COMMUNITY VOICES

Essay: The journey to equity is hard. Start by looking within.

Efforts must be authentic, intentional and purposeful, writes SouthCoast Community Foundation and YWCA leader Gail Fortes.

July 22, 2021
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JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

DA seeks justice in case of Councilor Dunn

The silence of the City Council and police union speaks volumes in alleged OUI.

July 21, 2021
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WE REMEMBER YOU

Frances Sullivan, 98, loved fashion and lived in style

The latest in an ongoing series of life tributes to New Bedford residents who died in the pandemic.

July 20, 2021
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JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

Water, Water everywhere

DATMA exhibit floods New Bedford streets with fishing-themed art.

July 14, 2021
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MORE FROM JACK SPILLANE

Fairhaven sends a message for Pride month

The three-member Board of Selectmen has made it clear over the last month that the Pride flag has no place on the property that is the seat of town government in Fairhaven.

It’s beach time in New Bedford

Cisco Brewers is going to draw back the curtain on what lovely city beaches New Bedford has, with vistas every bit as breathtaking as West Island and sparkling ocean as charming as Horseneck.

What the heck is happening in the South End?

A month into the 2021 municipal election’s campaign filing period, the William Street political world is abuzz over a Ward 6 race that would normally be a low-key affair.

IN DEPTH: SUMMER ARTS & CULTURE

Summer arts explosion

‘Now we’re seeing a return to in-person events, which is so exciting,’ said Margo Saulnier, New Bedford’s creative strategist.

IN DEPTH: HOUSING

City’s housing market is red-hot

Residential home prices in New Bedford are surging as supply remains low — and local buyers are finding it hard to compete.


What you get for your housing dollar

“New Bedford has always had a lot of value. There are a lot of opportunities …” says Stephen Medeiros, president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

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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IN DEPTH: COVID-19

A COVID cluster: Retired mill workers

An analysis of New Bedford death certificates reveals a surprising cluster of deaths among elderly residents who worked for decades when the textile and apparel industry was at its peak.

New Bedford’s social clubs feel pain of pandemic

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.

Essay: Remembering Kevin, Megan and Hank

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.


COMMUNITY VOICES


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