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Mayor Jasiel F. Correia announces that a warming center will be provided for anyone in need at Government Center on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, in the cafeteria on the main floor, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

The Mayor reminds residents that pets should be kept indoors as much as possible.

 

Very cold weather also poses a risk to water service pipes.

 

Etremely low temperatures can cause freezing of drinking water service pipes to properties.

 

Property owners should keep a small amount of flow moving through their water service to minimize the potential for freezing during this extreme cold period. This can be done by trickling a small amount of water through a faucet with a proper drain.

 

Property owners should also insulate pipes on their property that might be subject to cold temperatures.

 

A frozen water service can result in no water available to the property and/or burst pipes can cause damage to the property.

 

The property owner is responsible for protection from freezing of their plumbing, the water service and the water meter.

 

If you have a frozen water service please contact the Water Division at 508-324-2720 or 508-324-2721.

 

Please contact John Friar, Water Division, at 508-324-2330 if further information is needed.

 

 

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... WIND CHILL WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...

* LOCATIONS... THE SOUTH COASTS OF BOTH RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING CAPE COD.

* HAZARD TYPES... POTENTIAL LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILLS AND NEAR RECORD COLD AIR TEMPERATURES.

* WIND CHILL READINGS... AS LOW AS 25 BELOW.

* TIMING... THE WORST OF THE WIND CHILLS WILL OCCUR SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS... WIND CHILLS THIS COLD CAN BRING ON FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE AS 15 MINUTES! OUTDOOR EXPOSURE SHOULD BE LIMITED IN THESE CONDITIONS.

* WINDS... NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.

* AIR TEMPERATURES... TEMPERATURES SAT NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING WILL FALL TO NEAR RECORD COLD VALUES OF 5 BELOW TO 5 ABOVE ZERO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR WIND CHILLS TO FALL TO -25 DEGREES OR COLDER FOR AT LEAST 3 HOURS. A WIND CHILL INDEX BELOW -30 CAN BRING ON FROSTBITE IN AS LITTLE AS 10 MINUTES. OUTDOOR EXPOSURE SHOULD BE LIMITED IN THESE CONDITIONS.

  • Issued by The National Weather Service

    Boston, MA

    9:48am EST, Fri Feb 12

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Triple A Northeast is reporting that gasoline prices in the Commonwealth have declined for their 9th consecutive week and are at their lowest price points since January 2009.

 

Triple A Northeast is finding self serve regular unleaded gasoline averaging $1.77 a gallon, compared to a national average of $1.74.

The range in prices in the latest Triple A Northeast survey in the Commonwealth is 33 cents from a low of $1.61 to a high of $1.94.  

 

 

 

 

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The Fall River City Council will meet at 6pm Tuesday Night with Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown in a Committee on Finance, as issues with FY 2015 remain. 

 

Council will also deal with four ordinances in Second Reading, including one that would create a committee on Budget Preparation, Revenue and Audits, and another that would shrink the size of the current Real Estate Sub Committee. 

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Fall River Mayor and School Committee Chair Jasiel Correia II tells WSAR, on today's edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'', that cuts to the Fiscal Year 2017 School Department budget may be unavoidable due to a $7 million structural deficit, as while the goal of hitting Net School Spending could be in reach, a Level Services Budget may be unlikely. 

Currently the Commonwealth of Massachusetts covers around 80% of the Fall River School Department's Fiscal Year Budget, with the city funding the remaining 20%.

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While the prices of a barrel of Light Sweet Crude were up last week during international trading, the impact on gasoline prices were not impacted by sudden gains, which moved the price of a barrel of oil to the $35 mark. 
 
Those gains were wiped out Monday in trading, as oil closed at $31.28. 
 
Triple A Northeast find the price of a gallon of regular self serve unleaded gasoline at $1.81, three cents lower than a week ago, compared to a national average of a $1.80. 
 
Triple A Northeast is finding a price range of 46 cents, from a low of a $1.63 to a high of $2.09. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a letter on their website which was posted Monday Morning, the ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox have pledged that any planning for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox has been ''put on the back burner'', after a spring of discontent one year ago when new ownership, which included members of the Red Sox Major League Ownership Group, tried to secure financing for a new ballpark on the Providence Waterfront, which was ultimately rejected. 

The new ownership, represented in the letter by Red Sox Partner Larry Lucchino, says relationships between the Red Sox Triple A Franchise, the city of Pawtucket, and the state of Rhode Island are now,''open, candid and collaborative'' while admitting the franchise still has financial issues when compared to other International League Franchises that have new ballparks. 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Fall River City Council's Committee on Public Safety will meet for the first time in 2016 on Tuesday at 5:30 in Second Floor Council Chambers in Government Center. 

 

The Committee has a seven item agenda, including a discussion on Bristol County being designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking area. 

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State House News Services is reporting that Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator Mike Rodrigues is moving in to the a leadership role in the Senate on Beacon Hill, as he is now the Assistant Majority Whip, adding to his co-chairmanship of the Committee on Revenue. 

Rodrigues was the Bristol Eighth District State Rep from 1996 until 2010; he moved into the Massachusetts Senate after Former Senator Joan Menard retired in 2011. 




 

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The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved Bristol Community College's New Associate in Science in Life Sciences Program. 
 
The new academic program has two different concentrations, one of them in Biotechnology and Forensics D-N-A, with a second involving a Biology Concentration. 

BCC says new labor reports indicated that in Bristol County alone there are some 45 different STEM Occupations that require employees with at least an associates degree. 
 
 
 
 

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Fall River's Unemployment Rate for December moved up by nearly a full percentage point to an even 8%, as the number of those newly unemployed moved up by 335 people. 
 
New Bedford matched Fall River at an even 8%, while Taunton checked in at 5.7%, while Swansea and Somerset hovered either below or just above five percent. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WSAR Managing General Partner James Karam has contributed $50,000 to an endowment he created to encourage future leaders in the SouthCoast. 

 

The $5,000 rewards are renewable up to four years; the fund has a current endowment of some $600,000. 

 

Karam is the founder and owner of the First Bristol Corporation, which has made significant real estate investments during the last three decades. 

 

 

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Fall River and New Bedford have announced Parking Bans in advance of this weekend's Snow Event, as Fall River is asking motorists to move their vehicles before 12:01 AM EST Saturday Morning, and 12am in New Bedford. 

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Situation:  A winter storm developing over the Tennessee Valley today will track off the mid-Atlantic coast tonight and Saturday.  This winter storm will intensify rapidly once it heads off the coast south of Long Island.  There still remains some uncertainty with the exact storm track; a slight shift of 30-50 miles northward may mean higher snowfall totals, particularly in southeastern Massachusetts.  Anyone traveling in the next 24 to 36 hours should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to modify travel plans should winter weather develop.

 

Watches/Warnings:
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the south coast of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the islands from Saturday morning through Sunday morning.  Snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches possible.  A winter storm watch is issued for the potential of accumulating snow of 6 or more inches in a 12 hr period, or 8 or more inches in a 24 hr period.

 

A High Wind Watch has been issued for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.  The strongest winds will occur Saturday afternoon and evening. 

 

Winds: Southeast MA will experience the strongest winds; northeast winds of 30-40 mph with gusts to 50-60 mph. These winds are capable of downing trees and power lines as well as causing property damage.  In addition, the strong winds may result in considerable blowing snow in some areas of southeast MA resulting in very poor visibility.

 

Coastal Flooding: High astronomical tides will combine with strong onshore Northeast winds to yield a risk for minor to moderate coastal flooding along the Eastern Massachusetts coast.  The greatest risk of coastal flooding would occur from Scituate south through Cape Cod Bay, including the island of Nantucket.  The most vulnerable tide cycle appears to be the late Sunday morning to midday high tide.  Near shore roads and basements near shore may become flooded.

 

Snowfall:  Snow will begin Saturday afternoon and will overspread the region through Sunday morning. Heavy snow up to 6 inches along the south coast, Cape and Islands.  Heavy wet snow may combine with strong winds to result in scattered power outages.  Snowfall of 2-4 inches south of the Mass Pike and 1-2 inches north of the Mass Pike.  Snowfall for the Berkshire is expected to be a dusting to an inch.

 

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While pledging to work with the Massachusetts Great and General Court to keep taxes at current rates, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker urged lawmakers to pass an Omnibus Opiod bill that has been altered by House leadership, while also asking for work to continue on reforming  the Department of Children and Family Services, and for a lift of a cap on the number of Charter Schools. 

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 WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS... SOUTH COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND INCLUDING CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS. CITIES AND TOWNS IN THE WINTER STORM WATCH INCLUDE FALL RIVER... NEW BEDFORD... MATTAPOISETT... CHATHAM... FALMOUTH... PROVINCETOWN... VINEYARD HAVEN... NANTUCKET... NARRAGANSETT... WESTERLY... NEWPORT AND BLOCK ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES... HEAVY SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS... POSSIBLE SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 7 INCHES.

* TIMING... SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS... SNOW COVERED ROADS. ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER DEVELOP.

* WINDS... NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES... AROUND 30.

* VISIBILITIES... ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ACCUMULATING SNOW OF 6 OR MORE INCHES IN A 12 HOUR PERIOD... OR 8 OR MORE INCHES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. ANYONE TRAVELING IN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO MODIFY TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD WINTER WEATHER DEVELOP.

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SituationA storm system developing over the southeast states tonight through Friday is currently forecasted to track off the mid-Atlantic coast Friday night and Saturday.  The storm will intensify rapidly once it heads off the coast.  Strong winds and coastal flooding are likely across portions of Eastern Massachusetts.  There is a risk for heavy snow across the region, with the greatest threat over Southeast Massachusetts.  If the storm tracks closer to the coast, heavy snow would be possible farther North.  If the storm tracks farther offshore, the threat of heavy snow will diminish.  The exact track of the storm will dictate the intensity of the following storm impacts:

 

Winds: Northeast winds up to 50mph (low risk of 60mph), with the strongest winds Saturday night into Sunday morning over Cape Cod and the Islands.  Wind speeds of this magnitude may bring down tree limbs and result in isolated to scattered power outages.

 

Coastal Flooding: High Astronomical tides will combine with strong onshore Northeast winds to yield a risk for minor, to perhaps pockets of moderate coastal flooding along the Eastern Massachusetts coast.  Strongest winds appear to be focused over Cape Cod and the Islands.  The greatest risk of coastal flooding would occur from Boston southward into Plymouth County to the Upper Cape including the island of Nantucket.  The most vulnerable tide cycle appears to be the late Sunday morning to midday high tide

 

Heavy Snow Potential: Snow will overspread the region Saturday from southwest to northeast.  Snow may not reach northern Massachusetts until Saturday evening. The northern edge of the heavy snow shield will likely setup over or near southern New England.  Some areas could potentially receive significant snow (6+ inches), while other locations within a relatively short distance may receive very little snow.  This sharp snowfall gradient may shift north or south with later forecasts.  A shift in storm track as little as 50 miles could be the difference between heavy snow staying offshore versus over Southeast MA.  At this point, the greatest risk for heavy snow (6+ inches) is along the south coast of Massachusetts.

 

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ESPN.com is reporting that in the run up to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith said it's fair to label Tom Brady a crybaby because of the amount of time the Patriots quarterback spends looking for flags from officials when sacked.

 

 "That would be an accurate statement. I've never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady," Smith told reporters on Monday, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. "Every time he gets sacked he looks at the ref like, 'You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'"

Smith wasn't all negative about Brady. He praised the veteran's competitiveness and drive -- even if there are a few tears involved.

WSAR has both the AFC and NFC Championship Games Sunday afternoon with coverage underway at 2pm, followed by continuing coverage with Fox Sports Radio. 

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A House Committee heard testimony on a proposal to add a surtax to the incomes of Massachusetts Taxpayers who earn $1 million or more a year, as the Massachusetts House and Senate must still vote on the proposal, and Governor Baker must sign it, before it would be ultimately decided by Massachusetts Voters in 2017 at the earliest. 

 

If approved, the proceeds would be  used to fund public education and transportation projects. 

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The mayors of Fall River and New Bedford, among others, are in Washington for the National Conference of Mayors;Fall River Mayor Jasiel  Correia II tells WSAR that he was set to meet with Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on topics including the CSO Project, while Jon Mitchell in New Bedford will head a discussion on Green Energy this week.  

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A pair of $1 million dollar tickets were sold in the Commonwealth as part of the run up to the record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing last night, including one in East Bridgewater.

 

According to the ''Boston Globe'' and the Massachusetts Lottery, ticket sales for the latest Powerball drawing totaled nearly $33 million, with over $17 million sold on Wednesday, the day of the drawing. 

 

The Powerball Jackpot reverts to its $40 million starting point for Saturday. 

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Fall River City Council Member Ray Mitchell suggested earlier this week that the Fall River Municipal Financial Team, along with that of the School Department, along with other stakeholders, meet together to decide once and for all who is responsible for paying for various items. 
 
Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros tells WSAR that methodology is a hangup in the process, and that three items--insurance on various real estate, workers compensation and transportation--are at the crux of the problem. 
 
The initial construction of both municipal and school department budgets is underway for Fiscal Year 2017, with the process accelerating through the Spring. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II will announce what is being termed as a reorganization of Fall River Municipal Government, ''including the creation of a new city government department, and the elimination of positions'', at an event in the Fall River Room at Government Center starting at 3:30pm.

WSAR will have video from the event on WSAR's Facebook page this afternoon, and reports on 1480 WSAR during the 4 and 5pm hours, and on Friday Morning. 

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