New Bedford Public Schools, Housing Authority, BayCoast Bank partner for Technology-Based Reading Program at Pacheco School

An exciting partnership between the New Bedford Public Schools and New Bedford Housing Authority has given students more opportunities and options when it comes to reading and improving literacy skills through technology after a generous grant of $5,000 from BayCoast Bank to the NBHA.

Through a pilot program at Carlos Pacheco Elementary Schools, NBPS students have received tablets with a platform that is designed to increase skills for reading in elementary students.

The MyOn platform is a digital library that can be used to promote and assess reading for elementary school students, and can be accessed from any device with internet connectivity. Thousands of age-appropriate e-books for children in the digital library can be accessed without wi-fi internet connection, allowing readers constant access to the chosen material. Students can also check in regularly with staff for a synching process where data is uploaded for educators’ review.

NBPS Teachers and NBHA liaisons have worked collaboratively to set learning goals and monitor student progress, with the data rich applications providing regular feedback on student progress.

The program is focused not only on reading and providing technology training and skills, but also on increasing mathematical skills, practicing math facts and applications, engaging in problem-solving activities, and connecting in-school knowledge to at-home activities around literacy and learning.

NBHA and NBPS have partnered together for the past three years and recently, a diverse group of community stakeholders in New Bedford have joined together to work on a plan that will include the city in the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR). Based on the premise that addressing the achievement gap, specifically the concern around children’s reading on grade level by age 8, is critical for children’s success, this nationwide campaign is comprised of communities nationwide working to create an infrastructure to support pre-K to Grade 3 reading success.

“The Housing Authority is pleased that our partnership with BayCoast Bank has allowed for the purchase of the MyOn tablets,” said NBHA Executive Director Steven Beauregard. “When we saw the trial version of the program, we knew immediately this was a game changer is terms of students having a greater willingness to read, while teachers monitor the students’ reading and comprehension results. We are such a believer in this program that the NBHA has purchased our own tablets for our after-school programs. We can’t thank BayCoast Bank enough for financing this important project.”

“Encouraging reading has always been important for young elementary school students, but the MyOn platform has allowed our educators the opportunity to track students’ progress in real-time and to note students who perform well or who may need more support,” said Superintendent Pia Durkin. “This critical investment in our students will foster an appreciation of reading, and focus students on learning important math and technology skills.”

New Bedford Police Department Station 3 to host open house on Nov. 3

On Thursday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to meet Capt. Thomas Flood at Station Three, 781 Tarkiln Hill Road.

This event is the latest in a series of meet-and-greets at the city’s police stations to offer residents the chance to learn more about the workings of the New Bedford Police Department.

Capt. Flood recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with the New Bedford Police Department. He worked his way up through the ranks and in 2012 was promoted to captain in charge of station three in the city’s north end.

Lt. Paul Demers, who is second in command at the station, will also be on hand for the Nov. 10 event.

Capt. Flood and Lt. Demers look forward to meeting residents, business owners and anyone else who would like to stop by.
Capt. Flood can be reached at Station Three at 508-991-6360 or at

Similar meet and greet opportunities have been held at all three city police stations, Station One downtown, Station Two in the south end and Station Three in the north end.

“These meet and greet opportunities are an important first step in our efforts to further develop the community policing philosophy throughout the New Bedford Police Department. We are committed to growing the department’s relationship with the community so that, ultimately, residents and police officers perceive each other as the same, and work collaboratively as a city of one,’’ said Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro.

South Coast Stands with Standing Rock rally at New Bedford Library

Erik Andrade discusses the reasons behind the South Coast Stands with Standing Rock rally that took place yesterday at the New Bedford Free Public Library.

Video by Mark Zion of Miss Z Photography.

New Bedford police arrest two for unlawful possession of handgun on David Street

On Saturday, November 5th at 2:20 pm., members of the New Bedford Police Gang Unit executed a search warrant at 163 David Street, 1st floor in New Bedford to recover a firearm. Detective located a loaded 40 cal. Taurus PT140 pro handgun with five rounds of ammunition.

Arrested were;

  • BAYRON ALVARADO  163 David Street 1st floor
  • DARIUS MARTINEZ 163 David Street 1st floor

Both males were arrested and charged with:

1. unlawful possession of a firearm
2. unlawful possession of ammunition

Detective Gene Fortes was the arresting and investigating Detective.

New Bedford woman killed in Westport crash, 4 others injured

This morning, at approximately 3:13 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Dartmouth responded to reports of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 195 Eastbound, just east of exit 10 in Westport. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a 2006 Honda Civic in the breakdown lane on its roof.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the Honda Civic, for reasons still under investigation, was traveling on I-195 Eastbound, when it appears to have left the roadway, on the median side, striking a jersey barrier, then rolling over a single time as it crossed all travel lanes, coming to rest on its roof in the breakdown lane on the right side of the roadway. The driver, identified as Cassandra M. Camacho, 25, of New Bedford was ejected from the vehicle. Cassandra Camacho was pronounced deceased at the scene, as a result of injuries sustained from the ejection.

Five passengers in the vehicle; three men who are 19, 26, and 30-years-old, as well as two women who are 18 and 23-years-old, all of New Bedford, were transported to Rhode Island Hospital with reported non-life threatening injuries.

The right lane was closed during the incident and during the collision reconstruction. The scene was clear, opening all lanes at approximately 5:32 a.m.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers assigned to the State Police Dartmouth Barracks and the State Police Detective Unit attached to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. Troop D Headquarters, State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Westport Fire & EMS, State Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT), all assisted on scene.

17-year old New Bedford man received serious injuries after drug deal goes wrong

A 17-year old New Bedford man received serious injuries from what was likely a drug deal gone bad on Acushnet Ave.

Police responded to a call of shots fired around 1:10am and found a car with extensive damage on Blackmer Street in New Bedford. Police talked to four juveniles at the scene, but they were uncooperative. No shell casings were recovered and the shot spotter system did not pick up any gun shots.

The driver of the vehicle hit a fence at 36 Acushnet Avenue and was towed from it’s final resting spot on Blackmer Street.

An hour later, police officers were called to St. Luke’s hospital around 2:10am where a 17-year old New Bedford man was being treated for serious injuries that doctors feel were from a car accident. The teenager was found with 10 packs of heroin is being charged with possession and intent to distribute. Because of the extend of his injuries he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

Teenager has seizure, then ankle run over at Whaler Lounge in New Bedford

A large amount of police, fire and EMS arrived at the Whaler Lounge on 500 Hathaway Road around midnight after a girl reportedly had her ankle run over at a large Halloween party.

A juvenile reportedly had a seizure outside the Whaler Lounge and had he ankle run over by a gray Honda Civic. Police are reviewing surveillance video, but anyone with information on the incident or Honda Civic should contact the NBPD.

12″ water main break in the area of King’s Highway

New Bedford DPI crews are currently on scene at a 12″ water main break in the area of King’s Highway. While our crews are working to make the necessary repairs, the west bound lane of King’s Highway between Church Street and Mount Pleasant Street is closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes.



The City of New Bedford roadwork for upcoming week of November 7 – 12, 2016

The City of New Bedford – Department of Public Infrastructure

Acushnet Ave & Wamsutta St Railroad Bridge:

-Contractor will be working on miscellaneous items throughout the project.

-The roadway closure at Acushnet Ave & Wamsutta will remain closed. Please follow detour signs.


-MASSDOT will be performing bridge repairs at Phillips Rd. over the RT 140 location.

-MASSDOT will be performing bridge repairs at County St and Purchase St over the I-195 East Bound.

-The Contractor is scheduled to complete final trench paving at various intersections along Ashley Blvd between Park Ave and Deane St.

-Contractor will be building the Cove Walk between West Rodney French Blvd. and Cove Rd.

-Contractor will be building an extension to the Multi use path on West Rodney French Blvd, between Hazelwood Park and Hurricane Barrier gate.

-Contractor will be installing cement concrete wheelchair ramps and sidewalks on Tallman Street, Bullard Street and Nye Street between Acushnet Avenue and Belleville Avenue.

-Contactor will be paving miscellaneous patches though out the city.

-Hydrant flushing on dead ends in the city. This may cause a temporary loss of water pressure.

Bristol County Sobriety Checkpoint scheduled for Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13

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 Bristol County for Saturday November 12, 2016 into Sunday November 13, 2016. 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.

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