Man injured, scooter destroyed in New Bedford hit-and-run

On Sunday, 10/16 at 8:15 pm police were dispatched to the area of Acushnet Avenue and Coffin Avenue, on a hit and run accident involving a scooter.

The operator of the scooter was traveling north on Acushnet Avenue when the vehicle in front of him stopped suddenly. This caused the operator of the scooter to swerve left and strike a vehicle traveling south on Acushnet Avenue head on. The vehicle it struck continued on south without stopping after the accident. That vehicle is described as either an Acura or Maxima color black.

The operator of the scooter is a 32-year old man from Brockton who sustained minor injuries but was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the New Bedford police Department.

Man overdoses behind the wheel, revived by Narcan in New Bedford

A Middleboro man was charged with OUI drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and carrying a cutting instrument after he was found overdosing Sunday afternoon in a car parked near the fire station at 868 Pleasant Street in New Bedford.

Joseph S. Delsignore, 25, of Middleboro, was given Narcan and regained consciousness. He was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for evaluation.

A hypodermic needle and syringe were found on his lap. Police also located two knives, including a large, Bowie-style knife, in the vehicle.

An immediate threat of license revocation was submitted to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Sgt. Jon Pollard and Officer Stephen Gwozdz responded to the incident.

There was a second overdose in New Bedford on Sunday. A Westport woman was charged with OUI drugs Sunday after evidence of drug use was found in her vehicle near 215 W. Rodney French Blvd. Details here.

Motorcyclist Involved in Swansea Crash Dies From Injuries at Hospital

Yesterday at approximately 3:30 p.m. Swansea Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Maple Avenue, south of Route 6. The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as Jamie Tavares, 44, of Swansea.

Mr. Tavares was transported by Swansea Ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. An initial investigation of the scene indicates Tavares was travelling south on Maple Avenue when he collided with a Volkswagen Jetta travelling north on Maple Avenue being operated by a 52-year-old Swansea woman. The driver of the Jetta was uninjured in the crash.

The crash is being investigated by the Swansea Police Accident Reconstruction Unit with assistance from the Swansea Police Detective Division and State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. No foul play is suspected in this matter at this time.

Baby Boy Born on Massachusetts Turnpike

Yesterday (Sunday) evening at approximately 7:07 p.m., a call was received from a Framingham couple, who had just pulled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 90 Eastbound at the Allston Brighton tolls (exit 18). The Framingham woman was in labor.

State Police Weston Barracks dispatched area troopers and Boston EMS to the scene, as the couple had just pulled into the tandem parking lot just after the toll booth. Trooper Joseph Hilton was the first to arrive with Lieutenant William Nee shortly behind. They began rendering aide to the woman as she was in active labor.

Boston EMS arrived a short time later. At approximately 7:35 p.m., before the woman could be transported, a baby boy was delivered in the ambulance. They were then transported to Mass General Hospital.

Excellent work by all involved.

Four families displaced after explosion, fire in New Bedford

There was an explosion and fire this afternoon at 117 Summit Street in Parkdale Housing at 2:15 pm today . New Bedford Fire Department fighters reported a significant fire on the second floor and windows blown out when they arrived. They quickly controlled the fire and extinguished it.

The 56-year old resident suffered serious burns to his face and was transported to Rhode Island for treatment. As result of this explosion, gas was turned off to 4 other apartments in the complex. These families will be temporarily placed in other units by the Housing Authority.

It is unclear at this time what triggered the explosion. The case remains under investigation by New Bedfprd Police detectives and New Bedford Fire Department investigators.

Halloween CarnEvil! at Newport Vineyards features costume party, sideshow circus performers, live music, delicious fare and more on October 28th

For many people, the answer to “Which Holiday is your favorite?” is “Halloween!” What’s not to like about satisfying your sweet tooth, dressing up in your favorite monster, princess, or super hero, and running around the neighborhood role playing? For weeks before the special night, people spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars to turn their yards and homes into decorated celebrations of the holiday – fake cemeteries, grills with barbecued limbs and a menu, and even genuine attractions that you can walk through and get the wits scared out of you.

We carve pumpkins into a variety of scary or funny faces, head to costume parties, and of course, visit any mill building that has been turned into a haunted house. We actually pay people to try to get us to pee our pants! It’s a holiday that kids and adults alike enjoy participating in. While Hallow’s Eve is a night we dedicate to the kids, leading up to the special night there are a number of events that are just for adults…so we don’t feel left out. We like to have fun too!

One such event that should be a special treat for locals is Newport Vineyard’s 1st Annual Halloween CarnEvil which takes place on Friday, October 28th. The celebration will be the region’s premier costume party with a number of activities to keep everyone entertained: there will be a performing sideshow circus, Tarot reading, live music from The Silks, a cash bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine, a Creepy Cocktail Hour, prizes for the best costume.

Brothers John and Paul Nunes founded Newport Vineyard in 1995 and since then they have become the largest producer of estate grown wines in all of New England. They’ve done this by possessing a bonafide passion for producing top quality, world class vintages that people have simply fallen in love with. Both have decades of experience in the hospitality industry which has led to a lot of travel and a wealth of experience.

Originally planted on a hill in 1977 as a way to preserve a portion of agriculture from impending development, the concept was always to to go beyond the classic idea of what a vineyard was, but the core had to be the wine, so all the fundamentals had to be present. Aquidneck Island has always had a micro-climate conducive to growing grapes – rich, fertile soil combined with the warm waters of the Gulf Stream which are tempered by Narragansett bay, produce the conditions for a long, cool growing season. This, in turn, is responsible for developing the complex falvor profiles that people have grown to love.

They started with a determination to turn Newport Vineyards into an agritourism destination – a vineyard that breaks the traditional mold of what vineyards have done in the past. The old way was for a vineyard to be a private affairs that keeps the public at bay. With an agritourism destination the vineyard becomes a place that welcomes and wants the community to be a part of what they do. They want people to visit the vineyard and see the effort that goes into producing these quality wines. To see the faces of real people behind the label and the passion they have.

To do that an agriturismo will host special events, have activities, offer a farm stand or a number of other ways to turn locals into visitors. In the case of Newport Vineyards, they do and have these things and then some. Their outreach to the community also consists of two fantastic restaurants, Brix Restaurant and the Vineyard Cafe. They host a culinary program, offer catering, and host comedy shows, live music, yoga, wine & cheese classes and provide a stunningly gorgeous setting for a bridal shower, wedding, corporate event or other special occasion. 75 acres means there is ample space to contain all of the goings-on, activities, events and working vineyard.

The Nunes’ brothers and their team of seasoned and energetic hospitality professionals from across the region, are not a vineyard that stands aloof from the community, but they are a solid, important aspect of the community that deeply hopes that locals will visit and be a partake of. Over the years expansion into these other areas couldn’t be done without the resolve, experience and deep knowledge of people like Director of Marketing and Events, Cassandra Earle, winemaker with over 27 years of perfecting wine, George Chelf, F&B Director Trisha Greene, Executive Chef Andy Teixeira or the numerous hard working staff that are work studiously in the fields, providing superlative customer service, or a number of other jobs behind the scenes.

With Newport Vineyards you have the perfect storm of passion, knowledge and experience. A business that is based in agriculture, a respect and appreciation for the environment and is happily a committed part of the community it is positioned in. Newport Vineyard prides itself on marrying locally sourced food with estate-grown wines, servicing many of the needs of locals with their restaurants, produce, and venue for special occasions. The Halloween CarnEvil event is seen as an opportunity – one to meet those they work and live near, to demonstrate the product of their passion and to show what makes them special.

Prepare yourself for the inaugural event of what organizers hope to be a regular special annual event that you’ll visit time and again. Dress up as your favorite super hero or villain, princess or monster, prepare yourself to enjoy mouth-watering fare, live music, and circus performers and do it at one of the most gorgeous settings on the South Coast. It’ll be a night to let loose, make some new friends, and start what Newport Vineyards hopes will be the beginning of boo-utiful relationship.

Sound like a good time? Interested? Head to Newport Vineyards at 909 E. Main Rd in Middletown, Rhode Island on Friday, October 28th. The event takes place from 7:00pm–11:00pm. Cost for a ticket is $75 per person and includes complimentary food, one drink, live music from The Silks, tarot card readings and sideshow circus performers. Additional beer, wine and specialty cocktails available at cash bar.

Want to know more about the event or Newport Vineyards, the Brix Restaurant or Vineyard Cafe? All the contact information, social media accounts, and event page can be found below.


Halloween CarnEvil! at Newport Vineyards
Phone: (401) 848-5161

Facebook Event Page:



New Bedford police remind residents to lock their car doors

An 18-year-old man was charged early Thursday with trying to break into at least six vehicles parked near Melville Towerson 850 Pleasant Street in New Bedford.

Christian Francois, 18, of New Bedford was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime.

New Bedford police are reminding residents to lock their car doors. Keeping car doors locked and valuables out of plain sight can reduce the chances of having a vehicle broken into.

New Bedford police seize heroin and cocaine from Deane Street apartment

On Thursday night at about 7:45 p.m. members of the New Bedford Police Department narcotics unit executed a search warrant at a Deane Street apartment in New Bedford. This was the result of an investigation led by Det. Donald Williams into a heroin distribution operation out of the home.

As a result of the search, 10 bags of suspected heroin totaling 3.3 grams, one bag of suspected cocaine, a digital scale, packaging materials and $992 in U.S. currency were seized.

Steven Vultao, 41, of New Bedford was arrested on charges of:

  • Possession of class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute
  • Conspiracy to violate drug laws
  • Possession of class B substance (cocaine).

Southcoast Health’s Monthly Calendar Listings for November


Southcoast® Centers for Cancer Care offer the following support groups free of charge to cancer patients and their caregivers. The staff at Southcoast wants you to know that you do not have to do this alone.

The following support groups will take place during the month of November and are offered at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road in Fairhaven or Southcoast Centers for Cancer, 506 Prospect Street in Fall River. Please call for dates and times:

FALL RIVER, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Support Group West
For patients with a breast cancer diagnosis
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW at 508-973-7810 for details

Colorectal Support Group
For patients with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer
Call Susan Domingue at 508-973-7810 for details

Lung Cancer Support Group
A support group specifically for patients with a lung cancer diagnosis
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW at 508-973-7810 for details

Support for Supporters
A support group for caregivers of patients with cancer
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW at 508-973-7810 for details

FAIRHAVEN, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Support Group East
For patients with a breast cancer diagnosis
Call Linda Casey, LICSW at 508-973-3000 for details

Under 50 Cancer Support Group
A support group for patients with any cancer diagnosis.
Call Linda Casey at 508-973-3000 for details.

Lung Cancer Support Group
A support group specifically for patients with a lung cancer diagnosis
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW at 508-973-7810 for details

Support for Supporters
A support group for caregivers of patients with cancer
Call Susan Domingue, LICSW at 508-973-7810 for details


A support group for people with ostomies, their family members and friends. Meetings usually include an educational topic and provide time for questions, discussion, and sharing among group members in a confidential, non-threatening environment.

Wednesday, November 16, from 3 to 4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA
White Home Living Room
Call Lisa Cyr at 508-973-5550 for details.

Friday, November 25, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Charlton Memorial Hospital
506 Prospect Street
Fall River, MA
Mooney Room on the ground floor (enter through the Center for Cancer Care entrance)
Call Tina McDonald, at 508-679-3131 x 27509 for details.


Offering hope and encouragement to families that have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or other loss of a child. Experienced maternal/child nurses and a clinical social worker are available during the meeting.

Wednesday, November 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA
White Home Living Room
Call Judy Graves, RN, at 508-679-3131, ext 27067 for details.


Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, offers free bereavement programs for grieving adults and children during the month of November. Registration is preferred for all groups. Please contact Bereavement Manager, Lindsay Coe, LCSW, at 508-973-3227 for more information.

General Bereavement Group

General Bereavement Groups are designed for adults grieving the loss of a loved one.

Tuesday, November 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue, Fall River
Multi-purpose Conference Room. Use main entrance.

Tuesday, November 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street, New Bedford
Library Conference Room. Use main entrance from Page Street.

Tuesday, November 15, from 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Tobey Hospital
43 High Street, Wareham
Stillman Library. Use main entrance.

Widows and Widowers Group

The Widows and Widowers group is designed specifically for adults grieving the loss of a partner.

Tuesday, November 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Somerset Library
1464 County Street, Somerset
Shipyard Room

Children’s Bereavement Group

For children ages 6 to 13 who have suffered any type of loss.

Tuesday, November 1
Ages 6 to 13: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Ages 14 to 18: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club of Fall River
803 Bedford Street, Fall River
Second floor community room


Learn to Cope, a weekly support group offering peer-support, education, resources and HOPE for families dealing with addiction and recovery.

Every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Mooney Conference Room
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care
506 Prospect Street, Fall River

Child Birth and Family Education classes

Southcoast® Health offers a wide range of child birth and family education classes on an ongoing basis. Please call the appropriate contact listed below for more information on each class.

Childbirth Classes

Birthing Bootcamp
Childbirth Classes for Young Parents (ages 12 to 17 years)
Refresher Childbirth Classes

Pre-registration is required for all classes. We recommend calling to register during the 16th week (10 to 12 weeks for multiples) of pregnancy to assure placement in the class you need. Not all classes are offered at all locations. Many health insurance companies will reimburse the cost of classes. Be sure to contact your insurance company to ask about coverage.

For more information, please contact the following:

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA
Gina Kiser, RN, BSN, CCE

St Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA
Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, BSN, CCE

Center for Women’s Health
300B Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
Patty VanDenBerghe, RN, BSN, CCE


Breast-Feeding Basics
Learn about the healthy option of breastfeeding, basic skills to provide a good foundation and how to avoid potential stumbling blocks. Expectant mothers and their partners are encouraged to attend. Please call to register.

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA
Call Gina Kiser at 508-973-7308 for details.

St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street, New Bedford, MA
Call Patty VanDenBerghe at 508-961-5445 for details.


Infant and Child CPR for Families and Friends
This pediatric CPR course covers techniques for newborns to 8 year olds. The class is $40 per person or $60 for two people. Pre-registration is required.

Center for Women’s Health
300B Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
Call Patty VanDenBerghe at 508-961-5445 for details.

Breastfeeding Support Group

A place for breastfeeding mothers to come for physical, mental and emotional support. The class is facilitated by a lactation consultant/councilor. There is no charge and registration is not required. Drop-ins and their female support people are welcome.

Center for Women’s Health
300B Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA
Call Patty VanDenBerghe at 508-961-5445 for details.



Southcoast® Center for Weight Loss will offer free informational sessions on the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, during the month of November.

The free informational sessions will be held at:

Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m.
The Cape Codder Resort
1225 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA

Tuesday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m.
Tobey Hospital
43 High Street
Wareham, MA
Operating room waiting area

Thursday, November 10, at 7 p.m.
Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA

Wednesday, November 16, at 7 p.m.
St. Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA
White Home conference room

Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m.
John Carver Inn
25 Summer Street
Plymouth, MA

Wednesday, November 23, at 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn – Taunton
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA

Thursday, November 24, at 7 p.m.
Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA

Millions of Americans fall into the category of clinically severe obesity — more than 100 pounds overweight with a body mass index greater than 40. Body mass index is a calculation of weight in relation to height.

Weight loss surgery has been endorsed by a consensus panel convened by the National Institutes of Health as the only effective means of inducing significant long-term weight loss for the vast majority of patients with morbid obesity.

The Southcoast Center for Weight Loss’s community-based program is designed to incorporate a thorough approach to weight loss surgery utilizing a team comprised of dietitians, psychologists, nurses and surgeons to provide a safe and comprehensive surgical weight loss program.
For more information or to register for a free seminar call 508-273-4900. For more information on the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss visit


Southcoast® Center for Weight Loss will offer a free weight management informational session during the month of November.

The informational session will review the different non-surgical weight loss options offered at the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss. The sessions will include information on Optifast, a weight loss program which combines lifestyle education, meal replacements, medical management and individual and group counseling. The sessions will also include information on a non-meal replacement option program called 3C’s for Success (Commit, Challenge, Change).

Thursday, November 17 at 5 p.m.
Southcoast Health at Rosebrook
100 Rosebrook Way
Wareham, MA
Third floor conference room

For more information or to register for an informational session, call 508-525-3114.


Southcoast® Health offers medical fitness and rehabilitation programs

Southcoast® Health will offer the following medical fitness and rehabilitation programs during the month of November.


Medical Fitness Program
This individualized exercise program is designed for those with cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, cancer, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, overweight and chronic orthopedic conditions. The program is offered for $60 per month at three classes a week or for $40 per month with two classes a week. A doctor’s prescription is required to participate.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
An ongoing, structured exercise and education outpatient program for individuals recovering from heart attack, heart surgery, heart disease or are high risk for the same. A physician referral is required. The cost of this program is covered by most insurances.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
This is a structured exercise and education program with oxygen saturation monitoring during exercise. It is designed for individuals with pulmonary diseases including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and COPD. The cost of the program is covered by most insurances. The program meets year-round. A physician referral is required.

These classes are being offered at Durfee Union in Fall River, St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Call 508-961-5435 for details.

The City of New Bedford roadwork for upcoming week of October 17 – October 22, 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 installing cement concrete sidewalks on Maxfield St from Liberty St. to Lindsey St.

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

•Contactor will be working on miscellaneous items on Almy Street from Acushnet Ave to dead end.

•Contactor will be working on miscellaneous items on Plainville Rd between Tarklin Hill Rd and the Dartmouth Town line.

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

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