Fairhaven High School Students and Boston MedFlight reenactment May 15

Watch a dramatic reenactment of a fatal car crash for selected groups including Juniors and Seniors. (BostonMedFlight.org)

The Boston MedFlight SafeTeens Program, in cooperation with Fairhaven High school students, local police, firefighters/EMS providers, will create a dramatic reenactment of a fatal car crash for selected groups including Juniors and Seniors from Fairhaven High School, illustrating the severe consequences of risky behaviors behind the wheel. The event will take place the morning of May 15 at 8:30am. Do not be concerned if you happen to see or hear police and emergency response vehicles, including a Boston MedFlight helicopter and a hearse racing to the high school that morning. The crash will realistically simulate an actual response, with lights and sirens from first responders, and students playing the role of victims.

A core group of students has volunteered to participate in the event and take an active role in promoting safe driving practices among their peers. The group met with Boston MedFlight staff, Fairhaven Police, Fire/EMS, and School Administration on Friday May 8 to learn more about the benefits of the program and their role in bringing it to their school.

Safety education is typically promoted during prom season; however tragic events can occur at any time of the year, regardless of the season. Boston MedFlight has designed the SafeTeens Program to help communities offer preventive education. The SafeTeens Program incorporates the Boston MedFlight helicopter as an emergency responder in the mock scenario, along with Fairhaven Fire, Police and EMS vehicles. “This event allows our school community, along with community first responders to understand that a car crash can have a serious, long lasting impact on our school, families, friends, classmates, and community. We are grateful to the Fairhaven Public Safety Departments, school administrators, and community supporters for making this event possible,” said Scott Joseph, Fairhaven High School Resource Officer. “We are especially proud of our own Fairhaven High School students who have embraced the task of bringing an event like this to their peers. “

“Boston MedFlight is pleased to join other first responders and emergency personnel in this important effort to promote safe behavior among teenagers. We hope that by bringing this program to the community we can help reduce injuries and save lives,” said Suzanne Wedel, Chief Executive Officer of Boston MedFlight.

For more information about the Boston MedFlight SafeTeens Program, contact Mary Arredondo, Boston MedFlight Education Coordinator 781-863-2213 or mary.arredondo@bostonmedflight.org

City of New Bedford & Housing Partnership To Host Free Credit Workshop

The City of New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development and the Fall River/New Bedford Housing Partnership will host a no-cost, “Credit 101 Workshop” this week.

The Workshop will provide valuable tips for setting goals and financial planning. It will offer guidance on a variety of topics, including: the meaning of a credit report to one’s financial future; how to obtain and re-establish credit; and the amount of debt one can comfortably afford.

The free Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at the Fort Taber Community Center at 1000 Rodney French Boulevard. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and a presentation will be held at 6:00 p.m. Credit counselors will be on hand beginning at 5:00 p.m. to meet one-on-one with individuals until 7:00 pm. Informational packages will also be available.

“This is an important opportunity for residents to learn more about the importance of establishing and maintaining credit, and how it affects their day-to-day lives,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell. “I encourage residents to take advantage of this free workshop so that they can better prepare for their financial future.”

Prior to the event, anyone attending is asked to obtain a free annual credit report from annualcreditreport.com or by calling 877-322-8228.

Participating agencies for the Fall River/New Bedford Housing Partnership include BankFive; BayCoast Bank; Bristol County Savings Bank; Catholic Social Services; Fall River Community Development Agency; Fall River Municipal Credit Union; First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union; MassHousing; Mechanics Cooperative Bank; Money Management International; NeighborWorks Southern Mass; City of New Bedford Office of Housing & Community Development; South Shore Housing; Southern Mass Credit Union; St. Anne’s Credit Union and Webster Bank.

The Fall River/New Bedford Housing Partnership, founded in 2007, co-chaired by the City of New Bedford, was formed to address the housing and foreclosure crisis. The partnership aims to provide assistance to individuals and families facing a risk of foreclosure by providing foreclosure prevention counseling, as well as educate consumers about financial literacy, credit worthiness and innovative loan products, including “Buy New Bedford” and purchase and rehabilitation programs.

To register for the Credit Workshop, please call (800) 643-2272 or for additional information, please contact the City of New Bedford Office of Housing and Community Development at (508) 979-1500.

AHA! Night with Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies

The Tapestry of Brotherhood” At Masonic Lodge, New Bedford

New Bedford’s fraternal organizations wove a safety net for our community. Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, will help to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Abraham H. Howland Jr. Masonic Lodge by sharing insights into the many community organizations of New Bedford’s past on AHA! night, Thursday, May 14, from 5:30-6:30 at the Masonic Lodge, 435 County Street, New Bedford. As always, the event is open to all, and admission is free. For more information about AHA! night, go to http://www.ahanewbedford.org/

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP.

Youth Day of Caring was a Success

United Way of Greater New Bedford recently hosted the 20th annual Youth Day of Caring involving 150 students from four local high schools. After a rally held in front of the New Bedford Public Library, students and chaperones spent the day completing a variety of projects at local non-profit agencies including: raking, painting, stocking food pantry shelves and organizing.

The work done by the students on YDOC is valued at $18,225. Area high schools that participated in the event were New Bedford High School, Global Learning Charter Public School, Fairhaven High School and City on a Hill.

“Youth Day of Caring shows youth volunteers just how easy it is to make a difference in the community and how even just a few hours of work can make a big difference to the agencies they worked with throughout the day,” said Victoria Grasela, Communications and Development Associate. “We hope to see these students volunteering their time and talents in the future on their own and in the future with United Way and other organizations.”

Agencies that took part in the Youth Day of Caring were: The Family Pantry- Damien’s Place, The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries, The Salvation Army, The Nemasket Group, Sharing the Harvest – Dartmouth YMCA, West End Day Nursery, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Schwartz Center for Children, Harbor House Family Center, Our Sisters’ School and Better Community Living.

The Youth Day of Caring was made possible due to the generous support of BankFive, Partridge Snow & Hahn, Stop & Shop, Tremblay’s Bus Company and Dunkin Donuts on Pope’s Island.

New Bedford man attempts to rob St. Anthony’s Credit Union

attempted-robbery-new-bedfordThis afternoon at approximately 3:50pm north end officers were dispatched to St. Anthony’s Credit Union at 1743 Acushnet Ave. regarding an attempted bank robbery. The suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note saying he had a gun and demanded money. No weapon was shown and there were no injuries.

The suspect ended up fleeing the bank without getting anything.

Detective Paul Fonseca and Officer Lorenzo Gonzalez observed surveillance photos and recognized the suspect as Javier Acevedo Ferrer. They went to his home at 74 Hope St. apt. 3 south and found Mr. Ferrer hiding in a bedroom closet. He was taken into custody without incident. Witnesses at the bank were able to positively identify him as the would be robber.

The note used in the attempted robbery was also recovered in his apartment.

Scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning in New Bedford District Court; Javier Acevedo Ferrer age 30 of 74 Hope St. apt. 3S is being charged with;

  • Unarmed assault with intent to rob. (10 year felony)

Six New Bedford schools receive annual Healthy Start Award

Their work offering free breakfast to students has helped them earn the award.

Six New Bedford schools were honored last week for being among the schools in Massachusetts that are known to reach 80 percent school breakfast participation rates. The dedicated efforts of these schools’ administrators, teachers, custodians, food service staff, secretaries and nurses ensure hungry children in New Bedford start their school day with a nutritious breakfast, ready to learn. The schools – Ellen R. Hathaway School, John Hannigan School, Horatio A. Kempton, John A. Parker School, Carlos Pacheco Elementary, and Jireh Swift Elementary – were presented with the award in a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on April 30.

There are nearly 600 schools in the Commonwealth which serve 60 percent or higher free- and reduced-price student populations in grades PK-12. On average, school lunch participation at these schools nears 80 percent whereas school breakfast participation averages just over 40 percent due in large part to the fact that it is served before the bell in the cafeteria. By increasing school breakfast participation to 80 percent these schools stand to leverage additional Federal USDA funds that make the program self-sustaining. Statewide schools are leaving more than $25,000,000 in Federal reimbursements on the table due to low school breakfast participation.

“We are extremely proud that for the first time, New Bedford has been awarded Healthy Start Leadership Awards – in six different schools,” said Superintendent Pia Durkin. “We are also working to develop Breakfast in the Classroom for our students at Gomes School and Carney Academy.”

“The most important thing a school can provide is safety, education, and a child’s basic needs. What Breakfast in the Classroom does is truly level the playing field by giving ALL students, regardless of their personal situations, a well-nourished start to the their school day,” said Swift Principal Anthony DiFonso.

This year’s Healthy Start Leadership Award and accompanying $10,000 grant recognized Brockton Public Schools Superintendent Kathleen Smith and her Breakfast Implementation Team for their tireless efforts to feed hungry children breakfast and to model expansion and sustainability of universal free, breakfast in the classroom programming across the district. Brockton Public Schools were recognized for committing to expand breakfast in the classroom to all schools serving grades PK-8 districtwide; they are the first district in the Commonwealth to make this commitment.

Additional Healthy Start Awards and a $500 grant celebrated a total of 53 Massachusetts schools for their efforts to reach and maintain 80 percent or higher average daily participation (ADP) in their school breakfast program during the 2014-2015 school year.

“Teachers, nurses and administrators witness first-hand the effects of childhood hunger every day,” said Andrea Silbert, president of the Eos Foundation. “Providing students with a free breakfast helps to set the stage for a better school day and greater focus, enabling learning. The work that these schools have done to implement their free breakfast programs is admirable and serves as a model for other schools in the state.”

The following schools were honored this year:

Brookfield Elementary School – Brockton, MA
Barrett Russell Kindergarten Center – Brockton, MA
Huntington School – Brockton, MA
Stefanik School – Chicopee, MA
Holyoke Community Charter School – Holyoke, MA
Hennessey School – Lawrence, MA
Lawlor School Early Childhood Center – Lawrence, MA
Lawrence Family Academy – Lawrence, MA
Oliver Partnership School – Lawrence, MA
UP Academy Leonard – Lawrence, MA
Ferryway School – Malden, MA
Ellen R. Hathaway Elementary School – New Bedford, MA
Horatio A. Kempton Elementary School – New Bedford, MA
Jireh Swift Elementary – New Bedford, MA
John A. Parker Elementary School – New Bedford, MA
Carlos Pacheco Elementary – New Bedford, MA
John Hannigan Elementary School – New Bedford, MA
Bates Elementary – Salem, MA
Bentley Elementary School – Salem, MA
Carlton Innovation School – Salem, MA
Horace Mann Laboratory School – Salem, MA
Balliet Middle School – Springfield, MA
Brightwood Elementary School – Springfield, MA
Daniel Brunton Elementary School– Springfield, MA
Elias Brookings Elementary School– Springfield, MA
German Gerena Community School – Springfield, MA
Liberty School – Springfield, MA
Lincoln School – Springfield, MA
Mary M Walsh School – Springfield, MA
Milton Bradley School – Springfield, MA
Samuel Bowles Elementary School – Springfield, MA
Springfield Public Day Elementary – Springfield, MA School
Springfield Public Day Middle School – Springfield, MA
Thomas M. Balliet Elementary School – Springfield, MA
White Street School – Springfield, MA
William N. DeBerry Elementary School– Springfield, MA
Willie Ross School for the Deaf – Springfield, MA
Elizabeth Pole Elementary School – Taunton, MA
Galligan Elementary School – Taunton, MA
Mulcahey Elementary School – Taunton, MA
Park Avenue Elementary School – Webster, MA
Belmont Street School – Worcester, MA
Burncoat Street Prep – Worcester, MA
Canterbury Street School – Worcester, MA
Chandler Magnet School – Worcester, MA
Elm Park Elementary School – Worcester, MA
Goddard School of Science and Technology – Worcester, MA
Grafton Street School – Worcester, MA
Jacob Hiatt Magnet School – Worcester, MA
Lincoln Street School – Worcester, MA
McGrath Elementary School – Worcester, MA
Vernon Hill School – Worcester, MA
Woodland Academy – Worcester, MA

About the Eos Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Eos Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation with offices in Boston and Harwich Port, Massachusetts. The mission of the Eos Foundation is to break the cycle of poverty by investing in children’s futures. Specifically, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, public policies, and systemic solutions aimed at nourishing children’s bodies, nurturing their minds, and building family economic security. In addition to traditional grantmaking, Eos is committed to driving awareness and building partnerships to expand the number of philanthropic dollars invested in alleviating poverty. For more information about the Eos Foundation please visit http://www.eosfoundation.org/.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Presents Black Violin

Classically Trained Violinists in a Genre-Breaking Concert May 29 at The Z.

Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin, have a simple mission in life – to inspire and uplift. Along with their band, these African-American classically trained violinists combine classical with hip-hop, rock and pop to create a high-energy, signature sound! Whether leaning toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin promises to enthrall music lovers for a one-night only live performance at The Zeiterion on Friday, May 29 at 8pm. Tickets for Black Violin start at $20, and are available online at www.zeiterion.org, by calling The Z Box Office at (508) 994-2900. A free, pre-show block party in front of the theater begins at 7pm.

Classical violin sensations at Florida’s famed Dillard Performing Arts High School, Kev and Wil B joined up as hip-hop studio players after graduating college, played with returned to their roots by fusing the genres in a groundbreaking collaboration. They are joined onstage by turntable whiz DJTK (Dwayne Dayal), drummer Beatdown (Jermaine McQueen) and cellist Joe Cello (Joseph Valbrun).

Black Since starting Black Violin a decade ago—named for an album by preeminent African-American swing era jazz violinist Stuff Smith—they have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa. They dazzled at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, performed sold-out shows on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, were voted a Top Five Band at SXSW and shared concert stages with musicians Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles.

Black Violin remains particularly committed to turning young fans on to their own individual potential through a tireless schedule of appearances at schools, where they stress the importance of arts education. With a driving passion and dedication to their mission to uplift and inspire, they encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before.

It is all about overcoming your obstacles and staying strong,” says Wil. The group’s own “triumph” is the outcome of a decade-long effort that has seen them bridge the gap between the worlds of classical and popular music. “It’s something everyone can enjoy, whether you’re an 80-year-old grandmother or a kid in kindergarten,” he adds.

Tickets to Black Violin on Friday, May 29 at 8pm are available by phone at 508-994-2900, online at www.zeiterion.org, or in person at the box office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA. Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance. For more information and a complete listing of shows, visit www.zeiterion.org.

Troopers Arrest Three Women and One Man in Stolen Car

The focus of St. James-St.John School: the hearts of minds of of our children.

Three women and a man who were the occupants of a stolen car were arrested Thursday afternoon after a pursuit on Route 6 westbound from Sandwich to Bourne.

The sequence of events began at 2:40 p.m. when a trooper from the Yarmouth Barracks observed a 2008 Nissan Altima that had been reported stolen. The trooper attempted to stop the car, whose driver refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.

The trooper began pursuing the Altima but terminated the pursuit as the suspect vehicle approached traffic stopped at Exit 2. The Altima’s operator drove onto the left shoulder of the road and began driving on the grass to pass the stopped traffic. The Altima continued to travel west.

A second trooper ahead of the fleeing vehicle, who had been working a detail at the Sagamore Bridge, deployed stop sticks — a tire deflation device — on the roadway prior to the bridge. The Altima came to a stop before coming to the stop sticks. The driver and three passengers were then taken into custody.

The driver, DANEKA A. PIRES, 21, of Quincy, was charged with:

  • Using a Motor Vehicle Without Authority;
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Subsequent Offense;
  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
  • Leaving the Scene of a Crash;
  • Marked Lanes Violation;
  • Speeding;
  • Breakdown Lane Violation; and
  • Receiving Stolen Property.

PIRES was also charged with several warrants.

The three passengers were each charged with receiving stolen property. They are identified as:

  1. SHAQUEIRA C. FERGUS, 21, of Roslindale;
  2. RICHARD A. MENDES, 26, of Boston; and
  3. GLADYS M. OLIVARES, 36, believed to be of Boston.

All four suspects were booked at the State Police Barracks in Bourne. No further information is being released at this time.

Evenings of Family Fun Returning To Buttonwood Park Zoo This Summer

First “Zoo Night” of the season kicks off on Friday, May 8

Family fun has never been so wild! Swing by the Zoo and spend the evening with your Zoo friends at the third annual Zoo Nights.

Zoo Nights at the Buttonwood Park Zoo take place from 5:30-8:00pm on the second Friday of every month beginning in May and running through September. Zoo Nights are a unique family-oriented experience featuring themed activities, special guest appearances, educational animal presentations, and unique animal encounters. These special events allow families to not only experience the Zoo during cooler evening nights, but also allow visitors to see the animals in a whole new light!

The first Zoo Night of the season, is titled ZOOfit, and will take place on Friday, May 8th. This themed evening will focus on fun, fitness, and nutrition for both humans and animals! Let the kids have fun and burn off energy on the inflatable obstacle course. They can participate in mini lessons offered by Absolute Martial Arts. Dr. Rocha from St. Luke’s Hospital will engage audiences with his enthusiastic approach to heart health including demonstrations of yoga and cardio exercises that can be performed in the home. And Zoo staff will be conducting multiple keeper chats throughout the evening focused on animal nutrition and wellness programs.

Pricing for each Zoo Night is $8/adult and $4/child. As always, Zoo members enjoy free admission, so don’t wait to start enjoying the best value in the SouthCoast and sign up for a Zoo membership! For more information, visit www.bpzoo.org or call (508) 991-6178.

Bishop Stang High School has been recognized as a 2015 NASC National Gold Council of Excellence

Student Council at the SEMASC.

Bishop Stang High School once again has been recognized by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) as a 2015 NASC National Gold Council of Excellence. Bishop Stang Student Council students’ success in earning this award is a testament to Student Council as an integral part of our school and its educational mission.

Bishop Stang Student Council Member & Dartmouth resident, Lindsey Madeira, who won the unsung Hero Award.

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