The best stories from Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Westport, Tiverton

It was a week of celebration, with new beginnings for some and farewells for others.

Last week started with a bang, as Fall River and surrounding communities came together to celebrate the 4th of July with food, fireworks and fun.

The excitement continued as a long-awaited fast food the chicken restaurant has finally landed in the city and one the former mayor’s new cannabis business opened its doors.

In other news, a 346-unit housing development project on Weaver Street is before the Fall River Zoning Board of Review, but the project has some issues.

Also, Fall River formed a Veterans Advisory Committeeallocating $100,000 to 18 local organizations, and the the superintendent of Diman announced his departure.

The most read stories of the week on were:

Arrest for child pornography

A Swansea man arrested last week for possession of child pornography remained in the custody of the US Marshal’s Service after a detention hearing at the John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse in Boston on Tuesday. The 51-year-old allegedly admitted to investigators that he used mobile messaging app Kik to ‘receive, distribute and exchange child pornography, although he claimed he received more than he had share”. Read more about this story here.

A local man arrested for child pornography:Details are the stuff of nightmares

The drive-thru of the new Chick-fil-A in Fall River.

Chick-fil-A finally lands in town

Cars wrapped around the building and the restaurant was overflowing with customers when the city’s first Chick-fil-A location opened on Wednesday. The new restaurant is located in the SouthCoast Marketplace shopping center near the Market Basket cinema and Picture Show. The new store is the company’s first in Fall River and the closest is in Seekonk. Take a peek inside and find out how the first day went.

‘Eat more chikin’:Fall River’s First Chick-fil-A Opens to Large Crowds of Customers

Former Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan at the new Cosmopolitan Dispensary store in Fall River.

From mayor to pot entrepreneur

Will Flanagan has worked as a prosecutor, assistant company attorney, mayor of the town of Fall River, and defense attorney. Now add another profession to Flanagan’s resume: marijuana entrepreneur. On Thursday, Flanagan and his business partners, Sunny Aroustamian and Gevorg Saribekyan, hosted a grand opening of Cosmopolitan Dispensary, a recreational cannabis store at 82 Hartwell St. on the site of the former Salter School.

Recreational Cannabis:Former Fall River Mayor Opens New Fall River Cannabis Store

Community Development Department Director John Perry stands next to William S. Canning Blvd where a new entrance lane for the Southcoast Marketplace is being added.

DCM chief resigns

The director of the city’s Community Maintenance Department, suspended pending an investigation since May 19, resigned after signing an agreement with Mayor Paul Coogan’s administration. John Perry, who has been a city employee for more than 20 years, terminated his employment as head of DCM on June 17. Read more about this story here.

News from the Government Center:Fall River DCM director resigns after two months of investigation

Elvio Ferreira, then acting principal at Diman, addresses the class of 2019 during the graduation ceremony.  He became superintendent that year and is now leaving to lead the CTE program at Brockton Public School.

Diman super says goodbye

The superintendent and principal of the Greater Fall River Vocational School District will depart this fall, wrapping up 13 years at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, three of them as superintendent. His departure comes as the district progresses in the process of constructing a new school building. Ferreira has another job planned, not superintendent of another district. Read more about this story here.

“There are a lot of things that I will miss”:Diman superintendent steps down after just three years – here’s why

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