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


It’s official. 2022 has arrived.

But before we dive into the first week of the New Year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the week that has passed.

Just as we bid farewell to 2021, diners in Swansea bid farewell to a popular restaurant in their hometown. After more than 30 years of activity, Simply Simons closed its doors on December 31st.

also among The Herald News’ Most read stories, the former Brayton Point power station in Somerset expects significant investment at its site due to recent developments in offshore wind projects.

In other news, we take a look at Fall River State Pier’s past and its possible future, the owner of the iconic Venus de Milo says the clock is running out for take out, and a century-old waterfront home is this week’s top-selling property.

In case you missed it, here is The Herald News’ the best stories from last week, according to our readers.

See you soon, Simply Simons

Even at the height of the pandemic, loyal customers of Simply Simons were showing up – some even eating take out in the parking lot or in their cars, owner Gary Simons said. Now the popular family restaurant at 481 Wilbur Ave. will be transferred to a new owner on January 3, after Simons decided it was “time to retire”. Learn more about it here and see what’s in store for the property.

Closing of the restaurant:Simply Simons of Swansea closes after more than 30 years in business

Avangrid Renewables recently announced that an Italian company called Prysmian Group is planning to build a factory in Somerset to manufacture submarine transmission cables.  He said up to 200 jobs could be created at the Brayton Point site.

Brayton Point to reap the benefits of offshore wind

It’s no secret that Commercial Development Co. Inc. has been at odds with a number of Somerset residents over the past year and a half. But the recent announcement of two state power purchase agreements for two competing offshore wind farm companies and related investment projects drew positive reviews from both sides. Find out what the old Brayton Point Power Station has in store here.

People said this would never happen:Brayton Point to reap the benefits of offshore wind

Real estate report

A huge century-old house on nearly two acres of waterfront land in Swansea has sold for over $ 1 million. The 4,460-square-foot single-family home, which dates back to 1923, has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, according to The brick colonial has four fireplaces, has stunning water views, and has stairs in the courtyard that lead down to a sandy beach where the Cole River meets Mount Hope Bay. Check out our weekly property transfer listing to see what homes are selling for in your area.

Ownership transfers:Swansea’s waterfront home sells for $ 1.3 million

Fall River State Pier tour with Ken Fiola.

What is happening at the water’s edge

the Waterfront of the Fall River is on the verge of a renaissance with the ongoing multi-million State Highway 79 / Davol Street Corridor Improvement Project, the revitalization of the city pier and a host of private businesses along the Taunton River. But what about the underused Fall River State Pier at 1 Water Street, with its over 8 acres of waterfront property and deep water harbor? And how does it fit into future debates on the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront? Read our story to find out.

Waterfront revitalization:A look at the past and future of Fall River State Pier

The Venus de Milo in Swansea has only offered take-out orders on weekends since the pandemic struck in early 2020.

Venus does not reopen

Monte C. Ferris, owner of The emblem of Swansea, the Venus of Milo Empire Grille banquet and restaurant, announced the sad news last year that it was shutting down and trying to sell its property and 7.5-acre building. The business continued to remain open for large takeout orders. Ferris expressed optimism earlier this year that his banquet activity would return before the end of 2021, but no trace of such optimism exists any longer. Ferris says he can no longer rely solely on takeout sales and wants to sell the property as soon as possible. Read here to learn more about this story and a look back at the beginnings of Venus.

Venus for sale:Swansea’s iconic banquet hall will not reopen


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