Jack Spillane

Columnist covering all things New Bedford


Register for The Chat: Abortion rights in Greater New Bedford

The New Bedford Light’s Jack Spillane will be joined by women leaders from across South Coast for a special episode of The Chat this Wednesday at 7 p.m. to talk about abortion rights in Greater New Bedford after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

New Bedford City Council ignores effect of health care costs on city budget

Mitchell as far back as 2018 supplied the council with facts and figures about the alleged benefits of the health care plan, including that in the first few years of accepting the state law, Fall River saved $3.7 million; Dartmouth $511,000; Fairhaven $540,000; and Acushnet $190,000.

New Bedford looks to end its 40-year environmental nightmare

“Both the Aerovox and Cornell-Dubilier plants used polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a probable human carcinogen, in the capacitors from approximately 1947 to 1978. … the buildings, structures, and grounds of both plants became contaminated with PCBs from accidental spills and intentional dumping.”

Audio: Jack Spillane discusses the most important New Bedford issues on WBSM on May 1

New Bedford Light columnist Jack Spillane joined Jim Phillips on WBSM’s Townsquare Sunday show to break down the Dartmouth Indians controversy following a vote by the school committee to keep the logo and nickname, curriculum issues in New Bedford middle schools, Mayor Jon Mitchell’s State of the City address and the debut of the New…

New Bedford needs new courthouses, but state takes its time

The district court is just one of four aging and overburdened courthouses in New Bedford that are so outdated their facilities, or lack thereof, pose a danger to public safety, according to many who work in the buildings.

The Light on Radio: Jack Spillane discusses the Dartmouth Indians controversy, playground parking and more on WBSM

Jack Spillane appears on WBSM Radio’s Townsquare Sunday on April 24 to discuss the controversial Dartmouth High logo and nickname, parking controversy at Noah’s Place Playground on Pope’s Island, the UMass Dartmouth fine arts program struggling to attract students, the city’s Facade Improvement Program and the discovery of a Westport-built whaling ship at the bottom…

State of the City is bragging time for New Bedford mayors

Perhaps the areas where the Mayor Mitchell’s accomplishments best live up to his rhetoric is in the scope of the economic development that is taking place on the waterfront, and the upgrades to the city’s parks, streets and sidewalks.

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