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National Weather Service Issues Severe Weather Alert for Fall River Area and Parts of Bristol County

Special Weather Statement
Issued: 2:14 PM Jul. 17, 2021 – National Weather Service

…STRONG THUNDERSTORM…

At 213 PM EDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over
Warwick, moving northeast at 5 mph.

Pea size hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will accompany this
storm.

Locations impacted include…

Providence, Fall River, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East
Providence, Bristol, Somerset, Barrington, Swansea, Seekonk, Rehoboth
and Warren.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Get indoors when this storm approaches. Winds may be strong enough to
produce minor damage, such as a few downed branches.

Do not drive through flooded roads or underpasses. Avoid low lying
areas near small streams.

Frequent lightning was occurring. Lightning can strike far away from
the storm. Go inside a building or vehicle. Wait at least 30 minutes
until after the storm has passed to resume outdoor activities.




Strange and Unusual Christmas Traditions to Ponder this Holiday Season

On the eve of Christmas, in the midst of holiday madness and last minute shopping, why not pause and reflect on some truly wonderful traditions from around the world? Think about what your family and friends do every year; maybe its watching a Charlie Brown Christmas special, hanging stockings, an ugly sweater party; whatever brings you joy. Here are some fascinating (and I dare say) endearing traditions from around all over the globe.

Pictured above is the “Yule Cat” of Iceland, a huge and vicious cat who lurks about the snowy countryside during Christmas time (Yule) and eats people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve. Thus, its tradition for everyone to give and get a new outfit at Christmas, which is also very practical!

In Germany it’s been a tradition since the 16th century to hide a pickle in the tree, and the lucky child who finds it gets a gift! Today you’ll find pickle ornaments instead of an actual dill pickle, but the spirit is still there. I can get behind this!

If you’re visiting Austria in December brace yourself for horrifying masks depicting Krampus, the evil accomplice of St. Nick! There is even an annual Krampus parade in Vienna every year.

Are you afraid of spiders? You should probably avoid the Ukraine at Christmas time then! An old folk tale speaks of a widow, who could not afford a tree and the spiders in her house took pity on her and her children and spun an amazing display for the family. Check out this fantastic tree:

Here’s a tradition I can get behind: KFC on Christmas! My own family has a long-standing practice of having Kentucky Fried Chicken on New Years Day; everyone contributes to a pot luck and for some reason my family has long been tasked with bringing The Colonel along for the ride! Requests go out a week in advance for extra biscuits, Mac N Cheese and especially potato wedges. In Japan KFC famously co-opted the Christmas holiday back in the early 1970’s with an aggressive campaign that pushed the message “Kentucky for Christmas!” and it stuck. To this day, KFC does HUGE business on Christmas with many families carrying on the tradition.

So what are some of YOUR Christmas traditions? Share them in the comments, maybe you’ll start a whole new fad! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Festivus for the rest of us!




VIDEO: Fireworks over Fall River from the Iwo Jima monument

Michael Silvia captured the fireworks over Fall River from the Iwo Jima monument at Bicentennial Park.




Buttonwood Park Swan Boats open 7 days a week

Have you enjoyed one of the Buttonwood Park Swan Boats yet? Weather permitting, they are open 7 days a week from 10:30 am – 6 pm starting Saturday, April 13.

Full details on the swan boats: https://www.newbedfordguide.com/the-buttonwood-park-swan-boats-are-back-for-the-2019-season-in-new-bedford/2019/04/05




A trip from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard aboard the SeaStreak

We had the amazing opportunity to document the Seastreak Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard from the perspective of the Captain, crew and of course passengers.

Here’s a look at some of the amazing scenery from the port of New Bedford through the hurricane barrier past Woods Hole and arriving at Martha’s Vineyard for a nice relaxing day!




Cape Cod Museum Trail’s 2nd Annual Festival of Museums offers families memorable experiences through activities, events, workshops, and most of all: FUN!

What began nearly two years ago as little more than a basic listing of a dozen museum events has rapidly expanded to a world populated by more than 60 museums across Cape Cod – from the tip of Woods Hole to the edge of Provincetown.

“Who would have realized that there are so many museums on the Cape spanning so many worlds – from nature and science to history and art,” said Peter Muise, CEO of First Citizens’ Federal Credit union, which owns the Cape Cod Museum Trail. “What has amazed us the most is that we don’t recruit member museums. They have continuously reached out to us. ”

Beyond the Cape’s major museums that charge for admission, there are now dozens of much smaller institutions run primarily by volunteers that only ask for donations by visitors and open only seasonally.

Many of these smaller institutions escort us back hundreds of years to the very roots of Cape Cod. You can visit the 1736 Manse House in Dennis, for example, and sit in on a writing class, where the children learn script using the tip of a goose feature. Or eat a piece of warm apple pie just baked by a volunteer in authentic 18th-century garb in the home’s giant hearth.

“Not only are we able to help these vital community institutions during their seasons, but the Trail’s website brings their museum experiences to visitors globally year round,” explained Muise. “We are able to publish stories and photo galleries in January and February to sustain the museum experience even in the dead of winter.”

First Citizens’ sees its investment in the Museum Trail first as a community commitment, but then as a smart business strategy. “We have so quickly become part of our member museum’s own worlds – connecting to hundreds of their visitors and followers, including those online,” said Muise.

“It’s a very organic and we believe ingenious way for the Cape community to learn about First Citizens’ values and priorities,” he emphasized.

The Museum Trail’s major presence is as an ever-expanding web site that features individual sites for each museum; a comprehensive calendar of events, exhibitions and classes; stories and photo galleries.

In addition, the Museum Trail publishes a newsletter that reaches thousands of subscribers. It began monthly, but quickly expanded to twice a month from November through March and weekly during the very busy late spring, summer and early fall.

“We now feature as many as 400 listings a month,” said Muise.

The Museum Trail also has a robust social media presence including Facebook and Twitter, said Leslie Poulin, director of marketing.

“And all this is absolutely free to all our member museums,” she added.

With the Trail’s three-year anniversary approaching, First Citizens’ is expanding the Trail’s reach and mission.

“It became clear within year one that most of our museum members are hungry for more marketing support and infrastructure,” said Poulin. “For example, whenever we write an article for our website, we offer up the same content to our individual museums for their own promotional needs. If a museum calls and actually needs a story written or a press release produced, we will try to accommodate them,” added Poulin.

One major museum is working with the Trail to develop its own digital magazine, she reported. Another has been working with a Museum Trail consultant on a strategic marketing plan.

“It’s one reason First Citizens’ is beginning to direct a separate outsource services company it originally established to serve financial partners toward marketing solutions for the museums”, said Muise.

A major investment for the Trail is the second annual Festival of Museums slated for April 28 in Hyannis. It will feature 60 booths primarily for member museums, but also for more than a dozen other nonprofit organizations ranging from sustaining whale populations to community and farmers’ markets.

“You’ll also discover small businesses that produce and sell local brands,” said Poulin. Their products range from handmade crafts and Antique Maps, Charts and Prints.

The Festival, which is free to the public between 10 am. and 4 pm. on Saturday, April 28, underscores how the entire museum world is connected to every economic and cultural dimension of the Cape – from education and history to science and nature.

“Consider that the Museum Trail right now features dozens of classes offered by museum members – from cooking and dance for adults to coding and robotics for kids,” said Muise.

Many of them work closely with local school districts to develop STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). These members range from the Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee to the Chatham Marconi Maritime Museum, which not only has classes for children, but also to train teachers.

When you enter the Trail, you also encounter movies, concerts, lecture series, plays – a gigantic spectrum of entertainment. “Our museums are so much more than places that collect and exhibit,” said Poulin.

At any one time there are several cinema festivals or series playing from the Centerville Historical Museum to the Provincetown Art Association Museum. The Cape Cod Museum of Art even has its own 90-seat movie house.

We have both Audubon sanctuaries – in Wellfleet and Barnstable – on the trail, as well as the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center and our newest member, Nantucket Whaling Museum.
Many museums that might be perceived as great places for the kids on a rainy day actually have as many outdoor features as indoor ones. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, for example, features walking trails that traverse as many as four different topographies within a quarter mile – from forest to mudflats along Cape Cod Bay.

And last year, the museum introduced its Butterfly House and Pollinator Path.

“We may not have imagined this when we committed to the Trail two years ago, but now we recognize that it is beginning to nourish our economy,” Muise observed. “That suggests new partnerships within the business world, where shared resources can be benefit the museums, and vice versa.”

First Citizens’ has four branches on the Cape in Orleans, Hyannis, Mashpee and Falmouth. But, it also sees its commitment to the Museum Trail benefiting its many members off Cape as far as New Bedford.

“The Museum Trail is a major destination now for thousands of off Cape visitors. By committing our marketing dollars beyond the Cape, we hope to attract many more visitors to our many museum members in ways they can’t do themselves,” said Poulin.

Plan to join us on April 28 for the Festival of Museums at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s free for the entire family.




15th Annual Spring Celebration at Newport Vineyards

We stopped by the 15th Annual Spring Celebration at Newport Vineyards this past weekend to check out the fantastic wine, grape stomping competitions, potato sack races and amazing food.




Roam the history, art and culture of Cape Cod along the Museum Trail

By Glenn Ritt.

Cape Cod is living history, from the Pilgrim’s arrival and beyond to centuries of Native American culture. It is breathtaking nature on land and water. It is maritime tradition, from whaling and sea captains to pirate treasure and shipwrecks. It is art celebrating life from sunrise to sunset. It is science and technology’s past and present from Marconi’s discoveries to Woods Hole’s underwater explorations.

Now, you can discover all this along the Cape Cod Museum Trail, a world populated by nearly 60 museums from Falmouth to Provincetown. At www.capecodmuseumtrail.com, you will find hundreds of events, exhibits, activities and classes year round to plan your Cape Cod Experience, along with an interactive map and always interesting stories.

At the web site, you can sign up for the Cape Cod Museum Trail newsletter which highlights all the events and activities happening each month. In the busy summer, the newsletter is published weekly.

And you always can visit the Cape Cod Museum Trail on Facebook and Twitter to become part of its ever-expanding community. Every spring, the Museum Trail celebrates with its Festival of Museums.

“This is a one-stop location for anyone who loves history, art, culture and science,” says Peter Muise, CEO of First Citizens Federal Credit Union which sponsors the Museum Trail. “It connects museums, big and small, across all 15 towns of the Cape. When you actually see them all in one place, you are astounded by their scope and diversity.”

In a single afternoon, you can go back in time and roam the homes of Colonial settlers and Dennis’ first minister to the native Wampanoag, or climb the Pilgrim Monument and the Highland Light House, with each historic step leading to spectacular 360-degree vistas of the Cape.

“The Cape Cod Museum Trail is an invaluable resource to help visitors, fulltime residents and second homeowners in a fun and time-saving way,” Muise explained.

You can access it on your computer, phone or tablet at any time. Each museum has its own site along the trail for easy access – from contact information to hours of operation to photo galleries and directions.

Events, classes and exhibits can be searched by day, week and month. “That’s particularly valuable in the summer when there can be more than 400 listings at any one time,” noted Muise.

It may surprise many that museums on the Cape often host some of the most compelling entertainment events, from classic movies to chamber music to concerts ranging from country to rock. And many offer continuing education ranging from cooking and dance to pottery and foreign languages.

They also take you beyond traditional museum walls to walking trails and mudflats, from windmills to bird blinds.
“The Cape Cod Museum Trail is designed as an intimate experience because our mission is to connect each museum directly to their public,” said Muise. “We are much more than a digital world. We work with all the museums all the time, individually and together in a collaborative fashion. ”

As a result, the Cape Cod Museum Trail is evolving every day. Visitors are encouraged to communicate with their recommendations and experiences at the bottom of every story and at Facebook.

“The Cape itself is a giant, living museum. You see that so clearly when you visit the Museum Trail,” observes Muise. Enjoy hundreds of pieces of art from Provincetown to Dennis while watching Osprey feed their babies or a kingfisher dive for breakfast on a kettle pond. Now it’s all in one place.”

Plan to join us on May 6 for the Festival of Museums at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s free for the entire family.

Brought to you by First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union who is proud to introduce the Cape Cod Museum Trail – built to connect museums all over the Cape.

 

Cape Cod Museum Trail

Website:capecodmuseumtrail.org
Facebook: facebook.com/capecodmuseumtrail/
EMail: info@capecodmuseumtrail.org

 

First Citizen’s Credit Union

200 Mill Road, Suite 100
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
Phone: (800) 642-7515
Website:firstcitizens.org/
Facebook: facebook.com/FirstCitizensFCU/
EMail: info@firstcitizens.org




New Bedford Guide launches South Coast Dining Guide

By Matthew Neumann
By Matthew Neumann

Like many Americans, the staff at New Bedford Guide loves food and we love eating local. The Greater New Bedford area has been recognized multiple times over the past five years, for various accolades, but one of the categories overlooked is dining. We boast some of the best and freshest seafood in the country, unmatched Portuguese offerings, authentic Italian, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and so many more options. I can confidently sit behind my laptop and say that we’re a hidden gem in the dining community. Our establishments have been featured all over Phantom Gourmet, making the less fortunate observers left to drool, while we gorge ourselves and expand our waistlines.

It’s because of our love for all things food that we are proud to announce the launch of our South Coast Dining Guide. The South Coast Dining Guide is unique in that our guide is not only for all the residents of our beautiful area, but also for the restaurants themselves.

Click here for the South Coast Dining Guide

Users are able to navigate our beautiful and easy-to-use layout to find the best dining options, both on their desktop and mobile phones. Our clients (restaurant owners, managers, marketing reps, etc.) are able to enjoy the many features our dining profiles offer, as well as other marketing opportunities with New Bedford Guide, and our incredible growth and traffic (view our analytics and company information here).

Here is a list of features that are offered in the South Coast Dining Guide (version 1.0):

Google Maps API – You are able to quickly locate restaurants addresses through the built in Google Maps API. In addition, users can pull up the location directly on their mobile phone for easy access to GPS directions.

Built-in Social Media – Once a restaurant claims their listing, all applicable social media profiles are linked and featured on their profile. This allows users quick and easy access to view specials, discounts, coupons, photos, news and more.

Mobile Friendly – How people access information is changing, the majority of us get all of our information via our smartphone. This is why it was important to make sure the dining guide had responsive design built-in. As of January 2014, 58% of Americans owned a smart-phone. Making your website mobile friendly is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. Our beautiful and easy-to-use dining guide has been designed, developed and optimized for your smart phone.

Video Spotlight – One of the benefits of working at New Bedford Guide is the access businesses give us. We are able to show our users a glimpse into the every day operation of businesses that other media companies simply don’t have access to or aren’t interested in. It’s this personal look into businesses that truly connect the business with their customers. With our built in video feature, restaurants can receive a New Bedford Guide video spotlight, and integrate it right into their dining profile.

Here’s an example of one of our dining profiles with a video spotlight: All Friends Smokehouse & Catering

Dining Blog – We love to write, and we love to write about food. We’ve been fortunate enough to be invited into some of the best restaurants in the area to spotlight and/or write reviews. We’ve enjoyed some truly incredible meals that even the perfect adjective(s) can’t quite describe and need to be experienced personally. With our dining blog, users are able to read our first hand, unbiased accounts of dining in the south coast.

Dining Amenity Tags – One of my favorite features of the dining guide is our tagging/filter system. Once a restaurant claims their listing, we go through all the amenities they offer. This allows the user to engage our filter system to find the exact dining experience they are looking for. Users can look for locations that offer free Wi-Fi, accept the UMass Pass, have outdoor seating, as well as many other options.

With every new product we launch at New Bedford Guide, the strategy behind it always looks to the future. So what features can users and businesses expect in version 2.0?

Online Food & Drink Menus – From a pure consumer stand point, nothing annoys me more than not being able to window shop before I buy. When making the all important decision on where I’m going to eat breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, a glance at the menu before choosing is a must. I’ve spoken to friends, family and New Bedford Guide fans, and one thing they all agree on is that the dining guide has to have menus.

Over the next month, we will be working to develop and integrate food and drink menus into our listings. We’ve set a very ambitious goal of adding 300 menus by the end of 2015.

Events Trivia question of the day: Does anyone know how New Bedford Guide got its start? The answer is, as an online event system called Local Oracle (some of you might recognize that name). Local Oracle featured the events of numerous New Bedford area businesses, and also the embarrassingly awkward The Dating Game (high five if you were ever on it). As Mike Silvia and I noticed a demand for a broader range of information, we closed the doors of Local Oracle and launched New Bedford Guide, the rest is history.

With that being said, our number one clients on Local Oracle were restaurants. From live music, to trivia, jam sessions and even arm wrestling matches, there is always something to do, on any given day in the South Coast.

With that in mind, we are developing an event system to integrate into each dining profile. This will allow our clients to market their events, and for users to plan out their week. Look for that in the second quarter of 2015.

Do you have an idea for a dining guide feature? Contact us

We are very excited for the launch of the South Coast Dining Guide, and we hope our fans and businesses are also excited. If you are a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, franchise, etc. and want to become a partner of the South Coast Dining Guide, please click here to submit a listing or locate your business and claim it.

Thanks for your continued support of New Bedford Guide and enjoy the brand new South Coast Dining Guide.

Click here for the South Coast Dining Guide

If you are a business owner or manager and would like to discuss a plan and/or claim your listing, please contact Charles Turay at charles@newbedfordguide.com 

 

Do you see a business missing from the dining guide? Contact us and let us know what restaurant(s) we missed.

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South Coast Rail Explained

Michael Silvia
by Michael Silvia

New Bedford residents have a love/hate relationship with South Coast Rail, the rail line that will restore train service to Boston from Taunton, Fall River, Freetown, and New Bedford. We love the idea of being able to take a train from New Bedford to Boston for work or recreation. We hate that South Coast Rail has been promised so much in the past, that most New Bedford residents either sigh or laugh when they hear that “South Coast Rail is coming soon” in the news or from a politician’s mouth. In 1991, Massachusetts Governor Weld made the infamous promise to a Chamber of Commerce audience at White’s of Westport, “If you don’t have commuter rail by 1997, you can sue me.” Who’s ready for a class-action lawsuit? Four governors later, and 16 years past the deadline, we are not much closer to having South Coast Rail service even though Governor Deval Patrick has recently promised $1.8 billion of funding. Even the most optimistic forecasts state that South Coast Rail service wouldn’t start until 2018, or more than two decades past Weld’s promise. Based on what I know today, 2020 would be a more realistic estimate.

South Coast Rail is an expensive, complex project. There’s a lot of information (and misinformation) out there. With this article, I hope to explain the basics of South Coast Rail, examining the past, present and future of the project. For those that want to delve into the 100+ page documents produced by the state, check out my document sources at the bottom of this article.

Origins of South Coast Rail

South Coast Rail TrainSouth Cost Rail was first proposed in the 1980s with the intent of bringing economic development to the Fall River and New Bedford areas. New Bedford and Fall River peaked economically in the 1940s and declined significantly in the 1970s. New Bedford, once the whaling capital of the world, glass capital of the world (known as the “City of Light” at one point) and textile producing powerhouse, became a shell of itself with the fishing industry (mostly scallops) saving it from becoming a Flint, Michigan. South Coast Rail was to become the economic stimulus needed to boost New Bedford and Fall River’s economy.

South Coast Rail service will allow people to commute to Boston for higher paying jobs and bring significant tourism in the southcoast, Massachusetts. For New Bedford, it would stop the one-way migration of our most talented workers. Rather than commute, many simply relocated to Boston. New Bedford and Fall River generally have twice the unemployment rate of the state average. South Coast Rail would help bring New Bedford’s unemployment rate closer to parity with the state average.

Proposed South Coast Stations

South Coast Rail is a network of 10 new train stations that will run southward from Stoughton to Taunton and then fork off to Fall River and New Bedford. New Bedford is proposed to get two train stations, a King’s Highway station and the Whale’s Tooth Station just off of Route 18 near downtown New Bedford.

  • New Bedford Branch: King’s Highway and Whale’s Tooth Station (Route 18)
  • Fall River Branch: Fall River Depot, Battleship Cove and Freetown
  • Others: North Easton, Easton Village, Raynham Park, Taunton and East Taunton.

Heading North, these stations will connect to the Stoughton Station. Check out an interactive map here.

South Coast Rail Stations Map

New Bedford Station Types

Not all train stations will be the same. For South Coast Rail there are four types;  Multimodal Hub, New Center, Village Station and Park-and-Ride stations.

The Whale’s Tooth Station on Route 18 in New Bedford will be a larger, Multimodal Hub Station. It will combined bus and rail with structured parking. Other Multimodal Hub stations will include Fall River Depot and Downtown Taunton. Here’s a conceptual look at The Whale’s Tooth Station.

Whale's Tooth Station Ceoncept

The King’s Highway Station will be a New Center station proving rail only with surface parking. Other New Center stations will include Freetown and Raynham Place. Here’s a conceptual look at King’s Highway Station:

King's Highway Rail Station

The other types of stations:

  • Villiage Station – Rail only with limited parking. Village Stations include Taunton, Barrowsville, Easton Village and Stoughton.
  • Park-and-Ride Station – Built to include sizeable surface lots to serve transit riders driving to the station from around the region. Park-and-ride stations include Taunton Depot and North Easton.

South Coast Rail Timeline

Documentation

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