City councilor accuses Fall River mayor of threatening him; mayor denying claims

City councilor accuses Fall River mayor of threatening him; mayor denying claims

FALL RIVER — City Councilor Jasiel Correia II claims Mayor Will Flanagan attempted to intimidate him using scare tactics that involved a gun two days after the freshman councilor signed a recall petition — a threat the mayor denies.

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Candidates for governor weigh in on immigration

Candidates for governor weigh in on immigration

BOSTON — Immigration may not be as incendiary an issue in Massachusetts as it is in border states like Arizona and Mexico, yet the approach the state should take to those in the country illegally can still spark strong emotions.… Read Full Story

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Rhode Island voters to choose party nominees

Rhode Island voters to choose party nominees

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominees along with other candidates who will compete in the November general election. Most polls open at 7 a.m., … Read Full Story

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Bristol County commissioners race getting heated as primary nears

Bristol County commissioners race getting heated as primary nears

TAUNTON — The two-way race for a seat on the Bristol County Board of Commissioners has started to get a little chippy.
New Bedford’s John Saunders defended himself against criticism leveled by Taunton candidate Dan Dermody, and said that Dermody … Read Full Story

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Meet the candidates vying for District 1 seat on Governor’s Council

Meet the candidates vying for District 1 seat on Governor’s Council

By Jo C. Goode
GateHouse Media Massachusetts

Four Democrats are vying for Governor’s Council District 1, and with no Republican candidate in the race, the winner of the Sept. 9 primary will be this region’s next representative.
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BPI fined $125,000 for money laundering violations in the U.S.

BPI fined $125,000 for money laundering violations in the U.S.

WASHINGTON — The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has imposed a civil money penalty of $125,000 against BPI, Inc. — a money services business (MSB) owned by Portugal-based bank BPI — for “willfull and repeated violations” of the Bank Secrecy … Read Full Story

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St. Anthony’s Band going strong at 110

St. Anthony’s Band going strong at 110

FALL RIVER — St. Anthony’s Band of Fall River may be the oldest Portuguese marching band around, but its leaders proudly point out that it remains very vibrant and young at heart as it turns 110 years.
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Problems abound with health law immigration papers

Problems abound with health law immigration papers

MIAMI (AP) – More than 200,000 immigrants who bought insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care initiative could lose their coverage this month if they don’t submit proof this week they are legally in the country, but language barriers and … Read Full Story

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Sheriff´s Department holds donation drive to aid hospice program in the Azores

Sheriff´s Department holds donation drive  to aid hospice  program in the Azores

DARTMOUTH — The Azores are turning to the local region for support and donations for their new end of life care program.
“We are looking for support in the Portuguese communities so that we may continue to help families in … Read Full Story

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More than 500 attend Great Feast closing banquet

More than 500 attend Great Feast closing banquet

SWANSEA — More than 500 people associated with local Brotherhoods, organizations and music bands gathered at the Venus de Milo in Swansea last Monday night for the Closing Banquet of the Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England.… Read Full Story

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UMD and UA launch new exchange program

UMD and UA launch new exchange program

DARTMOUTH — As the world has become a “global village,” UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing Assistant Professor Maryellen Brisbois maintains that it is more important than ever that nurses are culturally competent to care for all types of patients.
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Holy Ghost parade a feast for the eyes

Holy Ghost parade a feast for the eyes

FALL RIVER — Thousands of people lined the route of the ethnographic parade from Ponta Delgada Boulevard to the grounds of Kennedy Park on the third day of the 28th annual Great Feast of the Holy Ghost on Saturday morning.… Read Full Story

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Holy Ghost crowning procession draws large crowd

Holy Ghost crowning procession draws large crowd

FALL RIVER — Thousands of people lined the route of the Crowning Procession of the annual Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England on Sunday afternoon.

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Catholic Memorial Home holds Holy Ghost celebration

Catholic Memorial Home holds Holy Ghost celebration

FALL RIVER — In keeping with the tradition of many Portuguese-speaking residents, the Catholic Memorial Home hosted their 4th Annual Holy Ghost celebration last week.
The celebration is a collaborative effort involving Espírito Santo Church parishioners, community members, and the … Read Full Story

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Portuguese Discovery Monument glows again amid restoration

Portuguese Discovery Monument glows again amid restoration

NEWPORT — After falling into major disrepair for about a decade, the Portuguese Discovery Monument at Brenton Point has been replaced with an expanded and refined version of the original 1988 structure, which will be dedicated on Sept. 12.
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Keeping Vila da Franca do Campo tradition alive in New Bedford

Keeping Vila da Franca do Campo tradition alive in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — Portuguese immigrants almost never forget their roots, and most carry on homeland traditions of long ago, including many Catholic rituals.
Maria da Conceição Barbosa, who lived on Eugenia Street, shared her wish to see her sons take … Read Full Story

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Program – Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England

Program – Great Feast of the Holy Ghost of New England

AUG. 21 (Thursday)

7:00 PM  — Opening of the festivities at Kennedy Park.
7:15 PM — Entertainment by local community entertainers:
7:30 PM — 2FK
7:30 – 8 PM — Geana Soares
8 – 8:30 PM — Catia Ferreira
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‘I hope everyone comes out to support the Great Feast,’ says feast president

‘I hope everyone comes out to support the Great Feast,’ says feast president

José Silva says the Holy Ghost has touched his life in many ways.
“It’s always been in my heart, and it has always been an integral part of my life,” said Silva, who is at the helm of this year’s … Read Full Story

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