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New Bedford Fishing Industry Helping to Protect the Environment, Reduce Oil Spill Threat in City’s Harbor

New Bedford Harbor – photo by Edwin Cartagena

New Bedford, Fairhaven and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) are working together with the fishing industry and other commercial vessel operators to prevent oil spills and keep New Bedford Harbor, home of America’s No. 1 Fishing Port, clean through the “Clean Bilge Program.”

New Bedford Harbor is home to more than 400 fishing vessels that harvest the sea and many seafood processing plants and other businesses that support the fishing industry are also located in New Bedford and Fairhaven. The Port of New Bedford is an important economic engine for New Bedford, Fairhaven and the region. With so much commercial activity in New Bedford Harbor (including 400 fishing vessels, 4,400 jobs, seafood landings valued at $329 million, as well as more than 30 processors and distributors) small oil spills became a frequent occurrence, and have threatened collaborative efforts to clean and improve water quality in the harbor.

According to recent U.S. Coast Guard data, there has been at least one recorded small oil spill in New Bedford Harbor each month since 2010 and contaminated bilge water is considered the most likely source of these spills. The vast majority of these spills are small, but even a single cup of oil has the potential to contaminate a football field-sized area.

However, an innovative pilot program to prevent oil spills is changing the tide and improving the health of the New Bedford Harbor. Funded by MassDEP Text Box: Since Clean Bilge began in October of 2015, more than 120 vessels have signed up to participate, 48 vessels have had their bilge pumped and 14,117 gallons of oily bilge water was recovered and properly disposed of and kept out of New Bedford Harbor.and operated by the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission (HDC), Clean Bilge works directly with commercial fishing vessel operators and the operators of other commercial vessels to prevent oil spills.

An agent of the City’s Harbor Development Commission connects directly with vessel owners on both the New Bedford and Fairhaven sides of the harbor and provides advice on how to avoid oil leaks, refuel safely and maintain a clean bilge. In addition to helpful guidance, vessel owners can receive bilge pumping – the removal of unwanted water that can become contaminated with oil and collects in the lowest part of all vessels.

Since the program began in October of 2015, more than 120 vessels have signed up to participate, 48 vessels have had their bilge pumped and 14,117 gallons of oily bilge water was recovered and properly disposed of and kept out of New Bedford Harbor.

“The Port of New Bedford is one of Greater New Bedford’s most important economic assets and we are working on many fronts to ensure that New Bedford Harbor continues to be a strong asset for our region and protecting its environmental health is a critical component of our efforts. I am encouraged at the number of vessels that have signed up for the program thus far and thank the participating vessels for being good stewards of the environment,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell.

“Following the Buzzards Day oil spill, MassDEP has helped New Bedford and coastal communities respond to oil spills with funding for new cleanup equipment and response plans that protect sensitive resources,” said MassDEP Deputy Commissioner Gary Moran. “Now, with the new clean bilge pilot program, we are reaching out directly to vessel owners with a preventative measure that aims to stop spills before they happen.”

“The persistent “mystery” oil spill problem has no place in the New Bedford Harbor we are all working so hard to restore every day. The Buzzards Bay Coalition is excited to be a partner in this voluntary effort to improve bilge oil management. It has been wonderful to see the positive response and commitment from fishing vessel owners to cleaning up the Harbor,” said Mark Rasmussen, President, Buzzards Bay Coalition.

More than 120 commercial vessels have signed up to participate in the program and each receives a complimentary inspection and specific recommendations on preventing oil spills. Rodney Avila, a former commercial fisherman from New Bedford was hired by the HDC to lead the program. Port Director, Edward Anthes-Washburn said, “By working with fishermen we have prevented countless oil spills and are maintaining a cleaner harbor. I think the education component of this program has been critical to the success we’ve had thus far.”




Dennison Memorial Community Center signature event – the Dennison Dribble – takes to the court Saturday, March 12, 2016

Building upon the success of its inaugural signature event in 2015, Dennison Memorial Community Center has announced the Dennison Dribble, presented by Bristol County Savings Bank for the second year, will move to a larger venue with a more robust lineup of activities.

The popular family event will be held Saturday, March 12, at the New Bedford High School Beardsworth-Gonsalves Gymasium from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The “dribble” aspect of the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with 20 laps of dribbling around the main court to complete dribble pledge obligations, or for the sheer fun of it. New this year, the dribble will be followed by basketball play featuring local “Legends” as identified by longtime Standard Times Sports staffer Buddy Thomas. Local celebrities will also be featured in basketball play.

“We are simply delighted to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Dennison Dribble again this year,” said Pat Murray, Bristol County Savings Bank president & CEO. “The sense of belonging and community that Dennison has brought and continues to bring to the south end of New Bedford is so important to addressing significant needs in that area. We are proud to be a part of those efforts.”

Dennison Memorial Community Center has nearly 400 youth members, with more than 100 visiting the center on any given day. The Dennison Dribble helps to fund the operating costs of the center.

“This event is important to us on a number of levels,” said Jim Mathes, president and CEO of Dennison. “Our success at this event is what makes it possible to offer a wide array of programs and services to the hundreds of children who live in the neighborhoods around Dennison.”

Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $5,000, as well as pledge forms for Dribble participants, are still available. Visit www.dennisoncommunity.org to secure a pledge form, sponsorship or to donate to the event. Registration on the day of the event begins at 9:30 a.m.




New Bedford Man Sentenced for 2013 Involuntary Manslaughter

A 28-year-old New Bedford man was sentenced to jail this morning in Fall River Superior Court after pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a 2013 physical altercation in the Ash Street Jail that led to the death of 59-year-old Egidio Batista.

Superior Court Judge Raymond Veary sentenced Luis Mojica to 2-and-a-half years in jail, with 18 months to serve. The remaining balance of his sentence was suspended for three years, meaning if he was to commit a new crime, he could be sent back to jail to complete the full term of his sentence. Additionally, Judge Veary ordered the defendant to complete anger management counseling and obtain his GED.

On July 20th 2013, at approximately 5pm, New Bedford Police responded to a domestic incident involving Mr. Batista and his adult daughter on Aquidneck Street. The woman reported that Mr. Batista came home intoxicated from alcohol and was arguing with her in an aggressive manner. Mr. Batista was placed in protective custody due to his level of intoxication. He was transported to the Ash Street Jail, where was placed in a holding cell with four other male arrestees, one of which was Mr. Mojica. Mr. Mojica had been arrested earlier in the day for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend. That case was eventually dismissed after she asserted her 5th Amendment privilege.

A short time after being placed in the cell, the victim got into an argument with the defendant. During the argument, the defendant forcefully pushed the victim with both hands to the upper chest area, knocking him backward off his feet where his head hits the concrete floor.

The impact caused the victim to lose consciousness. He underwent emergency surgery but died as a result of the head injury the next morning. The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to head.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeanne Veenstra.

”The circumstances of the case are very unfortunate. Even though the defendant did not intend to kill the victim, this is what can happen when you resort to violence. I feel terribly for the loss the victim’s family has suffered,” said District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III. ”I was present in court during the defendant’s guilty plea, and was satisfied he accepted responsibility for his actions and showed remorse.”




New Bedford Announces CitiWorks Mini-Grant Program 2016

The City of New Bedford, through its Department of Planning, Housing and Community Development (DPHCD) is proud to launch the 2016 CitiWorks Mini-Grant Program. This is the City of New Bedford’s sixth year in providing CitiWorks Mini-Grants to neighborhood-based organizations and other groups throughout the city. Successful projects provide physical improvements to neighborhoods which help make them healthier, safer, cleaner, and more attractive. Eligible projects include tree plantings, public art, community gardens, and enhancements to public spaces and are intended to help reinvigorate neighborhoods and develop community leadership.

Last year, CitiWorks provided grants to numerous projects throughout the city. These grants included the new mural at Phillips and Acushnet Avenue and the sculptures hung on light poles on Acushnet Avenue during the summer. CitiWorks also helped provide funding for the new mural at the Carney Academy Greenhouse, the planting of trees in the Griffin Street Cemetery, and improvements to multiple community gardens that support residents, the homeless, children, and people in rehabilitation.
An informational workshop for those interested in applying for these funds will be held Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:00pm in the 2nd Floor DPHCD conference room, 608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford.

Eligible applicants include neighborhood/community groups, youth, parent or senior groups, volunteer groups and clubs, neighborhood watch groups and school-based groups. Applicants must have a federal 501(c)(3) designation, or work with an organization who does.

Projects can be sited either on private land (-as long as the site is visible and accessible to all neighborhood residents) -or on memorial squares, portions of city parks, or other public lands, pending city approval. Existing community gardens and pocket parks are also eligible. Project sites must also be located in an eligible low to moderate income census block as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or the project must directly service low to moderate income residents.

For more information about CitiWorks, please contact Edward Bates at the DPHCD at 508-979-1500 or visit the DPHCD’s website at http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/community-development/.




Arrest made in Dublin’s Sports Bar stabbing

An arrest has been made in the stabbing that took place last week at Dublin’s Sports Bar. The victim was released from Rhode Island Hospital on Tuesday and is home recovering.

Detectives William Westgate and William Sauve obtained an arrest warrant yesterday afternoon for Robert Geliga after a weeklong investigation.

This morning at approximately 6:30am New Bedford detectives assisted by Trooper David Reis of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) took him into custody without incident at his Richmond Street apartment where he has been residing.

He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in New Bedford district court on Armed Assault and Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon charges.

Robert Geliga age 29 of New Bedford.




The South Coast Hot Jobs List – 25 February 2016

Michael Silvia
by Michael Silvia

The Greater New Bedford unemployment rate is much higher than the rest of Massachusetts, but believe it or not there really are a lot of available for qualified applicants. Sometimes the barrier to a new job can be the lack of information on available job openings.

To solve this, each week New Bedford Guide will pull jobs from our jobs database to inform job seekers about the hottest jobs in the area.

We will define “Hot Jobs” as those jobs that need to be filled by the employer immediately. For those looking to search some large job databases, checkout my Best Job Search Resources for New Bedford Residents article.


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Here are the Hot Jobs in the New Bedford area from the NewBedfordGuide.com jobs database, as of February 25, 2016.

01. Flatbed Truck Driving Job – Right Turn (New Bedford)
We have increased our fleet and are now hiring experienced flatbed drivers on our company side and lease purchase side. This is the highest paying flatbed opportunity in the trucking industry. If you are a flatbed driver looking for a place to call home, look no further. Full job description can be found: here.

02. Cook/Prep Cook – European Cafe (New Bedford)
Looking for energetic, outgoing, teamwork orientated applicants with open availability and 1-2 years experience. Applicants must be able to work in a fast pace environment and short order experience is a MUST! Must be capable of learning and using a computerized system to understand orders. Reading, writing, basic math and verbal communication skills required. Responsibilities may vary according to level of experience. Weekend/holiday availability a MUST. Candidates must submit resume to include contact information. Failure to submit resume will result in automatic disqualification. No Phone calls! Full details and application process: here.

03. Driver/Human Services – Kennedy Donovan Center (New Bedford)
Drives vehicles as assigned to transport persons with disabilities or special healthcare needs to various locations as assigned. Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED, must be at least 19 years of age, minimum 3 years driving experience, including experience driving multi-passenger vehicles, ability to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals, ability to write routine reports and correspondence, completion of CORI and RMV with acceptable results per KDC insurance company and GATRA policies. Full details and application process here.

04. Relationship Banker – Bank of America (Fairhaven)
Relationship bankers (RBs) are located in the financial center and are responsible for assisting and educating customers on self-service banking options (for example, mobile, online, ATM) and building and deepening customer relationships. RBs are also trained in cash transactions and may be asked to process these transactions both accurately and efficiently when needed. For full job details and application process here.

05. Parts Manager – Alden Buick GMC (New Bedford)
Manage an inventory of roughly $225,000. Maintain current standard of excellence set by prior manager. Stay compliant with all GM programs. Project and meet monthly sales goals. Fulfill orders for the service department, customer pay sales, and wholesale accounts. For full job details and application process here.

06. Part Time Maintenance – Catholic Social Services (New Bedford)
This position is responsible for maintaining all properties including our Fall River, New Bedford, Residential Houses and scattered sites. Projects may include but are not limited to: repairs of any broken fixtures, including windows, door handles etc; painting any necessary structures or fixtures; yard maintenance; daily cleaning; and ensuring safety and decency. For full job details and application process here.

07. Restaurant Shift Manager – Papa John’s Pizza (New Bedford)
A positive, friendly attitude and exceptional customer service skills, main responsibility to direct every team member to perform with utmost excellence, demonstrate a strong understanding and consciousness of food quality and safety, delegate the task of implementing cleanliness, lead all team members to perform tasks in line with the company’s standard operating procedures. Full details and application process here.

08. Customer Service Associate – Panera Bread (North Dartmouth)
Our customer associates know what our customer wants and deliver it — fast, accurate and with friendly service. We hear and sense customer needs and keep our manager and fellow team members informed. We take pride in every aspect of our work and perform it with energy and enthusiasm. We are strong team players, with a commitment to continuous learning, who provide quality service and products to our customers through true craftsmanship. For full job details and application process here.

09. Retail Sales Associate – Cumberland Farms (Acushnet)
Whether you are looking for an incredible full-time career, or a great part-time job, the Customer Service Associate is the backbone of our company. As a Customer Service Associate, you are more than a clerk; you are the face of Cumberland Farms to our customers. Ensuring that every customer receives outstanding service by providing a friendly environment which includes greeting and acknowledging customers, maintaining outstanding standards, product knowledge and all other components of customer service. For full job details and application process: here.

10. Weekday Customer Service Associate – Lowe’s (N Dartmouth)
Responsible for assisting customers with all of their shopping needs including assisting customers in the selection, demonstration, preparation and loading of merchandise. Also responsible for responding to customer inquiries throughout their shopping experience including promoting customer loyalty plans and/or extended protection/replacement plans where appropriate. For full job details and application process here.


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Dartmouth Indians defeat SBRHS Raiders in the 2nd Annual SBRHS Basketball

Last night the Dartmouth Indians took on the SBRHS Raiders in the 2nd Annual SBRHS Basketball Tournament. Dartmouth started the game off with a basket and never gave up the lead for the entire game. Matt Craig hit a 3 point shot at the end of the first buzzer giving them a 19-10 lead.

The Indians were called for 10 fouls in the first half to 3 on the Raiders but were still able to outscore the other team 19-15 in the second quarter ending the half with the lead 38-25. The Raiders stepped up their defense in the third quarter, keeping the Indians to 13 while scoring 14 for themselves bringing the lead down to 11 for Dartmouth.

Dartmouth struck quickly in the fourth getting the lead up to 17, but the Raiders fought back bringing them down to a 9 point lead, this wouldn’t last long as the Indians closed out the game on top with a final score of 66-50.

Two players from Dartmouth were named to the All-Tournament Team , #13 Keith Rose and #10 Matt Craig. Matt Craig was also named the tournament MVP.

Dartmouth 19,19,13,15 = 66
SBRHS 10,15,14,11 = 50

Josh Souza / New Bedford Guide




Driver Arrested After Rollover Crash in Newton

This morning at approximately 5:22 a.m., Trooper Scott Eunson responded to a rollover crash on Route 9 eastbound. A 2004 Ford Expedition knocked down a telephone pole and electrical wires, causing severe delays. Upon investigation, Trooper Eunson learned that the driver, JAMES E. COPELAND, 55, of Fitchburg, was driving with a suspended license. COPELAND was placed under arrest and booked at the State Police Barracks in Brighton, pending his arraignment at Newton District Court today. One lane of Route 9 was closed, and reopened by 6:18 a.m.

COPELAND was charged with the following offenses:

  1. Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked license;
  2. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle;
  3. Speeding; and
  4. Marked lanes violation.



New Bedford Whalers defeat Taunton Tigers 69-59

Last night the New Bedford High Whalers hosted the Taunton Tigers for their last game of the season. They had previously lost to the Tigers 80-69, so they were looking for a win heading into the playoffs.

Taunton controlled the first quarter while New Bedford tried to find their rhythm, letting them separate and end the first with a 9 point lead.

The Whalers started the second quarter with a 9 point run, after which they were noticeably reinvigorated. New Bedford outscored Taunton by 8 points, narrowing the gap to 1 point going into the half.

Both teams showed great defense in the third quarter, but the Whalers got the lead early and never looked back for the rest of the game. Trevor Green cemented the lead in the fourth, putting down multiple three-pointers.
The Whalers win against Taunton 69-59.

Whalers – 16,20,13,20 = 69
Tigers -25,12,7,15 = 59

Josh Souza / New Bedford Guide




New Bedford police create bullying tip line

The New Bedford Police Department announced the creation of a bullying tip line. Those with knowledge of victims of bullying or victims themselves may call this line and leave anonymous information.

(508) 991-6300 extension 79475.

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