Fairhaven Chronology: 2000 - present

2000, May 21: A new $19.4 million addition to Fairhaven High School is dedicated. 

2000, December 7: Angela and Eric Dawicki purchase the former Washington Street School/Fairhaven Boys Club building for use as the Northeast Maritime Institute. 

2001, November 15: The first issue of the monthly Navigator magazine is published by Lori and Christopher Richard. It will continue publication until the February 2011 issue. 

2003: Hoppy’s Landing, the area of Long Island to the south of Goulart Memorial Drive which includes a public boat landing, is purchased by the town from Robert “Hoppy” Hobson, a retired police officer and lobster dealer who had purchased it 10 years earlier. 

2003, March 28: The Fairhaven Village Militia is established by a volunteer group of historical re-enactors that was first organized by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism. Charles Cromwell is elected as the group’s first commander. 

2003, April 28: A fuel barge operated by Bouchard Transportation Co. leaks nearly 100,000 gallons of heavy oil into Buzzards Bay causing widespread damage to the shorelines of West Island and Sconticut Neck. 

2004, May 9: Following the showing of the film “Intermission,” the Bijou Theater in North Fairhaven closes. 

2004, June 27: The final service is held at the Centre Methodist Church. 2005: The boyhood home of Joseph Bates Jr, founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is purchased from Hugh B. Darden by the Adventist Heritage Ministry. The house, 191 Main Street, had been in the family of Genevieve (Marston) Darden since 1835. 

2005, June 23: Classes are held for the last time at the old East Fairhaven School, which will be demolished prior to the construction of a new school on the same site. 2005, July 1: Robert Baldwin begins working as Superintendent of Schools. 

2005, July 13: Cleanup of hazardous waste at the Atlas Tack property begins with the demolition of part of the three story factory building on the site. 

2006, January 5: Weekly publication of the Fairhaven Neighborhood News is begun by Elizabeth “Beth” David, to replace the Free Press, which had ceased publication three weeks earlier. 

2006, September 24: Edgewater Bed and Breakfast, operated at 2 Oxford Street by Kathy Reed, closes after 23 year in business. 

2006, November 15: School committee votes to close Oxford School. 2007, June 13: Classes are held for the last time at Oxford School. In the fall students will be bused to the new East Fairhaven School. 

2007, August 28: Classes begin at the new East Fairhaven School, which now houses students both from East Fairhavenn and from the former Oxford School district. 

2007, November: It is announced that the cleanup of the Atlas Tack property has been completed. 

2007, December 14: The Fairhaven High School gymnasium is named in memory of basketball legend Barton B. Leach (1933-2007). 

2008: Selectmen appoint a committee to begin planning for the town’s bicentennial in 2012. 

2008, June 22: The first Fairhaven Farmers Market, sponsored by the town's Sustainability Committee, is held on the west lawn of Fairhaven High School.

2008, July 31: The partners who own Fairhaven Shipyard on Fort Street purchase the D.N. Kelley & Sons Shipyard on Old South Wharf and consolidate the two. 

2009, May 7: Following a fundraising effort by Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara of Japan and the purchase of the Capt. William Whitfield house at 11 Cherry Street by a group of Japanese donors, Dr. Hinohara presents the house as a gift to the Town of Fairhaven. 

2011, February 15: The School Building Facility Study Committee votes to approve a plan calling for the closure of Rogers School and for the replacement of the Leroy Wood School with a new, larger building. 

2011, November 2: In a vote of 1,746 to 1,600, voters in a special election support borrowing money to build a new Leroy Wood School. 

2011, December 1: Superior court judge Rene Dupuis rules that a group of residents may not reopen a previously dismissed lawsuit to stop the construction of two 1.5 megawatt wind turbines on town property near Arsene Street. 

2012, March 14: Just before 9:00 a.m. a crane lifts into place the blades of the north turbine built by Fairhaven Wind LLC south of Arsene Street. 

2012, July 8: A Grand Parade concludes a week-long celebration of the town's bicentennial. 

2012, July 9: Ground is broken for the new Leroy Wood School. 

 2012, November 1: The Fairhaven Office of Tourism and Visitors Center move from 43 Center Street, the location for the previous twelve years, to the historic Fairhaven Academy Building at 141 Main Street. 

2013, April 1: The annual town election results in a controversial one-vote win by incumbent Peter Deterra over challenger John Wethington in the race for Board of Health. After a court hearing and examination of some questioned ballots, a judge rules the race a tie, resulting in the scheduling of a special election. 

2013, June 20: Classes are held for the last time at Rogers School. 

2013, September 4: Classes begin at the new Leroy Wood School, which will serve the families of the former Wood School and Rogers School districts. 

2013, September 9: A special election resulting from a tie in the regular annual April election gives Board of Health incumbent Peter Deterra a decisive win over John Wethington by a margin of more than 900 votes. 

 2013, October 12: The first Harvest Fun Day, sponsored by the Office of Tourism, is held on the lawn outside the Visitors Center. 

2014, December 9: At a Special Town Meeting, members vote to adopt Chapter 381 of the Acts of 2014, establishing a Town Manager form of government. An earlier petition to the state legislature had been approved at the Annual Town Meeting on May 3.  

2015, October 10: The cupola is removed from the former Oxford School building in order to preserve the "Paul Revere" bell that hung there since 1914.

2015, December 14: The Board of Selectmen hire Mark Rees as Fairhaven's first Town Administrator.

2017, March 26: The Fairhaven Kmart closes after doing business in town for about 40 years.

2017, September 24: The last service is held at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Main Street.

2018, May 6: Fire destroys the Thomas Livesey Memorial Club building at 15 Hopkins Street.

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