Jack Spillane of the online publication New Bedford Light joined Townsquare Sunday again for a discussion on the top news stories of the week. His beat is Greater New Bedford.

Spillane and I both agree that voters in Dartmouth will likely vote "yes" on a non-binding ballot question at the April 5 Town Election to keep the Native American logo in place at Dartmouth High School.

In our interview, Spillane reviewed some of the history of the logo, and how Native American tribes are reacting to it, both in and out of the area. He also offered a potential compromise over the issue which is worth a listen.

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Spillane and I also discussed the ongoing saga of the Federal ARPA funding in New Bedford. While the city council is scheduled to take a final vote on the package this coming Thursday, there is still an ongoing question as to whether Mayor Jon Mitchell will follow the council's blueprint for spending the cash.

We also talked about the New Bedford School Department's dilemma with its older school buildings, several of which are over 100 years old. Spillane outlined the school department's plan to partner with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to construct two new schools, and repair others, using some of the school department's federal COVID relief money.

Jack Spillane's latest Townsquare Sunday interview can be heard here:

Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard Sunday mornings at 6 and 11 a.m. on 1420 WBSM and 99.5 FM.

The program highlights individuals and organizations working to make Greater New Bedford a better place to live.

If you would like your organization featured on Townsquare Sunday, please e-mail the host at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com.

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