Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

 — Portugal’s Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe’s last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported … Read Full Story

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession draws large crowd

Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession draws large crowd

NEW BEDFORD – The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish held its annual feast last weekend. Despite the inclement weather,a large crowd lined the procession route on Sunday afternoon. Here are some images from the celebration. Please click twice on Read Full Story

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100 Years of Madeiran Devotion

100 Years of Madeiran Devotion

100th Feast of the Blessed Sacrament to be held July 31 to Aug. 3

Madeira Field becomes a pilgrimage site where Portuguese families celebrate their heritage and culture every August.

The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament was established at the … Read Full Story

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Ernestina to receive $2 million in state funds to be restored

Ernestina to receive $2 million in state funds to be restored

NEW BEDFORD — The Schooner Ernestina, official ship of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that is currently docked in New Bedford harbor, is getting an upgrade thanks to $2 million in state capital funds.

“We’ve been working hard for the last … Read Full Story

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Portuguese culture, language come alive in UMD summer program

Portuguese culture, language come alive in UMD summer program

DARTMOUTH — For 10 years, Belchertown resident Joyce Harper has been meaning to get involved in UMass Dartmouth’s summer program in Portuguese language and culture.

Finally, at 71, and now retired, she has enough free time to do so.
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Parishioners go to Pope to save St. John’s Church

Parishioners go to Pope to save St. John’s Church

NEW BEDFORD — Although the Apostolic Signatura — the Vatican’s highest court — did reject an appeal by the Friends of St. John the Baptist to have the suppression of their parish repealed, the group says they’re not done yet.… Read Full Story

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Sheriff in Texas discussing border security

Sheriff in Texas discussing border security

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is one of six sheriffs from across the country who are visiting the Rio Grande Valley this week to discuss border security with federal and state law enforcement authorities.
For the next three days, Hodgson … Read Full Story

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Minimum wage increase will affect cities like Taunton more than others

Minimum wage increase will affect cities like Taunton more than others

When the new minimum wage increase goes into effect, areas of the state, including Taunton, may experience bigger economic impacts than others.

When the new minimum wage increase goes into effect, areas of the state including Taunton may experience bigger … Read Full Story

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Going back to her roots

Going back to her roots

Author pens books about Cape Verde, uses proceeds to purchase clothing, food, books for children there.

CENTRAL FALLS — Ever since she was 21, Candida Lomba has lived in Puerto Rico. Yet she never forgot her roots on the Cape … Read Full Story

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Cliches are sometimes true

Cliches are sometimes true

Fado expresses the soul of Portugal

DARTMOUTH — Rodrigo Costa Felix has been involved with fado ever since he was a young boy.

“My interest started very early on,” said the 42-year-old fadista. “My father had a Fado House.”

Felix, … Read Full Story

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Spirited celebration planned for the 80th Feast of the Holy Ghost in Taunton

Spirited celebration planned for the 80th Feast of the Holy Ghost in Taunton

TAUNTON — The Holy Ghost Festa in East Taunton is celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend, July 11 to 13.

This three-day celebration of faith is held on the second week in July each year and is organized by the … Read Full Story

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Cape Verdeans commemorate their independence

Cape Verdeans commemorate their independence

NEW BEDFORD — Last Saturday, July 5, was the 39th anniversary of Cape Verde’s independence from Portugal. Yet it was the 42nd anniversary of the Cape Verdean Recognition Parade, bringing thousands out into the streets to enjoy the festivities. The … Read Full Story

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Catholic court upholds decision to close New Bedford’s St. John the Baptist

Catholic court upholds decision to close New Bedford’s St. John the Baptist

NEW BEDFORD — The Catholic Church’s highest judicial body has rejected the final appeal of the parishioners to keep St. John the Baptist Church open.

The Apostolic Signatura’s secretary, Archbishop Frans Daneels, wrote to Bishop George Coleman in April to … Read Full Story

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Brazilian Bishop to lead F.R. Diocese

Brazilian Bishop to lead F.R. Diocese

Edgar Moreira da Cunha named to throne

FALL RIVER — The Diocese of Fall River is up for new leadership in September as Bishop George Coleman steps down and Bishop Edgar Moreira Da Cunha takes his place.

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Double disappointment at the World Cup, First Portugal, then USA are sent home

Double disappointment at the World Cup, First Portugal, then USA are sent home

For most local fans, the enjoyment of watching their favorite team in the World Cup is now over. Portugal, considered an outside favorite before the tournament started, although most critics warned that the team was very dependent on mega star … Read Full Story

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New bilingual children´s book features Portuguese-American experience

New bilingual children´s book features Portuguese-American experience

SAN JOSÉ, Calif. — A couple years ago, Kate Morejohn had an idea for a children’s book featuring a Portuguese-speaking family living in California, and she ran with it.

“I usually go running in an area that looks a lot … Read Full Story

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Immigration activists descend on Beacon Hill

Immigration activists descend on Beacon Hill

BOSTON — A number of individuals who lost relatives to deportation were joined last Saturday in Boston by dozens of activists  from various immigrant rights organizations and faith-based organizations for a march demanding an end to deportations and family separation.… Read Full Story

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Learning volumes about family history

Learning volumes about family history

UMD’s Portuguese American Archives receive microfilms of Azorean vital records

DARTMOUTH — Thanks to the donation of a collection of microfilmed reproductions of thousands of original birth, death and marriage records from Azores, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives is taking … Read Full Story

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