Find the tuition free education your daughter deserves, at Our Sisters’ School

There’s nothing more important than your child’s education.

Ensuring that your child is both challenged and nurtured, inspired and empowered, uplifted and energized is a challenge for any parent. It is hard to sift through all the options. District schools, charter schools, parochial schools, private schools.

In the end it comes down to one question: What’s best for my child?

If you’re the parent of a fourth-grade girl, you might find that answer at the open house for Our Sisters’ School, located right here in the heart of New Bedford. https://www.facebook.com/events/969071477180856/

What is Our Sisters’ School?

Named after the “sister sailors” of our city’s whaling era, OSS is an independent, tuition-free, non-religious middle school that opened in 2008 with the goal of educating and inspiring economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. With small class sizes — only 18 girls per grade — each time Our Sisters’ School selects a student, it makes a thoughtful, long-term investment in the future of a courageous young woman.

Read what a parent recently wrote during Teacher Appreciation Week:

“To the entire OSS teachers and staff — you are courageous and fearless. You have gone above and beyond during a very challenging academic year to teach in person all year, and accommodate each student’s needs.

We are amazed and inspired by your kindness and bravery. You put your health at risk, and choose in-person teaching while schools throughout the country choose remote teaching.

We are so grateful, and we appreciate you for everything you do each day. Our daughter and her sister sailors are very lucky to have teachers and staff like you all. Thank you! Thank you!”

Why consider OSS?

Because an OSS education is dynamic. It’s exciting. It inspires and challenges. Strong academics are coupled with positive character development as students explore Core Values of Community, Citizenship, Leadership and Excellence with a growth mindset. Their alumnae demonstrate the power of an OSS education as they thrive in their high schools, colleges and beyond.

What is it that makes OSS different?

It starts with the dedicated, skilled team of teachers who eagerly engage students each and every day, offering depth of experience, skill and commitment to foster student growth and achievement. A rigorous, extended school day goes from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., offering each student a robust learning schedule including comprehensive, literacy-rich core academic instruction, social and emotional learning, fieldwork, local partnerships, and action for social justice. The last hour of each day, called Evening Study, is dedicated to supervised homework completion and academic support.

The opportunities at OSS are boundless. From design thinking, natural sciences, and STEAM to visual and performing arts, including music, theater, dance, studio and digital arts. There’s sports, physical fitness and developmentally appropriate health and wellness education. There’s project-based learning, public speaking, and electives that foster student voice and choice.

Additional supports like tutoring, mentoring, and counseling are a part of the OSS experience. And when your time at OSS winds down, there’s preparation and support for the transition to high school. OSS graduates have earned a high school diploma 100% of the time and 92% have applied and been accepted to college.

How do I learn more?

To join Our Sisters’ School’s voyage check out the open house at 10 a.m. on June 5: facebook.com/events/969071477180856/ Prospective parents and students are welcome to attend in person. You may also email us for additional information or call the office.


Our Sisters’ School

145 Brownell Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02740

Website: oursistersschool.org/
Contact: (508) 994-1255
Email: bsantiago@oursistersschool.org


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Gov. Baker to Lift COVID Restrictions May 29, State to Meet Vaccination Goal by Beginning of June

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the Commonwealth is on track to meet the goal of vaccinating 4.1 million residents by the first week of June and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.

The Commonwealth’s face covering order will also be rescinded on May 29. The Department of Public Health will issue a new face covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Face coverings will still be mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

Governor Charlie Baker will end the State of Emergency June 15.

The Administration also announced updates that will be effective May 18 to revise face covering requirements for youth and amateur sports and other guidance relating to childcare programs and K-12 schools. The Administration will release updated guidance for summer camps effective May 29.

The Administration is able to take these steps to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy because Massachusetts is on track to meet the goal set in December to fully vaccinate over 4 million individuals by the first week of June. The Commonwealth leads the nation in vaccinating residents, with 75% of adults receiving at least one dose. To date, over 4 million residents have received a first dose, with 3.2 million fully vaccinated.

New cases have dropped by 89% since January 8. COVID hospitalizations are down 88% since January 1 and the positive test rate is down by 88% from peaking at 8.7% on January 1 to 1% today.

Effective May 29

Effective May 29, all industries will be permitted to open. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries. The gathering limit will be rescinded.

All industries will be encouraged to follow CDC guidance for cleaning and hygiene protocols.

On May 18, 2020, the Administration published the reopening phases, which called for ending restrictions when vaccines became widely available. Today, there are over 975 locations for Massachusetts residents to access vaccines without delay.

Face Covering Guidance

In line with updated CDC face covering guidance, the Administration will rescind the current face covering order and issue a new face covering advisory effective May 29.

Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue distancing in most settings. The advisory will also recommend fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors except for in certain situations.

Face coverings will still be required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), healthcare facilities and providers, congregate care settings and health and rehabilitative day services.

Face coverings will also remain required indoors for staff and students of K-12 schools and early education providers.

Youth and Amateur Sports Face Covering Guidance

Effective May 18, the youth and amateur sports guidance will be updated to no longer require face coverings for youth athletes 18 and under while playing outdoor sports. Effective May 29, all youth and amateur sports restrictions will be lifted.

K-12, Early Education and Summer Camp Guidance

Effective May 18, guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and Care will be updated to no longer require masks for outdoor activities like recess and to allow for the sharing of objects in classrooms, in both K-12 and childcare settings. This guidance will remain in effect beyond May 29.

The Administration will release updated guidance for summer camps, effective May 29, which will include no longer requiring masks for outdoor activities.

State of Emergency Order

Governor Baker will end the State of Emergency​ June 15, and the Administration will work with legislative and municipal partners during this period in order to manage an orderly transition from emergency measures adopted by executive order and special legislation during the period of the State of Emergency.

LifeStream to Launch LifeTech Program to Promote AssistiveTechnology Services

LifeStream recently announced the launch of LifeTech, a new initiative dedicated to providing greater accesss and knowledge of technology for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or autism. In addition to the hundreds of individuals that LifeStream supports, LifeTech services will also be made available to the larger community of people with disabilities and their families living in the greater Fall River and New Bedford areas.

LifeTech will address five main objectives including awareness, accessibility, assessment,
training and targeted implementation of technology solutions. Its primary goal is to increase self-sufficiency, technological equity and enhanced ability for people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of life. Funding for the program will be provided by The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

LifeStream developed an internal Assistive Technology committee in 2018 to formalize the need for enhanced technology services for the individuals they support. The committee developed an evaluation assessment tool that was highly praised by DDS, which shared it with other organizations as a best-practice resource. Melissa Pepin, LifeStream’s Therapy Services Director and Assistive Technology committee chair, received the 2019 Innovation Award from the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) for her innovative techniques to help raise awareness and successfully implement technology into the everyday lives of those they support.

“The LifeTech program aligns perfectly with LifeStream’s mission of fostering independence and improving the quality of life for our individuals,” said Doug Hughes, Vice President for Clinical Services. “The need for enhanced technology services was made even more evident over the past year as we dealt with the challenges of Covid 19. Technology was crucial in keeping our residents and program participants engaged and connected to our staff, our services, and their family members.”

LifeTech will address issues related to technology access with the creation of a lending library for equipment and devices that can be loaned out for short periods of time and will also partner with Comcast to assist with access to affordable internet service and obtain low-cost computers. A LifeTech website is currently in development.

For more information on LifeTech please contact Melissa Pepin at mpepin@lifestreaminc.com.

Grenade found by Dartmouth Police during execution of search warrant determined to be a training device

During the execution of a search warrant on Sunday, May 16, 2021, Dartmouth Police detectives and members of the S.E.M.L.E.C. Search and Rescue Team, located what appeared to be a hand grenade.

As it could not be determined if the device was real and/or active, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was requested, and responded to the scene.

Upon expert evaluation of the device, it was determined that it was military training grenade, and did not pose any threat.

According to Dartmouth Chief of Police, Brian P. LEVESQUE, “I’m both relieved and thrilled that the grenade was found to be a training device only. I am also very proud of the personnel on scene who immediately identified a potential threat, and addressed it both swiftly and accordingly.”

Massachusetts State Police Airwing takes to the sky to conduct training fighting wildfires

Throughout the month of April, the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to conduct training for ‘Bambi Bucket’ wildfire fighting.

A ‘Bambi Bucket’ is a large container suspended under the State Police Aircraft which can pick up water to be dropped on fires in remote areas. When conventional wildfire fighting techniques such as ground apparatus and crews on foot are not capable of reaching the fire, aerial methods become invaluable. The ‘Bambi Bucket’ holds 85 gallons of water and can quickly be deployed utilizing a pond, or a temporary pool called a “Pumpkin” filled from a hydrant or public water source.

Air Wing Troopers trained at Westover Airport in Chicopee to familiarize themselves with the differing characteristics of their aircraft while carrying the Bambi Bucket. The craft must be stripped of all unnecessary weight to accommodate the more than 700 lbs of water the bucket can hold. This heavy weight suspended under the craft during flight can act as a pendulum and can create a dangerous situation if not properly controlled. When the additional factors of low level or confined flight; close proximity to trees; powerlines; and smoke can create demanding flying conditions for crews.

The continuing training that MSP Air Wing Troopers undertake mitigate the risks involved in this vital partnership between the MSP and DCR. The fighting of fires, and preservation of varying types of land and terrain throughout the Commonwealth is something the MSP Airwing takes great pride in.

As the air crews of the State Police hone their skills, we remind people to obey local laws regarding open fires, including campfires; carefully dispose of hot charcoal; drown all fires with water; and carefully extinguish smoking materials.
Find more information at https://www.mass.gov/…/forest-fire-control-prevention.

Watch the MSP Air Wing in Action with the Bambi Bucket!

All photos by the Massachusetts State Police:

Shooting homicide Investigation ongoing in New Bedford

Homicide Unit prosecutors, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to this office and New Bedford Police are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred last night in The City of New Bedford.

New Bedford Police received 911 calls around 6:45 pm reporting shots fired outside the Richdale Food Market on Brock Avenue.

When first responders arrived on scene moments later, they located a male victim in the parking lot, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim, who was later identified as Joseph Pauline, 32, of New Bedford, was rushed to Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, where he was pronounced deceased at 7:44 pm

The investigation into the shooting homicide is extremely active and ongoing at this time. No further information can be released at this time.

Bristol County Sheriff’s Office introduces the newest K9 team, “Huntah” and “Duke”

“We’re thrilled to introduce the community to the newest members of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office K9 team: Huntah and Duke. Huntah (think Hunter but with a Massachusetts accent) is a 7-month-old female black lab who will be partnered up with Capt. Paul Douglas. Duke is also 7 months old but is a male lab/retriever mix who will be the partner of the newest officer to join the unit, K9 Officer Theodore Santos.

Huntah and Duke are half-siblings born two weeks apart who have the same father. Big thanks to Dr. David and Jane Askew of Dartmouth, who are big supporters of our K9 program and donated the funds to brings Huntah and Duke to Bristol County.

We have some exciting news to share about Huntah and Duke in the weeks ahead.

Good luck to our new K9 teams as they begin training next week.”-Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.

All photos by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office:

UMass Dartmouth faculty member awarded third Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

UMass Dartmouth Professor Bridget A. Teboh (History) has been awarded a 2020-2021 fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP). The fellowship will enable her to travel to Nigeria to work with Benue State University Makurdi (BSUM) and Professor Msugh Moses KEMBE (Vice-Chancellor) on Curriculum Co-development, Graduate Students Teaching/Mentoring, and Collaborative Research, thereby transforming Africa’s “Brain Drain” into “Brain Circulation,” one of the Core goals of Carnegie ADFP. This is the third time Teboh has been awarded the prestigious fellowship.

“I am humbled to be a part of this innovative collaboration, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council,” said Teboh.

As a Carnegie Fellow, Teboh will spend 82 days during the summer of 2021 to strengthen the existing curriculum and co-develop new courses for the BSUM History Department as well as facilitate the creation of a Diasporan and Heritage Studies Center which will mentor both students and faculty members, foster academic collaboration‚ and organization of capacity building workshops, thereby inserting the Diasporan and Heritage Studies discipline in the Benue State University- Makurdi curricular offerings.

“For both UMassD and BSUM, this collaborative project represents a new and exciting formal partnership—and our students stand to benefit from it, for, the initiative will pave the way for my continued collaboration with African Institutions,” said Teboh. “I hope that this initiative will concretize and increase meaningful Study Abroad/Student Exchange Programs with African universities.”

The Diasporan and Heritage Studies is an expanding academic field dealing with dispersed ethnic populations, regarded as diaspora peoples. It connotes the idea of a forced or (in)voluntary settlement due to coercion, expulsion, slavery, racism, war, or ethnic conflicts. This is linked up with heritage studies that will help to establish the cultural roots of the persons/groups so studied. Teboh’s expertise in African History, Black/Diasporan Studies, Gender Studies, oral history, Interdisciplinary Methodology, and Historical Research will be critical to the setting up of the Diasporan/Heritage Studies at BSUM and help students undertake field trips to heritage sites.

Teboh is one of 74 African Diaspora Scholars who have been awarded fellowships as part of a broader initiative that pairs them with 43 higher education institutions and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training, and mentoring activities in the coming months. The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its eighth year, is designed to reverse Africa’s brain drain, strengthen capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. A total of 527 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013. Engagements in educational projects exemplify Carnegie Corporation New York’s commitment to higher education in Africa. See the full list of newly selected projects, hosts, and scholars.

Professor Bridget A. Teboh to use fellowship to travel to Nigeria to transform Africa’s “Brain Drain” into “Brain Circulation.”

UPDATE: Family seek public’s helping in finding missing New Bedford teen

UPDATE: After being missing for 2 weeks, this story had a positive ending. “THANK U EVERYONE MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN FOUND!”-David Thompson.

Thanks to all who helped spread the word by liking, sharing, and commenting.

“Facebook I need your help! My daughter Trinity Thompson is 13 years old and she is missing!

She was last seen at her house in New Bedford on April 30 and we can not find her anywhere. Please, if anyone knows about her whereabouts please contact me I am beyond worried. New Bedford Police are searching and there have been no leads yet.

Please anyone who has any sightings of her please let me know.”-David Thompson.

David Thompson photo.

Cruise Holidays At The Port Drops Anchor in New Bedford

Back in 2006, during his first visit to the Amalfi Coast off Southern Italy, Bill King stopped into an art gallery while the rest of his companions shopped. There he met a local man with a big, wide grin named Biagio Santoro. Biagio was a tour operator, and he was waiting for his tour group, who were busy browsing the local shops. They struck up a conversation and had a delightful time. Later,when Bill returned to the Gulf of Salerno, he contacted Biagio and was treated to a tour so memorable that it could only have come from a true local. He saw places you can’t read about in a guide book.

And the best part?
Bill was able to tell his clients, many of whom found themselves enjoying their own thrilling off-the-beaten-path vacation experience, the type that isn’t offered on discount travel websites. And here’s the real kicker: Bill’s clients didn’t even have to pay him for the tip. Or for booking their trips. There are no charges for his services.

Twenty-four years ago Bill King followed his passion, leaving a 17-year career in accounting to start his own travel business: Cruise Holidays of Lakeville. Ten years ago he moved to Middleboro, and this past December he relocated to New Bedford and renamed the business Cruise Holidays at the Port.

He knows your doubts. Is it safe to travel? Isn’t it cheaper to just book online? What’s really going to be different?

He also knows the answers: Yes, No and Everything. As with almost any business, the difference comes in experience and personal care. Bill has enjoyed close to 100 cruises. He has experienced first-hand what he sells. He knows the ships, the ports of call, the cabins, the itineraries, the food, the excursions. He even has a Master Cruise Counselor accreditation from the CLIA and advanced training
from several cruise lines.

“I will not sell a cruise that I am not comfortable with,” he says, “and I would never recommend a cabin that I would not stay in.”

With the connections he’s cultivated in nearly a quarter-century in the business, Bill saves his clients time and money while helping take the stress out of the decision-making process. “I truly believe I treat every client as I would like to be treated,” he says. “At the end of the day, when I put my head on the pillow, I have done all I could for my clients.” Bill is also constantly up to date on the latest travel restrictions and the safest places to visit. Every week, he helps sift through the latest news on cruises on Fall River’s WSAR during his Tuesday afternoon show, Cruisin with Bill, co-hosted by Missy Panchley.

“During post-9/11 and more recently during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been here to help my clients sort through the vast amount of information that we were all bombarded with,” he says. “I am here, I am local and I represent you.” While many travel agencies have shut down over the past decade, Bill is still, ahem, cruising along, which is a testament to his happy, faithful clients. He intends to be booking unforgettable vacations for the foreseeable future.

“I am truly amazed and blessed with my clients,” Bill says. “Some may have cruised only once, some maybe a dozen times, but I always enjoy getting to know them, and sharing this time together. So many clients have become good friends.” Since Bill doesn’t charge his clients a dime, his ultimate satisfaction is simple.

“It is especially rewarding,” he says, “when someone returns from a trip and stops by or lets me know what a great time they had, or how years after their trip they still remember the great experiences.”

With new cruise options being added weekly, now is your chance to meet your own Biagio while on your own mesmerizing, stress-free vacation, visit Bill’s Facebook page, Cruisin with Bill or call him at 508-947-5558.You can Visit his website: https://www.cruiseholidayslkv.com/ Book a 7 to 9 night cruise and receive a $50 on board credit. Book 10 nights or longer and get a $100 on board credit, valid on new bookings only. Stop by the office and say hello, Bill would love to talk with you about your dream vacation!

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