Summer's Last Blast X was a smashing success! Held on Sept. 5 at the beautiful Destruction Brook Farm in South Dartmouth, the annual gala celebration attracted a record 460 guests and raised more than $110,000 for Community Foundation operations! Many thanks to our hosts. George J. Leontire, Esq., and Will J. Milbury, and to our many sponsors, including Gold Sponsors Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corp., Barry Investment Advisors, BayCoast Bank, and Old North Advisors.
The SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project is a website recently launched by the UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative to gather and analyze data related to quality of life issues in New Bedford and Fall River in order to promote informed conversation and decision making. Visit the website at www.southcoastindicators.org for more information.
More than 10,000 SouthCoast residents are now taking the SouthCoast Energy Challenge and are committed to reducing their energy consumption. The Energy Challenge, a project of SEEAL, is a region-wide energy efficiency campaign to mobilize 15% of SouthCoast households to take energy saving actions. The Energy Challenge also recently received the prestigious Environmental Merit Award for 2014 from the New England Environmental Protection Agency (see photo above, from award presentation on Earth Day). For a full press release
In other news, AHA! is now in Fall River! An offshoot of New Bedford's monthly Art, History and Architecture nights debuted in Fall River on June 21, the Summer Solstice. AHA! recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the newly formed AHA! Fall River, intended to help invigorate the arts and culture scene in the city and the region.