FALL RIVER — A band of United Way volunteers whisked away paper, coffee cups and other litter from the Bank Street area Wednesday morning. About 35 volunteers from several United Way member agencies participated in the eighth annual United Way of Greater Fall River’s Day of Caring cleanup. In past years, volunteers painted rooms at the YMCA, cleaned up the playground at King Philip Preschool and completed painting and yard cleanup at the Ninth Street Day Nursery. United Way Executive Director Bob Horne said the annual event, held in cooperation with the city, is a

FALL RIVER — Some nights beg to be called perfect. Thursday was one of them. The Narrows Center improved on perfection with a summer block party held in the center of South Main Street downtown. More than 1,000 people gathered to see the bands Girls, Guns & Glory followed by Buckwheat Zydeco on a stage set up in the middle of the street, right between the Fall River Justice Center and Cafe Arpeggio.

Our SMILES Program Continues to Grow!

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 by

Formed in 2003 to counter the area’s chronically high dropout rate, the South Coast Mentoring Initiative for Learning, Education and Services (SMILES) continues to grow. The program’s goal is to have an impact on all high-risk students in the region’s school systems. SMILES continues to have a strong base in its original New Bedford and Fall River School systems, as well as schools programs in Westport. In 2010, People, Incorporated took over the small, grass-roots non-profit, helping to make it a more sustainable program with a continued focus on supporting children and families within the

FALL RIVER — It’s a scene that hasn’t been observed in the city in a long time — large groups of families pushing strollers and holding the hands of their children as they walked down North Main Street on a lovely Indian summer afternoon. The second annual Kids-a-Palooza on Sunday brought them out, thanks to the partnership of People, Incorporated and the Narrows Center for the Arts, which included six local organizations that provided arts, music, crafts and education for the throngs of eventgoers. Kimberly Ferrara, owner of WiggleKids in the Swansea Mall, led dozens

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