Top News Stories for February 2023
There's always a lot going on in southeastern Massachusetts — and February is no exception.
Even in the middle of a dreary New England winter, the SouthCoast can see a celebrity visit a recently opened restaurant, a local man featured in a much-talked-about Super Bowl ad, and the first recreational marijuana dispensary open in New Bedford.
This month's most-viewed story is controversial: a South Shore restaurant cancelled a booking for an event meant to raise funds for a woman who allegedly strangled her three children to death.
Other news stories this past month are also very sad.
One of the SouthCoast's most-loved bartenders, the Stone Rooster's 98-year-old Gilda Downey, has died.
A fatal crash in Cumberland, Rhode Island claimed the life of 25-year-old town resident Sara Laboissonniere.
And beloved New Bedford icon 'Big Al' is going through a troubled time, as he has found himself facing homelessness — one of the many SouthCoast residents experiencing housing instability due to a worsening crisis.
Finally, it wasn't all bad.
One local businessman has pledged to help refurbish the 70-year-old Shawmut Diner — which is currently sitting unused — to train inmates at the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth.
Check out our top 10 news stories this month: