Farewell to Highway 79; Heavenly Arroyo Condemned: Top Stories

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As we prepare to kick off a new week, let’s take a look back at the week that was.

Top stories from the past week included:

A look at Somerset’s newest restaurant, The Bearded Chicken, which is expected to open soon. Chef Eric Thomas is embarking on a new chapter for his family-run catering business, opening their first physical location in the former Chad’s Chowderhouse. When Chad closed its doors last fall, Thomas said he felt a responsibility to keep a family business in that building. And now, this spring, The Bearded Chicken will become a family-run place where both locals and those on the south coast gather for good food.

Our newest group of All-Scholastics. This past week we celebrated some outstanding local athletes with our boys’ soccer and girls’ soccer herald news All-Scholastic teams.

These were the most read stories of the week on HeraldNews.com:

Say goodbye to Fall River’s Route 79 freeway: MassDOT is shutting it down forever

Soon we will say goodbye to the Route 79 highway, which will be closed for good sometime in February.

Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the construction team and the city recently outlined each phase of the estimated four-year plan to transform the waterfront highway into a pedestrian-friendly urban boulevard.

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This image shows the completed version of what the Davol Street corridor will look like when it is completed in 2026, looking south on President Avenue.

The early stages of the project are underway, so let’s see what that means for drivers, the waterfront and more.

End of the road:Say goodbye to Fall River’s Route 79 highway. MassDOT shuts it down forever.

Fall River teen Heavenly Arroyo convicted of fatal stabbing of town woman

Heavenly Arroyo, an 18-year-old Fall River woman, who three years ago stabbed a 68-year-old woman to death at her relative’s home, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court to Second Degree Murder, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

The defendant was sentenced by Judge Renée Dupuis to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 19 years.

On October 6, 2019, the defendant entered Ana Vasquez-Rodriguez’s bedroom and stabbed her 70 times. The murder took place at the home on Johnson Street of the defendant’s great-uncle, who had taken custody of the defendant a week before the murder at the request of the defendant’s mother. The victim was the mother of the great-uncle’s girlfriend.

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conviction:Fall River teen Heavenly Arroyo convicted of fatal stabbing of town woman

Airbnb evicted from Highland Avenue ‘castle’ because homeowner refused permission to operate

After the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously denied them a waiver to operate, the owners of the mansion at 503 Highland Ave. no longer rent their home on Airbnb.

The house at 503 Highland Ave.  in Fall River is owned by Austin Feng of Wellesley.

The house at 503 Highland Ave. in Fall River is owned by Austin Feng of Wellesley.

Austin Feng and Rui Tang, who have their primary residence in Wellesley, gave a presentation of more than 20 minutes at the meeting, and Highland residents also expressed their views on the matter.

The ZBA explained what led to their decision, during a packed meeting at the Government Center.

“None of these are allowed”:Airbnb evicted from Highland Avenue ‘castle’ because homeowner refused permission to operate

Fall River piano man turns passion for entertainment into new venture

A Fall River piano man uses his decade of experience in the wedding industry to launch a new venture.

Mitch Henry recently opened Studio 59, a new event venue at 581 GAR Highway, in Swansea Target square, providing the SouthCoast community with a blank canvas for any occasion.

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The studio 59 event space has recently opened at 581 GAR Highway, in Swansea Target square.

The studio 59 event space has recently opened at 581 GAR Highway, in Swansea Target square.

He acquired the space, which was formerly a T-Mobile and Orange Leaf yogurt shop, last September and plans to furnish it for smaller, more intimate events.

Henry has big plans for the space and looks forward to the soft and grand openings.

Executor to planner:Fall River piano man turns passion for entertainment into new venture

Former Fall River agent Michael Pessoa will face three trials for using excessive force

A Fall River Supreme Court judge has ordered Michael Pessoa, the former Fall River police officer charged with assaulting and violating the civil rights of three men while in custody, to receive three separate trials, one for each alleged victim .

According to court records, one more trial will begin on February 27.

In a Dec. 15 ruling, Judge Renee Dupuis agreed with Pessoa’s attorney, Frank Camera, who argued that the cases with each victim should be tried separately against the 17-year-old veteran patrol officer. Dupuis noted in her warrant that the three alleged incidents were unrelated.

In court:Former Fall River agent Michael Pessoa will face three trials for using excessive force

Taunton Daily Gazette/Herald News copy editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be reached at [email protected] Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.

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