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Cornell Pond gets a facelift
Visitors to North Dartmouth’s Cornell Pond will find something new this week: a freshly built wooden bridge and trail leading around a nearby island. The improvements are part of a $36,500 plan to beautify the area that was funded at last year’s...
Covid closures hit Dartmouth restaurants
Covid has claimed another casualty in Dartmouth: Padanaram’s popular Sail Loft restaurant has closed its doors as of Nov. 1 due to pandemic restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining. The restaurant joins the ranks of other indefinitely closed...
Earthquake shakes Dartmouth
US Geological Survey data confirms a magnitude 3.6 earthquake occurred in the water off Mishaum Point at around 9:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. The quake was recorded at a 10 km depth at 41.507°N 70.938°W and was felt as far away as Cape Cod and...
Town Covid cases nearly back up to spring heights
The number of Covid-19 cases in Dartmouth continues to climb as the town’s Board of Health reported 61 new cases in the week ending Nov. 6 — up from 52 the week before, and nearly as high as the 78 cases reported at the worst of the spring outbreak...
Senior center honors veterans with ceremony, luncheon
Flags waved in the unseasonably warm sunshine at the Dartmouth senior center as car after car drove through to pick up a special pre-Veterans Day luncheon on Nov. 6. Local veterans, town officials, and members of the Dartmouth Police Department came...
Grant awarded for Russells Mills conservation project
The Massachusetts government has awarded Dartmouth $312,000 in funding for a conservation project in Russells Mills village, according to a Nov. 5 press release from the state. Two town agencies have been working with Dartmouth Natural Resources...
UMass Dartmouth employees protest funding issues
On Nov. 5, union workers clad in Corsair gear staged a protest in Dartmouth against the University of Massachusetts system as campus executives are pursuing layoffs, furloughs, and program cuts across the state. Members of the American Federation of...
Pumpkin contests carve up Halloween fun
With the season of spooks being limited due to the pandemic, the community had to find a way to ensure residents could still take part in Halloween fun at home: through the power of pumpkins. Dozens of talented residents carved and painted their...
Dartmouth voters favor Biden for President
The results are in, and Dartmouth voters went for Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday by a wide margin in an extraordinary election that saw a record-breaking number of ballots cast early. A majority of the town’s electorate — 54%, or 9,456 voters — chose...
Department of Public Works limits public office hours
The Department of Public Works office will be closed to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from Nov. 6 until further notice due to the pandemic, according to a statement from the office released Nov. 3. New public office hours will be...
Highway arson: ‘Clearly intentional’ fires set along I-195
Anyone driving westbound on I-195 between New Bedford and Fall River on Tuesday afternoon may have seen an unusual sight: multiple brush fires all along the highway shoulder at various intervals. State police helicopters flew overhead as fire...
Businesses react to governor's latest Covid restrictions
Although new state guidelines will force Dartmouth restaurants to close a little earlier from Friday, many establishments in town don’t foresee much of an impact to their business. Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday a new stay-at-home advisory and...
Stache season: Dartmouth Police fundraising for senior center
Dartmouth Police are once again embarking on their annual “No-Shave November” fundraising effort, as many officers will be foregoing their face trims for the fourth year running in support of the town’s Council on Aging. Last year the department...
Counting the vote: Town processing early ballots ahead of Election Day
Early in-person voting may have ended, but as Election Day nears, officials have already begun counting early ballots to ensure results are ready as soon as possible. With high numbers of people voting early and by mail due to the pandemic, the...
Residents get creative with socially distanced trick-or-treat
Halloween may have looked different this year in Dartmouth, but the spirit of the candy-grabbing and costume-wearing holiday sure was not. Candy chutes, bags hung from clotheslines, and an abundance of ninja costumes — these were just some of the...
Dartmouth back in the red as Covid cases spike
Dartmouth is once again in the state’s “red zone” for Covid transmission, following the town’s largest increase in coronavirus cases since the spring. In a statement published Oct. 30, the Board of Health revealed that there have been 52 new cases...
Halloween houses: Dartmouth residents get in the spooky spirit
With Halloween parties and many events off the cards this year, many Dartmouth residents are turning to a few fabulously decorated houses to get their spooky fix. DJ Jordan Paiva’s place on Cotton Candy Lane , with its colorful inflatables and...
Pumpkins get all carved up for Halloween decorating contest
The talented denizens of Dartmouth have sent in their entries to the Dartmouth Week’s pumpkin carving/decorating contest co-sponsored with the Dartmouth Parents 14.0 Facebook group, and color us impressed! Residents of all ages carved, painted, and...
UMass Dartmouth announces $4.2 million grant from US Navy
UMass Dartmouth will be funding new marine technology research projects after announcing a $4.2 million grant from the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research on Oct. 28. The latest award follows a $4.6 million grant from the Office of Naval Research...
High early turnout as election nears
The election might be just a week away, but more than one third of registered Dartmouth voters have cast their ballots, according to data published by the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. As of Oct. 27, 4,395 residents have cast their votes...
Town’s Reed Road property will not be sold
Virtual Town Meeting has spoken: land owned by the town off the corner of Reed and State roads will not be sold or leased for recreational purposes, after an article proposing just that was voted down by a wide margin on Oct. 27. Meeting members...
Sign of the times: Town Meeting approves town clerk change, rejects vacant building bylaw
While Town Meeting did not approve the lease or sale of property on Reed Road, members did sign off on other articles such as road maintenance, potential changes to the town clerk position, and money toward land conservation — along with an...
Stang students collect more than two tons of food for local pantries
Student members of Bishop Stang High School’s National Honor Society recently held their annual Rock-a-Thon to help area food pantries ease local families’ food insecurity. While the format no longer allowed for students alternating rocking in...
Haunted Dartmouth: Unsolved murders and spooky stories from a local ghost hunter
‘Tis the season for scares, and South Coast residents have no shortage of spooky stories. In fact, Dartmouth native Craig Tjersland has spent the better part of two decades collecting evidence of the paranormal and unsolved mysteries from all over...
Trunk or Treat gives local kids traditional Halloween fun
Anyone in the Bliss Corner neighborhood on Saturday afternoon might have seen a swarm of little ghosts, goblins, and ghoulies dancing and gathering candy at the third annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event at the Stackhouse. Dartmouth resident Megan...
More Covid-related deaths in Dartmouth as cases climb
Covid-19 is once again claiming lives in Dartmouth, as the town has reported eight more virus-related deaths this week and 29 new positive cases. It marks the first time since mid-June that the town has reported residents dying from the illness...
Dartmouth during the American Revolution
Nearly nine million dollars. That’s how much the 1778 British raid on Old Dartmouth cost the town in damages, in today’s dollars: $8.89 million* . (At the time, Dartmouth comprised the current town as well as what is now the city of New Bedford and...
Neighbors work to save woods from proposed recreation center
Third-generation Reed Road resident Stephanie Cormier is working to save the woods and wetlands near Lake Noquochoke from a proposed recreational facility. Some residents have voiced concerns with an article coming up at Town Meeting on Oct. 27 that...
South Coast Alzheimer's walk goes virtual
Earlier this month, you might have seen some neighbors walking around the South Dartmouth Cemetery bedecked in purple shirts. Their purpose: to promote awareness and help break the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's disease, along with raising funds...
Congressional candidate allegedly threatens Dartmouth resident
A Dartmouth resident filed a police report alleging that he was threatened through voicemail by a Republican congressional candidate earlier this month. Rayla Campbell — who is running in the state’s 7th Congressional District as a write-in...
Select Board votes on Veterans Day ceremony, early voting update, and trick-or-treating
The Select Board on Monday voted to establish a new Veterans Day tradition, reviewed the town administrator’s performance, got an update on early voting and gave Halloween a thumbs up. Starting this year, Dartmouth will begin a new Veterans Day...
149-unit apartment complex proposed for Hathaway Road
Hathaway Road might be going grey, as a new 149-unit apartment complex for residents aged 55 and over could be constructed in the area. The Planning Board discussed the project proposal with developers and neighborhood residents at a lengthy meeting...
Film night, fundraising drive supports alternative education
As more families are exploring alternative learning in the time of Covid, Dartmouth’s Elements Learning Collaborative is busier than ever. The nonprofit supplements alternative education with its outdoors nature program as well as a summer camp,...
UMass Dartmouth sees surge in Covid cases
UMass Dartmouth saw a surge in Covid-19 cases last week as total case numbers jumped 64% with 16 new cases Oct. 13-16, up from zero new cases the previous week, data released by the university shows. The university has seen 41 coronavirus cases so...
Health officials stress Covid safety at second flu clinic
As the current pandemic continues, the flu season is also upon us. To help mitigate any possible twindemic, the Board of Health hosted its second drive-thru flu clinic on Oct. 18. According to Lakeville Walgreens manager Eric Butterly, cars were...
Hundreds turn out for first day of early voting
The 2020 election is officially underway. Nearly 350 Dartmouth residents took advantage of the first day of early voting on Oct. 17, becoming the first people in town to cast a ballot in the presidential election, with thousands of mail-in ballots...
Crowds turn out for Halloween shows
Anyone driving past the Lincoln Park development off State Road these days might catch a glimpse of something colorful on Cotton Candy Lane: Local DJ Jordan Paiva’s house, which shines like a Halloween beacon. Paiva has decked out his place with a...
Dartmouth remains in the red as state reports more Covid cases
Dartmouth remains firmly in the red for Covid-19 cases as the state released a weekly report on Oct. 14 showing a higher average daily incidence rate than the previous week. According to Massachusetts data, over the past two weeks the town has seen...
Board of Health greenlights trick-or-treating, with precautions
While the Board of Health won’t stand in the way of residents trick-or-treating this Halloween, the annual candy-getting affair will look a little different than usual. At a virtual meeting on Oct. 14, the board discussed how families could...
Early voting starts Oct. 17
Early voting in the November presidential election begins on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Dartmouth. Much like in the Sept. 1 primary, those who wish to vote early in person will be able to cast their ballots at Town Hall room 103 Monday through Friday from...
Reporting for duty: One man walks his way to raise awareness
Every day, around 17 military veterans take their own lives, according to a 2019 US Department of Veterans Affairs study. One Dartmouth resident is raising awareness of veteran suicide — as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental...
Dartmouth repair shops speak out about Question 1
Like everyone else in Massachusetts, Dartmouth residents have been inundated with ads about Question 1 on the upcoming election ballot in November. But what is it actually all about? If approved, Question 1 would require carmakers to install a...
Town Covid cases down slightly this week
Just after the state put Dartmouth in the red — or at “higher risk” for the virus — Covid-19 cases are down slightly this week, according to new numbers released by the town’s Board of Health. Data released by the Board of Health on Oct. 9 shows...
United Way collects hygiene products for schoolchildren
Although United Way of Greater New Bedford normally kicks off the season with a school supply drive for kids in need, this year the event looks a little different. On Oct. 1, the non-profit held a drive at Dartmouth’s Big Value Plaza for hygiene...
‘Dramatic’ drop in ponds, streams as drought worsens
Ponds, streams, and rivers all over Dartmouth and the South Coast are drying out as this year’s drought — categorized by the US Drought Monitor as ‘extreme’ — continues unabated. One pond in Gidley Woods, near Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s...
Amusement, activity as new playground opens in Russells Mills
A new option for those tired of staying at home during the pandemic has arrived, as a brand-new playground at Russells Mills Landing opened to the public this week. Kids could be seen climbing and sliding all over the equipment on Oct. 9 as parents...
UMass Law scholars discuss RBG’s legacy, future of the Court
For UMass Law professor Frances Rudko, one of the most admirable qualities of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was her dedication to ensuring women’s equality. Rudko spoke about Ginsburg’s legacy with three other panelists at a...
Dartmouth in the red for Covid cases, state data shows
Dartmouth is now a Covid-19 hotspot in Massachusetts, as state coronavirus data released on Oct. 7 listed the town “in the red” — meaning with a Covid-positive rate of more than eight per 100,000 people, it is in danger of being designated a “higher...
Prehistory, preserved: Archaeologist gives lecture on local sites
Did you know that the first people in Southeast Massachusetts may have arrived 12,000-10,000 years ago? Nearly 100 people learned this and other fascinating tidbits during a virtual talk detailing Dartmouth’s archaeological prehistory and history by...
Officials clash over land for proposed recreation center
Tempers flared at an Oct. 5 Select Board meeting as board members argued over what to do with land for a proposed project to build a new community recreation center on Reed Road. The board was voting whether to recommend a Town Meeting article...
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