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Emily Sweeney

Sweeney is a staff reporter and member of the Globe’s speakers bureau. She frequently gives talks at schools, universities, and industry events. She also serves as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Latest stories

Fore River Bridge project to take a year longer

By Emily Sweeney , Globe staff

Officials recently revealed that problems with a mechanical part of the new span could add another year to the project, delaying its grand opening to 2017.

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Gravel pit transformed into solar field

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

There’s a new solar farm in town. It’s located off Raffaele Road, and covers 26 acres of what was once a sand and gravel pit. The newly-completed 5.67-megawatt project features 18,000 ground-mounted solar panels that are producing electricity for the city of New Bedford. “It’s big,” said John DeVillars, managing partner of BlueWave Capital LLC, the Boston company that developed the project (and recently sold it to SunEdison). DeVillars said the solar farm is “important for a couple of reasons. One, it’s providing significant cost savings to the city of New Bedford. . . . It’s also beneficial to Plymouth directly as well, in terms of the property tax payments that will be paid over the life of the contract.” Construction began in October 2013 and the solar farm started operating this June. It is expected to generate more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, which is enough energy to power 700 homes for a year.

The Fore River Bridge, by the numbers

By Emily Sweeney , Globe staff

Facts and figures about the Fore River Bridge.

Bill Belichick starts charitable foundation

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

The Patriots head coach will host his foundation’s first live event Aug. 20 to benefit a scholarship program.