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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...
Vacant building bylaw, new recreation center at Town Meeting this fall
Unloading property for a new North Dartmouth recreation center, a vacant home bylaw, and a Cross Road solar project are among the articles coming up at the remote Fall Town Meeting on Oct. 27. The Select Board voted unanimously on Oct. 5 to hold...
Dartmouth resident awarded Coast Guard scholarship
A student from Dartmouth attending Fitchburg State University this fall was awarded a scholarship from the Coast Guard Foundation. According to a release, Cailey Desirey of South Dartmouth was among 167 students honored by the foundation that...
Growing grass: Cannabis cultivation project moves forward
Despite failing at Town Meeting, cannabis cultivation could be coming to town after all — as the Select Board voted to move ahead with the agreement process for Maine-based marijuana grower Casco Botanical to make its products in Dartmouth. Casco is...
Dartmouth High community member tests positive for virus
Officials have long said they expected a member of Dartmouth’s school community to test positive for Covid-19 at some point — and even before in-person classes start in earnest for elementary students on Oct. 5, that expectation is now a reality. In...
Town, DNRT join forces to preserve land in Russells Mills
Dartmouth’s historic Russells Mills village may be staying green, as two town agencies are working with Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust to purchase and preserve 24 acres of land off Fisher Road north of Alderbrook Farm. The town’s Conservation...
Voting information for Nov. 3
Election Day is Nov. 3. Aside from the presidential election race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, Massachusetts voters will be deciding between incumbent US Senator
Officials urge residents to stop littering into textile bins
School officials are urging residents to stop dumping their trash inside of textile bins outside of the schools. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Dartmouth Public Schools shared a photo of overfilled bins outside of Cushman School. The district noted...
Pandemic pet care: Anchor Animal adapts to curbside work
The coronavirus pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of daily life — even our pets. While the South Coast’s animals haven’t seen any new health problems, Covid-19 has modified the approach to pet health. Just as in human medicine, veterinary...
For the birds: A guide to fall berries
Ever wonder if those shiny berries that spring up everywhere in the fall are edible? Although humans are better off sticking to traditional autumn treats like apples, squash, and pumpkin spiced lattes, many birds feed on native berries during their...
Early voting starts October 17
Dartmouth residents can cast ballots for the 2020 general election as early as Oct. 17, according to a statement from town officials. Ballots, which are set to arrive in town on Oct. 9., can be dropped in the large silver dropbox in the front...
Covid vaccine company to build research facility in Dartmouth
An international biopharmaceutical company currently working to develop a Covid-19 vaccine will be constructing a new research facility in Dartmouth, according to a press release. The release states that Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:...
Spark of genius: Dartmouth’s lightning generator
One of the most popular exhibits at the Museum of Science in Boston is, without a doubt, the lightning show — made possible by a giant Van de Graaff generator that creates massive sparks of electricity. But many residents might not be aware that the...
Exit sign changes coming to Dartmouth in October
Expect your GPS to sound a bit different when approaching Dartmouth from the highway this October. Beginning later in the month, exit signs along I-195 will be changed to a mile-marker based system as part of the Massachusetts Department of...
Seven UMass students test positive for Covid after rink incident
Seven UMass Dartmouth commuter students living in New Bedford have tested positive for Covid-19 this week after renting ice time at the city’s Hetland Arena rink to practice hockey on their own, according to university officials. The students...
Celebrating a centenarian: Dartmouth resident turns 100
How many people alive today can say they remember when electricity came to town? Dartmouth resident Marie Andrade — who turned 100 years old on Sept. 25 — said that she remembered electricity being installed in her New Bedford neighborhood when she...
Dartmouth sees uptick in Covid cases in the last week
After a summer of low coronavirus numbers, it seems the uptick in Covid cases affecting much of the rest of the country has finally made its way to Dartmouth. In a statement published Sept. 25, the Board of Health revealed that there have been 18...
Sister city agreement with Portugal approved
The town of Dartmouth will soon have a new sibling. At a virtual Select Board meeting on Sept. 21, members unanimously voted to become a twin town with Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal. According to Vice Chair Shawn McDonald, this would be first sister city...
Chicken and cheer at Council on Aging barbecue
How do you help keep Dartmouth’s seniors happy and healthy amid a pandemic that has isolated them for months, with no end in sight? Give them a barbecue! Cars lined up around the block for a free grab and go barbecue luncheon at the senior center on...
New members sought for Bylaw Review Committee
The town is seeking new members for its By-Law Review Committee. The committee is responsible every five years for conducting a revision or a recodification of all town bylaws. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your...
Plans for new Cross Road apartment building take shape
A 24-unit apartment building is one step closer to construction on Cross Road after the Zoning Board of Appeals voted in favor of the project at a Sept. 23 meeting. The board granted New Bedford-based developer Rockwood Homes, Inc. the variance...
Trump supporters show their colors at Faunce Corner
Dartmouth residents driving past Faunce Corner on Sept. 20 may have been surprised by a somewhat unusual sight in this neck of the woods: a political rally for President Trump, who is running for reelection in a contentious race against former Vice...
Planning Board vacancy filled
The planning board is back at full capacity. At a virtual Select Board meeting on Sept. 21, the two boards jointly voted to appoint Christopher O’Neil to the position. The vacancy comes following the departure of longtime Planning Board member John...
Two more drive-thru flu vaccine clinics this October
Dartmouth’s Board of Health — in partnership with Walgreens Pharmacy — will be offering two more drive-thru flu vaccination clinics at two different locations in October. The first will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at Dartmouth...
DNRT announces winners of inaugural greeting card contest
Could the next Ansel Adams live among us? A dozen photographs of animals, foliage and landscapes taken on Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust trails and properties are soon to be turned into greeting cards after the land trust hosted its first-ever...
UMass Dartmouth partners with Jumpstart for Young Children
UMass Dartmouth’s Leduc Center for Civic Engagement has partnered with national early education program Jumpstart for Young Children to support youth language, literacy, and social-emotional development this fall, according to a university press...
Annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride ready to roll on Oct. 4
More than 225 cyclists — including 18 from Dartmouth — are registered to pedal along the western shore of Buzzards Bay on Sunday, Oct. 4 to support clean water in the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 14th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride cycling...
The birds and the bees: DNRT Annual Meeting focuses on pollinators
Native pollinators like honeybees, birds, and butterflies were the main focus at Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s 49th socially distanced outdoor annual meeting, which was held on Sept. 17 at the land trust’s center at Helfand Farm. In his talk,...
HVAC to school: Air quality, class size on admins' minds for hybrid learning
Next week will see the return of teachers and some students to Dartmouth’s public schools as part of the school’s hybrid learning plan, with quite a bit of prep work still to be done. At a joint meeting with the Select Board on Sept. 21, Business...
With virtual concerts, DHS band proves the show can go on
Despite the postponement of Dartmouth football to February, Memorial Stadium is once again in use. This weekend saw the first two socially distanced shows put on by Dartmouth High’s marching band as part of its fall season of virtual concerts. “It’s...
Open Farm Day returns to Round the Bend with socially distanced tours
When left to choose their own meals, pigs will typically pick the healthiest food available. In the case of Dartmouth’s pigs, it tends to be mugwort. This was just one of many agricultural facts Round the Bend Farm Executive Director Desa Van...
State officials celebrate green energy grants in Dartmouth
Although it’s closed for the season, Dartmouth’s iconic Bucket ice cream stand had one more role to play this year: the backdrop to a congratulatory visit from state officials celebrating the town’s Green Communities Grant award. Massachusetts’ Lt...
Donations and deals at Dartmouth thrift store
Dartmouth’s Friends of the Elderly Thrift Store is back in action and open to the public for the first time since the pandemic struck in March. The volunteer-run shop — which takes up two buildings next to the senior center on Dartmouth Street —...
Students test positive for Covid at UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth reports that since the start of the semester on Sept. 1, four students have tested positive for Covid-19 — with three of those testing positive in the past week. A total of 3290 students have been tested thus far, giving a rate of...
Restaurant nearly gets license revoked due to barrier safety concerns
A Dartmouth restaurant nearly had its license to serve food revoked for not adhering to safety guidelines with its outdoor seating barriers, according to Select Board Chair Frank Gracie III. Gracie spoke at a Select Board meeting on Sept. 14 about...
SUV crashes into Town Hall
A Dartmouth woman sustained minor injuries after her SUV crashed into the front of Town Hall just before 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, damaging a bush and a window, according to Dartmouth Police. Emergency responders were called to Dartmouth Town...
Butterfly hunters: Looking for Lepidoptera
What can draw a handful of people from all over the state to Dartmouth during a pandemic? A chance to glimpse something rare and beautiful: butterflies that are not often found in this part of the world. Six butterfly hunters — including one from as...
No popcorn, no problem: For moviegoers, the show goes on
After lying dormant for months, Dartmouth’s cinema has reopened its doors — and film buffs are back despite strict new rules banning snacks including popcorn and soda. Due to the new safety requirements, only 25 people (or 40% of capacity) are...
Small graduation ceremony for Correction Officers Academy cadets
Attendance was limited as the Bristol County Sheriff's Office hosted a socially distant graduation ceremony for cadets in the 46th Correction Officers Academy on Sept. 9 at the correctional complex on Faunce Corner Road. According to a press release...
Dartmouth from above: New game offers pilot's perspective
Ever wondered what Faunce Corner looks like from hundreds of feet in the air? The most recent installment of
Microsoft Flight Simulator
— a video game that allows players to fly airplanes anywhere in the world — lets you do just that. The...
UMass Dartmouth awarded $2.3 million grant
UMass Dartmouth’s Academic Resource Center has received a $2.35 million federal grant to support services for business and STEM students as well as Pell Grant recipients, according to a Sept. 2 press release from the university. The five-year grant...
As start of school draws near, plans take shape
As Dartmouth educators and students prepare to start the year with virtual lessons on Sept. 15, officials have held information sessions for parents and staff to ask a multitude of questions on reopening plans. The virtual learning platforms have...
Man sustains minor injuries in Sable Ave house fire
A homeowner has sustained non life-threatening burns after attempting to extinguish a fire that caused more than $200,000 in damage to his Sable Ave. home on Tuesday morning. According to a release from Dartmouth Fire District No. 3, firefighters...
Pandemic prompts technological changes at St. Peter's
Since the onset of the pandemic, places of worship all over Dartmouth have had to adjust aspects of ministry, with many making the shift to online worship . In recognition of this new reality, Rev. Scott Ciosek of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is...
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