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South Coast’s Best Photos of 2018


Nearing almost 1,000 posts in 2018 and collecting more than 250,000 likes, the South Coast is full of beauty and talented creators sending us in some amazing shots. New Bedford Guide’s Josh Souza (https://www.instagram.com/souzaphotos/) went through the 2018 posts and pulled his favorite submissions of 2018 and a few of his favorite moments.

Adam Graves (https://www.instagram.com/adamgravesphoto/)

Eric Medeiros (https://www.instagram.com/night_porter78/)

Ryan Scott Johnson (https://www.instagram.com/ryanscottjohnson/)

Kevin Faria Photography

Jeff Golenski (https://www.instagram.com/jeffgolenski/)

Maxamillin Woodis (https://www.instagram.com/maxsmilliongraphics/)

John Matias (https://www.instagram.com/jsilphotography/)

Roger E. Surprenant

Greg Stone

Kathy Mazzonia Photography

Bobby Amaral

Some of Josh’s favorite 2018 moments that were shared on Instagram

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This year's New Bedford Veterans Day Parade's Grand Marshall was Octavio "Tacky'' Pragana, a Navy veteran in World War II and Korea and a retired New Bedford police officer,  Mr. Pragana is 92. He was born March 12, 1926 in New Bedford as Octavio Pragana. He joined the service as a young man, enlisting in the United States Navy in 1943 during World War II. On Oct. 13, 1944 he was aboard the USS Canberra, 90 miles off Formosa, now known as Taiwan. The ship was struck by an aerial torpedo, killing 23 crew members instantly. He was uninjured and stayed on the ship, which was repaired and traveled on her own power via the Panama Canal to Boston. Before the Canberra was struck, Pragana earned seven battle stars in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and two battle stars for liberation of the Philippines. He later served in the Korean conflict era on the Seventh Fleet of the U.S. Navy from 1950-1952, and was honorably discharged from the military in 1952.  He eventually became a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1982, and is a member of the auxiliary to this day. When his full-time military service ended, Pragana returned to New Bedford and eventually became a New Bedford Police officer. Through the years, he worked for the department in a variety of roles, including detective, motorcycle officer and firearms instructor. Pragana retired in 1988, but he never really left. Nearly every day, he grabs a cup of coffee and heads to police headquarters. He chats with officers, volunteers at events and works out at the gym in the basement of Station Three, at 781 Ashley Blvd. in the North End. He is such a familiar and beloved figure doing his workouts that the New Bedford Police Union named the gym in his honor. Photo @souzaphotos #veteransday #newbedford #newbedfordma #nb #nbma #massachusetts #veteran #wwiiveteran #wwii #hero #navy #usnavy

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His #FantasyFootball league is brutal. Here are the results and a photo from yesterday's 43rd Annual Father's Day Road Race in #Fairhaven, MA. Keep an eye out for another gallery later today! Overall 5k Mens 1. Zack Viera, Fairhaven, MA – 16:42 2. Cody Gibney, #NewBedford, MA – 16:52 3. Michael Vaz, #Dartmouth, MA – 16.56 Womens 1. Elizabeth Sullivan, #Portsmouth, RI – 19:02 2. Lauren Dorschied, #Acushnet, MA – 19:04 3. Sophia Arruda, #Lakeville, MA – 20:19 Overall 10k Mens 1. Trevor Wysong, #Taunton, MA – 32:52 2. Jason Eddy, #EastBridgewater, MA – 34.50 3. Taylor Days-Merrill, Fairhaven, MA – 37.11 Womens 1. Rebecca Corugno, Dartmouth, MA – 41.26 2. Patricia Baptiste, Dartmouth, MA – 41.52 3. Molly Comerford, #Scituate, MA – 42.47 Photo by @souzaphotos #massachusetts #newengland #newbedfordguide #newbedfordma #nbma

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