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Department of Environmental Protection targeted for ‘egregious’ open meeting violation

The complaint is the latest development in an intense, monthslong dispute over controversial septic regulations. The agency has proposed rules that would force homeowners to spend tens of thousands of dollars on nitrogen-filtering systems — unless their town puts together a plan to reduce nitrogen pollution in other ways.

JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

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CIVIC LIFE

Changemaker and Community Preservation grants, plus Adulting 101

The Community Preservation Committee will review its grant applications, while the United Way seeks Changemaker grant applications. Plus learn how to cope with stress and find out what the Regional Economic Strategy Committee is up to.


FISHING

Daily Catch

The New Bedford Light brings you “The Daily Catch” — a listing of the latest seafood prices from the Buyers and Sellers Exchange.

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JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

City Council rejects one of New Bedford’s finest for Voc-Tech School Committee

It was not her good qualifications that defeated Carol Pimentel. Rather it was the determination of the City Council not to follow the state’s 2021 directive to vocational technical schools to change their admission policies so that more English learners and disabled students can attend. Pimentel and the mayor support the reforms.

ENVIRONMENT

State lawmakers push back against costly new septic rules

A bill from state Sen. Mark Montigny and state Rep. Chris Markey would stop the state DEP from requiring nitrogen-reducing septic upgrades. The legislation would also make it illegal to require watershed permits without any funding attached.

Dartmouth officials assail state’s ‘corrupted’ septic regulation process

OFFSHORE WIND

Commonwealth Wind appeals ‘capricious’ DPU contract decision

Commonwealth Wind parent company Avangrid has said for months that increases in commodity prices, rising interest rates and supply shortages mean that its 1,200 megawatt renewable energy project “cannot be financed and built” under the terms.

JAIL AND HOUSE OF CORRECTION

New Bristol County sheriff plans to close Ash Street Jail

Paul Heroux said he believes that the immigration detention center on the main campus that was closed in 2021 could be renovated to accommodate inmates now held at Ash Street, a 19th-century building where roughly 75 to 90 inmates are held in custody any given day.


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

A peek inside the Z’s $31 million remake

“It’s going to be a state-of-the-art, world-class performing arts center with all the amenities and all the conveniences that people should be able to enjoy when they’re at a concert or a show, or any other program there.” — David Prentiss, president and CEO of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra


SOUTH COAST HISTORY
PUBLIC SAFETY
HOUSING CRISIS

Ousted New Bedford tenants struggle to find shelter

One tenant is struggling to afford her new apartment. Another said the stress of moving led to an injury at work, and now he’s homeless and couch surfing. A third tenant found an affordable place, but he won’t give up the fight to save his neighbors from gentrification.

Homeless students are the unseen victims of New Bedford’s housing crisis

“The housing crisis is very real. I think there’s kind of this esoteric idea of what the housing crisis looks like, and all of us in the school department see it every day. We see it every day with students who don’t have a reliable place to stay at night.” — Margaret Silva, housing specialist…

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