As we prepare to kick off a new week, let’s take a look back at the week that was.
Has a pending criminal case put the Fall River City Council president’s position in jeopardy? As Pam Laliberte-Lebeau faces arraignment this week for a criminal felony and misdemeanor case against her, she may be facing another challenge as plans may be afoot to oust her as president.
In other news, The Herald News sat down with city native Dr. Steve Cobery, who’s had quite the journey back to his hometown. After working for the Navy as a nuclear engineer, then going to medical school and then serving as a neurosurgeon in Afghanistan, Cobery, a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School, is back working in Fall River for Southcoast Health.
Also, Somerset is making major repairs and upgrades to its reservoir dama project state officials and lawmakers highlighted during a visit to the town last week.
Finally, as football season officially gets underway, The Herald News offers a look at what to expect from your favorite Greater Fall River high school teams this fall.
But the most read stories of the week on heraldnews.com were the following:
Mass. heads to polls
Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III claimed victory Tuesday night over opponent Shannon McMahon, a former assistant district attorney under Quinn and his predecessor, Sam Sutter.
This election, Quinn faced his first-ever political opponent for the DA’s position. He was first appointed to the job in 2015 by Gov. Charlie Baker to succeed Sutter, who had been elected as Fall River mayor.
Now that we made it through the 2022 primary election – let’s recap all the races. Who won, who lost, and what does this mean for November’s midterms? Catch up here.
‘Strong showing of support’:Quinn claims victory for 3rd term as district attorney; Heroux claims sheriff’s race win
Primary Election 2022 Recap:Healey vs Diehl in MA governor’s race plus down-ballot races
Fall River makes it official
After a year as Interim Superintendent of Schools, Maria Pontes has stepped into the permanent role in the district she’s been with for nearly 40 years.
Pontes is in her 37th year with Fall River Public Schools. A career-long educator, she taught at Kuss Middle School, then later served in various administrative roles before becoming one of the district’s assistant superintendents in 2020.
The school committee appointed Pontes as interim superintendent last summer, following the departure of former superintendent Matthew Malone. Earlier this year, they opted to appoint her to be the superintendent. See what plans she has in store.
‘I’m gonna roll up my sleeves’:Maria Pontes just started her first year as permanent superintendent. Here are her plans.
Bio-park land dirty lawsuit
Earlier this summer, the Fall River Redevelopment Authority thought they were close to selling off the balance of property at the SouthCoast Life Science and Technology Park with a purchase and sales agreement for more than $14 million for 82 acres of land.
Goal a recent lawsuit filed by Hutchens Holding II LLCwhich owns the company Raw Seafoods, is looking to stop the sale of a parcel of land claiming they had a deal on a right of first refusal with the redevelopment agency.
What could this mean for development in the office park? Find out more here.
Fall River bio-park:Seafood company sues Redevelopment Authority over land sale
Verdict in biker brawl death
With a heightened police presence and members of two rival gangs watching on, Taunton resident Joseph “JoJo” Noe of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club was found not guilty on all counts of murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the September 2019 biker brawl that left a rival club member dead outside a Bedford Street bar.
Eric Voshell, 39, an Oak Bluffs resident, former volunteer fireman and businessman, died from two gunshot wounds to the back of the head after a brawl outside of JC’s Café.
Voshell was a member of the Sidewinders Motorcycle Club. The two rival motorcycle clubs had reportedly had recent interactions in the city before the fatal shooting. Read more on this story here.
Church hosts ‘Before I Die’ wall
If you’ve traveled Rock Street in the past week you’ve likely noticed an unusual new addition to the First Congregational Church.
Propped in front of the historic house of worship is a giant black chalkboard serving as a bucket list of spells for the community. Stenciled on it is the sentence “Before I die I want to ….”
It is part of a global art project that includes over 5,000 walls in 78 countries around the world.
Since its installation in Fall River at the end of August, the prompt has led to many anonymous contributors scrawling their own thought-provoking musings. Here’s what locals have had to say.
Community bucket list:A Fall River church installed a ‘Before I Die’ wall outside. Here’s what people wrote.