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As we prepare to kick off a new week, let’s look back on the week that has been. Here are the most read stories of the week on heraldnews.com according to our readers:

Chairman of the Board resigns

Just hours before she calls a city council meeting on Tuesday, fourth term Councilor Pam Laliberte-Lebeau resigned from her post as city council president while facing pending criminal charges of harassment and obstruction of justice in a matter unrelated to city business.

Laliberte-Lebeau, in an email to her colleagues, said she was “incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support that residents and city employees have shown me, and I know I am lucky to have the friends and family i do.

Charges against Laliberte-Lebeau were filed by Westport Police after receiving complaints of harassing cellphone calls and text messages to an ex-lover’s wife in late August and made public.

“A devastating experience”:Pam Laliberte-Lebeau steps down as Board Chair due to criminal charges and scandal

Diman's football head coach Luke Bahry sits with his wife Sam and son Jack Michael Bahry in hospital

A different coaching

Diman head coach Luke Bahry’s most important job started a few weeks ago.

And no, we are not talking about football.

For two straight days at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, the Bengals head coach did a different kind of workout. He was helping his wife, Sam (Silvia) Bahry, deliver their firstborn.

The New Bengal:Diman’s head football coach thrilled with the new season – and his new role as a father

Owners Keith Silva and Marissa Tavano at the Artistic Dance Studio.

Dance studio doing moves

As the saying goes, “The show must go on”. And so it was for a longtime Fall River dance studio, which saved a short break and is back in its dancing shoes and ready to kick things off in its new home.

After more than a decade at Tower Mill, the owners of artistic dance studioformerly located at 657 Quarry St., were told last spring that their lease was not being renewed and that they would have three months to move out.

While it’s been a very “stressful and overwhelming time,” co-owner Marissa Tavano said, the pair have finally landed on their feet in their new place and are excited to begin their next chapter.

“You don’t have to stop dancing”:Fall River Dance Studio Opens New Space

Fall River resident Aviyen Merced just wrapped filming his second TV commercial starring baseball great David Ortiz.

A city kid shares the screen with Big Papi

Aviyen Merced was delighted to attend this meeting. The The 11-year-old city resident has not only worked with Baseball Hall of Famer David Ortizhe was paid to do it.

For the second year in a row, Merced, an actor, recorded a television commercial with Ortiz, aka Big Papi, for EternalHealth, a cloud-based health insurance company.

The commercial, a sequel to last year’s baseball game-themed production, was taped two weeks ago at a private residence in Southboro and is set to begin airing on cable TV Oct. 1 or around that date, coinciding with the Medicare enrollment period.

Merced, a sixth-grader at Holy Trinity School, said Ortiz absolutely remembered him from last year and Big Papi remained as friendly as ever. “He treats everyone like family,” Merced said.

A city kid teams up with Hall of Famer:This 11-year-old child has already filmed an advertisement with Big Papi. This year, he must start again.

Fall River Police cruisers.

FRPD cracks down on illegal motorcycles

Illegal motorcycles threatening city roads are a growing and problematic trendand the latest incident left a 23-year-old off-road cyclist seriously injured after he and a vehicle collided on September 10.

It’s an issue that’s on the radar of Fall River police and city officials.

“Ultimately, we dealt with this issue all summer,” said Chief of Police Paul Gauvin. “We worked on it, of course, rather discreetly, but we certainly stepped up our efforts.”

In the week before the crash, police issued nearly 40 citations, there were three arrests and two dirt bikes were seized, Gauvin said.

Strengthen the application:An illegal cyclist was seriously injured – that’s why the FRPD is cracking down

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