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Changes at Battleship Cove; vote on best Fall River food: Top stories


As we kick off a new week, let’s take a look back at the week that was.

Top stories this past week included:

Westport boys soccer earning their first-ever trip to the state final. The Wildcats made it to their first final match after blanking Boston International Newcomer Academy. “I’ve been very lucky the last three years to have incredibly talented teams,” Westport head coach Chris Parker said. “But this team there was this little X factor that I could not put my thumb on.”

The latest Greater Fall River real estate report, featuring a raised ranch in Swansea that sold for $563,800. The Obannon Place home was built in 1972, and features a cozy in-law set up and transformed garage. Check out this property, as well as other recent top-sellers.

These were the most read stories of the week on HeraldNews.com:

Fall River’s Battleship Cove had to scrap one of its Navy ships

There have been some changes at Battleship Cove in recent weeks.

The fleet museum’s collection is one ship smaller: the German corvette Hiddensee has been removed from the cove, and was in the process of being scrapped at a shipyard in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Battleship Cove’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Nardi confirmed the news, and that the decision to scrap the Hiddensee was difficult but necessary to maintain the rest of the exhibits

Nardi also confirmed that Executive Director Meghan Rathbun, who took the helm in 2021, stepped down from the position two weeks ago. A search for a new director will begin in the spring.

Changes at Battleship Cove: Fall River’s Battleship Cove had to scrap one of its Navy ships. Here’s why they did it.

What’s the best Fall River food? Vote for your favorites

Fall River is lucky enough to have its own distinct food culture.

Rich with various cultures, Fall River’s food scene reflects its community.

But which dish is the city’s favorite?

Herald News Digital Producer Dan Medeiros put together a bracket to help you decide.

A new round of voting will open on Wednesday, so don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

What’s the best Fall River food?: We put classic dishes in a tournament bracket. Vote now

Need help this year? Here’s where to find free Thanksgiving meals in the Fall River area

If you need a little help for Thanksgiving this year, there are a number of local church groups and organizations across the Fall River area who want folks in need to know that they are not alone.

Whether you’re looking for a hot meal, need a little help putting food on the table, or just a safe space with some friendly faces, volunteers are ready to lend a hand.

Here’s a list of some places in the Fall River area offering free turkey dinners this year.

Need help this year?: Here’s where to find free Thanksgiving meals in the Fall River area

Fall River restaurant provides eligible SNAP recipients hot meals as part of new program

Faneek’s Coney Island, 269 Rhode island Ave., Fall River, is taking part in a pilot program offering those in need a place they can turn to for a hot meal.

The Massachusetts SNAP Restaurant Meals Program, which aims to assist individuals who are unable to prepare their own meals, went live at Faneek’s recently.

Of the 27 restaurants and food trucks across Massachusetts participating in the pilot program, which is already available in several other states, Faneek’s is the only one in the SouthCoast.

‘Here to support the community’: Fall River restaurant provides eligible SNAP recipients hot meals as part of new program

Misused equipment, dumped toxic waste: What report on ex-Fall River public work boss says

A 34-page investigation into possible wrongdoing by former Department of Community Maintenance Director John Perry and other city workers reveals a culture of bullying, city mechanics ordered to work on private vehicles, toxic materials used as fill at DCM’s Lewiston Street facility, copper wiring pulled from walls, missing scrap metal and questionable procurement practices, and a nearly $65,000 payoff for Perry to step down. 

Herald News Reporter Jo C. Goode has the story.

Misused equipment, dumped toxic waste: What report on ex-Fall River public work boss says

Herald News/Taunton Daily Gazette copy editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be reached at kfontes@heraldnews.com. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.



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