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School snow day, trash pickup delayed for Thursday storm
Dartmouth Public School will be cancelled on Thursday, Dec. 17 for a snow day, while the Department of Public Works sent out a notice advising residents that some on-street parking is banned, trash pickup will be delayed, and the transfer station...
Dartmouth Schools may return to fully remote learning in January
Students in the Dartmouth Public Schools may not be coming back to in-person learning in January after the School Committee discussed Dartmouth’s increasing Covid rates at an emergency meeting on Dec. 15. At the meeting, Public Health Director Chris...
Sheriff used 'excessive force', violated civil rights, says AG
This story has been updated to include comments from the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office.
Flashbangs, pepper bombs/spray, riot shields, and canines — all of these were used against federal ICE detainees in a show of "excessive force" by...
Roaring Twenties: Jazz, gangsters, and more at virtual talk
You like jazz? How about speakeasies, gangsters, silent films, and flapper dresses? One of the most romanticized eras in American history — the “Roaring Twenties” — came into focus for dozens of Dartmouth residents at a virtual Friends of the...
Historical Society welcomes new board members
The Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society has announced several new board members, along with a new group secretary. Following the resignation of Bob Barboza, the board elected member Sally Aldrich to fill the position. Newly elected board members...
Cases still rising in Dartmouth
Seven new Covid-related deaths were reported this week as new cases continue to rise in town amid the fall surge. On Dec. 11, the Board of Health reported 177 new cases this week — up slightly from 156 the week before. The town’s weekly numbers also...
Ten-year-old makes big Toys for Tots donation
After the passing of her great grandmother, ten-year-old Dartmouth resident Laney Matteson inherited $1,000 which she immediately decided to use it to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Upon hearing about the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots...
Covid numbers push Dartmouth back a step in reopening
After three straight weeks of being in the “red category” of the state’s Covid-19 risk map, Dartmouth will have to take a step back in the state's phased reopening, marking the first time the town has had to roll back since the spring. According to...
Contract renewed for Town Administrator
With some disagreement over his new salary, the Select Board narrowly approved a three-year contract renewal for Town Administrator Shawn MacInnes on Dec. 7 by a 3-2 vote. The contract promises MacInnes $185,000 for the first fiscal year — a $25,000...
Inflatable Christmas celebration comes to Padanaram
Covid may have stolen Padanaram’s annual Christmas Festival, but two Dartmouth teens brought back some of the wonder of the season by hosting an inflatable display in Padanaram on Dec. 4. 15-year-old Braiden Norton and his friend Carlos Jeronimo, 13...
Dozens of active Covid cases at Dartmouth Public Schools
New data released on Dec. 4 by Dartmouth public schools shows 51 active Covid-19 cases among all students and staff, with the illness affecting just over 1.4% of students in the system. The news comes as the town’s Board of Health announced another...
New record for weekly Covid cases in Dartmouth
Coronavirus cases in Dartmouth have hit another all-time high as the town experiences a record surge, with double the number of cases as during the previous peak in the spring. The town remains “in the red” — or at high risk of transmission —...
Comcast customers could lose Boston TV station
Dartmouth residents may see one less Massachusetts news station on TV after Comcast announced a plan to drop WCVB Channel 5 from its Bristol County offerings in late November. A number of Comcast customers — along with Massachusetts’ congressional...
Police receive $25,000 traffic safety grant
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Dartmouth Police Department a total of $25,000 in federal grand funds, according to a Dec. 3 press release from the department. According to the release, the funds will be used to...
Under the Sea Cadets: Dartmouth high schooler leads youth Navy program
Every other weekend, Dartmouth High School senior Vicky DaSilva puts on a uniform and leads over 30 kids in military drills at Camp Edwards on Joint Base Cape Cod. The 17-year-old is this year’s Leading Petty Officer for the US Navy’s local Sea...
From surf to turf: ‘Codfather’ nets real estate deals
Seafood magnate Carlos Rafael — known to many as ‘the Codfather’ — has traded cod for sod as he works on acquiring multiple parcels of land around Dartmouth, including a defunct golf club and a lot for a proposed senior housing project. Rafael used...
Town awarded $27,000 grant for waste reduction and recycling
The Town of Dartmouth was recently awarded a $27,000 grant by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection through the Recycling Dividends Program. According to a release from MassDEP, the RDP “recognizes municipalities that have...
Feasibility survey for Dias Landing
The Dartmouth Waterways Management Commission is proposing to expand Dias Landing to potentially include a marina. The scope of the project could range from adding dinghy dockage to building a new structure for around two dozen 25-foot shallow-draft...
Pay it forward: Act of kindness for cafe server
‘Tis the season for giving, as the end of a very difficult year approaches. One server at Village Cafe on State Road posted a receipt to Facebook in the hopes of reaching someone she called her “Secret Santa” to thank him for a lovely early gift: a...
Padanaram Christmas Festival cancelled, tree lighting uncertain this year
The annual Padanaram Christmas Festival has been cancelled this year due to Covid, according to a member of the business association that runs the event — and the town’s yearly tree lighting ceremony may not take place either. Parks and Recreation...
Blowin’ in the wind: Storm downs trees, bridge closed
Padanaram Bridge has been closed and trees, limbs, and wires are down all over Dartmouth as a high wind warning remains in effect for most of Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. According to the National Weather Service, from the afternoon...
Slight decrease in Covid cases this week
On Nov. 27, the Board of Health reported 129 new cases this week — slightly down from 133 the week before for a total of 975 since the first numbers were counted in May. The town has also seen 48 of its residents die from the illness since the start...
VFW hosts socially distanced craft fair and bake sale
Veterans Day has come and gone, but for the The Dartmouth VFW Post 9059 Auxiliary, the mission to honor those who served continues. On Nov. 28, the Auxiliary held a craft fair and bake sale to help raise funds for various veterans programs on the...
Sanctuary mourns passing of long-lived broiler rooster
Dartmouth’s Don’t Forget Us, Pet Us animal sanctuary has lost one of its most beloved rescues. According to an obituary written by sanctuary owner Deb Devlin , after living more than three years, Fepo the rapid-growth broiler rooster passed away...
Select Board sets lower residential tax rates for 2021
This article has been updated to reflect that the tax rates are per $1,000 of valuation, not per 1,000 sq.ft.
Dartmouth residents will be looking at an average tax increase of 3% next year — despite a $.02 lower tax rate...
Mall owner PREIT files for bankruptcy
Dartmouth Mall property owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month as the brick and mortar retailers on which it depends — already struggling to cope with the rise of ecommerce giants like...
Restaurants, clubs to see alcohol license discount this year
Dartmouth restaurants and clubs will be seeing a 25% discount in their alcohol license renewal fees this year after the Select Board voted in favor of the measure at a Nov. 23 meeting to help struggling businesses during the pandemic. Board member...
UMass Dartmouth sees surge in Covid cases
UMass Dartmouth is reporting a surge in Covid cases as 32 community members tested positive for the virus in the week ending Nov. 19, up from just nine cases the week before. According to data released Nov. 22, the positive cases represent just 2.38...
Dartmouth experiences second earthquake in three weeks
A second earthquake in just three weeks shook Dartmouth early Sunday morning — although it was a much smaller magnitude quake this time. The US Geological Survey reports that a magnitude 2.0 earthquake hit the town at 12:48 a.m. on Nov. 22. It...
Shoppers give out go-to Thanksgiving recipes ahead of the holiday
What’s the secret to a great Thanksgiving? Some say it’s all in the stuffing, others swear by homemade cranberry sauce, and almost everyone agrees that the turkey can’t be too dry. Be it a family recipe or straight out of a box, everyone has their...
Church fundraiser serves up traditional Greek fare to go
It was all Greek to go at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday as the church held a drive-thru food fundraiser in place of its annual Taste of Greece festival. A stripped-down menu for the occasion featured favorites like gyros,...
Covid cases hit new high this week
For the second week in a row, new coronavirus cases in Dartmouth have hit an all-time high as the town experiences a record surge that has already put it “in the red” — or at high risk of transmission, according to the state. On Nov. 20, the Board...
Town Hall closed as Dartmouth is back in the red
On Friday morning, officials announced the closure of Town Hall through Dec. 3 — just after the state released data categorizing Dartmouth as a high-risk community for coronavirus transmission once again. State data released on Nov. 19 puts...
UMass Dartmouth faculty rally for funding
The UMass Dartmouth campus, normally quiet this fall due the pandemic, saw an increase in activity and car honks Thursday evening as dozens of union workers staged a caravan-style protest against the University of Massachusetts system as campus...
Mirasol’s to close through Monday after employee contracts Covid
Updated Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.
Mirasol’s Cafe has announced it will remain closed this weekend through Monday, Nov. 23 due to a staff member testing positive for Covid-19. The shutdown was originally announced in a Facebook...
Chicken run: Can't keep this bird down
Why did the chicken cross the road? That was the exact thought resident Pauline Pavao had when driving up Dartmouth Street on Nov. 17 upon seeing a loose hen wandering the sidewalk. “I was going to a doctor's appointment and driving up the street in...
Sand to stay on Rogers Street boat ramp
Nature has won — for now — as sand buildup on the newly refurbished Rogers St. boat ramp will be left for the time being to focus on safety issues with erosion on a neighboring pier, according to town officials. Last year, a grant from oil spill...
Pumpkin contest results are in!
The results are (finally) in! The winners of the Dartmouth Week and Dartmouth 14.0 Parents Facebook group pumpkin carving/decorating contest are as follows:
First place: Indominous Rex by Moran family (Darci and Chase) Second...
Scout installs new flag retirement box at Town Hall
Visitors to Town Hall may notice a new feature out front: a red, white and blue box for properly retiring American flags. The box — with a roof and information panel — is the brainchild of 13-year-old resident Tyler Ferreira, who over the past...
Troubled waters: Concerns over water quality in Dartmouth
Residents are expressing concern with water quality in Dartmouth as a project to change the town’s water treatment has been set back by staffing issues at the Department of Public Works. The plan — switching from chlorine to chloramine treatments at...
Burgo considering building proposed recreation center elsewhere
Just a few weeks after Fall Town Meeting members rejected the sale of town-owned land off Reed Road , Burgo Basketball Association founder and president Steve Burgo is already looking for new sites in nearby communities for his proposed indoor rec...
Nonprofit provides holiday cheer with 'pop your trunk' toy drive
For thousands of families across Southeast Massachusetts, it’s going to be a joyous holiday season thanks to the help of dozens of volunteers and workers from local nonprofit My Brother’s Keeper . To support its annual Christmas Assistance Program...
New Covid cases surge past 100 in Dartmouth
Dartmouth is experiencing the largest surge in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with more than 100 reported in the past week. In a statement published on Nov. 13, the town’s Board of Health reported 115 new cases this week—...
Travel journalist gives talk on extreme adventures
Ever wonder what it’s like to fish for piranha in the Amazon’s Rio Negro, swim in a thermal-heated sea in Antarctica, or try to crash an airliner? Nearly fifty people signed in to Zoom on Thursday night to hear travel journalist Peter Mandel...
Health officials concerned with potential Black Friday Covid spread
Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, which means another big day will quickly follow: Black Friday. At a Nov. 12 meeting, Board of Health officials expressed their concerns about how businesses will deal with a plethora of customers standing in long...
Town Hall closed until Nov. 18
Officials have closed Dartmouth Town Hall today through Wednesday, Nov. 18 out of “an abundance of caution for health and safety,” according to an online announcement made by the town and by the Dartmouth Police Department. Town hall offices will be...
Officials honor hometown heroes with first ever Veterans Day ceremony
Dozens of masked military veterans and town officials gathered at the Council on Aging on Nov. 11 to honor American service members on Veterans Day. Starting this year, Dartmouth began a new holiday tradition with a socially distanced ceremony at...
For the birds: Local birdwatchers find some feathered friends
How many dees would a chickadee dee if a chickadee could chick dees? According to wildlife biologist Andrew Single, the number of “dee”s in a chickadee’s signature warning call depends on the perceived threat level: five signifies a threat, and...
Pilot restoration program under way in Dartmouth salt marsh
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is testing out a new salt marsh restoration technique at a property on Allens Neck Road to try and reverse habitat loss due to pollution and rising sea levels, according to a Nov. 6 statement from the coalition. The group...
Proposed New Bedford project could add traffic, preserve green space in Dartmouth
Plans for a new business park on Hathaway Road next to New Bedford’s Whaling City Golf Course could affect Dartmouth residents in a variety of ways, as a city official explained to the town’s Select Board at a meeting Monday night. Neil Mello, Chief...
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