or other emergencies please dial 911.
· NSTAR is prepared to address and damage and outages resulting from the storm and encourages customers whose electric service is affected to call 1-800-592-2000. NSTAR strongly urges people to stay away from all down wires and to report them immediately.
· To report snow removal issues on city streets, residents may contact the Department of Public Infrastructure at (508) 991-6150. The City has also activated a second phone number at (508) 979-1520 to report snow issues. And, residents may report their snow removal issues directly to DPI at Stormcentral@newbedford-ma.gov.
· New Bedford Police Department may also be reached on its Non-emergency line at (508) 991-6350
· Please visit the City’s website at www.newbedford-ma.gov for more information and
updates from the City of New Bedford regarding the snowstorm.




New Bedford police searching for bank robbery suspect

robert-dias-new-bedfordOn January 22nd, the Bank 5 located at County St. and Rivet St. was robbed by a lone male. Later that evening, a second robbery occurred at the service desk at Stop and Shop on Dartmouth St.

In both robberies, the suspect claimed to have a gun but none was ever shown.

New Bedford Detectives have obtained warrants for Robert Dias, age 29, with a last known address on Purchase St. in the south end.

Anyone with information on the location of this male is asked to contact Det. William Sauve at 508-991-6300 ext. 130 or leave an ANONYMOUS tip at 508-961-4584.

In the case of an emergency, dial 911.




New Bedford trash pick up delayed two days

There will be no residential trash collection on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 or Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

ABC Disposal will operate trash collection this week on a two-day delay. If your trash is normally collected on Tuesday it will be collected on Thursday, if normally collected on Wednesday it should be set curbside on Friday, if normally collected on Thursday it will be collected on Saturday, if normally collected on Friday it should be set curbside on Sunday.




Antique vendors needed for this summer’s Pyrate Invasion!

Arrrrggh….got some wares to peddle?





Mount Pleasant street Neighborhood Association meeting cancelled

Regrettably, due to the severe nature of this evenings weather event we will be canceling the Mount Pleasant street neighborhood association neighborhood meeting regularly scheduled for this Wednesday the 28 th of January the last Wednesday of the month.

I can be reached for constituent assistance @ henry@henrybousquet.com or at 508-989-7487. Remember to check in on your elderly neighbors, and be patient and kind to each other.
Thank you for understanding, and be safe New Bedford.

Henry Bousquet CEC
Ward 3 City Councilor
507-989-7487





Mayor Mitchell Declares State of Emergency in New Bedford

Mayor Jon Mitchell declared a State of Emergency in the City of New Bedford as of 1:00PM today, January 26, 2015. Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and ordered a statewide travel ban at midnight tonight.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Southern Bristol County including the City of New Bedford from 7:00 P.M. today, Monday, January 26, 2015 until Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 1:00 A.M. A crippling and potentially historic blizzard will impact the area mainly from late today into Tuesday and lingering into early Wednesday.

The forecast calls for heavy snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions beginning late today and lingering into early Wednesday. The most severe portion of the storm will be tonight through Tuesday afternoon. Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches an hour are possible at times. A total of 20 to 30 inches of snow accumulation with locally higher amounts is predicted for the New Bedford area. Sustained winds from the North/Northeast of 15-25mph with gusts of 65-75MPH are likely. Heavy snow and strong winds will result in white-out or blizzard conditions with near zero visibility.

The National Weather Service issues a blizzard warning when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or disoriented, so persons in the warning area are advised to stay indoors.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destination before the heavy snow begins and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to treat and clear the roadways.

Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban as of 6 P.M. Today, Monday, January 26, 2015

The City of New Bedford has announced a citywide snow emergency parking ban to take effect today (Monday, January 26, 2015) as of 6:00 P.M. The parking ban will be strictly enforced and will remain in effect for 48-hours thereafter, unless lifted or further extended by City officials. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to allow public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely.

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the side of the street that is opposite the fire hydrants. No vehicle should be parked on the same side of the street as a fire hydrant, except on streets that are regularly posted for parking on one side of the street only. In posted areas, residents are to obey the signs as usual.

The citywide parking ban will be double-sided in both the Acushnet Avenue Business District and the Downtown Business District. Downtown parking is available at no charge in the Elm Street and the Zeiterion Parking Garages.

Violations of this parking regulation will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

· Victory Park – Brock Avenue
· Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue
· Roosevelt Middle School – Brock Avenue and Dennis Street
· Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court
· Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field
· Congdon School – Thompson and Hemlock Street
· Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side
· Former St. Mary’s Home – Entrance on Mill Street
· Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue
· Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street
· Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)
· Normandin Middle School – Tarkiln Hill Road
· Jireh Swift School – Tarkiln Hill Road
· Campbell School – Phillips Road
· Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue
· Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments
· Alma del Mar Charter School (former Ottiwell School) – 26 Madeira Avenue
· Former AVX site on Bellville Avenue at Hadley Street
· Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue
· DeValles School – 120 Katherine Street
· Parker School – 705 County Street
· Elm Street Garage
· Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

New Bedford Public Schools-Closed Both Tuesday, January 27, 2015 and Wednesday, January 28, 2015
All after-school activities including all adult education and evening classes are cancelled for this evening, Monday, January 26, 2015. In addition, all New Bedford Public Schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 and Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Please monitor local media and the New Bedford Public Schools website www.newbedfordschools.org for updates.

New Bedford City Offices-Closed Both Tuesday, January 27, 2015 and Wednesday, January 28, 2015
City offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 and Wednesday, January 28, 2015 including City Hall, the public libraries, senior centers and the Buttonwood Park Zoo. Only City employees designated as essential should report to work. All New Bedford Public Library Branches will be closing at 5PM today, Monday, January 26, 2015. New Bedford Regional Airport will close at 6PM Monday, January 26, 2015. Passengers should contact their air carriers directly to confirm their flight status because widespread cancellations are expected.

Delay in Residential Trash Collection
There will be no residential trash collection on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 or Wednesday, January 28, 2015. ABC Disposal will operate trash collection this week on a two-day delay. If your trash is normally collected on Tuesday it will be collected on Thursday, if normally collected on Wednesday it should be set curbside on Friday, if normally collected on Thursday it will be collected on Saturday, if normally collected on Friday it should be set curbside on Sunday.

Pilgrim United Church to Open for Residents in Need of Shelter
Pilgrim United Church (634 Purchase Street) will open as of 7PM for unsheltered residents. The church will be equipped with staff, food and cots. The church shelter will remain open throughout the day on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Keith Middle School Mass Care Shelter to Open at 7PM
The Keith Middle School (225 Hathaway Boulevard) will serve as the “mass care shelter” for the City of New Bedford. Both the Keith and Pilgrim Church shelters are equipped with staff, food, and cots. Residents should bring blankets, prescription medication, home medical equipment, oxygen, and toiletries with them.
The Keith Middle School shelter is a “pet friendly” shelter. Residents are allowed to bring pets with them to the shelter when they evacuate. Individuals needing transportation to the Keith shelter should call the New Bedford Emergency Management at (508) 991-6386.

SRTA Services Suspended Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority has announced a list of final route pick-ups before ceasing service later this evening. Service is suspended tomorrow, Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Riders should call (508) 999-5211 for information about the status of SRTA services. For more details visit www.srtabus.com.

Sand Available to City Residents at Various Locations
The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at many locations throughout the city. Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect the sand at any of the following locations:

· Norfolk St & Acushnet Ave
· Toby St & Acushnet Ave
· Manila St & Acushnet Ave
· Fire Station #5 –Acushnet Ave
· Phillips Rd & Pine Hill Dr
· Welby Rd, North Side, Between Two Buildings
· Essex St & Phillips Rd, Campbell School
· Saint Theresa’s Church – Acushnet Ave
· Balls Corner, Mill Rd & Belleville Ave
· Saint Mary’s School/Church –Illinois St
· Tarkiln Hill Rd & Acushnet Ave
· Police Station #3 – Ashley Blvd
· Wilks Library –Acushnet Ave & Princeton St
· Ashley Blvd & Princeton St
· Belleville Rd & Hope St
· Mount Pleasant St on Nash Rd Side (in place)
· Fire Station –Davis St & Acushnet Ave
· Deane St & Ashley Blvd
· Bullard St & Acushnet Ave
· Shawmut Diner, Between the Driveways
· Acushnet Ave & Sawyer St
· Sawyer St & Mount Pleasant St
· Beetle St & North Front St
· Beetle St & N. Front St
· Coggeshall St & Ashley Blvd
· Coggeshall & Purchase St
· 10 Kilburn St
· Purchase St & Logan St
· Rockdale Ave & Granit St
· Linden St & County St, South Side of Linden St
· Fire Station #7 –Durfee St & Cottage St
· Durfee St & Shawmut Ave
· Red Cross, Rockdale Ave & Durfee St
· Purchase St & Wamsutta Ave
· Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Studley St & Summer St, On West Side
· Merrimac St & County St
· 1554 Purchase St, Fire Repair
· Pleasant St & Pope St
· Parker St & County St, East Side of County St
· Parker St & Rockdale Ave
· Pleasant St & Pearl St
· Purchase St & Campbell St
· Cottage St & Campbell St
· Sycamore St & State St
· County St & Sycamore St
· Pleasant St, Rear Lot of Fire Prevention
· Maxfield St & Pleasant St
· E.M.T.S. Chancery St, Inside Parking Area
· S.E.C. Summer St & Hillman St
· Ash St & Hillman St
· Fire Station #2 –Pleasant St
· County St & North St
· Pope’s Island Marina
· Third District Court, North Side of Kempton St
· Liberty St & Kempton St
· Pleasant St & Middle St
· South Sixth St & Middle St
· County St & Middle St
· Elm St Garage, On Acushnet Ave
· Buttonwood Library
· Pier 3 –Visitors Center
· South Water & Hamilton St
· William St & Acushnet Ave, Custom House Square
· City Hall, Pleasant St Side
· Centre St & Front St
· Market St & Sixth St
· Second St & Union St
· Union St & Acushnet Ave
· Purchase St & Union St
· Eighth St and Union St
· County St & Union St
· Spring St & Pleasant St
· Zeiterion Garage, Acushnet Ave Entrance
· School St & Purchase St
· School St & Sixth St
· School St & County St
· Walnut St & Acushnet Ave
· Maple St & Atlantic St
· Maple St & Reed St
· Madison St & County St
· Fire Museum, Bedford St & Sixth St
· Page St & Bedford St
· Wing St & Acushnet Ave
· Wing St & County St
· Fair St & County St
· Fire Station #6, Purchase St
· Thompson St & Crapo St
· County St & Rivet St
· Bonney St & Rivet St
· Bolton St & Rivet St
· Delano St & South First St
· Jouvette St & Bonney St
· Howland Green Library, Driveway, Rodney French Blvd
· Rockdale Ave & Dartmouth St
· Fire Station #11, Brock Ave & Mott St
· Willard St & West Rodney French Blvd
· Clegg Field, Brock Ave
· Brock Ave & Portland St
· Wastewater Treatment Plant, Community Center
· South Rodney French Blvd, Cable Access Building

New Bedford Harbor Hurricane Barrier Navigation Gate
The Army Corps of Engineers has no present intention to close the navigation gate at this time. Tuesday’s high tides are at 1:10 AM and 1:34 PM. The Army Corps is monitoring conditions. If conditions require the gate to be closed, the closure will be announced to Mariners on Channel 16, 60 to 90 minutes before closing.

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Residents and Business Owners
Residents and business owners are advised to review the Winter Weather Tips available on the City webpage http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/emergency-management/winter-storms/ and to take proactive steps to prepare for the major winter storm.

Important Emergency Contact Numbers
· To report a downed power line, medical, fire or other emergencies please dial 911.
· NSTAR is prepared to address and damage and outages resulting from the storm and encourages customers whose electric service is affected to call 1-800-592-2000. NSTAR strongly urges people to stay away from all down wires and to report them immediately.
· To report snow removal issues on city streets, residents may contact the Department of Public Infrastructure at (508) 991-6150
· New Bedford Police Department may also be reached on its Non-emergency line at (508) 991-6350
· Please visit the City’s website at www.newbedford-ma.gov for more information and
updates from the City of New Bedford regarding the snowstorm.




Keith Middle School Mass Care Shelter to Open at 7PM

Keith Middle School Mass Care Shelter to Open at 7PM

The Keith Middle School (225 Hathaway Boulevard) will serve as the “mass care shelter” for the City of New Bedford.  Both the Keith and Pilgrim Church shelters are equipped with staff, food, and cots. Residents should bring blankets, prescription medication, home medical equipment, oxygen,and toiletries with them.  

The Keith Middle School shelter is a “pet friendly” shelter.  Residents are allowed to bring pets with them to the shelter when they evacuate.  Individuals needing transportation to the Keith shelter should call the New Bedford Emergency Management at (508) 991-6386.

Pilgrim United Church to Open for Residents in Need of Shelter

Pilgrim United Church (634 Purchase Street) will open as of 7PM for unsheltered residents.  The church will be equipped with staff, food and cots.  The church shelter will remain open throughout the day on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.




Massachusetts statewide travel ban effective at midnight

UPDATE (January 27, 2015 12:34 PM): Governor Charlie Baker has announced that the statewide travel ban has been lifted for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties for local and I-91 traffic only, effective immediately. The travel ban remains in effect for the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 90, and for Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties with only essential workers, healthcare and human service professionals and others specifically exempted, permitted to travel. The travel ban will be lifted based on road conditions and the advice of emergency response officials.

Governor Baker has signed an Executive Order allowing for the enforcement of a statewide travel ban effective at midnight. The following exceptions shall exist for the ban and all drivers are encouraged to remain safe and use their best judgment:

  • Essential emergency response professionals
  • Medical, healthcare and human service workers, including shelter personnel
  • Essential public transit and support workers
  • Public and private personnel supporting public works and utility operations
  • Essential state employees
  • Those traveling for essential medical procedures
  • Vehicles and personnel delivering essential supplies to healthcare facilities.

The travel ban will be lifted on a county by county basis as conditions allow, and exemptions to the travel ban are as follows:

  • Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel, including those providing services at correctional facilities, and private sector security personnel
  • Public works vehicles and public works personnel, including contract personnel supporting public works operations
  • Public transportation vehicles and public transportation personnel, including contract personnel supporting public transportation operations
  • Government personnel conducting official business
  • Utility company vehicles and personnel, including contract personnel supporting utility response and restoration efforts
    Personnel directly supporting storm response operations, including but not limited to emergency shelter personnel
  • Personnel supporting human services facilities, including but not limited to residential housing programs and human services shelter operations
  • Healthcare personnel, including home healthcare personnel and personal care assistants
  • Personnel delivering or supporting services at healthcare facilities, including those that provide long term care and mental health care, as well as hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • Vehicles and personnel providing critical supplies to healthcare facilities, including those that provide long term care and mental health care, as well as hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • News media
  • Private sector snow removal equipment engaged in, or traveling in connection with the removal or clearance of snow and ice from public or private sector facilities
  • Patients traveling for the purpose of receiving urgent critical care, and persons traveling with those patients who are necessary to facilitate that urgent critical care
  • Travel necessary to maintain critical private sector facilities, services and operations, and to deliver or support critical private sector services and supplies in critical infrastructure sectors such as energy, fuel, financial systems, and the provision of critical commodities
  • Travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, pharmacies, food stores and hardware stores



Charges against suspect in MetroPCS homicide upgraded to murder

Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn announced this morning that charges against 36-year-old Jason Valliere in connection to the Thursday afternoon homicide of Javon Brown in the City of New Bedford have been upgraded to murder.

Mr. Valliere, of 84 Fredericks St., New Bedford will be arraigned later this morning in New Bedford District Court.

Investigators were rapidly able to gather enough evidence to obtain a warrant for Mr. Valliere’s arrest less than 12 hours after the homicide occurred. Police actively sought Mr. Valliere beginning Thursday evening. He was arrested and initially charged with being an Accessory to Murder-After the Fact late Friday night after coming to the New Bedford Police Station.

New Bedford Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to this office and Homicide Unit prosecutors continue to actively investigate the homicide this weekend, and no further information can be disseminated about the facts of the case or the investigation until Mr. Valliere is arraigned in open court today.

“The fact that this homicide was solved so quickly is a testament to the team work displayed by prosecutors from my office, New Bedford Police Detectives and Massachusetts State Police Detectives from my office. The great working relationships this office has forged with local police departments is a major reason for the high homicide-solve rate we have all seen during recent years,” District Attorney Quinn. “I want to commend all the investigators in this case for their hard work around the clock to quickly bring charges in this case. The public has a basic human right to feel safe in their homes, at their work places and in the community, and my office will continue to work tirelessly to make sure anyone who violates our citizens’ public safety with a brazen act of violence like this will be apprehended as quickly as possible.”

Police received a 911 call regarding a shooting at the MetroPCS cellular phone store at 209 Coggeshall Street around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, police and rescue personnel located a male shooting victim in the area near the parking lot outside the store. The victim, who resides in Dartmouth, was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:12 p.m. Thursday.

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorneys Dennis Collins, Chief of District Attorney Quinn’s Homicide Unit and Katie Rayburn, Deputy Chief of District Attorney Quinn’s Homicide Unit. Mr. Collins will handle this morning’s arraignment.

Anyone who was in the area of Coggeshall Street and Belleville Avenue between noon and 1 p.m. Thursday and may have seen anything connected to this incident is urged to contact New Bedford Police’s Detectives Division at 508-991-6300. If individuals wish to remain anonymous, they can call New Bedford Police’s anonymous tip line at 508-961-4584, or utilize the district attorney’s anonymous text-a-tip program by either logging on to tipsubmit.com or by texting the phrase “CALL50” to the phone number 274637 (which spells CRIMES).




Providence VA Rescheduling Non-Emergency Appointments Tuesday and Wednesday

Any early photo showing the building with its original third floor – not the NB Business College sign and attached structure to the West. (Spinner Publications)

The Providence VA Medical Center and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Middletown, R.I., and Hyannis and New Bedford, Mass., are rescheduling non-emergency appointments for Tuesday Jan. 27 and Wednesday Jan. 28 in response to a blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service.

“We will still be open for emergency procedures and services, but we don’t want anyone getting stranded or hurt coming in for a routine appointment,” said Dr. Susan MacKenzie, director of the Providence VA Medical Center.

Veterans with primary care or non-emergency clinical appointments for Tuesday Jan. 27 and Wednesday Jan. 28 do not need contact their VA primary care or clinical physician’s office, the Providence VA Medical Center will contact them to reschedule their appointments.

Veterans are advised not to travel during severe winter weather unless absolutely necessary. Veterans are also advised to prepare for the storm, making sure to have sufficient food, water and fuel for the next few days. Veterans who must travel during the storm should ensure their vehicle has emergency supplies including a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, blanket or sleeping bag, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, water, nonperishable high-energy foods (granola bars, etc.), a change of clothing, winter coat, gloves or mittens, warm hat, winter boots, fully-charged cell-phone with car charging adapter, shovel, sand or cat litter for traction, tow rope or chain, flares and/or reflectors, and a first-aid kit with essential medications and assorted bandages. More information on winter storm preparations for home and community can be found at http://www.ready.gov.


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