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The Fall River School Committee will debate and vote on its choice for a new Superintendent of Schools on Wednesday at Spencer Borden at 5:30pm. 


The three contenders each had a 90 minute slot to make their case in a BCC Lecture Hall last week. 


Current Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown begins a 4 year stint in Barnstable on July 1. 


                 Gasoline Prices in the Commonwealth have dropped by some six cents this week according to Triple A Northeast.
                   Triple A finds a gallon of self serve regular unleaded gasoline averaging around 2-24 this week, nine cents below the national average of 2-33.
                    The range in prices in the Commonwealth according to Triple A Northeast is 39 cents from a low of 2-10 to a high of 2-49. 


MassDOT will implement overnight single lane closures on I-195 Eastbound and Westbound on the Braga Bridge on Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24 – 8:00 PM each night to 6:00 AM the following morning.

One lane in each direction will be closed and traffic shifted between the Somerset and Fall River sides of the bridge. The lane shifts are necessary to allow the contractor to perform median repairs.


With a three day celebration of a Day of Portugal set for this weekend at the Gates on the city's South Side, professional rowing on the Taunton River in the shadow of the Braga Bridge and a Carnival in the Flint Neighborhood, there are a plethora of things to do this weekend in Fall River, and many of the events are free, with costs for food and beverages.


The Day of Portugal has a page on Facebook, while Goggling the other events would appear to be the best way to secure information about the various other events.


WSARs Facebook page has video from this week's press conference announcing the Day of Portugal events for this weekend.  


There is some speculation in Fall River that it could be this coming Thursday when the seven member Fall River School Committee debates and perhaps votes on a new superintendent, after hearing from three finalists in a BCC Lecture Hall on Thursday Night. 

Current Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown has roughly two weeks left in her current tenure before she heads to Barnstable on July 1st. 


The Three Finalists for the job of Superintendent of the Fall River Public School District will have their Public Interviews with the seven member Fall River School Committee tomorrow afternoon starting at 5pm, with Dr Charles Grandson IV, with Dr Matt Malone at 6:30 and Dr Stacy Scott at 8pm. 

Each interview could last as long as 90 minutes; the session happens at BCC at the Siegel Health Technologies Building, better known as Building C, in room C111. 

WSAR will use Facebook Live to bring you portions of the session. 


MassDOT will perform final paving on Milliken Boulevard between Columbia Street and Connector Street from 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 16, to 6:00 AM on Friday, June 17.

The paving has been postponed at least twice over the month of June


Traffic will be maintained; however, the work will require lane closures.


The new off ramp from the Braga Bridge to Milliken Boulevard is nearly completed, while work continues on a new on ramp that is under construction. 


The Fall River City Council has called off the Thursday Night Session of Municipal Budget Hearings, while Tuesday's now final night is still on, after a decision made late Tuesday night in Council Chambers in Government Center. 

Council has debated, argued and asked questions of administrators for some eight hours over 2 days; a copy of what each Council Member sees is available for you to view at the city's official website. 

Tuesday will feature a detailed look at the School Committees' budget appropriation while some Municipal Administrators will also be summoned by council members for a last look before a potential vote. 


Some new dates for the Public Hearings on Fiscal Year 2017 Municipal and School Department Budgets in Fall River.


The hearings open on Monday, June 13, in the Second Floor Council Chambers in Government Center; night two will happen Tuesday, June 14, with the third night on Thursday, June 16; a fourth night involving the School Department closes out the discussions on Tuesday, June 21.

Each session will happen at 6pm.

Its the first time in recent memory that the three nights have happened over an eight day time span; in prior years, the hearings have happened over three consecutive nights.







MassDOT is set to perform what its calling final paving on Milliken Boulevard in Fall River from Columbia Street to Connector Street starting at 7pm Thursday, running through 6am on Friday.
While MassDOT says traffic will be maintained, the work will require lane closures.  


The price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Commonwealth is unchanged over the last seven days, according to Triple A Northeast. 
The current average price for a gallon of regular gasoline according to Triple A Northeast is $2.28 a gallon; the $2.28 price point is eight cents below the national average for regular unleaded which this week sits at $2.36.
The range in prices from the latest Triple A Survey is 46 cents from a low of $2.13 to a high of $2.59. 


The Fall River School Committee will have a Special Session Tuesday, June 7, at the Henry Lord Community School at 5:30pm, as the Public School Department Budget that was approved in late May will be amended, as votes of the Fall River School Committee to issues layoff notices to teachers with non professional status covered by the FREA, and administrators and other employees covered by the Fall River Administrators Association will likely be rescinded.

The School Committee passed a budget after a process that involved building principals and a three percent reduction in each building; its not known if Extended Learning Time will be restored in buildings that used it in the current fiscal year. 







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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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. 


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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