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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS, FALL RIVER MA:

FRIDAY:
City Councilor Raymond Mitchell and The City of Fall River will be conducting a Flag Raising Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. at the main entrance of Oak Grove Cemetery, Prospect St., Fail River, MA and will be held rain or shine. Public is invited.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY:
The City of Fall River’s Grave Officer will be placing approximately 11,000 American Flags on veterans’ graves throughout the city and will also place 27 memorial wreaths on veterans’ monuments throughout the city.

SUNDAY:
A memorial ceremony in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James T. Griffin who was killed in action in Germany on June 11, 1943 during WWII will be held at Griffin Park, located at Fourth, Fifth and Branch Streets at 11 a.m., rain or shine. Assembly is at Corky Row Club on Third and Branch Streets immediately preceding the ceremony. Public is invited.

MONDAY:
The City of Fall River will be conducting a Memorial Ceremony in honor of U.S. Army Pvt. Michael E. Bouthot, U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Robert J. Barrett and U.S. Army Spc. Scott A. Andrews, who were killed in action in the Global War on Terrorism. This ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at Snake Hill in North Park, President Ave., Fall River, MA and will be held rain or shine. Public is invited.

MONDAY:
Attorney Richard Urban will be holding a memorial ceremony in honor of U.S. Army Corporal David L. Miller, a WWII, P.O.W. and survivor of the Bataan Death March of 1942, who died in a Japanese prison camp in 1943. Ceremony will be held rain or shine at 11:30 a.m. at the Miller Green located at the intersection of South Main and Shove Streets. Public is invited.

MONDAY:
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 207 will be conducting their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at noon aboard the USS Massachusetts at Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA and will be held rain or shine. Public is invited.

MONDAY:
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 207 will be holding a prayer service and military honors at 1:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Monument located in upper Kennedy Park, So. Main Street, and will be held rain or shine. Public is invited.

MONDAY:
The City of Fall River and the Fall River Veterans’ Council will be conducting the annual Memorial Day Parade that will travel from Kennedy Park, So. Main St., east on Sullivan Drive to Third Street, and will conclude at the Fall River Government Center Atrium, One Government Center, where closing ceremonies will be held. Assembly of parade is at Kennedy Park, corner of So. Main Street and Bradford Avenue at 1 p.m. and step off is at 2 p.m., rain or shine. Public is invited.

MONDAY:
The Lance Corporal John J. Van Gyzen Marine Corps League and the Fall River Veterans’ Council will sponsor a Memorial Day Service that will be held at 6 p.m. at the Iwo Jima Monument, located at Fall River Veterans’ Memorial Bicentennial Park, 1082 Davol St., rain or shine. Public is invited.

 

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MassDOT is set to undergo another round of testing on the Veterans Memorial Bridge beginning Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. 
 
The drawbridge portion will open starting at 10am, with the bridge to close after a 15 minute time frame; the cycle will repeat itself every hour, minus the noon hour, through 3pm both days. 
 
MassDOT says the opening and closing of the Vets Bridge is needed to test and fine tune various components of the bridge. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Correia Administration has released its version of a Fiscal Year 2017 Municipal Budget, with a link to the 250 page budget available on the city's official website. 

The three page introduction penned by Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia indicates that no one time money was utilized in the FY 2017 Municipal Budget, and that the $10 per  month per unit trash and recycling fee is proposed to be eliminated. 

 

A two and a half percent property tax increase is included in the budget. 

 

The Fall River School Department will receive $124 million from the City of Fall River for operating and transportation expenses. 

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The Fall River City Council will meet Tuesday beginning at 6pm in the Second Floor Council Chambers; the session starts at 6pm with a three item finance session that will feature the dates of meetings for the FY 2017 Municipal and School Department Budgets.

 

Council could also approve water and sewer rate increases, and codify the salary of a new Community Maintenance Director during its regular session that begins after Finance and Citizens Input. 

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MassDOT is set to begin paving operations this weekend as part of the Route 79 project, which finishes work in September. Beginning tomorrow at 6am, MassDOT is set to close North and South Davol Streets, between the U Turn and Milliken Boulevard to North and South Davol Streets.
 
The work is set to wrap at 5pm Saturday.
 
Work continues on the Braga Bridge Sunday Night at 8pm, continuing through Thursday Morning at 6am, weather permitting.
 
One Lane on the Braga Bridge in each direction will be closed, and traffic shifted between the Somerset and Fall River Sides of the Bridge as work continues on the Bridge Deck.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
            
 
 

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The Fall River School Committee will conduct a public hearing on the FY 2017 budget starting at 6:15pm, followed by a hearing on School Choice for the 2016-17 School Year, before their regular meeting session at Morton Middle School that will deal with 17 items, a discussion and vote to approve the Fiscal Year 2017 Fall River Public School Budget, and to refer it to the 9-member City Council; an update on the Search for a New Superintendent will be updated by the chair of the Search Committee, School Committee Vice Chair Mark Costa. 

 

An extensive executive session will follow the public session as discussions on contracts with the Fall River Administrators Association, the FREA, AFSCME Local 1118, Federation of Paraprofessionals and other  union locals continues. 

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ESPN.com is reporting that after hitting .469 with 15 RBIs in the past 7 days, Red Sox Outfielder Jackie Bradley Junior has been named the American League Player of the Week.

The Red Sox are in Kansas City for 3 games this week, before returning to Fenway Park for a six game homestand on Friday. 

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The Chair of a Search Committee working to select finalists for the Fall River Superintendent of Schools are sifting through 19 resumes, with many contenders, according to Fall River School Committee Chair Mark Costa, already holding PHDs, and many in senior slots in leadership in their various districts. 

 

The 16 search committee members are set with questions to ask contenders, as they will send the names of finalists to the full school committee for public interviews later this spring. 

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Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II tells WSAR that he is prepared for individual sessions with the nine council members as the FY 2017 Municipal Budget, in draft form, has been finished. 

 

Correia tells WSAR that is prepared to walk council members through a zero based budgeting process, while explaining how a $10 per month, per unit, Solid Waste Fee is to be eliminated. 

Numbers involving the privatization of the collection of Yard Waste, Solid Waste, Trash and Recycling will also be a part of the draft budget document. 

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Holly McNamara scored a resounding election win for a contested Somerset Selectman Seat during balloting on Monday, winning all five precincts by margins of 2 to 1 and 3 to 1, as the political newcomer takes the oath of office today, and takes part in her first Selectmen meeting on Wednesday at the Somerset Public Library. 

McNamara tells WSAR she wanted to send a message of hope to Somerset residents, about 24 percent of whom cast ballots on Monday. 

 

Somerset's Town Meeting happens on Monday of next week. 

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On May 16, MassDOT will be conducting road work on Route 6 in New Bedford and Fairhaven.

The work will consist of milling and paving and will be performed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with an estimated completion date of May 26.

 

During construction, traffic will be detoured around thru Route 18, Interstate 195 and Route 240. Traffic in the area of Main Street in Fairhaven can travel north to Howland Road/Coggeshall Street to reach Route 18 or Interstate 195.  

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Beginning on Saturday, May 7, at approximately 7:00 AM, MassDOT will close Exit 5 off I-195 West to Route 79/138 in Fall River through September 2016.

 

The closure is necessary for the contractor to build the new I-195 West off-ramp to Central Street, Route 79/138, and North Davol Street. Signs will be in place indicating detour routes:

 

  • To reach Route 79/138 North and South – Take Exit 6-7 for Plymouth Avenue/Pleasant Street, bear left to take Exit 6 for Pleasant Street, turn right on Pleasant Street, turn left on Ninth Street, turn left on Bedford Street, proceed straight onto Central Street, then turn right on South Davol Street for Route 79/138 North or turn left for Route 79/138 South. An alternate route uses I-195 West across the Braga Bridge to Exit 4B in Somerset. 
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Detour maps and directions are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and can be found on the 

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BMC Durfee's Principal has sent a letter to parents and guardians of students this week, outlining the events of last week's Junior Prom that happened at a Dartmouth location, in which some students became ill after eating brownies that were laced with marijuana and possibly plant seeds that contain a chemical compound that acts in much the same manner as does LSD. 

While citing Federal and Commonwealth privacy laws regarding those who allegedly were involved, Durfee Principal Maria Pontes says investigations are ongoing with local law enforcement to find out who was involved. 

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A Superintendent Search Focus Group Session has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Kuss Middle School auditorium located at 52 Globe Mills Avenue.
 
All residents and parents of PreK-12 students are invited to attend this meeting, which will be moderated by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.
 
 
 
Also, if you haven't done so already, please take a moment to complete this very brief survey regarding the Superintendent search:

 

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