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Casino deal, if chips fall in place, could lead to spring campaigns in New Bedford
City residents could face a spring suddenly filled with casino-related campaigning and public outreach if the developer seeking to build a $500 million resort on New Bedford's waterfront is able to strike a deal with the city in the next two weeks.
Think newspaper, radio and possibly television ads, public forums, letters to the editor, signs on lawns and roadways, and more.
"I think if there's a way to get everything done, as I believe we could do... I believe that the group from KG Urban, Foxwoods Casino and the city would work tirelessly to make sure that residents... got all the information that they need to make an educated decision," Ward 6 City Councilor Joe Lopes said Tuesday, when asked about a hypothetical casino referendum.
Campaigning likely would be active for and against the proposed development on the Cannon Street site of an abandoned NStar power plant.
"I think for any proposition of this magnitude, there's always going to be individuals and groups in favor, and individuals and groups in opposition," Lopes said.
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Fairhaven School Committee contemplates school vacation change
School Committee members Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to merge two school vacation weeks into one next year, requesting more information from area superintendents of schools.
Committee members reviewed three calendar options:
Replacing the February and April school vacations with a single week in March.
Keeping the two vacation weeks but cutting the Christmas break from eight school days to five.
Maintaining the current calendar, with vacations in February and April and 10 days at Christmas.
With the first two options, the school year would end June 15. The third option ends the school year June 20.  Neither end date factors in snow days.
Superintendent of Schools Robert Baldwin said survey results from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees were "lukewarm'' toward replacing the February and April weeks with one in March. "There was not much of an appetite for change,'' he said.
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Would-be robber leaves New Bedford store empty-handed
A would-be robber left empty-handed Tuesday night when a clerk at the Royal Food and Deli, 606 Summer St., refused his demand to give him money.
Detective Capt. Steven Vicente, public information officer of the New Bedford Police Department, said a man, armed with a knife, walked into the store about 7:20 p.m. and demanded money.
The clerk refused to give him any cash and the suspect left the store, according to Vicente. The suspect was last seen walking north on Summer Street and may gotten into a silver vehicle.
The suspect is described as about 6 feet tall, wearing a camouflage mask, a black-hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and black and white sneakers, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Bedford Detective Division at 508-991-6300, ext. 320, or leave an anonymous tip at 508-961-4584
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