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MassDOT will close Central Street between Milliken Boulevard/Durfee Street and Route 79/Davol Street on Thursday, August 18, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 

This closure will allow the contractor to place the final course of pavement on Central Street.

 

 

The following route should be used to reach Route 79/Route 138/Broadway from upper Central Street during the Central Street closure:

 

 

  • For local access to businesses and tourist attractions, drivers should use Milliken Boulevard, Milliken Connector, and Pocasset Street/Anawan Street.
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Access to the waterfront from Exit 5 off I-195 East and West will be maintained.

 

MassDOT’s contractor will also place the final course of pavement on Pocasset Street between Route 79/138 at Anawan Street and the Herald News Building on Friday, August 19, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Traffic will be maintained; however, the work will require lane closures.

 

 

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Steward Saint Anne’s Hospital responds to Southcoast Charlton Memorial Hospital Code Black crisis

 

FALL RIVER, MA – Steward Saint Anne’s Hospital President Craig Jesiolowski issued the following statement in response to the recent Code Black crisis at Southcoast Charlton Memorial Hospital that led to significant patient diversions away from Charlton towards Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River and other providers.

 

“I want to thank all of the Saint Anne’s Hospital staff and all of the EMS staff across the region who did a tremendous job caring for the additional overflow patients who were diverted to our hospital during this weekend’s Code Black crisis at Southcoast Charlton Memorial Hospital,” said Jesiolowski. “It demonstrated again the importance of EMS and Saint Anne’s personnel working so well together particularly at a time when another major area provider was unable to accept many patients due to a Code Black.”

 

A Code Black is a term used by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel and other medical professionals when a hospital doesn’t have the necessary resources to handle a significant number of patients either due to natural disasters or systems failures, as the case was during the major electrical outage and backup electrical failure at Southcoast Charlton over the weekend.

 

The Southeastern Massachusetts EMS Council issued a warning regarding the Charlton Code Black over the weekend that put a wide range of conditions, including cardiac catheterizations, motor vehicle accidents, long bone fractures, strokes, severe abdominal pain, GI bleeding, post surgical symptoms, and all maternal/obstetrical patients, on an “absolute diversion” list. 

 

Southcoast has previously sought to preserve a monopoly on cardiac catheterization services in the area and has attempted to sue the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to prevent additional services from being added to aid patients. That suit would seek to prevent Saint Anne’s from operating the very cardiac catheterization lab that became the only source of heart catheterization services available in Fall River during the Charlton Code Black.

 

While the Code Black at Southcoast Charlton Memorial Hospital continued throughout the weekend, Saint Anne’s successfully absorbed the majority of the overflow patient volume, including emergency and cardiac patients.

 

EMS patients who were diverted from Southcoast Charlton during the crisis were primarily sent to Steward Saint Anne’s. As the Code Black at Charlton wore on, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued an emergency waiver enabling ambulances to transfer patients to additional area hospitals, including Steward Morton Hospital in Taunton, MA.

 

The Code Black at Charlton was reportedly caused by a significant loss of electricity at Charlton and the subsequent failure of Charlton’s back-up electrical system. Charlton Memorial Hospital currently has a statement posted to its website saying the hospital is once again operational and apologizing to patients impacted by the Code Black.

 

Saint Anne’s officials said that while the Charlton Code Black did lead to a volume spike over the weekend, Saint Anne’s patients did not experience significant delays in receiving care and can expect normal service availability and scheduling throughout the coming week.

 

“This crisis underscored the need for patient choice and a wide availability of hospital services in our area, including some of the cardiac services which we have recently expanded,” said Jesiolowski. “I’m very proud of our Saint Anne’s staff and the EMS providers who rose to the occasion and cared for the overflow patients with the highest levels of compassion, skill, and professionalism.”

 

 

 

 

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As part of the City Council Packet for the coming week, the dates for Early Voting prior to the November 8 Election, will happen in the Atrium of the Fall River Government Center Building beginning Monday October 24 from 9 till 7pm.

 

Government Center in Fall River will be open on Saturday October 29 starting at 9am till 2pm. 

You can see the entire schedule as part of the City Council Packet on page 49 of the packet via a link on the city's official website. 

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The Boston Celtics open their regular season on Wednesday, October 26, at the T-D Garden, and return to the lineup for Christmas Day versus the Knicks at Madison Square Garden at noon. 

 

The Celtics will also have a pre season date at Mohegan Sun and a pair of pre season games at the T-D Garden in October. 

 

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The new Superintendent for the Fall River Public School District tells WSAR, on the Friday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'', that teacher retention is the number one topic that he's been hearing about since he took the job earlier this Summer. 

 

Dr. Matthew Malone tells WSAR he is hopeful that making sure that teachers are valued for their skills will go a long way towards reducing the number of teachers leaving the district. 

School in Fall River begins in early September following Labor Day. 

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With the announcement Sunday Morning that New York Yankees DH Alex Rodrigues would end his playing career Friday of this week, his final trip into Fenway Park begins this week, concluding Thursday. 

While no one will know if ARod will be the DH in any of the three games at Fenway Park, the Secondary Ticket Market has significant markups for tickets that were already scarce. 

 

Stubhub.com has standing room at $100, and some the prime seats at $400+; the Red Sox own secondary ticket outlet has grandstand seats at an asking price of $275 each for Tuesday's first game of the series. 

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A Criminal Complaint has been filed against a 45 year old New Bedford man who is considered by investigators to be the prime suspect in the murder of 19 year old Sabrina Da Silva of News Bedford. 
 
45 year old Water Da Silva, the woman's father, is accused of murder, carrying an illegal firearm and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.
 
Da Silva is accused of shooting his daughter multiple times on the night of July 3rd at Bedford Street location in New Bedford. 

Sabrina Da Silva was found in a parking lot and was later pronounced dead at Saint Luke's Hospital.
 
Walter Da Silva appeared in court in Bridgeport Connecticut and waived extradition. 
 
 
 
 
 

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While hundreds of farm and domestic animals have been moved to Sheleters as a result of an ongoing investigation into what happened on a 70 acre parcel earlier this Spring, the ASPCA has been on the ground in Westport this Summer, and has requested the following donations:

 

 

Items needed: 

·         Water

·         Gatorade

·         Paper towels

·         Packaged snacks for volunteers

·         Work gloves

·         Sunscreen 

·         Bug spray 

·         20' tarps 

·         Horse corral panels 

·         Jolly balls (for large animals)

·         Pine shavings

·         Rope cattle halters

 

Drop-off location:

Westport Police department

818 Main Rd

Westport, MA 02790

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Mayor Jon Mitchell, state officials and other leaders today announced that the City has converted more than 25% of its general use fleet to electric vehicles, as part of an initiative to replace more of New Bedford’s aging fleet with fuel efficient, cost effective, and environmentally friendly electric cars.  The milestone makes New Bedford’s electric vehicle fleet the largest of its kind of any municipality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and reinforces the Mitchell Administration’s commitment to integrating clean energy technology into city government operation.

 

Last June, the City first introduced ten electric vehicles to its fleet when older model vehicles that were purchased in the early/mid 1990s were retired.  As of today’s announcement, more than 25 % of the cars in the City’s municipal passenger fleet of 70 vehicles have been converted to electric vehicles.  New Bedford is currently leasing 19 new Nissan LEAF models.  The Nissan LEAF vehicles are used by the New Bedford Health Department and New Bedford Public Schools.

The electric vehicles are super efficient – travelling the equivalent of 126 miles per gallon on city streets.  As a result of the vehicle conversion initiative, the City’s fleet now produces fewer harmful carbon emissions and at an average of $60 per vehicle, per month, it has been less expensive than purchasing or leasing conventional cars.


In addition, city officials announced that New Bedford has expanded the number of electric car charging stations from 8 in 2011 to 27 total stations now throughout the City.  10 of the 27 are available to the public free of charge in City parking garages and in the International Marketplace public lot.  ns

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A Fall River Police Department (FRPD) cruiser while operating in the area of Montaup and Slade Street early Wednesday morning was struck by an off road dirt bike that was travelling without headlights. A second dirt bike, which was traveling with this dirt bike, fled the scene.

 

The operator of the dirt bike was seriously injured at the scene. He was treated at the scene by EMS then transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where he passed away. The two officers in the cruiser were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released.

 

The crash and death is under investigation by FRPD Major Crimes Division, The District Attorney’s Office, State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney, FRPD Accident Reconstruction Team, and the FRPD Crime Scene Unit.

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Giving her first indications that she will likely run for a second term as the Senior Democratic Senator from the Commonwealth, Elizabeth Warren will be in New Bedford tomorrow night for a one hour presentation on what Warren is claiming will be a presentation on how ''the playing field got tilted against America's Middle Class and how to fix it''.

 

The event happens at the first Unitarian Church of New Bedford at 7pm; doors open 30 minutes prior. 

 

Warren was vetted as a potential contender for Vice President with Hillary Clinton; 

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