Updated Sept. 16, 2021
Updated Sept. 15, 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.
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
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
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
There are so few candidates this year that there will be no preliminary election in five of New Bedford’s six wards.
Sept. 3, 2021
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The city’s Community Economic Development Center began a pilot program, showing would-be entrepreneurs how to get into the food-vending business.
It is a battle over who gets to talk for Southeastern Massachusetts in Washington and Boston, and where the emphasis will be on the issues in New Bedford, Fall River, and even Cape Cod and the South Shore.
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.
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.
The goal is to make it difficult for panhandlers to walk on the traffic island where they hold signs saying they are homeless.
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.
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.
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.
Taking a look at where a candidate lives in the city can provide a glimpse into who they are and what their personal interests are.
The five confirmed cases were traced to four separate groups within the club that night, including one member of an 11-person bachelorette party.
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.
This year DATMA is up and down Union again, and over on MacArthur Drive, between the State Pier and the Black Whale.
Councilors tend to avoid making any cuts to the salaries, health care and pension benefits of city employees, lest they incur the wrath of municipal unions.
The number of fully vaccinated Hispanics in New Bedford is just 24%, compared to 40% of whites, 36% of Blacks and 17% of people who identify as multiracial.
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.
As people get ready for a big summer of art and music, the city continues to lag behind most of the state in the number of folks who are vaccinated.
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.
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.
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.
If you had $64.7 million to spend for the City of New Bedford, what would you do? Readers share their ideas.
Possible uses for the city’s pandemic relief aid include Zeiterion fix-up, water and sewer upgrades, Capitol Theatre restoration.
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.
March 2020 is the month that the arts didn’t die in New Bedford. Instead, the city’s ‘Creative Community’ displayed resilience.
‘Now we’re seeing a return to in-person events, which is so exciting,’ said Margo Saulnier, New Bedford’s creative strategist.
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 about who he was.
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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