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Educators protest low wages, high health care costs at School Committee meeting
Teachers and school staff who have been working without a contract since the end of August brought their frustrations with educators' pay and health care costs directly to the School Committee. At the Committee’s October 7 meeting, nearly 200...
Residents raise concerns about Bliss Corner record search
An attorney and a property developer are pushing for an explanation and more transparency in how the town is handling its hunt for documents pertaining to the Bliss Corner pollution problem. At an at-times heated Select Board meeting on October 7,...
Feasibility study could begin long-term harbor revitalization
With a new maritime center drawing boaters to award-winning Padanaram Harbor, the Dartmouth Waterways Commission wants to keep the momentum of reimaging the waterways and land around it moving forward. The Commission has gained Select Board approval...
Research takes flight at monarch tagging event
A handful of dedicated volunteers spent a sunny Saturday capturing and tagging monarch butterflies at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in a nationwide project to learn more about the creatures’ migration patterns. Under the watchful eye of sanctuary...
Ode to Osprey: Mass Audubon celebration takes off
Dozens of volunteers, Mass Audubon members, and friends filled the Stone Barn Farm at a dinner and presentation on Thursday evening to celebrate the close of the South Coast Osprey Project’s 2019 season. “This is my baby,” said Allens Pond Wildlife...
More PCBs, lead found in Bliss Corner
High levels of contaminants have been found in residential soil in the Bliss Corner neighborhood after a third round of testing, a representative from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection told residents at a public meeting on Tuesday...
Family of father killed in crash files $4.5 million lawsuit against King’s Inn
The family of a Dartmouth man killed in a 2018 crash has filed a $4.5 million wrongful death lawsuit against the King’s Inn. According to court documents, the civil lawsuit filed in Bristol County Superior Court names Dartmouth Clubs, Inc., doing...
Dartmouth firefighter wins Safety Educator of the Year award
Dartmouth firefighter Anthony Poente knows how to get kids involved in safety. Last week Poente — who teaches fire safety all over Dartmouth as well as New Bedford — received the 2019 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award from the state’s...
Alpaca bunch of fun at Hill Crest Alpaca’s Farm Days
As Caitlyn Gifford and Breanna Yerkes brought Apple Bottom out on a leash, hoards of kids and adults alike stopped to pet and feed the one-year-old alpaca. As one of the youngest of Hill Crest Alpacas’ animals, Applebottom is still a little skittish...
Update: Dartmouth woman killed in Route 140 crash identified
A woman killed in a September 26 crash in Freetown has been identified as Savannah Gonsalves, 18, of Dartmouth. According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Gonsalves was driving a 2003 Ford Escape heading northbound on Route 140. At...
Retail marijuana company abandons plans for VF Outlet shop
A recreational marijuana dispensary will not be coming to the VF Outlet. Health Circle, Inc. has withdrawn its special permit application from consideration, according to Dartmouth Planning Director Christine O’Grady. The company was set to appear...
Town, apartment developer narrowing down environmental concerns
Attorneys representing the town and a project developer looking to build a 288-unit affordable apartment complex on State Road are close to finalizing details on handling a site with a history of pollution problems. At the September 24 Zoning Board...
Town Meeting members to take up zoning, marijuana, and Memorial Stadium in October
Dartmouth will weigh in on a lengthy capital improvement plan, expanding certain marijuana businesses in town, and changes to zoning bylaws at the Fall Town Meeting. At the September 24 Select Board meeting, the board voted to recommend the passage...
Sixth annual Ride for the Troops comes to Dartmouth
Dartmouth roads reverberated Sunday morning with the sounds of Harley-Davidson motorcycles as the sixth annual Ride for the Troops kicked off with more than 300 bikes at the Harley-Davidson on 799 State Road. A massive convoy of chrome and leather...
On open day, residents tour new police headquarters
On Sunday morning, the Dartmouth Police Department celebrated the opening of its brand-new headquarters on Tucker Road with a well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony and open house tour for residents who wanted to see the new facility. Ground was...
Crowds turn out for a charitable cause at My Brother’s Keeper soiree
The warehouse on Reed Road shone with glowing lights as nearly 300 people braved mosquitoes in the falling dusk on Saturday evening to gather under a tent and eat, drink and be merry. It was the second annual soiree for My Brother’s Keeper, a...
First-ever Garlic and Arts Festival spices up Round the Bend
Everyone’s heard of arts festivals, and even garlic festivals have recently been gaining in popularity. But on Saturday, Round the Bend farm combined the two for its own unique twist: A garlic and arts festival, which saw scores of people come out...
Mirasol’s Café sold, new owners looking to grow business
Mirasol’s Caf é will be changing hands as owner Richard Romero has announced he is selling the business to an investment group in a newly formed partnership. The new group, named Sunflower Partners LLC, is spearheaded by Luis Raposo of Shorepoint...
Pet supply donation drive to benefit Bahamas shelters
Those who stop by Wal-Mart from 2-7 p.m. this week may see Scooby Doo collecting pet supply donations for animal shelters in the Bahamas that were ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. Odie’s Place Animal Rescue is holding their third annual hurricane relief...
State hosting public meeting on Bliss Corner investigation
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will host its second informational meeting about dumping and pollution in the Bliss Corner neighborhood. The public meeting will be held on October 1 at 6 p.m. at the Dartmouth High School...
Lloyd Center survey finds six moth species new to Cuttyhunk
A moth survey conducted on Cuttyhunk Island in late August by the Lloyd Center for the Environment has found six species that are new to Cuttyhunk, and three that are new to the Elizabeth Islands overall. According to Lloyd Center Research Associate...
Contaminants exceed drinking water safety standards in North Dartmouth
High levels of a contaminant known to increase the risk of cancer were found in the town’s water supply last month, violating drinking water standards in an area of North Dartmouth around Reed and State Roads. According to a letter sent to area...
Historical Commission removes problematic wording from sign
The Dartmouth Historical Commission has removed problematic wording from a sign on a historic site in Padanaram, following a decision on September 9 to set up a subcommittee tasked with writing a new description. The sign for the Russell Garrison on...
Serious injuries in early morning crash on I-195
An early morning crash on Tuesday on Route 195 near the Faunce Corner Road exit in Dartmouth has resulted in serious injuries. A preliminary investigation by State Trooper Adam Rego indicates that at about 2:30 a.m. on September 17, a 41-year-old...
Stalled negotiations may force residents to travel for healthcare
Residents may be caught in the crossfire between one of the largest healthcare providers in the area and the leading health insurer in Massachusetts after a dispute over reimbursement rates has stalled negotiations. Southcoast Health is threatening...
Friends of the Elderly envisions new life for old library
The original North Branch Library could be revitalized as a cultural asset for the Council on Aging, if the Friends of the Elderly have their way. On September 13, board members of the non-profit which supports the Council on Aging, joined by...
Family Field Day highlights health, fitness, and adorable animals
From lawn games to petting animals, kids and families from across the South Coast enjoyed the summer weather at UMass Dartmouth during a Free Family Field Day. The event, hosted by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, UMass Dartmouth...
UMass Dartmouth ranks in top US schools for social mobility
The U.S. News & World Report 2020 College Rankings released this week place UMass Dartmouth in the top 100 schools nationwide for the upward social mobility of its students. Among national universities, UMass Dartmouth was ranked #84 nationwide...
Pollution issues at center of proposed affordable housing development
A proposal to turn an old junkyard on Route 6 into a 288-unit affordable housing complex is still moving along, as town and project officials hammer out details on how to deal with a property with a history of pollution problems. On September 10,...
Talking life and near death along a South Coast river
WAREHAM -- It’s been 46 years since Holly FitzGerald and her husband survived near starvation while stranded on a raft deep in the Amazon jungle. On Sunday, with the sparkling Weweantic River in West Wareham as backdrop, the Dartmouth woman told...
Tour the new Dartmouth Police Station at open house
Before the new Dartmouth Police Station officially opens for business on September 24, the public can get a rare chance to tour the entire station at a special open house. The Dartmouth Police Department will host an open house at its new 1390...
Parking information for Dartmouth High football game
Heading to Dartmouth High’s home football opener on September 13? There is some important scheduling and parking information you need to know. The game has been moved from its original evening start time to 4 p.m. According to town officials, this...
Controversial Russell Garrison sign debated at public hearing
A controversial sign at one of Dartmouth’s historical sites had residents in a dither at Town Hall on Monday night, as the Historical Commission held a hearing for members of the public to air their views. The Commission ultimately decided to set up...
Town officials working to save the old North Branch Library
Dartmouth’s little old library might be able to stay at its current home, with a little extra money to shore up its structure. The one-room building, which dates back to 1911, had been threatened with an uncertain future amid a state proposal to re-...
Planning Board defers decision on marijuana retail permit
The Dartmouth Planning Board has deferred a decision on whether to grant a special permit for what could become the town’s first recreational marijuana store due to concerns that it may be too close to a place where children congregate. On September...
Library Friends raise $25,000 for new North Dartmouth branch
The soon to open North Dartmouth Library is getting a big boost. The Friends of the Dartmouth Libraries presented a $25,000 donation to support the new library on September 3. The organization raised the money through membership dues, book sales,...
Plastic bag ban to take effect September 10
Dartmouth retailers are gearing up to make changes as a plastic bag ban approved at last year’s spring Town Meeting is set to take effect starting September 10. The newly enacted town bylaw bans plastic bags with a thickness of less than 1.0...
Grange Fair celebrates rural Dartmouth
In spite of Hurricane Dorian bringing gloomy weather to Dartmouth, families and neighbors came out on Friday evening to celebrate the start of the annual Grange fair at the hall on Fisher Road in Russells Mills village. Rural charm was on display...
Following the green brick road to cannabis in Dartmouth
With two new marijuana operations proposed in Dartmouth, will the cannabis industry finally come to town? Since Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana in 2012, a total of five companies have pitched cannabis business in Dartmouth. Most...
Dartmouth man arrested after chase through woods
A Dartmouth police officer chased down a wanted Dartmouth man on foot in the woods off Reed Road on Thursday afternoon. According to police, Officer Christopher Flechsig saw Reed Road resident Cameron Bessette, 20, driving a motorcycle towards him...
UMass Dartmouth professor awarded grant for historical climate change project
UMass Dartmouth Professor of History Dr. Timothy Walker and climate scientist Dr. Caroline Ummenhofer of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute received $110,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue their research project that involves the...
Crash involving bus stops traffic, no injuries reported
No major injuries were reported after an SUV and a school bus were involved in a collision on Reed Road at around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Dartmouth police at the scene. The bus was carrying students from the Greater New Bedford Regional...
Dartmouth High graduate gets Fulbright Award to teach in India
Dartmouth native and 2014 graduate of Dartmouth High School Elizabeth Marszalek has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to teach English in India. Marszalek will be spending a year teaching at the Girls Baptist School in Kolkata,...
Dartmouth High’s home football opener rescheduled
Dartmouth High School’s first football game on its new turf field will not be under the Friday night lights. According to the football team’s online schedule, the team’s first home game against Old Rochester Regional High School will now be played...
UMass Law to host Massachusetts Appeals Court
On Friday, September 6, the Massachusetts Appeals Court will hold a special sitting on the South Coast at UMass Law in Dartmouth. A panel of three judges will hear arguments in six criminal and civil cases in the Moot Courtroom at the law school,...
Soccer season kicks off at ice cream social
While almost everyone in Dartmouth celebrated Labor Day with one last lazy summer weekend, children and families celebrated the start of the soccer season with an ice cream social at the Dartmouth Youth Soccer Association fields. Parents watched as...
Road rage incident on Labor Day Weekend
Dartmouth Police arrested a Virginia man on Faunce Corner Road at around 8 p.m. on Saturday night after he allegedly threatened another driver with a handgun. According to a press release issued by the police department, officers were dispatched to...
UMass Dartmouth welcomes freshmen on move-in day
Dartmouth’s newest residents were welcomed to their new home at UMass Dartmouth during the university’s new student move-in day on September 1. It was quick, orderly chaos in front of the freshman dormitories, as over the course of ten hours,...
Everyone out of the pool... except the dogs at the Dartmouth YMCA
With summer coming to an end, the Dartmouth YMCA was not filled with people on August 31. Instead, the pool went to the pooches. YMCA staff invited man’s best friend to take a dive in the pool at its Gulf Road location, before it was covered until...
Board of Health reminding residents to remain vigilant of EEE threat
The Dartmouth Board of Health is reminding residents to remain vigilant and take precautions in the face of the ongoing Eastern equine encephalitis threat throughout the region. According to a press release from the board, the town’s risk of the...
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