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New Bedford City Council feud erupts in fury
A long-simmering feud between the City Council president and the councilor he narrowly defeated for that post blew far past the boiling point Thursday night, when shouting, fury and profanity erupted immediately after adjournment in City Hall.
"I'm not going to take your s--- anymore!" Council President Brian K. Gomes shouted at Councilor-at-large Linda Morad in the antechamber beside council chambers, clearly audible through a closed door.
Gomes then proceeded to furiously berate - in the antechamber, the quickly emptied council chambers and the hallway outside - Morad, whom he defeated 6-5 in a narrow vote for the council presidency Jan. 5.
Morad said to Gomes at one point, "I hope you don't have a stroke," as Gomes stormed away into the antechamber.
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Harsh winter tough on final farewells at SouthCoast cemeteries
The March sun and milder temperatures are gradually melting snow-covered SouthCoast, and the region's funeral directors and cemetery caretakers are among those welcoming the warmth.
For some families looking to bid a proper farewell to loved ones, the brutal winter, with its unrelenting succession of storms, added to an already difficult time as funerals and burials were delayed.
"It was really bad,'' said Ron Labelle, commissioner of the city's Department of Public Infrastructure, which is responsible for tending city cemeteries. "At one point, you couldn't even see where the gravestones were.''
As the snow fell, then fell some more, the Department of Public Infrastructure focused its efforts on keeping major roads clear and providing access to emergency vehicles. That left few resources to clear city cemeteries, which include Pine Grove, Oak Grove and Rural, Labelle said.
"You feel bad postponing someone's funeral,'' he said. "But cemeteries, as important as they are, have to take a backseat to safety.''
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GiftsToGive's new Thrift Shop helps charity sustain itself, combat poverty
As a group of shoppers made their way to the entrance of GiftsToGive's Thrift Shop in Acushnet, they passed a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. accompanied with the civil rights leader's famed quote "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve."
That statement perfectly captures the spirit of GiftsToGive, an organization that has spent the last five years building a "village" to help children in need and instill the spirit of philanthropy in today's youth.
Troubled by the state of the world and the millions of children living in low income families, GiftsToGive Founder and CEO Jim Stevens brainstormed a "crazy idea" six years ago to launch a low-cost, self sustaining non-governmental organization (NGO) to combat child poverty.
"I wanted to develop a non-profit that could work by connecting children to giving and service on the front end, to connect children to their philanthropy and their citizenship," Stevens said.
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