As news of the hurricane swirled around Friday, Standard Times readers learned that the man accused of killing Sgt. Sean Gannon, a Yarmouth police officer from New Bedford, was convicted of second degree murder. Gannon’s family spoke in court. “To all who hear me today, I choose life,” Gannon’s mother said. “I choose to love. I choose to forgive. I choose to take the anger out of my heart. It will take the rest of my life to do that, until they close the lid of my coffin. are my choices.
The verdict offered a closing measure over a three-year ordeal for the family.
Here are some other big news from the past week, as reported on southcoasttoday.com.
Fisherman lost at sea
The city experienced its fair share of tragedy last week, starting with the news that New Bedford-based Blue Wave fisherman went too far well off Nantucket. He would have been without a life jacket and on Tuesday the Coast Guard announced they were suspending their search.
Development planned for the old RMV site
The vacant Union Street Motor Vehicle Registry building could become a five-storey, 53-unit apartment building with commercial space on the ground floor.
The owners, Duane Jackson and Deborah Jackson, propose to demolish the RMV building at 278 Union Street and build “The Caravela” apartments. The project would create a studio, 22 one-bedroom units, 26 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units, and would be a mix of affordable and market-priced housing, according to project lawyer Christopher Saunders.
The poignant platform of the contest winner
When Misti Nordstrom represented the region in Ms. International’s competition, she had her own story to tell about the family tragedy and advocacy for future generations.
Nordstrom, 47, is a wife, mother, teacher and now a pageant queen. She was introduced to the pageant world in 1995 when she won the title of Miss New Bedford, advocating for inclusion in the classroom. This led her to become a math and science teacher at Keith Middle School.
Nordstrom’s platform stems from a family tragedy: the death of his brother from a motorcycle accident at the age of 23. At the time, he was registered as an organ donor and was able to save the lives of many others.
Remembering Hurricane Bob
August 19 marked the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Bob, the last hurricane to make landfall in southern New England.
The storm killed more than a dozen people, destroying homes, cutting off electricity and ravaging the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Read the full story:30 years later, the destruction of Hurricane Bob remains a living memory
There’s still time for a summer favorite: the lobster roll
Summer isn’t complete unless you’ve eaten at least one over-stuffed and appetizing lobster roll. Whether you enjoy it hot or cold, smothered in mayonnaise or dipped in butter, Massachusetts is the founder of this delicacy and here are a few places on the South Coast to taste their version of this shellfish specialty.
Our list turned out to be the fourth most popular item on our site this summer.
Read the full list:Who makes the best lobster roll on the south coast? Here are eight to try