Live with Dr. Daniel Sacchetti, DO – Southcoast Health’s Stroke Director

Nearly 800,000 people experience a stroke every year in the United States, so what are the tell-tale signs we should look out for? We hear from Dr. Daniel Sacchetti, DO, Southcoast Health’s Stroke Director.

Learn more about Dr. Sacchetti at www.southcoast.org/doctors/daniel-sacchetti-do/ and Southcoast Health’s stroke care at www.southcoast.org/services/brain-and-spine-treatment/stroke-care/.

Here are more resources on how to make healthy lifestyle changes and control health conditions that raise risk for stroke:

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: https://www.stroke.org/en/

Massachusetts Stroke Prevention and Control: https://www.mass.gov/stroke-prevention-and-control

Massachusetts Stroke Resources: https://www.mass.gov/lists/stroke-resources

Stroke Symptoms: https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-symptoms https://www.mass.gov/service-details/stroke-signs-and-symptoms-act-fast

Stroke Family Warmline: https://www.stroke.org/en/help-and-support/for-family-caregivers/stroke-family-warmline


Stroke Support Group Finder: https://www.stroke.org/en/stroke-support-group-finder

Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program: https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-tobacco-cessation-and-prevention-program-mtcp


SSTAR – Smoke Cessation https://www.sstar.org/smoking-cessation/


Go to the Open Access Center, 386 Stanely Street, Fall River, MA 02720. Mon-Fri 7:30am-3pm for intake. There is a smoking cessation group on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.

Springfield Police Officers Evacuate Burning Multi-Unit Building Monday Morning

Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and the Springfield Police Department are today releasing body-worn camera footage of first responding Springfield Police officers evacuating a burning, smoke-filled building, waking up and helping residents escape on Monday morning.

On Monday December 13th at approximately 4:20 a.m. Springfield Police Officers Carlos Ortiz, Luis Rojas, Michael Cruz, Gustavo Olivo, Jomaris Vazquez, Jeremy Rivas, Thomas Normoyle and Thomas Meleady responded to a fire at a multi-unit building on the 200 block of Fort Pleasant Avenue. The footage begins in the moments officers arrived on the scene where they observed smoke in the back of the building and were told people were still inside.

Officers entered the building, encountering smoke in the hallways and stairwells, and went door to door checking units to ensure residents were awake and assisting them in safely exiting the building as the fire continued to grow. In one unit, officers were able to rescue a dog (minute 1:55).

Aside from what can be seen in this footage, the officers cleared two additional floors in the building. Fortunately, many residents had already exited the building as a result of the smoke alarms.

“I am very proud of these officers who demonstrated their professionalism, courage and dedication to duty by diligently entering and checking units to ensure residents were out of the building,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.

“These are situations where instincts take over and the officers did not hesitate to enter a burning building, putting their own lives at risk, and were able to lead several residents out of the building.”

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “What an amazing job our brave and dedicated men and women of the Springfield Police Department do, day in and day out. I am very happy to hear that everyone was able to get out of the building. These officers went above and beyond to serve and protect and I have no doubts that their actions that early morning saved lives. Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and I are so very proud of these officers for their quick and lifesaving actions. Good job Blue and God Bless you and your families.”

The Springfield Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

New Bedford firefighters respond to 2-alarm fire on Ashley BLVD

New Bedford firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at 377 Ashley BLVD in New Bedford just after noon today. No further details at this time.

Interview new with New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Anderson

Chris Resendes sits down with New Bedford Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Anderson to update us on the current school year and all things New Bedford Public Schools.

New Bedford police “sewer dive” to retrieve crack cocaine tossed into it

Last Friday, 51-year old Benjamin Keith Duarte of Fall River was arrested for trafficking drugs and a number of motor vehicle violations after a vehicle crash near the corner of Coggeshall/Purchase streets and a brief car chase. Detectives discovered bags of cocaine and crack cocaine inside a manhole cover.

Isaksen Solar – Solar power in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Want to say goodbye to your electric bill? Here’s a look at locally owned Isaksen Solar doing a solar panel installation on Mike’s house.

Call (508) 567-0647, email rrego@isaksensolar.com or visit http://www.IsaksenSolar.com to see if solar is right for your home.

Police respond to double-stabbing in New Bedford Saturday night

New Bedford police officers responded to a double stabbing at around 9pm last night in the area of Thompson and County streets. Initial reports are that four people were detained for questioning. No further information is available at this time.

Local woman stranded in Cabo Verde for days because of Coronavirus concerns

“Many people have told me to reach out to you about this matter. Two of my friends and I have been in Cabo Verde (an island of the West Coast of Africa) for 2 weeks now.

After Trump spoke about closing the border with European countries we started to panic because our flight had an hour and a half layover in Portugal. Our flight was with SATA Azores Airlines. To reassure our flight would be okay we spoke to their agency out here in Praia, Cape Verde.

The woman at the agency reassured us that our flight will be fine and would not be getting canceled. So our stress and nerves calmed down because we thought we would be heading home on March 16th. Once March 16th arrived we headed to the airport around 9:00am, our flight was at 12:50 pm. We see hundreds of people waiting in lines with their luggage.

From overhearing people talking the word was that all flights got canceled until March 31st. We did not get an email, a text, an alert on their app…NOTHING. There were no workers walking around explaining what was happening and instead it was hundreds of people confused and worried.

There was one person at the SATA desk at the Praia airport for hundreds of people who just figured out their flight was canceled once they arrived at the airport from workers who help travelers with their luggage. After waiting 2-3 hours at the airport we decided to head to the SATA agency which was awful.


They said no refunds and they refused to help us look for other flights available, the women working kept smiling as if she took us as a joke. We were getting nowhere at the agency so we decided to head to the US Embassy out here and they were just as useless.

We had to wait 2 hours because they were on a lunch break and we searched for them for about 20 minutes just for them to tell us they can’t do anything to help us. They said we need to look into flights and tell family to send money. We then, by ourselves, secured our tickets with Cabo Verde Airlines who was doing a direct flight to Boston early Saturday morning on March 21st.

They guaranteed our flight home. Come Thursday, March 18th, I got a call from my hotel that another airline called TAP would be canceling all their flights after today and other airlines may be doing the same… still no email or alert from SATA or Cabo Verde airline.

We rushed to the airport to stand in line for 3-4 hours to find out Cape Verde closed their borders but the Prime Minister stated U.S Citizens can fly home. As we are at the airport I get an email from the U.S Embassy to go directly to the SATA agency because there is word there will be a direct flight to Boston tonight.

We followed the Embassy’s directions and headed to the agency. The woman who gave us a hard time before was there and reassured us that there will definitely be a flight tonight directing to Boston for U.S Citizens but the time was still unsure.

We packed all our stuff and headed to the airport for hours just for them to tell us there was no flight. They said our flight will be Friday, March 20 at 2:45 pm. This morning we called and now they are saying Boston won’t approve them to land. Cape Verde is not a European country and has NO cases of Coronavirus. We don’t know what else to do.

We just want to be home with our family. I made a Facebook live last night explaining all of this. Please help us get the word out! We need prayers!

Thank you,
Brianna Tavares”

Six Greater New Bedford area high schools to compete in Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts (JA) and Title Sponsor, Bristol County Savings Bank, announce that six schools from the New Bedford area – Bishop Stang High School, Dartmouth High School, Fairhaven High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School and New Bedford High School – will participate in the 7th Annual Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge to take place on the campus of UMass Dartmouth this coming Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge is a business strategy competition in which high school students compete against other schools in teams using an online, interactive business simulation which provides students with essential business knowledge. Each of the schools will compete against an estimated 200 students from 13 other schools.

“We are excited to have six schools from the greater New Bedford area competing in JA’s Titan Business Challenge this year,” said Jeffrey Pelletier, JA President. “Thanks to the support of the Bank and our other community partners, more than 1,000 students over the past six years have had the opportunity to participate in this hands-on, dynamic learning experience while gaining knowledge from some of the region’s top business leaders and competing for scholarship awards that can help make a higher education possible.”

During the event, the students will compete for scholarships while gaining insight into the world of business, at no cost to the students or their high schools. In addition to developing budgets and interpreting financial reports, students can expect to increase their knowledge of pricing, production, capital investment, R&D, marketing and charitable giving.

City Councilor Dunn calls for the end of New Bedford fire station blackouts

“Over the past few years, we’ve had four fatalities while stations were blacked out. Since October, we’ve had two fatalities in Ward 3 while stations were blacked out. Enough is enough.”

City Councilor Hugh Dunn presented a written motion last night that called for the City Council to go on record against the New Bedford Fire Department station “blackouts.”

On December 28, 2019, a fire at 143 Myrtle Street claimed the life of an elderly man.

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