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Hurricanes, a Lost Fisherman, and New Homes: Top Stories from New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD – With all of the talk about Hurricane Henri and the extent to which it will affect the south coast, it’s easy to lose track of the other top news items from last week.

As news of the hurricane swirled on Friday, Standard Times readers learned that the man charged, Sgt. Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth police officer and native of New Bedford, had been convicted of second degree murder. Gannon’s family spoke in court. “For everyone who hears me today, I choose life,” said Gannon’s mother. “I choose to love. I choose to forgive. I choose to remove anger from my heart. It’ll take me the rest of my life to get them to close the lid of my coffin. But these are my choices.

The verdict offered the family an end to a three-year ordeal.

Here is some other big news from last week, as reported on southcoasttoday.com.

Fishermen lost at sea

The town suffered a lot of tragedy last week, starting with the news that a Blue Wave fisherman from New Bedford had gone overboard well off the coast of Nantucket. He was reported to have been without a life jacket and on Tuesday the Coast Guard announced that they are suspending their search.

Read the full story:The Coast Guard suspends a search for a man overboard from the New Bedford fishing vessel

The former motor vehicle register on Union Street in New Bedford is to be expanded into an apartment complex.

Development planned for the former RMV site

The vacant Motor Vehicle Register building on Union Street could become a five-story, 53-unit apartment building with a commercial space on the first floor.

The owners, Duane Jackson and Deborah Jackson, propose demolishing the RMV building at Union St. 278 and building “The Caravela” apartments. The project would create one studio unit, 22 one-bedroom units, 26 two-bedroom units, and four three-bedroom units, and be a mix of affordable and marketable housing, according to project attorney Christopher Saunders.

Read the full story:53-unit, 5-story apartment building in New Bedford on the site of the former RMV. suggested

Misti Nordstrom in her evening dress for the television part of the parade.

The poignant platform of the winner of the pageant

When Misti Nordstrom represented the region at the Mrs. International pageant, she had her own story to tell of family tragedies and advocacy for future generations.

Nordstrom, 47, is a wife, mother, teacher and now pageant queen. She was introduced to the pageant world in 1995 when she won the Miss New Bedford title and campaigned for inclusion in the classroom. This led her to become a math and science teacher at Keith Middle School.

The Nordstrom platform goes back to a family tragedy: the death of her brother in a motorcycle accident at the age of 23. At that time he was registered as an organ donor and was able to save many more people’s lives.

Read the full story:New Bedford teacher joins Mrs. International to raise awareness about organ donation

Boats moored in Padanaram Harbor in Dartmouth after Hurricane Bob in 1991.

Remembering Hurricane Bob

August 19th marked the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Bob, the last hurricane to hit land in southern New England.

The storm killed more than a dozen people, destroyed homes, turned off electricity, and devastated the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Read the full story:Thirty years later, the destruction caused by Hurricane Bob is still a vivid memory

The lobster roll at Cove Surf & Turf in New Bedford.

Still time for a summer favorite: the lobster roll

Summer isn’t complete unless you’ve eaten at least one overly filled, delicious lobster bun. Whether you enjoy it hot or cold, smothered in mayo or soaked in butter, Massachusetts originated this delicacy, and here are a few places on the south coast where you can try this seafood specialty.

Our list turned out to be the fourth most popular post on our website this summer.

Read the full list:Who makes the best lobster roll on the south coast? Here are eight to try

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