In Ward 1 and Ward 6, the incumbents have been among Mayor Jon Mitchell’s most reliable supporters. And both challengers sound like members of the minority opposition led by councilors Linda Morad and Brian Gomes.
Oct. 26, 2021
There are contested races for assessor at large, City Council at Large and City Council races in Ward 1, Ward 5 and Ward 6.
Oct. 25, 2021
City Council at Large
Assessor at Large
William “Brad” Markey
Maria Giesta (unopposed)
Hugh Dunn (unopposed)
Derek Baptiste (unopposed)
Joseph P. Lopes
Ross M. Grace Jr.
Note: Candidate profiles were compiled from questionnaires emailed to all candidates for office. Those who did not return questionnaires were not included.
DON’T MISS: Quinn Sullivan, Casa do Galo, Slaughter at The Vault, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Halloween party
It’s a week of music and more Halloween vibes, not to mention a live shadow cast to be performed as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” rolls on the big screen at the Zeiterion.
Oct. 24, 2021
COVID-19 WARNING: While we continue to list New Bedford’s array of cultural offerings, readers are advised to heed the latest public health recommendations.
Late Thursday the House passed a plan that creates a minority-majority district in New Bedford but keeps three suburban legislators representing small parts of the city’s far North End.
Oct. 21, 2021
“This week, mobile vaccination clinics will continue, as scheduled, Tuesday through Friday,” a state spokesperson wrote in an email to The New Bedford Light.
Oct. 20, 2021
Now, those who are labeled as being gang affiliated will be notified by certified mail and given 14 days to respond to a request to meet with the personnel who approved and verified the information.
Oct. 20, 2021
More than a year after Black Lives Matter protests against police violence, anti-racism activists say change has been minimal.
Oct. 18, 2021
“New Bedford is about to enter an important period. The opportunities knocking on our door are more promising than those the city has had perhaps at any point in the last century.”
Oct. 21, 2021
There were 355 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Bedford during the week ending Wednesday, Oct. 20, up slightly from 318 new cases the week before.
Updated Oct. 21, 2021
Updated Oct. 21, 2021
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By January, Alma will have built two entirely new school buildings, its original Ottiwell campus on Belleville Avenue and a second $24 million Douglass campus on Church Street.
You really would not have been surprised if former President Trump had made an appearance shouting, “Make New Bedford Great Again!” and candidates at the council table all started banging their fists and shouting, “Four more years!”
St. Joseph-St. Therese’s may join four other impressive but nearly impossible to reuse church buildings — St. John the Baptist, St. Kilian, St. Ann, and Trinity Methodist.
In Depth: WIND
Readers react to news that the Cannon power plant will be torn down to create city’s second offshore wind staging site.
Mayor Mitchell: This will “create a pathway to the middle class by helping to establish solid union jobs, right here in our city.”
They agreed to devote a portion of the Cannon Street site for a modern seafood offloading facility where the public could view the fishing boats as they purchase fresh fish.
Cannon Street Power Station will be demolished and the surrounding area cleared to develop a staging area for the coming offshore wind industry.
In Episode 1 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio examines the potential for wind power to reshape our energy future.
In Episode 2 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at how Cape Wind’s failure laid the groundwork for the industry’s explosive growth today.
In Episode 3 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at the forces colliding in the fight for fishing grounds.
What does New Bedford stand to gain from the nation’s coming offshore wind boom? In Episode 4 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at big promises coming from industry leaders.
Is the environmental movement ready to welcome Big Oil and devoted capitalists into its ranks? At what cost? Episode 5 of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Windfall” podcast explores.
In Bristol County, 557 executions of eviction have been issued to renters since October 2020 … housing advocates say the number could soar in August.
For tenants, landlords and homeowners, a large amount of rental relief funds are available to those in need.
The federal moratorium on evictions expires at the end of June. Many have already fallen through the cracks.
As real estate prices increase, there is evidence that low-income residents are being forced out of homes in New Bedford.
“If the city has the political will, it can make any of this work,” said Robert Terrell, a lecturer at Tufts University.
“We’re seeing some folks really having challenging times being able to afford this rental market.”
Residential home prices in New Bedford are surging as supply remains low — and local buyers are finding it hard to compete.
Work in the mills may have allowed New Bedford residents to make a living, but it was never a good living for most. And it was never an easy life.
Two local families are still coping with lingering ailments and uncertainty months after initial infections.
After suffering three strokes, a heart attack and double pneumonia, the WBSM host tells columnist Jack Spillane he does not know for sure whether he literally died.
In the past year, some social clubs in New Bedford have closed their doors, perhaps even permanently. The Young Cape Verdean Athletic Association and the Elks Lodge have listed their properties for sale.
Kevin Harrington and Megan Tench died alone and unexpectedly. Hank Seaman spent months of his last year in isolation from his friends and loved ones.
Lima, chairman of the council’s Environmental Affairs and Audit committees, garnered more than twice the vote of his two opponents combined, with 69.03%.
If you had $64.7 million to spend for the City of New Bedford, what would you do? Readers share their ideas.
New Bedford schools will receive upwards of $73 million in one-time federal relief funds aimed at safely reopening schools and addressing the needs of students affected by the pandemic.
The pandemic has caused unprecedented viral sickness and fatalities, while simultaneously laying bare economic and social justice weaknesses that have been hidden in plain sight.
Under Massachusetts law, people facing eviction because of nonpayment of rent cannot be evicted while their application for rental assistance is pending.
Please ask yourself why you or a loved one may be holding out on getting vaccinated and consult with a medical professional about your concerns. Is it truly worth the risk?
The NAACP New Bedford Branch and Lawyers for Civil Rights are joining together for a ‘know your rights’ forum on interactions with police.
This Supreme Court, rather than allowing the law to go through the course of legal challenges, chose to uphold the Texas law as it currently stands, shattering a precedent that has been the law of the land for the past 48 years.
We need smart gentrification, where we build for the future, but without pricing out the people who build that future. We need much more affordable housing in all of SouthCoast, Cape Cod, and the Islands.
A louder debate is taking place over whether there are other aspects of the United States condition, essentially human needs, that should also be considered “infrastructure.”
Eric Lindell knew nothing about what it meant to be Black in America, but he did know what it was like to be poor, to live in a broken home, to endure the silence of long unspoken trauma and to know something of what it meant to live in a world of other people’s ideas…
Members of the community weigh in on mandatory vaccines and face masks.
City officials officially opened the South Public Safety Center, the first new police and fire station to be built in New Bedford in more than 50 years.
Diverse leaders provide guidance and bring new networks, skill sets and experiences that help organizations operationally and strategically.
“Erected by the city of New Bedford as a tribute of gratitude to her sons who fell defending their country in the struggle with slavery and treason.”
So please, as we face the next pandemic surge which will inevitably come, keep these people and all those you hold dear in mind.
Class of 2021 president Kennedy Johnson reflects on tumultuous year in New Bedford High School graduation speech.
“Some days were really good, maybe even great. We laughed and learned in our backyard classroom. … However, just one month in, things started to crack.”
A Lisbon writer who grew up in New Bedford pens a poem, inspired by The Light, called “For Every Lighthouse There is a Watchman.”
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