In case you missed it, here are the top stories from The Herald News from last week according to our readers:
Fall River Native Hosts ‘Jeopardy!’
This internationally recognized journalist from Fall River has just finished a week as a guest presenter for “Jeopardy!”
Who is George Stephanopoulos?
The long-running game show’s newest guest host was Fall River’s own Stephanopoulos, “Good Morning America” and “This Week” host. “Danger!” drove through various guest moderators after the death of Alex Trebek in November 2020. Next up is Stephanopoulos’ GMA host colleague Robin Roberts, followed by popular actor LeVar Burton.
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Flooding in Stafford Square
Flooding in Stafford Square is nothing new and hardly the only problem area in the city. Herald News reporter Charles Winokoor spoke to Paul Ferland, Administrator of Fall River’s Department of Community Utilities, about the flooding problems in the city and what it takes to address them. The current cost of repairing Stafford Square would be $ 42 million, according to Maine-based engineering consultancy Wright-Pierce.
From the archives:Images of past storms and floods on the Fall River
Tenant Says Westport Officials Give Her “Runaround”
Westport tenant Averyl Andrade of Between the Rows LLC says she got the runaround from Selectmen and other officials for leasing land owned by someone connected to the Hell’s Angels. She also says her past urge to legalize non-medical marijuana contributed to what she calls a stone wall by city officials. City Administrator Timothy King has denied any bias. Jeffrey D. Wagner addresses the subject in this story.
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Let’s go to the festa
The Great Festival of the Holy Spirit in Fall River could be canceled this year, but other festivals are still held across town. This weekend the Catholic Church of St. Michael celebrated its festival, which ends this morning with a procession after a bilingual mass. The procession will march through the neighborhood around the church and carry the statue of St. Michael.
See what is still on deck today, because there is still enough time to celebrate. Those who do not feel comfortable in crowds can still enjoy something from the feast: food is available to take away.
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ACLU admonishes Fall River School Committee
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the Fall River School Committee’s rules governing public commentary during meetings violate the constitutional safeguards for freedom of speech. The ACLU’s action was sparked by an incident during a June 3rd meeting of a school committee subcommittee when Collin Dias, a school committee candidate, was banned from making his proposed written comments as the rules deemed them inadmissible. Herald News reporter Audrey Cooney takes a look at the subject here.
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