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As we prepare to kick off a new week, let’s look back on the week that has been.

A major bust led to arrests in Fall River, Taunton and Lawrence and the seizure of approximately $350,000 worth of illegal drugs. Find out how the police dismantled this drug network.

In other news, Fall River area movie theater owners talk about the plight of the industry after the challenges faced during the pandemic.

Also, after 11 years, it looks like the Fall River Biopark is about to be filled. The Redevelopment Authority has entered into three agreements for the sale of land in the SouthCoast Life Science & Technology Park. Find out how many jobs this will mean for the city.

But the most read stories of the week on heraldnews.com were:

Go, go, already gone

This week Swansea’s famous Pleasure Island, long abandoned, was sold.

People gathered on Pleasure Island hoping to see the place auctioned off on Thursday were disappointed as the owner struck a deal with a buyer before the scheduled auction could take place.

Sometimes referred to as Shady Isle, Pleasure Island is a 4.25 acre island just off the mainland near Ocean Grove Avenue, has been a longtime popular event location for local weddings, corporate picnics and family celebrations. It sat unused for about 10 years. Edward Costa and Costa Management LLC have owned it since 2005.

Island with a complicated past: Swansea’s Pleasure Island will be auctioned on Thursday

Off-market : Swansea’s Pleasure Island sold ahead of scheduled auction

Fall River foodies take note

There’s a party at the gates of town and you’ll want to arrive hungry.

Fall River Food Trucks at the Gates kicked off this weekend at the water’s edge, welcoming an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed a diverse range of food, musical performances and more.

The city has partnered with PVD Food Truck Events for a series of similar parties on Ponta Delgada Boulevard throughout the summer.

Food Trucks at the gates: The Fall River event kicks off with a dozen trucks and live music

MIAA power rating

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association recently released its final tournament softball power rankings for the spring season.

Teams finishing in the top 32 of these rankings qualify for the state tournament.

Find out where softball teams in the Greater Fall River area compare to teams across Massachusetts.

Softball Stars: See where your Grand Fall River teams are located

New sworn advisor

There was an upheaval in city government last week after Councilman Trott Lee announced on Tuesday that he would be resigning from council.

In a brief public Facebook post, Lee wrote that he had sent his resignation letter to the board. The letter says he was resigning “for family reasons.”

Two days later, Laura Washington, who came in 11th place in last November’s city council election, was sworn in as the newest member of city council. She is a lifelong resident of Fall River and works as a psychotherapist for Steppingstone.

The councilor resigns: Trott Lee has resigned from his post. Here’s what happens next.

“I have a lot to bring to the table”: Washington sworn in as new Fall River councilman

Restoration of Saint Mary’s Cathedral

A Fall River icon needs restoration work, and it’s going to need some help doing it.

It’s been a little over 20 years since the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie de l’Assomption has not been renovated. Now, the structure will undergo more critical repairs in several areas, including the roof, bell tower and its historic stained glass windows.

A gala is scheduled for Wednesday to help fund the cost of repairs.

Preserve a city icon: St. Mary’s Cathedral needs major repairs. Here’s how the diocese plans to fix it.