New Bedford emergency shelter seeks volunteers and supplies
Due to the frigid temperatures, the City of New Bedford has asked for Mercy Meals and More to open the emergency shelter at 634 Purchase Street in New Bedford on Friday, January 16th, 2015. Shelter opens at 8pm.
Volunteers are needed from 8-12pm to make sandwiches and help in the kitchen. Supplies needed include sandwich meat, condiments, soda, snacks, and soup. If you can donate anything, the shelter building opens at 8pm and drop-offs can be done anytime after 8pm. Contact Pete Wilde at 978-866-9499 if you can help.
$10K Reward offered for ‘Christmas Eve Bandit’
FBI agents and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the FBI’s Bank Robbery/Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Taunton Police Department, are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a bank robber allegedly responsible for an armed robbery on December 24, 2014 at the First Citizens Federal Credit Union located at 280 Winthrop Street in Taunton. The “Christmas Eve Bandit” is considered armed and dangerous.
The suspect entered the bank, stated “Merry Christmas” followed by an obscenity, and then ordered the tellers to empty their cash drawers and fill a black duffle bag with money. The suspect was armed with an assault rifle with a banana clip capable of shooting a 7.62 millimeter round, possibly an AK-47.
During the robbery, the suspect pointed the rifle in the direction of the bank employees as they complied with his demand. One bank employee in the area of the drive-up teller window moved causing the suspect to fire a round into the wall.
The public is asked to view photos and surveillance video of the robber at https://bankrobberies.fbi.gov.
The male suspect fled the scene on foot, wearing a black mask, blue jeans, black jacket, gray sweatshirt, black boots and black gloves. The age and race of the suspect are unknown.
The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for this robbery. Anyone with information should call the FBI at 1-617-742-5533 or the Taunton Police Department at 1-508-821-1475. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.
NBHS Young Alumni Assocation formally launched
The New Bedford High School Young Alumni Association was formally launched Monday at NBHS, where alumni were joined by School Committee Members Josh Amaral, Jack Livramento and Marlene Pollock.
Co-chaired by alumni Justin Braga ’12 and Melissa Isidor ’13, now both students at Brown University, the NBHSYAA will act as a service organization with members contributing on a volunteer basis to their alma mater. Aims of the NBHS Young Alumni Association include college and career advising from young alumni who have begun their post-high school careers attending colleges and universities, receiving technical training and joining the military, as well as serving as an advisory group to the administration for preparation of NBHS for postsecondary pathways.
Acting Headmaster Bernadette Coelho said the start of a new Young Alumni Association is encouraging. “I am pleased to see that the students who have begun their own college careers and their own promising futures have taken the time to come back, invest in New Bedford High School and serve as role models and mentors to our students,” she said.
Mayor Jon Mitchell said of the group, “I applaud Justin Braga and Melissa Isidor along with their fellow young alumni for spearheading this new service organization to not only support current students and recent graduates but also to highlight all of the positive work taking place at New Bedford High School.”
Superintendent Pia Durkin said, “Having successful young alumni return to New Bedford High School to form a Young Alumni Association is encouraging because it demonstrates their commitment to their alma mater. These alumni have earned the admiration of New Bedford Public Schools as a community.”
The Young Alumni Association is not a selective organization; all young alumni are encouraged to join. Members will be added to the association’s database and serve as resources for current students and administration. Members will also be added to an email list for future events held through the organization. Interested young alumni may sign up online at http://bit.ly/1w334ba or visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewBedfordYAA.
New Bedford man arrested with .357 revolver, crack cocaine
On Saturday morning at approximately 10am members of the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at an Earle apartment in New Bedford. This was the result of an investigation into a cocaine delivery service being operated in the north end of the city.
The target of the investigation, Kevin Graham, was taken into custody after he left his home, without incident.
A search of the residence revealed, 11 grams of crack cocaine, $834 in cash, digital scale, and cocaine packaging material.
Also recovered was a .357 Sturm Ruger revolver. Mr. Graham does not possess a license to carry firearms and detectives are working on tracing the origin of the gun.
Scheduled to be arraigned this morning in New Bedford district court; Kevin Graham age 34 of Earle Street in New Bedford.
He is facing drug and firearms charges.
NBHS alumni to form young alumni association
Recent alumni of New Bedford High School will formally launch the New Bedford High School Young Alumni Association on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Family Engagement Center of NBHS. The association, co-chaired by Justin Braga ’12 and Melissa Isidor ’13, now both students at Brown University, will act as a service organization with members contributing on a volunteer basis to their alma mater.
Aims of the NBHS Young Alumni Association include college and career advising from young alumni who have begun their post-high school careers attending colleges and universities, receiving technical training and joining the military, as well as serving as an advisory group to the administration for preparation of NBHS for postsecondary pathways.
“The NBHS Young Alumni Association aims to offer students a more personal and peer-oriented approach to college and career advising,” said Isidor. “Through long term efforts, our organization plans to serve as a resource to faculty and students, as well help improve the overall school perception in the community.”
Braga said, “As recent graduates of New Bedford High School, we feel that it is our responsibility to give back to the people of this community who did so much for us by being a part of the process that helps a new generation of graduates succeed. It is our hope that the entire community will join us in supporting the students and faculty who will take NBHS to new heights.”
The Young Alumni Association is not a selective organization; all young alumni are encouraged to join. Members will be added to the association’s database and serve as resources for current students and administration. Members will also be added to an email list for future events held through the organization. Interested young alumni may sign up online at http://bit.ly/1w334ba or visit the group’s Facebook page.
Monday’s announcement will include Braga, Isidor, as well as fellow young alumni Adam Vieira, Christian Perez, Rebecca Kanter and Jessica Barros. Members of the School Committee, Superintendent Pia Durkin and Headmaster Kathleen Dawson will join in the announcement.
New Bedford Public Schools closed Thursday (Jan 8, 2015)
New Bedford Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 8, 2015 due to an intense arctic cold front in the region that is expected to produce severely cold temperatures.
“With wind chill values as low as -24 degrees Fahrenheit anticipated and a Wind Chill Advisory in effect Thursday morning, we are taking this step out of concern for the large number of our students who walk to school every day or wait outside for their school buses,” said Superintendent Pia Durkin.
Please note that offices at the Paul Rodrigues Administration Building, high school and middle schools will remain open.
New Bedford teachers agree to new labor contract
At a press conference today in New Bedford City Hall, Mayor Jon Mitchell joined with New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin and leaders of the New Bedford Educators Association to announce the parties have reached a new labor contract for New Bedford teachers, subject to approval of the New Bedford School Committee.
Last evening, New Bedford teachers voted to ratify the new one-year labor contract (7/1/2014-7/31/2015) which includes important changes that will support the school department’s efforts to provide teachers with additional professional development throughout the school year as well as to hire the most qualified teachers.
“This agreement represents another significant step forward for the New Bedford Public Schools. New Bedford teachers have really stepped up and they can be confident in the district’s demonstrated commitment to supporting their work,” Mayor Mitchell said.
He added, “The contract provides teachers with the support they need in the form of additional professional development. And, early decision-making will give the district a competitive advantage in selecting qualified applicants to fill open positions.”
“This contract is a game changer for New Bedford,” said Superintendent Durkin. “We will have a competitive edge not only when we hire new teachers, but also be able to stabilize school staff for those who continue working with New Bedford students.”
Superintendent Durkin said, “I want to thank NBEA President Lou St. John and New Bedford’s teachers, for working with us on an agreement that will benefit both the city’s students and educators.”
Highlights of the new contract, which covers the period July 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015, include:
Teachers Supported with Additional Professional Development: Teachers will receive twenty hours of professional development throughout the school year at bimonthly meetings.
District Gains Competitive Advantage in Selecting New Hires: Resignation and retirement notices will be several months earlier, allowing New Bedford to be competitive with other districts who receive early notices. New Bedford Public Schools will be in position to hire teachers earlier in the year, giving the City the edge when it comes to selecting qualified applicants.
District Can Better Plan Staff Assignments: Transfers and reassignments will, like retirements and resignations, now have earlier notices, so the school staff will know where employees are assigned earlier in the year, allowing for more planning.
Compensation Increases: Educators on Steps 1 – 11 in the 2013-14 school year and full-time teachers in the 2014-15 school year will receive a $500.00 increase. Educators on Step 12 in the 2013-14 school year and full-time teachers in the 2014-15 school year will receive a $1,500.00 increase. The cost of the contract in the current fiscal year is approximately $480,000 which will not require a budget increase.
St Anne’s Credit Union robbed in Dartmouth
On Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at approximately 3:35 p.m., an unarmed robbery occurred at the St. Anne’s Credit Union located at #517B State Road, Dartmouth, MA.
According to information gathered at the scene, the suspect entered the bank and told the teller to empty the drawer. The suspect was identified as a white male, approximately
5’9” to 5’11”, average build, wearing a dark mask, white and blue gloves, white long sleeve “hoodie” style sweatshirt with a design on the front, dark pants, and white sneakers.
After the suspect received the money from the teller, witnesses stated that he fled the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
The suspect never stated that he had a weapon, and one was never observed in his possession.
After an extensive search of the area was conducted with the assistance of a Dartmouth Police Department K-9, the suspect was not located.
The incident remains under investigation by the Dartmouth Police Department Detective Division. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact either Detective Frank Oliveira at 508-910-1781 or the Dartmouth Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 508-997-9900.
NBPD seize heroin, stolen handgun in Brickenwood Housing Development apartment
Last night at approximately 9:30pm members of the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at an apartment on Shawmut Ave. located in the Brickenwood Housing Development. This was after an investigation being conducted by Det. Lorenzo Gonzalez into drug dealing coming out of the apartment.
Once entry was gained, narcotics detectives seized heroin, percocets, $1,955, as well as, digital scales and packaging materials indicative of drug sales.
In a kitchen closet, a stolen, unsecured, Glock 9mm handgun was found loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. There were three children in the apartment aged 9,10 and 12 belonging to the female. The handgun was stolen out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Scheduled to be arraigned this morning on various firearms and drug related charges are;
Luis Miguel Lopez age 29 of Shawmut Ave.
Damaris Carrasquillo age 32 of Shawmut Ave.
New Bedford Police seek public’s help in finding robbery suspect
New Bedford Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect. On New Year’s night, a north end liquor store was robbed at knifepoint.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Michael Carrier at 508-991-6300 ext. 114 or leave an ANONYMOUS TIP at 508-961-4584.