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Michael Bonner


New Bedford, MA, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

Unaccounted casualties: The suicide rate of young veterans far outstrips the general population

A knock on the door interrupted Brandon Cardoza. Standing outside of his second floor Chestnut Hall freshman dorm room was Luke Carreiro.“This wasn’t ordinary for him,” Cardoza said. “When he showed up, I was concerned. He wanted to come in. I said 'Let’s have a conversation.'”Cardoza discarded his books, brushed aside his homework and sat on his bed. Sitting at Cardoza’s desk, Carreiro informed… → Read More

No plastic bags in New Bedford's big stores? City Council to explore the idea

NEW BEDFORD — Ward 6 Councilor Joe Lopes listened to the concerns regarding plastic bag bans and considered them when proposing one during last week’s City Council meeting.The motion looks to avoid harming small businesses while also reducing one-time use plastic bags from the environment.“It protects the small mom and pop companies, and the larger chains are already being forced to implement… → Read More

Former City Solicitor files suit against New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — A former City Solicitor has filed a lawsuit against the city seeking $28,000 in unpaid services that pertain to work done years → Read More

'She won't be replaced:' Harriet Didriksen remembered as a fishing 'icon'

NEW BEDFORD — A procession of visitors entered a hospital room at St. Anne’s in Fall River last weekend to bid farewell to Harriet Didriksen.Her son, Dana, saw his mother. With each new person who entered the room, he began to see, in many ways, the matriarch of the waterfront.“She’s intrinsically dedicated to this lifestyle for the good of herself and other people,” Dana said. “For me it’s been… → Read More

Coast Guard investigates sunken vessel in New Bedford Harbor

NEW BEDFORD — The Coast Guard is investigating what caused a 45-foot fishing vessel to sink early Sunday morning by steamship pier.The Coast Guard received a call from the owner of the fishing vessel Moonraker at 8:17 a.m., according to the agency. The owner discovered the vessel was submerged about a half hour earlier.The Coast Guard said there was 100 gallons of fuel within the vessel and 50… → Read More

Wade Davis hated being 'black and gay' but shared his journey to love with UMass Dartmouth

DARTMOUTH — Guests in attendance lingered for a chance to meet Wade Davis. When the opportunity arose, they posed for pictures, received a hug and sometimes wiped tears from their eyes.“It’s really hard to encapsulate what it means,” Davis said. “I know how it feels. It feels like I’m being as close to myself as I possibly be. I think that’s the hardest thing, to show up as you.”Davis, a former… → Read More

New Bedford scalloper speaks of shutdown hardships in Washington

NEW BEDFORD — Many things fell into place Friday that led to the government reopening, including the words of a New Bedford scalloper in the nation’s capital.Capt. Jack Morris, director of operations for FV Holdings LLC, spoke on a panel conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the shutdown prevented one of his vessels from fishing.“We’re bleeding,” Morris said. “We need to go fishing.”Hours… → Read More

'Blocked out:' Marijuana businesses say New Bedford's zoning boxes out entrepreneurs

NEW BEDFORD — Whisk and Jane LLC sent the City Council and Mayor Jon Mitchell a holiday wish list, but the potential recreational marijuana dispensary didn’t get what it wanted.In a letter sent to city officials on Dec. 24, Whisk and Jane LLC requested that New Bedford take immediate action in repealing at least a portion of its marijuana zoning ordinances.As of Wednesday afternoon, the company… → Read More

'A historic day' in Wareham: People don't mind rain to buy marijuana

WAREHAM — Judson Rice was determined to be first.Patrons hoping to purchase recreational marijuana at Verilife’s grand opening Friday were told to park at the Water Wizz parking lot, which opened at 8 a.m. Rice arrived at 6:30 a.m.Knowing the gates were closed, he improvised by negotiating with the Silver Lake Motel to pay for a spot in their lot.About four hours later, the 43-year-old walked… → Read More

Port of New Bedford ranks No. 1 for 18th consecutive year

NEW BEDFORD - Death, taxes and New Bedford ranked as the most valuable fishing port in the country remain certainties in life.NOAA announced its annual → Read More

'Excited for what's ahead': Tony Cabral captures victory in Bristol's 13th District

NEW BEDFORD — About 40 minutes after polls closed Tuesday, the door to 560 Pleasant St. opened igniting cheers and applause.Tony Cabral walked into the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council with an smile stretching ear-to-ear as volunteers, staffers and family greeted the 28-year incumbent in search for another term serving Bristol’s 13 District.Results from the Democrat’s victory… → Read More

"We are the future:" UMass Dartmouth organization helping young voters register and get to polls

DARTMOUTH — There’s a slogan circulating throughout UMass Dartmouth: “It’s our future, let’s vote on it. → Read More

New Bedford Election Commission: Beware of false info on Facebook

NEW BEDFORD — Less than a week prior to the midterm elections on Nov. 6, Manny DeBrito is reminding voters within the city and across → Read More

New Bedford works to fix problems at new polling station as Nov. 6 nears

NEW BEDFORD — A calendar claims the most real estate on Manny DeBrito’s desk inside the office of the Election Commission. → Read More

Statesman Tavern a cozy Bristol pub

BRISTOL, Rhode Island — One of our favorite spots along the SouthCoast is Bristol. Allyssa and I enjoy the small-town feel of walking down Hope Street. Two of our best friends were married at Linden Place.The spot felt like a perfect area in a locale we haven’t had too many Dine Out reviews.Occasionally, I’ll dive deep into a restaurant’s reviews or a menu prior to visiting. This time, though,… → Read More

Slain teen's family in New Bedford says killer 'is revictimizing us' with lawsuit

NEW BEDFORD - Stephanie Santos recently visited the grave of her 14-year-old brother in a cemetery near Buttonwood Park.D.J. Correia would be nearly 40 → Read More

New Bedford shocked by NOAA's latest move in Carlos Rafael case

NEW BEDFORD — Jim Kendall sees fingerprints on NOAA’s most recent allegations that go beyond Carlos Rafael and loop 22 of his captains into the agency’s non-criminal civil action.“I’ll tell you right now, you can print it or not, but I think John Bullard still has his thumb on the scale,” the former fishing captain and executive director of New Bedford Seafood Consulting said.Kendall backed up… → Read More

Newcomer Hendricks topples Koczera in 11th Bristol

NEW BEDFORD — Political newcomer Chris Hendricks upset 30-year incumbent Robert Koczera to win the primary for state representative → Read More

'American Dream' realized for 28 people in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — Francisco Lopes Pereira has lived in the United States for about 30 years. The 65-year-old from Cape Verde has a car. → Read More

Protestors chain, cement themselves at Dartmouth House of Corrections

DARTMOUTH — Firefighters used a drill with a chisel on the end of it along with massive bolt cutter to extract two protestors who chained and cemented themselves outside the Dartmouth House of Corrections on Monday afternoon, according to Bristol County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jonathan Darling.One used a bike lock around his neck to tether himself to the yellow gate on the edge of the… → Read More