Fun and Foam Served Up at Boston’s City Hall Plaza This Weekend

For two days, Boston’s City Hall Plaza was a craft beer nirvana this weekend.

For the first time since its inception in 2010, the Copenhagen Beer Celebration took place stateside this past Friday and Saturday, featuring over 50 breweries from across the world pouring over 100 different beers.

The Boston celebration was co-produced by Danish microbrewer Mikkeller Brewing and Boston-based Crash Line Productions. Mikkeller is the creator of the original Copenhagen Beer Celebration that annually takes place in Denmark while Crash Line Productions is the driving force behind the Boston Calling Music Festival.

The Copenhagen Beer Celebration featured over 50 breweries from across the world pouring over 100 different beers. (Josh Souza)

The Boston event offered the opportunity for craft beer lovers from New England and beyond to sample brews that would not be available any other way. It also offered samplings of great food and six bands performing a variety of musical stylings.

Boston was an ideal location for the festival since Massachusetts and New England is seen as a hotbed for microwbreweries and have produced some big names in the craft beer industry, such as Allagash Brewing Company, Trillium Brewing Company and of course, Boston Beer Company, also known as Samuel Adams.

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, co-founder of Mikkeller Brewing, said the American crowd was just as large as the ones he’s seen in Denmark, but attendees were much more laid back.

“The crowd is different, which is obvious, because in Europe, craft beer drinkers are like beer geeks and here it’s for everybody,” Bjergsø said.

The primary focus of the Boston festival, just like it’s Danish counterpart, is to demonstrate all the great accomplishments throughout the craft beer industry all while having a great time.

“When we started Copenhagen Beer Celebration five years ago we wanted to make a big party for everybody, for the brewers and for the customers,” Bjergsø said. “I want to showcase a bunch of beers that have never been seen before and aren’t easy to find.”

“It’s a really cool collaboration of beer and music that people won’t normally experience,” said Josh Wolf, New England Sales Manager for Allagash Brewing Company. “It’s exposure for these breweries but it’s also exposure to beer that folks will never get their hands on.”

Many brewers in attendance came prepared with specially made beers just for the festival.

“It’s also sort of like a competition now. You cannot just bring your normal stuff because the guy next to you will be doing something special.”

Bjergsø went on to explain European craft beer is still in its early stages of popularity but working toward its peak.

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, co-founder of Mikkeller Brewing, said the American crowd was just as large as the ones he’s seen in Denmark. (Josh Souza)
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, co-founder of Mikkeller Brewing, said the American crowd was just as large as the ones he’s seen in Denmark. (Josh Souza)

“It’s such a different market in Europe,” Bjergsø said. “Craft beer is something everybody drinks here. It’s a part of a lot people’s lives and it’s not like that in Europe.”

“In Europe we are 20 years behind. I think that in Europe it will be very big soon. If we do just half of what has been done here it will be huge.”

Swedish brewer Olly Bartlett from Stockholm Brewing Company agrees that Europe is just on the cusp of seeing a craft beer boom.

“It’s embryonic,” Bartlett said of the craft beer movement in Europe. “IPA is new and becoming the new lager, though it still has a long way to go.”

Bjergsø said he hopes to be back in Boston next fall to do it all over again. By the looks of the thousands of eager crowd-goers, that shouldn’t be a problem.

All photographs by Josh Souza

Inside the Walls of Ash Street Jail, Past and Present Coexist

New Bedford residents young and old passing by the exterior walls of Ash Street Jail have surely wondered what it looks like on the inside. Though the facility is the oldest operating jail in the United States, many would be surprised to find the number of 21st century features within.

Cell doors are still the original steel bar gates and still operated by a two-stage manual locking system.

A recent tour of the jail, led by 25-year veteran (most of which spent at Ash Street) Captain John Murphy and Jonathan Darling, Bristol County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, exposed some of the surprising coexistence of history and modernity.

Built in 1888, much of Ash Street’s features have remained the same for over 120 years. Murphy told us that since he began working there in 1991, he had never see a floor board, cell gate or brick replaced.

Cell doors are still the original steel bar gates and still operated by a two-stage manual locking system. Each door can be locked and unlocked by a large metal key. An entire cell block can also be locked or unlocked by a manual lever located at the end of each row of cells.

The only electronic component involved with the jail cells is a wand operated by the correctional officer. It buzzes every 15 minutes to remind them to perform their scheduled rounds. Upon completion of each section of cells, they scan a chip uniquely assigned to themselves and then “check off” each section by placing the magnetic base of the wand into a corresponding magnet on the wall at the end of each row. This keeps a digital log of each round.

Another unique piece of technology used by the facility is a Cellsense detector, located in the courtyard just before entering back into the jail. The detector is highly sensitive to cellphones and other contraband prisoners may try to conceal.

New Bedford residents young and old passing by the exterior walls of Ash Street Jail have surely wondered what it looks like on the inside.

As time goes on, trends among offenders that end up in the jail tend to change. Murphy said when he started at the jail, the regional section, where individuals spend their time between being arrested and processed and appearing before a court magistrate, would often be filled with drunks that were sleeping off the night. Now, he says, many of those spending a night in regionals are high on opioids and watched very closely by officers.

The medical bay is stocked with the overdose-reversing drug, Narcan, and officers are beginning to carry it on their person as well. The most recent graduating class of correctional officers were the first to receive first responder training, and it will continue among future classes as well as annual in-service training for current officers.

The jail has also received a state grant to offer extensive addiction and treatment education. Through partnerships with Seven Hills and AdCare, the jail offers classes to inmates and also attempts to educate those who only spend the night in regionals, handing out booklets and pamphlets with information on available treatment assistance.

The Ash Street Jail is also utilizing modern technology from a cost-saving perspective. Through state and federal assistance, the jail is in process of insulating the roof, which itself was just recently replaced, in an effort to save heating costs. They are also cutting costs by installing instant water heaters, eliminating the need for a boiler system to heat up water for showers and other inmate uses. In water savings, timers are being installed in toilets and sinks that will limit water flow to a pre-determined time. This will prevent water waste as well as possible flooding of cells.

Built in 1888, much of Ash Street’s features have remained the same for over 120 years.

In the modern era of operating a jail, officials are constantly struggling to keep up with new technological advances within the general public that could potentially lead to trouble within facility walls.

With the increased popularity of drones, Darling said there is concern across the country about what it means for the security of jails and prisons. Murphy said a resident told an officer one day she spotted a drone near the courtyard, but he said there was no incident and it was likely trying to take pictures.

However, Darling added that the BCSO is working to address potential issues with drones and that it’s something they are aware of.

“In the jail system, you shut down one angle, they open up another,” Murphy said.

All photographs by Josh Souza.

Former Taunton Man Convicted of Child Rapes Sentenced to Decades in Prison

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III today announced that a 57-year-old former Taunton man has been convicted at trial of a slew of child sexual assault charges, and was sentenced to serve up to four decades in state prison.

After a five day trial in Fall River Superior Court earlier this month, a jury of his peers convicted Paul Mealy of two counts of rape of a child with force, two counts of rape of a child, one count of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery of a person under 14. Mr. Mealy was convicted on September 20th and was sentenced this past Friday by Superior Court Judge Rene Dupuis.

It was proven at trial that the defendant raped a female relative of his about two to three times every week for 15 years. The victim was between the ages of 5 years old and 20 years old when the rapes occurred, from 1984 through the year 2000, in the City of Taunton.

In 2014, the victim came forward and told Taunton Police about the sexual assaults. The defendant was arrested shortly after the disclosure was made to police. The defendant was residing in Colrain at the time of his arrest. Taunton Police Detectives Lynne Pino and Randy DeMello were crucial to the investigation and eventual conviction at trial.

The case was prosecuted by Second Assistant District Attorney Silvia Rudman and Assistant District Attorney Casey Smith.

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors argued for the 30 to 40 year prison sentence, while the defendant requested a six to 10 year prison sentence.

In addition to the lengthy state prison sentence, Judge Dupuis also placed the defendant on probation for 40 years. The terms of his probation include:

  1. The defendant shall attend sex offender treatment at his own expense as directed by the Probation Officer and as ordered by the court, at a program approved by the Probation Department, and shall remain in treatment unless and until professionally discharged by the approved sex offender therapist.
  2. The defendant shall not reside in a household with minor children.
  3. The defendant shall have no unsupervised contact with minor children.
  4. The defendant shall have no supervised contact with minor children unless and until the supervisor has been approved in advance by the Probation Officer and informed by Probation Officer of the offense for which the defendant is on probation and of any other sexual offense for which the defendant has been found, or has plead guilty.
  5. The defendant shall not be employed in a job that puts him/her into contact with minor children on a regular basis and all employment must be approved in advance by the Probation Officer.

In an effort to protect the victim’s identity, this office will not disseminate any other facts about the case.

“I’d like to thank the jury for their verdict in this difficult case. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the victim’s perseverance in this case. She was abused by a relative for 15 years, which was an incredible breach of love and trust,” said District Attorney Quinn. “It’s very difficult to testify against a relative, and I commend her for that. The defendant deserved this lengthy state prison sentence, which will keep him imprisoned most likely for the rest of his life.”

The Sweet Science Finally Returns to the Whaling City

It has been over two decades since a professional boxing event took place in the Whaling City. That drought will come to an end on Saturday, November 12, 2016 when Boston Boxing Promotions presents “All-Pro Boxing” at New Bedford High School featuring New Bedford resident Briam “Bam Bam” Granado (1-1-1, 1 KO), as well as local favorite “The American Nightmare” Vinnie Carita (14-1-1, 13 KOs) in a special ten-round heavyweight attraction.

The rich history of professional boxing in New Bedford dates back well over a century. The first modern pro boxing event on record in the city was held in the spring of 1883. From that time on, the area was a hotbed for prize fights with New Bedford’s various athletic clubs, skating rinks and arenas playing host to a regular schedule of boxing events from the late 1800s through World War I.

It was one New Bedford venue, however, that emerged in the 1920s as one of the nation’s most revered boxing institutions. The Bristol Arena rose to prominence as a hub for pugilism, mentioned by the sports’ pundits often in the same breath as Madison Square Garden, St. Nicholas Arena, Marigold Gardens, Cobo Hall and the Olympic Auditorium. 4,000 fight fans would pack the arena each and every week for the bouts featuring both local and national names.

Later in the century, Sargent Field (renamed “Walsh Field”), was the place to be on hot summer nights to enjoy pro boxing action. Like most places across America, however, the late 1970s and 1980s saw boxing’s overall popularity diminish in New Bedford. The space between local fight cards went from weekly to monthly, then to yearly and then finally non-existent. The last pro boxing event in the Whaling City would take place on May 19, 1995.

Despite not hosting a card in over two decades, New Bedford natives “Sucra” Ray Oliveira and Scott Pemberton emerged as top 10 contenders in their respective weight divisions in the early 2000’s.

Just prior to press time, another New Bedford pro boxer, Chris Boykins, had also signed to appear on the November 12 fight card.

“This is what Boston Boxing Promotions is all about,” said the company’s matchmaker Peter Czymbor. “It’s about revitalizing the local pro boxing scene around New England, especially in old fight towns like New Bedford. That process begins in the Whaling City on November 12. At one time, pro boxing events thrilled thousands in this city every week. It’s almost criminal that a city with such a rich history in this sport hasn’t hosted a pro boxing event in over 20 years. That’s all about to change.”

Tickets for the November 12 All-Pro Boxing event at New Bedford High School are on sale now at

Fast Phone Fix offers affordable phone, tablet and computer repair along with superlative service

Can you imagine life unconnected? A day without a smartphone, laptop or tablet? No internet whatsoever? Being connected is the way of the world in this day and era and it’s uncommon for hours to pass without checking in. We keep one eye on our personal life, family and friends and the other on business aspects like important emails, queries from customers and even faxes. Of course, we also look towards the internet for our entertainment – pictures of celebrities, funny cat videos, and downloading the latest hit from our favorite musical artists.

The number of people using tablets, phones and computers has grown exponentially and manufacturers are barely keeping up in spite of full steam ahead production schedules. Did you know that with smartphones alone we have crossed the 2 billion mark? And that by 2019 it is expected to more than double and reach 5 billion? There are more phones in China than there are Americans!

You’re in good hands with Altun or Seimur at the helm, doing what they love to do.

No one enjoys being disconnected from this flow or having something interferes with the quality of our interaction. A dying or dead battery is a real bummer. A cracked screen, a key that won’t work, or a charging port that has fried and gone south is a genuine frustration. A frustration that can disrupt a night of plans with friends, a meetup with family or even money if that disruption is an important one from a customer.

So, when we take a technological hit – and we all do and we all will, it’s inevitable – we want that downtime to be as short as possible and equally as important, as affordable as possible. In addition, we want someone that can be trusted not to fluff or inflate the real issue as a way to charge more money, knowing full well that we don’t have a choice but to have it fixed. What happens with auto mechanics happens in the tech repair industry, because when you don’t full understand how something works, it’s easy to be duped.

Fast Phone Fix is the go to place for those of us at New Bedford Guide and we are all very tech “heavy” and rely on our devices to function and perform. Though the store only recently opened – August of this year – owner Altun Bakhshaliyev (who I’ll refer to as Altun for obvious reasons) has been around smart devices since he was young. He was always tinkering, taking apart devices and repairing them. It’s just something he loves to do and the reason why he pursued a career in the industry, graduating from the Computer Systems Institute in Boston.

After a foray with the Apple Store in Boston, he moved to the South Coast and began to work at a chain store in Dartmouth. While there he saw time and again something that bothered him: many of the customers were university students who couldn’t afford the rates being charged because they were on a very limited budget.

Fast Phone Fix fixes more than smart phones, but tablets, and laptops.
Having to see people turn around and leave without the repair didn’t sit well with him. He always wanted to work for himself and own his own business, and knew that if he did so, he wouldn’t have to charge the exorbitant rates and those people – not just university students, but anyone – would be able to afford the fix.

So, opening up his shop, with the assistance of good friend Seimur Hasanov, he put these fixes within an reach of those of us in greater New Bedford. Usually mom and pop stores are squashed by chain stores, but in this case, it birthed one!

So, when Altun was scouting for a location, he wanted to be close to UMass for the aforementioned reasons. He wanted to help the young crowd, but knew he couldn’t directly compete with the big chain store. So, he decided on downtown New Bedford, near the community college which also enabled him to make his dream of owning a business a reality.

Altun and Seimur fix all kinds of phones, laptops and tablets and best of all most repairs can be done in minutes without you even leaving. For that very reason, he has computers for guests to use while they wait. “It takes between 10 minutes and an hour. We use original parts and after fixing we give you six month warranty and also we sell cheap and qualitative phone accessories like cases, screen protectors and other things.” elaborated Altun.

The guys at Fast Phone Fix will even deliver the repaired device to your home or office!

If you are in a rush or have other things to do and the repair is a longer wait, you can simply drop of the phone, go about your business and guess what? Altun or Seimur will deliver your device to your home or office later in the day. Crazy, right?

With Fast Phone Fix you find two guys who can’t imagine doing anything else – they love the internet, their phones, laptops and tablets like we all do. They know what it’s like to have downtime and how much we rely on affordable, quick repairs. They get a genuine kick out of the responses from satisfied customers – the look on people’s faces when one of them steps out to feed a waiting customer’s meter is pretty priceless. Always good for a chuckle.

If you need any more incentive to jump ship from that chain store where you are a number, not a name, Altun offers a free case or screen protector with any repair. And because it was the university students that inspired his move into his own business, he offers all students a 15% discount. That’s all the time. In addition, they also sell used, unlocked phones – worry-free since they come with a one year warranty.

Maybe you are sick of paying an arm and a leg to repair your phone or computer and looking for something more affordable. Perhaps you want to walk into a store where the same person is behind the counter and he actually knows your name. How about customer service from people who are serving you because it’s what they love to do, instead of what they have to do? Altun and Seimur will turn your technological nightmares into a positive experience. You’ll get quick, friendly and affordable service each and every time. It’s a no-brainer.


Fast Phone Fix
283 Union Street
New Bedford, MA

Mon-Sat: 9:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 9:00am-8:00pm

Phone: (774) 707-5366



New Bedford Chowder Festival Winners 2016

Here are the winners of the New Bedford Chowder Festival 2016:

People’ Choice:

Clam Chowder:

  • 1st Black Whale
  • 2nd Seaport Inn

Seafood Chowder:

  • 1st Freestone’s
  • 2nd Cove Surf n Turf

Kale Soup:

  • 1st Cotali Mar
  • 2nd Autumn Glen

Signature Soup:

  • 1st Brazilian Grill
  • 2nd Destination Soup

Stuffed Quahog:

  • 1st Autumn Glen
  • 2nd Brookdale

Best Table Presentation:

  • 1st Autumn Glen
  • 2nd Brookdale

Judges’s Choice:

Clam Chowder:

  • 1st place Autumn Glen
  • 2nd place Black Whale

Seafood Chowder:

  • 1st place Cove Surf N Turf
  • 2nd place EJ’s

Kale Soup:

  • 1st place Autumn Glen
  • 2nd place Destination Soup

Signature Soup:

  • 1st place Brookdale
  • 2nd place Olive Garden

Stuffed Quahog:

  • 1st place Autumn Glen
  • 2nd place Brokdale

New Bedford High School 2016 College Fair set for Sep 29

New Bedford High School’s 2016 Fall College & Career Readiness Fair will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., hosted by GEAR UP and NBHS.

Students, families and the community are invited to discuss topics including applications, college life, and success in higher education with more than 70 representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools and the armed services.

Several new sections have been added to the 2016 College Fair:

– Financial Aid assistance with representatives from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) and the New England Board of Education, as well as local banks with educational financing information.
– U.S. Service Academies presentation at 5:30 p.m.
– Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission with information for individuals with disabilities.
– Greater New Bedford Career Center with training information for our students’ families.
– NBHS staff, including guidance counselors, available for school-related information.

Interpreters will be available for families speaking Portuguese, Spanish and Cape Verdean Creole. The fair is open to New Bedford High students and families, as well as from neighboring communities.

This is an opportunity for students and their families to meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities to discuss course offerings, admissions, and financial aid requirements.

“We want to invite students and families from New Bedford and the surrounding area to our annual college fair, featuring more than 70 representatives of colleges, the U.S. military, and providers of financial aid assistance,” said Headmaster Bernadette Coelho. “Our mission at New Bedford High is to prepare all students for successful academic and career experiences after graduation, and we look forward to hosting the greater New Bedford community on September 29 at NBHS.”

This year’s college fair will include a Service Academy component., with representatives from the top U.S. service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, as well as Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and representatives from all branches of the U.S. military and Massachusetts National Guard. At 5:30 p.m., service academy representatives will give a brief talk about their academies, expectations and physical standards.

The college fair will include representatives from institutions including Amherst College, Boston University, Brown University, the University of Massachusetts’ campuses in Amherst, Dartmouth, Boston and Lowell, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Vermont, and the University of Rhode Island, among dozens of others.

The fair will be held in the New Bedford High School gymnasium, 230 Hathaway Boulevard. For more information, contact Veronica Martinez of GEAR UP at 508-997-4511 Ext. 25154

Coastal Career Academy offers greater New Bedford and Fall River residents a bright future in the health care field

Are you at a crossroads in choosing a career path? Not sure if you want to take up a trade, attend a technical school, or university? Not necessarily keen on commuting or relocating to somewhere in central or western Massachusetts? Can’t find something that interests you at local universities?

Consider a career in a perpetually growing field: healthcare. Perhaps you’ve already considered that, but unsure where to start. Are there professional facilities close by that offer study in healthcare and in a number of fields?

At Coastal Career Academy you learn from those with decades of experience in various health care fields.

The answer is a resounding “yes!” Coastal Career Academy, a private occupational school located in both New Bedford and Fall River (soon to be administering courses for the Cape & Islands) offers certification and programs in a large variety of healthcare fields. Something they have been doing since they received Professional Licensure in 1999!

Started in a single classroom in New Bedford to meet the demands of individuals pursuing a career in healthcare, word spread quickly and the facility and program offerings expanded. Now RN and CEO Deb Gomes is continuing to offer the opportunity for locals to obtain a quality education that is affordable.

Inspiration for Deb came from a career as a nurse which began in 1986. While serving in hospitals along the South Coast, she realized that there was a genuine need for skilled front line workers, whether it was in a reception role, triage or laboratory. In Deb’s words “The first person we all meet when we enter a doctor’s office or health clinic can make a significant difference in our experience. Typically, patients do not choose to visit a doctor. They are sick, injured, or have a particular concern in their health. With that in mind, I wanted to make a difference in the patient experience in our area, even if it was a small one.”

Since nurses are being replaced by Medical Assistants because of the cost savings to medical practices, it is extremely important that these assistants are knowledgeable about the practice that they work in. And this is where Coastal Career Academy comes into the picture.

Deb, who has been teaching since 1993, started Coastal Career Academy in 1997 before becoming licensed by the Department of Education in 1999. They are now licensed by DPL and their Nursing Assistant program is Department of Public Health approved.

Always a warm welcome when you arrive at Coast Career Academy!

Deb and the staff at Coastal Career Academy bring decades of experience as healthcare providers and teaching to bear. There are several nurses on staff, as well as experienced Phlebotomists, Paramedics, and lab technicians. All want you to flourish in the classroom – that means you will also flourish in your new job. They are dedicated to provide you with all the tools and skills that you need to excel and prosper in the healthcare field. When that happens you tell people where you were certified – what better word of mouth is there?!

Want to attend Coastal Career Academy but concerned about the financial aspect? Administrative costs are low, so tuition reflects that. In addition, the staff help you with financing. Best of all, when you complete your program, Coastal Career Academy will help you with job placement – something that they have a 98% success rate with.

So, what specific courses does the academy offer? Certification as a Nurse Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Office Administration, E.K.G. Technician, Home Health Aid, C.P.R., Cardio-Phlebotomy, and even English for Speakers of Other Languages, Adult Basic Education.

Are you a single parent who is concerned about daycare for your child or children? There is On-Site Daycare available.

Sound exciting to you?, but want to know even more You can contact the academy using the phone number or links below or read/print out the Coastal Career Academy brochure. If you are really gung-ho, you can even enroll online.


Coastal Career Academy
26 South Water Street
New Bedford, MA

288 Plymouth Ave., Suite 2
Fall River, MA 02721

Phone: (508) 536-5366
Fax: 508-762-1470



Westport Man Connected to Fatal OUI Crash Sentenced to 5-8 years

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced on September 23, 2016, that a 63-year-old Westport man who, while intoxicated, caused a motor vehicle crash in Westport which claimed the life of a 73-old woman last October has been convicted in Fall River Superior Court and sentenced to serve five to eight years in state prison.

Robert Hansen today pleaded guilty to a charge of Manslaughter by OUI. During the plea hearing before Judge Raffi Yessayan, Assistant District Attorney Stephen Nadeau argued that based on the egregious facts of the case, Mr. Hansen should be sentenced to serve seven to 10 years in state prison. The defendant, however, requested a five year state prison term. After hearing from both sides, Judge Yessayan sentenced the defendant to serve five to eight years in state prison. The defendant also had his driver’s license revoked for a minimum of 15 years.

On October 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm, the defendant was operating his Ford SUV westbound on Route 6 in the Town of Westport. Driving just ahead of him was Geraldine Correia, who was 73 years old. The defendant was travelling at a high rate of speed when he rammed into the rear of Mrs. Correia’s Toyota Corolla. The Toyota started to spin, then rolled over and landed on its roof. Mrs. Correia was ejected during the roll over. The victim was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. Westport detectives were in the area and responded. When Officers approached the defendant, they immediately noticed the classic signs of intoxication. A number of field sobriety tests were performed, all of which the defendant failed.

The defendant was belligerent with police officers and ambulance personnel who attempted to evaluate him for injuries, at one point spitting at one of the officers who was taking him into custody. Numerous tequila bottles (empty and partially full) and empty beer cans were found in his vehicle. Police investigating the crime found that he bought the same brand/size of tequila and beer earlier that day at a nearby liquor store. During the investigation a motorist drove by and stated that the defendant had been driving recklessly prior to the collision, cutting in and out of traffic and nearly causing crashes. Police obtained a warrant for the defendant’s blood, which was taken at 2:15 AM (nearly 8 hours after the crash). The blood was analyzed and the result was .08. A Retrograde Extrapolation calculation was done, resulting in an opinion that his BAC at the time of the crash was a minimum of .13 and a maximum of .30. The accident reconstruction resulted in the following findings: the victim’s brake lights were on at the time of the crash; the defendant never applied his brakes; and the defendant was driving at 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone.

”This was a very tragic, but unnecessary, death caused by the defendant. His reckless and drunken operation of his vehicle killed a woman who was merely going to get fish and chips for dinner,” District Attorney Quinn said. ”The lengthy state prison sentence imposed by the court was appropriate based on the defendant’s actions.”

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center presents Late Night Legend Jay Leno

Jay Leno has made a career out of making people laugh, and now he brings his clean, observational brand of humor to The Z. The Andover-native rose to stardom when he began “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and built a loyal fan base with his topical humor and hilarious delivery. Tickets for the Jay Leno performance range from $79 to $125 and are available at, 508-994-2900 or at the Zeiterion box office, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Leno is known as one of the busiest performers in comedy; for years he booked more than 300 appearances annually. He’s also famous for his cartoon-like facial features, which he made reference to in the title of his 1996 autobiography, Leading With My Chin. He displayed comic tendencies as a child, resulting in the fifth-grade report card comment, “if Jay spent as much time studying as he does trying to be a comedian, he’d be a big star,” which turned out to be prophetic.

Tapped to host “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” when Johnny Carson retired in 1992, Leno went on to dominate late night television for more than two decades, winning every consecutive quarter for 19 years. After resuming hosting the program following a brief interruption, he made it once again the consistent ratings leader for late night. His late night run earned him an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series,” a viewer-elected TV Guide Award for “Favorite Late Night Show,” and induction into the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame.

Leno now produces and stars in “Jay Leno’s Garage” for NBC, available on, which has gained an international following on the Web and an Emmy Award. Additional accomplishments include induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, an honor also bestowed on Johnny Carson, and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Emerson College. He has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, asking that it be placed in front of the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum where he was arrested for vagrancy when he first arrived in Hollywood. He also has set several land speed records and became the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

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