International Flights Coming to New Bedford Airport

New Bedford Regional Airport has been approved by the United States Customs and Border Protection and the United States Department of Agriculture to accept flights that originate outside of the United States. Aircraft service providers including NorEast Aviation and Colonial Air have already been approved to handle international traffic. And in the near future, Sandpiper Air is also expected to receive the certification.

“Today’s news is just one item in a longer list of positive developments at the New Bedford Airport. It shows what we can achieve when we put in place professional management, develop sound fiscal policies, invest wisely in infrastructure, and work to ensure strong board and community support for a thoughtful agenda,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell.

With the assistance and coordination of the United States Customs and Border Protection, flights to and from Canada, Italy, United Kingdom and Portugal already utilized the New Bedford Regional Airport in recent months. New Bedford Regional Airport Director Erick D’Leon said, “Now, because of the recent certification, these international flights can occur in a much more streamlined manner as aircraft operators can coordinate directly with the businesses located at the airport. This more efficient process creates a more attractive aviation environment for business aviation users.”

Business aviation traffic at the New Bedford Regional Airport has been on a steady increase since the 2014 completion of the airport’s primary runway reconstruction project.

Several other safety projects are also underway with the goal of attracting additional airline services that would fly to new destinations including New York and Florida.

In the month of July 2016, the New Bedford Regional Airport saw one hundred and seventy corporate jet operations. This year, total aircraft operations at the airport have increased by 12% and jet operations have increased by 25%. The increase in air traffic and improved accessibility helps to grow New Bedford’s reputation as a destination to do business in New England.

The New Bedford Regional Airport makes a major contribution to the area economy. A 2015 MassDOT study that tracked measures of economic success at all 39 public-use airports in Massachusetts found that economic impact of the New Bedford Regional Airport grew by 23% in four years, generating $32.4 million in local economic activity.

Presently, Cape Air provides frequently scheduled service for passengers and cargo to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Additionally, the airport and based businesses cater to a wide variety of general aviation operations; from small, single-engine, private aircraft up to the most advanced, large corporate jets capable of international operations. The Airport is also home to the Bridgewater State University Aviation Training Center, an accredited collegiate aviation program, the largest of its kind in New England.




Arrests made in connection to last evening’s homicide in New Bedford

Two arrests have been made in connection to last evening’s homicide in New Bedford and the victim can now be publicly identified, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn announced this morning.

The victim of last night’s homicide is Mateo Morales, 15, of New Bedford.

Luis Rafael Class, 21, of New Bedford was charged during the overnight hours with accessory to murder after the fact, and assault and battery. The defendant will be arraigned today in New Bedford District Court.

A 16 -year-old boy has also been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Further information about this defendant cannot be released, due to his status as a juvenile.

New Bedford Police, Massachusetts State Police Deceives assigned to this office and Homicide Unit prosecutors are actively investigating the homicide.

At around 6:22 pm, New Bedford Police were called to the area of Middle and Chancery Streets in regards to a reported stabbing incident involving three victims. One victim, a 15-year-old male from New Bedford, is deceased. The other two victims, a 16-year-old male and a 22-year-old male, were being treated at area hospitals last evening for non-life threatening injuries. The 16 year old has since been released.

The investigation in being coordinated by First Assistant District Attorney Patrick O. Bomberg. The state Medical Examiner’s Office will take custody of the deceased to perform an autopsy.




15-year old stabbed to death in New Bedford

New Bedford Police, Massachusetts State Police Deceives assigned to this office and Homicide Unit prosecutors are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred in the City of New Bedford late this afternoon.

At around 6:22 pm, New Bedford Police were called to the area of Middle and Chancery Streets in regards to a reported stabbing incident involving three victims. One victim, a 15-year-old male from New Bedford, is deceased. The other two victims, both male teenagers, are being treated at area hospitals this evening for non-life threatening injuries.

The deceased victim’s identity is not being publicly released at this time pending next of kin notification.

The investigation in being coordinated by First Assistant District Attorney Patrick O. Bomberg. The state Medical Examiner’s Office will take custody of the deceased to perform an autopsy.

No one is charged in connection with the homicide at this time.




Montigny’s Anti-Cruelty Bill Signed by Governor at State House Ceremony

In a well-attended event, by both two-legged and four-legged friends, Senator Montigny’s animal protection bill was ceremonially signed by the Governor on Wednesday.

Montigny stated, “Animals are an important part of our lives and should be valued. Neglectful owners have shown time and again that they are either unaware or unconcerned of the danger being left in a car can pose to dogs on hot days. This law allows people who see an animal in distress to call 911 and smash the window to rescue the animal.”

Among those in attendance were members of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Rights League and the Humane Society, groups Montigny worked closely with when crafting the legislation.

The law restricts dog tethering, prohibits leaving a dog outdoors during extreme weather conditions, and allows first responders and private citizens to rescue endangered animals locked in cars while penalizing the neglectful owner. Through a combination of clear guidelines, empowering witnesses of animals in distress, and fines against negligent owners, the law seeks to ensure that animals are treated humanely and safely.

The section empowering citizens to rescue dogs from hot cars has drawn a great deal of interest from dog lovers wondering what they can do if they encounter a dog in distress in a hot car. The law allows a citizen who witnesses a dog in distress in a hot car, after attempting to locate the owner and calling 911, to use whatever means necessary to remove the dog from the car and remain nearby until authorities arrive.

 

Credit: Gov. Charlie Baker




The Second Annual Hollihock Writers Conference Docks in New Bedford

The Second Annual Hollihock Writers Conference brings together New England writers, educators, and industry professionals for workshops and programming to cultivate creativity in the city of New Bedford.

From August 26 to 28, 2016, published authors, educators, and industry professionals from the creative community of New England will come together to write, inspired, educate, and network at the Second Annual ​Hollihock Writers Conference​ in downtown New Bedford. The event will take place at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Center, 715 Purchase Street, and tickets are available to all writers, from beginners intimidated by the blank page, to published professionals looking for a
network of fellow creative thinkers to share ideas.

The theme for this year’s event is “What Scares You,” and each keynote speaker will address this topic in their own unique way.

Over this three ­day conference, participants will take part in discussions about the literary world of creative writing, poetry, non­fiction, and more. The conference will offer panels that provide tips on all aspects of writing from finding inspiration to finding an agent. Writers are invited to get their hands dirty in workshops and master classes and will have the opportunity to hear professional writers share their work.

The theme for this year’s event is “What Scares You,” and each keynote speaker will address this topic in their own unique way. Keynote speakers include: ​Jennifer De Leon​, Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer­ in­ Residence; ​Mary Johnson​, author of ​An ​Unquenchable Thirst and ​Christopher Boucher​, author of Golden Delicious.

Authors from around New England will also read from their published works and sign books throughout the weekend. These readings are free and open to the public and will feature newly published authors like ​Kristy Acevedo​, ​Mia Siegert​, ​Anna Noyes​, and ​E.B. Moore​. Other free readings will feature: ​Nancy Cote​, ​Nichole Bernier​, ​Steven Beeber​, ​Kate Conway​, ​Henriette Lazaridis​, ​Steven Porter​, ​Erin Dionne​, Catherine
McLaughlin, and Jeff Simonds.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this great creative programming to the New Bedford community again,” says Hollihock director, Dominic Perri. “It was great to see over 75 writers in all phases of their writing journey inspiring each other last year, and we hope to bring that inspiration to even more writers in 2016!”

General Admission is $69/three­day pass, $39/student pass, and $29/one­day pass. For full details about specific readings, sessions, or to register for the conference, visit: ​www.hollihock.org​.




OUI Manslaughter Defendant Connected to Fatal 2015 Fall River Crash Sentenced to State Prison

District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today that a 21-year-old Dartmouth man was sentenced to serve five to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty this week to charges connected to a November, 2015 drunk driving crash in Fall River that resulted in the death of a passenger in his car.

Cameron Silva on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of OUI-Masnlaughter and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

On Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm, a passerby placed a 911 call regarding a white 2005 Ford Focus located in a wooded area off Copicut Road in Fall River. When police and rescue personnel arrived on scene, two males were inside of the Focus. The passenger, who was determined to be deceased at the scene, was identified as 21-year-old Jeffrey DeSousa. DeSousa was seat-belted into the passenger seat. The driver was identified as Cameron J. Silva. The first officer on the scene reported that he detected a very strong odor of a stale alcoholic beverage that seemed to be emanating from the back seat. Silva was eventually extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel and transported by Med Flight to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Medical records from the hospital show that that the defendant’s blood alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit.

A subsequent police investigation revealed that the defendant was consuming beers earlier in the afternoon with the victim and another friend. The three then went to Gumbo’s in Dartmouth where they consumed mixed hard liquor drinks. Investigators also learned that after the young men exited the restaurant, the defendant lost his balance and fell over. The friend who was with Silva and DeSousa attempted to drive but the defendant refused to let him. The friend stated that he was concerned about Silva’s driving when they left Gumbo’s. He was dropped off at home before the crash.

Copicut Road is a posted 30 MPH with no streetlights. Accident reconstruction conducted by Fall River Police showed that at the onset of the vehicle’s loss of control, it was traveling 80 MPH.

The defendant submitted an “unagreed plea” before Fall River Superior Court Judge Raffia Yessayam. His defense argued for a five year state prison term during the plea hearing. Assistant District Attorney Michael Cahillane recommended a five to 10 year state prison sentence. Judge Yessayam, after hearing from both sides, ordered the defendant incarcerated in a state prison for five to seven years.

“This is a tragic situation for both families,” District Attorney Quinn lamented. “It just again goes to show the grave harm that goes along with excessive drinking and driving.”




Fall River Man Charged With Vicious Hammer Attack To Serve At Least A Decade In Prison

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today that a 24-year-old Fall River man who last summer went on a violent rampage against his girlfriend and a neighbor who was attempting to protect her from him was sentenced to serve 10 to 12 years in state prison yesterday.

Mario Ramos, formerly of 378 3rd Street in Fall River, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court to charges of home invasion, strangulation, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery and two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

On July 13, 2015, Fall River Police responded to a call for assistance at a multi-level housing complex on 3rd Street. Upon arrival, police found chaos outside the apartment complex and two victims seriously injured inside an apartment. The female victim, who had been dating the defendant for a couple of months and is eight months pregnant, told police that the defendant became enraged because she was speaking to his mother and immediately began strangling her. After eventually releasing her, she quickly tried to call the police, but he took her phone away. She was able to flee to a neighbor’s with her 2 children ( ages 4 and 3) and call the police. While at the neighbors she heard a knock at the door and thinking it was the police she opened the door. The defendant then burst in, carrying a hammer, and attacked the male neighbor. The defendant severely beat the neighbor and then chased the female victim into a bedroom and beat her with the hammer on the head, upper body and stomach. He eventually dropped the hammer, fled and was later arrested in close proximity to the apartment.

The female victim sustained mostly bruising and laceration type injuries during the attack. The neighbor, however, sustained a fractured shoulder and ribs. The neighbor nearly died as a result of the attack due to complications with his broken rib. After being discharged from the hospital, his broken rib created a lacerated liver and he was bleeding out internally. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where he underwent emergency life-saving surgery.

Although the defendant had no Massachusetts criminal record, it was learned he was charged in 2011 in Puerto Rico with attacking his brother with a hammer.

The defendant submitted an “unagreed plea” before Judge Raffia Yessayan in Fall River Superior Court. His defense requested a six to eight year state prison sentence, to be followed by five years of probation. Assistant District Attorney Kyle McPherson, however, argued the defendant should serve 20 to 25 years in prison, to be followed by 10 year of probation due to the vicious and unrelenting nature of the attack and the fact that it easily could have resulted in a homicide.

Judge Yessayan set the prison sentence at 10 to 12 years, to be followed by 10 years of supervised probation. The defendant’s conditions of probation include undergoing psychiatric evaluations and treatment, consent to random substance abuse screenings and must have no contact with the victims.

“This is another example of pure inhumane brutality. It is discouraging that this defendant was just 22 years old when this occurred,” District Attorney Quinn said. “However, He had a similar instance of violence when he attacked his brother with a hammer prior to this incident. He very simply needs to be locked up for a very long time.”




Former Red Sox Player New Bishop Stang Head Baseball Coach

Bishop Stang High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Rose as Head Baseball Coach. Well-known and respected in the area, Rose is a retired professional baseball player with 12 years of playing experience in Major League Baseball. He began his professional career with the Boston Red Sox and also played with the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays.

Rose brings his impressive credentials to the Stang Spartans as the current Owner/Head Coach of his own baseball company, Brian Rose Baseball, and continues to make alumni appearances for the Boston Red Sox and assist with their Youth Clinics. Previously, he served as the Assistant GM and Pitching Coach for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the NECBL and worked with both the MLB and Pawtucket Red Sox Youth Clinics. Rose could also be seen as a Red Sox Analyst for NESN Sportsdesk. In addition to his baseball experience, Rose coaches hockey in the area and has served on the Board of Directors for the South Coast Panthers Youth Hockey.

Bishop Stang Athletic Director, Ryan Silvia, stated, "After meeting with Brian to discuss the baseball program at Bishop Stang, it became clear that even though he has a wealth of knowledge and experience about the game of baseball, he is more concerned about developing young people and has a student centered approach to coaching. We are excited to have a coach of his caliber join the Bishop Stang family." With the desire to share his passion for baseball within his own community, Rose works for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office for the Community Affairs Division acting as Program Manager, Neighborhood Liaison, Youth Prevention Programmer, and Office Volunteer Coordinator.

Rose shared, "I am really excited to start my next chapter in this great game of baseball as new head coach of the Bishop Stang Baseball Program. I feel obligated to give back to my community what I have learned throughout my baseball career as a player, and I look forward to being the best coach, role model and mentor that I can be."


Bishop Stang High School

Our Mission
Bishop Stang High School is a community rooted in, and dedicated to spreading the message of Jesus Christ as handed down through the teachings of the Catholic Church and the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. A diocesan, co-educational, college preparatory school serving a diverse student population, we are called to holistically educate our students to be spiritually, academically, and socially prepared to meet the demands of higher learning and of life. Providing a disciplined yet nurturing atmosphere that combines academic excellence with Christian values, we educate our students to be people of integrity and global awareness who value a commitment to service.

To learn more about Bishop Stang High School, visit us at www.bishopstang.org, follow us on Twitter @BishopStangHS, and find us on Facebook at Bishop Stang High School.




The Schwartz Center Announces 28th Annual 5K Walk & Roll

The Schwartz Center, the Southcoast’s leading provider of services for children with educational and developmental needs, will host its 28th annual fundraiser walk on Sunday, September 18th at Fort Taber in New Bedford. This year’s event, featuring a superhero theme, also includes a new 5K fun run with a certified course. Costumes encouraged!

The 5K certified course begins at Fort Taber and will be electronically timed by RaceWire. Registration is required to participate in the timed 5K and ends on August 26. Superhero capes will be given to the first participants who preregister while supplies last. For more information and to register please visit www.schwartzcenterwalk.org or call (508) 742-6425.

The walk is a signature fundraiser for The Schwartz Center, currently raising an average of $100,000 annually for the not-for-profit organization, which provides services for children with special educational and developmental needs in the Greater New Bedford community.

“We would not have been able to serve this many children for this long without dedicated donors and support from our community. Every contribution helps us to increase the number of children and families that benefit from compassionate and impactful approach to individualized education,” said Meeting Street and The Schwartz Center President John M. Kelly.

About The Schwartz Center
The Schwartz Center, located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, provides services for children with special educational and developmental needs. In July of 2014, The Schwartz Center joined forces with Meeting Street in Providence, Rhode Island, to strengthen its ability to serve families in Southeastern New England. Both organizations were established nearly 70 years ago and now serve over 4,000 families annually. For more information, visit www.schwartzcenter.org.




State Police Respond to Plane Landing at Quabbin Reservoir

At 2:52 p.m., troopers assigned to the State Police Barracks in Belchertown and the Air Wing, along with FAA and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) personnel, responded to calls of a plane landing inside the Quabbin Reservoir. The pilot contacted State Police communicating that he had landed his plane on a sandbar due to mechanical issues and was not injured.

Troopers responding confirmed that the pilot, a 42-year old Newport, Rhode Island man, was uninjured and that the plane was intact. The plane, a Seawind with tail number N89XL, is a 2015 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. The location the plane departed from and its destination are unknown at this time. There are no reports of any environmental concerns to the Quabbin Reservoir. The investigation is ongoing and plans for removal of the plane from the sandbar are still underway.

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