Both Southcoast Health and Greater New Bedford Community Health Center are now requiring employees to be immunized.
Ward 3 Councilor Hugh Dunn’s plan would make any death of any police officer or firefighter from COVID-19 exactly equal to the heroism of an officer who is shot to death on the street or a firefighter who loses his life in a burning building.
New Bedford has lost an $11 million state Revolving Fund grant for this year’s work, and it could incur fines of up to $56,000 a day, plus legal costs, according to a letter from city infrastructure chief Jamie Ponte.
The three New Bedford patrolmen had no good answers for why they did not ask Dunn where he was coming from that rainy Friday night; if he had been drinking; and how he crashed his Hyundai Genesis into both a Chevy truck and a Toyota SUV.
There are so few candidates running for office in New Bedford this year that there will be no preliminary election in five of the city’s six wards.
The city’s Community Economic Development Center began a pilot program, showing would-be entrepreneurs how to get into the food-vending business.
It is a battle over who gets to talk for Southeastern Massachusetts in Washington and Boston, and where the emphasis will be on the issues in New Bedford, Fall River, and even Cape Cod and the South Shore.
Dartmouth’s fully vaccinated rate of 49% is 16 points lower than the statewide rate of 65%. And the rates in Acushnet, Fairhaven and Freetown are not much better, coming in at 54%, 57% and 57% respectively, as of Aug. 10.
The sad and bitter truth is that because we have failed to get vaccinated in great enough numbers in the city, our school kids will probably spend at least part of another year with their faces covered while they learn.
The goal is to make it difficult for panhandlers to walk on the traffic island where they hold signs saying they are homeless.