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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.





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 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 man arrested in connection to MetroPCS homicide

Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn announced this morning that an arrest has been made in connection to the Thursday afternoon homicide of 36-year-old Javon Brown in the City of New Bedford.

District Attorney Quinn announced that Jason Valliere, 36, of 84 Fredericks Street, New Bedford, has been charged with accessory to murder-after the fact. Mr. Valliere will be arraigned Monday 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 have been actively seeking Mr. Valliere since Thursday evening. He was arrested, without incident, 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 on Monday.

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 Attorney Katie Rayburn, who is the Deputy Chief of District Attorney Quinn’s Homicide Unit.

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).




Conwell Enterprises Donates Christmas Trees to Buttonwood Park Zoo’s Animals

Conwell Enterprises is a building supply company based in Provincetown, MA consisting of a lumber yard, Ace Hardware, Radio Shack and New England Green.

Where did your Christmas tree go? Thanks to Andy Fingado of Conwell Enterprises, the Buttonwood Park Zoo received its third annual Christmas tree delivery on Thursday, January 15th. Fingado frequented the Zoo when he lived in the area. After reading an article about a zoo in Germany giving their elephants left over Christmas trees, Fingado contacted the Buttonwood Park Zoo to determine if Emily and Ruth would benefit from a similar program.

Keith Lovett, the Zoo’s Director, referred to this program as “a great community based effort that creates enjoyable enrichment for the zoo animals while also keeping discarded trees out of area landfills”.

Not only will these trees be reused and repurposed in an environmentally friendly fashion, but they will also serve up a healthy dose of fun for many zoo species. The animals at the Buttonwood Park Zoo will have the chance to play, hide, destroy, toss, or even pounce on these trees instead of them being thrown away or ending up in a landfill. Zoo staff will find different ways that each species would benefit most from this unique type of enrichment being added to their environments. In addition to the elephant’s enrichment, last year’s donation added about 15 trees to the zoo’s cougar exhibit allowing resident cougars, Nikki and Riley, the opportunity to scratch, hide, or climb amongst them. In addition to the elephants and cougars, the zoo’s bears, bobcats, lynx, bison, coyotes, and many other species will get to enjoy these tree enrichment offerings.





Runaway Tire Strikes Car on the Pike in Wayland

This crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

At about 6:30 p.m., State Police from the Weston barracks responded to a report of a tire striking a vehicle on Route 90 West in Wayland. Information collected in the investigation by Trooper John Carnell indicates that 23-year-old Joel Tangjerd of London, Ontario, Canada, was traveling eastbound on Route 90 in a 1994 Lincoln MK8 when the left rear tire and rim came off the vehicle, traveled across the median and struck the windshield of a 2002 Honda Accord, which was traveling on Route 90 West.

The operator of the Honda, 36-year-old Paul Robillard of Dudley, was transported to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Tangjerd was uninjured.

This crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time. State Police were assisted on scene by members the Wayland Police Department, and Weston and Natick Fire and EMS.

There is no further information available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.





MetroPCS homicide victim identified as Dartmouth man

New Bedford Police, Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to this office and Homicide Unit prosecutors are currently investigating a homicide, which occurred this afternoon in the City of New Bedford.

Police received a 911 call regarding a shooting at the MetroPCS cellular phone store at 209 Coggeshall Street around 12:30 p.m. today. Upon arrival, police and rescue personnel located a male shooting victim in the area near the parking lot outside the store. The victim, Javon Brown, 36, of Dartmouth, was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:12 p.m. today.

The investigation is being coordinated by Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn.

Anyone who was in the area of Coggeshall Street and Belleville Avenue between noon and 1 p.m. today 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).




Bishop Stang Freshman receives service award

Jeffry was applauded for his strong commitment to service and helping others.

Bishop Stang High School freshman Jeffry McDougal was selected to receive the Youth Sprit Award sponsored by Wareham’s Boys and Girls Club.

“I was very honored to have been selected by my high school,” said Jeffry McDougal, Bishop Stang freshman and Wareham resident. “I think Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an important role model. People need to be kind to one another and treat others with respect.”

The award was given at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast at the Boys and Girls Club in Wareham. Members from the Wareham School Committee, Selectman and Congressman Bill Keating were in attendance.

Jeffry was applauded for his strong commitment to service and helping others. Last year, Jeffry was named the 2014 student Ambassador for Massachusetts Project 351. He attended a day of service with other students across the State with Governor Patrick at the State House. Jeffry organized and implemented a successful service project called Spring Greening at Wareham Middle School in which over 900 articles of quality new and gently used clothing were collected, sorted and delivered to Cradle to Crayons. Jeffry has received several other awards including a Citizenship Award and the Ad Altare Dei Boy Scouts of America Roman Catholic Religious Award. Jeffry is very active in his parish. He was been an alter server since 2008. In addition, Jeffry is an active Boy Scout who has participated in scouting for food collection drives to benefit St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Wareham. He also has completed a confirmation service project, a car wash, to raise funds for St. Patrick’s Parish Nights of Hospitality Homeless Project.

Jeffry played Bishop Stang freshman football and is currently participating in weight training.


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