There is no question the year 2020 will be hard to forget. Between the arrival of COVID-19, the economic shutdown, the loss of loved ones, the presidential election, the push for racial justice, and the second surge of the coronavirus, it is a certainty the last 12 months will remain on our minds for quite some time.

Each year, Townsquare Sunday looks back at the previous year, and offers some thoughts on the year to come. Helping us with that this year is Reverend David Lima of the Interchurch Council of Greater New Bedford and Carl Alves of Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction, or PAACA.

Both gentlemen offered their insights and opinions during a two-part discussion with host Jim Phillips. The first segment focuses on 2020, the coronavirus and the response to the pandemic, and can be heard here:

The second segment had both Rev. Lima and David Alves weighing in on the Black Lives Matter movement in New Bedford, the protests last summer, and their hopes for 2021.

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 on 1420 WBSM. The program highlights individuals and organizations that are working to make Greater New Bedford a better place to live.

If you would like to feature your organization on Townsquare Sunday, please e-mail the host at

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