Civitects completes $8M envelope study for Marshfield’s Furnace Brook Middle School

Civitects completes $8M envelope study for Marshfield’s Furnace Brook Middle School

Kaila Braley Herald News Staff Reporter

MARSHFIELD – The latest roof-repair cost estimate for the Furnace Brook Middle School tops $8 million – more than double the original estimate. The increase is attributable, in part, to to the complicated nature of the roof, and to the extensiveness of the work that would have to be done to bring the roof up to code, said project manager Greg Walsh of Boston-based Potomac Capital Advisors.”It’s a significant project,” he said. The school department is seeking reimbursement for the project through the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program. It will find out whether its request has been approved after the authority meets in mid-February. Continue Reading. . .

Civitects Finds a New Home in Fall River, Hopes to Grow With City

Civitects Finds a New Home in Fall River, Hopes to Grow With City

Kevin P. O’Connor Herald News Staff Reporter

FALL RIVER — It is not that he ever had doubts about packing up Civitects and moving to the city, Michael Keane said. Keane is a hometown boy. He knows Fall River’s charms. But moving gives even the most stalwart pause. So one afternoon last week Keane abandoned the moving boxes and half-built desks to walk to the Pink Bean on Purchase Street for coffee. Along the way he ran into the new mayor, Jasiel Correia II, who walked with him for a block to the coffee shop, all the way asking him what the city could do to make Civitects feel more at home. Continue Reading. . .

Fall River YMCA’s Renovations Build on Education as Well as Physical Fitness

Fall River YMCA’s Renovations Build on Education as Well as Physical Fitness

Marc Munroe Dion Herald News Staff Reporter

FALL RIVER — As renovations proceed briskly on everything from squash courts and the swimming pool to a new fourth floor dedicated to academic pursuits and assistance, the Fall River YMCA is investing in the city’s 21st century in new ways. The YMCA runs an after-school program that currently has 95 children enrolled. When the renovation is complete, there will be room for 150 children on the upper floors, which will be dedicated to the program. Continue Reading. . .

Sci-fi Made Real: New Bioengineering Lab Benefits UMass Dartmouth Students

Sci-fi Made Real: New Bioengineering Lab Benefits UMass Dartmouth Students

DARTMOUTH — The future is now at UMass Dartmouth’s bioengineering lab, where students and staff are working on things that were once the stuff of science fiction. And they’re doing it in a lab that allows them the space and equipment to do cutting-edge research in a field that’s the fastest-growing major at UMass Dartmouth. “I think it’s changed dramatically,” said Nick Macedo, 21, a senior working on cell cultures in the lab that was inaugurated last September on the second floor of the former textile building. Continue Reading. . .

UMD Alumna McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Speaks After Opening of New Bioengineering Laboratory

UMD Alumna McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, Speaks After Opening of New Bioengineering Laboratory

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DARTMOUTH — Sheri McCoy, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1980, credits many of her successes to the experiences she had as a student there. As a resident assistant at UMass Dartmouth, she learned how to deal with peers. As a student working toward a bachelor’s degree in textiles chemistry, she learned that others saw in her a potential that she did not yet realize. Continue Reading. . .