Plymouth County Sobriety Checkpoint Friday July 24, into Saturday July 25
Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in the Counties named below. The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.
A “SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT” WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNTIES LISTED BELOW:
Plymouth Friday July 24, 2015 into Saturday July 25, 2015
Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance to Hold Informational Seminar for Municipal Candidates
The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) will hold a training seminar on the new depository system for municipal candidates (incumbents and new candidates) on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Charles Ashley Meeting Room at New Bedford City Hall, 133 William Street. The New Bedford seminar is one of a series of training seminars OCPF is holding across the state.
The seminar is expected to last approximately one hour and will include review of the disclosure rules for raising and spending money, and the regulations concerning political activity by public employees and in public buildings. It will also include a demonstration of R6, OCPF’s new e-filing and reporting software. Candidates who file paper reports with their local election office can also use R6 to create and print reports.
Beginning in 2015, a candidate for public office is required to organize with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. The training seminar is an opportunity for elected officials, candidates, campaign managers, treasurers or anyone interested in politics to learn about the new requirements of campaign finance disclosure and to ask any questions they may have about record keeping and completing mandated reports. Mike Sullivan, Director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance and Jason Tait, Director of Communication and Public Education will be on hand to review the rules and regulations of Campaign Finance as required by M.G.L. c 55.
Attendees will learn how to complete required reports, Summary Activity, Schedule A (receipts), Schedule B (expenditures), Schedule C (in-kind), Contributions and Schedule D (Liabilities). OCPF representatives will answer any questions concerning campaign finance, filing requirements and other guidelines. The seminar will cover topics including the role public employees play in a campaign, how ballot question committees work under campaign finance law, prohibition against the use of public resources to support or oppose candidates or questions on the ballot.
This seminar is open to the public and anyone interested can attend. For more information, please contact the City of New Bedford Board of Election Commissioners at (508) 979-1420.
Mayor Mitchell Announces Form Based Zoning Initiave to Guide New Community Development in New Bedford
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today the “New Bedford New Design” initiative aimed at developing form-based zoning to guide new community development. This broad effort, coordinated through the Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development centers around a public process called a “charette” July 21st – July 27th that will bring people together to explore and develop a new kind of zoning in three specific areas of the city: the Acushnet Avenue International Marketplace in the north end, the Downtown and Goulart Square in the city’s south end.
Mayor Mitchell said, “Form Based Zoning is a way for communities like New Bedford to retain the look and feel of our neighborhoods and preserve what we love about where we live. Form Based Zoning will also encourage investment in our city because it will give clarity to developers so that they know what to expect when they get here.”
Traditional zoning, such as the kind New Bedford currently has, is a common practice of urban planning where everyday uses are separated from each other and where land uses of the same type are grouped together. Form-based zoning contrasts with this as a fairly new and innovative means by which a city like New Bedford can shape its future development to achieve a specific design form as well as a mix of uses based on what the community wants. By writing and hopefully adopting some new zoning codes that follow this form-based approach, the Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development hopes to provide the important tools needed to ensure specific standards that will address the relationship between public and private spaces, particularly the design of streets and open spaces while preserving the fabric and character of our commercial districts.
Developing this new kind of form-based zoning is a community effort and it relies on public input throughout the process. To this end, the City will host a charette that will offer many opportunities for the community—residents and businesses, alike—to become involved and engaged this summer. Everyone is invited to be a part of this process!
Opening sessions will be held in each of the three target areas as follows: Acushnet Avenue on Tuesday, July 21st at the Global Charter Learning School at 190 Ashley Boulevard; Goulart Square on Wednesday, July 22nd at St. Martin’s Church at 136 Rivet Street, and Downtown on Thursday, July 23rd at the Bristol Building 768 Purchase Street. Each opening session runs from 6.30pm – 9.00pm and light refreshments will be served. The City has secured the professional assistance of Brovitz Community Planning and Design to coordinate this planning initiative.
In addition to these opening sessions, a draft review of the material developed to date will be presented Saturday, July 25th from 9:00 am- 10:30 am at the Bristol Building (768 Purchase Street) and a closing presentation will recap everything on Monday, July 27th from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Buttonwood Zoo, 425 Hawthorn Street.
If you’re interested in voicing your opinions but can’t make one of these meetings, stop by the Charette Open Studio at the Bristol Building location downtown all week Tuesday, July 21st through Monday, July 27th. If the lights are on, the studio is open and all are encouraged to stop in and check out what’s happening.
Patrick Sullivan, Director of the City’s Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development notes, “This is a great opportunity for the public to be a meaningful part of a design event that will affect how the City regulates future development and share its voice in the process. Hearing from many different people will enrich the final product and help the City guide the very best development for years to come.”
NBHS Young Alumni Association will Host Alumni Panel on July 21 at Keith Middle School
The New Bedford High School Young Alumni Association will host an alumni panel on Tuesday, July 21, aimed at informing incoming juniors (Class of 2016) and other grade levels of New Bedford High students about post-high school opportunities.
Comprised of recent New Bedford High alumni, the panel plans to discuss the college application and decision process, financial aid, academic and social life at school, the workforce, the armed forces, and summer opportunities.
There will be 5-7 panelists who have followed different academic paths, to provide a wide variety of resources for current NBHS students to make informed decisions about their future plans and how to begin preparing.
Topics will include how to get the most out of applications and college visits; choosing a school based on its offerings, size and locations; navigating the financial aid process including the FAFSA, grants, scholarships and loans; the transition to college life including academic and social life; and opportunities in the workforce, armed forces and summer employment/internships for high school graduates.
There will be an opportunity for questions from current high school students for the panelists.
The panel will be held in the Community Room at Keith Middle School, 225 Hathaway Boulevard.
Mass State Police Investigating Fatal Rollover Crash in Greenfield
At 10:08 p.m. Thursday, Troopers from the State Police Barracks in Shelburne Falls responded to calls of a vehicle rolled over on the ramp from Route 91 northbound to Route 2 eastbound in Greenfield. The preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor when the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe lost control and rolled over.
The operator of the vehicle, 54-year-old Lawrence A. Jubb of Greenfield, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was determined to be deceased at the scene. The passenger, a 20-year-old Hatfield man, also was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Franklin Medical Center by Greenfield EMS with serious injuries.
Troopers from the Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the Crime Scene Services Section and the Franklin State Police Detective Unit responded to the scene and are assisting with the ongoing investigation.
No further information is available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks.
Faces Of New Bedford – #07: Charlie Perry
Meet Charlie Perry, an officer in the New Bedford Police department.
After spending a year in the cadet program in 1987, he left for the academy and never looked back. In his almost 30 years of service, he has not only patrolled our streets to keep them safe, but has worked as a detective and resource officer at Keith Junior High School.
His tremendous love for New Bedford has been the reason he has worked as a police officer all of these years. When he isn’t busy helping the citizens of our city, he spends his time working on his second passion, writing. Not only has he written tons of poetry, he has published his own book, a biography of Andre McCoy. The proceeds from the book go to fund the New Bedford Boy’s and Girls club.
“I really owe everything I have learned about being a police officer to Captain Guy Oliveira, who was a true inspiration and mentor. I just want to be able to help the community and impact our city and this badge allows me to do that.”
The Mattapoisett Police Officer’s Association is announcing it’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. This years tournament is being held Friday September 25th at Allendale Country Club – 1047 Allen St N. Dartmouth with a rain date of Monday September 28th.
Last year’s tournament was a huge success with a large turnout. We were able to donate $2000 to “Cops for Kids With Cancer” (http://copsforkidswithcancer.org/) with the proceeds from the tournament. The remaining monies went to our other charitable contributions. You can see photos from last years tournament in the photo section of the Mattapoisett Police Department’s Facebook page. We would like to make this years an even bigger success.
Teams can register (2) ways: First by online at www.mpoagolf.com. Online registration begins July 15th. Second by mailing in a check to PO Box 882 Mattapoisett, Ma 02739. For hole sponsorships or further information regarding the tournament email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEMAP Announces Next Twilight Workshop of the Season
Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership as we continue our 2015 Twilight Workshop Series! This workshop will take place at Langwater Farm in Easton, MA on Monday, July 20th, from 6pm- 8pm. Learn about Langwater Farm’s Cultivation Techniques on one of the region’s premier organic vegetable farms. Controlling weeds on organic farms is one of the most essential management steps for farmers to achieve profitability. Come learn the ins and outs of Langwater Farm’s cultivation strategy in the height of the growing season.
Deer Island Baby Doe Text-A-Tip & Phone Tip Line
The investigative team for our Deer Island little girl is announcing two new methods for the public to send tips about the deceased toddler.
We have established an anonymous Text-A-Tip line for people to use to send us information and tips about who the little girl may be and what may have happened to her. The Text-A-Tip number is 67283. To send us information, send a text the keyword GIRL followed by your tip to the number 67283 . The tip is relayed to the Massachusetts State Police anonymously. We do not see the telephone number it was sent from.
Additionally, a case hotline has been set up. Callers may dial (617) 396-5655 to leave a tip on a dedicated phone line.
We still need the public’s help so that we can identify this innocent child and seek justice for her. If you have any information at all, however inconsequential you think it may be, please text it to us at 67283, keyword GIRL, or call the hotline number. You will be helping us speak for this child.
Follow our original Facebook post on Baby Doe at: https://www.facebook.com/MassStatePolice/posts/847808361969815
New Bedford domestic batterer sentenced to 5-8 years
District Attorney Tom Quinn today announced that a 30-year-old New Bedford man convicted of a litany of domestic violence-related charges was sentenced to serve five to eight years in state prison. Terry Ward, formerly of 1365 Pleasant Street, pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court this morning to charges of assault with intent to murder (two counts), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (two counts), assault with a dangerous weapon (two counts), threats (three counts) and mayhem.
Mr. Ward was accused of assaulting his girlfriend on at least three different occasions between August 2013 and February 2014. During the first incident, Mr. Ward strangled the victim while repeatedly telling her he was going to kill her after an argument over money. During a second incident, Mr. Ward threw the victim up against a car and a wall. And during the third incident, the defendant threatened threatened the victim with a knife, destroyed her belongings, strangled her and held her arm up against a hot radiator, causing lifelong scarring.
The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Quinn’s Domestic Violence Unit Chief, Courtney Cahill, who argued for a six to eight year state prison sentence, to be followed by 10 years of supervised probation. Mr. Ward’s defense attorney had requested a four to six year prison sentence, along with three years of probation. Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh, after hearing both sides, handed down a five to eight year state prison sentence, to be followed by six years of supervised probation upon his release from prison. While on probation, Mr. Ward was ordered to have no contact/stay away from the victim, complete a domestic batterers program and undergo random substance abuse screening.
The victim in the case was present in court for today’s disposition of the case and provided a victim impact statement to the court.
“This is a defendant who viciously attacked his girlfriend on three separate occasions. This type of criminal behavior must not be tolerated in our communities. My office will continue to consistently recommend severe prison sentences in cases of this type,” said District Attorney Quinn. “I would like to commend the chief of our Domestic Violence Unit, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Cahill for her tireless work on behalf of victims of domestic violence in Bristol County and for her hard work on this case. It is my hope that the lengthy state prison sentence in this case will allow the victim to heal and move forward with her life without living in fear any longer.”