PANDEMIC’S TOLL

Sad ending for city’s mill employees

Columnist Jack Spillane laments the pandemic deaths of so many of New Bedford’s retired apparel workers.

June 15, 2021
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A COVID cluster

An analysis of death certificates reveals an occupational group hard-hit by COVID-19.

June 7, 2021
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Worker at Berkshire Hathaway textile mill in New Bedford.
LOCAL BUYERS PRICED OUT

New Bedford housing market is red-hot

Home prices in New Bedford are surging as supply remains low — and local buyers are finding it hard to compete. Real estate agents explain the forces at work.

June 14, 2021
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House shopping? Plan to pay more than the asking price — and get your toolbox

June 14, 2021
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CULTURE!

DON’T MISS: Local Juneteenth events

Celebrations this week include a jazz concert, family-friendly jubilee, BuyBlackNB pop-up market and virtual UMass panel.

June 14, 2021
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A VIRTUAL MEMORIAL

WE REMEMBER YOU.

As the city emerges from the long siege of COVID-19, we pause to take stock of what – and whom – we’ve lost. Please help build this community memorial by adding a tribute to your loved one.

June 4, 2021
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DATA ANALYSIS

Pandemic’s death toll struck unevenly

Death certificates obtained by The New Bedford Light show the elderly and younger Black and Hispanic residents have borne the heaviest burden. Overall, the number of people who died in New Bedford increased 15 percent last year over averages of the last decade. Coronavirus became the leading cause of death in the city in 2020.

June 4, 2021
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JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

Chris McCarthy’s harrowing COVID-19 survival tale

After suffering three strokes, a heart attack and double pneumonia, the WBSM host says he does not know for sure whether he literally died.

June 10, 2021
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COVID-19 SURVIVORS

For ‘long-haulers,’ a return to normal remains out of reach

Two local families are still coping with lingering ailments and uncertainty months after initial infections.

June 8, 2021
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PANDEMIC’S TOLL

City’s Cape Verdean social clubs feel pain of pandemic

A few of these essential community gathering places are slowly reopening. But others remain shuttered. Will the dancing, the music, the weddings and general celebration return?

June 9, 2021
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“Red Sun” by Judith Klein
COMMUNITY VOICES

Essay: Remembering Kevin, Megan and Hank

Our first “Community Voices” contribution is by Ken Hartnett, the longtime journalist, city resident and a community founder of The Light. Ken remembers three friends he’s lost in the past year.

June 9, 2021
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COLUMN

Jack Spillane surveys toll on city

From the stricken fish house worker who slept in his car to protect his children to the nurse haunted by memories of dying patients, our columnist finds deep collective trauma — and signs of hope.

June 7, 2021
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COVID-19 TIMELINE

A look at major events in New Bedford and around the world during the pandemic

June 7, 2021
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