Jack Spillane

Columnist covering all things New Bedford

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.

Walking the walk and talking the talk with Ward 3 candidates

In the past month or so, I’ve had a chance to walk with all of these candidates in their home neighborhoods within the ward. I’ve learned a whole lot about both them and the different enclaves — some of them quite out of the way — that they call home.

City Council dysfunction is on full display

Sometimes I think that the smaller the stakes are, the worse elected officials behave. But that doesn’t mean we the public have to like it. And it doesn’t mean that this kind of hard-ball tactics and mean-spiritedness in our office-holders is right.

New Bedford surrenders to army of chewing squirrels

This year, for the first time in a decade or so, there are no Christmas lights at Custom House Park. The downtown squirrels evidently ate through the wires for so many years that the DPI has given up, declining to spend “thousands and thousands” of dollars on replacements.

Ventura offers ‘proof’ of what he calls residency

Ward 3 candidate is now saying the document is “proof” that he lives in New Bedford. That’s fair enough, I guess, as legal proof of his residency. But I don’t think it says anything about whether he lives there on a day-to-day basis.

Counting votes isn’t what it used to be

In light of media scrutiny, New Bedford’s elections chair says new procedures resulted in significant changes to counting and reporting of votes.

It was the people of New Bedford who rose up against Hodgson

What finally did in Tom Hodgson was the decent, hard-working people of the city of New Bedford, Bristol County’s largest working-class community and the place that undoubtedly has sent the largest number of inmates and correctional officers to tangle with the county’s chief jailer these last 2½ decades.


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