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New England Towns Struggle With Opioid And Heroin Epidemic
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Gloucester Police Chief Recognized by White House is Fired

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police chief who was honored by the White House for his work battling heroin addiction but later was accused of misleading investigators looking into allegations of improper behavior with at least two women has been fired...

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New England Towns Struggle With Opioid And Heroin Epidemic
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Gloucester Police Chief on Leave in Ongoing Internal Investigation

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police chief who was honored at the White House for his work battling opioid addiction has been placed on paid leave pending the completion of an internal city investigation...

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New Bedford Councillor Interested in Proposal for Statewide Drug Turn-In Program

Proposed legislation in the Massachusetts House would somewhat expand Gloucester's police department policy of not charging people who willfully turn in their drugs and paraphernalia...

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Spells Out Objection to Gloucester-Like Program in New Bedford

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell still opposes adopting an opioid treatment initiative similar to Gloucester's "ANGEL" program.

The New Bedford City Council is taking a look at the feasibility of having addicts turn in drugs and paraphernalia to the police department without fear of arrest, and then being supplied with a volunteer sponsor...

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Brian Gomes - Dan McCready/Townsquare Media
Brian Gomes - Dan McCready/Townsquare Media

Gomes Blames Pharmaceuticals, Docs for Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

City Councillor at Large Brian Gomes is up for re-election.

Speaking on "The Taylor Cormier Show," Gomes highlighted the severity of the nation's opioid epidemic...

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New Bedford Mayor: Gloucester’s New Drug Program Goes ‘Too Far’

While New Bedford and Gloucester are homes to key fishing ports in the country, both communities also share the blight of opioid abuse.

This week, the Gloucester Police Department rolled out a new program that offers help to drug addicts instead of charging them with a crime...

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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/Facebook

Schooner Earnestina Headed Out-Of-State For Repairs

The Schooner Ernestina _ the official tall ship of Massachusetts _ is heading out of state for a multimillion dollar restoration project, which is not sitting well with some people on Cape Ann...

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Applications Still Available For Fishing Disaster Relief Funds

Emergency relief funding is still available for fishermen and those adversely affected by the downturn of the fishing industry.

The application process to claim hardship and receive funding has been open for about a month, but Verna Kendall of the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership says there's no way of knowing if all eligible individuals have applied for relief...

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Gloucester Man Wants Street Name Changed To ‘My Way’

Associated Press - A Gloucester man wants to change the name of his street to My Way, not because he's a Frank Sinatra fan, but because he loves his wife so much...

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S&P Raises Bond Ratings For Freetown And Four Other Cities

 

At least five Massachusetts, including Freetown, cities have begun the new year on an optimistic note after a major credit service raised their bond ratings, citing their strong economic and budgetary performances.
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