St. Luke's Hospital entrance.
JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

Even some health workers resist COVID-19 vaccines

Both Southcoast Health and Greater New Bedford Community Health Center are now requiring employees to be immunized.

Sept. 23, 2021
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‘They don’t have to die’

Nurses in New Bedford are not just exhausted — they are  frustrated by the low vaccination rate and the knowledge that serious illnesses and deaths are now preventable.

Sept. 7, 2021
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CULTURE!

DON’T MISS: Drag brunch; Guatemalan fest; ‘Black Panther’ style screening; more

Find tips for things to do in our weekly events preview and Culture Calendar.

Sept. 20, 2021
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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.
JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

COVID tragedies spark costly pension grabs for city, state

Ward 3 Councilor Hugh Dunn’s plan would make any death of any police officer or firefighter from COVID-19 exactly equal to the heroism of an officer who is shot to death on the street or a firefighter who loses his life in a burning building.

Sept. 21, 2021
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JACK SPILLANE COLUMN

Shocking sewer and water bills on tap

The city misses the loan deadlines to pay for mandatory sewer upgrades.

Sept. 15, 2021
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NEW BEDFORD SCHOOL WATCH

Feds to review New Bedford schools’ reporting of arrest data

The federal review comes more than a year after community groups urged reforms to the city’s School Resource Officer program, which places armed police officers inside schools.

Sept. 17, 2021
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HOUSING CRISIS

After 17 months, eviction lawyer program launching in Bristol County

The state’s Lawyer for a Day program may be “too little too late” for many tenants, after more than 600 eviction executions.

Sept. 14, 2021
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MORE FROM JACK SPILLANE

New Bedford suburbs lag far behind the state in vaccinations

Dartmouth’s fully vaccinated rate of 49% is 16 points lower than the statewide rate of 65%. And the rates in Acushnet, Fairhaven and Freetown are not much better, coming in at 54%, 57% and 57% respectively, as of Aug. 10.

Time for truth about New Bedford, vaccines and COVID-19

The sad and bitter truth is that because we have failed to get vaccinated in great enough numbers in the city, our school kids will probably spend at least part of another year with their faces covered while they learn.

Josh Amaral bows out of School Committee race

Amaral, who will not seek a third term, has been on the School Committee since he was little over a year out of UMass Dartmouth, where he was a political science major.

Jo-Jo doesn’t live here

Fortes deceived the city for the last seven elections, voting from a residence where he did not live. He also ran for Ward 4 City Council two times from the same bogus address, city election officials say.

New Bedford COVID-19 cluster surges to 45

Among the 39 people who attended the July 10 event and tested positive, only 5 were vaccinated. Six others, who later came in close contact with 39 partiers, also tested positive.

DA seeks justice in case of Councilor Hugh Dunn

State police say an EMT and paramedic on the scene the night of the accidents described it as “obvious” that he had been drinking and that they smelled alcohol on his breath.

Water, Water everywhere

This year DATMA is up and down Union again, and over on MacArthur Drive, between the State Pier and the Black Whale.

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.

America’s would-be first wind farm

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.

Angling to become the wind capital of America

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.

Alternative energy goes corporate

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 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

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.

IN DEPTH: CITY BUDGET

The $64.7 million question

Possible uses for the city’s pandemic relief aid include Zeiterion fix-up, water and sewer upgrades, Capitol Theatre restoration.

$73,000,000

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.

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.


COMMUNITY VOICES

Essay: Texas abortion law an assault on democracy

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.

Essay: A father who simply could not be silent

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 about who he was.


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