New Bedford CPC holding public hearing to allocate funds on Housing, Open Space/Recreation, Historic Resources

Written Comments Will Be Accepted Through July 5.

“NEW BEDFORD – The Community Preservation Committee is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. to gather input from the public that will help update the Community Preservation Plan for the new fiscal year. The hearing will take place at the New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant St., in the 3rd floor meeting room.

The Community Preservation Plan identifies and establishes the City’s priorities in each of the CPA categories – Open Space/Recreation, Historic Resources, and Community Housing – through an open and transparent process involving public input. The annual plan guides the allocation of funds by the CPC to projects that improve and benefit the community.

The draft Community Plan will be available for review beginning June 11 at http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/planning/community-preservation/. Written comments will be accepted through Friday, July 5, via email to CPA@newbedford-ma.gov or by mail to CPC – Department of City Planning, 133 William St., Room 303, New Bedford, MA 02740.

Upon completion of the new fiscal year Community Preservation Plan update and approval by the Community Preservation Committee, the FY25 application cycle will begin with the Application Technical Workshop scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5. The CPC highly recommends all interested in applying for CPA funding attend the September workshop.

CPC PUBLIC HEARING DETAILS:

Tuesday, June 11, 6 p.m.
New Bedford Free Public Library
3rd floor meeting room
613 Pleasant St.
New Bedford

Translation services in both Spanish and Portuguese for the meeting are available by request only. Please contact the Community Preservation Act Manager at least 48 hours prior to the meeting if you require these services.

For more information about CPA in New Bedford, visit the City’s website at http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/planning/community-preservation/. Questions about the public meeting or the Community Preservation Plan can be directed to the Community Preservation Act Manager at 508-979-1488 or CPA@NewBedford-MA.gov.

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About the Community Preservation Act
New Bedford voters adopted the Community Preservation Act through a ballot question in November 2014. The statewide enabling legislation allows communities to create dedicated funding for projects that support open space, outdoor recreational facilities, historic preservation, and affordable housing activities in the city.

Oversight of this process rests with the Community Preservation Committee, the body established by the City to oversee the CPA program in New Bedford.

CPA funding is derived through two sources: a 1.5% surcharge on local property taxes and a state match on local revenue. For the FY24 application cycle, the CPC recommended, and City Council approved, $2.2 million in CPA funds to 21 projects.

Since FY18, the committee has recommended, and the City Council has approved, 122 grants totaling more than $12.5 million in CPA funding for projects that have preserved historic resources and open space, created community housing opportunities, and both improved and created recreational facilities throughout the city. In addition, these grants have enabled organizations to leverage an additional $12.3 million in funding from other sources, such as state and federal funds, and private foundations.”-City of New Bedford.




3 arrested after New Bedford Police surveillance captures alleged drug transaction at intersection

“New Bedford, MA – Narcotics detectives have taken three people into custody following a street-level narcotics investigation.

On the evening of June 3rd, detectives assigned to the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau were conducting surveillance in the north-end sector of the City. At around 5:30 PM, Sgt. Jonathan Lagoa observed a drug transaction taking place in the area of the N. Front Street/ Phillips Avenue intersection between two female customers and a male dealer.

Both females were stopped and found to be in possession of 3 plastic baggies of “crack cocaine.” The dealer was stopped in his vehicle on Coffin Avenue near Riverside Park and was identified as Mr. ELIEZER RIVERA, 29, of 1107 County Street.

Detectives searched RIVERA and his vehicle and found him to be in possession of approximately 16 grams of “crack” cocaine, a digital scale, and baggies. In addition, he was found to have a Bulldog .44 caliber revolver loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition. RIVERA is not licensed to carry firearms. He was taken into custody, as were the two females who were identified as GAIL FARLAND, 60, and CHERYL ANN BUTLER, 55.

FARLAND and BUTLER were both charged with possession of “crack” cocaine and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws. RIVERA was charged with distribution of “crack” cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, and illegal carrying of a loaded firearm without a license, among other serious charges.

Det. EMILY PACHECO was the arresting officer.

If you have any information you would like to share with the police, you can do so anonymously by visiting our website and submitting a tip or by calling 508-99-CRIME.”-City of New Bedford Police Department.




New Bedford Firefighters’ relationship with 7-year-old boy a decade ago, mom hopes to reconnect

“I’m posting the following in hopes that someone from the New Bedford Fire Department see this.

10 years ago, Station 5 showed up at our old condo complex at Braley Road and let my then 7-year-old son explore the truck. This moment is where it all started for my son, Christopher. Every time they came to our condo complex or to Pulaski School afterward, they recognized him, spent time with him, and encouraged him that one day he could be a firefighter or first responder. He continued a friendship with the station and we would visit during open houses and Xmas tree lightings, with him making friends with now retired FF Rick Spoor.

When he entered Voc, Rick invited him to volunteer with the Fire Museum during downtown events like the holiday stroll and became a reference for his college applications and work applications.

Tomorrow my son graduates from the Legal and Protective program at Voc and will be majoring in Emergency Management at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the fall. I have no doubt these achievements have been accomplished, in part because of all the amazing interactions he has has since he was a kid with NBFD; and later with his interactions with NBPD, NBPD SROs, NBEMS, and all his educators at Voc.

You never know what you might spark when you give a young child a moment of your time. Thank you to all who have this kid a moment of your time through the years.”-MaryEllen Good Cecil.


MaryEllen Good Cecil photo.




Massachusetts Workers Union falls for Nigerian, Chinese spoof email, loses $5 million dollars

“BOSTON – The United States filed a civil forfeiture action today to recover approximately $5,315,746 alleged to be proceeds of a business email compromise (BEC) scheme targeting a Massachusetts workers union, as well as property involved in money laundering.

The complaint alleges that in January 2023, a workers union located in Dorchester received an email requesting a change of payment information from someone it believed worked at an investment consulting firm. The complaint also alleges that the email came from what initially appeared to be the consulting firm’s true email address but was in fact a spoofed email address that had been changed by one letter. The spoofed email instructed the workers union to make a $6,400,000 transfer to a different bank account than had been previously arranged, which the workers union did, in fact, do. The spoofed email, however, was a fraudulent communication intended to mislead the workers union into unwittingly transferring funds to an account controlled by someone other than the intended recipient.

The fraudulently-obtained funds were then allegedly transferred through a series of intermediary bank accounts – with some funds sent, or attempted to be sent, to a cryptocurrency exchange and various bank accounts located in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Nigeria. Investigators were able to trace proceeds of the scheme to seven domestically held bank accounts, the contents of which were subsequently seized by U.S. authorities.

“BEC fraud schemes present a serious threat to businesses and individuals nationwide, causing significant financial and emotional harm to victims by exploiting trusted communication channels they rely upon every day. Today’s civil forfeiture action demonstrates that when victims report such misconduct to the authorities there may be steps we can take to recover stolen funds. We hope today’s action helps restore some level of stability and justice for those impacted by fraud,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy.

Acting U.S. Attorney Levy; Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Andrew Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Boston Field Office made the announcement today. The civil forfeiture action is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Lyons of the Asset Recovery Unit along with Trial Attorneys Jasmin Salehi Fashami and Adrienne E. Rosen of the Justice Department’s Money Laundering & Asset Recovery Section.

Members of the public who believe they are victims of a cybercrime – including cryptocurrency scams, romance scams, investment scams and business email compromise (BEC) fraud scams – should contact USAMA.CyberTip@usdoj.gov.

The accusations in the complaint, and the description of the complaint, constitute only allegations that certain property is subject to forfeiture. The United States must prove, by a standard of preponderance of the evidence, that the property is subject to forfeiture. If the United States prevails, the court will order all interests of any potential claimant forfeited.”-Massachusetts Departmnet of Justice.




Fairhaven to celebrate Independence Day in grand style: antique car cruise, cannons, parade

“On Thursday, July 4, 2024, Fairhaven will be celebrating Independence day in Grand Style. We will begin with the raising of the Big Flag at F.H.S at 8:30 a.m. Watch the antique cars cruise through town and arriving at Cushman Park to meet up with the start of the Parade.

The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. from Cushman Park (Green Street side) and continue down Green Street to Fort Phoenix.

At the conclusion of the parade the town will hold the annual Independence Day ceremony and the traditional cannon firing by the Fairhaven Village Militia. The ceremony at Fort Phoenix will begin approximately at 10 a.m.

For those traveling to Fort Phoenix during the parade, traffic will be blocked starting at Church Street traveling south on Fort Street. Parking and traffic along Green Street will be restricted until the conclusion of the parade.”-Town of Fairhaven.




Massachusetts State Police crack down on illegal mopeds, scooters in Boston enforcement action

“Last night, June 4, around 8:00PM, Troopers Christopher Bolster and Russell Lloyd of the MSP Motorcycle Unit were conducting enforcement action on the Southwest Corridor in Boston’s Fenway area.

The two Troopers were able to identify dozens mopeds and scooters that were improperly registered or being operated by unlicensed individuals. The two Troopers cited the operators, who at the time were inside an establishment having a meal. In total, Troopers Bolster and Lloyd impounded 14 illegal mopeds and scooters in the area of Dartmouth Street and in the Fenway.

In recent weeks, many complaints have been received by citizens and residents regarding mopeds and scooters operating erratically and without regard to traffic laws. The Troopers received many thanks from passersby and residents as the mopeds were secured, and towed from the area.”-Massachusetts State Police.




32-year-old allegedly drunk boater plows 43′ vessel onto beach at Martha’s Vineyard

“Friday evening, May 31, around 9:40 PM, Trooper Zachary Bolcome of the State Police-Oak Bluffs Barracks was notified by Dukes County dispatch of a large boat which had run aground on Chappaquiddick Island. Trooper Bolcombe made his way to the beach and located the stranded vessel, a 43-foot Hinckley Sport Boat 40C.

Trooper Bolcome approached the boat and with Edgartown officers saw two men who were on the boat when it crashed. Trooper Bolcome asked the men what happened. The men explained that a navigational error was made.

Trooper Bolcome spoke to the operator of the boat at the time of the crash, RILEY BLIZARD, 32, of Cotuit, and immediately recognized signs of impairment in BLIZARD. Trooper Bolcome escorted BLIZARD and his passenger to Chappaquiddick Road and administered Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) to BLIZARD.

Based on the results of the SFSTs, BLIZARD was placed under arrest and transported to Dukes County Jail for booking. BLIZARD was scheduled to be arraigned at Edgartown District Court on the following charges:

1. Operating A Boat Under The Influence Of Liquor; and
2. Negligent Operation Of A Boat.”-Massachusetts State Police.


Massachusetts State Police photo.




Mayor Mitchell Recognizes Top 10 Academically Ranked New Bedford High School Seniors

Mayor Jon Mitchell unveiled the 2024 Mayor’s List at the New Bedford Art Museum on Wednesday, the 12th annual celebration of the top 10 academically ranked New Bedford High School seniors.

The ceremony recognizing the City’s highest achieving students also highlighted their extracurricular activities, the colleges they will attend, potential fields of study, and career goals. All of the awardees are enrolled in NBHS’ Academy of Honors. As in previous years, this year’s list includes students who reside in surrounding towns that elected to enroll in the Academy of Honors through the district’s “school choice” program.

“The Mayor’s List represents academic excellence, and it reflects the commitment of the City and School District to showcase high achievement,” Mayor Mitchell said. “I congratulate this year’s members, and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish at the next level.”

The graduates and their higher education destinations are:

1. Kiva Bank, Yale University
2. Sophia Perry, Northeastern University
3. Isabella Colangelo, Cornell University
4. Carter Barbosa, Harvard University
5. Keyanna Jones, Columbia University
6. Amelia Davis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
7. Lauren Mitchell, Harvard University
8. Angel Lin, UMass Amherst
9. Maria Oliveira, University of Southern California
10. Annabelle Huston, Springfield College

Due to forecasted rain, New Bedford High School graduation has been rescheduled to Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. on Walsh Field.




“Brick Pizzeria Napoletana” permanently closes its Fairhaven doors after a decade

Don’t panic. In a day and age when people speed read and skim, you may have thought that Brick Napolitana Pizzeria in New Bedford closed. Thankfully not the case! Phew!

However, if you are from Fairhaven you may fall into a foodie depression. If you want what we feel is one of the best pizza in the Southcoast and even beyond, you’ll have to stay here in New Bedford or head on over to Dartmouth.

Jeff Goggin owner of Brick Pizzeria announced the bad news this morning on their Facebook Page and via email:

“Dear customers and friends, we’ve struggled to think of the “right way” or “best way” to say this but unfortunately our 10 years in Fairhaven at the Stop & Shop Plaza location has come to an end. We held out until the very last moments and beyond in hopes we could figure out a way to stay that would work for everyone.

We LOVE Fairhaven. We feel like we are letting down our Fairhaven Faithful and that is the part that hurts the most. We will still be serving Brick pizzas in New Bedford and Dartmouth and you will probably find your favorite Fairhaven team members at one of the other locations.

We want to thank the team that gave us 10 years past and present. And of course the amazing patrons of Fairhaven. We thought we were just going to make some brick oven wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas but didn’t realize we would end up making so many new friends and wonderful memories that won’t be forgotten.

Thank you so much for being a part of our Brick Fairhaven lives.”

Showing the type of person he is and his character, Goggins said that the faces you are used to seeing in Fairhaven will likely be reassigned to the other two shops.




Southcoast Health to host a 3-day hiring event in Dartmouth, Westport, and Wareham

“DARTMOUTH, WAREHAM and WESTPORT, Mass. – Southcoast Health is hosting a 3-day hiring event across the region for all open positions.

Candidates interested in clinical and non-clinical roles are invited to attend the events to participate in on-the-spot interviews, and learn more information about employee benefits.

Walk in to any of the events below, or visit Southcoast.org/WorkHere to learn more.

Tuesday, June 11 at 9am – 3pm
White’s of Westport
66 State Road
Westport, MA

Wednesday, June 12 at 9am – 3pm
Rosebrook Event Center
50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA

Friday, June 14 at 9am – 3pm
Rachel’s Lakeside
950 State Road
Dartmouth, MA

Careers at Southcoast Health offer professional growth opportunities and a highly supportive and respectful culture. Sign-on bonuses of up to $15,000 are available for some positions along with benefits, tuition assistance and federal loan forgiveness programs.

Southcoast Health is currently hiring for roles in various areas including:

• Allied Health Professionals
• Central Sterile Processing
• EVS/Housekeeping
• Facilities/Maintenance
• Food & Nutrition
• Laboratory
• Medical Assistants
• Nursing Assistants (CNA)
• Nursing (RN & LPN)
• Pharmacy
• Rehabilitation Therapy
• Radiology/Imaging
• Respiratory
• Patient Access Reps
• Public Safety
• Social Work/Mental Health Counseling
• Surgical Technologists

To learn more about all open positions at Southcoast Health, visit www.southcoast.org/careers/.


Southcoast Health photo.

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About Southcoast Health
Founded in 1996, Southcoast Health serves communities across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the largest provider of primary and specialty care in the region. The not-for-profit, charitable system includes three acute care hospitals – Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke’s in New Bedford (a Level II Trauma Center), and Tobey in Wareham, Massachusetts with a physician network of more than 675 providers.

The system has established more than 55 service locations across the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including six urgent care locations, a Visiting Nurse Association, the Southcoast Health Cancer Center, the region’s only Level II Adult Trauma Center and numerous ancillary facilities.

Southcoast Health has been recognized consecutively for six years in a row as a Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospital from 2019-2024 and named a Maternity Care Access Hospital for 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report. The organization was recognized as the best place to work for the sixth consecutive year by Southcoast Media Group’s community choice awards.

With upward of 7,500 employees, Southcoast Health is the largest employer in southeastern Massachusetts, and one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth, according to the Boston Business Journal. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org.