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New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic 2022 announces winners

The extremely popular Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic took place from Thursday, June 16 to Saturday, June 18. The competition draws thousands of spectators to see the creations as they unfold and sculptors hail from not only New England, but New York, New Jersey, and even Hawaii and Canada.

Contestants are not only competing for the accolades and applause from spectators but are also vying for cash prizes to the tune of thousands of dollars, with the winner being awarded $7,000.

The first-place winner was Hawaii’s Mélineige Beauregard for her, “I am Life” sculpture. She also took home the People’s Choice Award.


125 tons of sand being dumped for the Sponsor sculpture. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.


Various heavy machinery that make the event happen. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.


The molds being put into place to mane the sponsor sculpture. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.

Finished Sponsor Sculpture:


Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.


Governor’s Award: Greg J. Grady’s “Wyvern Whisperer” Derry, New. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.

Greg Grady explaining his sculpture:


4th Place & Sculptors Choice: Rusty Croft’s “Transition” Carmel. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.

Rusty Croft explains his sculpture:


3rd Place: Carl D. Jara’s “Entropy” Lyndhurst, N.Y. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.

Carl Jara explains his sculpture:


2nd Place: Karen Fralich “Trolls” Ontario, Canada by Karen Jean Fralich. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.

Karen Fralich explaining her sculpture:


1st Place & People’s Choice: Mélineige Beauregard’s “I am Life” Captain Cook, Hawaii. Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic photo.


Mélineige Beauregard explains her sculpture:




Marion Police and Fire Departments, EMS, Massachusetts State Police, respond to rollover crash

“Members of the Marion Police Department, Marion Fire/EMS Department, and the Massachusetts State Police responded to 195 West for a rollover crash.

Upon arrival, responders followed tracks that left the highway and went into the woodline. A pickup truck was found about 20′ into the woods and had apparently landed right-side up. The number and name of the occupants and the extent of their injuries has not been released at this time.

Responding Units were:

• A2
• E1
• E2
• Marion police
• Massachusetts State Police” -Marion Fire/EMS.


Marion Fire/EMS photo.


Marion Fire/EMS photo.




New England Wildlife Center nursing orphaned flicker chics after tree falls down

“This family of flickers is growing by the day! Earlier this week the tree they were living in came down and left these four orphaned.

Two good friends of the center found them after hearing some very interesting noises coming from the toppled Oak. They were able to retrieve them from their knothole nest and safely secure them in a basket. They were even kind enough to hold a stakeout for us to see if mom was still in the area so that we could try to re-nest them.


New England Wildlife Center photo.

Sadly, mom did not return for the little ones, but they are now safely in our care. Our veterinary team gave them a full work-up and found them to be quite healthy, and quite hungry! They went through several plates of flicker food in the first sitting! These little guys will continue to eat several times an hour until they are ready to “fledge” and strike out on their own. When they are ready we’ll take them back to a nearby spot and release them 🙂

Northern flickers are part of the woodpecker family but rather than scaling up and down trees you will more commonly flush them out of a feeding spot on the ground. Rumor has it that they get their name because as they’re flying away from you the yellow color on the underside of their tail and wings moves up and down and looks like a flame flickering. We happen to think they look a bit more like pterodactyls at this age, but to each their own 🦖

This is just a friendly reminder to check freshly downed trees for creatures of all types! Birds like these flickers (and several species of local owls) make their homes in cavities inside the tree, and may not be immediately visible at first glance.

A through VISUAL check (don’t want anyone losing a finger) of the tree cavities can help ensure no animals are hurt in the clearing process. Sometimes these animals will continue to use the original nest after the tree has fallen, so if you come across an interior nest and do not spy any apparent injuries to the young, stepping back to observe for the parents is a good first step. You can always call us for advice as well!” -New England Wildlife Center.




New England Wildlife Center nursing baby skunk, other orphaned baby animals back to health

“Friends it is busy here and we could use your help!

We are in peak baby season and we are taking in more animals by the minute! From skunks, to raccoons, to injured turtles we are working hard to make sure they all get the care they need to make it back to the wild. We we could really use your help to purchase some critical animal care supplies to help us make it through!

Would you share this post and consider sending something? A donation from our wishlist or a contribution of any dollar amount is a huge help!

Just take this little skunk. He came in today weak, dehydrated and covered in fly eggs after he lost his mom. Our vet team worked all morning to clean him up and by this afternoon he was eating formula like a champ! This little guy alone will require over 100 hours of care before he’s ready to return to the wild. By purchasing a care item or making a donation you are helping him and thousands of other animals get a second chance this year.

Thank you so much for your support!

Link to our Amazon Wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2WW4SGSTGNGNG/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex?fbclid=IwAR0GKwDhnplvX_XNggBBDof_xqCxBEwJm4Arj-N36Aj98avVNJULqygBX70
Link to Donate: https://go.payinvoice.com/newildlife/donation/” -New England Wildlife Center.




New Bedford EMS, Fire Department respond to woman in labor in the North End, deliver baby

“To EMT Josh Hathaway, EMT Paramedic Intern Peyton Bunker, Paramedic Jason Stone, Medic Supervisor Ralph Isherwood, New Bedford Fire Department Engine 1: Recently, You responded to the city’s north end for a report of a female in labor. On your arrival, you were presented with not just a female in labor but a female who was presenting with an imminent birth.

Using your EMS education and experience you quickly determined it would be unsafe to move the patient to the ambulance and began to prepare to assist the mom in the delivery of her baby right there on the scene.

After several anxious moments, your expertise and compassion helped safely deliver a beautiful baby girl into the world. Mom and baby were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital and are reportedly both doing well.

Thank you to our public safety partners from New Bedford Fire Department Engine 1 for your support and assistance with providing patient care. Thank you for all your professionalism and dedication to providing excellent prehospital patient care to our cities residents.

New Bedford EMS is the Primary Prehospital Emergency Medical Service provider for the residents and visitors of the City of New Bedford employing nearly fifty full-time and part-time experienced EMT and Paramedics who respond to nearly twenty thousand emergency responses per year working with our public safety partners from New Bedford Fire Department and New Bedford Police Department.” -New Bedford EMS.




Massachusetts Fire Department, EMS, med-flight, respond to vehicle that crashes into building

“At 12:43 am on Saturday, the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to the area of Clinton Ave and Swing Lane for a report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries.

Units arrived to find a single vehicle struck a building with extensive damage to both the building and the vehicle. Falmouth Inspectional Services were requested to the scene due to the extensive damage to the building. Boston MedFlight requested to the helipad at Falmouth Hospital.

Two male victims in their twenties were extricated from the vehicle. One victim was transported to the helipad at Falmouth Hospital where care was transferred to the Boston Med Flight crew. The victim was flown to an area trauma center in Rhode Island with serious injuries.

The second victim was transported to Falmouth Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The Town Electrical Inspector arrived and secured power to the affected area of the building.

Units remained on location while the vehicle was removed. The scene was turned over to the Falmouth Police Department. The crash remains under investigation by Falmouth Police Department as well.” -Falmouth Fire/Rescue.


Falmouth Fire/Rescue photo.


Falmouth Fire/Rescue photo.




New Bedford’s Mirasol’s Cafe shares details on grand opening, info on upcoming 3rd location

Back in the first week of May, we shared with you the story about Mirasol’s opening their second location right here in New Bedford. This is an update to that story which you can read here.

The satellite of Mirasol’s Cafe that will be opening in the old Wharfinger Building, unlike its flagship cafe in Dartmouth, will neither have indoor seating nor a full menu.

Because of the success Mirasol’s had in Dartmouth when it introduced a walk-up window during the pandemic, they decided they could utilize the same format in New Bedford – a sort of “grab-and-go” model. The “walk-through” window comprises 25% of their revenue alone and since the New Bedford location is less than 1/3 of the size of the Dartmouth location, indoor seating simply isn’t an option. However, being so close to Rt. 18 means you can be in and out, hit the road for your work commute, or decide to grab your Chippi and stroll around downtown.

Luis Raposo, one of Mirasol’s managing partners, said that eventually Mirasol’s will open a third location in Fairhaven in the old Benny’s building.

At the New Bedford location, the hours will be Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. The grand opening will take place on July 1st.




Massachusetts Police charge anti-Trump man that crashed into Trump store with felony charges

This morning we shared the story about the man driving a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta who had crashed into the New England for Trump store. Here is an update on that story.

At approximately 5:10pm on Thursday, June 16, 2022, Easton Police Officers were dispatched to 620 Washington Street (Route 138) for a reported vehicle crash into a building.

On the back of the Jetta was an anti-Trump bumper sticker which had a Voltaire quote and a barcode on Trump’s upper lip in a reference to Adolph Hitler.

“Just before he did that, there was a little boy with his mother shopping right in that spot,” said Keith Lambert, the store’s owner. “The clerk was about to go to the bathroom and he would’ve gotten hit.”

46-year old Sean Flaherty, of Raynham has been charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property, the latter being a felony. Police now believe that there is probable cause that the crash was purposeful and committed with malice.




New Bedford fugitive wanted in connection to sexual abuse of children apprehended

EON MEJIA-VICENTE, wanted for sexual assault charges who had gone on the run last week has been captured in Connecticut along with two endangered children.

On June 8th, 2022, New Bedford detectives assigned to the “Family Services Unit” applied for, and were granted a warrant for LEON MEJIA-VICENTE, 46, of New Bedford for rape and assault charges. Shortly thereafter, the suspect fled the area with a 17-year-old girl, and a 5-year-old boy.

In the days that followed, New Bedford police detectives, the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team, and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted an investigation into the whereabouts of the wanted fugitive and the children.


Leon Mejia (aka Leon Mejia-Vincente).

On June 17th, at approximately 3 pm, investigators were able to track down the fugitive to Willimantic, Connecticut. He was then taken into custody by agents assigned to the U.S. Marshal service with the assistance of the Willimantic police, Massachusetts State Police and New Bedford detectives. Both children were located and placed in the care of Connecticut youth services.

Detective Samuel-Algarin Mojica, who was recently appointed as a liaison to the Central American community in New Bedford was integral to the apprehension of this fugitive and the safe return of both children. Special thanks to New Bedford Police Det. Sgt. Shasha Vicente and her unit for their efforts that lead to the apprehension of the fugitive, along with Brock Morrissette of the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Trooper Phil Giardino of the Mass State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, U.S. Marshalls Service and Assistant District Attorney Lesly Leahy.

“I’d like to express my gratitude to all of the various law enforcement agencies involved with this situation which could have ended tragically. This is an outstanding example of partnership that stresses how critical it is to have community cooperation. If not for the trust developed with Detective Algarin-Mojica, vital information may have never made its way to authorities. I’m very proud of the investigators as well as the community members who came forward to assist.”-Chief Paul Oliveira-New Bedford Police Department.

“I am very pleased that this afternoon the fugitive was apprehended without incident and the children were located and are now in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Child and Family. This case highlights the importance of quick action by various agencies working together to locate the fugitive and the missing children. When a child goes missing the early stages of the investigation are critical to safely locating them. I am grateful for the cooperation of the Central American community in New Bedford, that was critical to apprehending the suspect.”

-District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, III-Bristol County District Attorney’s Office




UMass Dartmouth awarded $748,000 for learning experiences in hands-on offshore wind internships

Funding from industry partners and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will allow students to expand their skills in the growing offshore wind sector.

UMass Dartmouth was recently awarded $373,048 by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and $375,000 in matching dollars from partners BankFive, BayCoast Bank, and Bristol County Savings Bank, to offer career-relevant paid internship and experiential learning opportunities to students in offshore wind through a program entitled Closing the Experience Gap.

UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College students will gain hands on experience through paid internships and project-based learning experiences with offshore wind developers and supply chain partners. The program aims to offer opportunities to more than 120 students from UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College to help accelerate talent pipeline development for the fast-growing offshore wind industry. The funding will also provide financial support for senior capstone and other project-based learning opportunities informed by the pressing technical problems confronted by offshore wind and related firms.

“There are very significant, experienced players in the deep-water offshore wind industry spending a lot of money on infrastructure here in the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said today in his opening remarks. “In addition to continuing to make infrastructure investments, we also need to be making investments in our people. This grant is part of a series of proposals to continue putting resources into our very robust educational community so that we can create the talent, skill base, and workforce we need to maintain our leadership position in clean energy and offshore wind.”

“We work best when the private sector, government, and academia work together,” Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito added in her remarks. “Our partners in education are essential to this whole process. It is the people who are our incredible assets, with talents and skills that nowhere else in the country has really developed yet. It is critically important that students can see themselves in this industry.”

“We can be confident that our workforce will be well-equipped with knowledge, safety, and certifications needed to work in this specialized field,” said MassCEC CEO Jen Daloisio. “Investments like this have made Massachusetts a leader in offshore wind. With industry commitments and funds provided through the FORWARD (Future Opportunities for Resiliency, Workforce, and Revitalized Downtowns) act, we can expand this workforce development role and ensure that more valuable opportunities meet more of our residents.”

“Given UMass Dartmouth’s distinctive capabilities and research accomplishments in marine science and technology and engineering, we are uniquely positioned to support the Commonwealth’s offshore wind initiatives,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Mark A. Fuller, PhD. “I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for their continued support of public higher education and attention to the evolving needs of workforce development in our region.”

“Bristol Community College is grateful for the Baker-Polito Administration and MassCEC’s support of innovative student opportunities within the growing offshore wind industry. In line with the mission of the college’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) and offshore wind technology degree program, Bristol and UMass Dartmouth will further our region’s expertly trained workforce,” said Dr. Laura L. Douglas, President, Bristol Community College.

The $375,000 in commitments from three area community banks reflects their forward-looking perspective on the regional economy, and the need to build awareness among students about the jobs of tomorrow. BankFive, BayCoast Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, area offshore wind companies, and workforce development organizations will be involved in an advisory council for Closing the Experience Gap.

The initiative, led by UMassD Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Estuarine & Ocean Sciences Dan Macdonald, is designed to supplement existing workforce training and degree and certificate options at both UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College. The only research university on the SouthCoast,

UMass Dartmouth is a national leader in launching first-generation college students and those from modest backgrounds into successful, highly paid careers—ranking #2 in Massachusetts and #59 nationally for social mobility, according to US News and World Report. The university is home to nearly a dozen existing degree and certificate programs that help meet offshore wind workforce needs in Mechanical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Operations Management, Marine Science and Technology, Environmental Policy, Engineering and Applied Science, Supply Chain Management and Information Systems, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Bristol is a national leader in offshore wind relevant workforce development and academic programming through its two-year business and engineering programs and the National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI).

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